Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (12/15/21)
Who hoists the trophies high?
Will we see some history made tonight?
Hiromu Takahashi wants to repeat as Best of the Super Juniors, but will Yoh get in his way? Will Goto-Hashi or House of Torture win World Tag League?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Ryusuke Taguchi, Yuto Nakashima & Kosei Fujita; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- Tiger Mask & Ryohei Oiwa VS Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo; Ishimori & ELP win.
- 8 Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Toru Yano, Master Wato, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Third Gen VS Bullet Club; Tanahashi & Third Gen win.
- SANADA & Tetsuya Naito VS The United Empire; Sanada & Naito win.
- Shingo Takagi & BUSHI VS Kazuchika Okada & Robbie Eagles; Okada & Eagles win.
- World Tag League 2021 Finals: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Goto & Hashi wins and will challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships at WrestleKingdom 16.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28 Finals: Hiromu Takahashi VS YOH; Hiromu wins and will challenge for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship at WrestleKingdom 16.
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Kenta is on the titantron!
“Tanahashi. No, Tana. No… Hashi! After Hiroshima, I heard your backstage comments. And you flubbed your lines, right? So speak clearly. And when you talk about stipulations, if I let you challenge for the US title… I don’t want to wrestle you. That’s what I want to say, but last time, I got put through a table, and my back’s still not right. So how about this? No Disqualifications, Anything Goes! Under those rules, I’ll do it. I wait for your reply.” What does The Ace have to say to Fang Revived? He gets a mic to say, “I’ll do it. I don’t want my US Heavyweight Championship history to end with a half-assed run.” Challenge accepted! What happens when the stakes are raised between Tanahashi and Kenta?
SANADA & Tetsuya Naito VS The United Empire!
While both teams fell short on the last day of the World Tag League round robin, there’s always a chance they can be in line after WrestleKingdom 16. But with Aaron Henare stepping back and Jeff Cobb stepping in, will this be a very different result from before?
Naito takes his time with his elaborate entrance attire as usual, but Khan and Cobb stay patient. Khan then kneels to offer a knee. LIJ fist bumps, then they attack! Naito throws Cobb out while Sanada throws hands on Khan! The bell rings, Naito keeps on Cobb on the outside while Sanada whips corner to corner. Khan reverses, Sanada goes up and around and ducks and dodges to dropkick a leg out! Sanada drags Khan by his hair, the ref reprimands, but Sanada keeps bringing Khan along. Naito gets in to CLUB the ponytail! Sanada ties Khan up in Paradise! Fans fire up as Sanada holds onto the ponytail and stands on Khan.
Cobb protests, the fans rally up and Sanada encourages the fans to get louder. The fans oblige and Sanada dropkicks Khan out of Paradise! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for “SA-NA-DA!” “L I J!” as Sanada throws forearms on Khan. Khan blocks the rolling elbow to the HITSUJIGOROSHI! Sanada endures, pulls the ponytail, but Khan knees and scoops Sanada for a BACKBREAKER! Cobb gets in to DECK Naito, and then goes out after him on the outside. Khan CLUBS Sanada, Cobb stands on Naito’s back! Khan chokes Sanada, the ref reprimands them both, and Cobb stomps Naito as he lets off. Khan drags Sanada up to whip him into railing!
Khan goes to the ring and lets the ring count start. Sanada stirs, the count reaches 10 of 20 and fans rally harder. Sanada gets in at 16 but Khan’s right on him with a facelock. Khan drags Sanada over, tags Cobb, and the Empire mugs Sanada. Cobb stands on Sanada’s neck, then JAMS his knee into Sanada’s back again and again, before topping it off with an uppercut! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up harder for Sanada as Cobb brings Sanada up. Cobb suplexes and carries Sanada around! Sanada tries to escape but Cobb brings him back up! Cobb then has Sanada on his shoulder to RAM into the corner! Tag to Khan, Khan DECKS Naito, and Cobb stands on Sanada’s arm.
Cobb steps away, Khan dead lift gut wrenches to SLAM Sanada down! Cocky cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Khan stomps around. Khan brings Sanada up to push him towards his boot! But Sanada fights up to throw forearms! Khan kick slow, but Sanada blocks the Mongolian Chop to steal the Mongolian Chop! And again! But Khan HELL STABS! Khan throws haymakers, whips Sanada corner to corner, but Sanada goes up and out and springboards in to dropkick! Fans fire up as Sanada and Khan crawl, hot tags to Naito and Cobb! Naito elbows Cobb, dodges the lariat and fires a forearm! Naito kicks and runs to RANA Cobb down! Cobb bails out, Naito baseball slides him into railing!
Naito puts Cobb in, brings him up and whips him corner to corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK, leg sweep and COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up and Naito covers, TWO! Naito brings Cobb up, turns him, but Cobb powers it back! Naito CLUBS Cobb down, turns him again, but Cobb powers through again. Naito CLUBS Cobb more and more, tries a third time, but Cobb spins through and RAMS Naito into a corner! Then RAMS him corner to corner! Then back the other way! Then back again! Khan BOOTS Sanada down, Cobb back elbows Naito! Khan clotheslines Naito, then the Empire coordinates, BOOT SUPERKICK SANDWICH!
Khan calls for Fubuki! That’s usually his combo with Henare, but Khan gets Naito for the HITSUJIGOROSHI! Cobb gets the legs but Sanada CHOP BLOCKS Cobb down! Sanada fires off on Khan but Khan knees low and CLUBS Sanada. Khan runs, into Sanada’s fireman’s carry and throw to the dragon sleeper! But Khan iron claws free for the ELIMINATOR! Khan kicks Sanada out but fans rally for Naito. Khan calls for the Imperial Drop! Cobb fireman’s carries Naito, Khan runs, but Naito slips off to shove Cobb into Khan! Naito elbows Khan down and adds a basement dropkick! Naito dodges Cobb to ENZIGURI, and then TORNADO- NO! Cobb blocks with power!
Cobb pops Naito up but Naito RANAS! Cover, LIJ WINS!
Winners: Sanada & Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall
But Cobb goes right after Naito! LIJ just ruined his return to action in Japan! Cobb whips, Naito holds ropes and then dumps Cobb out! Naito runs, but TRANQUILOS! Cobb rushes back in but Naito gets out. Naito tells Cobb to calm down, but will the Hawaiian Hulk chases after him backstage! Is he gonna SMASH LIJ before the year is over?
Shingo Takagi & BUSHI VS Kazuchika Okada & Robbie Eagles!
The IWGP World Heavyweight Champion and the G1 Climax 31 Champion are set to collide at WrestleKingdom to determine the fate of NJPW’s top title! Will Black Mask help the Dragon gain momentum? Or will the Sniper of the Skies help the Rainmaker shoot LIJ down?
The teams sort out, fans rally already, “O-KA-DA!” “TA-KA-GI!” As such, we start with a preview of the WrestleKingdom 16 main event! The two circle, tie up, and Takagi waistlocks. Okada wrenches out to a hammerlock but Takagi headlocks. Okada tries to pry free but Takagi holds tight. Takagi hits a headlock takeover, Okada rolls him to a cover, ONE! Takagi wrenches, hits a quick elbow breaker, then has a wristlock. Takagi YANKS and YANKS then wrenches through. Okada rolls to get a leg and trip Takagi. Okada has a toehold, Takagi uses his free leg to bring Okada down, but Okada fights up to rear mount waistlock.
Takagi powers him to a headlock but Okada headscissors, and Takagi kips free. Fans cheer as the two stand off. Okada and Takagi reset and the fans rally up again, “O-KA-DA!” “TA-KA-GI!” They feel out the grapple, knuckle lock, and then go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength. Takagi powers up and wrenches the knuckle locks to bring Okada to his knees. Fans rally, Okada rolls back to reverses the knuckle wrench onto Takagi. Takagi moves back and gets the ropebreak. The ref counts, Okada stands Takagi up, but Okada fakes the chop to pat Takagi on the shoulder. Fans cheer for classic Okada as he and Takagi circle.
Okada and Takagi tie up again, Okada headlocks then wrenches to a wristlock. Okada CLUBS the arm, wrenches again, and again has the wristlock. Takagi tries to fight up but Okada wrenches it more. Takagi rolls, Okada wrenches to a hammerlock but Takagi elbows free! Takagi CHOPS, but Okada BOOTS back! Okada ducks the lariat to ripcord, but Takagi fireman’s carries! Okada slips free and fans cheer the new stand off. Okada and Takagi each go to their corners and tag in Eagles and Bushi. Fans rally up as the Junior Heavyweights tie up. Eagles puts Bushi on the ropes, lets off, but Bushi rakes eyes! The ref reprimands and Bushi stops.
Bushi whips, Eagles holds ropes to stop. Bushi kicks low, whips but Eagles reverses to go up and around to arm-drag! Eagles then ducks and dodges but Bushi follows to RANA! Eagles bails out, Bushi builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit into the railing! Takagi goes after Okada on the outside to SNAKE EYES off the apron! Bushi takes off his shirt and chokes Eagles with it! Eagles gets to the ropes, the ref reprimands, Bushi lets off at 4. Tag to Takagi, and he stomps Eagles. Takagi slaps Eagles around, Eagles chops back. Takagi doesn’t budge, Eagles throws forearms! Eagles fires more but Takagi DOUBLE CHOPS Eagles off his feet!
Takagi brings Eagles up, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Fans rally, Takagi keeps his cool, and Takagi wants them to get louder. The fans do get louder, and Takagi whips Eagles to ropes to KNEE him low. Takagi runs, into a knee and KICK from Eagles! Takagi brushes it off, Eagles dodges and RANAS! Fans fire up as Eagles crawls over, hot tag to Okada! Okada fires forearms, then whips. Takagi reverses but Okada elbows him down! Bushi runs in but into a FLAPJACK! Okada whips Takagi to the corner, runs in and back elbows! Then kick to DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada paces while fans rally up. Takagi gets up and throws a forearm! Okada throws a forearm back!
Takagi forearms, Okada forearms again, and Takagi shouts, “OI!” Fans fire up as the forearms keep flying back and forth! Okada gets the edge, then EuroUppers, into a Gory Especial! Okada fights out to get the MONEY CLIP! But Takagi arm-drags free, ELBOWS, JABS, YUKON feint and DDT! Fans fire up with Takagi, he tags Bushi in. Bushi DECKS Eagles, then LIJ get Okada up. They double whip Okada to the corner, Bushi back elbows and Takagi lariats! Feed to the ENZIGURI, then BACKSTABBER SPINEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, Eagles breaks it! Takagi throws Eagles back out and Bushi brings Okada up. FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!
