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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/15/21)

BOSJ, Round 2!

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NJPW WTL X BOSJ 2021

Will the Rogue Luchador redeem himself?

NJPW continues in Korakuen Hall as Best of the Super Juniors 28 hits round two! Will El Desperado get back up after the SHOcking loss last round?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current BOSJ 28 standings!

SHO: 1-0, 2 points
Douki: 1-0, 2 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 1-0, 2 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-0, 2 points
Master Wato: 1-0, 2 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 1-0, 2 points
El Desperado: 0-1, 0 points
YOH: 0-1, 0 points
El Phantasmo: 0-1, 0 points
Robbie Eagles: 0-1, 0 points
Taiji Ishimori: 0-1, 0 points
Bushi: 0-1, 0 points

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: YOH VS DOUKI!

Direct Drive lost in shockingly quick fashion while Japones del Mal shocked us by winning at all! Will Douki get another surprise win to kick off round two? Or will Yoh redeem himself after Ticking Time Bomb blew him up?

The bell rings and fans rally up as Yoh and Douki slowly circle. They approach, Douki kicks low and headlocks. Yoh powers out, hurdles, but Douki waistlocks. Yoh elbows free, whips, Douki reverses but Yoh goes up and over to arm-drag! And then dropkick! Fans cheer as Yoh stands tall. Yoh brings Douki up, throws forearms, whips to ropes then drops. Yoh passes Douki to drop toehold and basement dropkick! Douki bails out but he avoids the plancha to kick and RAM Yoh into railing! Douki builds speed now to DIVE! Direct hit and Yoh hits railing! Fans fire up as Douki stands and brings Yoh up. Douki wrenches to whip Yoh into railing!

Douki brings Yoh up, into the ring, and fans cheer as he runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Douki wraps on a leg hook full nelson. It’s almost like an inverted Italian Stretch! Yoh endures as Douki pulls back on the arms. Fans rally up, Yoh moves around, and gets a ropebreak with a foot! The ref counts, Douki lets go at 4. Yoh goes to the apron but Douki slaps him around and taunts him. Douki brings Yoh back in to scoop and SLAM, then runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Douki drags Yoh up, Yoh throws forearms! Yoh whips, Douki holds ropes to avoid the dropkick! Douki slaps Yoh again, then runs but into the dropkick!

Fans rally up while both men are down. Yoh crawls to a corner while Douki goes to ropes. Yoh runs and rallies with big forearms! Yoh whips, Douki reverses, Yoh hits FLYING FOREARMS! And then he kips up! Fans continue to rally as Yoh goes corner to corner. Yoh back elbows Douki then turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Yoh keeps his focus, brings Douki up, reels him in, but Douki fights the suplex. Douki rakes eyes, then runs, but into an elbow! Yoh wrenches and DECKS Douki with a forearm! Fans continue to rally, but Douki boots and goes to the apron! Shoulder, slingshot, but no Daybreak! Yoh suplexes but Douki slips out to roll up, TWO! ITALIAN STRETCH #32!

Fans rally as Yoh endures. Yoh falls over, but he fights his way back up and moves around. Douki drags Yoh away but Yoh dead lifts to suplex and FALCON ARROW! Both men are down but fans fire up again! Yoh crawls over to Douki, drags him up, gets the full nelson, but Douki breaks it! Douki resists the German Suplex, but Yoh reels him in. Douki kicks and ENZIGURIS back! Douki runs, but Yoh handsprings to dodge, then SUPERKICKS to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Yoh holds on, for another GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Yoh and he gets Douki back up. Yoh underhooks for- NO, Douki resists Direct Drive to roll to a cradle! TWO!!

Yoh uppercuts, runs, but into a LARIAT! Both men are down again and fans rally! Douki crawls, sits up, and slashes his throat to say this is over! Douki goes to the apron, Yoh stands, Douki slingshots, DAYBREAK! Cover, TWO!! Douki can’t believe it but Yoh is still in this! The fans rally even harder and Douki roars before he stands Yoh up. Torture rack, but Yoh slips out to roll Douki! TWO! Douki HELLSTABS! Yoh is in the corner, Douki runs in, into a SUPERKICK! Yoh gets Douki up and suplexes, GHOSTBUSTER! Fans fire up and Yoh underhooks, to DIRECT- No! Douki slips out, Gory Especial to DODON-NO-JUTSU! Cover, TWO!!

Wheelbarrow and SUPLEX DEL LUNA!! Bridging cover, DOUKI WINS!!?

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

What in the world?! Douki has won two straight while Yoh has lost two straight? Is there a bad moon rising in the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS BUSHI!

The Funky Weapon shot down the Sniper of the Skies, but Black Mask is stinging from his lose to Douki. Will Taguchi keep things going to 2-0? Or can Bushi break even?

Taguchi parallels Bushi standing on the second rope and fans rally already. Bushi hops down so Taguchi hops down. The bell rings and the two circle. They feel things out, Taguchi spin jumping just to keep Bushi aware of the hip attack. But then Taguchi blocks the kick! Taguchi headlocks, Bushi powers out, reels Taguchi in, and gets a headlock of his own. Taguchi powers out, things speed up, Taguchi keeps dropping to make Bushi run, and then he dodges the basement dropkick! Taguchi gives a point blank hip attack, then runs in for a corner hip attack. Taguchi whips corner to corner, runs in again for another hip attack!

Taguchi whips corner to corner again, but Bushi blocks! Taguchi whips Bushi the other way but is put up on the ropes! The funky weapon takes damage as Bushi shakes the ropes! Bushi stops as the ref reprimands, and Taguchi slowly falls to the mat. The ref checks but Bushi stomps Taguchi. Bushi brings Taguchi up to CHOP! And CHOP! And then whip corner to corner. Bushi runs in to back elbow, then he trips Taguchi to pull him into the post! More damage to the funky weapon as Bushi pulls Taguchi by his legs! The ref reprimands, counts, and Bushi stops at 4. The ref checks on Taguchi again but Bushi drags Taguchi to the floor.

Bushi brings Taguchi up and headlocks to bring him around the way. Bushi then ATOMIC DROPS Taguchi on the railing! And KICKS the railing! That’s a critical hit to the funky weapon! Taguchi falls slowly to the front row while Bushi goes into the ring. Fans rally up for Taguchi while he reaches out to Milano Collection AT on commentary. Milano can’t do anything and the ring count starts. The count is already 10 of 20 as Taguchi crawls towards the railing. He can’t fit through the gap so he has to go through the gateway. The count is 15, 16, then 17, but Taguchi is in at 19! And then he flops back out to give himself a new count!

Bushi goes out to stomp Taguchi down. Bushi drags Taguchi up, puts him in the ring, then gets the legs to dig into the groin! Bushi is merciless but the ref counts. Bushi lets go with one hand but that’s not the problem! The ref counts again, Bushi drops down to really pull on the legs! Bushi finally stops and Taguchi writhes in pain. Bushi gets Taguchi up, for a splay stretch? Taguchi endures being upside-down and spread open like that. Bushi lets off and Taguchi can only writhe on the mat. Bushi stomps him, gets him up and punches his butt! Bushi runs, but Taguchi follows, only to run into an ATOMIC DROP!

Bushi waistlocks, Taguchi elbows free, fakes Bushi out, and HIP ATTACKS! Maybe a bit double-edged but fans fire up for Taguchi. Bushi flounders on the ropes, Taguchi hobbles over and hip attacks! And then again! And then he slides out to hip attack from the outside! Fans rally up and Taguchi springboards, MISSILE HIP! Bushi falls out, Taguchi TRIANGLE JUMP PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans rally for “TA-GU-CHI! TA-GU-CHI!” Taguchi puts Bushi in, and calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “OHYA~!” But Bushi run sin! Taguchi avoids the dropkick, rolls Bushi around, OH MY GARFUNKLE! Bushi gets the ropebreak! Taguchi holds on until 4.

Fans rally up, Taguchi fires up and he whips Bushi corner to corner. Taguchi run sin but into a BOOT! Bushi RANAS Taguchi to the ropes! Bushi gets Taguchi up, whips him to a corner, runs in but Taguchi dodges. Taguchi runs in, but into a swing kick! Bushi goes up top and leaps to missile dropkick! And Bushirooni! Taguchi staggers into a dropkick to the leg! And a DDT! Cover, TWO! Bushi drags Taguchi up, Taguchi fights the fisherman to suplex! Uno Amigo, and then another suplex! Dos Amigos, but Bushi fights the third! Bushi hooks the arms and backslides but Taguchi rolls through to BASEMENT HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! OH MY GARFUNKLE!

Bushi endures the ankle lock, gets up but Taguchi ducks the enziguri, only for Bushi to hit the heel kick! Taguchi and Bushi get up, Bushi runs in but no Code Breaker! ANKLE LOCK!! Bushi endures again, reaches around, but Taguchi keeps him from ropes! Bushi rolls but Taguchi comes back to get the ANKLE LOCK! Taguchi leans on the hold, Bushi fights up again, but Taguchi yanks him from the ropes! Chicken wings but no Dodon Buster! FISHERMAN SCREW! Both men are down but the fans fire up! Taguchi powers up and drags Bushi up for a forearm. Bushi forearms back so Taguchi hits again. They go back and forth, Bushi gets the edge, but Taguchi ENZIGURIS!

Taguchi runs, but Bushi ATOMIC DROPS again! Bushi puts a leg in the ropes to dropkick it! And then DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Both men are down again but fans rally back up. Bushi gets up, Taguchi follows, Bushi runs to CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Taguchi survives and fans rally behind him! Bushi hobbles to a corner, climbs up, leaps, MX!! Cover, Bushi wins!

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

And Bushi is on the board! Will he be able to stay on the winning track? Taguchi is also 1-1, will this loss come back to bite him down the line?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS Robbie Eagles!

The Way of the Grandmaster caught El Phantasmo, and again, the Sniper of the Skies fell to the Funky Weapon. Will Eagles be drowning in back-to-back losses? Or can he dry up Wato and get on the board?

