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Mitchell’s NXT WarGames Results & Report! (12/5/21)

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NXT WarGames 2021

It’s Old School VS New School!

NXT Champion, Tommaso Ciampa, leads a team against North American Champion, Carmelo Hayes, and the new kids on the block, in WARGAMES!!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Women’s WarGames: Io Shirai, Raquel Gonzalez, Kay Lee Ray & Cora Jade VS Dakota Kai & Toxic Attraction; Shirai, Gonzalez, KLR & Jade win.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships: Imperium VS Kyle O’Reilly & Von Wagner; Imperium wins and retains the titles.
  • Hair VS Hair: Cameron Grimes VS Duke Hudson; Grimes wins and Hudson loses his hair.
  • NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Roderick Strong w/ Diamond Mine VS Joe Gacy w/ Harland; Strong wins and retains the title.
  • Men’s WarGames: Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunne & LA Knight VS Carmelo Hayes, Bron Breakker, Tony D’Angelo & Grayson Waller; Hayes, Breakker, D’Angelo & Waller win.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the NXT WarGames Kickoff show!

Join Sam Roberts and McKenzie Mitchell in discussing, analyzing and predicting all of tonight’s action.

 

NXT shares Team “Black ‘n’ Gold” meeting backstage after NXT on Tuesday.

Johnny Gargano apologized to the team for not winning the WarGames advantage, but they’ve been at a disadvantage since day one of 2.0. Pete Dunne says it doesn’t matter that Team 2.0 has the bloody advantage. Dunne’s been in WarGames before, those guys don’t have a clue. LA Knight says, “I dunno, man. Guys, I’m just not sure at this point. Word is on the street is maybe we bit of more than we can chew. I mean, look at ’em. They’re big, they’re strong. I mean, what can we do, right? WRONG! 2.0, let me talk to ya! Tonight, you got the advantage. Huh? I said, tonight you got the advantage, YEAH.”

Knight wants Team 2.0 to live that up, absorb it, let it sink in. That advantage, that illusion will get shattered. These four, when they are put to pressure, when they’re told no, when they’re told, “We don’t want you here anymore!” THAT is when they excel. Knight is with excellence! The Bruiserweight, one of the longest reigning NXT UK Champions. The FIRST NXT Triple Crown Winner, Johnny Wrestling. And the current TWO-TIME TWO-TIME NXT Champion? What does that mean? Dues paid in full, time and again. Some want to say that stuff doesn’t matter. It matters to Knight! It matters to them!

So for Sunday, you ain’t gotta like them or even respect them. Because once the cage comes down and the rings are in place, these four step into the ring, each and everyone of Team 2.0 gets the respect stomped outta their asses! That isn’t an insult, that is just a fact of life, YEAH. Tommaso Ciampa adds that Team 2.0 knows they messed up by looking across the ring and seeing DIY. Who? D I Y. Together again! Representing black ‘n’ gold. And there’s one thing they like to say about that: “WE are NXT.” The 2.0 boys better be prepared for war. Game on.

 

Team 2.0 talks backstage.

Trick Williams says, “Here’s what we gotta do. Strap up your boots, grab the protein shakes, because tonight, our lives are about to change forever! We goin’ viral tonight.” Grayson Waller likes the sound of that! But Andre Chase walks in and says if they’re not talking strategy right now, then this is a #TeachableMoment! Aw man, c’mon… Just hear him out. “You don’t go to war without a good game plan.” And who better to be the general than Andre Chase? Chase thinks Waller should start, then- Whoa, whoa, whoa. The A Champion, Carmelo Hayes, kicks things off. When Melo shoots, he don’t-

Bron Breakker shows up as he slaps Chase on the back. He asks how everyone’s doing. Good. Chase is calling the shots? Y-Yeah…? Hey, Tony, what do we call guys like that? Stunatz. They all laugh at Chase and Tony says they don’t need Chase’s help. But maybe Chase should walk or there’s gonna be problems. Alright, but don’t come asking him for help later. Who even is this guy? Chase leaves, Team 2.0 fist bumps all around. Will they be ready for what Team Black ‘n’ Gold brings to the cage?

 

NXT takes a closer look at the Women’s WarGames match.

Mandy Rose says Toxic Attraction has changed NXT, because Toxic Attraction is the attraction. That is why they are the faces of 2.0. And by the way, thanks, Dakota. But in regards to #CobraKai and Big Mami Cool, what started at Halloween Havoc could end here tonight. Common enemies make for unlikely allies, and Raquel Gonzalez says her team “is the definition of WarGames.” Cora Jade says this is the stage where she belongs. Kay Lee Ray says they have the advantage, and Io Shirai says WarGames didn’t change her, she changed WarGames. Mandy doesn’t get why the other team is so confident when her team has all the gold, plus the wild card in Dakota.

Gigi Dolin says there will be no mercy, and Jacy Jayne says, “Let the Toxic Games begin!” They are ready for war! Dakota smiles at the idea that they’ll all be trapped in the cage, like animals! Raquel vows her team will tear the cage down and kick some toxic ass. Who runs the NXT Women’s Division after tonight? That match opens the show!

 

The battle lines have been drawn!

The game has changed, but the mission is the same: win. The stakes have been raised, the gates have been opened, and bad blood will boil over. NXT is in a state of WARGAMES!

 

Women’s WarGames: Io Shirai, Raquel Gonzalez, Kay Lee Ray & Cora Jade VS Dakota Kai & Toxic Attraction!

The Evil Genius, Big Mami Cool, the Scary Queen of Scots & #GenerationJade have the advantage against #CapKota and the golden trio of women’s champions. But will that help Shirai, Raquel, KLR & Cora end the arrogant attitudes of Dakota, Mandy, Gigi & Jacy?

After all their entrances, KLR goes right into the cage, and she’s bringing her baseball bat! Dakota starts for her team, and she makes sure to bring some kendo sticks with her. The door closes and the teams are up in the cages in the bleachers. The bell rings and fans chant for “WAR~ GAMES!” as the clock counts down. Dakota rushes to the divide and KLR JAMS her with the bat! Dakota shoulders back into KLR, then hurries into the second ring. Dakota  blocks the superkick to throw forearms, then she whips KLR. KLR stops from hitting steel and elbows Dakota back. KLR whips, Dakota stops herself from hitting steel, but turns around into CHOPS!

KLR whips, Dakota reverses then drops down to keep KLR moving. KLR comes back to dropkick Dakota down! Fans fire up, KLR stands Dakota up and CHOPS her. KLR has Dakota in a corner and CHOPS her again! KLR brings Dakota around but Dakota denies the tornado DDT. So KLR runs up into the corner to SATELLITE DDT! KLR looms over Dakota, drags her up, and she whips, only for Dakota to reverse and send KLR into steel! KLR writhes, Dakota stomps her down at three minutes left. Dakota RAMS KLR into steel, then fetches her kendo sticks. Dakota bridges the sticks between the two rings, then SMACKS KLR with one before adding it to the bridge.

Dakota drags KLR over, RAMS her into steel again, then digs her face into the grate! Fans rally and duel, Dakota fidgets and pushes KLR under the ropes. KLR fights Dakota and kicks her away. They go to the first ring and Dakota CLUBS KLR down. Dakota drags KLR up to whip her to a corner. Dakota then goes up from the divider side, brings KLR up, but KLR fights with body shots! KLR GAMANGIRIS Dakota! Dakota kicks KLR away, hurries into the second ring and gets KLR’s bat! But KLR goes up FLYING from ring to ring to take Dakota down! KLR gets the kendo stick to SMACK Dakota!

