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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/31/21)

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NXT Coverage 2021

NXT pushes off for WrestleMania WEEK!

NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver is just a week away! But before that, there’s a HUGE Battle Royal to see who makes it to night one!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Roderick Strong VS Cameron Grimes; Grimes wins.
  • Santos Escobar w/ Legado del Fantasma VS Tyler Breeze; Escobar wins.
  • Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Zayda Ramier; LeRae & Hartwell win.
  • Zoey Stark VS Raquel Gonzalez w/ Dakota Kai; Gonzalez wins.
  • Tian Sha & Xia Li VS Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter; Tian Sha & Xia Li win.
  • NXT North American Championship Gauntlet Eliminator Battle Royal: LA Knight, Bronson Reed, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Leon Ruff, Cameron Grimes & Dexter Lumis move on to TakeOver Night One.

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Roderick Strong VS Cameron Grimes!

Before these two battle in tonight’s massive battle royal, the Savior of the Backbreaker wants to make The #GameStonks Caveman pay for taking the Undisputed Break-Up so flippantly. But will Strong be going strong into tonight’s golden opportunity? Or is Grimes going #ToTheMoon~?

As Grimes makes his entrance, he has a mic to say, “Roddy, Roddy, Roddy. Listen, last week, I know you were frustrated. And maybe, maybe, I didn’t come at the right time. But you see, there’s a lot of money we’re leaving on that table with that intellectual property with the Undisputed Era.” And without Grimes. the UE might be done for. But Grimes says these two can keep it going! Grimes wasn’t fully prepared last time, but he has something that will change Strong’s mind! #GrimesTheSystem! Strong is not amused. Alright, well, get a load of this one! The entrance has even been changed! Strong goes to the ramp to CLOBBER Grimes!

Strong fires off, Grimes hits back and they brawl around ringside! Strong puts Grimes in, the bell rings, and Strong dumps Grimes down for knees and hammering fists! Grimes scrambles, Strong holds on with a facelock then shifts to go after arms. Grimes resists, Strong hammers away again, then knees Grimes against ropes! The ref counts, Strong lets off and Grimes DECKS him! Grimes CLOBBERS Strong, drops knees, and clamps on with a thrashing facelock! Strong fights up, fans rally, and Strong wrenches an arm to then CHOP Grimes! Grimes turns things around to RAM into Strong, and throws Strong around. Grimes facelocks again but they end up in ropes.

The ref counts, Grimes claws at Strong then lets off at 4. Grimes stomps Strong in a corner, and tells him he should’ve made the deal. Strong kicks Grimes away, then gets up to KNEE Grimes down! Fans fire up as Strong kicks Grimes around, CLUBS him on the back and ROCKS him with a right. Grimes ROCKS Strong back but Strong KNEES low. Strong has Grimes on the ropes and CHOPS him! Grimes sputters but Strong pushes him around. Strong tells Grimes to shut up and then brings him up, but Grimes throws him into buckles! Fans rally as Grimes stomps Strong and has him in the corner. Grimes CHOPS, Strong CHOPS, Grimes claws Strong’s face!

The ref counts, Grimes lets off at 4 to stomp away on Strong. Fans rally, Strong reverses the whip and CLOBBERS Grimes again! Grimes flounders up and stumbles around, into Strong’s clothesline! Grimes is outside, Strong runs to WRECK Grimes with a dropkick! Fans fire up more as Strong drags Grimes up for more CHOPS! Strong rains down rights as the ring count climbs. Strong sees the fans wearing UE merch and hesitates. Grimes RAMS Strong into a girder! Strong slumps down as NXT goes picture in picture.

Grimes and Strong are both down, catching their breath. Grimes drags Strong up, and RAMS him into the Plexiglas! Strong staggers, Grimes puts him in the ring  and EuroUppers him on the apron! Grimes gets in, stalks Strong, and digs his knee into Strong at the ropes. The ref counts but Grimes lets off fast. Grimes mocks the UE hands, but Strong kicks Grimes in the legs! Strong gets up in a corner, but Grimes clotheslines him right away! Grimes brings Strong up to whip him corner to corner hard, then digs his knuckles into Strong’s face! The ref counts, Grimes lets off, and Grimes stalks Strong to get him for an armlock. Grimes grinds his knee into Strong but Strong endures.

Strong fights up, powers Grimes to a corner, and hooks Grimes into ropes to CHOP him again! Strong whips, Grimes reverses and Strong hits buckles hard! Grimes clamps onto Strong, goes after the arm but Strong resists. Grimes stomps Strong, goes after the arm with the double wristlock and works to turn the arm. Strong still resists, rolls, fights up as Grimes cranks the arm and Strong throws body shots and CHOPS! Strong whips, Grimes reverses again and spins Strong to a SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Grimes can’t believe Strong survives but he clamps on with a chinlock. Grimes wants the arms but Strong resists the chicken wings.

NXT returns to single picture as Strong fights up. Grimes clubs him, almost has a cobra twist but Strong throws more body shots. Grimes CLUBS Strong down, clamps onto an arm and grinds his forearm into Strong’s face, but Strong fights up again. Strong fireman’s carries, Grime flails and gets free, but Strong reverses the whip. Grimes KICKS Strong back, then hurries over, only for Strong to BOOT him! Strong CHOPS, forearms, but Grimes shoves, only for Strong to come back with a lariat! Strong runs, Grimes dodges, Grimes LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Both men are slowly rising as fans rally up again.

Grimes clamps onto a waistlock and squeezes tight for a rear bearhug. Strong pries at the hold, gets a NORTHERN LIGHTS, and the two get up slowly again. Grimes staggers into a low headbutt, then swings into a clinch, URENAGE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Grimes survives but that was just one backbreaker. Strong hauls Grimes up, puts him in a corner and CHOPS him again! And ROCKS him, CHOPS him, then hoists him up top. Strong climbs, hits Grimes more, and reels him in, for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Grimes survives but Strong is too sore to be frustrated. Fans fire up as Strong grabs at Grimes’ foot. Grimes gets to ropes, Strong goes side to side for endless forearms!

But then Grimes hits a COLLISION COURSE outta nowhere!! Cover, TWO!! Strong survives but Grimes reaches down his trunks for a secret weapon, but he turns around into an OLYMPIC SLAM! Strong grabs the secret weapon, and it turns out to be an Undisputed Era armband!! Fans chant “Undisputed!” and Strong turns around into a CAVE-IN!! Cover, Grimes wins!

Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall

Advantage: Grimes! He used the UE against Strong and gets a big win before tonight’s bigger match! Will Strong look to redeem himself by ruining Grimes’ TakeOver plans?

 

NXT checks in with Karrion Kross’ TakeOver preparations.

“My greatest strength going into NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver is my conviction. The training prep for this match was very simple: train to create maximum damage.” Kross isn’t wasting time with “conventional” training, he’s going “back to basics.” Catch wrestling, judo, striking, his strengths. He’s been trained to hurt people. Balor will try to run out the clock, tire Kross out. But he can’t run forever. Kross will cut the ring off. Every time he hits Balor, Balor will see a white flash, and Kross will “light his ass up with shots that he is going to carry with him for the rest of his life.” “At TakeOver, the fans can expect to see a Prince dethroned.” Scarlett says Balor only has once choice: Fall & Pray.

 

NXT hears from Walter.

“Tommaso Ciampa. I’m aware you consider yourself a wrestling veteran, a locker room leader. This great sport was the number one priority above everything else. You were a dominant and ruthless champion. But now you have other priorities in life. It’s not the most important thing in your life anymore. Tommaso, you’re not a leader. You’re just a shell of what you once were. And that’s the difference between you and me. Because my commitment for this sport is unreached. I’m the longest reigning NXT UK Champion in history. I’m the one who respects this sport like nobody else. And come TakeOver, I’m going to prove it. I’m going to prove what it means when I say the mat is sacred.”

 

BREAKING NEWS!

NXT is on the move! On April 13th, the first Tuesday after WrestleMania, the black ‘n’ gold will be there! Will you be?

 

El Legado del Fantasma is in the ring!

Santos Escobar says tonight, he wants to issue an OPEN CHALLENGE! “Why? Because I run the bingo around here. Because I want to show Jordan Devlin what he’s in for. I was born a champion, and that is the difference between me and you, Jordan Devlin. I AM the Emperor of Lucha Libre. That’s not a nickname. That’s not a catchphrase. 100 years of tradition is what I represent. The very Cruiserweight title was born out of what I represent. This Division will forever belong to me, as long as I want to! Because it’s in my blood, and it runs through my veins!” This is blood and tradition, as HE is the greatest Cruiserweight in the history of NXT! But here comes Tyler Breeze!

“Santos, Santos, Santos. You know what the differences is between you and me? You think the Cruiserweight Division is yours because you’re entitled. Me, on the other hand. I have had to work my ass off to be here! So open challenge accepted.” Will Prince Pretty show the Emperor of Lucha that Cruiserweight wrestling belongs to one and all? Or will he be used as an example for the Irish Ace?

Santos Escobar w/ Legado del Fantasma VS Tyler Breeze!

The bell rings, Escobar kicks low and fires off on Breeze! Escobar stomps him to a corner, talks trash, then stomps him more! Escobar stomps but the ref reprimands and counts. Escobar says Breeze is a joke, then runs corner to corner to basement dropkick! Wilde & Mendoza add to the trash talk as Escobar fireman’s carries Breeze. Breeze fights free and shoves Escobar to dropkick him down! Breeze stomps Escobar in return now, but lets off at the ref’s count. Breeze whips corner to corner, Escobar goes up and over and rolls but into another dropkick! Fans fire up as Breeze digs his boots in! Breeze drags Escobar up, throws him out hard, but the ref keeps him in the ring.

Breeze still goes out the side and gets Escobar in, but Escobar dropkicks him down! Escobar stomps Breeze more, drags him up and whips him to ropes. Fans duel as Breeze jumps over but runs into a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Escobar kicks Breeze to a corner, whips him corner to corner, but Breeze goes up and out and GAMANGIRIS! Breeze drags Escobar to the corner and swings the leg into the post! Then he DECKS Wilde and ROCKS Mendoza to POST him! Escobar runs in but gets another GAMANGIRI! The Emperor is being made a fool as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Escobar has Breeze in a leg lock but Breeze gets the ropebreak. Escobar holds until the ref counts 4, and he kicks Breeze to then put him in a corner. Escobar digs his palms in then CHOPS Breeze. Escobar fires off knees, throws body shots and then backs off to run back in and DOUBLE KNEE Breeze down! Cover, TWO! Escobar grins, laughing at Breeze as he slaps him around. Escobar stomps Breeze, drags him up, and fireman’s carries to then GUTBUSTER! Legado cheers Escobar on as he turns Breeze over to hook up the legs. Breeze resists but Escobar pulls him back into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Breeze endures the surfboard, but Escobar brings him into a chinlock formation!

Escobar lets Breeze go, covers, TWO! Breeze gasps for air but Escobar clubs him down. Escobar slaps Breeze around, talks more trash, and CHOPS him! “That’s how you run the bingo!” Escobar whips Breeze corner to corner, then runs in, but blocks boots, only for Breeze to still push him away! RANA and a rain of fists! Breeze drags Escobar around to go after the leg with elbow drops, and a KNEE JAMMER! Escobar hobbles, Breeze runs in and forearm smashes! Breeze puts the leg on ropes to drop a knee on the knee! Legado panics as Breeze SPINEBUSTERS Escobar, to then step through and SHARPSHOOTER! Escobar endures as Breeze sits on the hold!

Escobar powers up, crawls over and reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Breeze lets off fast, but he stalks Escobar to get the chicken wings. Escobar powers out of the Unprettier to ENZIGURI! Escobar drags Breeze right up to the PHANTOM DRIVER! Cover, Escobar wins!

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall

That ripcord was a message to Devlin! And though this was fair and square, it was a bit more than a tune-up. Will Escobar have to do much better when he’s in a Ladder match with the Irish Ace?

Legado grabs Breeze, but here comes MSK! Nash Carter & Wes Lee are going after Mendoza & Wilde because of the coming NXT Tag Team Championship match, but Legado slips away. But then on the titantron, it’s the Grizzled Young Veterans! Zack Gibson tells the production crew to turn off the “garbage music” so we can hear him. Gibson tells Legado that they are so distracted trying to earn brownie points with Escobar, and he tells MSK that they are so distracted by the bright lights and funny memes, and pretty much anything.

Meanwhile, he and James Drake are laser focused on one thing only: SOON to be recognized as the next NXT Tag Team Champions! With the titles up in the air, we will have new champions, but will it be with the former NXT UK Tag Team Champions? The Dusty Cup winners? Or will Legado be golden after TakeOver?

 

Backstage interview with The Way.

Firstly, Johnny Gargano knows there is the Eliminator Gauntlet Battle Royal relating to his NXT North American Championship, and he’s thought about it. It’s still the stupidest idea ever! Don’t you think Johnny TakeOver, the man who put this brand on his back for YEARS, should get the courtesy of knowing who his TakeOver opponent is weeks in advance. NO! Mr. Cuckoo Bananas Regal goes and proves he is not fit to run NXT! But Austin Theory thinks this is a great idea. Wait, why is he even in that match? Is he getting back at Johnny for the therapy sessions? No! But haven’t you ever heard of the Finger Poke of Doom? Of course he had!

But, wait… That killed the business, though. It did? Well we’re still here. True, so screw it! Let’s do it! Theory wins tonight, then again at Night One! Then on Night Two, TakeOver: Stand & Deliver becomes Lay Down & Let Johnny Pin You! Now Gargano is all for this idea! Indi Hartwell still bets on Lumis. What?! Candice tells Indi to shush. But tonight, Shotzi & Ember better watch to see what real tag team champions look like. The Way heads out, but will they soon be the Golden Way?

 

A Pomeranian trots up to the Performance Center?

Whose pup is this? And what does the pup have planned for NXT?

 

NXT shares interview footage from after last week’s episode.

Io Shirai was getting ice for her back after Raquel Gonzalez gave her a Desperado Bomb to the announce desk. McKenzie asked if Shirai was concerned about “biting off more than she can chew” with challenging Raquel to a match. “That’s why I picked her.” So then, does the Evil Genius have a plan for Big Mami Cool come Stand & Deliver?

 

Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Zayda Ramier!

The Poison Pixie and Impressive Indi are ready to show the NXT Women’s Tag Division the way to success! But will they overlook the opponents in their way tonight?

The teams sort out, Indi Wrestling and Gigi start. They tie up, go around, and Indi puts Gigi in a corner. The ref counts, Gigi pushes her away but Indi brushes that off. They tie up again, Gigi gets around to full nelson then spin and wrench to a hammerlock. Gigi spins to cravat Indi and crank the neck. Indi pulls at the arms, Gigi snapmares and KICKS Indi in the back! Gigi CLUBS Indi, swaggers and rocks out, but the boot misses! Indi fireman’s carries for a SNAKE EYES to a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Gigi saves herself but Indi is right after her. Gigi shoves Indi away. Candice tags in but Gigi throws her down.

Candice boots Gigi away, runs into the corner but is sent into buckles! Gigi hurries but Indi tags in first to get her. Gigi elbows Indi and tags Zadya! Zayda runs to SUPER PUNCH, and SUPER PUNCH and SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up with Zayda as she runs in to clothesline Indi! And then uppercut! Zayda heel kicks but misses, only to come back with an ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO! Indi grits her teeth but Zayda is on her first. Zayda drags Indi up, Indi shoves and SPINEBUSTERS Zayda down! Fans rally as both women crawl, hot tag to Candice! Candice CLOBBERS Gigi, then looms over Zayda. Zayda gets the inside cradle, TWO! Candice KICKS Zayda down!

Tag to Indi, The Way coordinate, WICKED STEP SISTER to Indi’s SPRINGBOARD MACHO ELBOW! Cover, The Way wins!

Winners: Indi Hartwell & Candice LeRae, by pinfall

Now that was impressive! But Candice gets a music so she can talk to everyone in the back. “There is not a woman in that locker room that deserves to be a champion more than I do! Which means that Indi and I deserve to be NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions!” Fans boo but Candice tells Shotzi & Ember, “I’m coming for what’s mine! And as I said before, it will be on our time and it will be on our stage, and it will be in our way!” And that means it will be at TakeOver!

But speaking of the champs, here they come! Shotzi & Ember ride out Tank Mk II and have mics of their own. “Excuse you, Candice. But did you say you deserve our titles?” And that those titles are theirs? These two have done lost their damn minds! But Shotzi & Ember would be lying if they say they didn’t expect this. What does Shotzi say? Shotzi says at Stand & Deliver, they’ll #TCB with Ember’s Law! Challenge ACCEPTED!! But in the meantime, how about they knock some sense into the Way? NOW! Nerf missile, fire! It hits Indi in the stomach! Will that just be a sample of the gut check Indi & Candice are in for at TakeOver?

 

Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai head for gorilla position.

But on the way, they encounter Io Shirai. Shirai tells Raquel, “You cannot kill me!” They brawl!! Referees and Dakota hurry in to stop this, but Raquel SLAMS Shirai off road cases! Raquel storms off, will she give even worse to Zoey Stark?

 

The Pomeranian gets inside the Performance Center!

Seriously, whose pupper is this? He’s going into the CWC!? Is he here to see someone?

 

NXT Media catches up with Roderick Strong.

Where is he going? He has the Battle Royal tonight. He says he’s done. What? Done how? Just all of it. Is Strong… quitting NXT?!

 

Zoey Stark VS Raquel Gonzalez w/ Dakota Kai!

We just saw Io Shirai go after Raquel and get thrown around. Stark was Shirai’s tag partner last week, can she avenge the NXT Women’s Championship just days before TakeOver?

The bell rings and Stark circles with Gonzalez. Gonzalez rushes in but Stark rolls to evade. They circle, Gonzalez works to corner Stark, and then puts her in the corner for haymakers and elbows! Stark dodges to kick and kick but Gonzalez gets her with both hands! Stark slips free to RANA and elbow Raquel in a corner! Stark runs, returns but is put on the apron! She counter punches then shoulders into Gonzalez to slingshot up and over and SHOTGUN back! Stark runs in but the monkey flip is blocked to a FLAPJACK! Cover, TWO! Stark survives and Gonzalez seethes. Gonzalez pushes Stark around, drops an elbow then another, and then another! Cover, TWO!

Gonzalez clamps onto Stark with a thrashing chinlock, then shifts to a high wristlock and chinbar! Stark endures, Gonzalez thrashes her around more, but Stark fights up. Stark fires forearms and knees, whips but Gonzalez blocks! Gonzalez whips Stark to a corner, Stark dodges the corner attack and comes back with a SUPERKICK and SHINING WIZARD! Gonzalez shoves Stark away, runs at her but is dumped outside! Gonzalez staggers on her feet, Stark PLANCHAS, but is caught! Gonzalez powers up but Stark slips off to POST Gonzalez! Dakota ROCKS Stark while the ref is distracted, only to get CLOBBERED! Fans fire up as Stark hurries after Gonzalez in the ring, spin for the KNEE!

Stark fires a forearm, more elbows, then a mule kick to legs! Stark runs for a SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Gonzalez shocks Stark but fans fire up! Stark hurries to a corner and climbs up top, but Gonzalez CLUBS her first, to then get the choke grip! Stark holds ropes, fights back, and kicks Gonzalez away! FLYING BLOCKBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Gonzalez survives again and Stark is losing her mind! Fans are thunderous as Stark drags Gonzalez up and reels her in, but Gonzalez back drops! Stark avoids the elbow drop, goes to heel kick but swings into the DESPERADO BOMB!! Cover, Gonzalez wins!!

