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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (11/15/21)

Will Big E get even with Kevin?

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Coverage Raw 2021

The Raw champions have some business to handle!

While Raw Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch, keeps Liv Morgan waiting, the WWE World Champion, Big E, might go right after Kevin Owens!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Big E & Matt Riddle VS The Usos; Big E & Riddle win, by disqualification.
  • Six Man Tag: Big E & RKBRO VS Seth Rollins & The Usos; Rollins & The Usos win.
  • Bianca Belair VS Tamina; Belair wins.
  • The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy; The Street Profits win.
  • Nikki A.S.H. w/ Rhea Ripley VS Zelina Vega w/ Carmella; Vega wins.
  • Rhea Ripley w/ Nikki A.S.H. VS Carmella w/ Zelina Vega; Ripley wins.
  • Finn Balor VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
  • AJ Styles & Omos VS The Dirty Dawgs; Styles & Omos win.
  • Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio; Lashley wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Big E heads to the ring!

Indianapolis fires up for the WWE World Champion. He gets the mic to say that since becoming WWE Champion, which fans love to hear, “Y’all’re too much.” But it appears that a lot of people have their eyes on him. But with Thanksgiving around the corner, Big E has plenty to give, with leftovers. So let’s not waste any time and get to the matter at hand. He’s talking about Roman Reigns. “You see, Roman. It was just supposed to be Brand VS Brand. It was just supposed to be Champion VS Champion. But you… You and your little cousins, you took it to a place that we can never come back from.” The Bloodline put their hands on Big E’s family! So now Big E’s gotta beat Roman’s ass like he stole something!

Now, Big E is going to make sure there are empty bends in the Brooklyn hospitals for Roman. Now he’s gotta take a piece of Roman that he will never get back. But that is Sunday and Survivor Series. This is Monday Night Raw! So he will speak to a fellow member of the roster, Kevin Owens. “So, Kevin, bring your lying, treacherous carcass out here so we can handle our business.” And Kevin obliges! Kevin has a mic, and he stays on the stage to say, “Look, there’s nothing I’d love more than to get in that ring and beat the hell out of you again, and I will do that in a minute.” But Kevin has to get something off his chest first.

Last week, Big E cost Kevin against Seth Rollins by getting in the way, which gave Kevin his third straight loss. And he isn’t even talking about how Big E has for weeks called Kevin a liar and questioned his sincerity, getting the fans and the other wrestlers to do the same. Kevin snapped, and how could he not? Kevin was never lying, but it doesn’t matter since Big E said it. Everyone loves Big E and they believed him so that makes it true. Kevin is being judged, but everyone judging Kevin can go to hell, including Big E. The saying, “Perception is reality,” is true. Kevin is seen as a liar and a horrible person, so why fight it?

Guess what? Kevin will be the bad guy, but not just some normal bad guy. He’ll be worse! Kevin will Breaking Bad on everyone in the locker room and arena around the world, and especially on Big E! So just know this! Big E will deserve it! Everything that happens from here on out is Big E’s fault! Big E says they’ve talked enough! Kevin needs to get in the ring. Kevin leaves! Big E pursues, but the USOS attack?! The Usos have come to Raw to soften up Big E for Roman Reigns! They mug Big E and whip him into the apron! They pull his jacket off and fire off hands, then put Big E in the ring! The Usos stomp away on Big E over and over, then rain down hands!

Jey gets the mic to say Big E might not hear him right now, but Roman sends his regards. See you Sunday at Survivor Series! And oh yeah! RKBRO can get this work, too! The Usos run Fridays, and even Mondays! It don’t matter no more, Big E! But here comes Matt Riddle! The Stallion fires off on the Usos! Big E gets up and helps him fight the Usos off! Sonya Deville hurries out to say this might be unorthodox, but she’s calling it on the fly! We’re having a tag team match, RIGHT NOW! But then Seth Rollins appears?! The Visionary wants to watch this one in person! But will he have a hand in the outcome as the Bro and the Powerhouse of Positivity step into the Uso Penitentiary?

 

Big E & Matt Riddle VS The Usos!

Raw returns as the teams sort out. Big E starts with Jimmy, and Seth Rollins is laughing it up on commentary. Big E and Jimmy circle, tie up, and Big E throws body shots. Big E puts Jimmy in a corner for more body shots, then he brings Jimmy around to whip to a corner. Big E RAMS in, then whips Jimmy corner to corner. Jimmy bumps off buckles, Big E catches him to an abdominal stretch! Big E CLUBS Jimmy in the ribs over and over, then lets him out to whip to ropes and CLOBBER with an elbow! Cover, ONE! Big E tags in Riddle, they mug Jimmy, Riddle whips but Jey tags in. The Usos double elbow Riddle down then double elbow drop! Jey covers, TWO!

Jey drags Riddle up, Riddle throws body shots. Jey ducks the haymaker, whips Riddle to a corner, but Riddle goes up and over to KICK Jey down! Tag back to Big E and he runs, but into a BOOT! Jey CLUBS away on Big E, DECKS Riddle, but then turns around into Big E’s OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Jimmy get sin but Big E TOSSES him up and out of the ring! Big E goes out to drags Jimmy up, then whips him into Rollins! Rollins is furious, Big E DECKS him! Fans fire up as Big E goes into the ring,. Jey mule kicks, Rollins attacks Riddle!

Winners: Big E & Matt Riddle, by disqualification

Rollins and Jey mug Big E! Rollins stomps Riddle, Jey stomps Big E, but here comes RANDY ORTON! The Viper won’t let Rollins beat up his Bro! Orton slides in, Jey runs into an RKO!! Big E and RKBRO stand tall, as Raw goes to break!

 

Six Man Tag: Big E & RKBRO VS Seth Rollins & The Usos!

Holla holla, player! Orton stomps Rollins’ hand, then scrapes laces off his face! Orton EuroUppers Rollins to the corner, snapmares him and stomps the hand again. Tag to Riddle, Assisted Floating Bro! Cover, ONE! Riddle clamps onto an arm, wrenches and has a standing double wristlock. Rollins endures, moves around, but Riddle waistlocks and powers him to the corner. Tag to Orton, RKBRO mugs Rollins. Orton EuroUppers again and again, then headbutts! Tag back to Riddle, Riddle fires off forearms and kicks! Riddle has Rollins in the open corner, throws body shots, but the Usos distract and Rollins hits back!

Rollins throws hands on the ropes, puts Riddle in the corner, Jimmy tags in and joins in on the mugging. Tag to Jey, he joins in. Jimmy RAMS into Riddle, Jey forearm smashes! Jey scoops and SLAMS Riddle down, then talks trash while looming over Riddle. Jey anchors Riddle’s foot, tags Jimmy, and Jimmy stomps Riddle down. Jimmy wraps on a chinlock and he grinds Riddle down. Riddle fights up, throws body shots, then fireman’s carries! Jimmy fights out, CLUBS Riddle down then sucker punches Orton! But Riddle dropkicks Jimmy down! Fans fire up as Jimmy and Riddle crawl! Jimmy drags Riddle away, Riddle fights with kicks and stomps, and gest the HOT TAG!

Big E rallies, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Jimmy! BIG hands for Rollins and Jey, then another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Jimmy! And then the SIDE Belly2Belly! Big E swivels them hips, runs side to side, to BIG SPLASH! Fans fire up, Big E claps it up. Fans rally with him, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Big E spins Jimmy, blocks the kick but gets the DRAGON WHIP! Jimmy run sin, into the Urenag-E! Cover, TWO! Big E drags Jimmy to the apron, CLUBS away on Jimmy’s chest, and gets all the way to 10! Big E goes to the apron, fans fire up as he runs over, to APRON SPLASH! Big E is all fired up and Jimmy flops to the floor as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Rollins is a sleeper backpack on Orton! Orton fights, Rollins slips off, Orton EuroUppers but Rollins PELES! Cover, TWO! Rollins argues with the ref but the count was fair. Rollins tags Jimmy in, they split the wishbone, then Jey tags in. The Usos split the wishbone, then Jey sucker punches Big E down! Jey clamps onto Orton with claws in the shoulders! Fans rally up, Orton fights and reaches out, but Jey clamps down even harder! Orton fights up to get around and back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Riddle is chomping at the bit! Orton crawls, Jey does, too! Hot tags to Rollins and Riddle! Riddle dodges Rollins to PELE!

Riddle handsprings, gets around Jimmy, ripcord to FINAL FLASH! Forearm smash for Rollins to a BROSPLODER! Then the same for Jimmy! FINAL FLASH for Jey! BROTON for Rollins! BROTON for Jimmy! PENALTY KICK for Rollins! Cover, Jey breaks it! Big E gets in to dodge and then CLOBBER Jey out of the ring! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Big E, Orton CLOBBERS Jimmy! Rollins throws Orton up and out, Riddle ripcords but Rollins breaks free to ROLLING ELBOW! DREAM SMASHER ELBOW!! Cover, Rollins & the Usos win!!

Winners: Seth Rollins & The Usos, by pinfall

The Architect found a way to use the chaos to claim victory! But the Usos want to do damage to their Survivor Series opponents! Jimmy gets Riddle up, Jey takes aim from a corner. But Riddle throws Jimmy up and out, Orton gets Jey an RKO! RKBRO stands tall in Indy, but will they take down the Bloodline in Brooklyn?

As for Big E, he gets in and he looms over Jey. Big E sits Jey up to tell him, “You tell your daddy, Roman, that I received his message. Message received loud and clear. But I’ve got a return message for his ass! And it goes a little something like this! This is for YOU, Roman!” Scoop and BIG ENDING!! Both sides have given their ultimatums, but will the Powerhouse of Positivity positively pulverize the Tribal Chief?

 

Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.

The EST says Doudrop made it clear that she thinks she should be on the Raw Survivor Series team and not Bianca. But Doudrop doesn’t make the rules around here, so if she wants to mix it up with Bianca, she did what she did, said what she said, Bianca feels what she feels and it is what it is. Bianca isn’t taking anything away from Doudrop’s abilities. But Doudrop keeps sticking her nose in Bianca’s business. But Tamina steps up and says tonight, Bianca is HER business. Oh, well, Tamina will do. Bianca heads to the ring. Will there be a message sent to everyone not on Team Raw right here tonight?

 

Backstage interview with Kevin Owens.

Not withstanding the truth or the lying- Wait, is Sarah saying he’s lying? Well he said he’d meet Big E in the ring, but then he didn’t. Yeah, he was lying then. He’s being the bad guy, so he is telling the truth that he’d lie. But then Finn Balor walks over. The Prince tells KO that sorry he wasn’t there to vouch for Kevin. Because he would’ve said right to his face that he doesn’t trust him one bit. Now, Finn knows Kevin’s on his way out, but uh, it was supposed to be Finn VS Rollins tonight, but turns out it’s going to be Finn VS Kevin. Oh, tonight? Yeah. Well that’s really too bad for Finn. And that’s no lie. Will the Prizefighter be genuine when he brings the fight to Finn tonight?

 

Bianca Belair VS Tamina!

Raw returns as Tamina is already in the ring. The bell rings and Tamina goes right after Bianca! Bianca turns things around in the corner to stomp Tamina! Bianca whips Tamina corner to corner, Tamina reverses but Bianca goes up to say, “Kiss this.” Tamina run sin, Bianca jumps over her then jumps back on to rain down fists! The fans count to 8 before Tamina shoves Bianca away. Tamina runs in, Bianca jumps over, but Tamina comes back to CLOBBER Bianca! Tamina dribbles Bianca’s head off the mat! Tamina thrashes Bianca around in a chinlock, but Bianca endures. “Doudrop” Piper Niven is watching backstage and enjoys seeing Bianca be thrashed around.

Bianca fights up, throws body shots, gets free and runs, but into an elbow! Tamina drags Bianca up, whips her to a corner, then runs in to clothesline! Then she reels Bianca into another clothesline! Tamina runs to drop an elbow, covers, TWO! Tamina is back on the chinlock and back to thrashing Bianca around. Bianca fights up but Tamina CLUBS her. Tamina back suplexes, Bianca lands on her feet and goes to the corner! Bianca BOOTS Tamina, goes up and leaps over Tamina to then roll and come back, to dropkick! Bianca kips up and fans fire up with her as she whips Tamina corner to corner. Tamina reverses, Bianca goes up and over and handsprings to then SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Bianca keeps her cool, drags Tamina up, but Tamina ROCKS Bianca with an uppercut, then SUPERKICKS Bianca down! Bianca is in a drop zone, Tamina goes up top! Bianca goes up to ROCK Tamina with forearms first! Then she TOSSES Tamina off the top! Bianca handsprings to MOONSAULT onto knees! Tamina gets up and aims again, but Bianca blocks the superkick to spin Tamina around Tamina fights the chicken wings, whips Bianca to ropes and fireman’s carries, but Bianca slips out to ROCK Tamina! Torture rack and KISS OF DEATH! Cover, Bianca wins!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

Never count out the EST! She takes down the Daughter of Superfly, and proves why she is on Team Raw! But here comes Piper! Piper has a mic and says that now Bianca’s had a match, she must be exhausted. It wouldn’t be fair for Piper to come and take advantage. But Piper wants Bianca to know, after Survivor Series, she’ll be looking for her. Piper’s put Bianca on notice! Will she DouDROP Bianca after Sunday? Or will Bianca make the Piper pay her?

 

Becky Lynch is here!

The Man has come ’round to Indianapolis, holding the Raw Women’s Championship up high! She’ll be facing her familiar frenemy, The Queen, this Sunday, and looks to comment on all of that, after the break.

Raw returns and Becky has the mic to say, “Indianapolis, welcome to the Big Time!” But in case you missed it, here’s a bit of what Charlotte Flair had to say about Becky from Friday. Charlotte said Becky’s gone from Lass Kicker, to The Man, to Becky Two Belts to Big Time Becks, and said there’s nothing natural about her! Like Charlotte don’t know who Becky is. So here’s a reminder. Becky used to be the person who was Charlotte’s best friend. The person who was on the road with Charlotte everywhere she went. The person who was there, so happy for her at every opportunity and title reign she got. But also there as the shoulder to cry on when things didn’t go Charlotte’s way.

Becky also realized a friendship with Charlotte Flair comes with conditions. Those conditions are that Charlotte is the star and Becky is in the background. So Becky said to hell with that and slapped Charlotte so hard, it sent Becky into a different stratosphere! Becky’s the person who had to do so much more than just be a one-note ripoff of someone else! Becky had to tear herself apart and recreate herself time and time again to be the biggest star in the industry! She’s the person whose success has made Charlotte the most miserable person Becky’s ever met. So much so, Charlotte doesn’t even like herself anymore!

But most importantly, Becky’s the one Charlotte goes face to face with, and face the insecurities and inner demons. This isn’t about brand supremacy! This is about personal legacy! If Charlotte still doesn’t remember who Becky is, then this Sunday, Becky will be the person who beats “the ever-loving PISS” out of her! Uh-ohhh~! But wait! Here comes Liv Morgan! The NEW #1 contender, all in Raw red, has her own mic. “Oof. I’m sorry. I’m sorry for coming out here and interrupting this weird little love-hate obsession thing you and Charlotte seem to always have.” But last week, Becky just walked away from Liv. Just walked away, and Liv can’t let her do that again.

Especially not after Liv finally won an opportunity that she’s been waiting for: A chance to take the title off of the person that at one point, Liv admired most. Becky cuts Liv off there. No no no, look! Last week, Becky left to give Liv the moment to celebrate her victory. Lord knows she doesn’t get many of those. At one point, Becky was Liv’s biggest fan. Does Liv remember what Becky told her before she left? Of course Liv does! She told everyone about it! Becky expected the interruption, she’s done this herself once or twice. So Becky went through the trouble of preparing a video. Let’s take a look.

