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Mitchell’s NJPW WrestleKingdom 16 Results & Report! (1/8/22)

NJPW VS NOAH!

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WK16 Yokohama

WrestleKingdom Night 3 is in Yokohama!

For an extra special way to close WrestleKingdom 16, NJPW and NOAH go head-to-head in a huge crossover match card!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Preshow – Kosei Fujita VS Yasutaka Yano; Time Limit Draw.
  • Preshow – Six Man Tag: Third Gen VS Funky Express; Third Gen wins.
  • 10 Man Tag: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Goto-Hashi-Ishii VS Kinya Okada, Yoshiki Inamura, Daiki Inaba, Hajime Ohara & Daisuke Harada; Wato, Taguchi, Goto, Hashi & Ishii win.
  • SHO VS Atsushi Kotoge; SHO wins.
  • Taiji Ishimori & Gedo VS Seiki Yoshioka & HAYATA; Yoshioka & Hayata win.
  • El Desperado & DOUKI VS NOSAWA RONGAI & YO-HEY; Desperado & Douki win.
  • Six Man Tag: Minoru Suzuki, Taichi & TAKA Michinoku VS Kazushi Sakuraba, Takashi Sugiura & Toru Yano; Sakuraba, Sugiura & Yano win.
  • EVIL & Dick Togo VS Masa Kitamiya & Go Shiozaki; Kitamiya & Shiozaki win.
  • Zack Sabre Jr. & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Yoshinari Ogawa & Naomichi Marufuji; Ogawa & Marufuji win.
  • 10 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS KONGO; LIJ wins.
  • Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Keiji Mutoh & Kiyomiya Kaito; Okada & Tanahashi win.
  • Overall winner: NJPW, 6-4-1

PLAY BY PLAY

Preshow – Six Man Tag: Third Gen VS Funky Express!

Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan unite to take on Akitoshi Saito, King Tany & Muhammad Yone in a match-up of long standing veterans! But will Blue Justice & TenCozy score the first point for NJPW? Or will Death Brand, Boogie Wonderland and the Last Wyvern raise the banner for NOAH?

The trios sort out and fans rally up already for these living classics. Nagata steps up and starts against Akitoshi. They circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock at center! They each pull hair, the ref counts, but Akitoshi breaks free to KICK a leg! Nagata KICKS back and eggs Akitoshi on! Akitoshi KICK, Nagata KICKS, repeat! Fans rally as the two egg each other on and go to forearms! Nagata gets the edge, runs, but Akitoshi runs him over! Akitoshi stomps Nagata but Nagata’s right up to forearm, CLUB and KICK! Snapmare and KICK, but Akitoshi gets up! Nagata fires off more, runs, but Akitoshi body shots. Akitoshi runs, Nagata avoids his boot to BOOT back!

Akitoshi WHEEL KICKS! Nagata gets up, he WHEEL KICKS back! Fans fire up as both men get back up and Kojima tags in. Yone tags in for NOAH, and fans fire up as Bread Style meets Mr. Afro. They tie up, Kojima powers Yone back, but Yone turns it around. Yone steps side to side then backs off to strike a disco pose. Kojima kicks him low! Kojima headlocks, Yone powers out, but Kojima runs him over! Fans fire up for the dancing pecs, and Kojima runs, but Yone runs him over! Yone strikes the pose again, but Kojima gets to the corner. Tenzan tags in, so Tany tags in, too. Fans rally up as the big boys meet now!

Tenzan and Tany tie up, Tenzan pushes Tany away, but they tie up again. Tenzan puts Tany on the ropes, lets off, but Tany avoids the Mongolian Chop! Tany kicks, runs, but Tenzan runs him over! Tenzan hits the Mongolian Chops! And again! And again! Tany falls, Tenzan stomps and he drags Tany up. Kojima gets in to knock Akitoshi and Yone off the apron! TenCozy coordinate on Tany for forearms and Mongolian Chops! Kojima Mongolian Chops, then Tenzan headbutts! TenCozy keeps on Tany, they double whip him to the corner, Tenzan runs in but Tany runs him over! Kojima kicks Tany and runs, but into a scoop! Tany SLAMS Kojima on Tenzan!

Nagata gets in to attack Tany! But Tany scoops Nagata to SLAM him on Tenzan, too! Tany does a Jump Man pose, then he drags Tenzan over to bump off buckles. Tag to Akitoshi, but Tenzan headbutts and Mongolian Chops! Or rather, Yokohama Hammers? Tenzan still does have to consider that time he lost to Great-O-Khan. But anyway, Tenzan whips Akitoshi to a corner, runs in and clotheslines! Fans fire up as Tenzan calls his shot, TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Tenzan crawls to the cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Tenzan runs but Akitoshi kicks a leg out! Tenzan hits buckles, Akitoshi runs corner to corner, and he hits a big clothesline!

Akitoshi reels Tenzan in, and he gets Tenzan up for a stalling suplex, and holds until 10, then 20 before the SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Tenzan survives but Akitoshi tags in Yone. Tany also gets in as Yone blasts Nagata and Kojima off the apron! Tany and Yone get Tenzan up, they double whip him to ropes, and they double shoulder Tenzan down! Yone and Tany pose together, then Yone gets Tenzan up. Akitoshi jumps back in, Yone and Tany put Tenzan through the ropes, and they dig their boots into Tenzan. The ref has to keep Kojima back, and Funky Express let off. Yone covers, TWO! Fans rally up but Yone drags Tenzan up.

Yone whips Tenzan to a corner, runs in to clothesline, but Tenzan Mongolian Chops! And again, and again, and again! But Yone kicks low, runs to ropes, but Tenzan hits the MOUNTAIN BOMB! Fans fire up, Tenzan tags in Nagata! Nagata BOOTS Akitoshi and DECKS Tany to then KICK away on Yone! Yone ends up in a corner, Nagata whips him corner to corner and runs in to BOOT! Yone blocks the Exploder, but Nagata ROCKS him to then BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Nagata drags Yone up. Yone blocks the suplex, Nagata throws body shots and forearms! Yone forearms back!

Nagata forearms again, Yone gives it back, and they go faster and faster! Fans rally up, Yone gets the edge and he eggs Nagata on. Nagata fires forearms back, then runs, but Yone SHOTGUN BOOTS! Hot tag to Tany! Tany whips Nagata to the corner, runs in and clotheslines! Tany whips the other way and clotheslines again! Tan then brings Nagata in, but Nagata fights the choke slam! Nagata gets the EXPLODER! Fans fire up and Nagata hurries, hot tag to Kojima! Kojima kicks Tany, fires off forearms, whips him to ropes but Tany reverses. Kojima comes back and DECKS Tany with a forearm! Kojima fires MACHINE GUN CHOPS on Tany in the corner!

Yone rushes in but he gets added to the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima finishes Yone off to then fire off more MACHINE GUN CHOPS on Tany! Kojima whips Tan corner to corner and runs in to forearm smash! Kojima shoves Tany down, fires up, but Akitoshi gets in! Akitoshi ROCKET LAUNCHES Kojima down! Akitoshi and Tany hit Nagata and Tenzan, and Funky Express go after Kojima together. Forearm, forearm, BOOT, URENAGE! Akitoshi positions Kojima as Tany climbs, for a FLYING SPLASH! Cover, Tenzan and Nagata break it! Akitoshi and Yone throw them out, and fans are fired up with Tany!

Tany drags Kojima up, waistlocks, but Kojima fights free! COZY CUTTER!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Kojima crawls, Nagata gets in but Tany hits first! Tany whips, Nagata reverses and runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Feed to TENCOZY CUTTER! Cover, Yone breaks it in time! Tenzan elbows Yone out,  Nagata keeps Akitoshi at bay! Kojima throws off the armband as fans rally up! Kojima runs, into a POWERSLAM! Tany fires up, choke grips and gets Kojima up, CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?! Tany can’t believe it! He roars and runs, but into a COZY LARIAT! Cover, Third Gen wins!

Winners: Third Gen, by pinfall

Score one for NJPW! Will this be the spark that helps NJPW take the series?

 

10 Man Tag: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Goto-Hashi-Ishii VS Kinya Okada, Yoshiki Inamura, Daiki Inaba, Hajime Ohara & Daisuke Harada!

The Way of the Grandmaster, the Funky Weapon, the Fierce Warrior, the Head Hunter and Stone Pitbull take on members of NOAH’s main unit! Will Team Six or Nine and Chaos’ top trio take another win for NJPW? Or will NOAH’s Infinite Beast Warrior, Great Rush, NEVER BACK DOWN, Devil Ray and Young Master do them proud?

Oh no, technical difficulties… You can hear the match but you can’t see it. It sounds like Ishii and… Okay, the video is finally back and it’s Inamura in there with him. Inamura throws a BIG clubbing shot, but Ishii ROCKS him back. Inamura CLUBS, Ishii ROCKS, repeat! Ishii eggs Inamura on and the shots keep coming! Ishii ROCKS Inamura and he falls back! Ishii kicks Inamura, slaps him around, but Inamura gets up. Ishii forearms, Inamura CLUBS him again! Ishii felt that one, and Inamura whips Ishii corner to corner. Ishii reverses, Inamura comes back and RAMS shoulders! Ishii ROCKS Inamura, runs, but Inamura runs him over!

Fans fire up and Inamura snarls. Inamura drags Ishii up, suplexes, but Ishii blocks! Fans rally, the two fight for suplex control, and Ishii suplexes Inamura! Inamura gets right up, he rushes Ishii, Ishii catches him, but Inamura suplexes Ishii! And does a squat before the SLAM! But Ishii gets up! They RAM shoulders, Inamura throws a forearm, but Ishii runs Inamura over! Tag to Hashi, he drags Inamura up to throw forearms and CHOPS in the corner. Hashi whips corner to corner, Inamura reverses and then catches Hashi for a scoop and SLAM! Inmura DECKS Ishii off the apron, tag to Kinya!

Kinya BOOTS Hashi, whips him to a corner, runs corner to corner and back elbows! Kinya keeps running to run Hashi over! The rest of Team NOAH blasts NJPW off the corner, then they all get Hashi. They double whip Hashi to a corner, back elbow, back elbow, back elbow, forearm and clothesline! Kinya gut wrench SUPLEXES, covers, Goto breaks it! Kinya fires off on Goto, runs, but Goto fireman’s carries to USHIGOROSHI! But Daiki runs in and runs Goto over! Goto bails out, Daiki PLANCHA! Wato gets in and builds speed but he runs into a mule kick! Hajime whips Wato but he uses that to TORNILLO out onto Daiki!

Taguchi runs in and he clobbers everyone on NOAH! Then TRIANGLE JUMP onto Hajime! SUPER CROSSBODY from Harada! Ishii and Inamura are back in and they RAM shoulders again! Ishii gets around, waistlocks, BIG back suplex! Fans fire up as Ishii and Hashi double whip Inamura. Inamura DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES first! Inamura and Kinya fire up and Inamura whips Kinya for Kinya to whip Inamura, SPLASH on Hashi! Kinya runs in and BOOTS! Kinya reels Hashi into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Kinya roars! Kinya KICKS away on Hashi, then KICKS him down! Cover, TWO!

Kinya is roaring, he gets Hashi back up, but Hashi blocks the scoop! NOAH fights to keep NJPW out of the ring, and Hashi fires off body shots. Hashi elbows Kinya, then CHOPS! And SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Kinya survives and fans are thunderous! Hashi gets the leg, HALF CRAB! Kinya endures, NJPW has to keep NOAH Out now! Hashi makes it a FULL BOSTON CRAB! Kinya endures, fights, but Hashi sits deep! Kinya taps, NJPW wins again!

Winners: Wato, Taguchi, Goto, Hashi & Ishii, by pinfall

NJPW is leading 2-0-1 now! But there are still a lot of matches left, will NOAH make their comeback with the very next match?

 

SHO VS Atsushi Kotoge!

The Murder Machine not only wants to show NJPW’s power, but the House of Torture’s power! But will Sho be in for a shock against the Pink Hot Blooded Young Man?

Sho is fired up, but then the bell rings and he bails out before Atsushi rushes him. Sho doesn’t seem to care now, but Atsushi rushes out after him! Atsushi CLUBS Sho down, drags him up and whips him back into the ring. Fans fire up as Atsushi stomps Sho then whips corner to corner. Atsushi runs and BOOTS, then whips, runs and BOOTS Sho again! Atsushi whips again but Sho reverses to rake eyes! Sho runs, but Atsushi BOOTS him down! Sho bails out again but Atsushi builds speed. Sho uses a NOAH Young Lion as a shield! Atsushi has to slam on the brakes, and the ref reprimands, but Sho whips the Young Lion into railing!

Sho laughs at the Young Lion’s pain, then he slides in as Atsushi slides out after him. Sho continues to laugh, Atsushi goes to check on the Young Lion. Atsushi gets back in as fans rally up, but Sho rushes over. Atsushi shoulders into Sho, but Sho stops him from suplexing Sho out! Sho bends the fingers, CLUBS the arm, sweeps the legs, and runs to basement dropkick Atsushi to the floor. Sho then goes to the apron to PENALTY KICK! Sho drags Atsushi up, and whips him into railing! Atsushi flops down, the Young Lion is up and wants after Sho! The ref keeps him back but Sho uses this distraction to grab a corner crossbar cover. Sho uses that to smother Atsushi!

The ref sees this and Sho lets go. Fans rally up, Sho drags Atsushi up and into the ring. Sho stomps Atsushi, and then claws his eyes! The ref reprimands and counts, Sho lets off at 4. Sho looms over Atsushi as he sits up. Fans rally, Sho CLUBS Atsushi, then kicks him. Atsushi CHOPS back! Sho eggs Atsushi on, Atsushi CHOPS and CHOPS and ROCKS Sho with a forearm! Atsushi fires off on Sho at the ropes and fans fire up, but Sho rakes the eyes! The ref counts, Sho stops at 4, then whips. Atsushi reverses to dropkick Sho down! Sho bails out, Atsushi builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit with the tope con hilo!

Sho begs for mercy but Atsushi stomps Sho, then puts him in the ring. Sho crawls, Atsushi stalks him and drags him up. Atsushi wrenches the arm, whips Sho to the corner, and then runs in for a clothesline! Atsushi keeps moving, another clothesline! And another! And another! Then a BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Atsushi stalks Sho to ropes, and he drags Sho up. Atsushi reels Sho in but Sho blocks the urenage and pulls on the hair! Sho lets go, but Atsushi kicks back. The ref is used as a shield! SPEAR! Sho drags Atsushi back up, wrenches the arm and he kicks, kicks and SUPER- NO! Atsushi blocks that to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP!

Sho rakes eyes again! The ref counts, Sho lets off at 4, then he whips Atsushi in the corner. Sho runs but into a SHOTGUN BOOT! Atsushi drags Sho back up, reels him in, SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Atsushi drags Sho to a drop zone, goes up top, but Sho shoves the ref in to trip Atsushi up! The Young Lion gets up on the apron and Sho drags him in! Sho stomps the Young Lion then tells the ref the Young Lion got in on his own. This is all a distraction and Sho goes to get his wrench! Sho aims, WRENCH SHOT to Atsushi!! Cover, Sho wins!

Winner: Sho, by pinfall

Well, it wasn’t very fair, but NJPW has its third win! Sho mocks the NOAH Young Lion, and he stands on Atsushi, but will he face the consequences of this soon enough?

 

Taiji Ishimori & Gedo VS Seiki Yoshioka & HAYATA!

Fang Revived was supposed to be part of this, but after what he went through against The Ace, he was in no shape to compete! Can the Bone Soldier and “The Blacksmith” win one for Bullet Club and NJPW? Or will Stinger finally get NOAH on the board?

The teams sort out and fans rally up. Bullet Club Lowe Sweets, and Taiji starts against Seiki. They circle and fans rally up more. They tie up, Taiji pushes Seiki to ropes. The ref calls the ropebreak, Taiji pats Seiki on the shoulders, but then Gedo pulls Seiki’s hair! Taiji kicks Seiki, blasts Hayata off the apron, then comes back to mug Seiki with Gedo. Bullet Club double whip, Seiki gets around to shove Taiji into Gedo! Seiki knees low, things speed up, Taiji swings but Seiki dodges to KNEE Taiji down! Seiki storms up to Taiji in the corner and Taiji wants mercy. He gets a KICK instead! Seiki drags Taiji up to ROCK him, then whips him corner to corner.

Taiji slips through the ropes, slides under Seiki, then slips out to shoulder in. Taiji springboards to SEATED SENTON! Taiji DECKS Hayata, then he goes back to Seiki. Fans rally, Taiji throws Seiki out but then Taiji gets in the ref’s face. Gedo takes off his belt to LASH Seiki! Hayata protests but Gedo LASHES Seiki again! And again! Seiki scrambles around the way, Gedo LASHES Seiki again! Hayata tries to point this all out but Gedo puts Seiki in the ring. Taiji drags Seiki up and he CLAWS Seiki’s back! Taiji drags Seiki up, reels him in, and CLAWS Seiki again. The ref reprimands but Taiji tags Gedo.

Gedo drags Seiki up and Gedo CLAWS Seiki! The ref argues with Gedo but Taiji grabs Seiki from the corner to CLAW him more! Seiki flounders against ropes, Gedo stalks up to a corner, and he CLAWS Seiki in the corner! The ref reprimands, Gedo brings Seiki over to bump Seiki off Taiji’s boot! Tag to Taiji, he drags Seiki up to ROCK him with haymakers! Seiki KICKS back! Taiji eggs Seiki on, then he blocks a kick to DECK Seiki! Gedo likes what he sees, then tags in. Gedo drags Seiki up, snapmares and he eggs Hayata on. Hayata jumps in but the ref keeps him back, and Gedo CHOKES Seiki while the ref argues with Hayata! Then Gedo covers, TWO!

Gedo argues the count, but then he stands on Seiki to spin and scrape Seiki’s face! Gedo runs to fist drop, covers, but the ref says no because of the closed fist! Gedo gest pissed, but he takes it out on Seiki with a chinlock. Seiki endures as Gedo grinds him down, and the ref makes sure the chinlock isn’t a choke. Seiki fights, fans rally, and Seiki throws elbows. Seiki is free, he runs, and whips Gedo to CALF KICK him down! Seiki and Gedo crawl, hot tag to Taiji and he blasts Hayata to deny him the tag! Taiji drags Seiki up, whips him to a corner, he blocks boots to ENZIGURI, then go side to side for the SLIDING GERMAN! Taiji gets in to cover, TWO!

Fans rally, Taiji brings Seiki up to gut wrench but Seiki slips out to waistlock. Seiki ducks Taiji’s elbow and ENZIGURIS Taiji down! Hot tag to Hayata! Hayata whips, atomic drops and then runs to to BOOT Taiji down! Hayata kips up, fans fire up, and Hayata scoops. Taiji slips out to waistlock, Hayata switches but Taiji elbows him away. Taiji whips, Hayata reverses and kicks low! Hayata whips, Taiji handsprings, NEURALIZER! Both men are down but fans fire up. Gedo tags in, he hits a JAWBREAKER to a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Gedo argues the count again but he aims from a corner. Hayata gets up, Gedo mule kicks a leg out!

Gedo goes to hook the arms but Hayata slips out the back and trips Gedo up! Gedo staggers and checks his nose. Hayata runs in but blocks the boot! Gedo wants mercy but Hayata throws the foot down. Gedo rakes the eyes! Gedo whips, Hayata reverses to PELE! Hayata brings Gedo in, Gedo blocks the suplex, and Taiji BOOTS Hayata down! Seiki gets in, Taiji kicks him first. Taiji whips, Seiki reverses and KICKS Taiji to then RUNNING AX KICK! Gedo gets up, Seiki gives him a CODE BREAKER! Seiki then goes to the apron, ASAI MOONSAULT takes out Taiji at the ramp! Fans fire up as Hayata gets Gedo up, crosses the arms, DDT!

Hayata dares Gedo to get up. Fans rally, Hayata SPIKE-RANAS! Cover off the “Headache,” Stinger wins!

Winners: Seiki Yoshioka & Hayata, by pinfall

NOAH finally scores! The score is now 3-1-1 in NJPW’s favor, can NOAH make a series out of this?

 

El Desperado & DOUKI VS NOSAWA RONGAI & YO-HEY!

The Rogue Luchador & Japones Del Mal are first up for Suzuki-Gun, and taking on Perros Del Mal de Japon’s Japanese Juggalo Sensation and Bamboo Dragonfly! Will NJPW continue their dominance? Or is this the start of the comeback?

Desperado shows off his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, and PDMDJ attacks! Rongai stomps Desperado and Yo-Hey is after Douki! The ref reprimands, the bell rings to get this on record, and Rongai throws Desperado’s title out of the ring! Rongai and Yo-Hey whip Desperado and Douki at each other, but Suzuki-Gun dosidos to come back with back elbows! Then Suzuki-Gun whips PDMDJ, they dosido but Suzuki-Gun dodges! Yo-Hey and Rongai hit buckles, then Desperado and Douki go corner to corner to hit back elbows! Suzuki-Gun coordinates, Douki runs and Desperado gives him an alley-oop for the forearm smash!

