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AJ’s NXT Stand and Deliver Night Two Results & Review 4/9/21

AJ moves on to reviewing night 2! How does it STAND up to Night 1? Did it Deliver? …see what I did there?

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Here we go with the second day of Stand & Deliver with Poppy kicks it off and we get more championship matches. Actually… we get nothing but championship matches along with an Undisputed co-Main Event between O’ Reilly and Cole. Will Day Two live up to the hype of Day One?

Let’s find out before we jump over to my championship football teams house for WrestleMania!

Results:

  • Ladder Match: Santos Escobar(c) vs Jordan Devlin(c) for the NXT Crusierweight Championship: Santos Escobar wins – ***TITLE UNIFIED!!
  • The Way vs Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart(c) for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship- Ember and Shotzi win via Eclipse/Senton – ** ¾  – TITLE DEFENSE!!
  • Bronson Reed vs Johnny Gargano(c) for the NXT North American Championship- Gargano wins via One Final Beat –*** ¼  –TITLE DEFENSE!!
  • Karrion Kross vs Finn Balor(c) for the NXT Championship- Kross wins via Forearm Smash – ****TITLE CHANGE!!!
  • Unsantioned Match: Adam Cole vs Kyle O’Reilly-  Kyle O’Reilly wins via Knee Drop – **** ½

 

Review:

Santos Escobar vs Jordan Devlin-

Both men start with punches back and forth as Jordan Devlin gets the upper hand in the beginning. Quick pacing between both men trading hits and arm drags before they head to the outside where Devlin hits a beautifully done Asai Moonsault to Escobar. Devlin is the first to put the ladder into play and hits Escobar with but not hard enough as Escobar catches Jordan on the Ladder. Santos goes to place the ladder in the corner and the two start to play a little game of seesaw to put the other in the ladder until Jordan Devlin goes for the ride. A good amount of fighting goes on to the outside as Santos hits Jordan with the ladder again from a dropkick, standing and in the corner to incapacitate Devlin. Santos goes for a second ladder as Devlin begins to stir. Santos goes to try to stop him and goes up after stomping on Devlin but the defiant Irishman stops him and swings the momentum into his favor from all the trash talking. Santos gets back to his feet and dropkicks Devlin down again, going to slingshot him into the standing ladder but Jordan goes to climb up after and get pulled down. Santos putting it all on the line and take down Devlin with a Suicide Dive and even then, Devlin ever resilient comes back in and starts to make some offense started, getting a burst of adrenaline and takes Escobar down.

We get our first high ladder spot as both men ascend the ladder, away from the titles as Devlin knocks down Escobar and goes for a sky high Moonsault onto Escobar before setting the ladder back in the center of the ring to go for the titles. Legado Del Phantasma rush in as he climbs and takes down Devlin and mollywops him (I need to use that word more). Devlin still… STILL defiant… and tosses a ladder at Escobar and sets it up right next to Escobar’s. They begin to fight and jocky for position until Devlin hits a Spanish Fly from the ladders. Devlin goes to slowly climb up the ladder now until Escobar also makes his climb to stop Jordan. They start fighting at the top until Santos Escobar headbutts Jordan Devlin off the ladder, onto a propped ladder in the corner to pull both titles off the rung.

The Way vs Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon-

The Way start the fight early as Candice and Shotzi start the match up and get frequent tags to fight off Shotzi. Ruthless, destructive and consistent with the tags and pinfall attempts as Shotzi gets a full beat down but constantly fighting back. As The Way gets Shotzi somewhat separated, Shotzi hits an enziguiri and gets the tag into Ember Moon where she takes it to The Way like a House of…. F… Fire. Ember goes for an Eclipse attempt but things go to chaos as they do the Tower of Doom. We finally get some balance as Shotzi and Ember get the advantage and take them out with some high flying offense, a (very over shot) Suicide Dive from Shotzi and a Cannonball from Ember as they get a near fall on Candice. The Way get a cheap momentum swing until Ember cuts them off. Two frequent tags from the champions and after an Eclipse from Ember into a Senton from Shotzi and the champs retain.

