NJPW is halfway done with the G1 Climax!
Round 4 was a lot of bad luck for Toru Yano and Tetsuya Naito, but there’s still a lot of time! Will round 5 be better as the G1 Climax continues?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- B Block – Hirooki Goto VS Toru Yano; Goto wins.
- B Block – SANADA VS Zack Sabre Jr; Sanada wins.
- B Block – Juice Robinson VS EVIL; Evil wins.
- B Block – YOSHI-HASHI VS Tetsuya Naito; Naito wins.
- B Block – Hiroshi Tanahashi VS KENTA; Tanahashi wins.
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Here are the current B Block standings!
Tetsuya Naito: 3-1, 6 points
Toru Yano: 3-1, 6 points
Juice Robinson: 3-1, 6 points
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 2-2, 4 points
EVIL: 2-2, 4 points
KENTA: 2-2, 4 points
Zack Sabre Jr: 2-2, 4 points
SANADA: 1-3, 2 points
YOSHI-HASHI: 1-3, 2 points
Hirooki Goto: 1-3, 2 points
B Block – Hirooki Goto VS Toru Yano!
The Fierce Warrior lost in shocking fast fashion to ZSJ and his European Clutch. Was he caught off guard? Was his arm in worse shape than even he thought? Will it become a factor against the wily Producer hoping to rebound from his own fourth round failure?
Yano offers Goto a handshake as Chaos members and fans cheer, but Goto is in no mood. The bell rings and Yano offers a YTR shirt like he did to Juice. Goto throws it down and CLOBBERS Yano! Goto gets the legs for a modified figure four and makes it a cradle! GOTO WINS?!?
Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Yano earns 0
WHAT?! Goto beat Yano so fast! Even faster than he lost to ZSJ! Yano demands the ref explain that, but the count is the count! Is Goto far from through in the G1?
B Block – SANADA VS Zack Sabre Jr!
Speaking of the Submission Master, he and Sanada meet once again. But the Cold Skull is hot off perhaps the biggest win this entire G1 when he pinned THE IWGP Double Champion! Will Sanada use that momentum to skyrocket to the top of the block? Or will he be dragged down and #JustTapOut?
The bell rings and fans cheer as these two stare down. ZSJ rushes Sanada, sunset flips but Sanada sits. ZSJ finishes the sunset but Sanada rolls through to jackknife but ZSJ rolls back to sit on Sanada, but Sanada sunset flips. ZSJ rolls through and roles reverse as ZSJ jackknifes but Sanada rolls, and ZSJ finishes the sunset again, ONE! ZSJ headbutts, headlocks but Sanada powers out. ZSJ counters the hip toss to a spin and cobra twist! Fans cheer the technical exchange, but Sanada pops out fast and drags ZSJ around. ZSJ drags him down to a sunset, ONE! Sanada sits, ONE! ZSJ sunset, ONE! Sanada sits, ONE! ZSJ sunsets, TWO! Sanada sits, TWO! Sunset, TWO! Sit down to prawn hold, TWO!! ZSJ runs, Sanada side steps him, and fans cheer asthe two stand off.
ZSJ argues with the ref for a second but takes a moment to catch his breath. Fans rally up as both men circle. They approach, tie up with knuckle locks and have a test of strength. ZSJ gets around to waistlock and roll Sanada to a facelock. Mouse trap, TWO! ZSJ keeps an arm to hammerlock it. ZSJ cranks it on real tight but Sanada endures. Sanada gets up, slips around but ZSJ gets away and the fans cheer again. ZSJ and Sanada go again with another test of strength. ZSJ gets the arm and wrenches it around, then goes after a leg. ZSJ trips Sanada, twists the ankle, Sanada flails and reaches but ZSJ cranks harder. Sanada keeps his shoulders up and moves around, then uses his leg to reel ZSJ in. ZSJ turns that into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow, Sanada pops out to a cover, ONE!
The two stand off and fans cheer again. ZSJ talks some smack as fans rally up and the two circle again. ZSJ and Sanada tie up, ZSJ gets the wrist again, drags Sanada down and pulls on the arm! Sanada flails, ZSJ digs his heel into Sanada’s face. ZSJ pulls on the arm, bends fingers, but Sanada gets up to his feet. Sanada pops free to now pull on ZSJ’s arm! ZSJ clasps fingers, Sanada pulls and the grip falls apart. ZSJ tries to get up, Sanada wrangles him back down. ZSJ moves around and gets up again to stand on Sanada but Sanada powers ZSJ back down. ZSJ moves around again and floats over to a headlock! ZSJ hits a takeover, and is back on pulling the arm! Sanada endures, fans build to a rally, and Sanada moves around to use the same float over ZSJ did.
ZSJ sees that coming and gets Sanada back into the hammerlock! ZSJ twists the wrist and uses his own forehead against Sanada’s fingers. Sanada gets up, rolls, handsprings forward and back and wrenches to spin through. Hammerlock to headlock and back again, Sanada hits a headlock takeover but ZSJ headscissors back! Sanada tries to pop out but ZSJ holds tight to crank the neck! Fans cheer as ZSJ squeezes tight. Sanada endures, ZSJ uses knuckles and elbows to dig into Sanada’s ribs. Fans rally up, Sanada moves around, but ZSJ holds him down with elbows. Sanada hops and handsprings free, then runs, but ZSJ bails out. ZSJ catches his breath but Sanada waits. ZSJ takes his time, telling Sanada to “chotto matte (please wait).”
ZSJ stretches his legs, gets back in, and Sanada calls for a test of strength. Fans cheer as ZSJ loosens up and knuckle locks with Sanada. Sanada powers ZSJ down to his knees, but ZSJ works on a counter. Sanada powers him down more but ZSJ rolls, kicks and European Uppercuts back! ZSJ runs, boots Sanada then keeps going. Sanada hurdles, hurdles and dropkicks! ZSJ bails out, Sanada PLANCHA, but ZSJ gets clear! ZSJ drags Sanada for an IRON OCTOPUS! ZSJ pulls on the arms, it’s almost Hurrah! Another Year, but he lets up as the ref starts the ring count. ZSJ puts Sanada in at 7 of 20, and follows after. ZSJ runs but Sanada dropkicks the legs out! ZSJ goes down in a heap and fans rally up. Sanada stands first and stalks ZSJ.
Sanada gets a leg, ZSJ rolls to drag Sanada down. ZSJ stands and CRANKS on the arm! ZSJ runs but Sanada blocks the Penalty Kick, to a DRAGON SCREW! Both men are down but the fans rally up. Sanada stands, grabs a leg and steps through but ZSJ drags Sanada down! ZSJ is after the arm but Sanada clasps hands. They fight for control, ZSJ gets the hands apart for the armbar! Sanada turns over fast but gets caught into a triangle hold! Fans rally up as Sanada endures. ZSJ slaps him around while inside the hold then gets the arm. Sanada powers up but ZSJ keeps his shoulders up to avoid a cover. Sanada dead lifts and puts ZSJ in a fireman’s carry! But ZSJ slips around for a dragon sleeper with behind the back grip! Sanada stays up and gets the ropebreak! ZSJ lets go and fans rally again as both men are down.
ZSJ is up first and he kicks Sanada around at the ropes. ZSJ kicks and runs, Sanada follows and O’Conner rolls, into the dragon sleeper! Sanada drops down, ZSJ rolls through to drag Sanada back, but Sanada slips out of the EuroClutch! But ZSJ counters the Japan Clutch to get the EuroClutch! TWO!! Sanada runs into a EuroUpper, ZSJ gives him some more and eggs him on. Sanada EuroUppers but into ZSJ’s underhooks. ZSJ spins Sanada around for another EuroUpper and Sanada ends up in a corner. ZSJ runs in, Sanada elbows him away and Quebrads to dragon sleeper! ZSJ goes up and over to get his own dragon sleepre, then he scoops! Sanada slips out to dragon sleeper back! ZSJ spins out to Pele the arm!
ZSJ runs but Sanada side steps, Japan Clutch! TWO, into ZSJ stealing Skull End?! Sanada moves around to get out of the body scissors but that behind the back grip is still on tight! Fans rally as Sanada gets up. ZSJ drops back, Sanada rolls through to get his own dragon sleeper! Sanada inverted suplexes ZSJ onto ropes, for a DRAPING STUNNER! Sanada goes up, MOONSAULT! Cover, Sanada wins!!
Winner: Sanada, by pinfall; gains 2 points, ZSJ earns 0
ZSJ can’t believe it, he still tries to get at Sanada! But the ref says that was a three, fair and square! Another rather surprising victory, what more surprises will round 5 give this G1?
B Block – Juice Robinson VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
The Flamboyant One has some big wins on his G1 record this year! He pinned the IWGP United States Championship title match contract holder, and he pinned Mr. KOPW 2020! Will he also add the King of Darkness, a former Double Champion, to the list? Or will he find Everything Is Evil?
The bell rings and Evil rushes Juice! Evil kicks and CHOPS Juice over and over! Evil wrenches, wrenches and wrenches the arm! Fans rally as Evil whips Juice corner to corner and Juice goes up and over. Things speed up as Juice ducks and dodges to crossbody! Fans clap-clap-stomp as Juice CHOPS Evil in return! Juice CHOPS again, whips, but Evil blocks by holding ropes. Juice DOUBLE CHOPS Evil then whips. Evil reverses but Juice grabs ropes. Juice tells Dick to back off, but Evil clotheslines Juice out! Evil keeps the ref distracted as Dick hits Juice and stomps him! Dick whips Juice into railing! Juice flops down and Evil goes out to get chairs! Many chairs! Dick keeps the ref distracted now as Evil fetches Juice.
Evil brings Juice up and whips him hard into railing! Evil has Juice near the chair pile and fans rally up! Evil suplexes Juice onto the chairs! Juice writhes while Evil gives a Too Sweet. Evil leaves Juice behind and the ref checks on Juice. The fans rally up as Juice stirs, but Evil has removed the blue corner buckle pad! The ring count starts, Juice sits up at 4 of 20 and flounders around at 7. Juice stands at 10, gets in at 12, but Evil is on him with a whip to the bare buckles! Juice falls and Evil stomps away on his back. Fans rally up, Evil drags Juice up for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer for Juice’s grit but Evil grabs a leg. Evil turns Juice over for a Half Crab and sits deep! Juice endures, fans rally up but Evil pulls on the leg.
Juice powers up and heads for ropes, but Evil drags him away! Evil sits deep again, Juice still endures and powers up again! Juice makes his way to the ropebreak! Fans cheer and Evil lets go at 4. Evil paces while Juice sits up. Evil taunts Juice, brings Juice up, but Juice throws a forearm! Juice throws another, and another! Evil rakes Juice’s eyes! The ref counts, Evil stops and wrenches to whip Juice. Juice reverses, Evil reverses back and Juice goes into bare buckles again! Evil grins as he runs in, but Juice boots. Evil blocks, spins but Juice elbows him away. Evil ducks the leg lariat and runs, into a LEG LARIAT! Both men are down but the fans rally with clap-clap-stomp. Juice gets up, and JABS! JABS! JABS! Juice tells Dick to shut up as he CHOPS, and SPINE BUSTERS Evil!
Juice DECKS Dick and slingshots to PLANCHA! Fans fire up with Juice as he heads back to the ring. Evil is in a corner, Juice runs in to CANNONBALL! Fans fire up more as Juice heads up top! Juice leaps, BIG crossbody! Cover, TWO! Evil survives but sputters while fans cheer. Juice gets to ropes as fans rally up. Juice drags Evil back up and into a full nelson. Evil endures as Juice thrashes him around, and he denies the bomb to break free. Evil grabs hair, Juice breaks free but Evil blocks the kick! Evil hands the foot to the ref to mule kick Juice down! Fans rally up again and Evil smirks. Evil gets up, aims at Juice in the corner and runs in, but Juice boots! Evil blocks those, spins Juice around into the ropes and STOMPS him down!
Evil mocks the fans applauding before he brings Juice back up. Evil reels Juice in, fisherman but Juice fights out! Evil pokes him in the eyes, CHOPS him off his feet, but Juice avoids the back senton! To give a back senton! Fans rally up as Juice gets up. Evil is in a corner, Juice runs in, BIG corner clothesline! Juice drags Evil up, hoists him up top and CHOPS him! Juice CHOPS again and gives a headbutt! Fans rally with clap-clap-stomp as Juice climbs to join Evil. SUPERPLEX! But Juice holds on to roll through!? Juice suplexes again, holds Evil up, for the JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives and Juice is beside himself! Fans rally up and Juice stands. Juice drags Evil up, Evil blocks the fireman’s carry and throws elbows.
