The NXT Tag Division is still must-see!
MSK’s ready to be fighting NXT Tag Team Champions, but they’ll focus on fighting alongside Briggs & Brooks against Melo, Trick & Grizzled Young Veterans!
- Mandy Rose w/ Toxic Attraction VS Ember Moon; Rose wins.
- LA Knight VS Odyssey Jones; Knight wins.
- Joe Gacy VS Ikemen Jiro; Gacy wins.
- Cora Jade VS
Virginia FerryFranky Monet w/ Robert Stone; Jade wins.
- Pete Dunne w/ Ridge Holland VS Cameron Grimes; Dunne wins.
- Tony D’Angelo VS Malik Blade; D’Angelo wins.
- Indi Hartwell w/ Persia VS Mei Ying w/ Boa; Hartwell wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way Elimination: MSK VS Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams VS Grizzled Young Veterans; MSK wins and retains the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
Mandy Rose w/ Toxic Attraction VS Ember Moon!
With Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne by her side, the #ToxicGoddess took out the Franky Monet Brand and the NXT Women’s Champion to close out the night last week. But will she open the night with a big win over the Shenom? Or will Ember use a Rose to spark a new Prophecy of Flame?
The bell rings and Ember ties right up with Mandy. Mandy headlocks but fans rally behind Ember. Mandy hits a takeover, Ember headscissors but Mandy kips free to get the headlock again. Ember powers out, runs Mandy over with an elbow, then strikes a pose to mock Mandy. Things speed up, Ember stops but Mandy whips. Ember reverses and hurdles but Mandy SLAPS her! Mandy drags Ember up but Ember howls to fire off forearms! Ember kicks Mandy to a corner, scoops her into the Tree of Woe, then KICKS away on her back! Gigi & Jacy complain, the ref backs Ember off and Gigi & Jacy bail Mandy out of the ring.
Fans boo but Ember keeps her cool. Ember shrugs and builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit in Jacy, but Gigi gets Mandy out of the way! Mandy runs in but into an APRON POWERBOMB! Ember puts Mandy in the ring then shoves Gigi down. Ember goes back to the ring but Mandy CLOBBERS her at the ropes! Mandy drags Ember up, reels her into an inverted GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Mandy puts Ember in the corner, stomps a mudhole then walks it off. Mandy snapmares and wraps on body scissors! Fans rally and duel as Mandy thrashes Ember around. Ember endures, pries at the scissors but Mandy adds a chinlock! Ember uses that to get a cover, TWO!
Mandy lets Ember free to CLUB her around the ring. Mandy brings Ember around into an OCTOPUS STRETCH! Ember endures, Mandy drives elbows into the ribs then digs it in. Ember hip tosses free! Ember wrenches and ROLLING ELBOWS to knock Mandy down! Mandy gets back up but Ember ENZIGURIS! Ember then snapmares Mandy and climbs up top. Ember leaps for a FLYING CODE BREAKER! Ember CLUBS Mandy back down, then goes back up top. Fans fire up for the ECL- No, Mandy gets under and comes back, KNEE FROM A ROSE! Cover, Mandy wins!
Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall
Toxic Attraction celebrates as their leader puts Ember out! Will Mandy be the one blazing a trail to the top after what she’s done to top women in NXT?
NXT hears from Legado del Fantasma.
Santos Escobar says, “Decisions, decisions, deciones.” He tells Hit Row has the world buzzing about SmackDown drafting the whole crew. But to him, SmackDown just saved Hit Row’s asses. Joaquin Wilde says, “It’s hard to respect a bunch of wannabe thugs whose deadliest weapons are their words.” Elektra Lopez says she shut B-Fab’s trap so there’s no more games. And Raul Mendoza says it’ll all end when Escobar leaves as North American Champion. Swerve can run to SmackDown like the coward they know he is, or he can prove he’s a man and defend that title. What kind of a man is Swerve? We’ll surely find out soon enough.
LA Knight VS Odyssey Jones!
The Million Dollar Megastar’s mega ego has gotten on everyone’s nerves, but especially on the Breakout Tournament’s runner-up, who got a lot closer to that title contract than Knight did the actual title. But will Odyssey #SoundtheAlarm and make this a bad night for Knight? Or will NXT still be LA Knight’s game even in 2.0, yeah?!
NXT returns as Knight makes his entrance. The bell rings, Knight stays near the ropes as he circles with Jones. Fans are on Jones’ side and Knight wants them to shut up, but he avoids getting cornered by the big man. Jones corners Knight again, Knight escapes and throws a haymaker! Knight gloats but Jones roars! Jones chases Knight, Knight dodges and throws another haymaker, but Jones just tosses him and SPLASHES him in the corner! Then TOSSES him across the way! Knight hobbles up, Jones TOSSES him the other way! Knight bails out and Jones goes out the side. Knight sees Jones storming up and goes around the way.