Bronson Reed vs Johnny Gargano

While Johnny gets his ring announcement and mouthing over his own part, Bronson stares over him and scares him into a corner (always fun comedy) before the bell rings.

Bronson takes Johnny to the corner and ragdolls him to the center and knocks him down quickly. Gargano tries to pick some of the pace up but gets out-powered and… out finessed Johnny in all honesty with a cartwheel as Reed takes firm control of the match. Gargano has to get out of the corner against Bronson and strikes him enough to daze the big man but not bring him down. Each strike is trying to bring the big man down and finally does after chop blocking Bronson and hitting lariat so the big man rolls out of the ring. Gargano tries to go to the sky but, Bronson catches Johnny but gets pushed into the announce table, hitting Bronson in the midsection over and over with his new offense to the ribs. As Johnny gets his stream rolling, he thinks going to the sky is a good idea and gets caught into a slam down, hurting Bronson in the process and gets a tiny bit of momentum going for him and hits a Suplex Death Valley Driver for a near fall.

Reed now goes to attempt a sky high suplex but Johnny catches him into the corner and hits a Backstabber in the corner to weaken the big man further. Gargano now building some momentum of his own now, hitting the superkick and attempting a Shiranui but Bronson gets a counter and does a suplex to go back to even. Gargano gets his speed going in the match now as he hits the Poison Rana and into a Tilt-A-Whir into a Garga-No Escape. Bronson tries to block it but gets a strike to his ribs again, applying the hold until there is a forced break. Bronson rolls onto the ramp and catches Gargano’s attempt at a One Final Beat and Razor Edge’s the champion back into the ring. Reed goes to the top and goes for the Tsunami Splash but found nothing in the pool as Gargano rolls away and hits a kneeling superkick. He goes for another kick but gets caught by Reed, Bronson Reed goes back to the top until Austin Theory catches the big man’s attention so Gargano can halt Reed’s second attempt at the Tsunami. After a reversal of a Super Frankensteiner, Austin helps Gargano get to the ropes for a break in the pinfall. Bronson not happy about it starts taking on both members of The Way and even goes air born himself with a dive onto Theory. Gargano goes for an advantage for a One Final Beat but gets caught into a Reverse Tombstone and another near fall.

Bronson Reed goes for another powerbomb but Gargano escapes and hits two more superkicks before getting hit by one of Reed’s own. Reed out of desperation goes for a moonsault to try to finish this but again, nobody home as Gargano hits a pair of Final Beats and scores the victory.

Karrion Kross vs Finn Balor-

(Just because I feel like being a smart ass, my money is the guy that had to vacate their title because of a separated shoulder)

Balor goes to do a little size up with Kross and gets knocked down from a Collar and Elbow, Balor goes again for an arm wringer but Kross not having any of it until we get the third time being the charm where they have a proper exchange between the two and neither men can get the advantage again. Balor seems to have a little fun with it by smiling but Kross had enough after a knife edge chop, tossing Balor around and… Balor laughs… again. Even smacks Kross across the face and gets rocked by Kross now, not expecting it seemingly until Balor sidesteps in the corner and goes for the shoulder of Kross, straight jacketing and wearing the arm down before Karrion breaks the hold, going to more strikes and suplexes from his anger. Finn is put into a Tree of Woe and knocked down, hitting the midsection but with Kross’ hubris, Balor gets an opening and puts on an armbar. Kross gets out of it for a second until Balor reverses into an Arm DDT and applying more to the shoulder of Karrion Kross with the ropes in the corner. Kross attempts to get out of his predicament and counter Balor, only to get a spin kick to the midsection and double over to the ground to get a soccerball kick to the ribs and stomps against the ropes. Balor goes to hit the ribs and do more damage to the midsection of Kross but, Karrion gets the quick offense, knocking Balor down until both men are in the center of the ring after a swinging elbow from Finn.

