NXT and NXT UK become one!
In the wake of WWE’s European expansion, NXT and NXT UK fuse their titles! Who will be the UNIFIED champions when Worlds Collide?
- NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Ricochet; Hayes wins and retains the title.
- NXT & NXT UK Tag Team Championships Unification Fatal 4 Way Elimination Match: The Creed Brothers VS Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Gallus VS Pretty Deadly; Pretty Deadly wins and are the Undisputed NXT Tag Team Champions.
- NXT & NXT UK Women’s Championships Unification Match Triple Threat: Mandy Rose VS Meiko Satomura VS Blair Davenport; Mandy wins and is the Undisputed NXT Women’s Champion.
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Nikki A.S.H; Kayden & Katana win and retain the titles.
- NXT & NXT UK Championships Unification Match: Bron Breakker VS Tyler Bate; Bron wins and is the Undisputed NXT Champion.
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It’s the NXT Worlds Collide Preshow!
Join McKenzie Mitchell and Sam Roberts in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action set for this historic event.
“Three letters that changed the game.”
“You are here to see the future, and the future is now!” There are no limits, #WeAreNXT! AND NXT UK! “One expanded universe designed for evolution. Two proud champions, two revolutionary brands, no longer worlds apart.” But this isn’t just about NXT as Raw and SmackDown invade! The past, the future, USA and UK, the game is changing! What will happen when Worlds Collide?
NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Ricochet!
The A Champion says he’s beaten the best and that makes him the best, but there is One and Only problem with that: he hasn’t checked off every name that’s on the list! Will Ricochet prove to Carmelo that sometimes, he does miss? Or will Melo make sure this is all it is, and this is all it’s ever gonna be?
As part of Melo’s entrance, he has the tron show “T-shirts” with the names of those he has defeated. And he already has one ready for Ricochet! The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Melo can back up all the talk.
Melo and Ricochet circle as fans rally up and duel. They tie up, go around, Ricochet arm-drags but Melo holds on. They stand back up, Melo powers Ricochet to the ropes, but Ricochet arm-drags free. Ricochet waistlocks but Melo switches. Ricochet switches back, Melo switches again, headlocks but Ricochet slips out to headlock back. Melo slips out to headlock again, but so does Ricochet. Melo slips away again but Ricochet hits a headlock and takeover! Melo headscissors but Ricochet kips free! Roles reverse as Melo hits the takeover and Ricochet headscissors for Melo to kip free. Ricochet sweeps, covers, ONE!
Melo handsprings Ricochet blocks his kick, then Ricochet handsprings over the sweep! The two stand off and fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!” Ricochet and Melo each talk some smack, then Melo shoves Ricochet. And pie faces! Ricochet trips Melo up! Ricochet grabs the legs, Melo kicks him away, but Ricochet handsprings over! Ricochet avoids the sweep, Melo rolls off the back, but then Ricochet returns the favor. Ricochet ducks under, handsprings back and headscissors, but Melo handsprings through, only for Ricochet to DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Ricochet just brushes himself off.
Ricochet sees Melo go to ropes, and he CHOPS him! Melo goes to a corner but Ricochet CHOPS! Ricochet snapmares, KICKS Melo in the back, then pushes him down. Cover, ONE, but Ricochet CLUBS Melo down. Trick taunts Ricochet but Ricochet KICKS Melo. Ricochet whips, Melo holds ropes and bails out! Fans boo as Melo and Trick talk it out. Ricochet rushes over but Melo HOTSHOTS his arm! Melo gets in, Ricochet headlocks, but Melo powers up. Ricochet grinds the headlock to drag Melo down, but Melo pulls Ricochet’s beard. Melo powers up and powers out, but Ricochet slides out, avoiding Trick’s trip up!
Ricochet calls Trick out on it but Trick plays innocent. Melo rushes in around the way but Ricochet ROCKS and CHOPS him first! Ricochet puts Melo against the barriers, and the fans help hold him there! Ricochet CHOPS Melo! Ricochet then tells Trick to back off. Ricochet puts Melo in, stares Trick down, then gets back in the ring. Melo ENZIGURIS Ricochet! Melo smirks and pushes Ricochet to a cover, ONE!! Melo is annoyed but he drags Ricochet up in the corner. Melo CHOPS Ricochet, then SLAPS him on the head! Fans are riled up as Melo drags Ricochet up and SLAMS him! Melo dribbles the ball, he shoots and he “scores.”
Melo snapmares Ricochet but Ricochet handsprings through! Tiger Wall Kick, Melo ducks the roundhouse to throw Ricochet down! Ricochet kips up, but into Melo’s SUPERKICK! Melo sees Ricochet is down so he hurries to cover, TWO! Ricochet flounders to a corner and “This is Awesome!” Melo runs in, but into a BOOT! Ricochet runs, dodges, handsprings but Melo follows! SPRINGBOARD LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous but Melo is frustrated. Melo talks some trash, drags Ricochet up, but Ricochet elbows free! And CHOPS! Melo ducks the haymaker to wheelbarrow, but Ricochet turns that into a victory roll, STOMP 182!
Fans are thunderous again while both men are down! Ricochet stands first, Melo follows. Ricochet clotheslines Melo against ropes, then he runs, but Melo clotheslines back! Melo runs, but Ricochet runs, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither man falls so DOUBLE LARIATS collide again! Both men run, springboard DOUBLE CROSSBODY!! Fans are losing their minds over that one! Fans rally up as Ricochet and Melo stir. Melo kicks at Ricochet but both men stand up. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this is just the first match of the night! Melo and Ricochet put up their dukes and approach. Melo swings but Ricochet bobs ‘n’ weaves!
