Three teams battle for an opportunity at the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions!
The Great American Bash is coming, and NXT is paving the way with gold! Who will challenge Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell for their women’s tag titles?
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Triple Threat: Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai VS Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon VS Io Shirai & Zoey Stark; Shirai & Stark win and will challenge Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell at The Great American Bash.
- Roderick Strong w/ The Diamond Mine VS Asher Hale; Strong wins.
- Cameron Grimes VS Ari Sterling; Grimes wins.
- Mixed Tag: Mercedes Martinez & Jake Atlas VS Tian Sha; Tian Sha wins.
- NXT North American Championship: Bronson Reed VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott w/ Hit Row; Swerve wins and becomes the new NXT North American Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Triple Threat: Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai VS Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon VS Io Shirai & Zoey Stark!
What a way to open tonight! The NXT Women’s Champion and #CobraKai want those tag titles back, but so do the wild ones in the Shenom and the Pizza Cat! As for the Evil Genius and the Rising Star(k), they just want payback on Candice & Indi, with the titles as cherries on top! But who comes out of this with the golden tickets to the Great American Bash?
The teams sort out and in this kind of Triple Threat, it’s one person apiece! Ember and Shirai rush Raquel but she knocks them both down! Raquel RAMS Ember to a corner, but Shirai runs in and jumps on Raquel’s back! Raquel throws Shirai off, hauls her up, but Ember runs in to sunset flip them both! Shirai rolls through, dropkick and splash! Cover, TWO! Basement Complete Shot for Raquel! Shirai counter punches Ember, the two stand off, but then they decide to double dropkick Raquel! Raquel rebounds to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up as Raquel hauls Shirai up and LAWN DARTS her into the one open corner!
Ember tilt-o-whirls Raquel to the corner! Ember sweeps Shirai’s legs, avoids Dakota, and uses Shirai to handspring and LARIAT Raquel! Ember stomps Shirai down, Raquel dodges but Shotzi tags in! FLYING CODE BREAKER! Springboard sunset flip! Dakota gets in to kick the cover apart! Dakota shoves Shirai out, Stark ROCKS Dakota! Stark DECKS Ember but Dakota tackles her! Stark and Dakota brawl on the outside, Raquel runs over to go after Stark, but Shirai aims to MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Raquel and Dakota! Fans fire up, but here comes Shotzi! Ember holds the ropes open for Shotzi to DIVE and take them all out! Ember is up top now, and she SUPER CANNONBALLS!
The CWC fires up but Stark has her target now! SUPER CROSSBODY!! All six women are down on the outside, Shirai and Stark stand up and fire up as NXT goes picture in picture!
Stark and Shirai sort out the pile and put Raquel in the ring. Shirai stomps Raquel, covers, TWO! Shirai tags Stark and Stark stomps Raquel. Stark clubs Raquel, Shotzi gets in to fire forearms on Stark! Shotzi goes after Raquel, too, but Stark hits Shotzi. Raquel hits Stark, fires off hands on Shotzi, and Dakota tags in. Dakota throws Stark out hard, then stomps away on Shotzi. Cover, TOW! Stark kicks Dakota, snapmares her and KICKS her again! Cover, TWO! Stark gets Dakota up but Dakota throws forearms. They brawl, Stark ROCKS Dakota and suplexes! Cover, Shotzi breaks it! Shotzi gets Stark up, snap suplexes, but Raquel tags in to snipe the cover!
Shotzi breaks it but Raquel scoops and SLAMS! Cover, Stark breaks it! Stark clubs Raquel, kicks her, and tags in Shirai. Shirai rolls Raquel up, ONE! Shirai stomps Raquel down, clamps on a chinlock and digs a knee into Raquel’s back. Shirai adds a body scissor squeeze but Raquel endures. Raquel pushes back to a cover, TWO! Shirai still has the body scissors, but Raquel pries at the hold. Raquel turns, Shotzi gets back in and gets Shirai in a half nelson sleeper! Shirai reaches for ropes but Shotzi keeps her from them. Shirai gets a foot on the ropes, but it isn’t a ropebreak, so Shirai has to push around to a cover. TWO, and Shotzi keeps hold!
NXT returns to single picture as Raquel stomps the sleeper apart! Raquel whips Shotzi to a corner, runs in and RAMS a shoulder! Raquel digs that shoulder in, lets off to run in and SPLASH !Fans rally up as Raquel RAMS into Shotzi again! Raquel fireman’s carries Shotzi, BOOTS Shirai down, then SLAMS Shotzi! Raquel dead lifts Shirai in a waistlock but Shirai flails! Shirai victory rolls to STOMP 182! Fans fire up as all three women are down! They head for their corners, hot tag to Stark, Dakota and Ember! Stark DECKS Dakota first, then CLOBBERS Ember! Dakota runs into a LARIAT! HEEL KICK for Ember! Stark handsprings to dodge Dakota and she KICKS Raquel!
Dakota kicks into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, but Ember breaks it! Stark just fires up, two for one on the SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Ember was also there, but Dakota survives on her own. Stark gets up, drags Dakota up and whips her to the corner hard! Back elbow, then a tag to Shirai, Stark whips Dakota the other way to SPLASH! Shirai adds a back body block, Stark adds a SHINING WIZARD! They put Dakota on the ropes, for Shirai’s 619! Shirai springboards to missile dropkick! Shotzi tags back in and breaks the cover with a senton! Shotzi gets Shirai up but Shirai shoves her away, Shotzi ENZIGURIS! KICK and ROLLING ELBOW! SWITCHBLADE KICK!
Shotzi runs, SLING-DOG! Shotzi keeps going, tagging in Ember. They get Shirai for a double whip, trip and elbow drop! Basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Shirai survives, Dakota comes in but Ember fires off kicks and knees! Ember roars as she ROLLING ELBOWS Dakota down! Ember puts Dakota in position alongside Shirai, tag to Shotzi! WELCOME TO THE FIREPIT COMBO! Shotzi has Dakota for a TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dakota survives but Shotzi keeps the arms, CATTLE MUTILATION! Raquel breaks the submission! Shotzi and Shirai go after Raquel together but she fights them off. Ember and Stark add on, they kick Raquel out!
But Dakota gets Shirai! Stark DECKS Ember, DECKS Shotzi, and helps Shirai get Dakota up top! Ember and Shotzi come back to shove Shirai and Stark aside. They take over and go after Dakota, but Stark adds back on! Shirai helps out, but Raquel breaks it all up by throwing Stark, throwing Shirai, and popping Ember into a POWERSLAM! Dakota knocks Shotzi down, Raquel BOOTS Stark! Raquel gets Shotzi up for a POWERBOMB! Shirai dropkicks Raquel’s leg out, Stark hits a SLIDING KNEE! Dakota adjusts to aim at Shotzi, DOUBLE STOMPS!! But Shirai METEORAS Dakota! Shirai gets Dakota up, and catches her to a CROSSFACE!!
Dakota endures, moves around, rolls free to SUPERKICK Shirai down! Dakota is furious as she gets Shirai back up. Shirai gets Dakota for underhooks! TIGER BACKBREAKER! Shirai hurries to a corner and fans are thunderous as she climbs! OVER THE MOONSAULT onto Raquel!? Raquel takes the shot for Dakota! Shirai is furious with Raquel but Ember cuts in! Ember throws Shirai out but Shirai drags Ember out with her! Ember DECKS Shirai, Shotzi is up top! SUPER SENTON! But Stark breaks the cover! Stark gets Shotzi up, ZK360! But she turns into an ECLISPE! Dakota gets Ember for a GO TO KICK! Shirai rushes in, Dakota switches to roll up, TWO!?!?
Dakota is furious but she turns into a SHOTEI from Shirai! Shirai is back up, fans are going nuts as she hits OVER THE MOONSAULT!! Direct hit this time! Cover, Shirai & Stark win!!
Winners: Io Shirai & Zoey Stark, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships)
Raquel is practically pulling her hair out! Will she have to sit back and watch
Karrion Kross and Scarlett Bordeaux arrive at the CWC.
But just as they get in the door, Johnny Gargano tackles Kross into the wall! Gargano fires off on Kross, security rushes in, and Kross shouts, “That’s how it’s gonna be?!” Gargano pissed Kross off, and now Kross vows Gargano’s a dead man! Will Johnny Wrestling get his way and take the fight to Mr. Apocalypse?
The Breakout Tournament is back!
“In 2019, the NXT Breakout Tournament introduced the world to a new generation of superstars.” Cameron Grimes, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Dexter Lumis, Joaquin Wilde, Angel Garza and Bronson Reed are just some of the names that got their first opportunity, and have made names for themselves ever since. This tournament returns in two weeks! Who will we see become future stars before our very eyes?
Backstage interview with Bronson Reed.
The NXT North American Champion is very excited to see these fresh faces in the Breakout Tournament. Without that tournament, Reed might not be champion. Oh, deja vu! Hit Row is here, and Swerve remembers someone else in that tournament. Oh yeah, himself. Now, how did Reed come out as the one to become champion? Reed says it’s obvious how: hard work and dedication. Hit Row laughs that off and Top Dolla wants Reed to “kill all that jibber jabber.” Reed should put that title on the line and we’ll hear his heart pitter patter. Reed tells “Dolla King” that he’s all talk. Swerve says if Reed is the champion he says he is, he’d put the title on the line tonight, against Swerve.
If Swerve wants his shot, he’s got it! Swerve tells Reed to say less. Will Reeds’ actions speak for him should William Regal make it official?
Kross and Scarlett go to the ring!
Kross gets a mic and says, “Mr. Gargano! Touché, touché. Last week, I got you. This week, you got me.” It’s all cute, but unfortunately for Gargano, Kross is willing to die by the sword he lives by. Is Gargano willing to do the same? Kross dares Gargano to walk out here and see how well he fares when Kross sees the shot coming! “Don’t make me wait, little man?” Kross dares Gargano? Because Gargano’s right here! Kross thinks Gargano is afraid of him? Do you know who the hell he is?! Last week, the big bad NXT Champion had to jump Gargano from behind like a coward! This time, Gargano beats Kross at his own game.
And now Kross wants Gargano to get in the ring? “Buddy, that’s MY world you’re standing in!” Gargano doesn’t have a sword, but he does have actual talent. Kross is bigger, but Gargano is smarter. And Austin Theory attacks! The Way mugs Kross! They have Kross in a corner, stomp mudholes, but Kross hits them away! BOOT for Theory, EXPLODER for Gargano! Gargano gets out of the ring, Kross pursues but Gargano hits him back! Kross choke grips and DRIBBLES Gargano off barriers! Kross pulls the steel steps apart, but security stops him before he attacks! Samoa Joe shows up to enforce order, but Gargano SUPERKICKS Kross down!
Gargano and Theory make their way out of ringside, and Kross tells Joe he’s doing “a hell of a job.” Joe just stares Kross down, and then Kross storms off. Scarlett promises they’ll pay, but will it be up to Mr. Regal how?
The battery continues to charge.
It is now at 60%. How soon will it hit 100?
Gargano and Theory are fired up.
They’re heading out, Theory says Gargano did the best superkick ever! They get out of here, but will they have reason to make their way back to the CWC?
