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Mitchell’s NJPW New Years Golden Series Results & Report! (2/11/22)

Will Wato be golden?



NJPW New Years Golden Series

The Golden Series finally has gold on the line!

NJPW continues the New Years Golden Series, and Master Wato challenges El Desperado for his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship! Will Wato truly be the Grandmaster?


  • Preshow – Tomoaki Honma VS Ryohei Oiwa; Honma wins.
  • BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Douki & Kanemaru win.
  • Six Man Tag: Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii VS The House of Torture; Tenzan, Goto & Ishii win.
  • Six Man Tag: Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe & Toru Yano VS Suzuki-Gun; Taguchi, Makabe & Yano win.
  • Satoshi Kojima VS Great-O-Khan; Khan wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yuji Nagata VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; win(s).
  • Tiger Mask VS Gedo; Tiger Mask wins.
  • YOH VS SHO; Sho wins.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: El Desperado VS Master Wato; Desperado wins and retains the title.


Tiger Mask VS Gedo!

Bullet Club had to make adjustments, but they still got the better of the living legend in the tag match on February 7th. Will Tiger Mask get his revenge? Or will The Blacksmith forge a path back to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?

Tiger Mask gets impatient with Gedo as Gedo paces around outside. Gedo mockingly tells Tiger Mask to calm down. Tiger Mask backs off, Gedo gets in and the bell rings. But then Gedo bails right back out. “Calm down, kitty cat.” Tiger Mask demands Gedo gets back in but Gedo goes out further. Fans rally up, Gedo still trolls Tiger Mask but he eventually returns. Gedo and Tiger Mask tie up, Gedo puts Tiger on the ropes, but lets off slowly. Tiger Mask deflects the thumb to the eye! Tiger KICKS and KICKS Gedo’s leg, and Gedo falls out of the ring. Tiger pursues, puts Gedo back in, and Gedo wants him to wait. He thumbs Tiger in the eye!

Gedo whips, but Tiger comes back with a CROSSBODY! Tiger fires off kicks on Gedo and Gedo bails out again. Gedo wants a timeout, but there are no timeouts in wrestling! Gedo goes up the ramp, Tiger pursues! Tiger brings Gedo back into the ring, but Gedo bails out the other side. Tiger Mask pursues again, but Gedo swipes the bell hammer. Gedo wants Tiger to wait, then he hits Tiger in the stomach with the hammer! And then in the head! And again! The ref stops Gedo from using the hammer and the hammer is given back to the timekeeper. Gedo gets in the ring and lets the ring count start.

Fans rally for “Tiger Mask! Tiger Mask!” as he gets up and in at 10 of 20. But Gedo throws Tiger Mask back out! Gedo goes out, takes off his belt, and LASHES Tiger! And again! And again! The ref reprimands but Gedo LASHES Tiger Mask again! And again! The ref gets Gedo to back off and put the belt down. Gedo hugs it out with the ref, then goes into the ring. The ref checks on Tiger Mask while Gedo undoes a buckle pad! The ring count returns, and climbs to 10 of 20 again. Fans rally up, Tiger Mask drags himself up at 15, and in at 18! Gedo drags Tiger Mask up, and whips him into the bare buckles!

Tiger Mask goes down while Gedo taunts him. Gedo kicks Tiger around, toying with him. Fans rally again, Gedo drags Tiger up for a headlock and punches! Gedo drags Tiger Mask into a camel clutch, but he pulls the mask! The ref counts, Gedo lets off and “apologizes.” Gedo CHOKES Tiger Mask! The ref counts, Gedo stops at 4 and asks what’s wrong. Gedo taunts Tiger Mask more, drags him back up, and whips him back into the bare buckles! Tiger Mask falls and Gedo grins, but the fans rally up. Gedo takes his time going for the cover, TWO! Gedo still smiles as he stomps Tiger Mask down.

