What a wicked way to start the New Year!
2022 is here, so it’s time to get New Year’s EVIL! But will we see a NEW NXT Champion as Bron Breakker gets a second chance against Tommaso Ciampa?
- NXT Cruiserweight & North American Championship Unification: Roderick Strong w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams; Hayes wins and is the Undisputed North American Champion.
- Six Man Tag: Matt Riddle & MSK VS Imperium; Riddle & MSK win.
- NXT Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Mandy Rose VS Raquel Gonzalez VS Cora Jade; Mandy wins and retains the title.
- NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa VS Bron Breakker; Bron wins and becomes the new NXT Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
NXT Cruiserweight & North American Championship Unification: Roderick Strong w/ Diamond Mine VS Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams!
The Savior of the Backbreaker represents Diamond Mine, while the Breakout Superstar of 2021 simply represents. Will Strong break Melo under the pressure of this huge spotlight? Or will Melo shoot and score to become an even greater North American Champion?
Melo has a shirt that already says “Roderick Strong, 9/21/21 – 1/4/21,” declaring the reign is ending tonight. The introductions are made, both belts are raised, but only one walks away with THE belt to start the New Year!
Melo and Strong tie right up and go around. They end up on the ropes, in a corner, back to ropes and then across the way. The ref reprimands as they keep moving around, and Melo lets off first. Melo says that’s one, but Strong shrugs that off. The two of them tie up again, Melo gets an arm and wrenches while fans rally and duel. Strong reverses things around to a wristlock, but Melo rolls, kips up, and arm-drags Strong away! Melo dropkicks Strong down, and the two have a standoff! Strong keeps himself back and the two reset again. They circle, Strong swipes at Trick, then ties up with Melo. Melo headlocks and grinds to hit a takeover.
Strong headscissors, Melo kips out but roles reverse. Melo headscissors, Strong kips out, they trade arm-drags, Melo sweeps to a cover. ONE, Strong sweeps to a cover, ONE! Melo hits an Eddy Gordo Kick to take Strong down! Melo says that’s a three. Strong goes to a corner, Melo runs in to CHOP him! Strong swings but Melo dodges, and again! And again! Melo headlocks, Strong endures and fans rally. Strong powers up, throws body shots and powers out, but Melo slides and comes back, into a CHOP! Strong drags Melo up, CHOPS him again, and again, and again, but Melo bails out! Trick shields Melo but Strong almost chops him! Trick runs away, Strong CHOPS Melo!
Strong follows Melo, Melo knees low and puts Strong in the ring. Melo slides in but Strong drops an elbow! Strong rains down forearms, then whips Melo, only for Melo to slide off his back. Strong elbows Melo, runs, but Melo puts him in ropes! ENZIGURI, then an IMPLODING LEG DROP! Fans fire up while Bivens shouts at Strong to get up. Melo drags Strong back up, ROCKS him with a forearm, then runs to springboard, into a half nelson! But Melo slips out, only for Strong to elbow him! Strong and Melo counter hip toss back and forth, Melo has Strong on the apron for a SLINGSHOT DDT! Trick is all fired up and fans are losing their minds!
Melo puts Strong back in, goes to a corner and climbs, to leap but miss! Strong runs in to SHOTGUN BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and Trick is relieved! The fans are thunderous as NXT goes picture in picture!
Melo and Strong are still down, but Strong drags himself away. Strong gets to his feet, goes back for Melo and brings him up into a corner. Strong throws body shots, CHOPS, and then CHOPS again! Melo drops to his knees while his chest is stinging, but Strong drags him up again. Melo CHOPS back so Strong CHOPS him again! Melo leans on ropes, Strong chokes him against the ropes! Strong stomps away on Melo, has him back in the corner, and drags Melo up to throw more forearms! Strong kicks at Melo, brings him back up and brings him around to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Strong keeps on Melo with a grounded stretch.
Strong throws elbows, pulls on Melo’s arm, but Melo endures. Strong shifts to cobra clutch, but Melo fights up to JAWBREAKER free! Strong staggers, Melo springboards, FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Strong is still in this but Melo keeps on him with a chinlock. Strong grabs at Melo, Melo gets that arm for a top wristlock. Strong endures, fights up, Melo wrangles him down and leans on the hold. Strong kicks around, NXT returns to single picture and fans are dueling again. Melo keeps on the hold but Strong fights up. Melo knees low, Strong throws body shots, and the two are brawling! Melo whips, Strong LARIATS!
Strong gets up, drags Melo up and scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Strong drags Melo back up, for another BACKBREAKER! Strong drags Melo up a third time, for a third BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Strong fires up, and he drags Melo up to throw uppercuts. Strong then reels Melo in but Melo slips out of the slam to run and tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Strong is still in this, but Melo has the CROSSFACE! Almost a shoutout to Johnny Gargano here, but Strong powers out to get the legs! Melo blocks the catapult to get the legs back! BOSTON CRAB! Strong endures, powers Melo away, and then trips him for the STRONG HOLD!
Melo endures, fans rally and duel, and Melo powers his way through to get a leg free! Melo BOOTS Strong away, then gets up, into an URENAGE BACKBREAKER! Melo writhes, Strong covers, TWO!! Melo survives again and Strong is beside himself! Bivens glares at the ref and Hachiman argues the count, as do many of the fans. Strong drags Melo up to SLAP, but Melo SLAPS back! It is a SLAP fight! Strong gest the edge, CLUBS Melo, then ROCKS him with elbow after elbow! Strong runs side to side to give Melo forearm after forearm! OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!!The fans are thunderous again as Melo finds a way to survive!
Strong drags Melo up, puts him in a corner, “This is Awesome!” as Melo resists being put up top. Melo CLUBS Strong, shoves him away, then goes up and over for a sunset flip! Strong slips out but Melo gets him for a suplex CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Melo and Trick are both shocked, but Bivens is rabid as he shouts to Strong. Strong gets Melo for a cradle, TWO! Strong is up to ROCK Melo with a right! Suplex but Melo slips right out to SUPERKICK! Melo hurries for a corner and goes up, but Strong GAMANGIRIS Melo first! Melo wobbles up top, Strong goes up after him! Strong CLUBS away on Melo, gets him up, SUPER X-PLEX!?! Melo manages a cover, TWO!!!
No one can believe what they’ve just seen! Melo drags himself to a corner, he goes back up top, and Strong stands for the FLYING FAMOUSER!! Cover, Melo wins!!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (Undisputed North American Champion)
Bivens is stunned! His champion is no longer champion, and Carmelo Hayes is THE champion! But then, what is next for Carmelo Hayes in NXT?
Tommaso Ciampa is preparing backstage.
“Well isn’t this Phenomenal.” AJ Styles walks in and wishes Ciampa luck in his big match tonight. And Styles looks dressed for business tonight, too. Waller. Yes, sir. Now defend that title. Of course. Ciampa is ready, Styles is ready, but which of these old veterans starts off 2022 on the right foot?
The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is coming back!
History will be made again as both the men’s and women’s tag divisions look to win it all and go for the tag titles. The men kick things off in two weeks, with the women’s tournament starting in February!
AJ Styles is here!
The Phenomenal One is on NXT, looking to get at the 21st Century Success Story’s disrespectful self! Styles gets a mic while the fans chant his name. “I never get tired of hearing that. I’ve done a lot in my career, and that never gets old. I will always enjoy that. Thank you for that.” Styles has won a lot of championships, too, but those who followed him this long already know that. He thanks the amazing fans, but he’d be lying if he didn’t say he had some regrets. When Styles first got to the WWE, he wasn’t in NXT. He knows he sounds crazy for saying that, but his debut was at the Royal Rumble. He was on Raw and SmackDown, and within months, he was at WrestleMania. But there’s something special about NXT.