Juice powers through to lift Evil anyway, but Evil slips off the back. Evil waistlocks, ducks Juice’s counter elbow, but Juice goes for the chicken wings! Evil grabs the ref while he powers Juice backwards to ropes, Dick SMACKS Juice with a chair!! Evil runs to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Juice survives the screw job and Evil is furious! Evil drags Juice up, fireman’s carries, DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Juice still lives! Fans rally up as both men are down! Evil gets up, slashes the throat and drags Juice up. Evil spins Juice around, Juice denies the STO but Evil still tries. Juice gets the full nelson, Evil breaks free but Juice has the chicken wings! Juice turns Evil, but Evil spins through only for Juice to spin through! PULP-
NO! Evil shoves, goes the other way, but Juice LARIATS! Fans fire up as Juice brings down the straps! Juice drags Evil up again, fireman’s carries but Evil blocks. Juice throws Evil into deck! Fireman’s carry, JUICE BOX!! High stack cover, TWO!! Evil survives the gut buster and fans fire up as both men are down. Juice gets the fans to rally as he rises. Juice brings Evil back up, Evil goes to low blow but Juice blocks it! Juice spins Evil, chicken wing but Evil powers out! Juice stops himself from hitting the bare buckles and he elbows Evil away! Juice swings, Evil ducks the left hand but not the RIGHT! Juice powers up, Dick distracts the ref, Evil LOW BLOWS Juice! Evil gets away with hitting the grapefruits, spins Juice around, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Cover, Evil wins!!
Winner: EVIL, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Juice earns 0
The King of Darkness makes Juice fall, and has new life in the B Block! Will Evil make the G1 rrrreeeal?
B Block – YOSHI-HASHI VS Tetsuya Naito!
The Head Hunter had the crowd feeling electric in his match with The Ace, but could not #GetBackUp to win. Will he have better luck knowing the Uncontrollable Charisma is coming off his own defeat?
Hashi is patient as Naito takes off his elaborate entrance attire. The bell rings and fans cheer as the two stare down. Fans rally already as Naito and Hashi circle. Naito and Hashi approach, tie up and Naito wrenches to a wristlock. Hashi works to wrench back, but Naito rolls and drags Hashi down. Hashi counters the leg lock with an armbar but Naito clasps hands. Naito moves around, slips out and waistlocks but Hashi slips around to tackle Naito. Hashi gets a headlock, Naito headscissors back and holds Hashi down. Hashi kicks and bridges to get around, digs knuckles into Naito’s knees and pops out of the hold! Hashi tackles Naito again, Naito again headscissors, but Hashi pops out much faster! Fans cheer as Naito is Tranquilo for the stand off.
Naito gets up and circles with Hashi again, they tie up and Hashi waistlocks. Naito pries free to get a standing armbar but Hashi slips around to get a headlock. Hashi grinds, Naito powers out but Hashi runs him over! Hashi rallies and whips, Naito reverses but Hashi huricanranas! Naito bails out and fans fire up as Hashi mocks one of Naito’s poses. Hashi runs, slides but Naito gets out of the way. Hashi pursues and clubs Naito, then CHOPS him! Hashi brings Naito around the way to CHOP him again! Hashi puts Naito in the ring and fans cheer as he stomps Naito down. Hashi brings Naito up to elbow him to a corner, then CHOPS him again. Hashi whips Naito corner to corner, runs in but Naito boots him away. Hashi comes back but Naito boots again.
Naito gets around Hashi to whip and arm-drag! Manhattan drop and neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Naito stands and fans rally up as he stomps Hashi down. Naito stomps Hashi, brings him up, Hashi swings a clothesline but into Naito’s backbreaker! Naito leg hooks Hashi for the full nelson! Hashi endures as Naito cranks on the hold. Fans rally up, Hashi kicks and reaches around. Hashi sits up and manages to get to the ropes! Naito lets go fast this time and whips Hashi to elbow him down! Basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Naito keeps his cool as he stomps Hashi around. Naito digs a knee into Hashi’s chest and pulls on the head. Hashi endures this smothering chinlock but Naito adds a cravat. Hashi elbows free, throws some forearms, but Naito fakes him out to kick low!
Naito slaps Hashi around, whips him but Hashi reverses. Naito reverses back but Hashi denies the tornado! Hashi suplexes Naito to set him down, BUNKER BUSTER NECKBREAKER! Fans cheer and rally as both men are down. Naito stirs but Hashi stands first. Hashi fires up, throws forearms and body shots then a CHOP! Hashi whips, Naito reverses but Hashi comes back to CHOP! Hashi runs, dodges Naito’s elbow to hit the BLOCKBUSTER! Fans rally more as Hashi brings Naito up. Hashi CHOPS Naito to ropes, hangs him out to dry, then runs to dropkick Naito down! Naito tumbles off the apron and to the floor and fans rally up again. Hashi takes aim and builds speed to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp!
Fans fire up with Hashi as he gets back up. Fans continue to rally as Hashi drags Naito back up. Hashi puts Naito in and climbs up top. Naito rises, Hashi leaps, HEAD HUNTER BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Naito survives and Hashi grows frustrated but the fans continue to rally! Hashi drags Naito back up, reels him in, but Naito blocks the lift. Naito slips out, throws forearms and kicks, but Hashi back spin kicks! Hashi drags Naito up again, gets the lift, but Naito SPIKE-RANAS out of the bomb! Hashi ends up in a corner, Naito gives him Combinacian Cabron! Naito takes a moment to pose before resting on the mat. Fans rally up as both men stir. Naito drags Hashi up to a corner and hoists him up top. Hashi slips out, Naito fights but Hashi brings him out for a RUNNING POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!!
Naito survives but Hashi keeps his focus. Hashi drags Naito up into the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Naito endures, moves around and manages to stand! Naito gets around, shoves Hashi, kicks and tornado DDT’s! Both men are down again as fans fire up! Hashi writhes and flounders as fans rally again. Naito sits up and Hashi is in the corner. Naito runs in, Hashi boots but Naito blocks! Naito turns Hashi around into the ropes, DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Naito drags Hashi back up, hammerlock and half nelson, GLORIA! Cover, TWO! Hashi survives but Naito doesn’t lose his cool. Fans rally up as Naito drags Hashi up, wrenches, but Hashi elbows Destino away. Hashi runs into a SPINE BUSTER! Naito quickly gets Hashi up, but Hashi LARIATS first! Both men are down fans fire up!
Hashi and Naito slowly stir and head for each other. Naito throws a forearm but Hashi gives it back. Naito throws another forearm, Hashi hits him back. They throw forearms as they stand, back and forth, faster and faster! Fans rally up with them as they keep hitting each other! Naito gets the edge, he SLAPS Hashi then brings him up to whip. Hashi reverses, CHOPS and mule kicks to gut wrench! SHOULDER BUSTER! BUTTERFLY LOCK! Naito endures as fans rally up again. Naito fights his way over towards ropes but Hashi drags him away! Hashi leans on Naito, Naito still crawls but Hashi drags him away again! Naito tries once more, Hashi shifts to a sleeper hold! Naito gets up, Hashi BACKSTABBERS! And back to BUTTERFLY LOCK!
Naito endures, kicks his legs and crawls around! Hashi leans on him but Naito keeps moving. Hashi drags him away again! Naito starts to fade! Red Shoes checks on Naito, Naito gets a second wind and kicks his way around. Hashi gets the arm for a double wristlock! KIMURA-FLY! Naito endures, kicks around, but Hashi cranks and leans harder! Hashi has a mounted Butterfly Lock! Naito stays awake, gives one last gas and gets the ROPEBREAK! Hashi lets go and is frustrated but the fans fire up! Hashi drags Naito back up, fisherman but Naito fights off the suplex. Naito elbows away on Hashi but both men lean on the other to stay up. Naito throws more back elbows and Hashi falls over!
Naito brings Hashi back up, throws even more elbows, but Hashi ducks one to HEADBUTT! Hashi SLAPS Naito into the DRAGON SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Hashi as he runs, to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and fans are fired up again! Hashi drags Naito up, fisherman but DESTINO!! Fans are thunderous as Naito flounders around. Naito brings Hashi up, tilt-o-whirl but Hashi blocks Destino for KUMAGOROSHI!! Cover, TWO!!! Naito survives the Bear Cutter but Hashi doesn’t have the energy to be shocked! Fans rally up again as both men slowly stir. Hashi drags Naito up, full nelson to half nelson but Naito fights off the pump handle. Hashi SUPERKICKS and pump handles, but Naito fights out of Karma!
Naito elbows and enziguris! Hashi fires up, but he runs into the rolling kick! Naito scoops Hashi for VALENTIA! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and fans are fired up again! Naito stands, drags Hashi back up, tilt-o-whirl to DESTINO!! Cover, Naito wins!!
Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Yoshi-Hashi earns 0
The IWGP Double Champion rebounds and HE is the one to #GetBackUp! But he doesn’t show a lot of respect to Hashi as he stands on him and poses. Will Naito keep it at only one loss in this G1?
B Block – Hiroshi Tanahashi VS KENTA!
The Once in a Century Talent is back on a winning track, but he still has a long way to go before he returns to the G1 Climax finals. Will he at least add his name to the list of those who have pinned the IWGP US Championship title match contract holder? Or will Fang Revived sink his teeth into Tanahashi’s love and energy?
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. Tanahashi and Kenta tie up, are in a deadlock, but Tanahashi powers Kenta to ropes. Tanahashi lets up fast and the fans cheer. Kenta keeps his cool as he circles with Tanahashi again. They tie up, Tanahashi powers Kenta to ropes again, but Kenta turns things around. Red Shoes calls for the break as Kenta messes Tanahashi’s hair up. Kenta lets off but Tanahashi throws a forearm. Tanahashi whips but Kenta grabs ropes and bails out. Kenta walks around the way to catch his breath but fans rally up. Tanahashi encourages the fans to rally as Kenta slides in, but then Kenta bails out. Kenta turns his back on Tanahashi to show thumbs down and boo. Tanahashi baseball slides Kenta in the back!
Kenta crashes into railing, Tanahashi puts him in the ring and throws forearms in the corner! Tanahashi whips but Kenta reverses, only to run into an elbow. Tanahashi goes up to crossbody Kenta down! Tanahashi air guitars as fans fire up. Kenta bails out again but Tanahashi drags Kenta up to the apron. Kenta hotshots Tanahashi away! Kenta gets in to chop block a leg! Kenta stomps the leg over and over! Kenta drags Tanahashi brings Kenta up for a SHIN BREAKER! Tanahashi goes down in a heap as Kenta air BASS guitars! Kenta drags Tanahashi around, drags him to a corner and SLAMS the leg into the post! Tanahashi clutches the knee but Kenta is after him again. Kenta SLAMS the leg back into the post! Fans rally up while Kenta gets in the faces of the Young Lions.
Kenta drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi throws forearms! Kenta trips Tanahashi, cranks on the foot and drops down to a heel hook! Tanahashi endures, grabs Kenta’s leg for a heel hook of his own, and he rolls Kenta around. Kenta rolls, they both end up in ropes and Red Shoes calls for the break. Kenta kicks Tanahashi as he gets up, and he brings Tanahashi up to kick the bad leg! Kenta kicks the legs out from under Tanahashi, then steps through for a FIGURE FOUR! Tanahashi endures, moves around and gets ropes! Red Shoes counts, Kenta lets go and slithers out of the ring. Kenta drags Tanahashi out to whip into railing! Kenta laces the leg around the railing to pull and BOOT! Tanahashi only stays up because he’s stuck on the railing but Kenta puts him in the ring. Kenta paces while fans rally up.
Kenta stomps Tanahashi’s knee, drops knees on the knee, then pulls on the leg! Tanahashi endures, turns over, but Kenta SMASHES the knee! Tanahashi grits his teeth and fans rally up. Kenta stomps the legs but Tanahashi gets up. Kenta kicks more, Tanahashi throws forearms! Kenta kicks the leg agian and Tanahashi hobbles away. Kenta runs in, Tanahashi blocks the boot and DRAGON SCREWS! Fans cheer and rally again with “GO ACE!” rhythm. Tanahashi stands, runs, and hits flying forearms! Tanahashi rallies with elbows then scoop slams Kenta to a drop zone! Tanahashi hops up, SOMERSAULT SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps his cool as he runs. Kenta boots Tanahashi back, Tanahashi runs but into a POWERSLAM!
