Will Gallus crack under the pressure from Diamond Mine?
Gallus made the jump from NXT UK to NXT USA, and they want to make all of this their kingdom! But will the Creed Brothers & Damon Kemp be on top?
- Apollo Crews VS Grayson Waller; Waller wins.
- Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley; Kayden & Katana win.
- Mixed Six Tag: Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley VS Pretty Deadly & Lash Legend; Pretty Deadly & Lash Legend win.
- Andre Chase w/ Bodhi Hayward & Thea Hail VS Charlie Dempsey; Chase wins.
- Zoey Stark VS Kiana James; Stark wins.
- Six Man Tag: Diamond Mine VS Gallus; Gallus wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Apollo Crews VS Grayson Waller!
The premiere of the Grayson Waller Effect was a success, in that the 21st Century Success Story got on the nerves of his guest. And now, as Waller makes his entrance, he gets the mic to speak. Only for Apollo to cut him off! Will Waller just have to settle for using his actions to speak for him? And will Apollo do what we all want to do and shut Waller up?
The bell rings, the two tie up and Apollo waistlocks. Waller switches, Apollo wrenches out but Waller spins through and wristlocks. Apollo pries free to wristlock and wrangle Waller down. Waller rolls, wrenches, but Apollo switches it around to headlock. Waller powers out, Apollo goes up and over and handsprings! Fans fire up but Waller mockingly applauds. Waller then runs, into an arm-drag! Apollo has a top wristlock but Waller stands up. Apollo wrenches, Waller wrenches, repeat. Apollo whips, Waller goes up and arm-drags to a cover, ONE! Waller shows off with drop steps, then he sidesteps, only for Apollo to run him over!
Things speed up, Waller hurdles but Apollo blocks the hip toss to LARIAT! Waller staggers but Apollo bumps him off buckles! Apollo bumps Waller off more buckles, then DECKS him! Apollo whips Waller to a corner, and Waller bounces off buckles into a back drop! Fans fire up and Apollo smiles. Apollo enjoys the fans chanting for him, but Waller JABS him! Waller storms over, whips Apollo but Apollo reverses. Apollo hurdles, drops and DROPKICKS Waller down! Apollo does drop steps even smoother than Waller! Apollo takes a bow as fans cheer, then he kicks Waller. Apollo whips Waller to CLOBBER him!
Apollo looms over Waller, gives the trash talk back, then CLUBS Waller. Apollo suplexes and he holds Waller up! Fans fire up as Apollo holds Waller for the count of 10, then 15, then SLAMS him down! Apollo goes to the apron and slingshots to senton! Cover, TWO! Apollo forearms, whips, and scoops but Waller slips off! Waller may have gotten Apollo in the eye, too! The ref has Waller stay back and he checks on Apollo. Apollo bails out and fans jeer Waller. Medics check on Apollo’s eyes, will he be able to continue? NXT goes picture in picture while Waller taunts Apollo.
Apollo blinks but his eyes are still bothering him. Waller paces and Apollo says he’s good. Apollo gets in the ring but Waller BOOTS him down! Waller fires off in the corner with forearms and elbows, then whips him corner to corner hard! Apollo bounces off buckles and Waller stomps him down. Waller CHOKES Apollo on the ropes but lets off as the ref counts. Waller glares at the fans but Apollo kicks back. Waller CLUBS Apollo, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to SPLASH! Apollo sits down and Waller digs his knee in! The ref counts, Waller lets off, and Waller soaks up the heat while the ref checks on Apollo,
Waller drags Apollo up, whips him to ropes, but Apollo ducks ‘n’ dodges to sunset flip! But Waller stays up, turns Apollo over and drops an elbow! Waller KNEES Apollo to a corner, then cravats for a neck wrench. Waller throws shoulders into Apollo, then KNEES him down! Waller backs off to go up the corner and walk on the rope. BALLER ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Waller is annoyed but he stalks Apollo to the ropes. Apollo CHOPS Waller, then CHOPS him again! Waller storms up to Apollo to JAB him in the ribs! Waller then brings Apollo out to suplex, but Apollo blocks! Apollo turns it into a cradle, TWO! Waller CLOBBERS Apollo!
Waller KNEES Apollo in the back, then drives elbows into Apollo’s neck and shoulder. Apollo resists so Waller drives in more elbows! Waller lets off to soak up the heat, and then he turns Apollo around to cravat. Apollo endures but Waller snapmares. NXT returns to single picture as fans boo Waller. Apollo endures and fans rally up. Waller leans his weight on the hold but Apollo still fights up. Apollo snapmares free then counter punches Waller! And CHOPS! And ROCKS! Waller dodges and sends Apollo to the apron, but Apollo DECKS him back! Apollo slingshots to senton, INTO A SLEEPER! Waller has body scissors but Apollo fights up!
Fans fire up and duel as Waller smothers Apollo! Waller rains down forearms onto the back of Apollo’s head and neck! Cover, TWO!! Apollo is still in this and Waller is frustrated. Fans taunt Waller, but Waller says HE runs NXT! Apollo doesn’t belong here anymore! Waller dodges the body shots but not the ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Waller wobbles. Waller manages to fireman’s carry, but Apollo slips off and gets to a corner. Waller runs in, but Apollo dodges to ENZIGURI again! Apollo then LARIATS Waller, and again! Apollo whips, and LEAPING LARIATS! Fans fire up as Apollo kips up!
Apollo roars and runs corner to corner to SPLASH! Apollo pushes Waller away to then goes up and BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Waller survives but Apollo isn’t stopping there! Apollo trophy lifts, but Waller gets to the apron! Waller HOTSHOTS Apollo, then somersaults in, STUN- NO, Apollo does his best to hold Waller off, but Waller pokes the eye!! STUNNER!! Cover, WALLER WINS!!
Winner: Grayson Waller, by pinfall
Waller takes advantage of damage done by accident, and he blinds Apollo in the end! Will Waller use anything and everything to win and reach the top of NXT?
Diamond Mine fires up backstage.
If Gallus thinks they’re hooligans, that’s fine! We all know they’re pussycats, and this is going to be a dogfight! Is Damon Kemp hungry? Starving! Brutus says the Coffey Brothers ain’t got nothing on the Creed Brothers! But then Roderick Strong walks in and says that he knows they still don’t trust him, but he got security footage from the ceiling cameras! It’ll show- Julius says the only thing that those will show is that he doesn’t trust Strong! They’ve gotta get ready for the Six Man Tag that they’re going to dominate, because they trust each other! Trust?! After everything they’ve been through?! Forget this!
Strong storms off and Kemp says even he doesn’t trust Strong anymore. Brutus says that’s the nail in the coffin! But then Ivy Nile and Tatum Paxley walk in. She tells them that this is enough. While the boys have been arguing like children, she & Tatum have been training for a shot at the NXT Women’s Tag Titles. Tatum’s face needs a brace because of Ivy’s training, and they’re teammates. So the boys need to stop being petty and get it together. The Creeds & Damon agree. Will all of Diamond Mine be united when the pressure is on?
Bron Breakker is in the locker room.
And Finn Balor walks in?! The Prince stares the NXT Champion down, and he knows Bron knows who he is. And that means Bron knows Finn is the guy who held that title for more days than anyone. Finn made that title the industry standard for who is the best. Now, it is Bron’s responsibility to hold up that lineage. But Finn likes Bron, so he’ll give Bron some advice. Finn’s beaten guys twice as big as him. “So on Sunday, don’t underestimate the moment, and don’t underestimate your opponent. Good luck.” Finn leaves, but will this pressure break or make Bron when Worlds Collide?
Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley!
KC Squared are the NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, and they believe they’re the one true tag team in all of the WWE Women’s Division! But with the Diamond Pitbull and Power Lifter coming for them, and Toxic Attraction watching from the lounge, will the party last much longer? Or will it only turn up from here?
NXT returns and the Diamond Mine makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Ivy starts against Kayden. They circle, tie up, and go around. Ivy waistlocks, SLAMS Kayden down, then rolls her around. Kayden fights up, Ivy SLAMS her down again. Cover, ONE, but Ivy waistlocks again. Ivy flips around to sunset flip, TWO! Kayden has the prawn hold, TWO! Ivy swings, Kayden dodges to Eddy Gordo Kick! Ivy flounders away to the KC corner and Kayden SPLASHES! Tag to Katana, she holds Ivy in place for Kayden’s DROPKICK! Katana then waistlocks Ivy and tags Kayden back in. Ivy switches but Katana sweeps the legs! Kayden ghost pins, TWO!
Toxic Attraction is not impressed but that could just be their arrogance. Ivy shoves Kayden away but Kayden comes back to waistlocks. Ivy blocks that to SLAM Kayden down! Tag to Tatum and Ivy runs in to CALF KICK! Tatum whips Ivy back in for a forearm SMASH! Then Tatum scoops Kayden to squat and SLAM! Tatum STANDING MARIPOSAS! Cover, TWO! Toxic Attraction mockingly applaud while Tatum brings Kayden up. Kayden rolls Tatum, TWO! Tatum DROPKICKS Kayden away! Kayden goes to ropes, Tatum whips but Kayden slips through the ropes to get around, O’Conner Roll! TWO, and Kayden springboards to dropkick Tatum down! Cover, TWO!
Kayden is frustrated but she keeps on Tatum with a chinlock. Tatum endures, fights up, but Kayden drags her away. Katana tags in, KC Squared double whip, trip and BOOT! Then Katana slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO! Wait, Gigi & Jacy have left the lounge. That can’t be good. Tatum whips Katana but Katana RANA, only for Tatum to block! Tatum tosses Katana away, Katana dodges, and then DOUBLE LARIATS take both women down! Fans fire up while Tatum and Katana crawl. Katana gets Tatum’s leg, but Tatum ENZIGURIS! Kayden tags in, and while the ref isn’t looking, Gigi trips up Ivy!
Tatum BOOTS Kayden away but Ivy is nowhere to be found! Jacy shows up to distract Tatum, Tatum swings on her but misses! Kayden SUPERKICKS Tatum while Ivy fights off both Gigi & Jacy! But Katana tags in, Tatum is on the HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, KC Squared wins!
Winners: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance, by pinfall
Give a toxic assist to Toxic Attraction! Tatum & Ivy regroup and Katana gets the mic. “Ladies, don’t worry, we’ll do this again soon. Now, we set out to be fighting champions. But we have defeated all the teams here in NXT to get our hands on these titles.” Kayden says that they did, and points out that NXT UK has NO Women’s Tag Teams! So tell ’em, Katana! It’ll be a party in the parking- WAIT!! “Doudrop” Piper Niven is here!? As is NIKKI A.S.H!! The Celtic Connection of Monday Night Raw is here on NXT! They get in the ring with the champs, and fans chant “Welcome Back!”
