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!
- 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?
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
Lucha Central Weekly: WWE Releases, AAA TripleMania Regia, and Matanza Is Back In MLW (episode escaped from the vault!)
Miranda, Dusty, and Brendan bring you the latest in Lucha Libre as if it totally wasn’t over a week old!
Miranda, Dusty, and Brendan bring you the latest in Lucha Libre as if it totally wasn’t over a week old!
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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/27/21)
BOSJ, Round 6!
It’s Sniper of the Skies VS Rogue Luchador!
NJPW Power Struggle’s Junior Heavyweight title match is revisited as Robbie Eagles and El Desperado meet in the Best of the Super Juniors, Round 6!
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Taguchi wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO; Sho wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS YOH; Yoh wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Phantasmo; Bushi wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado; Eagles wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins.
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Here are the current BOSJ 28 standings!
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-1, 8 points
SHO: 4-1, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-1-1, 7 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-2, 6 points
El Desperado: 2-2-1, 5 points
Master Wato: 2-3, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 2-3, 4 points
El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-3, 4 points
Douki: 2-3, 4 points
Bushi: 2-3, 4 points
YOH: 1-4, 2 points
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!
The Funky Weapon is on a roller coaster ride in this BOSJ, but now he’s meeting the Heel Master, who is the top of the block! Will Taguchi be able to even out? Or will Kanemaru continue to lead the way?
Wait, Kanemaru attacks Taguchi while he’s posing! Kanemaru stomps away at the ropes, the bell rings to get this on record, and then Kanemaru keeps stomping. He takes Taguchi’s shirt off and continues stomping him. Taguchi gets up, Kanemaru kicks low but Taguchi CHOPS back. And CHOPS! But Kanemaru rakes eyes! Kanemaru runs, Taguchi goes the other way and the two run the ropes. Kanemaru stops himself but Taguchi keeps going as fans rally. Taguchi eggs Kanemaru on to join him, but Kanemaru just lets him keep going. Then he pushes him to keep him going! Taguchi is getting tired, Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out!
Taguchi clutches his leg, Kanemaru drags him back and SMASHES the knee into the mat. Taguchi writhes but Kanemaru stomps the leg. Kanemaru drags Taguchi up, has the leg, for a SHIN BREAKER! Taguchi writhes even more and gets to ropes. Kanemaru puts the leg on the ropes to stand on it! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets off at 4. Kanemaru drags Taguchi back to drop an elbow and clamp on a toehold. Taguchi fights back with a chinlock but Kanemaru wrenches the leg. Kanemaru then lets off to drop knees on the knee, then pulls on the toehold again. Taguchi gets the ropebreak, Kanemaru lets go at 3.
Kanemaru drags Taguchi away from the ropes to YANK the leg. Fans rally for Taguchi but Kanemaru has the leg for a HALF CRAB! Taguchi endures, crawls forward and gets the ropebreak! Kanemaru lets go at 4, then stomps Taguchi’s bad leg. Kanemaru starts kicking Taguchi in the butt! Taguchi goes to the corner but Kanemaru keeps kicking. Taguchi hits back but Kanemaru rakes eyes! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru stomps the bad leg again. Kanemaru whips corner to corner, runs in but Taguchi boots him back! Taguchi gets the bad leg moving, but runs into an atomic drop! Kanemaru runs, but into the HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up as Taguchi gets his bad leg moving.
Taguchi runs at Kanemaru to hip attack at the ropes! And again! And then baseball slide to the apron GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as Taguchi aims from the apron and springboards, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi drags Kanemaru up and suplexes, Uno Amigo! Taguchi suplexes again, Dos Amigos! Then THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Taguchi keeps focus as fans rally up. Taguchi brings Kanemaru up to chicken wing, but Kanemaru blocks, and then mule kicks the bad leg! He kicks the leg again, but Taguchi gives Kanemaru a point blank hip attack! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg again but Taguchi gives another point blank hip.
Kanemaru kicks the leg again but Taguchi fires off point blank hip attacks! Taguchi runs, but into another dropkick to the legs! Kanemaru gets the leg for a FIGURE FOUR! Taguchi blocks the leg lock from being completed! Kanemaru puts as much pressure as he can even with that much, and Taguchi can’t hold it back! Kanemaru has the Figure Four in and Taguchi reaches out for ropes. Fans rally up, Taguchi drags himself over, ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru holds on until 4, then drags Taguchi back up. Scoop and BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru drags Taguchi to a drop zone, goes up top, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally as Taguchi is still in this, but Kanemaru goes up again. Kanemaru waits on Taguchi to rise, but Taguchi’s bad leg is really wobbly. Taguchi stands, Kanemaru waits for him to be stable but Taguchi falls over! Kanemaru hops down to get at Taguchi, but Taguchi was suckering him in! Victory roll, TWO!! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg, steps through, but Taguchi kicks him down! OH MY GARFUNKEL! Kanemaru endures the ankle lock, reaches out, and fans rally up. Taguchi twists the ankle, puts as much weight as he can on the hold, but Kanemaru still fights forward to the ROPEBREAK! Taguchi lets go, and he calls upon the powers of Strong Style!
