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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/28/22)

BOSJ, round seven!

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NJPW BOSJ 29

Who gets lucky? And whose luck runs out?

NJPW enters the Best of the Super Junior’s home stretch now! Will Ace Austin still lead A Block? Will B Block’s traffic jam clear up?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Francesco Akira; Akira wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Titan VS BUSHI; Titan wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS YOH; Taguchi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS SHO; Sho wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS Wheeler Yuta; Yuta wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: TJP VS El Phantasmo; ELP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS EL LINDAMAN; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Alex Zayne; Hiromu wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: El Desperado VS DOUKI; Desperado wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings in A Block!

Ace Austin: 5-1, 10 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
Alex Zayne: 4-2, 8 points
YOH: 3-3, 6 points
SHO: 3-3, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-3, 6 points
Clark Connors: 3-3, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-4, 4 points
Francesco Akira: 2-4, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-5, 2 points

 

Here are the current standings for B Block!

El Desperado: 4-2, 8 points
El Phantasmo: 4-2, 8 points
El Lindaman: 4-2, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 3-3, 6 points
Wheeler Yuta: 3-3, 6 points
TJP: 3-3, 6 points
Douki: 3-3, 6 points
Bushi: 3-3, 6 points
Master Wato: 2-4, 4 points
Titan: 1-5, 2 points

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Francesco Akira!

Two men on the backend meet, but the Heel Master fell to the Wild Rhino while Bruciare burned Direct Drive. Will Kanemaru wash Akira out with whiskey? Or will Kanemaru get himself a taste of Fireball?

As soon as Kanemaru throws off his shirt, he rushes Akira! Kanemaru kicks, CLUBS and CLUBS and CLUBS Akira, then stomps him down! The bell rings, Kanemaru stomps Akira to the corner, then whips him to ropes. Akira dodges, tilt-o-whirls and headscissors! Fans fire up and Akira goes to the corner to TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICK Kanemaru down! Fans fire up with “A! KI-RA! A! KI-RA!” and Akira builds speed. Kanemaru gets back in and dropkicks the legs out! Fans rally, Kanemaru gets Akira’s leg and SMASHES it on the mat! Kanemaru gets Akira up and gets the leg for a SHINBREAKER!

Akira writhes and fans applaud as Kanemaru storms up on him. Kanemaru stands on Akira’s leg at the ropes but the ref reprimands and counts. Kanemaru lets off at 4, and he laughs at Akira as he brings him up. Akira hits back with a forearm but Kanemaru kicks his leg out! Kanemaru YANKS the leg, then drags Akira around to drop an elbow on the knee. And another! And then the toehold! Akira endures, fans rally, but Kanemaru cranks the hold. Akira reaches out, drags Kanemaru along, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud and Kanemaru lets off, but he drags Akira away to stomp the leg! Kanemaru then brings Akira up, but Akira throws a right!

Akira hobbles on the one leg, CHOPS, but Kanemaru kicks the leg out! Kanemaru whips, then dropkicks the leg again! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Kanemaru drags Akira by his bad leg again, and SMASHES the knee into the mat! Akira writhes and grits his teeth, and he manages to make it to ropes. Kanemaru kicks the leg again, stalks Akira to a corner, but Akira throws body shots. Kanemaru digs his boot into knee, Akira grabs at Kanemaru’s hair but Kanemaru rakes Akira’s eyes! Kanemaru then puts Akira’s bad leg on the ropes and pulls! The ref reprimands and counts, Akira throws forearms, but Kanemaru dropkicks the leg!

Fans rally as Akira gets his leg free, but Kanemaru goes outside and drags Akira into the corner. Kanemaru SLAMS the bad leg on the apron! Then Kanemaru ties the legs up against the post! Akira grabs at Kanemaru’s hair, the ref counts, and Kanemaru lets go. Akira crawls away from the corner but Kanemaru stomps the leg. Akira eggs Kanemaru on? Kanemaru keeps stomping, then he dropkicks the leg again! Kanemaru drags Akira around and digs his knees into the knee! Kanemaru has another toehold but Akira kicks with his free leg! Akira gets free, scrambles and kicks again, but Kanemaru catches the good leg to stomp the bad leg!

Kanemaru drags Akira up, reels him in, but Akira fights the shinbreaker with elbows! Kanemaru lets go but he kicks the leg, then tries again. Akira sunset flips through, TWO! Kanemaru kicks low, runs, but Akira manages to follow, wheelbarrow, and victory roll, STOMP 182! Both men are down and fans rally up! Akira gets up, hobbles and is in the corner. But he manages to run corner to corner to clothesline! Akira tries keep moving but the bad leg won’t let him. Akira reels Kanemaru in but Kanemaru blocks the suplex. Kanemaru CLUBS the bad leg, then suplexes Akira. Akira fights that, and manages a GOURD BUSTER!

Fans fire up as Akira gets back up and BUZZSAWS Kanemaru down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for “A! KI-RA!” as Akira brings Kanemaru back up. SPEED- NO, Kanemaru slips out! But Akira ducks the enziguri! Akira waistlocks but Kanemaru switches. Akira elbows back and runs, but into another dropkick to his leg! Akira clutches the knee, Kanemaru steps through, but Akira kicks him away. Kanemaru comes back to basement dropkick Akira in the head! Then he gets the leg for a HALF CRAB! Akira endures, crawls and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru hurries to get Akira up, scoop and BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO!

Kanemaru is annoyed but he goes to the corner. Akira manages to get up and ROCK Kanemaru first! Akira climbs up on the good leg, but Kanemaru rakes his eyes! Kanemaru leaps, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up, Akira gets Kanemaru up, chicken wings and pop-up, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO! The bad leg may have held that bridge back, but fans fire up for “A! KI-RA!” But Kanemaru ducks the Fireball to crucifix pin! TWO, and Kanemaru trips Akira to a jackknife! TWO! Kanemaru shoots into somersault clutch, TWO! ROUNDHOUSE from Akira! Fans fire up and Akira hurries to get Kanemaru back up!

Akira reels Kanemaru in, SPEEDFIRE! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru survives and fans fire up as Akira goes to the corner. Kanemaru sits up, Akira runs in, FIREBALL!! Cover, Akira wins!

Winner: Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

The Fireball was too strong for Kanemaru, and now this loss is a hard pill to swallow! Will Akira be able to light it up these last few rounds?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS Taiji Ishimori!

Speaking of the Wild Rhino, he’s looking to continue his stampede, but he’s run across the Bone Soldier! Will Connors stay strong outside of Korakuen Hall? Or will THE IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion get back up from being trumped by Ace Austin?

The bell rings and fans applaud as the two stare down. Taiji claims Connors is a Heavyweight, he’s so muscular. Nope, still a Junior Heavyweight. Taiji doesn’t believe him but the fans rally behind Connors as he flexes. Taiji kicks low, whips, but Connors reverses and runs Taiji over! Fans applaud and Connors brings Taiji up to headlock. Taiji throws body shots, powers out, but Connors runs him over again! Connors stalks Taiji to the corner, brings him up and TOSSES him! Taiji gets to the corner but Connors is on him again. Connors climbs up and rains down fists! Fans clap along, Connors throws hands from both sides, then tops it off at 10!

Taiji flounders, Connors aims, AX HANDLE! Down goes Taiji and fans applaud. Connors trophy lifts Taiji, carries Taiji around, but Taiji fights by raking Connors’ eyes! Taiji throws Connors out, goes out after him and ROCKS him with a right hand! Then another! Then Taiji drags Connors up by his hair and POSTS him! Taiji drags Connors around, has the legs, CATAPULT into the post! Fans rally and the ref reprimands, but Taiji goes to undo the blue corner’s buckle pad. The Bullet Club Special is in play! Connors snarls and the ring count starts, and Connors gets in at 5 of 20. Taiji heads over, wrenches the arm and hits an ELBOW BREAKER!

Another ELBOW BREAKER, then another, and Taiji hammerlocks the arm. Taiji RAMS the bad arm into the bare buckles! The ref reprimands and fans rally up as Taiji looms over Connors. Taiji brings Connors up from the ropes to throw more haymakers. He knocks Connors down, then gets the bad arm for a top wristlock. Taiji wrangles Connors to the mat and isolates the arm to STOMP it! Fans rally while Connors writhes, and Taiji grabs at the arm again. Taiji gets a cobra clutch now but Connors throws body shots. Connors is free, but Taiji rakes the eyes! Taiji runs, Connors drops and goes the other way, to POUNCE!

Fans fire up while Connors and Taiji go to corners. Connors runs corner to corner to back elbow! Then he whips Taiji to the other corner and RAMS in! Connors picks Taiji up for a RUNNING BACK DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Connors aims from the corner. Connors aims, runs in, but Taiji sends the spear into the POST! Taiji reels Connors in, hammerlocks and half nelsons, scoop to the SHOULDER BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Connors is still in this and fans rally up. Taiji aims now, he runs in, tilt-o-whirl, but no Mystico! Connors whips, Taiji BOOTS, Connors SPEARS into a takedown! Taiji has the arm, BONE LOCK! But Connors scrambles, ROPEBREAK!

Fans rally and Taiji lets off cleanly, but he grows frustrated. Taiji brings Connors up, gut wrenches, but Connors slips off to waistlock. Taiji throws elbows but Connors still holds on! DEADLIFT GERMAN! Fans fire up, Connors takes aim and he runs in, SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! Taiji survives and Connors can’t believe it! Fans fire up and Connors gets Taiji back up. TROPHY- NO, Taiji slips free! BLOODY- NO, Connors slips free now! Taiji swings, misses, keeps moving, but he runs into a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up with Connors and he roars! Connors drags Taiji back up, reels him back in, TROPHY- NO, Taiji drags Connors down! BONE LOCK!!

Connors endures, fans rally, and Connors crawls forward! Taiji rolls him away, BONE LOCK, but Connors gets to his feet! Taiji trips him and gets the BONE LOCK in deep! Connors taps, Taiji wins!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by submission (gains 2 points; Connors earns 0)

The stampede is over, the Bone Soldier is reborn! But he can’t take the top of the block without some help, will Ace Austin be the one to fold tonight?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Titan VS BUSHI!

The CMLL World Welterweight Champion is stuck behind all of B Block, but he hasn’t given up the fight! Will the Immortal still have life enough to win this deep into the tournament? Or will the Black Mask not have his run spoiled just yet?

Titan stands on a corner and shows off the Mexico flag, and Bushi attacks! Bushi CLUBS and drags Titan down, stomps him, and the bell rings. Bushi uses the flag to choke Titan! The ref counts, Bushi lets go and Titan gets out of the ring. Bushi pursues and CLUBS Titan again. Bushi goes after Titan’s mask! The ref reprimands and stops Bushi, but Bushi puts Titan in the ring. Titan uses that to build speed and DIVE! Direct hit and down goes Bushi! Fans fire up with Titan as he finally gets his jacket off. Titan KICKS Bushi in the side, then drags him up to put in the ring. Titan drags Bushi up, Bow ‘n’ Arrow lift to the AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!

Titan drags Bushi up, wrenches and CHOPS him on the ropes, then whips. Bushi reverses and dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up while both men are down and Titan clutches the knee. Bushi takes off his shirt to use that to choke Titan! The ref reprimands and counts, Bushi lets off and he brings Titan up. Bushi puts Titan up top backwards, then climbs up, to go after the mask! The ref reprimands and counts, but Bushi only lets go with one hand. The ref reprimands, Bushi keeps trying, and the mask almost comes off! Titan gets it back on but Bushi CLUBS him down! Titan is in the Tree of Woe, Bushi stomps him!

Titan falls out of the Tree, and Bushi brings Titan up by his mask to snapmare and wrap on a headscissor. Titan endures, fans rally up, and Titan reaches out to get the ROPEBREAK! Bushi holds on, thrashes around, but lets off at 4. Fans rally while Bushi taunts Titan. Bushi drags Titan back in, stomps him, and he drags Titan up to hang out to dry! Bushi CLUBS Titan, goes to the corner and jumps, but Titan avoids the dropkick! Titan goes Matrix on the apron to avoid the haymaker, then he GAMANGIRIS Bushi away! Titan then springboards to missile dropkick! Fans fire up, Bushi bails out, and Titan builds speed! Titan FLIES! Direct hit and fans fire up again!

