Who rises up in NXT to challenge the champions?
Io Shirai knows Rhea Ripley, Ember Moon and even Toni Storm want her NXT Women’s Championship, but how will a contender be determined? Plus, the Archer of Infamy will be a fighting champion as he takes on the Tortured Artist with the title on the line!
- NXT Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: The Undisputed Era VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch; The Undisputed Era wins and will challenge Breezango for the titles next week.
- Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- Johnny Gargano VS Austin Theory; Gargano wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contenders match: Candice LeRae VS Shotzi Blackheart; LeRae wins and will challenge Io Shirai for the title at Halloween Havoc.
- Toni Storm VS Aliyah w/ Robert Stone; Storm wins.
- Killian Dain & Drake Maverick VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
- NXT North American Championship: Damian Priest VS Dexter Lumis; Priest wins and retains the NXT North American Championship.
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NXT Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: The Undisputed Era VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch!
Roderick Strong & Bobby Fish have Kyle O’Reilly by their side, but not Adam Cole after what Ridge Holland did to him. But in a weird way, they should thank the BritAm Bruisers for what Lorcan did to Holland last week. Will the Savior of the Backbreaker and the Infamous One “thank” the One Two Combo by taking the tag title opportunity away?
Before the match, Kyle has the mic to say, “There’s a lot of people around here who look at the Undisputed Era and think we’re done for.” Kyle will be cleared next week, but Cole still has broken ribs. Kyle and the boys never got to go after Holland, but if they had, they would’ve put him in the same hospital bed he’s in right now! And whoever paid Holland to attack Cole, the Era boys will find you! “And we will hurt them.” Kyle tells the boys that the Second Coming begins tonight! Bobby and Roddy are literally going to become contenders, and then next week they will become champions again! The UE is going to run the business for a long time! And if you know that line, sing along at home: That is Undisputed! But Oney and Burch head out so that this fight can begin!
The teams sort out, Oney starts with Strong. They tie up, go around, and Strong headlocks to a takeover. Oney moves around, gets up, and wrenches free to get a wristlock and takedown to headscissors hold! Strong moves around, gets out and then gets a headlock. Oney powers out, Strong runs him over, then things speed up for Strong to run Oney over. Oney ducks, Strong hurdles but Oney gets another takedown to headscissors! Strong bridges up, moves around, headstands to pop out, but Oney gets the arm. Oney wrenches, tags Burch, and the One Two double wrench and CHOP! Burch wrenches to an elbow breaker then cranks on the arm! Strong endures, Burch keeps twisting but Strong gets up.
Burch shifts to a hammerlock but Fish tags in. The UE wrench back but Burch throws forearms! Fish knees low, throws heavy hands then snapmares Burch for a slingshot senton, but Burch moves! Burch enziguris back then hurries in for European Uppercuts! Burch wrenches and throws more EuroUppers! Burch wrenches, hits an elbow breaker then drags Fish to the corner. Burch stomps the arm then brings him back to slam the arm down! Burch has a keylock, stands Fish up to wrench and tags in Oney. Oney and Burch get an arm each, for a double Russian Leg Sweep! Strong runs in but the One Two stop him, to suplex him onto Fish! Cover, ONE, but Oney keeps on Fish with a high wristlock.
Oney drags Fish down but Fish throws palm strikes. Oney cranks on the arm, Fish moves around but Oney shifts to a different armlock. Fish throws body shots, Oney wrenches to an elbow breaker! Fish fights up, throws forearms but Oney throws EuroUppers! Oney drags Fish up for more, then wrenches the arm for an uppercut to the arm! Oney wrenches again, snapmares Fish down and clamps back on with the high wristlock. Fish fights up, fights back and is free, but Oney throws more EuroUppers! Oney powers Fish back but Strong tags in! Fish reverses the whip, but Oney breaks free and CHOPS back! Strong gets in but Oney CHOPS him, too! Oney CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, then runs, DOUBLE BACK DROP from the UE! Fans are fired up and Breezango is watching from a spot by the LED screens as NXT goes picture in picture.
Strong stomps Oney, drags him up and around to put in the corner. Strong CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS in return, then stomps a mudhole into him! The ref backs Strong of but Strong comes back to throw in knees! Tag to Fish. the UE CHOPS and KICK Oney in the corner but Strong backs off. Fish throws forearms, drags Oney up for more strikes and he KICKS a leg out! Fish drags Oney back up, throws more forearms, then rams a knee in! Tag to Strong, Strong stomps Oney again. Strong brings Oney up but Oney fights back with big haymakers! Strong shoves and dropkicks Oney down! Strong rains down angry rights and even some stomps! Strong shouts at Breezango while Oney bails out. Strong goes out after Oney and puts him back in the ring.
Strong stomps Oney, goes after a leg, tags in Fish and they bring Oney up. Double back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fish is annoyed but he keeps on Oney. Oney throws body shots, Fish throws forearms and backs Oney down with kicks! Fish stomps Oney over and over, digs a foot in, but lets off at the ref’s count. Strong taunts Oney while Fish drags Oney back up. Fish back kicks Oney to the corner, then snapmares him down. Fish hits the slingshot senton this time, then covers, ROPEBREAK! Oney clings to the rope but Fish drags him back up. Fish snapmares Oney into a high wristlock and leans on Oney as NXT returns to single picture. Fish keeps Oney from his corner with a throw and some knees. Fish throws more fast hands, tags in Strong, but Oney fights back!
Oney sends Fish out, throws forearms on Strong but Strong shoves him back. Oney BOOTS Strong and hurries, but Strong trips him up to a BOSTON CRAB! Oney rolls, kicks Strong away, but Fish is up top! Fish LEAPS but the headbutt FLOPS! Hot tag to Burch! The Gov’nah DECKS Fish, clothesline and enziguris Strong then throws Strong into Fish! Strong comes back into EuroUppers! Burch whips, pops Strong up for a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up for Burch but Kyle coaches Strong. Burch brings Strong up but Fish anchors Strong’s feet. Burch kicks at Fish but Strong CLOBBERS Burch! Tag to Fish, but Burch throws EuroUppers! Fish gets around to fireman’s carry and SAMOAN DROP Burch! Cover, TWO!
Fish tags Strong and they go after Burch again. Strong fireman’s carries and Fish runs but Burch fights out! Burch clubs Strong, boots Fish, then hops up top. Burch leaps, double missile dropkick! Fans fire up, hot tag to Oney! Oney BLASTS Strong with the EuroUpper! And then back elbows in the corner! Oney runs again, another back elbow! Oney dodges Fish, comes back, DOUBLE BLOCKBUSTER for the UE! The Fury fires up and he tags in Burch! They drag Strong up but Fish saves him! The UE swing on the One Two but get tripped up, HALF CRAB and CROSSFACE in stereo! Fish turns over, kicks Oney away and Strong turns the crossface into a cover, TOW! Oney TACKLES Fish out of the ring! Strong and Burch brawl! Strong throws elbows from all sides but Burch BLINDSIDE HEADBUTTS! Burch runs and LARIATS Strong!!
Oney returns, tags in, and they have Strong! They get him up, LONDON TOWER! Cover, but Fish drags Oney off! Burch goes after Fish but gets dumped out! Fish gets Oney, shoves him into Burch, then Strong KNEES Oney down! Cover, the Undisputed Era wins!!
Winners: The Undisputed Era, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the NXT Tag Team Championships)
Strong and Fish win, and they warn Breezango that they’re coming for the gold! Will Prince Pretty and the Lord of the Dance be able to thwart the Second Coming?
NXT has a medical update on Finn Balor!
The NXT Champion has a broken jaw in two places, and it turned out he did need surgery. NXT wishes Balor the best in his recovery, but what does that mean for the NXT Championship? William Regal is going to wait and see how Balor’s recovery goes over the next few weeks. Will the Prince be able to return and defend his title?
NXT hears from Ember Moon.
“It’s no secret that 2019 was a terrible year for Ember Moon.” A ruptured and torn Achilles forced her to spend that year away, and all that time made her realize that she can’t let others define who she is. She also figured out who she needed Ember Moon to be. When the doctors said, “You are cleared,” she heard, “You are NXT.” Ember Moon knew she was going to be drafted to either Raw or SmackDown, but took herself out of the equation to “come home.” Home is where Ember feels alive! The passion, drive and desire are all back, in her body and her heart. She wanted to be in the BEST women’s division in all of wrestling! And on her first night back, “damn right I stared down Io.”
When Ember left NXT, she was on top. But that was then, and this is now. She doesn’t get a title shot off her accolades or who she knows, and she knows that. It’s what you’ve done lately. So to get back to the title, Ember will go through the who’s who of great athletes. Shotzi Blackheart and Candice LeRae have their own shot tonight, but there’s also Toni Storm, Rhea Ripley, Dakota Kai, and Raquel Gonzalez. It doesn’t matter who she has to beat down or who she has to prove herself against, “all roads led me back to NXT.” Ember’s Law will lead her back to the title. Who will Moon Eclipse next to once again shine with the gold?
Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!
The superstar formerly known as Tehuti Miles finally got a big win on 205 Live against THE Brian Kendrick, and is looking to take everything he’s learned to the top of the Cruiserweight Division. But everyone is aiming for Santos Escobar and the NXT Cruiserweight Championship. Can Adonis get past Atlas on the road to the top?
The bell rings, they tie up right away and go around. Adonis puts Atlas on the ropes but lets up at the ref’s count. Adonis then whips Atlas but Atlas reverses but Adonis sunset flips! Atlas stays up, goes around but Adonis ducks the kick and dodges the moonsault! Atlas cartwheels over the sweep and the fans fire up! Adonis smooths his hair but Atlas dropkicks him down! Atlas CHOPS Adonis then whips him corner to corner but Adonis reverses hard! Adonis blocks the boot but Atlas dodges the clothesline! Atlas runs in but Adonis dodges and goes up! Adonis leaps but Atlas gets under! Adonis rolls and comes back with a dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Adonis talks some smack on Atlas as he says his swagger’s better. Atlas pushes Adonis, Adonis pushes back. Adonis counter punches Atlas, they throw haymakers back and forth, but Atlas gets around to a waistlock. Atlas brings Adonis to the ropes but El Legado del Fantasma’s Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza are storming down the ramp! They have business with Adonis after he helped Swerve during TakeOver. Adonis elbows Atlas away, he spots Legado and talks some smack. Adonis grabs Atlas but Atlas cradle counters, Atlas wins!!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
Legado attacks Adonis! Atlas DIVES out to take them down! Atlas and Adonis fight Legado off together! So here comes the boss! Santos Escobar stands with his men, and they all go to the ring together! But here comes SWERVE, with some chairs! The numbers are even and Legado doesn’t like that. They leave, and this new Cruiserweight war looks ready to explode! Will Swerve’s House finally get even with Escobar and his crew?