Taguchi aims from the corner, “OHYA~!” BUM- NO, roll up! TWO!! ENZIGURI from Taguchi, Kanemaru staggers around, Taguchi gets the arms! Kanemaru fights the Dodon Buster so Taguchi TIGER SUPLEXES! Bridge, TWO!! Kanemaru narrowly escapes but Taguchi fires up! Fans fire up with him, and he drags Kanemaru up. Chicken wings, but Kanemaru grabs the ref and pushes him down! Taguchi avoids the low blow to get the chicken wings, DODON LOW BLOW! Taguchi shoves Kanemaru to ropes then rolls him up, Taguchi wins!
Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)
The Funky Weapon shoots down the top of the block! But Taguchi still has a way to go if he wants to be the Best of the Super Juniors, can he keep going on this upward trajectory? Or will Kanemaru be able to shrug this off and stay ahead of the pack?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO!
Japones Del Mal couldn’t beat his Suzuki-Gun teammates, but Kanemaru exposed the Murder Machine’s weaknesses last round. Will Douki and his pipe be able to thwart Sho and his wrench?
Sho wants the ref to check Douki thoroughly, and so the ref does, only for Sho to then push the ref aside and attack Douki! The bell rings, Sho runs but Douki hurdles, drops and rolls to headscissor! Sho gets up and Douki dropkicks him down! Fans cheer and Douki stomps Sho down. Douki drags Sho up to CLUB him, then drags him up, only for Sho to rake eyes! The ref reprimands, Sho puts Douki on the ropes, and the ref counts. Sho stops at 4, whips Douki to ropes, but holds the ropes to stop himself. Sho runs in but Douki does the splits and Sho tumbles out to the floor! Douki aims and slingshots to PLANCHA, but Sho uses a Young Lion as a shield!
Douki is down, Sho drags him up and whips him into railing! Sho steps on the Young Lion on his way to stomping Douki. Sho then has the ref check on the Young Lion, so he can get away with whipping Douki into more railing! Sho drags Douki up to torture the fingers! The ref starts the ring count, Sho slides into the ring and the count passes 10 of 20. Douki gets up at 15 and in at 16. Sho walks over to drag Douki up, but Douki throws body shots and forearms. So Sho rakes his eyes again! The ref counts, Sho stops at 4, to dig his boots in at the corner! The ref counts again, Sho stops at 4. Sho drags Douki up to scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Sho argues the count but the ref says it was far. Sho claws Douki’s eyes again! The ref counts, Sho lets off and argues with the ref again. Sho then toys with Douki, but Douki chops. And chops! Sho eggs him on so Douki CHOPS again. Sho DECKS Douki with a forearm! Sho drags Douki up, suplexes, but Douki slips out to waistlock. Sho switches, Douki resists the lift and elbows free. Sho reels Douki in but Douki breaks free to mule kick and ENZIGURI! Both men are down but Sho gets to a corner. Douki runsin to clothesline, then he runs, only for Sho to duck. Douki wheelbarrow arm-drags him, to then dodge and springboard, TRUST FALL! Direct hit and Sho bails out!
Douki aims but Sho wants to use the Young Lion again! Douki fakes Sho out, mule kicks him then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit again! Fans fire up with Douki but he’s still down to catch his breath. Douki crawls over to Sho, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Springboard DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Douki drags Sho back up, hooks him up, but Sho blocks the Gory Especial. Douki knees Sho low, runs in at the corner, and blocks boots to pop Sho up into the Gory Especial! But Sho pulls the fingers! The ref reprimands, Sho CLUBS the bad hand, but Douki ducks the punch to mule kick! Douki runs, but the ref is a shield now! Sho then SPEARS Douki down!
Fans rally up while both men are on the mat. Sho gets up at the ropes, drags Douki up and wrenches the arm, and brings Douki down to kick, KICK and SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Sho aims his bow and drags Douki up to reel him in. Double pump handles, but Douki slips out to get ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Sho stays on his feet, reaches out, but Douki drags him from ropes to put him back in the stretch! Sho endures, Douki pulls harder on the hold and brings Sho down! Sho sputters, but he refuses to give up! Sho moves around, Douki keeps pulling, Sho turns and… ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go and Sho is dazed!
