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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/20/22)

NXT’s ready to shine!

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Can the Big Strong Boy trump the Irish Ace?

Both Tyler Bate and JD McDonagh have faced Bron Breakker before, and they both want another shot! Who will be the NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Championship?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of 3 Series, Part 2: Nathan Frazer VS Axiom, Axiom leads 1-0; Frazer wins and ties the series.
  • Toxic Attraction VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley; Toxic Attraction wins.
  • Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS The Dyad w/ Joe Gacy; The Dyad wins.
  • Wendy Choo VS Cora Jade; Cora wins.
  • Andre Chase & Bodhi Hayward w/ Thea Hail VS Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams; Chase & Bodhi win.
  • Sanga VS Von Wagner; Wagner wins.
  • North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Oro Mensah VS Grayson Waller; Mensah wins and advances to Halloween Havoc.
  • NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Match: JD McDonagh VS Tyler Bate; McDonagh wins and will challenge Bron Breakker for the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Carmelo Hayes and Solo Sikoa end up in the same interview.

And Melo ain’t happy about it. Solo says the title looks better on him. Melo shot and missed. But Shawn Michaels says they’re not doing this right now. They’re both meeting here because of how their match ended. HBK commends Solo stepping up but he wasn’t sanctioned to be in that match. Therefore, that match result cannot stand. Solo must vacate the North American Championship. HBK is sorry, but he’s been there. It sucks. Solo understands, rules are rules. Solo has unfinished business then. HBK wants Solo to know something. What he did here over the last year is staggering, so good luck on SmackDown, Raw and wherever his WWE career takes him.

Solo told Melo he had next. Melo says Solo had next. Now beat it. And HBK, thank you for making the right decision. What? He expects to get this handed back to him? Melo tried to outsmart the system and got burned. HBK doesn’t care if Melo is cocky, he even respects that. But as soon as you think you’re bigger than the business, the business slaps you in the face. And that’s what happened. Melo will get his chance to get this belt back, in six weeks at Halloween Havoc! Melo and four others who qualify over the next few weeks will compete for the North American title, in a LADDER MATCH!

Melo accepts that and heads out. Who will join him in that massive match to crown a NEW North American Champion?

 

Best of 3 Series, Part 2: Nathan Frazer VS Axiom!

The British Prodigy lost the all important first round to the Undeniable Truth, but now he gets a chance to start again! Will Frazer tie this series up and push it to a third? Or will Axiom keep this from becoming a trilogy?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Axiom waistlocks but Frazer arm-drags Axiom. Axiom headscissors, fans duel, and Frazer kips free. They circle again, tie up, and Axiom wrenches an arm. Axiom stands Frazer up, whips him to ropes, but Frazer rolls Axiom! TWO, but Frazer hurries to backslide! Axiom slips off to La Magistrol! But Frazer counters! TWO!! Axiom waistlocks, Frazer slips under, O’Conner Rolls, ONE! SLEEPER!! Frazer flails, rolls back to a cover, TWO!! Axiom lets go in time and fans cheer the standoff. The two reset and circle again as fans continue to duel.

They knuckle lock, Axiom rolls back, wrenches, trips Frazer and has the toehold. Frazer endures, pushes up to roll but Axiom handsprings through! Fans fire up as the two go again. They tie up, Frazer headlocks but axiom powers out. Frazer runs him over, covers, ONE! Frazer runs Axiom over again! Cover, ONE! Frazer headlocks for a takeover and he grinds Axiom down! Axiom rolls to a cover, TWO! Frazer holds on, Axiom fights up to his feet, but Frazer spins and waistlocks to drag Axiom down. Axiom switches, fans rally, and Frazer fights up. Axiom shifts to a headlock then hits a takeover.

Frazer endures, headscissors, and he holds tight! Frazer pushes up for pressure but Axiom moves around. Axiom heastands, turns Frazer over and bridges to get the legs tied up! Axiom shifts to get the arms and he has a headstand into the CATTLE MUTILATION! Frazer moves, Axiom has the arms but Frazer flips and arm-drags free! Axiom ducks ‘n’ dodges and springboards to arm-drag! Then a kip up and DROPKICK! Frazer scrambles, he denies the O’Conner but runs into a BIG NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Axiom looms over Frazer, whips him to a corner, but Frazer goes up and over!

Axiom catches Frazer but Frazer headscissors him out! Frazer builds speed but Axiom ROCKS him! Axiom climbs up the corner, leaps, but Frazer DROPKICKS him out of the sky! Axiom scrambles to get away to the outside! Frazer is frustrated as NXT goes picture in picture.

Frazer goes out after Axiom, drags him up, and RAMS him into the apron! Frazer puts Axiom in the ring, ELBOWS him down, then covers, TWO! Frazer is frustrated again, and he drags Axiom. Frazer hangs Axiom out to dry on the ropes, then DECKs him! Axiom flops to the apron but he holds on to the ropes. Frazer drags Axiom up and through the ropes, but Axiom kicks at Frazer! Frazer still drags Axiom in, YANKS him from the ropes, and SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO! Frazer drags Axiom back up, puts him in a corner and whips him corner to corner hard! Axiom hits buckles chest first and falls back.

Frazer storms up on Axiom but Axiom CHOPS him! Frazer DECKS Axiom and stomps away! Frazer puts Axiom in another corner, RAMS into him, then RAMS in again! Frazer gets the leg and trips Axiom for a jackknife bridge! TWO, and Axiom scrambles away. Frazer grows further frustrated but he storms up on Axiom again. Frazer drags Axiom up, and fisherman’s for a GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Axiom is showing his toughness, and fans rally up. Frazer whips Axiom to ropes, then kitchen sink KNEES him down! Cover, TWO! Frazer is really frustrated now, and he clamps on with a rear bearhug.