Backstage interview with Candice LeRae and Johnny Gargano.
Mrs. Wrestling has a big night as she faces Shotzi for a title opportunity at Shirai at Halloween Havoc. Opportunity? That’s what you just said, right? Candice is the UNCROWNED NXT Women’s Champion! She won that match at TakeOver! And for that matter, Johnny technically won his match at TakeOver, too! Thank you for saying that, Candice. What has Lumis down to earn a title match? Draw pictures and stare at people! And kidnap people, too! Lumis should be locked up, not rewarded! But Mr. Regal wants to stack the odds? Fine! It is DESTINY for Mr. & Mrs. Wrestling to become champions together! And destiny overcomes all else.
But isn’t Gargano looking past his opponent tonight in Austin Theory? Theory is young and immature, and his BIG MOUTH is about to get him the wrestling lesson of a lifetime! Husband and wife head out as Gargano VS Theory is after the break.
Johnny Gargano VS Austin Theory!
The Wednesday Knight and his Poison Pixie aren’t living their happily ever after, and Gargano blames #TheRealSuperstar for that. Theory didn’t soften Damian Priest up enough for Gargano to win at TakeOver, but Theory won’t let Gargano dump all of that on him. Will Theory prove he can go #AllDay against NXT’s original Triple Crown?
The bell rings and Theory talks trash as he circles with Gargano. Gargano rolls, gets a leg, and drags Theory down to a standing toehold. Theory turns over but Gargano goes right after a facelock. Gargano holds on as Theory rolls around and Gargano grinds Theory down. Theory fights up, Gargano wrenches to a hammerlock, but Theory reaches back to get a headlock. Theory grinds and talks more trash, but Gargano powers out. Theory runs Gargano over, and takes a moment to ask, “Where’d you go? Oh there you are.” Theory goes to run but Gargano trips Theory up and then arm-drags him! Theory comes back into a dropkick and then a CHOP! Gargano tells Theory to stop being stupid, and he CHOPS Theory again!
Gargano digs forearms into Theory’s face in the corner, then whips him corner to corner. Theory goes up but Gargano avoids him going over to CHOP and arm-drag Theory again! Gargano has the arm, Theory endures as Gargano digs a knee into his face. Theory fights up, Gargano wrenches through but Theory breaks free. Theory waistlocks, Gargano switches but Theory bucks him off. Gargano comes back to trip Theory up, but Theory resists the crossface to get the ropebreak! Gargano lets go at the ref’s count of 4, but he comes back to bring Theory up. Gargano ducks the haymaker but that ELBOW rocks him! Theory suplexes, Gargano slips out but Theory blocks the chop and then the clothesline to CLOBBER Gargano! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO!
Theory keeps his cool while fans rally up. He stalks Gargano to ropes but Gargano throws forearms. Theory kicks low and clubs Gargano, then talks smack as he stalks Gargano. Theory bumps Gargano off buckles, digs him in but Gargano pushes him away. Gargano ducks the punch, rams shoulders into Theory over and over, then lets up as the ref counts. Gargano stalks Theory, Theory kicks back but Gargano dodges the chop, only for Theory to drop toehold Gargano into buckles! Theory goes out, slingshots in for the somersault shotgun dropkick! Gargano is down and Theory stands on him. Gargano pushes Theory away but Theory comes back to bring Gargano up. Theory throws forearms but Gargano gives them back! Theory hits Gargano more and brings him up to a fireman’s carry.
Gargano gets out to the apron but Theory blocks the enziguri. Theory talks trash again, Gargano ducks the punch to enziguri! Slingshot SPEAR! Fans fire up as Gargano catches his breath and NXT goes to break.
NXT returns as Gargano has Theory in a cobra twist. Theory endures, fans rally and Gargano cranks on the twist. Theory powers out but Gargano throws an elbow and puts Theory on the ropes! Gargano runs to KNEE Theory in the back! Theory flounders, Gargano keeps moving, but Theory scoops, for a tilt-o-whirl TOSS! Gargano crawls to a corner, Theory runs in to hit a forearm! Theory shoves Gargano down to slingshot STOMP him! And dead lift suplex! Theory seethes as he stalks Gargano. Theory drags Gargano up, Gargano blocks the suplex so Theory clubs him. Theory laces up the legs in the fisherman but Gargano fights out! Gargano puts Theory on the apron, Theory slingshots in and blocks Gargano’s superkick!
Theory spins Gargano, waistlocks but Gargano switches. Theory bucks Gargano off to SUPERKICK! Theory gets the legs, fisherman USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives but Theory keeps his cool. Theory reminds Gargano #AllDay, but Gargano throws body shots! Theory throws haymakers and the two brawl. Theory clubs Gargano down, but Gargano punches from below! Theory SUPERKICKS again! Then he drags Gargano up, fireman’s carries, but Gargano fights out! Gargano is in a corner, he boots Theory away then hops up top. Gargano leaps, crossbodies, but Theory rolls through! Theory powers Gargano up to the fireman’s carry but Gargano sunset flips! Theory sits on it, TWO!! Gargano escapes and shocks Theory! Theory grows frustrated as Gargano crawls to a corner.
Theory brings Gargano up, CHOPS him, and then follows Gargano as he goes to another corner. Fans rally as Theory CHOPS again! Theory says hi to “Mrs. Gargano,” but Gargano ROCKS Theory! And again! Gargano ROCKS Theory a third time but Theory ROCKS Gargano back! Gargano ROCKS Theory again but Theory keeps throwing forearm sin return! Theory superkicks but it’s blocked! Gargano spins Theory to SUPERKICK him! Theory flounders but Gargano keeps him standing up. Gargano brings Theory up, scoops him, and LAWN DARTS him! Gargano wants Theory to get up, and he gives him a BLINDSIDE FOREARM! Gargano is toying with Theory now as he drags Theory to a corner. Gargano waits for Theory to rise, then slingshots, ONE FINAL BEAT!! Cover, Gargano wins!
Winner: Johnny Gargano, by pinfall
Gargano is All Heart, No Soul, but can’t help but admit Theory had a lot of fight in him. Did Theory at least win the respect of Johnny Wrestling?
Raquel Gonzalez speaks.
“Rhea Ripley walks around here like she owns the place. Rhea, you’re looking at the biggest and the baddest woman in this industry!” Halloween Havoc is coming, so maybe Rhea shows up and they see how bad Rhea really is. Wait, Rhea storms over! They can go right now! Security and officials stop this from happening now, but it’s definitely coming! Will these alpha females be able to wait until Halloween Havoc?
Tommaso Ciampa studies film.
It’s his match with Kushida last week, that was interrupted by The Velveteen Dream. Dream kept it from being settled, even if the record book says Ciampa won. “Well he’s dead.” Dream was in retreat from Kushida, but now he must fear the Psycho Killer! Who gets their hands on The Experience first?
NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contenders match: Candice LeRae VS Shotzi Blackheart!
Speaking of Halloween Havoc, the Evil Genius has a match scheduled, now we see who gets their shot! Will the Poison Pixie get a second chance after failing to take over at TakeOver? Or is the wild child not only going to host the party, but have a shiny new accessory to add to her tank?
As she makes her entrance, Candice disrespects Shotzi’s helmet by slapping it off the post! The bell rings and Shotzi circles with Candice. They tie up, go around, Candice gets the arm but Shotzi steps in to get Candice’s arm for an elbow breaker and arm-drag! Shotzi holts on, rolls and throws Candice again. Shotzi dodges Candice’s clothesline to come back with an enziguri! Candice ends up on ropes but avoids the ball pit cannonball! Shotzi holds onto ropes to deny the neckbreaker, then she goes to the apron. Candice shoulders into a kick but comes back with another shoulder! Candice runs and slides but Shotzi slides in! Shotzi runs to DIVE! Direct hit and down goes Candice! Fans fire up as Shotzi puts Candice in and covers, ONE!
Shotzi drags Candice up, Candice jawbreakers! Candice whips, Shotzi reverses to reel Candice in for a snapmare knee smash! Shotzi fireman’s carries Candice for a swinging knee smash! Candice is down, Shotzi covers, ONE! Candice gets to a corner, Shotzi runs in but is sent into buckles! Candice runs in to stomp a mudhole in but she lets off at the ref’s count. Candice runs to back body block, snapmare and NECK SNAP! Jackknife cover, TWO! Candice is already annoyed as she drags Shotzi away from ropes to cover again. ONE, but Candice gets an arm for the high wristlock. Shotzi endures, fans rally up but Candice leans on the hold. Shotzi gets up, Candice knees her down, then has her on the ropes for another snapmare. Candice wrenches the neck but Shotzi still endures.
Fans rally up, Shotzi fights up but Candice knees low and suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Candice grows frustrated with Shotzi as she has her on the ropes. Candice scrapes Shotzi’s face on the ropes, but lets off at the ref’s count. Shotzi gets to a corner, and she throws forearms back! Candice clubs Shotzi, throws her across the way, they stalks her to the corner. Candice digs her heel into Shotzi but lets off at the ref’s count. Shotzi sputters but Candice drags her out to cover, TWO! Shotzi gets up but Candice is on her right away. Candice goes to suplex but Shotzi blocks! Shotzi suplexes back! Candice gets to a corner, Shotzi runs corner to corner but into a BOOT! Shotzi stays up, Candice goes out to the apron but Shotzi follows!
Shotzi runs and ROUNDHOUSES Candice down! Shotzi brings Candice back up but Sliced Bread is denied as Candice POSTS Shotzi! Candice runs in to APRON COMPLETE SHOT!! Shotzi is down and out as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns as Candice has an arm. Shotzi throws haymakers to free herself but Candice knees low and shoves Shotzi to a corner. Candice runs in but Shotzi BOOTS her! Candice wobbles, runs back in but Shotzi goes up and over to dropkick Candice down! Shotzi corner splashes then rolls Candice for the SLING DOG! Fans fire up as Shotzi KNEES Candice, then ROLLING ELBOWS and QUESTION MARK KICKS! Candice wobbles, ends up on the ropes and Shotzi runs to CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Shotzi grows frustrated but she drags Candice to a drop zone. Shotzi goes up top, leaps, but onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Shotzi survives and Candice is furious! Candice gets up and goes to the top rope now. Shotzi trips her up and climbs up to join her. Candice slips under and trips Shotzi up in return! Candice SUPER GERMAN SUPLEXES! Then SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!?!
