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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (12/15/21)

Who hoists the trophies high?

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NJPW WTL X BOSJ 2021

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.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?


My Thoughts:

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

Who gets burned by the Heatwave?

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NXT Heatwave

NXT is on fire tonight!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

A heatwave hits NXT!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Toxic Attraction arrives.

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

 

Julius Creed speaks.

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

 

Von Wagner & Robert Stone speak.

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

 

The Diamond Mine heads to the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.

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

Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Indi Hartwell talks with Katana & Kayden.

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

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

 

NXT hears from Tiffany Stratton and Wendy Choo.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

NXT hears from one of its newest names.

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

 

Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.

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

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

 

NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.2/10


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

Powerhouse gets Dark!

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

QUICK NOTES

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


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