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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (7/3/18)

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While there’s still two weeks left, SmackDown is gaining speed towards Extreme Rules! First, Team Hell No is promised to kick off the show now that they’ve reunited AND been granted a shot at The Bludgeon Brothers’ tag team titles. Then, The Phenomenal AJ Styles will take on MC Artiste as a warm-up before Rusev Day!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE United States Championship Independence Day Open Challenge: Jeff Hardy VS ???; Hardy wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
  • Asuka VS James Ellsworth w/ Carmella; Double Count Out.
  • AJ Styles VS Aiden English w/ Rusev; Styles wins.
  • Becky Lynch VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay; Becky wins.
  • The Usos VS Team Hell No; Team Hell No wins, keeping their SmackDown Tag Team Championship match against The Bludgeon Brothers at 2v2.

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Renee Young welcomes us to SmackDown!

And she welcomes to the ring, Kane & Daniel Bryan, Team Hell No!

The Big Red Machine has indeed returned, and he did so by saving his frenemy from the Bludgeon Brothers, Harper & Rowan. After five years, these two are back together and are set to challenge Harper & Rowan for their SmackDown Tag Team Championships at Extreme Rules! Their reunion and the “Hug Felt Around the World” made headlines. They’ve been successful despite their dysfunction, but that’s the beautiful part. Sometimes they fight, sometimes they hug, but they always deliver and are unstoppable! Kane and Bryan fought blindfolded and arms tied behind backs, and even fought The Shield in a TLC Match. They even graduated from Anger Management with Honors. Kane & Bryan have been through Hell, but they are back and better than ever!

But why did Kane come back? Well, Bryan has a bit of a temper. When he was attacked a couple weeks ago, Kane knew Bryan would get himself in trouble. Whether Bryan realizes it, he always has a demon watching over him. Well maybe not always. Bryan is excited to have Kane back and vows they will become the NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions! Fans chant “YES! YES!” because they hope so, too. But when Kane said he has always watched over Bryan, that’s not exactly true. The last time they were in the ring together, it was as opponents. But as friends. Were they? Kane tried to end Bryan’s career. Well everyone wants to win. Kane tombstone’d Bryan three different times, outside of a match!

Kane wants to keep things focused on the present, not the past. If they are to win against Harper & Rowan, they need to focus on what unites them. But, Kane tried to kidnap Brie… “Tried”. They’ve had their differences, but Kane has always had Bryan’s back. No he hasn’t. Yes he has. No… Yes… No…! Yes…! NO. YES. NO! YES! Repeat. The Usos appear?!

Jimmy & Jey knew this was gonna happen. The Big Red Machine and #SweetBeats D-Bry, back in the tag team division. The tag team division just got hot! Remember when those two were the hottest team? Hell Yeah. But also argued a lot. Hell Yeah. And then the “YES YES” shirts versus the “NO NO” shirts. Hell Yeah! Is everyone excited for them to be back as a team? Hell Yeah! Do they deserve an opportunity at the titles? Hell NO!! Because The Usos know a lot has changed in five years. They’ve got SmackDown #OnLock, welcome to the Uso Penitentiary! Paige gave these two a shot at Extreme Rules just because they hugged!? The Usos have been hugging since they were two years old. They hug now! As a matter of fact, bring it in three more times. There, that’s four hugs, which is four more title shots!

That’s not what hugs mean. But if the Usos disagree, why don’t they come in and fight Hell No right now? Kane speaks up, because “what Daniel means” this is a team consideration and will get back to them. Kane doesn’t think he’s ready? Or is it that Kane thinks Bryan is the weak link?! Bryan has done so much since Kane was last here! But here comes GM Paige!

She didn’t mean to interrupt, but as GM, the Glampire has the obligation to do what’s right for the WWE Universe. Therefore, Team Hell No will face Harper & Rowan for the titles. But they do need to prove themselves, against the Usos in the main event! By the way, Jimmy & Jey, if you two win, you’ll be added to the match for a Triple Threat Tag! Fans are the ones who love that the most! Will the Penitentiary #LockDown Hell No and another chance at the Bludgeon Brothers? Or will Kane & Bryan say #HellNo to that?

 

Jeff Hardy speaks.

“The bald eagle is a powerful, aerial beast, soaring on thermal convection currents” with eyes able to spot prey up to two miles away. It is also a symbol of America’s ferocity, so as we celebrate this great nation’s independence, Hardy will carry this other symbol with great pride. “I am in search of my next prey.” And in exchange, he offers up the symbol. The challenge is now open! Who will accept!?

 

Asuka speaks.

“Men, women. Sexist pig!” It doesn’t matter who she faces. She makes them all feel pain! James Ellsworth will not be ready for Asuka! Is the Empress of Tomorrow going to kick off Ellsworth’s head before coming after the FABULOUS Princess’ throne?

 

WWE United States Championship Independence Day Open Challenge: Jeff Hardy VS ???

The Charismatic Enigma must still wait for the King of Strong Style to recover. But he will not sit quietly, for he hungers for challengers. And on the eve of Independence Day, the champion faces… The Hollywood A-Lister, The Miz! The Miz was a WWE US Champion in the past, can he bring it back around again?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Miz and Hardy circle while fans rally up already. They tie up, and Miz knees low. Miz clubs Hardy to a corner, then stomps away. He brings Hardy up, whips and goes for a hip toss, but gets a jawbreaker from Hardy. Hardy kicks low and goes for the Twist, but Miz pushes out. Miz runs in but misses, then hits the mat while Hardy goes up. Miz manages to stop Hardy, then climb up. Hardy resists the superplex to knock Miz down. Hardy readjusts, but Miz rolls away. Miz catches his breath while we go picture in picture.

Hardy waits for Miz to return, because Miz will have to if he wants the belt. Miz slides in but slides out, so Hardy pursues. They go back in and Miz is there to stomp Hardy out. Miz backs off at 4, and Hardy staggers to the ropes. Miz is on him with a sleeper hold, but Hardy fights back. Hardy goes to run but Miz yanks him down by his hair. The ref reprimands Miz, but Miz just stalks Hardy for the low boot. he misses, Hardy rolls up, TWO. Hardy kicks low, but Miz again escapes the Twist. Miz slips back out of the ring to catch his breath again. Hardy waits, but again Miz baits him into cat and mouse. Miz runs, and catches Hardy with knees. Miz throws Hardy back out, then runs to try the wrecking ball. Hardy dodges, then clobbers Miz with a haymaker.

Hardy catches his breath against the announce desk, then climbs up to the apron. He fires the fans up before leaping onto Miz with a lariat! Hardy refreshes the count, then bounces Miz off the announce desk several times! When he’s done, he puts Miz back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Hardy keeps on Miz with a chinlock. Miz endures, stands up and powers out. Miz gets Hardy with the kitchen sink knee, then takes his time catching his breath. We return to single picture as Miz mocks the DELETE. He brings Hardy back up, and goes to bump him off buckles. Hardy turns it around to bump Miz in one corner, then another, then another. Hardy gets all four corners and gives Miz more and more buckle bumps! Miz is down, and fans chant “DELETE! DELETE!” Miz knees Hardy then low boots! Cover, TWO!

Miz keeps on Hardy with a knee and half surfboard. Fans rally for Hardy as he endures the stretch. Hardy powers up to his feet, then fights against the hold. Hardy turns it around on Miz, but Miz turns it back around and brings Hardy to his knees. Fans rally again, and Hardy powers up again. Hardy turns the hold back around once more, but Miz kicks low. Miz swings but Hardy counters and hits back. Hardy gives more haymakers, then a kick, then a whip. Miz reverses, but Hardy hits back with forearms. Hardy atomic drops, and leg-splitting leg drops on top! Dropkick added, cover, TWO! Hardy whips Miz but Miz kicks him away. Miz runs but is dumped outside. Hardy builds speed and hits the baseball slide! Miz hits barriers, but Hardy isn’t done. DELETE leaping attack, but Miz sends him into barriers!

Hardy is down while the count begins. Miz drags Hardy up while we go to break.

SmackDown returns as both Miz and Hardy slowly stand in the ring. Hardy hits Miz with the spinning back kick, but both men are down again. Fans rally for Hardy as he and Miz brawl on their knees. They go back and forth, and brawl as they stand up. Hardy gets the edge, but Miz counters to the full nelson. Hardy throws him off and hits a corner clothesline. Miz sits down, here comes the Hardyac, but Miz kicks it away. Miz runs out, but into the Twist- No, full nelson, but Hardy rolls! TWO, DDT from Miz! Cover, TWO! Miz gets up, runs in, and hits the A-List clothesline. Hardy staggers out while Miz climbs up. Miz leaps, but Hardy gets under. Hardy elbows back, then Whisper in the Wind! Cover, TWO!

Hardy isn’t sure what to do now, but he doesn’t lose hope. He takes off the shirt and calls for the Twist. Miz stands, Hardy kicks low but Miz again denies the Twist. He rolls Hardy, but feet on the ropes! The referee spots it and stops the count! Miz thinks he’s won, but the referee points out he saw Miz was cheating. Miz protests but runs into Twist of Fate! Hardy climbs up, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, Hardy wins!

Winner: Jeff Hardy, by pinfall; still WWE United States Champions

The second open challenge for the champion, and the champion is still the same. Hardy keeps his momentum red hot, will he be able to keep it going all Summer? Or will someone shut him down before the Fall?

 

James Ellsworth speaks.

Men are the superior specimen. Men have stronger muscles, bones are tougher, brains are bigger–especially his. Women aren’t ready for Asuka, but he’s all man. The Battle of the Sexes when he puts Asuka in her place. #MellaisMoney, and #EllsworthisExquisite. Generalizing aside, is this “man” really ready for one of the most dangerous women in WWE today?

 

Byron Saxton is in the ring.

As everyone in America knows, July 4th is Independence Day. But tonight, the New Day has requested time for a special something: The Inaugural 3rd of July Pancake Eating Contest! Therefore, welcome the Patriots of Positivity! Awwwwww~ Omaha! Don’t you dare be sour, clap for your four-time champs, and feel~ the power~!

Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods bring out patriotic pancakes that are red, white and blue, then hit the ring. Byron makes the introductions for Kofi Kingston and his long list of accolades, as well as “the Doctor of Defenestration” Xavier Woods and the abridged version of Big E’s intro. Five minutes on the clock, and the rules are as follows: they will each have that time to eat as many pancakes as possible. They must swallow all the pancakes and NOT throw up. Big E has red, Xavier has white and Kofi has blue. “New Day, are you ready!?” YES!! WWE Universe, are you ready!? YES!! Then… GO! The New Day shoves pancakes into their mouths, but then the lights go out! Why? Because SAnitY is here!

And they ambush from behind! Young, Wolfe & Dain toss each member of the New Day around, and then throw Big E and Kofi out. They pick up Woods, and throw him into the legs of the table! Big Damo throws Big E into steps, while Young chokes Woods on the ropes. Damo isn’t done, he tosses Big E over the announce desk! Young holds Woosd to watch Wolfe feed Kofi to Damo’s Divide! And finally, the table is set back up so that they can bring Woods over. Damo bounces Woods’ face off the table, and he and Wolfe hold Woods for Young’s flying elbow drop through the table!!

Anarchy annihilates this inaugural pancake eating party, will SAnitY turn this into the Summer of Chaos?

 

Asuka VS James Ellsworth w/ Carmella!

It’s a Battle of the Sexes for a new generation as the Empress of Tomorrow looks to get payback at the “Exquisite” Ellsworth for the Money in the Bank screw job he helped the FABULOUS Princess pull. Will Ellsworth’s comments earlier tonight be his famous last words?

And to add fuel to the fire, Carmella makes sure to make her own entrance separate from Ellsworth to then trash talk the Empress. She joins commentary while Ellsworth does some last stretches. Ellsworth then rolls up his sleeves and asks for the bell. The bell rings, he pumps up, but Asuka shoves him down! Ellsworth gets out of the ring, but Carmella orders him back in. He obeys, but runs into strikes from Asuka! Ellsworth retreats again, but Carmella angrily orders him to man up. He takes off his shirt, “mans up”, and circles with Asuka. He gets a waistlock, but Asuka elbows out to then throw palm strikes from all sides!

Asuka back kicks, fireman’s carry, and spins around! She dumps a dizzy Ellsworth down, and he’s close to throwing up. Asuka SLAPS him! And then backhands him! Ellsworth escapes again, but Asuka pursues! They run into the crowd! Asuka chases the lankly Ellsworth, but the ring count reaches 10!

Double Count Out

But wait, they come back! And Asuka gets in arms length, only for Carmella to shove Asuka down! The Princess trash talks Asuka, then drags Ellsworth away. Granted, Ellsworth is wearing his wrestling trunks, but it’s clear Carmella still wears the pants in this relationship. Will Asuka get her revenge on them both when Extreme Rules comes around?

 

Kane and Bryan meet backstage.

Bryan has diagrams for tonight’s match? No, there’s no time for that. They need to get on the same page. Kane needs to apologize. For what? Bryan reveals those papers are a timeline of all the times Kane mistreated Bryan! Kane stops Bryan’s list of grievances, and apologizes. For which one? For them all. They’re like brothers. But, Kane set his brother, Undertaker, on fire once. Well, he knows what that means! The Usos are at the top of their game. One mistake, Hell No loses. When they’re united, no one can stop them! It doesn’t matter if it’s been 5 or 50 years, they’ve created a fire no one can extinguish. And then, they will be tag team champions. Now, is Bryan ready for the Usos? “YES! YES!”

 

AJ Styles VS Aiden English w/ Rusev!

The Bulgarian Brute earned his first shot at a world title in the Gauntlet Match a few weeks back, and did his best to be respectful to the Phenomenal WWE Champion. However, MC Artiste wasn’t so respectful, and got a haymaker for it. Now the Drama King looks to show Styles isn’t as phenomenal as advertised. Will English perform a symphony of sorrow for Styles? Or will Styles roll on towards an extreme Rusev Day?

Styles speaks before the match, saying that at Extreme Rules, he will defend against someone bigger and stronger. “But what else is new?” That’s what makes it fun, right? Styles likes proving people wrong. Rusev said he’ll break down the House that AJ STyles Built, and take that belt away. What does he think this is? A rental property? Now, Rusev is a Super Athlete, but he’s not Phenomenal. Before Styles can say more, Rusev & English appear! Rusev doesn’t care how phenomenal Styles is, he hasn’t faced “this Rusev.” This Rusev has his first WWE world title opportunity, and it’s going to be on Rusev Day. Rusev meant what he said about breaking down the door and evicting Styles to move in to the House that Styles Built.

English, what day are they moving in? Rusev Daaaay~! Rusev leaves the ring to English and the bell rings. But one last thing. English ambushes Styles! Never mind then. English stomps Styles, then brings him up for more while we go picture in picture.