The fans are thunderous as Candice drags Shotzi around by the legs. Candice stomps Shotzi in the stomach over an dover, then steps through to lace up the legs. Shotzi kicks Candice away and blocks a kick to spin Candice, to a TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Candice survives and the fans keep rallying! Shotzi drags Candice back up, fireman’s carries, but Candice fights out to BACKSTABBER! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Shotzi survives and Candice is losing her mind! The fans are rallying as Shotzi stirs. Candice drags Shotzi up, but Shotzi rolls Candice, TWO! MODIFIED CATTLE MUTILATION!! Candice is stuck underneath Shotzi but she moves around, ROPEBREAK!
Shotzi lets go and is frustrated, but she drags Candice up. Candice puts her on the apron but Shotzi ROUNDHOUSES back! Shotzi goes to the ropes, Candice is up and throws haymakers! Candice climbs up, she and Shotzi brawl, and Shotzi headbutts Candice down! Shotzi adjusts, leaps, FLYING SEATED SENTON! Candice is down, Shotzi goes back up top, but Candice rolls far, far away! Shotzi hops down, builds speed but has to stop as Candice runs out of the way. Wait, is that Indi Hartwell!? And she just slipped Candice brass knuckles!! Candice hides that, Shotzi hurries over, BRASS KNUCKLE PUNCH!! Cover, Candice wins!!
Winner: Candice LeRae, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s Championship)
The assist goes to Indi, she’s learned how to do things #TJGW rather quickly! But now it’ll be a rematch from TakeOver as Candice again goes for gold! Will Indi help Candice with more tricks to get that golden treat away from Shirai?
Drake Maverick and Killian Dain meet backstage.
Maverick wants Dain to know just how serious Maverick is about making them a real tag team! He has some rough ideas for what their team name can be, as well as the merchandise! Branding is everything! They will wear these tank tops to the ring. That doodle is supposed to be him? Yes! Now, do you want red or gold? How about fishnets? Fishnets are in for Halloween. Maybe not. But the name! “The Furry and the Fury!” Maverick’s the fury and Dain’s the… Uh… Well, Maverick will find a way to make it fit with their music, in time for their match with Imperium. They have another match tonight!? Yes! With Imperium! Dain grumbles and storms off. Maverick defends he never said these were the best ideas… Will Dain and Maverick be able to work together to stand a chance against former NXT Tag Team Champions?
Toni Storm VS Aliyah w/ Robert Stone!
NXT returns with the Robert Stone Brand and his one remaining client already in the ring. Stone has the mic to say, “There is a lot of top talent in NXT, and none of ’em seem to want to connect with Suit Man Stone, or the Robert Stone Brand.” But it’s all good. Moving forward, their loss is going to be someone else’s gain. But now the Lightning From Down Under makes her entrance! Will Storm strike and make Aliyah’s loss her gain?
The bell rings, Storm and Aliyah circle but Aliyah gets around to SLAP Storm! Storm CHOPS and BOOTS Aliyah down! Storm whips Aliyah, Aliyah reverses but Storm redirects and basement dropkicks! Cover, ONE, but Storm keeps her cool as she runs corner to corner at Aliyah. Aliyah dodges, runs in and BOOTS back! Aliyah ends up on the apron and tells Storm to “Kiss this” before she snapmares to a cover! ONE, and Aliyah is upset. Storm gets to a corner, Aliyah runs in and throws a forearm! Aliyah throws more forearms then an uppercut! Aliyah is fired up as she whips, but Storm reverses. Aliyah slides to a stop, comes back and spins Storm for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!
Aliyah keeps on Storm with chicken wings. Fans rally as Storm fights up, breaks free and arm-drags Aliyah away. Aliyah comes back into a roll up with bridge, TWO! Aliyah mule kicks then runs, but Storm pops her up for an atomic drop and CHOP! And repeat! Storm whips, Aliyah reverses but Storm dodges and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Aliyah flounders to a corner, Storm runs in to HIP ATTACK! Storm drags Aliyah out to BASEMENT LARIAT! And then, STORM ZERO! Cover, Storm wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
It’s #ToniTime once again! Will the lightning strike and bring Toni a new #ShinyShiny?
Backstage interview with William Regal.
What are his thoughts on the ending to Candice LeRae VS Shotzi Blackheart? Well, he’s not very happy with it. But the referee’s decision is final, so in two weeks, Halloween Havoc will have Shirai VS LeRae for the title. But he’ll up the stakes, just not sure how yet. Additionally, it seems Raquel and Rhea are ready for a fight, so yes! Halloween Havoc will have those two 1v1! Will Rhea and Raquel wreak a little havoc of their own?
Xia Li and Boa walk over and ask to speak to Regal. Xia wants a match. She really needs a match for next week. Boa says something in Chinese, and Xia adds that she HAS to compete to turn things around. Regal will take that into consideration. No, he doesn’t understand. This is very important for her. Please give her a match. He again says he will take it into consideration, and it seems satisfactory for Boa and Xia. Regal excuses himself to get back to business. Who will Xia face next week in what seems to be a very desperate situation?
Killian Dain & Drake Maverick VS Imperium!
The Belfast Beast is NOT furry, but he is furious with Rockstar Spud for dragging him along into a match with the Pride of Italy and the Impeccable German. Will Dain be able to take out that frustration against Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel?
Dain cuts the music short, makes Maverick stop skipping, and then insists he starts the match. Aichner starts against him at the bell and fans rally up. Aichner waistlocks and lifts but Dain elbows free. Dain scoops Aichner and SLAMS him down! Dain tags Maverick, then hip toss SENTONS Maverick onto Aichner! Maverick wants to double whip but Dain takes care of that himself, and the same for the shoulder tackle! Maverick wants a high five but nope. Cover, ONE and with force! Maverick brings Aichner up but Aichner CLOBBERS him! Aichner drags Maverick up, scoops and slams him down! Tag to Barthel and Imperium drags Maverick up to mug him! Barthel wrenches Maverick’s neck and drives elbows into his head!
Barthel drags Maverick up and clubs away with haymakers! Maverick sits up in a daze, Barthel stomps him and grinds him down in the corner! The ref counts, Barthel lets up and tags in Aichner. Aichner taunts Dain then runs in, but Maverick boots him down! Maverick hurries, but Barthel tags in! Maverick dumps Barthel out! Aichner goes after Maverick, misses, and Maverick hot tags Dain! Dain rallies on Imperium with big body check sand clotheslines! Dain reels them both in but they fight back. Barthel shoves Dain but Dain barrels through the clothesline! Aichner still gets Dain up for a SPINE BUSTER! Barthel PENALTY KICKS! Aichner talks trash, drags Dain up and reels him in, but Dain suplexes Aichner!
Fans fire up, Maverick wants in, and Dain reluctantly tags in him! Maverick dodges Barthel to calf kick him! Maverick fires off kicks and fast hands! Maverick whips, Aichner reverses but Maverick drop toeholds Aichner into buckles! Maverick runs in to KICK Aichner! Maverick climbs up, but Barthel trips Dain and throws him into steel steps! Aichner goes after Maverick but Maverick boots him away. Maverick leaps, into Aichner’s arms! Aichner pops Maverick up to BRAIN BUSTER! Tag to Barthel, for the EUROBOMB!! Cover, Imperium wins!
Winners: Imperium, by pinfall
The #ImperialImplosion destroys Rockstar Spud, but Dain is seething! But then Ever-Rise comes in to pick on the “little twerp!” Matt Martel and Chase Parker ask where the big guy is, but here he comes! Dain CLOBBERS Ever-Rise with double clotheslines! Maverick wants Dain to spare him, but Dain says, “Nobody hits you but me!” Is Dain starting to be a friend? Well, an odd friend, that’s for sure. But seriously, do something about the song.
NXT North American Championship: Damian Priest VS Dexter Lumis!
The Archer of Infamy wants to fight, win, party and #LiveForever. But the Tortured Artist is not one for boasting, posturing, saying catchphrases, or much of anything, really. Pictures are worth a thousand words, but will silence truly be golden after tonight?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this clash of polar opposite personalities begins!
Priest and Lumis slowly circle as fans rally up already. They tie up, Priest and Lumis power each other around, but Priest puts Lumis in a corner. Lumis powers out, they go around more, and Priest again puts Lumis on ropes. Lumis again turns things around and the ref counts. The two end up in the ropes before they break at 4. Priest backs off first but eggs Lumis on. The two circle again, tie up and Lumis headlocks. Priest pushes and powers out but Lumis bumps shoulders. Priest stays up to rebound and run Lumis over! But Lumis kips right up! The bad ankle isn’t bad anymore! Priest is a bit impressed, but he headlocks right away. Lumis throws body shots, pulls hair and powers out. Things speed up, Lumis leaps over but Priest arm-drags!
Priest is after the arm, Lumis kicks and gets up. Fans rally as Lumis puts Priest in a corner. The ref counts, Lumis lets off to whip, but Priest reverses. Priest runs in but Lumis puts him on the apron! Priest goes after the arm and wrenches before climbing up! Priest goes Old School for a crossbody! Lumis gets up but Priest arm-drags him down again! Priest has the armlock again but Lumis again gets up. Lumis pushes Priest but Priest knees low. Priest whips, Lumis goes up and over but Priest elbows him back! Lumis stays up and Priest eggs him on. Lumis swings, Priest dodges and runs but Lumis THESZ PRESS! Lumis rains down fast hands but Priest gets away. Lumis goes after Priest with more fists, but Priest stomps the bad leg! Lumis just throws uppercuts!
Priest again kicks the bad leg, then fires off more kicks, and a rolling elbow! Lumis returns into the LEAPING ROUNDHOUSE! Down goes Lumis! Lumis gets up fast and Priest runs corner to corner, LEAPING ELBOW! Priest brings Lumis up, BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Lumis survives but Priest keeps his cool as NXT goes picture in picture.
Lumis bails out and Priest pursues. Priest drags Lumis up, brings him around and goes to bump off steel steps, but Lumis blocks! Lumis elbows and bumps Priest off the steps, then stalks him around the way. Lumis bump Priest off more steel steps, then kicks him into barriers. Lumis slides in to stop the ring count, and fans rally up as Lumis goes back out. Priest ROCKS Lumis with a right hand! Priest stalks Lumis now and scoops him. Snake eyes on the apron! Lumis flounders, Priest drags him up and puts him in the ring. Priest climbs the ropes to springboard and PUNCH! Cover, TWO! Priest keeps his cool as he stomps the bad leg!
