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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Cup Results & Report! (3/6/22)

The New Japan Cup continues!

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Will the United Empire conquer the Cup?

After making some adjustments, the New Japan Cup continues, and the Commonwealth Kingpin fights for his spot in round two!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Yuji Nagata VS Kosei Fujita; Nagata wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Tiger Mask, Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato VS House of Torture; Tanahashi, Taguchi & Wato win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
  • Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan VS Bad Luck Fale & Taiji Ishimori; Fale & Ishimori win.
  • 2022 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Aaron Henare VS Yuto Nakashima; Henare wins and advances.
  • 2022 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Ryohei Oiwa; ZSJ wins and advances.
  • 2022 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Will Ospreay VS Bushi; Ospreay wins and advances.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato VS House of Torture!

The Ace teams with Six Or Nine against the King of Darkness, Tokyo Pimp and Murder Machine as a preview of an upcoming New Japan Cup showdown! Will Tanahashi and Wato help Taguchi be ready for Evil? Or will Darkness Fall on the Funky Weapon?

Tanahashi shows off the muscles and fans cheer. The House of Torture Low Sweets, while Taguchi and his team huddle up and do their own team cheer. But then House of Torture attacks! Sho throws out Wato, Yujiro DECKS Tanahashi and Evil CLUBS Taguchi! The bell rings to get this on record as Evil stomps away on Taguchi. Evil drags Taguchi up, wrenches his arm, then wrenches again. Evil wrenches a third time, whips Taguchi, but Taguchi reverses to HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up and Taguchi calls on his team. Taguchi and Wato double whip Evil to a corner, then Wato runs in to back elbow. Tanahashi adds a SPLASH, but Evil boots Taguchi away!

Wato runs in to hit another back elbow, Tanahashi runs in to hit a back elbow, Taguchi runs into another boot! Wato elbows, Tanahashi forearms, and Taguchi gets booted! Taguchi drops to his knees while Wato and Tanahashi mug Evil. They stand Evil up for Taguchi to run in, but Evil turns hip attack into atomic drop! Sho and Yujiro get in to throw Wato and Tanahashi out. Evil stomps Taguchi down, drags him back up and hits another atomic drop! Tgauchi falls, Sho tags in, and Sho uses the crossbar cover to SPANK Taguchi again and again! The ref confiscates the covering so Sho just stomps Taguchi.

Sho drags Taguchi up, facelocks, and he tags in Yujiro. They mug Taguchi, and Yujiro snapmares Taguchi to throw down right hands! The ref reprimands about closed fists, so Yujiro BITES Taguchi’s forehead! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Yujiro tags Evil. Evil tells fans to stop that, then he eggs on Wato. But Taguchi tries to roll Evil up! Evil blocks, drags Taguchi up and wraps him in the cobra twist. The ref is busy with Wato, so he misses the HOT boys linking up from ring to railing! Taguchi endures but Tanahashi storms over to grab Dick Togo in a SLEEPER! Dick fades out already!

The ref sees what is going on and he reprimands. Evil lets go and Taguchi rolls away. Evil catches up to cover, TWO! Tag to Sho and Sho drags Taguchi up to bump him off buckles. Sho stomps away on Taguchi, digs his boots in, but the ref counts. Sho lets off at 4 and fans rally up. Sho tries to tune them out while Taguchi sputters in a daze. Sho drags Taguchi back up and CLUBS him on the back. Sho KICKS Taguchi in the butt, but hurts his own foot?! Taguchi’s got buns of steel! Taguchi fires up and fires off palm strikes! Sho rakes Taguchi’s eyes! Sho whips, Taguchi reverses but Sho dodges the hip attack! Sho runs, but Taguchi rolls and jumps to HIP ATTACK!

