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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (4/26/22)

Time to settle some scores!

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Lyons, Legado and Solo, oh my!

Before NXT Spring Breakin’, there’s some business to take care of! Will Nikkita Lyons shut Lash Legend up once and for all before going after Natalya?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Nikkita Lyons VS Lash Legend; Lyons wins.
  • Tony D’Angelo VS Xyon Quinn Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Wagner wins.
  • Nathan Frazer VS Guru Raaj; No Contest.
  • Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz; Carter & Chance win.
  • Six Mixed Tag: Legado del Fantasma VS Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley; changed to…
  • 3v2 Mixed Handicap: Legado del Fantasma VS Josh Briggs & Fallon Henley; Legado wins.
  • Solo Sikoa VS Trick Williams w/ Carmelo Hayes; Solo wins.
  • The Viking Raiders VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe; The Viking Raiders win.
  • Mandy Rose w/ Toxic Attraction VS Roxanne Perez; Mandy wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Nikkita Lyons VS Lash Legend!

The ladies start it off as they look to put this to rest! Lyons was the target of Lash lashing out, but she’s gonna hit right back! Will Lyons get another big win on her rise to the top? Or will Lash prove there’s only one legend in the making around here?

Lash doesn’t even wait for the bell! As soon as she’s in the ring, she rushes Lyons! But Lyons is ready and the brawl is on! The ref has the bell rings, Lash whips but Lyons dodges to kick and kick and KICK! Lyons waistlocks but Lash elbows free, only to get a HEEL KCIK! Things speed up, Lash CLOBBERS Lyons with an elbow! Lash talks trash, runs, but Lyons is ready and sidesteps. She dodges Lash again, but Lash ducks the leap. Lyons still comes back for a THESZ PRESS! Lyons rain down fists, Lash tries but can’t get her away! They scrap all the way to ropes, and the ref calls for the break.

Lyons lets off, but Lash TOSSES Lyons out! Lyons hits the floor hard, and Lash mockingly asks if she’s okay. Lyons gets up and on the apron, Lash back body blocks her back down! Lash soaks up the heat, goes out to bring Lyons up and says she’ll never be as good as her. Lash then RAMS Lyons into steel steps! Lash lounges on the apron as she drags Lyons up by her hair. The ref counts, Lash gets in at 6 of 10, but then Lyons HOTSHOTS her back! Fans fire up and Lyons gets in, only for Lash to trip her! Lash gives back that ground ‘n’ pound, then throws in knees! Lash tosses her hair while fans chant, “You Suck!”

Lash mounts, Lyons sunset flips! TWO, but Lash HIP ATTACKS Lyons down. Fans fire up for Lyons but Lash bumps her off buckles. Lash then scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Lash grows frustrated but she sits Lyons up and traps the arms. Lash has a neck wrench but Lyons endures. Fans rally, Lyons fights to get an arm free but Lash knees her in the back. Lash keeps on the neck wrench but Lyons fights up and arm-drags free! Lash comes back, but Lyons blocks the boot! Lyons fights up, throws the foot down but Lash elbows her. Lyons KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Lyons throws knees, then snap suplexes Lash down!

Lyons roars, she waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Lash flounders but Lyons CLUBS her to a corner. Lyons runs in to forearm smash! Lyons fires off more shots, the ref counts, but Lyons climbs up to CLUB Lash more. Lash turns that around into a POWER- NO! Lyons RANAS Lash away! RUNNING GAMANGIRI! Cover, Lyons wins!

Winner: Nikkita Lyons, by pinfall

But then NATALYA attacks Lyons! She and Lash stomp Lyons down, both of them against Lyons taking their spotlight! But then CORA JADE appears! She SMACKS Lash with her skateboard! Natty keeps on Lyons, Cora talks trash to Lash, but then Cora turns around to see Natty. Cora swings, misses, and Natty trips her! But Lyons BOOTS Natty down! Lyons helps Cora up and they stare Lash and Natty down. Will Legend and the BOAT have to admit they’re not the alphas anymore?

 

Tony D’Angelo walks around backstage.

He spots the cameras and tells us paizons that he was supposed to face “Run it straight” Xyon, but he’s got a hangnail, or stomach ache, or whatever excuse. Doesn’t matter. Now Tony D’s facing the “silver tongued” Von Wagner. All Tony knows is, after getting through with Mr. Excitement, he’ll be sleeping with the fishes. Escobar knows what that’s like, right? The Don is very confident, but will he enter Wagner’s World?

 

Diamond Mine meets in the dojo.

Roderick Strong is disappointed. They have to be realistic about this. Recently, they’ve been struggling, and that is something he will not tolerate. This group is too good to crumble like his last group did. Julius and Brutus missed the NXT Tag Team Championships twice, yet they’re sitting around like they’ve made it to the mountaintop! And Ivy, she is dominant but- Brutus speaks up. They didn’t get pinned at Stand & Deliver, and they defeated three of the teams in the Tag Gauntlet. It was those scumbags, Pretty Deadly, who robbed them. Well good for them. But the only thing Strong hears is excuses! If you have to beat four, you gotta do it! Be ready for anyone at any time!

So next week, Strong set up a big time tag team match for next week with former world tag team champions and no strangers to NXT! Okay, who is it? Bivens wants to know, too, since Strong did this without telling him. Oh, it’s a good thing they asked, because they just arrived. It’s the VIKING RAIDERS! Erik & Ivar are ready, will the Creeds be?

 

Tony D’Angelo VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!

The Don says he runs NXT but Robert Stone claims this is Wagner’s World. Who will back up their words with actions? And who will have to eat their words through a straw?

The bell rings and the two circle. Tony and Von tie up, Von shoves Tony away and then gloats. Tony smiles and tie sup with Von again. Von powers Tony to a corner and bumps him off the buckles, then backs off to talk trash. Tony keeps his cool with another smile, and they go again. Tony gets around and he shoves Von! Then he SLAPS him! Tony says this is his ring! They circle, go again, Tony waistlocks but can’t lift. Von breaks free and smirks while Tony gets annoyed. Tony and Von go again, Von waistlocks to SLAM Tony down! Von says this is his ring and his world, but Tony resets with him again.

Tony gets a leg, Von gets to ropes! Von shoves Tony away but Tony comes back for the leg. Von CLUBS away on Tony, then put shim in a corner to RAM his shoulder in again and again! Von shoves Tony around, fans rally and duel. Von whips and CLOBBERS Tony, then stalks him to a corner. Von brings Tony around but Tony fires haymakers! Von scoops, Tony slips off to fire off more shots! Von knees low, CLUBS Tony on the back, then CLUBS him again. Von whips Tony to ropes, Tony ducks and dodges to kick and reel Von in. Von blocks the suplex, throws haymakers, then puts Tony on the ropes to choke him!

The ref counts, Von lets off at 4 and Tony sputters. Von stalks Tony again, brings him up and around to whip to ropes. Tony ducks and dodges again, then suckers Von into a drop toehold! Tony BOOTS Von out of the ring! Stone tries to keep Von calm but Von runs into the ring and into an atomic drop! Tony then clotheslines Von right back out! Von tumbles to the ramp and Tony pursues, but Von drags him out to RAM him into the apron! And then APRON BACK SUPLEX! Stone is fired up as NXT goes picture in picture.

Von snarls, the ring count climbs, and Von gets back in. Von headbutts Tony down, drops an elbow, then repeats. Tony flounders to ropes, Von brings him up and puts him in the corner. Von whips Tony hard into the corner to clothesline! Von whips Tony the other way, another clotheslines! And then a short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Von keeps on Tony with a chinlock. Tony endures as Von grinds him down and leans on the hold. Tony fights up, fans rally, and Tony throws body shots. Von shoves Tony, but Tony sunset flips! TWO, and Tony dodges a lariat, only for Von to scoop and FALL AWAY SLAM!

Von snarls again while Tony writhes on the mat. Von stomps Tony at the ropes, then drags him up for a snapmare. Von CLUBS Tony in the back and wraps the chinlock back on. Tony endures, fights up and throws elbows, then he throws haymakers. Von reverses the whip, Tony ducks and dodges, into a KNEE! Cover, TWO! Von grows frustrated but he sets Tony down to drop an ax handle! Then it’s right back to the chinlock. Tony endures all over again, fights back up, and JAWBREAKERS free! Tony gets to a corner, Von storms over but Tony kicks and fires off haymakers! Von CLUBS Tony back down, and it’s back to the chinlock!

Von thrashes Tony around and NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally and duel as Tony fights up yet again. Tony throws more elbows, then he backs Von into a corner. Tony gets free, he elbows Von again. Tony runs, but Von scoops for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Von grows frustrated but he waits on Tony to get up. Fans rally, Von drags Tony into a fireman’s carry. Tony elbows free and shoves Von, to then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Von flounders up and rushes Tony, but Tony ducks the lariat to Belly2Belly again! Stone stresses but Von throws haymakers. Tony gives them back and fans rally and duel as they go back and forth!

Tony gets the edge, but Von shoves. Tony rushes in to TACKLE Von! Tony rains down fists, Von shoves him away. Tony gives Von some body shots, then hits an EXPLODER! Fans fire up and Tony gets back up. Tony runs but into a LARIAT! Von says he’ll end this, and he brings Tony back up. Fireman’s carry, but Tony slips off! But Von fights the fisherman, only for Tony to ROCK him! Tony storms after Von but Von dumps him out! Tony tumbles off the apron, but then Legado shows up! Wilde & Del Toro/Mendoza are still upset about the thing with the fish, but Tony’s Wise Guys show up to get in their face!

But wait! Escobar CLOBBERS Tony with a crowbar to the leg!! The ref missed all of that and now the ring count is climbing! Stone tells Tony to just stay down! Tony tries to get up, the ref keeps counting! It’s 8 of 10, but Tony shoots in at 9! Only for Von to BOOT him down! Cover, Von wins!

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

Give a huge assist to Legado for their distraction and drive-by assault! Will The Don have a response when Legado is in their match tonight?

 

Persia & Indi welcome Roxanne Perez.

They want her to know she was amazing last week in her debut, taking down one of the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. She thanks them and it means a lot coming from them. Was she nervous? Oh, so nervous. But then Toxic Attraction come walking in, and Jacy Jayne says it smells like trash in here. It’s Roxie. Mandy says Roxie got lucky, don’t go putting her in the Hall of Fame. And the only reason Roxie won was cuz “Pajama Dork” destroyed the Toxic Lounge. Uh, a win is a win, isn’t it? Okay, honey, Mandy will tell you right now, time to wake up from this dream you’re living. Gigi says it’s a snore.,

Well Roxie will prove it isn’t a fluke! Oh, so now she’s ready? Mandy knows what Roxie’s up to. She wants her chance at THE NXT Women’s Champion. Well she will teach Roxie the difference between someone who is champion and someone who dreams of becoming one. Toxic Attraction heads out, but Persia & Indi assure Roxie that she’s got this. Will Roxie prove to everyone, especially Mandy, that dreams do come true?

