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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/18/22)

The main event is sacred!

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The Ring General has come to conquer NXT!

Though NXT UK had his Last Stand, Der Ring General’s journey in NXT prime has only just begun! Will Roderick Strong survive a Walter chop?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Grayson Waller VS Dexter Lumis; Waller wins.
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2022 Opening Round: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS The Creed Brothers w/ Malcolm Bivens; The Creed Brothers win and advance to the semifinals.
  • Dante Chen VS Guru Raaj; Chen wins, by disqualification.
  • Kay Lee Ray VS Ivy Nile w/ Malcolm Bivens; Nile wins.
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2022 Opening Round: Legado del Fantasma VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe;  Malik & Edris win and advance to the semifinals.
  • Yulisa Leon w/ Valentina Feroz VS Dakota Kai; Kai wins.
  • Walter VS Roderick Strong w/ Malcolm Bivens; Walter wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

LA Knight pulls up.

He asks around for where Grayson Waller is. Does anyone remember when people used to like that guy? Neither does Knight. But if Chase U wants a teachable moment, just keep your eyes on Knight. Knight keeps asking around, and wants someone to hit his music! Knight goes right to the ring and fans are chanting his name as he gets the mic. Knight has them settle down, and says, “YEAH!” Fans echo the “YEAH!” and he says “Lemme talk to ya! Matter of fact, let me get right to business. Grayson Waller. Go ahead and bring your scrawny ass out here so I can finish what I started last week!”

Knight waits, but no Waller. Fans chant, “Grayson Sucks!” and Knight says this is what he expected. He has to turn his back to get Waller out here? We all know Waller won’t look Knight in the eyes. But the bottom line is, Waller needs to understand that week after week, there is a sound that Waller hears. It’s “Grayson Sucks!” But as much as that chaps Waller’s ass, Knight knows there’s a sound that haunts Waller. There’s a sound that brings a feeling into Waller he can’t understand, and that is when fans chant for L A KNIGHT! Halloween Havoc, Waller sabotages Knight’s car, but he couldn’t get the job done.

Waller does a halfway awesome move at WarGames, and he thinks that took out LA Knight. NOPE! And then Waller gets upset that a sweet little chickadee turns him down for Knight. But it wasn’t because of Knight, it was cuz she knew Waller couldn’t get the job done. But finally, here comes the 21st Century Success Story! Knight throws off his shirt to get ready, but Waller stays on stage with a big envelope in his hands. Waller says this is a restraining order that says Knight can’t touch Waller! So “lemme talk to ya.” Waller says there is nothing he’d love more than to get in the ring and fight Knight after Knight acted like a dog and attacked Waller for no reason at all!

But Waller’s lawyers advised him that for Waller’s safety and Knight’s, this is what has to happen. This is Knight’s fault! Here, have a look! Waller throws the envelope in the ring and is sure Knight will struggle with the big words. But the idea is that if Knight gets within 50 feet of Waller, he’ll be arrested! “You got served! YEAH~!” Waller measures out the distance but Knight says everyone is over hearing Waller talk. But this is impressive, even for Waller. But tell ya what. What do the fans think? They boo the restraining order! “Rip that sh*t!” Waller dares Knight to do that and then we’ll see what the lawyers say!

Knight says this is fine for Knight, but there’s no restraining order against… DEXTER LUMIS! Waller’s past is coming back to haunt him as Lumis slithers out from under the ring! Lumis creeps up on Waller, and gets him for the SILENCE! Waller slips free, but Knight says Waller has two choices: lift the restraining order to get dropped on his ass by Knight, or keep it and be put to sleep by Lumis! Waller has to pick his poison, what’s he going to choose?

 

Grayson Waller VS Dexter Lumis!

NXT returns and Waller went with the Tortured Artist rather than the Million Dollar Megastar! And this match is already underway, Lumis drops an ax handle on Waller! Waller flounders, Lumis follows him and bumps him off buckles. Waller staggers, Lumis bumps him off more buckles, and fans rally as he whips Waller to a corner. Lumis lines up the short, but he blocks the boot! Waller swings but Lumis avoids the hands. Waller wants Lumis to let him down easy, but Lumis CLOBBERS him instead! “Dexter’s gonna kill~ you~!” as Lumis throws more hands. But Waller JAWBREAKERS!

Waller wrenches an arm to hit an armbar DDT! Waller then hammerlocks and RAMS Lumis into a corner! Fans chant, “Grayson Sucks!” but Waller wraps an arm around ropes to pull! Waller clinches to throw knees, then he wrenches to CLUB the arm. Lumis kicks back from a corner but Waller ROCKS him with a right. Waller wraps the arm around ropes, then jumps up to CLUB the arm! Waller keeps on Lumis, fireman’s carry, but Lumis slips off to shove and pop-up UPPERCUT! Waller flounders, Lumis watches him, and them Lumis turns Waller for a NECKBREAKER! Lumis looms over Waller, drags him up, and turns him again, another NECKBREAKER!

Lumis still watches as Waller flounders. Fans want that “One More Time!” and Lumis turns Waller again for a third NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Lumis clamps onto Waller with a chinlock and squeezes tight! Waller fights up to JAWBREAKER again! Waller whips but Lumis reverses to put him on the apron. Waller HOTSHOTS the bad arm! Waller drags Lumis out, ROCKS him, then gets in the ring to build speed and slide, to LARIAT Lumis down! The fans chant, “You Still Suck!” as NXT goes picture in picture.

Waller taunts Lumis with the drop steps, then he drags Lumis up to SLAM the bad arm on the apron! Waller puts Lumis in, clamps onto the bad arm, and hammerlocks it to then roll and SNAP it! Lumis writhes but Waller drags him up. Waller has the arm for a double wristlock and he wrangles Lumis down for another hammerlock. Waller cranks the hold, Lumis endures, so Waller isolates and stomps the bad arm! GargaNO Escape! Waller is copying Gargano, but Lumis tolls it over, TWO!! Waller escapes and CLUBS Lumis down! Lumis shakes out the bad arm, but Waller drags Lumis back into an armlock.

Lumis continues to endure, but Waller throws him down by his hair. Waller goes to the corner, walks the ropes, but Lumis gets up to ROCKET LAUNCH Waller off them! Lumis shakes out the bad arm and fans rally up. Lumis drags Waller up but Waller kicks low! Waller wrenches the arm, for a takedown into the FUJIWARA! Lumis endures, Waller cranks way back on the arm, but then Waller lets off to do drop steps on the arm! Lumis endures knee after knee, but Waller clamps back on. Waller traps the good arm, then has the bad arm in a top wristlock. Lumis endures, NXT returns to single picture, and fans rally as Lums fights up!

Waller clamps on with a chinlock but Lumis RAMS him into a corner! Lumis ROCKS Waller with right hand after right hand! Lumis DECKS Waller, and again, and again! Waller flounders up into an UPPERCUT! Fans fire up as Lumis whips and back drops Waller! Waller flounders, Lumis waistlocks and deadlifts him, into a BIG back suplex! And a kip up to the LEG DROP! Fans fire up and Lumis is shaking with that energy! Lumis waits for Waller to stand, SIDE EFFECT, into the SILENCE! But Waller gets the ROPEBREAK! Waller escapes, Lumis goes out and has the clinch! Waller RAMS Lumis into the announce desk!

Waller gets in the ring, he talks with the ref, but then someone attacks Lumis! He POSTS Lumis, feeds him into the ring, and Waller somersaults for the STUNNER! Cover, Waller wins!

Winner: Grayson Waller, by pinfall

But give the assist to the mysterious man in the suit! Does Waller have a bodyguard to protect him from all the enemies he’s got in NXT?

 

NXT shares how we got to tonight’s main event.

Malcolm Bivens says the Creed Brothers won’t just run through the Dusty Cup, they’ll sprint. And once they win the cup, they’re going after the NXT Tag Team Champions. No one is worried about Imperium, they’re a bunch of bit-Walter storms in and asks Bivens what he was gonna say. He was gonna say they’re body guys! Who’re their personal trainer? Walter lifts Bivens up against the lockers! Roderick Strong storms in and tells Walter to put Bivens down. So Roddy is stepping up for this guy? Strong says everyone else is afraid of Walter, but he’s not. Well good for Roddy. But he will be afraid. Will Der Ring General put the fear of Imperium into the Diamond Mine?

 

The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is back!

Meet the eight teams who are in this year’s tournament! Grizzled Young Veterans, Zack Gibson & James Drake, SSSOOON to be recognized as your winners! The Creed Brothers, Julius & Brutus, who are all about wrestling tournaments. Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen, who will punch those best made plans right out! Jacket Time, KUSHIDA & Ikeman Jiro, who say it is only a matter of time before taking on Imperium. Andre Chase and his star student, Bodhi Hayward, who are ready to give out TEACHABLE MOMENTS! Legado Del Fantasma’s Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza, who are ready to do this for legacy!

Malik Blade & Edris Enofe, who are ready to shock the work! And of course, last year’s winners, MSK! Wes Lee & Nash Carter are ready to run it back! The road to the titles runs through the Dusty Rhodes Classic! Our opening round match-ups are: Briggs & Brooks VS The Creed Brothers; GYV VS Chase U; Legado VS Malik & Edris; and MSK VS Jacket Time! Let the quarterfinals begin!

 

MSK talks backstage.

Wes Lee says Briggs & Brooks VS Creed Brothers is gonna be a banger, and Nash Carter says so will their match with Jacket Time! Those two are low key tough. But MSK is on a mission. Just like Shaman Bro Riddle said, no tag team is gonna stand in their way. But why say it all serious? But Legado walks in, saying, “Well if it isn’t last year’s Dusty Cup winners. Keyword: last year.” They won’t win again. But if by some miracle they get past Jacket Time, they’ll meet Legado in the semifinals. That is where their mission ends. Lee honestly didn’t understand a word of that. Then understand this! Legado is winning, not MSK.

Yo, focus on Edris & Malik first. Oh please. That’s light work. See you in the next round. MSK says Legado is just being cocky. But will Wilde & Mendoza back it all up later tonight?

 

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2022 Opening Round: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS The Creed Brothers w/ Malcolm Bivens!

A couple o’ good ol’ boys who love brawling in bars go against two blood brothers who are like a well-oiled machine! Will Briggs & Brooks break the Diamond Mine? Or will they be the ones cracking under pressure?

NXT returns and Briggs & Brooks make their entrance. The teams sort out, Brutus starts with Brooks, and he gets a leg right away! They end up on the ropes, the ref counts and Brutus lets off. Brooks comes back but Brutus gets him for a full takedown! Fans rally for Diamond Mine but Brooks gets the ropebreak. They go again, Brutus shoots in but Brooks KNEES him down! The mouthpiece comes out and Brooks kicks it away! Brutus gets mad but runs into a CHOP! Brooks throws crossface forearms, then headlocks. Brutus powers out, Brooks hops over to CLUB him! Brooks dropkicks Brutus to the corner and tags in Briggs.

The good ol’ boys double scoop SLAM Brutus, then Briggs drops an elbow! Briggs clamps on a double wristlock but Brutus fights up to power Briggs to the corner! Tag to Julius but Briggs throws big haymakers! Julius gets a waistlock but Briggs elbows him away and corner clotheslines! Tag to Brooks, they whip Julius to run him over with double shoulders! Fans jeer but Brooks and Briggs go out to double HAYMAKER Julius back in! Brooks gets in to clamp on a headlock but Julius endures. Fans rally up, powers his way over and Brutus tags in, Julius powers out, Brooks runs into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly that sends him out!

The Creeds are all fired up, and so are the fans! Brutus puts Brooks in the ring, tags Julius back in, and they give Brooks knees to the ribs from all sides! Julius clamps on with a top wristlock and chinbar to grind Brooks down! Fans rally, Brooks fights up, but Julius gives him a SPINEBUSTER! Tag to Brutus, and Julius gut wrench SLAMS him onto Brooks! Brutus has a bit of blood in his mouth but he’s fired up more as he throws hands down on Brooks. Tag to Julius, Julius drags Brooks up but Brooks breaks free. Brooks throws hands but Julius RAMS him into the ropes! He wants another but Brooks dodges! Julius hits ropes and he sputters on the mat!

