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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (10/12/21)

Will Halloween have even more havoc?

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NXT Coverage 2021

The NXT Championship match could get even bigger!

Bron Breakker is already going to Halloween Havoc, but Joe Gacy wants in! Will NXT Champion, Tommaso Ciampa, be the one to deny that opportunity?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tommaso Ciampa VS Joe Gacy; Ciampa wins and keeps Gacy out of the NXT Championship match.
  • Xyon Quinn VS Malik Blade; Quinn wins.
  • Ivy Nile w/ Diamond Mine VS Valentina Feroz; Nile wins.
  • Ikemen Jiro VS Julius Creed w/ Diamond Mine; Julius wins.
  • Kyle O’Reilly & Von Wagner VS Pete Dunne & Ridge Holland; Kyle & Wagner win.
  • Duke Hudson VS Grayson Waller; Hudson wins.
  • Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta VS Sarray & Amari Miller; Hartwell & Pirotta win.
  • NXT North American Championship: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Santos Escobar; Swerve wins and retains the title.
  • NXT North American Championship: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams; Hayes wins and becomes the new NXT North American Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Hit Row walks into the Capital Wrestling Center.

B-Fab asks Top Dolla if he’s heard from Ashante “Thee” Adonis but he has been gone all weekend. But then Legado rolls up and starts stuff with Dolla! Swerve realizes what’s going on and jumps into the fray! Elektra Lopez jumps B-Fab, and this mugging becomes a kidnapping! Escobar tells Swerve, “Good luck tonight, caballero!” The Legado SUV drives off and what was an even match-up is now stacked in Escobar’s favor! Will Escobar’s MO get him the title?

 

Ladies and gentlemen: Joe Gacy.

“Tommaso Ciampa is the NXT Champion, and with that title comes untold unbalance. And tonight, in this safe space, I will be victorious over that walking example of toxic masculinity and championship privilege.” Gacy represents all of us, all of his snowflakes. And he will bring wonderful transparent inclusivity to the NXT Championship when he inserts himself into Halloween Havoc. “This is for all of you.” Fans are torn seeing that placid smile, but here comes the champ!

Tommaso Ciampa VS Joe Gacy!

If the song is to be believed, no one will survive! Will Gacy no longer be smiling after a run in with the Psycho Killer who is determined to keep “Goldie” at home?

The bell rings and Gacy offers a handshake but fans sing, “Ciampa’s gonna kill~ you!” Ciampa kicks the handshake away, he and Gacy tie up, and Ciampa puts Gacy in a corner. The ref counts, Ciampa lets off and Gacy says it’s all good. But then Ciampa BOOTS and fires off haymakers! Ciampa whips and CLBOBERS Gacy with an elbow! Gacy kicks but Ciampa blocks to spin him. Gacy headlocks, Ciampa powers out but Gacy runs him over! Cover, ONE, but Gacy clamps on with a sleeper. Ciampa fights up as fans duel, and Ciampa pries free to arm-drag Gacy down to a cording hold. Gacy endures, Ciampa grinds the shoulder, and fans continue to rally.

Gacy fights up, Ciampa wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Ciampa keeps on the cording hold but Gacy throws forearms. Ciampa lets go, Gacy whips but Ciampa reverses, only for Gacy to redirect and ROCK Ciampa with a forearm! Scoop and BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ciampa gets to a corner, Gacy stomps him down, then lets off as the ref counts. Gacy cools off but he spots that scary looking individual from last week. “Harland” is staring daggers at Gacy but Ciampa puts Gacy in a corner for CHOPS and stomps! The ref counts, Ciampa lets off and fans fire up as he goes side to side, RUNNING KNEE! Ciampa says it’s time to go night night!

Ciampa follows Gacy out of the ring, puts him back in and gets on the apron, but Gacy wants mercy. Gacy bails out as Ciampa gets in, and fans boo as Gacy trips Ciampa up. Ciampa kicks Gacy away but Gacy elbows back. Gacy goes to bump Ciampa off the desk but hesistates. Ciampa doesn’t hesitate and he smacks Gacy off the NXT 2.0 logo! Ciampa puts Gacy in, Gacy rolls to dodge but Ciampa avoids the dropkick to stomp away! Ciampa grabs Gacy’s nose to CLUB it! Ciampa whips, drop toeholds and then pulls hair as fans rally and duel. Ciampa drives elbows into Gacy’s shoulder and head, then clamps on a chinlock.

Gacy fights, fans rally, but Ciampa wrangles him down to STOMP his face! Gacy gets to a corner, Harland is stoic as Ciampa runs in and KNEES Gacy! Ciampa wrenches, whips corner to corner, then runs in but into an elbow! Gacy whips Ciampa into the corner then SPLASHES! URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Ciampa bails out but Gacy goes to the apron for an APRON SENTON! Gacy smiles again as NXT goes picture in picture.

Gacy gets back in the ring, drags Ciampa from the ropes and covers, TWO! Ciampa hangs tough but Gacy keeps his cool. Gacy drags Ciampa up to throw haymakers in the corner, Ciampa bails out again but Gacy follows. Ciampa BOOTS back! Gacy ROCKS Ciampa with a forearm! Gacy ROCKS Ciampa again, pushes him into the ring, then covers, TWO! Gacy keeps his cool as he stomps Ciampa to ropes. Ciampa slowly gets up, Gacy puts him in a corner. Gayc throws knees, RAMS his shoulder in, then digs it in! The ref counts but Gacy lets off and Ciampa rolls away. Gacy whips him to ropes, then catches him for a cobra twist!

Ciampa endures and fans rally up. Ciampa fights free and HIP TOSSES Gacy down! Gacy gets up to ELBOW Ciampa back down! Cover, ONE!! Gacy might be growing frustrated as he clamps on a chinlock to grind Ciampa down. Ciampa fights up, Gacy throws him back down! Then runs to drop a senton, only to miss as Ciampa moves! Ciampa gets up, as does Gacy, and Ciampa throws a haymaker! Gacy gives back a forearm, Ciampa haymakers, kicks low then haymakers again. Gacy forearms, Ciampa fires off and whips Gacy out to the apron! Ciampa runs to KNEE Gacy down tot he floor! Then he goes out to RAM Gacy into the Plexiglas!

Fans fire up and NXT returns to single picture as Ciampa claps and pats himself on the back! Ciampa goes after Gacy again, putting him in the ring. Ciampa runs in to corner clothesline! And again! And again! And again! Ciampa keeps going, he dodges Gacy to FLYING LARIAT! Fans are fired up for Daddy Ciampa as he fireman’s carries Gacy, but Gacy slips out to roll! Ciampa rolls through and CHOPS! Gacy fires a forearm, Ciampa gives it back! Ciampa BOOTS, Gacy BOOTS back! Gacy runs, into a KNEE! And then comes back into a boot, but he ROLLING ELBOWS, and GUT RWENCH POEWRBOMBS! High stack, TWO!!

Gacy keeps moving, and goes right to a corner! Gacy is up on the second rope, MOONSAULT FLOPS as Ciampa moves! Ciampa gets Gacy up and underhooks, but Gacy fights to trip, jackknife cover! TWO!! Ciampa gets up into a BOOT! Gacy handsprings but Ciampa basement dropkicks! Double underhooks, FAIRY TALE ENDING!! Cover, Ciampa wins!

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall

And with that, Halloween Havoc II stays 1v1 between Ciampa and Bron Breakker! But Harland ATTACKS Ciampa at the ramp! Gacy rushes over, Harland grabs him by the face, but Gacy smooths his fingers along Harland’s face. Harland lets Gacy go and takes off, and Gacy goes to check on Ciampa. Ciampa shoves Gacy, thinking Gacy set him up! But just what is going on between Harland and Mr. Safe Space?

 

Toxic Attraction is here!

Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne stroll out on stage, then head to the ring. They get mics and Gigi starts by saying, “Last week, Toxic Attraction came out here with one purpose: to put an end to the NXT Women’s Champion, Raquel Gonzalez. But Io Shirai and Zoey Stark wanted to come out here and play hero and ruin all our fun. So we left this ring feeling very unsatisfied.” Jacy tells Shirai & Stark that while they want to lead by example and play by all the rules, Torix Attraction couldn’t care less. “We do what we want, when we want. And what we want are the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships.” Shirai & Stark, your days are numbered, and time is up at Halloween Havoc.

Mandy says Gigi & Jacy won’t be the only successful ones at Halloween Havoc. Because Mandy is challenging Raquel for THE NXT Women’s Championship! “Raquel, you got lucky last week. And your luck is coming to an end.” At Halloween Havoc, Toxic Attraction will make history, mark her words. They will all be wearing gold around their pretty little waists. “Oh and one more thing. Brown, blue, black, green, yellow, purple, it don’t matter what hair color I have. I’m still the baddest bitch in the game.” But will their words fall flat when the champions get in the ring with them?

 

Someone picks up a shovel.

They menacingly walk through the woods with it. “I will bury the past so I can start again.” Halloween Havoc, something wicked this way comes.

 

Xyon Quinn VS Malik Blade!

The fighter and a gentleman didn’t really wait for the ladies to leave, but they don’t seem to mind. Will Quinn continue to win and make a strong impression on the entire NXT roster with his growing undefeated streak?

NXT returns and Malik is already in the ring. The bell rings and the two tie up. Malik gets an arm, wrenches to a wristlock, but Xyon breaks free easily with pure strength. Malik and Xyon go again, Malik headlocks but Xyon powers out. Malik gets around and back to the headlock, but Xyon powers out to run him over! Xyon waits on Malik to get up, scoops him and SLAMS him, then looms over him. Fans rally and duel as Xyon pushes Malik to ropes and ROCKS him in the back. Xyon shoves again, Malik elbows back! Xyon DECKS Malik with a haymaker! Xyon RAMS Malik into the corner, RAMS away with his shoulder, then whips corner to corner hard!

