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Mitchell’s NXT TakeOver: Portland Results & Report! (2/16/20)

There’s gold in Stumptown!

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NXT TakeOver Portland

Portland is draped in NXT gold!

NXT takes over Portland and yells, “TIMBER!” But who will be cut down and who will raise up the brand’s banner in Stumptown?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT North American Championship: Keith Lee VS Dominik Dijakovic; Lee wins and retains the NXT North American Championship.
  • Street Fight: Dakota Kai VS Tegan Nox; Kai wins.
  • Finn Balor VS Johnny Gargano; Balor wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championships: Rhea Ripley VS Bianca Belair; Ripley wins and retains the NXT Women’s Championship.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era VS The Broserweights; The Broserweights win and become the NXT Tag Team Champions.
  • NXT Championship: Adam Cole VS Tommaso Ciampa; Cole wins and retains the NXT Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the NXT TakeOver Kickoff Show!

Join Charly Caruso, Sam Roberts and NXT’s Mansoor as they discuss and predict all the action on tonight’s card! Portland loves Mansoor way more than Roberts, it seems.

 

The Broserweights arrive in Portland, bro!

Pete Dunne, Matt Riddle and the Dusty Cup still need to get to the arena, though. And somehow, the Broserweight Mobile is here?! How!? Creative liberty. What? Time to win those NXT Tag Team Championships! Will Riddle & Dunne ride off into the sunset with those titles?

 

NXT gives formal introductions to Nigel McGuinness, Beth Phoenix and Mauro Ranallo!

The trio that has become the staple of NXT commentary are here in Portland and the fans are fired up! Get ready for all the “MAMMA MIA” and pop culture references!

 

NXT presents:

“It is not the critic who counts.” Not the one who points out how the strong stumbles or how the doer of deeds could’ve done them better. The credit goes to those in the arena. “Whose face is marred by dust, and sweat and blood.” The one who comes up short again and again, who at the end, either knows high achievement, or having failed, dared fail greatly. The timid souls who neither know victory or defeat do not matter here. For this is N! X! T!!

 

Poppy performs for the NXT Universe!

It is a special medley of Fill the Crown to Anything Like Me.

 

NXT North American Championship: Keith Lee VS Dominik Dijakovic!

It is a colossally limitless title match to open the night! This is just the newest chapter in a storied feud that is larger than life! Calling this anything less than “epic” is a disservice, but who will be the one writing their own heroic happy ending tonight?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised and this newest rematch begins!

Fans sing “Oh~ Bask In His Glory~!” as Lee and Dijakovic circle. The two titans stare down as fans fire up. Fans change to chants as the two men tie up. Lee wristlocks but Dijakovic chinbars to a headlock. Dijakovic grinds on the hold but Lee powers out. Lee follows then rolls to step and go perpendicular. Dijakovic avoids a Pounce but Lee deflects the discus boot. Lee sends Dijakovic to a corner but Dijakovic goes up and over, only to get caught! Lee carries Dijakovic but Dijakovic slips out and shoves. Dijakovic clotheslines but Lee runs through it! Lee comes back to go UP and HURICANRANA! Fans are fired up from Lee defying physics and physical attributes!

Dijakovic shakes his head then swings, but Lee blocks. Lee tries Grizzly Magnum but Dijakovic dodges. Dijakovic ducks Lee’s leaping heel kick and runs, but the two collide. Neither budges so Dijakovic tries again. Still nothing, so they both go! They both ram shoulders but neither behemoth falls! Portland is fired up as the two stare down. Dijakovic swings a chop but Lee blocks the hand. Dijakovic tries from the other side but Lee blocks that, too. Lee wristlocks and then lifts Dijakovic with one arm! The Straight Arm Lever was never so massive! Lee lets Dijakovic down but Dijakovic CHOPS! It doesn’t bug Lee! Lee wrenches and whips to leap over Dijakovic! Dijakovic comes back with the Cyclone Kick!

Lee bails out, Dijakovic builds speed, COLOSSAL FOSBURY, GETS CAUGHT!? Lee drags Dijakovic up for, but Dijakovic slips out of the bomb! Dijakovic clubs Lee then whips, but Lee keeps from hitting the post. Lee swings on Dijakovic but Dijakovic wrenches and kicks back. The ring count climbs as Dijakovic kicks and elbows! “TIME TO FLY!”Dijakovic throws Lee at the APRON! Lee crashes ‘n’ burns and Portland is stunned! Dijakovic drags Lee up and into the ring as fans rally and duel. Dijakovic stomps Lee to a corner. He clubs and elbows Lee down, but Lee gets up. Dijakovic says the title’s coming home with him, and he throws more clubbing forearms.

Fans rally up as Lee keeps off the mat, even as Dijakovic clubs and stomps him more. Dijakovic ROCKS Lee with a right, then drags him up. Dijakovic CLUBS Lee against the ropes, then reels him in. But Lee won’t let Dijakovic throw him again! Lee powers up to turn things around on Dijakovic! Lee throws big clubbing lefts and Dijakovic wobbles. Dijakovic swings but Lee ROCKS him! And again! Lee runs, stops a clothesline to give body shots and elbows, then a backbreaker to GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Lee keeps his cool as the Colossus lives. Lee brings Dijakovic up and fans rally as he fireman’s carries. Dijakovic fights out and gets to a corner.

Dijakovic BOOTS Lee but Lee corner splashes back! Lee wrenches and whips Dijakovic corner to corner. Dijakovic CYCLONE KICKS again! Dijakovic steps on Lee to get to the corner. He climbs up top, to CORKSCREW MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! An incredible feat of athleticism but it still wasn’t enough! Fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!” as Dijakovic drags Lee back up. Dijakovic wants to fireman’s carry but Lee fights out. Lee elbows Dijakovic back then throws big hands. Dijakovic blocks with a boot to ELBOW! Lee ELBOWS back! Lee and Dijakovic club each other with clotheslines. Dijakovic throws elbows, knees, and discus! Lee stays up, and even powers up!

Lee clubs Dijakovic, both men fire up, and double clotheslines collide! What a solid impact! Both men fall to their knees, and lean on each other as they stand back up. Dijakovic throws an elbow but Lee blocks it! Lee throws the Magnum but Dijakovic blocks! Dijakovic knees low, knee smashes, then LARIATS Lee down!! Lee ends up under the bottom rope, but Dijakovic hurries over. Dijakovic drags Lee up and goes to bump him on buckles, but Lee blocks. Lee bumps Dijakovic back, then climbs up top. Dijakovic throws body shots and bumps Lee off the buckle over and over and over! Dijakovic climbs up and brings Lee up with a fireman’s carry. Portland is on its feet as Dijakovic hits a SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Lee lives and Portland is thunderous for “NXT! NXT!”

“This is Awesome!” and far from over as Dijakovic and Lee stand again. Dijakovic throws elbows from all sides, then big clubbing forearms in the corner. Dijakovic runs corner to corner, but Lee POUNCES back!! Lee sends Dijakovic hard into buckles and Portland loses their mind! Dijakovic flops out of the ring and Lee pursues. Lee staggers over as Dijakovic reaches the announce desks. The ring count climbs as Lee brings Dijakovic up to ROCK him with that left! Dijakovic falls against railings as Lee clears out space. Lee brings Dijakovic up to Grizzly Magnum CHOP! Fans want “One More Time!” as Lee stalks after Dijakovic. Lee sits Dijakovic in the arm chair to CHOP again!

Dijakovic hobbles back to the ring but Lee drags him out. Dijakovic throws big forearms and he sits Lee down in that same arm chair. But Lee CHOPS him back! Dijakovic SUPERKICKS Lee! Dijakovic gets in the ring, to SPRINGBOARD SWANTON ONTO THE CHAIR!! Lee and Dijakovic wipe out and Portland loses its mind all over again! Dijakovic drags himself from the wreckage as fans take care of shouting “MAMMA MIA!” for Mauro. Things end up back in the ring but Dijakovic wants to end this with one more move. Lee slowly rises, Dijakovic reaches, but ends up in a fireman’s carry! Dijakovic fights with elbows, but Lee holds on! BIG BANG- NO! SUPERKICK!

Choke grip, but Lee denies the bomb! Lee powers Dijakovic off to grab him for a CHOKE- No, Dijakovic slips out! CHOKE BO- Lee flips and lands on his feet!? Lee pops Dijakovic up, SPIRIT BOMB!! But Dijakovick pops up to his feet?!? Even Lee can’t believe it! Lee ducks the knee to roll Diajkovic up, TWO! Dead lift, SPIRIT BOMB!!! Cover, TWO!?!? The Limitless One cannot believe this, and neither can the NXT Universe! Both men are down as Portland reaches a fever pitch! Lee rises up as fans hope he and Dijakovic “Fight Forever!” Lee drags Dijakovic to a corner and to his feet. This continues going up as Lee sits on the top rope. Dijakovic dumps Lee out!

Lee manages to sit up as the ring count begins. Lee climbs back up, and Dijakovic meets him at the corner. Dijakovic grabs Lee but Lee hits first. Lee climbs again but Dijakovic anchors his feet. Lee clubs Dijakovic but Dijakovic BOOTS Lee! Dijakovic climbs up again and brings Lee up. SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!!! Dijakovic won’t let up, he drags Lee up and manages a torture rack! But not for long, so Dijakovic has to try again. Dijakovic’s back gives out, but Lee fireman’s carries for BIG BANG CATASTROPHE! Cover, Lee wins!!

Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

“Epic” truly DOESN’T cover what we just saw! This match was truly worthy of this rivalry and of this championship! Will Lee only rise to new heights as he continues his limitless reign?

But what makes this match even greater is that there is still respect between “Both These Guys!” Lee helps Dijakovic up to his feet, and the two hug! Will there be yet another chapter written in the epic epic that is Lee VS Dijakovic?

 

Street Fight: Dakota Kai VS Tegan Nox!

A friendship that survived both women going through knee surgeries and rehab was ended by a WarGames betrayal. That betrayal turned friends into enemies, and now that grudge could end tonight! Who wins the Team Kick Civil War when the rule book is kicked out the window?

But before the match even begins, Dakota attacks Tegan at the ramp! Dakota clubs Tegan then brings her to railing. Tegan blocks the railing bump to give it to Dakota! Tegan moves railing aside and stalks Dakota up the aisel, clubbing her as they go. Dakota tries to get back to ringside, but Tegan SPEARS her through! Tegan fireman’s carries but Dakota spins around to DDT Tegan on the railing! Dakota puts Tegan in the ring and this match finally begins! Cover, TWO!! Dakota keeps her focus as she searches under the ring. Fans fire up as Dakota brings out trash can lids and chairs! And don’t forget the trash cans themselves.

Dakota drags Tegan out to throw into steel steps first! And then sets her on them to BOOT! Dakota traps Tegan’s leg between steps and ring post, and then searches under the ring again. And she brings out… a cricket bat?! Dakota swings, Tegan ducks, the wood paddle-bat smashes post and BREAKS! The recoil hurts Dakota’s hands, and Tegan frees herself to CROSSBODY! Both women crash down but Tegan gets up first. Tegan stomps Dakota against the steel steps and then fetches one of the trash cans. Tegan brings the can over to put on top of Dakota! And then CANNONBALLS into it! A double-edged senton for Tegan but she still gets up to drag Dakota into the ring. Tegan covers, TWO!

Tegan hurries to fetch something else from under the ring, and brings out a TABLE! Portland loves those! Tegan sets the table up on the outside and then goes after Dakota. She drags Dakota up and wants to suplex her out! But Dakota holds on and fights back, and hotshots Tegan down. Dakota fetches a trash can lid but Tegan runs over. Dakota dodges to pop Tegan up and SMACK her with the lid! Tegan slumps over on the apron and Dakota pushes her in. Dakota stomps Tegan and even stands on her chest! Fans boo but Tegan pushes the foot away from her throat. Dakota puts Tegan between ropes and throws big forearms. Tegan teeters, Dakota goes Around the World, but Tegan dodges the boot! Dakota gets hung up and Tegan SUPERKICKS! And SUPERKICKS! And SUPERKICKS!

Dakota flounders away but Tegan pursues with another trash can. Tegan smacks and SMASHES the can off Dakota, then brings Dakota over. German Suplex ON the trash can!! Cover, TWO!! Dakota lives and Tegan can’t believe it! Tegan gets herself to a corner to runs out, but her Shiniest Wizard misses! Dakota hops on for the KAI-ROPRACTOR! Cover, TWO!! Tegan survives and Dakota is furious. Tegan crawls to an apron but Dakota climbs up top. Dakota leaps but into Tegan’s grip! Dakota breaks free to Scorpion Kick! She boots Tegan and then runs, but the Penalty Kick is blocked! Tegan sweeps the legs and Dakota crashes on the apron! Tegan climbs back up and fans rally.

Dakota BOOTS Tegan on the top rope! Dakota climbs up to join Tegan but Tegan resists the superplex. So Dakota clubs away viciously from all sides! Tegan choke grips again! For a SUPER CHOKE SLAM! Dakota flounders back up, Tegan hits a MOLLY-GO-ROUND! Cover, TWO!! Not even a double shout out to WWE’s superheroes could end this! Fans rally and duel as Tegan grabs a chair and sits it up. Dakota slowly sits up and Tegan remembers the days when they were friends. And then she puts Dakota through the chair, to kick! But Dakota gets clear, and then SUPERKICKS back!

Dakota grabs the chair, tosses it to Tegan, to BOOT it into Tegan’s face! Tegan flounders about and bails out of the ring, but Dakota shows no mercy. Dakota checks under the ring before throwing Tegan into a post. Dakota brings out duct tape and uses it to strap Tegan to the bottom buckle’s crossbar! Tegan works on the tape but Dakota BOOTS her first! Tegan stays up because of her trapped arm, so Dakota BOOTS her again! The tape rips! Dakota drags Tegan back up and shouts, “You asked for this, Tegan!” Dakota grabs the timekeeper’s laptop, because apparently he has one, and aims at Tegan! Tegan kicks Dakota first! Tegan grabs the laptop to SMACK the braced knee!!

Dakota writhes in pain but Tegan drags out CHAINS! Tegan brings the chains in to LASH the bad leg! Tegan fashions a brass knuckles with the chain to punch away at the knee! Fans are shocked as Tegan claws at Dakota’s heavy knee brace! Dakota kicks Tegan away but Tegan grabs a chair. Tegan puts the chair around the leg and STOMPS! SHINIEST WIZARD!! Dakota is out and Tegan realizes just what she did. “I’m not done yet! I’m ending you!” Tegan goes back out to grab the table! Tegan brings the table into the ring and sets it back up. She stomps Dakota over and over before putting her on the table.

Tegan grabs a chair and puts it around Dakota’s HEAD?! Fans are really worried now as Tegan climbs up. But who is that attacking Tegan!? Is that Raquel Gonzales?! Gonzales shoves Dakota off the table to then climb up after Tegan. The Daughter of the Desperado SUPER CHOKE SLAMS Tegan through the table!! The table doesn’t even break, it’s legs just give out! Dakota covers, Dakota wins!

Winner: Dakota Kai, by pinfall

Captain Kick has no idea what this was about, but Gonzales is glaring at Tegan. Gonzales offers Dakota a hand, and Dakota accepts it. Is Gonzales the new teammate of #CapKota?

 

NXT has big news for NXT UK!

For the first time ever, there will be NXT UK TakeOver: DUBLIN! Sunday, April 26th, 2020, the NXT family makes history again!

 

Finn Balor VS Johnny Gargano!

It was less than two weeks ago that Johnny Wrestling told the Prince that he’d take the NXT banner and stab it through his heart. The Prince’s response: he has no heart. But in a battle of Rebel Heart and heartless Rock ‘n’ Rolla, who wins the soul of this brand?

The bell rings and fans are excited to see “Both These Guys!” Gargano and Balor stare down as fans start dueling. Balor and Gargano circle and approach. They tie up, Balor waistlocks and throws Gargano down. Gargano gets up with a grin and the two circle again. They tie up again, Balor wristlocks but Gargano blocks with a chinbar. Balor powers through to wrench and armlock but Gargano rolls him, ONE. Fans cheer the technical exchange as the two men circle again. Gargano and Balor feel out the double knuckle locks, and Gargano wrenches one to a keylock. Gargano gets Balor on the mat but Balor headscissors back.

