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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (10/19/21)

Can rivals coexist?

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NXT Coverage 2021

There could be chaos before Halloween Havoc!

Before Halloween Havoc and the NXT Championship match, Tommaso Ciampa and Bron Breakker see if they can shut up the Grizzled Young Veterans!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Odyssey Jones VS Andre Chase; Jones wins.
  • The Creed Brothers w/ Diamond Mine VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
  • Cora Jade VS Elektra Lopez w/ Legado del Fantasma; Jade wins.
  • Triple Threat: Io Shirai VS Persia Pirotta VS Jacy Jayne; Shirai wins and gets the right to spin the wheel.
  • Tony D’Angelo VS Ru Feng; D’Angelo wins.
  • Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Legado del Fantasma; Legado wins.
  • LA Knight VS Grayson Waller; Knight wins and becomes the host of Halloween Havoc II.
  • Tommaso Ciampa & Bron Breakker VS Grizzled Young Veterans; Ciampa & Breakker win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Carmelo Hayes heads to the ring!

The NEW NXT North American Champion and his right hand man, Trick Williams, are feeling good over cashing in on Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and taking away that title! Trick gets Melo the mic and then says, “Hey, hey, hey, Alicia, Alicia. That sounded so nice, I need to hear it twice. Who’s your  new North American Champion?” Alicia Taylor again introduces the NEW NXT North American Champion, Carmelo Hayes! Trick tells Melo they look good, they look like money, and that they have gold now. Just like they said a few weeks ago, there ain’t nothing humble here. Go look up “humble” in the dictionary. It’s after “HEEEEELL No!” It’s a #Melobration tonight!

Fans cheer Melo on and he speaks. “Four and a half months ago, I stepped on the scene, and I brought that same energy. I blew through the competition in the Breakout Tournament and proved that I am the Final Boss.” Melo walked around here like Melo in the Chocolate Factory, waiting for his opportunity. Last week, he pulled a swerve on Swerve himself. Now he’s on top! So he’s telling us that to tell us this: “When I shoot, I don’t miss.” From this point on, Melo is calling the shots! He’s team captain! He’s the leader of the new school! As long as this title is around his waist, it is the A title! It doesn’t matter if Ciampa has a problem, if management has a problem or if fans have a problem.

But wait! Here comes Johnny Gargano! Trick is fired up by someone interrupting the champion, but Gargano asks if they feel the energy in the room changing. Fans chant “Welcome Back!” as Gargano says he and Melo haven’t been formally introduced. Gargano has had his eye on Melo. As someone who has held that title more times than anyone, Johnny Wrestling just wants to say congratulations. This is the Melobration, right? This is fun! this is a good time! Gargano’s been having a lot of fun, too, with the bachelor party and the wedding and the honeymoon. Tons of fun. But now with Austin Theory on Raw, Indi married and Candice at home pregnant, Gargano’s lost his Way.

So Gargano is trying to figure out what’s next. And what’s next is staring him right in the face. He thinks that what’s next is falling back to what he was put on this planet to do. That is entertaining the people in this ring, and taking on guys like Melo! So what does Melo say? When he shoots, he don’t miss? Well there’s a first time for everything. So what does the A Champion say to taking a shot at Gargano? Trick says Gargano needs to worry about his girl, Indi. She’s been shooting in Melo’s DM’s all week! And Trick’s! Oh, really? She shootin’! Wow, so funny, Trick! Melo says that’s his daughter, though. Yeah, and here’s his son in law! DEXTER LUMIS is behind them!

Dexter gets Trick in the SILENCER! Melo gets Trick away but he leaves the belt behind! Gargano dares Melo to come back for it but Melo sends Trick in. Trick turns around and sees Lumis slithering up! Gargano looks at the title belt, and Lumis gives him a thumbs up. Will Gargano make his way back to the “top” title in NXT?

 

Odyssey Jones VS Andre Chase!

#SoundtheAlarm, because we’re about to see a rematch from the Breakout Tournament! Jones gets a high-five from Gargano on his way to the ring, will he school “Professor Chase” tonight?

NXT returns and Chase makes his entrance. The bell rings, fans are on Odyssey’s side as he and Chase tie up, and he throws Chase to the ropes! Chase gets up, ties up again, headlocks, but Jones powers out. Chase kicks back but Jones doesn’t budge! Jones wants Chase to show him something, then blocks a kick to whip. Chase ducks and leaps but the shoulder tackle bounces off Jones! Jones drags Chase up, bumps him off buckles and Chase goes floundering away. Jones drags Chase up, bumps him off more buckles and Chase sits down. Jones runs in but Chase dodges and Jones only hits buckles! Chase goes up and missile dropkicks! Then runs to DOUBLE STOMP! And DOUBLE STOMP again!

Chase drags Jones up to headlock and punch, then a BASEMENT DDT! Cover, ONE!! Jones sends Chase flying and fans fire up! Chase gets Jones up but Jones blocks the punch! Jones DECKS Chase, rallies with big shoulders, then scoops Chase for a SLAM! Jones fires up and fans are with him as he whips Chase to a corner. Jones runs in to SPLASH Chase then throw him down. Jones runs and SOMERSAULT SENTONS! Then he runs to BIG SPLASH! Cover, Jones wins!

Winner: Odyssey Jones, by pinfall

The Chase U fans, not that there are many, are upset but everyone else in the CWC is loving this! Will Jones keep climbing until he’s got his golden opportunity?

 

Malcolm Bivens walks and talks.

“So earlier today, I was doing what I do best, and that is minding my own business and not getting jumped in the parking lot.” People are asking for title opportunities but that’s crazy! Week after week, the Creed Brothers have been winning. No longer will Diamond Mine ask, they will just take! Bivens leads the way to the ring, because Julius & Brutus are in action next!

The Creed Brothers w/ Diamond Mine VS Imperium!

NXT returns and Imperium has made their entrance. The teams sort out, Brutus starts with Fabian Aichner. They tie up and Brutus gets a fireman’s carry takeover to an armlock. Aichner headscisosrs but Brutus kips out. Aichner headlocks, Brutus powers out and the two ram shoulders. Neither falls, Aichner drop toeholds and headlocks. Brutus powers up but Marcel Barthel tags in. Aichner whips, drops and Barthel hits an arm-drag to an armlock. But Brutus powers up to put Barthel on ropes. Barthel CHOPS away on Brutus’ back but Brutus hits a SPINEBUSTER! Brutus waistlocks, Barthel fights up to arm-drag, and he has the arm for a hammerlock.

Brutus reaches back but Barthel bridges through to keep the hammerlock. Brutus powers up, slips around and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Barthel clutches his head and Brutus mocks the Imperium pose. Barthel CHOPS and CLUBS Brutus in return, but Brutus blocks the butterfly suplex to a fireman’s carry. Barthel slips off, shoves and ROCKS Brutus with an uppercut! Snapmare and PENALTY KICK! “NEIN!!” Fans cheer on the Impeccable German while Hachiman coaches Brutus. Brutus RAMS Barthel into the corner, tags Julius, and Julius hits a BIG single leg takedown. But Barthel wrenches back to ROCK Julius with hands!

Julius RAMS Barthel into a corner. Barthel shoves and dodges to GAMANGIRI, to a HALF HATCH! Barthel goes up but Brutus distracts and Roderick Strong anchors Barthel! Aichner chases Strong off, but Barthel jumps into Julius’ EXPLODER! Julius talks trash, kicks Barthel around, then blocks a kick to gut wrench suplex! Julius puts Barthel in the corner, tags in Brutus and feeds Barthel to the fireman’s carry takeover. Brutus feeds Barthel to Julius’ fireman’s carry takeover, then Brutus covers. TWO, but Julius tags in to gut wrench SLAM Brutus on Barthel! Julius covers, TWO! Julius clamps onto Barthel with a chinbar, but Barthel fights up to snapmare free!

Fans rally, Julius gut wrenches Barthel away from Aichner, but Barthel turns the suplex into a roll-up! TWO, and Barthel dodges to hot tag Aichner! Brutus tags in but the Pride of Italy rallies on the brothers! Brutus CLUBS Aichner, whips him but Aichner dodges to catch Brutus in the fireman’s carry! ROLLING SENTON! Fans fire up and Aichner covers, Julius breaks it! Julius drags Brutus to the corner to tag back in. Barthel tags in, Julius blocks a boot but not the KICK! Barthel goes up and leaps, but into a waistlock! Gut wrench POWERBOMB! High stack, Aichner breaks it! Brutus gets in to throw Aichner out and the ref reprimands.

Julius crawls over to Barthel but Kushida and Jiro show up to brawl with everyone! Barthel sets Julius up for an O’Conner Roll! Imperium wins!!

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall

Julius shrugs his loss off to help Diamond Mine brawl with Ikemen Jiro and Kushida, but Imperium now has a way to MSK. Speaking of, MSK comes out to attack! RAILGUN DROPKICK for Barthel! Then the MSK Blitz for Aichner! PUSH-SAULT! This is all payback for Imperium’s attack last week! And then Wes Lee builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Imperium, and the NXT Tag Team Champions stand tall! MSK says they can have their title match next week! “Happy Halloween, bitches!”

 

Kyle O’Reilly joins Von Wagner in the outdoors.

But where’s Von’s bike? No, what they’re doing today, Kyle won’t need his bike. Then what does he have in mind? They hike out into the woods, and Von says that log will do. He carries it, then hands it off to Kyle. They do a woodsman workout, using logs and trees and even a hatchet as their equipment. But there’s one last bit of training to end the day. A couple of 12 ounce curls. Kyle likes that Von’s a little out there. If they can get on the same page, they can cause a lot of damage. What does Von say? “Let’s kick some ass.”

 

Joe Gacy speaks.

“Last week was as setback for us. And I know what people have been saying. That maybe NXT 2.0 isn’t such a safe space for us after all.” But the mission stays the same. They don’t need violence, and they won’t be triggered by those who don’t understand. Gacy knows there are those disenfranchised out there, but he will speak for them. As a coalition, they will be stronger than they ever could be as individuals. “Take my hand.” Gunner Harland does! Will Gacy’s ruthless “snowflake” be just what he needs to take over?

 

Legado del Fantasma is in the ring.

Santos Escobar says in Spanish, and then in English, “May God bless you with luck.” Those were the first words he ever heard in this business. He’s always been blessed by them. Except for last week! Carmelo walked out of this ring with the North American Championship. He’s a lucky son of a bitch!! But Escobar says that it just seems Melo’s luck just vanished. When Melo finds his title, Escobar and Senorita Luck will find him. But in the meantime, this is Elektra Lopez! And she will set the record straight for Legado! Elektra speaks, but is interrupted by her opponent!

Cora Jade VS Elektra Lopez w/ Legado del Fantasma!

La Madrina didn’t get her chance to speak her part, but actions do speak louder than words. Will Elektra send a very clear message through #GenerationJade?

The bell rings, the two tie up, and Lopez knees low to then throw Cora down! Lopez says Cora must be crazy, and then whips her corner to corner! Cora bounces off buckles, Lopez drags her up and scoops to SLAM her down! Lopez talks trash, drags Cora up again and scoops for another SLAM! Lopez slaps Cora around, Cora throws body shots back. Lopez knees low, CLUBS Cora then bumps her off buckles. Cora flounders, Lopez grabs at her and TOSSES her across the ring! Lopez grins as she stands Cora up, and reels her in, but Cora turns back suplex into sunset flip! TWO, and Lopez CLOBBERS Cora! Lopez drags Cora up but Cora turns it into a cradle! CORA WINS?!

Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall

Cora bails out as she snatches one from La Madrina! Is this a sign that Cora’s time is coming? Or will Lopez get her back in the very near future?

 

Backstage interview with Tommaso Ciampa and Bron Breakker.

McKenzie brings up their NXT title match and tonight’s tag match. Can they coexist? Breakker’s seen this before. They have their match, Ciampa hits Breakker and says he doesn’t mean it but then Breakker gets pinned. He wants Ciampa to watch himself. Wow, didn’t Breakker just say he was gonna keep Ciampa safe? Ciampa will follow Breakker’s lead on this one. But then, will it be smooth sailing until Halloween Havoc?

 

Io Shirai heads to the ring!

The three teams competing for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships are sending representatives into a 1v1v1 match, and we now know the Evil Genius is stepping up to represent! Who joins her in a match that determines who gets to spin the wheel and make the deal?

 

Superstars speak on Twitter.

