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Mitchell’s NJPW Summer Struggle Report! (7/31/21)

NJPW keeps it going in Korakuen!



NJPW Summer Struggle 2021

Suzuki-Gun and Chaos go big in the main event!

Before going for gold this Sunday, Suzuki-Gun looks to tear into Chaos one member at a time! Who survives this Summer Struggle Elimination match?

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.


  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; LIJ wins.
  • 10 Man Elimination Tag: Chaos VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.


8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club!

This isn’t a repeat of yesterday, but Bushi, Sanada, Shingo Takagi and Tetsuya Naito are hoping to repeat the result! But this time, El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori are swapped out for Dick Togo & Gedo! Will having the Spoiler and the Complete Fighter change things for Evil and Yujiro Takahashi? Or will Korakuen again be tranquilo?

The introductions are given but Bullet Club attacks! Evil stomps Takagi out, Dick throws Bushi, Gedo goes after Naito and Yujiro clubs Sanada down. The bell rings to get this on record but the brawling spills out of the ring! Evil CHOPS Takagi against railing, Dick joins him to mug Takagi, and Evil CHOPS Takagi again. The ref reprimands, Evil puts Takagi in, and Dick stomps Takagi down. Dick elbows Takagi around, Evil gets the IWGP World Heavyweight belt! The King of Darkness doesn’t care about wining, he just wants to hurt Takagi! But Naito gets in to kick Evil down! Naito DECKS Dick, Gedo gets in to go after Naito and Bullet Club turns the tide again.

Gedo whips Naito to a corner then runs in, but Naito dodges him to RANA Dick! Evil kicks Naito, holds his arms back and Gedo runs back in, but Naito kicks Gedo away! Naito elbows free, spins Evil and kicks Gedo to hit the TORNADO DDT on Evil! Gedo staggers up into a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Naito strikes his pose, and Naito sees Yujiro coming. Naito kicks and whips Yujiro to a corner but Yujiro comes back to LARIAT Naito! Tokyo Pimp stalks Naito to the ropes while Bullet Club goes after the others on the outside. Yujiro kicks Naito out as Evil RAMS Takagi into railing! And Abe-san! Not again!

Yujiro and Evil untie the blue corner buckle, the Bullet Club classic at this point. Dick puts Naito in for Evil as fans rally up. Evil gets Naito up to whip into the bare buckles! Naito writhes as he falls over and the ref reprimands Bullet Club. Dick tags in, he CLUBS Naito down, then brings him up into a headlock to PUNCH him down! The ref reprimands but Dick wraps Naito in a chinlock. Fans rally, Naito fights but Dick lets off to FIST DROP! Cover, TWO! Dick tags Gedo in and Gedo gets Naito up to throw him out of the ring. LIJ protests but Evil attacks Naito with chairs! And RAMS him into railing! Evil drags Naito back up to put in the ring. Gedo covers, TWO!

Gedo complains but the ref says that was a fair count. Fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” “LIJ!” but Gedo dares Naito to go to his corner. Naito crawls but Gedo sits him up. Gedo taunts LIJ while he rakes Naito’s eyes! The ref is too busy keeping Sanada back and Gedo gets away with it all. Tag to Yujiro, he throws haymakers on Naito then rains down forearms. Yujiro stomps Naito around, fans rally up, and Naito throws body shots! Yujiro knees low then CHOPS Naito to ropes. Yujiro puts Naito on the ropes and runs in to BOOT him! Naito wobbles, Yujiro runs, but Naito gets around to shove Yujiro, kick low, and Bushi comes in to sunset flip rewind into Naito’s basement dropkick!

Fans fire up but Bullet Club protests now. Yujiro and Naito crawl, hot tag to Sanada! Cold Skull rallies on Bullet Club, whips Yujiro but Yujiro reverses. Sanada comes back to dropkick a leg out! But Gedo and Dick get in to attack Sanada! They double whip, Sanada ducks their double clothesline and shoves Dick into Gedo! Sanada then reels Dick in for an atomic drop, that sends Dick flying into Gedo with a shoulder tackle! Sanada then trips Dick up and ties him up in Paradise! Gedo runs in but Sanada drop toeholds him into Dick! Dick is smacked out of Paradise and fans fire up! Sanada sees Yujiro outside and PLANCHAS to take him out!

Fans fire up more and Sanada encourages them to get even louder. The fans do get louder, Sanada takes off his shirt and shows off his dancing pecs. Sanada puts Yujiro in, fans rally for “SA-NA-DA!” “LIJ!” as he fireman’s carries. But Yujiro BITES Sanada’s hand! The ref reprimands, Yujiro lets off to FISHERMAN- NO! Sanada BITES back! The ref counts, Yujiro BITES Sanada! It’s a bite fight?! They both let go as the ref counts, but Sanada kicks, headlocks and punches! Sanada whips Yujiro to ropes, Yujiro holds the ropes to then flapjack hotshot Sanada down! Yujiro tags Evil in and he sucker punches Takagi! Evil drags Sanada up and whips him into the bare buckles!

Fans still rally but Evil shakes his head. Evil gets Sanada up, whips him in again but Sanada stops himself. Evil runs in, Sanada dodges and Evil hits buckles! Then Sanada dropkicks Evil down! Fans fire up as Sanada crawls to hot tag Takagi! The Dragon fires up, fires off forearms and CHOPS on Evil, then whips him to ropes to KNEE him! Takagi runs to run Evil over! Takagi gets Evil up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Takagi argues the count but fans fire up as he gets Evil back up. Takagi drives elbows into Evil’s shoulder, then runs, but Evil rolls away to the apron. Takagi is annoyed but he kicks and stomps Evil at the ropes! The ref reprimands, Takagi lets off and fans rally up.

Takagi stomps Evil more, gets him up, but Evil rakes Takagi’s eyes! The ref counts, Evil stops at 4, and Takagi kicks. Evil blocks the kick, throws it to the ref, and then mule kicks Takagi down! Fans rally up as Takagi and Evil slowly get back up. Takagi goes to a corner, Evil runs in and clotheslines! Then FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Evil is annoyed with the count but the fans still rally for “TA-KA-GI!” “LIJ!” Evil kicks Takagi, stands on his head, and then drags Takagi back up. Takagi blocks the fireman’s carry! Takagi throws elbows, Evil staggers away and Takagi whips. Evil reverses and Dick gets a cheap shot in!

Dick stands Takagi up, Evil runs in but Takagi boots him away. Takagi elbows Dick, Evil runs in but Takagi sends him into Dick! Dick flies off the apron and hits railing! Evil dodges Takagi but comes back into the ELBOW, JAB, YUKON FEINT for a DDT! Fans fire up as both men are down again. Evil and Takagi crawl for their corners, hot tags to Gedo and Bushi! Bushi dodges Gedo, RANAS him right down, and then gets him up. Gedo swings but into a spin and DDT! Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps cool as he drags Gedo up to throw forearms. Bushi runs but Gedo atomic drops! But Bushi dropkicks Gedo’s leg! Gedo goes to a corner, Bushi runs in but Gedo dodges!

Gedo runs back in but Bushi slips out to swing kick him away! Bushi then climbs up top, leaps and missile dropkicks Gedo down! Fans fire up for the Bushirooni! Gedo bails out, Bushi builds speed, but Dick trips Bushi up! Gedo hurries back inside and mule kicks Bushi down! Cover, TWO! Gedo is furious but the fans fire up again. Yujiro is in and has his pimp cane! The ref stops him but that’s so Gedo can get his brass knuckles! Gedo swings, Bushi dodges, Naito CLOBBERS Gedo then basement dropkicks him! Naito dodges Yujiro’s cane shot to enziguri! Dick runs in but into Sanada’s kick! Naito hits Dick with an atomic drop and feeds him to Sanada’s dropkick!

Evil runs in with a chair! The ref is being distracted by Gedo and Evil JAMS Naito, JAMS Sanada, and JAMS Takagi, all in the ribs! Takagi blocks the head shot! Takagi kicks low, has the chair, but throws it away because he doesn’t need it. Evil kicks low and runs but Takagi hits him with a PUMPING BOMBER! But Gedo pokes Takagi in the eye! Gedo runs, into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! No feint there! Takagi shouts to Bushi and he goes up top! Gedo gets up, to get MX!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

Sole survivor last night, and now the one to finish things off here tonight, Bushi is on a roll! But Evil BELT SHOTS Takagi down! Naito and Sanada get back in to run Evil off, but the damage has been done! And not just to Takagi but to the belt itself! A piece of the belt’s plating fell off from that impact! Will Evil do a lot worse to the champion and his championship in the MetLife Dome?


10 Man Elimination Tag: Chaos VS Suzuki-Gun!

Roppongi 3K team up with the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions against Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Desperado, the Dangerous Tekkers and Minoru Suzuki himself, all a day before those NEVER Openweight belts are on the line! Will Sho & Yoh help Hirooki Goto, Yoshi-Hashi & Tomohiro Ishii go into August strong? Or will someone #JustTapOut before the title bout?

Ishii and Suzuki are already in each other’s face the moment they’re all in the ring, and they spark off a huge brawl! The bell rings just as Suzuki-Gun throws Chaos out! Taichi chokes Goto, ZSJ throws EuroUppers on Hashi, but Goto hits back and whips Taichi into railing! Hashi RAMS ZSJ into barriers, Goto throws elbows into Taichi. Suzuki and Ishii brawl off in a corner, Desperado DECKS Sho, and Suzuki RAMS Ishii into railing. Desperado puts Sho in the ring and stomps him around. Sho gets up and hits back with forearms, but Desperado pokes him in the eye! Desperado stomps Sho more but fans rally up. Desperado wags his fingers as he gets Sho back up.

