The four undefeateds face off!
A Block has FOUR standing at 2-0, but it will drop to just two! NJPW Best of the Super Juniors rolls on, but who keeps rolling to 3-0?
- Six Man Tag: EL LINDAMAN, Titan & Jado VS Bullet Club; Lindaman, Titan & Jado win(s).
- Master Wato & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Shingo Takagi & BUSHI; Takagi & Bushi win.
- Six Man Tag: Tiger Mask, Robbie Eagles & Wheeler Yuta VS Suzuki-Gun; Tiger Mask, Eagles & Yuta win.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS SHO; Sho wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Francesco Akira; Taguchi wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Yoh wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS Hiromu Takahashi; Hiromu wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Alex Zayne VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins.
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Here are the current standings in A Block!
Taiji Ishimori: 2-0, 4 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 2-0, 4 points
Ace Austin: 2-0, 4 points
Alex Zayne: 2-0, 4 points
Francesco Akira: 1-1, 2 points
YOH: 1-1, 2 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 0-2, 0 points
SHO: 0-2, 0 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 0-2, 0 points
Clark Connors: 0-2, 0 points
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS SHO!
The Wild Rhino and the Murder Machine are actually the flipside and have yet to win! That changes now! Will Connors win one for the LADOJO? Or will Sho redeem himself for the House of Torture?
Wait, Sho goes and hides as Connors makes his entrance. Because he comes around to BLINDSIDE Connors on the ramp! But Connors stays up, hits Sho back, then throws his jacket at him! Connors brings Sho up to DECK him, then he drags him up to go to the ring. Fans rally up as they approach, but Sho bends Connors’ fingers! Sho kicks low, smacks Connors off the apron, then goes looking under the ring. Sho brings out a chair but the ref tells him no. Sho shoves the ref, storms around after Connors and JAMS him with the chair! Sho swings but Connors ducks, and Sho hits the post with the chair!
Sho writhes, his hands shaking from hitting steel on steel! Connors has the chair and reels back, but the ref snatches the chair away! Connors is upset with the ref but Sho kicks him low again. Sho whips but Connors reverses. Sho stops himself from hitting post, but he turns around into a SPEAR! Fans fire up and Connors puts Sho in the ring. The bell finally sounds and this is finally a match! Connors rains down fists in the corner, goes way past ten, and fans fire up! The ref gets Connors to let off, so Connors just CHOPS away on Sho instead! And then throws forearm after forearm! The ref reprimands, fans fire up but Connors lets off.
Sho flops out of the ring, so Connors goes out the side. Connors chases Sho back into the ring, but sees building speed. Connors shoulders into Sho, then brings Sho up. Fans rally as Connors goes to suplex! Sho resists, and bends the fingers to then HOTSHOT the arm! Sho sweeps the legs, runs and WRECKS Connors with the dropkick! Fans rally and Sho goes out, but to snatch the bell hammer! The ref stops Sho from using the hammer, but Sho just uses what’s left of the chair to JAM and SMACK Connors down! Connors gets up, clutching the arm, but Sho SMACKS him again! The ref stops Sho from going further, but Sho stalks Connors into the crowd.
Sho drags Connors up, bends the finger and twists the wrist, then wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Sho drags Connors further along for another ELBOW BREAKER! And another, and another! Sho lets Connors go, lines up a shot, and he runs in to PENALTY KICK the bad arm! How fitting, since a soccer net is right there. Sho drags Connors up and brings him all the way to throw him into the back wall! The ref reprimands and Sho “apologizes” before leaving Connors behind. Fans rally as the ref starts heading back. Sho gets in the ring and he wants the count out! The ref has Sho stay in a corner and then the count begins.
Connors drags himself along, returning to the crowd by 5 of 20. Connors stands at 7, but his ribs are hurting him from hitting the wall. The count is already past 10, fans rally harder, and Connors keeps going. We’re past 15, Connors stumbles and falls but scrambles in at 19!! Sho can’t believe it! Sho stands on Connors’ bad arm and digs his heel in, then covers. TWO, but Sho clamps on with a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Connors clasps hands to resist but Sho cranks through! Connors flails, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Sho lets go at 4. Fans applaud Connors as he slowly gets up. Sho gives Connors toying kicks but that just angers the Wild Rhino!