Malik writhes, fans fire up and Xyon covers, TWO! Xyon keeps his focus, stalks Malik and wraps on a chinlock. Malik endures as Xyon grinds him down and fans continue to duel. Malik fights up, powers Xyon into a corner, then gets around to waistlock. Xyon bucks the O’Conner but Malik dropkicks then A-LIST LARIATS in the corner! Malik goes up, leaps, BIG missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Xyon rushes in but into a roll-up, TWO! Xyon pops Malik up for a SPINEBUSTER! Xyon powers up with the Haka, waits for Malik to stand, FLYING FOREARM SMASH! Cover, Xyon wins!

Winner: Xyon Quinn, by pinfall

That’s Xyon: 4, everyone else: zero! Will this streak continue until Xyon has gold around his own waist?

 

Backstage interview with Tommaso Ciampa.

Ciampa now only has a 1v1 with Bron Breakker, what are his thoughts? Well he isn’t sure what to make of what happened with Gacy and Harland, but it doesn’t matter. In two weeks, he is dialed in. And what better for his Halloween Havoc debut than defend HIS NXT Championship? This is a big fight, but here come Grizzled Young Veterans. Zack Gibson says mocks the 900 days of “scratching and clawing” to finally get back the title. Honestly, from the bottom of their hearts, they can’t wait to see him lose it to a rookie. Ciampa says from the bottom of his heart- Breakker says the rookie can go right no! Lace ’em up!

Gibson says that is NOT how you talk to veterans. They’re not dressed for a fight, so they’ll leave them to it for now. GYV leaves, Breakker says he’s got Ciampa’s back from now until Halloween Havoc, because Breakker wants to beat Ciampa at his best. Ciampa scowls, will he change Breakker’s choice of words rather forcefully?

 

Backstage interview with Isaiah “Swerve” Scott.

Ashante is still MIA, and we all saw Legado snatch up Dolla and B-Fab. Swerve wants McKenzie to stop there, he was there. His crew will be alright, they’re soldiers. What they’d want him to do is focus on the mission at hand, and that is Escobar. Speaking of, Escobar’s really trying to bring out the evil spirits. Well guess what? IT WORKED. Escobar doesn’t want to handle Swerve 1v1. Out of every member Hit Row, they left the wrong one standing. Swerve vows to keep this title with him on SmackDown and there ain’t a damn thing Escobar can do to stop him. Will that still be true after Swerve faces a fully intact Legado del Fantasma?

 

Ivy Nile w/ Diamond Mine VS Valentina Feroz!

The in-ring debut of this young titan has finally arrived! Will she prove to be more ferocious than the Brazilian bird of prey?

NXT returns and Feroz is in the ring. The bell rings, she and Nile circle and Feroz pushes the aggression. Nile shoots in and gets the waistlock, but Feroz switches. Nile switches, Feroz, switches, repeat until Feroz goes for a leg. Nile pries free to waistlock and roll Feroz way. The two reset, Feroz throws Nile down with a judo throw, then shotgun dropkicks! Feroz runs but leaps into Nile’s arms! Nile shifts and pops Feroz up for a stalling suplex! And she kips up, too! Fans fire up seeing agility on top of strength as Nile gets Feroz up and whips her hard into a corner. Nile storms over, drags Feroz by her legs and drops her. Nile then puts Feroz on the bottom buckle to stand on her back!

The ref counts, Nile lets off at 4, then she drags Feroz to center. Feroz kicks with her free leg, gets up and throws body shots, but Nile knees low. Nile scoops and SLAMS Feroz down, then paces around menacingly. Nile gets a leg, rolls through to a fireman’s carry, but Feroz fights it! Feroz tries to get away but Nile just gets her for a torture rack! Nile smirks as she squats and bends Feroz! Diamond Mine loves it as Nile brings her hands together to bend Feroz more! Feroz endures, but she TAPS! Nile wins!

Winner: Ivy Nile, by submission

The titan quite literally crushed it in her debut! Will she only get stronger as she breaks into the NXT Women’s Division?

Bivens gets a mic to say, “My, my, my! That was a message to every single woman here in NXT! And Kushida figured this out a few weeks ago. The pitbull has been unleashed! Ivy Nile has arrived and she didn’t come to play. And you know who else didn’t come to play? The Creed Brothers! Day in and day out, they are in this building, putting in work. And they have proved they are the most dominant tag team in NXT today. And speaking of dominance, allow me to introduce you to YOUR NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Roderiiiiiiick~ STROOONG!” Strong gets the mic to say- Well, he doesn’t get to say much as IKEMEN JIRO makes an entrance!

The Handsome One shows off his #StyleStrong, and he shows that he wants that belt! Diamond Mine backs off and Julius Creed wants to know if this guy is for real. In the Diamond Mine, everything is earned. You ain’t gotta get ready if you stay ready. Julius is always strapped, so what’s Jiro gonna do? JACKET PUNCH!! Jiro bails out before Diamond Mine rushes back in! Will Jiro get to give Julius more of those pocket punches on his way to facing Roddy for the gold?

 

Ikemen Jiro VS Julius Creed w/ Diamond Mine!

NXT returns and this match is already underway as Jiro hits an EDGE-O-MATIC! Jiro then shows off the jacket before he hits a NECK TWIST on Julius! Julius rolls to the corner, Hachiman coaches him up and Jiro runs in, but into a chop block! Julius gets even as he drags Jiro up to a gut wrench TOSS! Julius drags Jiro back up, RAMS him into a corner, and then pushes him around with pie face palms. Julius scoops Jiro for a POWERSLAM! Julius drags Jiro up again, gut wrench and suplex! Julius stalks Jiro, kicks him around, but Jiro kicks from below! Julius drags Jiro up as fans rally and he gut wrenches again, for another TOSS!

Diamond Mine likes what they see while fans rally for Jiro. Jiro throws body shots and haymakers, but Julius shoots in to get the leg for a lift and SLAM! Then an elbow drop, but it misses as Jiro moves! Jiro fires off forearms, then the JACKET PUNCH! JACKET PUNCH! JACKET PUNCH! DISCUS JACKET PUNCH!! Fans are fired up as Jiro whips but Julius reverses. Jiro hops up the corner to show off the jacket! Then he BOOTS Julius down, turns around, and headstand heel clap FALLING SPLASH! Cover, ONE!! Julius is tough and he bails out but Jiro ASAI MOONSAULTS! Fans fire up with Jiro but Diamond Mine is furious!

Jiro puts Julius in as fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” Jiro fires up, springboards but Julius catches him for a ROLLING SPINEBUSTER! BASEMENT LARIAT!! Cover, Julius wins!

Winner: Julius Creed, by pinfall

Tag teams, singles, Julius continues to win! And then Diamond Mine just mugs Jiro! But here comes KUSHIDA! The Time Splitter is back, he dumps Brutus out, dodges Julius then fires off forearms! He wants to throw a Fast Ball but he can’t hit Ivy. So Diamond Mine regroups and mugs Kushida! END OF HEARTACHE!! Will Diamond Mine crush anyone who dares stand in their way?

 

Raquel Gonzalez speaks.

“This title means I am queen of the mountain. From the start I said, line them up and I’ll knock them down. I have never ducked nor dodged any challenge. Iconic champions, sworn enemies, an ex-best friend, a future hall of famer. Which brings me to you, Mandy Rose. Making history comes with a price. And at Halloween Havoc, it’s on. But I’m upping the stakes. Let’s see how tough you really are, chiquita. Let’s spin the wheel and make the deal.” Raquel is willing to gamble on her title! Will Mandy be the one to bust when anything could happen at Halloween Havoc II?

 

NXT presents an all new Lashing Out with Lash Legend.

Lash welcomes us back to it and gets straight to it. Did everyone see the WWE Draft? She sure did! The Raw and SmackDown rosters have gotten so shaken up, they’ll be lucky to make it out alive. Next year, it’ll just be WWE Squid Games. Speaking of the Draft, time to reveal the “Legends of the Week.” It’s Hit~ Row~! Does anyone else walk around singing that? The crowd does, and she loves it, too! That deserves two snaps ‘n’ a clap.

But that also brings her to her next topic: The Lash Out of the Week. Any suggestions? That Tony D’Angelo trying to get in on the show. Lash’s guy told him there was a “scheduling problem” and left him at the door. Lash tells Tony that if he wants to be on the show, “Forget about it!” See y’all next time!

 

Kyle O’Reilly & Von Wagner VS Pete Dunne & Ridge Holland!

Like it or not, #KillerKyle only has big bad Von Wagner watching his back. But will Wagner’s inexperience hold Kyle back against the Bruiserweight and Northern Grit? Or is Wagner the wild card that Dunne & Holland can’t anticipate?

NXT returns and Dunne & Holland are already in the ring. The teams sort out and Dunne goes right at Wagner! Wagner gets around to waistlock and SLAM Dunne down, then CLUBS away on him! Dunne goes to ropes for defense and the ref backs Wagner down. Dunne leaps on Wagner to get the arm for a double wristlock! Wagner endures the twist and powers his way to a suplex! Wagner runs to FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO! Wagner drags Dunne but Dunne gets the wrist and fingers! Dunne TWEAKS the arm and Kyle tags in quick. Dunne headlocks Kyle, Kyle powers out and kitchen sink knees him down!

Dunne hurries, tag to Holland! Kyle dodges to fire off kicks and forearms! Kyle goes for a leg, Ridge powers him off and pushes him down to the mat to drop a knee! Ridge then goes for a head ‘n’ arm triangle, but Kyle fights with elbows. Kyle wrenches the arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! Kyle wants to tag but Ridge CLUBS him and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes him away. Ridge CLUBS Kyle towards the corner, tags Dunne, and Dunne hooks up the legs. Dunne pulls on the arms, Kyle endures but Dunne pulls him back. Dunne gives up on the surfboard to STOMP the legs! Dunne then has a standing toehold, tags in Ridge, and Ridge drops a knee on Kyle’s knee.