Both men crawl as fans fire up, hot tags to Briggs and Brutus! Briggs rallies with big hands, then runs to BOOT Brutus down! Julius runs into a SIDEWALK SLAM and SPLASH! Briggs fires up, fans are torn, but he back elbows Brutus and CLUBS him down! Briggs CLOBBERS Julius out of the ring! Brutus runs into a choke grip and CHOKE SLAM! Cover, Julius breaks it! Brooks throws Julius out! Julius RAMS Brooks into barriers! Brutus tags Julius in during the O’Conner Roll, Julius drags Brooks up! Half Hatch to the torture rack BOMB!! BASEMENT LARIAT! Cover, the Creeds win!

Winners: The Creed Brothers, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

Bivens and the fans are all fired up for this win! It was fast and furious, but will Julius & Brutus be able to blaze a trail to the cup?

 

NXT hears from Dante Chen.

“Four months ago, when NXT 2.0 first launched, I was one of many superstars getting an opportunity to prove themselves.” He is the first Singapore born wrestler when he made his debut in September. But we haven’t seen him since because of a leg injury. It was frustrating to see his peers compete and find success at events like Halloween Havoc, WarGames and New Year’s Evil. His father has told him to keep pushing, but two months ago, his father passed away. Dante’s dad was his biggest fan, but Dante is now dedicating his recovery to his father. As of today, Dante is back! The Singaporean Warrior is ready to fight!

 

Walter talks with Imperium.

He tells them, in German, “Men, I gotta say… when I was gone, you were the ones waving our flag here. As NXT Tag Team Champions, you did very well. Congratulations and thank you.” Marcel Barthel responds that, “You know Imperium means all for one and one for all. We’re going to keep putting on the absolute best performance of the night, 100%.” Aichner agrees, and says “We work harder than anybody else here. This year is going to do go down in history as the year that the era of Imperium began.” Walter agrees with that, and says, “Nobody will ever forget this day because today is the day we start our mission.

“We have dominated the UK. Now it’s time to make everyone in WWE understand what Imperium stands for, and it begins today with a win over Roderick Strong.” They are Imperium, and the mat is sacred!

 

Dante Chen VS Guru Raaj!

The wait is over, the warrior is back! Will he pick up where he left off and

The bell rings, the two shake hands to show there is respect, and they tie up. Dante headlocks, Raaj powers out and things speed up, Raaj dropkicks Dante down! Cover, TWO! Raaj clamps on with a chinlock, but Dante endures. Fans rally and Dante fights up to power out. Things speed up again, Raaj ducks and dodges but Dante throws him out! Then he PLANCHAS! Fans fire up, Dante drags Raaj up, but who is this attacking?! He BOOTS Dante down and RAMS Raaj into steps!

Winner: Dante Chen, by disqualification

That’s DUKE HUDSON! And he RAMS Dante into barriers! Dante sputters, Duke puts him in the ring, and then reels him in for a POWERBOMB! Then Duke rains down furious fists! Refs rush out to stop Duke but the damage is done! Fans boo as Duke storms off. “Duke Hudson’s back! So stay outta my way!!” Is Duke done with playing poker?

 

Joe Gacy walks and talks with Harland.

Tonight, they could’ve been a team moving on to the semifinals in the Dusty Cup. But Gacy isn’t blaming Harland. He could never be mad at Harland. Just disappointed that they won’t have their names on the cup. But times like these are about growth and development. Odyssey Jones hopes Gacy doesn’t believe those words. Or is he that full of crap? Gacy thanks “Mr. Jones” for his feedback, but how is he doing after his accident? Oh, just a training injury. Jones will be back in a few weeks. Then please, allow Gacy to get the door for him. Thanks…

Jones walks through, and Gacy says they can’t allow negativity to spread like wildfire. Their ability to face it is a true measure of progress. Harland glances the way Jones went. Will Gacy and Harland look to snuff out those who don’t agree with Gacy’s way?

 

Backstage interview with Bron Breakker.

McKenzie asks if it’s set in that he is the NEW NXT Champion. It has. This was his goal from when he first stepped through the door here, but he’s ready for all that comes with this title. Then what does he make of the interaction between Bron and Santos Escobar last week? Santos is a great performer, a former champoin, but just like everyone else, is coming for Bron. But here comes Elektra Lopez. She says Bron is one of the fastest rising stars in NXT history. Stop there, save it. He’s not interested. Escobar says this isn’ta bout her, cabron. But Escobar is a different story. Bron may be El Campeon, but he’s not ready to carry this brand.

And soon, NXT 2.0 will look a lot better with that title around Escobar’s waist. Bron wants Escobar to give him a reason to kick his ass right now. Escobar just smirks, and tells the young champion that he will soon learn things are done on Escobar’s time. Adios. But will Bron make sure Escobar has anything but a buenos noches?

 

Tony D’Angelo holds a memorial service for Pete Dunne.

But the Bruiserweight isn’t dead… Even so, Tony has the crowbar on top of the casket while there’s a picture of Dunne shrugging. “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate the career of the Bruiserweight, Petey Poppins. Petey Poppins was a pig headed man, and uh, he didn’t listen to nobody. So he needed o be taguth a lesson by me, Tony D.” Tony tried and tried but Petey had to learn the hard way. Just like Cousin Tulio always said, when you take care of business, handle it by any means necessary. So for the sake of everyone here, this is a closed casket service. Tony doesn’t think anyone wants to see Pete’s face after that crowbar broke his thick skull.

Fans chant for the Bruiserweight but Tony wants them to listen. They can’t mourn forever, right? Tony’s on to bigger and better things. More important things! He just got done beatin’ one of the most decorated champions in NXT history, so it’s about time Tony D added some gold to his collection. Specifically, around his waist, if you know what he’s sayin’. So uh, Tony’s got his eyes on that what’s it called? The North American Championship! What ya think about that? But here comes Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams! Trick has Tony turn around, they’re in the perch! Melo tells Tony that he’s happy and he’ll let him finish, but last week Trick ‘n’ Melo had the best memorial service of all time!

But in all seriousness, what’s that about this title? These guys are dressed for the occasion, weren’t they all boys? What? Oh they thought they were boys. Teammates, sure, but not boys. Tony has Jerry the Hack, Sammy the Shark, Benny the Groin, and even JT the Brick. But Melo, this is nothing personal. Just business. Trick tells Tony they know about the hack, the brick, Ben and Jerry, Moe, Larry and Curly, but it don’t matter any! They all look like Vic Joseph! Melo says this isn’t even the point. If you wanna talk business, the title is Melo’s business, so keep that out your mouth, or the next memorial service will be Tony’s! And Melo promises, it’ll be closed casket!

But wait! Here comes Cameron Grimes! “Tony, Tony, Tony. I hate to tell ya this, but uh, you’re gonna have to wait at the back of the line.” Fans chat “To The Moon!” as Grimes tells Melo that he walked up to him like a man, looked him dead in his eyes, and Trick was there. Grimes said he was coming for that title. But Grimes hasn’t heard back. Well, there was a call from the rental service about a scratch on the car. Th-that wasn’t a rental! Melo & Trick own that car! Grimes got jokes, huh? How about the goofies go 1v1 and maybe the winner gets a shot at The A Champion. Grimes says he ain’t got a problem with that. He’ll fight Tony, Trick AND Melo because he is a 220 pound rocket going TO THE-

Tony swings on Grimes, but Grimes dodges! Grimes grabs the portrait of Pete and SMASHES it on Tony’s head! Oh! Ey! Grimes bails out, but will Tony make him fogedaboutit?

 

Briggs & Brooks regroup backstage.

They both know it isn’t fun to win, but men are made through patience and overcoming obstacles. They just gotta keep on keepin’ on. But then Kacy & Kayden walk in to say they should stop worrying and go out for some drinks. Work hard tomorrow, but party hard tonight. Wendy Choo is on top of the lockers and she says, “Oooh~! He likes you!” Brooks gets embarrassed and tries to explain it, but Kayden tells him to hit the showers. Please don’t go… Less is more, brother. Dang. Brooks still tries to explain it away and Wendy just takes a sip of her drink. Will Brooks get his head in the game? Or will his lack of game leave him on the sidelines?

 

NXT hears from Valetina Feroz & Yulisa Leon.

In Spanish, Feroz says these two have been teaming for just two months, and they’re already having so much fun. Leon says you may not know a lot about them, so they’ll show you. Feroz is a black belt in judo and jiujitsu, and won gold in the2017 Abu Dhabi World Jiujitsu Championships. Leon is the first-ever Mexican born woman in WWE, who won weight lifting gold in the world games, and even could’ve gone to the Olympics. These two are badass women who fight hard and play hard. They’re from different countries with different backgrounds, but they have the same goal in NXT: the Women’s Tag Team Championships! So welcome to their jungle, baby!

Backstage interview with Feroz & Leon.

How excited are they to be in the Women’s Dusty Cup? SO excited! This is what they’ve been waiting for! But then Dakota Kai comes laughing in. This is so adorable. But uh… the voices in Dakota tells her to tell them some advice: nothing divides friendship more than success. What is her problem? She’ll be their problem! Oh nothing is happening with Leon backing Feroz up. Then let’s see about that later tonight! Leon is looking forward to it, lil’ nina. But what is Dakota thinking picking a fight without back-up?

 

Kay Lee Ray VS Ivy Nile w/ Malcolm Bivens!

The Scary Queen of Scots busted up the photoshoot set when she missed her chance to get at Mandy Rose. KLR may want after the gold, but can she break Diamond Mine’s top prospect?

The bell rings and they tie up. They go around, Nile powers KLR back but KLR turns it around. Nile powers KLR back but KLR arm-drags her away. The two reset and they both smirk. They tie up, KLR waistlocks but Nile elbows free. Nile waistlocks, rolls KLR then gets the arm for a top wristlock! Fans rally, KLR arm-drags free and CHOPS Nile! Then CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! KLR whips, then dropkicks Nile down! Cover, TWO! KLR stalks Nile to ropes, brings her up, but Nile blocks the suplex! Nile throws body shots, then back drops KLR away! KLR goes to a corner, Nile runs in to dropkick her down! And ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO!

Nile keeps focus and Bivens coaches her up. Nile stomps KLR, drags her up to snapmare and headscissor. KLR endures the squeeze, fights up, but Nile drags her back down! KLR keeps fighting, gets up to her feet, and she cartwheels free! KLR elbows Nile from the corner, then dodges to rally with lariats! KLR brings Nile in, suplexes, GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nile checks her face, but KLR grabs at her. Nile trips KLR, rolls her, and hooks her for the LEG DDT! Cover, TWO!! KLR survives and Nile can’t believe it! Nile listens to Bivens’ coaching and she gets KLR in a fireman’s carry. But KLR fights free to SUPERKICK!

Nile flounders up, but KLR gets her for a Gory Especial! But here comes Mandy! KLR swings ont he champ, but Mandy gets away! KLR still gets Nile back up, K L NO! Sunset flip, NILE WINS!!

Winner: Ivy Nile, by pinfall

And then Mandy pounces on KLR! Nile leaves it at winning, but KLR tackles Mandy! KLR stomps Mandy, but here come Jacy & Gigi! Toxic Attraction save their leader, they snapmare and DOUBLE SUPERKICK KLR! Then they set her back up for Mandy, but Indi & Persia get in! They fight with Gigi & Jacy! SPINEBUSTER for Gigi, then Jacy gets a LARIAT! And another LARIAT! Persia scoops Jacy to SNAKE EYES, and then KLR SUPERKICKS her down! Fans cheer as KLR stands tall with Indi & Persia, but will these three be able to rip out Toxic Attraction by the roots?

