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Does Lee make Strong #BaskInHisGlory?

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Will the North American Championship be Undisputed or Limitless?

After powering through a smashed ankle, Keith Lee has rage fueling him towards the title! Will Roderick Strong reach his limits against the Limitless One?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2020 Semifinal: The Undisputed Era VS Grizzled Young Veterans; Grizzled Young Veterans win and advance to the finals.
  • Toni Storm VS Io Shirai; Storm wins, by disqualification.
  • Finn Balor VS Joaquin Wilde; Balor wins.
  • Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler; Baszler wins.
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2020 Semifinal: The Broserweights VS Imperium; The Broserweights win and advance to the finals.
  • NXT North American Championship: Roderick Strong VS Keith Lee; Lee wins and becomes the new NXT North American Champion.

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Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2020 Semifinal: The Undisputed Era VS Grizzled Young Veterans!

Tonight, the Undisputed Era looks to once again #ShockTheSystem! Roderick Strong has his title defense later tonight, but Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish look to take one step closer to another incredible achievement. But can they get to the finals against James Drake & Zack Gibson? Or will they SOON be recognized as the team that lost so close and yet so far from the cup?

Fans troll Liverpool’s Number One almost immediately with “If you hate Gibson, shoes off~!” Gibson starts against Kyle and they tie up. Gibson wristlocks and wrenches but Kyle drop toeholds to a takedown and headlock. Gibson gets up and powers Kyle to a corner. Gibson looks to back off, but he slaps Kyle! So Kyle turns it around and gives Gibson forearm after forearm! Kyle fires off shot after shot after shot, then even some kicks before the ref reachs a count of 4! Kyle whips Gibson corner to corner but Drake uses his body to save Gibson from buckles. Gibson blocks Kyle’s kick and then clobbers him with a clothesline! Tag to Drake and the GYV mug Kyle in the corner. Drake throws forearms and chops then whips Kyle corner to corner. Kyle reverses, Drake goes up and out to shoulder back in. Cole and Strong distract Drake long enough for Kyle to grab a leg for a Dragon Screw!

Tag to Fish and Fish sweeps the other leg to make Drake crash and burn! Fans rally for the Undisputed Era as Fish puts Drake in the ring. Cover, TWO, but Fish keeps close. Fish throws big knees and then snapmares. Fish slingshot sentons down! Cover, TWO! Fish has Drake trapped in the Undisputed corner with forearms and kicks. The ref counts, Fish tags to Kyle. Kyle adds kicks and forearms of his own and even a boot. Tag back to Fish, and reDRagon double snap suplexes Drake down! Cover, TWO but barely. Fish drags Drake up to a back suplex! Cover, TWO but with more strength this time. Fish throws body shots to keep Drake in the Undisputed corner, and boots him back. Tag to Kyle but Drake starts hitting back! Kyle kicks Drake’s leg then grabs it for a shin breaker! Kyle elbows the knee then sweeps the leg! There’s no mercy in this dojo! Kyle covers, TWO, but brings Drake up to grab the leg again.

Kyle lifts but Drake slips out of the shin breaker to sunset flip! Kyle rolls right out to grab the leg again, but Drake shoves Kyle at the GYV corner. Kyle swings on Gibson but turns into a jawbreaker from Drake! Tag to Gibson and Gibson clotheslines Kyle down. Gibson swings on Fish but Fish gets clear, and Gibson turns around into kicks from Kyle. Kyle fires off strikes and sweeps the leg! Gibson wobbles around but Kyle whips. Gibson reverses, headlocks and then tags Drake. Gibson whips Kyle, Drake dropkicks a leg out, then Gibson adds his own dropkick! Drake uses Gibson as a step stool, Mayhem in Motion dropkick takes out Fish! Fans say “You Still Suck!” as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns as Gibson keeps Kyle trapped in the corner. Cole distracts Drake before he runs in at Kyle, and Kyle puts Drake up and onto Gibson’s shoulders. Kyle sweeps Gibson’s legs and both Grizzled Young Veterans fall down! Fans rally as Kyle crawls for his corner, but Drake gets in to drag Kyle back. Tag to Gibson and Kyle manages a tag to Fish! Fish rallies on GYV with elbows and kicks! Drake ducks one kick but not the other. Fish boots Gibson then EXPLODERS Drake into Gibson! Gibson gets to an open corner and Fish runs in, but to get an enziguri. Gibson hops up and leaps, TICKET TO RIDE! But Fish grabbed a leg! KNEEBAR! Gibson flails and endures, Drake helps him reach the Ropebreak! Fish lets go to DECK Drake! Gibson hobbles up but into a Samoan Drop!

Fish has Gibson in a drop zone and goes up top, MOONSAULT FLOP! Gibson tags Drake and Gibson powers Fish to the corner. Drake comes in, GRIT YOUR TEETH DROPKICK! Then Gibson lifts Fish in a suplex, Helter Skelter! Cover, TWO!! Fish survives and fans tell GYV, “You Still Suck!” Drake drags Fish over, tags Gibson, and Drake gut wrenches. But FIsh slips out and shoves GYV into each other. Fish boots Gibson and dumps Drake. Kyle flying knees Drake from the apron! Fish misses Gibson and Gibson waistlocks. Kyle tags in as Fish bucks Gibson off, then coordinate, CHASING THE DRAGON! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up as Kyle tags Fish. Kyle drags Gibson up as Fish runs, but Gibson fights Kyle off! Drake also gets in, no Total Annihilation for reDRagon.

Drake tags in, Gibson grabs Fish for Drake to enziguri! Then Gibson feeds Fish to Drake’s scoop, only for Kyle to boot Gibson down! Fish slips off Drake as Kyle Ax and SMASHES Gibson! Drake SUPERKICKS Kyle but Fish ROCKS Drake. Drake hits back and we have a heavy hitting brawl! Full Sail is on the Undisputed Era’s side as Fish kicks and Drake knees. Kyle tags back in, Fish ducks Drake, and then reDRagon double pop-up kick! Kick sandwich! Fans fire up with reDRagon as they drag Drake back up. But wait! Is that Imperium!? While Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner are in the other semifinal match, all of Imperium will face all of the Undisputed Era at Worlds Collide! As such, Walter, Alexander Wolfe and the aforementioned Barthel & Aichner are now on the NXT balcony to make their presence known!

Cole and Strong dare them to come down and fight, but Gibson drags Fish out! Drake scoops Kyle, TICKET TO MAYHEM!! Cover, GRIZZLED YOUNG VETERANS WIN!!

Winners: Grizzled Young Veterans, James Drake pinning; advance to the 2020 Dusty Rhodes Classic Finals

A Ticket to Mayhem turns out to be a ticket to the finals! Will Gibson and Drake SOON be recognized as the inaugural NXT UK tag team to win this amazing tradition? As for Undisputed Era and Imperium, will there be consequences for these actions?

 

NXT looks at the ripper year Rhea Ripley had.

Becoming inaugural NXT UK Women’s Champion. Leading her team to victory in the first ever Women’s WarGames. Leading her Team NXT to victory at Survivor Series the very next night. And now, becoming our NEW NXT Women’s Champion by dethroning the Queen of Spades, Shayna Baszler. Memories that will last a lifetime. But speaking of memories, a blast from the past wants to strike! Toni Storm is proud of Rhea, but one memory Rhea left out is losing the NXT UK Women’s Championship to Toni. And then Toni kept it in the rematch. So now, Toni promises to do the same thing for this women’s championship. Challenge accepted, and when Worlds Collide, only one force of nature stands tall!

 

“The world is talking about Shotzi Blackheart.”

The Evolve star has come to NXT, and she already made an impact when she eliminated Shayna Baszler from the #1 Contender’s Battle Royal. But that’s just Shotzi being Shotzi. She knows how to #TCB, “Take Care o’ Business.” Predictable isn’t in her vocabulary. You can’t out-crazy Shotzi. If that was a statement, then wait for what happens 1v1 tonight.

