Dearly beloved, we are gathered here on NXT today…
Sadly, Samoa Joe is injured and must relinquish the title. But that opening gives rise to a NEW NXT Champion! Oh, and there’s a wedding tonight!
- LA Knight VS Bron Breakker; Breakker wins.
- Imperium VS Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen; Imperium wins.
- B-Fab w/ Hit Row VS Katrina Cortez; B-Fab wins.
- Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter VS Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin w/ Mandy Rose; Catanzaro & Carter win, by disqualification.
- Six Woman Tag: Sarray, Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter VS Mandy Rose, Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin; Rose, Jayne & Dolin win.
- Ridge Holland VS Drake Maverick w/ Grayson Waller; Holland wins.
- The Creed Brothers w/ The Diamond Mine VS ???; The Creed Brothers win.
- Vacant NXT Championship Fatal 4 Way: Tommaso Ciampa VS LA Knight VS
Kyle O’ReillyVon Wagner VS Pete Dunne; Ciampa wins and becomes the new NXT Champion.
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NXT “2.0” hears from tonight’s top contenders.
“It’s a new look, new feel, new faces, but one thing remains the same. Tommaso Ciampa is, was and forever will be Mr. NXT.” Tonight, the greatest love story in sports entertainment history gets another chapter: Ciampa x Goldie, 2.0. But Pete Dunne says he’s been telling us since the beginning that he IS the baddest man in NXT. Tonight, he vows to prove it. It doesn’t matter how many geezers they line up in front of him, he will put them down! The Bruiserweight WILL be NXT Champion!
Kyle O’Reilly says this is the opportunity everyone strives for. And NXT 2.0 has arrived. He will be in the ring with three of the very best, and he is one match away from the biggest goal 16 years in the making. Kyle O’Reilly, NXT Champion? About damn time. But for LA Knight, he talks to ya, saying how Samoa Joe conveniently got injured. If it’s real, it’s to his manhood, because Joe knew looking into LA Knight’s eyes would lose him the title. But now three men are stuck in that same spot! Who’s game is it? LA Knight’s game! But then Knight turns around and bumps into the new guy. Well, giddy as a schoolgirl, isn’t he? What does he want?
This is Bron Breakker and this is NXT 2.0! He wants a chance to prove himself! Well yeah but this is the LA Knight Show. Tonight, Knight becomes champion. But in a couple of minutes, go out to the ring and get excited for your music. Then Knight can bust the brakes off the cross-eyed halfwit! Will Knight really win a last minute warm-up before he faces three of NXT’s toughest and meanest?
LA Knight VS Bron Breakker!
The Megastar is so confident in himself, he’s doing double duty! But is his ego already writing a check his body can’t cash before the golden main event?
The bell rings, the two circle and fans duel already. Knight kicks, JABS and CLUBS Bron before he bumps him off buckles. Knight stomps, throws hands and then whips Bron corner to corner. Bron comes back to CLOBBER Knight! Bron headlocks, grinds the hold, but Knight throws body shots. Knight powers out but Bron runs him over again! Bron snarls, things speed up and Bron is ready for the drop down to waistlock and dead lift to SLAM Knight down! Then another lift and SLAM! Knight gets to a corner and is a bit surprised. They go again, Bron lifts but Knight elbows free. Knight whips, Bron reverses but Knight kicks back to then CLOBBER Bron!
Fans boo Knight but he grins as he paces around. Knight gets Bron up to throw haymakers. Knight stomps Bron at the ropes, digs his boots in, but the ref counts. Knight lets off, he hears the fans rallying for Bron and Bron throws body shots. Knight knees Bron low, whips him to a corner, but Bron reverses. Bron runs in but misses, Knight hit a NECKBREAKER! Knight grins again and fans boo more. Knight taunts the fans, stomps Bron around, then puts Bron on ropes to choke him! The ref counts, Knight lets off and stands Bron up. Bron shoves Knight then elbows him away. Bron is in a corner, Knight runs in but misses. Bron runs to rally with shoulder tackles!
Bron fires up, dodges to clinch and BELLY2BELLY! Fans fire up as Bron calls his shot. Bron brings Knight around but Knight ROCKS Bron! Knight fires off clubbing hands, spins Bron to a cravat KNEE, then runs in, into a choke grip! Bron trophy lifts Knight and carries him, to a POWERSLAM! Cover, BRON WINS!
Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall
The debut is big time for Bron! He beats the big mouthed Megastar, could he already be in line for some gold in this new era?
Bron is congratulated by the NXT roster.
A lot of other young stars, like Josh Briggs and Xyon Quinn, are happy to see another young star take it to a veteran like LA Knight. Will this be just the first of many great moments for Bron Breakker?
Imperium VS Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen!
Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner are ready to keep things going in the new era, but big mean Briggs has found someone he actually gets along with! Will the mat still be sacred? Or will the bar be raised on the way to the bar?
The teams sort out, Jensen starts with Aichner and the two tie up. Aichner waistlocks, Jensen elbows free and fires off hands. Jensen whips, Aichner reverses and blocks Jensen’s boot to reel him in for a LARIAT! Aichner brings Jensen up to CLUB him on the back. Aichner CLUBS Jensen again, whips him to ropes but Jensen rolls off his back! Aichner dodges Jensen but not the POWERSLAM! Jensen is fired up, he brings Aichner over and Briggs tags in. The good ol’ boys double whip to DOUBLE SHOULDER Aichner down! Briggs fires up, fans boo a bit as Aichner whips. Tag to Barthel and he arm-drags Briggs! Barthel wrenches, clamps onto the arm, but Briggs endures.
Briggs powers up, Barthel whips him but Briggs CLUBS and HEADBUTTS! Briggs scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM, to a STANDING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Barthel gets to a corner, Briggs runs in and blocks a boot but Barthel breaks free to KICK, CHOPS and CLUB Briggs! Briggs resists the butterfly suplex so Barthel snapmares and PENALTY KICKS! Fans cheer the Impeccable German as he puts Briggs in the ropes. Tag to Aichner, Imperium coordinates and DOUBLE DROPKICKS in the corner! Barthel and Aichner pose at the corner and fans fire up for their efficiency! Aichner gets Briggs up but Briggs hits a BIG back suplex first! Hot tag to Jensen!
Jensen rallies on Aichner, scoops him and spins for a SLAM! Jensen scoops again for a BACKBREAKER to a swing and SLAM! Barthel gets in but Briggs DECKS him! Jensen clotheslines Barthel out then gets Aichner. Barthel trips Briggs off the apron to deny the tag, then he RAMS Briggs into the steps! Aichner resists Jensen’s suplex to scoop but Jensen slips out to roll up! TWO, and Jensen CLOBBERS Aichner with an elbow! Jensen goes to a corner, skins the cat to the top rope, but Barthel is on the apron! The ref stops him but Aichner is up top, SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, Imperium wins!
Winners: Imperium, by pinfall
Aichner and Barthel were once again an efficient and dominant machine! Will they soon find their way back towards the NXT Tag Team Championships?
Hit Row speaks.
Ashante Thee Adonis asks, “Have you ever heard, ‘If you got it, flaunt it’?” Well, B-Fab’s got it, and if you’re looking for the best, stop looking. This is the illest and the realest, this is new money, this is authentic, and all y’all are just gimmicks. This is B-Fab, and the B stands for “beautiful.” Swerve says that he knew B-Fab had something special the second she caught his eye. When the rest of NXT saw it, it got real spooky. But tonight, for 2.0, B-Fab will make you big mad. Now Queen B is the baddest, #FACTS, but not just cuz how she looks. She’s the baddest cuz she’s trained with the baddest! Olympic gold medalists and world champions!
B-Fab herself says that while she can spit lines, the time for talking is over. “Let’s do this.” #SayLess. Will B-Fab bring down the house in her in-ring debut?
B-Fab w/ Hit Row VS Katrina Cortez!
The leading lady of Swerve’s House is ready to show everyone, and she means everyone (including Elektra Lopez of Legado del Fantasma) that she isn’t just a pretty face and a sharp tongue. Will Cortez be the first to sample what is behind those words?
The bell rings and B-Fab dodges Cortez’s takedown to sweep the legs. B-Fab throws forearms to put Cortez in the corner then stomps away with big wind ups! B-Fab turns Cortez around with a chinlock but Cortez throws elbows. B-Fab goes for a half straitjacket but Cortez throws elbows. So B-Fab throws Cortez! B-Fab rushes in but Cortez kicks and forearms her back! Cortez boots, hops up and leaps, into a BOOT from B-Fab! B-Fab drags Cortez up, reels her in and shouts, “Big Mad!” before her RUDE AWAKENING! Cover, B-Fab wins!