 

Harland attacked Odyssey Jones!

Harland throws the bent crutch aside, and Gacy is there smiling. Have they just ended Odyssey’s journey back to action? Or is this only fanning the flames of that “negativity” they stand against?

 

Sarray speaks.

“2021 was my first year here, but everything didn’t go as planned.” She’s even shared on social media that she felt lost. So after returning home to Japan to recovery physically and mentally, Sarray found a necklace her grandmother gave her when she was little. Her grandma was her hero, strong and never gave up. Thanks to finding this necklace, Sarray feels like she can conquer the world. It reminds her who she is and where she is from. She is the Warrior of the Sun! She is returning to America and NXT with a new passion and energy! Will Sarray revitalize her rise here in NXT?

 

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2022 Opening Round: Legado del Fantasma VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

After La Madrina kicked Xyon Quinn to the curb, Santos Escobar’s stable feels stronger than ever! But will Wilde & Mendoza be able to stop the fired up new team that stands before them?

Wilde starts with Malik and they tie up. Wilde shoves Malik away and says Malik doesn’t deserve to be in his ring. Malik rushes in but into a wrench and wristlock. Wilde wrangles Malik, but he kips up to arm-drag free! And arm-drag Wilde down to an armlock! Wilde gets up but Malik whips him into the corner for a SPLASH! Tag to Enofe, he snapmares Wilde for Malik’s SLIDING LARIAT, then adds a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Enofe drags Malik up but Malik whips him to a corner. Enofe tumbles up, out, and ROCKS him with a right. Enofe jumps in to SLING-DOG! Cover, TWO!

Enofe headlocks, Wilde powers him to ropes and Mendoza tags in. Enofe holds on but Wilde powers out and sends him into a GAMANGIRI! Mendoza and Wilde double whip to DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER! Then they split the wishbone and hit a basement dropkick sandwich! Cover, TWO! Mendoza puts Enofe in a corner to CHOP! Then he bumps Enofe off buckles, whips him corner to corner then runs in, only to miss and get buckles! Enofe reaches out but Mendoza stops him from tagging Malik! Mendoza suplexes, Enofe slips out and shoves, hot tag to Malik! Malik rallies with haymakers on Mendoza, then throws forearms! And a dropkick!

Fans fire up for the hometown hero as he HOOK KICKS, and runs, but Escobar trips him! Fans boo, the ref EJECTS him! Wilde tags in and Legado are furious! Escobar argues with the ref while Legado sets up, but as Mendoza runs, Enofe dumps him out! Wilde CLUBS Malik, but Bron TRIPS Escobar off the apron! Bron carries Escobar away, Malik O’Conner Rolls! MALIK & ENOFE WIN!!

Winners: Malik Blade & Edris Enofe, by pinfall (advance to the second round)

This might be a bracket buster! The Emperor of Lucha just cost his team, will Legado ever live this one down?

 

Malcolm Bivens speaks.

Tonight, Diamond Mine is two for two! Nile has proven she can beat any woman, and the Creeds are one step closer to the Dusty Cup! Later, Diamond Mine will be three for three because their leader will WIPE the mat with Walter! Walter put his hands on Bivens, but Walter thinks the mat is sacred. No it is not. It is a revenue generator to make it so they can move on up to that deluxe apartment in the sky! “Walter, you’re big, you’re strong, you won a bunch of matches in Europe or whatever. But tonight, the mat belongs to Roderick Strong and Diamond Mine.” Will the Savior of the Backbreaker show Der Ring General who is really in charge of the canvas?

 

Solo Sikoa speaks.

“Boa. I said I’d take on whoever shows up. But last week, you took it to the next level. Never been hit with a fireball before. Burnt half my face. If you wanna bring out your ancestral powers, then let’s go. You’re not the only one who can call on his past, whose bloodline came from warriors.” Solo shows the burn on his face, and says next week, it doesn’t matter where they go. The ring, the streets of the locker room, bring the war paint. They’re going to face off in a No Holds Barred Falls Count Anywhere match!!

 

Yulisa Leon w/ Valentina Feroz VS Dakota Kai!

The new team on the block is ready to show everyone that they’re worthy of opportunities, but the former NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion stands in their way. Will #CobraKai poison the water before these two even start swimming?

The bell rings, Leon circles with Dakota, they tie up, and Leon powers Dakota to a corner. Dakota turns it around, but Leon pushes her away. Dakota just laughs it off, and she ties up with Leon again. Leon waistlocks, SLAMS Dakota down, then gator rolls with her. Leon throws Dakota around, sunset flips, TWO! Dakota flounders to a corner, Leon runs in but is sent into buckles! Dakota clubs Leon, then chokes her on the ropes! The ref counts, Dakota lets off, but then CLUBS Leon down. Dakota stomps and kicks Leon, covers, ONE! Dakota CLUBS Leon around, drags her back up, then bumps her off buckles.

Dakota digs her boot in, the ref counts and Dakota lets off at 2. Dakota CLUBS Leon, brings her around to snapmare, and then covers, ONE! Dakota talks to herself, or that voice in her head, and she gets mad. Dakota drags Leon up, whips Leon to a corner hard, and Leon falls. Dakota goes side to side, BOOT WASH! Cover, ONE! Leon is showing toughness but Dakota keeps on her. Leon ROCKS Dakota with forearm after forearm, but Dakota BOOTS her down! Leon bails out of the ring, Dakota goes out after her. Dakota taunts Feroz as she’s there, but Dakota swings on her! Feroz dodges, Leon ROCKS Dakota!

Leon puts Dakota in, Feroz fires up her tag partner, and Leon rallies with lariats! GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Dakota staggers up into a scoop, and Leon shows the strength in the BRIDGING FALL AWAY SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Dakota escapes but fans are fired up! Leon runs into a SCORPION KICK! Dakota goes Around the World to BOOT! Cover, Dakota wins!

Winner: Dakota Kai, by pinfall

Captain Kota kicks her way back into a winning track, but then she attacks Feroz! She puts Feroz in the corner, Dakota runs Around the World, but Leon saves Feroz! Will Leon & Feroz

 

Backstage interview with Raquel Gonzalez.

What’s big for Raquel after losing at New Year’s Evil? Well, everyone surely expects her to make a big deal about Dakota helping Mandy in the first place, and Raquel could complain about not being the one who took the pin. But c’mon, look at her! She is Big Mami Cool! She doesn’t make excuses. And it should be no surprise that she is still coming after Mandy and the title. But Cora Jade scoots in to say so is she. But Cora wants to ask Raquel something real quick. Doesn’t Raquel wanna be a back to back Dusty Cup winner? They could walk in, win it all, and take the titles off Gigi & Jacy. No, it’s because of Cora that Raquel has no title.

Raquel likes Cora. But she needs to stay out of Raquel’s way. So thanks, but no thanks. Cora says she’ll convince Raquel. There’s still time before the Women’s Dusty Cup begins, can #GenerationJade get Ricky Desperado on her side? Or will she just get on Raquel’s nerves?

 

Malik & Enofe regroup backstage.

“What did we say? What, did, we, say?!” They said they were gonna shock the world, and here it is! Two down, two to go! Next is the semifinals! Bron Breakker comes over to congratulate them. But they don’t need to thank him, that win was all them. Good luck the rest of the way, go win the cup! Enofe & Malik are fired up, but who they want next? Doesn’t matter, they’ll be ready! They break it down, but will they continue to bust brackets against their next opponents?

 

Walter VS Roderick Strong w/ Malcolm Bivens!

Walter said farewell for now to NXT UK, and he’s about to say hello to NXT 2.0 in a big way! Will Der Ring General break the backbreaker? Or will Strong prove why he’s the leader of Diamond Mine?

NXT returns and Strong makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. The fans chant for “WAL~TER!” and the tow tie up., Walter headlocks and THROWS Strong away! Strong gets to a corner, Walter eggs him on. Strong comes back, circles with Walter again, and they tie up. Strong gets a leg, Walter drops to keep Strong down and bends at a leg. Strong gets free, has a leg guard, and gets up at the ropes. Walter is after Strong but Strong uses a forearm to grind Walter in the face. The ref counts, Walter lets off and the two go again. Walter corners Strong, gets an arm, wrenches and WRINGS Strong to a wristlock.

Strong endures, fights up, and fans rally as Walter wrenches again. Strong gets up, powers his way through and gets a headlock. Walter puts Strong on ropes, lets off, but Strong avoids the chop to CHOP! But Walter catches the hand! Strong gets away and uses a corner for defense. Fans rally, Walter eggs Strong on, and the two reset. They tie up, Strong gets the headlock again, but Walter powers up. Strong holds on, grinds the hold, but Walter throws body shots., Walter pushes Strong to a corner, Strong goes up but gets caught! Strong slips free and ROCKS Walter with boxing elbows and a CHOP! Walter CHOPS Strong off his feet!

Fans are thunderous as Walter stomps Strong! Walter stomps Strong to a corner, snapmares him down, and NECK TWISTS! Strong writhes and fans say “This is Awesome!” already! Walter stomps Strong, Strong gets back to a corner, and Strong throws body shots and forearms. Walter throws hands then BOOTS Strong down! Walter looms over Strong, drags him up, throws EuroUppers, then has Strong on the ropes. Bivens complains as Walter has Strong in the ropes, so Walter LCUBS Strong, and drags Bivens up! Strong CHOP BLOCKS a leg to save Bivens! Strong dropkicks Walter out of the ring! And then runs again, but Walter catches him! APRON BACK SUPLEX!

NXT goes picture in picture while Walter catches his breath. Walter drags Strong onto the apron to CHOP him! Walter goes into the ring, drags Strong back up and CLUBS him on the back. Strong staggers away, Walter has him in the corner to CLUB him in the chest! Walter then brings Strong around to scoop and SLAM, then wraps on a chinlock. Walter traps on arm, Strong resists Walter going for the other arm, so Walter just grinds the chinlock even harder. Strong endures, pries at the chinlock, but Walter thrashes him around! Walter lets off just to CLUB Strong on the back, and then he clamps the chinlock back on.

Strong endures again as Walter leans his weight on the hold. Bivens coaches Strong but Walter changes things to a motorcycle stretch! Strong endures the knee in his back, fights his way up, but Walter wrangles him back down. Walter stands on Strong’s shoulder blades to keep him down, but Strong keeps fightihng.  NXT returns to single picture, Strong is up and he kicks low. Walter knees low in return, puts Strong in a corner, but Strong BOOTS, ENZIGURIS and hops up to missile dropkick! Walter ends up in the far corner, and fans fire up as Strong runs in to clothesline! Strong CHOPS, throws forearms, then CHOPS again!

Strong reels Walter in but Walter blocks the Olympic Slam! Walter gets a SLEEPER! Strong hits a JAWBREAKER! Walter comes back for the SLEEPER! Walter thrashes Strong around, Strong pries at the hold, and he bends the fingers! Strong drops, kangaroo kicks Walter away, then runs side to side for drive-by forearms! He ducks a chop to ROCK Walter again! Walter is on the apron, Strong keeps going, more drive-by forearms, but Walter CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up, Walter goes to a corner. Walter climbs, but Strong ROCKS him first! Strong climbs, brings Walter up, but Walter throws body shots and CHOPS Strong down!

Strong comes back to GAMANGIRI! “This is Awesome!” as Strong climbs up to get Walter up, SUPERPLEX!! Fans lose their minds but Strong has to crawl to a cover, TWO!! So close and yet so far! Both men rise, Strong CHOPS and forearms, but Walter forearms back. Strong throws more forearms, Walter swings but Strong ducks to kick! Strong CHOPS again, throws more forearms, then runs, hitting more forearms and shoulder tackles! Walter hurdles Strong?! But Strong SICK KICKS Walter! Cover, TWO!! Bivens is going nuts but fans hope they “Fight Forever!” But this has to end somehow, so Strong drags Walter by the legs.