 

Briggs, Brooks ‘n’ Fallon talk backstage.

They’re all fired up, ready to finally beat the hell outta Legado! It ain’t just the boys, Fallon has been waiting for this! She is tired of Lopez, of Legado, and it is time to take care o’ business! And oh she cannot wait to punch Lopez right in her mouth! Brooks is ready to stick his Alabama boot right up some- Oh, hello. Sophia Cromwell walks by and Brooks takes off his hat to be a gentleman. She rolls her eyes, and Briggs wants Brooks to focus. Not on her, on the match! Right, sorry! Head in the fight! They’re fired up again, but will Brooks stay on target against Legado?

 

BREAKING for Spring Breakin’!

After that throw down after Lyons VS Lash, we have a tag match! Lash & Natty VS Cora & Lyons! Will we see the Queen of Harts change the future? Or will this new wave sink the BOAT?

 

Andre Chase & Bodhi Hayward join the student section.

Chase U is ready to watch and take notes of this next match!

Nathan Frazer VS ???

The British Prodigy moves over from NXT UK to see how much higher he can fly. But will he be like Icarus and fly too close to the sun? Or can he maintain altitude and soar towards title contention?

Wait, Frazer’s opponent, Guru Raaj, is attacked by Grayson Waller! Waller takes a mic and gets in the ring to tell the “little English flop” that no one cares about him! If Frazer and his Wonka haircut take one more step, this is gonna get embarrassing. This is Waller’s NXT! He doesn’t need Sanga! He does what he wants, when he wants! Fans chant, “Grayson Sucks!” but Waller sees Chase U mouthing off. He didn’t forget them interrupting! Here’s a joke for ya: Chase U is a scam! Waller went to a Chase U tailgate, and their sorority sisters are more like refrigerators! Look at those chairs struggling!

Chase wants some? Then jump the barrier! He can take them both! But when Chase and Bodhi do jump over, Waller backs up. Only to turn around into Frazer’s MISSILE DROPKICK! Frazer rallies on Waller, then dropkicks Waller out of the ring! Frazer builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Waller is sent tumbling up the ramp! Frazer dares Waller to get up, and Chase says that was a TEACHABLE MOMENT! Frazer high-fives Bodhi and shakes Chase’s hand. Will Waller learn to think before he speaks?

No Contest

 

NXT announces the inaugural Women’s Breakout Tournament!

And among this field, Arianna Grace makes her NXT debut. A former beauty pageant queen who has trained in boxing and MMA her entire life. She’s ready to kick some ass and take some chances. She’ll do just that in this tournament! Will Arianna win with grace in her NXT in-ring debut?

 

Backstage interview with Tiffany Stratton.

McKenzie asks her about her win over Sarray, but Stratton says this is her time. She knows everyone saw her win over that “little cheater,” but did anyone see Sarray pull Stratton’s hair three times? What is with that? Waller storms in and grumbles about Frazer embarrassing him. He then apologizes to Stratton for invading her time. But who even is Nathan Frazer? Stratton says Frazer looks homeless, his hair looks like straw, and he has a terrible accent! Waller says he does! Waller can’t stand accents! Uh, Waller has- Stratton says they’re talking. McKenzie is the worst. She IS! Finally, someone with smarts and class!

What Waller was gonna says is that if Frazer were to make his debut, he can do it against Waller. Then Frazer’s career ends before it begins. Stratton loves that. And then OMG, idea! They can get Frazer soap! Good idea! The UK smells. But Stratton smells amazing. Those two go off together, McKenzie gets a headache, but will Waller end up the victim of his own ego?

 

Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz!

Kacy Catanzaro by any other name is still just as agile, but will KC Squared finally gain some ground in the NXT Women’s Tag Division?

NXT returns, Leon & Feroz have made their entrances, and the teams sort out. Kayden starts with Leon and they circle. They approach, Kayden bypasses to send Leon at ropes, but Leon handsprings over her. Fans cheer as Leon shakes the hips. Kayden says alright, and they go again. Kayden waistlocks, trips Leon and then walks all over her to shake her hips! Leon says no no, but Kayden sidesteps again. Hip toss but Leon handsprings and dropkicks! Tag to Feroz, Leon gives her a boost to RANA Kayden out! Feroz does her own dance while KC Squared regroups. Kayden eggs Feroz on, Feroz chases her outside, then inside.

Kayden springboards to stomp Feroz down! Kayden shows her own shoulder shimmy off, then tags in Chance. Kayden runs while Chance holds Feroz in place for the dropkick! Feroz is down, Chance TWISTING SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for “KA-TA-NA!” as she brings Feroz up. Feroz uses sayanagis to throw Chance around, but Chance whips her away. Feroz dodges, avoids the dropkick, then gets an arm! Chance powers from armbar to high stack, TWO! Chance kicks low, whips, but Feroz reverses. Chance goes up but Feroz catches the legs. Feroz throws Chance but Kayden catches her!

Kayden throws Chance back in, she CROSSBODIES Feroz! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Chance drags Feroz to tag Kayden. KC Squared double whip, they have Feroz on the ropes for DOUBLE BOOTS! Kayden hurries to cover, TWO! Kayden hammerlocks and reels Feroz in. Feroz endures as Kayden gets the other arm and bends it back. Kayden rolls Feroz to a cover, TWO! Kayden keeps on Feroz but Feroz throws body shots. Kayden keeps Feroz from Leon and fireman’s carries. Tag to Chance, Feroz sunsets but it won’t count! SLINGSHOT SENTON! Cover, TWO! Chance drags Feroz up and wraps on a grounded cobra twist.

Fans rally and duel as Feroz endures. Feroz fights up, throws body shots, and hip tosses Chance away! Chance comes back into a BOOT! Feroz elbows Kayden, dodges Chance, hot tags to Leon and Kayden! Leon rushes in and rallies with lariats! Leon A-LIST LARIATS Kayden in a corner, then goes up top! BIG missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Leon keeps on Kayden with a scoop. Feroz tags in, Leon SLAMS Kayden down and then scoops Feroz! Trophy lift SPLASH! Cover, Chance breaks it! Leon goes after Chance but gets thrown out! Feroz talks trash on Chance but Kayden rolls her! TWO, and Feroz grabs a leg!

Kayden ROCKS Feroz but Leon trips Chance up! Feroz tilt-o-whirls, IRON OCTOPUS! Kayden endures, reaches out, but Feroz tilt-o-whirls to headscissor her into the corner! Tag to Leon, Feroz snapamres Kayden and Leon LIONSAULTS! But she FLOPS as Kayden moves! Leon crawls back for her corner, tag back to Feroz! Feroz whips Kayden, Kayden holds ropes, Chance tags in! Chance ROCKS Feroz into a table top! Chance goes up top, Kayden drags Feroz up, HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, KC Squared wins!

Winners: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance, by pinfall

The 450 Neckbreaker Splash wins another one! But will KC Squared keep climbing to become NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions?

 

Something happened backstage!

Someone attacked Brooks and hurt his hand! Brooks doesn’t know who did it, but it has to be Legado! Brooks wants to still compete but medics say there’s no way. Briggs says Legado ain’t leaving them much choice. He and Fallon storm off, what’s going to happen now?

 

Kay Lee Ray speaks.

“It’s been eight months since the voyage began. But do you know who I really am? A fighter? Yes. A warrior? Yes. A champion? But what do you know about me? To understand me now, I have to resurrect my past.” KLR sparks her bat and starts a fire. Fire represents life, and a rebirth. She is bringing back where she came from. She is now Alba Fyre! Will Fyre blaze a new trail to the top?

 

3v2 Mixed Handicap: Legado del Fantasma VS Josh Briggs & Fallon Henley!

Even without Brooks Jensen, this fight is still on! Will Elektra Lopez, Joaquin Wilde & Cruz Del Toro have victory assured? Or will Brooks be avenged by his best friends?

There’s no waiting for the bell here, either! Briggs CLOBBERS Del Toro, Fallon fires off on Lopez, then Briggs brawls with Wilde! Briggs fires off on both guys, Lopez bails out, but Briggs shoves Del Toro and Wilde out of the ring! Fans duel, the teams regroup, and Lopez gets back in. The bell rings and the ladies fire off haymakers! Lopez shoves then kicks Fallon, then brings her around to scoop and SLAM! Lopez drops an elbow but misses, Fallon dropkicks Lopez! Wilde tags in, Briggs rushes in to DECK him! Briggs grabs Del Toro for a hip toss BACKBREAKER! Then Briggs suplex TOSSES Wilde at Del Toro!

Fans fire up, Briggs and Lopez stare down and shout things, but Fallon gets in to ENZIGURI Lopez! Legado ends up on the ropes, Fallon and Briggs run to DOUBLE DECK them! Fans fire up with Fallon and Briggs, and Briggs gets in to storm up on Wilde. Wilde wants mercy, they didn’t attack Brooks! But Del Toro LEAPS in, only for Briggs to catch him! Wilde CHOP BLOCKS Briggs’ leg and Del Toro falls on him! Wilde stomps away on Briggs’ leg, then YANKS it. Wilde gloats, then he stomps Briggs’ leg. Robert Stone appears by commentary to let us know that Ikemen Jiro had wandering eyes for Sophia, Brooks had ’em, too. Do the math. VON attacked Brooks?!

Wilde drags Briggs over, tags Del Toro, Legado coordinates for a slingshot senton knee jammer! Then basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Del Toro stomps Briggs to the corner, then runs in to clothesline and tag! Wilde runs to clothesline and tag! Del Toro clotheslines and tags! Wilde clotheslines and tags! Del Toro runs in to GAMANGIRI! Wilde tags in, Legado brings Briggs up for a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Then Electric Chair SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Briggs is still in this but Wilde drags him up. Fans rally and duel, Wilde KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Briggs! Briggs drops to his knee, Wilde grabs the leg and tags Del Toro.

But Briggs BOOTS Wilde into the post! Then he FLAPJACKS Del Toro and DECKS him! Hot tags to Lopez and Fallon! Fallon uses Briggs as a step to LAUNCH at Lopez! Fans fire up with Fallon as she fires off on Lopez! Fallon dodges to CLOBBER Lopez! And LARIAT! And CALF KICK! Cover, TWO! Fallon drags Lopez from her corner but Lopez KICKS Her away! Tag back to Wilde, Briggs gets in but into a dropkick! Briggs still runs Wilde over! And BOOTS Del Toro! Sidewalk SLAM and SPLASH for Wilde! Cover but Lopez breaks it! Fallon THESZ PRESSES Lopez! They scrap out of the ring, Lopez RAMS Fallon into barriers!