The bell rings and fans rally for “EA-GLE-SU!” Eagles encourages it to get louder, but Wato isn’t discouraged. They feel out the grapple, tie up, and Wato gets a waistlock. Eagles switches, Wato switches back, Eagles wrenches to a wristlock. Wato spins through, wrenches back to have the wristlock, but Eagles uses the ropes to flip through. Eagles wrenches again and fans cheer. Wato rolls, kips up and wrenches back to a hammerlock then headlock then takeover. Eagles headscissors, Wato kips free, and fans cheer the standoff. Eagles and Wato reset, tie up, and are in a deadlock. They go around, Eagles puts Wato on ropes but Wato turns things around.

The ref calls for the break, Wato pats Eagles on the shoulders. Fans cheer and Eagles is a bit annoyed, but Eagles ties up with Wato again. Eagles headlocks, Wato powers up to throw body shots. Wato powers out, Eagles runs him over. Eagles runs, Wato drops but he avoids the knee drop! Things keep moving, Eagles hurdles, Wato leaps, then Wato ducks to RANA! Eagles handsprings through to kick, go up and around and arm-drag! Eagles ducks and dodges now to RANA back! Wato also handsprings, but Eagles sweeps the legs! Cover, ONE! Wato sweeps and covers, ONE! The two stand off again and fans cheer.

Wato KICKS Eagles’ leg, but Eagles KICKS back. Wato KICKS, Eagles CHOPS! Wato KICKS again and Eagles hobbles. Eagles throws a forearm, Wato KICKS! Eagles KICKS, Wato KICKS, repeat! Eagles blocks a kick to SLAP Wato! Wato SLAPS back, but Eagles grins and SLAPS again. Wato and Eagles turn this into a SLAP fight! Fans rally up as the SLAPS go faster and faster, and from both sides! Wato SLAPS Eagles off his feet! Eagles kicks, trips Wato and has the legs! Wato scrambles to the ropebreak to avoid the Ron Miller! Eagles lets off but then kicks at Wato’s legs. Wato gets up, blocks a kick, puts the leg in the ropes then sweeps the other leg! Then KICKS the leg again!

Wato stands Eagles up to sobat, but runs into a WHEEL KICK! Eagles kips up, Wato bails out, Eagles builds speed but fakes Wato out with the springboard. Wato baits Eagles in to shoulder and springboard. Eagles gets under, KCIKS Wato’s leg. Eagles goes to kick again but Wato blocks that, only for Eagles to reel Wato in for a KNEEBAR! Wato scrambles again and gets another ropebreak! The ref counts, Eagles holds until 4, and fans rally up. Eagles drags Wato up, throws a big forearm, then another. Wato eggs Eagles on so Eagles kicks the leg. And then KICKS Wato in the chest! And again! Eagles runs but Wato hurdles to back elbow, uppercut and ROLLING SOBAT!

Fans fire up as Wato aims for Eagles. Eagles ducks the buzzsaw, Wato ducks the roundhouse, Eagles avoids the boot, Wato deflects the sobat! DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take both men down! Fans fire up as the ref checks on them both. They’re both okay to continue so fans rally up. Wato and Eagles crawl towards each other, Eagles clinches but Wato KICKS the leg! And again! Eagles kicks back, Wato kicks again! They keep giving KICKS, Eagles goes up to the chest! Wato blocks one, KICKS back, then KICKS again! And again! Eagles sweeps the leg! Fans fire up as Eagles winces and clutches his chest. Eagles waits for Wato to rise to fire off fast KICKS, then a PENALTY KICK!

Wato goes to a corner, “EA-GLE-SU!” runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Then rolls back to run corner to corner, METEORA! Wato is dazed, Eagles pushes him to the cover, TWO! KNEE DROP on the back of the legs! Eagles goes to the corner and climbs up as fans rally. 450 but Eagles has to roll through! Wato is up but Eagles knees low. Wato blocks the kick, spins and scoops but Eagles slips out to sobat! Eagles whips, Wato reverses and dropkicks! Eagles falls out of the ring and fans fire up with Wato! Wato runs to TORNILLO! Direct hit and both men are down! Fans fire up, Wato crawls away and the count begins. Wato puts Eagles in at 9 and takes aim.

Wato springboards for the FLYING UPPERCUT! Wato fires up and fans are with him! Eagles gets up, Wato KICKS the leg, fires off more strikes, then SUPERKICKS! Eagles is down, Wato covers, TWO!! Eagles survives and Wato grits his teeth in frustration. Wato gets Eagles up, but he ducks the buzzsaw to trip and get the leg! Wato KICKS Eagles away, gets him for a cradle, TWO!! Eagles hurries up but Wato BOOTS! Wato runs but Eagles follows to wheelbarrow and victory roll, to the leglock! Wato kicks but Eagles lets off. Wato ducks the mule kick, Eagles blocks a kick to QUESTION MARK KICK! SUPERKICK! PELE misses! SCREW HIGH KICK!!

Fans are fired up while both men are down again! Wato crawls to a cover, TWO!! Eagles is still in this but Wato drags him up. Wrench and the hook, but Eagles fights off the Mouse Trap. So Wato makes it an IRON OCTOPUS! But Eagles powers out, hooks Wato up, but no backpack yet! Wato pushes, dodges, tilt-o-whirls to schoolboy! Eagles ends up in the corner, and he dropkicks Wato’s legs out! Fans fire up as Wato flounders up. Eagles runs in but into an elbow! So he Tiger Feints Wato’s legs out! Eagles springboards to dropkick the legs out! Eagles gets the legs, Wato holds him off to roll him up! But Eagles turns it around on Wato, and Eagles wins!!

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

Wato can’t believe it but Eagles just sniped him! The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion is back up, will he be able to stay airborne in the tournament? As for Wato, is there still a long way to go traveling down the Way of the Grandmaster?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS El Phantasmo!

The Heel Master already got one over on the Bone Soldier, but can he sweep the “Cutest Tag Team” in NJPW? Or is he already counting out The Headbanga before the bell?

The bell rings and fans rally up. ELP tells Kanemaru that he is Suzuki-Gun’s “Number one kawaii young boy.” He wants to shake Kanemaru’s hand but Kanemaru refuses. ELP shrugs and turns his back, only for Kanemaru to kick him in the back! And CLUB him, too! Kanemaru clamps on a headlock and grinds ELP, but ELP fights up and powers out to his own headlock. Kaneamru powers out but ELP steps all over him and struts about. ELP then lounges on the ropes, only for Kanemaru to kick him down! Kanemaru throws ELP out, goes out after, but ELP slips back inside. ELP says no count outs, but Kanemaru gets in to stomp ELP’s foot!

ELP hobbles, Kanemaru stomps him then whips him corner to corner. Kanemaru runs in but into an elbow. ELP runs but into a dropkick! Fans fire up, Kanemaru covers, TWO! Kanemaru brings ELP up, whips him to ropes then elbows him down, to roll him and basement dropkick! Kanemaru scrapes his sole on ELP’s head, then jams his elbow in. Kanemaru wraps on a chinlock and squeezes tight. Fans rally, ELP fight sup, and ELP throws body shots. ELP runs but avoids the basement dropkick to then drop ax handles on Kanemaru’s back over and over. Cover, TWO! ELP steps on Kanemaru’s hand, then stomps it! Kanemaru clutches his fingers, is ELP’s boot loaded after all?

ELP gets Kanemaru’s arm, stands on the arm and taunts Kanemaru before he stomps the hand again! Fans rally while ELP checks his boot. ELP knuckle locks Kanemaru’s bad hand and twists the wrist! Kanemaru endures, ELP goes up and up and jumps around, grinds the rail, jumps some more, then jumps down to CLAW Kanemaru’s back! Fans cheer the antics, ELP covers, TWO! ELIP sits Kanemaru up to knee him in the back and clamp on the chinlock again. Kanemaru endures, pulls ELP’s hair but ELP CLAWS Kanemaru again. The ref reprimands, ELP scoops Kanemaru for a BACKBREAKER! And a backbreaker rack across his knee!

Kanemaru endures as ELP digs his elbow in then knocks him down. Cover, TWO! ELP keeps on Kanemaru with a chinlock. Kanemaru endures, ELP grinds him down, then grabs Kanemaru’s free arm to BITE the finger! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru shakes his hand out. ELP leans all his weight on Kanemaru by doing a headstand, then drops down for some torque. Kanemaru still endures, so ELP shifts to a facelock. LEP gets Kanemaru up but Kanemaru throws body shots. ELP CLUBS Kanemaru, runs, but the ref is a shield! ELP sends the ref back at Kanemaru, then kicks low! ELP CLUBS, runs again, and cartwheels to avoid the dropkick!

ELP struts more but Kanemaru ENZIGURIS him down! Fans rally up as both men are down. Kanemaru catches his breath, gets back up, and ELP sits up to get to ropes. Kanemaru brings ELP up to scoop, dragon sleeper, BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru goes up the corner and takes aim as ELP rises! No Deep Impact as ELP dodges. Things speed up, Kanemaru tilt-o-whirls but ELP slips through to straitjacket torture rack. Kanemaru slips out to whip, things speed up and Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out! ELP lands on his face! Fans fire up as both men are down again. Kanemaru gets up and drags ELP to a suplex, for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!

ELP is still in this but Kanemaru stands him up to scoop and SLAM into a drop zone! Kanemaru goes up, MOONSAULT but he lands on his feet! ELP mule kicks Kanemaru! The loaded boot surely did damage to the stomach! ELP straitjackets and torture racks, for the FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kanemaru survives and fans are fired up! ELP drags himself to a corner, gets his boot right and he tunes up the band. Kanemaru slowly rises, ELP runs in but no Sudden Death Superkick as Kanemaru bails out! ELP chases after, CLUBS Kanemaru, and again. ELP whips, Kanemaru reverses and ELP stops himself from hitting railing.