And the fans are showing him what. It’s that passion! The passion the fans have for the superstars here, and the passion that the superstars have for the fans. Styles doesn’t care if it is 1.0 or 2.0, passion makes NXT go ’round. And Styles will be damned if someone takes that passion away from the fans. So if you haven’t figured it out, he’s talking about Grayson Waller. Fans immediately boo. Styles says there will always be one who thinks they’re bigger and better than the place they should respect, and that right now is Grayson Waller. And speaking of, here comes Waller!
Waller says, “Mate, credit where it’s due. You really tug at the heartstrings, laid it on thick tonight.” He sees fans are emotional, one guy is crying, it’s all beautiful. A phenomenal deflection. Put the heat on Waller so people forget Styles lost to Omos. Actually, he got crushed! So this whole, “I really wish I started in NXT,” Waller ain’t buying it. Waller is pretty sure what Styles will say next: Grayson’s green, he doesn’t belong, didn’t pay his dues. None of that is real. Waller is a student of the game. He knows why Styles lost. No one else saw it that way but Waller did.
Even this one guy here, who’s probably watched WWE his whole life, didn’t see it. He hasn’t been in the ring, or a gym, or in the sun, in a long time, but Waller knows. Styles lost last night because the whole time, he was thinking about Waller! Waller is living in Styles’ mind rent free! Waller wishes he was at Raw just to see it, but he didn’t want to give Styles an excuse to blame him for the loss. Styles wants everyone to hold on a second. Waller is right. Styles is hurt and beat up, not at 100%. So then, Waller, take advantage of the situation. Styles has never had a match here at NXT. He’s got his gear on, so just get a ref and they can do this here and now!
Waller tells fans not to cheer here. They’re not on Phenomenal Time, they’re on Waller Time! You see this? Why not grow a sack, Waller, and do something?! Fans chant, “Grow a Sack!” and Waller throws off his shirt! Waller gets in, though he’s in white jeans, but Waller says no. This is a money fight, they need the spotlight. They can do this in the main event of next week’s NXT. Then Waller can get the biggest win of his career! Oh, the biggest win of his career? No, it’ll be the biggest embarrassment. Waller backs off, but the sucker punch is coming! Styles dodges to DECK Waller! Waller bails out, Styles puts him back in, but Waller stomps away!
Fans boo as Waller drags Styles up, JABS him, then swings! But Styles dodges again to PELE! Fans fire up with Styles, he runs in but Waller puts him out! Styles ROCKS Waller, springboards, but Waller gets away before the forearm flies in! Waller is running, but he only has seven days left! Will that main event Waller wants so bad be phenomenal for Styles?
Pete Dunne looks at his busted hand.
“So let me get this straight. I treat ya like anybody else and break your fingers, and you think that’s me trying to get one up on ya?” Dunne tells Tony D’Angelo that breaking his hand is the best? Well done, Tony, you poked the bear. Bet you’re real proud. But he thinks this is where it ends? That Tony can walk away? “Nah, mate, this is just the beginning.” And now it won’t be four, it’ll just be 1v1. Too late to back out, because Dunne will rip Tony’s arm out the socket and stomp that stupid mouth shut! If Tony’s as bad as he thinks he is, then face Dunne and finish what you started. And bring that crowbar, because you’re gonna need it!
Amari Miller checks in with Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter.
They’re all getting a workout in, and Amari asks them how that country music concert date went. Oh, they had a blast. Briggs & Brooks got them to put their boots on and do a Texas two step. Literally, though, not some metaphor. They’re now gearing up to become NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions! But then Persia Pirotta & Indi Hartwell walk over. The funny thing about New Year’s Resolutions is that they always fall short. These two are the next NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, okay? Oh, well then you’re looking at three women who wanna kick y’all in the face. Big talk from a small girl. You’re on!
Wait, what? Persia, what’s with all the handicap matches? Well, Indi’s always so focused on Dexter Lumis, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a partner. What about that new girl? Tiffany Stratton? She says thanks but no thanks. “Daddy, these girls are so ew!” Tiffany bails, but then they see that snoozing pajama girl waking up. Hey, how about her? KC Squared & Amari head out, and Indi asks who that even is. “I’m Wendy Choo. And why’re you looking at me like I’m a ham sandwich?” What? Who? Choo? Sandwich? Will this random partnership be a complete mess next week? Or is there more to Wendy than meets the eye?
Six Man Tag: Matt Riddle & MSK VS Imperium!
The Bro turned out to be the Shaman, and he helped give Wes Lee & Nash Carter the confidence to call out the NXT Tag Team Champions. But now, the Ring General is here to lead his men into battle! Will the #MustSeeBros be able to take the fight to Walter, Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner? Or will the mat once again be sacred?
NXT returns and MSK lead the way, followed by the Shaman Stallion! The trios sort out and Barthel starts against Carter. They circle, tie up, and Barthel arm-drags then floats to a hammerlock. Barthel scuffs Carter with a boot, Carter reaches back to headlock, but Barthel headstands out of it to keep the hammerlock! Barthel gets the other arm and pulls it back. Barthel digs knuckles into ribs, then brings Carter up in a chinlock. Carter snapmares free but Barthel kips up to get a facelock! Barthel wrenches an arm, Carter rolls, kips up and flips through to arm-drag! Carter goes Matrix, runs, trips Barthel up then basement dropkicks!
Carter kips up again and fans fire up! Barthel headlocks, Aichner tags in as Carter powers out, and Aichner hits an arm-drag! Aichner wrenches the wristlock, hammerlocks, then RAMS Carter into buckles! Aichner CHPOS, Carter SLAPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Carter whips, Aichner reverses and he blocks a boot! Carter avoids the clothesline but Aichner blocks the crucifix takedown! Aichner throws Carter away then pops Carter up, but Carter turns that into a RANA! Hot tag to Lee! Lee gets in, fires off hands, dodges Aichner’s clothesline and rolls back to headscissor! Lee kips up, fans fire up and Lee runs in, but Aichner dodges!
Lee QUEBRADAS, Aichner catches him but Lee slips off! Lee mule kicks but Aichner reverses the whip. Aichner blocks Lee’s boot and reels Lee in to CLOBBER him! Fans rally and duel, Aichner looms over Lee. Aichner brings Lee over to the corner but Lee wrenches! Lee breaks free, Aichner blocks a boot to flip Lee, but Lee dodges and slides to the corner! Tag to Riddle! Fans fire up and Riddle stares Aichner down! But Walter tags in! The Bro and the Ring General meet, and Riddle fires off fast hands! Riddle KICKS and KICKS but Walter CHOPS Riddle down! Walter drags Riddle up, CLUBS Riddle down, then tags Aichner back in.
Walter stomps Riddle, Aichner drags Riddle up to scoop and SLAM then drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Aichner clamps a chinlock on Riddle, Riddle fights up to throw body shots, but Aichner KICKS him down! Aichner back suplexes, Riddle lands on his feet! Tag to Lee then to Carter! MSK fires off on Aichner with kicks, ENZIGURI and DOUBLE STMOPS! Barthel rushes in but MSK send him to a corner, RAIL GUN DROPKICK! Walter tags in, and he CLOBBERS Lee, DECKS Riddle, tanks Carter’s kick and CHOPS him off his feet! Walter runs into Lee’s BOOT, and Lee goes up to Leap! But Walter catches him to RAM him into the corner, and CHOP him on the top rope!
Walter keeps Lee from falling out, and Barthel gets in, Imperium meet at the corner with double dropkicks! Now Lee falls to the floor and the fans are thunderous again as Imperium strike their poses and NXT goes picture in picture.