Lopez and Fallon brawl to the back! Briggs catches Wilde to TOSS him! Wilde BOOTS Briggs, Del Toro tags in! Tight rope MISSILE DROPKICK! Wilde tilt-o-whirls into position, GAMANGIRI LEG SWEEP! Cover, Legado wins!

Winners: Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall

They gave Wagner his win, Wagner gave them theirs! Will Brooks’ hand heal up so that he and Briggs can get them all back for this?

 

Backstage interview with Natalya & Lash Legend.

They’re facing Cora and Lyons next week, and Natty says it is a shame that Cora is so young and immature that she didn’t get the message. Cora and her stupid little skateboard. How fitting that next week is Spring Breakin’. Natty will break Cora’s legs and put the entire locker room on notice. Though, there is one woman that Natty noticed, and that is Lash Legend. Lash says she is teaming with a LEGEND, the BOAT! Lyons, this ain’t over. Not by a long shot. They’ll see how flexible Lyons really is. And then, Lash takes this momentum into the Women’s Breakout Tournament. But first thing’s first, this team is getting that Dub.

 

NXT hears from another Women’s Breakout Tournament entry.

This is Kiana James, and she promises to bring sophistication to the tournament. She calculated the odds, and she says it will work out in her favor. Successful women know their worth and clout, and she has both in spades. In the corporate world and in the ring, she is relentless. So prepare to name her your next Breakout Star.

 

Cameron Grimes heads to the ring!

The NXT North American Champion is here because he’s joining commentary for this next match and its huge title match implications.

Solo Sikoa VS Trick Williams w/ Carmelo Hayes!

The Street Champion of the Island got some payback on Trick ‘n’ Melo last week, and though he was willing to wait, management said he should get in on that North American title match! Will Solo #WhoopThatTrick as an example of what’s coming for both Melo and Grimes? Or can Trick soften up Solo for Melo to pick the bones?

NXT returns with Solo already in the ring, and Trick making his entrance. The bell rings and Solo circles with Trick. They approach but Trick dodges Solo. They tie up after all, Solo wrenches to a wristlock but Trick flips and kicks free. Trick talks trash, YANKS the arm, then YANKS it again. Trick wrenches, hammerlocks and RAMS Solo into a corner! Solo snarls but Trick wrenches, hammerlocks and RAMS him in again! Trick gets a third one of those, and he is talking more trash as he hits a fourth! Trick clamps onto the arm and grinds the shoulder. Solo endures, fans rally, but Trick has the hammerlock again.

Solo fights and snapmares Trick away, then things speed up. Solo runs Trick over! Fans fire up, Solo runs Trick over again! Solo scoops and SLAMS Trick, then wants him to get back up! Solo drags Trick up, YANKS the arm, then wrenches to YANK it again. Solo wrenches and RAMS the arm, YANKS the arm, then CHOPS! Solo wrenches, clamps onto the arm in return, but Melo coaches Trick. Trick whips but Solo reverses. Trick KICKS Solo, then LEG LARIATS! Fans rally but Trick stomps away on Solo! Trick drags Solo back up, scoops and SLAMS him, then looms over him. Trick brings Solo back up, whips, and dropkicks!

Melo flexes while Trick talks more trash. Fans rally and duel, Trick hits a RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Trick snarls, he clamps onto Solo’s bad arm again, but Solo endures. Fans rally and duel, Solo fights up and he powers Trick to ropes. Solo whips but Trick kicks! Solo just fires up and eggs Trick on! Solo then catches the leg lariat for a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up and Solo fires off haymakers on Trick! Solo KICKS Trick then DECKS him with an uppercut! Solo starts rallying and Trick gets to a corner. Solo runs in to SPLASH! Solo whips corner to corner and hits another SPLASH! Solo fireman’s carries to SAMOAN DROP!

Solo goes up top and fans fire up! FLYING SPLASH!! Cover, Solo wins!

Winner: Solo Sikoa, by pinfall

Grimes says that was impressive, but Melo says it won’t happen like that. Grimes gets in the ring to congratulate Solo, but Melo gets in to shove Solo aside and get in Grimes’ face! But then Solo rushes in, Melo moves and the SUPERKICK takes out Grimes! Melo realizes how close that one came! Will the Street Champion become North American Champion? Will Grimes keep on going #ToTheMoon? Or will Melo return to being the A Champion once again?

 

Malik Blade and Edris Enofe talk backstage.

Why is Malik all nervous? Edris ain’t? This is a big opportunity! They’re going up against The Viking Raiders! Enofe says those guys may be big, but they’ve got this. Is he sure? Yes, they’ve got this! Look at the mirror. Enofe sees a man with heart, with speed, and with power. Enofe sees a badass who ain’t afraid of nobody! Really? He sees all that in Malik? Well it doesn’t matter what Enofe thinks, it matters what Malik believes! And Malik, you can see that, too. Malik sees a man with speed, heart and power! A badass who ain’t afraid! Get louder! Speed! Power! More energy! Okay! SPEED! POWER! HEART! MALIK THE FREAK! Enofe has Malik all fired up, but will they be ready for the raid?

 

Legado regroups backstage.

Two weeks in a row, they win! Tonight was another dominant victory for la familia! Lopez told Fallon not to mess with La Madrina. Escobar says Tony D said he knew nothing about those goons, but they just proved Tony is a lowlife liar! And he got a taste of his own medicine. No one, and he means no one, threatens Santos Escobar. They got Tony’s message last week. But it’s eye for an eye. Tony just got Escobar’s message. Time to celebrate. But will Tony ruin the fiesta soon enough?

 

The Viking Raiders VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

Erik & Ivar were NXT Tag Team Champions once upon a time. They’ve also been Raw Tag Team Champions, and much more than that. Will they bring the raid back to NXT? Or can the Dusty Rhodes Classic bracket busters recapture that upset magic?

The teams sort out, Malik starts with Ivar, and he runs in, only to get run over! Ivar roars, but Malik tags out to Enofe. Fans chant “Welcome Home!” as Erik tags in. Erik and Enofe tie up, end up in a corner, and Erik lets off to growl right in Enofe’s face. Enofe runs in but gest thrown down! Erik clamps onto an arm, Enofe fights up, but Erik whips him. Enofe leaps up to stand on Eirk, then he hops down to dropkick! Enofe puts Erik in the corner, tag to Malik, drop toehold leads to knee lift and back elbow! Cover, TWO! Malik wrenches Erik’s arm and Enofe tags back in. Enofe goes up to drop an ax handle!

Erik goes to an open corner, Enofe whips him corner to corner but Erik reverses. Enofe goes up and over and rolls, only for Erik to CLOBBER him! Fans fire up and Erik tags Ivar back in. The Viking Raiders drag Enofe up to HAMMER away! They let off as the ref counts, and fans fire up for the War Beard. Ivar TOSSES Enofe to a corner, then throws back elbow after back elbow! The ref counts, Ivar lets off at 4 and Enofe flounders around. Ivar brings Enofe up, tags in Erik, and Erik brings Enofe out. Enofe throws body shots, but Erik KNEES him right down! Cover, TWO!! Enofe survives but he’s in a daze as Erik glares at him.

Erik hauls Enofe up, clamps onto the arm, and fans rally up. Malik calls to Enofe, but Erik keeps Enofe away. Enofe throws body shots, but Erik whips him into the corner. Erik run sin but his knees are sent into buckles! Ivar tags in to get Enofe for a back suplex! Enofe lands on his feet, dodges Ivar, hot tag to Malik! Malik springboards to AX HANDLE! Ivar stays up so Malik runs and builds speed to forearm! Ivar stay sup but Malik dropkicks! Ivar is still  up so Malik LARIATS him against ropes! Malik goes up, Enofe tags in, and Malik CROSSBODIES, but Ivar catches him! Enofe CROSSBODIES to topple Ivar! Cover, TWO!!

Enofe is surprised but Malik keeps the focus. They regroup, Malik tags back in, and Malik whips Enofe in, into a SEATED SENTON! Ivar then back drops Malik! Tag to Erik, he gets Enofe for a full nelson KNEE! Tag back to Ivar, they get Malik up for a DOUBLE POWERBOMB!! Ivar high stacks, the Viking Raiders win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

Erik & Ivar are back on the warpath! But they do show respect to this young team. However, Julius & Brutus appear. The Creeds are going to face the Viking Raiders for Spring Breakin’, will Diamond Mine hold strong?

 

NXT hears from Wes Lee.

“It was a six month journey to get back to those NXT Tag Team titles. Winning the championships, there is no greater feeling. Losing a championship sucks, but hey. That team, or that guy, was better that day. You’ll get it back. But when a championship is taken from you, where you didn’t lose it but it was taken from you, anger is created.” Wes can’t forget his past, but the future holds a lot of new challenges, new risks, and he can only rely on himself now. He has two ways he can go about it: bitch and complain and say it’s not fair; or he can knuckle up and make the waves he’s destined to. Will Wes Lee be refreshed in this new chapter of his career?

 

Backstage interview with Tony D’Angelo.

McKenzie asks him about Escobar’s message. Tony tells Escobar that he should’ve smartened up enough already. Tony is the Don, and the Don makes threats, not Escobar! Now Escobar thinks he’s all tough running with a crew. But Tony made some calls, and now HE has a crew. He introduces us to Troy “Two Dimes” Donovan, and Channing Lorenzo, AKA “Stacks.” Tony says Escobar may be a stunad, but even he knows mixing it up with Tony D is bad for your health. So Tony wants an official sit-down meeting with Escobar for Spring Breakin’. They need to do this man to man before Tony takes this into his own hands. Because if he does, Escobar won’t like it.

 

Mandy Rose w/ Toxic Attraction VS Roxanne Perez!

The “measuring stick” of the NXT Women’s Division tried to hold the new girl down, but they ended up feeling a little karma when Wendy Choo trashed their hangout and Roxie got her first win in NXT. But THE NXT Women’s Champion says the fun stops here and the dream becomes a nightmare. Will the Toxic Goddess ruin Roxie’s run? Or will Mandy only help Roxie level up?

The bell rings and Mandy circles with Roxie. They tie up, fans rally and duel, and Mandy puts Roxie on ropes. The ref counts, Mandy lets off, but then she picks Roxie up to put her on the top rope. Mandy says Roxie’s so cute, then she yanks Roxie down just to shove her down! Roxie storms up on Mandy but Mandy uses ropes as defense. They reset, Roxie shoots in and waistlocks. Mandy pries free, wrenches, wristlocks, then YANKS the arm. Mandy wristlocks more, Roxie rolls, but Mandy wrenches again. Mandy wrangles Roxie to the mat, but Roxie kips up. Mandy wrenches again, Roxie rolls again, and then Roxie goes up to victory roll! TWO!

