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Mitchell’s NJPW Golden Fight Series Results & Report! (4/18/22)

On the road to Dontaku!

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NJPW GFS

Let the Golden Fight Series begin!

Before fighting for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, Kazuchika Okada and Tetsuya Naito meet in a tag team main event! Who gets the first win in this newest warm-up series?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ryohei Oiwa VS Kosei Fujita; Oiwa wins.
  • Master Wato & Yuto Nakashima VS El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Desperado & Kanemaru win.
  • Togi Makabe & Ryusuke Taguchi VS DOUKI & Zack Sabre Jr; Douki & ZSJ win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Tiger Mask, Toru Yano, Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Bullet Club; Tiger Mask, Yano, Goto & Hashi win.
  • 8 Man Tag: JadoAce & Guerrillas of Destiny VS The House of Torture; JadoAce & GoD win.
  • Taichi & TAKA Michinoku VS Shingo Takagi & BUSHI; Takagi & Bushi win.
  • Kazuchika Okada & YOH VS Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi; Naito & Takahashi win.

PLAY BY PLAY

8 Man Tag: JadoAce & Guerrillas of Destiny VS The House of Torture!

Revenge on the Bullet Club is not yet complete, as the Good Bad Guy wants to take the NEVER Openweight Championship from Evil! Will Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Hiroshi Tanahashi & The Master Heater finally take the fight to the King of Darkness and his cohorts?

Tanahashi shoves off the muscles and fans applaud. Jado rallies up the fans while the House of Torture Too Sweets. And then the House of Torture attacks! Sho goes after Tanahashi, Evil is after Tama, Dick is after Jado, and Yujiro is after Loa! Yujiro keeps Loa in the ring while the others take things out of the ring! Yujiro CLUBS and stomps Loa down, then the ref rings the bell to get this on record. Evil CLAWS Tama’s back while Yujiro digs his knee into Loa’s head. The ref reprimands, but Evil rakes Tama’s face! Yujiro knees Loa low then CLUBS him down again. Yujiro brings Loa around to headlock and grind him down.

Loa endures, fights up, and he powers out. Yujiro rams shoulders with Loa but Loa doesn’t budge! Yujiro throws a forearm but Loa eggs him on. Yujiro throws more forearms and Loa fires up! “Is that it?! C’mon, Yujiro!” So Yujiro rakes Loa’s eyes! The ref reprimands but Yujiro whips Loa to a corner. Loa reverses, runs in, but Yujiro boots him away! Yujiro runs, but into a scoop! Yujiro escapes, backslides, but Loa rolls through! Loa avoids Pimp Juice and headbutts low! Loa then back hands, uppercuts, and repeat! Fans fire up as Loa keeps hitting Yujiro in the corner, then fires off body shots and palm strikes, topping it off with a CHOP!

Tag to Tanahashi and fans rally as Tanahashi whips and CLOBBERS Yujiro! Tanahashi drops a SENTON! Fans cheer, Tanahashi gives us some air guitar before throwing the guitar to the crowd. Tanahashi drags Yujiro over and tags in Tama. Tama wrenches Yujiro, wrenches again, and tags in Jado! Fans rally up as Jado CLUBS Yujiro’s arm! Jado bumps Yujiro off buckles and then CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! Fans fire up as Jado calls for another, and he puts some stank on the CHOP! Jado snapmares Yujiro then dares House of Torture to try something. Fans rally, Jado throws Yujiro through ropes, and brings him out, only for Sho to attack!

The House of Torture knocks Tanahashi and GoD down! Sho stands on Jado’s neck, the ref counts and Sho lets off at 4. Evil RAMS Tama into the timekeeper’s area! Abe-san stays up but that hurt his hands! Evil then chokes Tama with the mic cord! Loa saves Tama but Evil rakes Loa’s eyes! Dick and Sho choke Jado behind the ref’s back but get away with it! Yujiro covers, TWO! Jado survives the onslaught and fans rally up. Yujiro tags Dick and Dick ROCKS Jado with a haymaker! Dick stomps Jado down, rakes his eyes, but the ref reprimands. Dick lets off to talk trash and stomp Jado some more.