Fans rally up, Kenta mocks the clapping and sees Tanahashi in a corner. Kenta runs in to forearm smash, then he puts Tanahashi’s leg on the ropes. Kenta kicks the other leg, then turns things around to tornado hotshot! Tanahashi falls, Kenta climbs up and leaps, FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Kenta gets the legs for the FIGURE FOUR! Tanahashi endures again as fans rally up. Tanahashi pries at the hold, Kenta keeps him in it, so Tanahashi powers his way to the ropebreak! Kenta lets off fast and kicks Tanahashi to the apron. Kenta stomps Tanahashi on the apron, too, then drags Tanahashi up through the ropes. Tanahashi fights Kenta back but Kenta kicks the bad leg. Kenta throws haymakers, drags Tanahashi back up but Tanahashi resists the suplex.
Fans rally again as Tanahashi goes to suplex Kenta. Kenta resists, they fight for suplex control, and Tanahashi drags Kenta to the apron. Kenta and Tanahashi trade forearms back and forth, and fans rally up as the brawling speeds up! Tanahashi gets the edge, Kenta dropkicks the bad leg out! Kenta has the bad leg, to DRAGON SCREW Tanahashi to the floor!! Both men are down and fans rally up as Red Shoes checks on Tanahashi. Tanahashi is okay to continue and Kenta leaves him behind. The ring count begins, Tanahashi clutches his knee but sits up at 7 of 20. Tanahashi stands at 11, hobbles over but falls at 14! Tanahashi tries to get up again and is in at 17! Fans cheer but Kenta runs corner to corner to BOOT! And then again to HESITATION DROPKICK!
Tanahashi is down and Kenta fires up! Kenta climbs up, aims, and DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi survives Kenta’s coup de grace but Kenta won’t let up! Kenta slashes the throat, drags Tanahashi back up and fireman’s carries. Tanahashi slips out and full nelsons but Kenta kicks away on the bad leg! Kenta gets the leg for a DRAGON SCREW! And then the FIGURE FOUR!! Tanahashi endures and fans rally up! Tanahashi moves around, Kenta works to keep him down but the two sit up. Kenta throws haymakers but Kenta eggs him on. Kenta hits Tanahashi, Tanahashi hits back! Kenta is a bit rocked from that and the figure four comes loose. Kenta rains down furious forearms in return! Kenta drags Tanahashi up, runs and runs, but into a SLING BLADE! Both men are down and fans fire up!
Fans rally up as both men stir. Tanahashi grits his teeth as he and Kenta head for each other. Tanahashi throws a forearm, Kenta forearms back! Tanahashi forearms again, and again, Kenta fires back twice! Tanahashi ROCKS Kenta, but Kenta comes back to ROCK Tanahashi! The brawling speeds up again and fans fire up with it! It’s fast and furious but Kenta ROCKS Tanahashi! Tanahashi wobbles, Kenta throws another forearm but Tanahashi ROCKS Kenta with the palm strike! Kenta BACK HANDS! Tanahashi PALM STRIKES! BACK HAND! PALM STRIKE! Both men wobble, Tanahashi runs but Kenta puts him through the ropes! Tanahashi gets the leg first to DRAGON SCREW! Kenta is down, fans fire up and Tanahashi gets the leg! GROUND DRAGON SCREW!
Fans fire up as Tanahashi gets both legs for the CLOVERLEAF! Kenta endures as Tanahashi sits deep! Kenta powers up, crawls forward and reaches, and he gets the ropebreak! Tanahashi lets go fast, tired and frustrated. Fans rally again as Tanahashi looms over Kenta in the corner. Tanahashi sits Kenta up for forearm after forearm! Tanahashi runs corner to corner to DROPKICK back! Tanahashi fires up, fans fire up with him as he runs! Kenta gets around to shove Tanahashi into Red Shoes! And then he tackles them both! And splashes down on them both! Red Shoes is squashed under Kenta and Tanahashi but all three men are down! Fans rally up, Kenta brings Tanahashi up to kick and DDT! Tanahashi writhes but fans continue to rally.
Kenta goes out and grabs his IWGP US Championship contract briefcase! Kenta mocks the fans being all upset and worried, then aims at Tanahashi. Tanahashi stands, BRIEFCASE SHOT!! Kenta shouts at Red Shoes to get up before he brings Tanahashi back up. Fans still rally up and Tanahashi is dead weight. Kenta sits Tanahashi up, says BANG and runs, to PENALTY KICK! Tanahashi is down again and Red Shoes is finally up. Kenta aims again as fans rally back up. Tanahashi stirs, Kenta mocks the clapping as he watches. Tanahashi sits up, stands, PSYCHO KNEE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Tanahashi survives and Kenta is furious! Kenta drags Tanahashi back up and fans rally even harder. Tanahashi hits back but they don’t even make Kenta flinch. Kenta brings Tanahashi up to KNEE point blank!
Kenta fireman’s carries, GO TO- TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT!! Tanahashi holds on as both men are down, and fans rally up as he rises again! TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT AGAIN!! Tanahashi still holds on and rises again! TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT THE THIRD!! Tanahashi is fired up but he hobbles around. SLING BLADE! Cover, TWO!! Kenta survives but Tanahashi is not deterred! Tanahashi goes up top and takes aim, HIGH FLY CROSSBODY! The fans are thunderous as Tanahashi just gets up again! Tanahashi gets the CLOVERLEAF! Kenta endures as Tanahashi sits deep on it! Kenta moves around as fans rally, he heads for ropes, but Tanahashi drags Kenta away! Tanahashi sits DEEP, Kenta TAPS!! Tanahashi wins!!
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by submission; gains 2 points, Kenta earns 0
The Ace makes the Fang Revive give up! Tanahashi has beaten the IWGP US Championship contract holder! Whether Tanahashi wins the G1 or not, will he have this golden opportunity in his back pocket? Speaking of, Kenta shows Tanahashi the crack in the case where Tanahashi’s head hit it! Will Kenta make sure that happens all over again should Tanahashi come for the prize?
Fans rally for Tanahashi as he looks to go, and that convinces him to stay! Tanahashi catches his breath and takes to the mic! “Everyone, NJPW was finally able to return to Hiroshima tonight. Thank you very much!” Fans cheer in thanks back to Tanahashi. Tanahashi fights back the emotions and apologizes. “The G1 is still underway. There’s still half the tournament to go. I will win it all. I’ll do my best. Thank you!” The fans cheer because they believe he will, and he calls for the air guitar. Young Lion Yota Tsuji tosses it up, and it’s way, way, way up there! Tanahashi tracks it and “catches” it! Tanahashi tells the fans, “Everyone, from here on out, we’ll all look for a new way. And we’ll present to you a new NJPW! I ask for you to clap tonight! Let’s rock!” The fans do clap and the air guitar begins!
Tanahashi gets them clapping a special rhythm for “EN-CO-RU!” and he gives them an encore! And then he “throws” the air guitar to the crowd! Jado tries to intercept it on commentary but he’s not tall enough. Fans want another encore, and a fan throws the guitar back to Tanahashi. But, how did it get to that side of the audience so fast? Tanahashi plays more and gives a big finale! Tanahashi throws the guitar to the camera and those watching at home before he gets the mic back. “It’s awesome being in this ring.” He thanks us for watching and supporting him. And he vows the G1 Climax will continue to rock! Tanahashi thanks the fans and shouts he loves us! Will the love and energy flow forever as The Ace goes after the top of the block?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Tetsuya Naito: 4-1, 8 points
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
EVIL: 3-2, 6 points
Toru Yano: 3-2, 6 points
Juice Robinson: 3-2, 6 points
KENTA: 2-3, 4 points
SANADA: 2-3, 4 points
Hirooki Goto: 2-3, 4 points
Zack Sabre Jr: 2-3, 4 points
YOSHI-HASHI: 1-4, 2 points
Another great going for NJPW and specifically for the B Block. I did NOT see Goto beating Yano that fast, that was hilarious in its own way. Sanada also surprised ZSJ in a really good match, that was a unique way of finishing that match. And in parallel to A Block, there is ONE 4-1 with Naito winning a really good match with Yoshi-Hashi. I still feel there is a strong possibility of Ibushi VS Naito in the finals to give us the rematch of their admittedly scary match last year. That just has the most inherent drama because Ibushi wants to repeat as G1 winner but Naito wants to determine his own fate as IWGP Double Champion. Meanwhile, Kenta has a list of people lining up for his prize, too, as Juice Robinson, Evil and now Hiroshi Tanahashi have beaten him. Tanahashi VS Kenta was incredible to close the night, it was great for Tanahashi to close out with the air guitar because it has been quite some time since he has.
My Score: 9.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (9/27/23)
Onward, to Seattle!
Dynamite begins the countdown to WrestleDream!
It’s another big week for AEW! And before Swerve Strickland returns home to Seattle, he and Hangman Page sign on the dotted line!
- AEW International Championship: Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Jeff Jarrett w/ Triple J; Fenix wins and retains the title.
- AEW International Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Nick Jackson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Claudio Castagnoli; Nick wins and will challenge Fenix for the title next week.
- Julia Hart w/ Brody King VS Willow Nightingale; wins.
- Fatal 4 Way: Penta El Zero Miedo w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Matt Jackson VS Orange Cassidy VS Austin Gunn w/ Colten Gunn; wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW International Championship: Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Jeff Jarrett w/ Team Triple J
The Immortal Firebird burned brightest last week in his revenge match with Jon Moxley, and now HE is opening the night with an open challenge! But will the entire carnival help the Last Outlaw win this title right off Fenix? Or will Fenix refuse to be a transitional champion?
Well as soon as Team Triple J is ringside, Fenix FLIES out onto them all! Fans fire up and Fenix drags Jarrett up to fire off shots! Fenix stalks Jarrett, CLUBS him, then fires more forearms! And CHOPS! Jarrett pokes Fenix in the eye! Jarrett whips Fenix into railing! And JAMS him with a chair! No rules since this ain’t a match yet, but Fenix CHOPS in return! And CHOPS again! Fenix whips, Jarrett reverses but Fenix RANAS Jay Lethal into Satnam Singh! But Karen CLAWS Fenix’ back! Fenix grabs Karen, but Sonjay CLUBS Fenix! So Fenix SUPERKICKS Sonjay! Fenix puts Jarrett in the ring, the bell finally rings, and Fenix SMACXKS Jarrett to GAMANGIRI!
Fenix goes up and up and QUEBRADAS! Cover, TWO! Jarrett is still in this but Fenix brings him around to fireman’s carry. But the back gives up! Jarrett CLUBS Fenix down, fans rally up for Fenix but Jarrett stomps him. Jarrett brings Fenix around to CLUB him again, and then CLUBS him again! Fenix leans against ropes but Jarrett CHOKES him! Jarrett runs, Karen CHOPS Fenix, and Jarrett hits the STRADDLE ATTACK! Jarrett struts while fans boo, and then Jarrett mocks Cero Miedo, and says ‘SUCK IT!” Jarrett runs, into a SOBAT! KICK! And FOREARM! Fenix runs in to JUMP SOBAT!
Fenix pushes Jarrett down, goes up, but Satnam distracts! Fenix avoids the big haymaker, but Jarrett kicks low to DDT! Fans boo while both men are down and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Fenix crawls to ropes, Jarrett pursues, but the ref has Jarrett back off. So Karen CHOKES Fenix more! Abrahantes shouts at Triple J but Jarrett stomps Fenix. Jarrett puts Fenix in a corner, whips him corner to corner hard, and Fenix hits the mat. Jarrett struts some more, distracts the ref, and that allows Lethal to drag Fenix out for some stomps! Sonjay gest some shots in, too! Sonjay mocks #ANIMO, and Lethal keeps Abrahantes back! Jarrett soaks up the heat from Broomfield, Colorado before he goes out after Fenix. Jarrett whips Fenix hard into railing, and Fenix tumbles into the front row!
