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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (8/12/21)

Supernova 11 VS Subculture’s Skater-Rocker!

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Who takes the first step towards challenging Tyler Bate?

While Tyler Bate & Trent Seven go for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships, a Heritage Cup Contender Tournament begins! Will Scottish Supernova or Welsh Rocker-Skater come out on top?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Flash Morgan Webster w/ Subculture VS Wolfgang; Wolfgang wins.
  • Nina Samuels VS Amale; Amale wins.
  • NXT UK Heritage Cup Contenders Tournament: Noam Dar VS Mark Andrews; Dar wins and advances to the next round.

PLAY BY PLAY

Flash Morgan Webster VS Wolfgang!

The Modfather isn’t in this year’s Heritage Cup tournament, but he was in last year’s. So then, can he help #MAndrews scout the Last King of Scotland before ever having to face him in the brackets? Or will Wolfgang return FMW’s slap with interest?

The bell rings and FMW moves around. Wolfgang corners him but FMW gets away. They reset, BT Sports Studio rallies, and FMW dodges to SLAP Wolfie! Wolfgang laughs it off this time as FMW grins, and the two go again. FMW gets around, waistlocks, Wolfgang throws him and has the arm. FMW kips up, wrenches, and SLAPS again! This time Wolfgang is mad. FMW bails out and Wolfgang says he’s running outta luck. Wolfgang cools off as FMW goes around the outside. FMW climbs up while taunting Wolfgang about where he’s been slapping him. Wolfgang and FMW approach, FMW stomps a foot and puts on a headlock!

Wolfgang powers out, FMW gets around again to headlock! Wolfgang back suplexes, blocks the slap, and DECKS FMW! FMW staggers up and Wolfgang cravats. Wolfgang cranks the neck and snapmares to a cover, TWO! Wolfgang keeps on FMW, FMW hits back with body shots, but Wolfgang knees low. Then a cravat TOSS! FMW staggers up and boots Wolfgang away! Wolfgang comes back, FMW goes up and over and V-TRIGGERS! Wolfgang falls out of the ring, FMW pursues, but Wolfgang throws him back into the ring. FMW gets up to PLANCHA into a GUTBUSTER! Wolfgang knew what was coming and how to take advantage!

Wolfgang puts FMW in, FMW starts kicking. FMW throws body shots, Wolfgang KNEES! FMW clutches his ribs, Wolfgang squeezes him with a bearhug! FMW endures, BT Sports Studio rallies up but Wolfgang throws in heavy hands. FMW pulls hair, gets up and throws elbows. Wolfgang just spins FMW around into another bearhug! FMW endures, throws elbows, gets free but Wolfgang KNEES him in the ribs again! And puts on a Cobra Twist! Wolfgang digs his fingers into ribs, then digs knuckles into more ribs! FMW endures, moves around, gets his leg fee and spins to throw forearms! But Wolfgang gets him up to RAM him into a corner! And then runs in, but FMW dodges!

Wolfgang staggers from hitting the buckles, FMW runs in but is put on the apron! FMW slingshots up and over and keeps moving to fire off forearms and CHOPS! Forearm, CHOP, Wolfgang shoves, but FMW dropkicks back! FMW goes up, QUEBRADA! BT Sports Studio fires up as FMW bobs ‘n’ waves and fakes Wolfgang out for a HEADBUTT! FMW reels Wolfgang in?! He underhooks the arms, but Wolfgang back drops free! FMW comes back but into a kitchen sink knee! BASEMENT SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang drags FMW up, reels him in but FMW can barely stay up so Wolfgang stands over him in the Gallus Boy crossed arm pose and says, “Gallus Boys on top!”

Wolfgang drags FMW back up, fireman’s carries, FMW throws elbows. FMW waistlocks, Wolfgang elbows him away, but then FMW boots from the corner. FMW goes up and leaps but Wolfgang catches him! Wolfgang pops FMW up, but FMW POISON RANAS!! FMW fires up to V-TRIGGER!! Cover, TWO!?! FMW can’t believe it but he keeps going! FMW climbs up, somersault senton onto knees! FMW staggers away to a corner, comes back, into the WOLFGANG SPEAR! Cover, Wolfgang wins!

Winner: Wolfgang, by pinfall

The Modfather didn’t win, but there was a lot of Wolfgang’s game for the High-Fiving, Stage-Diving Welsh Rocker-Skater to watch. Will Webster’s efforts help Andrews in the long run?

 

Sid Scala speaks.

The Assistant NXT UK GM says that in two weeks, Joe Coffey VS Rampage Brown III will finally happen! And the only way to prove which man is the toughest in NXT UK, the only way to win is by submission or knockout! Will the Iron King stand atop his kingdom? Or will he be beaten down by the Rampage?

 

NXT UK Media interviews Subculture’s Mark Andrews and Dani Luna.

As we just saw, Flash fell short against Wolfgang. Have they had a chance to talk to him? No, not yet but Andrews says, “Even though he came up short, he put a hell of a shift in.” Wolfgang is a big, big man and FMW gave him a run for his money. Dani says FMW gave Wolfgang a run for his money, too. Wait, Isla Dawn is creeping around in the back and now Dani notices. Is she…? Well, just ignore her. But then Dawn reaches out for Dani’s hair and Dani tells her to leave it alone. Dawn creeps away now, will she give Dani the creeps in a match soon enough?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Moustache Mountain.

Trent Seven speaks to the virtues of “facial myofascial release” as Tyler Bate uses a muscle massager on his cheek, and the Big Strong Boy sees what he means. The media asks the guys their thoughts on the coming NXT UK Tag Team Championship match with Pretty Deadly. Seven says it’s “A long time coming, that’s what it is.” Moustache Mountain is back, the title match is set, “and how can you call yourselves the NXT UK Tag Team Champions if you haven’t wrestled Moustache Mountain?” Bate says Seven’s on a winstreak, Bate’s on one himself, time to complete the NXT UK Triple Crown and an overall NXT Grand Slam, while getting Trent to his first NXT UK belt.

Seven realizes it will be, and says it will be. Moustache Mountain fist bumps and gets back to training, will Pretty Deadly be in for a big strong finale to their reign?

 

Sid Scala has NXT UK Media follow him.

Jinny and Joseph Conners are already waiting in his office and he thanks them for coming to discuss the coming match. In two weeks, Jinny will have a rematch with Aoife Valkyrie, but this time it will be a No Disqualification match. Jinny tells the “smart little boy” that she will look forward to destroying Aoife, and thanks him for this news. But there’s one more detail, and it involves Conners. He will be locked inside a cage at ringside. Now Jinny is mad and the “stupid, STUPID boy!” As Jinny storms off, Conners tells Sid that this won’t change the outcome. Maybe, but will Jinny VS Valkyrie II at least end fair and square?

