TEN matches in one night!
NJPW brings both A Block and B Block together so that the Best of the Super Juniors’ fourth round can happen in one night! How hot will it get inside Korakuen Hall?
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Alex Zayne VS Francesco Akira; Zayne wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Titan VS TJP; Titan wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Clark Connors; Connors wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: BUSHI VS Wheeler Yuta; Yuta wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS Ace Austin; Austin wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: DOUKI VS El Phantasmo; Douki wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS Robbie Eagles; Wato wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Kanemaru wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Taiji Ishimori VS SHO; Ishimori wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: El Desperado VS EL LINDAMAN; Lindaman wins.
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Here are the current 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
Here are the current standings for B Block!
El Desperado: 3-0, 6 points
El Phantasmo: 3-0, 6 points
Bushi: 2-1, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-1, 4 points
El Lindaman: 2-1, 4 points
TJP: 1-2, 2 points
Wheeler Yuta: 1-2, 2 points
Douki: 1-2, 2 points
Master Wato: 0-3, 0 points
Titan: 0-3, 0 points
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Alex Zayne VS Francesco Akira!
The Sauce could not burn the Bone Soldier, and the Nova Fireball flamed out against the Funky Weapon. But with the top of the block just out of reach, who reignites their run and burns brightest this night?
The bell rings and fans rally up already, “A-KI-RA!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” The two circle, tie up, and Zayne powers Akira to ropes. The ref counts but Akira turns things around on Zayne. They end up in a corner, Akira digs his palms in but Zayne stands up tall. The ref counts, Akira backs off, and fans applaud. The fans rally, the two circle, and Akira kicks low. Akira headlocks, Zayne powers up and out, things speed up. Akira hurdles then tilt-o-whirls, but Zayne manages to handspring through, and fans applaud the standoff. Things speed up again, but Zayne fakes Akira out to springboard and drop knees on Akira’s back!
Zayne rolls back to come back with the RUNNING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again and Zayne brings Akira up. Zayne CLUBS Akira, wrenches and whips him to ropes, then CLOBBERS Akira with an elbow! Akira bails out, Zayne flexes, and fans rally up again. Zayne aims, but Akira moves. Zayne adjusts, goes up the ropes, but Akira stops him! Akira CHOPS and CLUBS him, then goes up to join him, SUPER STEINER off the ropes! Fans fire up while Zayne tumbles, and Akira goes up another corner. Akira wants Zayne to get up, then he BLINDSIDE MISSILE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up, Akira covers, TWO!
Fans rally again, “A-KI-RA!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” but Akira has them change the rhythm to “A! KI-RA! A! KI-RA!” Akira CLUBS Zayne at the ropes then stands on him! The ref counts, Akira steps off, then brings Zayne up. Zayne throws body shots, Akira eggs him on, so Zayne ROCKS him with a right. Akira goes to the corner, Zayne runs in but Akira slips out to trip Zayne up! Akira then runs corner to corner and back again to BLINDSIDE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and rally again, “A! KI-RA!” Akira drags Zayne up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Akira is annoyed but he clamps on with a chinlock.
Zayne endures, Akira grinds him into the mat, but Zayne fights to his feet. Zayne throws body shots and elbows, then pushes Akira away. Akira swings but Zayne spins him to LARIAT! Fans fire up again and Zayne fires off boxing elbows! Akira rebounds into the leg sweep, then Zayne runs for the SOMERSAULT AX KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up more, “AL-EX ZAYNE!” and he drags Akira up. Zayne wrenches, lifts, but no Baja Blast! Zayne ducks the buzzsaw, rolls Akira, but Akira rolls through, only for Zayne to EDDY GORDO KICK! Akira flounders to a corner, Zayne runs in to back elbow! Zayne puts Akira up top, climbs up after him and fans rally.
But Akira throws body shots! He shoves Zayne away but Zayne flips back to land on his feet! Zayne runs in but Akira dropkicks him down! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Akira gets to the opposite corner. Both men drag themselves up the ropes, and Akira runs in to clothesline! He keeps moving, but Zayne BOOTS him! Zayne goes up, but Akira goes up after! SECOND ROPE SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous as Akira grows frustrated. “A! KI-RA!” gets up, he drags Zayne up, CLUBS him, but Zayne ROCKS Akira. Akira throws a forearm back but Zayne gives another.
Akira forearms, Zayne elbows! Zayne runs, into an ENZIGURI! Akira reels Zayne in, POISON- NO!! Zayne blocks and brings Akira back up! Zayne pops Akira into the pump handle and cobra clutch! TACO- VICTORY ROLL!! TWO!! Zayne pops Akira up for the KNEE! Then Zayne runs, but Akira follows! SPRINGBOARD POISON-RANA!! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Akira and Zayne slowly stir and Zayne makes it to the apron. Akira gets up and triangle jumps to dropkick Zayne down! Fans rally up and Akira slingshots to ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit and fans fire up with Akira!
Akira gets Zayne up, puts him in, and hurries to the corner! Akira climbs, leaps, FLYING SPIKE-RANA!! Cover, TWO!! Zayne escapes and shocks Akira! Fans are thunderous again as Akira calls for the finish! SPEED- NO! Zayne slips out, but Akira dodges the lariat! Akira hops up, but Zayne blocks the rana to swing Akira up for a FALLING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Akira survives and Zayne is shocked, but the fans are thunderous again! Zayne gets up, brings Akira up and scoops, but Akira uses that to sunset flip! TWO, SUPERKICK!! Zayne flounders, Akira runs, but into the scoop! BAJA BLAST!!
Zayne hurries to get Akira up, cobra clutch and pump handle, TACO DRIVER!!! Cover, Zayne wins!!
Winner: Alex Zayne, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Akira earns 0)
The Sauce is hotter than the Fireball! Will he be able to blaze a trail to the front of the pack? Can Akira turn the heat back on in the next round?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Titan VS TJP!
The Immortal was cheated by El Phantasmo, but Public Enemy Number One couldn’t stop El Lindaman. Will the CMLL World Welterweight Champion have the same problems with TJP as he did ELP? Or will he finally get on the board?
The bell rings and fans rally up, “T J P!” “TI-TA-NN!” TJP and Titan circle, and Titan offers a handshake. Fans applaud that but TJP isn’t so sure. TJP leaves Titan hanging and they circle again. They tie up, TJP waistlocks then wrenches to a hammerlock. Titan throws elbows but TJP holds on, so Titan reaches back for a big flying-mare! TJP is sent out of the ring and fans fire up! TJP gets back in and circles with Titan again. TJP gets the arm, wristlocks, and keeps Titan from ropes. Titan rolls, handsprings, wrenches and wristlocks but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels and brings Titan into the TWISTING HEADSCISSORS!