The ref restores a bit of order, Walter waits, and Carter gets in the ring. Walter stomps Carter, drags him around and has a motorcycle stretch. Carter endures as Walter stands on his shoulder blades. Carter fights up, but Walter KNEES him low! Walter drags Carter over, stomps the leg, then tags in Aichner. Aichner drags Carter to drop an elbow on the leg and trap it in a toehold. Carter grinds his forearm on Aichner’s face but Aichner drops knees on the knee! Aichner pulls on the leg, turns Carter over, and drops down for an STF! Carter endures, crawls and gets the ROPEBREAK! Aichner lets go to stomp Carter down.
Aichner CLUBS Carter, tags Barthel, and Barthel whips Carter to a corner for a EuroUpper and GAMANGIRI! Then a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Barthel goes up top, FLYING EUROUPPER! Cover, TWO! Barthel clamps on a cobra clutch and he leans on Carter. Carter endures, fights his way up and JAWBREAKERS free! Barthel catches Carter first to whip him away from the corner and EuroUpper again! Barthel whips, Carter reverses and ROUNDHOUSES! Barthel waistlocks, Carter gets around and SUPERKICKS Aichner! Dropkick to Barthel! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Barthel and Carter crawl, hot tag to Walter!
Walter stomps Carter down then stares at Riddle. Walter stomps Carter more, eggs him on, and Carter CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Walter knees low, reels Carter in, but Carter dodges! Only for Barthel & Aichner to trip Riddle and Lee! Walter runs in to BOOT Carter down, then SEATED SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Carter survives but Walter keeps egging him on. “This is Awesome!” as Walter gets Carter up, only for Carter to RANA free! Hot tag to Riddle! Riddle fires off strikes and KICKS on Walter! Walter shoves, Riddle comes back to spin and PELE! Riddle kips up, runs in and forearm smashes! Forearm smashes for Barthel and Aichner, another for Walter!
Walter fights the Brosploder, but Riddle powers up to still BROSPLODER! Then a PENALTY KICK! But Walter avoids the moonsault, only for the BROTON to hit! Riddle DECKS Barthel, KICKS Aichner, and he has them both in ropes! Riddle wants to shout out Randy Orton but Walter gets a SLEEPER HOLD! Riddle pries free, but Walter walistlocks! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Riddle lands on his feet! FINAL FLASH! Walter flounders out of the ring, MSK get in to DOUBLE SUPERKICK Aichner & Barthel! Riddle goes up and out to PENALTY KICK Walter! MSK build speed, Riddle springboards, DOUBLE TOPE FLOATING BRO!! Fans lose their minds for that triple awesomeness!
Riddle puts Walter in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans are loving this, they rally and duel, “WAL~TER!” “BRO!” Riddle is up, he hears voices in his head like The Viper! But then Imperium clobber MSK! Carter is sent into steps, Lee is sent over the desk! Riddle sees that and is distracted long enough for Walter to SHOTGUN DROPKICK him down! Walter drags Riddle up, to WALTER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Riddle survives and Walter is furious! Walter tags Barthel in and Barthel drags Riddle up. Aichner tags in, they set Riddle up, GAMANGIRI, ROCKET LAUNCHER BRAINBUSTER! Cover, Carter breaks it!
Barthel goes after Carter, throwing him out by his dreadlocks. Walter shouts orders, Imperium get Riddle back up. Walter goes to one corner, Barthel tags in and climbs up the main corner. Aichner brings Riddle up but Riddle back drops free! FINAL FLASH for Barthel! GERMAN SUPLEX for Walter! Hot tag to Carter! Lee tags in, Carter hoists Aichner up! Riddle tags back in, MUST SEE BLOCKBUSTER! FLOATING BRO!! Barthel runs in, into an RKO!! Cover, Riddle & MSK win!!
Winners: Matt Riddle & MSK, by pinfall
Broooo! The Stallion did Orton proud, and he also helped Lee & Carter get back up! Will MSK do their Shaman proud and take those NXT Tag Team Championships from Imperium?
Backstage interview with Joe Gacy & Harland.
McKenzie asks about things that happened with Andre Chase and one of his students. Does Harland wish to explain himself? Gacy says it is okay. Harland has been working through things, coming to grips with how people have treated him in the past. Harland has made great strides and has shown more restraint than he ever has before. They’ve discussed it, and if they were to compete for the Dusty Cup, it’d bring Harland peace, joy and happiness. They are a brand new tag team, so they don’t want to be automatically put in the field. They don’t want a handout, or the “privilege” other tag teams receive. They will prove to the committee they are a viable tag team. “Thank you for your time.” Their goal is clear, but will Gacy and Harland look to enter the cup and redefine what it stands for?
Mandy Rose arrives by helicopter.
“This is how the champ arrives in style. New Year’s Evil, baby.” Mandy blows us a kiss, but will she be kissing the belt good-bye in tonight’s Triple Threat?
Backstage interview with Elektra Lopez.
McKenzie gets right to it: What is going on with her and Xyon Quinn? Oh everyone wants to know~? Well, keep on wondering. But she will say this: she joined Legado del Fantasma because Santos Escobar knew she was a difference maker. Family comes first, but sometimes when someone catches your eye, it makes you look at things differently. She is attracted to success. She makes no apology to anyone, even her own family. But people are still wanting an answer. Next week, we will get that answer when Santos takes on Quinn, and the winner of that match leaves with Lopez. Things are heating up, who takes the heart and loyalty of Elektra?
NXT Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Mandy Rose VS Raquel Gonzalez VS Cora Jade!
Toxic Attraction’s leader may have had a bit of help getting this title off Big Mami Cool, but she might be overestimating herself thinking she can just use her opponents against each other. Will Ricky Desperado become a rare two-time NXT Women’s Champion? Or will #GenerationJade truly be established to start off the New Year?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the “Beast Behind the Beauty” is unleashed, or just unburdened of a belt!
Raquel BOOTS Cora down then fires off on Mandy! Raquel whips Mandy to a corner, Mandy bounces off buckles, then Raquel whips her into another corner! Mandy flops down, Cora gets up but Raquel scoops her and HOTSHOTS her on the ropes! Mandy CLUBS Raquel, throws a knee, then hits another KNEE! Raquel flops out of the ring, Mandy ROCKS Cora! Mandy whips, Cora goes up and headscissors Mandy down! Raquel returns to push Cora to a corner and whip her corner to corner. Cora goes up but gets caught, tilt-o-whirl into a scoop, but Cora slips off to roll Raquel up! ONE, but Raquel runs in and is dumped right out!
Cora builds speed as fans rally, but Mandy trips her up! Mandy drags Cora out and RAMS her into the apron! And then again! Mandy CLUBS Cora, ROCKS her, but Raquel comes in to BOOT Mandy! Cora goes up to CANNONBALL onto Raquel! Fans fire up with Cora as the young spitfire is standing all! But then Mandy YANKS Cora into steel steps! Mandy gloats as she stands tall, and she puts Cora in the ring. Cover, but Raquel drags Cora out. Mandy wrecks Raquel with a dropkick then throws Cora back in. Fans are dueling, Mandy covers, but again Raquel drags Cora out. Mandy goes back out to ROCK Raquel and RAM her into steps!
Mandy goes back to Cora, drags her up, but Cora makes it a cradle! Cover, Raquel breaks it herself! Raquel puts Cora up top, throws forearms on her, but Mandy kicks Raquel. Raquel knees Mandy, fireman’s carries, and then RAMS her into Cora! Raquel adds Cora to the stack! Fans are thunderous for the DOUBLE SAMOAN DROP! Raquel is all fired up as she hurries, but both women bail out as NXT goes picture in picture!
Raquel seethes, having missed her window on a cover. Mandy and Cora crawl on the outside. Mandy looks under the ring, Raquel grabs at her, and Mandy SMACKS Raquel with a kendo stick! Mandy then JAMS Raquel, SMAKCS her on the side of the leg, then stalks her. Mandy CHOKES Raquel with the kendo stick in Raquel’s jaw! Raquel powers out and Mandy is panicking! Raquel SMACKS Mandy in the leg now! And then she makes Mandy eat kendo stick in the mouth! Raquel eggs Mandy on, but Cora rolls Raquel up! TWO, and Cora has the stick! Raquel wants Cora to take it easy, but Cora says she deserves to be here. Mandy BOOTS Cora down, then SHOVES Raquel out of the ring!
