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Mitchell’s NJPW New Years Golden Series Results & Report! (2/19/22)

The penultimate night!



NJPW New Years Golden Series

Will The Ace meet a Skull End?

NJPW’s New Years Golden Series is almost over! And on this second-to-last night, the IWGP Junior Tag, Heavyweight Tag and US titles are all on the line!


  • Togi Makabe & Kosei Fujita VS TAKA Michinoku & DOUKI; Taka & Douki win.
  • Toru Yano & Ryohei Oiwa VS Minoru Suzuki & Taichi; Suzuki & Taichi win.
  • YOH & Tomohiro Ishii VS SHO & Dick Togo; Yoh & Ishii win.
  • Great-O-Khan VS Tomoaki Honma; Khan wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Yuji Nagata & Satoshi Kojima VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: Tiger Mask & Robbie Eagles VS Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo VS Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato VS El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Taguchi & Wato win and become the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Goto & Hashi win and retain the titles.
  • IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS SANADA; Sanada wins and becomes the new IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion.


IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: Tiger Mask & Robbie Eagles VS Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo VS Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato VS El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

Yes, that is a lot to take in. But it is a lot for the champions to take on! Can the #FlyingTigers survive the Cutest Tag Team, Team Six or Nine and Suzuki-Gun’s Rogue Luchador & Heel Master? Or is this one target too many for them to shoot down?

The Headbanga is already mocking Tiger Mask by wearing one of the masks he stole. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and then the champs go after ELP & Taiji! Suzuki-Gun decides to drag Taguchi & Wato out of the ring, the bell rings to get this on the record, and Eagles throws ELP out while Tiger Mask keeps on Taiji. But then Suzuki-Gun gets in to attack Tiger Mask! They double whip Tiger Mask to a corner, back elbow and feed to lift, DROPKICK BACK SUPLEX COMBO! Cover, ELP breaks it! ELP claws Desperado’s back, Taiji claws Kanemaru’s back! Taiji kicks Kanemaru out while ELP keeps on Desperado.

ELP CLAWS Desperado’s back, Taiji brings Tiger Mask up and puts him on the top rope. Taiji pulls Tiger into a Tree of Woe, then ELP runs in to baseball slide dropkick! Taiji runs in to add his own baseball slide dropkick! Fans clap, “E! L P!” And then the Cutest Tag Team run in, to jump on onto Tiger Mask’s groin! Eagles saves Tiger Mask but ELP throws Eagles back out. ELP PLANCHAS but flops as Eagles moves! Taiji gets Tiger out of the Tree, and then he goes to add Tiger’s mask to the collection! Taguchi attacks Taiji, then whips him into Wato’s back elbow, uppercut and SOBAT! Fans cheer as Wato sees Tiger’s blue mask.

Taguchi kicks Taiji out and Wato hands the blue mask back to Tiger Mask. Tiger Mask thanks Wato, and Taguchi rolls Tiger Mask up! Eagles breaks it and then confronts Six or Nine for the sneaky move. Eagles stomps Taguchi, Wato hits Eagles. Wato reels Eagles in, but Eagles breaks free. Eagles blocks a kick to hook Wato up, but Wato resists the backpack to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! But Eagles lands on his feet! Eagles kicks, cravats, SHIRANUI! Cover, Kanemaru breaks it! Kanemaru stomps Eagles down, elbows him on the back, and whips him to ropes. Eagles reverses, Kanemaru tilt-o-whirls and kicks!

Kanemaru rakes Eagles’ eyes! But he runs into Eagles’ wheel kick! Eagles kips up and fires up, and fans rally behind him. Eagles builds speed but Taiji trips him! Taiji drags Eagles out and fireman’s carries for SNAKE EYES on the railing! Taiji gets in the ring, he builds speed, but Desperado trips him and drags him out to RAM into railing! Desperado DECKS Taiji, gets in the ring, but ELP is there! ELP tells Desperado that since he’s THE IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, ELP wants next! Desperado says okay, and then ELP ROCKS him! Desperado CHOPS ELP and ELP screams as he staggers away.