 

Nina Samuels VS Amale!

The Leading Lady and the French Hope have been clashing backstage, and that’s not in regards to their fashion senses. Every woman wants to step to the Final Boss, but a line has to form. Who will cut the other off and be that much closer to a showdown with Meiko Satomura?

The bell rings and the two rush each other! Nina kicks, RAMS Amale to a corner, then RAMS her shoulder in! The ref counts, Nina lets off but kicks again, then THROWS Amale by her hair! Nina drags Amale up by her hair to THROW her again! Snapmare, but Amale dodges the leg drop to come back and LARIAT! Amale rains down furious fists, then tops it off with a forearm. Amale whips Nina to a corner then runs in to clothesline! And then a BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Amale drags Nina up to a cravat and cranks the neck. Nina endures, Amale snapmares and has a cover, TWO! Amale must’ve seen Wolfgang do that!

Nina fights up, throws body shots, spins through and bridges to then victory roll Amale, TWO! Amale comes up to KNEE low and snapmare again. Nina avoids the elbow drop to NECK SNAPPER! Cover, TWO! Nina keeps her composure then she kicks Amale around. Amale gets to ropes, Nina digs her boots in, but the ref counts. Nina lets off, stalks Amale to a corner and brings her out. Nina talks trash, whips but Amale reverses. Nina goes up and NIGHTSHADES to a springboard DOUBLE KNEE! Nina digs Amale into the ropes! The ref counts, Nina lets off then argues with the ref, before she whips Amale corner to corner hard!

Amale dodges as Nina runs in to stomp a mudhole! Amale then runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Amale fisherman’s for a SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Nina survives and Amale is losing her cool. Amale kicks at Nina, but Nina small packages, TWO! Amale throws knees, throws forearms, but Nina throws body shots. Amale throws forearms, runs, but Nina scoops and tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKERS! Then gut wrenches for another BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nina is starting to lose her cool but she keeps herself focused. Nina gets Amale at the ropes, brings her up and pulls her back into a Motorcycle Stretch! The ref counts, Nina stops and 3 and runs in, but Amale dodges the dropkick!

Nina ends up seated in the ropes, Amale hits a DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Amale gets Nina up, Nina fights the Complete Shot to swing, into Amale’s NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Amale is furious as she gets Nina for the HEARTBREAKER!! Cover, Amale wins!

Winner: Amale, by pinfall

The French Hope might still have hope yet! If she can take the spotlight from the Leading Lady, can she take the starring role in a title rematch with the Best in the World?

 

NXT UK takes a closer look at Walter VS Dragunov II.

Ilja says, “We had this match the whole world was talking about. Everybody was talking about the violence, everybody was talking about the brutality we had in this match. Everybody celebrated Walter, but nobody talks about how you mentally suffer if you go in with all the belief you have in your body… And you do just not succeed.” Dragunov admits his very, very dark phase. Walter became a nightmare for him. Nightmares can come back, and his did. Walter did it again. “There’s just nothing left inside of me. I had respect for Walter, but it’s gone.” But now Dragunov is ready to become Walter’s nightmare.

The chance is at TakeOver 36. Dragunov knows he has doubt but he different now. His will to win is burning like a fire, and his instinct to take Walter down once and for all is cold as ice! Will this cold-blooded fury be enough to finally take the title away from the Ring General? We’ll see in 10 days!

 

NXT UK shares footage from two weeks ago, after Moustache Mountain VS Symbiosis.

NXT UK reporters started to ask Symbiosis something, but Eddie Dennis stopped them to ask, “What’s wrong with you? Do you realize what these two have just been through?” But then Saxon Huxley comes storming in, going on about “Better luck next time! Better luck next time!” Dennis asks Huxley if he’s talking to them, but Huxley just stares him down. BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME! Dennis shoves Huxley, Huxley just storms off saying it over and over again. Will next time be against the Divine Beast of the Astral Plane?

 

Meiko Satomura speaks.

“Next week, Stevie Turner challenges me for my NXT UK Women’s Championship. I asked for everyone from NXT UK to step up, and Stevie did. Stevie is a good young competitor, but she has a lot to learn about respect.” Stevie says no one can prepare themselves “for someone this, far, ahead.” But Meiko says she will teach Stevie all about respect. Next week, she will. And it will be a very painful lesson. Stevie says she’s the future of NXT UK and she’s going right to the top. Even so, will the Final Boss make sure “the future” waits its turn?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Pretty Deadly.

Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley thank the media for following them to the WWE Warehouse. They’re surrounded by history! Howley finds HHH’s old sledge! And Stoker says that next week, Pretty Deadly cements themselves as NXT UK’s best tag team champion in WWE history. They’ll soon have an entire PD warehouse with plagues, signed  photos and of course statues of Pretty Deadly. Wonderful! But first, they need to make room. Out with the old. Like Moustache Mountain. Many consider them as the best team to offer, but after next week, they’ll just be the best tag team Pretty Deadly’s beaten. They step on the Bate and Seven WWE 2K20 cards, but can they step over Moustache Mountain?

 

NXT UK Heritage Cup Contenders Tournament: Noam Dar VS Mark Andrews w/ Dani Luna!

As the Big Strong Boy said himself, he’s got tag titles on the horizon, but he still looks forward to defending the cup. As such, this tournament begins! And being that it is for the Heritage Cup, it will be under British Round Rules! Will the Scottish Supernova put his money where his mouth is? Or will Andrews be high-fiving, stage-diving, skateboarding and springboarding all the way to the top?

Dar complains, someone forgot to tell Sha Samuels to be here. That aside, the bell rings and round one begins. Dar and Andrews circle, feel it out, and tie up. Dar throws Andrews down with a leg sweep and he talks trash, “No skateboards in here.” BT Sports Studio rallies as the two go again, and Andrews gets around to waistlock. Dar reaches back, switches, then throws Andrews down to get a facelock. Andrews slips out to wrench an arm to a wristlock! Andrews wrenches again but Dar ends up on ropes. The ref calls for the break, Dar shoves Andrews then eggs him on. Andrews rushes in but Dar gets away, swaggering about.