Piper says, “Now, I love a good party, just as much as you ladies do. But… How about instead of dancing in the parking lot, on Sunday, we do a little dance right here in this ring?” And Nikki says they’ll do it for the NXT Women’s Tag Team titles!! KC Squared shake hands, and the match is on! But Piper & Nikki don’t let the champs go, they make sure they stare them all straight in the eye. Will Piper & Nikki go from almost WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions to the duo that douDROPS the beat?
Kiana James is in her office.
She’s yelling at someone about business, and then a message is brought in. Tell “Jared at Schumer” to get it done! And thanks, Gia. Kiana says that unlike her opponent tonight, Zoey Stark, she knows how to get things done. Zoey had her chance at the NXT Women’s Championship and blew it. And she was so beat up from that, she couldn’t compete in the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament. Zoey ruined that for herself and Nikkita Lyons. What a liability. Nowadays, we have a term for those who can’t escape poor performance: “Tryhard.” Zoey suffers from the delusion of adequacy. But leave it to Zoey to overpromise and underdeliver.
After tonight, it will be a long, long time before Zoey gets another title opportunity. Kiana then gets back to business. Did he get it done? Yes? Good. Will Kiana handle her business and do as she promises? Or will Zoey show us who the real tryhard is around here?
The Schism speaks.
Joe Gacy says, “We are about to have a Great Recognition Ceremony, which allows more branches to grow, more opportunities for those searching for direction.” Cameron Grimes may be rich in wealth, but time is money. And the time has come for Grimes to decide his future. “The offer is yours to accept.” But will Grimes accept what Gacy is offering? Or will he reject it with major Cave-In?
Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams arrive.
NXT Media catches up with them, but he says unless this is about his opponent for Worlds Collide, there’s nothing to talk about. And never talk to them again! Well then, is Melo expecting a day off this Sunday? Or is he asking NXT to come up with someone to face him?
The Schism is in the ring.
NXT returns as they stand on a podium, and Gacy says, “Great things happen when worlds collide, but longing things bloom when worlds come together. Thankful to the NXT Universe can bare witness to tonight’s Great Recognition Ceremony. Seven days ago, the Dyad proved that our way of life is undeniable. Rip Fowler, Jagger Reed, by defeating Legado del Fantasma, two men from a fractured family, you scored a victory for everyone that lives in harmony. And for that, you will be rewarded.” Gacy has smiley face buttons, and says these represent the great strides each of them have made. And the great recognition each of them have earned as they climb higher into the Schism’s tree.
Reed thanks Gacy for affirming what they now know to be true: “Together, we are gracious. Together, we are whole.” Rip says together, they have been recognized. Gacy’s virtues and teachings have empowered them to see that there is inner strength when they are together. Gacy is inspired by their growth, and their ascension only allows more space in the grass for others to find their home under the tree. Grimes, they see you wandering around aimlessly and lonely. They have a special seat for him to come and join them. Follow their footsteps! Surprisingly, Grimes does make his way out here!
Fans cheer Grimes on as he makes his way to the ring. Grimes gets himself a mic and Gacy says it’s so good to see him! Grimes says he didn’t come out here to be part of their celebration. But he does need to talk with Gacy. These last few weeks, they’ve been following him and asking him to join the group. Grimes has an answer for them. Then tell us, Cameron! Grimes says the more he thinks about it, the more it just all makes sense. He doesn’t NEED them! Grimes doesn’t need anybody to go TO~ THE~ MOON~! Gacy frowns and says Grimes’ loneliness is killing him. Grimes says these words, but just beneath the surface is nothing but misery!
Gacy understands that it is tough to go all in and lose. Grimes, you are one of the toughest superstars in NXT, but you wear a mask that hides all of your insecurities. Grimes lost the North American Championship, he fell victim to Bron Breakker, and he must admit that The Schism is right. They will leave him alone if he admits he is lonely. Oh, the bad part is, Gacy is right. Grimes lost the North American title, he lost to Bron, but more importantly: he got himself in those situations and he can do it again! Cameron Grimes don’t need nobody! So before things get worse, he’s leaving.
Gacy says this is another night without a title, without a family, and without a father. Grimes stops in his tracks and storms back up! The Dyad try to stop him but they get thrown out! Gacy handsprings, but instead of hitting his lariat, he HUGS Grimes! Grimes shoves him away, the Dyad gets in again, but Gacy has everyone stand down. Grimes leaves, but will The Schism get him to give in?
Roxanne Perez speaks.
“It’s hard to look back at the happiest moments of my life, and realize the person who I shared them with is someone I don’t even recognize anymore. When Cora hit me, I literally felt my heart break into two. Going into Heatwave, I wanted nothing more than to hurt Cora as much as she hurt me. But when I had the chance, I couldn’t bring myself to do it. In that moment, the memories we made, the secrets we kept, the dreams we shared, ran through my mind. And I paid for it. Lesson learned. Next time, there’s no hesitation! Cora’s and my friendship is over, but Cora and I are not.” When and where will Roxie come back for her revenge?
Tyler Bate is backstage.
And Fit Finlay says hello! Fans are happy to see Finlay, but it seems Finlay’s got a call for Bate on the line. It’s Pete Dunne! But this call is not for pleasantries. They were just kids when Bate beat Dunne in Blackpool to first become NXT UK Champion, but don’t forget that Dunne took it from him in Chicago. So Bate knows better than anyone that the UK title represents hard work. So on Sunday, unify the titles for the memories of NXT UK, for the future of NXT Europe, and for British Strong Style. Bate says thanks, mate. Bate looks at the belt on his shoulder. Will the Big Strong Boy be the one carrying the banner forward after Worlds Collide?
Mixed Six Tag: Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley VS Pretty Deadly & Lash Legend!
There’s been beef between the good ol’ boys and the former NXT UK Tag Team Champions, as well as the Cowgirl having beef with the WNBA star. But will #CountryStrong stand tall going into Worlds Collide? Or will these #DeadlyLegends dunk on them with style?
The trios sort out, and it’s ladies first! Fallon and Lash tie up, go around, but Lash puts Fallon on ropes. Fallon pushes back but Lash bops her on the head. Fallon SLAPS Lash then KICKS her down! Cover, ONE! Fallon storms up but into a knee! Lash KNEES again, scoops Fallon and dribbles her in the ropes! The ref counts, Lash lets off at 4 to TOSS Fallon away. Fans boo but Lash talks trash on Fallon. Lash drags Fallon up, whips her hard into a corner, then back drops her on the rebound! Lash claps at Fallon then taunts Jensen. Lash drags Fallon up but Fallon dodges the clothesline to clothesline Lash out!
Fallon goes to the apron to CROSSBODY! Direct hit and down goes Lash! Fans fire up with Fallon and she puts Lash in the ring. Fallon storms up but Lash scurries away to tag in Kit Wilson. Fallon dares Kit to do something but Kit calls out Briggs. Fallon SLAPS Kit first, then tags Briggs! Briggs DECKS Kit, whips him to ropes, but Kit reverses. Things speed up, Briggs turns the hurdle into an atomic drop! And a POUNCE! Fans fire up with Briggs but Kit grabs his leg. Briggs drags Kit up but Kit stomps a foot! Kit knees low, CLUBS Briggs, then tags in Elton Prince. Prince goes up and leaps, into a bigger atomic drop!
Tag to Jensen, the good ol’ boys whip and back drop Prince together! Fans fire up, Kit runs in but is thrown back out! Fallon gets in, she dodges Lash to then get a boost to ENZIGURI Lash out! Jensen and Briggs give Fallon a whip and a boost to FLY and wipe out #DeadlyLegends! Fans are thunderous as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Prince fights up in the armlock. Prince throws body shots and CLUBS Briggs, but Briggs blocks the whip! Prince kicks low but Briggs still blocks! Briggs whips, Prince ducks ‘n’ dodges, but get a SIDEWALK SLAM and a SPLASH! Kit sticks his neck in, Briggs swipes at him but Kit gets away. Lash talks trash on Briggs and Prince rams into Briggs! Kit tags, they leap frog and DDT! Fans fire up while Briggs writhes. Lash taunts Briggs as Kit rains down fists! Kit then covers, TWO! Briggs SLAPS Kit so Kit stomps Briggs! Kit ROCKS Briggs, Briggs ROCKS Kit and Prince! Kit ROCKS Briggs again, then kicks low!
Briggs fires off big hands, Kit DECKS Briggs! Kit grins, drags Briggs into a neck wrench, then he ELBOWS Briggs down. Fans rally, Kit runs in to back elbow! Tag to Prince, Kit holds Briggs in and Prince uppercuts! Prince taunts Jensen then blows a kiss. Prince CLUBS away on Briggs then drags Briggs back up. Prince throws elbows down, then CHOKES Briggs on the ropes. Fans rally, the ref counts and Prince lets off. But Kit HOTSHOTS Briggs, and Lash gets a cheap shot in! Jensen & Fallon are furious, but that only distracts the ref from seeing Kit CHOKE Briggs! Prince goes after Briggs with stomps, then he tags Kit.
Pretty Deadly mugs Briggs, then Kit EuroUppers! Brings clinches but Kit fires off more uppercuts! Briggs starts giving them back! Kit trips Briggs, headlocks and he fires off palm strikes! Fans boo but Kit slaps Briggs around. Briggs SLAPS Kit! Kit ROCKS Briggs! Kit headlocks and he leans on the hold, but fans rally as Briggs endures. Briggs fights up, has Kit as a backpack, but Prince tags in before Briggs DUMPS Kit! Prince CLOBBERS Briggs and rains down forearms! Prince clamps on the sleeper to hold Briggs down. But Briggs fights up again, has Prince as a backpack now, and he reaches out! Hot tag to Jensen!
Jensen BOOTS Prince, rallies on him with forearms, and he JABS, JABS and ROLLING ELBOWS! Atomic drop into the corner, and then a SPLASH to a BULLDOG! Jensen keeps moving, FAMOUSER! Fans are thunderous again and Jensen wants Prince to get up. Jensen runs but Kit hits him! Jensen DECKS Kit, runs at Prince, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Fans rally as Prince holds Jensen’s foot! Jensen crawls, reaches, the boot comes off! Prince hurries to grab the leg but Jensen BOOTS Prince out! But wait! Gallus storms out! Security blocks the way, but Briggs rushes Gallus first!
Fallon rushes in and fires off on Lash while Jensen is shocked seeing Briggs fight Gallus 3v1! But Prince runs in and CLOBBERS Jensen and Joe Coffey with the cowboy boot! O’Conner Roll, #DeadlyLegends win!
Winners: Lash Legend & Pretty Deadly, by pinfall
But no time to celebrate, the brawling spills into the ring! Gallus, Briggs & Jensen, Pretty Deadly, it’s all over the place! Will Gallus be able to cool down and regroup for their own 3v3 match later?
Mandy Rose is on the phone.