Walter boots Strong away, Strong comes back but gets caught! Walter CHOPS Strong down like a slam dunk! Walter reels Strong in, but Strong slips out of the bomb to underhook! Strong can’t lift Walter, but Walter lifts Strong and RAMS him into buckles! And then TOSSES Strong away! Walter reels Strong back in, WALTER BOMB! Cover, Walter wins!

Winner: Walter, by pinfall

Diamond Mine only goes 2-1 tonight, because Der Ring General is not like anyone else Diamond Mine could face! Walter is not like anyone that anyone in NXT could face! And Walter gets the mic to say, “NEIN! The winner of this match is GUNTA!” Imperium attacks Strong! They mug Strong, but here come the Creeds! It’s a brawl of Diamond Mine and Walter! Fans are going nuts for NXT as worlds collide! Can Julius & Brutus help Strong turn the tide against Walter and his soldiers?


My Thoughts:

What a great episode! LA Knight blending a lot of things together in that first segment was great stuff, and I like that Waller is already having to watch out for people coming after him from all sides. However, he ends up taking the next step in his Heel power ranking by getting himself a big muscular henchman. Maybe we’re getting a tag match of Waller and his henchman VS Knight and Lumis. We got a good Dusty Cup vignette to hype up tonight’s matches, and we also got a good promo from MSK and Legado to set some other things up. Creed Brothers winning was a great surprise, and I do appreciate them using that loss for Briggs & Brooks to tie back into the romance story with KC Squared. Brooks actually got to show a little bit more character being flustered talking to Kayden.

I also like that the stories of Legado overlapped. Bron had a good promo with Escobar, and then him countering Escobar trying to cheat Malik & Enofe was a nice touch. Malik & Enofe getting to be bracket busters was great, I apologize for thinking they’d be an easy opening win for someone. Next week will have the other two opening round matches, and while I’m thinking Chase U is going to be the easy win for GYV, MSK VS Jacket Time could’ve been a semifinal match in itself. Leon & Feroz have been on 205 Live, as I remember covering one of their matches before I quit 205 Live, so it’s great to know they’re on NXT and in the Women’s Dusty Cup. Leon VS Dakota was good, and naturally Dakota wins, but is Dakota going to be in the cup? With who?

Good to hear from Sarray. And her promo has a point, she was doing so well in 1.0 but then 2.0 screwed that up. I got some serious magical girl vibes from the necklace and how Sarray had an almost Clark Kent pair of glasses. If 2.0 making her into a magical girl wrestler will get her back into the title chase, then I’m fine with that. Raquel of course wants after the title, but as I was sensing, Cora wants to make this a Dusty Cup story. KLR losing to Nile because of Mandy is great for Nile, and we’re getting a big Six Woman Tag of Toxic Attraction VS KLR, Indi & Persia, setting up some big title matches for what has to be the Valentine’s Day themed special.

It’s great to see Dante Chen back, and on behalf of The Chairshot, sorry to hear about his dad. But wow, didn’t think Duke Hudson would go after him (and Guru Raaj) outta nowhere like that. Thankfully, this means Duke is done with the poker player gimmick. Solo Sikoa calling out Boa is great, they’re going to have a killer match. And speaking of, Walter VS Strong was awesome stuff. Naturally, Walter wins, but what was bigger was the brawl of Imperium and Diamond Mine. When WWE uploaded the interaction of Walter, Bivens and Strong over the weekend, I was already hoping for a Six Man Tag, and it looks like we’re getting that. That is going to be an awesome match, and I would think Imperium wins to put the pressure on the Creed Brothers to win the Dusty Cup and try to get back at them.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Turn the corner towards Toronto!

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Got my mind on my money and my money on my mind!

WWE made it through Clash at the Castle, and now prepares for Money in the Bank! Who will qualify for the Men’s & Women’s ladder matches tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Chad Gable w/ The Alpha Academy VS ???
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Zelina Vega VS Iyo Sky VS Kiana James; wins and advances to MITB Toronto.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Jey Uso VS Rey Mysterio VS Finn Balor; wins and advances to MITB Toronto.

PLAY BY PLAY

Seth Rollins is here!

Corpus Christi, Texas fires up as The Architect makes his return! He’s been away since his epic battle against Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania 40, and he’s dressed as dapper as ever as he makes his way into the ring. Rollins revels in the fans singing “WHOA~ OH~ OHH~!” for him after two-and-a-half months away, and takes a bow. Then the fans chant “Welcome Back! Welcome Back!” Rollins then tells Corpus Christi, “Let me welcome you back to Monday Night Rollins~!” The fans fire up more and Rollins says that in case you’d forgot, let him introduce your host for this evening. He is a Visionary, he is a Revolutionary, he is… SETH! FREAKIN’! ROLLINS!

The fans cheer more and Rollins soaks it in. The fans sing again, and Rollins says he missed the fans, too. Now, he will cut to the chase, because he figures the fans will sing all night anyway. He is back for one reason. He’s seen ’em all, faced ’em all, beat ’em all, and done it all. He did not get into this business to be one of the best, but to be THE VERY BEST OF ALL TIME! And he cannot do that without getting back the championship that he made! THE WWE World Heavyweight Championship! Then Rollins looks up at the briefcases hanging overhead. MITB is only a few short weeks away… Rollins knows how to climb a ladder pretty well.

And Rollins is quite familiar with the MITB contract. So he figures, that is the fastest way for him to get back in the mix for- Well, speak of the champion, Damian Priest is here! El Campeon walks his way out to the ring, and he gets himself a mic as he stands face to face with Rollins. The fans boo but Priest tells Rollins that he isn’t being sarcastic, he really did want to come out here to be the first to welcome Rollins back. Rollins looks great, looks healthy, it is good to have him back. And real talk, Priest has been wanting some face to face time with Rollins to tell him straight up, that he was hoping to cash-in on Rollins at Mania. Out of respect, of course.

That didn’t happen, but Priest feels he’s doing okay. Hate to tell Rollins, through, this isn’t Monday Night Rollins. It is now where they #AllRise for El Campeon. Rollins laughs and says hey, let’s cut Priest some slack, he had a rough weekend. He almost lost a leg in Scotland! And Rollins likes where Priest is coming from, respects it, and priest may not know this but they’re a lot alike. Think about it: they both made their names in groups, Judgment Day and The Shield; they both won MITB contracts, had to wait a long time to cash in, but when they did, they left a mark on the Grandest Stage of Them All, and that is how they both won their first world titles.

So very similar they are, but there is one thing that separates Rollins from Priest. At some point, Rollins grew a set. Now, Rollins was talking about legacy. He wants to be the greatest of all time, and to have that legacy for himself, he had to stand on his own two feet. So let’s ask Priest a question, the question we’ve all been wondering since Mania: What kind of Champion does Priest want to be? What does he want this legacy to be? One of the greats? Or just a footnote in the history of The Judgment Day? Priest says that’s a fair question. But Priest will remind Rollins of something. When Rollins had the title, Priest was his first challenger.

And back then, Rollins won, because he was better. He was. But times have changed. Saturday, Priest almost lost a leg, so people thought he was gonna have to give up the title. The only thing he’s giving up is the fact Rollins is still better than him. The type of legacy Priest wants to leave? Don’t worry about ladders or briefcases. MITB in Toronto can just be Priest VS Rollins for the World Championship! Really? Is this a trap? Are the boys gonna jump Rollins? No, the boys don’t even know Priest is out here! This is them, man to man! Does Rollins want a shot at Priest’s world title or not!? The fans say “YES! YES! YES!”

Rollins says if it’s that simple, then challenge accepted! The fans fire up and Rollins tells Priest to remember this: As long as Rollins is here, this show will always and forever be Monday Night Rollins! The fans are all fired up, and we already have the headliner to MITB 2024! Will Rollins #BurnItDown in Toronto? Or will he fall as we #AllRise for El Campeon?

 

Adam Pearce is on the phone.

He discusses the qualifiers, but then there’s a knock on his door. In walks The Alpha Academy. Chad Gable says he’d been looking for the Raw GM. As a man like him, an intellectual, someone who understands common sense, surely Pearce understands Chad Gable’s frustrations with his number one disappointment, Lil’ Bo Peep Maxxine Dupri, and “Every Other Day Off” Akira Tozawa missing the trip. Gable would be champion now if not for that. So please, give him what he deserves, and make another rematch with Sami Zayn. Pearce says he understands Gable’s frustrations, and how much that title means to him.

But you know what else he gets? That Gable should win his way to another title match, just like everyone else. Gable gets in Tozawa’s face as he asks if they heard that. Back of the line!? Like everyone else?! Gable isn’t like everyone else, he’s a leader! Gable then says he’ll keep a cool head in this game. Find him someone to face, then. Someone worthy of his skills. After all, he’s an Olympian, he can take it. So anyone at all? Then Pearce has the perfect opponent. Okay, make it official. Official it is! Gable tells The Academy not to screw this one up! The Academy heads out, but just who is Pearce going to give Gable? We find out, after the break.

Chad Gable w/ The Alpha Academy VS ???

 


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Sapporo’s covered in gold!

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Will the Rogue Luchador have his revenge on the Murder Machine?

After winning Best of the Super Juniors, El Desperado got Sho to accept an IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship STEEL CAGE MATCH, so will Sho have no choice but to do this without the House of Torture?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff – Masatora Yasuda VS Daiki Nagai; Time Limit Draw.
  • 10 Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Tomohiro Ishii, Satoshi Kojima, Katsuya Murashima & Shoma Kato VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • DOUKI & Taichi VS Ren Narita & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Douki & Taichi win.
  • Bishamon VS EVIL & Dick Togo; Bishamon wins.
  • Tetsuya Naito & Titan VS Taka Michinoku & Yuya Uemura; Naito & Titan win.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg; Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg win and become the new NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Clark Connors & “Drilla” Dan Moloney VS Robbie Eagles & Kosei Fujita; Connors & Drilla win and retain the titles.
  • NEVER Openweight Championship: Shingo Takagi VS HENARE; Henare wins and becomes the new NEVER Openweight Champion.
  • IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship: David Finlay VS SANADA; Finlay wins and retains the title.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Steel Cage Match: SHO VS El Desperado; Desperado wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg!

It’s a Dominion rematch as Yota Tsuji, Bushi & Hiromu Takahashi once again face The Ace, The Joker & The Rook! It was already rather incredible that LIJ won in the first place, will they prove it wasn’t just luck at Osaka-Jo Hall? Or will Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg prove you can’t keep bad boys down?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and let’s see who really runs the schoolyard!

The teams sort out and while Yota and Oleg stare down, Yano insists he start. Hiromu obliges, and they both squat at the middle of the ring. They talk some smack, then the bell rings. And Hiromu copies Yano by going right to a corner to untie a buckle pad! Yano SMACKS Hiromu on the back of the head, then finishes the job himself! Hiromu SMACKS Yano on the head! Hiromu whips, Yano reveres, but Hiromu holds the ropes and copies Yano’s taunt! Yano runs up but Hiromu drop toeholds him onto ropes! Then he KICKS the rope, runs, but into an atomic drop! Yano tags Oleg and Tanahashi jump in, too.

Oleg & Tanahashi double whip to DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE Hiromu! Oleg then scoops Hiromu to SLAM him! Tanahashi drops an elbow, Oleg SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and Yano tags back in. Yano whips but Hiromu reverses, only for Yano to avoid the bare buckles. Hiromu runs in, but only gets bare buckles! Yano runs, but into a kick! Bushi gets in to dropkick legs out, then Yota runs in to basement dropkick! Bushi & Yota then knock Tanahashi & Oleg off the apron! Bushi & Yota then go out after them, stomp them down, and Hiromu stomps Yano. Hiromu drags Yano up, bumps him off the red corner, and tags Bushi in.