The referee backs English off while Styles gets out of the ring. English waits, but only a moment. He goes out to attack Styles, but Styles puts him into barriers. English clubs Styles back, and both men go into the ring. English has Styles in a corner and fires away. He whips Styles corner to corner, and Styles hits buckles hard. English drags Styles up for more haymakers, but Styles chops back! Styles backs English down, throws haymakers, then whips. English reverses but Styles clubs him again. Styles kicks English down, then brings him up for forearms. He waistlocks but English switches. Styles bucks English but English holds on by the waistband to then club Styles in the back again. English hits a swinging neckbreaker, covers, TWO!

English keeps his cool as he drags Styles up. He knees low, then pushes Styles for another kidney shot. He goes again and hits another shot while we go single picture. Fans duel between Styles and Rusev Day, and Styles elbows back. Styles throws hands and kicks, then runs, but into a kick from English. English suplexes Styles up, but Styles gets on the apron. Styles shoulders in, slingshots up and over, but into a full nelson slam! Cover, TWO! Rusev coaches English as English puts Styles in a chinlock. Fans rally up for Styles but they still duel. Styles fights back, bobs and weaves, for the Phenomenal Blitz! English goes down, and Styles adds the sliding forearm! English gets to a corner, but Styles is on him with a corner clothesline to Ushigoroshi!

But Styles won’t cover there, he brings English up for the Clash. English counters, but gets countered back, Calf Crusher! English endures the pain, but he taps! Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by submission

But Rusev strikes! He drags Styles out to then throw him into the post! MACHKA KICK! English may have failed to win, but the Bulgarian Brute is still softening up Styles for himself. He puts Styles in the ring, for the Accolade! Styles doesn’t tap, but he does fade out. Will this happen again at Extreme Rules to crown a new WWE Champion?

 

The IIconics speak.

Selfie cam! Smile! Or, no, game face. Peyton Royce vows to expose Becky Lynch as a has-been sidekick who deserves to be kicked to the side. The IIconics are beautiful from all angles, but they have a nasty side, too. Peyton will do her best to hurt Becky, and that will be something to smile about.

 

Carmella reprimands Ellsworth.

But then Paige finds them. She likes this vibe, using a man to protect her title. But Ellsworth can’t run away for long, he has a rematch with Asuka. And since he’s “such a ladies man”, he’ll make his wildest dreams come true. Imagine: the ring is surrounded by all the women of SmackDown. Yes, it’ll be a Lumberjack match! Ellsworth claims to be ready for Asuka, but will he be ready for the entire SmackDown Women’s Division?

 

Becky Lynch VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay!

The Lass Kicker already has a win over one-half of the Iconic Duo, but can she get the sweep?

The bell rings and the two circle. Peyton powers Becky to a corner then rams her shoulder in again and again. Becky dodges to hip toss Peyton down. Billie swipes at Becky but Peyton runs in. Becky rolls Peyton, ONE. Becky knees low then whips Peyton to a corner. Peyton puts Becky on the apron but Becky shoulders back. Billie distracts Becky but Becky gets her to back down. Becky climbs up but Peyton intercepts! Fireman’s carry, rolling Death Valley! Cover, TWO! The IIconcis are furious, but Peyton keeps on Becky with knee strikes. Peyton glares down at Becky as she kicks her around. Fans rally for Becky, but Peyton puts her in a standing abdominal stretch. Becky endures, pops out and snapmares Peyton down.

Peyton crawls to ropes an drop toeholds Becky into them. She chokes Becky on the ropes, but backs off at 4. Becky crawls but Peyton is on her with a snapmare and seated abdominal stretch. Becky endures while fans rally up again. She and Peyton stand, Becky rolls, TWO. Becky headbutts low, then again. Peyton dodges the third to shove Becky. Becky narrowly avoids the heel kick, then blocks the next kick into a Becksploder! Fans fire up as Becky kicks. Becky whips but Peyton holds ropes. Peyton kicks, but then runs into a kick from Becky. Becky runs in but gets boots. Peyton hits a knee on the run, then drags Becky up again. Scoop to the fireman’s, but crucifix into Disarm-her! Peyton taps, Becky wins!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission

And there’s the #IIconicSweep for the Lass Kicker! Becky is straight fire as of late, can she burn a path straight to the title?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura speaks.

The King of Strong Style wonders why Hardy paints his face. Is he a clown? Is he insane? Or is Hardy just ashamed? Extreme Rules, Nakamura vows to strip away everything, from pride to honor to the United States Championship!

 

The Usos VS Team Hell No!

Two tag teams that have dominated their respective runs in the Tag Team Division are set to collide! Kane & Bryan will still have their shot at Harper & Rowan for the titles, but can they keep the Uso Penitentiary from going extreme?

The bell rings and Bryan starts against Jimmy. The two circle and tie up, and Jimmy gets a headlock. Bryan powers out but Jimmy runs him over. Jimmy runs but Bryan drop toeholds into the leg half of the surfboard. Bryan grabs the arms, and brings Jimmy up all the way! He then drops Jimmy down to tag in Kane. Bryan holds Jimmy for Kane to boot! Kane brings Jimmy up for his uppercut, then stomps a mudhole in the corner. Tag to Bryan, and Kane whips Bryan in for a dropkick. Bryan brings Jimmy up but Jimmy gets him tot he Uso corner. Tag to Jey and Jey forearms Bryan. Jey then runs, but Bryan meets him with a dropkick! Bryan tags Kane, and the Big Red Machine brings Jey up for a scoop slam. Kane drops the elbow, but misses.

Jey tags Jimmy, and Jimmy climbs up. Jimmy leaps, but into Kane’s grip! Jey, too, and Kane pushes both Usos out! The Usos drag Kane out to beat him down, but Bryan comes in. Bryan misses Jey and gets an uppercut from Jimmy. Jey runs, builds speed and DIVES on Kane! Jimmy does the same, to DIVE on Kane! Kane goes down, and the Usos have control while we go to break.

SmackDown returns once more, and Bryan backs Jimmy down with haymakers. Jimmy whips Bryan corner to corner but Bryan goes up and over. Things speed up and Bryan takes Jimmy down with the leaping lariat. Bryan runs in for the corner dropkick, then kicks away. Bryan stops at 4, then hoists Jimmy up top. He climbs up to join Jimmy, and just manages the SUPER Steiner! Bryan fires up again, and gives Jimmy proper YES Kicks! He kicks and kicks, then goes for the buzzsaw, but misses. Jimmy shoves and Bryan ends up on the apron. Bryan fights off Jey, but gets Jimmy’s Dragon Whip kick! Bryan goes down, and Jimmy tags Jey. Jey runs over to Bryan to run him over with a clothesline.

Kane can only watch as Jey stalks Bryan. Jey chops Bryan then puts him in the ring. He drags Bryan up for a scoop slam, then more stomps. Jey tags in Jimmy, and the Usos stomp away on Bryan. Jimmy runs in for the hip attack! Cover, TWO! Jimmy keeps on Bryan with a chinlock. Fans rally for Bryan as Bryan reaches for his corner. Jimmy holds on and even hops on, but Bryan still walks forward. He and Kane reach out for each other, but Jimmy throws Bryan down by his hair. Jimmy tags Jey, and Jey climbs up. Jimmy brings Bryan up, backbreaker to ax handle chop! Jey tags Jimmy back in, and the Usos split the wishbone. Jimmy brings Bryan up, whips him, but Bryan dodges to build speed, double crossbodies take them both out!

Fans rally up as both men crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Jey and Kane! Kane rallies on Jey, whips and boots him down. Kane hits a corner splash, then the sidewalk slam. Cover, but Jimmy breaks it. Kane uppercuts Jimmy away, but Jey dropkicks Kane out. Kane is back on his feet, but Jimmy DIVES! Only for Kane to send him into barriers. Jey tries but runs into a right hand. Kane gets back in the ring, and stalks Jey with choke slam on deck. He grabs Jey by the throat, but Jey fights out. Jimmy tags in, SUPERKICK! Kane only staggers, but the Usos see Bryan. Bryan flies in, but into double SUPERKICKS! The Usos see Kane, SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!

Jimmy is surprised, but he and Jey tag again. Jey and Jimmy climb up opposite corners, aiming for Kane. Double UCE– Into double hands! Kane feeds Jimmy to the KNEE PLUS, CHOKE SLAM for Jey! Cover, Team Hell No wins!

Winners: Team Hell No, Kane pinning

YES YES YES, Hell No wins. But Bryan wants Kane to mean it when he celebrates. Kane does it strong, and then they hug it out!

But wait, here come the Bludgeon Brothers. Harper & Rowan, armed with their hammers, take a good hard look at their lone challengers. No more celebrating, because doom is on the horizon. Will Team Hell No be brought into their own tag team apocalypse? Or will they introduce Harper & Rowan to hellfire, brimstone and a lot of heart?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty solid SmackDown, and certainly in comparison to last night’s Raw. The opening segment made a lot of sense, other teams should be upset that Kane & Bryan get a shot at the titles already without really earning it. Granted, the Usos have had their own chances, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t earn another like Paige put out there tonight. The main event was a great match, and given Kane’s hoss monster style, his ring rust didn’t really show compared to the faster Bryan and Usos. With this win, Team Hell No earns their shot, but that buzzkill appearance by Harper & Rowan definitely assures this match is going to be great on physicality alone.

Hardy and Miz put on a great match, but of course Hardy keeps the title to face Nakamura at Extreme Rules. I think Nakamura’s little bite at the screen was a reference to that dog attacking. It’s rather serendipitous, really, because now their match can happen at the PPV rather than on TV. That pancake eating contest becoming a SAnitY raid was actually brilliant. Now we’ll get the hottest trio in a long time against the hit NXT trio, because why not? Ellsworth VS Asuka did not go how anyone hoped, but that’s okay, we’ll get even bigger and better satisfaction next week in that Lumberjack match. Styles VS English went as expected, but I hoped Rusev was going to stay Face in this feud. Granted, Heel Rusev has always been his strongest persona, but Face VS Face is so rare in WWE I wish they’d give it a try.

Becky VS Peyton was at a very fast pace, but that was for the sake of time. Great to see Becky on this roll, but with her going up against single members of duos, I’m expecting something to happen that calls Charlotte to the rescue, and we get #TeaGenerationX taking on The IIconics and/or Mandy-Sonya for a right at Women’s Tag Team Championships. Essentially, the Women’s Divisions will parallel each other in some way again, and we get one Raw team and one SmackDown team for the inaugural champions. The Four Horsewomen going 2v2 against each other would be pretty cool, but at the same time, Bayley & Sasha have their own feud to worry about first. Maybe it’ll be two members of Riott Squad against Becky-Charlotte instead, which will still be fun.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 34 Results & Report! (7/23/24)

Round 3…?

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Things are getting complicated!

While A Block enters round 3 of the G1 Climax, B Block still has Jeff Cobb and Konosuke Takeshita battling it out for round 2! Will the United Empire’s Imperial Unit or The Don Callis Family’s Alpha take the lead?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Hirooki Goto, Shoma Kato & Tomoaki Honma VS  Boltin Oleg, Toru Yano & Katsuya Morishima;  Oleg, Yano & Morishima win.
  • El Phantasmo & Jado VS Yota Tsuij & BUSHI; Yota & Bushi win.
  • HENARE & Francesco Akira VS David Finlay & Gedo; Henare & Akira win.
  • G1 Climax 34 B Block: Jeff Cobb VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Callum Newman; ZSJ wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: Shingo Takagi VS Great-O-Khan; Takagi wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: Shota Umino VS Gabe Kidd; Gabe wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: SANADA VS EVIL; Evil wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: Tetsuya Naito VS Jake Lee; Naito wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current A Block standings!

Zack Sabre Jr: 2-0, 4 points
Evil: 2-0, 4 points
Shingo Takagi: 1-1, 2 points
Jake Lee: 1-1, 2 points
Gabe Kidd: 1-1, 2 points
Sanada: 1-1, 2 points
Callum Newman: 1-1, 2 points
Shota Umino: 1-1, 2 points
Tetsuya Naito: 0-2, 0 points
Great-O-Khan: 0-2, 0 points

 

Here are the current B Block standings!

Yuya Uemura: 2-0, 4 points
Henare: 2-0, 4 points
Jeff Cobb: 1-0, 2 points
Konosuke Takeshita: 1-0, 2 points
Boltin Oleg: 1-1, 2 points
Yota Tsuji: 1-1, 2 points
Ren Narita: 1-1, 2 points
David Finlay: 0-2, 0 points
Hirooki Goto: 0-2, 0 points
El Phantasmo: 0-2, 0 points

G1 Climax 34 B Block: Jeff Cobb VS Konosuke Takeshita!

While the opening weekend was a big success, this match had to wait. The Imperial Unit took Hirooki Goto on a Tour of the Islands, and The Alpha showed the power of AEW, but who gets back into the swing of things with another victory?

The bell rings and the two rush in! They RAM shoulders, the fans cheer, and Cobb dares Konosuke to go. Konosuke runs and RABS Cobb, but Cobb doesn’t budge. Konosuke says go, Cobb runs, and he RAMS Konosuke! They RAM again and again and again! Konosuke staggers back, fans cheer, and Cobb runs, into a BOOT! Konosuke whips, Cobb reverses but the TAKESHITA LINE hits! The fans fire up and Konosuke waits. Cobb stands, Konosuke runs in, but Cobb BOOTS! Cobb runs up to POUNCE Konosuke! Konosuke sits up in a daze, and probably just as surprised as everyone watching. Cobb then storms over and drags Konosuke up.

Cobb ROCKS Konosuke, throat chops him, but the ref reprimands. Konosuke sputters and staggers but Cobb CLUBS him down. The fans cheer, Cobb drags Konosuke around and stomps him. Cobb stands on Konosuke to use him as a surfboard! The fans cheer, Cobb calls to Toru Yano on commentary, and then copies the “Y T R” and shrug! Cobb then “realizes” he’s standing on Konosuke and steps away while “apologizing.” The fans rally, Konosuke goes to the apron, but Cobb drags Konosuke up by his hair. Cobb then CLUBS Konosuke against ropes, before stepping out onto the apron. Cobb reels Konosuke in, but Konosuke holds ropes to fight the lift!

Konosuke tries to suplex, Cobb suplexes in return! Konosuke slips into the ring and he DECKS Cobb with an elbow! The fans fire up and Konosuke builds speed, to then FLY! Direct hit and down goes Cobb at the ramp! The fans fire up more as Konosuke stands. Konosuke drags Cobb up and puts him in the ring before going up a corner. Konosuke shouts, “C’MON!” and the fans cheer. But then Cobb DROPKICKS Konosuke! Cobb climbs up and he gut wrenches for a SUPER GUT WRENCH PLEX! Both men are down after that landing and the fans fire up again. Cobb crawls over, covers, TWO! GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Konosuke is still in this but Cobb keeps calm. Cobb goes to the apron, then climbs a corner. The fans rally, but Konosuke UPPERCUTS first! Konosuke climbs up after Cobb, the fans rally more, and Konosuke goes to the very top! SUPER DUPER PLEX!! The fans are thunderous as the ring practically shakes! Konosuke smirks as he sits up and the fans rally again. Cobb rises, goes to a corner, and Konosuke roars! But then Cobb runs in to UPPERCUT! Cobb keeps moving, but Konosuke follows, only for Cobb to dodge! And GERMAN SUPLEX! Konosuke lands on his feet!? And BOOTS, to then POISON-RANA!