Fans fire up as Taguchi rolls, hot tag to Wato! Wato rallies on Sho, BOOTS him the whips him for a dropkick! Wato blasts Evil and Yujiro off the apron, then runs at Sho in the corner! Sho puts Wato on the apron, but Wato jumps the sweep to GAMANGIRI! And then springboard, FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Wato drags Sho up, hooks him in, but Sho resists the Mouse Trap Driver! Sho wrenches the arm to BEND the fingers! Sho waistlocks but Wato elbows free. Wato runs but Sho uses the ref as a shield! Sho then runs to SPEAR Wato down! Fans fire up while both men are down, but Sho tags in Yujiro.

Yujiro drags Wato up, kicks and forearms and CHOPS him, then whips to ropes. Wato reverses to CALF KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Wato crawls, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs to FLYING FOREARM Yujiro down! Tanahashi BLASTS Sho and Evil with a crossbody! Tanahashi fires off strikes on Yujiro, then scoop SLAMS him! Fans fire up as Tanahashi goes to the second rope, SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps focus and fans rally up. Tanahashi runs, but Yujiro gets around to dragon sleeper! Tanahashi fights out but Yujiro BITES the hand! Yujiro then whips, but Tanahashi reverses.

Yujiro holds ropes, dodges Tanahashi, and Evil anchors Tanahashi’s foot! Yujiro BOOTS Tanahashi down, Sho BLASTS Six Or Nine! The House of Torture regroups and whips Tanahashi into a corner. Sho hits a forearm, Yujiro hits a BOOT, Evil runs to corner clothesline! Then feed to Yujiro’s FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, Six Or Nine break it! Sho and Evil go after them, throw them out, and Yujiro gets back up. Fans rally as Yujiro drags Tanahashi up, Tanahashi SHOTEIS! Tanahashi runs, into Yujiro’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Yujiro goes for his pimp cane while Dick distracts the ref! Tanahashi gets up, but he dodges the cane!

Tanahashi waistlocks, but Yujiro mule kick LOW BLOWS! Dick stops distracting and Yujiro drags Tanahashi back up. But Tanahashi slips out of Big Juice to shove Yujiro at the ref! Then Tanahashi uppercut LOW BLOWS Yujiro! Roll up, Tanahashi’s team wins!

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato, by pinfall

Taguchi has Evil in Oh My Garfunkle! Evil taps and Taguchi lets him go! To then T-BAG Evil! Will Taguchi give Evil the same treatment in their New Japan Cup match? Or will the tournament prove Everything Is Evil?

 

Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan VS Bad Luck Fale & Taiji Ishimori!

The United Empire’s Hawaiian Hulk and Dominator are through to the next round, but they’re up against Bullet Club’s Rogue General and Bone Soldier! Will Cobb and Khan conquer even outside the Cup? Or will things be Too Sweet?

The teams stare down, and then Bullet Club attacks! Taiji rakes Khan’s eyes while Fale throws body shots and forearms! Fale shoves Cobb to a corner, the bell rings to get this on record, and Taiji claws Khan’s face at the ropes. The ref reprimands, Taiji lets off and Fale throws Cobb out of the ring. Fale goes out but Cobb throws body shots and haymakers in return. Taiji headlocks Khan and claws his face again. The ref reprimands, Taiji lets off and drags Khan around to CLUB him. Cobb CLUBS away on Fale and Khan ROCKS Taiji back. Khan Mongolian Chops Taiji and again! And again! Taiji falls over and fans fire up!

Khan stalks Taiji and brings him around into an IRON CLAW SLEEPER! The ref reprimands over the claw in Taiji’s eyes. Khan lets off but he complains Taiji was clawing him the whole time. Khan digs his boot into Taiji in the corner, but the ref counts. Khan lets off at 4, then he brings Taiji up to wrench and whip him to the corner. Khan looms over Taiji, then drags him up into the corner. Khan CLAWS Taiji’s back! The ref reprimands while Taiji writhes. Khan talks trash, stands Taiji back up and CLAWS his back again! Fans cheer as Khan taunts Fale. The ref keeps Fale back and Khan puts Taiji back in the corner.