Priest has a standing toehold and he twists the ankle! Lumis endures, but Priest twists harder with a heel hook. Lumis kicks with his free leg but Priest rains down fists! Priest drags Lumis around, steps through, but Lumis kicks Priest out of the ring! Priest comes back but Lumis meets him at the ropes. Priest dodges the ax handle to ROUNDHOUSE Lumis away! Priest goes up the ropes, but leaps into Lumis’ uppercut! NXT returns to single picture as Lumis throws haymakers on Priest! Lumis uppercuts then runs, corner clothesline to BULLDOG! Priest flounders to a corner, Lumis somersaults and leaps, into a choke grip! Priest lifts, Lumis slips out to shove, duck and SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Priest survives but Lumis adjusts his gloves. Fans rally up as Priest rises. Lumis stalks behind Priest, Priest urns around into the clinch! Priest elbows free but not for long! Priest hurries to RAM Lumis into a corner and fires off elbow after elbow after elbow! Priest arm-drags Lumis, CYLCONE KICK! LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Lumis lives but Priest gets the ANKLE LOCK!! Lumis endures, powers up but Priest twists as hard as he can! Lumis is red in the face but reaches! Priest drags him from the ropes and leans on the hold! Lumis curses but refuses to give in! Lumis turns over and kicks Priest away! Priest comes back, avoids the haymaker and BELL CLAPS Lusmi! ROUNDHOUSE and reel in, powerbomb lift but Lumis slips out! Lumis BACK SUPLEXES Priest down! And drops the leg!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are fired up as Lumis hobbles to a corner. Lumis manages to climb with the bad ankle, leaps, but the Swanton FLOPS! Priest gets up, Lumis hobbles into the LARIAT! Priest fires up, fans rally as Lumis rises. Priest takes aim, spins, but Lumis ducks! Lumis gets Priest in the clinch, for the URENAGE! THE SILENCE!! Priest flails in the clutch and gets a ropebreak with a foot! Lumis holds on until 4 and he almost had Priest out just from that! Priest rolls out of the ring but Lumis slithers after him. Lumis RAMS Priest into the steel fencing! And then back into the ring! Lumis hurries, the ref checks on Priest, CAMERON GRIMES hits a CAVE-IN on the apron to Lumis!! The Technical Savage gets away, top hat included! Lumis flounders up into Priest’s choke grip! SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, Priest wins!!
Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
The Carolina Caveman just screwed over Lumis! Will Lumis find a way to get revenge? But Priest spots Grimes getting into the ring and talking trash on Lumis. Grimes spots Priest is still in the ring and takes a swing, but Priest gets him for a dragon sleeper and THE RECKONING! One way or another, Priest’s reign lives on! And he invites cameras to watch him take aim at the titantron. But SMACK!! Johnny Gargano hits Priest with a chair!! Johnny Wrestling then tosses the chair to Priest to SUPERKICK it into his face! Candice joins Johnny on stage as Gargano points to the belt.
But here comes William Regal! “You two must be very proud of yourselves. At Halloween Havoc, Candice LeRae, you will face Io Shirai for the NXT Women’s Championship. And you, Johnny Gargano, will face Damian Priest for the North American Championship. But the stakes are going to be higher.” Don’t just take it from Regal, take it from the host of Halloween Havoc. Shotzi Blackheart rises from the extra stage on the far side of the Capitol Wrestling Center! Shotzi tells Johnny and Candice that BOTH title matches will be determined by… SPIN THE WHEEL, MAKE A DEAL! Shotzi laughs as the wheel of stipulations starts spinning! Shotzi howls to the moon and laughs at the cruel fate the Garganos have brought upon themselves! What horrors will Johnny and Candice have to endure if they want to make destiny a reality?
A great episode with a lot of great set-up for Halloween Havoc, and even next week. As expected, the Undisputed Era managed to use promo to keep the story with Ridge Holland going, even though Holland is out of action. The match with Oney and Burch was great stuff, almost a title match in itself. And while Oney and Burch are still a great team, the UE wins because surely this can feed into the story of “Who Hired Holland?” Breezango can get some of the ol’ Fashion Force going again as they investigate things. Adonis VS Atlas being a way to propel the story with El Legado was an interesting move. I suppose with Kushida and Maverick having moved on to other things, it makes sense the other Cruiserweight Round Robin A Block finalist stepping up to help Swerve and Adonis works out. Still wish it was THE Brian Kendrick, though. It’d at least give people a reason to watch 205 Live again.
Speaking of Kushida, Ciampa gets things rolling in that story by simply watching footage and making sure it was Velveteen Dream that hit him. Ciampa, Dream and Kushida in a triple threat feud would be great stuff to propel Kushida or Ciampa to the NXT Championship. And I like that both in kayfabe and reality, they’re waiting to see how bad Finn Balor’s jaw injury really is before vacating the title again. NXT behind the scenes may need to reconsider how they do matches if high profile stars are getting hurt. And speaking of Maverick, he and Dain had great progress tonight as now Dain has gone from being reluctant partners to being reluctant friends with Maverick. And the would-be name of “Furry and Fury” is hilarious for how bad it is. I’m hoping for Big Damo & Lil’ Spud, myself, as references to past ring names.
Toni Storm got a good win over Aliyah, and Ember had a really good promo that helps us understand why she wasn’t in the contender’s match tonight. Ember isn’t going to be spoiled and insist on a title match, she’s going to fight for it. And that way, she can go on a string of great match-ups with the current roster, which includes Storm. Rhea VS Raquel is going to be great, too, and is probably going to have Raquel go over to establish herself as a threat to the title. Candice VS Shotzi was really good, and it was clever for Indi to be there to help Candice out. I’m surprised Regal didn’t briefly hit on the brass knuckles being his thing. Xia Li adamantly asking for a match is an interesting detail to her story. Was the letter Boa gave her some kind of warning that if she doesn’t start winning, something bad happens? Hopefully HHH isn’t getting a bit of the Vince weirdness and tries to make this like a Chinese triad angle or something.
Gargano VS Theory was also a great match, and Theory again looked great even in losing. Gargano’s look at the end there makes me think that with Indi helping Candice, Gargano might try to recruit Theory to the TJGW. Leading faction would be a great next phase in Gargano’s and Candice’s NXT careers. Priest VS Lumis was great, but I should’ve known Grimes would interfere. Priest VS Gargano and Shirai VS LeRae being TakeOver rematches is an interesting move, normally something Raw/SmackDown would do, but I suppose if the stipulation roulette is added in, that does make things a lot more fun. Especially with possibilities like the Blindfold match, Casket Match, Chamber of Horrors, Buried Alive match, something called the Devil’s Playground, and even “Shotzi’s Choice,” which will probably be Devil’s Playground or Chamber of Horrors.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/4/23)
Main Event Jey goes for gold!
While Drew McIntyre wants the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, it’s Jey Uso who gets his shot at Seth Rollins tonight on Monday Night Raw!
- Drew McIntyre VS Sami Zayn; McIntyre wins.
- Shayna Baszler VS Nia Jax; Nia wins.
- Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: #DIY VS Imperium; wins.
- The Creed Brothers w/ Ivy Nile VS JD McDonagh & Dominik Mysterio w/ Rhea Ripley; win.
- Natalya & Tegan Nox VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; win.
- Cody Rhodes VS Shinsuke Nakamura; wins.
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins VS Jey Uso; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Drew McIntyre is here!
The Scottish Warrior is ready to tear it all down, all because he didn’t get another title match with Seth Rollins when he wanted. But before he tears into Sami Zayn, McIntyres the mic to say, “It’s been awhile since I’ve done this, but welcome everybody to Monday Night Raw!” Fans cheer that! And McIntyre says Raw is the land where it feels like everyone’s lost their minds lately! “Liars, hypocrites, cowards, just plain idiots. Apparently, you can get fired, released, leave, do what you want for a bunch of time, come back, and you’re instantly forgiven these days!” Fans chant “CM PUNK!” but McIntyre says he could be talking about anyone.
Now, Rollins tried to pull a fast one on McIntyre. Rollins could’ve given the match to anyone, but McIntyre beat Jey Uso weeks ago. So Rollins sticks it to McIntyre, slaps him metaphorically, so he headbutts Rollins in his stupid face. And speaking of Jey, O M G, Jey can apologize! He ran to Randy Orton, tail between his legs, “Oh, I’m so sorry, Randy!” Well Jey, your time’s coming. And there’s someone McIntyre is forgetting. Oh, right! Sami Zayn! And wouldn’t you know? Here comes Sami! Fans cheer and sing Sami’s song as he makes his way to the ring, a mic of his in hand. The fans then chant for ‘SAMI! SAMI!” as he sits up top.
Sami tells McIntyre, he clearly has a lot to say about everybody, including Sami, so he may as well say it to Sami’s face. Oh, yes, McIntyre sure does. Last week, Sami wanted to say how alike they are, but they are not. McIntyre has something to say to Sami and it is the truth: Sami is the one person in the world who deserved to get screwed over by The Bloodline. The fans boo but McIntyre says he will explain. Sami was the Bloodline’s lapdog errand boy, he joined them because he was running away from McIntyre, and then what? Sami screwed Bloodline over! What did Sami think was gonna happen to him? Isn’t Sami supposed to be smart?
McIntyre says Sami deserved what he got, it’s the truth. Sami says McIntyre is right about one thing: Sami was wrong. Sami thought they were alike but the more Sami is seeing, the more “truth” he’s hearing, Sami realizes they are NOT anything alike! Sami is not a delusional person. He isn’t someone who points a finger at everyone else for his own shortcomings. And big difference here: When Sami lost in front of his family and let everyone down, he stayed hungry, driven and motivated and that carried him to victory in the main event of WrestleMania! Fans fire up for that! So Sami got his redemption. Sami got to make his family proud. Does McIntyre think he’s making his family proud?
McIntyre glares at Sami, and then says one of them is NOT walking out of here. Get a ref and ring the bell! Fans fire up as we get their match now! Will McIntyre absolutely explode after Sami set him off?
Drew McIntyre VS Sami Zayn!
The bell rings and fans are behind Sami in this one. Sami and McIntyre circle, then McIntyre RAMS Sami into a corner! And OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! McIntyre asks if it was a good idea to talk bad now. McIntyre ROCKS and DECKS Sami, then stalks him. Fans rally with “Let’s Go, Sami!” as he bails out. McIntyre pursues, and SMACKS him off the apron! McIntyre scoops Sami, but Sami slips free to POST McIntyre! Sami aims at the apron, McIntyre body shots and SMACKS Sami off the apron! McIntyre puts Sami in but Sami builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and down goes McIntyre! Fans fire up with Sami as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and fans rally as McIntyre has Sami in a motorcycle stretch. But Sami flips then BOOTS McIntyre away! But McIntyre CHOPS Sami back! Sami bails out, McIntyre pursues, but Sami kicks and CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Sami throws hands, whips, but McIntyre reverses. Sami goes up the barriers to QUEBRADA! Down goes McIntyre again and fans fire back up! The ring count climbs, the fans fire up with Sami, and Sami brings McIntyre around to put him in at 7 of 10. Sami slides in, but McIntyre LARIATS Sami back down! McIntyre seethes while fans boo, and McIntyre throws fists down on Sami!