Douki hurries to the apron as Sho sputters and rises. Fans rally up, DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Douki calls for the finish! Douki drags Sho into the wheelbarrow, full nelson, but Sho fights free! Switch and a shove into the ref, then a clothesline in the corner that sandwiches them both! Everyone’s done, and Sho crawls to his corner! Sho brings out the wrench! But Douki’s going to his corner, and he has his pipe! Douki blocks the wrench with the pipe to PIPE SHOT Sho down! Douki gets the ref moving, drags Sho around and wheelbarrows, but Sho grabs the ref! Sho shoves the ref into Douki, then LOW BLOWS Douki from behind!
Sho gets his wrench! WRENCH SHOT!! Sho then gets the ref up and brings him over. Sho drags Douki up, for the SNAKE BITE!! Douki’s already out, Sho wins!
Winner: Sho, by submission (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)
The Murder Machine gets away with another one! He’s back on top of the block, will he be able to stay there from now on?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS YOH!
The Way of the Grandmaster surprised Ryusuke Taguchi while Direct Drive shocked the Sniper of the Skies! But will Wato stop Yoh’s momentum before it even starts?
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Wato shoots in to waistlock but Yoh wrenches out to a wristlock. Wato spins, wrenches and wristlocks back. Yoh rolls, trips Wato and has a toehold but Wato uses a leg to bring Yoh down. Yoh clasps hands and sits up out of the armbar. Yoh has a top mount but Wato slips out. Fans cheer the standoff as the two reset. They knuckle lock, Wato wrenches to a hammerlock, but Yoh goes to elbow. Wato stops that with a headlock. Yoh pries the hold but Wato holds tighter. Yoh drop toeholds and flats to the headlock but Wato slips out again to get a chinlock and an arm. Wato then floats to have the legs tied up.
Yoh crawls and gets the ropebreak. Wato lets off, and the two reset. They feel things out then Wato KICKS a leg, then KICKS Yoh in the chest. Wato KICKS Yoh to the corner then fires off forearms. Wato whips corner to corner but Yoh goes up and over, only for Wato to kick low. Things speed up, Yoh drops and sidesteps to drop toehold. Wato avoids the basement dropkick to back elbow, uppercut and rolling sobat! Fans fire up as Wato KICKS Yoh from all sides! Cover, TWO! Wato stomps Yoh, drags him up, whips to ropes but Yoh reverses to dropkick Wato down! Wato bails out, Yoh PLANCHAS out onto him! Fans fire up with Yoh while Wato is down.
Yoh stomps Wato, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Yoh drags Wato up, turns him and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Yoh drags Wato up, CLUBS him on the neck, then CLUBS him again. Yoh brings Wato around to ROCK with a forearm, then whips Wato corner to corner for a back elbow! Yoh wrenches and DECKS Wato, cover, TWO! Yoh keeps on Wato with a headscissor necklock! Wato endures as Yoh puts on the pressure. Wato crawls, reaches out, and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Yoh lets go but stomps Wato down. Yoh drags Wato up but Wato throws body shots. Wato throws forearms, Yoh kicks low.
Yoh whips Wato to a corner, runs in, but Wato boots him! Yoh comes back and gets more boots, then Wato RANAS Yoh out! Wato builds speed to TORNILLO! Direct hit at the ramp and both men are down! The ref starts a count, Wato sits up at 11 and drags Yoh up and puts him in at 16. Wato then aims from the apron, springboards and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up, Wato waits on Yoh to rise to fire off kicks! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Wato keeps his focus as he drags Yoh up and wrenches to reel him in. Yoh elbows free of the Mouse Trap but Wato knees low. Wato QUESTION MARK KICKS Yoh down! You gets up, but blocks the screw high kick to a DRAGON SCREW!
Wato writhes, Yoh gets him for a CALF KILLER! Wato endures, crawls, drags himself and Yoh over, but Yoh throws elbows down! Yoh pulls back harder but Wato still gets the ROPEBREAK! Yoh stalks Wato and dropkicks the leg out! Yoh drags Wato from the ropes, to suplex, but Wato slips out. Wato’s bad leg jams, Yoh gets him again, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Yoh drags Wato back up to waistlock. Wato fights with elbows but Yoh still holds on. Wato goes to ropes, Yoh CLUBS him then full nelsons. Wato breaks free, victory rolls, TWO! Yoh gets up but Wato cradles, TWO! Wato kicks but Yoh blocks, DRAGON- NO, Wato makes it a sit-down, TWO!!