KLR decides to take advantage of Dakota’s kendo stick bridge. She brings Dakota through the ropes, suplexes and GOURD BUSTER onto the sticks! Dakota writhes and we’re at the last 10 seconds. Fans count it down, but Dakota JAWBREAKERS! KLR’s team adds Cora Jade! Cora hurries to ringside and gets a skateboard! Cora hops in and SMACKS Dakota with the board! And again! Dakota ducks then leaps over Cora, but Cora ducks and whips to kick. Dakota blocks that but Cora ENZIGURIS! Dakota staggers, Cora waistlocks but Dakota bucks the O’Conner, only to get a SHINING WIZARD against the steel! Fans fire up with Cora and she helps KLR up.

Cora stomps Dakota in the corner, KLR adds on. Fans taunt Cora, “You Can’t Skate!” Cora snapmares and KICKS Dakota in the back! KLR drags Dakota up to snapmare and KICK! Dakota scrambles away into the second ring, but Cora and KLR follow her. Dakota is in a corner, she kicks back but KLR stomps her down. KLR and Cora double suplex Dakota! Fans want that “One More Time!” and they get Dakota back up for another double suplex! KLR taunts Toxic Attraction, then she and Cora double suplex again. But Dakota makes it at DOUBLE DDT! Dakota CLUBS KLR, then hammers Cora. The countdown returns as Dakota stomps Cora, but Cora hits back.

Toxic Attraction sends Gigi to the ring! Gigi goes looking underneath and she brings out a trash can! And a duffel bag, too! She puts those in, and TOSSES the can at Cora! Cora goes down, Gigi climbs up. Gigi leaps, Cora gets under, but Gigi BOOTS her down! KLR runs in but Gigi shoves her, rounds and STO’s! Dakota BOOTS KLR, Gigi hits a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Dakota then adds a SUPERKICK! Gigi runs in to wrench Cora and snapmare, then KICK her in the back! Dakota keeps KLR down as Gigi SWITCHBLADE KICKS Cora! Dakota digs her boot into KLR in the corner, Gigi drags Cora up to CLUB her down. Gigi bumps Cora off buckles, stomps her, then KICKS her!

Dakota and Gigi coordinate, they switch, STEREO BOOTS in the corners! Dakota stands Cora back up, she and Gigi switch again, another STEREO BOOTS! Cora hits Gigi back and throws knees, snapmare roll and basement dropkick! KLR hits Dakota back and they go to the second ring. Gigi sits up against ropes but Cora takes the trash can to put it over her. Cora runs and basement dropkicks the can! Gigi flops over, KLR gets Dakota in the Gory Especial, KLR BOMB onto the trash can! Gigi flounders out of the can, clutching her mouth! The countdown returns as Cora stomps Gigi and KLR SMACKS Dakota with the trash can.

Now Io Shirai joins the match! Dakota hits KLR back but Shirai is bringing in chairs! Cora stomps Gigi and Dakota to keep them down while KLR gets the chairs from Shirai. Shirai brings out another trash can, and the lid. Dakota corners Cora to then BOOT Shirai down! Dakota RAMS Shirai into steel! Gigi digs her boots into Shirai, then drags her up to whip her into more steel! Dakota stomps KLR, stomps Shirai, and Gigi adds on! Cora kicks back but Gigi CLUBS her down! Dakota BOOT WASHES KLR! Gigi BOOTS Cora down, Dakota CLUBS Cora. Gigi digs her boots into KLR, but Cora gets her skateboard! Only for Dakota to BOOT her down!

KLR SMACKS Gigi with the trash can, but Gigi kicks her back. Cora CLUBS Dakota, KLR ROCKS Gigi! KLR gives Gigi a GOURD BUSTER, but hen Dakota pulls KLR’s hair! Cora goes up top, kicks Dakota away and then walks the ropes to RANA in the gap! Cora fires up and then runs in, only for Dakota to dodge! Gigi slips in and CLOBBERS Cora into the posts! Gigi snarls and fans are on her side as she stalks up to KLR. KLR tries to hit back but Gigi CLUBS her down. The countdown returns as Gigi KICKS KLR against ropes. Toxic Attraction sends Jacy Jayne! Dakota uses a chair while Jacy brings out a TABLE! Fans like that!

Dakota sets chairs up in a corner, Gigi makes room so she can help Jacy with the table. Dakota CLUBS KLR down, then keeps Cora and Shirai down. Jacy TOSSES the can into KLR, then BOOTS her down! KLR falls between the chairs Dakota set up, then Gigi clubs away on Cora. Cora shoves her away but Gigi RANAS Cora to ropes! Jacy runs in to KNEE Cora down! Fans chant, “Let’s Get Toxic!” “Toxic Sucks!” as Gigi knees Shirai down! Gigi holds Shirai up as Jacy builds speed, but Shirai brings Gigi down and the KNEE hits Gigi! Shirai ROCKS Jacy, blocks Dakota’s boot and sends it into Jacy! Shirai then SHOTEIS Dakota!

Fans fire up as Shirai runs into the corner, SHINKANSEN for Toxic Attraction! SHINKANSEN for Dakota! Shirai has the trash can lid now, FULL METAL SHINKANSEN for Toxic Attraction! FULL METAL SHINKANSEN for Dakota! Shirai makes Dakota hold the lid so that Shirai can get a big SWINGING DOUBLE KNEES! 619 for Jacy! Cora has set up the table in the second ring, and now she, KLR and Shirai have Jacy all alone! She tries to get away and Gigi reaches out, but KLR BOOTS Gigi down! Shirai ROCKS Jacy, KLR adds on! Jacy ends up on the table, and fans fire up as Cora decides to climb! The new kid wants to go extreme, and she’s on the cage!

SUPER SWANTON BOMB through the table!! Fans lose their minds, and mad respect from the veterans for that one! But Cora is also clutching her arm, did she do as much damage to herself as she did to Jacy? KLR makes sure Dakota is still down in the other ring, then she ROCKS Gigi! Gigi shoves KLR but KLR kicks her and bumps her off buckles. KLR digs her boot into Gigi, Cora makes her way to the first ring. Cora tries her best with just one arm but it might be too much. KLR CHOKES Dakota with a kendo stick! Shirai says Cora is good, and she closes the door! But is this a smart move from the Evil Genius? She has the arm, and she POPS it in for Cora!!

The countdown returns as Dakota JAWBREAKERS KLR! But now, here comes RAQUEL! Ricky Desperado looks under the ring, KLR CLUBS Dakota down, Raquel finds more trash cans and hands them in to KLR. Same goes for more chairs. AND A SHOVEL! But Dakota kicks at Raquel, then closes the door! Dakota and Gigi keep the door shut on Raquel, but Raquel gets a fire extinguisher! WHOOSH, and she puts Dakota and Gigi out! Raquel gets in and rallies on them with elbows and a BOOT! Fireman’s carry for Dakota, then Raquel gets a trash can! Raquel pops Dakota around and shoves her into the can! Then Raquel swings the can around!

