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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (11/18/20)

What will Finn Balor have to say?

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What is the future of the top titles in NXT?

On the same night that Io Shirai defends her NXT Women’s Championship against Rhea Ripley, Finn Balor finally returns to speak on his status!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT North American Championship: Leon Ruff VS Johnny Gargano; Ruff wins by disqualification and retains the title.
  • Blindfold Match: Cameron Grimes VS Dexter Lumis; No Contest.
  • Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter; LeRae & Hartwell win.
  • Arturo Ruas VS KUSHIDA; Kushida wins.
  • Toni Storm & Ember Moon VS Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez; Storm & Moon win.
  • Timothy Thatcher VS August Grey; Thatcher wins.
  • Damian Priest VS ???; No Contest.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Io Shirai VS Rhea Ripley; Shirai wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT North American Championship: Leon Ruff VS Johnny Gargano!

It’s been a long road for the biggest underdog in a long time, but he cashed in on the “Gargano Curse” to become a champion! But will he be able to stay a champion when a now extremely furious Johnny Wrestling gets his rematch?

Speaking of, Gargano gets pissed just watching the recap package showing how the world loved Ruff living the dream. “Everybody knows last week was a fluke!” Ruff is just a pawn in Damian Priest’s game to make Gargano look like a fool. Fans chant “Johnny Sucks!” but Johnny says he’s the best. Just look at Ruff! Fans troll “Johnny Failure” but Gargano says Ruff isn’t a real champion. He’s a joke! Tonight, the joke’s over, and the title comes home to Gargano. Gargano then SUCKER PUNCHES Ruff! The ref backs Gargano off and asks Ruff if he still wants this. Ruff does, and the bell rings! Gargano tackles Ruff to the corner, rams his shoulder in over and over, but lets off as the ref counts to then DECK Ruff with a forearm!

Gargano says Ruff is a joke, then whips him corner to corner hard! Fans boo as Gargano pushes Ruff around. Gargano looms over Ruff in the corner, brings him up to throw a JAB and a CHOP and then repeat! Gargano smirks as Ruff grits his teeth. Gargano CHOPS Ruff again and shakes out his own hand. Ruff CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS in return! Ruff throws haymakers, body shots but Gargano kicks low. Gargano puts Ruff in a corner but Ruff BOOTS back! Ruff goes to the apron, forearms, hops up and around and then under, but Gargano knows that trick from last time! Gargano back suplexes but Ruff lands on his feet!

Ruff gets around Gargano, rolls, kip up and KICK! Ruff fires up, knuckle locks and CHOPS, then goes up, up, around and huricanranas Gargano again! And then dropkicks him down! Fans fire up with Ruff as Gargano bails out! Ruff builds speed, goes up, and LEAPS! Ruff takes Gargano down and lands on his feet! Ruff puts Gargano in, Gargano flounders around but Ruff says Gargano’s gonna be the joke! Ruff hops on, but Gargano blocks the crucifix to swing Ruff into a LARIAT! Gargano grimaces and he drags Ruff back up. Gargano scoops, aims and LAWN DARTS Ruff into buckles! Gargano smirks as he drags Ruff back up to scoop him again. Gargano then LAWN DARTS Ruff to the other corner!

Gargano asks if Ruff wants to quit, and so does the ref, but Ruff refuses. So Gargano drags Ruff to the center of the ring and dares him to get up. Ruff rises, fans rally but Gargano is about to call upon DIY powers, until he spots Damian Priest on the stage! Priest says not to worry about him, and Ruff rolls Gargano up, TWO!! Gargano whips Ruff, Ruff rebounds and LARIATS! Priest and the fans rally for Ruff as he goes up top, to SWANTON! But Gargano moves and Ruff lands hard! SUPERKICK! Gargano drags Ruff back up, powerbombs him at the ropes, and then sits him up. Gargano goes to the apron, slingshots in for ONE FINAL BEAT! Cover, but Priest drags Ruff out! Priest says, “Sorry kid.” And then he DECKS him!! Ruff wins because of a disqualification!!

Winner: Leon Ruff, by disqualification (still NXT North American Champion)

Priest saved Ruff by punching his lights out! Gargano is furious that Priest used Champion’s Advantage to Ruff’s advantage! Will things continue to be this rough for #TheJohnnyGarganoWay?

 

Cameron Grimes speaks.

“Last week, I showed that Cameron Grimes isn’t afraid of Dexter Lumis. I mean, after I covered up his eyes, I showed that he’s just a regular man, and Cameron Grimes? He’s afraid of no man!” Grimes is a rocket ship, and after he wins the Blindfold Match, he’s going toooo theeee moooon~! But will Grimes be seeing stars after giving Lumis a fair rematch?

 

Blindfold Match: Cameron Grimes VS Dexter Lumis!

The Carolina Caveman said his piece, which is enough for both men since the Tortured Artist doesn’t talk much at all. But will Grimes be speechless after he and Lumis battle in this first for NXT?

As Lumis makes his entrance, Grimes makes sure not to look him in those soul piercing eyes. The ref gives each man their blindfold and Grimes wants the ref to put Lumis’ one fast. Grimes pretends to put his on, and then grins as he steps to Lumis. The ref stops him, they both need to be wearing blindfolds for this to be fair! But then how is Grimes supposed to see? That’s the point, Grimes! Fine, fine. Grimes puts his on, the bell rings, and Grimes crossbodies! Only to flop at Lumis’ feet. Grimes has no idea where Lumis is and that alone seems to spook him. Grimes points and threatens Lumis that he’s in the ring with Cameron Grimes! But Lumis is completely in the other direction…

Grimes bumps into ropes blindly and flops backwards. Grimes calls out to Lumis like it’s Marco Polo, but then he runs blindly into buckles! Lumis hasn’t even moved from where he’s standing! Grimes feels around the ropes, the ref moves past him and Grimes takes a swing! Grimes can’t tell it’s the ref and not Lumis! The ref calls out that it’s him so Grimes goes back to searching. Fans cheer as Grimes gets warmer, and warmer, but they mostly troll him into cornering the ref. Grimes gets spooked and DECKS the ref!! And now Grimes is stomping away on him! And kicking him! The ref is out cold and Grimes takes off his blindfold to see what he’s done! Grimes decides to stay very quiet, so that he can sneak away. But then he rushes Lumis!

Lumis avoids the Cave-In, and ROCKS Grimes with a haymaker! Grimes kicks low, grabs Lumis by the blindfold, but then Lumis uppercuts him! The blindfold comes off and those scary eyes stare at Grimes again! Lumis rallies with big haymakers, Grimes flounders about and Lumis DECKS him again! Lumis runs in to clothesline and BULLDOG! Lumis watches Grimes flounder back up, and gets him in the Silence! Grimes elbows free and flounders away but Lumis pursues! Lumis keeps Grimes from running away over the barriers, and whips him into the timekeeper’s area! Grimes flounders around, Lumis follows him past commentary and whips him into more boards!

Lumis continues to stalk Grimes as Grimes crawls around the way. Lumis brings rimes up to whip into even more boards! Grimes makes it to the ramp but Lumis brings him back to ringside, to whip- Grimes goes up and over the cage and boards! Grimes runs away but Lumis’ eyes still stare into the dark. Will Lumis get his hands on Grimes again soon enough?

 

William Regal talks with Priest backstage.

Regal can’t have Priest getting involved in matches. You can’t just punch someone in the mouth. But Priest knows Regal has to be just as sick watching Gargano have his way all the time. If anything, that was more like a joke. But c’mon, it’s Johnny! Ruff comes by and is hurt to hear Priest say “joke,” just like Johnny was saying. Ruff is the champion. If he can’t retain, then he shouldn’t be champion. Priest says he didn’t mean it like that. Ruff says Priest should just have the belt and Regal can rip up the contract. Regal and Priest say that’s not happening. Priest just thought Ruff needed help because Gargano shouldn’t have the title. Ruff SLAPS Priest! He’s no one’s joke. Regal says that serves Priest right. Priest himself admits he deserved that one. Will Ruff find a way to get people to take him seriously?

 

Shotzi Blackheart’s in the garage.

She’s collected the pieces. She’s putting in the work. “People like to tear you down. They want to destroy everything. But in life, you rebuild. You rebuild and you rise up.” Candice better get herself an army, because Shotzi knows something she doesn’t. “December 6th, we are going to war!” Shotzi uses fire and steel to build… WARGAMES?! The next TakeOver is the heavy metal tradition come back to life! Will the wild child make this a December to remember?

 

Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter!

The Poison Pixie’s little helper, Ghost Face, has been the Impressive Indi all along! And now with Shotzi declaring war, it seems Indi is a shoe-in as Candice’s second. Will they prove they are a powerful team against KC Squared?

The teams sort out and Kayden starts with Indi. They tie up, Kayden goes for a leg but Indi pushes her off. “You’re not Impressive!” Kayden and Indi tie up again, Kayden goes after the leg but Indi tries to pick her up. Kayden trips Indi instead, rolls her over and ties up the legs to then sit on her. Kayden shifts to a facelock, drags her over and tags in Kacy. Kacy rolls Indi up, cover, ONE! Kacy keeps on Indi but Indi knees low and whips Kacy to ropes. Kacy boots Indi back, Kayden tags in then heel kicks Indi back! Tag back to Kacy and KC Squared coordinate to trip, dropkick and slingshot senton! Cover, ONE! Candice is relieved but Kacy keeps on Indi.

Kacy has the waistlock, Indi reaches down for a leg but Kacy leap frogs over to then handspring headscissor Indi away! Candice tags in but Kacy drop toeholds and dropkicks her down! Kacy handsprings again but Candice turns that into a GUT BUSTER! Cover, ONE! Candice keeps on Kacy with an armlock. Fans rally up, Kacy fights up and reaches but Candice keeps her from Kayden. Candice whips Kacy hard to the corner then taunts Kayden, then she tags in Indi. Indi and Candice stomp a mudhole into Kacy, then Indi brings Kacy up to whip out and into the corner! Indi drags Kacy back up, Kacy throws body shots but Indi knees low. Indi whips and scoops Kacy for a sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO!

Indi keeps on Kacy by pulling her hair. Tag to Candice, they mug Kacy and Candice brings Kacy up to scoop and slam! Candice grins but fans rally for Kacy. Candice steps up but Kacy moves to avoid the senton! Kacy hurries over, hot tag to Kayden! Kayden rallies on Candice with clotheslines and she BOOTS Indi down! Kayden gets Candice in a hammerlock and CLUBS away on Candice’s chest! Then she COMPLETE SHOTS Candice down! Indi runs in but Kayden dodges to dropkick her down! The ref reprimands Indi, Indi bails out and Kacy LEAPS to wipe her out! Kayden SUPERKICKS Candice and covers, TWO!

Candice flounders, Kayden runs but misses the boot wash! Candice throws Kayden down by her hair, then hits a BRAIN BUSTER! Candice drags Kayden up by her hair, Indi keeps Kacy away, and Indi BOOTS Kacy down! WICKED STEP SISTER!! Cover, Candice and Indi win!

Winners: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell, by pinfall

The Johnny Gargano Way at least gets something tonight! Will Candice and Indi recruit two more to their cause in order to fight off Shotzi at WarGames?

 

NXT hears from Arturo Ruas.

“Fear made me understand how to survive.” Ruas is Destrucao Total, Total Destruction! And he’s back in NXT, next!

 

Arturo Ruas VS KUSHIDA!

Talk about interesting timing, as Ruas returns to NXT and faces a man also very skilled, and these days, very aggressive. Will the Time Splitter look to send Ruas Back to the Future?

The bell rings and the two feel out the grapple very fast. Ruas gets a leg, then a waistlock, Kushida pries at the hold but Ruas quickly shifts to go after the arm. Kushida gets through the leg block and to his feet but Ruas reels Kushida in by a leg. Kushida kicks Ruas away then gets up to knuckle lock with Ruas. Ruas gets a leg again, then drags Kushida down to go after an arm. Kushida fights up as Ruas tries to use the Kimura! Kushida throws body shots, powers the grip off but Ruas knees low and hard! Kushida KICKS and KICKS back, and has Ruas in a corner! Ruas puts Kushida on the apron but Kushida forearms back! Ruas KNEES Kushida then drags him back in.

Kushida throws big forearms but Ruas body shots and wrings the arm out! Ruas roars, grabs the arm and throws elbows into the elbow! Ruas wrenches, Kushida resists but Ruas wrangles him down. We cut to McKenzie backstage as she says NXT Champion, Finn Balor, has yet to arrive. Regal’s thoughts on Balor’s plans were rather vague, and would only say that “once Finn gets here, he’ll have all the time he needs to address the NXT Universe tonight.” Will Balor need only a few moments or a long stretch of time to tell us everything we need to know?

In the match, Kushida fights up, throws body shots but Ruas wrangles him down again with a chinbar! Cover, ONE! Ruas paces, looms over Kushida and gets the arm to twist the wrist and pull fingers! Ruas SLAMS the arm into the mat, but Kushida gets up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Ruas KICKS a leg, gets the arm and uses the wristlock for a takedown! Kushida resists the Kimura attempt, spins around and fans rally as he fights to his feet. Kushida throws body shots, haymakers, but Ruas KNEES hard again! Ruas whips Kushida corner to corner, Kushida comes back to dropkick the legs out! And PENALTY KICK the arm! ENZIGURI! Kushida whips Ruas to hip toss, cartwheel and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Kushida keeps close and grabs the arm to wrench and stand on, to then STOMP! Ruas blocks the Buzzsaw then Eddy Gordo Kicks! Ruas waistlocks, Kushida resists and switches but Ruas elbows out hard! Kushida grabs Ruas in body scissors and wants his own Kimura! Ruas resists but Kushida keeps putting on pressure! Ruas powers Kushida up and over, Kushida waistlocks but Ruas goes to drop toehold. Kushida blocks to make it a figure four cradle! Kushida wins!!

Winner: Kushida, by pinfall

Ruas did not pull off Destrucao Total, and Kushida snatches quite the victory! Will Ruas want a rematch once he’s cooled off? Will Kushida be heading for a title instead?

 

Backstage interview with Ember Moon & Toni Storm.