Mandy drags Cora to a cover, TWO! Mandy scuffs Cora, Cora kicks back from below. Mandy stomps Cora, DECKS Raquel off the apron, then she goes back to get the kendo stick. Cora wants mercy, but Mandy jams the stick into Cora’s jaw! Cora sputters, Mandy covers, TWO!! Mandy is furious but she wraps Cora up in body scissors! Mandy thrashes Cora around, Cora fights but Mandy CLUBS away on her chest! Cora endures as Mandy puts on the squeeze, and then Mandy rolls it to a cover, TWO! Mandy keeps on with the body scissors as NXT returns to single picture. Fans are dueling, Mandy gets another cover, TWO!
Raquel stomps them both down, and then she drags Mandy up. Mandy CLUBS Raquel’s leg, but Cora sunset flips Mandy! TWO!! Cora is shocked how close that was, but she BOOTS Mandy! Mandy CLOBBERS Cora on the return! Cover, TWO!! Raquel whips Cora to a corner hard then she scoops and SLAMS Mandy! “This is Awesome!” as Raquel whips Mandy into Cora’s BOOT! Raquel runs in, Cora gets her for a RANA! Cora runs but Raquel bypasses, so Cora springboards to RANA Mandy! Cora fires off on Raquel but Raquel blocks and reverses the whip to run, but into a SHINING WIZARD! Cora has the cravat but Raquel powers up to hit a BACKBREAKER!
Raquel drags Cora up, fireman’s carries, and she hoists her up to TOSS her! Mandy moves, Cora hits floor! Mandy is shocked at the brutality, and even Raquel can’t believe what she just did to her! But then Raquel dares Mandy to get some courage and get in the ring. Mandy runs for it! Raquel gets Mandy at the ramp and runs her all the way back to the ring! Raquel stalks Mandy, Mandy wants mercy. Raquel looms over Mandy as she goes to ropes, and she gets legs to bring Mandy in for a SLAM! Raquel runs and rallies with big lariats! Mandy tires to dodge but Raquel grabs her by the hair and CLOBBERS her! But Mandy again scrambles out of the ring!
Raquel fetches Mandy, puts her back in, but Mandy hits a DRAPING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Raquel is still in this and Mandy can’t believe it! Mandy is furious and she dribbles Raquel’s head off the mat! Mandy talks trash, but Raquel avoids the Kami-Goye to send Mandy into ropes! Mandy sputters, Raquel rolls Mandy and gets her up! Raquel shakes Mandy by her head, then gets her up for the CHINGONA BOMB!! Cover, but Cora SUPER SENTONS in outta nowhere to break it!! Cora grins but Raquel is seething! Raquel drags Cora up to ram her into a corner! Raquel puts Cora up top, ROCKS her, then climbs up! Cora slips out to SHOVE Raquel down!!
Fans are thunderous as Cora finds herself alone with Mandy. Cora crawls over after Mandy, rolls her up, but Mandy spins through to sit down! Mandy wins!!
Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)
Mandy wins by the seat of her leather hot pants! Cora can’t believe it, and Raquel is fuming, but Mandy is still golden. Who will step to Toxic Attraction’s leader next?
Boa washes his face.
“The powers are uncontrollable. I cannot contain them. Please, let me face Solo Sikoa by myself.” He keeps splashing water on his face, but he sees Tian Sha in the mirror. Will Boa still be Boa when he fights the Street Champion of the Island?
MSK & Riddle celebrate in the parking lot.
That was so awesome! It was an incredible journey, but now it is time for Lee & Carter to fulfill their destinies and win those NXT Tag Team Championships. This isn’t good-bye forever, just good-bye for now. Later, dudes! Riddle scooters off into the night and MSK say farewell. They know what they have to do, but then the Creed Brothers walk over saying, “How cute.” While MSK were on the cute little trippy vacation, the tag division has gotten more competitive. The only way MSK gets at Imperium now is by winning the Dusty Cup again. And that ain’t happening with Julius & Brutus in the way. Will MSK show the Brothers Creed that they can and will make history?
Andre Chase heads to the ring!
HIs student section is growing, and Professor Chase is here with a mic. “Last week was indeed a Teachable Moment! I was in deep trouble, and one of my students risked life and limb to slide in this ring and protect me. That’s the kind of bond we have between our student body and our faculty at Andre Chase University.” And Chase is so grateful that Harland didn’t follow through and throw his student off the roof. That would have been terrible for enrollment. So for his heroics and selflessness, Chase wants to recognize this student. The student section fires up as Chase says this is a man he is so proud of. “You Deserve It!”
This is a man Chase has watched grow right before his very eyes. This is the recipient of the first-ever Chase U FULL SCHOLARSHIP! You DO deserve it! But wait, here comes Von Wagner. “Enough with the bullsh*t. Now let the real star of NXT say something.” Von hears us, our boos and negative comments. But when Von steps in the ring, suddenly, he’s your new favorite. Everyone wants to tune in to the Von Wagner Watch Party, so we can see who he tunes out next. And let’s be real. Von only needs to be liked by those who matter, and none of the fans do! “Look at me! Look at me! I’m everything that you’re not!” And Chase, Von is everything that you’re not.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, Von. This is what a teachable moment is- Von CLOBBERS Chase!! And hauls him up for an OLYMPIC SLAM! But he’s not done, he puts Chase in a corner and chokes him! Von throws Chase down, then glares at the student section. The star pupil shouts at Von, but Von snatches the Chase U flag and throws id won! Then he throws the student down! And then he grabs at a fan! Referees rush out, but Von gets a child and SLAMS him down! And then he fires off punches on more fans! Von’s violence has reached an all time low! Who will stop him from doing whatever he wants to whoever he wants?
Security ejects Von from the building.
But on his way out, Ivy Niles is there with Diamond Mine as they are with Strong in the medical area. Von tells her to get out of his face, and then leaves.
Cameron Grimes speaks.
“2021. What a year, and what a life. Who else but ol’ Cameron Grimes showing up in a spaceship coup and wearing a butler suit? From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. I went from cuttin’ grass to kickin’ ass. That damn Ted DeBiase taught me how to conduct myself like a champ.” But that legacy was Ted’s. Time for Grimes to make his own. Instead of chasing green, he’s going to start chasing gold. 2022 THE~ MOON~!
Next week’s NXT is also big!
Or rather, phenomenal! Styles VS Waller IS the main event, but we’re also getting the Six Woman Tag of Amari & KC Squared VS Indi, Persia & Wendy Choo, and a CROWBAR ON A POLE MATCH! Will the Bruiserweight break Tony D’s digits? Or will Tony take Dunne’s other hand and completely sideline him?
NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa VS Bron Breakker!
The Psycho Killer told “the Big Booty Nephew” that he’d drown in inexperience, and perhaps that was true. One mistake on a second rope move and Bron lost at Halloween Havoc. But after winning WarGames for Team 2.0, Bron’s confidence is up and he’s ready for redemption! Have Ciampa’s chances of retaining just drastic go down in the New Year? Or will the only thing new be that Ciampa is on to a new challenger after this?
Speaking of, Bron has a new singlet, and he BOOTS his way through an old NXT logo. Ciampa doesn’t even bat an eye at all that as he makes his way to the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we go COMMERCIAL FREE in this main event!