Dick drags Jado up, wrenches, then tags Evil. Sho and Dick hold Jado so Evil can CLUB him down. Evil then taunts Tama, and the ref is busy keeping Tama and the others back. Evil uses this distraction to choke Jado with a House of Torture T-shirt! Evil gets away with that, and taunts Tama more. Tag to Sho, and the Murder Machine stomps a mudhole into Jado. The ref counts as Sho digs his boots in, but Sho lets off at 4. Sho taunts Jado but fans rally up behind him. Jado crawls as Sho kicks at him. Sho scuffs Jado but Jado just gets mad! Jado eggs Sho on, Sho throws forearms, and Jado is hulking up!

But Sho rakes his eyes! Sho runs, but Jado runs Sho over! Fans fire up as Jado and Sho crawl, hot tags to Tama and Evil! Tama dodges Evil to DECK Yujiro and swing on Dick! Evil comes back, but Tama blocks to fire off haymaker after haymaker! Tama DECKS Evil, elbows him down then dropkicks him! Fans fire up with Tama and he runs at Evil in the corner, STINGER SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Tama stays fired up and he brings Evil up. Tama fireman’s carries but Evil fights off to waistlock. Tama elbows free, runs, but Yujiro and his pimp cane are there! Evil reels Tama in, but Tama elbows free again!

Tama runs, but Dick trips him up! Evil runs, but Tanahashi trips him! Tama says he owes Tana on that one! Tama drags Evil up, dragon sleeper, but Evil spins around. Tama blocks the suplex but Evil blocks the superkick to give the foot to the ref! Evil then mule kicks Tama down, and tags out to Dick! Evil and Dick beat down Tama, the ref reprimands, but they double whip Tama to ropes. Tama ducks the double clothesline to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as all three men fall down! Tama crawls, hot tag to Tanahashi! The Ace runs at Dick to CLOBBER him! Tanahashi DECKS Sho and Yujiro, too!

Tanahashi fires off on Dick, then scoops to SLAM him! Tanahashi goes up the corner, for the SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally behind Tanahashi and he waits on Dick. Tanahashi runs but Dick gets around to headlock and punch! The House goes after GoD again, then they double whip Tanahashi to a corner. Dick runs in to back elbow! Sho runs in to forearm smash! Yujiro BOOTS, and Evil clotheslines! Then FISHERMAN BUSTER! Dick covers, TWO! Tanahashi is still in this for his team! The House goes after GoD again, and Dick gets the SPOILER CHOKER on Tanahashi!

Tanahashi endures and Tama saves him! Tama then gets Evil for a TONGAN TWIST! Yujiro BOOTS Tama, Loa SPEARS Yujiro! Dick staggers around, fans rally up, and Tanahashi SHOTEIS! Dick wobbles, Tanahashi runs, but Sho KICKS him! Sho holds Tanahashi but Jado trips Sho off the apron! Jado DECKS Sho, but Dick mule kicks Tanahashi! Dick runs, into Tanahashi’s SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up and Tanahashi goes up top, HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, Tana’s team wins!

Winners: JadoAce & Guerrillas of Destiny, by pinfall

The House just fell apart! Evil is still adamant that HE will remain King of NEVER, but with GODACE coming for the Six Man titles and Tama going after the singles title, will he soon be the king of nothing?

 

Taichi & TAKA Michinoku VS Shingo Takagi & BUSHI!

At the end of Hyper Battle 2022, the Holy Emperor won the KOPW 2022 trophy from Toru Yano, and then called out the Rampaging Dragon! Takagi isn’t about playing games, and promises to give KOPW a hard hitting stipulation. Will this just be a sampler of how hard Takagi is going to hit Taichi?

The teams sort out and Taichi shows off his dancing pecks. Takagi shows he has some pep in the pecks, and fans applaud. Taichi dares Takagi to step up, so these two start in a KOPW 2022 sampler! Fans rally as Taichi produces a Sapporo brand beer? It’s just the can, because as Taichi’s been saying online, he’ll even play Kick the Can to defend his trophy. Taichi dares Takagi to make a move on the can, and fans applaud. Takagi isn’t sure what to make of this, so he kicks the can. Taichi CHOKES Takagi! The ref counts, Taichi lets off and he gets mad about the can. Takagi headbutts and CLUBS Taichi back!

