TakeOver: Stand & Deliver fires its second round!
TakeOver: Stand & Deliver finishes as Finn Balor defends his NXT Championship against a man who never lost it in Karrion Kross!
- Preshow – NXT Tag Team Championships #1 Contender’s Match: Breezango VS Killian Dain & Drake Maverick; Dain & Maverick win and will challenge MSK for the titles.
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship Unification Ladder Match: Santos Escobar VS Jordan Devlin; Escobar wins and is THE NXT Cruiserweight Champion.
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell; Blackheart & Moon win and retain the titles.
- NXT North American Championship: Johnny Gargano VS Bronson Reed; Gargano wins and retains the title.
- NXT Championship: Finn Balor VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux; Kross wins and becomes the new NXT Champion.
- Unsanctioned Match: Adam Cole VS Kyle O’Reilly; O’Reilly wins.
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It’s the TakeOver Preshow!
Join Sam Roberts, Mickie James & ESPN’s Jimmy Smith in analyzing, discussing and predicting all of night two’s action!
Samoa Joe interviews Karrion Kross and Scarlett Bordeaux.
Joe thanks them for being here, and wants to take them back: TakeOver 30, Kross wins the title. But then he goes backstage, his injury is found, and he has to give the title up. What was that like Well it’s no surprise that he was pissed. Everyone sees it as a blink of an eye, Kross showing up, competing for the title. But that’s not how it is. Kross won’t give his whole career story, but it all led to that night at TakeOver. But for that injury to ruin it, it felt like it was all for nothing. Now some would say Finn Balor is the greatest ever. What will he do to take that title from Balor? Kross will light him up. To drag someone to deep waters, you need power. Balor doesn’t have power, Kross does, so this idea that Balor will control the pace is absurd.
Then let’s imagine to the end of tonight. Kross wins and is holding the title. Kross came here not to sit back but to become a champion. He will go after more titles even after this. Does Kross see what Balor says about him relying on emotions? Kross doesn’t give a damn what Balor has to say. Balor will say what he has to in order to play the mind games, but none of it will work. Joe appreciates having these two here, and wishes them best of luck. Kross heads right off stage, is he going to head right back to the top of NXT?
Joe now interviews Finn Balor.
These old rivals meet again, and when it comes to TakeOver, Joe knows personally that Balor is nearly spotless. He has a long streak of consecutive wins at TakeOver, with just one little blemish. But moving on to tonight, is this the type of man that Balor feels could add another blemish? Balor has proven time and time again that he can stand and deliver. If anyone has to deliver at TakeOver, it’s Kross. Last week, Balor and Kross found they shared similar paths. Ascending the ranks, grabbing the titles, but then letting them go because of injuries. Does Balor know how long it took for him to get back feeling like himself? Well, that was months, maybe even years. Going into this, Kross only just a few months back, that’s impressive.
Joe wants to touch on that. Kross has rushed back a bit, is this going to be a mistake on his part? Balor says underestimating Balor is a mistake. Kross should want to be 100% confident in his physical form if he’s going to take on the Prince at his peak. Now obviously, Kross is big and strong and ferocious. How does Balor defeat that? This isn’t that new to him. But what Balor does is drag them into territories they don’t want to be in, he takes them into the deep waters, and drowns them slowly but surely. JOe sees Balor speaking of Kross, this isn’t even how Balor was back when Joe faced him.
Balor says that he has proven himself over and over again for 20 YEARS but has to worry about someone unproven just pisses him off. How many times does he have to prove he is the best in the world? But now he’s an underdog at TakeOver? that’s a joke! That is what drives Balor! Balor promises us that tonight, he will do what he has done for those 20 years, and that is deliver on a promise to win. Will the Prince’s determination be what defeats Kross? Or will it be what defeats himself?
Backstage interview with Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon.
Candice is already tweeting she and Indi will win tonight, what are their thoughts? Shotzi laughs! Ember says The Way has lost their minds. But these two will not sweat this, because that’s not their way. They will #TCB, and steal the whole damn show! But time to get painted up for TakeOver! Candice, Indi, welcome to the FIRE PIT~! Shotzi howls to the moon, and she’s fired up enough for both of them! But will they burn down The Way or just crash ‘n’ burn at Stand & Deliver?
William Regal collects the Cruiserweight Championship belts.
Devlin gives his over easily, but Escobar is too busy getting taped up to even pick his belt up. These belts will be suspended high overhead in the Ladder match, who will be getting theirs back to start TakeOver?
NXT Tag Team Championships #1 Contender’s Match: Breezango VS Killian Dain & Drake Maverick!
With MSK as NEW tag team champions, that means we need new contenders! Tyler Breeze & Fandango have been on the outside looking in lately, will they get another chance to get back to the top? Or will the Belfast Beast and his little buddy finally be firing on all cylinders to get their first taste?
Breezango are fashionable pirates upon entering to go along with this year’s WrestleMania theme. The teams sort out, Dain starts with Prince Pretty, and the two circle. They approach, Breeze dodges to strike a pose. Dain takes the pirate hat and throws it away! Breeze runs but into a scoop! Breeze slips out, wrenches, tags Fandango but Dain throws them both around! Dain drags Dango over, tags Maverick and he climbs up to drop ax handles! Maverick headlocks, grinds Dango down, but Fandango powers out to run him over. Dango swivels hips, runs, but Maverick drops and hurdles. Dango sunset flips, Maverick stays up and swivels HIS hips!
Dango gets free as Maverick goes into overdrive. They push each other, Dain gets in and backs Maverick down but Maverick’s out for blood! Dain gets Maverick over to the corner and tags in rather sharply. Maverick has Dain wear the pirate hat! Dain isn’t amused but Dango uppercuts him! Dango fires off but Dain knees low and EuroUppers back! Tag to Maverick, and he’s a human weapon, snapmare body block! Maverick throws JABS on Dango, kicks low but Dango shoves him down! Maverick comes back but into a tilt-o-whirl SLAM! Cover, TWO! Dango looms over Maverick, drags him up and CHOPS him to the corner!
Dango brings Maverick around, bumps him off buckles, and then throws hands! Fans rally and duel, Breeze tags in, and Breezango mugs Maverick in their corner. Breeze brings Maverick around to DECK him, then brings him back up to whip corner to corner hard! Maverick writhes and Breeze drags him back over to kick him down. Breeze stomps Maverick and drops a leg! Cover, TWO! Breeze clamps on with a chinlock and he grinds Maverick down. Fans rally as Maverick endures, but Dango keeps swiveling at Dain and that annoys him. Maverick fights up, Breeze CLUBS him then puts him in the corner to tag Dango.
Dango fires off, whips corner to corner hard and Maverick hits the mat. Cover, TWO! Dango drags Maverick up to ROCK him with an uppercut but fans rally up for Maverick. Dango suplexes and hangs Maverick out on the ropes, then tags Breeze. They make it rain, and then DOUBLE BOOT Maverick down! Cover, TWO! Breeze drags Maverick up, back suplexes, but Maverick lands on his feet! Maverick hits Dango, BOOTS Breeze, goes around but Breeze keeps him cornered. Maverick scrambles and gets past, hot tags to Dango and Dain! Dain rallies on Breezango, and DIVIDES Dango with the body block! Dain goes up and out and CLOBBERS Breeze! Dango runs into an URENAGE!
Dain slingshots to SENTON ATOMICO! Fans fire up with Dain, he fireman’s carries Dango but Breeze runs in! Dain catches Breeze, FALL AWAY SAMOAN DROP combo! Cover, Breeze breaks it! Maverick gets Breeze out and Dain whips Dango to a corner. Dain back elbows. Maverick runs in and is put out to tag in. They coordinate, BOOT ENZIGURI COMBO! Tag to Dain, Maverick climbs but has to leap at Breeze, into a SUPER MODEL KICK! Breeze saves Dang, mule kicks then they DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Cover, Maverick breaks it! Fans fire up as Breeze drags Maverick up to throw him out! Dango goes to a corner, Breeze gets Dain up but Dain throws Breeze into Dango!
Dain tags Maverick, and Maverick hurries up after Dango! SUPER STEINER!! Maverick dropkicks Breeze for good measure! Maverick and Dain look to high five, but instead it’s Human Weapon, ROCKSTAR SPUD BOMB! Cover, Dain & Maverick win!!
Winners: Killian Dain & Drake Maverick, by pinfall (NEW #1 contenders to the NXT Tag Team Championships)
Well that was a unique way to win. Will the Beast of Belfast and Rockstar Spud show that Carter & Lee might be must-see, but they aren’t unstoppable?
Backstage interview with William Regal.
What are the thoughts of the NXT General Manager about TakeOver’s first night? Night one was incredible! Every match, every competitor, they gave it all they could. And now a new set are stepping up to do the same, and he couldn’t be more excited. Speaking of, we know Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly each arrived with their own security details. Does he care to comment as to why? Regal says he is taking every step to keep the peace because of how combustible this situation is. Has Cole been fined for that shot he got in on Regal? No, he hasn’t and will not. Is that because Regal thinks tonight will be punishment enough?
Samoa Joe interviews Kyle O’Reilly.
Very soon, it will be Kyle and Cole in an Unsanctioned match. So much has changed the last year, and now we’re in a world without the Undisputed Era. What does that change mean for Kyle? Well it’s hard to say. it’s been a rough time for the entire world. But Kyle has this internal struggle. He admits that it felt good to be in the UE. From their first moment arriving here to NXT, they were getting titles, wins, merchandise checks, it was euphoric. But something had to give. He lost a part of himself. If Kyle was to save his soul, he had to get away form that ‘gang mentality.”
But Kyle speaks of that, yet he and Cole have gone after each other anywhere they can. HIs words and his actions aren’t really matching. Kyle admits Joe is right. But when it comes to Cole, you fight fire with fire. If Kyle has to sink down to Cole’s level, then Kyle will do that. There’s obviously history, and a brotherhood that was betrayed. When does it stop? Kyle says he’s been struggling with that for the better part of a year. Ironically, it was Cole who made decisions for him. Cole would set Kyle free. Kyle found himself in interesting positions and opportunities that way. He lost his NXT Championship matches, but still felt like himself, because he fought with honor and intengirty, and on his own.
So having that ability, to fight with honor, but now in an Unsanctioned match, that quality doesn’t really coincide with it. Does Kyle have what it takes to beat Cole? Yes, he does. And the follow-up is of course, what are we in store for? Kyle isn’t here to set expectations. “This will be as one-sided as it gets.” Kyle wants to finish him as quickly and efficiently as possible. So does Kyle have what it takes? We’ll see after the match.
Now Joe interviews Adam Cole.
Joe has followed Cole’s career for a long time, and one thing he’s always seen is that Cole is calm, cool and poised. But lately, when it comes to Kyle, some of that poise falls away. This is very personal now. Joe is correct. Cole and Kyle have known each other for 12 years. Cole is offended because without Cole, Kyle doesn’t make it to WWE. And this is how Kyle repays him? SO that is why this is personal. An unfortunately casualty is the loss of the UE. Is Cole trying to prove he was the backbone of that group? That was already known, Cole has proven that, so of course it’s come to this.
Then what does victory look like tonight? When will Cole be satisfied? It’ll be when Kyle realizes after the match, after the beating he’s taken like no other, he’ll think to himself, “I really shouldn’t have messed with Adam Cole.” Win or lose, does Cole see a world where he and Kyle coexist again? Right now, that seems impossible, It’ll depend on how Cole feels. It depends on if Cole every feels like he can be around someone like Kyle. If Kyle apologizes and realizes how foolish he’s bene, then maybe. “As long as he knows he has an ass beating coming first.”
Poppy performs live!
NXT Cruiserweight Championship Unification Ladder Match: Santos Escobar VS Jordan Devlin!
Worlds collide and a mistake will be corrected! But there can only be one! Will the Leader of Leaders or the Irish Ace walk in the footsteps of the Heartbreak Kid and be the UNDISPUTED champion?
The introductions are made, the belts are already hanging overhead, and we see who rises above to stand atop the entire division!
The two fire off with fists at the bell! Devlin even gets a headbutt in there! He ROCKS Escobar, counter punches then whips, to then CLOBBER Escobar with an elbow! Devlin is fired up but Escobar headlocks. Devlin powers out, drops and hurdles, and arm-drags Escobar down! Escobar headscissors, Devlin pops free to jackknife but covers don’t matter. Escobar wrenches to underhooks but Devlin wrenches free to kick a leg. Escobar turns ripcord into headlock takeover! Escobar goes after legs but Devlin kicks him away. Escobar blocks the clinch with an elbow, whips but Devlin slips out of the tilt-o-whirl. Escobar kicks low, CLUBS Devlin, and fans duel as Escobar whips corner to corner.
Devlin goes up and over and dodges a boot to get the URENAGE! STANDING MOONSAULT! Fans are divided as Devlin fires up. Escobar bails out, Devlin aims and slingshots but Escobar moves. Devlin mule kicks him away to ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit and they bump into the announce desk! Devlin sits up and checks his head but he’s alright. Devlin drags Escobar up and puts him in the ring, then looks under the ring. Devlin brings out the first ladder, gets it on the apron, but Escobar runs over! Devlin lifts the ladder to avoid the baseball slide, and then yanks the ladder back to SMACK Escobar down!
Devlin puts the ladder in the ring, leaves Escobar behind, and stands the ladder up. Devlin climbs but Escobar hurries! Escobar yanks Devlin off the ladder then SMACKS him off it! Escobar gets the ladder and stands it up in a corner. Escobar stomps Devlin, whips him but Devlin stops short! Devlin turns around into a kick, Escobar gets Devlin up but Devlin fights free! Devlin kicks and whips Escobar, but Escobar reverses to send Devlin hard into the ladder! Devlin tumbles over and out to the floor and fans are fired up! Escobar goes out and goes around the way, talking trash that this is HIS bingo! Escobar runs in at Devlin, and CLOBBERS him against the Plexiglas!
Escobar’s fans are thunderous, and they cheer as Escobar brings out another ladder! Escobar leans the ladder against the boards but Devlin EuroUppers! Escobar bumps Devlin off the apron, stomps him down, then goes into the ring to fetch the second ladder. Escobar stands this one up under the belts already, but Devlin gets in. Escobar dropkicks the ladder into Devlin! And he lets the ladder fall on Devlin’s legs! Devlin staggers up, Escobar has the ladder and he RAMS Devlin in the gut! Devlin ends up in a corner, Escobar RAMS him again and again! And even as Devlin sits down! Escobar runs to DROPKICK the ladder into Devlin’s gut!