After Swerve called Reed out and Reed extended the challenge, IT IS HAPPENING! Reed VS Swerve, for the NXT North American Championship! Will Hit Row get their first gold this close to the Great American Bash?
Roderick Strong w/ The Diamond Mine VS Asher Hale!
The Savior of the Backbreaker and his new crew jumped Kushida after his stellar match with Kyle O’Reilly, and it seems Strong wasn’t as resigned from NXT as he led us to believe! With Hideki Suzuki, Tyler Rust & Malcolm Bivens in his corner, will Strong grind 205 Live’s Saint into dust?
The bell rings and Strong circles with Hale. They feel things out, Strong blocks a kick to shove Hale down. Hale gets up and Strong pie faces him! Hale rushes in but into a headlock takeover! Hale gets up and headlocks but Strong throws him off! Strong goes for a headlock and grinds Hale, but Hale fights to a cover. ONE, Strong holds the headlock, but they end up on ropes. Things turn around, Strong gets up and under for a fireman’s carry but Hale slips off. Hale ducks an elbow, kicks Strong, but then Strong blocks. Hale rolls to get an ankle but Strong rolls around. Hale goes for a sleeper, but Strong fights up and RAMS Hale into buckles!
Hale hobbles, Strong gets him for an urenage BACKBREAKER! Bivens likes that, as does the CWC. Strong puts Hale in a corner to CHOP,CLUB and ROCK Hale! And CHOP again! Strong brings Hale around but Hale throws body shots. Strong CLUBS Hale more, Hale forearms back, but Strong DECKS him! Strong digs boots into Hale’s face, then lets off as the ref counts. Strong gets Hale up to CHOP again! Bivens smiles as Strong brings Hale around to a butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO! Strong wraps Hale up in a bearhug but Hale fights up. Fans rally as Hale fights free but Strong ELBOWS him down hard! Hale gets up, he and Strong start brawling, Strong KNEES Hale!
Strong gets a BUTTERFLY GUILLOTINE! Hale taps, Strong wins!
Winner: Roderick Strong, by submission
Strong keeps the hold on until he’s satisfied! Strong lets go, celebrates with the Diamond Mine, and certainly has the fans impressed. Bivens says, “Diamond Mine is open for business, and this is just the beginning, baby!” Will Strong help another faction grab up all the gold in NXT?
Cameron Grimes VS Ari Sterling!
The Carolina Cash Money Caveman didn’t take kindly to The Sauce getting snippy about Ted DeBiase. Will Grimes cause a Cave-In in his return to action? Or will Sterling be too spicy for him to handle?
The bell rings, Grimes corners Sterling but he slips away. Fans chant “To The Moon!” as Grimes gets Sterling’s foot. Sterling has the ropes, turns things around to a headlock, but Grimes powers out. Sterling leaps over Grimes, hurdles over then runs to rana, but Grimes handsprings and says, “Kiss mah grits!” Then Grimes ROCKS Sterling, CHOPS him, and whips him to ropes. Sterling holds ropes, kicks Grimes back, but Grimes RANAS in return! Sterling bails out, Grimes goes to the apron and kicks, but Sterling blocks to trip Grimes up! Grimes bounces off the apron, then gets the MOON-SAUCE! Sterling puts Grimes in, gets in, but Grimes gets him for a whip.
Sterling sees Grimes’ dropdown coming and he springboards to knee drop! Sterling STANDING CORKSCREW SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Sterling kicks and clubs Grimes around, has him in a corner for a mudhole stomp, but lets off as the ref counts. Sterling pushes Grimes around, throws forearms, then CHOPS him against ropes! Sterling whips Grimes, Grimes reverses and kitchen sink knees! Fans fire up as Grimes rallies with big forearms! Sterling staggers up, Grimes scoops, but Sterling slips off and dodges to ENZIGURI! Grimes wobbles to a corner, Sterling runs in and back body blocks! Sterling goes to the apron to ENZIGURI!
Sterling climbs, aims, and SHOOTING STARS but has to bail out a Grimes moves! CAVE-IN!! Cover, Grimes wins!
Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall
Grimes is back on track! But to ruin the celebration, LA Knight makes his way out! “YAY~ Cameron Grimes wins~! And nobody gave a damn!” Knight looks at Grimes and sees a natural born loser. Grimes proved it at Knight’s coronation! Grimes says he’s gonna follow the fans, “You Suck!” If Knight wants to talk about DeBiase, get in the ring and talk with Grimes, dummy! Grimes wanted that Million Dollar Championship to carry the legacy. Knight just wanted some bling! Grimes dares Knight to put the title up, and he’ll take that bling from him! Fans are fired up for that idea!
Knight says, “Yeah? Yeah? Yeah! You want this title? You wanna fight me for it?” YEAH! Then next week, why not? Great American Bash, this title, NUH-UH! Grimes doesn’t deserve it! Fans boo, but Knight says there is something for Grimes. This title wields a lot of power, but there is a piece missing to this puzzle. So in the transformation into the NEW Million Dollar Man, and further beyond as the Million Dollar Mega Star, LA Knight says if Grimes is hot to get him, well Knight couldn’t find his stuff. Knight’s cars didn’t get detailed on time, either. So Great American Bash, Knight VS Grimes, the Million Dollar Championship IS on the line, but when Grimes loses, he becomes Knight’s butler!
Grimes has his offer, so what does he say? Grimes has no problem being a butler, because he knows at the Great American Bash, he’ll get the title and go TO~ THE~ MOON~! Will this Million Dollar Bet blow up in Knight’s face? Or will Grimes have to get down and dirty as Knight’s manservant?
Backstage interview with Shirai & Stark.
But before they can speak on their big win tonight, The Way make their way over! Indi congratulates Shirai & Stark, “but hate to rain on your parade,” next week will be against them, the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. They’re a real team! A family! These two aren’t even friends. Stark is pretty sure that they don’t need to be any of that, they just need mutual respect for each other. And all that other stuff won’t stop them from winning the titles around The Way’s waists. Oh, is that so? That’s cute. But Candice gives Stark some advice. After The Way wins at The Bash, watch your back. Shirai tends to be a sore loser.
Shirai tells Candice that Candice has never beaten Shirai. Next week, Shirai & Stark become champions. The Way storms off, Stark is confident she and Shirai have this. But will the Evil Genius still have the Poison Pixie’s number when it’s a tag match and not 1v1?
Kyle O’Reilly heads to the ring!
Just a week away from his grudge rematch with Adam Cole, #CoolKyle is here and says, “This whole journey for me has been about testing myself against the best competition this industry has.” He wants to fight dudes that make him a better fighter. That is what last week was about, and what next week is about. Next week, Cole VS O’Reilly II. Last time they fought, it was gritty, violent and unsanctioned. After Kyle got his hand raised, he proved to the world that not only does he belong in the main event, but that he could one day be NXT Champion. But Cole refuses to see it. It is one excuse after the next.
So why not come out here and enlighten us, Cole? Give us the excuse he has prepared after Kyle whoops your ass at the Bash! Cole does walk out to the stage, then the ramp. But Samoa Joe shows up, too! Joe tells these two gentlemen, “Please excuse my poorly timed interruption. But with respect to both of your personal safety,” Joe felt he should come out and make sure none of the nastiness from last week happens tonight. So please, don’t let Joe delay anything, “have at it.” Cole says that before he was interrupted, he was going to tell Kyle that Kyle made it crystal clear he wants to be in Cole’s shoes. Honestly, Kyle probably hopes and prays he’ll have half the career Cole’s had.
But guess what? Ain’t gonna happen. Cole was thinking, and he figured Kyle out. Kyle is obsessed with Cole! It creeps Cole out. Uh, what? Obsessed? Let’s unpack that. Kyle beat Cole, put him in the hospital, Cole disappears for six weeks, and when he returns, he picks a fight with Kyle at every turn! Then Cole “forgets” to say Kyle’s name at a press conference. Yeah, Kyle’s the one obsessed. Cole says Kyle is so delusional! What Kyle needs is a dose of reality, the truth, and some cold, hard facts! The fact is, Kyle is NOTHING without Cole! This goes so much deeper than just NXT! No one would even be talking about Kyle without Cole!
Just look at the Undisputed Era, all those moments, all those championships, and all the WarGames matches. Who do you see with Kyle? Adam Cole! “The guy solely responsible for every ounce of respect you have ever had in this industry.” Cole was the STAR of the UE, who carried Kyle on his back for almost four YEARS! And Cole is STILL the star! The entire world knows it, the NXT locker room knows it, and whether he wants to admit it or not, Samoa Joe knows it. “Hell, even your wife knows it!” Kyle paces but Joe keeps between them. Kyle tells Cole to never mention his wife! Yeah, they were in the UE together, but Kyle looks back and is ashamed to have ever associated with Cole!
Kyle is ashamed to have taken this long to realize Cole is such a pathetic human piece of- Cole slaps the mic down but Joe keeps these two apart! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but the two stand down. But then Cole swings on Kyle! Kyle trips Cole and gets a HEEL HOOK! Joe just watches as Cole suffers the pain! Kyle wrenches Cole’s leg and Joe walks out of the ring to then tell security to pull them apart. Kyle lets off, having done the damage. “What now, Cole?!” Cole might’ve just tasted his comeuppance, but will there be plenty more of it at the Great American Bash?
Tian Sha speaks.
Xia Li says, “You cannot violate Tian Sha’s order. Anyone who offends Tian Sha will eventually be punished. No matter who they are!” Boa warns Jake Atlas that he made a BIG mistake. “There is no way out. You will pay for this.” Xia tells Mercedes Martinez, “there’s no road of return.” It is time to destroy them both! Will Mean Ms. Mercedes and the Muscle of El Monte be mangled by the menacing minions of Mei Ying?
The battery continues to charge.
We are now at 71%.
Hit Row hypes up Swerve.
It’s money time! Swerve deserves this more than anyone. This is what they’ve been talking about! Time to show Swerve is a different breed! He looks good, feels good, and Swerve warns Reed that tonight, you’ll see why Swerve is #JustDifferent. If that’s true, will nothing ever be the same again after tonight’s main event?
Mixed Tag: Mercedes Martinez & Jake Atlas VS Tian Sha!
NXT returns and Atlas is already in the ring as Mercedes makes her entrance. Then Tian Sha makes their entrance, and Xia uses a Bo staff in her newest demonstration. The teams sort out but it’s just a brawl! Boa and Atlas, Xia and Mercedes! The ref sorts things out and the men stay in! Atlas ROCKS Boa with a EuroUpper then BOOTS him! Atlas whips but Boa blocks! Boa kicks back, puts Atlas in the corner but Atlas elbows him away! Atlas KICKS, Boa shoves but Atlas BOOTS! Atlas runs, springboards and flying-mares! Then calf kicks! Cover, TWO! Boa gets away and Xia tags in! Mercedes gets in, Xia dodges to THRUST KICK Mercedes down!