Winner: B-Fab, by pinfall
B-Fab gets the mic and says, “They thought because B-Fab wasn’t in the ring that she couldn’t do this? Oh no no no no no! We all do this.” So Senorita Secret Sauce, you were so quick to put your nose where it didn’t belong, and drank the Kool-Aid before knowing the flavor. And now this “Familia” del Legado- Heads to the ring! Lopez says, “Hey, hey, callete, idiota!” AKA shut up, girl! Elektra Lopez is talking now. Well B-Fab wants her to speak up. Lopez says no one learned their lesson before. But they can go again. Yes, please! Well this time, Lopez wont’ need a pipe to shut that yappy little mouth.
Oh~! B-Fab would love to see Lopez work without the tools. Hell, they could do this now! Santos Escobar wants Lopez to stand down but Hit Row dares her to do something. Lopez stands down, and B-Fab says Escobar just saved Lopez’s life. The tension is mounting, but what happens when it explodes inside the ring?
Dexter Lumis’ groomsmen are getting dressed.
They’re all wearing the same black long sleeves, gray slacks and black gloves Lumis likes to wear. But not only are they excited for the wedding, they’re excited for the main event! Who does everyone think will win? Cameron Grimes’ money is on Kyle. But what about Johnny Gargano? He doesn’t really care. Tonight is going ot be perfect, except for one thing. Wait, who is that knocking on their door? Gargano opens it up and… AUSTIN THEORY IS BACK! The prodigal son has returned! He wasn’t going to miss the wedding! And he brought someone else. Can’t have a wedding without a priest! DAMIAN PRIEST is back for tonight! No, he’s not really a priest, Theory.
Yeah, sorry, bro. But he’s here to party! Open bar, right? Yep! All on Grimes! Nice. Oh hey! Look at this! Gargano says not now. He HUGS Theory instead! Now that’s nice to see! Will this be the one pro-wrestling wedding that doesn’t get ruined?
Carmelo Hayes heads to the ring!
The 2021 Breakout Tournament winner, and his friend Trick Williams, are here, the contract folder in hand. Has Hayes chosen what title he’s after? We find out, after the break.
NXT returns and Samantha Irvin formally introduces Carmelo. Fans cheer for “MELO! MELO!” but Hayes wants to get to it. Three weeks ago, he won the Breakout Tournament. Life is great, he’s got the juice, but now he’s got a target on his back. Moving forward into this 2.0, no one’s catching Melo off guard. He looked around and realized, this is just a numbers game. So he called up his boy and said, “Yo, Trick, are you ’bout it?” Trick says, “Oh I’m ’bout it ’bout it!” So from now one, as long as Hayes has the contract, wherever they go, Trick goes. Whenever Hayes eats, Trick eats. Whenever Hayes gets put on, Trick gets put on.
Trick says he’s here for two reasons: he was born with the gift of the gab, and with the gift of the jab, so that’s why his punchlines hit heavy. Trick tells Melo that he’s proud of him. Hayes is the new golden child of NXT. But uh, he’s got a bone to pick with him. Hayes walks his walk and talks his talk. When Melo shoots, he don’t miss. But who is this new humble Melo? He ain’t ever been humble! Do they look humble? NOPE. Back in the day, they were quick to call a bum a bootlicker, because they can strap up the boots and make the ring talk, they #BoutItBoutIt. Hayes nods and seems to understand what Trick is saying.
They shake hands, and Hayes says Trick is right. No more holding back! It’s too hard to be this good and this humble. This contract is a guaranteed title on his waist! Hayes is the golden child! He is NXT’s CHOSEN ONE! When Melo shoots, he don’t miss. And if Hayes passes, Trick will receive. That’s all it is, that’s all it’s gon’ be! Will these two look to take over NXT as a dynamic duo? But as they leave, Duke Hudson makes his way out? Hudson tells Hayes that he got lucky in the tournament, but it won’t happen again. Hudson pushes past them to go to the ring, but Trick says this is what he means! No more of it! Trick gets in to CYCLONE BOOT Hudson down, then stomps away!
Trick wants Hayes to join in, and he does! They stomp away on Hudson, then drag him up to set him up for Hayes SPRINGBOARD SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up for this harder, meaner Melo! Will this be what helps the “golden child” get gold?
Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin speak.
“Wow. Mandy Rose, you look… amazing!” “That old you was never the real you. This is the real Mandy.” New chapter in NXT, a new Mandy Rose. And what a night for it to happen! These three head to the ring, what makeover has Mandy gone through to match NXT 2.0?
Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter VS Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin w/ Mandy Rose!
KC Squared didn’t much care for masked Mandy and her new gal pals attacking them from behind, so now it’s time to attack head on! Will this be a highlight reel for the TikTok views? Or will they feel the thorns from Rose and her buds?
NXT returns as Gigi & Jacy make their entrance. KC Squared wants at them already but the ref keeps them back. Teams sort out, Gigi starts with Kayden. Gigi rushes in but Kayden dodges to DECK Jacy, then she DECKS Gigi! Kayden rains down forearms, Kacy intercepts Jacy with a SHOTGUN dropkick! Kayden drags Gigi up to CLUB her, then whips her to the corner. Kayden runs in to splash, tag to Kacy. Kayden runs and dropkicks Gigi down, then Kacy gets in to SOMERSAULT AX KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Gigi shoves but Kacy rebounds to tilt-o-whirl. Gigi stays up but Kacy makes the crucifix into an octopus!
Kacy pulls on Gigi’s arms, and we see Kyle O’Reilly preparing backstage. Wait, Pete Dunne & Ridge Holland ATTACK Kyle! They see an opening now that Knight already lost, so they’re mugging Kyle! One of the other wrestlers hears what’s going on and rushes in to run Dunne and Holland off. Back in the ring, Gigi fights up but Kacy arm-drags her away! Jacy tags in, Kacy dodges to kick away! Kacy whips, Jacy reverses but Kacy holds ropes. Tag to Kayden, BOOT for Jacy then a GAMANGIRI! Kayden brings Jacy up, tags Kacy back in, but here comes MANDY! Mandy Rose trips Kacy and mugs Kayden!
Winners: Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter, by disqualification
The beatdown continues 3v2, and Mandy pulls off the beanie to show her true colors. But here comes SARRAY! Sarray DECKS Gigi, fires off on Jacy and throws her out, then goes after Mandy! Mandy runs before she gets hit in the face again, but Sarray regroups with KC Squared. Sarray and KC Squared dare Team Mandy to do something, but NXT goes to break!
Six Woman Tag: Sarray, Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter VS Mandy Rose, Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin!
Holla holla, player! NXT returns and Gigi is all over Kayden. But Kayden arm-drags free, to tag to Sarray! Sarray dodges and HEEL KICKS Gigi, then DECKS Jacy and Mandy! Fans fire up with the Warrior of the Sun as she goes up top. Gigi stands, Sarray leaps to missile dropkick! Sarray fires up more and she PERFECT PLEXES! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Sarray bumps Gigi off buckles. Sarray goes corner to corner to dropkick! Tag to Kayden, she tags Kacy and brings Gigi around. Whip and trip to a basement dropkick! Kacy slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO! Jacy and Mandy distract but Kacy swipes at them. Kacy turns around, into Gigi’s ROUNDHOUSE!
Tag to Mandy and she stomps away on Kacy! The ref counts, Mandy puts Kacy on ropes and chokes her! The ref counts, Mandy yanks the rope to snap Kacy down. Mandy bumps Kacy off buckles, RAMS her in, then rams her shoulder in! Jacy tag sin and elbows Kacy, then tag to Gigi. Jacy feeds Kacy to Gigi’s clothesline! Cover, TWO! Gigi puts Kacy on the ropes and fish hooks her face! The ref counts, Gigi lets off but Jacy BOOTS Kacy down! Kayden protests but Gigi gets Kacy up to whip her into the corner. Tag to Mandy, she throws hands on Kacy. Mandy brings Kacy up for a scoop and holds her with one arm before she SLAMS her down! Cover, TWO!
Mandy grins as she brings Kacy into body scissors! Kacy endures the squeeze, fans rally up, and Kacy pushes back to get a cover! TWO, but Mandy lets Kacy go. Kacy throws body shots and forearms, but Mandy shoves her. Kacy jumps but Mandy catches her for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Mandy kips up and storms after Kacy to put her back in the corner. Tag to Jacy and she CHOPS Kacy! Jacy snap suplexes, runs and back sentons! Cover, TWO! Jacy grows frustrated but she drags Kacy away to the corner. Tag to Mandy and she taunts little Kacy. Scoop but Kacy slips out to slip under, but Mandy gets a foot! Kacy BOOTS Mandy, tag to Kayden!