Desperado whips, Sho reverses, Yoh gets in and RPG3K drop toehold and basement dropkick Desperado down! Kanemaru gets in but gets double dropkicks for it! RPG3K gets Desperado up and work to throw him over the ropes! Taichi saves Desperado, throws Sho out but through the ropes, and Yoh dropkicks Taichi away. ZSJ and Suzuki get in, catch Yoh’s dropkick and have DOUBLE HEEL HOOKS! Taichi CHOKES Yoh, too! Desperado knocks Chaos off their corner while Red Shoes reprimands. Taichi shifts to have a headlock but he still chokes Yoh, and both ZSJ and Suzuki have shifted to DOUBLE CALF KILLERS! Red Shoes counts and Suzuki-Gun all let Yoh go.

Taichi drags Yoh around so that he, Kanemaru and Desperado can all stomp him! Desperado covers but Red Shoes refuses to count given all the shenanigans. Desperado throws Yoh out, but also through the ropes, and Suzuki goes right after Yoh with forearms! ZSJ adds EuroUppers, but Red Shoes is busy with keeping Ishii back. Suzuki and ZSJ continue to pinball Yoh between them, and then Taichi goes after Ishii in the ring! Desperado and Kanemaru knock the rest of Chaos down, Suzuki tortures Yoh’s arm, then finally puts Yoh back in. Kanemaru tags in and he stomps Yoh’s leg. Kanemaru drags Yoh to then YANK the leg!

Suzuki tags in, he gives toying kicks but Yoh gets up. Yoh throws forearms and Suzuki just laughs as he eggs Yoh on. Yoh keeps throwing forearms but Suzuki kicks the leg then DECKS Yoh! Cover, TWO! Suzuki drags Yoh to the Suzuki-Gun corner, Desperado tags in and they mug Yoh. Desperado scoops and SLAMS Yoh, dares Chaos to do something, but again Red Shoes keeps them all back. Taichi gets in to kick and stomp Yoh while Desperado anchors a leg. Hashi breaks through but Taichi kicks him down and throws him out, also through the ropes. Sho gets in but Desperado throws him back out, also through ropes.

Red Shoes is still busy with the other members of Chaos, and that allows Suzuki and ZSJ to again get Yoh with holds! ZSJ has a Heel Hook while Suzuki has a HANGING ARMBAR! Red Shoes notices and counts, Suzuki lets go with his hands but he holds onto the arm with his legs! Taichi brawls with Ishii and DECKS him, and Desperado applauds his team. Ishii bails out as fans rally up but Desperado digs his boots into Yoh. Tag to Taichi and he drags Yoh up for a snapmare and KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans still rally as Taichi drags Yoh up. Taichi wraps Yoh up in a cobra twist and digs his fingers into Yoh’s face. Fans rally but Taichi CHOKES Yoh in the hold!

Red Shoes reprimands, Taichi stops choking Yoh but he throws body shots into Yoh’s side. Yoh fights and scrambles and ends up in the ropes! Red Shoes calls for the break and Taichi lets Yoh go. Taichi gives Yoh toying kicks but Yoh CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! And EuroUppers! Taichi chokes Yoh again! Red Shoes reprimands, Taichi shifts to CHOKE- NO! Yoh dropkicks his way out of the choke slam! Fans fire up while both men are down, but Kanemaru gets in to keep Yoh from his corner! Yoh ENZIGURIS Kanemaru down, and hot tags Goto! The Fierce Warrior rallies on Taichi then hip tosses him down.

ZSJ gets in but Goto kicks ZSJ first and snap suplexes him onto Taichi! Goto BLASTS Suzuki and Desperado off the apron, then drags Taichi back up. Fans rally, Goto whips Taichi to a corner then runs in, MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally harder as Goto gets Taichi up in a fireman’s carry. Taichi fights free, Goto kicks and whips him, but Taichi reverses to wrench and HOOK KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Goto ends up in a corner, his team shouts to him but Taichi DECKS Hashi! Taichi clohtelines Goto in a corner, runs him corner to corner and clotheslines again!

Taichi throws Goto down then dares him to get up. Goto sits up and blocks the buzzsaw! Goto spins Taichi to a waistlock but Taichi blocks the lift to PELE! Then ZSJ runs in to BOOT Ishii down, and the rest of Suzuki-Gun goes after the rest of Chaos on the outside! ZSJ helps Taichi get up, then ZSJ runs at Goto to EuroUpper! Feed to Taichi’s Alabama lift, but Hashi CLOBBERS ZSJ! Hashi kicks Taichi to save Goto, but Taichi kicks Hashi back. Taichi runs, Hashi gets around him and feeds him to Goto, fireman’s carry, but Taichi slips off! Taichi runs but into a SUPERKICK! ZSJ BOOTS and EuroUppers Hashi, but Goto LARIATS ZSJ!

Goto runs at Taichi but misses, Taichi GAMANGIRIS Goto down! Fans fire up as the Tekkers and Goto-Hashi are all down! Hashi and ZSJ bail out, Taichi gets up and powers up. Goto rises, Taichi runs, but Goto clubs Ax Bomber away! Goto runs, Taichi boots his clothesline away and mule kicks! But Goto fireman’s carries for USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up with Goto as he gets Taichi up, dragon sleeper, but Taichi slips free! Taichi tries to get Goto for a saido, but Goto resists, so Taichi points to the ropes! Kanemaru and Desperado hold the top rope down as Taichi runs and throws Goto over! But Goto lands on the apron and holds onto the ropes!

Kanemaru and Desperado point that out, Taichi runs in and GAMANGIRIS Goto down! Goto hits the floor, Taichi ELIMINATES Goto! But then Hashi shoves Taichi up and out, Hashi ELIMINATES Taichi! ZSJ gets in and goes after Hashi with kicks and EuroUppers. ZSJ runs but Hashi tosses him over! ZSJ stays on the apron, Hashi runs in but ZSJ catches him in an IRON OCTOPUS, with the ropes helping! Red Shoes reprimands but ZSJ lets go. Hashi staggers, ZSJ throws EuroUppers! Hashi ROCKS ZSJ back with a forearm, but ZSJ throws another EuroUpper. Hashi CHOPS and ZSJ falls over! Hashi gets ZSJ up to CHOP him again! And CHOP again!

ZSJ ducks the back hand to EuroUpper and run. Hashi swings but ZSJ gets around to tilt-o-whirl into a sunset flip! TWO, and Hashi has ZSJ in a prawn hold! TWO, Hashi ducks a Penalty Kick to roll ZSJ, TWO!! Hashi keeps going, but ZSJ dodges the spinning mule kick! ZSJ runs in but Hashi blocks the Penalty Kick! Hashi CHOPS again, runs, but ZSJ throws him over! Hashi holds on, but ZSJ BOOTS him! Hashi still holds on and he CHOPS ZSJ down! Hashi drags ZSJ back up, suplexes, but ZSJ resists. Hashi keeps trying but ZSJ wrenches to PELE the arm! ZSJ sweeps the legs! Hashi falls but he clutches to the bottom rope! ZSJ kicks and kicks and scrapes Hashi off, ZSJ ELIMINATES Hashi!

But Ishii gets in to throw ZSJ up and over! ZSJ stays on the apron, Sho runs to go after the Suzuki-Gun corner, and Ishii CHOPS ZSJ! And CHOPS! But ZSJ blocks the next chop to wrench and ELBOW BREAKER! ZSJ tries to drag Ishii over but Ishii digs his heels in. ZSJ throws a forearm but that only serves to piss Ishii off! Ishii ROCKS ZSJ with forearm after forearm, but ZSJ wrenches to hit elbow breaker after elbow breaker! ZSJ goes for one big one but Sho runs in to knock him off the apron! Ishii and Sho ELIMINATE ZSJ! Sho swings on Desperado but Desperado drags him out to POST him! Fans rally for “I-SHI-I” while he’s down.

Goto and Hashi encourage Ishii on their way out, but they also cross paths with the Tekkers. Those four argue about the coming title matches, and then Ishii calls out Suzuki! Fans fire up as Suzuki gets in. Suzuki and Ishii bump chests, then start throwing forearms! Ishii eggs Suzuki on so Suzuki throws harder shots. Ishii responds and fans fire up as they go faster and faster! There doesn’t look to be any end in sight, but then Suzuki ROCKS Ishii! And ROCKS him again! And again! Ishii roars and stands right up! Ishii leans into Suzuki’s shots, then ROCKS Suzuki back! And again! Ishii talks trash, throws more forearms, but Suzuki grits his teeth and leans into the shots.

Ishii keeps throwing forearms but Suzuki laughs. Suzuki eggs Ishii on then ROCKS him! Ishii roars and fires more forearms! The brawl continues, Suzuki ROCKS Ishii again! Ishii wobbles and Suzuki reels him in, but Ishii HEADBUTTS first! Fans fire up as Ishii eggs Suzuki on again. Things speed up, Suzuki ducks a clothesline to get a SLEEPER! Suzuki then spins Ishii and reels him in, but Ishii blocks the piledriver! Fans rally as Suzuki powers through, but Ishii turns it around to back drop Suzuki away! Suzuki comes back but Ishii blocks the boot to DECK him with a right! Ishii then gives him toying kicks as he dares Suzuki to get up.