 

Toni Storm VS Io Shirai!

The Lightning From Down Under wants to strike twice, but that’s easier said than done. And even with the Riptide on the horizon, she wants to take on the Evil Genius of the Sky! Is Toni getting ahead of herself? Or is she only picking up speed heading for Houston?

The bell rings and Toni circles slowly with Shirai. This Mae Young Classic rematch ties up, goes around the ring, and Toni headlocks. Shirai trips Toni and twists the leg with a toehold. Toni works her way up and around and pries free to get a headlock of her own. Toni gets the take down, but Shirai headscissors back. Toni goes up and around to pop out and offer Shirai a hand. Shirai refuses it, but Toni avoids the slap. Toni avoids the clothesline to give slaps and a kick, but the boot is blocked. Shirai runs to handspring but Toni gets clear, only for Shirai to dropkick her down! Shirai shows off with a kip up and fans fire up! Shirai talks trash but Toni blocks the buzzsaw. Things speed up, Toni redirects to dropkick Shirai back. Toni keeps going to BOOT Shirai now! Cover, TWO!

Toni keeps her cool as she brings Shirai up. Toni throws European Uppercuts as fans rally and duel. Shirai ends up in a corner but Toni gives more EuroUppers. Toni waistlocks and lifts but Shirai elbows back. Toni holds on, so Shirai runs forward to jump through ropes. Toni gets a hotshot in the process, and Shirai comes back to Drive-By Dropkick! The Big Dog would be impressed. Fans stop dueling because they realize they like “Both These Girls! Both These Girls!” Shirai gets in the ring and stalks behind Storm. Cover, TWO, but Shirai keeps her cool. Toni crawls to a corner but Shirai stomps a mudhole into her. Shirai drags Storm up to CHOP! Toni gets to another corner, Shirai CHOPS again! Shirai grins as she stalks Storm to a third corner.

Shirai stomps Storm more then chokes her on the ropes. The ref backs Shirai up at 4, but Shirai clamps onto Toni for a modified camel clutch. Toni endures, fans rally up, and Toni snapmares free! But Shirai runs her right over with a shoulder. Shirai drags Toni up for big forearms but Toni gives them back. Now we have a brawl going back and forth, but Shirai grabs a headlock! Shirai brings Toni down right away, but fans rally back up. Toni fights her way up and throws some body shots. Shirai gives her forearm after forearm then throws her down by her hair. Cover, TWO! Shirai is frustrated but still in control as we go to break.

NXT returns as Shirai has Toni in a crossface! Fans rally as Toni rolls back to cover, TWO! Shirai grabs Toni but Toni standing switches. Toni lifts but Shirai victory rolls through to then double STOMP Toni down! Toni gasps as she goes to a corner but Shirai is on her with more stomps. The ref counts as Shirai grinds both feet into Toni, but Shirai swings up to hit the meteora! Shirai laughs as she gets space. Shirai runs in corner to corner but into a BOOT! Toni hops up and over Shirai to then roll, waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Toni fires up now and keeps moving, basement lariat! Cover, TWO! Shirai survives and Toni perhaps remembers how hard that MYC2 win was.

Toni underhooks and lifts but Shirai fights out of Storm Zero. Shirai forearms and SHOTEIS! Shirai runs but into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Shirai survives again but fans rally up more. Toni drags Shirai up but Shirai ducks the lariat to ghost pin! TWO, and Shirai BUZZSAWS! Toni is dazed and Shirai runs, 619 IS BLOCKED! Toni keeps Shirai on the ropes to dropkick her out! Toni then builds up speed to DIVE into Bianca Belair’s forearm!? The EST comes outta nowhere!

Winner: Toni Storm, by disqualification

Bianca is the #1 Contender thanks to her Battle Royal win, but it’s Storm getting the Worlds Collide shot. That clearly doesn’t sit well with Bianca, and she SPEARS Toni down! Bianca rains down hands from all sides then DECKS Shirai! Bianca double chicken wings Toni for her own version of the GLAM SLAM! Bianca whips her hair back ‘n’ forth and says kiss this, but here comes RHEA! The NXT Women’s Champion spots her TakeOver: Portland challenger and heads down the ramp. Bianca dares Rhea to throw down, and they do! Bianca gets Rhea down but Rhea turns things around! Shirai springboards in to missile dropkick Rhea out! Then Shirai dodges Bianca to send her out, and then ASAI MOONSAULTS onto them both! Fans are thunderous, but Toni DIVES in on Shirai! The Storm stands tall this close to Worlds Collide, but will she come away with a new #ShinyShiny?

 

Backstage interview with The Undisputed Era.

Cole, Fish, O’Reilly and Strong are all riled up by Imperium, but Cathy Kelly still asks their mindset. If it wasn’t for Imperium, the Undisputed Era would be headed to the Dusty Cup finals! There is no clearer picture. The Undisputed Era made a statement in Blackpool, not Imperium. But Cole refocuses the team on Roderick Strong retaining his North American Championship against Keith Lee. Imperium will pay in Houston, because the UE is #DrapedInGold. But will it stay that way?

 

Ilja Dragunov speaks on Finn Balor.

“Finn, I heard you’ve been watching me.” Everything Finn said is right. But the one thing Finn missed is that Ilja is driven. Driven to beat him! Ilja will throw 1000 strikes and bring the sky crashing down. When Ilja wins, everyone will believe that Ilja is not Finn, he is UNBESIEGBAR. The invincible will not miss.

 

Finn Balor VS Joaquin Wilde!

But speaking of The Prince, he is in action just days away from the incredible crossover dream match at Worlds Collide! Are things about to get rrrreeeal wild in Full Sail?

The bell rings and Balor ties up with Wilde. Balor forearms Wilde in the back then slams Wilde down. Balor kicks Wilde while he’s down and looms over him at the ropes. Balor stomps Wilde and again, then springboard stomps over and over, saying Wilde just represents Dragunov, Gargano “and anybody else who wants it!” Balor CHOPS Wilde at the corner then stalks him to another corner. Balor CHOPS, whips Wilde corner to corner then CHOPS again! Fans are fired up with the Prince as he whips corner to corner again. Balor runs into a boot and Wilde gets moving. But Wilde runs into a dropkick! Balor takes aim from a corner, SHOTGUN Dropkick blasts Wilde into buckles! Wilde is down and Balor goes up. COUP DE GRACE! But Balor doesn’t cover there, he wants to send a message. “When you come at Finn, you better not miss!” BLOODY SUNDAY! Cover, Balor wins!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall

Too easy and too sweet for Balor, but will he be leaving Dragunov with the bitter taste of defeat in Houston?

 

Backstage interview with Shayna Baszler!

The Queen of Spades returned only for her plans to be spoiled by new girl Shotzi Blackheart. Shotzi thinks she made a statement, but she only ended her career here before it started. Rhea says she’s a nightmare, but nightmares give way to reality. And the reality is that Shayna isn’t going anyway. If Shayna has to go through every woman in that locker room to become #ShaynaThreeTime, then she’ll do it. Does the road to redemption run through Shotzi?

 

Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler!

A lot of words have been said about this match, but actions will speak far louder. Will Shotzi shock Shayna again? Or will she simply succumb to the Submission Magician?

The bell rings and fans duel already. Shotzi and Shayna circle and tie up. Shayna gets the facelock and then gets Shotzi down, to pat her on the head. Shotzi shrugs the mocking off and circles with Shayna again. Shotzi waistlocks but Shayna wristlocks to sweep the legs. Shayna pats Shotzi’s head again but Shotzi slaps the hand away. Shotzi avoids the Penalty Kick but Shayna blocks a kick from Shotzi. Shotzi rolls to bring Shayna down and then grabs the ankle, but Shayna grabs the ankle of Shotzi. Shayna trips Shotzi to get the headlock and then shift to a mounted armlock. Shotzi moves around so Shayna shifts to a toehold. Shayna rolls Shotzi to get the arm again and tortures the wrist! Shotzi endures as Shayna twists and bends her arm. Shotzi spins and gets up to get the ropebreak. Shayna adds on until the count of 4 and lets go.