Fans cheer as Gargano works on an escape, using legs to pick the hold and get a headlock back. Balor powers up but Gargano headlock takeovers. Balor headscissors and holds tight this time. Gargano works to get his own headscissor counter but Balor cranks up for leverage. Balor even does push-ups just to show off! Fans cheer as Balor cranks harder. Gargano works on the hold again, kips out and then dropkicks Balor down! Gargano headlocks to a takeover again. Balor pushes at Gargano’s face, works his way around to roll Gargano, ONE. The two stand as fans rally again. Balor throws hands, powers out but Gargano goes up and over and arm-drags back!

Gargano dropkicks Balor again, and has him on the ropes. Gargano whips, Balor reverses but Gargano sunset flips. Balor rolls through but Gargano is ready and he kangaroo kicks Balor! Gargano school boy KICKS Balor down! Fans cheer as Gargano looms over Balor. Gargano drags Balor up to wrench and roll him, then splash down on the arm. Fans duel again as Gargano wrenches Balor. Balor knees and clubs Gargano then whips, to elbow Gargano down! Cover, ONE, but Balor keeps his focus. Gargano gets to a corner but Balor throws body shots. Gargano pie faces Balor so Balor CHOPS him back! Balor stalks Gargano to another corner and rams his shoulder in.

Balor CHOPS Gargano again and follows him to a third corner. Fans want “One More Time!” but Balor throws those forearms first. Balor whips Gargano corner to corner for a running CHOP! And then back the other way for a CHOP! Balor whips a third time but Gargano boots back! Gargano CHOPS back, too! Gargano fires off more CHOPS and stalks Balor to a corner. Now Gargano throws haymakers and stomps! The ref backs Gargano off and Balor gets to his feet. Gargano runs in but Balor hops out. Gargano ducks the retaliation, then joins Balor on the apron to SPEAR him down! Fans are fired up as both men hit the floor!

Gargano is up first and he drags Balor up. Gargano throws Balor hard into railing, and then CHOPS him in front of the fans! The count reaches 6 but Gargano puts Balor in. Balor bails out so Gargano pursues around the corner. Gargano runs in, but into a SLINGBLADE! Balor won’t let Gargano copy his John Woo shotgun dropkick. Balor KNEES Gargano down then puts him in the ring. He drives elbows into Gargano’s shoulder over and over, then locks him into a grounded cobra twist. Balor grinds his forearm on Gargano’s face like a saw, but lets go at the ref’s reprimand. Balor runs to basement dropkick Gargano in the back! Cover, TWO!

Balor snapmares Gargano then rams in the elbow again. Balor has Gargano with a modified cobra clutch but fans rally up. Gargano fights up and works on the hold but Balor wrangles Gargano down. Fans continue to rally as Gargano works on the hold. The dueling returns as Gargano fights his way up and elbows free. Gargano hits an arm-breaker DDT! Gargano keeps on that arm with a wrench and shoulder breaker! Balor clutches his arm but Gargano is after it with a chicken wing. Gargano grabs the other arm, modified backslide, TWO! Balor scrambles to a corner but Gargano is on him again. Gargano yanks the arm against the ropes, then runs in. Balor puts Gargano on the apron, blocks the enziguri, and hits a draping dragon screw!

Gargano flops into the ring, clutching the leg, but Balor SWEEPS the leg! Fans rally up as Balor drags Gargano around to clamp on with a toehold. Gargano resists, grabbing at Balor wherever he can. Balor cranks harder but Gargano kicks and hooks Balor to an armbar! Balor resists, rolls up, TWO! Gargano crawls but Balor STOMPS him down! Balor drags Gargano up to bounce off buckles and wrap the bad leg on the ropes. Fans rally again as Balor takes aim. Balor double guns but Gargano throws forearms! Balor drapes the leg to STOMP the knee! “You know who you’re in here with?” Balor stomps the leg more, then presses it on the ropes.

The ref reprimands but Balor keeps on the bad foot, using a springboard sit-down to go after the ankle. Balor does it again, but then Gargano pushes him up over the top! Balor gets back in, Gargano small packages, TWO! Gargano school boys but the kick is blocked! Balor stomps the knee, laces the legs and has a Deathlock! Balor even adds a monkey grip to pull on the bad knee! Gargano falls to his shoulders, that’s a cover, ONE! And again, ONE! Gargano stays off the mat but Balor wrenches the hold. Gargano CHOPS Balor over and over as the fans rally and duel. Balor lets go of the hold and Gargano crawls to a corner. Balor has the leg again but Gargano enziguris!

Gargano counters a punch to spin Balor around, backbreaker and gourd buster! BUZZSAW and LARIAT! Gargano hobbles up as Balor bails out. Gargano builds speed to DIVE! But into Balor’s arms! Balor lifts but no 1916 as Gargano RAMS him into steel steps! Gargano gets back on the apron, gets his leg moving again, and takes aim. Gargano CANNONBALLS! The senton is double-edged with that hard landing! Balor is up first but Gargano follows. Gargano stalks Balor and puts him in the ring. Gargano slingshots and SPEARS Balor down! Cover, TWO!! Gargano keeps his cool as he stalks Balor to a corner. Gargano stomps a mudhole into Balor but the ref pulls him back.

Fans are divided as Gargano stands Balor up. Gargano CHOPS Balor then sets him up top. Gargano brings Balor onto his shoulder, but no Long Dart! Balor has the dragon sleeper but Gargano escapes to run. Gargano tilt-o-whirls but Balor blocks the takedown to dragon sleeper, elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO! Balor grits his teeth and clutches his arm as he gets to his feet. Gargano rolls to ropes as fans rally and duel again. Balor stomps Gargano at the ropes, then uses springboard stomps over and over! The ref pulls Balor off as Gargano flops out of the ring. Balor runs but his wercking ball dropkick misses! Gargano SUPERKICKS Balor back!

Gargano puts Balor in, takes aim from the ropes, and slingshots, but Balor blocks the DDT! Balor shifts, but Gargano scoops! LONG DART! Balor staggers up to BOOT, Gargano ENZIGURIS, Balor PELES! But Gargano falls on Balor for the cover! TWO!! Portland is fired up for “NXT! NXT!” as both men are down. Gargano stirs first and flounders to ropes. Gargano is on the apron as Balor rises. Fans still duel as Balor heads over, but Gargano counter punches! The two brawl with the ropes between them! They BOTH enziguri! Gargano wobbles but slingshots, into Balor’s grip! Balor knees and kicks Gargano, then goes up top! But Gargano dodges the stomps to slingshot DDT!! Cover, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” and far from over!

Gargano and Balor both get up on opposite ends. Fans fire up again as the two stare down. Balor and Gargano fire up and rush at each other! Gargano dodges, Balor dodges, and then Gargano clips Balor to throw forearms and a DISCUS! Gargano gets to a corner and fans fire up with him. DIY powers activate, but Balor SLINGBLADES! Balor aims now, double gun and SUPERKICK from Gargano! Gargano tries again, but gets another SLINGBLADE! JOHN WOO SHOTGUN!! Balor heads up top and leaps, but no Coup de Grace! Gargano comes back around, GargaNO ESCAPE!!

Balor endures and he drags himself around, but Gargano rolls him away!! Balor tires again, and gets free to DOUBLE STOMP! He drags Gargano up, but still no 1916 as Gargano gets the GargaNo Escape back! Balor is fading but he finds a second wind to get the ROPEBREAK! Gargano lets go and Balor gets out of the ring. Fans hope these two “Fight Forever!” just like Lee and Dijakovic. But just as that match came to an end, so must this one. Balor staggers and sputters, but Gargano uses the double guns. Gargano runs in, JOHN WOO DROPKICK! Balor gets blasted into barriers now!

Fans are divided as Gargano drags Balor up. Gargano sees the announce table, and pushes Balor aside to clear it off! But Balor uses a gourd buster to SLAM Gargano on it first! Balor watches Gargano writhe, and he goes to the other announce desk. Balor climbs up and Gargano stands, for Balor to SUPER JOHN WOO!! Gargano hits barriers and Portland is thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” Balor drags Gargano back into the ring and heads up top, for the COUP DE GRACE!!! But Balor isn’t done there! Balor double guns before he drags Gargano up. 1 9 1 6!! Cover, Balor wins!!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall

Johnny Wrestling came at the Prince, and though he didn’t miss, he didn’t take Balor down, either. Balor grabs Gargano by the jaw to make sure he understands that the banner of NXT still belongs to the Prince! Will everything else in NXT soon belong to Balor, too?

 

Cathy Kelley interviews the Undisputed Era.

Tonight is a huge night for the faction, but Roderick Strong prepares for a rematch with Velveteen Dream this Wednesday. Strong says Dream is going to be “a dead man” on NXT TV, but that is not tonight. Tonight, “the baddest team on God’s green shows the Loserweights why they are who they are!” And then Adam Cole finally finishes delusional Ciampa and proves why he is the greatest of all time! Cole says now Cathy can go. Cathy leaves, but will the Undisputed Era leave with the gold they came in with?

 

NXT Women’s Championships: Rhea Ripley VS Bianca Belair!

The Mosh Pit Kid became the inaugural NXT UK Women’s Champion, and then she became an Aussie Nightmare for every woman on NXT Prime. Rhea is the first-ever woman to have held both titles in a career, but will The EST make sure this stops right here? Or will Rhea rip her way all the way down the Road to WrestleMania?

Rhea and Bianca circle and tie up. The two are in a deadlock on power, so the two break. Bianca and Rhea circle again and give it another go. Rhea wrenches to a wristlock but Bianca pie faces. Rhea yanks on the arm and drags Bianca down. “You wanna wash my face, huh?!” Bianca pulls Rhea’s hair and stomps her foot to reverse the wrench. Rhea shoulders out! Bianca waistlocks and slams Rhea down! Bianca holds on but Rhea powers her to a corner. The ref calls for the break but Rhea tries an elbow. Bianca dodges that to pie face Rhea more. The ref backs Bianca off, Bianca whips Rhea but Rhea reverses. Bianca goes up and over and handsprings, only to run into boots!

Rhea ducks Bianca’s return to LARIAT Bianca down! And again! Rhea spins, shoves and dropkicks Bianca into a corner! Rhea stomps Bianca in the corner then CHOPS! Bianca is stinging as she goes to another corner. Rhea is on her again with another CHOP! Bianca flounders away to a third corner, but Rhea is on her again. Rhea swings, Bianca ducks, but Rhea CHOPS on the other side! Rhea grabs at Bianca but Bianca shoves her away. Bianca dodges and catches Rhea’s boots to SLAM Rhea down! Fans rally and duel as Bianca stomps Rhea over and over. Cover, ONE, but Bianca drags Rhea up by her hair. Bianca cravats to neck wrench and thrash Rhea about.

Rhea endures, fights her way back up, and throws body shots. Bianca throws Rhea down then moonsaults! Cover, TWO! Bianca grows frustrated but keeps her focus. Bianca throws Rhea into buckles then suplexes her. Rhea slips out and the two fight for control. Bianca suplexes again and slams Rhea down! Cover, TWO! Bianca jams Rhea down then puts on a full nelson for a modified camel clutch. Fans rally and duel as Rhea claws at the grip. Rhea slips her legs around to get back to a vertical base. Rhea rams Bianca into buckles again and again until she’s free. But Bianca clamps on, so Rhea elbows her away. Bianca grabs her again but Rhea mule kicks free! Then back drops Bianca down! Bianca staggers up, Rhea runs and rallies with clotheslines!

Rhea catches Bianca’s clothesline into a cravat for knee after knee! Rhea snapmares and basement dropkicks Bianca HARD! Bianca gets up but Rhea shovels her into an Electric Chair, FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Bianca survives but Rhea is on her legs with the Inverted Cloverleaf! Bianca flails and reaches but Rhea even slaps and spanks her for added humiliation! But Bianca rolls and kicks away on Rhea! Bianca boots Rhea into a post! Bianca rolls Rhea up, TWO! Rhea gets to her feet but runs into a SPINE BUSTER! High stack cover, TWO! Bianca tries a lateral press, TWO! Bianca calms down and brings Rhea back up. She rams Rhea into a corner and throws in shoulders.

Bianca puts Rhea on the top rope and pie faces her more. Rhea SLAPS Bianca back! Bianca SLAPS Rhea! Rhea SLAPS Bianca again! Bianca SLAPS Rhea again. it is a SLAP fight! Fans fire up as Rhea rocks Bianca, but Bianca hair WHIPS Rhea! The killer braid strikes again, and Bianca drags Rhea up for a military press SLAM! Fans are fired up for the EST as she handsprings and MOONSAULTS, on knees! Rhea pump handles, lifts, but Bianca avoids Riptide to torture rack! Rhea fights out, Bianca side steps and hurdles, but then leaps into a BOOT! Bianca is up to SPEAR Rhea down!! Fans are fired up as both women are down on the mat! Bianca grabs Rhea first and throws forearms, but Rhea gives them back.

Fans are loving this form of “Women’s Wrestling!” as Bianca clubs away from all sides. Bianca whips Rhea, Rhea reverses and swings a kick. Bianca ducks the heel kick but not the ROUNDHOUSE! Rhea runs but into a BIG forearm! Bianca brings Rhea around, chicken wings, but Rhea breaks free. Rhea avoids the hair to roundhouse again! Rhea runs but Bianca THROWS her out! Somehow Rhea lands safely, but Bianca builds speed to FLY! The EST Conjilo wipes both women out!! The referee checks on both women as fans chant “MAMMA MIA!” for Mauro. Somehow they’re both okay so a ring count begins.

Bianca is up first and she throws Rhea at the apron. Rhea stops herself, body shots back, then atomic SLAMS Bianca into steel steps! Rhea drags Bianca up and in, then grits her teeth as she stalks Bianca to ropes. Bianca kicks Rhea away, then dumps her out! Rhea is on her feet and gets back up to counter punch. Rhea bumps Bianca on buckles then heads up top! She drags Bianca up to join her, but Bianca fights back! Bianca clubs Rhea down and has Rhea, but Rhea resists the superplex. Rhea headbutts Bianca back! Then adjusts, to SUPER- No! Bianca holds on to deny the bomb! Bianca hammers Rhea but Rhea bumps her off buckles! Rhea has the pump handle, RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea wins!!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)

That was certainly the -EST match either woman has had in their careers! But if Bianca is the strongest and the toughest, then what does that make Rhea?

Wait! Charlotte Flair is here, and she attacks Rhea from behind! The Queen stands tall over the Nightmare and then grabs herself a mic. “So, I thought about it. And I’ll see you at WrestleMania.” Charlotte tosses the mic, and confirms this challenge with a NATURAL SELECTION! We finally know this will really happen, but will Charlotte’s comeback for the NXT Women’s Championship going to be a nightmare?

And just to add insult to injury, Charlotte throws Bianca into steel steps! The Queen makes sure the EST gets payback for that team-up, but is she only setting herself up for the fiercest clap back?

 

NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era VS The Broserweights!

By their powers combined, Matt Riddle & Pete Dunne won the 2020 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic and earned this opportunity! Will the duo known as reDRagon go up in smoke? Or will these titles stay Undisputed?

Before the match, Riddle has a mic in the BroserMobile. “Bro…” Portland is fired up for the question Riddle has for them: “How much fish could Bobby Fish fry if Bobby Fish could fry fish?” Everyone joins in with what becomes a Bro tongue twister sing-along! And there’s even a gif of Fish as Big Mouth Billy Bass! But the Undisputed Era have already had it with the Bro’s sense of humor, and a brawl breaks out on the ramp! Dunne DECKS Kyle while Riddle throws his hat and flip-flops off.

Things move towards ringside and Fish mule kicks Riddle before bumping him off the apron. Riddle forearms and CHOPS Fish but Kyle KICKS Riddle’s leg out! Dunne CHOPS Fish but Kyle BOOTS Dunne down! The ref tries to restore order and reDRagon puts the Broserweights in the ring. Kyle starts with Riddle and the bell rings, this match is finally underway!

Riddle blocks Kyle’s takedown to elbow and knee back while Fish still clobbers Dunne on the outside. The ref reprimands Fish while Riddle waistlocks. Kyle gets up but Riddle slams him down. Riddle gives Kyle Bro Kicks over and over, but Kyle catches one to kick the leg out again. Tag to Fish but Fish runs into a forearm. Riddle fires palm strikes but Fish forearms and body shots back. Fish knees away on Riddle, but Riddle gut wrench suplexes! Riddle drags Fish up to gut wrench around, and tags in Dunne. Riddle suplexes Fish and then Dunne gives him a boost for the corkscrew senton! Dunne adds a basement dropkick!