Winner: Raquel Gonzalez, by pinfall

Impressive is not the same as victorious, but Gonzalez was both right here! Will Gonzalez do that even more at TakeOver? But here comes Shirai! She’s back for more and they brawl in the ring! Shirai dodges, SHOTGUNS and Gonzalez tumbles out! Shirai is still after her with clubbing forearms! Gonzalez TOSSES Shirai into the boards!! The refs back Gonzalez off but Gonzalez says this is just the beginning! Will the Evil Genius even make it to Stand & Deliver Night One? Is her reign over one way or another?

 

The Pomeranian is on a mission!

He goes up the stairs, walks along the “WE ARE NXT” slogan, but where is he going?

 

Backstage interview with Kushida.

The Time Splitter is part of the Eliminator Gauntlet Battle Royal and can win his way to TakeOver. What are his thoughts? “Tonight, nothing will stop me from-” Pete Dunne shows up, and says he finally heard about Kushida calling himself the best technical wrestler in the world. Dunne tells Kushida that DUNNE holds that crown. So in case you misheard the first time, Dunne dares Kushida to prove him wrong! Kushida did hear Dunne. The battle royal comes first. Will the best technical wrestler in the world today be one of the final six tonight?

 

NXT presents Prime Target: Cole VS O’Reilly.

Cole’s words from last week repeat: Imagine you were born blind, couldn’t see a thing, then one day you wake up and you can see everything. That’s called a revelation, and Cole had one. Cole realized that he didn’t need the UE, the UE was holding him back! And the one who made him realize was KYLE O’REILLY. Cole sits down for a video interview, but says they get no more than 15 minutes.

Kyle says the first time he met Cole was about 11 years ago. They met backstage at a show, hit it off, and little did Kyle know that Cole would become both the biggest blessing, and the biggest curse, to his career. Cole says it was 2009, and from that moment forward, he and Kyle were someway, shape or form were attached. As friends, as rivals, tag partners, all over the world, Cole & Kyle were attached at the hip. Now Kyle’s words repeat. “We’ve known each other for a long time. At least I thought we did.” When the UE first got here, they didn’t care who they stepped on to succeed. They were determined to take the top of the card!

They were shocking the system, making a statement, and didn’t give a damn who was footing the bill! They’ve become better wrestlers, better fighters, champions and stars. But only one became a better man. A better human. “Adam Cole is just the same asshole that walked in this place three and a half years ago!” Kyle forces himself to believe that the last three and a half years meant nothing. That the UE meant nothing. Because if any part of Kyle thinks that for a second, one day these two could be friends again, Kyle can’t put Cole down for good! Cole bought into the UE BS, but it was never about brotherhood.

Cole saw Kyle fail not once but twice, and then wanted Balor to join the team?! Did he lose his mind? But it’s because deep down,. Kyle is nothing more than a lapdog, sidekick, someone comfortable being on the side, and that is NOT Cole! And then things got brutal. Career endangering injuries, legal action and assaults. Regal put it in the only way he could for this boiling point. He won’t let them embarrass the brand SO MANY have worked hard to create. So the solution is Cole VS O’Reilly, Stand & Deliver, UNSANCTIONED!! Cole says Kyle is jealous of him, and is going to remind him who the better man is!

Kyle says Cole is the psycho who tried to end his friend’s career! Kyle sold his soul to the UE and now he wants a refund! “I will not rest until I end you.” No rules, no restraints. Who will win this Undisputed Unsanctioned FIGHT!?

 

Tian Sha VS Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter!

Speaking of friends turned against friends, Xia Li has become the weapon of the warrior of legend, and has attempted to cut ties with KC Squared to the point of trying to cut them off at the knees, literally! But Kacy’s leg is game ready, and they will be the first team to take on Xia and Tian Sha herself as a team! Will KC Squared be subtracted from the equation as Tian Sha looks to “purge” NXT of weakness?

NXT returns and Tian Sha (the team) makes their entrance. Xia starts, Kacy rushes her but Xia throws her! Kacy comes back to get around and hop on as a backpack, and Tian Sha hasn’t gotten up from her throne. Is Xia supposed to do this as a handicap match? Kacy hammers Xia but Xia throws her down hard! Kayden tags in, and she dropkicks Xia down! Kayden bumps Xia off buckles, stomps away but Xia blocks. Kayden ROCKS Xia with a right, tags Kacy and she fires off! Kacy tags Kayden, KC Squared keep on Xia and tag again. Kacy runs in to A-List Lariat! Kacy dumps Xia down for the FLIPPING AX KICK! Cover, TWO!

Xia bails out, Kacy pursues, but Xia RAMS Kacy into the apron, then throws her into barriers! The ring count climbs, Xia puts Kacy in, and fans rally as Xia pushes Kacy around. Xia drags Kacy up to suplex, but Kacy counters to a cradle, ONE!! Kacy spins to CODE BREAKER!! Both women are down, Kayden reaches out but Tian Sha has started to move! Kacy crawls, but Kayden decides to intercept Tian Sha! She eggs Tian on but gets caught in a choke grip! Tian is choking the life out of Kayden on the stage!! Kayden fades out and Tian Sha blows smoke in her face! Now we’ve gone from an unofficial handicap match to an unofficial singles match!

Kacy kicks Xia, runs but into a JUMPING KNEE! Xia hits the SCREW HIGH KICK! Cover, Tian Sha wins!!

Winners: Tian Sha, by pinfall

Xia DID win this all by herself, as far as who was in the ring goes! Kacy and Kayden are both out cold, is this only the beginning of Tian Sha’s conquest of NXT?

 

Backstage interview with Raquel Gonzalez.

She seems to have dominated Shirai again tonight, but how will she carry this into TakeOver? “The same way I do every night, McKenzie.” But Shirai attacks again! Shirai is a backpack but Raquel RAMS her into lockers! The brawl is on again, Raquel knees Shirai low, CLUBS her on the back, and then picks her up with body hands to SMASH her through a wall!! Raquel snarls and says Shirai won’t beat her. “STAY! DOWN!!” Raquel has issued an ultimatum, but will she have to put Shirai down again at Stand & Deliver?

 

The Pomeranian has found his master.

“See you April 13th! <3” – Franky. But who is this? And what does she have in store for the NXT Women’s Division?

 

Tommaso Ciampa speaks.

“Walter, I know you’re watching. Now I need you to listen. The day I went in for neck surgery, my wife and my baby girl gave me this necklace. Now you didn’t know that. And that’s okay. But you reminded me. You reminded me of my journey, reminded me of my story. Sometimes in life, we need to be reminded of who we are. Now I’ve heard what you have to say. Seems like everybody has a lot to say nowadays. It’s all stuff I’ve heard before. ‘He’s old, he’s broken, he hasn’t been the same since the neck surgery, since becoming a dad. He ain’t the 2018 Ciampa! He’s changed.'” But now Ciampa sits here and asks himself, “Are they right?” Has he changed? Yes, in some ways, he has.

But then Ciampa shifts the mindset, blocks out the hate, and thinks of those who believe in him. Danny, Brodie, Kelvin and Kalen. Ja Ray and Bo. His wife and his little girl, Willow. Ciampa hears those voices, sees them, and feels them. At TakeOver, they will remind the world. Ciampa will chase the dragon, climb that mountain, look him in the eye, and CHOP the dragon’s head off! Walter, understand this! Ciampa’s been on top, held the title close to his chest and knows what it is like to fall to the bottom and pick himself back up! To make the climb again! “It changes a man.”

So yeah, Walter, Ciampa’s changed, But he’ll tell you what he’s learned over these past two years. Ciampa would rather be a man who fights for something, than a man who fights with nothing to lose any day of the week and twice on Wednesdays. Is the Blackheart still beating? Is the Psycho Killer still here? In seven days, Stand & Deliver, Walter gets his answer at the cost of his UK Championship! “It’s a long, long fall from the top of the mountain. Buckle up!” Will THAT Ciampa be what ends Walter’s insanely dominant reign?

 

Finn Balor speaks.

“I’ve been expecting Kross for a long time. It was never a case of if, it was always a case of when. It’s TakeOver. The ring may look the same, but the energy is different. When the pressure’s on, it becomes hard to breathe. And the nerves make your legs heavy.” But those rules don’t apply to Balor. Balor’s stamina has always been his strength. Balor doesn’t get gassed out. Kross may try to dictate the pace but that’s just fine with Balor. The longer this goes, the deeper you get into the match, that deep water will drown Kross. There won’t be a fairy tale ending. At TakeOver, Kross chokes, and Balor is still NXT Champion.

 

NXT North American Championship Gauntlet Eliminator Battle Royal!

A long name for a somewhat complex process. It was meant to be a dirty dozen but it might just be down to an excellent 11 with Roderick Strong dropping out. This battle only needs to drop to six to know who is moving on to Stand & Deliver, but that’s only part of it! From the final six to THE last man in the ring, we will learn the entry order for the gauntlet match that sends a man to Night Two! Point is, win it all, and you have the best chance at getting that golden ticket! Will Austin Theory turn out to be Johnny Gargano’s insurance policy in all this?

Isaiah “Swerve” Scott makes his way out first, and Leon Ruff CLOBBERS him! These two have been after each other for a long time, and they’re having it out on the outside first! Ruff rocks Swerve and RAMS him into barriers! Ruff keeps going, Swerve hits back and sends Ruff into barriers now! Swerve puts Ruff in the ring, they keep brawling, the refs warn them to stop because the others have to get in! Ruff clotheslines Swerve out then runs, only for Swerve to scramble to commentary for defense! Ruff is fired up and so is the CWC as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns, Dunne makes his entrance but Tyler Rust, Bronson Reed, Dexter Lumis, LA Knight, Austin Theory, Cameron Grimes, Jake Atlas and Kushida have already gotten in the ring. Ruff is in, Swerve is waiting on the outside, and the bell rings. Swerve slides in to blindside Ruff! Kushida hits Theory, and everyone else pairs off with whoever, except for Lumis who stoically watches the chaos. Atlas fights Rust off, Knight and Dunne brawl, Grimes is after Reed. Reed shoves Grimes away, hits him down, Knight tries to get Atlas out while Atlas is after Rust. Dunne and Swerve brawl but Ruff returns to go after Swerve. Greed resists, Theory is after Reed, but Reed CLUBS Theory!

Grimes drops ax handles on Reed, Rust blocks a tornado DDT to put Atlas on the apron! Bivens gets involved, SWERVE dropkicks and ELIMINATES Atlas! Bivens likes that! But Ruff dumps Swerve to the apron! Ruff fires off but Swerve holds on. Rust CLOBBERS Ruff, but Ruff throws Rust at Swerve! Swerve back drops and ELIMINATES Rust! Bivens doesn’t like that. Meanwhile, Kushida is after Knight, Grimes hits Reed, and Lumis still stares at everyone. Theory keeps Dunne down, Swerve and Ruff go to opposite corners, but Knight stomps Ruff. Swerve gets in to drag Knight off Ruff because he wants Ruff for himself. Reed hits Dunne, Theory hits Reed, Lumis still stares.

Theory whips but Reed blocks to whip and CLOBBER Theory! Kushida has Grimes on the apron but can’t scrape him off. Dunne has Ruff’s arm wrapped around rope and PULLS! No disqualifications in a battle royal! Reed has Theory on the apron and uses a HIP ATTACK to knock him off! But wait! Theory’s feet are in the air! He’s not out of this yet! Theory is a little unsure what to do, and he decides to KIP UP! No, Theory, your feet touch the floor that way! Theory ELIMINATES himself! So much for the Finger Poke of Doom 2021. Kushida brawls with Reed, Reed throws Kushida up but Kushida clings to ropes! Knight is after Reed, he and Grimes work together to dump Reed to the apron!

Reed stays on the apron, ROCKS Grimes but Knight hits back! Reed ROCKS Knight, Kushida handspring heel kicks Reed! Knight hits Kushida, whips but Kushida handsprings to elbow Knight and Grimes down! Swerve boots Dunne, somersaults but into the forearm! Dunne DROPKICKS Ruff then throws him, only for Ruff to rebound, into a wrench! Kushida FAST BALLS Grimes, to PENALTY KICK the arm! Dunne STOMPS Ruff’s arm, and the two best technical wrestlers stare down! Oh, and Lumis stills tares in general. Dunne and Kushida fire off forearms in a brawl as the fans are thunderous! Dunne whips, Kushida reverses but Dunne elbows back!

Kushida hip tosses, cartwheels, into a TRIANGLE! Submissions don’t count in this match, and Kushida cartwheels free anyway! Kushida leaps at Dunne to get the HOVERBOARD! Dunne endures, puts Kushida into ropes and dumps him to the apron! Kushida drags Dunne out and holds onto the Hoverboard! Kushida ELIMINATES Dunne AND HIMSELF!! That means we have our final six!!

Qualified for Gauntlet Eliminator: LA Knight, Bronson Reed, Cameron Grimes, Leon Ruff, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott & Dexter Lumis

Kushida shows no mercy to Dunne, though, as he cranks the Hoverboard on the ramp! Referees pry him off, and things go picture in picture as the battle royal continues!

Knight goes after Reed, Swerve stomps Grimes and stalks Ruff, but Lumis just stays put. Ruff and Swerve brawl again, Ruff throws JABS but Grimes CLOBBERS Ruff! Grimes and Swerve work together to mug Ruff while Knight fights off Reed’s power lift. Ruff flounders, Swerve and Grimes drag him back up. Grimes whips but Ruff rebounds to LARIAT! Swerve goes after Ruff now with body shots. Knight nods to Lumis before going back to Reed. Ruff elbows Swerve away, Knight fires off on Reed, but Reed TOSSES Knight into a corner then clotheslines! Ruff puts Swerve up top but Swerve pulls Ruff’s hair! Grimes get in as Swerve lets Ruff go and Grimes keeps on Ruff with uppercuts!

Reed stands on Knight’s chest, lets off, and Grimes CLUBS Reed. Reed glares at Grimes, Grimes forearms but Reed ROCKS him! Reed throws haymakers, Swerve rains down fists on Ruff in the corner, and Reed throws Grimes at a corner! Knight goes after Reed, Swerve talks trash in Ruff’s face, and NXT returns to single picture. Fans are thunderous as Grimes fights Reed off and Swerve stalks Ruff. Knight talks trash all over, and BREAKING NEWS given what we just saw earlier: Kushida and Dunne look to prove who is truly THE best technical wrestler today as they go 1v1 on Night One of Stand & Deliver!

Swerve stand son Ruff, Reed throws Grimes at a corner and has him upside-down. Grimes holds on but Reed throws endless headbutts into Grimes’ back! Knight looks at Lumis, who is still a statue, and goes after Reed again. Swerve goes to throw Ruff but Ruff slips around to be a sleeper hold! Gargano joins commentary to complain about Regal. Swerve puts Ruff on the ropes, Ruff clings to it, Grimes bails out from the bottom rope for a breather. Grimes has that big brain energy while Reed headbutts Knight! Gargano gets upset with Beth Phoenix calling him out so he mockingly says, “You think you know me.”

Swerve kicks at Ruff but Ruff holds on tight! Reed ROCKS Knight, Swerve SLAPS Ruff then fireman’s carries. Ruff fights that, slips around and sleeper holds. Reed gets Swerve and Ruff for a double stacked fireman’s carry! Reed pops and TOSSES Ruff to ELIMINATE him!

Leon Ruff to enter the Gauntlet Eliminator first

Reed still has Swerve and TOSSES him onto Ruff, and ELIMINATES him!

Isaiah “Swerve” Scott to enter the Gauntlet Eliminator second

First and second are tantamount to the same in a gauntlet, but at least it means Ruff and Swerve can try to settle the score at TakeOver! As for Reed, he snarls but Knight CHOP BLOCKS him! Knight fires off then reminds us who he is before he ROCKS Reed again. Knight wants Grimes to help and they mug Reed at the ropes. Reed DECKS Grimes, ROCKS Knight and HEADBUTTS him down! Reed throws Knight to the apron but Knight throat chops back! Knight slingshots, into a fireman’s carry! Reed wants to throw Knight but Grimes helps Knight out! They both lift Reed, Lumis finally moves! He helps ELIMINATE Reed!!

Bronson Reed to enter the Gauntlet Eliminator third

That was a colossal shift in the dynamic of both this match and next week’s! But now Lumis, Knight and Grimes are the final three! Knight laughs at Reed but he turns around into Lumis’ icy stare. Grimes wants Knight to help him out, and will even pay him some fat stacks if he just throws himself out! The same goes for Lumis! Who’s buying? Lumis ROCKS Grimes, the money goes flying and someone’s getting to know Benjamin Franklin up close and personal as Knight and Lumis throw Grimes out and ELIMINATE him!

Cameron Grimes to enter the Gauntlet Eliminator fourth

Knight brags but it’s going to be either him of the Tortured Artist as the last man in the gauntlet! Knight comes to grips with that, stares back at Lumis, and fans are clearly on Lumis’ side. Knight squares up but Lumis ROCKS him with the uppercut, then DECKS him with that right! Lumis whips, and back drops Knight high and hard! Gargano doesn’t care, his pick was out early. Lumis whips, Knight reverses and Lumis is on the apron! Knight runs over but into a shoulder! Lumis wants to suplex Knight out?! Knight fights that off and hotshots Lumis! Lumis flops down, Knight runs back in, but Lumis dumps him out! Wait, that was a second rope! Knight is in, he TRIPS Lumis and gets back in, Knight wins!!

Winner: LA Knight (enters the Gauntlet Eliminator last)

Gargano is fine with that. LA Knight snatches victory from the jaws of defeat, grabs up some of Grimes’ money, and lets Gargano have it because he’s coming for the gold! Knight says there’s eight days left on Johnny’s reign, and then it’ll be LA Knight’s game! Gargano tells Knight he can’t hang with him, “dummy!” But will it even be Gargano VS Knight? Will one of the other five come up with a TakeOver shocker?

Wait, Io Shirai is on her way to the ring! She gets a mic and shouts, “RAQUEL GONZALEZ!” And in Japanese, she essentially tells Gonzalez to get her ass back out to the ring so they can finish this! This will never be over until Shirai says it will be! Gonzalez storms right out, referees trying to keep her back, and the brawl is on again! Gonzalez throws body shots, Shirai kicks back, and now the Women’s Roster rushes out to stop this! That’s not so easy as Gonzalez gets free and puts Shirai in the ring! But then Gonzalez has to push the other superstars away! Shirai breaks free to ROCK Gonzalez, but she just shoves Shirai back down!

Gonzalez storms in, throws superstars aside, only for Shirai to dropkick her down! Shirai SHOTEIS those in her way, to then SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY the entire roster over!! The fans are thunderous and Shirai is fired up more than ever before! Will the NXT Women’s Champion still be the NXT Women’s Champion?! Will NXT still belong to the Evil Genius?!


My Thoughts:

An awesome go-home to TakeOver! We got a great Prime Target for Cole VS Kyle, and apparently there is a longer version that will play on Peacock TV (or I suppose WWE Network for those outside the US) next week. What we got was still awesome, this is one of the things no one can beat WWE in, and Cole VS Kyle is feeling that much more awesome, and it already felt top tier to begin with. The Pomeranian bit to plug a new recruit to NXT was unique. Is the Pomeranian going to be part of Franky’s (Taya Valkyrie’s?) character. Promos with the pupper, but a pet sitter at ringside? Who knows, but seeing Taya in WWE is going to be great, and maybe one day, she teams up with John Morrison on Raw or SmackDown.

Strong VS Grimes was an oddly placed match to begin with given the battle royal, but I do like that the UE was being used against him. Cole and Kyle are busy, Bobby Fish is still out injured, so an indirect feud with Grimes and basically any person wearing UE merch. Strong “quitting” was interesting. I like that they rolled through the battle royal without him, and I like that Swerve and Ruff brawled beforehand. There was also good promos from Kushida and Dunne before to set their battle in this match up and of course their TakeOver match, that is going to be awesome. I am starting to hope that match determines a challenger for whoever is NXT Champion after TakeOver.