Grayson Waller and LA Knight each state their case as why they should be the host for NXT Halloween Havoc II, and so that results in a match later tonight! Who wins the right to be the MC for next week?

 

Triple Threat: Io Shirai VS ??? VS ???

NXT returns and while Persia Pirotta steps up for her and Indi, Jacy Jayne is the one for Toxic Attraction. The bell rings and fans rally behind Shirai. She’s ready for whoever, but Persia stands in the very middle. Jacy pie faces Persia to step up to Shirai and SLAP her! Shirai ROCKS Jacy back, but Persia CLOBBERS them both! Persia SPLASHES Jacy in one corner, SPLASHES Shirai in the other! Jacy dodges and Shirai SHOTGUNS back! Jacy RANAS Persia, Shira dropkicks her down! Shirai covers, ONE! Jacy waistlocks and throws Shirai away. Jacy throws a forearm, Shira hits back, but Jacy KNEES back a la Mandy! But Shirai blocks the suplex! Persia runs in but into double kicks!

Jacy and Shirai call truce to go after the bigger Persia. They try to double suplex but Persia DOUBLE SUPLEXES them! Persia fireman’s carries Jacy but Shirai SHOTGUNS them both down! Shirai then tilt-o-whirls to a CROSSFACE! But Persia fights up and SLAMS Shirai down! Persia runs but Shirai dumps her out! Jacy returns to DIVE! The ropes trip her up and she falls on her face! Persia drags Jacy up, Shirai MOONSAULTS them both down! Fans fire up for the champ as NXT goes picture in picture.

Shirai stomps Jacy, then stomps Persia. The ref checks Jacy while Shirai keeps on Persia. Shirai takes a moment to catch her breath then she stomps Persia more. Shirai drags Persia around by her leg for a HALF CRAB! It won’t matter on the outside but this is just to torture the upstart for thinking she’s title ready. Shirai even shifts to a Camel Clutch! Persia endures, Shirai gets bored with that and lets her go, then drags Persia up. Persia blocks the suplex, Shirai blocks Persia’s suplex and snap suplexes her down! Then hits a CODE BREAKER! Shirai puts Persia in the ring, storms up and stomps her down. Persia sputters but Shirai clamps on a dragon sleeper!

Persia endures, Shirai shifts to a regular sleeper, but Persia fights up and Shirai becomes a backpack. Persia powers through to SAMOAN DROP! It hits so hard, Shirai tumbles to ropes! Persia hurries to cover, TWO! Persia drags Shirai up, CLUBS her down, then CLUBS her more. Shirai staggers around, Persia stands Shirai up and wraps on a BEARHUG! Persia thrashes Shirai around as NXT returns to single picture. Shirai CLUBS away on Persia as Jacy is medically not cleared to continue. Persia RAMS Shirai into the corner then BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO! Shirai gets to ropes while Persia is frustrated.

Persia gets Shirai up to RAM her into the corner again and again! Fans rally for Shirai as Persia whips corner to corner. Persia runs in to SPLASH, and she lets Shirai fall. Cover, TWO! Persia gets Shirai up to snap suplex hard! Persia drags Shirai up again but Shirai blocks this suplex to a cradle! TWO! Persia runs in and CLOBBERS Shirai! cover, TWO! Persia pie faces Shirai around, fans rally for Shirai, and Shirai throws body shots! Shirai throws forearms over and over, runs, and RANA- No! Persia blocks and swings Shirai for a SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, TWO! Fans are fired up as both women are down!

Shirai rolls to the ropes and flounders but Persia scowls as she sits up. Persia storms over to Shirai, CLUBS her against ropes, then CLUBS her again. Persia stands Shirai up but Shirai throws forearms again! Shirai ROCKS Persia then ROUNDHOUSES her to ropes! Shirai runs in, TIGER FEINT! Direct hit and Shirai adds on with a springboard missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Shirai clamps onto Persia with a CROSSFACE! Persia endures, fights up, scoops Shirai, but Shirai fights and waistlocks! GERMAN SUPLEX! Persia is down, Shirai steps on her on her way to the corner! OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, Shirai wins!

Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall (Shirai & Stark will spin the wheel)

And now the champions’ fate are in their own hands! Zoey Stark joins Shirai on stage and Shirai gives the wheel a real good spin. And we get… A SCAREWELL TO HELL! It’s a ladder match, which is right up Shirai’s alley! She loves it, Stark loves it, but Persia & Indi do not. Will this keep Shirai & Stark bonded through gold? Or can Toxic Attraction recover and climb up over everyone to win?

 

Legado jump Trey Baxter!

Lopez kept Jade back with intimidation, but then Briggs & Brooks jumped in to even the numbers! Will #AllHeart and the bar fighting buddies get even with Escobar, Mendoza & Wilde?

 

Solo Sikoa speaks.

“With all of the others gone, I had nothing but my feet and fists to survive. The streets will break you or make you. My scraps don’t last forever, but the pain I drop on yo’ ass does.” He goes from pavement to NXT. The territory changes, but the beatings stay the same! The Street Champion of the Island arrives next week!

 

Ikemen Jiro finds Kushida… in the bathroom?

Jiro is VERY excited to finally fight side by side with his hero. Kushida is excited to beat the crap out of Diamond Mine, too! Jiro is ready to crush! But they are a team, so Kushida wants to get some #StyleStrong. Whoa, no! Kushida is Kushida. No, don’t pour out his luggage in the restroom! But Jiro did find the Marty McFly jacket. He wants Kushida to wear that for the match. Kushida puts it on, and it’s time to go back to the future! The Time Splitter is ready, the Handsome One is ready, but are Diamond Mine ready for this one?

 

Tony D’Angelo VS Ru Feng!

‘Ey, that thing with Lash Legend’s producer? Forget about it! But will Tony make sure no one ever forgets his name?

The bell rings, Tony and Feng circle. Feng strikes a fighting stance, he ties up with Tony and Tony headlocks. Feng powers out, Tony runs him over! Tony talks trash to Feng, then hits a double leg takedown! Tony floats around, slaps Feng around, then hits a headlock takeover. Feng can’t get free and Tony says this is like beating up his little brother, Dominic! Tony gives Feng a noogie, Feng rolls it to a cover, ONE! Tony holds on, knees low and talks more trash. Feng ROCKS Tony, Tony comes back but Feng heel kicks! Feng runs but Tony CLOBBERS him with a back elbow! Tony stomps Feng around, dares him to get up, then wrenches to short arm LARIAT!

Fans fire up and Tony says, “He’s done!” Tony gets Feng up, Northern Lights and roll over to FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, Tony wins!

Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall

Bada boom! Tony gets another win, and Samantha Irvin congratulates him. However, last week, Lashing Out’s producer went missing and there are rumors about Tony’s involvement. Why would you ask Tony that? You sure are nosy. You a snitch? Tony swears on his grandfather’s grave. Maybe that guy just went on vacation. But hey, sweetheart, go get yourself something nice and #ForgetAboutIt! He just slipped Samantha money!? Well, is Tony gonna go all the way to the top with this?

 

NXT checks in on Duke’s Poker Room.

Hudson thinks about his opponent’s hand given how he bet the flop, checked the turn and bet the river. Does he have a flush? Nah, Hudson’s three fives will get this. And it does! Better luck next time, guys. And then the next guy is all in, only to get taken for a ride. Room’s always open. Hudson loves taking someone’s hard earn cash. Call him The House, because the house always wins.

 

Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Legado del Fantasma!

Well, they would be having a match, but Legado attacks again! Brooks is down and then Wilde uses a CHAIR SHOT to take out Briggs! Legado goes to the ring, but will they even have to compete with what just happened?

NXT returns and this match is happening as Wilde bumps Brooks off buckles. Wilde throws body shots, CLUBS Brooks on the back, then throws more body shots. The ref counts, Wilde lets off and kicks Brooks low. Wilde taunts Brooks but Brooks turns things around to throw hands! Brooks HIP TOSSES Wilde, drags him up and tags Briggs in. They double whip Wilde to DOUBLE SHOULDER! Briggs snarls, drags Wilde up and scoops for a STANDING SIDEWALK SLAM, to a SPLASH! Wilde bails out, Lopez distracts, Briggs goes out and DECKS Wilde, but Escobar RAMS him into the apron! Wilde then kicks Briggs in return and fires off forearms!

Wilde gets in the ring and Lopez stops distracting. Tag to Mendoza and he WRECKS Briggs! Escobar taunts Briggs, Briggs flounders up and gets in the ring, and Mendoza stomps away. Mendoza keeps Briggs from Brooks, CLUBS him to ropes and then brings him around. Briggs shoves but Mendoza stomps. Tag to Wilde, Wilde stomps Briggs then taunts Brooks, to run in and clothesline! Tag to Mendoza, he clotheslines! Tag to Wilde, he runs in and clotheslines! Mendoza tags, runs in, and clotheslines! Tag to Wilde, Legado double back suplex! Cover, TWO! Wilde stomps Briggs, tags Mendoza, and Mendoza goes up top to DIVING SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!

Briggs survives but Mendoza keeps on that back with a chinlock stretch! Briggs endures, fights up, has Mendoza as a backpack and staggers around. Wilde tags in, Briggs throws Mendoza off but Wilde trips Briggs up! Briggs crawls, kicks Wilde away but Wilde gets his foot! Briggs still tags in Brooks! Brooks rallies on Legado, whips Wilde and pops him up for a FLAPJACK! Then a BOOT! Brooks CHOPS LARIATS, then repeat! He whips corner to corner, then gets a POWERSLAM! Escobar distracts but gets away as Brooks swipes at him. Wilde kicks low, reels Brooks in, but Brooks back drops free! Brooks goes out to DECK Escobar just because!

Brooks gets in, ROCKS Wilde, but Wilde elbows back! Mendoza tags in, Wilde dropkicks Briggs down! Tilt-o-whirl into the GAMANGIRI LEG SWEEP! Cover, Legado wins!

Winner: Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall

Brooks & Briggs had a lot of heart, but they couldn’t withstand the numbers game! Will Legado get back up towards the tag titles soon enough?

 

NXT looks closer at the coming NXT Women’s Championship match.

Raquel says “What I love most about being NXT Women’s Champion is the element of surprise. Not knowing who is going to come for you next. I feed off of it. Mandy, chiquita, you bit off way more than you can chew.” But Mandy says when people see her, they stop in their tracks in awe. How could someone that looks like her be skipped in line so many times? It wasn’t until Toxic Attraction was born that she realized there are no more lines. The difference between her and Raquel is that she’ll look a hell of a lot better doing the same exact thing. Raquel says that while Mandy is telling us why it took her so long to get this moment, Raquel is putting in the work. While Mandy changes hair colors, Raquel works her ass off to keep the gold.

Spin the wheel make the deal! Mandy’s been called many things: from hot, sexy to eye candy. But she will finally be called champion at Halloween Havoc. Raquel vows to Chigona Bomb the SH*T out of Mandy so that she learns she just isn’t championship material.

 

The mysterious figure continues to dig a grave.

They bury a television, a crutch, some cards, a chair. “Affliction leads to reincarnation.” Who is this mysterious person? And what will they do to NXT when they reveal themselves?

 

Carmelo and Trick search for the NXT North American Championship.

It has to be somewhere in the locker room, right? They find Jiro’s spare jackets, but then this locker has lights in it. It’s all spooky, too. They bring out a paper, and it’s got Lumis’ drawings all over it! He’s inviting them to a Halloween Havoc Open House? Well fine! They’ll get the title back. Trick doesn’t like haunted houses, but Melo doesn’t like getting played. Will it be a trick or treat for Melo ‘n’ Trick next week?

 

LA Knight VS Grayson Waller!

The Million Dollar Megastar always asks, “Whose game is it?” but he also wants to know, “Whose show is it?” He and the 21st Century Success Story both want to host Halloween Havoc, and they battle for that position after the break!

NXT returns and Waller makes his entrance. The bell rings, Knight and Waller talk trash and fans are on Waller’s side. They tie up, Waller waistlocks to a roll-up, TWO!! Knight almost got caught! Knight kicks low, scoops but Waller turns that to a cradle! TWO, and Waller eggs Knight on. Knight and Waller circle, Waller JABS Knight! Knight fights the backslide, Waller dodges the clothesline to run and get a Dragon’s Lair! TWO, Waller clinches and throws knees! Waller whips, Knight reverses but Waller goes up and over! Knight blocks the roll-up to stomp Waller down! Knight stomps Waller around, throws clubbing crossface forearms, then soaks up heat.

