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NEW NXT UK

The stars of NXT UK share their favorites!

NXT UK once again relives some of the greatest matches of the past! Will these Superstar Picks be among your favorites list?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Great American Bash 2006 – WWE United States Championship: Finlay VS William Regal; Finlay wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
  • NXT UK 11/28/18 – NXT UK Women’s Championship Tournament Finals: Toni Storm VS Rhea Ripley; Ripley wins and becomes the inaugural NXT UK Women’s Champion.
  • SummerSlam 1992 – WWF Intercontinental Championship: Bret Hart VS The British Bulldog; The British Bulldog wins and becomes the new WWF Intercontinental Champion.

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Adam Shepherd welcomes us back to NXT UK.

Once again, the stage is given to the superstars to pick the matches that influenced their careers, but with a twist! It is a championship edition, where every match chosen has a title on the line! First up, the Thunderstorm, Sam Gradwell! Gradwell chooses William Regal VS Finlay from the Great American Bash! Both men’s careers are full of “absolute classics,” and any time they collided with each other, you just knew they’d smash each other’s heads in. And that was no different when the WWE United States Championship was on the line! But the reason Gradwell chose this match in particular is because it wasn’t the advertised match on the card. This was a surprise to the world, because it was supposed to be Bobby Lashley, but he had to be pulled from the match because of a liver condition.

Teddy Long was General Manager at the time, and he assured Lashley that the WWE was thinking of his long term health. “It’s the doctor’s orders, Bobby.” Long made the decision to then pit Finlay against long time friend and rival, William Regal. Gradwell being a huge fan of both men and knowing their history, this was going to be a proper scrap. That and the following torment from Hornswoggle, you’d have to have no soul not to be entertained. Sit back and enjoy, “ya bunch of yoghurts.”

Great American Bash 2006 – WWE United States Championship: William Regal VS Finlay!

Teddy Long promised the fans a championship match and that’s what’s gonna happen! He knows Finlay and Regal are great friends, but they are still going to go 1v1! Regal and Finlay didn’t want to but they have no choice. The match starts NOW!

JBL is furious on commentary but the fans are already loving this. Regal and Finlay circle but Regal wants to make sure Hornswoggle isn’t around. Regal goes looking, and there’s a green light from under the ring… The ring count climbs so Regal returns and circles with Finlay. Regal and Finlay agree, they shouldn’t do this. But then Finlay rolls Regal up! ONE, and Regal ROCKS Finlay with a haymaker! Finlay and Regal tie up, go around, and Finlay has Regal in a corner. Regal puts Finlay in another corner, and then the two spill out of the ring. The ref reprimands them as they go around the way with their collar and elbow. They even go up the steps to the apron! Finlay leads things back into the ring but Regal powers him to a corner. The ref counts but Regal ROCKS Finlay again!

Finlay and Regal tie up, Regal trips Finlay up and has a standing toehold. Finlay pops up and spins to throw Regal away! The fans cheer that creative escape but Regal checks his arm. Regal and Finlay tie up again. Finlay headlocks but Regal puts him on the ropes. The ref counts but Regal powers Finlay off, only for Finlay to run him over! Regal is up quick but Finlay headlocks. Regal powers Finlay off again then throws him out hard! Finlay hits th efloor but Regal puts him on the apron for European Uppercuts! But there’s Hornswoggle! The Leprechaun grabs Regal’s leg and uses the shillelagh! Regal runs away but Hornswoggle chases him with the shillelagh! Regal stands on the steps to look for Hornswoggle, but Hornswoggle appears behind him! Regal freaks out, runs into the ring and Finlay is after him with forearms and a lariat! Cover, TWO!

Finlay clamps onto Regal’s shoulders and brings him to his knees. Finlay drives in an elbow then throws a stiff EuroUpper! Regal kicks low and throws a EuroUpper back. It’s a EuroUpper brawl! Back and forth between the two, Finlay and Regal even keep going as they drop to their knees. Finlay pokes Regal in the eye! And rolls him up, TWO! Finlay keeps his cool as he looms over Regal. Finlay brings Regal up to bump him off buckles and headbutt him low. Finlay whips Regal corner to corner hard and Regal falls to the mat. The fans chant, “We Want Lashley!” but Regal kicks Finlay away. Finlay stomps Regal down, then brings Regal up to whip to a corner. Regal boots back then underhooks for a butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO!