Fans fire up as Dunne drags Fish up and tortures an arm. Fish knees low then sucker punches Riddle. Fish headlocks, Dunne powers out, things speed up, and Dunne CLOBBERS Fish! Kyle runs in but Dunne gets his arm! Dunne wrenches to a hammerlock and he STOMPS it down! Kyle bails out but Dunne follows after. Dunne has Fish for an apron X-PLEX! Kyle runs in, Dunne dodges and uses the steps to go up! Kyle gets under the moonsault but gets a roundhouse! Dunne X-Plexes Kyle onto Fish! Fans are fired up as Dunne goes back to Fish in the corner.

Dunne wrenches Fish to a hammerlock and drags him down. Dunne gets the other arm and bends the fingers! Fish endures the torture as Dunne STOMPS! Dunne drags Fish up and whips him to a corner. Fish reverses but Dunne goes up, only for Fish to sweep the legs! Fish drags Dunne over to the Undisputed corner and tags in Kyle. Dunne throws chops but Kyle fires off a strike fest! Kyle sweeps the legs and fans cheer that amazing sequence! Kyle stomps Dunne now then tags Fish. Fish drags Dunne up to throw body shots, then rams knees. Fish whips Dunne but Dunne hits Kyle! Dunne hits Fish but Fish spins around to hit a Samoan Drop!

Tag back to Kyle and Kyle rams his knees into Dunne! Kyle uses palm strikes and fists to keep Dunne down. Dunne grabs a foot for an Ankle Lock! Fish tags in to slingshot atomico! Cover, TWO as Dunne bridges. Fish puts Dunne in the corner to throw body shots and kicks. The ref counts, Kyle tags back in, and Kyle drags Dunne up for big forearms and kicks of his own. Tag back to Fish but Dunne throws hands back! Fish drags Dunne out, but Dunne CHOPS him away! Dunne is up and enziguris Kyle back! Kyle grabs a leg to dragon screw through the ropes! Fish sweeps the legs! Dunne crashes ‘n’ burns to the floor, Fish puts Dunne in. Cover, TWO! Dunne is one fish that Fish hasn’t fired just yet.

Fish tweaks Dunne’s leg but fans are rallying for the Broserweights. Dunne kicks Fish, Fish stomps Dunne to a corner. Fish brings Dunne up to throw forearms, then tags to Kyle. Kyle whips Fish in but Dunne puts him on the apron. Dunne boots Kyle but Fish keeps Dunne in the corner. Kyle runs in, but Dunne gets away and Kyle’s BOOT hits Fish! Dunne hurries, but Kyle anchors his feet. Kyle drags Dunne away but Dunne enziguris! Kyle ducks and Fish gets hit! Hot tag to Riddle! Riddle rallies on Kyle with kicks, and even has kicks for Fish! PELE for Fish! Riddle handsprings and forearms and BROSPLODERS Kyle! Then the same for Fish! BROTON for reDRagon! Penalty Kick for Kyle, and a Fisherman Buster for Fish!

Riddle fireman’s carries, BRO TO SLEEP, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Kyle survives the bro-ssault but Riddle takes aim. Dunne tags in and Kyle knees Riddle. Kyle guillotines but Riddle powers out. Riddle wristlocks and ripcords, Dunne and Riddle combine for a FINAL FLASH FOREARM SANDWICH! Dunne lifts Kyle, FINAL FLASH POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives, proving why he’s the only three-time tag team champion in NXT. Riddle tags in but both Broserweights climb up. Dunne MOONSAULTS onto Fish, while the Floating Bro GETS KNEES! Kyle saves himself but Fish is wiped out! Riddle flounders to the Undisputed corner while Dunne gets to his feet. Dunne aims at Fish, to STOMP the hands! But Fish ducks and the BUZZSAW gets POST!

Kyle runs and forearms Riddle in a corner! He runs again but Riddle dodges to wristlock. No Final Flash, Kyle German Suplexes, but Riddle is up again! Riddle kicks but into another German Suplex! But Riddle is up again!! KNEE TRIGGER! GERMAN SUPLEX! Kyle flounders up to SMASH, but Riddle KNEE TRIGGERS again! Portland is fired up as all four men are down in and out of the ring! Fish drags himself back towards his corner while Riddle gets up. Kyle kicks Riddle away then throws him out. Fish tags in, but Riddle SPEARS! Riddle gets in, and SPEARS Kyle!

Fans fire up as Riddle drags Kyle up, but Fish is the legal one. Fish chop blocks Riddle, Kyle underhooks and Fish lifts the legs. Draping butterfly DDT into a boosted Wheelbarrow German! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives but reDRagon regroups. Fish tags Kyle and brings Riddle up. But no annihilation as Riddle gets around to waistlock Fish. Kyle saves Fish from Final Flash, so Riddle DOUBLE KNEE TRIGGERS reDRagon! Hot tag to Dunne!! Dunne grabs Kyle in the HOVERBOARD! Kyle fights out and has Dunne in an arm clutch! Dunne fades, Kyle Ax, but Dunne SMASH! Kyle yo-yos, into an enziguri! So he basement yo-yos, into an ARMBAR! Kyle moves around and gets the ANKLE LOCK!

Dunne rolls, to get the ankle lock for himself! Riddle intercepts Fish for a takedown, into an ANKLE LOCK! Double Ankle Locks and Dunne even grapevines! Fish kicks Riddle away, Kyle reverses into a Sharpshooter! Fish gets Riddle with a guillotine, but Riddle powers out to a suplex, only for Fish to get a sleeper hold with body scissors! FINAL FLASH and BROTON, Riddle saves his team!! Portland is thunderous all over again as all four men are back down. The teams regroup as fans rally up. Fish tags in, but Dunne ducks a kick to shove Fish to ropes, rebound German! Dunne stomps the hands, and hits the BUZZSAW!

Tag to Riddle and Riddle goes up top. Dunne Electric Chair lifts Fish, but Fish escapes Doomsday to shove Dunne into Riddle! Tag to Kyle and Kyle flying KNEES Dunne! Fish gets Riddle for a SUPERPLEX! Kyle is up top, for SUPER KNEE DROP to the knee! KNEEBAR!! Riddle endures as Kyle heel hooks on top of it! Fish intercepts Dunne and puts him up top, but Dunne bends the fingers! Dunne SNAPS Fish’s fingers, to leap and STOMP Kyle’s hand! Portland returns to a fever pitch as Dunne goes to the corner. Riddle crawls over, hot tag to Dunne! “This is Awesome!” as Dunne and Kyle start trading forearms and kicks! Dunne CHOPS CHOPS CHOPS CHOPS, but Kyle shoves him into Riddle! Kyle mule kicks Dunne low, but Dunne grabs Kyle’s fingers! Fish reaches for Kyle but Dunne BITES!

Kyle clubs Dunne, but Dunne SNAPS the fingers! Dunne brings Kyle in, pump handle, but no Bitter End. Kyle waistlocks, Dunne standing switches, Riddle runs in, but Kyle sends the SPEAR into DUNNE! Kyle throws Riddle out then tags in Fish! They bring Dunne up, CHASING THE DRAGON!! Cover, TWO!?!? No one can believe that one, let alone reDRagon! Fish and Kyle try again, but still no Annihilation as Dunne throws elbows. Kyle waistlocks and German Suplexes, but Dunne lands on his feet! Riddle tags in, Dunne gets double pop-up knees! Riddle KNEE TRIGGERS Fish! Dunne X-Plexes Kyle into Riddle’s POWERBOMB! Riddle flips Kyle over, FINAL FLASH BUZZSAW! Fish runs into a fireman’s carry, and gets a BROSERWEIGHT TO SLEEP!! Cover, Broserweights win!!!

Winners: The Broserweights, by pinfall (NEW NXT Tag Team Champions)

The Prophecy is falling apart as a team of individuals becomes a true team of champions! Riddle has his first title in NXT, Dunne makes history by having both this title and the United Kingdom Championship on his resume, and this might just be the beginning! Will the Broserweights soon take over the world… bro?

 

NXT Championship: Adam Cole VS Tommaso Ciampa!

And then there was one. The Undisputed Era’s charismatic leader is the only one left holding onto a title, but can he keep hold of it now that Daddy’s Home? Or will the Blackheart take back his life when he takes back “Goldie,” the title he never truly lost?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and the match to prove who is truly the greatest begins!

Cole and Ciampa stare down as fans cheer and duel. Ciampa and Cole circle as they hear the chanting back and forth. Cole says that doesn’t matter, the title is going to stay his. They tie up, go around, and Ciampa puts Cole on the ropes. The ref calls for the break and Ciampa gives Cole pats on the shoulder before mocking the BAYBAY. Cole keeps his cool as he gets a waistlock. Ciampa pries free to a headlock then a wristlock then back to a headlock. Ciampa grinds Cole and holds on tight as Cole tries to power out. Cole brings Ciampa to a knee and slips out to a hammerlock. Ciampa gets up and reaches back but Cole keeps control.

Ciampa slips around the back to hammerlock then headlock again. Cole powers out this time, but Ciampa runs him over with a shoulder. Things speed up but Ciampa runs Cole over again! Ciampa throws Cole out but Cole gets back up fast. Ciampa grabs him through the ropes! Cole gets away before Willow’s Bell drops! Ciampa gives Cole space to return safely as the ring count begins. When Cole stays out, Ciampa chases after! Cole goes around the corner and gets in, but Ciampa avoids the elbow drop. Ciampa headlocks to a takeover! Cole fights against it but Ciampa traps an arm. Fans rally and duel again as Cole works Ciampa over to the headscissors. Ciampa works his way up and around to get out and SLAP Cole!

Ciampa gets the headlock back and grinds Cole down. Cole works his way up, fish hooks the mouth and gets the headlock. Ciampa powers out but Cole runs him over this time. Cole sees the back drop coming to whip Ciampa, but Ciampa also sees the back drop coming. Ciampa underhooks, Cole slips out, but Ciampa blocks the superkick to spin Cole for another headlock takeover! Fans cheer this technical back and forth while Cole works on antoher escape. Ciampa makes the takeover a cover, ONE and Cole works to get Ciampa to the headscissor again. Ciampa just grabs that leg to add to the hold! Cole pops his legs free to get up, and pulls on Ciampa’s ear. They end up in a corner, the ref reprimands but Ciampa grinds Cole more.

Ciampa lets up as the ref starts to count, and he counters Cole’s sucker punch to a punch of his own! Ciampa drags Cole up and CHOPS him against ropes! Cole ends up in a corner, Ciampa wrenches and whips but Cole reverses. Ciampa goes to boot but Cole spins him around onto the ropes. Cole leaps but the backstabber is denied as Ciampa holds on! Ciampa drags Cole out and knees low. Ciampa whips, Cole reverses, but Ciampa stops himself from hitting post. Cole runs into Ciampa’s elbow, but then Ciampa walks into Cole’s BOOT! Cole takes a moment to catch his breath before he mocks Ciampa’s pat on the back!

Ciampa yanks Cole off the apron to ROCK with a right! And boot! And throw into the steel steps! Ciampa throws Cole into the post! Then over the announce desk! Ciampa is furious as he sits Cole down and KNEES him into railing! Ciampa shows Cole how to pat yourself on the back! Cole is out in the chair while Ciampa refreshes the count. Fans rally and duel as Psycho Killer Ciampa puts Cole in. Cole rolls all the way out on the far end and fans boo. Ciampa keeps his cool as Cole asks for a time-out. Ciampa goes out, but he sees the Pele coming! And he wrecks Cole with a dropkick! Ciampa puts Cole on the apron to KNEE again! Fans fire up as Ciampa mocks the time-out.

Cole rolls out of the ring again and Ciampa grows frustrated. Ciampa goes out to fetch Cole and drapes him on the railing. Ciampa clubs Cole, then gets space to line up a shot. He runs in to KNEE Cole down again! Portland fires up as Ciampa says the kick is good. Ciampa refreshes the count again and brings Cole back up. Ciampa sits Cole in another chair to CHOP and haymaker and CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Fans rally with Ciampa as he gets space again. Ciampa runs back in, to KNEE Cole off the chair!! A fan wants a high-five, but Ciampa gives his fellow bald man a kiss on the forehead instead! Ciampa has Portland all fired up as he says hi to Goldie.

Ciampa drags Cole up and over to ringside, only to eye the announce desk. He lifts Cole but Cole slips out. Cole avoids the enziguri, and wheelbarrow German Suplexes Ciampa INTO the announce desk!! The surgically repaired neck!! The referee chcks on Ciampa as Portland loses its mind! Cole wants after Ciampa but the ref keeps him back. Cole puts Ciampa in, covers, TWO!! Ciampa survives but commentary is worried he’s going to only get hurt again. Cole drags Ciampa up, for a neckbreaker! Cole rams his knees into Ciampa’s spine over and over, then wraps on a headscissor hold. Fans say “This is Awesome!” as Ciampa endures. Cole squeezes tighter but Ciampa works against the hold. Ciampa bridges back to a cover, TWO!

Cole BOOTS Ciampa back down! Cole dusts off his hands before going to the corner. He climbs up top and Ciampa goes after him. Ciampa anchors a foot but Cole clubs his neck. Cole drags Ciampa up to club him more but Ciampa throws body shots back. The two brawl as Ciampa works to climb up. Ciampa fireman’s carries Cole but Cole slips out to sunset flip. Ciampa punches but Cole dodges to SUPERKICK the legs out! Cole hits a DRAPING BACKSTABBER!! Just more neck damage! Cover, TWO!! Ciampa refuses to give in but Cole is on him with a chinlock. Cole grinds Ciampa down but fans rally up. Ciampa endures and fights his way up.

Cole knees low then turns Ciampa again, but no neckbreaker this time as Ciampa backslides! TWO, Ciampa kicks low and throws Cole to the apron. Ciampa has Cole in the ropes, but Cole slips out. Cole suplexes but Ciampa slips out to waistlock. Cole breaks free to PELE! Ciampa is down and Cole climbs up again. Cole leaps, but into a dropkick! Both men are down and Portland fires up again! Cole rises but Ciampa follows. Ciampa counter punches Ciampa over and over, then whips corner to corner. Cole reverses but Ciampa cuomes back with clotheslines! Ciampa whips, Cole reverses again but Ciampa kicks him away! Ciampa rallies with more clotheslines! Endless clotheslines! And a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Ciampa runs in to KNEE Cole!

Ciampa drags Cole up, torture rack for the TOWER HACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives, showing Ciampa why he’s still NXT Champion. Ciampa gets up first and drags Cole up for underhooks. Cole resists the lift, slips out and fireman’s carries. Ciampa reverses to a crucifix takedown, shifts to the bridging Fujiwara armbar, but Cole slips through to ghost pin! TWO and Cole fakes Ciampa out to mule kick the legs out. Cole runs, but into an uppercut! Ciampa runs but into a SHINING WIZARD! Cole fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Ciampa somehow survives, but his neck must be screaming at him. Fans rally up as Cole gets to his feet first.

Cole drags Ciampa into a corner and up onto the ropes. Cole clubs Ciampa’s back then goes to the outside. He climbs up the corner again, brings Ciampa up, but Ciampa resists! Ciampa throws body shots and haymakers and CHOPS! Cole hits back, bumps Ciampa off the buckle again and again, then hops up. Cole wants to sunset, but Ciampa blocks! Ciampa shifts position, SUPER AIR RAID CRASH!! WarGames revisited! Cover, TWO!?! Cole survives again and Ciampa can’t believe it! But fans love “NXT! NXT!” for this one. Cole is on the apron, Ciampa is after him, but Cole drags Ciampa out. Ciampa kicks Cole away, but Cole SUPERKICKS back! Cole brings Ciampa over, powerbomb lift, but Ciampa slips out to lift Cole! ANNOUNCE DESK POWERBOMB!

Cole is wrecked off the Spanish announce team’s table but is able to crawl out from behind it. Ciampa clears the desk off now and brings Cole back up. Ciampa hears the fans chanting “One More Time!” and lifts again. ANOTHER ANNOUNCE DESK POWERBOMB! The desk is destroyed and Ciampa puts Cole in, PSYCHO KNEE! Ciampa mocks Cole’s finger guns and runs, into a SUPERKICK! Cole runs but Ciampa LARIATS! Ciampa drags Cole up, lifts, PROJECT CIAMPA!! Cover, TWO!?!? Cole survives again?! Portland is thunderous for this incredible main event! Ciampa sits up first and drags Cole up. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but again, this must end. Ciampa throws hands but Cole gives them back. The two brawl back and forth, Ciampa kicks low but Cole keeps punching.

