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Andrew’s G1 Climax 31 Day 3 & 4 Results & Match Ratings

Well a combined article is what will have to suffice here! The 9-5 was too busy for me to be able to sneak in any extracurricular observations, so I figured let’s just combine the days!

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Well a combined article is what will have to suffice here! The 9-5 was too busy for me to be able to sneak in any extracurricular observations, so I figured let’s just combine the days!

Hopefully combined days doesn’t happen too often, but given Japan’s propensity for weekday shows, I’m at the mercy of my workload. It does have to noted though, that A Block will be 1 match shorter since Naito is officially out, so all of his remaining matches are forfeit losses, so sort of a BYE for his opponent.

All in all, do we see Shingo get a measure of revenge for Naito? Which Bullet Club member will get their first win between Chase and Tama? Can Tanahashi bounce back?

Let’s get to this longer than usual article!

Ratings:

  • Tanga Loa vs Yuji Nagata: Loa wins via Ape Shit @15:35 – ** ½
  • A Block: Toru Yano vs Great-O-Khan: O-Khan wins via Eliminator @11:30 – **
  • A Block: KENTA vs Yujiro Takahashi: KENTA wins via Game Over @15:48 – *** ½
  • A Block: Kota Ibushi vs Tomohiro Ishii: Ibushi wins via Kamigoye @ 17:42- ****
  • A Block: Shingo Takagi vs Zack Sabre Jr: ZSJ wins via Triangle Armbar @27:17 – **** ½
  • B Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Hirooki Goto: Tanahashi wins via Inside Cradle @14:10 – *** ¼
  • B Block: Tama Tonga vs Chase Owens: Tama wins via Gun Stun @12:59 – *** ¼
  • B Block: YOSHI-HASHI vs Jeff Cobb: Jeff Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands @13:21 – ** ¾
  • B Block: Taichi vs SANADA: Taichi wins via Black Mephisto @25:15 – **** ½
  • B Block: EVIL vs Kazuchika Okada: Okada wins via Rainmaker @21:46 – **

 

Results:

Day 3 – A Block

Tanga Loa vs Yuji Nagata

Since Loa is the first recipient of the Naito pass, NJPW officials decided to still give him a singles match against an unofficial competitor. So Blue Justice shows up to make sure that Loa doesn’t get a legit BYE because of the unfortunate early injury. Should be interesting to see if any of the G1 competitors lose to their fill in match.

Nagata keeps Loa grounded, wrestle circles around the usual tag wrestler. Hammerlock take downs push Loa into the ropes and Nagata looks very superior early. Loa gets back up and utilizes his power advantage. This allows a few strikes back and forth, with Loa laying Nagata out. Then they head to the outside, Loa uses the Apron and stays on top of the veteran until you can see Nagata go into that irritated demeanor.

Nagata fires back a bit, Loa was left reeling and trying a few different submissions like an Anaconda Vice and OJK, but Nagata pulls out an old classic, Nagata Lock 1 (Reverse Figure Four). Loa has issues getting back up, Nagata rattles off some low Round Kicks, Loa fires up and Nagata chucks him with an Exploder. Loa manages to throat Nagata over the ropes, land a Spear and then a Power Slam, but only a 2 count.

PK from Nagata, Loa hits a Lariat and quickly goes to hit Ape Shit and pulls off the win.

Toru Yano vs Great-O-Khan

This match picks back up from the New Japan Cup where Yano tied him to the guardrail with his hair, and forced him to cut his braid and still lost the match. So Yano walks out already apologizing and O-Khan is irate. Yano manages to counter 1 Irish Whip and attempted to go after the current braid and tie that to the guardrail, but O-Khan fights back.

Yano is just getting throttled this entire time. O-Khan nearly has Yano unconscious with a Head and Arm choke, but Yano manages to keep it together enough to find the ropes. Yano manages to grab the ropes, O-Khan charges, Yano dodges, O-Khan bounces off the ropes and we have the Benny Hill moment. Yano thinks he has a shot with the spray bottle, but the small advantage gets reversed. O-Khan then goes for handcuffs he was hiding, and things get silly. Yano throws them into the crowd, then undoes the turnbuckle pad, the referee takes a bump, Dragon Screw Turnbuckle Whip and then Yano shows his own handcuffs! As Yano tries to cuff O-Khan, O-Khan Claw Holds Yano and slams him into the guardrail.

Yano has the keys, but O-Khan figured he would so he attacks him. Then Yano is almost counted out but takes the guardrail apart and slips the cuffs out to slide in the ring. Yano almost pulls the win out of nowhere with a Single Leg Cradle and then Backslide, but O-Khan won’t let it happen. Eliminator gets O-Khan a measure of revenge.

KENTA vs Yujiro Takahashi

Now it wasn’t really clear how these two would interact since it’s the first House of Torture vs Bullet Club match. KENTA threw up the Too Sweet, Yujiro ignored it, KENTA offered the Too Sweet to Pieter, but she rebuffed him. Yujiro then continued to attack while KENTA seemed to want to play nice. It did seem like Yujiro stalled for a second when KENTA was in the ropes and sounds like KENTA was pleading with him saying that they were friends.