Desperado mocks ELP, the challenger shouldn’t scream. ELP CHOPS back! Desperado growls and now it’s a CHOP fight! Fans rally up as the CHOPS keep flying. ELP slaps, they both run, but they both get tripped! Taguchi and Tiger Mask throw them out and meet in the ring. Taguchi throws forearms but Tiger Mask CHOPS! Taguchi fires another forearm, Tiger fires off KICKS! Taguchi blocks a kick, elbows the leg, and then runs in, but Tiger hurdles over! Taguchi tumbles out of the ring! But Suzuki-Gun mug Tiger Mask! They double whip, Tiger DIVES onto Taguchi! ELP & Taiji get in and CLAW Desperado & Kanemaru!

ELP fish hooks Kanemaru’s face and puts him in a corner. Taiji rakes Desperado’s eyes, then he and ELP double whip. Desperado crisscrosses them into each other, then DECKS ELP! Desperado then brings ELP up to whip to ropes. Taiji holds ropes, Desperado runs in but Taiji dumps him out. Kanemaru kicks Taiji down! Kanemaru whips, Taiji goes up to TRIANGLE JUMP MOONSAULT Desperado! Wato fires off on Kanemaru, whips but Kanemaru reverses. Wato RANAS Kanemaru out, then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans rally up, ELP strips a crossbar so he can stand on top. Wato ROCKS ELP first!

Wato CLUBS ELP but ELP throws body shots back. ELP headbutts Wato down! ELP stands up, Eagles hurries over! Eagles springboards to SUPER STEINER ELP onto everyone else!! Fans are fired up as all six men are down! Eagles is up first and he roars! Tiger and Eagles meet at the corner to DOUBLE GIRI Taguchi! They put Taguchi up top, Tiger underhooks the arms, SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Eagles hits a 450 SPLASH! Tiger covers, TWO!! Taguchi survives, but ends up in DOUBLE REVERSE ARMBAR! Eagles intercepts Desperado to wheelbarrow him into the RON MILLER SPECIAL!

Fans rally as Desperado and Taguchi each endure! But Bullet Club breaks it! Taiji stomps Tiger Mask and ELP clubs down Eagles! Eagles hits ELP back but Taiji kicks and whips Eagles. Eagles reverses, Taiji handsprings to NEURALIZER! ELP LIONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Eagles survives but ELP straitjacket torture racks, FLYING KNEE SWINGING NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, Tiger breaks it! Taiji CLUBS Tiger, rakes his eyes, and sets him up for ELP! ELP still has a confidence problem since he doesn’t have his cheat. ELP whips Tiger to the corner then whips Taiji in, DOUBL EKNEES!

Taiji and ELP combine, ALLEY-OOP CODE BREAKER! ELP goes up, MOONSAULT, but Eagles drags Tiger out! ELP lands on Taiji’s knees! Kanemaru gets in, ENZIGURI for Taiji! Eagles gets in, Kanemaru BOOTS him in the corner! Kanemaru scoops and SLAMS Eagles, then goes up top to MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and Kanemaru is furious! Kanemaru hurries to get Eagles up and suplex. Eagles slips out, feeds to Wato’s dropkick! Wato kicks but Eagles ducks. Eagles kicks but Wato ducks. Wato spins, SCREW HIGH KICK! Tiger gets in to KICK and toss Wato out! Tiger turns around into a HIP ATTACK!

Taguchi runs, SLIDING HIP! Cover, TWO, to OH MY GARFUNKLE! But Suzuki-Gun mugs Taguchi! They double whip but Taguchi DOUBLE HIP ATTACKS! Taiji gets in, runs into a HIP ATTACK! ELP springboards, into a HIP ATTACK! Taguchi chicken wings Tiger Mask but Tiger Mask victory rolls! TWO, Eagles jackknifes! TWO!! Wato GAMANGIRIS Eagles, springboards, FLYING UPPERCUT for Eagles! Tiger sobats Wato, underhooks Taguchi, but Taguchi resists. Tiger Mask knees low, chicken wings, but Taguchi switches to feed Tiger to Wato’s ROUNDHOUSE! Taguchi chicken wings, DODON TO THE THRONE! Cover, everyone breaks it!

