El Legado del Fantasma targets the NXT Cruiserweight AND Tag Team Champions!
Santos Escobar leads his legion of luchadores against Kushida and MSK! Will the Emperor of Lucha secure a second chance at the championship the Time Splitter took from him?
- Mercedes Martinez VS Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez; Martinez wins, by disqualification.
- Toni Storm VS Zayda Ramier; Ramier wins.
- Bronson Reed VS Austin Theory w/ The Way; Reed wins and will challenge Johnny Gargano for the NXT North American Championship.
- Killian Dain & Drake Maverick VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
- Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart VS The Robert Stone Brand; No Contest.
- Six Man Tag: El Legado del Fantasma VS KUSHIDA & MSK; El Legado wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Mercedes Martinez VS Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez!
Mean Ms. Martinez wants after the NXT Women’s Championship, but she knows as well as anyone that #CobraKai always watches Big Mami Cool’s back. Will Mercedes run through Dakota to get at Ricky Desperado?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up as they tie up, and Dakota gets an arm. Dakota wrenches to a wristlock but Mercedes hits low and headlocks for a takeover. Dakota headscissors and squeezes tight, but Mercedes moves around to hop and hop and pop free, then she ROCKS Dakota with a slap! And then an uppercut! Mercedes whips, Dakota reverses and hurdles, but gets caught! Dakota falls on her face, Mercedes slaps her around then drags her up over an OVERHEAD toss! Dakota gets up only for Mercedes to rally with clotheslines! Mercedes adds a SPINEBUSTER, high stack covers, TWO!
Dakota gets to a corner, Raquel coaches her up, but Mercedes fires forearms! The ref counts, Mercedes lets off to get Dakota up. Dakota slips out of the scoop to turn Mercedes around for a DDT! Cover, TWO! Dakota drags Mercedes up, whips her to a corner hard, and Mercedes flops down for the BOOT WASH! Dakota drags Mercedes to a cover, TWO! Fans rally as Dakota drags Mercedes up and chokes her on the ropes! The ref counts, Dakota lets off at 4, and Mercedes goes back to the corner. Mercedes throws body shots but Dakota CLUBS her down! Dakota stops because of her bad arm, but keeps after Mercedes. Mercedes fires off hands, but Dakota hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Dakota grows frustrated but Raquel tells her to shake it off. Dakota drags Mercedes back up, clubs her down, then digs a knee into Mercedes’ back. Dakota hooks Mercedes’ arm and pulls back, but Mercedes drags Dakota to a cradle! TWO, and Dakota BOOTS Mercedes to a corner! Dakota goes Around the World, but the boot misses! Mercedes is on the apron, gets Dakota’s leg stuck between ropes and fires off forearms! The ref counts, Mercedes lets off at 4, and hauls Dakota up top. Mercedes climbs up but Dakota elbows her away! Mercedes CLUBS Dakota, drags her into the crucifix, and hits a CLIFF HANGER! Cover, TWO!! Dakota survives and shocks Mercedes!
Mercedes stalks Dakota as she rolls, and drags her up to ROCK her with an uppercut! Mercedes hits a forearm in the corner, runs but into a drop toehold! Dakota goes Around the World again for the BOOT! Mercedes flops out of the ring as NXT goes picture in picture!
Dakota grits her teeth, but lets the ring count start on Mercedes. The count reaches 5 of 10, Mercedes finally sits up, and she drags herself back into the ring at 8. Dakota stomps Mercedes at the ropes but the ref counts. Dakota lets off, drags Mercedes up, and drags her to dig a knee into the arm. Dakota pulls back on both arms now for a grounded motorcycle stretch. Mercedes endures but sits up into a proper motorcycle stretch! Dakota gets both boots into the stretch, then body scissors for a clutch, TWO! Dakota fires forearms into Mercedes, keeps up the squeeze, but Mercedes pushes back to a cover! TWO, and Dakota lets Mercedes free to AX KICK her down!
Dakota stands on Mercedes, mounts an arm for a deep armlock, but Mercedes fights up. Mercedes throws hands, Dakota hits back! Dakota RAMS Mercedes into buckles, and then does it again! Dakota traps an arm around ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Dakota lets off and snapmares Mercedes to a cover. TWO, and Dakota gets frustrated. Dakota pulls on the arm, Mercedes endures but Dakota shifts to a short arm scissor! Mercedes goes after Dakota’s face and hair, then rolls her to a deep cover! TWO, and the two reset as NXT returns to single picture!
Dakota gets Mercedes up, throws her out, and then goes out after her with a smirk. Mercedes ROCKS Dakota in return and RAMS her into the apron! Mercedes puts Dakota in, gets on the apron but Dakota kicks her low! And BOOTS her and KICKS her and hits a DRAPING CODE BREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Dakota is furious as Mercedes survives! Dakota scuffs Mercedes with her boot, toying with her. Mercedes hits back, Dakota CLUBS her and the two go back and forth! Mercedes ROCKS Dakota, Dakota hits back and now they brawl on their feet! Dakota HEADBUTTS, then runs, but Mercedes side-steps to ROLLING ELBOW!
Mercedes fires up and the fans are with her! Mercedes gets Dakota up for forearms and CHOPS on repeat! The ref counts, Mercedes lets off, and she reels Dakota in for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! But not just one, ANOTHER! And then a lift for a SNAP BUTTERFLY! Dakota gets up after that modified Three Amigos, only for Mercedes to WRING her arm out! Dakota flops out of the ring, Mercedes pursues, and Raquel stands in her way! The ref is counting, Dakota is back in, and she distracts the ref so Raquel can take a shot! Mercedes dodges it to DECK Raquel! Mercedes gets in, blocks a boot and KNEES Dakota back! Mercedes fireman’s carries Dakota, Raquel gets in to BOOT Mercedes down!!
Winner: Mercedes Martinez, by disqualification
Raquel throws Mercedes out of the ring and dares her to get up! Raquel throws clubbing forearms on Mercedes over and over, then THROWS her into the boards! Raquel then POSTS Mercedes, and says SHE is the champion! Raquel scoops Mercedes to LAWN DART her into the boards!! A message has been sent to Mercedes and the entire NXT Women’s Division! But will this scare Mercedes off? Or only motivate her more?
Backstage interview with Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon!
A busy few weeks as they’re going to have a match tonight before a title defense next week against The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell. Shotzi & Ember take on the Robert Stone Brand tonight but aren’t looking past them. As for Candice & Indi, same trash, new day. And we all know they’ve lost their way. But as the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, they- Are being given flowers? McKenzie, you shouldn’t have! Franky Monet walks in, notices the flowers, and says someone must have a secret admirer~!
Franky grabs the card, and sees that these are from Dexter Lumis?! Ember x Dexter?! No way, Ember’s married, so these must both be for Shotzi. Oh nonononono! They both keep trying to pass the bouquet, but how do we know these really are from Dexter Lumis?
Cameron Grimes goes accessory shopping.
The Carolina Caveman is still flush with cash, so “watch out now.” He wants something like the one in the picture, just way shinier. He’s here to get something for a certain someone: himself! Is this gold? Nope, chocolate. No one should sell a chocolate watch. Grimes wants the most expensive, blingiest watch possible, so that’s why he’s here! What they got? Oh they’ve got something for him. Great! Because he’s got nothing but time! Though he does get impatient. What will be recommended for the king of doge coin?
Grizzled Young Veterans are in the ring.
James Drake points out tonight’s main event is MSK, our NXT Tag Team Champions, are in a Six Man Tag. But does Zack Gibson see a trend? MSK will compete in any sort of match except for the one that matters: defending the titles straight-up against GYV! Gibson says that MSK are a great little tag team, but they’re the two biggest knob heads Gibson’s ever seen! The titles don’t make the men, the men make the titles! And GYV are the leaders of this tag team division! The world desperately needs to fire that GYV will bring! And if some snowflakes melt, then so be it! They are the Grizzled Young Veterans, SSSSOON to be recognized as the next and most important NXT Tag Team-
Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher interrupt! Ciampa hates to be the kind of guy that walks out here and interrupts another man while he’s talking, but Ciampa’s been listening to the similarities between these teams. They’re the Grizzled Young Veterans, but Ciampa & “Toothless Timmy” are grizzled and veterans. GYV wants to be tag team division leaders, but Ciampa & Thatcher know a thing or two about leading. And they all want to face MSK to become the next NXT Tag Team Champions. Now, last time they were in the ring together, GYV happened to find a way to win. Ciampa can’t help but respect that, and #DoubleT even watched old footage of them and took some notes.
Thatcher found a lot of strengths, but then there was this one show, TakeOver: Cardiff. How’d that go again? Shoes off if you hate Gibson! If you hate Gibson, shoes off! Ciampa takes a shoe off, to BASH Gibson with! Drake gets mugged, and then DECKED! Ciampa stomps Drake, Gibson saves his tag partner, and the suit jackets are torn! Ciampa and Thatcher hold their shoes up, but will they sssoon get their hands raised after a match?
Backstage interview with Drake Maverick & Killian Dain!
A huge match tonight, but can they stay on the same page against Imperium? Oh, this is all very convenient. Drake is clearly suspicious, but Dain says it’s the same as any week: you ask for it. Interesting. Drake has been watching wrestling for a long, long time! This is either going to be Dain sucker punching Drake and he joins Imperium, or Dain just ditches him. It’s happened a million times! Well in the immortal words of a great man, “You gotta have faith.” Was that George Michael? Will wrestling history repeat itself for Rockstar Spud & Big Damo?
Tian Sha speaks.
Xia Li, in Mandarin, gives NXT a warning. “One empress fell, while another was crowned. But no matter who sits on the throne, all kingdoms will fall to Tian Sha. Anyone who stands in-between Tian Sha and destiny will be… eliminated!” THE Tian Sha breathes smoke. Will they burn the NXT Women’s Division to the ground and stand atop its ashes?
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott is back in “the lab.”
“See, Swerve ain’t gonna fret. But you attacked me a couple weeks ago after our match, the first thing that came to my mind was, ‘Damn, what a coward.'” But then Swerve through about this, and is actually proud of Leon Ruff! Swerve didn’t think Ruff had it in him. But now that we know that he does, fighting at ringside, backstage and so on, it’s obvious the ring can’t contain them anymore. So Swerve’s got an idea, since the ball is in his court and all. Falls Count Anywhere. Since Ruff wants to play the game, Swerve will play and will play with Ruff’s life! It all goes down next week, but where will it end?