Bron and Ciampa circle, tie up, and Bron puts Ciampa on ropes. The ref counts, Bron lets off but stares Ciampa down. Ciampa and Bron tie up again, Ciampa puts Bron in a corner and the ref counts. Ciampa lets off, then CHOPS! Bron just laughs it off, so Ciampa kicks low and whips. Bron reverses, Ciampa stops himself to come back and LARIAT! Ciampa runs in to corner clothesline, then keeps going to duck, dodge and redirect. Bron hurdles, gator rolls and suplexes Ciampa for a stalling SLAM! Bron kips up and fans fire up while Ciampa bails out. Ciampa takes a moment to catch his breath, and Bron holds the ropes open.
Ciampa waits, gets on the apron but Bron rushes in. Ciampa gets Bron’s foot but Bron pulls Ciampa in! Bron deadlifts Ciampa for another suplex and SLAM! Bron CLUBS Ciampa on the back, stalks him to a corner and shoves him at the ropes to CLUB him again. Fans duel and bark, Bron waistlocks and shoves Ciampa, but Ciampa elbows him away! Ciampa CHOPS, Bron throws a forearm! Ciampa CHPOS, Bron throws a forearm. Ciampa fakes Bron out to stomp his foot and scrape laces on Bron’s face. Ciampa headlocks to grind Bron into ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Ciampa climbs up to rain down rights on Bron in the corner.
Fans count all the way to nine, but Bron carries Ciampa for an atomic drop! Bron LARIATS Ciampa down, then storms over to Ciampa in the corner. Bron whips corner to corner, Ciampa reverses but Bron goes up and over. Bron keeps moving, ducks and dodges, but Ciampa dropkicks him down! Ciampa takes a bow while fans rally up. Ciampa kicks Bron around, stomps him, then drags Bron up to throw haymakers. Ciampa whips, Bron ducks and dodges again, and he leaps, only to miss! Deja vu to Halloween Havoc there, and Ciampa runs to KNEE Bron down! Ciampa runs to FLY! Direct hit with the conjilo, and Ciampa sits on the apron to applaud and pat himself on the back!
Fans are fired up as Ciampa fetches Bron back into the ring. Ciampa drives a knee into Bron, then does it again. Ciampa drops ax handles, then clamps on a chinlock to grind Bron down. Bron endures, fights up, powers Ciampa into a corner, but Ciampa hops on to be a backpack! Bron stays on his feet, and then drops back for a SENTON! Fans rally up while both men are down. Ciampa and Bron rise, and they start throwing forearms. Ciampa CHOPS, Bron forearms, repeat! Bron blocks the leg lariat to LARIAT! Bron rallies, whips Ciampa to the corner, then runs in to SPLASH! Bron keeps moving, ducks a chop and turns Thesz Press into SPINEBUSTER!
Bron RAMS Ciampa in the corner, hoists him up top, and Bron climbs up to join Ciampa. Fans fire up as Bron goes to the very top, but Ciampa slips out to trip Bron up! Ciampa stomps away on Bron in a Tree of Woe! The ref counts, Ciampa lets off and goes side to side to basement dropkick! Bron flops out of the Tree, fans rally, and Ciampa drags Bron back up. Ciampa reels Bron in, underhooks, but Bron blocks! Ciampa CLUBS and ROCKS Bron with forearms, then runs, into another SPINEBUSTER! Bron hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Bron can’t believe it, but it’s hard to believe Bron just did that!
Bron goes to a corner, he goes up top, but he thinks better of the second rope. Ciampa CHOPS Bron and then shoves him down! Bron hits the apron then the floor, Ciampa goes out to run and KNEE Bron down! Ciampa puts Bron in the ring, and KNEES Bron down again! Ciampa’s bleeding from an eyebrow but he doesn’t care, he runs to- SPEAR!! Bron takes Ciampa down but he can’t make the cover! “This is Awesome!” and far from over! Ciampa pushes himself up, Bron gets up near the ropes. They both stand, Bron throws a haymaker! Ciampa forearms back, so Bron throws another! Ciampa throws a forearm, Bron hits back again!
Ciampa JABS, JABS, one-two combo and then some! Ciampa has Bron in the corner, the ref counts but Ciampa lets off at 4. Ciampa runs in again, but into a RANA! Bron gets Ciampa to a cover, TWO!! Ciampa sits up in a daze, but Bron gets up and stands Ciampa up. Bron trophy lifts, but no powerslam as Ciampa slips out and puts Bron on the apron! WILLOWS BELL! Cover, TWO!! Ciampa hurries to get the leg! He kicks Bron into position for a HALF CRAB!! Bron endures, crawls forward, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Ciampa holds on and even adds pressure until the ref counts 4! Fans still rally and duel as Ciampa goes out and peels up floor mats!
Ciampa is again revisiting Halloween Havoc as he refreshes the count and drags Bron out. Bron shoves Ciampa away but Ciampa BOOTS him back! Ciampa has Bron out but Bron Alabama lifts to ALABAMA SLAM Ciampa on the announce desk! The desk falls apart under Ciampa and fans are losing their minds! Bron hauls Ciampa up and into the ring, then gets him for the trophy lift! POWERSLAM!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Ciampa saves himself by mere fingertips! Fans hope these two “Fight Forever!” at this point! Ciampa clings to the ropes, gets to the apron, but Bron keeps going after him.
The ref keeps having Bron back off, so Bron goes out, and Ciampa SNAPS the ropes! Ciampa gets Bron in his breakkers! PSYCHO KNEE! Then another PSYCHO KNEE! And a THIRD! Ciampa gets Bron in, underhooks, FAIRY TALE ENDING!! Cover, TWO?!?! HOW?!? Ciampa can’t believe it and fans are going nuts! Ciampa gets Bron up on the top rope and climbs up after him. Bron hits back, Ciampa still tries. Bron CLUBS Ciampa, shoves him down, and then goes to the second rope, for the FLYING BULLDOG!! Bron brings down the straps and he stands over Ciampa! STEINER RECLINER!!! Ciampa endures, flails, and TAPS! BRON WINS!!
Winner: Bron Breakker, by submission (NEW NXT Champion)
New Year, NEW NXT Champion! Bron looks at Ciampa one more time, and Ciampa nods. Bron takes Goldie for his own and holds her way up high! Maybe Bron fell for some of the same old tricks, but he had some tricks of his own. Will Bron carry the torch for NXT into a bright future?
What an AWESOME event to open the year for NXT! And much like I said for NXT WarGames, this event really brought things back to 1.0 levels. And while I’m still greatly disappointed Vince killed the Cruiserweight Division all over again, the match we got tonight of Strong VS Melo was a great one, and I suppose was worth it. Melo winning to retain the North American Championship is great for him, and he will definitely continue a great run with that title. As for Strong, he could rebound and go after the top title, the one title he hasn’t held. I don’t know what the chances of Roddy Grand Slam would be, it probably won’t happen now that we’re in 2.0, but he should at least be given a match.
Speaking of the top title, Ciampa VS Bron II was awesome stuff, and I figured that this was where Bron would win. Bron is the new champion, using his uncle’s submission, and fulfilling the inevitable from when 2.0 took over. Bron has a long list of people to face, both those still here from 1.0 and those in the same 2.0 class as Bron, and I would think Bron has a lengthy reign as the first 2.0 guy to be champion. We got a lot of good promos to build things for next week, like Dunne’s response to Tony D’Angelo, Boa bargaining with Tian Sha before taking on Solo Sikoa, and the Six Woman Tag. Great to see Karen Q, now Wendy Choo, finally talk, too.
Lopez making Quinn VS Escobar a “Winner gets Lopez” match is definitely the blow-off I was expecting, and I’m thinking this means Quinn wins. He is still undefeated, and being undefeated with a win over Escobar would be even bigger for him. Then, I could see him going after Melo and the North American Championship, Lopez as his manager to counter Trick Williams being in Melo’s corner. Grimes also says his piece, and I expect him wanting the North American Championship, too. We could even end up with another North American Championship Ladder match, as we’ve seen in the past.