Wato stomps and kicks everyone else away, and throws ELP out. He kicks and throws Taiji out while Taguchi gets Suzuki-Gun clear. Six or Nine combine, NUMBER NINE!! Cover, Six or Nine wins!!!

Winners: Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato, by pinfall (NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

The dream has come true! Taguchi and Wato are the 69TH IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions! Will they make this reign truly special?


IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!

Back and forth, over and over, in just about any combination you can think of, Chaos and the House of Torture have done battle. But now, the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter defend these titles against the King of Darkness and Tokyo Pimp! Will Goto-Hashi #StayGold? Or will Darkness Fall and make the King of NEVER into a TRIPLE CHAMPION?

Wait! Sho & Dick Togo attack Goto-Hashi on their way out! The House of Torture swarms, but Yoh and Ishii hurry to stop them! Dick and Sho knock them down, Yujiro and Evil stomp the champions. Evil drags Hashi to ringside while leaving Goto behind. Evil puts Hashi in for Yujiro and he drags Hashi up. The bell rings to put this on record, Yujiro and Evil mug Hashi. Goto crawls his way to ringside, Ishii and Yoh watching his back. Evil and Yujiro drag Hashi up, double whip him to a corner, then Yujiro runs in but misses! Hashi runs Evil over! Yujiro kicks Hashi, runs, but Hashi and Goto run him over!

Hashi runs, hip toss senton! Goto & Hashi hammer Evil down! They stomp away on Evil, and fans fire up with them. Goto goes to the corner, Hashi brings Yujiro up. Hashi throws a forearm, and another, then a CHOP! Yujiro is stinging as he leans against the ropes. Hashi whips, Yujiro reverses, Dick and Sho trip Hashi up! Yujiro distracts while Dick and Sho RAM Hashi into railing, then FLAPJACK him on the apron! Dick and Sho bring out chairs, and they use those to choke Hashi! Ishii goes after them but he gets mugged. Yoh hurries over but he also gets hit with a chair. Evil drags Hashi up and puts him in the ring.

Yujiro drags Hashi to a cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Yujiro DECKS Hashi. Yujiro rains down rights, then drags Hashi up to snapmare. Yujiro runs to basement boot! Cover, TWO! Yujiro tags Evil, Evil puts Hashi against ropes and CHOPS. And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Evil CLUBS Hashi down, stomps a leg, then tags Yujiro back in. Yujiro drags Hashi up while fans rally. Hashi throws body shots and forearms but Yujiro throws forearms back. Yujiro snapmares Hashi to drop a leg, an elbow, and a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Fans rally again but Yujiro tags Evil. Sho attacks Ishii, Evil kicks Goto! The ref is busy with Goto, so House of Torture link up in the cobra twist!

Evil lets off before the ref sees and he covers, TWO! Evil grows frustrated but fans cheer. Evil kicks Hashi around, and fans rally up. Evil drags Hashi up but Hashi fires off forearms! Evil rakes the eyes! The ref reprimands, but Hashi blocks Evil’s kick. Hashi gives the foot to the ref then mule kicks Evil! That’s usually Evil’s move! Hashi then SPIN BACK KICKS! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hashi crawls, hot tag to Goto! Yujiro runs in but Goto runs him over! Goto DECKS Dick and Sho off the apron, too! Goto runs in at Evil to MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto stomps Evil, then drags him up.

Goto fireman’s carries but Evil slips off. Evil waistlocks, Goto elbows free and then runs, but Dick is there with a chair! Evil waistlocks, Goto elbows free again. Goto runs a different direction but Sho is there with a chair! The ref is busy reprimanding Sho, Evil whips Goto to the corner, and surprise! The blue buckle pad is gone! Goto suffers the Bullet Club Special! Goto falls in a heap, Hashi gets in, but Evil whips him into the bare buckles, too! Evil distracts the ref so that the House of Torture can send Goto into railing! Evil goes out to fetch Goto, and RAMS him into the timekeeper’s table! Abe-san goes down again!