Yujiro tried to ignore it, KENTA powdered, then we saw a switch flip in KENTA. Yujiro was dominating but decided to pander to Pieter and KENTA kicked him and hit a DDT. The referee was a 18, and KENTA decided to throw Yujiro in instead of just taking the Count Out victory. KENTA looked serious and was peppering in Forearms and kicks and slowly looks to be remembering his old self.

Game Over, Green Killer, Double Foot Stomp and finally a Go 2 Sleep attempt, but Yujiro has enough in the tank to counter! Yujiro is actually putting on a decent fight and KENTA is looking more serious than he has in a while. Yujiro hits the forearm and then the Olympic Slam for a near fall. Yujiro’s forearm strikes have been really gaining him traction, Miami Shine gets hit and KENTA kicks out.

Pimp Juice attempt, KENTA counter Jacknife Cradle, kick out, School Boy from the corner, kick out, rope run, Busaiku Knee! Go 2 Sleep attempt number two, Yujiro slips out and shoves KENTA into the referee, KENTA blocks the Low Blow, spins it into Game Over and Yujiro taps out!

Damn good match from Yujiro. Wow! Yujiro throws up the Too Sweet, KENTA actually does it. They hug, Pieter comes in and hugs KENTA. So maybe we get a return of Dating Game KENTA so he can cut a promo about Yujiro’s hair or something.

Kota Ibushi vs Tomohiro Ishii

Ishii and Kota start off striking but Ishii easily over takes him. Ishii is trying to motivate him as he chops his chest concave. Ishii finally motivates Ibushi to start catching him back. However we see no reaction from Ishii, just more talking crap. After a flurry of slap exchanges, Ibushi hits a middle kick and Ishii is dropped.

Ibushi bits the Frakensteiner to the outside, followed by Plancha, and Ishii gets thrown back in. Trying to hit the ropes for a lariat, Ishii gets caught by a Snap Powerslam and then a middle rope Moonsault gives Ibushi a 2 count. Ishii fires out of the corner, Ibushi hits a Dropkick, Ishii bounces off and then Pounces Ibushi into next week. Delayed Superplex from Ishii gives him a near fall.

Enzuigiri dodge, Moonsault dodge, Sliding Lariat dodge, low Gamengiri connects from Ibushi as both men try to recover. Ibushi looks slightly off on each move though. We see more stiff strikes and tough guy stuff after they both piss each other off with mocking strikes. Sitout Powerbomb from Ibushi seems to have given him control even if it only gives him the near fall. Ibushi tries the Kamigoye, Ishii blocks, so he gets kicked in the head, then fires up like a bottle rocket and an upward Headbutt knocks Ibushi down and…maybe out? No not quite.

Ibushi rotates out of the German Suplex, but eats a Lariat, then eats a Rope Run Lariat, but kicks out at 2. Vertical Drop Brainbuster attempt, Ibushi slips it, High Kick and Ibushi looks for Kamigoye. Kamigoye gets countered by a wild Lariat. V-Trigger from Ibushi, then he exposes the knee, Ishii Headbutts him in the stomach, tries the Brainbuster, countered, Kamigoye to the chest which drops Ishii down and then normal Kamigoye gives Ibushi an ugly win.

Shingo Takagi vs Zack Sabre Jr

Early one we see ZSJ looking for openings and hold transitions, as Shingo keeps up well. They have a whole dozen move or so counter, then they a submission trade, and it’s just really great to watch them both be very well balanced. Shingo even manages to drive ZSJ to the outside and do the one knee Naito pose to send a message.

ZSJ’s whole plan of attack was to go after the right arm. It started when he hit a Flying Octopus in the ropes and then just kept going after it. He did his leg twist Hammerlock, multiple Armbar variations and Octopus stretches variations that kept a focus on extending that right arm.

Shingo fought through it valiantly, hitting Noshigami, Made in Japan, power up and rolling out of many of the submissions. Shingo stubbornly still went for his power strikes, and he looked like he was going to catch ZSJ. But ZSJ stayed patient, he kept a Triangle Armbar in, Shingo tried his best to find a way to do something, but ZSJ extended the right arm further and Shingo was forced to tap out!

A Block:

  1. Great-O-Khan/ 3-0 / 6 Points
  2. Zack Sabre Jr/ 2-0 / 4 Points
  3. Shingo Takagi/ 2-1 / 4 Points
  4. Yujiro Takahashi/ 2-1 / 4 Points
  5. Toru Yano/ 2-1 / 4 Points
  6. KENTA/ 2-1/ 4 Points
  7. Kota Ibushi/ 2-1/ 4 Points
  8. Tomohiro Ishii/ 1-2/ 2 Points
  9. Tanga Loa/ 1-1/ 2 Points
  10. Tetsuya Naito/ 0-9/ 0 Points (Eliminated Injury)

 

Day 4 – B Block

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Hirooki Goto

Goto does not have much success against Tanahashi in his career, but when it comes to Goto, one never knows if he’ll choke or be impressive. The early goings are very slow as they feel out each other’s ability at the moment. Tanahashi gets the best of Goto on the ground and breaks out a Muta Lock, softening up most of the spots the Texas Cloverleaf attacks as well.