Toni Storm VS Zayda Ramier!
Before the match, The Lightning From Down Under gets a mic to address the last couple of weeks. “Zoey Stark, you owe me a thank you. Cuz at TakeOver, I made you famous!” In fact, people only know Stark thanks to Storm! But when history is written, Stark will merely be a footnote in Storm’s legendary career. The next chapter reads: Toni Storm ENDS Zoey Stark! And hopefully Stark is watching because every time she’ll slap this rookie, she’ll imagine it’s Stark. Storm is talking up a storm, but will she be the one struck down for overlooking a rookie?
The bell rings and Storm rushes Ramier to BOOT her down! Storm drags Ramier up to whip and BOOT again! Then she drags Ramier up to ROCK her with a haymaker! Ramier is in a corner but Storm TOSSES her across the way! And then back the other way! Ramier gets to ropes but Storm runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Storm drags Ramier up, wrenches and scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Storm bends Ramier back in a rack, Ramier flails and kicks as Storm shouts, “ZOEY!! THIS IS YOU!!” Storm keeps Ramier trapped until she gets frustrated and shoves her away. Ramier is in another corner and Storm stomps.
Ramier fires back but Storm ROCKS her with an uppercut! Storm gets Ramier up to whip, but runs into an elbow! Ramier boots then runs, fires off forearms and clubbing shots, but Storm shoves her again. Storm ducks the heel kick, ducks the enziguri, and GERMAN SUPLEXES Ramier with some sauce on it! Ramier flounders up, Storm runs corner to corner and back body blocks! Storm keeps going, HIP ATTACK! Storm drags Ramier up, reels her in, and… Chooses not to hit Storm Zero? Storm gets Ramier up in a fireman’s carry, puts her up top, and then climbs up. Storm underhooks Ramier up top, but Zoey Stark storms to ringside!
Storm swings on Stark but Stark gets clear! Storm goes back to Ramier, Ramier throws haymakers and forearms! Ramier sends Storm down, then adjusts for a SHOOTING STAR!! Cover, Ramier wins!!!
Winner: Zayda Ramier, by pinfall
Not even Ramier can believe it! Lightning never strikes twice, but Toni Storm can get upstaged twice! Will this only add to Storm’s fury towards Stark?
El Legado del Fantasma speaks.
“Kushida. No one gets one over on Santos Escobar and lives to talk about it!” Joaquin Wilde says that if not for MSK, Kushida would be in the hospital. Raul Mendoza says as for MSK, they were lucky at TakeOver. Those titles are in the wrong place. Escobar says they’re both right. “Which is why tonight, in the main event of the evening, we make a statement.” And then they’ll get all those titles! Escobar vows to once again be Emperor of Lucha, but will the champions prove they’re the rightful owners of the titles?
NXT returns and LA Knight wants to talk to ya!
After last week, everyone’s talking about Kyle O’Reilly stepping out of the shadow of Adam Cole, right? WRONG! Everyone’s talking about Knight getting the W on Dexter Lumis, and the one getting an eyeful in the front row is his “little pop tart,” Indi Hartwell. Indi, Knight wants to talk to you. She did a great job putting it on for the camera, but he saw a twinkle in her eye meaning there was a tingle in her loins, and there’s nothing wrong with that! After Dexter disappoints her, check with Knight’s references, and there’s plenty! They’ll tell you to the letter, that there’s nothing like an L A night! And that’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life, YEAH!
Knight heads out, but Ever-Rise walks in? They have Ever-Rise mugs, “What a dummy.” But does McKenzie have a question about their smash hit Saturday social media show, Ever-Rise Live? Nope! Back to the ring!
Bronson Reed VS Austin Theory w/ The Way!
The Colossal One has a big opportunity tonight! All he has to do is get past #TheRealSuperstar, and he can get another shot at Johnny Gargano and the North American Championship! Will Reed wreck The Way all day?
Indi is also rather mopey at ringside. Perhaps she, like everyone else, thinks Lumis is flirting with Shotzi & Ember? Either way, the bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Reed powers Theory to a corner, and lets off as the ref counts. Theory resets with Reed, they circle and tie up again. Reed powers Theory back to another corner, the ref counts but Theory turns things around to pie-face and flex on Reed. They tie up again, Reed headlocks and grinds Theory down! Reed bops Theory with a palm strike but Theory throws body shots. Theory reverses the headlock onto Reed, but Reed powers out. Fans rally as Reed runs Theory over!
Theory bails out, calms down, and gets in. Theory dodges, kicks and forearms Reed to then run, but Reed knocks Theory out of the air! Theory ends up on an apron, The Way checks on him, but Reed HIP ATTACKS him down! Theory hooks the rope with his feet, Gargano helps him get back up, but Reed comes in around the way! Gargano gets away before Reed CLOBBERS Theory! Theory flounders around, Reed tells Gargano to back off, but Gargano tells Reed to worry about Theory. Theory is in the ring, Reed pursues, and Theory somersaults to dropkick him down! Reed gets back up and shakes it off, and now he’s mad! Reed runs in but Theory dumps him out!
Theory fakes a bad shoulder, Gargano SUPERKICKS Reed! Theory PLANCHAS and takes Reed won! The Way is fired up, except for Indi, and Theory stomps Reed down. The fans boo as Theory gets Reed up and whips him, but Reed reverses! Theory stops from hitting steps, and then dodges to send Reed into steps rib first! Theory puts Reed in the ring as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Theory has Reed down with a chinbar. Reed endures and fights his way up, but Theory knees low! Theory stomps Reed’s arm, then sits him up to clamp on another chinlock. Reed endures again as Theory digs his knee in, and fans rally as Reed fights up again. Reed powers out of the hold to CLUB and ROCK Theory! Reed whips, but Theory denies the powerslam to stomp Reed won! Theory does the W to Reed’s face, and jumps, but Reed dodges the elbow drop! Theory goes back to the apron, slingshots back in, but Reed trophy lifts and DROPS Theory! Reed rallies with BIG forearms and Theory wobbles around! Reed whips to BODY BLOCK!
Theory flounders as fans fire up, and Reed runs in to SPLASH him! Choke grip for a COLOSSAL CHOKE SLAM! Reed has the fans fired up as he runs in to BACK SENTON! Cover, TWO! Theory survives and The Way is relieved. Gargano coaches Theory but Reed watches Theory go to a corner. Reed runs corner to corner but Theory drop toeholds him into buckles! Theory hurries to his feet, somersaults again, for a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Theory grows frustrated. Theory drags Reed up, fireman’s carries, but Reed is too big and strong for that! Theory keeps trying but Reed shoves him, fireman’s carries and SAMOAN DROPS! Cover, TWO!
Reed keeps his cool as he thinks of what else to do. Theory is in a drop zone, fans rally up for Reed and Reed drags Gargano up. Reed suplexes but Theory slips out and SUPERKICKS! Reed wobbles but stays up, Theory reels him in! “This is The Way!” But Reed suplexes Theory first! Both men are down, the fans fire up, and The Way starts to panic! Well, except for Indi, who is still sad and distracted by- Wait, Dexter Lumis is here?! The Tortured Artist must want to explain what we all saw earlier! Gargano is the first to notice and he gets Candice away. Indi sees Dexter and says she doesn’t want to talk to him. But he follows her as she goes around the corner.
The ref sees Dexter and tells him to leave, he has nothing to do with this match. Indi gets in the ring, but Dexter follows her to the apron. They look at each other and Indi tells him to shut up, he talks too much. What? Theory whips Reed but Reed reverses! Lumis gets Indi out of the way but he takes the hit! Reed sees Gargano creeping and DECKS him! Then Reed hits Theory with a LARIAT! Theory flops to a drop zone, Reed fires up and goes up top! TSUNAMI SPLASH!! Cover, Reed wins!!
Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall (will challenge for the North American Championship)
Gargano now has a big problem on the horizon! Will Reed rip that title away from The Way? And what of the love story that is #InDex? Can Lumis get Indi to hear him out?
Backstage interview with Kushida & MSK!
Tonight, these three team up in the main event against El Legado, so how are they feeling? Wes Lee is excited, as is Nash Carter, they’re going to be on fire! Three champions united, and Wes wants to show appreciation for Kushida taking them under his wing and helping them transition to NXT. That’s part of why they came out to make the save last week. Three is better than one, after all. 3v3 is what it’s gonna be tonight on NXT! Kushida likes that! And they will show them why they’re champions! Because that’s why they’re M-S-KUSHIDA, all night and all day!
NXT returns as The Way argues backstage.
How has this happened?! Cameraman, go away! But what happened to Theory having Reed’s number? Guess he had the wrong number. Ugh…! And now Reed’s got a title match! This is Dexter Lumis’ fault! Candice says it’s also Shotzi’s & Ember’s faults! “Those two hussies are trying to steal your man,” Indi! Indi should’ve gotten those flowers! Candice has seen the googly eyes they make at Dexter! What are they gonna do about it? Indi storms off, she’s mad! That’s good for The Way, but will The Way get their way in next week’s title match?
Killian Dain & Drake Maverick VS Imperium!
The Belfast Beast may have history with the German Hatchet Man, but that and what’s going on with him and Maverick are two separate things. Will Maverick take Dain at his word and get even with Imperium? Or will one of the many classic pro-wrestling scenarios turn out to be true?
The teams sort out, Maverick steps up to Fabian Aichner, but Dain insists he start so Maverick lets him. Dain and Aichner circle, approach, and tie up. Aichner waistlocks and lifts but Dain throws Aichner off first! Aichner gets to a corner, Dain eggs him on, and they go again. Aichner CLUBS Dain, but Dain withstands it. Aichner whips but Dain blocks and reverses and scoops, but Aichner slips out! Aichner tries to scoop but he’s not strong enough! Dain rocks Aichner, whips and trips and DIVIDES him! Dain gets Aichner up, fireman’s carries, but Aichner fights free to get a facelock. Dain powers up but Marcel Barthel tags in. Aichner sunset flips but Barthel hops on for a sleeper hold!