Escobar goes out and looks under the ring again. Escobar brings out a third ladder, puts it in, and then stomps Devlin down. Escobar stands the first ladder up, fans duel as he climbs, but Devlin anchors a foot. Escobar STOMPS him down for it! Escobar drags Devlin up to SLAP him down, then fetches the other ladder. Escobar sets that ladder up on the top of a corner, KICKS Devlin down, then grins as he taunts him. Escobar SLAPS Devlin again, whips him, but Devlin reverses and Escobar runs into the ladder!! Devlin scowls and drags himself up on ropes. Devlin sees the ladder standing up and heads that way, but Escobar DROPKICKS him down!
Fans rally and duel, Escobar rains down fists on Devlin and then catapults him! But Devlin uses that to get up! Devlin paws at titles but Escobar grabs at him! Devlin leaps for a FLYING DDT!! Fans chant, “This is Awesome!” as Escobar and Devlin writhe. Devlin pushes the ladder over to get at Escobar, but Escobar hip tosses him out! Devlin is by that second ladder, Escobar builds speed and DIVES! The Tope sends Devlin into that ladder! Fans shout, “That was Awesome!” as both men are down! Escobar says he’ll finish this now as he gets up and goes to the ring. Escobar stands the first ladder up again but Devlin hurries into the ring!
Escobar is frustrated and he pushes the ladder over. Escobar talks trash and KICKS Devlin while he’s down! He even calls him a cockroach! Escobar kicks Devlin around, chuckles and brings him up to reel him in. Escobar underhooks but Devlin fights the driver to back drop Escobar onto a ladder! Escobar clutches his back as he writhes, and Devlin flounders around after him. Fans rally and duel, the two head for each other, and they start throwing hands while on the mat! Fans fire up and duel as the two go back and forth! Devlin ROCKS Escobar, stands him up and throws more forearms, but Escobar comes back with his own!
Devlin fires off body shots and ROCKS Escobar, to then reel him in, only to get a KNEE! Escobar runs, but into a SPANISH FLY!! Devlin goes to a corner, dodges Escobar and lets him bounce off buckles to then hit a slingshot CUTTER! Fans rally and duel while both men are down. Devlin gets a ladder and brings it over to Escobar. Devlin stands the ladder up, but Escobar pushes it to a corner. Devlin HEADBUTTS Escobar down! Devlin climbs the ladder but Escobar hurries up the other side. They brawl at the very top, Devlin gets the edge and knocks Escobar down! Devlin adjusts as fans duel, Devlin is on the very top, as he SUPER MOONSAULTS!! Direct hit and fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” while both men writhe on the mat!
Devlin drags the ladder to be under the belts, starts to climb it, and Escobar is somewhere on the outside! But here comes LEGADO! They tip the ladder over and Devlin falls right out of the ring! Escobar’s rabid dogs are after Devlin! If they couldn’t be tag team champions, they aren’t going to let their leader lose his title! They RAM Devlin into steel steps! Escobar drags himself over and thanks his men. They head back, Escobar gets in and stands the ladder back up. But Devlin is up again! Devlin hobbles around, and he TOSSES the other ladder at Escobar!! Devlin then stands that very ladder up beside Escobar’s, but Escobar tries to stop him.
Devlin CHOPS Escobar but Escobar clubs him back! They brawl and Escobar reels Devlin into a facelock. Devlin fights free to reel Escobar in for a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Fans lose their minds while both men are down on the mat! “This is Awesome!” and far from over! Devlin drags himself back to the pair of ladders, sets one right under the belts, and begins to climb! Devlin is almost at the top but Escobar is back! Escobar climbs the other side, hits Devlin low, CLUBS him over and over and over, and reaches for the belt! Devlin headbutts Escobar then bumps him off the ladder! Devlin reaches, but Escobar HEADBUTTS Devlin off, and Devlin falls through the third ladder!!
Fans lose their minds and Escobar finally has the belts to himself! Escobar reaches up, grabs them, and brings them off the hook! Escobar wins!!
Winner: Santos Escobar (UNDISPUTED NXT Cruiserweight Champion)
The Leader of Leaders, the Champion of Champions, and now THE champion of the Cruiserweight Division! Granted, he had help again, but that in itself is proof of his legacy’s power! Will Legado del Fantasma reign over Cruiserweight and Lucha Libre wrestling forever?
Backstage with MSK.
The NEW NXT Tag Team Champions are feeling really good. It was hard to sleep last night because of how excited they are. They have side plates even! But they now have new contenders in Dain & Maverick. They’re ready to see what those two will be bringing. They faced them in the Dusty Cup, and now MSK are the champs. They’re not losing these belts. Not now, not ever! So any predictions on Balor VS Kross and Cole VS O’Reilly? Well okay. They say it together. One, two three… Coreilly. Wait, they disagree? Well uh… Okay, Balor VS Kross. One, two three… BROSS. Well one way or another, someone’s losing. Just not MSK!
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell!
TakeOver, welcome to the FIRE PIT! The Wild Child and Evolved Shenom are only the second-ever team to hold these belts, but they don’t want their run to end so soon. Will they not only Stand & Deliver but #TCB? Or will Candice & Indi Wrestling find a way to take those titles?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and one way or another, history is again being made on TakeOver!
The Way attacks the champs right away! Indi bumps Ember off buckles then scrapes her out while Shotzi and Candice brawl! Shotzi hasn’t forgiven Candice for what happened to Tank Mk I! Indi waistlocks and SLAMS Shotzi, Candice hits the step-up senton! Cover, TWO! Candice RAMS into Shotzi in the corner, digs her shoulder in, and lets off as the ref counts. Tag to Indi, Indi brings Shotzi around to fireman’s carry and Snake Eyes off Candice’s knees! Indi then adds a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Shotzi gets up but Indi kicks and whips her to CLOBBER her! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Shotzi but Indi is after her at ropes. Indi bumps Shotzi off buckles and tags Candice.
Candice runs in to back body block Shotzi, then snapmares her for the NECK SNAPPER! Cover, TWO! Shotzi gets to the apron, Candice digs her boots in! The ref counts, Candice lets off, and Shotzi grits her teeth as she gets up. Candice grabs Shotzi but Shotzi headbutts low! Shotzi fires forearms, but Candice CLOBBERS her down! Another cover, TWO! Candice drags Shotzi into a top wristlock and thrashes her around. Shotzi endures, fans rally up and Shotzi fights up. Candice throws Shotzi by her hair! Candice drags Shotzi over, tags Indi in, and Indi stomps Shotzi down. Cover, TWO! Indi is annoyed, she kicks Shotzi at the ropes then drags her up.
Indi throws Shotzi through ropes and EuroUppers! Tag to Candice, Indi BOOTS Shotzi to the apron and Candice is there to stand on Shotzi! Candice lets off at the ref’s count to cover, TWO! Another cover, but Candice’s feet are on the ropes! The ref sees that so she doesn’t bother counting. Candice drags Shotzi up, bumps her off buckles, and The Way mugs Shotzi in the corner! Fans rally, Shotzi fights back, but Candice keeps her from Ember! Shotzi kicks Candice away, Indi tags in, and Indi drags Shotzi away from Ember! Another tag and Candice drags Shotzi up by her hair. Shotzi breaks free to ENZIGURI! Fans rally as both women are down and Shotzi goes to her corner. Hot tag to Ember!
Ember rallies on Candice, DECKS Indi for good measure, then wrenches Candice to kick, kick and fire off JABS! Ember pops, locks, and says, “SUCK IT!” Ember spins and DECKS Candice! Oh you didn’t know?! Fans are all fired up with Ember as she drags Candice up to throw her into a corner. Ember runs corner to corner to splash! Candice is down, Ember rises up top, but Indi is there to distract! Candice hits ropes to trip Ember up! Tag to Indi, the Way goes after Ember together but Shotzi rushes in to yank Indi down! Shotzi clubs Candice, climbs up behind her, but Indi gets back in! TOWER OF DOOM!! That was some kind of Super German Powerbomb Plex! Cover, TWO!!
Indi is shocked that Ember still lives! Indi stalks Ember to a corner, stomps her in, then drags her out. Cover, TWO! Indi stalks Ember, brings her up and whips her to ropes, for an IMPRESSIVE SPINEBUSTER! High stack cover, TWO!! Ember still lives, but Indi drags her over to tag in Candice. The Way coordinates, but Ember shoves Candice into Indi! Hot tag to Shotzi! Shotzi climbs, and CROSSBODIES The Way down! Indi bails out, Shotzi ROLLING ELBOWS Candice! Shotzi double chicken wings Candice for a TIGER PLEX! Candice flops out to join Indi, Shotzi tags Ember! Ember holds the ropes open, Shotzi builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit sends them all into barriers!!
Ember watches as Shotzi and The Way get back up. Ember hurries to a corner, climbs up, SUPER CANNONBALL to The Way! Ember puts Candice in, tags Shotzi, they coordinate, DOMINATOR CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Candice survives but Shotzi fires up! Shotzi drags Candice over but Candice rolls her up! TWO, SUPERKICK! Candice DECKS Ember for good measure! Candice tags Indi in, The Way drags Shotzi up and whips her, for a flapjack to the 3D!! Cover, Ember breaks it!! Fans are thunderous as Ember saves this, but Candice throws Ember to the apron. Candice kicks Ember down, Ember KNEES her back! Indi drags Shotzi up but Shotzi breaks free to ENZIGURI!
Hot tag to Ember! Ember climbs up, aims at The Way, Shotzi tags back in. DOUBLE ECLIPSE!! Shotzi climbs and aims at Indi! STAGE DIVE SENTON!! Cover, Shotzi & Ember win!!
Winners: Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)
No fear, no quit, and no losing just yet! Will the second-ever be the best ever as they continue on with these young titles?
NXT North American Championship: Johnny Gargano w/ Austin Theory VS Bronson Reed!
The Gauntlet Eliminator sifted through the potential to find the Colossal worthy of this opportunity! Will Reed bulldoze through Johnny TakeOver? Or will we all see that he is still Johnny Freakin’ Wrestling?
The introductions are made, and Gargano gets a little too into his. The title is raised, and one of Gargano’s biggest challenges in a long time begins!
Gargano circles around Reed, Reed corners him, and waistlocks to slam Gargano, then run him over! Reed whips, Gargano goes up and over, speeds up, ducks and dodges and RANAS, but Reed cartwheels through!? Things speed up again and Gargano leaps, only for Reed to SWAT him out of the air! Reed hauls Gargano up and military presses into the FALL AWAY SLAM! Reed stalks Gargano to a corner, clubs him then rams into him, then throws hands! Reed elbows Gargano down, then drags Gargano right up to the fireman’s carry! Gargano fights to get to the apron, he ROCKS Reed, snaps the ropes at him, then slingshots and SPEARS! Reed stays up!?
Gargano runs at him to fire off haymakers, but Reed CHOPS him down! Fans want that “One More Time!” so Reed CHOPS Gargano off his feet again! Reed sees Gargano get to a corner and he runs in, but misses! Gargano LARIATS but Reed stays up! Gargano runs to LARIAT again but still Reed stays up! Gargano kicks, but Reed scoops, only for Gargano to slip off and chop block! Gargano runs and leaps to LARIAT Reed down! Gargano drives elbows and knees into Reed, backs up and KICKS him to apron! Reed stands, Gargano WRECKS him with a dropkick! Gargano is targeting the stomach as he slingshots and PLANCHAS, but is caught!
Reed pops Gargano back up, but Gargano rakes eyes to get free! Gargano RAMS Reed into the corner of the announce desk, stomach first! Reed shoves Gargano away and hobbles around the way. Reed gets in the ring and he hobbles to a corner. Gargano runs in to RAM him in the corner! Fans say it’s still “Big Boy Season!” but Gargano fires off fists in the corner! Theory counts along but Reed stops it at 5. Gargano tries to sunset flip, but Reed stays up. Reed drops but Gargano avoids the sit-down! Gargano CLUBS Reed on the back, hops up and leaps to SPLASH! Cover, ONE!! Gargano CLUBS Reed on the back, and again, and then straddle attacks him.
Gargano gets a cobra clutch and he grinds Reed down. Fans rally, Reed fights up, but Gargano throws in knees! Gargano wrangles Reed to the mat, he pulls on the hold, and drives more knees in! Reed fights up, Gargano leans on the cobra clutch, then becomes a backpack! Reed RAMS Gargano into buckles! Reed gaps for air, runs but Gargano boots him! Gargano hops up, leaps, but into a POWERSLAM! Theory coaches Gargano up as he and Reed slowly rise. Reed DECKS Gargano, and again! Reed whips and CLOBBERS Gargano with a body block! Gargano staggers to a corner, Reed SPLASHES him! Reed choke grips and CHOKE SLAMS him down!
Gargano flounders, Reed grits his teeth and storms over. The ref checks on Gargano and has Reed stay back. Gargano is alright, so Reed drags Gargano up. Reed suplexes, Gargano fights with knees but can’t get free! Reed gets Gargano back up to a fireman’s carry and DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives the #JaggedEdge, but Reed keeps his cool. Gargano gets up, but stumbles and flops. Gargano rolls to the apron, Reed drags Gargano up and to a corner. Reed climbs, tries a deadlift suplex but Gargano resists and trips Reed up! Then Gargano GAMANGIRIS Reed, to hit a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO!!
Reed crawls while Gargano slaps himself to fire up. Gargano throws more forearms at Reed but Reed choke grips! Gargano fights the two-hand choke slam, fakes the superkick to mule kick! Gargano goes for Standing Sliced Bread, but Reed turns that into a suplex SLAM! Fans fire up as both men are down! A standing count begins, Reed stands first and drags Gargano to a drop zone. Reed goes to the corner but Gargano rolls away. Reed hurries after, drops a senton, but misses! Gargano ghost pins, TWO!! Reed narrowly escapes but Gargano BUZZSAWS! Gargano runs, into a tilt-o-whirl and snapmare. Reed ducks the Buzzsaw to Electric Chair, but Gargano POISON RANAS!!
Gargano runs, tilt-o-whirl for the takedown! Reed resists the crossface but Gargano KNEES him in the ribs! Gargano puts on the GargaNO Escape!! Reed endures, fights his way over, drags Gargano with him, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Gargano holds on but lets off at 4 in frustration. Gargano sees Reed on the apron, aims from the ropes, and slingshots, but Reed ROCKS him! Reed hauls Gargano to the crucifix, for a COLOSSAL RAZOR’S EDGE! Gargano crash lands in the ring! Reed climbs back up, TSUNAMI FLOPS!! Gargano avoids guaranteed destruction, to SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Reed survives and Theory is frustrated for Gargano, who is exhausted!