After a little bit of fight from Goto we get a nice spot of missed lariats, missed low dropkicks, dodges, Sentons and then Tanahashi manages to connect. The counters never really end, both head to the corners for different moves and the other either powers through or counters directly. Goto tries the callback to how he beat Tanahashi last year with Avalanche Ushigoroshi, but Tana counters it into a Sunset Bomb attempt, but Goto rains down elbows to break that up. The dismount is sloppy, but Shoten Kai attempt gets turned into a Twist and Shout. Tanahashi hits Aces High, tries to the finishing High Fly Flow, but Goto moves out of the way and comes through with a clubbing lariat.

Goto hits the Reverse GTR, goes for the legit GTR, Tanahashi wriggles out, Shoten Kai attempt gets blocked, GTR attempt again gets turned into an Inside Cradle, as Tanahashi picks up the win.

I hate this outcome. This is very reminiscent of the last few years when Tanahashi wins matches he shouldn’t with “veteran savvy” when the matches aren’t really Ace caliber.

Tama Tonga vs Chase Owens

Before the bell we get a nice Too Sweet, then we get the trading spot where the push each other into the ropes and get a clean break, but both clean break with Low Sweets. So they establish a different tone than KENTA and Yujiro had. Chase and Tama seem to really like each other, and then they start to pick up the pace and we get to real wrestling, not just playful gamesmanship.

Again surprisingly solid wrestling from two Bullet Club guys. The strikes are solid, Chase works on Tama’s neck between a Hip Toss Neckbreaker, Bobby Eaton style Neckbreaker and an STF. Hell Chase even pulled off a Tiger Driver. Tama might not have been expecting so much fight, but the Tongan Twist gives him a moment to breathe. Tama goes for the Gun Stun, but Chase shakes it off and hits a V Trigger, Tama keeps trying to fight through but he gets caught or countered each time. V Trigger, into Jewel Heist and Chase looks to have it locked up. Chase goes for the Package Pildriver, but Tama counters, flips through it and Gun Stun out of nowhere! Tama wins!

Also can’t be understated that Jado did not get involved in the match. He really did respect the fact they were on the same team. Tama helps Chase up, and they walk out together after a damn good match.

YOSHI-HASHI vs Jeff Cobb

There was a definite believability issue with this match. YOSHI-HASHI no matter what they try to do, never looks legitimate. YOSHI did have a few flashes of solid offense and a surprising Head and Leg Cradle as he picked the pace up.

YOSHI couldn’t gas Cobb, couldn’t really be quicker than him, and couldn’t be more clever. He falls victim to the Tour of the Islands, and no one is surprised.

Taichi vs SANADA

As per the tradition of their odd relationship, the match starts off a little slow and then leads into a peck popping contest. These two really do come off like good friends with different views on life but seem to have fun with each other. Which also kinda makes sense because a bunch of fans have their issues with both of these men not always giving 100%.

There’s a few quick interactions, but things really seem to pick up during one of their spots where SANADA counters the Kawada Kicks with a Low Drop kick, SANADA then ends up following to the corner for Taichi to reverse into a Gamengiri, Axe Bomber attempt but SANADA says no. Both of them have an All Japan reference spot with Tiger Driver, into Dangerous Backdrop into Tiger Suplex and both men are staggered and fall out of the ring. These two are really more similar than most fans realize.

Early on SANADA was working Taichi’s back and Taichi sold it great by having issues executing his offense. It was a great showing of calls back to King’s Road classic matches and wrestlers. All Japan came to the New Japan ring and put on a great match. SANADA likes to utilize a lot of Misawa offense even though he was trained by Muta and that plays well into the fact that Taichi was trained by Kawada. So we see a few spot callbacks to Kawada vs Misawa, simple things Taichi doesn’t really do like a Jumping Knee Strike.

If it weren’t for a couple exhaustion sloppy spots, this would’ve been the best match of the G1 so far. Taichi managing to avoid being stuck in the Skull End too long and always dodging the Moonsault gave him enough openings to go through a nice hold transition spot, Gedo Clutch almost wins him the match, Axe Bomber, Black Mephisto and our Holy Emperor is at the top of the block!

EVIL vs Kazuchika Okada

There were glimmers of something resembling a wrestling match, but we really need to petition New Japan to stop giving EVIL 20 minute or more matches if it’s just all of this interference/heel garbage. Yes I know he’s a heel, I’ve defended the concept of giving the fans in attendance someone to hate (and BOY do they), but enough is enough. Mix it up, stop with the same exact thing match after match.