The Way was great all night. Candice & Indi of course won tonight and are getting a title match, but I can’t be sure they dethrone Shotzi & Ember, even at TakeOver. Theory eliminating himself was hilarious. Theory is nailing his role as The Way’s goofball. The final six in the battle royal, aka the Gauntlet Eliminator entries, are quite the surprise. I didn’t think Swerve and Ruff were in, but it’s great that they are, they can just tear it up to start that match. Reed will probably be what eliminates one or both of them, saving a proper blow-off of Ruff VS Swerve for later on. It’s going to be really hard to choose between Reed and Lumis, but I feel Reed and Knight cancel out, and it really should be Lumis that takes on Gargano again.

Kross and Balor had good promos, but I can’t say it really took away or added to their match hype. It was still good that we heard from them, it’s just a logical move, but this match was already at its best possible hype. Escobar had a bit of a rambling promo, but had a really good match with Tyler Breeze. I am thinking Escobar wins the ladder match ONLY because he lives in the States, the majority of the Cruiserweight Division is in the States, and COVID is still getting in everyone’s way. I still defend that Devlin is the better character, Heel or otherwise, but it’s just the circumstances that are ending his reign.

Tian Sha (team and individual) had a really good night against Kacy & Kayden. A little disappointed Tian Sha/Karen Q didn’t get in the ring, but it is good character development to show she isn’t just scary looking, but has scary strength and that scary smoke breath. Xia Li wins it for the team, and I hope she and Tian Sha move up the Women’s Tag Division roster. Shirai going after Raquel again and again was actually awesome stuff, because Raquel got to throw Shirai around to show her strength but Shirai got to show her toughness and aggression. Shirai getting the last laugh was great, but now I can’t be sure what the math says! Raquel might win since Shirai stood tall, but Shirai is proving she is still an awesome champion and asset to NXT, I can’t wait to see what happens.

My Score: 9.6/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/26/24)

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A Block Round 8, but B Block Round 7!

After a few days off, Best of the Super Juniors kicks it back into gear! But will El Desperado and Hiromu Takahashi both stay on track back to the top?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS Ninja Mack; Mack wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kosei Fujita VS HAYATA; Hayata wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Dragon Dia VS SHO; Sho wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Blake Christian; Blake wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney; Taiji wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Kanemaru wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS Clark Connors; Knight wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Robbie Eagles; Hiromu wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS TJP; TJP wins.

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Here are the current A Block standings!

Titan: 5-2, 10 points
El Desperado: 5-2, 10 points
HAYATA: 4-3, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-3, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-3, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-4, 6 points
BUSHI: 3-4, 6 points
TJP: 3-4, 6 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Here are the current B Block standings!

Robbie Eagles: 5-2, 10 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 4-2, 8 points
KUSHIDA: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
SHO: 4-3, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-3, 8 points
Ninja Mack: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points [FORFEIT]
Dragon Dia: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS Ninja Mack!

There’s still time for The Timesplitter to make it to the top, but the American Shinobi no longer has an outside shot. Will the Mack attack bring Kushida’s countdown to zero? Or will Kushida head back to the future?

The bell rings and the fans rally up for “NINJA! NINJA!” Mack and Kushida circle, feel things out, and Mack avoids the leg takedown. They clinch, go around, and Kushida waistlocks. Mack drops to his knees as he pries at the hold, but Kushida floats to a facelock. Mack slips around to waistlock, Kushida switches, Mack switches back, and the two stand. The fans cheer, Kushida tries to use his leg guard, but Mack blocks that. Mack gives a kick, but Kushida rolls to snatch the other leg! Mack falls but he gets the ROPEBREAK, and Kushida lets off. The fans applaud as the two reset, and they are both in fighting stances.

Mack and Kushida circle, then they start firing KICK after KICK! They each duck a kick, then Kushida kicks low. Kushida whips, Mack reverses then hurdles, and then back handsprings over Kushida’s slide! The fans cheer as the two stand off again! Kushida runs up, RANAS, but Mack flips through! The fans fire up and Kushida hits the crane stance. Mack runs up, but into a hip toss! Kushida cartwheels, Mack kips up, Kushida crane stance but he avoids Mack’s dropkick to cartwheel and DROPKICK! The fans cheer as Mack goes to ropes. Kushida KICKS him in the arm, runs, but Mack puts him on the apron!

Mack body shots, CLUBS, and runs to handspring and NINJA SUNSET FLIP! Kushida holds the ropes, throws down fists, and Mack lets go. Kushida goes up and in, builds speed and slides as Mack ducks, to SUNSET FLIP BOMB only for Mack to handspring through! And he handsprings all the way down the aisle through the crowd! The fans are thunderous as Mack strikes another fight stance! Mack runs all the way back in, is put on the apron, and he mule kicks, to then ASAI TORNILLO! Direct hit and the fans are thunderous again! They cheer on Mack as he puts Kushida in and goes up a corner!

Mack aims, leaps, and DIVING HEADBUTTS! Both it was a bit double-edged for Mack! Mack manages the cover, TWO! Kushida is still in this, but Mack clamps on the KIMURA! Kushida endures his favorite hold as the fans rally up! Kushida rises, but then Mack jumps on for the HOVERBOARD! Now Kushida is really annoyed, and he powers his way out of the hold! And then he turns the HOVERBOARD onto Mack! The fans cheer, Mack fights around, wrenches out, and ROCKS Kushida! Kushida KICKS the leg! And KICKS again! Kushida whips, Mack reveres, Kushida handsprings, but into an ARMBAR!

The fans fire up, Kushida fights around, and he rolls back to get free, Oklahoma Roll! TWO but Kushida keeps on Mack, cradle! TWO, and Kushida drags Mack around for another cradle, TWO!! Mack escapes, rolls Kushida up now, schoolboy KICK! The fans rally up as Mack takes aim, LION’S BARRAGE into a HOVERBOARD!! Kushida has Mack caught, but Mack stacks Kushida! TWO, Kushida lets go and runs up but Mack sends him to ropes. Mack hurdles the slide, comes back, but Kushida RANAS! Cover, ONE as Mack sunset flips! Kushida rolls through, goes to stack but Mack tucks Kushida! MACK WINS!!

Winner: Ninja Mack, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kushida earns 0)

It wasn’t Back to the Future but the Return of the Mack! Did the American Shinobi just slam the door shut on Kushida going to the semifinals?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kosei Fujita VS HAYATA!

The Japanese Young Punk is out of the running, but the GHC National Champion has an outside shot, so long as he keeps winning. But will Hayata see The Mighty Don’t Kneel? Or will he leave Fujita lost in the Silence of Darkness?

Fujita gets in Hayata’s face but the ref has him back down. Fujita doesn’t like Hayata being so dismissive of him, so he fires a forearm! The bell rings and the brawl is on! The fans rally up, Fujita knees low and whips, but Hayata holds ropes. Hayata bails out, Fujita pursues and CLUBS him on the back! Fujita puts Hayata in, brings him up, but Hayata CLAWS the eyes! The ref reprimands, Hayata headlocks, but Fujita powers out. Hayata runs Fujita over, things speed up and Fujita sidesteps to arm-drag! And arm-drag again! But Hayata avoids the third! The fans cheer, Hayata brings Fujita up, but Fujita gets that arm-drag after all!

Hayata gets up but Fujita DROPKICKS him down! Fujita drags Hayata up, ROCKS him with a forearm, then whips corner to corner. Fujita runs in but Hayata TOSSES him up and out! Fujita hits apron on the way down, and checks his teeth as he is on the floor. Hayata goes out after Fujita, and POSTS him! The ref reprimands but Hayata smirks as he looms over Fujita. Hayata drags Fujita up, puts him in, and the fans applaud. Cocky cover, ONE! Hayata paces around Fujita, brings him up, and reels him in. Hayata suplexes, but Fujita slips free! Hayata elbows free, avoid the dropkick, then things speed up.

Fujita jumps, but into a Manhattan Drop! Hayata runs to SHOTGUN BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fujita stays in this and the fans rally up, but Hayata looms over him. Hayata taunts Fujita and steps on his face! The ref reprimands, Hayata brings Fujita up, but Fujita fires a forearm! And another! Fujita eggs Hayata on, ROCKS him again, but Hayata knees low. Hayata puts Fujita in a corner, stomps a mudhole in, then digs his boots in! The ref counts, Hayata steps away, then stands Fujita up to CLUB him down! The fans rally for Fujita but Hayata stands him back up. Hayata knees low, whips, but Fujita reverses and GAMANGIRIS!

The fans fire up while both men are down! Fujita grits his teeth and sits up first. Fujita goes to a corner, Hayata goes to the other. Fujita storms up and fires forearms. Fujita whips but Hayata blocks, so Fujita CHOPS Fujita whips corner to corner, runs up, but is put on the apron this time. Fujita ducks a haymaker to ROCK Hayata! Then he springboard MISSILE DROPKICKS! Direct hit and Fujita covers, TWO! The fans rally as we pass five minutes. Fujita waistlocks and deadlifts Hayata, but Hayata fights free! Fujita ducks the elbow to CHOP! Fujita whips, Hayata PELES! Both men are down and the fans rally up again.

Both men stand, Hayata goes to a corner, then runs out to SHOTGUN! Hayata drags Fujita to the drop zone then goes up, SECOND ROPE SAULT onto knees! Fujita saves himself and the fans rally up again. Fujita rises, stalks Hayata, and brings him up. Hayata fires a forearm first, but Fujita gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, then Fujita CHOPS! Fujita waistlocks but Hayata wrenches right out to STRAITJACKET DDT! Cover, TWO! Fujita survives and the fans fire up! Hayata vows to end this, and he gets Fujita up for 403- NO, Fujita fights free, wrenches, drop toeholds, and ties up the legs! CAMEL DEATHLOCK!

Hayata endures, crawls forward, reaches out, but Fujita gets the arms! QUEEN ANGELITO! But Hayata fights and still gets the ROPEBREAK! Fujita lets Hayata go, waistlocks and deadlifts again! Hayata reaches out for ropes, Fujita brings him from ropes, but Hayata spins around! 403- NO, Fujita slips free! Hayata ducks the heel kick, runs, but into a POP-UP GERMAN SUPLEX!! Bridging cover, TWO!! Hayata escapes and the fans are thunderous as Fujita roars! Fujita slashes his throat, drags Hayata up and in, suplex, but Hayata knees free! Fujita fights Hayata’s lift and the fans rally! Hayata gets a leg, FISHERMAN SCREW!

Hayata drags Fujita back up, 403 IMPACT!!! Cover, Hayata wins!

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

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but they can get dropped on their heads! Hayata rolls on, will the GHC National Champion soon become the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Dragon Dia VS SHO!

The Infinity Carat Diamond sure doesn’t feel like it after going 0-6. And when it comes to the House of Torture, the deck is always stacked. Will Dia get lucky in round 7 and finally score? Or will the Murder Machine not take any chances, even this deep into tournament?

Wait, Sho runs up behind Dia! He snatches Dia’s skateboard away! The fans boo but Sho gets a mic to say, “Oi, Dragon Dia’s won every one of his matches, right? Then there’s no point in me wrestling him! So just give me the points now and I’ll give you your skateboard back.” Dia gives chase instead! They go around the outside, then Yujiro appears for Sho to hand off the board! Dia goes after Tokyo Pimp but he gets mugged by them both! The fans boo more but Sho puts Dia in the ring. The bell rings, Sho stomps Dia, and fans boo more. Sho digs his heel into Dia’s ribs, then he steps off, talking trash the whole time.

Sho drags Dia up, whips, but Dia holds ropes and bails out. Sho wants Dia to come back but Dia wants his board! Dia goes after Yujiro but Yujiro rolls the board into the ring. Sho has it now, Dia slides in, only for Sho to roll the board back out to Yujiro! Dia goes for Yujiro but Sho CLUBS him on the back! Sho whips and kitchen sink knees! The fans boo as Sho stretches Dia’s arm and leg, heels digging into Dia’s ribs! Dia endures, crawls his way over and bringing Sho along, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Sho pulls more, but lets off at 4. Dia bails out, and he rushes Yujiro! Yujiro slides the board in, but Dia catches up to it!

Dia and Sho tug-o-war over the board and the ref gets involved. Sho shoves the ref away, then fakes a low blow with the board! The fans boo the farce and Dia defends his innocence! Sho shoves Dia at the ref, takes aim, but Dia blocks the legit low blow! Dia kicks and whips Sho, Sho reverses, but Dia RANAS back! The fans fire up and Dia storms after Sho. Dia whips, Sho reverses but Dia WRECKS Yujiro with a dropkick! The fans fire up, Sho storms out after Dia and CLUBS him! Sho gets the board back, holds it up, but then Dia BASEMENT 619s Sho’s legs out! Sho falls, the board bonking him on the head as he goes down!

The fans fire up as Dia takes aim, and he ASAI MOONSAULTS the House! Dia slides in, gets his board, and the fans cheer as he holds it up! Dia hands the board to Milano Collection AT-san, then storms after Sho. Dia puts Sho in, fires off forearms in the corner, and the ref reprimands. Dia lets off, drags Sho up and whips, but Sho reverses. Sho runs up but Dia dodges, slips around, and then trips Sho to TORNILLO SPLASH! The fans fire up and Sho is on ropes, Dia dials it up, 619! Then STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Sho survives but Dia fires up! The fans rally as he climbs, aims, D D D D- NO, Sho blocks the 4DT!

Sho RAMS Dia into the corner, puts him on the top rope, then runs in, TOP SHELF KNEE! Dia flops down and Sho goes to his corner. Sho grabs his Torture Tool! The fans boo, the ref stops Sho, but Yujiro slips in with the pimp cane! But Dia dodges Yujiro to DROPKICK the pimp! Then he DROPKICKS Sho! Dia has the wrench, hands it to the ref, then runs, but then the ref is used as a shield! SPEAR! Sho’s usual tricks have worked so far, and he vows to put this one away. Sho drags Dia up, gut wrenches, but Dia arm-drags free! Dia jackknife bridges, TWO! Ghost pin, TWO!! Sho escapes but Dia runs up to wheelbarrow, somersault clutch, TWO!!!

Sho escapes by the seat of his pants, but Dia dodges him to ENZIGIRI! Dia runs, rolls, but Sho BOMBS him into the ref! And LOW BLOW for good measure! Yujiro snatches the board away from Milano! SKATEBOARD SHOT!! Dia sputters, Sho runs up, LOADED PUNT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Dia survives and the fans are thunderous! Sho shakes his head, reels Dia back in, gut wrench for the STRONG BLOCK!! Cover, Sho wins!

Winner: Sho, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Dia earns 0)

The Murder Machine holds up Dia’s board then throws it down to stomp on it! Sho needing to cheat even now is just insult to injury, but will he continue to insult this entire division until he’s holding the trophy?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Blake Christian!

The Black Mask is on the hot seat, and now All Heat is looking to burn him! Will Bushi find a way to keep things tranquilo? Or will the now former GCW Champion get everyone all riled up?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Blake puts Bushi on ropes, but Bushi turns things around. The ref counts, Bushi feints a chop then rolls back to taunt Blake. Blake runs up, Bushi avoids the kick to kick back. Bushi whips, Blake reverses but Bushi dropkicks the leg out! Bushi stomps Blake to a corner, CHOPS him, and Blake staggers away. Bushi DOUBLE CHOPS Blake, then stomps a leg. Bushi wraps the leg around ropes, then dropkicks the leg! Blake tumbles away and the fans rally up. Bushi drags Blake around, steps through, and has the TRAILER HITCH! Blake endures, reaches out, and the fans rally as he has the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, Bushi undoes the hold at 4, and he stomps Blake. Bushi reels Blake in, but Blake fights the lift with elbows. Bushi scuffs Blake, but Blake fires a flurry! Blake SOBATS then PELES! Bushi falls, the fans rally, and Bushi bails out. Blake builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! A direct hit but a bit double-edged as Blake hobbles away. Blake stalks Bushi, drags him up and puts him in. The fans applaud and rally, then Blake goes up, but Bushi avoids the double stomps! Bushi runs in, Blake dodges and BOOTS! Bushi falls, Blake rises, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMP to the back! Cover, TWO! Bushi stays in this but Blake smirks.

Blake aims from a corner while the fans rally up. STEP-UP- NO, Bushi sunset flips Blake! TWO, and Blake runs in, but Bushi ROCKS him! Blake PELES again, but then he blocks a kick, ducks the enzigiri, only for the REWIND HEEL to hit! Blake staggers back to a corner, Bushi runs up, but Blake boots him away! Blake somersaults to BASEMENT ENZIGIRI! Cover, TWO! Bushi stays in this and the fans rally up. Blake huffs and puffs as the fans rally up, and Blake drags Bushi up. Blake half nelsons, but Bushi fights the lift! Bushi throws elbows, Blake hobbles, Blake kicks but Bushi blocks! Bushi dropkicks the bad leg out!

The fans fire up, Bushi ties up the legs but Blake reels him into a cradle, TWO! Bushi hurries up but Blake ROCKS him! Blake runs, but Bushi DROPKICKS! Bushi reels Blake in for the SHIN BREAKER! And then the trip, tie up, and FABLE!! Blake endures, crawls around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Bushi lets off at 4. The fans continue to rally, and Bushi drags Blake up for the FISHERMAN- NO, Blake slips free to JUMP KNEE! Blake goes back to the apron, the fans rally up, and Bushi runs up. Blake ROCKS Bushi, shakes out his bad leg, then springboards, but Bushi gets under! Blake handsprings to LETHAL INJECTION!!

The fans are thunderous as Blake goes to the apron! HEAT 450!! BLAKE WINS!

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

Blake was able to reignite that spark and he gets to double digits in this tournament! Will All Heat show GCW they were wrong to doubt him when he becomes the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney!

Bullet Club VS Bullet Club happens a lot in these tournaments, and we’ve seen how Too Sweet can turn sour. And at this point in the tournament, it is all about survival! Will Bone Soldier make sure #ItsReborn? Or will he be outdrawn by the 44 Caliber Abunai Gaijin?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They circle, tie up, and Taiji wrenches, but Drilla goes to ropes. The ref counts, Taiji YANKS the arm, and Drilla shakes it out as he paces. Taiji and Drilla circle again, feel things out, and Taiji kicks. Drilla avoids it, they circle again, and then Taiji kicks low. Taiji CLAWS Drilla’s face, puts him in a corner, and whips. Drilla reverses, runs in, but Taiji slips out, slips under, and RAMS Drilla. Taiji goes up and SEATED SENTONS! The fans fire up and Taiji grins. Drilla snarls as he sits back up, but Taiji clamps on with a cravat. Drilla endures the neck wrench, Taiji snapmares, and sets up.

But Drilla reaches up to headscissor Taiji down, and he NECK TWISTS Taiji first! Taiji writhes, the fans cheer, and Drilla grins now. Drilla drags Taiji up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Drilla digs his boot into Taiji’s neck, but the ref reprimands as it’s almost a choke. Drilla lets off, drags Taiji back up, and he CLUBS Taiji on the neck. Drilla stands Taiji up to UPPERCUT the back of his neck! Then he cravats and CHOKES Taiji on ropes! The ref counts, Drilla lets off at 4, and Taiji sputters. Taiji goes to a corner but Drilla stomps him. Drilla drags Taiji up, hammerlocks, then chinbars to crank the neck!

Taiji endures, reaches out, but Drilla pulls harder! The fans rally up, Taiji fights around, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Drilla lets off and CLUBS Taiji! Taiji throws a body shot, then another! Taiji backs Drilla down but Drilla snapmares. Taiji BOOTS from below to stop the neck twist! The fans rally and Taiji goes to a corner. The fans rally up, Drilla runs in, but Taiji BOOTS him! Taiji reaches up but Drilla stops the rana, so Taiji AX KICKS him! Taiji somersaults and jumps, ZIGZAG! The fans rally up while both men are down, and Taiji rises first. Taiji scoops Drilla, but Drilla turns that around, pops Taiji around, but Taiji fights free!