Bushi aims from a corner, runs in at Okada, but no Code Breaker! Jackknife and roll-through to the Alabama, then the REVERSE NECKBREAKER! MONEY CLIP!! Bushi endures, crawls, but Okada drags him away! Takagi gets in to CLUB Okada! Takagi fires boxing elbows, then he runs, but Eagles springboards to dropkick the legs out! Eagles keeps moving, BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Fans fire up as Eagles builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and both he and Takagi hit railing! Okada goes back to Bushi, brings him up to gut wrench, but Bushi slips out! Okada ducks the enziguri but not the HEEL KICK! Bushi runs, into the DROPKICK!
Okada drags Bushi back up, scoops and SLAMS, then goes to the corner. Standard formula as Okada hits the MACHO ELBOW! Fans fire up for the Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Bushi up, ripcords, RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada & Eagles win!
Winners: Kazuchika Okada & Robbie Eagles, by pinfall
The G1 Climax Champion wins it for Chaos, and he picks up his classic IWGP Heavyweight Championship belt. Takagi has the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship belt and wonders which fans like better. But in the end, will the Dragon prove that HE is the better champion at WrestleKingdom?
World Tag League 2021 Finals: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
While the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter did everything fair and square to get here, the House of Torture used every trick in the book and then some! Will Goto-Hashi be the ones turning the lights out on the Tokyo Pimp & King of Darkness? Or will we all see that Everything is Evil?
Bullet Club Low Sweets, then teams sort out. Hashi starts against Evil and fans rally up. Evil bails out and grabs the trophies! Evil has Dick hold onto one, but it’s all a distraction so Yujiro can attack Hashi from behind! Yujiro DECKS Goto, Evil attacks Hashi! The House of Torture mugs Hashi in a corner, the ref reprimands, but they double whip Hashi corner to corner. Hashi dodges Evil’s clothesline to run Yujiro over! Hashi then kicks and CLUBS Evil, and Goto joins in! Goto-Hashi double whip to double shoulder Evil down! Then they coordinate, hip toss senton! Evil scrambles away, Dick pokes his head in. Hashi runs Dick off, and Goto flanks Dick on the other side.
Goto-Hashi mug Dick, throw him in the ring, and Dick prays for mercy, only to get hammered! Fans fire up as Goto-Hashi goes after Evil now. Hashi CLUBS Evil, drags him up, but Evil rakes eyes! The ref counts, Evil whips Hashi over, and Hashi hits bare buckles! The Bullet Club special is back! Goto runs in, Evil kicks and whips him into buckles, too! Yujiro drags Goto out while fans rally up, and Yujiro POSTS Goto! Evil drags Hashi up, he throws Hashi out, too, then goes out after him. Evil RAMS Hashi into the reeling by timekeeper’s table! Abe-san goes down again! Evil then RAMS Hashi into railing by commentary, gets a chair, and uses the chair to choke Hashi!
Evil stands on Hashi’s head while taunting Yano on commentary. Yujiro keeps the ref busy with Goto while Evil puts Hashi in. Evil stands on Hashi’s head again, then tags Yujiro. Yujiro drags Hashi up to throw haymakers. Yujiro CHOPS Hashi in the corner, then reels him in to RAM him into the bare buckles! Evil talks trash, Yujiro snapmares and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Hashi while Evil argues the count. Yujiro tags Evil in, Evil has his shirt and he uses it to choke Hashi! Goto protests but the ref keeps him back. Evil covers, TWO! Evil again argues the count but he drags Hashi up to scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! A third, TWO!!
Evil is furious with the ref but the count is fair. Fans rally up for Hashi but Evil kicks him around. Evil toys with Hashi, but Hashi gets up. Hashi ROCKS Evil with forearm after forearm, and a CHOP! Evil rakes the eyes! Evil runs, but Hashi dropkicks his legs out! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi crawls, hot tag to Goto! Yujiro runs in but Goto runs him over! Goto DECKS Dick, then runs corner to corner to MURAMASA Evil! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Goto drags Evil up for a fireman’s carry, but Evil fights out and waistlocks. Goto elbows free, runs, but Yujiro is there with his pimp cane!
Evil waistlocks, Goto breaks free, but Evil distracts the ref as Dick trips Goto! Dick and Yujiro RAM Goto into railing, then FLAPJACK him off the apron! Dick puts Goto in, Yujiro drags Goto up and Evil DECKS Hashi! Yujiro whips Goto into the corner, runs in and BOOTS! Evil runs in to clothesline! Then FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Evil is again furious but the fans fire up! Evil gets the legs and steps through, SCORPION DEATHLOCK! Goto endures but fans rally up! Yujiro keeps Hashi out, but Goto powers up! Goto crawls and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans rally up but Evil drags Goto around. Goto flounders, Evil stands on his head.
Evil stands Goto up, fireman’s carries, but Hashi mule kicks Evil first! Goto slips down and has Evil, Hashi runs, BLOCKBUSTER LEG SWEEP COMBO! Yujiro runs in, dragon sleepers for the REVERSE DDT! Goto gets up but Yujiro kicks and whips him into bare buckles! But Goto comes back to LARIAT Yujiro down! Fans fire up as all four men are down! Goto and Evil stir and go to opposite corners. Goto runs corner to corner but Evil BOOTS him! Evil runs and LARIATS, but Goto stays up! Evil pokes eyes, runs, but Goto gets around to spin and URA GTR! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Goto as he drags Evil up.
Goto dragon sleepers, Evil fights and grabs the ref! They go to ropes, Dick has the SPOILER CHOKER!! But Goto fights it! Goto is free, he sends Evil into Dick! Then SAIDO!! Fans are thunderous as Goto and Evil crawl! Hot tags to Hashi and Yujiro! Hashi runs into Yuijro’s BOOT, but he fires off fast hands and a CHOP! Hashi runs to the corner to CHOP! Hashi then whips Yujiro to CHOP again! And mule kick, to turn and NECK- NO! Yujiro BITES Hashi’s hand! Yujir CLUBS Hashi’s arm, throws forearms, but Hashi fires up! Hashi CHOPS Yujiro down! Fans fire up and Hashi stands Yujiro up for a suplex. Yujiro fights, and BITES the hand again! Yujiro reels Hashi in, INCOLLE SLAM!
Yujiro drags Hashi back up, fireman’s carries, but Hashi fights out and waistlocks. Yujiro resists, throws elbows, but Hashi holds on. Yujiro keeps throwing elbows, finally gets free, and runs into a mule kick! Hashi runs but into a fireman’s carry! MIAMI SHINE!! Cover, Goto breaks it! Evil gets in and claws Goto’s face! Evil fireman’s carries, DARKNESS FALLS! Evil kicks Goto out, Yujiro drags Hashi up. Fans rally up but Yujiro reels Hashi in, No Pimp juice! Hashi blocks a boot, Yujiro swats the clothesline but Hashi CHOPS! Hashi LARIATS, then fires up! Hashi runs but into a LARIAT from Yujiro! Yujiro reels Hashi in, PIMP JUICE!! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro can’t believe it!!
Fans are thunderous as Yujiro gets his pimp cane. Dick distracts the ref, Hashi gets up, but Goto gets in to attack Yujiro first! Goto fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Then Goto DECKS Dick! Evil gets in to kick Goto and whip him to the corner, but Goto reverses! Evil hits bare buckles, then Goto fireman’s carries, G T W!! Fans fire up with Goto as he calls to Hashi! Goto drags Yujiro up, dragon sleepers, but Yujiro slips around! Goto fights the Fisherman Buster, suplexes, but Yujiro slips out! Only to run into Hashi’s SUPERKICK! Goto and Hashi get Yujiro up, G Y R!! The fans fire up, Goto-Hashi get Yujiro back up, for SHOTO!! Cover, Dick drags the ref out!!
Evil JAMS Goto with a chair, but Hashi stops Evil from hitting Goto again! Dick gets in with the SPOILER CHOKER for Hashi! Evil CHOKES Goto with the chair! But here comes TOMOHIRO ISHII!! The Stone Pitbull returns and he DECKS Evil! And gives Dick a SAIDO! Ishii drags Dick back up to ROCK him with forearm after forearm! But Evil rakes Ishii’s eyes! Evil runs, but Ishii swats his lariat away to HEADBUTT! Ishii runs to LARIAT Evil down!! Fans are thunderous as Ishii gets the ref back in. Hashi runs at Yujiro to LARIAT!! But he’s not done there, he gets Yujiro up to half nelson, only for Yujiro to RAM him into bare buckles!
Yujiro staggers, brings Hashi up, BIG- NO! Hashi shoves Yujiro at Goto to fireman’s carry! SUPERKICK USHIGOROSHI! Goto DECKS Evil to keep him out, and Goto-Hashi gets Yujiro back up! SHO- NO! Yujiro kicks Hashi away, shoves Goto into the ref, and he LOW- NO! Hashi blocks the low blow! Hashi ROCKS Yujiro, Goto HEADBUTTS! Hashi has the full nelson, Goto gets the legs, BLUE THUNDER BOMB NECKBREAKER!! Cover, Goto-Hashi wins!!
Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (World Tag League 2021 winners)
Chaos is victorious! The Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter are presented with the trophies, and are heading to WrestleKingdom! Will they take the titles off the Dangerous Tekkers and finally be on top of the Heavyweight Tag Division?
Best of the Super Juniors 28 Finals: Hiromu Takahashi VS YOH!
The Ticking Timebomb’s promise has so far been kept! He made it to the finals and the Junior Heavyweights are the main event! But can he fulfill the last part and become a back-to-back winner of this trophy? Or will Direct Drive pull off an incredible comeback from being bottom of the block to the top of the mountain?
Hiromu’s got a new page for Yoh in the guide book. It seems Hiromu is acknowledging Yoh did great against Sho. The bell rings and fans rally up. Hiromu and Yoh circle, tie up, and Hiromu wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Yoh rolls, kips up, wrenches back, and has the wristlock. Hiromu spins through, wrenches and steps over to hammerlock. Yoh reaches back to get a fireman’s carry takeover to an armlock, but Hiromu moves around to trip Yoh to a toehold. Yoh uses his free leg to bring Hiromu down and get the short arm scissor. Hiromu rolls to ropes and fans cheer as Yoh lets off. Fans rally up as the two reset and circle again.
Hiromu and Yoh approach, Hiromu gets the leg and trips Yoh to tie up the legs. Hiromu floats to get the arms and turn Yoh over for a chicken wing cradle. TWO, but Hiromu holds on. Yoh fights up out of the headlock to get a hammerlock. Yoh shifts to keep Hiromu down but Hiromu gets the leg. Hiromu trips Yoh up, has the toehold again, and pulls back. Yoh tries to fight back with a chinlock but Hiromu pulls back more. Hiromu keeps Yoh from the ropes and then shifts to a standing toehold. Yoh kicks with his free leg but Hiromu puts more pressure on the hold. Yoh crawls backwards to get the ropebreak! Hiromu lets go cleanly and fans cheer the exchange.
