NXT is back In Your House, with extra guests!
NXT’s newest tradition, In Your House, is even bigger this year! A FATAL 5 WAY determines who’s on top of the brand! Tick tock, TIME’S UP! But for who?
- Special Bonus Match – Sarray & Zoey Stark VS The Robert Stone Brand; Sarray & Stark win.
- NXT North American & Tag Team Championships, Winners Take All: Bronson Reed & MSK VS El Legado del Fantasma; Reed & MSK win and retain the titles.
- Mercedes Martinez VS Xia Li w/ Tian Sha; Xia Li wins.
- Million Dollar Championship Ladder Match: Cameron Grimes VS LA Knight; Knight wins and becomes the new Million Dollar Champion.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Raquel Gonzalez w/ Dakota Kai VS Ember Moon; Gonzalez wins and retains.
- NXT Championship Fatal 5 Way: Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux VS Pete Dunne VS Johnny Gargano VS Kyle O’Reilly VS Adam Cole; Kross wins and retains the title.
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It’s the TakeOver Preshow!
Join Sam Roberts and Justin Barrasso in analyzing, discussing and predicting this nostalgia-filled throwback tradition!
Ted DeBiase arrives!
“Alright, gentlemen, let’s go.” He has extra security holding onto the briefcase that holds THE most lavish title in WWE history, the Million Dollar Championship! THE Million Dollar Man is ready to crown a new Million Dollar Champion with the proof of a true workhorse superstar. Who will win this priceless title and bring the most extravagant prize in pro-wrestling to NXT?
Kyle O’Reilly arrives at the Capitol Wrestling Center.
It’s a nice day for a fight, but then The Way interrupts. Things look to be starting early! Theory shoves Kyle, Kyle shoves Theory, Gargano shoves Kyle and Kyle shoves back! William Regal and security keep this from happening in the parking lot. Will #CoolKyle lose his cool and go after Johnny TakeOver at the bell?
Special Bonus Match – Sarray & Zoey Stark VS The Robert Stone Brand!
Cut for time on the original broadcast, this special deleted scene is part of the director’s cut! The Warrior of the Sun and the rising star team up to shine bright, but will they be able to overshadow Jessi Kamea & Aliyah?
The teams sort out and Aliyah starts with Sarray. Aliyah reaches out for a handshake but Sarray slaps it away! Aliyah swings a punch but Sarray blocks and ROCKS Aliyah back! Sarray whips Aliyah to ropes, but Aliyah throws Sarray down by her hair! Cover, TWO as Sarray slips out. Sarray dropkicks Aliyah down, then adds another! And another! Aliyah tags in Jessi and sics her on Sarray! Sarray and Jessi circle, Jessi pie-faces Sarray as fans duel. Sarray shoves back, Jessi shoves Sarray, but Sarray ROCKS her! Sarray whips, Jessi reverses but Sarray blocks the punch to springboard arm-drag! Sarray arm-drags Jessi again for an armlock!
Jessi fights up to her feet, Sarray wrenches to a wristlock, and Stark tags in. Stark and Sarray double whip Jessi for an assisted shotgun dropkick, and a double elbow drop! Fans fire up for Stark & Sarray, but Jessi knees Stark back! Jessi snapmares, Stark handsprings through then dodges to KICK and KICK and BUZZSAW Jessi down! Jessi avoids Stark’s knee and gets to an open corner. Stark runs in but Aliyah saves Jessi! Stark hits buckles and Jessi reels her in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO, and Jessi rains down rights! Jessi lets off to pace around, then she drags Stark up to whip her into the corner. Jessi hits a BIG splash, and tags in Aliyah!
Aliyah and Jessi work together, assisted HELLUVA KICK! Cover, TWO! Aliyah rains down rights on Stark, covers, TWO! Aliyah shrieks in frustration but Stone says she’s got control. Aliyah bumps Stark off buckles, tags Jessi, and they stomp away on Stark. Jessi drags Stark up, but Stark shoves her away! Jessi CLUBS and AX KICKS Stark! Jessi scoops Stark for a BIG slam! Jessi toys with Stark, waves to the fans and tells Stark to kiss this. Tag back to Aliyah, they work together, tilt-o-whirl SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Aliyah drags Stark to another cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Aliyah drags Stark to the corner. Stark RAMS Aliyah into buckles but Jessi tags in.
Aliyah KICKS Stark, Jessi KICKS Stark down! Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! Jessi drags Stark up, whips her to ropes, but Stark sunset flips! Cover, TWO! Jessi dropkicks Stark down! Cover, TWO! Jessi clamps onto Stark with an armlock and chinbar. Fans rally as Stark fights up, but Jessi wrangles her down to another cover! TWO, but Jessi is right back on the arm. Fans rally, Sarray reaches out, and Stark throws forearms! Stark reaches but Jessi holds on! Stark ROCKS Jessi, goes under and HEEL KICKS! Jessi falls over and is in a daze as she sits back up. Hot tag to Sarray! Sarray dropkicks Jessi, BOOTS Aliyah, then fires off on Jessi!
Sarray whips Jessi corner to corner but Jessi reverses. Sarray goes up and back to ROCK Jessi again! Sarray reels Jessi in, FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Jessi KICKS Sarray back, then hurries to tag Aliyah! Aliyah runs in and gets Sarray up, only to get a SOBAT! And GERMAN SUPLEX! Another bridging cover, but Jessi breaks it! Stone is fired up as his team saves itself! The ref reprimands, Jessi goes after Sarray but Sarray throws her out. Fans fire up as Sarray builds speed, Stone stands in Sarray’s way! Aliyah rolls Sarray, TWO and Aliyah bumps into Stone! Sarray BLASTS Stone off the apron with a dropkick and his shoes go flying as he falls over!
Sarray has Aliyah set up, and she builds speed again, DROPKICK OF THE SUN!! Tag to Stark as Aliyah staggers to her feet, SPEAR! Stark hurries while Sarray watches Jessi closely, GO TO STARK!! Cover, Stark & Sarray win!
Winners: Zoey Stark & Sarray, by pinfall
The “rising upstarts” are no rookies! They can hang with the best of ’em and beat all the rest of ’em! Will Stark & Sarray stick together to climb up and go after the best?
Arash Markazi interviews Bronson Reed and MSK.
All there have worked so hard to get the titles they have, so why accept a Six Man Winners Take All? Well Reed is feeling stronger than ever, and MSK backing him up makes him unstoppable. Legado del Fantasma have been around together for a year, but they’ve faced them before. Reed will make it hard for Legado to get away with their usual tactics. Santos Escobar has every right to be confident, but he should’ve stayed in his lane. This is Reed’s first defense, but what does it mean to be on the other side of things at TakeOver? Reed feels he represents both his home country but also all those who believed in him.
Then what does In Your House mean to them? And what will they do tonight? This will be bigger than the International Incident. This will be COLOSSAL, #AllNightAndAllDay! Go from kaiju claw to MSK fingers! Nice, Markazi! They might invite him to the beach next time. But will this be a Championship Summer for Reed, Lee & Carter? Or will Escobar, Wilde & Mendoza truly take over?
Markazi also interviews Legado del Fantasma.
One year after becoming a trio, and they’re facing a trio that is in their first match together. They aren’t just going for one title or two, but three. Escobar says his hermanos were there for him when he won the Cruiserweight Championship. They’ve been together on this crazy ride to become the most dominant faction on NXT. This should’ve happened a few weeks ago, but guess what/ Bronson Reed decided he should make a cameo for that match. How amazing that Legado fooled those three into this match. This isn’t a team, they’ve never worked together. But Legado is familia
In Your House means a lot to a lot of fans. What can we expect from Legado tonight? Tonight is a huge night. They will flip two divisions upside-down in one match! And they’ll do it for tradition, lucha libre and each other. The special is “In Your House,” but the champs are in THEIR house! Legado will always look good, but imagine how much better they’ll look with all the gold? Escobar couldn’t say it better himself. Sangre, tradicion, familia, legado. That is what Legado del Fantasma stands for. In Your House is the perfect scenario for them to cement that legado. But will it be so easy against the powerful combination standing before them?
Take a seat, put a seat up, and make yourself at home!
Back by popular demand, it’s NXT TakeOver: In Your House 2021! Big Mami Cool is on a mission to prove her reign is not a house of cards! The Million Dollar Legacy is on the line and hanging high above in a Million Dollar Ladder Match! Four years of bitterness comes to a head as Xia Li looks to “purge” the #RuggedNThugged Mercedes Martinez! It’s an all or nothing Winners Take All for the North American AND Tag Team Championships! And hopefully you have room for more, because it is a FATAL 5 over THE NXT Championship! Kross, Gargano, Dunne, O’Reilly or Cole! Who will be the one atop the mountain?
In the homestretch of these hard times, Dok Hendrix says they will do their jobs and entertain the WWE Universe! There’s no place like home, and there’s no show like In Your House! Naomi Fox hypes up the CWC crowd with the In Your House 2021 theme song! Todd Pettengill is here to host In Your House again, and welcomes the largest crowd in the CWC yet! Speaking of large…
NXT North American & Tag Team Championships, Winners Take All: Bronson Reed & MSK VS El Legado del Fantasma!
It’s just as it sounds and just how it looks! Wes Lee & Nash Carter are joining forces with Auszilla to defend two divisions at once! But will these #MustSeeKaiju be able to crush Escobar, Wilde & Mendoza under their feet?
The introductions are made, all three belts are raised, and the CWC is fired up already as the trios sort out for this colossal start!