Knight puts Waller on ropes, throws hands then shoulders. Knight runs but is put on the apron! Waller wants to hotshot but Knight hits it first! Then he SLINGSHOT SHOULDERS! Cover, TWO! Knight wraps on a chinlock and grinds Waller but fans rally up. Waller fights up and JAWBREAKERS! Waller throws haymakers, counter punches, then spins Knight to ROLLING ELBOW! Waller rallies and LEG LARIATS! Knight stands up into an STO! Fans fire up with Waller and he goes to the corner, walks the ropes, but Knight runs in! Waller dodges, but returns into a BOOT! Fans boo but Knight still hits B F T! Cover, Knight wins!

Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall (will host Halloween Havoc II)

Whose spotlight is it? L A Knight’s, yeah! But will he be the host with the most? Or just second rate compared to Shotzi Blackheart?

 

Tommaso Ciampa & Bron Breakker VS Grizzled Young Veterans!

The Psycho Killer said he’ll follow the new guy’s lead in this match, but how long will that last? Can they make it through Zack Gibson & James Drake before going against each other at Halloween Havoc?

NXT returns and Breakker makes his entrance. The teams sort out and Drake starts with Bron. They tie up, Drake headlocks but Bron powers out and runs Drake over! Fans are fired up with Bron and Bron dares Drake to run. Drake does, Bron rams shoulders with him then headlocks again. Drake powers up and out but drops, only for Bron to rolling waistlock to a SLAM! And then a deadlift to another SLAM! Drake scrambles away and is furious, but Bron stares him down. Gibson gives Drake advice, Drake gets around and throws body shots! Drake headlocks, Bron powers out and HURDLES! Bron runs, ducks and dodges, then catches Drake for a SLAM!

Fans hoot and holler for Bron, Ciampa reaches out for a tag but Bron tells Ciampa, “See you next week, buddy.” But Ciampa won’t stand for that and he tags himself in! Ciampa storms at Drake, Gibson is a shield, but then Drake sucker punches Ciampa! Drake headlocks, Ciampa powers out but Gibson tags in! Things speed up, Ciampa ducks both GYV and rallies with clotheslines! Corner clothesline for Drake! Corner clothesline for Gibson! Ciampa redirects Drake and DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES GYV! Fans are fired up and Gibson flounders to the corner. Ciampa runs in to KNEE Gibson down! Ciampa waves to Bron and drags Gibson as NXT goes picture in picture. Cover, TWO!

Ciampa stays on Gibson with a chinlock, puts him on the mat and stomps him down! Ciampa clamps back on, drives his elbow into Gibson’s forehead, then drags him back up. Gibson throws body shots, wrenches the arm and tags in Drake. Drake gets the hand-off to hammerlock but Ciampa uses that to headlock and hit a takeover! Drake endures the grind as Ciampa also traps an arm. Drake fights up, pulls Ciampa’s beard, and Bron is rather amused by that. Gibson tags in as Drake powers out, and then Gibson trips Ciampa! Gibson drags Ciampa out, Ciampa DECKS Gibson, but Drake DIVES and hits Ciampa into the announce desk!

Bron walks over to see if Ciampa’s okay but Gibson puts Ciampa in to smother with forearms. Ciampa pushes him away, Gibson stomps Ciampa down, and then springboard stomps him on the back. Gibson drags Ciampa up, DECKS him with a right, then drags him up to ROCK him again! Tag to Drake, the GYV mug Ciampa, then Drake covers. TWO, and Drake clamps on with a chinlock. Ciampa endures, NXT returns to single picture and fans fire up. Ciampa fights up, throws body shots, but Drake shoves him to the corner. Ciampa elbows Gibson, BOOTS Drake, but Drake headlocks to keep him from Bron! Ciampa hits a BIG back suplex and both men are down!

Fans rally and duel, Ciampa crawls but Drake anchors the foot. Gibson trips Bron up then runs away! This keeps Bron from being there to tag Ciampa! Drake stomps Ciampa, taunts Bron, then drags Ciampa away. Tag to Gibson, GYV double whip and DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Gibson clamps onto an arm, then has a top wristlock for a cover, TWO! Gibson covers again, TWO! Fans chant, “Gibson Sucks!” but Gibson ROCKS Ciampa to the ropes. Gibson uses a cravat to choke Ciampa on ropes. He lets off as the ref counts and stomps Ciampa down. Gibson drags Ciampa up, throws forearms, then chokes Ciampa on ropes again.

Tag to Drake, Gibson hoists Ciampa up and Drake climbs to drop ax handles on Ciampa’s back! Drake drags Ciampa up to throw haymakers, then tags Gibson. Ciampa trips Drake but Gibson chinbars and CLUBS Ciampa down!  Gibson gives Ciampa more clubbing crossface forearms but Ciampa CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! Gibson knees low, CLUBS Ciampa down then stomps him to ropes! Gibson digs his boots in, lets off as the ref counts and tags in Drake. Fans rally for Ciampa but GYV give him the MISSILE DROPKICK COMPLETE SHOT! To a KOJI KLUTCH! Ciampa endures and moves around, and he pries at Drake’s leg! Ciampa is free and he rains down fists!

But Drake pulls Ciampa’s beard! Drake rains down rights, brings Ciampa up to CLUB him, then turns him, only for Ciampa to slips out! Ripcord and DDT! Fans fire up but Gibson goes after Bron. Bron is ready and he CLOBBERS Gibson! Ciampa gets up and is frustrated with Bron, and SLAPS him for the tag! Ciampa wants Bron to know where the hell he’s been, but then Bron gets in to CLOBBER Drake! And again! And then dodges to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Bron clinches to Belly2Belly! Fans fire up as the straps come down, and Bron reels Drake into the RECLINER! But Gibson gets in to BOOT Bron! Bron just turns his attention to Gibson!

Bron powers Gibson out, clamps onto Drake and tells Ciampa this is him next week! Gorilla press to the POWERSLAM! Cover, Breakker & Ciampa win!

Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & Bron Breakker, by pinfall

Bron gets his hand raised but Ciampa has his hands on Goldie. The new kid did good, but he tells Ciampa to hold onto the belt nice and tight. Ciampa gets back in the ring to stare Bron down. Will Ciampa show how far Bron still has to go in NXT?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode, especially considering it was a go-home to Halloween Havoc. We got a decent pseudo Prime Target for Raquel and Mandy but I feel like they could’ve tried a little harder. There are a few things that I feel could’ve waited until after Halloween Havoc so that we got more of that vignette, and more out of some other matches. Jones VS Chase could’ve happened any time, but Jones winning is logical. We did NOT need Hudson actually playing poker in his poker room and us hearing his thoughts as he wins. So sad that he gets turned into this after getting jumped by Melo & Trick instead of just feuding with Melo & Trick.

Speaking of, Melo & Trick had a good opening segment with Gargano & Lumis, and that “Open House” is definitely going to be the cinematic match like Lumis VS Grimes in the haunted house last year. That will be a lot of fun one way or another, I’m liking that the North American Championship scene is getting full again. Maybe there’s something big in the works for a New Year’s Evil 2 to go with “WWE Day One.” Jade VS Lopez was very short, but I suppose it fits with Lopez being so confident and Jade getting her by surprise. Legado is apparently taking a detour to feud with Baxter, Briggs & Brooks while those other things happen with the North American Championship for a moment. Definitely a step down from their feud with Hit Row, but that’s just me.

Creed Brothers VS Imperium was good but could’ve been a lot better, getting a lot more in before Jiro and Kushida showed up. We knew that match was coming after last week, but I do like that Jiro and Kushida had that bathroom promo to hype it up. And Imperium winning was definitely the right call, and MSK going after them makes sense, even with the CWC fans booing MSK. Of course, the CWC fans still haven’t given MSK a fair chance but the title match having Spin the Wheel attached will make it one to watch. Kyle and Von are definitely a tag team now, pretty sure we see them do some big things starting with November, and they could head to the holidays as contenders.

Knight VS Waller having a match to determine the Halloween Havoc host was alright. It could’ve also been a better match than that, but Knight winning makes sense. He does have the charisma to be a host, but I am betting any number of things happen to “ruin” things for him. Hell, they’re advertising Chucky is going to show up for #CorporateSynergy between the NBC Chucky series and WWE programming, so maybe Chucky scares the crap out of Knight by the end of the show. D’Angelo gets another win, I like that they touched on him kidnapping Lash Legend’s producer, I’m waiting for her to name a proxy. Also Ru Feng should join Tian Sha to give them a men’s tag team with Xia Li moving on to SmackDown.

I do like that they wanted a Triple Threat to determine the wheel spinner for the women’s tag match, but maybe, just maybe, they threw the wrong contenders into this. Jacy went for the tope, it didn’t work out, I’m sure she’ll be okay for next week’s match. Kinda killed things, though, since this was meant to be a Triple Threat. But once it became 1v1, of course Shirai won, and a “scareway to Hell” Ladder match is going to be a great match that parallels Shirai being in a TLC match last year with Candice. This could be the way to get the titles off Shirai & Stark without really hurting either of their power rankings. In that case, now would be the time for Toxic Attraction to win, and then there’s suspense on whether or not Mandy wins against Raquel.

I’m very curious about that vignette with obviously Dakota Kai. A lot of things thrown into the grave were references to male superstars on NXT right now. TV for Bron Breakker, playing cards for Duke Hudson, a crutch for basically both Ciampa and Gargano. Is this a blatant misdirect to try and make us think it isn’t Dakota Kai? Weird. And lastly, we got a very good tag match out of Ciampa, Bron and GYV, but it makes a lot of sense for Bron to get the finish here. They’re pushing him strongly, he is literally Mr. NXT 2.0 cuz his singlet looks like the colors in the new logo, and honestly he is a pretty complete wrestler already. But with this win, I am pretty sure Ciampa wins because he hasn’t had that title, he deserves to have that title, and he can continue to help other 2.0 wrestlers get going.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/26/22)

BOSJ, round six!

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NJPW BOSJ 29

The blocks keep rolling into round six!

Round five was red hot but the Best of the Super Juniors is far from over! Will Hiromu Takahashi still have a leg to stand on in A Block? Who between Desperado, Phantasmo and Lindaman will be EL GANADOR? (The Winner)

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS Titan; Wato wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: DOUKI VS TJP; TJP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Connors wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Alex Zayne; Zayne wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS Francesco Akira; Akira wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Wheeler Yuta VS EL LINDAMAN; Lindaman wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS Taiji Ishimori; Austin wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: BUSHI VS El Desperado; Bushi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS SHO; Sho wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS El Phantasmo; Eagles wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings in A Block!

Taiji Ishimori: 4-1, 8 points
Ace Austin: 4-1, 8 points
Alex Zayne: 3-2, 6 points
YOH: 3-2, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
SHO: 2-3, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-3, 4 points
Clark Connors: 2-3, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-4, 2 points
Francesco Akira: 1-4, 2 points

 

Here are the current standings for B Block!

El Phantasmo: 4-1, 8 points
El Desperado: 4-1, 8 points
El Lindaman: 3-2, 6 points
Wheeler Yuta: 3-2, 6 points
Douki: 3-2, 6 points
Bushii: 2-3, 4 points
TJP: 2-3, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-3, 4 points
Master Wato: 1-4, 2 points
Titan: 1-4, 2 points

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS Titan!

These two champions each lost last round, but the round robin isn’t done yet! Will the Way of the Grandmaster or the Immortal get away from last place?

The bell rings and fans rally up. The two circle, they shake hands to show sportsmanship and the fans applaud. Wato and Titan then tie up, Wato waistlocks but Titan spins to facelocks. Wato slips out to hammerlock but Titan reaches back to headlock. Wato spins Titan to facelock but Titan wrenches out to a wristlock. Wato rolls, kips up, wrenches back and wristlocks, but Titan spins and slips through to spin Wato and wrench back. Fans applaud the exchange and Titan kicks Wato around. Titan wrenches again, then whips Wato. Wato reverses, drops, hurdles, but Titan waistlocks. Titan then spins Wato to a knuckle lock and CHOPS!