Fans rally up and Titan brings Bushi up. Titan puts Bushi in, aims from a corner, and runs in, SUPERKICK! But Titan doesn’t cover, he brings Bushi back up in a dragon sleeper, inverted suplex, BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi is still in this but fans rally again. Fans rally, Titan gets Bushi back up, but Bushi CHOPS! Titan CHOPS back! Bushi CHOPS again, but Titan CHOPS back! Bushi CHOPS, Titan fires off palm strikes! Titan back hands, ROUNDHOUSES and SOBATS! Titan fires up, runs, but Bushi ROCKS him with a right! Bushi runs, into a SUPERKICK! Titan runs, into a back drop! But he kips up to PELE!

Fans fire up and Titan aims from the corner! Bushi stands, Titan runs in, but Bushi spins him around for a DDT! Fans fire up again while both men are down, then rallies up as they stir. They crawl to each other, and Bushi throws a forearm! Titan throws it back, and they brawl as they stand up! Fans rally, Bushi gets the edge and runs, but into a clothesline at the ropes! Titan runs, Bushi DROPKICKS Titan at the ropes! Bushi roars, gets Titan up, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! Titan is still in this but fans rally again. Titan and Bushi go to opposite corners, Bushi runs in, CODE- NO! Titan throws Bushi around into a fireman’s carry!

But Bushi slips off! Titan switches, Bushi throws elbows. Titan fires off more palm strikes and some swift kicks! SOBAT, but Bushi ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Bushi gets Titan up, runs, but Titan goes to ropes to TORNADO DDT! Titan hurries to get Bushi up and reel him in! Canadian Rack, SPINNING BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives and Titan goes to the apron! Titan throws off his armbands, fires up, and the fans fire up with him! SPRINGBOARD DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TITAN WINS!

Winner: Titan, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Bushi earns 0)

In a battle of masks, Titan is victorious! Has the Immortal killed Bushi’s chances? Will he be able to do the same to as he closes out his run?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS YOH!

The Funky Weapon hasn’t had the best of luck in this tournament, but he can still be a spoiler? Or will Direct Drive get back in gear in the homestretch?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two slowly circle. Taguchi pats his sides along with the “TA-GU-CHI!” “Y O H!” Yoh and Taguchi feel out the grapple, Taguchi gets a leg but Yoh holds it off and floats to a waistlock. Taguchi drop toeholds and floats to a facelock but Yoh slips out to get the arm. Taguchi trips Yoh to have a toehold, Yoh uses his free leg to go for an armbar but Taguchi rolls Yoh up. TWO, and fans cheer as the two separate. Yoh and Taguchi reset, tie up, and Taguchi headlocks. Taguchi grinds Yoh down, but Yoh pulls hair. The ref reprimands, and Taguchi fires point-blank hip attacks on Yoh!

Taguchi runs, but Yoh drops, sidesteps, but Taguchi holds ropes to stop himself. Yoh avoids Taguchi with a handspring! Yoh swings but Taguchi manages to go Matrix! Taguchi kicks low, runs and manages a SCISSOR KICK! Fans applaud Taguchi busting out some new stuff, and Taguchi stands Yoh up for a big wind-up and leg sweep! Taguchi stomps to rally the fans and he runs, but Yoh drop toeholds and basement dropkicks the butt! Fans cheer and Taguchi holds his hips. Taguchi sits up and Yoh brings him up as fans rally. Yoh CLUBS Taguchi, turns him, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Yoh keeps cool, he stomps Taguchi around, then brings him up. Taguchi throws body shots, CHOPS, then kicks low. Taguchi whips, Yoh reverses but Yoh dodges the hip attack! Taguchi crashes, Yoh covers, TWO! Taguchi gets up but clutches his butt. Yoh cravats to snapmare, and he has the arms for a motorcycle stretch! Taguchi endures, fights up, and fans rally as he tries to turn it on Yoh. Yoh keeps Taguchi back, but Taguchi fights through! Taguchi turns it around, but Yoh turns it right back! Taguchi gives hip bumps! Yoh lets him go, but he comes back to kick. Taguchi blocks to DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally while Yoh clutches his leg.

Taguchi brings Yoh up, whips him to the corner, then handsprings to HIP ATTACK?! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!” BUM- ROLL-UP! TWO, but Yoh goes for the KNEEBAR! Taguchi kicks around, gets Yoh’s leg, OH MY GARFUNKLE! Yoh fights up, gets Taguchi’s leg back, KNEEBAR! Taguchi endures, grabs at Yoh’s arms and fans rally up as they struggle! Taguchi crawls for ropes but Yoh drags him away! Taguchi enziguris but Yoh ducks it! Yoh waistlocks, drags Taguchi up and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Yoh holds on, GERMAN SUPLEX!

Yoh still holds on, but Taguchi fights the hat trick with elbows! Taguchi runs, HIP- ATOMIC DROP! Yoh O’Conner Rolls, but into a body scissor clutch! TWO!! Yoh gets a cradle, TWO! Taguchi hurries up, Yoh sunset flips but Taguchi brings down the tights, VOLT GREEN! Cover, TWO! Yoh sunset flips, TWO! Taguchi sits again, TWO! Yoh sunset, TWO! Taguchi, TWO! Yoh, TWO!!! Fans fire up, Taguchi dodges Yoh, but Yoh sidesteps a la Taguchi! Taguchi whips, he gives the side steps, to a RANA! Cover, Taguchi wins!!

Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yoh earns 0)

Yoh can’t believe he got caught! Is he stalling out in the homestretch? As for Taguchi, can he continue to shock us all in these final rounds?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS SHO!

The Impact X-Division Champion leads the block at 5-1 after defeating Taiji Ishimori! But can he keep the momentum going? Or will the Murder Machine rob The Inevitable like he has his other opponents?

Sho promises he’ll behave as Austin makes his entrance. But when Austin springs out his magic cane, Sho snatches it and uses it to BOP Austin! The ref reprimands and takes the stick, then rings the bell. Sho storms up to stomp Austin, drags him up then throws him out. Sho goes out and gets a chair! The ref reprimands, but Sho headlocks Austin and brings him to the big opening in the corner of the arena. Austin throws body shots then forearms! Then some kicks! Sho falls and crawls but Austin brings him up. Sho shoves Austin away, Austin comes back but Sho rakes his eyes! Sho whips, Austin reverses but Sho reverses back and Austin hits the wall!

Sho laughs as he goes back to ringside and the ref checks Austin. Fans rally, but Sho picks up the chair and comes back! The ref tells Sho no but Sho shoves him away. But Austin kicks Sho back! Now Austin gets the chair! But the ref stops Austin and Sho runs away! Sho hurries to grab the trophy! He holds it up and Austin hesitates. They can’t damage the trophy so Austin stands down. Sho tells Austin to put the chair down but Austin tells Sho to put the trophy down. They agree to put their items down at the same time. Fans rally, the trophy and chair are carefully set down on the floor, but then Sho goes for the chair!

Austin stands on the chair to stop him, and then DECKS Sho with a forearm! Fans cheer, Austin holds up the trophy! Austin places the trophy back on the table, then he goes back for Sho. But Sho uses the chair! Sho JAMS then SMACKS Austin! The ref missed it all making sure the trophy was secure! Sho drags Austin up in a facelock and uses that to bring Austin along. Sho brings Austin to the other wall, and throws him into a garage door! Austin writhes but Sho stands on his head! The ref reprimands, Sho steps off at 4, and finally goes back to ringside. Sho makes sure the ref comes with him, and then the ring count starts.

Austin gets up at 4 of 20, fans rally and he hurries back towards the ring. He’s halfway at 10 of 20, hustles up, and gets in at 15 of 20, then skins the cat out of the ring to avoid Sho’s cheap shot! Austin drags Sho back out, and bumps him off the apron! Sho staggers into Austin’s dropkick! Austin kips up on the apron, handsprings to dodge and PENALTY KICKS Sho down! Fans fire up and Austin slingshots in to build speed! FALL TO GLORY! Direct hit and fans fire up! Austin offers a little kid a high-five, but they say no thank you. Well that’s okay, Austin goes back to Sho. Austin puts Sho in, steps in, but Sho avoids the kick!

But Austin still A-LIST LARIATS in the corner! And fires off point blank shots over and over! Fans rally, Austin shoves Sho and Austin steps in, FLYING CHUCK! Fans fire up, and Austin stomps to tune the band. But Sho uses the ref as a shield! Austin shoves the ref aside, blocks Sho’s sucker punch to knee low, knee lift, and then RIPCORD SLAM! Austin fires up, HOUSE OF CARDS! Fans fire up as Austin aims from the corner, and he runs in, THE- NO, Sho tosses Austin at the ref!! Then LOW BLOWS! Sho goes to his corner, gets his wrench, and then aims at Austin! WRENCH SHOT!! But the ref is still out! Sho shouts at him to do his job!

Sho tells someone to get another ref, and here comes one! Cover, TWO!! Austin still lives and fans fire up! Sho drags Austin up, wrenches and SNAKEBITE! Austin endures, fans fire up, but he’s fading! The ref checks, Austin is OUT! Sho wins!!

Winner: Sho, by submission (gains 2 points; Austin earns 0)

Another match, another cheat to win! Sho takes Austin’s ace card, and he stomps it! Is this joker going to take over the block now that he’s dealt with Ace?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS Wheeler Yuta!

The Way of the Grandmaster defeated one singles champion already in Titan, and now he faces another in the ROH Pure Champion! Will Wato prove he’s more than just one half of Six or Nine? Or will the Decoder figure him out and get back up in the block?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two stare down. They circle, tie up, and Yuta wrenches to a hammerlock. Then he spins Wato to a cravat. Wato reaches out and spins Yuta into a cravat of his own. Wato snapmares to chinlock but Yuta fights to get the hammerlock. Wato fights up, reaches back, throws some elbows, then gets around to hammerlock then headlock. Yuta pries at the hold but Wato wrenches him to a wristlock. Yuta rolls, handsprings, and arm-drags Wato away! Fans rally up and Yuta kicks low. Yuta whips but Wato reverses, then runs in at the corner. Yuta goes up and over, scoops, but Wato slips out.

Wato waistlocks, Yuta switches and shoves him to ropes. Yuta drops, hurdles, but Wato leaps and keeps moving to RANA! Yuta flounders but runs back in, into an elbow, uppercuts and SOBATS! Fans fire up with Wato and he waits on Yuta to get up. Fans rally and Wato KICKS at Yuta’s leg, then KICKS his chest! And then he KICKS Yuta down! Yuta goes to a corner, elbows Wato away, then goes up. Wato swings but Yuta catches the arm to twist it! ARMBREAKER DDT! Fans fire up while Wato writhes, and Yuta springboards to stomp Wato! Cover, TWO! Yuta drags Wato, KICKS the arm, then wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER!

Yuta wrings Wato out to drop a knee on the arm! Yuta then isolates the arm to STOMP it! Yuta eggs Wato, KICKS him, and fans rally up. Yuta facelocks but Wato throws body shots, then forearms! Wato whips, Yuta holds ropes and that jams Wato’s arm! Yuta gets the arm, wrenches, but Wato powers out to CALF KICK Yuta down! Fans fire up and Wato waits on Yuta. Wato starts rallying with forearms and a BOOT! Wato whips then dropkicks Yuta out! Fans fire up, Wato builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit but a rather rough landing for Wato, too! Wato gets up as the fans rally, and he drags Yuta up and into the ring.

Wato aims from a corner, springboards in, FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally more and Wato brings Yuta up. Wato waistlocks but Yuta resists the lift. Yuta switches, waistlocks, but Wato throws elbows! Yuta still holds on, Wato fights more, pries the hold, breaks free and slides under! Wato waistlocks but Yuta wrenches the bad arm! Yuta wrangles Wato down but Wato rolls and wrenches! He hooks Yuta up, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Wato fires up! Wato drags Yuta up, reels him in to scoop, but Yuta slips out! Atomic drop, ENZIGURI! Both men are down and fans fire up again!

Yuta gets Wato’s arms, CATTLE MUTILATION, but Wato slips out! Crucifix pin, TWO! Yuta ducks the roundhouse, wheelbarrows but Wato stops that to HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Yuta escapes but Wato hurries up top! R P P FLOPS as Yuta moves! Yuta grits his teeth and fans rally up again! Yuta gets Wato up, wrench and PAIN SABER! Cover, TWO!! Wato survives but Yuta rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then, SEATBELT CLUTCH! Cover, Yuta wins!!

Winner: Wheeler Yuta, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Wato earns 0)

The Way of the Grandmaster hits another bump in the road! Will he just have to settle for being a spoiler? As for Yuta, will he be able to formulate a plan for an outside shot at the top?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: TJP VS El Phantasmo!