Gigi runs over but gets BOPPED by the trash can! Raquel then TOSSES the can and Dakota with it! Raquel KICKS the can, then checks on Cora in the other ring. Shirai takes the trash can off Dakota to go up the corner with it, then up the cage! Dakota goes after Shirai to take the can away. KLR goes after Dakota, but Gigi SMACKS KLR with a kendo stick! Gigi and Jacy climb, but then Raquel adds on! DOUBLE POWERBOMB GERMAN SUPLEX, because KLR went with Toxic Attraction! Shirai kicks Dakota and Raquel catches her! SPINEBUSTER! Raquel puts the can back around Dakota and sets her up for OVER THE MOONSAULT!!

Fans fire up with Shirai and Raquel, and Raquel goes back to check on Cora. Cora gets feeling into her bad arm, but is she in any shape to fight? Gigi regroups with Dakota, the countdown returns, but we all know that Mandy Rose finally joins the fight! Mandy grins and struts as she gets right in, grabs a chair, and JAMS Raquel! Then SMACKS her on the back! Mandy sees Cora in the other ring and goes right for her. Shirai grabs at Mandy’s leg but Mandy kicks her away. Mandy grins as she picks on Cora. “Does your arm hurt?” Mandy drags Cora by the arm! But Shirai CLOBBERS Mandy and kicks her away!

Toxic Attraction regroups with Dakota, but Shirai, Raquel & KLR stand in their way! WarGames truly begins now, in that it can finally end, and it is clear Cora is the target. Shirai and team dare Toxic Attraction to try when they all have a kendo stick. KLR looks at Cora, and creeps over. What is KLR thinking? Dakota jumps in and get a SMACK! KLR then tosses the stick to Cora so she can defend herself as the brawl breaks loose! Shirai is after Gigi, Mandy and Jacy mug Raquel and KLR avoids a DDT to chairs from Dakota, but she still gets knocked down by Gigi! Dakota covers, Shirai breaks it! Mandy pulls Shirai’s hair but Shirai gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, Jacy breaks it!

Jacy gets a chair, sets it down, Shirai runs in but FULL METAL SPINEBUSTER! Jacy runs but Raquel CLOBBERS her! Gigi runs at Raquel, tilt-o-whirls, but Raquel blocks the DDT with power! Raquel puts Gigi up top, SMACKS her off steel, then gets Jacy up. Raquel brings Jacy around, adds Gigi to it, but Mandy SMACKS her with a kendo stick! Toxic Attraction picks on Raquel, KICKS and SMACKS from all sides! Gigi RANAS Raquel into a chair, Jacy FULL METAL DROPKICKS! Double cover, but CORA smacks that apart! Cora has one arm to use that kendo stick with, but she retreats to the second ring as Toxic Attraction & Dakota regroup.

Cora fires off with the kendo stick on everyone! But she gets knocked down, and they sit her up for Mandy to stomp! Mandy runs, KNEE FROM A ROSE! Cover, TWO!! Cora survives and shocks everyone! Cora is surprised, too, but Mandy drags her up to go after the bad arm! Dakota keeps KLR down, Gigi & Jacy stomp Raquel, but Shirai springs up and has a kendo stick to SMACK Mandy! KLR schoolgirls Dakota into buckles! Jacy SMACKS Shirai with a chair, then Gigi BOOTS KLR against the steel. Raquel gets Jacy for a CHINGONA BOMB! Double BOOTS take Gigi and Raquel down! Cora is the only one up! She hurries to high stack Jacy, HER TEAM WINS!

Winners; Io Shirai, Raquel Gonzalez, Kay Lee Ray & Cora Jade, by pinfall

The underdog with one arm comes through for the team! What a big win for them all, will this lead everyone to bigger and better in the near future?

 

Team Black ‘n’ Gold meet in the locker room.

Ciampa says, “Boys. WarGames.” Huh? WarGames! YEAH! Gargano finally gets into a WarGames. Could also be his last, but he’s excited to be in one with these guys. Knight says it’s his first, too, but Dunne and Ciampa have been in this before, but one thing they’ve all done is have that big match feeling. In the other locker room is a bunch o’ boys because they ain’t ever felt this before. They have a glimmer of hope because of the man-up advantage. Well someone told them the wrong damn story, YEAH! Ciampa asks Bruiserweight his input, Dunne just shrugs. Beautiful. But this is big for them. Tonight, it isn’t just their moment. This is Gargano’s moment. Is that to say Gargano kicks off WarGames for his team?

 

NXT Tag Team Championships: Imperium VS Kyle O’Reilly & Von Wagner!

Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner do not respect the team of #CoolKyle and big Von Wagner. It may be that they’re still rather fresh as a duo. It may be that they do not show the same reverence for the ring. And it’s most certainly because as Europeans, they look down on Americans. Will the Impeccable German & Pride of Italy keep the mat sacred? Or will Kyle & Von make Imperium admit in all languages that they greatly underestimated them?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we’re about to see if arrogance gets in the way of dominance!

The teams sort out, Kyle starts against Barthel. The two circle, fans rally up, and they tie up. Kyle waistlocks, Barthel wrenches and arm-drags Kyle to then roll and wrench to a wristlock. Kyle rolls, Barthel rolls with him! Fans duel, “Let’s Go, Kyle!” “Kyle Sucks!” Kyle spins, steps through and back drops Barthel! Barthel tries to sunset flip but Kyle has the arm for an ARMBAR! Barthel hurries to high stack, ONE! Barthel whips Kyle, tags Aichner, Aichner arm-drags Kyle to a cording hold! Fans rally, Kyle fights up but Aichner wrenches. Kyle CLUBS free, ROCKS Aichner, but Aichner CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS back! Kyle turns it around, Aichner dodges and CHOPS again!

Aichner puts Kyle in the corner, whips him corner to corner but Kyle goes under, and KICKS Aichner down! Tag to Wagner, Kyle sets Aichner up, LEAP FROG ATTACK! Von drags Aichner up to back suplex high and hard! Cover, ONE! Von pushes Aichner down to then FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO! Von drags Aichner up, tags in Kyle, and they stomp and KICK and HEADBUTT Aichner over and over! Kyle drags Aichner up, wrenches, but Aichner gets free to CHOP! Kyle KICKS, Aichner CHOPS! Aichner blocks the kick, Kyle catches the chop! Kyle wrenches, knees low and has a facelock! Aichner fights but Kyle cranks the hold, but Barthel gets in!

Kyle kicks at Barthel and he backs off, Aichner uses that distraction to snap suplex Kyle away! Tag to Barthel, Aichner puts Kyle in a corner and Barthel whips corner to corner. Barthel runs in to EuroUpper, GAMANGIRI then HALF HATCH! Barthel hops up the corner, leaps, but into a KICK! Barthel keeps Kyle from Von to whip and ROCK, then snapmare and PENALTY KICK! Barthel holds up a finger to shout, “NEIN!” Barthel brings Kyle up but Kyle WRINGS his arm! Tag to Von and he rallies on Barthel! BIG shoulder tackle, then a scoop and SLAM! Von fires up, runs in but blocks the boot. Barthel brings Von down to KICK him away, hot tag to Aichner!