Taiji waistlocks, Drilla switches and ripcords but Taiji gets around to LA MYSTICA! BONE LOCK!! Drilla endures as that bad arm is being bent back! Drilla fights with the good arm, but Taiji rolls him away from ropes! Drilla endures, claws at the mat, fights around, ROPEBREAK! Taiji lets go in frustration and he shakes out his own bad arm. Taiji says BANG, gets Drilla up, BLOODY- NO, Drilla powers out! Drilla whips, Taiji handsprings, but into a STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Drilla isn’t phenomenal and that’s why Taiji survives! Drilla snarls, aims from a corner, and Taiji rises, GORE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!

The fans fire up as Taiji survives those sudden impact moves, but Taiji is in bad shape all the same. Drilla gets Taiji up, says Too Sweet and lifts, but Taiji flips through to BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Taiji wins!!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Drilla earns 0)

It was a shootout to be sure, but Taiji proves he’s number one with a bullet! Will Taiji make it to the top of the block now? Is Drilla gonna run out of ammo before the end here?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

El Inmortal is riding high at the top of the block, but the Heel Master is at the bottom. Will Kanemaru step all over Titan’s hopes of making it back to the finals? Or will Titan keep the faith until the end?

Oh but of course Kanemaru attacks Titan during his introductions! The fans boo as Kanemaru dumps Titan off the corner, and then to the floor. Kanemaru stomps away on Titan, drags him up, and POSTS him! Titan flounders, Kanemaru stalks him, then Kanemaru stomps some more. Kanemaru puts Titan in the ring, but Titan comes back to WRECK Kanemaru! Titan then DIVES and down goes Kanemaru! The bell rings to get this on record and the fans fire up! Titan stomps Kanemaru, puts him in the ring, then goes up the apron. Titan springboards but Kanemaru uses the ref as a shield! Titan lands on his feet, only for Kanemaru to dropkick the legs out!

Kanemaru grabs that leg, turns Titan over, and SMASHES the knee! Kanemaru then stomps Titan, drags him up, and puts him up top backwards. Kanemaru climbs up, and he goes after the mask! The fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Kanemaru has the laces loose! Titan fights with elbows, Kanemaru falls back, but Titan is still stuck in the Tree of Woe. Kanemaru stomps Titan down, drags him back, and drops an elbow on the knee! Kanemaru has the toehold but Titan endures. Titan claws at Kanemaru, crawls backwards for ropes, but Kanemaru drags him away, for a HALF CRAB! Titan scrambles forward, ROPEBREAK!

The fans cheer and the ref counts, Kanemaru lets go at 4. Kanemaru stalks Titan, kicks him around, stomps the bad leg, then stomps it again. Kanemaru drags Titan up, whips him to ropes, and dropkicks the leg out! Titan writhes, Kanemaru covers, TWO! The fans applaud but Kanemaru drags Titan up. SHIN BREAKER! Titan writhes again, and Kanemaru smirks as he stalks Titan. Kanemaru drops a knee on the knee! Kanemaru then stomps Titan more, drags him back up, and he TOSSES Titan out. Kanemaru goes out after Titan to get the leg, and he SMASHES it on the floor! Titan writhes, the ref reprimands, and Kanemaru leaves Titan behind.

The fans rally for Titan but the ring count begins. Titan stands at 2 of 20, hobbles over at 5 and rolls in at 6. Kanemaru storms up on Titan, brings him up and kicks the leg. Titan fires a forearm! And another! Kanemaru kicks the leg again! Kanemaru whips, Titan holds ropes! Titan BOOTS Kanemaru, runs up, but into a mule kick! Kanemaru whips, Titan reverses and TORNADO DDTS! The fans fire up while both men are down! Titan goes to the apron and roars! Titan aims, springboards and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Kanemaru tumbles out, the fans fire up, and Titan builds speed! Titan FLIES and takes down Kanemaru!

The fans fire up with Titan as he rises again! Titan roars, hobbles over to Kanemaru and puts him in to cover, TWO! Kanemaru stays in this but Titan stays focused. Titan stomps Kanemaru and brings him up. Titan fireman’s carries, but Kanemaru fights and flails! Kanemaru is free but Titan fires off the strike fest! Titan runs, but Kanemaru dropkicks the leg out! But Titan kips up!? And PELES! Kanemaru falls and the fans fire up again! Titan rises again, watches Kanemaru go to the corner, and off comes the armband! Titan runs corner to corner but Kanemaru uses the ref as a weapon! ENZIGIRI! The fans boo but Kanemaru goes for his whiskey!

Kanemaru reaches over the ref to grab the bottle, and he just takes aim at Titan! Titan rises, but he goes Matrix to dodge! CALF KICK and down goes Kanemaru! Titan roars, the fans fire up, and Titan says how’s this?! Leg lock and JAVE INMORTAL!! Kanemaru endures, the ref hurries over, but Kanemaru CLAWS at Titan’s eyes!! Titan lets go of Kanemaru while the fans boo, but Kanemaru goes to a corner. Titan goes to the other, then runs in. Kanemaru BOOTS Titan, goes up, but Tian gets under the leap! Titan kicks, kicks, palm strikes and WHEEL KICKS! The fans fire up with Titan as he rises again!

Titan goes to the corner, skins the cat, and even with one good leg, he DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS into Kanemaru’s boots! Kanemaru rolls Titan up with a high stack, TWO!! Titan flounders, Kanemaru drags him up and whips, but Titan reverses! But Kanemaru says no tornados, and he THROWS Titan into the ref! Titan sees the ref is down, and Kanemaru YANKS the mask! Titan keeps hold, but Kanemaru LOW BLOWS! Shove and somersault clutch, KANEMARU WINS!

Winner: Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Titan earns 0)

The Heel Master had a game plan and he played it to perfection! Kanemaru is no longer the bottom of this block, but will Titan be able to stay on top?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS Clark Connors!

After what Kanemaru just did to Titan, the window is opening! Will The Jet fly past this War Dog to still have a chance? Or is there going to be No Chaser to follow Kanemaru’s whiskey?

The bell rings and the two run up! Knight leaps over Connors, but Connors comes back to run him over! The fans applaud, and Connors stomps Knight, then CLUBS him. Knight gets up, throws body shots, but Connors CHOPS! Connors CHOPS Knight again in the corner, and Knight growls as he goes along ropes. Connors whips to ELBOW Knight down, and the fans rally up. Connors runs to JUMP ELBOW DROP! He gets Knight right on the bad shoulder, then covers, TWO! Connors keeps cool while Knight clutches the bad arm. Connors brings Knight up but Knight fires body shots. Connors CLUBS Knight and barks at him.

Connors runs, but Knight DROPKICKS him down! The fans fire up and Knight runs corner to corner to clothesline! Knight stomps, UPPERCUTS, repeat! The ref counts as Knight stomps a mudhole in! Knight lets off, puts Connors up, and DROPKICKS him down to the floor! The fans cheer Knight hitting a rather Okada like move, but then Knight PLANCHAS onto Connors! The fans fire up with “KEVIN! KEVIN!” and he goes back for Connors. But Connors kicks Knight’s leg! Knight hobbles away, and Connors brings out a chair! The ref says no, but Knight SUPERKICKS the chair into Connors! Knight says not today, Connors!

Knight picks up the chair, but also stands Connors up. Knight sits the chair up, sits Connors in the chair, then fires off forearms on Connors. Knight gets space, and a lot of it, to run in, go up the apron, and FLYING DROPKICK! The fans are thunderous as Knight shouts, “TSUYOI~!” Knight storms back up on Connors, CLUBS him, then puts Connors in. Knight aims from the apron, but Connors hurries away. Knight hops back down, goes around the way, and storms up to stomp Connors on the ramp. Knight stands Connors up to UPPERCUT, then whips him, only for Connors to reverse! Knight goes up the apron, LEAPS, but Connors dodges!

Knight turns around and runs at Connors, but into a SNAP POWERSLAM to the floor! Knight writhes, Connors rises, and the ring count climbs. Connors storms around the way to get that chair! Connors brings it back as the count is 10 of 20, and he just JAMS Knight with it! Connors pushes the chair onto Knight, grabs a Young Lion, and scoops him onto Knight to sandwich the chair! The count is 15 of 20 as Knight crawls away! But then Connors tries to block Knight’s path! Knight jukes and slides into the ring, Connors hurries in at 19! Knight then goes to the apron, springboards in, but he fakes Connors out! Somersault and JET SPLASH!

The fans fire up while both men are down! Knight grits his teeth as he goes to a corner and rises up. Connors sits up, and he fires the first forearm! Knight gives it back! Connors fires another! Knight gives it back! They stand and keep throwing shots back and forth! The fans rally up as they go faster and faster! Connors winds up, Knight blocks to ROCK him! And again! And again and again and again! Knight whips, Connors reverses, but Knight goes up and over! Knight comes back, is put on the apron, but he springboards back in to FLYING LARIAT! The fans are thunderous and Knight hurries to cover, TWO!

Knight keeps cool, brings Connors up and vows to end this. Fireman’s carry, but Connors fights free. Connors spins Knight, Knight shoves Connors, but Connors dodges the dropkick to JEEP FLIPPER! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Connors and Knight slowly rise, and Connors aims from a corner. Connors runs in, but Knight hurdles up and over! Connors comes back, into a SHOTGUN! Knight fires up, runs the ropes, but into a SPEAR!! Connors has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Knight survives from the delay and Connors is stunned! The fans are thunderous as Connors rises again.

Connors brings Knight up, reels him in, and serves it up, but Knight says no to No Chaser! Knight cradles, TWO!! SUPERKICK! Connors stays up, runs in, but Knight pops him up, only for Connors to fight! So no Sky2High, Knight puts Connors up top! Knight ROCKS Connors, climbs up after him, but Connors fights back with body shots! Knight gives those back and drags Connors up, but Connors still fights the superplex! Connors shoves Knight, but Knight returns for the UPPER ROOM! The fans are thunderous again as The Jet gets those engines roaring! SATELLITE- NO, Connors fights out of the DDT, for NO CHASE- DDT!!! Cover, KNIGHT WINS!!!

Winner: Kevin Knight, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Connors earns 0)

Connors is in a daze from that stunning upset! Knight is 4-4, Connors is 4-4, but will this win lead the Intergalactic Jet Setters back to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships in the near future?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Robbie Eagles!

The Ticking Timebomb is just a step behind the Sniper of the Skies in this tournament, but he could blow it all up here tonight. Will Hiromu be within reach of another BOSJ semifinal? Or will Eagles fly high at the top of the block?

As before, Hiromu offers a framed and signed headshot to Milano Collection AT-san, and Milano Collection AT-san gladly accepts. The fans rally and duel, and it sounds pretty even to Eagles. The bell rings and the “HI-RO-MU!” comes out a bit stronger. The “ROBBIE! ROBBIE!” counters, but then Eagles has everyone quiet down. Eagles starts a “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI! ” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” The fans cheer, but Hiromu tries now. “HIRO HIRO HIRO!” “OI OI OI!” “HIRO HIRO HIRO!” “OI OI OI!” “HIRO!” “OI!” “HIRO!” “OI!” “HIRO HIRO HIRO!” “OI OI OI!”

The fans cheer again and Eagles shrugs at the fans. Eagles and Hiromu circle, tie up, and Eagles wrenches to a wristlock. Hiromu spins, slips through, hammerlocks then headlocks. Hiromu hits the takeover, Eagles the headscissors, and Eagles holds on tight. Hiromu fights around, traps Eagles’ legs and pops out, to then get the headlock back. Eagles fights around, stands up, but Hiromu wrenches to wristlock. Eagles spins, drop toeholds, and then ties up the legs in the RON MILLER SPECIAL! Hiromu scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go and the fans applaud as Hiromu bails out.

Eagles taunts Hiromu, Hiromu returns and CHOPS! Hiromu chest bumps Eagles, so Eagles CHOPS back! Hiromu CHOPS, Eagles CHOPS, repeat! The fans “WOO~” with each CHOP, and then Eagles storms out of the ring. Eagles wants Hiromu to join him so Hiromu obliges. The CHOPS continue back and forth, harder and harder, then they both go into the ring! The CHOPS just keep going, and then Eagles bails back out! The fans fire up with Eagles, and we get more CHOPS back and forth! The ring count starts as the CHOPS keep going! Both men egg the other on, CHOP more, and we’re past 10 of 20!

The CHOPS keep flying back and forth, even as we hit 15! 16! 17! 18! 19!! Both men slide in, but then Eagles slides right out! Eagles gets Hiromu’s legs tied up, for a DOUBLE KNEE BUSTER to the floor! Hiromu writhes, the fans rally, and Eagles stalks Hiromu around the way. Eagles gets the bad leg to DDT it to the floor! Hiromu writhes and flounders, Eagles refreshes the count, but the ref reprimands Eagles. Eagles waits as the ref checks Hiromu, then he eggs Hiromu on. Hiromu rises but Eagles KICKS the leg! And KICKS it again! Hiromu gets in the ring, Eagles pursues, but the Hiromu bails out the side again.

Eagles goes back out after Hiromu, drags him around, and then UPPERCUTS the leg! Hiromu writhes, Eagles stands on the knee, and the fans are torn. Eagles mocks the fans booing him, and he brings Hiromu up. Eagles puts Hiromu in at 8 of 20, then drops an elbow on the leg! The fans rally, Hiromu endures, and Hiromu drags Eagles along for the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Eagles lets off at 4. The fans rally for Hiromu while Eagles mockingly says tranquilo. Hiromu drags himself up with the ropes, and he storms up on Eagles to CHOP! Not as much edge as before, but Hiromu CHOPS again! And again! Eagles kicks the bad leg!

Eagles runs, Hiromu follows, and Hiromu RAN- NO, Hiromu’s legs can’t hold on for him! Eagles then lines up a shot to PENALTY KICK the leg! Hiromu hobbles around and Eagles pushes him to a cover, ROPEBREAK! Hiromu’s good leg saves him, but Eagles kicks Hiromu around. Eagles steps through to have the SNAP LOCK! Then the FIGURE FOUR! Hiromu endures, drags Eagles along with him, ROPEBREAK! Eagles holds until the ref counts, then lets go at 4. Hiromu clutches his knees and Eagles mockingly encourages the fans to cheer. Eagles ROCKS Hiromu, lets out a “WOO~!” then steps through. But Hiromu kicks and kicks, so Eagles KICKS the leg!

Eagles rolls Hiromu to his feet, hooks him up, TURBO- NO, Hiromu CLUBS free of the backpack! Eagles CHOPS and Hiromu staggers away! Eagles runs up but into a BOOT! Hiromu then gets Eagles for a HANGING HEADSCISSORS, but Eagles fights free to have a HANGING CRAB!! The ref counts, Eagles lets go and Hiromu falls to the floor. Eagles runs up to DIVE! Direct hit and the fans fire up for Eagles! Eagles then drags Hiromu up, puts him in the ring, and the fans rally again. Eagles aims, springboards, MISSILE DROPKICK to the legs! The fans fire up, Eagles grabs the leg, but Hiromu BOOTS him into buckles!

The fans rally as Hiromu crawls away to the far side. Eagles runs up, DOUBLE KNEES! Eagles returns, BASEMENT 619! He sweeps the legs out, runs back in, METEORA! But Hiromu blocks?! Hiromu lifts Eagles up from there, and BACK DROPS Eagles away! The fans fire up as Hiromu turns things around on Eagles! Hiromu grits his teeth, rises up, and Eagles is in the corner. Hiromu runs in to clothesline! Snapmare, and basement dropkick! The fans fire up as Hiromu rises again. Hiromu hobbles over, brings Eagles up but Eagles swings! Hiromu spins Eagles for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Eagles is still in this and the fans continue to rally.

Hiromu rises, hobbles back to Eagles, and drags him up. Hiromu fireman’s carries, but Eagles fights free! Hiromu hobbles and falls into the corner he was aiming for, and the fans rally again. Eagles and Hiromu both slowly rise, and Hiromu hobbles after Eagles. Eagles fireman’s carries, slips Hiromu into the backpack, but Hiromu fights free! Hiromu swings but into a clinch! SPINEBUSTER! Turnover and Eagles has the legs, DEATHLOCK STOMP! Hiromu writhes and the fans rally again. Eagles stands, storms over to Hiromu, and KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! Eagles runs, but into a fireman’s carry! But he slips free!

Eagles dodges the elbow, Hiromu dodges the boot, and Hiromu waistlocks. Eagles switches, half nelsons and spins Hiromu, has the leg, SLAP and CLUB, TURBO- NO, Hiromu flips through to VICTORY ROYALE but Eagles braces himself! RON MILLER SPECIAL!!! Hiromu flails, claws, crawls, but Eagles pulls on the bad leg! Hiromu fights, reaches out, scrambles forward, ROPEBREAK!! Eagles lets go in frustration, but floats right to the cravat! ASAI DDT!! The fans are thunderous as Eagles goes up the corner! Eagles takes aim, but Hiromu crawls to the corner. Hiromu stands, Eagles ROCKS him with a forearm!

Hiromu shakes that off, tries to climb, but Eagles ROCKS him again! Hiromu still tries, Eagles ROCKS him again and again! And SLAPS him! And CHOPS him! And fires more forearms! Hiromu holds onto ropes to stay on the corner! Eagles kicks at Hiromu again and again, ROCKS Hiromu, but Hiromu SUPERKICKS! And SUPERKICKS again! Eagles wobbles up top and the fans rally! Hiromu climbs up after Eagles, brings him onto a shoulder, then into a gut wrench position! Hiromu tucks Eagles in, but Eagles fights free! TURBO BACK- NO, Hiromu slips free for TRIANGLE D!! Eagles flails as Hiromu squeezes tight!

Eagles fights around, reaches out, but he’s starting to fade! The ref checks, the arm drops once! The arm drops twice! But Eagles comes back to life! Eagles deadlifts Hiromu to BUCKLE BOMB him!! The fans are thunderous as both men are down! The fans rally up, Hiromu rises, but Eagles runs in! Hiromu ELBOWS, KICKS, and then KICKS again! But Eagles ducks the superkick to ROUNDHOUSE! SUPERKICK! Hiromu ROLLING ELBOWS! Eagles PELES! Hiromu SUPER- NO, Eagles catches the foot! But Hiromu pushes free to SUPERKICK after all! Hiromu roars, runs, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! But Eagles stays up!?!

Both men stagger, Eagles runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER finds him again!! Hiromu roars, the fans are with him, and he gets Eagles for TIMEBOMB MK- NO!! Eagles kicks and throws knees! Hiromu just tries again, but Eagles slips it around! TURBO BACKPACK!! Both men are down and the fans are electric! Eagles crawls to a cover, TWO?!?! But Eagles just goes into the RON MILLER SPECIAL!!! Hiromu endures, flails, pushes back, but Eagles CLUBS the bad leg! Hiromu fights forward then, reaches out, but Eagles drags him back to center!! Hiromu flails, grits his teeth, and Eagles pushes on the legs!

Hiromu looks around, grits his teeth and makes his way forward! But Eagles drags him back! AKNLE LOCK, and Eagles KICKS and KICKS and KICKS the legs!! RON! MILLER!! SPECIAL!!! Hiromu pleads with the ref, grabs at him, but the ref gets free! Hiromu claws at the mat and the fans are thunderously rallying! Eagles tries to drag Hiromu back but Hiromu still fights forward, to the ROPEBREAK!! KNEE DROPS ON THE KNEES!! Eagles roars and the fans are going nuts! Eagles aims, BANG and- NO, Hiromu ducks Hyperion to HIROMU-CHAN ROLL!! HIROMU WINS!!!!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Eagles earns 0)

Eagles is absolutely flummoxed as to how he got caught! He had Hiromu dead to rights and yet couldn’t finish him off! Is the Soul of PWA going to miss out on the semifinals? Does the Timebomb still have time on the clock for his own shot?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS TJP!