Axiom endures, reaches out and crawls for ropes as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally and duel, Frazer KNEES Axiom in the back, and then squeezes tighter on the bearhug. Axiom fights up to his feet but Frazer CLUBS him on the back! Frazer whips, Axiom reverses and reels him in for an IRON OCTOPUS! But Frazer slips out to get a COBRA TWIST! Axiom hip tosses free! Frazer staggers up, Axiom fires off forearms and counter punches! Axiom headbutts low, fires off palm strikes then whips! And DROPKICKS! Fans fire up as Axiom runs, to HOTSHOT Frazer! And then springboard, FLYING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Frazer is still in this, and perhaps Axiom is growing frustrated. Hard to say with that mask on. Fans rally and Axiom aims to KICK! Frazer sits up and Axiom KICKS him again! And again, but Frazer blocks! Axiom avoids the leg sweep to ENZIGURI! But Frazer ENZIGURIS back! Frazer goes to roll up but Axiom sits on it! TWO!! Fans are thunderous, Axiom dodges Frazer to PELE! Axiom fires up and takes aim from the corner! GOLDEN- SUPERKICK from Frazer!! Cover, TWO!!! Axiom survives and Frazer can’t believe it! But the fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” for this one! Frazer hurries to a corner and climbs up top! Axiom gets up to GAMANGIRI first!

Axiom climbs up after Frazer now, and hits a SUPER ARM-DRAG! Cover, TWO!! Frazer survives and Axiom is beside himself! Fans rally, “This is Awesome!” as Axiom waistlocks. Frazer holds ropes, Axiom has the SLEEPER! Frazer elbows free, then elbows from the corner! QUEBRADA, into the SLEEPER! Axiom has the body scissors but Frazer fights up to his feet! But Axiom shifts to a GUILLOTINE! And then to an omoplata! Frazer gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up but Axiom lets off, to STOMP Frazer down! Fans boo the savagery but Axiom goes up top. Axiom aims but Frazer springs up top! SUPERPLEX!

Roll through a la Rollins, for ANARCHY!! Frazer hurries up top again, for the PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, Frazer wins!!

Winner: Nathan Frazer, by pinfall (series is now tied 1-1)

The British Prodigy finds his opening and hits the mark! Now it’ll all come down to the final round, who will take the series and rise in the ranks?

 

Alba Fyre speaks.

“Mandy Rose. Your reign as Women’s Champion has been historic. You’ve blazed through opponent after opponent. But last week, when we locked eyes, I smelled your soul. I’ve seen the fear building up inside you. And in your heart, you know that I’m going to be the one to take that woman’s title away from you and burn your empire to the ground.”

Mandy Rose sees that.

Gigi & Jacy ask if she’s okay. Yeah, why? She’s not impressed by Fyre. Mandy will take out Fallon Henley next week, and then she’ll do the same thing to Alba Fyre. Now tonight, Gigi & Jacy has to show us why there’s Toxic Attraction, and then everyone else. The trio heads out, will Gigi & Jacy prove they’re ready to get the tag titles back?

 

Damon Kemp speaks.

He throws down the Diamond Mine singlet and sprays a red X on it. “Did you see the Creeds’ faces when I cost them the tag team titles last week? It was priceless. It’s the same dumb look they had on their faces when they were trying to figure out if it was Roddy that was on the take from Tony D. Roddy didn’t take any money, I did. It was all set up so Tony & Stacks could win the tag team titles. But Santos came back and ruined it. IT was only a matter of time before Julius and Roddy were gonna clash.

“Then Roddy said he pulled the security footage to help clear his name. I thought I was dead in the water, I knew I had to get ride of the footage. So, I destroyed Roddy’s phone, then I destroyed Roddy. Did you know he’s still in this hospital? Maybe. I just sent him flowers. The Creed Brothers were pissed at me before, I can only imagine how they’re feeling right now. They’re probably in the gym right now, pacing. Listen, I am a world class athlete, but I am not gonna fight the Creed Brothers two on one. That’s not fair. One on one, any time, any place. One in the ring, and one back in the locker room. They can pick who gets this work first. That’s all you get today.”

 

Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley hear about this.

The Diamond Pitbull is pissed! It was Damon all along?! Tatum wants Ivy to calm down but she can’t! Damon’s all but destroyed Diamond Mine! Tatum says there’s nothing they can do about that now. Julius & Brutus will handle Damon while they have business with Toxic Attraction. Focus. Ivy IS focused! Let’s go! But did Damon do more damage than to just Roderick and the Creeds with his betrayal?

Toxic Attraction VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley!

KC Squared have the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, and in many ways, Gigi & Jacy kept them safe against their other challengers. But now, Gigi & Jacy want the gold back around their waists. Will they get their rematch with Kayden & Katana? Or will Diamond Mine get some gold of their own again?