Knight gets in the ring, Jones pursues, and he runs Knight over! Jones runs in at the corner but Knight drop toeholds him into buckles! Knight clubs away on Jones’ back, but lets off as the ref counts. Knight chokes Jones on the ropes, lets off again, then chokes him again. Knight CLUBS Jones against the ropes but lets off as the ref counts. Fans jeer but Knight chokes Jones again! Knight goes in and KNEES Jones down! Knight gets in to stomp away on Jones, then runs to drop a jumping elbow! Fans tell Knight, “You Still Suck!” Cover, ONE!! Jones throws Knight off with that kick out and fans love this! Knight kicks, CLUBS and throws more hands, but Jones gets to his feet.
Knight scoops but Jones is so big, Knight falls over! Jones and Knight slowly get up, and Jones counter punches Knight, then DECKS him! And again! Jones whips, CLOBBERS Knight, and he fires up with the fans! Jones stalks Knight, gets him up and hits a back suplex GUT BUSTER! But wait! It’s Andre Chase! He’s yelling at Jones for last week but Jones DECKS him! But he turns around into a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ROPE- NO, Chase pushes the foot back in! Knight wins!
Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall
LA owes a lot to ACU, the Andre Chase University, and that PhD in BS! Will Jones get payback on the punk ass professor? Or will Chase have a lesson plan for that, too?
Backstage interview with Cameron Grimes.
The Carolina Cash Money Caveman says love is in the air. Did you see the #InDex wedding? Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. A bit pricey, but still beautiful. And then Cora Jade and Trey Baxter are having PDA’s in the locker rooms. Grimes is getting jealous. So Grimes is on the search to find himself a lucky lady. But then Pete Dunne and Ridge Holland walk in. The Bruiserweight says there ain’t a woman in the world who’d go even near Grimes. Listen to lover boy Peter! Watch who you’re talking to. Things might be changing around here, but nothing’s changed when it comes to Dunne. He is still the baddest man in NXT! Is Grimes listening?! Yeah, yeah, sure he is.
Then how about you hear this? Bruiserweight VS Grimes! Okay, okay, just excuse him. Grimes walks over to talk to some ladies waiting in the back. Any of them single? Well… NXT cuts away, but is the Million Dollar Caveman about to find himself a Lady Luck?
Kyle O’Reilly talks with Von Wagner in the locker room.
Kyle says that last week was the second time Wagner’s had his back, and he wants to know why. The truth is, Wagner took an opportunity and jumped on it. He doesn’t like Dunne or Holland any better than Kyle does. Wagner respects Kyle’s heart. As far as trust- Kyle stops him there. After the year he’s had, he trusts no one. Let Kyle handle business his way, and stay out of the way. Will Wagner accept that? Or will there be a third time that Kyle needs help from an unlikely ally?
Tommaso Ciampa heads to the ring!
Fans fire up for the NXT Champion, and he’s ready to address the state of the title scene! Who does the Psycho Killer see as a worthy contender? We find out, after the break.
NXT returns to the ring and Ciampa says “Let’s get right to it. On Tuesday night, October 26th, Halloween Havoc returns to NXT! And the champ, well the champ needs an opponent.” Ciampa knows the 2.0 roster is full of hungry men and women, but one man in particular says he isn’t a patient man. He wants to be the flag bearer of 2.0? That’s all fine and dandy, “but in the world we live in, actions speak louder than words. So the question is, who has the balls to come out here and take my NXT title from me?!” Ciampa waits, but here comes that impatient man, Bron Breakker! Bron goes right to the ring and stands face to face with Ciampa.
Bron tells Tommaso Ciampa, “I’ve treated you with nothing but respect since the day that I walked through the door. But I do not give a damn if I’ve been here for four minutes, four weeks or four months. I wanna be the NXT Champion!” And Ciampa wants to fight someone with balls? Bron’s got the biggest balls in the locker room! The match he wants, that the fans want, it happens at Halloween Havoc! Bron VS Ciampa for the title! Ciampa asks if Bron wants to know the difference between them. Bron wants the title. Ciampa NEEDS it. For Bron, the title is just a stepping stone to something bigger and better. For Ciampa, it IS that something bigger and better!
But Halloween Havoc is three weeks away. So as Ciampa sees it, Bron has three weeks to go from intern to a PhD, because CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! Bron is fired up, Ciampa pushes past him to take his leave, but these two meet again soon enough! Will there be gold in Bron’s future? Or just a hard learned lesson?
Joe Gacy speaks.
“While the world stood still when social media platforms crashed, I sat with my voice, the voice of a righteous and inclusive generation. I know one platform that won’t crash, and that is NXT 2.0, where tonight, I use the ring as our safe space. And tonight, we gather in unity to prove that conflict can be resolved peacefully. And yes, there can be two winners.” Is Gacy going to win, lose or draw more attention to his cause after tonight?
Indi Hartwell & Persia walk ‘n’ talk.