The Rogue Luchador could stand alone as the ONLY 6-2 in this entire tournament, all but guaranteed a spot in the semifinals. But the Public Enemy wants to prove he’s still a worthy successor to Will Ospreay. Will TJP conquer Desperado for the United Empire? Or is Desperado going to make good on his promise to himself and the world?

The fans already rally for “T J P! T J P!” Despe nods, the bell rings, and the fans rally up again. The two circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. They go shoulder to shoulder, fight for the advantage, and Despe hooks TJP’s leg to push him back. TJP bridges, fights up, but Despe puts the arms back down. TJP breaks one knuckle lock to focus on the other, and he powers Despe down with a top wristlock. Despe rolls back, stands up, wrenches to a wristlock, but TJP endures. TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, and drops to TWIST RANA! The fans cheer as TJP has Despe down in the headscissors! Despe bridges up, but TJP pushes him down.

TJP floats to a top wristlock but Despe bridges to avoid a pin. TJP brings Despe up, wrenches, hammerlocks, then spins Despe to trip him for a standing toehold. Despe turns over, reels TJP in but TJP flips Despe back over. Despe wants an armbar but TJP rolls! Despe still wants the arm but TJP slips through and ties up Despe’s legs, and brings him into the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Despe endures, pops free, covers, ONE! TJP stands, sweeps, covers, ONE! TJP handsprings up and the fans cheer! Despe also applauds, and he resets with TJP. The two circle, feel things out, and tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. Despe puts TJP on ropes, lets off, but then wraps an arm around ropes!

Red Shoes reprimands as Despe pulls on the arm. Despe lets off, but then CLUBS the arm! Despe stalks TJP along ropes, whips him, but TJP reverses. Despe sunset flips, TJP rolls through to high stack with knuckle locks! TWO as Despe gets one arm up! TJP puts that arm back down, TWO as the other arm comes up! TJP steps through on the legs, ties Despe up, SHARPSHOOTER SURFBOARD HYBRID!! Despe endures, TJP drops him into the deathlock, then goes back to the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Despe endures, TJP drops him into a cover, TWO! Despe escapes and TJP paces while the fans fire up.

Despe shakes out his arms but TJP gets him up. TJP whips, hip tosses, and FIST DROPS! TJP then runs up to NECK SNAPPER! Cover, ONE, but TJP clamps onto the bad arm. Despe endures as TJP digs his elbows in, but Despe reaches out to ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go and Despe goes to a corner. Red Shoes has TJP stay back while Despe checks his arm. Despe stands, TJP drags him out and trips him, to then trap the good arm, and make the bad arm a DARK SACRIFICE! Despe writhes and flounders out of the ring! TJP waits as Red Shoes checks Despe, and Despe seems okay to continue. The ring count starts, and Despe sits up at 6 of 20.

Despe stands at 9, shakes out the bad arm, then heads inside. Despe rolls in at 15, but TJP’s right on him! TJP puts Despe in a corner, BOOTS the arm, YANKS it, then whips corner to corner hard! Despe slumps down, the fans rally, and TJP storms up. Despe throws body shots but TJP UPPERCUTS! TJP whips, Despe wrenches, hammerlocks and RAMS TJP into buckles! Despe then WRINGS the arm out! TJP writhes, the fans rally, and Despe hammerlocks TJP’s arm, for a SNAP LOCK! Despe is evening the score with TJP, and now TJP shakes out the bad elbow. Despe storms up to get the arm, and YANKS it! And YANKS it!

Despe wrenches, clamps onto the arm, then CLUBS it! TJP writhes, shakes out the arm, but so does Despe. Despe storms up on TJP again, steps over and HIP DROPS the bad arm! Cover, ONE! The fans applaud as TJP grits it out. Despe clamps back onto TJP for a motorcycle stretch, and he steps over TJP’s head! Despe then steps around to hammerlock one arm, and cording hold the other, then HALF CRAB! TJP uses his one free limb for the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and Despe lets go, but “Oops!” SNAP LOCK! Despe grins and taunts TJP while the fans rally. The two go forehead to forehead, and TJP pie faces Despe.

Despe gets in TJP’s face, then CHOPS! TJP CHOPS but that was his bad arm! Despe whips just to YANK the arm, then CLUB it! Despe whips, TJP Spider-Mans to the apron, and Despe runs up. TJP swings but Despe blocks the counter punch, only for TJP to avoid the shoulder! TJP DROPKICKS Despe and Despe flops to the floor! The fans fire up, TJP builds speed to go up and TRIANGLE JUMP WRECKING BALL DROPKICK! TJP puts Despe in, goes up top, and he FLYING FOREARMS! Despe flounders away and the fans rally up more. TJP aims from the corner, runs in, and BACK ELBOWS! Despe sits down, so TJP says it’s time for scrubbing!

The fans rally up as TJP scrubs Despe’s face again and again, then runs side to side, BOOT WASH! The fans want that again, so TJP obliges! TJP scrubs Despe again and again, then goes side to side, but Despe is up! Depse swings, TJP blocks and spins him, to JUMP SOBAT! Despe ends up in another corner, and TJP runs in to BOOT WASH! The fans are thunderous as Despe staggers up. TJP kicks low, Half Hatch for “ICHI!” Then again for “NII!” And then “SAN!” The hattrick is complete and the fans fire up again. TJP climbs, aims, MAMBA- NO, TJP has to bail out as Despe moves! TJP keeps moving, but Despe SPEARS!

Both men are down and the fans rally up again. Despe grits his teeth and smacks some sense into himself as he sits up. TJP sits up now, both men go to corners. Despe runs in to UPPERCUT! Despe reels TJP in, and suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives and Despe is a little surprised. The fans rally more, and Despe drags TJP up again. Despe gut wrenches for GUITARRA- NO, TJP slips free to hook arms! Despe fights the backslide, flips up and over, then GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO! TJP survives but Despe stands. The fans rally harder as Despe drags TJP up and underhooks. But TJP drops to a knee to fight the lift!

Despe tries again but TJP still fights. Despe KNEES TJP, but TJP RAMS Despe into buckles! TJP staggers away, comes back, but is put on the apron. TJP swings, Despe blocks and HOTSHOTS the bad arm! TJP sits on the apron, Despe goes up the corner. Despe deadlifts TJP to the top rope! TJP fights with body shots! Despe CLUBS TJP, underhooks, but TJP fights again! SUPER GOURD BUSTER! TJP has Depse down, aims, MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! And Despe has a KIMURA!! TJP scrambles over, reaches out, but Despe rolls him away from ropes! But TJP stands, wrenches, LA MYSTICA into IRON OCTOPUS!

But Despe powers out! STRETCH MUFFLER!! TJP endures, reaches out, but ends up in NUMERO DOS!! But TJP drags Despe down to a cradle, TWO!! Despe blocks a kick, but TJP hits an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN, into a PACKAGE! TWO!! Despe is free and he ROCKS TJP with a forearm! Despe aims another but TJP blocks it to spin him! ROLLING LARIAT from TJP!! The fans are thunderous as both men are down! TJP and Despe stir and crawl. TJP goes to a corner, Despe rises up and glares. Despe runs in but TJP goes up and over! TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up and “T! J P! T! J P!” aims from the corner!

TJP says crowns up, ONE BY- OLYMPIC SLAM!?! TJP staggers up, into GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives again and the fans are thunderous! TJP sputters, Despe roars, and Despe drags TJP up. Despe underhooks, but TJP wrenches out! IRON OCTOPUS! Despe pops out, underhooks, PINCHE- NO, TJP fights that to BACK DROP! Bridging cover, TWO as Despe bridges!! TIGER DRIVER- RANA!! SUNSET FLIP!! TWO!!!! TJP escapes, the fans are thunderous, and TJP SUPERKICKS! But Despe SPINEBUSTERS!! Both men are down again and the fans are electric!

TJP and Despe stir, and both men crawl to ropes. TJP is on the apron, Despe makes his way over. Despe stalks up behind TJP, drags him up, and underhooks! The fans are going nuts as Despe lifts! But TJP slips to the inside! Despe ROCKS TJP, brings him up, but TJP goes to suplex! Despe fires body shots, but TJP still tries! TJP hangs Despe out to dry! TJP goes up, GUILLOTINE MAMBA!! Then TJP sets up in the corner! Despe rises, into ONE BY ONE!!! Cover, TWO!!! TJP is shocked, but he hurries to reload! TJP’s doing this one for Akira! NOVA FIREBALL!! And MAMBA SPLASH!!! Cover, TJP WINS!!!

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

Once again, back is the incredible, the graps animal, the uncannable, TJP! Public Enemy Number One brings Desperado down! Will the Rogue Luchador have to fight harder for his dream of being the Best of the Super Juniors?

As for TJP, the fans cheer him on as he gets the mic. “Tanoshi, desu ka? <That was fun, wasn’t it?>” The fans cheer that! TJP again asks if they had fun, and the fans cheer again. TJP apologizes, he’s just tired. TJP says that Best of the Super Juniors 31, “It’s not easy. I’m tired… Everything hurts… But TJP is still alive!” The fans cheer that! So again he asks, are they having fun? The fans cheer again! “Arigato gozaimasu. <Thank you very much.>” A female fan offers a very nice sign, and TJP accepts it. And gives it a kiss! The fans cheer that, too! TJP says he sees many of these signs in every section. Please, hold them up.

The fans cheer and oblige, and TJP points out each one. TJP holds up the one he has and thanks everyone again. “This isn’t too difficult for me. Next, I meet Titan, and Titan, this is for you.” In Spanish, TJP says, “Two years ago in BOSJ, it was Titan VS TJP. Titan won that one. Also, two years ago, it was LIJ VS Catch 2/2 in Super Junior Tag League. Titan won that one. Last year in BOSJ, it was again Titan VS TJP. Titan won that one, as well. And last year’s Super Junior Tag League, Catch 2/2 were champions, but Titan won that one. Simply put, TJP needs to make a change. TJP needs to change.”

TJP again thanks the fans again, and says “United Empire! Crowns up!” The fans cheer and the Public Enemy is gearing up for one final round! Will he bring out the side of him that can defeat even El Inmortal?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Titan: 5-3, 10 points
El Desperado: 5-3, 10 points
HAYATA: 5-3, 10 points
Blake Christian: 5-3, 10 points
Kevin Knight: 4-4, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-4, 8 points
TJP: 4-4, 8 points
BUSHI: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Kosei Fujita: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

Taiji Ishimori: 5-2, 10 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 5-2, 10 points
Robbie Eagles: 5-3, 10 points
SHO: 5-3, 10 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 4-3, 8 points
KUSHIDA: 4-3, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-3, 8 points
Ninja Mack: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points [FORFEIT]
Dragon Dia: 0-7, 0 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

Another great round for BOSJ as we approach the end of the round robin phase. Some great shockers in this round, too, like Taiji turning things around on Drilla, Knight turning things around on Connors, and Hiromu snatching Eagles all in those final moments. Sho cheating Dia and Kanemaru cheating Titan should’ve been expected, though. Certainly more the former than the latter, I thought Titan was gonna get up to six wins. But then TJP has an awesome match with Desperado and takes the win, keeping Desperado even with Titan. And as such, if TJP wins against Titan in A Block’s final round, he could very well pull of that historic comeback to get a spot in the semifinals.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Double or Nothing Results & Report! (5/26/24)

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Sin City is All Elite!

AEW’s fifth anniversary goes Double or Nothing, and The Elite are risking it all in Anarchy in the Arena! Will “Team AEW” tear down our corrupt EVPs?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Buy-In – Deonna Purrazzo VS Thunder Rosa; Deonna wins.
  • Buy-In – Six Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Cage of Agony; The Acclaimed & Billy win.
  • AEW International Championship: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins and becomes the new AEW International Champion.
  • Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Championships: Bullet Club Gold VS Death Triangle; Bullet Club Gold wins and retains the titles.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship: Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Serena Deeb; Storm wins and retains the title.
  • Orange Cassidy VS Trent Beretta; Cassidy wins.
  • FTW Championship Triple Threat: Chris Jericho w/ “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Hook VS Katsuyori Shibata; Jericho wins and retains the title.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Title Eliminator: Jon Moxley VS Konosuke Takeshita w/ Don Callis; Moxley wins and denies Takeshita a title match.
  • AEW TNT Championship Barbed Wire Steel Cage Match: Adam “Edge” Copeland VS Malakai Black; wins and
  • AEW TBS Championship: Willow Nightingale VS Mercedes Mone; wins and
  • AEW World Championship: Swerve Strickland VS Christian Cage w/ The Patriarchy; wins and
  • Anarchy in the Arena: Kazuchika Okada, Jack Perry & The Young Bucks VS Bryan Danielson, Darby Allin & FTR; win.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Double or Nothing Buy-In!

Join Renee Paquette, RJ City and “Double J” Jeff Jarrett in discussing, analyzing and predicting the high stakes, high reward, high octane action set for Sin City tonight!

 

Backstage interview with Charlie Ramon.

Lexy Nair is with AEW’s Special Match Coordinator, and she asks him what goes into tonight’s Barbed Wire Steel Cage? “In this instance, you have a cage that stands over 15 feet tall from the ground up and it weighs over 3,000 pounds. However, woven throughout it will be over 500 feet of barbed wire.” Unbelievable! Now, Adam Copeland was part of the planning process, how did that go? Charlie would normally say it went well, but in this case, Tony Khan’s absence, a lot of emotion, he’ll just say it’s been tough. Then that said, how dangerous is this match? What can we as viewers prepare for?

Normally, a cage match is about ending a feud. In this case, this cage is built for destruction. Then this just got a lot more real. Lexy thanks Charlie for his time, are we about to see the end of one man’s in-ring career?

 

Buy-In – Deonna Purrazzo VS Thunder Rosa!

The Virtuosa took offense to La Mera Mera trying to jump the line right from the moment she returned to action, and ever since, it has been a back and forth both with fists and with words. But Deonna’s been doing a lot more running and hiding than Rosa expected, so it is time to put up or shut up! With the women’s titles on the line later tonight, who wins their spot as next in line?

The bell rings and the fans rally up already. Rosa and Deonna stare down, circle, and tie up. They go around, break, and the fans are dueling. Rosa has the majority share, the two go again and tie up. Rosa arm-drags but holds onto the grapple. Deonna arm-drags but also holds onto the grapple. They get up, go to a corner, and the ref counts. Deonna lets off, but RAMS into Rosa! The ref reprimands, Deonna stomps Rosa, then digs her boot in! The ref counts, Deonna lets off and soaks up the heat. Rosa rises up but Deonna whips her. Rosa reverses to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Rosa whips Deonna but Deonna KICKS back!

Deonna swings, Rosa ducks ‘n ‘dodges to tilt-o-whirl RANA! The fans fire up, Rosa throws off the sleeves and runs in to ELBOW! The fans fire up more as Rosa goes corner to corner, but Deonna ELBOWS back! Deonna brings Rosa around to whip but Rosa goes up and over. Rosa DROPKICKS Deonna, the fans fire up, and Rosa grins as she storms back up on Deonna. Rosa stands Deonna up, but Deonna breaks free. Deonna swings, Rosa gets around and arm-drags her away! Deonna bails out, Rosa builds speed and WRECKS Deonna with a dropkick! The fans fire up and Rosa says, “Thank you very much.”

Rosa puts Deonna in, but Deonna bails out. Rosa storms up but Deonna BOOTS her down! The fans boo but Deonna soaks up the heat. Deonna scuffs Rosa, refreshes the count, and she RAMS Rosa into the apron! The ref reprimands, but Deonna CLUBS Rosa in the chest! Rosa gets in the ring, Deonna follows, and she paces around Rosa. Deonna stands on Rosa’s hand, talks trash on her, “This is what you wanted!” But Rosa fires body shots in return! Deonna DECKS Rosa, brushes herself off, then drops a leg on the arm! Deonna scissors the arm but Rosa endures. The fans rally, Deonna shifts around to wrench the arm, but Rosa fires a forearm shot!

Rosa fires more shots but Deonna WRINGS that arm out! Cover, TWO! Deonna is annoyed but she keeps close as Rosa writhes. Deonna grabs the bad arm, kicks it, then knuckle locks to step over. SNAP LOCK! Deonna drags Rosa to a cover, TWO! The fans rally with “SI SE PUEDES!” Deonna YANKS the bad arm, YANKS it again, and then wrenches for an ELBOW BREAKER! Rosa pulls hair, but Deonna wrenches and CLUBS away on the arm! Deonna grinds the bad arm, pulls at Rosa’s hair, but Rosa fights up! Rosa pushes back to a cover, TWO! Rosa has Deonna’s legs, for a SEATED SURFBOARD!

The fans fire up as Rosa pulls Deonna back, then hooks her up. Deonna fights the pendulum and ROCKS Rosa down! Cover, TWO! Deonna clamps onto the bad arm for a top wristlock! Rosa bridges to alleviate pressure and the fans rally up. Rosa fights to sit up, then arm-drag free! Rosa runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but DOUBLE LARIATS take both ladies down! The fans fire up again as the two stir. The dueling gets louder, but it still seems like Rosa has the majority if by only a few. The two go forehead to forehead, shout at each other, and Deonna SLAPS! Rosa SLAPS back! Rosa LARIATS! And NECKBREAKER!

Rosa pounds the mat and fans rally as Deonna goes to ropes. Rosa fires up, runs in, DROPKICK! Deonna flounders, Rosa shrieks and covers, TWO! Deonna survives but Rosa keeps her focus. Deonna bails out to the apron but Rosa runs up. The fans cheer on “Women’s Wrestling!” as Rosa ducks the haymaker and ROUNDHOUSES! Rosa goes up and up, but Deonna SLAPS her first! Deonna puts Rosa in the Tree of Woe, then takes aim! Deonna runs up, and RAMS into Rosa! Then she YANKS Rosa out of the Tree, covers, TWO! Deonna is beside herself but Rosa is tough! Deonna slashes her throat as she reels Rosa in, but Rosa wrenches out!

Rosa wrangles Deonna but Deonna fights, so Rosa shifts to a COBRA CLUTCH! The fans fire up and Rosa becomes a backpack. Deonna RAMS Rosa into buckles, arm-drags free, then runs up, but Rosa ROLLING ELBOWS! Cover, TWO!! Deonna survives that shot but Rosa snarls. Rosa drags Deonna up, reels her in, and says it’s time! But Deonna wrenches out to wrangle Rosa! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Rosa endures, Deonna pushes on the arm, but Rosa rolls her to a cover, TWO! Deonna swings, Rosa gets around, BACKSTABBER! Rosa glares, clamps on, but Deonna fights the Cobra Clutch! Rosa grinds Deonna down, COBRA CROSSFACE!!

Deonna fights forward, reaches out, but Rosa kicks ropes, only for Deonna to roll her to a cover! Deonna holds ropes! DEONNA WINS!!

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by pinfall

Rosa is shocked! The Virtuosa proved she’s an expert in stealing the win, because she just did that here! Rosa is about to lose her mind, but is Deonna going to use this move on to bigger things?

 

Backstage interview with The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn.

Lexy is now with Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Daddy Ass, and says they are facing the #CageofAgony up next, how are they feeling? Billy tells “Penny” that they’re feeling magnificent! And does she know why? Here’s why. Last night, Billy was scrolling through social media, because that is what Billy does, and he comes across Cage & Agony whining and complaining. Brian Cage is always asking “Who Betta?” Well, one, two, three, three betta. Caster says that’s right! That’s right! Brian Cage and his two boys wanna say Caster’s name? They wanna blame Caster for losing Cage’s match? They’ve said his name, but Caster wants to know their names! He still hasn’t learned ’em.

Caster is a fast learner, he went to college, and yet he still can’t remember their names! How long have they been in AEW? How many times have they said their names? Caster couldn’t tell ya. So they wanna say last night on Collision was the biggest night of their career, then guess that’s true! Because they were in the ring with the best wrestlers alive, The Acclaimed! But that match for them was just another day at work. So y’know what? They wanna take it personal? Caster’s taking it personal! He has to wrestle them again, has to lend them his story power, The Acclaimed’s star power, to those three once again!

