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Mitchell’s NJPW New Years Golden Series Results & Report! (2/13/22)

A Lumberjack match? In NJPW?

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NJPW New Years Golden Series

The NEVER Openweight Championship is on the line!

NJPW heats up the New Years Golden Series, and contains the madness, with a Lumberjack Match! Will Tomohiro Ishii get a fair fight with Evil that way?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Preshow – TenCozy & Ryohei Oiwa VS Yuji Nagata, Tomoaki Honma & Kosei Fujita; TenCozy & Oiwa win.
  • Six Man Tag: Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI & YOH VS House of Torture; Goto, Hashi & Yoh win.
  • Togi Makabe VS Great-O-Khan; Khan wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Toru Yano, Master Wato & Ryusuke Taguchi VS Suzuki-Gun; Yano, Wato & Taguchi win.
  • Tiger Mask VS El Phantasmo; Tiger Mask wins, by disqualification.
  • Robbie Eagles w/ Tiger Mask VS Taiji Ishimori w/ El Phantasmo; Eagles wins.
  • NEVER Openweight Championship Lumberjack Match: EVIL VS Tomohiro Ishii; Evil wins and retains the title.
  • Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA; Naito & Sanada win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tiger Mask VS El Phantasmo!

The living legend got payback on Gedo, but now he takes on one of his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship challengers in the Headbanga! Will ELP strike first for the Cutest Tag Team? Or will Tiger Mask be rolling into the title match?

The ref checks ELP, but he promises that he hasn’t loaded up his brand new yellow boots. The bell rings, fans rally and ELP offers a handshake. Tiger Mask rejects that as he circles around ELP. Tiger Mask KICKS away on ELP’s leg and ELP bails out. Tiger goes out to throw ELP back in, and ELP wants a timeout. ELP gets up, but runs into a headlock takeover! Tiger floats to get the leg and stomps on it before putting on a toehold. ELP claws at Tiger Mask’s face but the ref reprimands. Tiger Mask cranks on the leg, ELP tries a chinlock, but Tiger Mask gets up to stomp the leg more. ELP boots Tiger Mask away, and the two reset.

ELP claims something is in his eyes, Tiger Mask storms over, but ELP YANKS him into buckles! ELP celebrates, then comes back to stomp Tiger Mask down. The ref counts, ELP digs his boots in, but ELP lets off at 4. ELP drags Tiger Mask up, ROCKS him with a forearm then whips. ELP hurdles, drops and dropkicks Tiger Mask down! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer and rally up, but ELP stands Tiger Mask up. ELP throws haymakers, whips, but Tiger reverses to hurdle and monkey flip ELP away! ELP comes back, but Tiger fires off KICKS! Tiger Mask elbows ELP in the head, and ELP bails out. Tiger Mask builds speed, to DIVE, into a GAMANGIRI!

ELP celebrates again while Tiger Mask is stuck in the ropes. ELP CLAWS Tiger’s back! ELP shows off his hands to commentary, then goes back to cover Tiger Mask. TWO, so ELP goes after Tiger Mask’s mask! The ref reprimands, ELP lets off, and then he jams his elbow into Tiger Mask’s head. ELP stands Tiger Mask up, scoops him and puts him in a Tree of Woe! ELP stands on Tiger Mask while clapping it up. ELP then struts, goes corner to corner, baseball slide dropkick! Tiger Mask falls out of the Tree, ELP covers, but his feet are on the ropes! The ref sees that, and Tiger Mask gets the ropebreak anyway.

ELP stands Tiger up, knuckle locks and CHOPS, then goes up the ropes to jump around and then strut as he walks the tightrope. Fans clap as he goes back and forth, then makes it to the next corner. But Tiger Mask trips ELP up! ELP gets stuck on the corner, Tiger climbs up and throws hands. Tiger then brings ELP up, underhooks one arm, but ELP resists! Tiger Mask CLUBS and HEADBUTTS ELP! Tiger Mask stands ELP up for a SUPER ARM-DRAG! Fans cheer, Tiger Mask covers, TWO! Tiger Mask keeps cool while ELP crawls to a corner. Tiger Mask runs in and ROUNDHOUSES ELP down!

Tiger Mask drags ELP up, underhooks, but ELP resists. Tiger Mask knees low, whips ELP to a corner, but ELP goes up and over and then dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! ELP handsprings to a LIONSAULT, but he lands on his feet as Tiger moves! Tiger gets out of the ring, ELP DIVES out onto him! Fans can’t help but cheer as ELP sends Tiger into railing! ELP tries to drag Tiger up but his own back bothers him. ELP still gets Tiger Mask in at 4 of 20, and he goes up top for a springboard SWANTON! Top rope LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Tiger Mask survives and ELP grows frustrated.

Fans rally up as ELP hobbles up. ELP drags Tiger Mask up to cobra clutch and torture rack. Tiger slips off and sobats! Tiger reels ELP in, underhooks, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! ELP survives but Tiger Mask gets right back up. Tiger Mask drags ELP up to gut wrench, TOMBSTONE! But Tiger Mask isn’t done, he goes to the corner! Tiger Mask goes up top, DIVING HEADBUTT FLOPS as ELP moves! ELP gets to the corner now, climbs up as fans rally, THUNDER KISS 86! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Tiger Mask survives! ELP is frustrated, but he goes to the corner. It may not be loaded but he still tunes up the band.

Tiger Mask stands, ELP rushes in, to underhook the arms! Tiger slips out, gets around, crucifix takedown! Cover, TWO! REVERSE DOUBLE ARMBAR!! ELP endures but Tiger bends him way back! ELP kicks and flails, scoots around, but here comes Taiji Ishimori! Taiji attacks Tiger Mask!

Winner: Tiger Mask, by disqualification

Bone Solder goes after Tiger Mask’s mask!! Bullet Club has no shame! The mask comes off!! But here comes Robbie Eagles! The Sniper of the Skies attacks Taiji! A Young Lion covers Tiger Mask with his shirt, ELP goes after Eagles, but Eagles SUPERKICKS ELP out! Eagles helps Tiger Mask get out of the ring without being exposed. But then Taiji attacks Eagles! Their match starts now!

Robbie Eagles w/ Tiger Mask VS Taiji Ishimori w/ El Phantasmo

Taiji rakes Eagles’ eyes, then drags him up to whip. Eagles reverses to go up and around and arm-drag! Eagles then ducks, dodges and RANAS! Taiji staggers up, into a WHEEL KICK! Eagles kips up and fans fire up! Taiji bails out, Eagles builds speed, but Taiji moves out of the way, so Eagles backflips back. Fans cheer while Taiji regroups with ELP. Fans rally up, ELP whispers something to Taiji. Taiji gets in the ring. Eagles stomps him down! Eagles takes Taiji’s shirt off and throws it to the crowd! ELP complains, that wasn’t supposed to be a free souvenir! Eagles stands Taiji up for forearms, then wrenches to whip corner to corner.

Eagles runs in, Taiji puts Eagles on the apron, but Eagles counter punches. Eagles springboards, but Taiji drags him into a fireman’s carry! Taiji swings Eagles for a HOTSHOT on the top rope! The ref checks on Eagles as he sputters, and Taiji undoes the blue corner buckle pad! The Bullet Club Special! Tiger Mask, mask back on, coaches Eagles up. The ring count starts, ELP fans Taiji off but Eagles gets back in at 8 of 20. Taiji stomps Eagles down, wrenches an arm, brings him around and whips him into bare buckles! Eagles falls down, clutching his arm! Taiji looms over Eagles while fans rally up.

Taiji digs his fingers into Eagles’ face, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Tiger coaches Eagles, but Taiji wrenches Eagles’ arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! Then another! Then he RAMS Eagles’ bad arm into the buckles! The ref reprimands, ELP cheers Taiji, and Taiji has Eagles in a neutral corner. Taiji wraps the bad arm around ropes, then he CHOPS Eagles down! ELP and Taiji “WOO~” since they can, and then Taiji stands Eagles up to CHOP him again! Taiji wrenches, whips, but Eagles reverses. Taiji slips out, slips under, goes back out and then shoulders into Eagles. Taiji springboards, Eagles gets under and Eagles springboards to dropkick the leg out!