Evil drags Goto up, puts him in the ring, and wants the ref to count. Cover, TWO! Evil is annoyed but he tags in Yujiro. Yujiro drags Goto up, scoops him and SLAMS him! Yujiro then BITES Goto’s forehead! The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops, and Yujiro runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Yujiro tags Evil. Evil tells the ref to watch Chaos but that’s so he can CHOKE Goto with a shirt! Chaos protests, Evil hides the evidence, cover! TWO, so Evil tries again, TWO! Evil hooks the leg deep, TWO!! Goto still escapes and Evil is furious! Fans rally up but Evil tags Yujiro, and Yujiro stomps Goto down.

Yujiro drags Goto up to ROCK him with a forearm! And then again! Goto gets mad and he CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS Yujiro! Goto kicks, Yujiro blocks to trip him! But Goto avoids the basement dropkick! Yujiro rakes eyes and runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Both men are down and fans rally up. Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi CLOBBERS Evil, and then fires off a strike fest on Yujiro! Hashi whips corner to corner then runs in to CHOP! Hashi whips, CHOPS, and then mule kicks to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Hashi brings Yujiro back up, fans rally up, and Hashi reels Yujiro in.

Yujiro resists the lift, and BITES Hashi’s hand! The ref reprimands but Yujiro whips Hashi to ropes. Hashi reverses, Yujiro holds ropes, and Yujiro dodges Hashi. Evil hooks Hashi’s foot, Yujiro BOOTS Hashi! Evil goes after Goto on the outside while Yujiro gets Hashi in the INCOLLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Hashi survives but Yujiro fires himself up! Yujiro drags Hashi up, reels him in, but no Pimp Juice! Goto LARIATS Yujiro, but Evili whips Goto into bare buckles! Goto still comes back to LARIAT Evil! All four legal men are down, and fans rally up. Evil and Goto bail out, Yujiro and Hashi slowly rise.

Hashi and Yujiro RAM shoulders! And again! Hashi CHOPS, blocks a boot, then SUPERKICKS Yujiro down! Fans fire up with Hashi as he gets Yujiro up. Full nelson to pump handle, but Dick distracts! Yujiro slips out of the pump handle to LOW BLOW! Yujiro then whips Hashi into the ref! The House of Torture attacks Yoh and Ishii, then get in the ring. Hashi is in the corner, Evil clotheslines him! Dick back elbows, Sho forearm smashes and Yujiro BOOTS! Hashi flops down, Dick drags him back up. Dick and Sho hold Hashi up as Yujiro gets his pimp cane. But Goto throws Evil into a post!

Goto gets in with his staff to SMACK Yujiro! And he JABS Sho, and SMACKS Dick! Evil gets in, Goto SMACKS him!  Yoh and Ishii knock Sho and Dick outta the ring! Yoh builds speed to FLY onto Sho and Dick at the ramp! Fans are fired up as Goto gets the ref up and in the ring. Fans rally as Hashi gets up and runs at Yujiro, LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Hashi keeps focus and brings Yujiro back up. Full nelson, pump handle, but Yujiro fights Karma! Yujiro throws elbows, but Hashi feeds him to Goto! They combine, G Y R!! Cover, Evil breaks it! Goto kicks Evil, throws forearms and whips him to a corner.

Goto runs in to clothesline! Hashi adds a CHOP! Feed to the Russian Leg Sweep, GOTO HUNTING! Fans fire up as Goto-Hashi coordinate and gets Yujiro up. Dragon sleeper and leg lift, but Yujiro fights out! FISHERMAN BUSTER for Goto! Yujiro blocks Hashi’s lariat but Hashi spins through to CHOP! Hashi runs, but Yujiro has the ref! CHAIR SHOT from Evil!! Yujiro reels Hashi in, PIMP JUICE!! Cover, TWO!!! Hashi survives and the fans are thunderous! Evil hurries in to drag Hashi up. Evil slashes the throat, stands Hashi up and spins, EVERY- NO! Hashi slips out to waistlock, but Evil LARIATS Goto first!