Gedo drags Tiger Mask up by his mask, brings him around, and digs his fingers into Tiger Mask’s eyes! The ref counts, Gedo lets off at 4 and “apologizes” again. Gedo whips Tiger again, but Tiger reverses! Gedo blocks, thumbs Tiger in the eye, then whips Tiger to the other corner. Tiger goes up and CROSSBODIES again! Fans fire up while both men are down! Tiger stands, runs in but Gedo BOOTS him! Gedo whips, Tiger reverses, now Gedo gets bare buckles to the back! Tiger Mask dropkicks Gedo out of the ring! Fans rally, Tiger Mask builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Gedo hits railing in front of commentary!

The ref checks on both men, they’re both okay to continue, so a ring count starts. Tiger Mask gets up at 6 of 20 and in at 7. Gedo is still down at 10 of 20, but Tiger Mask has the ref wait. Tiger Mask goes out to fetch Gedo, which fans applaud, and Tiger Mask decides to get Gedo’s belt! Tiger Mask storms up on Gedo and Gedo wants the ref to do something. The ref pretends he has something in his eyes! Tiger Mask LASHES Gedo! And again! And again! Tiger Mask throws the belt down, then puts Gedo in. The ref’s “eyes” are fine, and Tiger Mask goes up top. CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Gedo’s still in this but Tiger Mask keeps cool.

Tiger Mask KICKS Gedo to the corner, and KICKS him again and again! Tiger Mask whips corner to corner, then runs in to ROUNDHOUSE! Gedo goes down and fans fire up, but Tiger Mask isn’t done with Gedo! Tiger Mask drags Gedo up, double underhooks, but Gedo breaks free. Tiger Mask knees Gedo low, underhooks again, but Gedo drops to resist. Tiger Mask BUZZSAWS Gedo in the arm! Then KICKS him again! Then SOBATS! Tiger Mask wrenches, Gedo rolls, and Gedo catches Tiger Mask for a COMPLETE SHOT! Fans applaud, that was admittedly good. Gedo covers, TWO! Gedo gets mad but fans rally again.

Gedo stands Tiger Mask up for a JAWBREAKER! Basement SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Tiger Mask survives and Gedo is frustrated again. Gedo crawls to his corner, and in his bag, he brings out brass knuckles! The ref sees them, though! They’re too shiny not to be seen! Gedo shoves the ref away, but the ref blocks the punch! Tiger Mask SOBATS Gedo low, then BUZZSAWS him down! The ref kicks the brass knuckles outta the ring, Tiger Mask drags Gedo into double underhooks! TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!?! Gedo survives but Tiger Mask fires up! Fans rally behind Tiger Mask as he gets back up.

Tiger Mask drags Gedo up, chicken wings, but Gedo blocks! Tiger Mask spins Gedo, Gedo ducks the roundhouse to uppercut! Gedo then shoves Tiger Mask into the ref! Gedo whips Tiger Mask to ropes, pop-up LOW BLOW!! Gedo then hooks Tiger Mask up, GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!! Tiger Mask escapes and Gedo is beside himself! Fans rally for Tiger Mask while Gedo gets up. Gedo aims from the corner, BANG! Gedo reels Tiger Mask in, but Tiger fights out of the Half Hatch to crucifix takedown! TWO!! But Tiger has a REVERSE DOUBLE ARMBAR! Gedo endures, Tiger pulls way back on that arm! Gedo verbally quits, Tiger Mask wins!

Winner: Tiger Mask, by submission

Tiger Mask’s iconic moves didn’t work out, but he still had something up his proverbial sleeve! Will a move like that help Tiger Mask & Robbie Eagles hold onto the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?



Just when you thought the RPG3K fallout was over, these two go another round! Will Direct Drive or Murder Machine take this round?