They’re teaming up for the first time ever, but clearly the tag match is about the issues Ember’s had with Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez. That’s an understatement. Dakota is perhaps one of the best women in NXT, but for some reason she uses the cop-out that is Raquel, and we’re sick of it. “It’s time Captain Kick and Big Tex get theirs.” And no better way to do it than with Ember’s girl, Toni Storm! Toni is glad to be teaming with Ember tonight, as they’ve both fallen victim to the numbers game. And it stops tonight! But remember: when it comes to the NXT Women’s Championship, there can only be one. Oh you. Let’s just focus on tonight, and then worry about the title later. Deal? Deal. Will the Moon and Storm combine to completely eclipse #CapKota and #BigMamiCool?

 

NXT superstars weigh in on Shirai VS Ripley.

Ember says it could go either way, but she’ll go with Shirai. Grimes is also on Team Io, but the Road Dogg is Team Rhea, “because this is her brutality~!” HBK is also Team Rhea, but Ciampa is Shirai. Priest says his “little homie” Io takes this. “She’s found a new gear that honestly, I don’t think will ever be stopped.” Kushida also says Shirai, for she is the best, and this is her time! Timothy Thatcher says Shirai. HHH says this could go “down to the wire,” but in the end, it’ll be Rhea. Will we hear “and NEW” or “and STILL” later tonight?

 

Toni Storm & Ember Moon VS Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez!

NXT returns as Dakota and Raquel are already in the ring. They’ve been able to take advantage of numbers and the element of surprise, but will that all be thrown out the window now that they’re against the evolved Ember and new Toni Storm?

Dakota and Raquel keep rushing the ropes to keep Ember and Toni out, but the ref has them stay back. Toni and Ember get in, teams sort out, and Toni starts with Raquel. They tie up, Raquel throws Toni down and says she’s not ready. Toni runs in but gets run over! Raquel drags Toni up, tags Dakota in and then Raquel whips Toni into the corner for Dakota’s BOOT WASH! Cover, ONE! Dakota clubs Toni but fans rally for Toni. Dakota runs Toni to a corner for a buckle bump, then she digs her boot in! The ref counts, Dakota stops at 3, and then she pie faces and scuffs Toni. Dakota drags Toni to a cover, ONE!

Dakota keeps on Toni but Toni atomic drops back! And CHOPS! Toni whips, Dakota reverses but Toni redirects to basement dropkick! Toni drags Dakota up and snap suplexes her down! Cover, TWO! Toni drags Dakota back up, Dakota throws body shots, then CLUBS Toni on the back. Dakota snapmares Toni, runs and kicks, but Toni blocks to trip Dakota! Toni brings Dakota up, tags Ember, and then whips Dakota into Ember’s clothesline! Raquel runs in but Ember dropkicks her down! Ember and Toni work together, and they double clothesline Raquel out! Ember and Toni are rocking as NXT goes picture in picture!

Ember spots Dakota on the outside and fetches her into the ring. Ember stalks Dakota, brings her up by her hair, but Dakota jawbreakers back! Toni tags in, drags Dakota up and throws European Uppercuts! Dakota flounders, Toni brings her back around for another EuroUpper! Cover, TOW! Raquel creeps over but the ref has her go back. Toni drags Dakota around, brings her up, but Dakota fights. Toni still half hatches Dakota down! Cover, TWO! Toni keeps close to Dakota, brings her around but Dakota shoves her away to SCORPION KICK her down! Cover, TWO! Dakota keeps her focus as she drags Toni up and over to the corner. Tag to Raquel and Raquel stomps a mudhole in!

Raquel drags Toni back up, scoops and swings Toni for a SLAM! Cover, TWO! Raquel drags Toni into a thrashing chinlock! Toni endures, Raquel squeezes tight, traps an arm and shifts to a chinbar. Raquel grinds a forearm in Toni’s face but lets off as the ref reprimands. Toni fights up but Raquel throws her down by her hair! Raquel drags Toni back up, bumps her off buckles, and tags in Dakota. Dakota stomps a mudhole in, then tags Raquel. Raquel stomps, then drags Toni up to scoop. Toni slips out but Raquel CLOBBERS her down! Cover, TWO! Raquel keeps Toni down with a keylock, but Toni fights up as fans rally. Raquel wrangles Toni back down, but Toni fights up again.

NXT returns to single picture as Raquel whips Toni to ropes and CLUBS her on the back! Ember coaches Toni but Raquel whips and CLUBS Toni again! Raquel goes for a third but Toni holds ropes to elbow back! Toni runs to tilt-o-whirl and headscissor Raquel away! Hot tag to Ember! Ember rallies on Raquel with sobat, kick and forearm! Ember DECKS Dakota, too! Ember runs and STOMPS Raquel down then drops a senton! Fans fire up as Ember SUPERKICKS Raquel to a corner! Ember brings Raquel up but Raquel blocks the whip to whip Ember to a corner. Ember goes right up and hits a FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, Dakota breaks it!

Dakota gets away but Ember glares at her. Ember gives chase but Raquel BOOTS Ember down! The ref reprimands Dakota and Raquel but Raquel drags Ember up. Raquel scoops Ember up to drop on the apron! Raquel puts Ember in, covers, TWO! Raquel seethes but fans rally up. Raquel gut wrenches Ember to the Canadian rack, and to the Gory Especial stretch! Ember endures being bent back, powers up but Raquel has the chinlock. Ember flips out of the hold, sends Raquel tumbling out, and then heads for her corner! But Raquel gets in to POUNCE Ember away! Cover, TWO!! Ember survives and Raquel is furious!

Raquel whips Ember to the corner, tags in Dakota, and Dakota snapmares to cover. ONE, but Dakota laughs then swings on Toni! Ember reaches up to headscissor Dakota away! Hot tag to Toni! Toni rallies on Dakota, whips but Dakota reverses. Toni slips around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Toni drags Dakota up for another GERMAN! Toni isn’t done, she drags Dakota back up. Dakota elbows Toni but can’t get free, Toni hits the THIRD GERMAN! Fans fire up, Toni HIP ATTACKS Dakota in the corner! Then fisherman for the PERFECT PLEX! Cover, but Raquel breaks it! Toni HEADBUTTS Raquel, Ember runs in to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Dakota SUPERKICKS Ember then aims for Toni.

Toni and Dakota both throw forearms at the same time! Neither falls so they throw forearms again! And then double clotheslines take them both down! Everyone is down, but inside and outside the ring! Fans fire up as Dakota and Toni get up again. Dakota throws a forearm, Toni returns it, and repeat! Toni fires off forearms and an uppercut! Toni runs, Dakota goes Around the World and BOOTS Toni first! Dakota keeps moving, but Toni BOOTS back! Dakota flounders to ropes, Toni runs in but is put on the apron! Toni shoulders back, knees, but Ember spots Raquel sneaking up on Toni! The ref keeps Ember away, so he totally misses Raquel POSTING Toni! Ember still DIVES and sends Raquel into the desk!

Dakota flounders over, drags Toni around but Toni cradles! Toni and Ember win!!

Winners: Toni Storm & Ember Moon, by pinfall

Numbers and tricks didn’t work this time! Toni and Ember get the better of #CobraKai, but then Candice and Indi attack!? Indi sends Ember into steel steps while Candice puts Toni in the ring for Dakota! Dakota BOOTS Toni down! Raquel gets Ember for the BIG MAMI SLAM! Then they set Toni up for a BIG MAMI SLAM herself! Has Candice found the other two for her WarGames team? Will Toni and Ember sign up for Team Shotzi because of this?

 

The Kings of NXT arrive!

Pat McAfee says “The show has arrived. We heard that the champ is addressing the crowd. Here’s four guys that are interested in what he has to say.” McAfee leads Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch in, will the kings get in the Prince’s way later tonight?

 

Timothy Thatcher VS August Grey!

Before his run-in with Dexter Lumis, the Professor of Pain was going after #RetroAG to see if he was really a “tough guy.” Will Thatch As Thatch Can teach Grey another painful lesson?

The bell rings and Grey rushes Thatcher, only to be slowed down by Thatcher throwing his jacket at him! Thatcher and Grey go back to brawling, and Grey gest the edge! Grey throws body shots then ROCKS Thatcher with a left! Grey dares Thatcher to get up, Thatcher snarls, but he runs into chicken wings! They fight for backslide control and Grey gets Thatcher down, TWO! Thatcher clinches and BELLY2BELLY SUPLEXES Grey hard! Thatcher kicks Grey just as hard in the back, then snarls as he looms over the “tough guy.” Thatcher smothers Grey with a crossface style chinlock. Grey fights up but Thatcher DECKS him with the EuroUpper! Cover, ONE!

Grey gets to a corner, Thatcher stomps away but lets off at the ref’s count. Thatcher drags Grey up, hammerlocks him against ropes, and CLUBS him in the gut! Thatcher brings Grey up for a hard half hatch! Cover, TWO! But Thatcher has a half nelson to keep Grey down, then he smothers him with his other hand! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off the choke, and covers, ONE! Thatcher clubs Grey, throws EuroUppers, and then more! Grey throws haymakers and CHOPS back! Thatcher EuroUppers, Grey wobbles and falls back! Thatcher RAMS his knee into Grey’s back then goes after the arm! Grey holds off the wristlock but Thatcher grins as he throws a body shot hard into the side!

Thatcher drags Grey up to rock him with another EuroUpper! Grey elbows back, boots but Thatcher catches to knee the thigh! Thatcher clamps on with a heel hook but Grey kicks and kicks and kicks until he’s free! Thatcher snarls but walks into a HARD right hand! Grey keeps firing off fists but Thatcher grabs ears! Thatcher throws Grey to the apron, Grey lands safe to SUPERKICK back! Grey goes up top, tight ropes and springboards, into a EuroUpper! Thatcher drags Grey back up, butterfly suplex! Thatcher drags Grey up by his beard, and tells the “tough guy” it’s done! GROVIT GUILLOTINE! Grey taps, Thatcher wins!

Winner: Timothy Thatcher, by submission

Thatcher surprisingly lets go fast, because the lesson was learned. Thatcher kneels by Grey to says that was another lesson in Thatch As Thatch Can: Don’t pick a fight with someone you can’t beat. But Thatcher doesn’t think Grey’s learned, so he puts on another Grovit! But here comes Tommaso Ciampa?! Ciampa stares Thatcher down, and it seems Ciampa’s mission to sift out the truly tough versus the loudmouths has turned to Thatcher. The two stare down, fans chant, “Daddy’s Home!” Thatcher says he has no problem with Ciampa. Thatcher slowly exits the ring, but will he have to put up or shut up with the Psycho Killer?

 

Backstage interview with Ciampa.

McKenzie asks what his confrontation with Thatcher was about. “What do you think? I tried to make it obvious. I want to fight Thatcher.” Simple as that! Will Ciampa get that fight?

 

Damian Priest VS ???

The Archer of Infamy got involved with the North American Championship match for reasons mostly his own, but will he earn his own way back to the title tonight?

Wait, Gargano comes outta nowhere to shove Priest into boards! And then throw haymakers! Gargano is getting his revenge on Priest as they fight into the ring! Priest knees back, but Gargano kicks low. Gargano fires off more haymakers but Priest tosses Gargano to a corner! Priest fires off body shots and ROCKS Gargano with a right! Gargano staggers around, but enziguris back! Gargano walks into a kick, kick and ROLLING ELBOW! Gargano flounders out but Priest pursues! Priest bumps Gargano off the desk, then clears the desk off! Priest drags Gargano up and slams him onto the desk, to then rain down furious forearms! Gargano kicks Priest away, gets up and FLYING FOREARMS back!

Gargano hurries to finish clearing the desk but Priest BOOTS him back! Priest drags Gargano up to put in the ring, then he grabs a chair! Priest goes to the ring, Ruff runs in but Gargano dodges, and the dropkick hits Priest! Ruff dodges Gargano, to tilt-o-whirl Gargano into Priest! Ruff SUPERKICKS Gargano down! Priest gets in, Ruff realizes what he did, and he starts backing up. Priest kicks but Ruff moves, and Priest gets stuck on the top rope! Ruff dodges Gargano, Priest grabs Gargano in a choke grip, but Ruff dropkicks Gargano into Priest! Priest tumbles down and Ruff dumps Gargano out onto him!

Fans fire up as Ruff has proven he can hold his own against two top contenders! But then Ruff sees that they’re both glaring at him. Ruff bails out and runs away! The title is still Ruff’s, and Priest shoves Gargano out of the ring! Will this be settled between all three men soon enough?

 

Mr. Regal visits Boa.

Regal is concerned because Boa hasn’t reported in at all since last week! What’s he been doing? Boa says he can’t do training at the PC. Why not? He has to come to the Performance Center some time. Boa says “she” is coming, but Regal asks who he means. Does he mean Xia Li? Where has she been, by the way? She hasn’t been seen for two weeks! Boa says Xia is hiding from “her.” What is going on here? Does this have to do with the man known simply as “Shifu” that we saw last week?

 

NXT Media catches up with Leon Ruff.

But Regal gets in his way first. Does Ruff have any idea what he’s doing? He does! Everyone in NXT thinks he’s a joke, a punchline. But Ruff will face BOTH Gargano and Priest if he has to! The biggest underdog in NXT is aiming high, but will he come crashing down in a match like that?

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Io Shirai VS Rhea Ripley!

The Evil Genius took the title at TakeOver: In Your House, but that was against both the Aussie Nightmare and the Queen of WWE, Charlotte Flair, in a Triple Threat. Will Shirai be able to retain when it’s 1v1? Or will Rhea join the rarified air that is the two-time champions club?

The introductions are made, tensions grow while the belt is raised, and this main event worthy of its own TakeOver begins!

Rhea and Shirai circle as fans fire up already. They tie up, Rhea throws Shira down then slaps her around. Rhea says Shirai’s the one who called her out, “You think you can stand in the ring with me?” They circle and tie up, Shirai gets around to kick Rhea’s leg out, then she returns that head slap. Rhea gets up and ties up with Shirai. Rhea powers Shirai to a corner, but Shirai goes up and around to arm-drag Rhea way! Shirai runs, dodges and handsprings! Rhea gets clear but Shirai dropkicks her down! Shirai throws forearms and CHOPS, then whips her corner to corner. Rhea reverses, Shirai goes up but slips a little. Rhea scoops Shirai but Shirai sunset flips. Rhea drags Shirai back up and whips her, then follows to run her over!