Fans rally for Shotzi but Shayna runs in. Shotzi dumps Shayna out, just like the battle royal elimination! Things speed up now, Shotzi uses teh ropes to bounce back and elbow Shayna. Then swing kick her back! Shotzi hops up the ropes to springboard but Shayna gets under and dump Shotzi out! Payback for the battle royal. But Shayna goes out to fetch Shotzi, lifting her to flapjack on the apron! Shayna puts Shotzi on the apron to club away with both hands! And KNEE Shotzi right back into the ring! Shayna stalks up behind Shotzi and throws her at the ropes to clobber her from behind. Shayna covers, TWO, and Shotzi gets to ropes. Shayna brings Shotzi around by her arm and facelocks. Shotzi clubs back but Shayna whips her. Shotzi ROCKS Shayna with a right, then more! Shayna ducks the kick and wants the Kirafuda, but Shotzi throws her into buckles! Shotzi runs in, shining wizard to DDT!

Shayna is dazed and fans are rallying up. Shotzi grits her teeth and aims from the corner to run Shayna over with a clothesline! Shotzi keeps going but Shayna clips her with a clothesline of her own! Shayna whips Shotzi but Shotzi slides under to enziguri! And then the question mark kick! Shayna wobbles, Shotzi SLING-DOGS! Shayna is on the ropes, Shotzi is moving, CANNONBALL! Shayna is down now and Shotzi heads up top. But Shayna springs up to ROUNDHOUSE Shotzi first! Shayna goes out to the apron and brings Shotzi up, but Shotzi blocks the suplex. Shotzi fights back and cravats, to SLICED BREAD ON THE APRON!! The Queen of Spades is down and fans are fired up for Shotzi! Shotzi pushes Shayna into position then heads back up top. SUPER SENTON into the KIRAFUDA!!

Shotzi claws and flails as she endures the hold, but she’s caught! Wait, she gets around and to her base! But Shayna just wrangles her back around and clamps on tighter! Shotzi taps, Shayna wins!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission

But Shayna wants to make Shotzi suffer! Shotzi is passing out! Shayna lets go when she’s satisfied, but this is just an appetizer for her. Will she soon be feasting on the rest of the NXT Women’s Division as she heads back for the title?

 

Team Kick’s break-up sent shockwaves through the NXT Universe.

“June 1st, 2017. From that day,” she and Dakota Kai were best friends. Close as sisters, even. Dakota was there for Tegan when she was doing rehab. When they were in the WarGames cage together, they were so excited to be Team Kick at TakeOver. But then, it changed. Dakota says Tegan is not as good as she thinks she is. Being snubbed for WarGames, Dakota wanted Tegan to support her, but she didn’t. Tegan got in the contender’s battle royal because she saw Dakota advertised. But then Dakota bowed out just so she could stick it to Tegan. Dakota doesn’t play by anyone’s rules. Dakota says Tegan deserves it, but Tegan says Dakota deserves getting hurt right back. These two are going to kick things up to another level when they finally face off next week!

 

Backstage interview with Angel Garza!

El Latino is in la casa but he’ll be in a Fatal 4 Way in Houston. The pressure is on, but how is he preparing for such a big defense? When you’re as good as Garza, you feel no pressure. It doesn’t matter which two stars NXT UK puts up, Garza will beat them AND Swerve. Swerve’s House? No, it’s El Campeon’s Casa. And Garza proves it when Worlds Collide.

 

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2020 Semifinal: The Broserweights VS Imperium!

Matt Riddle & Pete Dunne surely surprised a lot of people when they became a team for this NXT tradition. And they perhaps surprised many more by winning their first match out. But can they continue to surprise us by taking on such an experience and established team as Aichner & Barthel?

The teams sort out and Aichner starts against Dunne. They rush at each other, Aichner headlocks but Dunne headscissors. Aichner pops out, they tie up again, roles reverse but Dunne pops out of the headscissors. They stare down and fans fire up! Aichner and Dunne back up and Barthel tags in. Barthel and Dunne tie up, Barthel wrenches to a hammerlock, then trips Dunne by a leg. Dunne grabs back for a headlock but Barthel bridges over! Barthel floats back to the hammerlock and then chinbars Dunne. Dunne wrenches out but Aichner tags in. Barthel whips Dunne and Aichner arm-drags Dunne down! Aichner grinds on the arm but Dunne endures. Dunne gets up but Aichner wrenches and yanks the arm. Aichner headlocks, Dunne powers out and things speed up. Aichner manages to hurdle Dunne but Dunne CLOBBERS Aichner!

Fans are thunderous for the Bruiserweight as he tags in the Bro. Dunne wrenches Aichner and holds him down to help with Riddle’s standing corkscrew senton! Dunne adds a basement dropkick then Riddle covers, ONE! Riddle Penalty Kicks Aichner then drags Aichner up for a gut wrench suplex! Aichner tags Barthel but Riddle welcomes him with another gut wrench! Riddle hits a Broton, onto knees! Barthel throat chops Riddle and has him in a corner for mudhole stomps and punches. Fans boo Barthel but Riddle CHOPS! And CHOPS! And throws big forearms. Barthel pushes then elbows Riddle int he leg. Riddle boots Barthel down, tags to Aichner and Dunne! Dunne boots Aichner then hops up to dropkick a leg out! Barthel runs in, but into a German Suplex! And buzzsaw! Aichner Germans but Dunne lands on his feet to kick Aichner in the back! Dunne hits a Crucifix DRIVER! Cover, TWO!

Aichner flounders to a corner while fans are fired up. Dunne runs in but Aichner puts him on the apron. Aichner runs in but Dunne moonsaults off the apron to wipe Barthel out! Aichner runs into a kick, and an apron X-PLEX! But Walter looms close, rubbing in that he has the United Kingdom Championship. The ref backs Walter away, but Barthel EuroUppers Dunne into steps! Aichner RAMS his knee into Dunne! Imperium takes over as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns as Dunne fights up out of Barthel’s armlock. Barthel shoves Dunne to a corner to rock him with another EuroUpper, an enziguri, and a DDT! Barthel hops up and watches Dunne rise. Barthel leaps, to get DECKED by a forearm! Both men are down but fans rally up. Dunne and Barthel crawl, hot tag to Aichner who intercepts Dunne. Barthel helps out, too, and they double wrench to whip Dunne. Dunne stumbles on the corner and Imperium stomps away on him. Aichner drags Dunne up and whips Dunne, but Dunne reverses to enziguri! Fans rally as Dunne crawls, hot tag to Riddle! The Bro rallies on Imperium with kicks and forearms! Riddle PELES Barthel! Forearm and BROSPLODER for Aichner! Forearm and BROSPLODER for Barthel! Broton onto Aichner! Broton onto Barthel! Penalty Kick for Barthel and a dead lift FISHERMAN BUSTER for Aichner!

Tag to Dunne, the Broserweights focus on Aichner with stomps to the hands! They both shrug, and Buzzsaw Final Flash combo! Cover, TWO!! Tag to Riddle and they go after Aichner again. Fireman’s carry but Aichner slips out to shove Riddle into Dunne! Then Riddle into the post! Tag to Barthel and Riddle ends up upside-down, Imperium meets at the corner! Double dropkicks and cover, TWO! Riddle lives but Barthel drags him up. Barthel talks trash then tags Aichner, and Imperium both talk trash. Riddle DOUBLE FLASHES! Tag to Dunne and Dunne DECKS Aichner! Barthel tags in, Dunne dodges to step off Aichner, but into a waistlock! Barthel uses a wheelbarrow and Aichner goes up top, FLYING DDT! Cover, but Riddle breaks it with a knee! Fans are loving this as all four men are down.