It was fun and all but sand gets everywhere. But how was it really? It looked amazing. And where is her man? Oh, he’s away this week. She really wore him out, y’know? Went through two packets! Wow, so 7? 8? 9 and a half! WHOA! Wait, what’s this smoke? Tian Sha?! GET OUT! Okay well that was freaky. Indi’s seen freakier. Well the honeymoon is over, but will Indi still be feeling good now that she’s back?
Joe Gacy VS Ikemen Jiro!
The Handsome One is already in the ring as Gacy makes his way to the “safe space” in the ring. But how does Gacy plan on making two winners in a 1v1 match?
The bell rings, fans chant for “I-KE-MEN! I-KE-MEN!” but Gacy offers a handshake. Jiro takes it and the two circle. They tie up, Jiro headlocks but Gacy powers out. They ram shoulders, neither falls, and Gacy gives Jiro the affirmation that he can knock Gacy down. Jiro runs, but he has to duck Gacy’s clothesline! Jiro comes back and arm-drags Gacy. Things speed up and Jiro RANAS! Gacy ducks the jacket punch and the two stand off. Fans rally for Jiro and Gacy gives Jiro respect. He offers another handshake, Jiro takes it, but Gacy uses that to whip him to a corner! Gacy corner splashes, and Gacy apologizes for the trick.
Gacy stands Jiro up, throws hands, then brings Jiro in for a suplex! Gacy drags Jiro up, whips him to ropes and CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Gacy apologizes again but fans seem divided on his “peaceful resolution.” Gacy scoops Jiro but Jiro sips out for a BACKBREAKER! And an IKE-TWIST! Gacy gets up, clutching his neck, and he gets a JACKET PUNCH! And another! And another! And a ROLLING JACKET PUNCH! Fans fire up with Jiro and he runs corner to corner at Gacy, but into a BOOT! Gacy goes up but Jiro GAMANGIRIS! Jiro goes up to FLYING HEADSCISSORS! Gacy hobbles up, into the IKE- NO! He dodges the kick to handspring LARIAT! Cover, Gacy wins!
Winner: Joe Gacy, by pinfall
Well, wait. Gacy won and Jiro lost. Well, Gacy stands Jiro up and gives him a respectful handshake and hug. Is Gacy practicing what he preaches after all? Is sportsmanship a way to make sure there are multiple winners?
Wait, who is that who stands up in the audience? Gacy is started by him at first, but then he smiles. Is there someone who is willing to stand up and follow Gacy?
NXT hears from Duke Hudson.
“NXT superstar, professional poker player. The two go hand in hand, really. It doesn’t matter if it’s the squared circle or the poker table. If I can play with your mind, then I’ve beaten you before it even begins.” And at Duke’s Poker Room, they don’t discriminate. All money is welcomed, because he’ll take it from you anyway. Whether the belt or the mat, #BetterLuckNextTime.
Cora Jade VS Virginia Ferry!
The youngest star in all of WWE skates down to the ring, and after getting a good couple of wins on 205 Live, is ready for her first NXT match! Except, wait, someone drags Ferry out of the ring?! It’s Franky Monet! And she RAMS Ferry into the steel steps! Then gives her a GLAM SLAM to the floor! Robert Stone is fired up, and he apologizes to Cora, but her new opponent is Franky! The ref allows it, and #CardSubjecttoChange is a thing in NXT 2.0! Will the young star still be able to shine when having to turn on a dime?
Cora Jade VS Franky Monet w/ Robert Stone!
The bell rings, Franky CLOBBERS Cora with a clothesline, then pushes her around. Franky elbows Cora against the ropes, whips then elbows her again! Franky laughs, bumps Cora off buckles and throws elbows. Franky CHOPS Cora, stomps a mudhole, then walks it off. Franky whips corner to corner hard, then runs in to METEORA! The ref counts, Frank lets off while grinning, but Trey Baxter appears! All Heart coaches up his girlfriend, but Franky drags Cora out to dribble her off the mat. Franky gets the legs but Cora kicks her away! Cora crawls for Trey but Franky drags her away into a chinlock stretch! Franky CLUBS Cora down then surfboard STOMPS her while staring Trey down!
Cora goes to a corner, Franky runs in but Cora SHINING WIZARDS! Cora staggers away but turns around into a SPEAR! Franky laughs maniacally and she drags Cora up to chicken wing. But Cora victory rolls! Cora wins!!
Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall
Even Cora is shocked! Bougie Bad is incredibly mad, but will she be where the #GenerationofJade begins?
Backstage interview with MSK.
McKenzie asks Wes Lee & Nash Carter how they feel about this sudden change in the main event. It isn’t an 8 Man Tag anymore, but a FATAL 4 WAY for the titles! Nash says it’ll be tough, Wes says they have to keep their heads on a swivel. But GYV walk in and say this is typical MSK. Last week, they called themselves fighting champions, so here we are! The snakes have found loopholes! They’ll pin one of the two other teams because they know they can’t beat Grizzled Young Veterans! Enough of this! Shut up! They can make this ELIMINATION style, too! Briggs & Brooks walk in and say why wait? The brawling returns from last week right here in the backstage area!