Wato gets up but Yoh uppercuts! Yoh runs but into Wato’s CALF KICK! Both men are down again and fans rally up! Wato crawls over to Yoh, drags him up, and throws a forearm! Yoh forearms back, so Wato forearms again. Yoh throws another forearm, so Wato keeps going. Wato gets the edge, knocking Yoh down. Wato drags Yoh up but Yoh fires boxing elbows! Yoh kicks a leg, then spins, but Wato blocks! Yoh ducks the roundhouse, Wato ducks the heel kick, Wato sobats but Yoh goes Matrix to avoid the roundhouse! ROLLING ELBOW and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Yoh fires up and so do the fans!
Yoh drags Wato up, underhooks, but no Direct Drive! Wato spins out to ROUNDHOUSE! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Wato rises slowly, goes to ropes and waits on Yoh to rise. Wato spins, SCREW HIGH KICK! Wato gets Yoh back up, wrenches and hooks him up, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Yoh escapes but Wato drags him to a drop zone. Wato climbs the corner, but oh stops him with a forearm! Yoh climbs, CLUBS Wato on the back, but Wato throws body shots. Yoh stumbles down, Wato gets up but Yoh GAMANGIRIS first! Yoh goes back up, brings Wato up for the SUPERPLEX! Roll through, and- Wato sips out to shove Yoh to a corner!
Wato runs in, Yoh puts him on the apron, but Wato GAMANGIRIS! Yoh staggers and flops, Wato aims again. Wato springboards, into a SUPERKICK!! Fans fire up and Yoh gets Wato right back up! Suplex to GHOSTBUSTER! And then, DIRECT DRIVE!! Cover, YOH WINS!
Winner: Yoh, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Wato earns 0)
The momentum keeps going for Yoh! He may still be at the back, but can he power his way right to the front?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Phantasmo!
Black Mask lost to Hiromu-chan and the Headbanga lost to the Bone Soldier in last round’s battle of teammates. Now that things are back to facing enemies, who gets back up to break even?
Judging from how bad ELP’s foot feels from his backflip entrance, he hasn’t healed up from Taiji pulling one over on him by taking “that” and putting it in his boot. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. ELP and Bushi approach, but then ELP backs up to encourage the fans to get louder. He and Bushi approach again, but again ELP backs off to encourage the fans. The fans get louder, ELP and Bushi tie up. ELP puts Bushi on ropes but Bushi turns it around. Bushi lets off cleanly, and he gives ELP space. ELP gets fans to clap, “E! L P!” and then ties up with Bushi. ELP pulls on the mask, gets a headlock, but Bushi powers out, only for ELP to run him over.
ELP flexes, struts, runs, but Bushi drops. ELP stops to step on Bushi and strut some more. Bushi kicks and whips but ELP reverses. Bushi rolls off ELP’s back, dodges and RANAS, but ELP handsprings through! Fans cheer and ELP struts again. ELP even shows off with a backflip, but his foot hurts again! Bushi dropkicks ELP down! ELP bails out, Bushi builds speed, but ELP moves so Bushi rolls back to mock ELP’s rocker hands. ELP says no, don’t do that. ELP gets in, Bushi dodges again, then RANAS again! ELP tumbles out, Bushi runs and DIVES! Direct hit and ELP hits railing! Fans cheer as Bushi stomps ELP down.
Bushi drags ELP up, whips him into railing, then brings him up to put him into the ring. Bushi takes off his shirt to use it to choke ELP! The ref counts, Bushi lets go with one hand. The ref counts more, Bushi lets go completely. Bushi CLUBS ELP, turns him and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps cool, brings ELP up and suplexes, but ELP slips out. Bushi elbows him away but ELP mule kicks! Bushi falls over and writhes on the mat! “It” IS back in ELP’s boot! ELP drags Bushi up, whips him corner to corner, and Bushi hits hard off the buckles! Cover, TWO! ELP tries again, TWO! Another try, TWO! ELP grabs for an ear but he instead has to grab the mask.
ELP stands Bushi up, brings him in and has the cobra twist! Bushi endures, ELP reaches for ropes but the ref watches him closely. Bushi throws body shots and hip tosses ELP down! Fans rally up while both men are down. ELP crawls over to Bushi and drags him up but Bushi fires off forearms! ELP stomps Bushi’s foot! “It” might’ve crushed Bushi’s toes! ELP then isolates a hand, and he STOMPS it! Bushi clutches the fingers but ELP bends them back! The ref reprimands but ELP BITES The hand! The ref counts, Bushi stops at 4. ELP twists the wrist, gets Bushi up and knucklelocks to HOP! ELP goes up and up and tightrope walks, then kicks Bushi to keep going.