Riddle drags Barthel up but Barthel throws Riddle out. Tag to Aichner and Barthel whips Dunne. Dunne reverses and runs in but Barthel puts him up top. Barthel uppercuts then tosses Dunne to Aichner. But Dunne Guillotines and Kimuras out of the suplex! Riddle intercepts Barthel into an ANKLE LOCK! Double submissions from the Broserweights!! Walter shouts at his men as Barthel gets to the ropes. Barthel crisscrosses and knees Riddle, but runs into a FINAL FLASH! Aichner powers Dunne off but Dunne lands on his feet to ROCK Aichner with a right. Aichner hits back with a CHOP, kick and EuroUpper! Enziguri from Dunne, tag to Riddle. Aichner BOOTS Dunne then runs, into DOUBLE SPEARS! Riddle is all fired up as Dunne SPEARS Barthel! JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO!?! Imperium survives and Walter sighs in relief.

But Riddle won’t let up here. “This is Awesome!” as Riddle climbs up top. But Aichner trips Riddle up and turns him around. Riddle and Aichner trade CHOPS, then Aichner climbs up. But Dunne tags in and Riddle shoves Aichner down. But Barthel shoves Riddle off the top, into Aichner’s BRAIN BUSTER! Dunne returns but into the SPINE BUSTER and PENALTY KICK! Imperium takes Riddle but no EuroBomb as Riddle headscissors Aichner and GERMAN SUPLEXES Barthel! FINAL FLASH again for Aichner, then BOMB to FINAL FLASH! Tag to Dunne, fireman’s carry, BROSERWEIGHT TO SLEEP! Cover, Broserweights WIN!!

Winners: The Broserweights, Pete Dunne pinning; advance to the 2020 Dusty Rhodes Classic Finals

Un-BRO-lievable! Riddle and Dunne are heading to the Dusty Cup finals! Will this magnificent makeshift team make good against the Grizzled Young Veterans? Speaking of, Gibson and Drake come back out to speak to their opponents. “It looks like that we have our Dusty Classic Finals.” Grizzled Young Veterans VS Riddle & Dunne, “the jokers, joint manipulation,” the Broserweights. Whatever these two dweebs think they are, Gibson tells Dunne that the “neckbeards” are the ones to think he’s the best out of NXT UK.

But the truth is, Dunne is the most selfish! Every time GYV tried to take the next step in their careers, Dunne was a roadblock. But now, that changes. Next week, GYV take Dunne and Riddle out to take the trophy back to Liverpool. Before Drake can add on, Riddle takes his mic to use for his own. “Bro… I don’t even know what you really said, but it was something about manipulating joints.” Then Riddle lost focus, tuned out and day-dreamed. Fans chant, “Riddle’s Gonna Smoke You!” Dunne says while Riddle was in the clouds, GYV was reminding us that every single time they stepped to Dunne, they lost. And that doesn’t change next week! The Broserweights will walk out with the trophy, “bro.” Ultimatums have been issued, but who will be the ultimate NXT tag team in 2020?

 

NXT North American Championship: Roderick Strong VS Keith Lee!

The Savior of the Backbreaker has had run-ins with the Limitless One in the past, but Lee has only grown stronger since. Will Strong finally #BaskInHisGlory? Or will this title stay Undisputed?

The introductions are made, fans sing for Lee and the belt is raised as this amazing main event begins!

Strong and Lee circle and then Strong gets a leg. Lee pries Strong right off, but Strong SLAPS Lee. Lee just scowls as he DECKS Strong! Lee has Strong in a corner for big body shots and forearms. Lee throws Strong around then CHOPS again. Strong staggers away but the boot is blocked. Lee DECKS Strong again! Strong kicks low but Lee THROWS Strong across the way! Lee shows Grizzly Magnum but Strong bails out right away! The Undisputed Era is there as Strong’s corner men as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns again as Lee blocks Strong’s whip with pure strength. Lee whips Strong and hurdles him! Things keep moving, Lee crossbodies Strong down! Fans are fired up as Strong bails out again. The Undisputed Era regroups again but Lee heads out to fetch Strong. Lee bumps Strong off the apron but the Undisputed Era looms close. Lee CLUBS Strong on the apron to send a message to them. The Undisputed Era barks at Lee, and this distracts him so Strong can dropkick the legs out! Strong then dropkicks Lee again to knock him down! The UE coach Strong as he goes after the leg and brings it to the steel steps. Strong slams the leg against the side, and then puts it on a step, to STOMP!

Lee writhes in pain and Strong moves the steps. Strong refreshes the count before bringing Lee over. Strong wedges the foot in place and KICKS the steps! The steps nutcracker that ankle and Lee hobbles into the ring. Strong covers, ONE but Strong is back on the ankle with stomps. Leg DDT and cover, ONE! Lee has strong arms but Strong is after that leg again. Strong has a modified toehold, almost a Half Crab, but fans rally as Lee endures. Lee powers up with his arms, but Strong pulls him from ropes. Lee pushes Strong away but Strong comes back for a grounded Dragon Screw! Lee can barely stand on that bad leg, but he won’t let this take him out of the match. Strong kicks the bad leg then drags Lee up. Lee throws body shots but Strong throws more forearms. Strong puts the leg on the ropes to springboard drop on it! Fans boo but Strong just does it again, only for Lee to launch Strong out of the ring!

Strong wobbles up and gets back in, going after the leg again. Strong uses his Ankle Lock to torture Lee, but Lee refuses to quit. Lee uses his good leg to push and push until Strong lets go. Lee hobbles over but Strong boots, enziguris and forearms! The forearm train begins! Left, right, left, but then Lee swings on Strong. Strong ducks it to clobber Lee from behind! Both men are down as we go to another break.

NXT returns once more as Lee manages to scoop and POWERSLAM Strong down! Cover, TWO!! Strong survives but Lee manages to stand on the bad leg. Fish talks trash but Lee tunes him out to go after Strong. Lee scoops again but Strong slips out this time. Strong runs, dodges but still gets a MOUNTAINOUS SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Strong survives again and the Undisputed Era is relieved. Strong bails out to regroup with them again and fans boo. Lee rises and rolls out after Strong. Lee puts Strong in the ring but he still keeps his eyes on the rest of the UE. Cole distracts the ref, Fish sweeps Lee’s legs on the apron! Strong hits a DDT! Cover, TWO! Lee will not be screwed over like that! Strong drags Lee up as fans rally, and Lee throws body shots. Strong clubs Lee, Lee hits back. They throw hands, but then Strong kicks the leg, so Lee HEADBUTTS! Both men fall and a standing count begins.

Fans rally up as Lee rises. Strong rises, too, but Lee stands first. Lee sees Strong struggling so Lee heads up top! Strong chop blocks the leg! And then climbs up behind Lee, preparing to shout out Kurt Angle. But Lee fights back and sends Strong down! Lee adjusts but Strong gets back up to club the leg. Strong is back up, has Lee for the SUPER OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! And Lee has Strong in his arms! Strong elbows back but Lee tosses him aside. Fans sing for Lee as he and Strong rise again. Strong knees but it’s blocked, GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Lee fires up, runs and POUNCES Strong out onto reDRagon! Cole is in shock as Lee comes out to fetch Strong. Lee puts Strong in as fans chant “MAMMA MIA!” Lee fires up again, runs again, and LARIATS Strong inside-out! Cover, TWO!! Strong survives but Lee won’t stop here.

Lee heads up top again, stares the Undisputed Era down, then MOONSAULTS! But he FLOPS as Strong gets clear! Strong has the Ankle Lock again! And GRAPEVINES! Strong even adds heel stomps while Fish mocks Lee from the apron. Lee crawls and claws and drags himself and Strong, to the ROPEBREAK! Strong holds on until 4 before sparing Lee. Strong shouts for Lee to stay down, but Lee refuses. Fans chant, “You Suck, Roddy! You Suck!” Lee stands, Strong CHOPS him. And forearms, and CHOPS. Lee DECKS Strong with one left! Then fireman’s carries, but Cole distracts. So Lee DECKS Cole, Fish and O’ReillY! STRONG KNEE! Strong runs, to PSYCHO KICK! Cover, TWO!! Strong keeps moving, but into the fireman’s carry! BIG BANG SLAM! Cover, KEITH LEE WINS!!

Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall; NEW NXT North American Champion

Bask! In his! GLORY!! The Limitless One finally reached the title summit! The Undisputed Era is no longer #DrapedInGold, is their time coming to a close?

But wait, there’s still one more thing to deal with. Imperium returns! And they stand 4v4 against the Undisputed Era in the ring! It goes off!! The eight men brawl as a preview of Worlds Collide! Walter has Cole but gets a BOOT! The superkick is blocked, and the CHOP flips Cole upside-down!! The Undisputed Era go to save their leader but the Imperium soldiers do the same for the Ring General! Security floods the ring but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” But they will fight, in Houston! Which faction proves their brand is superior?

 


 

My Thoughts:

I am almost speechless at how great this episode was. This was a great go-home to Worlds Collide, even though obviously NXT will have parts in the Men’s and Women’s Royal Rumbles on Sunday. Finn got a great tune-up out of Joaquin Wilde, Shotzi puts up a hell of a fight against Shayna even in losing, and I love the blending of the NXT Women’s Championship stories. Bianca is understandably upset that someone else is getting a title shot first, but she should also be happy to let Toni beat up Rhea, and even take advantage of whoever wins in Houston. Either way, great stuff, but with Toni standing tall, the math says she won’t win.

Tonight’s Dusty Rhodes Classic semifinals were amazing! Imperium being a distraction so Undisputed Era loses is a good way of keeping the Era strong while keeping them out of the finals. The Broserweights are just incredible, even after only two matches. Imperium also didn’t need to be in the finals if they’re going against the Undisputed Era for Worlds Collide, and also if they’re going to go after the NXT UK Tag titles. Broserweights VS GYV is going to be incredible, and I honestly won’t be upset with either result. But I am very happy with the main event’s result tonight. Keith Lee finally gets a title and it was in an TakeOver worthy match. I know they wanted the giffable spot of Strong being Pounced out of the ring onto the Era, but it didn’t quite go as well as they’d hoped. But Lee winning that title is great heading for Portland and WrestleMania. The brawl of Imperium and Undisputed Era was great, too, a real solid go-home tradition right there.

My Score: 9.3/10


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Andrew’s TNA iMPACT! Results & Match Ratings: 2.29.2024

Not a lot of lead time til Sacrifice, so let’s find out if there’s just obvious rematches or any wrinkles to flesh out the PPV card!

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Coming out of No Surrender we get two tapings before Sacrifice! Curious how many rematches and build offs we’ll see since 2 weeks isn’t exactly a lot of time to propagate a fresh feud. The System is in the main event again, Mustafa Ali has his inauguration event, AJ Francis makes his in-ring debut and there’s some Hammerstone buzz that might pay off tonight.

So as I’ve already said once, we don’t have a ton of time til Sacrifice, so let’s get to it!

Ratings:

  • Steve Maclin w/The Rascalz vs Speedball Mike Bailey w/Trent Seven: Maclin wins via KIA – ***
  • Laredo Kid vs Jake Something: Jake wins via Into the Void – **
  • AJ Francis & Deaner vs Joe Hendry & Rich Swann: Hendry wins via Standing Ovation – ** 3/4
  • Tasha Steelz vs Xia Brookside: DOUBLE COUNT OUT – **
  • The System (Eddie Edwards, Moose & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards vs ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) & Eric Young: System with a Trios Tandem Backpack Stunner, Yakuza Kick + Machoman Elbow – ***

 

Results:

Steve Maclin w/The Rascalz vs Speedball Mike Bailey w/Trent Seven

Bailey comes down favoring the leg that Maclin clipped at No Surrender, so Bailey will most likely eat another loss here with injury excuse.

Maclin shoots for the injured leg but Bailey defends back into the corner and manages to hit his Kick Flurry before the leg flares up. Maclin then powders, Bailey follows and its just a Fighting Spirit spot on the outside that resolves in classic NJPW way where both hear the officials count at the same time, stare at each other and slide in simultaneously. Maclin Lariats Bailey back out after the count is broken, Maclin distracts the ref and The Rascalz go after Bailey and the bad leg.

Bailey is now getting dissected, there’s a small comedy spot where Bailey lifts his Left Leg to dodge the offense and adopts the Karate Kid Crane Kick pose, but Maclin front kicks the plant leg out to cause Speedball to land in a split, then Maclin keeps up offense. Tree of Woe, Caught in the Crosshair, but Bailey sits up! Maclin posts himself, eats some offense, powders out and Bailey with a gorgeous Corkscrew Moonsault. Bailey brings Maclin to the apron to try and bring him back, but they start fighting on the apron, Bailey kicks with the bad leg and sells for a second while Maclin Lariats him back into the ring. Speedball with a Sweep, tries the Backflip Knees but misses and crashes on the apron. Maclin hits his SCUD missile Dive, then throws Bailey back in, Jarhead Butt attempt missed, Mayhem for All gets hit by Maclin but only for 2.

Trent causes a small distraction so Bailey manages a Crane Kick, Superkick combo, aims for the Tornado Kick but gets intercepted. Buckle Bomb connects, Powerbomb two is countered by a Poison Rana, Bailey heads to the top for Ultima Weapon and misses hard. KIA ends the match in a win for Steve.

If the name sticks, I do like Maclin and the Rascalz being known as the HIGHerarchy. 

Laredo Kid vs Jake Something

Laredo tries a dumb tie up and gets chucked backwards. Then he tries for a few Low Kicks to compromise Jake’s base, but it takes a Headscissor to cause Jake to roll to the outside. Laredo goes for a Plancha into a Rana, but Jake rolls through it and into a Powerbomb on the outside. Both head back in, early pinfall attempt only gets two, but Laredo is reeling after the Powerbomb.

Vader Hammer style strike into an Into the Void attempt but Laredo counters and then starts a little ducking and weaving. Jake goes for a charge and eats turnbuckle as Laredo is floating between ropes, Jake tries to fire but eats a Code Red DDT for a near fall. BME from Laredo Kid for another near fall. Satellite Takedown into a Cradle for another close call for Laredo…but as he goes for his next move attempt Jake just catches him with Into the Void and wins!

Thanks I hate it.

AJ Francis & Deaner vs Joe Hendry & Rich Swann

Do we get a heel turn from Swann, does he go 0-5 in the new TNA rebrand or does he finally end up on the winning end? Yeah, the first two are the most likely.

AJ Francis points at Hendry, says he wants Hendry but Rich doesn’t oblige for AJ takes a cheap shot at Joe and then tags Deaner in so Swann and Deaner can finally start the match. Swann rolls early, knocks Deaner to the outside, goes for a Dive but AJ gets in the way to tell Swann he should be with him and not against him. This gives Deaner and opening, he sends Rich reeling, then when he goes for the rope run Joe is there to cut him off. Deaner mouths off to Joe, Joe pulls the Bugs Bunny and points behind Deaner, and Swann is just biding his time with a little dancey dance into a Superkick.

Joe comes in, throws Deaner around a little and then tags back out to Rich, and Rich loses the advantage. Stiff Strike from Deaner into a the hard Irish Whip to the corner, Deaner goes for a second but Swann pulls the Uno Reverse and connects with the Crossbody into some quick offense and then tags out to Hendry. Hendry then initiates the We Believe Chest Chops into a Stalling Vertical Suplex. Hendry hits the kip up and plays to the crowd before hitting his own cheap shot on AJ. Receipts are fun, but that costs Joe the advantage.