Security and refs rush in and try to pull these four teams apart! With things now every team for themselves, who will be the last ones standing with those NXT Tag Team Championships?
NXT returns with a backstage interview with Ciampa.
He issued a challenge for Halloween Havoc, Bron Breakker immediately accepted it. How does Ciampa feel about that? Well, Bron is young, strong and a certifiable blue chipper. But he is going up against a certifiable main eventer, so this is going to be one hell of a match. But then Gacy walks in. Gacy saw Ciampa offer the opportunity to anyone with the balls to step up to him. That’s oddly specific and toxic energy. Gacy realizes Ciampa must be feeling the strength of privilege as champion, but Gacy speaks for a voice struggling to be heard. They speak through him, and they would love to be included in an opportunity for the title.
Ciampa sees what Gacy’s up to. If Gacy wants his shot, he has to beat Ciampa next week. If Gacy wins, he can join the Halloween Havoc title match and make it a Triple Threat. But no hugs. Ciampa promises that the ring next week won’t be a safe space for Gacy.
Raquel Gonzalez storms into the CWC!
Will Big Mami Cool look to hunt down and trample Mandy Rose for what happened last week?
Pete Dunne w/ Ridge Holland VS Cameron Grimes!
The Bruiserweight called the Million Dollar Caveman out, but now it’s time to put money where mouths are! Will Dunne make this a Bitter End for Grimes? Or will there be a Cave-In in Dunne’s future?
The bell rings and the two circle. Grimes gets a leg but Dunne counters with a facelock. Grimes wrenches out to a wristlock, Dunne rolls and kips up to then handspring and WRING Grimes out. Dunne traps the arm and SNAPS it back. Dunne then grinds the arm, digs a knee into the shoulder, but Grimes kips up. Grimes snapmares free and RANAS Dunne down! Grimes tells Dunne to #KissMuhGrits but Dunne trips him up! Dunne floats to a lateral press but Grimes slips out to arm-drag him down! Fans rally as Grimes has Dunne down in an armlock, but Dunne kicks, gets up, and powers out to speed things up. Dunne hurdles, drops and CLOBBERS Grimes with a clothesline!
Fans boo but Dunne shrugs as he bends Grimes’ fingers. Dunne isolates the arm to STOMP the arm! Dunne keeps after that arm and wraps it around ropes. The ref counts but Dunne stomps Grimes to the corner. Dunne wrenches, wrangles Grimes to the mat, then digs his knuckles into Grimes’ head. Dunne traps the one arm, bends the other and even bends the fingers. Grimes fights but Dunne throws kicks. Dunne wrenches but Grimes throws forearms! Dunne WRINGS Grimes out again! Then basement dropkicks Grimes in the back! Grimes flounders to ropes, Dunne wrings Grimes’ arm and bends the elbow, but Grimes throws body shots!
Grimes forearms but Dunne ROCKS Grimes! Grimes ends up in the corner but h e dodges Dunne’s enziguri! Grimes runs and rallies with big forearms! Fans chant “TO THE MOON!” as Grimes hits a running BOOT in the corner! Dunne flounders, Grimes goes up and Grimes CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Grimes grits is teeth, drags Dunne up with a deadlift but Dunne elbows out of the waistlock. Dunne runs in to ENZIGURI! He shoves Grimes down to KNEE DROP on the arm! SNAP GERMAN! Dunne stomps the feet and BUZZSAWS Grimes down! Cover, TWO! But Dunne has the ARMBAR! Grimes hurries up, makes a cover, ONE and they roll together!
Grimes kicks, Dunne ducks, Grimes flips back to DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Grimes snarls and gets to his feet. Grimes drags Dunne up, SUPER FOREARMS, then roundhouse, but Dunne ducks to ENZIGURI! Dunne goes after a buckle pad? That’s to distract the ref! Ridge Holland drags Grimes out, but KYLE goes after Holland! Kyle fires hands, Dunne goes out and THROWS Kyle over the desk! But Grimes PENALTY KICKS Dunne from the apron! Grimes puts Dunne in, runs but Dunne sends him into ropes! Pump handle, BITTER END! Cover, Dunne wins!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall
The Bruiserweight still wins out, but Kyle tackles Dunne! Holland drags Kyle up to HEADBUTT him in the back! Holland stomps Kyle, drags him up and scoops. Dunne ROUNDHOUSES Kyle before the NORTHERN GRIT DRIVER! Fans boo but Dunne just shrugs. With Holland on his way to SmackDown in a few weeks, will he and Dunne make sure to put everyone in their place these next few weeks?
NXT hears from Hit Row.
And they’re laughing and having a good time. Swerve says Santos is actually right, the WWE Universe is buzzing about Hit Row right now. But y’know who they ain’t buzzing about? Legado! Top Dolla can’t believe they think Hit Row is running away. Los estupidos. They ain’t runnin’ from nothing. They’re running to money! Ashante Thee Adonis points out SmackDown chose Hit Row. Everything they do is a mood. Act your age, Legado. And Swerve is so sick of this. Parking lots, in the ring, and Legado keeps making mistakes. But hola, chica. Lopez hung in the No DQ match but she didn’t win. Next time, B-Fab won’t be so nice.