Regal sees Hornswoggle and runs him off. But he gets caught under the apron! Hornswoggle is biting Regal’s fingers! Regal gets free but Finlay stomps the hands! Finlay headbutts low then slams the bad hand off buckles. Finlay wrenches and jams the fingers into the ropes! Regal kicks low then throws knees and EuroUppers. Regal goes to drop toehold but Finlay stays up. Regal kicks Finlay down and goes after him with a chinlock. Finlay sits up but Regal leans on the hold. Finlay endures as Regal grinds his face, and then kicks Regal off him! The fans jeer as Finlay throat chops. Finlay whips and CLOBBERS Regal, then drops a seated senton! Regal writhes but Finlay drags him out to the apron to SLAM him down! Regal flops off the apron and to the floor but Finlay brings him back up. Finlay RAMS Regal into the apron, then refreshes the count. Regal gets in and Finlay snapmares him to a chinlock.

Finlay leans on Regal now but fans rally up. Regal fights his way up and powers Finlay to a post. Finlay goes up and back but they both collide head to head! A standing count begins but Regal is up first. Regal stomps Finlay down and around and then stands on Finlay’s head. The ref counts, Regal drops to his knees to “plead” with the ref, but he’s still choking Finlay! The ref keeps counting so Regal lets off. Regal drags Finlay around to drop knees, then covers. TWO, but Regal tries again. TWO, so he tries again, ONE! Regal drags Finlay up to throw more EuroUppers! Regal whips and dropkicks Finlay down! Cover, TWO! Again, ONE! Regal grows frustrated and he scoops Finlay for an EXPLODER! Fans are divided as Regal runs to drop another knee! Cover, TWO!

Finlay is toughing it out but Regal brings him up to toss him out. Fans boo and jeer as Finlay flounders up. Regal grabs Finlay first to bump him off buckles! Finlay flops down but Regal leaps, into an apron skirt trap! Finlay fires off furious hands from all sides then headbutts! The ref reprimands and counts but Finlay stops at 4. Finlay wants to go back out after Regal but the ref keeps him in. Regal is stuck so Finlay goes out to throw haymakers and forearms! Finlay lets up at 4 again, but he just comes back for more. Regal finally gets free of the apron skirt and Finlay follows. Regal’s boot is missing and Finlay stomps that foot! Finlay throws hands in the corner but the ref tells him to back off. Finlay does, to come back and DECK Regal!

Finlay drags Regal up to whip him to the corner again. Regal dodges and Finlay POSTS himself! Regal rolls Finlay up, TWO!! Finlay barely escapes but Regal grabs the shillelagh! But Hornswoggle gives Finlay Regal’s boot! The ref takes the club away from Regal, but misses the BOOT SHOT! HIGH STACK, with the ROPES! Finlay wins!!

Winner: Finlay, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)

The Irishman who loves to fight did fight, but he may have had a wee bit of help. Hornswoggle takes the title belt from Finlay but Finlay takes it back and puts Hornswoggle back under the ring. We know in the present these two would go on to be infamous partners in crime, will we ever see either of them back in the WWE ring?

 

NXT UK hears from Noam Dar.

“I don’t really like to complain, it’s not something that I like doing often, and it certainly doesn’t come naturally to me. That being said, what I want is competition.” Dar’s abilities are not confined to the ring! He could beat Walter in a hot wing eating contest! Or beat Tyler Bate at Snakes ‘n’ Ladders. Tyler may not have the mental capacity for such a tough game but the pretty pictures help, and Dar will even give him time to read the rule book. Dar might even play cards with Jordan Devlin. Poker, Snap, Texas Hold ‘Em. But the point is, let’s find good, creative ways for Dar to win against these “dafties” and show that he’s the best. Thanks, bye.

 

NXT UK hears from Piper Niven.