Lee dodges Mendoza’s boot, headlocks but Mendoza powers out. Lee runs him over, cover, ONE, Mendoza sunset flips, Lee jackknife covers, TWO! Backslide but Lee slips out to headscissor! Mendoza handsprings through and both men stand off, to which the fans cheer. Things speed up, Mendoza headscissors but Lee handsprings through now! Things keep moving, Le waistlocks and shoves but is put on the apron. Carter tags in, MSK rally but Mendoza dodges to tag Wilde. Wilde runs but into a roll up, ONE! Carter runs into a waistlock and ripcord, Wilde clubs and CHOPS, then goes and handsprings on the top rope to arm-drag!
Wilde does his dance then runs in but Carter dodges to KNEE him, and snapmare roll for a kick. Wilde ducks it to roll Carter, JAWBREAKER! Wilde runs but into a dropkick! Tag to Escobar and fans fire up! Escobar calls out Reed! Reed tags in and Escobar fires up, just to tag out. Mendoza and Wilde even wonder what he’s doing but Escobar says Mendoza can handle Reed. Mendoza runs but into Reed’s tilt-o-whirl! Mendoza lands out, kicks but Reed doesn’t flinch. Reed whips, Mendoza goes up and out and springboard sin, but his clothesline doesn’t even budge Reed! Reed flexes, Mendoza runs and slides under the boot then ducks and dodges, to run into a LARIAT!
Reed looms over Mendoza, fireman’s carries but Mendoza fights free! Escobar tags back in and Mendoza sunset flips. Reed SITS on him but Escobar basement dropkicks! Escobar fires off on Reed, reels Reed in and scoops, but falls over under Reed’s weight! Reed says nice try. Escobar scrambles away and tags out to Wilde. Wilde is surprised like Mendoza was but Reed eggs Wilde on. Wilde runs into a gorilla press and DROP! Reed tags Carter, Carter slingshots to senton! Tag to Lee, Lee knee-boards for a senton! Cover, TWO! Tag back to Carter, Lee WRINGS Wilde out, Carter tags Reed. They give Wilde a HAMMOCK SENTON! Cover, TWO!!
Wilde survives but Reed tags Carter back in. Reed whips Wilde, Carter tags Lee then hops onto Reed. BACKPACK ATTACK to a COLOSALL LEAP FROG! Cover, TWO!! Wilde is somehow still in this but Lee gets him up to RAM him into buckles. Tag to Carter, he and Lee get Wilde up for a snapmare. Carter wraps on a chinlock and squeezes tight. Fans rally as Wilde endures, and Wilde fights up to JAWBREAKER again! Wilde tags Escobar but Carter gets away to get around. Carter shoves, Escobar puts him on the apron then ROCKS him! Escobar builds speed but Carter trips him! Carter drags Escobar out, goes up and up and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS!
Carter sees Legado in the ring, Mendoza gives Wilde a boost to FLY! Direct hit with the super crossbody! But then Lee FLIES onto Wilde! Mendoza FLIES to take out Lee! Escobar hurries over and REED takes aim!? Reed builds speed, and COLOSSAL TOPES EVERYONE!! Escobar hits desk, the CWC is thunderous and Carter gets back in the ring with Escobar. Carter runs in to uppercut Escobar, Lee tags in, but Legado stops the Railgun! Escobar BLASTS Lee while Legado RAMS Carter into barriers! The ref reprimands but Escobar drags Lee up. Escobar taunts Reed and CUBS Lee down. Escobar CHOPS Lee in a corner but Lee hits back!
Escobar clubs away and puts Lee in a corner to whip corner to corner. Escobar runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Escobar puts Lee up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up to SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Lee lives but Escobar scowls as he pulls on the arm and leg in a modified bow ‘n’ arrow! Lee endures, Escobar drags him up and tags Mendoza. Mendoza taunts Reed before running corner to corner to clothesline Lee! Tag to Wilde, he does the same! Escobar tags in to clothesline! The endless clotheslines continue! Escobar ends the cycle as he gets Lee up for a BRAIN BUSTER! Tag to Mendoza and he tags Wilde. Wilde runs, DOUBLE HIP TOSS SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!
Wilde fires off hands on Lee and wraps on a chinlock. Lee endures, fans rally up but Wilde CLUBS Lee down! Wilde whips but Lee denies the dropkick! Wilde trips Lee up before he could tag Reed! Lee kicks Wilde way, hot tag to Reed! Reed rallies on Wilde, whips him to ropes and BODY CHECKS him! Mendoza gets in but gets a BODY CHECK! Legado regroups in an open corner, Reed runs in to DOUBLE SPLASH! Reed puts Wilde up top then drags Mendoza over. A double stack for a DOUBLE SAMOAN DROP! Reed drags Wilde up and scoops him for a SWINGING SUPLEX! Reed glares at Escobar, and dares him to tag Wilde!
Fans rally for Escobar but he gets in without a tag! The ref stops him, Mendoza chop blocks Reed! NOW Escobar tags in, and he HITS A MICHINOKU DRIVER?!?! Cover but Carter mule kicks it apart! Wilde tags in, Carter tags in on his end! Carter dodges Wilde, fires off hands but misses the enziguri! Wilde reels Carter in, Carter standing switches. Wilde elbows Carter but runs into a knee! Wilde elbows again,. Mendoza tags in, LEGADO LEG SWEEP GMAANGIRI COMBO! Cover but Lee springboards in and breaks it up!! The fans are electric but Escobar is furious! Escobar grabs the North American Championship, but it isn’t his yet! Reed SPLASHES Escobar through the barriers!!
The straps are down as Lee tosses Wilde out! Carter KICKS Wilde, torture rack, Lee adds on< DOUBLE STOMP BURNING HAMMER!! Mendoza tightrope crossbodies into a SUPERKICK! MSK tags, MUST SEE BLOCKBUSTER!! Tag to Reed, and he climbs up, for the TSUNAMI!!! Cover, MSKAIJU WINS!!
Winners: Bronson Reed & MSK, by pinfall (still NXT North American & Tag Team Champions)
They trusted each other, and they stayed focused on taking out their common enemies! The champions roll on, but are they on to new challenges? Legado is left all over ringside, will they be in any shape to regroup and try again?
Todd Pettengill wants to watch back to the Mae Young Classic 2018.
Wait, he has the tape? McKenzie Mitchell does her best to explain VHS isn’t a thing anymore. The footage is just cued up from the truck. Mercedes beat Xia Li in the Mae Young Classic, and their careers diverged onto different paths. But now they meet again all these years later! Will Tian Sha’s human weapon get back at Mean Ms. Martinez?
Mercedes Martinez VS Xia Li w/ Tian Sha!
The bell rings and the two tie right up. They go around the ropes and FALL out of the ring! Xia is up fast to RAM Mercedes then fire off KICKS! Xia puts Mercedes in the ring, stalks behind her, and runs, but into a back drop! Mercedes roars and storms over to Xia to fore off forearms and CHOPS! The ref counts, Mercedes lets off to scoop Xia into a T-BONE SUPLEX! Xia flounders to the apron but Mercedes is after her. Xia hits back with forearms then turns Mercedes around to cobra clutch against the ropes! With body scissors! The ref counts, Xia lets off at 4, then drags Mercedes to the outside. Xia POSTS Mercedes!
Fans fire up and duel as Xia gets Mercedes back up. Xia RAMS Mercedes into the apron, pushes her into the ring, and then toyingly kicks her. Xia taunts Mercedes but Mercedes hits back. Xia stomps Mercedes into the corner! The ref counts, Xia tops it off with a JUMPING STOMP! Xia then goes outside to again bring Mercedes over. Xia pulls Mercedes into the post! The ribs take a lot of damage before Xia lets off. The ref has a ring count but Xia gets in at 3 of 10. Xia looms over Mercedes, talks more trash, but Mercedes hits her back. Mercedes gets up but Xia is on her again to RAM her into the buckles!
Xia RAMS Mercedes in another corner, then runs side to side to SHOTGUN DROPKICK Mercedes out of the ring! Xia goes out after Mercedes, Mercedes drags herself up but Xia aims. Mercedes dodges and the kick hits post! Xia falls over and clutches her leg! The ring count climbs and is at 5 of 10! Xia stands at 7, drags herself in and gets in at 9! Both women are down, Xia with a bad leg and Mercedes with sore ribs. Mercedes gets up but Xia is after her! Mercedes counter punches, Xia hits back low then KICKS her back! But the bad leg hurts her!
Mercedes fires off haymakers but Xia KNEES Mercedes low! Xia goes after an arm, pulls hair, and whips Mercedes, only for Mercedes to reverses! ROYAL BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Xia gets to a corner, Mercedes runs in but misses the splash! Xia runs in to go up, and ELBOW Mercedes down! Xia gets Mercedes into a PUMP HANDLE EXPLODER! Mercedes flounders to a corner while Xia grits her teeth and fights through the pain in her leg. Xia runs but Mercedes FLAPJACKS her onto buckles! Xia flounders up now and Mercedes CLUBS her on the back. Mercedes Electric Chair lifts Xia up top and CLUBS away on her back!
Mercedes has the Crucifix, to the AK 47!! Cover, TWO!! Xia survives the modified Cliffhanger, and fans are fired up! Mercedes gets Xia up for KNEE after KNEE after KNEE! Mercedes lines up a shot but Xia rolls under it! Mercedes avoids the roll-up to KNEE her down! But Boa bails Xia out! Mercedes goes out after them but Boa stands in her way. The ref tells Boa to move, but Xia runs in! Mercedes BACK DROPS her! Fans fire up again as Mercedes eggs Xia on! Mercedes gets Xia up and into the ring at 5 of 10! Mercedes drags Xia up and fireman’s carries, but Xia fights! Xia shoves Mercedes, to then SCREW HIGH KICK on the rebound! Cover, XIA WINS!