Aichner kicks Dain, Dain stays up and throws Barthel off to clothesline Barthel out! Fans fire up while Barthel grows frustrated. Barthel returns, Dain dodges and ROCKS him with a EuroUpper! Dain scoops and SLAMS Barthel, then tags Maverick in. Maverick gets help with the slingshot senton! Maverick throws haymakers on Barthel, but Barthel blocks the whip. Barthel reverses, Maverick goes up but gets caught going over! Maverick slips free, dodges and duck sand dropkicks a leg out! And then basement dropkicks Barthel down! Barthel kicks back and CLUBS Maverick down in return! Barthel clamps on a chinlock, then back suplexes, but Maverick lands on his feet!
Maverick goes under Barthel, goes up but ends up in an Electric Chair. Maverick makes it a huricanrana! Maverick hurries up top, but Barthel WRINGS him off to the mat! Barthel drags Maverick up, puts him in the ropes and tags in Aichner. Imperium has Maverick set up, Dain protests but Aichner still gets his dropkick in! Barthel BOOTS Maverick down but Dain rushes over! The ref does his best to keep Dain contained as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Barthel stalks Maverick to a corner. Maverick drags himself up the ropes, Barthel runs in to EuroUpper him back down! Barthel drags Maverick up with a chinlock, then throws him to the Imperium corner. Barthel runs in but Maverick dodges! Barthel stops from hitting Aichner and Maverick drop toeholds Barthel down! Maverick shoulders into Aichner, sends Barthel into buckles, but Aichner tags in! Aichner grabs at Maverick but Maverick kicks him away! Barthel runs in to DECK Dain! Aichner drags Maverick back to stomp him down! Aichner scoops and hits a BACKBREAKER! Aichner drops an elbow, covers, TWO!
Maverick snarls and roars as he gets up, but Aichner is on him again. Aichner throws Maverick around by his jeans! Maverick gets mad and throws more body shots! Maverick fires off haymakers, Aichner shoves him but Maverick kicks back! Maverick leaps but into Aichner’s arms! Aichner SLAMS Maverick back down! Maverick’s pants are falling apart but he drags himself over towards his corner. Dain reaches, Barthel tags in but Dain sends him flying! Aichner drags Maverick back again, but misses the elbow drop! Both Aichner and Maverick are down, and fans fire up! Maverick flounders his way over, reaching blindly, but Barthel trips Dain up! Maverick thinks Dain ditched him!!
Aichner BOOTS Maverick down!! Aichner drags Maverick by his hair, stomps him in the corner, and Barthel adds on! The ref counts, Imperium won’t let up, but Dain returns! Dain rallies on Imperium with big clotheslines! BIG splash for Aichner, and a TOSS for Barthel! Big Damo is fired up and goes out after Barthel, but Barthel BOOTS him down! Barthel tells Wolfe to watch Dain, and Wolfe gets a chair! Wolfe wants to smack Dain, but doesn’t? Is this their history coming back around the other way? Barthel is upset Wolfe couldn’t finish this, but Maverick DIVES and takes Barthel down!! Dain helps Maverick up and in, and they elbow Aichner! Dain TOSSES Maverick at Aichner!
Maverick fires off on Aichner, Dain scoops Barthel and then stares Wolfe down. Barthel gets free to RAM Dain into steps! Aichner reverses a whip but runs into Maverick’s boots! Maverick goes up and CROSSBODIES! But Aichner rolls through! Pop-up to the EURO BOMB!! Cover, Imperium wins!!
Winners: Imperium, by pinfall
Despite the dysfunction from the united Imperium, they are united in their victory! Will they pull Dain & Maverick apart by force as they continue their global expansion?
Pete Dunne speaks.
“You know what’s funny? I hear everyone talk about new opportunities, but nobody is mentioning my name. It’s because I’ve got that whole locker room shook!” Dunne is the toughest competition in NXT! Just look at Kushida. Kushida stepped up to Dunne, and Dunne put him out. That title is Dunne’s whenever he wants. Or maybe Dunne could go home, slap Walter and take back the title HE made famous. Johnny Gargano could step to Dunne, but we all know the way that’d go: a Bitter End!
As for Karrion Kross, he doesn’t scare Dunne. Dunne doesn’t need smoke and mirrors. “Trust me, mate, when I walk into a room, the mood changes.” So Dunne claims he is the baddest man in NXT, and dares anyone to prove him wrong! Will the Bruiserweight become whatever champion he wants to be? Or will all the champions choose to take him up on his open challenge?
NXT checks back in with Cameron Grimes.
Grimes checks the quality of this golden watch. He wants to make sure it’s working. He can’t hear it go tick-tock! Karrion Kross would hate this one. But this does look like the one to Grimes. What fine detail. Grimes says it’s perfect! He’ll wear it out, so ring it up. This is so good! Not a bad watch, kid. But it’s not a million dollar watch. TED DEBIASE?! The Million Dollar Man laughs in Grimes’ face and takes his leave. Grimes is so upset! Will Grimes ever get even with DeBiase?
Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart VS The Robert Stone Brand!
The Way wants the titles, and supposedly, the Tortured Artist wants their hearts. But will the Evolved Shenom and wild child be able to focus on Aliyah & Jessi first?
Wait, there are more gifts waiting ringside? The champs check them out, as there’s no harm in free candy and a fruit basket. But then The Way ambushes them! Indi DECKS Shotzi over the barriers, and Candice tosses Ember! Indi & Candice keep after them, and SMASH the gifts on them! There’s even mini cupcakes! Candice smashes those into Ember’s face! Indi SMASHES a glass vase full of flowers on Shotzi’s head! Referees rush in to stop this, and the Robert Stone Brand grab the belts, claiming they’ve won! This wasn’t a title match! Chaos needs to be sorted out, but will this all lead The Way to actually taking those titles off the champs?
Adam Cole has an exclusive interview at his home.
He finishes a phone call, and asks when the show is on the road. They’re waiting on him. Oh, is that so? Cole will call this person back, and then hangs up. Arash Markazi thanks Cole for his time, and asks about his recovery. He’s been better, for sure. But he’s also been worse. Cole has even wrestled through worse, looking back at his 403 day reign as champion. The War Games matches, and the peak of his run, he had a broken wrist. 100% or not, he’s still way better than the roster.
Looking back, was it a mistake to turn on his brothers in the Undisputed Era? Cole knows Arash is new here, but he doesn’t make mistakes, he makes decisions. Cole decided he didn’t want to carry the UE anymore. And not just carry them, but carry NXT on his back for the four years he’s been here. Cole may have delivered the first shot, the others lost sight of what the UE was about. They turned on him.
Well, Kyle O’Reilly opened and main-evented the show last week, so what does Cole say to those calling Kyle the new face of NXT? Cole says people get so excited when they get to say, “This is going to be the next big thing.” Kyle got really, really lucky at TakeOver. Cole had Kyle beat way earlier in that match. People think Kyle’s ready for the main event spot, but he’s not. There’s a reason Kyle’s been here for four years and people are just now recognizing him at this level.
Cole knows the anxiety Kyle is dealing with, and the doubts he has about the main event and the NXT Championship. And the reason for that is because this is very real. Only time will tell if Kyle will ever be ready for the top spot, but as long as Cole is in NXT, Kyle’s never taking Cole’s spot. Then what about the new NXT Championship picture with Karrion Kross? The NXT Championship race has always been the most competitive. And now with Kross at the top, he can say he’s one of the best. Cole never lies, and Kross is good. “Is he great yet? I don’t know.” When you think about the first time he won the title, that freak injury may not have been a mistake. Kross wasn’t ready.
And Kross hasn’t dealt with Cole. So if and when Cole decides to go back for the NXT Championship, Kross is on the clock. So where does Cole go from here? None of your damn business. Cole is just upset, bothered and pissed that people think Kyle is going to replace him, the man who carried this brand. No matter where Cole goes, you will see the best damn Cole you’ve ever seen, that is a promise. Is this done? Cole is burning up in this heat. And you could’ve kept him from waiting, y’know. This is absurd. This is not how you conduct business.
Cole gets up, and we see Kyle is watching this at the Capitol Wrestling Center. Kyle just shakes his head. Will Kyle make sure Cole is the one who understands the new pecking order?
“Pressure Makes Diamonds.”
The Diamond Mine is coming to NXT. But who will it produce? And will they shine bright with gold?
After the attack from The Way, William Regal raised the stakes! The NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship match becomes a STREET FIGHT! Will Candice & Indi regret trying to take care o’ business before the bell?
And not only that, in two weeks, the NXT Women’s Championship will be on the line! Will Mercedes manage a comeback against Raquel for the devastating attack earlier tonight?
Six Man Tag: El Legado del Fantasma VS KUSHIDA & MSK!
Just as Santos Escobar became the UNDISPUTED NXT Cruiserweight Champion, he put that title on the line, and lost it! Will he redeem himself alongside his cohorts? Or will the champions prove they’re must-see as well as worthy?
Tensions are high but the teams sort out. Kushida and Wilde start, and Kushida dodges the immediate shoot-in. Wilde keeps his distance but Kushida hops on for a body scissor and knuckle lock. Kushida wrenches, Wilde spins through and pulls hair to throw Kushida down! Wilde does a dance but Kushida drop toeholds Wilde down! Kushida wrenches, Carter tags in, snapmare and slingshot senton! Tag to Lee, he slingshot knee-board sentons! Lee drags Wilde up but Wilde jawbreakers back! Wilde kicks and puts Lee in a corner, then tags in Mendoza. Legado double whip, then double SPINEBUSTER! They split the wishbone, and basement dropkick sandwich! Cover, TWO!
Mendoza drags Lee away, bumps him off buckles, and tags Wilde back in. They choke Lee, stomp him down, then Wilde brings Lee around to knee low! Wilde elbows Lee, runs but into Lee’s dropkick! Wilde ends up outside, Carter tags in, and they fire off strikes on Mendoza! Kick, kick and ENZIGURI to a DOUBLE STOMP! They dropkick Escobar off the apron! Tag to Kushida, Dream Sequence! Shout out to Motor City before Kushida handspring heel kicks Wilde down onto Legado! The fans are fired up as NXT goes picture in picture!
Kushida dares Legado to come back, but they cool off before Wilde goes back in. Kushida tags to Carter, Wilde tags to Escobar! Escobar circles with Carter, they tie up and Carter waistlocks. Escobar elbows out hard, wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Carter rolls and handsprings and flips to arm-drag Escobar away! Escobar dodges the dropkick and KICKS Carter while he’s down! Escobar stomps Carter, drags him up and clubs him back down. Escobar is after the arm with a Fujiwara, then adds a chinlock like a modified crossface. Carter moves around, Escobar keeps on the grind, and he stomps Carter’s arm! Escobar drags Carter up, CHOPS him against ropes, then runs to dropkick Carter down!