Ridge drags Kyle up and ROCKS him with a EuroUpper. Kyle throws body shots in return but Ridge DECKS Kyle with a EuroUpper. Cover, TWO! Ridge clamps onto Kyle with a chinbar and armlock. Kyle endures, fights up, but Ridge wrenches and CLOBBERS Kyle! Fans taunt Ridge, “You Don’t Go Here!” in reference to Ridge being drafted by SmackDown, but Dunne tags in. He gets a leg, trips Kyle then hits a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Dunne drops a knee on the knee, then he sucker punches Wagner! The ref keeps Wagner back, Kyle DRAGON SCREWS Dunne! Ridge gets in, but gets a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW!

Kyle fires off kicks and knees on Dunne, then sweeps the legs! Fans fire up, Kyle runs corner to corner for a forearm! Wrench and ELBOW BREAKER, but Dunne wrenches to bend the fingers and give the ELBOW BREAKER back! Kyle ROCKS Dunne with a forearm, Dunne returns it, then DOUBLE FOREARMS send both men staggering! Hot tags to Ridge and Wagner! Fans fire up seeing the behemoths stare down, and they start ramming shoulders! Ridge EuroUppers, Wagner forearms, repeat! Wagner kicks, forearms, whips, but Ridge reverses, only for Wagner to RAM him again! Ridge RAMS him, Wagner rebounds to duck and FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE!

Wagner BOOTS Dunne down, clotheslines Holland out of the ring, and fans fire up with big bad Von! But Ridge drags him out to fire off more forearms! Ridge whips Wagner, Wagner reverses and he sends Ridge into steel steps! Wagner tells Ridge that’s what he gets as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Ridge has Kyle down with claws in the shoulders. Kyle endures, fans rally up and Kyle fights up, only for Ridge to CLUB him down. Ridge headbutts low, shoves but Kyle gets a GUILLOTINE! Ridge powers up, tags Dunne, and Dunne pries Kyle off Ridge to a double wristlock! Then he feeds Kyle to Ridge’s SPINEBUSTER, and basement dropkicks Kyle in the back! Cover, Wagner breaks it !Ridge gets in, he and Wagner fight, Wagner throws Ridge out! Dunne ENZIGURIS Wagner, Kyle KNEES Dunne down! Kyle crawls to his corner but Wagner isn’t there to tag! Dunne CLOBBERS Kyle, then aims from a corner.

Dunne snarls and STOMPS both hands, then BUZZSAWs, into an ANKLE LOCK! Ridge manages to tag in, and he CLOBBERS Kyle! Ridge rains down forearms, drags Kyle up and throws him out of the ring hard! Ridge goes out, Dunne is there, they both get Kyle up. Ridge scoops, Dunne positions steps, but Wagner runs in to FLYING TACKLE them all down! Fans fire up as Wagner hurries back to his corner. Kyle gets in, hurries over as fans fire up, but Ridge anchors a foot! Ridge drags Kyle back, Kyle still gets the hot tag! Wagner rallies on Ridge, whips him to ropes and KNEES him down! Wager gets Ridge up, OLYMPIC SLAM!!

Dunne gets in but Wagner dodges the enziguri to ROCK him with a forearm! Kyle adds his own then Wagner BOOTS Dunne down! Wagner tells Kyle to go finish Dunne, and #KillerKyle FLYING KNEES Dunne down! Wagner clotheslines Ridge in a corner, reel shim in, but Ridge slips out to scoop! Wagner slips out, kicks low, underhooks, TWISTING BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, Wagner & Kyle win!

Winners: Kyle O’Reilly & Von Wagner, by pinfall

It seems Kyle finally learned to trust Wagner, and they just took the fight to Dunne & Holland! Will these two stick together to take over NXT 2.0?

 

Chase University holds another lecture.

Andre Chase’s new lesson is ring awareness. Last week, he taught Odyssey Jones all about that when Jones put his foot under the bottom rope. Instead, it should’ve been over the bottom rope, so the ref could see it. Jones lacks the veteran instincts it takes to be successful in NXT. Any questions? Brandon up front says Chase pulled an illegal maneuver and it should’ve been a disqualification. Chase says he is open to discussing this point, “IF I GAVE A F***!” He slaps Brandon’s books off his desk and tells him to get out! Go down the hall to join Steve in the Dumbasses class! Give that kid an FU for him when you get there!

Chase is upset with students thinking for themselves, but will anyone still go to this class if that’s his attitude?

 

Tony D’Angelo speaks.

“So the streets are talking about my successful debut.” But he has to give props to Malk or whatever his name. But that guy was basically licking Tony’s boots. But now that Tony’s the man in NXT, he goes to check out Lashing Out, only for some mealy mouthed little producer to say there was some kind of “scheduling conflict.” But yeah, forget about it. Tony does things on his own time anyway. That producer, Mark, is a nice guy. But uh, Tony clearly has him in the trunk of an unmarked Mercedes. Will Tony D’Angelo make sure Lash’s people do business with him?

 

Duke Hudson VS Grayson Waller!

The high stakes poker player takes on the baller Golden Gloves winner. Will Duke be able to take Waller for everything he’s worth? Or will he fall to Waller’s hot hand?

The bell rings, the two circle, and the two tie up. Duke puts Waller in a corner, lets off and Waller dodges the haymaker to show off his footwork. They go again, Waller waistlocks then headlocks but Duke pries at the hold. Duke pulls hair, Waller JABS Duke with a palm strike! Waller dodges Duke then comes back to arm-drag, but Duke blocks with size and strength! Duke whips Waller to a corner, but Waller goes up and over. Waller then goes up again and hits a FLYING arm-drag! Waller has Duke down with a cording hold, but Duke fights up. Waller cranks the hold, Duke clinches to an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!

Duke has Waller in a corner, throws hands then stomps, then an elbow! Fans rally up for Waller as Duke rams his shoulder in again and again. Duke lets off at 4 to then HIP ATTACK! Duke whips corner to corner hard and Waller bounces off buckles. Duke dusts himself off before he wraps on a bearhug. Waller endures the squeeze, fights up to throw elbows, but Duke has another bearhug. Fans taunt Duke as “DOO~KIE! DOO~KIE!” but he ignores that. Waller JAWBREAKERS free, throws hands, then spins Duke to ROCK him with a forearm! Waller BOOTS, Duke puts him on the apron, but Waller shoulders in and HOTSHOTS Duke away! SOMERSAULT STUNNER!

Fans fire up as Waller grabs at Duke. Duke has the skirt, Waller gets the roll up, TWO! Waller goes to ropes but Duke disrupts the springboard! Roll-up, with the tights! Duke wins!!

Winner: Duke Hudson, by pinfall

That was rather underhanded for the poker player, and he gives Waller a poker chip as a parting token. Will Waller have better luck next time? Will Duke be playing for a bigger pot, aka a title, soon enough?

 

Santos Escobar speaks.

“It’s unfortunate what happened to Hit Row today. And Swerve, it’s a real shame your familia isn’t here and mine is always with me.” But he reassures Swerve that tonight, Legado stays in the locker room so that it’ll be Swerve VS Escobar, mano y mano. Good luck, cowboy! Escobar is laughing now, but will Swerve have the last laugh in the main event?

 

Dexter Lumis is with Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta backstage.

He’s accompanying them to gorilla, and Indi gives her man a big wet kiss on the cheek as thanks. The music hits, Indi & Persia head out for their tag team debut!

 

Imperium speaks.

Marcel Barthel says “It’s sad. It’s an absolute embarrassment!” MSK being the team that are the champions, yet also representing everything WRONG with this generation. “But not for long.” Fabian Aichner says “This generation is soft. Everyone is attached to their phones and no one is willing to work hard.” MSK is an embarrassment to this sport! No honor, no pride, no elegance, because they don’t even know what these words mean! But do not worry, Imperium is here to save NXT. Because to them, the mat is sacred. When and where will Aichner & Barthel get their chance to “redeem” the NXT Tag Team Division?

 

Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta VS Sarray & Amari Miller!

The #Impressive best friends are climbing towards the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships, but they still have to be victorious. Can they outshine the Warrior of the Sun and the Star of St. Louis?

NXT returns and Sarray and Amari are already in the ring. Sarray starts with Persia and the two circle. Things speed up already, Persia catches Sarray but Sarray sunset flips! Persia stays up, drags Sarray up and puts her in the corner to ROCK with a forearm! Tag to Indi, they whip and Persia SPLASHES! Then she feeds Sarray to Indi’s SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, ONE! Sarray gets to a corner, Indi runs in to corner clothesline! Indi headlocks but Sarray denies the bulldog to come back, into a fireman’s carry! Sarray fights out and shoves Indi into a corner fore forearms and kicks! Sarray bumps Indi off buckles and tags in Amari, who fires off forearms and kicks!

Amari mule kicks a leg out, kicks Indi in the arm then SUPERKICKS Indi down! Cover, ONE!! Amari clamps onto Indi’s arm and grinds the shoulder. Indi fights up, Amari hops on as a backpack with a sleeper, but Indi RAMS Amari into buckles! Amari jumps back in, throws crossface forearms, but Indi throws her down! Tag to Persia and she rallies on Amari! Persia scoops and SNAKE EYES Amari, to then BOOT her down! Persia gets Amari up to a fireman’s carry, Indi tags in, but Sarray runs in. Persia BOOTS her down, then gives Amari a SWINGING X-FACTOR! Indi springboards for the PRETTY SAVAGE ELBOW! Cover, Indi & Persia win!