Ishii gives Suzuki toying kicks as fans are thunderous. Suzuki slowly rises, Ishii slaps him around, but Suzuki is stone faced. Ishii forearms but Suzuki doesn’t budge! Suzuki ROCKS Ishii, and again, and then DECKS him! Suzuki drags Ishii back up, and DECKS him again! Ishii is in a daze as Suzuki gets him up again. Suzuki shoves Ishii out under the ropes, then whips him into railing! Suzuki gets Ishii right back up to whip into more railing! Suzuki rains down rights as a ring count begins, and he doesn’t stop until 7 of 20! Suzuki goes back to ringside just to get a chair! He fires off chair shot after chair shot as we pass 15! The chair breaks and Suzuki is still hitting Ishii!

But the count hits 20! It’s a DOUBLE ELIMINATION! And Suzuki is still firing off on Ishii! The Young Lions try to stop Suzuki but he shoves them away! Suzuki uses the chair frame to choke Ishii! Desperado hurries over to try and get Suzuki to stop, but Suzuki almost turns his rage on his teammate! The Young Lions restrain Suzuki and get him to leave but Suzuki shouts after Ishii. Fans rally back up now that it’s just the Junior Heavyweights, and RPG3K gets jumped by Desperado & Kanemaru! Desperado throws Yoh into barriers by the bleachers! Kanemaru whips Sho into railing, and then puts Sho in the ring. Kanemaru stomps Sho around and Desperado joins him.

Wait, Suzuki tires to come back?! Young Lions have to restrain him all over again as he still has the chair frame! Desperado and Kanemaru dig their boots into Sho, Red Shoes reprimands but Desperado lets off. Kanemaru stomps Sho, Yoh checks on Ishii as he makes his way back, but Kanemaru & Desperado mug Sho more. Fans rally up as Desperado and Kanemaru double whip, but Sho DOUBLE SPEARS! Sho fires up, fans join in, and Kanemaru gets up for Sho to KICK him down! Cover, TWO! Sho keeps focus as he waistlocks and dead lifts Kanemaru. Kanemaru elbows free, runs, but into a scoop! Sho aims for ropes but Kanemaru slips off! Kanemaru tries to shove Sho out!

Sho elbows Kanemaru away, fires off forearms and ROCKS Kanemaru! Sho runs but into Kanemaru’s dropkick! Desperado gets back in to dropkick Yoh off the corner! Then Desperado and Kanemaru hit Sho with a DROPKICK BACK SUPLEX COMBO! Kanemaru drags Sho back up to scoop and dragon sleeper, BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while Kanemaru goes to a corner. Kanemaru hops up, Sho gets up, but Sho avoids Deep Impact! Kanemaru kicks and runs but Yoh gets in, RPG3K hits DOUBLE KNEES! Then BACKSTABBER to SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Desperado gets on the apron but RPG3K knock him down!

RPG3K fires up, fans join in, and Kanemaru slowly rises. Kanemaru staggers but fights off 3K! Elbow for Sho, ENZIGURI for Yoh! Sho blocks Kanemaru’s kick to KICK him down first! Fans fire up again as Sho aims at Kanemaru. Sho runs in but Kanemaru puts him on the apron! Kanemaru BOOTS Sho but Sho holds on! Kanemaru rakes eyes but Yoh attacks. Yoh whips, Kanemaru reverses and throws Yoh into Sho! Sho falls to the floor, Kanemaru and technically Yoh ELIMINATE Sho! And while Yoh is stunned, Kanemaru pulls his hair and feeds him to Desperado’s boots. Desperado tags in and Suzuki-Gun works to throw Yoh out!

Yoh holds onto the ropes, Red Shoes reprimands that only Desperado should be in the ring. Wait, Ishii revives and he wants after Suzuki! He grabs a chair, and the Young Lions ironically have to restrain him so he can’t go backstage! Kanemaru and Desperado let off on Yoh but then get him back up, but Yoh fights the back suplex! Yoh blocks Kanemaru’s kick to DRAGON SCERW! Desperado runs into a CRADLE! TWO, and Yoh school boys, TWO! Yoh EuroUppers, swings but into GUITARA- NO! Yoh slips out, waistlocks, O’Conner Bridge! Cover but Kanemaru breaks it! Kanemaru gets Yoh up but Yoh dropkicks him down!

Fans rally behind Yoh as he gets Desperado up, only for Desperado to get him with EL ES CULERO! TWO, Yoh dodges Desperado to SNAP GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Yoh roars and gets Desperado up. DIRECRT- NO! Desperado slips out, waistlocks but Yoh switches. Desperado elbows free, gets Yoh’s leg, SHIN BREAKER! Desperado holds the leg out for Kanemaru’s SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Then STRETCH MUFFLER! Yoh flails, Sho is still ringside to coach him on, and Yoh reaches. Kanemaru stomps Yoh’s arm! Sho desperately grabs at Red Shoes to point out Kanemaru!

But then Desperado drags Yoh away from ropes for NUMERO DOS!! Yoh verbally quits, Suzuki-Gun wins!

Winners: Suzuki-Gun, by submission; Desperado & Kanemaru as survivors

And to add insult to injury, Desperado drops knees on Yoh’s legs! Sho gets back in to protect Yoh, but the Rogue Luchador and Heel Master are satisfied with this. Desperado gets a mic, and adds insult to injury as he says, “These things usually end with a sole survivor, and here we are winning 2 to 0?” RPG3K’s going to be part of this year’s Super Junior Tag League, right? And yet they couldn’t get anything here. Yoh recently, or rather, always, is terrible! Both his matches and his results! Why is Sho still with Yoh? What does he see in Yoh? Somehow they’re THREE-TIME Super Junior Tag League winners, but Desperado can’t figure out how!

Given what just happened, who’s stronger? “Whether it’s your individual abilities or your teamwork, you guys aren’t interesting at all! In this Junior Tag League, who am I looking forward to? Gedo and Togo, Phantasmo and Ishimori.” RPG3K are more like “chores before getting to the fun.” RPG3K are just in it to fill out the group! They should think about why they’re doing this. Otherwise, there’s no point for them to be in the tournament! See ya later! Desperado and Kanemaru leave RPG3K alone in the ring, will all these scathing words only motivate Sho & Yoh to get number four?

My Thoughts:

A very good event for Summer Struggle and Korakuen, and the matches I covered really built upon last night. LIJ VS Bullet Club in a normal 8 Man Tag was very good, and Bushi getting another win is great for him. But then what a shock that Evil damaged the belt using it on Takagi’s face! I wonder how Takagi gets revenge on Evil for that, since I’m pretty sure they’ll clash again in another big tag match before the MetLife Dome event. And then the 10 Man Elimination took a lot of what we got in yesterday’s LIJ VS Bullet Club elimination match but then upped it. Suzuki and Ishii are both nuts and it’s awesome, I hope they do as much in tomorrow’s NEVER Openweight match.

It was rather surprising that Suzuki-Gun won with two guys left, and Desperado just tore into RPG3K. I almost feel like he gave RPG3K some cryface there. But I’m sure this does put the story as RPG3K fighting to prove to Desperado and themselves that Desperado is wrong. Super Junior Tag League will be inside the Summer Struggle events so we’ll have to keep an eye on which days have the tournament because those will be must-see events.

My Score: 8.9/10

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AEW Coverage

Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (6/7/23)

On the road to Collision!



AEW Coverage Lasers

Dynamite brings out the gold!

AEW Dynamite lands in Colorado Springs, and Kris Statlander defends her TBS Championship against Anna Jay A.S! Will Kris still be the Galaxy’s Greatest?


  • AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Swerve Strickland; wins and
  • Texas Tornado Tag: #JungleHook VS La Faccion Ingobernable; wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Blackpool Combat Club VS Chaos; wins.
  • Ricky Starks VS Jay White; wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Anna Jay A.S; wins and


[Due to scheduling conflicts, coverage of AEW Dynamite will begin later tonight]

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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (6/6/23)

Who earns some Tiffy Time?



NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Only one can be The Center of the Universe!

To earn a shot at Tiffany Stratton’s NXT Women’s Championship, the Women’s Division fights in a battle royal! Who wins a golden ticket to Tiffy Time?


  • Mixed Six Tag Match: Diamond Mine VS The Schism; The Schism wins.
  • Blair Davenport VS Dani Palmer; Blair wins.
  • Baron Corbin VS Trick Williams; Corbin wins.
  • Mustafa Ali VS Joe Gacy; Ali wins.
  • Eddy Thorpe VS Damon Kemp; Thorpe wins.
  • Dabba-Kato VS SCRYPTS; Dabba wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal: Thea Hail wins and will challenge Tiffany Stratton for the title.


Baron Corbin arrives backstage.

The Lone Wolf stares down Tyler Bate and Eddy Thorpe, chuckles at a poster of Carmelo Hayes, then stares down Hank Walker, Tank Ledger and some of the prospects. He tells staff to hit his music and they do as told. Corbin scoffs at the rest of the posters while he makes his entrance. Fans boo as Corbin makes his way to the ring, because we all remember him going after Melo after Melo retained the title against Noam Dar. Corbin gets the mic to say, “Y’know, I never thought I’d walk back through these doors. When I got the call, I cleaned out my locker and never looked back.

“Over the next eight YEARS, I ascended to the top of Raw and SmackDown. While I was main-eventing PPVs, NXT superstars continued to get called up to the main roster. When they got there, they were full of talent and hunger. And then something changed. I wonder what it was. Now, they come up full of ego and attitude. Hell, some of ’em sit in the locker room, twiddle their thumbs on their cellphone, acting like they got nowhere better to be. They act like we should thank them for coming up to Raw and SmackDown.