Carter ends up outside the ring, Escobar goes out and whips, but Carter whips Escobar into the desk! Escobar ends up pulling the desk hood off as he falls back! Carter puts Escobar in the ring, Legado distracts and Escobar kicks Carter down! Escobar drags Carter up in a facelock for a KNEE SMAHS! Escobar gets Carter for a grounded cobra twist as NXT returns to single picture. Carter endures, fans rally and duel, but Escobar bends Carter’s arm way back! Lee coaches Carter, but Escobar SNAP locks the arm! Escobar kicks Carter, tags Mendoza in, and they mug Carter. Mendoza wrenches, YANKS the arm, and chicken wings to SHOVE Carter into buckles!
Mendoza gets Carter up, he and Carter brawl but Wilde tags in. Legado CHOPS and kicks Carter, then Wilde brings Carter around, but Carter cradle counters! TWO, and Wilde hurries to WRING Carter’s arm out! Wilde soaks up the heat, scuffs Carter and pushes him around. “These are the champs?!” Mendoza tags in and Wilde digs his boots in. Mendoza stomps away, Wilde talks more trash, and Mendoza kicks Carter again. Carter fights back but Mendoza knees and CLUBS him down! Mendoza stomps Carter, tags Wilde, and Legado mugs Carter again. Wilde drags Carter up, and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Wilde grows frustrated but he drags Carter up to bump him off buckles.
Tag to Escobar, he stomps a mudhole into Carter, but lets off as the ref counts. Escobar gets Carter up for another knee smash! Escobar hooks an arm with a double wristlock but Carter fights back! Escobar CLUBS Carter, gets him up and taunts Kushida as he SLAPS Carter. Escobar back suplexes but Carter lands on his feet! Carter dodges and tags in Kushida! Kushida rallies with SHOTEI after SHOTEI! Atomic drop an da whip for Wilde, hip toss and basement dropkick! Escobar rushes Kushida but Kushida goes around to ARM BULLDOG! FAST BALL for Wilde, and a PENALTY KICK to his arm!
Lee tags in, he tags in Carter, and MSK combines for the PUSH-SAULT! Cover, Mendoza breaks it! Lee ROUDNHOUSES Mendoza! Kushida opens the ropes for MSK, and they DOUBLE DIVE into Legado! Legado hits the boards, fans are fired up, but Escobar trips Kushida off the apron! Escobar keeps him away as Carter tags Lee. Escobar POWERBOMBS Kushida through the announce desk! Mendoza trips up Lee, Carter DECKS Wilde! Carter goes out to check on Kushida but Mendoza RAMS Carter into the steel steps! Lee is all alone with Legado as fans rally and duel again! Lee fights out of the corner, and ENZIGURIS Wilde!
Lee handsprings into a dropkick from Wilde! Wilde drags Lee up, throws him into the corner, and runs corner to corner for the LARIAT! Mendoza tags in, he LARIATS! Escobar tags in and he LARIATS! The Legado train continues with more LARIATS and tags! Kushida has medics checking on him, Escobar is back in and he DOUBLE KNEES Lee! Escobar drags Lee up, Mendoza tags in, then tags Wilde. BRAINBUSTER to the HIP TOSS SPLASH! Cover, TWO!?! Lee still lives and Legado can’t believe it! Wilde drags Lee over, tags Mendoza back in, and they whip Lee. Lee holds ropes, dumps Wilde out and then sends Mendoza’s dropkick into Lee!
Mendoza waistlocks but Lee throws him out Escobar is up top, FROG SPLASH FLOPS! Lee hurries for his corner but Wilde brings him back. Lee BACK HANDS Wilde, SUPERKICKS Mendoza, and PELES Escobar! Carter returns and fans are thunderous! Hot tag to Carter! Carter SUPERKICKS Wilde! BOOTS Escobar! Mendoza SHOTGUNS Carter! Kushida gets up!? Kushida wants back in!? He gets in but Escobar BOOTS Kushida down! PHANTOM DRIVER for Kushida!! Escobar grins as Legado sets Carter up, for the RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP GAMANGIRI! Cover, Legado wins!
Winners: El Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall
Escobar crushes Kushida and his amigos annihilate MSK! They hold the belts up as if they’re already champions, but will things be very different when the titles are truly on the line?
This was yet another awesome NXT! Opening with the NXT Women’s Championship story was a great move, and it was a great match. I sensed an unofficial double turn here, as Raquel and Dakota were somewhat Face for a moment while talking trash to Franky Monet, and Mercedes was Heel with the way she brutalized Io Shirai and a few other characters. At the same time, if any brand can experiment with Tweener VS Tweener, it’d be NXT. Raquel VS Mercedes for the title in a couple weeks is going to be a huge match, that is for sure. Toni Storm getting beat by the “rookie” was a great way to push the story with her and Stark. Their rematch is going to be a lot of fun, but I am surprised we didn’t completely shift to Storm VS Sarray. Maybe that’s after the Storm VS Stark rematch.
Grimes shopping for an expensive watch and then being upstaged by DeBiase was awesome. I was just thinking that they needed to get DeBiase on NXT, and here he was! I really hope this leads to DeBiase “hiring” someone to face Grimes in a proxy feud, possibly for a vanity belt Grimes makes himself. I have no idea what that belt would look like but it’d probably look hilarious. Ciampa & Thatcher starting stuff with GYV is great, that will be a great match to bide time while Legado goes for multiple titles. I wish Xia Li’s promo had subs, because I swear I didn’t see any and I don’t speak Mandarin. Of course, I’m sure the bottom line is that Xia Li & Tian Sha are a team and will be coming for the tag titles soon enough.
Speaking of, pretty sure the flowers “from” Dexter were all part of a plot Candice has cooked up to motivate Indi. It almost backfired with Lumis going out to “explain” things, but the match of Reed VS Theory kept that from happening. But naturally, Reed wins because of all the chaos, and gets his shot at Gargano. That is going to be a fun match, but I feel like Theory will redeem himself by helping Gargano screw Reed over. As for Candice & Indi VS Shotzi & Ember, now that it’s a STREET FIGHT, that could go either way. This could be how The Way wins the tag titles, as there will be no disqualifications and no count-outs.
And also speaking of no count outs, Swerve VS Ruff in a Falls Count Anywhere match is an interesting choice, but not a bad one. I was expecting “I Quit” but that might be too much for a grudge match just for pride. I feel like the winner will go after a title after this, and could be telling as to who wins what. Dunne calling out all the champions, including the UK Champion, is a bold move, but Dunne against any of them would be great. I like that Maverick expected Dain to join Imperium but that was a good way of subverting Maverick’s expectations, and then our own because it was Wolfe who looked like he might turn and join Dain. That’d be quite the twist, but I doubt that happens.
The Six Man Tag main event was awesome stuff, but it should’ve been obvious that Legado was going to win. You can’t continue this properly if the challengers don’t get one over on the champions. Each of those matches will be very good, maybe even TakeOver worthy, but I would think Kushida retains since Escobar had plenty of time with the Cruiserweight Championship and could easily move on to the North American Championship. The tag titles might be harder to call, as MSK came in so strong but Legado’s been hard at work on their end. There could definitely be shenanigans so that MSK doesn’t look weak, and they can build up even more in the chase. Maybe the chase could get fans live at the CWC to actually like them.
My Score: 9.3/10
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.
PLAY BY PLAY
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
Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (12/2/23)
The American Dragon is back in action!
Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally start in the Blue League!
As the AEW Continental Classic’s second round continues, Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally have their first taste of action! Will the American Dragon and Face of Latino Wrestling both get points tonight?
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King; Brody wins.
- Abadon VS Kiera Hogan; Abadon wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia; Andrade wins.
- The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson; The Kingdom wins.
- Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal; The House of Black win.
- El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian; Vikingo wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston; Bryan wins.
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Brody King speaks.
“Tonight on Collision, in Erie, PA, Blue League round two against Claudio. I’m here to prove why I’m not just an upset win, and I’m the most dominant wrestler in this tournament. HARU!”
Claudio Castagnoli speaks.
“Time for talking is over. Swiss to C2, tonight I’m going to take a King’s head.”
CJ Perry & Andrade El Idolo speak.
The Coldest Manager in the Game says tonight, her client will take down Daniel Garcia again tonight, and take home that fat check. And his name is Andrade The Idol. No, no, es El Idolo. And everyone knows who he is, but Garcia, see you tonight.
Daniel Garcia speaks.
“Andrade, you wanna know what really, really makes me mad? It’s when someone likes you comes in here and thinks they can step all over people like me. Well I’m not having it anymore. Tonight, I fight back. And if I needed any more motivation to win other than getting those three points, it’s putting somebody like you in his place.”
Bryan Danielson speaks.
“Eddie Kingston, tonight, it’s you and me in the Continental Classic. And do y’know what? I don’t want depressed Eddie Kingston. I don’t want Eddie Kingston who feels bad about himself because he lost his first round match. I want the Eddie Kingston that won the ROH World title. I want the Eddie Kingston who’s confident enough to put in BOTH his titles in this tournament! Eddie Kingston, I want the best version of you because if you don’t bring it, you’re gonna get hurt.”
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Look, guys, I know we gotta do this cold open thing. It’s the cool thing to do on Collision. I don’t have time. I gotta go get ready, I’m 0-1 in this tournament already, I do NOT wanna go 0-2. Bryan, I do respect you, sort of, so I don’t care about your eye, I don’t care about your arm, I don’t care about anything about you. All I care about is winning. So guess what? I’m gonna bust you up.”
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King!
The Swiss Superman is ready for his Collision with the King of Death! But with both men at 1-0, who, if either of them, moves on to be Blue League’s only 2-0 leader?
The bell rings, 20 minutes is ticking down, but Claudio and Brody run in to RAM shoulders! Claudio BOOTS, Brody BOOTS, and Claudio fires a forearm! Brody forearms back, fans fire up as the shots keep going! They pick up speed with those forearms, Brody CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Then he LARIATS! Claudio stays up!? Claudio seethes and fans fire up as he comes back to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! Claudio LARIATS, but Brody stays up! Brody LARIATS, Claudio LARIATS, repeat! Claudio rebounds, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither falls, they DOUBLE LARIAT again, and again, then Claudio dodges! DOUBLE LARIATS finally take both men down!
Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio roll out opposite ends of the ring. Claudio and Brody stand back up, the ring count climbs, but both men storm up around the way to DOUBLE LARAIT! And DOUBLE LARIAT! The count is 9, both men slide in at 9.9!! Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio start throwing forearms again! Brody gets the edge, runs, and he BOOTS Claudio down! Brody then scoops Claudio but Claudio slips free to BOOT! Claudio scoops, to SLAM Brody! Fans fire up, Brody staggers back up and Claudio runs, to clothesline Brody up and out! Fans fire up, Claudio goes out and he runs in around the way, UPPERCUT!
Fans fire up more and Claudio drags Brody up. Claudio whips Brody hard into railing, but Brody comes back to CLOBBER Claudio! Fans fire up as Brody peels the bumpers off the railing, then he throws forearms with Claudio. Brody knees low, whips, and Claudio hits railing hard! Claudio tumbles up and over and Collision goes picture in picture.
Brody catches his breath, storms over to where Claudio is, and drags him up. Fans fire up as Brody suplexes Claudio to the floor! Both men writhe, but Brody storms up on Claudio to stand him up. Brody CHOPS and Claudio sputters! Brody CHOPS again! Claudio staggers back, Brody whips him hard into the apron! Brody CLUBS Claudio, stalks him as he hobbles, then POSTS Claudio! Claudio staggers and falls over, and Brody refreshes the ring count. Brody storms back up on Claudio, ROCKS him, then puts him in the ring. Brody CHOPS Claudio again, ROCKS him to a corner, then ROCKS him again.
Claudio goes to another corner but Brody CLUBS him! And CHOPS him! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Brody CHOPS! Repeat! Brody gets the edge as he ROCKS Claudio again, then CHOPS him down! Claudio leans against ropes as he coughs and gasps for air. Brody clamps on with a chinlock, digs his forearm cast into Claudio’s face, and Collision returns to single picture. Claudio endures, pries the hold open, and he stands to wrench the arm, for an ELBOW BREAKER! The forearms fly again, Claudio runs but Brody scoops to SLAM! And then SENTON! Fans rally up while Claudio crawls to a corner.
Brody runs in to SPLASH at the corner! The fans bark and hoot with Brody, but Claudio UPPERCUTS him in the corner! Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT from all sides! Then he jukes the ref to UPPERCUT again! Claudio fires more shots, roars, and takes a moment to steady himself. Claudio whips but Brody blocks, so Claudio UPPERCUTS again! Claudio whips, Brody reverses and runs in to SPLASH! Then fireman’s carry, but Claudio fights free to UPPERCUT the back! Claudio trips Brody, but Brody kicks him away! Claudio comes back to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Brody survives but Claudio keeps his cool.
Claudio drags Brody up, but Brody fights the fireman’s carry. Brody ROCKS Claudio, CHOPS him, then runs, into a POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO!! Brody survives but the fans fire up behind Claudio as he stands. Claudio gets the legs, to SWING Brody!! Claudio goes around and around, and fans count all the way to TEN! Then the SHARPSHOOTER!! Fans fire up while Claudio sits deep! Brody endures, claws at the mat, fights around, and he reaches out! But Claudio grabs that bad arm to hold it back! Brody still fights forward, ROPEBREAK! Claudio lets go in frustration while Brody crawls to a corner.
Claudio waits on Brody to stand, then runs in, but Brody dodges! Claudio POSTS himself, then Brody GERMAN SUPLEXES him away! Brody runs in to CANNONBALL! Brody drags Claudio to a cover, ONE?!? Fans are stunned and so is Brody! Brody ROCKS Claudio, reels him in, but Claudio slips free of the bomb to fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, ONE?!? Brody survives and Claudio is shocked! “This is Awesome!” and Claudio drags Brody up and reels him in. Claudio Gotch Lifts but Brody back drops free! Claudio lands on his feet! Springboard- HAYMAKER!! STUFF PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?
Fans are thunderous as Brody hurries to get Claudio up. LARIAT!! Cover, Brody wins!!
Winner: Brody King, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Claudio earns 0)
That deadly right arm brings down the Swiss Superman, and Brody has six points! Is the Blue League soon going to belong to the House of Black?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“If it turns out that entering this Continental Classic tournament was a bad idea, I won’t find out ’til it’s too late. I’m banged up. Maybe the last four years is finally catching with me, because nobody’s done it anywhere in the world like I do it the last four years. My head hurts, my neck hurts, my back hurts, now my knee hurts. Getting that tingly-ness in my fingers now all the time. I live in pain on a day to day basis like most people couldn’t even imagine. Now on top of that, my head’s not screwed on straight all the time lately. The doctors are prescribing me this medication, that medication.
“And I’m just sick of it all. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off at my body failing me, I’m sick and tired of being depressed, I’m being sick and tired about being pissed about the entire last year. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off. So I’m gonna do the only thing I know how to do, the only thing I’m good at: I’m gonna wrestle my way out of it. I’m gonna fight my way out of it. I’m gonna put every ounce, every drop of sweat and effort and will I have into winning this Continental Classic tournament.
“This kind of thing, this is what AEW was built on, man. Two guys in the ring, the best wrestlers in the world, giving it their all, feeling that feeling when you’ve given every ounce of yourself in the ring, and pushing the limits, and pushing the boundaries, and making people stand up and go ‘Oh my God!’ What’d I just see?’ Feeling that connection with an audience that loves wrestling as much as we do. That is what AEW is about. Somebody’s gotta step up and win this tournament, and show the world exactly what AEW is, exactly what All Elite Wrestling can be! And that’s just gonna have to be me.
“Because anybody can say what they want but I’m the Ace of the World, b*tch, and that’s just the way it is. And there is nobody in this tournament that can do anything to me worse than what I deal with on a daily basis. Nothing they can do to me that’s worse than fighting the demons that I fight on a daily basis. If you think I’m shot, if you think my trigger’s been pulled, if you think I’m ripe for the picking, please, please, take your shot.” The Maniac is going to go until he can’t go any more, will El Toro Blanco look to take that shot this Wednesday?
Abadon VS Kiera Hogan!
With title chases never stopping, the Undead Girl and the Hottest Flame are fighting to get ahead. Who wins here to move up in the rankings towards the champions of AEW?
The bell rings, Kiera is wary of Abadon, and the two circle. Abadon corners Kiera, run sin, but Kiera dodges. Kiera SHOTGUNS Abadon down and fans fire up! Kiera runs in but Abadon sends her into buckles! Abadon fires off clothesline after clothesline, but lets off as the ref counts. Abadon runs in but Kiera avoids the boot to then KICK the legs out! Kiera runs, and she HIP ATTACKS Abadon against ropes! Kiera then snapmares, Abadon ducks the buzzsaw but not the SUPERKICK! Kiera runs Around the World to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Kiera keeps cool as she runs again, but Abadon catches her for a SCRAPBUSTER!
Abadon roars and the fans fire up! Abadon runs in to SPLASH Kiera in a corner, then whips. Kiera reverse, Abadon slips out and then ROCKS Kiera! HEADSHOT CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Kiera is still in this but Abadon mocks the peace fingers. Abadon stalks Kiera, has her in the ropes, and mocks that pretty face. Abadon licks Kiera, YANKS her off the ropes, and then storms around. Abadon kicks, Kiera ducks and rolls her up, TWO! Kiera SOBATS, ROUNDHOUSES, then reels her in! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Abadon survives and Kiera is frustrated. Kiera pounds the mat, the fans rally up behind her, and she stalks Abadon.
Kiera fires forearms, says to stay down and she SLAPS! Abadon SCORPION KICKS, then runs to KNEE Kiera down! Abadon drags Kiera up, hammerlocks, BLACK DAHLIA!! Cover, Abadon wins!
Winner: Abadon, by pinfall
Like the Nightmare Before Christmas, Abadon is bringing the scary to the merry season! But will Abadon earn a championship match as a Christmas gift to herself?
Wait! The lights go out! And when the lights come back, JULIA HART is here! Abadon turns around to see her, and the TBS Champion smiles. The lights go out again, and when they come back again, Julia’s gone. Abadon shrieks into the night, will this be like Jason VS Freddy for the title?
Backsatge interview with Samoa Joe.
Alex Marvez says the last time we saw Joe, he was furious that MJF accepted a tag team challenge from “The Devil of AEW.” Joe says why wouldn’t he be? But then someone shouts “SAMOA JOOOE~!” In rolls Roderick Strong & The Kingdom. Roddy tells Joe that Roddy is willing to forgive Joe for trying to end his career with a broken neck not just once but twice. And he knows Joe has his world title match with Max, but c’mon, this is clearly a trap! MJF is the Devil! But hey, Roddy’s best friend “ADAAAM~!” likes Joe and thinks of him as a friend. So as Adam Cole’s best friend, that makes Roddy a friend to Joe.
So hey, Wednesday, it’s a set-up. Those goons will beat the crap out of Joe! And MJF isn’t even here right now! He’s probably plotting how they’re gonna do it! The Kingdom says yeah, Roddy’s right. So just listen to him, okay? Joe chuckles and leaves. Does Joe think they’re joking? Between Joe and “The Devil,” who will have the last laugh on Dynamite?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia!
We saw this showdown before when CJ Perry was recruiting clients, and we saw which way that went. But then will history repeat itself? Or will Red Death ruin Andrade’s start in the Blue League?
While no “seconds” are allowed, meaning even manager CJ must return to the back, Daddy Magic found a loophole by joining commentary. He still disapproves of the Garcia dance. Anyway, the bell rings, we’re on the clock, and the two circle. Fans rally up as the two tie up, Garcia rolls Andrade up, ONE! Garcia says he almost had Andrade, but Andrade just smirks. The two reset, tie up again, and Andrade headlocks. Andrade holds on tight, but Garcia powers up to power out. But Andrade runs Garcia over! Fans rally and duel, cheer and jeer, and Andrade CHOPS Garcia! Andrade whips but Garcia stops himself to whip Andrade!