Winner: Xia Li, by pinfall
She has avenged her failure in the past! Xia tells Boa to get her something, and he brings out a chair! Boa hands the chair to Xia and Xia aims at Mercedes’ leg! Mercedes kicks Xia’s leg out! Mercedes avoids disaster, but will she go for revenge? Boa shouts to Xia as Mercedes gets the chair! Boa gets in, Mercedes SMACKS him! And then jams and SMACKS Xia! Boa gets back in but he gets another SMACK! Mercedes grins as she now has Xia cowering in a corner. “You wanna take me out? I’m gonna break your back!” Mercedes SMACKS Xia again! Xia crawls to the ramp, but Mei Ying’s anger stirs! Mercedes says she’s not scared! And she SMACKS Xia again!
But Mei Ying gets out of her chair! Mercedes says if she wants to go, then let’s go! Mercedes storms over, but Mei Ying meets her halfway. Mercedes stares Mei Ying down, fans are fired up, and then Mei Ying choke grips Mercedes! She has Mercedes down on her knees, but Mercedes hits back with the chair! Mei Ying stays up, and then choke grips Mercedes again! And TOSSES her into the barriers! Will Mercedes learn to fear the wrath of Tian Sha?
Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher speak.
TakeOver: In Your House is not how these two expected them to be represented. They wanted to be the NEW tag champions, but GYV took that away. This Tuesday, they break GYV’s limbs!! GYV wants to scrap in a Tornado Tag and show a side we haven’t seen? Well listen good! Take a look at them. Really look. You are looking at two grown ass men and in precisely 48 hours, they will show the world how dangerous they are at GYV’s expense! BOO! Toothless Timmy & Old Man Ciampa are ready, will Liverpool’s Number One and Mr. Mayhem SSSSOOOOON be recognized as the team that could’ve been the world’s number one, but got ripped in two?
Million Dollar Championship Ladder Match: Cameron Grimes VS LA Knight!
Fortune, fame, status and the ability to get the job done no matter the cost. The man who holds this title embodies that and so much more! Will the Carolina Cash Money Caveman take this title #ToTheMoon? Or will this be both LA Knight’s Game and LA Knight’s Title?
Ted DeBiase walks out on stage with that Million Dollar Laugh, and he has his security bring the guest of honor, THE Million Dollar Championship belt, to the ring. Knight makes his entrance, followed by Grimes. The introductions are made, the belt and its clear briefcase are hoisted high above, and we see who climbs the literal ladder of success to carry on the Million Dollar Legacy!
Grimes and Knight talk trash but the fans chant, “LA SUCKS! LA SUCKS!” Knight shoves Grimes, they tie up and go around! They end up in a corner, then onto ropes and around the way. Knight headlocks, Grimes powers out but Knight runs him over! Fans boo but Knight just dismisses them with a wave of the hand. But Grimes gets a leg, shoves Knight down, and tells him to #KissMahGrits! Knight gets up, Grimes ROCKS him and CHOPS him and ROCKS him again! Grimes whips then CLOBBERS Knight! Knight gets to ropes, Grimes gets him up and KICKS him to a corner! Grimes KICKS Knight in the corner, too!
Grimes keeps Knights on the ropes with haymakers, then whips him to ropes. Knight kicks Grimes away, then grins, before he runs into a RANA! Knight bails out, Grimes has the fans fired up and on his side, but Knight gets a ladder! Knight puts it in, and Grimes is right there to put it aside. Knight shoves Grimes out and Grimes falls onto the ladder as he goes! Knight gets the ladder up and TOSSES it, but Grimes dodges! Grimes gets in, Knight BOOTS and LARIATS Grimes down! Knight soaks up the heat from the “incels” and he mocks the #ToTheMoon catchphrase! Knight gets Grimes up and throws him out of the ring.
Knight hurries to get the ladder again, and puts it in. Knight sets the ladder up, starts climbing, but Grimes meets him at the top! Grimes ROCKS Knight but Knight yanks Grimes down! Knight DECKS Grimes, but Grimes avoids the ladder SLAM! Grimes flounders, ladders tumble, and the two tug-o-war with the main ladder. Knight drags Grimes into the ring, rushes him, but Grimes sends him out! Grimes takes a moment to catch his breath before he sets this ladder up. Knight gets his own ladder, and now we have a ladder fight! They CLASH and CLASH, but both men drop their ladders! Knight gets his up, swings but misses! Grimes BOOTS Knight out and has the ring to himself!
Knight grabs the ladder Grimes wanted to use and we have another tug-o-war! Grimes RAMS Knight into the barriers with the ladder! Grimes goes to the apron and takes aim as Knight flounders up. Knight turns around into a PENALTY KICK! Knight goes down in a heap and fans fire up for Grimes! Grimes goes down to the floor to get another ladder into the ring. Knight grabs Grimes’ hair but Grimes elbows him away. Knight RAMS Grimes into the boards! Grimes flounders up now, Knight SWINGS the ladder into him! Grimes goes down in a heap and Knight grins as he soaks up the heat from the fans.
Knight stomps Grimes down, and then mocks the fans, “You wanna meet him?” He RAMS Grimes into the boards, then bounces Grimes off the steel steps! Knight tells DeBiase that Grimes is NOT Million Dollar material. Grimes gets up to RAM Knight into boards! Things are even now and fans fire up as both men are down on the outside! Grimes gets up, hurries after Knight but Knight pokes Grimes in the eyes! Knight whips Grimes hard into barriers on the far side! The barrier somehow stays up but Knight gets one of the tallest ladders yet! Knight brings it over, makes a ladder bridge, and then he sees Grimes floundering into the ring.
Knight goes in after Grimes, but Grimes counter punches him! Grimes shoulders into a KNEE! Knight aims, slingshots and SHOULDER TACKLES Grimes down! Knight grins, paces about, and fetches a ladder that was still in the ring. Knight leans the ladder up against a corner, then he stands on Grimes’ head on the ropes! There are no disqualifications so Grimes can only suffer! Knight gets Grimes up, but Grimes blocks a ladder smack. Knight body shots, but Grimes waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX Knight into the ladder! Grimes is glaring as he RAMS Knight with the ladder! Grimes says here we go, but Knight jumps the low ladder shot!
Knight waistlocks, Grimes elbows and switches but Knight returns the favor. Knight RAMS Grimes into the post, then hits a NECKBREAKER across the ladder!! Grimes’ back gets wrecked but it seems Knight’s arm took damage, too! Fans rally as Grimes stirs but Knight is up and looking for more ladders. Knight finds another towering one and brings that into the ring. Grimes crawls and feebly grabs the ladder but Knight stomps him away. Knight stands the ladder up under the briefcase, but Grimes kicks him from between the legs! Grimes swing kicks Knight, then throws forearms and uppercuts! Knight staggers but RAMS Grimes into the rungs!
Knight takes his tall ladder, leans it against ropes, then stomps Grimes. Knight sets the other ladder on the top rope so that it juts out precariously! Knight wants to take Grimes “to the moon,” and whips! Grimes reverses and Knight COLLIDES with the corner ladder!! Fans are thunderous for Grimes as he gets up and he KICKS away on Knight against the ropes! Again and again and again and again! Grimes is fired up and the fans are, too! Knight staggers but YANKS Grimes down by his hair! Grimes crawls, Knight runs, but Grimes BACK DROPS Knight onto his tall ladder! Knight flops down off the rungs and fans rally up!
Grimes whips Knight out and Knight CRASHES onto the ladder bridge! Grimes shouts, “I WANT THAT GOOOLD~!” He wants the gold LADDER! THE Million Dollar Ladder that’s on the stage! Grimes fetches it, brings that bad boy over to the ring, and wants to do this like the Million Dollar Man would! Fans are fired up as Grimes stands the ladder up, and starts to climb! But as he reaches for the briefcase, Knight climbs up to anchor him! Knight and Grimes brawl at the very top of this ladder, and Grimes bumps Knight off the top! Grimes shoves Knight off, but Knight shoves the ladder over! Grimes HOTSHOTS on the top rope! Knight runs at Grimes, but into a COLLISION COURSE!!
“This is Awesome!” and far from over! Grimes and Knight stir, and while Knight goes to the apron, Grimes goes for the gold ladder. Grimes uses it to stand up but Knight hurries over. Knight stomps Grimes down, gets one of the other ladders, and as Grimes goes to the ramp, Knight shoves the ladder through ropes. Knight then fetches another ladder to SLAM it on Grimes’ back! Knight stands this new ladder up on the ramp, and he brings his other ladder over to wedge it into the other. Knight has a nasty looking bridge, but Grimes DECKS him, then PENALTY KICKS him from the ramp! Knight stumbles all the way to the other side of the ring!
Grimes hurries after Knight, leaning against barriers as he goes. Knight hides behind DeBiase’s security to then sucker punch Grimes! Knight drags Grimes up, whips him, but Grimes climbs a ladder that was nearby! Grimes mule kicks Knight, climbs more, but Knight shoves the ladder over! Grimes leaps to the girder! Grimes climbs up a little more to then SUPER CROSSBODY Knight down!! Fans are electric again as Grimes stands up first! Grimes has the gold ladder, stands it up, and climbs! Grimes paws at the briefcase but Knight drags him back for a POWER- NO! Grimes RANAS Knight out of the ring, then skins the cat!
Grimes hurries over to the gold ladder, shouts, “TO THE MOON!” then climbs again! Grimes has the case, but Knight tips the ladder again! Grimes FALLS THROUGH KNIGHT’S LADDER BRIDGE!! Knight resets the gold ladder, climbs it and grabs the case! He unhooks it, and wins!!
Winner: LA Knight (NEW Million Dollar Champion)
Whose title is it? L A Knight’s title! DeBiase gives this match, and the man who won it, a standing ovation! DeBiase takes the belt out of the case and gives it a kiss before handing it over to Knight himself. DeBiase raises Knight’s hand in victory! Knight is the NEW Million Dollar Champion, and that’s not bragging, that’s just a fact of life, dummy!
Hit Row talk with Todd Pettengill.