“Then I walk in through these doors. I hear superstars in the back talking about their legacy, talking about how they’re the next ones to be called up. Or, they’re complaining that they haven’t been called up yet, and it’s starting to make me sick! They walk through these doors to a championship team. They have guaranteed contracts, and they’re living in a house that I built! Me and all the other OGs started in FCW, and we took this train all the way to sell out Barclays Arena, with 16,500 people! Don’t clap for that now, you’ve never done it before, get off my bandwagon.

“I come through those doors tonight, and there’s superstars can’t even look me in the eye. They don’t show me the respect that I deserve. Now I had no control over that last Draft that came up. But you can make damn sure I got control of the next, because I’m gonna make every one of those superstars regret ever signing a WWE contract! Every single one of ’em is soft, every single one of ’em is weak, and they’re sure as hell not as good as they think they are. That all lies on the champion, the NXT Champion, Carmelo Hayes. Melo walks around here like his stuff doesn’t stink. Yeah, there you go. Cheer for him. Cheer for him!

“Cuz ol’ Melo got a taste of main roster reality when I laid him out, put him down, I took his title and I stood over his body, and I held it over my head.” Wait, ILJA DRAGUNOV is here! The Czar tells Baron, “Would you please, um, give me the chance to introduce myself. My name is Ilja Dragunov.” Fans cheer and Corbin says he knows who Ilja is, but what does he want? Ilja isn’t sure about the people Corbin saw in the hall, but Ilja is here to look him in the eyes to say, he’s NOT soft and he is NOT weak. He is the most animalistic, intense man in NXT! He’s beaten everyone put in front of him, and after Battleground, he is the first man in line to face Melo for the title.

Oh, here we go. There’s the NXT arrogance. Corbin has competed in SIX WrestleMania matches, he retired THE Kurt Angle, and he is the last man to pin Roman Reigns. Fans chant “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Ilja gets it, Corbin is targeting Melo to make some kind of point. But Ilja is targeting Melo for the title. And Ilja really doesn’t care how many Manias Corbin’s been to. If Ilja must ravage Corbin with pain to get what he wants, then so be it. Corbin tells the “kid” that there is a big difference between what he wants and what he’s gonna get. Corbin jumps the line cuz he says so, cuz he’s the biggest star in the building.

Ilja says Corbin is making assumptions, but Ilja makes challenges. So why not show everyone how much of a star you are, against Ilja tonight?! Fans love the sound of that! Corbin asks Ilja really wants “a piece of this” after Battleground. Well, there’s nothing Corbin can bring as hard as Dijak did at Battleground. Ilja shows off the NASTY bruise on his hip! Corbin says that’s cute. That’s one bruise. When Corbin’s done with him, Ilja will be covered in ’em. Ilja welcomes the challenge. Fans fire up, will the Lone Wolf be sent back to the main roster with his tail between his legs?

But wait! Trick shows up to start throwing hands! Fans fire up as Trick is after Corbin, Corbin shoves him back, but Trick clotheslines Corbin out! Fans fire up as the refs back Corbin off. Will Trick get payback on Corbin for that sneak attack on Melo?


Thea Hail finishes training.

She hobbles and says she can barely feel her legs anymore. Duke Hudson finds her but Charlie Dempsey says not bad. He better see her again tomorrow. Oh he’ll see her again! And he’ll see improvement! You bring your A Game! Wait, Duke is confused, what’s going on? Dempsey & Gulak are teaching her how to crunch people! It’s firing her up! Really? Yeah, she’s got all these great grappling holds now! Wanna see? She grabs Duke’s arm in a wristlock! OW! Sorry! But it works, right? Duke says she doesn’t even like those guys! Yeah, but you just gotta give it back to ’em, y’know? Thea shouts, “I’ma kick you in the ass, professor!”

See? They love it! Well, okay, as long as she’s learning. But you can’t just “crunch” someone over the top rope. It’s a battle royal tonight! Yeah, but she can still throw people over. He believes in her, right? Y-yeah… Then let’s go! Thea is fired up, will she crunch and toss everyone else in the ring to get that golden ticket?


Bron Breakker attacks Ilja Dragunov backstage!

The Big Bad Booty Nephew tells The Czar to keep “thinking” he’s the most intense guy in NXT. If Ilja likes pain, how’s that feel? The refs back Bron off, will Dragunov have to go after him and Corbin before going after Melo?


Mixed Six Tag Match: Diamond Mine VS The Schism!

Ivy Nile has had it with Ava Raine, and by extension, the Creed Brothers and the Dyad have gotten at each other. Now things will be settled as all six get in the ring! Will Diamond Mine crush Ava, Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed under the pressure? Or will the roots of Schism’s tree only grow and spread?

NXT returns as Diamond Mine make their entrance. The teams sort out and and Julius starts against Rip. They circle, tie up, and Julius wrenches an arm. Rip whips Julius away, things speed up, and Julius drops to fireman’s carry takeover into an armlock! Rip fights free but Julius just grabs the other arm. Rip fights to his feet, CHOPS, but Julius wrenches the arm. Rip CHOPS, Julius wrenches, but then Rip pulls an ear! Tag to Jagger, the Dyad mugs Julius, and Jagger ROCKS Julius with forearms. Jagger swings again, but Julius gets around to waistlock and SLAM! Jagger fights up, but Julius SLAMS him again!

Julius keeps hold of Jagger to SLAM him again, and KNEE him in the side! Tag to Brutus, and the Creeds pinball Jagger between knees! Brutus drags Jagger up, ROCKS him, and then clamps onto another arm. Tag to Julius, they mug Jagger, but Jagger ELBOWS him away! And then DECKS him! Jagger facelocks, but Julius deadlifts from the floor! Julius stands back up, walks over, and tags in Brutus. Brutus takes the handoff, fans fire up as Brutus keeps Jagger up! Brutus tags Julius back in, takes the handoff back, and then marches around before the SLAM! And then he kips up! Fans fire up, Julius whips but Jagger reverses

Jagger runs in, MONKEY FLIPS, but Julius lands through it! And he DROPKICKS Jagger! Julius whips Jagger, Jagger reverses and CLOBBERS Julius! And Ava tags in! Ava SLAPS Julius! Ivy steps in to calm Julius down, but then Ava tags out to Rip. The Schism trolls Ivy but Julius storms up to shoot in and waistlock, for a SLAM! And then he KNEES Rip in the side! Julius headlocks, Rip powers out but Julius goes up and over and keeps moving. Brutus tags in,. Julius ducks ‘n’ dodges, Brutus AX HANDLES Rip! And then shoots around, but Rips witches. TERMAN SUPLEX, but Brutus lands on his feet!

Brutus trophy lifts Rip, to DROP him, and STANDING MOONSAULT! Fans fire up with Brutus and Julius tags back in. Brutus cross-arm SLAMS Julius onto Rip! And Then Ivy snap suplexes Brutus onto Rip! And then Julius gives Ivy a boost for a SENTON! Fans are thunderous for the Diamond Mine’s combinations, and Ivy calls out Ava! Fans want to see that, too, but NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Rip has Brutus down in a chinlock. Brutus endures, fights up, and fans rally. Brutus pries the hold open, but Rip knees low. Rip ROCKS Brutus, but Brutus ROCKS Rip! And Jagger! And Rip again! Brutus staggers along ropes, but he ELBOWS Rip away. Jagger distracts, Rip shoves Brutus into the ropes! Brutus sputters off that low hotshot, and then Ava sucker punches Ivy! Rip BLASTS Julius, too! Fans boo but Rip tags Jagger. The Dyad whip Brutus into the corner hard, then hit an ASSISTED SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Brutus survives and The Dyad is frustrated.

Jagger tags Rip back in, the Dyad stomp away on Brutus! Fans boo but The Dyad drag Brutus up. Rip fishhooks Brutus’ face, lets off as the ref counts, and fans rally up. Rip drags Brutus up, suplexes, but Brutus blocks! Brutus suplexes Rip up and over instead! Rip tags Jagger in, Jagger keeps Brutus from the corner with a SLEEPER! Brutus endures, reaches out, marches forward, and fans rally behind him. Hot tag to Julius! Julius CLOBBERS Jagger, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Rip! Then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Jagger! And a kip up! And then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Rip! Kip up, and another OVERHEAD for Jagger!

Julius just keeps going, but The Dyad go after him together! SO they get a DOUBLE OVERHEAD SUPELX! Fans are thunderous with Julius, and he runs up the corner, to DOUBLE QUEBRADA! Julius scoops Jagger but Rip makes the save. Julius kicks Rip but Rip RAMS him into the corner! Jagger hits GRIT YOUR TEETH! But Brutus runs in, BRUTUS BALL! Down goes Rip! Jagger ENZIGURIS Brutus, runs, but Julius LARIATS Jagger! Fans fire up, but Jagger SUPERKICKS back! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Ivy grins as she stares Ava down. Julius crawls, hot tag to the Diamond Pitbull!

Fans fire up and even Ava smiles. The two circle, tie up, and they start throwing forearms! Ivy dodges a lariat, KCIKS and KICKS and ROUNDHOUSES! Fans fire up as Ivy runs, and DROPKICKS! Then she runs, but Ava SCORPION KICKS! Ava scoops but Ivy slips out, DIAMOND DRAGON!! But Jagger gets Ivy! So Ivy gets HIM in the DIAMOND DRAGON!! Fans fire up but the ref says Ivy has to let off, it’s only men against men and women against women! But Ava HEADBUTTS Ivy while wearing her plastic mask!! The ref missed that dealing with Jagger! Cover, Schism wins!

Winners: The Schism, by pinfall

Ava snatches victory away from the jaws of the Diamond Pitbull, the Schism gets a big win here tonight. Will we see their roots soon bear golden fruit?