The United Empire’s Public Enemy Number One takes on the Bullet Club’s Headbanga with a top spot in the block on the line! Will it be TJP > ELP or ELP > TJP in the seventh?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. TJP encourages the fans and they get louder. ELP ranks the sides. Three sides, good. One side, bad. The two circle, tie up, and TJP wrenches to a wristlock then hammerlock. ELP drop toeholds, facelocks, but TJP slips out and facelocks back. ELP rolls but TJP gator rolls to get the facelock back. ELP slips out to get the arm and pushes TJP down. TJP pushes up and goes around the other way. TJP rolls, spins, gets a leg and trips ELP to then get the arms, ghost pin, TWO! Fans applaud as the two stand off. ELP and TJP knuckle lock, but TJP kicks one and cartwheels to wrangle ELP down.

TJP has the top wristlock but ELP rolls to get up. TJP wrenches, ELP rolls and trips TJP. ELP gets a Bow ‘n’ Arrow but TJP pops right out to cover, ONE! TJP handsprings up and fans cheer the exchange. Fans rally, “T J P!” “E L P!” as they tie up again. ELP wrenches, ELBOW BREAKER, then wristlock. TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, and drags ELP into the TWISTING HEADSCISSOR. TJP throws up the United Empire hands, but ELP headscissors. TJP moves around, headstands, but ELP spikes him into the mat! ELP squeezes tight and digs his elbows into TJP’s back. TJP powers to another handstand, but ELP spikes him again!

Fans rally, TJP uses his leg to hook ELP’s legs and pop free, but ELP shoves TJP back down! TJP hops and hops and handstands to get free, and he drags ELP into an inverted motorcycle stretch! ELP handstands and even clicks his heels, but TJP spikes him in return! Fans applaud and TJP drags ELP up to whip corner to corner. ELP reverses, handsprings, but into BOOTS! TJP runs, but ELP sends TJP at the corner. TJP headstands in the corner whip ELP struts, fans applaud both! ELP still struts, but then notices what TJP’s doing. ELP storms over, but into a headscissors! Fans rally up behind TJP as he builds speed!

ELP moves, but TJP Spider-Mans then decides to strut on the apron. ELP sees that and is annoyed but the fans rally as TJP even does the drop steps. ELP swipes but TJP jumps over and kicks low. TJP then uses the apron to TORNADO- NO, ELP blocks to snap suplex to the floor! The ref checks and they’re both okay to continue. Fans rally up, ELP flexes and French kisses his biceps… ELP puts TJP in, gets the arm and wrenches, then suplexes again. ELP stalls and then SLAMS at 10! Cover, TWO! ELP throws a knee, then fireman’s carries to GUT BUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but ELP keeps his cool.

ELP brings TJP up, reels him in, but TJP blocks the lift. TJP wrenches, knuckle locks, and kicks away. TJP goes up the corner but so does ELP! ELP CHOPS TJP down, then jumps and jumps and hops across the way to do more jumping around. Then he struts and fans rally again. TJP kicks the ropes and ELP falls into a HOTSHOT! And then TJP TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICKS ELP away from the apron! Fans rally, TJP brings ELP up and into the ring. TJP then goes up the corner, for a MAMBA- NO, he has to roll through as ELP dodges. ELP runs back in but TJP goes up and over in the corner, then TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally again and TJP drags ELP up. TJP dragon sleepers and inverted suplexes, but ELP slips out! ELP straitjackets but TJP slips out of the torture rack to IRON OCTOPUS! Fans rally and ELP endures. ELP pops free, TJP sunset flips but ELP rolls through to get TJP up! TJP fights the tuck, jackknife bridges, TWO! Fans fire up again, ELP CHOPS! TJP SOBATS! ELP ENZIGURIS! Both men are down and fans fire up again. ELP snarls and he gets to ropes. ELP tunes up the band and takes aim, but TJP blocks the kick! TJP then dodges the clothesline to springboard FLYING FOREARM! Fans fire up and TJP goes back up top.

ELP trips TJP up! TJP is slumped over the corner, ELP tucks his arms in from there! ELP brings TJP out but TJP kicks free and tilt-o-whirls, IRON OCTOPUS! ELP fights that but TJP trips him, and has the leglock! PINOY STRETCH!! ELIP scrambles, TJP drags him from ropes, but ELP kicks him away. ELP swings but into the dragon sleeper, only to victory roll! TWO, TJP has it, TWO! TJP gets ELP in a backslide, TWO! The arms stay hooked as they stand up, but TJP drops to sunset flip. ELP rolls out and brings TJP in to tuck the arms! C R II!! Cover, ELP wins!

Winner: El Phantasmo, by pinfall (gains 2 points; TJP earns 0)

The Headbanga didn’t need any tricks for this one! Will he be able to pull away from the pack now? As for TJP, is it too late for him to take the block?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS EL LINDAMAN!

Another top spot in the block is on the line! The Sniper of the Sky and the G-Rex Champion are coming off huge wins, but only one can win again! Who will have the GLEATer run in this tournament?

The bell rings and Lindaman fires up already! Eagles copies Lindaman, and fans rally up more. Eagles encourages them to get even more into it, and they oblige. Lindaman and Eagles tie up, Lindaman waistlocks and wrangles Eagles down then floats around to facelock. Eagles fights up, wrenches out, wristlocks, but Lindaman rolls and trips Eagles to have a standing toehold. Lindaman then brings Eagles up and headlocks. Eagles powers up but can’t power out as Lindaman holds on tight. Eagles throws body shots, powers out this time, but Lindaman runs him over! Fans rally and things speed up. Eagles hurdles, but Lindaman blocks the hip toss!

Lindaman body shots, goes to hip toss, but Eagles counters that to drag Lindaman down. Eagles handsprings then basement dropkicks! Fans fire up and Eagles smirks while he follows Lindaman towards a corner. Eagles knuckle locks and wrenches the wrist, then knuckle locks the other hand. Fans rally while Eagles goes up and around, but Lindaman blocks the arm-drag! Lindaman kicks and whips Eagles to a corner, but runs into a boot! Eagles runs in, but Lindaman lifts him for an AIR RAID CRASH! Lindaman fires up, but then he wobbles. Lindaman steadies himself, fans rally up and he runs corner to corner, to back elbow!

Lindaman puts Eagles in the ropes, DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE! Another, ONE! Another, ONE! A fourth, ONE! Lindaman is annoyed but he drags Eagles into a chinlock. He digs his knee into Eagles but Eagles endures. Fans rally, Lindaman brings Eagles up but Eagles swings on him! Lindaman dodges, kicks out the legs then basement dropkicks the back! Lindaman gets the fans rallying up and he eggs Eagles on. Eagles throws body shots, Lindaman still eggs him on! Eagles JABS the abs so Lindaman CLUBS him down. Lindaman brings Eagles up but Eagles blocks the suplex! Lindman still tries and fans rally up.

Lindaman gets Eagles up, throws him down but Eagles lands on his knees, so Lindaman KICKS him! Lindaman runs, but Eagles ducks and dodges to RANA! Fans fire up, Eagles eggs Lindaman up and Lindaman rushes in, WHEEL KICK! Both men are down again but fans rally back up. Eagles kips up and the fans fire up with him! Eagles KICKS and KICKS and KICKS, but Lindaman eggs him on! Eagles runs, LEG LARIAT! Fans fire up, Eagles goes to a corner and Lindaman goes to the other. Eagles runs corner to corner, DOUBLE KNEES! He rolls back, runs back in, but Lindaman dodges and Meteora hits buckles!

Lindaman waistlocks, Eagles kicks free and whips but Lindaman reverses. Eagles blocks so Lindaman drop sayanagis and DDTs! Fans fire up while both men are down again. Fans rally again as Eagles and Lindaman get up. Lindaman throws forearm after forearm, but Eagles gives those all back! Lindaman snarls and he gives another forearm, then another. Eagles CHOPS, ROCKS, and KICKS! Lindaman ROLLING ELBOWS! Eagles drops to a knee, fans fire up and Lindaman runs, but into a BOOT! Eagles runs but Lindaman elbows him! Lindaman whips, Eagles reverses but Lindaman holds ropes. Eagles runs into a BOOT, but he comes back to tiger feint the legs!

Fans fire up, Lindaman is down and Eagles takes aim! Eagles springboards, but Lindaman catches him to a fireman’s carry! Eagles fights free and waistlocks. Lindaman elbows, switches, CLUBS and GERMAN SUPLEXES, but Eagles lands on his feet! SOBAT, cravat, ASAI DDT! Cover, TWO! Eagles drags Lindaman to a drop zone, stomps him down, then goes up top! 450 but he has to roll through as Lindaman dodges! Eagles comes back, into a CORNER EXPLODER! Fans fire up again while both men are down! Eagles sits up and shakes his head while Lindaman fires up. Lindaman hobbles over and brings Eagles up. KUMAGOROSHI!

Lindaman then drags Eagles into a wheelbarrow cover, TWO, but Lindaman lifts Eagles up! Eagles throws elbows, but into chicken wings! Eagles fights free, Lindaman reels him in, but Eagles victory rolls, to get the legs! Lindaman kicks Eagles away, but Eagles gets around, SCHOOLBOY BRIDGE! TWO, RON MIL- NO! Lindaman drags Eagles into a cradle! TWO! ROUNDHOUSE! SUPERKICK! But Lindaman ducks the Pele to deadlift waistlock! Eagles switches, Lindaman switches, repeat and repeat until Lindaman elbows free. But Eagles blocks the kick, CHOPS and hook-up, TURBO BACKPACK! Cover, TWO!! But Eagles has the leg! RON MILLER SPECIAL!!!

Lindaman reaches out, Eagles puts on the pressure, Lindaman taps!! EAGLES WINS!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Lindaman earns 0)

The Sniper shoots down another champion! Is Eagles going to prove he IS Best of the Super Juniors? Or can Lindaman still finish strong with heart?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Alex Zayne!

The Ticking Timebomb is running out of time if he wants to get his threepeat. But with a bad leg holding him back, is there just no way? Or will he be able to handle The Sauce’s heat and take back a top spot?

The bell rings and Hiromu rushes in! Zayne gets around to waistlock but avoids the back elbow. Hiromu avoids the forearm, waistlocks but then avoids Zayne’s back elbow. Zayne avoids the superkick but Hiromu avoids the Eddy Gordo! Fans fire up as Zayne handsprings and Hiromu backs down. Fans rally up, “HI-RO-MU!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” as Hiromu copies Zayne playing with his hair. Zayne smirks, but then says it’s time to get the sauce! He runs to run Hiromu over, and he flexes. Things speed up, Zayne springboards but Hiromu catches the knee drop to a roll-up! TWO, Hiromu runs but Zayne trips him while sliding out!

Zayne brings Hiromu to the apron and spins him around to KNEE him in the face! Fans fire up and Zayne runs in to APRON SOMERSAULT SCISSOR KICK! Fans rally as Zayne gets Hiromu in the ring, slingshot senton! And then RUNNING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Zayne keeps cool and fans rally more as he brings Hiromu up. Zayne CLUBS Hiromu, then gets the bad leg. Hiromu wants mercy but Zayne KICKS the leg! And again! Then Zayne drops an elbow on the leg and has the toehold. Hiromu grabs the ropes, the ref counts and Zayne lets off. Fans rally, Zayne brings Hiromu up to DECK with a forearm!

Zayne kicks and digs his heel into Hiromu’s bad leg, then grinds the knee! Hiromu clutches the leg but he gets up to CHOP! Zayne snarls and fans rally up as Hiromu CHOPS again! Zayne dodges the next chop and he CHOPS Hiromu back! Hiromu falls, Zayne says that was finger licking good. Zayne clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Hiromu. Hiromu fights up, throws elbows and gets free, only for Zayne to follow him as he runs! Zayne catches Hiromu for a SLEEPER! Fans rally up as Hiromu endures and fights back up. Hiromu throws body shots, is free again, but Zayne ROCKS him with a forearm. Zayne runs, but Hiromu follows and RANAS!

Fans rally as Zayne goes to a corner and Hiromu goes to the opposite. Zayne runs in but Hiromu dodges and clotheslines! Snapmare and basement dropkick! Zayne bails out, Hiromu goes to the apron, FLYING JOHN WOO! Fans fire up and Hiromu works on getting his bad leg moving. Fans rally, “HI-RO-MU!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” Hiromu puts Zayne in, runs from the corner, SHOTGUN into the other corner! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Hiromu is frustrated for not realizing how close they were, but fans rally up. Hiromu brings Zayne up, reels him in, but Zayne blocks the suplex! Zayne wrenches, scoops, BAJA-

NO, Hiromu rolls through the blast! But Zayne ducks the Penalty Kick and rolls Hiromu up! Hiromu rolls through but Zayne EDDY GORDO KICKS! Fans fire up while Hiromu and Zayne go to opposite corners again. Zayne runs in to back elbow! Zayne puts Hiromu up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Hiromu fires body shots and shoves Zayne away, but Zayne backflips, lands on his feet and rolls back! Zayne runs back in, DRAGON RANA! Cover, TWO! Zayne is frustrated but the fans fire up! Zayne brings Hiromu up, throws boxing elbows, but Hiromu avoids the leg sweep! Zayne runs in but Hiromu dumps him to the apron, and SUPERKICKS!