Four months ago, on a Talking Smack, Liv told Kayla that she gave Becky a hug good-bye. Becky said to Liv, that when Becky comes back, Liv will be champion. Liv thought about that every single day. Becky is back, Liv isn’t champion. But Liv is so looking forward to proving Becky right. Liv will be champion, and she’d love to take it from Becky. Back to present and Becky says that was her bad. She is sorry for getting Liv’s hopes up. She had no idea Liv would under perform so badly. No no no! Don’t boo that! It isn’t Becky’s fault, she wasn’t here! The Man didn’t hold Liv down, she wasn’t around! The truth is, some people have it. And some people don’t.

Just look at Becky. She left for year and a half, won the title in 26 seconds and has been killing it ever since. And what has Liv done? Nothing. And no no, Liv, you’re missing the point. Becky told Liv to get the title, because now that Becky’s back, Liv ain’t ever getting her hands on it. Well, on behalf of the entire WWE Universe, we can all agree that “Big Time Becks” is just a big time BITCH! Becky throws the title down, gets Liv, but Liv arm-drags out of the slam! Becky bails out, Liv shrugs. Becky says that was lucky! Liv says she won’t wait much longer. in fact, she picks the title up right now! Liv sets it down for Becky, but will she take it from her as soon as next Monday?

 

RKBRO talks backstage.

Riddle says his mind was moving a mile a minute, but Orton asks how many times they have to have this conversation about Riddle playing hero. Rhetorical, Riddle! Here’s a real question. The last two weeks, Riddle helps the Street Profits, his buddies. What did that get him? What happened? Omos flattened him! And it was Riddle’s own fault for interjecting himself. Tonight with Big E, his mess and Riddle gets in it! Big E is world champion, he doesn’t need Riddle’s help. Riddle needs to concern himself with only their titles and RKBRO! Yeah, Riddle just wish he could osmosis some of that sweet knowledge from Orton.

Riddle just thought that it’d help to help Big E. Enemy’s friend is your friend’s enemy and your enemy- No, no, Riddle. That’s not the saying because it makes no sense! Orton doesn’t understand Riddle because no one can! One last time: The only thing that matters to Orton is this team and these titles! So Orton does care about Riddle? Orton screams and shouts as he storms off, but then the Profits come in. Sup, fam? Heard that conversation with Orton. He still doesn’t like them? Well Orton has a funny way of showing if he likes you. But to be fair, Riddle needs to be more like Orton.

Dawkins isn’t so sure. The only time to act and think like your partner is when the bell rings. Speaking of, that’s where these two are headed. It is Monday, class is in session. They have business with the Academy. The Profits are UP, and #WeWantTheSmoke! Riddle finishes the catchphrase for them, but they’re cool with it. The Profits head out, but will they still be in a good mood after tangling with Chad Gable & Otis?

The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy!

Raw returns as Gable & Otis make their entrance. The teams sort out and Gable starts with Dawkins. They circle, tie up, and Gable gets a leg. Dawkins turns things around to a waistlock but Gable switches. Dawkins switches, Gable switches back and throws Dawkins down but Dawkins rolls through to keep moving. Dawkins runs Gable over, then things speed up. Dawkins hurdles, Gable side steps and hurdles back. Dawkins handsprings?! But Gable arm-drags! Dawkins arm-drags back then EXPLODERS! Fans fire up as Gable flounders to a corner. Dawkins brings Gable over, tags in Ford, the Profits whip to dropkick! Ford mocks Otis, covers Gable, TWO!

Ford brings Gable up, wrenches but Gable pulls hair. Ford wrenches through, Gable pulls hair again. Ford keeps on the wristlock, Gable rolls and spins and drop toeholds to then facelock! Ford fights up, Gable wrenches and arm-drags! Ford comes back, side steps and hurdles, hurdles and dropkicks! Ford again mocks Otis, drags Gable up and over, tag to Dawkins. The Profits whip again, drop to run Gable over! Back suplex SPLASH, to the running SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Dawkins keeps on Gable but Gable throat chops! Tag to Otis, and the Dozer CLOBBERS Dawkins! He glares at Ford, runs and FALLING HEADBUTTS! Gable says Otis is 4.0 as Otis whips and body shots Dawkins!

Dawkins flounders to a corner, Otis DECKS Ford! Otis then runs in but Dawkins dodges! Dawkins comes back but Gable saves Otis from the cyclone! “For the Academy!” But Ford FLIES out to take out Gable! Otis goes out to CLOBBER Ford! Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins, too! The Dozer stands tall as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Gable gives Dawkins KNEE JAMMER after KNEE JAMMER! Gable gets Dawkins up but Dawkins throws body shots! Dawkins runs, sunset flips, TWO! Gable slides under to get a HALF CRAB! Gable drags Dawkins away from the Profits’ corner and pulls way back on the leg! Dawkins endures, Ford coaches but Gable drags him away! Tag to Otis, Otis drops an elbow on Dawkins! Gable YANKS the leg on his way out, and Otis drags Dawkins around to then SPLASH on the leg! Dawkins clutches the knee but Otis looms over him. Otis drags Dawkins up, CLUBS him down, then stomps the bad leg.

Tag to Gable, he YANKS Dawkins’ bad leg. Gable bumps Dawkins off buckles, RAMS his shoulder in again and again, then ROCKS Dawkins as he lets off. Gable brings Dawkins up but Dawkins ROCKS Gable back! Dawkins kicks but Gable puts the leg in the ropes. Gable gets the other leg, DRAGON SCREW! NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Gable puts Dawkins in a drop zone and goes up top, MOONSAULT FLOPS as Dawkins moves! Dawkins hobbles up to get Gable with the SILENCER! Fans rally up as Dawkins and Gable crawl. Hot tags to Otis and Ford! Ford dodges, LARIATS, but Otis stays up! Ford runs to LARIT, Otis is still up! And even the third!

Ford fires up, runs, LARIATS, then kicks, KICKS, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Ford fires off more chops, slows down a bit, but Otis eggs him on. Ford CHOPS, ENZIGURIS and then runs, but into a pop-up POWERSLAM!! Cover, Dawkins breaks it! Otis whips Dawkins to CLOBBER him! Gable calls and tags in. Gable gets Ford up. Otis runs but Dawkins trips him! Ford victory rolls, TWO! Otis CLUBS Dawkins, Gable tackles Ford! Otis runs at Dawkins but is sent into the barriers! Gable is up top but Ford springs up after him! Gable shoves him away to CROSSBODY! But Ford rolls it through! The Profits win!!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall

The Alpha Academy may be book smart, but the Profits are street savvy! Ford & Dawkins snatch that one away, will they be the ones heading for the tag titles after Survivor Series?

 

Rey Mysterio confronts Adam Pearce.

He wants to know what that was about with Dominik last week! Pearce wants Rey to calm down but Rey won’t calm down, that was his SON in there with Bobby Lashley! Pearce doesn’t understand. They had a verbal agreement that Dom would be on the team! Yes, Pearce knows the frustration. Then just answer one question. Is Pearce a man of his word? Pearce says Rey is a legend but he better stay in his lane. As far as what kind of man he is, he’s the man putting Rey in a match tonight, with Lashley. Is the All Mighty about to mangle another Mysterio this close to Survivor Series?

 

Veer Mahaan is coming.

Be ready for his million dollar arm and his bottomless aggression!

 

Nikki A.S.H w/ Rhea Ripley VS Zelina Vega w/ Carmella!

The Almost Super Hero takes on the Queen of the Ring, and the Nightmare is backing her up! Will Raw management realize that both WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions should be on the Survivor Series?

Raw returns and the Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE leads the way for Queen Zelina. The bell rings and Nikki circles with Zelina. They tie up, Nikki headlocks to a takeover. Zelina fights back up, powers out, but Nikki CROSSBODIES! Cover, ONE, but Nikki runs in at the corner. Zelina puts her on the apron, Nikki punches, shoulders in, then slingshots to an Oklahoma Roll! TWO, but Nikki fireman’s carries! Zelina slips out, shoves Nikki to the corner, then JUMP KICKS! Zelina digs her boot, Nikki gets away but Zelina KNEES her down! Cover, ONE! Zelina drags Nikki up and wraps on a chinlock. Mella cheers the Queen but Nikki endures.

Nikki fights up, throws body shots, but Zelina knees low. Zelina whips, Nikki goes up and over and runs to then duck and dodge and dropkick Zelina’s legs out! Then a basement dropkick! Nikki fires up and runs in to SPLASH Zelina at the corner! Nikki climbs to rain down fists! The fans count all the way to 10, ten Nikki tops it off with an 11th! Nikki fireman’s carries for a SAMOAN DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Nikki hurries to a corner, climbs up but Mella distracts. Zelina gets up and goes after Nikki but Nikki clubs her down! Nikki adjusts, but Zelina trips her up! Nikki tumbles to the mat, Zelina gets up and hits CODE RED! Cover, Zelina wins!

Winner: Zelina Vega, by pinfall

Mella is ecstatic for Zelina, but now it’s her turn against Rhea! Will Rhea’s brutality show Mella who’s really the loser here?

Rhea Ripley w/ Nikki A.S.H. VS Carmella w/ Zelina Vega!

Raw returns and Rhea has Mella up in a stalling suplex! She’s walking around the ring with Mella and then SLAMS her down! And yes, Mella has her protective mask but it doesn’t help her back! Rhea gets Mella up to HIP TOSS across the ring! Mella flounders, Rhea barks at Zelina, then she storms after Mella on the apron. Mella kicks Rhea’s leg out then clubs away on Rhea in the ropes! Mella FABULOUS KICKS Rhea into the post! Cover, TWO! Mella rains down fists from all sides, then she covers, TWO! Mella drags Rhea up but Nikki rallies the fans. Rhea throws body shots, Mella kicks low. Mella CHOPS Rhea on the back! And then CHOPS her again!

Mella mocks the rock ‘n’ roll life, covers Rhea, TWO! Mella clamps onto a chinlock and leans on the hold. Rhea endures as Mella thrashes her around and fans rally up again. Rhea fights up with Mella as a backpack, and she RAMS Mella into buckles! And again! And again! Mella lets go, but then CHOPS Rhea on the back again! Rhea seethes and Mella looks worried. At least, maybe she is because that mask is in the way. Rhea scares Mella with the haymaker, to CHOP Mella on the back! And then she reels Mella in for LARIAT after LARIAT! Ripcord and kick to a snapmare and basement dropkick! Rhea fires up and fans fire up with her!

Rhea gets Mella up, ducks the elbow to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Mella survives and Rhea is amused! Rhea stalks Mella to the ropes, Mella kicks her away. Rhea comes back to dropkick but misses as Mella moves! FABULOUS KICK! Rhea is in a daze, Mella FABULOUS KICKS her again! Cover, TWO!! Mella can’t believe Rhea survives! Fans rally for Rhea as Mella drags her up. Rhea HEADBUTTS! Pump handle and RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea wins!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall

The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions go 1-1, but Zelina shouts, “Silence, peasants! Your queen has something to say!” Rhea, congratulations on your triumphant victory. And on the flipside congratulations to Nikki for being friends with a winner. But that fluke doesn’t change a thing! “Your Majesty,” Queen Zelina and the Most Beautiful- SHUT UP! Zelina & Mella will lead Team Raw to victory at Survivor Series! As for Nikki, she’ll be home alone with the losers~! Zelina laughs it up, but will Rhea & Nikki get the last laughs down the line?

 

Big E meets with Adam Pearce.

Pearce knowns Big E is taking on Roman at Sunday, Pearce wants Big E focused on that. Big E says there’s no reason to worry about him. He has Roman at Survivor Series, Rollins coming for the title, and Kevin Owens just being Kevin Owens. To that point, there’s a lot of chaos, Big E needs to be above it. Big E wants his match with Roman, right? So Big E better not be anywhere near Finn VS Kevin. And if Big E doesn’t think Pearce is serious, he has two words for you: Brock Lesnar. Will the champion keep his personal feelings out of this for the sake of the brand?

 

Seth Rollins struts his way to the exit.

But McKenzie stops him for an interview. Rollins has his assistant put the stuff on the bus, and warns him to NOT wake the baby. McKenzie brings up how Rollins teamed with the Usos of SmackDown tonight, but will be part of Team Raw on Sunday. Oh, she wants to rephrase that, right? Rollins won’t be part of Team Raw, he will LEAD Raw to glorious victory! Leading is what Rollins was born to do. Just like tonight when Rollins led the Usos to victory out there. But after Survivor Series, Rollins will turn his attention to Big E. Simply put, Rollins will take the WWE Championship from Big E, and he will lead Raw, HIS show, THE SHOW, to the mountaintop.

Because Rollins is the Visionary. He is the revolutionary. He is Seth Freakin’ Rollins! Rollins laughs his way out, DO NOT WAKE THE BABY. Will Rollins make all these things come true here on Monday nights?

 

Finn Balor VS Kevin Owens!

The Prince never has and never will trust the Prizefighter because he has a list of reasons not to. Will there be no love lost as these two battle 1v1 before being Survivor Series teammates?

Raw returns as Kevin makes his entrance. The bell rings, Kevin and Finn circle. They tie up, go around, end up on ropes, and Finn lets off with a push. Kevin and Finn go again, another tie up, and Finn wrenches an arm. Kevin puts Finn against ropes, lets off, then sucker punches Finn down! Kevin stomps away on Finn, lets off and cools off while fans fire up. Kevin CLUBS Finn, stomps him, CLUBS him again, then drags him up to whip at ropes. Kevin elbows Finn down, then mocks Finn’s posing. Kevin drops the BACK SENTON! Cover, ONE! Kevin argues it was three but not even close. Kevin elbows Finn in the head then wraps on a rear bearhug.

Finn endures the squeeze, fights up and pushes at the arm, then gets a JAWBREAKER! Finn throws haymakers, Kevin knees low! Kevin CLUBS Finn, whips Finn to ropes but Finn reverse. Kevin KICKS Finn, reels him in, but Finn resists the powerbomb to back drop! Kevin sunset flips through but Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Kevin goes to the apron, Finn drags him up, but Kevin hotshots him away! Kevin drags Finn out and reels him in, but Finn fights the bomb and gets to the apron! Finn kicks Kevin, but then Kevin blocks the kick to trip Finn! Finn hits apron, Kevin puts him in the ring and gets him up, ATHLETIC PLEX! Cover, TWO!

Finn grits his teeth but Kevin seethes. Kevin wraps Finn up in a modified cobra clutch, but Finn endures as fans rally up. Finn fights up, pries free, but Kevin kicks low! Kevin CLUBS Finn on the back, CHOPS Finn in the corner, then whips him corner to corner. Kevin runs in but Finn BOOTS him! Finn fires off forearms, whips but Kevin reverses. Finn ducks and dodges to forearm smash! Fans fire up with Finn and he trips Kevin to DOUBLE STOMP! Finn kicks Kevin, throws him out of the ring then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Kevin! Indy is loving the Prince as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Finn has Kevin up top! Kevin resists the superplex, throws body shots, then gets Finn for a fireman’s carry! SUPER ROLLING SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Finn survives and infuriates Kevin! Kevin paces around, tells everyone to shut up, then he gets Finn up. Kevin whips Finn to ropes, Finn holds ropes and BOOTS back! Finn ducks, dragon sleepers and ELBOW DROP DDT’s! Both men are down again but Finn grits his teeth. Finn gets up, runs in and KICKS Kevin to ropes! Finn stomps away on Kevin, and tops it off with a springboard stomp! Kevin crawls to a corner, Finn CHOPS him!

