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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (11/29/21)

Monday gets Rated R!

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Coverage Raw 2021

It’s a monumental Monday Night Raw!

The Rated R Superstar, EDGE, returns to Raw on a night filled with gold! Will RKBRO still reign over the tag division? Will Damian Priest hold onto the WWE US Championship?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Finn Balor VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins.
  • Raw Tag Team Championships: RKBRO VS The Dirty Dawgs; RKBRO wins and retains the titles.
  • The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy; The Street Profits win.
  • WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS Apollo Crews w/ Azeez; Priest wins and retains the title.
  • The Mysterios VS The Hurt Business; The Mysterios win.
  • 10 Woman Tag: Team Liv VS Team Becky; Team Liv wins.
  • WWE Championship Contenders Match: Big E VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins, by disqualification, and is added to the title match at WWE Day 1.

PLAY BY PLAY

Finn Balor VS Seth Rollins!

The Prince and The Visionary were supposed to have this match last week, but Rollins saw to it that all Balor got was a beat down! Will Balor return the favor and beat down Rollins to open the night?

Before the match, Rollins has a mic and says, “After last week, you guys might expect me to be in a bad mood. But I’m Seth Freakin’ Rollins, and nobody can keep me down! Not Kevin Owens, not Finn Balor, not Big E, not anybody else!” But there is a special reason Rollins is in a good mood: “I’ve got a secret~!” Some breaking news, even! Wanna hear it? You wanna hear it? The fans do, so give us a drum roll. It is official! At Day One, Atlanta, Georgia, Big E VS Rollins for the WWE Championship! And what a fitting name. It will be the first day of a new year, the first day of a new era, and the first day of Rollins’ next reign!

“A reign that will define the future of Monday nights! Because I am a Visionary! I am a revolutionary! I am Seth! Freakin’! Rollins!” But here comes Balor! And he tackles Rollins! Rollins throws Balor off but Balor DECKS him! Rollins bails out, Balor runs and CLOBBERS Him into the timekeeper’s area! Balor bumps Rollins off the apron, then TOSSES him over the announce desk! Balor kicks Rollins then throws him into the ring! Rollins DECKS Balor, then ruins, to DIVE! Direct hit, even with the jacket on! Rollins throws his jacket off but Balor SLINGBLADES Rollins down! Balor pulls the steel steps apart! And he RAMS Rollins down!

Balor puts Rollins back in the ring, the ref has Balor stand down and Rollins demands they ring the bell. The bell rings, Balor SHOTGUNS Rollins down! Balor climbs, but Rollins bails out. So Balor FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp and Balor is fired up as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Rollins reverses a whip, only for Balor to reverse it to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Balor grits his teeth and he KICKS Rollins to the ropes. Balor stomps away on Rollins, but Rollins gets up to hotshot Balor back! Rollins springboards but Balor gets under. Balor GAMANGIRIS from the apron, climbs up top, but Rollins trips him up! Rollins climbs up, brings Balor up, but Balor throws body shots. Balor shoves Rollins down, but Rollins comes right back! SUPERPLEX! Roll through and FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Rollins seethes, goes to the apron and climbs up the corner. Rollins FROG SPLASHES onto knees! Cover, TWO!!

Balor trips Rollins to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Balor aims from a corner, Rollins stands, but he avoids the slingblade to shove, run and SLINGBLADE Balor! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Rollins seethes, fans rally up, Rollins rains down forearms and hammer fists! Rollins goes to a corner, fans boo and jeer, but Rollins aims at Balor. Rollins runs in, into a SLINGBLADE! Balor SHOTGUN dropkicks again! Rollins is down, Balor goes up top! COUP DE- NO, Rollins moves! But Balor avoids the stomp to roll up, TWO! Both men forearm each other down! Fans build to a rally, “This is Awesome!” as both men stand.

Rollins and Balor forearm again, then forearm back and forth over and over. Rollins gets the edge, ROLLING ELBOW, but Balor PELES! Balor reels Rollins in but Rollins PELES back! Rollins ripcords but Balor gets around, ELBOW DROP DDT! Dragon sleeper, but Rollins gets Balor in the eye! Rollins runs in, spins Balor, DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! CURB STOMP!! Cover, Rollins wins!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall

The Architect saves himself and snatches away the win! Will he snatch the title away from Big E on New Year’s Day?

 

Vince McMahon is visited by Austin Theory.

They have a seat and Vince doesn’t need Theory to be all nice. No one really wants to know how Mr. McMahon is doing. It’s all phony. But what wasn’t phony was Theory’s match with Big E last week. Vince is sure Theory was surprised. But he was ready for it. So tonight, guess what’ll happen? Theory will sit here in the office to watch to show with Vince. And they’ll see if there are any surprises tonight. We’ll see if anyone expects the unexpected, and if they do, how they respond. And also, if Theory ever steals from Vince again, he will kill him. Understood.

 

Becky Lynch is here!

The Man’s come around to Long Island, and she’s ready to put pen to paper. She and Liv Morgan make it official with a Raw Women’s Championship contract signing, after the break.