Yoh enters first, but he doesn’t wait for Sho to get in the ring, he goes after Sho at the ramp! Yoh fires off forearms and knees, then stomps Sho down! Yoh drags Sho up, fires off on him more, but the ref tries to get this in the ring. Sho crawls, Yoh follows, and Sho hits Yoh low! Sho stomps Yoh down, takes off his jacket, and stomps Yoh down more. Sho reveals that he had the wrench in the shirt all along! Sho aims at Yoh, Yoh dodges, wrench hits post! Sho’s hands jam and he clutches them. The bell rings to get this on record as Yoh BOOTS Sho down! Yoh whips Sho into railing! Fans applaud as Sho goes down in a heap!

Yoh stomps Sho down, the ref insists they get in the ring. Yoh throws Sho in, then stomps Sho in the ring. Yoh drags Sho up but Sho BENDS Yoh’s fingers! The ref reprimands, Sho CLUBS the arm, then grabs Yoh’s hair. Yoh BENDS Sho’s fingers in return! The ref reprimands, Yoh headlocks but Sho powers out. Yoh runs Sho over and fans cheer. Sho bails out but Yoh is right after him! Yoh kicks and whips, but Sho reverses! Yoh stops himself, but Sho already sends a Young Lion into Yoh! Sho drags Yoh up, and whips him into railing hard! Yoh falls in a heap now, but Sho drags him up. Sho whips him into more railing!

Sho drags Yoh up again, even as the ref wants him to get in the ring. Sho whips Yoh hard into railing, and Yoh is stuck across it! Yoh flops back, Sho stomps Yoh down then puts him in the ring. Sho covers, TWO! Fans rally up but Sho stomps Yoh down. Sho drags Yoh up, fans rally, and Sho whips to kitchen sink knee Yoh down. Sho grins as he looms over Yoh, and then he drags Yoh up. Sho scoops but Yoh slips off to roll up! TWO, and Yoh kicks Sho to whip him to a corner. Yoh run sin, but Sho puts Yoh on the apron. Sho sweeps the legs, runs side to side and dropkicks Yoh off the apron! Fans applaud, that was an admittedly good combo.

Sho goes to the apron, Yoh stands up, PENALTY KICK! Down goes Yoh and Sho takes a moment to catch his breath. Sho strips a crossbar of its cover, and uses that cover to SMOTHER Yoh! The ref counts, Sho stops at 4 and Yoh flops down. Sho then brings out a chair! Sho SMACKS Yoh on the arm while the ref is busy with the crossbar! The ref comes back, confiscates the chair now, and Sho just smirks. Yoh clutches the arm as he writhes but fans rally up. Sho paces around in the ring while the ring count starts. Yoh sits up and 11 of 20, pushes himself up at 14, and he hobbles into the ring at 17!

Sho walks over, and he claws Yoh’s face! The ref reprimands and counts, Sho stops at 4, but then Sho stands on Yoh’s neck. The ref counts, Sho lets off at 4. Yoh sputters, Sho talks trash and slaps him around. Sho gives toying kicks, then he chokes Yoh on the ropes! The ref counts, Sho lets off at 4 and Yoh flops to the apron. Yoh sputters as he gets back in and the ref checks on him. Sho wants to be named the winner but the ref says no, Yoh is still in this. The fans rally, Yoh slowly rises, but Sho kicks him around again. Yoh gets up, Sho kicks him more. Yoh glares defiantly at Sho so Sho throws a forearm! Yoh grits his teeth and eggs Sho on!

Sho throws more forearms but Yoh keeps coming back for more! Sho claws Yoh’s face! The ref reprimands, Sho runs, but Yoh dodges and hits FLYING FOREARMS! Both men are down and fans fire up! Yoh clutches his arm, that flying forearm was a bit double-edged. Sho gets to a corner as fans rally. Yoh runs in to back elbow! Yoh wrenches, DECKS Sho, and fires up! Yoh drags Sho up, Sho BENDS the fingers! The ref reprimands, Sho CLUBS the arm then runs. But Yoh back elbows! Yoh runs, Sho back elbows! Sho runs, Yoh DROPKICKS him down! Sho bails out but Yoh builds speed, Yoh FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp!