Fans cheer and Douki scrapes Yo-Hey out of the ring. Rongai wants mercy but Desperado is upset about what happened to the belt. Desperado digs his boots in, the ref counts and Desperado lets off. Desperado drags Rongai up, brings him around but Rongai throws forearms. Desperado hits back so Rongai throws a haymaker. Desperado CHOPS, Rongai throws another haymaker. Desperado forearms, Rongai throat chops! Desperado ELBOWS Rongai down! Fans fire up, Desperado and Yo-Hey talk trash on each other, and Desperado drags Rongai up. The ref is busy with Yo-Hey, and Rongai LOW BLOWS!

Douki protests but Rongai tags Yo-Hey in. Desperado crawls over, tag to Douki, and Douki goes right at Yo-Hey! Douki whips, Yo-Hey reverses and things speed up. Yo-Hey hurdles, Douki leaps over, they keep moving, Yo-Hey RANAS but Douki handsprings through! Douki runs, arm-drags Yo-Hey, then dropkicks him down! Fans fire up with Douki, and he brings Yo-Hey up to scoop, SLAM and run, but Rongai gets a cheap shot in! Yo-Hey tags Rongai, they double whip Douki to a corner, then they both run, slide and trip Douki to POST him by his pipe! And we’re not talking the metal one he brings to the ring!

Douki flops out of the ring but Rongai drags Douki up and puts him back in. Rongai stands on Douki’s face, the fans rally up and Rongai talks more trash. Rongai stomps Douki, the ref has to keep Desperado back, and Rongai brings Douki over for Yo-Hey to get a cheap shot in. Yo-Hey tags in, he pats Douki on the back, but Douki throws hands. Yo-Hey laughs those off, but then that third one upsets him. Yo-Hey ducks the clothesline to mule kick and CALF KICK! Then Yo-Hey kips up and fires up! Yo-Hey encourages the fans to rally up, and then he brings Douki up to reel him in. Douki denies the Twist of Fate to waistlock, Yo-Hey switches, but Douki elbows free.

Douki runs, but Yo-Hey reels him in. Yo-Hey ducks all the kicks, calls Douki a “BAKAAA~! (Idiot)” and runs, but into Douki’s somersault HEADBUTT! Both men are down, fans fire up, and both men crawl. Hot tag to Desperado! Desperado rallies, knocks Rongai down but Yo-Hey double CHOPS! Yo-Hey whips, Desperado reverses, SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! STRETCH MUFFLER! Yo-Hey scrambles, gets the ROPEBREAK, and Desperado lets go to stomp away on Yo-Hey! The ref reprimands, Desperado stops, and he drags Yo-Hey up. Yo-Hey fires a forearm but Desperado hits back!

Yo-Hey fires another forearm, but Desperado hits back. They go back and forth, fans rally up as they pick up speed, and Desperado CHOPS! Desperado suplexes, Yo-Hey slips out but Desperado elbows back. Desperado runs, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! Yo-Hey crawls, tag to Rongai! Rongai and Yo-Hey stomp Desperado and stand on him to taunt the NJPW fans. Fans rally up, the ref reprimands and Rongai brings Desperado up. Desperado fights back against them both, but he runs into a DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Cover, TWO!! Rongai and Yo-Hey double whip, Rongai runs in but misses in the corner!

Desperado dodges Yo-Hey, Yo-Hey elbows but Desperado pulls him back, but runs into a DROPSAULT! Rongai holds Desperado, Yo-Hey builds speed, and he FLIES to take out Desperado! PDMDJ gets Desperado up but Douki is there! He mule kicks and ASAI MOONSAULTS, but only gets Yo-Hey! Rongai realizes what happened, and fans fire up! The ring count starts, Rongai puts Desperado in. Rongai drags Desperado up, and he goes after the m ask! Desperado protests but the ref is busy with the others. Douki gets in to ENZUGIRI Rongai! Douki runs in but is sent sliding out! Desperado rolls Rongai up, TWO!!

Desperado hurries to spin Rongai around, underhooks, but Rongai blocks Pinche! Rongai spins out, cradles, TWO!! Rongai steals LOCO MONO! Desperado is seething, but he swings into Rongai’s leg trip and La- NO, Desperado fights out of Magistrol to spin, backslide, but Rongai flips over. Underhooks, PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!

Winners: El Desperado & Douki, by pinfall

FOUR wins for NJPW! What a lead! But with the superstition behind the number four, is NJPW’s luck about to run out?

 

Six Man Tag: Minoru Suzuki, Taichi & TAKA Michinoku VS Kazushi Sakuraba, Takashi Sugiura & ???

We saw the rest of Suzuki-Gun take a big win for NJPW, but now Suzuki-Gun is in action against NOAH’s Suguira-Gun! These armies are ready for war, but who comes out the big winner for their promotion?

There’s also the case of the mystery partner for Sugiura-Gun. Who joins the Top Ring IQ and the Killing Machine? It’s TORU YANO!? What a shock! Sakuraba takes the credit for this genius call, will he get his drinking buddy a KOPW 2022 opportunity with this match?

The moment Suzuki-Gun is in the ring, Suzuki wants after Yano! Yano bails out and Suzuki pursues, so Takataichi goes after Sugiura and Sakuraba! The bell rings to put this on record, Taichi chokes Sakuraba in a corner while Taka POSTS Sugiura! Suzuki gets Yano down and stomps away on him! The ref reprimands Taichi and counts, Taichi lets off of Sakuraba. Meanwhile, Suzuki and Sugiura meet after all this time, and they start throwing SLAPS! Then forearms! Suzuki body shots then knees low, Taichi is being counted again but he lets off to snapmare Sakuraba. Tatichi KICKS Sakuraba on the back, then waits for him to sit up.

Sakuraba blocks the kick to trip Taichi up! HEEL HOOK! DOUBLE HEEL HOOK with a grapevine! Taichi endures, crawls to ropes, ROPEBREAK! Sakuraba lets go slowly, then he stomps away on Taichi. Sakuraba drags Taichi up, fans rally and he whips, but Taichi reverses to wrench and DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Taichi checks his foot after hitting the “Gracie Hunter” pretty hard there. Fans rally, Taichi drags Sakuraba up by his hair, but Sakuraba resists. Sakuraba then gets loose to Mongolian Chop! And Mongolian Chop! Taichi chokes and throws Sakuraba down! Taichi runs, but into a KNEE! But Taka gets in to CLUB Sakuraba!

Taka runs, but into a KNEE from Sakuraba! Fans fire up, Yano tags in! Yano goes to the corner and unties a buckle pad! Yano kicks the pad out, Taichi kicks Yano! But Yano throws Taichi by his hair! Yano drags Taichi up, whips him in, but Taichi stops himself before hitting bare buckles. Yano runs in, he is sent into bare buckles! GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up while Suzuki and Sugiura continue brawling! Taka POSTS Sakuraba, Taichi drags Yano out, the ref reprimands Suzuki-Gun for all this chaos! Taichi whips Yano into railing while Suzuki and Sugiura continue to throw slaps! Suzuki ROCKS Sugiura then ROCKS him again!

Taka stomps Sakuraba, Taichi puts Yano back in, and Taichi drags Yano up. Taichi CHOKES Yano, the ref is too busy with the team leaders brawling, and Taka tags in to choke Yano, too! The ref finally sees what’s going on and reprimands, then counts. Taka lets off at 2, snapmares Yano, then digs his knuckles into Yano’s forehead. The ref reprimands that, Taka stops at 4 to scrape his soles off Yano’s face! Taka ROCKS Yano with an uppercut, then tags in Suzuki. Suzuki stands Yano up, wraps an arm around ropes and PULLS! Yano endures, Suzuki bends fingers, Taichi chokes! Suzuki ROCKS Yano, then KICKS him!

Suzuki hears the fans rallying, he kicks Yano’s leg out. Suzuki drags Yano up, Yano gets up to rake eyes! Yano whips, Suzuki reverses, and Yano hits bare buckles! Suzuki kicks Yano, fires off forearms then SLAPS Yano down! Suzuki runs, into an atomic drop! Yano crawls and tags in Sugiura! Fans fire up and Sugiura BOOTS Suzuki! Sugiura runs corner to corner to BOOT! Sugiura keeps going but Suzuki follows to BOOT back! Suzuki runs, Sugiura follows now, and BOOTS Suzuki down! Sugiura runs to KNEE Suzuki into the bare buckles! But Suzuki just looks incensed! Sugiura rains down forearms on Suzuki, but Suzuki grits his teeth!

The forearms keep flying but Suzuki eggs Sugiura! Suzuki ROCKS Sugiura and then rains down forearms in return! Suzuki stands Sugiura and forearms again! The heavy shots keep flying, fans rally up, and Suzuki grins. Sugiura ROCKS Suzuki, but Suzuki nods. Fans are liking that Suzuki is getting into this! Suzuki ROCKS Sugiura, snapmares him, then runs to PENALTY KICK! But Sugiura is right back up to throw more forearms! The fans rally as the shots keep going back and forth! Suzuki eggs Sugiura on and Sugiura throws shot after shot! Sugiura ROCKS Suzuki, adds on, then reels him in, but Suzuki slips out!

Suzuki gets the SLEEPER! He doesn’t hold long before spinning Sugiura around, but Sugiura back drops out of the Gotch hold! Suzuki is back up, he SLAPS, Sugiura SLAPS! Sugiura runs but into a dropkick! Both men are down and fans are thunderous as they rally up! Suzuki and Sugiura crawl, hot tag to Taka! Takai DECKS Yano, KICKS Sakuraba, then SHINING WIZARDS Sugiura! Feed to Taichi’s SOBAT, then Taichi sets up Taka’s SUPERKICK! Cover, but Sakuraba breaks it! Taichi throws Sakuraba out, Taka scoops Sugiura but Sugiura slips out to GUILLOTINE! Suzuki gets in and he BOOTS Sugiura. Sugiura still holds on to Taka!

Suzuki throws forearms now and Sugiura lets Taka go. Taka holds Sugiura and Suzuki runs, but Yano trips him and drags him out! Sugiura breaks free, Taka pokes him in the eye! Taka kicks a leg out, La Magistrol, TWO! SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Backslide, TWO!! Taka runs, but Sugiura ROCKS him! CALF KICK from Taka, LARIAT from Sugiura! Sugiura drags Taka up, OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, NOAH, and Yano, wins!

Winners: Kazushi Sakuraba, Takashi Sugiura & Toru Yano, by pinfall

Thanks to the Master Producer, NOAH is getting back up! We’re at 4-2-1 in NJPW’s favor, but is the gap going to close more? And has Yano at least gotten that shot at Suzuki’s KOPW 2022 trophy?

 

EVIL & Dick Togo VS Masa Kitamiya & Go Shiozaki!

The House of Torture is back as the King of Darkness and his Spoiler sidekick are in action. But will they cheat NOAH’s main unit just like Sho did? Or will Atsushi be avenged as the scales start to balance out?

The teams sort out, Bullet Club Low Sweets, and then they jump NOAH! Dick throws Masa out, Evil CLUBS away on Go! Dick helps out, Go fights back but Evil CHOPS! Dick rakes eyes, House of Torture double whip but GO DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLES! Fans fire up and Go CHOPS Dick! Then he CHOPS Evil! Fans fire up more as House of Torture bails out. Masa CHOPS Evil, puts him in, and Go stalks Evil to a corner. Go runs in to CHOP! And MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima would be proud! Go brings Evil around but Evil rakes the eyes! Evil whips Go to a corner, and surprise! Dick removes the buckle pad! The red remix on the Bullet Club special!

Masa runs in but Evil kicks him first. Evil whips Masa, Masa blocks, but Evil gets it again on the second try! Masa hits buckles, Dick goes after him on the outside. Fans rally as Dick POSTS Masa. Evil drags Go up to throw him out, the ref reprimands but Evil RAMS Go into the railing! Down goes the timekeeper area! Abe-san suffers again while Evil stands on Go’s face. Evil drags Go up and into the ring, then he drags Go up to whip back into the bare buckles! Go writhes, Evil tags Dick. Fans rally for Go but Dick drags him up to throw haymakers. Dick headlocks, punches more, then snapmares to drop a fist! Cover, TWO!

The House of Torture argues the count but Dick tags Evil. Evil looms over Go, eggs Masa on, then has the ref watch Masa while he drags Go up. Evil puts Go in the cobra twist, and Dick links up with him for leverage! The ref is too busy with Masa, Evil shoves Go down and covers, TWO! Another, TWO! Another, TWO! Evil grows frustrated while fans rally up. Evil kicks Go around, Go gets mad. Evil eggs Go on, then he pokes Go in the eye! Evil runs, but Go CLOBBERS him! Go crawls, but Evil CLUBS him down! Evil reels Go in, but Go suplexes Evil instead! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tag to Masa!

Masa rallies on the House of Torture, he whips Evil into the corner and clotheslines! Then corner to corner to corner clothesline again! Masa reels Evil in for a SAMOAN DROP! Dick kicks Masa, runs, but into a SAMOAN DROP! Masa drops a SENTON on Evil, then a SENTON on Dick! Fans fire up with Masa, tis is why he is Mr. Go For Broke! Masa gest the legs, steps through, but Evil rakes eyes! the ref reprimands, Evil stops but Masa just gets mad! Masa kicks but Evil blocks it and hands it to the ref to mule kick Masa down! Evil tags in Dick while fans rally up. Dick stomps Masa, throws haymakers, but Masa just fires up!

Dick ROCKS Masa but Masa rebounds to LARIAT! Both men are down, but Masa gets to his corner. Tag to Go, and fans fire up as Go runs to CHOP Dick! Dick screams in pain, but Go keeps on him with another round of MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Go CHOPS Dick on his way down! Go drags Dick up, brings him around, but Dick blocks the suplex! Evil distracts the ref by bringing in the belt, and Go is also distracted. Dick LOW BLOWS Go! Dick kicks Masa, whips him, and Masa hits the ref into the bare buckles! Evil rakes Masa’s eyes then throws him out! Dick stands on Go, and then the rest of the House of Torture shows up!

Sho and Yujiro Takahashi join in stomping on Go! If only fans could boo! Sho drags Go up, Yujiro has his pimp cane, CANE SHOT! Dick sits Go up to use the SPOILER CHOKER! Fans rally for NOAH as Go endures, and Masa SPEARS Evil down! Masa gest mugged, Sho and Yujiro double whip, but Masa DOUBLE SPEARS! Now THAT is going for broke! Dick prayers for mercy, then he pokes Masa in the eye! Dick whips Masa to a corner, but Masa comes back to SPEAR Dick down! Masa gets the ref, Dick staggers up into Go’s CHOP! Go fisherman BUSTERS! Cover, Evil gets in to break it! Masa hits the SAITO! And then, the PRISON LOCK!

Evil endures the kneeling Figure Four while Go drags Dick up. Go powers up to LARIAT Dick point blank! Cover, NOAH wins!

Winners: Masa Kitamiya & Go Shiozaki, by pinfall

The House of Torture just got demolished! And now we’re standing at 4-3-1! Is NOAH about to tie things up? Or can NJPW’s more upstanding wrestlers redeem their record?

 

Zack Sabre Jr. & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Yoshinari Ogawa & Naomichi Marufuji!

The rest of Suzuki-Gun has already competed, and the faction is 1-1 with NOAH. Will the Submission Master & Heel Master make Rat Boy and Dr. Marufuji Jr. #JustTapOut? Or will the alliance of Sugiura-Gun and M’s Alliance tie this series right up?

The teams sort out, fans rally up already, and Ogawa starts against ZSJ. ZSJ and Ogawa circle, tie up, and Ogawa clinches to drag ZSJ down. ZSJ slips out the back and they go again. They tie up, ZSJ gets Ogawa in a straitjacket, but Ogawa spins it right onto ZSJ. ZSJ tries that but Ogawa just puts the straitjacket back on ZSJ. ZSJ rolls back to put Ogawa in the straitjacket, Ogawa tries to wriggle out but ZSJ brings it right back up. Ogawa spins it around onto ZSJ, but ZSJ moves around. ZSJ wriggles free, puts Ogawa in the jacket, but Ogawa turns it right back around! ZSJ slips under and boots Ogawa away, and fans cheer the exchange.

Fans rally up as the two reset. They tie up, ZSJ cravats, Ogawa rolls but ZSJ holds on! ZSJ brings Ogawa up, Ogawa breaks free but ZSJ gets him again. Ogawa kicks and runs, and he counters ZSJ’s hip toss with a hip toss, but ZSJ cravats again! ZSJ avoids the break, but Ogawa arm-drags him away, and fans cheer the standoff! Fans rally, Marufuji tags in, and he wants Kanemaru! Kanemaru tags in, fans are all fired up, and these two circle. They tie up, Marufuji headlocks but Kanemaru powers out. Marufuji boots Kanemaru, but Kanemaru rebounds. Things keep moving, Marufuji hurdles, Kanemaru waistlocks but Marufuji switches.

Kanemaru elbows free, runs, but Marufuji follows. Kanemaru dodges, fakes Marufuji out, and then bails out as Marufuji rushes back over. Fans cheer the savvy, Marufuji and Kanemaru argue as Kanemaru wants to get back in. Fans rally up, Kanemaru dares Marufuji to come out after him, and then Kanemaru slides in as Marufuji slides out. Kanemaru baseball slides Marufuji, ZSJ gets in to run Ogawa off. Kanemaru whips Marufuji into railing! Kanemaru puts the leg around the railing and BOOTS it! Marufuji drops, Kanemaru drags him around and SMASHES the knee into the floor! ZSJ adds on with a toehold!

ZSJ turns Marufuji around to ANKLE LOCK, and then he STOMPS the leg! Kanemaru goes into the ring and Marufuji hobbles up as the ring count starts. Marufuji gets in, Kanemaru drags him up and whips him to ropes. Kanemaru dropkicks the leg out! Kanemaru stomps away on the leg, drops an elbow on the knee then has a toehold. Marufuji endures, Kanemaru drops a knee on the knee, then tags ZSJ. ZSJ gets the leg and has a toehold of his own. ZSJ uses his own head for leverage as he pushes Marufuji’s legs as far apart as he can! ZSJ then steps through to tie up the legs for an INDIAN DEATHLOCK!

Marufuji endures, Ogawa gets in and he fires off on ZSJ! ZSJ gets Ogawa for a cobra twist! It’s a double submission stack! Kanemaru gets in to stand on Marufuji’s knee, but then he goes back as the ref reprimands. Kanemaru tags in, he and ZSJ stand on Marufuji while ZSJ exits. Kanemaru stomps Marufuji’s leg, Marufuji hobbles up to CHOP! Kanemaru kicks the leg out! Then he YANKS it! Fans rally up, Kanemaru brings Marufuji up and has the leg, for a SHIN BREAKER! Tag to ZSJ, and ZSJ gets the bad leg to stomp away on it! ZSJ YANKS the leg, then he drags Marufuji up to whip. Marufuji whips but ZSJ avoids the dropkick!

ZSJ has the standing toehold, but Marufuji turns over, reels ZSJ in and hits a headlock takeover, but ZSJ headscissors. Marufuji kips free, but ZSJ ducks the back hand to headbutt low! ZSJ EuroUppers, whips, but Marufuji manages to cartwheel and dropkick! Hot tag to Ogawa, and he rallies on Suzuki-Gun! Ogawa whips ZSJ, elbows him down, elbows Kanemaru, hip tosses everybody, and then again! Fans fire up, Ogawa CLUBS ZSJ then whips him at Kanemaru, but ZSJ reverses. Ogawa uses that to elbow Kanemaru, then he comes back to elbow ZSJ. Kanemaru runs in but Ogawa sends him into ZSJ, then throws him out!

Fans fire up as Ogawa whips ZSJ to ropes, but ZSJ spins it around to hook the arms. Ogawa holds off the backslide, ZSJ spins things around, and he wrangles Ogawa down to STOMP the arm, and GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Tag to Kanemaru, Kanemaru whips but Ogawa reverses. Kanemaru dropkicks a leg out! Ogawa fights off the shin breaker but Kanemaru kicks the leg again. Kanemaru runs, Ogawa avoids the basement dropkick and DOUBLE STOMPS Kanemaru down! Ogawa drags Kanemaru up, whips him into buckles but runs into a BOOT! Kanemaru goes up, but leaps into a FALLING ATOMIC DROP! Ogawa uses one of Kanemaru’s tricks against him!

Ogawa waistlocks Kanemaru, but Kanemaru grabs at the ref! The ref gets away but he misses the LOW BLOW! Both men are down and fans rally up! Hot tag to Marufuji and he drags Kanemaru up. Marufuji puts Kanemaru in a corner, then CHOPS! Marufuji then goes corner to corner to back elbow! Marufuji keeps moving, but runs into a mule kick! Kanemaru runs, Marufuji follows and LARIATS him down! Fans rally, Marufuji gets Kanemaru up to suplex. Kanemaru fights free, ducks the superkick and kicks the leg. Marufuji CHOPS, runs, but into a basement dropkick! Both men down and fans rally up!