Kayden rallies on Mandy and team, throws big forearms and then a waistlock., Mandy elbows free but Kayden comes back to dropkick! Team Mandy is all lined up, BIG forearm smash! Kady then DROPKICK SPLASHES Jacy and Mandy! Kayden whips, Mandy reverse but Kayden wheelbarrows to the SUPERKICK! Cover, but Jacy BOOTS Kayden down! Kacy BOOTS Jacy! Gigi whips Kacy out hard! Sarray DROPKICKS Gigi! Fans fire up again as Sarray eggs Mandy on! Mandy fires off forearms in payback for her face! Whip and wheelbarrow to FACEBUSTER! But Kayden BUZZSAWS Mandy! Cover, TWO!! The Rose survives being mowed down and “THIS IS AWESOME!”
Kayden waistlocks, Mandy fights free and O’Conner Rolls. Kayden bucks that, dodges Jacy, but Mandy shoves Kayden into ropes! KNEE FROM A ROSE! Cover, Team Mandy wins!
Winners: Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne, by pinfall
The real influencer in Mandy Rose has led her young cohorts to victory! Will they continue to grow and climb the ranks in the NXT Women’s Division?
Indi Hartwell has her wedding dress on.
Cora Jade and Persia say she looks great and Candice LeRae tells Cora to take off her beanie. It’s not appropriate for the wedding. Now things are perfect. But will they stay that way for much longer?
Backstage interview with William Regal.
The NXT General Manager takes this moment to address something. The attack by Ridge Holland and Pete Dunne has made Kyle O’Reilly unable to compete tonight. But the Fatal 4 Way is still going to be a Fatal 4 Way, with the substitute being the superstar who saved Kyle: Von Wagner. Wagner is being thrown right into the fire, but can he withstand the pressure?
Ridge Holland VS ???
Northern Grit already got in on the action helping the Bruiserweight improve his odds in tonight’s main event. But who will get all of Holland’s brawn and brutality in the ring?
NXT returns and it turns out, Rockstar Spud drew the short straw! Maybe this is why he wasn’t in the dressing room with the other groomsmen… Will Drake Maverick still be able to make it to the #InDex wedding tonight?
The bell rings and Maverick goes for a leg. Holland pries him right off to CLUB him down. Holland dead lifts Maverick for a BACKBREAKER, then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Grayson Waller is in Maverick’s corner and is coaching him up, but it isn’t helping as Holland DECKS Maverick! Holland hauls Maverick up, reels him in and CLOBBERS him! Holland looms over Maverick, drags him up and fans rally even as the crossface forearms come in! Maverick refuses to quit but Holland drags him back up by his neck. Maverick throws hands, SLAPS Holland, but that only upsets him more! Holland CLOBBERS Maverick, then seethes as he stalks behind him.
Maverick drags himself up the ropes, but Holland HEADBUTTS, to the NORTHERN GRIT!! Cover, Holland wins!
Winner: Ridge Holland, by pinfall
Waller checks on Maverick as Holland gets his hat. Will Holland look to wreak more havoc before the night is done?
Backstage interview with Tommaso Ciampa.
After learning the changes to the match, can Ciampa define “NXT 2.0” after the overall changes? Define NXT 2.0? Apparently it’s chaos, young hungry stars shooting their shots, the Do It Yourself mentality. Ciampa’s been there. But tonight isn’t about any of them. It is about the reason we’re all here: THE NXT Championship. When you think of that title and Ciampa, you think Goldie. And when you think of Goldie, you think if Ciampa and the title. Ciampa has waited 908 DAYS. Tonight, Ciampa gets redemption.
NXT hears from a new arrival.
“I was born and raised on the streets of Chicago. And I come from a long line of businessmen. My family has interests in waste management, the fish market, the meat market, you name it.” But this man found success in his own way: wrestling at University of Buffalo. He was even named All American for the Greco-Roman style. His family smartened him up. There’s no real money in amateur wrestling. But the real money is in professional wrestling, and in NXT. Tony D’Angelo is coming soon!
The Creed Brothers w/ The Diamond Mine VS ???
Julius & Brutus were brutal in their debut, and they look to repeat that performance. Will they forge their legacy under the continued guidance of the Savior of the Backbreaker?
NXT returns and Dan Jarmon & Trevor Skelly are the team stepping up to the Creed Brothers. Brutus starts with Jarmon and the two tie up. Brutus gets a leg, takes Jarmon down to a facelock and gator roll. Brutus then stands Jarmon up to RAM him into ropes! Brutus lets off to CLUB Jarmon down, then he fires up and slaps Jarmon around. Jarmon fires up, throws hands, but Brutus grabs him to SHOVE him out of the ring! Brutus glares at Skelly as he goes out to fetch Jarmon. Brutus TRIPS Skelly just because he can, and then he shoves Jarmon in. Brutus drags Jarmon up to a fireman’s carry, then DEATH VALLEY DRIVES him into Skelly!
Julius comes in without a tag, he scoops Skelly as Brutus scoops Jarmon. SCOOP SLAM SANDWICH! Skelly flops out of the ring, Brutus gut wrench gator rolls to get Jarmon up, GUT WRENCH BOMB to the ropes! The brothers slap each other as the tag, and Julius drags Jarmon up for a GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Julius makes Jarmon tag Skelly! Then he TOSSES Skelly into the ring! Skelly hits back with haymakers and a dropkick! The one weakness in the Creed game is strikes! Brutus chuckles but Julius says, “I LOVE THIS!” Julius tosses Skelly to ropes, catches him on the rebound and hits an EXPLODER!
Julius then gets up and under Skelly for the RUNNING SPINEBUSTER, to SLIDING LARIAT!! Cover, the Creed Brothers win!
Winners: The Creed Brothers, by pinfall
And they throw out Skelly to make room for their fight team! Malcolm Bivens, Roderick Strong and Hideki Suzuki are all proud of their brutes, and Bivens gets on the mic. “The Creed Brothers just proved that they can destroy any human being with two legs. You may walk in this ring, but you’ll be carried out. This is the most dominant groups of athletes in sports entertainment.” So then allow Bivens to introduce us to their newest recruit, Ivy Nile. No one is more determined than Ivy, no one works harder, and he wants her to show off the body. Ivy flexes, and Bivens says she hasn’t had carbs since 2005!
Bivens continues to brag on Nile’s behalf: She runs 10 miles before breakfast, and was the star of NBC’s Titan Games! “Ivy Nile exemplifies what Diamond Mine is all about.” They shake on it, but here comes KUSHIDA! “You talk, you talk, you talk talk talk talk talk talk! You talk TOO MUCH!” If Roddy is ready, so is Kushida! Bivens says okay, so let’s make it for next week for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship! We have one week before that big money fight, but who cashes in on that winner’s paycheck?
Dexter Lumis is in his tuxedo.
It is a sparkling gold and black, and Lumis takes a moment to comb his mustache. Will he be ready for the biggest night of his life?
Vacant NXT Championship Fatal 4 Way: Tommaso Ciampa VS LA Knight VS
Kyle O’Reilly Von Wagner VS Pete Dunne!
With the Megastar getting beat to open the night and one man taken out by a backstage attack, are the odds in favor of the Psycho Killer and the Bruiserweight? Who will prove they’re not just the baddest man in NXT, but become the NEW NXT Champion?
NXT returns and Knight has recovered enough to make it to the ring. Von makes his entrance next, going from nobody to a contender all in his television debut! But last but certainly not least, Mr. NXT, Tommaso Ciampa, makes his way to the ring! The bell rings and hands start flying! Knight goes after Von, Ciampa is after Dunne! Fans fire up as Von DECKS Knight then waits for Ciampa to stop stomping Dunne. Ciampa shoves Von, Von shoves back! Dunne DECKS Ciampa, Von DECKS Dunne! Knight rolls Von up, TWO! Knight kicks low to DDT! Knight BOOTS Ciampa, elbows Ciampa and scoop SLAMS Ciampa down!
Knight back elbows Von, brings him around and whips. Von reverses to elbow Knight down! Knight staggers up into a BIG back suplex! But Dunne gets Von’s arm and wrenches to pull the fingers! Dunne bends the elbow and STOMPS the arm! Ciampa and Dunne stare down and fans fire up again. Dunne shrugs and the hands start flying again! Dunne wrenches, wristlocks, bends the fingers and the arm, then digs his forearm into Ciampa’s face. Ciampa avoids the stomp to forearm and back hand! Snapmare and a trapped arm for CLUBBING forearms! Knight chinlocks Ciampa, but Ciampa gets around to clothesline Knight out of the ring!