Bushi stomps Yano, digs his knee in, and the ref counts. Bushi lets go of the ropes, but that’s not the problem! The ref reprimands and Bushi steps away. Bushi drags Yano up, wrenches and wristlocks to then YANK the arm and CLUB it. Tag to Yota, he BOOTS the arm! Yano clutches the elbow, but Yota wrenches the arm to YANK it. Tag to Hiromu and he climbs up, and the fans rally for the AX HANDLE! Yota drops to his knees and Hiromu mocks his pain while bringing him back up. Hiromu whips Yano tot he corner, clotheslines, snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Hiromu calls to Yota, and he has Yota scoop him, for the assisted SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Hiromu has the ref watch Tanahashi & Oleg, then calls Bushi in! LIJ double whip Yano but Yano holds ropes! Yano sends Hiromu into Bushi, then throws them both down by their heads! The fans fire up, Yano and Hiromu crawl, and hot tag to Tanahashi! Yota tags in but Tanahashi dropkicks the legs out! Tanahashi fires hands, whips, but Yota reverses, only for Tanahashi to FLYING FOREARM! The fans fire up as Tanahashi fires fast hands, then Tanahashi scoops to SLAM Yota into the drop zone! Tanahashi goes up, SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi stays cool and the fans rally up. Yota rises, Tanahashi runs, but Yota TOSSES Tanahashi out!

The fans fire up as Tanahashi skins the cat! But then Yota ROCKS him with a right! Tanahashi falls back into a corner, Yota runs in, and he STINGER SPLASHES! Yota keeps going, he runs Tanahashi over, then SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up and Yota drags Tanahashi up. Yota reels Tanahashi in, suplexes, but Tanahashi fights it, to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT The fans rally up while both men are down. Tanahashi and Yota crawl, hot tag to Oleg! Oleg runs Yota over, gets him back up and fires forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Oleg whips, but Yota RAN- NO! Oleg stops the rana to get Yota up, for Shake, Rattle and THROW!

Oleg even kips up! The fans fire up, Oleg BLASTS Bushi & Hiromu off the corner, then he stalks Yota. Oleg waistlocks to deadlift Yota, for a GERMAN- NO, Yota fights free! Yota clinches, BACKBREAKER to FLATLINER to DOUBLE STOMP! Both men are down and the fans rally back up. Yota crawls over, hot tag to Bushi! Bushi goes up the corner, Oleg rises, and Bushi MISSILE DROPKICKS! And Bushirooni! Bushi runs corner to corner to ELBOW Oleg, then he brings Oleg in to FISHERMAN SCREW! Hiromu BLASTS Tanahashi & Yano! LIJ gets Oleg up, whips him to the corner, then Hiromu runs in to clothesline!

Bushi adds a back elbow, feeds to the SUPERKICK, then BACKSTABBERS! Cover, Tanahashi breaks it! Hiromu tosses Tanahashi out, Bushi and Oleg rise. Bushi runs up, CODE- NO, Oleg tosses Bushi away! Yano throws Bushi down! Hiromu SUPERKICKS Yano! Tanahashi blocks a superkick, but Yota gets in! Tanahashi blocks that superkick, too!? Tanahashi DOUBLE DRAGON SCREWS! The fans fire up but Bushi kicks low. Bushi runs, but into a SLINGBLADE! The fans fire up and Tanahashi drags Bushi up. Feed to Oleg for the KAMIKA- NO, Bushi slips free, and ENZIGIRIS! Oleg wobbles, Bushi goes to the corner!

Bushi runs up again, CODE- NO!! Oleg still blocks, and he fireman’s carries! Oleg coordinates with Tanahashi as he climbs, but Yota gets in Tanahashi’s way! Bushi rolls Oleg up! Tanahashi shoves Yota down onto the cover!! Tanahashi then aims to TRIPLE HIGH FLY ATTACK LIJ!! The fans are all fired up and Oleg drags Bushi back up! Fireman’s carry, and KAMIKAZE!! Cover, Oleg and team win!!

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg, by pinfall

The Rook comes through for the team, and they get the belts back! Has Oleg proved he’s far from just a Young Lion now? Or will we need quite the tiebreaker between these trios to put this to rest?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Clark Connors & “Drilla” Dan Moloney VS Robbie Eagles & Kosei Fujita w/ Zack Sabre Jr!

The Bullet Club War Dogs claimed their losses to the TMDK Junior Heavyweights were flukes, but they still have to put up the gold. Will 100 Proof & 44 Caliber shoot down the Sniper of the Sky & Ichiban Young Punk? Or will we see that The Mighty Don’t Kneel?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who’s really number one with a bullet!

The teams sort out and Fujita starts against Connors. The bell rings, the two stare down and the fans rally up. The two circle, feel things out, then Connors swings on Eagles! Eagles ROCKS Connors first! Fujita ROCKS Connors, then he DECKS Drilla! Eagles jumps in, TMDK double whip to hip toss, then PENALTY KICK! Drilla storms in but into DOUBLE BLOWS! Then TMDK rolls Drilla back to DOUBLE KNEE SMASH! Eagles rallies the fans, Fujita builds speed, but Connors gets in, JEEP FLIPPER! Drilla drags Eagles out, too, and sends him into railing! Connors stomps Fujita while Drilla tosses Eagles over railing!

Drilla steps over and has fans move aside. Connors keeps on Fujita on the other end of the arena while Drilla BOWLS Eagles into chairs! STRIKE! Connors fires hands on Fujita, and he tells a segment of fans to move! Then he BOWLS Fujita into the chairs! Another STRIKE! The fans cheer while Connors throws up the Too Sweet. Drilla drags Eagles around, scoops him, and then SLAMS him onto some seats! The ring count starts, but Connors is bringing Fujita back. Connors POSTS Fujita at 5 of 20, then takes his time to scuff Fujita before he steps in at 12. Connors taunts ZSJ at ringside, but Fujita rolls in at 17! The fans cheer but Connors mockingly applauds.

Connors kneels on Fujita’s neck, the ref reprimands and counts, and Connors steps away. Connors drags Fujita up, Drilla dusts off his boot, and Connors bumps Fujita off the boot! Tag to Drilla, and he CHOPS! And then he digs his boots in! The ref counts, Drilla steps off at 4. Connors CHOKES Fujita against ropes while the ref is busy with Drilla. The fans boo but Connors lets off before the ref catches him. Drilla looms over Fujita as he sputters, and the fans rally up. Fujita rises to throw body shots and forearms! Drilla CHOPS Fujita down! Drilla drags Fujita around, steps through, and ties up the legs into a DEATHLOCK!

Drilla tags Connors in, and Connors stomps away on Fujita! Then he JUMP ELBOW DROPS! Drilla lets Fujita go so Connors can cover, TWO! Connors smirks as he grabs the leg, and he mockingly calls “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” Drilla bark, bark, barks! Connors steps through to steal the RON MILLER SPECIAL! Eagles storms in but Drilla intercepts to TOSS him back out! Connors thrashes Fujita around but Fujita endures! Fujita crawls forward, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and the ref reprimands. Connors lets off with a smug grin, then drags Fujita up. But Fujita fires a forearm, and a CHOP!

Connors eggs Fujita on so Fujita CHOPS! Connors UPPERCUTS! Connors whips, but Fujita GAMANGIRIS! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Connors crawls and tags in Drilla. Drilla grabs Fujita’s leg but Fujita BOOTS him away! Fujita scrambles, hot tag to Eagles! Eagles goes up and over Drilla, BOOTS Connors, then RANAS Drilla! The fans fire up with Eagles and he KICKS Drilla! And KICKS! And KICKS! Eagles runs, Connors sneaks in to CLOBBER him! Connors & Drilla double whip, Eagles reverses to send Connors away! Then he sends Drilla into Connors! Eagles kicks a leg out, then runs to BLINDSIDE LARIAT BASEMENT DROPKICK COMBO!

The fans fire up with Eagles and he goes corner to corner at Drilla! DOUBLE KNEES! Drilla sits down, Eagles runs in to METEORA! Eagles drags Drilla to a cover, TWO! Eagles keeps cool and goes to the apron. Eaglee climbs, the fans rally up, and Eagles 450- NO, Drilla moves! Eagles rolls through, btu Drilla blocks his kick! Drilla pops Eagles up into the Canadian Rack! But Eagles sunset flips through! ONE, but Eagles has the RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Drilla flails, Fujita keeps Connors out! Connors powers out, gets in, and he CLUBS Eagles! Eagles holds on, but Connors stomps away until he lets Drilla go!

The ref reprimands but Connors shoves him away! Connors stomps Eagles, and Drilla hobbles up. Connors stands Eagles up, but Eagles fires CHOPS and ELBOWS! SOBAT for Drilla, then a cravat! Eagles uses Connors to kick off, but Drilla denies him Sliced Bread! Drilla ELBOWS Eagles away, but Fujita tags in! Fujita slingshots but Connors catches him! Connors hands Fujita off to Drilla! But Fujita flails to go to the apron and HOTSHOT! Fujita and Eagles both springboard, DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICKS! The War Dogs are down and they bail out while the fans fire up! Fujita aims to springboard, DOUBLE CANNONBALL!

Direct hit and the Dogs go down! The fans fire up, Fujita puts Drilla in, and Eagles stands Drilla up. TMDK double wrench the arms, for MAXXY BOMB!! High stack, TWO!! Drilla survives but the fans fire up with TMDK! Fujita hoists Drilla up, Eagles ROUNDHOUSES and Fujita GERMAN SUPLEXES! Then SUPERKICK PENALTY KICK COMBO!! Cover, Connors breaks it! The fans rally, Eagles whips but Connors reverses to TOSS Eagles out! Connors runs at Fujita but Fujita TOSSES him out! Fujita goes after Drilla with a CHOP! But Drilla wrenches to ripcord, but Fujita dodges! Sunset flip, but Drilla DOUBLE STOMPS and SENTONS!

The fans rally up and both men crawl. Drilla reaches out, hot tag to Connors! Connors takes aim, runs in, but Fujtia pops him up! Connors fights the German Suplex but Fujita holds the waistlock! Connors throws elbow after elbow but Fujita’s grip is tight! Connors throws even more elbows, and Fujita finally lets go. Fujita runs up, but into a SNAP POWERSLAM! Drilla roars as he storms in, and the Dogs take aim from the corners! But Eagles anchors Drilla! Fujita O’Conner Rolls Connors, then trips him into the QUEEN ANGELITO STRETCH! Drilla gets loose but Eagles MISSILE DROPKICKS him down! And puts him in the RON MILLER SPECIAL!!

Fujita sees Eagles has Drilla, and Fujita pulls Connors into the NELL VOSS SPECIAL!! Connors endures, flails, and Drilla reaches out, but Eagles drags him away! Connors grabs at the ref, Drilla grabs at Fujita! Drilla CLAWS Fujita’s face, and he lets Connors go! Eagles lets Drilla go, and the four are all down. The fans rally as Eagles regroups with Fujita. The Dogs regroup on the outside, and Eagles DIVES onto them! But is caught! DRILLA KILLA to the floor!! Drilla & Connors are laughing that they just shot down the Sniper! Connors & Drilla then slide into the ring, flanking Fujita. They bring Fujita up, but he still fires forearms and elbows!

The fans rally as Fujita fights and fights, switches with Drilla, but Drilla elbows free! Connors runs in, Drilla hurdles, SPEAR! Fujita staggers back up, into the SPEAR GORE COMBO!! Cover, TWO?!? Fujita survives and shocks The Dogs! The fans fire up as Connors goes up a corner and Drilla drags Fujita up. Drilla suplexes, but Fujita slips free! GERMAN SUPLEX! Connors still leaps but Fujita gets under! Fujita O’Conner Rolls, but Connors fights Chaos Theory! Fujita HEEL KICKS! Fujita whips Connors, pops Connors up, and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Connors survives, but Fujita still holds on!

Fujita drags Connors up and the fans are thunderous! Fujita suplexes, ABANDON- SUPERKICK from Drilla! Connors suplexes Fujita into the DRILLA KILLA!!! Drilla then feeds Fujita to the NO CHASER!! But they’re still not done!?! Connors climbs, Drilla suplexes, FULL CLIP!!! Cover, War Dogs win!

