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Mitchell’s NJPW Summer Struggle Report! (7/17/21)

Summer Struggle in Korakuen!

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NJPW Summer Struggle 2021

Will Summer Struggle be Too Sweet?

NJPW brings the heat as Summer Struggle passes through Tokyo! Will Korakuen Hall be red hot with the Bullet Club’s “cutest tag team” in separate matches?

NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Robbie Eagles & Roppongi 3K VS Suzuki-Gun; Eagles & RPG3K win.
  • Ryusuke Taguchi VS Taiji Ishimori; Taguchi wins.
  • Rocky Romero VS El Phantasmo; Time Limit Draw.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Robbie Eagles & Roppongi 3K VS Suzuki-Gun!

The Sniper of the Sky wants to take the gold from El Desperado, and he’ll team with Sho & Yoh to get the Rogue Luchador in his sights! But can Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Douki evade Eagles and shock RPG3K?

The teams sort out and Eagles starts with Desperado as a sampler of their potential title match! Fans rally up for Eagles as he and Desperado circle. They tie up, Desperado waistlocks but Eagles switches. Desperado spins through but Eagles wrenches. Desperado rolls, wrenches and wristlocks, but Eagles rolls, spins and drop toeholds! Eagles floats to get an arm. Desperado fights up, Eagles hammerlocks, but Desperado goes through the ropes and then back again to wrap Eagles arm up! The ref reprimands, Desperado lets off at 4, and he whips. Eagles holds ropes to block, so Desperado rakes Eagles’ eyes! Desperado whips, Eagles reverses, goes up and around and arm-drags!

Things speed up, Eagles ducks and dodges to RANA Desperado away! Fans fire up as Eagles KICKS Desperado! And again! Desperado blocks the third, CLUBS the leg, then runs, but into Eagles’ WHEEL KICK! Eagles kips up, tags to Yoh, and Yoh gets Desperado up for EuroUppers. Yoh whips Desperado corner to corner, runs in and back elbows! Yoh then reels Desperado in for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Yoh stomps Desperado, but Desperado hits back. Yoh ROCKS Desperado, whips to ropes, but Desperado reverses, and Kanemaru trips Yoh up! Kanemaru drags Yoh out to whip him into railing! And Douki and Desperado are after Sho and Eagles!

Desperado whips Eagles into railing as Kanemaru snap suplexes Yoh! Kanemaru stomps Yoh, the ref reprimands Suzuki-Gun but Desperado grabs the ring hammer. Desperado JAMS the hammer into Eagles’ eye! Eagles writhes, Desperado gets back in the ring, and fans rally as Kanemaru RAMS Yoh into railing. Kanemaru puts Yoh back in the ring for Desperado, Desperado drags Yoh up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Tag to Douki, Douki stomps Yoh, and Douki drags Yoh up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Douki stomps Yoh. Douki stands Yoh up, bumps him off buckles, then tags Kanemaru. Douki stomps away and Kanemaru BOOTS Yoh down!

Kanemaru scoops and SLAMS Yoh, then pushes him to the apron. Kanemaru gets the legs for a Boston Crabs in the ropes! The ref reprimands then counts, Kanemaru lets go at 3. Kanemaru stomps Yoh and kicks at him. Yoh gets up and throws forearms! Kanemaru rakes Yoh’s eyes! Yoh falls over, Kanemaru stomps him again. Kanemaru gets Yoh up as fans rally, and he whips him hard into a corner! Kanemaru drags Yoh back up, suplexes, but Yoh slips out to jump over Kanemaru! Kanemaru boots from the corner, runs, but into Yoh’s dropkick! Fans rally up as both men are down, but Suzuki-Gun attacks Yoh!

Douki and Desperado double whip but Yoh shoves Douki into Desperado! Double dropkick! Fans fire up and Yoh heads for the corner, tag to Sho! Sho rallies on Kanemaru, kicks and whips Douki but Douki reverses. Sho holds ropes to stop himself, but Douki runs in. Sho puts Douki on the apron and runs to dropkick Douki off! Kanemaru hits Sho but he stays up! Kanemaru boots, Sho blocks and ROCKS Kanemaru back! Sho runs to run Kanemaru over with a shoulder! Fans fire up with Sho as he stomps around. Sho powers up the High Voltage for a KICK! Cover, TWO! Sho keeps focus as he stalks up behind Kanemaru. Sho waistlock dead lifts but Kanemaru elbows free.

Sho forearms Kanemaru back, runs, but into Kanemaru’s dropkick! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Kanemaru and Sho slowly rise, Kanemaru gets Sho up, scoops and dragon sleeper, British Fall! Cover, TWO! The reverse DDT isn’t enough but Kanemaru drags Sho back up. Kanemaru goes to suplex but Sho blocks! Sho powers up to suplex Kanemaru, but Kanemaru grabs the ref’s shirt! Kanemaru gets free, boots and ENZIGURIS Sho, but Sho stays up to rebound and SPEAR! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Sho and Kanemaru crawl to their corners, hot tags to Desperado and Eagles!

Eagles dodges Desperado to fire a forearm but Desperado gives it aback! They go back and forth, fans fire up, and Desperado staggers, but he comes back to ROCK Eagles. Desperado talks trash, Eagles CHOPS back. Eagles eggs Desperado on, Desperado CHOPS back! Eagles CHOPS, Desperado rakes his eyes! The ref reprimands but Desperado whips corner to corner. Eagles reverses, runs in but is put on the apron. Eagles counter punches, springboards and dropkicks the leg out! Eagles gets the leg, Desperado kicks him away but Eagles comes back. Desperado ducks the Penalty Kick, rolls Eagles then spins him around to GUITARA-

No, Eagles slips out to waistlock! Desperado switches, Eagles resists the lift and elbows free. Eagles runs, gets around, roll up with bridge, TWO! Desperado gets up but Eagles blocks his kick to bring him in, but Desperado refuses to be a backpack! Desperado clubs Eagles, gets him up, but Eagles lands on his feet! Eagles hits a rolling chop block! Fans fire up with Eagles as he runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Desperado and Eagles are down, Desperado clutching a leg. Desperado tags Douki and Douki runs at Eagles to clothesline in the corner! Douki scoops, swings and suplexes Eagles! Bridging cover, TWO! Eagles escapes but Douki stays fired up!

Douki aims from the apron, slingshots in, DAYBREAKER! Cover, TWO, to the ITALIAN STRETCH 32! Suzuki-Gun attacks RPG3K to keep them away! Eagles endures, Yoh whips Kanemaru away and Sho fights off Desperado. Yoh gets in to stomp Douki down! Kanemaru gets in but Yoh feeds him to Sho’s KNEE! RPG3K sees Desperado and they double mule kick him out! Yoh PLANCHAS Desperado, Sho KICKS Kanemaru down! Eagles kicks but Douki blocks to ENZIGURI! Douki hurries to wheelbarrow, but Eagles victory rolls it! TWO, and Douki UPPERCUTS! Douki runs but into a BOOT, ROUNDHOUSE, SUPERKICK and PELE!! What a kick combo!

Eagles rolls Douki back to his feet, TURBO BACKPACK! And then roll to the leg lock, RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Douki taps, Chaos wins!

Winners: Robbie Eagles & RPG3K, by submission

Eagles lets Douki go to stare down Desperado. Desperado wags his finger, saying it is NOT going to happen that way with them. Desperado gets his belt but Eagles draws the proverbial line in the sand. Eagles waits, but Desperado leaves with Suzuki-Gun. How long will Eagles be left waiting for his shot at the Rogue Luchador?

 

Ryusuke Taguchi VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Mega Coaches want to take the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships from the Bone Soldier and Headbanger, but also want to take the title of “cutest tag team” while they’re at it. Will the Funky Weapon take down Taiji in step one of that plan?

The bell rings and fans rally as Taguchi and Taiji stare down. The two circle, approach, and Taguchi goes for a leg. Taiji blocks, gets around to a waistlock, but Taguchi switches. Taiji switches, Taguchi switches, Taiji scrambles and gets away. Fans cheer the stand off, and the two go again. They feel out the knuckle locks, Taguchi wrenches to bring Taiji down but Taiji trips Taguchi up. Taiji headlocks, Taguchi fights him, gets a headscissor and pushes up for leverage. Taiji endures, moves around, and headstands to pop free. Fans cheer as Taiji grins. Taguchi rolls back to his feet and fans cheer his athleticism!