Mandy hurries up, but Roxie arm-drags her around! Roxie rolls to doge, then rolls back to SWINGING HEADSCISSOR ROLL-UP! TWO, and Mandy ROCKS Roxie! Mandy grabs Roxie’s arm but Roxie drops to victory roll! TWO, and Roxie hurries to ghost pin! TWO, Mandy knees Roxie low. Mandy talks trash to Roxie’s face, pokes her in the head, but Roxie BITSE that finger! The ref counts, Roxie lets off, and Mandy says that Roxie chipped her nail! Roxie rolls Mandy up, TWO! Roxie runs in but into a kick! Mandy tosses Roxie out of the ring! Mandy then goes out after Roxie to bring her up.

Roxie elbows back, grabs the hand, and brings it to the steel steps. Roxie SLAMS that hand on the steel, then shrugs and slips into the ring. Mandy says her finger is damaged, but it’s really just the nail again. Toxic Attraction fans Mandy and checks her nails while NXT goes to picture in picture.

Roxie waits on Mandy and the ring count climbs. Mandy wants the ref to check her finger, but then Roxie grabs that hand to KICK it! Gigi & Jacy complain but the ring count restarts. Mandy gets up and seethes as she hurries back in, Roxie taunts Mandy, dodges Mandy, then bails out. Mandy chases Roxie around and back in, and Roxie shrugs again before she handsprings to dodge! Leg sweep and a rolling senton, then Roxie waves at Mandy. Roxie brings Mandy up but Mandy ROCKS her with a right! Mandy fires off furious fists at the ropes but the ref backs her off. Mandy soaks up the heat, confident in herself again.

Mandy whips, Roxie reverses and hops on for a GUILLOTINE! Mandy endures, stays up, grabs the ropes, and Roxie lets go. Roxie then brings Mandy around to wrangle her, stand on the bad hand, and then giggle. Roxie then STOMPS the hand! Mandy clutches her fingers and Roxie brings her up again. Roxie wrenches and jumps back on for another GUILLOTINE! Mandy endures all over again, and she RAMS Roxie into buckles! Mandy is free, and she reels Roxie in for a SPINEBUSTER! Mandy catches her breath while Roxie crawls to ropes. NXT returns to single picture as Roxie fires forearms on Mandy!

Roxie wrenches, ROCKS Mandy, then runs. Mandy back drops Roxie away! Fans rally, Mandy hurries to cover, TWO! Mandy is frustrated and she stalks Roxie. Fans rally and duel, Mandy drags Roxie up to whip her into the corner hard! Roxie bounces off buckles, Mandy drags her back up and scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Mandy makes it a backbreaker rack as she bends Roxie against her knee. Roxie endures, fans duel hard as ever, but Mandy slaps Roxie around. Roxie throws knees to fight free! Fans rally again as Roxie gets to a corner. Mandy grabs at the legs and YANKS Roxie out!

Mandy mocks Roxie’s pain, gets the legs again and catapults Roxie into ropes! Roxie then falls back against Mandy’s knees! Mandy makes it a sunset flip, TWO! Mandy stomps Roxie down, then puts Roxie against the ropes. Mandy chokes and thrashes Roxie but the ref counts. Mandy lets off and then stalks Roxie. Mandy brings Roxie up, but Roxie throws body shots! Mandy CLUBS Roxie down, fans still duel, and Mandy scoop SLAMS Roxie down! Mandy soaks up the heat as she swaggers around, but Roxie elbows her away! Roxie then BOOTS Mandy from the corner, goes up the ropes, and leaps! FLYING THESZ PRESS!

Roxie rains down fast hands but Mandy shoves her away. Roxie fires up, runs in and uppercuts! Roxie whips corner to corner, wrenches and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! Then somersault to a HANDSPRING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Roxie tells Mandy, “C’mere, BITCH!” Mandy denies the Code Red but Roxie arm-drags! Roxie avoids the knee, roll up, TWO! CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Roxie gets up, KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, Mandy wins!

Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall

Mandy puts Roxie away, but she got a lot more of a fight from her than she expected! Will Mandy be holding onto this gold with how close Roxie came? But then Wendy Choo and her Super Soakers appear! Toxic Attraction runs away to the stage, and they say not tonight! But then Wendy presses a button! And a NET drops on the champions! Wendy and Roxie then use SILLY STRING to spray Toxic Attraction! Wendy and Roxie get the last laugh tonight, but will they take the titles away from Toxic Attraction soon enough?

 

NXT hears from another Women’s Breakout Tournament entry.

This is Sloane Jacobs, and though she is only 19 years old, don’t think of her as an underdog. She learned to fight growing up with two sisters, and is going to make this a grueling series of matches. She dreams big, and wants to become the youngest women’s champion in NXT history. And the first step is winning this tournament.

 

Joe Gacy speaks.

Surrounded by his druids, he says, “Let’s go change the world.” Gacy and his insane smile head to gorilla, what will he have to say this close to NXT Spring Breakin’?

 

NXT returns and Gacy heads to the ring.

Fans boo Gacy as he gets the mic to say, “On our journey to change and embrace the world, we’ve come so far. So many triumphs. Barriers broken for people that have been discriminated against because of their weight. NXT is the clay that I have slowly been molding over the last six months. Clay of acceptance. Acceptance of everyone and anyone.” The druids surround the ring, and Gacy says they have made great strides. “But the mission isn’t quite accomplished.” Gacy doesn’t think everyone buys in to his way of life. Gacy asks why. “It’s time to step up and separate from the masses of people who wanna keep living in the past! Commit to the future! Commit to my vision!”

You best do it willingly. Because after Spring Berakin’, there will be no choice. Bron Breakker has not told us anything about his injuries, and that is because Gacy knows Bron is not cleared to compete and defend the NXT Championship after Gacy shoved him off the perch. After Bron’s fall from grace, Gacy will become NXT Champion, and he shall harden the clay into the vision Gacy sees! Wait, who is that coming down to the ring? It’s RICK STEINER! WWE Hall of Famer and Bron’s father is here, and he goes right past the druids to get in the ring with Gacy! Rick says Gacy has this all wrong. Bron IS cleared, and he will defend the title next week.

Gacy tells Mr. Steiner that he picked a great time to come back. Or did he pick the worst possible time? The druids start creeping in all around the ring! But here comes BRON! The druids go into defense mode as Bron storms down the ramp! He CLOBBERS one after the other, then gets right in to DECK the rest! Gacy keeps hiding behind one, but then dodges! Bron CLOBBERS that druid, only for Gacy to HANDSPRING LARIAT! Bron is down, the druids hold Rick back, and then Gacy has them pass the NXT Championship up to him from the ramp. Gacy holds the belt up over Bron, but will he succeed in becoming the sculptor of NXT?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT here as the go-home to Spring Breakin’. I keep wanting to type spell it “Breakkin” since we’re getting Breakker VS Gacy. Them closing the show was a logical choice because that’s for THE title, but it wasn’t all that much of a segment. Gacy was supposed to tell us Bron’s status but he kinda buried the lead behind his speech about molding NXT to his vision. Bron makes his return because of course he was never really hurt, but also his character now gets that Face super healing like we’ve seen in John Cena and others before. Bron still gets knocked down so that Gacy can stand tall, obviously indicating Bron is winning.

Good opening match out of Lyons VS Lash, though not sure the full body pan in Lyons’ entrance was needed. Naturally, Lyons won given Lash gave her that boot backstage a couple weeks ago. And then Natty goes after Lyons because of what Lyons said last week, and then Cora responds in kind. A tag match for Spring Breakkin’ is a nice surprise, and it’ll definitely keep the math even for Natty and Cora before they have their singles match down the line. I would think Natty and Lash win to put the pressure on Cora as the “future of NXT.”

Speaking of, good to know NXT is finally getting a Women’s Breakout Tournament, and we got good promos from three entries. Fun fact: Arianna Grace is Bianca Carelli, Santino Marella’s daughter. She will surely have a very good showing, but it is still up in the air on who wins the whole tournament since we only know four entries. I feel like Gigi Dolin is still taking it easy ring wise since Roxanne faced Mandy here tonight. It felt like Mandy stumbled on her promo just a little, but she and Roxanne had a very good main event match. Naturally, THE NXT Women’s Champion wasn’t going to lose, and Roxanne gets her first loss out of the way. Wendy’s new prank this week was fun, I hope we at least get Roxie & Wendy VS Gigi & Jacy for the tag titles.

Tony D’Angelo had a good promo to let us know about plans changing. And at the same time, Von needed someone else to face since Kushida left and they kayfabed Jiro being injured. It worked as a way to have the story of Tony VS Legado escalate, and we also got a good transition to Von feuding with Briggs & Brooks since it seems Von was the one who attacked Brooks because he was ogling Sophia. The mixed handicap match was pretty good but I feel like we still need Lopez VS Fallon 1v1 in like No Disqualifications to finish that feud off.

Legado has a good group promo, and Tony introducing his own faction is good. That sit-down will of course turn into a brawl, then we’ll get a Six Man of Legado VS Tony D, Troy Two Dimes and “Stacks.” Waller “ruining” Frazer’s debut was quite the twist. And it seems they’re circling back to him and Stratton having a thing, as they took LA Knight’s car that one time when Stratton didn’t have a face. Frazer VS Waller is going to be really good for Spring Breakin’, and I almost want a Mixed Tag of Frazer & Sarray VS Waller & Stratton.

We got a really good tag match out of KC Squared VS Leon & Feroz, but it’s gonna take me another minute to get used to “Katana Chance.” WWE seems to just want to replace all the real-life and/or pre-WWE names. At least they found a name that’s still “KC.” KC Squared really should get around to the tag titles again, or just move up to RawDown so that there are more teams up there. Kay Lee Ray becoming Alba Fyre really only makes me wonder if they’re gonna call her finisher “The Fyre Bomb” or just default to Gory Bomb.

Strong becoming the tyrant of Diamond Mine is only going to ensure this group crumbles, which is a bit of a shame. But him having the Viking Raiders return to NXT was quite the surprise. Fans loved having them back, for one. Malik & Enofe had a great promo segment, and they had a really good showing against Erik & Ivar, but of course the Viking Raiders win. Julius & Brutus VS Erik & Ivar is going to be great, and Creeds winning is definitely a nod that they’ll get those tag titles. Wes Lee had a great vignette and promo, and you can bet that he’ll move into the North American Championship scene soon enough.

We got a really fun match out of Solo VS Trick, but I really wish they would’ve made this how Solo earns his way into the North American title match. There would’ve been more drama and tension, at least. But Solo of course wins to build momentum, but also he might just be in the match to take the pin. That in itself is a shame, but it could be the way Melo takes the title back without taking it from Grimes. Then Melo and Grimes feud towards whatever TakeOver we’re getting that coincides with SummerSlam this year. Oh, right, they’re not TakeOver anymore. Well, I guess that event will have to have a special name like Heat Wave or Summer Fling.

My Score: 8.5/10


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

A Block, Round 6!

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Former friends turned bitter enemies meet once again.

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Here are the current A Block standings!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/21/24)

Can Wes Lee defy the odds?