Stacks visits Tony D’Angelo in prison.

Tony’s in the orange jumpsuit as he sits down to talk with Stacks. How’s he been? Good. But guess what? Knuckles is in here! The guy who- SHH! Oh, right. But yeah, Giorgio the Whale gets Tony his paper, and the guards even pitched in so Tony could have a subscription to The Peacock so he can watch the show the next day. That’s great! It’s almost like being in a hotel. Almost. But did Stacks get any more info on this rat? Stacks says he’s put in some calls. Miss Kim Cashstashian will get them off. Whoa, gotta reword that, Stacks.

But anyhow, Tony isn’t sure how he feels with his life in the hands of Cashstashian. Tony might as well play the lottery. Stacks’ gut says it’s Gallus, they didn’t wanna face Tony & Stacks at Battleground. But they’ve got a lot of enemies. This could be Legado, or, or- Is Stacks hearing himself? He’s on a wild goose chase! You’re going around the world to go next door. Trust your gut! It’s Gallus! Get those guys for all they’re worth! Tony swears on his mother’s eyes- Oh, don’t make a threat on the phone… But okay, listen. What Joe Coffey did last week, forget about it. But 3v1 ain’t cutting it.

Then what’s Stacks to do? Visitation time is almost up, so Tony tells Stacks that he’s the Underboss, he can figure it out. Tony leaves, and it is all in Stacks’ hands now.


Robert Stone & Von Wagner go to therapy.

They’re impatiently waiting in the lobby, and Stone tells Von that he hopes this all works out. They have had quite the week trying to find the right fit. Montage: one guy skips the breathing exercise to get to the anger issue. Von says he has no anger issue. But anger management is nothing to be ashamed of. Learning to control it can actually help him. Von tells this guy to GFY. Stone apologizes and pays in cash. Von says that guy was a jackass! Oh and the other guy? Von had that guy up against a wall! Stone again paid for that in cash. Von is on the verge of a breakthrough, so long as he gives things a chance.

One guy comes out crying. Von sighs. He doesn’t wanna do this now. Oh, c’mon, Von! NO! Didn’t you see that guy crying? Von is not a crier! What do you think Von’s dad would think seeing this? Von is NOT walking through this door. But then the therapist walks out. A very lovely lady therapist… Well, maybe Von can give this a shot. But alone. Von winks before the door closes. Is therapy going to be the solution after all?


Blair Davenport VS Dani Palmer!

Who was the assailant of the NXT Women’s Division? It was BLAIR, Dani! It was Blair all along! And now that she’s back, will she tear through what’s left of the roster to get at the title? Or can Dani avenge Sol Ruca, Nikkita Lyons and everyone else Blair terrorized?

The bell rings and Dani rushes in! They tie up, go around, and Blair puts Dani on ropes. The ref counts, Dani turns nit around but Blair turns it back around. Blair lets off at 4, to SLAP Dani! Dani SLAPS Blair! Blair kicks low, whips her to a corner, but Dani goes up and over and handsprings away. Blair chases, but runs into headscissors! Blair blocks to SLAM Dani down, then BOOT her out of the ring! Blair goes out after Dani, puts her in the ring, then CLOBBERS her! Fans rally for Dani but Blair drags Dani up to whip. Blair KNEES low, gut wrenches and GUTBUSTERS! Then she throws Dani into ropes!

Fans rally for Dani as she sputters, but Blair clamps on with a waistlock. Blair SLAMS Dani, holds onto the waistlock, and squeezes with a rear bearhug. Fans rally as Dani fights up, and she fights free with elbows! Dani switches, rolls up, TWO! Blair kicks Dani low! Fans boo but Blair whips Dani to kitchen sink knee! Blair soaks up the heat, she KNEES Dani in the side, then stalks her around the way. Blair kicks Dani around, KICKS her in the side, but Dani grits her teeth. Dani blocks the next kick, but Blair ROCKS her with a forearm! Dani hits back, kicks low, and UPPERCUTS! And CHOPS! And DOUBLE KNEES! Cover, TWO!

Dani goes to a corner and climbs up. Blair grabs Dani’s hair to TOSS her to the mat! Blair then sits Dani up, has the wrists, KAMI-GOYE! And then, FALCON ARROW! Cover, Blair wins!

Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall

Blair satiates her appetite for violence, and says she has just put the entire roster on notice! Will even Tiffany Stratton have to beware the heir?


Dana Brooke arrives?!

Another callback to NXT is here, and she wants in on the battle royal. There’s a lot of buzz in NXT now, so Dana will make her own opportunities when she is the last woman standing! Will the Flex Appeal grab that golden ticket for herself?


Backstage interview with Tiffany Stratton.

McKenzie Mitchell says the battle royal was Tiffany’s idea, but now Dana Brooke is here and wants in on the match. Tiffany stops McKenzie there. Tiffany would say she’s shocked, but she’s not. Of course Dana wants a shot at Tiffany’s title. Come one, come all. Sometimes the title makes the superstar, but in this case, Tiffany has made this title the most desirable belt in all of the WWE. And every single woman in that battle royal is envious of what Tiffany has. Are you kidding me? NO ONE was happy Tiffany won. But Tiffany has no problem proving she’s in a class of her own. So who does she think wins tonight?

“TBH, Lyra is the only one I can see pulling it off. I mean, she pushed me at Battleground. Like, damn, gurl, you were almost at the Tiffy Top. But it won’t matter, because the result will stay the same on the other side: And still NXT Women’s Champion, Tiffany Stratton! I just love the sound of that. Tootles.”


Baron Corbin VS Trick Williams!

The Lone Wolf is looking down on the new generation of NXT, and Trick Willie isn’t gonna stand for it! Will Trick represent for Trick Melo Gang? Or will Corbin bring about the End of Days for this new “arrogant” era?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up, the two tie up but Corbin knees low. Corbin CLUBS Trick, stalks him to ropes, and puts him in a corner. Corbin throws body shots and CLUBS Trick again, to then whip corner to corner. Trick hits buckles hard, and then Corbin CLOBBERS Trick! Fans boo but Corbin stands Trick up to throw hands. Corbin CHOKES Trick on the ropes, lets off at 4, and argues with the ref. Trick drags himself up, but Corbin shoves him into ropes to CLUB him in the back! Corbin taunts Trick, stomps him, and then swings, but Trick counter punches! Trick fires off fist after fist, but Corbin knees low again!

Corbin CLUBS Trick, but fans taunt “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Corbin puts Trick in a corner, whips him corner to corner, and runs in to SPLASH! Trick sputters but Corbin stands him up. Corbin talks trash on Trick, but Trick ROCKS him with forearms! Fans fire up and Trick runs, but Corbin CLOBBERS Trick again! Corbin looms over Trick and he taunts the fans. Fans boo, Corbin whips Trick corner to corner again, then runs in, but Trick dodges! Trick fires off fast hands! The ref counts, Trick stomps away, but Trick lets off, and dodges Corbin to DROPKICK him! Corbin staggers, into a POP-UP HAYMAKER!

Corbin falls out of the ring and Trick dares him to come back for more as NXT goes picture in picture.

Trick storms out after Corbin, drags him up, and RAMS him into barriers. Trick stalks Corbin around the way, CHOPS him against barriers, and then brings him up. Trick RAMS Corbin into barriers, the fans rally up, and Trick CHOPS Corbin again! Trick refreshes the ring count, puts Corbin back in, but Corbin kicks the ropes! The ropes get Trick low, and Corbin fires off fast hands! The ref counts, Corbin lets off and he has Trick in a corner. Corbin reels Trick in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Corbin scowls as he looms over Trick. Corbin clamps on a half nelson and chinbar, and he thrashes Trick around.

Trick endures, fans rally up, and Trick fights up to throw body shots. Corbin shoves Trick away, Trick ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Corbin! Cover, TWO!  Trick fires off on Corbin at the ropes, drags him up, brings him in and suplexes! Corbin writhes, Trick pushes him down, and Trick rains down forearms! Then Trick covers, TWO! Trick clamps on with a headlock and he grinds Corbin down. Corbin fights up, and hits another BIG back suplex! Fans rally while both men are down, and Corbin crawls over to Trick. Corbin hammers away with elbows! Corbin hears the fans rallying, and he clamps onto Trick with the chinbar half nelson.

Trick endures as Corbin leans on the hold. Trick fights up, but Corbin wrangles him back down! Corbin thrashes Trick as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally for Trick and Trick fights up again. Trick arm-drags free, runs in and ROCKS Corbin! Corbin flops to the apron, Trick BLASTS him off it! Trick goes out to SMACK Corbin off the desk! Corbin wobbles and flops over, Trick runs in, but Corbin moves! Trick knees only the desk! Corbin has his opening, he punches away on the knee! The ref has the ring count climbing as Corbin pulls on the arm. Corbin lets off, refreshes the count, and he drags Trick up.

Corbin RAMS Trick into the steel steps, making sure those knees hit hard! Trick writhes and clutches the leg while fans boo and gives Corbin thumbs down. Corbin puts Trick in the ring, and he stomps away on the bad leg! Fans chant “CORBIN SUCKS!” but Corbin stands Trick up to whip and SPINEBUSTER! Corbin has the leg for a HALF CRAB! Trick endures, fans rally, and Trick reaches out! Trick gets the ROPEBREAK! Corbin lets go fast, Trick kicks him with the good leg! But Corbin grabs that leg, so Trick EDDY GORDO KICKS! Fans rally, Trick and Corbin rise, and Corbin storms over.