Fans rally up as the two circle again. They tie up, Taguchi headlocks and grinds Taiji down. Taiji fights up, throws body shots and powers out. Taguchi runs Taiji over! Things speed up and Taiji hurdles but Taguchi leaps. Taguchi side steps to dropkick Taiji out of the ring! Taguchi runs and fakes Taiji out, then rolls back to swivel those hips! Taiji keeps his cool as fans rally up, “TA-GU-CHI!” Taiji wants Taguchi to come get him but Taguchi tells Taiji to get back in. Taiji goes in but backs off as Taguchi rushes him. It’s a bit of a stand-off, but Taguchi rushes out and slides! Taiji slides back in! Taiji turns the tables and asks Taguchi to get in.

Taguchi steps up to the apron but Taiji shoves Red Shoes away so he doesn’t see Taiji kick the ropes, and the ropes get Taguchi in the groin! Taguchi falls and Taiji grins again. Taiji goes out to fetch Taguchi, gets him up and whips him into railing! Taguchi falls over again and Taiji goes back to the ring. Fans rally up for “TA-GU-CHI!” as a ring count begins. The count gets to 10 of 20 before Taguchi starts to rise. Taguchi gets up at 13 and in at 14! Fans cheer but Taiji drags Taguchi up to throw haymakers. Taiji cravats to neck wrench but Taguchi endures. Taguchi throws body shots but Taiji cranks the neck more. Taiji throws in shoulders, snapmares and NECK TWISTS!

Taguchi writhes but fans rally up. Taiji drags Taguchi up, scoops and puts Taguchi in a Tree of Woe! Taiji digs his knee into Taguchi’s chest, but lets off to go corner to corner. Fans rally as Taiji says BANG and runs back in, to then stomp and stand on Taguchi’s groin! Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Taiji lets off and Taguchi falls out of the Tree. Taiji gets Taguchi back up but Taguchi throws more body shots. Taiji CLUBS Taguchi, throws haymakers, then runs, only to fake out Taguchi’s dropkick! Taiji runs again, but into the FUNKY WEAPON! Taguchi and Taiji are both down as fans fire up again! Taiji writhes but Taguchi rises!

Taguchi gets going, HIP ATTACK at the ropes! And again! And then slide to an APRON HIP ATTACK! Taguchi has the hat trick, covers, TWO! Fans stay fired up for Taguchi as he gets Taiji back up. Taguchi snap suplexes, uno amigo. Another snap suplex, dos amigos! Taiji slips out of tres but Taguchi switches. Taiji elbows free, runs, but Taguchi follows to HIP- ATOMIC DROP! Taiji counters the Funky Weapon and gets Taguchi in a waistlock. Taguchi elbows free, runs in place to fake Taiji out! Taiji follows no one, and runs into the HIP ATTACK! Taiji falls out of the ring, Taguchi goes to the corner to TRIANGLE PLANCHA! Direct hit and the fans fire up even more!

Taguchi gets up and gets Taiji up to put him in the ring. Taguchi aims, springboards, and FLYING HIP ATTACKS! Taiji flounders, Taguchi covers, TWO! Taguchi goes to a corner and calls upon the powers of the King of Strong Style! “ORAYO!” Taguchi runs in, but into a roll up! TWO!! Taiji kicks low, whips Taguchi but Taguchi reverses, only for Taiji to NEURALIZER! Direct hit with the flying enziguri, and both men are down again. Fans rally up, both men go to opposite corners, and Taiji runs in, but blocks boots! He puts Taguchi in the ropes, ENZIGURI, and then he runs side to side to SLIDING GERMAN! Fans cheer that athleticism as Taiji covers, TWO!

Taiji grows annoyed but he gets Taguchi up. Taiji turns Taguchi, BACKBREAKER, then a roll to omoplata! YES LOCK! Taguchi endures, fans rally up, and Taguchi reaches out with legs. Taguchi gets a ropebreak with a foot! Taiji lets off and growls as he gets back up. Taiji stands Taguchi up, gut wrenches, but Taguchi turns that to OH MY GAH ANKLE! Taguchi leans on the ankle lock but Taiji reaches out! Taguchi drags Taiji from ropes but Taiji drags Taguchi back down! YES LOCK!! Taguchi endures again, can see ropes but can’t reach ropes! Taguchi moves around, gets free but Taiji rolls him from ropes, only to get caught in OH MY GAH ANKLE!!

Taguchi drags Taiji from ropes, then DROPS on the knee! Taiji endures, crawls, reaches, but he gets the ropebreak! Taguchi holds on until Red Shoes counts, then he stomps the bad leg. Taguchi gets Taiji up, has the leg, and hits a SHIN BREAKER! Then runs to dropkick the leg! Cover, TWO! To OH MY GAH ANKLE!! Taiji endures again, Taguchi twists and leans on the leg as hard as he can, but Taiji keeps crawling! Taguchi drags Taiji back into chicken wings, but Taiji slips out to facelock! Taguchi fights that off but Taiji reels him in. Taguchi ducks the clothesline to get around to chicken wing! DODON- Taiji victory rolls!

But Taguchi sits on it! TWO, and Taiji has the cover! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Taguchi has the cover back!! TAGUCHI WINS!!

Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi, by pinfall

Best of the Super Juniors 27 revisited, and avenged! Taiji used Taguchi’s tights to win then, Taguchi turns it around on him here! And then he rubs those cheeks into Taiji’s face to add insult to injury!! Taiji is humiliated AND disgusted, but El Phantasmo attacks Taguchi! Bullet Club makes Taguchi pay for his cheeky attitude by mugging him! But Rocky Romero rushes out to get them back! He throws Taiji out, then ELP! Rocky builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and all three crash into railing! And since they’re all here, the bell rings on the main event!!

Rocky Romero VS El Phantasmo!

Rocky gets up, Taguchi coaches him and stomps Taiji down. Taguchi and Rocky coordinate as they get Bullet Club up and bring them around. Rocky bumps ELP off apron, Taguchi headlocks Taiji and drags him away. Taguchi opens the gate and takes Taiji back out the entry way! Fans cheer as Rocky gets ELP 1v1! Rocky stomps ELP to a corner, stomps him in the corner, and pulls his shirt over his head! ELP is blind as Rocky CHOPS him! ELP staggers about, paws at his shirt, but Rocky CHOPS him again! Rocky gets ELP up, rips his shirt off him and stomps him to ropes. Rocky throws hands, whips to ropes, and elbows ELP down!

Fans cheer as Rocky dares ELP to get up. Rocky slaps ELP, ELP SLAPS Rocky! Rocky kicks ELP, ELP CHOPS! ELP gets up but Rocky CHOPS him back down! ELP gets to a corner, Rocky gives a thumbs up to fans. Rocky gets ELP up to whip corner to corner, then waits for ELP to come back, for the back drop! Rocky then runs and RANAS ELP away! The fans fire up more as Rocky sees ELP leave. ELP goes through the gate, is he giving up? ELP catches his breath as Rocky gets fans to rally up again. ELP decides to see this through and gets on the apron. He has Rocky give him space and then goes in, only to go right back out. ELP says he’s smarter than us, but Rocky slides out after him.

ELP gets back in and Rocky chuckles. Rocky slides in as ELP lounges, and ELP applauds like Rocky was doing him a favor. They circle, tie up with knuckle locks, but ELP kick slow. ELP CLUBS Rocky, pulls on his ear, then ROCKS him with a forearm. ELP ROCKS Rocky again, whips to ropes, but Rocky reverses. ELP sunset flips but Rocky stays up to get an arm, ARMBAR! ELP scrambles and rolls and gets away, and he gets mad at production crew in his way. Rocky waits on ELP but ELP mocks the fans rallying. ELP slides in to bait Rocky but slides out, much like Taiji with Taguchi. And again, as Rocky slides out, ELP slides in. ELP does a few jumping jacks to mock Rocky.