Titan gets up, they ram shoulders, and now things speed up! Titan hurdles, then springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG! TJP goes to a corner, goes up and over, then tornado arm-drags! Leg sweep and cover, ONE! Titan leg sweeps and covers, ONE! Both men handspring up and fans fire up! They rally hard as ever and Titan offers the handshake again. TJP takes it this time and fans applaud. But then TJP short arm LARIATS Titan down! TJP stomps Titan, drags him up, CLUBS him down, and digs his knee into his head at the ropes. Titan gets the ropebreak and TJP backs off. Fans rally up and TJP drags Titan up.
TJP whips but Titan reverses, only for TJP to go Spider-Man. TJP slips under to sunset flip and high stack with knuckle locks! TWO as Titan gets his arms up! TJP pushes those back down, TWO as Titan bridges! TJP steps through, has the legs hooked with the knuckle locks, TWO, but TJP steps through! KNUCKLE LOCK SHARPSHOOTER!?! Titan endures TJP’s newest invention and fans are thunderous! TJP lets off the knuckle locks to get the Indian Deathlock, for the SNAP! And then again! And then the MUTA LOCK! Titan endures all over again, moves around, and gets the ROPEBREAK!
TJP “needs help” so the ref undoes the hold. Fans rally again and TJP brings Titan up. TJP puts Titan up top then climbs up behind him. And yes, just like ELP, TJP goes after the mask! The ref reprimands but TJP keeps trying! The ref counts, so TJP puts Titan in a Tree of Woe, to dropkick the legs! Fans rally while TJP paces. TJP grabs at Titan but he goes to the apron. TJP gets a leg and drags Titan back in to kick and YANK the leg! Fans rally, Titan writhes, but TJP brings Titan back up. TJP wrenches, but Titan ROCKS him with a forearm! Titan CHOPS, but TJP EuroUppers him down! Fans rally again and TJP brings Titan back up.
TJP fireman’s carries, but Titan grabs ropes and gets back to the apron. Titan counter punches then fires off more forearms. TJP swings but Titan goes Matrix to dodge! PELE! TJP staggers away and fans fire up again. Titan slingshots, and he gets TJP for a body scissors throw! TJP tumbles out, Titan slingshots in but the bad leg slows him down. Titan fights through that pain to build speed and FLY! Direct hit and they end up at the feet of the front row! Fans are thunderous while both men are down! The fans rally, the ref checks on both men, and Titan gets up to put TJP in. Titan fires up and fans fire up with him!
Titan hurries in, aims from a corner, and runs in to SUPERKICK TJP down! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives, gets to a corner, and Titan runs in, but TJP goes up and over! TJP reels Titan in, TORNADO- NO! Titan stops the DDT, hooks an arm and rolls TJP, to an ARMBAR! TJP clasps hands but Titan breaks the grip! ARMBAR!! TJP endures, reaches out, and fans are thunderous again! Titan drags TJP from the ropes, and ARM- NO! High stack, TWO! TJP has the leg! PINOY STRETCH!! Titan scrambles around, ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up while TJP lets off in frustration. TJP and Titan head for each other and go forehead to forehead.
Titan throws a forearm, but TJP gives it back! Titan throws another, but TJP CHOPS! Titan throws forearm after forearm and fans rally up, but TJP SOBATS! TJP runs, but Titan gets him at ropes! TJP blocks the DDT to HOTSHOT Titan! Fans fire up and TJP has Titan in a corner. TJP scrapes his boot on Titan’s face over and over! Fans rally, TJP goes side to side, but Titan follows to TORNADO DDT! Titan gets TJP up to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Titan hurries to a corner. Titan climbs, even with the bad leg, but TJP ROCKS him first! TJP climbs up, gives headbutts, then brings Titan up.
TJP goes to the very top and hits a SUPERPLEX! Then rolls through to wrench and dragon sleeper, FINAL CUT! Cover, TWO!! Titan survives and fans are thunderous again! TJP can’t believe it, but he hurries to get to a corner. TJP climbs, fans rally again, N B A JAM onto knees!! Titan gets the arm, LA MAGISTROL, ONE!! But Titan rolls TJP, JAPANESE BRIDGE! TWO!! TJP has Titan now, legs and arm, PINOY STRETCH!!! Titan endures, but he’s so far from ropes! Titan keeps crawling forward with TJP on his back, and gets the ROPEBREAK!! TJP lets go and fans rally as he goes to the apron.
TJP watches Titan go through the ropes. TJP leaps, but Titan avoids the apron stomps! Titan runs in, swings but misses! TJP throws Titan by his mask, but Titan kips up to PELE! TJP falls, Titan goes out to the apron and climbs up the corner. Fans rally again as Titan reaches the top, to SUPER DOUBLE STOMP!!! Titan crushes TJP but he may have hurt himself, too! Fans continue to rally, and Titan crawls over to TJP. Titan gets TJP up and in, then crawls to a cover, TWO!! TJP survives but Titan throws off his elbow pads! Titan goes to a corner, skins the cat, and DOUBLE STOMPS TJP while he’s standing! Cover, TITAN WINS!!
Winner: Titan, by pinfall (gains 2 points; TJP earns 0)
The United Empire’s Juniors both fall in the same round! Will TJP ever live this down? Is Titan finding new life in the tournament?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Clark Connors!
The Funky Weapon finally scored last round, but the LADOJO graduate is still in last place. Will Taguchi break even in round four? Or will he just get gored by the Wild Rhino?
The bell rings and Taguchi circles with Connors. They feel out the knuckle lock, then Taguchi shoots in after a leg. Connors pushes Taguchi away and the two go again. Taguchi gets the leg this time, and the takedown, but Connors moves around. Taguchi facelocks, but Connors wrenches out to a wristlock. Taguchi rolls, wrenches back, and goes after that bad arm. Connors endures, Taguchi goes to double wristlock, and he drags Connors down. Taguchi shifts around but Connors blocks the armbar. They roll, Taguchi gets the arm but Connors gets the ropebreak. Fans rally as Taguchi lets off and the two reset.
Connors and Taguchi approach, but Taguchi kicks low. Taguchi is after the arm again, but Connors fights through to ROCK Taguchi with a forearm. But that’s the bad arm so Connors clutches that. Connors runs, but into Taguchi’s arm-drag! Connors flounders to the ropes but Taguchi is after him. Taguchi pushes his butt against Connors, then JAMS him with it. Taguchi runs to HIP ATTACK! And another HIP ATTACK! Then the baseball slide, and APRON HIP! Fans fire up and Connors stands, Taguchi springboards to MISSLE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi keeps focus and fans rally up as Taguchi puts Connors in a corner.