Rhea dusts herself off, letting the “dust” fall on Shirai. Rhea runs, Shirai stays low and hurdles! Rhea comes back, Shirai kicks but Rhea blocks. Rhea flips Shirai, Shirai lands on her feet, and throws a forearm back! McKenzie pops in again to let us know Finn is moments away and will speak as soon as this title match is over. Shirai dropkicks Rhea out of the ring and then fires up as she builds speed. Rhea ROCKS Shirai first, then drags Shirai out to an Electric Chair lift! Rhea SLAMS Shirai on the apron! The champ is down while NXT goes picture in picture.

Rhea drags Shirai back up, puts her in the ring, then takes her time soaking up the cheers and jeers. The ref checks on Shirai, that apron slam might’ve really rocked her. Rhea shrugs and says something about this is why she should be champ again. Shirai gets to a corner, she says she’s okay to continue, so Rhea drags her up to throw body shots! The ref still wants Rhea to stay back, because he needs to know if Shirai is okay. Shirai insists she is, but her leaning on the ropes might say otherwise. Rhea paces, grows impatient, but the ref tells her she needs to stay back. Rhea goes to the corner to soak up more cheers and jeers, but now medics are checking on Shirai. What happens if a concussion ends this match?

Rhea paces, looks to the crowd, who are rallying up either way. Rhea wants this to hurry up either way, but concussion protocol is serious business. Rhea sits on the top rope while she waits, talks some trash at the same time, and Shirai seems to clear the check. The ref still wants Rhea to wait a minute so Shirai can steady herself. Shirai gest up to throw forearms on Rhea! Rhea throws body shots back, then brings Shirai up to CLUB her down! Rhea looms over Shirai, drags her up by her gear, then straddle attacks her back down. Rhea wraps Shirai up in body scissors to squeeze!

NXT returns to single picture as fans rally. Shirai fights with elbows, turns around and throws more forearms! Shirai fires off on Rhea with fury! Shirai gets free and goes to a corner. Rhea ends up in the other corner, Shirai runs in, but Rhea moves! The Shinkansen hits buckles, and then Rhea back suplexes to SLAM Shirai face first! Rhea stomps Shirai down, dares her to get up, and fans rally up. Rhea brings Shirai up, suplexes and hots her, but Shirai cradle counters! Rhea rocks it back and dead lift suplexes to SLAM Shirai down! Cover, TWO!! Shirai survives but barely! Rhea keeps her focus and she drags Shirai up.

Finn Balor is spotted in the parking lot while Rhea puts Shirai in a seated cobra twist! Shirai endures as Rhea clamps on with a hand to the ribs! Fans rally, Shirai fights up and out, then throws body shots. Shirai powers Rhea to a corner, Rhea CLUBS Shirai back! Rhea hoists Shirai to the top rope and ROCKS her with a haymaker! Rhea climbs up to join Shirai, brings her up to the very top, but Shirai fights out and slips under! Shirai dodges the punch, bumps Rhea off buckles, then hops up to SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans are thunderous as both women are down! Shirai and Rhea stir, again go to opposite corners, and Shirai runs in to hit a back elbow!

Shirai underhooks but Rhea back drops , only for Shirai to land on her feet! SHOTEI! Wheelbarrow and victory roll to STOMPS! Shirai drags Rhea back up then runs, to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Rhea’s ear is busted open from that shot! Shirai shows no mercy and goes after that side with a CROSSFACE! Rhea endures, moves as best as she can, rolls to a cover, TWO! Rhea BOOTS Shirai down! Rhea checks her lip but that’s not what’s bleeding. She checks her and finds plenty of blood, that she then turns into war paint on her cheek. Rhea drags Shirai up, but Shirai hits an ELBOW BREAKER! And another, and another, and another! Shirai hits an ARMBAR DDT!

Rhea crawls to ropes, shakes the bad arm, but Shirai runs to dropkick the arm! Rhea is clutching her elbow but she refuses to let this end here! Rhea scoops Shirai, but Shirai gets to the apron! Shirai ducks a punch to hotshot the arm! Rhea writhes but Shirai has the arm to slam it over and over on the apron! Rhea refuses to quit but she’s on the apron with Shirai. Rhea throws haymakers with the good arm but Shirai returns the favor. Shirai then has the bad, and there’s a moment of fear on Rhea’s face! Shirai wrings the arm into the apron! Rhea slumps down, shielding the bad arm, but Shirai is right after it again! Shirai throws Rhea into the steel steps, bad arm first! Rhea shouts in pain but NXT goes back to picture in picture!

Shirai catches her breath while Rhea writhes. Shirai CLUBS Rhea, goes after the bad arm again, and has a Disarm-Her! The ref counts, this won’t matter outside the ring anyway! Shirai lets Rhea go and now the ref checks Rhea. Rhea refuses to quit, and she manages to stand. Rhea gets in, Shirai is after the bad arm with a stomp! Shirai is after the arm and grinds it down with an armlock. Rhea endures, fights her way up, but Shirai BOOTS her down! Shirai covers, ONE, but she’s after the arm again! Rhea does her best to resist but Shirai stomps her! Shirai slams the arm down on the mat, then goes up top! Rhea trips Shirai up first! Rhea grits her teeth through the pain and she ROCKS Shirai with a right!

Rhea climbs up to join Shirai, works to get the bad arm moving, but she clubs away with the good arm! Shirai holds onto Rhea but Rhea brings Shirai up. Shirai fights the superplex off again but Rhea clubs away with the good arm! Rhea brings Shirai back up, and NXT returns to single picture as Rhea hits the SUPERPLEX! But she can’t make the cover right away! She has to crawl over, covers with one good arm, TWO!! Shirai survives and Rhea is beside herself! “This is Awesome!” but far from over! Rhea grits her teeth and she drags Shirai up. Shirai throws a haymaker, Rhea gives it back. They throw forearms as they stand, and fans fire up!

Shirai fires up to throw right hand after right hand, but Rhea spins her for a cravat and knee after knee after knee! Rhea snapmares and runs to basement dropkick Shirai down! Cover, TWO! Rhea scowls as she gets back up and looms over Shirai. Rhea gets the legs, ties them up, and with one good arm puts on the PRISM TRAP! Shirai endures, but Rhea SWINGS Shirai and SLAMS her down! Shirai endures as Rhea uses leverage to put on pressure! Shirai crawls, reaches, claws at the mat, and gets the ropebreak! Rhea lets go at 4, then gets up in frustration. Rhea drags Shirai up, pump handles, but Shirai slips around Riptide for an ARMBAR!!

Rhea clasps hands for dear life, but Shirai clubs the bad arm! Rhea moves around, makes it a cover, ONE as Rhea dead lifts, but it’s not enough! Shirai gets Rhea back down, but Rhea gets her legs on the rope! The ref counts, Shirai lets go at 3 and Rhea is free. Shirai runs in, but Rhea ducks the tiger feint! And even the basement feint! But Shirai fires off SHOTEI after SHOTEI after SHOTEI! Rhea flounders onto ropes, Shirai dials it up, TIGER FEINT! Shirai goes up top as Rhea flounders, and Shirai LEAPS, to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Rhea survives and Shirai can’t believe it! But fans rally back up as Rhea goes to a corner. Shirai runs in, SHINKANSEN!

Rhea is in a drop zone, Shirai goes up top, OVER THE MOON- NO! Rhea moves and then LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Shirai is still in this and Rhea is losing her cool! Rhea stomps Shirai, drags her back up and tries the pump handle again. Shirai turns it into a DDT! Both women are down again and fans are loving this! Rhea gets to the apron, Shirai sees her and runs over, to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB Rhea through the announce desk!!! Fans lose their minds seeing that one! Shirai gets up and leaves Rhea behind in the wreckage. Rhea crawls as the ring count is past 5! It’s 8! Rhea is up at 9 and in at 9.9! But Shirai is OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, Shirai wins!!

Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)

MAGNIFICENT! Shirai and Rhea put everything into this match, including some literal blood, sweat and tears! But in the end, the Evil Genius found a solution to keep the title. And they show each other respect with both handshake and hug! Will Shirai’s reign only grow more historic after this?

 

Finn Balor is here!

From Women’s Champion to the TOP Champion, “First thing’s first! Io Shirai, congratulations.” But time to get down to business. The last time we saw Finn, he defended his title with his jaw broken in two places. And here he stands before us, three plates in his jaw that say he is a bad son of a- But then McAfee has to go and interrupt! “Excuse me, Mr. Broken Jaw Man. Oh I’m sorry, the Prince.” Or maybe princess? But a lot has happened while Finn was sipping steak smoothies with his jaw wired shut the last six weeks. Finn is in their house now. And he doesn’t watch the industry, the industry watches him.

But while he was sitting at home, nursing that jaw with the wife, he had to have seen what was going on. Drake Maverick, “the tiny little good hair having, bad dancing son of a bit*h, and his Shrek looking friend, DEAD, because of us.” Dunne BOOM kicked the car door into the big hairy bastard’s head! Then Breezango, the NXT Tag Team Champions, dun dun, dun dun- Dunne stops McAfee from doing the Dango. Right, sorry. Breezango: DEAD! They’re the champs now! “Greatest tag team on the entire planet earth and the moon” are Oney and Danny! The Undisputed Era, the group that broke Finn’s jaw, Adam Cole BAYBAY: DEAD! Cauliflower O’Reilly: DEAD! Roddy Strong: DEAD! Stooge McGee Mustache Robert Fish: DEAD! All because of them.

Now Finn is back, his belt on his shoulder, with everyone talking about “What is Finn gonna say? What is Finn gonna do?” As McAfee goes on and on, Dunne has Oney and Danny flank the ring. McAfee tells Finn what he’s going to do. Finn has respect for the business, for NXT, and for Ireland. “You’re gonna hand that title over to the group of men that have been running the show from top to bottom for the last few weeks!” Or else, Finn ends up like the others: DEAD! Finn tells Pat that it’s easy for the mice to play when the cat’s away. But the cat is back. And look what he’s dragged in. “SHOCK! THE SYSTEM!” The Undisputed Era isn’t dead, they’re here! And they rush the ring! They brawl with the Kings!

Kyle has Dunne, Fish has Burch, Strong has Oney and Cole of course has McAfee!! The CWC is all fired up! Dunne whiffs on an enziguri on Kyle, Strong drags Oney out and Fish kicks Burch out! Cole pursues McAfee to BOOT him down!! Dunne clobbers Kyle with a forearm but Kyle comes back to kick and forearm! Cole BOOTS McAfee again! Oney throws Strong into boards, Dunne has Kyle in a wristlock, but Kyle throws body shots! Fish still has Burch in the ring and Cole throws McAfee into boards! The chaos continues but NXT has to go off the air!! Will this battle be put to bed by next week?


My Thoughts:

What an amazing episode! The story of Leon Ruff as NXT North American Champion is great stuff and it really only just started. It was incredibly clever for Priest to use Champion’s Advantage against Gargano, but it makes perfect sense that Ruff would take offense. Ruff has a point that if he can’t win it alone, he shouldn’t win it at all. A Triple Threat of Ruff, Gargano and Priest is going to be a lot of fun, especially since much of it will be Ruff just trying not to lose. Grimes VS Lumis in a blindfold match was pretty hilarious stuff, and clearly these two are not done. Perhaps they’ll bring a stipulation like a bull rope or strap match into this so that Grimes can’t run away and must “overcome” his fear somehow.

Ruas VS Kushida was a great match, even if there wasn’t anything to it other than Ruas’ return to NXT. Kushida gets a great win but Ruas doesn’t look half bad, and at the very least, the North American Championship has plenty more contenders now. August Grey looked great even in losing against Timothy Thatcher, and I suppose Ciampa’s promos could be seen as applying to Thatcher. Thatcher is tough, but he hasn’t been facing tough opponents since Matt Riddle or the NXT North American Championship series. Ciampa VS Thatcher is going to be incredible either way, and can be used to bide time while Finn’s health isn’t actually known in kayfabe.

Speaking of, Finn’s segment coming in right after the amazing women’s title match to set up Kings of NXT and Undisputed Era in that brawl was a clever way of smoothing over Finn’s announcement of his health. It’s pretty clear Finn is staying NXT Champion, he was talking about being a tough SOB and tough SOB’s don’t give up titles. McAfee had a really good promo, the brawl was amazing, and as announced on WWE’s Twitter, IT IS HAPPENING! Kings of NXT VS Undisputed Era, in a WARGAMES MATCH! Not quite the way I was hoping it’d be announced, but since it was obvious, it’s good to get it.

And speaking of, the women are getting their won, Team Shotzi VS Team Candice. Candice and Indi had a really good match with KC Squared, but their attack after Toni & Ember VS Dakota & Raquel makes it clear who is teaming with who now. Candice, Indi, Dakota & Raquel VS Shotzi, Ember, Toni, and I’m going with Rhea. Shirai VS Rhea was an amazing match, truly TakeOver worthy, and it makes a lot of sense that Shirai retains. And Rhea joining Shotzi makes sense given Rhea’s own history with Dakota, Raquel and even Candice. Rhea and Candice won a WarGames together, now they’ll face each other in one, that’s going to be a lot of fun.

My Score: 9.3/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/21/24)

A Block, Round 6!

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Former friends turned bitter enemies meet once again.

Best of the Super Juniors continues into Round 6, and A Block has a grudge match on its hands as El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru face off! Will the Rogue Luchador humble the Heel Master?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Hiromu Takahashi & Yota Tsuji VS Shoma Kato & Katsuya Murashima; Hiromu & Yota win.
  • DOUKI & Taka Michinoku VS SHO & Yujiro Takahashi; Sho & Yujiro win.
  • Six Man Tag: KUSHIDA, Ninja Mack & Dragon Dia VS Drilla Moloney, Taiji Ishimori & Gedo; Kushida, Mack & Dia win.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: TJP VS Kosei Fujita; TJP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: BUSHI VS Clark Connors; Connors wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: Blake Christian VS HAYATA; Hayata wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: Kevin Knight VS Titan; Titan wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: El Desperado VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Desperado wins.

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Here are the current A Block standings!