Rocky keeps his cool, gets back in, but ELP slides back out, only for Rocky to be faking him out! ELP is surprised and Rocky kicks him low! Rocky CHOPS ELP and brings him around the way to bump off the apron. Rocky brings ELP back around to call his shot, “BRAINBUSTER!” But ELP blocks the suplex! Rocky throws body shots and gets the snap suplex to the floor! Fans fire up while ELP twitches. Rocky refreshes the ring count and gets ELP back up. Rocky brings ELP around, and YANKS him into the post! Fans cheer while Red Shoes reprimands. Rocky apologizes, puts ELP in, and fans cheer. But ELP ROCKS Rocky at the apron!

ELP gets Rocky up to CLUB him, and then brings him to the corner. ELP tries to Jeff Cobb this, but Rocky won’t allow the dead lift superplex! Rocky wrenches and HOTSHOTS ELP’s arm! Fans fire up for Rocky as he climbs up, drags ELP up to join him, and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! And another! Red Shoes reprimands but ELP CLAWS Rocky’s back! ELP scoops Rocky for a CORNER BACKBREAKER! Rocky falls to the apron while ELP is down on the mat catching his breath. ELP drags Rocky in, drops knee after knee into the back, then drops both knees! Cover, TWO! Rocky is still tough as nails and ELP is annoyed.

ELP gets Rocky up, wrenches and whips corner to corner hard, and Rocky bounces off buckles. ELP dusts off his hands, handsprings just to show off, and he covers. TWO, and fans cheer Rocky’s resilience. ELP jams his knee into Rocky’s back then clamps on a chinlock. ELP JAMS his elbow into Rocky’s face and Red Shoes reprimands. Rocky gets to ropes, ELP kicks him in the back over and over, toying with Rocky. Rocky gets mad, sits up, but ELP kicks him more. Fans rally, Rocky gets up but ELP kicks him hard in the ribs! ELP CLAWS Rocky’s back and Red Shoes reprimands again. But ELP does it again the corner! And again!

ELP knees Rocky in the head, whips him hard corner to corner, and Rocky again bounces off buckles. Fans rally for Rocky but ELP stands him up. ELP scoops to hit a BACKBREAKER, and makes it a backbreaker stretch! Rocky endures as he’s bent back across ELP’s knee, and fights out with knees of his own! Fans rally, Rocky hobbles but runs, only to run into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Rocky barely kicks out but fans rally up hard as ever for him. Rocky gets to a corner while ELP sneers. ELP gets Rocky up again, throws haymakers, making a point of having one finger out. ELP then palm strikes Rocky before he whips. Rocky reverses and sends ELP tumbling out of the ring!

Fans fire up as Rocky gets to the apron. Rocky aims at ELP, and hits a FLYING KNEE! Down goes ELP but Rocky also crashes and burns! Fans fire up more as Rocky gets ELP up. Rocky brings ELP around and through the gate, to scoop and LAWN DART ELP into the post! ELP writhes and clutches his shoulder as fans rally hard as ever. Rocky gets ELP up and in, then gets ELP up. ELP pushes him away but Rocky slaps and stomps him down. ELP spits on Rocky, so Rocky stomps him harder! Rocky gets ELP up, throws forearms but ELP gives them back. Rocky KICKS ELP in the arm and ELP falls! Rocky throws ELP through ropes, hooks him up and KICKS him again!

Rocky rallies the fans up, goes to the second rope, leaps, and then just lands to CLAW ELP’s back! Talk about a receipt! ELP flips Rocky off but Rocky grabs that arm to KICK and KICK and KICK ELP! Rocky goes back to the corner to second rope missile dropkick for real this time! ELP falls to the floor, fans rally up and Rocky paces as he waits. The ring count climbs, ELP gets up at 5 of 20 but Rocky goes out after him. ELP RAMS Rocky into the apron! ELP pushes Rocky, gets him up and RAMS him into the post! Rocky falls in a heap now and ELP goes back to the ring. Red Shoes checks on Rocky but he’s okay to continue. The ring count starts again but ELP goes out after Rocky.

ELP TOSSES Rocky over railing! Red Shoes reprimands but ELP just wants him to count again! The count restarts, Rocky crawls at 5 of 20, gets back to ringside at 10 but stumbles. Rocky stands at 15 as ELP gloats, and Rocky flounders into the ring at 18! ELP is annoyed and he goes up the corner. ELP dares Rocky to stand, and he does, FLYING CLAWS! ELP stomps Rocky down, and again. ELP digs his boot in, pulls Rocky back and has a partial camel clutch. Rocky endures, and BITES one of ELP’s hands! Red Shoes reprimands, Rocky stops biting but ELP digs fingers into Rocky’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands again but ELP stalks Rocky.

ELP slaps Rocky around but Rocky throws a forearm! ELP hits back, they go back and forth, and Rocky fires up! Fans fire up with him as he fires off forearm after forearm! ELP swings, Rocky dodges, comes back, tilt-o-whirl DDT! Fans fire up again as Rocky and ELP are both down. Rocky gets up first, drags ELP up, and CHOPS him! Rocky whips ELP corner to corner, runs in and corner clotheslines! Rocky keeps going, and he starts up the Forever Lariats! But ELP dodges, spins Rocky with a half straitjacket to torture rack, but Rocky slips off! Rocky drags ELP down for an ARMBAR! ELP clasps hands, fans rally, but ELP rolls back to get an ANKLE LOCK!

ELP has a unique grip as he twists Rocky’s arm, but Rocky reaches. ELP drags Rocky away, leans on the ankle, but Rocky fights up to kick. ELP ducks the enziguri but not the mule kick! Cover, TWO! Rocky gets ELP up, puts him in a corner and gets him up top. Rocky throws forearms, climbs up to join ELP, and fans rally as he stands ELP up. ELP resists, Rocky CLUBS him, but ELP throws body shots. ELP CLUBS Rocky back, CLAWS him again, then adjusts. ELP double underhooks, but Rocky fights back! Rocky headbutts and headbutts again! ELP wobbles, Rocky gets him back up, and SUPER STEINERS!! Fans fire up as Rocky aims from the corner! Rocky runs, SLICE ROCKY!! Cover, TWO!!

ELP survives but Rocky is too tired to be frustrated. Fans rally up, Rocky fires up and gets ELP up. ELP SLAPS Rocky again, but Rocky laughs. ELP SLAPS Rocky again but still Rocky laughs! ELP SLAPS Rocky, Rocky SLAPS back! And fires off fast hands, and a back kick! ELP doubles over but Rocky gets him back up to cravat. SLICED- No! ELP turns that into a gut wrench, for CIPHER UTAKI!! ELP borrows a move from Taiji and covers, TWO!?! Rocky survives but ELP aims from a corner. Rocky sputters as ELP climbs up top. ELP aims, leaps, but Rocky moves! Thunder Kiss FLOPS, and Rocky powers up! BUM-AYE?! Rocky borrows from Taguchi!

But Rocky won’t end it here, he gets ELP back up! Rocky hooks the chicken wings, DODON- NO, the back gives up! ELP gets Rocky around, reels him in, but Rocky Alabama lifts! Shout out to Trent with a CRUNCHY!! Cover, TWO!?! ELP survives the power of Roppongi Vice Best Friends! Rocky keeps his focus as fans fire up again. Rocky grits his teeth, fires himself up, and aims at ELP in the corner. Rocky runs in to clothesline! And he goes again for another! But ELP follows to clothesline! ELP runs, Rocky dodges and LARIATS ELP inside out! Cover, ONE?!! Rocky just fires up more, runs again, to LARIAT again! Cover, TWO!?!? ELP barely survives and fans are thunderous now!

Rocky gets ELP up, reels him in for a cravat, but ELP puts Rocky on the top rope! ELP CLUBS Rocky, climbs up behind him, but Rocky elbows him. ELP CLUBS then rakes Rocky’s eyes! Rocky still fights ELP, cravats, but ELP gives Rocky a PURPLE NURPLE! And then CLAWS his back again! ELP half straitjackets, torture racks, and spins for the NECKBREAKER! ELP crawls to the cover, TWO!! Rocky survives and fans fire up again! According to the ring announcer, they’re running out of time! They’re at 25 minutes of the 30 minute limit! ELP aims from a corner, but Rocky ducks Sudden Death! Rocky rolls ELP, cover, TWO!! Rocky cradles ELP, TWO!!