Both men are down and fans fire up! ELP coaches Taiji, Tiger coaches Eagles, and fans rally back up. Eagles fires up and the fans are with him. Eagles waits on Taiji to sit up. Eagles KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Eagles runs, to LEG LARIAT! Fans rally up more as Eagles aims at Taiji in the corner. Eagles runs in, DOUBLE KNEES! Eagles rolls back, but Taiji BOOTS him! Eagles 619’s the legs out! METEORA! Taiji sputters now and Eagles covers, TWO! Tiger Mask tells Eagles to go up, so he climbs. Eagles is up top, 450, but he has to roll through as Taiji moves! But Taiji can’t rush in from the bad leg!

Eagles trips Taiji up, but Taiji kicks him away. Eagles kicks, Taiji ducks! Taiji gut wrenches, Eagles slips out to ASAI DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Eagles rolls Taiji to hook the leg. But the bad arm can’t complete the Turbo! Taiji CLUBS Eagles, Eagles elbows Taiji! Eagles runs, Taiji follows to tilt-o-whirl TAKEDOWN! Into the BONE LOCK!! Eagles endures, fans rally up, and Eagles reaches out. Taiji rolls Eagles away from ropes, then whips Eagles into the POST! Taiji drags Eagles back, hammerlocks and scoops, SHOULDER BREAKER! Eagles clutches his arm while screaming in pain! Taiji covers, TWO!! INTO BONE LOCK!!

Eagles endures, fights around, and ROPEBREAK! Taiji lets off quickly and both men are down. Fans rally up, Taiji takes aim and BANG! He hobbles over, drags Eagles up and hooks the arm. Eagles fights off the lift so Taiji KNEES him low! Eagles ducks the lariat, gets around to schoolboy with bridge! TWO, Taiji ROCKS Eagles with a right! Taiji gets Eagles up, Eagles ROCKS Taiji! Taiji fires a forearm, Eagles fires back. Fans rally up as both men keep going. Taiji gets the edge, but Eagles fires off kick after kick! ROUNDHOUSE! Taiji is down and fans fire up! Eagles runs, but has to duck, only to get a JUMP KNEE!

Taiji hops on, Eagles throws him off, but Taiji gets around to waistlock. Eagles standing switches, Taiji elbows free! Taiji roars, but Eagles blocks the boot to CHOP, hook and TURBO BACKBACK! Cover, TWO!! Eagles hurries to get up, SUPERKICK! Eagles goes up, 450 SPLASH onto the legs! Step through, RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Taiji endures, reaches out, ELP tries to push the ropes closer! But Eagles drags Taiji back! ELP tries to get in, but Tiger stops him! Taiji taps, Eagles wins!!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission

Both IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions win their singles matches! Granted, Bullet Club gave Tiger Mask his win in disqualification. But if the Cutest Tag Team can’t beat them separately, what hopes do they have stopping the #FlyingTigers together?

Oh but wait! Here comes Team Six or Nine, Taguchi & Wato! Taguchi did say he wants himself and Wato to be the 69th IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, but what’re they doing out here now? Taguchi gets the mic to say, “Why should this team get a shot after being DQ’d in The Dome? Isn’t that weird?” Taguchi of course means the Triple Threat at WrestleKingdom where ELP’s cheating was finally exposed. ELP & Taiji should be suspended, blocked from challenging! “I’m not just out here to try and be the 69th champions.” But ELP & Taiji accuse him of exactly that! Taguchi defends that’s not true.

Taguchi says he wants a “hot match” between Tiger & Eagles VS Team Six or Nine. But then wait! Another team makes its way out! It’s Desperado & Kanemaru! Taguchi asks them why they’re here. The mic is handed over and Kanemaru wants everyone to just hold on. Don’t forget about him and Desperado now. If Taguchi & Wato get a shot, then so should Desperado & Kanemaru. Eagles is given the mic to give an answer. “I have no idea what any of you losers said, cuz I don’t understand Nihongo. But what we both understand now, is at the Tokyo Dome, WrestleKingdom, we already beat two teams at once. So how about we do it again, with all three of you pairs?”

Three teams versus the champions, a FOUR WAY match! Fans like the sound of that! The challengers don’t like that, but Eagles says the Flying Tigers say YES! A huge gamble from the champions, but will such a win make them the best IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions ever?

 

NEVER Openweight Championship Lumberjack Match: EVIL VS Tomohiro Ishii!

The King of Darkness is currently the King of NEVER, having both this and the Six Man titles! But a lot of it has been because the House of Torture have played a part in the results. To counteract that, NJPW has the ring surrounded! Will the Stone Pitbull dethrone the King of Darkness now that the playing field is fair? Or will all these extra bodies only ensure Everything is Evil?

Well, given the times we live in, the Lumberjacks are limited to just the House of Torture’s Sho, Yujiro Takahashi & Dick Togo, and then Chaos’ Goto, Hashi and Yoh. The introductions are made, the singles title is raised, and with all the cards on the table, we see if Ishii can trump a King!

But right away, Dick distracts! Evil attacks Ishii, runs, but Ishii withstands the shoulder tackle. Ishii ROCKS Evil, runs Evil over, and Chaos keeps Evil from bailing out. Ishii whips Evil, Evil holds ropes then bails out to House of Torture’s side. Chaos protests but there’s nothing to be done. Ishii dares Evil to get back in, but Evil takes his time. Evil then slides in, kicks Ishii and throws him out, but Ishii gets in as Evil slides put. Ishii ROCKS Evil at the ropes, reels him in and suplexes him back into the ring! Fans cheer but Evil bails out. Chaos is there to put him right back in! Fans cheer again as Ishii kicks Evil to a corner.

Ishii drags Evil up, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! And again! Evil rakes the eyes! Evil stops at 4, whips corner to corner, but Ishii reverses. Ishii runs in, but into a BOOT! Evil and the HOT boys quickly untie the buckle pad, and as Ishii runs in, surprise~! Ishii hits bare buckles! The Bullet Club Special returns! The ref reprimands but Evil drags Ishii up to throw him out. The House of Torture jump on Ishii but Chaos goes after them! The Lumberjacks brawl, Goto with Yujiro, Hashi with Sho and Yoh with Dick. Evil goes out, looks under the ring and brings out some chairs. Evil drags Ishii up to put one chair around his head.

Evil has the other chair, HOME RUN! Dick then chokes Ishii while the ref is busy reprimanding Evil! Dick gets away with it, Evil gets back in the ring. Sho and Yujiro fetch Ishii for Evil, then Evil covers. TWO, Evil argue the count. The ref sees Evil has a shirt, so he takes that way before it can be used. Evil whips Ishii into the bare buckles! Ishii writhes, Evil covers, TWO! Evil is frustrated but the fans cheer. Evil scuffs Ishii while fans rally up. Evil drags Ishii up, but Ishii CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And again! But Evil rakes eyes! The ref reprimands, but the HOT boys drag Ishii out! And they RAM him into railing! And then FLAPJACK him off the apron!

Dick drags Ishii up and puts him in. Evil covers, TWO!! Evil is furious but fans fire up as Ishii survives. Fans rally up, but Evil gets the leg for a HALF CRAB! Ishii endures, fights his way over, and he gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Evil lets go at 4. Evil kicks Ishii to the apron and the HOT boys drag Ishii out again. Yujiro whips Ishii at Dick, but Ishii CLOBBERS him! And then Ishii dodges Yujiro to CLOBBER Sho! Ishii CLOBBERS Yujiro and hurries back up to ROCK Evil! Evil rakes Ishii’s eyes again, but Ishii wrenches the hand! Ishii twists the wrist then YANKS the arm. Ishii whips, Evil reverses and gets around, and again Dick distracts!