The teams sort out and Gigi starts against Tatum. Fans rally as Gigi and Tatum tie up. Gigi wrenches, wristlocks, and whips, but Tatum reverses. Things speed up, Tatum hurdles but Gigi leaps over. Tatum goes Matrix then DROPKICKS Gigi down! Gigi gets up, Tatum facelocks but Gigi keeps her from Ivy! Gigi blocks a kick, flips Tatum but she lands on her feet! Gigi CLOBBERS Tatum and tags in Jacy! Toxic Attraction double wrench, double KICK, then BUZZSAW and SENTON! Cover, TWO! Jacy smirks and she KICKS Tatum in the back. Jacy taunts “muscles” Ivy, but Tatum O’Conner Rolls! TWO, and Tatum ROCKS Jacy! Jacy reverses the whip to CLOBBER Tatum!

Jacy tags Gigi, then feeds Tatum to the BOOT! Gigi hurries to cover, TWO! Gigi drags Tatum around, CLUBS her down, then pulls the arms back to keep Tatum from Ivy. Fans rally as Tatum endures a top wristlock. Gigi JAMS the arm, Tatum still fights up, but Gigi knees low. Gigi whips Tatum and ROCKS her at the ropes! But Tatum rolls Gigi up! TWO, and both women run, DOUBLE FACEBUSTERS take them down! Fans fire up as Gigi and Tatum crawl, hot tags to Jacy and Ivy! The Female Titan rallies on Toxic Attraction with big forearms! Ivy KICKS, KICKS and ENZIGURIS! Jacy flops down, Ivy runs in at the corner to CALF KICK!

Fans fire up with Ivy and she deadlift Half Hatch suplexes! Cover, Gigi breaks it! Tatum runs in, but into Gigi’s SAIDO! Ivy hurries after Jacy but Jacy ROLLING ELBOWS her! Tag to Gigi and Jacy hits a CODE BREAKER! But Ivy avoids the lariat to ROCK Gigi! And ENZIGURI Jacy! Ivy has Jacy but Gigi YANKS her out of the ring! Fans boo as Gigi puts Ivy back in. Tag to Jacy, TOXIC ANNIHILATION! Cover, Toxic Attraction wins!

Winners: Toxic Attraction, by pinfall

Gigi & Jacy blow kisses to everyone, happily moving on down the road towards the titles! Will Kayden & Katana have to be ready for a toxic showdown?

 

NXT returns to The Schism in the ring.

Jagger Reed says, “Last week signified the end of opportunities for those who are on the fence about The Schism. The time has come for you to pick a side!” No longer will The Schism turn the other cheek. And to anyone not sitting in the shade of their tree, you’ve been warned! Rip Fowler says to those enlightened few brave enough to break the status quo and sit with them under their tree, “you have nothing to fear. We will never abandon you. In fact, we will hold you tighter in our arms.” Jagger says the road to peace and inclusivity is a bumpy one. But they will make the world a better place and accept that mission.

Joe Gacy says we’ve brought this upon ourselves. “Change can be scary, but we have given you ample time to accept the change. Now, whether you accept us or not, you will see the world through our eyes. Cameron Grimes, you have had multiple chances, and I have been more than patient. I have tried reasoning, I have tried compassion, but it seems that this world only responds to a firm hand. Cameron Grimes, you have made a life altering decision. And to you and anyone else that refuses to listen, the wrath of The Schism is imminent.” But wait! Here come Edris & Malik! They fire off on The Dyad for that brawl last week!

Edris & Malik DECK Jagger & Rip, then DOUBLE PLANCHA! Fans fire up and we have a match! Will The Schism learn what happens to hypocrites?

Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS The Dyad w/ Joe Gacy!

The bell rings, Malik goes after Rip but Rip throws haymakers! And CHOPS! And forearms! Rip whips but Malik reverses to hurdle and dropkick! Fans fire up with Malik and he brings Rip up. Malik scoops, Rip slips off to wrench and RAM shoulders. Rip whips but Edris tags in. Malik reverses, he and Edris trip Rip up to BOOT and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Edris wrenches Rip, Rip pulls hair and the ref reprimands. Rip puts Edris in the corner, tags Jagger, and the Dyad traps Edris to mug him! Jagger reels Edris in for a short arm LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Jagger is annoyed, he ROCKS Edris with a haymaker!

Tag to Rip, but Edris fights back! The Dyad mugs Edris again but Edris BOOTS Rip away! Edris ducks the double clothesline to hot tag Malik! Springboard CROSSBODY! Edris DOUBLE LARIATS the Dyad out, then holds the ropes down for Malik to FLY! Direct hit and Gacy is furious while NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Jagger ROCKS Malik with a right, but Malik ROCKS Jagger with haymakers of his own! Jagger powers Malik back, Rip tags in, then Jagger whips Malik. Rip grabs at Malik’s sweater vest, Malik swings on Rip but Jagger CLOBBERS Malik! Fans boo but Jagger throws Malik out. Rip then gets Malik up, PLANCHA BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans boo more but The Schism soak up the heat while hugging it out! Fans boo more but Rip puts Malik in the ring. Rip drags Malik up, ROCKS him, then tags Jagger. The Dyad mug Malik, Jagger snapmares and stomps Malik down!

Fans rally up and Malik throws body shots! But Jagger ROCKS Malik with forearms! Jagger drags Malik by his sweater vest then ROCKS him again. Tag to Rip, The Dyad double whip Malik to ropes, but Malik holds ropes to rally back on The Dyad! Hot tag to Edris and he fires off on The Dyad! SPLASH for Jagger in a corner! SPLASH for Rip in a corner! Edris fires off haymakers on Rip but Jagger rushes over. Edris just fires haymakers on Jagger! Fans fire up with Edris, he dodges Jagger to UPPERCUT Rip! Then he SHOTGUNS Jagger! Rip reverses a whip but Edris trips him up! SLING-DOG! Edris fires up and brings Rip up.