ELP struts as he tightrope walks, kicks Bushi again, and keeps going. Bushi trips ELP up and ELP ends up getting a hotshot on the way down! ELP gasps and sputters, Bushi takes aim and SLINGSHOT RANAS! Both men go down and fans fire up! Bushi gets up first and fans fire up with him. Bushi brings ELP up and into the ring, then fans rally as Bushi CHOPS and whips ELP corner to corner. ELP reverses, runs in corner to corner but Bushi swing kicks him away! Bushi goes up and leaps, missile dropkick! BUSHIROONI! Bushi then runs in at the corner to back elbow! Bushi reels ELP in, but ELP slips out and dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Handspring LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Both men are down again but fans rally up. ELP kips up and brings Bushi up for an atomic drop! Then a scoop and SLAM! ELP goes to the corner, hops up, takes aim, DIVING AX HANDLE! Fans rally as ELP tunes up the band! Bushi slowly rises, ELP adjusts his boot, but Bushi blocks the kick to put the leg on the ropes! DRAPING CODE BREAKER! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Bushi drags ELP up, catches ELP’s punch and spins him for a DDT! Bushi gets ELP back up, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! ELP is still in this but Bushi goes to the corner. Fans rally up as Bushi aims, M- NO! ELP pops Bushi up but Bushi sunset flips!
ELP rolls through, high stacks, TWO, but ELP drags Bushi up and hooks the arms, STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives, ELP isn’t phenomenal! ELP hobbles up, drags Bushi back up, reels him back in and tucks the arms. Bushi slips out to cradle! TWO!! ELP BUZZSAW! ELP goes back to a corner, gets the boot going again, Bushi stands and ELP hesitates?! ELP runs to V-TRIGGER instead! And then he Electric Chair Lifts, but Bushi fights free, to BACKSTABBER! Bushi drags ELP up and wrenches him into TERRIBLE! Cover, TWO! ELP survives but Bushi goes to the corner! Bushi goes up the ropes, ELP hobbles around, MX!! Cover, Bushi wins!
Winner: Bushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)
The Headbanga’s hesitation may have cost him! Will he worry less about copying Bullet Club’s best and just win as himself? As for Bushi, he evens out, but will he be able to make a play for the top?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado!
These two only faced off earlier this month, but the irony of Eagles losing the title is that neither has had the best run in this tournament. Will the Sniper of the Skies redeem himself from Power Struggle? Or will the Rogue Luchador give a repeat performance from Osaka?
The bell rings and fans rally up already as the two stare down. Eagles and Desperado circle and Eagles gets the fans to rally harder. They tie up, Eagles waistlocks but Desperado breaks free to wrench and wristlock. Eagles spins, breaks the wristlock, wrenches and wristlocks back. Desperado rolls, breaks and wrenches back on Eagles. Eagles rolls, handsprings and wrenches to a hammerlock. Desperado stands on Eagles’ foot, gets a headlock and the takeover. Eagles rolls it to a cover, ONE, and Desperado keeps on the headlock. Eagles headscissors and squeezes tight but Desperado endures. Desperado bridges, moves around, and gets free to have the butterfly deathlock!
Eagles is down, Desperado floats to a headlock. Desperado grinds Eagles but Eagles fights up to his feet. Eagles tries to pry free but Desperado grinds harder. Eagles still tries to pry, and he gets the hold around, to then drop and trip Desperado to a leglock. Eagles floats to a headlock, pushes off ropes but Desperado rolls to a cover. ONE, and Eagles keeps the headlock. Desperado pulls hair to get up and pop out of the headlock. The ref reprimands and counts, Desperado shifts to a headlock. Desperado grinds the hold, Eagles puts Desperado on ropes. The ref calls for the break, Eagles lets off, but he does a step to make sure Desperado stays on his guard.
Desperado applauds along with the fans as he and Eagles reset. They circle, Desperado claws Eagles’ eyes! Desperado headlocks, Eagles powers out but Desperado runs him over! Things speed up, Eagles hurdles, Desperado leads, but Eagles comes back. Eagles blocks the hip toss and rolls to drag Desperado down and basement dropkick! Fans cheer while Eagles stalks Desperado, but Desperado rakes Eagles’ eyes again! The ref reprimands, Desperado lets off and he drags Eagles up. Eagles holds ropes to stop the whip, Desperado kicks the leg! Desperado whips, Eagles reverses to go up and around but Desperado blocks the arm-drag to SLAP Eagles down!
Desperado runs, flying arm-drags Eagles away, then runs in. Eagles dodges, goes up and around to flying arm-drag back! Desperado bails out, Eagles runs but he fakes Desperado out with the backflip, and then he DIVES! Direct hit and Desperado hits railing, and it’s enough to knock Milano Collection AT out of his seat! Eagles checks on Milano, but he’s alright. Eagles flexes because that’s how strong he is! Eagles then gets Desperado up to CHOP against the apron! Desperado hobbles away, stinging, but Eagles keeps on him. Eagles puts Desperado in the ring, stops him from crawling away, and stomps the leg!