Fans rally even harder for Sami and Sami sits up. McIntyre drags Sami up, to CHOP! Sami flops right back down, McIntyre grins, and he drags Sami up. McIntyre CHOPS and Sami wobbles around! Sami shakes his head, grits his teeth, and CHOPS in return! And CHOPS! McIntyre CHOPS and Sami falls over! McIntyre stomps Sami, smother shim, then stomps his head again! McIntyre stomps Sami’s leg, then stomps the other leg! McIntyre paces around Sami, waits on Sami to get up, and Sami goes to a corner. McIntyre runs in but Sami ELBOWS him away! Sami goes up, McIntyre runs in but into a BOOT!
Sami leaps, AX HANDLE! Sami fires up with the fans, he kicks McIntyre and reels him in, but McIntyre is a little too big to suplex! McIntyre suplexes, Sami slips free, then he lures McIntyre into the corner to POST him! Sami kicks and reels McIntyre in, to SUPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down! Sami clutches the ankle, but he stands up to fire off haymakers! Sami whips, McIntyre reverses but Sami ducks ‘n ‘ dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Sami is stunned! Sami hurries to the apron while fans fire up! Sami climbs, leaps, but into an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! And then another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!
McIntyre hits a NECKBREAKER, then kips up! Fans are torn as McIntyre shakes the ropes. But then Sami clotheslines him up and out! Sami aims, and PLANCHAS! McIntyre catches him! And SLINGS him over the desk! Fans lose their minds and McIntyre seethes as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and McIntyre ELBOWS Sami, then Reverse Alabama Lifts! For the REVERSE ALA- NO, Sami victory rolls! TWO!! Sami runs up, into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife bridge, TWO!! But McIntyre deadlift POWERBOMBS! Cover, TWO!?! Sami survives and surprises even himself! The fans declare “This is Awesome!” but McIntyre snarls. McIntyre sits Sami up, fireman’s carries, and then goes up a corner! SUPER- NO, Sami flails and fights to a SUPER SUNSET FLIP BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Sami is beside himself! Sami hobbles up, fans rally behind him and he brings McIntyre around.
Sami reels McIntyre in but McIntyre fights the lift! Sami CLUBS away on McIntyre and fans fire up! Sami tries again, BLUE- NO, McIntyre fights free to GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! McIntyre then aims from the corner! Sami flounders up as the countdown begins! “THREE! TWO! ONE!” BOOT from Sami! BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives again and Sami can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Sami and McIntyre rise again. Sami throws a haymaker, McIntyre gives it back. They stand, Sami CHOPS! McIntyre CHOPS in return! Both men wobble, McIntyre CHOPS again! Sami BOOTS! And BOOTS!
Sami whips, McIntyre reverses but Sami goes up and over. The leg jams! The ref keeps McIntyre back but he storms in, Sami ELBOWS McIntyre, then TOSSES him out! Sami thinks about it, he wants to build speed but the leg won’t let him do it! McIntyre sees a target, and he gets in to CHOP BLOCK! The ref reprimands and backs McIntyre off. McIntyre just aims, to CLAYMORE!!! Direct hit and McIntyre covers, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
No mercy from McIntyre, and that is how he wins! Will the Scottish Warrior force everyone’s hands by fighting his way to a title opportunity?
Zoey Stark finds Shayna Baszler backstage.
The Queen of Spades is getting ready, but then Byron Saxton walks over to ask a few questions. Shayna faces a former tag partner in Nia Jax- Look, she has one goal tonight. Shayna put Nia on the shelf by breaking her arm. So she’ll remind Nia of that, limb by limb. Shayna heads out, Zoey follows. Will the Irresistible Force run into that immovable object again tonight?
Jey Uso speaks.
“Tonight, I have a chance to do something I thought I’d never be able to do again. A few months ago, I had a chance to dethrone the Tribal Chief and become the WWE Undisputed Universal Champion. That moment was ripped away from me by the one man in this world I love the most, my Day One. My own twin brother. Man, that hurt me more than you could ever know. I couldn’t be around this business anymore, I had to walk away. I really convinced myself I was done. Until I got a call from Cody Rhodes.” Cody told Jey he couldn’t quit, he could have a fresh start to be his own man. And the more Jey thought about it, the more he realized Cody was right.
Jey’s whole life, he’s fought for others. For Roman, for his brothers, for his father. From now on, Jey fights for HIS legacy. Before the Bloodline, before record-breaking reigns, before the Uso Penitentiary, before the Day One, before the dance, the face paint, FCW and long ass training nights, making money, being broke… There was just Jey, Uce! So Seth Rollins, we know you’re about game. Rollins has fought against Jey, fought with Jey, but now you’re fighting a starving individual ready to eat! It’s just Jey now. Jey proves to the whole world, to Rollins, to his family and himself why he IS Main Event Jey Uso! But will he become World Champion Jey Uso?
Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.
Jackie Redmond shows Sami being checked by medical staff, but then McIntyre attacks! McIntyre throws Sami into road cases, rains down fists, and says Sami can’t talk about McIntyre’s family! They’re nothing alike! NOTHING! Sami brought this upon himself! Then he STOMPS the bad ankle!! Producers rush in to get McIntyre to leave, but has McIntyre just sidelined Sami for the rest of 2023?
Raw returns as Sami is being reevaluated.
The medics check the leg, Jey hurries over to say it’ll be alright, Uce. Jey looks around for McIntyre, will Jey be able to focus on his main event after this just happened?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
Byron is with The Man and asks about last week, her statement that… Oh, Nia walks in now. She tells “Barney” she has this. And Becky, she talked about some fights on the horizon. Does one include anyone in particular? Yes, Nia, it does. Nia would be number one because Becky had forgotten about her, as everyone had, but then Nia showed up on Becky’s interview and they never got to this. Becky still owes Nia a receipt. A receipt, huh? Well, once Nia squashes Shayna, she is all Becky’s. Becky can’t wait. The music hits, will we see a big time grudge match in the near future?
Shayna Baszler VS Nia Jax!
The bell rings and Nia runs in, but Shayna dodges to KICK and KICK! Nia blocks one, SLAPS Shayna, then TOSSES her! Shayna gest up in a corner, but Nia SPLASHES in the corner! Shayna flounders, Nia pushes her around and slaps her some more. Nia talks trash then TOSSES Shayna across the way! Nia runs back in, but Shayna dodges! Nia hits buckles, Shayna KNEES Nia down! Shayna then knuckle locks and twists that wrist, then goes up the corner for a HANGING ARMBAR! Nia endures, powers up, and POWERBOMBS Shayna down! Shayna gets out of the ring, Nia pursues, and fans rally up as Nia drags Shayna up.
Nia SMACKS Shayna off the desk, then SMACKS her off the apron! Nia brings Shayna around, fireman’s carries, but Shayna fights free! And she POSTS Nia! Shayna slides into the ring, then goes to the apron to PENALTY KICK the arm! Shayna isolates that arm, lets her hair down, and says Nia’s done! But Nia SWEEPS the legs! Shayna hits the apron, and Nia gets up to APRON LEG DROP! Fans boo as Shayna writhes and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Nia has Shayna in a neck wrench. Shayna endures, even as NIa leans on the hold. Fans rally, Shayna fights up, and she JAWBREAKERS free! Nia staggers, Shayna fires body shots and KICKS! Shayna ROCKS Nia into a corner, then runs, but Nia URENAGES Shayna down! Nia then drags Shayna up to POST her! Nia goes to the apron, lines up the shot, runs in and HIP ATTACKS against the post! Cover, TWO!! Shayna survives but Nia drags her up. Nia puts Shayna in a corner, throws body shots and slaps Shayna around, but Shayna fires off forearms! Shayna runs, but Nia scoops her! SIDEWALK SLAM!
Nia dribbles Shayna while taunting her, then she covers, TWO! Nia is frustrated but she drags Shayna up into a cobra clutch. Shayna endures, fans rally up, and Shayna throws elbows! Then kicks! And KICKS! And KICKS! Shayna runs, KICKS, then runs again. Another KICK but Nia still stays up! Shayna runs, dodges Nia, but Nia scoops to SAMOAN DROP! Shayna crawls to a corner, Nia runs in, but Shayna ducks and the hip attack hits buckles! Then Shayna hits a roll up into buckles! Shayna goes to the far corner, Nia crawls after her, but Shayna runs in to KNEE Nia down! Cover, TWO!! Nia survives and Shayna is frustrated.
Nia rises, Shayna KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS, KICKS, KICKS! Fans fire up with each shot but Nia blocks one! Shayna gets free to BUZZSAW! Shayna runs, but Nia CLOBBERS her at the ropes! Nia pushes Shayna down, runs and SENTONS! Cover, TWO?!? Shayna survives and fans fire up! Nia is in disbelief, but she drags Shayna to a drop zone. Nia stomps Shayna, climbs up, but Shayna grabs a leg! ANKLE LOCK! Nia kicks Shayna away, but then Shayna returns, SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Both women have a crash landing and fans fire up! Shayna drags herself up while Nia stirs, and the fans rally behind her!
Shayna stalks Nia, KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Nia endures but she has Shayna on her as a backpack! Fans fire up, but Nia stands up! Shayna drags her back down! Shayna rear mounts again, leans all her weight on the hold, but Nia fights back up! BACKPACK SENTON!! Both women are down again as Nia sputters and coughs. But then she gets mad, and she drags Shayna to the drop zone! Nia climbs, soaks up the heat, A-NIA-LATOR!! Cover, Nia wins!
Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall
Shayna tried but she could not be the immovable object to the Irresistible Force. Nia crushes the Queen of Spades, but here comes Becky! Fans fire up but Nia backs down! This collision is coming, but will Becky be that big time roadblock to Nia?
DIY talks backstage.
Gargano & Ciampa know what they gotta do, but then in walk Candice & Indi. They’ll be cheering DIY on, ready for back to back wins, and then they all stand at attention because Imperium walks in. Oh, yes, good, show respect. Look at this lovely couple. Yes, a lovely couple of losers! Oh, ow, wow. But it’ll be embarrassing to get beat twice in one match. Hopefully Papa Gunther won’t be too mad after. The Way heads out, and Ludwig reminds Giovanni this is important. Don’t mess up out there. Oh, he’s got it. He hopes Ludwig does, too. The dysfunction between Impeccable German and the Pride of Italy is growing, will it be their downfall?
Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: #DIY VS Imperium!
Raw returns as Imperium makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Ciampa starts against Ludwig. The fans rally behind DIY as we start this first fall, and the two circle. Ciampa and Ludwig tie up, go around, and Ludwig puts Ciampa in a corner. The ref counts, Ludwig lets off slowly, but Ciampa avoids the cheap shot to ROCK and CHOP and repeat! Ciampa whips corner to corner, Ludwig reverses and runs in. He blocks a boot, “NEIN!” UPPERCUT! Ludwig stands over Ciampa, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Ludwig ROCKS Ciampa, tags Vinci, and Vinci RAMS into Ciampa! Vinci then stays between Ciampa and Gargano to stomp Ciampa.