Winners: Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta, by pinfall

An impressive first match for the best friends, but was it enough to earn a tag title opportunity? Persia gets a mic to says, “What a way to start it off, hey? So how about you, me and those NXT Women’s Tag titles?” But speaking of, here come Shirai & Stark! Shirai tells them in Japanese to shut it with this tag title stuff. “I don’t like you. I don’t like you. And-” Stark stops Shirai there, she knows Shirai doesn’t like Stark, either. Well don’t speak for her. Oh so then she does like Stark? No. But here come Toxic Attraction! Jacy wants this to stop. “She likes me, she likes me not. We don’t give a damn about any one of you!” They just want the titles.

And now it turns into a brawl, Toxic Attraction with the champs! Indi and Persia get involved but get beat up, too! Gigi throws Indi out, Shirai gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX Gigi down! Persia hammers away on Stark but Jacy dumps her out! Stark HEEL KICKS Jacy down! The champs are fired up and standing tall, will they take on both teams just to shut them all up?

 

Grayson Waller walks backstage.

He says he to Cora Jade as she walks by, but then says hey to a lovely lady in blue. Blue’s his favorite color, after all. He’s gonna go shower, how about she goes freshen up and meet him out back. Cameron Grimes slides up and asks how Waller pulled that off. Well it’s as Grimes said, love is in the air. Waller didn’t even try his best, it’s probably just his accent. But he just lost a match. And Grimes is still upset about his loss. It’s not about wins and losses, it’s about likes ‘n’ swipes. Grimes has all the money in the world. If he shaved his chest, his beard, and cleaned up, he’d find a lady.

Well where would he find said lady to begin with? Ever tried dating apps? Check it. Whoa, no way! Will Grimes have the same luck in finding love as he did with investing?

 

A new fighter is coming to NXT.

“You won’t find my wins and losses in any record books. Those live on the streets. I was left to fight alone when I was 15 years old, and that’s when I became Solo Sikoa, Street Champion of the Island.”

 

NXT North American Championship: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Santos Escobar!

Santos promised this would finally be a 1v1 match between these two, but can he really be trusted? Or will Swerve see all the tricks in the book coming and throw them in Escobar’s face?

NXT returns and Escobar makes his entrance. Legado accompanies him on stage, but they do seem to keep their promise as they return to the back. But Swerve attacks at the ramp! Swerve RAMS Escobar into steel steps! Swerve glares Escobar right in the face, saying this is for HIS family. They go into the ring, the ref wants Swerve to wait for Escobar to get to his feet. Escobar does, the bell rings, and Escobar bails out to steady himself. But Swerve FLIES! Down goes Escobar with that Fosbury Flop! Swerve drags Escobar up, making him look at the camera before he throws him into the other steel steps! Swerve gets in the ring and lets the ring count climb.

Escobar stands at 7 so Swerve goes out to restart the count. Swerve puts Escobar on the apron, pulls off the protection on the corner crossbar, but Escobar scrambles into the ring. Swerve grins as he stalks Escobar and kicks him around. Swerve whips, tilt-o-whirl scoops and BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Swerve smirks as Escobar writhes and fans rally up. Swerve runs to drop a knee! Cover, ONE! Swerve keeps cool, fans rally and duel, and Swerve stalks Escobar again. Swerve drags Escobar up to half nelson but Escobar blocks the lift. Swerve CLUBS and CHOPS Escobar down but Escobar again blocks the lift.

Escobar jumps to arm-drag Swerve away! Swerve bails out, Escobar runs and slides but Swerve goes up onto the apron. Escobar trips Swerve and Swerve lands hard on the apron! Escobar builds speed and keeps going, ARROW FROM HELL!! Direct hit and Swerve goes flying over the announce desk! Escobar is all fired up as NXT goes picture in picture.

Escobar goes around the desk to fetch Swerve. He stands Swerve up just to toss him over the desk back the other way! Then he stands Swerve up to whip him into steel steps! That’s a receipt for earlier! Fans rally and Escobar stalks Swerve back into the ring. Escobar stomps Swerve around, drags him by his legs and ties those up to then punch away at Swerve’s kidneys! Escobar bends Swerve back in this modified Queen Angelito, and then smothers Swerve with a hand over his mouth! Escobar drops Swerve, stomps away on him, then gets both legs for a BOSTON CRAB! Swerve endures as Escobar sits deep on the stretch! Swerve fights to turn over and get the ropebreak!

The ref counts, Escobar lets go and backs off. Swerve scrambles to a corner, Escobar is after him with forearms and body shots, then a CHOP! Escobar turns Swerve around and gets space to RAM him in the back! Escobar brings Swerve around again, NXT returns to single picture as Escobar digs a boot between Swerve’s shoulders as he pulls on the arms. Swerve endures, Escobar whips and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Escobar runs to PENALTY KICK Swerve in the back! Fans are fired up and Escobar fires up as he grabs the arms again. Swerve endures, resists, but Escobar still has him in the motorcycle stretch.

Fans rally and duel, Swerve fights up to his feet, and he uses a leg to pry one arm free. Swerve elbows Escobar but Escobar ROCKS him with a right! Swerve throws a forearm back so Escobar gives another. Swerve CHOPS, Escobar CHOPS! Swerve CHOPS again, Escobar throws forearm after forearm! Escobar runs but Swerve gets around and redirects to LARIAT! Fans fire up as Escobar goes to a corner. Swerve snarls and runs in to back elbow! Then snapmare and Swerve goes up, FALLING UPPERCUT! Escobar staggers up into Swerve’s SOMERSAULT- COMPLETE SHOT from Escobar! Cover, TWO!!

Escobar grows frustrated but he knows it was that close. Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” as Escobar gets to a corner. Swerve stands in the other, Escobar runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Escobar hoists Swerve up top, CHOPS him again, and fans declare, “This is Awesome!” Escobar whistles before the SUPER STEINER! Swerve goes flying and Escobar goes back up, for a FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives and Escobar can’t believe it! The CWC is thunderous as Escobar runs to basement dropkick Swerve out! Swerve gets to the apron but Escobar brings him to a corner. Escobar drags Swerve up, stands on the very top, but Swerve trips him up!

Escobar is stuck on the top rope, Swerve glares at him and drags him into a fireman’s carry. APRON DEATH VALLEY!! Swerve shoves Escobar back in, goes up a corner, 450 SPLASH onto knees! Escobar covers, TWO!! Swerve narrowly escapes and fans are electric! Escobar is in shock but fans are loving this! But wait, Legado violates their promise and show up ringside! But wait, Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams trip them up! Legado brawls with them but are Melo & Trick honorary Hit Row? Escobar KNEES Swerve, fireman’s carries, but Swerve fights free! Swerve shoves Escobar away and goes to a corner. Escobar runs in but Swerve pops him up onto the CROSSBAR!

Escobar staggers back, Swerve gets the half nelson, J M L DRIVER!! Cover, Swerve wins?!?

Winner: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

Incredible! Swerve, who is heading for SmackDown in less than two weeks, is going to take one of NXT’s titles with him!? But what goes around comes around, Escobar got what he deserved! Melo celebrates with Swerve, only to CLOBBER him with a lariat!! And Trick says it’s time! The Breakout Tournament contract is at the ready, and Melo’s going Money in the Bank with it!! He signs on the dotted line, for the NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP!!

NXT North American Championship: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams!

The bell rings, Melo SPRINGBOARD SLINGBLADES!! Cover, TWO!?! Swerve survives, even after all he’s been through, and Melo can’t believe it! Trick can’t believe it! No one can believe it! Melo says it ends this time, and he reels Swerve in. Swerve breaks free to DECK Melo with a right! Swerve grits his teeth, gets to a corner, then runs corner to corner, into Melo’s BOOT! Melo sets up from the corner, “Melo Don’t Miss!” FLYING FAMOUSER!! Cover, Melo wins!!

Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (NEW NXT North American Champion)

Well so much for Hit Row bringing the gold to the blue brand! The Breakout Star new how to play the game and got the biggest win in his career! Will there be no stopping Melo now that he has the title around his waist?


My Thoughts:

As exciting as that ending was, NXT sure shoved in a lot in this episode, and not necessarily in a good way. I don’t think Xyon Quinn has had anything other than short matches, and he had another short one here. Ivy Nile having a squash match for her debut is fine, that is just standard formula in WWE anyway. But I felt a bit soured that Julius Creed beat Ikemen Jiro in what ended up a short match since it started during the break. I would’ve rather Jiro found a quick way to win and then that’s reason for Diamond Mine to mug him. Kushida coming out was still a good move, and I’m betting we get Kushida & Jiro VS Creed Brothers, and that could be the Creed Brothers’ first loss.

Duke VS Waller was another short match when it probably could’ve been more, but whatever, apparently it’s more important to use Waller to push Grimes’ search for his Lady Luck. Admittedly, Grimes again being behind the times and not knowing about dating apps was funny. But I just don’t understand anything about this new romcom edict. Do we need this? Johnny and Candice worked because they’re legitimately a great couple, #InDex worked on how it’s so goofy and it turns tropes around on their heads, but they don’t need to be force fed NXT shipping as written by Vince. But hey, if anyone can make it fun for viewers, it’s Grimes.

That promo of the person with the shovel had a voice mod on it, but you could totally tell it was female with an accent. I have a strong feeling this is Dakota Kai making a comeback with a new element to her character, as is the way of NXT 2.0. Toxic Attraction’s promo was generic “We’re Heels!” type stuff, and it comes out of order when we already saw Gigi & Jacy lose to Shirai & Stark. And then, was Sarray really part of the team that jobbed to Indi & Persia? But of course Vince favors hotties with bodies in this. Mandy Rose gets to face Raquel Gonzalez, and surely lose in whatever badass stipulation they’re given, while Toxic Attraction might take the pin in the coming Triple Threat for the Women’s Tag titles. At least, that’s what I hope.