Xia gets Mercedes up, whips her to a corner, and then fires up to run and forearm Mercedes down! Xia stomps a mudhole, then springboard stomp! Mercedes crawls, Xia looms over her, but Mercedes hits back. Xia CLUBS Mercedes down, then brings her up for a suplex. Mercedes blocks, and blocks again, to then throw body shots. Mercedes rolls Xia up, TWO! Xia is in a corner, she runs back, but into a back drop! Mercedes and fans fire up as Xia bails out. Mercedes dares Xia to do something, and then shouts to Mei Ying, “You see that?!” Mei Ying stays put on her throne while Xia writhes, and NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Boa has Atlas down in a chinlock. Atlas endures, reaches around, and fights up. Atlas pries at the hold, throws body shots and is free to whip. Boa reverses but Atlas holds ropes. Atlas throws Boa up and out! Hot tag to Mercedes, and she rallies on Xia! Mercedes KNEES Xia down and fans fire up! Xia flounders to a corner, Mercedes runs in but Xia dodges! Xia runs back in but Mercedes puts her up top to ROCK her! And again! Mercedes positions Xia, climbs up to join her, and clubs away on her back before the SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Mercedes covers but Boa breaks it!
The ref reprimands but Mercedes gets up and eggs him on. Boa swings, Mercedes dodges, Atlas FAST BALLS! Atlas gets Boa up, Mercedes leaps from the top rope, FLYING BULLDOG BACK SUPLEX COMBO! Xia returns but Mercedes DECKS her! Mercedes looms over Xia, but Mei Ying rises?! Mercedes notices that and grins. Mercedes goes out to the ramp and dares Mei Ying to do what she did at TakeOver. But Xia CLOBBERS Mercedes from behind! Xia hurries to get Mercedes in the ring, throws haymakers, then scoops for a PUMP HANDLE EXPLODER! SPINNING HEEL KICK! Cover, TWO!?!? Mercedes barely gets a hand up, but she’s in bad shape!
The ref checks on Mercedes, Xia nods as she senses it, the ref stops the match!!
Winners: Tian Sha, by referee stoppage
Xia’s dangerous heel kick strikes again, in more ways than one! Will Mercedes try and fight the wrath of Tian Sha again? Or has this proven their power to everyone on the roster?
Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa head to the ring!
Toothless Timmy & Old Man Ciampa are here to have their face-to-face with the NXT Tag Team Champions before having it out for the titles at the Great American Bash! Ciampa & Thatcher each have a chair and pace around in the ring as MSK make their entrance. Turns out, MSK have their own chairs! The four stand together in the ring, and then sit together. Ciampa speaks first, “You wanna know what the difference between y’all and us is? We make this look good.” But that’s okay, you boys can sit in the chairs with your NXT tag titles. Because next week at the Bash, does MSK understand? “The champs are indeed the underdogs.”
Ol’ Double T has yet to hold gold, while the old man is hungry! Ciampa knows Thatcher is not a man of many words, but just look at him. Like, really look at him. “This man is motivated. And me? Hell, the entire world already knows that there ain’t a man alive who elevates a title the way Tommaso Ciampa elevates a title!” Nash Carter wants to say something but Thatcher shouts him down! “Show the man respect! Let him finish!” Wes Lee says NO! They need to listen! The four men stand up, and Lee says MSK respect both men. They applaud them, even! And MSK hears everyone talking, and they get it. Fans sing, “Ciampa’s gonna kill~ you~!”
Carter says it is time for everyone to put respect on MSK’s names! They get it as the young guns, the underdogs, but they’re here to remind everyone that Ciampa & Thatcher are the challengers! And next week, the challengers will find out why MSK are the NXT Tag Team Champions! Carter tells Lee that it doesn’t seem like they’re hearing them. So Carter SLAPS Ciampa! Thatcher DECKS Lee then goes after Carter! Ciampa pulls Thatcher back and keeps this from getting any worse. Ciampa tells MSK that next week, he wants these boys to bring their pride, the titles, because Ciampa & thatcher are taking them both. Tonight was a free one. Next week, they won’t be so lucky. MSK hold up the belts, but will this be for the last time?
Backstage interview with William Regal.
McKenzie notes to the NXT General Manager that tensions are rising between MSK & Ciampa-Thatcher, but that’s just one of the title matches next week. Yes, and there’s also the Women’s Tag Team Championships. Grimes just signed his contract for the match with LA Knight, and so the Million Dollar Championship is on the line. And then there’s Cole VS O’Reilly II, something everyone is looking forward. But what does he have to say about the 2021 Breakout Tournament? Regal is very excited for that as eight hungry competitors will compete, and the winner gets a match at a title of their choosing.
Sarray walks in and says she wants a match for The Bash. Maybe against someone like Toni Storm? Regal thanks her for the initiative and will take it into consideration. Will the Warrior of the Sun get her opportunity to shine? Or will the Lightning From Down Under rain on Sarray’s parade?
The battery is charging.
It is now at 81%. Will it be fully charged come the Great American Bash?
Kross and Scarlett are heading out.
Any comments on what happened tonight? Kross’ sneer is answer enough. But then Theory tries to ambush him at the car! Kross uses the door to hit Theory low, then DECKs him! But Gargano hits Kross from behind! Gargano SLAMS the door on Kross! And again! And again! Gargano shouts, “Any time, any place, anywhere, Kross is not on my level!” But then Kross gets up!? Kross wraps Gargano in the KROSSJACKET! “You wanna be a smartass, huh, Johnny!?” Kross thrashes Gargano around as he says he promised to get him! Say something funny now, Johnny! Johnny is fading out instead! Kross lets Gargano go and says, “That’s what I thought.”
Theory gets up, Kross aims and DOOMSDAY FOREARMS him into the garage door! Scarlett and Kross get to their car and back up. They drive forward, but Joe has already gotten Gargano out of harm’s way! Joe tells Gargano, “Perhaps tonight you pushed him a little bit too far. Now get up.” Joe gets Gargano into the CWC, what is going to happen next between Johnny and the apocalypse?
NXT North American Championship: Bronson Reed VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott w/ Hit Row!
Two prospects from the 2019 Breakout Tournament have come a long way from those early days. The Colossal holds the gold but Hit Row looks to bring that title back to Swerve’s House. Will Swerve hit the top of the charts as he knocks Reed off the mountaintop? Or will a Tsunami wash him away?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we have a colossal ending to tonight!
Reed and Swerve circle as the CWC fires up. They tie up, Reed shoves Swerve down then roars. Swerve gets up and walks that off as he circles with Reed again. They tie up, Reed puts Swerve in a corner but Swerve turns it around to slap Reed on the back of his head! Reed shrugs that off, circles with Swerve, but Swerve gets an arm and wrenches to a cording hold. Reed CHOPS Swerve, Swerve CHOPS back, and even gives a short headbutt. Reed scoops, Swerve slips out and waistlocks, but Reed pries free! Reed scowls, headlocks, but Swerve fights it. Swerve throws body shots, fans rally behind “BRON~SON~!”
Swerve drops, Reed drags him back up and holds on tight. Swerve powers out but Reed runs him over! Reed looms over Swerve, but Swerve tries a drop toehold. Reed stays up to stomp Swerve, but as Reed reaches down, Swerve goes for a Triangle! Reed dead lifts, Swerve lets him free and things speed up! Swerve jumps but Reed SWATS him! Swerve is shocked but Reed dares Swerve to come back. Swerve runs into a gorilla press! Reed carries Swerve around to then DROP him! Swerve flounders to ropes, Reed stalks him and drags him back up, then Reed bumps Swerve off buckles! Reed CHOPS Swerve and Swerve goes rolling! Swerve CHOPS back but Reed headbutts him down!
Hit Row coaches Swerve up but Reed headbutts him again. Reed whips corner to corner hard, and Swerve bounces off the buckles! Hit Row coaches Swerve more but Reed stalks him. Fans rally as Reed gets the legs. Swerve kicks Reed away, Reed tries again and yanks Swerve up for a FALLING SPLASH! Reed smiles as Swerve goes to the apron. Reed goes out to join Swerve, but Swerve CHOPS! Reed CHOPS back! Even Ashante Adonis felt that! Swerve BOOTS Reed, but Reed headbutts back! Swerve staggers, Reed eggs him on, Swerve CHOPS a leg! Reed staggers, but he still tosses Swerve into the ring! Swerve lands on his feet and kicks away on the leg!
Sunset, but no bomb as Reed holds on! Reed SITS on Swerve on the apron! The ref counts as Reed smothers Swerve, and Reed gets up at 4, and NXT goes picture in picture.
Swerve gasps and sputters while Reed watches from the ring. Reed goes out, shoves Swerve into the announce desk, then whips him into barriers! Hit Row tells the ref this shouldn’t be allowed, but Reed puts Swerve in to then stare Top Dolla down. Swerve BOOTS back from the apron! And then BOOTS again! Reed stays up, Swerve runs to LEAP and missile dropkick Reed into barriers! Reed is down and Swerve finally catches his breath. Hit Row fires up as Swerve gets Reed up, but Reed shoves Swerve away. Reed gets in the ring, Swerve goes up top., elbow drop to the back of the shoulders! Cover, TWO! Swerve SLAPS Reed and stomps him down, but Reed gets up.
Swerve brings Reed to a corner, fires off haymakers and sweeps the leg! Swerve throws knees in, pulls on Reed’s hair and talks some trash before letting up. Reed stands but Swerve CHOPS him on the back! Swerve brings Reed around, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Reed still has power, but Swerve wraps on a chinlock as NXT goes single picture. Fans rally as Swerve traps an arm and chinbars Reed. Reed endures, fights up, but Swerve rakes his eyes! Reed powers up to fireman’s carry but Swerve gets to the apron. Swerve SLAPS Reed, but Reed CHOPS Swerve! Reed CHOPS again and Swerve wobbles.
Swerve ducks the next chop to get in and waistlock, but Reed is too big! Swerve KICKS a leg, uses the ropes for help and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Reed survives and Swerve snarls. Fans rally and duel as Swerve goes after Reed’s arms. Swerve has a half nelson and gets Reed up, but Reed pries free with the free arm! Fireman’s carry, but Swerve elbows free to a SLEEPER! Swerve CHOPS away on Reed’s neck and shoulders, but Reed blocks one to THROW Swerve off! Swerve gets up and runs in but Reed shoves him away! Swerve comes back, somersault COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Hit Row is beside themselves but the fans are loving this!
Fans continue to duel as Swerve eggs Reed on. Reed sits up, and blocks the House Call! Reed puts the foot down but Swerve SLAPS Reed again! Swerve ducks Reed, back hands, but Reed spins to LARIAT! Swerve basement dropkicks right back! Reed flounders, Reed somersaults but into the DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Both men are down and the CWC is loving “NXT! NXT!” Reed and Swerve slowly rise, stare down, and Reed JABS and CHOPS on repeat! Swerve staggers about, Reed keeps on him, and Reed winds up to BIONIC ELBOW, if you will! Swerve gets to a corner, Reed runs in and SPLASHES! Reed whips and BODY CHECKS Swerve! And BACK SENTONS!
Reed climbs but B-Fab and Top Dolla distract! Adonis drags Reed off the top!! The ref suspects something but Adonis plays innocent. While the ref is distracted with this, Dolla runs at Reed, but Reed TOSSES him through barriers!! Adonis checks on TD but then Reed TOSSES him out onto Top Dolla! Fans fire up with Reed but he gets in for a HOUSE CALL! Swerve goes up top, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Swerve wins!!!