I clearly didn’t realize Styles VS Waller wasn’t happening here and this was just going to be a “Face calls out Heel” segment. That was a bit of a let down that Styles shows up just for Waller to brawl and then duck him. Styles VS Waller in next week’s main event will be good, but I feel like this delay gives Waller a chance to figure out a way to cheat. Andre Chase coming out to reference last week was good, but Von showing up was a surprise. Von going after “fans” was also pretty wild, I feel like this is their attempt to build Von up as a Heel the way Waller going after Gargano built him up. And I do like that Ivy Nile is so ready to fight the guys, she did not back down from Von.
Glad that the Dusty Cup is coming back, that is going to be a good tournament. We’re obviously getting the four teams who had the big promo last week in it, so totally expect The Creed Brothers, Jacket Time, Grizzled Young Veterans and Briggs & Brooks to be pit against each other. MSK & Riddle had an awesome match with Imperium, and it was pretty clever for Riddle to take the win so that the math on MSK and Imperium to be unaffected. Imperium and MSK are clear choices for semifinalists, but Gacy & Harland are also in, so I bet we see MSK VS Gacy & Harland for the finals. That match could go either way, but MSK making history would be pretty cool.
Mandy Rose entering by helicopter was cool, a lot like the one time Charlotte Flair did that, so maybe it should’ve been obvious Mandy would retain. It was a very good match, and went how a Triple Threat should with the odd person out always getting after one of the others. It was very active, but the finish seemed really abrupt with Mandy just turning a cover into a cover. I did appreciate she didn’t straight up copy Becky Lynch with holding ropes during that sitting cover, but it seemed too easy for her to get Cora stacked and stuck. Chances are, a team of Raquel & Cora comes out of this in time for the Women’s Dusty Cup.
As for who is next to challenge Mandy, there’s a chance Io Shirai is next in another attempt to boost Mandy’s reign. Kay Lee Ray is probably being saved for a bigger event, and I would hope then KLR wins to take that title off Mandy.
My Score: 9.1/10
NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.187 ~ 29TH SEPTEMBER 2022
Keiji Mutoh continues his Retirement tour and bringing out faces from the past! NOAH has a new champion! Interesting inter-promotional battles on the horizon as well!
Kaito Kiyomiya is the new GHC Heavyweight Champion, nominates Kazuyuki Fujita as challenger
Following provocation by Kenoh not only saying that he was going to be the one to inherit Keiji Mutoh’s Shining Wizard and the memory of Keiji Mutoh himself (and the outright claim that Kiyomiya would simply forget about Mutoh once Mutoh had retired, which Kiyomiya didn’t even bother responding to), Kenoh went one step further at their last pre match on the 19th September by pulling Keiji Mutoh’s pose, kissing his hand, putting it to Kiyomiya’s lips and then exploding it. Kiyomiya erupted in fury at this, it was far more than any verbal provocation of Kenoh’s, which I guess he has learned to ignore over the years. They fought for the GHC Heavyweight in Nagoya on September 25th, with Kiyomiya emerging victorious following a modified Shining Wizard. As Kenoh left it was like a spell was broken. Kenoh went backstage and muttered about Kiyomiya being the company favorite and in his interview the day after winning the title, Kiyomiya said nothing about Keiji Mutoh. Mutoh as we know had been a focus of both Kiyomiya and Kenoh leading up to the title match.
Back in the ring, Kiyomiya called out his next opponent. Kazuyuki Fujita. Fujita came to the ring, carrying a can of beer which he swigged from. Getting in the ring he circled Kiyomiya and took off his t-shirt. Kiyomiya said that he was expecting a fight, but Fujita did something that no other NOAH wrestler had (or perhaps would) do, and that was to throw himself at Kiyomiya and then make nuzzling motions against his head, while he licked the belt. Kiyomiya pushed him off, and Fujita retaliated by pouring beer over his head.
Kiyomiya screaming that he hated beer was met with Fujita toasting him from the ramp and yelling “Kampaiii” (“cheers”) after a fight had broken out, and Kiyomiya threw him from the ring.
Backstage, Kiyomiya said his reason for nominating Kazuyuki Fujita as his challenger was that he had never been defeated for the GHC Heavyweight. Fujita had to give up the belt due to Coronavirus. It has been a recurring theme of most of the GHC Heavyweight champions since Go Shiozaki, that Fujita has been the man to beat in order to cement yourself as champion. Kiyomiya was picking up that torch.
As for Fujita, he played it as if he was a Casanova and had been asked out on a date by warning Kiyomiya that when you experience Fujita, you can never go back because you were never going to be the same. He was going to “make it a night to remember”. He sipped his beer, and licked his lips afterwards.
Title match has been set for NOAH’s return to Ariake on the 30th October.
STINGER lose, NOAH Junior Regulars win, enter Tadasuke (with a chair)
Following a period of brutal attacks on Seiki Yoshioka (by the end of the match he could hardly use one side of his body) and a title challenge where Atsushi Kotoge was bloodied up, The NOAH Junior Regulars emerged victorious and bought the tag titles home to their unit. They had very little time to celebrate their win and put ice on their wounds, when Tadasuke burst in and attacked Atsushi Kotoge with a chair while Hi69 beat up on the already incapacitated Seiki Yoshioka. Tadasuke (wild grin on his face) got on the microphone and made a challenge for the tag titles. Then Tadasuke wiped the blood from Kotoge that had got on his hands on his hair, leaving red streaks in the peroxide. Tadasuke was even waving the bloodied seat of the chair, which had detached during the attack, around backstage.
Title match will be on the 30th October when NOAH return to the Ariake complex.
Takashi Sugiura and Satoshi Kojima, NOAH’s most dysfunctional tag team, win the GHC Heavyweight tag titles
It must be said that with the combined efforts of Satoshi Kojima and Hideki Suzuki, we almost have our Sugi back.
At the press conference/title match signing, Sugi and Kojima appeared dressed in suits and wearing dark glasses. They looked something between The Men In Black and “Dangerous Detectives” (as Tokyo Sports called them which stems from a Japanese TV show). Hideki Suzuki was on form, not only mistranslating Timothy Thatcher and stating at one point that Thatcher said he came to Japan to “beat you up” and being rude to a journalist for being overfamiliar with his “punk mouth”, the highlight of the press conference was his long close up stare at Sugi, who was trying not to laugh.
The dysfunctional team won the titles in Nagoya on the 25th September, and despite their falling out during the match, Sugi actually gave Kojima a proper handshake. Then they went back to squabbling backstage over Kojima talking on the mic when it was Sugi who got the win. No challengers have come forward as of yet.
HAYATA retains the GHC Junior, Ninja Mack makes his long awaited challenge
It had been an emotional match for YO-HEY, and for fans. Cutting out the aerial techniques that had characterized their earlier matches, both he and HAYATA demonstrated how much they had both evolved by concentrating on a more NOAH based ground attack with submissions. YO-HEY might have failed in the challenge, but he had at least gotten one win over HAYATA in the pre-match. He knew the title match would be different and he would need to level up, and afterwards he reflected and said he would start from rock bottom in order to make his next challenge. What fans had noticed that while things had changed between them, some things were the same, such as YO-HEY coloring his hair, his tongue (and even his boxer shorts) purple, which is HAYATA’s color, and HAYATA not speaking as much as he has done in previous title challenges, as he is content to let YO-HEY talk. After the match, Ninja Mack came to challenge. HAYATA accepted by saying, that he was “finally interested in the belt” and acknowledging him as challenger. Title match will of course be on the 30th October. But HAYATA is not immediately going into a fallout match with Ninja Mack at NOAH’s next event on the 30th, but is having a tag match against YO-HEY.
Keiji Mutoh’s Retirement Road
Keiji Mutoh has been very busy.