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A fight is breaking out backstage!
The Bruiserweight and Mr. Apocalypse are fighting already! Regal separates Dunne and Kross, but will this only explode once the Fatal 5 is under way?
NXT Women’s Championship: Raquel Gonzalez w/ Dakota Kai VS Ember Moon!
Big Mami Cool has proven she can beat some of the best in Io Shirai and Rhea Ripley. The Evolved Shenom wants to show she is on par with some of the best, such as Charlotte Flair and Asuka. Raquel made sure to wreck Shotzi Blackheart first, but that only lit a fire under the Prophecy of Flame. Will Ember Eclipse the champion and hit her where it hurts? Or will Raquel do what she does best and dominate?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we’ll see what happens when Ricky Desperado fights Ember’s Law!
Ember dropkicks Raquel right away! Ember runs, ranas and has Raquel in a corner for a back body block! Ember fires off fast hands but Raquel shoves her away. Raquel swings, Ember dodges and boots back. Ember runs but gets SWATTED! Raquel seethes and Dakota cheers her on. Raquel gets Ember up, but Ember avoids the bomb to headscissor Raquel into the POST! Ember goes to the apron, Dakota distracts, and Raquel avoids the knee! Ember hits post, then Raquel BLASTS her into the barriers! Dakota taunts Ember then forearm bumps with Raquel as she fetches Ember. Raquel TOSSES Ember into barriers!
Raquel eggs Ember on, CLUBS her down, then refreshes a ring count. Raquel scoops Ember to put her in the ring, then goes in after her. Cover, TWO! Raquel taunts Ember, “You really think you’re gonna beat me?” Ember hits back but Raquel bumps her off buckles. Raquel throws knees, lets off as the ref counts, then whips Ember hard into the corner! Ember bounces off buckles but Raquel drags her up for a scoop. Ember slips out, tilt-o-whirls but the sunset doesn’t work! Raquel gets Ember up, puts her in a corner, but Ember boots back! Ember hops up, leaps, but the code breaker is TOSSED! Raquel snarls as she YANKS Ember up into a SIDEWALK SLAM!
Raquel steps on Ember, climbs up the corner, and TWISTING VADER BOMBS! Cover, TWO! Ember survives and Raquel is annoyed with her. Raquel looms over Ember, drags her up, and reels her in for a gut wrench. Raquel uses the Canadian rack to torture Ember but Ember endures being bent. Ember pries at Raquel’s grip but Raquel gets it back. Raquel flips and SLAMS Ember, then covers, TWO! Raquel says, “That’s how it’s gonna be?” She taunts Ember in Spanish to get up but Ember kicks back. Raquel gets Ember up, Ember fires body shots! Raquel shoves Ember down, storms over and gets Ember up. Ember kicks back, Raquel yanks her up, but Ember SUPERKICKS!
Ember fires off more kicks then ENZIGURIS! Raquel wobbles and Ember runs, but the lariat isn’t enough! Raquel reels Ember in but gets another SUPERKICK! ROLLING ELBOW takes Raquel down! Ember fires up and hops on, for a CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Ember gives shoutout to Shotzi but Raquel is too tough for that! Dakota coaches Raquel but Ember is after the leg! Modified figure four, and then a pull of the hair and hook of the face for a modified Queen Angelito stretch! Dakota helps with the ropes and Raquel gets the ropebreak! The ref reprimands but still counts Ember, and Ember lets go at 4.
Dakota gets Raquel out of the ring, but Ember builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Raquel hits desk!! Fans are thunderous for Ember as she scares Dakota off. Ember fetches Raquel up and bounces her off the desk! Ember glares at Dakota again, then gets Raquel into the ring. Ember runs and BASEMENT COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, TWO!! Raquel lives but Ember keeps her focus. Ember climbs but Dakota distracts! The ref reprimands but Raquel gets up top in an instant! SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Raquel can’t believe it but Ember still lives! Raquel sits Ember up, brings her around, and hooks her up, CHINGAN- NO! Victory roll, TWO!!
Ember gets up and Raquel BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Ember is still in this and fans rally up. Raquel fumes as she drags Ember back up. Raquel suplexes, holds Ember up but Ember hits STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Raquel wobbles after Ember, Ember ROCKS her with a forearm! Ember wants the corner but Raquel keeps her away. Ember hits a JAWBREAKER, climbs up the corner, and leaps, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Ember hurries back to the corner, and to the very top! Raquel rises, Ember aims, ECLIPSE!!! Cover, Dakota puts Raquel’s leg on the rope!! The ref sees only the ropebreak but Ember knows better.
BUT SHOTZI IS HERE! Shotzi chase Dakota to RAM her into barriers! Shotzi fires off hands on Dakota, Dakota runs away to the ramp! Shotzi catches up to her, and they brawl right up to the house! Dakota gets tossed into the potted plants! Shotzi chases Dakota backstage while Ember stalks Raquel. Raquel kicks to avoid the leg lock, but Ember POSTS her! Ember goes out to join Raquel and climbs up top. Ember gets Raquel in position, for a TORNADO DDT TO THE RAMP! Ember drags Raquel’s dead weight to the ring but that is on easy task! Cover, TWO!! Raquel survives again, but Ember’s rage is boiling up.
Ember climbs a corner again, Raquel stands back up, ECLIP- NO!! Raquel shoves Ember away, scoops her, tilt-o-whirl, and back around, to SNAKE EYES! Ember staggers into a waistlock, pop-up, CHINGONA BOMB!! Cover, Raquel wins!!
Winner: Raquel Gonzalez, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)
The “human insurance policy” that is Dakota Kai comes through again! Ember would’ve had this if not for her, and Raquel will have to make it up to her. Will anyone be able to get past #CobraKai to take this title from Big Mami Cool?
Todd Pettengill is having a hard night.
All the “you’re old” jokes and someone even took his Walkman! But at least he gets to play Karate Fighters! With Dexter Lumis? So, Lumis, how’s the love life lately? Not the thing to say, Todd! Lumis grabs Todd’s action figure and Todd declares Lumis the winner. Will Lumis do better in all things love and warfare?
The Great American Bash is coming back!
Get ready for Tuesday, July 6th, as the black ‘n’ gold celebrates the red, white ‘n’ blue!
NXT Championship Fatal 5 Way: Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux VS Pete Dunne VS Johnny Gargano VS Kyle O’Reilly VS Adam Cole!
It doesn’t matter when the time is tolled, everyone pays the toll. So why waste time crossing off the defiant challengers one by one? Doomsday comes for FOUR contenders at once! But will Kross have to admit his time is up? Or can he thwart the Bruiserweight, Johnny TakeOver, #CoolKyle and Adam Cole BAYBAY all at once?
Gargano walks by the madness that is Shotzi and Dakota brawling, with Raquel standing with Dakota. He shrugs that off and makes his way to the ring. Then Kyle makes his entrance, followed by Dunne, then Cole, then lastly the champion himself, Karrion Kross. The introductions are made, THE belt is raised, and we see who will #FallAndPray!
The bell rings and all five men look to each other. Dunne spokes Cole and Kyle BOOTS him! Dunne and Gargano brawl, Kyle is after Cole on the outside! Dunne throws Gargano out and has Kross to himself now! They tie up, go around, Kross shoves Dunne away but Dunne KICKS his leg! And again! Kross blocks a kick, shoves, but Dunne leaps for a guillotine! Kross grins as he powers through to SNAP SUPLEX! Dunne rolls out of the ring and Kyle rushes in, having dealt with Cole. Kyle and Kross test the waters with kicks while feeling out the grapple. Kyle fires hands but Kross clinches to shove and BOOT Kyle! Kyle stays up to BOOT back!
Kyle kicks, Kross blocks and ROUNDHOUSES Kyle! Kross waistlocks, Kyle blocks to drop toehold! KNEEBAR!! Kyle has Kross caught but Kross powers up and pries Kyle off for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Kyle bails out, Gargano slingshots and kicks! Gargano taunts Kross, fires off boxing elbows, then tilt-o-whirls to go for the arm! Kross resists, powers up, and tosses Gargano, only for Gargano to chop block! Kross choke grips, Gargano kicks the leg and gets free to rolling elbow! Kross stays up but Gargano RANAS! Gargano runs in at the corner but Kross catches him for an EXPLODER! Cole gets in and dropkicks the leg out!
Cole fires off forearms on Kross then pie faces him. Cole talks trash, Kross waistlocks but Cole breaks free to PELE! Cole runs, Dunne trips him and traps him in the apron skirt! Dunne, Gargano and Kyle mug Cole! But Kross storms over to drag Cole up and TOSS him into the ring! Kross runs at Cole in a corner for a clothesline! And elbow! And DISCUS! But Kross turns around into Dunne’s forearms! Kross BOOTS Dunne, BOOTS Gargano, and BOOTS Kyle! Dunne gets up, but gets a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Roll through, Dunne and Gargano work together, but Kross DOUBLE BACK DROPS them! Kross gets Kyle for a POINT-BLANK LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Kyle survives and every other challenger is down! Kross snarls as he drags Kyle back up. Kross reels Kyle in, Kyle slips out and fires off kicks! Kyle gets the leg, Kross blocks the takedown and hits a SAYANAGI! Kross gets Kyle up but Kyle escapes the bomb to fire off a strike fest! KICK after KICK, then leg sweep! Kyle BOOTS Dunne! And KNEES Gargano! And kicks Cole, to fire off knees! Kyle wants to hurt Cole as much as he does anyone, and he grounds ‘n’ pounds with elbows and palm strikes! Cole blocks the armbar, but Dunne gets Kyle for an ARMBAR! Cole gets away, Kyle rolls but Dunne hammerlocks!