Eagles paces, drags Desperado up and snapmares for a RUNNING KICK! Cover, TWO! Eagles stomps Desperado, Desperado CHOPS back! And again! Eagles eggs him on so Desperado keeps going, but Eagles knees low and CHOPS Desperado down! Fans cheer that one, it was strong. Eagles gives Desperado space at the ropes to come back, but then he goes out to drag Desperado to the apron. Eagles SLAMS the leg on the apron! Desperado flops to the floor and flounders to the ramp. Eagles goes to the ramp and Desperado gets up. Desperado CHOPS but again Eagles eggs him on. Desperado chops again but Eagles CHOPS Desperado back down!
Eagles drags Desperado up, puts him in the ring, covers, TWO! Eagles drops a knee on Desperado’s chest! Cover, TWO! Eagles stomps Desperado at the ropes, brings him around to hook the arm, and then he gets the fans to rally up as he pulls on the legs! Deathlock STOMP! Desperado writhes, Eagles covers, TWO! Another try, TWO! Eagles is frustrated but he waits on Desperado to sit up. Eagles KICKS him, and KICKS him, and KICKS again! Eagles runs, but Desperado blocks the kick! Eagles sobats, but runs into a SPINE- NO! Eagles fights out and whips Desperado to a corner. Eagles runs in but is put on the apron.
Desperado punches, Eagles blocks and GAMANGIRIS Desperado away! Eagles springboards but Desperado gets clear to come back and SPEAR! Both men are down again but Desperado gets up at the ropes. Desperado hobbles over, brings Eagles up, suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Desperado has the leg for the GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Desperado gets the leg again to drop knees on the knee! Eagles writhes but Desperado gets the STRETCH MUFFLER! Eagles endures as Desperado thrashes, and Eagles fights his way over. Desperado keeps him back, but Eagles keeps fighting, ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go and fans rally up.
Desperado drags Eagles up, reels him in, but Eagles fights the shinbreaker. Desperado kicks the leg! Desperado then brings Eagles back up, but Eagles knees free! Wheelbarrow to victory roll, to RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Now Desperado endures the leg lock, crawls forward, but Eagles puts as much pressure as he can! Desperado refuses to give up, and he powers his way to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go and Desperado clutches the leg. Eagles drags Desperado back, stomps away on the leg then KICKS it! Eagles steps over, Desperado kicks Eagles away, but Eagles comes back with a PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!
Eagles keeps cool while fans rally up. He gets his bad leg moving, drags Desperado back up, but Desperado dropkicks the bad leg out! Desperado gets up, hobbles over, but Eagles dropkicks him in the bad leg now! Desperado drags himself up in the corner, Eagles runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Eagles rolls back, his leg holds him back a bit, and runs in but into a boot! Eagles comes back to Tiger Feint the leg out! Eagles then comes back with METEORA! Desperado flops down, Eagles covers, TWO! Eagles drags Desperado to a drop zone, but his own bad leg slows his climb. Eagles 450, but he catches Desperado’s knees! Eagles turns Desperado to drop knees on the knee!
Eagles gets the leg, steps through but Desperado roll shim up! TWO, to the STRETCH MUFFLER! But Eagles power sit to a cradle, TWO! ROUNDHOUSE! SUPER- NO! Desperado blocks, reels Eagles in, but Eagles fights the Guitarra to slip around and cravat, SHIRANUI but Desperado blocks that! Desperado spins Eagles around, GUITARRA- NO! Eagles slips out and ROLLING KICKS the leg out! Eagles runs, but Desperado ducks the blindside! Both men get their bad legs moving, Eagles ducks the haymaker to SUPERKICK, then SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives and Eagles can’t believe it!
Eagles grits his teeth while fans rally up. Eagles aims his finger gun, rolls Desperado up but Desperado fights out to SPINEBUSTER! And then a roll, float over, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and fans fire up! Desperado drags Eagles up, underhooks the arms, but Eagles RANAS out but Desperado sunset flips! TWO, Eagles sits on it, TWO! Desperado runs into a schoolboy with bridge, TWO!! BIG elbow shot, but Eagles PELES back! Both men are down but Eagles fires up! Eagles drags Desperado up, cravat to SHIRANUI! Then dragon sleeper and a spin, but Desperado slips out to EL ES CULERO! DESPERADO WINS!!
Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Eagles earns 0)
Eagles can’t believe it! Desperado didn’t even need his best shots to win! But with this, will Desperado also look to take back the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships in the near future?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori!
The Ticking Timebomb and Bone Soldier Reborn were the winning halves of their tag teams last round, and now they close out this round! Will one side sweep the night? Or will we see a 1-1 split?