Andrade goes Spider-Man in the ropes to tranquilo! Fans fire up for that, but then Garcia puts his dukes up. Andrade says no dance, but then Garcia clamps on a SLEEPER! Andrade RAMS Garcia into buckles, goes up the ropes, and he CROSSBODIES! Garcia staggers up, Andrade CHOPS him! Andrade whips, but Garcia reverses. Andrade goes up and over, then dropkicks the dropdown! Garcia goes to the apron, and Andrade PLANCHAS! Fans fire up, Andrade puts Garcia in, and he covers, ONE!! Garcia hangs tough but Andrade brings him up. Andrade gives some Latino Heat but Garcia wrenches out. Andrade ROCKS Garcia, but Garcia hits a SHIN BREAKER!
Garcia DRAGON SCREWS the leg, GROUDN DRAGON SCREWS it, then basement dropkicks! Fans fire up, Garcia covers, ONE!! ANKLE LOCK! Andrade scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Garcia lets go, Andrade bails out, and Andrade shakes out the bad leg. Garcia goes out, Menard likes what he sees, but Andrade kicks low! Andrade RAMS Garcia into the apron, but Garcia kicks low and CLUBS him! Then RAMS him into railing! Garcia grabs at Andrade but Andrade gets in the ring. Garcia hurries to KNEE Andrade down, covers, ONE! Andrade CHOPS! Andrade whips to a corner, but Garcia BOOTS him back!
Garcia goes up, Andrade CLOBBERS Garcia to the floor! Fans fire up and Andrade paces while Garcia is dazed, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Andrade paces, walking off the pain in his leg, while Garcia clutches his neck and shoulder. The ring count climbs, Andrade goes out to commentary to have one of their WOOOOO energy drinks! “WOO~!” Andrade then makes his way around to fetch Garcia, and he SMACKS Garcia off the steel steps! Andrade drags Garcia back up to put in the ring, and he has a cocky cover. ONE, but Andrade stalks Garcia to ropes. Andrade kicks Garcia around, pie faces him, and eggs him on. Garcia huffs and puffs, then CHOPS back! And CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Garcia whips, Andrade reverses to then CLOBBER Garcia!
Andrade clamps onto Garcia with a headlock and grinds him down, and Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Garcia fights up out of a headlock to SAIDO! Fans fire up while both men are down! Garcia pushes up, Menard says this has been Garcia’s best match so far! And zero dancing! Garcia stands, he counter punches Andrade, and counters again! Then he dodges, fires off haymakers and fast hands, the ref counts but Garcia lets off. The fans are thunderous as Garcia runs to BOOT Andrade, then put him up top! Garcia drags Andrade into the Tree of Woe, CLUBS him, then stands on the corner to punch away on the legs! Garcia goes all the way to TEN, then lets off. Dukes up, and he does some dancing before the BASEMENT DROPKICK!
Andrade falls out of the Tree, Garcia hoists him up, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Andrade survives and fans rally up again! Garcia drags Andrade into a waistlock, drags him back up, but Andrade ELBOWS Garcia! Garcia holds on, so Andrade throws more heavy elbows! Garcia ducks to CHOP! Garcia whips, Andrade ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! And he kips up! The fans fire up, Andrade takes aim as Garcia is in a corner, and Andrade builds speed corner to corner, but has to dodge a lariat! Andrade kicks and snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! Fans fire up as Andrade hits Dos Amigos! Andrade gives us some Latino Heat, but Garcia wrenches out! SLEEPER!!
Garcia squeezes tight but Andrade throws elbows. Andrade is fere, but Garcia hops back on! SLEEPER! Andrade carries Garcia as a backpack as he climbs the corner! Garcia CLUBS Andrade, shifts around, and the two brawl. Andrade has Garcia now, for a SUPERPLEX! And then he still rolls through to restart! Uno Amigo! Dos Amigos! THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives many amigos and Menard loves it! But Andrade steps through, only for Garcia to roll through, step through, DRAGONTAMER!! Andrade endures as Garcia bridges back! But Andrade grabs Garcia’s head! But Garcia rolls through!
Andrade wrenches out, hammerlocks and LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Andrade wins!!
Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Garcia earns 0)
Andrade’s first tournament match is his first win! Garcia is 0-2, Menard says this is a hole they’ll have to dig out of. Andrade still shows Garcia respect, but is Garcia going to be mathematically eliminated before long?
Willie Mack speaks.
“See, Wardlow, I know you’ve been going through a lot of things these past few weeks, putting your hands on people. But one thing you know about me is you don’t put your hands on my friends. Y’see, this is a person who I’ve tagged with and won multiple tag team championships in other promotions with. So what I’ma have to do, is I’ma have to reach out and touch you. So next week, we’re gonna have to do the damn thing in the ring, so guess what? You better pack a lunch, because I’m a big boy, and I’m a big meal to try to eat.” Mack is standing up for AR Fox, but will the Return of the Mack end up Wardlow’s newest victim?
The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson!
Roddy shouts at “DASHAAAA!” to stop, and he has the music cut. First thing’s first, Roddy wants to say to his NEW best friend by proxy, “SAMOAAA Joe.” Listen, Roddy told him the truth back there. They roll down the ring as Roddy says MJF is the Devil and Joe will find out soon. And then those three dweebs in the ring, they ain’t gonna #NeckTheHalls, no. The Kingdom’s gonna beat their… AAAAASS! And Roddy wants to dedicate this to his best friend, whether he wants Roddy to or not, ADAAAM! “Get ’em, fellas!” The Kingdom fire off on The Savages as the bell rings! Bennett DECKS Dirty Bulk Bronson to then help Taven mug Beefcake Boulder!
The Kingdom mock the “DOUBLE CLOHTESLINE!” as they whip, but Boulder breaks through to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Boulder shows off the “BEEF! BEEF!” Boulder goes out to get Bennett up, but he SUPERKICKS first! BOSTON BAYONET! Then another BOSTON- NO, Boulder catches Bennett to APRON CHOKE SLAM! Taven WRECKS Boulder with a dropkick, but Bronson DIVES!? Direct hit and Bronson fires up! Bronson puts Taven in, storms up to whip corner to corner. Taven stops himself, ducks under and ENZIGURIS! Roll up, TWO! Taven swings, misses, and Bronson hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up as Bronson tags Boulder. Boulder swivels and wiggles, then goes up and hup to SAVAGE FLOP as Taven moves! Bronson tags back in, Bennett tags, too. SUPERKICK and fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER into JUST THE TIP of the knee! The Kingdom shouts #NeckStrong, and then Taven FLIES out onto Boulder! Bennett hauls Bronson up, Taven is on the corner, NECK CHECK PILEDRIVER!! Cover, The Kingdom wins!
Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall
And then Roddy STRONG KNEES Jacked Jameson! He flounders back out of the ring and The Kingdom helps him get in the wheelchair. The Kingdom rolls out, will they be proven right on all fronts?
Backstage interview with Ethan Page.
Lexi Nair is with All Ego, who has requested this time. Ethan says that ever since losing out on the AEW World Championship to MJF, in his home country of Canada, Ethan has had to regroup and refocus. He’s gotten into the best physical shape of his life, he has been in ROH building up win after win. And so, here Ethan is to make a challenge and check off a bucket list thing. AEW is going back to Canada, and Ethan wants to be THE biggest name in Canadian wrestling. So therefore, to be the King of Canada, he needs his crown. That crown is currently on someone else’s head.
So in Montreal, 1v1, we find out who the best Canadian wrestler truly is, as Ethan calls out KENNY OMEGA! Will The Cleaner give All Ego that opportunity?
AEW hears from Willow Nightingale and Mercedes Martinez.
The Babe with the Power tells Mercedes, “our history goes further back than you probably even realize. I’ve been such a fan, and I’ve admired you so much.” The OG Badass says the first time they met, Willow “was this night little pretty Willow.” Willow says she is constantly disappointed in Mercedes’ behavior as of late, and in herself because she hasn’t been able to beat Mercedes. Mercedes asks how many times must Willow dance her way into Mercedes’ business? Isn’t Willow tired of being everyone’s hero? Next time they meet, Willow will need to be saved. Because Mercedes will dance and stomp all over her.
Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal!
Brody took the lead in the Blue League, and Julia has called out her next target. Will the Dark Father and Aussie Juggernaut make sure that the House Always Wins? Or will the Fallen Angel & Zen Assassin finally stake a claim in the AEW Tag Division?
The teams sort out, Buddy starts against Sydal, and the two circle. They knuckle lock, Buddy trips and covers, ONE as Sydal gets an arm up! Buddy pushes it down, ONE as the other arm comes up. Buddy pushes that down, TWO as Sydal bridges up. Buddy jumps but Sydal stops that to then go up and over for a sunset flip, only for Buddy to stand back up! Buddy TOSSES Sydal to a corner, but Sydal slips out to the apron to bump Buddy off buckles. Sydal climbs, CROSSBODIES, but Buddy rolls through! Buddy pops Sydal up to a fireman’s carry, but Sydal slips free. Sydal KICKS, KICKS, but Buddy ELBOWS him down!
Buddy drags Sydal up, whips, but Sydal wrenches, ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls, but Buddy stops the DDT! Buddy suplexes but Sydal throws knees! Sydal waistlocks. Buddy switches and back suplexes, but Sydal lands on his feet! Sydal shoves Buddy to the corner, but Buddy pie faces Daniels! Sydal ROUNDHOUSES Buddy, tags Daniels, but Buddy fights them both off! Sydal RAMS Buddy, Daniels GAMANGIRIS! Feed to a ROUNDHOUSE then the STO! STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Daniels drags Buddy up, CHOPS, and whips. Buddy blocks, boots, then tags Malakai. Fans fire up as Malakai and Daniels stare down.
The two rush in, Daniels gets around to shove, then CALF KICK! Malakai goes to a corner, Daniels runs in and blocks a boot, but not the other BOOT! Malakai wrenches, tag to Buddy, but Daniels avoids the double stomp to CHOP and CHOP! Daniels whips, Buddy reverses and sends him into Malakai’s BOOT! Buddy TOSSES Daniels out, Malakai goes up and out to ASAI MOONSAULT! Buddy BLASTS Sydal for good measure, and then sits with Malakai as Collision goes picture in picture.