Finn whips, Kevin reverses, Finn goes up and over and runs, but into Kevin’s arms for a swinging AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO! Kevin is beside himself as Finn stays in this. Kevin kicks Finn but Finn rolls up the stunner! TWO, and Finn comes back with a SLINGBLADE! Finn fires up, aims from a corner, runs and SUPERKICK from Kevin! Cover, TWO! Finn sputters to the apron, Kevin storms over. “This is Awesome!” as Kevin has Finn up on the apron. Kevin reels Finn in, but Finn resists the lift! Finn back drops Kevin to the apron! Both men go to the floor, Finn runs in to SHOTGUN Kevin into the barriers! Fans fire up as Finn puts Kevin in then climbs up top!

COUP DE- NO, Kevin moves, to get the POP-UP POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Finn survives again and it shocks Kevin! Kevin shrugs it off to go up top, for a SWANTON BOMB onto knees! Finn aims, runs in, SHOTGUN DROPKICK into the corner! Kevin hits buckles and ends up in the drop zone! Finn goes up yet again, but Kevin trips him up! Kevin drags Finn off the apron, kicks and STUNNERS!! Cover, Kevin wins!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall

The rage of Kevin Owens carried him through to take down Balor. But will he only get worse as his return to being bad continues?

 

Backstage interview with AJ Styles & Omos.

Sarah brings up the friction between them and the Dirty Dawgs. How are they planning to address it? Dressing the Dirty Dawgs is a good name. But uh, yeah, those guys aren’t even in the same food chain. There are some facts that are undeniable. Starting with, the world would be a better place if the Usos could just get rid of the New Day once and for all, and not be on STYLES’ show! Sorry, their show. And then the Profits, always wanting the smoke. Styles doesn’t get what that means, but there’s this thing called Duralog. You get that, light it, boom, smoke for everybody. But here’s the thing, you don’t cross Styles or Omos.

There was this movie called the Avengers. The villian was Loki. Loki had an army, Styles has an Omos. Which then makes Styles IRONMAN! That’s awesome! Two guys watching cool movies! But back to the Dawgs. The Dawgs stole that win last week, but tonight- Omos cuts Styles off to say that HE will make them suffer! YES! Styles loves that! Omos watched Godzilla, right? Great monster movie! Styles and Omos head out, will Styles’ personal kaiju destroy Ziggler & Roode? But speaking of…

The Dirty Dawgs respond!

“You want to talk movies, jack?” Ziggler & Roode were browsing The Peacock streaming service, and they found a true classic that reminds them of Styles & Omos. Omos being Schwarzenegger, Styles being Devito. The movie was TWINS. But will Omos take that Schwarzenegger metaphor and go all Terminator on the Show-Off and “Big Bob?”

AJ Styles & Omos VS The Dirty Dawgs!

Raw returns and the Dawgs make their entrance. The teams sort out and Styles starts against Roode, but then he tags out to Omos! Roode is worried already, but Ziggler coaches him up. Roode circles with Omos and Styles wants Omos to destroy him! They tie up, and Omos doesn’t budge! But then he throws Roode into the corner, then CLOBBERS him! Omos watches Roode go to a corner, then run sin to BACK BODY BLOCK! Roode falls from being squashed, and Omos looms over him. Omos drags Roode up, puts him back in the corner, then powers up to CHOP Roode right off his feet! Omos smirks at Ziggler as he stalks Roode.

Omos scoops Roode, SNAKE EYES off the Dawgs’ corner. Omos dares Ziggler to get some! Ziggler tags in, gets in, and eggs Omos on. Omos steps forward, Ziggler gets around and gets the sleeper! But Omos throws Ziggler down! Omos runs in to run Ziggler over! Omos fireman’s carries Ziggler, gets him up in the trophy lift, and MOUNTAIN TOSSES Ziggler to the mat! Styles reaches out a hand and Omos tags him in. Styles aims, springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles & Omos win!

Winners: AJ Styles & Omos, by pinfall

That was definitely like an old school Godzilla movie! Omos and Styles, but most Omos, demolish the Dawgs, who will be next on their path back to the tag titles?

 

Backstage interview with Bobby Lashley

He faces a Survivor Series teammate after removing Dominik from the team. “Removing?” Dom shouldn’t have been on the team to begin with! No one is more destructive, invincible or dominant than the All Mighty! Did you see the look on Rey’s face when he heard he had to face Lashley tonight? The same face Dom had when he was tapping out to the Hurt Lock. Rey doesn’t want any part of Lashley, and neither does all of Team Smackdown! Rey can lick his wounds, go to Survivor Series, stay on the apron and cheer on Lashley as he walks through Team SmackDown! If anyone has a problem with that, they can come see Lashley. He’s not hard to find. Will Rey even survive tonight to make it to Survivor Series?

Bobby Lashley VS Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio!

Raw returns as Lashley makes his entrance. Lashley gets his pyro, but will he get his comeuppance from the King of Lucha Libre? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns once again, and the bell finally rings. Rey and Lashley circle, Rey gets around and CLUBS Lashley! Rey dodges again, fires off forearms and KICKS, then runs to slide under. Lashley catches Rey to scoop him, but Rey clubs free to get to the apron. Rey shoulders in, forearms away, then climbs up again to SEATED SENTON! Down goes Lashley but Rey keeps moving, only to run into a BOOT! Lashley glares at Dom, rains down rights on Rey, then digs his knee into Rey’s face! Lashley lets off, Pearce watches closely as Lashley CLUBS Rey in the chest. Lashley looms over Rey, waits for him to rise, but Dom gets on the apron. Lashley steps to Dom, Rey attacks from behind!

Lashley is on the ropes, Rey slides, but Lashley gets him for a fireman’s carry! Rey fights with elbows and knees, moves around and RANAS Lashley into the POST! Rey gets back in the ring to WRECK Lashley with a dropkick! Rey runs and hits a 619 through the ropes! It wasn’t the best, but Rey slides to SPLASH down! Fans fire up as Rey gets in the ring and the ring count starts. Lashley stirs, Rey takes aim again. Slingshot for the PLANCHA, but Lashley catches Rey! Lashley SLAMS Rey into the barriers! Lashley claps mockingly as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once more, Rey fights back with body shots but Lashley RAMS him into a corner! Lashley stomps Rey, backs up and runs in to clothesline! Lashley paces, runs in again and clotheslines! Fans rally for Rey but Lashley waves a dismissive hand as he gets Rey up. Lashley pumps up and runs in again, but Rey dodges! Rey KICKS and CLUBS away, then runs, ducks, dodges and baits Lashley into a BOOT! QUEBRADA, but Lashley catches Rey and pops him around to a DOMINATOR! Lashley mockingly applauds, then he drags Rey up to slide out of the ring! Rey bounces off the ground to also hit barriers!

Lashley goes out, drags Rey up and fireman’s carries. Rey fights but can’t get free this time, and Lashley POSTS him! Lashley flexes while Dom checks on his father. Lashley goes back to Rey, drags him up and puts him in at 6 of 10. Lashley watches Rey flounder around, runs in corner to corner, and RAMS into him! Lashley lets Rey fall, then gets him up to suplex. Lashley holds Rey up, points at Dom and slashes his throat, to then SLAM Rey down! Cover, TWO! Rey is still in this and fans cheer! Lashley kicks Rey, stands on Rey’s head, but lets off as the ref counts. Lashley drags Rey up, puts him in the Tree of Woe with a single gut wrench, then he goes corner to corner, only for Rey to sit up!

Lashley hits buckles, Rey gets out and runs to 619 Lashley in the stomach! Dropkick puts Lashley back on ropes, and Rey redials but Lashley runs at him! Drop toehold, 619!! Direct hit to the head and Rey goes up! FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! And Lashley sits up with Rey to scoop and HURT LOCK!! Rey is a ragdoll, but he taps out! Lashley wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission

But Lashley wants to hurt Rey! Dom wants to get in but he can’t help but be intimidated given he just felt that hold himself seven days ago. Lashley lets Rey go finally, and Dom gets in to check on his father. Will Rey even be able to help his team?

 

Backstage interview with Adam Pearce.

Any last minute thoughts on Survivor Series? Actually, yes. Pearce borrows the mic to go out on stage. “Ladies and gentlemen, it is literally my job to make sure that we have the best competition possible at Survivor Series.” That is why it pains Pearce to say that for the wellbeing of Raw, and for the wellbeing of Rey Mysterio, Pearce has “no choice” but to remove Rey Mysterio from Team Raw! His replacement will be named at a later time. Dom can’t believe this! Disrespect to him is one thing, but to his legendary father?

But Austin Theory shows up to give Dom an ATL!! And then he gets his selfies! Oh, hold on then. Pearce decides that Austin Theory should replace Rey Mysterio! Insults added to injury! But will Theory’s career take off with Survivor Series as the launchpad?


My Thoughts:

This Raw did not feel like a go-home at all. But mostly because the last few weeks have had Go Home Syndrome from all the unnecessary recaps and short matches. Hell, roughly ten minutes were wasted in the last half hour because they needed to do a huge SmackDown recap! Lashley VS Rey could’ve been way better if we’d gotten those 10 minutes back. But whatever, I should’ve figured ad revenue means more to Vince than the actual product. Rey being out and Theory being in was a disappointing surprise, but it seems Raw just had to have a parallel to Sonya’s bias against Naomi. Pearce will be biased against the Mysterios, maybe they feud with Lashley and the Hurt Business.

We got pretty good stuff out of Big E’s story, and I do have to admit they are blending stories through him. New Day VS Bloodline, but then also Big E has both Rollins and Kevin to worry about. I feel like WWE actually did something clever today, advertising Rollins VS Balor on social media only to “change plans” when Rollins gets involved with Big E, Riddle and the Usos. We got good tag matches from them, Rollins gets a good, quick win before running away, but RKBRO and Big E stand tall after. The math therefore says the Bloodline finds a way to win at Survivor Series in both the tag and the top title matches.

There does appear to be mounting pressure within RKBRO, and there are plenty of teams that are coming for the titles. Profits get a quick win off the Academy, Styles & Omos get a win over the Dawgs, but I’d rather put Profits in against RKBRO than Styles & Omos again. Plus, I feel like if Styles & Omos are sticking together, they’re working to make that turn to Face, what with all the movie and pop culture talk. Finn VS Kevin was a great “change,” they gave us a great match, and Kevin got a great win for himself to start this new Heel turn. Kevin should get a shot at the world title, even while Rollins has his shot on deck. Finn meanwhile could go for the US Championship and add to his legacy.

The women’s division did about the same as they have been these days, in that the midcard is lacking in favor of the top of the card. I did like that Tamina wanted her piece of Bianca, sort of making Bianca the gatekeeper on the way back up the rankings. Piper puts her on notice and their feud will certainly carry them both to #WWEDayOne and the Rumble. The main thing I appreciated from Becky’s promo with Liv is that they actually used material from Talking Smack. That show finally matters again, and I would hope tonight’s Raw Talk with Liv on it will be treated the same the closer we get to Liv’s title match.

The tag champions going back to back in matches was logical stuff, but them trading off with Zelina and Carmella of course leans towards a tag title match. I really hope the tag title match is actually good. Like, really, really good. The Women’s Tag Division on RawDown hasn’t been given much respect outside of when Bayley & Sasha had all the belts, Vince needs to learn he can make the other women stars through this division rather than using stars try and raise the division up.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/9/22)

Will Naito Go To Sleep?

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

Tetsuya Naito fights to stay alive in the G1!

In what could be his last year in NJPW, Tetsuya Naito fights to stay alive in the biggest G1 Climax ever! But will Kenta make him Go To Sleep?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tomohiro Ishii & Kosei Fujita VS BUSHI & Shingo Takagi; Bushi & Takagi win.
  • Royce Isaacs & Tom Lawlor VS TAKA Michinoku & Zack Sabre Jr; Isaacs & Lawlor win.
  • 8 Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club; The United Empire wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto & Toru Yano VS Bullet Club; Okada, Tanahashi, Goto & Yano win.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi; Yujiro wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: SANADA VS Chase Owens; Sanada wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga VS Taichi; Tama wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: JONAH VS Lance Archer; Archer wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Tetsuya Naito VS KENTA; Naito wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

  • JONAH: 3-1, 6 points
  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-1, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Lance Archer: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
  • Tama Tonga: 2-1, 4 points
  • Taichi: 2-1, 4 points
  • SANADA: 2-2, 4 points
  • Chase Owens: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1, 6 points
  • Zack Sabre Jr: 3-1, 6 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 2-2, 4 points
  • EVIL: 2-2, 4 points
  • KENTA: 1-2, 2 points
  • Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-1, 4 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • El Phantasmo: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

 

G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter!

The Headhunter is still alive in the G1, but so is the Tokyo Pimp! Someone’s bubble could burst right here, will Hashi be able to #TurnItAllAround? Or will he be washed away by Pimp Juice?

While Hashi makes his entrance, Yujiro attacks him on the corner! Yujiro throws Hashi down, stomps him, and pulls Hashi’s jacket and NEVER Openweight Six Man title belt off him while the ref reprimands. The ref snatches the belt from Yujiro and Yujiro says he wasn’t gonna use it. Yujiro stomps Hashi, the bell rings and Yujiro rains down fists. The ref reprimands about the closed fists so Yujiro lets off. Yujiro drags Hashi up while fans rally for “HEAD-HUNT-ER! HEAD-HUNT-ER!” Yujiro CLUBS Hashi, drags him up, then ROCKS him with a forearm. And another! Yujiro whips Hashi to ropes, but Hashi elbows back!

Hashi runs Yujiro over, then kicks him low to hit the NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up with Hashi while Pieter panics for Yujiro. Hashi goes out after Yujiro but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro whips but Hashi reverses and Yujiro hits railing! Yujiro falls over, but then hurries to grab things from under the ring. Yujiro has a chair, and as Hashi walks around the way, Yujiro JAMS Hashi! And CLOBBERS him! The ref reprimands, this is the same ref who called Juice VS ELP and disqualified ELP! Yujiro defends his innocence, but fans rally for Hashi. But then Yujiro goes and unties the red corner buckle pad! The remix of the Bullet Club Special!

The ref starts a ring count and Hashi sits up at 4 of 20. Hashi stands at 7, gets in at 9, but Yujiro drags him up. Yujiro whips Hashi into the bare buckles! Hashi writhes and flounders but fans rally up. Yujiro drags Hashi up to RAM Hashi into the buckles! The ref reprimands while Hashi writhes, but there’s nothing that can be done about the pad. Fans still rally but Yujiro drags Hashi back up. Yujiro scoops Hashi to SLAM him down, covers, TWO! Hashi survives and Yujiro is almost confused as to how. Yujiro fires forearms on Hashi over and over, all the way to the mat! Yujiro then drags Hashi up to snapmare and basement BOOT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally but Yujiro argues the count. The ref says his count is fair, and fans rally up. Yujiro drags Hashi up but Hashi throws body shots! And a CHOP! That’s a stinger! Yujiro knees low, knees low again, then runs to BOOT Hashi against ropes! Yujiro drags Hashi up and reels him in, FISHER- NO, Hashi fights that off to suplex high and hard! Fans fire up and Hashi shakes out his bad arm. Hashi and Yujiro rise, and Hashi fires off strikes and a CHOP! Yujiro staggers away, Hashi runs in at the corner to clothesline! Hashi whips to CHOP, then mule kick! Hashi runs, HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up again while Yujiro flounders away.