At least Okada won, since the match was ruined after what was trending towards an okay match, then all of the Dick Togo involvement was back loaded. Red Shoes had a few bumps, chairs, numbers advantage stuff…ugh. NO MORE EVIL MAIN EVENTS!

B Block:

  1. Taichi / 2-0 / 4 Points
  2. Kazuchika Okada / 2-0 / 4 Points
  3. Jeff Cobb / 2-0 / 4 Points
  4. EVIL / 1-1 / 2 Points
  5. SANADA / 1-1 / 2 Points
  6. Tama Tonga / 1-1/ 2 Points
  7. Hiroshi Tanahashi / 1-1/ 2 Points
  8. Chase Owens / 0-2/ 0 Points
  9. Hirooki Goto / 0-2/ 0 Points
  10. YOSHI-HASHI / 0-2/ 0 Points

 

Overall Scores – Day 3: 8/10 – Day 4: 6.75/10

So let’s look at things, even if commentary wants to lie to you that B Block outperformed A Block, that’s half true. The first two days, B Block was a little better, but between Tanahashi having a sloppy match and Goto gets to start behind the 8 ball for no reason and EVIL existing in the main event…is awful. Plus YOSHI-HASHI doing the YOSHI-HASHI thing and getting close but failing, doesn’t really help the show. Day 4 had the Bullet Club face off with Tama and Chase; and SANADA versus Taichi as the only things worth watching.

All that said, this is an interesting situation especially since A Block is sort of a day ahead. Shingo does need challengers leading to Wrestle Kingdom even if he were to win the G1, so I anticipate 1 more loss or at least a Draw. But Shingo is still my choice to win the whole thing.

  • A Block: Shingo Takagi
  • B Block: Jeff Cobb
  • Winner: Shingo Takagi


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/27/24)

The Czar and… HIM!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Ilja Dragunov confronts Carmelo Hayes face to face!

Before they once again battle for the NXT Championship, Ilja Dragunov dares Carmelo Hayes to look him in the eyes! Will Melo man up and do it?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kelani Jordan VS Kiana James w/ Izzi Dame; Kiana wins.
  • The Good Brothers VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe; The Good Brothers win.
  • Roxanne Perez VS Jakara Jackson w/ Lash Legend; Roxie wins.
  • DIJAK VS Luca Crusifino; wins.
  • Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Lexis King; wins.
  • Gigi Dolin VS Jaida Parker w/ OTM; wins.
  • NXT Heritage Cup Championship: Noam Dar w/ The Meta Four VS ??? w/ The No Quarter Catch Crew; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

Ilja Dragunov is here!

The NXT Champion heads to the ring and the fans are all fired up, because the Mad Dragon is not going to wait any longer! “Carmelo Hayes! You disgusting rodent of a man! Let’s go!! I’m not in the mood to wait around all night. This is Stand & Deliver season!” The fans fire up for that! Dragunov says what did Melo say last week? That if this isn’t about the NXT Championship, there’s nothing to talk about? What Melo is looking for is right here. So come on out of your little hiding place, and let’s talk about it. Melo makes his entrance and the fans boo, and now security moves in to be a wall between Dragunov and HIM.

Melo has a mic of his own to say, “Ilja, you the NXT Champion, for now. But you ain’t the superstar that make this brand go, I am. And it’s been that way since I stepped on the scene with that ruthless aggression. Y’see this right here, Ilja? This security. They’re Melo’s security. And they’re here to do whatever it is I need them to do. Look at you. You still pissed off that I used you, huh, Ilja? That I made Trick doubt the Great Ilja Dragunov, with your custom suits, so honorable and all your integrity. Ugh, you make me sick.” Fans boo and tell Melo to “Shut The Hell Up!” Melo says he can tell Dragunov is spiteful.

Dragunov says after what Melo did, he is damn right about Dragunov! And that is why Melo isn’t stepping in that ring with him. Not until he sees a contract and Ava makes this official. Because, Ilja, losing that NXT Championship is your biggest fear. And Melo knows Ilja isn’t the type to try and take Melo out before the match. So go ahead, get it all in order, and then they can talk business. Fans boo more but Melo says Dragunov has until the end of the night. Dragunov drops the mic, rushes up, and he CLOBBERS security guard after security guard! Melo falls back, the remaining guards form a circle around him.

Dragunov stays back, he raises the belt, but will Melo still get what he wants?

 

NXT Media catches up with Ava Raine.

Just before the show began, reporters asked the NXT General Manager about the big show planned tonight. Yes, this is a big lead-up to Stand & Deliver. Then she spots Gigi Dolin and asks what’s up. Gigi says she just wanted to talk about what’s next for herself. Absolute, this is a competitive Women’s Division, they can definitely talk it out. Awesome! They went to Ava’s office, where Jaida Parker was already waiting. How’d she get in here? Jaida says she had a key. Now, no disrespect, but they gotta talk about Jaida’s future. She ran through Rizzo, and- Gigi says great win, yeah. But Gigi’s meeting was first, line starts behind her.