Yoh and Hiromu circle again and fans rally up. They tie up, Hiromu headlocks and grinds but Yoh endures. Yoh fights up, pries at the hold, but Hiromu holds tight. Yoh pulls hair, throws body shots and powers out, but Hiromu runs him over. But Yoh kips up! Fans fire up as the two stare down. Hiromu runs, Yoh drops but Hiromu brings him up to whip. Yoh reverses, hurdles, but Hiromu shoves and follows. Yoh drops, sidesteps, drop toeholds but Hiromu avoids the basement dropkick! Hiromu covers, ONE! Yoh sweeps legs to cover, ONE! The two stand off again and fans cheer again. Hiromu and Yoh reset, go forehead to forehead, and Hiromu eggs Yoh on. Yoh SLAPS Hiromu!
Hiromu grins and SLAPS back. Yoh SLAPS, Hiromu, SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight fast and furious! Fans fire up as they keep going, then Hiromu CHOPS! Yoh CHOPS, Hiromu CHOPS again, so now it’s a CHOP fight! Yoh stings from that last one, but he CHOPS again. Hiromu CHOPS, Yoh CHOPS, back and forth until Hiromu CHOPS Yoh off his feet! Hiromu drags Yoh up by his hair and talks a little trash to egg him on. Yoh CHOPS, Hiromu CHOPS, and the CHOP fight starts up again! Hiromu CHOPS and Yoh is stinging again! Hiromu whips him to the corner, Yoh reverses then runs in, but Hiromu BOOTS him! Hiromu gets a HANGING HEADSCISSORS!
Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Hiromu stops at 4 to drag Yoh out and RAM him into railing! Hiromu goes to the apron, fans fire up, and Hiromu FLYING SHOTGUNS Yoh down! Fans rally up, Hiromu drags Yoh up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Yoh up, Yoh CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Yoh then forearms and runs, into a CHOP that knocks him down! Cover, TWO! Hiromu keeps cool while fans rally up again. Hiromu drags Yoh up, CHOPS him again, but then Yoh blocks the whip. Hiromu CHOPS Yoh again, but again Yoh blocks the whip. Hiromu CHOPS a third time, eggs Yoh on, and fans rally up.
Yoh CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS but Hiromu CHOPS back! We’re back to the CHOP fight! Yoh CHOPS and gets the edge! Yoh wrenches and whips Hiromu now, but Hiromu reverses, only for Yoh to FLYING FOREARM! Hiromu gets up first, though, as Yoh is still stinging in his chest. Hiromu brings Yoh up but Yoh throws more forearms. Hiromu CHOPS Yoh off his feet again! Hiromu dares Yoh to get up and fans rally. Hiromu runs, Yoh drops and sidesteps to then drop toehold and he hits the basement dropkick this time! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Yoh checks his stinging red chest, and Yoh brings Hiromu up. Hiromu slips out of the suplex but Yoh elbows him away.
Yoh runs, but into the fireman’s carry! Yoh slips of as Hiromu heads for the corner, but Hiromu dodges as Yoh runs in. Hiromu clotheslines then pushes Yoh down to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while Hiromu drags Yoh up. But Yoh suplexes to FALCON ARROW first! Cover, TWO! Yoh grits his teeth and fans fire up again! Yoh stalks Hiromu, reels him in for the full nelson, but Hiromu breaks free and elbows back! Yoh blocks the superkick to forearm and run, into a pop-up! Yoh RANAS out of it, Hiromu ends up on ropes, Yoh gets a leg! DRAGON SCREW! Jackknife roll to CALF KILLER!
Hiromu endures the “Star Gazer” and crawls around. ROPEBREAK! Yoh thrashes before he lets off at 4. Fans rally up more, Yoh stomps Hiromu down. Yoh drags Hiromu to center but Hiromu kicks at him. Yoh staggers away, but he comes back to get the leg again. Hiromu SLAPS Yoh, catches him to a spin and RANA, into D!! Yoh is in the triangle hold but he fights and moves around. Fans rally as Yoh gets to his feet and heads for ropes, but Hiromu squeezes tighter! Yoh reaches a foot out, for the ROPEBREAK! Hiromu lets Yoh go and Yoh sputters as fans rally. Hiromu drags Yoh up, fireman’s carries, but Yoh slips off!
Hiromu mule kicks, front kicks and fireman’s carries, CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Hiromu fires up, and he drags Yoh up to fireman’s carry again. Yoh fights to get free, and he ducks the back elbows and forearms! Hiromu wheelbarrows but Yoh denies the Complete Shot to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Yoh fires up and fans rally with him! Yoh drags Hiromu up and underhooks the arms. Hiromu fights free, ducks the forearm and rolls Yoh up, TWO! Cradle, TWO! Yoh uppercuts, Hiromu SUPERKICKS! Hiromu runs but Yoh JUMP KNEES! Yoh runs, into a POP-UP POWERBOMB! But Hiromu can’t hold the cover! Fans are thunderous as they rally for both men!
Hiromu sits up and crawls over to Yoh. Hiromu brings Yoh up, Yoh throws a forearm. Hiromu throws a forearm back, and now we have a forearm battle! They go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans rally up! Hiromu gets the edge, ROCKS Yoh, and then runs, into Yoh’s back elbow! Yoh runs, into Hiromu’s back elbow! Hiromu fakes Yoh out but Yoh whips him, only for Hiromu to avoid the dropkick! Yoh gets up but Hiromu DECKS him! Cover, ONE!! Yoh DECKS Hiromu, covers, ONE!! Hiromu dodges and CLOBBERS Yoh! Cover, ONE!! Hiromu whips, Yoh reverses and dropkicks this time! But Hiromu gets up and fires up!
Both men stagger, Yoh runs, into the OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the corner! Fans are thunderous again after that fast and furious exchange! Hiromu goes to ropes and drags himself up. Hiromu goes out to the apron and drags Yoh out to join him. Yoh resists the fireman’s carry, throws elbows, but Hiromu powers up! Yoh fights free, but Hiromu blocks his superkick! Hiromu ROCKS Yoh, fireman’s carries, APRON DEATH VALLEY!! Yoh flops to the floor and fans rally up again. Hiromu catches his breath in the ring while the ring count starts. The count reaches 10 of 20 before Yoh sits up. Yoh pushes himself up at 13, crawls over at 15 and stands up on the apron at 17.
Hiromu runs to SUNSET FLIP, but Yoh RANAS Hiromu into railing!! Yoh gets in the ring and builds speed to FLY!! Direct hit and down both men go! The ring count restarts but Sho appears?! Sho SHOVES Red Shoes down! And he DECKS the Young Lions! The Murder Machine won’t let Yoh be the stronger RPG3K! Sho SHOVES Yoh into railing, then reels him in and tucks the arms, CROSS-ARM PILEDRIVER to the floor!! Sho talks trash to Hiromu that now Hiromu has a chance against Yoh. Hiromu tells Sho to shut up! Hiromu gets up and gets in Sho’s face, but Sho bends the fingers! Sho RAMS Hiromu into railing, and then brings him around for a CROSS-ARM PILEDRIVER to the floor!!
Sho has leveled the BOSJ finalists, and he drags Red Shoes around the way. Sho wants Red Shoes to say this is a no contest! Red Shoes tells Sho to shut up! Red Shoes tells Sho to leave but Sho gets the mic to say this is a no contest! Thanks for coming! No one believes Sho, of course, even as he angrily tells them to go home already. But wait, here comes Goto! And Hashi! Chaos still has a bone to pic with Sho and fans cheer as Sho runs away. Naito & Takagi also appear on behalf of Hiromu. But is Sho right? Will this have to be ruled a no contest or something? No, because Hiromu and Yoh are still able to continue! Hashi gets Yoh water and Hiromu is forcing himself to get up.
Fans are thunderous for these two as they crawl to the ring! Yoh and Hiromu use the apron skirt to drag themselves up and in! The BOSJ finals are going to continue! Yoh crawls to one corner, Hiromu is in the other. Hiromu and Yoh use the ropes to drag themselves up, and Yoh runs in to SHOTGUN Hiromu down! Yoh fires up and Goto-Hashi cheer him on! Yoh runs, but Hiromu SHOTGUNS back! Hiromu drags Yoh up as LIJ rallies behind him! Hiromu runs corner to corner but he fakes Yoh so he can elbow and SHOTGUN again! Hiromu drags Yoh up, fireman’s carries, and swings, but Yoh sunset flips! TWO, and Yoh hurries to roll Hiromu up! TWO, Yoh O’Conner Rolls for FIVE STAR-
NO! Hiromu fights off the clutch to full nelson! Yoh breaks free, Hiromu GERMAN SUPLEXES him down! Hiromu fires up and fans are thunderous again! Hiromu runs, Yoh handsprings but Hiromu blocks a superkick to give a SUPERKICK! Fireman’s carry, but Yoh fights. So Hiromu throws Yoh to a dragon sleeper. Yoh fights the inverted suplex so Hiromu standard suplexes. But Yoh knees free, only for Hiromu to scoop and dragon sleeper. Yoh again escapes the inverted suplex, ducks an elbow, but Hiromu spins Yoh to suplex! Yoh fights that to wrench, but Hiromu headbutts! Yoh HEADBUTTS back! Both men drop to their knees and the fans are electric!
Hiromu still has Yoh’s wrist, reels him in, but Yoh dodges, only for Hiromu to LARIAT him on the return! Hiromu drags Yoh up, suplexes, VICTORY ROYALE! Cover, TWO!! Yoh survives and fans are electric all over again! Hiromu gets up, drags Yoh around to dragon sleeper, inverted suplex, but Yoh escapes again! Hiromu bucks the O’Conner but Yoh blocks the superkick to DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally as hard as ever, Hiromu goes to a corner. Yoh runs in to back elbow! Yoh hoists Hiromu up top, climbs up to join him, but Hiromu fights back. They brawl up top, forearm for forearm, and Yoh falls! Hashi coaches Yoh up and he GAMANGIRIS Hiromu!
Yoh climbs back up, stands Hiromu up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Roll through to GHOSTBUSTER!! Yoh is all fired up and the fans are with him! Yoh drags Hiromu up, reels him in to underhook, but Hiromu slips out! Hiromu wrenches, and gets a cradle! TWO!! SUPERKICK from Hiromu to Yoh! Hiromu runs corner to corner, into YOH’S SUPERKICK!! Yoh staggers but he’s all fired up! Yoh full nelsons to DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!?!? Hiromu escapes but Yoh doesn’t let that slow him down! Yoh gets Hiromu back up, underhooks the arms, DIRECT- NO! Hiromu arm-drags to roll and fireman’s carry!? TIMEBOMB!!! Cover, TWO?!??