Blake Christian: 4-1, 8 points
El Desperado: 3-2, 6 points
Clark Connors: 3-2, 6 points
Titan: 3-2, 6 points
Kevin Knight: 3-2, 6 points
HAYATA: 2-3, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-3, 4 points
BUSHI: 2-3, 4 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-3, 4 points
TJP: 1-4, 2 points

 

Best of the Super Juniors A Block: TJP VS Kosei Fujita w/ Robbie Eagles!

It’s make or break for the Public Enemy! He must win to stay alive in the block, but he’s up against an equally determined Young Punk! Will TJP cling to hope in the tournament? Or will Fujita kick him out of the hot seat and out of the running?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. TJP and Fujita circle, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. TJP brings Fujita down and facelocks but Fujita slips out to facelock TJP. TJP trips Fujita to cover, ONE! TJP facelocks again, Fujita puts him on ropes, and the ref calls for the break. Fujita lets off with a hard pat on the shoulder. TJP gets in Fujita’s face, but the two reset and circle again. They tie up, Fujita headlocks and hits the takeover. TJP powers up to bridge, and he spins Fujita for a headlock and takeover. Fujita headscissors but TJP headstands. The fans cheer, TJP pops free, and he pats Fujita on the knee. The fans applaud as the two reset.

Fujita and TJP circle, tie up, and TJP wrenches to hammerlock. Fujita reaches back and jumps to flying mare free! Fujita bumps TJP, runs, but TJP drops and handsprings. TJP sets up but Fujita hurdles then shoves TJP to ropes. TJP stops himself to wrench and hammerlock Fujita, then spins and trips Fujita for a toehold. Fujita turns over, reels TJP in but TJP uses that to get the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Fujita pops free to a cover, ONE! TJP sweeps to a cover, ONE! Fujita headscissors to get the ARMBAR! TJP fights up, works to stack Fujita, and then he gets the leg for a FIGURE FOUR CRAB! Not quite Sharpshooter or Cloverleaf but Fujita suffers all the same!

The fans rally and Fujita fights his way over. Fujita reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go and the fans applaud. TJP drags Fujita up, UPPERCUTS him against ropes, then whips. Fujita reverses but TJP anticipates the drop down to trap the one arm and get the other, DARK SACRIFICE! Fujita writhes, TJP drags him up to hammerlock the bad arm. TJP RAMS Fujita into the corner, sits him down, and he scrubs Fujita’s face! The fans rally up, TJP runs side to side, BOOT WASH! The fans cheer and TJP covers, TWO! Fujita is still in this but TJP drags him from the corner. TJP ties the legs up again, but now it’s a figure four and butterfly stretch combo!

Fujita endures while his head and legs are trapped, but then TJP shifts to twist an arm! Fujita endures, TJP knuckle locks for a cover, TWO! TJP pushes the arms back down, cover, TWO as Fujita bridges! TJP hops on but Fujita uses that to MONKEY FLIP! Fujita rolls back but TJP MONKEY FLIPS in return! TJP rolls back, but into body scissors and a KIMURA! TJP powers his way forward through the leg guard, to get a BOSTON CRAB! Then TJP reaches back to get Fujita’s arms! REVERSE MEXICAN SURFBOARD! Then TJP drops into the toehold, but Fujita scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go and the fans applaud.

TJP stalks Fujita, drags him up, but Fujita fires a forearm. There’s not much to it and TJP pie faces Fujita. Fujita fires another forearm, so TJP UPPERCUTS! TJP whips, Fujita reverses and GAMANGIRIS! Both men are down and the fans fire up! The fans rally and Fujita fires up. Fujita storms up on TJP, but TJP blocks the whip! Fujita still tries, TJP still blocks, so Fujita CHOPS! Fujita whips corner to corner, runs in, but TJP puts him on the apron. TJP swings, Fujita counter punches! Fujita springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! But Fujita sits TJP up and runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up and Fujita shakes out the bad arm. Fujita waistlocks TJP and deadlifts, but TJP fights the rest! TJP pries the hold open but Fujita kicks the clothesline! TJP still catches Fujita to a FINAL CUT! TJP hurries up top now and MAMBA SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Fujita survives and the fans fire up! TJP catches his breath, drags Fujita up, reels him in, for the HALF HATCH! One Kaibigan! TJP drags Fujita up again, Duwa Kaibigan! TJP drags Fujita up again, but Fujita blocks the third! TJP KNEES Fujita for it, CLUBS him for it, then brings him up again, but Fujita gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX!

Fujita holds on as he brings TJP up, another GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans rally as Fujita GERMAN- NO, TJP fights that with elbows! No hattrick for either man, and TJP runs, but into a waistlock! TJP headlocks free, then gets around to IRON OCTOPUS! Fujita endures, stomps his way forward, and he has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go in frustration, and he brings Fujita back around. The fans rally as TJP wrenches, to an ELBOW BREAKER! TJP wrenches again, but Fujita clamps on a SLEEPER! TJP reaches out, slips around, and powers out of the hold, to then SUPERKICK! Fujita staggers but he SUPERKICKS back!

Fujita kicks, but TJP blocks and slips around, LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! The fans fire up and clap along as TJP pounds the mat. “T! J P! T! J P!” aims from the corner, throws up the crowns, and runs, into a pop-up waistlock! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fujita roars and the fans are thunderous! Fujita storms around, drags TJP up and brings him in, but TJP knees free of the suplex! Inside cradle, TWO! Fujita runs up, trips TJP, rolls and hooks the legs! TJP fights off the Cross Stretch as Fujita wants arms. TJP fights up, arm-drags free, but Fujita drags him into a somersault clutch! TWO, and TJP steps over, PINOY STRETCH!!

The fans fire up as Fujita endures, but TJP thrashes him around! Fujita taps, TJP wins!

Winner: TJP, by submission (gains 2 points; Fujita earns 0)

The Public Enemy stays alive another round! And now with this win, he’s dragged Fujita into the hot seat! The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but will they still miss out on the semifinals? Will TJP make for the biggest comeback story in BOSJ history?

 

Best of the Super Juniors A Block: BUSHI VS Clark Connors!

Black Mask is dangling on the edge while 100 Proof is gearing up for a run at the top! Can Bushi drag Connors down with him? Or will defeat be a hard pill to swallow with No Chaser?

The bell rings and the two rush in! Bushi fires off forearms then runs, but Connors knees low! Connors barks, runs, but Bushi dumps him out! Bushi builds speed, Connors returns, but Bushi fakes out the powerslam! Bushi kicks, whips but Connors reverses, to JEEP FLIPPER! The fans fire up and Connors stalks Bushi to a corner. Connors RIPS Bushi’s shirt away, then CHOKES him with what’s left! The ref counts, Connors lets off, and Connors stands Bushi up to THROW him out. Connors storms out after Bushi, stomps him, then drags him up. Connors brings Bushi around to GRIND his face on the railing!

Connors offers the torn shirt to fans, but then throws it down the ramp! Connors drags Bushi back up, UPPERCUTS him, then brings him around to POST! Bushi falls, the fans rally, but Connors talks trash. Connors goes to the back of the crowd to snatch a fan’s LIJ baseball cap and put it on. Connors wants the ring count, then sits Bushi up to go after the mask! The fans boo but the count is still going! Connors is doing what he did to Titan! Connors stomps Bushi, attacks a Young Lion, then SLAMS the Young Lion onto Bushi! The count is 15 as Connors leaves Bushi behind! Bushi flounders, rises up, and slides in at 19!

The fans cheer as Bushi is safe, but Connors paces. Connors struts up to JUMP ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! The fans applaud while Connors gets annoyed. Connors tells fans to shut up, but that only makes them rally harder. Bushi stands to chop, but he can’t put much behind it. Connors throws Bushi down by the mask! Connors clamps on with a chinlock and he grinds Bushi down. Bushi endures, fights around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Connors lets off and fans applaud. Connors drags Bushi up, whips him to a corner, then he mocks the fans cheering on Bushi. Connors says they shouldn’t even laugh at him.

Connors runs up but Bushi BOOTS him! Bushi RANAS Connors out of the ring! The fans fire up while Connors flounders back to the apron. Bushi runs up to BLAST Connors, then Bushi builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and down goes Connors! The fans fire up again while both men stir. Bushi fires up, puts Connors in, then runs in to ELBOW Connors! Bushi puts the bad leg in ropes to DROPKICK it! Then he DRAPING BACKSTABBERS! Bushi stands Connors up, blocks his haymaker, and spins him around. But Connors fights the DDT! Connors wrenches out, Bushi dodges and dropkicks Connors’ leg!

Bushi goes for the legs, but Connors SLAPS him first! Bushi staggers, comes back, but into the SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up while both men are down again. Connors aims from a corner, barks and runs in, but Bushi dropkicks the legs out! Bushi turns Connors over to SMASH the knee! Then the FABLE! Connors endures the leglock but Bushi pulls on the knee! Connors grits his teeth, crawls over, reaches out, but Bushi pulls on the knee more! The fans rally, Connors fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! Bushi lets go in frustration while the fans applaud. Bushi gets Connors up but Connors fights the lift with elbows!

Bushi runs up but Connors ELBOWS him again. Connors snarls, runs, but Bushi DROPKICKS! Connors staggers around while Bushi goes to a corner. Bushi runs up, but into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives and the fans fire up again! Connors snarls, he stalks Bushi and drags him up. Connors serves it up, but Bushi fights No Chaser! Bushi wrenches to backslide, but Connors rolls through to JUNKYARD DOG HEADBUTT! Connors then drags Bushi up and in, for NO CHASER!! Cover, Connors wins!

Winner: Clark Connors, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Bushi earns 0)

100 Proof sweeps LIJ in his block, but then he wants after the mask again! The Young Lions rush in and stop him, so Connors backs off. Connors then takes a fan’s Bushi mask to show it off like a trophy. But will Connors take THE trophy and be the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Best of the Super Juniors A Block: Blake Christian VS HAYATA!

All Heat finally hit a speedbump in this tournament with last round’s loss while the Silence of Darkness let TJP slip past him. Will the GCW Champion or GHC National Champion establish brand superiority on the way to the top of NJPW?

The bell rings, the two circle and the fans rally. They feel things out, tie up, and Hayata wrenches to a wristlock. Blake rolls, cartwheels, slips through and wrenches to a wristlock. Blake bends Hayata’s fingers to make him flip everyone off. The ref reprimands, Blake sticks to the wristlock, but Hayata rolls and trips him. Hayata drops an elbow on the knee, then pulls on the toehold. Blake pulls on Hayata’s hair but the ref reprimands. Blake uses his legs to turn Hayata to a cover, TWO! The two stand off the fans applaud. Blake and Hayata circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. Blake rolls, wrangles Hayata but Hayata headscissors!

Blake moves around, pops free, and floats onto a headlock. Hayata powers up and pries free to top wristlock. Blake bridges, kips up, and he wrangles Hayata. Hayata headscissors again but Blake has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and Hayata lets off. The two reset again, knuckle lock, then Hayata trips Blak. Things speed up, Hayata handsprings then sidesteps to atomic drop. Hayata runs to SHOTGUN BOOT! Hayata kips up, the fans cheer, and Hayata runs in at the corner. Hayata blocks Blake’s boot, but Blake pokes him in the eye! Blake then somersaults to PELE the bad arm! Blake reels Hayata in for a BACKBREAKER!

Hayata bails out, fans rally up, and Blake builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and the fans fire up! Blake walks it off and then mocks their applause. Blake flips everyone off, then goes back to Hayata. Blake drags Hayata around to then stand on the arm, and he drops a knee on it! Blake then stands Hayata up against a post, to slide in and pull him back against it! The ref counts, Blake lets go, and he brings Hayata onto the apron. Blake stands Hayata up but Hayata CLAWS Blake’s eyes! Hayata reels Blake in but Blake fights the facelock to WRING the arm into the apron! Hayata writhes and Blake pushes him into the ring.

Blake stands on Hayata’s hair while pulling the arms! The ref reprimands, but Blake drops a knee on the bad elbow! Hayata sits up, Blake clamps onto him with a keylock! Blake then falls back to JAM up the arm! Hayata clutches the elbow but Blake brings him up. Blake wrenches and UPPERCUTS the bad arm, then hits an ELBOW BREAKER! And then an ARMBAR DDT! Blake mocks the applause, flips the fans off, then covers, TWO! Blake is annoyed but he drags Hayata up to suplex. Hayata slips free and DROPKICKS Blake to ropes! The fans fire up, Hayata runs in, but Blake dumps him out! Blake then somersaults to triangle jump DROPKICK!

Hayata falls to the floor, Blake aims and PLANCHAS, but Hayata moves! Blake lands on his feet but that jams up his knee! Hayata puts Blake in, reels him in to lift, for a SITOUT KNEE BUSTER!! Blake writhes, Hayata ties up the legs and has a Deathlock! Blake endures, reaches out, and backstrokes to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Hayata lets go, and Blake crawls to the near side. Hayata whips but Blake holds ropes to stop that! Blake ROUNDHOUSES, then BOOTS! Then somersaults, to ARMBAR DDT! And then wrench to DOUBLE KNEE DROP the arm! BASEMENT ENZIGIRI! Cover, TWO! Hayata is still in this and the fans rally.

Blake grabs Hayata’s bad arm, drags him up to UPPERCUT the arm, then he grinds the shoulder. Hayata pulls hair, throws forearms, but Blake knees low. Blake hobbles, but he still whips. Hayata reverses to ENZIGIRI Blake down! The fans rally up while both men go to corners. Hayata runs in to DROPKICK Blake down! The fans fire up again as Hayata climbs. SECOND ROPE SAULT! Cover, TWO! Blake is still in this but Hayata keeps cool. The fans rally, Hayata runs in, but Blake dodges. Blake comes back to BOOT! Blake goes out and springboards, to DOUBLE STOMP the bad arm! Blake hurries to ripcord and SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Hayata hangs in there and Blake grows frustrated! Blake goes to the apron, the fans rally up, and Blake slashes his throat. 450 SPLASH but Hayata moves! Blake lands out but that jams his leg! CRADLE, TWO!! Hayata and Blake stand, Blake gets around to sunset flip, then Oklahoma Roll! TWO, ghost pin! HAYATA WINS!!

Winner: Hayata, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Blake earns 0)

The GHC National Champion inches out the GCW Champion in quite the thriller! However, Blake is still leading this block, will he heat things back up soon enough? Will Hayata be able to make a run at the top here in the latter half?