She wants to know where Gigi & Jacy ran off to. But then she’s visited by SHAYNA BASZLER! The Queen of Spades smirks at Mandy, and asks, “Problem with the sidekicks?” Mandy says no, just making sure they’re all on the same page. Shayna knows what that’s like, right? Shayna knows what it’s like to hold onto that NXT Women’s Championship. Mandy’s well aware. Mandy will be passing Shayna up like she has everyone else. Shayna will be surprised if Mandy even makes it past Worlds Collide. Uh, doesn’t Shayna have her own title match to worry about this weekend?
Liv’s already lost, because we all know Shayna’s going to tear her apart limb by limb. The only choice Liv will have in the matter is which limb it’ll be. Mandy may say she’s the Baddest Bitch in the Game, but when Shayna held that title, it wasn’t even a discussion. Everyone knew. Mandy, on the other hand, it is always a debate. But Mandy had better be the one to unify those titles for both the brand, and for herself. If not, everything she’s said the past year is garbage. Shayna leaves, will Mandy also have to live up to the expectations of the past?
WWE looks back at the origins of Connor’s Cure.
In 2014, Connor’s Cure was established to honor the life and memory of young Connor Michalek to help find a cure for pediatric cancer, so that no one else would have to go through the pain he did. After his passing, he was enshrined as the inaugural recipient of the Warrior Award for his bravery, love and hope. Through Connor’s Cure and V Foundation’s funding, they’ve awarded $4.5 million in grants and helped over 500 families worldwide. The WWE Universe has come together offering hope in the mission to kick cancer’s butt!
Backstage interview with JD McDonagh.
McKenzie notes that the last time we saw the Irish Ace, he was hanging upside-down while recovering from his match with Bron Breakker. You saw that? Well, of course, everyone saw that. And it seems everyone has an opinion on JD’s “experiment” with pain and the limits of the human body. Take Wes Lee, for example. He said JD is creepy. But JD gets it. To someone like Wes, such a meticulous self-care regimen is unorthodox. “But every single second is accounted for. Mind, body, heart, all designed to be without weakness. Intrusive thoughts? Muted. Agony can be dealt with. Internal anguish is nothing you need to concern yourself with.
“Can you imagine what it’s like to have a resting heartrate of 40? Or focus your mind beyond such petty things as feelings? I’d rather be like me and be a little… creepy… Than be like Wes Lee and be emotionally fragile.” Does McKenzie agree? Uh, sure… Will the Necessary Evil prove to the Must-See Kid that emotions are needless baggage in pro-wrestling?
Andre Chase w/ Bodhi Hayward & Thea Hail VS Charlie Dempsey!
The Professor wants the gritty grappler from Blackpool to learn a little something in restraint and self-control, but Dempsey says everyone in NXT has a thing to learn about wrestling. Who will be handing out the #TeachableMoment here tonight?
NXT returns as Dempsey makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, clinch, Dempsey headlocks and hits a takeover. Chase keeps his shoulders up but Dempsey headscissors him. Dempsey holds tight as Chase moves around and headstands to the headscissors! Dempsey tries to kip free but Chase holds tight! Dempsey moves around, turns Chase over and bridges back tot hen roll and hook Chase up. BOW ‘N’ ARROW, but Chase pops out to a cover! ONE, and the two circle again. Dempsey lunges in but Chase brushes him off. Fans rally for Chase as he and Dempsey knuckle lock for a test of strength!
Dempsey powers Chase back, monkey flips him, then rolls back. Chase holds off the cover and monkey flips back! Chase and Dempsey are both down, TWO as they get an arm up. TWO as they get the other arm up! TWO as they both bridge! Fans fire up for this great exchange, and both men stand. Dempsey breaks, wrenches, trips and steps through but Chase boots him away! Things speed up, Chase hurdles and hip tosses! Fans fire up and Chase says this is a TEACHABLE MOMENT! Dempsey is pissed, but he rushes into a wrench. Chase hammerlocks, Dempsey wrenches, Chase wrenches back, and repeat.
Chase hammerlocks again but Dempsey elbows out. Chase ROCKS Dempsey! Dempsey ROCKS Chase! And EuroUppers! Chase falls but Dempsey dares him to get up. Fans fire up for Chase but Dempsey underhooks him. BUTTERFLY SUPLEX, with a bridge! TWO!! Dempsey clamps onto an arm but Chase clasp hands. Dempsey digs an elbow into the shoulder to get the chicken wings! CATTLE MUTILATION!! And Dempsey moves around with it!! Chase endures, Dempsey shifts to a Fujiwara but Chase gets up. Dempsey KNEES him down, then brings him up again. Chase deflects the uppercut to JAB! And JAB! And DISCUS!
Chase hits an atomic drop, then he whips Dempsey to ropes. Dempsey reverses, Chase reverses back, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up and they spell Chase U along with the stomps! And then a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO!! Dempsey has the arm and the FUJIWARA! Chase rolls but Dempsey has the KNEEBAR!! Chase flails, reaches, but Dempsey shifts to an STF!! Chase endures again and Bodhi is there coaching him! But then Dempsey gets Chase’s arm! Dempsey glares at Bodhi and BOOTS him away! Dempsey goes out to ROCK Bodhi and gut wrench suplex him to the floor!
Dempsey gets back in the ring, but Chase gets his leg to a cradle! CHASE WINS!!
Winner: Andre Chase, by pinfall
Chase wins and shocks Dempsey! Dempsey did learn something tonight: focus on your opponent and nothing else! Will Dempsey get payback on Chase U
Meiko Satomura arrives.
And Alba Fyre is there! She looks at Meiko and says the title looks good on her. Meiko says she did win it from a great champion. Then win again on Sunday. Meiko says she will. Will the Fire Starter and all of NXT UK be made proud by The Final Boss?
Tyler Bate now encounters GUNTHER!
The current WWE Intercontinental Champion was NXT UK Champion once, and he wants to remind Tyler that that title has a legacy. Gunther is the longest reigning NXT UK Champion in history, so at Worlds Collide, Tyler needs to bring the Tyler that fought him for 45 minutes in Cardiff. Tyler must beat Bron and unify the titles. European wrestling depends on it. Tyler nods, and the pressure keeps piling up!
Zoey Stark VS Kiana James!
Maybe the Iron Woman of NXT did push herself too hard with the NXT Women’s Championship match at Heatwave before even getting a shot at the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament. But will Stark show Kiana that you don’t improve if you don’t push past your limits? Or will Kiana use her brain power to prove that Zoey’s value as she approaches her limit is zero?
NXT returns as Kiana makes her entrance. The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, then Kiana pushes Zoey away. Kiana taunts Zoey but Zoey pushes her back! Zoey eggs Kiana on, then dodges her to CLOBBER her! Kiana flounders and fans fire up as Zoey runs in. Zoey uppercuts, runs and slides, then comes back. Kiana puts her on the apron but Zoey ROCKS her, sweeps the legs, and ARABIAN SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Kiana bails out, but Zoey builds speed to slide! Kiana avoids the dropkick but Zoey ELBOWS her away! Zoey puts Kiana in, runs at the corner, but Kiana sends her into buckles!
Kiana stomps away on Zoey, digs her boots in but lets off as the ref counts. Kiana drags Zoey to a cover, ONE! Kiana pushes her down for another, ONE! Kiana tries again, ONE!! Kiana is furious but Zoey kicks her low. Kiana shoves Zoey down to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Kiana is frustrated but she clamps onto Zoey to trap the arms. Fans rally as Kiana clamps on a top wristlock. Zoey fights up, throws body shots, but Kiana knees low. Kiana whips Zoey to a corner, runs in but Zoey dodges to roll her up, TWO! Zoey drags Kiana up but Kiana WRINGS the arm! Cover, TWO! Kiana is shrieking but she clamps back onto the top wristlock.
Fans rally as Zoey endures again. Zoey fights up, but Kiana wrangles her back down. Fans continue to rally, Zoey fights up and arm-drags free! Zoey ROCKS Kiana, CLOBBERS her, then CLOBBERS her again! Zoey ROCKS, ELBOWS, mule kicks and powers up, SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Zoey is annoyed but Kiana survives. Zoey drags Kiana up, fireman’s carries, but Kiana grabs ropes! Kiana slips off to ROCK Zoey, then throws her down by her hair! Kiana sets up, STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Kiana is beside herself, but she brings Zoey up. Zoey SUPERKICKS Kiana, and shouts, “MY ABILITY MY ASS!” GO TO STARK!! Cover, Stark wins!
Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall
Kiana didn’t calculate for the intangibles of aggression and determination, and she just got told! Kiana goes to use her tote bag but LYONS SPEARS Kiana! Kiana was talking some trash on Lyons, too, so she’s got two bad women united against her! Will Kiana have to go back to the drawing board for this business plan?
Backstage interview with Blair Davenport.
McKenzie says she has everything to gain and nothing to lose at Worlds Collide. She is the #1 contender and challenger in that Triple Threat, and she could walk out the UNIFIED NXT Women’s Champion. Blair says NXT UK and NXT were built off their Women’s Divisions. But of all the superstars and legends that have competed in that ring, no one has done what Blair will this Sunday and that is unify the two titles. The Davenport name will be exactly where it’s supposed to.
Wait! RHEA RIPLEY is here! And the Nightmare isn’t just any superstar. She’s the only one who has held both the NXT and NXT UK Women’s titles in her career. She’s a history maker! Hell, Rhea built both brands when she grabbed them by the balls and made them hers! And on Sunday, Blair has the opportunity to make history and carry on the legacy here. She looks confident. Don’t screw this up! Rhea just made sure the gothic heiress is also aware of her place in history. Will Blair use this “encouragement” to take it all for her own?
Nathan Frazer speaks with…?
“Seth Rollins comic book. Classic. Well, I am somewhat biased, but I am hyped for Worlds Collide. NXT UK VS NXT, it’s like I have no idea who to root for, because I’ve been on both brands. I guess you don’t have that problem.” It’s AXIOM! Yeah, guess not. Axiom didn’t get a chance to see what it’s like over in NXT UK. A real shame. Axiom looks at the camera. Well, maybe their worlds could collide in a friendly competition. Since he has no idea. Yeah, that’d be cool. And somehow, Frazer’s sure Axiom would’ve loved it there.
They do these matches called British Rounds Matches for the Heritage Cup. Frazer isn’t suggesting they do one of those, because there are rounds and that’s a UK thing that might confuse Axiom. Though, Axiom is really good with numbers so he could catch on pretty quick. Axiom stops Frazer there, and suggests they do a best of three as a compromise. Deal! Then they trade comic books. Will Frazer figure out a way to best Axiom? Or will he learn just how good Axiom really is?
Six Man Tag: Diamond Mine VS Gallus!
The Creed Brothers & Damon Kemp put Roderick Strong in his place, but now they look to do the same to the gang that jumped them weeks ago. Meanwhile, the Coffey Brothers & Wolfgang look to prove that no matter where in the world they are, NXT is still THEIR Kingdom! Who will be on top this close to Worlds Collide?