Abrahantes checks Fenix as he drags himself up, but Triple J chases him off! Abrahantes can’t do anything when it’s 4v1! Jarrett then drags Fenix up to suplex to the floor! Fenix writhes, the ring count is climbing, but Jarrett stomps Fenix. Jarrett talks trash, drags Fenix up, and puts Fenix in before ten. Jarrett CLUBS Fenix, taunts the fans, and then paces around Fenix. Jarrett CLUBS Fenix, taunts him, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Jarrett drags Fenix up but Fenix CHOPS first! And CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Fenix whips, Jarrett reverse but Fenix ducks ‘n’ dodges and rolls, but Jarrett trips him up!
Fenix goes to the apron and Jarrett kicks him down. Triple J rallies behind their guy but he then sicks them after Fenix. The ref stops Karen right in her tracks! Aubrey ain’t having it no more, and fans love it! Fenix gets up on the apron, RAMS into Jarrett, then RAMSA him again! Fenix RAMS into Jarrett one more time, then hobbles his way to the corner. Fenix springboards and leaps, FLYING ARM-DRAG and DOUBLE STOMP! Fans fire up as Fenix crawls to the cover, TWO! Jarrett is tougher than that but Fenix SUPERKICKS him down! Fans fire up as Fenix goes to the corner and drags himself up top!
Fenix aims, Lethal distracts, but he gets a PENALTY KICK for it! Sonjay tries now, and Jarrett LOW BLOWS! Fans boo but Jarrett cradles! TWO!! Triple J is furious but Jarrett whips. Fenix reverses, Jarrett lifts, Fenix slips out of the bomb! Jarrett kicks and wrenches, THE STROKE!!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Fenix survives and the fans are loving this! Satnam gets on the apron, Jarrett sends Fenix his way, but Fenix dropkicks the legs out! Satnam falls but Jarrett gets Fenix’s legs! FIGURE- NO, Fenix cradles now! FENIX WINS!!
Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall (still AEW International Champion)
Triple J tried all the tricks, but nothing could stop Fenix! But he only has a week to rest as we’re getting another title match next week! Will Fenix be facing Nick Jackson, Brian Cage or Claudio Castagnoli? We find out in a Triple Threat later tonight!
Adam Cole & MJF have another bro session.
Though with a bad foot, the Panama City Playboy joins Maxwell Jacob Friedman at the Long Island pierce to celebrate the win at Grand Slam. MJF sees Cole and tells him to hop onboard! Wait, MJF has a boat? Nah, this is his dad’s, but he doesn’t need to know. Uh, what? But anyway, they set sail, have some drinks and even go fishing. Cole thanks MJF for the invite. So beautiful out here. Yeah, it’s the greatest place on Earth. But uh, quick question. MJF is so glad Cole came out to help a brochacho out, and got hurt in the process, but… He was on the phone with Roddy a long time, huh?
Yeah, sorry, he was just worried about Roddy. Yeah, MJF gets it. Seems he was so worried, he couldn’t even be out there at the start of the match. Cole apologizes but Roddy is a brother to him. Yeah, yeah. MJF has Cole hold his beer so he can get some more. Cole hopes they can catch something today. Good beers, right? Yeah, delicious. MJF goes to the cooler, and brings out the Dynamite Diamond Ring?! MJF puts it on his pinkie, but Cole asks if MJF brought him out here just to hit him with the diamond ring then dump his body in the ocean, did he? What? No that is the last thing he’d ever do! MJF is secretly taking the ring off behind his back.
Cole says they do need to talk. Part of a healthy friendship his having more than one friend. It is okay and normal and healthy. Cole knows friendship is new to MJF, but MJF needs to know, Cole still cares about him. Well, look, having more than one friend is not for MJF, but… If it is normal and is Cole’s deal, then he supports that. Cole appreciates that. Plus, MJF almost got caught the last time he threw someone overboard so that’s a relief. What? Whoa, wait, we got a bite! They work together and pull it in! It’s PAUL WIGHT!? He says he was just trying to go for a swim! Paul spits out the hook and joins the boys on the boat. Paul knows they’re Better Than You, Baybay, and that’s aight.
Don Callis & Konosuke Takeshita returned to Japan.
The patriarch of the Don Callis Family and his “new son,” The Alpha, walked the streets of Tokyo as they responded to the Six Man Tag Challenge. Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi & Chris Jericho want to make a match for WrestleDream, but they’re not even in Seattle. They’re in Japan to hunt down the Golden Star! And Don knows all the favorite places of the Golden Lovers, so Kenny better have a new third man in mind for WrestleDream after they take care of business! The DCF will be live and in person after the break, will they have succeeded in their mission?
Renee Paquette is in the ring.
She says to expound upon their actions this past week, please welcome Don Callis & Konosuke Takeshita. The fans boo as dastardly Don and treacherous Takeshita make their way out during a recap package. Back in present, Renee gets to business. We all saw what happened between Sammy Guevara and Chris Jericho at Grand Slam and the days after, so is it safe to say that Sammy is DCF? And sorry, but it is hard to hear over the chorus of boos. Callis says he has something to say. “I’m so happy that Sammy Guevara is FREE of the toxic influence of Chris Jericho, that I wanted to bring him out here myself! Ladies and gentlemen, the newest member of the Don Callis Family, SAMMY GUEVARA!”
The Spanish God, the REAL Judas of AEW, struts his way out like he did last Friday on Rampage. Fans boo him like they boo Callis and he joins the family. Sammy and Callis hug, and then even Konosuke hugs Sammy. Callis says, “You wanna know about Tokyo now?” Renee says yes, we just saw their video. What was the business there? Callis reminds us that Kota Ibushi is not safe! He and The Alpha went to Tokyo with a personal camera crew that caught it all! They were at Ibushi’s dojo in Gunma, Japan, and they barged right in! Ibushi wasn’t there, so they beat up on one of his students!
Ibushi showed up, took the fight to Konosuke, but checking on his student left him open to a SLEEPER! Ibushi fought free, gave some ground ‘n’ pound, but Callis SMACKED Ibushi with his umbrella! Big mistake, Don! Ibushi stormed up on Callis, Callis ran away, but Konosuke CLOBBERED Ibushi with a kettle bell weight! Callis then came back to stomp Ibushi, and then Konosuke CHOKED Ibushi with his jacket! Callis told Omega that this is his beating heart lying on the ground! No one is safe from the Don Callis Family!! Fans boo as Callis says his family has never been stronger! With Konosuke, Will “BAH GAWD” Ospreay and Sammy Guevara going to WrestleDream!
Fans boo as Sammy now speaks. Sammy is being painted as the bad guy, when in reality, he’s the HERO! Fans boo more but Sammy says Jericho is the real villain. Fans chant “F YOU, SAMMY!” but he just tunes that out to say Jericho, for four YEARS, held Sammy back! Sammy was champion without Jericho! He headlined PPVs without Jericho! And he was great all on his own. Every time Sammy started to fly, Jericho would clip Sammy’s wings and bring him down. Sammy thought that one day, Jericho would pass him the torch. But Jericho never was going to do that, and Callis is the one who showed Sammy that Jericho is selfish!
Sammy TOOK the torch, and now looks to become the star he was born to be! Fans boo more but Callis says at WrestleDream, they take everything from Ibushi, Jericho and Omega, “until there’s nothing left but the tears!” Konosuke adds as much in Japanese, will the Don Callis Family truly destroy three of the greatest of all time?
AEW shares footage from after Collision.
Last Saturday, after losing to Bryan Danielson again, Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey were backstage, and Starks says that he survived again! He didn’t lose, he survived, period! Bryan Danielson has not tapped him out, and he never pinned him. The rankings is still Starks above Bryan! But then Wheeler Yuta walks over. Easy, man, he comes in peace. Yeah, Starks survived. And Yuta is man enough to admit he was wrong for what he did. He put his hands on Starks when the fight was over, and Starks was just trying to show Bryan respect. Starks tells Yuta that the next time Yuta puts his hands on Starks, Starks makes sure Yuta doesn’t walk away on his own accord!
Yuta says he’s trying to be the bigger man but it seems Starks doesn’t wanna hear it, so here’s how Yuta really feels. Starks is an entitled prick, all style and no substance, and all he does is whine, complain and moan! Starks couldn’t get up after everything Bryan put him through but guess what? Yuta gets up every damn day! The Blackpool Combat Club beats his ass, puts him down, and he just gets back up because that makes him stronger. And Starks doesn’t have the balls for that! But if he disagrees, let’s find out at WrestleDream. Starks smirks and walks off. Yeah, walk away. But it is now official! Absolute VS Decoder, who proves they’re tough enough?
AEW International Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Nick Jackson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Claudio Castagnoli!
WrestleDream on Sunday, and the FOURTH ANNIVERSARY of Dynamite next Wednesday, things are looking up for AEW! As such, one of these three men will challenge Rey Fenix for his title live on Dynamite next week! Who grabs themselves a golden ticket to #ANIMO?
The bell rings and Cage rushes Nick! Nick dodges but then Cage blocks the superkick to CHOP! Cage drags Nick up to trophy lift, and then TOSS him to the floor! Fans fire up as now Machine and Swiss Superman meet! First time anywhere, and the two tie up for a test of strength! They’re shoulder to shoulder, and Cage powers up to bend Claudio back! But Claudio powers up to push Cage! Cage kicks, SOBATS, and suplexes, but Claudio counters to suplex Cage! But Cage is right up! Cage suplexes, and he SLAMS Claudio! But Claudio is up, to UPPERCUT! Cage snarls, LARIATS, but Claudio stays up to UPPERCUT!
Cage LARIATS, Claudio UPPERCUTS, and UPPERCUTS, and runs at Nick. Nick RAMS into Claudio, slingshots up and over to CHOP Cage! SOBAT for Claudio! LUCHA LIBRE~ as Nick FLYING ARM-DRAG RANA COMBOS! Nick goes up and up and TOPE CONJILO! “How about that?” Nick puts Cage in, goes up and in but Cage SPLASHES first! Cage hoists Nick up but Nick slips under to kick a leg out! Cage is stuck, Claudio puts Nick on the apron but Nick GAMANGIRIS! Nick slingshots to STOMP Claudio and DRAPING BACKSTABBER Cage! Fans are thunderous with Nick but Claudio BOOTS him down! Now fans fire up with Claudio!
Dynamite goes picture in picture as Claudio stalks Nick. Claudio scoops Nick to a trophy lift of his own, to DROP Nick behind him! Claudio flexes, covers, TWO! Claudio keeps cool, looms over Nick and brings him up to ROCK with a forearm! Nick goes to a corner, Claudio fires more shots, but Nick hits back! Nick backs Claudio down with haymakers, whips him to ropes, but Claudio reverses to LARIAT! Claudio then goes out to whip Cage, only for Cage to reverse! Claudio hits railing and gets stuck in the front row! Cage goes after Nick in the ring and fires forearms. Cage RAMS into Nick in the corner, then CHOPS him!
Cage talks some trash, runs back in, but into a BOOT! Then into more BOOTS! Nick goes up but Claudio SHOVES him, into a suplex from Cage! JACKHAMMER! Cover, but Claudio stomps it apart! Claudio drags Cage up, fires a forearm, and then has him in a corner. Claudio brings Cage out but Cage puts Claudio up top! Cage ROCKS Claudio, climbs up after him, and the two fire forearms back and forth! Claudio fires a flurry, and then HEADBUTTS Cage down! Nick springboards to CROSSBODY! Then Claudio CROSSBODIES Nick! Cover, TWO!! Claudio reels Nick in, but Cage CLOBBERS Claudio first!
Cage drags Claudio up, whips but Claudio reveres to knee low, and GUT WRENCH SUPELX! Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage flounders to a corner. Fans fire up with Claudio and he runs in, but Cage moves! Cage UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Nick is back and he runs up to SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Nick goes up and out to PENALTY KICK Claudio! Then Nick RAMS into Cage, slingshots to FACEBUSTER, then he CARTWHEEL MOONSAULTS, but Claudio catches it! Only for Nick to TORNADO DDT it!!
Fans are thunderous as Nick goes up top, and Nana freaks out as Nick hits a 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives and Nana is relieved. Nick stands, but Claudio drags him out to RAM him into steel steps! Claudio hurries in after Cage, and fans fire up as they wanna see it! Claudio says okay, here comes the SWING!! Cage endures as he goes around and around, and the fans count to TEN! Claudio then covers, but Nick breaks it! Nick runs at Claudio but is put on ropes! Only to body scissor throw Claudio out! Nick goes up, he leaps and CROSSBODIES, but Cage catches him! F10!! Cover, TWO!!!