Khan sits on Taiji’s head! Fans cheer while Fale protests. Khan asks if Taiji quits, and then he pulls on the arms! Taiji endures, the ref counts and Khan hops off at 4. Khan looms over Taiji while taunting him. Khan goes to make Taiji kiss his foot but Taiji resists! Taiji breaks free, throws body shots, then CHOPS! Khan knees low, CLUBS Taiji on the neck, and Cobb cheers with the fans. Khan drags Taiji up and into a HITSUJIGOROSHI! Taiji endures the Sheep Killer, and he knees free! Khan blocks the boot but Taiji blocks the iron claw! Taiji wrenches the hand, but Khan powers back up! The two struggle, Taiji fights up and kicks low!

Taiji gut wrenches but Khan blocks with his own hold! Khan gut wrenches but Taiji slips out to JAB! Taiji whips, Khan reverses and IRON CLAWS the ear! The ref reprimands but Khan CLUBS the ear! Khan drags Taiji up to ROCK with a forearm, then whips corner to corner. Taiji goes out, slides under, slips back out and shoulders into Khan. Taiji springboards, SEATED SENTON! Fans fire up and Taiji brings Khan around by his ponytail! The ref reprimands but Taiji kicks Khan around. Taiji uses the ponytail to CHOKE Khan inside the cravat! Snapmare, NECK TWIST! Khan writhes but fans cheer.

Taiji circles Khan while fans rally up. Taiji brings Khan around, but Khan gets the leg, HEEL HOOK! Khan also has the leg grapevined! Taiji endures, drags himself forward, ROPEBREAK! Khan tags Cobb in and Cobb stomps Taiji. Cobb drags Taiji around to stand on his back! Cobb uses Taiji’s body as a surfboard! Cobb hops off while the ref keeps Fale back. Cobb deadlifts Taiji to the stalling suplex! And he shifts it to a gorilla press, to then RAM Taiji into the corner! Fans rally, Cobb covers, TWO! Khan DECKS Fale off the corner, the ref keeps Fale out. Cobb taunts Taiji with a Too Sweet so Taiji CHOPS!

Taiji CHOPS and CHOPS but Cobb isn’t bothered. Cobb knees low, then whips Taiji. Taiji handsprings, but Cobb catches him! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Taiji lands and rolls through, to JUMP KNEE! Tag to Fale! Fans fire up as Fale fires off on Cobb in a corner! Fale whips corner to corner, runs in, but Cobb dodges! Tag to Khan and he runs in at Fale, SPLASH! Khan runs and BOOTS Fale but Fale stays up. Fale swings, Khan dodges, and Khan runs for FLYING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Khan wraps Fale right up in a katagatami! Fale endures, Taiji stomps Khan and the head ‘n’ arm triangle is broken!

Khan and Fale get up, Khan reels Fale in, but Fale blocks the sayanagi! Fale CLUBS Khan, runs in at the corner and SPLASHES! Fale shoves Khan down for the BIG elbow drop! Cover, Cobb breaks it! Cobb CLUBS Fale, Taiji attacks but Cobb sends him out. The Empire regroups and they get Fale up. They give Mongolian Chops back and forth! But Fale blocks the double whip! Fale whips them away, Taiji anchors Cobb’s foot and Fale LARIATS Khan! Cobb drags Taiji in as Fale covers, TWO! Taiji knocks Cobb out of the ring and fans rally up! Fale drags Khan up and pulls the pin, but Khan denies the Grenade with an uppercut!

Fale blocks the ref from seeing Taiji get in! But Khan clamps the IRON CLAW onto Taiji’s head! But Taiji LOW BLOWS Khan! Fale then gets Khan, GRENADE!! Cover, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Bad Luck Fale & Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall

The United Empire falls! Will this momentum help the Rogue General against The Ace? Will Bone Soldier make sure #ItsReborn when he goes 1v1 with Khan?

 

2022 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Aaron Henare VS Yuto Nakashima!

We just saw the United Empire take a rather embarrassing loss, will the Ultimate Weapon take an even more embarrassing one? Or will Henare make sure this Young Lion learns his place in the food chain?