Winner: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, by pinfall (NEW NXT North American Champion)
It took literally everyone to do it, but Hit Row just got gold! Swerve isn’t #JustDifferent, he’s now on top of the world! And if you didn’t know, now you know!
What an awesome episode, and especially as the semi-go-home to next week’s Great American Bash. Opening with the Women’s Triple Threat Tag was quite a surprise, and it was an awesome match. I figured Dakota & Raquel weren’t winning since Raquel is still NXT Women’s Champion, but I should’ve figured that Ember & Shotzi weren’t winning as they already had their chances. Candice & Indi VS Shirai & Stark is going to be great, but I don’t see The Way losing just yet. Especially if the other half of The Way is going to keep getting pummeled by Kross. It was great that Gargano took the fight to Kross, but it seemed to all happen too fast to where Kross stands tall at the end. Great American Bash is already stuffed, so I’m pretty sure Kross VS Gargano is some other special July episode.
Roderick Strong of course gets a win on his return, but Asher Hale looked a lot better than I thought he would. I’m a little surprised Kushida had no response to last week’s attack, but I’m sure that’s coming soon. A shame that cuts to the NXT roster got rid of two planned members for the Diamond Mine faction in Artoru Ruas and Marina Shafir, but I suppose what we won’t know in kayfabe won’t hurt us. Strong is going to be great, Tyler Rust is going to be great, maybe they change plans and add someone else they hadn’t considered, we’ll have to wait and see. Maybe even Asher Hale, since he’s so good as a technical, MMA style wrestler.
I knew last week when Sterling mouthed off to Grimes that they’d have this match tonight. Sterling looked good but of course Grimes wins. And I like that we are getting the Million Dollar rematch next week at the Great American Bash. I can’t be sure Knight loses the belt so soon, but I can’t see Grimes ending up Knight’s butler. Maybe Grimes does lose and we get comedy of him purposefully messing up stuff until Knight gives Grimes another rematch. I like that the Breakout Tournament is back, I’m sure they would’ve done one last year if things didn’t go to crap in 2020. Not sure who’ll be in this year’s, but I would love if some newer 205 Live guys like Hale, Sterling or Ikemen Jiro were in it so we get eight competitors.
The Mixed Tag was pretty good tonight, but I am pretty sure it wasn’t meant to end like that. Xia Li being this legit with martial arts, I feel like these knockout wins she’s had on her record are legit, too. I feel like Tian Sha was going to win either way, but that’s a bit rough for Mercedes herself to go down like that. We got a pretty good promo out of MSK, Ciampa & Thatcher, but I don’t know if I’ve ever heard Ciampa say “y’all” that much before. It almost feels like he was forcing it. But MSK made a good point that it’s time for them to be respected as champions, they have great in-ring skills. At the same time, it’d be quite the surprise if Ciampa & Thatcher win to solidify that they’re not turning on each other, that they’re in it for the long haul.
Cole, Kyle and Joe had a great segment together. Kyle started to recycle some promo material from the build to Stand & Deliver’s Unsanctioned Match, but there’s not much else he has to say about Cole. Joe letting Kyle get Cole in the Heel Hook was great, though. It was the comeuppance Cole deserved, but the math would say Cole wins at Great American Bash. I feel like there’s been backwards booking on this story as Kyle won the Unsanctioned match. You can’t really build higher than that other than Last Man Standing or I Quit, coupled with Loser Leaves NXT. I could see this happening, though, and Kyle wins to send Cole off to RawDown in time for the WWE Draft.
Sarray politely asking for a match was really cute, really shows how she can be both fierce and sweet. Sarray VS Storm is going to be awesome stuff, but I think Sarray finds a way to win so she can get back on track towards the women’s title. The battery vignettes continue so I’m thinking it hits 100% sometime during the Great American Bash. Then we will see who this has been for, and they will surely do something to someone and make a big impact. The question is: debut or return? Then we got an awesome main event with that North American title match. It was perfect Heel work for Hit Row to help Swerve win, and it makes sense given recent developments.
Bronson Reed, along with Karrion Kross, were on a recently filmed episode of WWE Main Event (y’know, the thing that’s on Hulu first then everywhere else months later) so that’s a sign of call-ups. Kross could conceivably lose to Gargano, but I still bet it is Kyle later in July or August. Reed losing here starts to push things in the direction of his call-up, but it was still a great twist in the story. I really thought we were getting Reed VS Escobar 1v1, but Escobar going after Swerve still has great story behind it, and we could get a Six Man Tag of Hit Row VS Legado del Fantasma, too.
My Score: 9.2/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/4/23)
Main Event Jey goes for gold!
While Drew McIntyre wants the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, it’s Jey Uso who gets his shot at Seth Rollins tonight on Monday Night Raw!
- Drew McIntyre VS Sami Zayn; McIntyre wins.
- Shayna Baszler VS Nia Jax; Nia wins.
- Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: #DIY VS Imperium; DIY wins.
- The Creed Brothers w/ Ivy Nile VS JD McDonagh & Dominik Mysterio w/ Rhea Ripley; win.
- Natalya & Tegan Nox VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; win.
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins VS Jey Uso; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Drew McIntyre is here!
The Scottish Warrior is ready to tear it all down, all because he didn’t get another title match with Seth Rollins when he wanted. But before he tears into Sami Zayn, McIntyres the mic to say, “It’s been awhile since I’ve done this, but welcome everybody to Monday Night Raw!” Fans cheer that! And McIntyre says Raw is the land where it feels like everyone’s lost their minds lately! “Liars, hypocrites, cowards, just plain idiots. Apparently, you can get fired, released, leave, do what you want for a bunch of time, come back, and you’re instantly forgiven these days!” Fans chant “CM PUNK!” but McIntyre says he could be talking about anyone.
Now, Rollins tried to pull a fast one on McIntyre. Rollins could’ve given the match to anyone, but McIntyre beat Jey Uso weeks ago. So Rollins sticks it to McIntyre, slaps him metaphorically, so he headbutts Rollins in his stupid face. And speaking of Jey, O M G, Jey can apologize! He ran to Randy Orton, tail between his legs, “Oh, I’m so sorry, Randy!” Well Jey, your time’s coming. And there’s someone McIntyre is forgetting. Oh, right! Sami Zayn! And wouldn’t you know? Here comes Sami! Fans cheer and sing Sami’s song as he makes his way to the ring, a mic of his in hand. The fans then chant for ‘SAMI! SAMI!” as he sits up top.
Sami tells McIntyre, he clearly has a lot to say about everybody, including Sami, so he may as well say it to Sami’s face. Oh, yes, McIntyre sure does. Last week, Sami wanted to say how alike they are, but they are not. McIntyre has something to say to Sami and it is the truth: Sami is the one person in the world who deserved to get screwed over by The Bloodline. The fans boo but McIntyre says he will explain. Sami was the Bloodline’s lapdog errand boy, he joined them because he was running away from McIntyre, and then what? Sami screwed Bloodline over! What did Sami think was gonna happen to him? Isn’t Sami supposed to be smart?
McIntyre says Sami deserved what he got, it’s the truth. Sami says McIntyre is right about one thing: Sami was wrong. Sami thought they were alike but the more Sami is seeing, the more “truth” he’s hearing, Sami realizes they are NOT anything alike! Sami is not a delusional person. He isn’t someone who points a finger at everyone else for his own shortcomings. And big difference here: When Sami lost in front of his family and let everyone down, he stayed hungry, driven and motivated and that carried him to victory in the main event of WrestleMania! Fans fire up for that! So Sami got his redemption. Sami got to make his family proud. Does McIntyre think he’s making his family proud?
McIntyre glares at Sami, and then says one of them is NOT walking out of here. Get a ref and ring the bell! Fans fire up as we get their match now! Will McIntyre absolutely explode after Sami set him off?
Drew McIntyre VS Sami Zayn!
The bell rings and fans are behind Sami in this one. Sami and McIntyre circle, then McIntyre RAMS Sami into a corner! And OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! McIntyre asks if it was a good idea to talk bad now. McIntyre ROCKS and DECKS Sami, then stalks him. Fans rally with “Let’s Go, Sami!” as he bails out. McIntyre pursues, and SMACKS him off the apron! McIntyre scoops Sami, but Sami slips free to POST McIntyre! Sami aims at the apron, McIntyre body shots and SMACKS Sami off the apron! McIntyre puts Sami in but Sami builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and down goes McIntyre! Fans fire up with Sami as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and fans rally as McIntyre has Sami in a motorcycle stretch. But Sami flips then BOOTS McIntyre away! But McIntyre CHOPS Sami back! Sami bails out, McIntyre pursues, but Sami kicks and CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Sami throws hands, whips, but McIntyre reverses. Sami goes up the barriers to QUEBRADA! Down goes McIntyre again and fans fire back up! The ring count climbs, the fans fire up with Sami, and Sami brings McIntyre around to put him in at 7 of 10. Sami slides in, but McIntyre LARIATS Sami back down! McIntyre seethes while fans boo, and McIntyre throws fists down on Sami!
Fans rally even harder for Sami and Sami sits up. McIntyre drags Sami up, to CHOP! Sami flops right back down, McIntyre grins, and he drags Sami up. McIntyre CHOPS and Sami wobbles around! Sami shakes his head, grits his teeth, and CHOPS in return! And CHOPS! McIntyre CHOPS and Sami falls over! McIntyre stomps Sami, smother shim, then stomps his head again! McIntyre stomps Sami’s leg, then stomps the other leg! McIntyre paces around Sami, waits on Sami to get up, and Sami goes to a corner. McIntyre runs in but Sami ELBOWS him away! Sami goes up, McIntyre runs in but into a BOOT!
Sami leaps, AX HANDLE! Sami fires up with the fans, he kicks McIntyre and reels him in, but McIntyre is a little too big to suplex! McIntyre suplexes, Sami slips free, then he lures McIntyre into the corner to POST him! Sami kicks and reels McIntyre in, to SUPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down! Sami clutches the ankle, but he stands up to fire off haymakers! Sami whips, McIntyre reverses but Sami ducks ‘n ‘ dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Sami is stunned! Sami hurries to the apron while fans fire up! Sami climbs, leaps, but into an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! And then another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!
McIntyre hits a NECKBREAKER, then kips up! Fans are torn as McIntyre shakes the ropes. But then Sami clotheslines him up and out! Sami aims, and PLANCHAS! McIntyre catches him! And SLINGS him over the desk! Fans lose their minds and McIntyre seethes as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and McIntyre ELBOWS Sami, then Reverse Alabama Lifts! For the REVERSE ALA- NO, Sami victory rolls! TWO!! Sami runs up, into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife bridge, TWO!! But McIntyre deadlift POWERBOMBS! Cover, TWO!?! Sami survives and surprises even himself! The fans declare “This is Awesome!” but McIntyre snarls. McIntyre sits Sami up, fireman’s carries, and then goes up a corner! SUPER- NO, Sami flails and fights to a SUPER SUNSET FLIP BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Sami is beside himself! Sami hobbles up, fans rally behind him and he brings McIntyre around.