Gargano goes to a corner, and calls upon the powers of DIY! But Reed blocks the superkick! And HEADBUTTS, to short-arm LARIAT! Reed climbs up but Theory goes after him! Gargano grabs at the ref, Reed CLOBBERS Theory, but Gargano trips Reed up! Gargano throws haymakers, climbs up top, and SUPER STEIN- NO! Reed slips through it to haul Gargano up for a POWERBOMB!! Gargano flounders to ropes as Reed covers, Theory gives Gargano the ropebreak!! Reed knows Theory had something to do with that, and he goes out to storm after him. Theory plays dumb, which isn’t that hard, and Reed grabs him with both hands!
Gargano DIVES, but Reed catches him and uses him to BOOT Theory! Then he TOSSES Gargano at Theory! Reed goes into the ring, the ref starts a ring count, but Reed builds speed?! Reed DIVES!! Theory gets BLASTED into barriers! Gargano RAMS Reed into the barriers, puts him in and slingshots, but not One Final Beat! Reed catches Gargano to hit a CRUNCHY!! Cover, TWO!! Gargano is proving he is superhuman like he has in the past, but Reed drags Gargano up and reels him in. Reed gets Gargano up but Gargano fights and RANAS! Reed hits ropes in the stomach, Gargano SUPERKICKS! Fakes and SUPERKICKS again! Reed SUPERKICKS back?!
Reed goes up the corner, fans are thunderous as he MOONSAULTS but FLOPS! Gargano is on the apron, he slingshots in, ONE FINAL BEAT!! But Reed still sits up!? Gargano ONE FINAL BEATS again!!! Cover, Gargano wins!!
Winner: Johnny Gargano, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
The Colossal did so much in just two days, from winning a gauntlet eliminator to taking NXT’s Iron-Man to his limit! But in the end, Reed hit his limit, and Gargano took over once again! Will The Way’s father figure continue on to again define NXT’s new era?
NXT Championship: Finn Balor VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux!
The Prince, one of the greatest champions in this brand’s history. Mr. Doomsday, one of the fastest to reach the top title. Stamina, experience, strength, confidence, aggression, determination. This match has it all, and will determine the future of this brand! But will Balor keep his crown and cross Kross off his list? Or will he fail to Stand & Deliver, and instead #FallAndPrey?
The introductions are made as these two stare down face to face the entire time. The belt is raised, and we see if 20 years is enough to cancel the apocalypse!
Kross and Balor only back off for the bell, but get right in each other’s faces again. Fans rally and duel, Balor looks Kross up and down one more time before they tie up! Kross throws Balor down, Balor gets right back up, and gets right back in Kross’ face. They tie up again, Balor gets an arm but Kross shoves him away. Kross wags his finger, it won’t be that easy to get after the repaired arm. The two circle, Kross waistlocks but Balor goes after the arm. Balor wrenches, grinds the shoulder, but Kross grits his teeth. Kross fights up, scoops, but Balor slips off. Kross knees low and hard, but Balor just grins?! Scarlett asks what’s so funny, but Balor and Kross go again.
Balor headlocks, Kross powers up but can’t power out as Balor grinds. Kross pulls at hair but the ref reprimands. Balor grinds more, Kross powers up and finally powers out to run Balor over! Balor gets up and still grins! Fans rally behind Balor as he and Kross circle. Balor kicks but now Kross laughs at Balor. Balor’s power and strikes don’t scare Kross, even as he kicks and CHOPS! Kross TOSSES Balor for thinking he could match up! Balor grins all the same. Kross is getting annoyed as Balor just stretches and resets. Then Balor SLAPS Kross! Fans are fired up as Kross seethes. Kross roars, and RAMS Balor into the corner!
Kross RAMS into him again and again, then ROCKS him with a right! “Is this what you want?! Now you’re gonna get it!” Kross whips corner to corner then RAMS into Balor! Kross whips back the other way but Balor moves and Kross POSTS himself! Balor pulls the bad arm against the ropes! The ref counts, Balor lets off but just a moment before he pulls the arm into the ropes again! The ref counts, Balor lets off to then fire uppercuts on the arm! Balor wrenches, steps over and grinds the arm down. Scarlett coaches Kross as he endures and fans rally up. Kross fights to move around but Balor shifts to a chinlock. Balor even traps an arm for a modified half straitjacket!
Kross endures as Balor pulls back, and he powers up to make Balor a backpack! Kross RAMS Balor into buckles, then clotheslines, elbows and clotheslines again! Balor staggers and stumbles away, Kross gets the bad arm moving. Kross brings Balor around and snap suplexes him! Balor almost gets thrown more than anything! Kross stalks up behind Balor, drags him back up and puts him in the Tree of Woe! The ref reprimands, Kross stomps Balor then backs off, to run corner to corner and KNEE Balor! That was dangerously low! Kross looms over Balor, fans rally up but Scarlett says it won’t help. Kross hauls Balor up but Balor goes for a takedown! Balor gets an ARMBAR!
The bad arm is caught and Balor pulls on it as hard as he can! Balor’s sideways rather than on his back, but that helps with leverage! Kross fights up to bridge and rolls! Kross dead lifts Balor, but Balor shifts to get an ARMBAR DDT! Kross writhes, Balor is after the arm with a double wristlock! Balor hammerlocks the arm on the mat, and SNAP locks it! Balor grinds the arm, SNAP LOCKS again, and Kross is clutching the elbow. Balor CHOPS Kross in the corner, wraps the arm around the ropes, then stomps Kross down! Balor again has the arm on ropes, the ref counts, but Balor again lets off with a stomp! Kross walks along ropes, Balor stalking behind him.
Balor pushes Kross, CHOPS him, but Kross resists the whip. Balor mule kicks, Kross gets mad but then he crumbles to the mat! Is this another liver shot like with Kyle O’Reilly? Balor stomps away on Kross at the ropes, and fans fire up! Scarlett checks on Kross as Balor backs off. Balor gets Kross up, bends him back against the ropes, and crossface forearms to the GUT! The ref backs Balor off but he runs, into a KICK from Kross! Whatever pain Kross is feeling, he fights through it to get Balor up. Kross scoops, and RAMS Balor into buckles, then all the way to the other! But Balor slips out to ELBOW DROP DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up!
A standing count begins, Kross clamps onto Balor’s foot with his good arm! Balor kicks Kross but Kross holds on! Kross gets Balor up and clinches for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Roll through to CLOBBER Balor! Kross drags Balor up, reels him in, Canadian rack to the BOMB! Cover, TWO! Balor survives but barely, and Kross grimaces as he clutches his stomach. Kross mocks the finger guns and then shouts, “DOOMSDAY!” Kross hauls Balor up but Balor GUILLOTINES! Balor throws knee after knee, then trips for the DOUBLE STOMPS! Balor runs to PENALTY KICK! Fans fire up, Balor gets Kross’ arm for a grounded cobra twist!
Balor punches away on Kross’ side, then gets a standing cobra twist! Kross endures, fans rally and Scarlett is furious! But Kross powers out to hip toss Balor away! Kross seethes, fires up and runs, but into a SLINGBLADE! Balor aims, runs in but into a LARIAT! Kross drags Balor right back up, and hits the DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! But Kross isn’t satisfied with that! He wants to end Balor! Time’s up, and Kross winds up. Kross runs, into a PELE! Balor runs to SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Kross staggers, Balor runs and SHOTGUNS Kross into buckles face-first! Kross is in a drop zone, Balor climbs up top, COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, TWO!?!? And into the SLEEPER HOLD!!
Balor is caught but gets up, reaches for ropes, but Kross pulls him back! Balor rolls through to DOUBLE STOMP! Balor fires up and the fans are there with him! Kross groans in pain as Balor aims, and PUNTS him in the side! Balor fires off kicks and knees and elbows! Balor gets the cobra twist again, and drags him down to the mat! Kross sits up, Balor keeps his shoulders up and Scarlett coaches Kross. Kross endures, powers right out of the hold, and hammers away on Balor’s head!! Is Balor out?! Kross lets off before the ref can check, and dead lifts to GERMAN SUPLEX! Balor sputters but he’s awake. Kross storms over, drags Balor up, reels him in and DOOMSDAY SAIDOS!!
Kross still won’t finish it here, he wants to clean Balor’s clock! Balor staggers, Kross runs, BLINDSIDE FOREARM!! But that’s not enough, yet! Balor staggers up, into the DOOMSDAY FOREARM!!! Cover, Kross wins!!
Winner: Karrion Kross, by pinfall (NEW NXT Champion)
The Prince has been dethroned!! The apocalypse has returned!! Kross wins back the title that he never truly lost! But will he now get to finish what he started so long ago? Will ALL of NXT have no choice but to #FallAndPray?!
Backstage interview with Santos Escobar.
What a match for the title to become UNDISPUTED Cruiserweight Champion. That Devlin guy just kept coming back. It didn’t matter what he did, but Devlin kept coming back. Well he did have some help. Hey, Legado es familia. And Escobar will say this again so no one forgets: Escobar is the UNDISPUTED Cruiserweight Campeon, the Emperor of Lucha! Is it as simple as that? Or will Devlin still come back for more?
Unsanctioned Match: Adam Cole VS Kyle O’Reilly!
Who could have imagined it’d come to this? The Undisputed Era wasn’t the start of the friendship between these two, but it turned out to be the end. But with nothing holding these two back from leaving it all in the ring, just how does this end between the former Team Future Shock?
Extra security enters to keep these two from fighting before the bell. O’Reilly enters first to show off his new gear and rock out to his new theme song, now that he is purely Mr. Axe ‘n’ Smash! Cole also has new gear and a remix of the UE theme to go with it! The introductions are made, the bell rings, and TakeOver ends with the end of an Undisputed Era!
Cole and Kyle stare down, and then they just fire off! Kyle rocks Cole and back shim down, but Cole turns it around to fire off! Kyle ROCKS Cole, and again, and again! Kyle whips to BOOT Cole in the corner! Kyle whips the other way to BOOT him again! Cole flops against ropes but Kyle runs, into a BOOT from Cole! Cole runs but Kyle dumps him out hard! Kyle slingshots to PLANCHA! Direct hit and Kyle is right into an ARMBAR! Cole stomps Kyle to get free, then backs off as Kyle gets up. Cole then RAMS Kyle into Plexiglas! Cole brings Kyle up, brings him around and whips him into more Plexiglas! Fans fire up and duel as Kyle tackles Cole!
Kyle rains down rights, gets the legs and catapults Cole into the boards! Cole flounders away, Kyle stalks after him and whips him into more boards! Cole flops down and Kyle goes to fetch a chair! Kyle sits the chair up, knees Cole into having a seat, and then KICKS Cole as he sits up! And KICKS, and KICK- But Cole blocks to kick back! Cole brings Kyle over, but Kyle resists the lift to back drop! Kyle pushes Cole into the ring, hurries in but Cole RAMS him into a corner! Kyle gets a guillotine! No need for ropebreaks in this, either! Kyle climbs up, Cole pops free and shoves Kyle down to the floor!! The ref checks on Kyle because his neck isn’t even 100%!
Cole goes out, drags Kyle up and throws him into the barriers! Cole gets more chairs out and puts them in the ring. Fans rally and duel, Cole aims and JAMS a chair into him! Cole SMACKS Kyle on the back! “Is this what you want?!” Cole puts the chair in the ring, and then drags Kyle up to throw him into the girder! Cole puts Kyle in the ring, CLUBS him down, then digs a chair edge into the back of Kyle’s neck! Cole lets off and stalks Kyle around the ring. Cole brings Kyle up, whips him corner to corner hard, and Kyle bounces off buckles to hit the mat! Cole says Kyle ruined it, and he gets a chair that has the Undisputed Era’s CFOS logo on it!
Cole brings Kyle over to NECKBREAKER onto the chair!! “This is what YOU wanted!” Cole drags Kyle up again and whips him to a corner hard! Kyle falls, Cole drags him up and wrenches the neck! Cole throws crossface forearms, then drags Kyle up to waistlock. Kyle resists the lift, pries free and double wristlocks for a takedown! Kyle wants a Kimura but Cole throws knees! Cole fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Kyle survives but Cole seethes even more. Cole tells Kyle, “I made you who you are! You would be nothing without me!” Cole pushes Kyle around, kicks him, but Kyle just grits his teeth! Kyle throws a forearm, Cole gives it back!
It’s a brawl, Cole knees low then runs but into a KNEE! Kyle runs but into a BOOT! Cole runs but into a kitchen sink knee! Fans fire up, Cole staggers up and Kyle clamps on to throw more knees! Kyle KICKS a leg, ROCKS Cole with palm strikes, then kicks to sweep the leg! Fans chant, “We Want Tables!” but Kyle glares at Cole as he gets a chair. Kyle sits the chair up, runs at Cole to forearm smash, then he hits an elbow breaker to a back suplex ON the chair! HEEL HOOK! Cole rolls and gets ropes but the ropebreak won’t work! Cole BOOTS Kyle off the ashigarami and gets away. Kyle stands on the apron, aims and LEAPS to DROPKICK Cole into the chair!
Cole is down but so is Kyle, and the fans fire up again! Kyle gets up first, drags Cole up and puts him in the ring. Cole gets a chair and aims, but Kyle KNEES low! Ax hits but Smash gets a chair!! Cole defended himself but still gets hit by the chair itself! Cover, TWO!! Kyle seethes as he looks at what’s available. Kyle goes outside, and brings out a CHAIN! Kyle brings it into the ring, but Cole gets Kyle in the ropes, DRAPING NECKBREAKER on the chain!! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives that hangman’s steel, but Cole gets the chain for his own now. Cole laces the chain around a rope, gathers up the rest and goes after Kyle’s head! Kyle defends, ROCKS Cole, but Cole hits back!
They brawl while also fighting over the chain! Kyle rebounds to DECK Cole! Kyle gets the chain back and ties it… around his own foot?! Kyle sits Cole up for STEEL KOWATA KICKS! Kyle has to reset the chain while Cole staggers, but Cole trips Kyle up! Cole steps through, the chain is part of the FIGURE FOUR! The Nature Boy never thought to do that! Kyle endures, Cole cranks and thrashes, but Kyle rocks the boat to reverse the pressure! Cole endures now, powers Kyle back over, but Kyle throws hands! They brawl while in the Figure Four and DOUBLE HAYMAKERS knock them both down! The hold is undone, fans rally up and Kyle sits up.