Ricochet blocks the jump knee to UPPERCUT! Ricochet KICKS Melo again and again against the ropes! Ricochet whips, Melo rolls but Ricochet shoots in to waistlock. O’Conner, but Melo slips free, into the PELE!! Fans are electric and Ricochet is red hot! Ricochet waist on Melo, fireman’s carries, for a DYNAMITE- NO, Melo blocks the kick, rolls Ricochet, but Ricochet blocks the Code Breaker! Ricochet throws Melo away, Melo ducks and spins Ricochet to suplex. Ricochet slips out and SUPERKICKS! Melo THROAT CHOPS! The ref reprimands but Melo springboards, only for Ricochet to get under, RECOIL!!! Cover, Trick tugs Melo out!
The ref didn’t realize what happened but Ricochet does! Fans boo, we all know what happened, too! Ricochet tries to tell the ref, but then he WRECKS Trick with a dropkick! Trick flounders up the ramp! Ricochet tells Trick that’s what he gets! Ricochet then heads back for the ring, but Melo runs in! Tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTER! Suplex to the CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Melo is furious! Melo has some blood in his mouth, he’s tasting what it takes to beat a former North American and United States Champion! Melo hurries to a corner and climbs up top. Melo aims at Ricochet, but Ricochet springs up there first!
Ricochet has Melo caught for a JUMPING SUPERPLEX!! Fans lose their minds all over again as both men are back down! Both men rise, but Ricochet stands up first. Ricochet KICKS Melo in the chest, then pie faces! “If you wanna beat me then beat me!” Melo SLAPS Ricochet! Ricochet ROCKS Melo! Melo ROCKS Ricochet! Ricochet KICKS Melo! Melo CHOPS, Ricochet CHOPS, so Melo BOOTS! Ricochet stays up to ROCK Melo with boxing elbows! Ricochet fires up, but Melo BOOTS him again! Ricochet V-TRIGGERS! Ricochet suplexes for a BRAINBUSTER! And then a fireman’s carry, DYNAMITE KICK! Melo rebounds to CODE BREAKER!! Melo crawls to a cover, TWO!!!
Melo is beside himself! But Ricochet ghost pins! TWO!!! Melo escapes by nanoseconds and Trick is freaking out! Fans again hope these two “Fight Forever!” and they might at this rate! Melo drags himself to a corner but Ricochet grabs a foot. Melo kicks Ricochet away, but Ricochet comes back. Melo CHOPS him, goes up, but Ricochet drags him down! Ricochet ROCKS Melo, goes up the corner himself, but Melo brings him down to CHOP! Melo shoves Ricochet down, goes up the corner, but Ricochet gets him again! Ricochet goes up but Melo brings him back down. Ricochet HEEL KICKS Melo! Then POISON-RANAS!!!
Fans are electric as Ricochet aims from a corner! Trick rushes in, wielding the belt! But Ricochet dodges to triangle jump DROPKICK Trick down! Ricochet hurries up top and takes aim, for the SHOOTING STAR! Melo moves! Ricochet lands on his feet but Melo cradles, MELO WINS!!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Trick helps out again! Melo is given time to recover, and he snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! Will Melo continue to add to his “Hall of Shame” as the A Champion?
NXT shares footage from earlier today.
Someone brutally attacked Roderick Strong and left him laying in the middle of the parking lot! Who did this to Roddy? Are they still in the area, ready to strike again? How will this affect the mentality of the Creed Brothers ahead of their Tag Team Championship Unification Match? Speaking of…
The Creed Brothers and Demon Kemp talk backstage.
Julius says they’re not going out there to be hunted, they’re going out there to do the hunting. There’s a reason Julius & Brutus are the NXT Tag Team Champions, and it’s because they’re the best team here! Kemp agrees, they can’t worry about what happened to Roddy. This is about the Creeds unifying the tag team titles! Tonight, it’s about Diamond Mine! But will Diamond Mine be forever with what’s been going on lately?
NXT & NXT UK Tag Team Championships Unification Fatal 4 Way Elimination Match: The Creed Brothers VS Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen w/ Fallon Henley VS Gallus VS Pretty Deadly w/ Lash Legend!
Julius & Brutus took their titles off Kit Wilson & Elton Prince, and the #CountryStrong duo kept their titles from Pretty Deadly. Pretty Deadly once upon a time took the UK titles off Mark Coffey & Wolfgang, who were the longest reigning tag team champions on either brand. But who will be THE tag team here in NXT when it’s all said and done?
The introductions are made, but there’s so much animosity, the teams just start brawling! Brutus has Wolfgang, Jensen has Mark, Pretty Deadly gets out of the way but they also instigate by pushing from the outside! The refs get everyone to stand down and go to their corners. In this kind of Fatal 4, only two teams are legal at a time, but Wolfgang is really wanting after, well, anyone! Briggs and Julius decide to both DROPKICK Gallus out of the ring! Now the match begins, and Julius waistlocks Briggs for a SLAM! Briggs fights up and moves around but Julius clinches for a Belly2Belly!
Julius clinches Briggs again but Briggs CLUBS him back. Julius whips, Briggs stops himself and CLUBS Julius again! Briggs scoops, and he SLAMS Julius to then SPLASH! Fans fire up but Brutus runs in, only to get run over by the bigger Briggs! Tag to Jensen and Briggs whips Julius to ropes. Jensen hits an atomic drop and Briggs BOOTS Julius down! But then Kit tags in off Jensen to cover Julius, TWO! Fans taunt Pretty Deadly but Kit scrambles away to tag in Wolfgang! Wolfgang rushes Julius, who gets around to waistlock! Brutus tags in, the Creeds hand Wolfgang off but Wolfgang throws hands. Wolfgang whips Brutus and they RAM shoulders, but neither man falls!
