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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/17/22)

Time to settle scores!



NXT 2.0 has some grudge matches on deck!

Before going In Your House for the NXT North American Championship, Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams take on Cameron Grimes & Solo Sikoa! Will Grimes & Solo #WhoopThatTrick? Or will the former A Champion and his right hand man hit their shot?


  • Cameron Grimes & Solo Sikoa VS Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams; Grimes & Sikoa win.
  • NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament Opening Round: Lash Legend VS Tatum Paxley; Lash wins and advances to the next round.
  • The Creed Brothers w/ Diamond Mine VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
  • Grayson Waller VS Andre Chase w/ Bodhi Hayward; Waller wins.
  • NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament Opening Round: Roxanne Perez VS Kiana James; Roxanne wins and advances to the next round.
  • Wes Lee VS Nathan Frazer; Frazer wins, by disqualification.
  • Tony D’Angelo VS Santos Escobar; Escobar wins.


Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams walk out on stage!

The former NXT North American Champion and his right hand man are here, ready to team up, but they have mics to say, “First thing’s first. Solo, you need to shut yo’ ass up about ‘I got next.’ Nah, sucker. You got last.” Trick says that’s right! And then Grimes is a lucky dude. But in three weeks, the title goes back to where it belongs. And that is because Melo is the rightful A Champion. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gon’ be. Melo & Trick have said their piece, but will they back up that talk as their tag match starts things off?

Cameron Grimes & Solo Sikoa VS Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams!

The teams sort out and fans are already chanting for “SO~LO! SO~LO!” Melo & Trick rush Grimes & Solo but get BOOTS for it! Grimes whips Trick and KICKS him down, Solo adds a SENTON! Fans fire up and Solo keeps on Trick with headbutts! Solo stomps Trick around, KICKS him down, then stomps and KICKS again! Trick stagger sup but Solo scoops and SLAMS him down! Solo snarls, KICKS Trick down, then drags him up to ROCK with an uppercut! Fans rally and Solo RAMS into Trick. Grimes tags, he KICKS Trick, Solo CHOPS! KICK, CHOP, repeat! Grimes snapmares and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO!

Grimes drags Trick up to wrench the arm and grind the shoulder. Grimes adds a chinbar but Trick endures. Grimes wrenches, whips, but Melo tags in. Trick KICKS Grimes, runs and CLOBBERS him, then gives Melo the boost for a CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE! Melo stays between Grimes and Solo, CHOPS Grimes, then has him on ropes. Grimes BOOTS back, ROCKS him with a forearm, but Melo throws forearms and knees back. Melo runs, rolls off Grimes’ body, and Grimes dodges! Hot tags to Trick and Solo! Solo rallies on Melo, rallies on Trick, then whips Trick to a corner to SPLASH! Trick sits down, Solo goes corner to corner, HIP ATTACK!

Fans are all fired up for Solo, and Solo goes up the corner. Melo creeps over but Solo scares him off! Trick distracts the ref, Melo ENZIGURIS Solo! Trick runs for a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Trick throws the ball to Melo and Melo shoots and scores. Trick then stomps Solo while NXT goes picture in picture.

Trick taunts Grimes, tags Melo, and Melo stomps Solo. Tag back to Trick, he and Melo get Solo up to double whip and dropkick! Trick covers, TWO! Trick taunts Grimes then stomps Solo. Tag to Melo, he stays between Solo and Grimes while he stomps Solo again. Melo dares Solo to crawl to Grimes, then stomps him again. Solo gets up and Melo headbutts, but it backfires! Solo HEADBUTTS Melo and he falls over! Melo JUMP KNEES in return, then he facelocks to keep Solo down. Solo endures, Melo tags Trick in and Trick helps drag Solo up to POST him! Trick CLUBS Solo, then tags Melo back in.

Melo & Trick double whip again and they DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! Melo covers, ONE!! Melo is shocked and he shakes his head. Melo SLAMS Solo’s arm on the mat, and again! Tag to Trick, Trick stomps away on Solo, then drags him up with a facelock. Trick scoops and SLAMS Solo, tags Melo in, and Melo runs to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Melo is frustrated but he drags Solo up. Solo throws body shots but Melo BOOTS him down! Melo stomps Solo around, then taunts Grimes. Melo drags Solo up into a chinlock and grinds him down. NXT returns to single picture and the fans rally up as Solo endures.