Connors gets up, Sho keeps kicking at him, and fans rally up. Connors CHOPS and Sho staggers back! Connors runs, but Sho uses the ref as a shield! Sho runs in but Connors dodges! Then Connors POUNCES Sho! Fans fire up while both men are down! Sho and Connors go to opposite ends, and Connors runs in to back elbow in the corner. Connors whips corner to corner and RAMS into Sho, then BACK DROPS Sho away! Elbow drop, cover, TWO! Connors goes up top to FALLING BACK ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Connors grits his teeth as he drags Sho up. Connors whips, Sho holds ropes and BOOTS back!
Sho swings but misses, Connors waistlocks but Sho resists the lift. Sho gets the arm and bends the fingers! Then he waistlocks, but Connors elbows free. Sho pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Sho rakes eyes! The ref is a shield again, and Sho SPEARS Connors! Sho and Connors go to opposite corners as fans rally up. Sho runs in to clothesline, then he suplexes Connors up and over! Cover, TWO! But Sho wants the arm! Connors clasps hands and he moves around, but Sho BITES the hand! ARMBAR! Connors scrambles, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Sho lets go at 4, and Connors clutches his arm. Sho brings Connors around to isolate the arm and stand on it.
Sho digs his heel into the triceps and stomps it! Sho then wrenches the wristlock, brings Connors to his knees, and kicks, KICKS and SUPERKICKS! Fans rally but Sho laughs it up. Sho brings Connors up to reel him in and double pump handle. Connors wrenches out, gets around, but Sho resists the lift. Sho almost gets out, but Connors deadlifts Sho to the GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Connors gets Sho back up. Connors whips for the POWERSLAM! Fans fire up more and Connors roars! Connors gets Sho back up, reels him in, but Sho holds the ref! Then Sho shoves Connors into the ref! GERMAN SUPLEX!
Everyone is down, but Sho goes to his corner. Sho gets his friend, the wrench! But the ref sees that and stops him! Sho lets the ref have the wrench and shoves him, to LOW BLOW Connors! Roll up, with tights, Sho wins!!
Winner: Sho, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Connors earns 0)
The House of Torture has taught Sho well in the art of cheating! The Murder Machine has his first win this year, but will he just keep on stealing victories? As for Connors, he’s 0-3, will the fourth round be his lucky number?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Francesco Akira w/ TJP!
The Funky Weapon is also without a win, but he did lose to last year’s tournament winner, Hiromu Takahashi, and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Taiji Ishimori. Can Taguchi rebound from those high level losses? Or will the Nova Fireball help the United Empire sweep the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?
The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Taguchi powers Akira to ropes and the ref calls the break. Taguchi lets off and fans applaud. Akira comes back to circle with Taguchi again, and they tie up. Taguchi again puts Akira on ropes but Akira turns it around on him. The ref calls the break, Akira keeps pushing, but then he lets off. Akira then sucker punches and CLUBS Taguchi! Akira brings Taguchi to a headlock but Taguchi powers out. Things speed up, Taguchi hurdles, Akira leaps over, things keep going and Taguchi turns hip toss into arm-drag! Akira tumbles out, Taguchi builds speed, but Akira returns!
Taguchi sidesteps and keeps Akira moving, but then Akira reverses to whip Taguchi. Taguchi jumps, but hip attack becomes atomic drop! Everyone knows that trick, it seems. Akira dropkicks Taguchi out and fans rally with the clap rhythm, “A, KI-RA! A, KI-RA!” Akira builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Taguchi! Fans fire up with Akira and he looms over Taguchi. Akira gets Taguchi up and in, covers, TWO! Fans rally while Akira argues the count. Akira drags Taguchi back up, but Taguchi CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! Akira is in the corner but he slides out as Taguchi runs in! Taguchi hits buckles, Akira sweeps the legs!