While the ref is busy with Dick, Evil sends Ishii at Sho! Ishii ROCKS Sho again, then sends Evil into Sho! Sho falls, Hashi distracts the ref so Ishii can send Evil into Dick! Yujiro runs in, but Ishii sends the boot into Evil! Ishii CLOBBERS Yujiro, then SAIDOS Evil! Fans fire up with Ishii while he’s down! Evil tries to run away, but Yoh throws him back in! Evil tries the other side, and he holds railing as Chaos comes for him! Hashi says, “Ready, set!” Chaos HAMMERS Evil! Goto puts Evil in, and Ishii looms over him. Fans rally up as Ishii stalks Evil to the corner. Ishii drags Evil up and CHOPS, forearms, and repeat!

Fans rally as Ishii keeps going, CHOP and forearm again and again! The ref reprimands, Ishii tells him to shut up. Ishii lets off, though, and drags Evil up. Ishii whips Evil, but Evil reverses! Ishii hits bare buckles, but he comes right back to CLOBBER Evil! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Chaos rallies with the fans as Ishii stirs. Ishii gets to his feet and he drags Evil up. Ishii puts Evil up on the top rope, climbs up to join him, but Sho anchors Ishii’s foot! Yoh drags Sho down! Dick tries now, as does Yujiro! Goto and Hashi get them down, but Yujiro and Dick throw them away. The HOT boys regroup, Sho distracts as Yujiro POWERBOMBS Ishii!

Yoh drags Sho back out, Evil gets down, but Yujiro distracts so Dick can get in! Evil and Dick get Ishii up, MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and fans fire up again! Evil is frustrated again, the fans rally for Ishii, but Evil gets up first. Evil drags Ishii up, shoves him into the bare buckles, then hoists him onto the top rope. Evil climbs up to join Ishii, to SUPERPLEX! Both men writhe but Evil gets the cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and fans fire up again! Evil gets back up, waits on Ishii, and he runs, but Ishii gets around! Evil switches, shoves him at the ref, but Ishii stops himself. Ishii uses the ref as a shield to deny the low blow!

Ishii kicks, Evil blocks and hands it to the ref, but Ishii blocks the kick! Ishii waistlocks, but Evil grabs the ref to deny the suplex! The ref SLAPS Evil, and Ishii GERMAN SUPLEXES him! Fans are thunderous as both men are down! Ishii gets up, he brings Evil around and puts him in the corner to clothesline! Ishii has Chaos on guard as he puts Evil up top. Ishii climbs, Chaos keeps House of Torture back, Ishii gets Evil up for the STALLING SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives and Ishii can’t believe it! Both men are down and fans rally back up. Ishii rises, waits on Evil, then runs, but Evil dodges!

Evil uses the ref as a shield, Ishii moves him aside and dodges the lariat, but Sho gets in! Sho SPEARS Ishii into the ref! The ref goes flying out of the ring and now the House of Torture stomps away on Ishii! But Chaos gets in to brawl with them again! Dick CLUBS Sho, Goto KNEES Sho but Sho throws Goto out. Yujiro throws Hashi out, and Dick has Ishii with the SPOILER CHOKER! Ishii turns purple, Evil gets the singles belt! But Yoh DECKS Evil! Yoh then DECKS Dick! Sho gets in, Yoh SUPERKICKS him! Yoh drags Sho up, underhooks, DIRECT DRIVE! But Dick LOW BLOWS Yoh! And then tuck shim in, PEDIGREE!

Goto kicks Dick to fireman’s carry! Hashi adds a SUPERKICK, then Goto throws Dick into position for SHOUTO! Goto catches Yujiro, Hashi helps out, but Yujiro fights free! BIG JUICE for Goto! Hashi full nelsons, pump handles, KARMA for Yujiro! But Evil BELT SHOTS Hashi! Evil resets, aims for Ishii as he rises, but Ishii LARIATS through the belt!! Fans are thunderous again and Ishii gets the ref back in the ring. Ishii roars and powers up the arm! Ishii stands Evil up, runs, but Evil blocks the lariat! Evil whips Ishii at the bare corner but Ishii stops himself! Ishii dodges and Evil hits buckles! Ishii full nelsons, DRAGON SUPLEX!

Ishii crawls over, sits Evil up, runs and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO!?! Ishii roars more, fans keep cheering him on, and Ishii drags Evil up. Evil suplexes, but Ishii fights to wrench out. Evil catches Ishii for a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Then a DRAGON SUPLEX! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous all over again! Evil gets up, staggers over, and he drags Ishii up. Fireman’s carry, but Ishii slips off! Ishii SWATS the lariat, HEADBUTTS, but Evil HEADBUTTS and ROLLING ELBOWS! Then a DISCUS LARIAT!! Both men are down again and fans rally back up! Evil roars and wants Ishii to get up. Ishii stands, Evil runs, LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!?!?

Evil is beside himself as Ishii is still in this! Fans rally hard as ever, and Evil slashes the throat! Evil drags Ishii up, spins him around, EVER- NO! Ishii powers out and LARIATS! Evil stays up, runs in, DOUBLE LARIATS! Neither man falls, they both go again, DOUBLE LARIATS! ENZIGURI from Ishii and both men go down! Ishii roars as he rises up, and fans fire up behind him. Ishii waits on Evil to stand, then he runs to LARIAT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Evil survives but Ishii won’t let that deter him! Ishii drags Evil up, reels him in, suplex for the- NO! Evil slips out, wrenches, EVERY- NO! Ishii gets around, Evil spins him, hooks him, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!!! Cover, Evil wins!!!

Winner: Evil, by pinfall (still NEVER Openweight Champion)

In the end, the King of Darkness stays the King of NEVER! He finished the Stone Pitbull off on his own, will he always be Double NEVER Champion? Or will Chaos get its revenge in the Six Man title match?

 

Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA!

The Rainmaker and the Ace haven’t had much luck against Los Ingobernables when it’s 3v3, but it was always the third man who took the loss. With just a week left in the New Years Golden Series, can the IWGP World and US Heavyweight Champions turn their luck around in 2v2? Or will things still be tranquilo going into those title matches?

Everyone’s elaborate entrance gear is put aside, with Naito of course taking his time. Okada and Tanahashi are patient, and then Tanahashi shows off the muscles for the fans. Fans cheer, and the teams sort out. LIJ fist bumps, and the Cold Skull starts off with Tanahashi. The two circle as fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” “SA-NA-DA!” The two tie up, Tanahashi waistlocks but Sanada switches. Tanahashi switches back, Sanada pries free to wrench to a wristlock. Tanahashi endures, drops, and gets a leg takedown to tie up the legs. Tanahashi then floats to a headlock and grinds. Sanada endures and fights up.

Sanada throws body shots, powers up, but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight. Tanahashi grinds the headlock, but Sanada fights up again. Sanada steps on Tanahashi’s leg to pry out of the headlock, and then puts the headlock on Tanahashi! Tanahashi throws body shots, but Sanada holds tight now as Tanahashi tries to power out. Fans cheer the exchange, but Tanahashi powers up again. Sanada hits a headlock takeover but Tanahashi headscissors. Tanahashi holds tight, Sanada can’t kip free, but he moves around. Sanada headstands, turns things over, and rolls back to get a BOSTON CRAB on Tanahashi!

Tanahashi powers out of the crab to cover, TWO! Sanada sunsets, TWO! Both men get up, Tanahashi arm-drags to an armlock! But Sanada reaches up to headscissor! Tanahashi kips free, and fans cheer again as they stand off. Sanada and Tanahashi back away to their corners, Tanahashi tags in Okada. Okada wants Naito, so Sanada tags in Naito. Fans cheer as we go from US title to world title preview. Naito and Okada stare down as the fans rally, “O-KA-DA!” “NA-I-TO!” The two circle, tie up, and Naito gets an arm. Naito then shifts to the waistlock, but Okada pries free to wrench back.

Naito rolls, wrenches back, but Okada rolls to get a leg takedown. Okada drops an elbow on the leg then has the toehold. Naito fights back with a chinlock and grinds his forearm into Okada’s face. Red Shoes reprimands but Naito gets up and around for a headlock. Okada fights up, pries the hold, but Naito clamps on tighter! Okada fights up, pushes Naito to ropes, and Red Shoes calls the ropebreak. Naito lets off and Okada backs up. Okada fakes the chop, but then pats Naito’s shoulders. And then kicks the knee! Okada gets the leg, elbows the knee, then puts the leg on ropes. Okada pulls on the leg, then kicks the rope!