Hashi drags Yujiro up, suplexes him to hang him out to dry, and then runs side to side for the dropkick! Yujiro flips down, Hashi keeps moving, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Hashi shakes out the bad arm. Hashi drags Yujiro up, reels him in, but Yujiro fights the lift and BITES the hand! The erf reprimands, but Yujiro CLUBS Hashi and whips him to ropes Hashi reverses but Yujiro holds ropes. Hashi runs in but Yujiro BOOTS! But Hashi comes back, into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Yujiro drags Hashi up, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Hashi survives and fans fire up again!

Yujiro crawls over while Pieter looks worried. Yujiro drags Hashi up, reels him in, but Hashi blocks the Intercollegiate Slam! Hashi CLUBS Yujiro but Yujiro ROCKS Hashi! Yujiro whips, Hashi reverses and wrangles Yujiro, into the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Yujiro endures, the fans fire up, and Hashi cranks way back. But SHO is here! Of course the Murder Machine backs up his House of Torture housemate! The ref tells Sho to go but Hashi lets Yujiro go to tell Sho himself! Yujiro crawls up behind Hashi to LW- NO, Hashi blocks it! Hashi drags Yujiro up but Yujiro rakes eyes! Yujiro whips, Hashi ducks and trips Sho up to then RAM him into railing!

Fans fire up as Hashi gets on the apron, and he shoulders into Yujiro to HOTSHOT him down! Hashi climbs and fans fire up again. Yujiro stands for the BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro survives but the fans still rally behind Hashi. Hashi drags Yujiro up, full nelsons, but Yujiro grabs the ref! Yujiro elbows Hashi away, then shoves the ref at him! Hashi shoves the ref back, Yujiro shoves him aside, SUPERKICK! SNAP DRAGON! And Hashi fires up to run, but Yujiro grabs at the ref! Hashi still DECKS Yujiro, then drags him up. Yujiro RAKES eyes! Yujiro whips Hashi then “falls” against the ref, so Sho can SMACK Hashi with a chair!!

Yujiro sits Hashi up, PIMP JUICE!! Cover, TWO!?! Hashi survives and Yujiro can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous as Yujiro pleads with the ref. Yujiro pounds the mat in frustration, then he drags Hashi up. Yujiro reels Hashi in for BIG- NO, Hashi fights off the juice to get a SLEEPER! Then a BACKSTABBER! Yujiro writhes now and fans rally back up. Hashi goes to a corner and aims at Yujiro. Yujiro sits up, BLINDSIDE KNEE! Hashi drags Yujiro up, full nelson to pump handle, but Sho distracts again! So Hashi RAMS Yujiro into Sho, schoolboy with bridge! TWO!! Yujiro escapes , blocks a lariat, but not the SOUTHPAW!

Fans fire up again as Hashi drags Yujiro back up! Full nelson, pump handle, but Yujiro fireman’s carries! But Hashi slips off to SUPERKICK! And then the spin, pump handle, but Yujiro fights free! Yujiro shoves Hashi into the buckles!! Hashi checks his face while Yujiro gets his pimp cane! But the ref sees that and tells Yujiro no! They argue over the cane, Sho has his wrench! But Hashi blocks it! So Sho LOW BLOWS, then WRENCH SHOT! Yujiro lets the cane go, hobbles over and drags Hashi up, to a BIG JUICE!! Cover, Yujiro wins!

Winner: Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hashi earns 0)

The Tokyo Pimp uses the stacked deck in his favor again, and he’s right behind David Finlay! Will Yujiro take over the block? Or will The Rebel refuse to fall?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: SANADA VS Chase Owens!

The Cold Skull is right on the edge, he needs this win to stay alive. Will Sanada keep the promise of a tranquilo semifinals alive? Or will the Crown Jewel get to play spoiler?

The bell rings and fans rally up. Chase wants to Too Sweet but Sanada says no, they LIJ fist bump. No, Too Sweet, open the fist. No, fist bump, put the Too Sweet away. Chase wants a handshake but Sanada still wants a fist bump. The two circle and fans rally up, “SA-NA-DA!” They feel out the grapple, Sanada avoids the leg pick, but Chase gets a waistlock. Sanada pries free to switch and waistlock, but Chase pries free to wrench and wristlock. Sanada pushes through to get the waistlock but Chase drops to arm-drag to an armlock. Sanada reaches over to clasp hands and get a chinlock but Chase clamps it’s a choke.

Chase powers through to get the arm again, but Sanada fights up to push Chase and arm-drag. But Chase holds on to arm-drag again! Fans rally as Sanada endures but Chase grabs fingers to bend them! Sanada endures the top wristlock so Chase covers, TWO! Fans applaud the technical exchange as the two reset. Sanada and Chase tie up, Sanada clinches to a waistlock then headlock and takeover. Sanada then floats to get the legs, BOW ‘N’ ARROW but Chase pops right out to a cover, ONE!! Fans applaud this new exchange, and Chase wants a handshake to say good job. Fist bump? No, handshake.

Fans rally up and Chase says he’s a good guy. Sanada accepts the handshake, but he blocks Chase’s cheap shot kick! Sanada knew better, and he trips Chase up! Sanada ties Chase up but Chase kicks him away. Chase trips Sanada and tries to steal Paradise! Chase can’t quite get it and Sanada kicks Chase away! Chase rebounds to run Sanada over! Things speed up, Chase sunset flips but Sanada rolls through to get the legs! Sanada tells Chase this is what he gets, but Chase apologizes! No good, Sanada puts Chase in the Paradise Lock! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans get louder, and Sanada runs in to dropkick Chase out of Paradise!

Chase bails out and fans fire up more. Sanada slingshots but Chase slides in. Sanada lands on the apron and shoulders in, but into a KICK! Chase then turns Sanada for a HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Sanada flops to the floor and fans rally up. Chase goes out after Sanada to drag him up. Chase wants Bushi to watch this on commentary. Headlock PUNCH! Chase then snatches Bushi’s magazine away, and throws it away. Chase puts Sanada in the ring, drops a knee, then another knee! Chase then rains down fists on Sanada but the ref reprimands. Chaes lets off, fans rally for Sanada, but Chase stands on Sanada’s bad eyebrow! Cover, TWO!

Chase clamps on a chinlock and he squeezes tight. Sanada endures and fans rally up, but Chase cranks the hold. Sanada fights up, throws body shots, but Chase scoops and SLAMS him! Chase goes to the corner, hops up and blesses his fist, but he blocks the boot! Chase wags his finger, but then misses the elbow drop! Sanada gets space, runs back in and dropkicks the leg out! Chase clutches his knee and fans fire up. Sanada fires up and runs in again, but Chase gets around! Sanada switches but Chase elbows him away. Chase runs, but Sanada hurdles, and hurdles, and dropkicks! Chase bails out and Sanada takes aim to PLANCHA!

Fans fire up as Chase goes down! Fans rally and Sanada puts Chase in the ring. Sanada covers, TWO! Chase gets up but Sanada is on him for a fireman’s carry. Chase slips off, Sanada fights the half nelson but Chase fires off a strike fest! Chase runs, but Sanada elbows him! Sanada goes to run but Chase reels him in, to schoolboy him into ropes! The ropes send Sanada down and Chase steps over, STF! Sanada endures and fans fire up, but Chase shifts to a full CROSSFACE! Sanada endures so Chase shifts right to a RINGS OF SATURN! Sanada moves around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans applaud but Chase lets off in frustration.

Chase watches Sanada go to a corner. Chase runs in but Sanada BOOTS him! Sanada hops up but Chase GAMANGIRIS! Then SUPER FLYING MARE, into a SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and fans fire up! Chase drags Sanada up, tucks him in, but Sanada fights the driver! Sanada fireman’s carries, throws him into the dragon sleeper, but Chase arm-drags free! Chase runs in at the corner, but into an elbow! Sanada QUEBRADA, but Chase catches him! Chase gives Sanada SNAKE EYES, then clamps on a SLEEPER! Sanada endures and fans rally but Chase sits Sanada down!

Chase leans on the hold, Sanada is turning red, but the fans rally up. Sanada reaches out and fans rally as he fights. Sanada powers back up, reaches out, and uses the corner to push back to a cover! TWO!! C-TRIG- NO, Sanada dodges and O’Conner- NO, Chase blocks to steal SKULL END!! Sanada fades, and Chase lets him go to further copy Sanada’s style! Chase goes up the corner, ROUNDING- NO, Sanada moves! Chase crashes and fans rally up again! Sanda goes up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees! Cradle cover, TWO!! Sanada escapes at the last second, and fans fire up as he fires off forearms! Chase roars, but Sanada ROLLING ELBOWS!

Sanada runs, into a C-TRIGGER! Sanda roars, C-TRIGGER again!! Chase drags Sanada up, tucks him in, but Sanada RANAS free! And then pop-up TKO!! Chase is down, Sanada goes up again, ROUNDING BODY PRESS hits!! Cover, TWO!! Into SKULL END!!! Chase flails, fans rally up, and Chase is fading out! Chase gets a second wind, pops free of the sleeper, but Sanada fights to get the SKULL END again!! Chase flails, reaches out, but he PASSES OUT!! Sanada wins!!

Winner: Sanada, by submission (gains 2 points; Chase earns 0)

The Crown Jewel didn’t tap out, but he still met his Skull End in this one! Sanada is moving on up, but will he be able to take the block from Jay White?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga w/ Jado VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe!

The Good Bad Guy and the Holy Emperor are tied for second in the block, but Jay White is pulling away with his 4-0 streak. Who wins here to then take aim at the Switchblade?

Taichi shows off the dancing pecs and fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. Tama and Taichi slowly circle, tie up, and Tama powers Taichi to ropes. The ref calls the break and Tama lets off with a pat on the shoulder. Tama and Taichi egg each other on, and they circle again. They tie up, Tama powers Taichi back again, but the ref calls for the ropebreak. Tama lets off slowly but Taichi dares him to take a shot. Tama just pats Taichi on the shoulder again. Fans applaud the sportsmanship and Taichi asks what’s wrong. Did Tama and Jado go soft after leaving Bullet Club? Taichi then grabs his bag of tricks, and tosses Tama his bag of tricks.

Tama opens it up, and sees the Iron Claw!! It’s like Tama’s seen a ghost! Taichi says go ahead, hold it! No, that’s bad juju! Fans fire up for the claw and Taichi holds it out to Tama! Tama says no, put that away. Taichi tosses it at Tama and Tama swats it away! Taichi picks it up and stomps Tama! The ref reprimands as Taichi digs his boot in. Taichi lets off at 4 but still wants Tama to wear the iron claw! Tama swats him away and the ref has Taichi back off. Taichi lets the claw go to stomp Tama down! Taichi talks trash on Jado but the ref counts as Taichi stands on Tama’s neck. Taichi kicks Tama out of the ring, then whips him into the railing!

Fans rally up but Taichi uses camera cable to CHOKE Tama! The ref reprimands, counts, and Taichi lets go at 4. Taichi dares Jado to do something but Jado stays back. Taichi gives Jado a free shot but Jado refuses. Taichi goes back to Jado and CLUBS him down! Taichi drags Tama up and into the ring and fans rally up. Taichi stomps Tama, kicks him around, then taunts him. Taichi says if Tama’s the Good Bad Guy, then hit him below the belt! Taichi drags Tama up to CHOKE him! The ref reprimands and Taichi shoves Tama down. Taichi keeps egging Tama on, then drags him up to snapmare and KICK!

Taichi covers, but he’s also choking! ONE, but Taichi tries again. The ref sees the choke this time and reprimands. Taichi says that’s not a choke, THIS is a choke! The ref reprimands and counts, and Taichi lets off. Taichi argues with the ref, drags Tama up, but Tama throws forearms! Taichi eggs him on and then wrenches to HOOK KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Tama snarls. Taichi paces, dares Tama to go get the claw. Tama refuses so Taichi KICKS him! Taichi says use the claw, but Tama says no! So Taichi KICKS him again! Tama roars and eggs Taichi on so Taichi KICKS! Fans rally as the KICKS keep coming!

Tama eggs Taichi, then fires off haymakers! Taichi CHOKES him to a corner! The ref counts, Taichi lets off and whips corner to corner. Tama comes back, but into a BOOT! Tama comes back again to LARIAT Taichi! Both men are down and fans fire up! Tama rises and he waits on Taichi to stand. Tama runs in to LARIAT again! And elbow! And scoop SLAM! Fans fire up more and Tama drags Taichi up. Tama reels Taichi in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Tama keeps his cool and paces around. Fans rally up, Tama drags Taichi up into the dragon sleeper, but Taichi CHOKES from underneath!

The ref reprimands, but Taichi CHOKES with the other hand! Tama breaks free with a EuroUpper, then throws more EuroUppers to put Taichi in a corner. Tama whips Taichi corner to corner then runs in, but Taichi dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Jado and Miho coach their guys up. Taichi sits up first, then stands, and he waits on Tama. Tama sits up, but he ducks the buzzsaw! Taichi dodges the Superman Punch, BOOTS Tama, but Tama comes back, into another GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up again and Taichi rises back up. Taichi roars, and OFF COME THE PANTS!

Taichi aims from a corner and powers up, but then the fans rallying makes him think. Will Taichi use the claw?! Taichi goes to it, grabs it from his bag, and he puts it on! Taichi laughs maniacally but Jado points it out to the ref! The ref tries to stop Taichi but Taichi shoves him away! Taichi tries to resist its call, but the iron claw is so powerful! Tama fireman’s carries Taichi! SRC!! The ref takes the claw away, Tama hurries to the corner and climbs up! SUPREME FLOW!! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives but the fans fire up! OFF COMES THE VEST! Tama and Jado get the fans to clap along with the mat drums.

But wait, is it…? Now Tama is hearing the call of the claws! Tama goes over to take it from Taichi’s corner! Jado tells Tama to let those guy! The ref tells Tama, too! But the fans rallying seems to make the call stronger! Tama looks at Jado and Jado tells him no! But Taichi says DO IT! DO IT NOW! Tama is conflicted, too! Tama presses the claws into his own head, but then throws it to the ref! GUN- NO, Taichi throws Tama down to GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!!! GUN ST- NO!! Taichi drags Tama up, DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!?!? Tama survives and shocks everyone! Miho shouts to Taichi and Jado coaches Tama as the fans are thunderous!

Taichi roars, rises up, and he drags Tama up for Alabama Lift. Tama fights that to underhook, but Taichi slips out. AX- NO, Tama catches Taichi to a dragon sleeper. But Taichi slips out before the twist, and then fights the German Suplex! Taichi PELES Tama, but Tama ENZIGURIS back! Taichi wobbles, Tama stalks him, and runs in, into a ROUNDHOUSE! But Tama stays up!? Tama and Taichi run in, Tama dodges Ax Bomber to TONGAN TWIST!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Tama and Taichi go to opposite corners and drag themselves up to their feet. Taichi and Tama run in, DOUBLE LARIATS!

Neither man falls, they try again! DOUBLE LARIATS! Tama and Taichi lean on each other but they’re still up. Tama throws a forearm first but Taichi throws a kick! Tama throws a forearm, Taichi throws a kick! Tama fires off fast hands but Taichi SOBATS! Taichi runs, into a DROPKICK! But he’s right up to AX BOMBER!! Fans fire up and Taichi drags Tama into the Alabama Lift, BLACK M- NO, Tama slips free to SUPERMAN PUNCH! Then he blocks the superkick to GUN- NO, Taichi shoves Tama away! YOKO- NO, no elbow! Tama and Taichi clinch and fight, Taichi hits the SUMO THROW!

Fans fire up and Taichi hits the three point stance! Taichi runs in, GUN STUN!!! Cover, Tama wins!!