Evil whips Goto but Goto reverses, and Evil hits the bare buckles! Fireman’s carry, G T W!! Yujiro BOOTS Goto, fires up and runs, into a fireman’s carry! But Yujiro slips off, only to run into the HIDDEN GAP! Another fireman’s carry and Hashi aims again, FIERCE FLASH!! But they’re not done here! They get Yujiro up, SHOUTO!! Cover, Chaos wins!!

Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

And that’s lights out on the House of Torture! The Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter in fact #StayGold, is it going to be a golden spring for Chaos? And what of tomorrow’s NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship match? Is the House of Torture going to fall apart?


IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS SANADA!

The Ace may be champion, but he and everyone he’s teamed with on the New Year Golden Series have fallen to Los Ingobernables de Japon! Will Tanahashi finally have a chance now that it’s 1v1? Or will the Cold Skull become a gold skull with his first singles title in NJPW?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and while fans love Tanahashi’s muscles, we see if Sanada keeps LIJ spotless this series!

Fans rally, “Let’s Go, Ace!” “SA-NA-DA!” as the two circle. They tie up, Tanahashi powers Sanada to a corner, but Tanahashi lets off cleanly. Fans cheer the sportsmanship, and the two circle again. Sanada and Tanahashi tie up again, Tanahashi powers Sanada back to ropes, but Sanada turns things around. Sanada lets off slowly but pats Tanahashi on the shoulders. Fans cheer this sportsmanship, too, and the two circle again. Tanahashi fires himself up, ties up with Sanada and gets a waistlock. Sanada switches, Tanahashi switches back, but Sanada pries free to switch again.

Tanahashi drop toeholds free to then float to an armlock. Sanada endures and moves around but Tanahashi shifts his position. Sanada fights up, Tanahashi grinds the arm, wrenches through, and has the wristlock. Sanada powers up but Tanahashi arm-drags him down. Tanahashi has the armlock and fans cheer the technical exchange. Sanada fights up as fans rally, but Tanahashi wrenches. Sanada rolls, handsprings, wrenches back, but Tanahashi flips to kick Sanada away. The two stand off and fans cheer the exchange. “Let’s Go, Ace!” “SA-NA-DA!” continues as the two reset and circle again.

Tanahashi and Sanada tie up, Tanahashi wrenches to get the headlock. Sanada throws body shots, powers out, then goes the other way to catch Tanahashi. They go around and around, Sanada almost has the cobra twist, but Tanahashi powers through to try now. Sanada powers through, they go around and around again, and then they separate. Fans cheer the technical exchange and rally up again as the two reset. Tanahashi and Sanada circle, feel out the grapple and go with knuckle locks. They go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength, and they’re in a deadlock! Fans rally as they keep pushing, and Sanada gets leverage.

Tanahashi fights up, breaks one hold and wrenches to hammerlock. Sanada gets to the corner and Red Shoes calls the ropebreak. Tanahashi lets off, but then throws a body shot! Tanahashi whips, Sanada reverses but runs into an elbow. Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans cheer the air guitar, and then Tanahashi goes to get Sanada’s legs! Sanada fights off Tanahashi’s attempt at Paradise but then Tanahashi arm-drags him down! Tanahashi keeps hold, but Sanada uses that to throw Tanahashi. But then Tanahashi throws Sanada again, but Sanada throws Tanahashi. Tanahashi gets the ropebreak, but neither lets go!

Tanahashi drags Sanada out, wrenches the arm, but Sanada wrenches through to wristlock back. Tanahashi wrenches around, fans cheer that they’re still wrestling outside the ring. Sanada wrenches and wrenches and wrenches but the ring count is starting! Tanahashi wrenches and wrenches and wrenches, then wraps Sanada’s arm around the post! Red Shoes reprimands but the ring count continues, and it’s 15 of 20 as Tanahashi pulls on Sanada’s arms. Sanada YANKS back and Tanahashi hits post! Sanada gets in at 17 of 20, Tanahashi hurries up and in at 19.9! Basement dropkick!