So if Escobar wants to challenge Swerve’s manhood and his title reign, then challenge accepted. That way, Swerve can win and Escobar won’t see this title except on Friday nights. And if you didn’t know, now you know!
NXT shares footage from the break.
After getting beat down by Dunne & Holland, Von Wagner went out to the ring to check on Kyle. Kyle accepted that help, but will these two be able to turn things around on Dunne & Holland?
Tony D’Angelo VS Malik Blade!
It’s a double debut for NXT 2.0 tonight! The Chicago Italiano is here to bring the “family business” to pro-wrestling. Will he be too thick for Blade to cut through in his move up from 205 Live?
The bell rings and the two circle. D’Angelo talks some smack and then ties up with Malik. Fans fire up for Malik, Tony wrenches to a headlock and talks more trash. Malik powers out but Tony holds on tight. Malik pries the hold apart, Tony holds on tighter, and fans are rallying and dueling. Malik rolls Tony up, TWO! Malik throws body shots, Tony CLUBS him on the back! Tony headlocks but Malik powers out, only for Tony to run him over! Tony talks more smack, Malik gets up and the two go again. Tony blocks the takedown for a facelock, then shifts to a headlock. Tony grinds the headlock, Malik powers up and powers out.
Things speed up, Malik leaps but into Tony’s BACKBREAKER! Tony talks more trash, puts Malik in the corner and RAMS him in the back! But Malik BOOTS him back! Malik runs but Tony DECKS him! Tony drags Malik up by his ear, saying he’s gonna teach Malik a lesson his mama should’ve taught him a long time ago. But Malik fires off haymakers! Tony dodges but Malik dropkicks him out! Tony leads Malik on a cat ‘n’ mouse then TACKLES him down! Cover, TWO! Tony is annoyed but he wraps on a waistlock for a rear bearhug. Malik endures, fans rally and duel, and Malik fights up to his feet. Malik throws elbows, Tony shoves him into the corner hard!
Tony BOOTS Malik into buckles! The ref reprimands but Tony slaps Malik around. Tony facelocks, throws some body shots, then spins Malik around for a modified cobra twist. Malik elbows free, ducks and dodges then LEG LARIATS! Fans fire up, Malik goes corner to corner to A-LIST LARIAT! Tony staggers, Malik climbs, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Another try, ONE! Tony gets up and wants a timeout? There’s no timeouts in wrestling! But Tony uses that to sucker Malik into a buckle! Then a BIG Belly2Belly! Tony paces around, says Malik’s down, and gets him up for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Roll through and FISHERMAN NECKBREAKER! Cover, Tony wins!
Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall
Bada bing, bada boom! With wins like that, will Tony be untouchable here in NXT?
Backstage interview with Trick Williams & Carmelo Hayes.
It is official: tonight’s tag match is an NXT Tag Team Fatal 4 Way ELIMINATION match! Their thoughts? First, Melo wants to say, “D’Angelo? Forget about it!” You saw it all earlier, Trick & Melo came out on top of that scrap. And somehow, they’ve finessed their way into a title match without the contract. Melo don’t miss, Trick don’t but kiss. They’ll strap up the boots and make the ring sing, cuz they #BoutItBoutIt. Say it again for the people in the back. They bout it bout it! You’re looking at future champs, and that’s all there is to it. Will Melo sink this one from down town with the assist from Trick?
Indi Hartwell w/ Persia Pirotta VS Mei Ying w/ Boa!
The weird encounter backstage apparently raised the ire of Tian Sha’s dragon lady! Will she ruin #IndiWrestling’s return to the CWC?
NXT returns as Indi & Persia make their entrance. Indi shouts out #SexyDexi before getting in the ring with Mei Ying. The bell rings and Indi is very wary as Mei Ying stands up tall. Indi approaches but Mei Ying shoves her away. Indi tries again but Mei blocks and throws her down! Indi gets up, dodges Mei Ying and waistlocks, but Mei wrenches free and WRINGS Indi to then stomp her down! Indi gets up at the ropes, dodges Mei and manages a headlock, but Mei powers out and they ram shoulders. Neither falls so Indi runs again. She rams Mei but Mei RAMS her back! Indi falls over from that shot and sits up gasping for air.
Mei stomps Indi, claws her in the corner then double CHOPS her down! Mei stalks Indi, drags her up and clamp claws into the shoulders! Indi endures, fights up, but Mei digs her nails in deeper! Fans rally as Indi fights up. Indi throws body shots, a haymaker, but Mei just snarls. Mei spins Indi, ripcord and STRAIGHT PALM STRIKE! Indi flounders to ropes, but staggers into the THROAT STAB! They tumble out of the rings as Mei continues to torture Indi! She POSTS Indi, then runs in, but Persia takes the shot for her! Indi POSTS Mei Ying, puts her in the ring, and climbs up for the SAVAGE ELBOW! Cover, Indi wins!