Hiromu hands over the guide book to Milano, and he seems to be calling Taiji a “Muscular chihuahua.” The bell rings and they ram each other! Then they start throwing forearms! Taiji gets the edge, whips but Hiromu reverses to then follow and RANA, but Taiji blocks! Taiji brings Hiromu up but Hiromu slips out, only for Taiji to get around and waistlock. Hiromu switches but Taiji elbows him away. Taiji whips, Hiromu reveres but Taiji handsprings, into a waistlock! Taiji switches again, shoves Hiromu into a corner, then blocks the boots to ENZIGURI. But Hiromu gets out of the ropes to elbow! Hiromu keeps going and he runs Taiji over!
Fans fire up while Hiromu catches his breath. Hiromu drags Taiji up, CHPOS him, then CHOPS him again! Hiromu brings Taiji around to CHOP again and Taiji leans on ropes. Hiromu whips, Taiji reverse to shoulder and WRING the arm out, then WRING it again! Hiromu bails out and clutches the arm. Red Shoes checks on him but Hiromu says he can still continue. Taiji goes out as Hiromu goes around the way. Taiji stalks Hiromu, then BOOTS him into railing! Taiji wraps the arm around railing and pulls! Hiromu grabs at Taiji’s hair but Taiji kicks the railing to jam the arm. Taiji drags Hiromu up, fans rally, and Taiji wernches to hammerlock and POST the bad arm!
Taiji puts Hiromu in, pulls on the arm and SLAMS it against the post! Then Taiji brings out a chair! Taiji SLAMS the bad arm into the post, then snatches a chair from the timekeeper’s area. Red Shoes confiscates that chair, but doesn’t see Taiji get the chair from under the ring and SMACKS Hiromu’s arm! Hiromu goes running as he clutches the bad arm, but fans rally behind him. The ring count starts, Taiji drags Hiromu up by the bad arm and puts him in the ring at 8 of 20. Cover, TWO! Taiji is annoyed but he drags Hiromu by the bad arm again. Taiji wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And then snapmares to drop a leg on the bad arm, and trap it for an arm scissors.
Hiromu endures, moves around, but Taiji drops a knee on the bad arm, then drops a fist! Cover, TWO! Hiromu gets himself to a corner, Taiji goes over to CHOP him down! Taiji drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS, so Taiji kicks the bad arm, and gives it an ARM CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Taiji keeps on Hiromu, locking up the good arm to then pull on the bad arm. Taiji moves the arm around and around then YANKS it back! Hiromu crawls to the corner and fans rally up. Taiji paces, then drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And again! Taiji CLUBS Hiromu down, but Hiromu gets up to CHOP!
Taiji eggs Hiromu on, Hiromu throws forearms but Taiji BOOTS the bad arm! Taiji runs but Hiromu follows and RANAS Taiji down! Fans rally up as Hiromu drags himself up the ropes. Taiji runs in but Hiromu boots him! Hiromu then hops up to HANGING HEADSCISSOR! Red Shoes counts, Hiromu lets go at 4. Hiromu gets in to whip Taiji to the corner and clothesline! Then he snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Taiji bails out and fans rally up! Hiromu goes to the apron for the FLYING SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Taiji hits railing and Hiromu fires up! Hiromu gets his bad arm moving, then drags Taiji up to put him in the ring.
Hiromu drags Taiji up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, but Taiji slips off to send Hiromu into the corner. Taiji runs in, blocks boots, ENZIGURI! Taiji runs to SLIDING GERMAN! Fans rally up while Hiromu is down. Taiji drags Hiromu out, underhooks, but Hiromu fights off the Bloody Cross! Taiji knees low and fireman’s carries to SNAKE EYES Hiromu on the railing! Hiromu writhes, Taiji gets in the ring and the ring count starts. Fans rally up but Hiromu stirs. Hiromu rises at 12, stands at 14, and gets in at 15, only for Taiji to basement dropkick the bad arm! Taiji steps over, YES LOCK!
Hiromu endures, moves around, reaches out and fans rally up. Taiji pulls back, but Hiromu keeps crawling over! Ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Taiji lets go. Red Shoes checks on Hiromu but Taiji unties the blue buckle pad! The Bullet Club favorite! Taiji goes back to Hiromu, drags him up, gut wrenches, but Hiromu fights to gut wrench Taiji! But Taiji headscissors free, but swings into a hook, spin and RANA, that Hiromu makes into D!! Taiji is stuck in the triangle hold, but he fights up to deadlift, but Hiromu RANAS him back down! Hiromu holds tight to the triangle hold but Taiji endures. Fans rally, Hiromu has Taiji down on the mat, but Taiji powers up again!