Cole follows, and he throws another forearm! Kyle knees, forearms, palm strikes and kicks! Kyle runs but Cole uses the chain to literally CLOTHESLINE Kyle! Cole then wraps Kyle up in chain for a BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives and Cole can’t believe it! Cole gets a chair, sits it up near a corner, and grins as he sets up another chair with it, back to back! Cole hobbles over to Kyle, drags him up and brings him to the chairs with a fireman’s carry. Kyle slips out, waistlocks, but the neck won’t allow the German Suplex! Kyle ROCKS Cole, Cole elbows Kyle away! Cole GERMAN SUPLEXES Kyle, Kyle ends up in the chair, SHINING WIZARD!! Cover, TWO!!!
Kyle survives that tumble through steel but Cole keeps focus. Cole goes outside, pulls the steel steps apart, and drags Kyle over to the base! Cole’s used steps to devastate Kyle once before, is he going to do it again?! Cole drags Kyle up and around, suplexes, but Kyle slips out! Kyle GUILLOTINES Cole while he’s on top! The elevation makes for strong leverage! Cole is fading out, but Kyle lets off to KNEE Cole down! Kyle decides to use the steps now and he drags Cole back up! Kyle has Cole up but shoves him away? Perhaps Kyle doesn’t want ot sink to Cole’s lever. But then Kyle drags Cole back up, only for Cole to RAM him into barriers! Cole gets away but Kyle chases him down to BOOT him!
Kyle clears off the announce desk, and fans are happy to see this! After all, a desk is a table! Kyle puts Cole on the desk, climbs up to join him, but Cole ROCKS Kyle first! Kyle ROCKS Cole back, and they brawl up top! Cole throws forearm after forearm after forearm! Cole then brings Kyle up, assesses the area, but Kyle suplexes first for a BRAINBUSTER on the desk!! Cole flops to the floor while Kyle stays on the desk, but fans are thunderous! Cole manages to get up, and manages to crawl away past the timekeeper. “This is Awesome!” as Kyle gets up, paper notes stuck to him. Kyle stalks Cole, but Cole SMACKS him with a spare monitor!!
Cole drags Kyle up, puts him back in the ring, and Kyle flounders and flops. Cole brings out a TOOLBOX from under the ring! Cole opens it up, and dumps out everything inside it! Another chain, a tire iron, a monkey wrench and… A pair of pliers! Cole likes those, and he brings them to Kyle! Cole goes after Kyle’s face! Kyle blocks, Cole kicks low and stomps him down! Cole goes back for the tire iron! Cole aims, Kyle KICKS a leg out first! Kyle gets the tire iron but Cole PELES! Kyle yoyos to LARIAT! Fans fire up with Kyle and he brings Cole up to BRAIN BUSTER again! Cover, TWO!! Cole lives and the fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” again!
Cole flounders, Kyle gets that chain he tied to the ropes! Kyle wraps the chain around one of Cole’s arms, and gets a FULL METAL ARMBAR!! Cole endures this steel cross armbreaker! Cole fights up, but now he’s in a steel TRIANGLE! Cole endures, but he can’t dead lift! He’s fading fast, but he gets his second wind! And the TIRE IRON! Cole CLOBBERS Kyle’s ribs with it!! Kyle writhes and Cole grins as he’s free. Fans hope these two “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this has to end somehow! Cole and Kyle each get a chair, “Both These Guys!” use them to sit up, and “This is Awesome!” Cole and Kyle take seats in front of each other, and Cole talks trash to Kyle.
Kyle BOOTS Cole in the face! Cole throws a haymaker, Kyle throws a forearm! Cole returns the forearm, so Kyle gives him another! Cole and Kyle get out of their seats and start throwing more shots! Kyle gets the edge, but Cole LOW BLOWS!! Not illegal but not fair, either! Cole aims as Kyle sputters and crawls. Kyle gets up, Cole SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!!! Kyle survives and Cole is furious! The fans are thunderous again while Cole tries to figure out what he has to do to end Kyle. Cole gets a chair again, and he puts it around Kyle’s head! Cole gets another chair, the ref says he shouldn’t do this but Cole tells him to shut up!
The ref keeps insisting, but Cole DECKS him! “When I say, ‘Shut up,’ you shut up!!” The fans even tell the ref, “You Deserve It!” Cole goes back to Kyle, to a corner, and he climbs up. Kyle flounders up, Cole leaps, PANAMA SUNRISE!! Cover, but the ref is out so there’s no count! Cole would’ve won, as the fans point out by counting to 10! Cole tells the ref to get up now! “Are you stupid?! Get up!” Cole shoves the ref but he’s out cold. Cole looks back at Kyle, and figures if this has to continue, he’ll just do more damage. Cole stalks Kyle to the ramp, carrying a chair with him. Cole THROWS the chair at Kyle’s head!
Cole hobbles after Kyle as he flops off the ramp, and he RAMS him into the boards! And again! And again! But Kyle YANKS Cole into the boards now! Cole and Kyle get up, Kyle gets a GUILLOTINE! Cole stays standing to RAM Kyle back into the boards! Cole is free, fans rally up and Cole drags Kyle up. Cole gets Kyle back on the ramp, but Kyle gets the GUILLOTINE again!! Cole stays up, LEAPS, and both men CRASH THROUGH THE STAGE!! They fall through the steel grate and to the floor below!! Cole emerges first! Cole kicks THROUGH the side of the ramp, just to get at Kyle?! Cole drags Kyle through the hole and puts him back onto the top of the ramp.
Kyle crawls back towards the ring, and the ref has finally recovered. Cole hobbles after Kyle, one of his hands cut and bloody. Kyle stumbles and falls again, and Cole thinks he has easy pickings, until Kyle falls all the way out of the ring. Cole pursues, drags him up, and brings him back to the base steps! Cole suplexes, to BRAIN BUSTER Kyle onto the steel!!! Kyle even flops onto the toolbox on the other side! Cole drags Kyle, limp as he is, and puts him back into the ring. Cover, TWO!?!? Kyle BARELY gets a shoulder up but that’s enough to stay in this! Fans are electric while Cole is shocked! Cole gets to his feet, brings Kyle back up, and fans rally and duel as hard as ever.
Cole brings the knee pad down, takes aim and runs, but Kyle flops over! Cole sits Kyle up, again tells him he’s nothing, and again runs, but Kyle ducks the Last Shot! Kyle gets the leg and gets the HEEL HOOK!! Cole boots Kyle again and again, but that leg gets caught! DOUBLE HEEL HOOK!! Cole writhes and flails, but he gets the chain! STEEL KNUCKLE!! Cole is free, and he sputters over to a corner. Cole hops up and aims at Kyle. Kyle gets up, Cole leaps, PAN- NO! Kyle fireman’s carries to USHIGOROSHI Cole! PENALTY KICK! Kyle gets up, brings HIS knee pad down, and wants to show Cole his own LAST SHOT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Cole survives but Kyle can’t even register frustration!
Kyle grits his teeth, gets a chair, turns it upside-down, and gathers up the chain. What is Kyle creating in his mind? Kyle brings the chain to the corner, piles it on, and then gets the chair. Kyle puts that chair around Cole’s leg, and then heads for the corner. Kyle flounders his way up the corner, but Cole gets up and uses that chair to SMACK Kyle off the top! Kyle falls to the mat, Cole gets sits the chair upside-down, and drags Kyle up. Cole puts Kyle in the ropes in the corner, gets around the corner and climbs up. Cole says he is always going to be better than Kyle! But Kyle LOW BLOWS Cole!! Payback for a moment ago, and Kyle gathers the chains again!
Kyle wraps his leg up in the steel, locks it in, and aims at Cole! Cole is on the chair, STEEL GUILLOTINE KNEE!!! Cover, KYLE WINS!!
Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by pinfall
Incredible! Kyle brought out every ounce of aggression he could muster, and he crushes Cole one and for all! And for that, Stand & Deliver’s Unsanctioned main event gets a standing ovation! But will either man be able to stand after what they’ve put themselves through? Kyle gets to his feet, but a neck brace, back board and stretcher are needed for Cole. Will Cole ever be the same again? Kyle leaves, having settled the score, but where does this win take him next?
Night one was already awesome, night two was pretty epic! We got another surprise kickoff show match in Breezango VS Dain & Maverick, but it was a really fun match. Dain & Maverick win to face MSK, but I feel like this is to continue the story with Imperium. Alexander Wolfe specifically will show up, maybe get in Dain’s head, and that costs him and Maverick so that Dain & Maverick can then shift over to face Imperium while MSK get their first defense in the books. We did get good interview promos conducted by Samoa Joe, but just for Balor and Kross. Those were still very good promos, and I hope Joe keeps coming back to do these for other big TakeOvers.
Opening with Escobar VS Devlin was a great choice, it was definitely a good ladder match and made great use of the Capitol Wrestling Center’s space. I again groan at Legado having to help Escobar, but it is as I sadly knew would happen: the majority of the Cruiserweight Division is in the US, and the world is still rather wary because of COVID, so it’s just easier for the wrestler who lives in the US to get the title. No offense to him or his literal legacy as El Hijo del Fantasma, but as far as I can tell, that is the reason he won tonight. I have no idea who steps up next, but hopefully they finally get to be the one that dethrones Escobar.
The NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship match was very good, but it was natural for Shotzi & Ember to win. However anyone feels about them snatching those titles right off of Raquel & Dakota, Shotzi & Ember need to keep their reign going a bit to really build these titles. The North American Championship was great, Theory was involved at just the right amount, and Reed still looked like a monster given he still had such a great showing after having a gauntlet eliminator last night. Reed not getting the title might hurt a little if he’s to ever move up to the top title, but who knows. With Lumis and Knight starting a feud, no idea who is next for Gargano, but that might be set up as soon as NXTuesday.
Balor VS Kross was awesome, probably Kross’ best match since coming to NXT. I am a little surprised Kross won but it does make sense. It is almost cliché for wrestlers to say they never lost whatever title they gave up while injured, but that’s only because it’s true, and so for Kross, it is great for him to get this belt back to give us what we would’ve gotten almost a year ago. Balor is still great so he can do whatever he wants next. Challenge Gargano? Finally face Walter? Either one, but especially the latter so that we also get what we would’ve gotten almost a year ago. Hell, Balor becoming the first man to hold prime NXT and NXT UK titles would be fitting of the greatest star in NXT history.
Then Cole VS Kyle in their Unsanctioned match, HOT DAMN that was awesome! They were very creative with everything used, and I figured Kyle would win this. Cole can be written off, maybe return to action on Raw or SmackDown, start relatively fresh and add to his great resumé. I’m pretty sure it’s rarified air as one of the only NXT Triple Crowns to then add any other WWE belt. Kyle has finally broken free, he can easily go after Gargano or Kross with this momentum. Hell, why stop there? Kyle is billed at 200 pounds, that’s a Cruiserweight, let Kyle the first and only THREE-TIME tag champ check off ALL three belts to be NXT’s first GRAND SLAM winner! Then one day, Kyle and Balor can circle back and we will have a battle to see who is truly the best in the NXT history books!
My Score: 9.7/10
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/3/23)
A Block, round 6!
Are the Reiwa Musketeers truly mighty?
World Tag League continues into the home stretch, and TMDK is at the top of Block A! But will Shota Umino & Ren Narita make The Mighty kneel?
- Six Man Tag: Just5Guys VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
- Six Man Tag: El Phantasmo, Hikuleo & Jado VS Tiger Mask, Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; Tiger Mask, Altantis & Soberano win.
- Six Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma & Bishamon VS Master Wato, Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki; Wato, Nagata & Suzuki win.
- 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Lance Archer, Alex Zayne, Ryusuke Taguchi & Oskar Leube; LIJ wins.
- 2023 World Tag League, Block A: The Gates of Agony VS Great-O-Khan & Henare; Khan & Henare win.
- 2023 World Tag League, Block A: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Kaito Kiyomiya & Ryohei Oiwa; Yano & Ishii win.
- 2023 World Tag League, Block A: EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi VS Gabe Kidd & Alex Coughlin; Kidd & Coughlin win.
- 2023 World Tag League, Block A: Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS TMDK; TMDK wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Here are the current A Block standings.
TMDK: 4-1, 8 points
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 3-2, 6 points
Shota Umino & Ren Narita: 3-2, 6 points
War Dogs: 3-2, 6 points
Kaito Kiyomiya & Ryohei Oiwa: 2-3, 4 points
The United Empire: 2-3, 4 points
The House of Torture: 2-3, 4 points
The Gates of Agony: 1-4, 2 points
2023 World Tag League, Block A: The Gates of Agony VS Great-O-Khan & Henare w/ Callum Newman!
Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona pulled one over on the House of Torture but couldn’t pull out the win. And the United Empire is holding on by a thread after the War Dogs took a bite out of them. Will one team’s run in the block end right here and now?
The teams sort out and though Henare and Liona stare down and egg each other on, Khan and Kaun start. That’s not gonna be confusing… Fans make sure to chant for “O-KHAN!” so we know the difference. The bell rings, Khan and Kaun circle. They tie up, Khan puts Kaun on the ropes, then lets off, to pull Kaun’s ear! Kaun breaks free but Khan ROCKS him! Khan whips, Kaun reverses then hurdles to ELBOW Khan down! Fans cheer, and Kaun builds up energy to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Kaun drags Khan up, whips him to the corner and tags Liona. The Gates double whip, then they double shoulder Khan down!
Liona & Kaun then clamp on DOUBLE CLAWS into Khan’s shoulders! Henare CLUBS Kaun down and he eggs Liona on again. The ref keeps them back, only Liona is legal. Henare has no choice but to go back, and Liona tags Kaun back in. The Gates mug Khan in the corner, RAM and CLUB on repeat! The ref counts, Liona lets off and then Kaun slingshot sentons! Fans cheer the agility, Kaun covers, TWO! Kaun drags Khan up, reels him in, underhooks, but Khan fights his way to ropes! Khan back drops Kaun up and out! Henare rushes over to get Kaun up and sends him into railing! Henare HEADBUTTS Kaun while Khan goes after Liona!
Khan RAMS Liona into railing, through the gate! Henare throws up the crown, the fans rally up, and Khan slides back into the ring. Kaun crawls while the ring count starts, but Kaun rolls in at 6 of 20. Khan clamps on the HITSUJIGOROSHI! Kaun endures, but Khan scoops him for a SLAM! Cover, TWO! Khan taunts Kaun, sits him up and clamps on the claw into a shoulder! Henare joins in to clamp onto the other shoulder! Liona CLUBS Khan, and again Liona and Henare shout at each other! The ref gets between them, they yell at him now, but he asserts his authority. Henare backs off again while Khan stands on Kaun.