Hiromu builds speed as fans fire up, SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! Fans fire up more while both men are down! The ref checks, both men are okay to continue, so the fans rally up and the ring count begins. Hiromu stirs at 7 of 20, pushes himself up at 10, and drags Zayne up at 13 to put in at 15! Fans rally and Hiromu builds speed, but Zayne spins Hiromu, only for Hiromu to spin and leap! Zayne holds off D and brings Hiromu up for a FALLING BOMB! Cover, TWO! Zayne is beside himself and the fans rally back up. Zayne drags Hiromu for the cobra clutch, pump handle, TACO- NO! Hiromu slips out! Hiromu dodges the back elbow to wheelbarrow COMPLETE SHOT!

Fans fire up again while both men are down. Zayne and Hiromu stir, and Hiromu grits his teeth and roars as he fires himself back up! Hiromu stands, runs, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Zayne survives and fans fire up again! Hiromu shakes his head and gets back to his feet. Hiromu hauls Zayne up, suplexes, but Zayne fights free to wrench. Hiromu SUPERKICKS! And then VICTORY ROYAL! Hiromu roars and fans fire up more as he gets Zayne up in a dragon sleeper. Zayne powers free to scoop! BAJA BLAST!! But Zayne is unable to follow up! Fans are thunderous as Hiromu drags himself to a corner.

Zayne kips up! Zayne fires up, BACK ELBOW! Hiromu SUPERKICKS! Hiromu runs, but into the pop-up KNEE! Zayne hurries to get Hiromu wrapped up, TACO DR- RANA!! Into D!!! Hiromu squeezes tight, Zayne is fading! Zayne powers up with a second wind, and he deadlifts! Hiromu slips free and spins around, HIROMU-CHAN STUNNER! Back into D!!! Zayne is caught, he taps! Hiromu wins!!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by submission (gains 2 points; Zayne earns 0)

There is still life inside Hiromu! But has he won himself more time to pull off the threepeat? Or will Zayne eat up his last two opponents with fervor?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: El Desperado VS DOUKI!

Suzuki-Gun VS Suzuki-Gun is tonight’s main event! And once again, a top spot is on the line! Will the Rogue Luchador continue his comeback? Or will Japones Del Mal show everyone just how powerful he’s become?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two stare down. Desperado takes a few moments to stretch out his neck before he steps to Douki. Desperado and Douki talk, and Douki throws the first forearm! Desperado gives it back, but Douki gives another. Desperado gives another, and it’s a forearm brawl! Fans rally up as they go faster and faster, but Desperado then CHOPS! Douki staggers back and fans fire up. Douki comes back to CHOP back! Fans applaud, and Desperado ROCKS Douki with a forearm! Desperado eggs Douki on so Douki throws another forearm! Fans rally again as they go back and forth.

Desperado gets the edge, eggs Douki in, so Douki HELL STABS! Desperado mule kicks, uppercuts, but Douki dodges the clothesline to run and LARIAT! Douki gets Desperado up, turns him, NECKBREAKER! Desperado bails out but Douki is in pursuit! Douki brings Desperado up to POST him! Fans rally up and Douki grabs at Desperado. Desperado pushes Douki away but Douki stomps him down. Douki drags Desperado up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up. Douki brings Desperado up, elbows him in the neck, and Desperado grits his teeth as he goes to ropes. Douki brings Desperado around to elbow him again!

Fans applaud as Douki brings Desperado up again for a cravat. Desperado endures the neck wrench, reaches out for ropes, but Douki keeps him away. Douki snapmares, clamps on a chinlock and digs his knee into Desperado, but Desperado endures. Fans rally, Douki pulls back more, but Desperado reaches out. Douki drags him away from ropes and shifts to a seated cobra twist! Desperado endures more, pushes but Douki makes it a cover, TWO! Douki hurries to headscissor squeeze! Desperado endures and fans rally up, but Douki pushes up to put on the pressure! Desperado kicks around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK!

Red Shoes counts, Douki lets go at 4. Desperado gets to the corner, Douki is on him but Desperado CHOPS. Douki taunts Desperado, Desperado CHOPS, but Douki SLAPS Desperado! Fans fire up and Douki SLAPS Desperado more. Douki eggs Desperado on, so Desperado gets up. Douki SLAPS him again! Desperado talks some trash back, then he ROCKS Douki with forearm after forearm! Douki rakes eyes! Red Shoes reprimands and fans fire up. Desperado holds ropes to block the whip but Douki knees low. Douki whips but Desperado reverses to rake Douki’s eyes! They’re even, but Desperado whips and Douki reverses to a NECKBREAKER!

Fans rally as Desperado bails. Douki goes out after him, brings him around, and scoops. Desperado fights that, CLUBS Douki, then brings Douki around to scoop. Douki slips out, kicks low and DDTs Desperado to the floor! Fans fire up and Douki wants Desperado to get up. Fans rally, Douki builds speed but Desperado slides in! Douki stops his dive but Desperado dropkicks the legs out! Douki falls to the floor, and now Desperado builds speed! Desperado DIVES! Somersault top and down goes Douki! Desperado takes a seat in an open chair by the fans before he flops back down. Fans rally up and the ring count begins.

Desperado gets up at 4 of 20, walks over to Douki at 9 and scoops him to SLAM him down on the floor! Desperado gets in at 13, Douki is still down past 15! Fans rally up, Douki hears 18, springs up and in at 19.9! Desperado walks back over and he stands on Douki’s head. Red Shoes reprimands so Desperado scrapes Douki as he steps away. Desperado brings Douki up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Desperado keeps cool and works on his bad arm while fans rally up. Desperado drags Douki up but Douki throws body shots and forearms! Desperado knees low, whips Douki to a corner, then runs in, but he blocks the boot!

Desperado puts the leg on the ropes, KICKS it, then gets the other leg for a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Douki falls and clutches his leg while the fans fire back up. Desperado gets the leg, steps through and has the BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! Douki endures as Desperado pulls on the leg. Douki CHOPS and CHOPS, but Desperado DECKS him! Desperado taunts Douki while putting more pressure on the hold! Douki endures, crawls back and fans rally up. Desperado dares Douki to keep trying, and Douki reaches out, only for Desperado to lean back and put on more pressure! Douki endures as Desperado digs his boot in!

Douki reaches, Desperado sits up, and Douki gets the ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets off to stomp the leg! Desperado drags Douki back up, taunts his pain, then kicks the bad leg. Douki fights the shinbreaker, throws elbows, and fights free. Desperado keeps Douki from running but Douki breaks free to kick, kick, but Desperado ducks the enziguri! Desperado keeps the bad leg, rolls, STRETCH MUFFLER! Douki scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and Desperado lets off in frustration. Desperado scuffs Douki, and he eggs Douki on. Douki grabs at Desperado but Desperado kick him away.

Fans rally up and Douki stands to throw a forearm! Desperado eggs him on, Douki throws more forearms, but Desperado gut wrenches! Douki slips out but his leg jams! Douki backs away to a corner, Desperado runs in, but into boots! Douki goes up and missile dropkicks! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Desperado clutches his bad shoulder. Fans rally, Douki gets his bad leg moving, and he runs in to clothesline! Douki snapmares and basement dropkicks from behind! Douki hurries to get Desperado up, BIG DDT! Cover, TWO! Desperado is stinging but fans rally as Douki gets up.

Douki drags Desperado up, scoops and swings, but Desperado slips out to waistlock! Douki elbows free, runs, but Desperado goes the other way, SPEAR into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Douki was ready, but Desperado crawls backwards to the ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go and fans rally up again. Douki gets to the apron, he watches Desperado get up, slingshot for DAY- NO! Desperado turns that into a suplex! Desperado gets Douki up, gut wrenches, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Douki survives, and Desperado is again clutching his bad shoulder. Fans rally up and Desperado grabs Douki’s legs.

Douki kicks at Desperado, but Desperado drops knees on the bad leg! Desperado goes for the leg but Douki kicks him away! Desperado stomps Douki back down, and fans rally up as Douki gets fired up! Douki throws a forearm, Desperado throws one back. Douki fires up and throws more forearms! Desperado ROCKS Douki with one! Desperado eggs Douki on, Douki fires even more forearms! Desperado DECKS Douki! Douki gets back up with more fire and fans fire up with him as he throws more shots! Desperado ROCKS Desperado, then DECKS him, then gets him up to DECK him again!

Desperado roars, tucks Douki in, but Douki sunset flips! TWO, ITALIAN STRETCH #32!! Desperado is caught, fans rally up, and Desperado fights towards ropes, but Douki rolls him away! ITALIAN STRETCH!! Desperado is fading! Fans fire up, Red Shoes checks on Desperado and Douki pulls tighter on the hold! But Desperado gets a second wind and gets back up! Desperado drags himself and Douki back, but he’s fading again! But he reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go in frustration but fans fire up! Desperado bails out and Douki fires up! Fans rally, Douki builds speed, and DIVES for a TORNADO DDT! TO THE CONCRETE!!!

Desperado writhes and clutches his head and Red Shoes checks on him. Somehow, Desperado is able to continue and fans fire up again. Douki gets up, hobbles over, and he brings Desperado up and in. Fans fire up as Douki aims from the apron and roars! Douki slingshots, DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!!! Desperado survives, but Douki gets ITALIAN STRETCH #32!! Desperado endures and fans are thunderous! Desperado is fading again! Red Shoes checks on him, and Douki pulls even tighter! Desperado gets a third wind! He fights up again, moves around, but Douki rolls him away! ITALIAN- NO! GROUND DRAGON SCREW! STRETCH MUFFLER!! And NUMERO DOS PLUS!!

Douki endures and fans are thunderous! Douki gets an arm free, reaches out, but Desperado rolls Douki away! NUMBER DOS PLUS!!! EXTRA DEEP! Douki quits, Desperado wins!!

Winner: El Desperado, by submission (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)

Somehow, someway, the Rogue Luchador survives to turn things around and he takes the victory! Does Douki still have a chance? Or did his luck just run out?

As for Desperado, he gets the mic to say, “I don’t do this kind of thing, but let me ask this cone. With a show of hands, who thought Douki could beat me? I won’t be mad.” Quite a few, actually. “Okay. Oi, you brat. Everyone, I’m going to bring up a PPV, go and buy it if you want. Why do you think Taichi and I chose you to partner with me against Honma and Kasai? HUH?! What? You think you can still play underdog because you lost? I never chose you thinking you’re an underdog. Look around! I’m ticked off that they thought you could beat me! It’s your own attitude that’s holding you back! Don’t underestimate yourself, punk!” Fans applaud that sort of backhanded encouragement.

Desperado tells Douki to get outta here now, he’s closing this out in style. “I’m not sure how many Super Juniors mains this was, but Id di lose one to Lind-chan. I’m so hyped up, I don’t even have time to be tired. For the past two weeks, my life has only been pro-wrestling. For a pro-wrestler, it doesn’t get any better. The man closing this show will be the man closing this tour. I will absolutely win. Got that?” Mic drop and another promise from the Rogue Luchador. Is his comeback all but certain? Or will he run into a spoiler in the last two rounds?

 

Here are the new standings in A Block!

Ace Austin: 5-2, 10 points
Taiji Ishimori: 5-2, 10 points
SHO: 4-3, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-3, 8 points
Alex Zayne: 4-3, 8 points
YOH: 3-4, 6 points
Clark Connors: 3-4, 6 points
Francesco Akira: 3-4, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 2-5, 4 points

 

Here are the new standings for B Block!

El Desperado: 5-2, 10 points
El Phantasmo: 5-2, 10 points
Robbie Eagles: 4-3, 8 points
El Lindaman: 4-3, 8 points
Wheeler Yuta: 4-3, 8 points
TJP: 3-4, 6 points
Douki: 3-4, 6 points
Bushi: 3-4, 6 points
Master Wato: 2-5, 4 points
Titan: 2-5, 4 points


My Thoughts:

Another great event for NJPW and BOSJ, with a few more surprises. Titan finally gets another win, though I didn’t think Bushi was going to rush back up to the top. Same with Akira getting his win on Kanemaru, Yuta beating Wato,  and even Ishimori beating Connors. But great stuff with Taguchi getting a win over Yoh and Sho cheating Austin to get his win. Again, pretty sure these flip next round, Sho loses and Yoh wins, and then it all comes down to their showdown in the ninth.