Aichner rams Von but Von stays up! Aichner CHOPS, dodges Von’s lariat and catches the Thesz Press for a squat! ROLLING SENTON! Fans fire up seeing that display of strength! Aichner drags Von up, wrenches and clamps onto the arm to tag in Barthel. Aichner whips, Barthel arm-drags but Von blocks to CLOBBER Barthel! Tag to Kyle, he BOOTS Aichner, then kitchen sink knees Barthel! Kyle clinches, throws knees, then fires off KICKS and SLAPS! Leg sweep! Barthel goes to the corner, Kyle runs in to forearm smash! Wrench and ELBOW BREAKER, but Barthel forearms. Kyle fires off more heavy strikes, ROCKS Barthel, then runs, into a cheap shot from Aichner!

Barthel CLOBBERS Kyle! Fans fire up and rally as Barthel scrapes his soles on Kyle’s face, then basement EuroUppers! Barthel drags Kyle up, tags Aichner, and Imperium whips Kyle to CLOBBER him! Aichner stomps Kyle around, rains down fists, then he talks trash to Von. Aichner drags Kyle up to RAM him into the corner. Tag to Barthel, Barthel whips Kyle again but Kyle ducks Aichner’s clothesline to BOOT Barthel! Kyle KNEES Aichner down, and Imperium both tumble to the floor! Kyle crawls the long way across the ring, but Aichner gets in to intercept! Kyle back drops Aichner away! Hot tag to Von!

Von rallies on Imperium with big clotheslines, boots and shoulders! Aichner dodges but gets a LEG LARIAT! Von whips, Barthel reverses, Von clips Aichner to then POWERSLAM Barthel! Gut wrench SLAM for Aichner! Von DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES Imperium out! Fans fire up for Von and he fires up as he hurries out after Imperium. Von CLOBBERS Barthel, CLOBBERS Aichner, gets back in the ring to then go out and give Imperium an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Kyle runs and FLYING KNEES Aichner down! Von gets Barthel for an OLYMPIC SLAM in the ring! Cover, TWO!! Barthel survives but Von keeps his cool.

Von drags Barthel up, Barthel JAWBREAKERS! But Von choke grips! Barthel CLUBS the arm, CHOPS and kicks and CLUBS Von, then underhooks! Von blocks the suplex and throws Barthel away. HEADBUTT, and Barthel falls! Von steadies himself, storms over, but Barthel trips him into buckles! Aichner tags in, they set Wagner in the ropes, CORNER DOUBLE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Aichner tags Barthel back in, Barthel goes up and Aichner reels Von in. But Von back drops free! Barthel leaps, into a choke grip! CHOKE SLAM onto Aichner! Von hobbles and tags in Kyle! Kyle goes up top, KING KONG KNEE DROP to Barthel’s leg! HEEL HOOK!!

Barthel endures, fans rally and duel, Barthel clubs away at Kyle’s legs but Kyle pulls harder on Barthel’s! Barthel drags himself over, Aichner gets up to springboard TRIANGLE MOONSAULT!! Direct hit on Kyle and fans lose their minds! Everyone is down, “This is Awesome!” Barthel puts Kyle up top, Aichner tags in! Barthel GAMANGIRIS Kyle, Aichner BOOTS Von! Barthel TOSSES Kyle to Aichner, but Kyle GUILLOTINES out of the suplex! Von runs in to clothesline Barthel and himself out of the ring! Aichner is caught in the body scissors, powers out, but Kyle makes it a cradle! Barthel tips it! TWO!! Kyle escapes, BOOTS Aichner, but Aichner BOOTS back!

Kyle and Aichner DOUBLE BOOT! Kyle yoyos, into DOUBLE LARIATS! Both men fall and fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” Hot tags to Von and Barthel! Von dodges but Barthel CHOPS, kicks, and throws hands! Von throws hands back, going back and forth! Von gets the edge but Aichner gets in to CHOP BLOCK! Kyle gets in to AX ‘N’ SMASH Aichner! Barthel gut wrench SLAMS Kyle! Von scoops Barthel, but Barthel slips out! Barthel shoves Von, but gets caught in the HIGH LOW!! Cover, the ref is busy with Aichner! He finally sees, TWO!!! That delay saved Imperium!! Fans argue the count, but Von drags himself over to tag in Kyle.

Kyle and Von get Barthel up, Von runs, but Barthel elbows Kyle and dumps Von! Barthel hurries to tag in Aichner! Aichner runs at Kyle, Kyle ducks but Aichner goes up and up and SUPER CROSSBODIES Von!! Fans lose their minds, Aichner gets Kyle for a lift, but Kyle slips out of the bomb to BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! INTO AN ARMBAR!! Kyle pulls the arm back, then shifts to a TRIANGLE HOLD! Aichner flails, reaches, scoots around, but Kyle throws down fists! Aichner is fading! But he gets a second wind to deadlift Kyle! Barthel tags in and goes up top! IMPERIAL BOMB!! Cover, Imperium wins!!

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)

What a war for the tag titles! Kyle & Von came way closer than Imperium thought they would, but they couldn’t take over the tag division. Von and Kyle regroup, and fans chant, “Thank You, Kyle!” Was this the last chance for the three-time tag team champion? Von rushes at Kyle?! But Kyle’s ready, and he ducks to AX ‘N’ SMASH Von!! Kyle shouts about Von being dumb enough to think Kyle doesn’t know this game! “This is a brotherhood!” Kyle throws up the Undisputed Era symbol! And then he tells Von to SUCK IT! Kyle storms off, fans are fired up! Will Kyle teach Von what it takes to survive in NXT?

 

Backstage interview with El Legado Del Fantasma.

McKenzie asks them about Santos Escobar’s huge match with Xyon Quinn this Tuesday. Escobar will put it this way, first in Spanish, then in English, “Xyon Quinn bit off more than he can chew.” Reality hits Xyon in the face. Then what about Elektra Lopez meeting up with Xyon last week? McKenzie, they are familia. Their affairs are solved behind closed doors. And just to be clear, Elektra is a grown ass woman. What she does on her time is none of your business. Elektra storms off, Legado follows after. But will that business be settled when Escobar takes on the Gentleman Fighter on NXT?

 

Hair VS Hair: Cameron Grimes VS Duke Hudson!

The Carolina Cash Money Caveman took The Smug poker “master” to the cleaners in Duke’s Poker Room, then messed with his head in the rematch. But now Hudson wants to humiliate Grimes and mess with Grimes’ head by shaving it bald! But will that just backfire on Hudson like those card games did? Or will he not need to worry about bluffs when he can just beat Grimes down?

The bell rings and the two rush each other! Hudson RAMS Grimes into a corner, RAMS his shoulder in again and again, then bumps Grimes off buckles. Grimes turns things around to KICK and KICK and KICK! Hudson shoves Grimes down, stomps him around, then drags him up to TOSS him out of the ring! Grimes hits the steel steps pretty hard, but Hudson goes out after him. Grimes blocks the bump to SMACK Hudson off the steps! Grimes then goes from the apron to CANNONBALL! Direct hit and Hudson flounders to the ramp. Grimes gets Hudson up but Hudson RAMS him into the apron! They get in at 8 of 10, but Grimes runs to forearm smash Hudson down!

Grimes rallies with shoulders, then he runs corner to corner to- Leap into an URENAGE! Hudson rains down fists on Grimes, fans boo but Hudson paces about. Hudson sits Grimes up to JAM a knee into his back! Hudson brings Grimes up again but Grimes throws body shots. Grimes runs but Hudson pulls hair! Hudson reels Grimes in, Grimes victory rolls! TWO, and Hudson runs in but Grimes elbows him away! Grimes BOOTS Hudson, goes up and QUEBRADAS! Cover, TWO! Hudson crawls, Grimes snarls and KICKS Hudson’s leg! And then KICKS him in the corner again and again! Hudson bails out and fans boo, but Grimes goes to the apron!