Fans fire up as both men are down at ringside. A ring count starts, Yoh stands at 5 of 20. Yoh shakes out the cobwebs, drags Sho up, and he puts Sho in at 12. Yoh drags Sho up to suplex, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Yoh keeps cool and he drags Sho up by his waistband. Sho reaches for ropes, Yoh reels him into a full nelson. Sho breaks free, turns around, and suplexes, only for Yoh to slip out! Sho breaks the full nelson, Yoh waistlocks but Sho resists the lift. Sho wrenches out and BENDS the fingers! The ref reprimands again but Sho CLUBS the arm and ROCKS Yoh! Sho runs, Yoh handsprings to dodge!

Sho blocks Yoh’s kick and waistlocks but Yoh resists the lift! Yoh elbows free, runs, but Sho uses the ref as a shield! Sho then SPEARS Yoh down! Fans fire up while both men are down. Sho gets up, drags Yoh up and wrenches the arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! Sho twists the wrist, ELBOW BREAKER! Sho whips Yoh to a corner, runs in, corner clotheslines! Sho shoves Yoh down, aims from the corner, PENALTY KICK to the bad arm! Sho then has the double wristlock takedown! Yoh endures but Sho CRANKS the arm! Fans rally, Yoh kicks and moves around, but Sho has him caught! Yoh gets his head free and scoots back!

Sho CRANKS the arm more, but Yoh still endures! Yoh reaches out with his legs, and he finds the ROPEBREAK! Sho holds until 4, but he’s still frustrated. Fans rally for Yoh, Sho tries to tune them out. Sho drags Yoh up to knuckle lock the bad arm. Sho wraps the bad arm around ropes, then he fires off forearms on Yoh! The ref reprimands but Sho shoves him away to then hook Yoh’s good arm in the ropes. Sho fires off forearm after forearm, then he runs to LARIAT Yoh against ropes! POWER BREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Yoh survives and Sho can’t believe it! Sho shakes his head, but fans rally up for Yoh.

Sho drags Yoh up, reels him in, but Yoh jackknifes through the Snake Bite! TWO, and Sho runs to KICK the bad arm! Yoh blocks the next kick to DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up while both men are down! Yoh clutches his arm, Sho clutches his leg, and fans rally up as they slowly rise. Sho drags Yoh up to fire off forearm after forearm! Yoh wobbles and flops back down, but Sho drags him back up. Yoh breaks free to fire off boxing elbows! Yoh ROCKS Sho, then DECKS him! Yoh has the fans behind him as he stands Sho up. Yoh runs, into a JUMP KNEE! Sho runs, into a JUMP KNEE! Yoh runs, Sho side-steps to SNAP GERMAN!

Yoh is right back up! But Sho LARIATS him right back down! Fans rally up for Yoh but Sho drags Yoh up. Sho runs, but Yoh LARIATS back!! Yoh drags himself to a corner, gets to his feet and he brings Sho back up. Yoh suplexes, FALCON USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up as Yoh roars, and he brings Sho back around. Underhooks, but Sho RAMS Yoh into the ref! Sho crawls for his corner, and he finds the wrench! Sho gets back in the ring, he aims for Yoh! Yoh SUPERKICKS Sho first! Yoh staggers around as Sho is down! Yoh sees the wrench. Last time, Yoh used that to disqualify himself. Will he do it again?!

Yoh picks up the wrench and fans are rallying. Sho begs for mercy, so Yoh throws the wrench away to SUPERKICK Sho down! Yoh drags Sho back up, reels him back in, underhooks for DIRECT- NO! Sho BACK DROPS free! Sho blocks the superkick and sends it into the ref! LOW BLOW!! And then the House of Torture appears! Evil, Yujiro Takahashi & Dick Togo all stomp away on Yoh! Fans rally for Chaos but Evil & Dick stand Yoh up. But here come Tomohiro Ishii & Hirooki Goto! Goto DECKS Dick and Ishii SAIDOS Evil! Yujiro still tries to use his pimp cane but Goto gets around, and feeds him to Ishii’s forearm!