Melo grinds his forearm into Solo’s face, but Solo fights up. Melo knees low, throws haymakers, but Solo ROCKS Melo! Solo elbows Trick, TOSSES Melo out, but Melo and Trick trip Solo up! Melo SLINGSHOT ELBOW DROPS! Fans boo and Grimes rallies the fans up for Solo. Trick tags in, he wants Solo to get up, and then he runs in, only for Solo to shove him away! Solo dodges the corner splash, and fans fire up! Hot tags to Melo and Grimes! Grimes rallies on Melo, CLOBBERS Trick, and then ROCKS Melo! Grimes gest Melo & Trick in a DOUBLE RANA! Melo & Trick bail out, Grimes goes out to PENALTY KICK Trick!

Melo runs in but Grimes shoulders him away! Grimes goes up, leaps, CROSSBODY! Fans fire up and Grimes aims from the corner, “TO! THE! MOON!” Solo tags in? Grimes is upset, he was about to end this. Melo runs in, Solo fireman’s carries but Trick saves Melo. Melo BOOTS Solo, Grimes gets in and Melo dodges so the SUPERKICK hits Trick! Melo and Grimes go around, Grimes elbows free of the waistlock. Melo dodges Grimes to SPRING-BLADE! But Solo hits the URENAGE!! Solo drags Melo to a drop zone and he goes up top! Grimes gives Trick a CAVE-IN! FLYING SOLO!! Cover, Solo & Grimes win!

Winners: Cameron Grimes & Solo Sikoa, by pinfall

The Carolina Caveman and the Street Champion of the Island take down their common enemies! The ref brings the North American Championship into the ring, and Solo takes it. Solo hands it over to Grimes, but the fans chant, “You Got Next!” Will Solo be facing Grimes 1v1 after In Your House? Or will Melo return to being The A Champion of NXT?


Backstage interview with Pretty Deadly.

McKenzie says the NXT Tag Team Champions are facing The Creed Brothers at In Your House, how are they feeling? Elton Prince says he and Kit Wilson are scared. They’re terrified, even. They can’t sleep. Then they bust up laughing. For some reason, the entire locker room is in awe of the Creeds, but in their first match here, Pretty Deadly beat the Creeds to get these titles. SIDE PLATE CHECK~! Well, yes, but that win was after the Creeds already ran through three other teams. Blah blah blah. Diamond Mine can get whatever training partners they want for the Creeds, because Pretty Deadly are two tasty snacks, one meal deal.

Kit says after they beat the Creeds, Julius & Brutus are but mere shells of their former selves before Pretty Deadly ruined their lives. Tonight, we’ll see what happens after The Viking Raiders destroy them! Pretty Deadly mock the raid drum, but will Kit & Elton see just how strong the Creeds are at 100%?


NXT profiles another new star.

18 year old Thea Hail has been training hard as a new NXT signee, and says the tryout was perhaps the toughest thing she’s ever done. She is pretty sure she was the youngest one there, but she didn’t care. She just wanted to prove how much she wanted it. And she flipped out when she got the call. Though, there is one thing she needs to do first: graduate high school. That’s next week. And the WWE is even letting her train while she’s in college! Will Thea get a PhD in pro-wrestling and become the future of NXT?


NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament Opening Round: Lash Legend VS Tatum Paxley!

Lash knows how to ball and knows how to brawl, but she’s looking to rebound after being knocked down by Nikkita Lyons. Will Legend lash out and move on in the tournament? Or will Tatum prove to Lash, the fans and herself that she has what it takes to break out in NXT?

NXT returns as Tatum makes her entrance. The bell rings and Lash CLOBBERS Tatum! Cover, TWO! Lash stomps Tatum down, drags her up, and whips her to a corner. Tatum goes up but Lash catches her! Tatum fights to get free and headscissor Lash down! Tatum squeezes tight, Lash endures and fans duel. Lash kips free but Tatum kips up, and Tatum smirks while she stares Lash down. Lash swings but Tatum dodges, and Tatum dropkicks a leg out! Then she basement dropkicks Lash down! Cover, TWO! Tatum hurries and Electric Chair Lifts?! No, Lash is too tall and strong for that, she knocks Tatum down!