Raw returns and Sonya Deville is in the ring, along with the table and armchairs. Sonya welcomes us to the contract signing, and says in the ring is the reigning, defending, Raw Women’s Champion, #BigTimeBecks, Becky Lynch! Becky says we can get Lil’ Livvy out here now. Yes, it is the “rebellious” Liv Morgan! Liv makes her entrance, joins the others in the ring, and Becky realizes this is Liv’s first contract signing. Liv can thank Becky for that. Liv looks proud of her sucker punch, huh? First bit of fire out of her. You can thank Becky for that, too. Becky wanted to see if Liv had that fire in her. She has one hell of a right.

But then what? Liv did nothing? She held back like she always does. One punch doesn’t beat Becky, but Liv knows that, too. So what’s gonna happen when it comes to the big fight? Liv gonna hold back again? Gonna prove Becky wrong? Becky knows the answer but that’s on Liv to prove. Becky’s signed her part, but Sonya, go ahead and tell Liv how long she has to decide. Well this match happens next Monday on Raw. Oh, wow, Long Island must be salty. The other place gets the title match, not them. Well, considering the crappy hockey team, the Islanders, hasn’t won a thing, nothing different, huh? But never fear, Big Time Becks-

“Would you please just shut up for once?!” Liv signs her part, while staring Becky down, and then says if she’s not holding back, here goes. Liv got upset last week. But Liv channeled the emotion into her first, instead of becoming a big blubbering mess. Like Becky crying about Charlotte after Survivor Series. Oh, Becky didn’t forget about that, did she? Liv sure didn’t. Liv even has the footage ready, courtesy of WWE’s social media team. Let’s look at the tron. Becky was emotional speaking on how she and Charlotte went through so much. The fact they despise each other now, Becky was ready to rip Charlotte apart. Becky didn’t break Charlotte’s arm, she isn’t sure how to feel about that, but she won.

Wow~! Who knew Big Time Becky could cry like a baby. But guess what else? Becks is the reason why her friend is gone, just like that big fat greedy contract is why Liv’s friends are gone. Becky is nothing but a bully, so tell us. How does it feel knowing that Becky has become everything she once despised? Becky hates Charlotte for making her number tow, but Liv is supposed to be Becky’s? Too bad. Liv’s learned from Becky’s mistakes. This isn’t the Becky Liv once admired and this isn’t the Liv Becky left behind. So if Liv’s punch wasn’t enough to show her that, maybe the next one will! But Sonya keeps the peace!

Becky says that was big emotion after a big match! Liv wouldn’t know anything about that! And some of them deserve to get paid. Now, if Liv would’ve let Becky finish, Becky would’ve shared she has a big opportunity for Liv. If Liv thinks she can be a leader and a champion, well then Becky pitched a little match, a little 5v5, Team Liv VS Team Becks tonight. Put the graphic up! Sonya cues up the teams, and Liv gets Bianca Belair, Dana Brooke, Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H. to take on Becky, Tamina, “Doudrop” Piper Niven, and the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Carmella & Queen Zelina Vega. Liv says Becky is way too selfish to ever be a real leader. Challenge accepted!

Liv drops the mic but Becky raises the belt. Will Liv prove she’s ready in tonight’s 10 Woman Tag?

 

RKBRO meets up backstage.

Matt Riddle scoots up, and asks where Randy Orton’s shorts are. He looks rad as usual, but after last week with Riddle being Randy, he thought Randy would be Riddle. Why in the hell would he do that? Because they totally Freaky Friday’d last week. Imagine if they remade that movie with RKBRO! Plus, Riddle did so great hitting an RKO, and then he saw Orton hit the Bro Derek, and then he “saw the lettuce flowing from your head,” and just thought they’d both be scootering around. Orton gets Riddle to stop right there. They’re defending their tag titles. If Riddle thinks Orton was going to ride his scooter to the ring bare foot, then Riddle’s more brain dead than Orton first thought.

Orton says he does appreciate Riddle, but they don’t need to dress up as each other to keep the titles. They need to be more ruthless than anyone else, and stay ten steps ahead. Got that? Yes, but could Orton do him a favor? He wants Orton to close his eyes. Orton does, and Riddle puts a wig on him! Orton sees himself in the mirror and says Riddle has two seconds to get this off his head. One- Riddle takes the wig away. Don’t ever do that again. Sorry… The music hits and RKBRO heads out. Will the Viper and the Stallion stay golden against the Glorious One and the Show-Off?

Raw Tag Team Championships: RKBRO VS The Dirty Dawgs!

Raw returns and the Dawgs make their entrance. The titles are raised and we see if Ziggler & Roode return to title glory.

The bell rings and they attack RKBRO from behind! Orton goes down, Ziggler bumps Riddle off buckles, tag to Roode. POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Roode DECKS Orton, stomps Riddle, then tags Ziggler. Catapult into the SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO! Ziggler keeps on Riddle with a sleeper and body scissors but fans rally up. Riddle fights up, Ziggler brings him around, but Riddle throws body shots. Riddle reaches out but Ziggler pulls hair to stop the tag! Ziggler has Riddle in an open corner, throws body shots, then haymakers. Ziggler runs but Riddle dodges the splash! Ziggler hits buckles, Riddle crawls over, but Ziggler anchors a foot.