Trick fires body shots and counter punches! Trick has Corbin in a corner and he fires off! Corbin shoves Trick, Trick comes back to DROPKICK! And then wrench and JUMP KNEE! Trick runs to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Fans fire up with Trick and he runs in again, SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives but Trick stalks him to ropes. Corbin elbows low, choke grips, and CHOKE- NO, Trick fights out, EDDY GORDO KICK 2! Trick runs, but into DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Trick survives and Corbin is beside himself! Fans rally as Corbin storms up on Trick. “This is Awesome!” as Corbin puts Trick up top.

Corbin climbs up but Trick CLUBS away on him! Trick sends Corbin away, hops off the corner, but Corbin returns. Trick dodges to POST Corbin! Trick fires off big haymakers! Fans fire up and Trick DECKS Corbin! Trick wants more, he waits on Corbin to stand, Trick spins but the leg gives out! Corbin kicks low, reels Trick in, END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin wins!

Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall

Trick fought valiantly, but one miscalculation cost him. Corbin says he’s going back to SmackDown to go qualify for Money in the Bank, then he’ll be back next Tuesday. Will Melo be back to get back at Corbin directly?


NXT presents an all-new Hard Hitting Home Truths.

Nathan Frazer welcomes us back to HHHT. Now we’re nine days removed from Battlegrounds, and the landscape never stops shifting. Tiffany is the new Women’s Champion, Wes Lee is breaking every single record in the book, Ilja Dragunov is not human–though that’s not exactly news–and we have Free Agents popping up left, right and middle. But most importantly, Noam Dar has a new pack o’ friends who helped him hold onto his “precious baby,” the Heritage Cup. They were useful enough to help him retain, but not enough to gain another title, as “a couple of fine, handsome gentlemen” in Nathan and Dragon Lee saw to that.

However, Noam is still Heritage Cup Champion, and while Nathan is not really fond of this new Supernova group, he and everyone else will just have to “deal with it.” Speaking of, here is a special guest who feels the same way about Dar as he does. That’s right, HHHT is going global with their “Senior International Correspondent,” Mr. Dragon Lee. Dragon appears on set and he says mucho gracias, and (in Spanish) for this opportunity to be part of this premier show. Uh, si! Dragon does have in his hand a list of the top five names for Dar’s new super group.

CINCO: Two Awful Chat Show Hosts, Plus Two. QUATRO: The Oro Mensah Experience. TRES: The Jakara Jackson Five! Well, minus one. DOS: The Long Lost Legend of Lash Legend. And numero UNO: Noam’s Rent-a-Friends! Nathan says number one is the best because it is the truest. And after Battleground, Dar is running out of surprises, and needs new challengers. The hard-hitting truth here is that Dar is fragile and he knows it. Nathan beat Dar in a regular match, so here’s a proposal: Dar VS Frazer for the Cup next week! And Dragon will return the favor by being in Nathan’s corner!

Frazer thanks Dragon for that, and so, they will love ya and leave ya. They’ve been Nathan Frazer and Dragon Lee, and Dar… Ball’s in your court. Peace. Will the British Rocket get his shot at the Cup? Or will he not be able to reach the Scottish Supernova?


Backstage interview with Mustafa Ali.

McKenzie is with The Beacon, nothing how he shocked the entire world when he showed up during Bate & Wes VS The Dyad. What brings him here to NXT? He is Free Agent Ali, baby! He can show up wherever he wants! And now, Ali is the one riding the storm. The next chapter Ali will write is titled, “Mustafa Ali Finally Wins Gold.” Then before he faces off against Joe Gacy- Wait, Wes Lee walks in. Wes has to let everyone know how excited he is that Ali is here! And talking about gold, uh, well Wes wants to make sure- Ali stops Wes there. Don’t do that. Don’t hand Ali a chance. Ali wants to earn it, like Wes did!

And that starts with Gacy. Maybe down the road, it will be Ali VS Lee for the title. That is, if Wes is still champ by then. Jokes aside, Wes wishes Ali luck, but will The Beacon shine bright on the white ‘n’ gold brand? Or will The Schism’s roots continue to grow tonight?

Mustafa Ali VS Joe Gacy!

NXT returns as Mr. Inclusion makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. They break, and then tie up again. Ali headlocks, Gacy throws hands but Ali ROCKS Gacy! Ali headlocks, Gacy powers out and then CLOBBERS Ali! Fans rally as Gacy fires off on Ali in the corner. Gacy whips corner to corner, runs in, but Ali goes up and over! Things speed up,. Ali ducks ‘n’ dodges and RANAS! Fans fire up as Gacy flounders. Ali storms up but Gacy dumps him out! Ali skins the cat, shoulders in, and ROCKS Gacy again! Ali slingshots but Gacy SHOVES him down! Fans boo as Ali crashes to the floor!

Gacy goes out after Ali, drags him back into the ring, and then hurries to cover, TWO! Gacy clamps onto Ali with a chinlock but fans rally. Ali fights with body shots, and a CHOP! Ali whips, Gacy reverses and reels Ali in, URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Ali is hanging tough but Gacy clamps on with a chinbar. Fans rally as Ali endures. Ali fights up, throws body shots, but Gacy CLUBS him o the back. Gacy back suplexes, Ali lands on his feet, but Gacy DDTS! Cover, TWO! Ali survives and goes to a corner but Gacy goes to the opposite. Gacy runs in, but Ali slips out and Gacy hits buckles! Ali ROUNDHOUSES, slingshots and BLOCKBUSTERS!

Fans fire up and Ali goes up the corner! Gacy hurries to ROCK Ali first! Gacy goes up after Ali, but Ali fights the superplex! Ali throws headbutts, then SMACKS Gacy off buckles! Ali stands up to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! Ali then skins the cat to the top rope, and fans fire up as Ali 450 SPLASHES!! Cover, ALI WINS!

Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall

But then The Dyad attacks! Rip & Jagger won’t let Ali celebrate, they stomp away while Gacy drags Ali down,. But then here come Wes Lee & Tyler Bate! They fire off, SUPERKICK Rip, Bop and BANG for Jagger! Gacy sees he’s surrounded, he turns around into a SUPERKICK from Ali! Fans fire up as the Beacon, the Big Strong Boi & The Cardiac Kid send the Schism running! Will they have to tear down The Schism’s tree before they can talk title matches?


Fallon Henley, Brooks Jensen & Josh Briggs talk backstage.

Tonight, the main event is a battle royal for a shot at the women’s title. Jensen knows Fallon is ready, Fallon says she’s ready, she feels tonight is her night. But wait, Malik Blade & Edris Enofe walk up. They say Briggs & Jensen were “the ones who started all this.” Hank ‘n’ Tank fought each other to get closer, so now Malik wants to fight Edris! Fallon excuses herself to get ready, and the guys talk. Jensen says it really did work for Hank ‘n’ Tank, and Briggs says it really did work for him and Jensen. Did it really? Okay, let’s find out. What is Jensen’s favorite color? Blue. Yeah, right here on the shirt.

Okay, okay, that was an easy one. Edris then asks Jensen when is Briggs’ birthday. Jensen thinks back… March 5th. BINGO! See? They are good! Malik asks Edris if he knows his birthday. But then Hank ‘n’ Tank walk in, they’re talking country songs. Hank’s a Boy Named Sue guy all the way. Right! Johnny Cash is the man! But Tank likes the modern stuff, like Taylor Swift. Bingo! Tank is a big T. Swifty boy. What the what? But Tank says after Fallon wins that battle royal, let’s all go get some brewskis. Now he’s talking their language! But uh, do Malik & Edris want in? They’ll catch up later. Alright! Laters!

Malik asks Edris if he’s thinking what Malik is thinking. Well after this past week, clearly not! But then Gallus walk up. Don’t worry, lads. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the same page or not, because you’d never beat Gallus for the titles. Gallus Boys On Top, no one else has to play stupid games. Malik nods to Edris and Edris gives in. They’re doing this next week, huh? OH YEAH! Malik VS Edris is happening! Edris accepts his fate, and asks his phone when IS Malik’s birthday.


Backstage interview with Noam Dar and his crew.

McKenzie asks the Heritage Cup Champion about Nathan Frazer’s challenge. And also, what is up with his group? Oh, his group? No, this is THEIR group. When you’re the Supernova, you have to be surrounded by stars, and that is what he has here. This is a collection of shooting stars with unlimited potential! Starting with Dar’s main man, Mensah. Oro is underappreciated, undervalued, but no more! Dar is the one who believed in Oro, got him on a premium event, and has Oro flying in a new stratosphere. And that’s just the beginning. We have Action Ms. Jakara Jackson, a world class athlete who competed on the Titan Gams! And now she’s a titan in this game!

Jakara says she’s sugar, spice, and everything that ain’t so nice. Heard that? And last but not least. Lash THEE Legend! She will beat you physically, emotionally, mentally, she is a GOAT in the making! One of one! Does McKenzie not know what’s going on right here? The screen can’t handle all this brightness, they’re shinin’ shinin’. Five trophies, one picture, okay? But then about Nathan’s challenge. Ugh. If he wants a cup match, remember two things: Dar is NEVER losing the Cup; and there is no stopping… The Meta Four. CHECK PLEASE, bye bye!


Eddy Thorpe VS Damon Kemp!

The Alpha Wolf won once before, but it didn’t humble the Golden Gopher one bit. Will this be a clean sweep? Or will Kemp make Eddy feel like trash, and then make him pick it up?