Vinci throws hands and UPPERCUTS, but Ciampa hits back! They brawl, Ciampa has the edge and whips, but Vinci ducks ‘n’ dodge to CROSSBODY! Fans boo but Vinci stomps Ciampa. Vinci KNEES Ciampa in the back, then he stomps Ciampa more. Vinci talks trash, stands Ciampa up and UPPERCUTS! Vinci CLUBS Ciampa in the back, tags Ludwig, and Imperium mugs Ciampa. Ludwig looms over Ciampa, then scrapes his soles off Ciampa’s face! Ludwig taunts Gargano, fans boo, but Ludwig smirks as he whips Ciampa. Ludwig ELBOWS Ciampa down, covers, TWO! Fans rally but Ludwig clamps onto Ciampa with a chinbar and armlock.
Ciampa fights up, fans rally harder as they go around and around, and Ciampa sends Ludwig into buckles! Fans fire up, Ciampa crawls, but Ludwig anchors the feet! Ciampa ENZIGURIS, but Ludwig still holds on! Ciampa fires forearms, Ludwig keeps him from Gargano to then dodge. But Ciampa dodges, hot tag to Gargano! Fans fire up as Gargano JUMP KICKS Ludwig, then schoolboy rolls and KICKS Vinci! Gargano rallies on Ludwig, whips him to ropes, but Ludwig reverses. Gargano ducks ‘n ‘dodges to tilt-o-whirl, LA MYSTICA! Fans fire up with Johnny Wrestling and he runs in at the corner, but Ludwig puts him on the apron!
Gargano GAMANGIRIS, then he avoids Vinci to SUPERKICK! SLINGSHOT SPEAR on Ludwig! Fans fire up again and Gargano tags Ciampa back in. DIY set up in corners, Ludwig sits up, but Vinci trips Gargano! Ludwig avoids the knee, rolls Ciampa with tights, Imperium scores!
DIY: 0; Imperium: 1
Fans boo as Imperium takes the crucial first fall! But while Vinci & Ludwig gloat, Gargano gets back up, CANNONBALL takes out Vinci! Ciampa PLANCHAS Ludwig down! DIY sits on the desk, and they pat themselves on the backs while applauding! Fans applaud and Raw goes to break.
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/4/23)
B Block, round 6!
Sure #EverybodyDies, but who will tranquilo?
The World Tag League round robin is almost over, and B Block is looking saucy! Will Lance Archer & Alex Zayne burn Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr?
- BUSHI & Shingo Takagi VS SHO & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; win.
- Six Man Tag: Kaito Kiyomiya, Ryohei Oiwa & Oskar Leube VS The Gates of Agony & Boltin Oleg; win.
- Six Man Tag: Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma VS The United Empire; win(s).
- Six Man Tag: Shota Umino, Ren Narita & Ryusuke Taguchi VS The House of Torture; win(s).
- Six Man Tag: TMDK VS Bullet Club; wins.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; Fale & Bonza win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; ELP & Leo win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki; Bishamon wins.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Lance Archer & Alex Zayne VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr; Tsuji & Zando win.
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Here are the current B Block standings.
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-1, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 4-1, 8 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 3-2, 6 points
Bishamon: 2-2-1, 5 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-2-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-3, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 1-4, 2 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-4, 2 points
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!
The Holy Emperor & Heat Storm are just outside the top after their loss to Monster Sauce, but that’s way better than being at the bottom like the Rogue Army. But can Fale & Bonza ruin things for Taichi & Yuya? Or will B Block belong to Just5Guys?
The teams sort out and Yuya starts against Bonza. The fans rally up as the bell rings and the two stare down. They circle, tie up, and Bonza wrenches to hammerlock then waistlock. Yuya switches to then hammerlock, but Bonza switches the hammerlock back. Yuya reaches back, sits down, rolls and wrenches to a wristlock. Bonza spins, breaks free and pie faces Yuya! Yuya keeps cool, and he resets with Bonza. They tie up, but Bonza kicks low! Bonza runs, runs Yuya over, and says he’s pathetic! Bonza runs, Yuya stays low to then hurdle, and then he hip tosses Bonza down! Yuya scoops and SLAMS Bonza, then arm-drags him!
Fans fire up as Yuya has the armlock, but Fale runs in to throw body shots and scoop! Yuya slips free, but Fale’s too big for an arm-drag! Fale scoops again, and SLAMS Yuya! Then Fale DECKS Taichi for the hell of it! Bonza stomps Yuya around, brings him up, and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Fale and the Rogue Army mugs Yuya. Fale brings Yuya around to CLUB him down, then looms over him. Fans rally but Fale stands on Yuya! Fale goes surfing on the Heat Storm! Fale steps off, covers, TWO! Fans cheer but Fale tags Bonza. Bonza storms up on Yuya, drags him around, and then he goes surfing!
Bonza lets off to then drop an elbow! And then springboard stomp! Yuya sputters, Bonza drags him back up but Taichi rallies the fans. Yuya CHOPS Bonza, ROCKS Fale, repeat! Bonza ROCKS Yuya! Bonza bumps Yuya off buckles, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to elbow! Bonza keeps moving, but Yuya DROPKICKS! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Yuya crawls, hot tag to Taichi! Taichi storms up to Kawada Kick! Bonza says F U and ROCKS Taichi, but Taichi SOBATS back! Taichi tells Bonza off and BOOTS him in the corner! Fale runs in, but into a BOOT! Fale comes back, Taichi steps aside to GAMANGIRI!
Bonza kicks Taichi, whips him to a corner, but Taichi comes back to AX BOMBER! Fans fire up with Taichi, and OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi then aims, but Bonza blocks the kick to ELBOW! Bonza whips, DISCUS LARIAT! Bonza fires up, he drags Taichi up, and he reels Taichi in to suplex! Taichi fights that off to suplex back! Bonza fights that off, they fight for suplex control, and fans rally up! In the end, Bonza gets Taichi up, but Taichi slips free! SAI- NO, Bonza fights with elbows! Bonza runs, into a RIDGE HAND! Taichi runs, but Bonza deflects the boot to hit a BIG back suplex! Tag to Fale and he storms up on Taichi.
Fale stomps Taichi, drags him up and CLUBS away on the back! Taichi falls over but Fale stalks him to the ropes. Fale drags Taichi up, but Taichi fights and wrenches to HOOK KICK! Fale runs up, into a clinch! Taichi is using sumo! Fale and Taichi hobble around, Fale tries to counter sumo with sumo! But Taichi still THROWS Fale!! Fans are thunderous and Taichi takes aim! BUZZSAW! Both men are down, fans rally up, hot tag to Yuya! Yuya roars, runs in and CHOPS Fale! Bonza runs in, but gets an arm-drag! And then a DROPKICK! Bonza bails out, Fale staggers up into a DROPKICK! He stays up, so Yuya DROPKICKS again!
Fale rebounds, into an ARM-DRAG!! The fans are thunderous and Yuya runs in at the corner. DOUBLE CHOP! Taichi adds a BOOT! Yuya runs in again, DROPKICK! Fale hobbles, Yuya pushes him out and goes up the corner! CROSSBODY! Down goes Fale! But Yuya isn’t done there! Yuya drags Fale up, wrenches and traps the arm, but Fale swings the other! Yuya catches it! But Fale’s too big for Kamuki! Fale TOSSES Yuya to a corner then SPLASHES! Fireman’s carry, but Yuya flails around! Sunset flip, but Fale stays up! So Taichi GAMANGIRIS him into it! High stack, TWO!! Fale escapes, but Yuya has an ARMBAR!!
Fans fire up as Fale endures! Fale fights around, but Yuya powers him down!! ARMBAR!! Fale flails and kicks around, reaches out, but Yuya shifts grip! Bonza sends Taichi into railing before he gets in, Fale has the ROPEBREAK! Bonza CLOBBERS Yuya for good measure! Fans fire up as Bonza BLASTS Taichi off the apron! Yuya CHOPS Bonza, CHOPS him again, and powers up, but Bonza dodges! Only for Yuya to catch the arms! But Bonza knees low! Yuya roars, but Bonza scoops him! BACKBREAKER to ELBOW DROP!! Cover, TAICHI BREAKS IT! Fans fire up but Bonza scoops Taichi! FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!!
Fale hoists Yuya up! Crucifix lift, for BAD LUCK FALL!!! Cover, Rogue Army wins!!
Winners: Bad Luke Fale & Jack Bonza, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Taichi & Yuya earn 0)
The Rogue General & Red Commander just brought down two of the five guys! Did they just blow up the chances of Taichi & Yuya going on to the semifinals? Or will luck be with J5G in the seventh?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!
The NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions take on the NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion and a former World Middleweight Champion, but both teams are on the bubble in this block. Who pops off and who drops off right before the end?
ELP tries to get the fans cheering Soberano but it takes a second to warm them up. The fans fire up and the sons of lucha appreciate it. “AT-LAN-TIS!” and “SOBER-RA-NO!” then return the favor helping in a “HI-KU-LEO~!” chant. They all shake hands and high-five, and then the teams sort out. ELP starts against Soberano and fans rally up. The two wind up, and shake hands! Fans cheer and the two circle. They tie up, ELP headlocks, but Soberano powers up and out to then reel ELP back and run. ELP sidesteps, he avoids Soberano’s handspring, and fans cheer. Soberano flexes and fans cheer a little more.
ELP gives a mocking golf clap and then circles with Soberano again. Soberano headlocks, ELP throws body shots and powers out. Soberano runs ELP over, then things speed up. ELP hurdles but Soberano front flips! Fans fire up and Soberano looks off into the distance. Soberano then runs in, ELP dodges, Soberano RANAS but ELP handsprings through, then does his drop steps! Fans cheer as ELP flexes and kisses the biceps. ELP gives Soberano a push, Soberano pushes back. They start pushing a little harder, then things speed up again! Soberano ducks ‘n’ dodges and rolls off ELP’s back to then run and RANA!
ELP flounders out of the ring and Soberano builds speed! FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and fans fire up again! Soberano gets the fans rallying behind him then has the ref tranquilo. Soberano puts ELP in, then gets fans to actually chant for “PHAN-TAS-MO!” Soberano slides in, brings ELP around, and tags Atlantis. The luchadores mug ELP, and the fans still chant for “PHAN-TAS-MO!” but the luchadores double whip to DOUBLE ELBOW! Then wheelbarrow and ENZUGIRI FACEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Atlantis keeps cool as he stomps ELP around. Atlantis drags ELP up, keeps him from Leo, and CLUBS away!