Riddle BOOTS Ziggler, hot tags Orton! The Viper rallies on the Dawgs! He dodges Ziggler to POWERSLAM on the return! Fans fire up, Orton has Ziggler on the apron and through the ropes. But Roode anchors Ziggler’s feet and save shim from the DDT. So Orton drags Roode up! Ziggler drags Orton down, Orton fights the Dawgs off! Orton SMACKS Ziggler off the desk, then back suplexes, but Ziggler lands on his feet! SUPERKICK! Riddle runs over but Roode kicks him down! Roode gives Riddle the DESK BACK SUPLEX! The Dawgs are fired up as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Ziggler tags in. The Dawgs mug Orton, Ziggler fires body shots in the corner. The ref counts, Ziggler lets off and tags Roode back in. Ziggler whips Roode for Roode to whip Ziggler, SPLASH in the corner! Feed to a kick and a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Roode does push-ups to show off, then CLUBS Orton down. Roode wraps on a chinlock, fans rally as Orton endures. Orton fights up, but Roode wrangles him down! Roode talks trash while grinding the hold, but Orton fights up. Orton reaches out but Roode keeps him away from Riddle. Orton slips around to hit a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up as Orton crawls, hot tag to Riddle!

Ziggler tags in but Riddle gets around to ripcord FINAL FLASH! Riddle spins Roode around to PELE! Riddle kips up and forearm smashes Ziggler for a BROSPLODER! Then a forearm smash and BROSPLODER to Roode! BROTON for Roode! BROTON for Ziggler! PENALTY KICK for Ziggler! Roode gets in the ropes but Riddle kicks him! Fans fire up as Riddle copies Orton, DRAPING DDT! Tag to Orton and fans fire up as RKBRO both hear voices, bro! The Dawgs slowly get up, but they deny the double RKO’s. Roode clotheslines Riddle out, Ziggler ZIGZAGS! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler is furious that his best shot doesn’t win it!

Fans are thunderous for “RANDY! RANDY!” as Ziggler aims. Orton rises, but he blocks the superkick and rolls Ziggler, RKO!! Cover, RKBRO wins!

Winners: RKBRO, by pinfall (still Raw Tag Team Champions)

The Viper and the Stallion stand tall as another tag team falls! Will they continue to reign into the new year?

 

Kevin Owens finds Seth Rollins backstage.

Rollins stops laughing and asks what Kevin wants. Well an exciting night. Big win tonight, title match at Day 1. But Rollins isn’t the only one with big news. Kevin has something? Yes, and it kinda involves Rollins. If Kevin wins against Big E tonight, he’ll be added to the match at Day 1. Rollins laughs, thinking Kevin is joking. But he’s not. This is the truth. No, there’s no way. This is a lie. It is Rollins’ match. Until Kevin beats Big E. Just go ask Pearce. The bald guy. Rollins will go ask because he doesn’t believe Kevin because Kevin’s a liar. Rollins heads off to find Pearce, will he find out Kevin is actually being honest?

 

Rollins finds Adam Pearce.

Rollins doesn’t want to take up too much time, but what the hell is Kevin talking about? What is he talking about? That Pearce told Kevin that if Kevin wins tonight, he’s added to the match at Day 1. Well Rollins should know not to trust Kevin or anything that comes out of his mouth. Pearce said no such thing, and hasn’t even seen Kevin at all tonight. Of course Kevin was lying. Alright, then it’s just Rollins VS Big E at Day 1. Have a great Raw. Rollins says hey to Sonya on his way out, and she asks Pearce what this was about. Pearce explains about Kevin lying, and then Sonya says that isn’t a bad idea. Did Kevin’s lie just get the ball rolling?

 

Edge heads to the ring!

The Rated R Superstar is back on Raw, and the fans go nuts! But what’s he got planned? We’ll find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Edge says this is the best job in the world, he missed the fans. Yes, he’s back. Last time they saw him, he survived a war in Hell in a Cell with Seth Rollins. And now, Rollins is the #1 contender to the WWE Championship. Edge never thought he’d say this, but Rollins deserves it, he’s on a different level right now. But that’s a different story now. Edge is here to talk about how he’s on Raw! And how he’s in #StrongIsland! And there is a whole new set of opponents Edge can sink his teeth into. AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, Damian Priest, Big E. “It’s really exciting, because everything’s wide open.”

But THE MIZ is back!! And he brought Maryse, too! Miz & Mrs are literally shining in silver and crystals after Miz’s run on Dancing with the Stars, and they’re headed right to the ring. They get the mics and Edge is rather confused to see them. “They gave you the big return treatment. They gave you the big press release, ‘Tune into Monday Night Raw! Edge is back!'” But Edge has been gone a month? Is this Edge’s career now? The big comeback? Injured, comeback. Time off, comeback. Retired, just kidding, comeback. Meanwhile, Miz was representing WWE on a weekly basis and showcasing that the WWE superstars are the greatest entertainers in the world!

Miz got hurt, he got carted in a wheelchair. He takes time off to elevate what it is to be a superstar! And yet no big return, no pyro, not even people clambering for him. What irks Miz the most is that tonight, right here and right now, one of the greatest female superstars in the history of this company, his wife, Maryse, is BACK! And yet, Miz hears the list Edge has his eye on and he forgets The Miz. Is Miz not on Edge’s radar? Well Edge thought Miz was still painting himself like a genie and dancing. Maryse says while Edge was busy chopping wood, Miz was busy being the most entertaining, most charismatic and the best dancer on the entire show! Didn’t he come in ninth?