Akira gets in while Taguchi sits in the corner, and Akira runs corner to corner to BLINDSIDE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Akira grows a bit frustrated. Akira drags Taguchi up, snapmares him down and hooks up an arm before clamping on the neck wrench! Taguchi endures, but Akira twists harder and harder! Taguchi scrambles and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Akira steps on Taguchi as he lets off, then brings Taguchi up. Akira turns Taguchi for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Akira is more annoyed but fans still rally for “TA-GU-CHI!” Akira eggs Taguchi on so Taguchi throws body shots! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!
Akira kicks low, wags his finger, then whips Taguchi corner to corner. Taguchi reverses, runs in but Akira put shim on the apron. Taguchi counter punches Akira, then springboards, MISSILE HIP! Akira bails out but Taguchi TRIANGLE JUMP PLANCHAS! Direct it and fans fire up while both men are down! The ref checks on them both and TJP coaches up Akira. Fans rally and Taguchi gets up. Taguchi brings Akira up and into the ring, then kicks him low. Taguchi suplexes, Uno Amigo! Then another suplex, Dos Amigos! Taguchi goes for three but Akira fights it. Akira tries to suplex but Taguchi fights it, and Taguchi completes THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up as Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!” But Akira dodges Bum-a-ye! Taguchi ducks the buzzsaw to roll Akira up, TWO! Taguchi floats to get OH MY GARFUKNLE! Akira gets up, ENZIGURI! Taguchi staggers away, Akira whips him but Taguchi reverses. Akira sunset flips, Taguchi rolls through to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Taguchi tightens his tights’ pull string. Taguchi gets Akira up, chicken wings the arms, but Akira backs Taguchi into buckles! Akira CHOPS, goes corner to corner, but Taguchi BOOTS! Taguchi hops up, but Akira CHOPS again!
Akira goes up after Taguchi and fans rally up! SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up while Taguchi flounders. Akira fires up, runs in, SHOTGUN! Taguchi ends up in the other corner but Akira brings him out to wrench the arm, hook it up, and HAMMERLOCK SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Taguchi survives and fans fire up, but Akira is shocked! Akira grits his teeth and fans rally up. Akira vows to end this, and he brings Taguchi up to reel him in. But Taguchi slips out of Speedfire to ENZIGURI! Both men are down again and fans rally up more! Taguchi and Akira crawl after each other, and Taguchi throws a forearm. Akira sits up, he forearms back.
Taguchi throws another forearm! Akira staggers, but he comes back to throw another forearm! Taguchi forearms again, but so does Akira, and fans rally as they go faster and faster! Akira gets the edge, CHOPS Taguchi then runs, but he fakes out the Hip Attack! Taguchi runs in, Akira puts him on the apron, TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICK! Taguchi hits the floor, Akira goes to the apron, ASAI MOONSAULT! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Akira drags himself back towards the ring, gets Taguchi back up and in, and fans rally with “A, KI-RA! A, KI-RA!” Akira runs in, but Taguchi ducks the Fireball! Oklahoma Roll, TWO!!
Taguchi ducks the roundhouse, gets the arms, but Akira victory rolls! TWO, OH MY GARFUNKLE!! Akira endures and fans fire up! Akira scrambles forward, but Taguchi drags him away! Akira gets up, but Taguchi ducks the enziguri, to OH MY GARFUNKLE!! Akira shouts and flails, fans rally hard as ever, and Taguchi reels Akira in to chicken wings! But Akira victory rolls again, TWO! Taguchi sits on it, TWO! They roll and roll, Taguchi has it, TWO!! Akira escapes and SUPERKICKS! Then wheelbarrow, but Taguchi sits! TAGUCHI WINS!!
Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Akira earns 0)
The Funky Weapon didn’t need his tricks, or his red undies! He gets his first win in the BOSJ 29, but will he be able to stay on the winning track? As for Akira, he goes after the ref for the decision! Young Lions get Akira to let the ref go, but will this anger help fire Akira back up next round?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!
Mr. Direct Drive sits in the middle of the pack while the Heel Master has yet to get any points. Will Yoh rise up towards the top? Or will Kanemaru drag him down and wash him away with whiskey?