Taguchi kicks, wrenches and whips corner to corner, but Connors goes up. Connors’ bad arm stops the jump, and Taguchi CHOPS Connors’ butt! But Taguchi clutches his arm? Taguchi claims something is up with dat ass. Does Connors have buns of steel? The ref does a check, and Connors says he’s all natural! Taguchi decides to HEADBUTT Connors’ but, but Taguchi falls down in a heap! Fans fire up and Connors finally hops off the corner. Connors threatens Taguchi with his Funky Weapon and Taguchi crawls back towards ropes. Connors gives Taguchi a HIP ATTACK! Taguchi wants mercy while fans rally up!
Connors runs side to side, HIP ATTACK! Taguchi sputters and flounders and Connors fires up! Connors gets Taguchi up and in a corner, then he climbs up the ropes for MORE hip attacks! Again and again and again! Taguchi staggers around “punch drunk” then flops. Connors covers, TWO! Fans fire up and rally as Connors gets Taguchi back up. Connors whips Taguchi to ropes, but Taguchi HIP ATTACKS back! Roll up, TWO, but OH MY GARFUNKLE! Connors rolls and kicks Taguchi away! Taguchi comes back to ENZIGURI! Both men are down and fans fire back up! Taguchi kips up and fans are thunderous!
Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style, “ORYA~!” BUM- Connors HIP ATTACKS! Both men are down again and fans rally hard as ever! Connors and Taguchi stir, sit up, and they glare at each other. They go forehead to forehead, and then Connors hip attacks! Taguchi gets up to give it back! Connors gives another hip attack, but Taguchi gives another one back! Connors hits again, but so does Taguchi! It’s a buttocks brawl! Connors gets the edge, fans fire up and Connors runs, into a HIP ATTACK! Taguchi runs, into a HIP ATACK! Connors runs, Taguchi follows, HIP ATTACK! Connors comes back to HIP ATTACK!
Both men stagger and wobble and fans rally up. They both roar, then they both run! DOUBLE HIP ATTACKS! Both men stagger around again, but Connors drops! Taguchi fires up and so do the fans! Taguchi waits on Connors to sit up, he runs, but Connors goes the other way! But Taguchi avoids the Spear to OH MY GARFUNKLE! Connors endures, claws his way forward, but Taguchi drags him away! But Connors reels Taguchi into another HIP ATTACK! Connors aims from the corner, Taguchi stands, SPEAR!! Connors roars again and brings Taguchi up to whip and POWERSLAM! Fans are thunderous as Connors gets Taguchi up, TROPHY KILLER!! Cover, Connors wins!!
Winner: Clark Connors, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taguchi earns 0)
The Wild Rhino runs through Taguchi, and now there’s a new bottom of the block! Will Connors be able to storm up in the rankings? Will Taguchi get away from bringing up the rear?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: BUSHI VS Wheeler Yuta!
The Black Mask kept Master Wato down while The Decoder was stumped by El Desperado. Will Bushi add to Yuta’s decent down the block? Or will the ROH Pure Champion rebound and show the strength of the Blackpool Combat Club?
Bushi, having learned from Naito, takes his time removing his entrance attire. Fans and even Yuta applaud as Bushi finishes and hops off the corner. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, Yuta puts Bushi on ropes, and the ref calls the break. Bushi turns things around on Yuta, but Yuta turns things back around on Bushi. The ref calls for the break again and Yuta lets off cleanly. Bushi applauds now, and fans rally as they reset. Bushi kicks low, CLUBS Yuta, then whips him to a corner. Bushi runs in but Yuta goes up and over. Bushi runs at Yuta again but into a scoop and SLAM! Yuta adds a SENTON! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally while Bushi bails out. Yuta goes out after Bushi and CLUBS him on the back. Yuta brings Bushi around the way, throws forearms, then puts Bushi in the ring. Yuta climbs up a corner, but Bushi gets under the leap. Yuta runs but Bushi dropkicks the legs out! Fans rally while Yuta clutches the knee. Bushi stomps Yuta on the back, takes off his shirt and uses it to CHOKE Yuta! The ref reprimands, Bushi brings Yuta up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, but the ref refuses to count! Yuta kicks out anyway and throws Bushi’s shirt away, onto the camera! Bushi shrugs while fans rally, and Bushi stomps Yuta back down.
Bushi brings Yuta up, snapmares him into a headscissor lock! Yuta endures the squeeze and fans rally up. Yuta crawls for ropes and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Bushi puts up his hands. That’s not the problem! The ref counts again and Bushi undoes the headscissors. Fans applaud, and Bushi brings Yuta up to CLUB him on the neck. Bushi suplexes Yuta to hang him out to dry! Bushi CLUBS Yuta, goes to the corner and missile dropkicks Yuta down! Fans fire up, and Bushi brings Yuta through ropes! Yuta resists and throws body shots to get free. Yuta dropkicks Bushi down and fans rally up!
Bushi gets up as Yuta builds speed, Yuta DIVES! Direct hit and both men go down in a heap! But Yuta roars and fans rally up with him! Yuta drags Bushi up as the ring count starts and gets Bushi in at 4 of 20. Yuta has Bushi in a corner, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Yuta shoves Bushi out, goes up top, FLYING ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Yuta gets the arms while fans rally! Bushi resists Cattle Mutilation to get the ROPEBREAK! Yuta lets off in frustration and fans continue to rally. Yuta drags Bushi back up, but Bushi swings and spins Yuta around, DDT! Yuta sits up in a daze while fans rally more.
Bushi drags Yuta up, reels him in, but Yuta resists the Destroyer! Yuta back drops, Bushi sunset flips, TWO! Yuta ROCKS Bushi, runs, but into a dropkick! Both men are down and fans fire back up. Bushi rolls to the far side, runs, but into an atomic drop! ENZIGURI! Both men are down again and fans rally. Yuta drags himself over, brings Bushi up, but Bushi blocks the punch to fire off forearms! Bushi runs, but Yuta BOOTS Him, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO, but into CATTLE MUTILATION!! Bushi endures, flails, reaches out with a foot, and fans rally! Bushi keeps moving around, to the ROPEBREAK!
The ref counts, Yuta lets off at 4 and is frustrated. Fans rally up and Yuta grits his teeth. Yuta roars, brings Bushi up, and wrenches to the OL- NO! Bushi slips out, dodges Yuta’s haymaker, and kicks. Yuta blocks, ducks the enziguri, but not the HEEL KICK! Yuta staggers and Bushi runs in, CODE- NO! Yuta shoves Bushi down, and gets him for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then, DRAGON’S LAIR! YUTA WINS!
Winner: Wheeler Yuta, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Bushi earns 0)
The Decoder solves the Black Mask! The ROH Pure Champion has broke even, but will he back up in the next round? Will Bushi be able to stay tranquilo and rise back up?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS Ace Austin!
Last round, Mr. Direct Drive overcame the Heel Master while The Inevitable was stopped by the Ticking Timebomb. Will Yoh keep rising towards the top this round? Or will he be busted by Ace Austin and have to start again?