Goto fireman’s carries Yujiro, USHIGOROSHI! Goto coaches up Yoh, then he and Ishii keep Evil and the others down on the outside. Fans are thunderous as Yoh stomps the mat! Sho flounders up, Yoh takes aim, but Sho ducks the superkick! WRENCH SHOT!! Somehow, he had the wrench! Sho drags the ref over and gets him to count the cover! The ref crawls into position to see, starts to count, but then he sees the wrench!! The ref questions the validity of the cover! Sho defends the wrench had nothing to do with it but wait, Evil gets in with his NEVER Openweight title! BELT SHOT!!

Sho stops arguing with the ref so that he can drag Yoh up. Sho tucks the arms, SHOCK ARROW!! Cover, Sho wins!

Winner: Sho, by pinfall

Of course the Murder Machine gets help from his team! The NEVER Openweight Six Man titles will be on the line soon enough, will the House of Torture pay for what they’ve done?


IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: El Desperado VS Master Wato!

The Rogue Luchador has perhaps underestimated the Way of the Grandmaster one too many times. He and Yoshinobu Kanemaru lost to Team Six or Nine on the 7th, but will redeem himself on the 11th? Or will Wato finally become the grandmaster of the Junior Heavyweight Division?

Wato has his mentors, Tenzan and Taguchi, at ringside while Desperado has his tag partner, Kanemaru. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the Rogue Luchador stays golden.

Fans rally up already as the two circle. They tie up, Wato shoots in and gets the waistlock. Desperado switches, Wato switches back. Desperado pries free, wrenches to a wristlock, but Wato spins through to wrench and wristlock back. Desperado rolls, steps over, wrenches through, and has the wristlock now. Wato slips through, wrenches, hammerlocks, but Desperado drop toeholds free. Desperado floats to a headlock and grinds the hold. Wato fights up, Desperado hits a takeover but Wato headscissors. Wato holds tight as Desperado tries to kip free, so Desperado bridges back and moves around.

Desperado pops free of the headscissors, and he gets the headlock back. Wato rolls to a cover, ONE. Desperado holds on tight but Wato fights up to his feet. Wato powers Desperado to ropes and Red Shoes calls ropebreak. Desperado lets go and Wato gets away, fans applauding the exchange. They reset, fans rally up, and Wato ties up with Desperado collar ‘n’ elbow. Desperado headlocks, Wato rolls to a cover, ONE, but now Wato has the headlock. Desperado endures as Wato grinds the hold. Desperado pulls Wato’s hair! Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Desperado lets go but Wato thrashes the hold.

Desperado rolls things and has the headlock back. Desperado also traps one arm and keylocks the other. Wato fights around but Desperado shifts his grip. Wato slips out the back to a hammerlock! Desperado scrambles to the ropebreak! The fans cheer the exchange as Wato holds on until 4. Desperado complains to Red Shoes but Tenzan tells him to stop being a baby. Desperado gets up, he circles with Wato, and they tie up. Desperado headlocks again but Wato powers out. Desperado runs Wato over! Things speed up but Desperado just steps on Wato. Desperado headlocks again and thrashes Wato around.

Wato throws body shots and is free, and things speed up again. Wato ducks the leg lariat, Desperado does the splits, Wato leaps over. Wato back elbows, uppercuts and SOBATS! Fans cheer while Desperado clutches his stomach. Wato KICKS Desperado in the back as fans rally, then Wato KICKS Desperado down. Cover, ONE! Wato keeps on Desperado with a chinlock and knee in the back. Wato stretches Desperado back but Desperado crawls. Wato drags Desperado up, snapmares, then headscissor necklocks! Desperado endures, even as Wato pushes up. Desperado reaches out, crawls over, and gets a ROPEBREAK with a leg!