ELP elbows Kanemaru, then QUEBRADAS, but Kanemaru avoids it to REVERSE DDT ELP down! The ring count is past 10 of 20! Then it reaches 15! Is Kanemaru going to get ELP like he did Taiji! Kanemaru again throws a Young Lion, but ELP sends him back! ELP is in at 18, Kanemaru is in at 19!! And fans are fired up while ELP throws a fit! ELP aims a finger gun, BANG! But Kanemaru avoids his ELP Trigger to roll him up! TWO, and ELP BUZZSAWS!! ELP drags Kanemaru up, tucks the arms, but Kanemaru slips out! Cradle, TWO! ELP has the cradle, TWO! Kanemaru has the cradle, TWO! ELP has it again, TWO!! Fans are thunderous for that close call!

Kanemaru and ELP get up, run at each other, DOUBLE LARIATS! Neither falls, so they DOUBLE LARIAT again! Kanemaru fires up but ELP pokes him in the eye! Kanemaru pokes ELP back! Both men fall over and fans keep rallying! ELP goes to a corner, tunes up the band again, but Kanemaru uses the ref to block the kick! LOW BLOW! CRADLE! Kanemaru wins!!

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

The Heel Master just swept the Cutest Tag Team in Bullet Club! And he takes another big swig to celebrate. Will the Best of the Super Juniors be drunk off of Kanemaru’s success?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: SHO VS Hiromu Takahashi!

The House of Torture’s Murder Machine got his first and sweetest casualty over the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, El Desperado. But it did take the rest of the House to help… Will the Ticking Time Bomb demolish Sho as quickly as he did his old friend, Yoh? Or will Hiromu have to worry about Evil lurking in the shadows?

The bell rings and fans rally for “HI-RO-MU!” as he paces. Hiromu wants Sho to bring it, but Sho just plays around by the ropes. Sho seems to be developing his own unique mind games. Hiromu storms right over and gets in Sho’s face! The ref backs Hiromu off, but then Hiromu runs in and clotheslines! Hiromu whips corner to corner, clotheslines again, whips back the other way, but So reverses. Hiromu bounces off buckles to clotheslines Sho down anyway! Sho bails out, Hiromu goes to the apron, but Sho avoids the dropkick. Hiromu still throws Sho all around into railing, and then snap suplexes him to the floor!

Fans fire up and Hiromu shouts out Takagi, “Here we go!” Sho writhes, fans rally for Hiromu, and Hiromu goes around the way and into the ring. Sho gets up, sputtering as he gets to the ring. The ring count starts, Sho catches his breath and stands at 7. Hiromu runs over to sunset flip but Sho holds onto the ropes! Sho steps on Hiromu’s neck! The ref counts, Sho drops to get the ARMBAR! The ref counts, Sho lets go at 4 and Hiromu staggers into railing. Sho whips Hiromu into more railing as payback for earlier! Sho pulls off a corner crossbar cover and uses it to choke Hiromu! The ref reprimands and counts, Sho stops at 4 and the ref confiscates the cover, only for Sho to choke Hiromu using a foot!

The ref sees Sho and counts again. Sho stops at 4, Hiromu coughs and sputters. Sho wrenches Hiromu to a wristlock, then he puts the arm through railing to pull! The ref reprimands, counts, Sho lets off at 4 again. Sho goes to the ring while the ref check son Hiromu. Hiromu clutches the arm but he can still continue so the ring count starts. Hiromu walks around, takes his time, and wants Sho to stay back. Hiromu gets in, Sho goes right after him with stomps! Sho gets the bad arm, hammerlocks it, but Hiromu crawls to the ropebreak. Sho stomps the arm as he lets off. Fans still rally for Hiromu, but Sho puts the arm through the ropes to pull! The ref counts, Sho uses his boots, but he lets off at 4.

Sho stomps Hiromu in the corner again and again, Hiromu CHOPS with his good hand! Sho digs his fingers into Hiromu’s face then digs his boots in at the corner! The ref counts, Sho lets off at 4 again. Sho drags Hiromu up by the bad arm, knuckle locks, wrenches, brings Hiromu to his knees, then KICKS, KICKS and then scuffs Hiromu. Hiromu gets up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Sho KICKS the bad arm! And again! And again! Hiromu drops to a knee but he still glares at Sho. Sho kicks but Hiromu blocks! So Sho rakes eyes! The ref reprimands, Sho runs, but Hiromu follows to RANA! The legs still work!

Sho bails out, fans rally up, and Hiromu goes to the apron! JOHN WOO DROPKICK! Sho hits railing and Hiromu fires up! Hiromu drags Sho up and into the ring then drags him up to suplex. FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Hiromu shakes out the bad arm, fireman’s carries Sho, but Sho pulls on the fingers! Hiromu kicks low, puts Sho in a corner and runs corner to corner, but Sho puts him on the apron! Sho sweeps the legs, runs and dropkicks Hiromu off the apron! Sho then goes to the apron and aims, but Hiromu blocks the Penalty Kick! Hiromu goes up, fireman’s caries, APRON DEATH VALLEY!! Fans are fired up and Hiromu has a wild grin on his face.

Hiromu drags Sho up, puts him in the ring, stands Sho up and fireman’s carries, but Sho fights again. Sho gets down, bobs ‘n’ waves but Hiromu wheelbarrows to the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Hiromu waits on Sho to stand, then fireman’s carries. Sho slips off and runs in but the spear is blocked! Hiromu suplexes, Sho fights free of that to bend the fingers! The ref reprimands, Sho lets off but Hiromu ducks, kicks and runs! The ref is a shield again, Sho SPEARS Hiromu down! Fans rally up while both men are down. Sho and Hiromu crawl, and Sho goes to a corner. Sho aims as Hiromu rises and fans rally up. PENALTY KICK to the bad arm! Then a takedown, DOUBLE WRISTLOCK!

Hiromu endures, fights his way over, but Sho cranks the arm as hard as he can! Hiromu reaches, Sho rolls him away, then has the arms tucked! Hiromu fights, and RANAS out of the piledriver! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu mule kicks, uppercuts and fireman’s carries, but Sho slips out to GERMAN SUPLEX! But Hiromu roars as he rises! Sho gets around, ANOTHER GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans rally and Sho wants Hiromu to rise. Hiromu gets up, Sho runs but Hiromu catches him, spins him, but Sho blocks the rana! To a POWERBOMB! Sho gets Hiromu up again, runs, and LARIATS Hiromu down! But Sho isn’t done, he reels Hiromu in and tucks the arms, CROSS ARM PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up as Hiromu survives! Sho tunes the fans out then takes aim with his bow. Sho gets Hiromu on his feet, reels him back in, double pump handle, But Hiromu slips through! Sho turns guillotine into suplex, but Hiromu turns that into a DDT! Both men are down and fans rally up. Sho crawls, and he goes for his NEVER Openweight Six Man title. N wait, his secret bag is with it. He has a WRENCH! The ref sees that, stops him, and Hiromu SUPERKICKS Sho down! Hiromu hurries to fireman’s carry, CORNER DEATH VALLEY! And then another fireman’s carry, for the throw and inverted suplex. But Sho slips out!

Hiromu spins, suplexes, Sho knees free but Hiromu SUPERKICKS! And SUPERKICKS! And runs, to LARIAT!! Takagi on commentary jokes it’s the Hiromu-chan Bomber. Hiromu gets Sho up, VICTORIA! Hiromu roars and inverted suplexes but Sho slips out again! Sho shoves Hiromu at the referee! Hiromu stops himself but Sho shoves him all the way! Then LOW BLOWS! And here comes Dick Togo and Yujiro Takahashi, just like last time! Dick gets in to use the SPOILER CHOKER on Hiromu! Yujiro lines it up, CANE SHOT! And of course, EVIL is here! The entire House of Torture is making sure Sho has this win on a silver platter! EVERYTHING IS EVIL!!

Sho gets the ref back up and then he gets Hiromu up. SNAKE BITE!! Hiromu is already out, the ref calls it!

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

But Sho won’t let go! And the House of Torture won’t let anyone stop this! So Takagi gets off commentary to run them off! The House of Torture already did the damage, will their little Murder Machine continue to stack the bodies in the BOSJ?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: El Desperado VS Taiji Ishimori!

The champion is already at a disadvantage in this tournament with his opening loss. But his opponent is in the same boat as him. Will it be the Rogue Luchador or Bone Soldier Reborn who suffers being down 0-2?

The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Desperado shoots in but Taiji blocks. Taiji floats, Desperado switches, Taiji throws him down but Desperado gets back on top to hammerlock and JAM the hold. Desperado bridges through to then roll Taiji to a cover, TWO! Desperado keeps on the hammerlock, but Taiji stands to drop toehold and headlock. Desperado fights up, powers Taiji to ropes, and Red Shoes calls for the break. Desperado rolls away and fans cheer the reset. They tie up again, Desperado shoots around but Taiji switches. Desperado wrenches to have the wristlock but Taiji rolls to wrench back.

Desperado spins, slips through, wrenches and wrangles Taiji to the mat but Taiji headscissors! Desperado can’t kip free, but he moves around and headstands to pop out and have the butterfly stretch! Then he goes for the headlock, but Taiji headscissors right back. Taiji pushes up for leverage, but Desperado gets the ropebreak with a foot. Taiji lets go, Desperado checks his chin and fans rally again. The two reset, tie up but then Desperado pokes Taiji in the eye! Desperado whips, Taiji slips out, slides in, slips back out, shoulders back and springboards to SEATED SENTON! Taiji drags Desperado up to CLUB him, then ROCK him with a haymaker.

Taiji whips but Desperado blocks by holding ropes. Taiji kicks low, runs, but Red Shoes is a shield! Desperado dropkicks the legs out! Taiji bails out but Desperado is right after him. Desperado SLAPS Taiji down, POSTS him, then paces around. Desperado gets Taiji up to wrench and bring around the way, to whip into railing! Fans cheer while Taiji writhes, and Desperado goes looking under the ring. Desperado brings out chairs! Red Shoes reprimands, he won’t let Desperado do anything with those. Desperado is fine, he just RAMS Taiji into the railing! Desperado drags Taiji up and into the ring, then stomps Taiji down.