Awesome stuff out of the other four matches, TJP VS ELP, Eagles VS Lindaman, Hiromu VS Zayne and Desperado VS Douki. It still feels like it is anyone’s game for the finals, but there was great story in Desperado VS Douki given they’re teammates in Suzuki-Gun, and with Douki’s story in his career. Desperado and the others want Douki to step out of their shadows and stand shoulder to shoulder with them, but they’re doing it in a tough love way like they did with Taka Michinoku’s return to in-ring action. There probably is going to come a day where Douki gets not just a win, but a huge win that leads him to a title, and that’s going to be really cool.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/31/23)

NXTag Team Tuesday!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Will tonight be a TEACHABLE MOMENT?

NXT is planning a Fatal 4 Way tag title match for Vengeance Day, and a Triple Threat will decide that fourth team! Who punches a golden ticket to Charlotte, North Carolina?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Creed Brothers VS Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal; Indus Sher wins.
  • Zoey Stark VS Indi Hartwell; Stark wins.
  • DIJAK VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Dijak wins.
  • Tyler Bate VS Axiom; Bate wins.
  • Stevie Turner VS Dani Palmer; Stevie wins.
  • Charlie Dempsey VS Drew Gulak w/ Hank Walker; Gulak wins.
  • Triple Threat Tag: The Dyad VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Chase U; Chase U wins and joins the Vengeance Day NXT Tag Team Championship match.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Creed Brothers VS Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal!

Julius & Brutus were denied a New Year’s Evil showdown with Sanga & Veer, but they get their moment just days before Vengeance Day! Will the Diamond Mine finally shine? Or will they be slain by the tigers hunting them down?

The teams sort out, Julius starts against Veer and they tie up. They go around as fans chant for the Creeds, and the two break. They go again, Julius waistlocks then shoves Veer. Veer nods, eggs Julius on, but then avoids Julius’ takedown. Julius waistlocks, Veer elbows free then runs, but Julius drops and Veer rolls. They keep moving, Julius ducks then jumps but Veer blocks the hip toss! Julius blocks a hip toss, and the hand start flying! Veer knees low, TOSSES Julius to the corner, then storms up. Julius slips away but gets clipped. Tag to Sanga, and tag to Brutus. Fans rally up as Brutus and Sanga circle.

The two tie up, Brutus waistlocks but Sanga THROWS him away! Sanga and Brutus go again, and Brutus tries to lift Sanga! Sanga CLUBS Brutus, whips him to a corner, then runs in. Brutus dodges, fires hands from all sides but Sanga shoves back. Brutus blocks a boot! Brutus has a leg but Veer tags in! Veer ROCKS Brutus, Sanga whips Brutus, and Sanga runs Brutus over! Veer drops a BIG elbow! Jinder applauds while fans are torn. Veer stalks Brutus, stomps him down, then stomps him again. Brutus gets up to RAM Veer into the corner! Tag to Julius, the Creeds mug Veer, and then Julius runs to forearm smash!

The Creeds DOUBLE HIP TOSS Veer! Fans fire up as Julius KNEES Veer in the side! Brutus KNEES Veer, then Julius gut wrench SLAMS Brutus on Veer! Cover, TWO! Jinder talks trash, Julius swipes at him, then goes back for Veer. Veer elbows Julius away, tags in Sanga, and they FLAPJACK HOTSHOT Julius down! Sanga throws knees, puts Julius in the ropes and bends him back! The ref counts, Sanga lets off, but Jinder hits a cheap shot! Ivy Nile protests but Sanga stands on Julius’ chest! Tag to Veer, Sanga has the legs and drapes Julius out, for Veer to LEAP FROG ATTACK! Fans are torn while Indus Sher stands over Julius.

Veer throws body shots on Julius at the ropes, then he reaches out for Sanga. Julius throws hands but Veer ROCKS and CLUBS Julius! Tag to Sanga but Julius tackles Veer! Sanga BOOTS Julius for that, then scoops him. Sanga gives Julius SNAKE EYES, and then waits on Julius before he stomps him back down! Tag to Veer, Sanga throws knees, CLUBS Julius down, but Julius TACKLES Sanga! Veer stomps Julius, stomps him more, and then has him at the ropes. Tag back to Sanga, Indus Sher mugs Julius, then double whip. They run Julius over with double shoulders! Sanga stalks Julius, and clamps on a SLEEPER!

Fans rally for Julius as he fights up. Julius stands but Sanga wrangles him back down! Julius fights up, but Sanga knees him in the back! Sanga puts Julius against ropes, kicks him and whips him to a corner. Sanga runs in to SPLASH! Sanga reels Julius in, for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Julius is hanging tough but Sanga throws off his armbands. Sanga drags Julius up but Julius powers Sanga back. Sanga CLUBS Julius in the corner, throws knees, then drags Julius over. But Julius shoves free! Sanga CLOBBERS Julius and smother shim into the mat! Sanga drags Julius back, tags Veer, and they hand off the leg.

Veer has a lock on the leg but Julius uses his other foot to pry at the hold! Julius hops up and ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Brutus! Fans fire up as BRUTUS SMASH! And SMASH! And back body block for Sanga! BIG back suplex for Veer! Fans are thunderous as Brutus goes out to SMASH Sanga! Brutus drags Veer up to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Brutus roars, and he hammers away with fists! Sanga returns but Brutus DECKS him! Tag to Julius and Brutus STANDING MOONSAULTS! Julius STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, TWO!! Sanga was almost there but Veer survives on his own. Fans rally, Brutus runs in and TACKLES Sanga out of the ring!

Julius drags Veer up, gut wrenches, and he double clutches to POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!?! Veer survives and fans are thunderous again! Jinder panics but he coaches Veer up. Fans rally for “NXT!” as Julius hits the ROLLING SPINEBUSTER! The elbow pad comes off, but Jinder grabs Julius! Ivy storms over and fans rally for her! Veer ROCKS Julius, whips him, but Julius dodges! Only to BLAST Ivy off the apron by accident!! Julius can’t believe what happened, but he turns around into the MILLION DOLLAR LARIAT!! Tag to Sanga, choke grip and CHOKE SLAM! Cover, Indus Sher wins!!

Winner: Indus Sher, by pinfall

Jinder grins as he celebrates with his team, because a win is a win! Will Indus Sher look to take over the NXT Tag Division after Vengeance Day?

 

Axiom watches NXT UK episodes on Peacock.

Tyler Bate walks over to see it’s Tyler Bate VS A-Kid for the Heritage Cup. Bate was always a big fan of A-Kid’s. They had some excellent matches in NXT. Axiom agrees, A-Kid’s the best. What ever happened to him? Bate says Axiom reminds him of A-Kid. He isn’t sure what it is, he can’t put his finger on it. Axiom says he gets that a lot. But Bate, that Heritage Cup match was very unique, a real masterpiece. How about they create a masterpiece of their own tonight? Bate loves that idea! But then in walks Damon Kemp with sarcastic applause.

Kemp says he was walking around, and overhead them. Friendly competition makes him sick! “I respect your work a lot! I respect your work to infinity!” When Kemp was in NXT UK, he learned that all the Limeys are soft! And the European wrestling style is overrated! And if you ever see A-Kid personally, tell him that Kemp says he’s hot garbage! Well, if Axiom does see A-Kid around, he’ll tell him. Kemp walks off, but Bate says Kemp is a “right wazzock.” A what? A pendejo. Oh! Okay. Bate heads out, will Axiom get that friendly competition? Or will he first take care of Kemp’s attitude first?

 

Zoey Stark VS Indi Hartwell!

These two had an impressive showing in this year’s Women’s Royal Rumble match, though neither won their ticket to WrestleMania. But Indi also wants to get to the bottom of who attacked Nikkita Lyons in the parking lot. All signs point to The Hunter, will Indi get her to confess?

The bell rings and fans sing, “OH~ Zoey is angry~!” Zoey gets mad hearing that, and then ties up with Indi. They go around, Indi puts Zoey in a corner, and the ref counts. Indi lets off at 4, but Zoey shoves her back. Indi shoves back, then dodges to CHOP! And ROCK! Indi fires off and fans cheer her on. Indi whips, Zoey holds ropes, then Zoey bails out. Fans boo while Zoey throws a tantrum. Indi slips out after Zoey, they go around the way, and Indi avoids the elbow drop! Indi drags Zoey out to RAM Her into the apron, and again! Indi gets in the ring, drags Zoey up by her hair, and into the ropes for an UPPERCUT! And BOOT!

Zoey flops down, Indi drags her to a cover, TWO! Indi drags Zoey up for a short arm LARIAT! And then another! Fans rally but Zoey gets around and claws Indi’s eyes! Zoey snapmares Indi, runs and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Indi sits up, Zoey stomps her on the back. Zoey tells fans that THEY suck, and she clamps onto an armlock and chinbar. Indi endures, fans rally up, and Indi fights up. “OH~ Zoey is angry~!” Indi stands, arm-drags free, but Zoey comes back to CHOP! Indi CHOPS, Zoey CHOPS, repeat! Zoey kicks low, whips Indi hard into a corner, then whips her in again! Zoey soaks up heat and whips corner to corner.

Indi reverses, Zoey bounces off buckles and into a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Indi gives a thumbs up and fans cheer. Indi puts Zoey in the ropes again, but Zoey avoids the uppercut to HOTSHOT! Indi falls, Zoey slingshots for the ARABIAN SENTON! Cover, TWO! Zoey snarls and she rains down fists on Indi! Indi gets up and flounders to a corner but Zoey snapmares her down. Zoey cravats for a neck wrench but Indi endures. Fans rally, Indi fights up, but Zoey wrangles her back down! Zoey cranks the cravat but Indi still endures. Fans rally up again, Indi fights up again, but Zoey shifts to a facelock. Indi still powers Zoey to a corner!

Zoey powers Indi back, but Indi RAMS Zoey into the corner! Zoey BOOTS Indi back! And then fires forearms! Indi hits back, they go shot for shot, but Indi kicks, JABS and DECKS Zoey! Zoey staggers up and Indi rallies with clotheslines! Indi dodges to SPINEBUSTER! Highs tack, TWO! Zoey is still in this but Indi keeps her cool. Zoey goes to a corner, Indi runs in but Zoey dodges! HEEL KICK! Zoey waistlocks, to GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Indi is still in this but Zoey is frustrated. Zoey waistlocks and drags Indi up, but Indi arm-drags out of the half nelson. Indi scoops but Zoey slips out to fireman’s carry! But Indi flights free!

Indi shoves Zoey away, runs in but is put on the apron. Indi ROCKS Zoey first, then springboards, but Zoey trips her up! Indi crashes down, Zoey drags her back up! Z 360!! Cover, Zoey wins!

Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall

Whether innocent or guilty in the whodunnit, Zoey Stark is still the winner here! But then Zoey attacks Indi! Sol Ruca rushes out and chases Zoey off! The Hunter has a target on her own back, will karma catch up to her one way or another?

 

The Schism speaks.

Joe Gacy says, “A day of vengeance is on the horizon for The Schism.” Rip Fowley says, “We seek vengeance for something that has been owed to us for far too long.” Jagger Reed says, “The NXT Tag Team Championships have been kept from us since The Dyad’s inception.” Gacy says, “Tonight, Rip and Jagger change their destiny by altering others’ reality.” Ava Raine tells Edris Enofe & Malik Blade, “We know who you are. But everyone at Chase University, you worship a false idol. You are not a family. You are abusive, devious, and delusional. School spirit will not help you tonight, because Chase University will fail. There is no unit stronger than the Schism.”

They are four roots, one tree, but will they be the final team to enter the Fatal 4 Way?

 

Apollo Crews speaks.

“The city of Charlotte. Packed restaurants, tons of foot traffic, bars with lines out the door. Cars flying down I-85. I came out early to feel Charlotte’s energy, and I feel the city’s excitement all the way up here. NXT’s coming, and I’m coming. I need two falls, two pinfalls, two submissions, or one each. I’ve visualized this match a hundred times. Money Melo is gonna be fast, he’s gonna be flashy, but I am ready for Melo’s handprint. My best will always be better than his best. And if Trick Williams wants to get involved, well Trick’s gonna get handled. Melo wants to call me the past and him the future? At Vengeance Day, the past will dictate the future!”

Apollo has spoken, but will he speak his vision into existence? And just who did Apollo see having his back against Trick Melo Gang?

 

Wes Lee heads to the ring.