Dunne whips Ciampa and things speed up. Dunne hurdles, drops and CLOBBERS Ciampa! Ciampa sits up in a daze as Dunne shrugs again. Dunne goes after the arm, hammerlocks and traps it to then pull the other arm. Dunne bends the fingers but Von BOOTS Dunne down! Von gets Dunne up but Dunne CHOPS away on him! Von ROCKS Dunne but Dunne ENZIGURIS! Von roars to CLOBBER Dunne! Knight returns but swings into Von’s LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Von towers over Knight as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Knight grinds Ciampa down with a chinlock. Von and Dunne are down on the outside but fans rally up. Ciampa fights up, throws body shots and elbows but Knight knees low. Knight shoves but Ciampa KICKS Knight! Ciampa KICKS Dunne, fires off CHOPS on them both, then big haymakers! Ciampa blocks Dunne’s kick, then ducks the enziguri, and it hits Knight! Ciampa throws more forearms, then runs to start up endless clotheslines on Knight and Dunne! Back and forth, but then he dodges both Dunne and Knight to DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE! Fans are thunderous but here comes Von! Ciampa dodges, kicks and reels him in, but Von powers up to back drop!
Dunne STOMPS Von’s hands to then BUZZSAW! BUZZSAW for Ciampa! BFT from Knight to Dunne! Cover but Von breaks it! Knight is shocked but Von reels him in. Knight kicks back, BFT for Von! Ciampa schoolboys Knight into the ropes, WILLOW’S BELL! Cover, Dunne drags Knight out! Ciampa sees all his targets outside, he builds speed and TORNILLOS out onto them all! Ciampa goes to Goldie on her pedestal, and he grins as he looks into the reflection. Ciampa puts Dunne in, runs in and PSYCHO KNEES Dunne at the ropes! Underhooks, but Dunne resists the Fairy Tale Ending! Dunne has the hands, the fingers, and SNAPS them!
Dunne pump handles for a BITTER END! But Knight throws Dunne out! Knight sees Von, Von reels him in for an OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Von was so close and yet so far from the biggest debut in NXT history! Dunne returns, Von is right after him! Ciampa is after Von, too, and the veterans pinball the young gun a moment. But Dunne and Ciampa end up in opposite corners. They shrug, then DOUBLE FOREARM SMASH Von! Ciampa and Dunne stare down and fans are thunderous as they throw forearms! Ciampa gets the edge, but Dunne brags Ciampa’s beard to SLAP him! Ciampa KNEES, then runs, into a SNAP GERMAN!
Ciampa flops out of the ring, Dunne snarls and goes to the corner, but Knight springs right up! SUPERPLEX!! But VON gets in, and he reels Knight in for the BUTTERFLY SLAM! Cover, KNEE from Ciampa breaks it! Ciampa gets Knight, reel shim in, FAIRY TALE ENDING! Cover, Ciampa wins!!
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall (NEW NXT Champion)
After 908 DAYS, Goldie is coming home to Daddy Ciampa! The old man is back on top of the mountain, but will he be ready for all that’s coming his way?
The ring becomes a wedding altar!
It’s time! After a whirlwind love affair, time to tie the knot. The other superstars of NXT are the honored guests of The Way, from Ember Moon, Zoey Stark and Io Shirai to even the Grizzled Young Veterans. Though, Zack Gibson and James Drake both think this “dodgy” wedding is not going to go. “It’s gonna be utter carnage.” The guests go to their seats as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns once more, Lumis and his groomsmen are already in the ring. The organ begins to play, the guests stand at attention, and Gargano walks Indi down the aisle a bit awkwardly. They go up the steps and into the ring, and Indi is already emotional seeing all of her friends and peers here. The fans cheer and the priest allows everyone to be seated. “Dearly beloved. We’re gathered here tonight to join Dexter Gaylord Lumis and Indi Ophelia Hartwell in holy matrimony. Who gives this woman away?” Johnny Gargano, the first NXT Triple Crown- No, Johnny, this is Indi’s night, just get to it. Right, right. John Gargano gives away Indi. Better.
And who has the rings? Gargano keeps asking Indi if she’s sure about this and Candice has him stop. The ringbearer is… Theory? They’re in a ring, silly! Yes, but do you have the rings?! Huh? It’s JIRO~! Ikemen Jiro opens his orange jacket, that has grapefruits and apples printed on it, and tada! Ring box. Wait you gave the rings to him!? They’re friends?! Yep! Okay, okay, at least the rings are here. Keep the wedding going, folks. Before the ceremony continues, if there is anyone here who believes these two cannot lawfully be wed, speak now or forever hold your piece. Uh… Almost everyone wants to raise their hands, but then Lumis threatens them with a hatchet. Gargano says serves them all right!
So moving on… Indi may now share her vows. “Dexter Gaylord Lumis, you’re misunderstood by so many people. While many people see you as a creep, I see you as my cuddly teddy bear.” Aww…? “Some people see you as a stalker, but what I see is a caring man with a well-groomed mustache, tight clothes, and who never takes his eyes off me.” Indi finds it sweet that he keeps following her around, watching her every move. When they call him a freak, she says “Damn right he’s a freak!” Wink wink. Lumis gives a knowing nod. “Dexter’s MY freak!” Indi remembers when he snuck into her room late at night when Johnny and Candice-
Lumis cuts Indi off by covering the mic there. Johnny and Candice are shocked to hear this! When is she talking about?! Lumis shakes his head. He’s so cute when he’s flustered. But he never loses staring contests, he keeps Indi safe, and understands her as she understands him. She can’t wait to spend the rest of their lives together. Indi loves Dexter! Now, Dexter may share his vows. Shh, shh! Is he going to speak?! He gives a thumbs up. Is that it? No words? His beautiful bride poured her heart out and he has nothing to say? Maybe this is just nerves. The priest checks with Lumis, and is put in the SILENCE CLUTCH!! Lumis, you can’t finish a wedding without a priest!!
Unless… Johnny?! No, REGAL! Regal is ordained or something, right? Even Zombie Ref agrees! No wait, BETH PHOENIX steps up! She finds the last page of the priest’s script and then says hi. Um so she figured something like this would happen, and she got ordained as a minister just in case! Well that’s convenient! Anyway, Beth says just cut to the chase! “Did somebody Andre Chase?” NO, ANDRE! No one says your name ever! Chase says this is a teachable- Odyssey Jones gets Chase with the double shoulder claws! Chase lets this continue and Jones gives a thumbs up to Lumis. Beth asks Johnny for the rings. Right, the rings.
Johnny opens the box, Indi and Lumis take a ring each, and Beth says, “Indi Hartwell. Do you take Dexter to be your wedded husband? To have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for rich or for poor, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish until death… preferably of natural causes, not from an axe, do you part?” Indi says, “I do!” The ring is on Lumis’ finger and now Beth asks Dexter the same. Dexter stares and Beth says that’s a yes! But then he covers Beth’s mic! “I… do.” YAY~! He spoke AND he is marrying Indi! Beth says by the power invested in her by FreeOnlineOrdainment.com (probably not real?) she pronounces them husband and wife! Kiss the bride! They kiss, and everyone celebrates the first successful wedding in pro-wrestling history!!
Lumis picks Indi up and she gives a thumbs up. But watching backstage is Ciampa. Bron walks over and congratulates the champ. Ciampa thanks him, and congratulates Bron on his first win in NXT. They shake hands, but Bron is of course eyeing Goldie at the same time. New faces, new look, but same old story. Will Ciampa be ready for all those targeting his title?
Let me just say now, I do not care for Team Vince insisting this be called “NXT 2.0,” just to make a point that they’re doing stuff with it now. It’s asinine to say the least. I also don’t understand the choice of the random color patterns, trying to keep this from being the black ‘n’ gold brand. The color scheme wasn’t the problem, Vince, IT’S YOU. That said, a lot of confusing ideas happened just to make it obvious this is the new regime. Also, presentation wise, with camera angles and bright lights, and again the color barf everywhere, this was like them trying to make NXT a throwback to the 80’s when it didn’t need to be.
Also, no explanation as to why the NXT Women’s Championship match that was clearly scheduled last week did NOT happen tonight? Not even something humorous like Franky Monet not being ready from a bougie, superficial standpoint? If they were going to cancel things, find good ways to do it instead of suddenly doing it because no one in management gives a crap! Vince can’t seem to help himself, no matter what he does. Two title matches and the wedding segment would’ve really bumped things up a notch, because sadly, this “2.0” thing needed it. Yes, B-Fab gets a win in her first match but of course she was going to. Then Hit Row and Legado have an awkward version of an unscripted promo where they talk over each other, but I am still hoping to see a real match from B-Fab VS Lopez.
We still got some good stuff from the sequence of women’s tag matches tonight. KC Squared VS Gigi & Jacy was good, but Mandy’s makeover was a bit overhyped. No more bleach blonde, now she’s natural brunette, but I was honestly expecting scary make-up. But I guess going from glam to street tough is fine, not that it really fits in with Gigi or Jacy. It should still be glam with the fishnets and darker colors, like grays and silvers. Maybe she was just waiting for her new ring gear? Sarray and KC Squared not winning was a bit of a surprise, though. But I suppose with Shirai & Stark as Face tag champs and Raquel Gonzalez being Face top champ, we need some Heels to build up and here’s a trio already.