Ciampa gets the edge, spins, but Cole boots! Ciampa rebounds into another BOOT, and then Ciampa falls out of the ring! Cole builds speed to DIVE into a KNEE!! Both men are down as the ring count starts, and Portland is thunderous again! Ciampa sits up at 5 and gets in at 7. But he goes back out to fetch Cole, putting him back in. Ciampa gets caught between the ropes, for the jumping PILEDRIVER! Cole drags Ciampa up, suplexes, LAST SHOT 1.0!! Cover, TWO!!! Ciampa’s spirit keeps him going, despite what his neck might be feeling! Fans are dueling hard as ever, but Cole tells Ciampa that he isn’t going to get it done. Ciampa SLAPS Cole, so Cole throws hands.

Ciampa SLAPS, SLAPS and SLAPS, so Cole SUPERKICKS! And SUPERKICKS Ciampa in the back! And then knee pad down, LAST SHOT 2.0!! But Ciampa is still moving?! Ciampa gets to the safety of the bottom rope! Cole is shocked, but he refocuses as Ciampa is on the apron. Cole goes out to the apron, and climbs the ropes…!? Fans anticipate what Cole’s up to, and Cole leaps, for Ciampa to catch him! APRON AIR RAID!! Both men are down on the outside and fans again lose their minds! Ciampa drags himself to Cole, refreshes the count, and underhooks Cole. But no Fairy Tale Ending as Cole back drops out! Cole hops up on the last announce desk standing, to leap for the PANAMA SUNRISE TO THE FLOOR!!!

Cole drags Ciampa up and into the ring. The ring count is at 4, Ciampa springs to life to hit WILLOW’S BELL!?! Underhooks, FAIRY TALE ENDING!!! Ciampa is practically in tears as he covers, TWO!?!? How can Cole still do this?!? Is Ciampa thinking the same things when Johnny Gargano faced Adam Cole for this title? Fans still feel “This is Awesome!” as they have all night. Ciampa brings his knee pads down but Cole anchors his feet. Cole drags Ciampa down, into a CROSSFACE! Cole wants to cripple Ciampa as he cranks back so far! Ciampa endures, reaches, turns purple, but Cole drags him away! Cole wants it again, but Ciampa slips around to get Cole down! Ciampa’s left arm went numb, so he has to use his right arm to bring it over, for the CROSSFACE! Now Cole endures the crank!

Cole claws and crawls but Ciampa gets leverage! Cole still gets the ROPEBREAK! Ciampa lets up reluctantly and Cole slumps to the floor. And here comes Roderick Strong! Strong distracts the ref while Ciampa gets Cole in. Because here comes reDRagon! Kyle & Fish hit TOTAL ANNIHILATION!! The referee completely misses this as reDRagon puts Ciampa in the ring. Cole covers, TWO!?!? Just as Gargano survived an Undisputed Screw Job, so has Ciampa!! Cole gets flashbacks but he takes aim. Cole runs, Ciampa ducks the Last Shot to then send Cole out onto reDRagon! Strong gets WILLOW’S BELL! Ciampa runs and PESCADOS! Ciampa wipes out the Undisputed Era and puts Cole in.

Cole SUPERKICKS and SUPERKICKS and SUPERKICKS Ciampa down! LAST SHOT 2.0!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? I’ve never used that much punctuation before! But Kyle slips Cole his title belt and distracts the ref. But Ciampa BOOTS Cole first! Ciampa underhooks, but Cole slips out to shove Ciampa into the ref! The ref goes down, Cole walks into an elbow. Ciampa boots Kyle but Cole LOW BLOWS! Cole goes to the corner, climbs up top, but Ciampa LOW BLOWS back!! Underhooks, FAIRY TALE ENDING!!! Cover but where’s a ref?! Ciampa would’ve won twice over by now! Three times over, even! Count to 50, Portland, because the ref isn’t here to make it count.

But Ciampa’s friend, Johnny Gargano, is here! But to take the title belt away!? Gargano is also a man who wants the NXT Championship, and he uses it to SMASH Ciampa?!? Why would Gargano betray Ciampa now?!? Cole covers and the ref is back to count, Cole wins!!!

Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)

The Undisputed Era has one title left! The Rebel Heart stabbed the Blackheart in the back! What does all of this mean for NXT as we continue down the Road to WrestleMania?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a night! Going in, this looked like the best TakeOver card. In action, it was even better than that! The kickoff show was fun because Portland just loved Mansoor and just rained boos on Sam Roberts. I was fine with Poppy getting to perform her songs that also acted as the theme songs for TakeOver, but it seems a bit unnecessary if she wasn’t going to sing the songs all the way through. Opening with the NXT North American Championship, they really set the bar high on themselves for this event. That was the best match in Lee VS Dijakovic, for good reason, and it works that Lee retains. He deserves to have a long reign with that title for all the time he had to wait. And Dijakovic still looks amazing even in losing.

Kai VS Nox in the Street Fight was great, and I’m certainly surprised that Raquel Gonzales returned to screw Tegan over, I just wasn’t as into it. I suppose this is one way of keeping the feud going, and Dakota has muscle to start a faction now, but I’m not really sure if that’s the right direction for Dakota. I can already predict Candice LeRae helping Tegan fight them, because Candice just can’t seem to get a story of her own in NXT. The NXT Women’s Championship story is locked in with at least Rhea VS Charlotte, but Charlotte hitting Bianca on the way out makes me think this could still circle back. After all, TakeOver: Tampa is still one more stop before WrestleMania, maybe we get something for Charlotte VS Bianca before the title match?

I am happily surprised that the Broserweights are now the tag team champions! Dunne and Riddle are great in the ring, are great as their characters, great together, I’m going to love the Reign of the Broserweights. Balor VS Gargano went as expected with the story telling centered around the John Woo Dropkick, and with Balor winning. The Prince still has a lot of possibilities for TakeOver: Tampa, but there’s also UK TakeOver: Dublin next, so maybe he hops over there for a minute? And it seems losing to The Prince, like losing to The Fiend, turns you Heel. After all the craziness (in a good way) of Cole VS Ciampa, Gargano betraying Ciampa was still a welcomed surprise. Cole retains and assuming Dream beats Strong, maybe Cole VS Dream is Tampa’s match, as is Ciampa VS Gargano #OneLastTime. Can you imagine TakeOver: Tampa somehow outdoing this one?!

My Score: 9.6/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/26/24)

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The Road to WrestleMania gets intense!

Raw has grudge matches on tap as Sami Zayn faces Shinsuke Nakamura, and The New Day faces Imperium in a Tag Team Street Fight!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Sami wins.
  • Chelsea Green VS Raquel Rodriguez; Raquel wins.
  • Tag Team Street Fight: The New Day VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
  • Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell; Shayna & Zoey win.
  • Nia Jax VS Liv Morgan; Nia wins, by disqualification.
  • Cody Rhodes VS Grayson Waller w/ Austin Theory; Cody wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Dominik Mysterio is in the ring.

San Jose is booing but Dom has the mic to say, “Everyone, please welcome the greatest Women’s World Champion of all time! RHEA RIPLEY!” The fans fire up as Mami makes her way to the ring, and she feels great after retaining her title at Elimination Chamber. Rhea gets the mic to welcome us to “Monday Night Mami!” The fans cheer Mami on and she smiles. Rhea says this weekend, she walked into her home country our Women’s World Champion, and she walked out of it still our Women’s World Champion. Nia Jax might’ve been the biggest threat to her reign, but it doesn’t matter how big you are. Rhea may be from Down Under, but Mami’s always on top! Because she’s Rhea BLOODY Ripley!

Wait! Here comes Becky Lynch! The Man started the Elimination Chamber match, won the Elimination Chamber match, and now she’s here to step to the champion she’ll be facing at WrestleMania! The fans cheer Becky on and she gets a mic now. “The Man has come around to San Jose!” The fans cheer that! Becky says The Man is also coming back around to WrestleMania… to fight Rhea. “But The Man came out here to say congratulations. What a night that you had on Saturday. Hell, what a night we both had on Saturday, hey?” Becky won the Chamber, Rhea successfully defended her title against Nia in her home country, stadium filled and in the main event!

Rhea had her family and friends there, what a moment. And even better, because now they won’t have to fly all the way to WrestleMania to watch her lose. Dom tells Becky “Nobody talks to Mami like that.” Fans boo Dom and Becky tells him to listen to them, “ya dirty kumquat!” Becky was talking to Mami, and if Mami won’t put Dom in his place, The Man will. The fans cheer that! Becky says Rhea is on a hell of a run, one of the most impressive we’ve ever seen. And even though the last year, Rhea has been the face of this company, she’s spent most of the time being fed grapes by this loser.

Meanwhile, Becky has been the backbone, the heart and soul of this company! She became a Grand Slam Champion, all while writing a best-selling book! The Man can do it all, including beating “Rhea Bloody Ripley.” Becky throws down her mic but Rhea asks if she’s done. Yeah? Cool. First off, never disrespect her Latino Heat like that again. Secondly, “congrats” on winning the Chamber. It’s about time Becky stopped disappointing Rhea and actually won something to get even this close to Rhea’s level. Becky says she’s the backbone, but The Man always thinks they’re the backbone of everything.

The funny thing is, that behind every great Man is an even greater woman. But Rhea isn’t behind Becky, because Mami is ALWAYS on top. Rhea drops her mic now but the two still talk some trash. Rhea & Dom leave, title in Mami’s hand. Will Becky leave Philadelphia with that title in hers? WAIT! Nia Jax runs up from the crowd to CLOBBER Becky! Fans boo as Nia HEADBUTTS Becky then dribbles her off the mat! The sore loser drops a leg on Becky! Rhea dares Nia to try her then, but Dom says Nia’s not worth Rhea’s time. Nia drops another leg on Becky! And then she drags Becky to a corner, but refs rush out here!

Fans boo Nia while Adam Pearce tells her to stop this. The producers also get Becky to safety. Pearce says Nia’s getting a fine if she keeps going rogue. Nia backs down, but will she make sure everyone feels her wrath on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

Jackie Redmond has caught up with the “heated” Irresistible Force, and asks why Nia attacked Becky. Nia says, “Why? Are you kidding me?” Becky won Chamber but she should NOT be going to WrestleMania over Nia! Nia beat Becky clean, so there’s no way Nia is letting Becky make it to WrestleMania. Then with Mania still weeks away, and Nia having a match with Liv Morgan tonight, will- Nia says whatever just happened to Becky, expect ten times that for Liv. Nia storms off, will she look to end Liv’s revenge tour cold here tonight?

 

Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

Speaking of WrestleMania, The Great Liberator still wants a spot on the Grandest Stage of Them All, even if the path isn’t quite clear. However, the King of Strong Style says Sami just plays it up so people will pity him. Will there be no sympathy from Nakamura as he looks to take that spotlight for his own? Or will Sami get even with Nakamura for their previous match’s controversial finish?

Raw returns and Nakamura makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Sami wrenches to wristlock, but Nakamura pulls hair to put Sami on ropes. The ref counts, Nakamura lets off slowly, but then he KICKS Sami in the side. Sami goes to a corner, comes back, and they tie up. Nakamura headlocks, Sami powers up and out, things speed up and Sami hurdles to arm-drag! Sami has the armlock and the fans rally up. Nakamura fights to his feet, puts Sami in a corner and throws body shots and knees! The ref reprimands, Nakamura lets off and Sami bails out. Nakamura goes out to kick Sami low!

Nakamura whips Sami, but Sami goes up the barriers to QUEBRADA! Direct hit but perhaps still double-edged for Sami, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Nakamura has Sami in a seated cobra twist! The fans rally, Sami endures and fights with elbows! Sami gets free, he stands up, but Nakamura KICKS him in the side again! Nakamura storms up in a corner, whips corner to corner hard and Sami falls in a heap! Nakamura drags Sami up, fireman’s carries to put him on the top rope, then TOP SHELF KNEES! Nakamura keeps Sami up there, to run and TOP SHELF KNEE again! Cover, TWO! Sami is still in this but Nakamura kicks him around. Nakamura drags Sami up while fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” Nakamura whips, Sami goes up and over and LARIATS!

The fans fire up and Sami grits his teeth to stand. Sami storms up to fire hands on Nakamura! Sami whips, Nakamura reverses to KNEE low! Sami drops, but then he scoops and MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, TWO! Nakamura survives and Sami is stunned! Sami grits his teeth from the pain in his side, and he hauls Nakamura up. Nakamura RAMS Sami into a corner! And again! And again! Nakamura puts Sami up top but Sami CLUBS Nakamura! Sami reels Nakamura in, TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while Nakamura flounders out of the ring. Sami builds speed but runs into a kitchen sink knee!

Fans boo as Nakamura stalks Sami to the outside. They’re both on the apron, and Nakamura stands Sami up. Nakamura hits an APRON GOURD BUSTER! Sami flops to the floor while Nakamura soaks up the heat, and Raw goes back to break.

Raw returns yet again, Sami blocks a kick but Nakamura fires forearms! Sami fires those back, the two brawl and the fans fire up! Sami gets the edge but Nakamura fires a strike fest! Sami ducks the roundhouse but not the WHEEL KICK! Nakamura goes to a corner and takes aim, KIN- NO, Sami gets around to BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives and Sami can’t believe it! Sami watches Nakamura crawl to a corner and then goes to the other side. The fans fire up as Sami runs in, but Nakamura JUMP KNEES! Nakamura then goes up the corner to FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives and shocks Nakamura!

The fans fire up as Sami flounders to ropes. “This is Awesome!” as Sami bails out and Nakamura pursues. Nakamura stalks Sami, KICKS him in the side again, and then drapes him along the barriers. Nakamura CLUBS Sami, goes up the steel steps, and FLYING GUILLOTINE KNEES! The fans boo Nakamura while he leaves Sami behind. Sami sputters on the floor as the ring count climbs! We’re past 5 of 10, and then 8! Sami springs up at 9 to slide in at 9.9! KINSHASA!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Sami saves himself by a literal foot, but Nakamura stomps away on him for it! The ref counts, Nakamura argues with him, then goes back to a corner.

Nakamura aims again, “YAO~” but Sami sends Nakamura into buckles! BLINDSIDE HELLUVA KICK!! The fans are thunderous as Sami goes to the far corner! Sami roars, wants Nakamura to get back up, and he runs in again, HELLUVA KICK!! Cover, Sami wins!!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall

Sami gets even with Nakamura and gets back on the winning track! Is this just what Sami needs to find his way to WrestleMania?

 

Chelsea Green VS Raquel Rodriguez!

The Hot Mess is always complaining and bringing up issues, and she’s got an issue with the woman who eliminated her from the Last Chance Battle Royal. But will she only end up complaining more when she loses to Raquel 1v1? Or will Chelsea somehow, someway, bring down Big Mami Cool?

Raw returns and Chelsea has the mic to say, “San Joseee~! I’m speaking! Let it be known that tonight, after issuing a formal complaint to WWE Management, I will be competing in protest. That’s right. Last week, I would have won the Last Chance Battle Royal, and I would have gone on to become the most illustrious winner in Elimination Chamber history, had Pea Head Pearce not added that secret, stupid last entrant, Raquel Rodriguez!” Fans cheer Raquel but Chelsea says that was wrong! The people want HER! She’s the star! Raquel flew all that way to Perth, and for what? To lose? HAHA! To be a big dumb loser like the San Jose Sharks!

Fans boo but Chelsea laughs, and then she says after tonight, everyone will SHH when Chelsea proves Raquel is a loser, by kicking her- Oh, wait, here comes Raquel! The bell rings and Chelsea draws a line int he sand, daring Raquel to cross it. Raquel steps right over it! Chelsea draws another line and dares Raquel to cross that. Raquel does! Chelsea SLAPS Raquel out of panic! Then Chelsea apologizes, only to turn and run! But Raquel reels her in, whips her, and Chelsea ducks one lariat, but not the SOUTHPAW! The fans fire up as Raquel drags Chelsea up, scoops her, and hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! The fans fire up as Chelsea staggers back up.

Chelsea bumps into Raquel, and Raquel scoops for another FALL AWAY SLAM! Chelsea flounders, Raquel drags her up and tells her to shush. Raquel hits the TEXANA BOMB! Cover, Raquel wins!

Winner: Raquel Rodriguez, by pinfall

What was that about kicking someone’s butt? Chelsea might still need to figure out how to think before she speaks, but will Raquel let her actions do the talking for her on this Road to WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.

Jackie congratulates him on the big win over Shinsuke. They’ve been talking for weeks now about adversity, and Mania is 40 days away. How much did Sami need tonight’s win? “Need” is an understatement to Sami. He’s been bottling stuff up for weeks now, trying to keep his cool, but this has been in his mind all week. A loss tonight, he couldn’t even tell you what it would’ve done not just to his path to WrestleMania, but to him emotionally. It would’ve perhaps disproved his claims of being a contender. But he doesn’t need to worry about that, because this win reaffirms what he’s been saying!