Jaida says she doesn’t wait in any lines, and especially not behind Gigi. Gigi says Jaida should learn who she’s talking to. Hold on, World Star’s never mentioned Gigi. Well, she’ll give them something to talk about then. Ava has them both stop. They’re not gonna World Star in here. What’s next for both of them will be each other. So now they can leave, starting with Jaida. Jaida heads out, will she be making World Star news after getting toxic with Gigi?

 

Kelani Jordan VS Kiana James w/ Izzi Dame!

The Gym Princess has been getting the spotlight, and that put her on the Calculator’s hit list! Will Kiana prove she’s still the future of NXT and no one else? Or will Kelani’s potential be off the charts?

The bell rings and Kiana circles with Kelani. They tie up, Kiana powers Kelani to a corner and gets up in her face. The ref counts, Kelani avoids the elbow, and she wags her finger. Kiana runs up, but Kelani wrenches and wristlocks. Kiana rolls, handsprings, and wrenches back to YANK the arm! Kelani spins through then goes up and up to ARABIAN PRESS ARM-DRAG! The fans fire up and Kelani storms up, but Kiana rams her low! Kiana whips, Kelani goes up and headscissors to RANA Kiana away! Kiana bails out, Kelani runs up, but Izzi plays roadblock! Kelani goes up and out to ASAI MOONSAULT them both then! The fans fire up as NXT goes picture in picture!

Kelani tells Izzi that’s what she gets, then she drags Kiana into the ring. Cover, TWO! Kiana sits up, into Kelani’s SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Kelani drags Kiana up, whips her to a corner hard, then storms up. Kelani whips corner to corner, Kiana reverses but Kelani goes up again,. But Kiana blocks the rana to SLAM Kelani down, then literally KICKS her out of the ring! Izzi is there to taunt Kelani, and Kiana goes out after her. Kiana drags Kelani up to SMACK her off the apron! Kiana then CHOPS Kelani, high fives Izzi, then RAMS Kelani into the apron! The ref reprimands, the ring count climbs, but Kiana puts Kelani in.

Kiana talks trash while she stalks Kelani, then brings her up. Kelani throws body shots, only for Kiana to knee her low! Kiana drags Kelani up to TOSS her to a corner. Kiana handsprings, runs in and RAMS into Kelani! Kiana then brings Kelani out to kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Kelani stays in this but Kiana scowls as she looms over her. Kiana taunts Kelani, CHOKES her on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Izzi laughs at Kelani while she crawls away. Kiana drags Kelani up to CLUB her down, then goes to ropes. Kiana whips but Kelani turns knee into roll-up! TWO, and Kelani gets around to backslide! TWO!

Kiana stands, knees Kelani low again, then drags her around. Kiana suplexes, GOURD BUSTERS, and covers, TWO! Kelani toughs it out but Kiana clamps onto her for a seated cobra twist! Kelani endures being stretched and bent! Kelani fights up and throws body shots. NXT returns to single picture but Kiana knees low! Kiana whips, Kelani ducks ‘n’ dodges, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Izzi is worried for Kiana while both women are down. The fans rally for Kelani as she sputters, but Kiana crawls her way over. Kiana throws a forearm, but Kelani forearms back! Kiana forearms again, but Kelani gives it back!

The fans rally up but Kiana kicks low. Kiana back suplexes, Kelani lands out, and she CLOBBERS Kiana! And again! And then cartwheel BACK ELBOW! Kelani kips up, the fans fire up, and Kelani blocks a kick to step-over WHEEL KICK! Cover, TWO! Kelani is frustrated but she watches Kiana rise. Kelani handsprings but Kiana catches her! Kiana pops Kelani around but Kelani slips free, rebounds, hurdles and handsprings again! Clinch and FLATLINER! The fans fire up as Kelani pushes Kiana to a cover, TWO!! Kiana survives and Kelani growls. Izzi is worried but Kelani drags Kiana up. Kelani hooks Kiana up but Kiana slips free to KNEE low again!

Kiana puts Kelani on the apron, but Kelani RAMS into her! Kelani slingshots up and over, keeps moving, but Kiana SPINEBUSTERS! High stack, TWO!! Kiana loses her cool as Kelani stays in this! Kiana drags Kelani back up, reels her in, but Kelani cradle counters! TWO!! Kiana kicks low, whips, but Kelani holds ropes! Kelani kicks, Kiana blocks and flips Kelani to the apron! Kelani ROUNDHOUSES Kiana back, but Kiana distracts the ref. Kelani slingshots but Izzi YANKS her right down!! The fans boo but Izzi gets Kelani in the ring! Kiana hurries to drag Kelani in, for the DEAL BREAKER! Cover, Kiana wins!

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

The Izzi insurance policy strikes again! Will nothing stop these two in their hostile takeover of NXT?

 

NXT shares footage from after last week’s show.