The bell rings and fans rally up. Yoh and Austin stare down before slowly circling. They tie up, Austin headlocks but Yoh pulls hair. The ref reprimands, Austin cranks the hold, but Yoh stomps Austin’s foot. Yoh powers out, Austin rams shoulders, then rolls to drop toehold and EDDY GORDO KICK! Fans fire up, Austin runs but Yoh drops, bypasses, then drop toeholds back! Yoh runs but Austin avoids the basement dropkick to arm-drag Yoh and has the DISARMER! Fans fire up and Austin brings out the ace up his sleeve! PAPER CUT! Austin hides the ace while Yoh bails out. Austin builds speed but Yoh moves.
Yoh swipes at Austin on the apron but Austin handstands then handsprings, PENALTY KICK! Fans fire up and Austin slingshots in to build speed. Yoh gets in, gets around Austin and SHOTGUNS Austin out! Yoh PLANCHAS and knocks Austin down! Fans fire up with Yoh and he brings Austin up to CLUB him down. The ring count starts but Yoh puts Austin in at 3. Yoh gets Austin up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Yoh brings Austin up, and he CHOPS Austin towards a corner. And CHOPS him in the corner! Austin hits back, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Yoh kicks low. Yoh CLUBS Austin back into the corner.
Yoh wrenches an arm, whips Austin corner to corner but Austin reverses. Austin runs in but into a BOOT! Yoh pushes Austin to the corner but Austin slips out to the apron! Yoh turns around and Austin shoulders into him, then Austin steps in and springboards, FLYING CHUCK! Yoh bails out, Austin builds speed, FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and Austin lands on his feet! Fans fire up and Austin gets Yoh in the ring. Fans rally, Austin jumps into the corner for the FLYING LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Austin is annoyed but the fans still rally up. Austin aims from the corner, runs in at Yoh, but Yoh wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO!
Yoh has the leg! KNEEBAR!! Austin endures, fans rally, and Austin claws at the hold! Yoh holds on, Austin crawls his way over, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Yoh lets go at 2, and then Yoh stalks Austin. Yoh drags Austin into a waistlock, but Austin resists the lift. Austin throws elbows and then brings Yoh around. Yoh switches to GERMAN SUPLEX! Yoh holds on, to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Yoh still holds on and brings Austin back up. Austin fights the hat trick and elbows out hard! But Yoh reels him in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans fire up and so does Yoh! Yoh gets up and he brings Austin back up.
Yoh reels Austin in, suplexes, but Austin slips out! Austin swings, Yoh gets around and underhooks, but Austin NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Yoh escapes and fans are thunderous! Austin gets up, runs in and knees Yoh low. KNEE LIFT, but Yoh ducks the heel kick to JUMP KNEE! Austin roars and comes back, into a SUPERKICK! Yoh roars and fans fire up again! Yoh drags Austin up, reels him in, FALCON- NO! Austin knees free, ducks the superkick and HEEL KICKS! HOUSE OF CARDS! Yoh flounders, Austin aims from a corner, and Austin runs in to hit THE FOLD! Cover, Austin wins!
Winner: Ace Austin, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yoh earns 0)
The Impact X-Division Champion gets back on track! Will Ace be high going into round five? Is there still time for a comeback from Direct Drive?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: DOUKI VS El Phantasmo!
Japones del Mal gave it his all but still got shot down by the Sniper of the Skies. Meanwhile, the Headbanga took advantage Titan’s lucha libre lifestyle and stole a win! Will Douki make ELP pay for disrespecting masks? Or will ELP rip off another opponent?
The bell rings and fans rally up, “E L P!” “DO-U-KI!” ELP encourages the fans to get louder and they oblige, and then ELP rushes Douki. Douki trips ELP, things speed up, ELP hurdles but Douki leaps. Douki comes back to rana but ELP handsprings through. Douki ducks the Penalty Kick and rolls ELP, ONE! ELP sweeps and covers, ONE! ELP hops over the sweep to body scissor and roll Douki, TWO! Douki sits on the cover, TWO! Douki handsprings up and fans fire up! ELP handsprings to show he can do that, too, and then ELP offers a handshake. Douki goes to accept but ELP kicks low. ELP headlocks, but Douki powers out.
ELP runs Douki over and he flexes. ELP runs, but then he steps on Douki. Fans rally as ELP struts, but then Douki runs in. ELP easily avoids the dropkick, and he struts more. Douki is annoyed, he runs in again, but he fakes ELP out! Douki then springboards for a FLYING ARM-DRAG! Things keep moving, Douki RANAS ELP out! Fans fire up and Douki goes to the apron, FLYING TORNADO DDT to the floor! Fans fire up and the ring count starts. Douki goes up the bleachers and to the second level? ELP stands up, commentary has to watch out, Douki LEAPS! BIG CROSSBODY and down goes ELP! Douki gets in at 15 of 20!
The count is 18! ELP springs up and in at 19.9! Fans fire up and Douki looms over ELP. Douki throws forearms, then whips ELP to ropes. ELP reverses but Douki holds ropes. Douki BOOTS back, slingshots, but ELP blocks Daybreak! ELP TOSSES Douki out with a Gourd Buster! Douki crashes down and fans fire up again! ELP goes to a corner and he climbs up! ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Both men crash down and fans fire up again! ELP throws up the Too Sweet, he’s fine. Fans rally harder, “E L P!” “DO-U-KI!” and ELP gets Douki up. ELP puts Douki in at 5 of 20, covers, TWO! Douki is still in this and fans rally up again.
ELP brings Douki up to ROCK him with a right. ELP ROCKS Douki in the corner, and fires off more forearms. ELP whips corner to corner but Douki reverses. ELP goes up and over, rolls, ducks and springboards, CROSSBODY! Somersault to the LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up but ELP is annoyed. ELP brings Douki up, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! ELP reels Douki in, gets him up, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! ELP is frustrated but he cobra clutches and torture racks. ELP spins for the SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Douki survives and fans fire up again!
ELP is annoyed and he goes to the corner. ELP tunes up the band as he waits on Douki to get up. “E! L P! E! L P!” Douki stands, SUDDEN- NO! Douki dodges, kicks, ENZIGURIS, and both men are down again! Fans rally, Douki fires up and he runs in at ELP. ELP puts Douki on the apron but Douki shoulders back. Douki slingshots, but the arms don’t hold up! Daybreak crashes ‘n’ burns, and ELP mockingly applauds. ELP reaches for Douki but Douki cradles! DOUKI WINS!!
Winner: Douki, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)
The Headbanga got cocky and he LOST! His first loss of the tournament!! Douki tells ELP to “SUCK IT!” Will Douki take this momentum all the way to the top of B Block? Will ELP ever live this one down?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS Robbie Eagles!