In everyone’s minds, Miz won! The only reason Miz placed where he was, was because the supposed most “devoted and loyal fanbase” forgot to vote for him! Jojo Siwa has a more devoted fanbase! Fans boo, they’re not taking the Blame for this.  And while Miz danced with the stars, Edge danced with an injury riddled body. So, wait, Miz wants to come out and complain because Edge got the press. But Miz could’ve gone to management and waited until they got what they deserve. But they didn’t, so it’s clear to Edge they have a different agenda. They’re interrupting Edge to place themselves in the main event picture.

Edge could take the easy route and get the fans to scream at the top of their lungs that Miz sucks. Y’know, like this. One, two, three. “MIZ SUCKS!” Miz says, “How dare you. How dare all of you!” Miz is an era defining superstar who deserves respect! He’s not here to place himself in the main event picture when he was WWE Champion six months ago! When was the last time Edge held a title? Right, Edge was the opener to Miz’s main event at WrestleMania! Edge was great in the ring, has a career that most superstars only dream of. But Miz surpassed him long ago. And in Miz’s opinion, Edge should’ve just stayed home for good.

Okay, so Miz is verbally attacking Edge to hang it up. That Edge is dancing with a body that can’t hang. And Miz is right. Edge can’t do this for much longer. The window is small. But Edge fought with every fiber of his being to get this window back. Edge is the guy people want to stand across the ring from and test themselves. They respect Edge, Edge respects them, aka mutual respect, something Miz knows nothing about. Something Miz could’ve and still could have, but he just walks out here, bitches and moans that he doesn’t have this or that, “Lil’ Mizzy needs a pat on the back, does he?”

Edge will give the pat on the back and he means all of this. Miz made it here, standing across the ring from Edge through Tough Enough. Miz wrote notes on his hands and made it all the way to facing John Cena at Mania, and beat him. Miz did that. Edge did “jerk the curtain” that same night, yeah. Miz has people on other shows saying his name just to get a cheap reaction! Miz lives rent free in a lot of heads. He’s built an empire, a mansion and a beautiful family. Miz has made it further or higher anyone ever thought he would or could! Except for Miz. Miz thought it, believed it, and made it happen.

“But the big difference between you and I is that I fought with every fiber of my being to get this small window back. Where you, you use this to get notoriety for your next endeavor.” Next reality show, next dance show, while he leaves his friends high and dry to get fired. But the biggest difference is that Miz expects respect while Edge earns it! Take the shades off, stare Edge down, they can go right now. Edge dares Miz to jump! Miz takes off the sunglasses, the headband, and starts to undo the jacket. They wanna see Miz and Edge dance? “NO.” Miz won’t give Edge or the fans the satisfaction of being egged on, but then when will the Awesome One and the Rated R Superstar throw down?

 

AJ Styles and Omos talk backstage.

Sarah walks over, Styles needs to be guided. Does he have any insight as to why the Street Profits used a fire extinguisher on them last week? Insight? Is that a vision joke? Styles knows why! The Profits can’t beat the Phenomenal One and his personal colossus! Styles has glasses because he can’t see! HE couldn’t even see himself in the mirror! Did someone snicker? That’s not funny! Omos had to help with his beard! The doctors aren’t even sure if Styles will ever get his vision back. Those smoke enthusiasts have blinded him! But that’s okay. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire! Styles promises the Profits, they’ll get burned. Omos helps guide Styles backstage, will the Profits not see payback coming?

 

The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy!

Speaking of the Profits, Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins head out to settle another score. Will they be the ones taking Otis and “Master” Chad Gable to school tonight?

Raw returns and Styles goes to ringside, with Omos helping him down the ramp. As for the match, Ford and Otis start. Otis throws body shots, whips Ford to a corner, but Ford goes up and over, only to get run over! Omos helps Styles get to the announce desk while Otis hotshots Ford off ropes! “For the Academy!” Otis puts Ford in the corner, tags Gable, and whips Gable in for a monkey flip! Otis drops a leg, brother! Gable covers, Dawkins breaks it! Styles asks who is winning. Gables has Ford in a Bow ‘n’ Arrow stretch! Ford endures, Ford pops to a cover, TWO! Ford hits Otis, shoulders into Gable then slingshots but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!

Gable DECKS Dawkins, drags Ford up and tags Otis in. Otis brings Ford out to CLUB, but Ford fires off elbows and kicks! Ford CHOPS and CHOPS Otis, but Otis lifts him up! Ford sunset flips but Gable tags in! Ford gets away from Otis but Gable gets the legs. Ford flips to his feet, dodges Gable and tags in Dawkins! Dawkins rallies, but Gable whips. Dawkins hurdles, gets around and HALF NELSON SUPLEXES! Otis gets in but Dawkins dodges to FLYING ELBOW! Dawkins spins Gable to hit the SILENCER! Fans fire up as Dawkins run sin at the corner, CYCLONE SPLASH! Tag to Ford, ANOINTING and Ford goes up! But Otis drags Gable out!

Dawkins goes out, the Academy RAMS Dawkins into barriers! Ford CANNONBALLS the Academy down! Gable gets in the ring, Styles springs up and goes after Ford! Ford kicks him down! Of course Styles was faking the blindness! Gable goes up, Ford headbutts him down! FROM THE HEAVENS! Cover, The Profits win!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall

The Profits aren’t shocked Styles was up to something. Will Styles & Omos have to go back to the drawing board on how to get even with them?

 

We check back in with Vince and Theory.