– 23rd September: Great Muta appears in AEW
The Great Muta made a surprise appearance in AEW to rescue Sting, who had been tied to a chair by Darby Allen. Muta came to the ring, advanced on Sting and then turned and spat green mist into the face of Allen and then reunited with Sting. Keiji Mutoh announced that Sting would attend Muta’s retirement on the 22nd in Yokohama, but has not said in what capacity, although it is assumed that they will tag. Regarding any further appearances in America, Mutoh said he didn’t think it was likely, but did warn that The Great Muta may pop up somewhere as you never knew where he would turn up next.
– 25th September: Keiji Mutoh Retirement Road: Love Forever 2
Keiji Mutoh teamed with his junior Kazuyuki Fujita to take on Mutoh’s classmate, Masakatsu Funaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima, who Mutoh has known since he was a boy, and still calls affectionately “Katsuhiko”. Nakajima said he was going to break up this class reunion, and while Mutoh did get kicked (Nakajima smirked and said it was fun when Mutoh later complained his leg still hurt) but it was Fujita who got the worst of it. During the match, Nakajima pulled out Mutoh’s Space Rolling Elbow. Mutoh was initially not pleased, but then he became very happy to see it and said that he thought that “Katsuhiko” did it because he had some small measure of feeling for him. I think had Nakajima been a more acrobatic wrestler, Mutoh might have handed it to him. Mutoh won the match with The Shining Wizard, pinning Nakajima. This was Mutoh’s farewell to Nagoya, his classmate, his junior and Nakajima.
– 26th September: Hiroshi Tanahashi comes to the press conference and a tag match is announced
Hiroshi Tanahashi presented 38 roses to Mutoh when he came to the press conference. Each rose symbolizes a year of Mutoh’s career. Mutoh joked that he should have laid them at his feet, as had happened in boxing recently. Tanahashi said he wasn’t good at ad-libbing, and then introduced himself as “one of the greatest New Japan talents in the past one hundred years”. During the press conference, a tag match was announced. New Japan’s Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe and Honma Tomoaki will team together against the team of Naomichi Marufuji, Keiji Mutoh and Keiji Mutoh. This will take place on the 30th October. Mutoh has not given up hope of appearing one final time in the New Japan ring.
– 16th October: A new match is announced
NOAH announced that due to fan demand, Keiji Mutoh will be appearing in Fukuoka. He will tag with Ninja Mack and Satoshi Kojima against Naomichi Marufuji, HAYATA and Jack Morris. Satoshi Kojima is of course connected to Mutoh through All Japan and New Japan, Naomichi Marufuji has wanted a match against Mutoh (he will be tagging with him as we know on the 30th October) and HAYATA has been a big fan of Mutoh for a while, as he has influenced a lot of his style and persona. HAYATA thinks of himself and The Great Muta as “The Phantom Team”. Muta doesn’t like to speak and HAYATA said, neither does he.
Naomichi Marufuji and Katsuhiko Nakajima head overseas
Naomichi Marufuji and Katsuhiko Nakajima will appear for Evolution Pro Wrestling in New York for their anniversary show on November 12th. Marufuji’s match is yet to be announced, but Nakajima will take on Josh Alexander. Alexander has said he wonders how Nakajima is going to kick after he snaps his ankle. They will also appear at King of Indies in San Francisco on November 19th.
NOSAWA vs Katsuhiko Nakajima (and Kenoh)
After being beaten up by Katsuhiko Nakajima who gave him some pretty stiff soccerball kicks outside the ring at Korakuen Hall recently, (although he would tell you that Nakajima tried to beat him up), NOSAWA Rongai has been on a quest to face Nakajima in a match. Then he threw in Kenoh, so it could be himself and Eita versus Kongoh. Hideki Suzuki told him that he was probably going to die, but NOSAWA has taken no notice and kept on with his demand. His demand has not been met because rather than facing Nakajima and Kenoh, NOAH have booked him against rookies Yasutaka Yano and Kai Fujimura. NOSAWA thinks he is having to go through some kind of trial.
ELSEWHERE IN NOAH
– Hideki Suzuki has hinted that perhaps Takashi Sugiura might like to get back online.
– Yoshiki Inamura and YO-HEY continued their guild, despite the fact that YO-HEY said someone attacked and burned their castle down. A picture was taken of YO-HEY and Inamura playing the game, with YO-HEY seated cross legged on Inamura, who was doing a bridge in the ring. We have seen Inamura used as a weight, but is he now used as furniture?
– NOAH’s Director, Narihiro Takeda, wrote on a NOAH Note that he would like for Darby Allin to come to NOAH one day.
– Tadasuke got a match thrown out by ripping off Alejandro’s mask. Tadasuke did not care, and did not even respond when Alejandro asked if he wanted a mask for himself?
– Daiki Inaba had his long awaited singles match with Katsuhiko Nakajima, but failed to revenge himself for Nakajima’s behavior in W-1. Nakajima even went for the cocky pin by grinning and leaning on Inaba.
– There was usual chaos at the NOAH Junior Space sessions as Daisuke Harada is not there to take control. Atsushi Kotoge seems to be the main culprit, forgetting to invite Seiki Yoshioka in and at one time even failing to press record.
– It’s probably best that Daiki Inaba, who apparently likes to be in the nip backstage, was not present when NOAH was at Differ. It was bad enough that Sugi used to wander around naked…
– Mitsuharu Misawa wrote in a diary entry for 2006 about filming an advert for THE LEAVE, and having to sing first thing in the morning while they were filming. Probably due to the fact that he had a problem with his throat anyway, was a heavy smoker and had taken “so many chops and kicks” to it in his career, he said he sounded very hoarse.
EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS
SUNNY VOYAGE – September 19th
N-INNOVATION – September 21st
GRAND SHIP 2022 IN NAGOYA/KEIJI MUTOH RETIREMENT ROAD – September 25th
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
Challenger: Kazuyuki Fujita, [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
- GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
Challenger: Ninja Mack, [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka)
Challengers: Kongoh Juniors (Tadasuke & Hi69), [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
- GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
Challenger: Masa Kitamiya, SUNNY VOYAGE 2022 – Friday September 30th (Bandaijima Multi-Purpose Square Ogama)
(This event will not be broadcast live, but hopefully this match will be shown via Instagram)
THIS WEEK IN NOAH
– Friday, October 7th
STAR NAVIGATION 2022 – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Time: 18:30 JST
Broadcast: WrestleUniverse/ABEMA (live)
– Saturday, October 8th
STAR NAVIGATION 2022 – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Time: 18:30 JST
Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (live)
Note about broadcasts
Unless you are living in Japan or have a VPN you know is compatible with ABEMA, please do not subscribe to the service. For fans living outside of Japan, a subscription to WrestleUniverse would be better as they show more NOAH shows than ABEMA, and usually the events get uploaded very quickly. ABEMA broadcasts are only in Japanese, you can only watch them live, and this is the only NOAH they show. They do not broadcast old shows as these belong to Samurai TV.
BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
Wednesday, 5th October: Keiji Mutoh debut anniversary (38)
Wednesday, 5th October: Seiki Yoshioka debut anniversary (14)
“Taka & Satoshi” reveal a “dangerous detective” look, mischievous Suzuki is a reckless interpreter, the GHC tag signing ceremony is thrown into chaos by bizarre question and answer between the two teams
With thanks to: Metal NOAH
GIF taken from WrestleUniverse & NOAH Official YouTube
Picture credit: YO-HEY & NOAH.co.jp
Andrew’s IMPACT Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 9.29.2022
Bound for Glory is 8 days away, but Victory Road just happened. What kind of show do we get with some fallout and penultimate hype?
Victory Road just happened, but Bound for Glory is like 8 nights away? You know I forgot that it was such a quick turn around. That makes tonight weird, since there’s some fallout, but then there’s gonna be a lot of table setting for Bound for Glory.