NXT returns and Kemp makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two tie up, and they go around. Kemp puts Thorpe on the ropes, the ref counts, and Kemp lets off with a shove. Thorpe comes back, arm-drags, headlocks and hits the takeover. Kemp keeps his shoulder up and fights up, but Thorpe holds onto the headlock. Kemp lifts, but Thorpe still holds on! Kemp throws body shots, powers out, but Thorpe reverses the whip to SPINNING CROSSBODY! Direct hit, Thorpe drags Kemp around by his legs, but Kemp kicks free. Thorpe runs up to BOOT Kemp to a corner! Thorpe storms up but into a BOOT from Kemp!

Thorpe CHOPS in return! Thorpe whips, Kemp reverses, but Thorpe goes up, only to get caught! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Cover, TWO! Kemp stomps away on Thorpe, drags him up, but Thorpe CHOPS! Kemp ducks the next chop to RAM low, UPPERCUT, and shove, to then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans rally, Kemp stalks Thorpe, and Kemp drops elbow after elbow! Kemp scrapes his sole off Thorpe’s face, then clamps on with a chinlock. But Thorpe fights with elbows! Kemp still hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Kemp talks trash, stomps Thorpe, and then pulls on Thorpe in a chinlock stretch.

Fans rally for “EDDY! EDDY!” but Kemp bends him back! Thorpe fights, but Kemp body scissors to keep Thorpe down. Fans still rally, Thorpe fights up, and Thorpe throws body shots! Thorpe is free, he bobs ‘n’ weaves and throws more shots! Thorpe CHOPS and COHPS and whips, to CLOBBER kemp! And DECK him! Kemp gets up, Thorpe blocks, SOBATS, and PELES! Thorpe runs, to ELBOW DROP! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Kemp survives but Thorpe is on him. Kemp wrenches, Thorpe switches, they run into the ref! Kemp gets a cheap shot in, but Thorpe switches on Kemp to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Kemp’s foot is on the ropes, but the ref misses it! Thorpe wins!!

Winner: Eddy Thorpe, by pinfall

Kemp complains, he says Thorpe is winning by cheating again! The ref says the decision is final, but are we going to get a round three out of these two?


Gigi Dolin is on the phone.

She talks with her brother Miles and says this is her chance to finally be NXT Women’s Champion. The Weaponized Steel Cage aside, Gigi isn’t going to let anything stop her. She’ll be fine, he just needs to stay out of trouble, okay? Love you, bye. Kiana James walks over and says that’s the “before” phone call. Can’t wait to hear the “after.” Sorry, she came up short again. But they’re used to it. Oh so that’s how Gigi sounds to Kiana? Kiana tells Gigi not to put unrealistic ideas in her brother’s head, like her winning the battle royal. An outcast, with Gigi’s background and emotional instability, will always fall short.

Gigi would rather have her background, as bad as it was, over being a stuck-up elitist like Kiana. Gigi can’t wait to see the smug look on Kiana’s face as she sends her sailing over the top rope and wins. But then Dabba-Kato walks past and everyone clams up. Will Dabba destroy Scrypts for saving Axiom?


Dabba-Kato VS SCRYPTS!

NXT returns as Reggie- er, Scrypts makes his entrance. A wrestler by any other name still flies as high as him, but will he be able to get up and over the mountain of a main before him?

The bell rings, Scrypts dodges a lariat to mule kick, but Dabba barely budges! Scrypts throws a haymaker, but Dabba barely flinches. Scrypts fires more shots, but Dabba grabs him! Scrypts breaks free, runs, but Dabba CLOBBERS him! Dabba whips Scrypts to a corner, Scrypts goes up to AX HANDLE! Scrypts keeps moving, he kicks and CHOPS and runs, but Dabba BOOTS him inside out! Dabba drags Scrypts up to scoop and SLAM him! And then scoop and SLAM again! And then scoop and SLAM again! Dabba looms over Scrypts, drags him up right into a BEARHUG! Scrypts endures the squeeze, CLUBS Dabba again and again, and gets free!

Dabba wobbles but he gets Scrypts up, to TOSS him out of the ring! Scrypts tumbles to the floor, Dabba goes out after him, and drags him back up to CHOP against the desk! Dabba roars while fans boo, but he hauls Scrypts up again to scoop, but wait! AXIOM is there! Where’d he come from/ Dabba SHOVES Axiom down, puts Scrypts in the ring, and storms up to grab Scrypts with both hands. But Axiom is up top, he leaps, Dabba dodges, and then chases Axiom off. Dabba turns around, into Scrypts’ SLINGSHOT ELBOW! Dabba staggers around, he rushes in but into buckles! Scrypts table tops Dabba to cover, SCRYPTS WINS!!

Winner: SCRYPTS, by pinfall

But Dabba drags Scrypts right up for a TOSS! And he SWATS Axiom out of the sky! Dabba SLAMS Axiom onto Scrypts! Fans boo as Dabba looms over them both. Will nothing stop Dabba from storming his way up to a title?


The Schism regroups backstage.

Gacy is furious! “This phony friendship of Wes and Tyler makes me sick! It’s as pathetic as Ali’s positive mental attitude drivel! Next week, we will expose this union of convenience!” Rip says yes, they will! But don’t forget that tonight, The Schism reminded everyone of their strength. They secured a great win over Diamond Mine. Yes, that they did. They’ve pulled their weight, they’ve shown the world what The Schism can be. Gacy, however, has fallen short. He fell short tonight and lost at Battleground. He must reflect and rectify. Ava says one root cannot stabilize an entire tree, no matter how strong it is. Jagger says next week, they have his back.


Mustafa Ali regroups with Tyler Bate and Wes Lee backstage.

He appreciates them having his back, and Wes says it was them returning the favor. And Bate says next week, in a Six Man Tag, they’ll tear “that rotten Schism tree” out, roots and all. Wes tells Ali that Bate says stuff like that, just roll with it. Well, okay, that’s great, but Ali feels like there’s still some magic between Wes and Bate. At Battleground, it was all about the spirit of competition. And in a Triple Threat, luck is just as important as skill. They love this! They love competition! Everyone wants to see it again, and this time, it can be 1v1! Bate says it has crossed his mind. But he doesn’t want to jeopardize the friendship.

Wes says with Bate coming to him face to face on it now, he respects it. They secret handshake, Bate says that’s Wes’ weird thing you gotta roll with. Well, okay. Ali will be on SmackDown this Friday for an MITB qualifier, next Tuesday is the Six Man Tag. And then the Tuesday after that, we can figure out when Bate and Wes tear the house down. They’re all for it! Is the Summer already heating up for the North American Championship?


NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal!

Tiffany Stratton truly became the Center of the Universe when she become champion, but that also means she’s surrounded on all sides by those aiming for her belt. Who wins here to be the one with the golden ticket to Tiffany’s first title defense?

NXT returns and Roxanne Perez makes her entrance to join an already packed ring. And last but not least, Dana Brooke makes her entrance! The Flex Appeal is here as a Free Agent, will she be the wild card that wins it all? The bell rings, and the brawl is on! Cora of course goes after Roxie, but Dana helps Valentina Feroz fight Jakara Jackson! Gigi is after Elektra Lopez, Yulisa Leon has Tatum Paxley, Fallon and Kiana go after each other for old time’s sake. Lash swings someone around and clips opponent after opponent! Jakara and Lash help Cora with Roxie and a few others, Jacy clotheslines someone up and out.

Jacy ducks the counter punch to ROLLING ELBOW and ELIMINATE them! Jacy says this is all about her, but fans boo. Dana throws Jakara out, kicks her off the apron, but Oro catches her! Jakara applauds the assist and he helps her back into the ring. Cora DUMPS and ELIMINATES Ariana Grace! Fans boo as Cora laughs at her, but then she and Jacy mug some other superstars. Jacy is after Jakara, Kiana is after Gigi for their little backstage argument, and Thea fights off Tatum. Gigi runs at Kiana, Kiana puts her out but Gigi KNEES back! Gigi drags Kiana up and over to join her! They brawl on the apron!

Fans fire up as Gigi UPPERCUTS Kiana down! But then Kiana kicks Gigi’s legs out! Gigi tumbles and hits the steel steps, then the floor! Kiana ELIMINATES Gigi! Kiana tells Gigi to go call her little brother. Jacy stomps Tatum, Lash fires off hands on Kelani Jordan but Kelani dodges, comes back, only to be clotheslined out to the apron! But Kelani dodges, swings around the corner post, but Jakara trips her up! Kelani falls, Jakara ELIMINATES her! Fallon ROCKS Lash, CHOPS Jakara, and Roxie helps out! Fallon puts Jakara out, fires hands, but Jakara HOTSHOTS! Oro says good work, but Fallon BOOTS Jakara!

Oro catches Jakara again, but then Thea hurries over! Thea SPRINGBOARD TRUST FALLS Oro and Jakara down! Thea ELIMINATES Jakara, but she is safe cuz she went under the top rope! Lash slides out to go after Thea, but ends up in a KIMURA! Lash scoops Thea, and SNAKE EYES her off the steel steps! The ref reprimands but there’s no disqualifications in such a match. Lash leaves Thea behind, only for Feroz & Leon to go after her! She BOOTS them away, but Leon gives Feroz the boost to RANA Lash out! Lash stays on the apron, fires back, but Leon ELBOWS Lashl! Leon goes up and out to go after Lash!

Las Latinas trip and DOUBLE BOOT Lash to ELIMINATE her! They celebrate, but then Lash & Jakara YANK them both off the apron to ELIMINATE them!! And now they brawl! Oro shouts for help, but the battle rages on in and outside the ring as NXT goes picture in picture.