Henare tags in, he stomps Kaun, then he drags Kaun up to snapmare and KICK! And SENTON! Fans fire up while Henare taunts Liona, then covers. TWO, but Henare drags Kaun back up. Henare bumps Kaun off buckles, tags Khan, and Khan puts some stank on his Mongolian Chops! Then he turns Kaun around to Mongolian Chop again! Fans fire up as Khan hops up, and sits on the Cameroonian Prince like a throne! Kaun flails, the ref reprimands, but Khan pulls the arms back! The ref counts, Khan hops off at 4, to then HIP TOSS Kaun down! Cocky cover, ONE!! Khan ROCKS Liona, but Liona just roars!
The ref has to keep Liona back, and Khan drags Kaun up. GERMAN- NO, Kaun fights that and switches. Khan switches back, back suplex, but Kaun lands on his feet! Kick and DDT! Both Khan and Kaun are down but Henare storms in to stomp Kaun! Henare whips Kaun to a corner, but Kaun dodges the Shining Wizard and runs the ropes, to LARIAT Henare down! Fans fire up and Kaun crawls for his corner! Hot tag to Liona! Liona CLOBBERS Khan, CLOBBERS him again, then whips to ropes. Khan KNEES low! Liona comes back to LARIAT! Fans fire up with Liona and he sees Khan go to the open corner.
Liona fires up, runs in, back body block! Liona goes corner to corner but Khan follows to clothesline! Khan fakes Liona out, ROCKS him, but Liona ROCKS him back! Khan fires another forearm, Liona fires back! They go back and forth, fans rally up, and Liona fires a flurry! Liona roars, but Khan Mongolian Chops! And Mongolian Chops! And then UPPERCUTS! Khan UPPERCUTS again, then winds up, but Liona scoops him! SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Khan saves himself but Liona shouts to Kaun! But Henare SMACKS Kaun off the apron then throws Kaun into railing! Khan CLUBS Liona, and clamps on the IRON CLAW SLEEPER!
Liona flails, endures, throws elbows, and breaks free. But Khan UPPERCUTS him in the back! Liona stays up and Khan eggs him on. But Henare shouts, he wants in! The fans fire up because they want to see that, too! Khan says okay, and he tags in Henare! Fans fire up as the Māori Face of Fury circles with the Samoan Lion! Henare shows off his Haka, so Liona responds in kind! They then fire off fast hands! The fans fire up as this is fast and furious! Henare ROCKS Liona, Liona ROCKS Henare, repeat! Fans rally as the forearm shots go back and forth! Henare HEADBUTTS, but then Liona HEADBUTTS!
Henare HEADBUTTS again, but Liona HEADBUTTS again! Kaun and Khan coach their teammates on, Henare fires a flurry of HEADBUTTS! Both men wobble, the fans fire up, and Liona comes back to JUMPING HEADBUTT! Henare staggers to a corner, Liona runs in, but into a KNEE! Henare runs, into a POP-UP SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!! Henare survives and fans fire up! Liona roars, he tags in Kaun, and Liona BLASTS Khan! The Gates drag Henare up, HEAVEN’S- NO, Henare slips free and ELBOWS Kaun down! Liona runs in but Henare ELBOWS him, too! Henare goes up to FLYING CHUCK!
Fans fire up and Liona roars! Henare dodges Liona, to RAMPAGE outta nowhere!! But Henare can’t make the cover, so he crawls to hot tag Khan! Khan storms up on Liona to fire off forearms! But Kaun CLUBS Khan, and then Liona CLUBS Khan! The Gates double whip, but Khan slips around to shove Kaun into Liona! Then Khan puts Kaun on Liona’s shoulders and he sweeps the leg to make Liona POWERBOMB Kaun! Fans fire up and Khan aims at Liona, LARIAT! The fans fire up more and Khan storms up on Kaun in the corner. Khan whips corner to corner and clotheslines! Then torture racks!
Kaun endures being bent, and then Khan hits a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kaun is still in this but Khan hauls Kaun up. Kaun slips out of the scoop, knees low, and whips, but Khan reverses. Kaun goes up and over, runs back in and SHOTGUNS Khan down! Kaun roars, Liona joins in, HIP ATTACK to METEORA! The Gates then haul Khan up, LARIAT SANDWICH! Cover, Henare breaks it! Liona TOSSES Henare then coordinates with Kaun again. But Henare drags Liona out! Kaun fireman’s carries, GUTBUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO! Khan is still in this and Kaun calls to Liona. Liona gets back in and the Gates haul Khan up.
But Henare saves Khan from Heaven’s Gates! WHEEL KICK for Kaun, and HEEL KICK for Liona! Liona stays up so Henare BODY BLOWS and HEADBUTTS! Liona HEADBUTTS back! The fans fire up as all four men are down at the 15 minute mark! Kaun rises, and he drags Khan back up. Fireman’s carry, but Khan slips free, IRON CLAW SLEEPER! F G O PLEX! Both men are down again, but Khan drags Kaun up. IRON CLAW, but Kaun DECKS Khan! Only for Khan to rise! Khan blocks a kick, clinches, IRON CLAW URENAGE!! Cover, the Empire wins!
Winners: Great-O-Khan & Henare, by pinfall (gain 2 points; The Gates of Agony earn 0)
The Dominator upgraded his Eliminator and proved he is the GREATER Khan/Kaun! Is there still a chance for the Empire to take over World Tag League?
2023 World Tag League, Block A: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Kaito Kiyomiya & Ryohei Oiwa!
The Clown Prince & Stone Pitbull pulled off a shocker in last round’s main event by beating the Reiwa Musketeers! As for The Green Supernova and his protege, they learned The Mighty Don’t Kneel. Can Yano & Ishii build upon their momentum and head for the top? Or will Kaito & Oiwa still #CreateTheFuture?
Ishii and Kaito stare down, then start pushing each other. The ref has them back down, the teams sort out, and Kaito starts against Ishii. They rush in to tie up, then Kaito fires a forearm! Ishii eggs him on so Kaito throws more forearms! Then Ishii throws forearms in return! Fans fire up as the shots keep going! Ishii ROCKS Kaito, fires more forearms, then runs to run Kaito over! But Kaito’s right up to DROPKICK Ishii down! But then Ishii’s right back up and they go back to throwing forearms! Kaito gets the edge, but Ishii ducks the lariat! Ishii swings but Kaito ducks the lariat! But Ishii spins Kaito around to suplex!
Kaito fights free but Ishii ROCKS him! Ishii swings but into an arm-drag! Fans cheer and Kaito steps over for the armlock. Ishii endures, but Kaito wrenches and YANKS the arm! Tag to Oiwa, they mug Ishii, and then double whip. They DOUBLE ARM-DRAG Ishii, then Yano runs in. But he gets DOUBLE ARM-DRAGS, then DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up with Team Noah and Oiwa drags Ishii up. Oiwa tries to scoop but Ishii fights it. Oiwa throws forearms but Ishii eggs him on. Ishii leans into the shots and he backs Oiwa down! Oiwa ends up cornered as he throws more forearms! Ishii then CHOPS!
Ishii CHOPS, the ref warns those are really high, but Ishii shoves him aside to CHOP again! Kaito protests, but Ishii tells him to shut up. Kaito storms in, the ref keeps him back, and Ishii bumps Oiwa off buckles. Tag to Yano and Ishii tells Kaito to shut up. Yano eggs Kaito on now, then he whips Oiwa into bare buckles! When did Yano take the buckle pad off?! Fans cheer while Oiwa writhes, and Kaito protests about the buckle pad. Now Yano tells him to shut up! Yano whips Oiwa back into bare buckles! Oiwa falls back and writhes, but Yano drags him up again. But Oiwa suplexes first! Fans fire up while both men are down!
Kaito coaches Oiwa on and Oiwa crawls over, hot tag to Kaito! Fans fire up as Kaito DROPKICKS Yano, and he DROPKICKS Ishii! Then he arm-drags Yano, and he arm-drags Ishii! Kaito whips Yano, Yano reverses but Kaito comes back to NECKBREAKER DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Kaito storms back up on Yano. Kaito chicken wings the arms but Yano fights the lift! Yano breaks free but Kaito CLUBS him! Kaito runs, into an atomic- NO, Kaito CLUBS Yano first! Kaito whips, Yano holds ropes and taunts him! Kaito runs in, misses, and Yano SLAPS him! Kaito runs in, blocks a kick, to DRAGON SCREW!
Kaito keeps hold of Yano’s leg but Ishii CLUBS him! Kaito CLUBS Ishii in return! Fans fire up as Kaito sends Ishii out and whips Yano. Yano reverses to throw Kaito by his hair! Both men are down, Yano crawls, hot tag to Ishii! Ishii storms up on Kaito, sits him up, and KICKS him in the back! Kaito stands up in anger and he fires forearm after forearm! Ishii ROCKS Kaito with just one! Kaito UPPERCUTS, whips corner to corner, but Ishii comes back! Only for Kaito to DROPKICK him! Fans fire up while both are down, and they crawl again. Kaito hot tags Oiwa! Oiwa runs in at Ishii to forearm smash!
Oiwa keeps moving but Ishii ROCKS Oiwa back! Oiwa ROCKS Ishii again, scoops, and POWERSLAMS! Then SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer and Oiwa drags Ishii up. Oiwa gut wrenches but Ishii fights the suplex! Ishii reels Oiwa in, sends him into Kaito, then runs. But the Noah boys DOUBLE DROPKICK him! Yano gets on the apron but Oiwa BLASTS him down! Oiwa & Kaito drag Ishii up, they double whip corner to corner, then Kaito sends Oiwa in to ELBOW Ishii! Kaito forearm smashes, then feeds to the SPIN POWERSELAM! Cover, TWO!! Ishii escapes in time and the fans fire back up!
Oiwa drags Ishii up while someone is sent into railing! Oiwa waistlocks, but Ishii fights with elbows! Oiwa ROCKS Ishii, Ishii ROCKS Oiwa, but Oiwa CHOPS back! Oiwa runs but Yano trips him! Yano gets in, Oiwa fires forearms but Yano hits a fireman’s carry takeover! Kaito runs in to fire off forearms! Kaito runs, but Yano dodges to clinch and BELLY2BELLY! Fans fire up and Yano watches Oiwa. Yano atomic drops then trips Oiwa, to CATAPULT him into the bare buckles! Ishii is back to GERMAN SUPLEX Oiwa! Fans fire up again as Ishii drags Oiwa up. Ishii reels Oiwa in, hoists him up, POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!!
Fans fire up as Oiwa survives but Yano keeps after Kaito on the outside. Ishii waits on Oiwa, runs, but Oiwa stops the lariat! And he ducks the next, but not the third LARIAT! Cover, Kaito breaks it! Fans fire up as Ishii ROCKS and whips Kaito. Kaito ROLLING- NO, Ishii dodges, but then Kaito dodges, JUMPING SHINING WIZARD! Then Kaito chicken wings Ishii! Ishii mule kicks free! But Kaito dropkicks the leg! And the other leg! And then he dropkicks Ishii into Oiwa’s roll-up! TWO!! Ishii survives but the Noah boys fire up! Fans rally, Kaito goes up and Oiwa drags Ishii up into the Electric Chair! DOUBLE IMPACT DOOMSDAY!!
Oiwa fires up and he hauls Ishii back up! Deadlift GUT WRENCH KNEE COMBO! Bridging cover, but Yano breaks it! Fans fire up again, and Kaito throws Yano back out. Oiwa snarls, drags Ishii back up, and reels him in. Ishii fights free, dodges Oiwa’s lariat but Oiwa dodges back! ANACONDA SUPLEX! High stack, TWO!! Ishii survives again and fans fire back up! Oiwa roars, waistlocks and deadlifts, but Ishii fights! Oiwa wrenches, but Ishii HEADBUTTS! Oiwa SLAPS, ROLLING ELBOWS, but Ishii HEADBUTTS again! Fans fire up as Oiwa is down and Ishii staggers back! Ishii slaps himself awake and then builds speed, to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!!
Oiwa survives and fans are thunderous! Yano drags Kaito away to send him into railing! Ishii drags Oiwa up to suplex, but Oiwa fights free! Oiwa gets around Ishii, Kaito returns, ROLLING ELBOW into the GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Kaito intercepts Yano, TWO!!! Ishii still survives but Oiwa fires up! Oiwa waistlocks and he drags Ishii up again, to full nelson! Ishii fights that, breaks free and gets around, but Oiwa spins him! Ishii fights the suplex but Oiwa DROPKICKS! Ishii SLIDING D!! Cover, TWO!! Oiwa survives and Ishii roars! Ishii hauls Oiwa up, suplex, BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Chaos wins!
Winners: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kaito & Oiwa earn 0)
Another gritty fight and another victory for Ishii & Yano! Will they fight their way to the front of the line? Are Kaito & Oiwa all but done in their run?
2023 World Tag League, Block A: EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi w/ Dick Togo VS Gabe Kidd & Alex Coughlin!
The House of Torture made the Gates of Agony pay for tricking them, and the War Dogs brought down the United Empire. But now, related branches of the Bullet Club meet at a crucial point in the tournament. Will things still be Too Sweet after this? Or is one side going to be very bitter?
Well, seems the House doesn’t care for David Finlay’s pets as they all step on War Dogs towels. But then Kidd runs out there with a chair! The House gets away, but Coughlin comes up to CLOBBER them from behind! Coughlin CLUBS away on Tokyo Pimp, CHOKES him, then ROCKS him with a right! Kidd JAMS Evil with a chair, then goes out after Yujiro! But Dick uses the SPOILER CHOKER! Kanemaru CLUBS Coughlin with his whiskey bottle! And Evil JAMS Kidd with the chair! Evil CHOKES Kidd, Kanemaru stomps Coughlin, and then Yujiro drags Coughlin up. The House puts Coughlin in the ring and the bell rings.
Yujiro drags Coughlin up, knees him low, and CLUBS him on the neck! Coughlin ROCKS Yujiro, Yujiro claws the eyes! Yujiro whips Coughlin and surprise! The blue buckle pad goes away! Coughlin hits bare buckles, and Yujiro drags him up. Yujiro bumps Coughlin off the bare buckles, the ref reprimands, but Yujiro snapmares Coughlin to run and basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! The House is annoyed but the Dreadnought is tougher than that. Evil tags in, and he drags Coughlin up to whip back into bare buckles! Coughlin writhes, Evil grabs a War Dogs towel but says the ref has to stop Kidd. Then Evil CHOKES Coughlin!