Kanemaru and Marufuji crawl, Kanemaru is in the neutral corner to dropkick the leg out again! Kanemaru steps through, FIGURE FOUR! ZSJ DECKS Ogawa! ZSJ keeps Ogawa down on the outside while Marufuji endures! Marufuji crawls over, drags Kanemaru along, but Kanemaru adds more pressure! Marufuji drags himself over, but Kanemaru drags him back! Marufuji keeps his shoulders up, Ogawa gets in to stomp Kanemaru! ZSJ kicks Ogawa back out while Kanemaru lets Marufuji free. Fans rally up even harder, and Kanemaru brings Marufuji around. Scoop and BRITISH FALL! Kanemaru goes up for the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are thunderous while Kanemaru argues the count. Ogawa hits ZSJ back with body shots, but Kanemaru gets Marufuji up. Kanemaru goes to suplex but Marufuji resists! Kanemaru keeps trying but Marufuji slips free. Marufuji suplexes, throws Kanemaru and SUPERKICKS! Marufuji cravats but Kanemaru shoves him into the ref! The ref goes down, Kanemaru gets up to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Kanemaru crawls to the corner. Kanemaru gets his whiskey! He takes a big swig, and then he drags Marufuji, but Marufuji blocks to HOOK KICK! The whiskey sprays into the air, Marufuji fires off a KNEE, HEEL KICK, HOOK KICK, and ANOTHER KNEE! Cover, ZSJ breaks it!

Ogawa kicks ZSJ out, Marufuji vows to end this! Marufuji turns around but Kanemaru gets a victory roll! TWO, KNEE from Marufuji! Marufuji straitjackets for the TIGER KING ZERO!! Cover off the blindside knee, TWO!?! Kanemaru survives, but Marufuji hooks Kanemaru with a hammerlock, SHIN TORA-OH!! And then SLICED BREAD!! Cover, NOAH wins!

Winners: Yoshinari Ogawa & Naomichi Marufuji, by pinfall

ZSJ and Ogawa keep their eyes on each other, but now things are all tied up! 4-4-1, two matches left, is there going to be a sweep to finish this?

 

10 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS KONGO!

Bushi, Sanada, Hiromu, Takagi y Naito are battling all together, after splitting the difference during WrestleKingdom’s first two nights. But the New Century Champion had to go and rub salt in the wound pointing out that the Rampaging Dragon no longer has the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. Will Black Mask, Cold Skull, Ticking Timebomb and the Uncontrollable Charisma help Takagi silence Kenoh, Aleja, Tadasuke, Manabu Soya and Katsuhiko Nakajima?

Fans rally up as the factions stare down. But Nakajima steps up and he takes a seat while he waits. LIJ fist bump, and Naito starts, much to the surprise of the crowd. Fans are thunderous at the bell and Nakajima is smiling. Nakajima and Naito slowly circle, approach, but back away. They circle and approach again, but Naito grins as he backs away again. Naito and Nakajima go again but Naito side steps Nakajima. But Kongo clears the corner to go after LIJ! Naito is shocked and Nakajima throws him out! Nakajima keeps on Naito, Tadasuke is after Hiromu, Kenoh whips Takagi but Takagi reverses and Kenoh crashes into railing! Kenoh comes back to fire forearms!

Nakajima rakes Naito’s eyes and has him against railing, smiling all the time. The ref reprimands, Nakajima lets off, Kenoh POSTS Takagi! Nakajima puts Naito back in, and he whips Naito to ropes. Naito holds ropes, boots Nakajima back and waistlocks. Nakajima switches, full nelsons, but Naito arm-drags free. Things speed up, Naito arm-drags then headlocks for a takeover. Nakajima headscissors but Naito kips free to tranquilo! Nakajima mirrors Naito, but then Kongo stomps away on Naito! LIJ regroups as they get in and back Kongo off. The battle lines are drawn, Naito mocks Kenoh and Kenoh stomps him! The brawling breaks out again!

Takagi rams his shoulders into Soya in the corner while Aleja, Nakajima and Tadasuke throw the rest out. Kenoh scrapes Naito out. Takagi brings Soya out, but fans are fired up as the teams regroup again. Naito takes his time returning and Nakajima waits. Naito tags Hiromu, so Nakajima tags in Aleja. Aleja gets around Hiromu and CHOPS him, Hiromu CHOPS back! They CHOP back and forth, fans rally up as they go faster! Hiromu CHOPS, talks trash, but Aleja SLAPS Hiromu! Aleja runs, HIromu drops and hurdles but Aleja leaps over. Things keep moving, Aleja dodges Hiromu but Hriomu SUPERKICKS to front kick!

Hiromu fireman’s carries but Aleja slips free as Hiromu heads for the corner. Aleja runs in, Hiromu dodges and runs, but Aleja avoids the basement dropkick! Aleja dropkicks Hiromu’s legs out, but Hiromu ducks the basement dropkick to waistlock. Aleja fights with elbows, dodges the lariat and RANAS Hiromu out! Fans fire up, Aleja runs but fakes Hiromu out, so Hiromu takes it out on Haoh at ringside by whipping him into railing! Soya gets after Hiromu but Hiromu gets in the ring. Aleja gets in, Hiromu kicks and whips but Aleja reverses. Aleja then runs in but Hiromu puts him on the apron. Aleja GAMANGIRIS, then springboards, missile dropkick!

Fans fire up, Aleja drags Hiromu up. Aleja ducks the clothesline, kicks low, runs but into a basement dropkick! Bushi is in to dropkick Aleja’s legs out the Hiromu basement dropkicks Aleja down! Bushi slips away, Hiromu drags Aleja up and brings him to the corner. Takagi tags in, they mug Aleja, and Takagi brings Aleja up to whip and run over with a shoulder! Takagi drags Aleja back up, scoops and SLAMS him, then drops elbow after elbow! Then a SENTON! Cover, ONE as Tadasuke jumps in to get Takagi’s attention. Takagi drags Aleja up, snapmares him then runs, but hits Kenoh! Kenoh is pissed and he gets in to brawl with Takagi!

Kenoh KICKS and KICKS, but Takagi blocks for a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up, Kenoh bails out, and Takagi goes back to Aleja. Takagi bumps Aleja off buckles, Bushi tags in! Bushi stomps then bumps Aleja off buckles, then DOUBLE CHOPS in the corner! Bushi whips corner to corner, runs in but Aleja dodges! Aleja runs in but into a SWING KICK! Bushi goes up, missile dropkick! BUSHIROONI! Fans fire up as Bushi stomps Aleja, then drags him up. Bushi has the leg, but no fisherman screw as Aleja slips through! Bshi kicks, whips, but Aleja dropkicks the legs out! Aleja ENZIGURIS, and Kongo attacks LIJ again!

Tadasuke gets Bushi up while Nakajima keeps the ref distracted so that even the extra members can get in! Tadasuke drops an elbow, then Aleja drops an elbow, followed by Nioh, Haoh, and then Soya and Kenoh! Kongo all flex with double guns as a team celebration! Then the legal members stomp away on Bushi. The ref finishes with Nakajima to reprimand the members he sees. Tadasuke rips Bushi’s shirt off, throws it to the crowd, and Soya tags in. Soya drags Bushi up, he whips Bushi to ropes, and he wraps on a SLEEPER! Bushi endures the SLEEPER SWING! Soya throws Bushi down, covers, TWO!

Soya drags Bushi up, CLUBS him on the back, then tags Kenoh in. Kenoh stands on Bushi’s neck and eggs on LIJ. Kenoh gets in Naito’s face, Tadasuke gets his boot in! Kenoh swipes at Naito but he gets away, Cheshire cat grin on his face. LIJ points out what Tadasuke’s up to but Kongo gets away with. Kenoh KICKS Bushi down, tags Nakajima back in, and Nakajima drags Bushi up. Nakajima snapmares and KICKS Bushi in the back. Nakajima stands for a cocky cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Nakajima drags Bushi but Bushi is dead weight. Aleja tags in but Tadasuke hops in with him, and they drag Bushi up to double whip.

Bushi runs into double kicks, double wrench, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP and basement dropkick! Tadasuke shouts out Jericho with the cocky “C’MON, BABY!” cover. TWO, and Hiromu rushes in! Tadasuke blocks his kick and turns Hiromu around to CLAW his back! Hiromu writhes out of the ring, Aleja stalks Bushi and fans rally up. Bushi fires back on Aleja with forearms but Aleja kicks low. Aleja runs, into a BIG dropkick! Both men are down, hot tag to Soya, and Tadasuke gets in to stop Bushi! Soya knocks Sanada off the apron, he CLUBS Bushi, then he and Tadasuke double whip Bushi to ropes.

Bushi holds those ropes, BOOTS Soya, then shoves Tadasuke into him! Bushi gets them both for a DOUBLE RANA! Fans fire up, hot tag to Sanada! It’s been since their days in AJPW but Sanada fires off on Soya! Sanada whips, Soya reverses, Sanada dropkicks the legs out! Kenoh and Nakajima get in and attack Sanada to then double whip him to the corner. Nakajima sends Kenoh in but Sanada dodges to dropkick Nakajima’s leg! Then Sanada dropkicks Kenoh down! PLANCHA for Soya! Fans are fired up for Cold Skull and he encourages them to get louder. They get louder and Sanada brings Soya up to put in the ring. Sanada covers, TWO!

Sanada drags Soya up, fireman’s carries, but Soya fights out to waistlock. Sanada fights that, switches, but Soya elbows free. Soya runs, Sanada hurdles, but then leaps into a waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Sanada lands on his feet to forearm and ROLLING ELBOW! Sanada whips, Soya LEAPING LARIATS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Soya drags Sanada up, Sanada fires forearms! Soya CHOPS Sanada off his feet! Soya drags Sanada up, Sanada throws forearms back again! Soya CHOPS and Sanada is down again! Soya drags Sanada up to CHOP him to a corner. Soya then whips corner to corner, Sanada goes up and out and springboards to missile dropkick in!

Soya is right back up! He scoops Sanada but Sanada slips out, dragon sleeper! Soya fights through and suplexes, but Sanada fights that, only for Soya to block the cradle! Soya deadlifts Sanada back up for a SLAM! Fans fire up as both men are down again! They crawl, hot tags to Naito and Kenoh! Naito SHOTGUN BOOTS, but Kenoh is up to BOOT! Naito forearms, Kenoh forearms! They go back and forth, faster and faster, then Kenoh hits a headlock takeover, and just punches away! Hiromu gets in and stomps but Kenoh ignores that to keep punching Naito! Hiromu drags Kenoh away, Kenoh throws him out, and Haoh goes after Hiromu for earlier!

The ref reprimands Kenoh over using closed fists, but he misses Haoh whipping Hiromu into railing! He gets payback! But Takagi kicks at Haoh! Kenoh KICKS Naito down then soaks up the cheers and jeers. Kenoh seems to ask if this is really the guy going for the top title in NJPW, but Naito gets up. Kenoh sweeps the legs, DOUBLE STOMPS, then runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Kenoh drags Naito up as fans are thunderous! Naito knees free, then dodges a punch to dragon sleeper, BACKBREAKER into PLUMA BLANCA! Hiromu intercepts Aleja with D! Takagi and Bushi BLAST Nakajima and Tadasuke off the apron!

Kenoh kicks around as he endures, LIJ play defense and fans rally up! Kenoh still moves around, reaches out with a foot, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Naito claims he needs help. The ref undoes the hold, fans rally, and Naito drags Kenoh up. Naito throws back elbow after back elbow, then slaps Kenoh around. Then he throws more back elbows! Fans fire up and Naito throws even more elbows! Naito gets Kenoh with a hammerlock and half nelson, but Kenoh fights free to fire off SLAPPING palm strikes! Naito ROCKS Kenoh, whips him, but Kenoh reverses and avoids the flying forearms for a GERMAN SUPLEX!

Naito is right up, he elbows again, ducks one kick but not the HEEL KICK! Naito still ENZIGURIS! Kenoh PELES!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Naito crawls, Kenoh tags in Nakajima! Nakajima whips Naito to the open corner, runs in and BOOTS! Nakajima ROUNDHOUSES Naito down! Bushi gets in, ROUNDHOUSE! Hiromu gets in, ROUNDHOUSE! Naito whips Nakajima but Nakajima kicks a leg out! ENZIGURI! BOOT in the corner! Nakajima sweeps the legs and digs his boots into Naito! Nakajima digs both boots in! The ref counts, Nakajima lets off and brings Naito up.

Naito swings a punch, Nakajima dodges and KICKS back! Naito tries again, Nakajima dodges again for another KICK! Nakajima rakes eyes, the ref reprimands, then Nakajima runs, into a kick! Bushi sunset flips and rewinds for Naito’s basement dropkick! Fans rally up and the two crawl, hot tag to Takagi! Fans fire up as Takagi runs in, blocks Nakajima’s boot and he clotheslines! Suplex high and hard, then the cover, TWO! Takagi says there’s still more, and he gets Nakajima up. Nakajima fights the back suplex but Takagi CLUBS him on the back. Nakajima KICKS back, but Takagi brushes it off. Takagi CHOPS, then eggs Nakajima.

Nakajima KICKS, Takagi CHOPS! KICK, CHOP, but then Nakajima throws even more KICKS! Nakajima whips Takagi to the corner, runs in but misses! Bushi back elbows, Hiromu clotheslines, Sanada back elbows, Takagi clotheslines! Takagi snapmares Nakajima for a TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK from the others! Fans are thunderous as Takagi hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, Kongo breaks it! LIJ drag them all out, fans fire up and Takagi waits on Nakajima to stand. Takagi runs, into a SUPERKICK! Nakajima kicks Pumping Bomber away to SAIDO! Fans rally up again, Nakajima crawls over, hot tag to Tadasuke!

Tadasuke fires himself up, SHINING WIZARD! Kenoh gets in, Soyha fireman’s carries Takagi. Tadasuke goes up top as Soya hits the SAMOAN DROP! Kenoh PENALTY KCIKS and Tadasuke SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, LIJ breaks it! Soya and Kenoh throw Naito and Sanada out, Tadasuke gets rid of Bushi. Tadasuke fires up, runs, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither falls, DOUBLE LARIATS collide again! Tadasuke runs, but into ELBOW, JAB, YUKON feint to the DDT! Fans fire up as Takagi runs, SLIDING LARIAT! Tadasuke flounders, Takagi fires up with “OI! OI! OI!” and fans clap along!

Takagi drags Tadasuke back up, pump handle and torture rack, but Kenoh gets in! Kenoh BOOTS Takagi, BOOTS Naito, runs, but into a back elbow! Basement dropkick! Nakajima THRUST KICKS Naito down, then Sanada dropkicks Nakajima! Aleja runs into a kick, Sanada and Hiromu double whip, but Aleja springboards to missile dropkicks them both! Aleja then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit onto Hiromu! Bushi knocks Soya down and DIVES! Direct hit sends Soya into railing! Takagi runs at Tadasuke in the corner, clothesline! Takagi copies, “C’MON, BABY!” Tadasuke fires forearms and CHOPS, but Takagi fires off boxing elbows!

Tadasuke roars, but Takagi JABS! Tadasuke STRAIGHT RIGHTS! Both men wobble, Tadasuke fires up and runs, into a clothesline! Takagi runs, Tadasuke dodges to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Takagi roars, Tadasuke fires up, fans are electric! DRAGON SUPLEX and a SLIDING FOREARM from Takagi! He gets Tadasuke back up as LIJ plays defense, PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!?! Tadasuke survives! Takagi isn’t done with him, though, as he pump handles and torture racks! LAST OF THE DRAGON!! Cover, LIJ wins!!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

NJPW leads again with 5-4-1! Kenoh still gets in Naito’s face but Naito just raises the fist. Kenoh goes after Naito but he gets mugged by LIJ! Soya goes in to save Kenoh but he gets mugged too! The brawling continues, but Nakajima just taunts Takagi with his GHC Heavyweight Championship. Takagi sarcastically applauds and then tells him to get outta here. Will both these factions be hungry for another of these crossovers? Or will Kongo just have to swallow that bitter pill?

 

Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Keiji Mutoh & Kiyomiya Kaito!

This is it! Either NJPW wins or this ends in a tie! Will the dream team of the NEW IWGP World Heavyweight and NEW IWGP United States Heavyweight Champions put the final touches on this crossover? Or can the Natural Born Master and the Supernova truly be the hope of NOAH?

The teams sort out, fans cheer as Tanahashi shows off the muscles, and Kaito starts for NOAH. He calls out Okada, so Okada obliges. The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally, “O-KA-DA!” as he and Kaito tie up. Kaito wrenches to a wristlock, Okada wrenches back. Kaito rolls, wrenches and has the wristlock again, but Okada rolls to trip him for a toehold. Kaito endures, uses his legs to pry Okada off, but Okada rolls to a cover. Kaito keeps his shoulders off the mat, Okada goes for legs, but Kaito kicks to keep them away. They get up, feel out the grapple, Kaito shoots in but Okada blocks the leg takedown.

Okada facelocks, Kaito switches to get the facelock, and then he gets around for a waistlock. Okada switches, Kaito switches to hammerlock. Kaito wrangles Okada down, drops knees on the shoulder, then he cranks on the arm. Okada endures, Kaito falls back to tweak it, and then does it again. Kaito rolls to tweak the arm, and he gets the wristlock. Kaito grinds the arm, Okada fights up and arm-drags free, to then SLAM Kaito’s arm. Okada knees low, CLUBS him, ROCKS him with a forearm, then runs. Things speed up, Kaito hurdles to dropkick Okada down! Fans fire up as Okada gets up.

Okada grabs Kaito by the jaw to ROCK him with a forearm! Okada whips, Kaito hurdles to then CLOBBER Okada! Cover, TWO! Kaito drops an elbow but misses! Okada jumps for the SENTON! Fans fire up, Tanahashi tags in, and the NJPW champions double whip Kaito to double elbow him down. Then they both stare down Mutoh. He dares them to do something, but Tanahashi brings Kaito up. Tanahashi wrenches, hammerlocks and grinds with a headlock. Kaito endures, fights up and powers up, but he can’t power out as Tanahashi keeps a tight hold. Kaito pries the headlock open and powers up, but Tanahashi holds him off!

Fans rally as the top wristlock battle continues. Kaito powers Tanahashi down, but Tanahashi fights up to throw forearms! Tanahashi scoops to SLAM Kaito, then he drops an elbow! Fans fire up, Tanahashi air guitars and throws the guitar to Mutoh. Mutoh lets it go by, and Tanahashi turns around into Kaito’s arm-drag! Kaito has the cording hold, Tanahashi endures, and Tanahashi fights up as fans rally. Kaito drags Tanahashi over, tags in Mutoh, and fans are all fired up to see this one! Mutoh and Tanahashi circle, they tie up, and Mutoh waistlocks. Tanahashi pries free to switch but Mutoh drops to roll Tanahashi to a cover! TWO, but Mutoh has the double wristlock.

Tanahashi fights up, Mutoh holds the wrist, but Tanahashi forearms and wrenches back. Mutoh rolls, gets a leg and he trips Tanahashi. Mutoh has the toehold, Tanahashi endures, and Tanahashi pushes his way up to a rear mount. Tanahashi gets the arm but Mutoh rolls to ropes, then gets the HEEL HOOK! Tanahashi fights to the ropes, and Red Shoes calls the ropebreak. Fans rally, Mutoh and Tanahashi let off. Tanahashi tags Okada in, and Okada circles with Mutoh now. Fans rally up even harder, Okada and Mutoh tie up, and are in a deadlock. Okada manages to power Mutoh to ropes, Red Shoes calls the break, and Okada lets off, to fake the chop and throw up the Too Sweet!

Okada then gets Mutoh’s leg, Red Shoes wants the ropebreak, and Okada lets go. Okada then kicks low, CLUBS and throws forearms, then runs, but into a hip toss! Mutoh snapmares Okada, runs and drops an elbow! Mutoh has the leg, turns Okada over, then drops from Crab to STF! Okada endures, moves around, ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts, Mutoh lets go, and he drags Okada up. Mutoh wrenches, tags in Kaito and Kaito drops ax handles on the arm! Kaito whips and back elbows Okada, then covers, TWO! Kaito keeps moving and drops the leg, brother! Cover, TWO, so Kaito drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO!

Kaito keeps his cool while fans rally up. Kaito waits on Okada to stand, and Kaito CHOPS! Kaito then runs, but into the FLAPJACK! Okada drags Kaito up, snapmares him, and runs to basement dropkick! Kaito falls out, Tanahashi gets the leg to stomp it and YANK it! Tanahashi brings Kaito up and Kaito CHOPS, but Tanahashi fires off strikes! Tanahashi puts Kaito in for Okada and fans rally up. Okada tags Tanahashi, he drags Kaito by the leg and stomps away! Tanahashi YANKS the leg, then whips Kaito to ropes. Tanahashi dropkicks the leg out, then he ties up the legs for a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF!

Kaito endures as Tanahashi sits deep on the hold! Fans rally, Kaito reaches out, crawls and gets the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go quickly, but he stomps Kaito’s legs. Tag back to Okada, fans rally up, Okada drags Kaito up to throw him out. Okada follows Kaito, to kick and DDT to the floor! Okada goes back in, Red Shoes checks Kaito, and Okada talks trash on the young gun. A ring count starts, fans rally up, Kaito slowly gets up. Kaito sits up at 10 of 20, slowly stands up and gets in at 16. Okada drags Kaito up but Kaito fires forearms over and over! Kaito EuroUppers, but Okada just gets in Kaito’s face. Okada throws a forearm, but Kaito EuroUppers!