Okada runs, but Naito dropkicks his legs out first! Naito drags Okada to ropes, STOMPS the leg, then puts the leg back on to STOMP it again! Tag to Sanada, LIJ splits the wishbone! Sanada DECKS Tanahashi but Okada bails out. Naito slides out to fetch Okada and he kicks the leg. Red Shoes reprimands but Naito puts Okada in for Sanada. Cover, Red Shoes refuses to count because of the shenanigans. So Sanada stomps away on the bad leg, then puts the leg on ropes. Fans rally, but Sanada jumps up to hip drop on the leg! Sanada SMASHES the knee on the mat, then tags Naito back in.

LIJ drags Okada to DOUBLE KNEE SMASH! Okada clutches both legs now, but Naito steps through for a TRAILER HITCH! Okada endures the leg hold but Naito drags him away from ropes! Naito lets off the hitch, to stand up for an inverted  Indian Deathlock! And SNAP! Okada endures again, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Sanada tags in, Naito lazily lets off the leglock, and Sanada drags Okada up. Sanada bumps Okada off buckles, fans rally and Sanada wraps the leg around ropes! Red Shoes counts, Sanada lets off at 3. Sanada stalks Okada, drops an elbow on the bad leg, then another. And then another!

Sanada has the toehold but Okada endures. Okada crawls around, and he gets the ROPEBREAK! Naito steps in to stand on Okada’s head! Red Shoes counts, Naito backs off at 3. Sanada drags Okada up, Okada ROCKS him with a forearm! And another! And another! Sanada kicks the bad leg, then kicks it again. Sanada whips Okada to a corner, blocks the boot, and then trips Okada! Fans cheer as Sanada ties Okada up, but Okada boots him away. Sanada kicks back, runs, but into a FLAPJACK! Both men are down and fans rally up. Okada crawls, hot tag to Tanahashi! The Ace gets Sanada up to fire off fast hands!

Tanahashi whips, Sanada reverses but Tanahashi hits FLYING FOREARMS! Tanahashi DECKS Naito, too! Sanada runs in but misses in the corner. Tanahashi comes back, blocks the boot, and has the leg for a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Tanahashi scoops Sanada to SLAM him into the drop zone. Tanahashi goes up for the SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Tanahashi waits on Sanada to stand. Tanahashi runs, but Sanada gets around to waistlock. Tanahashi backs Sanada into a corner, runs corner to corner, but Sanada dodges! Sanada comes back, but blocks the boot!

Sanada wants the Dragon Screw but Tanahashi boots him away! Tanahashi runs, into a RANA from Sanada! Both men are down but fans rally up. Sanada crawls over, hot tag to Naito! Naito throws fast hands and kicks, then whips. Naito elbows Tanahashi down then basement dropkicks! Naito gets Tanahashi back up, turns him, but Tanahashi powers through. Tanahashi turns Naito for the NECKBREAKER! Fans rally as both men stir. Hot tag to Okada! Okada fires off forearms, then whips. Naito reverses but Okada elbows Naito down! Okada drags Naito up, whips him corner to corner and then runs in, but Naito dodges!

Naito dropkicks the bad leg! Naito stomps the leg, Red Shoes reprimands and has Naito back off. Naito shoves Red Shoes away! But Okada pops Naito up to the top rope, to dropkick him down! Naito tumbles out to the floor and fans fire up! Fans rally while everyone is down! Red Shoes returns and Okada goes out after Naito. Okada drags Naito up, reels him in, and hits a DDT to the floor! Okada leaves Naito behind and Red Shoes goes to check on him. Naito is still in this and fans keep rallying. A ring count starts, Naito stirs at 3 of 20. Naito sits up at 14 of 20, stands at 17, and is in at 19! Okada is right on him, another DDT!

Okada paces and kicks at Naito. Naito sit sup, Okada slaps him around and even talks trash. Naito gets up as fans rally, and Okada scoops! Naito slips out the back to dropkick the leg! And then NECKBREAKER! Both men are down again but fans still rally. Okada gets up, hobbles over, and he brings Naito up. Naito throws a forearm but Okada gives it back. Naito hits another forearm, Okada gives it back. Fans rally as they pick up speed and go back and forth! Okada gets the edge, but Naito kicks. Okada blocks, spins Naito and BOOTS him! Okada Alabama lifts, Naito flails to deny the rest. Naito CLUBS Okada, Okada back drops but Naito arm-drags!

Okada rushes back in, Naito catches Okada, TORNADO DDT! Sanada gets in to DECK Tanahashi! Naito gets Okada up and puts him on the tope rope. Naito goes up to SUPER STEINER! Okada slowly rises, fans rally, and Naito runs in, into an uppercut! But Naito ENZUGIRIS back! Naito whips, Okada reverses but Naito FLYING FOREARMS! Naito hurries to get Okada up, wrench and tilt-o-whirl, DESTI- NO! Okada slips through, but Naito ducks the lariat, only to run into the DROPKICK! Both men are down again but fans rally back up. Okada and Naito crawl, hot tags to Tanahashi and Sanada!

Sanada rallies on Tanahashi, arm-drags him, then waistlocks for an atomic drop! Sanada trips Tanahashi, and ties him up in Paradise! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans get louder and louder, and Sanada dropkicks Tanahashi out of Paradise! Sanada drags Tanahashi back up, fireman’s carries, but Tanahashi fights free! Tanahashi waistlocks, Sanada switches, but Tanahashi elbows free. Tanahashi runs, but Sanada dropkicks the leg! Tanahashi dropkicks Sanada’s legs! Tanahashi kicks again, but Sanada blocks to a DRAGON SCREW! Sanada hobbles up, but Tanahashi gets his leg, DRAGON SCREW!

Fans fire up as Naito runs in, Tanahashi gives him a DRAGON SCREW! Everyone’s done again and fans fire up! Okada sets LIJ up and shouts to Tanahashi. Tanahashi hurries to the corner, goes up and ACE’S HIGH FLY ATTACK! Direct hit and down goes everyone! Red Shoes checks on everyone, and somehow they’re all okay to continue. Fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” “O-KA-DA!” “SA-NA-DA!” “NA-I-TO!” The ring count climbs, Okada and Tanahashi are up at 10 of 20 but Tanahashi drags Sanada up at 14. Tanahashi puts Sanada in at 16 and fans cheer as this continues.

Tanahashi drags Sanada’s leg through the ropes, DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi dropkicks the leg, then DRAPING DRAGON SCREWS again! Sanada flops into the ring, Tanahashi drags him to center and ties up the legs. TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Sanada endures, Naito wants in but Okada keeps him out! Naito clubs away on Okada, fans rally as he gets in, but Okada catches up! MONEY CLIP! LIJ endures dueling submissions! Tanahashi sits deep on the hold and Naito is fading in the Money Clip! Fans rally, Sanada powers up and heads for ropes! Tanahashi drags him back! Okada keeps Naito down, but Sanada gets a second wind and the ROPEBREAK!

Fans are thunderous as the dream team has to let LIJ go! Tanahashi waits on Sanada as he rises. Tanahashi fires up and runs, but Sanada follows to O’Conner Roll, bridge denied! Tanahashi steals SKULL END! But Sanada rolls through, and gets Tanahashi in SKULL END!! Now Naito keeps Okada out! Tanahashi endures, Okada CLUBS away on Naito, but Naito still keeps Okada on the apron! Okada BOOTS Naito into railing, then gets in to CLOBBER Sanada! Sanada kicks and throws Okada out, and fans fire up! Sanada drags Tanahashi back up, scoops him, BACKBREAKER! Sanada goes to the corner, ROUNDING BODY-

NO! Sanada has to land on his feet as Tanahashi moves! Tanahasi runs in, into a fireman’s carry! Sanada throws Tanahashi into the dragon sleeper! But Tanahashi turns around to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi holds on, drags Sanada back up, but Sanada puts Tanahashi on the ropes! MAGIC SCREW! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Sanada crawls over, hot tag to Naito! Naito hobbles over to Tanahashi, drags him up and throws back elbow after back elbow! Tanahashi drops, but Naito stands him back up. Naito throws more back elbows, but Okada coaches Tanahashi.