AJ tags in and starts manhandling Hendry. Hits his Tennessee Whiskey Knee Strike as Deaner hits the blind tag and Hendry is stuck in the opponents corner. Quick tags between Deaner and AJ keeps Hendry isolated and getting throttled. Francis goes for a Leg Lariat while Hendry is draped on the middle rope, Hendry dodges, AJ crotches himself and Hendry tries some offense. A Dropkick careens AJ back to Joe, Joe goes for the Trust Fall but AJ is too big. AJ goes for a Chokeslam, but Joe counters it into a DDT. Simultaneous tags, Deaner gets lit up, Rolling Thunder for 2. Francis gets in the ring, tries to send a message to Swann but Swann just smacks him. AJ charges, low bridge into Swann hitting a Senton off the apron to wipe out AJ. Lethal Injection from Swann, tags in Hendry, Standing Ovation for the win!

-Wait- Swann finally won a match in new TNA? Color me surprised. After the match, Hendry hogs the limelight a little in the victory and Swann’s face looks like he’s buying AJ’s pitch a bit more. The heel turn seems very much in the works, now just a matter of time.

DDIWAPSEA will be fire. I look forward to the DDIWAPSEA Heavyweight Title.

We get Ali’s inauguration speech next, and its what you would expect. The Good Hands act like typical mooks, Ali’s bland presence is the right level of cringe lameness for a political gimmick and it gets cut off by Chris Sabin of course.  Fight breaks out of course, Intergalatic Pizza Cats or whatever the bad name is make the save and Ali makes a very calm exit flanked by his security (this part is actually great). 

After the inaugural melee, ASH by Elegance cuts off everything before the Xia and Tasha match. The “major announcement” is just that she’s going to have a match next week, but she comes out like a super model and not in an evening gown…so I actually really liked her look tonight. Plus her and Iceman are so delusional and hilarious I can’t help but love this gimmick. 

Tasha Steelz vs Xia Brookside

The rubber match no one wanted gets a stipulation of “winner gets a Knockouts title shot at Sacrifice”. This promises to be miserable and make the Sacrifice card kinda trash. 

Lame strikes, Xia screams like 10 seconds into the match to “fire up” for no reason, completely whiffs a Dropkick so Tasha slams Xia into the corner and brings her out by hitting a Jackhammer for 2. Bad Headscissors into a weak looking Dropkick from Xia and a Running Crossbody for 2. Xia tries to lift Tasha, Tasha goes to the eyes and then a few strikes into a bottom turnbuckle foot choke cause their both like 4 foot 10 instead of 7 feet like Kevin Nash.

Xia tries to fight out of the corner but Tasha stays on top of her with clubbing Axehandles into a kneeling Sleeper. Xia Snapmare to break the Sleeper, Flying Lariat, another Flying Headscissors, too much Screaming out of nowhere, Broken Wings to the corner, Cutter attempt is countered, Brooksie Bomb is countered by Tasha. Gamengiri from Xia knocks Tasha to the ground, Xia with a Baseball Slide into Tasha and then a Running Neckbreaker on the outside.

Both cut the other one off trying to get back into the ring, and the count continues, 10 count happens and Double Count Out is declared. Jordynne will probably just accept both of them as opponents.

Look Jordynne comes out and does what was obvious. The concerning part here is that one on one neither could believably beat Jordynne…but as a Three Way Dance, shenanigans are nearly guaranteed.

The System (Eddie Edwards, Moose & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards vs ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) & Eric Young

As we’ve established, TNA 6 mans are very Japanese, so the opening salvos are kinda inconsequential. A few mind games, but everyone gets a chance to shine and hit low to mid tier moves to keep things moving. The System side keeps up with quick tags, Back Rakes, Arm Wringers, Headbutts and just general strategy to keep Bey eating offense. Bey flips out of the move from Myers, tags in Ace and sends Myers reeling. Myers powders, Alisha is trying to fan him down, but Ace comes around the corner. Nice little wrinkle for when Ace was the XXX Division Champion and was trying to bang Eddie’s wife, but Eddie is the heel now. Those interactions are always a bit fun.

Lish does a good job at distracting the referee though and allowing System to eventually stop Ace’s momentum and take back over. Lish gets involved a bit by choking Ace on the bottom rope while the ref is distracted and Ace has had no offense in a few minutes. Myers works him over, tags in Moose and Moose is dissecting him with Garvin Style Stomps. EY and Bey are getting frustrated, but Ace is paying the price and getting manipulated. Quick tags keep Ace rocked, but finally a foot up stops Moose, he fights out of the corner, connects on a Roundhouse Kick and uses the momentum of his jump to tilt Moose backwards to tag in Bey…but the referee didn’t see it!

A few moves delayed, but EY takes the hot tag and starts finding offense, there’s a tornado moment that gets sloppy and looks a bit bad after Moose crotches himself on the top rope. 1-2-SWEET landed on Moose, but Eddie breaks up the pin.

 

Overall Score: 7/10

Since we’ve got Sacrifice on March 8th, the logic for stories had to be very quick and dirty. The System potentially in line to get a tag title match after the 6 Man makes sense, Knockouts World title picture is messy but could lend to a weird way in getting the belt off Jordynne, Dango being relevant to the show but not really in any major angle keeps him on people’s radar, Kaz’s threat to Santino can lead to things and Maclin versus Nemeth is happening much earlier than I expected.

Honestly, the only match that is bound to be disappointing is the Knockouts Three Way Dance unless Jordynne really kicks it into overdrive to cover both her opponents weaknesses. Oh yeah, and Alexander Hammerstone officially getting signed it the best news to come out of tonight. So now Hammerman just needs to win at Sacrifice and we’ll start some nice momentum to potentially get him a title shot by Slammiversary or Bound For Glory. Hell if Hammerstone takes the belt off Moose at some point and then Nemeth challenges Hammerstone at something like Bound For Glory; that’s pretty box office when all things are said and done.

 


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (2/29/24)

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Dalton Castle will do it for The Boys!

After weeks of obsessing, and after being faced with a tough decision. Dalton Castle gets his match with Johnny TV, with The Boys on the line! Will Castle SMASH Johnny’s face in once and for all?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Quarterfinal: Taya Valkyrie w/ Johnny TV VS Queen Aminata; Aminata wins and advances.
  • Lee Johnson VS Mike Sydal; Johnson wins.
  • Komander w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Blake Christian; Komander wins.
  • Taiji Ishimori VS Jacoby Watts; Taiji wins.
  • Custody of The Boys: Dalton Castle VS Johnny TV w/ Taya Valkyrie; Johnny wins and takes custody of The Boys.

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ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Quarterfinal: Taya Valkyrie w/ Johnny TV VS Queen Aminata!

La Wera Loca says this tournament and that title belong to her, but she’s up against the Queen of Guinea! Will the One and Only African Woman Wrestler in ROH & AEW take one step closer to history? Or will nothing stop Mrs. TV from being TV Champion?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans rally up. Taya taunts Aminata as they get face to face, but then Aminata stands tall to be head, shoulders and chest above! The fans fire up, Aminata reels Taya into a headlock, then hits a takeover. Taya moves around, fights up to her feet, and slips out to hammerlock then headlock and takeover. Aminata headscissors, Taya moves around, and Taya pops free to then get a headlock back. Aminata fights up, powers out the back and steps over to twerk attack! Aminata then wrenches, headlocks and grinds. Taya puts Aminata in a corner, the ref counts, and Taya lets off.

Taya swings but Aminata ducks! Aminata then ROCKS Taya in the corner! And CHOPS! And ROCKS her again! And CHOPS her again! Aminata ROCKS Taya one more time, but Taya avoids the double chop to CHOP! Taya eggs Aminata on but Aminata dodges, fakes the chop and body shots! Aminata whips corner to corner, runs up and hip attacks! Taya sits down, the fans fire up and Aminata twerks into the HIP- NO, Taya dodges and says hecc no! Johnny says Taya’s too smart for that. Aminata storms out after Taya, Taya slides in and Johnny distracts Aminata. Taya DECKS Aminata and Johnny catches her!