Brutus runs, dodges, and handsprings through Wolfgang’s hip toss! Brutus shoots in to fireman’s carry takeover! And then GUT WRENCH Wolfgang away! Jensen tags off Brutus, he runs but Lash trips him up! So Fallon ROCKS Lash! The ladies end up in the ring and their catfight is on! Fans fire up but Lash kicks Fallon out. Fallon and Lash brawl, Briggs and Kit separate them, but then Fallon gets loose and jumps on Kit! Elton helps out, he hits Briggs, and Lash ROCKS Fallon! Jensen turns around into Wolfgang’s CROSSBODY! They both fall out of the ring, and Pretty Deadly bum rush the Creeds! But the Creeds DECK Pretty Deadly in return!
Brutus and Julius egg Pretty Deadly on, but Pretty Deadly CRISSCROSS to CLOBBER the Creeds! Fans admit that was good, but then Briggs clotheslines Pretty Deadly out! Fans fire up, Briggs gives Jensen a boost so he can FLY out onto Julius and Elton! Fans fire up with the good ol’ boys as Briggs LEAPS to CLOBBER Kit! But then Gallus gets in? Wolfgang boosts Mark so he can FLY and wipe out errybody!! Fans fire up but Brutus is up! He sends Wolfgang out, goes to the corner, and he climbs up top! Brutus aims at the cluster, but Kit goes after him! Julius drags Kit back down, but Wolfgang ROCKS Brutus!
Wolfgang fires hands, climbs up, and he brings Brutus up to the top! Brutus resists but Wolfgang still hits a SUPERPLEX! Brutus tumbles all the way out as fans lose their minds! FAMOUSER from Jensen to Wolfgang! Cover, Mark breaks it in time! Briggs throws Mark out, the good ol’ boys coordinate, but Pretty Deadly screw that up! Wolfgang rolls Jensen, TWO! Jensen WHEEL KICKS Wolfgang down! Jensen heads up top but Mark trips him up! Mark tags in, Gallus get Jensen up, ENZIGURI and POWERSLAM! Cover, Gallus ELIMINATES Briggs & Jensen! One down, two to go, will Gallus Boys be on top?
Pretty Deadly get in and they talk trash to Mark, but then Wolfgang gets in, too! And the Creeds! Fans sing good-bye to Briggs & Jensen while Pretty Deadly get Gallus to side with them, UK VS USA! The Creeds fight 4v2, but that’s just too much even for them! Pretty Deadly and Gallus stomp away on them, kick them out of the ring, but then Gallus turn their attention to Pretty Deadly. Kit & Elton realize there was a flaw in the plan. They turn around and JOE is there! The Iron King tells Mark & Wolfgang, “Show’em who’s kingdom this is!” Pretty Deadly pumps up and the brawl is on! Kit dodges Wolfgang to BOOT him down, but Mark ROCKS Kit!
Mark turns around into Elton’s cradle, TWO! Mark gets around, HALF NELSON SLAM! Cover, TWO! Mark gets Elton up and suplexes but Elton gets around to O’Conner Roll! With tights! TWO! Elton UPPERCUTS Mark, then brings him around, scoop and- NO, Mark slips off and waistlocks. But Elton bucks that away, only to turn around into the GAMANGIRI! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Mark and Elton flounders, Elton pushes Mark away and heads for his corner. Mark heads for his, but Brutus trips Kit! Brutus tags in off Elton! He POUNCES Elton out, then CLOBBERS Wolfgang! Brutus CLOBBERS him again, knees low, and CLUBS him!
Brutus TACKLES Wolfgang, time for BRUTUS SMASH! The fans fire up and Brutus pushes Wolfgang around. DEADLIFT GERMAN SUPLEX! Tag to Julius and he Electric Chair lifts Wolfgang! Brutus is up top, DIAMOND MINE DOOMSDAY!! Brutus DECKS Mark, Julius grins and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, Diamond Mine ELIMINATES Gallus! And now it’s the current NXT Tag Team Champions taking on the team they dethroned. Gallus is pissed but Hank and the security guards all get them out of the area. Julius tags out to Brutus while Pretty Deadly talks strategy, and Brutus rushes in to get after Elton!
Brutus drags Elton in but Kit DECKS Brutus! Kit EuroUppers, Brutus forearms, repeat! They keep going, but Kit kicks low then uppercuts again and again! Kit tags Elton, Elton RAMS Brutus and Kit forearm smashes! Then fireman’s carry, ASSISTED GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Elton facelocks and CLUBS Brutus, then drops ax handles! Elton drags Brutus up but Brutus throws body shots. Elton CLUBS Brutus, then tags Kit. Pretty Deadly mugs Brutus, stomps away, and Kit eggs on “Brute.” Kit kicks him more, but Brutus RAMS into Kit. Kit snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Kit KNEES Brutus down, then eggs him on again.
Brutus sits up, Kit CLUBS him down. Kit CLUBS Brutus again, dares him to show us something, but Brutus rushes in! Kit block shim from getting to Julius but Brutus powers his way forward. Kit kicks the leg out! Tag to Elton but Brutus gets free! Hot tag to Julius! Julius rallies on Pretty Deadly, whips Elton, and scoops for an EXPLODER! SPINEBUSTER for Kit! Julius suplexes Elton, Elton slips out and hops on for a SLEEPER! Elton has the body scissors, but Julius reaches out! Wait, Gallus and the good ol’ boys are brawling on the ramp now?! What happened backstage?! Julius snapmares free and knees Elton low.