Fans rally up, Naito stares Okada down, but he throws more back elbows on Tanahashi! Tanahashi drops, Naito stands Tanahashi back up to whip him into the corner. Naito runs in, but just gets the legs in the ropes! DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Sanada gets in to DECK Okada! Naito stands Tanahashi up, and whips him to the corner. Sanada runs into back elbow, then feeds to Naito’s elbow. Dropkick, atomic drop, back suplex, ROLLING JACKKNIFE! TWO!!! Tanahashi survives the LIJ combo! Naito drags Tanahashi up, but Okada rushes in. Naito kicks Okada, whips, but Okada reverses to DROPKICK!

Sanada gets in and fireman’s carries Okada, T K O!! Tanahashi stands up, dodges Sanada and SLINGBLADES him down! Tanahashi whips Naito, Naito reverses but Tanahashi SLINGBLADES! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi fires up, fans fire up with him, and he goes to the corner. Tanahashi is up top, HIGH FLY FLOPS as Naito rolls out of the way! Fans rally up again as Naito aims from the corner. Tanahashi slowly rises, Naito runs in, CORRIENDO- NO! Tanahashi slips free to SHOTEI! Sanada ROCKS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi gets around to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs, Naito turns slingblade into LIGHTNING SPIRAL!

Okada ripcords, but Naito ducks! CORRIENDO SHIKI DESTINO!! Naito drags Tanahashi up, VALENCIA! Naito isn’t done, he wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!! Cover, LIJ wins!!

Winners: Tetsuya Naito & Sanada, by pinfall

The Uncontrollable Charisma just took out the top two champions in NJPW! And even when 2v2, LIJ still has the dream team’s number! Does this mean Naito as world champion is inevitable? Or can the Rainmaker and Ace manage to survive on their own?

Naito gets the mic to say, “Buenas noches, Osaka!” He thanks the fans for being here for their first Osaka event of 2022, and for supporting him and LIJ. “Gracias, amigos!” Naito points out that “the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion said that this would be a key point for him. But the team of Sanada and Tetsuya Naito just won. In fact, Okada is 0-9 in these previews. Now, all the smarks talk about how the guy who wins all these, loses the title match.” But of course he and Sanada want to be perfect through this whole thing. Naito wants the fans to know that until the title matches February 19th and 20th, TRANQUILO! Assen na yo!

Naito hopes to see everyone again for the back-to-back cards in Osaka Jo Hall, and says that there is of course only one way they can end this event. “Bushi, Sanada, Hiromu, Takagi, y Naito. Nosotros… Los Ingoberrrrrrrnables! DE! JA! PON!!” The mission is clear: Pitch a perfect game against Okada and Tanahashi! Will LIJ prove the smarks are wrong on this one?


My Thoughts:

Another very good event for NJPW here. More good stuff even in the matches skipped, such as Khan getting another win over a veteran, LIJ being perfect on the night, and Suzuki almost putting Yano in his own dog crate before he handcuffs two Young Lions together out of anger. I like that with the Junior Heavyweight Tag champions back to back on the card, they let it play into the results. And then what a great surprise, things have just escalated for the Golden Series with a FATAL 4 TAG for the titles. This is definitely a way to take the titles off #FlyingTigers without Eagles or Tiger Mask looking weak. I’m just not sure if we’re getting Taguchi fulfilling a dream or Desperado returning to Mr. Junior Heavyweight Double Champion status.

As far as crowd reactions go, I feel like the NEVER Openweight title match was more the main event, but I understand putting the top champions at the top of the card over a firmly midcard title. Everything went as expected with these two factions, but I did not think Evil would retain this singles title. I thought the Six Man belts would stay with House of Torture, and that might still happen, so maybe NJPW is sticking with Evil as Mr. NEVER for right now. I honestly can’t see what would come of Chaos getting the Six Man titles back with Goto, Hashi & Yoh do other than bolstering the resumes.

And then we got another great match out of Okada & Tanahashi VS Naito & Sanada, and Naito was right to get meta in his promo. Anywhere else, all this math would mean the champs retain. Okada VS Naito and Tanahashi VS Sanada could probably go either way since NJPW doesn’t use the same go-home math American promotions do, but I’m still leaning towards both retaining. It seems Sanada still isn’t there as a personality to get a singles title, but I feel like him being the strong, silent type was supposed to be the point.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 6.30.2022

The Go Home to Against All Odds with the main event of Battle of the Futures Redux! TNA vibes and hype in the Asylum!

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Against All Odds is tomorrow, and the one thing IMPACT has excelled with are the quick turnaround angles. Plus we also HOPEFULLY get a real finish to the Battle of the Futures 2022 edition. Frankie Kazarian and Chris Sabin have a main event that could definitely be something special.

Ratings:

  • Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey: Trey wins via Meteora – ***
  • Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw: Gisele wins via Knee Strike – ** ¼
  • Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace: Jordynne wins via Muscle Buster – **
  • IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More: Karl retains via Roll Up – ** ½
  • Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne: Ace wins via The Fold – ** ¾
  • Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/Alex Shelley: Sabin wins via Cradle Shock – *****

 

Results:

Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey

Early on the smaller men gang up on Maclin, which of course is the smart thing to do. Trey and Bey trade a few shots, Laredo tries to interject himself but Maclin comes back in and starts taking over. Wipes out most of the guys then they start trickling in for pinfall saves and each guy chopping at the bigger man. Trey does however go for a John Woo, misses and Tree of Woes himself to set up for Maclin’s Caught in the Crosshairs corner spear.

Action continues to be pretty fluid, Trey takes out Maclin, Bey looks for an Asai Moonsault, but turns it into the 5 Hole Dive that MCMG do when Laredo Kid dives through Bey’s legs. Then Bey hits the Asai Moonsault and Bey brings Laredo into the ring and tries to find a winning angle. Pop Up Cutter from Bey, but Trey saves it. A little back and forth, Trey goes to the top, misses the Meteora, but lands on his feet and manages a Running Meteora for the pinfall victory.

Trey beat Speedball before Slammiversary, so Speedball has some payback in his mind.

Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw

Madison Rayne and Tenille Dashwood are at the commentary desk for this match since Gisele did offer to fill in for an injured Madison for the Knockouts Tag rematch.

Rosemary controls Gisele early and then bends her backwards and bites her forehead. Gisele almost starts taking back over, but then Rosemary gets out of a headlock the Crazzy Steve way. Rosemary takes some control early until Gisele powders and tries to find a way back into the match. Commercial break brings us to Gisele taking Rosemary’s head off with a Lariat.

Now Gisele is in control, throws Rosemary into a corner and starts pandering for a photo op and posturing to The Influence. Gisele strings together a lot of corner attacks, whips her into the corner again and lays her out with a Flying European Uppercut. Gisele tries to hit the knee in the back of the head, but Rosemary moves and starts her comeback. Big Suplex from the corner and Rosemary keeps her down for 2. Rosemary is in control until Gisele hits and Oscutter out of nowhere for 2. Reverse DDT from Rosemary for another near fall and then The Influence is on the move. They ambush Taya, Rosemary tries to go for her Spear anyway and Shaw kills Rosemary with a great Knee Strike. Rosemary is out, Gisele wins.

A small beat down, and then The Influence pause in the ring for a little, before posing with Gisele and seemingly giving their mark of approval on her being in The Influence now.

Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace

Savannah bulldozes Jordynne into the corner, but the power game is pretty even here. Savannah has some height, but Jordynne is quicker. Jordynne manages to turn the tables on Savannah, up and over in the corner and whips her into the ropes while setting up behind her causing Evans to trip and fall. Savannah powders, Jordynne tries to break up the discussion, but after a quick flurry, Savannah hits an Apron Chokeslam and takes over.