ELP gets up, swings into Rocky’s backslide, TWO?!? ELP barely escapes in time but Rocky goes after him, EuroUpper! ELP BOOTS Rocky, runs, but into a KNEE! Rocky ROCKS ELP with an uppercut, then cravats for SLICED BREAD!!! Cover, TWO?!?! ELP survives but fans are thunderous again as Rocky gets him back up. Rocky reels ELP in, but ELP stomps a foot! ELP loads up, hard mule kick! Rocky doubles over, ELP seethes and gets him up to underhook the arms. But Rocky tries to rana free, only to end up in a STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!?!? Rocky survives because ELP is not phenomenal! ELP gives Rocky some Danielson stomps and then goes to a corner.

Fans rally up for Rocky as we enter the two minute warning! ELP aims, but Taguchi is back! Taguchi coaches Rocky but distracts ELP. ELP stomps, we’re at the final minute! Taguchi wants to throw in the towel, but ELP snatches it out of the air to throw it away! ELP BOOTS Rocky down then covers, TWO!! TIME’S UP!??! It’s a DRAW?!

Time Limit Draw

ELP can’t believe it! He didn’t lose, but he didn’t win! But he still wants to finish this off! Taguchi blocks Sudden Death to get OH MY GAH ANKLE!! ELP is tapping but it doesn’t matter now! Taiji returns but Taguchi gets him with the HIP ATTACK! ELP bails out and Taiji flounders away, Bullet Club regroups as fans rally up for “TA-GU-CHI!” The Funky Weapon defends his fellow player-coach, but is Rocky in any shape for a tag title match down the line? Taguchi gets a mic to say, “Oi! Ishimori! Phantasmo! My good men. I’ve reason to believe not all is what it seems. Phantasmo, sir, I daresay something is afoot. Something very peculiar indeed.”

If something wasn’t suspicious about ELP’s boot, then why would Rocky be feeling so bad? ELP and Taiji start to leave as Taguchi says he has “a good mind to expose what’s in that right foot of yours at the Tokyo Dome!” He wants them to heed those words. He vows those two “will be vanquished at the Dome,” and the Mega Coaches will hold those titles. Also Taguchi is talking very formally, it’s hard to understand what he’s up to. “One moment, my good people.” Taguchi checks on Rocky, and wait, is ELP taking something out of his boot? Is he hiding the very thing Taguchi suspects is inside?!

Taguchi apologizes, Rocky is “indisposed,” so he can’t share his thoughts. Taguchi will “soldier on alone,” and apologizes for “not having anything wittier to say. But rest assured, my good man Rocky and I will rescue those belts at the Dome. And we’ll reveal what that dastardly Phantasmo is hiding in that boot of his.” He hopes the fans will support the KING of Coaches forever, and says they love everyone very much! Seems Taguchi gave himself and Rocky field promotions. But will these players become kings, coaches and champions at Wrestle Grand Slam in Tokyo?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good event for generic Summer Struggle 2021, and I know I skipped a lot this week as well as this event. But as usual, there were Young Lions to take the loss as Bullet Club builds towards the NEVER Openweight Six Man titles, and then Bushi takes a loss for LIJ so Suzuki-Gun’s Dangerous Tekkers build back towards the coming IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships rematch. The Six Man I did cover was really good, and Douki takes the loss for Suzuki-Gun here so Eagles can be strong going into the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. Then we got some great stuff out of Taguchi VS Taiji, especially them revisiting their BOSJ 27 match with that finish.

We got a great transition from Taguchi VS Taiji to the main event, and Rocky VS ELP was an awesome match. Especially with how they pushed it to a time limit draw. The irony is that ELP could’ve let Taguchi throw in the towel and ELP would’ve won so “the cutest tag team” and the Mega Coaches could’ve been tied, 1-1. But now, Mega Coaches lead the series at 1-0-1 and despite the champs not saying a thing, NJPW’s own site shows they’re getting a tag title match for Wrestle Grand Slam Tokyo on 7/25. That card is stacked now with the KOPW New Japan Ranbo that is also like a kickoff match, all the Junior Heavyweight gold, the Heavyweight Tag, THE world title and even Okada VS Cobb in a grudge match of sorts.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/20/24)

NXT Takes Care o’ Business!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Who reigns on the Road to WrestleMania?

Both the NXT Women’s and North American Championships are on the line tonight! It’s Lyra Valkyrie VS Shotzi and Oba Femi VS Lexis King!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT North American Championship: Oba Femi VS Lexis King; Oba wins and retains the title.
  • Roxanne Perez VS Wren Sinclair; Roxie wins.
  • Josh Briggs VS Brooks Jensen; Briggs wins.
  • Jacy Jayne w/ Thea Hail & Jazmyn Nyx VS Arianna Grace; Jacy wins.
  • NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match: Chase U VS Axiom & Nathan Frazer; Chase U win and will challenge The Wolf Dogs for the title.
  • Kelani Jordan VS Lash Legend w/ Jakara Jackson; wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Lyra Valkyria VS Shotzi Blackheart; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT North American Championship: Oba Femi VS Lexis King!

The Ruler dominated the Breakout Tournament, cashed in on Dragon Lee, then retained against Dragon Lee at Vengeance Day. And The Drama King wants all the credit since he “softened up” the Boy Wonder first. Will Oba “thank” Lexis by making this quick and painless? Or will the King truly have his Coronation?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly reigns over NXT!

The bell rings and King dodges Oba to fire kicks! Oba blocks one, then SHOVES King to a corner! King dodges Oba, runs in to clothesline and CHOP! And SLAP! And CHOP! King whips but Oba blocks and reverses! King goes up, leaps, but bounces right off Oba! Oba whips King to ropes, then back drops him high and hard! The fans fire up as Oba hauls King up for body shots. Oba UPPERCUTS, then whips again, but King sunset flips! Oba spins out, but King avoids the elbow drop! King KICKS, and KICKS, then talks some trash. King BOOTS Oba, runs, but Oba grabs King to SHOVE him up and out!

The fans fire up again and Oba storms out after King. Oba hauls King into the ring, but King DROPKICKS Oba down! King huffs and puffs out after Oba, but Oba shoves him! Oba swings but only gets post! King SLAMS Oba’s arm into the post! Oba ROCKS King with the good hand! Oba brings King up, puts him in again, but King stomps Oba as he slides in! King CLUBS the bad arm, then clamps on with a top wristlock. Oba endures, fights up, but King grinds that shoulder. Von Wagner & Robert Stone watch this, and Stone says he’ll be right back. Where’s he going? Out there. Stone heads to gorilla but Von says it’s still not worth going after King!

As for in the ring, Oba fights up but King CLUBS the arm! King grinds the shoulder, but Oba whips him away! Then Oba scoops, but King slips free! King RAMS Oba into buckles, runs up again, but Oba puts him on the apron. King ROCKS Oba, goes up, but fans chant for “O~BA!” Stone is on the ramp as King DOUBLE STOMPS Oba’s bad arm! King runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then slides out to shove Stone down! Fans boo as King talks trash, then gets back in. Oba grabs King, but King breaks fere! King fires forearms and CHOPS, then more forearms! King runs, but Oba LARIATS! King flounders up, Oba has him for the FLAPJACK!

Oba storms up on King, scoop shim, and gives him SNAKE EYES! Oba then hauls King up, SHOT-PUT! Oba fires up, the fans rally behind him, and King stands into the POP-UP POWERBOMB!! Cover, Oba wins!

Winner: Oba Femi, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

The Ruler keeps the King from taking the crown, and Stone gets some sense of payback. Will nothing stop Oba’s reign that is backed by destiny?

 

Thea Hail, Jacy Jayne and Jazmyn Nyx talk backstage.

Thea sighs, and they ask if she’s okay. Riley Osborne hasn’t answered her all week. Then please tell them she didn’t desperately text him. No, she did what Jacy said and played hard to get on the date. Yeah, Jacy knows that part. Just tell us what happened on the date. And we see Arianna Grace eavesdropping… Thea says he opened the door for her, she said not to do that cuz she’s a grown ass woman who can do it herself. Oh, okay… So, what next? They went to dinner, he asked what it was like first starting at Chase University, and she was on her phone most of the time so she wouldn’t be “too available.”