The North American Champion is here, ready for his fight with #HardJustice this Saturday! Wes gets the mic to say, “Yo~! We are T-minus four days from NXT back on the road, and we are swangin’ through Charlotte, North Cackalacky, for Vengeance Day.” And it’ll be a big day for Wes literally because he has his biggest test in Dijak. Dijak is back and claims to be serving justice, but ultimately he just wants what’s shining on Wes’s shoulder. Saturday will be tough, Wes will probably take an ass-whooping. But just like Wes did with Tony and Carmelo, the Cardiac Kid will rise as your North American Champion!

But wait! Here comes DIJAK! “Mr. Lee, I want you to soak this in. I want you to soak it all in. Enjoy these moments, because these are your final days as NXT North American Champion. That was a real impassioned speech you gave, really powerful and motivating. But the reality is, it’s not gonna make a damn bit of difference. You had EVERY opportunity to hand me that championship, but you were too stupid to take it, weren’t you? And now… On Saturday, you’re gonna be standing across the ring, staring down the biggest and baddest man in the ENTIRE NXT locker room! And when that happens, I’m gonna rip that championship from your cold hands.”

Wes says that is exactly what Dijak will have to do! You will have to pry this title from Wes’s cold, dead hands! But understand that it’s much easier said than done. Wes didn’t win by accident. Every minute of training, every risk Wes took in and out of the ring, and every trial and tribulation, Wes has FOUGHT! When Wes felt like he couldn’t anymore, the chaotic support from every single one of the fans showed him that he can reach levels he had only dreamt of! So Saturday, Dijak isn’t just fighting Wes. He is fighting everyone on the #WesSide. Fans cheer Wes on! But Dijak says Wes might be fighting for the fans, but they won’t be fighting for Wes!

Wait! Von Wagner is here? He and Robert Stone walk out and Stone “apologizes.” But maybe his ears aren’t working properly. Dijak said HE’S the biggest and baddest? Have they forgotten about Von? Von tells Dijak, “Take those stupid sunglasses off, we’re inside. and I’m right here. And the only injustice is me getting overlooked.” Dijak tells Von that his eyes are focused on championship gold. Dijak has no issue with Von whatsoever. Wes says he isn’t sure about that. Fans chant “WAGNER SUCKS!” Wes says Dijak claims to be the biggest and baddest, but Von claims HE is the biggest and baddest, so Dijak is basically calling Von a liar.

Dijak tells Wes to shut up, and he knows what he’s up top. What? Wes just sees an injustice that needs to be fixed! Wes hears Von and Stone loud and clear about being overlooked. Come Tuesday… We may need to have a new #1 contender to the North American title. So uh… If Von happens to beat Dijak tonight, then Von will no longer be overlooked. Von will be looked at as a contender. And Stone says that is why they’re here! Right, right. So let’s please, PLEASE solve this injustice. Or Dijak can just give Von his jacket now. Dijak throws hands on Von! Von hits back, and fans fire up as the brawl is on!

Von clotheslines Dijak up and out! Refs rush out to stop this, but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Will we see this brawl turn into a match? WE WILL! Wes gets out of the way, who wins this battle of behemoths?

DIJAK VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!

The bell rings, the haymakers fly again, and Dijak kicks low! Dijak whips, Von reverses and KNEES Dijak down! Stone fires up, Von scoops Dijak to FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans fire up while NXT goes picture in picture!

Von drags Dijak up to reel him in. Von suplexes but DIjak blocks! Von CLUBS Dijak, tries again, but Dijak still blocks! Dijak throws body shots, then suplexes, TIME TO FLY! Von crashes, writhes, and goes to a corner. Dijak runs in to kick Von and stomp aw mudhole in! Dijak CLUBS Von, Von kicks back and puts Dijak in a corner for elbows! Von whips corner to corner, Dijak reverses hard and Von falls to the mat! Dijak storms up, drags Von up and turns him to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Von is still in this but Dijak grits his teeth. Dijak clamps on a cravat and grinds Von with a neck wrench.

Von endures, fans rally up, and Von fights up. Von throws body shots, then haymakers! Von whips Dijak to a corner, then lifts Dijak for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Von is annoyed but he watches Dijak stand. Von CLUBS Dijak, HEADBUTTS him, then ROCKS him with a right. Von whips, Dijak ducks ‘n’ dodges, then holds ropes! Von runs in but is sent into ropes! Von sputters, Dijak stomps him down, and then rains down fists! Stone protests but Dijak lets off to have the neck wrench again. Von endures, fights up, and he throws body shots. NXT returns to single picture as Von throws hands, but Dijak throws elbows and knees!

Dijak SMASHES then DISCUS LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Wes is on commentary and says it was only right that we find out who is truly the biggest and baddest in NXT. Dijak choke grips but Von fights free! Dijak wrenches, mule kicks, then back elbows hard! Dijak reels Von in but Von suplexes Dijak into buckles!! Fans lose their minds while Dijak flops down. Dijak stands up, Von runs in, and Von clotheslines! Von whips corner to corner, but Dijak BOOTS back! Von still fireman’s carries, but Dijak slips off! Dijak shoves Von away and ROCKS him at the ropes! Dijak runs but Von KNEES him low! Von runs, to RAM Dijak!

Dijak rebounds to RAM Von, then he ELBOWS, ELBOWS and CLUBS Von! Then he SUPERKICKS! Dijak runs, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Dijak survives and Stone can’t believe it! Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” and Von waits on Dijak. Dijak slowly rises, Von choke grips, but Dijak flips through the lift! To choke grip and HIGH JUSTICE!! Cover, TWO?!! Von survives and the fans are thunderous! Von goes to a corner, Dijak storms up, “This is Awesome!” as Dijak throws elbows. Dijak hoists Von up top, CLUBS him in the chest, then climbs up after him. Dijak choke grips again, but Von elbows Dijak over and over and over!

Von CLUBS away on Dijak, roars, and hits a SUPER BUTTERFLY SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?!? Fans are thunderous, Stone is beside himself, and Wes is loving this! Von gets Dijak up, OLYMIPC- NO, Dijak slips out to have the HAMMERLOCK SLEEPER! Von flails, reaches out, Stone coaches him, but Dijak says this is gonna be Wes’s future! Von is fading out, then Dijak torture racks! FEAST YOUR EYES!! Cover, Dijak wins!

Winner: DIJAK, by pinfall

Hard Justice has proven to be THE biggest and baddest man in NXT! But will he prove he is championship material? Or will Wes Lee prove he is must-see?

 

Tony D’Angelo and Channing Lorenzo are watching backstage.

Stacks says he can’t stand that Dijak. He’ll probably win the title on Saturday now. But The Don says not to worry about Dijak. “Street justice has no expiration date.” But what was this big impact Stacks was gonna have? Stacks has to take care of a few things. The first or the second? Both. Wow, really? Yeah, he’s the Underboss! That’s what they do. So next week, Stacks gets it done. Tremendous. Now let’s take care of that other thing. They head out, just what is Stacks going to do to handle his business?

 

Nikkita Lyons tweets out her status.

“Surgery was a success. Thank you deeply to the WWE universe, my Lyon Pride, for all the love and support you show. I’ll be back stronger than I’ve ever been. #ReadyToPounce Also, a big thank you to the wonderful surgeons, doctors and nurses.” It may be another setback, but will Lyons use that to set up a huge comeback?

 

McKenzie Mitchell is backstage with more.

McKenzie Mitchell says there are many questions surrounding the attack on Lyons in the NXT parking lot, so she has prepared some footage so that we can get a better idea of what happened. Among those on scene at the time of the attack are Valentina Feroz walking away, Dani Palmer, Arianna Grace and Alexis Leddy walking together going inside, and an unidentified woman driving away. There is also Elektra Lopez walking and talking with newcomer Lola Vice, closest to Nikkita but going on their own path. Freeze here, and you see Tiffany Stratton just going through her bag, but maybe she’s hiding the evidence.

And of course, Zoey Stark is spotted walking away, and even Tatum Paxley and Lash Legend at the very end of the lot. Indi Hartwell and Lyra Valkyria come to Lyons’ aid, and we then spot Wendy Choo peeking out of a car window. Did Wendy witness anything? McKenzie says no one is taking credit for this attack, but she will keep us informed if anyone comes forward with information. Who is behind NXT’s newest whodunnit mystery, and why did they do it?

 

NXT looks closer at Bron Breakker VS Grayson Waller.

The Big Booty Nephew’s NXT record is already golden, but the 21st Century Success Story isn’t impressed. In fact, he’s sick and tired of it. Waller has been running this for the last eight months, and now he’s made the decision that he needs to be champion. New Year’s Evil was going well until a freak accident took Waller out. So at Vengeance Day, their rematch will be inside a STEEL CAGE! Waller says Bron is a wild dog, and Bron admits his temper has gotten the better of him. But no one has taken advantage of it like Waller. Waller is living rent free in Bron’s brain. Bron says his temper has led to both is biggest wins and most crushing losses.

Waller says Bron will beat himself this time. Bron thought he needed to control the anger, but then he realized, with the steel cage all around them, there’s no need to hold back. Bron will beat Waller within an inch of his life, and pin what’s left! But Waller says he can read Bron like a book. And Waller has read that book, so he’ll past this test. Waller will not just beat Bron but he’ll embarrass him! Bron promises to break Waller inside the steel, but Waller went viral the last time he was inside a cage. This is what Waller wanted, but it’ll be Bron’s Vengeance Day. Who survives the steel to bring home the gold?

 

Tyler Bate VS Axiom!

Even with Kemp being a right wanker, the Big Strong Boy and the Undeniable Truth are going to focus on friendly competition! Will Bate continue to get A-Kid vibes from Axiom? Or will Axiom be even better than that?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Bate powers Axiom to ropes. The ref counts, Bate lets off, and fans applaud the sportsmanship. They reset, tie up again, and Bate has a cording hold. Axiom whips Bate away, Bate goes up and under and then knuckle locks. Bate steps over, headlocks, waistlocks, trips and body scissors to a clutch, TWO! They tie up, Bate cravats and snapmares, but Axiom is right up. Axiom sidesteps but Bate blocks the arm-drag to hit an arm-drag! Bate has the armlock and fans applaud the exchange. Axiom fights up, facelocks, but Bate powers out to keep on the armlock.

Axiom endures, fans duel, and Axiom goes up and around to whip Bate! Bate reverses to hit the arm-drag again! Fans cheer as Bate keeps on the arm but Axiom fights up. Axiom facelocks, Bate fights that, but Axiom goes up and around again. Bate still has the arm, he turns another whip into another arm-drag, but Axiom fights up. Axiom uses the ref for an assist to flip through! But again Bate reverses a whip! And again! Axiom is frustrated as Bate keeps on the arm. Axiom fights up, goes up and headscissors! Bate throws Axiom away, Axiom avoids the elbow to springboard arm-drag, kip up and ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO!

Axiom keeps on Bate with a facelock, fans rally up, and Bate rolls. Axiom rolls with Bate, covers, TWO! The two stand off, Bate SOBATS! Axiom staggers away, Bate runs in, but Axiom arm-drags Bate and himself up and out of the ring! Fans fire up while NXT goes picture in picture.

Both men stir, and Bate stands up first. Bate follows Axiom, UPPERCUTS him, then puts him in the ring. Bate stalks Axiom, brings him up and headlocks, to bop him with a boot! Bate hits the headlock takeover, but Axiom headscissors in return. Axiom pushes up to put on pressure, but Bate moves around. Bate headstands, pops free and has Axiom’s legs tied up. Bate goes back to the headlock but Axiom goes back to the headscissor! Bate kips free, but Axiom holds onto an arm to drag Bate back down! Axiom headscissors again, but Bate moves around again. Bate headstands, pops free and basement dropkicks!

Bate drags Axiom up by an arm and wraps Axiom up in a straitjacket stretch. Axiom endures, arm-drags free, and runs in at the corner. Axiom blocks a boot but not the KNEE! Bate goes up to FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Bate keeps cool and he keeps his eyes on Axiom. Bate UPPERCUTS again and Axiom goes to rpoes. Bate whips Axiom to ropes, then catches him to a COBRA TWIST! Axiom endures the stretch, pops free and hip tosses Bate down! Axiom waistlocks, they go to ropes but Bate bucks the O’Conner, only to turn around into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Axiom floats to get the arm, but Bate stacks him, TWO!