Fans are thunderous while Cage is furious! Cage storms up, Claudio RAMS into him, but Cage GAMANGIRIS! Cage goes up, and he deadlifts Claudio for the SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!!! Claudio barely survives and Nana is beside himself! Cage slashes his throat, he wants to end this! Cage hauls Claudio up, Alabama Lifts, but Nick SUPERKICKS! “This is Awesome!” and Claudio sunset flips, but Nick ghost pins! TWO!! Nick SUPERKICKS Cage, but Cage rebounds! DISCUS- SUPERKICK! Nick gets Cage again, but then Claudio UPPERCUTS Cage in the corner! Nick SUPERKICKS again! UPPERCUT! SUPERKICK TO CLAUDIO!
Nick runs, into a POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cage swings but Cage blocks to DISCUS LARIAT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Cage survives, but now Claudio has the clinch! HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!! Claudio drags Cage up, reel shim in and tucks the arms, RICOLA~ BOMB!! But then Nick FLYING RANAS Claudio away! Cover on Cage, NICK WINS!!
Winner: Nick Jackson, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW International Championship)
Nick snatches this one away from Cage and Claudio, and would you look at that? Fenix VS Nick one more time around! Will Nick prove he is the better younger brother? Or will Fenix make sure The Buck stops here?
The Righteous speak.
Dutch addresses, “Mr. MJF… Mr. Cole… We have one question to ask you two: Do you ache for a feeling that you fake to feel?” Vincent says, “Boys, just like everyday society, all the fake people of the world are bonded by materialistic thinks. Just like the two of you! But soon, that’s gonna change.” “Karma has no deadline, gentlemen.” “And for us, we’ve done nothing wrong. It’s easier to forgive your enemy than it is to forgive fake friends. Dig what I’m saying, man?” Will the brochachos see what they mean soon enough?
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/26/23)
Time to make it No Mercy official!
We’re on the road to Bakersfield!
Before battling over the NXT Championship, Carmelo Hayes and Ilja Dragunov sign on the dotted line! But will things get intense even before No Mercy?
- NXT Global Heritage Invitational Tournament Finals: Pete Dunne VS Joe Coffey w/ Gallus; Dunne wins and will challenge Noam Dar for the Cup at No Mercy.
- Trick Williams VS Joe Gacy w/ Ava Raine; Trick wins.
- Baron Corbin VS Josh Briggs w/ Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley; Corbin wins.
- Hank Walker & Tank Ledger VS Lucien Price & Bronco Nima w/ SCRYPTS; Price & Nima win.
- Strap Match: Eddy Thorpe VS DIJAK; Dijak wins.
- Thea Hail w/ Jacy Jayne VS Dani Palmer; Thea wins.
- Gigi Dolin VS Blair Davenport; cancelled.
- NXT North American Championship #1 Contender Triple Threat: Axiom VS Tyler Bate VS Dragon Lee; changed into…
- NXT North American Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way: Axiom VS Tyler Bate VS Dragon Lee VS Trick Williams; Trick wins and will challenge Dominik Mysterio for the title at No Mercy.
PLAY BY PLAY
NXT Global Heritage Invitational Tournament Finals: Pete Dunne VS Joe Coffey w/ Gallus!
With No Mercy this Saturday, there’s no time to waste! Noam Dar either faces the Bruiserweight or the Iron King, will the Scottish Supernova be ready to work this weekend?
Speaking of Dar, he and Meta Four are in their lounge, looking ready to watch the Kentucky Derby or something. Wonder which “horse” they’re betting on. But the bell rings and the two tie up. Fans fire up and duel as Joe puts Dunne on ropes. The ref counts, Joe lets off but Dunne turns it around to SLAP Joe! They tie up again, go around, and they’re in a deadlock. The two let off, go again, and circle. They tie up again and Dunne wrenches an arm, to then shift and wrangle Joe down! Dunne tarps that arm, and he neck wrenches Joe while also grinding in forearms. Fans fire up as Dunne twists Joe’s ears! Dunne then STOMPS Joe’s arm!
Joe shakes that elbow out as he and Dunne reset. They tie up, Joe goes for Dunne’s arm and uses his head for leverage. Joe wrangles Dunne, digs a knee in, and then he twists Dunne’s ear. And claws at Dunne’s face! Dunne endures, kips up, and he grinds forearms in return. Dunne powers Joe to ropes, puts him in a corner, and the ref counts. Fans rally, Dunne and Joe stare down, but then Joe DECKS Dunne! Joe drops knee after knee then an elbow! Joe drags Dunne up, headlocks for a takeover, but Dunne pushes up. Dunne powers out, things speed up. and Dunne hurdles to drop and then- NO, Joe runs through the forearm to CLOBBER Dunne!
Fans are torn but Joe puts Dar on notice. Joe drags Dunne up while Dar taunts back. Dunne SLAPS Joe again! And then ARMLOCK DDT! Dunne drops knees on the elbow, then crosses his arms to mock Gallus! Mark has to keep Wolfgang back as Dunne bends Joe’s fingers. Dunne isolates the arm to STOMP it! Joe goes to a corner and fans fire up. Dunne runs up to GAMANGIRI! Dunne goes up to FLYING KNEE Joe’s arm! Joe writhes and flounders but Dunne is on him with a FUJIWARA! Mark gets in the ring but the ref stops him, only for Wolfgang to ROCK Dunne! Joe is free while fans boo.
Joe deadlifts to GERMAN SUPLEX, but Dunne lands on his feet! Joe ducks the lariat, ELBOWS Dunne, then goes up and up to CROSS- FOREARM!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives and Dunne seethes as he sees Gallus regroup. Dunne goes up and out and up again, ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Gallus Boys go down and fans fire up! Joe scrambles, Dunne pursues to SNAP GERMAN! Dunne then STOMPS the hands! BUZZSAW! Gallus gets on the apron but the ref sees them now! The ref EJECTS Gallus!! Fans fire up as this is now truly 1v1, and Dunne just shrugs as NXT goes picture in picture.
Even Meta Four joins in on taunting Wolfgang & Markus with “Hey hey hey, goodbye~!” Dunne waits on Joe as Joe fumes. Joe storms up to Dunne, and the hands start flying! Joe ducks to ROCK Dunne! And JAB! And body shot! JAB! BODY! Repeat! BIG LEFT! Joe stomps away in the corner but the ref counts. Joe lets off, shaking out his bad arm. Joe drags Dunne back up, ROCKS him, but that just hurts the bad hand. Joe goes up the corner, takes aim, and leaps to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Dunne is tougher than that and Joe seethes again. Joe drags Dunne around by his legs, but Dunne kicks back. Joe just grabs both legs in one arm!
Joe turns Dunne for a DOUBLE HALF CRAB! Maybe some kinda lobster stretch? Dunne endures, turns over, and he kicks Joe again! Dunne drags Joe down into an ARMBAR! Joe scrambles, but ends up in a TRIANGLE HOLD! Joe endures, fights around, but Dunne squeezes tighter! Joe fights back up, deadlifts Dunne, and BUCKLE BOMBS! Both men are down yet glaring at each other. They crawl over to junkyard dog headbutt! Then they throw haymakers and jabs! They brawl, Dunne fires off on Joe! Dunne hammers down on the Iron King, then STOMPS his arm! Joe writhes, Dunne paces, and then Dunne gets the wrists.
Dunne drags Joe up but Joe HEADBUTTS! And HEADBUTTS! And HEADBUTTS! NXT returns to single picture as Dunne flops to the apron. Joe drags Dunne up by his hair, has him against ropes, but Dunne grabs that bad arm! Dunne wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Then he gives Joe BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Shoutout to The Fella, as Dunne goes BEYOND ten!! Fans are thunderous, Meta Four says nuh-uh, that won’t happen to Dar. But Dunne drags Joe back up, for another ELBOW BREAKER! Joe HEADBUTTS back! Joe seethes and drags Dunne up, but Dunne holds ropes to fight the driver!
Dunne reels Joe in, APRON DDT!! Fans are thunderous again and Dunne goes back for more. Joe stands, swings, but Dunne ROCKS him! And ROCKS! Joe ROCKS Back! Dunne rebounds, into a POP-UP UPPERCUT! Joe goes up and up, FLYING CROSSBODY! Joe roars, he drags Dunne into another waistlock, but the bad arm won’t let him lift! Joe just one arms it?! GERMAN SUPLEX!! Joe aims from a corner, fans rally up, and Dunne rises into the GLASGOW SENDOFF! Joe keeps moving, ALL THE- BOOT! Joe stays up, ALL THE- ENZIGURI! ALL THE BEST SOUTHPAW STYLE!! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” while both men are down!
A standing count starts, the watch party is loving this, and Joe flounders his way over. But Dunne gets the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Dunne bends the fingers back! Joe fights up, rolls, and reels Dunne in! POWERBOMB!! Dunne manages to rise up, but Joe runs in again, GLASGOW SENDOFF!! Dunne goes down, Joe keeps moving, ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS!!! Cover, TWO?!? Dunne survives and even Meta Four is shocked! Joe shoves Dunne out of the ring, runs in, but the sendoff is sent into steel steps! Dunne puts Joe in the ring, reels him in, BITTER END!!! Cover, DUNNE WINS!!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Heritage Cup)
Dar does NOT like this! He knows how dangerous the Bruiserweight can be, just as we all saw with our own eyes! Will Dunne rip the Cup away from Dar once and for all?
Backstage interview with Dominik Mysterio.
McKenzie Mitchell is with the North American Champion and says he retained it against Dragon Lee just last night. Yes, Dom knows, it was another instant classic. Another challenger, another successful defense. And now he has a free Saturday to hang out with Mami and eat chicken tendies. But didn’t he know- Well you thought wrong, Kenzie! No Dom at No Mercy. But HBK just made a Triple Threat to determine a contender. What? Did Dom not see HBK’s social media? No, Dom doesn’t follow HBK. Well, take a look: Axiom VS Tyler Bate VS Dragon Lee! Dom fumes and says HBK’s no better than Pearce! He’s a champion, he should be respected!
Dom storms off, but will he have no choice but to accept a new challenge so soon?
The D’Angelo Family holds their tag team summit dinner.
Stacks says this is a big night for them. Do they have enough food? The Don says c’mon, Adrian’s got ’em covered. So what’s the plan? Everyone sits down, and then they lower the boom? Yeah, Stacks, they lower the boom. Would he relax? Eat some bread. First, they feed their guests, with Uncle Chez slaving away in the kitchen. The chicken parm, the baked ziti. Then they’ll decide who challenges for the tag titles at No Mercy. Right, the champs call the shots. Exactly. The guests arrive and get checked out. Angel Garza doesn’t get it, but Stacks says this is a family establishment. Humberto has his cousin cool off and they sit down.
Humberto appreciates the invite. The last time they met, thigs got… outta hand. Exactly. But Garza says they’re not apologizing. They aren’t even here to eat, just to talk. Well, that mistake is on them. There’s a six course meal coming, and your tastebuds will thank you later. Garza says they’re after one thing. The titles? Good, get a drink, wait for the others. Others? Fine. We’ll check back in on this later, will this meeting even make it through the appetizers?
Trick Williams VS Joe Gacy w/ Ava Raine!
Trick Melo Gang is now, then and forever, while The Schism’s tree seems to be rotting away. Will Trick Willie prove he is his own man and can win his own battles? Or will Mr. Inclusion make him feel all alone?
NXT returns as The Schism makes their entrance. At least, what’s left of it. The bell rings and the two tie up. Gacy headlocks, Trick powers out but Gacy whips. Trick whips Gacy away, then runs him over! Fans fire up as Trick headlocks. Gacy powers out, Trick goes up and over and scoops to SLAM Gacy down! And then DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up as Trick whips Gacy corner to corner, but Gacy reverses. Gacy runs in, Trick blocks the boot and spins him. Trick ducks the lariat to JAB, JAB and UPPERCUT! Fans fire up more and Trick whips, but Gacy blocks hip toss to knee low and DDT Trick down!
Fans boo as Gacy stomps Trick around. Gacy CLUBS Trick, CLUBS him again, then rains down forearms to the back! Fans boo as Gacy just hammers away! Gacy roars and clamps on a BULLY CHOKE! Trick endures, fights around, and Gacy shouts for Trick to give up! Fans rally, Trick fights up, and Trick pries the hold open! Trick turns around but Gacy kicks low. Gacy throws Trick down by his hair, but Trick avoids the elbow drop! Trick BOOTS from the corner, runs up and fires off haymakers! Trick DECKS Gacy, then throws hands against the ropes! Trick whips, and LEG LARIATS! Then a scoop, but Gacy slips free!