Roxanne Perez was still seething over someone else swooping in and getting a title shot before her. Last time was Tatum and Lola, this time was Shotzi and Lash Legend! Is the universe just against her? And leave the broken TV where it is, it doesn’t matter! But Jakara says, “Check, please.” This is just how a superstar operates. Lash Legend stays ready so she ain’t gotta get ready. That’s something Roxie needs to understand. Roxie says Lash was just in the right place at the right time. Unlike Jakara right now. Oh, whatever, you lost, just go- Roxie fires off on Jakara! The rest of the locker room rushes in, but this explains tonight’s match. Will Roxie’s wrath wreck Miss Jackson?

 

The Good Brothers VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

In a shocking return last week, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows ran in, wrecked some top teams in NXT, and then staked their claim to the top spot! Will the Machine Gun and Big LG make NXT Too Sweet? Or will they learn Malik & Edris are far from rookies?

NXT returns as Malik & Edris make their entrance. The teams sort out and Malik starts against Karl. Karl kicks low, bumps Malik off buckles, then fires off haymakers. The ref counts but Karl stomps away until 4. The fans fire up, Karl talks some smack on Malik, then storms back up. Karl whips Malik to ropes, but Malik ducks ‘n’ dodges, cartwheels and DROPKICKS! The fans fire up for “Malik! Da Freak!” as he wrenches and brings Karl over. Tag to Edris, they double whip Karl to ropes, then double drop toehold! Then they DOUBLE DROPKICK! Gallows gets in but he gets DOUBLE DROPKICKS, too!

The ref reprimands and Gallows bails out. Edris runs at Karl but Karl UPPERCUTS him away! Then UPPERCUTS him again! Karl whips, Edris goes up and over and keeps moving, to RANA Karl away! Karl flounders, Edris runs up to CHOP! Tag to Malik, he and Edris double whip Karl again. Double shoulders knock Karl down, then Malik sets up so Edris can run and POMMEL HORSE SPLASH! Edris sets up now and Malik runs, step-up ELBOW DROP! The fans fire up for the combo moves and Malik brings Karl around. Gallows shouts at Malik and that’s a distraction enough for Karl to pull Malik’s ear!

Karl puts Malik in the corner, tags Gallows, and the Good Brothers mug Malik! The ref counts, the Good Brothers let off and Karl eggs Edris on. Gallows digs his boot in, stands on Malik, then lets off. Gallows brings Malik up, suplexes and puts him on the ropes, to then run and BOOT Malik down! The fans are torn as Big LG drags Malik up. Malik throws body shots but Gallows UPPERCUTS! Malik sits back, only for Gallows to rain down elbows! Gallows clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Malik down. The fans rally as Malik endures and fights up. Malik throws body shots, but Gallows HEADBUTTS him down!

Gallows puts Malik in the corner to fire body shots, then he UPPERCUTS! Malik sits right down and the fans fire up. Gallows stomps Malik, tags Karl, and Karl stomps Malik. Karl clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Malik into the mat. Malik endures, the fans rally up, and Malik fights to his feet. Malik throws elbows but Karl CLUBS Malik. Karl reels Malik in for a back suplex, but Malik lands out of it! Malik sunset flips Karl, TWO! Karl stands up but Malik dodges him, hot tag to Edris! Edris dodges Karl to BLAST Gallows! Edris rallies on Karl with big clotheslines, then he runs to SLING-DOG! Gallows runs in, Malik & Edris DUMP him back out!

Edris kicks Karl, reels him in, JACKHAMMER! Malik LEAPS at Gallows, but Gallows catches him! Gallows SHOVES Malik into steel steps! Edris BOOTS Gallows from the apron! Edris then climbs, aims at Karl, 450- NO, Edris has to roll through as Karl moves! Karl comes back to SPINEBUSTER! Tag to Gallows and the Good Brothers get Edris up. MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, Good Brothers win!

Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall

But before the celebration can begin, Chase U is here! Andre Chase says if the Good Brothers wanna interrupt a Chase U victory, then they’re gonna learn that karma’s a bitch! Duke Hudson says Gallows & Anderson aren’t the first team to come into NXT thinking they can just do what they want. But this time, Chase U’s backs aren’t turned. And y’know what that calls for, Mr. Chase? Oh, yes. These two deserve an Andre Chase University sized- WAIT! Axiom & Nathan Frazer storm out here! Frazer says here we go again. Mr. Chase, Duke, congrats on being #1 contenders. But when it comes to Gallows & Anderson, Axiom & Frazer have next.

Good Brothers wanna jump people from behind? Well, at least when a team like LWO shows up to NXT, they confront people to their face. Axiom adds that he and Frazer have no problem dealing with Good Brothers. Duke says not if Chase U gets them first. But then speaking of LWO! Cruz & Wilde are up top, they DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK the Good Brothers! And all the teams go after Gallows & Anderson! Gallows & Anderson bail out, and then we see the Wolf Dogs watching from the perch! The NXT Tag Team Champions are very amused at all the teams fighting each other, but will they be ready for when Chase U looks to be a Roadblock next week?

 

Ava Raine is on the phone.