NXT returns and Diamond Mine makes their entrance. The trios sort out and Julius starts against Joe. The big brothers circle, tie up, and then break. They egg each other on, tie up again, and Julius waistlocks to SLAM Joe! Julius rolls Joe from the corner, but Joe fights up to get the ropebreak. Julius lets off but Joe throws elbows and body shots! Julius blocks one to HALF HATCH Joe away! Fans fire up and Brutus tags in. The Creeds feed Joe to a fireman’s carry takeover, then Brutus clamps onto an arm. Joe fights up but Brutus keeps him from Gallus. Joe throws body shots, but Brutus wrenches and whips.
Joe goes up and around to UPPERCUT Brutus! Tag to Mark and the Coffey Brothers double wrench, pop-up and CHOP! Mark clinches, whips, but Brutus holds ropes. Brutus knees low, CLUBS Mark down, then gut wrenches to carry Mark around for the suplex! Tag to Kemp, feed to the wiastlock but Mark switches. Kemp bucks the O’Conner Roll but Mark UPPERCUTS Kemp! Kemps taggers up, he scoops Mark and hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Mark tags out to Wolfgang, and Kemp welcomes his UK drinking buddy to the USA! They circle, talk some trash, and fans fire up as they fire up! They tie up, Wolfgang wrenches, RAMS and CLUBS the shoulder, then wristlocks.
Kemp rolls, wrenches, spins and waistlocks to SLAM Wolfgang down! And then again! Wolfgang reaches out but Kemp keeps him from the Coffeys. Kemp RAMS Wolfgang into the corner, tags Brutus, and Brutus headlocks. Wolfgang throws body shots but Brutus ROCKS Wolfgang back. Brutus headlocks, Wolfgang powers out and they ram shoulders. Brutus runs, then flips through the hip toss?! Brutus then TACKLES Wolfgang and rains down fists! Julius and Kemp intercept the Coffey brothers, and now all of Diamond Mine SMASH! Fans fire up as Diamond Mine tosses Gallus aside, and NXT goes picture in picture!
Gallus is furious and Diamond Mine dares them to come back. The ref has everything calm down, and Gallus talks strategy. Wolfgang slides in, stares Brutus down, but he tags Mark. Mark runs into a fireman’s carry takeover! Brutus has the arm but Mark fights up. Brutus brings Mark around, tags Julius, and he feeds Mark to a fireman’s carry takeover. Julius clamps onto the arm and grinds Mark down, but Mark fights up. Julius tags Brutus back in, and Julius drop toeholds Mark to throw a knee! Brutus jams his knee in, then brings Mark around. Kemp tags in, he fireman’s carry takeovers, and he clamps onto the arm.
Mark fights his way up, but Kemp powers him back to the Diamond Mine corner. Brutus tags back in, RAMS into Mark, then wrenches the arm. Mark throws a forearm, whips Brutus but Brutus reverses, only for Mark to KICK him and ROCK him! Tag to Joe, the Coffey Brothers mug Brutus, and Joe DECKS Brutus with a left. Joe drags Brutus up, snapmares and facelocks to then cravat and neck wrench. Brutus endures, fights around, and NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally, Brutus throws body shots but Joe cranks the cravat. Joe throws knees, but Brutus back drops him away! Tag to Julius and he dodges Joe to then CHOP BLOCK!
Julius deadlift HALF HATCHES Joe! Fans fire up and Julius suplexes again. Joe cradle counters, TWO! Julius has a headstand, to then deadlift Joe again! Julius SLAMS Joe down! Julius gets a leg and has the ANKLE LOCK! Joe claws his way forward, ROPEBREAK! Joe has the apron skirt, Gallus drags Joe out to safety! Julius goes out the side, Mark ducks so Julius DECKS Wolfgang! Julius puts Joe in, then box jumps like he’s a little Brock Lesnar! But Mark trips him up with the apron skirt! Julius tumbles into the ring and Joe tags Mark in! Fans boo but Julius and Mark brawl! Mark gets around to HALF NELSON SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Mark KNEES Julius down, HIP DROPS him, then tags Joe. Joe KNEES Julius, stomps him, then keeps him from Diamond Mine. Joe KNEES and CLUBS Julius, then covers, TWO! Joe clamps onto the shoulders then gets the arms for a straitjacket! Fans rally and Julius fights up! Julius powers out of the hold and turns it around onto Joe! Joe RAMS Julius into the corner, Wolfgang tags in! Snapmare and BASEMENT SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang facelocks and grinds Julius down. Fans rally again and Julius fights up, to power Wolfgang back! Wolfgang holds on tight, but Julius keeps trying!
Julius is close but Wolfgang ELBOWS Brutus away! Wolfgang whips Julius to the Gallus corner, but Julius elbows Wolfgang away! Julius also DECKS Joe, but Wolfgang runs in! Julius dodges the splash! Mark tags in and rushes after Julius, but Kemp tags in! Kemp rallies with big haymakers! Fans fire up as the Diamond Gopher fires off body shots! Kemp whips, CLOBBERS Mark, then hauls Mark up for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Joe gets in but Kemp ROCKS him! Kemp whips Mark to a corner, Mark bounces off buckles and into Kemp’s LARIAT! Fans are fired up with Kemp as he roars and storms around!
Kemp drags Mark up, scoops, but what is Roddy doing out here? Roddy insists they all have to listen to him! He has the truth! Kemp tells him to get his ass outta here! Security guard Hank steps in and Kemp slaps Roddy’s phone away. Kemp says that’s not needed! He STOMPS the phone! Roddy is furious, but Joe tags in! Kemp sees Mark and scoops, SPINEBUSTER! Wolfgang runs in, Kemp throws him out, and turns around into ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS! Cover, Gallus wins!!
Winners: Gallus, by pinfall
Roddy thinks he was helping, but he just COST his team! And now Pretty Deadly rushes out to beat up on the NXT Tag Team Champions! Gallus wants after Pretty Deadly, too, and security guards rush in to stop this! The three teams are separated, but here come the NXT UK Tag Team Champions!! Jensen is using his boot as a weapon! It’s a four team melee and fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Wait, the rest of the locker room is spilling out here to join in!
Backstage, Bron is loving what he’s seeing!
But then TOMMASO CIAMPA sits with him!! Don’t worry, Bron, this will be quick. Ciampa sure did a lot in his time in NXT. But nothing is more important than his time with “Goldie.” May he? Bron lets Ciampa hold the belt. “There is a certain responsibility that comes along with holding this title. A certain passion that she embodies. The NXT title and the NXT brand, they mean the world to me. Ciampa says this is Bron’s world now.” And at Worlds Collide, Bron has the chance to make history. The pressure, the anxiety, the fear of failure, Ciampa says that is all normal.
This Sunday, Worlds Collide, when that bell rings, embrace it! Represent this brand and the title! Add to your legacy! Add to OUR legacy! And more important than anything else, Bron: win. WIN. WIN!! Will the words of the Blackhearted be the most motivating of them all?
Melo & Trick interrupt commentary.
Vic, shut up! Y’all wanna talk about Worlds Collide but there’s a big problem with it: No Melo! But they’re going to address that, after the break. What will the North American Champion have to say on the doorstep of history?
Quincy Elliot speaks.
“Hi, I’m Quincy Elliot, and I have a confession to make. Growing up, everyone always thought they knew what I was, and everyone always thought they knew who I am. But they don’t know me at all. The WWE Universe is about to find out exactly who Quincy Elliot is. I mean, look at me. I’m flier than a reindeer in the winter, and I am coming to change the game. The old saying is life ain’t perfect. But y’all don’t live the life of Quincy, the Super Diva.” Will Quincy pick the perfect time to make his debut?
BREAKING NEWS for Worlds Collide!
After the brawls throughout the night, it will be a FATAL 4 WAY to UNIFY the NXT and NXT UK Tag Team Championships! The Diamond Mine VS Briggs & Jensen VS Gallus VS Pretty Deadly, only one team can be THE team in NXT!
Melo & Trick head to the ring.
The A Champion and his best bud get the mics and have the music cut. “Every week, Melo comes out here and puts on banger after banger after banger, and for some reason, he’s not on Worlds Collide?” Well there is no premium event without THE premium superstar, The A Champion! They usually laugh and tell jokes, but not tonight! Trick wants Melo to tell us what he told Trick in the back, and don’t sugarcoat a doggone thing! Tell it like it is! Melo is still trying to figure out how they’re keeping the best champion off the show! The disrespect!! Melo has broken the Rebel Heart, this ain’t a Dream, you can’t Swerve him, and he is No Limits Melo!
Melo doesn’t sweat unifying championships, cuz he’s been there and done that! Talk your talk! Melo IS the greatest North American Champion of all time! They try to tell him this was secondary and he told them he ain’t ever been second to nobody! So he’ll take the ball, put it in his court, and he will NOT be taking his talents to Worlds Collide! He will NOT be defending his title! Because there ain’t no one on his level anyway! Or the level below him! And why’s that? Because that is all it is, and that is all it’s gonna be! Wait, the lights go down! And it’s RICOCHET!! The One and Only name Melo forgot to drop has come back to NXT!
Fans are fired up but Ricochet has them calm down as he gets in the ring. Ricochet also has a mic but Melo says he might not know how to use that. Don’t hurt yourself, Rick. Fans chant “Welcome Back!” and Ricochet says he appreciates that. It feels great to be back, and please, for the sake of everyone here in the crowd, for everyone watching at home, and even those who, for whatever reason, still follow Melo on social media, please SHUT THE HELL UP FOR FIVE SECONDS!! Melo is fired up as fans chant “Shut The Hell Up!” But Ricochet says ya boi is here on official business. He is here, because he doesn’t see why Worlds Collide has to be just NXT VS NXT UK.
Ricochet says to put some SmackDown on it! Get some blue brand in here! Melo is doing great things, but when it comes to this ring and its four corners, Melo can’t do what Ricochet does. Melo says no no no. Ricochet could’ve stopped at “You’re doing great.” See, Ricochet may say he’s the One and Only- Which he is. No, Melo is. No, Ricochet is. No, Melo is! Ricochet says he is just one of many! One of many that step up to get stepped on! Since they’re so similar, then let’s see what’s good, because there ain’t room enough for the both of them. Ricochet says actually, congrats, Melo is right. He has had multiple defenses, so congratulations. Amazing, honestly.
But it isn’t amazing that Melo has had multiple defenses. No, it’s amazing that no one remembers any of them! Trick throws off his shirt, he’s that mad! Melo asks, “That’s all you got?” Ricochet tells Trick to hold on. Ricochet is a very giving man, so he came back to give the fans something they can remember. A Melo match they remember! Melo says the fans don’t want none from Ricochet! Ricochet says he held the North American title, and at a Worlds Collide, he plans on holding it again! Ricochet will become a TWO-TIME North American Champion! Melo drops the mic but Trick keeps him back. Trick swings on Ricochet!