Winners: Clark Connors & “Drilla” Moloney, by pinfall (still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but they can’t withstand artillery of this magnitude! Bullet Club keeps these titles right where they are, and Connors himself asks, “Who’s next?”

 

NJPW announces the G1 Climax 34 Block line-ups!

In A Block, it will be: Tetsuya Naito; Shota Umino; Shingo Takagi; SANADA; Great-O-Khan; Zack Sabre Jr; Gabe Kidd; EVIL; and Pro-Wrestling Noah’s Jake Lee!
In B Block, it will be: Hirooki Goto; El Phantasmo; Yota Tsuji; Jeff Cobb; HENARE; David Finlay; Ren Narita; Yuya Uemura; and AEW & DDT Pro’s Konosuke Takeshita!

And this year, there will be a special G1 Climax preliminary round! 12 men, six for each block, must battle to earn the coveted tenth seed spots! In A Block’s prelim: Tomohiro Ishii; Yoshi-Hashi; Callum Newman; KENTA; Chase Owens; and Yujiro Takahashi! In B Block’s prelim: Hiroshi Tanahashi; Toru Yano; Boltin Oleg; Satoshi Kojima; Taichi; and TJP! Whoever comes out of those matches will join this already star-studded field! Who will help burn up this already red hot summer?

 

NEVER Openweight Championship: Shingo Takagi VS HENARE!

It’s another Dominion rematch, as we ended up with a Double TKO Draw in Osaka-Jo Hall! Will Takagi stay standing this time? Or will the Face of Fury finally slay The Rampaging Dragon?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who pushes past their limits to be victorious!

The two are forehead to forehead, then they go forearm for forearm! The bell rings, and Takagi ROCKS Henare! Henare fires back, but Takagi shoves him. They both run, they RAM shoulders, then Henare kicks to snapmare. Henare KICKS Takagi in the back, but Takagi gets up to DOUBLE CHOP! Takagi eggs Henare on, so Henare HEADBUTTS! Henare eggs Takagi on so Takagi HEADBUTTS! Henare nods, and HEADBUTTS again! Takagi staggers, but he comes back to HEADBUTT! Henare HEADBUTTS, Takagi HEADBUTTS, they HEADBUTT again and again and again! Henare gets the edge, then JUMP HEADBUTTS!

Henare runs, RAMS Takagi but Takagi comes back to RAM Henare! ELBOW! JAB! But Henare KICKS! Takagi runs Henare over! Then Takagi KICKS Henare in the back! Henare goes to a corner, the fans rally for Takagi, and he runs up, and blocks a boot! Takagi clotheslines through, then fires the fans up more. Takagi JABS and CHOPS on repeat! Then he JABS, JABS, JABS, but Henare leans into the punches! Takagi fires more shots, then ROCKS Henare! Takagi whips corner to corner, runs up and clotheslines! Then SAIDOS! Henare flounders and the fans rally up. Takagi stands Henare up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO!

Henare bails out but Takagi keeps cool. Takagi goes out after Henare, brings him around, and whips him hard into railing! Henare staggers away, Takagi follows, and he JABS Henare again. Takagi brings Henare up to SMACK him off the apron, but that just angers Henare! Henare SMACKS Takagi off the apron! Takagi RIDGE HAND CHOPS, then fireman’s carries! SNAKE EYES off the apron! Henare falls back and the ref wants this back in the ring. Takagi takes a moment to shake out his hand, then he walks over to Henare. Takagi drops a knee right on Henare’s face! Takagi then puts Henare in the ring, and the fans cheer.

Takagi kicks Henare around, taunts him, scuffs him, and Henare snarls. Henare fires body shots and a forearm! Takagi ELBOWS! And YUKON LARIATS! The fans cheer and Takagi says he’s still gonna be champ. Takagi brings Henare up, puts him on ropes, and then KNEES him low! And KNEES him again! And again! The ref reprimands, Takagi lets off, and he whips Henare to ropes. Takagi KNEES low, runs, but into a POP-UP SAMOAN DROP! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Takagi goes to a corner, Henare runs in to clothesline! Takagi shouts at Henare, so Henare shouts back! Henare fires off fast hands from all sides!

The ref reprimands, Henare HEADBUTTS Takagi before he fireman’s carries. WASTELAND SLAM, then a SENTON! The fans rally up as Takagi sputters and goes back to the corner. Henare storms over, stomps Takagi, then HEADBUTTS him! Henare whips but Takagi blocks by holding ropes! The ref calls the ropebreak as Henare still tries to whip. Takagi still holds on, so Henare ELBOWS him in the head! The ref reprimands, but Henare whips corner to corner. Takagi reverses, runs up, but into an ELBOW! Henare goes up, FLYING CHUCK! But Takagi just runs! Into a BERSERKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives and Henare fires back up!

The fans rally, Henare stands and he aims from a corner. Takagi rises as Henare stomps the mat. Henare runs in, RAMP- NO! Takagi stuffs the spear to fire off knees! Henare shoves back but Takagi ELBOWS! JABS! And YUKON feints to DDT! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Henare flounders to a corner and the fans rally up. Takagi runs, but into a RAMP- DDT!! Takagi turns things around again and Henare is in a daze! Takagi kicks Henare, drags him up, and puts him on the top rope! The fans rally as Takagi climbs up, and he fires RIDGE HAND CHOPS! Takagi then goes to the very top, brings Henare up with him, SUPER DUPER PLEX!!

The fans are thunderous while Henare writhes from that hard landing! Takagi sits up and shouts, “OI! OI! OI!” The fans join in and Takagi nods. Takagi stands, the fans fire up more, and Takagi says “My time is coming! TOKI GA KITA!” The fans fire up, Takagi runs, PUMPING BOMBER! But Henare withstands the impact and stays standing! Takagi runs again, PUMPING BOMBER! Henare drops to his knees! Takagi gives scuffing kicks, slaps Henare around, then fires a few forearms. Henare growls, headbutts the mat, but Takagi ROCKS him! Takagi fires forearm after forearm, but Henare eggs him on!

Takagi fires more forearms, but Henare leans into those shots! Henare swings, Takagi bobs ‘n’ weaves and UPPERCUTS! Takagi runs, but into a RAMPAGE!! Both men are down again and the fans rally up! Henare slowly rises, sits Takagi up, and PENALTY KICKS! But Takagi’s right up to RUN Henare over! The fans rally while both men are down, and Takagi sits up first. Takagi crawls over to Henare and they give each other junkyard dog headbutts. They start throwing palm strikes, then forearms! Takagi CHOPS and Henare staggers! Henare snarls, comes back, and KICKS! Takagi staggers, Henare eggs him on, and the fans rally up!

Takagi winds up to CHOP! Henare drops to a knee and Takagi shakes out his hand. Henare rises, and Takagi braces for the KICK! Takagi CHOPS! Henare KICKS! CHOP! KICK! Repeat! The fans fire up and so does Henare! Henare KICKS, and KICKS, and ROLLING KICKS! Takagi wobbles, Henare runs, but Takagi blocks the kick! Henare fires off strikes, but Takagi still pump handles! MADE IN JAPAN!! But Takagi can’t make the cover! The ref checks both men, this could end up like Dominion! Takagi slowly rises, the fans rally up again, and Takagi sits Henare up. Takagi clamps on to rain down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!

Takagi runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Henare rolls through to SLIDING KNEE!! Both men are down again and the fans fire up! Henare sits up first, and he snarls as he slashes his throat. Henare vows to end this but he’s a bit wobbly as he walks over. Henare drags Takagi up but Takagi HEADBUTTS! Henare HEADBUTTS! They DOUBLE HEADBUTT! And DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Both men wobble, but Takagi JABS! Henare HEADBUTTS! Takagi PUMPING BOMBERS! Henare JUMP HEADBUTTS! Takagi SLIDING FOREARMS!! Both men are down again and the fans are all fired up!

The ref checks, and both men are somehow still in this, but the standing count is here! Takagi hears it and he stirs. Takagi goes to ropes, and he drags himself up at 5 of 10! Takagi is up but what of Henare? He’s still down at 8, pushes up at 9, and stands at 9.9!! The fans fire up and Takagi runs in! DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Both men lean on the other, and Takagi fires boxing elbows! Takagi throws in about nine, but then Henare bobs ‘n’ weaves the tenth to BODY BLOW! And HEEL KICK! PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, ONE?!?! The fans are thunderous as Henare snarls, but Takagi gets moving! PUMPING BOMBER!!! Cover, TWO!!!

The fans are thunderous again as Henare survives being flipped upside-down! Takagi roars, he drags Henare up, and he pump handles to the torture rack! Henare slips out, spins Takagi around, STREETS OF RAGE!! But he has to crawl to the cover! TWO!!! Takagi survives and Henare is stunned! Henare growls, fires himself up, and he drags Takagi back up. But Takagi fights the cross-arm hold! Takagi HEADBUTTS, HEADBUTTS, and HEADBUTTS! Henare HEADBUTTS!! Cover, ONE!?!?! But Henare runs to RUGBY KICK!! Cover, TWO!!!! Takagi still survives but Henare is furious! Henare reels Takagi in for STREETS OF- NO, Takagi fights the lift!

Takagi and Henare fight for suplex control! Takagi throws body shots, avoids the headbutt and UPPERCUTS! Then HEADBUTTS back! Then YUKON- NO, Henare blocks that, then blocks the other lariat! KAMI-HEADBUTT!!! Cover, HENARE WINS!!!

Winner: Henare, by pinfall (NEW NEVER Openweight Champion)

Henare unleashes the headbutt to surpass God, and he slays the Rampaging Dragon! Finally, the Face of Fury wears gold in NJPW! Will this be a sign of even bigger things to come? Or will Takagi have his revenge in the G1 Climax?

 

IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship: David Finlay w/ Gedo VS SANADA w/ Just5Guys!

When The Rebel heard the Cold Skull was back on the mend, he demanded this be the return match. Finlay still owes Sanada payback for the 2023 New Japan Cup finals loss, and that moment has finally come. Will Finlay ruin Sanada’s return right from the start? Or will he regret it when Sanada takes this title from him?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the War Dogs stay golden!

The bell rings and the fans rally behind “SA-NA-DA! SA-NA-DA!” Finlay gets on the corner to shout “WAR~ DOGS~!” and some fans do cheer, but the fans are still more on Sanada’s side. The two circle, feel things out, and tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Finlay pulls hair to put Sanada on ropes. Red Shoes calls the break, Finlay pie faces Sanada as he lets off, then SPITS on Sanada! Sanada just brushes that off and the two reset. They tie up, are in another deadlock, but Sanada uses height for leverage. Sanada puts Finlay on the ropes, Red Shoes calls the break, and Sanada lets off with pats on the shoulder.

The fans applaud but Finlay is annoyed. Finlay runs up, Sanada kicks low then headlocks. Finlay powers up and out but Sanada runs him over. Things speed up, Finlay hurdles but then Sanada hurdles, hurdles and DROPKICKS! The fans fire up but Gedo is upset as Finlay bails out. Sanada aims, PLANCHA, but he lands on the apron as Finlay slides in. Finlay DECKS Sanada off the apron, goes out to CLUB Sanada, then SMACKS him off the apron! Finlay rains down fists, soaks up the heat, and says it’s too easy. Finlay fist bumps with Gedo then goes back to stand on Sanada’s face. Red Shoes reprimands but Finlay drags Sanada up and into the ring.

Finlay slides in to cover but Red Shoes says no, because of the shenanigans on the outside. Finlay is upset with Red Shoes, but then he drags Sanada up. Finlay hammerlocks an arm and leans on the hold. Sanada endures, even as Finlay grabs the other arm in a cording hold. Finlay digs knuckles into Sanada’s ribs, then a forearm in Sanada’s face! Red Shoes counts, Finlay lets off and gets mad at Red Shoes, but rules are rules. Finlay drags Sanada up, snap suplexes, then covers, TWO! The fans applaud but Finlay argues with Red Shoes more. Finlay drags Sanada up, but Sanada throws body shots! Finlay sputters, but then Sanada ROCKS him with a forearm!