Desperado drags Taiji up but Taiji throws CHOPS! Desperado rakes his eyes! Desperado whips Taiji, Taiji reverses and arm-drags to then WRING the arm out! Desperado bails out and fans rally up. Taiji slowly pursues, and he CLUBS the bad arm. Taiji whips Desperado into railing in return for earlier. Taiji drags Desperado up and hammerlocks to POST the shoulder! Desperado writhes, Taiji gets the ring bell hammer! Red Shoes stops Taiji, so Taiji gets the chair Desperado brought out! Taiji SMACKS the bad arm with the chair! Taiji goes into the ring as Red Shoes reprimands and fans rally up for Desperado.

A ring count starts as Desperado clutches his bad arm. Desperado is still down at 10, drags himself up at 14, and hobbles in at 15. Then he slides out to give himself a new count. Taiji waits, Red Shoes checks on Desperado but Desperado is okay to continue. He’s back in as the count begins, but Taiji stands on the bad arm! Taiji drags Desperado up, wrenches the arm, then whips Desperado into bare buckles! The Bullet Club favorite appears in this match, too! Taiji grins as he looms over Desperado. Desperado kicks from the mat but Taiji stomps him down. Taiji hammerlocks the arm, clubs away on the shoulder with his elbow, then RAMS Desperado into the bare buckles!

Red Shoes reprimands but the damage is done. Taiji mocks the fans clapping it up, then he drags Desperado up to drop a leg on the bad arm! Taiji traps the good arm to pull on the bad arm! Taiji moves the arm around to then SNAP it back!! Desperado goes reeling for the Dark Armbar and Red Shoes goes out to check on him. Taiji goes out after Desperado and drags him up. Taiji puts Desperado on the apron to CLUB the bad arm! Then he puts the arm around railing! Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Taiji KICKS the railing at 4! Desperado grimaces, but Taiji goes after him with elbows. Desperado throws body shots with the good arm but Taiji clubs away on the bad arm!

Taiji puts Desperado in the ring, wrenches, and wrangles Desperado down to then pull on the bad arm! Desperado endures, fans rally up, and Desperado fights to his feet. Desperado reaches for Taiji but Taiji pushes him back down! Desperado fights up again, but again Taiji brings him down! Desperado tries once again, floats over but Taiji slips right out to hammerlock and KNEE the bad arm! Desperado goes to ropes, Taiji takes a moment to catch his breath and fix his hair. Taiji walks over, Desperado throws forearms but Taiji BOOTS him to the ropes. Taiji whips, Desperado holds the ropes but that’s his bad arm! The bad arm gets jammed and Taiji didn’t even go for that!

Taiji wrenches the bad arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! And again! And then another wrench, but Desperado scoops! Taiji slips out, Desperado switches but Taiji elbows the bad arm! But Desperado reels him in, SHIN BREAKER! GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Now they’re even as Taiji clutches his leg! Desperado gets the leg, STRETCH MUFFLER! Taiji endures but Desperado bends the leg way back! Then thrashes it! Taiji scrambles and gets the ropebreak! Desperado gives more thrashing before he lets off! Fans rally up as Desperado gets up and stomps Taiji’s leg. Desperado walks around but Taiji kick from below!

Taiji gets his bad leg moving, runs, but has to fight off a spinebuster! He goes again, and he hurdles over Desperado’s dive, only to jam his leg! Fans rally as the two slowly get back up. Desperado runs in but Taiji dumps him out! Desperado tumbles and hits railing! Taiji gets the bad leg moving, runs to the corner, TRIANGLE JUMP MOONSAAULT! Direct hit and both men are down! Fans fire up as Taiji clutches his leg and Desperado holds his arm. The ring count starts, Taiji stands at 6 then hobbles over to Desperado. He puts Desperado in at 14 and rolls to a corner. Desperado gets up in the other corner, Taiji runs in, blocks boots and KICKS!

Taiji runs side to side, SLIDING GERMAN! Taiji gets in, covers, TWO! Taiji drags Desperado up to POST him! And then brings him around, hammerlock and underhook, to a scoop and SHOULDER BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Desperado is still in this and Taiji grows frustrated. Taiji goes to the corner, Desperado goes to the other. Taiji runs in, tilt-o-whirl but Desperado holds off the takedown! Guitarra but Taiji slips out to kick low. Taiji runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! And then gut wrench, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! Desperado grows frustrated now but fans are fired up! Desperado drags Taiji up, underhooks, but Taiji RANAS out of the Pinche! Cover, TWO!!

Taiji runs into a roll up, TWO, and he has the omoplata! YES LOCK! Desperado endures, crawls around, reaches out, Taiji rolls him away, but Desperado gets the STRETCH MUFFLER! He can’t hold it, and Taiji has the YES LOCK back! Fans rally, they roll around, Taiji gets Desperado up to gut wrench, CIPHER UTAKI! A bit double-edged since his knee is bothering him. Taiji crawls to the cover, TWO! Taiji is frustrated again and he goes to a corner. Taiji aims, BANG, and he gets Desperado back up. BLOODY- NO! Desperado fights out to ROCK Taiji! But Taiji JUMP KNEES! Taiji roars and gets Desperado back up! But LOCO MONO!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous!

Desperado roars and vows to end this! He drags Taiji up, reels him in to underhook, PINCH- NO! Taiji wrenches, tilt-o-whirls and hits the takedown to BONE LOCK!! Desperado rolls but Taiji pulls back! Desperado taps, Taiji wins!!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by submission (gains 2 points; Desperado earns 0)

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion has lost TWICE IN A ROW! What does this mean for Desperado’s reign, let alone is run in the tournament? Ishimori doesn’t waste time getting the mic to tell “Despe. Despe. Champion-sama. Thank you very much! I enjoyed it a ton.” Taiji’s lost twice to Desperado, guess third time IS the charm. “There are lots of people with their own styles and emotions in this thing. Interesting, huh?” Taiji’s thought a lot about “junior pride,” and taking on heavyweights. “It’s the winner that has the right to reply, right? Look at me. I’ll show you REAL Junior Heavyweight strength! It’s REBORN!”

The Bone Soldier is calling out even the big boys, but will he be the one with a chance at the Junior Heavyweight title in the end?

 

Here are the NEW BOSJ 28 standings!

SHO: 2-0, 4 points
Douki: 2-0, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-0, 4 points
Taiji Ishimori: 1-1, 2 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-1, 2 points
Master Wato: 1-1, 2 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 1-1, 2 points
Robbie Eagles: 1-1, 2 points
Bushi: 1-1, 2 points
El Desperado: 0-2, 0 points
El Phantasmo: 0-2, 0 points
YOH: 0-2, 0 points


My Thoughts:

Another great round for the BOSJ, with more truly surprising results! Douki going 2-0 might be the biggest surprise out of all of these! Yoh going 0-2 is not so much, in that he’s returning mostly for revenge, but he might not be ready for serious competition. Bushi and Eagles getting back up makes sense, and I think this is one of the few times someone has actually focused offense on Taguchi’s groin and butt. Kanemaru going 2-0 is another nice surprise, and between him and Douki, Suzuki-Gun has insurance on this Junior Heavyweight title if they’re able to be top of the block.

I knew House of Torture was going to help Sho again, that might be a thing where NJPW management thinks to warn the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions about not helping Sho. Desperado going 0-2 is quite the shock, but I like that everyone is basically giving their absolute best against him. WrestleKingdom does happen to be three nights this year, could they be planning for all three nights having a Junior Heavyweight Championship match? That’d be pretty cool to plug this “Junior Pride” Taiji just mentioned.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (8/16/22)

Who gets burned by the Heatwave?

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NXT Heatwave

NXT is on fire tonight!

NXT is red hot with all this gold on the line! Will JD McDonagh dethrone Bron Breakker? Will the Toxic Reign finally come to an end?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Giovanni Vinci; Melo wins and retains the title.
  • Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade; Jade wins.
  • The Fate of Legado Street Fight: Santos Escobar VS Tony D’Angelo; D’Angelo wins and Escobar must leave NXT.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Zoey Stark; Mandy wins and retains the title.
  • NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh; Bron wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

A heatwave hits NXT!

With it, we see a finale in the saga of Legado and D’Angelo, a grudge match of former friends explodes, and the Toxic Goddess defending her throne against the returning rising star. And in the main event, the Irish Ace looks to pick the NXT Champion apart and take that title from whatever is left. So get yourself a nice cold beverage, sit back and relax a show that is too hot to handle!

 

NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Giovanni Vinci!

Another title on the line is that of the North American Championship! Melo says when he shoots, he don’t miss! But when you live lavishly like Giovanni, every day is #ViniVediVinci! Will Melo shoot down the Pride of Italy? Or will it be a campione vittoria to spark the Heatwave?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who lights it up here tonight!

Fans rally up as the two circle and tie up. Vinci waistlocks and TOSSES Melo away then says he’s the new champion, Melo storms up but into a wrench and headlock. Melo powers out then leaps as Vinci leaps, and Melo clips Vinci’s legs! Vinci lands hard and Melo fires forearms. Melo headlocks but Vinci throws body shots. Vinci headlocks but Melo powers out to hurdle. Vinci blows past Melo to run him over! Cover, ONE, but Vinci has Melo in a corner, Melo avoids the forearm to CHOP! Melo headlocks then whips corner to corner but Vinci reverses. Melo goes up, Vinci catches him, but Melo slips off!

Melo waistlocks, Vinci switches, Melo rolls off his back to springboard LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Melo throws haymakers. Vinci staggers, Melo CHOPS him, then Melo pie faces Vinci! Vinci blocks the next punch to CHOP back! Fans fire up and even Trick is stinging, but Melo reverses the whip, only for Vinci to springboard CROSSBODY! Vinci gets Melo back and fans fire up again. Vinci kicks Melo around, drags him up into a corner, and CHOPS him! Melo staggers away but Vinci is after him to CHOP again! Vinci puts Melo into another corner, for another CHOP! The fans are all stinging from that one!