Konosuke keeps moving, but Cobb LARIATS him down! The fans are thunderous again while both men are down! Konosuke stirs, Cobb rises, and Cobb hobbles over to Konosuke. Cobb waistlocks to deadlift Konosuke! Konosuke fights the lift with elbows! Konosuke standing switches, tries to lift, but Cobb fights with elbows. Cobb DOUBLE CHOPS! Konosuke sputters, Cobb whips, but Konosuke holds ropes. Konosuke BOOTS back, dodges Cobb and HIGH ANGLE GERMANS! Bridging cover, TWO! Cobb escapes and the fans fire up! Konosuke grits his teeth, rises up and goes to a corner to take aim.

Konosuke runs up to POWER DRIVE- NO! Cobb stops the knee to ATHLETIC PLEX Konosuke away! Konosuke stands up, but into an URENAGE! FALLING HAMMER! Cover, TWO!! Konosuke survives Cobb going Hulk smash, but now Cobb really powers up! Cobb drags Konosuke up, gut wrenches, but Konosuke slips free! Konosuke tries but Cobb fights the Blue Thunder. Cobb goes to run but Konosuke reels him in! BLUE THUNDER- RANA!! Cobb rises up, Konosuke dodges the lariat and scoops on the run, BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Cobb barely gets an arm up and the fans are thunderous!

Konosuke roars, drags Cobb up and suplexes, but Cobb fights that! Cobb wrenches out, reels Konosuke in, TOUR OF- NO, Konosuke slips free! Cobb JUMP KNEES, but Konosuke JUMP KNEES back! Cobb HEADBUTTS Konosuke down!! Cobb drags Konosuke back up while the fans rally. Konosuke winds up to ALPHA ELBOW!! Cobb falls to his knees, but Konosuke roars and brings him up! Suplex for the RAGING FIRE!! Cover, KONOSUKE WINS!

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Cobb earns 0)

From taking down a Reiwa Musketeer to taking down the NJPW World Television Champion, Konosuke is proving why he is All Elite! But will he become the Alpha of NJPW? Can Cobb make a comeback when B Block enters round three?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block: Zack Sabre Jr. w/ Kosei Fujita VS Callum Newman!

Round three truly begins now, as the Submission Master takes on The Prince of Pace. ZSJ had a strong opening weekend, taking down the KOPW Champion, Great-O-Khan, and the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Tetsuya Naito. Is he about to become the Front Man of New Japan? Or can Callum make the mighty kneel?

The bell rings and the fans rally. The two circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. Callum wrenches and wrangles ZSJ but ZSJ stands up fast. ZSJ spins, bridges, spins some more and he trips Callum to a toehold. Callum tries to fight back but ZSJ just slips around to a standing toehold. Callum steps over, rolls free, and the fans cheer this opening exchange. Even ZSJ nods and says that was good. The two reset, circle, and tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. ZSJ wrenches to a double wristlock takedown and headscissor! Callum slips an arm in between the legs and clasps hands to fight the squeeze, then he moves around.

Callum headstands, then pops free while trapping ZSJ’s legs. Callum puts on the pressure but ZSJ drags him down for a wristlock. Callum shifts to make it a cover, ONE, and Callum waistlocks. ZSJ fights up, wrenches out, and wristlocks again. Callum rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. ZSJ flips and kicks free, and the fans cheer again. The two reset again, and Callum taunts ZSJ as “ojii-san <grandpa>.” ZSJ and Callum circle, and ZSJ RAMS Callum low! ZSJ headlocks, Callum powers up and out, then drops to trip ZSJ! Callum keeps moving to basement dropkick! The fans cheer, ZSJ bails out, and Callum goes up and up to ASAI MOONSAULT!

The fans fire up as Callum takes ZSJ down at the ramp! Callum brings ZSJ up to ROCK him with a forearm, then puts him in the ring. Cover, ONE, but Callum clamps on with a chinlock. The fans rally, Callum traps an arm, and then Callum KNEES ZSJ in the back! Callum brings ZSJ up to suplex, but ZSJ fights free to wrench and PELE the arm! ZSJ WRINGS that arm out, and the fans cheer again. ZSJ sits Callum up to KICK him in the back! ZSJ then traps one arm and grabs the other. ZSJ bends the fingers, twists the wrist, isolates the arm and STOMPS it! The fans cheer while ZSJ paces around.

Callum clutches the arm but ZSJ eggs him on. The ref checks and Callum is okay to continue, so he stands up. Callum fires forearms but the pain holds him back. ZSJ UPPERCUTS Callum and he falls against ropes. The fans rally up and ZSJ brings Callum around to BOOT! Callum staggers, ZSJ runs and BOOTS him again! ZSJ keeps moving and BOOTS again! Callum roars and BOOTS! ZSJ runs and BOOTS! Callum BOOTS! ZSJ BOOTS! ZSJ whips, Callum ducks ‘n’ dodges and builds up speed to SHOTGUN KICK! The fans fire up but the bad arm bothers Callum again. ZSJ sits up and checks his teeth while the fans rally.

Callum shakes out his arm, runs up on ZSJ and UPPERCUTS! Callum snapmares, runs and PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! ZSJ stands right up and Callum eggs him on. ZSJ UPPERCUTS Callum, and now Callum eggs ZSJ in Japanese. ZSJ UPPERCUTS Callum down, and Callum kips up to ROUNDHOUSE! And ROLLING ELBOW! And BUZZSAW! ZSJ is dazed, Callum sits on the cover, TWO! ZSJ survives and the fans rally up. Fujita coaches ZSJ but Callum stands ZSJ up for forearm after forearm. ZSJ shakes his head, but Callum SOBATS! Callum goes up the corner, then up to DIVING- NO, ZSJ avoids the stomp!

Callum rolls through but ZSJ is right after him! TORNADO DDT! And a roll through for a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Callum endures, powers up, and he suplexes ZSJ high and hard! The fans fire up again while both men are down! Fujita and the fans rally while both men stir. Callum rises and aims from a corner. DREAMCAST- NO, ZSJ blocks the kick for a KNEEBAR! Callum endures, but ZSJ ties up the legs in an INVERTED FIGURE FOUR! ZSJ pulls on the leg but Callum fights forward! The fans rally, Callum rolls and makes it to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer while ZSJ lets go in frustration.

ZSJ stands and KICKS Callum in the leg. Callum stands but ZSJ KICKS him again. Callum avoids the leg sweep but not the takedown! ZSJ rolls to ANKLE LOCK, but Callum rolls free! Callum trips ZSJ, body scissors, but ZSJ pops him into body scissors! Callum returns the favor, JAPANESE LEG CLUTCH! TWO!! ZSJ escapes and the fans fire up! ZSJ storms up but Callum UP KICKS him! ZSJ PENALTY KICKS Callum! ZSJ keeps moving, but Callum runs up to SHOTGUN! And HEEL KICK! ZSJ wobbles, Callum springboards, OSC- NO, ZSJ catches Callum to a SLEEPER! Then ZSJ scoops, but Callum slips free to have an IRON OCTOPUS!

The fans fire up as ZSJ now endures a stretch hold! ZSJ pulls on Callum’s leg! Callum shifts around for a SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO! ZSJ survives and the fans fire up again! Callum drags ZSJ up, reels him in, and brings him up for a POWER- NO! ZSJ makes it a TRIANGLE HOLD! But Callum deadlifts for a SITOUT BOMB! Cover, TWO, and it’s back to the TRIANGLE HOLD! Callum rolls, kicks at ZSJ’s face, but ZSJ grabs that leg for a HEEL HOOK!! Callum is caught in a combo hold, and TAPS! ZSJ wins!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (gains 2 points; Callum earns 0)

The Front Man is leading the way for A Block as he’s now 3-0! Will ZSJ be unstoppable on his way to the Climax? Can Callum find a way to spring back in the next round?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block: Shingo Takagi VS Great-O-Khan!

A rivalry reignites tonight as The Rampaging Dragon once again battles The Dominator. Takagi started strong by pinning Tetsuya Naito, but got shot down by Shota Umino. Will he be able to rebound against the KOPW Champion? Or will Khan conquer this ungovernable for the United Empire?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, go around, and clinch. Khan waistlocks, Takagi slips free, and the two separate. The fans applaud and the two go again. They clinch, Khan facelocks, but Takagi endures the squeeze. Khan underhooks to BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! The fans cheer and Khan poses. Khan then cocky covers, ONE! Khan stomps Takagi over and over, but Takagi grits his teeth. Khan KICKS Takagi, stomps him more, then drops an AX HANDLE! Khan pushes Takagi over, cocky cover, TWO, but into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Takagi reaches back and has the ROPEBREAK!

The fans applaud, the ref counts, and Khan lets go quickly. Khan paces around, and he kicks at Takagi. Takagi scowls, then CHOPS! Khan shakes his head and smirks. Takagi CHOPS again! Then JABS! JABS! And JABS! Takagi CHOPS but Khan blocks! Khan wrangles Takagi into a FUJIWARA ARMBAR, then shifts for a DOUBLE ARMBAR! Takagi flails and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Khan lets off slowly, and then Khan clamps onto an arm for a double wristlock! Takagi endures, even as Khan pulls on the arm. Khan stands on Takagi, pushes him down, then drags him up to KNEE low! And KNEE low again!

Khan whips but Takagi blocks the sayanagi! Khan kicks and tries again, but Takagi CLUBS Khan down, and BLINDSIDE SLIDING LARIATS! The fans cheer while Khan tumbles to a corner. Takagi shakes out his arms, stands back up, and the fans rally. Takagi runs in at the corner but blocks a boot. Takagi LARIATS through, then fires the fans up more! Takagi JABS, CHOPS and repeat! The ref counts but Takagi JABS, JABS and JABS! Takagi then whips Khan corner to corner, runs in to LARIAT, and then reels Khan in. Khan fights the suplex, throws body shots, then IRON CLAWS at Takagi’s chest!

Takagi tries to pry the claw away but Khan CLUBS him first. And then Mongolian Chops! And Mongolian Chops! And Mongolian- NO, Takagi blocks and UPPERCUTS, then DOUBLE CHOPS! Then Takagi gives a bit of Muta before the SENTON! Takagi drags Khan up to suplex high and hard! Khan flounders, Takagi covers, TWO! The fans fire up and Takagi looks around. Takagi roars, and he says, “TOKI GA KITA!” The fans fire up as the time has come! Takagi rises, brings Khan up and runs, to SLIDING- HEAD ‘N’ ARM TRIANGLE! Khan drags Takagi up, Takagi fights to a clinch, but Khan hits a leg trip takedown!

The fans fire up while both men are down again. Khan rises up, drags Takagi up, but Takagi shoves him. Takagi ELBOWS, JABS, and YUKON- NO, Khan blocks the lariat to fireman’s carry and takeover! Then Khan hauls Takagi up to MONKEY FLIP, then SAYANAGI! Cover, TWO! But into the HEAD ‘N’ ARM! Khan leans on the hold, thrashes Takagi around, but Takagi still endures. Takagi fights around as the fans rally, and he has the ROPEBREAK again! The fans cheer, Khan lets go in frustration, but Khan drags Takagi up into the IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Takagi flails but he’s already fading! Takagi powers up to RAM Khan into a corner!

Khan lets go, but then he clamps right back on! IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Khan is even BITING Takagi’s ear! FGO PLEX! But Takagi’s right up to PUMPING BOMBER!! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Khan sputters and Takagi sits up. Takagi crawls over to Khan, pushes him into the corner, then runs in to LARIAT! Takagi reels Khan in to hoist him up top, and then Takagi climbs up after Khan! SUPERPLEX! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Takagi rises and the fans rally behind him again. They join in on the “OI! OI! OI!” and Takagi stands. Takagi sits Khan up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! “OI! OI! OI!”

Takagi runs, SLIDING- NO, Khan dodges! But Takagi blocks the boot to fire boxing elbows! Takagi ROCKS Khan, but Khan roars! Takagi JABS, HEADBUTTS, and- IRON RIGHT from Khan!! The ref reprimands but Khan IRON SLEEPERS, and then Bow ‘n’ Arrow racks Takagi! Khan spins for the SPINNING BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives and the fans fire up again! Khan drops back to a corner, watches Takagi rise, and then runs back in, for a BOOT! And then an ELIMI- DDT!! Takagi takes Khan down and the fans are thunderous! Khan stirs and Takagi rises, and Takagi grabs at Khan.

Takagi drags Khan up, roars, and LARIATS! Khan wobbles, Takagi runs to LARIAT! Khan stays up and Takagi runs, but Khan SWATS the lariat, to then LARIAT back! The fans are thunderous again as Khan clamps on the IRON CLAW! ELIMI- NO, Takagi slips around to SNAP DRAGON! Khan is up, but PUMPING BOMBER hits!! Cover, ONE?!? Khan lets loose the Monster Rage, but Takagi dodges him! PUMPING BOMBER into cover!! TAKAGI WINS!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Khan earns 0)

The United Empire has suffered loss three matches in a row! Will Khan ever get off the starting block? Will the Rampaging Dragon soar to the top of the block and take the G1 by storm?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block: Shota Umino VS Gabe Kidd!

These two have had run-ins before, but this could be their most intense encounter yet. Both are 1-1, will it be the Roughneck that rises up? Or will #SHOOTER not be #WarReady like this War Dog?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two stare down. The fans duel between “SHOTA!” and “GABU!” but neither man budges. They slowly start up, and then they quickly tie up! They’re in a deadlock at center, then break. Neither man backs down and the fans cheer. The two tie up again, are in another deadlock, but Shota digs in to push Gabe back. They end up on ropes, the ref counts, and Shota lets off cleanly. The fans applaud and the two go again. Another deadlock, but this time Gabe’s height helps him put Shota on ropes. The ref counts again, and Gabe lets off, to CHOP! Shota ROCKS Gabe, headlocks, and holds on tight as Gabe tries to power out.

Gabe endures the grind, fights up and throws body shots. Gabe pulls hair, wrenches free and headlocks. Shota powers up and out, ducks the rebounder, and IG- NO, Gabe slips free of the neckbreaker to reel Shota in! But Shota slips free of the suplex to half nelson. Gabe standing switches, Shota elbows free, then ROCKS Gabe. Gabe flips Shota off before he ROCKS Shota back! Shota flips Gabe off before he ROCKS Gabe again! They BOTH fire forearms, wobble, and Gabe swings! Shota dodges, comes back, but then Gabe dodges. Both men run and the RAM shoulders! They both roar and the fans fire up!