Rip wrenches to JAWBREAKER! Malik sneaks a tag, Edris KNEES Rip! Malik runs in, LEAP FROG LEG DROP SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Rip survives and fans argue the count but Malik stays focused and fired up! Tag to Edris, they get Rip up in a fireman’s carry, but Jagger dumps Malik out! Rip rolls Edris up, TWO and Edris has a cradle! TWO!!! Rip escapes and throat chops! Tag to Jagger, MAYHEM DESTROYER!! Fans are losing their minds over that one, but then there’s the TICKET TO RIDE!! Cover, The Dyad wins!

Winners: The Dyad, by pinfall

Gacy joins his men in celebrating, having showed Edris & Malik what happens to the opposition. Will there be zero tolerance for those who incur the wrath of The Schism?

 

Roxanne Perez speaks.

“Meiko Satomura is a legend, and in my opinion, the true measuring stick of women in this business. I challenged Meiko because I wanted to find out where I stood. I was very nervous, it was pretty obvious. I’m sure everyone saw me slip during my entrance because I knew I was in for a battle. I’ve never been hit harder in my life. I still have bruises on my back two weeks later. I hit her with everything I had, but she proved why she’s Meiko. I may have lost the match, but I gained Meiko’s respect.” Meiko says Roxie was super tough. Meiko was hard on her but she still stood up to her. Roxie has fighting sprit, and will be a great women’s champion one day.

Roxie found the toughness and grit she never knew she had. She can never thank Meiko enough. And that is what Roxie will use on Cora Jade! The next time they face off, Cora is going to face a tougher, rougher Roxie! When and where will the former friends have it out?

 

Wendy Choo VS Cora Jade!

The Queen of Comfy didn’t appreciate what was said by #GenerationJade. Will Wendy prove to Cora that Cora’s the one in her own little world? Or will Cora make Wendy go night-night tonight?

NXT returns as Cora makes her entrance. The bell rings, the two circle, and fans duel. The two tie up, Cora puts Wendy in a corner but the ref counts. Cora lets off and pats Wendy on the head. Wendy SHOVES Cora down! Cora gets up, Wendy gets around and headlocks! Wendy hits a takeover, but Cora headscissors free. Cora holds on as Wendy tries to kip free, so Wendy moves around. Wendy headstands, pops free and mocks Cora before getting her own headlock. Fans fire up but Cora pushes with forearms. Wendy holds on, they stand up and Cora powers out. Wendy runs Cora over, things speed up, and Wendy body scissors to a cover, TWO!

Wendy SHOTGUNS Cora down! Cora goes to a corner, Wendy runs side to side to YAKUZA KCIK! Cora flounders out of the ring, so Wendy builds speed to slide! Cora blocks that, spins Wendy and ROCKS her! Cora snarls, stomps Wendy down, and CLUBS her. Cora CHOKES Wendy on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and Cora mocks Wendy as she sputters. Cora ROCKS Wendy with forearms then whips her to ropes, only to send her into ropes and ELBOW her down! Cover, TWO! Fans duel, Cora stomps Wendy, and then Cora runs to springboard DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Cora pulls Wendy back into a straitjacket stretch!

Fans rally and Wendy endures but Cora thrashes her around. Fans rally as Cora pulls o the arms. Wendy fights up, arm-drags free, and then throws a body shot! And a KICK! And a LARIAT! Wendy fires up, whips Cora to ropes and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Cora staggers to a corner, Wendy handspring FOREARMS her! Cora holds ropes to deny the suplex, but Wendy yanks her away! GERMAN SUPLEX! Cora goes back to the corner, Wendy runs in, but Cora trips her into the buckles! DDT! Cover, Cora wins!

Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall

Cora turns things around on Wendy at the last second, then “kicks dirt” at her. Cora heads out, will she be headed for the top of NXT? And then Lash Legend gets in the ring! She BOOTS Wendy down! Fans boo Lash as she talks trash on Wendy, will Wendy have another ego to deal with?

 

Backstage interview with Bron Breakker.

McKenzie asks the NXT Champion about Bate VS McDonagh in tonight’s main event. Bron first wants to thank the fans for voting him as the NXT Superstar of the Year. Now, tonight. Bate has a great mix of strength, speed and agility while JD picks a body part and dissects it. It is main event worthy for sure. But who does he think will win? It could go either way, but Bron picks Bate. They had a banger at Worlds Collide, Bron would love to do that again. Bron heads out, will the Big Strong Boy come through for him? Or will Bron regret betting against the Irish Ace?

 

Trick Williams talks with Carmelo Hayes backstage.

Trick says what happened last week is the past. Today is a new day. Melo IS the man. Carmelo says yes he is! They head for gorilla, what will the former A Champion have to say about the coming ladder match?

 

Backstage interview with Oro Mensah.

Kelly Kingcaid says what a unique name and what an exciting night. We know what Oro can do from NXT UK, but what does he say to his match with Grayson Waller being a North American Championship Ladder Match qualifier? Oro says he came to NXT to face the best, Waller is one of the best, as he will tell you himself. He even tweets about it! But the uniqueness of his name, he’ll explain what it means. “Oro” means “Gold,” and Ghana is known as the Country of Gold. Now tonight, Oro will make sure he qualifies for that ladder match! Then good luck! Oro thanks Kelly and is all fired up. Will the Freshest Flavor on the Brand have one sweet debut?

 

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams head to the ring!