We all know the Women’s Division has been stealing the spotlight. And none other than when there was the 8 Woman Tournament to crown THE NXT UK Women’s Champion. The Scottish Viper specifically chooses the finals. “This match is a war that shows exactly what the NXT UK Women’s Division is all about.” “Toni Storm and Rhea Ripley collide in a spectacular display of passion, determination, tenacity and valor, everything it takes to become a champion.”

 

NXT UK 11/28/18 – NXT UK Women’s Championship Tournament Finals: Toni Storm VS Rhea Ripley!

The Storm and the Riptide collide in a historic match we’ve been waiting weeks for! Both Aussies love to hit hard and rock ‘n’ roll, but only one will get the gold! Who went down in history as the first ever NXT UK Women’s Champion?

“Tonight, we make history.” The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Fans are on Toni’s side as they sing for her already. Toni and Rhea stare down, and Rhea talks trash. Rhea shoves Toni then strikes her pose. Toni fires off forearms! Toni fires off palm strikes and kicks then a boot! Rhea ends up in a corner, Toni hits her hip attack! Rhea slumps out of the ring but Toni takes aim. Toni builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Toni fires up! Rhea is reeling but Toni runs at her. Rhea dodges and Toni collides with the barriers! The ref counts as Rhea stomps a mudhole into Toni against the barriers. Rhea drags Toni up at 5 to shove her into the apron. She refreshes the count at 6 to then swiftly kick Toni in the back.

Toni is wincing and clutching her back as Rhea keeps on her. Rhea puts Toni on the apron then joins her. Rhea refreshes the count again, but Toni fights back with knees. Toni throws forearms and prepares a bomb, but Rhea back drops out! Toni hits the apron edge back first! The referee checks Toni, but Rhea leaves her behind.  Toni refuses to quit, so she must beat the ring count now. The count climbs past 5, and Toni barely gets in at 9! Fans fire up for the heart of Toni, but Rhea keeps on her with a ground ‘n’ pound of forearms. Rhea stomps away, then drags Toni up by her hair. Rhea whips Toni hard into buckles, going after that bad back. She then rams her shoulder into Toni’s stomach, only stopping because of the count.

Rhea throws body shots and forearms, then puts Toni in a new corner. She throws forearms into Toni’s back, then gives another swift kick. Toni is barely able to stand, so Rhea throws her around again. Rhea keeps on Toni with a body scissor squeeze! Fans sing for Toni as she endures. Toni works against the scissors as fans rally up. Toni moves around and throws forearms over and over. Rhea shoves Toni away but Toni comes back with more forearms. But Rhea gets Toni with a shinbreaker! Then the inverted cloverleaf! Toni endures and fans rally up for her again. Rhea wrenches the legs while keeping Toni off the mat. Toni crawls her way and gets a ropebreak! Rhea drops Toni to then kick her in the back!

Rhea brings Toni up but Toni fires haymakers! Toni dodges and goes for a German Suplex, but her back won’t let her. Rhea breaks free to kick low. Rhea suplexes but Toni slips out, and manages a German! Toni holds on for another! Rhea fights out of the waistlock, but gets a headbutt, into the third! Bridging cover, TWO! Rhea survives but both women are down. Fans duel now as Toni stands. Toni runs at Rhea for the shining wizard! Rhea is in the corner again, Toni hits another hip attack! But she keeps going for meteora! Toni drags Rhea out for a cover, TWO! Toni keeps her cool while fans continue to sing. She kicks away on Rhea’s face, then runs, but into Rhea’s dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Rhea grows frustrated but the fans sing “Evolution!” in reference to both the Mae Young Classic Finals and the WWE Women’s (R)Evolution overall. Rhea drags Toni up and whips her into a corner. Toni goes up and over and sends Rhea into the post! Then Toni manages a rolling bodyscissor bridging cover, TWO! Toni’s back might have kept that from working out, but she won’t stop. She double underhooks but Rhea back drops her all the way out of the ring! Rhea sends Toni into the barriers again and again, then back into the ring. Cover, TWO! It was close and Rhea knows it. Rhea drags Toni up and wants the pumphandle, but Toni slips out! Toni manages the underhook, but her back gives out! Rhea gets her again, RIPTIDE! Cover, Rhea Ripley wins!!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall; inaugural NXT UK Women’s Champion