Jazmyn, Jacy and even Ariana see how the advice was backfiring, and Jacy says that’s not what she meant about any of that. Uh oh… And then Arianna walks over, pretending like she couldn’t help but overhear. But Thea, a true lady is never afraid to come off as daring. She for one has been on many, many dates, and it just sounds like she scared Riley away. What!? Jacy calms Thea down, and Arianna continues. “When a man opens the door for you, you welcome it. When he shows interest in the little things you do, you engage and reciprocate.” It isn’t too late. Just go talk to Riley. And then what? Come off desperate?

Jacy agrees with Jazmyn, but Arianna says respectfully, how would Thea look desperate? Thea looks to Jacy but Jacy says no, don’t look at her. Jacy didn’t mean it the way Thea executed it. Jacy can’t do everything! Right, sorry. Arianna says, “And she’s your best friend?” Jacy tells Ariana to stop filling Thea’s head up with stuff, and stay out of their business. Or else she’ll make an example out of you. Jacy has the group leave, and Arianna scoffs. Which side is the right side of this? Is there still hope for this Chase U romance?

 

Lyra Valkyria checks in on Tatum Paxley.

The Morrigan looks her superfan over, she took a pretty serious blow. Is she good? Well, yeah, everything hurts, and Tatum’s only been able to have soup the past week, but she’s just happy Lyra came to her rescue! That wasn’t what that was, but someone had to tell Tatum to just tap out. She shouldn’t try to be a hero. Well, Lyra is Tatum’s hero~! Well, Lyra does feel bad about last week, but if Tatum can do something for her tonight, Lyra promises to make it up to her. Anything! Attack Shotzi with a baseball bat? Hit her with green mist so she’ll match her green hair? No, none of that! But she does need Tatum to just stay away from ringside.

But! No buts! Keep your butt back here! That’s her one request. If Tatum can do that, then Lyra has a very special surprise for her. A surprise? Really? Yes, really. Okay, Tatum will stay right here. Great! Tatum sits down and says this will be the hardest thing she’s ever done. But can Tatum be patient and let Lyra handle things on her own?

 

Bron Breakker & Baron Corbin head to the ring!

The fans fire up as the Wolf Dogs, the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions, are here. And this is even after the Big Bad Booty Nephew signed with Friday Night SmackDown! They step into the ring, belts on and trophy waiting for them, and the fans chant, “You Deserve It!” Bron says wow, who would’ve thought way back in September, when these two were beating the hell outta each other at No Mercy, that they’d be here today in alligator skin boots and NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! Corbin says yes, yes, yes, yes! He remembers No Mercy like it was yesterday, cuz didn’t Corbin win? Uh… Not funny. It’s a little funny.

Well alright, but then Corbin wouldn’t be here if not for Bron carrying the team. Corbin says if he remembers right, he did set Bron up pretty nicely. Boom, End of Days! Fans chant “Spear of Days!” and Bron says yeah, EOD was the set-up, he hit his Spear, and so just like the fans are saying, Spear of Days. The fans cheer that Spear of Days is a thing now. Corbin does love it. A couple A-Holes standing here with brand new hardware, and they are good with being the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! But wait, here comes Chase U! Andre Chase & Duke Hudson ask for everyone to hold on just a second.

Now, the Wolf Dogs might not care about who’ll be their next challengers, but Chase U certainly does. Should they spell it out for ya? Duke has to hand it to the Wolf Dogs. Beating seven other teams to win the Dusty Cup, then winning the titles, that’s not easy. But Chase U is back at 100%, and it is Chase U’s time to shine! Bron says take the school spirit and their calendars, and shove ’em! Easy now, easy now. What we have right here… IS A TEACHABLE MOMENT! Chase says the former champs promised a shot at those titles, and Chase U ain’t taking no for an answer! So, Wolf Dogs… Chase U will get their match, and will give them an Andre Chase U sized ass whooping!

But wait! Nathan Frazer & Axiom are here! And they say no no no! That’s not how this works! Hate to break it to ya, Mr. Chase, but that agreement with the former champions is therefore null and void. “And that, my friends, is a Hart-Hitting Home Truth.” Axiom adds that in case no one remembers, these two were the closest to beating the Wolf Dogs. So therefore, if there’s anyone that deserves this shot, it’s them! Frazer & Axiom storm up to the ring and add that Wolf Dogs went and jumped them from behind, so they’re gonna pay for that, “You pieces of sh-” Whoa! Hey! Axiom calms Frazer down and they get in the ring.

Duke mocks Frazer’s accent as he says, “I don’t know who invited you two to the party,” but seriously, good to see you. But grab a ticket, get to the back of the line, because the future TWO-TIME NXT Tag Team Champions are about to plant the Chase U flag firmly where it belongs. Corbin says hold on, listen. This sounds like a you guys problem, and the tag champs have stuff to do and places to be. They can take these problems and tell someone who cares. Ava Raine walks out and tells Baron & Bron that yeah, they’re right. It isn’t up to the Wolf Dogs about who their challengers. That’s up to her!

But it is so easy when she sees two very deserving teams right in front of her. So she feels it’ll be Frazer & Axiom VS Chase & Duke to decide the NEW #1 Contenders. The fans like the sound of that, and Ava says it will also happen tonight. The fans really like that, and now tonight is even bigger than before! #ThankYouAva, but who will rise above to then step to the Wolf Dogs?

 

Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.

Kelly Kincaid says we are moments away from Roxie’s match with Wren Sinclair after their… heated altercation. Roxie says Wren shows a lot of promise, and reminds her a bit of herself. Y’know, all happy to be here. But once Wren’s been here awhile, just being “happy to be here” won’t cut it anymore. We’ll see others getting chances she deserves, the spotlight that was once on her being ripped away by every single girl in the locker room, and then as she tries to make sense of it all, it just won’t! Chances you work for an entire year, even your entire LIFE for, will be handed to main roster stars.

After awhile, she’ll build up a callous towards other people’s feelings, and realize that the only person she can make happy around here is herself. Roxie tells Shotzi and Lyra to watch her tonight. Because she’ll be doing the same for them. Is The Prodigy going to use her edge to cut down the future so she can once again be the present?

 

Another mysterious message plays.

“Men deny their truth. I will be a mirror to it.” And then someone smashes glass! Just what is making its way to NXT?

 

Roxanne Perez VS Wren Sinclair!

NXT returns and Wren makes her entrance, still remembering that sucker punch to her left cheek. The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, Wren powers Roxie to ropes but Roxie turns it around and digs into Wren. The ref counts, Roxie lets off and then shoves Wren. Wren shoves Roxie, then trips her to rain down shots! Roxie turns that around and gives those shots back! The fans fire up as the two scrap, roll, then tumble out of the ring! Roxie fires off on Wren, lets off as the ref counts, and then Roxie pushes Wren in. Roxie storms up but Wren turns her for a backslide! TWO, and Wren rolls Roxie up, TWO!

Roxie is up, and she ROCKS Wren with that same haymaker! Roxie talks trash on Wren, whips her but Wren reverses to ROCK Roxie! And then wrench, scoop and BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Wren clamps on a facelock and grinds Roxie. Roxie endures, fights up, and WRINGS Wren’s arm out! Wren bails out, Roxie pursues, and Roxie wrenches again. Wren ROCKS Roxie again, but Roxie just gets mad! Roxie WRINGS Wren’s arm into the floor! Roxie SLAMS the bad arm, drags Wren up and SLAMS the arm on the apron! Then she SMACKS Wren off the apron, shoves her in, and covers, TWO!

Roxie is seething, but she stands Wren up to wrench and YANK! Roxie wrenches, then chinbars Wren. Wren endures and fights up, but Roxie wrenches and hits an STO! Then she drops a knee on the arm! Wren clutches the elbow, Roxie covers, TWO! Wren is showing toughness but Roxie pulls hair to sit Wren up. Roxie wrap son a cobra clutch and thrashes Wren about. The fans rally, Wren fights up, and Wren pries at the hold, but Roxie hits another STO! Roxie has a top wristlock, leans on Wren, but Wren fights up. Wren throws body shots, the fans rally, but Roxie cranks the arm. Wren arm-drags free!