Winner: Indi Hartwell, by pinfall
Persia and Indi get away, but Mei Ying sits up like the Deadman! Indi kisses her wedding ring, is Dexter somewhere watching and celebrating, too?
Lash Legend talks with some fans.
If y’all thought the premiere was good, next week on episode two, Lashing Out is gonna spill some real hot tea that’ll make Urban Meyer look likes child’s play. But Tony D’Angelo walks in and says if she really wants some eyes on her show, have him as her very first guest. Well, she’ll think about it. And she loves him in that new Sopranos prequel. Anyways… Lashing Out was so hot on the internet, she’s why Facebook and Instagram shut down! Will Lash Legend look to break the internet all over again?
Malcolm Bivens properly introduces Diamond Mine.
He will introduce us to each individual member and explain just what makes them special and why you should fear them. First up, their coach, Hideki “Hachiman” Suzuki! He teaches everyone how to be better versions of themselves. Hailing from Japan, he has blessed every continent with his presence and has left bodies in every single corner. He’s won more titles than Tom Brady, and he could kick Tom Brady’s ass. Hachiman says “Diamond Mine has just begun to climb the mountain called NXT. Keep an eye on us.”
Next, their newest member, Ivy Nile. She is half human, half Pitbull and has the greenlight to knock out every single woman in NXT. The star of the Titan Games, a mixed martial artist and a fitness competition veteran. More chiseled than Adonis (of myth, not Ashante Thee Adonis; but maybe him, too). She knows Bivens saw something in her. She is more powerful than ever. And don’t tell anyone but these two are Bivens’ favorites: the modern day embodiments of #RuthlessAgression, Julius & Brutus, the Creed Brothers. Division I athletes, All Americans and national champions. When you win as much as they have, you just stop counting. You can try to, but you won’t keep up.
And of course, last but not least, the centerpiece of Diamond Mine and the NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Roderick Strong. This group is special. They have taken him to new heights, and the title proves that. If you get in their way, you will regret it! #DiamondMineForever!
Raquel Gonzalez is here!
The NXT Women’s Champion apparently didn’t find Toxic Attraction in the back, but will she call them out to the ring? We find out, after the break.
NXT returns and Samantha Irvin is in the ring with Raquel to congratulate her on retaining the title last week, but brings up Toxic Attraction’s attack. Raquel stomps Sam there and says, “Message received. Toxic Attraction has been making headlines. But Mandy, has all that hair-dye seeped into your brain? Do you know who you jumped last week?!” Mandy’s made waves for what? A month? Raquel’s dominated the division for almost a YEAR. This title is not a fashion accessory, chicita. This means you’re the best female in the best division in the BUSINESS. If Mandy thinks Sarray busted her up with a dropkick, mi amore, touch the title again and you will be posing for a body cast!
As for her little- Oh speaking of! Here comes Toxic Attraction! Mandy tells Raquel to please stop. Mandy used to admire Raquel’s strength, tenacity and ambition. And say “What?” again if you don’t think she’s the sexiest woman alive! Fans still go “What?” so guess that means they don’t. But Raquel, now Mandy sees her as just desperate. “A desperate champion that knows her title reign is coming to an end.” And these idle threats simply fall on the floor. So just know Toxic Attraction is taking over. Not even the “unstoppable’ Raquel will slow them down. But it’s not Raquel’s fault! Gigi says Mandy is championship material! As are her and Jacy. Raquel can’t help but stare in awe!
Raquel can’t help but stare in awe at the stitches Gigi has in her head from Raquel bashing her with the title! Gigi storms up but Jacy laughs the insult off. Clearly, they can add jealousy along to desperation. And if Raquel has been living under a rock, which it looks like she has… They’re all over Raw AND SmackDown! They’re the faces of NXT 2.0 now! And soon enough, they will be holding all~ the gold in NXT! They’re not just Toxic Attraction, they’re THE attraction! Mandy and Jacy join Gigi in flanking the ring again, just like last week. Shall they have some fun? Ladies, if you will. Raquel is ready just like last time, too, and asks who wants stitches this time.
But wait! Here come Io Shirai and Zoey Stark! The NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions won’t let Toxic Attraction do what they want! As such, Toxic Attraction step back and back away from a fair fight. When will they throw down with the champions for their crowns?
Wagner talks with Kyle in the back.
Kyle ices his shoulder and Wagner says next week, it’s them against Holland & Dunne. Whether Kyle likes it or not, Wagner’s the only one watching Kyle’s back. Will Kyle let himself trust again in order to get even with his enemies?
Raquel talks with Shirai and Stark backstage.