Taichi whips, Takagi rams shoulders! Taichi rams back but Takagi runs him over! Taichi BOOTS Takagi down! Fans fire up as Takagi gets back to his feet and stares Taichi down. They circle, but then they back away to tag in Bushi and Taka. Black Mask (even though he’s wearing yellow) and the Blue Playmaker (even though he’s wearing black) circle. They tie up and Bushi CLUBS Taka, ROCKS him, ROCKS him again, then ROCKS him again! Taka gets mad, and pokes Bushi in the eye. Taka whips, Bushi slips off his back and runs to RANA! Fans fire up and Taka staggers to a corner. Bushi is after him to throw more forearms.

Bushi stomps Taka, whips corner to corner, then runs in but Taka dodges. Taka runs in but Bushi swing kicks him away! But Taichi CHOKES Bushi and drives him to the apron! Taka DECKS Takagi, the ref reprimands Taichi and Taichi stops choking so he can whip Bushi into railing! Taichi then goes after Takagi to whip him into railing! Taichi POSTS Takagi and lets him slump to the floor. Taka puts Bushi back in the ring while Taichi stands on Takagi’s neck. Taka digs at Bushi’s mask! The ref reprimands and counts, Taka lets off to set Bushi down and scrape his soles off Bushi’s head! Taka then drags Bushi up and uppercuts him to the corner!

Tag to Taichi, he digs his boot into Bushi, and Taka joins in. The ref reprimands and counts, Taichi puts his hands up. Not the problem! The ref counts again, Taka puts his hands up. Still not the problem! The ref keeps counting, so Taichi lets off with a laugh. Taichi taunts Takagi and the ref is busy with them, so Taka stands on Bushi’s head! Bushi shouts out to the ref and the ref finally notices! The ref counts, Taka lets off, and Taichi stands Bushi up. Taichi chokes Bushi, tags Taka, and Taka digs his fingers into Bushi’s mask again! The ref reprimands, Taka lets off, and fans rally up as Taka brings Bushi up.

Taka uppercuts again, then tags Taichi. Taichi stomps Bushi down, drags him up, and fans rally. Taichi snapmares Bushi to KICK him in the back. Cover, but the ref sees that’s a choke! Taichi lets off and tries again, but the ref sees that’s still a choke! Taichi says that’s not a choke, THIS is a choke! The ref counts, Taichi lets off at 4, and Taichi argues with him about the choke. Taichi smirks and he gives toying kicks. Bushi gets up and fires forearms! Taichi chokes him again! Taichi throws Bushi down, runs, but Bushi dropkicks the legs out! Fans rally up and both men crawl, hot tag to Takagi!

Fans fire up as Takagi runs in at Taichi, but he blocks a boot to clothesline! Takagi fires off forearms, but Taka kicks Takagi. Taka rakes eyes, kicks more, and then he and Taichi double whip. Takagi holds ropes, runs Taichi over and scoop SLAMS Taka, before he SENTONS Taichi! Cover, TWO! Takagi encourages the fans to get louder and they oblige. Takagi winds up and runs, but Taichi boots the Pumping Bomber! Taichi chokes Takagi but Takagi chokes him back! Takagi puts Taichi in a corner, the ref counts, and Takagi lets off at 4. Takagi whips Taichi corner to corner, but Taichi reverses to wrench and DANGEROUS HOOK KICK!

Both men fall and fans fire up again! Taichi crawls, gets up and kicks at Takagi, but Takagi blocks the buzzsaw! Takagi ROCKS Taichi, but Taichi comes back to KICK. Takagi and Taichi go back and forth, forearm for kick! Fans rally up as Takagi gets the edge, but Taichi SOBATS! Taichi runs, into an ELBOW! JAB! YUKON- Taichi gets under to waistlock but Takagi standing switches! Taichi blocks the lift to PELE Takagi down! Fans fire up again and Taichi crawls to hot tag Taka! Taka stomps Takagi over and over, then drags him up. Takagi ROCKS Taka, runs, but Taka runs the other way to BOOT him down!

Taka DECKS Bushi, stomps Takagi and digs his boots in. Taka whips corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Taichi adds a clothesline of his own, then snapmares for Taka’s SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Taichi goes out after Bushi but Bushi RAMS Taichi into railing! Taka brings Takagi up but Takagi is too big to scoop! Takagi shoves Taka away, blocks the eye poke and pulls Taka’s fingers! But Taka just pokes Takagi with the other hand! Taka runs in to stomp Takagi, whip him corner to corner, but misses in the corner. Bushi back elbows, Takagi clotheslines, then feed to an ENZIGURI! JAB! CODE BREAKER!