She confirms to whoever this is, that there will be some big title matches for Roadblock, it will be a great show. Someone walks in, and it’s Oba Femi! Ava excuses herself from the call and asks what’s up. Oba wants to know who is his next “victim.” Ava says she is figuring that out because there are many guys who’d love a shot at the North American Championship. Oba says they might say that now, but when they get in the ring with him, they will regret those words. But then in steps Ilja! Champion stares down champion, and Oba smiles before he leaves. Dragunov says he and Ava need to talk. Is The Czar going to acquiesce to Melo’s demands?

 

Roxanne Perez VS Jakara Jackson w/ Lash Legend!

We saw how this match came about, now we’re gonna see how it goes! Will The Prodigy use her new edge to cut down one of the Meta Four? Or will her anger get the better of her this close to Stand & Deliver?

NXT returns as Jakara makes her entrance, Lash right by her side. The bell rings and the two rush in! Roxie hits a THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Jakara gets away, goes out, but Roxie runs up! Lash gets Jakara away so Roxie stops herself. Roxie rushes out there but Lash stands in the way. Jakara runs up but Roxie avoids the sucker punch to ROCK Jakara! Roxie pushes Jakara in but Jakara kicks back! Lash talks trash and Jakara puts Roxie in. Jakara runs up to DROPKICK Roxie to a corner! The fans rally, Jakara fires body shots on Roxie, then says she’s Miss Jackson! CHOP! Roxie sputters and crawls, Jakara talks trash, but Roxie elbows her back!

Roxie puts Jakara in a corner and UPPERCUTS! Roxie CHOPS, CHOPS, and then shoves Jakara down. Roxie goes up and up and LIONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Jakara survives but Roxie got her with legs more than anything. Roxie puts Jakara on ropes, whips her, but Jakara reverses. Roxie stops herself to SOBAT! Roxie then reels Jakara in for a facelock! Jakara endures, they go around and around, and Roxie CLUBS Jakara down. Roxie hops on, but Lash reaches out to save Jakara! The fans boo, but then the ref EJECTS Lash! Lash protests but she did it in plain sight! Jakara is devastated, but then Roxie goes after her!

Jakara gest around, pulls hair, EDGE-O-MATIC! Cover, TWO! Roxie goes to ropes, Jakara runs up and trips Roxie! Jakara drags Roxie to the apron to CLUB her, then Jakara shoves her back in. Jakara clamps onto Roxie with chicken wings but the fans rally up. Jakara shifts to a motorcycle stretch and she leans back to really pull on the arms! The ref counts as Jakara pulls hair now! Roxie pops free to cover, TWO! Jakara SMACKS Roxie off the mat, she pie faces her around, then stands her up. Roxie SLAPS Jakara! Jakara SLAPS back! Roxie SLAPS again, now it’s a SLAP fight! Roxie gets Jakara good, then fires off body shots!

The fans fire up with Roxie and she whips. Jakara reverses but Roxie CLOBBERS her! Roxie SMACKS Jakara, then SHOTGUNS her down! Roxie kips up, fires up, and she runs in to UPPERCUT in the corner! Roxie wrenches and clinches, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! And then CROSSFACE!! Jakara taps, Roxie wins!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

Roxie lets go and has a sinister smile on her face. Jakara said you say ready so you don’t have to get ready, so is this prove Roxie is ready for one more shot at the title?

 

Thea Hail talks with Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx.

So Thea talked with Riley. He came crawling back? Men always do. Because the women don’t chase the men, the men chase the women. Right… No. It was the opposite. He was really excited to go on the date with Thea, but then the girl he went out with wasn’t the girl he expected. So he said they’re better off as friends. Wait, what’d he expect? Uh, duh, the happy, energetic, fun-loving Thea. Oh, so the old Thea. Well, sorta. So, the Thea that was a loser? What? No, not this Thea. The old Thea! That Thea was a loser. Well, Fallon- Fallon Henley? She’s a moron! She practically begs people to be her friend!

The Thea that Jacy saw, who desperately needed help in her Chase U shirt and uncontrollable energy? Trust Jacy, Thea is much better off. What about Duke & Chase? They’re losers! They’re all losers! If not for Jacy, Chase U would be gone. True… But then in walks Kiana & Izzi. Kiana compliments Jacy on the calendars. Didn’t they sell out three times already? Thank you! Someone gets it! Jacy tells Kiana that Thea wanted to actually take advice from Fallon. Pfft, Fallon? Really? They all laugh and say Fallon is the last person to listen to on anything. Agreed. So, tell Kiana more about the calendar.

Jacy & Jazmyn leave with Kiana & Izzi, and Thea sighs. A loser? Seriously? Is Thea starting to see Jacy’s true colors aren’t Chase U black and red?

 

DIJAK VS Luca Crusifino!

#HardJustice and the Legal Eagle had a… disagreement on how to treat Joe Gacy. Luca believes no one is above the law, but Dijak says he IS the law! Cliche as that may sound, will Dijak prove to Luca that might makes right? Or will Luca bring Dijak to true justice?