Yoh survives and no one can believe it!! Fans are volcanic as both men are down and we pass 25 minutes! Hiromu forces himself up and he crawls over to Yoh. Hiromu drags Yoh up, runs, but Yoh ducks the lariat to LARIAT Hiromu! Yoh-san Bomber?! Hiromu is dazed and Yoh crawls his way over. Yoh drags Hiromu up, Hiromu SLAPS him! Then catches Yoh for D! But Yoh PRAWN HOLDS! TWO!! HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Yoh sputters and Hiromu sits up, still a bit groggy. Hiromu drags Yoh up, reels him in and tucks the arms, D DRIVER!!! But Hiromu doesn’t cover, he just fires back up! Hiromu drags Yoh up, runs, HIROMU-
NO!! Yoh O’Conner Rolls to FIVE STAR CLUTCH!! TWO!?!?! SUPERKICK from Hiromu and then he runs, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Hiromu gets Yoh back up, brings him around, dragon sleeper to inverted suplex! TIMEBOMB II!!!! Cover, HIROMU WINS!!!
Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall (Best of the Super Juniors 28 winner)
The promise was kept! Hiromu repeats as BOSJ Champion! Takagi gets in to check on Hiromu while Goto-Hashi are there for Yoh. Yoh may not have won, but did he prove he belongs at the top of the Junior Heavyweight Division?
As for Hiromu, he is presented with the trophy, and Takagi helps get him the mic. Hiromu thanks Takagi and Naito for being here. “OI, SHO! You tried to ruin this final! But you couldn’t get it done! It’s not your job to shut Yoh’s mouth. And it’s not my job to shut Yoh’s mouth. It’s not my place to put him where he was, it was Yoh who put himself here. OI, DESPERADO! It’s just like I promised! I won Best of the Super Juniors back to back! And so I’ll make it official right here and now. The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship that’s on your shoulders, I’m challenging for it! And I will win, and I will return to the center of this division!”
Fans clap for “HI-RO-MU!” as he takes a moment to let this moment sink in. “In NJPW, it’s not just the wrestlers that matter. It’s the staff that work around the clock. But the most important thing are the people in the stands. The most important thing is everyone coming into the buildings, watching at home and around the world. You are the most important thing to this industry.” And Hiromu vows to keep busting his ass for amazing matches here in NJPW. From here on out, every single person in NJPW is Hiromu’s rival! Even Takagi and Naito! Hiromu won’t lose to them! The Juniors will be the main event!
So that’s why they’ll have more, more, more, MORE, MORE, MORE, MORE FUN! Hiromu makes history here tonight, will he do it all over again at WrestleKingdom?
I skipped covering half the show, and while the results were all pretty much expected, there were great after match moments. For one, as I included, Kenta calling out The Ace. Then in the aftermath of Tiger Mask & the Young Lion VS the Cutest Tag Team, we got Eagles making the save as ELP and Taiji were beating up Tiger Mask, only for Eagles to also get beat down. Then Taguchi made the save, just so he could then knock Tiger Mask & Eagles down and stake a claim at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team titles on behalf of himself and Rocky Romero. We could be in for a Triple Threat Tag for the titles at WrestleKingdom and that could be some great stuff.
Then the half I did cover, that was some great stuff. LIJ VS United Empire was really good, and the quick win definitely opens this up to another match, maybe a Six Man of Naito, Sanada & Bushi taking on Khan, Cobb & Henare. Bushi taking the loss to Okada in their tag match makes a lot of sense. Okada is building momentum, Takagi is kept strong, those two are going to have a great match at WrestleKingdom.
And of course, the finals for World Tag League and Best of the Super Juniors were great stuff, especially the BOSJ. Ishii showing up to help Goto-Hashi thwart House of Torture’s cheating was great, and I hope we get that NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag rematch before Goto-Hashi go against Tekkers for the top titles. Sho showing up to try and ruin the finals was a nice touch, his feud with Yoh is far from over. Hiromu reaches a historic level not even some legends like The Great Sasuke or Jushin Thunder Liger reached, and if they have him win the title at WK16, Hiromu could truly be seen as the BEST Junior Heavyweight in NJPW history.
My Score: 9.1/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (6/7/23)
On the road to Collision!
Dynamite brings out the gold!
AEW Dynamite lands in Colorado Springs, and Kris Statlander defends her TBS Championship against Anna Jay A.S! Will Kris still be the Galaxy’s Greatest?
- AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Swerve Strickland; wins and
- Texas Tornado Tag: #JungleHook VS La Faccion Ingobernable; wins.
- Six Man Tag: Blackpool Combat Club VS Chaos; wins.
- Ricky Starks VS Jay White; wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Anna Jay A.S; wins and
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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (6/6/23)
Who earns some Tiffy Time?
Only one can be The Center of the Universe!
To earn a shot at Tiffany Stratton’s NXT Women’s Championship, the Women’s Division fights in a battle royal! Who wins a golden ticket to Tiffy Time?
- Mixed Six Tag Match: Diamond Mine VS The Schism; The Schism wins.
- Blair Davenport VS Dani Palmer; Blair wins.
- Baron Corbin VS Trick Williams; Corbin wins.
- Mustafa Ali VS Joe Gacy; Ali wins.
- Eddy Thorpe VS Damon Kemp; Thorpe wins.
- Dabba-Kato VS SCRYPTS; Dabba wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal: Thea Hail wins and will challenge Tiffany Stratton for the title.
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Baron Corbin arrives backstage.
The Lone Wolf stares down Tyler Bate and Eddy Thorpe, chuckles at a poster of Carmelo Hayes, then stares down Hank Walker, Tank Ledger and some of the prospects. He tells staff to hit his music and they do as told. Corbin scoffs at the rest of the posters while he makes his entrance. Fans boo as Corbin makes his way to the ring, because we all remember him going after Melo after Melo retained the title against Noam Dar. Corbin gets the mic to say, “Y’know, I never thought I’d walk back through these doors. When I got the call, I cleaned out my locker and never looked back.
“Over the next eight YEARS, I ascended to the top of Raw and SmackDown. While I was main-eventing PPVs, NXT superstars continued to get called up to the main roster. When they got there, they were full of talent and hunger. And then something changed. I wonder what it was. Now, they come up full of ego and attitude. Hell, some of ’em sit in the locker room, twiddle their thumbs on their cellphone, acting like they got nowhere better to be. They act like we should thank them for coming up to Raw and SmackDown.
“Then I walk in through these doors. I hear superstars in the back talking about their legacy, talking about how they’re the next ones to be called up. Or, they’re complaining that they haven’t been called up yet, and it’s starting to make me sick! They walk through these doors to a championship team. They have guaranteed contracts, and they’re living in a house that I built! Me and all the other OGs started in FCW, and we took this train all the way to sell out Barclays Arena, with 16,500 people! Don’t clap for that now, you’ve never done it before, get off my bandwagon.
“I come through those doors tonight, and there’s superstars can’t even look me in the eye. They don’t show me the respect that I deserve. Now I had no control over that last Draft that came up. But you can make damn sure I got control of the next, because I’m gonna make every one of those superstars regret ever signing a WWE contract! Every single one of ’em is soft, every single one of ’em is weak, and they’re sure as hell not as good as they think they are. That all lies on the champion, the NXT Champion, Carmelo Hayes. Melo walks around here like his stuff doesn’t stink. Yeah, there you go. Cheer for him. Cheer for him!
“Cuz ol’ Melo got a taste of main roster reality when I laid him out, put him down, I took his title and I stood over his body, and I held it over my head.” Wait, ILJA DRAGUNOV is here! The Czar tells Baron, “Would you please, um, give me the chance to introduce myself. My name is Ilja Dragunov.” Fans cheer and Corbin says he knows who Ilja is, but what does he want? Ilja isn’t sure about the people Corbin saw in the hall, but Ilja is here to look him in the eyes to say, he’s NOT soft and he is NOT weak. He is the most animalistic, intense man in NXT! He’s beaten everyone put in front of him, and after Battleground, he is the first man in line to face Melo for the title.
Oh, here we go. There’s the NXT arrogance. Corbin has competed in SIX WrestleMania matches, he retired THE Kurt Angle, and he is the last man to pin Roman Reigns. Fans chant “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Ilja gets it, Corbin is targeting Melo to make some kind of point. But Ilja is targeting Melo for the title. And Ilja really doesn’t care how many Manias Corbin’s been to. If Ilja must ravage Corbin with pain to get what he wants, then so be it. Corbin tells the “kid” that there is a big difference between what he wants and what he’s gonna get. Corbin jumps the line cuz he says so, cuz he’s the biggest star in the building.
Ilja says Corbin is making assumptions, but Ilja makes challenges. So why not show everyone how much of a star you are, against Ilja tonight?! Fans love the sound of that! Corbin asks Ilja really wants “a piece of this” after Battleground. Well, there’s nothing Corbin can bring as hard as Dijak did at Battleground. Ilja shows off the NASTY bruise on his hip! Corbin says that’s cute. That’s one bruise. When Corbin’s done with him, Ilja will be covered in ’em. Ilja welcomes the challenge. Fans fire up, will the Lone Wolf be sent back to the main roster with his tail between his legs?
But wait! Trick shows up to start throwing hands! Fans fire up as Trick is after Corbin, Corbin shoves him back, but Trick clotheslines Corbin out! Fans fire up as the refs back Corbin off. Will Trick get payback on Corbin for that sneak attack on Melo?
Thea Hail finishes training.
She hobbles and says she can barely feel her legs anymore. Duke Hudson finds her but Charlie Dempsey says not bad. He better see her again tomorrow. Oh he’ll see her again! And he’ll see improvement! You bring your A Game! Wait, Duke is confused, what’s going on? Dempsey & Gulak are teaching her how to crunch people! It’s firing her up! Really? Yeah, she’s got all these great grappling holds now! Wanna see? She grabs Duke’s arm in a wristlock! OW! Sorry! But it works, right? Duke says she doesn’t even like those guys! Yeah, but you just gotta give it back to ’em, y’know? Thea shouts, “I’ma kick you in the ass, professor!”
See? They love it! Well, okay, as long as she’s learning. But you can’t just “crunch” someone over the top rope. It’s a battle royal tonight! Yeah, but she can still throw people over. He believes in her, right? Y-yeah… Then let’s go! Thea is fired up, will she crunch and toss everyone else in the ring to get that golden ticket?
Bron Breakker attacks Ilja Dragunov backstage!
The Big Bad Booty Nephew tells The Czar to keep “thinking” he’s the most intense guy in NXT. If Ilja likes pain, how’s that feel? The refs back Bron off, will Dragunov have to go after him and Corbin before going after Melo?
Mixed Six Tag Match: Diamond Mine VS The Schism!
Ivy Nile has had it with Ava Raine, and by extension, the Creed Brothers and the Dyad have gotten at each other. Now things will be settled as all six get in the ring! Will Diamond Mine crush Ava, Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed under the pressure? Or will the roots of Schism’s tree only grow and spread?