Gacy shoves Trick to a corner to clothesline, ELBOW, and run to UPSIDE- KNEE!! Trick covers, TRICK WINS!
Winner: Trick Williams, by pinfall
If you blinked, you would’ve missed it! He whooped dat trick, is this proof enough Williams ain’t no sidekick? Kelly Kincaid congratulates Trick on the win and he tells her let’s talk about it. He ain’t gonna lie,. it feels good to get that dub. And he is ambidextrous: he whoops ass with both hands! Believe that! Kelly says with No Mercy on Saturday, does he feel Melo also walks out with the W? Or do we see a new champion in Ilja Dragunov? Kelly, Kelly, Kelly. Gacy is weird, but this was a good match. This might’ve been Trick’s best yet. And we wanna talk Melo VS Ilja? But hey, Trick will answer the question.
We all know Dragunov hits hard, and no one knows better than Trick. Trick would be a fool to bet against him. And by him, he means his boy, Melo! Fans cheer that, and Trick says Trick Melo Gang always gonna be here. So at No Mercy, Melo retains that title. And now that Trick thinks about it… Melo has his title, yeah? Trick wants to go get his! Trick heads out, but what is he planning on doing next?
Backstage interview with Blair Davenport.
McKenzie is with the Ichiban Gaijin, and says the last time we saw her and Gigi Dolin, they were brawling in the back. Blair says she gets it. That was Gigi’s feeble attempt at taking Blair out. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but in Gigi’s case, it was just sad. The biggest difference is that when Blair targets people, they don’t get up. Blair got back up, and the refs had to pull them apart to save Gigi from Blair. Blair tells Gigi that if she thinks she can share the same vindictive nature and match her vicious intent? Well, she can’t. And if you don’t believe her, just watch what she does tonight.
Andre Chase talks with Duke Hudson.
Mr. Chase knows they have to give Thea her space, but he’s still worried about her. Duke says yeah, but there’s not much they can do. But then Jacy Jayne walks over and asks who they’re looking for. She knows who. They know Jacy is Thea’s new friend, but Thea isn’t returning their texts. How is she doing? Don’t ask Jacy, professor. Just ask her for yourself. Thea! Thea walks in and Duke says HOLY ISH! Thea is in that new leather skirt and top combo Jacy helped her pick out. Chase cannot even, but Duke keeps him from admonishing Thea. Chase says she has never looked so nice. Wait, really? Really really? Yes.
Then great! Because she finally feels like a grown ass woman. All credit to Jacy! But okay, time to go get ready for Dani Palmer in their match. Laters. Jacy says if they liked that, wait until they see the new ring gear. Chase asks what the hell. Duke says it will be okay. Has Chase U’s Sandy gone from cheerleader to modern day Pink Lady? And how much more (or less?) can there be for her ring gear?
Baron Corbin VS Josh Briggs w/ Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley!
Before facing the #MeanerThanEvil Bron Breakker this Saturday, “No More BS” Corbin looks to show this country boy no mercy. Will Corbin #BurnTheShips and leave Briggs stranded? Or will Briggs show Corbin there’s nothing he can do about the new wave of superstars?
NXT returns as Briggs makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two circle, and then tie up. They go around, Corbin puts Briggs in a corner, and the ref counts. Corbin lets off, to SLAP Briggs! Briggs JABS back! Briggs fires off, fans fire up and Briggs clotheslines Corbin up and out! Briggs pursues, he CLUBS Corbin, then SMACKS him off the apron! The ring count starts as Briggs CLUBS Corbin, then RAMS him into barriers! Fans fire up as Briggs gets in Corbin’s face. Briggs puts Corbin in at 5 of 10, hurries up, and he ROCKS Corbin! Briggs runs, Corbin dodges, but Briggs BOOTS Corbin down!
Fans fire up with Briggs, and he drags Corbin. Corbin grabs ropes, kicks Briggs away, then he kicks Briggs’ leg out! Corbin hauls Briggs up, HALF NELSON SLAM! Cover, TWO! Corbin is frustrated but Briggs is a former tag champion so he’s tough. Corbin fires hands on Briggs, has him in a corner and whips him corner to corner hard. Corbin runs in to SPLASH! Corbin mocks the cheering of the fans and of Fallon, but Briggs avoids his splash! Then scoops for a SIDEWALK SLAM! SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Corbin is also a former US Champion, he’s tougher than that. Fans rally and Briggs looms over Corbin.
Briggs fires hands but Corbin fires back! They go back and forth, Corbin ROCKS Briggs but Briggs fires a flurry! Briggs BOOTS again and Corbin goes to a corner! Briggs snarls, runs in, but Corbin uses the ref as a shield! THROAT CHOP! Corbin goes up to FLYING LARIAT! Corbin drags Briggs up, reels him in, END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
One thing Briggs has to learn is that Corbin will do anything to win. Corbin gets a mic to call out “Badass Bron Breakker. This Saturday, we find out if the little doggy is all bark or if he bites.” Corbin burned his past, is looking to the future. Bron just his in the End of Days. But wait, Bron is here! The “little doggy” storms to the ring with a mic of his own, and he tells Corbin, HAYMAKER! Breon fires off, Corbin hits back and fans fire up! Security rushes in, but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Corbin and Bron ram into each other, throw hands, the others separate them but they just get hit, too! If this is how fired up they are tonight, how much more violent will it get on Saturday?
Trick Williams walks up to HBK’s office door.
Trick knocks, and Shawn has him come in. Trick asks if he has a minute. Yeah, come on in. What is Trick going to ask of the NXT GM?
NXT takes a closer look at Becky VS Tiffany for No Mercy.
Tiffy thinks she’s effortlessly perfect. But then she talked about the wrong Horsewoman, and ended up thrown into the Big Time. Becky took that title to become a Grand Slam Champion, but Tiffany demanded a title rematch. Becky’s been here nearly a decade, and Tiffany’s only been here a year, and yet she went toe-to-toe with The Man. But Becky says she’s seen the ladies with rockets strapped to their backs and they fizzle out just as fast. But then Tiff had to go and push things, and now Becky’s pushing back with EXTREME RULES! Tiff says she’s hungry, Becky says weapons will be used and bodies will be bruised. But will The Man still be the champ?
Hank Walker & Tank Ledger VS Lucien Price & Bronco Nima w/ SCRYPTS!
Tony D’Angelo’s guest list for dinner is not yet complete, but these two young and hungry teams are ready to eat! Will Hank ‘n’ Tank bring that hoss energy to the table? Or will Reggie’s new crew truly be #OutTheMud?
The teams sort out and Price starts against Tank. Tank dodges the boot to waistlock but Price elbows. Tank tags Hank, whips, and then Hank CLOBBERS Price! Hank ‘n’ Tank DOUBLE FALLING HEADBUTTS! Fans rally while Price goes to a corner. Hank storms up but Price BOOTS! Hank throws hands, whips Price to another corner, then SPLASHES! Hank runs side to side, tags Tank and SPLASHES again! Tank RAMS into Price, feeds him to Hank’s scoop, and then Hank SLAMS so Tank can slingshot SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Tank drags Price up, but Nima distracts. Price wrenches to HOOK KICK! Very Booker T style there!
Tag to Nima, he runs to STOMP Tank down! Tank flounders while Nima fires up. Nima runs to STRADDLE ATTACK! Nima bounces with it, then he throws Tank down. Nima STOMPS Tank’s leg, then tags Price. Price runs to JUMP SPLASH! Tank sputters, Nima cheers Price on, and Price runs in to clothesline! Price snapmares, tags Nima, and Nima runs up. Tank avoids the stomp this time to roll Nima up, TWO! Hot tag to Hank! Hank hits a THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Fans fire up, Price runs in but Hank DECKS him! Fans fire up with Hank as he runs corner to corner to SPLASH! Then whip and scoop, to SNAKE EYES!
Hank keeps moving to BOOT Nima down! Fans are all fired up with Hank and he tags Tank! The big boys scoop the bigger boy, but Scrypts grabs at Hank! The ref stops Reggie but that allows Price to SUPERKICK Tank! Then Nima shoves Tank into Hank! Hank goes down, Nima tags Price. They get Tank up, GRIDIRON SPINEBUSTER!! Cover, OTM wins!
Winners: Lucien Price & Bronco Nima, by pinfall
Scrypts was the brains of the game plan, and they’re ready to eat now! Will Tony have Uncle Chez make some extra helpings for these guys?
Gigi Dolin prepares backstage.
But then the lights go out!? And someone attacks Gigi in the dark!! The lights come back up, and of course it was Blair! Blair tells Gigi she’s pathetic. Did Blair just violently cancel her match? Or will this only further motivate Gigi to get revenge?
NXT checks back in on the D’Angelo dinner party.
Stacks says he’s filling up on bread waiting for the other teams to arrive. Tony says it’s good wine, though. But hey, why does it look like Angel & Humberto got mauled by sabretooth tigers? Garza asks if he is disrespecting their grandfather. Stacks says not at all! Humberto explains that these claw mark tattoos remind them who they are, and is a message from their grandfather. A message that includes taking those tag titles. Oh, some message. Maybe it’ll be a long time before they can respond, huh? Heh. And speaking of family, look who is here! The Creed Brothers walk in, get patted down but Tony assures his guys that these two are alright.
Brutus says he’s starving, so he came to the right place. Tony had them whip up double of the, how did Brutus say it? A-spicy-a meatball-a! Some real I-talian food! Julius says they’ll eat, but they’re also here to discuss business. Stacks rolls his eyes at Julius’ Godfather act. Julius figures maybe Tony can just cut them in on No Mercy with the primos here. Stacks says nothing has been settled, just relax and eat something. Brutus asks if this is where… you know? Know what? Where people have had their last suppers. Food poisoning, that is. Humberto hesitates to eat the pasta now. Tony says no, that’s the place up the street! C’mon!
Stacks reports that OTM is OTM. G O O D. Huh? Good. Oh! And here comes some more pasta! Will Brutus & Julius leave enough for Nima & Price?
Tyler Bate talks with Axiom.
The Big Strong Boi says it goes without saying, but no hard feelings out there, mate. The Undeniable Truth agrees. And no offense to either Bate or Dragon Lee, but understand that opportunities like this don’t come along every day. Bate agrees, you gotta seize these moments with both hands. Trick walks in and he wants everyone to know, face to face… The Triple Threat is now a FATAL 4! See you out there. Well, that changes things. Will Dom be doomed no matter who comes away with the golden tickets?
Strap Match: Eddy Thorpe VS DIJAK!
After going back and forth, The Alpha Wolf being pushed to his limits by Hard Justice, both men are ready to tear into each other! And that’s what the leather strap is for! Who walks away the winner while the other walks away licking his wounds?
In the front row is Thorpe’s family: his mother, father, sister, and six-year-old niece. Will they give Eddy the strength to fight through the pain and bring Dijak down? The strap is secured onto each man’s left wrist, and the bell rings. Fans fire up but Dijak already goes out of the ring. Dijak works to drag Eddy out with him but Eddy uses the corner to stay put! Eddy then YANKS Dijak into the post! And then Eddy DIVES to send Dijak into barriers! Fans fire up, Eddy puts Dijak in the ring, but Dijak YANKS Eddy into the apron! Dijak drags Eddy in, gathers up some slack, but Eddy dodges to use slack to trip Dijak!
Eddy KICKS and CLUBS away but Dijak shoves him away. Eddy comes back with more shots! Dijak shoves again, then BOOTS Eddy! Dijak goes up but Eddy YANKS him down to GAMANGIRI! The fans rally behind Eddy as he uses the strap to help drag Dijak up in a waistlock. Dijak ELBOWS Eddy over and over, but Eddy still holds on! Dijak pries the hold and throws more elbows! Eddy lets go, Dijak gathers up the slack, but Eddy BOOTS him first! Eddy then SHOTGUNS Dijak into a corner! Fans fire up and Eddy aims. Eddy runs in, but Dijak dodges the boot! To LASH Eddy with the strap! Dijak then drags Eddy around to whip and TOSS!