Winner: Tama Tonga, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taichi earns 0)

And the Good Bad Guy is just behind the Switchblade! Tama then grabs the Iron Claw. He tells Taichi this is over! He then hands the claw back to Taichi, and Taichi is shocked. Will Tama shoot down his last two opponents to take the block?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: JONAH w/ Bad Dude Tito VS Lance Archer!

The Top Dog is on top of the block after taking down the Rainmaker! But the battle of monsters only gets bigger, will Jonah be able to Torpedo the Murderhawk Monster’s run? Or will Archer show that no matter how big you are, #EverybodyDies?

Archer waits for Jonah at the apron, but Jonah steps right up to him. Archer moves back and Jonah gets in the ring. The bell rings and fans rally up, “JO-NAH!” “ARCH-ER!” Archer and Jonah get face to face, but Archer is taller. Archer says if Jonah wants to do something different than “all this flippin’ and floppin’ crazy sh*t,” then let’s go. Archer dares Jonah to swing on him. Jonah winds up to fire a forearm, and Archer gives it back! Jonah forearms again, Archer gives it back and eggs Jonah on. Fans rally as the forearms go back and forth, faster and faster! Jonah CHOPS and Archer smirks. Archer CHOPS and Jonah growls.

Jonah CHOPS, Archer CHOPS, repeat! The CHOPS gain speed and fans rally up! The CHOPS become SLAPS and they go faster and faster, and both men slowly drop to their knees! They still SLAP each other and lean on each other! Fans fire up and the monsters catch their breath. Then they start throwing forearms from their knees! They stand back up, Archer ROCKS Jonah! Archer runs but Jonah breaks the clothesline! But Archer breaks through Jonah’s clothesline! Jonah HEADBUTTS Archer low, then hits a DDT! Fans fire up as both men are down! Fans rally up, Jonah stands and he looms over Archer.

Jonah ELBOWS Archer, but Archer shoves him. Jonah CLUBS Archer, Archer eggs him on so Jonah ROCKS him! And HEADBUTTS him! Archer falls back down and fans fire up again. Jonah runs to ROLLING SENTON! Fans rally as Archer flounders to a corner. Jonah stalks up behind Archer and throws a heavy body shot! Jonah stands Archer up to throw haymakers! Archer chuckles but Jonah RAMS into him again and again! Jonah digs his shoulder in, Archer clubs Jonah but Jonah doesn’t feel it. Jonah lets off as the ref counts, then comes back to claw at Archer’s face! The ref counts, Jonah lets off at 4, and fans rally up.

Jonah drags Archer up, CHOPS him, but Archer CHOPS! Jonah ROCKS Archer in return! Archer sputters and Jonah catches his own breath. Fans rally up and Jonah stomps Archer in the gut! Jonah bumps Archer off buckles but Archer pushes him back. Jonah throws back elbows and Archer sits down. Jonah runs to clothesline Archer, then whips him corner to corner. Jonah SPLASHES, runs, but Archer follows to CLOBBER Jonah from behind! Fans fire up as both monsters slowly rise. Archer runs in at Jonah to back elbow! Then he runs again, to back elbow again! Archer goes again, a THIRD back elbow! Fans fire up as Jonah falls over!

Archer drags Jonah into the drop zone and fans fire up, TWISTING VADER! Cover, TWO! Archer snarls and fans rally up. Archer drags Jonah up and reels him in, but he can’t scoop! Jonah scoops Archer to SLAM him! And SENTON but Archer moves! To SENTON, but he misses, too! Fans fire up as both monsters are down again! Archer grits his teeth but he grins as he brings Jonah up. Archer throws forearms but Jonah gives them back. Fans rally as the forearms keep going, and Archer gets the edge! But Jonah bobs ‘n’ weaves to LARIAT! Archer stays up to BOOT back, then he ripcords for the HELLICOASTER!! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up more as Jonah survives that supersized ride! Archer grins and prepares the claw! Jonah rises, Archer reaches for his face! Jonah fights against the claw but Archer powers through! Jonah CLUBS the arm away, fires off haymakers, then HEADBUTTS! Jonah runs, but Archer goes the other way, DERAILER! But Jonah stays on track!! And comes back with the BODY CHECK!! Fans are thunderous after that human demolition derby! Jonah gets up in the corner, sees Archer is down, and he decides to climb! But Archer hits ropes to trip Jonah up! Fans rally as Archer climbs up behind Jonah and rains down fists!

Archer says, “Let’s do a big ass effin’ German!” Jonah doesn’t want to and he fires off back elbows! Archer staggers away and Jonah turns around. Archer ROCKS Jonah with a forearm! Archer then uses the elevation to inverted crucifix lift! But Jonah slips off! Jonah blocks the boot, ducks the haymaker, and LARIATS!! Fans fire up and Jonah drags Archer back up. Jonah reels Archer in, clamps on and lifts, BLACK FOREST BOMB!!! Fans are thunderous but Jonah goes up! But Archer rises!? STEP-UP KNEE!! Jonah flops down to the apron and fans rally again! Archer joins Jonah on the apron, but Jonah SUPERKICKS!

Jonah aims as Archer tumbles away, FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Both monsters are down on the outside and fans rally again. Jonah roars and drags Archer up. Jonah whips Archer but Archer reverses! Jonah hits railing hard, and it causes the timekeeper’s table to move back! And Abe-san thought only Evil was going to give him trouble! Bad Dude Tito coaches Jonah to get up, but Archer runs in! CANNONBALL!! Tito gets in to take some of the hit!! Archer may have just crushed both TMDK members! Fans fire up as Archer drags himself up and the ring count begins. Archer drags Jonah up at 4 of 20 to smack Jonah off the apron!

The count is 8 of 20 as Archer clamps on the choke grip! Jonah breaks free and HEADBUTTS, then SPEARS Archer down! We’re at 12 of 20, Jonah gets on the apron! Archer stands up there with him to ROCK him! Jonah LARIATS Archer back into the ring at 15! But Archer BLASTS Jonah at 18!! Jonah staggers, and the count hits 20!! Archer wins!!

Winner: Lance Archer, by count-out (gains 2 points; Jonah earns 0)

Jonah has lost to count-out again! First to Toru Yano the trickster, and now to the Murderhawk Monster! But a win is a win, and now Archer leads the block! Will Jonah be able to salvage this in the final round? Or will Archer go to the semifinals and makes sure #EverybodyDies?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Tetsuya Naito VS KENTA!

The Uncontrollable Charisma has scratched and clawed to stay alive, but those two strikes mean he could be struck out any moment! Will tonight be the night Naito’s run ends? Or will he refuse to #GoToSleep?

Fans clap for “NA-I-TO! NA-I-TO!” as he takes his time with his entrance attire. That annoys Kenta and he tells the fans to shut up. Kenta then tells Naito to hurry up, but that only makes Naito take longer. Kenta gets antsy and Naito seems to struggle with the shirt sleeves. Naito finally finishes by putting the pants away, and now the bell rings. Fans rally and the two stare down. Naito makes Kenta aware the claps are for “NA-I-TO!” and they circle. They approach, but Kenta pulls a Naito by backing off. Kenta uses the ropes as a defense, so Naito backs off. Kenta says Naito better follow the rules. Naito lets Kenta come back and they circle again.

Fans rally up but again Kenta goes to the ropes. Red Shoes has Naito back off, and fans rally up again. Kenta comes back, he and Naito circle and then Naito backs away to ropes. Naito trolls Kenta and Kenta says that’s stupid. Kenta and Naito circle again, fans rally back up, and then they tie up! Kenta pulls Naito’s hair, knees him against ropes, then whips. Naito reverses to arm-drag, kick low and toss Kenta out! Naito builds speed, but he fakes Kenta out to tranquilo! Kenta slides in and blocks Naito’s kick to claw Naito’s eyes! Kenta throws Naito out then he builds speed, to roll and mock Naito with a cutesy pose of his own.

Kenta dares Naito to come back, but Naito takes his time returning. Naito gets on the apron, but he avoids Kenta’s boot to drag him out and whip him hard into railing! Fans fire up and Naito brings Kenta around to whip into more railing! Red Shoes reprimands and Naito gets in, just to refresh the count. Kenta makes his way to the timekeeper’s area, and he grabs the bell hammer! Kenta CLOBBERS Naito with it!! Kenta drags Naito up to whip hard into railing! Naito tumbles up and over into No Man’s Land! Kenta grabs a mic to scold Abe-san then he goes to fetch Naito. Kenta drags Naito up and POSTS him!

Naito writhes and Kenta stomps him. The ring count climbs, Kenta drags him up and puts him in at 6 of 20. Cover, TWO! Kenta argues about the count but Red Shoes says it is a fair count. Kenta KICKS Naito in the back, then stands on Naito with a cocky cover. Red Shoes refuses to count it so Kenta drags Naito up. Naito throws a haymaker! Kenta staggers to a corner, Naito runs in but Kenta puts him on the apron. Naito blocks the haymaker to ROCK Kenta back, then Naito shoulders in, into a KICK! Kenta goes up the corner for the GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Kenta keeps his focus.

Kenta unties a buckle pad and we have another Bullet Club Special remix. Kenta whips Naito into the bare buckles hard! Naito writhes and Kenta gets fans to clap along. Then he has them stop, and he stomps Naito down. Kenta drags Naito up and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kenta clamps on a headscissor hold! Naito endures the squeeze and fans rally up again. Naito moves around, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Kenta lets off at 4. Kenta drags Naito up to KICK him in the chest! And then KICKS him again! Kenta drags Naito up and whips him to ropes, to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO!

Kenta clamps on with a chinlock and Naito endures as the fans rally up. Naito fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Kenta throws Naito down by his hair! Fans rally again but Kenta paces around Naito. Kenta gives toying kicks then drags Naito up. Naito fires a forearm, then another, and then another! Kenta knees low, whips Naito to ropes, but Naito reverses and slips around, to NECKBREAKER in return! Fans fire up while Kenta slowly sits up. Naito also sits up, and the two slowly stand. Naito throws haymakers and kicks and whips Kenta to ropes. Naito elbows Kenta down then basement dropkicks him!

Naito gets Kenta back up, whips him at the corner, then runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep, COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito poses! Fans rally as “NA-I-TO!” drags Kenta up to the BACKBREAKER! Then the LEG FULL NELSON! Kenta endures and eggs Naito on so Naito puts on more pressure! Kenta fights and reaches, fans rally, and Kenta crawls forward to the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts, Naito holds on, claiming he needs help. Red Shoes pries at the hold, Naito lets it off and fans applaud. Naito drags Kenta up, catches his haymaker, but Kenta standing switches. Naito elbows Kenta away and runs, but into a POWERSLAM!

Fans fire up while both men are down again. Kenta crawls to the red corner, drags himself up the ropes, and fans rally up. Naito runs in but Kenta BOOTS him! Kenta goes up, reels Naito in, TORNADO HOTSHOT! Kenta then climbs up while Naito staggers away, FLYING LARIAT! Direct hit and fans fire up! Cover, TWO! Kenta keeps on Naito by going after a leg. STF! Kenta pulls back but Naito endures and fans rally. Naito reaches out while Kenta mocks the claps for “NA-I-TO!” Naito moves around, but he is fading! Naito uses a second wind to get over to the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Kenta pulls back before letting off.

Kenta drags Naito up into a waistlock, but Naito fights the lift! Naito elbows free, but swings into a spin a DDT! Kenta covers, TWO!! Naito survives being spiked and fans are fired up again. Kenta drags Naito up, chicken wings him, but Naito fights off the lift! Naito elbows free but Kenta CLUBS him! Kenta eggs Naito on, but Naito blocks the kick and shoves Kenta away. Naito BOOTS Kenta, then TORNADO DDTs! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Naito crawls over to Kenta, drags him up with a cravat, but Kenta fights back with body shots. Naito fires off back elbow after back elbow! Fans applaud as Kenta drops to his knees.

Naito drags Kenta up, throws more of those heavy back elbows, and Kenta drops again. Naito stands on Kenta’s head to keep him down and the fans are thunderous. Naito drags Kenta up to throw even more back elbows! Naito drags Kenta back up to bump him off buckles. Fans continue to rally as Naito throws even more back elbows! Naito then hammerlock and half nelsons, for GLORIA! Cover, TWO! Kenta survives but Naito drags him right back up, to wrench, but Kenta shoves free! Kenta runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! And then wrench and tilt-o- NO, Kenta slips through and hangs Naito out to dry, for SUPER BRAINKILLER!!

Fans are thunderous and Kenta crawls after Naito. Naito sits up so Kenta goes to a corner. Kenta takes aim as Naito is in the opposite corner. Kenta runs in to FLYING BOOT! Naito sits down, Kenta gets moving, HESITATION DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Kenta goes to the corner. Kenta climbs and takes aim again, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and fans are thunderous again! Kenta stands back up, drags Naito up to a fireman’s carry, but Naito fights off to back elbow again! Then atomic drop and shove, Kenta ends up in the corner. Naito runs in, he blocks Kenta’s boots, and he puts Kenta in the ropes for a DRAPING NECKBREAKER!

Fans fire up as Naito stands back up. Naito drags Kenta over to a corner and hops up, ESPERANZA! Fans are thunderous again as Naito takes aim, but Kenta BOOTS him! Naito comes back, into a BUSAIKU KNEE!! Kenta drags Naito up to the fireman’s carry, GO TO- DESTINO!! Naito turns things around and we’re past 20 minutes! Fans are electric as Naito and Kenta stir! Naito and Kenta sit up slowly, then Naito lunges to forearm Kenta down. Fans rally up, “NA-I-TO!” but Kenta lunges and forearms back. Naito throws another forearm, but Kenta throws it back. Naito throws a forearm, both men grin and Kenta throws another.

Naito forearms, Kenta forearms, and fans rally as they keep going back and forth, harder and harder! Naito, Kenta, repeat, faster and faster! Naito eggs Kenta on but Kenta keeps giving shots! Naito ROCKS Kenta, fires off a flurry, but Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! And SLAPS, SLAPS, and SLAPS away! Kenta fires up but Naito ENZIGURIS! Naito whips, Kenta reverses but Naito FLYING FOREARMS! Naito gets Kenta up, tilt-o-whirl, but CRADLE! TWO!!! Naito survives, but Kenta hurries to bump Naito off the bare buckles! Roll-up, TWO!!! BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, TWO!!! Naito survives again and no one can believe it!

Kenta roars and he drags a bloodied Naito up! Fireman’s carry, GO TO- NO, Naito blocks to scoop, VALENTIA!! Naito roars and fans fire up with him! Naito drags Kenta up, wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!!! Cover, Naito wins!!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kenta earns 0)

With five minutes to spare, Naito strikes Kenta down and out! The Fang Revived is eliminated from the running, having lost to Naito, Evil and Zack Sabre Jr. Will Kenta have to settle for being a spoiler from now on?

As for Naito, he catches his breath, puts on his baseball cap, and says, “Buenas noches, Hiroshima~! Is everyone enjoying the heat of NJPW’s first summer G1 in 3 years?” Fans applaud, because they are! Naito says he’s delighted to be here in his home of Hiroshima, “and to show you what it looks like when I win in the main event. I want to thank you fans for supporting LIJ and myself from the bottom of my heart. Gracias, amigos!” Naito notes he was two down but has won three straight, and this win has him tied in the “pennant hunt.” But he knows it won’t be easy, “it’s a real bottom-of-the-ninth scenario. But I’m swinging for the fences.”