Axiom has Bate in a Triangle Hold, and NXT returns to single picture. Fans chant, “This is Wrestling!” as Bate deadlifts Axiom to a fireman’s carry! AIRPLANE SPIN! Fans fire up as Bate goes around and around and around, fifteen times! Bate slows down, staggers a bit, squats, and then powers up to spin MORE!! And then POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Axiom survives and Bate has to catch his breath but fans rally back up. Axiom and Bate rise, Bate spins a few more times before he throws a forearm! Axiom throws a forearm back! Bate fires forearm after forearm but Axiom hits back! Axiom kicks, Bate blocks but Axiom hops the sweep to ENZIGURI!

Bate falls over, Axiom keeps moving, PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Bate goes to a corner, Axiom runs in, he blocks the boot but gets another knee! Bate goes up and leaps, into an SLEEPER!! Axiom has the body scissors and fans rally up! Bate endures, fights the hold, turns over, but Axiom squeezes tighter! Bate stands, pries at the hold, opens it up, but Axiom waistlocks. Bate bucks the O’Conner again but Axiom kips up, into a RIGHT! But he SUPERKICKS right back! Axiom rolls Bate up but Bate sits on the cover, TWO!!! Axiom escapes and fans are thunderous! Both men slowly rise and fans rally up.

Axiom ROCKS Bate! Bate rebounds, but Axiom avoids the rolling kick! Bate avoids the Penalty Kick, Axiom slips through the roll-up. Bate blocks the Superkick to spin Axiom, Bop up and BANG in! Axiom wobbles, Bate runs and REBOUND LARIATS! Bate underhooks, but Axiom NORTHERN LIGHTS out! Bridging cover, TWO as Bate bridges up! Axiom pushes Bate back down, TWO as Bate gets back up! Underhooks, TYLER- RANA!!! Cover, TWO!!! Bate has the arms again! TYLER DRIVER 97!!! Cover, Bate wins!!!

Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall

A big strong win for the Big Strong Boy! “That was Awesome!” but will this earn Bate a title match on the other side of this Saturday? But Bate and the fans show Axiom respect. But then Kemp CLBOBBERS them both! And he hits Axiom with an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Kemp says he told them before, but then Bate chases Kemp off! Will Bate make sure Kemp learns European wrestling is anything but soft?

 

Isla Dawn speaks.

“In my land, Imbolc is the beginning of Spring. It is a time to exhale all that is behind us, and to mark new beginnings. Tonight, on the Eve of Imbolc, we purge the constraints of the past. We purify the negative energy surrounding us, and we transfigure the uninitiated into members of this house. There has always been a rage inside of you,” Alba Fyre. And she just needed a nudge to reveal it. “Shall we?” Fyre nods, and Isla says they are letting go of their unbridled passions, shed their egos, and relinquish their need for control. “These emotions no longer serve us.” Fyre repeats that, and throws water on the fire. With this, the initiation process has begun.

Isla and Fyre smile as they walk into the night. Will the darkness within Fyre grow stronger with the Wicked Witch’s influence?

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams.

McKenzie is with Trick Melo Gang, and Trick is shaking. But he’s just joking. He’s “shaking like booty meat on a Friday night.” Not because he’s scared, but because it’s cold out. “But Trick Willy can’t lie. This whole Apollo thing, I mean, I don’t know. Should I even go to Vengeance Day? He looks, he sees in the future, that’s some Cleo stuff, man!” Melo has Trick calm down. Of course Trick’s going to Vengeance Day. Apollo can stay daydreaming, but they stay scheming. McKenzie notes the match is Best 2 out of 3, so how does Melo see this playing out? Melo says everyone knows him by now, so we know how Melo sees this playing.

“Apollo needs to realize that this ain’t Jackson, that this ain’t Jordan, that these shots I take don’t ever jam.” Melo is of a different caliber! Melo took Apollo from the sidelines to the headlines. Apollo could have a top combine vertical, and his fingertips still wouldn’t reach Melo’s level. Melo tells Apollo that you can be this or that, but until you beat Melo, you can never be HIM. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gonna be. But is Melo overlooking the wild cards in the equation?

 

Roxanne Perez and Toxic Attraction sit down for video interviews.

The NXT Women’s Champion is far, far away from Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne for this final interview before Vengeance Day. Vic Joseph notes Roxie is the youngest woman to ever compete in the Royal Rumble match. How did that feel for her? She was overwhelmed, and so grateful to hear her music hit in front of over 50 THSOUAND people, and make the run down the ramp she’s dreamed of for so long. It was so incredible! Jacy says, “Incredible? More like incredibly pathetic! RoXaNnE~, cOnGrAtUlAtIoNs~! YoU wErE iN tHe RoYaL rUmBlE~!” But you didn’t win! And you’re not going to WrestleMania, but to Vengeance Day, to lose your title.

Gigi says the reason Roxie lost the Rumble was cuz she got put through a table! That look on her face when she realized she got tricked was great. But it’ll all be over for Lil’ Miss Perfect real soon. Roxie says Gigi & Jacy act like they’re best friends, but Roxie knows there is a lot of truth behind what they said to each other last week. Gigi says the truth is that Roxie stands no chance at Vengeance Day. How is Roxie gonna beat them both? She has the same percent chance of winning the Triple Threat as she did winning the Rumble: ZERO! Roxie is good and all, but going against the two baddest women in NXT at the same time, she has NO chance.

Actually, Roxie says she has more of a chance- Jacy cuts her off to say that Roxie had a good run. Eight months in NXT is like a little jog. Good for her! But Roxie peaked at 21 years old. That sucks. But this Saturday, it’s all coming to an end. Roxie says it’s not. But Gigi says it is. At least Roxie can go home to Texas and tell everyone she had a “cup of coffee” in the big time. She just made one critical mistake: messing with Toxic Attraction. And look on the bright side! She can play the “What If” game! What if Roxie stayed in her lane and didn’t punch up? Roxie starts to speak but Jacy cuts her off again, telling her to shut up.

Jacy says “What if” Roxie was a good little girl and didn’t make any waves. Whether Roxie likes it or not, it’s 2v1. Gigi says Roxie’s ride is over, the 15 minutes of fame are over. Roxie storms out, and Toxic Attraction make fun of her for not being able to handle it. Vic says Toxic Attraction weren’t being fair, but Jacy says, “Who cares? After Saturday, she’ll be old news. You’re looking at the next NXT Women’s Champion right here.” Then which one will it be? Gigi says you’re looking at her! Gigi knows everyone, especially Booker, is a big fan of Roxie, and is just trying to find a crack between Toxic Attraction, but there isn’t one.

For almost two years, Toxic Attraction has controlled the NXT Women’s Division. But for the last six weeks, everyone’s been on a vacation from it. That changes on Saturday, as order will be restored when Jacy & Gigi take their rightful spot. This day has been a long time coming, Roxie is just the first one to push it to the edge. But at Vengeance Day, they course correct things back to Gigi- Er, they become NXT Women’s Champion. Jacy notices that “flub,” but before she can respond, ROXANNE POUNCES!! Roxie fires off with all the pent up anger on both of them! She TACKLES Jacy through the set!!

Fans fire up as security rushes in to stop Roxie from tearing into Toxic Attraction more! Will nothing, not even two opponents at once, stop The Prodigy from proving why she IS NXT Women’s Champion?

 

Stevie Turner VS Dani Palmer!

Updated, online and ready to play, the Fourth Dimensional Superstar is finally back in action! Will Stevie prove that she is always two steps ahead and two levels above? Or will Dani delete Stevie before she even gets started?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Stevie has an armlock, then wrenches Dani to wrangle her to the mat. Dani fights up, rolls, backflips and wrenches, but Stevie gets away. They go again, Stevie waistlocks but Dani switches, only for Stevie to elbow free. Stevie headlocks, Dani brings her down to a knee and handstands to slip free! Stevie avoids Dani’s headlock to BOOT, BOOT and then scrape Dani on ropes! Fans boo, Stevie runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Stevie laughs like mad and she pushes Dani down. Stevie then brings Dani up, but Dani pushes her away. Stevie kicks low, CLUBS Dani, then turns her for a HANGING NECKBREAKER!

Dani staggers to ropes, Stevie snapmares her and clamps on a chinlock. Fans rally, Dani fights up, and arm-drags free! Stevie runs back but into an elbow! Dani dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! And again! Dani keeps moving but Stevie kicks low! But Dani JAWBREAKERS back! Dani runs to THESZ PRESS! Dani rains down wild hands, thrashes Stevie around, and then drags Stevie up. Dani runs, but Stevie reels her in by her tights! Stevie whips Dani away, and BOOTS her down! Stevie hauls Dani up, TWISTING DDT!! Stevie isn’t done there, she drags Dani up, for the SIDE EFFECT! Cover, Stevie wins!

Winner: Stevie Turner, by pinfall

Stevie just rerouted Dani’s connection and has her first win in NXT! Will Stevie soon be the number one trend in wrestling?

 

Kiana James is on the phone.

She promises to see “Zack” there, and says, “Love you, too.” Fallon Henley then walks over and asks who she was talking to. No one, don’t worry about it. Fallon knew it! She KNEW Kiana would break Jensen’s heart!! Fallon, calm down, it’s not what you think. You don’t even know why you’re upset right now! Oh? Then who is Zack?! But then in walk the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. Kayden Carter points out the #1 contenders, and how they’re not talking about their upcoming match. Katana Chance says that sounds like trouble. Kiana says sound travels fast around here. But the only sound the champs will hear on Saturday is, “And NEW…!”

Has Fallon been giving Kiana a lot to drink lately? They’ve been a team for like a week while KC Squared has been a team for over a year! Fallon says with all due respect, we all know, we all get it, Katana & Kayden are BFFs. But Saturday is the biggest match of Fallon’s life, so she is going all out. Kiana says they are going all out. Well, we’ll see about that. But either way, the titles are staying with KC Squared. Katana & Kayden head out, and Fallon gets Kiana’s attention. Stay focused for Saturday, but just know this conversation isn’t over. Fallon heads out, is she making a mountain out of a mole hill?

 

Charlie Dempsey VS Drew Gulak w/ Hank Walker!

The Son of the Gentleman Villain cost the Philly Stretcher and his blue collar protégé last week, so this is all about vengeance before Vengeance Day! Will Gulak lock Dempsey down? Or will the Philly Stretcher be the one getting stretched?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Gulak headlocks for a takeover. Dempsey fights up, hits a back suplex, but Gulak holds on! Gulak has control again but Dempsey headscissors. Gulak moves around, has the legs, but Dempsey keeps shoulders up in the stack. Dempsey pushes Gulak away, they stand, and Gulak facelocks. Dempsey wrenches out, wristlocks, but Gulak grinds forearms. Dempsey wrenches, Gulak gets away, and fans rally up as NXT goes picture in picture.

The two circle, knuckle lock, and go shoulder to shoulder for a test of strength. Dempsey powers Gulak down to his knees, but Gulak powers back up. They go shoulder to shoulder again and now Gulak powers Dempsey back. Dempsey bridges, but Gulak has the cover! TWO as Dempsey gets an arm up! Gulak puts that arm down, TWO as the other arm comes up! Gulak has both arms, TWO as Dempsey bridges back up! Gulak stands over Dempsey, brings him up, but Dempsey monkey flips! Dempsey rolls back to a cover, TWO as Gulak sunset flips! TWO, and Dempsey headlocks to keep Gulak down! Fans applaud as the technical exchange continues.

Gulak fights up to his feet, powers his way to a facelock, but Dempsey snap suplexes to a cover, TWO! Gulak has the facelock but Dempsey stands up again. Dempsey goes for a trip but Gulak uses that to get a cover, TWO! Dempsey fights up, Gulak facelocks, then scoops and SLAMS Dempsey into ropes! Dempsey clutches his legs but Gulak storms up. Dempsey throws body shots and uppercuts! Gulak DECKS Dempsey in return! Gulak hurries to a cover, TWO! Gulak grabs Dempsey’s legs and steps through, but Dempsey resists. Gulak still pushes through to get the deathlock, and then he gets the chinlock for a REGAL STRETCH!!

Dempsey endures, reaches out, but Gulak keeps the pressure on the hold! Dempsey still moves forward, NXT returns to single picture, and Dempsey pries the facelock away! Dempsey turns to trip Gulak into a HEEL HOOK! Gulak kicks away to get free! Dempsey UPPERCUTS, has the leg, DRAGON SCREW! Gulak clutches his knee and fans rally up again. Dempsey covers, TWO! Dempsey underhooks the arm, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridge, and then roll into the BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Gulak endures, fights up, but Dempsey shifts to have a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Gulak endures, Dempsey turns it to a ghost pin, TWO!