Wato lets off quickly, then follows Desperado out of the ring. Wato puts Desperado in, dodges the haymaker and RANAS Desperado down! Fans fire up as Wato stomps Desperado down. Wato rains down body blows! Wato drags Desperado into a full nelson and fans rally as Desperado endures. Desperado pries at the fingers, but Wato powers up to put the hold back on! Desperado reaches out again, and gets another ROPEBREAK! Wato thrashes Desperado but lets off at 4. Wato keeps Desperado from crawling out, and he stomps away on Desperado! Wato drags Desperado up, but Desperado throws Wato out!

Desperado goes out, whips, but Wato reverses to POST Desperado! Desperado goes flying and Wato gets back in the ring. Wato builds speed, TORNILLO but Desperado gets in the ring! Desperado dropkicks Wato, then whips him into railing! Wato falls but fans rally up. Desperado drags Wato up, whips him into more railing, but Wato comes back to ROCK Desperado with a forearm! Desperado ROCKS Wato back with an uppercut! Red Shoes wants this back in the ring and Desperado drags Wato up, to snap suplex to the floor! Desperado gets in the ring alone and the ring count starts. Wato stirs but is still down at 10 of 20.

Tenzan and Taguchi coach Wato up, and he gets up at 15 to get in at 18! Desperado is annoyed and he stomps Wato down. Desperado then stands Wato up to CHOP him! Wato goes to a corner, Desperado stomps a mudhole into him! Desperado digs his boot into Wato’s leg, but lets off at 4. Desperado then puts the leg in the ropes to pull on it! Wato fights back with a chinlock, but Desperado runs side to side to dropkick the leg! Cover, TWO! Desperado drags Wato by the leg, YANKS and SPLASHES the leg, then covers. TWO, and Desperado is frustrated now. Wato tries to get his bad leg working but Desperado kicks at it.

Fans rally up, Desperado tells them to shush. Desperado stomps the bad leg, drags Wato up, but Wato ROCKS him with a forearm! And another! And another! Desperado kicks the bad leg! Desperado SMASHES the leg into the mat! Desperado paces around, taunts Wato, then drops an elbow on the knee. Desperado has the toehold but Wato tries to fight back. Desperado thrashes the leg, then drops a knee on the knee! Wato scrambles as Desperado pulls on the leg, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets off by dropping a knee on the knee! Desperado then eggs Wato on while the fans rally up.

Wato gets up, Desperado gives him toying kicks. Desperado offers a free shot, so Wato throws forearms! And a KICK! Desperado kicks the bad leg, but Wato resists the suplex! They struggle, so Desperado kicks the bad leg again. Desperado suplexes Wato, Wato slips out but the bad leg jams! Desperado reels Wato in, but Wato RAMS Desperado into a corner! Wato hobbles then runs back in, but Desperado dodges. Desperado runs back in, but into BOOTS! Wato runs to SHOTGUN dropkick Desperado down! Fans rally up as both men are down! Wato and Desperado rise, but Wato KICKS first!

Desperado goes to a corner, Wato runs in to back elbow. Wato pushes Desperado down, goes out and springboards, FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Wato keeps cool, gets the bad leg moving again, and fans rally up. Wato KICKS Desperado in the chest, and KICKS, and KICKS! Wato then wrenches, reels Desperado in, but no Mouse Trap! Desperado slips out, spins Wato around, underhooks, but Wato RANAS free of Pinche! Desperado bails out, Wato builds speed! Wato TORNILLOS! Direct hit at the ramp! Both men are down, Kanemaru checks on Desperado, Tenzan and Taguchi coach up Wato.

Fans rally and Wato sits up first. Red Shoes starts the ring count, Wato gets up at 5 of 20 to drag Desperado up at 8. Wato puts Desperado in at 10 of 20, then goes back to the corner. Wato climbs up this time, Desperado stands, missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Desperado is still in this but Wato fires up again! Wato wants Desperado to stand, SCREW HIGH- NO! Desperado ducks, and gets the STRETCH MUFFLER! Wato reaches out, but Desperado drags him back! Wato rolls to turn it into a cradle! TWO, into BUTTERFLY STRETCH!! Desperado endures, gets an arm free, and he elbows away on Wato!