Okada forearms again, Kaito throws another EuroUpper! Fans rally up as Okada throws a forearm and a EuroUpper! Okada bumps Kaito off buckles, tags Tanahashi in, and Tanahashi fires EuroUppers! Tanahashi bumps Kaito off buckles, scoops and SLAMS him, then he goes to the second rope. SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi stares Mutoh down, then he drags Kaito up. Kaito fires off CHOPS! Tanahashi fires off the fast hands! Tanahashi whips Kaito to ropes, Kaito comes back with a LEAPING LARIAT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Kaito and Tanahashi crawl, hot tag to Mutoh!

Mutoh dropkicks Tanahashi’s leg, then gives it a DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi gets up, Mutoh KNEES him in the corner, then gives him another DRAGON SCREW! Okada gets in, but Mutoh gives him a DRAGON SCREW! Mutoh ties Tanahashi’s legs up in the FIGURE FOUR! Tanahashi endures as fans rally up. Tanahashi tries to turn it, but Mutoh blocks it. Tanahashi grits his teeth, pries at the hold, but Mutoh powers it on tighter! Tanahashi drags himself over, ROPEBREAK! Mutoh lets off at 4, fans rally up harder, and Mutoh dropkicks the leg! Tanahashi staggers, Mutoh gets the bad leg for another DRAGON SCREW!

Mutoh kicks, but Tanahashi blocks! DRAGON SCREW! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Tanahashi crawls, hot tag to Okada! Okada brings Mutoh up, scoops and SLAMS, then goes to the corner. MACHO ELBOW! Fans fire up for the Rainmaker Pose! Okada threw in some Great Muta eyes for good measure. He ripcords but Mutoh dodges to dropkick the leg out! SHINING WIZARD! Fans are thunderous as both men are down, and Kaito is there! Mutoh crawls, and he tags Kaito in! Kaito fires up, he throws forearms on Okada over and over in the corner! Fans rally up as he keeps going, forearm after forearm! Then EuroUpper!

Kaito forearms, EuroUppers, and DECKS Okada! Kaito drags Okada up, whips him, but Okada reverses. Okada runs into a back elbow! Kaito goes up, FLYING FOREARM! Kaito roars and he aims from a corner. Okada slowly gets up as Kaito climbs, BIG missile dropkick! Cover, Tanahashi breaks it! Kaito ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm, then goes back to Okada. Fans rally up, “O-KA-DA!” “KA-I-TO!” Kaito whips, Okada dodges the boot to gut wrench! Kaito slips out, Okada elbows him, but he runs into a FLYING KNEE! Kaito gets Okada up, chicken wings, but Okada blocks the suplex! Tanahashi runs in to SLINGBLADE Kaito!

Mutoh SHINING WIZARDS Tanahashi! Okada DROPKICKS Mutoh! Kaito dodges to FLYING KNEE Okada again! All four men are down and the fans are thunderous again! Tanahashi rolls out one side, Mutoh out the other. Okada and Kaito stir as fans keep rallying. Kaito snarls, he throws a forearm! Okada throws a forearm back, but Kaito hits him again. They stand up, Okada forearms but Kaito EuroUppers. Kaito fires up while Okada drops to a knee. Okada comes back to ROCK Kaito with a forearm! And another! And another! And then a EuroUpper! Kaito drops to his knees and Okada brings him back up. Backslide, but Kaito rolls through, short arm LARIAT from Okada!

Okada drags Kaito back up, but Kaito ducks to chicken wing! But still no Tiger Suplex! Okada gut wrenches for the SPINNING TOMBSTONE! Okada reels Kaito in, ripcord, but Kaito dodges to dropkick Okada from behind! Mutoh is in to SHINING WIZARD! Kaito GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Kaito fires up even as Okada survives! Mutoh wants Kaito to show him what he’s got, and Kaito drags Okada back up. Chicken wings, TIGER SUPLEX!! Bridging cover, Tanahashi breaks it! Mutoh throws Tanahashi out, goes out after him, and Kaito drags Okada back up. Fans are thunderous again as Kaito stands Okada up and runs, to KNEE him in the back!

Okada stays up, Kaito runs, but into the waistlock! Ripcord, Kaito dodges, but Okada’s dropkick intercepts the knee! But Kaito is right back up!? Into a gut wrench, LANDSLIDE!! Okada ripcords to RAINMAKER!! Cover, NJPW WINS!

Winners: Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (NJPW wins overall)

The Rainmaker closes it out! 6-4-1, NJPW wins! Kaito is emotional over how close he came for NOAH and himself, but he was up against the best NJPW had to offer. Okada tells Kaito not to cry here, this is HIS ring. Mutoh brings the young man out of the ring, encouraging him in his journey. Will the Supernova still shine as the bright future of NOAH?

As for Okada and Tanahashi, they celebrate with photo ops, and then Okada gets the mic. “Evening, everyone. Thank you for supporting WrestleKingdom 16 from January 4th, 5th and 8th. Thank you to all the NJPW fans, and to the wrestlers and fans of Pro-Wrestling NOAH. Pro-wrestling is great, isn’t it?” Okada knows there’s a lot of history between all the teams within the promotions tonight, and across the promotions, so it means a lot that the fans were here for it all. However, this 50th anniversary celebration has still only just begun, there is more to come, for this is the power of pro-wrestling.

There are still a lot of obstacles, but with the power of pro-wrestling, the power shared between the wrestlers and the fans, they can all keep going. Okada promises he and the others will keep fighting, so please support them in return. With gratitude to the fans and the world of pro-wrestling, maybe Okada and Tanahashi can have something special here together. Tanahashi takes the mic and says let’s rock! “I LOVE YOU~!” Okada says pro-wrestling will continue to make it rain! The champions stand on the corners to soak up all the love and energy from the fans, and give some in return. We all know the real winners tonight were us, the fans! Will NJPW, NOAH and all of pro-wrestling continue to make the world a better, more exciting place?


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/25/23)

Will Bryan Danielson’s streak continue?

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Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage! American Dragon VS Machine!

Bryan Danielson is still fighting to become #1 contender, but in his way is Brian Cage! Will Brian stop Bryan from reaching MJF and the One Hour Ironman AEW World Championship match?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ricky Starks & Action Andretti VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara w/ Daniel Garcia; Jericho & Guevara win.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Buddy Matthews w/ Julia Hart; Darby wins and retains the title.
  • #JungleHook VS Ethan Page & Matt Hardy w/ Stokely Hathaway; #JungleHook wins.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana; Danielson wins.
  • Toni Storm VS Ruby Soho; Soho wins.
  • Mark Briscoe VS Jay Lethal; Mark wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Ricky Starks & Action Andretti VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara w/ Daniel Garcia!

The Absolute and his new friend are looking to settle things with the Jericho Appreciation Society, and after Action beat Daniel Garcia on Rampage, he and Starks are getting #LeSexGods! Will Starks & Andretti continue to get one over on the “JAS Holes?” Or will this be where Jericho gets even?

The bell rings and Action starts against Sammy. Fans rally as Action and Guevara circle. They tie up, Action headlocks but Sammy back suplexes. Action lands on his feet to waistlock but Sammy switches. Action breaks free, slips under and shoves Sammy but Sammy hurdles over. Sammy shoves Action, Action ducks and handsprings but Sammy slides under! Sammy sweeps to a cover, ONE! Sammy jumps the sweep to Oklahoma Roll, ONE! Action trips Sammy but STANDING MOONSAULTS, but Sammy dodges! Action lands on his feet and the two stare down as mirror images! Fans fire up as the two slowly reset.

Sammy offers a handshake, and Action thinks about it, only for Sammy to SUPERKICK him down! Sammy rains down fists while fans boo, but Sammy puts Action in a corner. Sammy CHOPS as fans chant, “SAMMY SUCKS!” Sammy whips Action corner to corner, Action goes up and over and keeps moving, to duck ‘n’ dodge and tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Sammy flounders, Action runs in but Sammy bails out. Action springboards to superhero land, then he mocks Sammy’s spin and pose! Sammy throws a small fit, then he gets on the apron, into Action’s TRIANGLE DROPKICK! A very Jericho move!

Fans fire up as Action builds speed but Sammy slides back in. Sammy hurdles, backflips then DROPKICKS Action! Sammy spins and kips up but fans boo. Action bails out and Sammy builds speed now, but then he stops when the fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” Sammy slides out to CHOP Action! Sammy puts Action in but Action builds speed! Action DIVES but Garcia takes the hit for Sammy! Sammy then gets in and builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Action and Sammy blows kisses to Tay Melo who is in the back. Sammy drags Action back up, puts him back in, and fans chant, “We Want Ricky!” Sammy puts Action up top instead.

Sammy climbs up after Action, and SUPER STEINERS! But Action lands on his feet! Fans are fired up, and Sammy runs into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO! Hot tags to Starks and Jericho! Fans are thunderous as Starks is right in Jericho’s face! Jericho CHOPS but Starks CHOPS back! They CHOP and CHOP and CHOP back and forth! Starks fires off fast hands, then whips, but Jericho reverses, only for Starks to LARIAT! Jericho goes to a corner, Starks runs in, but Jericho BOOTS him away! Jericho hops up, leaps, but Starks turns Code Breaker into CATAPULT! Jericho hits buckles, Starks BLASTS Sammy then ROCKS Jericho!

Starks knuckle locks, CHOPS and goes up top! Starks gives a little bit of the Old School as fans fire up! But Sammy climbs up after him! SUPER CUTTER!! Fans are thunderous again and Jericho crawls to a cover, TWO!! Starks survives but Jericho gloats like he’s already won. Jericho drags Starks back up, brings him around and hits a BIG back suplex! Jericho drags Starks to the cocky cover, ONE! Jericho flips off the fans and the fans boo back. Jericho drags Starks up, bumps him off buckles and tags in Sammy. Jericho scoop SLAMS Starks, and Sammy drags Starks back up. Sammy scoops to SLAM Starks. Cocky cover, ONE!

Tag to Jericho, he scoops Starks to SLAM him again! Jericho and Sammy soak up the heat, then Sammy tags in again. Le Sex Gods double whip and double shoulder Starks down. Sammy spins, and they pose together! Fans boo but Garcia says that’s beautiful. Sammy grins as he goes up the corner. Jericho rallies the fans but they cheer for Starks. Sammy is up top, he flies, into BOOTS! Fans fire up as both men are down! Starks crawls, Sammy grabs his foot, but Starks still hot tags Action! Action CLOBBERS Sammy, LARIATS him, then CLOBBERS Jericho! Action spins Sammy around for a BACKBREAKER to NECKBREAKER!

Jericho runs in, he gets the BACKBREAKER and NECKBREAKER! Action kips up and fans fire up again! Action builds speed to DIVE onto Jericho! And then he gets in to DIVE onto Sammy! Action is all fired up and the fans are with him! Action puts Sammy in the ring, Jericho argues with the ref, and that allows Starks to TORNADO DDT Sammy! Action slingshots, goes up and up and MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Sammy survives but Action drags him back up. Action CHOPS, whips, but Sammy reverses. Action ducks ‘n’ dodges, but DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Fans rally up while both men are down!

Sammy and Action crawl, hot tags to Jericho and Starks again! Starks swings, misses, and Jericho DECKS Action! Jericho dodges Starks again, and again, but Starks SPEARS him!! Cover, Sammy runs in, but Starks gets away! The basement dropkick hits Jericho! Starks tosses Sammy, but Jericho rolls Starks! WITH TIGHTS! TWO!! Jericho runs in, but Starks catches the Code Breaker for a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and fans are thunderous! Starks tags Action, and helps him with the slingshot senton! Action runs, springboards, FLYING CHUCK! Jericho is down in a drop zone!

Action goes up and SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULTS onto knees! Jericho tags Sammy in, and Sammy spins Action around. Action dodges but the JUMP KNEE hits! Sammy torture racks, GO TO- NO, Action lands on his feet! Action spins but Sammy ducks the kick! But the ENZIGURI comes back around! Action hurries to build speed but Jericho grabs Action’s hair! Action fights back but Jericho SLAPS him! But then Starks trips Jericho off the apron! Starks POSTS Jericho! But Sammy reels Action in to back suplex! Action lands on his feet, and gets up for a POISON-RANA! And then Action torture racks! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are thunderous as Sammy survives! Action grows frustrated, but then Starks hits ROSHAMBEAUX to the floor! Jericho is down, Action runs in, but into a BOOT! Sammy goes up to the top, SUPER- Torture rack catch!! Action has Sammy again, but Sammy grabs ropes! Action throws Sammy away but Sammy distracts the ref, Garcia CLOBBERS Action with Floyd the Baseball Bat! Sammy torture racks, for GO TO HOSPITAL! Cover, Le Sex Gods win!!

Winners: Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara, by pinfall

The JAS win thanks to Garcia! Sports entertainment wins the battle, but will Starks and Action find a way to win the war?

 

AEW honors and remembers Jay Briscoe.

Jay Briscoe himself once said, “Pro-wrestling’s in our soul. This is what we were created to do, man.” ROH is how he feeds his family, it is part of his life. And his family had his back. Jay & Mark are ROH legends, but even more than all the titles they held, Jay held family above all else. There isn’t a person in ROH or AEW who doesn’t respect, love and miss Jay Briscoe. #ThankYouJay.

 

AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Buddy Matthews w/ Julia Hart!

The Relentless One continues to be a fighting champion, and he wants to settle things with the House of Black. Darby beat Malakai, he beat Brody, but will he pull off the sweep in taking on the Aussie Juggernaut? Or will this title be the first gold for the House of Black?

AEW is picture in picture as Buddy finishes his entrance, but returns to single picture for Darby’s. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see just how relentless Darby truly is!

The fans rally up for Darby at the bell. Buddy takes off his mask to reveal he has skull face paint to copy Darby. They circle, but then Julia gets on the apron. Darby is distracted and Buddy V-TRIGGERS him out of the ring! Buddy goes out to RAM Darby into railing, and then RAM him into more railing! Buddy puts Darby back in the ring, storms up, and knees low! Buddy TOSSES Darby to a corner and Darby bounces off buckles. Darby flounders out of the ring but Buddy goes to the apron. Darby blocks the Penalty Kick! Darby trips Buddy and Buddy hits the apron hard! Darby gest back in the ring, builds speed, and he DIVES!

But Buddy catches Darby for a suplex to the apron! Then Buddy drags Darby up for an APRON BACK SUPLEX! And then Buddy drags Darby out to SWING him into the railing! And again! And then a RAILING- RANA! Darby sends Buddy into railing and fans fire up! The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 as Buddy flounders back into the ring. Darby drags Buddy back out, RAMS him into the railing, then gets back in the ring. Buddy grabs Darby’s leg but Darby kicks free with the other. But Buddy YANKS the apron skirt to trip Darby up! Darby clutches his leg, but he rolls to the far side. The ref keeps Buddy back but Sting is concerned.

Buddy goes to the corner, climbs up, and APRON METEORAS!! Buddy pushes Darby into the ring, covers, TWO!! Darby survives but Buddy puts him in the corner. Buddy wraps the bad leg around the ropes to pull, but Darby rakes eyes! The ref counts, both men let go, but Darby goes up so he can hit the THROWBACK STUNNER! Buddy flops out of the ring, and now Darby climbs the corner! Darby SUPER COFFIN DROPS!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Darby forces himself back up, and he puts Buddy in the ring. But then the lights go out! And when they’re back, BRODY AND MALAKAI are here!

Sting has his baseball bat, he’s keeping them from approaching, but then ORTIZ runs out! Ortiz kendo stick SMACKS Brody on the back! Malakai BOOTS Ortiz down and rains down fists! Sting SMACKS Brody with the bat! And again! But Buddy has Darby for a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives and fans are thunderous! Ortiz and Malakai are brawling up the ramp, with Julia hurrying after, as AEW goes picture in picture!

Buddy stands back up and he looms over Darby. Buddy drags Darby up, but Darby resists the abdominal stretch. Buddy still pulls Darby’s arm back, but Darby pops free and climbs up around to a SLEEPER! Buddy endures, and he RAMS Darby into buckles! Darby holds on and he leans on the hold! Buddy fights back up, and he runs to CANNONBALL into the corner! Both men are down as Darby lets go of the hold! Buddy stomps Darby, CLUBS him, then drags him up again. Buddy trips Darby, ties up the legs, and Dynamite goes to break.

Dynamite returns and Darby has Buddy up top. Buddy resists the superplex and he SUNSET FLIPS, but Darby holds on! Buddy then tucks Darby in, only for Darby to kick at him! Buddy blocks that kick, Electric Chair Lifts, but Darby throws hands! Darby has Buddy dropping to his knees! But then Buddy fights up, only for Darby to POISON-RANA! Buddy flounders all the way out of the ring! Fans fire up, Darby goes out and he RAMS Buddy into railing! Darby SLAMS Buddy against the railing again and again, then lets off with a snarl. Darby drags Buddy up, puts him back in the ring, and Darby climbs up the corner.

Buddy stands, Darby leaps, CROSSBODY! But Buddy rolls through to a cover, TWO! Darby gets around, CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Buddy survives and fans fire up again! A standing count begins and fans say “This is Awesome!” Both men stir at 5 of 10, slowly rise at 6, drag themselves up the ropes, and stand before 8. Darby throws a hand but Buddy fires off a strike fest! Kick, stomp to the foot, and then the knee, but Darby avoids it to fire off his own strike fest! Darby hops on, but Buddy shrugs off Code Red! Backslide, TWO, but Buddy SOBATS! Buddy drags Darby up, BUCKLE BOMB! And then CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO!!!

Darby survives and fans are thunderous again! Buddy is frustrated, but he drags Darby back up. Buddy reels Darby in, pump handles, but Darby wheelbarrows to a victory roll! TWO!! Darby hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Darby hurries to a corner while Buddy is down! Fans fire up as Darby climbs, but Buddy trips Darby up! Buddy turns Darby around, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Darby fights the superplex with body shots, but Buddy gives body shots back. Buddy suplexes again, but Darby shifts around to make it a SUPER SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Buddy’s under the ropes, Darby has to drag him away! Cover, TWO!!! Buddy survives and no one can believe it!

Darby climbs back up but Buddy goes to the apron. Darby SLAPS Buddy, SLAPS him again, and again! Then BOOTS him! Darby adjusts while Buddy is in the ropes! GUILLOTINE COFFIN DROP!!! Cover, Darby wins!!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

And with that, Darby checks off the last member of the House of Black! Tony Schiavone is with the Relentless One in the ring, and he says it is quite the run Darby is on. He is on a great win streak, including the Trios win alongside The Great Muta in Muta’s last Pro-Wrestling NOAH match. And all the consecutive title defenses, from Mike Bennett to Juice Robinson to Kushida, and now Buddy Matthews. Four in a row, all stemming from Darby’s amazing in against Samoa Joe in Seattle. But speaking of Joe, he’s on the tron! “Darby~! Little dead boy, little dead boy, what ever have you done?

“It was said that in the kingdoms of old, crimes of theft were punished by having your hand cut off.” But Joe tells Darby that in the Kingdom of the Joe, the One True King of Television, he will take everything from Darby. Darby’s gold, what he STOLE from Joe, feels comfortable and right. But know this: Joe is coming to take back what’s his. The King will not be usurped by a man like Darby! And Darby will learn that winning that TNT title was the greatest mistake of his career. “The King has spoken.” The ROH World Television Champion wants what Darby has, but when and where will they face off again?

 

Adam Cole speaks.

“The past six months, my entire recovery process, it was very much one step forward and two steps back. But today, today is a giant step forward. No one has any idea how much I missed being here. Seeing the crew, hearing the roar of the fans, just being in this ring for the first time in a very, very long time, it feels good. And it’s showing me that all this hard work, all this determination, it is paying off. I know I’m not exactly where I’d like to be yet, but every single day, I am working towards getting back and becoming a brand new Adam Cole.

“Tonight, I’m going to be able to rest easy, knowing that I got the chance to step into this AEW ring. Tonight, I’m gonna sleep easy knowing that there’s a roster full of some of the best pro-wresters on the planet that I’m gonna have the chance to tangle with. I don’t know exactly when that day is yet, but I promise you, that day is coming soon.” Adam Cole looks to the AEW Revolution sign in the arena. Can Cole make March 5th undisputed?

 

Is that Jeff Hardy’s music?!

It is! But wait, Matt Hardy and Ethan Page walk out. Ethan has them cut the music. He and Stokely Hathaway are upset that they played the wrong music. But don’t boo, Ethan and Matt are gonna look great! Ethan even gave Hardy back the Twist of Fate! But we all agreed as a team, Ethan is the star of the show! Right, Isiah? Stokely adds, “Ain’t that right, Isiah?” Isiah Kassidy says, “Hell nah!” What did he say!? “I said… Hell. Nah!” Stokely unbuttons Kassidy’s jacket to reveal the Ethan Page shirt. Why’s he wearing that, then? Stokely tells Kassidy to put the chain on him. Oh, wait, he’ll put it in a way Kassidy can understand: “Put my chain on, dead ass.”