Andrews keeps cool as he resets and ties up with Dar. Dar wrenches, wristlocks, Andrews rolls and handsprings to dropkick! Dar flounders and Andrews kips up! Andrews dusts his shoulder and taunts Dar. Dar tells Andrews to back up then stands up. They go again, Andrews gets a headlock, throws Dar over but Dar endures. Dar fights up, powers up but Andrews grinds the headlock. Dar endures as we’re under a minute, but Dar powers out this time, only for Andrews to run him over! Things speed up but Dar trips Andrews up! Dar ties up the legs, modified Queen Angelito, then he just grinds forearms into Andrews’ face. The ref reprimands, Dar lets off and Dar KICKS Andrews’ legs!

Dar blows a kiss to Dani but she ignores it as he snapmares Andrews. Under 30 seconds as Andrews wrenches back, ELBOW BREAKER, and then another wrench to ELBOW BREAKER! Another wrench, Andrews wrangles Dar down and we’re at 10 seconds. Dar moves around, gets up, Andrews wrenches but time is up! Dar gives a shove but leaves it at that.

Dar: 0; Andrews: 0

Both men get their water at the corner and are ready for round two. The two circle again, Dar calls for test of strength but toys with Andrews at the same time. They knuckle lock, go shoulder to shoulder, and Dar starts to bend Andrews back. Dar hooks Andrews’ feet, covers, but Andrews kips up! Andrews turns things around but Dar kicks and feints to KICK and KICK! Andrews goes down, Dar hurries to cover, TWO! Andrews gets space, Dani coaches him up, and Dar again “flirts” with her. Andrews throws body shots but Dar KICKS him down again. And then KICKS him in the back! Dar gets Andrews on the ropes but Andrews shoulders back! Dar snapmares Andrews into the ropes!

Dar drags Andrews to a cover, TWO! Andrews grits his teeth but Dar is after the arm. Knuckle lock and stomp! Dar drags Andrews around by the other arm to stomp again! And then a leg! Dar winks at Dani, stomps Andrews’ leg, then paces. Andrews swings but misses and Dar KICKS him in the side. We’re at the last minute of the round as both men go out of the ring. Dar gets Andrews up and a ring count starts, Dar RAMS Andrews into barriers. Dani tells Dar to get this back in the ring. The ring count is 6, Dar puts Andrews in and KICKS him! Dar throws Andrews down, covers, TWO! Dar is growing frustrated as he drags Andrews up again.

Dar whips, Andrews goes up and under and around to arm-drag! Back down to 10 seconds again as more arm-drags fly! Andrews runs, cartwheels, dropkicks Dar out of the ring, and that’s the round!

Dar: 0; Andrews: 0

Was Dar saved by the bell? Not if you asked him. But he does get back in, both men catch their breath, and it’s round three! They tie up, Dar gets a leg but Andrews spins and sunset flips, TWO! Andrews runs in but Dar puts him on the apron. Andrews shoulders in, slingshots up and over to sunset flip but Dar holds ropes. Andrews avoids a stomp and then avoids a kick! Dar hits buckles and hobbles, but he dodges Andrews as he runs in again. Andrews goes up the corner, mule kicks Dar, then adjusts, only for Dar to PENALTY KICK the legs out! Andrews hits the mat and clutches his foot! Dar moves around, but here come… Teoman and Rohan Raja?!

The Babo and his “brother” watch and Dar taunts them. Dar gets Andrews up to back suplex! Cover, TWO! Dar “flirts” with Dani more but Andrews waistlocks! Dar switches, Andrews wheelbarrows and STOMP 182! Both men are catching their breath and Dani coaches Andrews. Andrews reels Dar in for a NORTHERN LIGHTS, then floats to- Dar kicks Andrews in the leg to stop the moonsault! But Andrews steps up and over again to suplex. Dar blocks and reverses, STUNDOG MILLIONAIRE! We’re under a minute as Dar bails out, but Andrews DIVES! Direct hit into barriers and Andrews gets Dar in! Andrews aims from the apron, springboards, but Dar dodges!

Andrews hobbles, Dar runs in but Andrews slides to PELE INTO CHAMPANGE SUPER KNEEBAR! Andrew taps, Dar gets a fall!

Dar: 1; Andrews: 0

But Dar won’t let go and the ref counts. Dar lets off, using the leeway to his advantage. Teoman then signals to Raja and they leave. Have they seen enough already?

Round four begins and Dar rushes in! Andrews dodges, Dar hits buckles, Andrews ROCKS and CHOPS Dar on repeat! Dar ends up in a corner, Andrews whips him but Dar reverses. Andrews stops himself, elbows Dar away then goes up. Andrews jumps over the kick, catches the next and puts it on the rope to 619 the leg! And then ENZIGURIS and DRAGON SCREWS! Dar falls and writhes as Andrews gets in. Dani rallies for Andrews, he dropkicks Dar’s leg out! BT Sports Studio rallies as Andrews gets a leg. Dar fights, kicks but Andrews keeps trying. Dar wants Andrews’ leg but Andrews turns him more! Dar BOOTS Andrews away and is free of the partial Boston Crab.

Dar gets up to KICK Andrews in the chest! Dar tries another kick, Andrews blocks it, but Dar elbows him on the top of his head! Dar boots then runs in but Andrews dodges. Dar ducks a kick, and catches the enziguri! But Andrews uses the ankle lock to get a victory roll! ANDREWS gets a fall!

Dar: 1; Andrews: 1

We’re all tied up and in the penultimate round! Dar and Andrews get their bad legs moving as the clock begins. Dar dodges a dropkick, Andrews dodges a stomp and rolls Dar up, TWO! Andrews slides to the waistlock but Dar pries free to give kicks from below. But the bad leg! Dar hesitates, Andrews gets the legs to sit on the victory roll, TWO! Andrews ROCKS Dar and Dar rebounds to ROCK Andrews! Another forearm, Andrews fires off hands from all sides then reels Dar in. Dar wrenches free but Andrews avoids the sweep to KICK and KICK and KICK Dar’s bad leg. Dar blocks with his bad leg but that’s double-edged! Andrews 619’s but into an ANKLE LOCK!

But Andrews rolls to throw Dar then comes back. Dar blocks the leg, shifts grip and BACK ELBOWS! Cover, TWO! Dar and Andrews are down as BT Sports Studio says, “This is Awesome!” Dar gets to a corner, has pinkies out and takes aim at Andrews. Andrews rises up slowly, Dar runs in, but Andrews GAMANGIRIS! Then reels Dar in for a SIT OUT URENAGE! Andrews hurries as we’re at the last minute! Dar gets up and KICKS Andrews’ legs out! Andrews hits the mat again and Dani rallies up for him. Dar still flirts with Dani but she tells him to come get her then. Andrews stalks up behind Dar but Dar mule kicks the bad leg! Dar aims from a corner, NOVA ROLLA! Cover, Dar wins!!

Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

With 22 seconds to spare in the fifth, Mr. Supernova 11 is moving on to the second round of his second Heritage Cup Tournament. He is determined to prove he is Mr. British Rounds, but who will he have to face in the semifinals to do it?


My Thoughts:

Another great episode for NXT UK, quite a lot set up for a few weeks from now. Coffey VS Rampage III and Aoife VS Jinny with Conners in a cage are going to make for some great, gritty grudge matches. I can’t be sure which way Coffey VS Rampage III goes but I would think Aoife wins to even things up with Jinny. We got good promos from both Moustache Mountain and Pretty Deadly to hype up next week’s tag title match. I said last week when this match was announced that I was leaning towards Moustache Mountain, for the reasons Bate said: Bate would be a UK Triple Crown and overall NXT Grand Slam, and Seven deserves to be one of the first superstars to have held NXT and NXT UK Tag Team Championships in his career.

Meiko and Stevie have a great little vignette and it makes sense Stevie gets the next title match. That’s going to be fun but Meiko will win. Dawn creeping up on Dani, I guess Dawn’s vignette last time was about her being done with Millie McKenzie rather than wanting more of her. Luna VS Dawn is going to be a good one, whenever it happens. FMW VS Wolfgang was a great opener, the constant slaps were a great reference back to last week, and it makes sense for Wolfgang to win to have momentum going into the Heritage Cup Tournament. Dragunov had another good promo to hype up the already incredibly exciting UK Championship match, and we got a good interaction between Huxley and Symbiosis.

Nina VS Amale was a very good match for how aggressive it was, and it was a bit of a surprise Amale won. But in a way, it fits Amale’s story of wanting the UK Women’s Division to shuffle around and freshen up already. Then the Heritage Cup Tournament was off to a great start with Dar VS Andrews. NXT UK is nailing making British Rounds matches a lot of fun to watch, and so is Dar himself. Teoman and Raja appearing was a curious detail, perhaps setting up “The Family” VS Subculture for a really good tag feud. Dar winning also makes sense in that he was in last year’s tournament, lost to A-Kid as A-Kid was on his way to winning the cup, and so perhaps now Dar is a shoe-in to win this year’s tournament.

I do hope Dar and Kenny Williams meet in the next round. No offense to Oliver Carter, but there is so much story to Dar and Williams meeting again, from when they were pals to when Dar turned on Williams. Williams is now a Heel just like Dar, and I’d love if their match was centered around, “Who can out Chancer the other?” while creating a new bond of heelish respect. Mostly because I’m still interested in a quartet of Dar, Williams, Sha Samuels and Jordan Devlin as just the most concentrated collection of ego and rowdy attitude in the WWE in a long time.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/22/24)

Roll the dice!

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It’s a risky gamble before Double or Nothing!

Double or Nothing is on Sunday, so Dynamite sets the table! Will AEW World Champion Swerve Strickland use Nick Wayne to send a message to Christian Cage?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bryan Danielson VS Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt; wins.
  • FTW Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Hook VS Katsuyori Shibata VS Bryan Keith; wins and will challenge Chris Jericho for the title at Double or Nothing.
  • Konosuke Takeshita VS Matt Sydal; wins.
  • Will Ospreay & Orange Cassidy VS Trent Beretta & Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom; win.
  • Malakai Black VS Kyle O’Reilly; wins.
  • Toin Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS The Outcasts; win.
  • Swerve Strickland VS Nick Wayne; wins.

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[Due to scheduling conflicts, coverage will be on delay]


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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/21/24)

A Block, Round 6!

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Former friends turned bitter enemies meet once again.

Best of the Super Juniors continues into Round 6, and A Block has a grudge match on its hands as El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru face off! Will the Rogue Luchador humble the Heel Master?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Hiromu Takahashi & Yota Tsuji VS Shoma Kato & Katsuya Murashima; Hiromu & Yota win.
  • DOUKI & Taka Michinoku VS SHO & Yujiro Takahashi; Sho & Yujiro win.
  • Six Man Tag: KUSHIDA, Ninja Mack & Dragon Dia VS Drilla Moloney, Taiji Ishimori & Gedo; Kushida, Mack & Dia win.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: TJP VS Kosei Fujita; TJP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: BUSHI VS Clark Connors; Connors wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: Blake Christian VS HAYATA; Hayata wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: Kevin Knight VS Titan; Titan wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: El Desperado VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Desperado wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current A Block standings!

Blake Christian: 4-1, 8 points
El Desperado: 3-2, 6 points
Clark Connors: 3-2, 6 points
Titan: 3-2, 6 points
Kevin Knight: 3-2, 6 points
HAYATA: 2-3, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-3, 4 points
BUSHI: 2-3, 4 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-3, 4 points
TJP: 1-4, 2 points

 

Best of the Super Juniors A Block: TJP VS Kosei Fujita w/ Robbie Eagles!

It’s make or break for the Public Enemy! He must win to stay alive in the block, but he’s up against an equally determined Young Punk! Will TJP cling to hope in the tournament? Or will Fujita kick him out of the hot seat and out of the running?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. TJP and Fujita circle, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. TJP brings Fujita down and facelocks but Fujita slips out to facelock TJP. TJP trips Fujita to cover, ONE! TJP facelocks again, Fujita puts him on ropes, and the ref calls for the break. Fujita lets off with a hard pat on the shoulder. TJP gets in Fujita’s face, but the two reset and circle again. They tie up, Fujita headlocks and hits the takeover. TJP powers up to bridge, and he spins Fujita for a headlock and takeover. Fujita headscissors but TJP headstands. The fans cheer, TJP pops free, and he pats Fujita on the knee. The fans applaud as the two reset.

Fujita and TJP circle, tie up, and TJP wrenches to hammerlock. Fujita reaches back and jumps to flying mare free! Fujita bumps TJP, runs, but TJP drops and handsprings. TJP sets up but Fujita hurdles then shoves TJP to ropes. TJP stops himself to wrench and hammerlock Fujita, then spins and trips Fujita for a toehold. Fujita turns over, reels TJP in but TJP uses that to get the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Fujita pops free to a cover, ONE! TJP sweeps to a cover, ONE! Fujita headscissors to get the ARMBAR! TJP fights up, works to stack Fujita, and then he gets the leg for a FIGURE FOUR CRAB! Not quite Sharpshooter or Cloverleaf but Fujita suffers all the same!