Shota fires a flurry of forearms, but Gabe CHOPS back! Gabe whips, Shota reverses and DROPKICKS! Gabe falls and the fans fire up with Shota! Shota shakes out his arm while he paces around. Shota goes back to Gabe to stomp him. Gabe goes to a corner, Shota fires a forearm, then CLUBS Gabe on the neck. Gabe goes to another corner, Shota UPPERCUTS him! Gabe sits down, so Shota digs his boot in. The ref reprimands and counts, but Gabe eggs Shota on! So Shota stomps Gabe! The ref has Shota back off, but Gabe still glares at Shota. Shota drags Gabe up, whips him corner to corner, then runs in, but Gabe puts him on the apron!

Gabe swings, Shota counter punches, then Shota slingshots in, only for Gabe to block the DDT! Gabe throws body shots but Shota CLUBS away on Gabe. Shota uses ropes but Gabe denies the tornado! Gabe dodges a lariat to BITE Shota on the face! Then Gabe SAIDOS Shota away! The fans fire up while both men are down! Shota goes to the far side while Gabe grits his teeth and sits back up. Gabe crawls over to Shota, and junkyard dog headbutts him! Gabe then KICKS Shota, KICKS him again, then stands him up. Gabe CHOPS Shota and Shota staggers away to a corner. The fans rally up and duel while Gabe snarls.

Gabe storms over to Shota, Shota kicks at him but Gabe eggs Shota on. Shota gives more kicks, but Gabe stomps Shota down! The ref counts, Gabe lets off and the fans rally more. Gabe stalks Shota, CHOPS him, but Shota gets in Gabe’s face! Gabe grins, CHOPS, but Shota still gets in his face. Gabe fires forearms then a CHOP! Shota just fires a flurry in return! Gabe fires HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT, then he DECKS Shota! Gabe grabs the legs and turns Shota over for a BOSTON CRAB! Shota endures but Gabe sits deep on the hold! Shota still fights and the fans rally up. Gabe puts all he can into the Crab but Shota powers up! Shota fights forward to the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, Gabe lets go of one leg, but the ref counts again. Gabe lets go of Shota completely, then paces around. Gabe makes sure the camera is on him. Gabe says Shota thought he was “him,” but no, it’s all about Gabe. Gabe talks smack, stomps Shota, then eggs him on. The fans rally up, Gabe asks if this is what Tanahashi thinks the future is, then he kicks Shota around. Gabe toys with Shota, taunts him, then drags him up. Shota fights the lift so Gabe CLUBS away on Shota’s back. Gabe tries again but Shota back drops free! The fans fire up while Shota leans on ropes. Gabe rises, swings, but into a dragon sleeper! TEST DRIVE!

Fans fire up while both men are down again. Shota grits his teeth, then he fires up! The fans cheer, Shota runs in at the corner, BLINDSIDE KNEE! Then TORNADO DDT! Shota dragon sleepers, inverted suplex, TRIDENT! Cover, TWO! Gabe survives but Shota aims while the fans fire up. Shota runs in, IGNITION! Shota then drags Gabe up and underhooks, but Gabe wrenches out to JAB! Shota roars, Gabe DECKS him! Both men fall, the fans fire up, and the ref still reprimands about a closed fist on Gabe’s part. The ref checks Shota, he’s still conscious so the match continues. Gabe sits up first, and he dares Shota to meet him.

They both go to center, and Shota fires a forearm. Gabe gives it right back. Shota glares at Gabe, then fires another forearm. Gabe fires one back! Both men stand, egging the other on. The fans rally up as the forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, harder and harder! Gabe wobbles, Shota UPPERCUTS! But then Gabe clinches to CLUB, LARIAT and CLUB! Gabe runs but into a POP-UP KNEE! Gabe still fires another forearm! Shota ROCKS Gabe, then ROLLING ELBOWS! Gabe CHOPS! Shota ENZIGIRIS! Gabe JABS, HEADBUTTS, and YUKON LARIATS! A shot at Takagi as Gabe covers, ONE?!?

Shota clinches Gabe for an EXPLODER! Gabe roars and rises, to LARIAT Shota! Shota roars and rises, catches Gabe, HALF ‘N’ HALF PLEX! Gabe rises, but into the ROLLING ELBOW!! Shota falls on the cover, TWO!! Gabe survives and the fans are thunderous! The fans then rally up as both men stir. Gabe crawls to one corner, Shota to the other end. Shota storms over to Gabe, and Gabe SPITS at him! Shota brushes that off, Gabe laughs, but Shota stomps a mudhole in! He even shoves the ref aside to give more! Shota digs his boot in, scrapes Gabe’s face again and again, then slaps him around! Gabe rises up, to SLAP Shota!

Shota SLAPS, Gabe SLAPS, then they fire forearms again! The fans fire up as the strikes fly fast and furious! Gabe HEADBUTTS away, then clinches Shota into a corner! Gabe smothers Shota, the ref counts, and Shota claws at Gabe! They both push the ref aside, then the SLAPS and forearms return! Shota SLAPS Gabe down!! The fans are thunderous while Shota looms over Gabe. Gabe is dazed and Shota roars! Shota drags Gabe up, reels him in but Gabe kicks free! Gabe reels Shota in, but Shota wrenches out! Shota ROCKS Gabe, Gabe ROCKS Shota, then Gabe runs. Shota ELBOWS Gabe, runs, but Gabe LARIATS!

Gabe keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges, REBOUND- NO, Shota ducks and shoves Gabe away. Shota then pops Gabe up, but Gabe BITES Shota’s face to stop the suplex! The ref reprimands but Gabe reels Shota in, SNAP PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Shota survives, and Gabe is actually amused! Gabe rises up, shaking his head. The fans duel, we pass 15 minutes, and Gabe drags Shota up. Gabe reels Shota in but then shoves him back, so he can DECK him! Gabe then flips Shota over for the LIONTAMER! Shota endures, reaches out, but Gabe digs that knee into Shota’s back to bend him!

Shota endures, even as Gabe digs in deep! Shota tells Gabe off even while he’s sideways! So Gabe lets Shota go to gut wrench and DOCTOR BOMB!! Cover, Gabe wins!!

Winner: Gabe Kidd, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Shota earns 0)

The Roughneck endured a lot in this match, but in the end, The Mad Man had more malice to give! Will Gabe continue to show how NJPW Strong he truly is? Can Shota recover to still bring about the Paradigm Shift?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block: SANADA VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

Now this is a highly anticipated showdown! The Cold Skull and the King of Darkness will forever be connected, from their time in Los Ingobernables de Japon, their reigns as IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, and from their battles over the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. The G1 Climax is both their road back to that title, who blocks the other’s path to redemption?

Evil offers Sanada a House of Torture shirt? Evil wants Sanada to leave Just5Guys to join up with him? Sanada takes the shirt, tries it on, and clearly Evil chose the right size. Sanada shakes Evil’s hand?! Is he really defecting!? Evil gets the mic to tell Hiroshima, “We’ve been talking from the start. From today, say hello to Bullet Club: House of Torture’s Sanada! That old Sanada you love is gone.” The fans boo, but Evil tells Sanada that just like they promised, Sanada will let Evil win. Evil drops the mic, the bell rings, and Sanada lies down! Evil steps up, but Sanada drags him into a cradle! TWO!!

Evil is shocked, and Sanada RIPS the shirt off! Sanada tricked the trickster, then SHINING- NO, Evil gets away first! Evil is upset that Sanada lied to him, and says this should just be a No Contest! The fans boo but Evil rings the bell himself. Evil goes to leave, but Sanada pursues! Sanada CLUBS Evil, CLUBS Dick, then CLUBS Evil again. The fans cheer as Sanada drags Evil back into the ring, and he rings the bell to let everyone know this is still a match! Sanada stands Evil up, blocks a kick, and he trips Evil up! Sanada ties Evil up in Paradise! The fans cheer and Sanada says time for pictures! Then he DROPKICKS Evil outta Paradise!

The fans cheer, Evil writhes, and Sanada drags Evil up. Sanada wrenches Evil, wrenches again, then CLUBS the arm. Sanada whips, Evil reverses, then Evil gets in the ref’s face while Dick trips Sanada up! The fans boo but Dick gets away with that one. Evil tells off the fans but they tell Evil to go home. Evil smirks as he drags Sanada up, brings him around, and TOSSES him out! Evil then goes out after Sanada, and RAMS him into Abe-san! Evil’s strange vendetta continues, and he mockingly applauds while fans boo. Evil then leaves Sanada behind, and Sanada checks on Abe. Young Lions help Abe, and Evil unties the blue buckle pad.

The ref checks Sanada, and though Sanada clutches his back, he’s alright. Sanada stands, hobbles back up, but Evil BLASTS him off the apron! Sanada falls and hits railing, knocking Abe-san over again! Abe’s suffering more than usual, but Evil just soaks up all the heat. Evil taunts the fans, the ref starts a ring count but he doesn’t have Abe backing him up. Sanada is still down at 7 of 20, but the fans rally up. Sanada rises at 11, stands at 14, and slides in at 15. The fans cheer, but Evil is right on Sanada with a cocky cover. ONE, and Evil smirks. Evil drags Sanada up but Sanada fires body shots! Sanada fires haymakers, too!

Evil whips Sanada and surprise, bare buckles! The Bullet Club Special strikes again and the fans boo. The ref asks Dick what the heck, and Evil mocks the tranquilo! Evil covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! A third cover, TWO!! Sanada escapes that deeper leg hook and Evil is frustrated. The fans rally, Evil paces, and he talks some trash. Evil steps on Sanada’s face, tells the fans to shut up, and then taunts Sanada more. Evil kicks Sanada around, but Sanada rises to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP again! Evil knees low, whips, but Sanada reverses and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! The fans fire up while both men are down.

The fans rally as Sanada rises, and he stretches out his back before he brings Evil up. But Evil knees low! Evil runs but Sanada hurdles, hurdles and DROPKICKS! Evil tumbles out, Sanada storms up, and Sanada PLANCHAS! Down goes Evil, and the fans fire up! Sanada encourages them to get louder and louder and the fans oblige. But while the ref’s checking Evil, Dick kicks Sanada! Dick whips but Sanada reverses, and Dick hits railing hard! Dick falls over, Sanada makes the pecs dance, and Sanada goes back for Evil. Sanada drags Evil up and puts him in the ring. The fans cheer and Sanada covers, TWO!

Sanada stays cool while the fans rally again. Sanada paces, drags Evil up, but Evil fights the fireman’s carry! Evil pulls hair, the ref reprimands, and Sanada breaks free. Evil blocks Sanada’s kick, hands it to the ref and he mule kicks Sanada down! The fans boo but Evil smirks. Sanada goes to the red corner, Evil waits on him to get up, and Evil runs in to LARIAT! Then FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Sanada stays in this and Evil is annoyed, but the fans rally up again. Evil drags Sanada up, fireman’s carries, but Sanada fights free. Evil rushes in, Sanada slips around, and O’Conner Rolls! Roll through into SKULL END!

Evil endures as Sanada squeezes tight! Evil kicks around, reaches out, but Sanada keeps him from ropes! Evil still tries, and he kicks his way over to the ROPEBREAK! The fans oddly cheer and Sanada lets go. Sanada takes his time, goes back for Evil, and he fireman’s carries. Evil fights free now, shoves Sanada at the rope, but then Sanada dodges! Evil avoids running into the ref, and Sanada kicks him low! Sanada whips, Evil reverses, but sends him into the ref! Down goes the ref and in comes Dick! The fans boo as Dick stomps away on Sanada! The fans tell Dick to go home but he and Evil stomp Sanada more.

Dick and Evil “put one out” on Sanada, then drag him up. They double whip him to the neutral corner, to then UPPERCUT, LARIAT and snapmare! Evil paces, seeing the ref is still down. Dick fetches a chair! Evil holds the chair up and fans boo. Evil taunts Sanada, Sanada slowly rises, and the fans rally. Sanada stands, but he dodges the chair shot! So Evil throws the chair at Sanada! Sanada catches the chair, dodges the lariat, then tosses the chair back! Evil catches it, and Sanada DROPKICKS the chair into him! Fans fire up, Dick gets up, but Sanada DROPKICKS him, too! The fans fire up more and Sanada aims from the corner.

Evil rises, Sanada runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Direct hit and Sanada calls to the ref! Sanada drags Evil up as the ref returns, and DEAD- NO, Evil slips free, shoves Sanada away, then uses the ref as a shield! Sanada pushes the ref aside, Evil LOW BLOWS! Evil drags Sanada up, but Sanada LOW BLOWS in return! The fans cheer as Evil tastes more of his own medicine! Both men are down and the fans rally for Sanada. Sanada sits up first, and runs up again, but Evil ducks the Shining Wizard! Fireman’s carry, DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO! Sanada survives and the fans fire up again! Evil is frustrated but he slashes his throat.

Evil drags Sanada up, spins him around, EVERYTHING- NO, Sanada fights that! Sanada throws elbows, spins Evil around and puts him on ropes, MAGIC SCREW! Both men are down again and the fans rally up. Sanada kips up, drags Evil to a drop zone then goes up top, ROUNDING BODY PRESS! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives but Sanada just drags him back up. Clinch and- NO, Evil slips free, EVERY- NO! Sanada slips free and steals EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Sanada sees Dick rise and DECKS him! Then Sanada PLANCHAS Dick down! The fans fire up and Sanada hurries back in after Evil!

Sanada roars at Evil to get up, and he runs in, BLINDSIDE WIZARD!! And then Sanada reloads, but Evil uses the ref as a shield! Sanada jumps over, avoids Everything, but then Evil LOW BLOW MULE KICKS!! And KAKU-EVIL!! Cover, EVIL WINS!!

Winner: Evil, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Sanada earns 0)

The King of Darkness’ newest weapon, the combination of “kakui” (cool, handsome, etc.) and “evil,” takes down The Cold Skull! Though he sure tried every other trick he had first… But at this rate, is there any stopping Evil now? Or will Darkness Fall on the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship once again?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block: Tetsuya Naito VS Jake Lee!

Speaking of the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, the most shocking thing in the G1 so far has been his 0-2 start! Is The Uncontrollable Charisma done owing people golden tickets? Or will he fail to get one over on this “Smart Bastard?”

Naito takes things even slower this time, perhaps hoping to frustrated Jake. Jake speeds things up by kicking the vest and coat out himself. So Naito throws his shirt down to make Jake kick that, too. Same with the leather belt. Naito takes care of the pants himself, though. The fans cheer now that Naito’s ready, and the bell rings. The fans rally for “NA-I-TO! NA-I-TO!” and Red Shoes assesses, it is definitely in Naito’s favor. Jake doesn’t let that bother him, and he conducts the choir of fans here in Hiroshima. The two slowly circle, then tie up. Jake’s height is his leverage and he pushes Naito onto the ropes.