Bron Breakker (son of Rick Steiner) got a big debut tonight, taking advantage of Knight’s arrogance and then having a moment at the end of the night very reminiscent of John Cena shaking hands with then champion Undertaker. Vince’s NXT is clearly going to have big things planned for him just on that, I just hope Bron can keep up with those expectations. At the same time, I do find it interesting that Hayes is having an attitude change and now a friend to help him out. Trick did a very good job in his promo, even if that “gift of gab and gift of jab” line feels like it was dug up from somewhere. I almost feel like Hayes is going to find a way to turn his Breakout Tournament into a tag title shot for him and Trick, just on the virtue of everything else being spoken for.
The Creed Brothers had another strong showing against random goobers, and it’s good to see Diamond Mine is expanding into the women’s division, but the big news is that we’re finally getting Kushida VS Strong. That match could go either way, but something makes me think Strong has his Diamond Mine help him win. Kushida can call for a rematch as NXT heads for some big event, maybe a Halloween Havoc 2 which won’t be as fun without Shotzi. Unless Shotzi gets to come back for a guest spot like Damian Priest did. For calling it “2.0” and changing all its aesthetics, if Vince decides NXT can have alumni return, that much will help this transition.
In regards to Samoa Joe’s injury, hopefully it isn’t as serious as his previous because Joe deserves to see through all that talk of legacy and prestige for NXT, even if Joe is more what we think of as a HHH kind of guy. The Fatal 4 Way we got after Kyle was kayfabe removed was still good because it still had Ciampa and Dunne, but I will say that Von Wagner did a good job and got to look good in his first match. Von’s been waiting a long time in NXT security so this is great for him, but maybe he settles down into the North American Championship scene for a bit. Ciampa winning is a great choice, as he has been a major part of NXT for a long time.
And of course, the wedding! For one, I’m surprised they went through without giving us kayfabe chaos and pandemonium. The comedy aspect was about as good as could happen in a scripted scene happening live and in one take. Chase probably didn’t need to have his moment, it was a bad name pun, but fans did love Odyssey stepping up to shut Chase up, and so did I. Lumis choking out the minister was telegraphed by how the minister was getting upset on Indi’s behalf, and I was really hoping for Damian or Regal to step up, but of course it was Beth. She’s been the #InDex superfan since day one, so it was only right that she get a part to play. Hooray for kayfabe love conquering all, and further history was made by the wedding having a happy ending.
My Score: 8.5/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 10.21.2021
Bound for Glory is on Saturday! How does IMPACT! hype us up for one of their crowning PPVs of the year?!
We get to see Mickie in an IMPACT ring for the first since 2015, Heath tries to get answers out of Rhino and we’ll probably see a lot of Josh Alexander and Christian Cage fleshing out the last little bits of the World Title match.
Aside from that, do we get anything of note to talk about, or is it just an appetizer for the real show on Saturday?
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) October 22, 2021
- Bullet Club (Chris Bey & Hikuleo) vs FinJuice: NO CONTEST/Double Pinfall – ***
- Jordynne Grace & Fallah Bahh vs Tenille Dashwood & John Skyler vs Chelsea Green & Crazzy Steve: Tenille wins via Spotlight Kick – ***
- Pick Your Poison: Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Mickie James: Mickie wins via Mick DDT – *** ¼
- Alex Zayne vs Trey Miguel: Miguel wins via Meteora – ** ¾
The Insiders Stream on YouTube didn’t start until about 9:00pm, I’m not sure why IMPACT constantly has issues, but YouTube is not a hard platform to utilize. These delays are inane and embarrassing.
Bullet Club (Chris Bey & Hikuleo) vs FinJuice
Bey and Leo try some trickery early, but Finlay keeps pace. When Leo gets back into the match he starts throwing Finlay around a bit, which opens up opportunity for Bey. Bey looks to get flashy, but Finlay manages to get Juice in and Juice comes in hot. He nearly flips Bey out of the ring, takes Leo off the apron and tags in Finlay for some tandem work.
Leo breaks up the pinfall and then throws out Juice. Finlay grabs Bey in a Backbreaker/STO combination but Bey’s feet bump the referee. Leo chokeslams Finlay, puts Bey on top, but it takes the new referee too long to show up and it’s only a two count. We see Hikuleo trying to finish things, while the new referee tries to wake up the original referee. Leo gets double teamed, Juice Rolls Up Leo and then Bey Rolls Up Finlay, both referees count a 3 count for the different pinfalls. So we get a little call back to Beer Money and Motor City Machine Guns if we’re staying within TNA Universe.
This will probably end up a triple threat, unlike the MCMG/Beer Money double pinfall which ended in overtime.
There’s a long segment with Josh Alexander giving us his story. It’s not a bad segment, but the only advantage to the show starting late means I got to rewind for the match and speed through most of this. Alexander is a great story, but I already mostly know it, and would really like to see him win at Bound for Glory. Get the title back on a wrestler on the actual IMPACT roster.
Jordynne Grace & Fallah Bahh vs Tenille Dashwood & John Skyler vs Chelsea Green & Crazzy Steve:
This is a Digital Media Championship preliminary match. I find it interesting that there’s 3 men and 3 women. So instead of one or two for “inclusion” it’s actually an even spread. The way the teams are broken apart is interesting too where it’s Power vs Crazy vs Opportunistic.
The gimmicks actually paid off in the match. Jodynne massacred kids, but then things started to get a little messy. Fallah gets a handle on things, squishes the world, and then looks to BAHHnzai Drop on Tenille but Kaleb gets involved. A little more confusion, Steve hits King Kill 33 on Fallah, but Skyler pulls Steve out of the ring. Tenille hits the Spotlight Kick and the Opportunistic team win because well…there was an opportunity.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) October 22, 2021
Pick Your Poison: Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Mickie James
Mickie takes a moment to absorb the accolades from the crowd first, and then we see a quick strategy twist. Savannah looks for a few Haymakers and using her reach to her advantage, where Mickie just finds a few quick strikes and interesting angles to land some offense. Mickie looked to be building some momentum, and then Tasha got involved.
Savannah starts to dominate after the assist from her second. Big Bear Hug in the middle has Savannah just ragdolling Mickie until she can land a few choice Forearms. Mickie fights out, Sole Butts, a few nice attacks and Mickie hits the Avalanche Thesz Press, but only a 2 count. Deonna’s music plays as Savannah kicks out, Mickie is distracted and then we see Savannah lay in some big shots. The Full Nelson Bomb only gets Savannah a 2. Mick Kick rocks Mickie and then Mick DDT for the win. Hardcore Country wins the match.
Deonna walks down, mouths off…actually pushes Mickie…so I’m confused about the no contact clause…but then Rehwoldt shows up behind Mickie and wipes her out.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) October 22, 2021
Alex Zayne vs Trey Miguel
The Sauce against the other guy who can’t speak but likes to try to use food analogies and sucks at it, aka, Trey Miguel. He’s like a Young Will Ospreay with less ability to talk…so no upside at the moment cause Ospreay was pretty awful up until a year or two ago.
So this is just a lot of counters, blocks, Arm Wringers, not much direct offense, just a lot of choreographed spots. This feels like a much slower paced version of a Ricochet/Ospreay match from 2016. Zayne is a more fluid wrestler, and he just makes everything look good. Miguel does a weird Cradled Octopus but Zayne responds with a Handspring Frankensteiner, as an early highlight spot.
Miguel in Ospreay fashion hits the Cheeky Nandos, into the corner stuck Tiger Feint, Meteora and Trey wins.
Thankfully Maclin attacks Trey after the match so I feel generally better. Bullet Club comes out and take out both Maclin and Trey. El Phantasmo just baby faced himself in my house.
Show ends with the usual talking segment hyping the World Title match. Alexander gets a “You Deserve It” from the crowd and portrays himself as the everyman fighting for his boys. Christian’s music hits and Captain Charisma vacuum shows up to stir a pot that doesn’t need to be stirred.
Christian taking the experienced thrives under pressure condescending veteran angle is…annoying. Like I said a few weeks ago, the boxes they are trying to play in, I don’t love. Alexander does flip the script nicely talking about how people classified him as nothing more than a Tag Team guy, and “sounding familiar” strikes a chord with Christian. Small scuffle as Christian tries to snip back, but it’s fairly paint by numbers.
Overall Score: 5/10
Low key? This was a pretty lame episode for an Impact Go Home. The matches weren’t really anything special, with the most happening during Pick Your Poison, but it effectively being a non-issue. The YouTube delay of course hurt my enjoyment of the show, but even without the delay, I don’t really feel like this would’ve registered much higher on my scale.