The fans rally and Fujita fights his way over. Fujita reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go and the fans applaud. TJP drags Fujita up, UPPERCUTS him against ropes, then whips. Fujita reverses but TJP anticipates the drop down to trap the one arm and get the other, DARK SACRIFICE! Fujita writhes, TJP drags him up to hammerlock the bad arm. TJP RAMS Fujita into the corner, sits him down, and he scrubs Fujita’s face! The fans rally up, TJP runs side to side, BOOT WASH! The fans cheer and TJP covers, TWO! Fujita is still in this but TJP drags him from the corner. TJP ties the legs up again, but now it’s a figure four and butterfly stretch combo!

Fujita endures while his head and legs are trapped, but then TJP shifts to twist an arm! Fujita endures, TJP knuckle locks for a cover, TWO! TJP pushes the arms back down, cover, TWO as Fujita bridges! TJP hops on but Fujita uses that to MONKEY FLIP! Fujita rolls back but TJP MONKEY FLIPS in return! TJP rolls back, but into body scissors and a KIMURA! TJP powers his way forward through the leg guard, to get a BOSTON CRAB! Then TJP reaches back to get Fujita’s arms! REVERSE MEXICAN SURFBOARD! Then TJP drops into the toehold, but Fujita scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go and the fans applaud.

TJP stalks Fujita, drags him up, but Fujita fires a forearm. There’s not much to it and TJP pie faces Fujita. Fujita fires another forearm, so TJP UPPERCUTS! TJP whips, Fujita reverses and GAMANGIRIS! Both men are down and the fans fire up! The fans rally and Fujita fires up. Fujita storms up on TJP, but TJP blocks the whip! Fujita still tries, TJP still blocks, so Fujita CHOPS! Fujita whips corner to corner, runs in, but TJP puts him on the apron. TJP swings, Fujita counter punches! Fujita springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! But Fujita sits TJP up and runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up and Fujita shakes out the bad arm. Fujita waistlocks TJP and deadlifts, but TJP fights the rest! TJP pries the hold open but Fujita kicks the clothesline! TJP still catches Fujita to a FINAL CUT! TJP hurries up top now and MAMBA SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Fujita survives and the fans fire up! TJP catches his breath, drags Fujita up, reels him in, for the HALF HATCH! One Kaibigan! TJP drags Fujita up again, Duwa Kaibigan! TJP drags Fujita up again, but Fujita blocks the third! TJP KNEES Fujita for it, CLUBS him for it, then brings him up again, but Fujita gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX!

Fujita holds on as he brings TJP up, another GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans rally as Fujita GERMAN- NO, TJP fights that with elbows! No hattrick for either man, and TJP runs, but into a waistlock! TJP headlocks free, then gets around to IRON OCTOPUS! Fujita endures, stomps his way forward, and he has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go in frustration, and he brings Fujita back around. The fans rally as TJP wrenches, to an ELBOW BREAKER! TJP wrenches again, but Fujita clamps on a SLEEPER! TJP reaches out, slips around, and powers out of the hold, to then SUPERKICK! Fujita staggers but he SUPERKICKS back!

Fujita kicks, but TJP blocks and slips around, LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! The fans fire up and clap along as TJP pounds the mat. “T! J P! T! J P!” aims from the corner, throws up the crowns, and runs, into a pop-up waistlock! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fujita roars and the fans are thunderous! Fujita storms around, drags TJP up and brings him in, but TJP knees free of the suplex! Inside cradle, TWO! Fujita runs up, trips TJP, rolls and hooks the legs! TJP fights off the Cross Stretch as Fujita wants arms. TJP fights up, arm-drags free, but Fujita drags him into a somersault clutch! TWO, and TJP steps over, PINOY STRETCH!!

The fans fire up as Fujita endures, but TJP thrashes him around! Fujita taps, TJP wins!

Winner: TJP, by submission (gains 2 points; Fujita earns 0)

The Public Enemy stays alive another round! And now with this win, he’s dragged Fujita into the hot seat! The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but will they still miss out on the semifinals? Will TJP make for the biggest comeback story in BOSJ history?

 

Best of the Super Juniors A Block: BUSHI VS Clark Connors!

Black Mask is dangling on the edge while 100 Proof is gearing up for a run at the top! Can Bushi drag Connors down with him? Or will defeat be a hard pill to swallow with No Chaser?

The bell rings and the two rush in! Bushi fires off forearms then runs, but Connors knees low! Connors barks, runs, but Bushi dumps him out! Bushi builds speed, Connors returns, but Bushi fakes out the powerslam! Bushi kicks, whips but Connors reverses, to JEEP FLIPPER! The fans fire up and Connors stalks Bushi to a corner. Connors RIPS Bushi’s shirt away, then CHOKES him with what’s left! The ref counts, Connors lets off, and Connors stands Bushi up to THROW him out. Connors storms out after Bushi, stomps him, then drags him up. Connors brings Bushi around to GRIND his face on the railing!

Connors offers the torn shirt to fans, but then throws it down the ramp! Connors drags Bushi back up, UPPERCUTS him, then brings him around to POST! Bushi falls, the fans rally, but Connors talks trash. Connors goes to the back of the crowd to snatch a fan’s LIJ baseball cap and put it on. Connors wants the ring count, then sits Bushi up to go after the mask! The fans boo but the count is still going! Connors is doing what he did to Titan! Connors stomps Bushi, attacks a Young Lion, then SLAMS the Young Lion onto Bushi! The count is 15 as Connors leaves Bushi behind! Bushi flounders, rises up, and slides in at 19!

The fans cheer as Bushi is safe, but Connors paces. Connors struts up to JUMP ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! The fans applaud while Connors gets annoyed. Connors tells fans to shut up, but that only makes them rally harder. Bushi stands to chop, but he can’t put much behind it. Connors throws Bushi down by the mask! Connors clamps on with a chinlock and he grinds Bushi down. Bushi endures, fights around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Connors lets off and fans applaud. Connors drags Bushi up, whips him to a corner, then he mocks the fans cheering on Bushi. Connors says they shouldn’t even laugh at him.

Connors runs up but Bushi BOOTS him! Bushi RANAS Connors out of the ring! The fans fire up while Connors flounders back to the apron. Bushi runs up to BLAST Connors, then Bushi builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and down goes Connors! The fans fire up again while both men stir. Bushi fires up, puts Connors in, then runs in to ELBOW Connors! Bushi puts the bad leg in ropes to DROPKICK it! Then he DRAPING BACKSTABBERS! Bushi stands Connors up, blocks his haymaker, and spins him around. But Connors fights the DDT! Connors wrenches out, Bushi dodges and dropkicks Connors’ leg!