Gargano gets after Dunne but Dunne adds him to the hold! FINGER TORTURE! But Kross gets Dunne up to POWERBOMB him into Gargano and Kyle! And then Kross shouts, “YOU!” at Cole! Cole dares him to bring it! They’re not done and they’re fighting on the ramp! Kross catches Cole and gets him up! Cole rakes eyes and escapes! Gargano CHOP BLOCKS, and Dunne PENALTY KICKS Kross! Kross goes after Gargano but Dunne BOOTS him! Gargano SUPERKICKS Kross, then Gargano and Dunne RAM Kross through the front door!! The CWC fans lose their minds as all three of those men are down!
Cole returns to the ring, and that means going after Kyle! Cole runs, SHINING WIZARD! Fireman’s carry, for an USHIGORISHI! Cover, TWO! Kyle survives and Cole smirks. Cole goes to a corner and climbs up. Gargano returns and Cole punches him away! Kyle ducks under the Sunrise but into a GAMANGIRI! Cole dodges Gargano to clothesline Kyle but Gargano ENZIGURIS Cole! Gargano has Kyle and Cole in the corner, the Tree of Woe trapping them both! Gargano stomps a mudhole, then goes corner to corner, into Dunne’s roll up! TWO, and Dunne shifts to pump handle! BITTER- FINAL BEAT!
Gargano scoops Dunne to LAWN DART him into Cole and Kyle!! Gargano covers Dunne, TWO!! Gargano can’t believe it as the Bruiserweight survives! The fans rally and duel in all sorts of directions as Gargano throws hands on Dunne. Gargano stomps and kicks Cole, no love lost there. Gargano calls upon the DIY powers but runs into a fireman’s carry! Cole BOOTS, Kyle CLOHTESLINES! Cole BOOTS Kyle, Dunne ENZIGURIS Cole but DOUBLE CLOTHELINES take out Kyle and Dunne! Cole crawls to cover Gargano, TWO!! The CWC is thunderous as all four men stand back up. Kyle and Cole brawl, Gargano DECKS Dunne!
Cole hits, Kyle hits back, repeat, faster and faster! 52 FAKE OUT! Then SUPER- NO! Kyle blocks to an ANKLE LOCK!! Cole kicks him away, Kyle yoyos into KROSS’ arms! Kross RAMS Kyle into the barrier, then gives Cole an EXPLODER! Kross tosses Cole so he can join Kyle, and then he CATCHES Gargano’s tope! TWO HAND SLAM on the apron! Dunne jumps but into Kross’ arms! Kross TOSSES Dunne onto Cole and Kyle! Kross puts Gargano in the ring, reels him in and scoops, for a pop-up to the fireman’s carry, and an F5 HUNDRED! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives! Kross is surprised by Gargano’s superhuman heart.
Cole returns but Kross ROCKS him! Gargano kicks and kicks Kross, and uses Cole to boost for the TORNADO DDT! Kross bails out, Cole is in a corner, and Gargano DIVES onto Kyle! Kyle hits announce desk, Gargano CANNONBALLS Kross from the steps! Gargano gets in to TOPE TORNADO DDT Dunne!! Fans love “Johnny Wrestling!” but Cole SUPERKICKS him! Then BLINDSIDE SUPERKICKS! Then LAST- NO! Gargano ducks the wizard to get the GargaNO Escape! Cole does escape, though, but Gargano boot shim away. Cole puts Gargano on the apron, Gargano slingshots into a SUPERKICK!
Cole goes up, PANAMA- NO!! Gargano makes it a CRUNCHY!! Cover, TWO!!! Fans are loving this as all five men are down! Dunne rises and gets back in the ring, as does Kyle. Gargano is in the middle of the ring, he sees he has targets in the corners. Gargano runs to clothesline Dunne, then goes for Kyle. Kyle dodges, ROCKS Dunne, but Gargano schoolboys Kyle! DOUBLJE KICK from Gargano and Dunne but Dunne ENZIGURIS Gargano! Gargano and Cole get Dunne with a SUPERKICK POISON RANA! Kyle and Gargano get Cole with SUPERKICK FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Gargano STOMPS it apart! “This is Awesome!” and it’s still going!!
Kross returns and unleashes clotheslines on each and every corner! Kyle dodges and lariats but Kross stays up! Dunne tries, no. Cole tries, no. Gargano tries, YES! Everyone trades forearms, DOUBLE CLOHTESLINE for Cole! Kyle fires off on Gargano and Dunne, Dunne hits back, Kyle yoyos! Gargano SUPERKICKS, Kyle yoyos for a DOUBLE LARIAT! Kross runs in, runs through the roundhouse and CLOBBERS Kyle! Fans are electric as all five men are down! The rally builds and Kross stands first. Kross talks Kyle, reels him in and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Kyle flops away but Kross gets Cole for a GERMAN SUPLEX!
Kross stalks Gargano, GERMAN SUPLEX! Kross soaks up the heat as he embodies The Beast and he stalks Dunne! GERMAN, but Dunne lands on his feet to BUZZSAW! PENALTY KICK from Kyle! Kross bails out, Gargano SUPERKICKS Kross on the apron! Cole SUPERKICKS Kross, too! Kross leans on ropes, and though they’re enemies now, Cole and Kyle remember back to their Undisputed Era days! DOUBLE POWERBOMB onto the announce desk! The desk does not break but perhaps Kross’ back just did! Cole and Kyle join Gargano and Dunne in the ring, and the fists start flying!! Fast and furious all four ways, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS take out Gargano and Cole!
Kyle and Dunne get each man in a GUILLOTINE! Double submissions, who gives in first? Kyle and Dunne spare Cole and Gargano to fire off on each other! Fans duel as Kyle ROCKS Dunne! Kyle KNEES Dunne, gets him up, but Dunne turns suplex into BODY SCISSOR KIMURA!! Kyle throws body shots, gets free and drags Dunne down! Dunne turns that into a TRIANGLE! Kyle gets Dunne up, Gargano SLINGSHOT SPEARS them both!! Cole throws Gargano out, gets Kyle up, GHOSTBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Kyle survives and Cole can’t believe it! Dunne returns, Cole gets him up, and he throws forearms. Dunne CHOPS back and we have a new brawl!
Cole blocks a kick but ducks and the ENZIGURI hits Gargano! Dunne goes up and up into DOUBLE USPERKICKS! Cole throws Gargano out again, covers Dunne, TWO!! ONE FINAL BEAT for Cole!! Gargano covers both Dunne and Cole, TWO!!! Wait, DOUBLE GargaNO Escape?!? But Kyle gets in to KNEE Gargano down! Kyle saves Cole and Dunne but also his own chances! Fans are hoping these guys “Fight Forever!” at this point but it has to end somehow. Kyle and Gargano brawl, Kyle KICKS but Gargano jumps the sweep to BUZZSAW! Gargano runs into a KNEE! Kyle KNEES Gargano again, gets him up, BRAIN BUSTER!!
Kyle roars and goes to a corner. Kyle climbs, Cole SHOVES him down! Cole climbs, aims, PANAMA SUNRISE!!! Cover, Dunne drags Cole off! For a BRAIN BUSTER to the FLOOR! But Kross rises?!?! Dunne dares him to get in the ring then! Fans are fired up for the Bruiserweight but Kross grins as he gets in. Dunne fires off fast hands from all sides! Kross puts up a guard, then gets under Dunne to GERMAN SUPLEX! Dunne gets back up?! And side steps to SNAP GERMAN! Pump handle, BITTER END!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Dunne doesn’t question it, he just puts on a TRIANGLE! And throws elbow after elbow after elbow!
Kross is fading, Dunne wants to keep on, but Cole, Gargano AND Kyle break it up! They save Kross just to save their own chances! “This is Awesome!” is an understatement as everyone resets. Dunne STOMPS hands, and BUZZSAWS Kyle, then BUZZSAWS Gargano! Cole goes to low blow but Dunne blocks it! Dunne has the fingers, but Kross has Dunn AND Cole! DOUBLE DOOMSDAY SAIDO!!! Cole stagger sup into the APOCALYPSE ELBOW!! Kross vows to end this now, and he has Dunne for the KROSSJACKET!! Dunne is fading, but he gets a second wind! Dunne has the fingers! Dunne SNAPS ‘EM!! But ONE FINAL BEAT FOR DUNNE!
Kross gets Gargano in the KROSSJACKET! Gargano fights, uses the corner, pushes back and has a cover!! TWO!?!? KROSSJACK- NO! Gargano is moving around, Kross is on him, but LAST SHOT SHINING WIZARD!! Kyle gives Cole AX ‘N’ SMASH!! Kyle aims at Kross as he climbs, KING KONG KNEE DROP!!! Cover, Cole SUPERKICKS Kyle!! And SUPERKICKS Gargano! And SUPERKICKS Dunne! Cole aims at Kyle, for- NO! Kyle ducks, trips Cole, HEEL HOOK! Cole kicks and kicks but Kyle just adds that other foot! DOUBLE HEEL HOOK!! Cole flails, shouts “NO!” and KROSS gets Kyle with a KROSSJACKET!!! Cole is still caught, Kyle could still do this! But Kyle is fading, too!!
Kyle lets Cole go and Kross smothers him!! Kyle is OUT, Kross wins!!!
Winner: Karrion Kross, by submission (still NXT Champion)
Kyle falls right at the finish line and Kross takes the win! The chaos and the carnage was Kross’ bread and butter, and now he solidifies his place atop the NXT mountain! Is there no end to the apocalypse
Backstage interview with William Regal.
As he heads for the door, McKenzie wants Regal’s thoughts on In Your House 2021. Regal walks out to the parking lot. It has been seven years since he became GM of NXT, and he’d never seen such bedlam and madness. “I think it’s time for a change.” What? What does he mean by that? Where is Regal going?!