ANOTHER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dempsey keeps on Gulak with a deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! “This is Wrestling!” as Dempsey brings Gulak up. Gulak wrenches the arm, CLUBS it, and then has the CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! Dempsey pries free, arm-drags Gulak away, and storms up, to get the leg! Gulak slips out of the Dragon Screw, but Dempsey gets the leg again! DRAGON SCREW! And then Dempsey has the leg for a HEEL HOOK! Gulak kicks with his free leg, and he gets away! Both men rush in, Gulak blocks the forearm to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Gulak clutches his leg and Dempsey goes to ropes. Fans rally up, Gulak headlocks, but Dempsey hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Gulak is hanging tough and Hank coaches him up. Fans rally, Gulak and Dempsey slowly rise. Dempsehy runs in, into a SLAP!! Gulak just pissed Dempsey off! Dempsey BOOTS, but Gulak TACKLES Dempsey! Cover, TWO, but Dempsey has a SLEEPER! Gulak rolls out to get the arms! But Dempsey rolls, stands, but Gulak spins. Into Dempsey’s CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! Gulak moves around, but Dempsey pushes on the bad leg! Dempsey drags Gulak down, body scissors are on!

Gulak fights, gets free of the body scissors, and Hank coaches Dempsey! Gulak runs to ropes and Dempsey is sent  into Hank!! Gulak rolls Dempsey up, Gulak wins!

Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall

Hank is dazed, did he just get used as a pawn? Is Gulak using his own student to help him cut corners?

 

Von is fuming backstage.

He throws a chair at the wall, and Stone says it ain’t working. This is not working. Von throws a locker room bench, and shouts, “YA THINK?!” Stone asks a question: Why does Von have Stone managing him? Stone has been managing Von for over a year now, yet he knows nothing about Von! Who IS Von Wagner? He’s big, he growls, but so do a lot of other guys. If Von wants to get to the next level, then he has to show Stone who he is! He has to show us who he is INSIDE! Help Stone help Von! Stone storms off, will these words help unlock Von’s true potential?

 

Triple Threat Tag: The Dyad VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Chase U!

The New Day, Pretty Deadly and Gallus are waiting as there’s still room for one more for Vengeance Day! Will Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed plant the roots of The Schism in Charlotte? Will the underestimated underdogs finally unlock their potential? Or will Andre Chase & Duke Hudson share this #TeachableMoment with everyone? We find out, after the break!

NXT returns as Malik & Edris make their entrance, followed by Chase U’s entrance. In this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are legal at any given time, so Malik & Edris agree to let the other teams start. Duke and Rip circle as fans rally behind Chase U. Duke and Rip tie up, Rip knees low and whips Duke, but Duke blocks! Duke glares at Rip, reels him in and scoops to SLAM! Tag to Chase, Duke whips Rip and Chase drop toeholds for the “LET’S GO~!” ELBOW! Chase covers, TWO! Chase drags Rip up but Rip gets away to the third corner. Rip CHOPS Edris as part of the tag! Edris steps in and he circles with Chase.

Chase and Edris shake hands, then tie up. Edris wrenches, steps over, then arm-drags, but Chase blocks to step over and La Magistrol! ONE, but Edris wrangles Chase for a La Magi- NO, Chase blocks it to have a cover, TWO! Edris and Chase stand off, and Chase says that was a teachable moment! Fans cheer but Edris rushes in. They go around, Chase bucks the O’Conner, and things speed up! Edris jumps then DROPKICKS Chase down! Chase staggers up, Edris runs in and rolls off Chase’s back to tag Malik before the arm-drag! Malik hurries in, he and Edris double whip, to trip, BOOT and LARIAT! Malik covers, TWO!

Malik facelocks but Chase JAWBREAKERS free! Reed sneaks a tag before Chase whips. Malik reverses, Chase ducks ‘n’ dodges but Reed trips Chase up! Malik realizes what happened, the ref has him exit, and Reed keeps after Chase. Reed fires forearms and DECKS Chase! Chase bails out, Rip drags him up, and The Dyad coordinates, PLANCHA SHOULDER BREAKER! Chase clutches his arm while Rip pushes him around. Fans boo and Duke storms over but the ref has everyone stay back. Rip drags Chase up and puts him on the apron, to SLAM him on the edge! Chase sputters but Rip drags him around.

Fans rally, but Rip hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Rip clamps onto Chase with a cobra clutch but Chase endures. Fans rally for Chase U as Chase fights up. Rip ripcords to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Rip smothers Chase, has another cover, TWO! Rip and Reed are upset but the ref says his count is fair. Rip UPPERCUTS Chase in the back, then clamps on with another clutch. Fans rally, Chase fights up, but Rip ripcords to back elbow! Rip then suplexes, but Chase blocks it! Rip CLUBS Chase down, taunts Duke, but Chase fights up. Chase suplexes Rip! Fans fire up while both men are down! Reed tags in to run and DROPKICK Duke!

Reed turns around, into a BIG back drop! But no Duke means no tag! Thea Hail coaches Duke up but Rip tags back in. Rip goes after Chase but Chase throws him out! Malik & Edris call to Chase, they’re his only option! Chase runs over, but then The Dyad trips Malik & Edris up! Chase has no one, and turns around into a throat chop! Tag to Reed, the Dyad sets Chase up for a POWERBOMB BACKSTABBER!! Cover, TWO!?! Chase survives and everyone is shocked! Fans are thunderous for Chase U, but Rip says Chase is a hypocrite, a joke and a fool! Thea is furious on Chase’s behalf, and Reed runs in, but Chase goes up and over!

Hot tag to Duke! Duke rallies on The Dyad with big hands! Scoop for Rip, SIDEWALK SLAM! JAB after JAB for Reed! Rip rushes in, so he gets JAB after JAB! Flip, flop and U~! ELBOW! Then a SENTON! SPLASH for Reed, a whip corner to corner, and Reed tumbles up and out! Duke runs in to BOOT Reed down! Fans are thunderous as Duke fetches Reed back into the ring. Duke shoulders into Reed, slingshots and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Reed survives but the student section fires up! Duke tunes up the band, but Malik tags in! Malik GAMANGIRIS Duke, springboards and CROSSBODIES Reed!

Malik goes back to ropes, to SLINGSHOT RANA Duke!! Malik is fired up and fans can’t help but fire up with him! Tag to Edris, Malik goes up a corner, FROG SPLASH onto Reed! Edris goes up, MACHO ELBOW!! Edris drags Reed up, fireman’s carries, and Malik runs! ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Cover, Rip AND Chase break it! Fans are electric as “NXT! NXT!” gives them this amazing main event! Thea is also all pumped up as all six men start brawling! Reed tumbles out but Chase and Duke throw Rip out to join him. Malik & Edris DOUBLE DROPKICK Chase U out! Then they build speed, to DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO!!

“This is Awesome!” as Edris puts Reed in! Edris goes back up top, but Reed hits ropes! Edris lands bad up top, and Reed ROCKS him! Reed climbs up after Edris, but Malik CLUBS Reed! Malik climbs up but then Rip YANKS him down! Rip RAMS Malik into steel steps! The Dyad has Edris together now, but Chase sneaks a tag! Chase joins in, and using his physics knowledge, hits a TOWER OF DOOM!! Fans are thunderous as Chase fires up! Spell it out! C! H! A! S! E! U! What’s that spell?! “CHASE U!!” But Ava Raine distracts Chase! Reed CLOBBERS Chase! But Thea YANKS Ava down! Reed is shocked!

Reed runs at Chase, GRIT YOUR- NO, Chase dodges! Hot tag to Duke, and Duke turns Reed! Gory Especial, and Chase adds on, ROLLING COMPLETE SHOT!! Cover, Chase U wins!!!

Winners: Chase U, by pinfall (join the NXT Tag Team Championship Fatal 4 Way)

Thea is the most excited of all as the red ‘n’ black now get to compete for some gold! But then we see Gallus appear in the perch and Pretty Deadly appear on stage, with the New Day on the tron! Gimme a C! H! A! S! Well, we know the rest. Congrats to Chase U! This wins means they’re going to Vengeance Day! So then, New Day will see Chase U, and Gallus, and Pretty Deadly of course. Put it together for all these teams! But will this road game be a big win for Chase U? Will Pretty Deadly redo the #SidePlateCheck? Will Gallus Boys be on top? Or will ya bois the NEW~ DAY~, still be your W, W, E, N, X, T, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~?


My Thoughts:

Now this was a go-home episode! No need for filling/wasting time with recaps, just give us promos, action and other stuff to hype up what’s coming. Good promo from Apollo Crews, and good response from Trick & Melo. Apollo’s vision seems to foreshadow Oro Mensah being his back-up, as I’m pretty sure I saw his dreadlocks in that silhouette. At the same time, even if someone were to cancel out Trick, that doesn’t guarantee Apollo wins. Melo could win one fall cuz of Trick, Apollo could win one fall cuz Oro cancels out Trick, and then the third fall is truly 1v1. I’m leaning towards Melo since he makes sense as the next challenger to THE NXT Championship.

Speaking of, we got a pretty good promo vignette for Bron VS Waller in the steel cage. And from how they’re talking about it, this is going to be a No Escape Steel Cage match, where the door isn’t an option and climbing the walls won’t win it for you. I am all for that, and I think all Steel Cage matches should be like that to get rid of some of the more overused tropes of a Steel Cage match. Good interview promos from Roxie, Gigi & Jacy, and while part of me wanted Roxie to explode on Toxic Attraction verbally, her going after them directly was just as good. Roxie really should show she has grit, but I feel like her initiating the brawl is tantamount to her standing tall. I hope this doesn’t put the go-home math against her, she only just got that belt.

Stevie Turner’s first match back was pretty good, and I’m actually happy to see they came up with a completely kayfabed chat box for her entrance, as I imagined last week. Good promo from Isla & Fyre to establish that they’re a team now. I was sensing there’d be something building towards Valentine’s Day in a couple weeks, and I think this whole “Who is Zack and what is he to Kiana?” is gonna be the thing. Kiana is gonna reveal that’s like her brother and Fallon’s gonna feel dumb for getting protective of Jensen’s feelings. But with that, I don’t think they win the tag titles at Vengeance Day. That should probably be Isla & Fyre.

We also got a real good “NXT Investigates” promo from McKenzie to point out just how many suspects there really are in the Whodunnit of Lyons’ parking lot attack. Indi VS Stark was a good match to play off that, but I’m starting to wonder if Valentina Feroz did it. Feroz seems like the least likely, so that’d be quite the twist. Given her talk with Elektra Lopez about doing underhanded things, Feroz said she couldn’t do anything to Wendy Choo because Wendy’s a friend. But Feroz and Lyons have no connections, so Feroz could attack her from behind with no problems.

Good promo from Wes Lee, Dijak, Von and Stone to set up Dijak VS Von. That was a good match, but of course Dijak won to have momentum going into the North American title match. I still think Wes wins, but what was really interesting to come out of this was Stone getting fired up telling Von to bring out some personality. Is Von going to suddenly have a gimmick? I can’t even be sure what that’d be. Also, good promo from Tony D and Stacks. I thought Von was gonna be the big guy Stacks went after but then this happened, so maybe Stacks calls out Odyssey Jones or Quincy Elliot to give one of those guys some screen time. And also a win, because I feel like Stacks is gonna bite off more than he can chew.

We also got some great technical wrestling singles matches. Gulak VS Dempsey was not as good as Bate VS Axiom, but I like the detail that Hank takes the hit to tip things in Gulak’s favor. Hank might confront Gulak on that move, and we get closer to Heel Gulak. Then we got just a hilarious and very meta promo out of Bate and Axiom referencing A-Kid. Kemp sticking his nose in things is fine, he needs something to do and honestly should’ve had more time in NXT UK. Bate winning makes sense, he’s also back and needs some momentum. Kemp’s blindside attack definitely earns him a match with both of them in turn, probably winning against Axiom but losing to Bate.

Really good stuff out of the NXT Tag Division tonight, too. The opener of Creeds VS Indus Sher was good, though I feel like maybe they’re going for too real of a fight feel. Julius just came off like he forgot the match flow they discussed. But it was a clever move to have Indus Sher win because of the mishap with Ivy. This will add something more to the Diamond Mine story, and Indus Sher really should be climbing up the rankings. Especially with everything going on in the title story.

Great Triple Threat main event, and as great as all three teams are, it makes sense Chase U won. New Day is Face, Gallus and Pretty Deadly are Heel, so there needed to be another Face team. There’s intrigue in the Chase U story and it can play out in the Fatal 4. And Indus Sher being Heels, if New Day retains (or even if Chase U wins), that’d be a great program going to Stand & Deliver.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Orlando stays Dark!

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Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!

As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
  • Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
  • Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
  • Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
  • Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
  • Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
  • Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
  • The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
  • Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.

QUICK NOTES

A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.

And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.


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