Red Shoes calls for the break, and Jake slowly lets off. Jake puts Naito’s hands down by his side, and pats him on the shoulder. Naito reels back but Jake ROCKS him first! No spitting for Naito and Jake whips him to ropes. Naito tumbles and hits ropes, then falls back! Jake stomps away on Naito, stands him up to SPIT on him, then Jake TOSSES Naito out! Naito lands on his feet and walks away, but Jake storms out after him. Jake CLUBS Naito, CHOPS him, then brings him around the way. Jake has cameramen clear out so he can whip Naito. But Naito reaches out to grab the post and uses that to swing back into the ring!

Naito is tranquilo and the fans cheer! Jake kicks the railing in frustration and then storms into the ring. Jake blocks Naito’s arm-drag, whips him to ropes, but Naito reverses to kick, turn, stall, and NECKBREAKER! The fans rally while Jake clutches his neck. Naito sits Jake up and clamps on a chinlock. Naito digs his knee in and Jake endures. The fans rally, Jake pries at the chinlock, then reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Naito lets off to stomp Jake, then CLUB away on him in the corner. Naito whips corner to corner, but Jake reverses! Jake runs in, Naito dodges, but then Jake BOOTS him! Naito staggers, Jake grabs him with both hands!

Jake lifts Naito for a HANGING CHOKE, then SLAM! The fans applaud that show of strength, and Jake shouts at them that Naito’s nothing! Naito bails out of the ring while fans cheer and jeer. Jake lets his hair down, goes out after Naito, and he drags Naito up. Jake wrenches, whips, and Naito hits railing hard! Naito flounders but Jake stalks him. Jake brings Naito through No Man’s Land, and SMACKS him off a chair! The fans rally but Jake looms over Naito. Jake drags Naito up, brings him back to ringside, then brings him up the ramp. Naito fires body shots but Jake still drags Naito along, and they go up to the stage!

Jake CLUBS Naito, reels him in, and suplexes! Naito kicks and flails to fight it off! Jake tries again but Naito resists, so Jake CLUBS Naito and DDTS him on the stage! Jake stands and mockingly applauds while he walks back down the ramp. The fans rally for Naito, the ring count finally starts, and Naito stirs at 5 of 20. Jake rolls in at 7, and Naito starts rolling down the ramp. Jake mocks the tranquilo while Naito crawls. The count passes 10 of 20, Naito still crawls. Naito stands at 15, stumbles and tumbles again at 17! Naito keeps moving, and springs in at 19.5! Jake is right on Naito for a snapmare and PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!

Jake clamps on with a SLEEPER! Naito flails but he’s already fading! The fans rally, Naito fights up, but Jake just squeezes tighter! Naito starts to fade again, and Jake thrashes him around! Naito reaches out, but Jake makes him sit back down. Jake feints running then KICKS Naito right in the chest! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! A third cover, TWO!!! Naito narrowly gets out of that and the fans fire up! Jake is annoyed, he SPITS at the fans, and the fans boo. Jake takes a bow, soaking up the heat like a gentleman. Jake drags Naito up, reels him in, and suplexes, but Naito slips free to waistlock!

Jake elbows free, runs, but into an atomic drop! Naito CLUBS Jake, CLUBS again, then whips. Naito ELBOWS Jake down then basement dropkicks him! The fans fire up while both men are down and we pass 10 minutes. Naito rises, brings Jake up then kicks and CLUBS him. Naito whips, Jake reverses but Naito holds ropes. Naito BOOTS Jake, gets around, shoves and ELBOWS him! Naito whips, ELBOWS again, then brings Jake in to turn, stall… and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Naito keeps cool, and he clamps on a cravat. Naito has the neck wrench on, but Jake fights up. Jake fires body shots and forearms, but Naito hits back.

The forearms go back and forth and the fans rally up. Jake winds up to ROCK Naito again, again, and again! Then he DECKS Naito! Jake stands on Naito’s neck and laughs, not even bothered this won’t count as a cover. The fans boo but Jake steps off to flip everyone off. Jake drags Naito up, but Naito throws those heavy elbows! Naito ELBOWS Jake down and the fans fire up! Naito goes back for Jake, brings him up, and puts him in a corner for forearm after forearm. Naito hops up the corner, reels Jake in, but Jake breaks free! SUPER CHOKE SLAM! Naito is down, Jake rests in the corner, and the fans rally up.

Jake grins while the fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” Jake runs in, GIANT KING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and Jake is annoyed. Jake waits on Naito to rise, hand primed and ready. Naito stands, into the choke grip! CHOKE- NO, Naito slips free, stumbles, but gets around to ENZIGIRI! Jake staggers around, and CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Jake manages to smother Destino, so Naito RAMS him into a corner! Naito hoists Jake up top, as tall as he is, and then climbs. But Jake slips under to bring Naito off the corner! LAST- NO, Naito slips free! Naito ENZIGIRIS again, then whips! Jake reverses to kitchen sink KNEE!

Jake drags Naito up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives falling from that high up and the fans are thunderous! Jake SPITS at them again! Jake aims as Naito is in the corner, FACE BREAK- NO, Naito dodges! And he ducks Jake’s roundhouse! Naito waistlocks, but Jake pries free. Naito fires forearm after forearm! Then ENZIGIRI again! Jake wobbles, Naito wrenches, but Jake KNEES low! And ROUNDHOUSES! Naito falls to his knees then the mat! Red Shoes checks, Naito is still conscious, and the fans rally up even harder. But Jake storms back up to choke grip! And CHOKE- DESTINO!!! Cover, NAITO WINS!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Jake earns 0)

The IWGP World Heavyweight Champion does NOT owe Jake Lee a golden ticket! The Madness Dark Side could not tear Naito down, will he just have to win the whole thing if he wants his title shot?

As for Naito, after catching his breath and getting his hat, he also gets the mic. “Buenas noches, Hiroshima~!” The fans cheer, and Naito says that Hiroshima is his home. The fans cheer that, too! Naito was motivated through that match to win in front of the people here and hold this mic right now. “I was thinking up to today what to say on the mic, but that match made me forget it all. So just tranquilo, assen na yo.” The fans cheer that, and Naito says that no matter how much he relaxes, it surely won’t come back to him, but he of course remembers the one thing he wants to do the most now that he’s home.

Naito wants to have a “chorus” with everyone here in Hiroshima. They should have the first roll call of this year’s G1 Climax. The fans cheer that! So then, Hiroshima, are you ready? The fans cheer, because they’re definitely ready. Then the third night of G1 Climax action can naturally only close with… “Bushi! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Yota! Y Naito! NOSOTROS! LOS! INGOBERRRRRNABLEEES~! DE! JA! PON!!” The fans cheer as Naito finally gets to have his say. But will Naito have to fight even harder if he wants to stay in the running for the playoffs? Or will he end up owing a few more tickets before the end of this?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Zack Sabre Jr: 3-0, 6 points
Evil: 3-0, 6 points
Shingo Takagi: 2-1, 4 points
Gabe Kidd: 2-1, 4 points
Tetsuya Naito: 1-2, 2 points
Jake Lee: 1-2, 2 points
Sanada: 1-2, 2 points
Callum Newman: 1-2, 2 points
Shota Umino: 1-2, 2 points
Great-O-Khan: 0-3, 0 points

 

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

Yuya Uemura: 2-0, 4 points
Henare: 2-0, 4 points
Konosuke Takeshita: 2-0, 4 points
Jeff Cobb: 1-1, 2 points
Boltin Oleg: 1-1, 2 points
Yota Tsuji: 1-1, 2 points
Ren Narita: 1-1, 2 points
David Finlay: 0-2, 0 points
Hirooki Goto: 0-2, 0 points
El Phantasmo: 0-2, 0 points


My Thoughts:

Another awesome night for NJPW, and I really don’t know why Cobb VS Konosuke had to wait until now. Unless Konosuke had to do something with AEW or even DDT Pro on Sunday? Well, either way, their match was great stuff, and I’m really surprised Konosuke won. Konosuke VS Cobb for the NJPW World TV Championship down the road could be a lot of fun. All of B Block is back in action on Thursday, with Konosuke in the main event against Yuya Uemura, so it’d be pretty wild if Konosuke won and got to talk.

A Block’s round three was great stuff. I figured ZSJ would win, even with how well Callum’s been doing. Great win for Takagi over Khan, but I’m just not sure he’ll return to the KOPW Division after this. Shota VS Gabe was certainly the most intense match of the night, they’ve got a good rivalry going. Gabe winning out was fitting, he can’t be losing too much as NJPW Strong Champion. Sanada VS Evil was really good, especially with that obvious swerve coming from Sanada. But Evil winning out because of cheating, that just seems to be how it is with House of Torture. They get strong starts in these round robins, but will lose out in the end.

And great main event, but it seems to be Naito’s thing right now to just be dominated and beat up by his opponents. Naito finally turns that around to win out, and it was definitely so Naito could have his moment here. It’s still early, he can make a run at the G1 Climax playoffs since the top three scores advance. The top seed gets a bye, then second and third must face off in wild card matches, so Naito could still squeak into the next round if he’s the third best. But at the same time, he won last year’s G1 and is the champ, he doesn’t have to win out this year. I’d personally make it ZSJ, because he is that good, and I want to see how he’ll customize the Right to Challenge briefcase.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (7/23/24)

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Sometimes, brothers fight.

Josh Briggs vouched for Brooks Jensen in his return to NXT, but now he’ll have to slap some sense into Jensen if he’s to stay in NXT! Will this No Disqualification match be just the thing?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • No Disqualifications: Josh Briggs VS Brooks Jensen; Jensen wins.
  • Eddy Thorpe VS Lexis King; Eddy wins.
  • Oro Mensah w/ The Meta Four VS Ashante THEE Adonis; Oro wins.
  • Wren Sinclair w/ The No Quarter Catch Crew VS Carlee Bright w/ Kendall Grey; Wren wins.
  • Trick Williams VS Cedric Alexander; Trick wins.
  • Sol Ruca & Karmen Petrovic VS Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson; Lash & Jakara win.
  • Six Man Tag: The Rascalz VS Axiom, Nathan Frazer & Je’Von Evans; The Rascalz win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Trick Williams arrives!

He steps inside the building and you can already hear the fans chanting. Cedric Alexander says they talked about this last week, what’s going on? Trick says he appreciates the advice but he isn’t stopping until he gets his title back. He wants Ethan Page! Trick storms off, and Ashante THEE Adonis steps in. Ashante told Cedric it was a waste of time. Trick ain’t trying to hear you. Yeah, Cedric sees that. And with that, Trick’s music hits as he steps out on stage! The fans chant “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” as Trick goes to the ring. Trick grabs a mic and gets fired up! He has the music cut, and he says let’s talk about it.

Since losing his championship, Trick ain’t been the same. He feels he lost a piece of himself. So much so, he talked to some OGs, some guys he trusts, and it all led to one thing: Ethan Page will see Trick again. And Trick won’t stop ’til he gets the title back, believe that. Wait, now Cedric makes his own entrance? Cedric tells Trick that he didn’t want to do this out in front of the world, but the advice Trick asked for came from a good place. Trick says he already said he appreciates Cedric, and he also already said he wants that title back. Cedric says as someone who won a title in WWE, he wants to help Trick from making mistakes.

Cedric wants Trick to not be blinded by his passion. Trick says he’s never been blinded by that. But then Ashante makes his entrance and says he just said, Trick ain’t trying to hear him! Trick tells Ashante, he doesn’t even know why he’s here. If he’s stirring the pot, they don’t need that, he should just go back to SmackDown. Ashante says nobody is a cook, he’s just picking up the ball Trick dropped. Trick says he’s never dropped a ball. And even when Ashante had a whole group with him, he couldn’t get the ball of the ground in the first place. How’d it go? HIT~ ROW~! The fans echo that back.

Ashante brushes that off but Cedric says right there is what he’s talking about. Trick is letting his emotions get the better of him. How is that going to get him the NXT Championship? And Ashante, just go to the back, let Cedric handle this. Ashante says no matter how much wisdom Cedric gives, it won’t click for Trick. Right now in the ring, Trick is in third place. Trick’s never been third once in his life! Listen to the people! Trick isn’t gonna stop until he gets gold back. Cedric says hold up, hold up. The fans are a little loud, but that sounds like Trick thinks he’s better than Cedric. Is that what he heard?

Cedric has been respectful but all Trick’s doing is disrespecting him back. So how about they do this tonight? Trick is mistaking kindness for weakness, and Cedric’s about to show him the difference! The fans fire up for that! Trick tells Cedric that he said what he said, so it’s on. The fans chant “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” but Ashante says another Trick decision, another Trick mistake. Trick DECKS Ashante! Ashante stands up, Trick DECKS him again! And again! Then Trick LARIATS Ashante up and out! Refs rush out, they bring Ashante away, but Cedric and Trick talk smack. Will Cedric show everyone that he is still PRIMED?

 

Ethan Page arrives.

And standing by the door are Tyson Dupont & Tyriek Igew. Tyson says Oro pinned the champ, that’s crazy! Ethan asks if they’re serious. Of course they are. Or is All Ego all mad? No, Ethan said last week that none of this bothers him. Well luckily there wasn’t a ref or it’d be a short title reign. Luckily it wasn’t official at all! And it’s wild to Ethan that they’re okay with the champ thinking they’re not so bright. Ohh~! Hey, Champ, it’s okay to be embarrassed. Y’know what? They’re not worth Ethan’s time. Ty & Ty say the champ’s a bit sensitive. Will All Ego learn to have some thicker skin around here?

 

No Disqualifications: Josh Briggs VS Brooks Jensen!

Former tag team champions, former best friends, but something a bit more sinister than jealousy and success has gotten between these two. Can Briggs slap some sense into Jensen quite literally? Or is Jensen going to continue down that darker path?

WAIT, Jensen attacks Briggs at gorilla! That is definitely NOT right! They brawl from ramp to ringside, but then Jensen RAMS Briggs into barriers! Jensen puts Briggs in the ring, follows him in, and now the bell sounds. Jensen CLUBS Briggs then runs, but Briggs TOSSES Jensen out hard! Wait, what’s that white chair doing there? Briggs goes out after Jensen and he fires hands! Briggs SMACKS Jensen off barriers, brings him around and THRWOS him over barriers! Jensen flounders int he gap, Briggs jumps in after him, and fans fire up as Briggs rains down fists! Briggs CLUBS away, stomps away, and the fans love “NXT! NXT!” for making this happen!

Briggs stands tall, fire up, and then he drags Jensen up to TOSS him back to ringside! Briggs stalks Jensen, but Jensen drop toeholds him into the timekeeper’s area! Briggs’ face might’ve even hit the ring bell! Jensen drags Briggs up, but Briggs POSTS Jensen first! Briggs CHOKES Jensen, lets him know Jensen did this, and then CHOKE SLAMS Jensen through the desk!! Briggs shouts in Jensen’s face that he asked for this, and now he’s got it! Jensen writhes while NXT goes picture in picture!