Finlay knees low, whips, but Sanada reverses to ELBOW Finlay down! STANDING MOONSAULT FLOPS as Finlay moves! Finlay covers, TWO! Finlay keeps cool as he drags Sanada up. Finlay whips corner to corner hard and Sanada falls! Sanada writhes but Finlay barks it up. Finlay aims from a corner, runs in, and UPPERCUTS! Then he suplexes for a TOSS! Cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this and Gedo protests while Finlay argues the count. Sanada goes to the apron, Finlay storms over and drags him up. Finlay brings Sanada through the ropes to UPPERCUT! And UPPERCUT again! And UPPERCUT again!

Finlay UPPERCUTS and UPPERCUTS and UPPERCUTS, then UPPERCUTS some more! Finlay dares the fans to cheer Sanada now. The fans do cheer, and Sanada back drops Finlay outta the ring! Sanada catches his breath while Finlay is on the floor. Finlay drags himself up with the apron skirt, but Sanada PLANCHAS him right back down! The fans cheer and Sanada rises. Sanada stalks Finlay, brings him around, and puts him in the ring. The fans applaud, but then Finlay bails out the side. Sanada just PLANCHAS again! Down goes Finlay and the fans fire up! Sanada then brings Finlay up, ROCKS him, then slides into the ring.

Sanada builds speed and he fakes Finlay out! Sanada flips back in, then PLANCHAS again! A hattrick for Sanada and the fans fire up! Sanada encourages them to get louder, then he goes back for Finlay. Sanada puts Finlay in the ring, stalks him, then brings him up to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! The fans rally while Sanada brings Finlay back up. Sanada fireman’s carries, Finlay slips free to waistlock, but Sanada switches. Finlay denies the O’Conner to roll Sanada up, TWO! Sanada runs in, but into a SPIN-OUT BOMB! Finlay grins as he leans against ropes, then he watches Sanada rise. Finlay runs in, and he clotheslines Sanada up and out!

Finlay goes out after Sanada, talks some trash, “This your boy?” Finlay flexes, drags Sanada up, and RAMS him into the railing! And RAMS him in again! Finlay’s trying to squish English commentary as he RAMS Sanada in again! Finlay lets Sanada falls over, then asks Gedo, “You wanna see a dead body?” Finlay fireman’s carries Sanada, to run up, but Sanada slips free! Finlay kicks low, reels Sanada in, but Sanada fights the piledriver! Sanada back drops Finlay onto the floor! The fans cheer while Sanada hobbles away. But then Finlay runs up! Sanada moves and Finlay crashes into railing! Sanada then brings Finlay out through the gate!

The Young Lions hurry to brace railing, but Sanada reels Finlay in for a PILEDRIVER on the floor!! And there’s far less padding out by the crowd then by ringside! Red Shoes wants this back in the ring, but Sanada has to catch his breath first. Sanada drags Finlay up, cravats for a neck wrench, and he brings Finlay back to ringside like that. Sanada puts Finlay in the ring and the fans applaud. Sanada then stalks Finlay, stands him up, and CLUBS him on the neck! Finlay staggers up, and he fires a forearm back! Sanada eggs Finlay on, so Finlay fires another forearm! And then SPITS at Sanada! And flips him off!

Sanada fires off furious fists on Finlay! The fans fire up but they’re on the ropes now! Red Shoes reprimands, but Sanada shoves him down! Sanada’s losing his cool, and Finlay YANKS Sanada into ropes! Both men are down and the fans rally up for Sanada. Finlay drags Sanada up, reels him in, Canadian Rack, but Sanada slips free, to get the dragon sleeper! Finlay arm-drags free, runs up, but into a BOOT! Sanada goes up to QUEBRADA, and he has the dragon sleeper! Sanada drops back but Finlay rolls through to inverted suplex! And LAWN DART off the corner! Then a Canadian Rack, DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up as Sanada survives! Gedo is upset and we pass 15 minutes. The fans rally for “SA-NA-DA!” as he and Finlay slowly rise. Finlay uses ropes to help stretch out one of his arms, then he goes back for Sanada. Finlay clamps on to sit Sanada up, for a crossface forearm! And then another! And another! Finlay drags Sanada up again, runs, and BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this and Finlay is frustrated. The fans rally up for Sanada again, but Finlay drags Sanada up and reels him in. Sanada is dead weight so Finlay has Red Shoes check. Sanada refuses to give in and the fans rally up more.

Finlay talks more trash on the fans, then drags Sanada back up and in. POWER- RANA! Cover, TWO!! Finlay escapes, runs up, but Sanada spins him around, MAGIC- NO, Finlay slips free to suplex! But Sanada slips free to O’Conner Roll, but Finlay turns that around! O’Conner- NO, Sanada keeps Finlay up, then brings him into SKULL END!! Finlay flails and endures but he’s stuck in the body scissors! Sanada puts on the squeeze and Finlay is starting to fade! Red Shoes checks, Finlay flips everyone off! But he’s fading all the same! Sanada almost loses grip, and Finlay grabs at Red Shoes! Finlay endures as Sanada thrashes him around!

Red Shoes checks again, but Sanada lets Finlay go to go up top! ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees! Finlay saves himself at the last moment and both men are down! The fans rally for Sanada as he and Finlay stir. We hit 20 minutes and Sanada grabs at Finlay. They both rise up and Finlay fires a haymaker. Sanada fires it back! Finlay fires another haymaker, so Sanada gives it back! Red Shoes reprimands about closed fists, so Finlay fires a forearm! Sanada fires one right back! Finlay staggers away to ropes, but then Sanada eggs him on. Finlay fires a flurry, but Sanada UPPERCUTS! Finlay wobbles, staggers, but comes back.

Finlay UPPERCUTS, but Sanada shakes his head. The fans rally up as Sanada goes back to UPPERCUT Finlay! Finlay wobbles, Sanada eggs him on, and Finlay UPPERCUTS! Sanada grits his teeth, Finlay eggs him on, and Sanada UPPERCUTS! Finlay leans on Sanada, but he still fires a flurry of forearms, then an UPPERCUT! Finlay runs, but Sanada dodges! Sanada tilt-o-whirls, and has the dragon sleeper! But Finlay slips through to suplex! But Sanada turns that around, MAGIC SCREW! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Sanada hurries up a corner, to ROUNDING BODY PRESS! Direct hit and Sanada covers, TWO!!

The fans fire up more as Sanada drags Finlay back up. Sanada clinches, but Gedo storms up to the apron! Sanada drops Finlay so he can KICK the ropes! The fans cheer as Gedo gets jammed up down low! But then Finlay cradles Sanada! TWO!! Sanada escapes, runs up, BLINDSIDE WIZARD! Both men are down again and the fans fire back up! Sanada kips up and the fans cheer! Sanada shouts at Finlay to get up, then runs in, but Finlay ducks the Shining Wizard! Finlay wrenches, suplexes, INTO OBLIVION!! Cover, TWO!! Finlay almost had this one but he won’t stop there! Finlay suplexes again, OVER- BLOCKED!!

Sanada waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls and BRIDGES! TWO!!! Finlay escapes, but SHINING WIZARD hits!! The fans are thunderous and Sanada drags Finlay back up! Clinch and- NO, Finlay slips out to bring Sanada up! But Sanada slips free to ENZIGIRI! The fans fire up as we hit 25 minutes! Time is running out, but Sanada aims from the corner! SHINING- NO, Finlay smothers the wizard to high stack and deadlift into a POWERBOMB! Then the flip over and suplex! OVERKILL!!! Cover, Finlay wins!

Winner: David Finlay, by pinfall (still IWGP Global Heavyweight Champion)

The Cold Skull got hot, but maybe too little too late. Finlay holds onto the belt he created, for now. Will he prove that NJPW and the world needs The Rebel?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Steel Cage Match: SHO VS El Desperado!

The Murder Machine missed out on the Best of the Super Juniors finals, and it was the Rogue Luchador who finally added that trophy to his list of accomplishments. And as Sho tried to rain on the parade, Desperado goaded Sho into not just putting up the title, but putting up the steel fence around the ring! Truly a historic first for this title, will Desperado continue to make history by winning again? Or will Sho somehow, someway win without The House of Torture’s help?

But of course, the NJPW ref corps knows Sho has tricks of his own, so they make sure to pat him down before he enters the cage. AHA! Scissors! Sho says those aren’t his! But the check continues, and wait! Evil is storming his way onto commentary! The King of Darkness is going to find a way to be here for Sho one way or another. But wait, the search finds handcuffs, as well as a metal plate in the kick pad! Sho is upset that all his tricks have been found out, but Desperado’s having a great time watching his humiliation. Sho is already trying to find things under the ring but the refs were thorough even before the cage was set up.

Sho, Desperado and Red Shoes are locked inside, and all of Sho’s things have been secured, because a Young Lion is taking them to the back! It’s sinking in for Sho that there’s nothing he can do to cheat this one. Sho finally steps into the ring, the introductions are made and the belt is raised. And now, with the odds finally even, we see who is truly the Best of the Super Juniors!

The bell rings and the fans rally for “DE-SU-PE! DE-SU-PE!” The two feel things out, clinch, go around, and Sho waistlocks. Despe spins through to facelock, but Sho wrenches out. Despe rolls, wrenches back, and wristlocks. Sho pushes Despe to then wrench, wrench and wristlock. Despe drop toeholds, floats to a facelock, then he ties up the legs. Despe pulls Sho with a chinbar, but then shifts to have a cording hold. Sho endures, reaches out to the ropes, and Despe lets go. The fans cheer, and Despe talks some smack as Sho goes to a corner. The two reset, feel things out, knuckle lock, and Despe rolls to top wristlock.

Despe shifts to a cording hold, but Sho rolls back to stand up. Despe wrenches to wristlock, then he arm-drags Sho down into the cording hold. Sho endures, even as Despe adds a chinbar. Sho fights up, Despe hammerlocks the arm and goes for the crossface. Sho fights that, so Despe headlocks. Despe hits the takeover, Sho headscissors and squeezes tight. Despe bridges back, headstands, then pushes down on Sho’s legs. Despe floats onto the headlock but Sho slips out the back. Sho has the arm, and he drags Despe in, SNAKEBITE! Despe fights up to get the KNEEBAR! Sho flails, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans applaud as Despe lets off.

Sho crawls to the corner and Despe waits on him. The fans rally, the two circle, and they feel things out again. Sho bends Despe’s fingers, then hammerlocks. Despe elbows Sho, switches the hammerlock onto him then spins him around to whip. Despe arm-drags Sho then runs him over! The fans fire up but Sho bails out of the ring. But he can’t go far with the cage all around! Despe storms up but Sho kicks him! Sho whips Despe into the cage! Despe staggers, Sho grins and whips the other way, only for Despe to reverse! Sho hits cage, staggers forward, and Despe back drops him on the floor! Sho writhes and the fans cheer!

Despe stalks Sho as he scurries, but then Sho slips around. Sho reaches out and Evil slips him the “Torture Tool” wrench through the bars! But Red Shoes is right on Sho to take that away! Despe whips Sho at the cage! Sho stops himself, then HIP TOSSES Despe into steel! Evil acts like he did nothing wrong but Yano is also on commentary and telling him off. Sho drags Despe up to whip him into the cage! Despe slumps down, but Sho stands him up, to whip him in again! Despe staggers and falls, and part of the cage swings open! Seems there was a second door! Sho keeps Despe from getting out, and sends him back into steel!