This episode could be awful. The last week or so haven’t exactly set the world afire, so I’m curious if the highlight really is just gonna be the Monster’s Ball with Masha and Allie Katch.
*insert joke about possibly gagging and balls and Swinger’s Dungeon*
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 30, 2022
- Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey w/Juice Robinson) vs Trey Miguel & Laredo Kid: Bullet Club win via Finesse & Fold – **
- IMPACT Digital Media Championship: Brian Myers (c) vs Crazzy Steve: Myers retains via Roster Cut – ** 1/2
- Delirious vs Black Taurus: Black Taurus wins via Destination Hellhole – ** 1/4
- PCO & Vincent vs Rich Swann & Heath: Rich wins via Phoenix Splash – ** 1/4
- Pick Your Poison: Monster’s Ball Match: Masha Slamovich vs Allie Katch: Masha wins via Russian Death Device – *** 1/2
Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey w/Juice Robinson) vs Trey Miguel & Laredo Kid
I don’t think I could care less about this match if I tried. Trey and Laredo are worthless. Laredo has eaten so many terrible losses and Trey is just bad. If the BC Juniors don’t win…I will really question the booking.
My biggest takeaway early is the commentary tries to put over Trey “turning heads”. No he doesn’t, he is legitimately hard to watch and everything that Will Ospreay did wrong in his early career; is basically Trey, but with less personality. Oh did you expect play by play? They isolate Laredo, decent tandem attacks, when Trey comes in it’s bad offense typical Cruiser garbage with laughable facials and body language.
Just typical crap with Trey. Were there some cool high spots? Sure. Do I care? NOPE.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 30, 2022
IMPACT Digital Media Championship: Brian Myers (c) vs Crazzy Steve
Steve starts with some of his quirky mat wrestling, Arm Wringers into Drop Toe Holds and face biting. It shocked Myers early, but he takes a small shortcut and starts trying to slow down the psycho from Decay. Steve bounces off the ropes and Myers does his sliding trip move before commercial.
Back from commercial, Snapmare from Steve and the neck twister into some corner offense of Hip Attacks and Sentons for 2. Myers dodges King Kill 33, lands a few pot shots, Implant DDT for 2. Into the corner, face bite, Upside Down, after the rope break Myers grabs the referee to block Steve. Eye Poke, Roster Cut, AND STILL…
Simple, but entertaining. Plus it continues Myers’ arrogant, full of himself for absolutely no reason persona. Oh and he offers up an Open Challenge for Bound for Glory. Maybe Bobby Fish? Someone new? Could be interesting.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 30, 2022
Delirious vs Black Taurus
Delirious is between gibberish and Stone Cold early on while they’re just trading shots. Delirious twists the Nose Ring…in the mask…and Taurus sells it momentarily before stomping the foot and decking him. This is just a weird match. I mean we all know Delirious is weird, but he’s not all comedy; and Taurus is supposed to be legit-ish.
Admittedly, with the exception of Victory Road, it has been years since I’ve watched a Delirious match. So the level of ridiculousness has hit Toru Yano levels, especially after the 10 count Leg Drops. Taurus powders, comes back in, Shoulder Tackle, Blackhole Backbreaker into a Samoan Drop. As soon as Taurus looks in charge, Delirious throws together a combo, eats a Headbutt and then Destination Hellhole.
Sheesh okay after 2 interview segments we get to Honor No More’s victory celebration segment. Just a lot of talking and inaction, so this just goes to feed that weird feeling I had coming into the show because of the timing. Eddie does the usual thing where hates on PCO and accuses him of being the weak link, which is a smart story angle since the fans tend to like PCO’s gimmick and this makes him more sympathetic to casual observers.
Oh good Taven is talking now. Wait did I just say that? DAMN YOU IMPACT! Made me like Matt Taven. Maria stirs the pot a little saying that Eddie is a better wrestler than Josh and Moose…by the implications.
Thank God, Josh Alexander finally breaks up the segment with…more talking. Okay never mind. Jesus since the end of the Delirious match it was like 15 minutes before Josh finally charged the ring and threw down a bit with Honor No More. Rich Swann and Heath make a bit of the babyface save for Josh, but the numbers are still on Honor No More’s side. Oh MCMG come down in a tracksuit and dress clothes! Someone wasn’t ready to be doing a run in.
PCO & Vincent vs Rich Swann & Heath
Well isn’t that convenient that four of the men in the donnybrook were supposed to be in a match anyway.
Rich uses his quickness to try and stay ahead of PCO, but PCO cuts him off in the corner into the Corner Hung Codebreaker, then the leaned against the ropes Leg Drop thing. Vincent throws together a T-Bone Suplex into a Flatliner and keeps the vibes flowing on Rich Swann.
PCO clears out Heath, but PCO’s hand gets stuck in the ropes. Vincent eats a flip kick and the Phoenix Splash while PCO and Heath are brawling on the outside after the rope issue with PCO.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 30, 2022
Pick Your Poison: Monster’s Ball Match: Masha Slamovich vs Allie Katch
Haymakers and Headbutts start things off as they both hit the ropes and lay out one another with dual clotheslines. Trash can lid duel, Masha gets first contact, but Allie blocks and returns 3 shots. German Suplex from Masha into whipping her with a chain, some choking and then general pulling with the chain in Katch’s mouth or around her eyes. Katch claws at Masha’s eyes to try and get some space.
Headbutts and Biting from Masha as Allie tries to power out of a Bow and Arrow. More chain choking…I’m not sure if this is a wrestling match or BDSM prep at the moment. Ahh Masha needs more Cowbell but Allie cuts her off with a trash can lid. Allie tries a Piledriver through a door, but Masha turns it into an Air Raid Crash into the opposite corner.
Commercial break, and Allie is getting choked again. Spots get a little redundant, slams, chokes, and blood. OHHH – it’s a “Use the Door” chant. I thought it was – nah – I won’t say what I thought it was. Chairshot from Masha misses, but a Snap Suplex from Masha onto the chair gets some usefulness. Straight Right to the gut and an Axe Kick allows Masha to hit the Death Valley Driver onto the propped up chair. Masha goes back to biting after it was only 2. Allie cuts off Masha going to the top, Superplex onto the trash can lid, into a Death Valley Driver through the door – but Masha kicks out.
Allie tries a Piledriver on the apron a few times, but Masha blocks. Masha tries for the Release German to the floor but Allie holds on. Dazed strikes, bites and then a Russian Leg Sweep through the table lays both out for a short time. Masha grabs a black bag, it’s gotta be tacks for Monster’s Ball. Masha eats a few tacks for good show, picks up Allie but Allie fights. Piledriver into the tacks from Allie, only 2. Allie opens a trash can, and empties a bunch of cut up soda cans. Hits Masha with the can, Masha fires, Spinning Heel Kick and then Russian Death Device into the pile of tacks and cans.
Overall Score: 6.25/10
The main event was pretty good, maybe even a little better than I gave it credit for; I’m just sick of seeing some crazy hardcore match so often from Impact. It feels like its weekly, and that’s too damn much. Trey is terrible, and that’s a hill I’m willing to die on. He sells poorly, he doesn’t tell a story with his wrestling and he looks like an idiot pretending to be something he isn’t; and that’s talented.
Myers is fine with his classic delusional heel style, Delirious gave a bit of a rub to Taurus so I’m guessing he’s probably next up in the X Division. But a straight 15 minutes of interviews and talking is just too damn much especially when the surrounding wrestling isn’t very good or hearty enough to help people tolerate talking time.
I do however love Joe Hendry. So…yeah. There’s always some quirky gimmicks that just resonate well with me, and this is gorgeous.
All in all, decent enough; though next week could be a real banger of a Go Home.
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