Ricochet dodges, and HEEL KICKS Trick down! Melo is shocked, he springboards, into a RECOIL!! Melo writhes and Ricochet picks up the belt! Ricochet holds up the title, will we see this all over again at Worlds Collide?
An awesome go-home for Worlds Collide, with a lot of last minute set-ups for the titles that weren’t already on the card. For one, what a great closing segment with Melo, Trick and Ricochet. Great promo for Melo to shout out former North American Champions, and after a lot of great returns from NXT alumni, Ricochet making a return to set up a match was great stuff. I don’t see Ricochet winning the title, but he and Melo are going to have a wild match that could steal the show. And speaking of those alumni, great promos from Finn, Shayna, Rhea, Gunther and Ciampa (Alba/KLR is still in NXT but she also had a good promo) to the various champions and challengers going into Worlds Collide. I really want Tyler to beat Bron, and as long as Mandy loses, I’m good with that.
A great match from KC Squared VS Ivy & Tatum, but I should’ve expected Gigi & Jacy to ruin things for Diamond Mine so they can be next in line. And also a great surprise that Piper & Nikki are the ones to challenge Kayden & Katana. Much like Ricochet, I don’t expect Piper & Nikki to win while they’re part of Raw, but they’ll give KC Squared a great match. And I was laughing really hard at the promo from Frazer and “Axiom.” For one, Axiom was wearing the goldenrod colored turtleneck A-Kid is known for wearing. Two, Frazer is of course sticking to kayfabe in not knowing Axiom IS A-Kid, the inaugural Heritage Cup Champion. But their Best 2 out of 3 Falls is going to be awesome stuff, can’t wait to see who wins, and I hope the winner gets to challenge Noam Dar, who is still signed to WWE and is still Heritage Cup Champion.
Great opener out of Apollo and Waller, and Waller winning with the dirty tactics does extend the feud past this. Not sure if there really is a connection between going after Apollo’s eyes and how he’s got future sight, but commentary did make note of it so maybe that’s where Apollo’s story goes from here. We also got a fairly good promo from The Schism and Grimes. I laughed at how cheap of a reward some old smiley face buttons were for Gibson & Drake- er, Rip & Jagger, but I suppose it was cheesy enough to fit them. And I figured Grimes would refuse Gacy. Maybe we get Grimes 1v1 with Gacy later on, with Grimes’ fate on the line, and that could go either way.
Good vignette from Roxanne to show she’s officially cutting Cora off from her social (media) life, and to hype up a coming rematch. If anything, that should be No Disqualifications so that kendo sticks won’t be controversial anymore. Then between the winner of that and Wendy Choo, who won her Lights Out match with Tiffany, we’ll get the first challenger of the Unified NXT Women’s Champion. Good promo from Kiana James, and good match from her and Zoey Stark. I figured Stark would win to get momentum back after the losses, and I like that Lyons backed Zoey up against Kiana. Maybe Kiana finds a teammate to face them both and help actually establish Lyons & Stark as a team.
Good promo from JD McDonagh to respond to Wes Lee. While I’m still not that sure about this sociopathic take on Jordan Devlin, he’s committed to it and delivering it all well. JD VS Lee will be very good, but I’d expect JD to win. Good promo from Quincy Elliot, he’ll have a strong TV debut match. I loved what we got out of Chase VS Dempsey. That was a great match with a lot of technical skills showcased, and great story of Dempsey losing his cool on Bodhi and losing to Chase. Dempsey will definitely want payback on Chase U, and he will surely get his first NXT win off Bodhi before giving it another go against Chase.
And of course, a lot of great stuff out of the various 3v3 tag matches and the tag title story. Great Mixed Six that Gallus tried to ruin, and of course Pretty Deadly wins because of that. Then on the flipside, good stuff out of Diamond Mine, both in their promos and in that Six Man Tag “main event.” Strong seems to think he has proof but who knows, but of course it costs Diamond Mine against Gallus. The UK teams have the momentum, even with the giant brawls being rather even, so I expect the Creeds to be the ones to unify the NXT & NXT UK Tag Team Championships. Then maybe Strong gets a new ally and that duo go after the unified titles.
My Score: 8.8/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.1.2022
After the holiday, we get on track for Hard to Kill. Deonna vs Mickie James is the main event…do we see Mickie’s career end tonight?
With the holiday last week, I wasn’t home to cover IMPACT so it’s going to be a fun night of how much I remember and how well they frame the stories.
We’re on the road to Hard to Kill, so we need to remind people about Over Drive and then move forward. I’m also curious if we get any resolution on the VBD stare down after EY lost. I really don’t want EY to get kicked since that will be a sad group of mid card sacks of shit. But I guess we’ll see.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
- Rich Swann vs Bully Ray: Swann wins via DQ – * 1/2
- Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar: Moose wins via Lights Out – * 3/4
- Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian: Kaz wins via DQ – **
- Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James: Mickie wins via Victory Roll – *** 1/2
We get the Over Drive highlights, so I’m guessing they did their usual Thanksgiving fun episode. Bully Ray walks out to start the show. Bully recaps things, explains how he kept his word while running down the crowd, intimidating children and doing solid heel work.
It goes a little long, but thankfully Rich Swann eventually gets sick of the diatribe and rushes the ring. Swann gets in a few pot shots, but Bully bails out, tries to walk away and gets a plancha. The referee comes out and the match will kick off the show!
Rich Swann vs Bully Ray
Bully jaws a little, lays in some punches and power moves but Rich eventually turns the tide. The quick step over back kick and a Frog Splash for 1. But then Bully catches Rich on the top rope, Tree of Woe and starts wailing on him.
Bully keeps control of Swann until Swann drops down with the Jawbreaker and then we see him start using the speed and athleticism with kicks and top rope moves. Bully stifles Rich, goes for the Avalanche Senton as he flirts with the referee and misses. Rich hits a 450 Splash for 2, and then we see a little back and forth, before Bully grabs his chain and hits Rich in front of the referee. So the DQ happens but Bully doesn’t care. Bully gets a chair and other weapons from under the ring and starts beating on Rich.
Bully really likes these zip ties, Tommy Dreamer comes out to stop Bully though. They argue, Bully shoves Dreamer and then D’Amore hits the ring to try and quell this. Bully is defiant, even D’Amore is getting fired up and looks like he wants to fight Bully. Dreamer trying to keep D’Amore away from Bully is funny and pretty great.
Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar
Definitely not a match I expected.
Moose gets in the early shots, but Gujjar starts to fire back and he gets some solid shots sending Moose to the outside. Gujjar takes to long to pander after the Dropkick and Moose has him eat a Big Boot into an Apron Powerbomb.
Gujjar shows more fire but Moose cuts him down. Moose goes for the Lights Out, but Gujjar dodges sending Moose into the corner. A few shots, Ripcord Knee, Slingblade and now…tuning up the Gargoyle Spear but Moose side steps it like Samoa Joe. Gujjar leapfrogs the Lights Out again, but Moose puts the brakes on and fires back connecting with the Lights Out and the win.
Moose starts to rant and says that he doesn’t want any of the idiots to to talk about Bully Ray or “Say his name”, and then JOE HENDRY’s music hits! There is already a “This is Awesome” chant just with Joe Hendry and Moose standing in the ring. Hendry fights Moose off mostly and Gujjar hits the awful Spear out of nowhere to get Moose to powder out.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian
Maclin starts off with some big strikes but Kaz ducks the line and hits the Springboard Reverse Elbow, and begins his offensive. Kaz beats on him in one corner then Maclin tosses him out and we see some back and forth. Neither are really landing big strikes, Maclin keeps some control with smaller strikes and knees against the ropes, but nothing really definitive.
A few of Maclin’s shots piss off Kaz and they Hockey Fight a little but Maclin keeps all of the control. Kaz does finally start a comeback and we get some of the classic Kaz Flying Forearm, Guillotine Legdrop and Slingshot Cutter. Maclin powder…and grabs a chair. So…another DQ finish?
Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James
They do a good job pacing things back and forth early on. Deonna fights back and starts to rock Mickie, the Slingshot into the bottom rope gives Deonna full control. Headlock Takeover and tries to wear Mickie down, Mickie fires back but Deonna refuses to give her the advantage. Mickie finally manages to slow her down with a Headscissors and now we get Mickie dropping Deonna down, Mickie goes to the top for the Thesz Press, but Deonna pushes her off.
Commercial break kicks in, and Deonna hits a Brainbuster for a few sequential pinfall attempts, but Mickie refuses to stay down. Camel Clutch from Deonna is wearing down Mickie but she manages to fight out. A few back elbows, then Mickie goes to the ropes to try offense but Deonna stifles. They struggle and Mickie finally gets Deonna on the outside, Dropkick and Thesz Press to the outside.
Mickie throws Deonna in, Missile Dropkick, Neckbreaker and looking for the Mick D-T, but Deonna stops it. Tornado DDT attempt from Mickie, but a Pump Kick from Deonna drops Mickie for a 2 count. Queen’s Gambit attempt, Superkick counter from Mickie for another 2. Mick D-T again, but Deonna blocks and swings around driving Mickie down into the Fujiwara. Venus Di Milo gets locked in too close to the ropes.
Locomotion Victory Rolls, Deonna tries to grab the tights, but Mickie counters through and picks up the win with a little tights pull of her own.
Jordynne’s music hits. She basically says they both put things behind them, and challenges Mickie at Hard to Kill. Career versus Title.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
Overall Score: 6/10
Honestly, Bully went on a little long, Moose’s promo was a little too similar to Bully just being a piece of shit. Plus the match quality aside from the main event was lame, two DQs is redundant…so yeah, not sure what to make of this.
Career versus Title for Knockouts is nice but then after that we had the vignette killing off Eric Young so VBD is a mid card faction. Which I guess is a little sad since this is the best Deaner we’ve ever seen, but he’s still not a credible on the card.
So it was a weird show, but Joe Hendry always makes things a little better.
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/30/22)
World Tag League, Round 4!
Will the United Empire continue to conquer?
World Tag League finally goes again, and round four might be bad luck for the top of the block! Will Aussie Open continue to lead as an undefeated duo?
- Tomoaki Honma & Ryohei Oiwa VS Yuto Nakashima & Oska Leube; Nakashima & Leube win.
- Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Clark Connors & Kosei Fujita VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; LIJ wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Fale & Chase win.
- World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Suzuki & Archer win.
- World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Aussie Open wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls; Shane & Mikey win.
- World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; Yano & Tanahashi win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Here are the current World Tag League standings!
Aussie Open: 3-0, 6 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-1, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-1, 4 points
Suzuki & Archer: 2-1, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-1, 4 points
The Mighty: 2-1, 4 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 1-2, 2 points
Chase & Fale: 1-2, 2 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-3, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-3, 0 points
World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!
The #MechanicalBulls are barely holding on, but so are the General’s Jewels! Who gets a grip and claws their way back up before it’s too late?