Kidd gets past the ref but Evil kicks him down! Evil drags Coughlin to a cover, ONE! Another cover, ONE! A third cover, TWO!! Coughlin is still in this and fans applaud. Evil kicks Coughlin around, stands on him, but Coughlin bench presses the foot away! Coughlin trips Evil then deadlift GUT WRENCH SUPLEXES him! Kidd BLASTS Yujiro for good measure! Kidd drags Evil up, throws him out, and then goes out after him to RAMS into the timekeeper! Abe-san still suffers, even when Evil is the victim! Kidd puts Evil in for Coughlin to CHOKE! The ref reprimands, Coughlin lets off at 4 and Evil sputters.
Coughlin stomps Evil, drags him up, and then RAMS him into the red corner! Kidd tags in, and he BITES Evil! The ref counts, Kidd lets off, but now Coughlin BITES Evil! They’re dogs for real! Kidd stomps Evil, tags Coughlin, and Kidd digs his boots in. The ref reprimands, Kidd lets off, Coughlin then digs his boots in! The ref counts, Coughlin lets off and tags Kidd in. Kidd mocks the former world champion, “What you got?!” Evil stands up and puts some stank on clawing the eyes! But Kidd grabs those fingers and bends them! Kidd says hush, and then he SNAPS a finger! Evil clutches his hand, but uses the ref as a shield!
Kidd pushes past the ref but Evil blocks the kick, hands it to the ref, and mule kicks Kidd down! Evil tags Yujiro and Yujiro BLASTS Coughlin before he goes for Kidd. Yujiro TOSSES Kidd out, then distracts the ref so Dick can DECK Kidd! Kanemaru pulls up floor mats!? Kanemaru & Dick DOUBLE SNAP SUPLEX Kidd onto the bare floor! Coughlin gets after Yujiro and reels him in, but Yujiro BITES Coughlin’s hand! Yujiro’s got that dog in him, too! Yujiro then whips Coughlin into the bare buckles! Coughlin falls and writhes, flops out of the ring, but Kanemaru puts Kidd in. Yujiro stands Kidd up so he can BOOT him!
Yujiro reels Kidd in, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Kidd hangs in there and the fans rally up. Yujiro drags Kidd up and reels him in, but Kidd fights the lift! Kidd throws down elbows, but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro whips but Kidd reverses and Yujiro hits the bare buckles! Kidd BITES Yujiro on the head! The ref reprimands, Kidd lets off at 4, but Dick distracts! Kanemaru grabs Kidd by the hair and turns him around, but Kidd UPPERCUTS the whiskey mist into the air! Down goes the Heel Master and the fans fire up! Kidd runs at Yujiro but Yujiro sends him into the ref! Down goes Marty Asami and Evil attacks Kidd!
Evil claws Kidd’s eyes, Dick joins in as they stomp away in the corner! Kidd flops out of the ring but Evil goes out after him. Evil & Dick haul Kidd up to bring him around, and then to the bare of the crowd! Yujiro keeps on Coughlin by sending him into railing! Evil & Dick go all the way to the back, to an exit! They throw Kidd out of the arena and block the door! Or rather, they LOCK the door!? How is Kidd gonna get back? Yujiro keeps beating down Coughlin and Evil goes over to help him out. The House mugs Coughlin 4v1, but he still fights back! Fans fire up as Coughlin ROCKS Dick but Evil kicks Coughlin!
Evil brings Coughlin around the way, claws the eyes, and then puts him in the SCORPION DEATHLOCK! Yujiro digs a chair into Coughlin’s head! Fans clear out, the bell rings! Wait, what? Did the House win? No, that’s just Dick doing that, because he thinks the House should win already. Wait, what’s Kidd doing up in the balcony area?! Fans fire up as Kidd SUPER CORSSBODIES the whole House down!! Kidd rises and fans actually cheer! Kidd drags Yujiro up and brings him around the way, to then run him all the way to ringside, and POST him!! Kidd then shoves Yujiro into the ring, waits on him to stand, and ROCKS him with a haymaker!
Kidd suplexes, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, the ref is back, TWO!!! Yujiro survives but Kidd shakes his head. Coughlin is back, the fans rally up and the War Dogs get Yujiro up. They reel Yujiro in, DOUBLE MUSCLE BUSTER!! Cover, Evil breaks it! Coughlin kicks Evil, TOSSES him out, then the War Dogs fire up again. Coughlin goes up a corner, Kidd gut wrenches Yujiro, but the lights go down!! And then the House attacks in the dark! The lights come back up, the House is standing tall, and guess what? Sho finally appears, disguised as a ring staff member! That’s where the Murder Machine was this whole time!
The House now mugs the War Dogs 5v2, and then they all focus on Kidd! Fans boo, the House is up to their old tricks. Evil hauls Kidd up, he and Kanemaru whip him into a corner, then Dick runs in to ELBOW! Kanemaru ELBOWS! Sho forearm smashes! Evil clotheslines! Snapmare, and then they set Kidd up for the DICK CHOP!! Yujiro covers and Kanemaru puts the ref back in, TWO!?!? Kidd survives and the House is furious! Yujiro sits Kidd up, PIMP JUICE!! Cover, Coughlin YANKS the ref out! Kanemaru attacks Coughlin, and Sho helps out! They POST Coughlin! Evil stands Kidd up, but here comes Gedo!
Gedo has a SLEDGEHAMMER!! The Blacksmith chases off the extra House boys, and Coughlin puts Yujiro in for Kidd! Kidd LOW BLOWS Yujiro! Then the War Dogs get the pimp cane! CANE SHOT for the Tokyo Pimp!! Turnabout is fair play, and the War Dogs get Yujiro up! HIJACKER TOMBSTONE!!!! Cover, Coughlin puts the ref back in, War Dogs win!!
Winners: Gabe Kidd & Alex Coughlin, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)
If all’s fair in love and war, then the House can’t complain that their own tricks got used against them! But will this be the last straw in the dysfunction between Bullet Club sub units? Will Kidd & Coughlin focus on finishing WTL on top first?
2023 World Tag League, Block A: Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS TMDK w/ Kosei Fujita!
It’s a battle for the top of the block! Will it be the Reiwa Musketeers that lead the way into the future? Or will Hysterical Shane Haste & Mad Mikey Nicholls refuse to kneel even now?
The teams sort out and Shane starts against Shota. The fans rally and duel as the two circle. Shane is a little annoyed by that but he and Shota tie up. Shota waistlocks, Shane switches, but Shota headlocks. Shane pops out the back, wrenches to a wristlock, then YANKS the arm. Shota rolls, slips around, spins Shane and cravats, but Shane fights around. Shane slips through, hammerlocks then headlocks for the takeover. Shota headscissors and he holds tight. Shane moves around, pops free and headlocks, but Shota headscissors again. Shane turns Shota over, traps the legs and pulls hair! Red Shoes reprimands but Shane shifts to a chinlock.
Shota endures as Shane bends him back, fishhooks him a bit, then clamps on for a neck wrench. But Shota fights free, trips Shane and has the toehold. Shane reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Shota lets go cleanly and the fans applaud. Shane and Shota reset, tie up, and Shota wrenches to a wristlock. Shane reaches out but Shota keeps him from ropes, so Shane rolls, kips up, and snapmares. Shota avoids the dropkick, but then so does Shane! Shane UPPERCUTS, snapmares and basement dropkicks! Fans cheer and Shane flexes. Shane then whips, but Shota reverses to ELBOW Shane down and basement dropkicks!
Fans cheer again as Shane backs off. Shota obliges, and they tag Narita and Mikey. Mikey and Narita go forehead to forehead, then forearm for forearm! Narita headlocks, Mikey powers out, and they RAM shoulders! They throw forearms back and forth again! Mikey headlocks, Narita powers out, and Mikey runs Narita over! Narita gets up, Mikey kicks and runs, but Narita dodges to NECKBREAKER DROP! Fans fire up and Narita stomps Mikey. Narita bumps Mikey off buckles, then tags Shota. Shota BLASTS Shane, then he and Narita double whip. DOUBLE ELBOW! SENTON, then SOMERSAULT SENTON!
The Musketeers shake hands and DOUBLE ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Shota stares Shane down, then goes back to stomp Mikey. Mikey ROCKS Shota, Shota UPPERCUTS Mikey! Shota then brings Mikey over, tags Narita, and they mug Mikey. Narita CLUBS Mikey, CLUBS him more, then BLASTS Shane for good measure. Shane gets back up to distract Narita, and Mikey CLUBS Narita out of the ring! Mikey eggs Shota on and distracts Red Shoes, Shane hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Shane then puts Narita in for Mikey to drop a knee! And another knee! Tag to Shane, then Mikey BLASTS Shota! TMDK double whip to DOUBLE ELBOW Narita!
SENTON FIST DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Narita is still in this but Shane clamps on with a chinlock. Narita endures, but Shane makes him smile using fishhooks. Red Shoes reprimands, Shane lets off to KICK Narita in the back! Fans rally up, Shane scuffs Narita, then stomps him! Shane drags Narita up, bumps him off buckles, and tags in Mikey. Shane CHOPS, Mikey CHOPS, and Narita flounders away! Mikey eggs Narita while Shane mockingly wishes Narita luck. But Narita fires forearms! Mikey CHOPS Narita down! Mikey brings Narita over, tags Shane, and TMDK mugs Narita. Shane CHOPS Narita, then kneels on him!
Narita gets the ROPEBREAK, Red Shoes reprimands and counts, and Narita lets off at 3. Shane KICKS Narita around, fans rally up, and Shota coaches Narita. Shane gives more kicks, but Narita blocks one! But Shane ROCKS him first! Shane runs, but into the WHEEL KICK! Narita and Shane are down, the fans fire up, hot tag to Shota! Shota fires off on Shane, whips, but Shane reverses. Shota ducks ‘n ‘dodges to LARAIT! Mikey runs in, into a scoop and DROP! Shota then runs to basement dropkick Mikey out of the ring! Fans fire up with Shota and he goes after Shane. Shota whips Shane corner to corner, runs in and UPPERCUTS!
Shota reels Shane in, FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Shota keeps his cool. Shota clinches but Shane fights the lift. Shota knees low, tries again, but Shane arm-drags free then DROPKICKS! Both men are down, hot tag to Mikey! Mikey runs in to clothesline! Then a whip back to the corner, but Shota dodges this time. POP-UP KNEE! And EXPLODER! Fans fire up and Shota crawls for his corner, hot tag to Narita! Narita storms up to whip Mikey to a corner, then runs in to BACK ELBOW! HALF HATCH BRIDGE! Cover, TWO! Mikey is still in this but Narita drags him up.
Mikey fights the clinch with elbows but Narita trips him. Mikey boots Narita away, swings, but into the waistlock! Mikey fights the lift, Narita avoids the elbow but not the DDT! Both men stir, rise back up, and Mikey fireman’s carries. Narita fights free, to get a SLEEPER! Shane storms in but Narita sends Mikey into him! And back to the SLEEPER for Mikey! Shota keeps Shane down on the outside as Narita shifts to the COBRA TWIST! Mikey endures while fans fire up! Shane gets in to CLUB Narita! Shota CLUBS Shane and tosses him out, and Narita roars! Narita drags Mikey back up, clinches, but Mikey BELL CLAPS free!
Narita BOOTS Mikey, runs, but into a LARIAT! But Narita’s back up! GERMAN SUPLEX! But Mikey’s back up! Fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Both men are down, the fans rally up, and they both crawl, hot tag to Shane! Shane BLASTS Shota to cut off Narita. Shane UPPERCUTS Narita again and again, then swings, into the EXPLODER! Both men are down again and fans rally back up! Narita crawls, hot tag to Shota! Shota UPPERCUTS Shane again and again! Shane UPPERCUTS back! Shota rebounds to SHOTGUN! Shane flounders to ropes, fans rally and Shota runs in, SLINGSHOT APRON DDT!!
Fans fire up with Shota while Shane flops out of the ring! Red Shoes checks Shane but he’s somehow okay to continue. The ring count begins, Shota drags Shane up at 5 of 20, puts him in, and then aims from a corner. Shota climbs, to MISSILE DROPKICK! And then Shota goes back to the apron, slingshot and CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Shane is still in this but Shota dragon sleepers! SAVING GRACE! Cover, TWO!! Shane survives again but Shota steps through to the STF! Narita catches Mikey in an COBRA TWIST! But Mikey powers out to SLAM Narita onto Shota! Mikey throws Narita out and stands Shota up.
But Shota fights off the combo move! Narita drags Mikey out while Shota drags Shane down, STF!! Shane endures, flails, reaches out, and Narita keeps Mikey out with a SLEEPER! Shota pulls on the hold but Shane fights around! Shane goes to his left but Shota pulls him back more! Shane still fights to the ROPEBREAK! Shota lets off and fans cheer. Narita is back, he and Shota coordinate. They whip Shane to a corner, then Shota runs in to ELBOW! Narita runs in to JUMP KICK! Feed to the FOREARM, BOOT, ROLLING ELBOW, BOOT and HART ATTACK!! Cover, TWO!!! Shane survives and fans fire up again!
Shota and Narita drag Shane up to try again. DOUBLE EXPLODER!! Cover, Mikey breaks it! Narita kicks Mikey and throws him out, and Shota takes aim from a corner! Shane rises, into IGNITION! Cover, TWO!! Shane survives and fans fire up as Shota still has ammo. BLAZE- NO, Shane ducks! Shota SWATS the lariat then ENZIGURIS! Shota fires up, fans fire up, and Shane staggers around! Narita and Mikey crash into railing as Shota reels Shane in, HALF NELSON BRIDGE! Cover, TWO!! Shane reloads in the corner, runs back in, BLAZE- LARIAT from Shane!! Shane hauls Shota up, to LAST RIDE POWERBOMB!! Cover, Narita breaks it!!
Mikey whips Narita to scoop, MIKEY BOMB!! Fans fire up as Mikey kicks Narita out and Shane drags Shota up. They call their shot, fireman’s carry and HIGHWAY TO HELL!! Cover, TWO?!? Shota survives and the fans fire up! TMDK is frustrated, but they still have their best shot to try! They drag Shota up, Mikey scoops and Shane again calls the shot. But Shota slips free, shoves Mikey into Shane and tosses Mikey out! TORNADO DDT for Shane! And then underhooks, but Shane wrenches out! ROUNDHOUSE! Mikey sends Narita into railing, slides back in, Shota swings on Shane! Shane ducks, sends Shota to Mikey, scoop and TANK BUSTER!!! Cover, TMDK WINS!!