But we still got really good things. Ciampa VS Gacy was a solid match, but of course Ciampa wins. Gacy can’t be in the title match, he’d take the loss in the Triple Threat to keep the other two strong. Plus, he now has this thing with “Harland” Parker Boudreaux, possibly the start of a faction, maybe something to get us to accept Gacy’s gimmick as more than just tone deaf parody. Ciampa and Breakker have good interactions with GYV, and they’re having a tag match next week in what already feels like a really good go-home to Halloween Havoc. Andre Chase honestly does do good as a character, that Chase University segment was funny. But he’s totally losing to Odyssey Jones.

Wagner and Kyle had a really good match with Dunne & Holland, and clearly Wagner’s got the push behind him. I think this was good for a send-off to Holland, he’ll head to SmackDown and start wrecking people on his way to the Intercontinental Championship and Nakamura. Wagner and Kyle could be a team, or they could end up rivals for the North American Championship or something, who knows. Not sure, but I think Tony D’Angelo is ending up in a feud with Lash Legend where she gets a proxy from the men’s division to fight him. It’s something different and I wouldn’t mind seeing how that turns out so Lash isn’t just a talk show host this entire time.

What was really good tonight was the send-off for Hit Row. First, Legado is implicated in Adonis being gone, then they blatantly get rid of B-Fab and Dolla, and then we got a pretty great match of Swerve VS Escobar. It was quite the great twist, actually, for Swerve to retain against Escobar, as he should have given how everything felt in the feud of Hit Row VS Legado, only for Melo to go MITB and cash-in. Honestly, I think that is a great addition to how the Breakout Tournament contract works, and it really gives the episode a hot ending. Melo can now carry on against Legado, Trick being his guy to watch his back, maybe setting something up for Halloween Havoc.

My Score: 8.9/10


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BOSJ, Round 6!

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It’s Sniper of the Skies VS Rogue Luchador!

NJPW Power Struggle’s Junior Heavyweight title match is revisited as Robbie Eagles and El Desperado meet in the Best of the Super Juniors, Round 6!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Taguchi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO; Sho wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS YOH; Yoh wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Phantasmo; Bushi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins.

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Here are the current BOSJ 28 standings!

Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-1, 8 points
SHO: 4-1, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-1-1, 7 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-2, 6 points
El Desperado: 2-2-1, 5 points
Master Wato: 2-3, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 2-3, 4 points
El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-3, 4 points
Douki: 2-3, 4 points
Bushi: 2-3, 4 points
YOH: 1-4, 2 points

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

The Funky Weapon is on a roller coaster ride in this BOSJ, but now he’s meeting the Heel Master, who is the top of the block! Will Taguchi be able to even out? Or will Kanemaru continue to lead the way?

Wait, Kanemaru attacks Taguchi while he’s posing! Kanemaru stomps away at the ropes, the bell rings to get this on record, and then Kanemaru keeps stomping. He takes Taguchi’s shirt off and continues stomping him. Taguchi gets up, Kanemaru kicks low but Taguchi CHOPS back. And CHOPS! But Kanemaru rakes eyes! Kanemaru runs, Taguchi goes the other way and the two run the ropes. Kanemaru stops himself but Taguchi keeps going as fans rally. Taguchi eggs Kanemaru on to join him, but Kanemaru just lets him keep going. Then he pushes him to keep him going! Taguchi is getting tired, Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out!

Taguchi clutches his leg, Kanemaru drags him back and SMASHES the knee into the mat. Taguchi writhes but Kanemaru stomps the leg. Kanemaru drags Taguchi up, has the leg, for a SHIN BREAKER! Taguchi writhes even more and gets to ropes. Kanemaru puts the leg on the ropes to stand on it! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets off at 4. Kanemaru drags Taguchi back to drop an elbow and clamp on a toehold. Taguchi fights back with a chinlock but Kanemaru wrenches the leg. Kanemaru then lets off to drop knees on the knee, then pulls on the toehold again. Taguchi gets the ropebreak, Kanemaru lets go at 3.

Kanemaru drags Taguchi away from the ropes to YANK the leg. Fans rally for Taguchi but Kanemaru has the leg for a HALF CRAB! Taguchi endures, crawls forward and gets the ropebreak! Kanemaru lets go at 4, then stomps Taguchi’s bad leg. Kanemaru starts kicking Taguchi in the butt! Taguchi goes to the corner but Kanemaru keeps kicking. Taguchi hits back but Kanemaru rakes eyes! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru stomps the bad leg again. Kanemaru whips corner to corner, runs in but Taguchi boots him back! Taguchi gets the bad leg moving, but runs into an atomic drop! Kanemaru runs, but into the HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up as Taguchi gets his bad leg moving.

Taguchi runs at Kanemaru to hip attack at the ropes! And again! And then baseball slide to the apron GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as Taguchi aims from the apron and springboards, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi drags Kanemaru up and suplexes, Uno Amigo! Taguchi suplexes again, Dos Amigos! Then THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Taguchi keeps focus as fans rally up. Taguchi brings Kanemaru up to chicken wing, but Kanemaru blocks, and then mule kicks the bad leg! He kicks the leg again, but Taguchi gives Kanemaru a point blank hip attack! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg again but Taguchi gives another point blank hip.

Kanemaru kicks the leg again but Taguchi fires off point blank hip attacks! Taguchi runs, but into another dropkick to the legs! Kanemaru gets the leg for a FIGURE FOUR! Taguchi blocks the leg lock from being completed! Kanemaru puts as much pressure as he can even with that much, and Taguchi can’t hold it back! Kanemaru has the Figure Four in and Taguchi reaches out for ropes. Fans rally up, Taguchi drags himself over, ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru holds on until 4, then drags Taguchi back up. Scoop and BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru drags Taguchi to a drop zone, goes up top, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Taguchi is still in this, but Kanemaru goes up again. Kanemaru waits on Taguchi to rise, but Taguchi’s bad leg is really wobbly. Taguchi stands, Kanemaru waits for him to be stable but Taguchi falls over! Kanemaru hops down to get at Taguchi, but Taguchi was suckering him in! Victory roll, TWO!! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg, steps through, but Taguchi kicks him down! OH MY GARFUNKEL! Kanemaru endures the ankle lock, reaches out, and fans rally up. Taguchi twists the ankle, puts as much weight as he can on the hold, but Kanemaru still fights forward to the ROPEBREAK! Taguchi lets go, and he calls upon the powers of Strong Style!

Taguchi aims from the corner, “OHYA~!” BUM- NO, roll up! TWO!! ENZIGURI from Taguchi, Kanemaru staggers around, Taguchi gets the arms! Kanemaru fights the Dodon Buster so Taguchi TIGER SUPLEXES! Bridge, TWO!! Kanemaru narrowly escapes but Taguchi fires up! Fans fire up with him, and he drags Kanemaru up. Chicken wings, but Kanemaru grabs the ref and pushes him down! Taguchi avoids the low blow to get the chicken wings, DODON LOW BLOW! Taguchi shoves Kanemaru to ropes then rolls him up, Taguchi wins!

Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

The Funky Weapon shoots down the top of the block! But Taguchi still has a way to go if he wants to be the Best of the Super Juniors, can he keep going on this upward trajectory? Or will Kanemaru be able to shrug this off and stay ahead of the pack?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO!

Japones Del Mal couldn’t beat his Suzuki-Gun teammates, but Kanemaru exposed the Murder Machine’s weaknesses last round. Will Douki and his pipe be able to thwart Sho and his wrench?

Sho wants the ref to check Douki thoroughly, and so the ref does, only for Sho to then push the ref aside and attack Douki! The bell rings, Sho runs but Douki hurdles, drops and rolls to headscissor! Sho gets up and Douki dropkicks him down! Fans cheer and Douki stomps Sho down. Douki drags Sho up to CLUB him, then drags him up, only for Sho to rake eyes! The ref reprimands, Sho puts Douki on the ropes, and the ref counts. Sho stops at 4, whips Douki to ropes, but holds the ropes to stop himself. Sho runs in but Douki does the splits and Sho tumbles out to the floor! Douki aims and slingshots to PLANCHA, but Sho uses a Young Lion as a shield!

Douki is down, Sho drags him up and whips him into railing! Sho steps on the Young Lion on his way to stomping Douki. Sho then has the ref check on the Young Lion, so he can get away with whipping Douki into more railing! Sho drags Douki up to torture the fingers! The ref starts the ring count, Sho slides into the ring and the count passes 10 of 20. Douki gets up at 15 and in at 16. Sho walks over to drag Douki up, but Douki throws body shots and forearms. So Sho rakes his eyes again! The ref counts, Sho stops at 4, to dig his boots in at the corner! The ref counts again, Sho stops at 4. Sho drags Douki up to scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Sho argues the count but the ref says it was far. Sho claws Douki’s eyes again! The ref counts, Sho lets off and argues with the ref again. Sho then toys with Douki, but Douki chops. And chops! Sho eggs him on so Douki CHOPS again. Sho DECKS Douki with a forearm! Sho drags Douki up, suplexes, but Douki slips out to waistlock. Sho switches, Douki resists the lift and elbows free. Sho reels Douki in but Douki breaks free to mule kick and ENZIGURI! Both men are down but Sho gets to a corner. Douki runsin to clothesline, then he runs, only for Sho to duck. Douki wheelbarrow arm-drags him, to then dodge and springboard, TRUST FALL! Direct hit and Sho bails out!

Douki aims but Sho wants to use the Young Lion again! Douki fakes Sho out, mule kicks him then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit again! Fans fire up with Douki but he’s still down to catch his breath. Douki crawls over to Sho, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Springboard DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Douki drags Sho back up, hooks him up, but Sho blocks the Gory Especial. Douki knees Sho low, runs in at the corner, and blocks boots to pop Sho up into the Gory Especial! But Sho pulls the fingers! The ref reprimands, Sho CLUBS the bad hand, but Douki ducks the punch to mule kick! Douki runs, but the ref is a shield now! Sho then SPEARS Douki down!