The bell rings and the two circle. They feel things out as fans rally up, and they each try testing kicks and punches. Henare clinches but Yuto fights through to go for a leg. Henare blocks that, floats to a waistlock but Yuto switches. Henare spins, Yuto has a leg, then drops down for a headlock. Henare gets away and fans cheer the technical exchange. They tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, and Henare powers Yuto to ropes. The ref counts, Yuto turns things around, there are some shots thrown, but Yuto lets off to forearm! Fans cheer his grit but Henare kicks and CLUBS Yuto down! Henare headlocks and grinds Yuto down.

Yuto fights up, throws body shots, wrenches out and headlocks back. Henare throws body shots, he powers out, and the two ram shoulders! Yuto eggs Henare on, then runs, only for Henare to withstand the shoulder tackle. Yuto dodges the haymaker and runs again, to run Henare over! Fans cheer and Yuto stomps Henare around. Yuto brings Henare up, throws big forearms, then runs, but Henare runs Yuto over! Fans cheer the showing of power as Henare drags Yuto up and throws him out. Henare goes out but Yuto throws forearms. Henare KICKS away on Yuto’s leg then SUPERMAN PUNCHES him down!

Henare drags Yuto up and whips him into railing! And then back the other way! Henare paces while Yuto slumps down. The ref checks and Yuto is still in this, so Henare drags him up and into the ring. Henare drags Yuto to a cover, TWO! Henare is annoyed but the fans cheer Yuto on. Henare drags Yuto up, boots him and fires off shots in the corner! The ref counts, Henare jumps up to dig his boots into Yuto! The ref reprimands and Henare lets off. Yuto sputters but Henare drags him back up. Henare wrenches, facelocks and suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Henare gives Yuto some ground ‘n’ pound then covers, TWO!

Henare snarls but fans rally for Yuto. Henare stands Yuto up, Yuto throws forearms but Henare just knees low. Henare whips Yuto to a corner, runs in but Yuto dodge! The knee hits buckles, Yuto scoops and SLAMS Henare! Fans fire up but Henare is on Yuto first. Yuto throws more forearms, then whips Henare to ropes. Henare reverses but Yuto CLOBBERS him! Yuto roars and fans fire up again. Yuto runs in at the corner to forearm smash, then BIG hip tots! Cover, TWO! Yuto hurries to get Henare’s legs, but Henare kicks Yuto. Yuto grabs that leg for a HEEL HOOK! Henare endures as Yuto pulls on the foot!

Henare drags himself and Yuto over to ropes, ROPEBREAK! Yuto lets go and stomps Henare to a corner. Yuto fires off forearms, whips Henare corner to corner, but Henare comes back to RAM- NO! Yuto fights off the spear, but Henare ROCKS him! Yuto fires forearms back so Henare gives more shots. They go back and forth and fans rally up as they pick up speed! Henare gets the edge, then HEADBUTTS and ROCKS Yuto! Henare eggs Yuto on, Yuto SLAPS! Henare SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight! Yuto gets the edge here, and he KICKS Henare down! Cover, TWO! Yuto fires up and the fans are with him!

Yuto throws forearm after forearm, but Henare hits a heavy body shot! And then a SUPERKICK! Henare snarls and aims from a corner. Yuto slowly rises, RAMPAGE SPEAR! Cover, Henare wins!

Winner: Aaron Henare, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

A valiant effort from young Yuto, but it’s still too early in his journey to be heading for the Cup. Will the Ultimate Weapon be ready to shoot down the Cold Skull next round?

 

2022 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Ryohei Oiwa!

The Submission Master won this tournament once before, and he wants to get back to it! Will he make this Young Lion #JustTapOut? Or will he end up on the bad side of a bracket buster?

The bell rings and Oiwa rushes in and runs ZSJ over! Fans cheer as he stomps ZSJ and brings him up. Oiwa whips, ZSJ reverses and headlocks, but Oiwa powers out. Things speed up, Oiwa hurdles and hip tosses! ZSJ kicks Oiwa away but Oiwa runs him over again! ZSJ bails out and fans fire up! Oiwa dares ZSJ to get back in but ZSJ says, “Very good, very good.” ZSJ takes his time returning and returns at 5 of 20. They circle, ZSJ and Oiwa feel out the grapple, and Oiwa shoots in to get the waistlock. ZSJ throws Oiwa for a headlock, but Oiwa headscissors and squeezes tight. ZSJ moves around, pops out to have the legs and he digs knuckles in.