Wren goes to a corner, Roxie runs in, but Wren ELBOWS her away! Roxie runs up again but Wren BOOTS her! Wren LARIATS, then LARIATS again! The fans fire up as Wren DROPKICKS! Roxie goes to a corner, Wren runs up, but Roxie boots! Wren blocks it and SLINGS Roxie down! Wren then suplexes, but Roxie fights free! The bad arm bothers Wren, Roxie WRINGS it out again! Then SOBAT! Roxie hops on, POP ROX! And then lets off!? She puts Wren in a CROSSFACE! Wren taps, Roxie wins!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

Roxie showed us some thing new: sadism! Will Roxie tear into whoever is champion after tonight so she can Stand & Deliver?

 

The Meta Four meets backstage.

Noam Dar says tonight, Lash Legend takes care of Kelani Jordan. But he and Oro Mensah need to figure out how to handle No Quarter Catch Crew. They want the Cup because of the sport and tradition, when both of those belong to Dar! Oro says to relax. They’re champions! Oh, wait, here comes NQCC! Not during the secret handshake, man! But Drew Gulak says hello to Miss Jackson and Miss Legend. Charlie Dempsey reminds Dar that the cup represents over 100 YEARS of British Wrestling. Yeah, shut up, Charlie, you’re boring. Dar’s from the UK and even he doesn’t to listen to a history lesson.

So less talky-talky, more walky-walky. This is two weeks in a row they’ve stunk up Dar’s lounge! Damon Kemp says once one of them wins the Cup, they won’t need to come back. Okay then, who IS Dar facing? Yeah, wouldn’t he like to know. Uh, duh, that’s why he asked! Kemp says Catch Clause means you find out once they’re all in the ring. So see you next week, bud. Catch Clause? What? Dar is confused. He has to prepare for ALL FOUR of them just because of this clause? How is that fair? NQCC might’ve just found a way to counter Meta Four’s numbers game. Will the Cup soon belong to someone who respects its Heritage?

 

Josh Briggs VS Brooks Jensen!

Country Strong went their separate ways in a mutual break-up, but not everyone in the trio was able to stand strong alone. Briggs told Jensen to grow up and toughen up, so here’s Jensen’s response! Will “little brother” Brooks show everyone that he’s a grown man? Or will he still just be Briggs’ sidekick?

The ref has to keep Jensen back, and Briggs smirks at Jensen’s fuming. The bell rings and the two tie up. They are in a deadlock but then Briggs headlocks. Jensen powers up and out but Briggs runs him over! Things speed up, and now Jensen runs Briggs over! Briggs gets up while fans rally for Jensen. Jensen runs in, but into a BOOT! Briggs runs up to CLOBBER Jensen! Cover, ONE!! Jensen is tough and Briggs knows it, but he reminds Jensen he asked for this. Briggs bumps Jensen off buckles, throws elbows, then brings him around. Briggs CLUBS Jensen, then whips him to a corner. Jensen reverses, blocks the boot and CHOPS!

Jensen fires CHOPS and clotheslines, then BULLDOGS! The fans rally as Jensen DROPKICKS Briggs down! Jensen hurries to get a leg but Briggs BOOTS Jensen out of the ring! Jensen flounders and Briggs steadies himself. Briggs goes to the apron but Jensen ROCKS him! Jensen drags Briggs out to CLUB him, fire forearms, and then CHOP! Jensen pushes Briggs in, fires forearms, but Briggs hits body shots. Jensen CLUBS Briggs, Briggs powers Jensen to ropes, but the ref counts. Briggs whips, Jensen hurdles and hits a RUNNING NECKBREAKER! The fans fire up with Jensen and Briggs bails out.

Jensen pursues, brings Briggs around, and RAMS him into barriers! The fans fire up as Jensen DUMPS Briggs into the gap! Jensen hops over, rains down fists, and the fans fire up! Jensen stomps away and fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” Jensen stands on the barriers, fist bumps fans, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Jensen drags Briggs up and over the barriers, puts him back in the ring, and then storms up. Briggs RAMS into Jensen, but Jensen blocks the buckle bump! Jensen gives the buckle bump, goes up the corner, and FLYING AX HANDLES Briggs down! Jensen CLUBS Briggs down, covers, TWO! Briggs is still in this but Jensen keeps on an arm! Jensen CLUBS Briggs, then clamps on a chinlock! Jensen has a rear mount to put his full weight on Briggs, but Briggs fights up and reaches out. Briggs stands, powers Jensen to ropes, then powers out to ELBOW Jensen down! Jensen flops to the apron but Briggs stomps him.

Briggs digs his boot in, but the ref counts. Briggs lets off, paces, then brings Jensen up. Briggs whips, and scoops for a BOSS MAN SLAM! Cover, TWO! Jensen stays in this and Briggs grows frustrated. Briggs looms over Jensen, then eggs him on. Jensen throws body shots, but Briggs whips him hard into a corner! Jensen bounces back off buckles, then crawls by the ropes. The fans rally but Briggs drags Jensen back up. Briggs ROCKS Jensen with a shot right to the nose! Jensen clutches his face as he falls over, and Briggs eggs him on again. Briggs clamps on a chinlock and thrashes Jensen around! Jensen endures, even as Briggs leans on him.

Jensen fights around, reaches out, but Briggs squeezes tight. NXT returns to single picture and Jensen fights to his feet. Jensen throws body shots, gets free, and he ENZIGIRIS Briggs! Briggs wobbles and staggers, swings, but Jensen catches him for a backslide! ONE, but Jensen dodges Briggs to sunset flip! Briggs stays up, to NECK TWIST! Jensen scrambles to a corner and Briggs seethes. Briggs storms up to fire haymakers! The ref counts, Briggs fires more shots and fans boo. The ref backs Briggs off and Briggs paces around. Briggs storms back up to get Jensen to his feet. Briggs whips, scoops, and SIDEWALK SLAMS, to a SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Jensen survives, and Briggs even has to smirk at his former tag partner’s toughness. Briggs looms over Jensen, says he’s doing this to toughen Jensen up. “Show me that you’re a man.” Briggs kicks at Jensen, Jensen stands to SLAP him! Fans fire up as Briggs wobbles! Briggs grins and nods, and he even claps for Jensen. Jensen stands, blocks a shot to fire off more shots! The fans fire up as Jensen backs Briggs down! Briggs blocks the whip but Jensen SUPERKICKS! Jensen whips and LARIATS Briggs, then CLOBBERS him! And DROPKICKS him! Jensen hurries to go up a corner and takes aim!

Briggs stands, into a MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!! Briggs is still in this but Jensen stays focused. Jensen CHOPS and clothesline Briggs in a corner again. The fans rally, Jensen BULL- NO, Briggs powers out, then BOOTS Jensen down! Briggs choke grips for the CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!?! Jensen survives and shocks everyone! Briggs and Jensen slowly rise, and Briggs pushes Jensen around. Jensen fires a haymaker, Briggs hits back, these two brawl from their knees up to their feet! The fans fire up, Briggs CLUBS away on Jensen, then runs. Jensen BOOTS! Briggs rebounds to BOOT!

Jensen rebounds to WHEEL KICK! Then he suplexes Briggs high and hard! Cover, TWO!!! Briggs stays in this and “This is Awesome!” Jensen drags Briggs back up, reels him back in, but Briggs back drops free! But Jensen sunset flips it! TWO!! Briggs used a punch to get free, and now CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!! But Briggs isn’t done, “I did this for you! I love ya, man!” CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL AGAIN!! Cover, Briggs wins!

Winner: Josh Briggs, by pinfall

Briggs then sits Jensen up to hug him, again assuring him this was all for the betterment of them both. Jensen did put up one hell of a fight, will he become a champion thanks to this tough love?

 

Joe Gacy’s still in a straitjacket?!

And he wakes up in some dark space. Gacy manages to sit up, and look who walks in. Dijak puts his nightstick on his desk and says there is no decency in Gacy. Gacy says he admires Dijak’s attempts to stop him, but this train is on a never-ending track. Dijak says he has many… “instruments of peace” to derail Gacy’s train. Gacy stands up, and there’s a Plexiglas window between them. Gacy fogs up the glass, and uses his nose to doodle a smiley face. Gacy laughs and staggers around the padded room. Luca Crusifino somehow finds this place, and says this is false imprisonment. Dijak tells him to go to hell, Dijak can do what he wants.