Fans chant “SOLO~!” at them as they get the mics. Trick has the music cut and tells everyone to shut their mouths. “Y’all saw what happened last week. Solo musta lost his mind! Melo needs to get something off his chest, now talk your talk, dawg.” Melo says first off, he says vote or no vote, he IS the biggest superstar in NXT! PERIOD. Fans boo in disagreement but Solo says everyone’s preying on his downfall, and last week proves it. So what Melo wants now is the person that played the music and rang the bell and even the referee that counted the pinfall, they should ALL lose their jobs! Sign up for unemployment!

Fans boo but Melo tells Solo, “I don’t care what bloodline you come from, You came into my house and you stole something that belongs to me. So it doesn’t matter which way you flip it, I am still THE A Champion!” Wait, here comes CHASE U! Fans fire up for Andre Chase, Bodhi Hayward & Thea Hail, and Chase has the mic. “Carmelo Hayes, I saw what happened last week. And I think what we have right now-” NO! NO! Melo will stop Chase right there! Any other time, but now’s not the time. This is serious business! Chase says Melo may not want to hear this, but last week, we had-

Trick says to stop there! He doesn’t care if Chase is backed by all of Chase U, Thea Hail, Bodhi, Brody, Jabronies, it don’t matter! Don’t you finish that line! “What we have right now…” Don’t do it…! “IS A TEACHABLE MOMENT!!” And the brawl is on! Melo & Trick bail out, fans fire up, and a ref hurries out! We’ve got ourselves a tag match, playa!

Andre Chase & Bodhi Hayward w/ Thea Hail VS Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams!

The bell rings, Chase and Trick start and Chase gets a headlock. Trick powers out, things speed up, and Trick hurdles. Chase blocks the hip toss to give a hip toss! Fans fire up but Trick ROCKS Chase! Trick bumps Chase off buckles, tags in Melo, and they double whip Chase. Trick DROPKICKS Chase down, Melo talks trash and covers, ONE! Melo drags Chase up to CHOP! And ROCK! Fans rally but Melo snapmares Chase. Chase gets up to wrench and wristlock! Tag to Bodhi, they double whip and double ELBOW Melo! Bodhi wrenches, but Melo ROCKS Bodhi! And CHOPS! Tag to Trick, they mug Bodhi but fans rally up.

Trick suplexes Bodhi, then mocks Chase U. Trick CLUBS Bodhi, but Bodhi turns things around into an arm-drag! Three-point stance, FLYING TACKLE! Fans fire up and Bodhi tags Chase! Chase CHOPS Trick, clinches, but Trick ROCKS Chase! Trick whips, Chase reverses and hits a RUSISAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up and they spell along with the stomps, “CHASE U!” Tag to Bodhi and he drags Trick up. Bodhi facelocks, torture racks, but Melo tags in! Melo drags Trick off and they DOUBLE LARIAT Bodhi! Fans duel, Melo SPRINGBOARD LARIATS! Melo shoots his three then SUPERKICKS Bodhi down! Cover, TWO!

Melo is frustrated but he brings Bodhi around. Tag to Trick, they mug Bodhi more, but fans chant, “Whoop That Trick!” Trick stomps away on Bodhi, then throws a hard body shot! And an UPPERCUT! Trick runs, but Bodhi ducks the flying shoulder! Hot tag to Chase! Chase JABS Trick, JABS, DECKS Melo, CHOPS Trick, and atomic drops! Trick hobbles into a scoop SLAM! Fans fire up with Chase and he goes up a corner! But Trick gets under the leap! Pop-up UPPERCUT! Hot tag to Melo and he runs in to BOOT Chase down! SUPERKICK for Bodhi! Melo runs, springboards, but into a roll and cradle! CHASE U WINS!!!

Winner: Andre Chase & Bodhi Hayward, by pinfall

WHOA!! The Professor just taught the A Champion something! NEVER underestimate your opponent, no matter who they are! Will this help Chase get a spot in that ladder match?

 

Gallus is having a good time backstage.

Joe Coffey throws darts while the boys play cards. The good ol’ boys & Fallon Henley walk in and Josh Briggs asks what the big X is for. That’s the Scottish flag… But anyway, the country trio thought Gallus was on their way outta here after losing the tag title match. No, they thought they’d stick it out. They kinda like it here. And this is a closed game. The kids games are down the block. Go Fish. Oh, be careful now. Brooks Jensen might put you boys under the table. Better yet, let’s put Gallus through a table! But then security rushes in to stop this from breaking down into a brawl. Briggs tells Gallus it’ll take more than a bit of chaos to scare them off!

Wolfgang says if they want a fight, they’ll get a fight! More security rushes in and they have Briggs & Jensen stand down. Will we see a showdown between these two teams soon enough?

 

Sanga VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!

The Giant Gentlemen didn’t like how Vicious Von talks around the ladies, and now he’s going toe to toe, behemoth against behemoth! Will Sanga humble the hulking brute? Or will even Sanga see that this is Wagner’s World, and he’s just living in it?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Von dodges and RAMS Sanga, but Sanga rebounds to run Von over! Sanga storms up but into an elbow! Von throws hands and kicks then whips, but Sanga blocks to reverse. Von holds ropes, he elbows Sanga away, but Sanga CLOBBERS Von! Fans fire up and Sanga scoops Von! Von slips off to RAM Sanga into a corner. Von fires off with hands and stomps and point-blank clotheslines! Fans boo, the ref counts, but Sanga counter punches Von! Sanga ROCKS Von, Von knees low! Von CLUBS Sanga, KNEES him and CLUBS him more! Von clamps on for a neck wrench but Sanga endures.