Busih DECKS Taichi then DIVES! Direct hit and Taichi hits railing! Fans fire up and Takagi PUMPING BOMBERS Taka! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Shingo Takagi & Bushi, by pinfall

Taichi got hit hard and Takagi gave hard hits, but these two didn’t quite have the collision Takagi promised. Takagi grabs Taichi’s mic stand, which has the KOPW trophy attached! Takagi hands it back to Taichi, but these two will meet for this prize in just one week! What brutal match type will Takagi come up with in that time?

 

Kazuchika Okada & YOH VS Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi!

The Rainmaker overcame Zack Sabre Jr. to retain THE IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. But he still had the New Japan Cup loss eating away at him, so he called out the Uncontrollable Charisma! Naito accepted the challenge and these two will go around one more time in 2022! But Wrestling Dontaku is still weeks away, so who gets the first win in this long and winding warm-up series?

Naito again takes his time with his fancy entrance attire, but Okada is very patient. The teams sort out, and after an LIJ fist bump, Naito starts against Okada for an IWGP World Heavyweight Championship preview. Fans rally and applaud already, “O-KA-DA!” “NA-I-TO!” as the two circle. They tie up, end up on ropes rather easily, and Naito lets off quickly. They go again, tie up and Okada gets around only for Naito to wrench through. Okada wrenches back, Naito rolls and leg picks to have a toehold. Okada endures, pries at Naito’s arms, but Naito holds on tight. Okada uses a leg but Naito uses that to push him to a cover, ONE!

Naito tries a lateral press now, ONE, and Okada gets up. Naito snapmares into a chinlock but Okada endures. Okada fights up, puts Naito on ropes, and Red Shoes counts. Okada and Naito let each other go and fans cheer as they reset again. They knuckle lock now, but then clinch. Naito facelocks, Okada drops to trip him up, but Naito has the leg guard ready. Okada bypasses that to latter press, but Naito rolls. Okada facelocks, Naito spins it around onto him, and Okada fights up. Naito gets around to schoolboy, TWO! Naito hurries to chinlock but Okada pushes him down to toehold! Naito scrambles and gets the ropebreak!

Fans applaud this technical exchange and Okada lets off the leg. Naito goes outside the ring, Okada waits, and Naito takes his time returning. Okada and Naito go again, knuckle locks and a clinch, and Okada puts Naito in the corner. Yoh tags in, but Naito slips away. Naito circles with Yoh, but then tags Hiromu. Fans rally for the Timebomb but Yoh trips him up! Things speed up, Hiromu goes around Yoh to run him over! Fans applaud and Hiromu runs, but Yoh drops. Hiromu sees that and whips but Yoh reverses. Things keep moving, Yoh drop toeholds Hiromu to then basement dropkick! Fans applaud as the tables have turned.

Yoh stomps Hiromu to a corner, then stands him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Yoh wrenches an arm, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but Hiromu dodges! Naito gets in to atomic drop Yoh, and set him up for Hiromu’s SHOTGUN! Yoh hits buckles, Okada runs in, but Naito drop toeholds him, and Hiromu adds a basement dropkick! Okada bails out, Naito goes out after him to CLUB him down with elbows. Fans rally while Hiromu brings Yoh up. Naito chokes Okada with the railing while Hiromu CHOPS Yoh! And CHOPS him again. Yoh ends up in the corner, Hiromu CHOPS him even more!

Tag to Naito, he CLUBS Yoh, then CLUBS him again. Naito brings Yoh up, CLUBS him even harder, then drags him up into a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Naito tags Hiromu, LIJ double whips and double elbows Yoh down! Hiromu covers, TWO! Fans rally while Hiromu circles Yoh. Hiromu brings Yoh up and mockingly asks what’s wrong. Hiromu then CHOPS Yoh again, and CHOPS him again! Yoh shoves back then CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Hiromu just CHOPS Yoh off his feet! Tag to Naito, he brings Yoh up and around, BACKBREAKER to the leg hook nelson! Yoh endures as Naito stares Okada down.