WHOOOOA! What an amazing TakeOver! Best one of the year so far, as far as I’m concerned. The only thing that would’ve made it better is if the Peacock didn’t suck from having no livestream pause and skip-back abilities. That Six Man Tag was amazing, but I am 111% sure I missed some details at the beginning because of no pausing or replaying. I am so glad that Reed & MSK won, and not just because Escobar’s Heel heat borders on Go Away Heat with me. Though c’mon, he literally used the chicken shit strategy in that match, how can you be okay with that? Reed annihilating him through a barrier was the best, though. Reed VS Escobar 1v1 has to happen next before Hit Row moves in.
Mercedes VS Xia Li was very good, and it makes sense for Xia to win. Mercedes beating her and Boa up is fine because then we got interaction between Mercedes and Mei Ying. I am definitely hoping Mei Ying’s first match, aka Karen Q’s return to the ring, is against Mercedes in a great match that doesn’t rely on the supernatural stuff. WWE Raw isn’t doing the best with supernatural characters fighting without their powers, so NXT can show them a thing or two here. The Million Dollar Ladder match was awesome stuff. Knight wins so that that the Face can chase, and Grimes proving he has the fortitude to come back will be great for his character over the summer.
We got a really good promo from Ciampa & Thatcher to hype up their tornado tag with Grizzled Young Veterans, though I feel like it could’ve been put in the preshow. That match is going to be great stuff, though. The many Todd Pettengill moments were great, though, especially with Hit Row and Dexter Lumis. We got another great Women’s Championship match in Raquel VS Ember, but I just knew Dakota would get involved and Shotzi would return to go after her. Shotzi VS Dakota has to be set for this Tuesday already. To be fair to my judgment of Escobar, I should question if Raquel really needed help to retain the title if she’s to stay strong. Maybe her next challenger can be someone she actually does defeat on her own.
Everything with the NXT Championship Fatal 5 tonight was great. The parking lot confrontation of Kyle and The Way, then the backstage one with Dunne and Kross all keeps with how the go-home was chaotic and tense. The Fatal 5 itself was an amazing match, really giving us every bit of story between the five, and I am really surprised Cole didn’t take the loss here. It was great drama for all the multi-submissions, and for Kross taking the win away from Kyle like that. I wonder if we’re getting reverse psychology: Kyle takes the loss so that he’ll be the one to take the title from Kross one day.
Regal implying he’s stepping down as GM is the big shocker, though. All the stuff tonight and last week does lend towards why his character would feel that way, but I’m not sure how to feel about that. Who could possibly replace Regal after seven years? Now that is an end of an era.
My Score: 9.7/10
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/2/23)
B Block, round 5!
Will Bishamon have to tranquilo?
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions fought to a time limit draw last round, will Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi be able to #GetBackUp this round? Or will Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. sink their ship?
- Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Yuto Nakashima & Oskar Leube; Yano & Ishii win.
- Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS The Gates of Agony & Boltin Oleg; The Gates of Agony & Oleg win.
- 8 Man Tag: Bullet Club War Dogs VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins.
- Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS TMDK; Wato, Shota & Narita win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; ELP & Leo win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; Taichi & Yuya win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne; Nagata & Suzuki win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr; Bishamon wins.
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Here are the current B Block standings.
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-0, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-1, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-2, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 2-2, 4 points
Bishamon: 1-2-1, 3 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-3, 2 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-4, 0 points
2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!
The Headbanga & Young Guerilla survived the murder grandpas but are still a long way from the front of the block. Though that’s a touch better than the Bullet Club’s Rogue Army, who only just got on the board! Will the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions stay strong? Or will they end up on the bottom of the block?
Fans rally up as ELP builds up the energy to high five Leo! The teams sort out and ELP starts against the Red Commando, who mockingly builds up energy to salute the Rogue General. The bell rings, and the fans rally up while ELP swivels as he takes off his shirt. ELP and Bonza circle, tie up, and Bonza waistlocks. ELP switches, Bonza pries free to switch back and wrench to a wristlock. ELP rolls, trips Bonza, and then hooks up the legs to get Bonza in a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Fans rally, Bonza pops free to a cover, ONE! Fans applaud as the two reset. Fans rally behind ELP but Bonza tells them to shut up. That only makes them chant harder!
ELP and Bonza reset, tie up, and Bonza headlocks. ELP throws body shots, powers out, but Bonza runs him over! Things keep moving, ELP avoids the elbow drop to hit an elbow drop, but Bonza makes it a ghost pin! TWO and ELP rolls Bonza up, TWO! ELP reels Bonza in, spins him but Bonza fights the backslide! ELP still gets the shoulders down, TWO! ELP stomps the hands! ELP knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up, up and jumps around, to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up and ELP handsprings to his feet. ELP CHOPS Bonza to the red corner, then CHOPS him again. Tag to Leo, and Leo hushes the crowd. But Bonza avoids the chop!
Bonza tags in Fale, and fans rally up as the big guys stare down. Leo offers a handshake, but Fale just pie faces Leo. So Leo fires forearms! Fale throws them back! ELP leads the fans in the “YAY! BOO!” as the two giants go back and forth! Leo gets the edge but Fale kicks a leg. Fale RAMS Leo, but Leo stays up! Fans rally up as they RAM again! Leo eggs Fale on, they RAM shoulders again! Leo then kicks low, and goes to scoop! But Fale’s so bulky! Leo gets Fale up!! But Bonza CHOP BLOCKS a leg and Leo falls back! Fale covers, TWO! Bonza drags Leo to the blue corner and Fale tags Bonza in. The Rogue Army mugs Leo in the corner!
Leo crawls, Bonza turns him over and keeps him from ELP. Bonza steps through, SPINNING TOEHOLD! Leo clutches the knee and Bonza talks some trash. SPINNING TOEHOLD! Bonza pie faces Leo, eggs him on, then mocks the heart hands. Leo CHOPS Bonza! Bonza kicks Leo down, stomps him around, then even springboard stomps him! Tag to Fale and Bonza rushes ELP. ELP avoids getting blasted off the apron, but Fale stays between ELP and Leo. Fale then stands on Leo as a surfboard! ELP CLUBS Fale, so Fale DECKS ELP! Fale tags Bonza, and Bonza CLUBS Leo down. Fans rally up but Bonza CLUBS Leo more.
Bonza drags Leo up, whips him to the corner, but Leo BLASTS Fale away! Leo then BOOTS Bonza, hurries for his corner, but Bonza dropkicks the legs out! Bonza snarls, backs ELP off, then he reels Leo in. Bonza finger guns and calls his shot, but Leo’s too big to bomb! Leo back drops Bonza away! Fans fire up while both men crawl, hot tag to ELP! ELP fires off on Bonza, whips him to ropes, but Bonza reverses. ELP ducks ‘n ‘dodges to CLOBBER Bonza! And kip up! Fans fire up as ELP atomic drops Bonza, then mocks his pain. Bonza swings, into another atomic drop! ELP hobbles, but he still hooks Bonza up, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!
ELP cartwheels to the corner, goes up and takes aim, FALLING AX HANDLE! Fans rally as ELP tunes up the band. SUDDEN- NO, Bonza blocks, then DISCUS LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Bonza is frustrated but he drags ELP up and calls another shot. Bonza suplexes, holds, but ELP kicks free to DDT! Fans fire up again as Bonza and ELP crawl. ELP drags Bonza from Fale, straitjacket and torture rack, then tag to Leo. Leo BLASTS Fale, BOOTS Bonza, into the BRAIN SALAD! Leo covers, TWO! Bonza survives being scrambled but the fans rally with E-Leo-P! They coordinate, tune up, and Bonza rises. But Fale CLOBBERS Leo!
Bonza ROCKS and KNEES ELP, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fale runs corner to corner to SPLASH Leo! And then fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, ELP breaks it! Fans fire up but Fale kicks ELP. Fale drags ELP up but he fires forearms and CHOPS on the Rogue Army! ELP runs, but into double shoulders! Leo rises while ELP flounders out of the ring, and the Rogue Army mugs him at the ropes. The Rogue Army double whips, but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT! Only Bonza falls, but Leo roars as he SPLASHES Fale in a corner! Leo scoops?! AND SLAMS!! Fans fire up with Leo as the alpha giant!
Leo drags Bonza up, choke grip, but Bonza knees free! SUDDEN DEATH! Choke grip, and ELP DIVES onto Fale! Leo hits GODSEND!! Then ELP climbs onto Leo’s shoulders for the SUPER THUNDER KISS 86!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!
Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Rogue Army earns 0)
Just as Fale & Bonza were locked and loaded, they misfire and fall back down! Will they have to shift into spoiler mode in the tournament’s second half? As for the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions, do they still have an outside shot at those WTL trophies?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!
The Holy Emperor & Heat Storm took a loss to Monster Sauce, but they’re still near the front of the block! But the sons of lucha libre are right behind them! Will this match go a long way to determining B Block’s finalists?
The teams sort out and Soberano starts against Yuya. The fans rally up as Soberano offers a handshake. Yuya reaches out but then Soberano leaves him hanging. The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Yuya waistlocks, but Soberano wrenches out to wristlock. Soberano YANKS the arm, but Yuya rolls, wrenches, hammerlocks and he brings Soberano around. Soberano rolls, drop toeholds and then has the legs tied up to go after the arms. Soberano has a modified Queen Angelito but Yuya fights up. Soberano stands on Yuya’s shoulders for a modified motorcycle stretch, to then shift to a headlock.
Fans rally as Yuya fights up but Soberano grinds the hold. Yuya pries free, but Soberano pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Soberano snapmares Yuya. Yuya gets right up and the fans applaud. Yuya and Soberano reset, circle, and feel things out. They knuckle lock, but Soberano steps on an arm and double wristlocks the other. Soberano then spins Yuya, arm-drags him, but Yuya arm-drags back! Soberano sweeps and covers, ONE! Yuya hits a headlock takeover, but Soberano headscissors, so Yuya kips free. Both men stand back up and fans applaud the standoff. Soberano offers the handshake for real and Yuya takes it.