Fans rally, Sanga fights up and he throws body shots! Fans cheer Sanga and he SPLASHES in the corner! Sanga scoops for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Von bails out and Sanga BOOTS him off the apron! Fans fire up but the ref keeps Sanga back to start the ring count. Sanga goes out the side and he storms up on Von to CLOBBER him! Fans fire up with Sanga, and Stone leaps in!? Sanga catches Stone, but Von POSTS Sanga! Fans boo as Von POSTS Sanga again! And then RAMS him into the steel steps! Von puts Sanga in the ring, Von runs, and he BOOTS Sanga! Sanga rebounds, but into the fireman’s carry!! Von powers up to TKO!! Cover, Von wins!

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

Fans boo but Von roars! Will this insane display of power prove Von is ready for a title opportunity?

 

Wes Lee speaks.

“Trick and Melo really did a number on me. But not good enough. The medical team says I’m cleared for action, so I’m more than ready to qualifier for this North American title ladder match.” There’s a rumor going around that Wes doesn’t even need to qualify, and it’s true. But Wes won’t accept special treatment. The fans entursted him to walk out with the title last week, but he let them down. There is no bye week, Wes is gonna EARN his shot! Will he make the ladder match must-see?

Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo responds to this.

What a touching story from our guy, Wes Lee. “But he must have rocks for brains! What a stunad! You always take the free ride.” But that’s Wes’s decision. He’s taking on The Don, Tony D’Angelo, in that qualifier! Will Tony D ruin Wes’s redemption?

 

Cameron Grimes speaks.

“Joe Gacy, you target the vulnerable and feast on the weak. But Cameron Grimes is neither of them! You preach about peace and compassion, but next week, you won’t find either of them! Cuz I’m gonna chop down that Schism tree, throw it in the woodchipper, and use it as fuel to go TO! THE! MOON!!” Grimes is all fired up, will he burn down Gacy’s tree of woe once and for all?

 

North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Oro Mensah VS Grayson Waller!

The Hottest Superstar Under the Sun is a former NXT UK Tag Team Champion, but he’s made the jump to NXT prime to heat back up! Will he be the first of four to qualifier for the coming title match? Or will the Grayson Waller Effect ruin Oro’s debut for his own success?

NXT returns as Oro makes his entrance. The bell rings and Waller talks trash before he JABS Oro! Waller whips, Oro reverses and hurdles, then he goes to hip toss. Waller blocks to CLOBBER Oro, then he shows off with drop steps. Waller kicks Oro around, wrenches his arm and wristlocks, but Oro rolls and handsprings. Waller throws Oro by his hair! Waller grinds the armlock but Oro kips up! Waller pulls hair again to throw Oro back down! Oro kips up again, but Waller throws him down again! Fans rally and duel, oddly, and Oro kips up. Waller arm-drags but Oro arm-drags back! Waller freaks out as his move backfires!

Oro CLUBS Waller’s arm, wrenches it, but Waller pulls hair again. Waller whips, Oro reverses and runs in to Tiger Wall Kick! Oro mocks the drop steps and shoots a three to then arm-drag Waller around! Oro body shots and PELES! Fans fire up but Waller SLAPS Oro! Waller won’t be disrespected! Oro fires off hands in return! Oro CLUBS Waller to a corner, CHOPS and ROCKS him, but lets off as the ref counts. Waller storms up but Oro knees low. Waller avoids the scissor kick to Electric Chair SLAM DUNK! Waller KNEES Oro in the back with his drop steps! Waller then drops an elbow and covers, TWO!

Fans chant “WALLER UCKS!” “NO!” as Waller stomps Oro down. Waller stands on Oro’s head but the ref counts. Oro gets up to throw body shots but Waller hits back. Waller whips, Oro ducks ‘n’ dodges, then sunset flips! Waller stays up, drags Oro around and drops another elbow! Waller rains down forearms on the back of Oro’s head! Fans boo and call Waller names, but Waller just clamps onto Oro for hammering elbows! He even takes off his elbow pad to throw more! Cover, TWO! Waller is frustrated but he taunts Oro. Waller fireman’s carries, but Oro fights free! Oro CLUBS Waller, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him again!

Waller kicks low, whips but Oro slides under and rallies on Waller! Oro whips, Waller reverses but Oro QUEBRADAS! Fans fire up and Oro clinches. Waller fires elbows, blocks a boot and flips Oro, but Oro AX KICKS Waller! Fans fire up as Waller goes to the apron and Oro storms over. Waller HOTSHOTS Oro, gets some space, and Waller runs to0 APOLLO CREWS!? Apollo’s bloody red eye scares Waller! And Oro DIVES onto him! Oro puts Waller in, Waller flounders around to a corner, and Oro run sin to WHEEL KICK! Cover, Oro wins!

Winner: Oro Mensah, by pinfall (qualifies for the North American Championship Ladder match)

Apollo looks like Halloween come early, and now the Hottest Superstar Under the Sun is headed to Halloween Havoc! Will Oro live up to his name and have gold around his waist again? Who else joins him and Melo in that match?

 

The Creed Brothers talk and train in the Diamond Dojo.