Naito hopes everyone looks forward to how this G1 Climax plays out. “Let’s end this as usual. Unfortunately, due to COVID, you’re unable to cheer out loud with me today, but please, yell out in your hearts. Everyone, are you ready? Let’s close out night one of two G1 shows here in Hiroshima the only right way. Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Y Naito! Nosotros, LOS INGOBERRRRRNABLEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!” Another great roll call, and Naito rolls on in the G1! But just as he said, he has to win it in the end! Will he have a walk-off or a strikeout to close out the tournament?

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

  • Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
  • JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-1, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
  • Tama Tonga: 3-1, 6 points
  • SANADA: 3-2, 6 points
  • Taichi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1, 6 points
  • Zack Sabre Jr: 3-1, 6 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 2-2, 4 points
  • EVIL: 2-2, 4 points
  • KENTA: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-2, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • El Phantasmo: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

My Thoughts:

Another great event for the G1, with matches that all mattered this time around. Hashi VS Yujiro was the most fired up fans got for a Yujiro match because they were fired up for Hashi. I suppose it’s okay that Yujiro won here, he is the one guy who beat Finlay so far, so if Finlay falls even once in the last two rounds, Tokyo Pimp could take the D Block. Sanada VS Chase was a very good match, and it was the right move for Sanada to win, but they also did it in a great way to benefit Chase. Chase passes out to the Skull End rather than tapping out, a la Stone Cold to the Sharpshooter, and that is a great honor for him. I bet there are big things for Chase on the other side of this G1.

Tama VS Taichi was also great, with a very clever story of Taichi trying to push Tama into being a Heel again. Both men have yet to face Jay White, those matches will have a big impact on who takes B Block, but they both have to take on Great-O-Khan at some point. Tama VS White is on 8/16, I would think both men go into that with momentum, but that means Tama has to beat Khan during tomorrow’s event. Jonah VS Archer was huge, just like Jonah VS Okada, mostly for how it shapes the A Block. Jonah may have lost, but he’s only lost by count-out in the G1, and that is a huge implication. It means no one can put him down in the ring. If Archer can’t beat Okada on 8/16 and Jonah beats Fale, Jonah can still take this block and make a huge impact on the semifinals.

And of course, Naito VS Kenta was great stuff, especially with every match now having Naito on the bubble. Naito wins, Kenta is out, and now Naito has the entire week to rest up and prepare for Zack Sabre Jr. ZSJ beat Naito last year to open the G1, and Naito got hurt, so that you can basically say ZSJ cost Naito all those opportunities last year. Naito will want revenge, ZSJ could still be leading the block after beating Evil tomorrow, and then it all comes down to it on 8/16. The winner of Naito VS ZSJ will be your C Block semifinalist, unless Tanahashi wins against Goto AND Kenta before then. But given the drama, I feel like Tanahashi loses to one of those guys, putting all eyes on Naito VS ZSJ.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (8/9/22)

Cora Jade makes it all about herself!

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Will Cora Jade do Mandy Rose’s dirty work?

Before NXT Heatwave and the NXT Women’s Championship match, Zoey Stark has to deal with the new, selfish Cora Jade standing in her way!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Nikkita Lyons VS Kiana James; Lyons wins.
  • British Rounds Match: Wes Lee VS Trick Williams w/ Carmelo Hayes; Lee wins.
  • Thea Hail w/ Chase U VS Arianna Grace; Grace wins.
  • Apollo Crews VS Roderick Strong w/ The Creed Brothers; Crews wins.
  • Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Pretty Deadly; Pretty Deadly wins.
  • Zoey Stark VS Cora Jade; Stark wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Trick Williams & Carmelo Hayes speak.

Good for Kayden Carter & Katana Chance on winning the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships, but that was last week. This week, is the British Rounds Match! Trick can show the world he has the gift of gab and the gift of jab. Float like a butterfly, cry like Wes Lee. Well, close. Sting like a bee when Trick knocks out Lee! That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s goin’ be!

But Wes Lee responds!

Tonight’s Rounds Match is about Lee coming out swinging. Lee will show that for all the jawing Trick does, Trick’s jaw is made of glass!

Cora Jade speaks.

“Tonight, I put Zoey Stark back on the shelf where she belongs when I eliminate her from this division, just like I did Roxanne Perez from my life.

Zoey Stark responds.

“Cora Jade seems to thinks she’s gonna take me out and take my spot in the Women’s Championship match. Hah, Mandy Rose, put up all the roadblocks you like, but nothing is going to stop me from taking that title at Heatwave.”

Tony D’Angelo speaks.

“Speaking of championships, Santos Escobar cast me two titles. Let’s see what he’s got to say when we meet face to face, right here!” The Don waits in the park, but will he see the Emperor of Lucha coming?

 

Nikkita Lyons VS Kiana James!

The Lioness is ready to crunch the number cruncher for all the criticisms and insults thrown her way. Will Lyons roar with a win on her way to that WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament match?

The bell rings and Lyons circles with Kiana. They tie up, Lyons powers Kiana but Kiana turns it around to put Lyons in the corner,. Kiana shoves but Lyons shoves back! Kiana headlocks, Lyons powers out and runs her over! Fans fire up and duel as Lyons dares Kiana to bring it. They circle, Lyons blocks a kick but not the elbow! Kiana knees low, fisherman’s, but Lyons fights the suplex. Kiana throws a body shot, wrenches an arm and YANSK on it, then YANKS it again. Kiana wrenches, but Lyons runs Kiana over! Fans fire up and Lyons runs in but misses in the corner! Kiana wraps the leg in the ropes to pull!

Lyons CLUBS Kiana but Kiana ROCKS Lyons, to drop a knee on the knee! Kiana smirks as she stalks Lyons and grabs the leg. Kiana kicks the leg, drives a knee into it, then YANKS it! Fans boo as Kiana stalks Lyons to a corner. Kiana goes out and drags Lyons around by the bad leg, to SLAM the leg on the apron! Kiana tries again but Lyons BOOTS her with the good leg. Lyons SMACKS Kiana off the apron, then kicks, but Kiana dodges and that boot goes into the steel steps! Lyons hobbles and Kiana puts her in the ring. Kiana covers, ONE!! Lyons shoves Kiana but Kiana gets the leg to JAM it! Fans rally as Kiana gets the leg again for a standing toehold.

Lyons endures, Kiana pushes that leg way back, but Lyons claws at Kiana. Lyons uses her free leg to push Kiana, but Kiana stomps the bad leg! Kiana steps through but Lyons kicks her away, only for Kiana to stomp her again! Lyons throws hands and elbows, then a BOOT with the good leg! Lyons KICKS and KICKS and roars to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Lyons manages to kip up! Lyons roars and runs through the pain to CANNONBALL! Lyons then spiders around to get the cover, ROPEBREAK! Kiana survives by inches because Lyons didn’t calculate the cover. Kiana avoids a kick, rolls Lyons up and holds ropes! TWO!!

Lyons gets up, grits her teeth, and SPIN KICKS Kiana down! Then LYONS’ DEN! Cover, Lyons wins!

Winner: Nikkita Lyons, by pinfall

If anyone from Raw or SmackDown was watching, they now know Lyons knows how to fight through the pain. Will they have to worry about Lyons’ roar- KIANA CLOBBERS LYONS! Kiana used her purse to blast Lyons, and she says no one makes her look stupid! Will Kiana mean business when Lyons returns from SmackDown?

 

Apollo Crews watches film with the Creed Brothers.

Here it comes! Brutus SMASH! That’s great stuff, love to see it. Julius thanks Apollo for sitting with them to watch this back. Apollo is a veteran who sees things they don’t pick up on, so they’re grateful to him. Apollo says they’ve got it. He is a huge fan, after all. But then Roderick Strong walks in and asks what the hell is going on. They’re watching film. No, he knows that. But why is Apollo in here? The better question is, where was Strong last week? He said he’d be there for them and then no-showed! Strong says it was a test! And they passed! They game planned for Strong being there, but he wasn’t there, and they still found a way to win on their own. Strong is proud!

Brutus says screw “tests,” Strong out and lied to them! The Creeds can argue and fight as brothers, but they don’t lie to each other. That’s not what Diamond Mine is about! Apollo does agree here, that was shady on Strong’s part. What? What is Apollo even here for? He’s not Diamond Mine. Oh, he can’t just sit and watch film? NO! Well, then Apollo has a better idea. Let’s put that film up from two weeks ago, the Six Man Tag. How does Roddy feel about that? HoW dOeS rOdDy FeEl? How about Roddy beats the piss outta Apollo and then we watch THAT film back?!

The Creeds keep the peace, but Strong says Apollo won’t have his new buddies in his corner, they’ll be in STRONG’s! Diamond Mine forever! Well, Apollo’s gonna get that match made. Yes, you do that, thank you. Apollo leaves, but will Strong be the one getting beat?

 

Lash Legend is on the phone.

She asks where her friends are at, they have reservations. But hold on, hold on, she’s gotta go. She walks over and asks Malik Blade where he’s off to. And where’s his boy, Edris Enofe? Oh, it doesn’t matter, because she doesn’t really like him versus Malik. But did Malik see her match VS Alba Fyre? Yeah, of course he did, right? So, ya girl was looking super fly, then her music hits and she comes out, looking good as always, and then that one fan with the poster, ugh, bye. Lash keeps on ranting while we cut away, is Malik going to be okay?

 

British Rounds Match: Wes Lee VS Trick Williams w/ Carmelo Hayes!

Just as seen on NXT UK, we take wrestling and combine it with boxing, there will be six three-minute rounds, first to two falls (submissions, pinfalls or count-outs) wins, unless there’s a disqualification, or even better, a knockout! The Must-See Kid’s got his boxing gloves ready, but will the gloves come off in this unique grudge match?

NXT returns and Trick makes his entrance, the North American Champion as his cornerman. The introductions are made, there’s a tale of the tape, and the bell rings on the first round! Lee and Trick circle, have their dukes up, but Trick JABS and JABS real fast! Trick does some rope a dope, JABS and throws a right, but Lee shrugs those off. They circle, Lee ducks a shot, and another, then fires off fast body shots! Trick pushes Lee away and falls back to his corner. Melo makes sure those gloves are secure, and fans chant “This is Boxing!” The two circle again, Lee takes another JAB, then guards the rest.

Trick tries to rope a dope but Lee stays clear of those punches! Lee bobs ‘n’ weaves, fires off body shots, Trick clinches for an STO! And some ground ‘n’ pound! But Lee turns it back around! They fire off fast hands and fans fire up! There’s still 90 seconds in this opening round, the two reset and square up again. Lee keeps his distance, Trick swings wild, and Lee fires off more body shots! Trick clinches again but Lee keeps throwing hands! Trick hits back as we reach a minute, then he throws a KNEE! Fans boo, so much for regular boxing! Trick fires off hands as he has Lee in the corner! The ref counts, Trick keeps firing off, but he backs off at 4.

Trick brings Lee out but Lee ROCKS him! And ROCKS him! And then fires off body shots! Trick shoves Lee away but Lee comes back. The hands fly, Lee JABS and ROCKS Trick, then gives more body shots! We’re at 15 seconds, then 10, and it’s all Lee! Lee has Trick in a corner, the countdown is zero! Lee is barking but he lets off.

Lee: 0; Trick: 0

Melo coaches Trick up to whoop Lee! The gloves are literally off now, and we start round two! Lee runs in to MONKEY FLIP! And then arm-drag! Trick wobbles into another arm-drag! Lee ducks the haymakers to then FLYING ARM-DRAG! And DROPKICK! Trick wobbles, Lee clotheslines him up and out! Fans fire up for Lee as he PLANCHAS and takes Trick down! Lee stares Melo down, puts Trick in the ring, and then hurries in. But Melo grabs at Lee! Lee BOOTS Melo, but Trick BOOTS Lee! Cover, Trick gets a fall!

Lee: 0; Trick: 1

Not even a minute and Trick scores, thanks to Melo! Will Lee be able to recover in these 20 seconds? Melo sprays Trick down with water while NXT goes picture in picture.

Melo peps talks Trick while Lee flounders away to his corner. Lee grits his teeth, the third round starts, and Trick SPLASHES Lee down in the corner! Trick drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles, then bumps him off buckles again. Lee wobbles, Trick bumps him off the middle buckle now. Trick drags Lee up, whips him to ropes, and DROPKICKS him down! Cover, TWO! Lee is still in this but Trick talks trash. We’re at two minutes in this round as Trick clamps on a chinlock. Trick leans on the hold and grinds Lee down, but Lee fights back up. Trick puts Lee through ropes and has him for a cobra twist!

The ref counts, Trick lets off, and YANKS the ropes to send Lee down. Trick drags Lee up to scoop and SLAM, then covers, TWO! Trick is annoyed but he CLUBS Lee down. Lee crawls back to ropes but Trick CHOKES him! The ref counts, Trick lets off at 4 and Lee sputters. Trick CHOKES Lee more, then lets off again. Lee sputters and crawls but Trick stalks him. Trick CLUBS Lee again, and again! Lee gets to ropes again but Trick brings him around to whip. Lee ducks ‘n’ dodges to then sunset flip! TWO, and Trick hurries to CLUB Lee again! We’re at 10 seconds in this round, Trick whips Lee but Lee reverses to kick and trip! The round is over before the Half Crab!

Lee: 0; Trick: 1

Trick is saved by the bell again, and Melo says he’s got the gloves “fixed.” Trick says no, no more boxing, but Melo says trust him! NXT returns to single picture just as the fourth round starts. Wait, Trick seems to understand what Melo means, and is A-OK with the glove. But Lee rolls him up! ONE, Lee ducks the glove, ducks it again, but Trick kicks low! Lee dodges the haymaker, sunset flips again, TWO! Trick staggers up but Lee KICKS away on his leg! Trick ends up in a corner, Lee whips him but Trick reverses. Lee hits buckles hard, and Trick storms up on Lee. Lee avoids that left hand again, and again, and again!

Lee rolls, gets around, crucifix takedown! Lee gets the fall!!

Lee: 1; Trick: 1

CHEAP SHOT from Trick!! The ref reprimands but the shot still landed! Is Lee even able to continue now? Trick waits in his corner, the fifth round starts, and Lee stands. Trick FLYING LARIATS Lee down! Cover, TWO!! Trick drags Lee up, reels him in and suplexes to SLAM him! Trick stomps away in frustration, then drags Lee back up. Trick whips, POP-UP UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO!?! Lee survives that shot and Trick is furious! Trick drags Lee up, suplexes again, then drags Lee back up for another! Trick drags Lee up again, another suplex! Not quite Three Amigos, but Trick covers, TWO!!

Trick is annoyed but the fans rally up. Lee stands as we reach 90 seconds, and Trick circles him like a vulture. SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Lee is still in this, Trick covers again, TWO!! Trick and Melo don’t understand how Lee is still in this! We’re at one minute left, Trick spins but the kick misses! Lee ENZIGURIS Trick against ropes, then runs to ENZIGURI again! Fans fire up as Lee ROCKS Trick again, again, and again! Lee backs Trick down with those bare knuckle shots! Lee whips, UPPERCUTS, then whips Trick again. BULLDOG! We’re at 25 seconds as Lee gets HIS gloves back!

Lee aims at Trick with 15, HAYMAKER SHOT!! Cover, Lee wins!!

Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall, 2-1

With 10 seconds left in the fifth, Lee made this one must-see! Will Trick be the one crying when he wakes up?

 

Andre Chase meets with someone.

He apologizes for what happened, and promises to get to the bottom of this. Someone visits, and it’s Thea Hail. Wait, Arianna Grace claims Thea gave her a black eye?! Is that true? No,  not technically! Thea and Bodhi were just playing catch in the quad, the ball got away from Thea and it hit Grace in the face! Grace says Thea ruined her perfect face! She’s a former beauty pageant queen! How can she wear a crown when she looks like this? Chase says they’ll settle this 1v1 in the ring. OMG Thea’s first match on NXT? That’s amazing! But Grace says no, she was thinking more of a lawsuit.