Hudson blocks the kick to yank Grimes down and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplex him to the floor! Hudson gets in as the count climbs. The count is past 5 of 10, Grimes gets up at 8 and in at 9! Hudson stomps Grimes at the ropes, drags him up and whips him to ropes to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Hudson drags Grimes up, reels him in and has a cobra twist! Grimes resists but Hudson CLAWS Grimes in the side! Fans rally as Grimes endures the stretch, and Grimes powers up to power out, only for Hudson to throw him down by his hair! Fans chant, “You Suck!” as Hudson fish hooks Grimes’ face. Hudson puts Grimes in a corner to stomp away!

The ref counts, Hudson lets off, fans chant, “You’re Still Dukie!” Hudson suplexes, Grimes makes it a cradle! TWO, and Hudson CLOBBERS Grimes again! Hudson sits Grimes up to JAM his knee in again, and again! Hudson eggs Grimes on, “I’m gonna shave you bald!” Fans chant “DUKIE! DUKIE!” as Hudson whips Grimes corner to corner hard! Grimes falls but fans rally up for him. Hudson stands Grimes up to reel him in, BACKBREAKER! Hudson bends Grimes back for a backbreaker rack but Grimes endures. Fans rally, Grimes fights out with fists, and Grimes gets up, only for Hudson to scoop! Grimes RANAS Hudson into ropes!

Hudson drags Grimes up by a leg, Grimes ENZIGURIS! Hudson staggers, Grimes ducks and dodges, COLLISION COURSE! Cover, TWO! Hudson survives but fans rally up for Grimes. Grimes counter punches Hudson, and again! Grimes spins Hudson to scoop, but Hudson slips out to gut wrench Grimes up! Hudson swings Grimes but Grimes makes it a DDT! Cover, TWO! Grimes grimaces while Hudson goes to the apron. Grimes goes out and PENALTY KICKS Hudson from the apron! Fans fire up, Grimes brings Hudson up and into the ring. Grimes slingshots but Hudson holds off the sunset flip and sits! Hudson has the rope and the ref sees it! Grimes finishes the sunset, TWO!!

Grimes kicks, Hudson avoids the roundhouse but not the SUPERKICK! POISON-RANA!! Fans fire up with Grimes as Hudson flounders about. Grimes runs in to BOOT in the corner! Grimes then goes up top, to CROSSBODY! Deep cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Grimes goes to a corner. Hudson stands, Grimes says, “TO! THE! MOON!” But he runs into a BOSS MAN SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Grimes survives and Hudson can’t believe it! Hudson drags Grimes up, gut wrench to a crucifix, but Grimes RANAS out of Razor’s Edge! Hudson hits buckles, Grimes rolls him up! With a handful of tights!! GRIMES WINS!!

Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall (Duke Hudson loses his hair)

Hudson protests, Grimes cheated! But it’s only cheating if you get caught! And with the barber’s chair in the second ring, we all know what’s coming! Hudson tries to run away but Grimes throws him into the ring! But Hudson CLOBBERS Grimes! Hudson drags Grimes up and puts him in the chair! No, this isn’t the bet! Hudson is the one who should be getting sheered! Hudson grabs the electric razor, but Grimes BOOTS Hudson down! Then he hits a CAVE-IN!! Now things are as they should be as Grimes gets the razor! Grimes makes Hudson take a seat, and fans chant, “Shave Him Bald!” Grimes sets to work buzzing through Hudson’s hairline!

Hudson comes to and runs away before Grimes can finish! But will he have to make the change after getting a runway down the middle of his head?

 

NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Roderick Strong w/ Diamond Mine VS Joe Gacy w/ Harland!

Apparently, a 205 pound weight limit is offensive? Well, NXT’s Mr. Inclusion does make a point that the world should be a better place for all. But will he be able to resolve the conflict and turn this into NXT’s Openweight Championship? Or will he not be able to break the Savior of the Backbreaker?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Strong exclusively keeps Gacy from being a champion.

Strong and Gacy tie right up, go around, and Strong puts Gacy in a corner. The ref counts, Strong lets off but shoves Gacy as he tries to hug him. Gacy says they can resolve this easily but they circle and tie up again. Strong trips Gacy and eggs him on. Gacy gets up, Strong shoves him. Gacy wants to hug it out but Strong wants to fight. So Gacy SLAPS Strong! Strong fires forearms and body shots and has Gacy on the ropes! Strong knees low, scoops and BACKBREAKER! Gacy gets up, Strong CHOPS him! Gacy flounders, Strong gets Gacy up to scoop and hits another BACKBREAKER! Strong stalks Gacy, dares him to hug him now, but Gacy wants Strong to take it easy.

Strong brings Gacy up to headlock, Gacy powers out and runs Strong over! Things speed up, Gacy shoves and CLOBBERS Strong from behind! Gacy stomps away on Strong then drops an elbow! Gacy gets Strong up to CLUB him, throw body shots, then forearms. Strong puts Gacy in a corner to CHOP! Strong tears Gacy’s button-up shirt off to CHOP him! And kick him, then CHOP him again! Gacy crawls, Strong stands Gacy up to CHOP him down! Strong gets Gacy against ropes to CHOP him, but Gacy throws body shots! Strong forearms, joins Gacy on the apron, but Gacy BOOTS him down! Gacy throws off what’s left of his shirt to CLUB away on Strong!

Strong flops to the floor, Gacy gets him up and in, then drops another big elbow! Gacy DECKS Strong, brings him up from the corner but Strong slips out to run. Gacy ROCKS Strong then hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, ONE! Gacy drags Strong up, suplexes high and hard, then covers, ONE! Gacy drags Strong back up, throws a hard forearm, but Strong CHOPS! Gacy CHOPS back, then waistlocks. Strong holds onto ropes, Gacy CLUBS him! Gacy whips Strong corner to corner, Strong reverses and runs in to KNEE Gacy down! Strong hoists Gacy up top, CHOPS him again, then climbs up to join him. Strong gets Gacy up and fans fire up, for the SUPERPLEX!

Both men are down and fans fire up! Strong crawls to a cover, TWO! Only now does Harland even react by putting his hands on the apron. Strong throws forearm son Gacy but Gacy gives them back. They go back and forth, fans fire up, and Strong gets around to knee low! Fireman’s carry, GUT BUSTER DROP! Strong gets Gacy back up, OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Bivens is frustrated on Strong’s behalf. Strong gets the legs, he turns Gacy over for the BOSTON CRAB! Gacy endures, powers his way around, but Strong drags Gacy away! Strong turns Gacy back over, but Gacy gets an arm and starts kicking Strong in the face! Gacy drags Strong down, CROSSFACE!!

Strong flails, scrambles, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Gacy lets off but runs in, to clothesline Strong out! Strong lands right by Diamond Mine and they hurry to help him, Gacy runs to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Strong AND the Creed Brothers! Gacy puts Strong in the ring, but then he stares down Ivy Niles! Niles gets her chain ready, but here comes Harland! Harland picks Niles up but Gacy tells him to let her down. Harland lets Niles free, the ring count is climbing! Gacy gets in at 8, Strong runs in but misses! Gacy knees low, gut wrenches and POWERBOMBS! High stack, TWO!!