The teams sort out and Kidd starts against Chase. Fans rally as the two circle, and they’re able to cheer “KIDDU! KIDDU!” The two tie up with knuckle locks, break, then go again. Chase waistlocks, but Kidd pries free to wrench. Chase spins and wrenches back to top wristlock. Kidd slips around, spins Chase and snapmares, then sits him up to a chinlock. Chase fights up to get in the ropes. The ref counts the break and Kidd counts along to let go at 4. Chase is annoyed but Kidd says it’s okay. Kidd and Chase approach, Chase kicks the knuckle lock away to tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. Chase puts Kidd in a corner, the ref counts, and Chase lets off.
Chase CHOPS Kidd, but Kidd DECKS Chase! Kidd fires up and fans applaud. Chase stands up and resets with Kidd, they tie up, and Chase claws Kidd’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Chase headlocks but Kidd powers out. Chase runs Kidd over and tells him, “SUCK IT!” Things speed up, Kidd hurdles but Chase stomps the monkey flip with a stomp! Chase headlocks but Coughlin tags in as Kidd powers out. Kidd drops down and Coughlin scoops Chase to SLAM! Kidd drops a SENTON, then the Mechanical Bulls flex. Coughlin deadlift gut wrenches for the SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Chase goes to a corner. Coughlin runs in, but Chase dodges!
Chase CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Coughlin just frowns at him. Coughlin puts Chase in the corner, but Chase blocks the chop with knees! Coughlin shapes out the arm and Chase storms up on him, but Coughlin picks Chase up to RAM him in the corner! Coughlin UPPERCUTS, CHOPS, and roars! Fans fire up with The Android as he drags Chase up. Coughlin tags Kidd, whips Chase, then kicks Chase low. Kidd knee lifts, Coughlin CHOPS, and Chase falls for Kidd to drop an elbow! Fale gets in but Coughlin kicks him first. The Mechanical Bulls mug Fale then double whip, but Fale runs them both over! Fans fire up as the Rogue General stomps Kidd.
Fale drags Kidd up, whips him corner to corner, and Chase stomps a mudhole in. Chase drags Kidd up to scrape his face on the ropes! Tag to Fale, and Chase pushes Kidd down for him and Fale to stand on his back! The ref counts but Chase & Fale salute. Bullet Club steps away at 4, and Fale drags Kidd to a cover. TWO, and Fale is upset with the ref. Fans rally for Kidd but Fale stomps him down. Fale drags Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Fale throat chops back! Kidd sputters and Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up, he and Fale double whip, and they body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up for Kidd but Chase taunts Coughlin. The ref stops Coughlin from getting in as Chase brings Kidd up. Kidd swings but Chase dodges to BELL CLAP! Chase throws Kidd down for the NECK TWEAK! Kidd writhes and Chase tags Fale. Bullet Club whip Kidd to a corner, then Fale runs in, only for Kidd to dodge! Chase runs in but Kidd dumps him out! Fans rally up but Fale stomps Kidd down. Fale drags Kidd up, scoops him, but Kidd slips off! SUPERKICK! Fale staggers away and fans fire up! Kidd crawls for his corner, hot tag to- NO, Chase trips Coughlin! Chase wags his finger, and Fale SPLASHES Kidd in the corner! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up and Kidd sputters, but Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up and calls his shot! Chase suplexes, but Kidd blocks! Kidd throws body shots, but Chase blocks his suplex. They fight for control and fans rally up. Chase gets Kidd up, but Kidd fights back down to TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Kidd fires up as fans fire up, and both men crawl to their corners. Hot tags to Coughlin and Fale! The Android dodges the General to RAM shoulders! Coughlin fires off forearms then scoops! But Fale’s too big! Or is he?! Fale CLUBS Coughlin before he’s off the ground too far! Fale scoops Coughlin to a fireman’s carry, but Coughlin fights free!
Coughlin fires off more forearms, he ROCKS Fale, then tries the scoop! Fans rally but Fale resists! Coughlin knees low, CHOPS, and fires up! “LET’S GO!!” Coughlin runs but Fale CLOBBERS him! Fale then runs to drop a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Coughlin is still in this. Tag to Chase, Bullet Club double whip to FLAPJACK and SLIDING BOOT! Cover, but Kidd breaks it! Fans fire up as Kidd fires off forearms on Bullet Club! Kidd forearms, CHOPS, repeat! Kidd roars, runs, but Chase gets around to waistlock and lift! Fale runs in, GRENADE LAUNCHER! Fale whips Coughlin corner to corner, Chase runs in and forearm smashes!
Fale runs in to SPLASH! Fale then scoops Coughlin and Chase goes up, but Coughlin slips free! Coughlin shoves Fale into Chase, and Chase falls onto his crown jewels! Fale staggers, into a SCOOP SLAM!! The Android roars and fans fire up! Coughlin clinches Chase, for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up more and Coughlin drags Chase up. But Chase BOOTS, C-TRIGGERS, and tucks Coughlin in! PACKAGE DRIVER!! Cover, Chase & Fale win!
Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)
Chase turns things around in the blink of an eye, and he and Fale survive the Mechanical Bulls! Can they survive until the end of the league to be a finalist? As for Coughlin & Kidd, is their run already over at 0-4?
World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!
The All United Empire Finals is still possible, but only if the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon continue to dominate! Will they keep their hopes alive? Or will even the Empire see that #EverybodyDies?
As always, The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to give the Empire’s introductions. As for the Murderhawk Monster, he storms over the railing to get right up to commentary! Milano Collection AT and Master Wato ask for mercy, they don’t wanna get hit. Then Suzuki makes his entrance and Archer chases Gideon! Gideon runs all the way to the back row, and Archer pushes Young Lion Oskar Leube out of his way. Fans all join in on “KAZE NI NARE!” and then Suzuki-Gun attacks the Empire! Archer kicks Henare and throws him out while Suzuki himself is after Khan! Suzuki throws Khan out, stomps him at ringside, and the bell rings!
Suzuki stands Khan up to knee him low, then kick him down! Archer chases a cameraman off, but then Henare dodges his boot into the post! Henare comes back to ROCK Archer! Khan and Suzuki trade forearms, then Suzuki kicks low. Suzuki whips, Khan reverses and Suzuki hits railing! Suzuki slumps down and Khan is after him. Khan shakes the railing while choking Suzuki with his foot! Khan lets off to CLUB Suzuki but Suzuki throws body shots. Khan CLUBS Suzuki again, puts him in the ring, and then drags him around to CHOKE! The ref counts, Khan lets off and brings up all the stuff Suzuki was doing.
Suzuki kicks at Khan from below, but Khan stomps away on Suzuki! Khan CHOKES Suzuki again, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Fans rally up as Khan drags Suzuki up. Khan puts Suzuki in the corner, CLUBS him, then hops up onto his throne! Fans applaud but Suzuki snarls as Khan pulls back the arms! Henare talks trash right to Suzuki’s face while the ref manages to keep Archer back. Suzuki SPITS at Henare! Khan hops off, Henare CLUBS Suzuki, then Khan tags Henare in. The Empire mugs Suzuki but he fights back with CHOPS and palm strikes! But the Empire still mugs Suzuki with clubbing arms.
Henare ROCKS Suzuki with forearm after forearm in the corner, then digs his boots in! The ref counts and Henare lets off, but Suzuki stands right up! Henare KICKS, KICKS and ROCKS Suzuki! Fans fire up, and Suzuki hits back! Suzuki wrenches an arm, brings Henare to ropes, then HOTSHOTS the arm! Henare swings on Suzuki but into a HANGING ARMBAR! Archer runs to BLAST Khan off the apron! The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off and drags Henare out to whip him hard into the railing! Suzuki ELBOWS Henare in the head and Henare drops to the floor. Archer stomps Khan around outside to keep him down.
Archer apparently takes offense to Khan’s ponytail being a braid, it’s too much like Archer’s murderhawk braid. Anyway, Suzuki stands Henare up, slaps him around, and he bumps Henare off the apron. The ring count climbs but Suzuki puts Henare in at 5 of 20. Tag to Archer, and Suzuki-Gun stands on Henare’s head! The ref reprimands, Suzuki-Gun steps away, and Archer drags Henare back up. Archer puts Henare in a corner, stomps a mudhole in, laughs and stomps some more. Archer digs his knee in but the ref counts. Archer lets off at 4, then Suzuki gets a shot in. Suzuki returns the trash talk from earlier as he slaps Henare around.
Archer stands Henare up and Henare throws a body shot. Archer fires up and throws his shirt off, egging Henare on. Henare throws forearms, then a CHOP! Archer laughs and dares him to do that again. Henare CHOPS, so Archer DECKS him! Fans fire up while Archer looms over Henare. Archer drags Henare up and to the corner to tag in Suzuki. Suzuki-Gun mugs Henare with body shot after body shot! Suzuki hits Henare one more time and he falls over! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Suzuki drags Henare up. Henare throws a forearm, but Suzuki gives it back! Suzuki eggs Henare on so Henare throws another forearm!
Suzuki ROCKS Henare with a shot, fans rally up, and Henare fires off a flurry! Suzuki kicks low! Suzuki runs, but Henare blocks the kick to step-over WHEEL KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Henare stirs, hurries over, hot tag to Khan! Khan throws hands on Suzuki then the Mongolian Chop! Khan whips Suzuki to a corner and clotheslines from behind! Khan dribbles Suzuki’s head off the buckles! The ref reprimands but Khan SLAM DUNKS Suzuki! Suzuki staggers around, Khan runs, and he runs Suzuki over! Cover, ONE!! Suzuki is still a tough old bastard and Khan drags him up.
Fans rally up as Khan whips Suzuki corner to corner. Suzuki reverses and BOOTS Khan! Then Suzuki dribbles Khan off the buckles! Fans rally, Suzuki snapmares and PENALTY KICKS! Suzuki seems to prefer soccer to basketball. Cover, TWO! Suzuki stomps Khan, slaps him around, but Khan stands as fans rally. Khan ROCKS Suzuki, but Suzuki ROCKS Khan! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder, faster and faster, and fans rally with each shot! Khan ROCKS Suzuki, ROCKS him again, but Suzuki just laughs! Suzuki ROCKS Khan right back! Khan wobbles and drops to a knee! Suzuki eggs Khan on, so Khan Mongolian Chops!
Khan Mongolian Chops again! Khan roars, runs, but Suzuki kitchen sink knees him down! Tag to Archer! Archer stalks Khan, and clamps on an IRON CLAW! But Khan clamps on HIS IRON CLAW! The fans rally for the battle of iron claws! Khan and Archer go back and forth, but Archer breaks free to full nelson! Khan breaks free of that to drag Archer down to a KNEEBAR! Archer flails and crawls and reaches out as Khan grapevines the leg! Khan has a HEEL HOOK, then shifts the angle! Archer keeps moving and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer as Khan lets off to tag Henare. Khan still anchors the leg, then he and Henare stomp Archer down.