Dana brawls with Cora, Dana BOOTS Cora, and Roxie stomps Jacy. Tatum brawls with Fallon, Elektra has Lyra in a corner. Cora fights off Dana and Kiana while Elektra digs a boto in on Lyra. Roxie throws Jacy up and out but Jacy holds on to fight her off. Lyra scoops Elektra?! What strength! But Elektra lands safe on the apron and tries to drag Lyra up and over with her! Lyra resists, throws elbows, and Elektra wobbles! Lyra WRECKS Elektra with a dropkick and ELIMINATES her! Tatum SLAPS Dana but Dana fires off forearms on her! Cora and Jacy mug Lyra, Kiana keeps on Roxie, and Fallon tires to help Dana.

Tatum fights them off, Dana DECKS Fallon, and then Tatum ROCKS Dana! Tatum bumps Dana off buckles, stomps away, and Cora stomps away on Lyra. Fallon bumps Jacy off buckles, stomps away, and Roxie holds onto ropes as Kiana tries to dump her out. Tatum and Dana brawl more, Dana kicks Tatum down, and NXT returns to single picture. Blair Davenport appears? She wasn’t officially in this match, is she going to insert herself into it? Roxie UPPERCUTS Kiana in a corner, she dodges Jacy to send her into Kiana, then UPPERCUTS them both! Roxie snarls, but Cora grabs her former friend, only for Roxie to turn it around! RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!

Blair taunts Roxie, who was one of her targets, so Roxie goes out after her! THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Blair shoves Roxie away, whips, but Roxie reverses to send Blair into the apron! BACKHAND, and POP- NO, Tatum saves Blair to CROSSBODY Roxie! Tatum ELIMINATES herself, but she and Blair stomp away on Roxie! They throw Roxie back in, and Jacy slithers up behind. Jacy dumps Roxie up and out to ELIMINATE her!! Jacy says Roxie is a loser, but Lyra stalks up behind her! ENZIGURI! Lyra fires off kicks on Cora, dodges Dana, and goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Fallon runs in, but Lyra blocks to HEEL KICK!

Lyra drags Fallon up, scoops her and puts her on the ropes, but Fallon is safe on the apron. Lyra DECKS Fallon, but Jacy TOSSES Lyra! Lyra skins the cat, headscissors Jacy and throws her out to ELIMINATE her! Fans fire up, but then Cora DROPKCIKS Lyra down to ELIMINATE her! Fans boo as Cora laughs at Lyra and blows a kiss. Now we just have Fallon, Cora, Dana and Kiana. Fallon DECKS Cora, DECKS Kiana, ROCKS Dana, then ELBOWS Kiana, and THROWS Dana! Cora returns but Fallon CHOPS her! Fallon runs up the corner, steadies herself, BLOCKBUSTER for Cora! But Kiana RAMS Fallon into a corner!

Kiana reels Fallon in but Fallon doges to ROCK Kiana! Fallon goes up but Kiana shoves her over! Fallon stays on the apron, gets under Kiana, and BACK DROPS her out of the ring! Fallon ELIMINATES Kiana! Dana rushes in, Fallon slides under, sunset flip but Dana rolls through, so Fallon DECKS her! Cora runs in but Fallon dodges to ROCK her! Cora ROCKS back! Dana DOUBLE LARIATS them both! Fans are torn, but Dana runs in at Fallon to handspring back elbow! Dana handspring back elbows Cora! Dana goes back to Fallon, but Fallon headscissors! Dana shoves Fallon away to ELIMINATE her!

Cora goes after Dana! Dana shoulders in, but Cora DROPKCIKS Dana! Dana clutches onto ropes but Cora stomps away! Dana gets back in, both women run, and DOUBLE LARIATS take them down! But wait! Chase U’s student section remembers, Thea is STILL in this match! Thea rises and she has her chance! Thea shakes the ropes, runs in and Cora says she and Dana should work together. Dana says no no, she and Thea will work together! They kick Cora, double whip, and lift her up! Cora fights free, kicks Dana away but Thea dodges! Thea runs, Cora ducks and Thea CLOBBERS Dana! Cora attacks and TOSSES Thea!

Thea holds onto the ropes, Dana storms up to DECK Cora! Thea GAMANGIRIS Cora, gets in, but Dana kicks her. Dana runs, ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Cora returns to SHINING WIZARD Dana in a corner! And then runs to SHINING WIZARD at the ropes! And then SHINING- NO, Dana blocks, Thea dumps them BOTH!! Thea wins!!

Winner: Thea Hail (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s Champion)

The Chase U student section storms the court! Er, ring! They celebrate as one of their own has herself a title shot! Even Duke, Gulak & Dempsey applaud. Even Haley & Hanna Cavinder, NXT’s newest NIL prospects, are here to celebrate with Thea! Will Chase U finally have some gold thanks to their ultimate underdog?


NXT Media catches Bron Breakker as he is leaving the building.

NXT Media asks him why he attacked Ilja Dragunov. Why? He isn’t gonna let Ilja spit out garbage about being the most intense guy in the WWE. Bron is gonna hold everyone accountable, from top to bottom. And speaking of the top, how about the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Freakin’ Rollins? The workhorse of the WWE? How about he proves it. Rollins knows how things are done in NXT cuz he was the first-ever NXT Champion! And Bron was the most DOMINANT NXT Champion ever! So Rollins should come back to NXT to put the World Heavyweight Championship on the line… against Bron? Will the Visionary accept that challenge?

My Thoughts:

A great episode for NXT here and we’re in some exciting times right now. Corbin isn’t usually must-see but he did show up last week so we gotta know what that’s about. He of course goes with the usual trope of “this generation doesn’t appreciate anything, they don’t understand,” which oddly was very much where they had JBL going with all his promos when he was Corbin’s manager. But I like that Dragunov got in Corbin’s face, and that Trick Williams took the fight to Corbin. I think tonight was the first time I heard a “This is Awesome!” chant during a Corbin match, but he and Trick were great out there. Corbin of course wins, he needs momentum going towards Melo and the title.

Bron attacking Dragunov was quite the surprise, but it seems the next chapter for him is to double down on the aggression and go after everyone who claims to be better at the things he claims to be. Calling out Rollins was an even bigger surprise, but I would love seeing Rollins having a return to NXT, as I know the live audience there would love seeing it. Could these “callbacks” and callouts be how NXT brute forces its way to being the third brand once and for all?

That question aside, great stuff building with The Schism and the North American Championship. Really good Mixed Six, and I loved that string of human weapon moves from Diamond Mine, especially Ivy suplexes Brutus. But of course The Schism cheats a win in that one. Ali VS Gacy was surprisingly short, but I suppose it builds towards story on both ends. Gacy feels like he’s letting the team down but they’re still standing with him, and Ali seems to be literally match making. The Six Man of Ali, Bate & Wes VS Schism is going to be great, and I bet we get Bate VS Wes on TV since Great American Bash is so far away still.

We got good matches out of Thorpe VS Kemp and Dabba-Kato VS SCRYPTS. A little surprised Thorpe won again with some controversy, I would’ve thought they’d go the other way and have Kemp win by controversy. And in Dabba VS Scrypts, I should’ve figured Axiom would show up. Scrypts gets the win but Dabba has the last laugh, so I sense a handicap match in the future. WWE has done 2 Faces VS 1 Heel before, but it never felt like it was a situation where the Heel was really so much more powerful. In this case, it will work because Dabba is as big as Scrypts and Axiom combined.

Good prison visitation promo, especially that Kardashian joke. Stacks keeps saying it’s Gallus but that just means it isn’t Gallus. But Tony is giving him permission to do what he needs to in order to bring Gallus down, I wonder if Stacks recruits people to the D’Angelo Family for a Six Man Tag. Also, good stuff out of the tag division with everyone doing the mind meld and irritating Malik. Malik VS Edris will be a fun match, who knows how that goes. I feel like NXT could even be building things to a massive NXT Tag Team Championship match for Great American Bash, like the Ladder Fatal 4 Ways of old.

Hard Hitting Home Truths was alright, but those names Dragon Lee came up with for Dar’s group felt more like something HBK and Road Dogg would come up with. But Dar and his group had a good promo in return, and their name, “The Meta Four” is much better than those five names. Frazer VS Dar is going to be great stuff, but with just Dragon Lee, I don’t see Frazer having a chance with Oro, Jakara and Lash all out there. But in tonight’s main event, it looks like they could’ve been building some women’s tag feuds. Lash & Jakara went after Yulisa & Valentina, that could be some good stuff, and we could see Yulisa & Valentina side with Dragon & Frazer as their own quartet.

And speaking of that battle royal, good promo from Gigi and Kiana beforehand, and same for Thea’s promo earlier on. Gigi and Kiana feuding seems to be the next move, helping Gigi build up momentum while Tiffany takes care of her first defense. Roxie brawling with Blair made sense, but I did not see Tatum joining Team Blair. Maybe Dani helps Roxie against them since she was also a target, and also lost to Blair tonight. Great moving of pieces to have Thea out of commission until the end and then finish it up with a big win over Dana and Cora. Thea got that like, Lex Luger beat Yokozuna celebration, where even future superstars, Haley & Hanna Cavinder, got to show up for it.

Now, Thea and Tiffany are going to have an awesome build to their match, they’re going to have an awesome match, but with this being Tiff’s first defense and there being the bigger Chase U story, I don’t see Thea winning. If only NXT had a women’s midcard title, Thea and a few other names could be fighting for that. Just not sure what to name it, as the WWE already uses the phrases Intercontinental, United States and North American, and they wouldn’t want to copy AEW’s International Championship. WWE hasn’t had a Television Championship in 20 years, so giving that concept to the women’s division would be pretty cool.

My Score: 8.8/10

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