Brutus knows Julius got cuffed to the cage, but to be honest, he wants to beat Damon’s ass. Julius says that’s good, but Julius is the one who got hit with a backbreaker and a chair. Julius says he’s first. No, Damon cost them both those tag titles. Brutus is first. No, Julius was cuffed to the cage, it’s gonna be him. No, look what Damon did to Brutus’ face! It’s gonna be him! It NEEDS to be Brutus. Julius says fine. He wants Brutus to forget about it being a match. Go out there and END Damon’s career! Deal. The Creeds are out for blood, will they get their pound of flesh from the Golden Gopher?

 

Bron Breakker heads to the ring!

The NXT Champion is accompanied by Connor’s Cure Thriver, Landon “The Conqueror” Chase! Will you help Connor’s Cure conquer cancer? And who conquers who in the main event to get a title rematch with Bron?

 

Sol Ruca speaks.

She loves to express herself creatively in music, photography and art. But her home is the ocean, where it’s just her and the spirit of the water. No distracts, and absolute peace. “But as the tide rises, it’s time to come ashore.” Next week, Sol leaves the sand to hit the ring! Who will be first up to hang ten with the surfer girl?

 

NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Match: JD McDonagh VS Tyler Bate!

NXT returns as The Big Strong Boy makes his entrance, followed by the Irish Ace. The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. Everyone is on Bate’s side as he ties up with JD. JD wrenches to a wristlock but Bate rolls and hooks a leg. JD cranks the wristlock to wrangle Bate and he has a top wristlock now. Bate endures, fights up and kips up to headlock back. JD powers out but Bate goes up and under and baits JD into knuckle locks. Bate waistlocks, baits JD again, leap frogs over, then baits JD into a step over and roll-up! TWO, and Bate runs to CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE! JD gets up into an arm-drag and Bate has an armlock!

Fans cheer, Bate pushes to a cover, ONE! Bate keeps on the arm, but JD rolls and fight sup. Bate wrenches, JD pulls hair! JD has Bate in a corner but the ref counts. JD throws body shots, whips Bate corner to corner, then runs in, but Bate blocks with a boot and knees back! Bate goes up and leaps to FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up as Bate watches JD get up. Bate fireman’s carries and starts the AIRPLANE SPIN! JD slips around to a sunset flip, TWO! Bate has a prawn hold, TWO! JD has the sunset, TWO! Bate’s back with the prawn hold, TWO! JD sunsets again, TWO! Bate high stacks now, TWO as JD pops Bate through, TWO!!

The two get up, Bate swings into a full nelson but he breaks free to victory roll! TWO! JD has it now, TWO! Bate body scissors to a clutch, TWO! JD ELBOWS Bate, jackknifes, TWO as Bate bridges up! Bate spins JD around to backslide, TWO! JD gets Bate up but Bate victory rolls again! TWO!! JD escapes but DOUBLE LARIATS knock them both down! Fans fire up and NXT goes picture in picture.

The ref checks both men and they’re okay to continue. Bate drags JD up to fire off EuroUppers! And CHOPS! JD leans against ropes, Bate headlocks and smacks JD with his boot! Then again! Then he hits a headlock takeover. JD headscissors back, but Bate moves around, pops free, but JD turns Bate’s headlock attempt around into a facelock. Bate fights up, throws body shots, and he powers out. Things speed up again, Bate hurdles and MONKEY FLIPS JD! Then DROPKICKS him out of the ring! JD flops to the floor and Bate builds speed, only for JD to return! URENAGE to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Bate sputters from how fast JD turned that around on him. JD keeps focused, he drags Bate by a leg, and turns him! Bate kicks back from below but JD just grabs that leg! BOSTON CRAB! Bate endures and powers up to crawl forward! JD holds Bate back and he pulls Bate away from the ropes! NXT returns to single picture as fans rally for Bate. JD sits deep on the hold, Bate still endures and he powers up again! Bate powers his way around as the fans rally, and he actually goes backwards to push JD into the ropes! The ref counts the ropebreak, JD lets go, and Bate sits up. JD looms over Bate, drags Bate up, and KICKS him around!

The fans boo as JD has fun kicking away! JD goes to ripcord but Bate blocks! Bate grits his teeth, and he reels JD into a whip! JD goes up and out of the ring!! Even Bron’s surprised by that one! Bate hurries to build speed, and he FLIES! Direct hit and JD hits the desk! Fans fire up and Bron is shocked to see JD smiling through that! Bate drags JD up but JD SMACKS Bate off the desk! JD tells Bron this is going to be Bron next time. But Bate throws a body shot and puts JD in the ring! JD runs in at Bate but into Bate’s arms! Bate hits an EXPLODER! And a kip up! And a STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up behind Bate as he drags JD up. Bate gives JD some of those Kowata Kicks! Bate then EuroUppers JD to a corner. Bate runs in but JD slips out! Bate hits buckles, JD slingshots, but into a torture rack! Bate pops JD around to the AIRPLANE SPIN! Fans fire up and count, Bate goes all the way to 20 before the SLAM! Cover, TWO!! JD survives and both men are down as fans fire back up. “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly sit up. Bate gets an arm and he whips JD to a corner. JD tumbles up and out, Bate runs in but JD dumps him! JD PENALTY KICKS from the apron, then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and fans fire up!

JD puts Bate in the ring, goes up the corner and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Bate survives but JD doesn’t stop! He stands Bate up to suplex, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! This is why Bate’s the UK Triple Crown Winner! But JD drags Bate up to throw JABS! Bate JABS back! JD shakes his head and ROCKS Bate with a right. Bate ROCKS JD, JD JABS, Bate JABS, it’s a boxing match in there, that turns into a fast ‘n’ furious brawl! Bop up, but JD blocks Bang! Bate ducks a haymaker to BANG after all! Underhooks, but JD wrenches out! JD kicks a leg out! Ripcord, DEVLIN- NO! Bate goes up for a DDT, but JD back drops him! Bate still lands on his feet!