The belief in himself, the fire inside, he IS a contender and will be a champion, and that his path to Mania will come to him. And if it doesn’t, then he will go out and he will find it himself. Because this isn’t the first time nor the last that- Imperium walks over. Ludwig Kaiser looks Sami up and down, then scoffs and moves on. Giovanni Vinci smirks as he walks right past Sami, and then Gunther walks by. Gunther looks Sami in the eyes, then looks him over. Gunther laughs then leaves. Does Der Ring General not think Sami is a contender? Will Sami prove him wrong?

 

Backstage interview with Cody Rhodes.

Cathy Kelley is with the American Nightmare and says he made big news at Elimination Chamber by calling The Rock out for a 1v1 match. A lot of people question if that was smart given Cody’s match with Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. Cody isn’t sure it was smart, either, but it’s simple: The Rock slapped Cody, Cody challenged him to a match for anywhere, anytime, and we await the rebuttal this Friday Night SmackDown. Then for tonight, Cody has a match with Grayson Waller, how does he see that going? Cody asks back, “Do you like Grayson Waller? Right? No. You don’t have to answer that right now.”

But Cody has been watching Waller. Waller won the Iron Survivor Challenge, has tons of skills, and not just on the mic. But if anything, Waller should certainly like Cody. The first time Cody was on the Grayson Waller Effect, he brought Jey Uso back to the WWE. And this past time, in front of over 50 THOUSAND people in Waller’s home country, Cody called out The Rock. And tonight, Waller gets his very first Monday Night Raw main event against Cody, and finds out first hand. Cody thanks Cathy for the time then heads out. Will the American Nightmare completely neutralize the Grayson Waller Effect tonight?

 

Imperium goes to the ring.

Ahead of their Street Fight match, Imperium is here so Der Ring General can speak. However, the fans boo so he waits it out. Gunther smiles and says, “After successfully defeating Jey Uso last week, I am standing here still your greatest and longest reigning Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion of all time!” Fans are torn on that, but Gunther continues by saying that he has to be honest, it was very, very close. Jey almost had Gunther beat, and Gunther actually felt it slipping away from him for the first time. But let’s be honest, he got lucky. Nobody’s perfect! But Gunther is still very, very close to it.

And before Kaiser & Vinci “outclass” The New Day, Gunther wants to address his future! Understand that over 600 days, Gunther has worked hard, putting his heart, soul and body into making this title into the most prestigious in this company! Fans do cheer that. “And I’ve beaten everybody along the way to achieve this.” Which leaves one question: Who will be Gunther’s opponent for WrestleMania? Fans have different ideas, but Gunther says he has seen all the ridiculous claims! Sami Zayn? Fans cheer that name! Chad Gable? “A THANK YEW~!” The Miz?! Fans cheer again. Gunther says it gets worse! He even sees people want R-Truth!

Fans really cheer for Truth, but wait! The Judgment Day makes their way out here? Finn Balor & Damian Priest are still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions after defeating “New Catch Republic,” Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne, and they’re leading the way, JD McDonagh & Dirty Dom right behind. These four step into the ring to stand across from Imperium, and the fans are torn seeing these seven stare down. Priest says, “Big Bad Gunther. We don’t sweat you, man. Although you’ve have quite the dominant run, second only to the run The Judgment Day is on.” Priest hopes Gunther was watching Chamber as Judgment Day ran the table.

And Judgment Day plans to do it again at WrestleMania. Except, they plan on adding even more gold! Priest tells Gunther in Spanish, and then in English, that they mean the Intercontinental Championship. Gunther says since they’re not cashing in the MITB briefcase, who is it gonna be then? Finn Balor? Big headed JD? Who? DOM steps up!? Fans boo and Gunther almost laughs again. Dom tells Gunther, even as fans boo louder, that when Dirty Dom and the Judgment Day say they’re gonna do something, they mean it. And that means that the Intercontinental Championship now belongs to them.

Gunther still grins at Dom, and then pushes him back. Judgment Day keeps Priest back, and Gunther dares someone to do something then. Priest says they’ll be taking that title one way or another, and Gunther doesn’t stand a chance. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and Senor MITB throws off his vest, but Finn and the boys keep him back. Gunther holds up the belt, will nothing stop him from continuing his historic reign? Or will WrestleMania be his judgment day?

 

Judgment Day regroups backstage.

Priest has cooled off, and Mami asks what Dom is doing stepping to Gunther of all people! Dom says he’s got this! Well, he better. Rhea heads out again, and Finn tells Dom that he really should smooth things over. Dom agrees, but encounters Andrade on the way. Dom says long time no see, and Andrade says hey, kid. Dom says he has to smooth things over first, but good seeing him. Wait, wait, wait. Andrade has a meeting with Pearce to discuss his first opponent. See you soon, huh? Yeah, maybe. Dom wishes Andrade luck, but will the Prodigal Son have to face El Idolo before getting to Der Ring General?

 

Tag Team Street Fight: The New Day VS Imperium!

After almost two years of fighting back and forth, these two top level teams are putting things to rest! No disqualifications, no count outs, and no limitations on what they’re allowed to do, who will prove they are the superior team once and for all?

The New Day make their entrance, and Imperium rushes out of the ring to attack! They brawl on the ramp and the bell sounds while fans fire up! The New Day are dressed in San Jose Sharks uniforms, which the fans appreciate, and the brawl goes up to the stage. Kaiser ROCKS Kofi, Vinci kicks Woods, but New Day hits back with haymakers. Vinci sends Woods into the LED  screen! Kaiser UPPERCUTS Kofi! Then Vinci DECKS Kofi! Kaiser rains down fists on Kofi, Vinci stomps him, but the fans rally for New Day. Kaiser drags Kofi up, feeds him to Vinci, but Woods has Francesca MK II Turbo! And he CRACKS Ludwig with her!

Woods uses the slide to SMASH Vinci, and then Kofi uses the horn piece to SMASH Kaiser! Woods uses the broken pieces to beat up on Kaiser! The brawl goes back to ringside, Kofi throws headbutts! Woods ROCKS Vinci, then helps Kofi go looking under the ring. San Jose fires up as New Day brings out a TABLE! But Imperium CLOBBERS The New Day! The fans boo as there’s no furniture yet, Imperium puts New Day in the ring. New Day DECKS Imperium off the apron! The fans fire up as New Day builds speed and they DOUBLE DIVE! Kofi wipes out Kaiser, Woods wrecks Vinci with a dropkick, and the fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and the brawl is now in the crowd! Kofi ROCKS Kaiser, Vinci ROCKS Kofi, but Woods SMASHES a beer can on Vinci! The fans fire up as this keeps on moving, and Woods headlocks Vinci to bring him away. Kaiser ROCKS Kofi, Woods dumps Vinci back to ringside, but Kaiser sends Kofi into barriers! Woods CHOPS Vinci, Kaiser ELBOWS Kofi in the forehead! Vinci hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX on Woods! Kaiser GAMANGIRIS Kofi down! Fans want tables, but Imperium doesn’t care as they put Woods in the ring. Kaiser goes looking under the ring, and he brings out a table after all! Only to put it right back!

Fans boo but Kaiser gets himself a chair. Vinci drags Woods up, Kaiser aims and JAMS Woods in the ribs! Then SMACKS him on the back! Kaiser talks trash while fans boo, but Kaiser and Vinci sit Woods up. PENALTY KICK! Kaiser drags Woods, puts him in the ropes, and Vinci adds a chair to the mix. Vinci & Kaiser go side to side and back again, FULL METAL DOUBLE DROPKICK in the corner! Woods sputters as he falls from corner to floor! Kofi returns and he HOTSHOTS Kaiser, GAMANGIRIS Vinci, and he goes up top! DOUBLE CROSSBODY! The fans fire up as Kofi keeps going, and he RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS Vinci!

Kaiser runs up, but Kofi scoops and SLAMS him onto Vinci! The fans fire up as Kofi runs for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kaiser gets away but Kofi clinches him! Kofi and Kaiser throw elbows, then Kofi drags Kaiser down. Kofi DECKS Kaiser, then hurries to get that table! The fans are thunderous as Kofi sets it up and brings Kaiser around. But Vinci makes the save! Imperium DOUBLE SUPLEX Kofi into the ring! But Woods is back to SHOTGUN Kaiser, and mule kick Vinci! Woods fires off, Vinci kicks and CHOPS! Woods falls, Vinci stomps him out of the ring. Vinci & Kaiser regroup, Kaiser has kendo sticks!

Kaiser SMACKS Woods, then hands one to Vinci. Vinci and Kaiser DOUBLE SMACK Woods again and again and again! They stretch Woods across steel steps, and Kaiser gets space! Fans boo as Kaiser runs in, but Kofi JUMP KNEES first! Vinci LARIATS Kofi! But Woods waits on Vinci in the ring! Vinci ducks ‘n’ dodges to CROSSBODY! Vinci gets the kendo stick to SMACK away on Woods again and again and again! Kaiser has the chair and he SMACKS Woods, too! Fans boo as Imperium stands tall, and Raw goes back to break.

Raw returns again and Imperium RAMS Woods into barriers! Kaiser smirks, turns around, ARMCHAIR ATTACK! Kofi takes Kaiser down with that, then BOOTS Vinci! Kofi whips Vinci into steel steps! Fans fire up as Kofi puts Kaiser in the ring, stalks him, and Woods is there, too! Now New Day has the kendo sticks! The fans fire up again as Kaiser realizes the trouble he’s in! The New Day SMACKS away on Kaiser again and again and again! The kendo sticks are coming apart! The fans are thunderous as Woods tells Kofi, “GET THE TABLES~!” Kofi & Woods go out, stomp Imperium down, then find a table under the ring!

New Day sets the table up at ringside, then Woods CLUBS Vinci. Woods brings Vinci over, Kofi throws some hands, then they put Vinci on the table. The fans rally up as Woods climbs up a corner! Woods aims, the fans are on their feet, and Woods SUPER MACHO ELBOWS through the table!! Vinci writhes while Kofi & Woods roar! They haul Vinci out of the wreckage, put him in the ring, and Woods climbs again. Kofi hits a BACKBREAKER, Woods adds a KNEE DROP! Cover, Kaiser yanks the ref away!! The fans boo but Kaiser gets away with that one, but Kofi KENDO STICK DIVES! Down goes Kaiser!

Vinci flounders out of the ring, a red line of blood on his back from where the table got him. Kofi puts Kaiser in so he and Woods can kick him around! The fans know “This is Awesome!” as New Day drags Kaiser to his feet. Woods scoops Kaiser, Kofi climbs up, but Vinci rises! Vinci SHOVES Kofi down through a table!! The one from earlier! Woods ELBOWS Kaiser away, grabs at Vinci, Vinci SMACKS Woods with a cookie sheet! Kaiser RAMS Woods into a chair wedged in a corner!! Roll up, Imperium wins!!

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall

The New Day brought the fight but they lost the fight! Will Kofi & Woods be able to rebound from this crushing defeat? Will Kaiser & Vinci look to confront Judgment Day over the titles Finn & Priest have?

 

Adam Pearce is on the phone.

He talks with Bronson Reed, and says this isn’t the first phone call he’s had just like this. But yes, “it” is on the front of everyone’s mind, Pearce will address it soon enough. But congratulations on the newborn baby, see you soon. Pearce finishes the call, Chad Gable walks in and they shake hands. Gable over Ivar was a hell of a win, congratulations. Oh, well A THANK YEW~ then. But Gable just wants momentum going to WrestleMania. And speaking of, we all know Gunther wants an opponent going into the big show. Everyone will be coming to Pearce with their reasons why they’re the guy.

Gable has reasons of his own. He comes here as not just a competitor but as a father. Last time Gable faced Gunther, he was this close to taking the title. But that’s not what haunts him. What haunts Gable is that Gunther reduced Gable’s daughter to tears, and laughed at her misery! Gable needs to make this right. Gable’s reasons are honest. To anyone else, this match would be about the title. But for Gable, this means more. Pearce sees that. He has a lot to think about. Who will be in the running for a shot at Der Ring General?

 

Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell!

Speaking of title chases, The Queen of Spades & The Hunter are hot on the trail of Damage CTRL! Will Shayna & Stark be primed for their shot at Asuka & Kairi Sane? Or will the Poison Pixie & #IndiWrestling find the way to a rematch from Elimination Chamber?

Raw returns as Indi & Candice make their entrance. The teams sort out and Candice starts against Shayna. Shayna runs up, Candice dodges to kick a leg out and ENZIGIRI! Then STEP-UP SENTON! Candice hurries to BLAST Zoey, then she dodges Shayna to back body block! Candice goes out to CANNONBALL Zoey! The fans fire up as Candice then avoids Shayna’s shoulder to KNEE her away! Step-in TORNADO- NO, Shayna SLAMS Candice outta the DDT and KNEES her down! Candice is dazed but Shayna stands on her arm! Shayna lets her hair down and STOMPS Candice’s elbow! Tag to Zoey and Zoey storms right up.

Zoey wrenches and YANKS the bad arm, then YANKS it again. Zoey steps over to HIP DROP the elbow, then she stalks Candice to ropes. Zoey wraps the bad arm around ropes and pulls! Zoey grinds forearms into Candice’s face while saying she’s a nobody! Zoey whips Candice into buckles hard, then grinds her forearms in again! The ref counts, Zoey lets off, and she brings Candice up for an INVERTED EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Candice stays in there but Zoey pushes her around. Zoey stands Candice up but into a CODE BREAKER! Hot tag to Indi and the fans rally up! Indi dodges Zoey in the ropes to UPPERCUT and BOOT her away!

Indi hurries in, LARIATS Zoey, BLASTS Shayna, and LARIATS Zoey again! Indi CLUBS, DECKS and then stalks Zoey. Zoey swings, Indi dodges, but Shayna tags in before the SPINEBUSTER! Indi roars, but Shayna grabs her! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Indi taps, Shayna & Zoey win!

Winners: Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark, by submission

The Queen of Spades & The Hunter put away Candice & Indi faster than Asuka & Kairi did, will this be more than enough to name them the next contenders? Or will not even Shayna & Zoey be ready for DMG CTRL?

 

R-Truth is in the Judgment Day clubhouse?

And then he’s joined by The Miz and “DX,” aka DIY. They all sit down and Miz asks what Truth is even doing here. Well, Judgment Day’s gone for the night. He doesn’t want them to see him like this, but he was reminiscing about all the good times. Johnny Gargano says Truth’s always cheering them up, so they’ll return the favor. They’ll get revenge on The Judgment Day. And speaking of, Ciampa has a plan. Are you ready? What? He said… Are…! You…! Ready!? Oh, Truth gets it now! They’re gonna regenerate, right? What? Y’know, Regeneration X. Now that’s what’s up! No, no, it was Degeneration- Never mind. That is what’s up, and it’s AWESOME~!

Truth says let’s do it then! Hold on, he’s taking the TV back. Don’t worry about unplugging it, ain’t no cords on it. So it’s wireless? Nope. Truth, Miz and DIY head out, just what will they do to finally get one over on Judgment Day?

 

Drew McIntyre is here!

The Scottish Terminator and the winner of this year’s Elimination Chamber match is in San Jose, primed to face Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship! McIntyre gets the mic to say, “We did it.” He wants to thank the fans. You don’t achieve success alone, so everyone here and around the world, thank you for praying harder than ever before. Because of them, it is happening! McIntyre VS Rollins for the WHC at Mania! McIntyre feels like hell, though. He is more jetlag than man right now, especially after being the first man in the Chamber and the last man standing. He got hurt in there, an eardrum blown out. It was a bit of an incident after the show.

McIntyre was talking with the doctor afterward, and he told McIntyre that he is hurt, he might not make WrestleMania. Fans boo, but McIntyre told the doc, “Who do you think I am? CM Punk? Nothing’s gonna stop me from making Mania!” Fans are torn, they should’ve known McIntyre was going there with this. And then McIntyre sits down cross-legged a la Punk! “Don’t look up my kilt, ya pervs.” McIntyre tells Punk that he knows it hurts not to be part of Chamber or WrestleMania, and it probably kills Punk to see McIntyre in the world title match instead. But he wants Punk to know he thought about him after the match.