 

Best of the Super Juniors A Block: Kevin Knight VS Titan!

The Jet was grounded by the Heel Master while El Inmortal was mocked by 100 Proof. Both men are just on the outside of those top spots, will Knight take flight again? Or will Titan keep his semifinal hopes alive?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The two approach, circle, then tie up. They break, tie up again, then break. Titan trips Knight, things speed up, and Titan cartwheels. Knight hurdles, Titan leaps, and then Knight sidesteps. Titan avoids the dropkick but Knight lands on his feet! Knight runs up, Titan puts him on the apron, but Knight ducks the lariat to throw Titan down! Titan kips up to PELE! The fans fire up as Knight staggers back and Titan builds speed. But Knight gets up to springboard and FLYING LARIAT! Now Titan bails out and Knight builds speed, only for Titan to get away. Knight slides out then goes up the corner to PLANCHA! Direct hit!

The fans fire up and Knight flexes! Knight high-fives Abe-san, then he drags Titan up and into the ring. The fans rally, Knight storms up on Titan and brings him around. Knight scoops to SLAM Titan to a drop zone, then he JET SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Knight checks the count, it was fair, so he lets it slide. Knight wrenches, whips, and catches Titan to a COBRA TWIST! Knight says he’s very, very, very strong! The fans cheer but Titan fights the hold. Titan hip tosses, Knight flips through! Titan dodges Knight to SUPERKICK! Knight SUPERKICKS back! Knight runs, but Titan goes Matrix to dodge, and then CALF KICK!

Titan whips, Knight reverses and DROPKICKS! The fans fire up while both men are down! Titan flops out of the ring, Knight aims and PLANCHAS, but lands out as Titan moves! Titan builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and the fans fire up with both men down at their feet! Titan rises, he brings Knight up and in, and then goes to a corner. The fans rally as Titan climbs. Knight gets under the leap, Titan comes back, into a SKY 2 HIGH! Both men are down again and the fans rally up. Titan and Knight rise, and Knight eggs Titan on. Titan sits up, Knight fires a forearm! Titan grits his teeth and forearms back!

Knight CHPOS and the fans cheer! Titan CHPOS and the fans cheer! Knight CHOPS, Titan CHOPS, they stand and throw forearms and CHOPS on repeat! The fans fire up as they pick up speed! Knight ROCKS Titan, but Titan SOBATS! Titan powers up and runs, but Knight LARIATS at the ropes! Knight fires up, whips, but Titan reverses to TORNADO- NO! Knight stops the DDT and suplexes, but Titan rolls it around! Titan suplexes, Knight slips free to waistlock. Titan switches, shoves, runs up and TORNADO- NO! Knight blocks again, and now he carries Titan to pop him up and HEAVY RAIN! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Titan survives and we only now hit five minutes! Knight waits on Titan as he takes aim. Titan rises as the fans rally, and Knight runs up! SATELLITE- NO, Titan back drops Knight away! The fans rally again as both men go to corners. Knight runs bac up but into a BOOT! SOBAT! KICK! PALM STRIKES! WHEEL KICK! Now Titan wants Knight to rise! The fans rally as Titan throws off the armband and goes corner to corner! But Knight leaps over! And then PELES back! Knight roars, the fans fire up again, and Knight gets Titan up! Knight puts Titan up top, for the UPPER ROOM! Cover, TWO! Titan is still in this and the fans fire up!

Knight storms up on Titan, roars again, and hauls Titan up. Knight fireman’s carries, but Titan fights free! Titan shoves, follows, TORNADO DDT! Titan holds on and brings Knight up, for a GOURD BUSTER! Then SUPERKICK! Knight flops over and Titan goes to the corner. Titan skins the cat to the top, then DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Knight survives, but Titan has the legs! Titan turns Knight over in the deathlock, then JAVE INMORTAL!! Straitjacket on top for good measure! Knight is caught, he QUITS! Titan wins!!

Winner: Titan, by submission (gains 2 points; Knight earns 0)

El Inmortal’s hopes of being a semifinalist still live as he grounds The Jet’s flight! Will Titan reach the same heights as he did last year? Can Knight still course correct with just three rounds left?

 

Best of the Super Juniors A Block: El Desperado VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

While The Rogue Luchador vowed to finally win the big one just the other night, this one is personal! Desperado knows all The Heel Master’s tricks, but will that help him here in the sixth? Or will the House of Torture’s stacked deck be too much even for the Best of the Super Juniors?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Despe powers Kanemaru back, and Red Shoes counts. Despe lets off cleanly and the fans applaud. Kanemaru and Despe reset, tie up, and now Kanemaru puts Despe on ropes. But then Kanemaru kicks the leg! Kanemaru whips, but Despe jumps over the low dropkick! Despe kicks and whips, Kanemaru reverses, but again Despe jumps the low dropkick! The fans cheer as the two stand off and reset. They tie up, Despe blocks the kick! Despe rolls Kanemaru, but then DDTS a leg! The fans cheer, Despe grabs that leg and drops an elbow on the knee.

Despe has the leg in a toehold, Kanemaru pulls at the mask but Despe pulls on the leg! Kanemaru endures as Despe keeps the leg trapped, then Despe lets go to SPLASH the leg! Cover, ONE! The fans cheer and Kanemaru clutches the knee. Despe shakes out his arms and goes back for Kanemaru. Despe drags Kanemaru up but Kanemaru throws body shots. Despe kicks and whips but Kanemaru reveres to hammerlock and scoop SLAM! Despe clutches his elbow but Kanemaru drags him up. Kanemaru wrenches and YANKS the arm, hammerlocks it and scoop SLAMS again! Despe writhes and bails out. Red Shoes checks on Despe, allowing Kanemaru to untie the buckle pad!

The Bullet Club Special is in play and Kanemaru storms out after Despe. Kanemaru drags Despe up, wrenches, and then hammerlocks the arm to POST it! Despe falls and crawls away but Kanemaru catches up to him. Kanemaru SLAMS the bad arm on the floor, then SLAMS it again! Despe writhes, the ring count starts, and Kanemaru leaves Despe behind. The count reaches 8 of 20, Despe stands at 11. Despe leans on the corner, slides in at 15, but Kanemaru stomps him down! Kanemaru YANKS on the arm again and again, then snapmares Despe so he can WRING the arm! Despe writhes but the fans rally up.

Kanemaru grabs the bad arm and he pulls off Despe’s elbow pad! Kanemaru stomps the bad arm, digs his heel into it, then clamps on for a top wristlock. Despe endures, the fans rally, and Despe throws punches into Kanemaru’s back. Kanemaru sits up to put on the pressure, but Despe throws body shots. Kanemaru knees low, whips, then hip tosses! Kanemaru drops a leg on the arm, then clamps on a scissor! Kanemaru pushes up to put on the pressure! Despe kicks and flails while he endures, and the fans rally. Despe fights his way over to the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go slowly, and kneels on the arm!

Kanemaru plays dumb but Red Shoes points out what he’s doing. Despe throws more body shots until Kanemaru finally steps away. Kanemaru then brings Despe up, hooks the arm, but Despe fights the hip toss. Kanemaru throws a body shot, then hip tosses, into a short arm scissors! Despe endures, reaches out, and the fans rally. Despe clubs at Kanemaru’s leg but Kanemaru pulls on the hold! Despe still fights around, reaches out, and finds the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go in frustration and Despe scrambles away. Kanemaru stalks Despe, stomps him, then drops a knee on the elbow! Despe writhes but Kanemaru drops another knee, and another knee, and another knee!

Kanemaru pulls on the arm, CLAWS at Despe’s eyes, then brings Despe around to hammerlock the arm. Kanemaru RAMS Despe into the bare buckles! Red Shoes reprimands then checks on Despe. Kanemaru paces but Despe goes to the apron. Kanemaru stands on Despe’s bad arm but Red Shoes counts. Kanemaru stomps Despe as he lets off, and fans still rally. Kanemaru drags Despe up to YANK the bad arm! And YANK it again! Kanemaru whips but Despe fights the hip toss again. Kanemaru CLAWS the eyes and then kicks low. Kanemaru runs, but Despe dropkicks Kanemaru’s legs out! Now things are even as the fans fire up!

The fans rally as Despe and Kanemaru go to corners. Despe stands, shakes out the bad arm, then runs corner to corner. He blocks a boot to dropkick the bad leg! Then Despe grabs the bad leg to DRAGON SCREW! Kanemaru falls over and the fans rally up again. Despe drags Kanemaru by a leg, then drops a leg on the knee! Despe ties Kanemaru’s legs up in the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Kanemaru CLUBS at Despe’s arm but Despe eggs him on! Kanemaru throws more and more heavy hands and Despe “falls” to put pressure on the leglock! Kanemaru shouts in pain, reaches out, crawls, but Despe shifts to make it a CALF KILLER!

Kanemaru still endures, still fights forward, and still gets the ROPEBREAK! The fans applaud, Red Shoes calls the break and Despe lets go. “Oops!” and he drops knees on the knee. The fans rally up while Kanemaru writhes. Despe drags Kanemaru around, stomps the bad leg, but Kanemaru avoids the elbow drop! Despe shakes out the arms, Kanemaru goes to a corner. Despe runs up, but into a BOOT! Kanemaru runs up, tilt-o-whirls, but Despe fights the DDT! So Kanemaru makes it a KIMURA! Kanemaru drags Despe down and cranks the bad arm! Despe fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru holds until Red Shoes counts!

Kanemaru drags Despe by his bad arm, then reels him in to scoop and BRITISH- NO, Despe slips around to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Despe rolls away to ropes, Kanemaru rolls to pursue. The fans rally, Despe rolls back to center to get away from Kanemaru. Despe stands, fires himself up, and then runs in at Kanemaru. But Kanemaru dodges! Despe stops from hitting buckles, but Kanemaru RAMS him into them! And then whips him back into them! Despe falls, Kanemaru runs up and kitchen sink knees! Kanemaru drags Despe up, whips, and kitchen sink knees again!

Kanemaru goes up a corner and MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! But then the KIMURA returns!! Despe endures and the fans rally up! Kanemaru cranks on the double wristlock but Despe still fights around! Despe stands, but Kanemaru drags him back down! KIMURA!! Despe endures, kicks and flails, reaches and finds the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go in frustration but he then goes up a corner. Despe rises, turns around, into DEEP IMPACT!! Cover, TWO!! Despe survives and the fans fire up again! Kanemaru drags Despe up, but Despe fights the suplex! Despe throws body shots, but Kanemaru still tries! Despe turns that around to suplex Kanemaru!

The fans fire up again while both men are down at the 15 minute mark. The fans rally, Despe huffs and puffs and storms over to Kanemaru. Despe drags Kanemaru up, reels him in, but Kanemaru grabs Red Shoes! Despe BOOTS Kanemaru’s arm! Then Despe reels Kanemaru in, but Kanemaru SHOVES Despe into Red Shoes! The fans boo but Kanemaru whips Despe into the bare buckles! Despe writhes, Red Shoes is also down, and Kanemaru of course grabs his bottle of whiskey. Kanemaru takes a swig, goes back for Despe, but Despe smothers him! Kanemaru pushes Despe back, but Despe ROCKS him and sends the whiskey mist flying!

Despe drags Kanemaru up, reels him in, PINCHE- NO, Kanemaru fights that, and jackknife bridges! TWO!!! The fans fire up, Kanemaru BOOTS, then he ducks to BOOT again! And again! And- SPINEBUSTER! Despe flips Kanemaru up to PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, Despe wins!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

Another main event and another big win for The Rogue Luchador! The Heel Master almost did this clean and almost won because of it, will he realize where he’s going wrong?

As for Desperado, he gets an icepack and a mic to say, “I knew it! As tough as ever! Damn. I’m glad I won.” The fans cheer that. Despe continues by saying, “For each outing, more is needed. Every time I face him, I level up. This was a league match, but that was the level of a final. I’ll keep going, and I promise to make you guys glad you bought a ticket.” The fans also cheer that. Despe says that this is the Osaka-Jo Hall main event we’re talking about! He keeps saying he doesn’t care, but now it’s right in front of him! It’d be a big disappointment if he doesn’t make it, right? There’ll be a lot of guys in both blocks “gutted” they won’t make it. “But for me, I’ll be taking it.”

The fans cheer as The Rogue Luchador is ready to be the Best of the Super Juniors! Just three more rounds to go, will he make it?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

El Desperado: 4-2, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-2, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-2, 8 points
Titan: 4-2, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-3, 6 points
HAYATA: 3-3, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-4, 4 points
BUSHI: 2-4, 4 points
TJP: 2-4, 4 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-4, 4 points


My Thoughts:

A great round for A Block here, and they played up the drama right away with TJP getting that win over Fujita. I can’t really say TJP makes that big comeback to get a spot in the semifinals, because as soon as someone who already beat him gets 5+ wins, they cross him off mathematically. I really like that we’ve got four 4-2 records, those guys are all going strong. Connors has that win over Titan, though, so Titan only gets ahead if Connors falls off in the final three rounds. Blake meanwhile is starting to cool off, and with his loss to Desperado, Blake will need Connors to take Desperado out tomorrow to help him get back up.

And word came in from NJPW today that sadly, Francesco Akira’s knee injury will NOT be okay in time for the next round, or for any of the rounds so he must now forfeit points. As I pointed out last time, the ones who benefit are Hiromu, Douki, Eagles & Sho. Sho gets to six points, the others are at 8 with Kushida, essentially getting B Block to the same situation as A Block. Kushida already beat Hiromu and Sho, so he’d have to fall off pretty bad for either of them to get his spot in the semifinals. Douki is going to face Sho tomorrow, and is still to face Kushida, so Douki could take that spot for himself while taking out Hiromu in the process.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/21/24)

Can Wes Lee defy the odds?

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They say all men are created equal!