Caster could’ve been anywhere else, but he’s gotta be here. Caster’s respect is hard to earn, and Cage, you and your two boys, they don’t have any of it! That’s said humbly by the best wrestler alive! Mic drop, BETCH! Bowens steps in to say there’s so much to talk about! They’re live in Las Vegas, the MGM Grand, Double or Nothing! Brian Cage, with your big strong muscles, acted like a little biyatch needing to kick Bowens in the nuts just to win! And now Cage is bringing his boys into this, “The Cage of Agony.” Well Bowens is a #GayInAgony having to listen to Brian whine! Want your name in lights? Here you go! Step up to the plate!

When it is all said and done, all their names will be are NOTHING next to The Acclaimed as they whip some ass all over the strip! And after this, The Acclaimed is gonna go out, play some poker, pull some slots, and win the jackpot! They’ll celebrate all night long because EVERYONE Loves The Acclaimed! But will Sin City be scissoring at the end of the Buy-In?

 

Renee Paquette is on stage.

She says there is a major announcement to come, so please welcome out Martha Hart and Tony Khan! The fans cheer Dr. Martha walks out on stage with TK, and we clearly have the Owen Hart Cup on stage as well. Renee says it is so great to have Dr. Martha here, sot he floor is hers. She says it is great to be back in Vegas for Double or Nothing. And this is a special year for the Owen Hart Foundation, as it is 25 years of philanthropy and giving back. And because of that anniversary, here’s a little something special in mind for the 2024 Owen Hart Cup. The fans chant for “Owen! Owen!” and she joins in.

Martha says Tony Khan should do the honors here, and tell us all what they have in mind. Tony thanks Martha and says hello to the fans. We’ve got something very special planned as the third year of the Owen Hart Cup! It was on Christmas Eve this past year that Martha had a great idea. She said it’d add even more stakes to this great tournament if the winners were given… WORLD TITLE SHOTS! The fans love that idea! Tony loved that idea, too, and so the time and place for the finals of this year’s Owen Hart Cup should be in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, July 10th, the hometown of Owen Hart!

And yes, the winners this year will receive world championship opportunities… at ALL IN LONDON! Tony thanks Martha for all the great work with AEW, and this is a very exciting time. Tony will see everyone in Calgary and in Wembley, happy five year anniversary for AEW! Who gets in on those brackets to become this year’s King and Queen of Harts and future #1 contenders?

 

Buy-In – Six Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Cage of Agony!

We just heard from Caster, Bowens & Daddy Ass tonight, we heard from The Machine, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona the other night, but now it is time to put up or shut up! Well, except for Caster’s diss track.

“The Cage of Agony sounds like a chastity belt. I’ll whip you all, leave you freaky ass with a welt. He a fan, he a fan, he a fan. Brian Cage, limp pee niz, barely a man! Damn, straight bustin’ on these hoes. He barefoot, you probably suckin’ on his toes! You’re a pervert, probably put your long hair in curlers. Yes, I’m on the mic, and it’s a murder. Brian Cage always dressing up but do not lie. These days, why you cosplay as a top guy? To you other guys, I still don’t know your name. But in Vegas…” “Everybody Loves The Acclaimed!” “See? I didn’t even have to finish that.”

Bowens then gets the mic to again tell “LAAAS VEGAAAAAS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does! Platinum Max just burned up the mic! Will the former AEW World Trios Champions burn the TWO-TIME ROH World Six Man Tag Champions? Or will there still be a question to #WhoBetta?

The trios sort out and Caster starts against Kaun. The fans rally as Kaun says Caster is just talk. But the fans taunt Kaun with “What’s Your Name?” Kaun points to his tights, it’s on his groin! Kaun and Caster tier up, go around, and Kaun puts Caster in a corner. Kaun smothers Caster, lets off at 4, but Caster BACKHANDS him! Caster headlocks but Kaun powers out. Caster dodges, runs, but Kaun drops, hurdles, but Caster waistlocks. Kaun switches, Caster bucks the O’Conner, but then Kaun throws Caster down by his hair! Caster gets up but Kaun LARIATS! Cover, ONE! Caster goes to ropes and uses those as a defense.

Kaun and Caster reset, but in tags Billy Gunn! The fans fire up and Billy tells Cage to get in here! The fans fire up for “DADDY ASS! DADDY ASS!” as Cage tags in. Cage flexes on Billy, the fans boo, but Billy says hold up. Billy flexes and the fans cheer! Billy and Cage circle, tie up, and Cage knees low. Cage headlocks, Billy powers up and out, but Cage runs him over! Billy goes to a corner while Cage soaks up the heat and flexes again. Billy stands back up, Cage talks some trash, but the fans taunt his “LITTLE WEENIE!” Cage and Billy tie up, Billy headlocks, but Cage powers up and out. Billy runs Cage over! The fans fire up as Billy flexes and swaggers!

Billy then says “SUCK IT!” Cage swings on Billy but Billy counter punches! Billy fires hands, whips, but Cage goes up and over to roll Billy! Billy rolls through but Cage basement dropkicks! Cage soaks up the heat, Caster tags in, but the Gates BLAST The Acclaimed first! Cage clotheslines Billy against ropes, they get stuck up there, then finally tip over and out to the floor! It’s chaos now as the teams brawl! Kaun sends Bowens into steel steps! Cage sends Billy into railing! Kaun stomps Caster while Liona sticks Bowens between steps and post! Liona CLUBS Bowens, then SMACKS him off the steps! Cage digs his boots in, Kaun sends Caster into railing!

Liona drags Billy up now, to send into the steel steps! The impact jams Bowens’ bad leg up! Bowens falls in a heap and clutches his leg but the ref reprimands Cage and the others. Cage gets in the ring, Liona and Kaun follow, and they aim at Caster in a corner. Liona runs in to clothesline! Kaun runs in to clothesline! Cage runs in to UPPERCUT! Tag to Kaun, then Cage hauls Caster up to the top rope. Kaun climbs, scoops, TOP ROPE BACKBREAKER! Caster flops to the apron! Liona APRON SENTONS! Cage tags in and he deadlift SUPERPLEXES Caster!! Cover, TWO!! Caster survives and Cage is annoyed but the fans fire up!

Cage tags Kaun back in, they get Caster up and mug him. Kaun CHOPS and Caster falls to his knees! Kaun drags Caster up, CHOPS again, then bumps him off buckles. Tag to Liona, he fires body shots from all sides! Liona snapmares then KICKS Caster in the back! The fans boo but Liona digs his foot into Caster’s face! The ref counts, Liona lets off, and Caster flounders to a corner. Liona stands on Caster again! The ref counts, Liona lets off at 4, and Liona gets in the ref’s face so that Kaun can CHOKE Caster! The fans boo, the ref senses something and reprimands Kaun. Cage tags in, but Caster kicks back!

Caster fires hands but Cage JUMP KNEES! Cage puts Caster back in the corner to RAM into him! And RAM him again! And then CHOP! Cage hoists Caster up top, climbs up, “Who betta than Cage?!” Caster fires body shots! Caster shoves Cage down, Kaun tags in! Kaun ROCKS Caster, goes up, but Caster fires hands! Kaun staggers back, Caster adjusts and CROSSBODIES! Cover, but the ref is busy checking Billy! TWO!! Liona tags in, and he BLASTS Billy! Billy gets up and in but the ref keeps him back! Liona SUPERKICKS Caster, drags Caster to a drop zone, then goes up. Liona fires up, leaps, but Caster avoids the diving headbutt!

The fans fire up as both men are down! Caster and Liona crawl, reach out, but Liona anchors Caster! Caster BOOTS Liona away, hot tags to Kaun and Billy! Daddy Ass rallies on Cage & The Gates with haymaker after haymaker! “SUCK THIS ISH!” Billy TOSSES Cage, clinches Kaun, THE ONE AND ONLY SLAM! Cover, TWO!! But the fans fire up with Billy as he kicks Kaun and tells him, ‘SUCK IT!” But Liona gets in to CLOBBER Billy!! The fans boo but Caster FLYING LARIATS Liona! Only for Kaun to get Caster for a GUTBUSTER! DISCUS LARIAT from Cage! The Gates & Cage get Billy up for a TRIPLE POWERBOMB! Cover, BOWENS BREAKS IT!!

The fans are thunderous as Bowens returns, even with one good leg! Bowens fires haymakers and CHOPS but Cage SOBATS, KICKS, and Liona HEADBUTTS! The fans boo more but Liona just soaks it up. Cage gets a chair and the fans boo, but wait! Chance, the Golden Knights’ mascot, snatches the chair! But now he’s a target! But then Caster goes out to kick Cage, for a FAMOUSER! The fans fire up, but then Liona runs to CLOBBER Caster! Kaun gets Billy but Billy cradles, ACCLAIMED WIN!!

Winners: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn, by pinfall

Kaun is furious, but The Acclaimed snatch victory from the jaws of defeat! Chance celebrates with Daddy Ass, Bowens & Caster while Cage, Kaun & Liona regroup. And then fans fire up for it, as Chance joins in on the SCISSOR PARTY~! With this win here, does The Acclaimed have a chance of going after some gold again?

 

Malakai Black speaks.

“For the life of a creature is in the blood. And I have been given it, from you, to make atonement for yourself on the altar. This altar, this cage, which will serve as your confessional, Cope. And every tear in your skin will serve as an admission of your guilt. This bloodletting, a release from bounds that you put on yourself. I will not stop, I will not yield. No, I will meet you in the abyss that we created together. And I will look you in the eyes, and I will absolve you through torture and death. What do you see when you look at me, Adam?” Is the Dark Father going to become the Face of TNT? Or will he regret pushing The Rated R Superstar to the edge?

 

“There’s been a lot said about this town.”

“A lot more than can never be spoken. Fortunes change with the roll of the dice. Realities shift on the flip of a card. And to win big in this place, you need to be willing to risk big. There is one thing here that is always certain: this place lives for the fight. And the Triple Main Event? That is Vegas. Tonight, will your dreams come true under these bright lights? Or be buried in the desert? Because after all these years, you know that in Las Vegas, it’s Double or Nothing.”

 

AEW International Championship: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Will Ospreay!

The Savior of the Backbreaker doesn’t respect the Aerial Assassin because he still sees that same brash young kid from over a decade ago. But the feeling is mutual because Ospreay still sees the same stuck up veteran who’s always been jealous of Ospreay’s natural ability. These two aren’t fighting to earn respect, they’re fighting to prove they’re the best! Will Roddy make sure this title stays Undisputed? Or does Ospreay prove he is the #BillyGOAT?

The introductions are made, but Ospreay doesn’t wait for the bell, he runs up as Roddy poses! Roddy ducks the Hidden Blade and the brawl is on! The ref rings the bell then tells Taven & Bennett to get outta the ring! Roddy CLUBS away on Ospreay, throws the belt aside, then whips. Ospreay stops himself by holding ropes, then he TOSSES Roddy out! Ospreay aims to PLANCHA, but has to land out as Roddy moves! Roddy runs up, Ospreay dodges him to BOOT Taven into the timekeeper’s area! Bennett runs up but Ospreay TOSSES him into Taven! The fans fire up but Roddy KNEES Ospreay low!

Roddy pulls the safety pads off the railing, but Ospreay fights the suplex! Ospreay swings, Roddy dodges and CHOPS! Roddy whips, Ospreay VAULTS over railing to take out The Kingdom! The fans are thunderous and Ospreay rises. Callis is on commentary and cheers Ospreay on as Ospreay and Roddy stare down. Ospreay gets around to TACKLE Roddy and he fires off hands! Roddy gets up, Ospreay fires more hands! The fans sing “OSPREAY~! OSPREAY OSPREAY OSPREAY~!” and Ospreay CATAPULTS Roddy into the post! Ospreay fires up, the fans are with him, and he storms after Roddy.

Ospreay puts Roddy in the ring, the fans chant “BRUV! BRUV! BRUV!” Ospreay scoops to hit a BACKBREAKER! Cover, ONE! Ospreay stands Roddy to CHOP! And CHOP again! Roddy goes to a corner, Ospreay runs up, but Roddy puts Ospreay on the apron. Ospreay ROCKS Roddy, HOTSHOTS him, but Roddy flounders away. Roddy distracts the ref with talk of a bad neck, and The Kingdom go after Ospreay! Ospreay kicks Taven away, but Bennett gets under him for an Electric Chair Lift! Taven gets in the ring, builds speed, and FLIES! TOPE DOOMSDAY!! Ospreay lands hard on his head and Taven didn’t land much better!

The ref sees Ospreay is down and checks on him. The fans chant “REF, YOU SUCK!” Callis is worried for Ospreay but Ospreay seems okay to continue. Roddy gets Ospreay in and digs at the bandage on Ospreay’s forehead! Roddy gets the bandage off and he punches away on that healed up cut! He wants to bloody Ospreay like he did on Wednesday! The fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Roddy stomps Ospreay right on the forehead! Ospreay goes to a corner, Roddy CLUBS him, then CHOPS him! Roddy clamps onto Ospreay to CLUB him in the head. Roddy then gives Ospreay a STOMP, then drags him into a CAMEL CLUTCH!

Ospreay endures, Callis complains about The Kingdom being ringside to begin with, but Ospreay fires hands from below! Ospreay slips an arm through the chinlock to CLUB Roddy. Roddy KNEES Ospreay down, then soaks up the heat from the fans. Ospreay throws a body shot, Roddy hits back, and they go back and forth! Ospreay gets the edge, whips, but Roddy reverses. Ospreay still catches Roddy to a COBRA TWIST! But Roddy HIP TOSSES free! Cover, TWO, but Roddy clamps onto Ospreay with a CROSSFACE! Ospreay fights it by turning sideways, and the fans rally with “BRUV! BRUV! BRUV!” Ospreay scoots back, ROPEBREAK!

Roddy throws hands on Ospreay’s head, then lets off as the ref counts. Roddy drags Ospreay up, CHOPS again, but Ospreay just gets fired up! Ospreay ROCKS Roddy! Roddy CHOPS, and they CHOP back and forth! The fans fire up but then Roddy knees low! Roddy fires body shots in the corner! The ref counts, Roddy CLUBS Ospreay, and The Kingdom says that’s how you do it! Roddy scoops Ospreay for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Roddy is annoyed but the fans rally for Ospreay. Roddy drags Ospreay up, but Ospreay JAWBREAKERS free! Roddy BOOTS back! But Ospreay blocks! And CHOPS! Ospreay CHOPS again!

The fans fire up and Ospreay whips corner to corner. Roddy reverses, runs up, blocks a boot and YANKS Ospreay into a carry! But Ospreay CLUBS free! Ospreay runs, handsprings, and NEURALIZER KICK! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! The standing count starts, Roddy crawls to a corner at 2 of 10, but Ospreay kips up at 3! The fans fire up again, Ospreay runs up to BOOT! Ospreay pushes Roddy down, but The Kingdom is lurking! Ospreay has to stay inside, the ref reprimands Taven & Bennett! Roddy crawls to a corner, and here comes WARDLOW! Wardlow CLUBS Ospreay and reels him in!

The ref gets so heated at The Kingdom, but then he steps back and bumps into Ospreay, and turns around to see Wardlow! The ref gets Ospreay free of the bomb and tells Wardlow off! Wardlow gets out, shrugs, but Roddy runs up on Ospreay! Ospreay ducks the knee, tucks Roddy in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Roddy tumbles out, The Kingdom help shim up, but Ospreay goes up and up and SKY TWISTER!! Down goes everyone but Wardlow! The ref has had it! He EJECTS The Kingdom while the fans lose their minds! Ospreay gets Roddy in, goes to the corner, and springboards in, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO!!

Roddy is still in this but Ospreay stays on him. Ospreay reels Roddy in, Roddy fights the lift, so Ospreay gives a Kawada Kick, and a CHOP! Roddy CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Roddy runs, into the TIGER WALL KICK! ENZIGIRI! Ospreay hits a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Ospreay doesn’t let that bother him. The fans rally up, Ospreay gets Roddy up, and he scoops Roddy for a SLAM! Ospreay goes up and the fans cheer, but Roddy trips Ospreay! Roddy climbs up behind Ospreay, hoists him up, but Ospreay fights with elbows! Ospreay sends Roddy down, then adjusts!

The fans fire up for the LEAP OF FAITH, but has to land out as Roddy moves! But the leg jams! He still SUPERKICKS Roddy! Ospreay powers up the arm, gets the bad leg moving, and he runs up again, but Roddy snatches that leg to a HALF CRAB! Ospreay fights, turns over, kicks, but Roddy gets both legs! TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Ospreay endures, reaches out, and the fans rally! Ospreay crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Roddy lets go, and the fans rally for “BRUV! BRUV! BRUV!” Ospreay sits up, Roddy drags him up and CHOPS! And ROCKS him! And then stands him up against ropes.

Roddy CHOPS, ROCKS, CHOPS, repeat! Roddy goes side to side to forearm again and again and again! Then he hoists Ospreay up for the atomic SLAM! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up again as Ospreay goes to a corner. Roddy hoists Ospreay up top, but Ospreay fights back! Ospreay HEADBUTTS, Roddy GAMANGIRIS! Roddy tells the fans to shut up, then he climbs up to get Ospreay on the very top. SUPER DUPER PLEX!! And Roddy holds on to get Ospreay up in a torture rack! RACK DROP BACKBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives but Roddy shows no mercy! Fireman’s carry, but Ospreay fights! Roddy still GUTBUSTERS!

Roddy runs the ropes to SHOTGUN- SITOUT POWERBOMB!! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous again! A standing count starts while fans chant for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Both men are still down at 4 of 10, then sit up at 5. Ospreay throws a haymaker, but Roddy CHOPS! Ospreay haymakers, Roddy gives that back, and they go back and forth! Ospreay roars as he stands up, and now the forearms get going! The fans rally as Ospreay eggs Roddy on! Roddy fires boxing elbows, so Ospreay unleashes a flurry! Ospreay ROCKS Roddy, Roddy fires ELBOW, ELBOW, and ELBOW! Ospreay HOOK KICKS! But then Roddy gets around, ripcord and dropkick to the leg!

Roddy suplexes, Ospreay slips free and full nelsons. Roddy breaks free but Ospreay avoids the elbow! But Roddy ducks the hook kick! Ospreay swings, into Roddy’s half nelson! Roddy swings Ospreay but Ospreay sunset flips, TWO! STYLES- NO, Roddy kicks free! Roddy back drops, Ospreay l ands on his feet to OSCUTTER!! Ospreay can’t pin but the fans are thunderous! Ospreay crawls to cover, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” and now the ref is checking Roddy. The ref keeps Ospreay back, Callis doesn’t understand! Ospreay is frustrated, is this like with Bryan Danielson? Callis jumps off commentary to coach Ospreay about killer instinct! Storm Driver 93!?

Callis says if Ospreay wants to win, he has to finish this! Roddy’s going to the hospital anyway! Does Ospreay wanna be second best or does he want the title? Just do it! Ospreay snarls and headbutts the buckle to fire up! Ospreay storms up but the ref keeps him back! But Ospreay shoves the ref! Underhooks and lift, STORM…! But then Ospreay hesitates again! He lets Roddy down, but he’s also disappointing Callis! Ospreay lifts again for STORM BREAK- NO, Roddy slips free to OLYMPIC SLAM! And then roll through, fireman’s carry, GUTBUSTER DROP!! Roddy runs, to SICK KICK!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and Roddy can’t believe it!