McIntyre wants to do something special just for Punk. We know Punk is straightedge, doesn’t drink alcohol, so McIntyre drank twice as much for both of them to celebrate. McIntyre grins and says okay, to more serious business. He has to talk to the champ, so if he’ll indulge McIntyre, “Mr. Rollins, c’mon down.” And here he comes! The fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” as Rollins makes his way out in a baggy, wine red suit. Rollins joins McIntyre in the ring, and McIntyre points to the sign. Rollins says yeah, we’ll get to that, but if McIntyre will indulge Rollins a moment… “SAN JOSE! Welcome to Monday Night Rollins!”

And a congratulations to Drew McIntyre! Fans boo but Rollins says no, no, McIntyre did it. Rollins is proud of McIntyre for clawing his way back to a title match with him again. And this time, McIntyre has an opportunity to do what he’s been wanting since 2020: win the world title, but not in an empty warehouse! This time, it’ll be in front of a capacity crowd at the BIGGEST WrestleMania of all time! But… there is just one thing standing in the way. He is the Visionary, he is the Revolutionary, he is Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! The fans sing again and Rollins revels in it. McIntyre says yeah, Rollins is standing in the way.

McIntyre says beating Rollins is no easy job, but beating McIntyre is no easy job, either. So why is Rollins making it so hard on himself? We’ve seen what’s going on with Roman and Cody and The Rock, Rollins should just stop. Rollins doesn’t need that in his life. McIntyre’s talked with Rollins about this, from the bad knee to the bad back. Rollins should take time off, rest up, and be at 100% for WrestleMania. But Rollins won’t listen, doesn’t have to, he’s a grown man. But it just doesn’t make sense to McIntyre why Rollins is going to SmackDown this Friday to fight Cody’s battle when Raw needs Rollins here!

That stuff is their business, screw them! When McIntyre is champion, he won’t care if SmackDown is on fire and begging for help, McIntyre wouldn’t piss on ’em to put it out! McIntyre’s responsibility will be Raw and the World Heavyweight Championship only. But here is something for Rollins to think about: The Bloodline situation. We know where this is going, Rollins doesn’t need to go down that path. We know the outcome, it has happened time and time again, and to McIntyre personally. You push Bloodline too far, you know what happens! Their match at Mania will be a killer match, the fans going wild, Bloodline will hit the ring and cost Rollins the title!

So please, for Rollins’ sake and McIntyre’s, just back off. Fans boo and Rollins takes off the sunglasses. Rollins tells McIntyre, “I respect everything you just said. But respectfully, some risks are worth taking.” Fans cheer that, and Rollins says that he’ll be straight here. McIntyre’s known Rollins a long time, he knows what Rollins is about, so he knows that everything McIntyre just said, Rollins has already thought about. Rollins has replayed it over and over, all the negative outcomes. It’s why Rollins is the Architect, the Visionary, and the truth is… McIntyre might be right. Rollins’ knee may not be ready, the back may give out, and Bloodline might leave him broken in their wake, just like they have everyone else.

WrestleMania might be an easy night for McIntyre. McIntyre might be right, but what if he’s wrong? Like Rollins said, some risks are worth taking. He’s been selfish in his career and in his life, and Rollins thought that the goal at the end of the road would fill the void. But every single time, when Rollins got to the top, he felt empty inside. It wasn’t until he had his daughter that Rollins realized not everything is about him. There are some things in life bigger than all of us! The World Heavyweight Championship is bigger than us! Taking down the Bloodline is bigger than us! Fans cheer that!

Rollins asks McIntyre back: If they don’t take care of Bloodline before Mania, then what? Let’s say McIntyre does take the title from Rollins. It doesn’t matter if McIntyre is champion or Rollins is champion, The Bloodline wants power, and it’s only a matter of time before they come for the World Heavyweight Championship. So McIntyre might be right, but what if he’s wrong? What if Rollins’ knee is 100%? What if his back is ready to go? What if they can rip The Bloodline apart once and for all to secure the future of this industry!? Because if they can do all of that, then at WrestleMania, it is just Rollins, McIntyre and the World Heavyweight Championship.

Rollins said this before Crown Jewel, and he’ll say it again here: May the best man win. And some risks are worth taking. Rollins drops the mic and takes his leave, will this gamble go his way? Or will McIntyre find his own way to win it all?

 

Nia Jax VS Liv Morgan!

The Irresistible Force is a sore loser, determined to prove she’s far more worthy of a WrestleMania moment than every single woman that was in the Elimination Chamber match. To her point, she did get the better of them all just last week. Will she do it again tonight? Or will Liv make Nia #CryAboutIt some more?

Raw returns as Liv makes her entrance. The bell rings and Liv SHOTGUNS Nia! Liv fires off forearms but Nia shoves her away. Liv runs up to back body block! Liv runs up again, SHINING WIZARD! Liv keeps moving, but Nia stops the rana! Nia swings Liv up and around, SAMOAN DROP! Nia soaks up the heat while she paces around Liv. Nia drags Liv around to pull on the arms! The fans boo and Liv endures, but Nia STOMPS her down! Liv sputters but Nia drags her up and puts her in a corner. Nia runs in to SPLASH Liv, and Liv flops down. Nia runs back in, HIP ATTACK! Nia rubs it in quite literally, then drags Liv up.

Liv fires body shots, runs, but Nia ELBOWS her down! Nia drags Liv around, and has a leg for the STRETCH MUFFLER! Liv endures as she dangles off the mat! Nia then swings Liv into buckles! Nia drops Liv, kicks her around, and then goes to the apron. Nia lines up a shot, but Liv dodges the leg drop! Fans taunt Nia with “MY HOLE! MY HOLE!” while Nia hobbles away. Liv aims, builds speed, and DVIES! Down goes Nia and the fans fire up while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Nia has Liv in a BEARHUG! Liv endures as Nia squeezes and thrashes her around! Pat uses the telestrator to show us just how much Liv was suffering in the Stretch Muffler. Back to present, Liv fights out of the bearhug and ENZIGIRIS! Nia wobbles, and then CLOBBERS Liv! Nia runs to SENTON but misses as Liv moves! Liv goes to a corner, Nia runs up, but Liv slips to the apron! Nia hits buckles, Liv KNEES her back! Then HOTSHOTS her away! Nia staggers, Liv goes up the corner, and fans fire up for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Nia staggers to the corner but Liv runs in! Nia blocks the Code Breaker!

Nia puts Liv in the corner but Liv ROCKS her! Liv leaps, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nia is still in this and Liv grows frustrated. The fans rally up as Liv rushes Nia, but into a fireman’s carry! Liv sunset flips through, but Nia stays up! Nia drags Liv to her feet for a HEADBUTT! Liv ends up in a corner, Nia runs in, but Liv dodges, Nia POSTS herself! Nia falls out of the ring and Liv hurries to the apron! Liv runs but Nia catches her! SAMOAN DROP into the post! The fans boo but wait! BECKY LYNCH FLIES IN!

Winner: Nia Jax, by disqualification

The Man fires off on Nia and SMACKS her off the desk! And again and again and again! The fans fire up as Becky dribbles Nia! Becky then SMACKS Nia off the apron, puts her in the ring, and storms up on her to CLUB her right back out of the ring! Nia hurries up the ramp while the ref keeps Becky back! Becky wants Big Time revenge, will she tear Nia down before going after Rhea? And how will Liv feel about this when Becky’s revenge just cost her a win?

 

Backstage interview with Grayson Waller & Austin Theory.

Cathy Kelley is now with A-Town Down Under and brings up Elimination Chamber’s “massive scoop.” Does Waller feel Cody being the guest on the Grayson Waller Effect backfired on him? Waller says once again, Waller gets the biggest scoop via his show, not surprised! Big for Waller, big for Australia, but that doesn’t change the fact Cody disrespected Waller in his home. He beat up Waller’s boy, Theory, and Waller did everything he could to protect him (not), but now they flip the script. Waller will disrespect The American Nightmare in his house, and then The Rock & Roman can pick the bones. This lad ain’t ever gonna finish his story!

Cathy thanks them for their time, will the Grayson Waller Effect be super effective? Or will nothing stop Cody from making it to Mania?

 

WWE mourns the loss of Ole Anderson.

The OG Four Horseman passed away today at the age of 81. A great tag team wrestler and one half of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew, he will be missed.

 

Adam Pearce finds Becky backstage.

She says after what Nia did to her, Becky was not gonna be able to move on until she ends this. Becky wants her shot at Nia. Oh, really? Then how does next week sound? Sounds perfect to Becky. Then it’s official. Becky thanks Pearce, but then Liv storms in! Liv says she was in the middle of something out there, but guess Becky doesn’t care about anyone else. Not everything is about The Man! Liv storms off, is Becky only going to settle one score to have to worry about another?

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

Jackie Redmond is with Main Event Jey and says despite a hell of an effort against Gunther, not an outcome Jey wanted. How does Jey plan on getting back in the title scene? Jey says he’ll keep on being him, doing what he does, keep on showing up to Raw and being Main Event Jey Uso. Last week, he was this close to having his first singles title. Feels like when he tries to get close to something, he falls short. When he tries to complete the mission, he falls short. When he tries to do something positive for himself, he falls short. When he tries to pull himself up, he falls short. Whether it is his past enemies on Raw, or his own flesh ‘n’ blood.

Jey then spots said enemy in McIntyre. McIntyre says he knows Jey is having a tough time. McIntyre is in a good place, riding high, but he felt this was a good time to have this talk. McIntyre knows how Jey is feeling, and McIntyre wants Jey to know that from the bottom of his heart, Jey deserves it. Jey fires off on McIntyre and it’s a brawl! Refs and security rush in to pull these two apart! The Scottish Terminator can’t help himself when it comes to pushing buttons, but will he regret getting on Jey’s bad side?

 

Cody Rhodes VS Grayson Waller w/ Austin Theory!

The American Nightmare wants after The Rock, but it seems the Aussie Icon has just ended up a pawn in the Bloodline’s game. Will Cody get past this obstacle to have a clear path to WrestleMania? Or will Waller be drinking a shoey in The Tribal Chief’s honor?

Raw returns as Cody makes his entrance, the fans singing along, “WHOA~ OH~!” The bell rings and the fans rally up behind Cody. Waller is annoyed by that as he circles with Cody. They tie up, go around, and Cody headlocks for the takeover. Waller headscissors, Cody kips free and hits another takeover. Waller headscissors, Cody kips free again and waistlocks. Waller elbows free, runs up and bumps Cody off buckle! Waller taunts the fans but they rally behind Cody. Waller JABS Cody, CLUBS him, but Cody turns things around to CHOP! Cody stalks Waller to a corner, whips him corner to corner but Waller reverses hard!

Waller storms up to cravat Cody and fires off knees! Fans boo but Theory soaks it up for Waller. Waller throws body shots on Cody, has him against ropes and CLUBS him. Waller ROCKS Cody with a forearm, throws body shots, and he keeps Cody on the ropes. Waller wrenches and whips Cody but Cody reverses to kick, drop and RHODES UPPERCUT! Cody then reels Waller in to suplex, and he holds Waller up! Fans cheer as Cody waits until ten for the GOURD BUSTER! Cody then clotheslines Waller up and out! Fans fire up as Cody stands tall and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once again and Cody throws body shots to get free of a chinlock. But then Waller LEG LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Waller keeps on Cody with a cravat and he cranks the neck wrench. Waller says he won’t let Cody disrespect him! The fans rally, Cody fights up, and commentary says Paul Heyman is somewhere in the building. Did he bring The Bloodline with him? Cody throws more body shots to get free, then he CHOPS! Waller kicks low, reels Cody in to back suplex, but Cody lands out of it! Cody CLOBBERS Waller, goes to a corner then goes up and over, to SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up with Cody as he rises!

Cody runs, springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Cover, TWO! Waller stays in this but then Theory distracts Cody! Cody glares at Theory, runs him off, but Waller is up, to JAB! Cody drops to his knees, and Theory says that’s teamwork! Fans boo but Waller whips. Cody ducks ‘n’ dodges to DIVE! Theory is sent tumbling up and over the desk!! The fans fire up but Waller goes out to LARIAT Cody down! Waller puts Cody in, says this is the real deal, and he somersaults, but Cody dodges the flatliner! CODY CUTTER! The fans fire up again and Cody dragon sleepers for the CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

A-Town Down Under probably wishes they’d stayed home on this one! Cody is rolling down the Road to WrestleMania, but “Ladies and gentlemen,” The Wise Man confirms he is here by stepping on stage. Heyman has private security but Cody still gets a chair! Cody also gets a mic while Heyman says it’d figure “San Josie” would boo ladies. They’re ruining his shtick! Heyman continues his introduction, but Cody doesn’t give a damn! If this is a set-up, then come get him! Heyman has everyone calm down. This is not a Bloodline set-up. The only member of The Bloodline here tonight is Heyman. Does anyone see a drop of Polynesian blood anywhere in the security?

That’s rhetorical, because the answer is no. These gentlemen are Heyman’s “friends” from the NYPD. They are off-duty, technically, because they’re suspended, but that’s a whole different story. Heyman came here to California to let us know no one wants an apology. Heyman understands how insulting it must be to get Will Smith’d across the face. But Heyman wants Cody needs to take The Rock’s name out of his freakin’ mouth. Because The Tribal Chief, Roman…! Reigns…! has authorized Heyman to let Cody know, that if Cody does not back away from this… Like, you can’t just say you want a match with The Rock and then it magically happens.

Well, it magically happens if you ARE The Rock, but Cody screwed that all up, didn’t he? See, a year ago, they were crying in the ring with each other, Heyman forgives Cody. But The Rock doesn’t. And understanding that Cody is in the WrestleMania main event with Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Championship, Heyman is begging and pleading, “Please, Cody. Please. Pretty please, with a cherry on top… Withdraw this challenge from The Rock… or else.” Cody takes a seat and asks, “Or else what, Mr. Heyman?” Does Heyman wanna know why Cody hasn’t rained holy terror on this mic about Heyman’s new boy, Dwayne? Why Cody hasn’t trashed The Rock in media?

It’s simple! Like everyone here, Cody was a fan of The Rock! How could he not be? Put yourself in Cody’s shoes! He comes from a family where every meal was determined by ticket sales, and nobody sold more than The Rock! But Cody is done, fed up with being nice! If this is a set-up, then like Cody said, “Come and get me.” Heyman says he has a better idea. Heyman and his “friends” go to the apron and Heyman asks if he may step inside. Heyman may not. Heyman says that’s just rude. But the “friends” step in and Cody says okay, then he’ll make this clear. If one more person steps towards Cody, he is dropping every single person in this ring.

The fans fire up and Heyman says okay, he respects that. As Cody will surely respect that his threat doesn’t apply if Heyman is that one person, right? WRONG! Cody gets his chair and he JAMS everyone up! Then SMACKS them all down! And then CHUCKS the chair into the one guys’ face! CROSS RHODES!! The fans fire up as Cody stands his ground! He dares Heyman to send The Bloodline, but Heyman has his phone to call Roman Reigns. And another phone to call The Rock! Cody says go ahead, call whoever he’s got! Because the Bloodline isn’t hunting Cody, Cody is hunting The Bloodline!

Heyman looks a little worried as Cody has another round to JAM and SMACK the “friends!” Cody TOSSES one, TOSSES another, then TOSSES the third! Did this little stunt backfire in the worst way possible for The Bloodline?


My Thoughts:

Another great Raw, with great build upon the WrestleMania stories. I really like this intertwining of stories between Judgment Day and other groups. Great opening promo from Dom, Rhea and Becky, which then turned into Nia attacking Becky, which then in turn became Becky attacking Nia during her match with Liv. Now, while we’re getting Nia VS Becky 2, it feels like Liv is adding Becky to the revenge tour. There’s talk of Triple Threats for world titles at every 10th WrestleMania, what if it was for the Women’s World Championship? Granted, it’d be a shame since Becky fought her way to earn the shot, but it would hearken back to Mania 35 where Becky won a Triple Threat.

Judgment Day confronting Imperium over the Intercontinental Championship was some good stuff. And I do appreciate that even Rhea felt Dom was biting off more than he could chew stepping to Gunther. Now, it sure feels like they want Sami to get his shot after that encounter with Gunther, but I like that Andrade is also in the mix after his talk with Dom. Sami VS Nakamura was an awesome opening match, it probably should be Sami given he mentioned “doing something historic” last week. But Sami having to get through Andrade, Bronson, Gable and maybe even Dom would really make it a great road to Mania.

Awesome Street Fight tag match, too, and I was rather surprised Imperium won. But I have a feeling Kaiser & Vinci will be getting in on the Undisputed Tag Team Championship story, same as The Awesome Truth. Good but short promo from Truth, Miz & DIY to keep up the “DIY is DX” gag and establish that the feud is continuing. Awesome Truth still feels like they’re set for their shot at Mania, but maybe Imperium and a team from SmackDown get involved to make it easier for Finn & Priest to lose the belts.