Titan goes up the corner, tightrope walks, and fans rally as he jumps and bounces and FLYING ARM-DRAGS, but Wato handsprings through! Wato wheelbarrows and arm-drags, but Titan handstands then handsprings through! Titan sweeps the legs, covers, ONE! Wato sweeps, covers, ONE! Titan handsprings while Wato somersaults, and fans fire up as the two stare down. Wato and Titan nod and fans rally up. Wato throws a forearm, Titan throws it back. Wato throws another so Titan gives it back. Fans rally as they go back and forth, faster and faster. Wato gets the edge, runs, but Titan dropkicks him down!

Wato bails out, Titan builds speed, and rolls to FOSBURY, but Wato gets back in the ring! Titan looks for Wato and Wato already builds speed, but Titan ducks. Wato stops, Titan looks up, PLANCHA! Fans fire up with Wato and he dusts himself off before he brings Titan up. Wato puts Titan in the ring, aims from the apron and springboards, but Titan gets under! Titan ducks the roundhouse to fire off palm strikes, a back hand and a ROUNDHOUSE! But he runs into the back elbow! Wato runs, but Titan goes Matrix to dodge! CALF KICK! Wato wobbles, Titan springboards, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Titan and Wato stir, Wato gets up first and he drags Titan into a waistlock. Titan throws elbows but Wato holds on. Titan backs Wato into the corner, and he throws more elbows! Wato lets go and fans rally again as Titan powers up the arm. Titan runs corner to corner, but Wato BOOTS him! Wato goes up, throws Titan down, but Titan kips up to PELE! Titan then goes up after Wato, drags him out to a Canadian Rack, and brings Wato out for a SPINNING SHOULDER BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Wato survives and fans fire up! Titan hurries to get Wato up and whip him to the corner. Titan roars, runs corner to corner, DRIVE-BY LARIAT!

Wato falls into the drop zone and Titan gets back up on the apron. Titan climbs the corner, leaps, but Wato avoids the double stomps! Titan hobbles on the bad leg, Wato reel shim in, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as each man goes to a corner. Wato roars and he runs corner to corner, but Titan puts him on the apron. Wato blocks a punch to GAMANGIRI, then he springboards! FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up with Wato again and he brings Titan in for the MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Titan survives and shocks Wato! Wato drags Titan up and reels him back in, but Titan escapes the scoop!

Titan fires off a strike fest, sobat and BUZZSAW, BUZZSAW, and fans fire up! Titan aims from the corner, SUPER- NO! Wato blocks, spins Titan, and SUPERKICKS back! Scoop and T T D!! Tenzan Tombstone Driver!! But Wato isn’t done there! He goes up top and aims, R P P!! Cover, Wato wins!

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

Wato wins and is rising up! But can he make the comeback in time for the finals? As for Titan, is he doomed to be stuck at the back of the pack?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: DOUKI VS TJP!

Japones Del Mal and Public Enemy Number One both won big last round, but now someone’s momentum has to come to a screeching halt! Will Douki step closer to the front of the pack? Or will TJP dab on ’em as he drags Douki down?

TJP rushes Douki the moment he’s in the ring! But Douki dodges the dropkick, and swings his metal stick! TJP dodges that, kicks Douki and whips but Douki reverses and throws TJP out! The bell rings as Douki goes to the apron, and Douki hits a FLYING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Douki drags TJP up and POSTS him! Douki puts TJP in the ring, but then TJP bails out the other side. TJP gets a chair and the ref has him stop! TJP wants after Douki, he shoves the ref aside, but Douki dropkicks TJP down! Douki takes the chair, stands it up, and runs, but TJP gets in and uses the chair to jump up! RANA!

Douki flounders out and fans fire up again! TJP goes out after Douki and he drags Douki up. Douki fights the suplex, TJP keeps trying, and Douki hits an APRON DDT! Fans fire up and rally again as Douki gets back in the ring. Douki climbs up, aims as TJP stands, but TJP trips Douki up! Fans rally and TJP drags Douki to the ropes. TJP goes out to slingshot senton back in! Cover, TWO! TJP jams his knee into Douki’s back, then scrapes his sole on Douki’s face! TJP stomps Douki, but Douki throws body shots and forearms. TJP EuroUppers Douki back down! TJP puts Douki in a corner, stomps his leg, then digs his knee in.

The ref reprimands but fans rally up as TJP gives Douki boot washes. TJP runs side to side, for a big BOOT WASH! Fans rally again, TJP drags Douki up and EuroUppers. Douki staggers to ropes, TJP whips him to ropes, but Douki holds ropes to stop. TJP runs but Douki drops down and TJP tumbles out! Douki PLANCHAS TJP down! Fans fire up and Douki gets back up. Douki gets the chair and he sets it up nearby. Douki ROCKS TJP and makes him have a seat, then he builds speed in the ring! Douki DIVES and WRECKS TJP out of the chair! Fans fire up while the ref checks on TJP. TJP’s somehow okay to continue, so Douki gets him up and in.

Douki stalks TJP, scoops and SLAMS him, then runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Douki drags TJP up and Gory Especials. But TJP fights off, and Douki spins him around to HELL STAB! Douki runs in but TJP goes up and over! Only for Douki to catch him in the Gory Especial! TJP arm-drags free, spins Douki around, but Douki breaks the dragon sleeper. TJP keeps Douki from running but Douki kicks and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up again and Douki runs, but TJP springboards for a FLYING FOREARM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while TJP is frustrated. TJP grits his teeth and he drags Douki back up.

TJP spins Douki, dragon sleeper, but Douki slips out of the inverted suplex! Gory Especial, DOTON NO JUTSU! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives and Douki is beside himself! Fans rally up, Douki fires up, and Douki drags TJP into the wheelbarrow! But TJP victory rolls to the leg lock! TJP wants the crossface, but Douki slips around to get the ITALIAN STRETCH #32! But TJP scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Douki lets go at 4. Fans rally up, Douki fires up, and he gets TJP up in a torture rack. But TJP slips out, dragon sleeper, SUDDEN IMPACT! Cover, TWO!! Douki survives and fans fire up again!

TJP drags Douki to a drop zone and he points up to the sky. This one’s for Kobe! MAMBA SPLASH into the ITALIAN STRETCH!! Douki pulls back but TJP endures and fights his way to ropes! But Douki rolls him away! ITALIAN- NO, TJP steps up, slips through, PINOY STRETCH!! Douki taps, TJP wins!!

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

The Fil-Am Flash turns things around in a flash, and he has a tiebreaker win over Douki! Will TJP’s 3-3 prove stronger? Or will Douki manage to turn things around in these last few rounds?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

The Wild Rhino ran through the Nova Fireball, while the Heel Master snatched a win off the Bone Soldier! Will Connors keep barreling through towards the top? Or will Kanemaru wrangle him like he did the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, Connors shoves Kanemaru to ropes but Kanemaru stays up. They circle again, tie up, and Connors headlocks. Kanemaru endures the grind, tries to pry free but Connors holds on. Kanemaru throws body shots, powers out, but Connors runs him over! Fans fire up and Connors runs, things speed up but Kanemaru bails out to slow it down. Fans rally, Connors rushes out but Kanemaru kicks low! Kanemaru CLUBS Connors, Connors uppercuts Kanemaru! Connors puts Kanemaru in the ring and hurries in, but Kanemaru hurries right back out.

Connors keeps cool, and he dares Kanemaru to get back in. Kanemaru dares Connors to come back out, so Connors does. Connors chases Kanemaru back in, and Kanemaru stomps Connors down! Kanemaru puts Connors in a corner with a rake of the eyes! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru whips Connors corner to corner, but Connors comes right back to CLOBBER Kanemaru! Fans fire up and Connors calls for a flip? Connors drags Kanemaru up, whips him and scoops him, but Kanemaru tilt-o-whirls to a cradle! TWO, Kanemaru gets a jackknife bridge! TWO, and Connors knees low! Kanemaru rakes Connors’ eyes!

Kanemaru runs, but Connors goes sideways, but Kanemaru catches him for a sleeper! But Connors slips around to back suplex, only for Kanemaru to kick and headlock takeover! Kanemaru makes it a cover, TWO, and Kanemaru dropkicks Connors down! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kanemaru sees Connors go to a corner, he runs in, and BOOTS! Then he reels Connors into a scoop, for BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Kanemaru goes up the corner and waits on Connors. Kanemaru leaps, but Connors blocks Deep Impact! Connors then suplexes Kanemaru, but Kanemaru slips off and kicks low.

Kanemaru runs, but Connors drops down and goes the other way, to POUNCE! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Connors grins as he aims from a corner and revs up. Kanemaru gets up slowly and Connors grows impatient. Connors storms up but Kanemaru victory rolls him! TWO, and Kanemaru runs, into a POWERSLAM! Connors shakes his head and roars! Connors drags Kanemaru up as fans rally, but Kanemaru fights the lift! Kanemaru whips, rolls Connors up, TWO!! Connors escapes, and he SPEARS Kanemaru down! Fans fire up and Connors gets Kanemaru back up, TROPHY KILLER!! Cover, Connors wins!!

Winner: Clark Connors, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

Connors keeps winning in Korakuen! Is he going to stampede his way to the top of the block? As for Kanemaru, will he go back to drinking his sorrows away?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Alex Zayne!

The Funky Weapon tried and failed to break the Murder Machine, while The Sauce lost to his own tag partner, Ace Austin! Will Taguchi get burned again this round? Or will he stay cool and keep his pants on?

The bell rings and fans rally up, “TA-GU-CHI!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” The two approach, circle, then tie up. Zayne wrenches to a wristlock, Taguchi rolls and wrenches to wristlock back. Zayne rolls, handsprings, wrenches again and headlocks. Fans applaud this opening exchange, but Taguchi throws body shots. Taguchi powers out, then keeps Zayne moving with dropdowns and sidesteps. But Zayne disrupts the pattern with his springboard knee drop! Zayne then rolls, RUNNING MARIPOSA! Fans fire up as Taguchi bails out! Zayne builds speed, but Taguchi gets in, only for Zayne to sidestep! Taguchi HIP ATTACKS but misses as Zayne sidesteps again.

Fans fire up while Taguchi tumbles to ropes. Zayne shrugs, then he drags Taguchi up. Zayne snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Fans rally, Zayne gets a leg and KICKS Taguchi in the butt! And then again! Zayne drags Taguchi up to ROCK him with a forearm, then has him in a corner. Zayne wrenches, whips corner to corner and runs in, but Taguchi boots him! Taguchi goes up, headscissors, and he RAMS Zayne into his butt! And again, and again, and again! Taguchi lets Zayne go, fans rally and Zayne rushes in, but Taguchi drops down a la Nakamura to dump him out! Taguchi then FLYING HIPS from the apron!

Fans fire up, Taguchi brings Zayne up to put him in, and springboards for a MISSILE HIP! Taguchi kicks Zayne out so he can TRIANGLE JUMP PLANCHA! Direct hit, and Taguchi even bows in respect to Shingo Takagi on commentary. Taguchi then puts Zayne in, and he calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!” Zayne drops but Taguchi was just faking him out! OH MY GARFUNKLE! Zayne rolls and throws Taguchi away, then ROCKS him with forearms and elbows! Taguchi rebounds but into a leg sweep, and Zayne runs to SOMERSAULT AX- NO! Taguchi dodges, and he brings down his tights!!

But Zayne blocks the hip attack! “ITADAKIMAAASU~!” EH!? Zayne BITES Taguchi’s ass!! The ref reprimands, Taguchi flails, and Zayne lets off. Fans fire up as Zayne runs, but into a HIP ATTACK! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Taguchi slowly gets up, clutching his cheeks. Taguchi throws a forearm, but Zayne gives it back. Taguchi throws another forearm, Zayne gives it back. The forearms keep going back and forth as they stand, but Taguchi gets the edge. Taguchi runs, HIP ATTACK hits JUMP KNEE, but Zayne’s knee takes more damage?! Taguchi then gets the leg, ducks the enziguri, and has OH MY GARFUNKLE!

Fans fire up as Zayne reaches out, but Taguchi reels him in! Zayne fights free to scoop Taguchi, but Taguchi sunset flips, TWO! Zayne EDDY GORDO KICKS! Zayne hurries to the corner while Taguchi is down, CINNAMON TWIST!! Cover, Zayne wins!

Winner: Alex Zayne, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taguchi earns 0)

The Sauce was too spicy and the Funky Weapon misfires! Will Zayne heat up at the right time to take the block? Is Taguchi only good as a spoiler now?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS Francesco Akira!