Kanemaru attacks Yoh on the corner during his intro! Kanemaru stomps Yoh down, the bell rings, and Yoh scrambles away. Kanemaru stomps Yoh more, brings him up and whips, but Yoh reverses. Yoh drops, sidesteps and drop toeholds to then basement- No, Kanemaru avoids the dropkick and bails out! Fans applaud that opening exchange while Kanemaru cools off. Kanemaru eggs Yoh on, and Yoh chases after him! Kanemaru kicks Yoh low, having suckered him in. Kanemaru CLUBS Yoh but Yoh kicks back and CLUBS Kanemaru! Yoh puts Kanemaru in, but then Kanemaru bails right back out.
Yoh chases Kanemaru again, Kanemaru gets in but Yoh hurdles over and arm-drags him! Yoh then dropkicks Kanemaru back out! Yoh PLANCHAS, but Kanemaru dodges! Yoh lands on his feet but his leg jams! Kanemaru kicks that leg, then scoop SLAMS Yoh down! Fans rally, the ref starts a ring count, and Kanemaru drags Yoh up at 5 of 20. Kanemaru goes to suplex but Yoh blocks! Kanemaru keeps trying but Yoh keeps resisting! Yoh suplexes back, but Kanemaru slips off and RAMS Yoh into a Young Lion! Kanemaru leaves Yoh behind and we’re at 19! Yoh gets in at 19.9!! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! A third cover, TWO! A fourth cover, TWO! A FIFTH cover, TWO!!
Fans rally as Yoh survives that marathon of presses, but Kanemaru stomps Yoh down. Kanemaru brings Yoh up, whips him to ropes, and dropkicks the leg out! Yoh writhes and clutches his knee, and Kanemaru walks over. Kanemaru mocking asks what’s wrong, then stomps Yoh more. Kanemaru brings Yoh up but Yoh kicks, forearms, but Kanemaru kicks the bad leg! Kanemaru has Yoh in a corner, and whips him corner to corner. Yoh goes up but Kanemaru stays back to dropkick the leg again! Then Kanemaru steps through, FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK! Kanemaru thrashes but Yoh endures and fans rally up!
Kanemaru drags himself to ropes, to use them for leverage! The ref doesn’t see this right away, but then he reprimands. Kanemaru stops, but Yoh turns things over to put pressure on Kanemaru! Now Kanemaru has to reach out for ropes! Kanemaru manages to turn things back over, Yoh endures again, and he drags Kanemaru along! Fans rally more as Kanemaru works to keep Yoh down. Kanemaru pushes up but Yoh flails and scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up and the ref has to help Kanemaru undo the hold. Kanemaru drags Yoh to center to SMASH the knee on the mat!
Kanemaru drags Yoh up, gets the leg, but Yoh elbows Kanemaru away. Kanemaru kicks the leg, runs, tilt-o-whirls, but Yoh throws him off! Kanemaru tries to suplex again, but Yoh turns it around to FALCON ARROW! Fans fire up while both men are down! Yoh clutches his leg but he says he’s okay to continue. Fans rally, Yoh and Kanemaru slowly stir. Yoh crawls to Kanemaru and brings him up in a waistlock. GERMAN SUPLEX! Yoh drags Kanemaru up again, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Yoh’s bad leg couldn’t keep it up, and Kanemaru survives! Yoh goes back to get Kanemaru in a full nelson!
Kanemaru mule kicks the leg! Then he grabs the leg for a SHIN BREAKER! And a dropkick to the leg! Yoh writhes but Kanemaru drags him back up. Kanemaru scoops and SLAMS Yoh to a drop zone, goes up the corner, and MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Yoh survives and fans fire up! Kanemaru gets Yoh back up, scoop to BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Kanemaru goes back up the corner. Kanemaru waits on Yoh, then he leaps, but into a DROPKICK! Yoh denies Deep Impact and fans fire up! Yoh drags himself up the ropes, fires himself up, and fans fire up with him as he tunes up the band!