Julius suplexes Elton, holds him up, but Elton throws knees! Julius drops to a knee, then sits down, but he keeps Elton up! Julius stands back up for a SLAM!! The straps come down and fans fire up! Julius runs in corner to corner, Elton ducks so Julius leaps up and over! Julius backflips off the corner and ANGLE SLAMS Elton! Cover, TWO!! And then the brawl CLOBBERS the ref! Security drags Gallus and the good ol’ boys away but what about the ref?! Kit gets in, Julius DROPKICKS Kit back out! Only for Elton to DROPKICK Julius! Elton whips, Julius reverses but Elton dodges and springboards, into Julius’ ROLLING SPINEBUSTER!
Fans fire up and Julius puts the straps back up, just to take them back down! Julius throws off his elbow pads, but Kemp gets in! Kemp SPEARS Kit as he was bringing in a chair! Fans are thunderous as Kemp and Julius hug it out! Kemp says to finish this, but then he SMACKS Julius with the chair!!! And hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Fans boo as the Diamond Gopher betrays Diamond Mine! Pretty Deadly is at a loss for words but Kemp gets the ref in the ring! Elton covers, the ref counts, PRETTY DEADLY WINS!!
Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall (UNDISPUTED NXT Tag Team Champions)
WHAT?! Why, Kemp, why!? What happened that turned Kemp against the Diamond Mine? Is he the one who attacked Roderick Strong? And either way, will Pretty Deadly redefine the tag team division now that they hold all four belts?
Tony D’Angelo and Channing Lorenzo are having coffee.
They enjoy a good cup o’ joe, but Tony D says letting Legado go was actually a good move. Stacks says they could’ve gotten more miles out of them, though. And Tony said himself, Elektra Lopez was doing good down at the docks. Tony says one bad fish spoils the tank. The Legados were headed in that direction. When you’re the Don, you gotta know when to keep the line in the water, and when to cut bait. There’s always a bigger fish. Cameron Grimes walks in, and Tony calls him over. Grimes says, “You talkin’ to me?” Uh, yeah. C’mere. See, word is, Grimes is looking for friends. And a man of Grimes’ stature, that’s pretty enticing. Especially after Tony fired Legado.
Fired? Tony “fired” Legado? Yeah, does he have something in his ears? Here, have a biscotti and make Tony an offer. Grimes says he’s not hungry. Grimes walks off and Tony is upset, but will Tony be the one to make Grimes an offer he can’t refuse?
NXT & NXT UK Women’s Championships Unification Match Triple Threat: Mandy Rose VS Meiko Satomura VS Blair Davenport!
The Toxic Goddess wants some respect put on her name, but continues to see things through rose colored glasses. Her reign stacked up against that of the Final Boss, Meiko Satomura, leaves something to be desired. And then the Gothic Heiress says she’s the rightful ruler of all NXT! Who will be proven as THE alpha female here tonight?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if NXT is still toxic!
Mandy watches Meiko and Blair, and they watch her. Blair kicks but Meiko blocks and Mandy ROCKS Meiko with a sucker punch! Blair and Mandy mug Meiko, but she fights them both off with forearms! Blair kicks low, Mandy CLUBS Meiko, and they double whip Meiko to ropes. They double ELBOW Meiko down, then Blair drags Meiko up. Mandy and Blair double suplex Meiko, Blair covers but Mandy shoves her away. Mandy covers but Blair shoves her away. Blair and Mandy argue, then start shoving! Meiko rolls Mandy, TWO as Blair sunset flips Meiko! TWO as Mandy ghost pins Blair, TWO!
Meiko BOOTS Mandy but Blair kicks Meiko. Blair whips but Meiko WHEEL KICKS! Mandy runs in but into a sobat! Meiko uppercuts Mandy, DECKS BLair, then waistlocks Mandy! Mandy trips Meiko but Meiko kicks her away. Mandy handsprings and basement dropkicks! Blair GAMANGIRIS Meiko, too! Blair drags Meiko out, scoops and SLAMS her, then says that’s what she gets! Mandy eggs Blair on and they stand off in the ring. Fans rally up, circle, but Mandy gets around to waistlock and SLAM! Mandy drags Blair up, waistlocks, but Blair victory rolls, TWO! Blair dodges and RANAS Mandy to a corner!
Blair runs in to forearm smash! Blair snapmares and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Blair is annoyed but she drags Mandy up. Mandy ROCKS Blair, Blair KNEES Mandy! Blair runs but Mandy scoops! Mandy shakes her head to FALL AWAY SLAM Blair away! Mandy then runs at the corner to RAM into Blair! And RAM again! Mandy brings Blair out and runs, but Meiko trips her up! Meiko drags Mandy out to DECK her! But Blair goes to the apron to PENALTY- NO, Meiko blocks and trips Blair! Meiko KICKS Blair into the steps, and again, and again! Meiko then goes for Mandy but Mandy RAMS her into the apron!
Mandy runs in at Blair but is sent into the steps! Blair goes up to DOUBLE STOMP Mandy down! Fans fire up and Blair gets in the ring. Meiko joins her and we finally get a bit of that 1v1 rematch both women have wanted! They approach, Meiko avoids the boot to fire off forearms! Meiko wrenches, wristlocks, then KICKS and STOs! Then KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Meiko gets Blair’s leg and hooks it up for an STF! Blair fights the crossface, pops free and has a wristlock! Meiko rolls but Blair shifts to LA MAGISTROL! TWO, Meiko has a cover, TWO! Blair BUZZSAWS Meiko, then CLUBS her on the back!