Raquel all but squashing Chelsea was entertaining, though Shayna & Zoey all but squashing Candice & Indi was a little disappointing. I suppose Shayna & Zoey are still being established as challengers for DMG CTRL, we might get a Fatal 4 tag title match for the women. As I said at Chamber, maybe Bianca gets in on the tag title story since the top titles are spoken for. Meanwhile, great promo from McIntyre with Rollins, though it maybe took a little too long to get where it was going. It is good character stuff from McIntyre to be hypocritically worried The Bloodline is going to screw Rollins over when McIntyre just wants the title regardless.

Great bit with McIntyre and Jey, too, though it felt like Jey was just going on and on to stall for time as McIntyre was heading over there. McIntyre VS Jey one more time will be really good stuff to give McIntyre momentum going towards Mania. And really good stuff from Cody Rhodes tonight. Good promo before his match, good promo from Waller as well, and really good main event from Cody VS Waller. Heyman showing up was a nice surprise, though it was a weird move for him to bring fake cops that were supposedly suspended. We all knew they were getting beat up by Cody anyway, maybe this was some kind of adlib to keep from Cody beating down Jimmy and/or Solo. There’s a very good chance that happens on SmackDown anyway, so they probably didn’t wanna be redundant.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Beginning Sapporo Results & Report! (2/24/24)

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The New Beginning comes to an end!

It’s a WrestleKingdom rematch here in Sapporo as Tetsuya Naito gives Sanada a shot at the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship! Will NJPW still be tranquilo? Or will the Cold Skull once again be the Gold Skull?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Frontier Zone: Toru Yano & Tomoya VS Tomoaki Honma & Katsuya Murashima; Yano & Tomoya win.
  • 10 Man Tag: The House of Torture VS Shota Umino, El Desperado, YOH, Togi Makabe & Boltin Oleg; Shota, Desperado, Yoh, Makabe & Oleg win.
  • 10 Man Tag: Chaos VS Matt Riddle & The United Empire; Chaos wins.
  • Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo; ELP & Leo win.
  • Nic Nemeth & Ryusuke Taguchi VS David Finlay & Gedo; Nemeth & Taguchi win.
  • BUSHI VS Taka Michinoku; Bushi wins.
  • Hiromu Takahashi VS DOUKI; Douki wins.
  • Shingo Takagi VS Taichi; Taichi wins.
  • Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura; Yota wins and Yuya must cut their hair.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA; Naito wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo!

It’s Guerrillas of Destiny VS Guerrillas of Destiny in the Good Bad Guy’s farewell to NJPW! Will Tama and the Silverback “big brother” The Headbanga and Young Guerilla on the way out? Or will ELP & Leo prove their title belts aren’t just for show?

For those wondering which corner Jado would, he chose neither, as he is now the special guest referee! You can bet The Master Heater will keep this one fair and square. And in a great throwback, Tama comes out in his ghost face killer paint! Meanwhile, Loa has the Mr. Terrific T paint. The four fist bump to show respect, and ELP gets the fans rallying for Tama. The teams sort out and Leo starts against Tama. The fans rally for “G O D! G O D!” as the brothers double fist bump. They circle, tie up, and Leo shoves Tama away. Tama comes back, gets around, headlocks, but Leo endures the grind. Leo powers up to lift Tama, but Tama thrashes the hold.

Leo powers up and out, but Tama slides under the boot! The fans cheer as the stand off. They reset, speed up, and Tama dodges to DROPKICK! Leo stays up and he runs Tama over! Leo runs but Tama avoids the elbow drop! The fans cheer as the two stand off again. Leo and Tama then back off, tag to ELP and Loa. The fans rally as these two circle now. ELP and Loa feel things out, tie up, and they go around. ELP headlocks, Loa powers up and out, and they RAM shoulders! Neither falls but Loa applauds ELP. ELP dares Loa to go then, so Loa runs. They RAM shoulders and ELP falls! Loa fires up and the fans cheer.

Loa flexes, runs, but ELP drops. Loa sunset flips, ELP sits on it, TWO! Loa has it, TWO! ELP has it, TWO! Wait, aren’t those counts kinda fast? ELP and Loa rock back and forth and Jado can’t even keep up! ELP and Loa let off and ask what’s going on. Jado gives them shoves, telling them to respect his authority. ELP and Loa shove back, but Tama and Leo get in! Tama tells ELP not to shove Jado, but Leo tells Loa the same, and now they’re all shoving each other! Jado tells them all to stop it, this is a clean fight! The fans cheer and GOD all agrees. So they start throwing forearms! Nothing wrong with a brawl!

Tama gets the edge on ELP and Loa gets the edge on Leo. Tama & Loa whip, but ELP & Leo dosido! Tama & Loa dodge, but then so do ELP & Leo! They each SPLASH, then ELP feeds Tama to Leo’s SIDEWALK SLAM! ELP hits the FALLING AX HANDLE! But Loa throws hands on them both! The fans fire up, Loa runs, but ELP hurdles and Leo DDTs Loa down! The fans fire up again as ELP winds up and high-fives Leo! ELP then ROCKS Loa with a forearm, and Loa ends up on ropes. ELP fires more forearms, puts him in a corner and throws body shots. Loa shoves ELP away so ELP BOOTS him!

Tag to Leo and ELP CHOPS Loa. Leo stands Loa up to CHOP! Leo grits his teeth but Leo brings up the vest is too much padding for Loa. Jado says there’s nothing he can do about that, so Leo bumps Loa off buckles. Leo stomps Loa, then CHOPS again! Leo then scoops Loa, ELP tags in, and Leo POWERSLAMS! ELP then springboard SWANTON BOMBS, then LIONSAULTS! Cover, ONE!! ELP argues the count but Jado says he’s being fair. ELP clamps on a chinlock and grinds Loa down. Loa endures, the fans rally up, but ELP smothers Loa. Jado reprimands, ELP lets off with an ELBOW to Loa’s head!

ELP brings Loa up and around, whips but Loa blocks! ELP pushes Loa, whips, but Loa reverses! Loa runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Loa then goes up and MISSILE DROPKICKS ELP across the ring! The fans fire up while both men are down! ELP and Loa both crawl, hot tag to Tama! Tama rallies on ELP with body shots and uppercuts! Tama fires off in a corner, then whips corner to corner. ELP reverses, runs up but Tama CLOBBERS him first! The fans fire up as the vest comes off! Tama claps and the fans clap along. ELP goes to a corner, Tama runs in, STINGER SPLASH! Then EXPLODER! ELP flounders but Tama goes over to cover, TWO!

ELP is still in this, but Tama keeps his cool. Tama CLUBS ELP, throws down hands, then brings him up. Tama dragon sleepers but ELP snapmares free! ELP dodges the superman punch to straitjacket and torture rack! Tag to Leo, Leo runs, BOOT and BRAIN SALAD! Cover, Loa breaks it! Loa kicks ELP, scoops him, but ELP slips free, feed to Leo’s UPPERCUT! Loa roars, but gets a BOOT ENZIGIRI COMBO! Tama runs up but Leo stops Gun Stun! Feed to SUDDEN DEATH! Tama is down, Leo & ELP reload to aim at Loa! SUDDEN DEATH and GODSEND!! Then Loa is in the drop zone as ELP goes up!

ELP climbs onto Leo’s shoulders, for the SUPER- GUN STUN!! Tama intercepts Thunderkiss, but then Loa grabs Tama! GOD- SPEAR from Loa!! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Jado checks them all, they all stir, and the OG GOD rise up first. They stand Leo up, bring him around and pick him up, MAGIC KILLER!! But they’re not done there, they each take a corner! Loa DIVING HEADBUTTS, Tama SUPREME FLOWS! Cover, TWO!! Leo survives the onslaught from his own brothers and the fans fire up! Tama & Loa are frustrated but they reset and call their shot again! Even Jado’s surprised they want to go this far!

Tama & Loa double whip Leo to a corner, and Loa runs in to clothesline! Tama hits the STINGER SPLASH, and then Loa goes up. The fans rally both ways as Tama tries to suplex Leo, but he’s so big! Leo suplexes Tama instead! Leo stands, Loa leaps, AX HANDLE! Leo drops to a knee, Loa fires up and kicks low. Loa scoops, but Leo slips free! Leo kicks but Loa blocks! Loa dodges the lariat, runs, but into the SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up for Leo as he aims at Tama! Choke grip, but Tama breaks free to ROCK Leo! Leo choke grips again! But Tama breaks free again, so Leo UPPERCUTS! Choke grip again, for GOD-

NO, Tama slips free, shoves, runs, GUN- NO! Leo stops that and choke grips through! GOD- GUN- NO!! Leo counters the counter, then scoops, for a POP-UP CUTTER!! ELP fires up with Leo, and Leo LARIATS Tama inside-out! Cover, ONE?!!? And that’s with Jado’s faster than normal count! Tama fires up, Leo fires up, and Leo hauls Tama up and POWER- NO, Tama fights it! Leo stops the counter, though, to POWERBOMB after all!! Cover, TWO?!?! Tama survives again and everyone is shocked! The fans are thunderous as Leo drags Tama back up with the choke grip. Leo hesitates, but he still hits GODSEND!!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!

Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall

The younger GOD duo defeats the older, and now the torch has been passed. Tama’s farewell to NJPW will be bittersweet, but he will leave knowing he gave it his all, and he has all of our love and respect. Tama stands with his brothers, with Jado and with ELP, and they group hug over the lion logo. Ain’t nobody realer than Guerilla, is the future in good hands with ELP & Leo?

 

Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura!

The Gene Blast and The Heat Storm both want to be THE face of NJPW’s future. They’re both so determined to rise up and leave behind their Young Lion days, they’re willing to put their glorious manes! Who wins and moves forward while the other must relive their past?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They circle, feel things out, but Yota avoids Yuya’s lunge in for a leg. They knuckle lock, Yuya gets around to waistlock, but Yota wrenches and switches. Yuya wrenches out to hammerlock, but Yota elbows then switches. Yota has a nelson, then he spins Yuya to a cravat. Yuya endures the neck wrench, swings an arm to bring Yota down, then rolls to wrangle Yota with a top wristlock. Yota keeps his shoulders up, moves around, and he trips Yuya. Yota gets past the leg guard to cover, ONE, but Yota holds off Yuya’s attempt at a lateral press.

Yuya lets off slowly, Yota gets up, and the fans cheer this exchange. The two reset and circle again, feel things out, and knuckle lock again. They go shoulder to shoulder in a Test of Strength and the fans rally up. Yota’s height gives him leverage, and he powers Yuya to ropes. The ref calls the break, Yuya turns things around, but Yuya still lets off. Yuya then CHOPS and whips! Yota rolls Yuya up, TWO! Yuya cradles, ONE!! Yuya tries to roll up now, TWO! Yota bails out and fans cheer. Yuya storms right up to ropes but Yota backs away. Yota paces around the outside so Yuya rests on a corner, willing to wait.

Yota walks around as the ring count climbs, and he steps back in at 5 of 20. Yuya hops down and he resets with Yota. They stare down, Yota just smiling. They go forehead to forehead, then Yota kicks low! Yota headlocks, Yuya powers out then goes the other way! They run the ropes crisscross, then Yuya drops, hurdles and HIP TOSSES Yota down! The fans fire up and Yuya covers, TWO! Yuya keeps cool, and he brings Yota up. Yuya wrenches to wrangle Yota with another top wristlock, then he drops an elbow on the elbow! And then another elbow drop! And another elbow drop! Yuya goes for another wristlock but Yota gets the ROPEBREAK!

Yuya lets go quickly and he waits on Yota. Yota stands and Yuya whips him to a corner. Yuya runs in but Yota BOOTS him! Yuya staggers back, runs in again, but Yota dodges! SPLASH! Yota keeps moving to run Yuya right over! And then he runs to SOMERSAULT SENTON! Yota just keeps moving for a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up as Yuya stays in this. Yota keeps cool, though, and he storms up on Yuya. Yota reels Yuya in but Yuya fights the suplex. Yuya shoves free but Yota BODY BLOWS! Yuya falls in a heap and the ref checks him. Yota drags Yuya up, bumps him off buckles, and RAMS him again and again!

Yota snapmares Yuya to KICK him in the back. Yota kneels for the cover, TWO! A bit cocky from Yota but he grins as he looms over Yuya. Yuya sits up, Yota stands him up, and Yota winds up to ROCK Yuya in the back! Yuya staggers to ropes but Yota storms up. Yuya CHOPS Yota, but Yota fires forearm after forearm. Yota snapmares and KICKS Yuya in the back again! The fans rally as Yuya writhes and Yota paces. Yota grabs the legs, but Yuya scrambles and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Yota doesn’t let go so Yuya kicks him away. Yuya runs, but into a scoop! BACKBREAKER! Yota gets the legs again, and he turns Yuya over for the BOSTON CRAB!

Yuya endures as Yota sits deep and the fans rally up! Yuya powers up, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Yota lets go while the fans applaud. Yota says okay, and then he runs to baseball slide dropkick Yuya out! Yuya even tumbles to the railing! Fans rally up again as Yota grins and builds speed, but Yuya drops down! The damage to Yuya’s back keeps him from standing and taking a tope. Yota eggs Yuya on, the ring count starts, and Yuya drags himself up at 3 of 20. Yota drags Yuya to the apron and stops the count. Yota suplexes but Yuya slips free! Waistlock, but Yota bucks the O’Conner! Yota runs up, but into an arm-drag!

Yota swings, Yuya ducks, and Yuya hits another arm-drag! Then a DROPKICK! The fans fire up while both men are down! Yuya grits his teeth and clutches his back while Yota stirs and checks his chin. Yota rolls to a corner but Yuya kips up! The fans fire up and Yuya runs corner to corner, to CHOP! Yuya whips corner to corner but just reels Yota in, for a BIG back suplex! Float-over to the cover, TWO! Yota toughs it out but Yuya keeps his cool. Yuya brings Yota up, but Yota fires forearms and a knee! Yota whips, Yuya reverses to SAYANAGI! GROUND ARM SCREW! And then basement dropkick to the arm! Yota writhes, Yuya hurries to cover, TWO!

But Yuya has the top wristlock! Yota reaches out but Yuya drags him away for the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Yota flails, reaches out, blocks the twist on the arm, but Yuya pulls harder with his top mount! Yuya breaks the grip for the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Yota still reaches out for ropes but Yuya drags him right to center! Yuya keeps on the double wristlock but Yota kicks around. Yuya shifts into an ARMBAR, but Yota has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and Yuya lets go. Yuya is frustrated but he stands back up and brings Yota around. Yuya wrenches, cording holds, and then goes for the other arm. Yota throws Yuya down and rolls back, into the BOSTON CRAB!!

Yuya endures as Yota sits deep on the hold! Yuya powers up but Yota drags him away! Yota’s bad arm forces him to change to a HALF CRAB! Yota still sits deep and Yuya has to bite his thumb to ignore the pain! Yuya fights forward, but Yota drags him away! Yota manages to get both legs on one side, LOBSTER CRAB! Yuya endures as Yota pulls! Yuya tries to fight, but Yota then digs a knee in! LION TAMER!! Yuya bites all his fingers just to keep from giving up! Yota lets go in frustration as his arms can’t hold on any longer! Yota grabs at both legs this time, and he SWINGS Yuya around! He only gets five rotations but he fires back up!

Yota tries for the legs again but Yuya traps the bad arm, to SNAP it! Yota staggers, Yuya swings but Yota catches him! BACKBREAKER, but Yuya swings out of the clinch to full nelson! Then he spins Yota to DIVORCE COURT DDT! Yota clutches the arm while both men are down! Yuya rolls to ropes while Yota writhes at center. Yuya goes back to Yota and they both stand. Yuya throws a haymaker, then another! Yota backs up to a corner, Yuya CHOPS him! Yuya CHOPS again, then fires haymakers! Yuya CHOPS then runs Yota corner to corner to bump off buckles! Yuya throws hands, runs Yota to the other corner and again bumps him off buckles!

Yuya CHOPS Yota, climbs up, and he rains down fists! The fans fire up and count along, Yuya goes all the way to TEN! Yuya pulls at Yota’s hair but Yota grins. Yuya drags Yota out by his legs, stomps him and covers, TWO! Yota rises up but Yuya fires up. Yuya runs up but Yota gets around, goes up and over to sunset flip, TWO! Yuya stands, swings, but into a wrench and wrangle, lateral press! TWO, and Yota arm-drags! Float over, headscissor cradle, TWO!! Yuya escapes, Yota runs up, but Yota blocks the arm-drag! Only for Yuya to swing around and arm-drag after all! Yota gets up, swings, but into a spin and backslide! TWO!