Wato pulls harder on the crossface he does have, but Desperado digs fingers into Wato’s face! Red Shoes reprimands but Wato still lets go of the hold! Fans rally while both men are down again. Wato goes to a corner, Desperado runs in, and Desperado blocks the boots! DRAGON SCREW! Wato falls while clutching the knee but fans rally back up. Desperado gets up, and he dropkicks the leg out! STRETCH MUFFLER!! Wato endures as Desperado thrashes the leg! Desperado keeps on the hold, then gets an arm! NUMERO DOS! Wato still reaches with his one free arm, but he just misses the rope!

Desperado bends and thrashes Wato around! Wato still endures, fans fire up, and Wato gets the ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go in frustration as Wato survives. Both sides coach their guy while the fans rally again. Desperado gets back up, drags Wato up, and Desperado hooks Wato up! GUITARRA- NO! Wato slips out, but Desperado fights the Mouse Trap again! Desperado powers through to a fireman’s carry! Wato slips off, but Desperado RAMS him into a corner! Desperado fires off elbows, stomps the bad leg again and again, and only stops because he runs out of steam! Fans rally as both men slowly rise!

Wato hops on, ZIGZAG!! Wato gets back up, Desperado flounders, and Wato hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! BUTTERFLY STRETCH!!! Desperado endures, Wato pulls as hard as he can on the head and arms! Desperado kicks to move around, fans rally up, Desperado keeps reaching out! ROPEBREAK!! Wato lets go quickly, to then drag Desperado up and wrench! MOUSE TRAP DRIVER!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Desperado escapes but Wato won’t let off! Wato drags Desperado to a drop zone and goes up top! But Desperado gets up, and ROCKS Wato with a right! ROCKET LAUNCHER! Wato crashes down and fans fire up!

Wato gets up, runs back in, but Desperado pops him up to send him into buckles! Wato staggers backward into a SAIDO! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Wato and Desperado stir, crawl for each other, and go forehead to forehead. Wato throws a forearm, Desperado ROCKS Wato back! Wato forearms again, but Desperado hits back! They stand now, Wato KICKS a leg! Desperado CHOPS back! Wato KICKS Desperado in the chest! And again! Desperado CHOPS back again! Wato sobats, front kicks, and- HEAVY ELBOW from Desperado! Both men sit down and fans rally up again.

Wato manages to stand, Desperado goes to ropes. Wato scowls and Desperado laughs. Desperado ROCKS Wato with another elbow! Wato comes back, Desperado CHOPS him again! Wato shakes his head, so Desperado CHOPS again! Wato is fuming, Desperado CHOPS again! Wato still won’t stay back so Desperado CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Desperado runs, ROCKS Wato, but Wato SUPERKICKS on the return! Fans fire up with Wato, Wato drags Desperado up to T T D!! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives but Wato goes to the corner! R P P FLOPS!! Desperado runs back in, SPEAR!!

Desperado hooks Wato up, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! Desperado is furious but fans are thunderous! Desperado drags Wato back up, underhooks the arms, PINCHE- NO! Wato slips out, tilt-o-whirls and rolls him up, jackknife bridge! TWO!!! Desperado escapes and no one can believe it! Wato BUZZSAWS Desperado down! Desperado MONO LOCOS! Desperado drags Wato up, underhooks the arms, PINCHE- NO! Wato slips out the top, rolls back in, SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO! Prawn hold, ONE! GROUND DRAGON SCREW! STRETCH MUFFLER!!! Wato rolls, but into NUMERO DOS PLUS!!