Yoh aims at Kanemaru, but the ref is a shield! Kanemaru shoves the ref into Yoh then ENZIGURIS! The ref is down and so is Yoh, so Kanemaru goes to his corner. Kanemaru gets his whiskey! But Yoh keeps Kanemaru from having a drink! Yoh kicks Kanemaru, then he tags a swig! Yoh WHISKEY MISTS Kanemaru!! And then SUPERKICKS Kanemaru down! Fans fire up, Yoh roars and brings Kanemaru back up! Underhooks and DIRECT DRIVE!! Cover, Yoh wins!!
Winner: Yoh, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)
Yoh goes back-to-back and moves up in the ranks! Is there hope for Yoh yet? As for Kanemaru, will he be able to turn his luck around in round four? And will he want a new bottle of whiskey after Yoh drank from that one?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS Hiromu Takahashi!
The first battle of undefeateds is here! The Impact X-Division Champion faces off with the back-to-back BOSJ winner, but who stays spotless through round three?
Austin taunts Hiromu with this belt, but Hiromu just smiles. The bell rings and fans rally up as Hiromu circles with Austin. They feel things out, tie up, and Austin puts Hiromu in a corner. The ref calls the break, Austin lets off, then snapmares Hiromu down. Austin grabs for a chinlock but Hiromu slips right out to headlock. Austin endures the grind, powers out, and things speed up. Hiromu avoids the leg sweep, and clamps on the headlock again! Austin powers up, rolls Hiromu away, but Hiromu dodges the clothesline. Austin follows, rolling drop toehold and ENZIGURI! Fans fire up and Austin runs, but Hiromu avoids the stomp, only for Austin to KICK!
Austin whips Hiromu to ropes and dropkicks him down! Fans fire up and Austin watches Hiromu get to a corner. Austin runs in, but Hiromu elbows him away. Hiromu fakes out the arm-drag, and clamps onto a DISARMER! Hiromu takes Austin’s own ace card, but the ref won’t let him do the paper cut trick! Hiromu says Austin does it to everyone else, but then Austin gets Hiromu for the DISARMER! And Austin had another ace up his sleeve! PAPER CUT! Hiromu bails out and protests, but Austin waits in the ring. The ring count begins, Hiromu takes his time, and the count is 10 of 20. Hiromu gets in at 12 but Austin stomps away!
Austin drags Hiromu up to gut wrench suplex! Cover, TWO! Austin drops a knee on the arm, then knees Hiromu in the back. Austin hammerlocks Hiromu’s arm and pulls on it! Hiromu endures, so Austin drops knees on the arm! Austin then clamps on with a chinlock and stretches Hiromu against his knee. Fans rally, Hiromu fights his way over, and he gets the ROPEBREAK! Austin lets go and fans applaud. Austin drops knees on Hiromu again, then digs his knee in at the ropes. The ref reprimands, Austin lets off and hauls Hiromu up for a suplex! Cover, TWO! Austin keeps on Hiromu with another suplex! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally while Austin grows a bit frustrated. Austin grinds his forearm into Hiromu’s face, then lets off. Fans rally, “HI-RO-MU!” and Hiromu CHOPS! Austin CHOPS, KICKS Hiromu against ropes, then KICKS him again. Austin wrenches, whips, but Hiromu holds ropes and BOOTS back. Austin elbows Hiromu, runs to ropes, but Hiromu follows to RANA Austin down! Fans fire up while both men are down and go to opposite corners. Fans rally up, Austin runs in, but Hiromu dodges and comes back to SHOTGUN! Austin hits buckles, Hiromu runs in to corner clothesline! Snapmare and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally back up and Hiromu brings Austin up. Hiromu fireman’s carries, but Austin slips off. Hiromu BOOTS from the corner, runs, but Austin dodges, to run into the fireman’s carry! Hiromu puts Austin on the apron and SUPERKICKS! Hiromu runs to SUNSET FLIP, but Austin holds ropes! Austin stomps Hiromu to deny the bomb. Austin then handsprings to dodge the sweep, but Hiromu blocks the Penalty Kick! Hiromu throws Austin but he handsprings through that to SUPERKICK Hiromu down! Fans fire up and Austin poses, before he slingshots in, builds speed and FOSBURY FLOPS! Direct hit on Hiromu and Austin lands on his feet!