Fans rally up while both men are on the mat. Sho gets up at the ropes, drags Douki up and wrenches the arm, and brings Douki down to kick, KICK and SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Sho aims his bow and drags Douki up to reel him in. Double pump handles, but Douki slips out to get ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Sho stays on his feet, reaches out, but Douki drags him from ropes to put him back in the stretch! Sho endures, Douki pulls harder on the hold and brings Sho down! Sho sputters, but he refuses to give up! Sho moves around, Douki keeps pulling, Sho turns and… ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go and Sho is dazed!

Douki hurries to the apron as Sho sputters and rises. Fans rally up, DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Douki calls for the finish! Douki drags Sho into the wheelbarrow, full nelson, but Sho fights free! Switch and a shove into the ref, then a clothesline in the corner that sandwiches them both! Everyone’s done, and Sho crawls to his corner! Sho brings out the wrench! But Douki’s going to his corner, and he has his pipe! Douki blocks the wrench with the pipe to PIPE SHOT Sho down! Douki gets the ref moving, drags Sho around and wheelbarrows, but Sho grabs the ref! Sho shoves the ref into Douki, then LOW BLOWS Douki from behind!

Sho gets his wrench! WRENCH SHOT!! Sho then gets the ref up and brings him over. Sho drags Douki up, for the SNAKE BITE!! Douki’s already out, Sho wins!

Winner: Sho, by submission (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)

The Murder Machine gets away with another one! He’s back on top of the block, will he be able to stay there from now on?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS YOH!

The Way of the Grandmaster surprised Ryusuke Taguchi while Direct Drive shocked the Sniper of the Skies! But will Wato stop Yoh’s momentum before it even starts?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Wato shoots in to waistlock but Yoh wrenches out to a wristlock. Wato spins, wrenches and wristlocks back. Yoh rolls, trips Wato and has a toehold but Wato uses a leg to bring Yoh down. Yoh clasps hands and sits up out of the armbar. Yoh has a top mount but Wato slips out. Fans cheer the standoff as the two reset. They knuckle lock, Wato wrenches to a hammerlock, but Yoh goes to elbow. Wato stops that with a headlock. Yoh pries the hold but Wato holds tighter. Yoh drop toeholds and flats to the headlock but Wato slips out again to get a chinlock and an arm. Wato then floats to have the legs tied up.

Yoh crawls and gets the ropebreak. Wato lets off, and the two reset. They feel things out then Wato KICKS a leg, then KICKS Yoh in the chest. Wato KICKS Yoh to the corner then fires off forearms. Wato whips corner to corner but Yoh goes up and over, only for Wato to kick low. Things speed up, Yoh drops and sidesteps to drop toehold. Wato avoids the basement dropkick to back elbow, uppercut and rolling sobat! Fans fire up as Wato KICKS Yoh from all sides! Cover, TWO! Wato stomps Yoh, drags him up, whips to ropes but Yoh reverses to dropkick Wato down! Wato bails out, Yoh PLANCHAS out onto him! Fans fire up with Yoh while Wato is down.

Yoh stomps Wato, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Yoh drags Wato up, turns him and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Yoh drags Wato up, CLUBS him on the neck, then CLUBS him again. Yoh brings Wato around to ROCK with a forearm, then whips Wato corner to corner for a back elbow! Yoh wrenches and DECKS Wato, cover, TWO! Yoh keeps on Wato with a headscissor necklock! Wato endures as Yoh puts on the pressure. Wato crawls, reaches out, and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Yoh lets go but stomps Wato down. Yoh drags Wato up but Wato throws body shots. Wato throws forearms, Yoh kicks low.

Yoh whips Wato to a corner, runs in, but Wato boots him! Yoh comes back and gets more boots, then Wato RANAS Yoh out! Wato builds speed to TORNILLO! Direct hit at the ramp and both men are down! The ref starts a count, Wato sits up at 11 and drags Yoh up and puts him in at 16. Wato then aims from the apron, springboards and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up, Wato waits on Yoh to rise to fire off kicks! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Wato keeps his focus as he drags Yoh up and wrenches to reel him in. Yoh elbows free of the Mouse Trap but Wato knees low. Wato QUESTION MARK KICKS Yoh down! You gets up, but blocks the screw high kick to a DRAGON SCREW!

Wato writhes, Yoh gets him for a CALF KILLER! Wato endures, crawls, drags himself and Yoh over, but Yoh throws elbows down! Yoh pulls back harder but Wato still gets the ROPEBREAK! Yoh stalks Wato and dropkicks the leg out! Yoh drags Wato from the ropes, to suplex, but Wato slips out. Wato’s bad leg jams, Yoh gets him again, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Yoh drags Wato back up to waistlock. Wato fights with elbows but Yoh still holds on. Wato goes to ropes, Yoh CLUBS him then full nelsons. Wato breaks free, victory rolls, TWO! Yoh gets up but Wato cradles, TWO! Wato kicks but Yoh blocks, DRAGON- NO, Wato makes it a sit-down, TWO!!

Wato gets up but Yoh uppercuts! Yoh runs but into Wato’s CALF KICK! Both men are down again and fans rally up! Wato crawls over to Yoh, drags him up, and throws a forearm! Yoh forearms back, so Wato forearms again. Yoh throws another forearm, so Wato keeps going. Wato gets the edge, knocking Yoh down. Wato drags Yoh up but Yoh fires boxing elbows! Yoh kicks a leg, then spins, but Wato blocks! Yoh ducks the roundhouse, Wato ducks the heel kick, Wato sobats but Yoh goes Matrix to avoid the roundhouse! ROLLING ELBOW and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Yoh fires up and so do the fans!

Yoh drags Wato up, underhooks, but no Direct Drive! Wato spins out to ROUNDHOUSE! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Wato rises slowly, goes to ropes and waits on Yoh to rise. Wato spins, SCREW HIGH KICK! Wato gets Yoh back up, wrenches and hooks him up, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Yoh escapes but Wato drags him to a drop zone. Wato climbs the corner, but oh stops him with a forearm! Yoh climbs, CLUBS Wato on the back, but Wato throws body shots. Yoh stumbles down, Wato gets up but Yoh GAMANGIRIS first! Yoh goes back up, brings Wato up for the SUPERPLEX! Roll through, and- Wato sips out to shove Yoh to a corner!

Wato runs in, Yoh puts him on the apron, but Wato GAMANGIRIS! Yoh staggers and flops, Wato aims again. Wato springboards, into a SUPERKICK!! Fans fire up and Yoh gets Wato right back up! Suplex to GHOSTBUSTER! And then, DIRECT DRIVE!! Cover, YOH WINS!

Winner: Yoh, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Wato earns 0)

The momentum keeps going for Yoh! He may still be at the back, but can he power his way right to the front?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Phantasmo!

Black Mask lost to Hiromu-chan and the Headbanga lost to the Bone Soldier in last round’s battle of teammates. Now that things are back to facing enemies, who gets back up to break even?

Judging from how bad ELP’s foot feels from his backflip entrance, he hasn’t healed up from Taiji pulling one over on him by taking “that” and putting it in his boot. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. ELP and Bushi approach, but then ELP backs up to encourage the fans to get louder. He and Bushi approach again, but again ELP backs off to encourage the fans. The fans get louder, ELP and Bushi tie up. ELP puts Bushi on ropes but Bushi turns it around. Bushi lets off cleanly, and he gives ELP space. ELP gets fans to clap, “E! L P!” and then ties up with Bushi. ELP pulls on the mask, gets a headlock, but Bushi powers out, only for ELP to run him over.

ELP flexes, struts, runs, but Bushi drops. ELP stops to step on Bushi and strut some more. Bushi kicks and whips but ELP reverses. Bushi rolls off ELP’s back, dodges and RANAS, but ELP handsprings through! Fans cheer and ELP struts again. ELP even shows off with a backflip, but his foot hurts again! Bushi dropkicks ELP down! ELP bails out, Bushi builds speed, but ELP moves so Bushi rolls back to mock ELP’s rocker hands. ELP says no, don’t do that. ELP gets in, Bushi dodges again, then RANAS again! ELP tumbles out, Bushi runs and DIVES! Direct hit and ELP hits railing! Fans cheer as Bushi stomps ELP down.

Bushi drags ELP up, whips him into railing, then brings him up to put him into the ring. Bushi takes off his shirt to use it to choke ELP! The ref counts, Bushi lets go with one hand. The ref counts more, Bushi lets go completely. Bushi CLUBS ELP, turns him and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps cool, brings ELP up and suplexes, but ELP slips out. Bushi elbows him away but ELP mule kicks! Bushi falls over and writhes on the mat! “It” IS back in ELP’s boot! ELP drags Bushi up, whips him corner to corner, and Bushi hits hard off the buckles! Cover, TWO! ELP tries again, TWO! Another try, TWO! ELP grabs for an ear but he instead has to grab the mask.

ELP stands Bushi up, brings him in and has the cobra twist! Bushi endures, ELP reaches for ropes but the ref watches him closely. Bushi throws body shots and hip tosses ELP down! Fans rally up while both men are down. ELP crawls over to Bushi and drags him up but Bushi fires off forearms! ELP stomps Bushi’s foot! “It” might’ve crushed Bushi’s toes! ELP then isolates a hand, and he STOMPS it! Bushi clutches the fingers but ELP bends them back! The ref reprimands but ELP BITES The hand! The ref counts, Bushi stops at 4. ELP twists the wrist, gets Bushi up and knucklelocks to HOP! ELP goes up and up and tightrope walks, then kicks Bushi to keep going.