Briggs looms over Jensen while Vic Joseph and Booker T stay back. Briggs throws off his vest and his shirt, paces around, then leaves Jensen behind to grab the steel steps. Briggs chucks the steps into the ring, goes back for Jensen, and hauls him up for an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Jensen writhes into the ring, and Briggs brings out kendo sticks! Briggs throws those like darts, getting Jensen in the side and back over and over. Briggs tosses a trash can in! Jensen avoids getting canned, but Briggs storms right in. Jensen fires body shots, ROCKS Briggs, but Briggs ROCKS him back! Briggs SMACKS Jensen off the steps, and again reminds him, he wanted this!

Briggs goes up the corner, takes aim, but Jensen SMACKS Briggs with a kendo stick! Briggs sits on the corner, and Jensen puts the can around him! Briggs is in a Steel Tree of Woe, and Jensen runs corner to corner! Jensen uses the steel steps to get air, and he DROPKICKS Briggs in the can! Briggs flops out of the Tree, drags himself out of the can, but Jensen covers, TWO! Jensen drags Briggs back up, and hoists him up onto the ropes. Jensen grabs the trash can, goes up a corner, and then FLYING CAN FLOP as Briggs moves! Jensen flounders from his crash landing, but Briggs drags him out. Briggs suplexes Jensen onto the floor!

Briggs huffs ‘n’ puffs as he hobbles and stalks Jensen. Briggs drags Jensen up to push him into the ring. NXT returns to single picture, “This is Awesome!” and Briggs takes what’s left of the desk for his own. Briggs puts the hood in through the ropes so that they rest in the corner. Jensen throat chops Briggs! Jensen LARIATS Briggs and Briggs clips the hood!! Jensen then CATAPULT GUILLOTINES Briggs into the hood!! The fans rally as Jensen crawls over and grabs a kendo stick. Jensen wants Booker T to notice. Three strikes? Well here’s ONE SMACK for Briggs! Here’s TWO SMACKS for Briggs! And here’s THREE!!

Jensen almost breaks that kendo stick as he SMACKS Briggs more! Briggs blocks a shot to ROCK Jensen! Briggs takes the stick but Jensen SLAPS him down! Briggs goes to ropes, Jensen drags him over and onto the steps! But Briggs fights the lift! Briggs pushes Jensen and BOOTS the steps into Jensen’s leg! Jensen hobbles, Briggs CLOBBERS him! Briggs BACK SUPLEXES Jensen onto the steps!! The fans go nuts seeing that double-edged move, and both men writhe off the steel onto the mat. Jensen flounders, Briggs crawls over, and Briggs SMACKS Jensen off the steel! Jensen SMACKS Briggs off steel!

The two start firing forearms, even as they slouch against steps! They push those steps aside to fire fast hands! The fans are thunderous, Jensen ROCKS Briggs! Briggs BOOTS Jensen! Jensen BOOTS back, then DOUBLE BOOTS take both men down! But both men hurry to grab kendo sticks! They DOUBLE SMACK!! Both men fall and the fans are thunderous again! “This is Awesome!” but Jensen grabs that white chair! Jensen brings it over, but Briggs DECKS him first! Briggs has the white chair, and now Jensen asks for mercy!? And then Shawn Spears appears!? Briggs storms over to Spears, saying this is on him!

But then Jensen SMACKS Briggs with Spears’ chair! And SMACKS him again! And again! And again!! The fans boo but Jensen SMACKS Briggs again! Briggs asks for mercy, and Jensen drops the chair. Only to drag Briggs up, and he looks to Spears. Spears smiles, Jensen FULL METAL DDTS!! Cover, Jensen wins!

Winner: Brooks Jensen, by pinfall

Shawn Spears applauds and smiles, happy to see former friends becoming such bitter enemies. Spears then pats Jensen on the shoulder. Is Jensen following The Chair Man’s guidance now?

 

Axiom meets with Nathan Frazer backstage.

The Undeniable Truth says he just talked with- Well, wait, here come The Rascalz! Wes Lee, Zachary Wentz & Trey Miguel say what’s up, and they were hoping to continue their talk last week. Axiom congratulates The Rascalz on their win against Gallus and Wes says that was good. It’s great to have his friends by his side. Zach says sometimes, you gotta look to your past to move forward. And Trey says speaking of the past, did MSK ever lose the tag titles? Hmm… Let’s check on that. Wes says nope, they did not. Frazer says yeah, that would’ve been an insane match, right? Would have? Don’t talk like it can’t still happen, because it can still happen.

Wes says y’now what? It could even happen tonight. Axiom & Frazer say sure. But who sits out? It is three Rascalz. Well it is the Rascalz Reunion, so it’s all three. Oh, Six Man Tag then? Alright, see you tonight! But then Axiom wants to continue his news from earlier. Axiom’s getting in on the next WWE Speed tournament! That’s exciting, right? Who knows who he’s facing yet, but- HEY! Didn’t Axiom just get done telling Frazer that was all a distraction? Yeah, but it turned out to be okay, so Axiom figures he could try. Now they’re arguing about the tables turning… Well, will they be able to turn that around and find a third man to take on Wes, Zach & Trey?

 

The NXT Women’s Division watches film on Stephanie Vaquer.

La Primera’s string of headbutts on Isla Dawn for the WWE Live event in Mexico City has them all very impressed. And that crossbody, too. Sol Ruca says Stephanie looks incredible. Lola Vice and Karmen Petrovic agree, Stephanie will only make NXT stronger. But will she be considered a “rookie” like the rest of them? Fallon & Jacy consider anyone new here “a rookie.” But speaking of Isla, have she and Alba defended those tag titles since winning them? Doesn’t seem like it. But they were talking about showing up on SmackDown this Friday.

Lash Legend walks in with Jakara Jackson to say hold up, wait a minute! Before any of them get to thinking up some bright ideas, whenever those titles are defended, it’ll be against Miss Jackson & The Bougie Bully, okay? Yeah, sure… When was the last time they won as a team, though? Now, Karmen may not have had the same partner back then, but she did pin Jacy & Jazmyn. Oh, we keeping score now? Yes, because it’s a good point. Jakara says she and Lash are gonna put Sol & Karmen in their place tonight. Oh, we’ll see. Lash & Jakara excuse themselves to go watch Oro’s match. But will the Meta Four be literally speechless when they get their souls snatched?

 

Eddy Thorpe VS Lexis King!

The Alpha Wolf was just trying to do his DJ thing, and the Drama King had to ruin the fun. Will Eddy return the favor and drop Lexis harder than the beat? Or will Lexis rock Eddy and roll right through him?

NXT returns and Eddy makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two run up! Lexis dodges to CHOP, but Eddy CHOPS and ROCKS back! Lexis KNEES low, CHOPS again, then CHOPS again! Lexis reels Eddy in to LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Lexis rains down fists on Eddy! Eddy turns over, Lexis hauls Eddy up for a BACKBREAKER! Eddy writhes, the fans rally, but Lexis talks trash. Lexis pulls on Eddy’s ear, pushes him around, then KICKS him in the back! Lexis whips Eddy to a corner, but Eddy comes back to LARIAT! The fans fire up and Eddy CHOPS Lexis to a corner! Eddy CHOPS Lexis in the corner! Then CHOPS again!

Lexis keeps going around the ring as Eddy CHOPS him again and again and again! Lexis shoves Eddy but Eddy SOBATS, snapmares, and KICKS! Cover, TWO! Eddy clamps onto Lexis with a facelock but Lexis RAMS him into the corner! Lexis reels Eddy in but Eddy RAMS him into a corner! Eddy fires haymakers, bobs ‘n’ weaves then UPPERCUTS! BACKBREAKER! PENALTY KICK! The fans fire up with Eddy and he drags Lexis up! Lexis fights the DDT to wrench and SUPERKICK! The fans boo but Lexis runs, for the CROWNING! And then, CORO- NO! Eddy slips around and hits the IMPALER DDT! Cover, Eddy wins!

Winner: Eddy Thorpe, by pinfall

Eddy spun Lexis like a record, and that was a smash hit! But then Lexis CLOBBERS Eddy! Lexis is a sore loser and he CLUBS away on Eddy! The fans boo but Lexis RAMS Eddy into steel steps! The ref reprimands, but Lexis puts Eddy’s arm between steps and post! The fans boo as Lexis gets his scepter, and CLUBS the hand! Eddy clutches his fingers and the fans boo, but did Lexis just end Eddy’s DJ career?

 

Backstage interview with Trick Williams.

Kelly Kincaid says while Trick wanted Ethan Page, he got Cedric Alexander. Yeah, but Trick will fight anyone on the way back to the title. There’s a lot of things he just doesn’t have the answer to right now, but one thing he isn’t paying around is waiting on Ethan. He’ll fight anyone. And tonight, that means Cedric. Nothing and no one is going to stop Trick. Pete Dunne says, “You think so?” Oh, now he has something to say? Then let’s talk it out. Dunne says, “Just figure it out.” Trick again scratches his head, what is going on with The Bruiserweight right now?

 

Oro Mensah w/ The Meta Four VS Ashante THEE Adonis!

Speaking of Ethan Page, the Main Man of Meta Four also wants after All Ego but got someone else instead. Will Oro prove himself worthy of that gold? Or will THEE tag partner of Cedric Alexander take out his frustrations from earlier tonight?

NXT returns and Ashante makes his entrance, and he is still trying to holler at Jakara. But then Oro DIVES onto him! The fans fire up, Oro puts Ashante in and the bell rings. Oro fires off hands but Ashante kicks low. Oro ROCKS Ashante, pulls Ashante’s jacket over his head, and then fires body shots! Oro snapmares then BOOTS Ashante! The jacket’s off, Oro runs up but Ashante kicks low! Ashante fires hands, Oro returns those, then whips Ashante for an EXPLODER! The fans fire up for Oro and he runs up on Ashante. Ashante DUMPS Oro to the apron, but Oro gets back up! Oro ROCKS Ashante, slingshots, but into an AIR DROP!

Lash & Jakara are worried for Oro but Ashante puts Oro in and KNEES him in the side! Ashante CLUBS away on Oro, runs and BOOTS him down! Ashante huffs ‘n’ puffs while fans boo, but Oro fires back with haymakers! Ashante kicks low, pushes Oro hard into the corner, then stands on Oro! The ref counts, Ashante goes up to soak up the heat, then he SWINGING DROPKICKS down! Oro sputters, Ashante covers, TWO! The fans rally for Oro but Ashante KNEES Oro in the side! Jakara & Lash coach Oro but Ashante scoops to SLAM him! Ashante drops an elbow, then another elbow, then styles for Jakara. Oro rolls Ashante up, TWO!

Ashante and Oro fire forearms, kicks, UPPERCUTS, and then Ashante lifts Oro. Oro CLUBS Ashante, Ashante blocks a kick, but not the ROLLING KICK! The fans fire up with Oro and he runs corner to corner, into an ELBOW! Ashante hauls Oro up, turns him, DREAM SMASHER! Cover, TWO! Oro survives but Ashante just goes to the corner. Ashante goes up top, smiles at Jakara, but Oro YANKS Ashante down onto his Adonis! Oro SHOVES Ashante down, springboards and RIDER KICK! Oro fires shots then the SCISSOR KICK! Then a LIONSAULT! Fans fire up with Oro, he runs but Ashante ducks a kick to FLAPJACK!

Ashante gets Oro up, SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Oro survives but Ashante drags him up. Oro blocks the whip, kicks and SOBATS, and Ashante flops back. Oro spins to BLINDSIDE ROLLING ELBOW! Oro roars, the fans rally up, and he runs in to MURAMASA!! Cover, Oro wins!

Winner: Oro Mensah, by pinfall

The Main Man wins big, and he gets a mic to call out Ethan Page! Oro knows Ethan’s dumbass won’t come out here after last week. So if Ethan needs a reminder, it went like this: ONE, TWO, THREE! Oro counts again and again, but will he be able to win when it counts the most?

 

No Quarter Catch Crew receives a mysterious envelope.

In side is a ransom note style message that reads, “I saw what you did.” What’d they do? Tony D likes how old school that is. Okay, sure, but who sent it? Uh duh, Wren Sinclair, sillies. Wren walks in and Tony says yeah, silly! She’s got Dempsey over a barrel. Charlie says he needs this dealt with. Then just give Wren what she wants. They can’t! Well, let her now what they’re gonna do. They already told her what they’re gonna do. Oh, still? Well, she has a match tonight, so for Dempsey’s sake, she better win. Because who knows what she might do or say if she loses… What?! The D’Angelo Family wants to watch this go down! Will Wren hold this over the NQCC’s head until she’s IN the NQCC?

 

Wren Sinclair w/ The No Quarter Catch Crew VS Carlee Bright w/ Kendal Grey!

While she didn’t mean to witness you know what happening to you know who, who knew that Wren had this selfish side to her. Will she continue to hold NQCC hostage until they give in? Or will Wren not have a Bright future ahead?

The bell rings and we see The Don and family watching from the perch. Rizzo even brought popcorn. Wren and Carlee tie up, and Wren headlocks. Carlee powers out but Wren runs her over. Wren puts her dukes up a la Dempsey, and then things speed up. Wren blocks a hip toss to hip toss and armlock back. Carlee kips up and uses ropes to flip through. Carlee wrangles Wren, but Wren rolls and headscissors. Carlee kips free but Wren has the wrist! Wren wrenches, sweeps the legs, then has a standing toehold! Carlee endures, turns over, and reels Wren back in for a headlock. Wren fights up to wrench free.

Wren headlocks, Carlee powers out, but Wren catches the hurdle for a FLAPJACK! Wren then ties up the legs, pulls on Carlee, QUEEN ANGELITO turns into a deep SURFBOARD! NQCC is actually impressed! But Carlee pops free to pull on the arms, EURO CLUTCH! TWO!! Wren escapes, Dempsey is relieved, but Carlee DROPKCIKS Wren! Carlee arm-drags Wren, Wren fights up to whip. Carlee ducks ‘n’ dodges and CROSSBODIES! Wren rolls it through to a cover, TWO! Carlee arm-drags again, but Wren fights up and powers Carlee to ropes. Wren whips, then follows, to CLOBBER Carlee! Wren keeps going, BASEMENT BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!

Carlee survives but Wren drags her up. Wren whips Carlee to a corner, runs in but into an ELBOW! Carlee goes up and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up with Carlee and she hurries to cover, but Dempsey helps with the ropebreak! Kendall gets in their faces about it, and she T-BONES Myles!! The fans fire up seeing that! Carlee then O’Conner Rolls Wren! TWO!! Wren escapes, Dempsey breathes, but Carlee ghost pins! TWO, Wren CLUBS Carlee, but Carlee whips. Wren dodges in the corner, rolls Darlee, Dempsey holds her in place! Wren wins!

Winner: Wren Sinclair, by pinfall

Wren is all fired up, and she actually gets Dempsey to high-five her! Dempsey sighs, is he stuck with Wren until the end?

 

Hank ‘n’ Tank walk ‘n’ talk.