Daniels crawls his way back to the ring, drags himself in, and Buddy looms over him. Buddy drags Daniels up to ROCK him! Tag to Malakai, the House mugs Daniels, and then Malakai whips Daniels to ropes. BIG elbow! Malakai drags Daniels into an armlock but Daniels endures. Sydal coaches Daniels, rallies the fans, and Daniels fights up. Malakai wrenches to step over and have a COBRA TWIST! Daniels endures the stretch, so Malakai CLUBS him on the neck. Malakai UPPERCUTS Daniels, tags Buddy, and the House mugs Daniels again. Buddy pushes Daniels around, CLUBS him, then snapmares for a KICK! Cover, TWO!
Buddy keeps on Daniels with a chinlock and he grinds Daniels down. Daniels endures, Sydal coaches him and the fans rally up. Daniels fights up, reaches out, and throws body shots. Daniels RAMS buddy into a corner, but Buddy holds on! Daniels RAMS Buddy in again, but Buddy still holds on! Daniels tries again but Buddy sends Daniels into buckles! But Daniels BOOTS back! Daniels leaps, FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Collision returns to single picture and both men crawl. Buddy grabs a leg, but Daniels boots him away! Malakai tags in, hot tag to Sydal! Sydal DROPKICKS Malakai, dodges to UPPERCUT Buddy, then tilt-o-whirl RANAS Malakai!
Fans fire up as Sydal KICKS and KICKS, but Malakai blocks one! Sydal ducks the jump knee to dragon sleeper, SLICE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives but Sydal calls to Daniels. Sydal goes to the corner, climbs up, but Malakai CLUBS him first! Malakai climbs up after Sydal but Daniels sneaks a tag! Daniels CLUBS Malakai, gets under, but Malakai backflips out of the bomb! Malakai ROCKS Daniels, but Daniels ducks Black Mass! Only for Buddy to METEORA! But so does Sydal to Malakai!! Fans fire up and Buddy fires off on Sydal! Kick, stomp to the foot, but Sydal avoids the knee to JUMPS OBAT!
Sydal runs, into a V-TRIGGER! Buddy runs, into a JUMP KNEE! Buddy flops out of the ring, Sydal builds speed, but Malakai trips him up and drags him out! Malakai CLUBS Sydal down, btu Daniels DIVES! Malakai is sent into the desk! Fans fire up with Daniels as he puts Malakai back in the ring. Sydal climbs, Daniels hoists Malakai up, but Buddy SHOVES Sydal down! Daniels still rolls Malakai up, TWO! Malakai sweeps the leg, Buddy runs to CURB STOMP Daniels down! Buddy sees Sydal coming and dodges, JUMP KNEE from Malakai! And BLACK MASS!! Cover, House of Black wins!
Winner: The House of Black, by pinfall
Another Collision, another sweep for the Dark Father and his family. The lights go down, but why? The House is already here. But here comes FTR! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood storm down to the ring bathed in the magenta light! Malakai tells them that before they do anything, Malakai assumes that they’re both here because they are joining the House. Dax chuckles but Malakai says he is a family man. And we know it’s been weeks. The only people in AEW that have been here for the both of them has been The House of Black. Malakai’s done a lot of things, but not once has he told a lie.
The fans chant “HOUSE OF BLACK!” and Malakai drops the mic for FTR to take. Dax picks it up, but Buddy KNEES him down! Cash goes after Buddy but he gets mugged! Cash still throws hands, but Buddy CURB STOMPS him down! Buddy then drags Dax up, and he makes Dax watch as Malakai sets Cash up! BLACK MASS!! Dax is seething but he can’t get free of Buddy’s chinbar, and Malakai says see! Not one single person has come to help them! And was Malakai right or what? No one is coming to help. Dax flips Malakai off, so he gets BLACK MASS!! Is this going to be the end for FTR in AEW once and for all?
Backstage interview with Toni Storm.
Renee Paquette is with “Timeless Toni,” bringing up last week as Storm accepting the AEW Women’s World Championship, and Storm says yes, she knows, she has no time for these prepared questions. And where is “that man who usually does my interviews? He has so much more poise.” And she isn’t even finished doing her hair because they were too busy with some blonde floosy! And yes, Storm did accept her championship last week, Renee was a dear for presenting that. But Storm was unceremoniously interrupted by Skye Blue!
Storm tells Skye that if she had any advice at all, it’d be to walk backwards! The only time anyone has anything nice to say about Skye, it’s in reference to her bottom! Is Storm supposed to be worried because Skye’s all spooky now? With that little thing on her head? Storm used to wear hats and be spooky. BOO. See? Not that hard. Interrupt her, fine. She can be first to challenge for “this little huckleberry right here.” But until then, chin up, chest out, and oh… she’s bare foot. Sorry. She takes RENEE’S shoe to throw around! Toni is timeless, but will the Storm strike down Chicago Skye?
Skye Blue speaks.
Well first, she sighs. “Toni, I have met you through every single one of your phases, but this little midlife crisis your going through is the most pathetic I have seen thus far. But you haven’t met this Skye Blue. So bring your little butler, bring your little blond bimbo, and whatever 1940s black ‘n’ white crap you got up that robe, because none of it is going to stop me from taking that championship from you. So I’m gonna have my chin up, my chest out, and I’m gonna shove your shoe right up your ass.” Strong words from a fired up challenger, will she be the new leading lady of AEW?
Christian Cage speaks.
Captain Charisma says, “I don’t think it’s any secret to anybody how far back my relationship with Adam Copeland goes. I think I more or less tolerated Adam. He was a hanger-on, he wanted to be like me, which is why he’s always tried to steal my spotlight wherever we’ve gone.” And that held Christian back. Edge got what he never got. He was pushed all the way to the bottom when they broke up as a tag team. But Christian willed himself to the top. he is here to be the best, anyone else is expendable. And Edge wants to take away everything Christian’s built up the last three years? Christian has nothing to prove to himself, but Edge has everything to prove to Christian.
This time, Christian is what everyone talks about. Whether it’s Dynamite, Rampage or Collision, Christian nis on the tip of everyone’s tongue. He is the Face of TNT, the Face of AEW, then, now and forever! Christian has always been better than Edge, and in Montreal, everyone will finally know. But will “The Patriarch” be the one in for a shock when things get Rated R on Wednesday?
El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian!
The AAA Mega Champion is coming off a big trios win last night on Rampage, but Mr. Superbad just thinks of him as the most overrated wrestler on the AEW roster. Will Kip put his money where his mouth is? Or will he be on the losing end of this Collision?
The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. They tie up, Kip cording holds but Vikingo whips. Kip arm-drags and holds on, but Vikingo goes up and over! Kip just changes up cording holds, arm-drags, but then Vikingo pushes him. Kip arm-drags again and keeps the hold, wagging his finger. Then Kip CHOPS, Vikingo CHOPS back! Vikingo throws knees, goes up and out to HOTSHOT Kip! Then Vikingo springboards, but Kip slides out., Vikingo keeps moving, but he fakes Kip out! Fans fire up, Kip runs in but Vikingo dodges to HEEL KCIK! Kip goes to a corner, Vikingo whips but Kip reverses.
Viking slips out to the apron, Kip hits buckles, then Vikingo GAMANGIRIS! Vikingo goes up and around and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Things keep moving, Vikingo CORKSCREW RANAS Kip out! Then Vikingo DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Kip intercepts Vikingo and talks some trash. Then Kip ARABIAN PRESSES to take Vikingo down! Fans fire up and Collision goes picture in picture.
Kip drags Vikingo up, puts him in the ring, then drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Kip bumps Vikingo off buckles, then whips corner to corner hard! Vikingo falls back, Kip flexes, and Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Kip drags Vikingo into a mounted armlock, but Vikingo endures. Kip BITES Vikingo’s hand! The ref misses that, but Vikingo fights to the ROPEBREAK! Kip lets go, then stands Vikingo up to ELBOW him to the corner. Kip stomps Vikingo again and again, then sits him down. Kip backs up to then run in again, CANNONBALL! Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Vikingo is hanging in there but Kip keeps cool as Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Kip ROCKS Vikingo with forearm after forearm. Fans boo, Kip whips, but Vikingo rebounds, gets under, and DREAMCAST KICKS! Kip flops against ropes and fans rally with Vikingo. Vikingo runs in at the corner, but stops as Kip moves. Kip returns, into a scoop and torture rack! Argentine Flip KNEE STRIKE! Like an inverted GTS! Kip falls, Vikingo drags him to a drop zone and goes up the ropes from the outside. INSIDE-OUT PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Kip survives and he manages to smile about it. Vikingo drags Kip back to another drop zone, but Kip goes after Vikingo as he climbs!
Kip climbs up after Vikingo, fans fire up and Vikingo throws body shots. Vikingo HEADBUTTS, Kip flops to the apron. But then Kip springboards u to SUPER STEINER! Kip hurries to scoop, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kip is stunned as Vikingo survives! Kip drags Vikingo up again, waistlocks, then torture racks. DEATHLY- NO, Vikngo flips free, dodges and SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Vikingo goes up as Kip bails out, to tightrope walk TORNILLO!!! Direct hit and the fans lose their minds! Vikingo puts Kip back in, runs corner to corner, METEORA! And then Vikingo goes right up, for the 630 SENTON!!! Cover, Vikingo wins!!
Winner: El Hijo Del Vikingo, by pinfall
The AAA Mega Champion cools off Kip’s hot take, because no one who can do what Vikingo did in this match is “overrated!” But Vikingo does show Kip a sign of respect by offering a handshake. The fans cheer to shake hands, but Kip says no! Will Kip ever get over himself? Will Vikingo earn even more gold in the New Year?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
Lexi is with the Limitless One, and says last time, he mentioned “him.” Just who is “him?” But then in walks Shane Taylor, because he knows who “him” is! Because Keith ain’t dumb enough to look past Shane. But last year’s match didn’t solve anything, so this year, they give the people the fight they really wanna see. Keith VS Shane, 1v1, Final Battle, so Shane can beat Keith’s ass in front of the entire world! Keith thinks on that a moment. Challenge accepted. And see #TAIGASTYLE later, too. Then in two weeks, in Garland, Texas, will that truly be the Pretty Boy Killers’ Final Battle?
Backstage interview with CJ Perry.
Lexi and CJ are outside Andrade’s office, and notes that Andrade’s first win was impressive. UH OH, here comes Miro! Miro says move, CJ says no! Miro can’t go in there! She knows he thinks things will go poorly, but when Miro chose his god over her, she has to prove herself. By Andrade winning, it will help CJ. So if Miro wants to go in there, fine, he’s a grown man. But if there is any love left for CJ, do not do this. Do not lay a hand on her client. Please? Miro says if His God was still with him, he would be in this tournament and have ripped Andrade’s spine out already! Miro then caresses CJ’s face, and says he won’t touch her client. She has his word.