Taiji manages a deadlift and BUCKLE BOMB! It was still a padded corner so Hiromu got lucky there. Hiromu falls out of the ring but fans rally up. Taiji stays in the ring as the count climbs, but Hiromu gets up. So Taiji goes to the corner and jumps up! Hiromu stops Taiji and has a waistlock! Taiji resists, but Hiromu shifts to a bomb position! Taiji fights free of that but Hiromu SUPERKICKS him! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, APRON DEATH VALLEY! Both men fall to the floor as fans fire up! Red Shoes checks, they’re both okay to continue. Fans rally up and the ring count starts while both men stir.
Hiromu stands at 11, staggers about and goes to Taiji at 15. Hiromu puts Taiji in at 17, and fans cheer as he fireman’s carries again. Taiji fights free, but Hiromu suplexes. Taiji fights that, wrenches and ducks but Hiromu mule kicks and front kicks. Fireman’s carry, but Taiji shoves Hiromu to a corner. Taiji runs back in, but he leaps over the overhead Belly2Belly! Hiromu waistlocks Taiji up top, drags Taiji down, but Taiji switches. Hiromu switches, Taiji elbows free and slides under, to then double pump handle and flip Hiromu into position, CIPHER UTAKI! Both men are down and fans rally up!
Hiromu clutches his bad arm, Taiji crawls his way over. Hiromu throws a forearm, Taiji throws it back. Hiromu forearms again, they stand and Taiji throws another. Hiromu forearms, Taiji forearms, Taiji ROCKS Hiromu and gets the edge! Hiromu keeps coming back, even as Taiji throws more forearms! Taiji ROCKS Hiromu again and again but Hiromu just fires up again and again! Hiromu finally staggers back and fans cheer. But then Hiromu SHOTGUN dropkicks Taiji into a corner! Both men are down, fans rally up. Hiromu drags himself up, Taiji fires up and runs, into the OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into buckles!
Fans rally up again as Hiromu stands up. Hiromu goes over and brings Taiji up. Hiromu suplexes but Taiji fights out to get the arm! Hiromu fights his way over but Taiji rolls him away, to then drag Hiromu up and POST him! That’s why he took away the pad: to open the way to the corner post! Taiji hammerlocks the arm and scoops, to then SHOULDER BREAKER! Fans rally up while Hiromu and Taiji are both down. Taiji aims, Hiromu slowly stands, Taiji runs in to tilt-o-whirl, but Hiromu blocks and spins for DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Hiromu roars and fans fire up as he drags Taiji back up. Hiromu suplexes but Taiji knees free, but Hiromu SUPERKICKS!
Hiromu runs into a BOOT! Hiromu roars and runs in, to a JUMP KNEE! Down goes Hiromu and Taiji roars! Taiji aims, bang! He drags Hiromu up, BLOODY- NO! Hiromu slips out, spins Taiji around, VICTORIA! Hiromu crawls to the cover, TWO! Hiromu slowly rises, fans rally up, and Hiromu drags Taiji up in the dragon sleeper. Hiromu inverted suplexes but Taiji slips out and spins around to drag Hiromu down for the over-the-shoulder, only for Hiromu to roll him up! TWO!! Taiji runs in but Hiromu scoops, dragon sleepers, but Taiji snapmares free to dragon sleeper back! But Hiromu arm-drags free, rolls to a fireman’s carry, and CORNER DEATH VALLEY!
Hiromu fires up and fans are with him! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, spins and Taiji pops out! DOUBLE LARIATS collide and both men drop to their knees! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fires up and runs, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Taiji is dazed but Hiromu fires up again! Hiromu dragon sleepers for the inverted suplex but Taiji slips out, tilt-o-whirl takedown! BONE LOCK!! Hiromu scrambles, reaches out, but Taiji rolls him away! Taiji pulls way back, HIROMU TAPS! TAIJI WINS!!
Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hiromu earns 0)
The Bone Soldier defuses the Timebomb and has a huge win under his belt! Can Hiromu recover and still have a chance at going back-to-back? As for Taiji, he takes a moment to rest before he gets the mic. “Hiromu. You really are something. I hate to admit it, but damn!” Fans applaud this odd showing of respect Taiji is giving as Hiromu takes his leave. Taiji says he can’t go on some “energetic rant like Hiromu,” but he’ll just say, “The NJPW Junior Division isn’t all about El Desperado and Hiromu Takahashi! I said this before, but once again. Look at me! I will show you strength and greatness! It’s Reborn!” Will Taiji prove this division doesn’t belong to anyone but him?
Here are the NEW BOSJ 28 standings!
SHO: 5-1, 10 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-2-1, 7 points
El Desperado: 3-2-1, 7 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 3-3, 6 points
Bushi: 3-3, 6 points
YOH: 2-4, 4 points
Master Wato: 2-4, 4 points
El Phantasmo: 2-4, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-4, 4 points
Douki: 2-4, 4 points
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