Okay, but this is still illegal. Dijak tells Luca that Gacy violated Dijak’s law! Luca says the world doesn’t work the way Dijak wants it to. Luca leaves, and Dijak glares at Gacy. Gacy grins and says this isn’t over. Gacy laughs again, is there no breaking the already broken?

 

Carmelo Hayes walks downtown.

He returns back to the barbershop, his favorite spot to visit with Trick Williams. But what’s he doing back there without Trick? We’ll hear from HIM after the break.

NXT returns and Melo wants Trick to see where he is right now. “This is where it all began. Trick Melo Gang. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gonna be. Good memories, great moments, but here I am, all alone. But I ain’t lonely. Let’s talk about it.” Melo is here to wear his pride, knowing his principles stay intact, and knowing he didn’t have to snake his boy out of his spot, or getting too big for his own boots. Melo says it is a shame, cuz Trick played his role so well. Melo wanted Trick to experience everything there was to being a top guy. Melo wanted to lift Trick up with him. And this is how Trick repays HIM? By trying to be the top guy?

Trick could’ve been number five, three, or even number two. But Trick wanted to come for the one of one. And when you come for the one of one, you realize Melo ain’t second to nobody. Melo let Trick stand beside him, put “Trick” before “Melo” in “Trick Melo Gang,” all to amuse Trick. In reality, it was amusing to Melo for anyone to think Trick was ahead of HIM. To stay at the top, you have to be ruthlessly ambitious, with that killer instinct. You think Melo is stupid? That Melo didn’t see the signs? Melo knew Trick would want his shine sooner or later. Melo saw Trick side-eyeing the title, he felt the envy with every accomplishment.

Melo is Trick’s biggest competition, so Melo knew that sooner or later, unfortunately, he’d have to get Trick before Trick got him. So Trick, wherever you at, stay there. Because your 15 minutes is up. Now back to business. Ilja, you wanna see me? Get in line. Because if you ain’t talking about that NXT Championship, we ain’t got nothing to talk about.” Melo has issued his mission statement, will he return to the top of the brand by any means necessary?

 

Jacy Jayne w/ Thea Hail & Jazmyn Nyx VS Arianna Grace!

They warned the Pageant Queen, but it seems they’re gonna have it out after all! Will this match help win the romance advice argument? Or will it just show Thea how to handle nosy eavesdroppers?

The bell rings, the two circle and tie up. Jacy wrenches and wristlocks but Arianna spins, wrenches, wristlocks back, and holds on tight. Jacy rolls, handsprings, and then wrenches to CHOP BLOCK! Cover, ONE, but Jacy storms up, Arianna body shots, snapmares, then runs to run Jacy over! Arianna blows kisses and tells Jacy to kiss the ring. Jacy WRINGS Arianna into ropes! Arianna tumbles out of the ring, feigning pain, and Jacy wants her girls to go after Arianna? This is still that toxic nature Jacy has to work on, as neither Thea nor Jazmyn want to do any of that. Jacy goes out after Arianna to shove her in and then she asks what the hecc.

Jacy gets in, storms up on Arianna but Arianna hits a SAYANAGI! Arianna scoops but Jacy slips fere to shove her into a corner. Jacy runs up to back body block, then she short arm LARIATS! Jacy says “SUCK IT!” then SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Jacy clamps onto Arianna with a chinlock but Arianna pushes back. Jacy holds off the pin, grinds Arianna, but Arianna pushes to a cover this time. TWO, and Jacy shifts to a ghost pin, TWO! Arianna staggers to a corner, Jacy runs up but Arianna dodges. Arianna scoops to SLAM Jacy, then she sets up to high kick and ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!

Arianna clamps onto Jacy with a chinbar and armlock, and she says they know her advice is right! The fans rally as Jacy endures, and Jacy fights up. Jacy pries the chinbar away, then TOSSES Arianna up and out! Jacy storms back out after Arianna, but Arianna throws body shots! Arianna SMACKS Jacy off the apron but Jacy ELBOWS back. Jacy gets in, Arianna staggers around, and Jacy storms up again. The ref stops her so she says to do something! Jazmyn says fine, and she CLUBS Arianna! Jazmyn puts Arianna in for Jacy to ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, Jacy wins!

Winner: Jacy Jayne, by pinfall

Thea wasn’t really into that finish, but she and Jazmyn- Er, well, Jazmyn pushes Thea aside to raise Jacy’s hand. Is Thea seeing Jacy’s true colors?

 

The D’Angelos meet.

Adriana Rizzo & Stacks sit with The Don. Rizzo says she gave everything she had out there last week. Tony knows. It was her first singles match, it was a great showing, don’t get down. Stacks takes the blame for last week, and vows they’ll get those tag titles back. Tony says no, they’re not. Not now. What? After that loss, Tony did some thinking. The past six months, he lost track of the bigger picture. What does he mean? They’ve been playing small ball. Taking bets from Chase U, fighting OTM over who runs the streets, and destroying the restaurant in the process. What the hell are they doing? They’re the D’Angelo Family!

Tony wants them to go in the right direction, a new direction. No more community stuff, no more feedbag, no more pinons, they do things his way. They do things his way, and if you don’t like it, tough. He needs them to let the rest of the family know, and if they don’t like it, let him know. It is time for Tony to truly be The Don of NXT. Rizzo & Stacks nod, but what is Tony planning for the future?

 

Ridge Holland has a sit-down interview.

Sarah Schreiber thanks him for taking this time. She recalls their previous sit-down about a month ago, where he poured his heart out. We got an inside look at his life, and some of the more unfortunate moments in his career. Now we’re back here after the Gallus Gauntlet, where he took a chair to all three men. What does he have to say a week after that? Ridge says when they spoke last, people saw a different side of him. But then he still can’t get that stench of misfortune off him. Gallus took Ridge’s surgically repaired leg, put it in a chair, and they smashed it. But that’s fine, right?

But when Ridge got that chair in his hands and used it, it is truly a weapon. He can’t even fight fire with fire without being judged. So he’ll try this once more. But not here. Sorry, Sarah. Next week, on NXT, Ridge will address the WWE Universe and apologize for all of his actions, “even if no one cares, even if no one gives a damn.” Because the man Ridge Holland is, chair in hand, is not the man Ridge is in everyday life. Ridge walks away, will NXT finally understand Yorkshire Grit?

 

NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match: Chase U VS Axiom & Nathan Frazer!

From one half of Chase U to the other, Thea feels awkward about passing Riley Osborne without really saying anything. But will all things be A-OK after Duke & Mr. Chase win their way back to the tag titles? Or will the Undeniable Truth and the Jersey Island Rocket be the ones flying high on the Road to WrestleMania?

NXT returns as Frazer & Axiom make their entrance together. The teams sort out and Chase starts against Axiom. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. Chase rolls back, wrangles Axiom with a top wristlock, but Axiom kips up to bridge. Axiom stands but Chase wrangles him back down. Axiom kips up and bridges again, then rolls and headscissors back. Chase fights around, Axiom holds tight, so Chase rolls Axiom and bridges out to tie the legs up. Chase armlocks, wrenches, and YANKS the arm. Axiom rolls, slips under and trips Chase to a toehold, then an ANKLE LOCK! Chase rolls but Axiom facelocks.

Chase wrenches, facelocks, but Axiom waistlocks. Axiom ties up the legs and has a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Chase pops free to cover, ONE, and Axiom sweeps to cover. ONE, dropkicks cancel out and fans fire up as the two stand off! The two reset, tie up, and Chase headlocks. Axiom powers up and out, drops, but Chase rolls, runs up and hip tosses. Axiom handsprings through, arm-drags then DROPKICKS! Fans fire up, Frazer tags in, and they speed blitz on Chase! Clothesline then BASEMENT DDT! STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Frazer whips but Chase BOOTS Frazer down!