NXT returns as Diamond Mine make their entrance. The teams sort out and and Julius starts against Rip. They circle, tie up, and Julius wrenches an arm. Rip whips Julius away, things speed up, and Julius drops to fireman’s carry takeover into an armlock! Rip fights free but Julius just grabs the other arm. Rip fights to his feet, CHOPS, but Julius wrenches the arm. Rip CHOPS, Julius wrenches, but then Rip pulls an ear! Tag to Jagger, the Dyad mugs Julius, and Jagger ROCKS Julius with forearms. Jagger swings again, but Julius gets around to waistlock and SLAM! Jagger fights up, but Julius SLAMS him again!
Julius keeps hold of Jagger to SLAM him again, and KNEE him in the side! Tag to Brutus, and the Creeds pinball Jagger between knees! Brutus drags Jagger up, ROCKS him, and then clamps onto another arm. Tag to Julius, they mug Jagger, but Jagger ELBOWS him away! And then DECKS him! Jagger facelocks, but Julius deadlifts from the floor! Julius stands back up, walks over, and tags in Brutus. Brutus takes the handoff, fans fire up as Brutus keeps Jagger up! Brutus tags Julius back in, takes the handoff back, and then marches around before the SLAM! And then he kips up! Fans fire up, Julius whips but Jagger reverses
Jagger runs in, MONKEY FLIPS, but Julius lands through it! And he DROPKICKS Jagger! Julius whips Jagger, Jagger reverses and CLOBBERS Julius! And Ava tags in! Ava SLAPS Julius! Ivy steps in to calm Julius down, but then Ava tags out to Rip. The Schism trolls Ivy but Julius storms up to shoot in and waistlock, for a SLAM! And then he KNEES Rip in the side! Julius headlocks, Rip powers out but Julius goes up and over and keeps moving. Brutus tags in,. Julius ducks ‘n’ dodges, Brutus AX HANDLES Rip! And then shoots around, but Rips witches. TERMAN SUPLEX, but Brutus lands on his feet!
Brutus trophy lifts Rip, to DROP him, and STANDING MOONSAULT! Fans fire up with Brutus and Julius tags back in. Brutus cross-arm SLAMS Julius onto Rip! And Then Ivy snap suplexes Brutus onto Rip! And then Julius gives Ivy a boost for a SENTON! Fans are thunderous for the Diamond Mine’s combinations, and Ivy calls out Ava! Fans want to see that, too, but NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Rip has Brutus down in a chinlock. Brutus endures, fights up, and fans rally. Brutus pries the hold open, but Rip knees low. Rip ROCKS Brutus, but Brutus ROCKS Rip! And Jagger! And Rip again! Brutus staggers along ropes, but he ELBOWS Rip away. Jagger distracts, Rip shoves Brutus into the ropes! Brutus sputters off that low hotshot, and then Ava sucker punches Ivy! Rip BLASTS Julius, too! Fans boo but Rip tags Jagger. The Dyad whip Brutus into the corner hard, then hit an ASSISTED SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Brutus survives and The Dyad is frustrated.
Jagger tags Rip back in, the Dyad stomp away on Brutus! Fans boo but The Dyad drag Brutus up. Rip fishhooks Brutus’ face, lets off as the ref counts, and fans rally up. Rip drags Brutus up, suplexes, but Brutus blocks! Brutus suplexes Rip up and over instead! Rip tags Jagger in, Jagger keeps Brutus from the corner with a SLEEPER! Brutus endures, reaches out, marches forward, and fans rally behind him. Hot tag to Julius! Julius CLOBBERS Jagger, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Rip! Then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Jagger! And a kip up! And then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Rip! Kip up, and another OVERHEAD for Jagger!
Julius just keeps going, but The Dyad go after him together! SO they get a DOUBLE OVERHEAD SUPELX! Fans are thunderous with Julius, and he runs up the corner, to DOUBLE QUEBRADA! Julius scoops Jagger but Rip makes the save. Julius kicks Rip but Rip RAMS him into the corner! Jagger hits GRIT YOUR TEETH! But Brutus runs in, BRUTUS BALL! Down goes Rip! Jagger ENZIGURIS Brutus, runs, but Julius LARIATS Jagger! Fans fire up, but Jagger SUPERKICKS back! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Ivy grins as she stares Ava down. Julius crawls, hot tag to the Diamond Pitbull!
Fans fire up and even Ava smiles. The two circle, tie up, and they start throwing forearms! Ivy dodges a lariat, KCIKS and KICKS and ROUNDHOUSES! Fans fire up as Ivy runs, and DROPKICKS! Then she runs, but Ava SCORPION KICKS! Ava scoops but Ivy slips out, DIAMOND DRAGON!! But Jagger gets Ivy! So Ivy gets HIM in the DIAMOND DRAGON!! Fans fire up but the ref says Ivy has to let off, it’s only men against men and women against women! But Ava HEADBUTTS Ivy while wearing her plastic mask!! The ref missed that dealing with Jagger! Cover, Schism wins!
Winners: The Schism, by pinfall
Ava snatches victory away from the jaws of the Diamond Pitbull, the Schism gets a big win here tonight. Will we see their roots soon bear golden fruit?
Stacks visits Tony D’Angelo in prison.
Tony’s in the orange jumpsuit as he sits down to talk with Stacks. How’s he been? Good. But guess what? Knuckles is in here! The guy who- SHH! Oh, right. But yeah, Giorgio the Whale gets Tony his paper, and the guards even pitched in so Tony could have a subscription to The Peacock so he can watch the show the next day. That’s great! It’s almost like being in a hotel. Almost. But did Stacks get any more info on this rat? Stacks says he’s put in some calls. Miss Kim Cashstashian will get them off. Whoa, gotta reword that, Stacks.
But anyhow, Tony isn’t sure how he feels with his life in the hands of Cashstashian. Tony might as well play the lottery. Stacks’ gut says it’s Gallus, they didn’t wanna face Tony & Stacks at Battleground. But they’ve got a lot of enemies. This could be Legado, or, or- Is Stacks hearing himself? He’s on a wild goose chase! You’re going around the world to go next door. Trust your gut! It’s Gallus! Get those guys for all they’re worth! Tony swears on his mother’s eyes- Oh, don’t make a threat on the phone… But okay, listen. What Joe Coffey did last week, forget about it. But 3v1 ain’t cutting it.
Then what’s Stacks to do? Visitation time is almost up, so Tony tells Stacks that he’s the Underboss, he can figure it out. Tony leaves, and it is all in Stacks’ hands now.
Robert Stone & Von Wagner go to therapy.
They’re impatiently waiting in the lobby, and Stone tells Von that he hopes this all works out. They have had quite the week trying to find the right fit. Montage: one guy skips the breathing exercise to get to the anger issue. Von says he has no anger issue. But anger management is nothing to be ashamed of. Learning to control it can actually help him. Von tells this guy to GFY. Stone apologizes and pays in cash. Von says that guy was a jackass! Oh and the other guy? Von had that guy up against a wall! Stone again paid for that in cash. Von is on the verge of a breakthrough, so long as he gives things a chance.
One guy comes out crying. Von sighs. He doesn’t wanna do this now. Oh, c’mon, Von! NO! Didn’t you see that guy crying? Von is not a crier! What do you think Von’s dad would think seeing this? Von is NOT walking through this door. But then the therapist walks out. A very lovely lady therapist… Well, maybe Von can give this a shot. But alone. Von winks before the door closes. Is therapy going to be the solution after all?
Blair Davenport VS Dani Palmer!
Who was the assailant of the NXT Women’s Division? It was BLAIR, Dani! It was Blair all along! And now that she’s back, will she tear through what’s left of the roster to get at the title? Or can Dani avenge Sol Ruca, Nikkita Lyons and everyone else Blair terrorized?
The bell rings and Dani rushes in! They tie up, go around, and Blair puts Dani on ropes. The ref counts, Dani turns nit around but Blair turns it back around. Blair lets off at 4, to SLAP Dani! Dani SLAPS Blair! Blair kicks low, whips her to a corner, but Dani goes up and over and handsprings away. Blair chases, but runs into headscissors! Blair blocks to SLAM Dani down, then BOOT her out of the ring! Blair goes out after Dani, puts her in the ring, then CLOBBERS her! Fans rally for Dani but Blair drags Dani up to whip. Blair KNEES low, gut wrenches and GUTBUSTERS! Then she throws Dani into ropes!
Fans rally for Dani as she sputters, but Blair clamps on with a waistlock. Blair SLAMS Dani, holds onto the waistlock, and squeezes with a rear bearhug. Fans rally as Dani fights up, and she fights free with elbows! Dani switches, rolls up, TWO! Blair kicks Dani low! Fans boo but Blair whips Dani to kitchen sink knee! Blair soaks up the heat, she KNEES Dani in the side, then stalks her around the way. Blair kicks Dani around, KICKS her in the side, but Dani grits her teeth. Dani blocks the next kick, but Blair ROCKS her with a forearm! Dani hits back, kicks low, and UPPERCUTS! And CHOPS! And DOUBLE KNEES! Cover, TWO!
Dani goes to a corner and climbs up. Blair grabs Dani’s hair to TOSS her to the mat! Blair then sits Dani up, has the wrists, KAMI-GOYE! And then, FALCON ARROW! Cover, Blair wins!
Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall
Blair satiates her appetite for violence, and says she has just put the entire roster on notice! Will even Tiffany Stratton have to beware the heir?
Dana Brooke arrives?!
Another callback to NXT is here, and she wants in on the battle royal. There’s a lot of buzz in NXT now, so Dana will make her own opportunities when she is the last woman standing! Will the Flex Appeal grab that golden ticket for herself?
Backstage interview with Tiffany Stratton.
McKenzie Mitchell says the battle royal was Tiffany’s idea, but now Dana Brooke is here and wants in on the match. Tiffany stops McKenzie there. Tiffany would say she’s shocked, but she’s not. Of course Dana wants a shot at Tiffany’s title. Come one, come all. Sometimes the title makes the superstar, but in this case, Tiffany has made this title the most desirable belt in all of the WWE. And every single woman in that battle royal is envious of what Tiffany has. Are you kidding me? NO ONE was happy Tiffany won. But Tiffany has no problem proving she’s in a class of her own. So who does she think wins tonight?
“TBH, Lyra is the only one I can see pulling it off. I mean, she pushed me at Battleground. Like, damn, gurl, you were almost at the Tiffy Top. But it won’t matter, because the result will stay the same on the other side: And still NXT Women’s Champion, Tiffany Stratton! I just love the sound of that. Tootles.”
Baron Corbin VS Trick Williams!