Oiwa endures, throws forearms on ZSJ, but ZSJ pushes the legs down! ZSJ stands on the knee, gets an arm and twists it to a hammerlock. ZSJ grinds Oiwa to the mat but Oiwa fights up. Oiwa throws elbows, slips the hammerlock onto ZSJ, but ZSJ counters with a cording hold. Oiwa resists the hip toss, so ZSJ shifts to arm-drag him down! ZSJ has the headlock but Oiwa gets the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as ZSJ lets off and the two reset. ZSJ and Oiwa circle, feel out the grapple, and Oiwa shoots in to fireman’s carry takeover! Oiwa headlocks, ZSJ headscissors but Oiwa fights it off. Oiwa traps an arm but ZSJ gets the headscissors!

ZSJ holds tight while he twists the arm into a double wristlock! Then he has as figure four stump puller! ZSJ shifts to the step-over toehold, but can’t get the crossface. Oiwa headlocks to drag ZSJ off, and he pulls back to get the arm! ARMBAR! But ZSJ scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Oiwa lets off and fans cheer the technical exchange. ZSJ and Oiwa reset and circle again. They feel things out, clinch, ZSJ gets a waistlock and mat return. ZSJ cravats to snapmare and he holds onto the neck wrench. Oiwa endures, but ZSJ traps an arm and then shifts to headscissor again. ZSJ pulls on Oiwa’s arm and fingers!

Oiwa fights free of the headscissor hold but ZSJ shifts to a top wristlock. Oiwa fights up to his feet and fights the wristlock. Oiwa wrangles ZSJ to the mat and now he has the armlock. ZSJ clasps hands, gets to his feet, and he rolls to break free and leg pick Oiwa for a takedown. ZSJ stands on the arm, twists it and bends the fingers, then wrenches to bend the fingers even more! Oiwa kicks and flails as ZSJ bends the arm into the double wristlock! Oiwa reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK with a foot! Fans cheer and ZSJ lets off. ZSJ kicks Oiwa and eggs him on. Oiwa gets up but ZSJ knuckle locks to then WRING Oiwa out!

ZSJ rolls and tweaks the arm! He mockingly asks if Oiwa is okay and Oiwa gets mad. ZSJ gives more kicks, focusing on the bad arm. Oiwa gets mad and picks ZSJ up! SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up as Oiwa grits his teeth. Oiwa whips corner to corner, runs in and dropkicks ZSJ down! Oiwa runs to run ZSJ over, and then he gets ZSJ back up to gut wrench suplex! Cover, TWO! Oiwa shakes out the bad arm, gets the legs, but ZSJ trips him up to get the headscissor necklock! Oiwa endures the squeeze, but ZSJ shifts around to get better leverage! Oiwa reaches out, ROPEBREAK! ZSJ lets go again and fans cheer this technical clinic we’re seeing.

Fans rally, Oiwa gets up and ZSJ BOOTS him down! Oiwa gets up again and blocks the boot to trip ZSJ! Oiwa has the legs, ZSJ resists the turn and twists to throw Oiwa into the corner! ZSJ gets up, waistlocks, but Oiwa switches. ZSJ slips out to snapmare and neck wrench! Oiwa fights up but ZSJ hooks a leg. Oiwa fights through to scoop and SLAM! Fans fire up as Oiwa gets the legs! ZSJ resists again, Oiwa tries to power through but ZSJ uses that to headscissor roll! But Oiwa rolls through that to sunset flip! TWO!! ZSJ escapes and fans fire up! Oiwa rushes in to whip and DROPKICK ZSJ down! Cover, TWO!