Vinci flexes and fans want that “One More Time!” but Melo throws a forearm. Vinci throws a EuroUpper, Melo forearms again, and Vinci throws another EuroUpper. Melo throat chops, whips but Vinci reverses. Melo ducks and both men run, and DOUBLE LARIATS wipe them both out! The fans are fired up even more as NXT goes picture in picture.

The ref checks both men and fans are rallying for “NXT! NXT!” as both men stand. Melo and Vinci throw DOUBLE HAYMAKERS, then Vinci kicks low. Vinci whips, and CALF KICKS Melo down! Vinci soaks up the cheers and jeers and he covers, TWO! Vinci jams his knee into Melo’s back, clamps onto the shoulders, then shifts to a chinlock. Vinci traps Melo’s arms but Melo pries at the hold. Melo fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Vinci knees low! Vinci whips but Melo reverses. Trick swipes at Vinci but the ref warns him! Melo BOOTS Vinci all the same! Melo rains down fists, then flexes in his cover, TWO!

Melo storms up on Vinci and brings him up to ROCK him! Vinci throws a body shot! Melo comes back but Vinci throws more body shots. Melo knees low, rolls with the snapmare and BOOTS Vinci down! Cover, TWO! Melo clamps onto Vinci with a dragon sleeper but Vinci powers out! Melo is right back on Vinci with a facelock and he grinds Vinci down. Vinci fights up, but Melo wrangles him back down. Vinci endures the grind, but Melo CLUBS him on the back! Melo cranks on the hold, pushing up with his legs for leverage, but Vinci still endures. Vinci fights up again, Melo throws body shots, but Vinci powers up!

Melo holds on tight as Vinci tries to throw him off! Melo pulls back on the hold as NXT returns to single picture, but Vinci tries again! Vinci TOSSES Melo away! Melo storms back up but Vinci whips him away, to then scoop for a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Both men are down but the fans fire up! Vinci storms up and whips, but Melo reverses and follows, but springboards into Vinci’s arms! Vinci fireman’s carries for the ROLLING SENTON! And then a MOONSAULT from the corner! Cover, TWO! Vinci drags Melo up, reels him in, but Melo rolls Vinci up! TWO, Melo rebounds but the superkick is swatted!

Vinci springboards but Melo kicks the legs out! Vinci is stuck, for the FADEAWAY! Cover, TWO! Vinci survives and fans argue the count on Melo’s behalf, but that was two! Trick coaches Melo and Melo fires up. “This is Awesome!” and Melo brings Vinci up. Vinci suplexes first but Melo slips out to O’Conner Roll! TWO, Melo comes back to SUPERKICK! Vinci drops to a knee, Melo goes up the corner, but Vinci catches the jump! BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Vinci catches his breath. Vinci blocks a kick, reels Melo in but Melo slips free, but into the lift! Melo slips off to suplex CUTTER! Cover, TWO!!

Fans rally harder as Melo thinks on what he has to do. Melo goes to a corner, he goes up the corner, and then leaps, but Vinci gets under the Three Pointer! Vinci TOSSES Melo out, but Trick is there to catch him! Vinci goes up and up and SUPER CROSSBODIES!! Vinci wipes out Melo and Trick, fans lose their minds, and Vinci puts Melo back in! Vinci springboards and springboards to MOONSAULT!! Cover, Trick helps Melo get the ROPEBREAK! Were they watching The Miz and Ciampa last night on Raw? Vinci storms out after Trick and dares him to do something, but then Melo RAMS Vinci into the steel steps!

Melo goes back up top and leaps, but Vinci dodges again! Vinci shoves Melo, blocks his boot, and reels him in for a LARIAT! Melo gets turned inside out but that’s not all! Vinci gets Melo up as Trick runs in, POWERBOMBO onto Trick! Vinci drags Trick up to give him the POWERBOMB! Then another kick to Melo, another lift, another POWER- RANA!!! Melo wins!!

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

Huge assist to Trick! Melo would not have made it through the heat if not for him! Will there be another #Melobration in Trick’s honor soon enough?

 

Toxic Attraction arrives.

Mandy Rose, Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin see Bron Breakker also arriving. He’s got an uphill battle tonight, huh? Yeah, and so does Mandy. Well okay. We’ll see who leaves with their title. Yes, we will. Toxic Attraction seems to consider Bron a contender, but will Mandy and Bron still have the gold after tonight?

 

Julius Creed speaks.

Via twitter, Julius said, “So I went back and watched the 8 Man Tag over and over and over again, but I found what I was searching for. And I’m gonna address who needs to be addressed, but I’m gonna do it in front of the NXT Universe this Tuesday at Heatwave.” As such, he and the rest of Diamond Mine are heading to gorilla in the present. What did he see and who does he plan to confront? We’ll see, after the break.

 

Von Wagner & Robert Stone speak.

“Mr. Stone” says that two weeks ago, Solo Sikoa got a so-called victory, yet he’s the one on the shelf and Von’s still standing. If you learned anything from that match, it is that Von is a freak of nature! Von can run a 40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds and he can bench press 225 pounds 30 times. If Von wanted to go to an NFL team and get a contract, he could! Von says Stone has heard all the talk, how there is a change in the air. It doesn’t matter if you’re internet famous or popular with the media! “The Game has changed, but the rules remain the same. Anyone smaller or weaker will not survive in my jungle!”

 

The Diamond Mine heads to the ring!

Julius & Brutus Creed lead Roderick Strong and Damon Kemp out, and they all get a mic. Julius starts by saying, “Less than a year ago, my brother and I got an opportunity of a lifetime: to learn from one of the greatest champions in NXT history, Roderick Strong. And we jumped at that opportunity. And we dedicated every fiber of our being to win the Dusty Cup and to win these NXT Tag Team Championships for Diamond Mine. We’ve been stitched, we’ve been stapled, we’ve wound ourselves up doing cannonballs, all for this right here.

“But recently, it was brought to my attention that someone’s trying to destroy what we’ve built. Someone’s trying to destroy Diamond Mine. And I wanted to use this opportunity to call that person out right now!” Julius looks to the ramp, but then he looks at STRONG! Is Julius kidding?! Strong can’t believe Julius is blaming Strong! Strong founded Diamond Mine and brought in the Creeds! They’re one-of-a-kind athletes with endless potential! That is something he never had. And he stands here looking at them as the NXT Tag Team Champions! Fans chant, “They Don’t Need You!” and Strong says yes they do!

But look at him, Julius. They are one of the best tag teams in all the WWE! Strong would put the Creeds up against the Usos any day of the week! That is how much he believes in them! They’re the future of this place! That’s great, and they can tell the Usos for them, but the Creds aren’t just the future, they’re the now! But Strong can say whatever he wants to their face, because Julius knows Strong will just stab them in the back. Brutus isn’t so sure, though. Julius says he is sure, though. Then Brutus says he has his brother’s back! But Strong says Julius needs to be careful with the next works that come out of his mouth!

Julius says everything he does is calculated. He isn’t gonna play games, he’s gonna just show Strong instead! Roll the tape! Strong was throwing knees, Julius was throwing lariats, but then Tony looked to Strong and they had a moment! Strong hits Julius with the knee, and that is enough for Julius! Tony signaled Strong! Or was Julius imagining it? Strong says they can’t be serious here! Strong doesn’t know, Tony D is a scumbag. Maybe Tony has a tic or he was signaling his own team. But y’know what? Let’s just do it! Let’s lay all the cards on the table! Since MAY, they’ve had something against Strong, and now-

GALLUS ATTACKS!! Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers are here in the States! They’re beating down Kemp and the Creeds! Fans fire up for Gallus as they glare at Strong, and then Joe hits a GLASGOW SENDOFF! Mark and Wolfgang stomp away on Strong, then they go back to whooping the Creeds! Fans are torn but it seems NXT is now Gallus’ kingdom! And there’s the green light, just as Apollo Crews foresaw! Has Gallus just destroyed the Diamond Mine?

 

Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.

McKenzie says Roxie finally gets a shot at Cora, and she says this is the most nervous she’s ever been in a match. Her stomach has been in knots all day, because she never thought she’d be fighting her best friend. But Cora wanted this. Cora ended their friendship! And now Cora has nowhere to hide! Cora’s made her bed, and now she has to sleep in it. Cora’s music hits so Roxie heads out, will the Women’s Breakout Tournament winner break her former friend?

Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade!

NXT returns as Roxie makes her entrance. And she rushes right in so the bell rings! THESZ PRESS and then Roxie dribbles Cora! Cora gets out, but Roxie runs and DIVES! Direct hit and Roxie puts Cora in the ring. Cora bails out again so Roxie DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp, and Roxie hurries to put Cora in. Cover, TWO! Roxie drags Cora up to whip her to ropes, but Cora holds ropes to stop herself. Cora ROCKS Roxie, ROCKS her against ropes, then whips her into the rope to run and back elbow her down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Cora drags Roxie up. Cora bumps Roxie off buckles, then throws big forearms!

Fans rally and duel as Cora throws more shots, and she snapmares Roxie to a cover. TWO, Roxie grits her teeth but Cora brings Roxie up. Cora suplexes but Roxie fights it. Roxie then slips out, UPPERCUTS, and UPPERCUTS again! Roxie whips, back drops Cora, then run sin to SOBAT! Roxie runs to SHOTGUN Cora down! Fans rally and Roxie drags Cora up. Cora ROCKS Roxie back, run sin at the ropes, but Roxie puts her on the apron. Roxie CLOBBERS Cora and Cora falls to the floor! Roxie builds speed again, to DIVE into a forearm! Cora drags Roxie out to snap suplex her to the floor! Cora seethes while NXT goes picture in picture.