Atlantis suplexes but ELP blocks! ELP tries to suplex but Atlantis blocks! ELP RAMS Atlantis into the corner, CHOPS him, then tags Leo. ELP CHOPS again, then hushes the fans. Leo swings, Atlantis dodges to CHOP them in return! CHOP after CHOP then Atlantis runs, ducks ELP’s hurdle but ends up right in Leo’s DDT! Cover, TWO! Leo drags Atlantis up but Atlantis throws forearms and CHOPS! Leo CHOPS right back! Leo then fireman’s carries, but Atlantis fights free! Atlantis dodges the chop, tries to whip but Leo blocks and reverses! Leo runs in, Atlantis dodges and Leo’s boot gets stuck on the ropes! Atlantis dropkicks that leg!
Leo hobbles and Atlantis keeps moving, Atlantis dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up as Atlantis stomps Leo’s leg, then SPLASHES down on a knee! Atlantis stomps the leg some more, but Jado & ELP coach Leo. Leo CHOPS Atlantis, but Atlantis stomps him down. Atlantis has the leg and works to turn Leo over! HALF CRAB! Leo endures and fans rally up! Leo fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Atlantis lets go at 4, and Leo clutches his knee. Atlantis eggs Leo on, Soberano tags in, and they both taunt Leo to go taunt ELP. Leo crawls over, but then the luchadores bring Leo away. “Chotto matte ne!”
Fans applaud as the Mexican luchadores know some Japanese. Then they get LEo’s hands, bend the fingers, and then Soberano BOOTS Leo down! ELP protests, the ref reprimands, but Soberano BITES Leo’s foot! Soberano keeps Leo from ropes with a chinlock, then he and Atlantis get Leo up again. They double whip Leo to a corner, Atlantis runs in but is put on the apron. Leo DECKS Atlantis, and he catches Soberano’s splash! Soberano BELL CLAPS then BOOTS Leo! Soberano taunts ELP by blowing a kiss, then he goes back for Leo. Atlantis returns, they double whip but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT!
Fans fire up and Leo crawls, hot tag to ELP! ELP grins as he runs up to BOOT Soberano! Mule kick for Atlantis! Atomic drop for Soberano! ELP mocks Soberano’s pain, then he atomic drops Atlantis, into a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! ELP clotheslines Soberano up and out, but Atlantis kicks him low! Atlantis whips ELP to the corner but ELP goes up and over then springboards to CROSSBODY! Somersault, LIONSAULT! Another somersault, to PLANCHA Soberano! Fans fire up with ELP and he goes back to the corner. ELP waits on Atlantis to rise up, then he springboards in, FLYING TORNADO DDT!
Fans fire up and ELP drags Atlantis to a cover, TWO! Atlantis survives and the fans rally up again. ELP fires up and Soberano coaches Atlantis. ELP drags Atlantis up, reels him in, tucks the arms, but Atlantis fights! Atlantis ROCKS ELP, ELP ROCKS Atlantis, they go forearm for forearm! ELP whips, Atlantis reverses and Soberano jumps in! Double hip toss into TU LO SABE! Cover, TWO! ELP survives and that surprises Atlantis. The fans rally, Soberano stalks ELP to a corner and eggs him on. ELP slaps Soberano, Soberano SLAPS ELP! Atlantis BOOTS Leo, ELP throws hands on Soberano, but Atlantis kicks ELP low.
Atlantis puts ELP up top, Soberano GAMANGIRIS! Then the sons of lucha vow to end this! They both climb up after ELP, CLUB away on him, and bring him up. But Leo gets in, TOWER OF DOOM!! Fans fire up for the double powerbomb double superplex combo! Leo drags Soberano up to POWERBOMB onto Atlantis! Fans fire up again as Leo helps ELP up! Leo scoops, but Atlantis slips free to shove Leo into ELP! Then Atlantis dodges Leo to SUPERKICK ELP! And DROPKICK Leo! Leo runs back in but Atlantis dumps him out! ELP runs in but Atlantis goes up and over, rolls and SPIN POWERSLAMS!
Fans fire up as Atlantis goes up a corner! But ELP hurries to GAMANGIRI! Soberano sneaks a tag! ELP goes up to the very top, brings Atlantis up with him, SUPER STEINER! ELP goes up but Soberano is there! He springboards up to SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Fans are thunderous with everyone down, and Soberano crawls to a cover! Leo breaks it! Fans fire up again and Atlantis regroups with Soberano. Leo UPPERCUTS Atlantis, choke grips each of them, meeting of the minds! But then the luchadores double basement dropkick the legs out! Fans rally for Leo but Soberano & Atlantis have him! DOUBLE-
NO, Leo fights the suplexes to UPPERCUT Soberano! Atlantis dodges the haymaker but not the BOOT! Leo aims at Soberano now, choke grip! GOD- FLIP! Soberano ENZIGURIS! Leo roars! Soberano SUPERKICKS! ELP SUDDEN DEATH!! Fans fire up with ELP and he DIVES to take out Atlantis! Leo hits GODSEND!! ELP returns, he goes up, SUPER THUNDERKISS 86!!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!
Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Atlantis & Soberano earn 0)
The sons of lucha are eclipsed by the Guerrillas of Destiny! Will the “Big Blue Sexy Boys” still have a fighting chance of entering the semifinals?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki!
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi vow to break the curse that keeps IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions from winning the league! Will they pull it off? Or will Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World not only stop Bishamon, but get golden tickets at the same time?
The teams sort out and Suzuki stares Hashi down. Fans rally up and the two start. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. But then Suzuki kicks one, wrenches the other to a hammerlock, but Hashi switches the hold onto Suzuki. Suzuki reaches back to cording hold and chinbar Hashi to ropes. The ref counts and Suzuki lets off slowly, then with strong pats on the shoulder. Fans cheer and Hashi keeps cool as the two reset. They step up, and Hashi fires a forearm! Suzuki fires back! They go back and forth and the fans rally as they pick up speed! Suzuki ROCKS Hashi, ROCKS him again, but Hashi comes back to CHOP!
Suzuki eggs Hashi on so Hashi CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Hashi CHOPS more and more but Suzuki stays standing on sheer anger! Hashi drags Suzuki over, tags Goto, and Bishamon double whip to then double shoulder tackle! Hashi BLASTS Nagata for good measure, then Goto stomps Suzuki. Goto drags Suzuki up, CLUBS him, then whips. Suzuki reverses to then headlock, but Goto powers out. Suzuki pulls hair to HEADBUTT! Suzuki CLUBS Goto down and Goto bails out! Nagata runs in to BLAST Hashi as payback, and then the murder grandpas go out after them! Suzuki whips Goto into railing, then brings him around while Nagata sends Hashi hard into railing!
Suzuki RAMS Goto into railing in front of commentary, then has a railing crossface! The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off of Goto, but Nagata POSTS Hashi! Suzuki stomps Goto around, the ring count starts, and Suzuki stomps Goto again before sliding in. The count reaches 7 of 20, then 10 as Goto crawls. Goto clutches his neck, the count is 15! Goto stands at 17, and slides in at 19! Fans cheer but Suzuki clamps onto Goto with a camel clutch! Goto endures, Suzuki shifts to bring him up for a facelock. Nagata tags in and he CLUBS Goto on the neck! And CLUBS him again! Nagata wraps on a chinlock to grind Goto down!
Hashi coaches Goto as he fights around, and Goto gets the ROPEBREAK! Nagata lets go, to KICK Goto in the back! Nata then drags Goto up with a facelock and tags Suzuki. Suzuki snapmares Goto to KICK him! And then Suzuki pulls at the tape around the neck and shoulders! The ref reprimands but there’s nothing he can really do! Suzuki reels Goto in but Goto resists the Gotch lift! Suzuki powers up but Goto still fights. Suzuki CLUBS Goto, tags Nagata, and Nagata BOOTS Hashi down! Nagata KICKS Goto in the chest, then KICKS him again! Goto grits his teeth, Nagata eggs him on, but Goto blocks the next kick!
Goto CLUBS the leg, but Nagata ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Nagata whips, Goto reverses, but Nagata BOOTS back! Nagata runs, Goto follows to LARIAT! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Goto and Nagata crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs to run Nagata over! Hashi BLASTS Suzuki off the apron and fans fire up as Hashi ROCKS, body shots and CHOPS! Then he fires off forearms over and over in the corner! Nagata sits down and Hashi keeps going! The ref reprimands, the fans fire up, and Hashi lets off to bring Nagata back up. Nagata shoves Hashi so Hashi eggs him on. The forearms go back and forth now!
Hashi gets the edge with forearms, then CHOPS Nagata back to the corner. Hashi whips corner to corner, Nagata reverses, but Hashi comes back to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally again and Hashi fires up. Hashi reels Nagata in, suplexes, but Nagata fights it to suplex, and MAGIC SCREW! Hashi flounders, Nagata stands, and Nagata stomps Hashi. Nagata ROCKS Hashi, whips him to ropes, but Hashi holds ropes. Goto tags in, Hashi sidesteps Nagata and Goto ROCKS him! Hashi CHOPS Nagata down, then he BLASTS Suzuki. Hashi hauls Nagata up, turns him, and Goto adds on, HEAD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Nagata hangs in there.
Bishamon set up in opposite corners, and they aim at Nagata. But Suzuki pushes Nagata to save him from the DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Hashi CHOPS, Goto CLUBS and then GOTO GO TO HUNTER! Bishamon have Nagata in a corner, Goto clotheslines! Hashi clotheslines! Feed to the fireman’s carry, FIERCE FLASH! Cover, TWO! Nagata survives and fans rally up again! Goto hauls Nagata up, Hashi calls the shot! Dragon sleeper and leg lift, but Suzuki catches Hashi to a SLEEPER! Nagata drags Goto down into a CROSSFACE! Goto endures, Hashi is turning red! Fans rally up as Goto fights his way around!
Goto reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer, and Suzuki sends Goto to a corner! Suzuki BOOTS! Nagata BOOTS! Snapmare, DOUBLE PENALTY KICK SANDWICH! Then EXPLODER!! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives and fans fire up again! Nagata drags Goto up, but Goto fights the saido with elbows! Nagata knees low, and again, then CLUBS Goto’s neck! Goto falls and writhes, but Nagata drags him back up! Suzuki keeps Hashi out with an ANKLE LOCK, as Nagata SAI- NO, Goto fights free! Hashi also gets free, to SUPERKICK Nagata! Goto has a SLEEPER, then rolls it to GOTO NISHIKI!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!
Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Nagata & Suzuki earn 0)
The murder grandpas almost had it, but Goto finds a way to survive! Does this mean the Fierce Warrior & Headhunter have a chance to #GetBackUp to the WTL finals after all?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Lance Archer & Alex Zayne VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr!