Sami reels McIntyre in but McIntyre fights the lift! Sami CLUBS away on McIntyre and fans fire up! Sami tries again, BLUE- NO, McIntyre fights free to GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! McIntyre then aims from the corner! Sami flounders up as the countdown begins! “THREE! TWO! ONE!” BOOT from Sami! BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives again and Sami can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Sami and McIntyre rise again. Sami throws a haymaker, McIntyre gives it back. They stand, Sami CHOPS! McIntyre CHOPS in return! Both men wobble, McIntyre CHOPS again! Sami BOOTS! And BOOTS!
Sami whips, McIntyre reverses but Sami goes up and over. The leg jams! The ref keeps McIntyre back but he storms in, Sami ELBOWS McIntyre, then TOSSES him out! Sami thinks about it, he wants to build speed but the leg won’t let him do it! McIntyre sees a target, and he gets in to CHOP BLOCK! The ref reprimands and backs McIntyre off. McIntyre just aims, to CLAYMORE!!! Direct hit and McIntyre covers, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
No mercy from McIntyre, and that is how he wins! Will the Scottish Warrior force everyone’s hands by fighting his way to a title opportunity?
Zoey Stark finds Shayna Baszler backstage.
The Queen of Spades is getting ready, but then Byron Saxton walks over to ask a few questions. Shayna faces a former tag partner in Nia Jax- Look, she has one goal tonight. Shayna put Nia on the shelf by breaking her arm. So she’ll remind Nia of that, limb by limb. Shayna heads out, Zoey follows. Will the Irresistible Force run into that immovable object again tonight?
Jey Uso speaks.
“Tonight, I have a chance to do something I thought I’d never be able to do again. A few months ago, I had a chance to dethrone the Tribal Chief and become the WWE Undisputed Universal Champion. That moment was ripped away from me by the one man in this world I love the most, my Day One. My own twin brother. Man, that hurt me more than you could ever know. I couldn’t be around this business anymore, I had to walk away. I really convinced myself I was done. Until I got a call from Cody Rhodes.” Cody told Jey he couldn’t quit, he could have a fresh start to be his own man. And the more Jey thought about it, the more he realized Cody was right.
Jey’s whole life, he’s fought for others. For Roman, for his brothers, for his father. From now on, Jey fights for HIS legacy. Before the Bloodline, before record-breaking reigns, before the Uso Penitentiary, before the Day One, before the dance, the face paint, FCW and long ass training nights, making money, being broke… There was just Jey, Uce! So Seth Rollins, we know you’re about game. Rollins has fought against Jey, fought with Jey, but now you’re fighting a starving individual ready to eat! It’s just Jey now. Jey proves to the whole world, to Rollins, to his family and himself why he IS Main Event Jey Uso! But will he become World Champion Jey Uso?
Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.
Jackie Redmond shows Sami being checked by medical staff, but then McIntyre attacks! McIntyre throws Sami into road cases, rains down fists, and says Sami can’t talk about McIntyre’s family! They’re nothing alike! NOTHING! Sami brought this upon himself! Then he STOMPS the bad ankle!! Producers rush in to get McIntyre to leave, but has McIntyre just sidelined Sami for the rest of 2023?
Raw returns as Sami is being reevaluated.
The medics check the leg, Jey hurries over to say it’ll be alright, Uce. Jey looks around for McIntyre, will Jey be able to focus on his main event after this just happened?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
Byron is with The Man and asks about last week, her statement that… Oh, Nia walks in now. She tells “Barney” she has this. And Becky, she talked about some fights on the horizon. Does one include anyone in particular? Yes, Nia, it does. Nia would be number one because Becky had forgotten about her, as everyone had, but then Nia showed up on Becky’s interview and they never got to this. Becky still owes Nia a receipt. A receipt, huh? Well, once Nia squashes Shayna, she is all Becky’s. Becky can’t wait. The music hits, will we see a big time grudge match in the near future?
Shayna Baszler VS Nia Jax!
The bell rings and Nia runs in, but Shayna dodges to KICK and KICK! Nia blocks one, SLAPS Shayna, then TOSSES her! Shayna gest up in a corner, but Nia SPLASHES in the corner! Shayna flounders, Nia pushes her around and slaps her some more. Nia talks trash then TOSSES Shayna across the way! Nia runs back in, but Shayna dodges! Nia hits buckles, Shayna KNEES Nia down! Shayna then knuckle locks and twists that wrist, then goes up the corner for a HANGING ARMBAR! Nia endures, powers up, and POWERBOMBS Shayna down! Shayna gets out of the ring, Nia pursues, and fans rally up as Nia drags Shayna up.
Nia SMACKS Shayna off the desk, then SMACKS her off the apron! Nia brings Shayna around, fireman’s carries, but Shayna fights free! And she POSTS Nia! Shayna slides into the ring, then goes to the apron to PENALTY KICK the arm! Shayna isolates that arm, lets her hair down, and says Nia’s done! But Nia SWEEPS the legs! Shayna hits the apron, and Nia gets up to APRON LEG DROP! Fans boo as Shayna writhes and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Nia has Shayna in a neck wrench. Shayna endures, even as NIa leans on the hold. Fans rally, Shayna fights up, and she JAWBREAKERS free! Nia staggers, Shayna fires body shots and KICKS! Shayna ROCKS Nia into a corner, then runs, but Nia URENAGES Shayna down! Nia then drags Shayna up to POST her! Nia goes to the apron, lines up the shot, runs in and HIP ATTACKS against the post! Cover, TWO!! Shayna survives but Nia drags her up. Nia puts Shayna in a corner, throws body shots and slaps Shayna around, but Shayna fires off forearms! Shayna runs, but Nia scoops her! SIDEWALK SLAM!
Nia dribbles Shayna while taunting her, then she covers, TWO! Nia is frustrated but she drags Shayna up into a cobra clutch. Shayna endures, fans rally up, and Shayna throws elbows! Then kicks! And KICKS! And KICKS! Shayna runs, KICKS, then runs again. Another KICK but Nia still stays up! Shayna runs, dodges Nia, but Nia scoops to SAMOAN DROP! Shayna crawls to a corner, Nia runs in, but Shayna ducks and the hip attack hits buckles! Then Shayna hits a roll up into buckles! Shayna goes to the far corner, Nia crawls after her, but Shayna runs in to KNEE Nia down! Cover, TWO!! Nia survives and Shayna is frustrated.
Nia rises, Shayna KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS, KICKS, KICKS! Fans fire up with each shot but Nia blocks one! Shayna gets free to BUZZSAW! Shayna runs, but Nia CLOBBERS her at the ropes! Nia pushes Shayna down, runs and SENTONS! Cover, TWO?!? Shayna survives and fans fire up! Nia is in disbelief, but she drags Shayna to a drop zone. Nia stomps Shayna, climbs up, but Shayna grabs a leg! ANKLE LOCK! Nia kicks Shayna away, but then Shayna returns, SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Both women have a crash landing and fans fire up! Shayna drags herself up while Nia stirs, and the fans rally behind her!
Shayna stalks Nia, KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Nia endures but she has Shayna on her as a backpack! Fans fire up, but Nia stands up! Shayna drags her back down! Shayna rear mounts again, leans all her weight on the hold, but Nia fights back up! BACKPACK SENTON!! Both women are down again as Nia sputters and coughs. But then she gets mad, and she drags Shayna to the drop zone! Nia climbs, soaks up the heat, A-NIA-LATOR!! Cover, Nia wins!
Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall
Shayna tried but she could not be the immovable object to the Irresistible Force. Nia crushes the Queen of Spades, but here comes Becky! Fans fire up but Nia backs down! This collision is coming, but will Becky be that big time roadblock to Nia?
DIY talks backstage.
Gargano & Ciampa know what they gotta do, but then in walk Candice & Indi. They’ll be cheering DIY on, ready for back to back wins, and then they all stand at attention because Imperium walks in. Oh, yes, good, show respect. Look at this lovely couple. Yes, a lovely couple of losers! Oh, ow, wow. But it’ll be embarrassing to get beat twice in one match. Hopefully Papa Gunther won’t be too mad after. The Way heads out, and Ludwig reminds Giovanni this is important. Don’t mess up out there. Oh, he’s got it. He hopes Ludwig does, too. The dysfunction between Impeccable German and the Pride of Italy is growing, will it be their downfall?
Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: #DIY VS Imperium!
Raw returns as Imperium makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Ciampa starts against Ludwig. The fans rally behind DIY as we start this first fall, and the two circle. Ciampa and Ludwig tie up, go around, and Ludwig puts Ciampa in a corner. The ref counts, Ludwig lets off slowly, but Ciampa avoids the cheap shot to ROCK and CHOP and repeat! Ciampa whips corner to corner, Ludwig reverses and runs in. He blocks a boot, “NEIN!” UPPERCUT! Ludwig stands over Ciampa, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Ludwig ROCKS Ciampa, tags Vinci, and Vinci RAMS into Ciampa! Vinci then stays between Ciampa and Gargano to stomp Ciampa.
Vinci throws hands and UPPERCUTS, but Ciampa hits back! They brawl, Ciampa has the edge and whips, but Vinci ducks ‘n’ dodge to CROSSBODY! Fans boo but Vinci stomps Ciampa. Vinci KNEES Ciampa in the back, then he stomps Ciampa more. Vinci talks trash, stands Ciampa up and UPPERCUTS! Vinci CLUBS Ciampa in the back, tags Ludwig, and Imperium mugs Ciampa. Ludwig looms over Ciampa, then scrapes his soles off Ciampa’s face! Ludwig taunts Gargano, fans boo, but Ludwig smirks as he whips Ciampa. Ludwig ELBOWS Ciampa down, covers, TWO! Fans rally but Ludwig clamps onto Ciampa with a chinbar and armlock.
Ciampa fights up, fans rally harder as they go around and around, and Ciampa sends Ludwig into buckles! Fans fire up, Ciampa crawls, but Ludwig anchors the feet! Ciampa ENZIGURIS, but Ludwig still holds on! Ciampa fires forearms, Ludwig keeps him from Gargano to then dodge. But Ciampa dodges, hot tag to Gargano! Fans fire up as Gargano JUMP KICKS Ludwig, then schoolboy rolls and KICKS Vinci! Gargano rallies on Ludwig, whips him to ropes, but Ludwig reverses. Gargano ducks ‘n ‘dodges to tilt-o-whirl, LA MYSTICA! Fans fire up with Johnny Wrestling and he runs in at the corner, but Ludwig puts him on the apron!
Gargano GAMANGIRIS, then he avoids Vinci to SUPERKICK! SLINGSHOT SPEAR on Ludwig! Fans fire up again and Gargano tags Ciampa back in. DIY set up in corners, Ludwig sits up, but Vinci trips Gargano! Ludwig avoids the knee, rolls Ciampa with tights, Imperium scores!
DIY: 0; Imperium: 1
Fans boo as Imperium takes the crucial first fall! But while Vinci & Ludwig gloat, Gargano gets back up, CANNONBALL takes out Vinci! Ciampa PLANCHAS Ludwig down! DIY sits on the desk, and they pat themselves on the backs while applauding! Fans applaud and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Ludwig tags in but the fans rally for “D I Y! D I Y!” Ludwig stands Gargano up but Gargano fires forearms! Ludwig shoves, Gargano returns, tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTER! Then Ludwig BLASTS Ciampa! Tag to Vinci, Imperium sets Gargano up in the ropes, DOUBLE DROPKICKS in the corner! Vinci drags Gargano up, CLUBS him, then covers, TWO! Fans taunt “BALDY! BALDY!” as he clamps onto Gargano with shoulder claws. Gargano fights up, fights free, and he throws forearms on Imperium! Vinci kicks low, reels Gargano in, then Ludwig goes up! Ciampa anchors Ludwig, Gargano victory rolls Vinci, DIY scores!