I am looking forward to Bound for Glory because of who’s in the matches, but this episode didn’t help sell it. Thankfully it’s already sold out, and most people probably decided if they were purchasing it by now.
When it comes down to it, I’m expecting quite a few title changes, even though I’m figuring that Mickie’s involvement is more of a one off to give the rub to younger talent and cement her dominant reign. Alexander I would love to see win the belt and The IInspiration would do wonders and put an immediate spotlight on a division that has floundered behind a lack of real teams and no real direction.
So I’ll see all of you on Saturday for Bound for Glory!
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 31 Results & Report! (10/21/21)
Will history be denied in the Climax?
The Autumn heatwave comes to a head right here!
NJPW could see something never before seen! The Golden Star makes a fourth finals appearance, but will he have a historic THREEPEAT in the G1?
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.
- The United Empire VS Toru Yano & Yuji Nagata; Yano & Nagata win.
- Six Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; House of Torture wins.
- Special Exhibition: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Katsuyori Shibata; Time Limit Draw.
- G1 Climax 31 Finals: Kota Ibushi VS Kazuchika Okada; Okada wins and has the Right to Challenge for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
The United Empire VS Toru Yano & Yuji Nagata!
Jeff Cobb was so close to the G1 finals but he still fell short. Will he and Great-O-Khan unleash their frustrations on the Producer and Blue Justice? Or will their woes only continue on the final night?
Cobb and Khan stand still at center during Yano’s long introduction. The teams sort out and Khan calls Yano out. Fans rally up, Yano starts with Khan and the two circle. Yano is a bit scared of Khan but then Khan attacks from behind! Khan stomps and CLUBS Yano in a corner, rakes his eyes, then lets off as the ref counts. Khan whips Yano corner to corner but Yano reverses, and goes to untie the corner pad! Yano gets the buckle pad off, Khan runs corner to corner but Yano dodges! Khan hits bare buckles, Yano slaps Khan on the back of his head! Fans rally up as Yano runs, but Khan BOOTS him down!
Khan drags Yano up by his ears, the ref counts and Khan throws Yano out. Cobb gets in to DECK Nagata! The United Empire goes out, Khan SMACKS Yano with the buckle pad! Khan stomps Yano at the railing, then storms off. Cobb stomps Nagata, fans rally up, and a ring count begins. Khan drags Yano up and puts him in, then CHOKES him! The ref reprimands, Khan lets go at 4, and he taunts Yano with his ponytail before he stomps him down. Fans rally up for “Y T R! Y T R!” but Khan drags Yano up and to the corner. Cobb tags in and headbutts Yano in the side! Cobb slaps Yano around, brings him up and ROCKS him with a forearm.
Cobb headbutts Yano down, drags him to a cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! Cobb is annoyed but fans rally up as he drags Yano around. Cobb hoists Yano up and RAMS him into a corner! Then goes corner to corner, but chooses not to use the bare buckles as he rams Yano in again! And again! Fans fire up for that showing of strength, and Cobb taunts Yano. Fans rally, Yano throws body shots, but Cobb eggs him on. Yano throws a forearm, Cobb knees him down! Yano pulls hair, Cobb ROCKS him with a right! Cobb whips but Yano reverses to throw Cobb down by his hair! Hot tag to Nagata! Nagata BOOTS Cobb, BOOTS Khan then KICKS away on Cobb!
Nagata whips Cobb but Cobb reverses, only for Nagata to come back with a BOOT! Nagata brings Cobb up but Cobb blocks the exploder, so Nagata ENZIGURIS! Cobb staggers, fans rally for Nagata and he runs in to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Nagata reels Cobb in but Cobb fights off the exploder. Nagata throws forearms, whips but Cobb reverses to DROPKICK! Fans rally up and Cobb tags in Khan. Khan and Cobb coordinate, Khan CLUBS and stomps Nagata. The United Empire double whip then Cobb whips Khan in, but Nagata dodges to BOOT Cobb down! Khan dodges the boot but Nagata holds off the iron claw!
Khan keeps trying but Nagata throws the claw away. Nagata fakes Khan out to dropkick Khan’s leg! Nagata then dodges Khan’s clothesline to hit an EXPLODER! Fans fire up and Nagata tags in Yano! Yano fires up and whips Khan. Khan reverses but Yano stops himself from hitting the bare buckles, only for Khan to RAM him in! Khan whips Yano to ropes, Yano holds ropes and dodges Khan to clinch and BELLY2BELLY! Fans rally, Yano drags Khan up and dodges the claw to Fireman’s Carry Takeover! But Khan returns the Fireman’s Carry Takeover! Fans fire up, Khan elbows Nagata down and Cobb joins in.
The United Empire double whip Yano, Khan runs in and clotheslines! Cobb runs in to back elbow! Cobb gut wrench suplexes Yano, then Khan gut wrench suplexes Yano back! Cover, but Nagata breaks it! Cobb throws hands on Nagata then throws Nagata out. Cobb keeps after Nagata with a choke against railing! Fans rally up as Khan pushes Yano towards his boot! But the ref is distracted by Nagata whipping Cobb into railing and Yano LOW BLOWS Khan! Cover, Yano & Nagata win!!
Winners: Toru Yano & Yuji Nagata, by pinfall
The United Empire got ahead of itself and now they’ve lost again! Will they ever be able to face their leader, Will Ospreay, like this?
Six Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture!
Tomohiro Ishii fell in the ninth but Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI finished strong. Now they go back to focusing on being NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions. Will they win together in this non-title match? Or will the King of Darkness lead Tokyo Pimp and High Voltage to victory in their first trios outing?
Sho still has a Chaos towel and looks at it. It hasn’t been updated, it still has his name on it. He throws it down and stomps on it! And a brawl breaks out! Hashi throws Evil out, Ishii is after Yujiro, and Goto goes after Sho in the ring. The bell rings and Goto stomps away in the corner. The ref counts as Goto digs his boot in but Goto lets off to then stomp Sho more. Goto stands Sho up to CHOP him, then whips him corner to corner. Goto runs in to clothesline, then he feeds Sho to Hashi’s CHOP! Sho sputters and crawls but Goto-Hashi fire off on him. They double whip but Sho holds ropes, and then Evil and Yujiro get in to throw them down! Sho DECKS Ishii, then stomps away on Goto!
Evil and Yujiro go after Ishii and Hashi, then Sho stomps Goto out of the ring. Sho goes after Goto’s bad arm with elbows, and Evil RAMS Ishii into railing in front of commentary! The ref is busy watching Sho and Goto so Evil gets a chair to dig it into Ishii’s neck! Sho digs his heel into Goto, the ref reprimands, but Yujiro whips Hashi into railing on the other side. Sho stomps Goto but fans rally up for Chaos. Goto hits back but Sho CLUBS away on him! Sho drags Goto up and puts him in the ring. Sho whips him in, and surprise! The blue corner’s buckles are bare! Standard Bullet Club fare at this point. Evil tags in and he stands on Goto’s head.
Hashi gets in and goes after Evil but Evil rakes Hashi’s eyes! Evil throws Hashi out but distracts the ref so that Dick Togo can whip Hashi hard into railing! Evil drags Goto up, CLUBS the bad arm, then gives him toying kicks. Fans rally up for Goto as Evil drags him up. Evil CLUBS the bad arm, tags in Yujiro, and Yujiro drives an elbow into the bad arm. Yujiro wraps the arm around ropes while Sho distracts the ref. Yujiro lets off to bring Goto around and snapmare. Yujiro runs to basement boot the bad arm! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Yujiro stomps Goto to the ropes but Goto kicks back. Yujiro knees low, tags in Sho, and Sho taunts Ishii before he mugs Goto.
Sho stomps and digs his heel into Goto’s bad arm! Sho even uses the ropes! Ishii gets in but the ref works to keep him back. Sho taunts Ishii but Ishii still backs down. Fans rally, Goto rises, but Sho slaps him. Goto throws elbows and CHOPS! Sho elbows the bad arm again and again! Goto drops to a knee, Sho wrenches the good arm and KICKS away. But Goto blocks a kick, so Sho rakes his eyes! Sho runs, Goto follows and LARIATS! Both men are down and fans rally up again! Goto crawls, hot tag to Ishii! Ishii storms in after Sho, drags him up but Sho throws forearms! Ishii just ROCKS Sho! Yujiro runs in but Ishii ROCKS him, too!
Ishii whips, Yujiro reverses and Evil catches Ishii. Yujiro runs in but Ishii boots him first! Ishii elbows Evil away and then baits Yujiro in! Yujiro falls for it, Ishii sends him at Evil! Ishii whips and sends Yujiro in again! Evil holds on but Ishii baits Yujiro in again! Yujiro runs but Ishii dodges and the BOOT sends Evil down! Ishii runs and CLOBBERS Yujiro! Fans fire up as Ishii stands tall and goes back to Sho. Ishii CHOPS high on Sho and the ref reprimands but Ishii still CHOPS! Sho gasps and sputters, Ishii stands him up to CHOP him and slap him! Ishii drags Sho up to suplex, but Sho slips out to waistlock. Ishii elbows away until he’s free, then runs into Sho’s kitchen sink knee!