Direct Drive got a huge win just yesterday in the main event, but it’s back to the grind! Will Yoh keep moving forward and show us that passion? Or will Nova Fireball burn him up already?

Akira DIVES on Yoh as soon as he’s ringside! Akira POSTS Yoh, and he fires up! The fans fire up, the bell rings, and Akira brings Yoh up to RAM into the apron! Then TIGER FEINT down! Fans fire up more and Akira gets Yoh back up and in the ring. Akira climbs up the corner and leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Yoh is still in this but Akira keeps cool. Akira gets fans to clap, “A! KI-RA!” and he finally takes off his shirt. Akira stomps Yoh, pulls Yoh’s jacket off and then stomps Yoh to ropes. Akira drags Yoh up to pull his shirt off and throw it away, but Yoh kicks back! Yoh throws a forearm but Akira gives it back!

Akira CLUBS Yoh, follows him to ropes, and he CLUBS Yoh against ropes again and again. Yoh ROCKS Akira back! And again! But Akira knees low! Akira runs, things speed up, Yoh drop toeholds and runs, but Akira dodges the sliding kick. Akira kicks, whips but Yoh reverses to dropkick Akira out of the ring! Fans fire up and Yoh aims, PLANCHA! Down goes Akira and fans fire up with Yoh! Yoh catches his breath and the ring count climbs. Yoh goes back to Akira as Akira gets up at 10 of 20. Yoh puts Akira in at 12, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS him! Akira staggers away to the next corner, and Yoh CHOPS him again!

Akira goes to another corner, Yoh walks over to CHOP him again! Fans fire up and Yoh wrenches to whip corner to corner. Yoh runs in to back elbow, then he reels Akira in for a NECKBREAKER! Then he gets Akira up for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Yoh grits his teeth. Yoh drags Akira into a waistlock, fans rally, “A! KI-RA!” “Y! O H!” but Akira powers Yoh back to a corner! Akira elbows free, runs corner to corner but Yoh dodges. Yoh mule kicks, runs, but Akira follows to wheelbarrow, victory roll, STOMP 182! Fans fire up while both men are down! Akira and Yoh go to opposite ends and drag themselves up the ropes.

Akira runs corner to corner at Yoh, corner clothesline! Then he goes corner to corner again, back elbow! Akira fires up, reels Yoh in, GOURD BUSTER! Akira wants Yoh to get back up, and he winds up, BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Akira seethes but fans still rally. Akira vows to end this and he drags Yoh back up. Akira goes from the corner, FIRE- NO! Yoh ducks to SUPER- NO! Akira blocks and ROUNDHOUSES, but Yoh JUMP KNEES! Akira SUPERKICKS! Yoh drops, Akira aims from a corner again. Yoh sits up, Akira runs in, YOH SUPERKICKS!! Both men are down again and fans fire up more!

Yoh and Akira slowly stir, and Yoh grits his teeth as he crawls after Akira. Yoh waistlocks and reels Akira in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Yoh holds on, gets Akira up again, GERMAN SUPLEX! Yoh gets Akira up again, but Akira kicks to resist the third! Akira elbows back, switches with Yoh, but Yoh resists and throws elbows. Yoh runs, Akira follows, wheelbarrow, but Yoh full nelsons! Akira breaks the nelson but Yoh gets the waistlock, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Akira escapes but Yoh fires up now! Fans rally with Yoh and he drags Akira up. Yoh bumps Akira off buckles, puts him up top, and CHOPS!

Yoh goes up to join Akira, CLUBS him, then brings him up. Fans rally but Akira fights free! Akira tucks Yoh in, CHEEKY- NO! Yoh mule kicks Akira away! Yoh adjusts, but Akira is right back up! SECOND ROPE SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Yoh survives but Akira roars! Akira brings Yoh up, reels Yoh in, SPEEDFIRE!! But Akira won’t cover, he goes to the corner! Yoh slowly sits up, Akira runs in, FIREBALL!! Cover, Akira wins!!

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

Direct Drive falls apart so soon after his big win! Will his passion not be enough to get back to the finals? As for Akira, is there still a chance he can be more than a spoiler?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Wheeler Yuta VS EL LINDAMAN!

The ROH Pure Champion won against the CMLL World Welterweight Champion just last round, but now he’s up against another champion! Will the Decoder have a winning formula for the G-Rex Champion? Or will Lindaman rebound and be feeling GLEAT again?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two approach. Lindaman offers a handshake, Yuta takes it, and fans applaud the sportsmanship. They circle, tie up, and Yuta gets around to the waistlock. Lindaman wrenches out to the wristlock but Yuta rolls, wrenches and hammerlocks to then spin and wrangle Lindaman down to the mat. Fans applaud the exchange, and Lindaman gets up. Lindaman wrenches, hammerlocks, waistlocks, but Yuta fights and pushes Lindaman into the corner. Yuta runs, Lindaman drops then hurdles, but Yuta avoids the dropkick! Lindaman staggers up, Yuta CLUBS him to the corner.

Yuta whips, Lindaman reverses and then runs in, but Yuta goes up and over. Lindaman comes back, into a scoop SLAM! But he avoids the senton! Lindaman runs but Yuta ducks the Penalty Kick to roll Lindaman. Lindaman rolls through, gets around Yuta, and kicks the legs out to then dropkick Yuta in the back! Fans rally up and Lindaman brings Yuta up. Lindaman bumps him off buckles, sits him down and stomps a mudhole! The ref counts as Lindaman digs his boot in, but Lindaman counts along! Lindaman lets off, shakes the ref’s hand, then stomps Yuta one more time! Fans rally as Lindaman eggs Yuta on.

Yuta gets up and he throws forearm after forearm! Yuta runs but Lindaman elbows him at the ropes! Lindaman CLUBS Yuta, runs and dropkicks Yuta down! Yuta bails out, Lindaman builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and fans fire up again! The fans rally, “LIN-DA-MAN!” and he drags Yuta up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Lindaman pushes Yuta down again to cover, TWO! Again, ONE! High stack, TWO!! Yuta is still in this and fans fire up! Lindaman brings Yuta up, whips him to a corner, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Lindaman comes back, blocks the boot, but Yuta dodges the lariat! Lindaman BOOTS!

Lindaman goes up, Yuta GAMANGIRIS and sends Lindaman tumbling down! Fans fire up and Yuta builds speed, to DIVE! Lindaman is sent into the Young Lions and fans fire up with Yuta! Yuta drags Lindaman up, puts him back in, and he gets Lindaman’s arm to wrench and HOTSHOT! Lindaman staggers, Yuta goes up top. CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Yuta hurries to get the arms, CATTLE MUTILATION! Lindaman endures and fans fire up, and Lindaman manages to crawl backwards and reach his leg out! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Yuta lets off and is a bit surprised. Yuta drags Lindaman up with a facelock, but Lindaman’s almost dead weight!

Yuta wrenches, lifts but Lindaman fights free and knees low. Lindaman runs and ROCKS Yuta with a forearm! Yuta runs to ROCK Lindaman back! Yuta eggs Lindaman on, Lindaman runs and ROCKS Yuta! Yuta runs, ROCKS Lindaman, but they both roar! They both run, DOUBLE FOREARMS! Both men wobble and fans fire up! Lindaman stands up first, he runs again, but Yuta atomic drops! But Lindaman ducks the enziguri! But Yuta reels Lindaman in, atomic drop and ENZIGURI after all! Yuta runs, into a DROPKICK! Both men are down again and fans rally! Lindaman fires up and he brings Yuta up to KUMA-

NO, Yuta throws Lindaman down and has the arms! They roll, stand, Yuta wrenches for the OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Yuta roars! HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Yuta then hooks the arms as he rolls, but Lindaman slips out of Dragon’s Lair to float and deadlift waistlock! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Yuta survives but Lindaman chicken wings the arms! TIGER SUPLEX!! Bridging cover, Lindaman wins!!

Winner: El Lindaman, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yuta earns 0)

A GLEAT rebound victory for Lindaman, will the G-Rex Champion still have a chance at the finals? Will Yuta have to rework his formula to get that winning combination?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Inevitable comes off a huge win while the Bone Soldier comes off a rather shocking loss. Will the Impact X-Division Champion add to Taiji’s woes? Or will THE IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion make sure he only owes one golden ticket?

The champions show off their belts, and while Austin brags he’s a three-time, Taiji has him beat with four-time! Fans applaud Taiji’s accomplishment, and rally up as the belts are put away. The bell rings and the two champions circle. Taiji kicks low, ROCKS Austin, then throws haymakers in the corner. The ref reprimands, Taiji whips corner to corner, but Austin stops himself to roll, drop toehold and EDDY GORDO! Austin runs, but handsprings over the dropdown to headlock. Taiji powers out but Austin runs him over. Austin poses but Taiji kips up while Austin runs, and Taiji hurdles to then duck and dodge and tilt-o-whirl!

Austin avoids the Mistico to arm-drag Taiji, then hurries to get the DISARMER! Taiji endures but Austin brings out his ace! PAPER CUT! Taiji scrambles out of the ring while Austin hides his ace. Fans rally up, Austin waits on Taiji as he takes his time to come back. Taiji gets in but just slides back out. Austin goes out after Taiji but Taiji gets back in. Austin sees Taiji coming and dumps him out! Austin CHOPS Taiji right in front of the fans, but Taiji blocks the apron bump. Taiji kicks, but Austin dropkicks! Austin kips up on the apron, handsprings to avoid the sweeps, then PENALTY KICKS Taiji down!

Fans rally up and Austin slingshots in to build speed. But Taiji runs around the corner to deny the Fall to Glory. Taiji slides in, Austin rushes him, but Taiji fireman’s carries to HOTSHOT Austin! Austin tumbles to the floor, and Taiji undoes the blue buckle pad! The ref reprimands but too late, the Bullet Club Special is in play. Fans rally while Austin stirs on the outside. Taiji waits as the ring count starts, but Austin gets up and in at 8 of 20. Taiji brings Austin up by the bad arm, CLUBS it, then wrenches it to a hammerlock. Taiji RAMS Austin’s bad arm into the buckles! Fans rally, “ACE AU-STIN!” but Taiji CLUBS the bad arm again.

Taiji wraps Austin up in a cobra clutch but Austin endures. Fans rally more and Austin fights up. Austin throws body shots, but Taiji ripcords to RAM the arm then WRING it out! Taiji gets fans to fire up, but they then go back to “ACE AU-STIN!” Taiji gets Austin up but Austin throws body shots and forearms! Austin CHOPS and forearms and CHOPS and forearms, then CHOPS away at the ropes! Austin fires off forearm after forearm, then whips corner to corner. Taiji reverses but Austin holds ropes to stop himself. Taiji runs in but Austin goes Spider-Man to dump Taiji out! Austin builds speed and he FALLS TO GLORY!

Fans fire up for the Fosbury Flop and Austin shakes out the bad arm. Austin drags Taiji up, puts him in, and then steps in to FLYING- NO, Taiji ducks the kick to gut wrench and CIPHER UTAKI! Fans fire up while both men are down. Taiji crawls to the corner, fans rally again, and Taiji grits his teeth as he drags himself up the ropes. Austin runs in but Taiji sends him into the POST! Austin falls back, Taiji gets him up to hammerlock and half nelson. Taiji scoops for the SHOULDER BUSTER! Austin writhes and Taiji crawls back to his corner. Fans rally up, Taiji waits on Austin to stand. Taiji runs in, but Austin elbows him away!

Austin knees, knee lifts, but Taiji ducks the heel kick! But Austin reels Taiji in to RIPCORD SLAM! Then HOUSE OF CARDS! Taiji flounders, Austin aims, THE FOLD!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Taiji barely gets his foot on the rope and Austin can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous and Austin fires back up. Austin builds speed, but Taiji flops down? The ref checks Taiji and Austin goes out to fetch him. Austin drags Taiji up to put him in, and fans rally as Austin goes to the corner. Austin slingshots up to springboard in, but Taiji avoids the flying leg drop! Austin lands on his feet but Taiji runs in to tilt-o-whirl, MISTICO! And then BONE LOCK!!!