Taya is confused, and then both Johnny and Aminata freak out. They tell the other not to touch them, but Taya WRECKS Aminata with a dropkick! Aminata falls, Taya stomps away and says do not touch her man! Taya and Johnny then kiss, and Taya drags Aminata up. Taya brings Aminata around to whip her into railing hard! Aminata sits down and Johnny starts a “Taya! Taya!” chant. Taya slides into the ring but slides out to refresh the count. Taya runs in, but Aminata dodges to send Taya into railing! Aminata storms back up but Taya kicks low. Taya snap suplexes Aminata to the floor!

Aminata writhes while Taya mockingly chants for her. Taya then brings Aminata up and brings her around, to CHOP her against the apron! Taya pushes Aminata in the ring, stomps her, then pushes her around to grab the legs. Taya ties up the legs, pulls hair, but then shifts to the QUEEN ANGELITO! The fans rally for Aminata as she endures and reaches out. Aminata claws her way forward to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Taya lets go, and Aminata grits her teeth as she rises up. Taya runs up but into an elbow! Taya tries again but Aminata ELBOWS again! Taya tries a third time, Aminata goes up and over to sunset flip! TWO!

Taya stands and SPEARS Aminata down! Cover, TWO!! Aminata survives and the fans fire up! Taya has a wild grin but she’s frustrated. “This is your queen?” The fans cheer but Taya mocks them. Taya SPANKS Aminata, drags her up, and the fans chant “She’s Our Queen!” Taya CLUBS Aminata, reels her in, but Aminata fights around to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up while both women are down! Johnny coaches Taya as a standing count starts. Both women rise, stand at 5 of 10, and Taya throws a forearm! Aminata hits back! Taya throws another, so Aminata ROCKS her right back!

Taya fires a flurry of forearms, then winds up, but Aminata wrenches and snap suplexes! Then LARIATS! Then clinches, spins, snapmares and runs, PENALTY KICK! The fans fire up with Aminata while Taya flounders to a corner. Aminata runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Aminata goes corner to corner now, for the HIP ATTACK! The fans fire up again, Aminata covers, TWO!! Taya survives and Aminata grows frustrated. Johnny coaches Taya but the fans rally for Aminata. Aminata drags Taya up, fisherman, but Taya slips free to kick, KICK and LARIAT! Taya roars and Aminata rises. Aminata swings, Taya gets under, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!!

Aminata is still in this but Taya still has that wild look in her eyes. Taya gets the legs but Aminata kicks her away! Aminata runs up but Taya BOOTS her! Taya reels Aminata in to underhook, lift and BUTTERFLY BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Taya is shocked that Aminata survives but the fans are thunderous! Aminata goes to ropes, Taya runs in, but into a BOOT! Aminata ROCKS Taya with a forearm, rolls her up, TWO! Aminata hurries to HEADBUTT!! Cover, AMINATA WINS!!

Winner: Queen Aminata, by pinfall (advances to the semifinals)

Aminata just brought down a former champion and is in the Final Four! Will Aminata continue to knock people out of this tournament to finally have her crowning moment?

 

Lexi Nair is on stage.

She says, “Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention please. Your ROH Women’s World Champion, Athena, and Billie Starkz have called an emergency MEM (Minion Empowerment Meeting).” And now, Athena & Billie walk out on stage. The fans cheer and Athena smiles as she still has the title around her waist. Athena says, “Hello, Minions.” “Hi~, Athena.” “I said HELLO~ Minions~!” The fans cheer, and Athena says it is very important we start off with this bit of information. She’s read the comments online, everything they had to say about MIT, the Athena family, and how they are falling apart.

Athena thinks it is finally time to address the problem. Lexi Nair! Huh!? Athena says if Lexi doesn’t stop chasing Dalton Castle and every hack around the back, she will take her fist and… Y’know what? Lexi’s place is next to Billie, next to Athena, does she understand? Y-Yes! Athena then smiles and says to business. Last week, Athena was in a historic Best 2 Outta 3 Falls Tables match for her ROH Women’s World Championship. And to be honest, Nyla Rose took Athena to the limit, she presented challenges that Athena didn’t know she’d have to deal with. Nyla was the embodiment of chaos, and showed us why she is a former AEW Women’s World Champion.

The fans do applaud but Athena says also last week, Athena YEETED that hussy right through a table! Didn’t she? The fans applaud and Billie adds, “But what about me last week? I won my first round match last week against Robyn.” The fans do cheer and Athena says yeah, but Robyn Renegade isn’t what Athena would really call… competition. Y-Yeah, but Billie also gets Diamante in the second round. Right… And Billie thinks she can beat “Diabla” without Athena motivating her? Yeah, Billie’s gonna win by herself! The fans cheer and Athena asks Lexi if she thinks Billie can do this.

Lexi nervously says yeah, duh! Athena asks the “Minion Mafia,” do they think Billie can win it all? “YES!” Well then, Billie. You better win the ROH Women’s World TV Championship, or else. Because this is THEIR year, this is the Year of MIT, of Minion Bestie, of Minion 400,237 and three-quarters! And most of all, this is the Year of the Fallen Goddess, the ROH Gatekeeper, the Minion Overlord, the American Joshi, and most of all the inspiration for every woman’s division! This right here is HER show! With HER rules! And if you don’t like that, you can step up, or step out. Mic drop moment and the family heads out. Will Billie bring home the gold to stand beside Athena?

 

Taiji Ishimori VS Jacoby Watts!

It’s a great surprise return to ROH for the Bone Soldier Reborn! Will Taiji prove that Bullet Club is still Too Sweet even as ROH is reborn?

The Code of Honor is skipped as Taiji kicks Jacoby’s hand away. Jacoby takes a swing, Taiji dodges and claws the eyes! The ref reprimands, Taiji whips but Jacoby reverses! Taiji goes out, slides under, slips around and RAMS into Jacoby. Taiji then springboards to SEATED SENTON! The fans fire up with Taiji as he looms over Jacoby. Taiji fist drops Jacoby, then NECK TWISTS him! Jacoby writhes, the fans rally behind “Bone Soldier! Bone Soldier!” Taiji drags Jacoby up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Jacoby stays in this but Taiji keeps cool. The fans cheer as Taiji paces around. Taiji goes to a corner then climbs up.

Jacoby stands, Taiji leaps at him, CROSSBODY but Jacoby catches him! Swing and END OF DAYS! Taiji flounders to a corner, Jacoby runs up to fire off haymakers! The ref counts, Jacoby lets off, and then Jacoby whips corner to corner. Jacoby winds up and runs in place, then runs in to clothesline! Jacoby keeps moving and LARIATS Taiji down! Cover, TWO! Taiji survives and the fans rally up. Jacoby stomps Taiji, drags him up, but Taiji kicks low. Taiji claws eyes, whips, but Jacoby reverses. Taiji handsprings to NEURALIZER! Both men are down and the fans rally up again. Taiji goes to ropes and he takes aim, BANG!

Taiji reels Jacoby in but Jacoby fights out of the half hatch. Taiji UPPERCUTS, runs, but Jacoby scoops! Taiji claws eyes and slips free to then wrench, tilt-o-whirl and LA MYSTICA, into BONE LOCK!! Jacoby taps, Taiji wins!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by submission

The Bone Soldier brings down Jacoby and has his first win back in ROH. Will he stick around to see if it turns into a title opportunity?

 

Queen Aminata speaks.

“Listen, guys. I told you The Queen would beat Taya, and I actually beat Taya. Y’know, I have to say, that wasn’t easy. My neck is sore, my back feels like crap right now, I don’t feel very juicy. But at the end of the day, this tournament started with 16 women, and I know it will end with only one woman. And that one woman will be the one and only Queen Aminata.” The Queen is ready to win it all now that she got past Mrs. TV, will Aminata soon be the Queen of TV?

 

Custody of The Boys: Dalton Castle VS Johnny TV w/ Taya Valkyrie!

The Peacock has been so obsessed with revenge on the Guru of Greatness for ruining his shot at the ROH World Television Championship, he was ready to do anything to get this chance. Sadly, Johnny used that, and now he wants to take away the two things that mean more to Castle than anything in the world! Will Brandon & Brent have no choice but to leave their Castle? Or will Castle prove once and for all he is more than TV Ready?