Fans applaud the sportsmanship as the two then back down, and they tag in Taichi and Atlantis. The KOPW Champion and NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion RAM shoulders again and again! Then Atlantis runs to RAM Taichi! Taichi rebounds to BOOT! Atlantis rebounds to CHOP! Atlantis eggs Taichi on, so Taichi CHOPS back! Fans fire up as Taichi eggs Atlantis on, and he comes back to CHOP! Fans cheer more, and Taichi CHOPS again! Atlantis CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! They go back and forth faster and faster, but Taichi sputters. Atlantis eggs him on, so Taichi KICKS and KICKS!
Atlantis blocks a kick, dodges the forearm and RANAS! Fans fire up while Taichi goes to a corner. Atlantis runs in, but Taichi puts him on the apron. Atlantis counter punches then goes up top to CROSSBODY! Atlantis is right back up to run in, but Taichi BOOTS him! Atlantis returns but Taichi sends him into the corner for the GAMANGIRI! Yuya then runs in to BLAST Soberano! Fans rally up as Yuya coaches Taichi. Taichi and Atlantis rise, but Taichi brings Atlantis around to bump off buckles. Tag to Yuya and he CLUBS Atlantis down. Yuya whips Atlantis to ropes, DOUBLE CHOPS him down, then covers, TWO!
Fans rally as Yuya keeps cool. Yuya brings Atlantis around, snapmares and CLUBS him! Yuya then clamps onto an armlock and he grinds that taped shoulder down. Atlantis reaches out, but Yuya drags him from ropes to keep on that arm. Atlantis endures, Yuya floats to a cover, TWO! Yuya keeps on the arm with a double wristlock now but Atlantis continues to endure. Atlantis fights up, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! But Taichi tags in, and he CLUBS Atlantis on the back. Taichi snapmares Atlantis to KICK him in the back, and fans rally up. Taichi drags Atlantis around for Kawada Kicks, egging him on at the same time.
Atlantis stands right up to fire off forearms! Taichi kicks low and gives more Kawada Kicks! Atlantis sits up, and blocks the buzzsaw! He dodges the Ax Bomber to SUPERKICK! Both men are down and the fans rally back up! Atlantis crawls, hot tag to Soberano! Soberano goes up and CROSSBODIES Taichi down! Soberano then runs corner to corner, but into a BOOT! Taichi runs, Soberano dodges, goes up and over and dodges a boot to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up, and Yuya CLUBS Soberano. Yuya runs, but into a SOBAT! Step-up FAMOUSER! Soberano TOSSES Yuya, sidesteps Taichi, and SPIN POWERSLAMS!
Soberano sets Taichi in the middle of the ring to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Taichi stays in this, and Soberano keeps his cool. Soberano stomps Taichi, drags him up, and fireman’s carries. Taichi fights free but Soberano kicks low again. Soberano talks some trash, runs but into a BOOT! Soberano comes back, but Taichi gest around, only for Soberano to fight the saido! Soberano whips, Taichi reverses and avoids the handspring to AX BOMBER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Soberano and Taichi crawl for their corners, hot tag to Yuya and he stops Soberano! Yuya CHOPS but Soberano eggs him on!
Yuya CHOPS again, whips, but Soberano reverses. Yuya FLYING FOREARMS! And arm-drags! And DOUBLE CHOPS! Fans fire up with Yuya and he drags Soberano up again. Yuya whips to a corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Then BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Yuya looms over Soberano, stands him back up, and he traps the arms! But Soberano fights the suplex with knees! Yuya CHOPS, runs, but Soberano DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up again as both men crawl! Yuya goes to a neutral corner, Soberano hot tags Atlantis! Atlantis runs to BLAST Taichi, then he runs to kick Yuya! Atlantis whips, Yuya reverses!
Atlantis dodges Yuya in the corner, and he SPIN POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO! Yuya hangs in there but Atlantis stays focused. The fans rally up, Atlantis whips and Soberano joins in, TU LO SABE! Cover, Taichi breaks it! Soberano kicks Taichi out then goes out after him. Yuya goes back to a neutral corner and Atlantis storms over. Soberano dribbles Taichi off the apron as Atlantis stands Yuya up and scoops. Yuya fights free, and he CHOPS! Taichi sends Soberano into railing! Atlantis CHOPS Yuya! Yuya CHOPS Atlantis! They go CHOP for CHOP, the fans rally up, and Yuya sputters. But he dodges to waistlock!
Yuya sends Atlantis into Taichi’s RIDGEHAND! Yuya CHOPS again! Taichi SOBATS! Yuya BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Atlantis survives the assault and fans rally up. Yuya fires up and he climbs a corner! CROSS- NO, Atlantis moves and Yuya has to roll through! But then Soberano CROSSBODIES! Taichi storms in to kick Soberano, but Atlantis scoops to BACKBREAKER! Taichi bails back out and Soberano builds speed! FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and fans fire up! Atlantis scoops Yuya, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Atlantis hurries up top, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives and Atlantis is furious!
The fans fire up for Yuya but Atlantis refocuses. Atlantis vows to end this and he drags Yuya back up. Atlantis whips, Yuya holds ropes to BOOT back! Atlantis scoops Yuya and then gut wrenches, but Yuya RANAS free! Atlantis stands, into an arm-drag! Ghost pin, and Taichi keeps Soberano out! JUST5GUYS WIN!
Winners: Taichi & Yuya Uemura, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Atlantis & Soberano earn 0)
Taichi is so proud of Yuya! Not only did he win this for the team, he just pinned the NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion! Too bad he’s just outside the weight requirements to challenge for that belt. But that aside, will this help Yuya & Taichi secure a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne!
In a shocking twist, Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World are 0-4 this deep into World Tag League! But will Nagata & Suzuki finally make it work at the halfway point? Or will Monster Sauce continue their hot streak and be the only 5-0 team in the entire tournament?
Surprisingly, the Murderhawk Monster doesn’t maul Young Lions at ringside. But perhaps that is because he is saving all his energy for Suzuki. As such, he doesn’t even budge as Suzuki steps into the ring for “KAZE NI NARE~!” The former boss and subordinate stare down, so Nagata and Zayne let them start. The fans cheer as Archer brings out a Suzuki-Gun shirt! Archer then throws the shirt aside as he tells Suzuki, “Tonight, we fight. So you better bring it our I’m gonna knock your teeth out! Let’s go, Suzuki!” The bell rings and the fans fire up with Archer! Suzuki ROCKS him with a forearm already!
Suzuki eggs Archer on, and Archer grins as he comes back. Archer ROCKS Suzuki right back! Suzuki staggers, stays standing, and he also grins! Archer laughs, he and Suzuki start trading forearms! The fans fire up as the shots keep going! Suzuki gets the edge, then BOOTS! Archer wobbles but he BOOTS right back! Down goes Suzuki! Fans cheer, Suzuki stands up, and Nagata tags himself in. Zayne also tags in, and now fans rally as these two circle. They tie up, Zayne waistlocks but Nagata wrenches to a wristlock. Zayne spins, wrenches, wrangles Nagata, but Nagata kicks him away. The fans cheer as the two reset.
Nagata and Zayne tie up, Zayne headlocks, but Nagata throws body shots. Nagata powers out but Zayne runs him over! Things speed up, Zayne IMPLODER KNEE DROPS onto Nagata’s dropdown! Then he STANDING MARIPOSAS! Fans fire up and Zayne drags Nagata up. Zayne puts Nagata in a corner, tags to Archer, and he taunts Suzuki with “You Suck!” Suzuki says shut up, but Archer stomps away on Nagata. Red Shoes counts, Archer lets off and says Suzuki’s next. Suzuki says to still shut up, but Archer snapmares Nagata. Archer continues to taunt Suzuki then he CLUBS away on Nagata’s chest! Cover, TWO!
Archer is mad at Red Shoes, and Suzuki steps in just to flip Archer off. Archer tags Zayne, and scoops him to SLAM him onto Nagata! Cover, TWO! Zayne stays between Nagata and Suzuki, then bumps Nagata off buckles. Zayne ELBOWS Nagata, tags Archer, and Archer CHOPS Nagata! Nagata eggs him on so Archer CHOPS again! Even Zayne felt that one. Nagata still eggs Archer on, but Archer eggs Nagata on, so Nagata fires forearms! Archer knees low, whips Nagata to a corner, then runs in, but Nagata BOOTS him! Nagata fakes the dropkick high to dropkick low! Archer hobbles, Nagata tags in Suzuki!
Fans rally up as Suzuki fires forearms on Archer. Suzuki backs Archer down, but Archer tells him to hit harder! Suzuki fires off even more shots and he sits Archer down in a corner! Suzuki growls and the fans fire up. Suzuki knees low, whips corner to corner, then runs in to BOOT! Suzuki cravats but Archer fights the snapmare. Archer whips Suzuki to a corner, ELBOWS him, “Ichi!” Archer keeps moving to ELBOW again! “NI!” Archer keeps going, “SAN!” Hattrick achieved, and then a KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Archer ROCKS Suzuki, puts him on the top rope, and then lifts with the inverted crucifix!
But Suzuki fights free! Archer choke grips, but Suzuki breaks free to ROCK Archer! Archer ROCKS Suzuki! Suzuki laughs as they trade forearms back and forth again! Fans rally up, Suzuki keeps laughing, but both men ROCK the other! Fans fire up as Archer and Suzuki stand back up! They egg each other on, and the forearms fly again! They go back and forth, faster and faster! Archer wobbles, Suzuki taunts him, but then the forearms start up again! Suzuki gets the edge but Archer ROCKS him! Suzuki rises right up to ROCK Archer! Both men fall over and the fans are thunderous! Suzuki and Archer crawl, hot tags to Zayne and Nagata!