The fans are electric as Roddy storms up on Ospreay. Roddy hauls Ospreay up, suplexes, RANA!! Cover, TWO!! Roddy escapes, ducks a superkick and JUMP KNEES! Roddy gets Ospreay up to suplex, END OF- Ospreay lands out! HIDDEN BLADE!! Ospreay hauls Roddy up, underhooks, STORM BREAKER!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (NEW AEW International Champion)

Callis shouts “WE WON!” as if he actually did anything, but the Aerial Assassin does get the job done! Ospreay adds this title to his already incredible list of accolades, will nothing stop him from being the best of all time?

 

Adam Cole is here!

The fans are thunderous again as “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BOOM!” The Panama City Playboy makes his return to AEW PPV and just being on screen at all, that foot looking at 100%. Cole steps into the ring for his “ADAM COLE, BAYBAY!” and then gets a mic. “Who’s ready for Story Time with Adam Cole Baybay?” The fans sure are! Cole says here it goes then: “Las Vegas, Nevada! You all suck! You wanna know why you suck? I shouldn’t even be out here right now. I should be back there checking on Roderick Strong. Or better yet, I should leave the building and go hang out with The Undisputed Kingdom.

“Truth be told, I shouldn’t even be in this freakin’ city. I should be home, rehabbing my ankle, coming back and doing what I do best, and that is professional wrestling. None of you have any idea the hell that I’ve been through these past two years, and I still get disrespected. Because whether anyone wants to admit it or not, I am one of the greats pro-wrestlers of this generation.” Cole then brings out the MJF Devil Mask. “We do have a little devil inside all of us. And I wanna make one promise and one promise very, very clear. When I am 100%, you WILL give the Devil his due. And his name…” THE LIGHTS GO OUT!?

A spotlight comes on, and Cole looks around. On the tron is a long hallway. And as we walk down that hallway, we go into a room. MJF’s room! The music plays, the Dynamite Diamond Ring is put on, and so is the scarf! There’s a picture torn in half, of the best brochachos. Cole has seen a ghost, but more like he’s seen a devil! Because MJF is HERE!! Sin City is losing its mind as The Scumbag walks out in a denim vest, looking ready to play the game! MJF storms his way down the ramp, into the ring, and he sees the mask on the mat. The fans are thunderous, Cole wants MJF to hold on a second, and Cole offers a hug!?

MJF can’t believe this. Cole says together, these two could run this place! The fans tell Cole that he F’d up, but then MJF says okay, Adam. They hug it out, the fans boo, but then MJF LOW BLOWS Cole! The fans cheer Cole getting what he deserves, and MJF grins. MJF then drags Cole up to suplex for a BRAINBUSTER! MJF grabs the mic Cole was using while the fans go nuts. “He’s Our Scumbag!” MJF tells Cole, “You noodle armed, bobble-headed SOB! Uh oh, did I hurt the Baybay? Tough s*it, get this s*it stain outta my ring, huh? Oh and Cole, while they’re dragging your boney carcass outta here, I want you to try and listen while you’re close to unconsciousness.

“See, I gave you something I’ve never given anyone before: Trust. And thanks to you, brochacho, that s*it ain’t happening again! See, he thought he took out MJF.” MJF then tells a cameraman to get his butt in the ring, MJF needs all the angles. MJF then says Cole didn’t take out MJF, he just woke MJF up! MJF remembers who he is: THE GREATEST WRESTLER ON GOD’S GREEN EARTH! MJF is a generational talent, he is Maxwell Jacob Friedman, and he is better than you, and you know it! But why is that? Pray tell! Oh, he will. Because unlike Adam Cole “and all those shmucks in the back, I don’t need a New Japan, or a Vince McMahon, to make MJF, BECAUSE MJF MADE MJF!!”

The fans fire up again and MJF smirks. MJF says when it comes to The Salt of the Earth, back to the regularly scheduled programming. No more haha, no more friendships, no more kangaroo kicks, no more BS!! Back to being driven by what he is driven by best. Not love, no no no. He’s talking HATE, HATE, HATE! Fans actually chant “HATE! HATE! HATE!” MJF says when your boy is driven by hate, no one is safe. MJF then looks at the mask. MJF picks it up, looks it over, and says “You see this stupid mask? Masks are adorned by cowards who want to hide. See, I’m about done hiding. I’m about done being humble. I’m about done apologizing for the fact that I’M THE GADDAMN BEST!

“No one is more complete in this sport than me! It is not my fault, ladies and gentlemen, that all your cute little favs, in comparison to moi, suck a big ol’ bag o’ donkey d*cks!” MJF says he doesn’t need a mask to prove that no one is on the level of the devil. “So this stupid, goofy, grotesque mask that symbolizes the tail end of 2023 and makes my stomach turn in knots, this dumb mask and everything it symbolizes can go straight to HELL!” MJF throws the mask down, stomps it, throws off the jacket then swaggers to Ric Flair ELBOW DROP! MJF TOSSES the mask, free souvenir! The fans chant “Welcome Back! Welcome Back!”

MJF then says he’s been betting on himself since day one. He’s all in, double or nothing. So when it comes to his contract, as if it wasn’t already obvious to the stupid marks, no offense… to quote one of the all time greats, may he rest in peace… MJF rolls up a pant leg and tells the cameraman to zoom in. MJF’s got a new tattoo that says “BET ON YOURSELF” and has an AEW poker chip! The fans are thunderous for “A E DUB!” and MJF says when it comes to him in AEW, you can call him the Wolf of Wrestling. BECAUSE HE’S NOT EFFIN’ LEAVING!! The Scumbag references all the legends because he is a legend in the making, when and where will he get his shot at the top?

 

Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Championships: Bullet Club Gold VS Death Triangle!

Jay White & The Gunns couldn’t help but pick on Pac, all because he was alone and down in the dumps. He dared them to do something that mattered, and then they attacked him backstage! So now, Pac calls upon his amigos, his hermanos, the Lucha Brothers, and they are once again aiming at the gold! Will this triangle be the death of the Bang Bang Gang? Or will Sin City breathe with the Switchblade?

The introductions are made, just a couple belts out of the nine are raised, and we see who hits the jackpot!

The trios sort out, The Switchblade starts against The Bastard while the fans chant for “CERO! MIEDO!” White then decides nope, and he tags out to Colten. The fans boo but Colten says guns up! But Pac hip tosses him! Pac headlocks, Colten powers out but Pac runs him over. Things speed up. Colten hurdles, but Pac turns hip toss into hip toss! Austin tags in, he runs up, but into a hip toss! The fans fire up, Pac headlocks but Austin powers out. Pac handsprings up and over, blocks a hip toss, blocks Austin’s counter of a hip toss to still hip toss! Pac clotheslines Austin up and out! White gets in but Penta & Fenix have Pac’s back!

The fans fire up as White falls back, and White checks on the Gunns. The fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” but White tells them to shut up! Pac tags Penta, he and Austin circle now. They do just like they did last night on Collision, but then Austin sucker punches Fenix! Penta ducks ‘n’ dodges Austin to SLINGBLADE! But Austin avoids the second, shoves, Fenix tags in! SLINGBLADE from Penta, he and Fenix combine, WHEELBARROW SOMERSAULT SPLASH! The fans fire up but White distracts Penta. Austin tags Colten, but the Lucha Bros kick the legs out! They double whip Colten to a corner, tag to Pac!

Penta GAMANGIRIS! Fenix FOREARMS! Pac CLOHTESLINES! The Lucha Bros CHOP, Pac SOBATS! They pinball Colten around with more kicks! “SE NO!” TRIPLE DROPKICKS! Austin runs up, Fenix fireman’s carries him, and Penta SUPERKICKS! Pac DROPKICKS Austin to kickstart Fenix’s spin and SLAM! Then they hold Austin up for Penta to go QUE PASO! Austin tumbles out from the pain in his butt, but Fenix goes up top! Penta builds speed to FLY, Fenix SUPER CROSSBODIES! The Lucha Bros take out the Gunns and the fans fire up! Pac builds speed, but White gets in to clinch! BLADE- NO, Pac slips free!

Pac waistlocks, White switches, Pac elbows free. Pac runs, Austin trips him up, White DDTS!! Pac bridges from the impact, White covers, TWO! Pac flounders, White smirks and stalks him. The fans boo as White stands on Pac’s face! The ref counts, the Gunns talk trash, and White steps away. White drags Pac up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Pac stays in this but White tags Colten. Colten stays between Pac and the Lucha Bros to stomp him. The fans again taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” Colten stomps Pac, CHOKES him on ropes, then lets off at the ref’s count. Colten bumps Pac off buckles, tags Austin, and Austin brings Pac around.

Austin throws Pac by his hair, then asks “Who’s the Ass Boy now?!” “YOU~!”  Austin tags Pac, White talks trash and CHOPS Pac! White CHOPS Pac again and Pac falls over. White taunts Pac, covers, ROPEBREAK! White is annoyed but he grinds his forearm into Pac’s face! The ref counts, White lets off, and he mocks Penta. Austin scrapes Pac but the ref misses that. White drags Pac up, CHOPS him back down, then grins. White pie faces Pac, drags him up, and CHOPS again! Pac staggers, White taunts The Lucha Bros, but Pac fights out of the Bang Bang Gang corner! Pac runs but White catches him to HOTSHOT!

White trips Pac, puts him under the ropes now, ROPE GUILLOTINE! White drags Pac by a leg, turns him over, and has a HALF CRAB! Pac endures, crawls towards his corner, but White drags Pac back! Pac kicks and kicks, White staggers back but Colten tags in! Pac kicks Colten now! Colten staggers, Austin tags in! The Gunns get in Pac’s way, but Pac ducks their double clothesline! Hot tag to Penta! Penta goes up to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Penta CHOPS Austin, CHOPS Colten, repeat! KICK to the legs, then more CHOPS! Penta fires up and the fans are with him! “CERO! MIEDO!” Tag to Fenix, but then the Gunns get Penta!

Fenix SUPERKICKS Colten, Penta waistlocks Austin! TIGHTROPE PENALTY KICK from Fenix! BACKSTABBER from Penta! Then a BOOSTED SPLASH! Cover, White breaks it! White BLASTS Penta, goes back to his corner, and argues with the ref. White tags in, gets in the ref’s face, then aims at Fenix. White drags Fenix up, but Fenix ENZIGIRIS! Tag to Penta, and the Lucha Brothers dodge White to SOBAT, REWIND HEEL, and then fireman’s carry! SWINGING DEATH VALLEY! Cover, TWO! White survives but the fans rally for Penta. Penta points to Pac, tags him in, and Pac looms over White.

The fans fire up as Pac gets in White’s face. Pac stands White up, they both egg each other on! Pac counter punches again and again, then SOBATS! KICKS! SOBATS! Pac runs, but White CHOPS! White whips, Pac reverses but White reverses back to WRING Pac! Pac gets up, sidesteps, and SNAP GERMANS! Austin returns to LARIAT Pac! Penta returns to DESTROYER! Colten JUMP PUNCHES Penta! Fenix kicks a leg out then DROPKICKS Colten! White clinches for an URENAGE! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as the trios regroup. White snarls, runs up at Pac, but Pac SUPERKICKS!

White is down, Pac goes up! But White gets out, Colten runs in, Pac leaps over! Colten returns, Pac dodges the splash to SNAP GERMAN! Austin returns, to get a SNAP GERMAN! Death Triangle regroups, Fenix GAMANGIRSI White! Penta clotheslines! Pac UPPERCUTS! They set White up for the “CERO! MIEDO!” LUCHA FEAR FACTOR! Fenix DIVES onto the Gunns! But JUICE ROBINSON IS HERE! White has his gold baseball bat, the ref is distracted by that, and Juice trips up Pac!! The fans boo, or chant for Juice, and White hits BLADERUNNER!! Cover, Bang Bang Gang wins!!

Winners: Bullet Club Gold, by pinfall (still Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Champions)

The Juice is loose and he helps his boys hold onto all these belts! Now that the Bang Bang Gang is at full strength, will there be no stopping them?

 

AEW Women’s World Championship: Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Serena Deeb!

The Leading Lady was hoping for a bigger part in this picture, and she blames it on having to play opposite The Professor of Pro-Wrestling. Will Toni still be timeless after tonight? Or will she fail to make it through Deeb’s Dojo?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see whose story gets the Hollywood ending!

The bell rings, the two circle, and the fans rally for Toni. They tie up, go around, and around, and then Deeb headlocks for the takeover. Storm headscissors, Deeb kips free, but then Storm headlocks for the takeover. Deeb headscissors, Storm kips free, and the two stand off. The fans cheer as the two reset, and they circle again. They tie up, Storm powers Deeb to ropes, but she lets off as the ref counts. Storm sniffs Deeb, but Deeb SLAPS her! Deeb shoves, trips and ties Storm up, putting her in the Paradise Lock! Deeb sits on Storm and smiles, and the fans are torn. Deeb lets off, aims, and runs up to DROPKICK Storm out of Paradise!

The fans fire up, Deeb wrenches, and she whips corner to corner. Storm reverses, runs up, blocks a boot but Deeb reels her in. Deeb KICKS Storm, goes out, but Storm DECKS Deeb! Storm then runs side to side to HIP ATTACK Deeb to the floor! The fans fire up and Storm goes out to fetch Deeb. Storm puts Deeb in, storms in after her, but Deeb gets a leg in the ropes! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Deeb runs side to side to BLAST Storm down! Deeb gets Storm up, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT to the floor! Deeb gets Storm up and in, hurries to cover, TWO! The fans rally for Storm but Deeb just smirks.

Deeb stalks Storm, gets her up, ripcords and ELBOWS! Then she wrenches, hooks Storm up, and has the IRON OCTOPUS! Storm endures, reaches out, marches over, and has the ROPEBREAK by her teeth! The ref counts, Deeb lets off slowly, and then she whips Storm. Storm reverses, Deeb slips around, and goes for the COBRA TWIST! Storm endures again, even as Deeb digs her elbows into the ribs! Storm powers up and hip tosses free! The fans fire up, Deeb storms back up to get that leg! DRAGON SCREW! Storm sits up but Deeb brings her around, and taunts her! Storm can’t reach, then Deeb SLAPS her before the DRAGON SCREW!

The fans boo but Deeb looms over Storm. Deeb scuffs Storm, drags her up, and gets that leg again! DRAGON- NO, Storm sits on it! TWO!! Deeb sunset flips, TWO! Both women stand, Deeb gest around and spins Storm again and again and again, and again, and again, to then backslide! TWO! Storm manages to Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Deeb runs up but into a HEADBUTT! Both women fall and the fans fire up! Mariah coaches her mentor, the fans rally up as well, but Deeb goes to a corner. Storm rises, runs in, blocks another boot, but is ready for the kick! She puts Deeb in ropes to DRAPING BACKSTABBER! SNAP DDT!

Storm has the leg, FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Storm isn’t perfect but she keeps after Deeb. Storm CHOKES Deeb, to SKY- ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Deeb has Storm but Storm clasps hands! Storm rises again but into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Storm deadlifts Deeb to POWERBOMB! Storm then ties Deeb’s legs up for a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Deeb endures as Storm uses a submission now! Deeb fights around, even as Storm sits deep! Deeb still reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Storm lets off in frustration, and the fans rally up. Storm hobbles back after Deeb and brings her up.

Storm reels Deeb in, but Deeb RAMS her into a corner! Deeb backs up, but Storm runs up on Deeb! Deeb SLAPS, SLAPS and SLAPS! Deeb fires off shots from all sides and the fans fire up! Deeb roars, whips, but Storm reverses! Deeb ducks ‘n’ dodges and dodges again to LARIAT! The fans are torn, Storm is in a corner and Deeb clotheslines! Deeb whips corner to corner, Storm reverses but runs into an UPPERCUT! Deeb goes out, brings Storm through ropes, HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! The fans fire up as Deeb gets Storm up and reels her in. But Storm wrenches, swings, but Deeb ripcords. Storm ducks the elbow but Deeb kicks low!

Storm wrenches out but so does Deeb! TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT!! Mariah is worried, as is Luther, but Deeb paces around Storm. Deeb hears the fans cheering on Toni and that pisses her off! Deeb hauls Storm up, but Storm switches, Deeb switches, repeat! Storm fights the nelson but Deeb shoves to SNAP GERMAN! And then a wrench, hammerlock, and PEPSI TWIST! Cover, TWO!! Deeb is great but not Best in the World. At least, not yet! Deeb rises, the fans rally, and she scuffs Storm. Storm stands, SLAPS Deeb, but Deeb SLAPS back! They SLAP back and forth, again and again! The fans fire up, Deeb UPPERCUTS!

Deeb runs, RAMS Storm, but Storm fights the headlock! Deeb facelocks for a takedown, cover, TWO! Deeb runs, but into a SKY HIGH!! Cover, TWO!! Deeb survives and Storm is beside herself! Deeb goes to the corner, the fans rally, and Storm goes to the other end. Storm runs up, but Deeb rolls her up! High stack, TWO, into the HALF CRAB! Deeb has Storm now and she sits deep! Storm endures as Deeb pulls that legas hard as she can! Storm crawls forwar,d reaches out, but Deeb drags her away! Storm turns over, kicks at Deeb, but Deeb sits Storm up to KICK! Deeb reels Storm in, Storm back drops! Deeb rolls Storm up, ONE, into a HALF CRAB!

Deeb SMASHES the knee over and over! HALF CRAB! Mariah and Luther argue if they should throw in the towel! Mariah tugs on the towel, but Storm gets the ROPEBREAK!! Storm survives and Mariah feels foolish for not believing in her mentor! Deeb goes out after Storm but Storm HEADBUTTS!! Storm sees the towel and assumes Luther was gonna quit for her! She throws the towel away, no quitting now! Storm storms in after Deeb, but Deeb cradles! TWO!! Both women stand, Deeb swings, but into Storm’s GERMAN SUPLEX!!

Deeb tumbles to a corner, Storm takes aim! Time for the close up! But Deeb flips Storm off! So no hip attack, STORM- NO, Deeb trips storm to a jackknife! TWO, and STORM ZERO!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Deeb survives and no one can believe it! Storm follows Deeb to the apron, reels her in, but the bad leg won’t let her lift! Deeb slips back in, gets that leg again, DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! DRAGON SCREW! DRAGON SCREW!! The fans are actually dueling now as Deeb gets Storm on the apron! Tuck and APRON DEEB-TOX!! Deeb drags Storm in, resets and DEEB-TOX!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Now Storm shocks everyone!!

Deeb goes to a corner, climbs up, but Storm rises again! Storm fires haymakers, then climbs after Deeb! Storm CLUBS away on Deeb, but Deeb fires body shots! Storm SMACKS Deeb off the buckles again and again! Then she reels Deeb in, SUPER STORM ZERO!!! And then another STORM ZERO!!! Cover, STORM WINS!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)

Deeb pushed Storm to her limits, but this is why Toni is timeless! Storm dramatically sits down on stage and lets the confetti shower all over her. She hugs Mariah, as well, will they celebrate like there’s no tomorrow?

 

Orange Cassidy VS Trent Beretta!

Freshly Squeezed has been fuming ever since Trent made this about #JustTrent. After going back and forth, it is time to have it out once and for all! Cassidy’s even added “I’m gonna punch Trent” to his tron! Will he make good on that bet? Or will it still be all about #JustTrent?

Um, okay, where is Cassidy? Trent asks if he’s showing up. Wait, Cassidy ditches Jefferson Starship to bring back The Pixies! Cassidy’s got a new denim jacket, new sunglasses, and a black tee version of his usual shirt. One part throwback, one part new, could this be Don Callis’ influence? The bell rings and the two fire off fists already! The fans fire up, both men ROCK the other, but they just come back for more! Trent shoves Cassidy, ducks the Orange Punch, but Cassidy dodges the lariat! They RAM shoulders, ROCK each other, then DECK each other! The fans fire up as both men rise back up.

Trent storms up but Cassidy ROCKS him! Trent ROCKS Cassidy back! They go back and forth, the fans strongly behind Cassidy! They pick up speed, throw harder shots, but then Trent throat chops! The fans boo and the ref reprimands but Trent scowls. Trent stalks Cassidy as he sputters and coughs. Trent CHOPS Cassidy in a corner, then whips corner to corner. Cassidy tumbles up and out, bumps Trent off buckles, then runs him side to side for another! They go back the other way, and then the other! Cassidy brings Trent around again for another buckle bump! The fans fire up as Cassidy climbs, CROSSBODY!