ELP struts as he tightrope walks, kicks Bushi again, and keeps going. Bushi trips ELP up and ELP ends up getting a hotshot on the way down! ELP gasps and sputters, Bushi takes aim and SLINGSHOT RANAS! Both men go down and fans fire up! Bushi gets up first and fans fire up with him. Bushi brings ELP up and into the ring, then fans rally as Bushi CHOPS and whips ELP corner to corner. ELP reverses, runs in corner to corner but Bushi swing kicks him away! Bushi goes up and leaps, missile dropkick! BUSHIROONI! Bushi then runs in at the corner to back elbow! Bushi reels ELP in, but ELP slips out and dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Handspring LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Both men are down again but fans rally up. ELP kips up and brings Bushi up for an atomic drop! Then a scoop and SLAM! ELP goes to the corner, hops up, takes aim, DIVING AX HANDLE! Fans rally as ELP tunes up the band! Bushi slowly rises, ELP adjusts his boot, but Bushi blocks the kick to put the leg on the ropes! DRAPING CODE BREAKER! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Bushi drags ELP up, catches ELP’s punch and spins him for a DDT! Bushi gets ELP back up, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! ELP is still in this but Bushi goes to the corner. Fans rally up as Bushi aims, M- NO! ELP pops Bushi up but Bushi sunset flips!

ELP rolls through, high stacks, TWO, but ELP drags Bushi up and hooks the arms, STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives, ELP isn’t phenomenal! ELP hobbles up, drags Bushi back up, reels him back in and tucks the arms. Bushi slips out to cradle! TWO!! ELP BUZZSAW! ELP goes back to a corner, gets the boot going again, Bushi stands and ELP hesitates?! ELP runs to V-TRIGGER instead! And then he Electric Chair Lifts, but Bushi fights free, to BACKSTABBER! Bushi drags ELP up and wrenches him into TERRIBLE! Cover, TWO! ELP survives but Bushi goes to the corner! Bushi goes up the ropes, ELP hobbles around, MX!! Cover, Bushi wins!

Winner: Bushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)

The Headbanga’s hesitation may have cost him! Will he worry less about copying Bullet Club’s best and just win as himself? As for Bushi, he evens out, but will he be able to make a play for the top?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado!

These two only faced off earlier this month, but the irony of Eagles losing the title is that neither has had the best run in this tournament. Will the Sniper of the Skies redeem himself from Power Struggle? Or will the Rogue Luchador give a repeat performance from Osaka?

The bell rings and fans rally up already as the two stare down. Eagles and Desperado circle and Eagles gets the fans to rally harder. They tie up, Eagles waistlocks but Desperado breaks free to wrench and wristlock. Eagles spins, breaks the wristlock, wrenches and wristlocks back. Desperado rolls, breaks and wrenches back on Eagles. Eagles rolls, handsprings and wrenches to a hammerlock. Desperado stands on Eagles’ foot, gets a headlock and the takeover. Eagles rolls it to a cover, ONE, and Desperado keeps on the headlock. Eagles headscissors and squeezes tight but Desperado endures. Desperado bridges, moves around, and gets free to have the butterfly deathlock!

Eagles is down, Desperado floats to a headlock. Desperado grinds Eagles but Eagles fights up to his feet. Eagles tries to pry free but Desperado grinds harder. Eagles still tries to pry, and he gets the hold around, to then drop and trip Desperado to a leglock. Eagles floats to a headlock, pushes off ropes but Desperado rolls to a cover. ONE, and Eagles keeps the headlock. Desperado pulls hair to get up and pop out of the headlock. The ref reprimands and counts, Desperado shifts to a headlock. Desperado grinds the hold, Eagles puts Desperado on ropes. The ref calls for the break, Eagles lets off, but he does a step to make sure Desperado stays on his guard.

Desperado applauds along with the fans as he and Eagles reset. They circle, Desperado claws Eagles’ eyes! Desperado headlocks, Eagles powers out but Desperado runs him over! Things speed up, Eagles hurdles, Desperado leads, but Eagles comes back. Eagles blocks the hip toss and rolls to drag Desperado down and basement dropkick! Fans cheer while Eagles stalks Desperado, but Desperado rakes Eagles’ eyes again! The ref reprimands, Desperado lets off and he drags Eagles up. Eagles holds ropes to stop the whip, Desperado kicks the leg! Desperado whips, Eagles reverses to go up and around but Desperado blocks the arm-drag to SLAP Eagles down!

Desperado runs, flying arm-drags Eagles away, then runs in. Eagles dodges, goes up and around to flying arm-drag back! Desperado bails out, Eagles runs but he fakes Desperado out with the backflip, and then he DIVES! Direct hit and Desperado hits railing, and it’s enough to knock Milano Collection AT out of his seat! Eagles checks on Milano, but he’s alright. Eagles flexes because that’s how strong he is! Eagles then gets Desperado up to CHOP against the apron! Desperado hobbles away, stinging, but Eagles keeps on him. Eagles puts Desperado in the ring, stops him from crawling away, and stomps the leg!

Eagles paces, drags Desperado up and snapmares for a RUNNING KICK! Cover, TWO! Eagles stomps Desperado, Desperado CHOPS back! And again! Eagles eggs him on so Desperado keeps going, but Eagles knees low and CHOPS Desperado down! Fans cheer that one, it was strong. Eagles gives Desperado space at the ropes to come back, but then he goes out to drag Desperado to the apron. Eagles SLAMS the leg on the apron! Desperado flops to the floor and flounders to the ramp. Eagles goes to the ramp and Desperado gets up. Desperado CHOPS but again Eagles eggs him on. Desperado chops again but Eagles CHOPS Desperado back down!

Eagles drags Desperado up, puts him in the ring, covers, TWO! Eagles drops a knee on Desperado’s chest! Cover, TWO! Eagles stomps Desperado at the ropes, brings him around to hook the arm, and then he gets the fans to rally up as he pulls on the legs! Deathlock STOMP! Desperado writhes, Eagles covers, TWO! Another try, TWO! Eagles is frustrated but he waits on Desperado to sit up. Eagles KICKS him, and KICKS him, and KICKS again! Eagles runs, but Desperado blocks the kick! Eagles sobats, but runs into a SPINE- NO! Eagles fights out and whips Desperado to a corner. Eagles runs in but is put on the apron.

Desperado punches, Eagles blocks and GAMANGIRIS Desperado away! Eagles springboards but Desperado gets clear to come back and SPEAR! Both men are down again but Desperado gets up at the ropes. Desperado hobbles over, brings Eagles up, suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Desperado has the leg for the GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Desperado gets the leg again to drop knees on the knee! Eagles writhes but Desperado gets the STRETCH MUFFLER! Eagles endures as Desperado thrashes, and Eagles fights his way over. Desperado keeps him back, but Eagles keeps fighting, ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go and fans rally up.

Desperado drags Eagles up, reels him in, but Eagles fights the shinbreaker. Desperado kicks the leg! Desperado then brings Eagles back up, but Eagles knees free! Wheelbarrow to victory roll, to RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Now Desperado endures the leg lock, crawls forward, but Eagles puts as much pressure as he can! Desperado refuses to give up, and he powers his way to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go and Desperado clutches the leg. Eagles drags Desperado back, stomps away on the leg then KICKS it! Eagles steps over, Desperado kicks Eagles away, but Eagles comes back with a PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!

Eagles keeps cool while fans rally up. He gets his bad leg moving, drags Desperado back up, but Desperado dropkicks the bad leg out! Desperado gets up, hobbles over, but Eagles dropkicks him in the bad leg now! Desperado drags himself up in the corner, Eagles runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Eagles rolls back, his leg holds him back a bit, and runs in but into a boot! Eagles comes back to Tiger Feint the leg out! Eagles then comes back with METEORA! Desperado flops down, Eagles covers, TWO! Eagles drags Desperado to a drop zone, but his own bad leg slows his climb. Eagles 450, but he catches Desperado’s knees! Eagles turns Desperado to drop knees on the knee!

Eagles gets the leg, steps through but Desperado roll shim up! TWO, to the STRETCH MUFFLER! But Eagles power sit to a cradle, TWO! ROUNDHOUSE! SUPER- NO! Desperado blocks, reels Eagles in, but Eagles fights the Guitarra to slip around and cravat, SHIRANUI but Desperado blocks that! Desperado spins Eagles around, GUITARRA- NO! Eagles slips out and ROLLING KICKS the leg out! Eagles runs, but Desperado ducks the blindside! Both men get their bad legs moving, Eagles ducks the haymaker to SUPERKICK, then SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives and Eagles can’t believe it!

Eagles grits his teeth while fans rally up. Eagles aims his finger gun, rolls Desperado up but Desperado fights out to SPINEBUSTER! And then a roll, float over, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and fans fire up! Desperado drags Eagles up, underhooks the arms, but Eagles RANAS out but Desperado sunset flips! TWO, Eagles sits on it, TWO! Desperado runs into a schoolboy with bridge, TWO!! BIG elbow shot, but Eagles PELES back! Both men are down but Eagles fires up! Eagles drags Desperado up, cravat to SHIRANUI! Then dragon sleeper and a spin, but Desperado slips out to EL ES CULERO! DESPERADO WINS!!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Eagles earns 0)

Eagles can’t believe it! Desperado didn’t even need his best shots to win! But with this, will Desperado also look to take back the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships in the near future?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Ticking Timebomb and Bone Soldier Reborn were the winning halves of their tag teams last round, and now they close out this round! Will one side sweep the night? Or will we see a 1-1 split?

Hiromu hands over the guide book to Milano, and he seems to be calling Taiji a “Muscular chihuahua.” The bell rings and they ram each other! Then they start throwing forearms! Taiji gets the edge, whips but Hiromu reverses to then follow and RANA, but Taiji blocks! Taiji brings Hiromu up but Hiromu slips out, only for Taiji to get around and waistlock. Hiromu switches but Taiji elbows him away. Taiji whips, Hiromu reveres but Taiji handsprings, into a waistlock! Taiji switches again, shoves Hiromu into a corner, then blocks the boots to ENZIGURI. But Hiromu gets out of the ropes to elbow! Hiromu keeps going and he runs Taiji over!