Vince asks Theory what he thought about Styles’ surprise. Theory thought that was pretty good. No, it was horrible. We all saw that coming a mile away. Oh, r-right. Expect the unexpected, but the Profits did. Right, of course. You have to be more attentive. Yes, sir. Theory, look at Vince when he’s talking to you. Right. Theory agrees with Vince. What more will Theory learn watching Raw with Vince by his side?

 

Reggie talks with Dana Brooke backstage.

The former 24/7 Champion is probably giving the current champion some pointers on how to hold that title a long, long time. Will Dana make sure her first title in the WWE is with her 24/7 into the new year?

 

Rollins laughs as he finds Kevin backstage.

“What’d I tell you, liar? LIAR~!” He talked to Pearce, Pearce never said anything about Kevin winning his way into Day 1. Liar liar, pants on fire. But Kevin’s pants are not on fire because he’s not lying. If he wins, he’s getting added to the title match. Sure, okay, Kev. Alright, alright, you’re not lying. Good luck, tonight! Hope you win then. Rollins is laughing, but will the joke be on him before the night is out?

 

WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS Apollo Crews w/ Azeez!

The Archer of Infamy was willing to have this showdown last week, but the Pride of Nigeria does things on his time. And now that it is time, will Apollo make this his title? Or will he unleash the Damian within Priest?

Raw returns and Apollo makes his entrance, Azeez behind him. The belt is raised and the bell rings. The two circle, Apollo gets a waistlock and SLAMS Priest down. Priest gets up, Apollo gets around but Priest throws him off and arm-drags him down. Priest has an armlock, Apollo fights up and pulls hair. Apollo throws body shots, haymakers, then whips. Priest reverses to run Apollo over! Apollo bails out, Priest goes out after him but Apollo falls back to where Azeez is. Azeez is a distraction so Apollo can leap off the apron for a KNEE! Down goes Priest and Apollo fires up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Priest swings but into a back suplex, CREWS MISSILE to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Apollo is furious that Priest survives! Priest gets up, Crews throws haymakers. Fans rally, Priest counter punches and Apollo wobbles! Apollo fires off fast hands, but Priest throws hands back! JUMPING ROUNDHOUSE! Priest runs and springboards, FLYING LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Priest drags Apollo up while Azeez paces outside. Apollo throws body shots and an ENZIGURI! Priest comes back to LARIAT! Priest drags Apollo up, Canadian rack for a CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO! Apollo survives and Priest grows frustrated.

Apollo bails out, Priest builds speed but Azeez gets Apollo out of the way! Priest stops, bails out, and uses the steps to CANNONBALL Apollo down! Priest drags Apollo up and in, climbs up but Apollo distracts the ref. Azeez YANKS Priest off the corner! The fans boo and the ref suspects what happened! He tells Azeez that he is EJECTED! Fans cheer while Azeez and Apollo are furious! But speaking of fury, Damian rises! He BOOTS Apollo, fires off in the corner, lets off at 4 to BOOT Apollo to the apron! Priest gets Apollo up for a SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! Then THE RECKONING! Cover, Priest wins!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)

Priest retains with just the right balance of fury and focus! Will Apollo have to try again another time if he’s to take the title from the Archer of Infamy?

 

Sonya and Pearce talk in their office.

Rollins comes laughing back in and says what a night! But he wants to bring this to their attention. Kevin is still spewing these rumors. it is not healthy, it is a bad look for Raw. Well here’s the thing. It raises the stakes, Sonya thought it was a good idea. Really? Pinning this on Sonya? Wait, what? If Kevin wins, he is added to Day 1. WHAT!? No! Big E VS Rollins is the match! They lied to him! They LIED to him! No, Kevin lied. No, Kevin told- Wait. What is going on?!? Rollins storms off, but now the Prizefighter could be joining him and Big E on New Year’s Day!

 

The Mysterios VS The Hurt Business!

Rey & Dominik may have been put way by the Rocky Mountain Machine both separately and together, but can they at least score a win off Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin? Or do the Mysterios have no business taking on the Hurt Business?

Raw returns and the Hurt Business have already entered the ring. Dom starts with Benjamin and the two circle. They tie up, Benjamin waistlock, SLAM Dom down, but Dom moves around to get up. Dom knuckle locks, kicks and forearms, then goes up and hits a flying arm-drag! Benjamin comes back to run Dom over! Alexander mocks Dom’s pain while Benjamin gives him a BACKBREAKER! Benjamin drags Dom up, tags Alexander, snap suplex to slingshot senton! Alexander taunts Rey with Latino Heat before the cover, but they’re in the ropes. Alexander is annoyed but he brings Dom up. Dom cradles, TWO! Alexander CLOBBS Dom for that one!

Alexander snap suplexes, covers, ONE! Tag to Benjamin, he stomps Dom down. Benjamin drags Dom up and taunts Rey before he back suplexes. Dom land son his feet to SUPERKICK! And then leaps over Benjamin to tag in Rey! Rey goes up to SEATED SENTON! Rey runs, Benjamin dodges but Rey tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Rey goes after Benjamin but Benjamin elbows him back. Tag to Alexander, slingshot sunset flip but Rey rolls through to BUZZSAW and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Rey DECKS Benjamin, whips Alexander, but Alexander reverses, only for Rey to wheelbarrow victory roll to put Alexander on the ropes!