Tatum shoves Lash to a corner, runs in, but Lash sends Tatum face first into buckles! Lash then drags Tatum out to SLAM the leg into the post! Fans cheer and jeer as Lash gets in. Lash runs in but Tatum elbows her away. Tatum jumps up and over to sunset flip, but Lash rolls through. Lash stomps Tatum’s leg, then she handsprings to YANK Tatum’s leg! Tatum crawls to ropes, Lash goes out to the apron to get after her, and she pulls Tatum’s leg against the ropes! HOTSHOT! Lash talks trash then goes after Tatum in the ring to cover, TWO! Tatum clutches her leg but Lash is after it with a STRETCH MUFFLER!

Fans rally as Tatum endures hanging upside-down! Lash thrashes Tatum, but Tatum sits up and throws down elbows! Tatum sunset flips, high stacks, TWO! Tatum ROCKS Lash, fires more shots, then gets around to Electric Chair Lift! Lash fights off again and sends Tatum into the corner. Lash runs in but Tatum sends her into buckles now! Tatum reels Lash in, to suplex her! Tatum clutches her leg and she hobbles up. Tatum fights through to MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Tatum keeps on Lash, drags her up, but ducks the heel kick! Tatum tries again, Electric Chair Lift! But she loses her hold, Lash BOOTS Tatum down! Lash wins!

Winner: Lash Legend, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Tatum kept trying, but she was perhaps too focused on the power game. Lash is moving on, will she make herself a true legend by winning the whole tournament?


Tony D’Angelo speaks.

“Santos, you messed up big, my guy. And it didn’t have to be this way. But tonight, when I’m done pummeling you, you’ll have nobody to blame but yourself.” But Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo asks Tony how they’re doing this. Balboa speed-bagging like in grade school? Or maybe what they did to Ray Ray on the corner? “Two Dimes” Troy Donovan asks for clarification: what they did to Ray Ray the first time? Or the second time? Tony liked the second time better. He remembers Ray Ray soaring through the air. But this is different. Remember what they did to Beansie? Beat him so bad, he had to start pitching with his left hand.

But what was that? Hell in a hand basket! That’s it! But Tony flew solo on that one. Yeah, everyone was worried about that, and the Warriors covering the spread. And look what happened. No more problems at the bakery, and Steph covered it. Tony can take Santos alone. It’s The Don! Trust him on this. But will Legado del Fantasma play by the same rules?


NXT hits the road again!

Starting June 10th, they’re coming to your city! Check the list: Tampa 6/10, Largo 6/11, Jacksonville 6/24, Venice 6/25, Citrus Springs 7/8, Orlando 7/9, Melbourne 7/22, Cocoa Beach 7/23! The Summer of 2.0 begins, get your tickets starting this Friday!


Backstage interview with Duke Hudson.

McKenzie says the fans all want to know, what’s next for Duke Hudson? Oh, they do, do they? Well make sure to thank them for him. NOT! He doesn’t care what we want or need, that got him into this mess in the first place. And that’s why Duke had to take some time off. He had to dig himself out of the hole, clear his mind, and now he’s back. No one can measure up to Duke- Then something rattles and it’s Bron Breakker walking through! Bron wants his music, and Duke storms off.

The NXT Champion is heading to the ring!

Fans bark for Bron as he returns, a very serious look in his eyes tonight. Bron gets a mic and says, “The last time you guys saw me, Joe Gacy dumped me in some field somewhere like a piece of trash, and now he’s offering for me to come and join him!” Gacy’s pretty persuasive since he’s got two new guys working for him that do everything he tells them to. But Joe, with all due respect, after everything they’ve been through, “You can kiss my ass!” Gacy should’ve finished Bron in the field! Bron isn’t coming just to beat Gacy, he’s coming to knock Gacy out! But speaking of, here comes Gacy! Bron is ready for a fight, but Gacy is up in the perch.

Gacy says this is where Bron took his “leap of faith.” Gacy says he isn’t here to fight, but Bron tells him to shut up! Gacy has his goons, huh? Bron doesn’t trust Gacy at all, he’s ready for whatever Gacy has planned! Better yet, Gacy should just come to the ring! Oh, so predictable, Bron. But when a man is consumed by rage, he becomes predictable, and Bron has a long history of losing his temper. Gacy sees the fire burning in Bron’s eyes, envisioning the violence he wants to cause. But their journey together is not yet over. Bron rejected the opportunity of a lifetime to join Gacy. But Gacy is not the kind to hold a grudge.