Fans rally and Sanada brings Tanahashi around. Sanada encourages them to get louder and they do. Sanada ties Tanahashi up in Paradise! Fans cheer but Sanada wants more, so they give more. Sanada then runs in to dropkick Tanahashi out of Paradise! Sanada catches his breath before bringing Tanahashi up. Sanada CLUBS Tanahashi, then CLUBS him again. Fans rally, Sanada cravats and cranks the neck. Tanahashi endures, throws body shots, but Sanada cranks harder! Sanada snapmares, clamps on a chinlock and digs his knee into Tanahashi’s back. Tanahashi endures again and fans continue to rally.

Tanahashi fights up, throws body shots, and gets free to fire forearms! Sanada EuroUppers back and Tanahashi drops to his knees! Sanada brings Tanahashi back up, Tanahashi fires off fast hands! But Sanada grits his teeth to EuroUpper Tanahashi down again! Sanada whips, but Tanahashi comes back with FLYING FOREARMS! Fans fire up with The Ace, but he still needs to catch his breath. Tanahashi drags Sanada up, scoop SLAMS him into the drop zone, and he goes up to the second rope. SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps cool and fans rally up again. Sanada rises, Tanahashi fakes the run to dropkick the legs!

Tanahashi gets the leg for a DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi gets the legs, and now he steals- NO! Sanada still keeps Tanahashi from taking Paradise! Sanada kicks, whips, but Tanahashi reverses. Sanada sunset flips, but Tanahashi rolls through! Tanahashi tries again, and he STEALS PARADISE!! Fans fire up for this accomplishment! Tanahashi runs in now to dropkick Sanada out of Paradise! Sanada flops out of the ring and fans rally up. Tanahashi goes up to the top, ACES HIGH FLY ATTACK! Direct hit and fans fire up while both men are down! Red Shoes checks and both men are okay to continue.

Fans continue to rally, “Let’s Go, Ace!” “SA-NA-DA!” and the ring count begins. Tanahashi stirs, drags himself up at 5 of 20, and hobbles into the ring at 10. Sanada is still down, but he gets up at 18! And in at 19! Tanahashi has Sanada on the apron, gets a leg through the ropes, DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! And then a dropkick! And then another DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Sanada clutches the leg but Tanahashi ties him up in the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Sanada endures as Tanahashi pulls back! Sanada pushes up to get the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go quick, but he then hits a GROUND DRAGON SCREW!

Tanahashi waits on Sanada to stand, then runs, but Sanada jumps, only for Tanahashi to stop the rana! And Tanahashi gets the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF again! Sanada endures all over again, even as Tanahashi bends him at an angle! Fans rally as hard as ever, but Tanahashi sits deep on the hold! But Sanada refuses to quit, and he powers his way over to another ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go more in exhaustion, and fans cheer! Tanahashi waits on Sanada to stand again, then runs, but Sanada gets around the Slingblade to O’Conner, DRAGON SLEEPER! But Tanahshi pops free, so Sanada kicks and whips.

Tanahashi reverses to SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up as Tanahashi goes up top! HIGH FLY FLOW onto knees!! Sanada saves himself but has to clutch his leg from that impact. Fans are thunderous as both men are down. Sanada and Tanahashi stir, slowly crawling to opposite corners. Tanahashi stands, runs in, but Sanada elbows! SANADA QUEBRADA! SKULL END!! Tanahashi flails, fights, but Sanada squeezes tight! Tanahashi pries the body scissors open, rolls back, and now he has the dragon sleeper! But Sanada spins it back around, SKULL END!! Tanahashi is caught again, Red Shoes checks on him.

Sanada holds tight, Tanahashi reaches out, but he’s fading! Red Shoes is checking. Tanahashi’s hand drops, and Sanada lets him free to go to the corner! Sanada goes up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees!! Tables have turned as Tanahashi now clutches his legs after saving himself. Tanahashi crawls to ropes and drags himself up. Fans rally up more and more as Sanada sits up. Tanahashi aims from the corner as Sanada stands. Sanada runs corner to corner, but into boots! Tanahashi runs, into a fireman’s’ carry! Throw into the DRAGON SLEEPER! But Tanahashi powers through to DRAGON SLEEPER Sanada!