The Way of the Grandmaster is stagnant at the bottom of the block while the Sniper of the Skies is almost at the top! Will Wato turn the tide and finally score? Or will Eagles continue to fly and even have a golden ticket to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship?
The bell rings and both men rush in! They DOUBLE BOOT, then DOUBLE BOOT! Eagles kicks, Wato KICKS. Eagles forearms, Wato forearms. Eagles and Wato go back to KICKS, then back to forearms, then Wato sobats. Eagles sobats! Eagles runs but into a back elbow! Wato runs, but he senses Eagles following! Wato hurdles, to back elbow, uppercut and SOBAT! Fans fire up, Wato gets Eagles hooked up, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, into a BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Eagles flails and kicks around, to the ROPEBREAK! Wato lets go and fans rally up. Wato stomps Eagles, brings him up and KICKS him in the chest!
Eagles goes to a corner, but Wato knees him low. Wato whips corner to corner, Eagles slips free to mule kick. Wato CLUBS Eagles to the corner, KICKS him then CHOPS him! Fans rally and Wato ROCKS Eagles. Wato whips corner to corner, runs in, but Eagles puts him on the apron. Wato ROCKS Eagles first, then springboards, but Eagles gets under the uppercut. Eagles knees Wato now, and KICKS him down! Fans fire up and rally, and Eagles brings Wato up. Eagles snapmares Wato, runs, and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Eagles eggs Wato on, then brings Wato up. Eagles CHOPS Wato and Wato leans against ropes!
Fans rally and Eagles says one more. Eagles CHOPS Wato again and Wato flops. Eagles shakes out his hand, then he brings Wato up. Wato throws body shots, then forearms! Eagles kicks low, then KICKS Wato in the chest, and again, and again! Wato wobbles, Eagles runs, but Wato blocks the leg lariat! Eagles kicks low again, whips, but Wato reverses to tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Wato runs in to rally with elbows and a BOOT! Wato brings Eagles around, whips him to ropes, and dropkicks him out! Fans fire up while Wato builds sped, TORNILLO! Direct hit but Wato tumbles to the feet of the fans!
Fans fire up more and Wato gets himself back up. Wato roars and fans fire up more. Wato drags Eagles up, puts him in, then springboards, FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Wato fires up again. Wato brings Eagles up and around, waistlocks, but Eagles elbows free. Wato spins Eagles to mule kick, front kick, but Eagles blocks the superkick! Eagles spins Wato, ROLLING CHOP BLOCKS, then BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Wato flounders to a corner, Eagles runs in, DOUBLE KNEES! Eagles rolls back and comes back, METEORA! Fans fire up and Eagles drags Wato to a cover, TWO! Eagles is a bit surprised but the fans rally up again.
Eagles drags Wato to a drop zone, goes to the corner and catches his breath. Eagles hops out then climbs up, 450 but he blocks Wato’s knees! Eagles steps through, but Wato CRADLES! TWO!! Wato rushes in but into a schoolboy with bridge! TWO, and Eagles KICKS the leg! Eagles runs, into a dropkick! Fans rally while Eagles ends up on the apron. Wato gets up, runs in, but into a GAMANGIRI! Eagles springboards to dropkick the legs out! Eagles steps through, Wato ROUNDHOUSES from the mat! Fans are thunderous while both men are down! Eagles and Wato slowly rise, and they crawl to each other.
Wato throws a forearm, but Eagles hits back. Wato wobbles but he forearms again. Eagles gives the forearm back, but Wato gives another. Wato throws more forearms as Eagles eggs him on, then Eagles ROCKS Wato with one shot! Wato fires another forearm but so does Eagles. Now Wato eggs Eagles on, so Eagles throws more shots. Wato blocks the chop to give a CHOP! Wato fires off forearms again, then a knee! And another knee! Eagles wobbles, but he ducks the roundhouse to sweep the legs! RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Fans fire up as Wato endures! Wato reaches out, grabs at the ref, but he refuses to quit!
Wato crawls, Eagles puts on more pressure, but that only motivates Wato more! ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go, fans rally again and Eagles drops knees on the leg! Eagles rolls Wato, gets him up and tucked in, but Wato fights the backpack with elbows! Wato waistlocks, Eagles mule kicks the leg but Wato holds on. Wato ducks Eagles’ back elbow and lets him spin all the way around, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and fans are thunderous while both men are down! Wato hurries to the apron, then up the corner. But Eagles hurries and ROCKS Wato first! Eagles then CHOPS Wato, and climbs up after him.
Wato throws body shots and shoves Eagles away! Eagles lands on his feet, but Wato BOOTS him! Eagles Tiger Feints Wato off the corner! Fans rally and Eagles gets them clapping even faster! Eagles builds speed and DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Wato hurries back in and he gets Eagles back up. Wato scoops but Eagles slips out to ROUNDHOUSE! SUPERKICK! PELE! Wato wobbles, Eagles fires up and SHIRANUI- NO, Wato slips out and elbows Eagles away! Wato fires up and ROUND- NO! Eagles blocks, fires off strikes, TURBO- NO! Wato slips out, tilt-o-whirls and PRAWN HOLDS! WATO WINS!!
Winner: Master Wato, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Eagles earns 0)
The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion shoots down the sniper! No golden ticket for Eagles, will he just have to focus on the tournament? As for Wato, will he ride this wave all the way to the top?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!
The Ticking Timebomb is still unbeaten this year, and the Heel Master is still winless! Will all that change with a shot of whiskey? Or will Kanemaru not be so lucky in round four?
Hiromu comes out and looks to be in shock at seeing Kanemaru’s shaved face. Also, he misplaced his notepad. Thankfully, a Young Lion brings it out to him. Hiromu compares the picture he has and the man he sees in the ring. Well, Hiromu is convinced this is still Kanemaru, so he hops up onto the apron, only for Kanemaru to dropkick him down! Kanemaru stomps Hiromu, the ref reprimands, but Kanemaru brings Hiromu up to smack off the apron! Kanemaru brings Hiromu around the way to bump Hiromu off more apron, then he puts Hiromu in. The bell rings and Kanemaru stomps Hiromu on the record!
Kanemaru drags Hiromu up, whips him to ropes, but Hiromu avoids the basement dropkick to SUPERKICK! Hiromu gets his jacket off, fireman’s carries and CORNER DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS! Hiromu fires up, fireman’s carry, and he swings Kanemaru around, but Kanemaru counters with a victory roll! TWO!! Hiromu escapes and fans fire up! Hiromu hurries but Kanemaru BOOTS him! Hiromu superkicks but Kanemaru blocks that to dropkick the leg out! Kanemaru goes to a corner and aims while Hiromu staggers. Kanemaru runs in to dropkick the leg! Fans fire up, Kanemaru gets the leg, SHINBREAKER!