Fans tell Gacy to “Shut the Hell Up!” but Gacy ignores them as he says this opportunity is for everyone here. They’ll get to see Bron VS Gacy 1v1 one more time. Bron says sounds good, it’s done! Gacy says it is time to up the stakes. After all, Gacy roughed up Bron’s dad and disrespected the Steiner legacy. Gacy abducted Bron and left him all alone in the wilderness. By all means, Bron should kick Gacy’s ass all over the arena and inflict pain like Gacy’s never felt before! Bron can go crazy and lose control! But if he does, then he loses his most prized possession. Because In Your House, if Bron gets disqualified, he’ll lose the title!

The question is then, Bron, how bad do you want Gacy? That’s up to Bron. Bron sighs, fans boo Gacy, and Bron says, “YOU’RE ON!” A No Champion’s Advantage match for the NXT Championship? Is this just as Gacy wants? Or can Bron control himself as he crushes Gacy for what he’s done?


Indi Hartwell speaks.

These last few weeks have been a rollercoaster for her. She went from being at the top to rock bottom in the blink of an eye. But she’s tired of feeling sorry for herself! She has the biggest opportunity of her life, and it’s right now. For the first time in her career, she’s going solo! No family, no tag partner, no life partner, just Indi! And she’ll sink or swim on what she does. So she’s calling her shot! Mandy Rose, if you wanna kick Indi while she’s down, try kicking her when she’s staring you dead in the face. If Mandy is the measuring stick, let’s see where Mandy measures up when Indi takes that stick and shoves it up her ass! Will Indi become the most impressive NXT Women’s Champion yet?


Backstage interview with Wes Lee.

McKenzie says his match scheduled for tonight has been postponed, and Wes says Xyon Quinn is somehow not medically cleared. Again. Another match Quinn is ducking! One week it’s his shoulder, next week it’s he doesn’t have the right hair gel. When Quinn is cleared, whether that’s next week, next month or in 2030, Quinn knows where to find Wes. But then Nathan Frazer walks in. He heard about the thing with Quinn, and sees Wes really wants to get in that ring. And so does Nathan. Wes appreciates him stepping up but this might not be the right time. Wes has a lot of pent up aggression for Quinn, he doesn’t want to take it out on Nathan.

Well, if that’s so, Nathan looks forward to the challenge. Will the British Prodigy be ready for what the Must-See Kid is bringing?


The Creed Brothers w/ Diamond Mine VS The Viking Raiders!

Julius & Brutus didn’t appreciate Roderick Strong tainting the victory over Erik & Ivar, so now they’re giving the former NXT Tag Team Champions a fair fight! Will Julius & Brutus win this one on their own? Or will the raid start to take over NXT once again?

NXT returns and Diamond Mine accompanies the Creeds. The teams sort out, Julius starts with Ivar, and Julius hurdles Ivar to then DECK Erik! Julius ROCKS Ivar, tags Brutus, but Ivar scoops Julius! Brutus saves his brother and the Creeds RAM Ivar out of the ring! Ivar is fired up but the Creeds are ready. Ivar gets in, tags Erik, and then Brutus tags Julius back in. Julius headlocks, Erik powers out, things speed up and Erik CLOBBERS Julius! Tag to Ivar and the Vikings hammer Julius down! Fans are fired up and dueling as the Vikings roar. Tag to Erik, Ivar scoop SLAMS Julius and Erik covers. TWO, but Erik clamps onto Julius. Julius endures and fights up as fans duel.

Erik has the leg, Julius tries to fight free but Erik puts him in the corner. Ivar tags in and ROCKS Julius with a forearm. Ivar RAMS into Julius with his shoulder, then ROCKS him with an uppercut! Tag to Erik, Ivar holds Julius in place for Erik’s KNEE! Erik then feeds Julius to Ivar’s BODY CHECK! Cover, TWO! Erik facelocks to keep on Julius but Julius fights free. Erik gets the leg again, fans rally and Julius slips free! Tag to Brutus, he dodges Erik to RAM him, then CLOBBER him! Brutus CLUBS Erik, DECKS Ivar, and TACKLES Erik! Brutus rains down hammering fists and them bear crawls around.