Austin flails, kicks, reaches out, scrambles over, ROPEBREAK!! Austin survives but he clutches his arm. Fans are thunderous as Austin gets to the apron. Taiji runs in but into a shoulder! Austin steps in, FLYING CHUCK! Austin aims again, THE- NO, Taiji catches him to a dragon sleeper! Inverted suplex to BACKBREAKER! Taiji crawls to the cover, TWO! Fans are thunderous again as Taiji drags himself up the ropes. Taiji storms over to Wato, drags him up and reels him in, BLOODY- NO! Austin wrenches out, reels Taiji in, but Taiji wrenches out. But Austin NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up and Austin fires up, but Taiji gets around to MISTI- NO, Austin rolls him, O’CONNER BRIDGE! AUSTIN WINS!!

Winner: Ace Austin, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taiji earns 0)

Taiji can’t believe it! The three-time Impact X-Division Champion trumps the four-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion! And now, Austin leads the block!! Will the Inevitable have a shot at that title no matter what now? Can the Bone Soldier regain the lead with what little time is left?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: BUSHI VS El Desperado!

The Black Mask lost to Douki but the Rogue Luchador toughed it out and got the win on Master Wato. Will Bushi lose to two Suzuki-Gun members in a row? Or can he make Desperado tranquilo on that title comeback?

Desperado yawns while waiting on Bushi to take off the entrance attire. But then Bushi rushes Desperado and fires forearms! The bell rings, Bushi whips Desperado to ropes but Desperado holds ropes to stop himself. Desperado then BOOTS Bushi, but Bushi dodges and RANAS Desperado out! Fans fire up and Bushi builds speed, but Desperado gets in to run Bushi over! Bushi bails out now, and Desperado builds speed, to slide! Bushi ducks, but Desperado avoids his kick. Desperado pops Bushi up to the apron, Bushi mule kicks him down! Bushi then aims, and SLINGSHOT RANAS! Fans fire up and Bushi roars!

Bushi drags Desperado up, puts him in the ring, and he KICKS Desperado in the back. Desperado sits up, Bushi kicks him, then brings him up to throw a forearm. Desperado hits back, they start going back and forth but Bushi gets the edge. Bushi whips corner to corner but Desperado reverses. Desperado runs in but Bushi swing kicks him! Bushi goes up but Desperado DECKS him! Desperado goes out, scoops and SLAMS Bushi, and fans fire up as Desperado gets space. Desperado catches his breath, comes back to get Bushi’s leg and drag him around, to SMASH the leg on the floor! The ring count is climbing but Desperado brings Bushi up and in at 10 of 20.

Desperado drags Bushi back up, whips him out of the ring, and then stomps the bad leg! The ref reprimands but Desperado POSTS Bushi! Desperado takes the medic’s chair away and he throws it down on Bushi’s leg! Desperado stomps the chair but the ref stops him at that. Bushi writhes, Desperado says he didn’t hit Bushi with the chair so it’s fine. Desperado gives the chair back, then puts Bushi in the ring. Desperado SPLASHES the leg, fans rally up, and then Desperado stomps the leg again. Desperado stomps more, drags Bushi up, and he scoops to SLAM Bushi down! Fans rally up and Desperado grabs the leg for a toehold!

Desperado thrashes the leg but Bushi still endures. Fans rally more, Bushi CLUBS Desperado but Desperado rakes Bushi’s eye! KNEE JAMMER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Desperado drags Bushi up. Bushi fires forearms but Desperado knees low. Desperado ducks the enziguri to get the STRETCH MUFFLER! Bushi endures as Desperado thrashes the leg around! Bushi crawls, reaches out, Desperado thrashes more, but Bushi gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud and rally up more but Desperado wags his finger. Desperado brings Bushi up, gut wrenches, GUITARRA- NO, Bushi slips out, but the bad leg jams!

Bushi gets to a corner and Desperado shrugs. Desperado runs in, but into a BOOT! Bushi goes up, FLYING RANA! Fans fire back up while both men are down, and Bushi crawls to Desperado. Desperado swings but Bushi ducks and spins Desperado to a DDT! Fans rally more, Bushi rushes in and blocks Desperado’s boot to put it in the ropes. Bushi dropkicks the leg, then hits a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up more while Bushi shakes out his bad leg. Bushi hobbles over to Desperado, drags him up, FISHER- NO, Desperado slips out! Bushi dodges, ENZIGURI! A glancing blow but enough for FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!

Fans continue to rally, and Bushi drags himself to the corner. Bushi goes up, leaps, but Desperado gets under! Bushi’s leg buckles and Desperado CHOP BLOCKS! Both men are down again but the fans still rally! Desperado gets up and snarls as he gets the leg, GROUND DRAGON SCREW! STRETCH- NO, Bushi makes it a cradle, TWO! Bushi rushes in, into a SPINEBUSTER! Desperado rolls Bushi around to gut wrench, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Bushi survives! Desperado gets Bushi back up, reels him in and underhooks, but Bushi fights off Pinche Loco to backslide! Desperado rolls through, underhooks, PINCHE-

NO! Bushi fights it off again, Desperado blocks a kick and ducks the enziguri but Bushi HEEL KICKS! Fans rally again and Bushi gets to a corner. Bushi runs out but Desperado blocks the Code Breaker to LOCO MONO! Desperado runs, into a DROPKICK! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Both men go to opposite ends, Bushi runs in, CODE BREAKER! Bushi hobbles up to hop on, DESTROYER!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Desperado survives and Bushi is beside himself! Bushi drags himself to the corner and gets up the ropes. Bushi fires up and calls his shot, MX!!! But Desperado flounders away! Bushi manages the cover, Bushi wins!!

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

The Black Mask breaks even at 3-3, and he brings Desperado away from the top of the block! Can Bushi get past the Rogue Luchador to have a chance? Or can Desperado salvage this before the end?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS SHO!

The Ticking Timebomb has lost two in a row, with Kanemaru and Yoh both going after his leg. Will he be able to defend that leg from the Murder Machine? Or will Sho blow up Hiromu’s chances of a threepeat?

The ref is very thorough with his check of Sho, given his reputation with House of Torture. But then Sho decides to get a chair and wait for Hiromu at the entryway! The ref wants Sho to stop, but where is Hiromu? Hiromu came out the other entrance! He tells everyone to stay quiet so they can surprise Sho. Hiromu gets himself a chair, and when Sho turns around, he freaks out to see Hiromu! Hiromu throws the chair at Sho, Sho shields himself with his chair, but his fingers still get pinched! Sho falls over and shakes out his hands, and Hiromu smirks as he takes off his jacket. Hiromu then gets Sho up and POSTS him!

Fans fire up and Hiromu gets his own scrapbook to SMACK Sho with it! Hiromu has a Young Lion deliver the book to Milano Collection AT-san, then he puts Sho in the ring. The bell rings and this is on the record as Hiromu CHOPS Sho! Hiromu whips Sho corner to corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Then snapmare and basement dropkick! Fans fire up, Sho bails out, and Hiromu aims from the apron, FLYING JOHN WOO, but Sho uses a Young Lion shield! The Young Lion goes down and Hiromu can’t believe what just happened! Sho gets the chair back to SMACK Hiromu on the leg! Hiromu tumbles, the ref tries to stop Sho but Sho digs the chair into the leg!

The ref reprimands and gets Sho to let off, but Hiromu hobbles. Sho complains that Hiromu did stuff to him, but fans rally up for “HI-RO-MU!” Sho storms over after Hiromu, stomps the leg, then gets the leg for a STANDING KNEEBAR! Hiromu endures, the ring count is starting, and Sho keeps on the leglock! Sho then lets Hiromu go to get in at 10 of 20! Sho wants the count to go faster, Hiromu gets up and hobbles at 15. Hiromu gets in at 17! Fans rally but Sho stomps Hiromu’s leg. Sho drags Hiromu to DDT the leg! Fans still rally but Sho gets the leg in a KNEEBAR! Hiromu gets to the ROPEBREAK, the ref counts, and Sho lets go at 4.

Sho looms over Hiromu but Hiromu CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! Sho kicks the bad leg, drags Hiromu up, wrenches the arm, and he KICKS the leg. Sho digs his heel into the leg, wrenches again, then KICKS it again. And then wrenches again to KICK again! Sho digs his heel into the leg again, and fans rally up as Hiromu endures. Sho kicks, KICKS and SUPERKICKS Hiromu down! Cover, TWO! Hiromu clutches the knee but Sho kicks him around. Sho toys with Hiromu, taunts him, kicks him more, but Hiromu eggs Sho back on. Fans rally, Sho kicks Hiromu more then starts slapping him around.

Sho runs, but Hiromu clotheslines him out of the ring! Hiromu goes out and snap suplexes Sho to the floor! Fans fire up and Hiromu gets Sho up to bring him around and throw into barriers! Sho writhes and fans fire up as Hiromu drags Sho back up. Hiromu whips Sho to the back wall behind the bleachers! Hiromu mocking asks what’s wrong, then he drags Sho back to ringside. The ring count is climbing, but Hiromu RAMS Sho into the barriers again! The count is 10 of 20, but Hiromu brings Sho back into the ring at 14. Hiromu then has Sho on the apron, fireman’s carries, APRON DEATH VALLEY!

Hiromu grins, feeling much better, as he now drags Sho up. Hiromu runs to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! Fans fire up, Hiromu puts Sho back in, and runs, to HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are fired up as Hiromu gets back up and brings Sho around. Hiromu suplexes, for a NECKBREAKER! Then dragon sleeper, inverted suplex, but Sho slips out! Sho shoves Hiromu at the ref, then blocks Hiromu’s kick! Sho hands it to the ref but the ref throws it back and Hiromu ROUNDHOUSES Sho! Fans fire up and Hiromu hugs the ref for the assist. But Sho uses that to shove them both down! GERMAN SUPLEX on Hiromu!

Sho laughs but fans rally up as Sho goes to his corner. Sho brings out his friend, the wrench! Hiromu staggers up, but he SUPERKICKS Sho first! Hiromu roars, fans fire up, and Hiromu gets Sho up to fireman’s carry! But Sho slips off, ducks the elbows, but Hiromu spins Sho to a RAN- NO! Sho blocks the rana to get Hiromu up, POWER BREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Sho still laughs because he feels he has Hiromu right where he wants him! Fans rally up but Sho drags Hiromu into the straitjacket, but Hiromu RANAS the piledriver, into D!! Sho flails and reaches out, but Hiromu has him caught! Sho reaches for the ref, but then he deadlifts Hiromu, but Hiromu pulls the arm harder!

Sho fades, he’s back on the mat! The ref checks, Sho is still conscious! Wait, EVIL drags the ref out of the ring!! The House of Torture strikes again! Hiromu lets go of Sho, thinking he’s won, but then wonders where the ref went. Sho gets something from under the ring? Evil gets in, but Hiromu dodges to SUPERKICK! And D!! Evil is caught but it won’t matter if he passes out! Sho fits whatever that plate is inside his boot! Evil is fading, Hiromu lets him go and kicks him out. Sho gets back in, Hiromu brings him up but Sho KICKS the bad leg with his loaded boot!! Then KICKS again and again and again! Sho steps through, ties up the legs, FIGURE FOUR KNEEBAR! Hiromu taps, Sho wins!!

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

Young Lions get in to make Sho stop torturing Hiromu! The Murder Machine may have just ended Hiromu’s chances at the threepeat! Is there no way Hiromu can take the block with what his leg’s been through? Is Sho going to add insult to injury by going to the finals in his place?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS El Phantasmo!

The Sniper of the Skies was shot down by the Fil-Am Flash while the Headbanga got one over on Lindaman. Will Eagles reload and fire back up? Or will ELP maintain momentum and lead the pack?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two stare down. “EA-GEL-SU!” “E L P!” Eagles encourages them to get louder and faster and the fans oblige. ELP and Eagles tie up, are in a deadlock, and they break. They go again, are in another deadlock, but ELP uses leverage to push Eagles to ropes. Eagles turns things around but then so does ELP, and they go along the ropes, in a corner then out of the corner to another corner. Red Shoes calls the break, ELP lets off and Eagles pats him on the shoulder. But then ELP throws a forearm! Eagles hits ELP back, ELP hits Eagles again, and the forearms go back and forth.

Fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster, but ELP knees low! ELP headlocks, grinds, but Eagles powers out. ELP runs Eagles over, and fans cheer as ELP flexes. ELP runs, Eagles stays low, but ELP steps on him and struts. Fans rally as he adds a little pizazz to it, but Eagles gets up and tells him “SUCK IT!” ELP runs in but Eagles trips him up, runs and handsprings over the dropdown to strut. Fans rally as Eagles speeds it up, and then still tells ELP to “SUCK IT!” ELP rushes in but into a headlock takeover! ELP headscissors, Eagles kips free, but ELP sweeps to cover. ONE, but ELP jumps Eagles’ sweep to body scissor and roll, TWO!