A shocking result but all the more historic! The Mae Young Classic winner fails to win this UK Women’s Tournament! Instead, the Mosh Pit Kid establishes herself as the first ever NXT UK Women’s Champion! Johnny Saint and WWE COO Triple H come in to congratulate Rhea and present her with the belt. The rest of the UK Division also stands on the stage to join the fans in the standing ovation. Rhea is very thankful to them for this opportunity and this honor, and we know in the present would go on to have a strong reign ironically ended by Toni Storm. Rhea has moved on for now but will she one day return to NXT UK?

 

Noam Dar… brushes his teeth.

The Scottish Supernova finishes his dental hygiene before telling us, “Look, I know I said I don’t really like to complain, but once you get into this head space, it’s kinda difficult to get out of it.” So Dar says the one word going through his head is “commitment.” Everyone else are having quiz nights, from family to pubs to just random things. That’s not commitment to Dar. Dar feels so bad for the person that first steps in the ring with him “after this period of divide.”

 

NXT UK hears from Aoife Valkyrie.

“Throughout the ages, ravens and crows have been symbols of change.” Do you hear them? They flock to her with a gift and a vision. They know the time draws near for the NXT UK Women’s Division “to undergo a transformation.” She has been watching for some long. But a goal without a plan is as useful as feathers are to a dead bird. She knows what she seeks, and her path is clear. Aoife is ready. #WitnessTheRise.

 

Noam Dar speaks again.

Again, he doesn’t like to complain, but he can’t help this one. What the WWE Universe wants is the same as what the Scottish Supernova wants, and that is to be deemed and recognized as an essential service. And the sooner Dar is essential, the quicker he can get back to the “2020 Galactic Conquest Tour,” and everything will be as the stars have so foretold. Thank you for listening.

 

Amir Jordan shares his pick!

The Bhangra Badboy takes us on a blast to the past to when SummerSlam came to Wimbley Stadium! 80 THOUSAND fans were live for the biggest wrestling event to hit the UK! And the main event was a family affair for THE Intercontinental Championship! Brothers-in-law vowed to bring the big fight to each other, and this match has gone down in history! Amir himself remembers the Hitman and the national hero, Davey Boy Smith, had everyone at home and in attendance on the edge of their seats. As an NXT UK star, there is no bigger pinnacle than main eventing Wimbley and putting on a classic like this.

SummerSlam 1992 – WWF Intercontinental Championship: Bret Hart VS The British Bulldog!

The European, British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Lennox Lewis, waves the Union Jack as he leads Davey Boy to the ring. The Canadian Bret Hart goes it alone because he has the title. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this historic battle begins!

The two icons stare down but Hart pushes first. Bulldog pushes back and the two circle. They tie up, Bulldog pushes Hart to a corner and the fans fire up. Hart comes back, circles with Bulldog and ties up again. Bulldog headlocks, Hart powers out and things speed up. Hart ducks under, hurdles up and over, but Bulldog blasts him out of the ring with that shoulder tackle! Bret has to take a moment to compose himself, and NXT UK goes to break.

NXT UK returns and Bulldog has Hart down with an armlock. Hart powers up and powers Bulldog to ropes to whip free. Things speed up again and Hart hits a kitchen sink knee! The fans immediately erupt with divided boos and cheers, but Hart soaks it all up. Hart stomps Bulldog then drops a leg. Hart drags Bulldog as the fans rally up and he wraps on a chinlock. Bulldog endures, fights his way up and elbows free. He runs but into Hart’s elbow! Hart takes his time dropping another elbow, then drags Bulldog up for an atomic drop! Bulldog is down but Hart brings him back up again. Hart whips but Bulldog slips around, only for his crucifix to be turned into a Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO, but Hart keeps on Bulldog with another chinlock. Bulldog breathes heavy but the fans rally up.