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They say all men are created equal!

Oba Femi awaits a challenger for his NXT North American Championship, so Wes Lee, Josh Briggs and now Joe Coffey will do battle in a Triple Threat! Will Gallus taking out Ivar pay off for the Iron King?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Women’s North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Thea Hail VS Fallon Henley; Fallon wins and advances to NXT Battleground: Las Vegas.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships: Axiom & Nathan Frazer VS Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo & Luca Crusifino w/ The D’Angelo Family; Axiom & Frazer win and retain the titles.
  • NXT North American Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Wes Lee VS Josh Briggs VS Joe Coffey; Wes & Coffey double pin win and will challenge Oba Femi for the title at NXT Battleground: Las Vegas.
  • NXT Women’s North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Brinley Reece VS Jaida Parker; Jaida wins and advances to NXT Battleground: Las Vegas.
  • Lexis King VS Dante Chen; Dante wins.
  • Lola Vice & Shayna Baszler VS Karmen Petrovic & Natalya; Karmen & Natty win.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT Women’s North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Thea Hail VS Fallon Henley!

Jacy Jayne was one thing, but the Cowgirl showing her toxic side?! Thea took out Jacy and become the second seed in this qualifier series, will she be heading to Battleground? Or will it be Yeehaw Las Vegas?

The bell rings and the two argue. Thea shoves Fallon, Fallon shoves back, so Thea wrenches an arm to YANK and YANK! Thea wristlocks, but then Fallon pulls hair! Thea wrenches again, and keeps Fallon from the ropes. The fans rally, Thea cranks the arm, but Fallon ROCKS her! Fallon fireman’s carries, Thea slips free and sits Fallon down. Thea then KICKS Fallon and STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Fallon sputters, Thea brings her around to whip. Fallon reverses, runs up, blocks a boot, and DRAGON SCREWS the leg! Then CALF KICK! Cover, TWO! Fallon keeps on Thea with a knuckle lock, then top wristlock.

Thea endures, the fans rally, and she fights back up. Thea throws body shots, but Fallon pushes on that wristlock. Fallon steps over for the wristlock stretch, but the fans rally behind Thea. Thea fights to her feet, but Fallon cranks the arm. Thea rolls, rolls, and headscissors! The fans fire up, things speed up, and Thea bypasses Fallon to arm-drag her! Fallon comes back, into a JAPANESE ARM-DRAG! Fallon bails out, the fans fire up and Thea DIVES! Down goes Fallon and Thea rains down forearms! The fans fire up, Fallon gets away but Thea fires off more shots. Fallon shoves Thea into the desk, hurries into the ring, but Thea grabs at her.

Fallon BOOTS Thea down, hurries away, then gets out of the ring. The ref keeps Thea back, and Fallon brings out a chair! Fallon grins, but Ridge snatches the chair! The ref sees Ridge with a chair and thinks Chase U was up to something! The ref EJECTS Chase U!! The fans boo but Fallon grins and waves bye. Fallon has Thea all alone now, but NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Fallon runs to FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fallon snarls as she stalks Thea, but the fans rally up. Fallon whips Thea into a corner, then brings her around to whip back in. Fallon runs up, Thea dodges and Fallon hits buckles! Thea runs up, but Fallon waistlocks! Thea uses that to wheelbarrow and arm-drag! Thea dodges a lariat, runs around, and Fallon HEADBUTTS her! Both women fall and the fans fire up! A standing count starts, both women stir, and they sit up at 4 of 10. Fallon fires a forearm, Thea hits back! They go back and forth! Thea then rebounds to rally with BIG forearms!

Thea mule kicks, runs, and ROLLING NECKBREAKERS! The fans rally, Thea storms back up to scoop and POWERSLAM! Then ROLLING SENTON! Thea shakes the ropes, then jumps to IMPLODER SENTON! Cover, TWO! Thea is frustrated but the fans rally up. Thea runs in at the corner, back body blocks, then runs again. Thea leaps up but Fallon shoves her down! Fallon goes up but Thea ROCKS her! Thea climbs, brings Fallon up, but Fallon fights the superplex! Fallon throws a body shot, Thea hops down, and Fallon BOOTS her! Fallon then reels Thea in, TORNADO- KIMURA!! Thea has the body scissors, so Fallon drops to the ropes!

They roll outside, Thea still holds onto the hold! Fallon RAMS Thea into barriers! Thea lets go, but she girts her teeth. Fallon stands, Thea shouts at her, and Fallon runs away into the ring! Thea pursues, but the SHINING WIZARD gets her! Cover, Fallon wins!

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall (advances to NXT Battleground)

Fallon Comes First, which means Thea is out of the running! Will The Cowgirl wrangle the gold and make some history? As for Thea, JAZMYN NYX ATTACKS! Jazmyn attacks Thea and hits the PELE! She kips up and stands over Thea, all in the name of Jacy Jayne. Will Thea just have to break Jazmyn’s face like she did Jacy’s?

 

NXT shares footage as The D’Angelo Family arrived earlier today.

Tony D said the Heritage Cup is kinda heavy, but it looks good. Nathan Frazer & Axiom found them, and they congratulated The Don on winning. Frazer remembers winning the cup being one of the best nights of his life. Stacks asks if Axiom’s name is on here somewhere. There’s Frazer, Tyler, Charlie, A-Kid. Hey, anyone heard from A-Kid lately? Luca says he couldn’t have been that bright if the best he could come up with was “A Kid.” The D’Angelos laugh, Frazer & Axiom join in sarcastically. But Tony says these two have guts, taking on all comers. Stacks says he isn’t so sure. Word on the street is, these two have been ducking The Good Brothers.

Axiom says they aren’t ducking anyone, and Frazer adds they won’t be bullied into handing out title shots to main roster superstars. If anything, they’ll give a shot to NXT stars first. Then what about Luca & Stacks? You wouldn’t wanna be accused of ducking them now, would you? NOPE! Challenge accepted! Tonight! The D’Angelos head out, did they just goad the champs into losing those belts? Or will The Underboss & Consigliere have no way around the Undeniable Hard-Hitting Truths?

 

Backstage interview with Gallus.

Kelly Kincaid is with Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers, and says that was a dramatic return to NXT last week. Joe Coffey says aye, because it seems the only way to get noticed around here is to “make a bit of noise.” And at the end of that show, was it Trick Williams? Nope. Noam Dar? Nope. Je’Von Evans? Nope. Tony D’Angelo? Nope! It was all Gallus! Wolfie says that’s how it should be. They hit three of NXT’s best! Markus mockingly hopes Ivar enjoys his stay at the hospital. Joe says Wes and Briggs are tougher than Gallus gave them credit, but they’re not smarter. Those two are all talk talk talk.

But when Joe becomes the #1 Contender to the North American Championship, Oba Femi will find out just how dangerous Gallus is! NXT has gotten comfortable while these three were away. Those days are over! Will NXT finally become Gallus’ Kingdom?

 

NXT Tag Team Championships: Axiom & Nathan Frazer VS Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo & Luca Crusifino w/ The D’Angelo Family!

NXT returns as the champs make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the D’Angelos truly run NXT!

The teams sort out and Axiom starts against Luca. The two tie up, Axiom waistlocks, but Luca wrenches to wristlock. Axiom rolls, handsprings, but Luca kicks low. Luca whips, Axiom goes up and arm-drags! Then DROPKICKS! Axiom brings Luca up, Luca shoves him away, so Frazer tags in. Luca tags Stacks and he tells them to slow it down. Stacks calls for knuckle locks, Frazer obliges, and Stacks steps over to wrangle Frazer to the mat. Frazer kips up, flips, but Stacks kicks low. Stacks trips Frazer, stomps him in the gut, then stomps him some more. Stacks TOSSES Frazer to the apron, brings him back in and UPPERCUTS, but Frazer blocks!

Frazer body shots, avoids the kick, then slingshots to sunset flip! TWO, and Stacks UPPERCUTS! Cover, TWO! Stacks drags Frazer up to headlock but Frazer powers out. Axiom tags in, they redirect stacks to dropkick and DROPKICK! Stacks sputters, Axiom is on him and tags Frazer. They whip, Stacks reverses but Axiom reverses back! IRON OCTOPUS, and Frazer runs, runs and runs to DROPKICK! The fans fire up, Frazer covers, TWO! Stacks stays in this but Frazer clamps onto the arm. Stacks fights up, powers Frazer back, Luca tags in. They whip, Frazer slides under but Luca is there. Frazer elbows Luca, ROCKS Stacks, but Luca puts Frazer outside!

Frazer ROCKS Luca, but Stacks runs up to BOOT Frazer down! Frazer hits desk and Luca tags Stacks! Stacks says bada bing, FOLEY ELBOW! The D’Angelo Family is fired up and standing tall while NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and The D’Angelos double whip Frazer hard into a corner! Frazer falls back, Stacks covers, TWO! The fans rally while Stacks grows frustrated. Stacks throws down fists, then he drags Frazer up. Stacks tags Luca, they mug Frazer, then feed him to DOUBLE KNEES! Cover, TWO! Luca drags Frazer around to have a grounded motorcycle stretch but the fans rally up. Frazer endures, fights up, and fights free! But Luca keeps him from Axiom! Luca RAMS Frazer into the corner, then runs up, but into an ELBOW! Stacks blocks a kick but not the DRAGON WHIP! Luca BODY SHOTS Frazer, whips, but Frazer QUEBRADA DDTS!

The fans fire up while Frazer and Luca are both down! Frazer crawls over, Tony shouts at Luca to do the same! Hot tags to Stacks and Axiom! The fans fire up as Axiom dodges Stacks to GAMANGIRI Luca! BOOT for Stacks CHOPS for all! CHOP after CHOP, and then Axiom runs to duck ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirl and that sends Stacks into Luca! LARIAT DDT COMBO! The fans fire up and Axiom waistlocks. Stacks bucks the O’Conner but swings into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Cover, TWO!! Stacks survives being folded and Rizzo coaches Luca back into this. Axiom KICKS Stacks, KICKS again, then tags Frazer. BUZZSAW!

Frazer hauls Stacks up to suplex, CHASING THE DRAGON!! Cover, Luca breaks it!! The fans fire up as The D’Angelo Family stays in this! Tony coaches his boys, Luca blocks Axiom’s superkick to send it into Frazer! Luca then hits a CODE BREAKER on Axiom! Luca hurries back to his corner, tags in, and the Family double whips Frazer! Double pop-up BACK SUPLEX! Cover, AXIOM SUPERKICKS! The fans fire up, Stacks hits a ZIGZAG! Stacks hurries back to the corner, tags himself in, and he runs up on Frazer. BUCKLE SHOT! Frazer then skins the cat to go up top, just like The Visionary! But Stacks trips Frazer up!