Eagles sits on the cover, TWO! Eagles rolls through the sunset to jackknife, TWO as ELP bridges up! ELP spins Eagles to the backslide, TWO! Both men stand again, Eagles steps forward for ropes, but ELP swings him around. Eagles uses that to go up and around and arm-drag ELP away! Eagles ducks and dodges to RANA! ELP gets up but into the WHEEL KICK! Eagles kips up and ELP bails out, fans fire up as Eagles builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and the Young Lions manage to stop them from crashing into the crowd, for the most part. Fans fire up and Eagles roars! Red Shoes checks on ELP, he’s okay to continue, so Eagles brings him up.

Eagles CHOPS ELP off his feet, fans rally more, and Eagles brings ELP up to CHOP again. ELP staggers and flops, but Eagles drags ELP up again. ELP CHOPS back, throws forearms, then he rakes the eyes! And gives PURPLE NURPLES! ELP ROCKS Eagles with a forearm, then he puts some stank on his hand, but Eagles SOBATS first! Eagles cravats and uses the post, but ELP blocks the Shiranui! LAWN DART INTO THE POST! Fans rally up while both men are down and Red Shoes checks Eagles. ELP staggers up, he takes the doctor’s chair away just like Desperado earlier, and he sets it down. ELP brings Eagles up to DDT onto the chair!

Both men writhe but ELP gets in at 12 of 20! Eagles gets up at 15, and springs in at 17! Fans fire up but ELP covers. Red Shoes refuses to count and ELP says no fair, he hurt himself on the DDT, too. ELP stands Eagles up in the corner and CHOPS him! And then CHOPS again! ELP brings Eagles along by his ear and has him in another corner. Eagles dodges the chop, but ELP dodges back to CLAW Eagles’ back! ELP puts Eagles in a Tree of Woe, digs his knee into Eagles’ neck, then runs corner to corner and back again, BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans fire up, ELP goes corner to corner again, and he rallies up the fans as he aims.

ELP runs back in, for a HESITATION DROPKICK! Eagles falls out of the Tree, ELP covers, TWO! ELP is annoyed, he drags Eagles up and suplexes, and he holds Eagles for a count of 10 before the SLAM! Cocky cover, TWO! Fans rally and ELP is annoyed again. ELP pushes Eagles around, CLAWS his back, and Eagles writhes. ELP drags Eagles up to DECK him! ELP brings Eagles up again to DECK him again. Fans rally up, ELP ROCKS Eagles to a corner. ELP whips corner to corner, Eagles reverses but ELP goes up and over and rolls and then ducks and dodges to springboard, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

LIONSAULT, but Eagles bails out! ELP lands on his feet and builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Eagles falls against Young Lions again! Fans fire up and ELP gets Eagles in the ring. ELP builds speed again and FLIES! ELP takes Eagles down but lands pretty hard himself! Fans fire up for the daredevil tope but Red Shoes checks on ELP. ELP manages to get up and he tells fans to move aside for a moment. He grabs up all their chairs, and then has more fans move aside! ELP BUZZSAWS Eagles, then goes to the corner?! ELP climbs the corner?! Fans are thunderous as ELP is up top, for a tightrope walk, ARIHARA MOONSAULT!!

BUT EAGLES MOVES! ELP manages to land on his feet but he still tumbles and crashes into the Young Lions! ELP clutches his leg, Eagles hurries and DOUBLE KNEES ELP against the barriers!! Fans are stunned and Red Shoes checks again. Fans rally back up while Eagles shakes out his legs. ELP sputters and is somehow okay! Eagles gets up and into the ring, and the ring count starts. ELP flounders up at 4 of 20, drags himself up at 6, but flops over at 9! He gets back up again at 12, flounders around at 15 of 20, hobbles up at 16, and bumps against the apron at 18! ELP springs back in at 19.9!! Eagles is shocked, but he hurries to kick the leg!

Eagles hits a SPINNING TOEHOLD, then gets ELP around to trap an arm and grab the legs! INDIAN DEATH- STOMP! And then RON MILLER SPECIAL!! ELP scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go quickly, ELP gets to a corner. Eagles is after him as fans rally, and Eagles stomps him. Eagles whips corner to corner but ELP falls over from the bad leg. Fans rally, Eagles aims from a corner and runs corner to corner, DOUBLE- NO! ELP blocks and puts Eagles outside. Eagles blocks a punch to GAMANGIRI ELP down! Eagles springboards, to dropkick the legs out! ELP writhes, Eagles gets the legs, RON MILLER SPECIAL! ROPEBREAK!!

Eagles lets ELP go again and fans are thunderous! Eagles drags ELP around to stand him up. ELP fights off the backpack to straitjacket, but he can’t lift for the torture rack! Eagles ROUNDHOUSES, SUPERKICKS, but ELP ENZIGURIS! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! ELP clutches his leg, grits his teeth, and crawls his way over to bring Eagles up. Eagles SLAPS ELP, ELP SLAPS Eagles. They SLAP each other, it’s becoming a SLAP fight! Fans rally and the slaps become forearms! ELP hits first, Eagles hits back. ELP stands up and throws off the elbow pads. Eagles eggs ELP on and ELP throws a big elbow!

ELP eggs Eagles on but Eagles gives that elbow back! ELP staggers, but comes back to slap again. Eagles slaps, they slap and slap and then stare down. The haymakers start flying and fans fire up! They slow down, but ELP slaps. Eagle SLAPS, they double SLAP, Eagles ducks to SLAP! Eagles runs, into a LARIAT! Cover, ONE?!? Eagles then dodges and LARIATS! ELP stays up to LARIAT again!! Fans are electric while both men are down! ELP drags Eagles up and in, hooks the arms, but Eagles back drops free and sits down! TWO, Eagles slips around to backslide, TWO! Eagles rolls ELP and wants the leg, but ELP kicks him away!

Eagles hotshots off ropes, ELP rolls but with tights! Red Shoes sees that clearly and ELP feels stupid for not being more careful! Fans rally, ELP CHOPS Eagles, then tries the torture rack again. ELP gets Eagles up but Eagles lands out of the throw to kick the bad leg! SUPER- NO! ELP blocks the kick to CHOP, and tuck! ELP steals TURBO BACKPACK!! Cover, TWO!!! Eagles survives his own move and ELP is furious! ELP gets to a corner and fans are thunderous again! ELP flounders with the bad leg but he still works to climb! ELP shakes out the bad leg, gets to the top, and 450 FLOPS!! Eagles manages to dodge another stolen move!

Wait! Eagles straitjackets and torture racks! But Eagles doesn’t spin or swing, it’s a BURNING HAMMER!! Fans are electric again and Eagles drags ELP to the drop zone. Eagles goes up now, to steal THUNDERKISS 86!! Cover, TWO!!! ELP survives the stolen move, but Eagles hurries to bring him up! ELP is dead weight but fans are rallying! Eagles gets ELP up, SUDDEN DEATH OUTTA NOWHERE!!! Well, of course, it’s sudden! ELP drags himself over to cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again as ELP slashes his throat and vows to end this! ELP hauls Eagles up, tucks the arms, but his leg won’t let him lift Eagles!

Fans rally more, ELP shakes out his bad leg and he brings kneepads down. ELP gives Eagles some Kowata Kicks, then reels Eagles back in. ELP tucks the arms, gets Eagles up, but Eagles RANAS to a cover! TWO!!! Fans are electric again as ELP staggers up! ROUNDHOUSE! SUPERKICK! PELE!! Eagles roars, gets ELP up, SHIRANUI, but ELP slips free! Eagles blocks the elbow, spins ELP, underhoosk for a TIGER DRIVER! High stack, TWO, into THE RON MILLER SPECIAL!!! ELP flails, reaches out, fans are thunderous, ROPEBREAK!! Eagles lets go and he drags ELP back to a drop zone.

Fans are thunderous, Eagles goes up, but ELP trips him! And then ENZIGURIS! Eagles flops onto the ropes, ELP goes up top and he drags Eagles back. ELP has a torture rack, for a SUPER SWINGING NECKBREAKER!!! Fans are electric all over again as ELP drags Eagles back up, tucks the arms back in, C R II!!! But the bad leg is slowing ELP down! ELP pushes Eagles to the cover, TWO!?!?! HOW?!?! The fans are volcanic and ELP is in shock! Eagles and ELP go to opposite ends, Eagles flounders around, and ELP takes aim. ELP runs in, to KNEE Eagles against ropes! Not quite V-Trigger but good enough with one leg!

ELP hoists Eagles up with an Electric Chair Lift, he wants to tuck Eagles in! But Eagles slips off to POISON-RANA!!! ELP is down and the fans are rallying again! Eagles goes up, to 450 SPLASH the legs! And then RON MILLER SPECIAL!!!! ELP flails, TAPS, Eagles wins!!!

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

This was only the main event of round six, yet this was almost like a BOSJ finals! ELP may only have two losses, but is this one big enough to derail his run? As for Eagles, he gets the mic, and gets fans to clap, “EA-GEL-SU!” Eagles tells ELP, “I may hate you, but thank you for bringing out the best in me.” Fans cheer that sentiment after what we just saw. But ELP still flips Eagles off, he’s a sore loser. Eagles says he does hate ELP, but he loves Korakuen Hall! Eagles says this is his first time winning a singles match main event in NJPW, and for that, he is so proud! Fans applaud, that is a great accomplishment.

Eagles says, “Get used to this. Get used to this sight. Robbie Eagles, main event, with his arm raised high in victory. Now there’s still plenty more of the tournament to go, so I’ll rest up, put this ice on my neck, my head, sit in the bath with ice if I need to, but I will recover, and I will go on to get to the finals in the Budokan.” Eagles can’t wait until the fans can all say, “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE! OI OI OI!” Fans clap along with that, as well as, “ROBBIE! OI! ROBBIE! OI!”

Fans applaud, and Eagles says, “It’s my dream to hear you all chant again. But just to leave you with one last message, to thank you all for the support you’ve given me…” And in Japanese, Eagles says, “Thank you for believing in me.” Fans applaud, will their support be the wind under Eagles’ wings that lifts him to the top?

 

Here are the current standings in A Block!

Ace Austin: 5-1, 10 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
Alex Zayne: 4-2, 8 points
YOH: 3-3, 6 points
SHO: 3-3, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-3, 6 points
Clark Connors: 3-3, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-4, 4 points
Francesco Akira: 2-4, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-5, 2 points

 

Here are the current standings for B Block!

El Desperado: 4-2, 8 points
El Phantasmo: 4-2, 8 points
El Lindaman: 4-2, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 3-3, 6 points
Wheeler Yuta: 3-3, 6 points
TJP: 3-3, 6 points
Douki: 3-3, 6 points
Bushi: 3-3, 6 points
Master Wato: 2-4, 4 points
Titan: 1-5, 2 points


My Thoughts:

What a night for NJPW and the BOSJ! This was awesome stuff, especially with some great surprise results. They’re really keeping us guessing on who is taking these blocks. Well, for the most part. Titan and Wato are both pretty far back, but I am surprised Wato won here. I didn’t expect Titan to take as many losses as he has, but maybe they’re planning him to be a big spoiler in the final round. TJP winning was more expected and Douki is still an outside shot, but I think he’ll serve a similar role of just being a final round spoiler. Connors gets another great win, I think he’s been winning since they all arrived in Korakuen. However, he hits a really strong part of the block these final three rounds, he might not keep the streak going.

Taguchi VS Zayne was genius stuff from a comedic standpoint but that’s how Taguchi is. Did not think Zayne would bite Taguchi’s butt, but thankfully for all, the red undies were in the way. Zayne winning makes sense, though, stays just outside the top. Akira winning was also a surprise with Yoh having the main event win last night. The fans kept with the “A! KI-RA!” rhythm more than I thought, too, so I wonder how the Japan audience feels about Yoh. Great match out of Yuta and Lindaman, and Lindaman wins to stay strong near the top. Austin beating Taiji and being the only 5-1 entry was a great surprise. I would be quite surprised if someone from outside NJPW got to the finals.