There looks to be no momentum for anyone until Karrion grabs Finn’s foot and starts getting pissed off, Balor tries to escape but gets hit by a Northern Lights Bridge into a stiff lariat, keeping this momentum going as he lands a powerbomb but due to the midsection getting hit, it wasn’t all of it and gets a nearfall. As Kross shouts “Doomsday”, Balor gets some form of separation with kicks and even making sure he puts the monster down with a Slingblade, sizing up for the John Woo Dropkick but gets met with a Lariat. Kross lands a Doomsday Saito Suplex and sizes up for a Forearm Smash after but Balor senses it and hits the Bicycle Kick to stagger Karrion and hitting a couple of John Woo Dropkicks to knock Kross down. Balor lands the Coup de Grace but gets it countered into the Kross Jacket but Balor gets out quickly and stomps on Kross again to put him in a grounded abdominal stretch. Scarlett chants something to Kross to incite him and break the hold, beating down Finn and lands a second Doomsday Saito and a pair of Forearm Smashes to the back of Balor’s head to regain what he never lost.

Adam Cole vs Kyle O’Reilly

Before this match starts, I want to actually congratulate the crowd for actually realizing that Adam Cole is a heel and not shout “Bay Bay!” when Cole says it. I will be a little bit of an ass and start it with a quarter of a point before the bell rings.

They two stare each other down before they do the hockey fighting started until Kyle gets the early advantage with boots in the corner of the ring and taking it to Adam Cole in and outside of the ring. Adam Cole gets the advantage once they go outside but Kyle O’Reilly letting his anger fuel him and go to a full mount to fight off Cole and introduces our first weapon by seating Cole into a chair. O’Reilly goes to do Shin Kicks to Adam Cole until the third kick. Cole goes for a Piledriver attempt onto the chair but Kyle flips him out of it. Both men go to the ring again and Kyle goes to the top to apply a choke to Adam but, pushes Kyle off to the outside as Adam Cole gets the advantage now, introducing more chairs in the ring and one to use on Kyle. After a couple of shots to the back and a throw into the post, Cole rolls Kyle into the ring and applies the chair against Kyle’s neck, whipping him into the corner. The chair with the Undisputed Era logo under them now, Adam Cole repeating “You Ruined It” before hitting a neckbreaker onto it.

Adam Cole tries to bring more offense after but, O’Reilly actually gets some strikes in, trying to apply holds but Adam Cole actually hits an Ushiguroshi and more strikes to Kyle’s neck. Kyle getting his anger built up and goes for a combination of offense to break down Adam Cole. Kyle striking and gets momentum going, back suplex into the chair, a knee bar that Adam Cole had to get out of the ring physically to break the hold and dropkicked from the apron from Kyle. Adam Cole gets into the ring again and wants to use the chair again but O’Reilly actually stops Cole’s attempt to use it and gest a near fall. Out of more anger, Kyle O’Reilly goes to grab something else from under the ring and find a long piece of chain and slides it in before getting caught by Adam Cole, into a Hangman’s Neckbreaker onto the chain for nearfall of his own this time. Adam Cole now looks at the chain and ties the chain to the rope. Kyle wraps the chain after getting separation from Adam and kicks him with it, trying anything until Adam catches a kick and applies a Figure Four. They go to blows this time, punching each other and actually knock each other out a little bit. After Kyle gets some steam going, he goes to the ropes and gets decapitated with the chain and a backstabber for yet another near fall.

Adam Cole goes now to set up two chairs in the corner and picks up Kyle. They go to set up each other for the chair spot but they get further from it as Adam Cole lands a German, Kyle backsteps into the chairs for a Shining Wizard and yet another near fall as Adam goes to the outside to dislodge the steps and go for the Brainbuster to the steel steps. Kyle reverses and goes for a guillotine hold to weaken Adam and goes to do the Brainbuster himself. Kyle second guesses himself, doesn’t want to do it but they go to the announce table instead, trading blows, going for a big move as Adam Cole doesn’t get his Brainbuster and Kyle does it instead, hitting Adam’s head on the table. As Cole stumbles away, Kyle tries to regather himself and get some energy back before pursuing Cole to the crowd, only to get hit by a TV Monitor.