Kanemaru steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Hiromu endures, fans fire up, and Hiromu drags himself and Kanemaru along. Hiromu reaches out, but Kanemaru puts more pressure on the hold! Fans rally up for “HI-RO-MU!” and he powers through to get the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kanemaru holds on but the figure four is undone. Kanemaru brings Hiromu over to the corner and he SLAMS the leg against the apron! Then he bends the legs against the post! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru lets off, but then Kanemaru throws his whiskey into the ring. The ref goes to get that but Kanemaru gets a chair! Kanemaru SMACKS the leg while it’s against the post!
Hiromu flops down and clutches his leg, but Kanemaru gets it to SMASH it on the floor! And then again! Hiromu flounders and the ref reprimands but Kanemaru brings out another chair! Kanemaru sits this chair up, and takes a seat while he throws the beat up chair into the ring. The ref goes to fetch that now, and Kanemaru drags Hiromu up for a CHAIR SHIN BREAKER! Hiromu writhes while fans applaud the savage creativity from Kanemaru. Kanemaru stomps Hiromu while the ring count starts. Kanemaru hauls Hiromu up and TOSSES him into the metal barriers! Kanemaru then leaves Hiromu behind and stands by the ring.
Hiromu flounders up at 15, hobbles over at 17, but Kanemaru slings a chair at him! Hiromu manages to avoid it but the count is still going! Hiromu gets in at 19.9!! Fans are thunderous but Kanemaru is furious! Kanemaru stomps Hiromu’s legs but fans still rally. Kanemaru drags Hiromu up, whips him corner to corner, but Hiromu can’t make it on the bad leg. Kanemaru dropkicks the leg out! Hiromu writhes but Kanemaru drags Hiromu back into the FIGURE FOUR!! Fans are thunderous while Hiromu endures! Hiromu tries to pry the hold open but Kanemaru adds more pressure! Hiromu reaches out again, crawls over, but Kanemaru drags him back!
Kanemaru puts as much as he can on the hold, but Hiromu works to turn it! But Kanemaru turns it back! Hiromu endures, flails, reaches out, drags Kanemaru along, but Kanemaru drags him back again! Kanemaru thrashes about and even bridges up! HIROMU TAPS, KANEMARU WINS!!
Winner: Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by submission (gains 2 points; Hiromu earns 0)
The Timebomb self-destructs! He poked fun at the Heel Master, and now he’s had his first loss! Is his threepeat derailed? Or can he recover from this in round five? As for Kanemaru, will he be toasting his success tonight?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Taiji Ishimori VS SHO!
The Bone Soldier is the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, the Murder Machine is NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champion, but they’re both in Bullet Club! But will Taiji show that the House of Torture doesn’t measure up to Bullet Club prime? Or will Sho shock Taiji and get that golden shortcut?
Because it’s Bullet Club VS Bullet Club, Sho actually behaves himself and lets Taiji make his entrance. Fans rally, “BUL-LET CLUB!” and Taiji realizes Sho’s haircut is very similar to his. Sho says it was “inspired” by Taiji’s, and then Sho throws up the Too Sweet. Fans rally up for that as the bell rings, and Taiji accepts. But then Taiji stops the eye poke, to poke Sho’s eyes! Taiji bops Sho in the head with the Too Sweet, then pokes him in the eyes again! Sho complains but he was going to do it first, and then Taiji bops him again! Sho bails out, Taiji follows and ROCKS him with a haymaker. Taiji then brings Sho around with a headlock, to smack him off the timekeeper’s table!
Sho complains again and Taiji leaves him behind. Taiji undoes his corner’s buckle pad, it’s the Bullet Club Special, Red Edition! The ref checks Sho’s eyes and says he’s fine, but Sho says he’s not fine! Sho gets in the ring anyway, and he wants Taiji to show mercy. Taiji CLUBS him down instead, and has him in the corner. Taiji rakes the eyes now! The ref counts, Taiji lets off at 4, and he stomps Sho. Taiji brings Sho up, wrenches and whips corner to corner, but Sho reverses! Taiji hits the bare steel and fans rally up! Sho throws up the Too Sweet to dig it into Taiji’s face! The ref counts, Sho stops at 4 and says it’s only fair!
Taiji bails out, Sho goes out after him and digs the Too Sweet into Taiji’s face again! Taiji swings blindly and Sho laughs at him. Sho hauls Taiji up, smacks Taiji off the timekeeper’s desk, and fans rally up. Sho gets the crossbar cover, and he uses it to CHOKE Taiji! The ref counts but Sho stops right away to let the ref have the cover. But that’s because Sho wants the bell hammer! The ref is busy with the cover and Sho hammers Taiji! And again! And again! The ref finally sees that and Sho gives the hammer back, blaming Abe-san. Abe says Sho did all this himself! Fans rally as Sho goes into the ring and Taiji slowly gets up.
The ring count starts, Taiji crawls at 4 of 20, gets to his feet at 10, and he snarls as he gets up and has Sho back off. Taiji gets in at 15, but then slides out as Sho rushes in. The count pauses and Taiji takes advantage of that. Taiji slowly gets back in, and Sho lets Taiji get up. But then Sho rakes Taiji’s eyes! Sho puts Taiji in the corner, digs his boots in, and lets off at 4. Sho knuckle locks and wrenches Taiji’s wrist, then drags him down for the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Taiji endures, fans rally up, but Sho BITES Taiji’s wrist! Taiji reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Sho lets off as the ref counts, and fans rally up again.
Sho looms over Taiji, brings him up, and has the knuckle lock again. Sho twists the wrist, wrenches and ELBOW BREAKERS, then wrenches to another ELBOW BREAKER! Taiji claws Sho’s eyes! The ref counts and Taiji lets off. Sho scrambles to a corner, Taiji runs in but Sho dodges! Taiji hits buckles, Sho runs back in but Taiji BOOTS him! Sho tries again, but Taiji headscissors to ax kick! Sho gets mad and runs back in again, but into a BUCKLE SHOT! Fans rally up and Taiji shakes out the bad arm. Taiji drags Sho up, wrenches the arm and hammerlocks, to RAM Sho into the bare steel! Now the Bullet Club Special helps Taiji!
Sho writhes, Taiji drags him up and hammerlocks again, to half nelson and scoop, for the SHOULDER BREAKER! Sho clutches his shoulder and fans rally up again. Taiji goes to a corner, takes aim and runs in, to tilt-o-whirl, but Sho shoves him at the ref! Taiji stops himself, and shoves the ref at Sho! Taiji runs but Sho shoves the ref at him! Sho runs and SPEARS Taiji down! Fans fire up while both men are down, and the fans rally up as they both stir. Sho gets up, he drags Taiji up and has the knuckle lock again. Sho wrenches, whips, and Taiji hits bare steel again! This Bullet Club Special might not be worth it!