After some back and forth, Jordynne takes back over and then Muscle Buster on Savannah Evans and its over!

IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More

Karl and Vincent start things off, and corner to corner we see the Machine Gun in control, but a thumb to the eyes and quick strike give Vincent the chance to tag in PCO. French Canadian Frankenstein starts beating on Karl, throws him into the ropes, Vincent kicks him and it just pisses off Karl. But Karl getting distracted gives PCO the ambush chance and Karl is just getting rocked. Vincent tagged back in, quick strikes including a corner Facewash with the elbow, sliding Flatliner and PCO is back in.

PCO goes Splash into dropping DDT before hitting the middle rope Guillotine Leg Drop. LG has gotten no action while Karl is getting killed. Deanimator set up looks to take out Karl even further, and it hits! Vincent tags in, and finally Anderson Spinebuster gets LG a hot tag. Big Boot takes out PCO on the apron, Superkick and flying Big Man flattens Vincent, tag to Karl, Magic Killer set up…but PCO with the save. Satellite Russian Leg Sweep from Vincent, RedRUM misses and Karl scoops the Small Package for the win.

Immediately Honor No More attacks. Chris Harris slides in and Honor No More choose to jaw and tease him instead of attacking immediately. HEATH’s music hits before they can attack Harris, and he comes loaded with pipes. Harris and Heath lay out Honor No More with pipes, Wake Up Call from Heath, Pump Kick, Gun Stun and then only Taven is left. Last Call Superkick sends Taven to sleep.

Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne

Zayne tries to start immediately, but Ace takes a page from the Jay White book and powders right away. Ace stays a step ahead until a nice Flipping Bodyscissors out of the corner keeps Ace rolling and eating some kicks. Ace tries a top corner move and Zayne flips into a Headscissors for the advantage before commercial. Coming back Ace is in control after driving Zayne into the post.

Ace and Zayne trade, we see Zayne finally get the best of the situations. Cinnamon Twist or Crunchwrap Supreme are hinted at, but Ace rolls away. Zayne tries to get Ace in position for his Taco Driver, but Ace has all the answers. Big kicks and strikes, Ace goes for the Outside/In Avalanche Headscissors, but Zayne mostly flips the through it, but eats a Triangle Kick for his attempted counter. The Fold – gets countered with a Sauce Trigger! Ace powders, Moonsauce to take out Bey and Ace, but Bey grabs his foot before he can get back in, Ace keeps the referee distracted…THE FOLD as soon as Zayne is back in the ring and Bullet Club wins!

Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/ Alex Shelley

If this is as good as I anticipate…I may forget how to type. So fair warning if I get sucked in, this could be a short review.

We saw both men had a plan, Sabin went after Kaz’s legs early and often, where Kaz focused on the neck. There were great callbacks, classic moments, even the feint with the Flux Capacitor which is how Kaz won the original Battle of the Futures.

This was Brian Hebner’s final match, and hot damn was it a classic. Everything about this was great.

Overall Score: 9/10

Starting out hot with the X Division match, 2 solid Knockouts matches and a main event that could’ve easily been on any PPV over the last 20 years. This set the stage well for tomorrow’s Against All Odds and could’ve been one of the best Go Home episodes from any company in recent memory. Also it was really awesome getting the Raven vignette to hype the Clockwork Orange House of Fun.

My review of Against All Odds will be a little late since I had prior engagements because Fridays aren’t usually PPVs, but I’ll get to it on Saturday. Watch it live yourself, catch the run down Saturday, either way IMPACT is killin it with that TNA vibe. Maybe its time we go back to a certain 3 letters…a 6 sided ring, or hell, just announce Lethal Lockdown. Bring that back from the dead dammit!


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (6/30/22)

WHY, SEVEN, WHY?!

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Artful Dodger or dastardly coward? You decide!

Last time he was on NXT UK, Trent Seven gave us crocodile tears and betrayed Tyler Bate! What will Seven say this week about what he’s done?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze; Davenport wins.
  • Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley; Henley wins.
  • Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar; Wolfgang wins.

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Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze!

NXT UK beware, it’s the return of the heir! The gothic gladiator is back after that freak accident during her NXT UK Women’s Championship match with Meiko Satomura. Will Blair prove that nothing will stop her from taking the throne this time? Or will Angel leave her in a haze in her first match back?

The bell rings and the two circle. Blair and Angel tie up, go around, and Blair puts Angel on the ropes. The ref counts but Blair lets off fast. Blair and Angel reset, tie up, and Blair shoves Angel down! Fans rally up as Angel and Blair reset again. They tie up, Angel gets around to waistlock, Blair arm-drags free and Angel flounders to a corner. Blair runs in but Angel goes up and over, TWO! Angel boots Blair’s punch away, sobats then runs, to SHOTGUN Blair down! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally, Angel drags Blair up and reels her in, but Blair fights the suplex. Blair powers up, wrenches out and WRINGS the arm!

Fans rally as Blair snarls and stalks Angel. Blair runs in at the corner, Angel goes up and over again, but runs into a CHOP BLOCK! Blair DROPKICKS Angel in the back! Blair pushes Angel over to CLUB her on the back. Blair pushes Angel around, kicks her, and Angel gets to a corner. Blair is after her already and throws a heavy body shot! Angel hits back but Blair CLUBS her down again. Blair hauls Angel up, whips her to ropes and runs her over! Cover, TWO! Blair clamps onto Angels with a chinlock and she grinds Angel down. Fans rally as Angel endures, but Blair thrashes her around. Blair cranks the hold but Angel fights up to her feet.

Angel throws body shots, Blair CLUBS her again! Blair hauls Angel up to whip her to a corner. Blair runs in and GAMANGIRIS! Blair shoves Angel onto ropes, then runs side to side, SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO! Angel survives and Blair is annoyed but the fans rally up. Blair shoves Angel to a corner, but Angel hits back. Blair CLUBS Angel, stands her up and whips her corner to corner. Blair runs in but Angel dodges and Blair hits buckles! Angel returns with a forearm smash! And then a back elbow! Angel keeps moving, she evades the lariat to fire off forearms and a ROLLING ELBOW! Angel runs again, SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Blair goes to a corner. Angel runs corner to corner but into a BOOT! Blair hops up and leaps to missile dropkick! Blair drags Angel up, reels her in, but Angel wrenches out to reel Blair in! GUILLOTINE! Angel has Blair in the body scissors, too! Blair endures, stays up, CLUBS Angel and powers out with a BIG suplex! Fans fire up, Blair hauls Angel up for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, Blair wins!

Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall

And the heir gets right back on track! Blair gets the mic to say she is back! And she is here to crush all of your hopes. Is that key word a message to a certain someone? Or is it a message to everyone who would dare defy the heir?

 

NXT UK Media caught up with Sid Scala.

The Assistant General Manager returns to his office, and Kenny Williams is there waiting! Kenny says it’s about time Sid showed up! Kenny’s been working all night, as we can see by the conspiracy web taking over Sid’s office, and Kenny claims he has finally figured it out! Tiger Turan has to be none other than… Sid says Kenny needs to stop, this isn’t why Sid asked to meet with him. This is about next week, a match between Kenny and Tiger Turan! And just as Sid says that, Tiger steps in. Kenny says this is just who he was looking for. But here’s what will happen. Kenny will win, knock Turan out and take off his mask to reveal it’s Amir Jordan!

So right now, Tiger Turan can clean up this mess while Kenny prepares. Is the Scum of the Earth on to something? Is Tiger Turan obsessed with Kenny because it’s Amir Jordan, the man Kenny banished from NXT UK over a year ago? Or is he going to lose this match along with his mind?

 

Noam Dar & Sha Samuels enter the NXT UK Performance Center.