Tag to Dom, Benjamin gets in but Dom wheelbarrows to put Benjamin on the ropes! Father and son DOUBLE 619!! Benjamin bails out, Dom goes up, Rey SEATED SENTONS Benjamin and Dom FROG SPLASHES! Cover, the Mysterios win!

Winners: The Mysterios, by pinfall

Father and son are back on a winning track! Will the first father-son tag team champions climb their way back up to be the first two-time father-son tag team championship team?

 

10 Woman Tag: Team Liv VS Team Becky!

It may not be Survivor Series, but this one’s going to be big! Will the EST, the 24/7 Champion and #SuperBrutality help the #1 contender get momentum against The Man? Or will the Daughter of Superfly, Doudrop, the Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE and the Queen of the Ring help Big Time Becks feel even bigger?

Raw returns and Team Becky makes their entrance. Liv’s team put the hands in and are united, but Mella needs her mask. Her team secures it in place while the rest of the team sorts out. Becky says she’s starting as team captain, so Liv does the same. The teams cheer their leaders on, Becky steps up and Liv ROCKS her! Liv then dodges and dropkicks Becky down! Liv SHINING WIZARDS in the corner then BULLDOGS Becky down! Becky flounders to another corner, dodges the elbow to stomp away! Becky lets off at 4, talks trash, then brings Liv up to CLUB her down. Becky tags Mella in, Mella runs but Liv goes Matrix to roll her up! ONE, but Liv kicks low!

Liv whips Mella to ropes, Mella holds ropes to throw Liv by her hair! Mella gloats about her beauty, mocks Rhea’s rocker life then mockingly asks where the titles went. Liv tags Rhea in and Mella runs away to tag Zelina! The Queen is a bit shocked, but she steps up to Rhea. Zelina gets around, tilt-o-whirl and sunset flip but Rhea stays up. Zelina runs away form the stomp, tag to Mella! Mella tags Becky, but Becky tags Piper. Piper tags Tamina and Team Becky surrounds Rhea. Rhea just fights them all! Tamina CLUBS Rhea down and Becky gloats, but Rhea throws body shots back! Rhea fires forearms, runs but Tamina CLOBBERS her!

Tamina paces around Rhea, drags her up and headbutts her down! Tamina mocks the fans cheering for Rhea, then she drags Rhea up for a chinlock. Rhea endures as Tamina thrashes her around. Fans rally up, Rhea fights up and fights back but Tamina CLUBS Rhea, then fireman’s carries. Rhea slips out, shoves Tamina into a corner, then CLOBBERS her on the return! Tag to Nikki! Tag to Dana, and then tag to Liv, and tag to Bianca! Turnabout is fair play, and they surround Tamina! Torture rack from Bianca, but Becky gets in to save Tamina! Team Liv wants after Team Becky but they get away. Bianca and team say “Kiss this!” as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Zelina tags Piper so she can mug Nikki. Piper scoops and SLAMS Nikki, then drops an elbow! Piper wraps on a cobra clutch and thrashes Nikki around. Nikki fights up, throws body shots, but Piper ripcords and LARIATS Nikki down! Piper taunts Liv’s team, Liv coaches Nikki. Nikki throws forearms and CHOPS but Piper DECKS her! Piper drags Nikki up, bumps her off buckles, then tags in Becky. Piper scoops and SLAMS Nikki and Becky talks trash before she drops a leg, then another! Becky runs but Nikki avoids the hat trick! Becky tags Mella, and Mella gets Nikki before she can tag out!

Mella throws Nikki by her hair, puts her in a corner then fires off elbows! Mella taunts the others but Nikki hits back! Mella clubs Nikki down, covers, TWO! Mella wraps on a chinlock and leans all her weight on Nikki. Nikki fights up, fans rally, and Nikki JAWBREAKERS free! She dodges and tags in Rhea! Rhea CLOBBERS Mella, Mella clutches her head. The mask saved her from some of that, but Rhea gets her up to dribble her off the mat. Becky runs in, Rhea dodges to dropkick the others! HEADBUTT for Becky, elbow for Piper! Mella gets up but gets cravat knees and a snapmare! Rhea runs but Mella avoids the dropkick! Drop toehold and float over to CODE OF SILENCE!

Dana stomps Mella down to save Rhea, then hits the ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Zelina BOOTS Dana! Nikki kicks Zelina for the SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Tamian SAMOAN DROPS Nikki, Bianca chicken wings and GlamEST Slams Tamina! Piper HEADBUTTS Bianca and runs to SPLASH! But Liv gets in to bait Piper and dump her out. Becky is in, she gets Liv for the REVERSE DDT! Rhea kicks Becky and throws her out! Rhea pump handles Mella, for the RIP- NO! Mella slips out and stomps the leg! FABULOUS KICK! Cover, TWO!! Team Becky is back on top as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Tamina headbutts Dana to the corner. Tamina runs in but Dana BOOTS her! Dana DECKS Mella, DECKS Zelina, dodges Tamina, but Tamina gets legs. Dana kicks her away, hot tag to Liv! Liv dodges Tamina to DECK Piper, dodge Becky and fire off on Tamina! Liv runs but Tamina SWATS the crossbody! Tamina DECKS Bianca, but Liv hits a LIV BREAKER! Cover, but Becky breaks it! Dana throws Becky out, Nikki CROSSBODIES Becky! Piper runs up to CLOBBER Nikki! Piper scoops Nikki, Dana kicks Piper and Rhea CLUBS Piper down! Dana goes up, Zelina hits her first! Zelina climbs, but Dana resists!