Oba Femi awaits a challenger for his NXT North American Championship, so Wes Lee, Josh Briggs and now Joe Coffey will do battle in a Triple Threat! Will Gallus taking out Ivar pay off for the Iron King?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Women’s North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Thea Hail VS Fallon Henley; Fallon wins and advances to NXT Battleground: Las Vegas.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships: Axiom & Nathan Frazer VS Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo & Luca Crusifino w/ The D’Angelo Family; Axiom & Frazer win and retain the titles.
  • NXT North American Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Wes Lee VS Josh Briggs VS Joe Coffey; Wes & Coffey double pin win and will challenge Oba Femi for the title at NXT Battleground: Las Vegas.
  • NXT Women’s North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Brinley Reece VS Jaida Parker; Jaida wins and advances to NXT Battleground: Las Vegas.
  • Lexis King VS Dante Chen; Dante wins.
  • Lola Vice & Shayna Baszler VS Karmen Petrovic & Natalya; Karmen & Natty win.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT Women’s North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Thea Hail VS Fallon Henley!

Jacy Jayne was one thing, but the Cowgirl showing her toxic side?! Thea took out Jacy and become the second seed in this qualifier series, will she be heading to Battleground? Or will it be Yeehaw Las Vegas?

The bell rings and the two argue. Thea shoves Fallon, Fallon shoves back, so Thea wrenches an arm to YANK and YANK! Thea wristlocks, but then Fallon pulls hair! Thea wrenches again, and keeps Fallon from the ropes. The fans rally, Thea cranks the arm, but Fallon ROCKS her! Fallon fireman’s carries, Thea slips free and sits Fallon down. Thea then KICKS Fallon and STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Fallon sputters, Thea brings her around to whip. Fallon reverses, runs up, blocks a boot, and DRAGON SCREWS the leg! Then CALF KICK! Cover, TWO! Fallon keeps on Thea with a knuckle lock, then top wristlock.

Thea endures, the fans rally, and she fights back up. Thea throws body shots, but Fallon pushes on that wristlock. Fallon steps over for the wristlock stretch, but the fans rally behind Thea. Thea fights to her feet, but Fallon cranks the arm. Thea rolls, rolls, and headscissors! The fans fire up, things speed up, and Thea bypasses Fallon to arm-drag her! Fallon comes back, into a JAPANESE ARM-DRAG! Fallon bails out, the fans fire up and Thea DIVES! Down goes Fallon and Thea rains down forearms! The fans fire up, Fallon gets away but Thea fires off more shots. Fallon shoves Thea into the desk, hurries into the ring, but Thea grabs at her.

Fallon BOOTS Thea down, hurries away, then gets out of the ring. The ref keeps Thea back, and Fallon brings out a chair! Fallon grins, but Ridge snatches the chair! The ref sees Ridge with a chair and thinks Chase U was up to something! The ref EJECTS Chase U!! The fans boo but Fallon grins and waves bye. Fallon has Thea all alone now, but NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Fallon runs to FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fallon snarls as she stalks Thea, but the fans rally up. Fallon whips Thea into a corner, then brings her around to whip back in. Fallon runs up, Thea dodges and Fallon hits buckles! Thea runs up, but Fallon waistlocks! Thea uses that to wheelbarrow and arm-drag! Thea dodges a lariat, runs around, and Fallon HEADBUTTS her! Both women fall and the fans fire up! A standing count starts, both women stir, and they sit up at 4 of 10. Fallon fires a forearm, Thea hits back! They go back and forth! Thea then rebounds to rally with BIG forearms!

Thea mule kicks, runs, and ROLLING NECKBREAKERS! The fans rally, Thea storms back up to scoop and POWERSLAM! Then ROLLING SENTON! Thea shakes the ropes, then jumps to IMPLODER SENTON! Cover, TWO! Thea is frustrated but the fans rally up. Thea runs in at the corner, back body blocks, then runs again. Thea leaps up but Fallon shoves her down! Fallon goes up but Thea ROCKS her! Thea climbs, brings Fallon up, but Fallon fights the superplex! Fallon throws a body shot, Thea hops down, and Fallon BOOTS her! Fallon then reels Thea in, TORNADO- KIMURA!! Thea has the body scissors, so Fallon drops to the ropes!

They roll outside, Thea still holds onto the hold! Fallon RAMS Thea into barriers! Thea lets go, but she girts her teeth. Fallon stands, Thea shouts at her, and Fallon runs away into the ring! Thea pursues, but the SHINING WIZARD gets her! Cover, Fallon wins!

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall (advances to NXT Battleground)

Fallon Comes First, which means Thea is out of the running! Will The Cowgirl wrangle the gold and make some history? As for Thea, JAZMYN NYX ATTACKS! Jazmyn attacks Thea and hits the PELE! She kips up and stands over Thea, all in the name of Jacy Jayne. Will Thea just have to break Jazmyn’s face like she did Jacy’s?

 

NXT shares footage as The D’Angelo Family arrived earlier today.

Tony D said the Heritage Cup is kinda heavy, but it looks good. Nathan Frazer & Axiom found them, and they congratulated The Don on winning. Frazer remembers winning the cup being one of the best nights of his life. Stacks asks if Axiom’s name is on here somewhere. There’s Frazer, Tyler, Charlie, A-Kid. Hey, anyone heard from A-Kid lately? Luca says he couldn’t have been that bright if the best he could come up with was “A Kid.” The D’Angelos laugh, Frazer & Axiom join in sarcastically. But Tony says these two have guts, taking on all comers. Stacks says he isn’t so sure. Word on the street is, these two have been ducking The Good Brothers.

Axiom says they aren’t ducking anyone, and Frazer adds they won’t be bullied into handing out title shots to main roster superstars. If anything, they’ll give a shot to NXT stars first. Then what about Luca & Stacks? You wouldn’t wanna be accused of ducking them now, would you? NOPE! Challenge accepted! Tonight! The D’Angelos head out, did they just goad the champs into losing those belts? Or will The Underboss & Consigliere have no way around the Undeniable Hard-Hitting Truths?

 

Backstage interview with Gallus.

Kelly Kincaid is with Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers, and says that was a dramatic return to NXT last week. Joe Coffey says aye, because it seems the only way to get noticed around here is to “make a bit of noise.” And at the end of that show, was it Trick Williams? Nope. Noam Dar? Nope. Je’Von Evans? Nope. Tony D’Angelo? Nope! It was all Gallus! Wolfie says that’s how it should be. They hit three of NXT’s best! Markus mockingly hopes Ivar enjoys his stay at the hospital. Joe says Wes and Briggs are tougher than Gallus gave them credit, but they’re not smarter. Those two are all talk talk talk.

But when Joe becomes the #1 Contender to the North American Championship, Oba Femi will find out just how dangerous Gallus is! NXT has gotten comfortable while these three were away. Those days are over! Will NXT finally become Gallus’ Kingdom?

 

NXT Tag Team Championships: Axiom & Nathan Frazer VS Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo & Luca Crusifino w/ The D’Angelo Family!

NXT returns as the champs make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the D’Angelos truly run NXT!

The teams sort out and Axiom starts against Luca. The two tie up, Axiom waistlocks, but Luca wrenches to wristlock. Axiom rolls, handsprings, but Luca kicks low. Luca whips, Axiom goes up and arm-drags! Then DROPKICKS! Axiom brings Luca up, Luca shoves him away, so Frazer tags in. Luca tags Stacks and he tells them to slow it down. Stacks calls for knuckle locks, Frazer obliges, and Stacks steps over to wrangle Frazer to the mat. Frazer kips up, flips, but Stacks kicks low. Stacks trips Frazer, stomps him in the gut, then stomps him some more. Stacks TOSSES Frazer to the apron, brings him back in and UPPERCUTS, but Frazer blocks!

Frazer body shots, avoids the kick, then slingshots to sunset flip! TWO, and Stacks UPPERCUTS! Cover, TWO! Stacks drags Frazer up to headlock but Frazer powers out. Axiom tags in, they redirect stacks to dropkick and DROPKICK! Stacks sputters, Axiom is on him and tags Frazer. They whip, Stacks reverses but Axiom reverses back! IRON OCTOPUS, and Frazer runs, runs and runs to DROPKICK! The fans fire up, Frazer covers, TWO! Stacks stays in this but Frazer clamps onto the arm. Stacks fights up, powers Frazer back, Luca tags in. They whip, Frazer slides under but Luca is there. Frazer elbows Luca, ROCKS Stacks, but Luca puts Frazer outside!

Frazer ROCKS Luca, but Stacks runs up to BOOT Frazer down! Frazer hits desk and Luca tags Stacks! Stacks says bada bing, FOLEY ELBOW! The D’Angelo Family is fired up and standing tall while NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and The D’Angelos double whip Frazer hard into a corner! Frazer falls back, Stacks covers, TWO! The fans rally while Stacks grows frustrated. Stacks throws down fists, then he drags Frazer up. Stacks tags Luca, they mug Frazer, then feed him to DOUBLE KNEES! Cover, TWO! Luca drags Frazer around to have a grounded motorcycle stretch but the fans rally up. Frazer endures, fights up, and fights free! But Luca keeps him from Axiom! Luca RAMS Frazer into the corner, then runs up, but into an ELBOW! Stacks blocks a kick but not the DRAGON WHIP! Luca BODY SHOTS Frazer, whips, but Frazer QUEBRADA DDTS!

The fans fire up while Frazer and Luca are both down! Frazer crawls over, Tony shouts at Luca to do the same! Hot tags to Stacks and Axiom! The fans fire up as Axiom dodges Stacks to GAMANGIRI Luca! BOOT for Stacks CHOPS for all! CHOP after CHOP, and then Axiom runs to duck ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirl and that sends Stacks into Luca! LARIAT DDT COMBO! The fans fire up and Axiom waistlocks. Stacks bucks the O’Conner but swings into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Cover, TWO!! Stacks survives being folded and Rizzo coaches Luca back into this. Axiom KICKS Stacks, KICKS again, then tags Frazer. BUZZSAW!

Frazer hauls Stacks up to suplex, CHASING THE DRAGON!! Cover, Luca breaks it!! The fans fire up as The D’Angelo Family stays in this! Tony coaches his boys, Luca blocks Axiom’s superkick to send it into Frazer! Luca then hits a CODE BREAKER on Axiom! Luca hurries back to his corner, tags in, and the Family double whips Frazer! Double pop-up BACK SUPLEX! Cover, AXIOM SUPERKICKS! The fans fire up, Stacks hits a ZIGZAG! Stacks hurries back to the corner, tags himself in, and he runs up on Frazer. BUCKLE SHOT! Frazer then skins the cat to go up top, just like The Visionary! But Stacks trips Frazer up!

Stacks climbs, has Frazer up top, and SUPERPLEXES! Luca DIVES into a SUPERKICK!!! Axiom stops the Power & Glory combo, but HERE COMES NO QUATER CATCH CREW!! Damon Kemp, Charlie Dempsey & Myles Borne jump The Don! That distracts Stacks, Frazer cradles! FRAZER & AXIOM WIN!

Winners: Axiom & Nathan Frazer, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)

The Family fights NQCC to the back, and the gold stays with Axiom & Frazer. But now THE GOOD BROTHERS attack! It is just chaos tonight as Gallows & Anderson beat down the champs! Anderson gets Frazer up, Gallows helps out, MAGIC KILLER!! The fans boo, but will The Machine Gun & Big LG make these titles Too Sweet?

 

Robert Stone talks with a prospect backstage.

He was so impressed with her during the NXT Women’s Combine. Top three vertical jump, blew his mind. Soon everyone will be saying the name- Lexis King says everyone’s already saying his name. The prospects leave, and Lexis says Stone has this all wrong. He’s trying to recruit “the next big thing,” but not even Chelsea Green was giving him the time of day. Stone is in a hole, and the only way out of it is to hitch his wagon to Lexis. Over Stone’s dead body. Oh, Lexis knows about that. he’s been walking over dead bodies week after week. He’s practically undefeated! Something Stone knows nothing about.

Stone tells Lexis to watch himself, but then Ava Raine walks in. Lexis says he and Stone were just talking. Ava says Lexis is so annoying. Lexis says no he’s not, bye. Oh no he’s not, Lexis has a match tonight. Okay, tell him more. Well, Lexis will learn who he’s facing when he gets out there. Now Lexis leaves, and Stone says he wants to be the one to do it. Ava says no, the last time he did, it didn’t go well. But it’s okay, Ava will find the perfect opponent for Lexis King. Stone trusts in the GM, but just who will look to knock The Drama King off his high horse?

 

Oba Femi is here!

The Ruler goes to the ring, because he wants to see who wins the right to challenge him for Battleground! Will the Cardiac Kid make his way back to former glory? Will the Blue Collar Brawler get a 1v1 shot at Oba? Or will the Iron King be challenging The Ruler’s reign?

 

Chase U regroups backstage.

Thea is sore, but it’s Riley Osborne who is upset. He confronts Professor Chase. How could he NOT see this coming? Ridge Holland is clearly a liability! Chase says Riley has to see the good in people! Ridge walks in, hands Thea a bottle of water, and he tells Riley that respectfully, back off, mate. He couldn’t stand there and let Fallon hit Thea with a chair! None of them could, but it was Ridge who stepped in and did something. Yes, he sure did! He cost Thea the match, the chance at making history, and Riley is getting sick of the excuses! Ridge points out Riley cost them their match last week! Ridge gave Riley the benefit of the doubt, no hard feelings and all that.

But now, Riley stands there judging Ridge! DAMN RIGHT! Ridge doesn’t belong here! And where is that?! Chase stops these two from having it out here. If they want to settle this, do it in the ring. Riley’s fine with that! Riley storms off, and Duke wants to say something but Chase cuts him off. Is Turbo Terry going to run circles around Yorkshire Grit? Or will this be a #TeachableMoment of the highest order?

 

NXT North American Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Wes Lee VS Josh Briggs VS Joe Coffey w/ Gallus!

NXT returns and Oba is now on commentary as Wes makes his entrance, followed by Briggs’. Gallus makes their entrance together, and they bring back the triple handshake. Markus & Wolfie will be present during all this, but will they be a factor?

The bell rings and the three circle. Joe taunts them over last week’s blindside, but then Wes AND Briggs go after him! The Gallus boys keep Joe from being whipped away, but he ends up falling over for it! Briggs stomps Joe, then he and Wes drag him from ropes! The fans cheer as Wes and Briggs mug Joe. Briggs then DECKS Wes! Briggs ROCKS Joe, Wes snarls, but Briggs ROCKS him! Joe ROCKS Briggs, Wes helps him in mugging Briggs and whipping him. But Briggs runs them both over! Things keep moving, Joe drops and Wes hurdles. Briggs blocks the hip toss to TOSS Wes into Joe! Briggs then has Wes in a corner, but Wes BOOTS back!