Gacy runs, but Strong KNEES Gacy down! Gacy flounders, Strong gets him up, END OF HEARTACHE!! Cover, Strong wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (still NXT Cruiserweight Champion)

Not only does Strong keep this title, he keeps it the Cruiserweight title! Will Diamond Mine never crack under pressure? Will Gacy stop trying to change the way things are done in NXT? Or will this only motivate him to try even harder?

 

Backstage interview with Kyle O’Reilly.

McKenzie asks what happened after their tag title loss, and Kyle says, “You know I’ve been in this business a long time, right? And Von Wagner, if you didn’t think I smelled that turn coming from a mile away, you must be stupider than you look!” This is the first time in five years Kyle wasn’t in a WarGames match, and he’s hungry for some steel. So if Von wants to finish what he started, they can leave that cage up for Tuesday, because Kyle wants him inside that steel! A vicious challenge has been issued to Von, will he have the guts to take on #KillerKyle?

 

Men’s WarGames: Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunne & LA Knight VS Carmelo Hayes, Bron Breakker, Tony D’Angelo & Grayson Waller!

The battle of generations is on! Old School VS New School, Black ‘n’ Gold VS 2.0, the veterans who paved the way and paid their dues VS the future of sports entertainment! At least, that’s how the new kids on the block want everyone to think. But will DIY, the Bruiserweight and the Million Dollar Megastar show the North American Champion, the Big Booty Nephew, the Pro-Wrestling Paizon and the 21st Century Success Story it ain’t their time yet?

As promised by Trick Williams, Melo starts for his team. And as Ciampa, Johnny Freakin’ Wrestling starts! Gargano even returns to his old theme song to remind us all who has been the heart of this brand all this time! Fans are thunderous already as the bell rings. Gargano wants Melo to hear the chants as he and Melo circle. “Johnny WarGames” gets the waistlock, hooks an arm, spins Melo around, and wrangles him down. Melo gets up but Gargano wrenches. Melo rolls, wrenches, but Gargano headlocks to a takeover. Melo headscissors but Gargano shrugs that off. They get up, Melo pops out the back to hammerlock and bridge.

Gargano endures but Melo rolls to have the hammerlock again. Gargano reaches back but Melo fights the headlock off. They get up, Melo wrenches again, then headlocks. Gargano throws body shots, powers out, things speed up and Gargano hurdles. Melo leaps, things keep moving, Gargano arm-drags but Melo rolls off his back. Melo shoves, springboards and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Gargano is in a corner, he dodges Melo but Melo pops him up, but Gargano kicks off the cage to arm-drag Melo and SCHOOLBOY KICK! Fans fire up and Gargano smirks. Trick coaches Melo but Gargano brings Melo up into a corner.

Gargano CHOPS, but Melo headlocks. Gargano just CHOPS again! Melo keeps trying but Gargano CHOPS, whips corner to corner, but runs into an elbow. Melo slingshots and jumps off the second ring’s ropes, into Gargano’s GAMANGIRI! Melo is dazed, Gargano waits for him to rise. Gargano runs in, but Melo blocks the spear to turn Gargano around and KICK! Melo runs to the post, imploder leg drop but Gargano moves! Melo lands on his feet, Gargano slingshots but no Final Beat here! Melo TOSSES Gargano into the ring! Gargano slides, Melo slingshots over, but turns around into the SLINGSHOT SPEAR! Fans are thunderous as Gargano still has control!

Gargano drags Melo up, Melo knees low! Melo whips, Gargano reverses but Melo goes up the steel to mule kick! SPRINGBOARD LARIAT! Melo goes up the corner, but Gargano ROCKS him with a forearm! They brawl, Gargano gets the edge, but Melo kicks him away. Melo goes up again, but Gargano follows! They fight on the top rope, Gargano SMACKS Melo off the steel! And again! And again! Gargano keeps dribbling Melo off the steel! Gargano stops at 10 and springboards to SUNET POWERBOMB! But the countdown is here, and Team 2.0 sends Grayson Waller! Waller gets in, and he dares Gargano to come get some!

Gargano takes Waller up on his challenge, ducks and fires off forearms! Gargano whips, Waller reverses, Gargano tilt-o-whirls but Waller blocks to suplex! Waller runs in at the corner but Gargano BOOTS! Gargano tilt-o-whirls, Waller blocks again and BACKBREAKER, to a ROLLING ELBOW! Waller fireman’s carries, pops Gargano up, but Gargano RANAS! Then schoolboy KICK! Melo gets in, Gargano forearms him, but Waller LEG LARIATS! Team 2.0 mug Gargano with stomps and hammer fists, then they go to the corners. They’re mocking DIY!! Gargano sits up, but he dodges! Melo ends up kicking Waller’s leg, Gargano sends Melo into Waller, NECKBREAKER DDT COMBO!

Trick’s bringing stuff out from under the ring! He tosses a CHAIR up and over the cage, and it almost lands on Waller! But then Gargano goes after the chair while Trick climbs the cage! Gargano SMACKS Trick’s hands! But Melo and Waller CLOBBER Gargano! Melo chokes Gargano with the chair! Gargano is busted open, Team 2.0 TOSS him into the steel! The countdown is back and the Black ‘n’ Gold send Pete Dunne! The Bruiserweight gets right in, ELBOWS Waller, but Melo headlocks. Dunne powers out to CLOBBER Melo! Waller runs in, Dunne sends him into a corner to GAMANGIRI! Knee drop on Waller’s arm! Dunne runs to DECK Melo, then keeps going to DECK Waller!

Dunne brings Melo around, X-PLEX onto Waller! Fans fire up as Dunne stands tall. Dunne whips Waller at the steel but Waller blocks! So Dunne BENDS the fingers against the steel! Dunne lets Waller down, brings Melo up but Melo forearms Dunne. Dunne forearms back and they go back and forth. Melo SLAPS, ROCKS Dunne, then runs in, but Dunne dodges and Gargano GAMANGIRIS! Melo staggers back into Dunne’s GERMAN SUPLEX! Gargano and Dunne STOMP Waller’s and Melo’s hands! STEREO BUZZSAWS! Gargano shrugs and Dunne nods. Dunne gets Melo, Gargano gets Waller, CROSSFACE and GargaNO Escape!

Dunne even kicks Waller in the face, and Gargano kicks Melo! Dunne and Gargano let off and fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!” Dunne bends Waller’s fingers against steel again! Gargano puts Melo in a corner, Dunne DECKS Waller! Melo ROCKS Gargano but Dunne CHOPS Melo! Dunne SLAPS Melo, Melo comes back to tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTER! Melo sees Dune go to the second ring and springboards over, but Dunne DECKS him! Waller slingshots and somersaults to STUNNER! The countdown returns as Waller does the same to GARGANO! Team 2.0 sends Tony D’Angelo! And Tony gets right in as Trick sends in kendo sticks!