Fans rally up, Sho knuckle locks and wrenches yet again, to then bring Taiji down for a kick, KICK and SUPERKICK! Fans fire up and Sho takes aim with his bow. Sho drags Taiji up, reels him in and tucks the arms for SHOCK- NO! Taiji slips out, reels Sho in, BLOODY- NO! Sho fights free, so Taiji pokes him in the eye! Taiji whips but Sho drags the ref down! Sho then reverses the whip but Taiji handsprings, NEURALIZER! Sho and Taiji are down but so is the ref, and the fans fire up! Taiji crawls for his corner to grab the title belt! Taiji looks to beat Sho at his own game! Sho gets up, Taiji aims, but he just smacks the belt?
Taiji tosses the belt to Sho, Taiji’s pulling an Eddie Guerrero! Sho says he didn’t do it and the belt is confiscated, Taiji rolls Sho up! TWO, but Taiji cradles, TWO!! Taiji gets to the corner, Sho runs in, but Taiji goes up and over and rolls Sho up! Feet on the ropes! But he goes too high, the ref sees Taiji’s feet! The ref kicks Taiji’s feet off the ropes! Taiji argues with the ref and fans are thunderous, Sho rolls Taiji up, with tights! TWO!! Taiji swings, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Sho gets around to his corner. Sho wants to use his NEVER Openweight Six Man belt? The ref sees that right away and stops Sho!
Sho and the ref fight over the belt, so Sho shoves the ref down. Because he just gets his wrench! But Taiji BOOTS the wrench away! Fans fire up, and Taiji takes the wrench now! Taiji swings it around and Sho shouts to give it back. Taiji does, and Sho says he’s a sucker, but then Taiji pulls another Eddie Guerrero! The ref sees Sho with the wrench, and again Sho has to defend his (partial) innocence! They fight over the wrench, the ref takes it away, and Sho turns around into a BELT SHOT!! Taiji puts his belt back, covers Sho, and wins!!
Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Sho earns 0)
So much for a clean fight between stablemates! But what else would you expect from Bullet Club? The Bone Soldier stands alone at 4-0 in A Block, will he be a shoe-in for the finals? Will Sho be able to rebound in the next round?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: El Desperado VS EL LINDAMAN!
The Rogue Luchador has been namedropping “Lind-chan” and preparing for this moment. But will he be able to conquer the G-Rex Champion? Or will this be a GLEAT triumph for LindaMAN?
Desperado takes a bow, and Lindaman dropkicks him out of the ring! Lindaman then builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Desperado! The fans rally as the bell rings and this gets on record! Lindaman is fired up and he brings Desperado up and into the ring. Lindaman fires the fans back up as he climbs the corner. Lindaman leaps to missile dropkick! Desperado flounders to the far side, Lindaman covers, TWO! Fans rally, “LIN-DA-MAN!” and he CLUBS Desperado at the ropes. Lindaman kicks Desperado, bumps him off buckles, then sits Desperado down to dig his boot in. Red Shoes counts and Lindaman counts along, and stops at 4.
Fans applaud and Lindaman digs his boot back in. Lindaman scrapes Desperado, fires off elbows, then sits Desperado back down to dig his boot in again! Red Shoes reprimands but Lindman pretends he can’t hear. Desperado complains while the boot is in his face, and then Red Shoes counts. Lindaman counts along again, and lets off at 4 again. Lindaman tells Red Shoes it was 4 with a clean break, it’s all good. Red Shoes agrees and fans fire up again. Lindaman eggs Desperado on, and Desperado CHOPS! Lindaman shrugs that off to CHOP, but Desperado CHOPS back! Lindaman fires forearms, but Desperado rakes eyes!
Red Shoes reprimands, Desperado whips, but Lindaman ducks and CLOBBERS Desperado with an elbow! Fans fire up and rally while Lindaman checks his face. Desperado gets to a corner, Lindaman runs corner to corner, but Desperado BOOTS him! Lidnaman comes back, FLYING ARMBAR! Desperado clasps hands and scrambles around but Lindaman gets the grip to break! ARMBAR, but Desperado scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Lindaman lets off and Desperado bails out. Fans rally up fast for “LIN-DA-MAN!” as he counts his own ring count. Red Shoes starts his count, and Desperado gets up at 4 of 20.
Lindaman waits and Desperado stands at 9, and slides in the ring at 10. Lindaman gets the arm, CLUBS it, lifts Desperado, but Desperado rakes eyes! Lindaman throws a knee, whips, but Desperado reverses to SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down. Desperado gets up, he waits on Lindaman, and then runs in, but is put on the apron! Lindaman rushes in, but Desperado drops down to trip him and drag him out. Desperado DECKS Lindaman, then brings him up to bump off the apron. Lindaman ROCKS Desperado back, then fires off more forearms! They brawl right by commentary, Lindaman gets the edge!
Lindaman smacks Desperado off the apron, then again, and again! Fans fire up with Lindaman, and he rushes back in, but Desperado gives him an APRON FLAPJACK! Desperado then gets in the ring, builds speed, SOMERSAULT TOPE! Direct hit on Lindaman, and they tumble into the front row! Young Lions manage to soften the impact, and the fans say they’re alright. Desperado pats them as apology, and then he fires back up. Desperado drags Lindaman up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up. Desperado gets in and brings Lindaman up. He gut wrenches, but Lindaman blocks Guitarra!
Lindaman slips free, Desperado ROCKS him with a forearm, but Lindaman ROCKS Desperado back. Desperado ROCKS Lindaman, Lindaman ROCKS Desperado! Fans rally up as the two go forehead to forehead, egging each other on! Desperado fires off forearm after forearm, but so does Lindaman! They clinch, throw more forearms, then Lindaman KICKS Desperado’s arm! Lindaman swings, but Desperado blocks and spins Lindaman around to GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and rally more as Desperado drags Lindaman from ropes. Desperado SPLASHES the leg, drops knees on it, then GROUND DRAGON SCREWS!
Desperado gets the leg, STRETCH MUFFLER! Desperado thrashes around but Lindaman fights with the free leg. Desperado STOMPS the bad leg, then gets Lindaman up for a SHINBREAKER! Lindaman hobbles away, Desperado runs corner to corner, but into a clinch! BUCKLE EXPLODER! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Lindaman gets himself to ropes and says this is a lot of fun! And of course, he has more to give! He tells Korakuen Hall to fire up, and they rally behind him. Lindaman gets Desperado up top, climbs up after him, but Desperado thrwos body shots! Lindaman rakes eyes!
Lindaman says here we go! Lindaman CLUBS away on Desperado over and over, but Desperado HEADBUTTS Lindaman down! But Lindaman springs right up top! FLYING ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!! Desperado flails, clasps hands, but Lindaman clubs the grip apart! ARMBAR!!! Desperado flails, reaches out, ROPEBREAK!! Lindaman lets go, and fans are thunderous as Desperado writhes and gets away. Lindaman watches Desperado flounder, and he hobbles over. Lindaman brings Desperado up, wrenches, lifts, KUMAGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives and fans fire up again!