Cora soaks up the heat from the fans while Roxie writhes. Cora returns to fetch Roxie, and smacks her off the apron! Cora CHOPS Roxie, puts her in the ring, then runs in to IMPLODER STOMP! Cover, TWO! Cora is furious and she hammers away on Roxie’s back! Cora talks trash and kicks Roxie around. Cora smacks Roxie off the mat, drops an elbow on her back, then stalks Roxie to ropes. Roxie throws forearms but Cora DECKS her! Cora snap suplexes Roxie hard, then grins as she covers. TWO, and Cora is annoyed. Cora stomps Roxie to the corner, digs her boot in, but lets off as the ref counts. Roxie crawls, Cora CHOKES her on the ropes!

Cora lets off as the ref counts again, and Cora stomps Roxie down. Cora kicks Roxie to another corner, taunts her as she stands Roxie up, and she fires off big forearms! Cora trips Roxie, then goes corner to corner to BRONCO BUSTER! Cora drags Roxie to a cover, TWO! Cora is annoyed and she stalks Roxie to ropes again. Cora makes Roxie smile with fishhooks, then puts her on the ropes. Cora runs side to side but Roxie avoids the back elbow! Roxie runs in to DOUBLE KNEE Cora against ropes! Roxie drags Cora up, wrenches and hooks her up, but Cora fights the leg sweep! Cora pulls hair to LARIAT Roxie down! Cover, TWO!

NXT returns to single picture and Cora is still cocky as she drags Roxie up. Cora gets the arms and has the motorcycle stretch, but Roxie endures. Fans rally up as Roxie fights up, but Cora wrangles her back down! Cora digs her knee in but Roxie endures. Fans rally again and Roxie fights up. Roxie turns things around but Cora turns them right back around! Roxie stands back up, flips through and KANGAROO KICKS Cora away! Cora storms back up but into a cradle! TWO! Cora rushes to Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Roxie has the cover now, TWO! Cora trips Roxie, jackknifes, TWO as Roxie bridges up!

Roxie spins Cora around, but Cora fights the backslide! Fans duel, Roxie spins Cora around and DOUBLE FOREARMS knock both women for a loop! DOUBLE BOOTS take them both down! Fans fire up as both women stir and go to opposite ends. Roxie and Cora slowly rise, and Roxie counter punches Cora! And again! Roxie eggs Cora on so Cora KNEES her low! Cora whips, Roxie ducks ‘n’ dodges, then CLOBBERS Cora! And CLOBBERS her again! Roxie puts Cora in a corner, runs in and UPPERCUTS! Then a roll and UPPERCUT! Roxie brings Cora around, for the RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO!

Roxie grows frustrated but she grabs at Cora. Roxie reels her in, PAIGE TURNER! Cover, TWO!! Cora survives and Roxie is beside herself! Roxie drags Cora up to throw a KNEE, and another KNEE, then she hops on! POP- NO, Cora pops free to SHINING WIZARD at the ropes! Cora full nelsons for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Cora is fuming as Roxie survives but the fans rally back up. Cora goes to the corner and grabs her custom kendo stick! The ref says no, but Cora still aims at Roxie! Roxie ducks and kicks back! And now Roxie grabs the kendo stick! Fans fire up and Cora wants mercy! Roxie hesitates, but she drops the stick.

And Cora SUCKER PUNCHES Roxie! DDT onto the kendo stick! Cover, Cora wins!!

Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall

#GenerationJade still got to use her kendo stick against Roxie, and she stands over her fallen friend. Will Cora be cruising her way to another title opportunity?

 

Backstage interview with Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley.

McKenzie is with the NXT UKT ag Team Champions and brings up last week. Jensen says how about not. Briggs says Lash Legend & Pretty Deadly did get one up on them, but they’ll see each other again soon. But then Gallus walks by with security trying to escort them out. Wolfgang tells the good ol’ boys that those titles don’t belong to them. Well they’re the champs, so these belts do belong to them. Oh, they’ve been champions all of what? Five minutes? Six minutes, actually. But what’s up? Try 497 DAYS! Briggs mockingly applauds but Mark says that’s longer than Briggs or Jensen have been in the business!

Joe says here’s what we’ll do: turn this place upside down! And then it’ll be Gallus Boys Up Top! Those UK titles are coming home with them! Any time, any place! Then how about next week? Jensen says if Gallus can get in the building, then they’ll do the damn thing! Gallus gets fired up but security stays between them and the champions, will we see the UK Tag Team Championships be put on the line?

 

The Fate of Legado Street Fight: Santos Escobar VS Tony D’Angelo!

This has been building for four months, and it finally explodes here tonight! The Emperor of Lucha Libre is fighting for the freedom of his familia, but The Don is fighting for full control. If Escobar loses, he is OUT of NXT. But if Escobar wins, he and Legado del Fantasma are out from under Tony’s thumb. What happens when there’s nothing holding these two back from hurting the other?

Elektra Lopez, Joaquin Wilde & Cruz Del Toro follow El Hijo del Fantasma to the ring. They are united as familia, but will they have to part ways after this? Tony makes his entrance and hands his hat and tracksuit jacket to Stacks, and turns around into Escobar CHUCKING a chair in his face!! The ref reprimands as the match hasn’t even started but fans are loving it! The bell rings, Escobar fires off hands but Tony hits back. They brawl, Escobar KNEES Tony then LARIATS! Escobar sits that chair up, kicks Tony around then SMACKS him off the seat! Escobar runs to RANA Tony onto the chair! Cover, TWO!!

Tony survives but Escobar wedges the chair into the corner. Escobar runs in to the other corner to KICK Tony! And to KICK again! Escobar whips and CHOP BLOCKS Tony’s leg out! Fans fire up while Tony hobbles, into a dropkick to the leg from Escobar! Escobar stalks Tony, stomps his leg, then puts him in a corner to stomp away on that leg! Tony hobbles but Escobar stands him up. Tony fires off body shots, he throws more hands, then whips corner to corner! Escobar stops himself and he KNEES Tony down! Cover, TWO! Escobar makes sure the chair is secure in the corner before climbing. Escobar FLYING CROSSBODIES Tony down!

Fans fire up and Escobar calls to Legado! But Stacks LEAPS onto Cruz & Wilde! So much for their sidekicks! Tony throws hands but Escobar whips. Things speed up and Escobar DROPKICKS Tony down! Fans fire up and Tony flounders around. Escobar grins as he paces around the ring. Stacks glares at Escobar but Wilde CLOBBERS Stacks! Escobar builds speed and DIVES into a trash can lid!! Fans are torn as Tony looms over Escobar and NXT goes to break.

The ref check son Escobar as he clutches his arm, but Escobar says he’s still okay to go. So Tony SMACKS Escobar with the lid! And again! Tony puts Escobar in the ring, stomps him around, then drags him up to shove t a corner. BELLY2BELLY on the rebound! Cover, TWO! Tony talks trash but Escobar SLAPS him! So Tony whips Escobar to ropes, only for Escobar to duck and dodge and RANA, into a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tony is frustrated but he tells Escobar he’s gonna use Escobar’s chair. Tony aims and RAMS Escobar into the chair in the corner! Escobar tumbles out of the ring and Legado coaches him up.

Tony goes out, grabs the chair, and he SMACKS Escobar on the arm! And again! And again! Tony drags Escobar around, puts the bad arm through the chair, then POSTS the shoulder! The ref checks on Escobar again but he refuses to let this end it. Tony drags Escobar up but Escobar pie faces, so Tony ROCKS him! Tony SLAMS the bad arm on the apron, then brings Escobar around to shove him. Tony kicks low, throws hands, then CLUBS the bad arm. Tony kicks Escobar, talks more trash, then RAMS Escobar into steel steps! The ref checks on Escobar but he still refuses to quit. So Tony SLAMS the bad arm on the steps!

NXT returns to single picture, Tony brings Escobar around to put his arm between steps and corner! Tony BOOTS the steps to crush the arm! Tony brings out chair after chair from under the ring! He brings Escobar around to suplex high and hard onto the chair pile! Fans are wincing from that one as Tony puts Escobar in the ring. Cover, TWO!! Escobar is enduring but Tony throws body shots! Tony suplexes again, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Tony is frustrated but he drags Escobar up to throw down fists! Stacks goes looking under the ring for Tony and he brings out the trash can! Tony SMACKS Escobar down with it!

Tony drags Escobar to a cover, TWO!! Escobar is dazed but still in this, so Tony drags him back up. Tony throws hands, then SLAPS Escobar! Fans boo but Tony says this is HIS NXT now! He’s the Don! But Escobar counter punches Tony! And again! And then he DECKS Tony! And CLOBBERS him! And again! Then a RANA!! Fans fire up as Escobar runs in, but Tony puts him on the apron. Escobar GAMANGIRIS Tony away, goes up the corner and FLYING AX HANDLES! Fans fire up as Tony bails out, into a SLAP from Lopez! Escobar DIVES!! Direct hit at the corner and fans are thunderous for Legado!

Escobar drags Tony up but Tony POSTS him! Fans chant “This is Awesome!” as Tony puts Escobar in the ring again, drops an elbow, then tells Stacks to get the crowbar! But it isn’t where it usually is! It’s supposed to be by the steel steps! Cruz took the crowbar first! And he CRACKS Stacks with it! Tony BOOTS Cruz, but Escobar victory rolls! TWO!! Tony escapes in time but Escobar calls to Legado! The knuckles! But Tony RAMS Escobar into Wilde! Then O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Escobar dodges Tony but Tony puts him on the apron. Escobar CHOPS Tony, Lopez hurries to get the crowbar! Lopez has the bar and Escobar hurries to her, but Tony runs in!

Lopez pushes Escobar aside, and Tony runs Lopez over! Fans can’t believe it, and neither can Tony! Tony just shrugs, but Escobar is pissed! But Tony LOW BLOWS Escobar! Fans tell Tony he F’d up, but he doesn’t care, he has his crowbar now! But he walks into a CALF KICK! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Escobar and Tony grab at each other as they rise up, pulling hair. They’ll never give in to the other, so this has to end somehow. Tony sees his crowbar, Escobar sees his brass knuckles! They get their weapons, but Tony CRACKS Escobar first!! Cover, TONY WINS!

Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall (Escobar must LEAVE NXT)

The Don just banished the Emperor! And Legado has no choice but to follow Tony’s lead. What will this mean for all of their futures in the WWE?

 

Indi Hartwell talks with Katana & Kayden.

She knows they’ve competed against each other for a long time when it comes to the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships, but to be honest, when KC Squared won, Indi cried. No one is more deserving. That means a lot to them. Winning these belts, it is indescribable. Indi gets that feeling. Those were the days. Does Indi miss being in a tag team? Well, she’s loved her tag team partners, and being on her own has been thrilling, but having someone to depend on- Wait, a letter comes in for her. Indi opens it up and… It’s a drawing from Dexter Lumis! #INDEXFOREVER!! O M G~!

But then BLAIR DAVENPORT snatches it?! What’s she doing here? Who does she think she is? Uh, she’s Blair Davenport, the future NXT Women’s Champion. Blair rips the paper up and leaves! Will Indi and the rest of WWE soon #BewareTheHeir?

 

NXT hears from Tiffany Stratton and Wendy Choo.

“I am like completely over Wendy Choo. Like, so done with her. Seriously? It’s like not even funny!” Wendy sighs, and says it is real simple. Wendy is tired of Tiffany. Tired of Tiffany talking down to her, tired of Tiffany thinking she’s better than everyone, and tired of Tiffany thinking Wendy is a joke! Next week, Tiffany VS Wendy in a LIGHTS OUT MATCH! Where everything Wendy did behind closed doors is going to be legal in that ring! As for Tiffany, she is obsessed with this idea, because she gest to do whatever she wants to Wendy! There are like no rules! None!

The arena will be darker than usual, so you won’t be able to see Wendy’s face, which is perfect. But not seeing Tiffany’s face is so tragic. Wendy says Tiffany has one thing right: Wendy’s SO~ obsessed with Tiffany, in that she’s obsessed making Tiffany feel how she makes everyone else feel. “Wacky Wendy” is gonna turn Tiffany’s dream into a nightmare! But Tiffany says she’s putting Wendy to sleep! Who will turn the lights out on the other in this brutal no holds barred match?

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Zoey Stark!

Toxic Attraction certainly feels they’re the hottest trio in the WWE today, but things have been cooling off for them after losing the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships. Can the Toxic Goddess keep hold of her gold? Or will the Toxic Reign finally be over thanks to the Iron Woman?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and things just got that much hotter in here!

Mandy kicks but Zoey blocks to ROCK Mandy! And again! And again! Mandy knees low but Zoey spins he around to the GO TO – NO, Mandy blocks in time to trip Zoey and go after the bad leg! But Zoey uses that to victory roll! ONE, things speed up and Mandy whips, only for Zoey to LOBBER Mandy! Mandy bails out but Zoey builds speed to WRECK her with a dropkick! Fans fire up and Zoey storms up on Mandy, but Mandy RAMS her into the apron! Mandy TOSSES Zoey over the commentary desk! Jacy & Gigi taunt Zoey as Mandy SMASHES the knee on the desk! Zoey writhes and clutches her knee as NXT goes picture in picture!

Zoey grits her teeth and seethes at Mandy as medics check on the leg. Zoey says it’s fine, and Mandy goes out to drag her into the ring. Zoey ROCKS Mandy, throws elbows, but Mandy KICKS the bad leg! Mandy drags Zoey by the leg, stomps it, then drops an elbow on it! Mandy drags Zoey to the corner and SLAMS the bad leg into the post! Zoey writhes but she refuses to give up. Mandy gets in the ring and Zoey CHOPS her! Mandy trips Zoey, pulls on the bad leg, but Zoey endures! Mandy moves around, has the leg caught, and she chinlocks Zoey into a bootleg STF. Zoey endures, so Mandy dribbles her head off the mat! Cover, TWO!

Zoey gets to ropes but Mandy storms up. Zoey kicks back but Mandy kicks the bad leg out! Mandy digs her knee into Zoey and puts her on the apron. Zoey crawls away, kicks back at Mandy, but Mandy fires off forearms! Zoey shoves her again but Mandy comes back. Zoey ROCKS, CHOPS and ROCKS Mandy, but Mandy LARIATS Zoey! Cover, TWO! Mandy is annoyed but Jacy says it’s okay, she’s got this. Mandy stalks Zoey to a corner, grabs at the bad leg, but Zoey pushes her back. Mandy KICKS the bad leg, then taunts Zoey. Mandy drags Zoey out to center for a standing toehold. Zoey endures, keeps her shoulder sup, and she KICKS with her good leg!

Mandy staggers away, Zoey gets up and Zoey ROCKS Mandy with a forearm! And then another! But then Gigi & Jacy trip Zoey up! NXT returns to single picture as the ref saw that whole thing! Toxic Attraction is EJECTED! Jacy & Gigi are furious but maybe they should’ve behaved. NIKKITA LYONS rushes out and she fights Gigi & Jacy tot he back! Fans fire up and Mandy freaks out! Mandy goes for a chop block but Zoey dodges it! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Mandy CHOP BLOCKS the leg this time, and Zoey clutches her leg again. Mandy stomps away on the leg, drops another elbow, then another, and another!

Mandy KNEES the bad leg, and Zoey huffs and seethes as she gets to a corner. Mandy soaks up the cheers and jeers, and she kicks the bad leg again. Mandy has the leg, for a KNEE JAMMER! Zoey hobbles and falls, but Mandy looms over Zoey. Zoey stands but Mandy trips her, turns her and has the HALF CRAB! Zoey endures as Mandy sits deep on the hold! Fans duel, Zoey reaches out, moves around, and rolls through to kick Mandy away! Mandy falls right out of the ring! Mandy hurries back in, into a KNEE from Zoey! Mandy pulls hair but Zoey ELBOWS Mandy, then LARIATS! Zoey rallies on Mandy, even with one good leg! SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!!

Mandy scrambles away to a corner, but Zoey runs in to ELBOW Mandy, and UPPERCUT, and GAMANGIRI! Zoey snapmares Mandy into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Zoey gets to her feet and she storms up on Mandy. Mandy kicks the bad leg, gets it again, and BACK SUPLEXES Zoey inside out! Cover, TWO! Mandy grows frustrated but the fans rally up again. Zoey and Mandy hit each other as they stand up, and they go back and forth with forearms! Zoey CHOPS, Mandy fires off a flurry, but Zoey blocks to a GO TO STARK!!! But she can’t cover from using her bad leg!! Zoey crawls over, but Mandy rolls away to the apron!

Mandy saves herself by inches and Zoey is furious! Zoey goes out, but Mandy sweeps the bad leg! Zoey gets caught up in the ropes, and Mandy stomps away! The ref counts, Mandy lets off at 4, and then she goes back to CLUB away on the leg! Mandy undoes the leg brace!! The ref stops Mandy and gets Zoey free of the ropes. KNEE FROM- ROLL UP!! TWO!! Mandy swings but into a jackknife! TWO! KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Zoey survives and shocks everyone! Mandy’s best shot fails to put this away and she has no idea what to make of it! Mandy still undoes Zoey’s knee brace, and then she puts it on her knee!

Mandy wants to finish this for good, and runs in, KNEE BRACE FROM A ROSE!!! Cover, Mandy wins!!

Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion)

Zoey is dazed, Mandy used her bad leg against her in more ways than one! The Toxic Reign keeps going, what will it take to finally stop Mandy?

 

NXT hears from one of its newest names.

“I’m Quincy Elliot, and I have a confession to make. I’m bringing all of this to NXT. I look to my left, I look to my right, I see people of all different walks of life, and it excites me. And you may be shocked at this, but I ain’t ever struggled with being different. I own it, I work it, because I am it! And everyone in NXT may be superstars, but Quincy Elliot is the Super Diva.” And he’s coming soon to NXT!

 

Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.

McKenzie isn’t happy about it and Waller notices. Is it because he ruined he Emmy Award Winning interview with Apollo Crews when Waller punked him out? Uh, Apollo was the one who made a challenge while Waller was the one who backed down. Backed down? No, he could’ve dropped Crews right there, but then McKenzie would’ve said it was unfair after the 20 minute war Apollo had with Strong. He can’t win with her! But everyone else is too scared to say it, so Waller will: Apollo Crews is selfish! He’s willing to stab anyone in the back to be the man around here! He might even come for McKenzie’s job!

McKenzie doubts that, but Waller says that while Apollo doesn’t smell as nice, he does have a better small than her. But those were Apollo’s words, not Waller’s. Anyway, next week is the debut of the Grayson Waller Effect, the ONLY honest talk show in WWE history! The tough questions and the hard truth given. Take notes because he’s inviting his very first guess, APOLLO~ Crews! Also, your perfume is cheap, McKenzie.

 

NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh!

The Big Booty Nephew is already a TWO-TIME NXT Champion, but has proven that from facing veterans like Tommaso Ciampa and Dolph Ziggler to facing the best of his peers like Joe Gacy and Cameron Grimes, he is a juggernaut in this ring. However, the Irish Ace knows even a juggernaut has its weaknesses. Will JD pick Bron apart and perform a beltectomy? Or will Bron break another would-be champion?

Bron walks out with a sledgehammer, and sees a box with “JD” on it. Bron SMASHES the box, then heads to the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Bron wins betting against the ace.

JD and Bron circle while fans rally up. They tie up, JD goes after the bad arm but Bron shove shim away. JD grins but Bron says the shoulder’s just fine. They tie up again, Bron pushes JD back but JD puts Bron in the corner. JD pulls the arm against the ropes but the ref counts. JD let soff and Bron SLAPS him! Fans duel as JD grins and stares Bron down. JD and Bron reset and tie up again. Bron wrenches JD’s arm now, but JD spins and monkey flips him, but Bron holds on! Bron brings JD up but JD rolls, pushes Bron to ropes and arm-drags. But Bron holds on again! Bron shows he can be technical and fans rally up.