Bulldog fights his way up but Hart grinds the headlock. Bulldog powers out but Hart runs him over. Things speed up again, Bulldog hurdles and monkey flips Hart away! Bulldog brings Hart up for headbutts and a whip corner to corner. Hart hits buckles hard but Bulldog whips him the other way. Hart BOOTS Bulldog down and the fans are thunderous with their booing. Hart puts Bulldog in a corner and gives him a bulldog! Insult to injury perhaps! Hart climbs up top but Bulldog grabs him first, for a TOSS! Bulldog heads up top now, leaps, but the falling headbutt FLOPS! Hart lets Bulldog crash and burn but both men are down now. Hart crawls over and dribbles Bulldog’s head off the mat. The fans are at a fever pitch as Hart drags Bulldog up. Hart scoops, Bulldog slips out, but Hart sends Bulldog out of the ring hard!

Hart soaks up all the heat from the fans but leaves Bulldog to the mercy of the ring count. The count reaches 5 as Bulldog stands and goes around the way. Hart slingshots to PESCADO, and it ends up a sloppy neckbreaker kind of thing! Diana Hart, sister of Bret and wife of Davey Boy, just seems in shock watching them both crash like that. Hart drags Bulldog up to scoop and POST! Hart drags Bulldog back up and into the ring as the fans rally as hard as ever. He even mocks the fans for it! Hart brings Bulldog up to whip corner to corner hard, and Bulldog staggers into a clubbing forearm. Hart drags Bulldog up and headbutts him into a Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Hart keeps his cool as he throws a European Uppercut! And another! Bulldog wobbles but stays on his feet as Hart throws haymakers. The dropkick drops Bulldog, but Hart brings him back up.

Hart whips and back drops Bulldog high and hard! Cover, TWO! Hart keeps on Bulldog with another chinlock but the crowd has not given up on their hero. Bulldog endures, fights his way up, but Hart reels him in for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Bulldog still has fight but Hart wraps another chinlock on. Bulldog slaps and claws at the hold but Hart brings him around for another headbutt. Hart uppercuts into a backslide! TWO, and Hart drops an elbow to drop Bulldog. Hart brings Bulldog up for a backbreaker! Hart goes to a corner, hops up top, and leaps for a BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO!! Hart drags Bulldog up again to throws clubbing forearms. Hart pulls Bulldog around by his hair and throws him down by it! The fans boo hard as ever as Hart headbutts Bulldog and throws haymakers. Hart snapmares, chinlocks and leans on Bulldog again.

Bulldog endures so Hart brings him up for haymakers. Bulldog swings back but into a sleeper hold! Hart squeezes tight and Bulldog starts to fade! Bulldog drops to his knees, then to all fours. But he crawls to the ROPEBREAK! Hart holds on but lets go at 4 to stomp Bulldog at the ropes. Hart drags Bulldog up and whips again, to get the sleeper hold back! Bulldog is turning red as Hart leans on him. The fans rally as hard as they possibly can but Hart thrashes Bulldog around. The ref checks on Bulldog, the hand drops once. The hand drops twice. But Bulldog revives with the third! Bulldog has a second wind and he powers Hart back into buckles! Bulldog is free, but Hart grabs him again! Hart has the sleeper, leans on Bulldog, but Bulldog picks him up to ram him into buckles again!

Bulldog is free, finally breathes again, but turns into haymakers. It’s a brawl between brothers-in-law! Hart whips, Bulldog reverses and trophy lifts Hart, to drop him into the ropes! Hart saves himself from a worse tumble but he still took rope to a bad place. Bulldog drags Hart up to whip him into buckles then clobbers him with clotheslines! Bulldog rallies as the fans are electric! Cover, TWO!! Hart survives but Bulldog has more to give. Bulldog military presses and SLAMS Hart down! Cover, TWO!! Bulldog keeps going, and he suplexes Hart up and holds him there for a count of 10 before dropping him down! Cover, TWO!! Hart survives again but Bulldog is not losing his focus. Bulldog has Hart in a corner, whips him corner to corner HARD then covers, TWO! Bulldog flexes and signals his finisher. He brings Hart up, scoops him, and hits the RUNNING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!?! Bulldog can’t believe Hart survived that!