The Lone Wolf is looking down on the new generation of NXT, and Trick Willie isn’t gonna stand for it! Will Trick represent for Trick Melo Gang? Or will Corbin bring about the End of Days for this new “arrogant” era?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up, the two tie up but Corbin knees low. Corbin CLUBS Trick, stalks him to ropes, and puts him in a corner. Corbin throws body shots and CLUBS Trick again, to then whip corner to corner. Trick hits buckles hard, and then Corbin CLOBBERS Trick! Fans boo but Corbin stands Trick up to throw hands. Corbin CHOKES Trick on the ropes, lets off at 4, and argues with the ref. Trick drags himself up, but Corbin shoves him into ropes to CLUB him in the back! Corbin taunts Trick, stomps him, and then swings, but Trick counter punches! Trick fires off fist after fist, but Corbin knees low again!
Corbin CLUBS Trick, but fans taunt “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Corbin puts Trick in a corner, whips him corner to corner, and runs in to SPLASH! Trick sputters but Corbin stands him up. Corbin talks trash on Trick, but Trick ROCKS him with forearms! Fans fire up and Trick runs, but Corbin CLOBBERS Trick again! Corbin looms over Trick and he taunts the fans. Fans boo, Corbin whips Trick corner to corner again, then runs in, but Trick dodges! Trick fires off fast hands! The ref counts, Trick stomps away, but Trick lets off, and dodges Corbin to DROPKICK him! Corbin staggers, into a POP-UP HAYMAKER!
Corbin falls out of the ring and Trick dares him to come back for more as NXT goes picture in picture.
Trick storms out after Corbin, drags him up, and RAMS him into barriers. Trick stalks Corbin around the way, CHOPS him against barriers, and then brings him up. Trick RAMS Corbin into barriers, the fans rally up, and Trick CHOPS Corbin again! Trick refreshes the ring count, puts Corbin back in, but Corbin kicks the ropes! The ropes get Trick low, and Corbin fires off fast hands! The ref counts, Corbin lets off and he has Trick in a corner. Corbin reels Trick in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Corbin scowls as he looms over Trick. Corbin clamps on a half nelson and chinbar, and he thrashes Trick around.
Trick endures, fans rally up, and Trick fights up to throw body shots. Corbin shoves Trick away, Trick ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Corbin! Cover, TWO! Trick fires off on Corbin at the ropes, drags him up, brings him in and suplexes! Corbin writhes, Trick pushes him down, and Trick rains down forearms! Then Trick covers, TWO! Trick clamps on with a headlock and he grinds Corbin down. Corbin fights up, and hits another BIG back suplex! Fans rally while both men are down, and Corbin crawls over to Trick. Corbin hammers away with elbows! Corbin hears the fans rallying, and he clamps onto Trick with the chinbar half nelson.
Trick endures as Corbin leans on the hold. Trick fights up, but Corbin wrangles him back down! Corbin thrashes Trick as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally for Trick and Trick fights up again. Trick arm-drags free, runs in and ROCKS Corbin! Corbin flops to the apron, Trick BLASTS him off it! Trick goes out to SMACK Corbin off the desk! Corbin wobbles and flops over, Trick runs in, but Corbin moves! Trick knees only the desk! Corbin has his opening, he punches away on the knee! The ref has the ring count climbing as Corbin pulls on the arm. Corbin lets off, refreshes the count, and he drags Trick up.
Corbin RAMS Trick into the steel steps, making sure those knees hit hard! Trick writhes and clutches the leg while fans boo and gives Corbin thumbs down. Corbin puts Trick in the ring, and he stomps away on the bad leg! Fans chant “CORBIN SUCKS!” but Corbin stands Trick up to whip and SPINEBUSTER! Corbin has the leg for a HALF CRAB! Trick endures, fans rally, and Trick reaches out! Trick gets the ROPEBREAK! Corbin lets go fast, Trick kicks him with the good leg! But Corbin grabs that leg, so Trick EDDY GORDO KICKS! Fans rally, Trick and Corbin rise, and Corbin storms over.
Trick fires body shots and counter punches! Trick has Corbin in a corner and he fires off! Corbin shoves Trick, Trick comes back to DROPKICK! And then wrench and JUMP KNEE! Trick runs to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Fans fire up with Trick and he runs in again, SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives but Trick stalks him to ropes. Corbin elbows low, choke grips, and CHOKE- NO, Trick fights out, EDDY GORDO KICK 2! Trick runs, but into DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Trick survives and Corbin is beside himself! Fans rally as Corbin storms up on Trick. “This is Awesome!” as Corbin puts Trick up top.
Corbin climbs up but Trick CLUBS away on him! Trick sends Corbin away, hops off the corner, but Corbin returns. Trick dodges to POST Corbin! Trick fires off big haymakers! Fans fire up and Trick DECKS Corbin! Trick wants more, he waits on Corbin to stand, Trick spins but the leg gives out! Corbin kicks low, reels Trick in, END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
Trick fought valiantly, but one miscalculation cost him. Corbin says he’s going back to SmackDown to go qualify for Money in the Bank, then he’ll be back next Tuesday. Will Melo be back to get back at Corbin directly?
NXT presents an all-new Hard Hitting Home Truths.
Nathan Frazer welcomes us back to HHHT. Now we’re nine days removed from Battlegrounds, and the landscape never stops shifting. Tiffany is the new Women’s Champion, Wes Lee is breaking every single record in the book, Ilja Dragunov is not human–though that’s not exactly news–and we have Free Agents popping up left, right and middle. But most importantly, Noam Dar has a new pack o’ friends who helped him hold onto his “precious baby,” the Heritage Cup. They were useful enough to help him retain, but not enough to gain another title, as “a couple of fine, handsome gentlemen” in Nathan and Dragon Lee saw to that.
However, Noam is still Heritage Cup Champion, and while Nathan is not really fond of this new Supernova group, he and everyone else will just have to “deal with it.” Speaking of, here is a special guest who feels the same way about Dar as he does. That’s right, HHHT is going global with their “Senior International Correspondent,” Mr. Dragon Lee. Dragon appears on set and he says mucho gracias, and (in Spanish) for this opportunity to be part of this premier show. Uh, si! Dragon does have in his hand a list of the top five names for Dar’s new super group.
CINCO: Two Awful Chat Show Hosts, Plus Two. QUATRO: The Oro Mensah Experience. TRES: The Jakara Jackson Five! Well, minus one. DOS: The Long Lost Legend of Lash Legend. And numero UNO: Noam’s Rent-a-Friends! Nathan says number one is the best because it is the truest. And after Battleground, Dar is running out of surprises, and needs new challengers. The hard-hitting truth here is that Dar is fragile and he knows it. Nathan beat Dar in a regular match, so here’s a proposal: Dar VS Frazer for the Cup next week! And Dragon will return the favor by being in Nathan’s corner!
Frazer thanks Dragon for that, and so, they will love ya and leave ya. They’ve been Nathan Frazer and Dragon Lee, and Dar… Ball’s in your court. Peace. Will the British Rocket get his shot at the Cup? Or will he not be able to reach the Scottish Supernova?
Backstage interview with Mustafa Ali.
McKenzie is with The Beacon, nothing how he shocked the entire world when he showed up during Bate & Wes VS The Dyad. What brings him here to NXT? He is Free Agent Ali, baby! He can show up wherever he wants! And now, Ali is the one riding the storm. The next chapter Ali will write is titled, “Mustafa Ali Finally Wins Gold.” Then before he faces off against Joe Gacy- Wait, Wes Lee walks in. Wes has to let everyone know how excited he is that Ali is here! And talking about gold, uh, well Wes wants to make sure- Ali stops Wes there. Don’t do that. Don’t hand Ali a chance. Ali wants to earn it, like Wes did!
And that starts with Gacy. Maybe down the road, it will be Ali VS Lee for the title. That is, if Wes is still champ by then. Jokes aside, Wes wishes Ali luck, but will The Beacon shine bright on the white ‘n’ gold brand? Or will The Schism’s roots continue to grow tonight?
Mustafa Ali VS Joe Gacy!
NXT returns as Mr. Inclusion makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. They break, and then tie up again. Ali headlocks, Gacy throws hands but Ali ROCKS Gacy! Ali headlocks, Gacy powers out and then CLOBBERS Ali! Fans rally as Gacy fires off on Ali in the corner. Gacy whips corner to corner, runs in, but Ali goes up and over! Things speed up,. Ali ducks ‘n’ dodges and RANAS! Fans fire up as Gacy flounders. Ali storms up but Gacy dumps him out! Ali skins the cat, shoulders in, and ROCKS Gacy again! Ali slingshots but Gacy SHOVES him down! Fans boo as Ali crashes to the floor!
Gacy goes out after Ali, drags him back into the ring, and then hurries to cover, TWO! Gacy clamps onto Ali with a chinlock but fans rally. Ali fights with body shots, and a CHOP! Ali whips, Gacy reverses and reels Ali in, URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Ali is hanging tough but Gacy clamps on with a chinbar. Fans rally as Ali endures. Ali fights up, throws body shots, but Gacy CLUBS him o the back. Gacy back suplexes, Ali lands on his feet, but Gacy DDTS! Cover, TWO! Ali survives and goes to a corner but Gacy goes to the opposite. Gacy runs in, but Ali slips out and Gacy hits buckles! Ali ROUNDHOUSES, slingshots and BLOCKBUSTERS!
Fans fire up and Ali goes up the corner! Gacy hurries to ROCK Ali first! Gacy goes up after Ali, but Ali fights the superplex! Ali throws headbutts, then SMACKS Gacy off buckles! Ali stands up to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! Ali then skins the cat to the top rope, and fans fire up as Ali 450 SPLASHES!! Cover, ALI WINS!
Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall
But then The Dyad attacks! Rip & Jagger won’t let Ali celebrate, they stomp away while Gacy drags Ali down,. But then here come Wes Lee & Tyler Bate! They fire off, SUPERKICK Rip, Bop and BANG for Jagger! Gacy sees he’s surrounded, he turns around into a SUPERKICK from Ali! Fans fire up as the Beacon, the Big Strong Boi & The Cardiac Kid send the Schism running! Will they have to tear down The Schism’s tree before they can talk title matches?
Fallon Henley, Brooks Jensen & Josh Briggs talk backstage.
Tonight, the main event is a battle royal for a shot at the women’s title. Jensen knows Fallon is ready, Fallon says she’s ready, she feels tonight is her night. But wait, Malik Blade & Edris Enofe walk up. They say Briggs & Jensen were “the ones who started all this.” Hank ‘n’ Tank fought each other to get closer, so now Malik wants to fight Edris! Fallon excuses herself to get ready, and the guys talk. Jensen says it really did work for Hank ‘n’ Tank, and Briggs says it really did work for him and Jensen. Did it really? Okay, let’s find out. What is Jensen’s favorite color? Blue. Yeah, right here on the shirt.