Now Zayne and Nagata trade forearms! Nagata ROCKS Zayne, KICKS him, and KICKS him! And KICKS again! Zayne ends up in a corner, Nagata fires up and whips corner to corner. BOOT! Zayne fights the clinch, suplexes, but Nagata fights that. Nagata suplexes Zayne, for MAGIC SCREW! And then an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! But into CROSSFACE! Suzuki intercepts Archer into a SLEEPER! Monster Sauce endures stereo submissions! The fans rally, Suzuki keeps adjusting his grip, but Archer fights up! Archer storms over to BOOT Nagata, then he RAMS Suzuki into buckles! Zayne gets the boost, HIP TOSS CANNONBALL!
Archer ELBOWS Nagata down, then Zayne runs in, tilt-o-whirl RANA CANNONBALL for Archer! Fans fire up as Archer gets Zayne, CHOKE SLAM SAULT! SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Nagata survives but Archer BLASTS Suzuki back down! Zayne goes up and gets as lift from Archer, but Suzuki stops the Blackout Swanton! Suzuki DECKS Zayne, Archer knees Suzuki and TOSSES him! But Suzuki gets Archer’s legs! APRON KNEEBAR! Archer endures, Nagata cradles but Zayne smothers it into his own cover, TWO!! Nagata is free again, but Zayne kicks low. Zayne straitjackets but Nagata fights free!
Zayne fires boxing elbows, back elbow, mule kick, only to run into a WHEEL KCIK! SAIDO BRIDGE! MURDER GRANDPAS WIN!!
Winners: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Monster Sauce earns 0)
The top team finally falls, and it was to the two most grizzled and experienced men in the whole tournament! Suzuki tells Archer & Zayne to still take this thing, and they fist bump as the old Suzuki-Gun theme plays. Will Monster Sauce still burn B Block and head for those trophies?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr!
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi have been struggling, but they always #GetBackUp. Will they be able to #TurnItAllAround and make the threepeat a reality? Or will Gene Blast & The King of the World make the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions tranquilo?
The teams sort out and Tsuji calls out Hashi. Fans cheer as Hashi accepts, and the bell rings. Hashi and Tsuji circle, the fans rally up, and the two tie up. Hashi headlocks and grinds the hold, but Tsuji fights up with body shots. Tsuji powers out but Hashi RAMS shoulders with him! Tsuji dares Hashi to bring it, so Hashi runs. But Tsuji follows to then RANA! Fans cheer and Tsuji smiles. Tsuji stomps Hashi, drags him up at the ropes, and CHOPS! Hashi staggers but Tsuji is on him to whip to ropes. Hashi holds ropes, Goto tags in, Bishamon double shoulder tackles Tsuji down! Hashi runs for Goto to hip toss, ZANMAI!
Zando runs in but Bishamon kicks him first. They then HAMMER away on Zando’s back! The fans fire up while Goto & Hashi flex. Zando bails out and Goto stomps Tsuji. Goto drags Tsuji up, CLUBS him, fireman’s carries, but Tsuji fights with elbows. Goto ROCKS Tsuji, runs, but Zando trips him and Tsuji basement dropkicks! Tsuji BLASTS Hashi, Zando drags Goto out to throw him into railing! Tsuji goes out after Hashi, drags him up, and we hear Zando send Goto into more railing. Tsuji whips Hashi into railing, too! Fans rally up, Zando gets a chair and he SMACKS Goto with it! It wasn’t even a folding chair, it was a spare chair from the crowd!
Red Shoes reprimands, Zando puts Goto in for Tsuji, but Red Shoes won’t count the cover with all the shenanigans. Tsuji stomps Goto, tags Zando, and they double whip Goto to POP-UP KICK! And then DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Zando covers, TWO! Hashi gets up but Zando boots him off the apron. Zando snapmares Goto into a chinlock, but he also fishhooks the mouth! Red Shoes reprimands, Zando lets off to tag Tsuji, and they set Goto up on the ropes. Fans rally but Hashi is in Tsuji’s way. Red Shoes reprimands and Hashi moves so Tsuji can run and LEAP FROG ATTACK! Goto falls and fans fire up.
Zando BLASTS Hashi, Tsuji covers Goto, TWO! Tsuji still smiles and he drags Goto up. Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Tsuji knees low! Tsuji whips but Goto reverses. Goto runs in but Tsuji BOOTS him away! Tsuji runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs up to run Tsuji over, then he BLASTS Zando! Tsuji kicks back, whips Hashi to a corner, but Hashi returns to CHOP! Fans fire up as Hashi mule kicks then turns Tsuji, but Tsuji fights the neckbreaker. Hashi dodges the lariat to hit the BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up with Hashi as Tsuji goes to a corner.
Hashi runs corner to corner to clothesline, then he reels Tsuji in for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up and Hashi looms over Tsuji. Hashi drags Tsuji up, reels him in, but Tsuji blocks the suplex! Hashi keeps trying, the fans rally, and Tsuji hoists Hashi up! Hashi fights that, tries again, but Tsuji slips free. Hashi elbows Tsuji, runs, but into a BOOT! Fans fire up and Goto coaches Hashi. Hashi and Tsuji both crawl, hot tag to Goto! Goto KICKS Tsuji down then BLASTS Zando! Goto drags Tsuji up, fires off forearms, then whips Tsuji corner to corner. Goto runs, blocks a boot but Tsuji DOUBLE STOMPS him down!
Tsuji calls to Zando, hurries over, and fans fire up for the hot tag! Zando storms up on Goto, but Goto fires off CHOP after CHOP! Zando winds up to CHOP back! Fans fire up while Goto is stinging. Zando BLASTS Hashi, then he and Tsuji get Goto up. They double whip, double hip toss and cradle, for a DOUBLE SLAM! Tsuji SPLASHES, Zando goes up the ropes to LIONSAULT! Zando just makes it, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up while Tsuji paces around. Zando drags Goto up, he and Tsuji hook Goto up but Hashi saves Goto from the Anchor! Hashi fires forearms, Tsuji kicks low and whips Hashi to a corner.
Tsuji sends Zando in but Hashi dodges to then LARIAT Tsuji! Zando UPPERCUTS Hashi! Goto runs in but Zando kicks and runs. But Goto fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up while all four men are down! Goto roars and rises, and he drags Zando up. Goto reels Zando in, dragon sleepers, but Zando drops to victory roll! TWO!! Goto escapes, hurries to a corner, and Zando runs in to clothesline! And then he undoes the wrist tape so he can run in again, and CHOP! Fans fire up and Zando says “UNO MAS!” Zando runs but Goto follows to MURAMASA! And then SAIDO! Both men are down again and the fans rally back up.
Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs to BLAST Tsuji, then he goes back for Zando. Hashi runs, but Zando BOOTS! Hashi spins through to CHOP! Zando staggers, roars, and CHOPS in return! Zando fireman’s carries, but Hashi fights free and feeds him to Goto’s forearm! Mule kick and then the clinch, GOTO GO TO HUNTER! Cover, Tsuji breaks it! Goto tosses Tsuji, and Bishamon coordinates. Goto goes up a corner, but Tsuji GAMANGIRIS him down! Zando TOSSES Hashi, and fans fire up as the amigos coordinate. Zando DIVES onto Goto, Tsuji CROSSBODIES Hashi and Young Lion Boltin Oleg!
Fans fire up as Tsuji & Zando rise! Tsuji drags Hashi up, he and Zando get him in the ring. Tsuji & Zando stand Hashi up, hook him up, ANCHOR!! Zando covers, TWO!! Hashi survives but Tsuji is already at the corner. Tsuji climbs, he stands on Zando’s shoulders, VAMOS FLOP as Hashi moves! Goto TOSSES Tsuji, and he LARIATS Zando! Zando stays up to LARIAT back! GOto drops to a knee, Zando runs again, but Goto SWATS the lariat! Goto suplexes, Zando slips free, but Goto puts him in the corner! Hashi runs in to clothesline! Tsuji runs in, but into the FIERCE FLASH! Goto clotheslines Zando, Hashi clotheslines, too!
Hashi hoists Zando up, Goto climbs, BULLDOG FLAPJACK COMBO! The fans fire up with Bishamon as they hoist Zando up and call their shot! Dragon sleeper and leg lift, SHOTO!!! Cover, BISHAMON WINS!
Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Tsuji & Zando earn 0)
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions shine through as they turn the lights out on LIJ! Will Tsuji & Zando be able to stay afloat in WTL’s second half?
As for Bishamon, Hashi gets the mic first to say, “Oi, Tsuji! How was Bishamon? Was it sweet? Was it spicy? Or maybe salty?” Tsuji walks back to the ring and Hashi lets him have the mic. Tsuji says, “Now that I’ve faced Bishamon, I’ve learned… that you guys are amazing.” Fans cheer that! But Tsuji also knows Bishamon can’t stay like this. He’s sure they’ll make it back to the WTL finals. Tsuij then sends the mic back as he takes his leave, and Hashi thanks him.
Hashi continues to say that he can’t be sure if WTL can get more exciting, but if the fans aren’t already excited, then there’s no way that’ll change. But this win here gets Bishamon one step closer to that threepeat. Hashi brings up the supposed curse that keeps the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions from winning WTL. But he vows that “Gocchan and I will definitely break the curse.” Fans cheer that! Hashi continues to say that as IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Bishamon will win WTL for a third time in a row, and they’ll do it… IN A FLASH! The Fierce Warrior & Headhunter still have life, but will they have those trophies three years running?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-1, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 4-1, 8 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 3-2, 6 points
Bishamon: 2-2-1, 5 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-2-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-3, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 1-4, 2 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-4, 2 points
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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