Wait, The Iron Savages are here? And Jacked Jameson says they’ve got a little something to help. It’s the Savage Sauce! We all saw how that stuff pepped The Peacock up a month or so ago, and he can definitely use the pick-up! Castle chugs the sauce and he is ALL fired up! “Let’s go break some hearts!” Castle has wanted nothing more in his entire life to SMASH Johnny TV! He gives the Boys a sample of the sauce, and now Castle is feeling the magma flowing through his veins! Castle is back to his old self for the time being, but will he be able to hold onto his Boys?

The introductions are made, the Boys’ hands are raised, and we see who brings ’em home!

The Code of Honor is skipped and the bell rings. Castle and Johnny circle, Johnny ends up in a corner but he dodges Castle’s lunge. Johnny rolls, resets and circles with Castle again. Castle corners Johnny this time, but then Johnny escapes. Johnny lounges on the corner, Castle runs in but Johnny gets away again. Johnny says he can do this all day. But then Castle gets a leg and trips him! Johnny scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts but Castle waistlocks Johnny to a corner. The ref pries Castle away and Johnny bails out. Taya protests, that sauce should count as an illegal performance enhancer!

Taya whispers something to Johnny before he slides back in. Johnny and Castle circle, Johnny kicks but Castle blocks, so Johnny pokes him in the eye! Johnny then shoots around to CLUB Castle on the back! Castle bails out, The Boys fans him off, and Taya taunts them all. Castle scowls at Taya but storms back up the steps. Taya tells him, “Get in the ring, loser!” But Castle hops down and he gets the fans fired up! Castle then gets back in, he blocks a punch to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Castle whips corner to corner, Johnny reverses and runs in, but Castle pops him up! Johnny holds ropes to stop the Bangarang!

Castle lets Johnny go but then Johnny DUMPS him out! The Boys fan Castle but Johnny goes out to SHINING WIZARD! Johnny hopes they caught that on camera. Then he tells The Boys to come this way. Johnny forces the Boys to back up, and Taya takes a new family selfie! The ref reprimands, this is not the time! The ref takes Taya’s phone away and says they’re not a real family so stop it. But then Johnny sends The Boys at Castle! The Boys stop from colliding with Castle, and Castle gets in. Johnny runs in, handsprings, but into an EXPLODER! The fans fire up as Castle KNEES Johnny down!

Johnny staggers up, Castle bumps him off buckles! And then off more buckles! Castle reels Johnny in for a DDT! The fans fire up with Castle as he rises up. Castle drags Johnny up, reels him in, but Johnny shoves him away. Castle runs back up but Johnny ducks the lariat, only for Castle to LARIAT on return! The fans chant “For The Boys!” while Johnny bails out. Castle pursues but Taya blocks the way! And then Johnny RAMS Castle into railing! The fans rally for Castle while Johnny mockingly pats him on the head. Castle ROCKS Johnny! Taya again stands in the way and says kiss this! Johnny then uses that to POMMEL HORSE KICK Castle!

Taya laughs at Castle while fans boo, but Johnny grins as he tells the Boys, go ahead, fan Castle while they can. Then Johnny whips Castle into steel steps! Taya mockingly asks Castle what’s wrong while Johnny refreshes the count. Johnny KICKS Castle low! And FLAPJACKS Castle off barriers! The fans boo while Johnny shoves Castle in. Johnny brings Castle up, turns him, NECKBREAKER! Johnny grins, strikes a pose, but the fans still rally behind Castle. Johnny cravats for a neck wrench and The Boys keep the fans going. Castle endures, fights up, and he throws body shots! Johnny CLUBS Castle down!

Johnny winds up, aims, but Castle blocks the haymaker to BACK ELBOW! And LARIAT! The fans fire up again and Castle shoots in to clinch and EXPLODER! Johnny staggers back up, into another EXPLODER! Castle has Johnny again, EXPLODER! The hattrick is complete, and the fans rally as Castle clinches for a fourth! The Suplex Peacock is unleashed, and he watches Johnny flounder around. Castle BOOTS Johnny, then GERMAN SUPLEXES! High stack cover, TWO! Johnny survives being thrown around and the fans rally up again. Castle gets around Johnny and hooks an arm so he can throw ELBOWS into the ribs!

Johnny sputters, Castle drags him up, and says time to smash his face! Castle fireman’s carries but Johnny slips free! MOONLIGHT DRIVE! Cover, TWO!! Castle survives and the fans fire up! Johnny is frustrated, Taya coaches him up, and he drags Castle up with a waistlock. Castle slips out the back, waistlocks, but Johnny RAMS him into the corner! Johnny ELBOWS Castle, but Castle BOOTS him back! Castle back suplexes Johnny onto the ropes! Johnny lands on his Mr. Belvedere! The fans chant “No More Babies!” and Castle SAIDOS Johnny off the ropes! Cover, TWO!! Johnny survives and Castle cannot believe it!

Castle drags Johnny up but Johnny ROCKS him with a forearm! Johnny crawls away but Castle grabs a leg! Johnny throws an elbow to get free, but Castle keeps pursuing. Johnny kicks Castle away, drags himself up the ropes, but Castle runs in. Johnny BOOTS him, goes up the corner, and he brings Castle in, but Castle UPPERCUTS him! Castle has Johnny in the crucifix, for a BLACKOUT DRIVER?!? Taya freaks out and throws a Boy into the ring! The ref is busy with, uh, Brent perhaps, while Castle covers! Castle would’ve won by now!! The fans boo and the ref sees it now! Cover, TWO!! Johnny survives because of the delay!

Taya shouts for Johnny to get up, and he flounders up on the apron. Castle storms up but Johnny kicks him low! Johnny laughs, climbs, but Castle kicks out his legs! Castle goes to the adjacent corner and the apron. Castle runs in, but Johnny avoid the boot! Johnny swings, Castle counter punches! But Taya anchors Castle while Johnny distracts the ref ! “This is Awesome!” even as Johnny grabs at Castle over the corner! Johnny drags Castle up using a chinlock, and they go to the top rope. But Castle DECKS Johnny onto the Boys! The ref is again distracted and Taya SHOVES Castle down!! Castle flounders up, into a GAMANGIRI!

Johnny goes to the corner, for the STARSHIP PAIN!! Cover, Johnny wins!!

Winner: Johnny TV, by pinfall (acquires custody of The Boys)

The decision should really say Johnny AND Taya won, because they worked together to screw Castle over! For the second time in his life, Castle must give up The Boys to another! The Last Real Man used The Boys against Castle, will Mr. & Mrs. TV do the same in the 2024 remake no one wanted?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of ROH here, mostly because it was only a little over an hour. I probably could’ve done all the matches because of that, but oh well. Still good to see Mike Sydal back in action, though good win for Lee Johnson off him. And Komander VS Blake turned out to be some great stuff, too. But I got the important tournament match, and how great for Aminata to win, she’s definitely going to be a finalist. And after the really good promo from Athena, Billie & Lexi, Billie is of course going to be the other. Athena adding that “or else” was a nice touch, and oddly makes me think Billie loses so that we get Athena VS Billie 2 down the line, and that is where Billie wins the world title so Athena can move up/over to AEW.

Great to see Taiji in ROH, though of course he was gonna squash Jacoby. Not sure what more this is about other than maybe just a stop over while Taiji also (probably?) visits NJPW Strong. And great main event out of Castle VS Johnny. I had a feeling Johnny was going to win because that would be the more intriguing story. Johnny & Taya are going to force The Boys to adopt a more “TV Ready” style, like sunglasses and fur coats. I expect Castle to be even more distraught and out of it than he was the whole time during this story build, and maybe there’s a rematch to get The Boys back for Supercard of Honor in April. That would be a big moment for ROH’s answer to WrestleMania Weekend.

My Score: 8.7/10


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