Fans fire up and Austin says he is the one! Austin puts Hiromu in, fans rally, and Austin steps in, but Hiromu ducks the kick! Hiromu fireman’s carries but Austin slips off again, A-LIST LARIAT! Austin then fires off point-blank lariats again and again and again! Fans rally with each shot, and Austin shoves Hiromu away to step in again, FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO! Hiromu is still in this and Austin grows frustrated. Fans rally up, Austin watches Hiromu get up slowly. Austin drags Hiromu into a clinch, but Hiromu wrenches out. Austin dodges the lariat to back suplex! Then he RIPCORD SLAMS Hiromu into HOUSE OF CARDS! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally as Hiromu is still in this! Austin is a bit surprised, but then he aims from the corner. Austin wants Hiromu to get up, and then he runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Austin survives Hiromu’s counter, but fans rally up harder! Hiromu brings Austin around, suplexes, but Austin knees free. But Hiromu fireman’s carries, CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Fans fire up with Hiromu and he gets Austin back up. Fireman’s carry, but Austin knees free! Austin waistlocks, ducks the elbow, but Hiromu mule kicks, front kicks, only for Austin to knee and KICK and HEEL KICK back! Hiromu flops, Austin aims from the corner!
Fans fire up, Austin wants Hiromu to get up! Hiromu rises, Austin runs in, SNAP SUPLEX COUNTER?! Hiromu roars and he hauls Austin back up, fireman’s carries, flings Austin to the inverted suplex, but Austin slips out! Hiromu tries a standard suplex but Austin fights out of that! Hiromu ROCKS Austin with a right! SUPERKICK! But Austin KNEES! HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER! But Austin fires right back up! Fans fire up with him, he dodges Hiromu, but Hiromu SUPERKICKS! Hiromu runs, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!! Austin is still in this and the fans fire back up!
Hiromu drags Austin up, reels him in, VICTORY ROYALE! Hiromu roars, he’s still not done! Dragon sleeper, inverted suplex, TIMEBOMB II!! Cover, Hiromu wins!!
Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Austin earns 0)
The Inevitable just faced his own inevitability: he has lost in the BOSJ! Will Austin be able to turn it around in the fourth round? As for Hiromu, can he continue this hot streak to get his threepeat?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Alex Zayne VS Taiji Ishimori!
The Sauce takes on the Bone Soldier in this second battle of undefeateds! Will Zayne keep pouring on the heat? Or will the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion deny another contender their golden shortcut to the top?
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. Zayne and Taiji circle, tie up, and Taiji wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Zayne rolls, handsprings, wrenches back and cranks the wristlock. Zayne whips Taiji to a corner, runs in to back body block, then slips out to slingshot back in for a headscissor! Taiji rolls through, Zayne runs in and Taiji hurdles. Zayne springboards as Taiji drops down and Zayne drops knees on Taiji’s back! Zayne then hits the RUNNING MARIPOSA! Taiji bails out and fans fire up, and Zayne has Taiji on the apron. APRON SLINGSHOT SENTON! Fans fire up more and Zayne sits Taiji up.
Zayne KICKS Taiji in the back, then waits on him to get up. Zayne CLUBS Taiji on the back, but Taiji RAMS Zayne into the apron. Taiji grabs the bell hammer, then hands it to Zayne like he was going to do something with it! Red Shoes isn’t falling for that, and Zayne hands the hammer over. Red Shoes gives the hammer to the timekeeper, but Taiji has a chair! Zayne blocks the chair shot and takes it away from Taiji! And Zayne JAMS Taiji with the chair! Fans applaud, then Zayne sits the chair up. Zayne has Taiji take a seat, then CHOPS him! Zayne runs around the ring and fans rally up, and Zayne gets his legs dropkicked out!
Zayne ends up tumbling into the chair and Taiji leaves him behind. Red Shoes checks on Zayne while Taiji takes the blue buckle pad away. Taiji hides that the Bullet Club Special is in play, and a ring count starts. Zayne is still down at 10 of 20, but fans rally. Zayne drags himself up and in at 13, Taiji brings him up to CLUB him down. Taiji then wrenches Zayne’s arm, hammerlocks it, and RAMS it into the bare steel! Red Shoes reprimands but the damage is done. Taiji drags Zayne to center, and he YANKS the bad arm! Taiji pulls on the arm, but fans rally as Zayne endures. Zayne fights up, pushes Taiji towards a stack, but Taiji pushes Zayne back down!