Trick brings TABLES out! Trick passes those in to Tony and Waller, they get three tables in the ring! Melo SMACKS Gargano with the kendo stick, Trick adds trash cans to the mix! Lids included! Wait, a crutch!? Trick goes way under the ring, but LUMIS appears!! Dexter Lumis, bad hand and all, has just changed the vibe! Gargano DECKS D’Angelo, and gives Lumis a thumbs up! Tony uses a chain to DECK Gargano! Melo positions things, Tony uses the chain to shut the cage door?! Then how is anyone supposed to get in, Bron included? Tony and Melo mug Gargano, Waller has Dunne in the second ring. Dunne hurries over but Melo SMACKS him down with the lid!

Melo stomps the lid into Dunne but Dunne hits him back with it. Tony and Waller mug Gargano with kendo sticks and trash can lids. Waller SMACKS Dunne down! Fans are thunderous and dueling as the countdown returns. Black ‘n’ Gold sends LA Knight, but the cage is shut! Waller taunts Knight, but Knight looks under the ring. Dunne and Gargano are pressed against the steel, refs try to figure out the chain and padlock. Knight starts to CLIMB! Waller intercepts but Knight knocks him down! Knight is in, and he leaps over Melo and Tony! Knight breaks through the clothesline to TOSS Melo and BOOT Tony! Fans fire up for Knight for once!

Knight whips Melo into Waller, then gives him a NECKBREAKER! But Waller CLOBBERS Knight from behind! Waller whips, Knight ducks and reels him in, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Tony runs in but Knight scoops him to POWERSLAM Tony onto Waller! Knight gets a kendo stick from Dunne and he SMACKS Melo! Then another stick, to SMACK Tony! Then a trash can to put it on Waller! Dunne sends the lid over, Knight CYMBAL SMASHES Waller! Fans fire up as Dunne and Gargano DOUBLE DROPKICK Waller in the corner! Knight SMACKS Melo, SMACKS Tony, Dunne stomps a mudhole into the trash can!

Dunne then takes Waller’s glove off so he can get at the fingers directly! Refs get bolt cutters to cut the chain! Dunne puts the can on Waller’s hand to press it like a vice! Gargano fires off on Tony with the trash can lid! Dunne has a kendo stick and he SMACKS Waller’s fingers! Knight stomps a mudhole into Melo! Dunne digs the kendo stick into Waller’s ear! The countdown is back and Bron Breakker joins the match! But, the chain isn’t cut yet? Bron takes the cutters and goes after the chain! Fans taunt him with “Booty Nephew” as he struggles, but he finally gets it cut! Bron rushes in, blocks the kendo stick and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplex Dunne!

Bron CLOBBERS Gargano, kicks Knight, then whips Knight, only for Knight to reverse. Bron ducks and dodges to POWERSLAM Knight down! Fans bark and rally for Bron but Gargano SMACKS and Dunne ENZIGURIS! Dunne KICKS Bron into the gap! Dunne brings Bron up to SLAP him! And CHOP! And CHOP! Bron scowls as he tanks the jabs, to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly Dunne into the second ring! Gargano rushes in but Bron gets Gargano for a trophy lift! Bron TOSSES Gargano at Knight and Dunne! Bron paces, goes to the second ring, and Melo rains down rights on Dunne while Bron stomps Knight. Tony rains down fists on Gargano, and there’s still 90 seconds on the clock.

Melo drags Dunne up to RAM him into the table! Tony digs his boot into Gargano, Bron RAMS his shoulder into Knight. Melo gets a trash can lid to JAM Dunne. Waller has a kendo stick and he has Tony set Knight up for him. Waller SMACKS Knight right on the back, but now it’s time! Fans are already singing, “Ciampa’s gonna kill~ you~!” Ciampa rushes to the ring, and he kicks Waller to take the kendo stick from him! Ciampa SMACKS Waller, kicks Melo and RAMS him into steel! Ciampa tosses Waller, CLUBS Tony and Bron, then TOSSES Bron! Ciampa TOSSES Tony, then runs to PSCHO KNEE Waller! TRASH CAN LID KNEE for Bron, then for Melo, then for Tony!

Fans fire up as Ciampa gets a trash can, takes a seat on it and applauds! He then SMACKS Waller down with the trash can! Melo attacks Ciampa from behind! Melo clubs away on him, stomps away, then SMACKS him with the kendo stick! Melo says HE is the top champion, but Gargano USES THE CRUTCH! How fitting for DIY! Gargano gives Ciampa the crutch and he JAMS Bron! And JAMS Waller! And JAMS Tony! Then CRUTCH RUSSIAN LNEG SWEEP! Gargano puts Waller in the gap, Ciampa runs in to KNEE Waller into the second ring! Gargano SUPERKICKS Melo, then DIY corner clothesline Tony and Bron! And then they go the other way!

Gargano goes to the gap while Ciampa clotheslines Bron one more time. DIY goes after Tony, ENZIGURI KNEE COMBO! Ciampa clotheslines Bron again, sets up, Gargano runs in but Bron catches Gargano to SLAM him onto Ciampa! Yeah, that used to happen back in the day, too… Fans rally and duel, but they agree ‘This is Awesome!” Waller SMACKS Knight around, Melo rains down hands on Gargano and Bron uses the trash can to SMACK Ciampa while Tony rains fists down on Dunne. Bron RAMS Ciampa into steel! Melo stomps the trash can lid onto Gargano while Waller & Tony LAWN DART Dunne into steel! And then RAM Knight into steel!

Waller smacks Knight and Dunne with the trash can lid, Tony gets his stomps in where he can. Fans want the tables to come into play, but 2.0 says they do this how they want. Black ‘n’ Gold all end up in the gap, but that seems to get a smile from Dunne. Everyone shrugs, they all stand up. They brawl with 2.0 on all sides! DIY has Melo and Bron, Knight TOSSES Waller into the first ring! Dunne brings Tony over to RAM him into Melo! Knight TOSSES Waller into the steel! Black ‘n’ Gold line up with their 2.0 rivals, and they ALL SPLASH against the steel! They fire off on all the new kids, alternating here and there and wherever they can! Fans are electric as Black ‘n’ Gold stands tall!

Ciampa moves some things around, the others throw 2.0 to the second ring. Gargano wedges a trash can into the ropes, Knight throws body shots and stomps into Bron. Gargano brings Melo up and aims at the can, for a LAWN DART! Ciampa CHOPS Waller, hoists him up top and CHOPS him again. The table is set up, Ciampa climbs up and brings Waller up, but Tony SMACKS Ciampa with a trash can lid! And again! Ciampa ends up on the table, Waller adjusts, but Knight goes up to get him! Ciampa gets out of the way in time for the SUPER OVERHEAD SUPLEX through the table!!! Waller ain’t feeling so baller right now but fans lose their minds!

Dunne and Gargano hoist Melo up top in the other ring, throw haymakers on him, then climb up after him. Melo resists, then Tony and Bron join in! TOWER OF DOOM, double powerbomb and a double superplex! But Knight gets Melo for the BFT!! Cover, Tony breaks it! Everyone is down but stirring. Or rather, writhing. Knight and Bron gets up, Knight sends Bron into steel! Knight dribbles Bron against the steel! Then he drags Bron out on the ropes, but Tony kicks him down! Tony stomps away on Knight, rains down fists, and Bron adds stomps. Bron goes up, Tony reels Knight in, but Ciampa SMACKS Tony with a trash can! Then TOSSES it at Bron! And then SMACKS him!