Oiwa roars and he brings ZSJ up! Scoop and- No! ZSJ fights the slam and EuroUppers! Oiwa stays up but ZSJ EuroUppers again! And again! Oiwa staggers into more EuroUppers! ZSJ stands Oiwa up but Oiwa fires forearms! ZJ gets the leg and trips Oiwa, to then have a standing toehold! Oiwa endures, gets one leg free, but ZSJ drags him from ropes to TWIST that toehold! Oiwa taps, ZSJ wins!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (advances to the next round)

The Submission Master took a simple toehold and turned it into torture! Oiwa learned his lesson, but will ZSJ teach everyone else that it’s best to #JustTapOut?

 

2022 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Will Ospreay VS Bushi!

The United Empire has gone 50-50 on the night, and now their leader is in action! Will the Commonwealth Kingpin begin his conquest here? Or will the Black Mask make things tranquilo in the end?

Ospreay finishes putting his coat and Rev-Pro British Heavyweight title aside, and he turns around into Bushi’s dropkick! Ospreay bails out, the bell rings to put this on record, and Bushi DIVES! Direct hit and Ospreay tumbles up and over the railing! Careful not to knock the Cup over! Ospreay gets up to his feet as fans fire up and Bushi drags him back to ringside. Ospreay flounders about, Bushi kicks him and whips him into railing! The railing goes sliding with Ospreay! Bushi puts Ospreay back in the ring, fans rally up and Bushi brings Ospreay up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE! Fans cheer as Bushi stomps Ospreay.

Ospreay fires elbows but Bushi eggs him on. Bushi then knees low, CLUBS Ospreay, and whips him to a corner. Bushi runs in but Ospreay blocks monkey flip and puts Bushi up top. Bushi boots but Ospreay CHOPS! Fans cheer as Bushi tumbles down. Ospreay goes out after Bushi, “Who do you think you are?!” Ospreay whips Bushi hard into railing! Bushi falls, and Ospreay stands on Bushi’s head! Red Shoes reprimands but Ospreay says to tell Bushi that. Ospreay brings Bushi up and puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Ospreay brings Bushi up, CHOPS him, and stalks Bushi to a corner. Ospreay strips Bushi’s shirt off, and wipes his butt with it!

Ospreay drags Bushi up and brings him around to CHOP off his feet! Cover, TWO! Ospreay drags Bushi back up, scoops and SLAMS Bushi, to then drop a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Bushi is still in this but Ospreay grows annoyed. Ospreay kicks Bushi around, then gives him toying kicks while he taunts Bushi. Ospreay says he’s the best wrestler to ever live, but Bushi CHOPS and CHOPS! And DOUBLE CHOPS! Ospreay ROCKS Bushi and Bushi leans against Ospreay. “That’s what I thought.” Ospreay whips Bushi to a corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! Bushi goes up and FLYING RANAS!

Fans fire up while both men are down. Bushi pushes up, fans rally, and Bushi throws forearms! Bushi whips but Ospreay reverses. Ospreay runs in but into the SWING KICK! Bushi goes up and missile dropkicks! BUSHIROONI! Fans fire up and Bushi aims as Ospreay bails out, SLINGSHOT RANA! Fans fire up again while both men are down on the outside! Bushi gets up as the ring count climbs. It’s 10 of 20 before Bushi stands. Bushi fires up and fans fire up with him. Bushi puts Ospreay in at 15, Ospreay swings but into a DDT! Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps cool and fans rally up. Bushi brings Ospreay up, but no Fisherman Screw!

Bushi ducks Ospreay’s chop but runs into a scoop, SPINNIIIIING BACKBREAKER! Fans cheer that combination of speed and strength while Ospreay gets to a corner. Bushi slowly rises as Ospreay takes aim. Springboard and PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed again but he waits on Bushi. Fans rally as Bushi rises, BUZZSAW and MULE KICK! Ospreay calls his shot, springboards, but Bushi make Red Shoes take the OSCUTTER! Ospreay is in shock! He moves Red Shoes aside and gets Bushi back up. Bushi fires off forearms! Ospreay ROCKS and ROLLING ELBOWS Bushi down! Ospreay prepares his armband and aims from the corner!