A lawsuit?! Are you effing kidding?! This is Chase U! They settle their differences in the ring! They can’t do that! Uh, they can! It happened on university grounds so it is under Chase’s jurisdiction. Thea is so excited but is she ready? Yes, she’s got this. Thanks so much, Mr. Chase! She’s got this! She’s got this! She’s GOT THIS! She runs off, leaving Chase falling over in her wake! Will Thea Hail score one for Chase U?

 

Carmelo Hayes is still in the ring.

“Hey! Hey, everybody, calm down, okay? Look, I’m upset, too. We were supposed to have an hour long Trick & Melobration in this ring, but Wes Lee decided he wanted to cheat!” Fans boo, they don’t believe that. But Melo says there’s time to kill and we need to talk about last week. Melo issued an open challenge for THE North American Championship, and that little peon,  Nathan Frazer, thought he was gonna pull a fast one! But just like everyone else, Frazer stepped up to get stepped on, and Melo is STILL the A Champion! That is all it is, and that is all it’s ever gonna be! But then here comes Frazer!

But wait, the British Prodigy doesn’t come out here, and surprise! From the other side of the arena, it’s Giovanni Vinci! Vinci tells Melo that he’s a top tier athlete, making the North American Championship the most important title here. But Melo’s life flashed before his eyes when he saw Vinci, didn’t he? But luckily, that goof, Frazer, saved Melo from Vinci. Vinci will deal with Frazer when the time is right. Bu tin the meantime… Vinci takes off his jacket, sets it aside, and tells Melo, “Why don’t you open that challenge back up for Heatwave? Because there is nobody standing in my way right now.”

Fans fire up for the idea, and Vinci says in Italian and then English, that while Melo says he’s THE A Champion, all Vinci sees here is a guy. Melo says hold on. If he heard correctly, Frazer saved Melo from Vinci? Nah, bro, you got it twisted. Frazer saved Vinci from Melo. Because Gio, Melo looks at your potential, but he is NOT “him.” Because Melo IS. So at Heatwave, we can put it in the pot and let it cook. But Melo will put Vinci on a shirt, and it wont’ be designer. Melo throws the mic to Vinci, Vinci throws it back, but Melo dodges the cheap shot! Vinci blocks the superkick, but Melo dodges again to SPRINGBOARD, but Vinci gets under!

Vinci kick slow, gets Melo up, but Melo slips free! The refs rush in to stop this before it gets any more heated! But will these two burn the ring down when NXT Heatwave arrives?

 

NXT looks at the NXT Championship showdown.

JD McDonagh asks if we hear the winds of change. They’re blowing here through NXT 2.0. And you know it’s for a damn good reason. And you’ll find out why soon, because you never bet against the ace. That is to say, JD pulled an ace out of the hole and clobbered Bron Breakker at The Great American Bash. The Necessary Evil has come for the Big Booty Nephew. Bron knows JD is a surgeon in the ring. JD wanted his attention so he got it! Both men pump iron and sweat it out in the gym. Bron knows the NXT Championship attracts all kinds. Those driven by fame, by legacy, by money, by power. But JD is different. He is driven by pain.

JD says Bron trains like a caveman wanting to be an alpha male. JD trains in isolation, away from witnesses. JD tests himself with the extremes. Those moments make him his most lethal, and his desire to win has never been higher. Bron will test JD’s love of pain because he’s in store for a lot of it. JD say she’ll drag Bron screaming past his limits. That is the difference between them. Joint manipulation, torture, Bron doesn’t care. His game plan is simple: speed, power and aggression. But JD promises that Bron learns once and for all to never bet against the Irish Ace.

 

Lash is still venting to Malik.

She claps at him to get him to pay attention. She had Fyre where she wanted her, one, two, and then- OH! Edris, we were just talking about you! Here, let Lash get you caught up. She was facing Fyre, like you all saw, and Edris is probably her number one fan, right? Anyway, she had Fyre where she wanted her, right? NXT cuts away from this again, will Malik and Edris make it through?

 

Thea Hail w/ Chase U VS Arianna Grace!

Though she’s been on NXT Level Up a couple times, this is the first NXT 2.0 match for Chase U’s number one recruit! Will she show the former pageant queen that looks aren’t everything?

The bell rings and Grace shouts about her black eye! Thea dodges Grace, arm-drags her, then arm-drags again! Fans rally for Thea but Grace avoids the third arm-drag to kick, But Thea blocks that for a takedown! Wheelbarrow, but Grace SLAMS Thea off the buckles! And again! Grace makes Thea look at her then smacks her off more buckles! Grace snapmares, hip tosses, then grinds Thea’s face into the mat! Fans boo and the ref reprimands. Grace lets off, to then slap away on Thea! Thea guards her face but Grace CLUBS away on her! Fans rally, Grace throws body shots, and then she traps an arm!

Grace wants the other arm, Thea fights, but Grace gets it for a cover! ONE, and Thea kicks Grace. Grace clamps onto Thea again to trap the arms and dig her elbow into Thea’s face! The fans still rally, Thea endures and fights up, but Grace talks trash as she grinds Thea down. Grace keeps on Thea with that forearm in her face, but Thea reaches out. Fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Thea, Let’s Go!” Thea fights to get an arm free, and she backpacks Grace for a SENTON! Fans fire up and Thea and Grace slowly rise. Thea blocks a punch to spin Grace and elbow her! Then CLOBBER her! And then again! Thea runs in at the corner to SPLASH!

Thea rolls back to SPLASH again! Grace staggers, Thea dropkicks a leg out! Thea runs to ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up with Thea as she goes Ultimate Warrior! She BOOTS then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Thea drags Grace up, cravats, but Grace swings on her! Thea dodges to ROCK Grace! The black eye! Grace says it hurts, but this is a fake-out so she can BOOT Thea down! Grace fireman’s carries, for a WASTELAND SLAM! Cover, Grace wins!

Winner: Arianna Grace, by pinfall

Grace smiles big after that cheeky way to win, will Thea just have to use this #TeachableMoment for her second match in NXT?

 

Apollo Crews gets a vision of the future.

He sees Roderick Strong down in pain, but also the rest of Diamond Mine, from Damon Kemp to both Creed Brothers. Who did the damage? What does it mean? Apollo shrugs it off, his match with Strong is up next.

 

Solo Sikoa gets checked by the trainer.

The Street Champion’s got a sprained PCL, meaning it isn’t torn or broken, but he’ll be out four to six weeks. No, that’s too much time! Cameron Grimes walks over to say tough luck on the bad leg, but congrats on the big win. Solo has the doc leave them for this conversation. Solo is still feeling this, but Grimes has the whole respect of the locker room, so him saying all that means a lot. Solo mentions Vinci getting the shot at Melo, and Solo will be watching. When he comes back, he wants to get that gold for guys like them. Grimes says sure thing. Grimes then leaves, perhaps a bit bitter. Will Solo still have next? Or will someone else step up between now and then?

 

Apollo Crews VS Roderick Strong!

NXT returns as Strong makes his entrance. But despite what he said, Strong does NOT have the Creeds in his corner. Are they “testing” Strong like he did them? Can Strong still win this on his own?

The bell rings and Strong rushes in. They tie up, Strong puts Crews on ropes but Crews puts Strong on ropes in return. Strong hits a headlock takeover but Crews fights up. Crews gets the arm for a wristlock but Strong slips through. Fans rally, Strong shoots to a waistlock, but Crews switches and SLAMS Strong down. Strong moves around as Crew holds on. Fans duel, Crews facelocks, and fans rally again. Strong fights up to wrench and YANK the arm, then wristlocks back. Crews endures, Strong hits a headlock takeover, and Strong grinds Crews down. Crews keeps his shoulders up and gets a headscissors.

Strong kicks but can’t kip free. Strong moves around, headstands then turns Crews over to tie his leg sup. Strong SLAPS Crews, then scrambles to ropes as Crews storms up. Strong grins as he comes back and circles with Crews. Fans taunt Strong but Strong taunts them. Strong and Crews tie up, Crews wrenches an arm to wristlock CLUB it, and then return the slap with interest! Strong gets away and shoves Crews. Crews shoves back, Strong rushes in and gets the arm to a wristlock. Strong wrenches, wrenches and WRINGS Crews, but Crews kicks Strong away. The two reset, tie up again, and Strong trips Crews up.

Strong wants a top wristlock but Crews resists. Crews stands up, arm-drags free, then hurdles over Strong. Strong keeps moving but Crews DROPKICKS him! Fans fire up and Strong gets to a corner. Crews throws body shots, then a CHOP! Strong fires a forearm, Crews ROCKS and CHOPS Strong back! Crews reels Strong in to suplex, but Strong slips out to CLUB Crews on the back! Then Strong scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up while Strong catches his breath. Strong drags Crews up to fishhook his face and CLUB him down! Strong CHOPS Crews against ropes, but Crews ROCKS Strong back! Strong ROCKS then CHOPS again!

Crews CHOPS, Strong forearms and CHOPS, then knees low! Strong brings Crews around and scoops to another BACKBREAKER! Fans rally and Crews gets to a corner. Strong ROCKS Crews, and again, but Crews shoves him away. Crews BOOTS Strong, goes up, but leaps into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Crews flounders out of the ring. Strong storms over to the apron and drags Crews up, fans rally and duel, but Crews blocks Strong’s suplex to suplex Strong. Strong slips free to land on the apron and the two start throwing hands! Strong ducks a shot to lift Crews but Crews elbows him down. Crews fireman’s carries but Strong fights free!

Strong waistlocks but Crews holds the ropes for dear life! So Strong just trips Crews instead! Crews hits apron, but he and Strong DOUBLE LARIAT! Both men are down at ringside while NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Strong has Crews in a chinlock stretch! Fans rally while Crews endures being bent bac k! Crews pries at the hold but Strong shifts to have the leg. Strong stomps Crews down and drags Crews up. Strong reels Crews in but Crews suplexes first! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Crews drags himself up the ropes, hobbles to a corner, and climbs up top. Strong trips Crews up! Crews gets stuck up top and Strong KICKS him in the stomach! Crews falls, Strong covers, TWO! Strong clamps onto Crews with a grounded abdominal stretch but fans rally again. Crews fights up, throws body shots, but Strong knees low!

Strong runs in at the corner but misses! ENZIGURI from Crews, then a LARIAT! And another LARIAT! Crews whips, and LEAPING LARITS! Crews kips up and fans fire up! Crews runs corner to corner to STINGER SPLASH! Direct hit and Strong flounders. Crews goes up, FLYING BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Strong survives and Crews grits his teeth in frustration. “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly rise. Crews stands first, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Crews holds on and he GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Crews still holds on, but Strong throws back elbows! Strong is free and he ROCKS Apollo!

Strong runs but into a pop-up wheelbarrow GERMAN! Cover, TWO!! Strong survives and Crews shakes out the cobwebs. Fans rally and duel as both men go to opposite ends. Crews drags himself up the ropes and he storms over to Strong. Crews reels Strong in, but Strong flying-mares free! Strong BOOTS Crews, then dumps Crews out to the apron! Crews slingshots into a KNEE! Strong goes back out after Crews, reels him in, APRON BACK SUPLEX! Crews flops down to the floor and Strong hobbles over. Strong puts Crews in the ring, covers, TWO! Fans fire up as Strong gets the legs, STRONGHOLD!! Crews endures as Strong sits deep!

Fans rally and duel as Crews fights his way around. Crews rolls and BOOTS Strong all the way out of the ring! Strong runs back in, into a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up and Crews says he’ll raise the roof! He lifts Strong but Strong slips off to hit a BACKBREAKER! But Crews PELES! Strong jumps, but into Crews’ arms! Crews pops Strong up, GUTBUSTER DROP! But Strong BOOTS and ENZIGURIS right back! Only to run into the SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Crews wins!!

Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall

Crews survives the Savior of the Backbreaker and gets a big win off a former NXT Tag Team, Cruiserweight and North American Champion! Will this lead Crews to finally get an NXT title of his own?

 

Lash is STILL venting.

Malik looks bored and Edris looks upset as she goes on and on. Edris tells Lash that she lost! Now she knows he didn’t just interrupt. And Pretty Deadly walk in to defend Lash> N ever interrupt a woman when she’s talking. #YesBoy! #YesGirl! But don’t worry, they’re facing Malik & Edris next, and will wipe the floor with them! Well, Malik just listened to Lash for an hour, so he has plenty of pent-up aggression here! See y’all in the ring! OKAY~? Edris & Malik mock Lash doing her make-up, but will they be the ones venting against Kit Wilson & Elton Prince?

 

Santos Escobar is on the road.

He’s talking to someone on the phone. He’s almost to the meeting place. He promises he’s alone, just as they agreed. Santos promises to Elektra Lopez that if anything does go wrong, he’ll send the signal. The Emperor of Lucha is moments away from meeting with The Don, but will this truly be 1v1?

 

Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz vent to Sanga.

This is so annoying! They were so good in that Fatal 4 Way but they lost. Sanga, how can they improve? But then the NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, Katana Chance & Kayden Carter, walk in. They’ve known Leon & Feroz a long time and they respect them. KC Squared will be fighting champions, and they will meet Feroz & Leon again. And when that time comes, they’ll be ready. Feroz isn’t so sure, and Leon isn’t sure, either. Sanga says they’re a lot like those two, though. Kayden & Katana came so close time and again, but never gave up. Now they’re the champions! So you two can’t give up. One day, you will be in that spot. You need to clear your minds.

Sanga says Leon & Feroz can learn from him how to find balance and perspective. They thank him for helping them. Will Sanga hep Leon & Feroz be Zen enough to get another golden opportunity?

 

Diamond Mine watches film again.

Damon Kemp is with the Creed Brothers, but they’re not sure what they aren’t seeing. This is the same match Crews had them watch, right? Yeah, but Julius isn’t sure what Apollo was seeing. Brutus isn’t, either. Things were good, but what about Kemp? No, he thinks they did great, though they lost. OH, wait, what was that? Run that back! But just as they want to, Strong storms in and asks where they were! That was a test, Roddy, and you passed! How’s it feel!? Strong asks what they just said. He didn’t pass, he lost! They weren’t out there with him and he lost!

Well, Roddy, they just got done through watching back the 8 Man, and there’s bigger issues here. If Julius is right, he deals with the problem next week. The problem is Crews! No talking to outsiders! Strong knows what’s best for them! Crews isn’t Diamond Mine, he’s just an idiot! And then he smashes the laptop! Will Julius have grounds to expel someone from Diamond Mine?

 

It’s time for the Final Accord.

Tony D’Angelo waits, but of course Escobar is late. “Speak of the devil, there he is.” Escobar parks and exits his car, and Tony asks if he’s alone. Of course he is. Did Tony come alone? Yeah, just the two of them. Escobar offers a handshake but Tony tells him to sit down at the table. Escobar wants to shake hands now? Last time they saw each other, Escobar got Tony with brass knuckles. Escobar’s lucky to still be breathing. Escobar says Tony thought he’d never see him again, huh? Tony and his goon put him in the hospital and almost ended his career. But Escobar is full of surprises. Last week was just some payback, nothing personal.

Tony told Escobar to stay in his lane but Escobar didn’t listen. So here we are, four months later. Escobar still works for Tony. Oh, right. But is Tony North American Champion? No. Is Tony NXT Tag Team Champion? Why is he asking questions he already knows the answers to? Escobar laughs as he says those are his favorite questions. Tony tells Escobar not to get smart with him. Tony is The Don! Yeah, yeah, he dictates the rules, the others enforce them. But Tony must know by now that this isn’t going to work. Escobar has pride and legacy. Legado was- Yeah, yeah, built on hard work. Tony’s heard that all before, too.