Stacks climbs, has Frazer up top, and SUPERPLEXES! Luca DIVES into a SUPERKICK!!! Axiom stops the Power & Glory combo, but HERE COMES NO QUATER CATCH CREW!! Damon Kemp, Charlie Dempsey & Myles Borne jump The Don! That distracts Stacks, Frazer cradles! FRAZER & AXIOM WIN!

Winners: Axiom & Nathan Frazer, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)

The Family fights NQCC to the back, and the gold stays with Axiom & Frazer. But now THE GOOD BROTHERS attack! It is just chaos tonight as Gallows & Anderson beat down the champs! Anderson gets Frazer up, Gallows helps out, MAGIC KILLER!! The fans boo, but will The Machine Gun & Big LG make these titles Too Sweet?

 

Robert Stone talks with a prospect backstage.

He was so impressed with her during the NXT Women’s Combine. Top three vertical jump, blew his mind. Soon everyone will be saying the name- Lexis King says everyone’s already saying his name. The prospects leave, and Lexis says Stone has this all wrong. He’s trying to recruit “the next big thing,” but not even Chelsea Green was giving him the time of day. Stone is in a hole, and the only way out of it is to hitch his wagon to Lexis. Over Stone’s dead body. Oh, Lexis knows about that. he’s been walking over dead bodies week after week. He’s practically undefeated! Something Stone knows nothing about.

Stone tells Lexis to watch himself, but then Ava Raine walks in. Lexis says he and Stone were just talking. Ava says Lexis is so annoying. Lexis says no he’s not, bye. Oh no he’s not, Lexis has a match tonight. Okay, tell him more. Well, Lexis will learn who he’s facing when he gets out there. Now Lexis leaves, and Stone says he wants to be the one to do it. Ava says no, the last time he did, it didn’t go well. But it’s okay, Ava will find the perfect opponent for Lexis King. Stone trusts in the GM, but just who will look to knock The Drama King off his high horse?

 

Oba Femi is here!

The Ruler goes to the ring, because he wants to see who wins the right to challenge him for Battleground! Will the Cardiac Kid make his way back to former glory? Will the Blue Collar Brawler get a 1v1 shot at Oba? Or will the Iron King be challenging The Ruler’s reign?

 

Chase U regroups backstage.

Thea is sore, but it’s Riley Osborne who is upset. He confronts Professor Chase. How could he NOT see this coming? Ridge Holland is clearly a liability! Chase says Riley has to see the good in people! Ridge walks in, hands Thea a bottle of water, and he tells Riley that respectfully, back off, mate. He couldn’t stand there and let Fallon hit Thea with a chair! None of them could, but it was Ridge who stepped in and did something. Yes, he sure did! He cost Thea the match, the chance at making history, and Riley is getting sick of the excuses! Ridge points out Riley cost them their match last week! Ridge gave Riley the benefit of the doubt, no hard feelings and all that.

But now, Riley stands there judging Ridge! DAMN RIGHT! Ridge doesn’t belong here! And where is that?! Chase stops these two from having it out here. If they want to settle this, do it in the ring. Riley’s fine with that! Riley storms off, and Duke wants to say something but Chase cuts him off. Is Turbo Terry going to run circles around Yorkshire Grit? Or will this be a #TeachableMoment of the highest order?

 

NXT North American Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Wes Lee VS Josh Briggs VS Joe Coffey w/ Gallus!

NXT returns and Oba is now on commentary as Wes makes his entrance, followed by Briggs’. Gallus makes their entrance together, and they bring back the triple handshake. Markus & Wolfie will be present during all this, but will they be a factor?

The bell rings and the three circle. Joe taunts them over last week’s blindside, but then Wes AND Briggs go after him! The Gallus boys keep Joe from being whipped away, but he ends up falling over for it! Briggs stomps Joe, then he and Wes drag him from ropes! The fans cheer as Wes and Briggs mug Joe. Briggs then DECKS Wes! Briggs ROCKS Joe, Wes snarls, but Briggs ROCKS him! Joe ROCKS Briggs, Wes helps him in mugging Briggs and whipping him. But Briggs runs them both over! Things keep moving, Joe drops and Wes hurdles. Briggs blocks the hip toss to TOSS Wes into Joe! Briggs then has Wes in a corner, but Wes BOOTS back!

Wes goes up and up and leaps, but Briggs catches him! Joe SHOTGUNS Briggs into giveing Wes a FALL AWAY SLAM! Joe drags Briggs up, Briggs shoves him into the corner. Joe BOOTS back, goes up and BOOTS again. Joe reels Briggs in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Joe huffs and puffs but he runs up on Briggs, but Wes RANAS Joe first! The fans fire up as Joe bails out and Wes builds speed. Wes FLIES and takes Joe down! Oba says that is Wes’ fighting spirit. Wes brings Joe up but Joe blocks the bump off the apron. Wes avoids Joe’s lariat, and he avoids Briggs, so the BOOT takes Joe down!

Briggs sees Wes jump up, catches him, pop up and LARIAT! Back drop for Joe to the floor! Briggs is all fired up but the fans boo while NXT goes picture in picture.

Briggs looms over Joe and Wes and has his pick. Briggs smirks at Gallus before putting Joe in. Briggs stomps Wes, leaves him behind, but Joe ROCKS Briggs! Briggs and Joe trade heavy forearms, and Briggs gets the edge! Joe staggers, Briggs ROCKS him again and again, then avoids a shot to DECK Joe! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Briggs keeps his cool. Briggs stalks Joe, whips, but Joe reverses. Joe FLAPJACKS Briggs off ropes! Joe whips Briggs into a corner, then around again into the corner! Scoop and BACKBREAKER! Joe runs to go up and VADER ELBOW! Wes gets on the apron, Joe BLASTS him back down!

Joe soaks up the heat while Gallus mocks Wes. Joe stomps Briggs, KICKS him in the side, then DECKS Briggs! Wes returns, but Joe goes out after him to RAM him into the apron! Joe storms his way up the steps and into the ring. Joe goes after Briggs with haymakers but Briggs throws back body shots. Joe knees low, knees again, then ROCKS Briggs. Briggs falls over, Joe sees Wes climbing! Joe UPPERCUTS Wes and Wes gets stuck up top! Joe KNEES Wes again and again, then goes back for Briggs. Joe KNEES Briggs in the side, KNEES him again, then clamps onto an arm. Joe pulls the arm into a half straitjacket!

Briggs endures, fights around, fights to his feet, and throws elbows. NXT returns to single picture, both men LARIAT! They LARIAT again, and again! Both men wobble, but they still LARIAT! Briggs fires up, runs, but Joe RAMS him! But Briggs ROCKS Joe! Briggs scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM and SPLASH! Wes SWANTON BOMBS in! The fans fire up while all three men are down! Wes grits his teeth as he drags himself up. Briggs runs up, Wes body shots and KICKS! And KICKS! And DOUBLE STOMPS! Wes sees Joe and ROCKS him! HEEL KICKS him! Joe roars, so Wes jumps, Briggs reels Joe in! QUEBRADA DDT COMBO!! Cover on Briggs, TWO! Cover on Joe, TWO!

Wes is frustrated and Joe is wobbly. Joe and Briggs fall out of the ring, Wes builds speed! Wes DIVES into Briggs! The fans fire up as Briggs goes down! Joe is up, Wes swings on him, but into an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Joe gets Briggs up, puts him in the ring, but Briggs gets moving! Briggs BOOTS Joe down! Briggs hurries up top, but Wes GAMANGIRIS him! Wes goes up now, but Joe joins in! This is getting tricky, but Briggs fights free! Briggs ELBOWS Joe down, stands back up, and Wes LEAPS, into Briggs’ hand! CORNER CHOKE SLAM! Briggs has Joe, CHOKE SLAM at center! But then Wes staggers over, so Briggs brings him in!

Briggs CHOKE SLAMS Wes onto Joe!! Cover on them both, TWO!!! Both men get out of that and Briggs is beside himself! The fans are thunderous as Briggs clamps onto Joe again. But Joe fights the grip, and throat chops! Joe fires fast hands, then whips. Briggs is in the corner, Joe runs up to UPPERCUT! Joe keeps moving, and UPPERCUTS again! Joe shoves Briggs away, goes up and up and CROSSBODIES! Cover, WES BREAKS IT! Gallus is frustrated, Oba is loving this! Wes bobs ‘n’ weaves and STEP PUNCHES! Joe BOOTS! Wes ROLLING KICKS! Joe falls, Wes snarls and rises up. Wes sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit again!

Wes gets Joe up, the ref misses Gallus HIGH LOW on Briggs!! They put Briggs in, Wes puts Joe in! Wes goes up top, but Joe gets under the leap! ALL THE BEST- NO, Wes dodges! Wes goes up and up and leaps, Joe HEADBUTTS him down!! Both men fall onto Briggs for a cover! WHO WINS?!? The fans are in disbelief, but Gallus is pretty sure Joe got part of that! The ref talks it over with ring announcer Mike Rome, and the official decision is… Joe AND WES win!!

Winners: Joe Coffey & Wes Lee, by double pinfall (both will challenge Oba Femi for the title at NXT Battleground)

Everyone is in disbelief except for Oba, who loves it! It’s another Triple Threat for the North American Championship, will Oba again defy the odds? Or will this only make it easier for someone to take away The Ruler’s crown?

 

Backstage interview with Karmen Petrovic & Natalya.

Kelly Kincaid is with the Canadian Connection as they prepare for the tag team main event against Shayna Baszler & Lola Vice. How do they plan on turning around recent setbacks against them? Karmen says she’s a little nervous, because it is her first main event. But she has The BOAT for her partner! Natty has been in the most matches of anyone in this business. If not for Shayna, Natty would’ve beat Lola in NXT Underground. And these two together, they’re so ready. Natty says Karmen doesn’t give herself enough credit. She has improved so much, they have bonded, and Natty promises as the winningest woman in WWE, you will see this be a well-oiled machine.

Karmen & The Queen of Harts head out, but will they be able to trump Lola & The Queen of Spades?

 

Brinley Reece prepares backstage.

She’s fired up, but Malik Blade & Edris Enofe seem a bit down. Maybe Malik is right. Edris is cooked. The mirror, the black cats, the rabbit’s foot. Malik says no, remain positive! Just like Brin! She is good for them in that way. The positive energy, the good vibes, and the good luck. Aww, thanks, Malik! Does that mean they’ll be ringside with her tonight? Malik says they probably shouldn’t. Edris’ bad luck will- Stop saying it like that! But Edris does wish Brin luck. Brin says it isn’t about luck! It’s about confidence! So whatever they choose to do, she’s all for it. Brin cartwheels away, will Malik & Edris ever get right?

 

Ava Raine watches film.

She sees it for herself, it was a double pin. Oba asks what the decision is on tonight’s Triple Threat. Ava says it is clear, it was a true double pin, so it will be another Triple Threat: Oba VS Wes VS Joe. Oba nods, then heads out.