Sho grins as he stalks Despe, and he RIPS at Despe’s mask! Red Shoes reprimands, Sho lets off and stalks Despe around the way. Sho drags Despe up to GRIND his face against the cage! Evil applauds as Sho goes along the whole side! Sho throws Despe down, and a good part of Despe’s mask has been ripped away! Sho talks trash on Despe, then brings him up to ROCK him with a right! Sho DIGS Despe’s face into the cage again, then SCRAPES him along! Evil applauds but he’s the only one. Sho makes Despe suffer, then shoves him back down. Sho soaks up the heat before bringing Despe back into the ring.

Sho CHOKES Despe against ropes! Red Shoes reprimands, then counts, but Sho steps away at 4. Sho drags Despe back up, CLAWS at Despe’s exposed face, then lets off as Red Shoes counts. Sho not so subtly unties the blue buckle pad, and uses the strap to CHOKE Despe! Red Shoes counts, Sho lets go, and Evil says that’s genius! The fans rally for “DE-SU-PE!” but Sho talks more trash. Despe sits up, and Sho scuffs him. Sho taunts Despe, scuffs him again, but Despe grabs Sho’s foot. Despe CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Sho DECKS him with a right hand! Sho storms up to digs his boot into Despe’s face! Red Shoes reprimands and Sho steps off.

Sho eggs Despe on, so Despe stands to CHOP and CHOP! Sho fires another haymaker, but Despe HEADBUTTS! Despe runs, but into a kitchen sink knee! Despe falls, but Sho brings him up to whip to ropes, for another kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Despe stays in this, and goes to a corner, but Sho runs in to RAM him! Sho then hoists Despe up to stick him across the top rope. Sho runs in, TOP SHELF KNEE! Cover, TWO! Sho pulls on an arm and a leg! Despe endures, the fans rally, but Sho pulls harder! Despe still reaches out with his free arm, fights over with his free leg, and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer but Sho holds until Red Shoes counts 4.

Despe crawls to the apron but Sho grins as he runs up, to LARIAT Despe down! Despe falls on the apron then flops down to the floor. Sho wants a ring count, but this is a cage match, there’s no such thing. Sho says fine, and he goes out to fetch Despe. Sho whips Despe into the cage! Despe leans against the steel, and Sho grins as he brings Despe around to throw into more cage! Sho then SMACKS Despe off the steel, and runs him along the way, only for Despe to turn it around and send Sho into steel! The fans fire up and Despe RAMS Sho into steel! Then Despe throws Sho into the cage wall! Despe goes into the ring, builds speed, and DIVES! Both men hit the steel!!

The fans are thunderous and Despe roars as he rises up! Sho sputters while he’s slumped against the cage, but Despe drags him up. Despe whips Sho into the cage again! Sho falls, clutching an arm, but Despe gets him up and runs him hard into more steel! The fans fire up as Despe snarls and drags Sho up again. Despe still throws Sho into the cage! Despe then puts Sho in the ring, drags him up, and hits a BIG back suplex! Despe drags Sho right back up, for a BIG regular suplex! Despe then climbs up the corner, for a FROG SPLASH! But Despe’s own ribs make it hard to keep the cover. Despe drags Sho up, reels him in, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!

Sho survives but Despe just shakes his head. Despe staggers around, he drags Sho up, and he reels Sho in to tuck the arms. But Sho wrenches out to KNEE low and throw Despe down by his hair! Sho sputters, he goes back to the blue corner, and he finishes untying the pad. The Bullet Club Special is still possible in this cage, and as Despe runs in, TADA! Bare buckles! Sho whips Despe back into those bare buckles! Sho runs to SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! Despe survives and Sho is stunned! The fans rally for Despe but Sho calls his shot. Sho drags Despe up, but Despe fights the gut wrench! Despe CLUBS Sho’s legs, but Sho still tries to lift!

Sho KNEES Despe low, then whips him back to the bare buckles! Sho grins, but Despe comes back! Despe swings, but Sho gets around to POP UP and ARMBAR! Despe fights around, but ends up in SNAKEBITE!! Despe flails, reaches out, but he’s fading! Sho pulls harder on the hold, and Despe falls over! But then Despe gets a second wind! The fans rally as hard as they can, and Despe drags Sho over, but Sho just pulls harder on the hold! Despe tips over, but into the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes tells Sho to let go but he refuses! So Red Shoes pulls Sho’s hair to make him stop! Respect his authority, Sho!

Sho lets go and Red Shoes checks on Despe. Red Shoes keeps Sho back, and Despe raises a hand. Despe wags a finger, he isn’t done yet. Sho kicks Despe mockingly, toying with him. Sho stands on Despe’s head, then gives him another mocking kick. Despe slowly sits up and the fans rally up again. Despe looks up at Sho defiantly, and Sho gives him a kick. Despe stays up so Sho fires a forearm! Despe snarls as he stands, so Sho fires another forearm! Despe forearms back but Sho LARIATS! Sho is mad now! Sho gets Despe up to gut wrench, Canadian Rack, FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Despe survives and the fans fire up!

Sho is freaking out, slapping himself around. Sho pulls at his own hair in frustration, but he drags Despe back up. Sho reels Despe in, tucks the arms, but Despe slips out to wrench and OLYMPIC SLAM! The fans fire up while both men are down! Despe and Sho stir, and Sho crawls his way to ropes. Despe snarls as he rises at center, but Sho storms back over. Despe fires body shots, then a forearm! Sho fires off boxing elbows fast and furious! Sho ROCKS Despe, runs, but Despe DECKS him! Despe roars and the fans fire up with him! Despe underhooks, FACEBUSTER! And then the roll through, for PINCHE- NO, Sho fights it!

Sho shoves Despe into Red Shoes! Sho runs up, to SHOTGUN Red Shoes into the bare buckles! Despe slumps out of the ring, Sho storms over and “accidentally” drops an elbow on Red Shoes! Evil claims Sho is innocent, but here comes The House of Torture! The fans boo, so much for Sho doing this on his own! Sho drags Despe up as the fans tell all the others to go home, or at least go away. But Sho puts Despe against the cage, and Narita SMACKS Despe with a chair! But here comes Oleg! But Kanemaru CLOBBERS Oleg! Evil even hits Yano on commentary! Tanahashi and even Satoshi Kojima run out here, but The House goes after them, too!

The fans boo but The House starts throwing chairs into the ring for Sho to use! Evil pretends he sees nothing wrong with this. Sho grins stands Despe back up, talks trash on everyone, then brings Despe into the ring. Sho soaks up the heat, then talks more trash. But Despe has a chair! Despe HEADSHOTS Sho!! Sho flops into the ring and the fans are thunderous! Despe turns things around on The House as he puts Sho’s head on one chair, and grabs another! Evil can only freak out as Despe hits a HOMERUN!! Evil tries to climb into the cage?! Despe CHUCKS a chair at him and he falls right off! The others try, but Despe chucks more chairs!

The fans fire up as now Yano, Oleg and Tanahashi fight back, too! They all stomp the House, Kojima CLUBS Kanemaru, and Despe CHUCKS chairs as Narita tries to climb! Despe goes back to Sho while Tanahashi and team drag The House outta here! The fans cheer as justice is again served! Despe calls to Red Shoes and he slowly returns. Despe gets Sho up but Sho LOW BLOWS! The ref missed that by sheer luck! Sho pretends he got hit, too, and so now everyone’s down again! Sho can’t help but laugh, though, and he tells Red shoes to get up. Sho hobbles over to Despe, drags him up, and reels him in to pump handle!

But Despe Alabama Lifts! And then he tucks Sho in, BASTARD DRIVER!! The fans are thunderous as Despe gets Sho up, underhooks, and JAY DRILLER!! And then the PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, DESPE WINS!!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion)

The Murder Machine couldn’t win it on his own, and that is why he lost it all tonight! Will it ever sink in that crime doesn’t pay?

As for Desperado, he now has trophy and championship belt to hold! Despe makes sure “the trash” is taken out of the ring first, then he gets the mic. The fans cheer “DESPE! DESPE!” as he gets the spotlight on him. Despe takes a moment, and then says, “Ah… that hurt. Thank you.” The fans cheer, and Despe continues by saying that there are all different types of wrestlers, and that’s what makes pro-wrestling so interesting. But even knowing that, it’s exhausting having to go this far. Why the heck are they opening the cage up? It took a lot to put it together in the first place, not that Despe really knows about that.

Despe won’t say this was fun, it’s not really his style, and his whole body hurts. He probably won’t do this kinda thing ever again. But he does want to get to his next challenger. The fans are shocked he’s doing this so soon! And then Despe calls out DOUKI! Despe tells Douki to come on out here, they don’t need to make a mess with the cage coming down just yet. The fans cheer for “DOUKI! DOUKI!” Despe waits, but he starts to wonder if Douki left already. Despe figured he’d give the guy he fought in the BOSJ semifinals, a guy who’s like a brother to him, a shot. But then, while he was home, he was kind alike, “Nah, maybe I’ll go with another guy.”

But wait! Here comes Douki! The fans cheer as Japones Del Mal heads into the ring. And Despe already knows what Douki must be thinking. Why’s he giving the shot to a guy he already beat? Is it because it’ll be an easy defense? Despe says the BOSJ was the BOSJ, and this cage match was this cage match. Whether the energy is flowing or not, a true IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match is different. Despe is sure Douki has what it takes. Despe knows Douki got cheated by Sho, so this will be different, too. So what does Douki say? Is he up for the challenge? The fans like the sound of that!

Despe keeps explaining that people might be thinking this is because of their past friendship, and maybe it is. After all, even though Despe is older, Douki helped him out a lot while they were in Mexico. This is Despe returning the favor. A chance like this doesn’t come along all the time, but don’t think of this as a handout. Despe just wants Douki to see for himself that he can do this. But if he doesn’t think he can, then Douki can walk away. The fans tell Douki to go for it! Douki steps inside! The fans fire up as Douki is face to face with Despe! Despe says he doesn’t know when or where this’ll happen, but when it does, it’ll be Despe VS Douki.

The fans cheer, Douki nods, and the fans even cheer Douki on. Despe lets Douki have the mic, and he says there was no way he was saying no with Despe asking him like that! Douki then says Despe better do everything he can to keep that belt. Despe tells Douki not to be so cocky. The Rogue Luchador grins as his old amigo heads back out. And then he grumbles that Douki shouldn’t have given him the mic back, now he has to wrap this up! And then he says, “That’s just how it is!” Despe drops the mic and the streamers fly! We have our next title match on the books, when and where will these former Suzuki-Gun soldiers do battle as rivals?


My Thoughts:

A great New Japan Soul, full of so much meaningful stuff for being the start to a short tour. A little surprised Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg won the NEVER titles back already, but I do appreciate NJPW isn’t afraid to hot potato their titles around. And I really do think there should be a tiebreaker coming, maybe with a heightened stipulation like Elimination or Best 2 Outta 3 Falls. Great Junior Heavyweight Tag title match, and TMDK came so close, but I should’ve figured The War Dogs would win out. And very good field for the G1 this year. I’m a little surprised so many people are in the qualifiers, but that should make it really wild stuff. I’d love if TJP got in for B Block.

Takagi VS Henare was an awesome rematch, and Henare winning was quite the surprise. Takagi’s not just in the G1, but he’s gonna be in AEW’s Owen Hart Cup, so I thought he’d bring that along. But maybe since Takagi isn’t likely to win the Owen Hart Cup, NJPW doesn’t want anyone getting a win over one of their midcard champions. Great return match for Sanada, but I suppose Finlay was going to retain either way. Finlay already felt the shame of losing this title once this year, he wasn’t gonna do it again.

And great stuff in the main event. I just knew The House of Torture would show up despite the cage, but then great of Tanahashi and friends to stop them. Desperado winning was the right choice and certainly great for him. Desperado naming Douki as his next challenger is really cool stuff, and Douki is definitely going to have a great showing. I still think Despe retains, but Douki is slowly rising up the ranks. If all things go well, Douki can definitely find himself as champion within the next year.

My Score: 9/10


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