The champ appreciates the help from the champs, but she didn’t need their help. Well it kinda looked that way to them. Shirai says she dislikes Toxic Attraction way more than she dislikes Raquel. Stark keeps the peace and says that they ARE the champions here. But Persia & Indi walk in to remind Shirai & Stark that Toxic Attraction aren’t the only ones the champs should worry about. Indi points at the belt, Shirai slaps that finger away. Raquel lets them talk this out and heads off. Stark asks if Shirai remembers how they got the belts. Oh right, that’s from beating Indi! Yeah, but Persia says there’s fresh blood in the water now.
Shirai says the only gold they will ever wear here are on Indi’s finger, and on Persia’s ears. Stark likes that sick burn and the champs head out. But will the Aussie besties best the champions when they finally get in the ring together?
NXT Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way Elimination: MSK VS Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams VS Grizzled Young Veterans!
Briggs & Brooks make their entrances first but this match is all about who is last in the ring! Will the tag division still be must-see? Or will Wes Lee & Nash Carter be completely boxed out of the decision before the night is over?
NXT returns and GYV make their entrance. Zack Gibson & James Drake join Briggs, Brooks, and even Melo & Trick who are already in the ring. MSK now make their entrance, confident despite this being the biggest challenge of their reign. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and in this kind of Fatal 4, only two teams are active. As such, Lee steps up for the champs and Liverpool’s Number One starts with him. Fans are fired up already as Gibson and Lee tie up. Gibosn waistlocks, trips Lee then knuckle locks. Lee pushes up from the cover to then sunset flip, ONE! Gibson runs into a takedown and cover, ONE! Lee avoids the sweep and headlocks!
Gibson powers out but Carter tags in! MSK Blitz, topped off with the DOUBLE STOMPS! Carter knuckle locks, CHOPS and goes up to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Gibson wants things to slow down, and Melo tags in. Melo has the fans on his side but things speed up in the ring. Melo rolls off, boots then ENZIGURIS! Melo runs to springboard SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up as Melo tags his boy, and Trick runs with him to DOUBLE STOMP Carter down! Trick gives Melo the assist for the springboard LEG DROP! Trick covers, TWO! Carter shoves him away, Brooks tags in. Brooks and Trick fire up and talk trash, then Trick SLAPS Brooks!
Trick says he’d punk Brooks’ ass out, but then Brooks fires off haymakers on Trick’s punk ass! Trick blocks, spins, and body shots! Then UPPERCUTS! Then runs, to LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up with Trick, then tag to Melo. Melo BOOTS Brooks, runs, but into a BIG atomic drop! Tag to Briggs, he and Brooks DOUBLE SHOULDER! Tag to Trick, he gets DOUBLE BOOTS! Briggs stays clear of GYV’s corner as James Drake swipes at him, but he and Brooks then DOUBLE HIP TOSS GYV in! Brooks ‘n’ Briggs SPLASH Trick and Drake, then SPLASH Melo and Gibson! They fire up and then things calm down. Briggs tags Wes in to let him “do the flip!”
Lee takes advantage of this and FLIES out onto Melo ‘n’ Trick! Fans fire up, Lee “welcomes’ Trick to the division and throws him in! Hot tag to Carter, he gets Trick up, MUST-SEE BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, MSK ELIMINATES Trick & Melo! One team down, three to go! MSK watches both opposing teams closely as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and fans chant, “WE WANT MELO!” but are getting Gibson putting Lee in a corner. Lee hits back with body shots, but he runs into a scoop! Lee slips off, reaches out, but Gibson keeps him from the other teams to CLOBBER him! Gibson DECKS Carter, tags in Drake, and GYV gets Lee up. Feed to a clinch, Gibson goes up, MISSILE DROPKICK COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Lee lives and GYV is frustrated. Drake drags Lee up, tags Gibson, and they wrench and whip Lee for a DOUBLE LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Gibson scowls and looms over Lee. Gibson pushes Lee around while talking trash, then throws a forearm to put Lee back in the corner.
Gibson CLUBS Lee, ROCKS him with a right, then tags in Drake. They double whip, but Lee holds ropes to BOOT Gibson down! Drake blocks Lee’s path to Carter, but Lee waistlocks and swings around to tag in Carter after all! Carter rallies on GYV and fans fire up! Carter CHOPS Drake, whips but Drake reverses. Drake hurdles but Carter YANKS him out of the air, and then DEADLIFT GERMAN SUPLEXES! Drake flounders to a corner, Carter runs in and KNEES him, to a rolling snapmare and PENALTY KICK! STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, Gibson drags Drake out! Carter goes to the corner and SUPERKICKS Gibson into Drake! Then ARIHARA MOONSAULTS!
Fans fire up as Carter takes out both GYV! Carter puts Drake in the ring but Gibson anchors Carter’s foot! Carter kicks Gibson away but runs into a waistlock from Drake. Carter elbows, Drake whips and Gibson tags in, but so does Brooks! GYV get Carter to jump, into a TICKET TO MAYHEM! Cover, but Carter’s no longer legal! Briggs storms in to shove Drake out! Gibson realizes who is behind him too late, and turns around into Brooks’ ROLLING HAYUMAKER! Brigs choke grips, he and Brooks combine for a CHOKE BOMB!! Cover, Briggs & Brooks ELIMINATE Grizzled Young Veterans! And now, it’s just them and the champs!