Eddy hits the ground hard, his family and the fans rally behind him, but Dijak just laughs as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Dijak has Eddy down, with the strap across Eddy’s mouth! Eddy endures and fans boo Dijak but Dijak tells Eddy to stay down, he’s stuck! Eddy claws at the strap, brings it away from his mouth, but Dijak pulls it back down! Fans rally up, Eddy fights to his feet and he throws elbows! And windmill haymakers! And CHOPS! Dijak SUPERKICKS, whips, and then yanks again, but Eddy stops himself! SOBAT! Eddy runs in but Dijak choke grips! But Eddy swings and clotheslines Dijak and himself out of the ring! But Dijak holds on!? APRON CHOKE SLAM!! Eddy sputters while Dijak grimaces.
Dijak drags Eddy from the apron, to whip him into barriers! Right in front of the Thorpe family! Fans boo and mama tells Dijak he’s a bad man. Eddy’s niece fires up for Eddy but Dijak stands Eddy up. Dijak grabs some slack, to LASH Eddy! Dijak says this is for the family! LASH!! Fans boo Dijak for being mean to a kid, but he LASHES Eddy over and over again! Dijak drags Uncle Eddy up and into the ring and fans boo more. Dijak takes off his white belt! The same belt that started it all, and that lashed the tree Eddy uses as a guidepost! Dijak swings, but Eddy dodges! Eddy BOOTS Dijak, then runs in to BOOT in the corner!
Dijak staggers, Eddy has some slack now and he LASHES away on Dijak! Again and again and again! Shot for shot, each one for his family, his heritage and himself! Eddy just unloads and the crowd is thunderous! Dijak grabs for his belt but Eddy stands on it! Eddy shakes his head, and he LASHES Dijak again! Dijak staggers to a corner, Eddy uses the white belt for a LEATHER FIST!! Eddy has Dijak down, drags him into a drop zone, then goes up the corner! Eddy wraps his arm in leather, for a LEATHER MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Eddy wins!!
Winner: Eddy Thorpe, by pinfall
The Alpha Wolf deals with Dijak, but Dijak isn’t done with Eddy! Dijak torture racks Eddy for FEAST YOUR EYES!! Dijak is a sore loser and fans boo, but Dijak drags Eddy up again! Dijak RAMS Eddy into the corner, hoists him up top, then SUPERKICKS him down! Eddy is stuck in a Tree of Woe, and we know what Dijak does to trees! Dijak uses the strap to tie Eddy’s legs to the corner, and then grabs his white belt! Fans boo as hard as they can, and Dijak points at the Thorpes to say watch this! Dijak LASHES Eddy again and again and again!! Then he threatens the refs! Dijak storms off, what will the consequences be for pushing things this far?
Jacy Jayne waits in the hall.
She’s so excited for Thea’s new look. She knocks on the door and asks if she’s ready. Almost ready. She looks so good. Good! Jacy is sure everyone will go nuts, but will this new gear help Thea feel like a winner?
Thea Hail w/ Jacy Jayne VS Dani Palmer!
While Dani makes her entrance for this match, Blair snatches the headset from Vic Joseph to mockingly say “what a shame” that Gigi can’t compete tonight. Maybe her tortured little soul is more beat up than she thought. Next time Gigi wants to play Blair’s game, make sure she remembers how she feels right now. Because next time, it’ll be even worse. And now back to our regularly scheduled match.
Thea makes her entrance, Jacy leading the way to bring out a new theme and tron. Thea walks out in leather and garter belts! Fans seem to accept the new Thea. Will Thea show us she grown in more ways than one? The bell rings, she and Dani tie up, and Thea trips Dani to have a toehold! Dani handstands, slips free and trips Thea into a toehold of her own. Thea rolls, Dani handsprings and headlocks for a takeover! Thea fights around, wrenches out of the headlock to top wristlock, and she wrangles Dani down. Dani kips up, but Thea arm-drags her down! Thea SPLASHES down on the arm!
Thea wrenches, Dani rolls, and then flips to arm-drag free! Thea comes back to wheelbarrow and arm-drag! Dani ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA Thea away! Things speed up, Thea tilt-o-whirls to RANA back! They go again and Thea wrangles Dani to a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Dani rolls Thea up, TWO! Dani DROPKICKS Thea down, and then runs, but the splash only gets buckles! Thea GAMANGIRIS, clinches, and EXPLODERS! Cover, TWO! Thea grabs Dani’s arm to WRING it out! Thea wrenches again, but Dani ROCKS Thea! Then LARIATS! And DROPKICKS! Dani kips up and fans fire up as Dani runs in to HANDSPRING KICK!
Dani pushes Thea down, goes up the corner, and SKY TWISTERS! But she lands out of it as Thea moves! Thea runs in to scoop, and KIMURA!! Dani goes down, she TAPS! Thea wins!
Winner: Thea Hail, by pinfall
New look, new attitude, new Thea? Well, one win does not make a streak, but is this just the beginning? Jacy sees Chase & Duke and waves hi to them. Is that also a wave goodbye for the good ol’ days of good girl Thea?
Melo is on his phone.
And in walks Trick! He’s in his bag right now! He showed Gacy while the whole world will be chanting “Whoop Dat Trick!” And now Trick’s gonna show the rest of the world why… Wait, what’s up? Is Melo listening? Yeah, man, he saw Trick do his thing against Gacy. And knew he would! Trick’s getting in a Fatal 4, he’s gonna win! Yeah, and then Trick will go on to No Mercy to face Dom for the North American Championship. Trick will get his first title shot! Melo, c’mon! Is he on mute? No, Melo is hearing Trick, but the contract signing with Ilja is big stuff. He has to lock in. Trick understands, right? Right, Trick understands. Melo handles his business, Trick will handle his.
Trick heads out, and Melo hopes Trick wasn’t upset right there. Will all be okay when Trick Melo Gang leaves the Golden State dripping in gold?
NXT Media catches up with Baron Corbin.
Corbin’s on his way out as he is asked about Bron confronting him after his match, but Corbin says to stop. He has no time for this! “Badass Bron thinks he’s intimidating people but he’s not. This Saturday, No Mercy, he’s getting his ass whooped, and that’s-” BRON LEAPS IN AND CLOBBERS CORBIN! They brawl again and refs rush in! Security, too! These two are separated, will they even make it to Saturday?!
NXT North American Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way: Axiom VS Tyler Bate VS Dragon Lee VS Trick Williams!
Each man in this match has been disrespected by Dirty Dom ever since Judgment Day started coming around NXT. And each man wants their shot at Dom’s title. What was a one-in-three is now a one-in-four, but will the numbers still spell disaster for Dom at No Mercy?
NXT returns as Axiom makes his entrance so now all four men are here. The bell rings, the four look around at the others, and then Axiom and Bate DOUBLE SUPERKICK Trick! Those two must really not like that Trick got himself into their match, but even Dragon is stunned. But now we have the original Triple Threat, and both Bate and Axiom rush Dragon! Dragon dodges, shoves Bate into Axiom and then trips Bate. Things speed up, Bate hurdles but Dragon comes back. Bate dodges to FLY out onto Trick! Fans are torn but then Dragon runs. Axiom dodges, RANAS, but Dragon handsprings!
Axiom trips Dragon, Dragon reaches up to RANA, but Axiom handsprings through. Dragon kicks low, whips Axiom toa corner and runs in, but into an ELBOW! Axiom goes up to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Axiom kips up, DROPKICKS Dragon, and fans fire up. Axiom goes up and out to FLYING KNEE Trick down! Bate drags Trick and Axiom up but Dragon builds speed to FLY out onto all three! Dragon hurries to get Trick up and in and fans fire up again. Dragon reels Trick in, but Trick trips Dragon! Trick has the legs, BOSTON CRAB! But then Bate has a FUJIWARA ARMBAR on Dragon! But then Axiom slides in, and he studies this puzzling predicament.
Occam’s razor says the simplest solution is often the best, so Axiom just adds on! SLEEPER on Trick! Trick starts fading while Dragon still endures, but Bate sees Axiom. Bate CLUBS Axiom down and now everyone is free. Fans fire up, Bate goes after Dragon but Dragon fires haymakers! Bate puts Bop up but Dragon ducks Bang to ROCK Bate! Dragon whips, Bate reverses and DROPKICKS! Trick DECKS Bate! Axiom runs in but into body shots and an UPPERCUT! Trick runs but Axiom ducks, the LEAPING LARIAT gets Dragon! GORDO KICK gets Axiom! Bate & Axiom run in, into DOUBLE FLAPJACKS! Fans are thunderous with Trick and NXT goes picture in picture!
Trick huffs ‘n’ puffs but Bate ROCKS him back! And again! Trick ROCKS Bate, storms up but blocks the boot. Bate KNEES Trick away, goes up, and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Trick goes to another corner, Bate runs in but Trick TOSSES him up and out! Axiom runs up but into a knee! Trick CHOPS Axiom down! Trick stalks Axiom to a corner, CHOPS him again, and Axiom flounders around! Axiom tries to hit back but can’t put much into it. Trick just CHOPS Axiom down again! Trick shakes out that hand, then he sees Bate on the outside. Trick drags Bate up but Bate RAMS into Trick! Slingshot sunset flip! TWO!
Trick runs up to knee low! Trick reels Bate in, but Axiom stops the suplex. Bate & Axiom double suplex Trick, btu Dragon joins in! Dragon & Trick VS Bate & Axiom in a battle for suplex superiority! It’s Bate & Axiom that get Dragon & Trick up and over!! All four men are down and the fans are going wild! Trick and Dragon crawl away, so Bate throws a hand on Axiom! Axiom hits Bate back, they go back and forth, and Axiom kicks from below! Bate stands Axiom up to UPPERCUT! Axiom and Bate keep going back and forth, SUPERMAN PUNCH from Axiom! NXT returns to single picture as Bate rebounds!
Bate gest under and around Axiom, underhooks the arms, and TYLER DRIVER- RANA COUNTER! Cover, TWO! Axiom runs up, gets around but Bate bucks the O’Conner. Axiom catches Bate, HALF ‘N’ HALF! Axiom then kicks Trick, runs, but Dragon is back. Axiom goes up and up and ARM-DRAG RANA COMBOS! Bate is up, he kicks Axiom low and whips. Axiom tilt-o-whirls to send Bate into Trick! LARIAT DDT COMBO!! Cover on Bate, but Dragon breaks it! Dragon whips Axiom, runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! COMBINACION DRAGON! Fans rally as Dragon HYDRAULIC DROPKICKS Trick! Then HYDRAULIC DROPKICKS Axiom!
The Boy Wonder swings, Big Strong Boi dodges, REBOUNDER but Dragon slips through! DRAGON BOMB!! Cover, Trick AND Axiom break it!! Fans are thunderous again as all four men are down! The fans love “NXT! NXT!” for making this match a reality! Trick drags Dragon up to TOSS him out, but Axiom is up top! Axiom leaps, into a HAYMAKER from Trick! Trick scoop SLAMS Bate, stomps him around, then rolls to lift, but Dragon adds on! So Trick just DOUBLE BOOKENDS!! Double cover, TWO!!! Trick keeps his focus on Bate and brings him. Trick CLUBS Bate, fans sing “Trick gonna beat yo’ ass~!”
Trick suplexes but Bate SATELLITE DDTS!! Trick is dazed, Bate is roaring! Bate fireman’s carries Dragon to AIRPLANE SPIN! But Axiom runs in! So Bate trips him, and much like a certain Swiss Superman, AIRPLANE SPIN GIANT SWING COMBOS!!! Fans are thunderous as Bate goes around and around, then stops to SLAM Dragon onto Axiom! And then deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX for Dragon! Trick gets Bate to whip, but Bate hits a REBOUNDER!! Cover, Axiom breaks it while giving Dragon a DESTROYER!!! Fans are losing their minds as all four men are down again!! “This is Awesome!” as all four men stir.
Axiom and Bate rise, Axiom kicks but Bate blocks! Bate Bop up, BANG sends Axiom down! Trick whips, again, POP-UP UPPERCUT! Axiom SUPERKICKS Trick! Axiom aims at Dragon, but Dragon blocks the kick to send it into Trick! Dragon then pops Axiom up in the corner, to SUPERKICK him down! And SUPERKICK again!! Fans fire up with Dragon and he goes up the corner! But Bate GAMANGIRIS Dragon first! Bate climbs up to get Dragon, but Axiom CLUBS them both! Axiom climbs to join them, he SUPERKICKS Bate to the apron! Axiom has Dragon now, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?