The others gather around as Mella helps Vega and kicks Rhea! Mella shoves Dana onto the others! Everyone but the tag champions are down! Melal then runs at Liv, to get an ENZIGURI! Vega leaps, into Liv’s STO! Liv hurries and DECKS Becky off the apron! But Tamina SUPERKICKS Liv down! Cover, TWO!! Liv survives and shocks Tamina! Tamina drags Liv up, Liv slips off and shoves, to wrench and WING SNAPPER! She puts Tamina on the ropes, for ObLIVion!! Cover, Team Liv wins!!

Winners: Team Liv, by pinfall

But Becky stomps Liv right down! And puts her in a corner to stomp away! Piper CLOBBERS Bianca and hammers away! But Team Liv fights back! Mella RAMS Rhea into a barrier, Bianca shoves Piper, SPINEBUSTER! Rhea RAMS Mella! Dana stomps Tamina, Becky reels Liv in but Liv arm-drags free of the slam! ObLIVion to Becky!! If Liv can do this all over again, she’ll become champion! But will Big Time Becks make sure Liv stays small?

 

We check in with Vince and Theory again.

Team Liv was very impressive. Theory liked the match. Vince insists he look at him when they talk again. That was definitely the unexpected. When it’s a surprise, it really has to be. If it’s not, then it’s not a surprise. But if it is, then you’re screwed. Expect a surprise, then it’s a real surprise. Got it? Yes, sir. Stop looking off into space, Theory! Sorry…

 

WWE takes a closer look at Bobby Lashley.

The now All Mighty Lashley started wrestling when he was in the seventh grader. He was a workhorse, and then it was on in college. He used working out as an outlet, and he won big time in his junior and senior years. Then the Army called him up and he wrestled on their team, and was a silver medalist in the World Military Wrestling tournament. Four time All-American, “credible to the max.” His first run in WWE was truly dominant, maybe even superhuman, as he became WWE United States and ECW Champion. Then his return was just as powerful, becoming WWE Intercontinental, US and World Champion. The All Mighty Era never ends.

 

Backstage interview with Big E.

We know the title is on the line at Day 1, but we found out that if Big E loses in the main event, Kevin is added to the match as  a Triple Threat. Does that put any pressure on Big E here tonight? No. Big E goes to leave, but then he realizes they need more words. Well, Big E puts it like this: He fears no man, and he fears no Kevins. Kevin Patrick here included. But Big E also understands that a Triple Threat with two former world champions would make it more difficult to retain “my baby.” So after Big E wins here tonight and rids himself of “that duplicitous scourge,” it’ll just be Big E VS Rollins, man VS man, at Day 1. And please believe he plans on kicking of 2022 with a bang as he retains his WWE Championship! Now you gotta feel that, SUCKA!

 

We check in with Vince and Theory one more time.

So, did Theory enjoy tonight? Yeah, he had a great time and learned a lot. Really? Like what? When it comes to surprise, you gotta be prepared. Expected the unexpected. Okay then. They stand up and Vince SLAPS Theory. Theory didn’t expect that! He’s still got a lot to learn.

 

WWE Championship Contenders Match: Big E VS Kevin Owens!

Big E has stated the facts, and all he has to do is win to keep things as they are. But if the Prizefighter brings things into existence just as he did tonight, things get even bigger for New Year’s Day! Will KO #StunTheWorld and add himself to that world title match?

Raw returns once again and Big E makes his entrance. But then so does Seth Rollins, in a completely different suit and some interesting sunglasses. The bell rings and Rollins goes to commentary as Big E and Kevin fire off hands! Big E gets the edge, backs Kevin down but Kevin kicks back and throws haymakers. Kevin fires off, kicks Big E down, then runs, but Big E drops, hurdles and CLOBBERS him! Cover, ONE! Rollins says he’s a mess but Corey says he looks great. Big E throws body shots, CLUBS Kevin in the corner, but lets off at 4. Kevin kicks but Big E shoves him out! Big E goes out to whip Kevin into barriers!

Big E smacks Kevin off the desk, Rollins even cheers him on! Big E puts Kevin in, stomps him down, CLUBS him, but Kevin rolls Big E up! ONE, and Kevin kicks low again. Kevin kicks a leg, then the other leg. Kevin kicks the leg again, runs and CHOP BLOCKS! Big E is down, Kevin says this is HIS show! Kevin drags Big E around, and drops an elbow onto the leg. Kevin has the toehold, punches away on the knee, but Big E chinbars. Kevin punches the knee to make Big E stop that. Big E endures the toehold, Kevin talks trash. Big E CLUBS Kevin, but Kevin hits a DDT to the foot! Kevin then drops a senton on the leg! Cover, ONE!!

Kevin seethes, Rollins glares at Kevin, but Kevin taunts the fans with, “That’s your champ?!” Kevin CLUBS Big E, throws hands, but Big E fires forearms! Big E whips, Kevin kicks back and dropkicks the legs out! Cover, ONE!! Kevin pushes Big E down to get the leg again, and steps over, only for Big E to kick him out! Rollins cheers for Big E right in Kevin’s face. Kevin SLAPS Rollins! Kevin gets in, Rollins gets on the apron, but Rollins can’t do anything to Kevin because a disqualification would give him the win! Kevin knees Big E, reels him in and LARIATS! Kevin goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Big E goes after him!