Bushi beating Desperado was another great surprise, especially with Desperado VS Douki being the very next round. Douki beat Bushi, so if Douki were to beat Desperado, he’d be ahead of both of them and that’d be nuts. As for Hiromu, he’s only going to make the finals if he wins all three remaining rounds and Sho and Yoh each lose before the ninth. Sho and Yoh each have a win over him, so those two meeting in the last round is even bigger now. And then regardless of standings in the block, Eagles VS ELP was an awesome match. That was probably match of the tournament so far, really puts pressure on ELP to win the rest of his matches, this is going to be quite the home stretch.

My Score: 9.1/10


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OLD TNA, a sprinkle of ROH and the current IMPACT roster makes for an interesting night! The Battle of Futures Past has to have most TNA fans happy, with a little Frankie Kazarian versus some Hail Sabin. VBD taking on all the gold holders will make for something interesting. You have to assume the heels go over here to stoke the fires for Slammiversary main event, right?

Aside from that we definitely have a small Queen of the Mountain preview with Jordynne and Chelsea. Plus another Ultimate X Qualifier with “The worst wannabe Spiderman outside of Time Square” Trey Miguel facing Alex Shelley. I feel like I can already read the tea leaves here, but I’ll save that for drunk thoughts before the match starts.

Let’s get the show started!

Since we got some old vibes, IMPACT gave us the old Fox Sports Net intro, with the modern twist!

Ratings:

  • Ultimate X Qualifier: Alex Shelley vs Trey Miguel: Trey wins via Crucifix Counter Cradle – ** 3/4
  • Masha Slamovich vs Havok: Masha wins via Russian Death Device – SQUASH
  • Chelsea Green vs Jordynne Grace: Jordynne wins via Grace Driver – ***
  • Battle of Futures Past: Chris Sabin vs Frankie Kazarian: NO CONTEST – ***
  • Shera & Raj Singh vs Bhupinder Gujjar & Massive Cassidy: Gujjar wins via Gargoyle Spear – ** 1/2
  • Violent By Design (Eric Young, Deaner & Joe Doering) vs Josh Alexander & The Briscoes: EY wins via Piledriver – *** 1/4

Results:

Ultimate X Qualifier: Alex Shelley vs Trey Miguel

So Shelley has been on a tour of putting over the newer X Division stars. As much as I hate Trey, I expect Shelley to lose this but put up a damn good fight. 

They set the stage that during the small stint where The Rascalz left IMPACT, which ended up with Wentz & Dez heading to NXT with Trey coming back a little later; apparently Shelley trained Trey. Sadly for Shelley, it hasn’t done anything. Sure Trey has learned a few more moves, but he can’t put a match together to save his life, can’t cut a promo and doesn’t evoke sympathy or anger, he’s just a waste of space.

We get a little back and forth early, Trey thinks he’s got a bit of an advantage when he turns around the offense on the outside so he taunts a bit with Push Ups in the center of the ring. Trey turns things around shortly after the taunt, as the crowd goes mild. Trey slides in Shelley, attempts a Senton but Shelley avoids and aims for the Basement Dropkick sending Trey Ass over Tits. A little corner work as Shelley props Trey in the ropes and wrenches with a Dragon Screw. Shelley is playing the arrogant role again, and much like again Mike Bailey, I don’t foresee this ending well.

Some solid strikes from Shelley, PK to the shoulder blades, rolling into the Border City Stretch but Trey gets a foot on the ropes. Trey starts trying to fight back the close chops, Shelley goes to run the ropes, and we see a clunky but somewhat effective Sliding Dropkick/Jump Over Double Stomp spot. After some recovery time, Trey is posted in the corner, Front Flips over Shelley, doesn’t sell the dinged up knee, really weak strike combination into a Stomp to the back and it all just looks terribly choreographed including the bad miss from Shelley into the Death Drop float over to Dragon Sleeper Stretch.

Trey’s offense is just one bad move after another, he is truly everything bad about early years Ospreay. Moves with no purpose aside from the move looks cool. Shelley tries to sell and slow things down from time to time, but Trey’s lack of understanding how to wrestle makes this match hard to watch. Trey doesn’t even sell convincingly…ugh this is sad. Shelley must understand the match is lacking because he tries to turn up his cruelty, and that helps but seems hard to buy since everyone loves Shelley.

One thing I do love is Shelley pulls out Marufuji’s Pole Shift Flowsion for a close 2, Automatic Midnight (Air Raid Crash) is a near fall but Shelley immediately goes into the Border City Stretch. We get a few cradle counters from both until Trey apparently gets the best of the counter roll garbage. The crowd reaction was Kyle Petty sour.

Trey is trash, stop pushing him until he learns how to wrestle. 

Masha Slamovich vs Havok

Masha’s first somewhat real test, so lets see if Havok’s gatekeeper status continues.

Masha and Havok go for tough strikes, Masha hits the Headbutt and Havok tosses her showcasing the power. Masha eats a corner splash, then comes out of the corner, Spinning Heel Kick, lights up Havok and Russian Death Device.

I expected Gatekeeper status, but Masha put this match away so fast all of Decay comes out and are completely confused. Either Havok is on her way out, or they might go for some super natural power up storyline.

Chelsea Green vs Jordynne Grace

Chelsea tries to powder early to mess with Jordynne, but Jordynne chases her down and pounces. Chelsea is just eating offense for a while, until she manages a Middle Rope Rewind Kick and then starts handling Jordynne on the outside. We go to commercial, come back and Chelsea has Jodrynne in the corner landing that Double Wrist Capture Curb Stomp into the turnbuckle.

As Chelsea keeps up some offense, Jordynne seems to be getting more and more pissed off. Chelsea hits the ropes for a Big Boot or something and eats a Spinebuster for her trouble. Strike/Scoop Slam exchange but Chelsea actually got the best of things until we get an awkward spot in the corner that Chelsea looks like she had to stick around too long to tell Jordynne to grab her in the Sleeper.

Big Power moves after make you forget about the bad spot for a while. Spinning Torture Rack Bomb gives Jordynne the 2, and Chelsea barely kicks out a few times. Jordynne tries to pull out the Muscle Buster as shades of her past and TNA past. Lifted Flatliner gives Chelsea a near fall. Grace Driver attempt but Chelsea fights back before Jordynne lays in some Vader Hammers. UnPretty-Her attempt number two, and countered yet again.

After a One Winged Angel or Japanese Ocean Cyclone Suplex potential fake out, Chelsea slips out of the Electric Chair and then gets captured in the Grace Driver for the pinfall.

Battle of Futures Past: Chris Sabin vs Frankie Kazarian

Quick attempts at offense before Kaz hits the Shoulder Tackle right into the Ground Headlock. Kaz is doing a good job trying to wear down Sabin and keep him off his feet. Holy crap Ole Dinosaur Bone referenced Serotonin as part of Kaz’s past factions. Big props to Tom for that pull.

A small series of roll ups keep the even footing moving, while if you were scoring things Kaz might be a little ahead since he was using a lot of the Headlock control, before Sabin just dumps Kaz out and over the top rope off the apron. From this point, Sabin drives Kaz into the post, hits an Apron Soccer Ball Kick and generally keeps control.

Kaz tries to pop back into the fight when they’re back in the ring, but Sabin stifles all of that with a damn good Lariat. Then a Foot Choke in the corner (Sabin didn’t team with Nash, what the hell man). Rocks Kaz, puts him in the Cross Arm Bow and Arrow before Kaz tries to rise out of it. Sabin sees the situation changing and German Suplex, drives him into the corner, stomps, tries to pull him out but Kaz lands on his feet and we get some classic Kaz offense! Up and Over, Alley Oop into the Springboard Guillotine Leg Drop. Back and forth, transition through the ropes, Sabin tries to follow but the old Leg Cutter with the middle rope stuns Sabin. Outside In Slingshot DDT, for 2.

Cradle Shock, slip out, Enzuigiri, Yakuza Kick and Sabin is rolling a few things together all of a sudden. Tornado DDT and it’s only 2. Kaz counters the corner attack with the back elbow, tries to jump to the top rope, Sabin follows for the Avalanche German, and near fall again! Both men try for some move to give them momentum, counters all over, both run the ropes, Double Crossbody spot.

As they sell, Honor No More hits the ring and ruins a really damn good match.

Taven with a fantastic line after Heath says they sound stupid and he just chirps “With that accent”. Why is IMPACT Taven 10000% better than everything he did in ROH? Dammit why. 

Shera & Raj Singh vs Bhupinder Gujjar & Massive Cassidy

Cass gets the best reaction of this crowd all night. It even seems to hype up Gujjar a little.

Raj and Gujjar start, which makes sense given the story they were working with of Raj trying to manage Gujjar and attach his name to the successful newcomer. Gujjar hits a Slingblade into Fame Asser before tagging in Cass. Cass Scoop Slams Gujjar into Raj, counts 2 big elbow drops while pointing at Gujjar so he can tag him in, Slingshot Elbow for the babyface team. It takes until Shera distracts Gujjar and the mob mentality backfires for the faces since Cass is mad and keeping the referees attention.

Shera and Raj double team and beat on Gujjar until the Power Slam on Raj gives the opening. The Massive One runs with the hot tag and eats all of their lunches. Shera postures up to Cass, Cass hits the Big Boot and Lariats him out, Gujjar gets the Crossbody on the outside. Cass Chokeslams Raj, motions to Gujjar and asks the crowd “him” which gets a decent reaction. Gargoyle Spear looks a little less ridiculous in tag team action.

Violent By Design (Eric Young, Deaner & Joe Doering) vs Josh Alexander & The Briscoes

Josh leads off against…Deaner. Well nice to know the faces will get the early momentum. Josh works a Wristlock, keeping Deaner grounded of flipped but always controlled. Sussex County Chicken next in and lets Deaner slap and just sparks up the Red Neck Kung Fu. But Deaner gets the best of the situation and brings in EY. EY was caught a little unawares by Mark’s…well Mark offense, and Jay gets tagged in. Let’s also remember that Jay is a two time ROH Heavyweight Champion. So he starts to take it to EY and that shouldn’t be seen as a surprise.

Dogpile moment with Jay hitting the Tope con Hilo and Mark with the Corkscrew Splash into all three VBD members. Commercial break comes back with EY taking control back from Jay but there’s a bit of a back and forth. Jay tags in Josh, and EY doesn’t run for the tag. He wants to lead by example. Josh rocks him in the corner, 10 count punches, throws EY into the other corner for the Flair Up and Over, but EY ducks down getting Josh caught in the ropes, Deaner side swipes Josh as Joe distracts the referee.

EY tags in Deaner, Deaner hits some frantic offense, EY comes back in for a few near falls and a corner Neck Jammer using the quick tag with Deaner to keep thing fluid. Great tug of war momentum spots where Josh tries to fight back, but VBD pulls him back, and Josh has to fend off the entire faction before finally tagging in Mark for the Chicken Flavored Hot Tag. Jay blind tags to hit the Neckbreaker, Froggy Boy combo, but VBD breaks up the pin.

Big Joe hasn’t been the legal member yet, but he keeps making his presence felt. Jay has to fight back, EY tries something off the ropes, Jay hits the Frankensteiner. Assisted Powerbomb for 2, Doomsday call, but a distracted ref allows for a flag hit on Mark. Deaner DDT, but Josh breaks it up. Josh tries to finish Deaner, but EY dumps him out and Joe comes from off screen with the Flying Crossbody to squash Josh. Casey Jones mask usage, EY with the Piledriver, and VBD pick up an interesting win.

 

Overall Score: 7/10

Well the main event not utilizing Doering in the match and just having him run…legal interference is an interesting strategy that ultimately worked. So you know, you can’t argue with results. Getting some Dusty BS finish on the Battle of Futures Past makes me hope it’s leading to OGK + Eddie vs MCMG + Kaz. Yes that’s the Mark in me just loving Motor City and all things old school TNA. Havok being completely destroyed corroborates what I said after she lost to Tasha where she’s useless now. Granted yes Decay has all the spooky stuff, so maybe they can give her a magic potion, James Mitchell comes back, sacrifice Sunny’s sex tape or something, bring back some of the old Disciples of the New Church, like Vampiro could be cool. OR – she’s on her way out of the company. Either way, I like it when the card logically shakes out how the visual presents things.

I think my last real talking points are: 1. What move was Jordynne going for from the Electric Chair? 2. Ain’t it nice to see Cass help Gujjar get over a little? – Never really expected Cass to be back in a position to help anyone else like this, but it’s nice to see. So all in all, solid show with decent implications leading to Slammiversary.


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