Bushi dropkicks Ospreay’s leg out before the Hidden Blade! Ospreay CHOPS, runs, but into a dropkick! Bushi reels Ospreay in, FISHERMAN SCREW! Both men are down, and referee Marty Asami comes out to substitute for Red Shoes. Bushi goes up the corner and aims as Ospreay stands. But now Ospreay uses Marty to take the MX!! Now Bushi is in shock! And then OOWN! Ospreay aims, to the apron and KICKS him down! Ospreay aims, PLANCHA! Direct hit and fans fire up! A third referee, Saito, appears, and he has medics help Red Shoes and Marty. Ospreay checks with the new ref before fetching Bushi.

Ospreay has the ref stay at a safe distance. HOOK KICK for Bushi! Then Ospreay calls his shot, underhooks and Canadian racks, but Bushi slips off! Bushi shoves Ospreay at the ref! Ospreay stops himself, then moves aside and Bushi MISTS Saito!! Oh no!! Ospreay aims, Bushi ducks, the ROUNDHOUSE hits Saito!! This match is wiping out NJPW’s referee corps! Fans fire up as Ospreay shouts for another ref! Ospreay boots but Bushi dodges. Ospreay blocks a kick, ducks the enziguri but not the HEEL KICK! Bushi runs, but into Ospreay’s Tiger Wall Kick and ENZIGURI! The fourth ref arrives, Ospreay calls his shot! OS- BACKSTABBER!!

Bushi hurries to the corner again and fans fire up! Bushi goes up, leaps, but into a GAMANGIRI! Ospreay springboards, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay hurries to underhooks the arms and Canadian rack! Bushi slips off, backslide and bridge! TWO!! Ospreay escapes the Bushi Roll and fans are fired up! Bushi runs in, but no Code Breaker! Pop into the POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay aims from the corner! HIDDEN BLADE!! Cover, Ospreay wins!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

It took four refs to do it, but Ospreay gets the win! And of course, he gets the mic to speak. “More. Motto.” The fans cheer more and Ospreay continues, “If you think you want to bet on anyone else in this tournament, think again! Will Ospreay is back in NJPW! And he’s back for the New Japan Cup! And no one, no one, will stop me from becoming back-to-back New Japan Cup winner! EL PHANTASMO! You’re next!” #BillyGOAT just called out ELP, but will the Headbanga get over his crisis of confidence before he’s conquered?


My Thoughts:

A very good event, but yes I did skip a few things. Nagata wins the opener against a Young Lion, and the Bullet Club combo of Chase Owens, Gedo & El Phantasmo win over guys not in the tournament anymore so that Bullet Club can have momentum. I covered the next Six Man Tag because it was the lead-in for Taguchi VS Evil. It was a clever finish for Tanahashi to return the low blow favor. That way, Tanahashi, Wato and Taguchi get momentum going into their matches while not really taking away from House of Torture. I skimmed the 8 Man Tag, all good stuff, especially Takagi and Ishii brawling after the match. Can’t wait to see that match-up happen.

Cobb & Khan VS Fale& Taiji was really good stuff, and quite the surprise that Bullet Club won. Khan is surely winning 1v1 with Taiji, partially as revenge for this loss. And though Henare and ZSJ both faced Young Lions, those were still pretty good matches. The Young Lions got good showings, I wonder if this is to make up for them not getting to go on excursion because of the pandemic. Ospreay VS Bushi was great stuff, especially with the multiple ref bumps that for once actually sidelined the refs. Of course, these were basically finishers they were taking, so it makes sense.

Ospreay wins for the reason he put in his promo: he wants to go back-to-back, which hasn’t happened since Hirooki Goto did it 2009 and 2010. Ospreay winning the Cup would be a big accomplishment and it would set up Okada VS Ospreay at Hyper Battle, probably the last date on April 9th. Of course, there are still plenty of other great choices, maybe whoever meets Ospreay in the semifinals gets the cup.

My Score: 8.6/10


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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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