The Scottish Supernova isn’t sure why they’re here, but the East End Bookie/Butcher promises it is for good reason: they’re going to make some big money. Dar then sees the ring and the training session Mark Coffey is helping with. Dar & Sha taunt them and Mark walks over to ask, “What’s wrong? Run out of ways to cheat?” Dar says he never needs to cheat, and certainly not to beat Mark. Dar didn’t need to cheat to beat “Dog Man” Wolfgang, or to beat big brother Joe and run him out of town. Mark points out Dar only won because of his bookie at ringside. Mark guarantees that if Sha isn’t around, Mark wins the cup.

Sha says no way, Dar is the best ever! Mark says they can bet on it. Sha takes that bet! 100 to 1, Dar still beats Mark! Sha puts money on it quite literally, and says the market is open! Everyone else swarms Sha, wanting to put money on this, too! Dar looks worried with just how many want to join in. Are they betting all on Mark? Dar is a bit upset by that, but will he prove Sha right and take everyone, including Coffey, to the cleaners?

 

Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley!

#SuplexMillie is still Meiko Satomura’s protégé, but she might be feeling the pressure as of late. The Final Boss demands the best out of her disciple, but will those expectations be met? Or will the Cowgirl rope herself a big win just like Briggs & Jensen did?

The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, end up in a deadlock, but Millie shots around to waistlock. Fallon pries at the hold, standing switches, and SLAMS Millie down. Millie slips out to hammerlock and fans rally for Millie as she cranks the hold. Fallon fights to sit up, rolls out and has the wristlock. Millie slips through, wristlocks back, but Fallon pries at the hold. Fallon slips through, hammerlocks Millie now, but Millie works on the hold. Fallon rolls Millie up, TWO! Fans applaud the opening exchange as the two stare down. Fallon and Millie reset, tie up with knuckle locks, and they have a test of strength!

Millie wrenches the wrists, kicks an arm, rolls and trips Fallon to have a standing toehold! Fallon endures, uses her free leg to kick free, but Millie cartwheels through. Fans applaud again, and even Fallon offers a handshake. Millie accepts and fans cheer the sportsmanship, and the two tie up again. Millie powers Fallon back but Fallon turns it around to arm-drag Millie away. Fallon shoots in but Millie sits on the cover, ONE! Fallon sunset flips, ONE! Millie tries a jackknife but Fallon rolls through it, TWO! Millie has the sunset, TWO!! Fans fire up for that exchange and the two reset again.

They tie up, Millie headlocks, but Fallon powers up. Millie holds tight, Fallon pries the hold open and turns it around onto Millie! Millie endures, powers out but Fallon runs her over! Fallon does a two step then runs, but Millie keeps up with the drop, sidestep, but Fallon counters hip toss with a hip toss! Fallon arm-drags Millie away and Millie takes a moment to catch her breath. Fallon is on her but Millie EuroUppers! Millie kicks low, CLUBS Fallon on the back, and has her on the ropes. Millie CLUBS Fallon again, has her in a corner now and kicks her low. Fallon throws shots back but Millie CLUBS Fallon, into the TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally and Millie clamps on a chinlock. Millie shifts to have almost a bully choke but Fallon endures. Fans rally again as Fallon fights up. Fallon throws elbows, body shots, but Millie EuroUppers! Fallon catches on to hooks and a backslide, TWO! Fallon rolls Millie again, TWO! Millie CLOBBERS Fallon! Cover, TWO! Millie is on Fallon again, going after the arms. Fallon fights but Millie still gets a COBRA CLUTCH! Fallon endures, resists, and fans rally as Millie still tries to lock this on! Fallon fights, Millie might just have it! Fallon is fading as Millie bends her backwards!! But Fallon gets a second wind and pries free to arm-drag Millie away!

Millie comes back to ROCK Fallon, Fallon ROCKS Millie! They throw hands, and Fallon DECKS Millie! Fallon fires up to back elbow Millie in a corner! And then a RUNNING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Millie survives! Fallon drags Millie up, fireman’s carries, but Millie slips off and shoves to then LARIAT! And again! Millie shoots around to get Fallon up for a BIG bag suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Millie snarls as she hauls Fallon up. Fallon fights the German Suplex, pops free to switch, but Millie elbows Fallon. Millie whips Fallon to a corner but Fallon goes up and over. Fallon’s leg tweaks! Millie shows no mercy, CHOP BLOCK!!

Millie stomps away on Fallon’s leg and fans fire up! Millie drags Fallon up, reels her in, SHIN BREAKER! And then another SHIN BREAKER! Fallon hobbles, Millie gets her again, but Fallon sunset flips! FALLON WINS!

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall

Millie showed her killer instinct, but maybe she let it get the better of her! Will this be the exact opposite of what Meiko wanted for Millie?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Oliver Carter.

They ask him if he’s been keeping in contact with Ashton Smith while he’s out with injury. Of course! Oliver has Ashton on speed dial. They are brothers, that’s never gonna change. But then Teoman and his Die Familie “brothers,” Rohan Raja and Charlie Dempsey slither in and say hi to “Oli.” They sit with him and they feel like this is deja vu. Oliver’s alone, no Ashton Smith, no titles. Oliver needs a family to watch out for him. It is a dangerous place out there. Join them! It’s in his best interest. They’ll let him think about it, and take their leave. Is there anything to think about? Or will the Hottest Superstar Under the Sun actually consider their invitation?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Sarray.

The Warrior of the Sun is about to get in a set of squats as they ask her how she feels after her NXT UK debut. Sarray says it was very good. She got a win over Nina Samuels, and she- “Aww~, look!” Xia and Eliza return to mock Sarray for simply training in the UK PC after her first win. It’s so cute. But has Eliza heard the good news? Sarray’s sticking around for a bit. Oh, is she? But then Meiko and Millie step up to back the bullies down. Eliza tells Sarray that she better just play by their rules, or they’ll be more than happy to teach Sarray a few things.

Meiko tells Eliza that she talks too much. If Eliza & Xia want a match with Meiko and Sarray, then Eliza & Xia will be the ones being taught a lesson. Millie seems a bit surprised Meiko didn’t choose her, while Xia & Eliza storm off, Xia complaining about who is teaching who lessons. But with that, Sarray finishes putting up the weights for Meiko to take a turn. Will Final Boss & Warrior of the Sun prove to the bullies the power of Joshi Strong Style?

 

Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar!

The Last King of Scotland heard the East End Butcher talking some smack like he wouldn’t hear it. But since he did, it’s time for Sha to put his money where his mouth is! Will Wolfgang get a big win and cash in? Or will Sha find another way to weasel out another victory?

The bell rings and the two circle. Sha gets some last minute pointers from Dar. They say they can frustrate Wolfgang and get the edge. But then Dar needs to give Sha another pointer. The ref insists they get this started already, and Wolfgang rushes in. Sha dodges, then dodges again. Sha goes back to Dar for that last pointer but Wolfgang throws Sha out of the corner! Wolfgang fires off haymakers, then an arm-drag! Wolfgang keeps on the arm with a wristlock, then stands Sha up to RAM shoulders. And again! And then a straight arm lever and SLAM! Fans fire up and Wolfgang drags Sha up again to RAM shoulders again.

Wolfgang wrenches, and hits a straight arm suplex! Cover, ONE! Dar is upset but Wolfgang keeps on Sha’s arm. Sha ROCKS Wolfgang with his free arm, then bumps Wolfgang off buckles. Sha bumps Wolfgang off more buckles, then throws heavy back elbows. Sha runs in to SPLASH Wolfgang. Wolfgang shoves Sha away, runs in, but Sha sends Wolfgang into buckles! Fans boo but Dar wants to throw up the X. Sha grabs the bad arm for an ARMBAR DDT! Sha CLUBS the bad arm, uppercuts it, then hip drops on it! Wolfgang clutches that arm, tries to get it working, but Sha drops an elbow on it!

Sha clamps onto the arm, Wolfgang fights the cobra clutch and throws body shots. But Sha wrenches and WRINGS the bad arm! Dar offers a drink but Sha says no, he has to keep working. Sha throws down elbows into the bad arm, then stands on Wolfgang to say, “ON THE MONEY~!” Sha KICKS the bad leg, then shouts out “EAST~!” Sha stomps Wolfgang but fans chant, “You’re a Mug! You’re a Mug!” Dar says yeah, Wolfgang’s the mug! But that’s not who they mean. Sha RAMS Wolfgang into the buckles, stomps away on the bad arm, then runs in to stomp it again! The ref backs Sha off, and Dar SMACKS Wolfgang around with the papers!