Lee makes sure Carter is okay and then he squares off with Brooks. Lee rushes in and punches low, then fires off palm strikes and KICKS! DROPKICK! Brooks wobbles, Lee runs but Brooks CLOBBERS him with an uppercut! Tag to Briggs, Brooks gets Lee up and Briggs runs, BOOT RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives and Briggs can’t believe it! Fans fire up for MSK as Briggs drags Lee up. Briggs CLUBS Lee, tags Brooks, “This is Awesome!” as Brooks ‘n’ Briggs whip. DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM!! But Brooks ‘n’ Briggs ain’t done, they get Lee back up. CHOKE- NO! Carter tackles Briggs outta the ring! Lee RANAS Brooks down for a cover, MSK wins!!
Winners: MSK, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
The big bad hosses can’t believe how close they were to the titles! They get the belts, but they show respect to the champs by handing the belts to them. Have MSK finally gotten the division to see them as the champions they are? But wait, IMPERIUM attacks from behind! Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner are furious they weren’t anywhere near this match, and they give Carter a SPINEBUSTER to PENALTY KCIK! They stack Lee and Carter, Briggs ‘n’ Brooks run Imperium off! Will the Impeccable German & Pride of Italy get their shot at the gold? Or will MSK make another team respect their champions?
A great episode for NXT, especially for this 2.0 era. We got some good stuff out of the women’s division, with Mandy VS Ember opening the night in a fast but strong match. Raquel and Toxic Attraction have a good segment, especially with Shirai & Stark stepping in. Though, I feel like pacing and order of events is screwed up in the typical RawDown way. Toxic Attraction should’ve called out the champs before facing them, but with NXT having to rebuild their women’s tag division, there wasn’t really any other team to fill the gaps. Six Woman Tag should happen just because, and then we can see Indi & Persia get into the ring as a team along the way.
That random moment with Tian Sha turning into a match was very RawDown, but I bet that means Mei Ying ruins things for Indi & Persia. If only Xia Li was staying in NXT. Tian Sha as a women’s team would’ve been really good for this brand. Maybe Indi & Persia have their first match as a team against KC Squared. Even though Indi was a former champ, Persia still has to show her skills. Though, like that seems to matter when Briggs & Brooks, as well as Trick & Melo, got to be part of a title match when they’d yet to have tag matches anywhere. The main event was great all the same, but I’m both a bit surprised and disappointed it was Briggs & Brooks who made it to the end.
At the same time, MSK retaining to be attacked by Imperium, it makes sense that other Faces were still present to help MSK out. MSK VS Imperium is going to be great, who knows who wins there. Now we just need to see Walter be full-time in NXT 2.0 and he goes after the top title. Yes, Ciampa is facing Bron Breakker at this year’s Halloween Havoc, but I really hope Ciampa isn’t losing Goldie so soon after getting her back. Bron did great in his promo, at least, and he is still so very much “Rex Steiner” despite going in a different direction with his name. Gacy wants after the title, too, which is natural.
Gacy had a very good match with Jiro, and apparently that was Parker Boudreaux staring at him from the audience. Gacy will have a good match with Ciampa but I wonder if Boudreaux (Harland in NXT, I believe) gets involved in any way. Dunne VS Grimes was a good match, Kyle going after Holland makes sense, and then Wagner being there to help Kyle also makes sense. Wagner seems a little bland in delivering his promos but maybe he’s just getting comfortable on screen. Their match with Dunne VS Holland could even be Holland’s good-bye since he’ll be going to SmackDown cuz Vince wants that Yorkshire BEEF.
D’Angelo VS Malik was a really good match, and the fans really loved it because Malik is a local guy and for whatever reason, they’ve taken a liking to “Ey, oh, ey!” Tony. But Lash Legend did have a good Sopranos burn. We got quite the promo vignette out of Diamond Mine, and good promos from Legado and Hit Row. Escobar is definitely taking the title off Swerve but I hope they have an awesome match in the process. Swerve losing on the way out is fitting wrestling tradition, and that can make him hungry on SmackDown to go after the Intercontinental Championship. Escobar can then have a fresh run with a title, taking on just about anyone left in NXT 2.0.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/26/22)
BOSJ, round six!
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)
- 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.
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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
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
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 5.26.2022
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!
This is Wrestling Reinvented.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 27, 2022
- 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
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.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 27, 2022
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.
Honor No More are furious with what they call "20 years of lies and disrespect." #IMPACTonAXSTV @TheEddieEdwards @KennyKingPb2 @PCOisNotHuman @TheHorrorKingVM @RealMikeBennett @MattTaven pic.twitter.com/QnuLl7C9z9
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 27, 2022
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.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 27, 2022
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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