Fans fire up while Hiromu catches his breath. Hiromu drags Taiji up, CHPOS him, then CHOPS him again! Hiromu brings Taiji around to CHOP again and Taiji leans on ropes. Hiromu whips, Taiji reverse to shoulder and WRING the arm out, then WRING it again! Hiromu bails out and clutches the arm. Red Shoes checks on him but Hiromu says he can still continue. Taiji goes out as Hiromu goes around the way. Taiji stalks Hiromu, then BOOTS him into railing! Taiji wraps the arm around railing and pulls! Hiromu grabs at Taiji’s hair but Taiji kicks the railing to jam the arm. Taiji drags Hiromu up, fans rally, and Taiji wernches to hammerlock and POST the bad arm!

Taiji puts Hiromu in, pulls on the arm and SLAMS it against the post! Then Taiji brings out a chair! Taiji SLAMS the bad arm into the post, then snatches a chair from the timekeeper’s area. Red Shoes confiscates that chair, but doesn’t see Taiji get the chair from under the ring and SMACKS Hiromu’s arm! Hiromu goes running as he clutches the bad arm, but fans rally behind him. The ring count starts, Taiji drags Hiromu up by the bad arm and puts him in the ring at 8 of 20. Cover, TWO! Taiji is annoyed but he drags Hiromu by the bad arm again. Taiji wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And then snapmares to drop a leg on the bad arm, and trap it for an arm scissors.

Hiromu endures, moves around, but Taiji drops a knee on the bad arm, then drops a fist! Cover, TWO! Hiromu gets himself to a corner, Taiji goes over to CHOP him down! Taiji drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS, so Taiji kicks the bad arm, and gives it an ARM CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Taiji keeps on Hiromu, locking up the good arm to then pull on the bad arm. Taiji moves the arm around and around then YANKS it back! Hiromu crawls to the corner and fans rally up. Taiji paces, then drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And again! Taiji CLUBS Hiromu down, but Hiromu gets up to CHOP!

Taiji eggs Hiromu on, Hiromu throws forearms but Taiji BOOTS the bad arm! Taiji runs but Hiromu follows and RANAS Taiji down! Fans rally up as Hiromu drags himself up the ropes. Taiji runs in but Hiromu boots him! Hiromu then hops up to HANGING HEADSCISSOR! Red Shoes counts, Hiromu lets go at 4. Hiromu gets in to whip Taiji to the corner and clothesline! Then he snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Taiji bails out and fans rally up! Hiromu goes to the apron for the FLYING SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Taiji hits railing and Hiromu fires up! Hiromu gets his bad arm moving, then drags Taiji up to put him in the ring.

Hiromu drags Taiji up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, but Taiji slips off to send Hiromu into the corner. Taiji runs in, blocks boots, ENZIGURI! Taiji runs to SLIDING GERMAN! Fans rally up while Hiromu is down. Taiji drags Hiromu out, underhooks, but Hiromu fights off the Bloody Cross! Taiji knees low and fireman’s carries to SNAKE EYES Hiromu on the railing! Hiromu writhes, Taiji gets in the ring and the ring count starts. Fans rally up but Hiromu stirs. Hiromu rises at 12, stands at 14, and gets in at 15, only for Taiji to basement dropkick the bad arm! Taiji steps over, YES LOCK!

Hiromu endures, moves around, reaches out and fans rally up. Taiji pulls back, but Hiromu keeps crawling over! Ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Taiji lets go. Red Shoes checks on Hiromu but Taiji unties the blue buckle pad! The Bullet Club favorite! Taiji goes back to Hiromu, drags him up, gut wrenches, but Hiromu fights to gut wrench Taiji! But Taiji headscissors free, but swings into a hook, spin and RANA, that Hiromu makes into D!! Taiji is stuck in the triangle hold, but he fights up to deadlift, but Hiromu RANAS him back down! Hiromu holds tight to the triangle hold but Taiji endures. Fans rally, Hiromu has Taiji down on the mat, but Taiji powers up again!

Taiji manages a deadlift and BUCKLE BOMB! It was still a padded corner so Hiromu got lucky there. Hiromu falls out of the ring but fans rally up. Taiji stays in the ring as the count climbs, but Hiromu gets up. So Taiji goes to the corner and jumps up! Hiromu stops Taiji and has a waistlock! Taiji resists, but Hiromu shifts to a bomb position! Taiji fights free of that but Hiromu SUPERKICKS him! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, APRON DEATH VALLEY! Both men fall to the floor as fans fire up! Red Shoes checks, they’re both okay to continue. Fans rally up and the ring count starts while both men stir.

Hiromu stands at 11, staggers about and goes to Taiji at 15. Hiromu puts Taiji in at 17, and fans cheer as he fireman’s carries again. Taiji fights free, but Hiromu suplexes. Taiji fights that, wrenches and ducks but Hiromu mule kicks and front kicks. Fireman’s carry, but Taiji shoves Hiromu to a corner. Taiji runs back in, but he leaps over the overhead Belly2Belly! Hiromu waistlocks Taiji up top, drags Taiji down, but Taiji switches. Hiromu switches, Taiji elbows free and slides under, to then double pump handle and flip Hiromu into position, CIPHER UTAKI! Both men are down and fans rally up!

Hiromu clutches his bad arm, Taiji crawls his way over. Hiromu throws a forearm, Taiji throws it back. Hiromu forearms again, they stand and Taiji throws another. Hiromu forearms, Taiji forearms, Taiji ROCKS Hiromu and gets the edge! Hiromu keeps coming back, even as Taiji throws more forearms! Taiji ROCKS Hiromu again and again but Hiromu just fires up again and again! Hiromu finally staggers back and fans cheer. But then Hiromu SHOTGUN dropkicks Taiji into a corner! Both men are down, fans rally up. Hiromu drags himself up, Taiji fires up and runs, into the OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into buckles!

Fans rally up again as Hiromu stands up. Hiromu goes over and brings Taiji up. Hiromu suplexes but Taiji fights out to get the arm! Hiromu fights his way over but Taiji rolls him away, to then drag Hiromu up and POST him! That’s why he took away the pad: to open the way to the corner post! Taiji hammerlocks the arm and scoops, to then SHOULDER BREAKER! Fans rally up while Hiromu and Taiji are both down. Taiji aims, Hiromu slowly stands, Taiji runs in to tilt-o-whirl, but Hiromu blocks and spins for DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Hiromu roars and fans fire up as he drags Taiji back up. Hiromu suplexes but Taiji knees free, but Hiromu SUPERKICKS!

Hiromu runs into a BOOT! Hiromu roars and runs in, to a JUMP KNEE! Down goes Hiromu and Taiji roars! Taiji aims, bang! He drags Hiromu up, BLOODY- NO! Hiromu slips out, spins Taiji around, VICTORIA! Hiromu crawls to the cover, TWO! Hiromu slowly rises, fans rally up, and Hiromu drags Taiji up in the dragon sleeper. Hiromu inverted suplexes but Taiji slips out and spins around to drag Hiromu down for the over-the-shoulder, only for Hiromu to roll him up! TWO!! Taiji runs in but Hiromu scoops, dragon sleepers, but Taiji snapmares free to dragon sleeper back! But Hiromu arm-drags free, rolls to a fireman’s carry, and CORNER DEATH VALLEY!

Hiromu fires up and fans are with him! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, spins and Taiji pops out! DOUBLE LARIATS collide and both men drop to their knees! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fires up and runs, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Taiji is dazed but Hiromu fires up again! Hiromu dragon sleepers for the inverted suplex but Taiji slips out, tilt-o-whirl takedown! BONE LOCK!! Hiromu scrambles, reaches out, but Taiji rolls him away! Taiji pulls way back, HIROMU TAPS! TAIJI WINS!!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hiromu earns 0)

The Bone Soldier defuses the Timebomb and has a huge win under his belt! Can Hiromu recover and still have a chance at going back-to-back? As for Taiji, he takes a moment to rest before he gets the mic. “Hiromu. You really are something. I hate to admit it, but damn!” Fans applaud this odd showing of respect Taiji is giving as Hiromu takes his leave. Taiji says he can’t go on some “energetic rant like Hiromu,” but he’ll just say, “The NJPW Junior Division isn’t all about El Desperado and Hiromu Takahashi! I said this before, but once again. Look at me! I will show you strength and greatness! It’s Reborn!” Will Taiji prove this division doesn’t belong to anyone but him?

 

Here are the NEW BOSJ 28 standings!

SHO: 5-1, 10 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-2-1, 7 points
El Desperado: 3-2-1, 7 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 3-3, 6 points
Bushi: 3-3, 6 points
YOH: 2-4, 4 points
Master Wato: 2-4, 4 points
El Phantasmo: 2-4, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-4, 4 points
Douki: 2-4, 4 points


My Thoughts:

A great round for the BOSJ, some real great surprises in the results. I thought for sure Kanemaru would keep going but Taguchi gets a win off him in a real good match. Douki using his pipe to fight off the wrench was great, but I had a feeling Sho would still win. Yoh getting another win is great, I still hope they make a big deal out of Yoh VS Sho when we get it. Bushi VS Phantasmo was good, and I like that ELP was playing it up that he got “it” back in his boot. But I find it interesting that he hesitated to use Sudden Death just to try and use Kenny Omega’s moves. I wonder if that was just to keep ELP from winning and keep him near the bottom.

I wasn’t surprised by Desperado winning, just in how he won. I didn’t think he’d win with just his signature pin, but that was quite the shocker. And then Taiji VS Hiromu was awesome stuff, and I didn’t think Taiji would get the win here. That’s big stuff for Taiji and the tournament. Taiji’s in the top three, he could make a run for the top. Desperado VS Kanemaru is next round, too, that will be a very interesting one.

My Score: 8.9/10


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