Wolfgang gets mad and he CHOPS Sha! And CHOPS again! And counter punches! Wolfgang suplexes Sha, but Sha fights to get to the apron. Sha HOTSHOTS the bad arm! Wolfgang staggers away and Sha gets in to run and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang is still in this, and Dar offers another drink. Sha says no, and he drops elbow after elbow on Wolfgang! Sha then goes up a corner, and leaps for a FLYING ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang is still in this and fans rally up. Sha stalks Wolfgang, CLUBS him at the ropes, then pulls on the bad arm. Wolfgang ROCKS Sha and gives him a kitchen sink knee! BASEMENT SENTON!

Dar is worried as Wolfgang suplexes Sha for the CAB- NO, no toss! Sha slips off, CLUBS Wolfgang and has a top wristlock on the bad arm! Fans rally as Wolfgang endures, fights up, but Sha wants the arm! Wolfgang arm-drags free! Wolfgang goes to the corner, Sha runs in but Wolfgang sends him into buckles! Wolfgang bumps Sha off buckles, fires off haymakers, then keeps Sha cornered to CHOP! Wolfgang whips corner to corner, then runs in, into an uppercut! Wolfgang snarls, shoves Sha back in, and SPLASHES in the corner! Sha flops and Wolfgang is on the apron, working on the bad arm.

Wolfgang climbs but Dar distracts! The ref reprimands but Wolfgang leaps, into a SPINEBUSTER from Sha! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally for Wolfgang while Sha is furious! Sha hauls Wolfgang up, reels him in and whips, but Wolfgang slips off the scoop to POINT-BLANK SPEAR!! But the bad arm holds Wolfgang back from making the cover, and Sha crawls away to his corner. Dar fans Sha, but fans rally for Wolfgang. Wolfgang grabs at Sha on the apron, hauls him up the corner, but Sha throws body shots. Sha HOTSHOTS the bad arm again! Wolfgang is stuck up top and Sha ROCKS him with haymakers! Sha DECKS Wolfgang!

Sha climbs up again, for the FROG SPLASH onto knees! Wolfgang saves himself but both men are down and writhing. Fans rally up again and Wolfgang grits his teeth as he gets back up. Wolfgang rallies on Sha with the one good arm! Wolfgang whips Sha to then back drop him! Fans fire up, Sha gets to a corner and Wolfgang runs in to fire off forearms! Wolfgang howls and runs, to SPLASH again! Dar is up on the apron but Wolfgang BOOTS him down! Fans cheer and Wolfgang SLINGSHOTS to SPEAR!! Cover, Wolfgang wins!!

Winner: Wolfgang, by pinfall

Fans cheer as the Last King of Scotland stands tall! This Gallus Boy is on top, but will Mark Coffey be on top in two weeks after he gets one more shot at Dar and the Heritage Cup?

 

Trent Seven heads to the ring.

And what a strange thing, for all the fans to boo this Founding Father of NXT UK. He gets a mic and “thanks” us all for that reception. Seven heard the chant of “Why, Trent, Why?” Good question! He will use visual aids to explain just exactly why. The tron shows Trent giving Tyler Bate that truly underhanded low blow uppercut. Trent gets teary eyed as he says it is just beautiful. “It’s the best low blow ever. That’s what it is.” Just look at his positioning! A work of art, really. And more importantly, it represents a turning point. “That right there is the most important moment in British Sports.” Fans chant, “No it’s not! No it’s not!”

But he says yes it is, and we all know it is, “because it’s the moment that Trent Seven saved the industry.” Fans boo but Seven asks they listen. It is the truth “because this place was dead! This studio was a ghost town! And now look at you all! Now look at you all back! The largest crowd in NXT UK BT Sports history is here because Trent Seven is on top!” Fans boo more but Seven says, “It’s a fact. This is where I like to be. Right here. Right at the top, right in the middle, the CENTER of attention!” Fans chant, “We Want Tyler!” and Seven is annoyed. “Tyler Bate is done. Now I am the center of attention, and we were the center of attention as British Strong Style! And as Moustache Mountain.”

Seven goes on about how they were touring the world, selling out every arena, and promotors were begging them to even be on the shows. “Please~! We need you~!” Yes, they did. And that is why fans need to understand it isn’t Seven who changed, it’s Tyler who changed. Seven never lost the killer instinct, he never stopped doing what was needed to win, but it was Tyler who lost his nerve. That will to win is gone, because “it’s all that rubbish, sitting in a field, hugging a tree.” But Bate isn’t coming back, and we know he won’t because he won’t fight Seven! Fans chant, “Yes, He Will!” Seven says no, he won’t, because Bate lost his fighting spirit.

“Tyler Bate is the Little Weak Boy. And I am NXT UK! I am this brand! I am NXT! I am British Strong Style! Come here! Come here! I am Moustache Mountain!!” Fans boo as Seven sets down the mic, and Seven says everyone knows he’s telling the truth. Is he telling the truth about the future of NXT UK? Or will Tyler Bate prove Trent Seven is a liar and make a heroic return?

Wait, a fan gets really heated about Seven saying Tyler is weak and afraid. So much so, friends and security are trying to get him to calm down. But the fan jumps the barrier instead! Security rushes in to stop this man from getting closer and Seven says, “We’ve got a live one!” And then he LOW BLOW KICKS the fan!! Referees rush out and say Seven is out of line! Seven says the fan is the one who got up in Seven’s face. Is there nothing Seven won’t do just to make himself feel like the bigger man?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode of NXT UK with some good set-up for the summer episodes. Blair Davenport gets a good return match win, with Angel Hayze still looking very good in the loss. And Blair emphasizing “hope” at the end of her promo has to be her setting up something with Amale before moving on to the title again. Kenny and Sid had a good interaction to set up Kenny VS Tiger Turan. But sadly for me and my theories, if Kenny also thinks Amir Jordan is Tiger Turan, then that must mean it isn’t because they wouldn’t do that. They can’t let Kenny be right about this, right? It’d be pretty wild for Kenny to win and be right about who Tiger Turan is under the mask.

Millie VS Fallon was a very good match, but I feel like they could’ve played up more of Millie struggling to be aggressive before it backfired on her. But Millie losing does help build her story of disappointing Meiko and herself. Millie also had a very good bit of character work showing her surprise and bit of hurt feelings when Meiko chose Sarray to be her tag partner against Xia & Eliza. But that’s still going to be an awesome match with Sarray and Meiko side by side. Meiko & Sarray will surely win and that will surely set up Meiko VS Sarray for an awesome NXT UK Women’s Championship.

We got a decent interaction from Oliver Carter and Die Familie. I would think Carter rejects Die Familie’s invitation, and he could easily team up with other superstars who don’t like Die Familie, like Mastiff & Starz or even A-Kid. And we got a pretty good promo with Sha, Dar and Mark Coffey about how we’re getting that 100 to 1 betting odds Heritage Cup match. If Mark is getting one more shot in what Dar claims should be his “retirement” match, does that mean Mark wins? Someone from Gallus should get something more, and Dar losing will be his own reason for “not retiring.” Plus, if Mark wins, and Joe Coffey comes back, I’d love seeing Mark VS Joe for the cup.

Wolfgang VS Sha was a great main event match, and I figured Wolfgang would win to get Gallus back up. I don’t know what’s next for Wolfgang, but he’s always been a solid character and in-ring worker. And then, we closed with a very good promo from Seven, with him playing off the crowd’s chants and booing very well. That final bit with “the fan” was quite a surprise but it sure adds to Seven’s Heel heat. But obviously, Bate is coming back and he is going to have one hell of a match with Seven. Can’t be sure who wins that, but it’d make a lot of sense if Seven cheated to win, and then somehow, Seven uses that to go after Ilja Dragunov and the UK Championship.

My Score: 8.5/10


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