Dragon survives and fans are losing their minds! Both men rise, Axiom afraid for his life! Dragon shoves, spins, tilt-o-whirl, DESTINOOO~!! Cover, Trick breaks it! Trick drags Dragon up, Dragon HEADBUTTS Trick into Bate!! Bate falls back, Dragon falls out, and Trick falls forward onto Axiom!! It’s a cover! TRICK WINS!!!
Winner: Trick Williams, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT North American Championship)
Even Trick is stunned! Trick is going to No Mercy to have his own title fight!! Will Trick Melo Gang be the top two of NXT?
NXT returns to the D’Angelo dinner party.
Everyone is enjoying course after course, but only now does OTM arrive. Tony says they were told to impress, and they did. Stacks says Hank ‘n’ Tank ain’t no joke, so they earned their seat at the table. Pull up a chair. They’ll get a booster seat for Scrypts there. The others laugh, but Price says not to disrespect his man. Scrypts says it’s cool. He brought cheese for the rats anyways. What’s that? Nima says they ain’t here to break bread. Brutus says he did, that focaccia bread was amazing. At least someone’s enjoying the hospitality. But Humberto also gets to business. Who will face the champions at No Mercy?
Naturally, Humberto & Angel want their shot, but The Creeds say no one remembers the last time Los Lotharios won. Was it before or after the siesta? Oh, sorry, guess the Creeds were too busy trying to get their jobs back. No, they did that in a Steel Cage Match. Maybe Garza was still napping. Brutus asks if there’s more of that chicken parm. Bro! What? This is great! Better than mom’s. Mom’s is good, too. Eh. Scrypts says it is time for new blood in the division. The D’Angelos invite them just to disrespect them. They won’t even say Lucien’s & Bronco’s names. This man must want to cake walk in Cali. Well, guess Scrypts is a mind-reader now.
Who’re they calling a cake walk? Oh, cake. Brutus, pay attention. The match the people want is Tony & Stacks VS The Creeds! Hey hold up. Everyone’s begging for their shot, but OTM don’t beg. Either Tony gives them the shot, or this place is gonna get real dirty, real quick. Tony says okay. But then he calls in his muscle. Oh, didn’t know Tony rolled like that. Tony says to sit down and shut up. Stacks says this is what they’re gonna do. Everyone makes a good case for themselves. But as their first title defense on a premium event, The D’Angelo Family won’t let others say “Oh, you picked your favorites, you took the easy road.”
So it m ight be high risk, but Tony will see all their ugly mugs at No Mercy! Don’t like it? There’s the door. The three other teams stay quiet, so Tony says that’s more like it. Stacks says they’ve even procured everyone’s favorite beverages for the sake of this toast. Everyone stands, and Tony says to the Fatal 4. Salud. Salud. Everyone toasts, the Creeds having milk while the others have wine. Then No Mercy just got a whole lot bigger! Will The Don & Underboss even make it outta Bakersfield on their own two feet? Or will there be new champions in the NXT Tag Division?
Backstage interview with Dominik Mysterio, again.
McKenzie again has Dirty Dom with her and says it will be Dom VS Trick at No Mercy. Dom says big deal. HBK is throwing curve balls, but Dom will whoop dat Trick, just like he did Dragon Lee. By the way, thanks for the black eye. But HBK needs to realize he doesn’t run NXT, DOM does! On Saturday, Dom will whoop Trick, even DESTROY him, just like he did Dragon Lee. But then Dragon DECKS Dom!! Dragon warns Dom that if he makes it past Trick, they’re going another round. Refs back Dragon off, is the clock running out on Dirty Dom’s run?
Trick catches up with Melo.
Trick is sore and tired, but he and Melo celebrate. Melo is proud of Trick. At No Mercy, they’ll both walk out champions! Trick Melo Gang always gonna be here! They secret handshake, then Melo heads out. The contract signing is next, will Melo and Dragunov keep from blowing things up in the ring before the title match?
Someone is watching.
Watching television, that is. He flips through the channels, watches some classic 80s news, Cincinnati Bengals training came, and even WCW. Just who could this be?
BREAKING NEWS for No Mercy!
HBK heard Dom run his mouth about who runs things, so he’s about to show Dom what’s up! In a bit of karma from before, Dom VS Trick for the North American Championship will have a special guest referee! And it’s none other than DRAGON LEE!! Will Dirty Dom finally taste some of his own medicine at No Mercy?
Ilja Dragunov heads to the ring.
Fans conduct the music along with The Mad Dragon as he goes to the table waiting for him. Then Melo makes his entrance, and both men take their seats. Melo has a mic to tell Ilja, “You and I both know that everything that happened last week, there’s really nothing for us to talk about. So let’s sign this contract, and we’ll see each other on Saturday at No Mercy.” Dragunov asks Melo if he realizes that in that moment last week, Melo is always the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time? And Dragunov is convinced that Melo is just the wrong man to be NXT Champion.
Melo says okay, hold on. Wrong person at wrong time? Like Dragunov at The Bash? Melo didn’t plan for it to go down like that, he didn’t call that shot, but it is what it is. Melo didn’t walk into The Bash thinking he wasn’t gonna win, and now he’s walking into No Mercy knowing Melo will beat you! Dragunov says Melo just explained himself, and it had to hurt, right? Dragunov can clearly see that Melo struggles outside of his comfort zone. So at No Mercy, Melo shall know true unbearable pain when he faces a dragon spitting fire! Melo says hold on. Talk about struggling with confidence? Yeah, for the first time ever, Melo is struggling! But only for a moment before he checked himself.
But if Dragunov wants to talk confidence and pain, the unbearable pain is Dragunov believing his own hype! His own hype that Dragunov beat Melo at The Bash when we all know that Dragunov did not. Dragunov says the people know, and deep inside, Melo knows that Dragunov did. So on Saturday, it is destiny! Dragunov isn’t just talking about a prophecy, but here’s a question. What does Melo do when he throws everything he has at Dragunov, and Dragunov doesn’t stay down? Wait, what does Melo do when he shoots his best shot, and oh, I dunno… he misses? Did Melo prepare himself to answer these questions?
Melo says the reality is, being the NXT Champion is not about how much pain you can endure, how many veins you can make pop out of your head, it is about being undeniable! It is about being… HIM! Fans fire up for that one. And Melo wants Dragunov to realize this: Melo is not like any of these guys Dragunov’s beaten lately. He’s not Wes Lee, he’s not Oro Mensah, he’s not Trick- Melo catches himself there and Dragunov laughs. What was that? Melo says no, hold on. Melo will be the one to push Dragunov to his limits, because Melo is champ for a freakin’ reason! And at No Mercy, we get rid of the What Ifs!
Dragunov stands, takes the contract, and signs his part. Then he hands it over to Melo with some stank. Then he tells Melo, “You will do nothing, because you can do NOTHING!” Dragunov is finished with letting destiny slip through his fingers, and so if Melo wants to push Dragunov to places beyond his limit, great! Because everything Melo will find there is a nightmare he will never forget for the rest of his life! And when Dragunov is crowned the NEW NXT Champion, Melo will realize that his dynasty has fallen. “Long Live the Czar!!” Melo stands up, signs his part, and it is official!
Melo then tells Dragunov that now that he’s done, understand something. This NXT Championship is bigger than either of them. When Melo carries the title, it represents a beacon of hope for kids that look like him. It is a beacon of hope for anyone who has shot their shot in the dark and prayed it went in. So can Dragunov carry this championship and all its responsibilities? Melo says absolutely. But does Melo think he can do it better than Melo? Absolutely NOT. Melo holds up the title as he and Dragunov stare down. Neither man is backing down, and neither is going to back down. But who will be knocked down while the other rises up as THE NXT Champion?
There’s a fight going on!?
Baron and Bron are at it again, this time in the parking lot!! Refs ands security try to stop this but Bron knees low, then RAMS Corbin into the side of a car! It gets dented! Corbin staggers up but Bron fires off haymakers! The refs back Bron off, Corbin gets in the car, but Bron tries to drag him out! Security drags Bron back, but then Bron gets loose! But Corbin moves and Bron rams himself into the car door! Corbin SMACKS Bron off the hood, then fires off hands! The security can’t stop Corbin as he brings Bron over, but Bron sends Corbin into the garage door! And then SPINEBUSTERS Corbin on the car hood!!
Bron isn’t done, he just gets on the hood with Corbin! But Corbin LOW BLOWS Bron! To CHOKE SLAM Bron on the car roof!! The refs say c’mon already! But Bron sits up like the Deadman!! SLEEPER HOLD!! Corbin SLAMS Bron back but Bron won’t let go! Corbin fires elbows but Bron RAMS him into the garage door! Corbin RAMS Bron into the wall! They end up going indoors, but where is this? Bron shouts, “Where’re you goin’, b*tch?!” The brawl continues in this random hallway! Bron ROCKS Corbin, Corbin CHUCKS a fire extinguisher!! Bron narrowly dodges that, to then SPEAR Corbin through the wall!!!
WHOA, they end up in HBK’s office!! Security and producers and pretty much every ref rushes in to stop this as Bron tries to choke Corbin out!! Again, will these two even make it to Saturday?!
An awesome go-home for NXT, probably one of their best in this post-2.0 era. For one, we got about as close to Prime Target as we’re probably getting in this current NXT. Didn’t really add much, though, as we got more highlight reel and recap than we did new promo material. As I said for Raw, Tegan facing the winner doesn’t really add any indicators either, but it’ll be great stuff all the same. And really good stuff from the other women’s division stories. Hilarious and fully expected reaction from Duke & Chase regarding Thea’s new look, and of course Thea wins to keep her momentum going. And Blair attacking Gigi to cancel their match, this has to be leading to something extreme of their own for after No Mercy.
Really good series of promos from Tony, Stacks and the tag teams. Hank ‘n’ Tank VS Nima & Price was solid stuff, but I figured #OutTheMud would win on virtue of being the one fully(?) Heel team in this story. And I also figured we were getting a Fatal 4 Way Tag, and that is awesome. This is definitely HBK working to get this brand back to the best times of Black ‘n’ Gold. With this Fatal 4, any team can win this, and it will be a lot of fun. Corbin VS Briggs was a good match, great showing for Briggs, but of course Corbin wins. Then great stuff the rest of the night with Corbin and Bron brawling, and what an awesome closing image of them busting into HBK’s office and still fighting. Bron as a Heel has been doing great, I oddly want him to win.
Awesome opener with the Global Heritage Invitational finals, and I figured Dunne was going to win that. Now, while we’ve got Dom with the North American title and Becky with the women’s title, I don’t know another RawDown star wins an NXT prize. It’d be awesome for Dunne if he did, but unless someone backs Dunne up, Meta Four is totally gonna screw him over like they have all Dar’s other challengers. An obvious move would be for Ridge Holland to show up, but it would be pretty cool if Bate backed Dunne up to harken back to their British Strong Style days. Plus, just Ridge won’t be enough, and for those who haven’t heard, Sheamus is out with shoulder injury. Also, well wishes to The Fella that he gets back quickly.
Great stuff out of the Strap Match, and great win for Eddy, but man, Dijak doubled down on his Heel heat in this match. It feels weird that WWE is also doubling on using a Face’s family as a way to get extra heat on things. Chad Gable with his family for when he lost to Gunther, and now Eddy’s family ringside for both his win but also the beating… Well, if the Strap Match isn’t the end of this, then maybe Eddy and Dijak finish this in a return to NXT Underground? That is where this feud started: Eddy won an NXT Underground match and got praise for it, which pissed Dijak off.
And just awesome stuff in this Trick Melo Gang story. Trick beat Gacy much faster than I expected, though I did expect him to win anyway. And with WWE (stupidly) releasing Mustafa Ali before No Mercy and the match he was scheduled for, NXT had to improvise a new match. They pulled out a genius way of doing it, with Trick getting in on the #1 contenders match and then winning it in such an awesome “luck based” finish. Trick VS Dom with Dragon as the special guest ref is going to be a lot of fun, and this might (emphasis on might) be how Dom loses the belt.
Melo and Dragunov had a great contract-signing segment, and NXT is good about having solely promo-based ones, no fighting at all. Something that could add major intrigue to the story is if Trick beats Dom to be champion, and then Melo loses to Dragunov so that he isn’t. Will Melo put his pride aside to be happy for Trick? Or will Trick being the only one with gold upset Melo?
My Score: 8.9/10
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