Blair whips Meiko but Meiko reverses. Blair BOOTS back, goes up the corner, but Mandy YANKS her down! Blair hits the floor and Mandy dusts off her hands, but she’s forgetting Meiko is there. Meiko waits on Mandy, so Mandy gets in the ring to go champion to champion! They tie up, Mandy fires a forearm but Meiko gives it back! They go back and forth, Meiko fires off more, then whips. Mandy ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Meiko! Mandy says this is HER world! Mandy kicks Meiko around, stomps her down, then talks trash. Meiko sits up, Mandy pie faces her, but Meiko laughs that off. Mandy kicks Meiko but Meiko is right back up!
Mandy pie faces again, but Meiko stands. Mandy pie faces again but Meiko just stares her down. Mandy swings, but into a counter forearm! And another! And an UPPERCUT! Mandy ducks the buzzsaw but not the RETURN! Cover, TWO! Mandy survives but Meiko drags her up to a fireman’s carry. Mandy slips off, shoves, and SPINEBUSTERS! High stack, Blair kicks it apart! Blair drags Meiko up to POST her! Blair stalks Mandy, wrenches and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Blair is annoyed but she stomps Mandy around. Blair goes to the corner and climbs up. Fans rally, but Mandy ROCKS Blair!
Mandy climbs up after Blair, they brawl, Mandy CLUBS away on Blair, and then Mandy SUPERPLEXES! But Meiko is up top, FROG SPLASH! Cover, Mandy breaks it in time! Fans are thunderous as all three women are down! Fans cheer on “Women’s Wrestling!” as Mandy drags Meiko up. Mandy whips, Meiko stops to PELE! Mandy staggers and Meiko fires up! Fans fire up as she forearms Blair, then forearms Mandy! Then corner to corner to forearm Blair again! And back for another to Mandy! Fans fire up as Meiko KICKS Blair, KICKS Mandy, repeat! Blair ducks, waistlocks, facelocks, suplexes, but Meiko blocks!
Mandy joins in, they double suplex but Meiko fights that to DOUBLE DDT!! Fans are thunderous as Meiko kicks Blair aside, and then runs to HANDSPRING KNEE DROP Mandy! Meiko then runs to HANDSPRING KNEE DROP, but Blair dodges! Blair BOOTS Meiko and hurries over to Mandy! Blair drags Mandy up, suplexes, but Meiko KICKS Blair! And KICKS Mandy! And Blair! BUZZSAW for Blair! Both women are flopped over, Meiok runs to DOUBLE HANDSPRING KNEE DROP! Cover on Blair, but Mandy drags Meiko off! Mandy reels Meiko in, underhooks, but Meiko fights that to a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, Blair DOUBLE STOMPS it!
Blair roars and she drags Meiko away. She has the arms, KAMI-GOYE!! Cover, TWO!!! Meiko survives and shocks everyone! Blair is furious but she drags Meiko back up. Mandy SHOTGUNS Blair! Mandy ROCKS Blair, CLUBS her and KICKS away in the corner! Mandy CLUBS Blair, whips her corner to corner, but Blair stops and elbows back! Blair goes up and up, but Meiko grabs at Mandy as Blair leaps, the missile dropkick hits Meiko! Mandy runs in to scoop, gut wrench, but Blair lands on her feet! Blair RAMS Mandy, reels her in, suplexes, but Mandy slips out! Mandy runs, but Blair rolls Mandy up, SCORPIO RISING BREAKS IT!!
Meiko drags Blair up but a KNEE FROM A ROSE OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover on Blair, MANDY WINS!
Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall (UNDISPUTED NXT Women’s Champion)
Opportunistic as ever, the Toxic Goddess keeps her reign alive! But she pinned Blair in this win, will the Final Boss return to take this to the next level? Or will this reign of terror never, ever end?
Alba Fyre speaks.
“Lash Legend learned that you do not disrespect my heritage or my ancestors. No matter the weather, terrain or situation, those fire keepers kept those embers burning. Just like I won’t let anyone extinguish my flame. Lash won’t be the only woman to test me, but soon, all of them will know what she already knows: I am a warrior, and I will do whatever it takes to win. And to honor the women that surrounded that flame, from the howls and lochs of Scotland, all the way to NXT, keep your eyes peeled on the horizon. Because where there’s smoke, there’s Fyre!”
Backstage interview with Wes Lee.
McKenzie says over the past month, the superstars of NXT UK have been dominating the scene in NXT 2.0. But this Tuesday, Wes faces perhaps the most sadistic men from NXT UK in JD McDonagh. How does he prepare for someone with “such bad intentions?” Wes says he isn’t sure you can really prepare for someone like JD. Wes saw JD’s interview with McKenzie last week, and that was… uncomfortable. McKenzie confirms. Wes knows JD doesn’t shoot to kill, he shoots to wound, and he loves taking pleasure in agony. That’s dark. And when the bell rings, JD goes to an even darker placer.
But Wes has had his fair share of dark clouds, and the rain doesn’t scare him. Wes isn’t afraid to venture into the darkness. If JD wants to get weird, then let’s get weird! But Wes promises, JD won’t like the results. Can the Must-See Kid trump the Irish Ace at his own game?
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Nikki A.S.H!
KC Squared fought so hard time and time again to get these titles, and they will fight even harder to keep them! But will they have to put up the fight of their lives against the formidable duo that is Monday Night Raw’s Celtic Connection?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who wins in this NXT VS NXT UK proxy match!
The teams sort out and Kayden starts against Nikki. Fans rally and the two tie up. Nikki headlocks for a takeover, but Kayden fights up and powers out. Nikki runs Kayden over and strikes a pose. But Kayden trips Nikki and walks all over her. Kayden twerks at Nikki, then dodges to hip toss her! Kayden has the arm but Nikki throws Kayden by her hair! Nikki dropkicks Kayden, covers, ONE! Nikki drags Kayden up, Kayden wrenches out to CHOP! Kayden CHOPS again, then tags Katana. Kayden whips Nikki to a corner, Katana traps her and Kayden dropkicks again! Katana headlocks to a takeover and cover, ONE!