Sanada powers through to get the DRAGON SLEEPER back, but then so does Tanahashi! Sanada fights through again, but Tanahashi turns enough for TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi gets Sanada up for another TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! But Sanada suplexes, only for Tanahashi to kick off the ropes, and TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans fire up again as Tanahashi waits on Sanada to stand. Sanada rises, Tanahashi fires up and runs, SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi goes right to a corner! He goes up top, HIGH FLY ATTACK! But Sanada rolls through! He pops Tanahashi into a fireman’s carry, T K O!!

Sanada hurries up top, ROUNDING BODY PRESS to Tanahashi’s back! Sanada goes up again, ROUNDING BODY PRESS FLOPS as Tanahashi moves! Both men are down again and fans still rally. Sanada rises, he drags Tanahashi back up, but Tanahashi trips him for a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Both men are down again but the fans don’t stop. Sanada and Tanahashi slowly rise, and Tanahashi ROCKS Sanada with a forearm. Sanada ROCKS Tanahashi back. Tanahashi ROCKS Sanada, Sanada ROCKS Tanahashi! Tanahashi, Sanada, back and forth, faster and faster, and fans rally behind them!

Tanahashi gets the edge but Sanada gives it all back! SHOTEI from Tanahashi! Sanada drops to his knees, Tanahashi staggers and fans keep going, “Let’s Go, Ace!” “SA-NA-DA!” Tanahashi brings Sanada up, Sanada SHOTEIS Tanahashi! And ROLLING ELBOW! Sanada runs, ROLLING ELBOW! Then fireman’s carry, but Tanahashi fights free! Full nelson, but Sanada breaks! So Tanahashi STRAITJACKET GERMANS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Sanada escapes but Tanahashi fires up again! Tanahashi runs, Sanada pops him up, but Tanahshi still SLINGBADES! Tanahashi goes up top, HIGH FLY FLOP!!

Sanada body scissors and rolls, O’Conner BRIDGE! SANADA WINS!!

Winner: Sanada, by pinfall (NEW IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion)

FINALLY! For the first time in NJPW, the Cold Skull has a title all his own!! What an incredible moment! Red Shoes brings the title over to Sanada, and raises his hand in victory! Then, after catching his breath while sitting with the belt, Sanada gets the mic. “I’ve been fighting in this ring for seven years, and now I’ve finally won a singles title. Since this is a first for me, how about I give you my first gift of the year?” The fans get their phone lights ready, and as the stadium lights go down, they become the stars. “First of all, I have nothing but respect for Tana-san. I’ll gladly fight Tana-san again, anytime, anywhere.” Fans cheer that.

And for those who still can’t make it to the venues, at least you can watch it on NJPW World. But for Sanada, this is the only place he gets to see all the fans. So he thanks all the fans here for making the trip out. Sanada admits he’s not good when put on the spot, but from everywhere in Japan, he likes Sapporo the best. Fans cheer for the championship confession! “OI, SAPPORO! See you tomorrow!” The Cold Skull is finally the Gold Skull, is this new chapter going to be his best?

My Thoughts:

Yes, I skipped matches, but this was still a great event! We got fairly expected outcomes in the non-title matches, and the title matches were all great stuff. The Fatal 4 Way being tornado was the right choice, and what great interplay between all of these teams. I like that ELP took advantage of the moment to challenge Desperado for the singles title, and I’m sure that’ll be a really good program. And the match was made all the better for Taguchi fulfilling his dream of becoming a 69th champion. He and Wato will surely have a good long run, and I’m sure Taguchi will get 69 jokes in wherever he can.

The IWGP Heavyweight Tag title match was basically what you can expect from Chaos VS House of Torture. It was overbooked but not quite a mess, and the Faces come out the winners because as I said last time, Evil was not become a Triple Champion. And I’m sure Evil will stay Mr. NEVER since Chaos won here. And in an awesome main event, Sanada gets a great win to become the new champion. I am so glad to see this moment, Sanada has been going strong for some time, and now he has his vindication. He may not have been top title material but he is definitely going to have a good midcard run here. Jay White was just calling out Tanahashi in reference to this belt, maybe he’ll start mocking Sanada now.

My Score: 8.9/10

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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!



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.


  • 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 – *****



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)




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?


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


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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