When it comes to “big flavor win,” that’s the Great American Bash being a two week event, on SyFy Network! That’s huge. Two huge shows. Wait, don’t say it if you don’t mean it, Hank. Oh he means it. Picture this: The bodacious belly boys bringing the honk honk to the party. Yeah, but how? Oh, Hank has ideas. Let’s walk. And then we see Axiom & Frazer still arguing. Frazer brings up Axiom tell him to “lock in,” so time to lock in! Axiom says he is, just like Frazer during his time. They still won, they were gold! Je’Von Evans hurries over and says hey, he heard they need a third. The Young OG is free tonight, so what’s the word?

Oh, well, that’s one thing they can agree. Je’Von is in! Je’Von goes to get geared up, and Axiom says see? Everything will be just fine. This team not only never slows down, they’re about to get bouncy~! Will Je’Von help the NXT Tag Team Champions be ready for the Rascalz?

 

Chase U talks backstage.

Andre Chase & Riley Osborne tell Duke Hudson there is no reason to hang his head in shame. Duke may have lost to Oba Femi, but there will be gold back in Chase U soon enough. Duke agrees, he hopes Thea Hail does better against Roxanne Perez than he did against Oba. Riley says less of that. Duke smashed it! He took Oba to the limit and made Chase U proud. Same as Thea will against Roxie, and as she will in this interview.

We turn to the TV in the room, and Thea sits with Kelly Kincaid. Oh, new Chase U merch? Ridge Holland steps in and says yes, new shirt for the new champ! And they’re available on WWE Shop already. Christmas in July! Oh, oh, here goes. Words from the future champ right here!

Kelly thanks Thea for sitting down with her. A year ago, at last year’s Great American Bash, Thea went for the women’s title against Tiffany Stratton. How will Thea handle this year’s opportunity differently? Thea says she feels like a year ago, Chase U would’ve thrown her a pep rally to boost her confidence. And now, she doesn’t need it. She’s grown a lot, and they trust her to do things on her own, and that’s cool. Speaking of Chase U, Ridge was a huge part in Thea being given this chance. How has having Ridge around been for Chase U? Ridge is a human, like all of us. People judged him because he isn’t perfect, and Thea saw herself in that.

And Ridge empowers Thea to be herself. She let him in as a friend, and because of that, Chase U learned to let Ridge in. And with that, Thea gained confidence in herself, and feels they all know her now. Kelly says yeah, this feels  like such a different side of Thea. For one, she’s very calm right now. There’s all this buzz going into the Bash, but what would winning mean to her? Thea isn’t trying to win the title for herself. She’s winning for Chase U, and for all the girls like her who were counted out or picked last. And while Thea’s only 20, last year, she was 19, facing Tiffany, the biggest mountain to climb. Now, Roxie is that seemingly impossible obstacle.

But Thea can’t control those things. She can only control herself. So while Roxie and the rest of the world is wondering what the NXT Women’s Division will look like in the near future, Thea is focused on becoming the NXT Women’s Champion! Thea is calm, cool and collected, but will she be the one to conquer the seemingly unstoppable Prodigy?

 

Trick Williams VS Cedric Alexander!

Trick asked for advice, advice was given, but it wasn’t the advice Trick wanted so he rejected it. As such, Cedric felt disrespected and here we are! Will Cedric just be the first of many wins Trick racks up to return to the top of NXT? Or will Cedric bring out that PRIME part of him that was once NXT Cruiserweight Champion?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans chant “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” and the two tie up. Trick puts Cedric in a corner, lets off, but then Cedric shoves him. Trick shoves back and fires up. The fans fire up and Cedric storms up. Cedric gets around to waistlock and SLAM! Cedric floats to a facelock, talks some trash, and gator rolls with Trick. Trick fights up, wrenches out and wristlocks. Cedric rolls, handsprings and wrenches to then wrangle Trick. Cedric talks more smack, but Trick fights up. Cedric wrenches and wrangles Trick again, slaps him around, but Trick rolls, kips up, and slips around to scoop and SLAM!

Trick paces, goes for legs, but Cedric kick shim away. Cedric gets around again but Trick arm-drags free. Cedric runs Trick over, keeps moving, but Trick hurdles then ELBOWS Cedric down! Cedric goes to ropes and the fans fire up. Trick is on Cedric in a corner to CHOP! Trick says he can do this all day. Cedric turns things around to CHOP! And CHOP! Trick puts Cedric in the corner to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! The fans fire up for Trick, he whips corner to corner, but Cedric goes up and over. Cedric backflips but Trick steps back, then goes for legs again. Cedric drags Trick into a victory roll, TWO!

Trick DROPKCIKS Cedric and the fans fire up. Cedric goes to ropes, Trick storms up and whips. Cedric handsprings and NEURALIZER KICKS! Trick tumbles tot he apron, Cedric goes to the corner. Cedric goes up and out to APRON STO! Trick writhes, Cedric brings him around, APRON BACK SUPLEX! Trick writhes more and NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and the forearms go back and forth! The fans rally, Cedric wobbles, but Cedric UPPERCUTS! DOUBLE LARIATS collide, then DOUBLE FOREARMS! Then DOUBLE BOOTS take both men down! The fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” while the two men stir. Trick and Cedric slowly rise up and find each other. Trick fires a haymaker, but Cedric UPPERCUTS! Trick HAYMAKERS, Cedric fires forearms! Cedric UPPERCUTS, runs, but Trick POP-UP UPPERCUTS! Cedric ducks the heel kick to SOBAT, KICK and ROCK Trick back! Cedric runs again, but into a FLAPJACK! The fans fire up with Trick, and he SPIN KICKS! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally as Trick storms around. Trick cartwheels to YANK Cedric up, but Cedric arm-drags to a cover, TWO! Cedric scoops, Trick slips free to waistlock. Cedric switches, Trick elbows free, then Trick runs. But into a scoop and MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! The fans fire up as Trick survives, but Cedric drags him up. Trick fights the suplex, wrenches and LEG LARIATS! And LEG LARIATS! Trick whips, Cedric reverses but Trick LEAPING LARIATS! The fans fire up as Trick roars! Trick runs in but Cedric slips outside. Cedric GAMANGIRIS, then steps in, but into a BOOKEND! Cover, TWO!!

Cedric survives but the fans are thunderous as Trick lets the hair down. Trick aims, Cedric stands, TRICK- NO, Cedric avoids the shot to roll Trick up! TWO, but Cedric KNEES Trick down! Then Cedric suplexes, ANARCHY! Cover, TWO! But into a short arm scissor! Trick clasps hands, fights around to stack, TWO! Cedric lets Trick go, then runs up, but into a BOOT! Trick runs up, TRICK SHOT!! Cover, Trick wins!

Winner: Trick Williams, by pinfall

A hard fought fight, and a hard fought victory for the former NXT Champion! But he also shows true respect to Cedric with a handshake. Trick wants back after All Ego and the title, will he have to put in even more work to- WAIT! Dunne attacks from behind!? The fans boo but the Bruiserweight shrugs. Dunne gets in the ring to BOOT Trick down, then DRAGON STOMPS away on him! The fans boo more, but Dunne lets off with one more STOMP! Dunne tells Trick he still hasn’t figured it out! Another STOMP, and Dunne stands over Trick. Another shrug from Dunne, is the former NXT UK Champion looking to take that title shot for his own?

 

Robert Stone and Stevie Turner argue.

Ethan Page walks over and asks if he can talk to Ava Raine. Stone says sorry, Stevie wasted all of Ava’s time because Stevie doesn’t shut up. Stevie says that’s a lie. What can Stevie do for the champ? Stone says to address him properly as THE NXT Champion. Ethan says he just wants to get rid of that pest, Oro. Yeah, don’t worry, they all saw Ethan beat Dante Chen and not the other part. Stevie, do not lie to the champion! Everyone watches NXT, so everyone knows what happened. The world is trending- The world!? Stevie tries not to laugh at Stone stepping in it, but Stone says Ethan should be grateful that he’s lucky to be champion.

Ethan is lucky to be champion? N-NO, they, uh… NXT is lucky that Ethan is their champion. Stevie says what Stone’s getting at is, could you just imagine if Oro Mensah was NXT Champion? Hypothetically. Stone will pass the word along that Ethan thanked Ava. Stevie will doubly pass it along. Ethan sighs and leaves, the assistants to the GM continue to argue, will anything even get done around here?

 

Kelani Jordan talks with prospects backstage.

One brings up Tatum Paxley’s post. She is using dolls to represent herself and… Kelani? And then Wendy Choo walks in from the other room… What is going on here? Kelani isn’t sure but she’s getting creeped out. Then Ashante hobbles in and the others help him walk. Is he going to be okay? Yeah, he’ll be aight. Ashante winks to the camera as he leaves with two ladies under his arms. One way or another, is Ashante gonna have some fun in NXT?

 

Sol Ruca & Karmen Petrovic VS Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson!

The Surfer and the Blackbelt were told they’d be “handled” by Meta Four, so here’s their chance! Will the Bougie Bully & Miss Jackson back up their talk with actions? Or will these “rookies” ride a wave of momentum right past them?

NXT returns, Meta Four has made their entrance, and the teams sort out. Karmen starts against Jakara, and Jakara DROPKCIKS at the bell! The fans are torn, but Karmen gets up in a huff. Jakara avoids the leg sweep, headlocks, but Karmen pries free to KICK low! Karmen whips Jakara hard to the corner, tags in Sol, and then Karmen snapmares Jakara to kick, KICK and Sol STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, ONE!! Jakara is tougher than that but Sol clamps on with a straitjacket stretch. Jakara endures, fights up, but Sol ripcords to kick low. Sol whips, Jakara ducks ‘n’ EDGE-O-MATIC! Cover, TWO!

Jakara drags Sol up to KNEE her low. Jakara RAMS Sol into the corner, tags Lash, and Lash stalks Sol. Lash waistlocks Sol, brings her up, but Sol standing switches. Lash switches back to shove Sol and POP-UP POWER- RANA! Sol has the cover, TWO! Lash escapes, takes as wing, but Sol gest around to waistlock. Lash RAMS Sol into buckles, ELBOWS her, then TOSSES her! Sol is on the apron, ROUNDHOUSES in return, and then slingshots to X-FACTOR! Tag to Karmen, and she gets a boost from Sol for a FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO! Karmen clamps onto Lash’s arm, tags Sol, and Sol brings Lash up.

Lash lifts Sol to throw her away! Sol comes back, ducks ‘n’ dodges, CROSSBODY into a BOOT! The fans fire up and Lash talks trash. Tag to Jakara, and Lash drags Sol up to feed into the corner. Jakara BOOTS Sol down, waves to the fans, then taunts Karmen before she runs to HIP ATTACK Sol! Sol pushes Jakara, Jakara comes back for the FACEBUSTER! Tag to Lash and she coordinates with Jakara. Jakara swings on Karmen but Karmen trips her up! Sol turns wheelbarrow into victory roll! TWO!! Sol SUPERKICKS Lash! Tag to Karmen and she runs up to RUONDHOUSE! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS take Jakara out!

Karmen & Sol DOUBLE SUPERKICK Lash! Cover, TWO!! Lash survives, Jakara YANKS Sol down! Jakara runs in, Karmen dodges to DECK her! Karmen ROCKS Lash, LARIATS Jakara, and the fans fire up! Karmen brings Lash up, KICKS Jakara and TORNADO DDTS Lash! Cover, Jakara breaks it! Sol runs in to TOSS Jakara, and handspring to headscissor. Karmen THRUST KICKS Jakara down! Sol then goes out to ASAI MOONSAULT! Down goes Miss Jackson and Karmen has Lash. Lash DECKS Karmen! Lash lifts Karmen, BOUGIE BUSTER! Cover, Lash & Jakara win!

Winners: Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson, by pinfall

The Meta Four just took Karmen down for three! And Lash pumps the brakes, SKRRR~! “Isla & Alba, you said you didn’t mind defending your WWE Women’s Tag Team titles anywhere, right? So how about you defend them against the brightest stars int he galaxy? Next week, at the Great American Bash!” Mic drop, will SyFy see the wicked witches take on Jackson & Legend?

 

Trick Williams talks with HBK!

Shawn Michaels tries to calm Trick down but Trick says he’s trying to get back to the NXT Championship. But best believe, if Pete Dunne drops him again, Trick’s gonna bust Pete’s ass! HBK says okay, he’s got this. Trick heads out, and then Roxanne Perez storms in! Why does Thea Hail get the special interview and not her?! Is it because Thea’s some scrappy little underdog? Roxie is sick of that sob story, and she’s sick of not getting what she deserves as champion! HBK says okay, but- Roxie storms off, and HBK has us go to break. Will he and Ava have to talk about all the chaos and drama going on around here?

 

Joe Hendry speaks.

After a recap of his great appearance last week, Hendry himself says, “With every passing week, more and more of the planet starts to believe. Believe in Joe Hendry. But becoming a social media sensation doesn’t just happen over night.” Hendry has been surprising his fans all across the world, their reactions being a big part of the buzz. Sure, Hendry’s popularity has really caught fire thanks to NXT, but he’s been doing this for 11 YEARS, just waiting for his time to shine. He always knew he had the kill and athleticism to succeed, but in 2024, how do you stand out? Easy: create an image that is impossible to escape.

Say his name and he appears…! Becoming the most talked about man in pro-wrestling has of course upset some people, such as Gallus, but don’t think that his sudden rise to fame was an accident. After putting in 10,000 plus hours mastering the ring, the studio, and social media, there is no one left on Planet Earth that hasn’t seen his turn to camera and smiling face. The public couldn’t get enough, and #IBelieveInJoeHendry soon took the fourth spot on the British music charts and beyond. The entire world is waving their arms from side to side with him, and it is his life’s work to become 250 pounds of inspiration.

So for the first time in NXT history, we will witness one of Hendry’s world famous live concerts. Bring your best singing voices and let’s remind the WWE Universe and beyond why you believe in Joe Hendry.

 

NXT Media catches up with Gallus.

The reporter asks what they feel about- Joe Coffey stops them there. He already knows, they wanna talk about Joe Hen- Mark stops his brother, They can’t say his name. But see, Gallus didn’t like that guy then, they don’t like him now, and Wolfgang adds that that Muppet needs “a right kicking” from the Gallus firm. So how’s about this, Joe? Next week, Coffey VS Hendry, Great American Bash! Mark spots a poster and says he isn’t so sure now. Joe Hendry, live in concert on NXT? Coffey is FURIOUS! No one wants to hear this garbage! Wait, who put all these posters on their car?! This fraud has done it now!

Cartoonish as Gallus’ reaction is, will they look to ruin everyone’s fun when Joe Hendry comes back to NXT?

 

Ethan Page returns to Ava’s office.

He wants to knock on the door but then spots a ref. Ethan calls the ref over and says refs represent law and order around here, right? So this whole thing with Oro, that doesn’t count, right? No, it wasn’t an official match, so technically it doesn’t. Ethan says good! He’s coming with Ethan. Ethan brings the ref along, but is he starting to unravel over this Oro issue?