 

NXT Women’s North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Brinley Reece VS Jaida Parker!

#BrinEnergy is ready to turn it up, though that’s wild considering she’s always running pretty high. But will she be able to earn that spot in the ladder match without her guys watching her back? Or will “Miss Parker” be the one heading to Sin City?

The bell rings and these two start where they left off with fast hands! Brin ROCKS Jaida, UPPERCUTS her, and Jaida flounders to a corner! Brin runs up to RAM into her! Brin then brings Jaida around to scoop, but Jaida slips free, shoves, but Brin ducks ‘n ‘dodges. Brin handsprings over the dropdown to then arm-drag! Brin has the armlock but Jaida pulls hair. The ref reprimands, the fans rally up, and Jaida fights up. Jaida pulls hair again to put Brin in the corner. Jaida lets off, but Brin turns things around on her! The ref counts, Jaida turns things around again, but Brin ROCKS her first! Brin puts Jaida in the corner to whip, but Jaida reverses to pull hair!

Jaida throws Brin into buckles, but Brin ELBOWS her back. Brin goes up, leaps, but into a kitchen sink knee! Jaida talks trash, storms up on Brin, and RAMS Brin again and again! The fans rally and duel, the ref counts, but Jaida lets off. Jaida then fires off more forearms, before she puts Brin in the ropes. Jaida CHOPS Brin, then runs to DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT! Brin sputters, Jaida stomps her around, then CHOKES her on ropes! The ref counts, Jaida lets off, and Brin sputters. Jaida sits Brin up but Brin fires body shots! Brin JAWBREAKERS and Jaida staggers. Brin runs up, Jaida trips her, jackknife bridge! TWO as Brin bridges up and spins Jaida!

Brin tries the backslide, gets it, TWO! Jaida reels Brin back in to BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Jaida clamps onto Brin with a body scissors! Brin endures the squeeze, Malik & Edris are seen arguing about moral support yes or no. Brin endures, fights, but Jaida rolls her to a cover, TWO! Jaida pulls hair, the ref reprimands, but Jaida lets off so she can squeeze more. Brin endures, reaches out, pushes back, ONE! Jaida holds on, CLUBS away on Brin, but Brin pries the hold open! Jaida pushes Brin away, but Brin comes back to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Brin rolls Jaida up, ONE! Jaida RAMS Brin into the corner!

Jaida lets off, Brin KNEES her away! Brin goes up and over, keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and CLOBBERS Jaida! Brin uses shoulder tackles to run Jaida over, then she scoop SLAMS! The fans fire up, Brin handsprings and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Jaida stays in this but Brin brings out that aggression! Fireman’s carry, but Jaida fights free! Malik & Edris are on stage to cheer Brin, but Jaida suplexes to GOURD BUSTER! Jaida runs, TEARDROP HIP CHECK!! Cover, Jaida wins!

Winner: Jaida Parker, by pinfall (advances to NXT Battleground)

Now Malik & Edris feel like they jinxed Brin! But will Jaida make history and bring that gold home to OTM?

 

Fallon crosses paths with Jazmyn.

Jazmyn says it must’ve felt nice to finally get a win. Uh, yeah, it did. And now she’s going to Battleground. Yep, and Fallon can climb that ladder, grab that title, and make history as the first-ever NXT Women’s North American Champion. Jazmyn agrees, this attitude will help. Well, duh. Yeah, Fallon never needed anyone to help her be successful. Oh, really? Yes, which is why Jazmyn waited until after to get payback on Thea. Fallon isn’t sure what Jazmyn is getting at, but will it matter once Fallon has what she wants?

 

The alarm goes off, time to wake up!

But who is it? Those fuzzy pajamas look familiar. And those slippers. Could a certain you know who be on her way back to NXT?

 

Roxanne Perez speaks.

“This NXT Women’s Championship has always been my why. And that’s why no one’s gonna take it from me. It’s me and my title against the world, and that’s fine. Because as good as these girls are, I’m simply better. And everyone can say what they want about me. The locker room, main roster, the WWE Universe that loves to post their useless opinions about me, if they only knew. It all just lands at my feet, because all I care about is my NXT Women’s Championship. So you better get used to this sight. Because when I look in the mirror, I don’t see a villain, I don’t see a hero. All I see is The Prodigy, your two-time NXT Women’s Champion.”

 

Ava Raine makes a call.

She talked it over with Nick Aldis & Adam Pearce, everything is sign, sealed and delivered, we’re all good to go. Yes, next week, Roxanne finds out who her next title defense is against, at Battleground. She thanks the other side, and says we’ll see how this goes.

 

Lexis King VS ???

The Drama King sure loves sticking his foot in his mouth, and he may have really stepped in it this time. But he gets a mic first to say, “Well, well, well. The King has been on a bit of a hot streak lately. Can you argue with that? And we all know that whoever walks through that curtain tonight is going to join a long list of gentlemen who have fallen to The King. I mean, let’s face it! In 2024, I am virtually undefeated!” But then whose music is that? Robert Stone? King says he already beat Stone! Stone says no, it’s this guy. DANTE CHEN IS BACK! The fans fire up as the Singapore Warrior has made a full recovery! Will this finally be his opportunity to hit the big time?

The bell rings and the fans are fired up for Dante. Dante and Lexis tie up, Lexis headlocks. Dante powers out, Lexis runs him over! Cover, ONE! Lexis rains down fists, the fans boo, but Lexis lets off to soak up the heat. Dante rises up, Lexis whips him to a corner, but Dante reverses. Dante runs up but into a BOOT! Lexis runs up but into a back elbow, UPPERCUT, and DROPKICK! Dante whips then back drops Lexis! The fans fire up with Dante as he runs corner to corner, but Lexis catches his splash! Lexis puts Dante up top, but Dante ROCKS him! Dante leaps, but into a DROPKICK! Lexis covers, TWO!

Lexis is upset but the fans rally for Dante. Lexis drops AX HANDLE after AX HANDLE, then he scrapes Dante’s face! The fans rally for Dante and he body shots! Lexis CHOPS back! Lexis talks smack, then CHOPS again! Dante ROCKS Lexis! Lexis kicks low, bumps Dante off buckles, then CHOPS again! Lexis digs his boots in, the fans boo, the ref counts, but Lexis lets off at 4. Lexis wrenches and short arm LARIATS! Lexis drags Dante up, KICKS him in the back, then talks trash. Lexis scrapes Dante more, then gives him Kawada Kicks. The fans rally up, Dante blocks a kick! Dante short arm LARIATS Lexis now!

The fans fire up and both men stand. Dante and Lexis trade CHOPS! Dante CHOPS, CHOPS and ROCKS Lexis! Dante whips, CLOBBERS Lexis, then CLOBBERS him again! The fans fire up, Dante runs corner to corner, STINGER SPLASH! And atomic drop! Then a SHOTGUN BOOT! Lexis is dazed and Dante is fired up! Dante aims, blocks Lexis’ superkick, then spins him. Lexis wings, but into a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Lexis survives but Dante refocuses. Dante drags Lexis from ropes, but Lexis kicks him away! Lexis snarls, shouts “Hail to the King!” BLINDSIDER! Stone shouts at Lexis, then gets on the pron!

Lexis reels Dante in, grins, but Stone shouts at Lexis. Lexis shoves Dante down, storms up on Stone, but Stone back s off. Lexis dodges Dante’s tiger claws to SUPERKICK! Lexis crosses the arms, reels Dante in, CORO- CRADLE!! DANTE WINS!!

Winner: Dante Chen, by pinfall

Lexis is furious but he has his own arrogance to blame! Dante’s return is a huge success, are he and Suit Man Stone going to hit the big time together?

 

Shayna Baszler & Lola Vice talk backstage.

Shayna says Lola beat Natty in the Underground, Shayna beat Karmen in a standard match, so they should be pretty dominant tonight. Lola says together, they are unstoppable. Karmen & Natty have one of three options, right? Right. Shayna does ask one thing: keep the dancing to back here. Out there, they’re cage fighters, got it? Lola says yeah, all business once the bell rings. But she can’t help she’s a Latina~! She just likes to have fun. Shayna rolls her eyes, but will Lola still keep it serious once it’s the main event?

 

Trick Williams is here!

The fans fire up for the NXT Champion, and he gets the mic to say he appreciates it, but time to get serious. Two weeks ago, Noam Dar calls Trick out here for a Supernova Sessions, and then hits him from behind. Trick took that on the chin. Last week, Dar comes out here and gets dropped backstage. Now we all know that if anyone knows how that feels, it’s Trick Williams, and he wouldn’t wish that on nobody. So he’ll say this one time and make it crystal clear: Noam Dar, Trick did NOT attack you. If Trick wanted to attack, Dar would’ve just been unconscious! If Trick wanted to attack Dar, he wouldn’t be clutching a leg. He’d have a size 15 Jordan logo tattooed on his forehead.

But wait, here comes The Meta Four! Jakara Jackson tells Trick that what he needs to do is stop playing. He might have the crusty, dusty musties tricked, but not them. They know it was Trick! It might’ve been through Je’Von, or them together! Oro Mensah says if it wasn’t Trick or Je’Von, Trick must still be salty after Dar knocked the daylights outta him! Oro tells Trick to grow up, be a man, and admit that he is a lowlife that doesn’t deserve the NXT Champion! Lash Legend speaks up! She wants them to stop, she knows Trick didn’t attack Dar! What makes her think that? Public minds want to know! Let’s hear about it!

Lash didn’t wanna say it like that, but Trick’s been through that. Oro stops her there. Is Lash shaking Trick’s dreads? Whose side is she on? Trick tells Oro to shut his mouth before he comes out there and slaps those tap dance loafers right off Oro’s stupid ass! The fans fire up and Oro gets mad now. But wait! Gallus is here!? Joe Coffey walks out, mic in hand, and is sure they all wanna know why the guy who just earned an opportunity for a shot at the North American Championship out here now talking to THE NXT Champion? Well, son, you’re about to find out why! GALLUS ATTACKS FROM BEHIND!

The fans boo as Markus & Wolfie stomp Trick out, then Joe joins in! But here comes Je’Von! The Young OG gets in to ROCK Joe, ROCK Mark then fire off on Wolfgang! But he gets mugged, too! The fans boo this 3v2 beating, and then The Coffey Brothers hit Je’Von with the COFFEY BREAK GERMAN!! But Trick fights back now! He DECKS Wolfie, DECKS Joe, DECKS Mark, repeat! But then he just gets a HEADBUTT! Gallus mugs Trick 3v1, Wolfgang fireman’s carries and Mark runs, BOOT O’ DOOM!! Gallus took out Ivar, they have their shot at Oba, and now they took out Trick! Will nothing stop their hostile takeover of NXT?

 

Robert Stone & Dante Chen regroup.