 


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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.22.2024

We get Dirty Dango and Mike Bailey in action, as well as the Around the Ring interview with Speedball Mike Bailey!

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Let’s remember this took place right before the No Surrender pre-show, so there’s still No Surrender hype in the announcer points.

Therefore, we already know most of how the Top 5 turns out and if the allusions for momentum pay off…but Xplosion has established itself as more than just a wrestling show. We get to see a few of the undercard players get some ring time, we get wholesome interviews with Gia in full Southern Fried charming glory, and we always get some nice nostalgia moment with the throwback match. Its a quick and dirty 45 minutes, so its hard to be mad.

Speaking of dirty, he’s in the main event!

 

Ratings:

  • Mike Bailey vs Jai Vidal: Speedball wins via Ultima Weapon – ** 3/4
  • Laredo Kid vs Dirt Dango w/Oleg Prudius & Alpha Bravo: Dango wins via Down & Dirty – ** 1/2

 

Results:

Mike Bailey vs Jai Vidal

Vidal tries a cheap shot, Bailey blocks, puts his hands behind his back and says “try again”, he ducks the slap. Gives Vidal one more chance and just front kicks him when he winds up. Vidal is on the receiving end of early strikes and the Bailey Kick Flurry. Running Boot sends Vidal crashing to the floor, Triangle Moonsault connects and its all Speedball so far. Bailey throws Vidal back in, but Jai slips out and Bailey loses track of him when he goes under the ring. So Jai gets behind him, picks the leg and throws Bailey into the stairs.

Back in the ring, Jai is hitting a few Open Hand Smacks and a Tornado DDT. Jai goes for the SLAYmore Kick, but Bailey catches it and starts lighting up Jai with kicks into the Running Shooting Star Press. Vidal ducks a few Buzzsaw Kicks but Bailey holds one to catch him when he thinks he’s safe. Tornado Kick to the corner misses, Jai uses the ropes to keep distance, trips Bailey and then lands the Double Stomp into the SLAYmore Kick…but Bailey kicks out!

Jai lands a few Slaps that just piss off Speedball, he stands up, they trade shots, Jai misses the Yakuza kick, Tornado Kick lands into Ultima Weapon for the Bailey’s win!

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Around the Ring with Gia Miller has Mike Bailey on it today. They start off with Bailey revealing he went to Cooking School and both he and Gia enjoying cooking. Ahh I relate to Bailey on the can’t bake aspect because its too specific and basically science. Bailey’s thing he created that he hasn’t been able to remake is a Pulled Pork Brie Grilled Cheese. I’m only mentioning that since it sounds delicious. 

TNA+ Flashback Moment: Jeff Hardy vs Bully Ray, No Surrender 2012

This is right towards the end of the TNA height, still solid matches and memories, but its kind of like watching events from WCW 1999. 

Laredo Kid vs Dirt Dango w/Oleg Prudius & Alpha Bravo

Ahh he mixed it up saying he hates Lucha Libre this time. 

Dango keeps up with Laredo a little until a Headscissors sends Dango flying, Bravo and Prudius try to block Dango which causes Laredo to pivot. Wrecking Ball Dropkick for Bravo into a big Moonsault into bodies and Laredo is rolling.

They get back in the ring, Forearm Smash into a Michinoku Driver and Uno Mas Moonsaults, but Bravo distracts him on two and a Release Side Suplex gives Dango the edge. Dango just fires Laredo into the corners a few times and goes for a quick cover, but barely gets a 2. Chin Lock into a Sleeper gives Dango the heelish “rest hold” advantage. Laredo tries to fire but Dango stops it with a Knee. Near fall again and Dango goes into a Crossface to keep the Luchador grounded.

Laredo slips a Fireman’s Carry, Dango tries to chase, misses, and Laredo throws some offense together. Missile Dropkick into a Flying Neckbreaker for 2. Laredo goes for a Brainbuster, Dango slips it, hits the ropes and simultaneous Lariats to lay both out. Laredo is the first one up, Forearms into a big slap, goes for a Rope Run, but Dango turns him INSIDE OUT with a Western Lariat. Dango heads to the top for Down & Dirty, Laredo kips up, tries to counter the attempt but Bravo distracts the referee and Oleg trips up Laredo. Down & Dirty hits, Dirty Deeds Done Dirty Cheap for the win!

Overall Score: 5.5/10

This gave Bailey a little momentum going into No Surrender, gave Jai his best showing to date, and reminded everyone that Dango is lurking in that upper middle card area thanks to his enforcers. Dango is an enjoyable gimmick, and I think they’ve done really well at using him often enough to care, but not shoving the “punk rock, don’t care” attitude in our face too much. Like most of us TNA fans remember Shannon Moore’s Book of DILIGAF, right? Punk attitude is fun, but applied correctly…and this is pretty well executed.

Also once again, Around the Ring interviews are charming, and I think do a really good job at ingratiating the talent beyond what the storyline or workrate dictates. Gia is a great interviewer.


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