Tag to Duke, he and Chase double whip Frazer into the corner then body shot! High-ten and DOUBLE CLUB! Frazer drops to his knees, Duke wrenches and RAMS shoulders! Cover, TWO! Duke whips but Frazer slides under to headlock! Duke powers up and out, Frazer goes up an dover to headlock again. Duke powers up and out again but Frazer redirects, redirects again, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then keeps going to DROPKICK! Duke stays standing to CLOBBER Frazer! Duke drags Frazer up, tags Chase in, and they hit a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX, but Frazer lands out! Tag to Axiom, BOOT to Chase!

Frazer helps Axiom DROPKICK Duke, then Axiom knuckle locks Duke for a CHOP! Axiom goes up and up and FLYING RANA ARM-DRAG COMBO! The fans fire up as Duke runs back in, but Axiom & Frazer dump him out! Axiom DIVES onto Chase, Frazer DIVES onto Duke! Then another DIVE for Chase! Another DIVE for Duke! The fans fire up as the fast ‘n’ furious duo stands tall and NXT goes to break!

NXT returns again and Chase fights out of a chinlock. The fans rally as Chase hits an ELBOW BRAEKER, but Axiom shoves him to ropes. Axiom ROCKS Chase, tags Frazer, then Frazer GAMANGIRIS! Chase staggers back into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Then DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Frazer shoves Chase toa  cover, TWO! Chase survives and the fans rally up! Frazer snarls as he clamps on a chinlock. Chase endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Chase reaches out but Frazer keeps him back. Frazer whips and trips Chase, then goes up the apron to springboard, into a SIDE EFFECT! Chase and Frazer are both down while the fans fire up!

Chase and Frazer crawl, hot tags to Duke and Axiom! The Chase U MVP rallies on the speedsters! Scoop and SLAM for Frazer, then a BOOT! Axiom leaps, into a kick! Duke hauls Axiom up, but Axiom slips free to SUPERKICK! Axiom runs up, into an “U~” Renage! Frazer runs up, is sent into buckles, and Duke JABS, JABS, JUABS! Flip, flop and “U~!” BIONIC ELBOW! Axioms taggers, Duke scoops, FALL AWAY GUTBUSTER SENTON COMBO!? Cover, TWO!! Duke almost had it there but Riley coaches him up. Duke drags Axiom up, reels him in, and Canadian Racks! But Axiom turns The River into a RANA!

Duke hits buckles and sputters in a daze! Frazer tags in, to SPRINGBOARD MISSILE DROPKICK! Tag back to Axiom, the speedsters RAM Duke into a corner! They put Duke up top, Duke fights free, but Axiom GAMANGIRIS! Axiom climbs back up after Duke, brings him to the very top, and fans freak out for the SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO?!? Duke survives and no one can believe it! Riley can barely breathe and he’s not even in the match! Duke huffs and puffs and powers up, “This is Awesome!” Frazer tags in, he and Axiom KICK and KICK and KICK! And SUPERKICK! And DOUBLE SUPERKICK!

Duke roars and DOUBLE LARIATS!! The fans are thunderous and Duke tags in Chase! Chase goes up top, he aims at Frazer, CROSSBODY! Cover, Frazer rolls through! TWO!! ENZIGIRI! Chase URAKENS! And then sunset flip, but Frazer sits on it! TWO and Chase has the sunset! TWO!! Frazer goes to stack but Chase rolls it back to a cover, CHASE U WINS!!!

Winners: Chase U, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the NXT Tag Team Champions)

Frazer is stunned, but somehow, someway, Chase U really is better than ever! But the GOOD BROTHERS attack?! The fans go nuts as Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows beat down Chase, Duke, Axiom & Frazer! Riley runs into the ring but he gets an UPPERCUT and a BOOT! Gallows & Anderson get Duke up, for the MAGIC KILLER!! Fans fire up with “Too Sweet! WOOP WOOP!” Are the Machine Gun & Big LG about to run NXT?

 

Ilja Dragunov speaks.

“Carmelo Hayes. Since day one, I saw right through you. The jealousy of your best friend consumed you, and you pointed the finger at me! You are the complete opposite. You are a coward, attacking Trick from behind and doing the same thing to me. Melo, you are the lowest form of life. A rodent emerging under the cover of night. But I have what you seek. So I will see you at Roadblock, under one condition. Show up next week and meet me face to face. Melo, come for this championship, because I’m coming for something more important: Your soul.” The red eyes of the Mad Dragon stare HIM down, will Melo regret adding fuel to the fire?

 

Kelani Jordan VS Lash Legend w/ Jakara Jackson!

The Gym Princess may be on Kiana James’ radar, but the Meta Four doesn’t get it. Will Kelani spell it out for them in this match? Or will Legend simply #LashOut and bring Kelani down?

 


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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.16.2024

Rich Swann…how dumb are you going to be? Do we see 0-4 in this current TNA incarnation?

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So let’s see if this will give us anything to talk about. Trent Seven will make his TNA ring debut technically, and Rich Swann is going to continue this reign of stupidity where he gets distracted from help. I can’t tolerate the level of babyface stupid Swann has looked during this. Who does this help? It ain’t Francis and it ain’t Rich. If we get an evil Rich payoff who just becomes a mega heel…maybe. But it’s painful.

Ratings:

  • Trent Seven vs Shera: Trent wins via BirmingHammer – ** 1/2
  • Rich Swann vs John Skyler w/Jason Hotch –

 

Results:

Trent Seven vs Shera

So, Shera gonna be the jobbing gatekeeper of getting momentum for bigger matches. Either that, or Maclin interferes to give Shera a dirty win, but Shera eating the pin seems more likely to me.

Simple tie up that turns into Shera laying in the Shoulder Tackle, trying to bully Trent, but he slips a Slam attempt, lights up Shera with a few chops and then a Snap DDT. Shera powders after the DDT, makes space, slides in, Trent follows, and Shera runs the ropes, ducks the Lariat and a Big Boot sends Trent’s tooth flying and drops him. Shera starts manhandling Trent, running him from corner to corner, Stalling Suplex after the corner attack and Trent has had no offense. Shera goes for a goozle, Trent tries to fight back with some punches, bounces off the ropes and eats a Spinebuster.

Shera then goes to the top turnbuckle, looking for something big and unusual from him. So of course Trent cuts him off with Chops, Headbutts and a big Superplex finally gives Trent and opening. Overhand chop from Trent, tries another Suplex, but Shera blocks and rains down some clubbing forearms. Trent tries to fire, Pop & Bang, some apron battling but Shera gets the best of things, Chokeslam on the apron, rolls Trent back in and Trent kicks out.

Going for the frustration chokes, Shera is trying anything but Trent chops a few times, Backfist, Lariat, for…a near fall. Trent keeps slapping the back of Shera, BirmingHammer for the win!

Don West, You’ve Got to be Kidding Me! Trending Topics of the week:

5. MK Ultra getting their rematch

4. Trinity’s final TNA match

3. Moose & Alex Shelley’s stupid stipulation match

2. Simon Gotch’s revenge

1. Rebellion declaration for April 20th

“Around the Ring” with Gia Miller and her guest Xia Brookside. Apparently they bonded over accents and horses. So it seems like Xia just has an affinity for cowboys and stuff, so Gia was totally up her alley. They make a little country posse, its cute, but cringey…but cute. 

TNA+ Flashback Moment: Sting vs Mr Anderson vs Kurt Angle – No Surrender 2011

Always nice to see the classic stuff from the pinnacle of TNA. 

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Rich Swann vs John Skyler w/Jason Hotch

If Rich goes 0-4…I will be, AJ Francis shows up for commentary. Christ…Rich is gonna lose to the other Good Hand ain’t he?

Rich Swann and Skyler go back and forth but you’re always just waiting for the shoe to drop. Rich has the advantage, goes to the top for the Phoenix Splash, Hotch gets up on the apron and AJ Francis leave commentary and takes out Hotch. But for some stupid reason Swann is distracted by the assistance, then Skyler hits an Avalanche Forward Rolling Senton for the win.

I can’t even understand the level of moronic babyface Rich Swann is for this angle.

 

Overall Score: 4.5/10

This was…the definition of useless. Trent’s match was okay, but obvious because Shera is a gatekeeper to looking decent before a major match. Rich, as I’ve said many times, just looks unabashedly stupid. I’m over this, Rich needs to turn heel at No Surrender or within a week or so. All of this was cringey, stupid and a waste of time, especially Xia and Gia.

Ugh.


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