Henare drags Archer up to throw body shots in the corner. Henare & Khan double whip Archer corner to corner, then Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to add a clothesline! Henare feeds Archer to the HITSUJIGOROSHI, then grabs at the legs. But Suzuki runs in to CLUB Henare and stop the Fubuki! Suzuki CHOPS Henare, CHOPS Khan, repeat! HEADBUTT for Henare, HEADBUTT for Khan! Henare swings but Suzuki gets around to shove Henare into Khan! Suzuki runs but into SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Fans fire up and Khan runs at Archer in the corner, but into a BOOT! Henare runs in, but Archer dodges!
Archer puts Khan in a corner, and he sees he has two targets! Fans fire up as Archer runs to back elbow Henare! And runs corner to corner to back elbow Khan! Back to Henare, but then Khan dodges! Archer kicks Khan, runs, but into a chicken wing and PONYTAIL CHOKE! The ref reprimands but Khan feeds Archer to Henare’s HEEL KICK! Khan puts on HITSUJIGOROSHI, Henare gets the legs for FUBUKI, then MARINE!! Cover, TWO!! Archer survives and fans fire up again! Henare calls the shot, and he fireman’s carries Archer. Khan runs, but Suzuki slips in to catch Khan with a SLEEPER HOLD!
Archer slips free to choke grip Henare! But Henare throws a HARD body shot! Henare roars and runs in, to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Henare shoves Archer out, goes up, but Archer blocks the “brain chop!” Archer STEP-UP KNEES Henare, and has the inverted crucifix! BLACKOUT BOMB!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!
Winners: Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Khan & Henare earn 0)
The Suzuki Army just conquered the United Empire! Did they just kill the hopes of an All United Empire Finals? Or can Khan & Henare find new live in the next round?
World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!
Speaking of the Empire, Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher are leading the pack, hoping to carve their names in history! Will “Dunk-Zilla” and the “Aussie Arrow” still be riding high? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp bring them down by any means necessary?
Gideon Grey returns, safe from Archer, to give Aussie Open their introductions. Then the House of Torture makes their entrance, with Dick Togo already accompanying them outright. Who knows where Sho is lurking, but surely he’s here, too. Aussie Open don’t sweat Evil or Yujiro as they taunt them during the introductions. Fletcher tells Dick to shoo, “See you later, bucko.” But then the House of Torture attack 3v2! Evil claws Fletcher’s eyes while Dick and Yujiro mug Davis. Dick even DECKS Gideon! Yujiro throws Davis out while Evil throws Fletcher out. The bell rings to put this on record as the brawling continues outside.
Evil and Yujiro whip Aussie Open but Aussie Open reverse to send Evil and Yujiro into railing! Then Aussie Open pick them up, run around the way, and SANDWICH them at ramp side! Fans fire up and Fletcher helps Gideon back up. Fletcher CLUBS Evil, Davis puts Yujiro in, and Fletcher goes in after Yujiro. Fans rally up as Aussie Open double whip the Pimp to double sledge, PENALTY KICK and SENTON! Fans fire up as Davis covers, TWO! Davis glares at Dick then drags Yujiro up to ROCK him with a forearm. Tag to Kyle, Aussie Open mugs Yujiro, and Yujiro staggers around. Fletcher reels Yujiro in, but Yujiro wrenches and BITES Fletcher’s hand!
The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops and he kicks Fletcher low. Yujiro whips, Fletcher reverses but Yujiro holds ropes. Fletcher runs in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Evil BLASTS Davis and goes out after him! Dick ROCKS Fletcher while Evil brings Davis around. Evil RAMS Davis into the timekeeper! Davis and Abe-san both flop down on the other side of the railing! The ref reprimands and Young Lions hurry to help Abe-san. Evil kicks Fletcher around, pulls his hair, then puts him in the ring for Yujiro. Yujiro drags Fletcher to a cover and the ref returns to count, ONE! Fans rally but Evil is already annoyed with the count.
Yujiro bumps Fletcher off buckles, tags Evil, and Evil has the ref check Davis But this is so Evil can CHOKE Fletcher with his shirt! Fans boo but Evil gets away with that and covers, TWO! Evil is upset again but the ref defends his count. Tag to Yujiro and he drags Kyle up. Yujiro snapmares and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Fletcher as Evil argues the count. Yujiro drags Fletcher up, fans rally and cheer for Aussie Open. Yujiro ROCKS Fletcher, brings him around, and ROCKS him again. Evil holds Fletcher in place so Yujiro can CHOKE him with a boot! The ref has to keep Davis back so the House of Torture gets away with that.
Evil taunts Davis, then he drags Fletcher up into a cobra twist. Yujiro and Dick link up with Evil to link to the railing for leverage! Fans boo and Gideon storms over, but Dick kicks him first! Dick then makes Gideon part of the chain! Fletcher endures even more before the ref notices! The ref counts, the House lets off and Fletcher crawls away. Evil keeps him from Davis but taunts Davis to reach out. Evil brings Fletcher around but Fletcher fires off forearms! But Evil knees low! Evil suplexes but Fletcher blocks! Fans rally as Fletcher keeps fighting, and he wrenches out to get around and SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF!
Fans fire up with Fletcher and he crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Davis! Dunk-Zilla blasts through Yujiro to corner clothesline Evil! Then Davis CHOPS Yujiro, and corner clotheslines Evil again! Another CHOP for Yujiro, another corner clothesline for Evil! Davis goes for another but Yujiro dodges the chop to kick low. Evil & Yujiro double whip Davis, but Davis handsprings and comes back to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up with Davis as he storms up to Evil in a corner. Davis CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS again! Davis drags Evil up to fireman’s carry, but Evil slips around to a waistlock.
Davis elbows free but Dick swipes at him! Dick plays innocent, and Davis turns around into an EYE RAKE! Evil whips Davis into bare buckles! The fans boo the Bullet Club Special but Yujiro tags in. Yujiro & Evil stomp Davis, then Yujiro drags Davis up. Yujiro stands Davis against ropes to BOOT him! Yujiro then brings Davis out to FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Aussie Open but Yujiro brings Davis up. Davis fights the Incolle Slam, but Yujiro kick slow! Yujiro whips, Davis reverses and runs in, but Yujiro dodges! Yujiro runs in but Davis catches him to BUCKLE SHOT!
Davis runs side to side to SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Davis runs to BLAST Evil! But Dick grabs Davis! Fletcher runs in to SHOTGUN Dick down! Aussie Open brings Yujiro up, POP-UP KICK! And then the scoop, to the LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, but Evil breaks it! Fletcher CLUBS Evil and throws him out! Fletcher hurries back to the corner, Davis tags him in! Fans rally as Aussie Open calls for the finish, but here’s SHO! Sho distracts everyone by brandishing his wrench! The ref tells Sho to get down so he does, but this allows Evil to shove Aussie Open into each other, and the ref!
Fans boo as Dick gets in to JAM Davis with a chair! And again! The House of Torture mugs Aussie Open 4v2! Fans boo harder, then they rally up for Aussie Open. Gideon gets in to block Sho from using the wrench! But Evil CLUBS Gideon! But here comes GREAT-O-KHAN! He BOOTS Sho down and DECKS Dick! He Mongolian Chops Evil, dodges Yujiro and hits the RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Fans roar and the Empire fires back up! Aussie Open aim at Evil, SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Evil goes down, Yujiro staggers, and he has his pimp cane! The ref stops Yujiro from using it, and then Gideon gets in to LOW BLOW Yujiro!
Fans fire up and Aussie Open give Yujiro COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!
Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)
The House of Torture can’t seem to figure it out! Will they ever get on the board at this rate? As for Fletcher & Davis, is it only a matter of time before they conquer the World Tag League?
World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls!
It was Lights Out for the Uncontrollable Charisma & Cold Skull last round, but The Mighty did not kneel! Will Shane & Mikey stay standing? Or will Los Ingobernables de Japon make them tranquilo?
Naito takes his time with his entrance attire as always, which mildly annoys The Mighty. Shane mocks Sanada’s dancing pecks with butt flexing. The teams sort out and Mikey wants Naito to step up. LIJ fist bumps, fans cheer, and Naito obliges. Fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” at the bell. Naito and Mikey circle slowly, feel things out, then Naito toys around with the step forward and the step back. Mikey gets annoyed but they tie up. Mikey waistlocks but Naito wrenches out to a wristlock. Mikey rolls, wrenches, wristlocks, but Naito rolls, wrenches and hammerlocks. Mikey reaches back to headlock, but Naito powers out, only for Mikey to run him over!
Naito gets up, Mikey runs him over again! Mikey wrenches and whips Naito to ropes, but Naito whips the back drop away. Mikey comes back to turn Naito’s back drop into a suplex! Mikey holds Naito up and fans rally! Mikey keeps Naito for over TEN before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Mikey drags Naito up. Mikey puts Naito in the corner, tags Shane, and the Mighty stomp away. Shane snapmares to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps on Naito’s arm with a knuckle lock. Shane KICKS Naito in the back, wrenches the arm and YANKS it. Shane wrenches and YANKS again, then tags Mikey.
The Mighty mugs Naito, double whips him, but Naito ducks the double clothesline to shove Mikey into Shane! Shane falls out of the ring and Naito whips Mikey to ropes. Sanada trips Mikey and Naito basement dropkicks! Fans rally up as Mikey flops out of the ring. Naito goes out after Mikey and whips him hard into railing! Sanada bumps Shane off the apron, then Naito whips Mikey into more railing! The ring count starts, Mikey drags himself up and in at 9 of 20. Naito headlocks Mikey and claws his eyes! The ref reprimands, Naito lets off, but then he just claws Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and tags Sanada in.
LIJ mugs Mikey, Sanada wrenches and CLUBS the arm. Sanada YANKS, wrenches, but Mikey throws big forearms! Sanada waistlocks, hammerlocks, then twists the arm. Mikey throws elbows to back Sanada up into a corner. Mikey whips but Sanada reverses. Sanada runs in, he blocks the boot, and he CLUBS the leg! Mikey falls, Sanada tags Naito, and Naito whips Mikey to another corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito poses, and he taunts Shane. Naito drags Mikey up but Mikey throws a haymaker. Naito returns it so Mikey throws another. They go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up!
Mikey ROCKS Naito, ROCKS him again, then ROLLING ELBOWS! But Naito just rakes Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and whips corner to corner. Naito runs in but Mikey UPPERCUTS! Mikey runs but into a kick! Naito whips, runs in, but Mikey LARIATS Naito down! Fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to Shane! Shane CLOBBERS Naito, BLASTS Sanada then ELBOWS Naito! Shane whips Naito corner to corner to UPPERCUT him down! Sanada gets in, kicks Shane low and whips him to ropes. Shane reverses to wrench and SAIDO! Fans fire up, Shane KICKS, BOOTS and INVERTED EXPLODERS Naito! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up and Shane stalks Naito. Shane drags Naito up, hoists him up top and ROCKS Naito with a right. Shane climbs up after Naito but Naito CLAWS Shane’s eyes! Shane staggers away but Mikey rushes in to ROCK Naito! Mikey climbs up but Naito fires off forearms! Mikey drops back but he gives Shane a boost! Shane gets Naito, SUPERPLEX POWERBOMB COMBO! Mikey drags Shane onto the cover but Sanada breaks it! Mikey CLUBS Sanada and throws him out. Shane and Naito stir, Mikey whips Sanada but Sanada reverses! Mikey hits railing hard! Shane drags Naito up, reels him in, but Naito blocks the lift!