Big E and Kevin brawl, Big E winds up and CLOBBERS Kevin to the apron! Big E goes out, CLUBS away on Kevin, then gets up on the apron for the SPLASH! Kevin rolls away but Big E pursues. Big E pulls steps apart and says Rollins should watch. Rollins says he’s on Big E’s side! But Kevin gets Big E for a DDT to the steps! Big E’s got some blood in his mouth as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns once more, Kevin has Big E down with a chinlock. Big E endures, fights up, and fans rally as he throws body shots. Kevin ROCKS Big E with a forearm, CHOPS him then runs, but Big E CLOBBERS Kevin! Kevin goes to a corner, Big E runs over but is pulled into buckles! Big E sputters, Kevin brings Big E up and CHOPS him in the corner. Kevin CHOPS again, hoists Big E up, then CHOPS him again. Kevin climbs, brings Big E up, but Big E resists! Kevin throws body shots, for the SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Kevin clamps on another chinlock and he grinds Big E down. Fans rally up, Big E fights up and throws body shots.

Kevin knees Big E low, mocks the applause, then runs, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And another! Big E baits Kevin in, for the SIDE Belly2Belly! Big E swivels them hips, runs, and SPLASHES onto knees! Kevin goes to a corner, runs and SENTONS onto knees! Big E runs again to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Big E claps and fans chant along, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Big E waits on Kevin to rise, then turns him around. Kevin ROCKS Big E, BOOTS him, but Big E puts Kevin on the apron. Big E runs but into a knee! Kevin runs corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Kevin grows frustrated but he pie faces Big E while telling him to stay down.

Big E gets up, SLAPS Kevin, so Kevin SLAPS back. They start throwing forearms, Kevin SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO! Rollins is feeling the heat while Big E goes to a corner. Kevin runs corner to corner but into the Urenag-E! Cover, TWO! Big E drags Kevin up, scoops him, but Kevin slips out and rolls up, TWO! Big E runs , into a POP-UP POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rollins comes out of his chair from that one! But he pretends he’s cool and it’s all good. Kevin brings Big E to a drop zone and goes up top. But then Kevin CLOBBERS Rollins and fires off hands! Kevin took his frustration out on Rollins, then hotshots Big E! Kevin gets in, but still no stunner!

Kevin SUPERKICKS, but Big E comes back to LARIAT! But NOW Rollins gets in! Rollins attacks Kevin!!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by disqualification (added to the Day 1 WWE Championship match)

Rollins stomps away on Kevin, then he SUPERKICKS Big E! CURB STOMP to Big E!! The Visionary just did what Kevin wanted! Rollins is furious all over again, because now the title match is a Triple Threat! Kevin is feeling great about this! Will he feel even greater when he wins that title off Big E and it being all Rollins’ fault?


My Thoughts:

A fairly good Raw here to set up a lot for the coming weeks. Rollins VS Balor was a really good opener, and I like the ongoing story of the night where Kevin goaded Rollins into just about everything tonight. I was calling for Kevin to get his title shot at some point, and while Kevin VS Big E was a great match on its own, Kevin angering Rollins into giving him the win was quite the twist. That Triple Threat is going to be huge, but I would still think Big E finds a way to win. That is, unless WWE wants to give Kevin Owens reason to stick around and not go to AEW. Giving him another title run would be pretty good incentive.

RKBRO has a really fun tag match against the Dirty Dawgs, but I’m not sure where they go from here as far as challengers. Styles & Omos are continuing things with the Profits, with Styles’ oh so obvious fake blindness trap. I was hoping The Alpha Academy would start building up towards a title match, but maybe the Mysterios can on their end with their win over Hurt Business. Lashley only getting a video package tonight was interesting, and it being a full retrospective on his wrestling journey was also interesting. Something about that felt like they want him to be Face, but he’s been doing so well as a dominant Heel, that wouldn’t make much sense right now.

Priest VS Apollo was a very good title match, but not sure who is next then. Maybe Veer Mahaan? His hype package has been exactly the same this entire time. Edge and Miz have a pretty good promo segment, and I like that Edge gave a nod to AEW’s promo battle of CM Punk and MJF. This wasn’t quite the feud I was expecting for Edge but I suppose it can give us some great promos and a match that will work for Edge. Miz hasn’t been someone who is moving all over the ring, or even that quickly in a closed space. It’ll be methodical and character driven, and definitely a big moment for both Miz and Edge.

Vince hanging out with Theory all night was really strange. I guess this is just the meta of how Vince has taken a liking to Theory already and wants to be an on-screen mentor to him. That was one serious slap, though. Not sure how Vince talking about “expect the unexpected” is going to help Theory, but maybe this is just one of a series of lessons that’ll make Theory a better superstar. Then the contract signing turning into a ready-made 10 Woman Tag was interesting. Liv had her own worked shoot talking about the money for the big names being why WWE is (supposedly) cutting so many people. But Liv’s team, and Liv herself, standing tall tonight ensures Becky wins next week.

Will Becky get Day 1 off? I feel like she’d be a big selling point for that event, so either there’s something screwy in next week’s match that gives Liv a rematch or they get a new contender really quickly.

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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