Wato endures, fans are thunderous again, and Wato gets a hand free! Wato reaches out, but Desperado grabs for the hand again! Desperado gets the arm, rolls Wato from ropes, NOW Wato quits! Desperado wins!!

Winner: El Desperado, by submission (still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion)

An incredible effort from Wato, but today is still not the day he becomes the Grandmaster. Will Wato be able to fight his way back up and try again? As for Desperado, he gets the mic to say, “Oi, Wato.” Desperado takes a moment to catch his breath. “Sorry for all the smack talk during the warm-ups. That was all my honest opinion. The point is, you’re just not good enough. I hate you, so I don’t want to pay you any compliments. But physically, you’re at the top of what we have here in NJPW. You just don’t have the smarts, training or the way of thinking. Why don’t you follow ‘Nobu’s lead?” Following Taguchi & Tenzan’s clearly only gotten him so far.

Desperado looks to Hiromu on commentary and says Wato’s gotten farther than either of them thought. Desperado then asks Kanemaru that he wanted to talk to Desperado while he still had the belt, right? There’s a lot Desperado wants to get to, though. Like Lindaman and T-Hawk! Fans cheer for the mention of Strong Hearts. Desperado says there are many more he wants to face, even if he has to wait a bit. But he does hope he and Kanemaru can face off soon. Desperado then asks the fans, “You want me to say something cool to end this out? Well I don’t have it right now. But… I AM your IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion!”

Desperado raises the belt and the confetti streamers fly! The Rogue Luchador has quite the wish list before facing the Heel Master, will all his dream matches come true?

My Thoughts:

This was a very packed event for NJPW, I was not gonna be able to get all of this today. As I skimmed through, I couldn’t believe Douki & Kanemaru beat Bushi & Hiromu. Good wins for the Faces in those early Six Man Tags, and it seems the stipulations for Suzuki VS Yano for the KOPW 2022 is going to be between a handcuff match and a dog crate match. A very good match between Kojima and Khan, and a big win for Khan there. A great Six Man Tag of dream team and Blue Justice against LIJ, and another rare Skull End submission win for Sanada there. LIJ is building up so much momentum, but I feel like that’s all the more reason Okada and Tanahashi are going to retain their titles.

The matches I did cover were of course great stuff. Tiger Mask VS Gedo wasn’t going to be amazing but it was really good. Tiger Mask gets the win here to build momentum towards the Junior Heavyweight Tag title match he and Eagles will have against Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo, and who knows how that one goes. Yoh VS Sho was basically on par with all their other matches, and of course there was more overbooking with House of Torture and Chaos showing up. Yoh won the last time so naturally Sho wins this time, and this all feeds into the NEVER Openweight Six Man title match. That could probably go either way, too, but with Ishii and Evil fighting over the NEVER singles title, I feel like the House of Torture keeps the Six Man belts.

And what a great main event! Undeniably Wato’s best match yet. His character as a personality has been a bit odd, but I think some of that is on purpose. But in ring, he is definitely proving he’s near the top of the Junior Heavyweight card. But in the end, as I figured, Desperado retains. I like that he wants there to be crossover with OWE, and I bet he could get some great matches out of Lindaman and T-Hawk. Of course, Desperado VS Kanemaru would be a great one, too. Either way, it just feels like Desperado is gonna be running hot and having a lengthy reign with this belt, and he’s proven he deserves it.

My Score: 8.7/10

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

Who gets burned by the Heatwave?



NXT Heatwave

NXT is on fire tonight!

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


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


A heatwave hits NXT!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Toxic Attraction arrives.

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


Julius Creed speaks.

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


Von Wagner & Robert Stone speak.

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


The Diamond Mine heads to the ring!

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

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

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

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

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


Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.

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

Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Indi Hartwell talks with Katana & Kayden.

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

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


NXT hears from Tiffany Stratton and Wendy Choo.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


NXT hears from one of its newest names.

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


Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.

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

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


NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.2/10

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

Powerhouse gets Dark!



AEW Dark 2

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

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


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


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

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