Bushi goes for the legs, but Connors SLAPS him first! Bushi staggers, comes back, but into the SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up while both men are down again. Connors aims from a corner, barks and runs in, but Bushi dropkicks the legs out! Bushi turns Connors over to SMASH the knee! Then the FABLE! Connors endures the leglock but Bushi pulls on the knee! Connors grits his teeth, crawls over, reaches out, but Bushi pulls on the knee more! The fans rally, Connors fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! Bushi lets go in frustration while the fans applaud. Bushi gets Connors up but Connors fights the lift with elbows!

Bushi runs up but Connors ELBOWS him again. Connors snarls, runs, but Bushi DROPKICKS! Connors staggers around while Bushi goes to a corner. Bushi runs up, but into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives and the fans fire up again! Connors snarls, he stalks Bushi and drags him up. Connors serves it up, but Bushi fights No Chaser! Bushi wrenches to backslide, but Connors rolls through to JUNKYARD DOG HEADBUTT! Connors then drags Bushi up and in, for NO CHASER!! Cover, Connors wins!

Winner: Clark Connors, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Bushi earns 0)

100 Proof sweeps LIJ in his block, but then he wants after the mask again! The Young Lions rush in and stop him, so Connors backs off. Connors then takes a fan’s Bushi mask to show it off like a trophy. But will Connors take THE trophy and be the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Best of the Super Juniors A Block: Blake Christian VS HAYATA!

All Heat finally hit a speedbump in this tournament with last round’s loss while the Silence of Darkness let TJP slip past him. Will the GCW Champion or GHC National Champion establish brand superiority on the way to the top of NJPW?

The bell rings, the two circle and the fans rally. They feel things out, tie up, and Hayata wrenches to a wristlock. Blake rolls, cartwheels, slips through and wrenches to a wristlock. Blake bends Hayata’s fingers to make him flip everyone off. The ref reprimands, Blake sticks to the wristlock, but Hayata rolls and trips him. Hayata drops an elbow on the knee, then pulls on the toehold. Blake pulls on Hayata’s hair but the ref reprimands. Blake uses his legs to turn Hayata to a cover, TWO! The two stand off the fans applaud. Blake and Hayata circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. Blake rolls, wrangles Hayata but Hayata headscissors!

Blake moves around, pops free, and floats onto a headlock. Hayata powers up and pries free to top wristlock. Blake bridges, kips up, and he wrangles Hayata. Hayata headscissors again but Blake has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and Hayata lets off. The two reset again, knuckle lock, then Hayata trips Blak. Things speed up, Hayata handsprings then sidesteps to atomic drop. Hayata runs to SHOTGUN BOOT! Hayata kips up, the fans cheer, and Hayata runs in at the corner. Hayata blocks Blake’s boot, but Blake pokes him in the eye! Blake then somersaults to PELE the bad arm! Blake reels Hayata in for a BACKBREAKER!

Hayata bails out, fans rally up, and Blake builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and the fans fire up! Blake walks it off and then mocks their applause. Blake flips everyone off, then goes back to Hayata. Blake drags Hayata around to then stand on the arm, and he drops a knee on it! Blake then stands Hayata up against a post, to slide in and pull him back against it! The ref counts, Blake lets go, and he brings Hayata onto the apron. Blake stands Hayata up but Hayata CLAWS Blake’s eyes! Hayata reels Blake in but Blake fights the facelock to WRING the arm into the apron! Hayata writhes and Blake pushes him into the ring.

Blake stands on Hayata’s hair while pulling the arms! The ref reprimands, but Blake drops a knee on the bad elbow! Hayata sits up, Blake clamps onto him with a keylock! Blake then falls back to JAM up the arm! Hayata clutches the elbow but Blake brings him up. Blake wrenches and UPPERCUTS the bad arm, then hits an ELBOW BREAKER! And then an ARMBAR DDT! Blake mocks the applause, flips the fans off, then covers, TWO! Blake is annoyed but he drags Hayata up to suplex. Hayata slips free and DROPKICKS Blake to ropes! The fans fire up, Hayata runs in, but Blake dumps him out! Blake then somersaults to triangle jump DROPKICK!

Hayata falls to the floor, Blake aims and PLANCHAS, but Hayata moves! Blake lands on his feet but that jams up his knee! Hayata puts Blake in, reels him in to lift, for a SITOUT KNEE BUSTER!! Blake writhes, Hayata ties up the legs and has a Deathlock! Blake endures, reaches out, and backstrokes to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Hayata lets go, and Blake crawls to the near side. Hayata whips but Blake holds ropes to stop that! Blake ROUNDHOUSES, then BOOTS! Then somersaults, to ARMBAR DDT! And then wrench to DOUBLE KNEE DROP the arm! BASEMENT ENZIGIRI! Cover, TWO! Hayata is still in this and the fans rally.

Blake grabs Hayata’s bad arm, drags him up to UPPERCUT the arm, then he grinds the shoulder. Hayata pulls hair, throws forearms, but Blake knees low. Blake hobbles, but he still whips. Hayata reverses to ENZIGIRI Blake down! The fans rally up while both men go to corners. Hayata runs in to DROPKICK Blake down! The fans fire up again as Hayata climbs. SECOND ROPE SAULT! Cover, TWO! Blake is still in this but Hayata keeps cool. The fans rally, Hayata runs in, but Blake dodges. Blake comes back to BOOT! Blake goes out and springboards, to DOUBLE STOMP the bad arm! Blake hurries to ripcord and SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Hayata hangs in there and Blake grows frustrated! Blake goes to the apron, the fans rally up, and Blake slashes his throat. 450 SPLASH but Hayata moves! Blake lands out but that jams his leg! CRADLE, TWO!! Hayata and Blake stand, Blake gets around to sunset flip, then Oklahoma Roll! TWO, ghost pin! HAYATA WINS!!

Winner: Hayata, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Blake earns 0)

The GHC National Champion inches out the GCW Champion in quite the thriller! However, Blake is still leading this block, will he heat things back up soon enough? Will Hayata be able to make a run at the top here in the latter half?

 

Best of the Super Juniors A Block: Kevin Knight VS Titan!

The Jet was grounded by the Heel Master while El Inmortal was mocked by 100 Proof. Both men are just on the outside of those top spots, will Knight take flight again? Or will Titan keep his semifinal hopes alive?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The two approach, circle, then tie up. They break, tie up again, then break. Titan trips Knight, things speed up, and Titan cartwheels. Knight hurdles, Titan leaps, and then Knight sidesteps. Titan avoids the dropkick but Knight lands on his feet! Knight runs up, Titan puts him on the apron, but Knight ducks the lariat to throw Titan down! Titan kips up to PELE! The fans fire up as Knight staggers back and Titan builds speed. But Knight gets up to springboard and FLYING LARIAT! Now Titan bails out and Knight builds speed, only for Titan to get away. Knight slides out then goes up the corner to PLANCHA! Direct hit!