Escobar talks about hard work from his ivory tower with his stupid pride. But that got him walking behind Tony. Then what do they do? They don’t like each other anymore. Tony wants Escobar to do his job! Escobar has no power. Tony called the meeting to get Escobar’s head on straight. But it’s still shoved up his own ass! Oh, Escobar’s got his head up his own ass? Well, these last four months, Escobar got to learn what makes Tony tick. And Tony loves having a big feather in his cap. The only reason Tony is The don is because he sent Ciampa packing. So here it is: one final match, and they raise the stakes.

NXT Heatwave: If Tony beats Escobar, Escobar leaves,  never to be seen in NXT. Never? Never! Okay, but then Tony keeps his three sheep. Lopez, Cruz and Wilde aren’t sheep, they’re familia! NO, they’re sheep, Fine, Tony gets them. But if Escobar wins, Legado is free from the D’Angelo Family. Okay, Escobar gets his match. But under one condition. It isn’t going to be a regular match. it will be under rules they are both familiar with. This will be man to man, in a STREET FIGHT! Fine by Escobar. If Escobar wins, Legado is free. If Tony wins, Escobar is gone. Now they shake hands. And next week, we find out who is the true leader of leaders.

Tony tells Escobar to say good-bye to his people. Because he vows to rid NXT of Santos Escobar for good. Will this be adios to the Emperor of Lucha?

 

Tiffany Stratton arrives at her dressing room.

She walks inside and thinks she can relax, but WENDY CHOO is there! Wendy has night vision goggles!! She turns off the lights, then whoops Tiffany in the dark! “How do you like that, Tiffy?!” And when the lights come back on, Tiffany is a mess! Wendy tells her this isn’t over, and she leaves for now. Will Wendy turn Tiffany’s life into a waking nightmare?

 

Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Pretty Deadly!

For whatever reason, Lash felt the need to vent to Malik & Edris, and they just about snapped! Will they take all of that out on the former NXT UK Tag Team Champions? Or will Edris & Malik be crying over some Spilt Milk?

The teams sort out and Prince starts against Malik. They circle, tie up, and Prince headlocks. Malik powers out but Prince runs him over to then say “WHOA~!” Malik scowls and gets back up. They tie up, Prince headlocks but Malik powers out. Things speed up and Malik hurdles to arm-drag! Prince flounders, Malik arm-drags him again! Malik keeps on the arm and wrenches to a wristlock. Tag to Edris, Edris climbs up and leaps to AX HANDLE Prince’s arm! Fans fire up and Edris scoops to SLAM Prince, then drops an elbow! Cover, ONE!! Edris drags Prince over, tags Malik in, then drop toeholds Prince so they can BOOT and LARIAT!

Fans fire up and Malik runs to BOOT Wilson! But Prince FLAPJACKS Malik then tags Wilson in. Pretty Deadly double whip to POP-UP UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Wilson CLUBS Malik, stomps him, then drags him up, Malik throws body shots but Wilson scoops and SLAMS! Wilson drops a knee on Malik’s face, then he stalks Malik to the corner. Malik hits Prince but Wilson fires off on Malik! Tag to Prince, Wilson cheap shots Edris before the ASSISTED GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Prince puts him on the ropes. Tag to Wilson, Pretty Deadly mock Briggs & Jensen with the “YEEHAW~!” They both slide and HAYMAKER Malik down!

Pretty Deadly strike their pose, but then Briggs & Jensen come storming down the ramp! Pretty deadly run away into the ring, then mock the UK Tag Team Champions. But they forget about Malik! Malik dodges Wilson, slides under Prince and hot tags Edris! Edris rallies on Pretty Deadly with lariats and elbows! And then a DROPKICK! Wilson wobbles, Edris whips and trips him, to then SLING-DOG! Fans fire up with Edris as he goes up top! MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Prince breaks it! Prince hurries to grab a chair from under the ring and slide it in. But Malik FLIES and takes Prince out! Wilson has the chair, but Briggs snatches it from him!

Edris runs in, but Wilson sends him into the chair and Briggs! Briggs and Edris both fall, Prince POSTS Malik then tags in! Pretty Deadly get Edris up for some SPILT MILK! Cover, Pretty Deadly wins!

Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall

Wilson & Prince use Briggs & Jensen against Malik & Edris! And then Lash BOOTS Fallon Henley outta nowhere!! Lash talks trash, but will she and Pretty Deadly take over from the country trio?

 

Javier Bernal calls out to Cameron Grimes.

He tells Grimes to be more careful going through the door this time. Grimes wants after Bernal but the security guard is there to tell him it’s not worth it. Grimes says he’s right, Bernal isn’t worth it. But then Joe Gacy & The Schism walk over. They ask Grimes where he is going. He’s going home. But to who? Grimes doesn’t respond, he just walks out the door. Will Gacy break Grimes down until he’s part of their movement?

 

Toxic Attraction speaks.

Gigi & Jacy held the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships for so long, those belts felt like a part of them. They can’t believe they let this happen. Gigi never knew a real home or had a constant in her life until Toxic Attraction, and until they became champions. When you lose something so dear, you either reflect, or you can rebel. Gigi & Jacy each revitalize themselves with their comfort zones. Jacy loves rock music, it is her release, because rock music doesn’t give a damn about who you are or what you do. Gigi doesn’t play by anyone else’s rules. She does her things her way and thrives. That will never change, ever!

Toxic Attraction lives the rockstar life: seductive, sadistic, and successful! They are wounded, but wounded animals are more dangerous. They ARE Toxic Attraction, and they will shatter your false reality. Is this all a sign that Gigi & Jacy are ready to revamp what it means to be toxic?

 

Backstage interview with Apollo Crews.

McKenzie congratulates him on the big win tonight. Crews says hell yeah that was big! The whole world saw it! And Crews says he doesn’t like or trust Strong. But Cres is getting win after win, gaining momentum- But Waller walks in to congratulate him, too. Yeah, thanks, that was a hard fought win. Waller says he’s gonna do McKenzie’s job for her again, and ask the hard hitting questions. WHY is Crews here? To take from Waller and the locker room? The rest of the guys are afraid to say it, but not Waller! On behalf of NXT 2.0, Crews is no longer welcome. Oh, is that true? Yeah, check his history, lad. Waller already ran one guy out of here. He has no problem making Crews next.

Then lets’ go now! Crews dares Waller to try, but Waller backs off. Crews says he’s going nowhere, but will his return to NXT bring him up to the top?

 

Zoey Stark VS Cora Jade!

The Iron Woman has her shot at the NXT Women’s Championship next week, but she talks with Lyons backstage about their coming tag title opportunity. Lyons owes Kiana another beat down, but for now, it’s Stark’s turn. Cora is not going to stop Stark from getting at the women’s title next week, just like no one will stop them from becoming WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. They have a secret handshake already, will this team sweep the night? Or will Cora do the Toxic Goddess’ dirty work before Heatwave?

NXT returns and speaking of the champion, Mandy Rose joins commentary, with Wade Barrett kissing up to her immediately. Stark then makes her entrance, and she stares Mandy right down. The bell rings and Zoey circles with Cora. Fans rally, Cora shoves Zoey but she smirks. Cora shoves again but Zoey grabs her arm and reels her in to run her over! Cora scrambles away but Zoey drags her back in! Cora ducks the kick, rolls Zoey up to a cover, TWO! Fans duel, Zoey spins Cora around to a cradle, TWO! Zoey Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Cora gets up but into arm-drag after arm-drag! Cora gets to ropes for defense and fans boo.

Zoey wants Cora to come back but the ref has her back off. Zoey RAMS into Cora, throws knees, but Cora CLUBS and throws Zoey down. Cora stomps Zoey, stands on her, but Zoey shoves her away. Cora stomps and CLUBS Zoey, covers, TWO! Zoey ROCKS Cora again and again, then CHOPS and CHOPS! Zoey whips Cora, CLOBBERS Cora, then covers, TWO! Zoey keeps on Cora with a suplex, but Cora slips out and waistlocks. Zoey bucks the O’Conner Roll so Cora ROCKS her with a right! Fans boo, Cora drags Zoey up but Zoey waistlocks and SLAMS her down! Zoey holds on, drags Cora up again, and SLAMS her back down!

Cora fights up, throws’ an elbow but Zoey ducks to FISHERMAN SUPELX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect, so Zoey CLOBBERS Cora in a corner. Zoey goes corner to corner but Cora puts her on the apron! Zoey ROCKS Cora, sweeps the leg, then slingshot ARABIAN PRESSES! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Zoey drags Cora up to waistlock. Cora bucks Zoey now, then sidesteps to SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo while Cora swaggers and NXT goes picture in picture.

Cora stomps Zoey, drags her up, but Zoey ROCKS her! And again! Cora bumps Zoey off buckles, then stomps Zoey down. Cora digs her boots in, the ref counts but Zoey shoves Cora’s foot away. Cora drags Zoey to a cover, ONE!! Cora is annoyed but Zoey throws body shots and a CHOP! Cora CHOPS back but Zoey CHOPS again! Cora CHOPS, Zoey kicks low and ROCKS Cora with forearms! Zoey snapmares then runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Cora stomps Zoey back down and has her in the corner. Cora drags Zoey to a cover, TWO! Cora is annoyed but she drags Zoey up to whip to a corner hard!

Cora grins as Zoey bumps off buckles. Cora storms over, stomps Zoey down, then kicks her around. Cora drags Zoey up but Zoey ROCKS Cora again and again and again! Zoey kicks low, ROCKS Cora then whips, but Cora reverses. Zoey hits ropes hard and Cora ELBOWS her down! Cover, TWO! Cora snarls, talks some trash, then stomps Zoey down. Cora keeps stomping Zoey at the ropes, but the ref has her back off. Zoey sits up, Cora springboards to DOUBLE STOMP! NXT returns to single picture as Cora covers, TWO! Cora drags Zoey up to whip her to ropes, put her on the ropes again and KICK her down! Cora runs but Zoey dodges the elbow!

Fans fir up as Zoey jackknifes, TWO, and Cora CLOBBERS Zoey! Cora snarls and she drags Zoey up to a chinlock. Zoey endures as fans duel and Cora shifts to a neck wrench. Cora leans on the hold and traps Zoey’s arms so she can CLUB her again and again! Zoey victory rolls through, TWO! Cora CHOPS Zoey to ropes! Cora runs in to SHINING- NO, Zoey blocks that to YANK Cora down! Fans rally and duel again as Cora crawls to a corner. Cora brings out her kendo stick! Cora aims at Zoey, but Zoey dodges and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans fire up while both women are down! Cora and Zoey sit up slowly as the fans rally up.

Zoey blocks a punch to give a punch! And then again! And again! Zoey DECKS Cora, but Cora gets up so Zoey CLOBBERS her! And CLOBBERS her! And mule kicks to fire off forearms and elbows! Cora wobbles into a mule kick, then Zoey fires up! Zoey runs to SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!! Zoey is annoyed but Mandy isn’t worried. Zoey runs in at Cora but blocks a boot to reel her in! HALF ‘N’ HALF! Cover, TWO!! Cora survives and Zoey is frustrated. Cora sits up but Zoey takes aim. Cora stands, deflects the superkick and ROCKS Zoey! Cora cravats, goes up the corner, but no Sliced Bread! SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!!

Mandy is disappointed in Cora, she expected better out of her. Cora crawls, Zoey watches her go to ropes, and then Zoey goes to the apron. Zoey slingshots but Cora moves! Zoey handsprings through her own senton, runs back in, but into a drop toehold! Zoey’s on the ropes again and Cora SHINING WIZARDS! Cora reels Zoey into a HAMMERLOCK DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Zoey survives and shocks Cora! Fans rally and duel, Cora cravats again, SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Fans are fired up and Cora goes back for her custom kendo stick. “This is Awesome!” and guess what! Roxie just took Cora’s kendo stick!

Cora is furious, but she turns around into Zoey’s SUPERKICK! And then GO TO STARK!! Cover, Stark wins!!

Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall

And she stares Mandy right down! Is Mandy worried about Stark now? And as for Roxie, she warns Cora that there is nowhere to hide! Roxie swings the stick, Cora runs for it, but then Mandy gets in the ring! Stark SUPERKICKS her first! And hits GO TO STARK!! Zoey holds up the title belt, is the Toxic Reign about to end?


My Thoughts:

A great go-home episode for NXT with their newest special next week. Good opening match with Lyons VS Kiana, and I figured Lyons would win here, even without the news of Lyons & Stark being in the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament. Kiana attacking Lyons after is a good way to keep the feud going, as Lyons & Stark aren’t the ones to win the RawDown titles. Great stuff out of Diamond Mine and Apollo, and even Apollo’s future vision ability going to a new level was clever. Crews sees the faction’s downfall, and the green light implies it’s because of him, but we all knew Strong is going to be kicked out of the group at some point. Awesome match out of Crews and Strong, too, and I’m sure Crews VS Waller will be a great one, too.

The British Rounds match here was a lot of fun, especially with how Trick and Lee started it as a boxing match and then shifted into wrestling. I almost thought we were going to get a knockout win here, but it was fair of them to let Lee win with a pinfall. Melo and Vinci have a great exchange, from both their promos to the acrobatic brawl. That title match is going to be awesome, and Heatwave is getting even bigger. Bron and JD have a good vignette, though it wasn’t quite a Prime Target. Both the North American and main NXT Championship matches feel like they can go either way, but I would be very surprised if both champions lost. Maybe HHH & HBK worked something out where Melo & Trick are moving up to one show (SmackDown) while Bron goes to the other (Raw).

Another great Chase U promo, and a pretty solid match from Thea VS Arianna. Thea’s got great Chase U ring gear, and quite the surprise that Grace won. I suppose Thea is going to go through some growing pains before she gets her first televised win. Lash venting to Edris & Malik was a hilarious way to lead us to a match. Edris & Malik VS Pretty Deadly was great, even with the mishap involving Briggs & Jensen. A Mixed Six Tag of Briggs, Jensen & Fallon VS Lash & Pretty Deadly would be a lot of fun, and so would Fyre joining Malik & Edris against Lash & Pretty Deadly. It could even lead to Edris & Malik getting a shot at the UK Tag titles while Briggs & Jensen are stateside.

Solo Sikoa being out for a month or so is a shame for him, real or kayfabe, but using him as part of Grimes’ bitterness was great continuity since Grimes was the one who first encouraged Solo in the North American Championship chase. Javier Bernal seems to be getting great little cameos as part of Grimes’ story, I wonder if a match with Bernal will be the last straw and Grimes goes Heel, finally joining The Schism. And though short, we got a really good segment out of Wendy and Tiffany with the dressing room ambush. I really hope their blow-off grudge match is No Disqualification. They did a great job with that backstage brawl, they really should up the ante, and then Wendy wins to move on and force Tiffany to have a confidence crisis angle.

We got a decent segment out of “The Final Accord,” but obviously the major development from that is their Street Fight blow-off. Escobar leaving NXT if he loses is clearly code that this is his window of opportunity to be called up. We got a good vignette from Gigi & Jacy, and we finally got to learn a bit about their characters, and it was framed like we are supposed to sympathize with them like they’re Faces after how they’ve behaved for almost a full year. But the main event was great stuff out of Stark and Cora, and of course Roxie shows up to keep Cora from cheating. However, with Stark winning the match and standing tall against Mandy at the end, I have a feeling Mandy finds a way to retain, which is a bit of a shame.

My Score: 8.7/10


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