Wes goes up and up and leaps, but Briggs catches him! Joe SHOTGUNS Briggs into giveing Wes a FALL AWAY SLAM! Joe drags Briggs up, Briggs shoves him into the corner. Joe BOOTS back, goes up and BOOTS again. Joe reels Briggs in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Joe huffs and puffs but he runs up on Briggs, but Wes RANAS Joe first! The fans fire up as Joe bails out and Wes builds speed. Wes FLIES and takes Joe down! Oba says that is Wes’ fighting spirit. Wes brings Joe up but Joe blocks the bump off the apron. Wes avoids Joe’s lariat, and he avoids Briggs, so the BOOT takes Joe down!

Briggs sees Wes jump up, catches him, pop up and LARIAT! Back drop for Joe to the floor! Briggs is all fired up but the fans boo while NXT goes picture in picture.

Briggs looms over Joe and Wes and has his pick. Briggs smirks at Gallus before putting Joe in. Briggs stomps Wes, leaves him behind, but Joe ROCKS Briggs! Briggs and Joe trade heavy forearms, and Briggs gets the edge! Joe staggers, Briggs ROCKS him again and again, then avoids a shot to DECK Joe! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Briggs keeps his cool. Briggs stalks Joe, whips, but Joe reverses. Joe FLAPJACKS Briggs off ropes! Joe whips Briggs into a corner, then around again into the corner! Scoop and BACKBREAKER! Joe runs to go up and VADER ELBOW! Wes gets on the apron, Joe BLASTS him back down!

Joe soaks up the heat while Gallus mocks Wes. Joe stomps Briggs, KICKS him in the side, then DECKS Briggs! Wes returns, but Joe goes out after him to RAM him into the apron! Joe storms his way up the steps and into the ring. Joe goes after Briggs with haymakers but Briggs throws back body shots. Joe knees low, knees again, then ROCKS Briggs. Briggs falls over, Joe sees Wes climbing! Joe UPPERCUTS Wes and Wes gets stuck up top! Joe KNEES Wes again and again, then goes back for Briggs. Joe KNEES Briggs in the side, KNEES him again, then clamps onto an arm. Joe pulls the arm into a half straitjacket!

Briggs endures, fights around, fights to his feet, and throws elbows. NXT returns to single picture, both men LARIAT! They LARIAT again, and again! Both men wobble, but they still LARIAT! Briggs fires up, runs, but Joe RAMS him! But Briggs ROCKS Joe! Briggs scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM and SPLASH! Wes SWANTON BOMBS in! The fans fire up while all three men are down! Wes grits his teeth as he drags himself up. Briggs runs up, Wes body shots and KICKS! And KICKS! And DOUBLE STOMPS! Wes sees Joe and ROCKS him! HEEL KICKS him! Joe roars, so Wes jumps, Briggs reels Joe in! QUEBRADA DDT COMBO!! Cover on Briggs, TWO! Cover on Joe, TWO!

Wes is frustrated and Joe is wobbly. Joe and Briggs fall out of the ring, Wes builds speed! Wes DIVES into Briggs! The fans fire up as Briggs goes down! Joe is up, Wes swings on him, but into an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Joe gets Briggs up, puts him in the ring, but Briggs gets moving! Briggs BOOTS Joe down! Briggs hurries up top, but Wes GAMANGIRIS him! Wes goes up now, but Joe joins in! This is getting tricky, but Briggs fights free! Briggs ELBOWS Joe down, stands back up, and Wes LEAPS, into Briggs’ hand! CORNER CHOKE SLAM! Briggs has Joe, CHOKE SLAM at center! But then Wes staggers over, so Briggs brings him in!

Briggs CHOKE SLAMS Wes onto Joe!! Cover on them both, TWO!!! Both men get out of that and Briggs is beside himself! The fans are thunderous as Briggs clamps onto Joe again. But Joe fights the grip, and throat chops! Joe fires fast hands, then whips. Briggs is in the corner, Joe runs up to UPPERCUT! Joe keeps moving, and UPPERCUTS again! Joe shoves Briggs away, goes up and up and CROSSBODIES! Cover, WES BREAKS IT! Gallus is frustrated, Oba is loving this! Wes bobs ‘n’ weaves and STEP PUNCHES! Joe BOOTS! Wes ROLLING KICKS! Joe falls, Wes snarls and rises up. Wes sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit again!

Wes gets Joe up, the ref misses Gallus HIGH LOW on Briggs!! They put Briggs in, Wes puts Joe in! Wes goes up top, but Joe gets under the leap! ALL THE BEST- NO, Wes dodges! Wes goes up and up and leaps, Joe HEADBUTTS him down!! Both men fall onto Briggs for a cover! WHO WINS?!? The fans are in disbelief, but Gallus is pretty sure Joe got part of that! The ref talks it over with ring announcer Mike Rome, and the official decision is… Joe AND WES win!!

Winners: Joe Coffey & Wes Lee, by double pinfall (both will challenge Oba Femi for the title at NXT Battleground)

Everyone is in disbelief except for Oba, who loves it! It’s another Triple Threat for the North American Championship, will Oba again defy the odds? Or will this only make it easier for someone to take away The Ruler’s crown?

 

Backstage interview with Karmen Petrovic & Natalya.

Kelly Kincaid is with the Canadian Connection as they prepare for the tag team main event against Shayna Baszler & Lola Vice. How do they plan on turning around recent setbacks against them? Karmen says she’s a little nervous, because it is her first main event. But she has The BOAT for her partner! Natty has been in the most matches of anyone in this business. If not for Shayna, Natty would’ve beat Lola in NXT Underground. And these two together, they’re so ready. Natty says Karmen doesn’t give herself enough credit. She has improved so much, they have bonded, and Natty promises as the winningest woman in WWE, you will see this be a well-oiled machine.

Karmen & The Queen of Harts head out, but will they be able to trump Lola & The Queen of Spades?

 

Brinley Reece prepares backstage.

She’s fired up, but Malik Blade & Edris Enofe seem a bit down. Maybe Malik is right. Edris is cooked. The mirror, the black cats, the rabbit’s foot. Malik says no, remain positive! Just like Brin! She is good for them in that way. The positive energy, the good vibes, and the good luck. Aww, thanks, Malik! Does that mean they’ll be ringside with her tonight? Malik says they probably shouldn’t. Edris’ bad luck will- Stop saying it like that! But Edris does wish Brin luck. Brin says it isn’t about luck! It’s about confidence! So whatever they choose to do, she’s all for it. Brin cartwheels away, will Malik & Edris ever get right?

 

Ava Raine watches film.

She sees it for herself, it was a double pin. Oba asks what the decision is on tonight’s Triple Threat. Ava says it is clear, it was a true double pin, so it will be another Triple Threat: Oba VS Wes VS Joe. Oba nods, then heads out.

 

NXT Women’s North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Brinley Reece VS Jaida Parker!

#BrinEnergy is ready to turn it up, though that’s wild considering she’s always running pretty high. But will she be able to earn that spot in the ladder match without her guys watching her back? Or will “Miss Parker” be the one heading to Sin City?

The bell rings and these two start where they left off with fast hands! Brin ROCKS Jaida, UPPERCUTS her, and Jaida flounders to a corner! Brin runs up to RAM into her! Brin then brings Jaida around to scoop, but Jaida slips free, shoves, but Brin ducks ‘n ‘dodges. Brin handsprings over the dropdown to then arm-drag! Brin has the armlock but Jaida pulls hair. The ref reprimands, the fans rally up, and Jaida fights up. Jaida pulls hair again to put Brin in the corner. Jaida lets off, but Brin turns things around on her! The ref counts, Jaida turns things around again, but Brin ROCKS her first! Brin puts Jaida in the corner to whip, but Jaida reverses to pull hair!

Jaida throws Brin into buckles, but Brin ELBOWS her back. Brin goes up, leaps, but into a kitchen sink knee! Jaida talks trash, storms up on Brin, and RAMS Brin again and again! The fans rally and duel, the ref counts, but Jaida lets off. Jaida then fires off more forearms, before she puts Brin in the ropes. Jaida CHOPS Brin, then runs to DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT! Brin sputters, Jaida stomps her around, then CHOKES her on ropes! The ref counts, Jaida lets off, and Brin sputters. Jaida sits Brin up but Brin fires body shots! Brin JAWBREAKERS and Jaida staggers. Brin runs up, Jaida trips her, jackknife bridge! TWO as Brin bridges up and spins Jaida!

Brin tries the backslide, gets it, TWO! Jaida reels Brin back in to BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Jaida clamps onto Brin with a body scissors! Brin endures the squeeze, Malik & Edris are seen arguing about moral support yes or no. Brin endures, fights, but Jaida rolls her to a cover, TWO! Jaida pulls hair, the ref reprimands, but Jaida lets off so she can squeeze more. Brin endures, reaches out, pushes back, ONE! Jaida holds on, CLUBS away on Brin, but Brin pries the hold open! Jaida pushes Brin away, but Brin comes back to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Brin rolls Jaida up, ONE! Jaida RAMS Brin into the corner!

Jaida lets off, Brin KNEES her away! Brin goes up and over, keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and CLOBBERS Jaida! Brin uses shoulder tackles to run Jaida over, then she scoop SLAMS! The fans fire up, Brin handsprings and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Jaida stays in this but Brin brings out that aggression! Fireman’s carry, but Jaida fights free! Malik & Edris are on stage to cheer Brin, but Jaida suplexes to GOURD BUSTER! Jaida runs, TEARDROP HIP CHECK!! Cover, Jaida wins!

Winner: Jaida Parker, by pinfall (advances to NXT Battleground)

Now Malik & Edris feel like they jinxed Brin! But will Jaida make history and bring that gold home to OTM?

 

Fallon crosses paths with Jazmyn.

Jazmyn says it must’ve felt nice to finally get a win. Uh, yeah, it did. And now she’s going to Battleground. Yep, and Fallon can climb that ladder, grab that title, and make history as the first-ever NXT Women’s North American Champion. Jazmyn agrees, this attitude will help. Well, duh. Yeah, Fallon never needed anyone to help her be successful. Oh, really? Yes, which is why Jazmyn waited until after to get payback on Thea. Fallon isn’t sure what Jazmyn is getting at, but will it matter once Fallon has what she wants?

 

The alarm goes off, time to wake up!

But who is it? Those fuzzy pajamas look familiar. And those slippers. Could a certain you know who be on her way back to NXT?

 

Roxanne Perez speaks.

“This NXT Women’s Championship has always been my why. And that’s why no one’s gonna take it from me. It’s me and my title against the world, and that’s fine. Because as good as these girls are, I’m simply better. And everyone can say what they want about me. The locker room, main roster, the WWE Universe that loves to post their useless opinions about me, if they only knew. It all just lands at my feet, because all I care about is my NXT Women’s Championship. So you better get used to this sight. Because when I look in the mirror, I don’t see a villain, I don’t see a hero. All I see is The Prodigy, your two-time NXT Women’s Champion.”

 

Ava Raine makes a call.

She talked it over with Nick Aldis & Adam Pearce, everything is sign, sealed and delivered, we’re all good to go. Yes, next week, Roxanne finds out who her next title defense is against, at Battleground. She thanks the other side, and says we’ll see how this goes.

 

Lexis King VS ???

The Drama King sure loves sticking his foot in his mouth, and he may have really stepped in it this time. But he gets a mic first to say, “Well, well, well. The King has been on a bit of a hot streak lately. Can you argue with that? And we all know that whoever walks through that curtain tonight is going to join a long list of gentlemen who have fallen to The King. I mean, let’s face it! In 2024, I am virtually undefeated!” But then whose music is that? Robert Stone? King says he already beat Stone! Stone says no, it’s this guy. DANTE CHEN IS BACK! The fans fire up as the Singapore Warrior has made a full recovery! Will this finally be his opportunity to hit the big time?

The bell rings and the fans are fired up for Dante. Dante and Lexis tie up, Lexis headlocks. Dante powers out, Lexis runs him over! Cover, ONE! Lexis rains down fists, the fans boo, but Lexis lets off to soak up the heat. Dante rises up, Lexis whips him to a corner, but Dante reverses. Dante runs up but into a BOOT! Lexis runs up but into a back elbow, UPPERCUT, and DROPKICK! Dante whips then back drops Lexis! The fans fire up with Dante as he runs corner to corner, but Lexis catches his splash! Lexis puts Dante up top, but Dante ROCKS him! Dante leaps, but into a DROPKICK! Lexis covers, TWO!

Lexis is upset but the fans rally for Dante. Lexis drops AX HANDLE after AX HANDLE, then he scrapes Dante’s face! The fans rally for Dante and he body shots! Lexis CHOPS back! Lexis talks smack, then CHOPS again! Dante ROCKS Lexis! Lexis kicks low, bumps Dante off buckles, then CHOPS again! Lexis digs his boots in, the fans boo, the ref counts, but Lexis lets off at 4. Lexis wrenches and short arm LARIATS! Lexis drags Dante up, KICKS him in the back, then talks trash. Lexis scrapes Dante more, then gives him Kawada Kicks. The fans rally up, Dante blocks a kick! Dante short arm LARIATS Lexis now!

The fans fire up and both men stand. Dante and Lexis trade CHOPS! Dante CHOPS, CHOPS and ROCKS Lexis! Dante whips, CLOBBERS Lexis, then CLOBBERS him again! The fans fire up, Dante runs corner to corner, STINGER SPLASH! And atomic drop! Then a SHOTGUN BOOT! Lexis is dazed and Dante is fired up! Dante aims, blocks Lexis’ superkick, then spins him. Lexis wings, but into a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Lexis survives but Dante refocuses. Dante drags Lexis from ropes, but Lexis kicks him away! Lexis snarls, shouts “Hail to the King!” BLINDSIDER! Stone shouts at Lexis, then gets on the pron!

Lexis reels Dante in, grins, but Stone shouts at Lexis. Lexis shoves Dante down, storms up on Stone, but Stone back s off. Lexis dodges Dante’s tiger claws to SUPERKICK! Lexis crosses the arms, reels Dante in, CORO- CRADLE!! DANTE WINS!!