Lindaman grits his teeth and he waits on Desperado. Desperado drags himself to ropes but Lindaman hurries to waistlock! Lindaman deadlifts, Desperado fights the German to victory roll, and STRETCH MUFFLER!! Lindaman endures as Desperado bends that leg and thrashes it around! Lindaman crawls forward, but Desperado drags him away! NUMERO DOS!! Lindaman endures again, fans rally harder than ever, and Lindaman uses his one free arm to reach out. But Desperado thrashes the hold more! Lindaman still gets the ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go in frustration and fans rally as he roars!
Desperado drags Lindaman up, reels him in, hooks the arms, but Lindaman slips out. Desperado reels him in for an OLYMPIC SLAM! High stack, TWO! Desperado drags Lindaman back up, reels him back in, underhooks, but Lindaman fights Pinche Loco! Lindaman manages to back drop Desperado! Fans are thunderous, Desperado rushes in but into an elbow! FOREARM! DISCUS! Desperado goes down in a heap and Lindaman grits his teeth. Lindaman fires up, he waistlocks and deadlifts again, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!?! Lindaman can’t believe it but Desperado escapes! But Lindaman vows to end it here!
Lindaman drags Desperado back up, chicken wings the arms but Desperado fights for the ropes! ROPEBREAK by a chin, but Lindaman drags him away! TIGER- NO! Mule kick! Lindaman elbows, spins, but into a HARD elbow from Desperado! Desperado hauls Lindaman up, PINCHE- NO! Lindaman fights it off, gets around to backslide, but Desperado rolls through! Desperado underhooks, PINCHE- NO! Lindaman fights free again, gets around, SNAP DRAGON!! Then the chicken wings, TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, LINDAMAN WINS!!
Winner: Lindaman, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Desperado earns 0)
The Rogue Luchador’s first loss in the block, and it’s to “Lind-chan!” Desperado is no longer the top of the block, is his comeback done for already?
As for Lindaman, he gets the mic and triumphantly says, “Lindaman won!” It’s been a long road since Janaury 4th, Tokyo Dome. Oi, Desperado. … Scram, loser! Listen up. You guys know the main event winner gest the honor of closing out the show! As soon as he called me out and I made this Super Junior, I was ready to surpass him. He’s not still here, is he? But as embarrassing as it is to admit it, I’m only here because Desperado called me out. Thank you so much.” Fans applaud that Lindaman was willing to admit that. Lindaman admits it is embarrassing being so open in front of everyone. But besides that, he is thrilled to see this is a packed house tonight.
“And we’re on NJPW World, right? Which camera is it? Okay. NJPW World is making this Korakuen Hall Super Juniors show available for free! That means that more than just the usual NJPW fans are watching, too, right? The free stream is just for today, but how about this Super Juniors? If you know what’s good for you, you’ll sign up now, morons!” Fans applaud, they don’t disagree with that. But GLEAT fans watching NJPW? NJPW fans watching other promotions? It’s all good to Lindaman. Everyone can join in the fun on NJPW World. No passports or Schengen Agreement needed, pro-wrestling fans are free to roam! If you don’t know what the Schengen Agreement is, you’re an idiot!
But what did we all learn today? That Lindaman will be the star of this Super Juniors! And again, the winner closes the show, so how about he does this in GLEAT style? Fans like the sound of that. Lindaman will make it simple, then. He yells out, “Let’s GLEAT” and everyone pumps their fists. Easy, right? Okay, get ready! All good? Ready for a GLEAT finale? He wants to make sure he hears those at home! Did they enjoy today? Okay then, this is the practice run. The real finale is on June 3rd, in Nippon Budokan. He wants to hear everyone! Here goes! “LET’S GLEAT!” Everyone pumps their fist into the air, and the G-Rex Champion is leading B Block into the next round. Will he make the Best of the Super Juniors GLEAT all the way to the end?
Here are the new standings in A Block!
Taiji Ishimori: 4-0, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-1, 6 points
Ace Austin: 3-1, 6 points
Alex Zayne: 3-1, 6 points
YOH: 2-2, 4 points
Francesco Akira: 1-3, 2 points
SHO: 1-3, 2 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 1-3, 2 points
Clark Connors: 1-3, 2 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-3, 2 points
Here are the new standings for B Block!
El Lindaman: 3-1, 6 points
El Desperado: 3-1, 6 points
El Phantasmo: 3-1, 6 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-2, 4 points
Wheeler Yuta: 2-2, 4 points
Bushi: 2-2, 4 points
Douki: 2-2, 4 points
Master Wato: 1-3, 2 points
Titan: 1-3, 2 points
TJP: 1-3, 2 points
Yes, this was a GLEAT round and event for the Best of the Super Juniors. But wow, both blocks, all ten matches, all on one card! I know this published real late but I had to carve out quite a bit of time to get this done, so who knows how this will go tomorrow and Thursday. But it was also worth it, because every match brought the absolute best possible out of everyone. There are no more winless entries, but there is only ONE undefeated and that is Taiji Ishimori. That makes a lot of sense with him being THE IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, and while not the best match of the card, Taiji VS Sho was a lot of fun because of the shenanigans.
Zayne VS Akira was an awesome opener, and this tournament is really showing the world how great Zayne is and how dumb it was for WWE to cut him. Titan VS TJP was great, and I really liked Titan’s entrance gear. His mask was really cool looking, it was like a fusion of the NJPW lion logo and the Mexican flag, and it was really cool that Titan won. That win brought TJP down to the bottom of the block since they’re both 1-3 and Titan has the tiebreaker win, and that is huge. Great comedy mixed with seriousness in Taguchi VS Connors, great win for Yuta to rebound, great win for Ace Austin to stay near the top of the block, and what a great surprise with Douki getting one over on ELP.
Wato VS Eagles was also great, and a great first win in the block for Wato. Great comedy to start Hiromu VS Kanemaru because of Kanemaru shaving, and then it was wild for Kanemaru to just take the fight to Hiromu and his leg. Kanemaru winning by submission was quite the surprise, that win helps Taiji stand alone as the only undefeated entry left, but I believe Kanemaru VS Taiji is next round so that should be pretty wild. At the same time, it was only a matter of time before Hiromu’s first loss in this, it adds some drama to his threepeat story.
And that main event was awesome stuff, Lindaman continues to be a house of fire and he has such great charisma. It was a great move for him to win, it adds drama to Desperado’s comeback and it’s a great way for NJPW to work with GLEAT. Lindaman has a great closing promo to further the crossover deals with NJPW, GLEAT and other promotions, I can’t wait to see how far Lindaman goes.
My Score: 9.1/10
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.
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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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