Okay, okay, that was an easy one. Edris then asks Jensen when is Briggs’ birthday. Jensen thinks back… March 5th. BINGO! See? They are good! Malik asks Edris if he knows his birthday. But then Hank ‘n’ Tank walk in, they’re talking country songs. Hank’s a Boy Named Sue guy all the way. Right! Johnny Cash is the man! But Tank likes the modern stuff, like Taylor Swift. Bingo! Tank is a big T. Swifty boy. What the what? But Tank says after Fallon wins that battle royal, let’s all go get some brewskis. Now he’s talking their language! But uh, do Malik & Edris want in? They’ll catch up later. Alright! Laters!
Malik asks Edris if he’s thinking what Malik is thinking. Well after this past week, clearly not! But then Gallus walk up. Don’t worry, lads. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the same page or not, because you’d never beat Gallus for the titles. Gallus Boys On Top, no one else has to play stupid games. Malik nods to Edris and Edris gives in. They’re doing this next week, huh? OH YEAH! Malik VS Edris is happening! Edris accepts his fate, and asks his phone when IS Malik’s birthday.
Backstage interview with Noam Dar and his crew.
McKenzie asks the Heritage Cup Champion about Nathan Frazer’s challenge. And also, what is up with his group? Oh, his group? No, this is THEIR group. When you’re the Supernova, you have to be surrounded by stars, and that is what he has here. This is a collection of shooting stars with unlimited potential! Starting with Dar’s main man, Mensah. Oro is underappreciated, undervalued, but no more! Dar is the one who believed in Oro, got him on a premium event, and has Oro flying in a new stratosphere. And that’s just the beginning. We have Action Ms. Jakara Jackson, a world class athlete who competed on the Titan Gams! And now she’s a titan in this game!
Jakara says she’s sugar, spice, and everything that ain’t so nice. Heard that? And last but not least. Lash THEE Legend! She will beat you physically, emotionally, mentally, she is a GOAT in the making! One of one! Does McKenzie not know what’s going on right here? The screen can’t handle all this brightness, they’re shinin’ shinin’. Five trophies, one picture, okay? But then about Nathan’s challenge. Ugh. If he wants a cup match, remember two things: Dar is NEVER losing the Cup; and there is no stopping… The Meta Four. CHECK PLEASE, bye bye!
Eddy Thorpe VS Damon Kemp!
The Alpha Wolf won once before, but it didn’t humble the Golden Gopher one bit. Will this be a clean sweep? Or will Kemp make Eddy feel like trash, and then make him pick it up?
NXT returns and Kemp makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two tie up, and they go around. Kemp puts Thorpe on the ropes, the ref counts, and Kemp lets off with a shove. Thorpe comes back, arm-drags, headlocks and hits the takeover. Kemp keeps his shoulder up and fights up, but Thorpe holds onto the headlock. Kemp lifts, but Thorpe still holds on! Kemp throws body shots, powers out, but Thorpe reverses the whip to SPINNING CROSSBODY! Direct hit, Thorpe drags Kemp around by his legs, but Kemp kicks free. Thorpe runs up to BOOT Kemp to a corner! Thorpe storms up but into a BOOT from Kemp!
Thorpe CHOPS in return! Thorpe whips, Kemp reverses, but Thorpe goes up, only to get caught! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Cover, TWO! Kemp stomps away on Thorpe, drags him up, but Thorpe CHOPS! Kemp ducks the next chop to RAM low, UPPERCUT, and shove, to then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans rally, Kemp stalks Thorpe, and Kemp drops elbow after elbow! Kemp scrapes his sole off Thorpe’s face, then clamps on with a chinlock. But Thorpe fights with elbows! Kemp still hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Kemp talks trash, stomps Thorpe, and then pulls on Thorpe in a chinlock stretch.
Fans rally for “EDDY! EDDY!” but Kemp bends him back! Thorpe fights, but Kemp body scissors to keep Thorpe down. Fans still rally, Thorpe fights up, and Thorpe throws body shots! Thorpe is free, he bobs ‘n’ weaves and throws more shots! Thorpe CHOPS and COHPS and whips, to CLOBBER kemp! And DECK him! Kemp gets up, Thorpe blocks, SOBATS, and PELES! Thorpe runs, to ELBOW DROP! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Kemp survives but Thorpe is on him. Kemp wrenches, Thorpe switches, they run into the ref! Kemp gets a cheap shot in, but Thorpe switches on Kemp to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Kemp’s foot is on the ropes, but the ref misses it! Thorpe wins!!
Winner: Eddy Thorpe, by pinfall
Kemp complains, he says Thorpe is winning by cheating again! The ref says the decision is final, but are we going to get a round three out of these two?
Gigi Dolin is on the phone.
She talks with her brother Miles and says this is her chance to finally be NXT Women’s Champion. The Weaponized Steel Cage aside, Gigi isn’t going to let anything stop her. She’ll be fine, he just needs to stay out of trouble, okay? Love you, bye. Kiana James walks over and says that’s the “before” phone call. Can’t wait to hear the “after.” Sorry, she came up short again. But they’re used to it. Oh so that’s how Gigi sounds to Kiana? Kiana tells Gigi not to put unrealistic ideas in her brother’s head, like her winning the battle royal. An outcast, with Gigi’s background and emotional instability, will always fall short.
Gigi would rather have her background, as bad as it was, over being a stuck-up elitist like Kiana. Gigi can’t wait to see the smug look on Kiana’s face as she sends her sailing over the top rope and wins. But then Dabba-Kato walks past and everyone clams up. Will Dabba destroy Scrypts for saving Axiom?
Dabba-Kato VS SCRYPTS!
NXT returns as Reggie- er, Scrypts makes his entrance. A wrestler by any other name still flies as high as him, but will he be able to get up and over the mountain of a main before him?
The bell rings, Scrypts dodges a lariat to mule kick, but Dabba barely budges! Scrypts throws a haymaker, but Dabba barely flinches. Scrypts fires more shots, but Dabba grabs him! Scrypts breaks free, runs, but Dabba CLOBBERS him! Dabba whips Scrypts to a corner, Scrypts goes up to AX HANDLE! Scrypts keeps moving, he kicks and CHOPS and runs, but Dabba BOOTS him inside out! Dabba drags Scrypts up to scoop and SLAM him! And then scoop and SLAM again! And then scoop and SLAM again! Dabba looms over Scrypts, drags him up right into a BEARHUG! Scrypts endures the squeeze, CLUBS Dabba again and again, and gets free!
Dabba wobbles but he gets Scrypts up, to TOSS him out of the ring! Scrypts tumbles to the floor, Dabba goes out after him, and drags him back up to CHOP against the desk! Dabba roars while fans boo, but he hauls Scrypts up again to scoop, but wait! AXIOM is there! Where’d he come from/ Dabba SHOVES Axiom down, puts Scrypts in the ring, and storms up to grab Scrypts with both hands. But Axiom is up top, he leaps, Dabba dodges, and then chases Axiom off. Dabba turns around, into Scrypts’ SLINGSHOT ELBOW! Dabba staggers around, he rushes in but into buckles! Scrypts table tops Dabba to cover, SCRYPTS WINS!!
Winner: SCRYPTS, by pinfall
But Dabba drags Scrypts right up for a TOSS! And he SWATS Axiom out of the sky! Dabba SLAMS Axiom onto Scrypts! Fans boo as Dabba looms over them both. Will nothing stop Dabba from storming his way up to a title?
The Schism regroups backstage.
Gacy is furious! “This phony friendship of Wes and Tyler makes me sick! It’s as pathetic as Ali’s positive mental attitude drivel! Next week, we will expose this union of convenience!” Rip says yes, they will! But don’t forget that tonight, The Schism reminded everyone of their strength. They secured a great win over Diamond Mine. Yes, that they did. They’ve pulled their weight, they’ve shown the world what The Schism can be. Gacy, however, has fallen short. He fell short tonight and lost at Battleground. He must reflect and rectify. Ava says one root cannot stabilize an entire tree, no matter how strong it is. Jagger says next week, they have his back.
Mustafa Ali regroups with Tyler Bate and Wes Lee backstage.
He appreciates them having his back, and Wes says it was them returning the favor. And Bate says next week, in a Six Man Tag, they’ll tear “that rotten Schism tree” out, roots and all. Wes tells Ali that Bate says stuff like that, just roll with it. Well, okay, that’s great, but Ali feels like there’s still some magic between Wes and Bate. At Battleground, it was all about the spirit of competition. And in a Triple Threat, luck is just as important as skill. They love this! They love competition! Everyone wants to see it again, and this time, it can be 1v1! Bate says it has crossed his mind. But he doesn’t want to jeopardize the friendship.
Wes says with Bate coming to him face to face on it now, he respects it. They secret handshake, Bate says that’s Wes’ weird thing you gotta roll with. Well, okay. Ali will be on SmackDown this Friday for an MITB qualifier, next Tuesday is the Six Man Tag. And then the Tuesday after that, we can figure out when Bate and Wes tear the house down. They’re all for it! Is the Summer already heating up for the North American Championship?
NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal!
Tiffany Stratton truly became the Center of the Universe when she become champion, but that also means she’s surrounded on all sides by those aiming for her belt. Who wins here to be the one with the golden ticket to Tiffany’s first title defense?
NXT returns and Roxanne Perez makes her entrance to join an already packed ring. And last but not least, Dana Brooke makes her entrance! The Flex Appeal is here as a Free Agent, will she be the wild card that wins it all? The bell rings, and the brawl is on! Cora of course goes after Roxie, but Dana helps Valentina Feroz fight Jakara Jackson! Gigi is after Elektra Lopez, Yulisa Leon has Tatum Paxley, Fallon and Kiana go after each other for old time’s sake. Lash swings someone around and clips opponent after opponent! Jakara and Lash help Cora with Roxie and a few others, Jacy clotheslines someone up and out.
Jacy ducks the counter punch to ROLLING ELBOW and ELIMINATE them! Jacy says this is all about her, but fans boo. Dana throws Jakara out, kicks her off the apron, but Oro catches her! Jakara applauds the assist and he helps her back into the ring. Cora DUMPS and ELIMINATES Ariana Grace! Fans boo as Cora laughs at her, but then she and Jacy mug some other superstars. Jacy is after Jakara, Kiana is after Gigi for their little backstage argument, and Thea fights off Tatum. Gigi runs at Kiana, Kiana puts her out but Gigi KNEES back! Gigi drags Kiana up and over to join her! They brawl on the apron!
Fans fire up as Gigi UPPERCUTS Kiana down! But then Kiana kicks Gigi’s legs out! Gigi tumbles and hits the steel steps, then the floor! Kiana ELIMINATES Gigi! Kiana tells Gigi to go call her little brother. Jacy stomps Tatum, Lash fires off hands on Kelani Jordan but Kelani dodges, comes back, only to be clotheslined out to the apron! But Kelani dodges, swings around the corner post, but Jakara trips her up! Kelani falls, Jakara ELIMINATES her! Fallon ROCKS Lash, CHOPS Jakara, and Roxie helps out! Fallon puts Jakara out, fires hands, but Jakara HOTSHOTS! Oro says good work, but Fallon BOOTS Jakara!