Okada shouts to Yoh but Hiromu has Red Shoes keep his eyes on Okada. Yoh fights, reaches out with his legs, and kicks his way to the ROPEBREAK! Naito lets go without a count, and he tags Hiromu back in. Hiromu drags Yoh up, CHOPS him to a corner, and then eggs Yoh on. Yoh stands, Hiromu CHOPS but Yoh fires forearms back! Yoh kicks, Hiromu CHOPS, then Hiromu CHOPS again! Hiromu whips corner to corner, runs in, and clotheslines Yoh! Hiromu snapmares and runs, but Yoh’s ready for this! Yoh dodges the basement dropkick to run and dropkick Hiromu! Fans fire up again while both men are down!

Fans rally as Yoh and Hiromu crawl, hot tags to Okada and Naito! Naito dodges, Okada dodges, then Okada fires off forearms! Okada whips,  Naito reverses but Okada CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Okada whips corner to corner, runs in and back elbows, then he kicks Naito for a DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada stands Naito up, scoops him, but Naito slips out! Naito BOOTS Okada, then gets around him to full nelson, then arm-drag! And then hip toss to a basement dropkick! Fans fire up while Okada crawls to a corner. Naito whips him corner to corner, runs in, but Okada BOOTS him! Okada then pops Naito up to the Alabama!

Naito holds onto the ropes so Okada dumps him to the apron. Naito ROCKS Okada back but Okada dropkicks the legs out! Naito tumbles and staggers away, but Okada goes out after him. Okada kicks low to then DDT to the floor! Okada drags Naito up, puts him in the ring, then scoops him. Naito fights the gut wrench, but Okada powers through! Naito victory rolls out of that, TWO! Okada BOOTS Naito, then uppercuts! Okada whips, Naito reverses and uses ropes to TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up again as both men crawl. Hot tag to Hiromu! Hiromu CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS Okada, then whips to ROCK Okada with a forearm!

Hiromu puts Okada on ropes, kicks the ropes to jam Okada, and then runs, but into Okada’s FLAPJACK! Both men are down again and fans rally back up! Okada crawls, hot tag to Yoh! Yoh fires off forearms and has Hiromu in a corner. He whips corner to corner but Hiromu reverses. Yoh goes up and over, ducks and dodges and FLYING FOREARMS Hiromu down! Fans fire up with Yoh, and he aims from the corner. Yoh runs corner to corner, but Hiromu BOOTS him back! Hiromu runs, but into a sobat! Front kick, and HALF HATCH! Bridging cover, TWO! Okada gets in to BOOT Naito down!

Yoh and Okada watch Hiromu get up. JUMP KNEE into a BOOT, uppercut into an uppercut! Then FALCON ARROW! Cover, Naito breaks it! He got around Okada but now Okada throws Naito out. Okada goes out after Naito while Yoh fires up! Yoh tunes up and fans clap along. Yoh aims at Hiromu, runs in, but Hiromu blocks the superkick! Naito throws Okada into railing! Yoh catches the lariat but Hiromu fights the underhooks! Hiromu shoves Yoh into Naito’s back elbow, Hiromu SUPERKICKS then Naito ENZIGURIS! Hiromu runs to HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Yoh survives and fans fire up!

Hiromu fires up, Naito keeps Okada down on the outside, and Hiromu fireman’s carries. CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Hiromu roars again and he drags Yoh back up. Fireman’s carry again, but Yoh slips out! Yoh O’Conner Rolls, but no bridge! Full nelson but Yoh breaks out! Hiromu ducks the elbow to SUPERKICK! Hiromu reels Yoh into another fireman’s carry, for TIMEBOMB!! Cover, LIJ wins again!

Winners: Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall

Los Ingobernables de Japon sweeps the night! But with Hiromu taking down Yoh, that technically leaves Okada and Naito even. May 1st is on the horizon, will the Rainmaker be ready for Wrestling Dontaku?

As for Hiromu, he gets the mic to say, “Oi, Yoh! What’s the matter? I beat you that easy? OI! You’re a completely different guy to the one I faced in the BOSJ final last year. You’ve fallen so low and have no presence at all! Huh?! Oi, Yoh! Are you just satisfied with coming in and going to work? Oi, Yoh. You’re supposed to bring some fire to this ring! I’m sure none of this will get through to you, and now what? You’re going to pull a no comment and go home? I know you’ve got heart, but whatever. I’ve got nothing more to say to you. Hiromu drops the mic and Yoh starts crawling to the back.