Bate rebounds, for the- SPANISH FLY!! But BANG rises from the floor!! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” and hope these two “FIGHT FOREVER!” But this has to end somehow, and Bate climbs up the corner. JD ROCKS Bate first! JD climbs up but Bate fires off forearms! Bate then climbs up even higher, and he underhooks the arms! JD resists, and slips out to HEADBUTT! Both men wobble up top, but JD climbs up. JD stands Bate up, “This is Awesome!” as the SUPER SPANISH FLY hits!! Ripcord, DEVLINSIDE!! Cover, JD wins!!

Winner: JD McDonagh, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Championship)

Bron is a bit upset, but the better man won tonight. The Irish Ace is coming back for another try, will he hit the jackpot at Halloween Havoc? Bron joins JD in the ring to stare him down, but wait! No way! YES WAY! ILJA DRAGUNOV has come back to NXT!! JD is in shock seeing the Czar, and Bron is just smiling ear to ear as another heavy hitter joins the roster! Dragunov gets in the ring with the NXT Champion, and a man he is very familiar with in JD. Bron knows JD is up next, but he holds up his title to tell both men he’s ready for whatever. Will Bron be able to break even UNBESIEGBAR? Or will Dragunov take back the throne he never truly lost?


My Thoughts:

An awesome episode that really set up a lot of great stuff for Halloween Havoc. For one, what a surprise with the North American Championship situation. I guess giving up the title confirms that Solo is fully called up to RawDown, but that is a great way to give opportunities to a lot of other guys. Wes Lee had a good promo, and Stacks had a good enough response to set up Wes VS Tony D. I would think Wes beats Tony to get into the ladder match so that Wes can settle things with Melo, and I feel like Wes should be the one that wins the whole thing. We did get a great tag match out of Melo & Trick VS Chase U, though, and what a great surprise for Chase U to win. I hope this also means Andre Chase gets in the ladder match just to establish he’s moving up in the ranks.

Von VS Sanga was a great hoss fight, but I’m a bit bummed Von won this. I guess Von still needs to be seen as a threat, but who knows where he goes next. Oro VS Waller was a great match to introduce Oro (Oliver Carter) to NXT USA, and a great return for Apollo to screw Waller over. I have a feeling Apollo VS Waller will be a Halloween Havoc grudge match with a great Halloween themed Street Fight going on. And with that, I would think Apollo wins to get even from last time so that they can go one more time. And speaking of, Axiom VS Frazer Round 2 was great stuff, and Frazer of course wins so that they’ll have to have the third. As awesome as these last two have been, the third will be just amazing.

Good promo from Alba Fyre to again call out Mandy, and good response promo from Mandy where she did sound just a bit uncertain. I hope Fyre dethrones Mandy at Halloween Havoc, there’s something very full circle about something like that happening. Good promo from Roxie to put Meiko over, as well as Meiko putting Roxie over, too. Wendy VS Cora was really good but I guess Cora needs momentum going into her grudge match with Roxie. That should also happen at Halloween Havoc to throw a really fun stipulation on top of it. Though, I feel like the winner in Cora VS Roxie will have a lot to do with who is champion, sticking to the traditional Face VS Heel dynamic.

Lash also going after Wendy of course sets up their feud. I would love if we saw something from them for Halloween Havoc, too, to really see if Lash can keep up. Gigi & Jacy of course beat Ivy & Tatum, but at least they didn’t make it outright seem like Ivy was unfocused given the Diamond Mine drama. Damon had a great promo, complete with defaming the Diamond Mine gear. And I like that the Creeds almost got into a fight over who gets to destroy Damon. Damon VS Brutus probably won’t be the end of this, though. Damon will find an underhanded way to beat Brutus, and then Damon VS Julius happens to settle this.

Great interaction from Gallus and the good ol’ boys to set up their own match. The winner of that can probably be seen as the contenders to the tag titles to take on Pretty Deadly. No offense to Briggs & Jensen, but I think Gallus should get that one so that American audiences can see Gallus feud with Pretty Deadly and reference a lot of their UK material. Good promo from The Schism, really good tag match from Dyad VS Malik & Edris, but I had a feeling Dyad would win. Grimes has a good promo to set up a match with Gacy, but I am fully expecting this to give us the Six Man Tag of Schism VS Grimes, Edris & Malik.

And of course, great stuff from the main event and the NXT Championship scene. JD winning makes sense, they’ll want the classic Face VS Heel for the title match at Halloween Havoc, but WOW, Dragunov returning tonight was a great little surprise. I know fans were chanting “Triple Threat!” at the end, but I don’t want that. That’s just an excuse for Bron to retain the way Mandy did at Worlds Collide. Let Bron and JD settle their score, and then either way, we get another great match-up where Dragunov takes on the winner. There’s history between Dragunov and JD from NXT UK, but Dragunov VS Bron would be fresh material. And no offense to Bron, but he should NOT defeat Dragunov. Dragunov beat Gunther, then lost the belt to injury, Dragunov needs to be champion.

My Score: 8.8/10


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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?

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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.

Ratings:

  • 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

 

Results:

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. 

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. 

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.


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/30/22)

World Tag League, Round 4!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

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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


My Thoughts:

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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