Winners: TMDK, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Shota & Narita earn 0)
The Musketeers fall again! They’re 3-3 with time running out, is the future not here just yet?
As for TMDK, Shane gets the mic to say, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, baby! That’s another one of the new generation down to TMDK. We are still here, and we are at the top, top of the pop, baby, yeah!” Fans cheer that. Shane says TMDK will be A Block winners, TMDK will be World Tag League winners, and soon TMDK will be IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions! “JA MATTE NE~!” Fans cheer as Shane swings the mic and air guitars! Will nothing stop TMDK from winning it all?
Here are the NEW A Block standings!
TMDK: 5-1, 10 points
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 4-2, 8 points
War Dogs: 4-2, 8 points
Shota Umino & Ren Narita: 3-3, 6 points
The United Empire: 3-3, 6 points
Kaito Kiyomiya & Ryohei Oiwa: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
The House of Torture: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
The Gates of Agony: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
A great round for A Block here, and we’re almost at the end! Gates are out, the House is out, Kaito & Oiwa are out, and really, only The House can play spoilers from here. Gates VS Kaito & Oiwa is next, so it doesn’t matter who wins there. The House can ruin things for Shota & Narita in the seventh round, keeping them from the semifinals on Friday. Awesome win for the Empire over the Gates, great stuff that Yano & Ishii are still in this, and we’ll see Khan & Henare VS Yano & Ishii face off to see who stays alive a little longer. TMDK being 5-1, they’re definitely in the semifinals, so I hope they make it to the finals.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/2/23)
B Block, round 5!
Will Bishamon have to tranquilo?
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions fought to a time limit draw last round, will Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi be able to #GetBackUp this round? Or will Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. sink their ship?
- Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Yuto Nakashima & Oskar Leube; Yano & Ishii win.
- Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS The Gates of Agony & Boltin Oleg; The Gates of Agony & Oleg win.
- 8 Man Tag: Bullet Club War Dogs VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins.
- Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS TMDK; Wato, Shota & Narita win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; ELP & Leo win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; Taichi & Yuya win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne; Nagata & Suzuki win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr; Bishamon wins.
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Here are the current B Block standings.
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-0, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-1, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-2, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 2-2, 4 points
Bishamon: 1-2-1, 3 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-3, 2 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-4, 0 points
2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!
The Headbanga & Young Guerilla survived the murder grandpas but are still a long way from the front of the block. Though that’s a touch better than the Bullet Club’s Rogue Army, who only just got on the board! Will the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions stay strong? Or will they end up on the bottom of the block?
Fans rally up as ELP builds up the energy to high five Leo! The teams sort out and ELP starts against the Red Commando, who mockingly builds up energy to salute the Rogue General. The bell rings, and the fans rally up while ELP swivels as he takes off his shirt. ELP and Bonza circle, tie up, and Bonza waistlocks. ELP switches, Bonza pries free to switch back and wrench to a wristlock. ELP rolls, trips Bonza, and then hooks up the legs to get Bonza in a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Fans rally, Bonza pops free to a cover, ONE! Fans applaud as the two reset. Fans rally behind ELP but Bonza tells them to shut up. That only makes them chant harder!
ELP and Bonza reset, tie up, and Bonza headlocks. ELP throws body shots, powers out, but Bonza runs him over! Things keep moving, ELP avoids the elbow drop to hit an elbow drop, but Bonza makes it a ghost pin! TWO and ELP rolls Bonza up, TWO! ELP reels Bonza in, spins him but Bonza fights the backslide! ELP still gets the shoulders down, TWO! ELP stomps the hands! ELP knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up, up and jumps around, to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up and ELP handsprings to his feet. ELP CHOPS Bonza to the red corner, then CHOPS him again. Tag to Leo, and Leo hushes the crowd. But Bonza avoids the chop!
Bonza tags in Fale, and fans rally up as the big guys stare down. Leo offers a handshake, but Fale just pie faces Leo. So Leo fires forearms! Fale throws them back! ELP leads the fans in the “YAY! BOO!” as the two giants go back and forth! Leo gets the edge but Fale kicks a leg. Fale RAMS Leo, but Leo stays up! Fans rally up as they RAM again! Leo eggs Fale on, they RAM shoulders again! Leo then kicks low, and goes to scoop! But Fale’s so bulky! Leo gets Fale up!! But Bonza CHOP BLOCKS a leg and Leo falls back! Fale covers, TWO! Bonza drags Leo to the blue corner and Fale tags Bonza in. The Rogue Army mugs Leo in the corner!
Leo crawls, Bonza turns him over and keeps him from ELP. Bonza steps through, SPINNING TOEHOLD! Leo clutches the knee and Bonza talks some trash. SPINNING TOEHOLD! Bonza pie faces Leo, eggs him on, then mocks the heart hands. Leo CHOPS Bonza! Bonza kicks Leo down, stomps him around, then even springboard stomps him! Tag to Fale and Bonza rushes ELP. ELP avoids getting blasted off the apron, but Fale stays between ELP and Leo. Fale then stands on Leo as a surfboard! ELP CLUBS Fale, so Fale DECKS ELP! Fale tags Bonza, and Bonza CLUBS Leo down. Fans rally up but Bonza CLUBS Leo more.
Bonza drags Leo up, whips him to the corner, but Leo BLASTS Fale away! Leo then BOOTS Bonza, hurries for his corner, but Bonza dropkicks the legs out! Bonza snarls, backs ELP off, then he reels Leo in. Bonza finger guns and calls his shot, but Leo’s too big to bomb! Leo back drops Bonza away! Fans fire up while both men crawl, hot tag to ELP! ELP fires off on Bonza, whips him to ropes, but Bonza reverses. ELP ducks ‘n ‘dodges to CLOBBER Bonza! And kip up! Fans fire up as ELP atomic drops Bonza, then mocks his pain. Bonza swings, into another atomic drop! ELP hobbles, but he still hooks Bonza up, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!
ELP cartwheels to the corner, goes up and takes aim, FALLING AX HANDLE! Fans rally as ELP tunes up the band. SUDDEN- NO, Bonza blocks, then DISCUS LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Bonza is frustrated but he drags ELP up and calls another shot. Bonza suplexes, holds, but ELP kicks free to DDT! Fans fire up again as Bonza and ELP crawl. ELP drags Bonza from Fale, straitjacket and torture rack, then tag to Leo. Leo BLASTS Fale, BOOTS Bonza, into the BRAIN SALAD! Leo covers, TWO! Bonza survives being scrambled but the fans rally with E-Leo-P! They coordinate, tune up, and Bonza rises. But Fale CLOBBERS Leo!
Bonza ROCKS and KNEES ELP, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fale runs corner to corner to SPLASH Leo! And then fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, ELP breaks it! Fans fire up but Fale kicks ELP. Fale drags ELP up but he fires forearms and CHOPS on the Rogue Army! ELP runs, but into double shoulders! Leo rises while ELP flounders out of the ring, and the Rogue Army mugs him at the ropes. The Rogue Army double whips, but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT! Only Bonza falls, but Leo roars as he SPLASHES Fale in a corner! Leo scoops?! AND SLAMS!! Fans fire up with Leo as the alpha giant!
Leo drags Bonza up, choke grip, but Bonza knees free! SUDDEN DEATH! Choke grip, and ELP DIVES onto Fale! Leo hits GODSEND!! Then ELP climbs onto Leo’s shoulders for the SUPER THUNDER KISS 86!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!
Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Rogue Army earns 0)
Just as Fale & Bonza were locked and loaded, they misfire and fall back down! Will they have to shift into spoiler mode in the tournament’s second half? As for the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions, do they still have an outside shot at those WTL trophies?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!
The Holy Emperor & Heat Storm took a loss to Monster Sauce, but they’re still near the front of the block! But the sons of lucha libre are right behind them! Will this match go a long way to determining B Block’s finalists?
The teams sort out and Soberano starts against Yuya. The fans rally up as Soberano offers a handshake. Yuya reaches out but then Soberano leaves him hanging. The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Yuya waistlocks, but Soberano wrenches out to wristlock. Soberano YANKS the arm, but Yuya rolls, wrenches, hammerlocks and he brings Soberano around. Soberano rolls, drop toeholds and then has the legs tied up to go after the arms. Soberano has a modified Queen Angelito but Yuya fights up. Soberano stands on Yuya’s shoulders for a modified motorcycle stretch, to then shift to a headlock.
Fans rally as Yuya fights up but Soberano grinds the hold. Yuya pries free, but Soberano pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Soberano snapmares Yuya. Yuya gets right up and the fans applaud. Yuya and Soberano reset, circle, and feel things out. They knuckle lock, but Soberano steps on an arm and double wristlocks the other. Soberano then spins Yuya, arm-drags him, but Yuya arm-drags back! Soberano sweeps and covers, ONE! Yuya hits a headlock takeover, but Soberano headscissors, so Yuya kips free. Both men stand back up and fans applaud the standoff. Soberano offers the handshake for real and Yuya takes it.
Fans applaud the sportsmanship as the two then back down, and they tag in Taichi and Atlantis. The KOPW Champion and NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion RAM shoulders again and again! Then Atlantis runs to RAM Taichi! Taichi rebounds to BOOT! Atlantis rebounds to CHOP! Atlantis eggs Taichi on, so Taichi CHOPS back! Fans fire up as Taichi eggs Atlantis on, and he comes back to CHOP! Fans cheer more, and Taichi CHOPS again! Atlantis CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! They go back and forth faster and faster, but Taichi sputters. Atlantis eggs him on, so Taichi KICKS and KICKS!
Atlantis blocks a kick, dodges the forearm and RANAS! Fans fire up while Taichi goes to a corner. Atlantis runs in, but Taichi puts him on the apron. Atlantis counter punches then goes up top to CROSSBODY! Atlantis is right back up to run in, but Taichi BOOTS him! Atlantis returns but Taichi sends him into the corner for the GAMANGIRI! Yuya then runs in to BLAST Soberano! Fans rally up as Yuya coaches Taichi. Taichi and Atlantis rise, but Taichi brings Atlantis around to bump off buckles. Tag to Yuya and he CLUBS Atlantis down. Yuya whips Atlantis to ropes, DOUBLE CHOPS him down, then covers, TWO!
Fans rally as Yuya keeps cool. Yuya brings Atlantis around, snapmares and CLUBS him! Yuya then clamps onto an armlock and he grinds that taped shoulder down. Atlantis reaches out, but Yuya drags him from ropes to keep on that arm. Atlantis endures, Yuya floats to a cover, TWO! Yuya keeps on the arm with a double wristlock now but Atlantis continues to endure. Atlantis fights up, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! But Taichi tags in, and he CLUBS Atlantis on the back. Taichi snapmares Atlantis to KICK him in the back, and fans rally up. Taichi drags Atlantis around for Kawada Kicks, egging him on at the same time.
Atlantis stands right up to fire off forearms! Taichi kicks low and gives more Kawada Kicks! Atlantis sits up, and blocks the buzzsaw! He dodges the Ax Bomber to SUPERKICK! Both men are down and the fans rally back up! Atlantis crawls, hot tag to Soberano! Soberano goes up and CROSSBODIES Taichi down! Soberano then runs corner to corner, but into a BOOT! Taichi runs, Soberano dodges, goes up and over and dodges a boot to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up, and Yuya CLUBS Soberano. Yuya runs, but into a SOBAT! Step-up FAMOUSER! Soberano TOSSES Yuya, sidesteps Taichi, and SPIN POWERSLAMS!
Soberano sets Taichi in the middle of the ring to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Taichi stays in this, and Soberano keeps his cool. Soberano stomps Taichi, drags him up, and fireman’s carries. Taichi fights free but Soberano kicks low again. Soberano talks some trash, runs but into a BOOT! Soberano comes back, but Taichi gest around, only for Soberano to fight the saido! Soberano whips, Taichi reverses and avoids the handspring to AX BOMBER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Soberano and Taichi crawl for their corners, hot tag to Yuya and he stops Soberano! Yuya CHOPS but Soberano eggs him on!
Yuya CHOPS again, whips, but Soberano reverses. Yuya FLYING FOREARMS! And arm-drags! And DOUBLE CHOPS! Fans fire up with Yuya and he drags Soberano up again. Yuya whips to a corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Then BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Yuya looms over Soberano, stands him back up, and he traps the arms! But Soberano fights the suplex with knees! Yuya CHOPS, runs, but Soberano DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up again as both men crawl! Yuya goes to a neutral corner, Soberano hot tags Atlantis! Atlantis runs to BLAST Taichi, then he runs to kick Yuya! Atlantis whips, Yuya reverses!
Atlantis dodges Yuya in the corner, and he SPIN POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO! Yuya hangs in there but Atlantis stays focused. The fans rally up, Atlantis whips and Soberano joins in, TU LO SABE! Cover, Taichi breaks it! Soberano kicks Taichi out then goes out after him. Yuya goes back to a neutral corner and Atlantis storms over. Soberano dribbles Taichi off the apron as Atlantis stands Yuya up and scoops. Yuya fights free, and he CHOPS! Taichi sends Soberano into railing! Atlantis CHOPS Yuya! Yuya CHOPS Atlantis! They go CHOP for CHOP, the fans rally up, and Yuya sputters. But he dodges to waistlock!
Yuya sends Atlantis into Taichi’s RIDGEHAND! Yuya CHOPS again! Taichi SOBATS! Yuya BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Atlantis survives the assault and fans rally up. Yuya fires up and he climbs a corner! CROSS- NO, Atlantis moves and Yuya has to roll through! But then Soberano CROSSBODIES! Taichi storms in to kick Soberano, but Atlantis scoops to BACKBREAKER! Taichi bails back out and Soberano builds speed! FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and fans fire up! Atlantis scoops Yuya, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Atlantis hurries up top, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives and Atlantis is furious!
The fans fire up for Yuya but Atlantis refocuses. Atlantis vows to end this and he drags Yuya back up. Atlantis whips, Yuya holds ropes to BOOT back! Atlantis scoops Yuya and then gut wrenches, but Yuya RANAS free! Atlantis stands, into an arm-drag! Ghost pin, and Taichi keeps Soberano out! JUST5GUYS WIN!