Katana keeps Nikki from Piper but Nikki powers her back! Piper tags in but Katana slips away. Katana and Piper circle, Katana dodges Piper then dodges again. Piper does corner Katana, though, but Katana slips out before the splash! Katana slingshots in, springboards up and over but Piper still runs her over! Piper soaks up the heat, and shows off her own twerk! Fans fire up that Piper can doudrop it like it’s hot! Piper scoops Katana, but Katana slips off and tags Kayden. Kayden runs in but is thrown away! Piper throws Katana, too, but Kayden whips Katana back in. Katana trips Piper and Kayden mule kicks! Katana slingshot sentons and Kayden covers, TWO!
Kayden runs in, hops on and has a SLEEPER! Piper throws Kayden off, but Kayden BOOTS back! Katana tags, Piper scoops Kayden and CLOBBERS Katana! Piper then stands over Katana to SLAM Kayden on top of her! Piper runs and SENTONS them both! Piper covers Katana, TWO! Piper keeps cool and clamps onto Katana. Tag to Nikki as fans rally up. Piper bumps Katana off buckles and Nikki stomps a mudhole! The ref reprimands, Nikki lets off but throat chops! And then she RAMS into Katana! Nikki bumps Katana off buckles, tags Piper, and Piper stomps Katana more. Piper SLAPS Katana down then goes corner to corner. But Katana BOOTS Piper away!
Katana DECKS Nikki, ROCKS Piper, but Piper shoves her back. Katana BOOTS Piper and goes out, but Nikki trips her up! Nikki traps Katana in the apron skirt and fires off! The ref reprimands and counts, Nikki tells him to shut up while she gets in the ring. Tag to Piper, Piper goes around and SPLASHES Katana against the apron! Katana flops down and the ring count starts. Piper drags Katana up, puts her in, and she storms up on her. Piper keeps Katana from Kayden and CLUBS her down! Piper drags Katana up again, scoops her, and then tags Nikki. Fans rally but Piper SLAMS Katana and Nikki hits a NECK SNAPPER! Cover, TWO!
Nikki clamps onto Katana for a straitjacket and thrashes her around! Fans rally, Katana fights up and out, but Nikki swings a lariat. Katana gets around to tilt-o-whirl and RANA Nikki away! Piper tags in, CLUBS Katana down, then DECKS Kayden! BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Katana toughs it out and Piper is a bit surprised. Piper drags Katana up, Nikki tells fans to shut up, and Piper tags Nikki in. Nikki RAMS into Katana, then she brings Katana around. Katana throws body shots, but Nikki keeps her from Kayden! Katana knees Nikki away but Piper tags back in! Piper storms up and brings Kanata around to whip.
Katana dodges and Piper POSTS herself! Nikki tags in, CLOBBERS Katana, but Katana avoids the elbow! Hot tag to Kayden! Kayden rallies on Niki, SPLASHES Piper, then mule kicks and SUPERKICKS Nikki! DROPKICK for Piper! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Kayden drags Nikki back up. Fireman’s carry, but Nikki slips off! Nikki elbows Kayden, goes up the corner, TORNADO DDT! Fans rally up as both women are down! Piper tags in, she brings Kayden around, and Nikki adds on! INVERTED DDT SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kayden survives and Piper is furious! Piper drags Kayden up, scoops her, but Kayden slips off!
Kayden dodges Piper to SUPERKICK! Both women are down again and Nikki tags in! Nikki drags Kayden away but Kayden KICKS Nikki! Nikki keeps trying but Kayden rolls to send Nikki into buckles! Kayden runs in, blocks boots and puts Nikki in the ropes! Tag to Katana before the DRAPING BACKSTABBER! DOUBLE STOMP added on top!! Cover, TWO!! Nikki is showing us why she’s held titles before, but Katana tags Kayden back in! Kayden stands Nikki up to turn her, Katana is up top, but Nikki shoves Kayden into Katana! Down goes Katana but Kayden hurries to get Nikki. Nikki whips Kayden into buckles!
Tag to Piper and she drags Kayden into a fireman’s carry! Nikki adds up, NECKBREAKER SAMOAN DROP, aka the ASH DROP! Cover, but Katana barrels in to break it!! Fans fire up again as Katana drags Nikki up. Katana whips but Nikki throws Katana out instead! Nikki goes back to her corner and Piper snarls. Piper runs in at Kayden but into an elbow! Kayden goes up, but Piper SLAPS Kayden! Piper climbs up after Kayden, but TOXIC ATTRACTION shows up?! Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne run out but Nikki WRECKS them both! Then CROSSBODIES them both! But Kayden POWERBOMBS Piper!! Nikki fires off on Gigi & Jacy while Katana tags in!
HUMAN HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, Jacy keeps Nikki out! KC SQUARED WIN!
Winners: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)
Gigi & Jacy accomplish their mission! Kayden & Katana are still champions, but solely so Gigi & Jacy can get their revenge down the line! KC Squared get to party all the same, but will they have to worry about Toxic Attraction coming for them next?
The Dyad talk backstage.
They have a bunch more of those smiley face buttons, aka “recognition awards,” and Rip Fowler says Joe Gacy really has taken this Cameron Grimes situation to heart. Jagger Reed just doesn’t understand why Grimes doesn’t want to be part of The Schism. Rip spots Grayson Waller walking by and asks him for a moment of his time. Waller asks if Rip’s right eye is all white. What’s with that tone? The eyes are the window to the soul, and Rip’s soul is pure. Oh, okay. Well, Waller will leave this smiley button here for someone who needs it. Jagger says that’s rather kind. Waller rolls his eyes at The Dyad, but then McKenzie finds him.