The fans fire up and Knight flexes! Knight high-fives Abe-san, then he drags Titan up and into the ring. The fans rally, Knight storms up on Titan and brings him around. Knight scoops to SLAM Titan to a drop zone, then he JET SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Knight checks the count, it was fair, so he lets it slide. Knight wrenches, whips, and catches Titan to a COBRA TWIST! Knight says he’s very, very, very strong! The fans cheer but Titan fights the hold. Titan hip tosses, Knight flips through! Titan dodges Knight to SUPERKICK! Knight SUPERKICKS back! Knight runs, but Titan goes Matrix to dodge, and then CALF KICK!

Titan whips, Knight reverses and DROPKICKS! The fans fire up while both men are down! Titan flops out of the ring, Knight aims and PLANCHAS, but lands out as Titan moves! Titan builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and the fans fire up with both men down at their feet! Titan rises, he brings Knight up and in, and then goes to a corner. The fans rally as Titan climbs. Knight gets under the leap, Titan comes back, into a SKY 2 HIGH! Both men are down again and the fans rally up. Titan and Knight rise, and Knight eggs Titan on. Titan sits up, Knight fires a forearm! Titan grits his teeth and forearms back!

Knight CHPOS and the fans cheer! Titan CHPOS and the fans cheer! Knight CHOPS, Titan CHOPS, they stand and throw forearms and CHOPS on repeat! The fans fire up as they pick up speed! Knight ROCKS Titan, but Titan SOBATS! Titan powers up and runs, but Knight LARIATS at the ropes! Knight fires up, whips, but Titan reverses to TORNADO- NO! Knight stops the DDT and suplexes, but Titan rolls it around! Titan suplexes, Knight slips free to waistlock. Titan switches, shoves, runs up and TORNADO- NO! Knight blocks again, and now he carries Titan to pop him up and HEAVY RAIN! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Titan survives and we only now hit five minutes! Knight waits on Titan as he takes aim. Titan rises as the fans rally, and Knight runs up! SATELLITE- NO, Titan back drops Knight away! The fans rally again as both men go to corners. Knight runs bac up but into a BOOT! SOBAT! KICK! PALM STRIKES! WHEEL KICK! Now Titan wants Knight to rise! The fans rally as Titan throws off the armband and goes corner to corner! But Knight leaps over! And then PELES back! Knight roars, the fans fire up again, and Knight gets Titan up! Knight puts Titan up top, for the UPPER ROOM! Cover, TWO! Titan is still in this and the fans fire up!

Knight storms up on Titan, roars again, and hauls Titan up. Knight fireman’s carries, but Titan fights free! Titan shoves, follows, TORNADO DDT! Titan holds on and brings Knight up, for a GOURD BUSTER! Then SUPERKICK! Knight flops over and Titan goes to the corner. Titan skins the cat to the top, then DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Knight survives, but Titan has the legs! Titan turns Knight over in the deathlock, then JAVE INMORTAL!! Straitjacket on top for good measure! Knight is caught, he QUITS! Titan wins!!

Winner: Titan, by submission (gains 2 points; Knight earns 0)

El Inmortal’s hopes of being a semifinalist still live as he grounds The Jet’s flight! Will Titan reach the same heights as he did last year? Can Knight still course correct with just three rounds left?

 

Best of the Super Juniors A Block: El Desperado VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

While The Rogue Luchador vowed to finally win the big one just the other night, this one is personal! Desperado knows all The Heel Master’s tricks, but will that help him here in the sixth? Or will the House of Torture’s stacked deck be too much even for the Best of the Super Juniors?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Despe powers Kanemaru back, and Red Shoes counts. Despe lets off cleanly and the fans applaud. Kanemaru and Despe reset, tie up, and now Kanemaru puts Despe on ropes. But then Kanemaru kicks the leg! Kanemaru whips, but Despe jumps over the low dropkick! Despe kicks and whips, Kanemaru reverses, but again Despe jumps the low dropkick! The fans cheer as the two stand off and reset. They tie up, Despe blocks the kick! Despe rolls Kanemaru, but then DDTS a leg! The fans cheer, Despe grabs that leg and drops an elbow on the knee.

Despe has the leg in a toehold, Kanemaru pulls at the mask but Despe pulls on the leg! Kanemaru endures as Despe keeps the leg trapped, then Despe lets go to SPLASH the leg! Cover, ONE! The fans cheer and Kanemaru clutches the knee. Despe shakes out his arms and goes back for Kanemaru. Despe drags Kanemaru up but Kanemaru throws body shots. Despe kicks and whips but Kanemaru reveres to hammerlock and scoop SLAM! Despe clutches his elbow but Kanemaru drags him up. Kanemaru wrenches and YANKS the arm, hammerlocks it and scoop SLAMS again! Despe writhes and bails out. Red Shoes checks on Despe, allowing Kanemaru to untie the buckle pad!

The Bullet Club Special is in play and Kanemaru storms out after Despe. Kanemaru drags Despe up, wrenches, and then hammerlocks the arm to POST it! Despe falls and crawls away but Kanemaru catches up to him. Kanemaru SLAMS the bad arm on the floor, then SLAMS it again! Despe writhes, the ring count starts, and Kanemaru leaves Despe behind. The count reaches 8 of 20, Despe stands at 11. Despe leans on the corner, slides in at 15, but Kanemaru stomps him down! Kanemaru YANKS on the arm again and again, then snapmares Despe so he can WRING the arm! Despe writhes but the fans rally up.

Kanemaru grabs the bad arm and he pulls off Despe’s elbow pad! Kanemaru stomps the bad arm, digs his heel into it, then clamps on for a top wristlock. Despe endures, the fans rally, and Despe throws punches into Kanemaru’s back. Kanemaru sits up to put on the pressure, but Despe throws body shots. Kanemaru knees low, whips, then hip tosses! Kanemaru drops a leg on the arm, then clamps on a scissor! Kanemaru pushes up to put on the pressure! Despe kicks and flails while he endures, and the fans rally. Despe fights his way over to the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go slowly, and kneels on the arm!

Kanemaru plays dumb but Red Shoes points out what he’s doing. Despe throws more body shots until Kanemaru finally steps away. Kanemaru then brings Despe up, hooks the arm, but Despe fights the hip toss. Kanemaru throws a body shot, then hip tosses, into a short arm scissors! Despe endures, reaches out, and the fans rally. Despe clubs at Kanemaru’s leg but Kanemaru pulls on the hold! Despe still fights around, reaches out, and finds the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go in frustration and Despe scrambles away. Kanemaru stalks Despe, stomps him, then drops a knee on the elbow! Despe writhes but Kanemaru drops another knee, and another knee, and another knee!