Hart flounders to his feet but Bulldog pushes him over. Hart is on the apron, Bulldog drags him back up, and Bulldog suplexes Hart in. Hart slips out to waistlock, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Both men are down, too exhausted to be frustrated. Hart brings Bulldog back up, tries to suplex back, but Bulldog blocks to hoist Hart up top! Bulldog climbs up to join Hart, brings him up again, SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!?!? Hart survives but both men are slow to stand. Bulldog brings Hart up, whips but Hart reverses, only for Bulldog to dodge, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES! Both men take each other out and the fans have gone past electric to an unknown level of excitement!

Hart grabs Bulldog’s leg while down on the mat, and looks to be putting on the Sharpshooter from this position! Bulldog realizes just as Hart turns him over! Hart gets to his feet and pulls back on the hold! Bulldog endures, crawls, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Hart lets go and Diana is cheering her husband on. Hart throws hands then whips but Bulldog reverses. Hart sunset flips but Bulldog sits on it! BULLDOG WINS!!

Winner: The British Bulldog, by pinfall (NEW WWF Intercontinental Champion)

Absolutely incredible! The 80,355 fans in Wimbley give a standing ovation to their hero taking the title! Bulldog holds onto the Intercontinental Championship, but he looks at his brother-in-law sitting up. Bulldog goes over to Hart and offers his hand. Hart stands up and goes to leave but the fans boo. Hart stops at the ropes, considers the handshake, and sees his sister crying in the crowd. Bulldog still offers the handshake to show there is respect and no hard feelings. Hart takes the handshake, and even hugs Bulldog! The Hart Family is still united! In the present, Davey Boy Smith sadly passed away in 2002, but his memory lives on forever as truly one of the greats.

 

Next week is NXT UK’s Most Brilliant III: Tyler Bate VS Pete Dunne, TakeOver: Chicago!

5/20/17, an epic rematch from the inaugural United Kingdom Championship Tournament, a match more important than anyone realized at the time. William Regal, HBK and even the men in that match itself know this influenced the future of all of NXT. Be sure to tune in for this blast from the past as the Big Strong Boy and the Bruiserweight put it all on the line!

 

NXT UK wraps for the week.

Adam Shepherd thanks Sam Gradwell, Piper Niven and Amir Jordan for sharing their favorites, and hopes we tune in again when we relive more great moments in NXT UK History.


My Thoughts:

Another great retrospective episode with some great championship matches. I remember 2006 being big for Bobby Lashley so it really was a rather odd move to keep him out of the US Championship match. But at the same time, the crowd had strong Heel Heat on both Regal and Finlay and therefore had strong Face support for Lashley. But ignoring the audience wanting Lashley over what they got, what they got really was a great match between two wrestling greats. I also remember the days of Hornswoggle, and those were wacky. Lashley did become US Champion eventually, but who knows if he becomes world champion this Sunday at Backlash. Reliving Rhea VS Toni was great, and it really was a surprising turn of events back then. I did not expect Rhea to have that historic distinction, and that only added to how great it was for her to become prime NXT Women’s Champion a year later.

Noam Dar had hilarious promos throughout, and him name dropping Devlin among the others makes me want Dar VS Devlin even more than before. Those two could’ve been competing to be Cruiserweight Champion before COVID made everyone close everything down, but at this point they could be competing to determine a separate NXT UK Cruiserweight Champion while El Hijo del Fantasma now turned Santos Escobar competes to keep his interim/US NXT Cruiserweight Championship. Then one day, we get the UNDISPUTED Cruiserweight Champion when Worlds Collide again. And lastly, finally getting to see Hart VS Bulldog for myself was a great experience, a great bit of history, and honestly a moment where a crowd is so hot that I don’t think we’ll ever get anything like that again. A true tragedy that he died at just under the age of 40.

My Score: 8.5/10


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

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

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

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

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laredo Kid vs Jake Something

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

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

Thanks I hate it.

AJ Francis & Deaner vs Joe Hendry & Rich Swann

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tasha Steelz vs Xia Brookside

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Overall Score: 7/10

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

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

 


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Dalton Castle will do it for The Boys!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Lexi Nair is on stage.

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

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

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

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

 

Taiji Ishimori VS Jacoby Watts!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by submission

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

 

Queen Aminata speaks.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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