DIY: 1; Imperium: 1
And we’re all tied up! Imperium is shocked, but then they rush Gargano! Gargano dodges them both, hot tag to Ciampa! Ciampa rallies on Imperium, he fires off forearms and CHOPS! Fans fire up, Imperium mugs Ciampa and double whip. Ciampa ducks the lariats to DOUBLE LARIAT Imperium! Dragon sleeper for Vinci, clinch for Ludwig, COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBO! Gargano is back, Ciampa tags him in. They meet at the corner, CLOTHESLINE ENZIGURI COMBO! Then BACK SUPLEX BOMB COMBO! Cover, Ludwig breaks it! Ciampa whips but Ludwig reverses to TOSS Ciampa! Gargano DUMPS Ludwig!
Vinci runs in, Gargano dodges then fakes out to mule kick! Gargano runs, but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Gargano hangs in there, but Vinci tags Ludwig. Ludwig goes up again, Vinci lifts Gargano, but Gargano fights to RANA Vinci away! Ludwig still leaps, but Gargano ROCKS him! Gargano runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Ludwig hits the ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! PENALTY KICK! Tag to Vinci and Vinci double jump TOP ROPE MOONSAULTS! Cover, Ciampa breaks it! Fans fire up as all four men are down! Ludwig storms up on Ciampa to throw a forearm, but Ciampa gives it back!
Ciampa and Ludwig brawl, the ref reprimands as they’re not the legal men! Ludwig gets the edge, spins, but Gargano SUPERKICKS him! Vinci is up, he blocks Ciampa’s boot to CHOP! Gargano ENZIGURIS Vinci! Ludwig DISCUS LARIATS Ciampa! Gargano BUZZSAWS Ludwig! Vinci KICKS and reels Gargano in, but Gargano counters the bomb with a DDT! All four men are down again and the fans really fire up! Fans rally up, “This is Awesome!” Gargano and Vinci crawl, hot tags to Ciampa and Ludwig! Ciampa dodges Ludwig but then Ludwig elbows him! Ciampa BOOTS, puts Ludwig up top, and then climbs up after him!
Fans fire up as Ciampa fireman’s carries Ludwig, for the SUPER AIR RAID CRASH! Tag to Gargano and DIY set up in corners! Fans are thunderous for- NO, Vinci trips Ciampa and drag shim out! But Ciampa sends Vinci into steps! Gargano runs in, Ludwig rolls him up with tights again! TWO!! Ciampa sneaks a tag, Ludwig runs in but gets a haymaker! SUPERKICK! BOOT! And then, MEET IN THE MIDDLE!! Cover, DIY wins!!
Winners: DIY, by pinfall, 2-1
Fans fire up as DIY makes the comeback to take the match! Will this help Ciampa & Gargano head for the Undisputed Tag Team Championships? As for Imperium, Vinci tells Ludwig he’s gotta go explain to Gunther what went wrong. Is what’s wrong with Imperium simply their attitudes?
Tegan Nox & Natalya prepare backstage.
They’re getting ready for Kayden Carter & Katana Chance, but Chelsea Green & Piper Niven walk over. Look, it’s Kitty Cat Natty and Rainbow Head… Uh, um, what’s her name again? TEGAN! Oh, right, Tegan. Well, the champs were gonna head out but they heard Natty & Nox have a match tonight. It’s so “cute” that they’re trying to make this work. Get over it, Natty! This is not your meal ticket, move on, it’s over, nobody’s buying this. Nox goes after Chelsea but Natty holds her back. Natty says after they win tonight, they’ll take another shot at the titles, and they won’t miss. Chelsea says she and Piper will miss this. “Let’s go, P.”
Chelsea & Piper walk away, and Natty says someone needs to buy that mutt a muzzle. Will the Queen of Harts & Welsh Firecracker rebound? Or will KC Squared have the winning formula?
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/4/23)
B Block, round 6!
Sure #EverybodyDies, but who will tranquilo?
The World Tag League round robin is almost over, and B Block is looking saucy! Will Lance Archer & Alex Zayne burn Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr?
- BUSHI & Shingo Takagi VS SHO & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; win.
- Six Man Tag: Kaito Kiyomiya, Ryohei Oiwa & Oskar Leube VS The Gates of Agony & Boltin Oleg; win.
- Six Man Tag: Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma VS The United Empire; win(s).
- Six Man Tag: Shota Umino, Ren Narita & Ryusuke Taguchi VS The House of Torture; win(s).
- Six Man Tag: TMDK VS Bullet Club; wins.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; Fale & Bonza win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; ELP & Leo win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki; Bishamon wins.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Lance Archer & Alex Zayne VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr; Tsuji & Zando win.
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Here are the current 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
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!
The Holy Emperor & Heat Storm are just outside the top after their loss to Monster Sauce, but that’s way better than being at the bottom like the Rogue Army. But can Fale & Bonza ruin things for Taichi & Yuya? Or will B Block belong to Just5Guys?
The teams sort out and Yuya starts against Bonza. The fans rally up as the bell rings and the two stare down. They circle, tie up, and Bonza wrenches to hammerlock then waistlock. Yuya switches to then hammerlock, but Bonza switches the hammerlock back. Yuya reaches back, sits down, rolls and wrenches to a wristlock. Bonza spins, breaks free and pie faces Yuya! Yuya keeps cool, and he resets with Bonza. They tie up, but Bonza kicks low! Bonza runs, runs Yuya over, and says he’s pathetic! Bonza runs, Yuya stays low to then hurdle, and then he hip tosses Bonza down! Yuya scoops and SLAMS Bonza, then arm-drags him!
Fans fire up as Yuya has the armlock, but Fale runs in to throw body shots and scoop! Yuya slips free, but Fale’s too big for an arm-drag! Fale scoops again, and SLAMS Yuya! Then Fale DECKS Taichi for the hell of it! Bonza stomps Yuya around, brings him up, and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Fale and the Rogue Army mugs Yuya. Fale brings Yuya around to CLUB him down, then looms over him. Fans rally but Fale stands on Yuya! Fale goes surfing on the Heat Storm! Fale steps off, covers, TWO! Fans cheer but Fale tags Bonza. Bonza storms up on Yuya, drags him around, and then he goes surfing!
Bonza lets off to then drop an elbow! And then springboard stomp! Yuya sputters, Bonza drags him back up but Taichi rallies the fans. Yuya CHOPS Bonza, ROCKS Fale, repeat! Bonza ROCKS Yuya! Bonza bumps Yuya off buckles, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to elbow! Bonza keeps moving, but Yuya DROPKICKS! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Yuya crawls, hot tag to Taichi! Taichi storms up to Kawada Kick! Bonza says F U and ROCKS Taichi, but Taichi SOBATS back! Taichi tells Bonza off and BOOTS him in the corner! Fale runs in, but into a BOOT! Fale comes back, Taichi steps aside to GAMANGIRI!
Bonza kicks Taichi, whips him to a corner, but Taichi comes back to AX BOMBER! Fans fire up with Taichi, and OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi then aims, but Bonza blocks the kick to ELBOW! Bonza whips, DISCUS LARIAT! Bonza fires up, he drags Taichi up, and he reels Taichi in to suplex! Taichi fights that off to suplex back! Bonza fights that off, they fight for suplex control, and fans rally up! In the end, Bonza gets Taichi up, but Taichi slips free! SAI- NO, Bonza fights with elbows! Bonza runs, into a RIDGE HAND! Taichi runs, but Bonza deflects the boot to hit a BIG back suplex! Tag to Fale and he storms up on Taichi.
Fale stomps Taichi, drags him up and CLUBS away on the back! Taichi falls over but Fale stalks him to the ropes. Fale drags Taichi up, but Taichi fights and wrenches to HOOK KICK! Fale runs up, into a clinch! Taichi is using sumo! Fale and Taichi hobble around, Fale tries to counter sumo with sumo! But Taichi still THROWS Fale!! Fans are thunderous and Taichi takes aim! BUZZSAW! Both men are down, fans rally up, hot tag to Yuya! Yuya roars, runs in and CHOPS Fale! Bonza runs in, but gets an arm-drag! And then a DROPKICK! Bonza bails out, Fale staggers up into a DROPKICK! He stays up, so Yuya DROPKICKS again!
Fale rebounds, into an ARM-DRAG!! The fans are thunderous and Yuya runs in at the corner. DOUBLE CHOP! Taichi adds a BOOT! Yuya runs in again, DROPKICK! Fale hobbles, Yuya pushes him out and goes up the corner! CROSSBODY! Down goes Fale! But Yuya isn’t done there! Yuya drags Fale up, wrenches and traps the arm, but Fale swings the other! Yuya catches it! But Fale’s too big for Kamuki! Fale TOSSES Yuya to a corner then SPLASHES! Fireman’s carry, but Yuya flails around! Sunset flip, but Fale stays up! So Taichi GAMANGIRIS him into it! High stack, TWO!! Fale escapes, but Yuya has an ARMBAR!!
Fans fire up as Fale endures! Fale fights around, but Yuya powers him down!! ARMBAR!! Fale flails and kicks around, reaches out, but Yuya shifts grip! Bonza sends Taichi into railing before he gets in, Fale has the ROPEBREAK! Bonza CLOBBERS Yuya for good measure! Fans fire up as Bonza BLASTS Taichi off the apron! Yuya CHOPS Bonza, CHOPS him again, and powers up, but Bonza dodges! Only for Yuya to catch the arms! But Bonza knees low! Yuya roars, but Bonza scoops him! BACKBREAKER to ELBOW DROP!! Cover, TAICHI BREAKS IT! Fans fire up but Bonza scoops Taichi! FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!!
Fale hoists Yuya up! Crucifix lift, for BAD LUCK FALL!!! Cover, Rogue Army wins!!
Winners: Bad Luke Fale & Jack Bonza, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Taichi & Yuya earn 0)
The Rogue General & Red Commander just brought down two of the five guys! Did they just blow up the chances of Taichi & Yuya going on to the semifinals? Or will luck be with J5G in the seventh?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!
The NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions take on the NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion and a former World Middleweight Champion, but both teams are on the bubble in this block. Who pops off and who drops off right before the end?
ELP tries to get the fans cheering Soberano but it takes a second to warm them up. The fans fire up and the sons of lucha appreciate it. “AT-LAN-TIS!” and “SOBER-RA-NO!” then return the favor helping in a “HI-KU-LEO~!” chant. They all shake hands and high-five, and then the teams sort out. ELP starts against Soberano and fans rally up. The two wind up, and shake hands! Fans cheer and the two circle. They tie up, ELP headlocks, but Soberano powers up and out to then reel ELP back and run. ELP sidesteps, he avoids Soberano’s handspring, and fans cheer. Soberano flexes and fans cheer a little more.