Adam Cole goes under the ring again to grab a toolbox and pours the contents out, grabbing a pair of pliers to pluck O’Reilly’s eyes but gets caught, then going for a tire iron but both men get stunned before being able to use it. After the two knock each other out again, Kyle looks around and grabs the chain again, wrapping it around Adam Cole’s arm and applying an Armbar then a Triangle Choke until the tire iron is in reach and Adam Cole uses it to break Kyle off of him. Both men crawl to a side and set up chairs to prop themselves up to do strikes from a seated position. As Kyle gets a little bit of an advantage, Adam Cole gets a low blow and gets the advantage, going for a superkick as well but only for a two. (I will also say, the quarter point that we had originally went away because people started chanting “Twist His Dick.” You gave me a modicum of hope. A modicum of maybe the fans won’t go into business for themselves… and then they failed.)

Adam Cole now wraps the chair around Kyle’s neck and even the referee is saying, “Dude stop. Come on. It’s Kyle!” to which Adam punches him after saying shut up constantly and going to the corner for the Panama Sunrise and goes for the pin… which isn’t being counted because of Adam Cole hitting him. Kyle rolls onto the ramp as Cole shouts at the ref and chases with a chair, tossing it like he was from the Sabu School of Chair Tossing and taking it further on the outside, bashing Kyle’s head into the Plexiglas barricade. Kyle pulls Adam’s head into the barricade now and goes for another guillotine choke but Adam drives Kyle back into the barricade and back to the ramp way until Kyle goes for another guillotine on the ramp. Adam Cole uses his momentum to drive Kyle through the steel ramp way. Cole kicks a hole through the ramp to drag Kyle back out and Kyle out of instinct, crawls into the ring and falls back out as Adam Cole chases him out to deliver and Brainbuster into the steel steps. Adam drags Kyle back into the ring for a pinfall and O’Reilly KICKS OUT BARELY. O’Reilly looks dead as Adam Cole sits him up for the Last Shot. Kyle falls over with no strength as Adam props him back up to hit the Last Shot but Kyle ducks this time and does a leg lock with a heel hook to Adam Cole. Adam reaches out to the previous chain to break it up and daze Kyle as he perches himself up for another Panama Sunrise. Kyle grabs Adam into an Ushiguroshi of his own, a heavy hitting PK and to add a little exclamation point, hits his own Last Shot, only for that to get a near fall as well.

O’Reilly grabs the chain and puts it in the corner and wraps the chair around Adam Cole’s leg as Kyle slowly claws his way to the top rope, only to get caught from the chair by Adam Cole. Adam sets up a chair and Kyle in the corner as the smack talk continues on Adam’s side only to get a low blow from Kyle. O’Reilly wraps the chain around his leg, and drops it on Adam Cole’s neck, perched on the chair to end the fight.

Overall Score: 7.5/10

It wasn’t as strong as night one in my opinion but it was still a damn good show. I felt that the Unsanctioned Match was a little too… long.

I liked that it was don’t get me wrong but, it felt it went on five or ten minutes more than it should have to me. Everything else was fine. A good amount of things fell flat to me like the tag match and the main word throughout these two nights was “Stay Defiant” but, all in all, it was pretty good. Santos goes on to continue his Cruiserweight warpath, Karrion Kross returned to look like a monster again even when it looked like Finn wanted to play with him more than dismantle him. Kyle O’Reilly looked money in that match and Adam Cole… well I would say it’s call up time but I am kind of… hoping not if they had him get stretchered out. I want him to get called up along with maybe Finn. AJ has a falling out with Omos and we get a Bullet Club Reunion like we have never se—Oh wait. Ahem…

Who knows. We might get the leaders in a stable or something down the line or even tag together but there is one thing I know for sure. WrestleMania has something to prove after all of that.


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

Now, where were we?

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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.

PLAY BY PLAY

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.
  • Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Championships: Bullet Club Gold VS Death Triangle; wins and
  • FTW Championship Triple Threat: Chris Jericho w/ “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Hook VS Katsuyori Shibata; wins and
  • Orange Cassidy VS Trent Beretta; wins.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Title Eliminator: Jon Moxley VS Konosuke Takeshita w/ Don Callis; wins and
  • AEW TNT Championship Barbed Wire Steel Cage Match: Adam “Edge” Copeland VS Malakai Black; wins and
  • AEW International Championship: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Will Ospreay; wins and
  • AEW Women’s World Championship: Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Serena Deeb; 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?

 

 


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