 

Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn respond via tweets.

Isla says, “The Brightest Stars in the Galaxy are about to be dimmed. Lash and Jakara, consider your challenge accepted.” Alba adds, “See you ladies next week at The Bash.” The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are coming back to NXT, but will they be leaving still the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions?

 

Ethan and his ref are now ringside.

The fans boo but Ethan says they need to address this whole 1-2-3 business. What Oro did last week does NOT count, okay? It was NOT official, it is null and void! And for the record, let’s make this very, very clear: none of this bothers him! Even so, the fans chant “You Got Pinned!” Ethan says ignore them, they’re ignorant. Now, referee, as a licensed WWE official, when Oro attacked last week, was he or any of his colleagues here to make the count? The ref says, as he just said backstage, it was not a legitimate match so the count wasn’t official. SEE!? Ethan was right! He was RIGHT! No one was in the ring to count 1-2-3, so it doesn’t count~!

Honestly, refs are usually pains in the ass, but this guy’s alright. But then Oro runs in here! He rolls Ethan, the ref counts, Oro pins the champ!! Ethan is losing his mind but fans chant “ONE TWO THREE! ONE TWO THREE!” Will Ethan ever live this down? Or is there only one way for him to finally put this to rest?

 

The D’Angelo Family talks backstage.

And look who it is! The men of the hour! Tony didn’t think Charlie had it in him. Not so clean, is he? But Tony respects it. Don’t flatter Charlie, he still wants the Heritage Cup. Well, Tony is a generous man. The Olympics are coming up, so Tony will give the NQCC’s Olympian a shot. Who? Tavion? Yes, Tavion! Luca points out that Tavion represented our great country in the 2020 games. Greco-Roman wrestling, even got himself a few wins. Unlike the one who got whooped by that girl, Kendall. Myles is flustered, but Tony says see you next week, Tavion. Tavion says he definitely will. Will The Don check off another of the NQCC? Or is Tavion about to take the Cup to new heights?

 

Six Man Tag: The Rascalz VS Axiom, Nathan Frazer & Je’Von Evans!

Wes Lee, Zachary Wentz & Trey Miguel have reunited and it feels so good! A big win against Gallus last Tuesday, a big win over the No Quarter Catch Crew as part of TNA’s Slammiversary, this reunion tour is just getting started! Will it continue as we approach the Great American Bash? Or will the NXT Tag Team Champions & Young OG show just what #NeverSlowDown is all about?

NXT returns as Frazer & Axiom make their entrance, followed by Je’Von’s. The trios sort out and Axiom starts against Trey. They circle, tie up, and Axiom uses a chinbar to wrangle Trey. Trey fights up, wrenches, and headlocks back. Axiom flips up and over to facelock Trey. Axiom shifts to wrap Trey in a straitjacket but Trey fights up to arm-drag free. Things speed up, Trey catches Axiom with a reverse wheelbarrow and rolls him down, only for Axiom to kip up. Axiom arm-drags but Trey handsprings, only for Axiom to DROPKICK! The fans cheer, Axiom tags Frazer and whips Trey. Trey reverses but Axiom reels him in for an IRON OCTOPUS!

Frazer gets moving and he builds up a lot of speed, to DROPKICK Trey down! The fans fire up, Trey goes to a corner, but Frazer CHOPS! Frazer whips, Trey reverses but Frazer goes up and over and handsprings away. Trey runs up, sweeps the legs and basement dropkicks! Cover, ONE, but Trey brings Frazer up. Trey whips, Frazer reverses but Trey holds ropes. Zach tags in, Trey drop toeholds Frazer into a SUPERKICK! Zach sunset flips, Frazer rolls through, but Zach tags Wes. Trey atomic drops Frazer, Wes dropkicks a leg out, and Zach Last Chancery! Wes & Trey DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK!

The fans fire up while Frazer flounders away. But Je’Von tags in, and the fans rally for the Young OG as he circles with Wes. Wes whips, Je’Von reverses then hurdles. Wes front flips over Je’Von, sidesteps then hurdles, but Je’Von stops the monkey flip to stand Wes up. Je’Von springboards but Wes gets under! Je’Von ducks the knees, then BOUNCY RANAS! Wes tumbles and the fans fire up! Je’Von DROPKICKS Wes down and the fans fire up again. Je’Von drags Wes up, whips him to the corner, but Wes blocks! Wes CHOPS and fans “WOO~!” Wes brings Je’Von up but Je’Von ROCKS Wes!

Wes ROCKS Je’Von, Je’Von ROCKS Wes! The haymakers fly, Je’Von JUMP PUNCHES! The fans fire up, and Wes HEEL KICKS! Wes whips Je’Von to the RSCL corner, runs in, but Trey moves as Je’Von tosses Wes up and out! Wes ENZIGIRIS back, slingshots and DROPKICKS! Zach tags in, runs up, BRONCO BUSTER! Zach adds a few extra bounces for the bouncy Je’Von! Axiom storms in but Wes SUPERKICKS! Frazer storms in and dodges Wes. Wes blocks a kick but not the ENZIGIRI! Trey runs up but Frazer CHOPS! Trey kips up to ENZIGIRI! Axiom is up, he dodges Trey, but DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take them both out!

Zach checks his boys, but Je’Von rolls him up! TWO and Zach runs up. Je’Von dodges, comes back, Zach ducks so Je’Von FLIES out onto everyone else! The fans are thunderous and Zach is stunned! But then Zach goes up and up and ASAI MOONSAULTS onto Team NXT! The fans fire up with Zach, and NXT goes picture in picture.

The Rascalz regroup, drag Je’Von up and in, then bring him to the corner. Zach CHOPS, then runs up to UPPERCUT! Tag to Wes and he runs in to UPPERCUT! Wes tags Trey, then snapmares Je’Von so Tre can slingshot SENTON! Tag to Zach, he slingshot SENTONS! Tag to Wes and he slingshot KNEE-TONS! Cover, TWO! Je’Von toughs it out but Wes drags him up. Wes throws body shots, then whips Je’Von to ropes. Wes ELBOWS Je’Von down, covers, TWO! Wes keeps close to Je’Von, brings him around, and tags Zach. They bring Je’Von around, whip and DOUBLE ELBOW! Then they split the wishbone!

Je’Von sits up, MSK DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Zach keeps Je’Von down with a chinlock, but Je’Von endures the grind. NXT returns to single picture and the fans rally up. Je’Von fights but Zach leans on the hold. Je’Von stands, throws hands, but Zach CLUBS him down. Zach whips Je’Von to a corner, Je’Von goes up and over! Zach still BOOTS first! Zach goes up, leaps, CROSSBODY! But Je’Von rolls through! The bouncy turns into power, and he POWERSLAMS! Hot tag to Frazer, and he springboards to AX HANDLE! Then STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!

Frazer checks the count but the count was fair, so he brings Zach around. Frazer drops an elbow, tags Axiom, and Axiom stomps Zach. Axiom clamps on a chinlock, the fans rally up, and Axiom traps Zach in a cobra clutch. Zach endures, fights up, but Axiom whips him away. Zach ELBOWS Frazer, BOOTS Axiom, and hurries for his corner! Axiom waistlocks to anchor Zach, then slips on a SLEEPER! Axiom drags Zach down, the fans rally up, and Zach fights up. Zach pries the hold open to ELBOW BREAKER! But Axiom LARIATS! Tag to Frazer, GAMANGIRI! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Tag to Je’Von, TRIPLE SUPERKICKS take Zach down! Cover, TWO!!

Je’Von is frustrated but the fans rally up. Je’Von clamps on with a straitjacket stretch of his own, and Zach endures again. Zach fights up, pries the hold open, but Je’Von trips him by a leg! Zach hops up, but Je’Von ducks the enzigiri! Zach still UP KICKS! Axiom grabs a leg for an ANKLE LOCK! Zach hops up and rolls, and he sends Axiom into Je’Von! Frazer tags in, springboards, into a JUMP KNEE!! Zach and Frazer are down, and the fans rally up again! Zach and Frazer crawl, hot tags to Je’Von and Wes! Wes CLOBBERS Je’Von, CLOBBERS him again, and then sweeps the legs! Je’Von avoids the stomps but Wes fires a strike fest!

Wes snapmares Je’Von to DROPKICK! The fans fire up, Wes runs in and ROCKS Je’Von! And a SUPERKICK! GAMANGIRI! Tag to Trey, Axiom runs in, but Wes & Trey get him first! KICK after KICK, BUZZSAW and DOUBLE STOMP! Je’Von runs up, into a clinch! SCORPION KICK to LIGHTNING SPIRAL! Je’Von tumbles and hot tags Frazer! Frazer dodges Trey to waistlock, Trey elbows free and mule kicks a leg, to then BACKFLIP DROPKICK! The fans fire up and Trey tags Zach. Zach tags Wes, the Rascalz coordinate! Wes flips into the RSCL TRIPLE DROPKICK! Wes covers, TWO!! Frazer survives and Wes grits his teeth.

The fans rally for the “RAS~CALZ~!” Wes drags Frazer up but Frazer kicks him away. Wes storms back up, YANKS Frazer up, but Frazer lands on his feet to PELE! Hot tag to Je’Von, Trey also tags in. Je’Von springboards to FLYING LARIAT! Zach gets in, ducks a kick, but Je’Von HEEL KICKS and ENZIGIRIS! Wes returns, Je’Von dodges and NEURALIZER KICKS! The fans are thunderous and Je’Von runs at Trey. Trey ENZIGIRIS, SUPERKICKS and goes up to QUEBRADA! Je’Von gets clear to go up, up and OG CUTTER!! The fans are thunderous and Je’Von rises up! “This is Awesome!” as Je’Von finds Trey and aims.

Je’Von runs in, Trey BOOTS him, but Je’Von DROPKICKS! Trey is stuck up top, Frazer tags in and then tags Axiom. Axiom goes up to get Trey, for the SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Frazer goes up to PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, MSK BREAKS IT! The fans are thunderous as all six men are down! The teams regroup, but Frazer SUPERKICKS Zach! Wes ROLLING KICKS Frazer! Je’Von HEEL KICKS Wes! Zach springboards and FLYING CUTTERS Je’Von!! Axiom and Trey find each other, and the forearms start flying! The fans rally, Axiom ROCKS Trey! Trey dropkicks legs out and Wes tags in! Sunset flip, into a CATAPULT SUPERKICK!

Axiom falls back, Trey goes up, DOUBLE STOPM BACKBFREAKER! HANDPRING KICK takes out Axiom & Je’Von! Tag to Zach, for the FIRE AND FLAME PUSH-SAULT!! Wes then FLIES out onto Frazer & Je’Von while Zach covers, Rascalz win!!

Winners: The Rascalz, by pinfall

Another incredible win for the reunited Rascalz, and perhaps even bigger is that Zach just pinned one of the NXT Tag Team Champions! Could these must-see kids be fighting to get those tag titles back? All six men stand together in the ring, and they all shake hands in respect.

 

Ava Raine talks with a ref.

She knows a lot has been going on, but- In steps Ethan Page. And he says whatever this is, put a pin in it, because he is done! He needs Oro, wants Oro, in a match! Ava says hi, how are you, Ethan? But what changed his mind? Because he was very against this idea last week. What changed is he has had it up to HERE…! And someone like Ethan shouldn’t have to deal with something like this. Ethan wants to put an end to this, and he’ll even put the title on the line! Okay then! A contract will be drafted, they will sign it next week, so that on week two of the Great American Bash, it will be Ethan VS Oro for the NXT Championship. Ethan says good, but is he playing right into Oro’s hands?


My Thoughts:

Another great NXT, but also another jam packed episode. It also had go-home vibes given Great American Bash is the next two weeks. Eddy VS Lexis was good but rather quick, and with Lexis attacking Eddy after losing, we’re definitely escalating this towards something bigger. Very good promo from Chase U to help set up Thea’s interview promo, which was a good promo. Thea seemed a bit nervous about her lines, but maybe that was how she was supposed to sound. Roxie getting upset and complaining to HBK was a rather quick bit, but it doesn’t feel like Roxie is losing the title just yet. With the hype behind Stephanie Vaquer, it’s probably her beating Roxie at No Mercy.

Speaking of, good plug for Stephanie while also getting us to a tag match. Lash & Jakara get a good win off of Sol & Karmen, and I’m a little surprised Alba & Isla are going to give them the tag title match. At the same time, that makes GAB bigger so they might as well. Alba & Isla still have a segment with Bianca & Jade this Friday, that’ll surely set up a later title match, so I’m pretty sure Alba & Isla retain against Lash & Jakara. A little surprised we didn’t get any Fallon, Jacy & Jazmyn, but I’m sure we’ll get plenty of them the next couple weeks. Six Woman Tag of Fallon, Jacy & Jazmyn VS Sol, Karmen & Lola is definitely week two of GAB.

This story with Wren and NQCC is still really interesting, but at least Wren’s getting into the role of blackmailing Dempsey. And in some way, it is funny that Dempsey trying to do things like Tony D has backfired on him pretty bad. But I have a feeling Dempsey comes around and accepts Wren as a true member of NQCC, Wren can be their counterpart to Rizzo for some Mixed Tag type matches. And Tony VS Tavion next week will be some good stuff for the Heritage Cup, and I would think Tony retains. I just want him to finally win by knockout. That’s a thing allowed by the rules but they haven’t had the guts to do it.

Very good promo from Joe Hendry, and very entertaining stuff from Gallus, but having them both is a little redundant. Gallus helps us know Hendry is having a concert next week, but we already knew that after Hendry told us. I would’ve just done one or the other, go to next week with the concert, and then Gallus does something to motivate Joe VS Joe for week two. That No Disqualification match was awesome stuff, but Spears’ white chair was certainly a Chekhov’s Gun level foreshadowing. Not only was it going to come into play, Spears himself was going to show up and spur Jensen on. Spears and Jensen are all but officially working together now, things are going to get even more interesting from here.

And really good stuff tonight with this growing NXT Championship story. One more redundant detail here with Cedric and Ashante talking about Trick backstage then talking with him on stage, we could’ve just had only the stuff in the ring and we’d get the same story. Trick VS Cedric was a great match, but that first half was maybe a bit too fast for both of them. That backflip Trick “avoids” was really more a botch. But great win for Trick, and Dunne going after Trick was only a little shocking after how we’ve seen Dunne turn Heel on Raw. But Trick VS Dunne is still going to be awesome stuff.

Oro gets a good win off Ashante, and Ethan getting closer and closer to snapping was some good stuff. Ethan VS Oro is going to be some great stuff for GAB week 2, but I would think Ethan retains. Trick making his way back up to a rematch with Ethan might seem a bit obvious but it’s also logical. No Mercy can be Trick’s last chance, so that if he loses, Trick moves on to main roster. Just not sure which brand, though. Raw’s got a lot going on, and SmackDown does have Carmelo Hayes, but I’m not sure they’d restart Trick VS Melo as a feud over there…

My Score: 8.8/10


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