Naito wrenches out to throw ELBOW after ELBOW! Shane avoids an elbow to UPPERCUT, then he whips only for Naito to reverse it, TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Naito crawls as fans rally, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada runs in at Shane and blocks a boot! Shane kicks free, but Sanada dropkicks the legs, then dropkicks Shane out of the ring! Sanada hurries and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Sanada drags Shane back up, puts him back in, and fans rally again. Sanada springboards but Shane gets under! Shane comes back, but into a fireman’s carry! Shane slips off, Sanada elbows him away, but Mikey sneaks a tag.
Shane wrenches Sanada but Sanada fights the back suplex. Sanada swings at Mikey but into the BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Mikey runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this but Mikey snarls. Fans rally, Mikey drags Sanada up and fireman’s carries, only for Sanada to slip off! Sanada ducks the back elbow but right into a DDT! Fans rally back up while both men are down, and Mikey roars! Mikey drags Sanada up to scoop, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey into Naito’s atomic drop! ENZIGURI! Fireman’s carry and T K O! Cover, Shane breaks it! Naito throws Mikey out and fans fire up as Sanada climbs the corner!
ROUNDING BODY- NO, Sanada has to land out as Mikey moves! Shane gets in to BROKEN ARROW! Naito dropkicks Shane’s legs out! Mikey storms up into Naito’s ELBOW! Mikey roars, Naito dodges his lariat and comes back to dropkick the legs! Naito runs, CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Mikey blocks Destino and Shane runs in, LAWN DART DDT! Fans fire up and Mikey drags Sanada up. Shane hops up, Mikey scoops, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey at Shane! Sanada O’Conner BRI- NO, Mikey stops the bridge and shoves Sanada into Shane’s ROUNDHOUSE! Mikey scoops Sanada again, TANK BUSTER!! Cover, The Mighty win!!
Winners: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Naito & Sanada earn 0)
The Mighty Don’t Kneel, and they find a way to win! Will Shane & Mikey find an outside way into the finals? Is the pressure to make it to WrestleKingdom going to break Naito before the league is out?
World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!
The Joker & The Ace finally got on the board, but the winstreak of one win might already end against the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter. Can the trickster bring himself to pull any tricks on his friends in Chaos? Or will Bishamon turn out the lights on Yano & Tanahashi?
The teams sort out and Yano grows impatient. He doesn’t even take note of Tanahashi taking off his jacket to show off the muscles. Goto steps up and Yano fires up. The bell rings and fans rally and duel. Yano squats and talks some smack, but Goto squats with him! Goto gives back the trash talk, Hashi steps in to back Goto up, and even smooshes Goto’s face up to make it more menacing! Yano says enough jokes, but Goto blocks Yano’s kick! Hashi runs to dropkick the leg! Goto BLASTS Tanahashi, then Bishamon brings Yano up to drum away! Tanahashi rushes in, but Bishamon kicks him to drum him, too! Fans fire up as Bishamon stands tall.
Goto stomps Yano to a corner, fires forearms, then whips him corner to corner. Yano reverses, then hurries to untie a buckle pad! Yano fires up but turns around into a kick! But the pad shielded Yano! Fans boo and Goto can’t believe it! Yano throws the pad to Goto and SLAPS him! Yano whips and Goto hits the buckles! Hashi runs in, Yano kicks him and whips him into bare buckles, too! Tag to Tanahashi and Yano throws Hashi out. Tanahashi drags Goto up, throws him out, and the bad boys bring Bishamon around to whip into railing! Fans rally and cheer as Tanahashi drags Goto back up to put him in the ring.
Tanahashi stomps Goto’s leg then YANKS it! Fans cheer as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi drags Goto up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Yano, and he bumps Goto off the bare buckles! And again! Fans fire up while Red Shoes keeps Hashi back. Yano whips Goto into the bare buckles now! Goto hobbles and fans fire up. Yano kneels on Goto for a cover, but Red Shoes says it’s a choke! Yano says no, it’s just up high! Yano stomps Goto, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tanahashi, and the bad boys whip Goto to ropes. They run him over, then they squat! Tanahashi drags Goto up, but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!
Tanahashi throws body shots, runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto and Tanahashi crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi ELBOWS Tanahashi down, BLASTS Yano, then storms up on Tanahashi. Tanahashi kicks low, whips Hashi to the padded corner, but Hashi comes back to CHOP! Hashi mule kicks and turns Tanahashi for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Hashi runs in again, to CHOP Tanahashi against ropes! Hashi hangs Tanahashi out to dry, runs side to side, and he DROPKICKS Tanahashi down! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally and Hashi stalks Tanahashi.
Fans rally, “GO ACE! GO ACE!” but Hashi brings Tanahashi up. Hashi reels Tanahashi in but Tanahashi fights the lift. Hashi keeps trying, but Tanahashi wrenches out. Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi ROCKS Hashi! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and fans rally up! Tanahashi gets the edge, but Hashi CHOPS back! Hashi aims but Tanahashi blocks the superkick to DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally while both men are down! Hashi and Tanahashi crawl, hot tags to Goto and Yano! Yano dodges Goto, claws his eyes and whips him, but Goto reverses! Yano hits the bare buckles, then Goto hits MURAMASA, and the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally, Goto fireman’s carries but Yano fights with elbows! Yano runs, Goto follows but Yano ducks! Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up with Goto and he drags Yano up, but Yano ROCKS him! Goto ROCKS Yano back, the forearms start flying back and forth, faster and faster! Fans rally as Goto gets the edge, but Yano rakes the eyes! But Goto SLAPS Yano! Goto whips, Yano reverses and throws Goto by his hair! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs in to forearm smash, then he feeds Goto to an atomic drop! Trip and CATAPULT into the bare buckles! Tanahashi runs but Goto denies the Slingblade!
Goto shoves Tanahashi into Yano, then DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans fire up as all three men are down! Goto crawls, fans rally up, and Goto hot tags Hashi! Hashi runs the ropes but Tanahashi blocks the lariat! Hashi spins to CHOP! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest! But both men roar! Hashi fires off his own strike fest and CHOPS! SUPERKICK! Tanahashi stays up, Hashi runs to LARIAT him down! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up with Hashi and he brings Tanahashi back up. Hashi fisherman’s but Tanahashi fights the suplex to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs, to SLINGBLADE! Cover, but Goto breaks it!
Yano throws Goto back out! Tanahashi fires up and he goes up the corner! HIGH FLY FLOW onto Hashi’s knees!! Hashi cradles, TWO!!! Tanahashi survives the sudden turnaround and fans are thunderous! Fans rally with “GO ACE! GO ACE!” as Tanahashi and Hashi stir. They both sit up, head for each other, and Tanahashi throws a forearm. Hashi throws it back! Tanahashi throws another forearm, but Hashi throws it back! They stand, egg each other on, and the forearms fly faster and faster! Fans rally, SHOTEI rocks Hashi! Tanahashi runs, but into Goto’s fireman’s carry! Tanahashi slips off but Goto powers him into the corner!
Hashi runs in and Goto moves, Hashi CHOPS Tanahashi! Hashi feeds Tanahashi to the fireman’s carry but he slips off again! Tanahashi full nelsons but Goto breaks that and ducks, HIDDEN GAP! Fireman’s carry again, FIERCE FLASH! Fans fire up more as Bishamon says it’s time! They drag Tanahashi up, hook him up, but Tanahashi kicks Hashi away! Yano drags Hashi out while Tanahashi hits TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Yano puts Hashi back in, drags Goto out, and Tanahashi runs, into a CHOP! Hashi runs, dodges Tanahashi once, but the SLINGBLADE comes back around!! Fans fire up as Tanahashi climbs the corner!
Goto anchors Tanahashi’s legs! Tanahashi CLUBS Goto but Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi! Hashi climbs up, but Yano LOW BLOWS Goto! Yano slips in and grabs Hashi for the ONIGOROSHI BOMB!! Tanahashi adjusts, HIGH FLY FLOW!!! Direct hit!! Cover, Ace & Joker win!!
Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toru Yano, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Goto & Hashi earn 0)
The World Tag League 2021 winners have fallen to 2-2! Are their chances of back-to-back wins in jeopardy?
As for Yano & Tanahashi, Tanahashi gets the mic to thank the fans for coming tonight. “Hey, Toru, it’s great to hear the cheers, huh?” Fans cheer because it’s great TO cheer! Tanahashi says he wants to have this every day, “so make sure you stay safe and healthy so that happens! Thank you for today!” Fans cheer for that, and they want the air guitar! Tanahashi borrows one from a fan on the east side, that he passes to Yano! Yano’s happy to be part of a rare air guitar duet! Master Wato even has his on commentary, so now it’s a trio! “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “LET’S ROCK!” The jam session is on!
Fans clap along as Yano is a natural! Fans cheer but they want the “EN-CO-RU! EN-CO-RU!” Tanahashi is never one to disappoint the fans, and Yano gets his chair guitar! They jam out again, and Yano can truly do it all! But he’s not gonna throw the chair to the fans, that’s dangerous. But the fans want another encore! Tanahashi says, “LAST ONE! Yano takes a seat in his chair for air DRUMS! Now it’s a real jam session! Big finish and…! Fans cheer the great performance, and Tanahashi gets the mic back. “Toru and Hiroshi are going for the trophies, so keep supporting us! And keep supporting NJPW! Finally, people of Shizuoka… ASHITEMASU~!”
Will love, energy and comedy propel the Joker & the Ace to the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?
Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!
Aussie Open: 4-0, 8 points
The Mighty: 3-1, 6 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-1, 6 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 2-2, 4 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-2, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-2, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-2, 4 points
Chase & Fale: 2-2, 4 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-4, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-4, 0 points
Another really good event and a really good round for World Tag League. I’m a little surprised Coughlin & Kidd haven’t gotten a win yet, but they always look solid in their matches. Great stuff back to back for the United Empire, even though Khan & Henare did lose. Khan helping Aussie Open was good stuff, though, and of course the House of Torture keep losing big time. Also, Naito & Sanada losing again puts the pressure on them, they could have an even stronger showing in the second half of this tournament. Tanahashi & Yano winning to close was a bit of a surprise, but they’re a great team and huge fan favorites, I would love to see them be a team for more than just World Tag League.
My Score: 8.7/10
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