Winners: Taichi & Yuya Uemura, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Atlantis & Soberano earn 0)
Taichi is so proud of Yuya! Not only did he win this for the team, he just pinned the NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion! Too bad he’s just outside the weight requirements to challenge for that belt. But that aside, will this help Yuya & Taichi secure a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne!
In a shocking twist, Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World are 0-4 this deep into World Tag League! But will Nagata & Suzuki finally make it work at the halfway point? Or will Monster Sauce continue their hot streak and be the only 5-0 team in the entire tournament?
Surprisingly, the Murderhawk Monster doesn’t maul Young Lions at ringside. But perhaps that is because he is saving all his energy for Suzuki. As such, he doesn’t even budge as Suzuki steps into the ring for “KAZE NI NARE~!” The former boss and subordinate stare down, so Nagata and Zayne let them start. The fans cheer as Archer brings out a Suzuki-Gun shirt! Archer then throws the shirt aside as he tells Suzuki, “Tonight, we fight. So you better bring it our I’m gonna knock your teeth out! Let’s go, Suzuki!” The bell rings and the fans fire up with Archer! Suzuki ROCKS him with a forearm already!
Suzuki eggs Archer on, and Archer grins as he comes back. Archer ROCKS Suzuki right back! Suzuki staggers, stays standing, and he also grins! Archer laughs, he and Suzuki start trading forearms! The fans fire up as the shots keep going! Suzuki gets the edge, then BOOTS! Archer wobbles but he BOOTS right back! Down goes Suzuki! Fans cheer, Suzuki stands up, and Nagata tags himself in. Zayne also tags in, and now fans rally as these two circle. They tie up, Zayne waistlocks but Nagata wrenches to a wristlock. Zayne spins, wrenches, wrangles Nagata, but Nagata kicks him away. The fans cheer as the two reset.
Nagata and Zayne tie up, Zayne headlocks, but Nagata throws body shots. Nagata powers out but Zayne runs him over! Things speed up, Zayne IMPLODER KNEE DROPS onto Nagata’s dropdown! Then he STANDING MARIPOSAS! Fans fire up and Zayne drags Nagata up. Zayne puts Nagata in a corner, tags to Archer, and he taunts Suzuki with “You Suck!” Suzuki says shut up, but Archer stomps away on Nagata. Red Shoes counts, Archer lets off and says Suzuki’s next. Suzuki says to still shut up, but Archer snapmares Nagata. Archer continues to taunt Suzuki then he CLUBS away on Nagata’s chest! Cover, TWO!
Archer is mad at Red Shoes, and Suzuki steps in just to flip Archer off. Archer tags Zayne, and scoops him to SLAM him onto Nagata! Cover, TWO! Zayne stays between Nagata and Suzuki, then bumps Nagata off buckles. Zayne ELBOWS Nagata, tags Archer, and Archer CHOPS Nagata! Nagata eggs him on so Archer CHOPS again! Even Zayne felt that one. Nagata still eggs Archer on, but Archer eggs Nagata on, so Nagata fires forearms! Archer knees low, whips Nagata to a corner, then runs in, but Nagata BOOTS him! Nagata fakes the dropkick high to dropkick low! Archer hobbles, Nagata tags in Suzuki!
Fans rally up as Suzuki fires forearms on Archer. Suzuki backs Archer down, but Archer tells him to hit harder! Suzuki fires off even more shots and he sits Archer down in a corner! Suzuki growls and the fans fire up. Suzuki knees low, whips corner to corner, then runs in to BOOT! Suzuki cravats but Archer fights the snapmare. Archer whips Suzuki to a corner, ELBOWS him, “Ichi!” Archer keeps moving to ELBOW again! “NI!” Archer keeps going, “SAN!” Hattrick achieved, and then a KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Archer ROCKS Suzuki, puts him on the top rope, and then lifts with the inverted crucifix!
But Suzuki fights free! Archer choke grips, but Suzuki breaks free to ROCK Archer! Archer ROCKS Suzuki! Suzuki laughs as they trade forearms back and forth again! Fans rally up, Suzuki keeps laughing, but both men ROCK the other! Fans fire up as Archer and Suzuki stand back up! They egg each other on, and the forearms fly again! They go back and forth, faster and faster! Archer wobbles, Suzuki taunts him, but then the forearms start up again! Suzuki gets the edge but Archer ROCKS him! Suzuki rises right up to ROCK Archer! Both men fall over and the fans are thunderous! Suzuki and Archer crawl, hot tags to Zayne and Nagata!
Now Zayne and Nagata trade forearms! Nagata ROCKS Zayne, KICKS him, and KICKS him! And KICKS again! Zayne ends up in a corner, Nagata fires up and whips corner to corner. BOOT! Zayne fights the clinch, suplexes, but Nagata fights that. Nagata suplexes Zayne, for MAGIC SCREW! And then an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! But into CROSSFACE! Suzuki intercepts Archer into a SLEEPER! Monster Sauce endures stereo submissions! The fans rally, Suzuki keeps adjusting his grip, but Archer fights up! Archer storms over to BOOT Nagata, then he RAMS Suzuki into buckles! Zayne gets the boost, HIP TOSS CANNONBALL!
Archer ELBOWS Nagata down, then Zayne runs in, tilt-o-whirl RANA CANNONBALL for Archer! Fans fire up as Archer gets Zayne, CHOKE SLAM SAULT! SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Nagata survives but Archer BLASTS Suzuki back down! Zayne goes up and gets as lift from Archer, but Suzuki stops the Blackout Swanton! Suzuki DECKS Zayne, Archer knees Suzuki and TOSSES him! But Suzuki gets Archer’s legs! APRON KNEEBAR! Archer endures, Nagata cradles but Zayne smothers it into his own cover, TWO!! Nagata is free again, but Zayne kicks low. Zayne straitjackets but Nagata fights free!
Zayne fires boxing elbows, back elbow, mule kick, only to run into a WHEEL KCIK! SAIDO BRIDGE! MURDER GRANDPAS WIN!!
Winners: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Monster Sauce earns 0)
The top team finally falls, and it was to the two most grizzled and experienced men in the whole tournament! Suzuki tells Archer & Zayne to still take this thing, and they fist bump as the old Suzuki-Gun theme plays. Will Monster Sauce still burn B Block and head for those trophies?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr!
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi have been struggling, but they always #GetBackUp. Will they be able to #TurnItAllAround and make the threepeat a reality? Or will Gene Blast & The King of the World make the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions tranquilo?
The teams sort out and Tsuji calls out Hashi. Fans cheer as Hashi accepts, and the bell rings. Hashi and Tsuji circle, the fans rally up, and the two tie up. Hashi headlocks and grinds the hold, but Tsuji fights up with body shots. Tsuji powers out but Hashi RAMS shoulders with him! Tsuji dares Hashi to bring it, so Hashi runs. But Tsuji follows to then RANA! Fans cheer and Tsuji smiles. Tsuji stomps Hashi, drags him up at the ropes, and CHOPS! Hashi staggers but Tsuji is on him to whip to ropes. Hashi holds ropes, Goto tags in, Bishamon double shoulder tackles Tsuji down! Hashi runs for Goto to hip toss, ZANMAI!
Zando runs in but Bishamon kicks him first. They then HAMMER away on Zando’s back! The fans fire up while Goto & Hashi flex. Zando bails out and Goto stomps Tsuji. Goto drags Tsuji up, CLUBS him, fireman’s carries, but Tsuji fights with elbows. Goto ROCKS Tsuji, runs, but Zando trips him and Tsuji basement dropkicks! Tsuji BLASTS Hashi, Zando drags Goto out to throw him into railing! Tsuji goes out after Hashi, drags him up, and we hear Zando send Goto into more railing. Tsuji whips Hashi into railing, too! Fans rally up, Zando gets a chair and he SMACKS Goto with it! It wasn’t even a folding chair, it was a spare chair from the crowd!
Red Shoes reprimands, Zando puts Goto in for Tsuji, but Red Shoes won’t count the cover with all the shenanigans. Tsuji stomps Goto, tags Zando, and they double whip Goto to POP-UP KICK! And then DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Zando covers, TWO! Hashi gets up but Zando boots him off the apron. Zando snapmares Goto into a chinlock, but he also fishhooks the mouth! Red Shoes reprimands, Zando lets off to tag Tsuji, and they set Goto up on the ropes. Fans rally but Hashi is in Tsuji’s way. Red Shoes reprimands and Hashi moves so Tsuji can run and LEAP FROG ATTACK! Goto falls and fans fire up.
Zando BLASTS Hashi, Tsuji covers Goto, TWO! Tsuji still smiles and he drags Goto up. Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Tsuji knees low! Tsuji whips but Goto reverses. Goto runs in but Tsuji BOOTS him away! Tsuji runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs up to run Tsuji over, then he BLASTS Zando! Tsuji kicks back, whips Hashi to a corner, but Hashi returns to CHOP! Fans fire up as Hashi mule kicks then turns Tsuji, but Tsuji fights the neckbreaker. Hashi dodges the lariat to hit the BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up with Hashi as Tsuji goes to a corner.
Hashi runs corner to corner to clothesline, then he reels Tsuji in for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up and Hashi looms over Tsuji. Hashi drags Tsuji up, reels him in, but Tsuji blocks the suplex! Hashi keeps trying, the fans rally, and Tsuji hoists Hashi up! Hashi fights that, tries again, but Tsuji slips free. Hashi elbows Tsuji, runs, but into a BOOT! Fans fire up and Goto coaches Hashi. Hashi and Tsuji both crawl, hot tag to Goto! Goto KICKS Tsuji down then BLASTS Zando! Goto drags Tsuji up, fires off forearms, then whips Tsuji corner to corner. Goto runs, blocks a boot but Tsuji DOUBLE STOMPS him down!
Tsuji calls to Zando, hurries over, and fans fire up for the hot tag! Zando storms up on Goto, but Goto fires off CHOP after CHOP! Zando winds up to CHOP back! Fans fire up while Goto is stinging. Zando BLASTS Hashi, then he and Tsuji get Goto up. They double whip, double hip toss and cradle, for a DOUBLE SLAM! Tsuji SPLASHES, Zando goes up the ropes to LIONSAULT! Zando just makes it, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up while Tsuji paces around. Zando drags Goto up, he and Tsuji hook Goto up but Hashi saves Goto from the Anchor! Hashi fires forearms, Tsuji kicks low and whips Hashi to a corner.
Tsuji sends Zando in but Hashi dodges to then LARIAT Tsuji! Zando UPPERCUTS Hashi! Goto runs in but Zando kicks and runs. But Goto fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up while all four men are down! Goto roars and rises, and he drags Zando up. Goto reels Zando in, dragon sleepers, but Zando drops to victory roll! TWO!! Goto escapes, hurries to a corner, and Zando runs in to clothesline! And then he undoes the wrist tape so he can run in again, and CHOP! Fans fire up and Zando says “UNO MAS!” Zando runs but Goto follows to MURAMASA! And then SAIDO! Both men are down again and the fans rally back up.
Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs to BLAST Tsuji, then he goes back for Zando. Hashi runs, but Zando BOOTS! Hashi spins through to CHOP! Zando staggers, roars, and CHOPS in return! Zando fireman’s carries, but Hashi fights free and feeds him to Goto’s forearm! Mule kick and then the clinch, GOTO GO TO HUNTER! Cover, Tsuji breaks it! Goto tosses Tsuji, and Bishamon coordinates. Goto goes up a corner, but Tsuji GAMANGIRIS him down! Zando TOSSES Hashi, and fans fire up as the amigos coordinate. Zando DIVES onto Goto, Tsuji CROSSBODIES Hashi and Young Lion Boltin Oleg!
Fans fire up as Tsuji & Zando rise! Tsuji drags Hashi up, he and Zando get him in the ring. Tsuji & Zando stand Hashi up, hook him up, ANCHOR!! Zando covers, TWO!! Hashi survives but Tsuji is already at the corner. Tsuji climbs, he stands on Zando’s shoulders, VAMOS FLOP as Hashi moves! Goto TOSSES Tsuji, and he LARIATS Zando! Zando stays up to LARIAT back! GOto drops to a knee, Zando runs again, but Goto SWATS the lariat! Goto suplexes, Zando slips free, but Goto puts him in the corner! Hashi runs in to clothesline! Tsuji runs in, but into the FIERCE FLASH! Goto clotheslines Zando, Hashi clotheslines, too!
Hashi hoists Zando up, Goto climbs, BULLDOG FLAPJACK COMBO! The fans fire up with Bishamon as they hoist Zando up and call their shot! Dragon sleeper and leg lift, SHOTO!!! Cover, BISHAMON WINS!
Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Tsuji & Zando earn 0)
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions shine through as they turn the lights out on LIJ! Will Tsuji & Zando be able to stay afloat in WTL’s second half?
As for Bishamon, Hashi gets the mic first to say, “Oi, Tsuji! How was Bishamon? Was it sweet? Was it spicy? Or maybe salty?” Tsuji walks back to the ring and Hashi lets him have the mic. Tsuji says, “Now that I’ve faced Bishamon, I’ve learned… that you guys are amazing.” Fans cheer that! But Tsuji also knows Bishamon can’t stay like this. He’s sure they’ll make it back to the WTL finals. Tsuij then sends the mic back as he takes his leave, and Hashi thanks him.
Hashi continues to say that he can’t be sure if WTL can get more exciting, but if the fans aren’t already excited, then there’s no way that’ll change. But this win here gets Bishamon one step closer to that threepeat. Hashi brings up the supposed curse that keeps the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions from winning WTL. But he vows that “Gocchan and I will definitely break the curse.” Fans cheer that! Hashi continues to say that as IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Bishamon will win WTL for a third time in a row, and they’ll do it… IN A FLASH! The Fierce Warrior & Headhunter still have life, but will they have those trophies three years running?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-1, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 4-1, 8 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 3-2, 6 points
Bishamon: 2-2-1, 5 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-2-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-3, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 1-4, 2 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-4, 2 points
Great stuff this round, and how wild that this was where Suzuki & Nagata finally get a win. Monster Sauce is still at the top but now Taichi & Yuya are within striking range to take the top spot from them. At this point, we can consider murder grandpas and Rogue Army out with even the tag team champions on the bubble. Hashi talking about breaking the curse, feels like that’s gonna be harder than it sounds. I did appreciate him snapping back at Tsuji about calling Bishamon not exciting, though. The matches Bishamon have are exciting, it’s just Hashi and Goto aren’t the most charismatic promo guys.
My Score: 8.8/10
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