ELP gives a mocking golf clap and then circles with Soberano again. Soberano headlocks, ELP throws body shots and powers out. Soberano runs ELP over, then things speed up. ELP hurdles but Soberano front flips! Fans fire up and Soberano looks off into the distance. Soberano then runs in, ELP dodges, Soberano RANAS but ELP handsprings through, then does his drop steps! Fans cheer as ELP flexes and kisses the biceps. ELP gives Soberano a push, Soberano pushes back. They start pushing a little harder, then things speed up again! Soberano ducks ‘n’ dodges and rolls off ELP’s back to then run and RANA!
ELP flounders out of the ring and Soberano builds speed! FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and fans fire up again! Soberano gets the fans rallying behind him then has the ref tranquilo. Soberano puts ELP in, then gets fans to actually chant for “PHAN-TAS-MO!” Soberano slides in, brings ELP around, and tags Atlantis. The luchadores mug ELP, and the fans still chant for “PHAN-TAS-MO!” but the luchadores double whip to DOUBLE ELBOW! Then wheelbarrow and ENZUGIRI FACEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Atlantis keeps cool as he stomps ELP around. Atlantis drags ELP up, keeps him from Leo, and CLUBS away!
Atlantis suplexes but ELP blocks! ELP tries to suplex but Atlantis blocks! ELP RAMS Atlantis into the corner, CHOPS him, then tags Leo. ELP CHOPS again, then hushes the fans. Leo swings, Atlantis dodges to CHOP them in return! CHOP after CHOP then Atlantis runs, ducks ELP’s hurdle but ends up right in Leo’s DDT! Cover, TWO! Leo drags Atlantis up but Atlantis throws forearms and CHOPS! Leo CHOPS right back! Leo then fireman’s carries, but Atlantis fights free! Atlantis dodges the chop, tries to whip but Leo blocks and reverses! Leo runs in, Atlantis dodges and Leo’s boot gets stuck on the ropes! Atlantis dropkicks that leg!
Leo hobbles and Atlantis keeps moving, Atlantis dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up as Atlantis stomps Leo’s leg, then SPLASHES down on a knee! Atlantis stomps the leg some more, but Jado & ELP coach Leo. Leo CHOPS Atlantis, but Atlantis stomps him down. Atlantis has the leg and works to turn Leo over! HALF CRAB! Leo endures and fans rally up! Leo fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Atlantis lets go at 4, and Leo clutches his knee. Atlantis eggs Leo on, Soberano tags in, and they both taunt Leo to go taunt ELP. Leo crawls over, but then the luchadores bring Leo away. “Chotto matte ne!”
Fans applaud as the Mexican luchadores know some Japanese. Then they get LEo’s hands, bend the fingers, and then Soberano BOOTS Leo down! ELP protests, the ref reprimands, but Soberano BITES Leo’s foot! Soberano keeps Leo from ropes with a chinlock, then he and Atlantis get Leo up again. They double whip Leo to a corner, Atlantis runs in but is put on the apron. Leo DECKS Atlantis, and he catches Soberano’s splash! Soberano BELL CLAPS then BOOTS Leo! Soberano taunts ELP by blowing a kiss, then he goes back for Leo. Atlantis returns, they double whip but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT!
Fans fire up and Leo crawls, hot tag to ELP! ELP grins as he runs up to BOOT Soberano! Mule kick for Atlantis! Atomic drop for Soberano! ELP mocks Soberano’s pain, then he atomic drops Atlantis, into a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! ELP clotheslines Soberano up and out, but Atlantis kicks him low! Atlantis whips ELP to the corner but ELP goes up and over then springboards to CROSSBODY! Somersault, LIONSAULT! Another somersault, to PLANCHA Soberano! Fans fire up with ELP and he goes back to the corner. ELP waits on Atlantis to rise up, then he springboards in, FLYING TORNADO DDT!
Fans fire up and ELP drags Atlantis to a cover, TWO! Atlantis survives and the fans rally up again. ELP fires up and Soberano coaches Atlantis. ELP drags Atlantis up, reels him in, tucks the arms, but Atlantis fights! Atlantis ROCKS ELP, ELP ROCKS Atlantis, they go forearm for forearm! ELP whips, Atlantis reverses and Soberano jumps in! Double hip toss into TU LO SABE! Cover, TWO! ELP survives and that surprises Atlantis. The fans rally, Soberano stalks ELP to a corner and eggs him on. ELP slaps Soberano, Soberano SLAPS ELP! Atlantis BOOTS Leo, ELP throws hands on Soberano, but Atlantis kicks ELP low.
Atlantis puts ELP up top, Soberano GAMANGIRIS! Then the sons of lucha vow to end this! They both climb up after ELP, CLUB away on him, and bring him up. But Leo gets in, TOWER OF DOOM!! Fans fire up for the double powerbomb double superplex combo! Leo drags Soberano up to POWERBOMB onto Atlantis! Fans fire up again as Leo helps ELP up! Leo scoops, but Atlantis slips free to shove Leo into ELP! Then Atlantis dodges Leo to SUPERKICK ELP! And DROPKICK Leo! Leo runs back in but Atlantis dumps him out! ELP runs in but Atlantis goes up and over, rolls and SPIN POWERSLAMS!
Fans fire up as Atlantis goes up a corner! But ELP hurries to GAMANGIRI! Soberano sneaks a tag! ELP goes up to the very top, brings Atlantis up with him, SUPER STEINER! ELP goes up but Soberano is there! He springboards up to SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Fans are thunderous with everyone down, and Soberano crawls to a cover! Leo breaks it! Fans fire up again and Atlantis regroups with Soberano. Leo UPPERCUTS Atlantis, choke grips each of them, meeting of the minds! But then the luchadores double basement dropkick the legs out! Fans rally for Leo but Soberano & Atlantis have him! DOUBLE-
NO, Leo fights the suplexes to UPPERCUT Soberano! Atlantis dodges the haymaker but not the BOOT! Leo aims at Soberano now, choke grip! GOD- FLIP! Soberano ENZIGURIS! Leo roars! Soberano SUPERKICKS! ELP SUDDEN DEATH!! Fans fire up with ELP and he DIVES to take out Atlantis! Leo hits GODSEND!! ELP returns, he goes up, SUPER THUNDERKISS 86!!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!
Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Atlantis & Soberano earn 0)
The sons of lucha are eclipsed by the Guerrillas of Destiny! Will the “Big Blue Sexy Boys” still have a fighting chance of entering the semifinals?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki!
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi vow to break the curse that keeps IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions from winning the league! Will they pull it off? Or will Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World not only stop Bishamon, but get golden tickets at the same time?
The teams sort out and Suzuki stares Hashi down. Fans rally up and the two start. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. But then Suzuki kicks one, wrenches the other to a hammerlock, but Hashi switches the hold onto Suzuki. Suzuki reaches back to cording hold and chinbar Hashi to ropes. The ref counts and Suzuki lets off slowly, then with strong pats on the shoulder. Fans cheer and Hashi keeps cool as the two reset. They step up, and Hashi fires a forearm! Suzuki fires back! They go back and forth and the fans rally as they pick up speed! Suzuki ROCKS Hashi, ROCKS him again, but Hashi comes back to CHOP!
Suzuki eggs Hashi on so Hashi CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Hashi CHOPS more and more but Suzuki stays standing on sheer anger! Hashi drags Suzuki over, tags Goto, and Bishamon double whip to then double shoulder tackle! Hashi BLASTS Nagata for good measure, then Goto stomps Suzuki. Goto drags Suzuki up, CLUBS him, then whips. Suzuki reverses to then headlock, but Goto powers out. Suzuki pulls hair to HEADBUTT! Suzuki CLUBS Goto down and Goto bails out! Nagata runs in to BLAST Hashi as payback, and then the murder grandpas go out after them! Suzuki whips Goto into railing, then brings him around while Nagata sends Hashi hard into railing!
Suzuki RAMS Goto into railing in front of commentary, then has a railing crossface! The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off of Goto, but Nagata POSTS Hashi! Suzuki stomps Goto around, the ring count starts, and Suzuki stomps Goto again before sliding in. The count reaches 7 of 20, then 10 as Goto crawls. Goto clutches his neck, the count is 15! Goto stands at 17, and slides in at 19! Fans cheer but Suzuki clamps onto Goto with a camel clutch! Goto endures, Suzuki shifts to bring him up for a facelock. Nagata tags in and he CLUBS Goto on the neck! And CLUBS him again! Nagata wraps on a chinlock to grind Goto down!
Hashi coaches Goto as he fights around, and Goto gets the ROPEBREAK! Nagata lets go, to KICK Goto in the back! Nata then drags Goto up with a facelock and tags Suzuki. Suzuki snapmares Goto to KICK him! And then Suzuki pulls at the tape around the neck and shoulders! The ref reprimands but there’s nothing he can really do! Suzuki reels Goto in but Goto resists the Gotch lift! Suzuki powers up but Goto still fights. Suzuki CLUBS Goto, tags Nagata, and Nagata BOOTS Hashi down! Nagata KICKS Goto in the chest, then KICKS him again! Goto grits his teeth, Nagata eggs him on, but Goto blocks the next kick!
Goto CLUBS the leg, but Nagata ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Nagata whips, Goto reverses, but Nagata BOOTS back! Nagata runs, Goto follows to LARIAT! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Goto and Nagata crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs to run Nagata over! Hashi BLASTS Suzuki off the apron and fans fire up as Hashi ROCKS, body shots and CHOPS! Then he fires off forearms over and over in the corner! Nagata sits down and Hashi keeps going! The ref reprimands, the fans fire up, and Hashi lets off to bring Nagata back up. Nagata shoves Hashi so Hashi eggs him on. The forearms go back and forth now!
Hashi gets the edge with forearms, then CHOPS Nagata back to the corner. Hashi whips corner to corner, Nagata reverses, but Hashi comes back to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally again and Hashi fires up. Hashi reels Nagata in, suplexes, but Nagata fights it to suplex, and MAGIC SCREW! Hashi flounders, Nagata stands, and Nagata stomps Hashi. Nagata ROCKS Hashi, whips him to ropes, but Hashi holds ropes. Goto tags in, Hashi sidesteps Nagata and Goto ROCKS him! Hashi CHOPS Nagata down, then he BLASTS Suzuki. Hashi hauls Nagata up, turns him, and Goto adds on, HEAD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Nagata hangs in there.
Bishamon set up in opposite corners, and they aim at Nagata. But Suzuki pushes Nagata to save him from the DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Hashi CHOPS, Goto CLUBS and then GOTO GO TO HUNTER! Bishamon have Nagata in a corner, Goto clotheslines! Hashi clotheslines! Feed to the fireman’s carry, FIERCE FLASH! Cover, TWO! Nagata survives and fans rally up again! Goto hauls Nagata up, Hashi calls the shot! Dragon sleeper and leg lift, but Suzuki catches Hashi to a SLEEPER! Nagata drags Goto down into a CROSSFACE! Goto endures, Hashi is turning red! Fans rally up as Goto fights his way around!
Goto reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer, and Suzuki sends Goto to a corner! Suzuki BOOTS! Nagata BOOTS! Snapmare, DOUBLE PENALTY KICK SANDWICH! Then EXPLODER!! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives and fans fire up again! Nagata drags Goto up, but Goto fights the saido with elbows! Nagata knees low, and again, then CLUBS Goto’s neck! Goto falls and writhes, but Nagata drags him back up! Suzuki keeps Hashi out with an ANKLE LOCK, as Nagata SAI- NO, Goto fights free! Hashi also gets free, to SUPERKICK Nagata! Goto has a SLEEPER, then rolls it to GOTO NISHIKI!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!
Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Nagata & Suzuki earn 0)
The murder grandpas almost had it, but Goto finds a way to survive! Does this mean the Fierce Warrior & Headhunter have a chance to #GetBackUp to the WTL finals after all?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Lance Archer & Alex Zayne VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr!
The Monster Sauce is leading the way but they have to finish strong! Will they stay hot going into the seventh and final round? Or will they be sunk by The Gene Blast & King of the World?
Wait, Tetsuya Naito is coming out here? What a great surprise! It sure takes Shingo Takagi by surprise as he’s been on commentary this entire time. Naito joins commentary, even! And he puts his feet up on top of Milano Collection AT’s notes. He makes Milano hold the Right to Challenge bag while he puts his headset on. Monster Sauce then makes their entrance, and Archer suckers a Young Lion in by offering a high-five to then DECK him! He pats another on the shoulder, assuring him it’s fine. Then he RAMS him into railing! Zayne apologizes to each Young Lion in turn, it’s nothing personal. Archer and Zayne then have Red Shoes and Abe-san put on the jackets to see how they look.
Zando and Tsuji make their entrances, the teams sort out, and Archer says that smile of Tsuji’s is gonna be missing some teeth soon. However, Zayne and Zando step up to start and the fans rally up with the bell. They circle, tie up, and Zando powers Zayne to ropes. Zando lets off, fakes the chop, and tells Zayne to take it easy. Zayne and Zando reset and fans rally again. They tie up, Zayne puts Zando on ropes now, and Zayne fakes the chop to twirl his hair. Fans cheer and Zando smirks. The two reset again, tie up again, and Zando headlocks. Zayne wrenches out, but Zando wrenches back to wristlock.
Zayne rolls, handsprings, wrenches and wristlocks, but Zando spins, CHOPS, and whips Zayne to a corner. Zayne reverses, runs in and back elbows! Zayne slips out to the apron and slingshot RANAS! Things keep moving, Zayne ducks ‘n’ dodges and IMPLODER KNEE DROPS down on Zando’s dropdown! Zayne then rolls to STANDING MARIPOSA! Fans fire up and Zayne smirks as he twirls his hair again. Zayne stands Zando up, Zando throws hands but Zayne bobs ‘n’ weaves to body blow! Zayne runs, but Tsuji kicks him! Zayne swings on Tsuji, but Zando reels him in, chicken wings and DODON DROP!
Archer runs in to kick Zando low! Archer reels Zando in to CLUB him, then he runs. Tsuji trips Archer, Zando basement dropkicks! Tsuji then drags Archer out to RAM him into railing! Fans fire up with Zando, and Tsuji sends Archer into more railing! Zando TOSSES Zayne out of the ring, Tsuji fires off on Archer, then CHOPS him! Tsuji holds Archer out along railing, Zando runs in, LEAP FROG ATTACK! Fans fire up while Archer falls over! Tsuji finds Zayne and stomps him, to then put him in the ring for Zando. Zando storms up, drags Zayne up and has him on ropes. Zando lifts Zayne up and Tsuji runs, to LEAP FROG ATTACK!
Zayne flops over, fans rally up, and Zando tags Tsuji. Zando & Tsuij drag Zayne up to double whip. Archer returns, Red Shoes keeps him back, Zayne ends up in the POP-UP KICK! Zando & Tsuji run, basement dropkick sandwich! Fans cheer but Red Shoes reprimands. Zando exits, Tsuji digs his knees into Zayne at the ropes before a knee drop! Tsuji drags Zayne up while Archer and Zando shout at each other. Tsuji whips Zayne but reverses direction to send him into the red corner! Tsuji stomps Zayne, Zando CLUBS him, and then Zando tags in. Zando snapmares Zayne to a seated abdominal stretch! Zayne endures and the fans rally up.
Zayne reaches out, but then reaches up to drag Zando into a cradle! TWO, and Zando stomps away! Zando hits Archer, then laughs as he gets away. Zando drags Zayne back, CLUBS him, then grabs a leg. Zando steps over, then clinches, modified cobra twist! Zayne endures, hops on his one free leg, and fans rally up! Zayne reaches out, hot tag- NO, Tsuji drags Archer down and RAMS him into railing right in front of commentary! Zando wrangles Zayne to a cover, TWO! Fans cheer and Zando drags Zayne up. Zando wrenches, wristlocks, then he tags Tsuji. Tsuji BOOTS Zayne’s arm, then brings him around to ROCK with a forearm!
Fans rally up, Zayne ROCKS Tsuji back! And CHOPS! And ROCKS him again! Tsuji knees low, then wags his finger. Tsuji swings, Zayne counter punches! And again! Tsuji runs in, Zayne gets around, roll up and EDDY GORDO KICK! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Tsuji and Zayne crawl, hot tag to Archer! Archer storms around, fires up, and BLASTS Zando! It was a fake out at first, but now he runs to ELBOW Tsuji! “Ichi!” Archer keeps moving, and ELBOWS! “Ni!” Zayne runs in, tilt-o-whirl RANA CANNONBALL! But Zando SUPERKICKS Zayne! Archer CHOPS Zando but Zando just fires up!
Zando CHOPS Archer, and Archer just smiles! Archer CHOPS back! Archer eggs Zando on so Zando CHOPS! Archer CHOPS, eggs Zando on, and fans fire up as Zando CHOPS again! They CHOP back and forth, faster and faster! Archer CHOPS Zando down! Fans fire up with the Murderhawk and he storms up. Zando swings, but into a full nelson that Archer makes into a dragon sleeper. Tsuji runs in, but gets caught! URENAGE REVERSE DDT COMBO! Archer then drags Tsuji up, shoves him to a corner, and DOUBLE CHOPS! Zayne then LEAP FROG MISSILE DROPKICKS! Archer suplexes Tsuji! Then CHOKE SLAM SAULT! Cover, TWO!!
Tsuji survives and fans fire up but Archer fires himself back up. Tag to Zayne, he goes up, but Zando GAMANGIRIS! Archer grabs Zando, but Tsuji DUMPS Archer! Tsuji then rushes the corner, but Zayne jumps and over! Zayne comes back but Tsuji BOOTS him! Tsuji goes up, but Zayne returns, NO HANDS STEINER! Fans fire up as Zando hurries in. Zayne dodges the chop but Zando blocks the chip to CHOP after all! Zando suplexes, Zayne slips free to shove, but Zando blocks the kick! Zando ducks the enziguri, wheelbarrow GERMAN SUPLEX! Archer BOOTS Zando, ripcords, and HELLICOASTERS! Fans fire up with Archer again!
Archer hauls Zando back up, reels him in, but Tsuji saves Zando from the suplex! Tsuji & Zando mug Archer, then go to double suplex! Archer fights it, he wants to double suplex, but they fight it! Zando & Tsuji try again, DOUBLE SUPLEX! All four men are down and the fans fire up again! Zando stirs, flounders out of the ring, and Tsuji rises. Tsuji tags Zando in, they get Zayne up. They double whip, hip toss and SLAM! Then SPLASH, to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Zayne hangs in there and Zando pounds the mat in frustration. The fans clap along, Tsuji & Zando get Zayne up, ANCHOR!! Cover, TWO!! Zayne survives and fans fire up again!
Zando pounds the mat some more and the fans clap along again. Tag to Tsuji, and he climbs up onto Zando’s shoulders! But Archer caches Tsuji, to CHOKE SLAM him into Zando! Then Archer fireman’s carries, Zayne runs in, ROLLING NECKBREAKER SAMOAN DROP COMBO!! Cover, Zando breaks it! Fans fire up, Archer runs in, but he doesn’t fall for the dump trick. Archer CLOBBERS Zando against ropes, then clotheslines him up and out of the ring! Fans fire up with Archer again and Zayne pounds the mat. Archer hauls Tsuji up, sets him up for Zayne, ROLLING- NO, Tsuji avoids the ax kick! Then he dodges Archer, and now Zando dumps him out!
Zayne mule kicks Tsuji, runs, but into the GENE BLAST SPEAR!!! Cover, LIJ WINS!!
Winners: Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Archer & Zayne earn 0)
Monster Sauce drops, making the top of this block really interesting! If #EverybodyDies, are their chances at the finals in danger of dying off?
As for Tsuji & Zando, Tsuji gets the mic to say, “It looks like it’s someone’s birthday today.” It’s also someone in Los Ingobernables de Japon. “HIROMU-CHAN!” Oh wait, is he even here? Well, maybe Hiromu was too busy to be here, but Tsuji hopes tonight’s win is a good birthday gift. Fans applaud that, but then Tsuji says he also has some bad news. It would seem after tonight’s penultimate-penultimate results, there mathematically isn’t a chance for Tsuji & Zando to make it to the semifinals. He asks if that’s true or not. Even commentary has to check the math on that. So then, is there a chance?
Milano is sure it’s not zero percent. Really? Pretty sure. Then there IS a chance! The fans cheer and Tsuji says that even if it seems unlikely, should they win next round, Zandokan will be LIJ! Fans cheer for that, too! Tsuji then brings up that the other day, he talked with the others and hoped Takagi & Naito wouldn’t lose today. Takagi stands up from commentary to say that he does need to get better. Well, hey, tranquilo, right? Tsuji then lets Zando say a few words. “WATASHI WA…! ZANDOKAN JUNIOR!” AKA, he is Zandokan. Fans cheer the introduction, and then he says he’s a BIG DEAL! Fans also cheer that.
Zando then shouts in Spanish, Milano asks for a translation, but Tsuji asks if they’re ready for the tournament’s home stretch. Are you ready for him and Zando to do this? VAMOS, AMIGOS!! Fans cheer, but will Gene Blast & The King of The World really make it to the end?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-2, 8 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 4-2, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 4-2, 8 points
Bishamon: 3-2-1, 7 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 3-3, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-3-1, 5 points [ELIMINATED]
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
A great round, and now with some really complex stuff at the top of the block. Monster Sauce lost to go down to 4-2 so that they’d be tied with ELP & Leo and with Taichi & Yuya. Monster Sauce VS ELP & Leo is next, and so one team will go to 5-2 with 10 points, the other will be 4-3 with 8. This scenario alone seems to be creating confusion because while commentary was not prepared to speak on who is still in this, NJPW’s official website has determined Tsuji & Zando are out despite that great main event win. Even if Tsuji & Zando beat Atlantis & Soberano next round, they’ll get to 8 points, BUT they lost to Taichi & Yuya.
And even if Taichi & Yuya lose, they’d be losing to Bishamon, who would then stand at 9 points, making THEM second place flat out. And if Taichi & Yuya win, they are in as second place, not Bishamon. So despite the moment of cheers and hope at the end of that main event, Tsuji & Zando are really just fighting for pride and apparently for Zando to become Sanada’s replacement so that LIJ maintains six members. That’d be cool stuff, but I wonder if Atlantis & Soberano being CMLL like Zando is CMLL comes into play…
My Score: 8.8/10
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