Taiji keeps working on the arm, but Zayne still endures. Zayne moves around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Taiji lets off, but then Taiji keylocks the arm and KICKS it! Zayne clutches the arm and fans rally back up. Taiji drags Zayne up, back suplexes, but Zayne lands on his feet! Things speed up, Zayne handsprings over Taiji but Taiji grabs the bad arm and trips Zayne up! And right into the YES LOCK!! Zayne scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer, Taiji lets go, and fans rally back up. Taiji waits for Zayne to stand, and then he runs in, but Zayne counter punches! And elbows! And then spins Taiji for a LARIAT!
Fans fire up while both men are down! Fans rally back up, Zayne brings Taiji up, and Zayne fires off forearm after forearm, and a back elbow! Taiji rebounds, jumps the sweep and shoves, but Zayne turns Taiji’s hurdle into a FLAPJACK! Zayne runs for the SOMERSAULT AX KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Taiji gets to a corner. Zayne runs in, but Taiji boots him away! Taiji goes up, but Zayne runs in, DRAGON RANA! Cover, TWO! The bad arm perhaps held Zayne back on the cover, but fans rally back up. Zayne drags Taiji up, scoops, BAJA- NO! Taiji slips out, but Zayne ducks the Penalty Kick and rolls Taiji up, to EDDY GORDO KICK!
Fans fire up while Taiji flounders to the blue corner. Zayne runs in, but Taiji dodges and Zayne hits bare buckles! Taiji then POSTS Zayne, and drags him back out. Taiji strips off the elbow pad and arm tape on the bad elbow, and hammers away on it! Taiji drags Zayne up but Zayne hits back. Taiji wrenches, ARM CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as both men are down. Taiji gets to a corner, Zayne clutches his arm, and there’s a bit of blood from Zayne’s lip but he fights through. Taiji runs in, but Zayne blocks the Mystico takedown to hit BAJA BLAST! Fans fire up again while both men are back down.
Zayne kips up! He climbs the corner and fans rally. CINNAMON TWIST into the armlock!! Taiji gets the chicken wing, and the BONE LOCK!!! Zayne endures, fans fire up, and Zayne gets the ROPEBREAK! Taiji is frustrated but fans rally again. Taiji drags Zayne up, gut wrenches, CIPHER UTAKI! Cover, TWO! Zayne is still in this and fans are fired up again! Taiji drags himself to ropes and fans rally up. Taiji brings Zayne up, Half Hatch, but Zayne blocks the lift. Taiji throws knees and forearms, runs, but into a POP-UP KNEE! Zayne fires up, beats his bad arm into working, and he hauls Taiji up to cobra clutch and pump handle. TACO-
NO! Taiji slips out, and MYSTICO, to the BONE LOCK!!! Zayne endures and fans are thunderous as he drags himself and Taiji along! Taiji rolls Zayne away and pushes way back! Zayne taps, Taiji wins!!
Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by submission (gains 2 points; Zayne earns 0)
The Sauce was hot but not hot enough to burn Ishimori! Will Zayne’s first loss send him tumbling down the block? Or can he rebound in the next round? As for Ishimori, he gets the mic to say, “Everything Alex Zayne does is extraordinary.” Fans applaud in agreement. Taiji tells Zayne, “I’ve wrestled a lot of guys in my career, but you’re in the top class. But let me say this: Clearly, you’re a heavyweight! You’re huge! You can move real nice but you hit too hard!” Fans applaud because in a way, that’s a compliment. Taiji says even with all that, he’s 3-0! The blocks are only three nights in each, and they’re just getting going.
“Think about that. This is damn exciting, right? You don’t know who’ll win, right? The level is too high, right?! Well, support and cheer for who you like, I don’t care. But in the end! In the end! IN THE END…! Camera, right here.” The camera zooms in, and Taiji says, “Keep your eyes on me. I’ll show you strength and greatness. It’s reborn!” The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion is leading the pack, but will he be the one to take the block?