Ethan says while that’s happening, play the RIGHT music! Ethan’s theme plays, All Ego and Hardy head to the ring. Will The Firm DELETE Jack Perry & the FTW Champion? Or will they regret wanting them to #SendJungleHook?

#JungleHook VS Ethan Page & Matt Hardy w/ Stokely Hathaway!

The teams sort out and JB starts against Hardy. But then Ethan tags in and fans boo. Ethan turns around into a CHOP! And a CHOP! JB whips, Ethan reverses but JB ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! JB wrenches Ethan’s arm, but Ethan pulls hair to put JB in the corner. Hardy tags in but JB gets away. Hook steps in and the young studs stare down Ethan & Hardy. Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE!” and fans chant along. Ethan pie faces Hook, but then runs away! #JungleHook DOUBLE ELBOW Hardy down! Hook then chases after Ethan while JB throws hands on Hardy! Ethan swings on Hook but Hook ducks under to clinch!

Ethan elbows free and SMACKS Hook off the apron! Ethan then reels Hook in, Canadian Racks, but Hook slips free and JB DIVES to take out Ethan! Fans fire up as Jungle Hook forearm bump. JB gets in, but Hardy clinches him! JB fights free with elbows, then whips Hardy to ropes. Hardy reverses but JB KICKS him! JB runs but Ethan trips him up! Fans boo but Hardy RAMS JB into the corner! Hardy puts JB up top, tags Ethan, and they work together, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM, to a DOUBLE STALLING SUPLEX! Ethan and Hardy high-five, then Ethan drags JB back up. Ethan bumps JB off buckles while AEW goes picture in picture.

JB falls over and Ethan looms over him. Ethan drags JB up, ROCKS him with a forearm, and JB ends up in the corner. Tag to Hardy and Ethan digs his boot in. Hardy drags JB up to bump him off buckles again and again and again and again! Hardy lets off to throw up the V1, then he drags JB up. Hardy DECKS JB, then has him in the corner again. Hardy has JB in the ropes, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Ethan gives a thumbs up while JB flounders around. Hardy drags JB to a cover, TWO! Hardy drags JB up, JB throws hands, but Hardy CLUBS him down! Hardy drags JB up, wrenches him and RAMS shoulders.

Hardy stands JB up again to RAM shoulders again. Hardy wrenches, YANKS JB’s arm, then keeps him from Hook. JB still reaches out, but Hardy drags JB away for an ELBOW BREAKER! And another, and another, and another! Hardy wrenches the arm, ARMBAR DDT! cover, TWO! Hardy stays between JB and Hook, then drags JB to the corner. Hardy bumps JB off buckles, tags in Ethan, and they mug JB. Ethan wrenches, RAMS shoulders, then clamps onto JB’s arm with a double wristlock. JB endures and Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally but Ethan wrenches JB again. Tag to Hardy and Hardy goes up, for the AX HANDLE to the arm!

Ethan wants to try that! Hardy drags JB over, tags Ethan in, and Ethan goes up. Ethan plays it up then jumps, but JB kicks Ethan down! JB rolls over Ethan’s back to whip Hardy out of the ring! JB then slips under Ethan to hot tag Hook! Ethan realizes he’s in danger, and he turns around into a LARIAT! Hook waistlocks, gut wrenches, EL CAMINO! Hardy gets up but Hook BLASTS him off the apron! Hook goes back to Ethan to waistlock but Ethan elbows free. Ethan swings, but into the T-BONE! Fans fire up, Hook tags JB in. Hook and JB double whip, but Ethan holds ropes. Hook runs in but is sent to the apron!

JB runs in but Ethan BOOTS him! Hook grabs Ethan at the ropes, but Hardy YANKS Hook down! Hardy RAMS Hook into apron, Ethan storms up on JB, but JB cradles Ethan! TWO!! Ethan clinches but JB JAWBREAKERS! Ethan staggers, Hardy tags in, and Hardy runs, but JB ducks ‘n’ dodges! Springboard, into the SIDE EFFECT! Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE!” and JB stands up. TWIST- WAIT, Ethan wants the tag?! Fans boo, Hardy has this on his own! But Hardy does as he’s told and tags Ethan! Ethan grins as he drags JB back up. Ethan goes for the Twist, but gets tripped up! JB has the SNARE TRAP!!

Ethan endures, Stokely freaks out, and Hardy reaches out! Ethan crawls, but Hook trips Hardy in return! Ethan taps, JUNGLE HOOK WINS!

Winners: #JungleHook, by submission

All Ego just lost because of that ego! These cold-hearted, handsome devils are undefeated at 2-0, will they think of making this a regular thing?

 

Billy Gunn, The Acclaimed & The Gunn Sons are in family therapy.

The AEW therapist asks who would like to start, and Billy says he should, as he called for this. He will address the biggest issue: When did Austin & Colten “become so entitled, and just spoiled brats?” Austin says, “I’m sorry if I forget. When did you have anything to do with how we were raised? Our entire childhood, you were on the road 320 days out of the year.” Colten says that the “dream of having the tag titles with them (The Acclaimed) was supposed to be with us, and you (Billy) ditched us.” Billy’s sons always come second to him, so when are they going to be first? Never, it seems.

Anthony Bowens speaks up. “I think you two are the biggest pieces of sh*t I have ever met in my entire life. And I mean that.” But Austin & Colten do have the opportunity to mend that. They had all the time in the world to make up for that time they missed with their dad, and the second Billy showed The Acclaimed even a little bit of attention, they couldn’t control their jealousy and put hands on him. That’s where The Acclaimed stepped in. That’s why Billy adopted The Acclaimed. Max Caster agrees, and that is why he has no sympathy for Austin & Colten. “You think you can be The Acclaimed, you want to be the champions, but you can’t do what we do.”

Gunn Club, Billy, Austin & Colten all together, they would’ve been fine, but they wouldn’t have been what this is now. They wouldn’t have the top merchandise. That’s funny coming from Caster. Who helped Caster when Bowens was in a wheelchair? The Gunns. And yet in Caster’s raps, he had the nerve to call them “Ass Boys.” They were all supposed to be friends. And then when Bowens finally got out of the wheelchair, he hits Austin in the head with a crutch! And yet, Austin & Colten are the bad guys? That’s somehow their fault? Bowens says not to rewrite history, but they start arguing. Billy and the therapist calm this all down.

Billy gets both points, he really does. But Austin & Colten took the easy way out! What happened to them? Colten says their faults as sons are Billy’s failures as a father. Billy takes a breath. This has to get resolved, this is getting to be too much, and Billy can’t handle it. What is it the Gunns want? What would make them happy? The AEW World Tag Team Championships. Austin & Colten leave, and reconciliation seems impossible. Is fighting the only thing left that can end this?

 

Backstage interview with Hangman Page.

Renee Paquette again interviews The Cowboy, and says that after talking last week, something stuck with her. She asked Hangman what was next for him, and he gave a rather vague response. She wants to know if he’ll be more specific this week about what he wants to accomplish. Hangman says that sometimes, Renee asks questions “that we really don’t want to answer.” And without getting too into his personal life and keeping it to wrestling, the more Hangman looks forward, he can’t help but see back. Back to Ohio, where this all started with him and Jon Moxley. And Hangman sees now that he and Moxley are 1-1.

And Hangman knows now that next week, AEW will be in Dayton, Ohio. So the next thing Hangman would like to try and do would be the impossible: knockout Jon Moxley in Ohio. But then Wheeler Yuta walks in to tell Hangman that he has one thing right: it IS impossible for Hangman to knockout Moxley in Ohio. But while Moxley isn’t cleared to compete tonight, Moxley will be ready for next week, and he accepts the challenge. Well, good. But speaking of challenges, Hangman sure is running his mouth a lot about a guy who isn’t cleared, so how about he face YUTA on Rampage?

Hangman says sure, but he has a question for Yuta: “Why do you think what happened to Jon isn’t gonna happen to you, too?” Hangman tells the Decoder he’ll see him Friday, will the Cowboy make an example out of him before going for the tiebreaker with Moxley?

 

Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana!

The race to becoming #1 contender continues for the American Dragon! He just has to win all the way through February 8th in two weeks, but he’s running into The Machine! MJF gave Cage a fat stack of cash as reason to break Danielson, will he come through for the AEW World Champion?

The bell rings and fans rally behind Danielson. Bryan stares down with Brian, they circle, and then tie up. Cage shoves Bryan away and Bryan goes to a corner. Cage flexes and grins but Bryan comes back. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. They go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength, but of course Cage has the advantage there. Bryan fights back up, rolls, breaks one knuckle lock and drop toeholds. Cage stays up, so Bryan grabs the leg to KICK it! Cage hobbles to a corner, but he snarls as he resets with Bryan. They tie up, Cage powers Bryan to a corner, and he RAMS a shoulder in! And again, and again!

Cage CHOPS Bryan, CHOPS him again, then stalks Bryan to a corner. Bryan CHOPS, fires off body shots and KICKS, but the ref counts. Cage shoves Bryan away before 4! Cage then grabs a leg, drags Bryan around, but Bryan slips under the lariat to crucifix takedown! TWO, but Bryan holds on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES!” with each shot, but Cage just powers up to a fireman’s carry! But Bryan slips free to get the arm! LEBELL LOCK! Cage endures, reaches out, crawls forward, and reaches with a foot for the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go and Cage bails out. Bryan runs to WRECK Cage with a dropkick!

Bryan keeps moving, he DIVES and sends Cage into railing! Bryan gets in the ring again, goes up the corner, and he SUPER CROSSBODIES! Direct hit and down goes Cage! Fans fire up with Bryan while Nana coaches Cage on. Bryan stands Cage up to KICK him against the apron, and KICK again! And again! Bryan puts Cage in, climbs the corner again, but Cage gets under the leap! Bryan comes back into a trophy lift! And a TOSS into the corner! Fans boo while Cage shouts, “Who betta than Cage?!” Cage goes corner to corner to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI, and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bryan flounders away, clutching an arm.

Bryan goes to the apron, Cage goes out and drags him up. Nana talks trash as Cage hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Fans boo, the ref checks Bryan, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Bryan writhes but he’s still in this. Cage drags Bryan around, stomps him, then drags him up. Cage THROWS Bryan into railing, and Bryan again clutches his arm. Bryan flops over while Cage soaks up the heat. Cage drags Bryan up, hammerlocks the arm, and RAMS him into railing! Bryan clutches his shoulder and Cage soaks up more heat. Cage drags Bryan up and puts him in the ring, then drags him to the apron. Cage holds out the bad arm to KICK it! Bryan clutches the bicep while Cage gets in the ring. Cage drags Bryan up to clinch and COMPLETE SHOT! Bryan writhes, Cage soaks up more heat, and Cage flexes.

Cage stalks Bryan, ROCKS him with a forearm, and CHOPS him in the corner! And CHOPS again! Bryan staggers but Cage grabs him for a MOUNTED ARMBAR! Cage bends the fingers and twists the wrist! Bryan endures, so Cage wrenches to an ARMBAR DDT! Cover, TWO! Bryan is still in this but Cage says he’s gonna break that arm! Cage swaggers around while talking trash, and he clamps on another double wristlock! Bryan endures as Cage cranks the hold! Bryan fights up and reaches out for ropes, but then Cage drags him up to add a BEARHUG to the mix! Dynamite returns to single picture as fans rally and Bryan endures!

Bryan throws headbutt after headbutt after headbutt and fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” Cage lets go, Bryan KICKS his leg! And KICKS him in the chest! KICK after KICK and Bryan backs Cage down! Bryan goes to whip but Cage blocks! Bryan’s bad arm lets go, and Cage CLOBBERS Bryan in the corner! Cage whips Bryan corner to corner, but Bryan goes up and over- NO, Cage catches Bryan! SHOULDER BREAKER! Cage soaks up the heat and he goes to the ropes. Cage drags Bryan up as Nana says it’s time to go to sleep! DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Bryan writhes while Cage continues to soak up the heat. Cage says he’s gonna do one more!

Bryan is back on the apron, Cage drags him back up. Cage waistlocks for a DEADLIFT GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Nana is furious but the ref defends his count. Bryan is still in this and fans rally up, but Cage puts Bryan up in the corner. Cage tucks him in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Cage goes up the corner from the outside, puts one out on Bryan’s back, but Bryan holds the ropes! Bryan SCORPION KICKS, then CLUBS the legs! Bryan throws forearms on Cage, but Cage shoves him down! Bryan comes back to DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Cage wobbles up top! Bryan climbs up and brings Cage up, for a SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Bryan fires up as he rises up! Cage sits up, into “YES!” kicks! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up, BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Cage is still in this but Bryan grabs the arms! DRAGON STOMPS! But the bad arm hurts, so Bryan shifts to a TRIANGLE HODL! But Cage deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan drops to pick the ankle, ANKLE LOCK! Cage endures, Bryan reels him in, leg-trapped GERMAN SUPLEX! But Cage is right up to SUPERKICK! Bryan ROLLING ELBOWS! Cage DISCUS into a ROUNDHOUSE! Cage still comes back, but Bryan ducks the discus, goes corner to corner, BUSAIKU- NO, Cage catches Bryan for a BUCKLE BOMB!

Cage then gets Bryan up again, POWERBOMB! High stack, to a deadlift, but Bryan sunset flips! Bryan has the high stack, BRYAN WINS!!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

The undefeated streak in 2023 continues! Bryan is 5-0 with just two more matches to go! But Cage CLOBBERS Bryan! Fans boo but Cage stomps away on Bryan! Cage drags Bryan up to the Gory Especial, for WEAPON X!! Fans boo but here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion goes right to ringside, he stops the timekeeper from ringing the bell, and he puts his belt down on the table. MJF shoves the tech out of the way to grab that guy’s chair! MJF has Cage drag Bryan up, and Cage throws Bryan to the floor! MJF hands the chair over to Cage and Cage sits it up. Cage puts Bryan’s arm through the chair!

Cage aims for the corner, and he POSTS Bryan’s arm!! Bryan’s arm gets smashed in the vice! Cage then puts Bryan back in the ring for MJF. Fans are torn as MJF circles around Bryan. MJF stands on Bryan’s bad arm and digs his boot in! Then MJF rains down fists on Bryan! Fans boo more, but MJF just roars! Cage returns with the chair, and he puts that chair around Bryan’s bad arm again! MJF goes up the corner while Cage holds Bryan down. But KONOSUKE TAKESHITA runs out! The Future promised to have Bryan’s back, so here he is! MJF runs away like the coward he is, but Cage brawls with Konosuke!

Cage ROCKS Konosuke, but Konosuke ROCKS Cage! Cage mule kicks, front kicks, but Konosuke dodges to JUMP KNEE!! Cage bails out and Nana has him retreat. Nana says Konosuke is a “stupid kid” and he’ll get what he deserves, but what about Bryan? Did MJF’s mercenary do enough damage to get the job done? Or can Bryan still make it through and be the #1 contender?

 

Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.

Renee is with Bryan in the trainer’s room to get a medical update. Doc Sampson says Bryan’s got a partially subluxation to the shoulder joint, AKA it’s not good. So what does that mean for the immediate future? In Sampson’s opinion- Bryan says he doesn’t care what Sampson thinks! Can he wrestle or not? Sampson hesitates, so Bryan shouts, “CAN I WRESTLE OR CAN I NOT WRESTLE!?” Sampson says at this point, no! But Bryan says, “Yes I can!” Sampson says it’s a partial sub-whatever, Bryan doesn’t care if it’s dislocated! Bryan wrestled SIXTY GADDAMN MINUTES with a separated shoulder!! “Ain’t nobody stopping me from wrestling!”

Bryan tells “Max” that while he claims there’s some monster, Bryan just sees fear! MJF is afraid of getting hurt, of being exposed, and that Bryan will take the one thing MJF cares most about in this world in the AEW World Championship! But when Bryan does, he won’t just expose MJF. Bryan will show that what’s really behind MJF’s mask is a fraud. And then, the person who will be and should be AEW World Champion is Bryan Danielson! Bryan tells Sampson that he’s not stopping Bryan from wrestling ever again. Bryan heads out, but is this a move that plays right into MJF’s hands?

 

Toni Storm VS Ruby Soho!

As they say, “Card subject to change.” What was meant to be a Triple Threat cannot be as Britt Baker is out with injury. But that’s more than okay with these two! They don’t like Britt, and after Storm turned on Willow Nightingale, Soho doesn’t like Storm, either! Will there be #NoFuture for #ToniTime? Or will Destination Unknown be struck by the Lightning From Down Under?

The bell rings and fans rally as Storm and Soho circle. They tie up, go around, go along the ropes, and in a corner. The roundabout ends with Soho in control, but Storm shoves her away. Soho storms back up but Storm bails out. Storm lets things cool off and then steps back into the ring. They circle, Soho rushes in but Storm throws her down by her hair! Soho gets right up to shove Storm but Storm shoves her back. Soho throws a forearm but Storm gives it back! Fans fire up as the shots go back and forth, and Soho gets the edge! But Storm stomps Soho’s foot, runs the ropes, and BOOTS Soho down!

Fans duel as Storm scowls and stalks Soho to a corner. Storm digs her boots in, lets off, then drags Soho up. TORNADO- NO, Soho powers out, then spins Storm around to ROCK, CHOP and repeat! Soho has Storm in the corner for even more! The ref counts, Soho reels back, but Storm puts up her guard! Soho waits, Storm lowers her guard, and Soho ROCKS her! Soho drags Storm out to whip but Storm reverses. Soho goes up to catch Storm, but Storm throws her to the apron! Storm swings but Soho counter punches! Soho steps up but Storm pie faces her down! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Soho to the floor!

Fans boo but Storm just grins. Storm goes to the apron and mockingly asks what happened. Storm then stand Soho up to CHOP! Fans rally for Soho but Storm whips her into railing! And then into the apron! Storm POSTS Soho and Soho falls, but Storm drags her back up. Storm whips Soho into railing hard! Soho writhes while Storm goes into the ring to soak up the heat. Storm again acts like she doesn’t know what’s wrong, while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Soho crawls her way over to the ring but Storm wants the count. The count begins, but Soho drags her way over. Storm paces around, Soho gets in at 5 of 10, but Storm stands on her! The ref counts, Storm steps off quickly, and then she drags Soho up. Storm CHOPS again, but Soho eggs her on! Storm CHOPS again, and again, and then ROCKS Soho with a forearm! Soho goes to a corner, Storm stands her up to UPPERCUT! Storm TOSSES Soho across the way, then storms up, only for Ruby to kick her low. Storm stomps a mudhole into Soho! Storm scowls as she lets off, and then she digs her knee in!

The ref counts, Storm lets off at 4, and Soho sputters to the ropes. Storm CHOKES Soho on the ropes with both knees! The ref counts, Storm lets off, and then she drags Soho up. Snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Storm shakes her head, not understanding why Soho’s fighting so hard. Storm kicks her around, stands on Soho’s fingers, and then CLUBS Soho down. Storm clamps onto Soho with a seated full nelson! Soho endures and fans rally up. Soho fights to her feet, but Storm thrashes her back down! Storm leans on the hold but Soho still endures. Soho fights back to her feet and Dynamite returns to single picture.

Fans rally for Soho and she runs to RAM Storm into buckles! Soho elbows Storm, goes up and hits DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Storm staggers, Soho reels her in, SAIDO! Soho drags Storm up, to SAIDO again! Storm stagger sup, into palm strikes and a SOBAT! Front KICK, STO! Fans fire up with Soho as she has a wild look in her eyes! Soho spins Storm around, reels her in, and clinches, but Storm rolls Soho up with tights! TWO!! Storm knees low, reels Soho in, but Soho wrenches out to NO FUTURE KICK! Storm goes down, Soho covers, TWO!! Storm survives and Soho is frustrated. But Soho drags Storm into a drop zone!

Soho climbs the corner as fans fire up. Soho aims, and SUPER- NO, she has to bail out of the senton as Storm moves! Soho blocks a kick to KNEE Storm back! Storm clutches her nose and goes to ropes! The ref has Soho stay back as Storm holds her nose. It was broken once before, did it get broken again? Fans boo, they don’t trust this. Soho isn’t sure what to do, she didn’t want to hurt Storm. But then Storm YANKS Soho into ropes! It WAS a fake-out! And then Storm GERMAN SUPLEXES Soho! Fans boo more as Storm smiles and breathes just fine. Storm then runs corner to corner, SWEET HIP MUSIC!! And then TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!!

Soho survives and fans fire up while Storm loses her mind! Storm drags Soho up and reels her in, but BRITT BAKER is here?!? Injured or not, The Doctor is still gonna show up on AEW! Storm snarls at the DMD, but turns around into DESTINATION UNKNOWN! Cover, Soho wins!!

Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall

Again, injured or not, Britt had an effect on this match! The homegrown star tipped the scales in Soho’s favor, have the battle lines been drawn?

 

MJF speaks.

“My apologies that I’m speaking to you people in a dimly lit locker room, but unfortunately, some people, ah, they just can’t seem to control their emotions around here. Granted, I’m not the first Jew that had to hide from a man with blue eyes, now am I? Takeshita! Yeah, that’s right, big man, I know how to pronounce your name. Granted, I still think ‘Take-a-shit-a’ is freakin’ hilarious. But hey, I can’t force the fans to have taste. But I have taste, Takeshita. I think you’re really talented, man. Inside that squared circle, you are very, very talented. But unfortunately, up top, you’re a little bit smooth-brain. You think it’s a good idea to dance with the devil, and I am here to tell you, you can’t match my tempo. So stay out of my business, or there will be consequences.