The Monster Sauce is leading the way but they have to finish strong! Will they stay hot going into the seventh and final round? Or will they be sunk by The Gene Blast & King of the World?
Wait, Tetsuya Naito is coming out here? What a great surprise! It sure takes Shingo Takagi by surprise as he’s been on commentary this entire time. Naito joins commentary, even! And he puts his feet up on top of Milano Collection AT’s notes. He makes Milano hold the Right to Challenge bag while he puts his headset on. Monster Sauce then makes their entrance, and Archer suckers a Young Lion in by offering a high-five to then DECK him! He pats another on the shoulder, assuring him it’s fine. Then he RAMS him into railing! Zayne apologizes to each Young Lion in turn, it’s nothing personal. Archer and Zayne then have Red Shoes and Abe-san put on the jackets to see how they look.
Zando and Tsuji make their entrances, the teams sort out, and Archer says that smile of Tsuji’s is gonna be missing some teeth soon. However, Zayne and Zando step up to start and the fans rally up with the bell. They circle, tie up, and Zando powers Zayne to ropes. Zando lets off, fakes the chop, and tells Zayne to take it easy. Zayne and Zando reset and fans rally again. They tie up, Zayne puts Zando on ropes now, and Zayne fakes the chop to twirl his hair. Fans cheer and Zando smirks. The two reset again, tie up again, and Zando headlocks. Zayne wrenches out, but Zando wrenches back to wristlock.
Zayne rolls, handsprings, wrenches and wristlocks, but Zando spins, CHOPS, and whips Zayne to a corner. Zayne reverses, runs in and back elbows! Zayne slips out to the apron and slingshot RANAS! Things keep moving, Zayne ducks ‘n’ dodges and IMPLODER KNEE DROPS down on Zando’s dropdown! Zayne then rolls to STANDING MARIPOSA! Fans fire up and Zayne smirks as he twirls his hair again. Zayne stands Zando up, Zando throws hands but Zayne bobs ‘n’ weaves to body blow! Zayne runs, but Tsuji kicks him! Zayne swings on Tsuji, but Zando reels him in, chicken wings and DODON DROP!
Archer runs in to kick Zando low! Archer reels Zando in to CLUB him, then he runs. Tsuji trips Archer, Zando basement dropkicks! Tsuji then drags Archer out to RAM him into railing! Fans fire up with Zando, and Tsuji sends Archer into more railing! Zando TOSSES Zayne out of the ring, Tsuji fires off on Archer, then CHOPS him! Tsuji holds Archer out along railing, Zando runs in, LEAP FROG ATTACK! Fans fire up while Archer falls over! Tsuji finds Zayne and stomps him, to then put him in the ring for Zando. Zando storms up, drags Zayne up and has him on ropes. Zando lifts Zayne up and Tsuji runs, to LEAP FROG ATTACK!
Zayne flops over, fans rally up, and Zando tags Tsuji. Zando & Tsuij drag Zayne up to double whip. Archer returns, Red Shoes keeps him back, Zayne ends up in the POP-UP KICK! Zando & Tsuji run, basement dropkick sandwich! Fans cheer but Red Shoes reprimands. Zando exits, Tsuji digs his knees into Zayne at the ropes before a knee drop! Tsuji drags Zayne up while Archer and Zando shout at each other. Tsuji whips Zayne but reverses direction to send him into the red corner! Tsuji stomps Zayne, Zando CLUBS him, and then Zando tags in. Zando snapmares Zayne to a seated abdominal stretch! Zayne endures and the fans rally up.
Zayne reaches out, but then reaches up to drag Zando into a cradle! TWO, and Zando stomps away! Zando hits Archer, then laughs as he gets away. Zando drags Zayne back, CLUBS him, then grabs a leg. Zando steps over, then clinches, modified cobra twist! Zayne endures, hops on his one free leg, and fans rally up! Zayne reaches out, hot tag- NO, Tsuji drags Archer down and RAMS him into railing right in front of commentary! Zando wrangles Zayne to a cover, TWO! Fans cheer and Zando drags Zayne up. Zando wrenches, wristlocks, then he tags Tsuji. Tsuji BOOTS Zayne’s arm, then brings him around to ROCK with a forearm!
Fans rally up, Zayne ROCKS Tsuji back! And CHOPS! And ROCKS him again! Tsuji knees low, then wags his finger. Tsuji swings, Zayne counter punches! And again! Tsuji runs in, Zayne gets around, roll up and EDDY GORDO KICK! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Tsuji and Zayne crawl, hot tag to Archer! Archer storms around, fires up, and BLASTS Zando! It was a fake out at first, but now he runs to ELBOW Tsuji! “Ichi!” Archer keeps moving, and ELBOWS! “Ni!” Zayne runs in, tilt-o-whirl RANA CANNONBALL! But Zando SUPERKICKS Zayne! Archer CHOPS Zando but Zando just fires up!
Zando CHOPS Archer, and Archer just smiles! Archer CHOPS back! Archer eggs Zando on so Zando CHOPS! Archer CHOPS, eggs Zando on, and fans fire up as Zando CHOPS again! They CHOP back and forth, faster and faster! Archer CHOPS Zando down! Fans fire up with the Murderhawk and he storms up. Zando swings, but into a full nelson that Archer makes into a dragon sleeper. Tsuji runs in, but gets caught! URENAGE REVERSE DDT COMBO! Archer then drags Tsuji up, shoves him to a corner, and DOUBLE CHOPS! Zayne then LEAP FROG MISSILE DROPKICKS! Archer suplexes Tsuji! Then CHOKE SLAM SAULT! Cover, TWO!!
Tsuji survives and fans fire up but Archer fires himself back up. Tag to Zayne, he goes up, but Zando GAMANGIRIS! Archer grabs Zando, but Tsuji DUMPS Archer! Tsuji then rushes the corner, but Zayne jumps and over! Zayne comes back but Tsuji BOOTS him! Tsuji goes up, but Zayne returns, NO HANDS STEINER! Fans fire up as Zando hurries in. Zayne dodges the chop but Zando blocks the chip to CHOP after all! Zando suplexes, Zayne slips free to shove, but Zando blocks the kick! Zando ducks the enziguri, wheelbarrow GERMAN SUPLEX! Archer BOOTS Zando, ripcords, and HELLICOASTERS! Fans fire up with Archer again!
Archer hauls Zando back up, reels him in, but Tsuji saves Zando from the suplex! Tsuji & Zando mug Archer, then go to double suplex! Archer fights it, he wants to double suplex, but they fight it! Zando & Tsuji try again, DOUBLE SUPLEX! All four men are down and the fans fire up again! Zando stirs, flounders out of the ring, and Tsuji rises. Tsuji tags Zando in, they get Zayne up. They double whip, hip toss and SLAM! Then SPLASH, to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Zayne hangs in there and Zando pounds the mat in frustration. The fans clap along, Tsuji & Zando get Zayne up, ANCHOR!! Cover, TWO!! Zayne survives and fans fire up again!
Zando pounds the mat some more and the fans clap along again. Tag to Tsuji, and he climbs up onto Zando’s shoulders! But Archer caches Tsuji, to CHOKE SLAM him into Zando! Then Archer fireman’s carries, Zayne runs in, ROLLING NECKBREAKER SAMOAN DROP COMBO!! Cover, Zando breaks it! Fans fire up, Archer runs in, but he doesn’t fall for the dump trick. Archer CLOBBERS Zando against ropes, then clotheslines him up and out of the ring! Fans fire up with Archer again and Zayne pounds the mat. Archer hauls Tsuji up, sets him up for Zayne, ROLLING- NO, Tsuji avoids the ax kick! Then he dodges Archer, and now Zando dumps him out!
Zayne mule kicks Tsuji, runs, but into the GENE BLAST SPEAR!!! Cover, LIJ WINS!!
Winners: Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Archer & Zayne earn 0)
Monster Sauce drops, making the top of this block really interesting! If #EverybodyDies, are their chances at the finals in danger of dying off?
As for Tsuji & Zando, Tsuji gets the mic to say, “It looks like it’s someone’s birthday today.” It’s also someone in Los Ingobernables de Japon. “HIROMU-CHAN!” Oh wait, is he even here? Well, maybe Hiromu was too busy to be here, but Tsuji hopes tonight’s win is a good birthday gift. Fans applaud that, but then Tsuji says he also has some bad news. It would seem after tonight’s penultimate-penultimate results, there mathematically isn’t a chance for Tsuji & Zando to make it to the semifinals. He asks if that’s true or not. Even commentary has to check the math on that. So then, is there a chance?
Milano is sure it’s not zero percent. Really? Pretty sure. Then there IS a chance! The fans cheer and Tsuji says that even if it seems unlikely, should they win next round, Zandokan will be LIJ! Fans cheer for that, too! Tsuji then brings up that the other day, he talked with the others and hoped Takagi & Naito wouldn’t lose today. Takagi stands up from commentary to say that he does need to get better. Well, hey, tranquilo, right? Tsuji then lets Zando say a few words. “WATASHI WA…! ZANDOKAN JUNIOR!” AKA, he is Zandokan. Fans cheer the introduction, and then he says he’s a BIG DEAL! Fans also cheer that.
Zando then shouts in Spanish, Milano asks for a translation, but Tsuji asks if they’re ready for the tournament’s home stretch. Are you ready for him and Zando to do this? VAMOS, AMIGOS!! Fans cheer, but will Gene Blast & The King of The World really make it to the end?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-2, 8 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 4-2, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 4-2, 8 points
Bishamon: 3-2-1, 7 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 3-3, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-3-1, 5 points [ELIMINATED]
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
A great round, and now with some really complex stuff at the top of the block. Monster Sauce lost to go down to 4-2 so that they’d be tied with ELP & Leo and with Taichi & Yuya. Monster Sauce VS ELP & Leo is next, and so one team will go to 5-2 with 10 points, the other will be 4-3 with 8. This scenario alone seems to be creating confusion because while commentary was not prepared to speak on who is still in this, NJPW’s official website has determined Tsuji & Zando are out despite that great main event win. Even if Tsuji & Zando beat Atlantis & Soberano next round, they’ll get to 8 points, BUT they lost to Taichi & Yuya.
And even if Taichi & Yuya lose, they’d be losing to Bishamon, who would then stand at 9 points, making THEM second place flat out. And if Taichi & Yuya win, they are in as second place, not Bishamon. So despite the moment of cheers and hope at the end of that main event, Tsuji & Zando are really just fighting for pride and apparently for Zando to become Sanada’s replacement so that LIJ maintains six members. That’d be cool stuff, but I wonder if Atlantis & Soberano being CMLL like Zando is CMLL comes into play…
My Score: 8.8/10
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