Cassidy keeps going, ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl and DDT! Trent tumbles out but Cassidy kips up and the fans fire up again! Cassidy DIVES and Trent hits barriers! The ring count starts, Cassidy refreshes it at 3 of 10. Cassidy drags Trent up, brings him around, and ROCKS him! The fans chant “F HIM UP, ORANGE, F HIM UP!” Cassidy ROCKS Trent and has him in a corner! Cassidy gets up on the barriers so he can throw down fists! The fans count along all the way to nine, then Cassidy gives a thumbs up before TEN! The fans cheer, Callis says he loves it, and Cassidy refreshes the count again.

Cassidy stalks Trent, brings him up, but Trent CLAWS Cassidy’s eyes! The ref reprimands, the fans boo, but Trent digs at Cassidy’s face! Trent puts Cassidy in the corner, and YANKS him into the crossbar! The fans boo as Cassidy coughs and sputters, but Trent gives a mocking thumbs up. Trent storms in after Cassidy, throws him down, and fans chant “TRENT YOU SUCK!” Trent smirks, and he rains down fists from all sides! The ref reprimands about closed fists, Trent lets off and he shouts, “Who sucks now, huh!?” Cassidy flounders away and Trent goes back to him. Trent waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX!

The fans boo but Trent smirks. Trent stalks Cassidy again while fans rally, and Trent gets Cassidy up. Cassidy throws elbows but Trent GERMAN SUPLEXES! Trent snarls, stalks Cassidy and waistocks again. Cassidy throws elbows, but Trent shoves him to a corner. Cassidy BOOTS Trent, goes up, but Trent YANKS Cassidy down into a SAIDO! But Cassidy is back up! Only for Trent to GERMAN SUPLEX again! The fans boo and tell Trent he’s an A-hole. Trent says they don’t know how awful Cassidy really is! Cassidy crawls to a corner, Trent ROCKS him with a forearm! Cassidy shakes his head as he goes to another corner.

Trent ROCKS Cassidy again, but Cassidy shakes his head again. Callis defends Cassidy’s reputation, but Trent ROCKS Cassidy again! Cassidy huffs and puffs, Trent eggs him on then ROCKS him again! Cassidy huffs and puffs more, the fans rally behind him, but Trent fires another forearm! Trent SLAPS Cassidy, tells him he’s nothing, then eggs him on. Cassidy grits his teeth, rises up, and puts hands up! And into the pockets! The fans fire up, Trent is furious! Trent FOREARMS and CHOPS over and over! Cassidy sits back down, but Trent stands him back up. Trent goes corner to corner, but Cassidy dodges!

Cassidy SHOTGUNS Trent down, then kips up! The fans fire up for the basement dropkick! Cassidy slowly rolls back up, storms over, and he “stomps” a mudhole in! But then those stomps get real! The fans fire up as Cassidy goes side to side, to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! The fans fire up with Cassidy and he goes up the corner! Trent stands, bails out, but Cassidy just adjusts on the corner! APRON- NO, Trent kicks Cassidy outta the air! And then APRON- NO, Cassidy fights the piledriver to lift! But Trent fights that to lift Cassidy again, APRON GOTCH PILEDRIVER!! The ref checks on Cassidy, his neck is a concern after their last 1v1 match.

Speaking of, Trent decides to bring steel steps over! Trent no longer cares about winning or losing, he just wants to hurt Cassidy! But Cassidy YANKS Trent down! Trent hits off steps, and staggers into BEACH BREAK on the floor! Cassidy writhes, his own neck and back hurting from exerting themselves! The ring count starts, both men stagger up at 4 of 10, and Cassidy rolls in at 5. Trent rolls in just after, and they’re in corners. The fans rally up, both men stand again, and Cassidy puts his arms out? Is he really asking for a hug? Trent isn’t gonna fall for a trick like he did to Cassidy, he takes a swing!

Cassidy dodges the lariat to then scoop and MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! PENALTY KICK! Shoutout to The Wrestler, and Cassidy snarls as he gets Trent back up. But Trent wrenches out to ROCK Cassidy! Cassidy wobbles, Trent brings him in and suplexes, STUN DOG- NO! Trent knows that trick, too, and now he half nelsons! But Cassidy fights it, gets loose, and tilt-o-whirls, but no DDT! Trent suplexes, stops Stun Dog again, HALF ‘N’ HALF! And a LARIAT! Trent gets Cassidy back up, to Alabama Lift, tuck and CRUNCHY!! Cover, TWO!! Trent is furious that Cassidy survives but the fans are fired up!

Trent scowls and goes to a corner. Cassidy rises and Trent mockingly calls for the hug. And just like the night he betrayed Cassidy, he runs in, but Cassidy ROCKS Trent first! BEACH BREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Trent survives now, but Cassidy throws off the armband! The fans fire up and Cassidy shakes the ropes! Cassidy aims, runs up, but into a CODE BREAKER, into the SNAKE BITE! Cassidy fights before it locks in, kicks off a rope and jackknife bridges! CASSIDY WINS!!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

Schiavone asks how he pulled that off, and Callis says Cassidy is greatness personified! The song asks, “Where is my mind?” and Trent is starting to lose his! Cassidy is 2-0 in their 1v1 matches, has he proven it’s #JustTrent who has a problem? Speaking of Trent, as he storms off, Rocky Romero hurries out. He tries to talk with Trent, and Renee Paquette also heads out here. She says with all due respect, after losing to Cassidy again, what is next for him? Trent says he’s not doing this, he’s done. Trent even pushes Rocky aside, and is leaving through the crowd! What is next for Trent now that he’s cut off everyone he used to call his friend?

 

FTW Championship Triple Threat: Chris Jericho w/ “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Hook VS Katsuyori Shibata!

The Ocho became The Learning Tree, but deep down he’s still the same selfish star he’s always been. But now, things might be catching up to him as he has not one but two challengers to deal with. This is the first time there will be an FTW Rules Triple Threat, will Jericho make history by surviving it? Or will the #JerichoVortex tear itself apart?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who wins this one “For The World!”

The bell rings and Jericho waves to the fans despite them booing. Jericho then fires hands on Hook! Shibata goes after Jericho, then CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS! Shibata CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS again! Shibata CHOPS, then Hook GERMAN SUPLEXES Jericho! Hook ROCKS Shibata, clinches, and T-BONE PLEX! The fans fire up and Hook goes out to fetch something from under the ring. Hook brings out a TABLE! The fans cheer and Hook sets that table up at ringside. Hook makes sure it is stable, then he gets Jericho to the apron. But Jericho fights by holding ropes! Shibata runs up to BOOT Hook and Jericho down!

Jericho and Hook hit the floor, Shibata goes to the apron and he PENALTY KICKS! Shibata then gets Hook, and whips him, only for Hook to reverse! Shibata hits barriers hard! Jericho kicks Hook, and snap suplexes him to the floor! Hook writhes, Jericho waves, but fans boo more. Jericho puts Hook in, and then he brings out a black bag! It was hockey pucks in Canada, what is it here in Vegas? Jericho pours out dice! Six sided dice fill the ring, but Hook clinches! EXPLODER onto the dice! A bad roll for Jericho, because now Shibata gets in to snap suplex Jericho onto the dice! Hook and Shibata CHUCK dice at Jericho!

The fans fire up as Jericho gets peppered by pips, then Hook & Shibata mug Jericho. DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX onto the dice! And that was a hard landing that folds Jericho up! Hook goes after Shibata, NORTHERN LIGHTS on the dice! But Shibata just fires up and clinches Hook! BELLY2BELLY on the dice! The fans fire up while everyone is down! Hook and Shibata go out of the ring to join Jericho, and Hook looks under the ring again. Hook brings out a kendo stick, Shibata brings out two! The fans fire up as they get back in the ring, and Shibata goes one stick with Hook, only for Jericho to get the other!

The fans fire up as the three stand off, Jericho SMACKS Hook! Then he SMACKS Shibata! Neither flinches! Jericho SMACKS again, and SMACKS again! Shibata & Hook SMACK SMACK SMACK away on Jericho! The fans fire up as Jericho falls and bails out, but Shibata goes out after him! Shibata puts Jericho back in, Hook drags him up, and they double whip Jericho to ropes. Jericho ducks the kendo sticks but not on the return! The DOUBLE SMACK takes them down, then Shibata STOs Hook on dice! Hook writhes, Shibata goes out to bring out another table! The fans fire up as Shibata puts this table in the ring.

Shibata stands the table up in a drop zone and he brings Hook over. Shibata reels Hook in but Jericho CLOBBERS Shibata! Jericho stomps Shibata to a corner, then CLUBS Hook! Jericho reels Hook in, but Hook wrenches out to NORTHERN LIGHTS on the dice! Hook then drags Jericho onto the table, goes to the corner and climbs! Shibata CHUCKS dice! Shibata UPPERCUTS Hook, climbs up after him, and works to fireman’s carry! The fans fire up as Hook fights whatever Shibata’s up to! Shibata still lifts Hook, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY onto the table! The fans lose their minds as the legs of the table give out!

All three men are down, the table is probably in better shape than any of them. Shibata crawls to cover Hook, TWO! Jericho gets up and he props the table up in the corner. Jericho whips, Shibata reverses, Jericho goes through the table! And then Shibata HYDRAULIC DROPKICKS him in the wreckage!! The fans fire up, Shibata covers, TWO!! Jericho survives but Shibata drags Jericho around. Shibata stands Jericho up, CLUBS him, then CHOPS! CHOPS! And CHOPS! Shibata kicks, CLUBS, and trips Jericho, to turn him! Jericho fights so Shibata ties the legs up into a DEATHLOCK! The fans fire up but Hook kicks! Shibata blocks! ANKLE LOCK!

Shibata has each man in a submission, but Hook kicks free! Hook DECKS Shibata, which puts pressure on the deathlock! Jericho turns over to get free of the hold, and Hook brings Shibata up. EXPLODER onto dice! Shibata bails out, Jericho hits a CODE BREAKER on Hook! Cover, TWO!! Hook survives, Jericho gears up, JUDAS- NO! REDRUM!! Jericho flails, there are no ropebreaks here! Hook has the body scissors!! Jericho flails, but here comes Big Bill’s BIG ELBOW DROP! The fans boo as the Redwood saves The Learning Tree! Bill rains down fists on Hook, then mocks the fans booing him.

Bill tells everyone to shove it, then he brings Hook out to the apron. Bill CLUBS Hook, gives thumbs up, and he CHOKE- NO, Hook fights the slam! Hook clinches, to EXPLODER through the table!!! The fans are thunderously losing their minds as Hook takes down the human skyscraper! Shibata has Jericho alone now, and CHOPS! CHOPS! And CHOPS! Jericho trips Shibata, turns him over, WALLS OF JERICHO!! Shibata endures, crawls through the dice, but Jericho drags him back! But Shibata rolls through, steps through, and has the FIGURE FOUR!! But Hook returns! REDRUM!! This is like on Dynamite!!

Jericho endures, fades, but someone else gets in the ring!? They STOMP Hook and SMACK Shibata with a trash can! This mystery man puts the can around Shibata, and then SENTONS! This person has a lucha mask, but they take it off to reveal… BRYAN KEITH!! The Bounty Hunter got the short end of the stick on Wednesday and now he’s sticking it to Hook and Shibata! But then speaking of sticks, Hook SMACKS Keith with the kendo stick! And SMACKS him again! And then TOSSES him out! JUDAS EFFECT!! Cover on Shibata, JERICHO WINS!!

Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall (still FTW Champion)

The Bounty Hunter screws over the two men he lost to, all to help the man he wanted after in the first place! Bill applauds while down in the wreckage, will no one ever cut down The Learning Tree? Hook is pissed, Jericho has security get in to stop him! Hook THROWS security around! Jericho runs away, Hook pushes past the cameraman to pursue! Hook isn’t done with Jericho, when and where will they settle this once and for all?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Title Eliminator: Jon Moxley VS Konosuke Takeshita w/ Don Callis!

The Maniac has challengers coming after him from both NJWP and AEW, but that’s how he likes it. He’s still got Evil to deal with at NJPW Dominion in a couple weeks, will he be able to focus on The Alpha? Or will Takeshita have a golden ticket to cash in after tonight?

The bell rings and the two feel things out. Moxley is careful with the heavily bandaged left arm, knuckle locks with the right, and then he powers Takeshita to a corner to fire off forearms! The ref counts, Takeshita turns things around to fire hands high and low! Takeshita pulls at Moxley’s ears but Moxley turns things back around. Moxley CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Takeshita gets the bad arm, wrenches and ELBOW BREAKERS! Takeshita YANKS the arm, YANKS it again, but Moxley ROCKS Takeshita! Takeshita CLAWS the eyes! The ref counts, Takeshita lets off and he whips. Moxley reverses and ELBOWS Takeshita!

Takeshita stays up so Moxley whips. Takeshita ducks ‘n’ dodges to TAKESHITA LINE! The fans rally while Moxley is down, and Callis says to break that bad arm. Takeshita storms up to wrap the bad arm around ropes! The ref counts, Takeshita lets off at 4, and he ROCKS Moxley with a forearm. Moxley staggers to another corner, but Takeshita again wraps the arm around ropes. The ref reprimands, Takeshita bends fingers! Takeshita SNAPS one, and Moxley staggers away again. Takeshita stalks Moxley, brings him around, and wrenches the arm to then hammerlock. Takeshita scoops and SLAMS Moxley onto the arm! Cocky cover, ONE!

Takeshita digs his boot into the arm, paces around, and Callis likes that he sees. Takeshita eggs the fans on as he goes up, but Moxley gets up! Moxley ROCKS Takeshita and Takeshita falls to the apron! Moxley goes out, scares Callis off, and then reels Takeshita in. But Takeshita fights as Moxley only has the one good arm! Takeshita wrenches the bad arm to WRING it into the apron! The fans boo but Takeshita just flips them off. Callis says that arm has to be broken, and Takeshita storms back up. Takeshita rips away the tape, the ref reprimands, and Moxley hits back. Moxley gets away but Takeshita pursues, clawing at the tape.

Takeshita CHOKES Moxley with that tape! The ref reprimands, but Moxley sends Takeshita into barriers! Moxley fires off fists and the fans fire up! Moxley BITES Takeshita’s face! The ref reprimands, Moxley lets off, to come back and KNEE Takeshita into barriers! The fans fire up more but Takeshita puts Moxley in the corner! Takeshita fires off forearms, and now he BITES Moxley! Takeshita BOOTS the bad arm! And BOOTS it again! Takeshita drags Moxley up, wrenches the bad arm to a hammerlock, and RAMS Moxley’s arm into steel steps! The fans tell Callis off but Takeshita drags Moxley up to put him in the ring.

Takeshita stalks Moxley, Callis wants to finish this. Takeshita drags Moxley up but Moxley CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Takeshita just winds up and ROCKS Moxley! Moxley drops to his knees, the fans boo, but Takeshita drags Moxley up. Takeshita wrenches the bad arm, clamps on, and ARMBAR BULLDOGS! Moxley snarls as he sits up, and Takeshita has an evil smile back. Takeshita KICKS the bad arm, grabs at it again and KNEES the bad arm! Moxley SLAPS Takeshita and flips him off! So Takeshita SLAPS back! And then deadlift BRAINBUSTERS! Moxley sits up in a daze, and Takeshita grabs the bad arm.

The fans rally for Moxley but Takeshita clamps on a chicken wing and crossface! Moxley fights up before it’s locked in, and he twists Takeshita’s nose! The fans fire up but Takeshita SLAPS Moxley. Moxley gets in Takeshita’s face, so Takeshita SLAPS him again! Callis says light him up, and Takeshita ROCKS Moxley! Moxley ROCKS Takeshita, they go forearm for forearm! The fans rally as the shots keep going, then Moxley KICKS, forearms, KICKS, then HEADBUTTS, HEADBUTTS, HEADBUTTS! Moxley runs, into a BOOT! Takeshita runs, but Moxley sidesteps and CUTTERS! The fans fire up as Takeshita is down!

Moxley gets his bad arm working again and he drags Takeshita back up. Moxley reels Takeshita in and lifts, but Takeshita fights it! Takeshita wrenches the bad arm into a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Takeshita bends the fingers, too! Callis wants Takeshita to snap that arm off! Moxley endures, the fans rally, and Moxley rolls through to get a TRIANGLE HOLD! Moxley squeezes but Takeshita CLAWS at the eyes! Then Takeshita deadlifts for a POWERBOMB! Takeshita flips Moxley over into a DISARMER!! Moxley endures as Takeshita pulls on the arm! Moxley crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, Takeshita lets off, and the fans rally up again. Moxley flounders to ropes, shakes his head, and says Takeshita can take the arm home with him. Takeshita CLAWS at Moxley’s eyes again! The ref counts, Takeshita lets off at 4, and he gets in the ref’s face! The ref warns Takeshita, Takeshita goes back to Moxley, but Moxley DUMPS Takeshita up and out! Takeshita stands as Moxley builds speed, and Moxley DIVES! Direct hit and they hit the desks! The fans fire up while both men are down, but Moxley rises! Moxley storms around, drags Takeshita up, and puts him in the ring. The fans rally as Moxley drags himself back in.

Moxley sees Takeshita rise, the fans rally again, and Takeshita scowls at Moxley. Takeshita roars, runs in, but into a KING KONG LARIAT!! Moxley storms back up, brings Takeshita up, underhooks, but Takeshita wrenches out to gut wrench! And tuck! BASTARD DRIVER!! But then the wheelbarrow, for a WHEELBARROW GERMAN! The fans are thunderous as Takeshita aims, POWER DRIVE- PARADIGM SHIFT!! Both men are down, “This is Awesome!” Moxley and Takeshita stir, Callis coaching his Alpha. The two go forehead to forehead, then they go HEADBUTT for HEADBUTT! Then they SLAP, SLAP, SLAP!

The fans fire up as the shots go back and forth, then Takeshita fires a forearm! Moxley gives that back, so Takeshita gives another! Moxley wobbles, but he comes back with more! Takeshita ROCKS Moxley, Moxley CHOSP Takeshita! Takeshita forearms, Moxley KICKS, now it’s just a scrap! Moxley throws more but Takeshita wrenches and CLUBS the bad arm! Takeshita winds up to ROCK Moxley! Moxley falls and the fans fire up again! Takeshita wants to end this as he waits on Moxley. POWER DRIVE KNEE!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and shocks Takeshita! Callis says to destroy Moxley, no mercy! Off comes the elbow pad!

Takeshita aims again, winds up, and he ROCKS Moxley! And ROCKS him! But Moxley gest around for a SLEEPER! Takeshita fights but Moxley throws him down! BULLY CHOKE!! Takeshita sits up, but Moxley is using his bandages for grip! The ref reprimands, Moxley lets go at 4, then underhooks! But Takeshita fights the lift! Takeshita wrenches the bad arm, gets loose of the bandage, and he POSTS the bad arm!! Then a roll-up, roll through, ALPHA ELBOW!! Takeshita isn’t done, he underhooks Moxley to steal DEATH RIDER!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley survives his own move and no one can believe it!

Callis says finish it! Kurose! Takeshita goes out, goes looking under the ring, and he brings out a chair! That chair goes into the ring, then another! The ref has to watch out or he’ll catch a stray. Takeshita puts another chair in but the ref gets the rest out. Moxley runs up, CURB STOMP on the chair!! And then a DEATH RIDER!!! Cover, Moxley wins!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (denies Takeshita a title opportunity)

Callis is disappointed as his devious scheme backfires! His Alpha goes home empty handed, but will all this damage done only help The King of Darkness at Dominion?

 

 


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