But then Hiromu picks the mic back up to shout, “Get the hell outta here! You can’t do anything!” Seems he does have more to say. “Just keep on enjoying the career you have!” Hiromu drops the mic again, seems now he has nothing more to say. Will these words reignite Mr. Direct Drive so that they can meet again in this year’s BOSJ finals?

Wait, he gets the mic again and he claps. Fans clap along, but Naito snatches the mic from Hiromu. “Reporter Naito is here with the winner of the main event, Hiromu Takahashi.” Hiromu plays along as fans applaud. “Very nice win today.” “Thank you.” “How did you feel about today, the series opener here in Nagoya?” “Well, it was the first match on the tour leading up to Fukuoka PayPay Dome, where Tetsuya Naito is in the main event for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, so I did my best not to hold him back.” Fans applaud that answer. Naito says Hiromu’s victory is “of course, a result of your partner, Tetsuya Naito’s efforts, as well. Thoughts?”

Hiromu says Naito is an “immense star,” and he can learn a lot from him. “But inside, I know that someday I want ot surpass him. But for now, I just felt I couldn’t hold him back.” Naito reminds us that on May 1st, he will face Okada at the PayPay Dome. Who does Hiromu think will win? “Hmm… I think it will be a difficult match, but I hope that Naito pulls out the win for everyone.” Reporter Naito says wrestler Naito is surely watching this backstage. Does Hiromu have any advice for him? “I think Okada is a flawless athlete, but Naito can create a weakness in him and pick up the win. Good luck, Naito!”

Naito asks if there are any final thoughts for the fans here in Nagoya. Please say them to the camera for everyone watching all over the world. “We’re heading for PayPay Dome, where I’m sure Naito will become World Heavyweight Champion. I look forward to teaming up with Fujinami, who held the junior heavyweights in high esteem. I’ll be doing my best! Thank you very much!” Naito says as a personal request, he wants Hiromu to close this out. Hiromu accepts. Naito says he’d like nothing more more more more than for Hiromu to do the LIJ roll call. Hiromu will do his best to live up to those expectations.

Then Naito shall hand over the mic for a surely thrilling roll call. Hiromu tells everyone here that while they can’t yell out, please shout in your hearts. “Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Y Naito! Nosotros… LOS! Ingoberrrrrnableeeeees~! DE! JA! PON!” Then Naito snatches up the mic to say, “Today’s hero, Hiromu Takahashi!” Clearly a lot of fun ‘n’ games in celebration, but will everything go LIJ’s way in this Golden Fight Series?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good event to start this Golden Fight Series, but really the only one worth covering already. Tuesday and Wednesday will be Video On Demand Only, but their match cards are really just rehashes of tonight. And then Friday, Saturday and Sunday don’t even seem to be on NJPW World’s schedule so I wouldn’t be able to do those, anyway. And even here, I skipped most of the matches. The first being Young Lion VS Young Lion actually made it unpredictable. I will say, splitting up the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions up was a unique way to build to their title defense. Taguchi & Wato are taking on Kanemaru & Douki, and Suzuki-Gun sweeps to basically signal the champions are retaining.

Chaos & Tiger Mask win because I bet Goto & Hashi are going to build back to a tag title rematch with The United Empire. I kept House of Torture VS Jado Avengers because it works towards the coming NEVER title matches. I said last time that Evil was gong to lose one and keep the other, but since he retained both that time, I can’t be sure what happens. But Jado Avengers win for now to build some momentum, they could probably go back and forth with House of Torture before the end of the series. We got a very good tag match out of Taichi & Taka VS Takagi & Bushi, but of course Taka takes the loss. Takagi gets momentum, but I’m thinking Taichi retains in whatever match they have.

We also got a very good tag match main event, and I like that they used Yoh taking the loss to Hiromu as a way to also build towards this year’s Best of the Super Juniors, where it’s finally a separate event all it’s own again. Hiromu really tears into Yoh with that promo, so you can bet Yoh will have almost a duplicate run from BOSJ 28. The promo Naito and Hiromu had together was pretty clever stuff, and since he also gets the momentum to start, I feel like this Golden Fight Series will parallel New Years Golden Dash: Naito will get a lot of wins in this go-home series but Okada wins out in the end.

My Score: 8.5/10


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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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