Sho stomps Ishii to a corner, stomps away on him and digs in boots. The ref reprimands, counts, but Sho lets off at 4. Sho comes back to KICK Ishii but Ishii stands right up! Ishii throws forearms but Sho gives them back. Fans fire up as the two go back and forth, and Ishii gets the edge! Sho wobbles, Ishii runs but Sho JUMP KNEES! Sho whips Ishii into the bare buckles! But Ishii swats the clothesline away, only to swing into a waistlock. Sho shoves Ishii to ropes and Evil trips him up! Sho runs to basement dropkick! Evil tags in, Sho goes after Goto-Hashi! Yujiro and Evil whip Ishii into a corner, Yujiro runs in to BOOT! Sho adds a clothesline, then Evil adds his own!
Evil brings Ishii out to a FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Evil is furious but the ref defends his count. Fans rally up for “I-SHI-I!” but Evil drags him back up. Evil fireman’s carries but Ishii fights free to shove Evil into Hashi’s forearm! Then Ishii reels Evil in for a BIG back suplex! Both men are down, fans rally up, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs but Evil blocks the clothesline, so Hashi CHOPS! Evil rebounds but Hashi forearms, kicks and CHOPS! Evil spins, into a SUPERKICK! Evil falls, Sho gets in but gets a mule kick! Yujiro runs in but gets a BACKSTABBER! Fans fire up with Hashi but Evil kicks and runs. Hashi ducks and dodges to LARIAT!
Hashi drags Evil up with a sleeper, then half nelsons and pump handles. Evil fights, grabs the ref, and Dick gets on the apron with the SPOILER CHOKER! Evil distracts the ref but Goto trips Dick! Hashi is free, Goto gets in but Evil kicks first. Evil runs, but into the fireman’s carry! Evil slips off, runs at Goto but Goto dodges and Hashi SUPERKICKS! Goto reels Evil in, HEADSHOT to Hashi’s METEORA! Fans fire up, Goto gets Evil up, dragon sleeper and Hashi picks Evil up, G Y W!! But Dick distracts the ref from the cover! Chaos would’ve won by now! Yujiro gets in to shove Hashi into the ref! CANE SHOT for Goto! CANE SHOT for Hashi!
But Ishii gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX Yujiro! Sho gets in to CHAIRSHOT Ishii! CHAIRSHOT to Hashi’s head!! Evil drags Hashi up and reels him in, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Dick gets the ref up and he counts the cover, House of Torture wins!
Winners: House of Torture, by pinfall
Bullet Club’s newest sub-faction just pinned the champions! And now they add insult to injury! SPOILER CHOKER for Goto! Sho reels Ishii in for the CROSS ARM DRIVER! Yujiro chokes Hashi with the pimp cane! Evil grabs the NEVER Openweight Six Man belts, and hands one each to Sho and Yujiro. The HOT boys stand tall, will they soon take gold away from Chaos?
Zack Sabre Jr heads to the ring.
It’s not really clear what the Submission Master is doing here. He missed out on the finals, and he isn’t dressed in his usual gear. Wait is that Katsuyori Shibata?!?! He’s got wrist tape, a kneepad, and a wrestling towel, but this can’t be! Is he coming back to wrestling?!
Special Exhibition: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Katsuyori Shibata!
Fans are thunderous already and the bell rings! ZSJ and Shibata circle, feel things out, collar ‘n’ elbow but Shibata gets a waistlock. ZSJ moves around, Shibata keeps on him. ZSJ switches Shibata scrambles free and fans cheer. Shibata goes for a leg sweep, has a leg guard when it misses, but ZSJ works on getting through it. ZSJ facelocks, armlocks, goes back to the facelock as Shibata stands, but Shibata hits a takedown. ZSJ keeps Shibata back with a body scissors, but Shibata shifts around. ZSJ holds off the lateral press but Shibata manages a top mount. ZSJ tries to fight it with his legs but Shibata gets away. The two stand off and fans are thunderous again!
Shibata and ZSJ knuckle lock, Shibata gets a leg. Shibata gets under the leg and trips ZSJ up to then get a FIGURE FOUR! ZSJ fights it to the last, using his own head to block. Shibata fights through but ZSJ toeholds! Shibata has that kneepad for a reason and he lets off as he clutches his knee. ZSJ keeps on the foot, makes it a standing toehold and again uses his own head for leverage. Shibata rolls, reels ZSJ in for a headlock takeover but ZSJ headscissors! Shibata moves around, headstands and pops free to have ZSJ’s leg for a toehold. ZSJ grabs at Shibata but Shibata has the same standing toehold. ZSJ rolls and tries to use the same trick Shibata did but Shibata holds that off!
Shibata rolls ZSJ, the two stand off again and fans cheer. ZSJ and Shibata reset, tie up with knuckle locks, and Shibata brings ZSJ to his knees. ZSJ fights up but Shibata powers him down again. ZSJ spins things around to a straitjacket stretch! Shibata turns it around onto ZSJ and sits him down. ZSJ wriggles, spins Shibata around and brings him down. ZSJ hooks Shibata’s legs and brings him into a STRAITJACKET SURFBOARD! Shibata gets his legs free and rolls back to put the straitjacket back on ZSJ! ZSJ stands up, wiggles the straitjacket down and gets a headlock. Shibata powers up but ZSJ holds on tight!
Fans rally for “SHI-BA-TA!” and he powers out to get a SLEEPER!! ZSJ fights up, but Shibata goes for the Cobra Twist! ZSJ holds that off, switches and puts the twist on Shibata! Shibata fights, ZSJ does everything he can to get leverage, but Shibata switches back to the IRON OCTOPUS! But the bell rings because time’s up!!
Time Limit Draw
Fans are thunderous as ZSJ and Shibata let off and reset to their corners. The ref raises both men’s hands, and Shibata offers a handshake. ZSJ accepts it, and fans cheer even more! ZSJ takes his leave, and Shibata gets the mic to speak to the crowd. “Zack. Thank you.” Shibata then passionately promises that this isn’t the last time we see him back in the ring! Is the Wrestler to be believed? Is he on the mend back to wrestling shape?
G1 Climax 31 Finals: Kota Ibushi VS Kazuchika Okada!
The Golden Star has made history already by making it to the finals four years in a row. But he wants to make further history by winning three in a row! Will that be the headline of the year? Or will the Rainmaker rain on that parade to reestablish himself?
The bell rings and the clapping for “I-BU-SHI!” “O-KA-DA!” is thunderous as the two stare down. Okada and Ibushi slowly circle, approach, feel things out, and Okada backs away. They circle more, approach again and feel things out again. Ibushi shoots in but Okada blocks with a facelock. Ibushi slips around to a waistlock, Okada switches, but Ibushi wrenches the arm to a wristlock. Okada rolls and trips Ibushi to have a toehold. Ibushi tries to headscissor but Okada fights that off as he cranks the hold. Ibushi gets a chinlock and pries Okada off the foot. Okada stands up, Ibushi hits a takeover but now Okada headscissors. Ibushi kips free and fans cheer the standoff!
Okada and Ibushi go back to their corners, then approach again. They circle, tie up, Okada headlocks and grinds Ibushi down. Ibushi hooks a leg but Okada keeps on the headlock. Ibushi rolls but can’t get the cover so he gets Okada with a headlock. Okada fights off Ibushi trapping an arm, gets a headscissor and he clamps on tight. Okada pushes up to put on pressure but Ibushi endures. Ibushi kips, moves around, and he pops out to then get a headlock. Okada rolls it to a cover, ONE! Ibushi holds on, Okada fights up, pries at the hold, but Ibushi clamps it back on. Okada pushes with wrists to put Ibushi on the ropes and Red Shoes calls the ropebreak.
Ibushi lets go, Okada lets off slowly, and then he whips! Okada drops, hurdles, Ibushi leaps over, ducks and dodges, but Ibushi fakes out the dropkick! Okada lands on his feet, avoid the V-Trigger and gets around to wristlock! Ibushi avoid the Rainmaker and fans are thunderous again as the two stand off. Okada and Ibushi reset, approach, feel things out, and they feel things out. They knuckle lock, Ibushi kicks low then KICKS Okada off is feet! Ibushi wraps on a chinlock and grinds Okada down. Ibushi then gets Okada’s arms for a motorcycle stretch, with a knee in Okada’s back. Okada scoots forward but Ibushi uses a chicken wing and crossface!