Yuya holds onto the arms, rolls into another backslide, TWO! The two men fight for control, stand back up, and Yuya spins Yota around for underhooks! Yota fights that to back drop but Yuya sunset flips it! TWO and Yota BOOTS Yuya down! The fans fire up while Yota catches his breath. Yota finally goes for the cover, but Yuya drags him into a ghost pin, TWO!! Yuya shifts around, sunset flip! TWO and it’s back to the ghost pin! TWO!! Yota escapes but Yuya UPPERCUTS! Yuya runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! The fans fire up, Yota runs, but Yuya gets around the lariat! Yuya underhooks for the BUTTERFLY SLAM! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally up again and Yuya grows frustrated. Yuya goes to a corner, then climbs up! Yota rises, then runs up to GAMANGIRI! The fans fire up with Yota as he climbs up! Yota fires hands, then goes to the very top! Yota brings Yuya up to join him, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives but Yota roars! Yota drags Yuya up and suplexes, but Yuya knees free! Double cording holds, DEADBOLT PLEX! But both men are down! The fans fire up as they stir, and Yuya goes to a corner. Yota eggs Yuya on, Yuya runs up, and DOUBLE FOREARMS DECK both men! The fans fire up again while the ref checks them!

Yota and Yuya stir, and Yota blinks through the daze. Yota stands up, but then falls right over! Yuya is also still down so the ref says it’ll be a standing count! The fans rally up for both guys, and they’re both down at 5 of 10! And then 7! And 8! Both men rise at 9 and the fans fire up again! We hit 25 minutes, leaving five left! Both men rise up, stare down, and they rush right in! Yuya headlocks, Yota powers out but Yuya runs him over! Cover, ONE!! The fans rally again as Yuya stands, but Yota runs him over! Cover, ONE!! Yuya storms up but Yota blocks the scoop with a facelock! Yota scoops Yuya to SLAM him!

Yuya rises and runs up, but into another scoop and SLAM! The fans fire up and Yota grins as he drags Yuya back up. Yota runs, but Yuya back drops him away! Yuya roars and the fans fire up again as he goes up the corner! Yuya aims as Yota rises, CROSSBODY FLOPS! CURB STOMP!! Yota then hauls Yuya up to suplex and FALCON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives and the fans fire up as Yota roars again! Yota powers up his arm, we hit the three minute warning, and Yota aims from a corner. GENE- RANA!! Then ARMBAR!! But Yota stacks him, TWO! Yota is free and KNEES Yuya! And SUPERKICKS! And GENE- ARM-DRAG, Ghost pin! TWO!!

Yuya ENZIGIRIS but Yota stays up! GENE- CUTTER!! Yuya has had an answer for every spear attempt, and now he drags Yota back up! Yuya cording holds, swings for the other arm, and roars to DEAD- NO, Yota HEADBUTTS! But Yuya HEADBUTTS! Two minute warning and a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men rise, GENE BLAST!!! Cover, YOTA WINS!

Winner: Yota Tsuji, by pinfall (Yuya must cut his hair)

Yuya let Yota have too much space and he got blasted! Yota has the epic tiebreaker, will he make his way towards championship opportunities now? And Yota stands Yuya up by pulling his hair, as if adding insult to injury. Yuya says fine, just get it over with. The ring staff set out a white tarp and bring in a chair. Yuya reluctantly sits in the chair, and Yota has the scissors and clippers. Yota gathers up the hair in a ponytail, and Yuya grits his teeth as all of that is cut away. Then Yota just goes right down the middle with the clippers! Yuya says stop, and he does the rest himself! Yuya won’t let Yota have the satisfaction of humiliating him.

Yuya leaves to finish that haircut in the back. Will the Heat Storm find a way to shine while looking like a Young Boy?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA!

WrestleKingdom 18 was only 50 days ago but it feels like only yesterday that NJPW had the largest LIJ roll call in history! The Uncontrollable Charisma finally had his moment, but will the Cold Skull take it back? Or will even Sapporo be tranquilo?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who closes out this New Beginning!

As usual, Naito takes his time with his elaborate entrance attire, but again Sanada is patient because he knows all about this. Naito finishes with the pants and the bell rings. The fans rally up as the two stare down. Red Shoes assesses the cheering and feels it favors Naito. Sanada doesn’t seem bothered by that, but Naito doesn’t seem fired up by it, either. The two circle, approach, but back away. Sanada knows this trick by Naito, too, and doesn’t let it get to him. They tie up now, Naito powers Sanada back to ropes then headlocks. Red Shoes calls the break, Sanada turns things around on Naito, but Naito doesn’t let go.

Red Shoes counts, Naito slowly lets go and Sanada pats Naito on the shoulders. The fans cheer as the two reset. They circle, feel things out, and Sanada gets a leg. Sanada moves to waistlock but Naito wrenches out. Naito hammerlocks then full nelsons, but Sanada fights the hold. Sanada breaks free, hammerlocks then headlocks, and he grinds Naito down. Naito powers up and out but Sanada runs him over! The fans rally up as things speed up, and Naito arm-drags only for Sanada to counter that! Sanada then trips Naito, has the legs and he ties Naito up into Paradise! The fans cheer as Sanada has Naito caught!

Sanada pulls on the legs to put some pressure on, then he DROPKICKS Naito out of Paradise! Naito bails out but Sanada waits on him. Sanada then builds speed, but he tumbles up and out as Naito moves! Naito sweeps the legs, then dropkicks Sanada down! Naito builds speed, but he rolls and tranquilos! Sanada still fell for that old trick! Sanada cools off as he paces around, though, and takes his time returning. Naito stays back, Sanada slides in, but then Naito bails out! The fans cheer but Sanada goes out to CLUB Naito! Sanada isn’t in the mood for games and he whips, but Naito reverses to CLAW Sanada’s eyes!

Naito whips Sanada, but Sanada reverses! Naito is sent into railing after all! Sanada brings Naito around, hangs him off the apron, but Naito kicks free of that to turn things around! DRAPING DDT to the floor!! Sanada writhes while Naito strikes like a Viper! The fans rally up while Naito leaves Sanada behind. The ring count starts while Sanada clutches his head and neck. Sanada is still down at 5 of 20, and then 10! Sanada sits up at 12, pushes himself up and stands at 15. Sanada shakes out the arm and slides in at 18, and fans cheer. Naito brings Sanada up to CLUB away on the neck, though, then he whips.

Naito arm-drags Sanada, ELBOWS him down and basement dropkicks! Naito floats to a cravat and he cranks on the neck! Sanada endures and kicks around. Naito leans his weight but Sanada fights up. Naito CLUBS Sanada again, and again! Sanada goes to ropes, but Naito whips him. Naito hip toss NECKBREAKERS! Sanada writhes again, rolls to the apron and flops to the floor, but Naito pursues. Naito sits Sanada up to SAMBO LEG NELSON! No ropebreaks on the outside, is Naito going to grind Sanada down for a count out? The count does start again, and Sanada can only kick around as Naito puts on the pressure.

Naito stops at 10 of 20, then slides into the ring at 14. Sanada is down at 15, rises as the fans rally, and slides in at 18! Fans cheer but Naito is right on Sanada to CLUB away on the neck! Naito whips, Sanada holds ropes to avoid the arm-drag, and he dropkicks a leg! Naito hobbles but Sanada runs up. Naito kicks low then whips Sanada to a corner. Naito runs in but Sanada BOOTS him! Sanada goes up and QUEBRADA, but Naito gets under! Only for Sanada to dropkick the legs out! Both men are down as Naito clutches his knee and Sanada shakes out his arm. Sanada stalks Naito, brings him up and has the leg, but Naito CLAWS the eyes!

Red Shoes reprimands but Naito SPITS at Sanada. Naito whips but Sanada reverses to hurdle, hurdle and DROPKICK! Sanada’s legs work just fine, and he watches Naito bail out again. The fans rally and duel, Sanada PLANCHAS! Down goes Naito and the fans fire up! Sanada encourages them to get louder so they oblige. Sanada goes back to Naito, still loving the adulation, and he brings Naito back up. Sanada puts Naito in, fireman’s carries, but Naito fights free. Naito shoves Sanada to a corner, runs up, and he blocks boots! Naito puts Sanada in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKBREAKER!

Naito drags Sanada up, whips, and HIP TOSS NECKBREAKERS again! Sanada writhes and Naito shakes out his leg. Naito drags Sanada up again, puts him up top, and then climbs up after him. But Sanada slips out to DROPKICK Naito down onto the post! That post might’ve saved Naito from a worse fall, but certainly not from a softer one! Sanada climbs up behind Naito now, brings him around, and hits a SUPER FALLING BACKBREAKER!! Then a suplex for the MAGIC SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and Sanada seethes but the fans fire up! Sanada hauls Naito up to the SKULL END! But Naito arm-drags free!

Naito runs up, Sanada sidesteps and O’Conner Roll, into SKULL END! The body scissors are in and Naito is caught! The fans fire up and duel as Naito endures! Naito kicks around, reaches out, but Sanada squeezes tight! Naito kicks and kicks and fights to gain ground but Sanada’s body scissors keep him stuck at center! The fans rally as hard as they can for Naito but he’s fading! Sanada follows his formula by letting go to go up top! ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees!! Naito saves himself but in double-edged fashion! Both men are down and the fans rally up again! Naito rises first and hobbles over to Sanada.

Naito drags Sanada up to kick and ELBOW! And kick, and ELBOW! Naito fires off more elbows, and Sanada staggers away to the corner! The fans rally up again, but Naito drags Sanada up to kick and ELBOW! And kick, and ELBOW! And ELBOW, ELBOW, ELBOW! Sanada falls again and this is all going to Naito’s formula! Naito drags Sanada up, puts him up top, and climbs up again. Naito CLUBS Sanada again and again to make sure he stays put this time. SUPER STEINER!! The fans fire up as both men are down! Naito then aims from the corner as Sanada rises, and the fans rally behind him.

Sanada stands, Naito runs up, into a DROPKICK! Naito stays up so Sanada whips. Naito reveres but Sanada denies the DDT to fireman’s carry! TK- DESTINO!! Naito hits it outta nowhere but he won’t leave it at that! Naito drags Sanada up, SPITS at him, then throws those ELBOWS! Sanada drops to his knees but Naito drags him up again. ELBOW! ELBOW! ELBOW! But Sanada roars! Sanada runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Naito stands Sanada up, wrenches, but Sanada denies the tilt-o-whirl! Naito and Sanada fight for control, and Naito CLUBS away! Tilt-o-whirl, DESTI- NO! Sanada fights that to the clinch!

But Naito fights from below! Sanada wrenches Naito, but Naito dragon sleepers! Is Naito trying to steal Skull End?! Sanada snapmares free before Naito truly can, and Sanada SHINING- NO, Naito ducks it! Naito UPPERCUTS, ENZIGIRIS, and then wrenches! Tilt-o-whirl, but Sanada slips free! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito gets around to waistlock! Sanada powers out to fire forearm after forearm! ROLLING ELBOW! Naito leans on ropes and the fans fire up! Naito CLUBS Sanada again and again, then ROCKS him! Sanada fireman’s carries! TKO! Both men are down again and the fans fire back up!

Sanada and Naito stir as the fans rally and duel. The “NA-I-TO!” is still stronger than the “SA-NA-DA!” but Sanada stands up first. Sanada scoops and BACKBREAKERS Naito into position! Sanada goes up again, ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and the fans are thunderous! Sanada snarls, goes back up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! But Sanada won’t stop there, he clinches and DEAD- NO, Naito slips free! Tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO!!! And then another wrench, another tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO~!!! But that’s still not enough!? Naito scoops Sanada, but Sanada fights it! The fans duel as the two fight for control!

Sanada powers his way out of the grip and ENZIGIRIS! Naito roars?! But he turns around into a SHINING WIZARD!! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito slips free again! TORNADO- NO, Sanada stuffs it, so Naito just holds onto the facelock! Naito has the squeeze on Sanada now, but Sanada moves around. Sanada reaches out but Naito has body scissors to keep him down! The fans rally, Sanada fights up, so Naito clinches, to steal DEADFALL! Sanada rolls through!? BLINDSIDE SHINING WIZARD!! The fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Sanada kips up!! The fans fire up as Sanada runs up, SHINING WIZARD!!!

Sanada isn’t done there, he drags Naito back up! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito just fights free again! TORNADO CRADLE! NAITO WINS!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (still IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

Sanada is furious that he got caught! Sanada stubbornly tried for his new ace card and that was perhaps his downfall. Will he have no choice but to go to the back of the line when it comes to this title?

As for Naito, he gets some water, and then takes the belt from Red Shoes. Naito drops it in a corner for a moment so he can get his baseball cap. Naito then gets the mic so he can say, “Buenas tardes, Sapporo~!” The fans cheer, and Naito thanks everyone for being here at NJPW: The New Beginning in Sapporo, “Gracias, amigos.” And tonight, here in Sapporo, there is someone who won’t be in the ring anymore. It was August, 2007, the first person that man wrestled in NJPW was Naito himself. And so Naito feels it wouldn’t be right if he didn’t address that man. The fans know he means “O-KA-DA!” who was on commentary for this match.

Naito says that all that said, this was a main event title match, and Naito won. So we have to end this the only way it can! It has been a minute since we heard this, so are you ready? The New Beginning in Sapporo must of course end with… “Bushi! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Yota! Y Naito! Nosotros…! LOS! INGOBERRRRRNABLEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!!” The confetti flies and the fans cheer as the tranquilo era continues! But then Naito invites The Rainmaker into the ring! Okada obliges by stepping off commentary and stepping through the gate. Okada steps inside and he stands with Naito right at the center of the ring.

Naito offers the LIJ fist bump, which fans cheer. Okada sighs and figures this is the last time he’ll even get the chance, so he reaches up. But then Naito SPITS in Okada’s eye and CLUBS away on Okada! Fans are torn as Naito whips, but Okada reverses! Naito avoids the dropkick, Okada avoids the lariat, and then ripcords! But Naito ducks the Rainmaker to tranquilo! The fans cheer and even Okada has to smile. Naito stands back up and says Okada can go now. Okada says fine and he exits. The fans cheer as The Rainmaker takes his leave, and the Uncontrollable Charisma waves goodbye. But will Naito prove he’s the true face of NJPW now that we’ve made it through the New Beginning?


My Thoughts:

A great finale to the New Beginning series here, though it’s a shame Tanahashi is hurt and could not take Nemeth up on his invitation to have a tag match, nor could he be part of the 10 Man Tag with Okada and Chaos. It’s an ankle injury, hopefully he’ll be alright. But at the same time, he doesn’t really have to wrestle, he’s President of NJPW now and should be taking it easy. Anyhow, great tag match from the Guerillas of Destiny to be Tama’s sendoff. As such, Leo & ELP naturally won, and they take the banner up for GOD, certainly as a tag team. I don’t think Loa’s leaving NJPW, so maybe Loa becomes a singles guy within the faction?

Bushi beating Taka, Douki beating Hiromu, Taichi beating Takagi, Just5Guys win that best of three, but LIJ wins out the night because both Yota and Naito win the last two matches. A really good, really cerebral match from Yota and Yuya, the storytelling of wanting to win with Young Lion moves continues between them, and I really liked how many times Yuya countered the Gene Blast, only for one to still hit. The New Japan Cup is up next, I’m sure Yota is going to have a strong showing as he tries for the world title.

Naito VS Sanada was really good, though I’m not sure it was quite like their WrestleKingdom match. But I suppose part of that was that of course Naito won. I appreciated the parallel to Yota VS Yuya with Sanada failing to hit Deadfall again and again. Naito then snatches the win with a cradle, not a finisher, technically keeping Sanada strong. I’m just not sure how Sanada does in the New Japan Cup. English commentary was pointing out getting Naito VS Sanada Part 3 through the New Japan Cup would be too much.

Sanada could obviously go for a different title in the meantime, though I have no idea what one. Just5Guys already feuded with House of Torture, they can’t default to that and the NEVER Openweight title. Nemeth just got the Global title and Riddle just got the NJPW World TV title, so I don’t think they’d lose to Sanada, but those would make for some interesting feuds. And I don’t even think Sanada would care about the KOPW Championship, though it would  be interesting to see what matches he’d come up with.

My Score: 8.8/10


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