Stone says Dante did great out there! He deserves this moment! Did they hear the people? Ava walks over and personally congratulates Dante. Dante thanks her for this opportunity. Ava wanted to take credit but this was Stone’s idea. Well then, Dante thanks Mr. Stone and they shake hands. Dante heads out, and Stone says he knows Ava’s always looking for fresh young talent. Dante’s definitely it. Ava says Stone just made a star tonight, well done. Stone smiles with pride, will there be a future for the Robert Stone Brand after all?

 

Lola Vice & Shayna Baszler VS Karmen Petrovic & Natalya!

The Mayor of Vice City & The Queen of Spades have gotten the better of the Canadian Connection time and again, but enough is enough! Will Lola & Shayna finally be humbled? Or will they sink NXT’s Beatrix Kiddo & The Boat once and for all?

The teams sort out, Natty and Shayna start. They circle, the fans rally, and the two tie up. Shayna wrenches the arm, twists the wrist, but Natty rolls, handsprings, and slips through to go for a leg. Shayna stops that to go for the other arm now. Shayna twists the wrist, puts Natty on ropes while torturing her, but the ref counts. Shayna lets off, Lola gets a KICK in! The fans boo but Shayna KNEES Natty down! Cover, TWO! Natty stays in this but Shayna drags her up. Shayna fires body shots, Lola tags in, and she adds her own body shots! Shayna tags back in, she fires off stomps! The ref counts, Lola tags in and she adds KICKS!

Shayna tags back in again, but Natty ROCKS her, ROCKS Lola, then BOOTS Shayna! Natty slides under, scurries free, but Shayna gets a foot! Natty kicks Shayna away, tag to Karmen! Karmen ROCKS Shayna, runs up and CLOBBERS her! Karmen rallies, wrenches, and KICKS! KICKS! And ROUNDHOUSES! The fans fire up, Karmen whips but Shayna reverses. Karmen jumps up to SOBAT! Karmen keeps going, BASEMENT BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Karmen drags Shayna up, but Lola runs up! Natty intercepts, but Lola and Shayna each throw hands to get free! Lola & Shayna whip, but the Canadians duck ‘n’ dodges and DOUBLE DISCUS LARIATS!

The fans fire up with Natty & Karmen while Shayna & Lola bail out, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Natty high-fives and booty bumps with Karmen, then Karmen goes out to fetch Shayna. Karmen puts Shayna in, covers, TWO! Karmen facelocks, drags Shayna up, and wrenches an arm to then waistlock. Shayna goes to ropes,. Lola tags in before the roll-up! Lola AX KICKS Karmen down! Lola drags Karmen up, whips her to ropes, then KICKS her low! Lola talks trash, whips again, and KICKS again! Lola still talks trash, whips again, but Karmen blocks the kick to roll her up! TWO, and Lola BODY BLOWS! Karmen sputters, Lola whips her to the corner, then she tags Shayna. They mug Karmen, then Shayna CLUBS Karmen down.

Shayna stalks Karmen, clamps onto an arm, isolates it, and she throws her hair tie at Natty. Shayna STOMPS Karmen’s arm! Then she sucker punches Natty! The ref has to keep Natty back, and Karmen ends up in the other corner. Shayna fires off hands, snapmares Karmen then KICKS her in the back! Shayna drags Karmen up, wrenches to a top wristlock, and NXT returns to single picture., Shayna whips Karmen hard into buckles, then brings her back up. Shayna whips her back in, but Karmen JUMP KICKS! Roll-up, TWO! Shayna runs up to LARIAT Karmen! Shayna covers, TWO! The fans rally, Shayna clamps onto Karmen for a top wristlock.

The fans rally, Karmen fights up, but Karmen brings her down to a knee. Karmen endures, reaches out, fights up again, and she snapmares free! Shayna still keeps Karmen from Natty! Shayna sweeps the leg, covers, TWO! Karmen reaches out but Shayna drags her back again. Shayna pushes Karmen to the corner, Lola tags in, and they mug Karmen. Lola storms up on Karmen, shows off the shimmies, but Karmen throws body shots! Lola CLUBS Karmen down, brings her up again, and whips her to the corner. Lola runs up to kick Karmen, then tags Shayna. The fans duel, Shayna brings Karmen up but Karmen fires body shots!

Shayna still suplexes! Cover, TWO! Shayna is annoyed with Karmen but Karmen is shaking her head. Shayna clamps onto Karmen’s arm, pulls on it, but Karmen throws body shots. Shayna CLUBS Karmen down for that! The fans continue to rally, but Shayna waistlocks Karmen and tags Lola. But Karmen BOOTS Lola down, drops to KICK Shayna, hot tag to Natty! Natty rallies on Lola & Shayna! Natty fires off fast hands on Lola but Lola shoves back. Natty kicks low, snap suplexes, and then waits on Shayna. Shayna swings, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Natty drags Lola up to whip bu tLola reverses.

Lola runs, Natty dodges and REBOUND- NO, Lola arm-drags free! Only for Natty to DISCUS LARIAT! Lola sputters, Natty covers, TWO! Natty drags Lola up, tags in Karmen, and Karmen climbs. Natty sets Lola up for Karmen’s CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Karmen drags Lola up, tags Natty back in, and they reel Lola in. But Shayna CHOP BLOCKS Karmen! Lola cradles Natty, TWO! Natty escapes, trips Lola, steps through, but Lola kicks her away, into Shayna! URAKEN!! Cover, KARMEN BREAKS IT! The fans fire up, Shayna TOSSES Karmen! Shayna tells Lola to get Natty up. Lola does as told, but Natty keeps Lola from tagging Shayna!

Natty throws Lola down then BLASTS Shayna! Lola runs up to JUMP KICK! Lola drags Natty, shows off the hips, then steps through to steal the Sharpshooter! Natty blocks that, pushes Lola down, and now Natty has the SHARPSHOOTER!! Natty has Lola caught, Shayna runs in to CLUB Natty down! Karmen LEAPS, Shayna catches her! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! But Karmen THROWS Shayna out! Karmen goes to the corner, shouts for Natty to get up, and Natty BODY BLOWS Lola! Tag to Karmen, and they coordinate for the HART ATTACK!! Cover, The Canadians win!

Winners: Karmen Petrovic & Natalya, by pinfall

Finally, some vindication over #MiamiVice! A big win for the Canadian Connection, will they look to get in on the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship scene? As for Shayna, she helps Lola up, but then Lola ROUNDHOUSES Shayna!?! And twerks at her! Lola blames Shayna for the loss when it was her fault, will nothing ever humble her? Wait, Shayna rises like a monster back from the dead! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!!! Lola finally gets what she deserves for her arrogance! Refs rush out there, Shayna lets go, and Lola sputters as she retreats. But then Shayna gets loose to go after Lola with fast hands! It’s a brawl and the fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT! LET THEM FIGHT!”

Ava rushes out here and says okay, okay, clearly they both want a fight. And to be honest, Ava wants ot see it, too. So say less, this will happen at BATTLEGROUND! Shayna says nah, that’s not good enough. It needs to be NXT UNDERGROUND!! The fans are thunderous as the brawl continues! Will this be a barn burner inside the UFC Apex when there’s no rules and no ropes holding these two back?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT here with a lot of build towards Battleground. A great surprise that the women’s tag match got to be the main event, that is a great win for Karmen & Natty. And I was sensing Shayna VS Lola was coming, so great to see it happening for Battleground in the Underground. RIP Fight Pit, we hardly knew ye, but that’s another awesome women’s match for NXT’s next event. Also good promo from Roxie and a good response from Ava. I don’t know who they’re getting for Roxie’s opponent, but honestly if it isn’t someone brand new to NXT or someone returning from injury, it doesn’t make sense to me to bring in another RawDown star that will clearly lose to Roxie.

Great stuff in the NXT Women’s North American Championship stories. Fallon VS Thea was a very good match, but of course something happens where Ridge is caught and blamed for stuff. Jazmyn’s part sets up a grudge match of her and Thea, but her promo with Fallon after was a little odd. With Jacy’s face still recovering, is Jazmyn trying to latch onto Fallon’s success? Meanwhile, Brin VS Jaida was also really good stuff, and it helped bring in the continued bad luck angle of Malik & Edris. There’s gotta be something that happens to finally get past this. Either Malik & Edris finally get a big win, or they break up as a team.

As it stands, you might think it’s three Heels and one Face as we have Fallon, Jaida, Lash and Sol, but Lash’s part in her story with Trick Williams makes me think she’ll be Face soon enough. That means between Mia Yim, Wren Sinclair, Tatum Paxley and Kelani Jordan, it’s anyone’s game. As for Chase U, Ridge VS Riley next week is going to be some really good stuff to really propel this story. And honestly, someone has to be going Heel and joining Shawn Spears. Otherwise, what was the point of Spears coming back to have this persona of exposing “the truth?” I’m still personally hoping it’s Riley that turns because everyone else is supportive of Ridge and he can’t stand it. Then Spears & Riley can be a real good Heel duo in the tag division.

Speaking of the tag division, they just kinda threw a tag title match out at us but it was some great stuff. NQCC going after The D’Angelos made sense, though, they weren’t about to let The D’Angelos get more gold after losing the Heritage Cup. And somehow we were going to get The Good Brothers attacking Axiom & Frazer to set up a match there. It’d be great for historical purposes if The Good Brothers did win the titles, I’m just not sure what that’d mean for Axiom and Frazer if they lost. I suppose both guys get back on a path to singles titles, but those various title scenes are rather full right now.

For example, with Ivar out with a legit injury, it made sense Joe Coffey would get in on tonight’s Triple Threat. And then what an awesome Triple Threat we had with an excellently executed double cover. Oba VS Wes VS Joe can go any which way, as Gallus can cheat to win just like they did tonight. And then Trick had a really good promo segment with The Meta Four, that was then hijacked by Gallus. Je’Von did his best to make the save but Gallus has the numbers, so naturally it didn’t work. I would think that before Ivar’s legit injury was a factor, Joe Coffey was meant to go right after Trick, but maybe it’ll be Wolfgang challenging Trick instead. Wolfgang may have been tag champ alongside Mark, but it feels like he’s been ready for something else for some time.

And it’s about time we get some more returns here. Wendy Choo is clearly on her way back with the new version of her waking-up vignette. That is a name I’d hope they choose to face Roxie at Battleground, even if Heel Roxie would just laugh it off. With Lexis King’s matching mystery opponent, I was oddly hoping Von Wagner was gonna be rehired after being let go, but there could be a very ineffective change in persona. He could wear a lucha mask and have a nickname a la Hulk Hogan being Mr. America, and then he’d “reveal” himself to Stone even though Stone knows all along.

But hey, Dante Chen has been needing something to get himself going again, I’m glad he is the one that got to beat Lexis. I’m just wondering what happened to the idea of him and Boa teaming up as the revival of Tien Sha. Maybe that’s in a back pocket or something and can be used after Dante’s been reestablished on TV.

My Score: 8.8/10


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