Winner: Dante Chen, by pinfall

Lexis is furious but he has his own arrogance to blame! Dante’s return is a huge success, are he and Suit Man Stone going to hit the big time together?

 

Shayna Baszler & Lola Vice talk backstage.

Shayna says Lola beat Natty in the Underground, Shayna beat Karmen in a standard match, so they should be pretty dominant tonight. Lola says together, they are unstoppable. Karmen & Natty have one of three options, right? Right. Shayna does ask one thing: keep the dancing to back here. Out there, they’re cage fighters, got it? Lola says yeah, all business once the bell rings. But she can’t help she’s a Latina~! She just likes to have fun. Shayna rolls her eyes, but will Lola still keep it serious once it’s the main event?

 

Trick Williams is here!

The fans fire up for the NXT Champion, and he gets the mic to say he appreciates it, but time to get serious. Two weeks ago, Noam Dar calls Trick out here for a Supernova Sessions, and then hits him from behind. Trick took that on the chin. Last week, Dar comes out here and gets dropped backstage. Now we all know that if anyone knows how that feels, it’s Trick Williams, and he wouldn’t wish that on nobody. So he’ll say this one time and make it crystal clear: Noam Dar, Trick did NOT attack you. If Trick wanted to attack, Dar would’ve just been unconscious! If Trick wanted to attack Dar, he wouldn’t be clutching a leg. He’d have a size 15 Jordan logo tattooed on his forehead.

But wait, here comes The Meta Four! Jakara Jackson tells Trick that what he needs to do is stop playing. He might have the crusty, dusty musties tricked, but not them. They know it was Trick! It might’ve been through Je’Von, or them together! Oro Mensah says if it wasn’t Trick or Je’Von, Trick must still be salty after Dar knocked the daylights outta him! Oro tells Trick to grow up, be a man, and admit that he is a lowlife that doesn’t deserve the NXT Champion! Lash Legend speaks up! She wants them to stop, she knows Trick didn’t attack Dar! What makes her think that? Public minds want to know! Let’s hear about it!

Lash didn’t wanna say it like that, but Trick’s been through that. Oro stops her there. Is Lash shaking Trick’s dreads? Whose side is she on? Trick tells Oro to shut his mouth before he comes out there and slaps those tap dance loafers right off Oro’s stupid ass! The fans fire up and Oro gets mad now. But wait! Gallus is here!? Joe Coffey walks out, mic in hand, and is sure they all wanna know why the guy who just earned an opportunity for a shot at the North American Championship out here now talking to THE NXT Champion? Well, son, you’re about to find out why! GALLUS ATTACKS FROM BEHIND!

The fans boo as Markus & Wolfie stomp Trick out, then Joe joins in! But here comes Je’Von! The Young OG gets in to ROCK Joe, ROCK Mark then fire off on Wolfgang! But he gets mugged, too! The fans boo this 3v2 beating, and then The Coffey Brothers hit Je’Von with the COFFEY BREAK GERMAN!! But Trick fights back now! He DECKS Wolfie, DECKS Joe, DECKS Mark, repeat! But then he just gets a HEADBUTT! Gallus mugs Trick 3v1, Wolfgang fireman’s carries and Mark runs, BOOT O’ DOOM!! Gallus took out Ivar, they have their shot at Oba, and now they took out Trick! Will nothing stop their hostile takeover of NXT?

 

Robert Stone & Dante Chen regroup.

Stone says Dante did great out there! He deserves this moment! Did they hear the people? Ava walks over and personally congratulates Dante. Dante thanks her for this opportunity. Ava wanted to take credit but this was Stone’s idea. Well then, Dante thanks Mr. Stone and they shake hands. Dante heads out, and Stone says he knows Ava’s always looking for fresh young talent. Dante’s definitely it. Ava says Stone just made a star tonight, well done. Stone smiles with pride, will there be a future for the Robert Stone Brand after all?

 

Lola Vice & Shayna Baszler VS Karmen Petrovic & Natalya!

The Mayor of Vice City & The Queen of Spades have gotten the better of the Canadian Connection time and again, but enough is enough! Will Lola & Shayna finally be humbled? Or will they sink NXT’s Beatrix Kiddo & The Boat once and for all?

The teams sort out, Natty and Shayna start. They circle, the fans rally, and the two tie up. Shayna wrenches the arm, twists the wrist, but Natty rolls, handsprings, and slips through to go for a leg. Shayna stops that to go for the other arm now. Shayna twists the wrist, puts Natty on ropes while torturing her, but the ref counts. Shayna lets off, Lola gets a KICK in! The fans boo but Shayna KNEES Natty down! Cover, TWO! Natty stays in this but Shayna drags her up. Shayna fires body shots, Lola tags in, and she adds her own body shots! Shayna tags back in, she fires off stomps! The ref counts, Lola tags in and she adds KICKS!

Shayna tags back in again, but Natty ROCKS her, ROCKS Lola, then BOOTS Shayna! Natty slides under, scurries free, but Shayna gets a foot! Natty kicks Shayna away, tag to Karmen! Karmen ROCKS Shayna, runs up and CLOBBERS her! Karmen rallies, wrenches, and KICKS! KICKS! And ROUNDHOUSES! The fans fire up, Karmen whips but Shayna reverses. Karmen jumps up to SOBAT! Karmen keeps going, BASEMENT BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Karmen drags Shayna up, but Lola runs up! Natty intercepts, but Lola and Shayna each throw hands to get free! Lola & Shayna whip, but the Canadians duck ‘n’ dodges and DOUBLE DISCUS LARIATS!

The fans fire up with Natty & Karmen while Shayna & Lola bail out, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Natty high-fives and booty bumps with Karmen, then Karmen goes out to fetch Shayna. Karmen puts Shayna in, covers, TWO! Karmen facelocks, drags Shayna up, and wrenches an arm to then waistlock. Shayna goes to ropes,. Lola tags in before the roll-up! Lola AX KICKS Karmen down! Lola drags Karmen up, whips her to ropes, then KICKS her low! Lola talks trash, whips again, and KICKS again! Lola still talks trash, whips again, but Karmen blocks the kick to roll her up! TWO, and Lola BODY BLOWS! Karmen sputters, Lola whips her to the corner, then she tags Shayna. They mug Karmen, then Shayna CLUBS Karmen down.

Shayna stalks Karmen, clamps onto an arm, isolates it, and she throws her hair tie at Natty. Shayna STOMPS Karmen’s arm! Then she sucker punches Natty! The ref has to keep Natty back, and Karmen ends up in the other corner. Shayna fires off hands, snapmares Karmen then KICKS her in the back! Shayna drags Karmen up, wrenches to a top wristlock, and NXT returns to single picture., Shayna whips Karmen hard into buckles, then brings her back up. Shayna whips her back in, but Karmen JUMP KICKS! Roll-up, TWO! Shayna runs up to LARIAT Karmen! Shayna covers, TWO! The fans rally, Shayna clamps onto Karmen for a top wristlock.

The fans rally, Karmen fights up, but Karmen brings her down to a knee. Karmen endures, reaches out, fights up again, and she snapmares free! Shayna still keeps Karmen from Natty! Shayna sweeps the leg, covers, TWO! Karmen reaches out but Shayna drags her back again. Shayna pushes Karmen to the corner, Lola tags in, and they mug Karmen. Lola storms up on Karmen, shows off the shimmies, but Karmen throws body shots! Lola CLUBS Karmen down, brings her up again, and whips her to the corner. Lola runs up to kick Karmen, then tags Shayna. The fans duel, Shayna brings Karmen up but Karmen fires body shots!

Shayna still suplexes! Cover, TWO! Shayna is annoyed with Karmen but Karmen is shaking her head. Shayna clamps onto Karmen’s arm, pulls on it, but Karmen throws body shots. Shayna CLUBS Karmen down for that! The fans continue to rally, but Shayna waistlocks Karmen and tags Lola. But Karmen BOOTS Lola down, drops to KICK Shayna, hot tag to Natty! Natty rallies on Lola & Shayna! Natty fires off fast hands on Lola but Lola shoves back. Natty kicks low, snap suplexes, and then waits on Shayna. Shayna swings, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Natty drags Lola up to whip bu tLola reverses.

Lola runs, Natty dodges and REBOUND- NO, Lola arm-drags free! Only for Natty to DISCUS LARIAT! Lola sputters, Natty covers, TWO! Natty drags Lola up, tags in Karmen, and Karmen climbs. Natty sets Lola up for Karmen’s CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Karmen drags Lola up, tags Natty back in, and they reel Lola in. But Shayna CHOP BLOCKS Karmen! Lola cradles Natty, TWO! Natty escapes, trips Lola, steps through, but Lola kicks her away, into Shayna! URAKEN!! Cover, KARMEN BREAKS IT! The fans fire up, Shayna TOSSES Karmen! Shayna tells Lola to get Natty up. Lola does as told, but Natty keeps Lola from tagging Shayna!

Natty throws Lola down then BLASTS Shayna! Lola runs up to JUMP KICK! Lola drags Natty, shows off the hips, then steps through to steal the Sharpshooter! Natty blocks that, pushes Lola down, and now Natty has the SHARPSHOOTER!! Natty has Lola caught, Shayna runs in to CLUB Natty down! Karmen LEAPS, Shayna catches her! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! But Karmen THROWS Shayna out! Karmen goes to the corner, shouts for Natty to get up, and Natty BODY BLOWS Lola! Tag to Karmen, and they coordinate for the HART ATTACK!! Cover, The Canadians win!

Winners: Karmen Petrovic & Natalya, by pinfall

Finally, some vindication over #MiamiVice! A big win for the Canadian Connection, will they look to get in on the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship scene? As for Shayna, she helps Lola up, but then Lola ROUNDHOUSES Shayna!?! And twerks at her! Lola blames Shayna for the loss when it was her fault, will nothing ever humble her? Wait, Shayna rises like a monster back from the dead! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!!! Lola finally gets what she deserves for her arrogance! Refs rush out there, Shayna lets go, and Lola sputters as she retreats. But then Shayna gets loose to go after Lola with fast hands! It’s a brawl and the fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT! LET THEM FIGHT!”

Ava rushes out here and says okay, okay, clearly they both want a fight. And to be honest, Ava wants ot see it, too. So say less, this will happen at BATTLEGROUND! Shayna says nah, that’s not good enough. It needs to be NXT UNDERGROUND!! The fans are thunderous as the brawl continues! Will this be a barn burner inside the UFC Apex when there’s no rules and no ropes holding these two back?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT here with a lot of build towards Battleground. A great surprise that the women’s tag match got to be the main event, that is a great win for Karmen & Natty. And I was sensing Shayna VS Lola was coming, so great to see it happening for Battleground in the Underground. RIP Fight Pit, we hardly knew ye, but that’s another awesome women’s match for NXT’s next event. Also good promo from Roxie and a good response from Ava. I don’t know who they’re getting for Roxie’s opponent, but honestly if it isn’t someone brand new to NXT or someone returning from injury, it doesn’t make sense to me to bring in another RawDown star that will clearly lose to Roxie.

Great stuff in the NXT Women’s North American Championship stories. Fallon VS Thea was a very good match, but of course something happens where Ridge is caught and blamed for stuff. Jazmyn’s part sets up a grudge match of her and Thea, but her promo with Fallon after was a little odd. With Jacy’s face still recovering, is Jazmyn trying to latch onto Fallon’s success? Meanwhile, Brin VS Jaida was also really good stuff, and it helped bring in the continued bad luck angle of Malik & Edris. There’s gotta be something that happens to finally get past this. Either Malik & Edris finally get a big win, or they break up as a team.

As it stands, you might think it’s three Heels and one Face as we have Fallon, Jaida, Lash and Sol, but Lash’s part in her story with Trick Williams makes me think she’ll be Face soon enough. That means between Mia Yim, Wren Sinclair, Tatum Paxley and Kelani Jordan, it’s anyone’s game. As for Chase U, Ridge VS Riley next week is going to be some really good stuff to really propel this story. And honestly, someone has to be going Heel and joining Shawn Spears. Otherwise, what was the point of Spears coming back to have this persona of exposing “the truth?” I’m still personally hoping it’s Riley that turns because everyone else is supportive of Ridge and he can’t stand it. Then Spears & Riley can be a real good Heel duo in the tag division.

Speaking of the tag division, they just kinda threw a tag title match out at us but it was some great stuff. NQCC going after The D’Angelos made sense, though, they weren’t about to let The D’Angelos get more gold after losing the Heritage Cup. And somehow we were going to get The Good Brothers attacking Axiom & Frazer to set up a match there. It’d be great for historical purposes if The Good Brothers did win the titles, I’m just not sure what that’d mean for Axiom and Frazer if they lost. I suppose both guys get back on a path to singles titles, but those various title scenes are rather full right now.

For example, with Ivar out with a legit injury, it made sense Joe Coffey would get in on tonight’s Triple Threat. And then what an awesome Triple Threat we had with an excellently executed double cover. Oba VS Wes VS Joe can go any which way, as Gallus can cheat to win just like they did tonight. And then Trick had a really good promo segment with The Meta Four, that was then hijacked by Gallus. Je’Von did his best to make the save but Gallus has the numbers, so naturally it didn’t work. I would think that before Ivar’s legit injury was a factor, Joe Coffey was meant to go right after Trick, but maybe it’ll be Wolfgang challenging Trick instead. Wolfgang may have been tag champ alongside Mark, but it feels like he’s been ready for something else for some time.

And it’s about time we get some more returns here. Wendy Choo is clearly on her way back with the new version of her waking-up vignette. That is a name I’d hope they choose to face Roxie at Battleground, even if Heel Roxie would just laugh it off. With Lexis King’s matching mystery opponent, I was oddly hoping Von Wagner was gonna be rehired after being let go, but there could be a very ineffective change in persona. He could wear a lucha mask and have a nickname a la Hulk Hogan being Mr. America, and then he’d “reveal” himself to Stone even though Stone knows all along.

But hey, Dante Chen has been needing something to get himself going again, I’m glad he is the one that got to beat Lexis. I’m just wondering what happened to the idea of him and Boa teaming up as the revival of Tien Sha. Maybe that’s in a back pocket or something and can be used after Dante’s been reestablished on TV.

My Score: 8.8/10


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