“Speaking of, Bryan Danielson! The American Dragon! How’s that wing of yours doing, bud? Bet it’s hanging on by a thread. But no, you’re gonna keep on going, right? You’re gonna keep on marching towards March 5th, AEW Revolution, that One Hour Ironman Match. Because you’re so brave, you’re a valiant warrior, you’re a hero! At least, that’s what the fans think of you, but I know better. See, I know you’re obsessed. Just like I’m obsessed with Triple B, the AEW World Championship. See, this belt gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Because this belt stands for the simple fact that all my blood, sweat, hard work, tears, and my sins, they were all worth it.

“This belt turns my catchphrase into a fact! This belt does make me better than you, and you know it. This belt is the only thing in my life that makes me feel whole. And you wanna take that away from me, Bryan? Why? Don’t you have enough, man? Loving family, adoring fanbase, first ballot Hall of Fame career, but no. You need to take away from Max! I know the real reason why, Bryan. It’s because just like me, you’ve got a hole in your soul and you’re trying to fill it. But I’m not the one to get that job done, Bryan. Nah, not by a long shot. Bad things happen to people that mess with MJF in this company.

“Matter of fact, I remember knocking out some big British guy. Kinda looked like Ellen DeGeneres on meth. The name’s on the tip of my tongue. Ah, it’s not important. What is important is this: Tonight was just the tip of the iceberg, and if you keep trying to take away the one thing in this world that brings me happiness, you’re gonna find out that tonight was only physical pain, and physical pain is fleeting. You don’t want me to get to the mental pain, Bryan. Because that really leaves a scar.

“Now this week, Tony Khan has issued out an open contract to any man to fight you on next week’s Dynamite. So I made a phone call to a man who loves inflicting pain. A man who gets off on scientifically dismantling men limb from limb. It’s been a fun ride, Dragon. But I’m afraid it’s over. Roll the clip.” MJF’s next mercenary: TIMOTHY THATCHER!! He just won in brutal fashion in Pro-Wrestling Noah, and he really does enjoy hurting his opponents! Will Thatcher do the dirty work of MJF and tear that subluxated arm clean off?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

On top of Hangman VS Yuta, and on top of “Powerhouse” Hobbs being back in action, we will see an AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator match! Jamie Hayter takes on THE Emi Sakura!

Jamie Hayter speaks.

“In my opinion, Emi Sakura is a professional wrestling legend. The amount of times she’s broken her back for this business, bled for this business. She got her bloody head shaved for this business! She’s the kind of woman I need to be in the ring with, and I need to beat her.” Hayter knows it’s been awhile since she and Emi met in the ring, but she’s different now. And when they face off on Rampage, even the legend will understand #HayterHitsHard.

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite next week!

On top of Hangman VS Moxley, Round 3, and on top of The Acclaimed in action, we get Darby VS Joe for the AEW TNT Championship, NO HOLDS BARRED!! What won’t these two do to finally settle things?

 

Mark Briscoe VS Jay Lethal!

To honor the memory of the late, great Jay Briscoe, his brother and tag partner, as well a his long time friend and rival, will close out tonight. Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman join Excalibur on commentary for this one, because this one is for family!

AEW returns from break and Mar makes his entrance, holding onto the ROH World Tag Team Championships. Bobby Cruise makes the introductions as the emotions already well up inside Lethal and Mark. The bell rings, Lethal and Mark shake hands not just to uphold the Code of Honor, but to share in genuine emotion. The fans fire up as the two circle and tie up. Mark headlocks for a takeover, Lethal headscissors, but Mark kips free. They reset and tie up again. Mark wrenches to a wristlock, then gets a top wristlock. Lethal powers out, Mark ducks ‘n’ dodges and slides, to arm-drag Lethal down!

Fans fire up but Lethal fights up to whip Mark. Mark reverses but Lethal goes up the corner and leaps. Mark gets under that, Lethal slides under but runs into a scoop and SLAM! Mark goes for legs but Lethal kangaroo kicks him away. Lethal arm-drags now, and the two stand off. Fans applaud as the two take a moment to catch their breath and wipe their eyes. Fans rally up, Mark and Lethal tie up again. They go around, Mark puts Lethal in the ring, but Lethal turns it around. The ref counts, Lethal CHOPS! Mark stares Lethal down and says, “It’s like that?” Lethal says, “Yeah, it’s like that.” So Mark turns Lethal around to CHOP back!

Lethal nods and smiles. Mark eggs Lethal on so Lethal CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Lethal CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! They CHOP and CHOP and Mark gets the edge! Mark fires up but Lethal CHOPS and CHOPS! Lethal whips, Mark reverses and runs in to clothesline! Mark snapmares, runs and basement BOOTS! Fans fire up and Mark brings Lethal up. Mark UPPERCUTS, then whips. Lethal reverses and hip tosses! Cartwheel and basement dropkick! Fans rally as Lethal stalks Mark to ropes. Lethal brings Mark up, suplexes, but Mark slips free to waistlock. Lethal elbows free, runs, but Mark follows to forearm!

Mark reels Lethal in, fans fire up, and Mark turns Lethal for a very Jay Briscoe style NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up for the shoutout and Mark covers, TWO! Mark dares Lethal to get up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Lethal goes to the apron, Mark waits on him to get up and then storms over. Lethal clings to ropes, the ref counts, and Mark lets off. Mark goes out after Lethal to bring him up but Lethal fights the clinch. Lethal ROCKS Mark with a forearm, but Mark ROCKS Lethal back! Mark eggs Lethal on so Lethal ROCKS Mark back! Fans fire up as Mark ROCKS Lethal! Lethal ROCKS Mark, Mark shouts and ROCKS Lethal! And kicks low! And CHOPS! And then LARIATS Lethal back into the ring, only for Lethal to DROPKICK Mark off the apron! Lethal builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Mark hits railing!

Lethal paces around the way, rolls into the ring just to refresh the count, and then he goes back for Mark. Lethal brings Mark up to put him in the ring, covers, ONE! Lethal pushes Mark down again, ONE! Lethal clamps on a chinlock to grind Mark down. Mark endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Lethal snapmares and basement dropkicks Mark down! Lethal covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Lethal goes back to the chinlock and grinds Mark down again. Mark fights up, throws body shots and elbows, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Mark ROCKS Lethal, CHOPS him, then fires off fast hands! REDNECK KUNG FU!

Mark whips Lethal corner to corner but Lethal reverses. Mark goes up and out, ROCKS Lethal, then UPPERCUTS! The Redneck Kung Fu is hard to beat! Mark goes up top, leaps, FLYING CHOP! Fans are thunderous for Mark but Lethal waistlocks! Mark elbows free then PELES! Lethal goes to a corner, Mark runs in, and he SPLASHES! Mark puts Lethal up top, power sup, and UPPERCUTS again! Mark then crosses Lethal’s arms, for an ICONOCLASM! Cover, TWO!! Lethal survives but Mark pounds the mat. Fans rally up behind him, Mark drags Lethal up and tucks the arms! But Lethal fights the lift!

Mark tries to lift Lethal but he resists, so Mark SLAPS Lethal! And CLUBS him! Mark turns Lethal again but Lethal slips free, BACKBREAKER to COMPLETE SHOT! The Lethal Combination hits! Cover, TWO! Mark is still in this and fans rally up behind him. Lethal stomps a leg, steps through, but Mark rolls Lethal up! TWO, and Lethal BOOTS Mark! Then SCREW HIGH KICKS! Lethal suplexes, but Mark fights it! Lethal tries again, and GOURD BUSTERS! Lethal handsprings, LETHAL INJECTION!! But Mark rolls all the way out of the ring! Fans are thunderous and Lethal can’t believe it! Lethal goes out and he fetches Mark.

Lethal drags Mark up and to the ring but fans rally. Mark karate chops Lethal again and again! But Lethal RAMS him into railing! Mark flops to the timekeeper’s table, Lethal CLUBS him down. Lethal lines up a shot, and he puts Mark on the table. Lethal goes to the corner and climbs up!? Fans are already freaking out, but Mark gets in the ring! Lethal hops down but Mark DECKS him! Mark builds speed to WRECK Lethal with a dropkick! Fans fire up with Mark as he is on the apron., and he RUNNING BLOCKBUSTERS to the floor! Fans are thunderous as Mark ROCKS Lethal and puts him on the table!

Mark goes to the corner and he climbs up top! Fans are thunderous for the SUPER FROGGY-BOW through the table!!! Fans lose their minds and give a standing ovation for that one! Mark throws things aside, including a chair, and the ref has to get that chair out of the ring. Mark puts Lethal in the ring, “This is Awesome!” as Mark covers, TWO!?!? Lethal is still in this and Mark can’t believe it! Mark drags Lethal up, underhooks, but Lethal NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Mark still has the arms hooked! But Lethal escapes by slipping out underneath! Lethal handsprings, but Mark follows! LARIAT!!

Mark drags Lethal up, he underhooks the arms, but Lethal wrenches out, into another LARIAT! Mark finally has the underhooks, JAY DRILLER!!! Cover, Mark wins!!

Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall

The standing ovation is back, Mark wins this one for his brother! On what would’ve been Jay’s 39th birthday, we all celebrate the life, career, passion, dedication and love of Jay Briscoe. The combined AEW and ROH roster is on stage to join the standing ovation as Lethal and Mark hug it out. Lethal then goes up the ramp, he hugs it out with Sonjay Dutt, and Mark celebrates with the fans. Mark then hugs it out with Christopher Daniels, Tony Khan, and even Rush and BJ Whitmer. #ThankYouJayBriscoe, we will always remember you.


My Thoughts:

A great episode, but made even better by Warner Brothers Discovery letting off on their anti-Briscoe stance in the wake of Jay’s passing. Mark VS Lethal was such a great match, especially in terms of honoring Jay. There will still be a bigger, more ROH based tribute show via Honor Club, but I almost feel like nothing else could top what we got. We also got a good promo from Adam Cole to further hype his return, and I think Revolution is a good target to aim for. Another month is a good amount of time to prepare, but he’d have to find an opponent to face pretty quickly to make sure they can put it on the card and advertise it.

Great opening tag match, and of course the JAS cheat to get the win. The feud between them and Starks-Andretti is far from over, but I think there has to be one last 1v1 of Starks VS Jericho to really settle it. Great TNT title match from Darby VS Buddy, with great overbooking of Sting and Ortiz getting after Malakai and Brody. This very well could be how Ortiz proves to Eddie Kingston that he was never in cahoots with The House of Black, but maybe Eddie just thinks this was a fake-out. Pretty funny swerve with the theme music for Ethan & Hardy VS Jungle Hook. Great match, too, and good booking of the finish. Jungle Hook really could become a full-time team, fans love them both anyway.

And then Darby VS Joe being set up next week, TNT title under No Holds Barred, holy crap that’s going to be awesome. They’re going to go above and beyond, and that could mean either guy wins. But at the same time, it’d be a shame for Darby only holding onto the title for a month just to give Joe another double title run. Darby will surely win, and I would love if Hobbs showed up after to attack and stake his claim to the title. Darby VS Hobbs could be awesome stuff, and probably set for Revolution to really add to that PPV.

Good “therapy” promo from Acclaimed and Gunn Club. I’m with Daddy Ass, those were good points from both sides, and of course this is about the tag titles. Acclaimed will surely win their tag match next week, only for Gunns to attack them like they did with FTR to get at them. Acclaimed VS Gunns could happen at Revolution, but they’d really have to stretch this out somehow. Good promo from Hangman and I’m surprised we’re getting Hangman VS Moxley Round 3 so soon. And still not Unsanctioned No Holds Barred like I expected. Hangman VS Yuta will be a great match for Rampage, and I would think Hangman will win that.

Great stuff from Bryan VS Brian, and of course we get both Bryan winning but his arm being viciously attacked. Konosuke making the save was great, though he could’ve gotten out there a bit sooner. Good promo from MJF to call both Konosuke and Bryan out, and I would love to see Konosuke VS Cage at some point. Bryan had a great promo to tell off Doc Sampson and MJF, and Bryan will definitely find a way to win his next two matches. Bryan winning with one arm, then wrestling against MJF for an hour with one arm, that’s gonna be some powerful stuff. But somehow, someway, MJF is surely winning at Revolution.

Good promo from Hayter to call out Emi Sakura, and that will be a real good match for Rampage. And great stuff from Soho VS Storm in place of the Triple Threat we were supposed to get. Britt Baker’s injury is being kept under wraps, but it clearly wasn’t too serious since she was able to show up and distract Storm. Tony Khan has been quoted as saying the Triple Threat will happen when Britt is 100%, and maybe it’ll name a #1 contender to Hayter’s title for Revolution. At the same time, Shida has to get in on this story after finding herself stuck between Saraya & Storm with their “We’re better cuz we got started before AEW” and the fact AEW got her international success.

My Score: 8.9/10


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It’s a Championship Summit!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

The Prodigy goes face-to-face-to-face with her challengers!

Before battling in a Triple Threat over the NXT Women’s Championship, Roxanne Perez will meet with Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne for a Championship Summit! Will things stay civil? Or will tonight be Toxic?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tiffany Stratton VS Indi Hartwell; Stratton wins.
  • JD McDonagh VS Andre Chase w/ Chase U; McDonagh wins.
  • Fallon Henley & Kiana James w/ Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley; Fallon & Kiana win.
  • The Creed Brothers VS Drew Gulak & Hank Walker; The Creed Brothers win.
  • Wendy Choo VS Elektra Lopez; Lopez wins.
  • NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Alba Fyre & ???; Carter & Chance win and retain the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

Grayson Waller had an Instagram story.

The 21st Century Success Story wanted to have some fun on Monday with “Bland Breakker,” so he went to the Performance Center to talk trash and find the NXT Champion. NXT Anonymous was also watching as Waller called out Bron. Trainers and trainees told Waller to stand down but Waller kept barking. Then he started throwing water bottles! Bron stormed out after Waller, and more cams caught the brawl that broke down! Waller and Bron were separated for just a moment before getting at each other again! It took everyone in the PC to get these two to stop, will tonight be even more explosive?

 

Tiffany Stratton VS Indi Hartwell!

O M G, the Center of the Universe is back, couldn’t you just die? Well, maybe Tiffany will at least get her head on straight after #IndiWrestling gets through with her! Will the comeback be done before it even begins?

Indi BOOTS Tiffany off the apron! And then bumps her off the apron! Indi puts Tiffany in the ring, the bell rings, and Tiffany wants a timeout but Indi RAMS her into the corner! And again, and again! The ref counts, Indi lets off but then snapmares Tiffany. Tiffany stagger sup into another snapmare. And then into a DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Indi keeps on Tiffany but Tiffany apologizes. Tiffany offers a handshake, fans boo, but Indi grabs that hand to throw Tiffany down by it! Indi then stomps the hand and fans fire up! Tiffany shakes out her hand, and she YANKS Indi into buckles! Tiffany snarls, but runs into a roll-up! TWO!

Tiffany kicks low, runs in, but is sent right out! Indi drags Tiffany back up, but Tiffany HOTSHOTS the arm! Tiffany then throws Indi down by her hair, and knee-board sentons! Tiffany drags Indi to a cover, TWO! Tiffany is annoyed, she wrenches and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Indi clutches her arm, Tiffany pie faces her around and talks trash. Fans rally for Indi and Indi fires forearms. Tiffany kicks low, HOTSHOTS Indi again, then runs to HIP ATTACK at the ropes! Cover, TWO! Tiffany is annoyed but she drags Indi up for a wrench. Fans rally for Indi as she endures the armlock. Tiffany shifts to a top wristlock to lean on the hold.

Indi fights up as fans rally. But Tiffany wrangles Indi back down! Indi continues to endure, and she fights up again. Tiffany whips Indi to a corner, runs and handsprings, to back elbow! Tiffany wrenches and WRINGS Indi’s arm out! Tiffany keeps moving, DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Tiffany keeps on Indi with another top wristlock. Indi fights up, fans rally, but Tiffany wrangles her down again! Indi fights up, fans taunt Tiffany as a “Barbie Reject!” but Tiffany wrangles Indi again. Fans continue to rally for Indi and she fights up again, only for Tiffany to wrangle her down again. Tiffany leans on the hold but Indi endures.

Indi fights up again, and arm-drags free! Indi kicks, CLUBS, and DECKS Tiffany! Indi rallies on Tiffany with big clotheslines! Fans fire up as Indi gets around to SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Indi drags Tiffany back up, throws her through ropes, and then UPEPRCUTS! And BOOTS! Tiffany flops down, Indi drags her back up, and Indi whips Tiffany to a corner,. Tiffany goes up and over but Indi kicks a leg out! Indi then BOOTS Tiffany down! Indi aims from a corner but Tiffany clutches her knee. Fans boo, thinking Tiffany is faking. Indi steps forward but the ref has her stay back. The ref checks Tiffany’s leg, then calls in medics.

Medics hurry out but then Tiffany SUCKER PUNCHES Indi! Fireman’s carry, ROLLING SENTON! Tiffany shrieks then goes up, up and BEST MOONSAULT EVER! Cover, Tiffany wins!

Winner: Tiffany Stratton, by pinfall

Sneaky but effective, and in wrestling, a win is a win. Will Tiffany use trickery on top of her ability to make herself the Center of NXT’s Universe?

 

Backstage interview with Jacy Jayne.

McKenzie Mitchell notes that last week, Jacy and her tag partner, Gigi Dolin, suffered a loss because Jacy kicked Gigi- Jacy stops McKenzie there. Jacy’s biggest problem isn’t McKenzie pointing out the obvious. It’s calling Gigi Jacy’s partner. You say that was a miscalculation, Jacy calls that an awakening. It was in that moment that Jacy realized she was carrying Gigi on her back in this team! And she is DONE! Check the receipts: Jacy is why Toxic Attraction held onto the Women’s Tag Titles for almost a year. Gigi anchored Jacy down for far too long, and Jacy refuses to let Gigi stop her from becoming the NEW NXT Women’s Champion at Vengeance Day.

Wow, okay. Then what can we expect from tonight’s Championship Summit? “Something you’ve never seen before.” Jacy smirks and heads out, just what could that mean?

 

The Diamond Mine ramps things up.

Ivy Nile tells Julius & Brutus Creed that in order to prepare them for the long-awaited tag match with Indus Sher, she’s brought in some new training partners. Drew Gulak has Hank Walker and a few of his trainees, and says he is excited to help them. “Iron sharpens iron,” so this will be a mutually beneficial training session for everyone. Hank takes notes as the Creeds grapple with Gulak’s guys, and Ivy coaches them through the drills. Good slam from Brutus, good armlock from Julius. Gulak tells Hank to never make these mistakes.

Training’s done, and Gulak tells “Mike” that when someone gets your leg, you get it free. And if you have someone’s leg, you drive it hard and finish him. Hank wants Gulak to take it easy, but Gulak says HE wants a turn. Who wants some? Julius steps up, so Gulak gives him the advantage. They go around, Julius keeps control, and he even throws Gulak down! Gulak gets mad and shoves Julius! Ivy steps in, Gulak says that was a cheap shot! Gulak isn’t finished with them! Hank gets Gulak to leave, but will the Creeds have more than Sanga & Veer to worry about?

 

Chase U is in the ring!

Fans are fired up as Professor Andre is at the podium in his best robe. Thea Hail is also in a red graduate robe and Chase says, “Esteemed members of the Chase U student section, distinguished guests, the entire WWE Universe watching at home, and of course, everyone here live in attendance, welcome to the Andre Chase University Awards Ceremony.” Chase says we have assembled here to recognize someone who has worked extremely hard. “This person has excelled in the classroom. Unfortunately, she didn’t have the same success in the ring. BUT! That all changed last week!

“This young lady showed courage and confidence. She looked fear right in the eye, and she didn’t blink. She said, ‘Fear! You don’t scare me, mother-‘” WHOA! Chase, calm down. Fans chant, “That’s not PG!” Chase apologizes, but he’s just so proud. So it his extreme honor and pleasure to present Thea an award for her first victory! Fans cheer and the certificate is handed over. Photo op! Duke gets in on it, too, of course. Thea takes the mic to thank Mr. Chase, and that she loves the fans and the Student Section. Everyone chants, “You Deserve It!” She thanks them for that, and says she loves them all so much!

But wait! JORDAN DEVLIN MCDONAGH is here?! The Irish Ace has the mic to say, “Is this what we’re doing now? Is this how far the standard has slipped? All of this, for ONE win? We’re doing participation awards in NXT now? And you’re cheering for it!?” JD tells Thea that “when you hang around with losers, everyone win means a lot.” Especially with Chase U’s win-loss record. Right, Duke? Fans boo but JD says not to worry about them. They’re just as delusional as Chase U. They stick their hands in the air, the fans chant along, they’re LOSERS! Thea fires up but Duke keeps her back!