Okada turns to block the hold but Ibushi hops on for a rear mount. Ibushi goes to a sleeper and body scissors, but Okada fights to the ropebreak! Ibushi lets off, but then he stomps Okada down! Fans rally up, Ibushi drags Okada up and CLUBS Okada on the back! Ibushi stands Okada up to whip but Okada reverses and FLAPJACKS! Fans rally again, “I-BU-SHI!” “O-KA-DA!” as Okada stalks Ibushi. Okada drags Ibushi up, turns him and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Okada paces and brings Ibushi up but Ibushi scrambles away to ropes. Okada stomps him down, brings him back up, and snapmares to run for the basement dropkick!
Okada drags Ibushi back up, ROCKS him with a right, but Ibushi glares and throws a forearm back. Okada eggs Ibushi on and Ibushi throws more forearms. Okada takes those to knee low, then scoop SLAM! Okada goes to the apron to slingshot senton! Cover, ONE!! Okada clamps right on with a chinlock and fans rally again. Ibushi endures, fights up and throws body shots. Okada CLUBS Ibushi on the back, brings him around and ROCKS him with a forearm to the back! Fans rally up as Ibushi is in the corner. Okada stands Ibushi up to throw back elbows. Okada then whips Ibushi corner to corner, runs in, but Ibushi dodges! Ibushi comes back but Okada BOOTS him!
Okada runs but into a dropkick! Fans rally up while both men are down! Ibushi rises but Okada follows. Ibushi throws forearm after forearm then whips, but Okada reverses, only for Ibushi to GAMANGIRI! Fans rally, Ibushi fires off a strike fest, then ROUNDHOUSES Okada down! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans keep rallying as Ibushi gets up. Okada bails out but Ibushi pursues. Okada kicks low and whips Ibushi into railing! Ibushi falls in a heap but Okada brings him up to whip him the other way. Ibushi reverses and Okada stops himself, only to swing into a HALF ‘N’ HALF to the floor!
Both men are down on the outside and Red Shoes checks on them. They’re both okay to continue and a ring count starts. Ibushi stands at 4, brings Okada up at 7, and puts him in at 9 of 20. Ibushi aims, springboards and missile dropkicks! Okada flounders to a corner, Ibushi runs in, but Okada dodges! Okada puts Ibushi up top to dropkick him to the floor! Fans rally up as both men are down. Okada goes out after Ibushi, throws a EuroUpper, then brings Ibushi around the way to the ramp, for a DDT! Red Shoes checks but Ibushi is somehow okay. Okada takes a moment while the ring count climbs to catch his breath and get up.
Okada goes into the ring at 8 of 20 then leaves the rest on Ibushi. Ibushi stirs at 13, rises at 15, stands at 16 but Okada goes out to put him in. Fans cheer as this continues in the ring, and Okada SHOTGUNS Ibushi into the other corner! Okada drags Ibushi up, reels him in and wrenches to the MONEY CLIP! Ibushi endures, throws body shots with his free arm and RAMS Okada into the buckle! Ibushi is free, he throws more elbows then runs, but Okada dropkicks him down! MONEY CLIP! Ibushi endures again, fights his way up, reaches for ropes, but Okada lets him go to scoop and SPINNING TOMBSTONE! And back to the MONEY CLIP!!
Ibushi endures, fans keep rallying and Ibushi fights for the ropes. But Okada drags him away! Ibushi pounds the mat and fans rally up. Ibushi reaches out again but Okada hits a BACK2BACKBREAKER! And back to the MONEY CLIP!! Ibushi scrambles and gets the ROPEBREAK! Okada lets go in frustration but fans are thunderous again. Okada brings Ibushi up, scoops and SLAMS him, then goes to the corner. Okada climbs, aims, MACHO ELBOW DROP! And… Rainmaker Pose! Okada stalks Ibushi, drags him up and ripcords, but Ibushi ducks! Okada ducks the roundhouse, tries again, Ibushi LARIATS first!!
Fans rally hard as ever as Ibushi gets Okada’s wrists. Okada throws a forearm but Ibushi gives it back! Ibushi eggs Okada on so Okada forearms again! Ibushi forearms back, Okada gives another! Ibushi forearms, Okada forearms, and they pick up speed. Fans rally as Okada eggs Ibushi on, the forearms keep going, Ibushi ROCKS Okada then fires off a flurry! Okada staggers but stays up and Ibushi grins! Is this Kowai Ibushi!? Okada roars but runs into a RANA! Okada bails out and fans are thunderous as Ibushi goes to the apron. Ibushi rallies the fans and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS!! Direct hit at the ramp and fans stay fired up!
Ibushi drags Okada up, puts him in, and he drags Okada up to reel him in. SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Ibushi keeps his focus and gets the wrists. Okada shoots in to avoid Kami-Goye but Ibushi CLUBS away! Okada ducks the buzzsaw to backslide but Ibushi rolls through! Ibushi ducks the lariat to ripcord ROUNDHOUSE! Ibushi keeps the wrists, to V-TRIGGER! KENNY~! Ibushi gets both wrists, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans are thunderous again! Ibushi brings the kneepad down and vows to end it this time. Ibushi drags Okada up with wristlocks but Okada shoots in to back drop and sit on the cover, TWO!!
Ibushi is surprised he escaped, but he runs in, only for Okada to dodge. Okada ducks the lariat, spins but Ibushi LARIATS again! Fans rally hard as ever, Ibushi puts Okada in a drop zone and goes to the corner. Ibushi climbs up, to PHOENIX FLOP!! Okada avoids the splash and fans are electric as both men are down! Okada sits up in the corner, Red Shoes checks on Ibushi, and he calls it?!? Ibushi can’t continue, Okada wins!!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by referee’s stoppage (G1 Climax 31 Winner)
Medics hurry out to check on Ibushi as he clutches an arm. Okada lets Young Lions help, and this isn’t really how anyone wanted this one to go. Shingo Takagi even gets off commentary to be at ringside for this. Either way, the Rainmaker wins the 31st G1. Okada checks on Ibushi and fans clap for Ibushi as medics help him up. The injury does seem to be Ibushi’s right arm, and that complicates his ability to exit, so the bottom rope has to be undone. At the same time, Red Shoes and timekeeper Abe-san set up the NJPW flag and G1 trophy. Okada checks with Ibushi and assures him it’s alright. Fans clap to assure Ibushi the same, and he manages to exit the ring.
Red Shoes raises Okada’s hand in victory and now things can be a celebration. Okada is presented with the trophy and banner by the NJPW president, then they stand together for the photo op. Okada gets his solo photo op and fans cheer. Okada then takes a moment and gets the mic. “G1 Climax!” This match ended in a referee stoppage, but all the same, Okada sticks out his chest with pride in saying he won. Okada and Ibushi fought with heart and pride all over Japan, and in the end, the result is what matters, a win is a win, and Okada has won. He thanks the fans for their support in this hot, hot Autumn.
So now, Okada’s eyes are set on the Tokyo Dome, but also on showing us he is the CENTER of NJPW’s world! It is on him to tear it up! Okada vows to once again carry NJPW on his back. Okada wants to say that this is the end, but first, he hopes Ibushi can come back so they can do this again properly. And as the G1 Champion, Okada will say this to management. “Make sure that I get to re-assault Kota Ibushi again, so that I can face Ibushi and make sure I am the fourth IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.” Okada wants to be IWGP Heavyweight Champion if he can’t be world champion, as he waits for Ibushi. And of course, he’ll make it rain all over NJPW!
Okada strikes his pose and the streamers fly! Okada is fired up for the road to WrestleKingdom 16, will he make it to the goal of the Tokyo Dome?
That was a rough ending for the main event given how great it was going, but this was still an overall great event. I chose to skip the 8 Man Tags because in many ways, NJPW uses those as filler. I believe Bullet Club won theirs while Los Ingobernables de Japon won the other. I kept the first two matches, though, because I was curious. For one, I thought Cobb & Khan were going to rebound but Yano gets another one over on Khan. The Six Man Tag was really good stuff, even with the usual antics of Evil and Dick. But in the end, the House of Torture winning of course sets up a Six Man title match for Power Struggle (and hopefully not a random Road to event). Hard to say who wins that at this point but it wouldn’t surprise me if House of Torture cheats to take those belts.
As I said, a rough ending to what was building to be an epic match between Okada and Ibushi. Ibushi really went hot into that Phoenix Splash and that is clearly what injured his arm around the forearm to wrist area. Who knows if Okada was meant to win before, but that’s just how it goes. Okada now carries the Right to Challenge and might owe Tama Tonga a shot at that with Tama being the only one who beat Okada during the round robin. I’m pretty sure Okada holds onto the Right to Challenge to have another match with Takagi that at this point could go either way.
My Score: 8.9/10
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