JD fights up, reaches for ropes but Born keeps him away. JD rolls, handsprings, snapmares and headlocks, but Bron slips out to have the wristlock! JD ROCKS Bron, but Bron headlocks back. JD powers out, Bron turns the dropdown into a gator roll and deadlift suplex! Bron walks around with JD before the SLAM! Fans fire up with Bron and he storms back up on JD. Bron whips JD into a corner, JD tumbles up and out, but Bron DECKS him! The ring count starts but Bron goes out after JD. JD gets in the ring but Bron avoids the elbow drop! Bron HOTSHOTS the arm, then he knuckle locks to STRAIGHT ARM LEVER!

Fans fire up as Bron carries JD around, then hammerlocks and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! And then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Bron is showing he can do whatever JD can do, and then he clamps onto the arm again. Born hammerlocks and RAMS JD into buckles. Fans rally up and duel as Bron drags JD back up. Bron has the hammerlock, then he whips JD, JD reverses but Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges. Bron staggers but he still comes back to LARIAT JD! Bron tosses JD out hard, then barks at JD as NXT goes picture in picture.

JD scowls as Bron eggs him on. Bron goes out after JD, smacks him off the apron, then brings JD around to smack off the apron again. Fans bark for Bron as he puts JD in, but JD bails out the side. Bron waits on JD as the ring count climbs. JD gets in the ropes and trips Bron up! Then SLINGSHOT SPLASHES! JD gets his arm moving, and he stalks Bron to a corner. JD CHOPS, stomps, ROCKS and then stalks Bron some more. JD brings Bron around to snap suplex! JD drags Bron up to throw down elbows into Bron’s head, then DECK him with a haymaker. JD wrenches the bad arm, CLUBS it, but Bron throws body shots!

Bron backs JD down, RAMS into him over and over, then hoists him up top. Bron climbs up as NXT returns to single picture, but JD slips out to trip Bron up! JD shoves Bron to the apron, climbs up the other side, and he turns Bron to NECKBREAKER against the crossbar! Bron falls to the floor and fans rally again. JD stalks Bron, brings him up but the ring count is 5 of 10. JD puts Bron in at 7, drives elbow after elbow into the shoulders from all sides! The fans are torn but JD lets off so the ref can check Bron. Bron is still in this somehow so JD drags Bron around. JD has a mounted armlock but Bron endures.

Fans rally and duel, Bron reaches out but JD puts more pressure on the arm. Bron pushes through and gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets off in frustration but fans duel again. JD clamps onto Bron for a neck wrench, but Bron still endures. JD pushes on the head, but fans rally up and Bron stands up! JAWBREAKER! Bron ROCKS JD, and again, and again! Bron whips, JD reverses but Bron FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! And again! And then a duck ‘n’ dodge, to a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again as Bron snarls and aims from the corner. JD flounders up, Born runs in, but JD POSTS Bron! Then a wrench and a takedown, LEBELL LOCK!!

Bron endures as JD pulls back! Fans rally and duel, Bron reaches out, and JD can only use one arm as Bron did damage to him, too! Born gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets off in frustration and fans continue to duel. JD drags Bron to a drop zone then he climbs up. But Bron CLUBS JD first! Bron climbs up after JD, SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Bron keeps cool and he goes to a corner to climb up again. But JD GAMANGIRIS back! JD sets Bron up, climbs up after him, but Bron resists the clinch! JD drags him up, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Fans are thunderous as JD hits the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!

Bron survives and JD can’t believe it! JD storms to a corner and climbs up, to MOONSAUTL! But he has to roll through as Bron moves! SPEAR!! Bron crawls after JD but JD flops out of the ring! Fans rally as Bron puts JD back in and hurries to aim from the corner again. JD stands up, into another SPEAR!! But Bron doesn’t cover, he brings the straps down! Bron vows to break JD, but JD stands up!? JD has blood in his mouth but he’s smiling! Bron says fine! A THIRD SPEAR!! And then the trophy lift, to the BREAKKER SLAM! Cover, Bron wins!!

Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)

JD welcomed that third tackle, but it ended up being his demise! Bron retains the title, but who will- Wait, what?! Is this… It is! TYLER BATE is back in the States! The fans are going nuts for the Big Strong Boy! And he goes right into the ring to look Bron eye to eye! The NXT UK Champion and the NXT Champion, in the same ring for the first time in a long time! Will worlds collide in the near future?


My Thoughts:

This was a very good special for NXT, with great matches all over the card, but Heatwave didn’t really shake anything up. I know I’ve said keeping the status quo isn’t always a bad thing, but in this case, it felt kinda bad. Melo VS Vinci was great, though maybe a little sloppy because they wanted to go as fast as possible. Melo winning was only because of Trick, so that was a bit of a sour taste. But Melo still has so many opponents to face so this is fine. Decent promo from Von & Stone, but I guess Von is downgrading from “Wagner’s World” to “Welcome to Wagner’s Jungle.” I have no idea where Von’s gonna go from here, in a bad way. He’s not championship material, so who’s his next feud?

Great segment out of the Diamond Mine confronting their dysfunction, and I figured it’d be Strong pointed out as the traitor. That was some amazing continuity to have it in the 8 Man Tag that Tony looked to Strong as if to signal something. But then just as Apollo saw, the Diamond Mine all gets attacked. Gallus coming to NXT is great, though I wonder if this means Mark Coffey loses the Heritage Cup to Noam Dar. Gallus also getting a shot at the NXT UK Tag Team Championships is a nice surprise, but I wonder which two are facing Briggs & Jensen. Assuming Gallus wins, I’d love if it was the Coffey Brothers. But if not, then it can be Mark & Wolfgang again, trying to be two-time winners.

Roxie VS Cora was very good, but I’m a little surprised Cora won. For one, we see the NXT Women’s Championship is still on a Heel. Also, why wasn’t the DDT onto the weapon a disqualification? If that thing was a chair, wouldn’t it have been a DQ? Whatever, Cora’s still been doing good work so it’s not like she doesn’t deserve some success. Tiffany and Wendy have a very good vignette to plug their match. They call it “Lights Out” but don’t expect that to be the same as what AEW does with their “Lights Out” matches. It’ll be great, but only at WWE levels of No DQ. And given there’s no disqualifications, it can probably go either way, though I personally hope Wendy wins.

Actually, a great example of WWE levels of violence versus AEW is the Street Fight between Escobar and Tony we got tonight. It was really more a Street Fight for the sake of allowing Stacks and Legado to get involved without disqualifying the match. It was still great storytelling, but it was more chaos than destruction. Escobar loses because he’s being called-up, and who knows where Legado goes from here since they’re still under Tony. We got a nice promo segment with Indi and KC Squared, and I appreciate that Indi got a love letter from Dexter now that he’s back. But what a surprise that Blair Davenport, who is supposed to be fighting her way to the NXT UK Women’s Championship is here. Maybe Blair beats Indi to send Indi off to Raw?

Good introduction to Quincy Elliot here for the mainstream audience, but those who have been watching Level Up are probably already familiar with Quincy’s work. I’m sure Quincy can go in the ring, so it’s just a matter of how stories go and if Quincy can deliver on his character. Good promo from Waller to call Apollo out, and they’ll have a very good match, but I wonder where they’re going with this. Great match out of Mandy VS Zoey, but I had a feeling that after RawDown got the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament going and how they mentioned Zoey and Lyons are part of that, Zoey wasn’t going to win here. Mandy at least did it in a more clever way than usual. I don’t think anyone else has thought to wear their opponent’s brace and use it against them like that.

And we got a great match out of Bron and JD, but I’m a little surprised Bron won here. I’m also a little surprised how Bron won, where JD just let Bron hit him again. This is not really the Jordan Devlin in NXT UK, he would’ve used that to sucker Bron in, not just let Bron hit him again. But Bron retains, and we got a great surprise, that was then ruined by a massive spoiler. NXT UK isn’t even in the middle of their vacated championship tournament, they’re at the BEGINNING of it, and we see now that Tyler Bate is a two-time UK Champion! That’s awesome for Tyler but this is a big letdown for all of us fans who are still watching NXT UK! The only silver lining to this spoiler is that Worlds Collide might return to give us NXT VS NXT UK, Champions VS Champions.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (8/16/22)

Powerhouse gets Dark!

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It’s a baker’s dozen for Universal Studios!

AEW Dark continues in Universal Studios, and “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs looks to send a message to Ricky Starks through his opponent tonight!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ari Daivari VS Fuego Del Sol; Daivari wins.
  • Willow Nightingale VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Willow wins.
  • Serpentico w/ Luther VS Brock Anderson w/ Arn Anderson; Brock wins.
  • Abadon VS Mafiosa; Abadon wins.
  • Angelico VS Baliyan Akki; Angelico wins.
  • Emi Sakura VS Renee Michelle; Sakura wins.
  • Josh Woods VS Cobra; Cobra wins.
  • Skye Blue VS Charlette Renegade w/ Robyn Renegade; Skye wins.
  • Bear Country VS Axel Rico & Victor Iniestra; Bear Country wins.
  • Kayla Rossi w/ Diamond Sheik VS Avery Breaux; Rossi wins.
  • Cezar Bononi w/ The Wingmen VS Marcus Kross; Bononi wins.
  • Rohit Raju VS Invictus Khash; Raju wins.
  • “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Blake Christian; Hobbs wins.

QUICK NOTES

Great to see Abadon back in action, though I’m pretty sure she’s gotten even scarier since she’s been away… A lot of singles match-ups, a lot of easily called match-ups, but that’s par for the course on Dark. A bit surprised they didn’t just team up the Renegade Sisters against Willow & Skye, but maybe those matches are still connected. And while All Heart will lose to Powerhouse, you can beat Blake Christian will get to shine against the bigger Will Hobbs.


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