Chase tells JD that it’s bad enough that he interrupts Thea’s speech, but they will not let JD drag the good name of Chase U through the mud. This university means the world to Chase, to Thea, and to the fans! But not Duke? Duke didn’t get mentioned. Does Duke love Chase U? JD has some more advice: he’s not some wet-behind-the-ears student. And control your little dog. But Chase can’t curse and yell at JD to get him to run away. JD will end this charade. Get this crap out of JD’s ring. JD is dressed to compete, while Chase is dressed as a moron.

Chase tells JD that “one of the first lessons that I teach to my students, is always be prepared. And if you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.” So Chase is gonna give JD an Andre Chase University sized ass-whooping! Chase takes off the robe to reveal he’s dressed to compete, too! And then he DECKS JD! JD gets up, Chase fires off more hands, and he DECKS JD out of the ring! The Irish Ace and the Professor face off, will this be a #TeachableMoment?!

JD McDonagh VS Andre Chase w/ Chase U!

NXT returns and JD hits a BIG back suplex on Chase! Fans boo JD but he soaks up the heat. JD stalks Chase, pushes him to a cover, TWO! JD pushes Chase down again to another cover, TWO! JD throws knees into Chase’s back, then clamps on a chinlock. JD pushes up, it’s practically a Bully Choke. Fans rally as Chase endures, and Chase fights up to power out and get JD in a chinlock! But JD goes around, powers out, and has the chinlock back! But Chase hits a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down! Thea and Duke coach up Chase, and he throws hands on JD! Chase JABS, JABS, blocks a kick, and POLISH HAMMERS!

Chase hits an atomic drop, and then he whips JD to ropes. JD reverses, Chad reverses back to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up and spell it out with the stomps! C! H! A! S! E! U! What’s that spell? “CHASE U!” Chase clutches a bad arm and JD gets up. JD swings, but into a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Chase keeps focus and he drags JD up. Chase brings JD around, reels him in, but JD trips him to a jackknife! TWO as Chase bridges up! Chase spins it around, backslides, TWO! Chase reels JD in but JD back drops free! Chase staggers up, JD storms up and waistlocks, but Chase waistlocks. JD bucks the O’Conner to LARIAT!

JD drags Chase back up, but Chase drops to victory roll! TWO!! JD escapes and Chase staggers back up. Chase throws hands, JD SOBATS! JD yanks Chase up but Chase KNEES JD! JD HEADBUTTS Chase down! Both men fall and fans fire up again! Duke and Thea coach Chase but JD has his arm. Ripcord, DESTROYER from Chase!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! JD survives by a literal foot and Thea is fuming! Chase hears the fans rallying and he hurries to a corner. Chase climbs up, but JD hits the ropes! Chase hits the corner then falls to the mat! Duke is frustrated and he leaves ringside!? JD ripcords for DEVLINSIDE!! Cover, JD wins!!

Winner: JD McDonagh, by pinfall

The Irish Ace wins, and he might’ve been right about Duke! Duke used to bleed red ‘n’ black, but has the blood run dry?

 

Kiana James and Gina talk backstage.

The Professional Professional Wrestler tells G to tell Comsman and Watts that the meeting could’ve just been an email. Those two have way too much time on their hands. G heads out just as Briggs, Jensen & Fallon walk in. Everything good? Yes, all good. And she’s all warmed up for the match? Yes, ready to go. But Kiana does have a suggestion: she wants to start the match. Oh, really? Well, Kiana doesn’t mind letting Fallon start. Either way, they’ll be a great team. The four head out, will they be in business as a faction?

 

Fallon Henley & Kiana James w/ Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley!

When it comes to the battle for the bar, that’s water under the bridge. And seeing as how Kiana and Jensen are smitten with each other, Fallon is willing to accept Kiana as a friend. Will they make a good team against the Diamond Mine’s Pitbull & Powerlifter?

The teams sort out and Kiana starts after all. But then Fallon tags in with a boop on the head. They both want to exit the same side, this is already off to a dysfunctional start. Kiana goes the other way and Fallon rushes in, but Ivy waistlocks to drag her down. Ivy floats all over Fallon, facelocks and rolls with her, then goes for an arm. Ivy steps over, drags Fallon down, and has a cover, TWO! Ivy clamps onto the arm, brings Fallon over and tags Tatum. Diamond Mine double wrench, then YANK Fallon down! Fallon staggers up, Tatum runs in but is put on the apron. Tatum ROCKS Fallon, steps up to BOOT, then springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!

Tatum headlocks Fallon but Fallon slips out to headlock back. Tatum powers Fallon back< Kiana tags in as Fallon whips. Tatum ducks one but not the second LARIAT! And the CALF KICK adds on! Kiana and Fallon feel the chemistry now, and Kiana storms up. Tatum elbows Kian away but Kiana stomps and punches and RAMS Tatum! Kiana then handsprings to RAM into Tatum! The ref counts, Kiana lets off, and she brings Tatum around into an abdominal stretch! Tatum endures as Kiana puts on the pressure. Fans rally, Tatum pries free and hip tosses Kiana down! Kiana drags Tatum from Ivy but Tatum boots her away!

Kiana staggers up, Fallon tags in just as Tatum tags Ivy! Ivy KICKS, KICKS and ROUNDHOUSES Fallon, to then run and run Fallon over! Ivy rallies, hip tosses, and fires up! Fans fire up with Ivy and she runs Around the World to CALF KICK! Ivy keeps moving, but Fallon BOOTS back! Fallon scoops Ivy, but Ivy slips free, DIAMOND DRAGON! Kiana distracts the ref, Tatum protests, but the ref has to tell Tatum to back off. This allows Kiana to throw Ivy down! Fans boo and Tatum DECKS Kiana! The ref reprimands Tatum again, Ivy runs, and Kiana trips her up! Fallon runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Kiana anchors Tatum, Fallon covers, Fallon & Kiana win!

Winners: Fallon Henley & Kiana James, by pinfall

It wasn’t exactly on the straight and narrow, but a win is a win! Fallon has the fire while Kiana has the savvy, will this team be on their way to the Women’s Tag titles?

 

The New Day is jamming backstage.

Xavier Woods drums the belts as he and Kofi Kingston “sing” Burn in My Light. And then they talk about the evolution of Randy Orton. He cut his hair and looked like Mr. Bigglesworth with tattoos. Edris Enofe & Malik Blade walk in and say hey, and also thanks for that opportunity in the tag gauntlet. Woods says they’ve been killing it and have enjoyed seeing them wrestle. Edris says that if that’s good, then maybe they can get a tag title match at some point. But then The Schism walks in… Rip Fowler says the New Day are just the gentlemen they’ve been looking for. Woods says, “Four roots! One tree!” And he points tot he potted plant in the corner.

Rip says if they want to make jokes, keep going. But to why they’re here, the New Day already knows. But that is why next week, it will be the New Day Tag Team Invitational. Raw 30 was huge, so next week should be huge, too! And the winner of next week’s match gets to join The New Day, Gallus and Pretty Deadly at Vengeance Day for a FATAL 4 WAY! How ’bout that? Now, go on, get. The New Day’s got things to do. And by “things,” they “sing” Voices.

 

Bron Breakker arrives!

The NXT Champion has just arrived at NXT Arena, what will his response to Grayson Waller’s antics be?

 

Apollo Crews is at the barbershop!

That’s right! If Trick Melo Gang can copy them being at the diner, they’ll return the favor by visiting Cut Wiz. Apollo says this is a dope spot, he sees why Melo comes here. Josh the barber thanks Apollo for that, but says Melo won’t appreciate Apollo coming through here. Why not? Just saying… Oh, is it because Apollo got one on Melo after Melo got one on him? Well it isn’t one and done for Apollo VS Melo, or for that title. And then uh oh! Melo & Trick show up! Hey, what the hell is Apollo doing in Melo’s chair?! The chair was open. Melo is fed up. Everyone else is tense but Melo calms down and says he just wants to talk.

Apollo says he is starting to see it on Melo’s face. Melo is realizing that no matter what he does, he can’t get rid of Apollo. That Apollo is always gonna be on Melo’s radar. And Apollo understands Melo’s aspirations, passion and desire, because Apollo is the same. Two men, one spot. Melo says what he is realizing is that it must be tough for Apollo to look at him. Not really, but go on. Melo says it must be like looking at a younger, better, more athletic Apollo from five years ago. Listen, Apollo go the call-up early, and that’s great, but look where he is now. He’s back in NXT, and so close to getting what he wants. But he has the biggest and brightest in his way, and Melo is him.

So go ahead, have a vision. Tell Melo that the NXT title doesn’t look great around Melo’s waist. Apollo says that’s true. It does look good! But it looks better on Apollo! Gottee! Man, guys, c’mon! Sorry… But Melo says that means nothing. He beat Apollo already! Does Apollo think they’re going tit for tat? Cuz Melo will go TAT TAT TAT! That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s all it’s gonna be. Apollo says they’re 1-1, so they settle this once and for all at Vengeance Day, in BEST 2 OUTTA 3 FALLS! Whoa…! Yo, chill. Melo agrees to the terms. But Melo is telling Apollo right now, he gets #MoneyMelo. Apollo will be reminded that he is the past, and Melo is the present.

Apollo says the funny thing about the past is that it can always predict the future. See you in Charlotte. Apollo heads out, will Melo hit his shot twice? Or will he get blocked and dunked on?

 

The Creed Brothers VS Drew Gulak & Hank Walker!

That training session earlier got heated, but now things might explode in the ring! Will Julius & Brutus be razor sharp for facing Indus Sher? Or will the iron that gets sharpened belong to the Philly Stretcher and his student?

The teams sort out and Gulak starts against Julius. Gulak uses a drop step to test the waters, but Julius is ready. Julius tackles Gulak, waistlocks and SLAMS Gulak down! Fans applaud and Julius keeps the rear mount. Gulak moves around, Julius keeps control, and he hits that same trip takedown! Fans fire up but Gulak is frustrated. Gulak drop toeholds, headlocks, but Julius fights up. Gulak wrenches, grinds the arm, steps over and La Magistrols, TWO! Gulak keeps on the arm and talks some trash. Julius fights up but Hank tags in. Fans rally for Hank as he wrenches and RAMS Julius. Hank grinds the arm but Julius fights up.

Julius and Hank go around, Julius turns the armlock around, but Hank arm-drags free! And arm-drags again! Hank has a top wristlock but Julius fights up. Julius fireman’s carry takeovers, tags to Brutus, and feed to the fireman’s carry takeover! Brutus grinds the arm, and feeds Hank to Julius’ fireman’s carry takeover! Julius then tags back in, and the cycle begins anew! Hank fights up, whips Julius away, and he runs Julius over! Hank drags Julius up to tag in Gulak and Hank fireman’s carries. Hank spins and Gulak runs to sucker punch Brutus! Hank lets Julius down from the airplane spin so Gulak can CLOBBER him!

Gulak and Hank high-five and Hank is all fired up as NXT goes picture in picture. The Creeds regroup on the outside, and Julius stands back up. Gulak is waiting as Julius slides back in. Gulak facelocks to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Gulak keeps on Julius, tags in Hank, and Hank wrenches the arm to RAM shoulders. Hank wrenches again to RAM the shoulder again. Hank grinds the shoulder, wrenches again, then RAMS a third time! Cover, TWO! Hank facelocks and drags Julius over to tag in Gulak. They mug Julius, but Julius tackles Gulak! Gulak counters with a triangle hold, but Julius deadlifts Gulak! Julius goes to the corner and tags in Brutus!

Julius bumps Gulak off buckles, Brutus headlocks but Gulak turns that around on him. Brutus powers up but can’t power out as Gulak holds on tight. But then Brutus powers up more and THROWS Gulak away! Gulak is stunned as he and Brutus stare down. They both run in and Brutus runs Gulak over! Brutus scoops Gulak to SLAM him! And then Brutus whips Gulak to a corner. Gulak tumbles up and out, ROCKS Brutus with a forearm, then climbs up for a FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Gulak clamps onto an arm to grind Brutus down. Brutus endures, fights up, but Gulak brings him over. Tag to Hank and they mug Brutus.

Hank whips Brutus into the corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Tag to Gulak, and they mug Brutus more. Gulak CLUBS Brutus down, then stomps him down! Gulak talks trash to Julius, then throws hands on Brutus. Gulak sits Brutus up to clamp on a chinlock. Brutus endures as Gulak leans on the hold. Brutus fights up, NXT returns to single picture, but Gulak DECKS Brutus! Gulak eggs Brutus on, DECKS him again, then DECKS him again! Fans rally for Brutus as Gulak hopes Hank is taking notes. But Brutus shoots around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Brutus snarls, and he SMASHES Gulak! Brutus rains down those hammering fists and fans chants, “BRUTUS SMASH!”

Gulak gets away, then DROPKICKS Brutus! And hits a DDT! Both men are down and fans rally up. Gulak and Brutus crawl, hot tags to Hank and Julius! Julius fires off haymakers on Hank, whips him, but Hank reverses. Hank blocks a kick, but the DRAGON WHIP comes in! Julius rallies with big forearms, Gulak runs in but into an EXPLODER! Hank gets up, he gets a POWERSLAM! Julius tags Brutus and then STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Brutus STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! The Creeds are frustrated that going airborne doesn’t do it. Fans rally as Brutus drags Hank back. Hank BOOTS Brutus away!

Hot tag to Gulak! Gulak BOOTS Brutus, then goes up a corner. But Brutus grabs Gulak and drags him off the corner with double underhooks! Fans fire up as Brutus carries Gulak over and Julius tags in. Julius runs, LEAP FROG FACEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, Hank breaks it! Fans rally for Hank while all four men are down! The Creeds regroup and Julius CLUBS Gulak. Gulak HEADBUTTS back! Julius forearms, Gulak throws a haymaker! They go back and forth, shot for shot, and Gulak headlocks! Tag to Hank, he and Gulak hand off Julius for another fireman’s carry! Gulak runs, but Brutus gets in to POUNCE Gulak!

Julius slips free, waistlocks but Hank bucks the O’Conner! Scoop and FACEBUSTRE, to a WHEELBARROW BOMB! ARMBAR!! Fans fire up as Hank has the arm but Julius clasps hands and rolls things to a cover! TWO, and Hank pulls harder on the arm! Julius kicks around, fights to another cover, TWO! Hank lets Julius go, but Julius comes back, into a KNEE! Julius staggers, Brutus tags in! Brutus whips Hank but Hank reverses to get a SLEEPER! Brutus slips free, shoves, runs the ropes, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!” as both men crawl! But then Charlie Dempsey appears!

Gulak is distracted by the Son of the Gentleman Villain. Hank wants a tag but Gulak tells him to get on Brutus. Julius tags in, runs in, but into an elbow! Hank BOOTS Julius, and then he aims for a kick. Julius blocks that to clinch and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Tag to Brutus, and Julius puts Hank in a corner. Julius whips  Hank out for Brutus to BRUTUS BALL!! Cover, Julius intercepts Gulak, the Creeds win!

Winners: The Creed Brothers, by pinfall

Dempsey didn’t interfere directly, but the damage was done! Hank apologizes to Gulak and they head out, will Gulak actually follow his own teachings and keep focus next time?

As for the Diamond Mine, Ivy joins the Creeds as they get the mics. Julius tells Ivy that he can’t speak for Brutus, but he knows he can be a pain in the ass. He’s stubborn, hard-headed, takes everything personal, and always have a chip on his shoulder. Ivy is smiling, and Julius knows his coaches, friends and family are, too. They know it’s true, but that’s how Julius has to be to be the best version of himself. These last few months haven’t been the best. There have been trials and tribulations, some hard times, but Ivy still stuck by the Creeds, so he thanks her for setting them straight.

Brutus also thanks Ivy. She could’ve walked away, especially when they were jerks. But she didn’t, so thanks for that. And actually, she inspired them to be the old Creeds, the ones that won the NXT Tag Team Championships! Julius says that’s right. Fans chant for the Creeds and Julius says that they’re not just the best- Wait! Here comes Indus Sher! Veer, Sanga and Jinder walk down the ramp, but Jinder stops them at ringside. Jinder “congratulates” the Creeds for once again becoming the Creeds. But Jinder says his “brothers” are sick and tired of waiting around to earn respect. And now, with the Modern Day Maharaja by their side, they are TAKING respect!

Next week, we find out who the Creeds really are! Indus Sher is 100%, The Creed Brothers are 100%, so next week, Indus Sher VS Creeds goes down! Jinder dares them to accept the challenge! The Creeds look to Ivy, and IVY says, “You’re on!” The score will finally be settled, who will prove they are the best tag team in NXT?

 

Backstage interview with Gigi Dolin.

McKenzie notes Jacy’s comments earlier, and Gigi says she heard. Yeah, she’s surprised, but not shocked. Jacy’s “always the first with something to say, always the first to cast her stone. Jacy Jayne is a bad person, plain and simple.” But for the longest time, they were- Gigi stops McKenzie to say they are NOTHING alike. Do you understand? Gigi might be a little… dark… But what is she holding here? A rose… Yes. And what are these sharp things here? Thorns. Very good! And thorns can be very dangerous when you’re distracted by the petals. But they’re not hiding, either.

So Jacy can say whatever the hell she wants, Gigi has nothing to hide. And Gigi cannot wait to give Jacy a piece of her mind! Gigi storms off, will those thorns come back to bite Jacy?

 

Tony D’Angelo and Channing Lorenzo arrive at a restaurant.

The Don and new underboss, Stacks, have their private room all ready for them. This is the big time now. They sit down and Tony says the family couldn’t be happier about Stacks’ promotion. And sending the macaroons and cannolies, that was a nice touch. Of course. But look, the streets are talking. And Tony doesn’t have to tell Stacks that the first step is the most important act. Stacks knows that, and he wants to make a big impact, against the biggest guy he can find. Stacks thinks he can do that? He knows he can. So does Tony. The manager says everything is all set, and passes along the word that AJ is thankful for them helping him down at the track.

Stacks thanks the manager, the manager thanks Tony, and Tony is impressed. Stacks says he does what he can do. To the Don! Nah, to the Underboss. Salud. They toast and drink up, but just who will Stacks pick out to take down in his first move?

 

Wendy Choo VS Elektra Lopez!

Speaking of scores to settle, the Queen of Comfy Style owes La Madrina for that pillow pull that took her out of the battle royal! Will Wendy win her way back up the ladder? Or will Lopez prove what she’s capable of all on her own?

NXT returns and Lopez makes her entrance. It seems she invited Valentina Feroz to watch ringside, but where is she? The bell rings, Lopez and Wendy tie up, and Lopez puts Wendy against the ropes. The ref counts, Lopez lets off, and then dares Wendy to step up. They tie up again, and Lopez throws Wendy down! Lopez says this is a grown woman’s business, and Wendy doesn’t belong! But Wendy shoots around to waistlock! Lopez throws Wendy off but Wendy comes back. Lopez gut wrench suplexes Wendy away! Wendy flops out of the ring, and Feroz shows up now per the invitation. Lopez says watch and learn!

Lopez goes out, pie faces Wendy, then grabs the body pillow! Lopez swings, Wendy moves, and BOOKER T takes the full brunt of the pillow! Lopez ROCKS Wendy while fans boo, and Lopez pushes Wendy into the ring. Lopez drags Wendy up, scoops, but Wendy slips free to roll her up! TWO, and Lopez swings, but into a backslide! ONE, and Lopez kicks low. Lopez whips but Wendy dropkicks! Wendy arm-drags Lopez, then runs side to side to BOOT Lopez in the corner! Wendy pushes Lopez out, to then CORSSBODY! But Lopez catches Wendy for a SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Feroz seems a bit impressed as Lopez CHOKES and THRASHES Wendy on the ropes!

Lopez throws Wendy down, then runs to LARIAT! Lopez drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Lopez keeps on Wendy with a body scissors squeeze! Fans rally as Wendy endures and pries at the hold. Wendy pushes back to a cover, TWO! Lopez holds on, then pulls Wendy’s hair! The ref reprimands, Lopez lets go at 4, but she keeps on with the squeeze. Wendy still endures and fans still rally. Wendy pries the body scissors open, and elbows Lopez away! Lopez swings, but Wendy counter punches! And again! And then body shot, KICK, and LARIAT! Fans fire up as Wendy rallies with forearms! Wendy whips, Lopez reverses, and runs in, into an ELBOW!

Wendy goes up and SLEEPY CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Wendy, but Lopez brings out brass knuckles from a buckle pad! Wendy handsprings in as Feroz tells the ref! Lopez DECKS Wendy with the knuckles! Cover, Lopez wins!

Winner: Elektra Lopez, by pinfall

Feroz tried to do the right thing but it didn’t change the outcome! Lopez gets another win, will she show Feroz that that is the only thing that matters?

 

Briggs and Fallon talk backstage.

Is she happy? Yeah, she’s happy. She isn’t sure how they managed it, but they won. Yeah! They work great together! Jensen walks over to congratulate Fallon, and says Kiana is “happier than grits on gravy.” They were like Farooq & Bradshaw! The boys couldn’t be prouder. Fallon says that now that she and Kiana smoothed things over, what’s next for the boys? Jensen took care of it. Kiana & Fallon did so well, Jensen went to HBK with an idea, and HBK’s for it! Whoa, Jensen went to Shawn Michaels’ office? Yeah, he was nervous enough to piss a whole river, but hey! At Vengeance Day, Fallon & Kiana will fight for… the NXT WOMEN’S TAG TEAM TITLES!