Miro storms off, but what will The Redeemer do to prove himself worthy of gold in the background of the Continental Classic?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston!
The American Dragon was the first entrant named to this tournament, but could not compete in it until now. And he doesn’t think The Mad King is ready if one loss takes away all the confidence he had going into this. Will Bryan just pour fuel on that fire? Or will Eddie be the one to earn his first points tonight?
The bell rings and we’re on the clock. The fans fire up as Bryan and Eddie stare down. They slowly circle and approach. They feel things out, knuckle lock, but then Eddie tests things with a kick. Bryan stays back, they reset, and Eddie guards a kick. Bryan keeps trying but Eddie pushes back. Bryan uses ropes as a defense and the fans boo. Bryan smirks as he and Eddie reset, and they test the waters again. Bryan gives kicks, Eddie walks it off, and they feel things out again. Eddie fires off hands, clinches Bryan on the ropes, and the ref counts. Eddie puts Bryan in a corner, the ref counts but Bryan turns things around.
Bryan lets off slowly, but then CHOPS! Eddie just snarls while fans “WOO~!” Eddie storms up on Bryan, they feel things out, and Eddie tries some kicks now. Bryan also kicks, neither man lands a strong shot yet. They end up in a corner, Bryan turns things around on Eddie, then he CHOPS! Eddie CHOPS Bryan down! Fans fire up as Eddie stares Bryan down again. Bryan stands, he and Eddie feel things out again, and fans are behind Eddie more than they are Bryan. The two grapple, Eddie rolls but Bryan facelocks. They go to ropes, the ref counts, and Eddie fights up. The ref gets in between but Bryan KICKS Eddie!
Bryan fires off fast hands but then so does Eddie! Bryan kicks, but then Eddie kicks the bad arm! Bryan falls back, Eddie storms up but Bryan trips Eddie! Eddie goes for knuckle locks but Eddie’s leg guard keeps him back. Bryan KICKS a leg, KICKS again, then KICKS again! Bryan KICKS Eddie in the back! Bryan sits Eddie up to CHOP! Eddie eggs him on! Bryan CHOPS again, but Eddie brings the straps down! Bryan CHOPS again! Eddie is stinging but he grits his teeth. Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And then snapmares to cover, ONE!! Bryan keeps on Eddie with a motorcycle stretch but Eddie endures.
Fans rally, Eddie fights up, but Bryan digs his forehead into Eddie’s shoulder blades. Eddie still turns things around to have Bryan in the stretch! Bryan endures, powers up, and waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Eddie stands up but then falls back over! Eddie goes to the apron, shakes out the stars, but Bryan runs in to BOOT him! Eddie holds onto ropes! Bryan runs up again to BOOT! Eddie still holds on, and he CHOPS! And CHOPS! Eddie swings, Bryan ducks to dropkick the legs out! Bryan then builds speed to slide, but Eddie avoids him! SAIDO to the floor! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Collision goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men, and both men are somehow still in this. Eddie shakes out his arms as he sits up, and he drags Bryan up. Eddie CHOPS Bryan, then follows him around the way. Eddie CHOPS Bryan against railing! Eddie puts Bryan in the ring, stalks him, but Bryan bails out the other side. Eddie pursues, and CHOPS! And HEADBUTTS! Bryan staggers away, Eddie follows, and Eddie CHOPS Bryan against commentary! And again! And again! Bryan flounders, Eddie puts him in the ring, and Eddie storms up in the corner. Eddie stands Bryan up to MACHINE GUN CHOP! Bryan sits down, Eddie CHOPS him again!
Eddie digs his boots in, the ref counts, but Eddie lets off. Eddie drags Bryan up, and puts him up top for another CHOP! Eddie then climbs up after Bryan, brings him up, but Bryan resists the suplex! Bryan throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Eddie down! Eddie comes back to CHOP! Eddie CHOPS again, and Collision returns to single picture. Eddie CHOPS one more time, climbs up after Bryan, but Bryan again resists the suplex! Fans fire up as Bryan throws down elbows again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan HEADBUTTS again and Eddie staggers away. Bryan adjusts, MISSILE DROPKICKS, and down goes Eddie!
Eddie flounders to a corner and the fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs and rises up. Eddie also stands, he CHOPS Bryan! Bryan throws body shots! Eddie CHOPS! Bryan fires body shots! CHOP! Bryan KICKS and KICKS, but Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! EXPLO- TAKEDOWN! Bryan has an arm, then grabs at the crossface! Eddie resists, fights around, but Bryan still gets the LEBELL LOCK!! Fans rally for Eddie as he endures, fights around, and reaches out! Bryan rolls Eddie back, and has the LEBELL LOCK again! Eddie fights around, pushes Bryan down and he fires down forearms as fans fire up!
Bryan CHOPS and SLAPS from below! Eddie SLAPOS and CHOPS in return! And then some more! They go shot for shot, and then Eddie rains down more forearms! Eddie hauls Bryan up, half nelsons, but Bryan arm-drags free! Bryan runs in, but Eddie dodges the knee to SAIDO!! Bryan stands, into the URAKEN!! Eddie falls on the cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up! Eddie stands, drags Bryan up, and suplexes, NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up again! Both men are down, a standing count climbs, and Eddie sits up first. The count is 5 of 10, Eddie stands up!
Eddie storms up on Bryan, drags him up and reels him in, but Bryan resists the lift! So Eddie fires KNEES to that bad eye! Eddie reels Bryan back in, but Bryan back drops free! Bryan aims, BUZZSAW! Bryan huffs and puffs and the fans fire up! Eddie sits up in a daze, Bryan aims again, to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! “YES! YES! YES!” Eddie stays up, so Bryan runs to- NO, Eddie blocks the kick to CHOP! And CHOP! Fans fire up as Eddie CHOPS again! Bryan grits his teeth, fires up, and Eddie CHOPS! Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! But Eddie glares at Bryan, ducks the roundhouse and ENZIGURIS!
Eddie HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES, then runs up to URA- NO, Bryan blocks! Clinch, FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! “This is Awesome!” as both men are down again! Eddie and Bryan slowly stir, and then slowly rise. Bryan aims again, to KICK! Eddie shoves Bryan, so Bryan KICKS again! Eddie CLUBS Bryan, Bryan KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! We get the five minute warning as Eddie throws hands! Bryan has the leg again, BRIDGING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Eddie escapes but Bryan says time to kick his head in!! DRAGON STOMPS!! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan runs out of gas but somehow Eddie is still in this!
Bryan and Eddie crawl to each other, Eddie FLIPS BRYAN OFF! “This is Awesome!” as Eddie rises. Bryan aims from a corner, BUSAIKU KNEE!!! Cover, BRYAN WINS!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Eddie earns 0)
THIS is the fight Bryan wanted from Eddie! But in the end, Bryan is the one to win the fight! Will Bryan keep on going through his next four fights? Eddie is technically still ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Champion, but with an 0-2 start, has he all but lost them both?
A great Collision, with awesome Continental Classic matches, but also matches they kayfabe’d as “standby” to try and kayfabe the tournament matches not going closer to their 20 minute time limits. A weird move to me but it’s not like we haven’t seen such a move by American televised pro-wrestling before. And surprisingly great stuff out of Vikingo VS Kip, but that was partly the point. Kip calls Vikingo overrated, then gets beat by Vikingo to show how legit Vikingo is, and there could even be a rivalry in the making or something. Kip still has Butcher & Blade to call on, that trio could take on Vikingo, Komander & Penta at some point.
Good match from Abadon and Kiera, with a really good win for Abadon. Julia showing up to basically call Abadon out was an interesting move but I also like it. Different kinds of spooky wrestlers are going to collide, this will be a good program for them both. And very good promos from both Storm and Skye to hype up their title match this Wednesday. Renee definitely looked like she was struggling to not break during Storm’s part, that’s how good Storm is. And I would think Storm retains because she’ll have Luther and Mariah May ringside. And good promo from Willow and Mercedes to set up their match, that’ll be really good stuff.
Good promo from Willie Mack to call out Wardlow but I would think Wardlow beats him to continue his dominance. Good promo from Christian to add some final hype onto the TNT Championship match. And good promo from Ethan Page to not just plug his time in ROH, but also to call out Kenny Omega. Ethan VS Omega is going to be really good, but that probably ends up being Omega’s win to build momentum going into the next round against Don Callis Family. But it also just makes me think Tony Khan still doesn’t get how ROH is supposed to matter. Ethan is in the middle of stuff with Tony Nese and he’s dividing his attention by wanting to be King of Canadian Wrestlers? What?
But thankfully, we did get a promo from Keith Lee and Shane Taylor to finally set up that match. And I do appreciate that it will be part of Final Battle since that’s where this feud started. Anything to make up for poor ticket sales and no ROH World Championship. Or even tag team championship at this point, right? The Kingdom called out MJF but MJF hasn’t taken the time to respond, he has The Devil of AEW to worry about. Good promo from Joe with Roddy & The Kingdom before The Kingdom beat The Iron Savages. Roddy was extra dramatic in his floundering out of the ring this time, can’t wait to see whether he and The Kingdom are still in on the whole Devil goon squad stuff.
Very good tag match from House of Black VS Daniels & Sydal but of course the House won. And good promo with FTR that then turned into a beatdown. That tag match is definitely going to be big for like Winter is Coming. And then, the Continental Classic. Great opening match from Claudio VS Brody, with a great win for Brody to lead the way in this block. And just as I expected, while we got awesome showings in the other matches, Garcia and Eddie each lost to Andrade and Bryan. Good promo for Miro wanting after Andrade but showing mercy for CJ’s sake. That feud probably waits until after the tournament, assuming Andrade isn’t a finalist. Worlds End would be a good PPV for Miro VS Andrade to happen as part of this ongoing story.
I also appreciated Eddie saying he doesn’t want to do cold open promos when he has a big match to get ready for. Doing coverage like I do, I don’t want to fall behind on the broadcast already trying to keep up with what people are saying at the very start like that. Even Claudio did a short promo because he also just wants to have his match, so they really should just have the matches and save promos for later in the night.
My Score: 8.8/10
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