Oro catches Jakara again, but then Thea hurries over! Thea SPRINGBOARD TRUST FALLS Oro and Jakara down! Thea ELIMINATES Jakara, but she is safe cuz she went under the top rope! Lash slides out to go after Thea, but ends up in a KIMURA! Lash scoops Thea, and SNAKE EYES her off the steel steps! The ref reprimands but there’s no disqualifications in such a match. Lash leaves Thea behind, only for Feroz & Leon to go after her! She BOOTS them away, but Leon gives Feroz the boost to RANA Lash out! Lash stays on the apron, fires back, but Leon ELBOWS Lashl! Leon goes up and out to go after Lash!
Las Latinas trip and DOUBLE BOOT Lash to ELIMINATE her! They celebrate, but then Lash & Jakara YANK them both off the apron to ELIMINATE them!! And now they brawl! Oro shouts for help, but the battle rages on in and outside the ring as NXT goes picture in picture.
Dana brawls with Cora, Dana BOOTS Cora, and Roxie stomps Jacy. Tatum brawls with Fallon, Elektra has Lyra in a corner. Cora fights off Dana and Kiana while Elektra digs a boto in on Lyra. Roxie throws Jacy up and out but Jacy holds on to fight her off. Lyra scoops Elektra?! What strength! But Elektra lands safe on the apron and tries to drag Lyra up and over with her! Lyra resists, throws elbows, and Elektra wobbles! Lyra WRECKS Elektra with a dropkick and ELIMINATES her! Tatum SLAPS Dana but Dana fires off forearms on her! Cora and Jacy mug Lyra, Kiana keeps on Roxie, and Fallon tires to help Dana.
Tatum fights them off, Dana DECKS Fallon, and then Tatum ROCKS Dana! Tatum bumps Dana off buckles, stomps away, and Cora stomps away on Lyra. Fallon bumps Jacy off buckles, stomps away, and Roxie holds onto ropes as Kiana tries to dump her out. Tatum and Dana brawl more, Dana kicks Tatum down, and NXT returns to single picture. Blair Davenport appears? She wasn’t officially in this match, is she going to insert herself into it? Roxie UPPERCUTS Kiana in a corner, she dodges Jacy to send her into Kiana, then UPPERCUTS them both! Roxie snarls, but Cora grabs her former friend, only for Roxie to turn it around! RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!
Blair taunts Roxie, who was one of her targets, so Roxie goes out after her! THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Blair shoves Roxie away, whips, but Roxie reverses to send Blair into the apron! BACKHAND, and POP- NO, Tatum saves Blair to CROSSBODY Roxie! Tatum ELIMINATES herself, but she and Blair stomp away on Roxie! They throw Roxie back in, and Jacy slithers up behind. Jacy dumps Roxie up and out to ELIMINATE her!! Jacy says Roxie is a loser, but Lyra stalks up behind her! ENZIGURI! Lyra fires off kicks on Cora, dodges Dana, and goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Fallon runs in, but Lyra blocks to HEEL KICK!
Lyra drags Fallon up, scoops her and puts her on the ropes, but Fallon is safe on the apron. Lyra DECKS Fallon, but Jacy TOSSES Lyra! Lyra skins the cat, headscissors Jacy and throws her out to ELIMINATE her! Fans fire up, but then Cora DROPKCIKS Lyra down to ELIMINATE her! Fans boo as Cora laughs at Lyra and blows a kiss. Now we just have Fallon, Cora, Dana and Kiana. Fallon DECKS Cora, DECKS Kiana, ROCKS Dana, then ELBOWS Kiana, and THROWS Dana! Cora returns but Fallon CHOPS her! Fallon runs up the corner, steadies herself, BLOCKBUSTER for Cora! But Kiana RAMS Fallon into a corner!
Kiana reels Fallon in but Fallon doges to ROCK Kiana! Fallon goes up but Kiana shoves her over! Fallon stays on the apron, gets under Kiana, and BACK DROPS her out of the ring! Fallon ELIMINATES Kiana! Dana rushes in, Fallon slides under, sunset flip but Dana rolls through, so Fallon DECKS her! Cora runs in but Fallon dodges to ROCK her! Cora ROCKS back! Dana DOUBLE LARIATS them both! Fans are torn, but Dana runs in at Fallon to handspring back elbow! Dana handspring back elbows Cora! Dana goes back to Fallon, but Fallon headscissors! Dana shoves Fallon away to ELIMINATE her!
Cora goes after Dana! Dana shoulders in, but Cora DROPKCIKS Dana! Dana clutches onto ropes but Cora stomps away! Dana gets back in, both women run, and DOUBLE LARIATS take them down! But wait! Chase U’s student section remembers, Thea is STILL in this match! Thea rises and she has her chance! Thea shakes the ropes, runs in and Cora says she and Dana should work together. Dana says no no, she and Thea will work together! They kick Cora, double whip, and lift her up! Cora fights free, kicks Dana away but Thea dodges! Thea runs, Cora ducks and Thea CLOBBERS Dana! Cora attacks and TOSSES Thea!
Thea holds onto the ropes, Dana storms up to DECK Cora! Thea GAMANGIRIS Cora, gets in, but Dana kicks her. Dana runs, ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Cora returns to SHINING WIZARD Dana in a corner! And then runs to SHINING WIZARD at the ropes! And then SHINING- NO, Dana blocks, Thea dumps them BOTH!! Thea wins!!
Winner: Thea Hail (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s Champion)
The Chase U student section storms the court! Er, ring! They celebrate as one of their own has herself a title shot! Even Duke, Gulak & Dempsey applaud. Even Haley & Hanna Cavinder, NXT’s newest NIL prospects, are here to celebrate with Thea! Will Chase U finally have some gold thanks to their ultimate underdog?
NXT Media catches Bron Breakker as he is leaving the building.
NXT Media asks him why he attacked Ilja Dragunov. Why? He isn’t gonna let Ilja spit out garbage about being the most intense guy in the WWE. Bron is gonna hold everyone accountable, from top to bottom. And speaking of the top, how about the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Freakin’ Rollins? The workhorse of the WWE? How about he proves it. Rollins knows how things are done in NXT cuz he was the first-ever NXT Champion! And Bron was the most DOMINANT NXT Champion ever! So Rollins should come back to NXT to put the World Heavyweight Championship on the line… against Bron? Will the Visionary accept that challenge?
A great episode for NXT here and we’re in some exciting times right now. Corbin isn’t usually must-see but he did show up last week so we gotta know what that’s about. He of course goes with the usual trope of “this generation doesn’t appreciate anything, they don’t understand,” which oddly was very much where they had JBL going with all his promos when he was Corbin’s manager. But I like that Dragunov got in Corbin’s face, and that Trick Williams took the fight to Corbin. I think tonight was the first time I heard a “This is Awesome!” chant during a Corbin match, but he and Trick were great out there. Corbin of course wins, he needs momentum going towards Melo and the title.
Bron attacking Dragunov was quite the surprise, but it seems the next chapter for him is to double down on the aggression and go after everyone who claims to be better at the things he claims to be. Calling out Rollins was an even bigger surprise, but I would love seeing Rollins having a return to NXT, as I know the live audience there would love seeing it. Could these “callbacks” and callouts be how NXT brute forces its way to being the third brand once and for all?
That question aside, great stuff building with The Schism and the North American Championship. Really good Mixed Six, and I loved that string of human weapon moves from Diamond Mine, especially Ivy suplexes Brutus. But of course The Schism cheats a win in that one. Ali VS Gacy was surprisingly short, but I suppose it builds towards story on both ends. Gacy feels like he’s letting the team down but they’re still standing with him, and Ali seems to be literally match making. The Six Man of Ali, Bate & Wes VS Schism is going to be great, and I bet we get Bate VS Wes on TV since Great American Bash is so far away still.
We got good matches out of Thorpe VS Kemp and Dabba-Kato VS SCRYPTS. A little surprised Thorpe won again with some controversy, I would’ve thought they’d go the other way and have Kemp win by controversy. And in Dabba VS Scrypts, I should’ve figured Axiom would show up. Scrypts gets the win but Dabba has the last laugh, so I sense a handicap match in the future. WWE has done 2 Faces VS 1 Heel before, but it never felt like it was a situation where the Heel was really so much more powerful. In this case, it will work because Dabba is as big as Scrypts and Axiom combined.
Good prison visitation promo, especially that Kardashian joke. Stacks keeps saying it’s Gallus but that just means it isn’t Gallus. But Tony is giving him permission to do what he needs to in order to bring Gallus down, I wonder if Stacks recruits people to the D’Angelo Family for a Six Man Tag. Also, good stuff out of the tag division with everyone doing the mind meld and irritating Malik. Malik VS Edris will be a fun match, who knows how that goes. I feel like NXT could even be building things to a massive NXT Tag Team Championship match for Great American Bash, like the Ladder Fatal 4 Ways of old.
Hard Hitting Home Truths was alright, but those names Dragon Lee came up with for Dar’s group felt more like something HBK and Road Dogg would come up with. But Dar and his group had a good promo in return, and their name, “The Meta Four” is much better than those five names. Frazer VS Dar is going to be great stuff, but with just Dragon Lee, I don’t see Frazer having a chance with Oro, Jakara and Lash all out there. But in tonight’s main event, it looks like they could’ve been building some women’s tag feuds. Lash & Jakara went after Yulisa & Valentina, that could be some good stuff, and we could see Yulisa & Valentina side with Dragon & Frazer as their own quartet.
And speaking of that battle royal, good promo from Gigi and Kiana beforehand, and same for Thea’s promo earlier on. Gigi and Kiana feuding seems to be the next move, helping Gigi build up momentum while Tiffany takes care of her first defense. Roxie brawling with Blair made sense, but I did not see Tatum joining Team Blair. Maybe Dani helps Roxie against them since she was also a target, and also lost to Blair tonight. Great moving of pieces to have Thea out of commission until the end and then finish it up with a big win over Dana and Cora. Thea got that like, Lex Luger beat Yokozuna celebration, where even future superstars, Haley & Hanna Cavinder, got to show up for it.
Now, Thea and Tiffany are going to have an awesome build to their match, they’re going to have an awesome match, but with this being Tiff’s first defense and there being the bigger Chase U story, I don’t see Thea winning. If only NXT had a women’s midcard title, Thea and a few other names could be fighting for that. Just not sure what to name it, as the WWE already uses the phrases Intercontinental, United States and North American, and they wouldn’t want to copy AEW’s International Championship. WWE hasn’t had a Television Championship in 20 years, so giving that concept to the women’s division would be pretty cool.
My Score: 8.8/10
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