Briggs is fired up! But Fallon is mad?! Jensen did this without asking her! This was supposed to be one and done! But they did amazing, and Fallon said that she’d do anything for Jensen, right? Yeah, but- But this is the biggest opportunity of your career! Fallon, just think about it. Fallon says she just got blindsided. She’s gonna need a minute. Fallon leaves, the boys are confused, but will Fallon see sense?

 

Grayson Waller arrives!

He’s still feeling good after the trouble he started yesterday, but now that he’s in the NXT Arena, will Bron come back to finish what Waller started?

 

Feroz and Lopez talk backstage.

Lopez tells Feroz that “it doesn’t matter how you win, as long as you win.” But Feroz says Lopez just plays dirty. And honestly, Feroz doesn’t think she can do that to Wendy. And why is that? Well, Feroz is Wendy’s friend- Okay, hold on, Valentina. “Dirty” gets the job done, and no one is gonna do the job for you. So you can keep your friends, while Lopez will keep on winning. Lopez heads out and Feroz isn’t sure what to do.

 

Backstage interview with Stevie Turner.

McKenzie thinks the Four Dimensional Superstar is skipping this time, but Stevie comes in via tron! Oh, McKenzie thought Stevie would be on set for this. Uh, she is. Her set. No, like here in person. Well, anyway, Stevie got her chat to do McKenzie’s job for her, and they have some great questions for her to answer. Superchat from NTD1987: “Hey, Stevie, when can we expect you in the ring?” Solid question, NTD! Next week will be Stevie’s NXT debut! That’s big news! Who will be her opponent? Stevie moves on to the next question, cuz the Superchats are coming in fast ‘n’ furious! PhillyKirsh asks, “Who are you most looking forward to facing?”

Great question, Kirsh! And of course, Stevie would love to face the champion, Roxanne Perez. But uh, Stevie has a feeling Roxie won’t have that title past Vengeance Day. See, McKenzie? This was a much better way to do an interview. And next week, the “humdrum world of NXT gets dragged kickin’ and screamin’ into the future by yours truly. Oh, I hear Grayson Waller’s music. McKenzie, see you next week.” Stevie signs off, will she be the one going viral in her NXT in-ring debut? And speaking of…

 

Grayson Waller heads to the ring!

The 21st Century Success Story is in a fuzzy pink jacket as he gest a mic. Waller says no time for games! “Where you at, Bron? Yesterday, I punked you out in front of the entire Performance Center! I had you shakin’, lad! No fear, no hesitation. I showed the world I’m tougher than you, and I’m tougher than everyone in this building!” So where’s Bron tonight? No stress, there’s no steel plate under this jacket. Just Waller’s NXT title as the uncrowned champ!  So where is Bron? Does he need daddy to bark three times before he’s allowed to come to ringside? Bron is watching backstage, but he snarls, grabs his NXT Championship, and heads for gorilla!

Waller says the countdown is on! 11 days until Waller is the UNDISPUTED NXT Champion! People acting like Waller should be scared to get in a cage with Bron, but let’s flip that script. Bron should be afraid of getting in a cage with Waller! But here comes Bron! Superstars and security alike tell him not to, but too late! Waller says Bron needs to win this match. Because if he doesn’t, it’ll haunt him for the rest of his life! Every meal, every gym session, every time he brushes his teeth, Bron will remember Waller’s face. So Waller says it is time to get their phones out. He smells that do coming!

Waller says yesterday, he created a viral moment. Tonight, he creates one more! No one is stopping Waller, and it seems no one is able to stop Bron! The sirens sound, the lights flash, and here comes THE NXT Champion! He DECKS security and rushes to the ring! He TACKLES Waller! Superstars rush in to stop this, we get all kinds of angles from the NXT camera crew, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Waller slips out the side, eggs Bron on, and Bron goes out after him! The brawl is on at the ramp! Bron’s shirt has been ripped away but he still wants after Waller! Bron and Waller shove people away, Bron runs in, but Waller sends the SPEAR through the barriers!

Fans lose their minds, and even Waller is surprised! Then Waller smirks. Medics check on Bron but Waller swaggers away as he holds up his title. Will Waller exceed going viral and go gold with Vengeance Day’s title match?

 

Gallus is at the bar.

They play some billiards, and Mark Coffey says it’s a shame there’s not a proper Glasgow pub to get a drink. Wolfgang agrees, it’s just not the same. But they’re here for a big score. The Gallus firm is going to keep their eyes on the prize: the tag title match at Vengeance Day. But they’re having a hard time getting by on the watered down beer. But on February 4th, Gallus will show three tag teams what everyone back home in Scotland, everyone in the UK, and everyone in Europe already knows: Gallus Boys On Top! They toast to that, but who will join them, the New Day and Pretty Deadly to make their Triple Threat into a Fatal 4 Way?

 

NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Alba Fyre & ???

KC Squared kept the Fire Keeper from burning her own career down when she had a referee held down by a steel baseball bat. But then she lashed out at them and demanded this match, even though she has no tag partner! With the winners going to Vengeance Day, will Fyre burn down the reign to have some gold again? Or will Carter & Chance bring the party to Charlotte, North Carolina?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Fyre can defy the odds she stacked against herself!

The team sorts out, and Carter starts against Fyre. They circle, but then SOL RUCA appears? She’s volunteering to be Fyre’s partner? Fyre says fine, she can do what she wants. Fyre and Carter tie up, go around, and Carter arm-drags Fyre away. Carter smirks as she and Fyre circle. Fyre kicks low, Gory Especials, but Carter slips free to sunset flip! Fyre drags her up to CLOBBER her! Fans rally for Fyre but Carter kicks her away. And then EDDY GORDO KICKS her down! Tag to Chance, they whip, trip and basement dropkick to a slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Chance facelocks, brings Fyre around and Carter tags in. Carter rolls Fyre up, TWO!

Fyre kicks low, throws Carter down by her hair, then CLUBS away on her! Fyre is fuming and Sol isn’t sure what’s with her. Fyre drags Carter up, but Carter JAWBREAKERS! Sol tags in, reels Carter into a headlock, but Carter powers out. Sol runs Carter over, things speed up and Sol handstand walks over Carter! Carter runs in, Sol hurdles over but Carter leaps over Sol! Fans cheer but things keep moving. Carter headlocks Sol but Sol switches that onto Carter. Carter powers out, Sol handsprings through the hip toss to do the splits into a STUNNER! Carter flops out of the ring and fans fire up with Sol!

Fyre smirks, she is impressed by Sol. But then Fyre grimaces as Chance hurries over. Fyre kicks Chance and RAMS her into steel steps! Sol is still unsure what to make of Fyre’s aggression, but this does put them in control as NXT goes picture in picture.

Fyre smirks as she looms over Carter, but Sol goes out to put Carter in the ring. Sol drags Carter up, brings her over, and Fyre tags in. They mug Carter, then Fyre throws Carter right back out! Fyre goes out to stomp Carter, then whips her hard into the apron! And then smacks her off the announce desk! Fyre fires off forearms, then brings Carter around, only for Carter to RAM her into the apron! They both get in the ring, Fyre grabs Carter’s leg, but Carter kicks her away again. Sol tags in, she hurries to lift Carter, but Carter sunset flips! Sol stays up to stomp but Carter dodges to leg sweep! And EDDY GORDO KICK!

Carter and Sol both crawl, hot tag to Chance! Carter gives Chance the boost to SEATED SENTON Sol down! Cover, TWO! Chance stays between Sol and Fyre, brings Sol up, but sol TOSSES Chance away! Sol rushes in, Chance BOOTS her, then goes up to CROSSBODY! But Sol catches Chance to SLAM her! Cover, TWO! Sol clamps on with a rear bearhug but Chance endures the squeeze. Sol SLAMS Chance back down and leans on the hold. Chance endures, fights up, but Sol wrangles her back down. NXT returns to single picture as fans rally and duel. Chance fights up, throws elbows, but Sol back suplexes! Chance lands on her feet, but Sol trophy lifts her!

Chance slips free of that, slides under Sol and ENZIGURIS her down! Hot tags to Fyre and Carter! Carter dodges Fyre to DECK Sol, then she DECKS Fyre! Carter DECKS Sol away, whips Fyre into her, then runs in to SANDWICH them in the corner! Fyre falls, Carter runs in, DROP-SPLASH! Fans fire up with Carter and she waits on Fyre. Fyre rises, Carter runs in to BOOT WASH at the ropes! Tag to Chance, she goes up top as Carter puts Fyre in the ropes. DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Chance drags Fyre up but Fyre throws body shots. Fyre whips, Chance holds ropes and BOOTS! Carter sneaks the tag, then HEEL KICK TABLE TOP COMBO!

Carter drags Fyre into position, and then Chance rolls to go up onto Carter’s shoulders?! Then ELECTRIC CHAIR SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Fyre survives and KC Squared grows frustrated. Carter drags Fyre up, whips her but Fyre reverses to HOOK KICK! Fyre BLASTS Chance, spins Carter around and suplexes, GOURD BUSTER! Tag to Sol and she springboard SPLASHES! Cover, Chance breaks it! Fyre kicks Chance but Chance throws Fyre out! Fyre drags Chance out but Chance kicks her away! Chance slingshots to RANA Fyre into steel steps! Sol is distracted by that, and turns around into a wheelbarrow ROLLING FACEBUSTER!

Sol sits up, into a SUPERKICK! Sol staggers up, into another SUPERKICK! Tag to Chance, she goes up top as Carter turns Sol, HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, KC Squared win!

Winners: Katana Chance & Kayden Carter, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)

The longest reigning Women’s Tag Team Champions continue that historic reign! Longest reign in NXT, longest reign in ALL of the WWE Women’s Tag Division, and now they go to Vengeance Day! Will that reign continue past facing Fallon & Kiana? As for Fyre, she pushes past Sol. To stand beside Isla Dawn?! Is the Wicked Witch going to be Fyre’s new tag partner? But then speaking of Kiana & Fallon, they appear at the perch! They congratulate the champs, and Fallon said she thought about it. She and Kiana WILL see them at Vengeance Day! KC Squared raises the belts, they’re ready to party! But will February 4th be the night the music dies?

 

Wes Lee finds Dijak.

#HardJustice says he’s surprised. He didn’t think Wes had the balls to show up. Wes says he’s heard that before. But you gotta have a pair to hold the North American Championship. Dijak tells Wes not to get cute. This is the champ’s last chance to simply hand the title over. Wes says holding onto the title may be stupid, because handing it over could save him a lot of pain. Because clearly, Dijak isn’t back in NXT just to talk. But see, Wes has made stupid decisions his entire life. He was stupid enough to think that “a kid from Dayton, Ohio could break into this business, let alone travel the world doing it.”

Wes was stupid enough to risk everything just to get to the WWE! Stupid enough to battle tooth and nail against himself and some of the best NXT superstars just to become champion. Those “stupid decisions” made Wes the champion he is today. And Wes is “stupid enough” that when the people chant his name, Wes feels like he can overcome anything, and anyone. So no, Dijak, Wes is going to keep the title. Dijak doesn’t have to like it, but he damn sure will respect it. “Protect ya neck! I’ll see you in Charlotte.” Wes heads out, and Dijak says, “Unfortunately for you, Mr. Lee, I don’t deal in sob stories. I deal in justice!” Will the Must-See Kid face that “justice” and lose it all?

 

Backstage interview with Cora Jade.

McKenzie apologizes, but Cora wasn’t on set so she came to find her. Cora says of course, she is the star, not McKenzie. They do things on Cora’s time, not McKenzie’s. Yes, that seems to be a theme tonight. But McKenzie wants to ask about Cora’s issue with Lyra Valkyria and how it’s only getting bigger and bigger. Cora says Lyra is “going to be an integral part of the NXT Women’s Division. But Lyra needs to learn her place. And I’ll happily be the one to teach her that lesson. No matter how great that bird brain is, she’s not better than me, nor will she ever be better than me. Move.”

McKenzie steps aside so Cora can open her locker. But inside is a black feather! This is what Cora was talking about!  Lyra’s the new girl, but she’s going and putting stuff in Cora’s locker! Vic Joseph then patches in to tell McKenzie that something’s going down outside! McKenzie interrupts Cora’s rant so that she can go outside. And it seems that, as the women’s roster moves aside, Nikkita Lyons is down, clutching her bad leg! Indi asks what happened, as does Lyra. Zoey Stark is spotted walking away, did The Hunter attack Lyons again? Why is the NXT parking lot such a dangerous place?!

 

Chase and Thea talk backstage.

Chase says Duke is selfish, while Thea says she just doesn’t understand. Duke walks in and Chase asks where the BLEEP he went. He walked out on the entire university tonight! Duke says he did not. Okay, yes, he walked out, but not- IS THERE A POINT TO THIS?! Duke says Mr. Chase is an inspiration! And even though that video was taken completely out of context, Duke knows Chase doesn’t trust Duke. So yes, Duke left ringside, but he went to HBK’s office. He demanded that Duke & Chase be part of the New Day Tag Team Invitational to get another shot at the Tag Team titles! Wait, what did HBK say?

Good question. He said… “Talk to the New Day.” So then what? So then… Duke went and talked to the New Day. And what did they say?! They said… they love Chase U’s architecture, and that the science department- DUKE! To the point! Duke shakes his head, and then says “WE’RE IN!” YES!! Thea hops on Duke and Chase shakes Duke’s hand! Duke still bleeds red ‘n’ black, but will he and Chase be going to Charlotte, North Carolina for the biggest opportunity in their careers?

 

Booker T is in the ring!

The table is set, and Jacy and Gigi are both already there, sitting at opposite ends. Booker asks everyone if they’re ready for this Championship Summit. The challengers are here, so Booker introduces the NXT Women’s Champion, Roxanne PERRRREZ~! Roxie makes her entrance, takes the seat in the middle of the table, and Booker sits down with her. No disrespect to the champ, but Booker starts with the challengers. Gigi first. Gigi is sure Jacy would love to start, though. Probably sitting on some “witty pun” she’s got. So go ahead, Jacy, go tell everyone how great she is! Jacy says everyone already knows that!

Jacy says the people have watched her carry Gigi through everything for a year-and-a-half! That kick last week was an accident, but now! Jacy wishes it wasn’t. Jacy admits that Gigi is good. But from the day they signed their contracts, Jacy had Gigi on her back and dragged her to success! The merchandise, the wins, if not for Jacy, Gigi would just be “another YouTube sensation, one hit wonder, living on the independent scene!” Roxie and Booker muffle their laughter while Gigi fires back! Jacy is just about Jacy! Gigi loves this external confidence Jacy has. When the cameras are on, Jacy can conquer the world! She’s a rock star with the resumé.

But what the world doesn’t know is that behind those curtains, Jacy is the most insecure person Gigi has ever met! And Gigi wasn’t gonna bring this up, but why not since we’re all shooting from the hip. Jacy gets so nervous before her matches, she has to puke up in a bucket! There’s one with her name on it right by the door. Jacy says, “MY insecurities?” Does Gigi have a funhouse mirror? Nothing Gigi says is true because Gigi is just a pathological liar! Oh? Then who is gonna hold Jacy’s hair back when she’s puking her guts out at Vengeance Day while Gigi is holding up the title? Booker says, “SHUCKY DUCKY QUACK QUACK~!”

Booker has the others calm down so Roxie can say what she thinks. Roxie says she’s enjoying the hell out of this. Jacy and Gigi have thrown insults at every single woman in the locker room. They made fun of everyone’s personalities, looks, and work, everything. Not to mention, they’ve made Roxie’s life a living hell. So it’s so good to see they’re making each other feel the way they have every single woman. “Karma is a toxic bitch!” Fans like that one! Roxie thought it was gonna be a handicap match but it looks like it’ll be a real Triple Threat. And while the odds are still against her, she will still walk in and walk out the champ.

But Gigi says that’s where Roxie is wrong. Roxie loves to walk around like she’s such a big deal. But she will make history at Vengeance Day, by being the shortest reigning NXT Women’s Champion of all time! “But the funny thing is, I don’t even have to beat you. I can pin YOU (Jacy)!” Jacy says the same thing back to Gigi! And if history says anything, that’s not that hard to do. Jacy would like to amend that saying of theirs, “It’s Toxic Attraction and then there’s everyone else.” Now it’s “There’s Jacy Jayne, then you two, and everybody else.” Gigi says of course Jacy holds onto Toxic Attraction! It’s the only thing that made Jacy relevant!!

And just like Jacy is the third wheel of that group, she’s the third wheel in this match! Gigi and Jacy get up, get in each other’s face, but Booker wants them to calm down. Roxie smiles as she holds up the belt, but then Toxic Attraction smiles. They grab Roxie and SMACK her off the desk! They mug Roxie 2v1! They stomp her down, then drag her back up for a DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER through the table!! It was a Toxic TRAP! Jacy & Gigi both hold up the title! Will NXT be toxic again, no matter who pins Roxie?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT here, and they’re really adding a lot to Vengeance Day! Great tie-in of the social media promo from Waller, Bron and pretty much everyone in NXT, and then great follow-up here tonight. That was a clearly gimmicked barrier, but that was still a great move to have Bron go busting through something like that. Waller is standing tall, and there’s still the go-home, I have a feeling they are still keeping the title on Bron. A shame because Waller is that great of a Heel, but maybe they just want Bron to have his first title win on the road since Stand & Deliver last year. Maybe the title change happens at this year’s Stand & Deliver so Bron can move on to RawDown after WrestleMania.

Great opening match from Indi and Tiffany, but of course Tiffany wins that with some cheating. Great stuff in the story of Fallon and Kiana, and great way of booking a Face and a Heel winning together. Jensen also getting them that tag title match for Vengeance Day was a rather sudden escalation of the story, I thought they’d drag this out towards Stand & Deliver. But we also got a good tag title match out of KC Squared, Fyre, and surprisingly Sol. But at the same time, Sol does make sense given her part in Fyre’s story. But since it wasn’t Isla Dawn as Fyre’s partner, it makes sense Fyre loses to then join Dawn. Maybe Fyre & Dawn will be the team to win the tag titles at Stand & Deliver to send KC Squared on to RawDown.

Great promo of New Day, Schism and Malik & Edris. That’s pretty big that they’re upping the ante on the Vengeance Day NXT Tag Team Championship match. And great stuff with Chase U, from the little bit of awards ceremony that JD interrupted to the match of JD VS Chase. Duke walking away to then come back with a spot in that tag title contender’s match is big, and the go-home could make or break Duke being Chase U 4 Life or not. For that matter, maybe Duke & Chase actually win, and then that make-or-break moment is a major part of the title match at Vengeance Day. At the same time, Schism being Grizzled Young Veterans, they’ve wanted those titles for so long, but so have Malik & Edris, they could all have a big moment at Vengeance Day.

Speaking of that match, decent promo from Gallus, but it feels like Mark’s accent has gotten heavier in his time away. I hope if nothing else, Joe Coffey shows up to try and help Gallus win. That’d be a big way for him to return, and maybe, just maybe, spurs on the return of Big E to at least being on screen and supporting ya bois. Good promo from Apollo, Melo and Trick in the barbershop, and wow, best 2 outta 3? That’s big, and that will go a long way to making Melo a clear contender to the title for Stand & Deliver. Really good stuff from Diamond Mine and all connected parties. Gulak’s story with Dempsey giving the Creeds a win was good, but so was Jinder & Indus Sher making the tag match we were meant to get before a thing now. Can’t wait for that next week, that’ll be good stuff.

Decent match from Lopez and Wendy, but of course Lopez cheats Wendy. But as I said last week, we’ll definitely get to the point where Feroz and Lopez become a team, much like Kiana and Fallon have. Good promo from Tony and Stacks, and I can’t be sure who Stacks is going to face when he already faced one of the biggest and baddest in Dijak. Maybe Von Wagner? Could Von Wagner’s next feud be with The D’Angelo Family? What even? Speaking of, good promo from Dijak and Wes to hype up their title match. I’m pretty sure Wes will win that, as great as Dijak is, and then Wes can face another big name at Stand & Deliver.

Good promo from Stevie Turner, and though her being a streamer is a weird choice, I appreciate having her basically video chat so she doesn’t have to leave her streaming studio. Stevie will definitely win her in-ring return, I just hope they don’t play her gimmick up in the match. Unless they do it with a chat box on the tron where “viewers” are commenting on what they see. Good promo from Cora to call out Lyra, and then a decent whodunnit in the parking lot with Lyons being attacked. The obvious culprit is Lyons but it could be anyone with a lot of random female superstars spotted in the area.

And really good stuff out of the NXT Women’s Championship story. Jacy and Gigi each had a good promo, and they made it sound like the duo was done, which is part of why I totally knew they’d pull that swerve on Roxie. They did throw some great insults and “secrets” out in the summit, and I do appreciate Roxie showing a bit more than her usual nice girl personality. But with Toxic Attraction standing tall and touching the belt, they are definitely still going to lose. Roxie will find a way to use them against each other, and then retain the title to head for Stand & Deliver.

My Score: 8.7/10


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