Here are the new standings in A Block!
Taiji Ishimori: 3-0, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-0, 6 points
Ace Austin: 2-1, 4 points
Alex Zayne: 2-1, 4 points
YOH: 2-1, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-2, 2 points
Francesco Akira: 1-2, 2 points
SHO: 1-2, 2 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 0-3, 0 points
Clark Connors: 0-3, 0 points
Another great event and great round, though I suppose I’m sounding like a broken record now. NJPW always does great, so this was no different. Though it is becoming clear who is the bottom of the block with Connors and Kanemaru both losing. They had great matches with Sho and Yoh, though, and Yoh using the whiskey mist was really clever stuff. Can’t wait to see Sho VS Yoh here, RPG 3K Fallout will be a feud that goes on and on for years. Taguchi VS Akira was great stuff, too, especially with Taguchi not using his red undies. Not that that isn’t hilarious stuff, but it was a character detail where Taguchi stayed serious and won. Six or Nine splits with Akira & TJP, but I bet we’ll still see those teams in a IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship program after BOSJ.
And of course the matches of undefeated entrants were awesome stuff. Austin VS Hiromu and Zayne VS Taiji were both great, everybody got their moves in, but in the end, it makes a lot of sense that the NJPW guys go over. Not only because they’re the NJPW talent, but because they both have those stories of BOSJ Threepeat and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion winning the BOSJ carrying them through. As I said last time, those two are the frontrunners for the block, and the winner between them will surely be the finalist.
My Score: 8.9/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 6.30.2022
The Go Home to Against All Odds with the main event of Battle of the Futures Redux! TNA vibes and hype in the Asylum!
Against All Odds is tomorrow, and the one thing IMPACT has excelled with are the quick turnaround angles. Plus we also HOPEFULLY get a real finish to the Battle of the Futures 2022 edition. Frankie Kazarian and Chris Sabin have a main event that could definitely be something special.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) July 1, 2022
- Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey: Trey wins via Meteora – ***
- Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw: Gisele wins via Knee Strike – ** ¼
- Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace: Jordynne wins via Muscle Buster – **
- IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More: Karl retains via Roll Up – ** ½
- Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne: Ace wins via The Fold – ** ¾
- Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/Alex Shelley: Sabin wins via Cradle Shock – *****
Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey
Early on the smaller men gang up on Maclin, which of course is the smart thing to do. Trey and Bey trade a few shots, Laredo tries to interject himself but Maclin comes back in and starts taking over. Wipes out most of the guys then they start trickling in for pinfall saves and each guy chopping at the bigger man. Trey does however go for a John Woo, misses and Tree of Woes himself to set up for Maclin’s Caught in the Crosshairs corner spear.
Action continues to be pretty fluid, Trey takes out Maclin, Bey looks for an Asai Moonsault, but turns it into the 5 Hole Dive that MCMG do when Laredo Kid dives through Bey’s legs. Then Bey hits the Asai Moonsault and Bey brings Laredo into the ring and tries to find a winning angle. Pop Up Cutter from Bey, but Trey saves it. A little back and forth, Trey goes to the top, misses the Meteora, but lands on his feet and manages a Running Meteora for the pinfall victory.
Trey beat Speedball before Slammiversary, so Speedball has some payback in his mind.
Check out what @theraveneffect had to say about @TheMooseNation and @TheSamiCallihan going to war in his creation..The Clockwork Orange House Of Fun Match TOMORROW NIGHT at #AgainstAllOdds!#IMPACTonAXSTV pic.twitter.com/VEN90fmA44
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) July 1, 2022
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!
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (6/30/22)
WHY, SEVEN, WHY?!
Artful Dodger or dastardly coward? You decide!
Last time he was on NXT UK, Trent Seven gave us crocodile tears and betrayed Tyler Bate! What will Seven say this week about what he’s done?
- Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze; Davenport wins.
- Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley; Henley wins.
- Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar; Wolfgang wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
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?
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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