McKenzie asks if Waller intentionally raked the eyes of Apollo Crews in their match last week. The medical team says Apollo has a scratched cornea. Waller says honestly, Apollo ruined his talk show! Waller just got Apollo back. But then Waller got a call from his mum. Waller ain’t afraid of no man on this planet, but Mama Waller’s a different story. She gave Waller life, and it’s just the two of them. Mama Waller said she was never more disgusted in him in her life. He went on television and talked about a man’s heritage, wife and kids, then basically tried to blind Apollo to win. Waller was bringing down his family name. For the first time in his life, he was speechless.
And Waller said he’d call her back, but they haven’t spoken since. So she’s probably watching tonight. Cheers, mum, and Waller thought about what you said. And she can kiss his ass!! Waller is the only Waller bringing this name to stardom! Waller doesn’t care about Apollo and his family, Waller’s going home with an absolute dime piece Hooters waitress! No, wait, change it up! A swimsuit model! Either way, Waller doesn’t need friends or family. He just needs the Grayson Waller Effect! Now McKenzie rolls her eyes. Will Waller ever get over himself so that he can finally get over in NXT?
NXT & NXT UK Championships Unification Match: Bron Breakker VS Tyler Bate!
This is it! The Big Booty Nephew is already a two-time champion in NXT, but the Big Strong Boy is both the inaugural and the FINAL NXT UK Champion! These men respect their brands and the legacies of their titles, and even respect each other. But in the end, there can only be one! Who will be THE NXT Champion and carry both banners into the future?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and as two great lineages become one, we will see who reigns supreme!
Bate and Bron circle as fans rally. Fans want “Tyler Two Belts!” but Bron smirks. They tie up, but are in a deadlock, so Bron breaks it. Fans bark it up for Bron but Bate smirks now. They circle again, feel things out, and tie up again. Bron headlocks but Bate endures the grind. Bate moves around, pries at the hold, but Bron holds on tighter. Bate fights up again, powers up but Bron still holds tight! Bate rolls it to a cover, ONE! Bron holds on, but Bate rolls it again, ONE! Bate fights up, pries at the hold again but Bron still clamps it on. Bate throws body shots, powers out, but Bron runs him over! Bate gets up but Bron headlocks for a takeover!
Bate headscissors, Bron kips free, but roles reverse as Bate hits a takeover. Bron headscissors, Bate kips free, but Bron trophy lifts! Bate slips off, kicks low, and underhooks! Bron powers out, trips and jackknife bridges, TWO! Bron gets Bate but Bate turns that to a backslide, TWO! Both men run, DOUBLE SHOULDERS take both men down! But both men kip up! Fans fire up again as the two stare down. Fans duel with barks and “BIG STRONG BOY!” Bate and Bron shake out their arms, circle again, and feel things out. Bate knuckle locks then wrenches to wrangle Bron to the mat! Bate keeps Bron down but Bron fights his way up.
Bate wrenches, arm-drags, and armlocks! Bron grits his teeth but Bate wrenches again. Bate YANKS the arm, but Bron pulls Bate’s hair. Bron whips Bate to a corner, Bate goes up and under, then knuckle locks to wrench, bait, leap frog, bait again and sunset flip! TWO! Fans applaud that great display from Bate, and even Bron has to smirk. Bron and Bate reset again, tie up again collar ‘n’ elbow, but Bate arm-drags! Bate has the top wristlock, makes it a cover, ONE as Bron gets back up. Bron stands, arm-drags but Bate holds on tight! Bate wrangles Bron down into an omoplata! Bron turns his head so Bate hammerlocks.
Bate chinbars Bron as he fights up, then grinds the arm. Bron moves around, whips and RANAS! Fans fire up for the agility, and Bron deadlift suplexes Bate! Bron walks around with Bate then he SLAMS Bate down! Bron kips up and STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Bate CHOPS Bron but Bron shrugs that off to facelock. Bate endures as Bron grinds him, then Bron gator rolls him. Fans rally up, Bron gator rolls Bate back the other way. Bate fights up, pries the hold and throws body shots. Bron knees low, whips Bate to ropes, but Bate tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Bron flounders, Bate watches him and DROPKICKS him out!
Bate builds speed and he FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up again! Bate checks his neck, stands back up, and he brings Bron up. Bate puts Bron in the ring as the ring count is 5 of 10. Bate aims from a corner, runs in, STANDING SHOOTING FLOP as Bron moves! Bron builds speed, and he catches Bate for a SPINEBUSTER! Fans bark and Bron paces. Bron drags Bate up, but Bate elbows him away! Bron shakes that off, grins, and RAMS Bate out of the ring! They tumble to the floor but Bron is right back up! Bron drags Bate up and into the ring at 4 of 10, then he goes up a corner. But Bate ROCKS him first!
Bate CHOPS Bron, climbs up, but Bron CLUBS Bate! Bate ROCKS Bron, climbs and brings Bron up, but Bron throws body shots! Bron shoves Bate down, then leaps, into an EXPLODER! Bate kips up and STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, TWO! Bron is still in this, and fans rally up again! “This is Awesome!” as both men get up. Bate reels Bron in, but Bron fights the fireman’s carry. Bron suplexes, but Bate turns that to a cradle! TWO!! Bron escapes, but Bate rams low! Bate whips, Bron reverses but Bate turns rana into POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Not quite the Tyler Driver, and that’s why Bron survives!
Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” as both men are down. Bron gets to a corner, Bate is watching him stand up. Bate runs in to UPPERCUT! Bate hoists Bron up top, ROCK him, and Bate then sets Bron up. Bate CHOPS but Bron throws hands! Bate ROCKS Bron, climbs up again, but Bron fires body shots! They brawl up there, Bate powers through and clinches Bron, but Bron throws elbows! Bron shoves Bate down hard, then adjusts for a FLYING BULLDOG!! Cover, TWO!! Bron holds on to suplex, into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bate survives but Bron is too tired to be upset! Bron and Bate stir as the fans rally up again!
Fans duel while Bate and Bron throw hands and feet on the mat! Bate and Bron sit up to throw forearms back and forth! They stand, Bate EuroUppers, rams low, repeat! Bron throws haymakers! Bate SOBATS! Bop up, but Bron blocks Bang into a FUJIWARA!! Bate endures as Bron pushes back as hard as he can! Bate turns over and ghost pins, TWO! Back to the FUJIWARA! Bate endures again and fans fire up both ways! Bron pushes back on the arm but Bate powers up! Bate stands, slips under, fireman’s carries Bron and stands up for the AIRPLANE SPIN!! Fans fire up and count along, Bate goes to ten before the DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Bate runs, Bron dodges, but Bate rebounds to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down again and fans are thunderous! Bate underhooks the arms, but Bron NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridge, TWO! Bron pushes that arm down, TWO as Bate gets the other arm up! Bron pushes Bate down again, TWO as Bate bridges back up! Bate turns Bron around, lifts and TYLER DRIVER 97!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Bron survives and no one can believe it!! Bate gets to a corner and goes up! But Bron grabs him for the trophy lift! BREAKKER SLAM!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Bron miscalculated and Bate survives!
Fans are thunderous for the Big Strong Boy but Bron’s straps come down! Bron vows to crush Bate once and for all! Bron aims from a corner, he runs in at Bate, but Bate KNEES Bron! Bop up, BANG HITS!! Bate underhooks, but Bron back drops! Bate lands on his feet, but Bron trophy lifts again! But Bate rolls him up! TWO!! Bate runs, rebounds, into a SPEAR!!! Cover, Bron wins!!
Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (UNDISPUTED NXT Champion)
Bate came close, but Bron found the moment he needed! But there’s no hard feelings here, as Bate personally brings the belts to Bron, and Bron holds up Bate’s hand. We just saw Worlds Collide with incredible force, and now Bron stands atop the mountain! How much farther will Bron raise the bar in NXT?
A great event for NXT, but a mixed bag in the results for me, at least. In the cases of RawDown stars coming back to NXT to challenge for firmly NXT titles, I figured both of those would go NXT’s way. Ricochet VS Melo was an awesome opener, I don’t think it could’ve gone much better outside of Trick being a distraction as usual. But again, Melo was going to win, so it keeps Ricochet from looking weak to have Trick interfere and be why Ricochet lost. Likewise, the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship had a great match, but I should’ve figured Gigi & Jacy would have a part to play like they did just last week. Nikki & Piper lose but in a protected way, and we’ll surely see Gigi & Jacy call KC Squared out this Tuesday.
I didn’t know the men’s tag title match was elimination until they announced it so that was a great surprise. And that really added something to how it all played out. I figured it’d come down to the Creeds and another team, but I feel like there was a missed opportunity in continuity with having Pretty Deadly win. Kemp betrayed Diamond Mine, and perhaps his reasons will have nothing to do with Gallus, but… how awesome would it have been if they made it because Kemp was joining Gallus? Kemp had that great stint in NXT UK where he palled around with Gallus, so imagine if he was a mole the entire time! But instead, Pretty Deadly does at least get more history on their resumes, being the first team to hold the NXT and NXT UK belts separately, and now at the same time.
Good promo from Wes Lee to respond to JD, they’re going to have a really good match Tuesday. They kinda copy-pasted Alba Fyre’s promo from last week, but it’s still good. We got an interesting interaction between Grimes and Tony D’Angelo, and I’m not sure Tony should’ve shrugged off Legado just leaving that easily. But now, is Tony going to help Grimes against Gacy & The Schism? I feel like it should’ve been Edris & Malik after Grimes tried motivating them that one time. But at least we’re getting some twists and turns, maybe something happens where Grimes is feuding with Gacy and Tony and we get a Triple Threat of some kind. The winner can even challenge Melo for the title at the next NXT special episode/event.
Speaking of Gacy & The Schism, we got a fairly funny interaction between The Dyad and Grayson Waller. And then Waller really turns up the Heel heat by insulting his own mom and saying he doesn’t need anyone. Apollo will surely come back for revenge, but I bet there is going to be something about the scratched cornea that affects his future sight powers. The Women’s Championship Triple Threat was great, and while I had hoped it was Blair so that she could piss off both champions, no, it was Mandy who won. A Triple Threat loss doesn’t really hurt Meiko, but after 313 days, from last October to now September, Mandy is starting to get stale. I suppose Alba Fyre could try again 1v1 since it was a Fatal 4 Way Mandy beat her in, but Fyre seems to be taking the long route to the title.
Bron VS Bate was great stuff, of course, and was a great main event. But how could they give Bate that great entrance with the NXT UK retrospective and then still have him lose? Outside of Pretty Deadly, who started in NXT UK then moved to NXT 2.0, this was like that one year where Raw whooped SmackDown at Survivor Series. The results tonight don’t exclude the NXT UK stars coming back and taking the now unified titles from Mandy and Bron, but it stings a bit for me, who watched the UK Championship Tournament in 2017 and never gave up on the UK division.
My Score: 8.7/10
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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