Ciampa sets the trash can in the drop zone and climbs up after Bron. Ciampa gets Bron up, SUPER AIR RAID CRASH onto the trash can!! Cover, TWO!!! Fans are electric as everyone is down again. Tony YANKS Knight into the steel, then kicks low. FISHERMAN SCREW! Tony sets up a table while shouting to his teem to get up. Waller goes up the corner, but Tony wants him on the cage! Waller surely saw what happened to Cora Jade, but he’ll still do as he’s told. Knight is put on the table, SUPER BALLER ELBOW DROP!!! Tony covers, but Dunne breaks it!! Fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” for this! Dunne pushes wreckage out of the way to get after Waller.

Tony crawls to the gap, and he finds a CROWBAR?! When did that get there?! But Dunne SMACKS him with a kendo stick first! And then again! Melo sees Dunne staring him down, and he gets a lid. Melo tosses the lid, but he misses! So much for what he keeps talking about! Dunne SMACKS away on Melo with the stick! Melo grabs the stick so Dunne STOMPS it into him! And then STOMPS Melo’s hand, and BOOTS him down! Melo crawls, Dunne puts the trash can lid on Melo’s hand to STOMP it! Dunne hops up the corner, but Tony JAMS him with the crowbar!! Tony climbs up, CHOKES Dunne with the crowbar, then takes out Dunne’s mouth piece!

Tony puts that in his pocket, to then bring Dunne around and SUPER CROWBAR NECKBREAKER!!! Fans lose their minds all over again! Bron and Ciampa brawl in the other ring while everyone else is down! They go faster and faster, Ciampa BOOTS but Bron ROCKS him! Double LARAITS, then again! Ciampa ducks, but Bron RANAS?!? Bron gets Ciampa in a choke grip, but Gargano SUPERKICKS him! But Bron gets up to choke grip Gargano! Bron trophy lifts, but Ciampa KNEES Bron! Gargano SUPERKICKS Waller, Ciampa has Waller in the ropes! Gargano aims at Bron, ONE FINAL BEAT AND WILLOW’S BELL IN STEREO!!

Fans are thunderous for “DIY! DIY!” and they aim at Bron! MEET ME AT THE CROSSROAD! Double high stack cover, but Melo drags the ref away!! Melo laughs as he takes advantage of the rules, then he rakes Ciampa’s eyes, and LOW BLOWS Gargano! “I told you, Johnny. I don’t miss!” But then Gargano traps Melo’s arms! Gargano is holding Melo for Ciampa’s PSYCHO KNEE!!! It takes Gargano out just as much, but Ciampa drags Melo up. Double underhooks, but Bron SPEARS Ciampa through a table!! Fans lose their minds again, and Bron brings down the straps! Bron trophy lifts Ciampa for the POWERSLAM!! Cover, Team 2.0 win!!

Winners: Carmelo Hayes, Bron Breakker, Tony D’Angelo & Grayson Waller, by pinfall

Say it ain’t so! Bron pins the NXT Champion and wins it for his team! The new wave crashed against the shore, is it washing away the Black ‘n Gold from the brand?


My Thoughts:

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the first not TakeOver for NXT, but that change seems to only be in name only. Whatever anyone has been thinking about the 2.0 era, especially the 2.0 talent introduced, I feel like those featured on this card earned their keep. The Women’s WarGames was an awesome opener, BIG respect for Cora Jade doing the riskiest spot of the match. Great story telling with the bad arm, and I just had a feeling Cora would end up getting that pin. Not sure where everyone goes from here, though you can expect Toxic Attraction to put all those titles on the line as soon as New Year’s Evil 2022 in a month against any combination from the Face team tonight.

The tag title match was greater than expected, seems Von Wagner has come into his own at just the right time. I figured Imperium was winning, mostly because it was too soon for Wagner to hold gold, but also because of talk that Kyle O’Reilly has not signed a new NXT contract. Von turning on Kyle was more of a surprise, I thought this here was the “Good-Bye” match, but maybe Kyle VS Von in a cage match will be that farewell that puts Von over. Personally, I think a lot of why Kyle is moving on is because WWE didn’t care to keep Bobby Fish around to do a reDRagon reunion story so that they could be tag champions again. That and RawDown is not promising at all for Kyle. It isn’t all that promising for anyone, but especially not for the Undisputed Era boys.

Speaking of, Strong VS Gacy was a very good match, and it felt like a rare case where WWE did Heel VS Heel. Strong isn’t Face, he still has all of Diamond Mine at ringside. Gacy isn’t Face, Wade Barrett the Heel commentator was fully supporting him, and he has Harland. Harland and Niles interacting was an interesting way to basically tip things in Strong’s favor. But I figured Gacy was losing so that the NXT Cruiserweight Division and its title stays in existence. Now they just need to push some Cruiserweights to be viable challengers. Too bad WWE released a lot of good choices over the last few months…

Grimes VS Hudson was a really good match, and of course Grimes wins. All that hair, it’d be a shame to cut that all away. Though that makes this feud really one sided right now. Too bad they didn’t get to keep the Million Dollar Championship, Hudson would definitely want to hold that belt. And we got an awesome Men’s WarGames main event. I’m a bit surprised both teams with advantage won, but I suppose that Team 2.0 was going to win since we’re in NXT 2.0 and there’s no going back to the black and gold color scheme. Everyone got to look great in it, such as Waller doing the risky spot like Cora did, and then DIY getting to be DIY again. But Bron getting the win and the pin on Ciampa, that’s a big indicator that New Year’s Evil sees a rematch of those two. Maybe the new year brings a new champion?

My Score: 9.4/10


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Will Naito Go To Sleep?

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

Tetsuya Naito fights to stay alive in the G1!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

G1 Climax, B Block: SANADA VS Chase Owens!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Tetsuya Naito VS KENTA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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

Cora Jade makes it all about herself!

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Will Cora Jade do Mandy Rose’s dirty work?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Trick Williams & Carmelo Hayes speak.

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

But Wes Lee responds!

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

Cora Jade speaks.

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

Zoey Stark responds.

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

Tony D’Angelo speaks.

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

 

Nikkita Lyons VS Kiana James!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Nikkita Lyons, by pinfall

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

 

Apollo Crews watches film with the Creed Brothers.

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

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

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

 

Lash Legend is on the phone.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Lee: 0; Trick: 0

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

Lee: 0; Trick: 1

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

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

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

Lee: 0; Trick: 1

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

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

Lee: 1; Trick: 1

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

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

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

Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall, 2-1

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

 

Andre Chase meets with someone.

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

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

 

Carmelo Hayes is still in the ring.

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

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

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

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

 

NXT looks at the NXT Championship showdown.

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

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

 

Lash is still venting to Malik.

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

 

Thea Hail w/ Chase U VS Arianna Grace!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Arianna Grace, by pinfall

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

 

Apollo Crews gets a vision of the future.

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

 

Solo Sikoa gets checked by the trainer.

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

 

Apollo Crews VS Roderick Strong!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall

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

 

Lash is STILL venting.

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

 

Santos Escobar is on the road.

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

 

Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz vent to Sanga.

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

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

 

Diamond Mine watches film again.

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

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

 

It’s time for the Final Accord.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tiffany Stratton arrives at her dressing room.

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

 

Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Pretty Deadly!

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall

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

 

Javier Bernal calls out to Cameron Grimes.

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

 

Toxic Attraction speaks.

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Apollo Crews.

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

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

 

Zoey Stark VS Cora Jade!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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