Kanemaru pulls on the arm, CLAWS at Despe’s eyes, then brings Despe around to hammerlock the arm. Kanemaru RAMS Despe into the bare buckles! Red Shoes reprimands then checks on Despe. Kanemaru paces but Despe goes to the apron. Kanemaru stands on Despe’s bad arm but Red Shoes counts. Kanemaru stomps Despe as he lets off, and fans still rally. Kanemaru drags Despe up to YANK the bad arm! And YANK it again! Kanemaru whips but Despe fights the hip toss again. Kanemaru CLAWS the eyes and then kicks low. Kanemaru runs, but Despe dropkicks Kanemaru’s legs out! Now things are even as the fans fire up!

The fans rally as Despe and Kanemaru go to corners. Despe stands, shakes out the bad arm, then runs corner to corner. He blocks a boot to dropkick the bad leg! Then Despe grabs the bad leg to DRAGON SCREW! Kanemaru falls over and the fans rally up again. Despe drags Kanemaru by a leg, then drops a leg on the knee! Despe ties Kanemaru’s legs up in the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Kanemaru CLUBS at Despe’s arm but Despe eggs him on! Kanemaru throws more and more heavy hands and Despe “falls” to put pressure on the leglock! Kanemaru shouts in pain, reaches out, crawls, but Despe shifts to make it a CALF KILLER!

Kanemaru still endures, still fights forward, and still gets the ROPEBREAK! The fans applaud, Red Shoes calls the break and Despe lets go. “Oops!” and he drops knees on the knee. The fans rally up while Kanemaru writhes. Despe drags Kanemaru around, stomps the bad leg, but Kanemaru avoids the elbow drop! Despe shakes out the arms, Kanemaru goes to a corner. Despe runs up, but into a BOOT! Kanemaru runs up, tilt-o-whirls, but Despe fights the DDT! So Kanemaru makes it a KIMURA! Kanemaru drags Despe down and cranks the bad arm! Despe fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru holds until Red Shoes counts!

Kanemaru drags Despe by his bad arm, then reels him in to scoop and BRITISH- NO, Despe slips around to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Despe rolls away to ropes, Kanemaru rolls to pursue. The fans rally, Despe rolls back to center to get away from Kanemaru. Despe stands, fires himself up, and then runs in at Kanemaru. But Kanemaru dodges! Despe stops from hitting buckles, but Kanemaru RAMS him into them! And then whips him back into them! Despe falls, Kanemaru runs up and kitchen sink knees! Kanemaru drags Despe up, whips, and kitchen sink knees again!

Kanemaru goes up a corner and MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! But then the KIMURA returns!! Despe endures and the fans rally up! Kanemaru cranks on the double wristlock but Despe still fights around! Despe stands, but Kanemaru drags him back down! KIMURA!! Despe endures, kicks and flails, reaches and finds the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go in frustration but he then goes up a corner. Despe rises, turns around, into DEEP IMPACT!! Cover, TWO!! Despe survives and the fans fire up again! Kanemaru drags Despe up, but Despe fights the suplex! Despe throws body shots, but Kanemaru still tries! Despe turns that around to suplex Kanemaru!

The fans fire up again while both men are down at the 15 minute mark. The fans rally, Despe huffs and puffs and storms over to Kanemaru. Despe drags Kanemaru up, reels him in, but Kanemaru grabs Red Shoes! Despe BOOTS Kanemaru’s arm! Then Despe reels Kanemaru in, but Kanemaru SHOVES Despe into Red Shoes! The fans boo but Kanemaru whips Despe into the bare buckles! Despe writhes, Red Shoes is also down, and Kanemaru of course grabs his bottle of whiskey. Kanemaru takes a swig, goes back for Despe, but Despe smothers him! Kanemaru pushes Despe back, but Despe ROCKS him and sends the whiskey mist flying!

Despe drags Kanemaru up, reels him in, PINCHE- NO, Kanemaru fights that, and jackknife bridges! TWO!!! The fans fire up, Kanemaru BOOTS, then he ducks to BOOT again! And again! And- SPINEBUSTER! Despe flips Kanemaru up to PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, Despe wins!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

Another main event and another big win for The Rogue Luchador! The Heel Master almost did this clean and almost won because of it, will he realize where he’s going wrong?

As for Desperado, he gets an icepack and a mic to say, “I knew it! As tough as ever! Damn. I’m glad I won.” The fans cheer that. Despe continues by saying, “For each outing, more is needed. Every time I face him, I level up. This was a league match, but that was the level of a final. I’ll keep going, and I promise to make you guys glad you bought a ticket.” The fans also cheer that. Despe says that this is the Osaka-Jo Hall main event we’re talking about! He keeps saying he doesn’t care, but now it’s right in front of him! It’d be a big disappointment if he doesn’t make it, right? There’ll be a lot of guys in both blocks “gutted” they won’t make it. “But for me, I’ll be taking it.”

The fans cheer as The Rogue Luchador is ready to be the Best of the Super Juniors! Just three more rounds to go, will he make it?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

El Desperado: 4-2, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-2, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-2, 8 points
Titan: 4-2, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-3, 6 points
HAYATA: 3-3, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-4, 4 points
BUSHI: 2-4, 4 points
TJP: 2-4, 4 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-4, 4 points


My Thoughts:

A great round for A Block here, and they played up the drama right away with TJP getting that win over Fujita. I can’t really say TJP makes that big comeback to get a spot in the semifinals, because as soon as someone who already beat him gets 5+ wins, they cross him off mathematically. I really like that we’ve got four 4-2 records, those guys are all going strong. Connors has that win over Titan, though, so Titan only gets ahead if Connors falls off in the final three rounds. Blake meanwhile is starting to cool off, and with his loss to Desperado, Blake will need Connors to take Desperado out tomorrow to help him get back up.

And word came in from NJPW today that sadly, Francesco Akira’s knee injury will NOT be okay in time for the next round, or for any of the rounds so he must now forfeit points. As I pointed out last time, the ones who benefit are Hiromu, Douki, Eagles & Sho. Sho gets to six points, the others are at 8 with Kushida, essentially getting B Block to the same situation as A Block. Kushida already beat Hiromu and Sho, so he’d have to fall off pretty bad for either of them to get his spot in the semifinals. Douki is going to face Sho tomorrow, and is still to face Kushida, so Douki could take that spot for himself while taking out Hiromu in the process.

My Score: 9/10


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