Fans rally, Brutus waistlocks to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Brutus dodges Ivar to go for the legs. Ivar’s big, but maybe not for Brutus! Brutus puts Ivar up top, Julius DROPKICKS him down! The Vikings regroup at the ramp but Brutus goes up top! Fans go nuts for the BRUTUS BALL! Direct hit on both Vikings and fans are loving it as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns again and Julius grinds Erik down with a cobra clutch. Erik fights up, fans duel, but Julius keeps Erik from Ivar and whips him into the Creed corner! Tag to Brutus, GUT WRENCH SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Brutus tags Julius back in, they get Erik up to throw knees, then Brutus throws forearms in the corner. Julius tags Brutus, Erik pushes free and starts throwing forearms on them both! He DECKS Brutus, DECKS Julius, then flounders for his corner! Julius hurries to tag back in, but hot tag to Ivar! The War Beard rallies, SPLASHES on Julius, and then short arm LARIAT! Ivar DECKS Brutus and then fires off elbows on Julius in a corner!

The ref counts, Ivar lets off at 4 to go corner to corner, BRONCO BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Strong and Kemp coach Julius, Ivar tags Erik. Julius shoves Ivar out, ROCKS Erik, and rolls to hot tag Brutus! Brutus gets around Erik to fireman’s carry! Julius KNEES Erik into the SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous as Brutus tags Julius. The Creeds double whip, but Erik tosses Brutus out! Erik dodges Julius, tag to Ivar! Ivar hits a SEATED SENTON! Tag back to Erik, Ivar goes up a corner and Erik gives Julius a lift. Ivar has Julius up top, for a SUPER POWERSLAM! Erik covers, Brutus breaks it!

Brutus waistlocks but Erik switches to GERMAN SUPLEX Brutus! “This is Awesome!” as Erik tags Ivar back in! Ivar goes back up the corner, Erik back suplexes but Julius slips out to GERMAN SUPLEX Erik! Julius goes right up to get Ivar! Ivar shoves Julius down, adjusts, VIKING SPLASH FLOPS as Julius moves! Oklahoma roll, Erik KNEES it apart! All four men are down and the fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” The Creeds regroup on one side, the Vikings regroup on the other. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow. The Creeds and the Vikings stare down, growl, and fire up! THE BRAWL IS ON!!

Hands are flying in all directions, Ivar BOOTS Julius, Erik KNEES Brutus, but the Vikings fall, too! Kemp distracts the ref, Strong gets in, but Julius redirects him out of the ring! Julius tells Strong that they don’t want and don’t need that kind of help! But then Julius turns around into a HEEL KICK! Tag to Erik, the Vikings get Julius up for a DOUBLE POWERBOMB! High stack, Viking Raiders win!!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

The leader of Diamond Mine just screwed his team up! Kemp tries to keep the peace, but is Strong going to be the reason this group implodes?


Legado del Fantasma speaks.

Santos Escobar tells Tony D’Angelo, “Since our paths crossed, I have realized: you wanna be just like me. I don’t blame you, but there’s only one Santos Escobar. I’ve always been one step ahead of you. And now I’m inside your head, I’m under your skin. That is why tonight I trust it’s going to be one-on-one, no Legados by my side.” Cruz Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde are surprised to hear this. Is he serious? Tony and his guys jumped Cruz and locked him in their trunk! This can’t just be 1v1. Cruz & Wilde want to get even. But Santos asks La Madrina, Elektra Lopez, what they always talk about. “You never let your emotions get in the way of business.” Exactly.

Escobar trusts everyone, just not the devil inside them. Legado knows how they can help and exactly what they need to do. Wilde & Cruz nod, will they do their part behind the scenes?


Grayson Waller warms up backstage.

But his concentration is broken when Tiffany Stratton reacts to stuff on social media. It is a travesty that she isn’t in the Women’s Breakout Tournament! If anyone is a star in NXT, it’s her! He is so right. But can Waller do her a favor? Take care of this Andre Chase situation. It is so annoying. He promises to do that right now. Be sure to watch. Will Waller teach Chase a thing or two when they go 1v1? Or will Chase make Waller go viral for all the wrong reason?


NXT Media catches up with Bron Breakker in the parking lot.

They ask him about his championship rematch with Gacy with No Champion’s Advantage. Is he worried about playing right into Gacy’s hands? “Listen, Gacy talks about acceptance, inclusion, alright, but his actions are the complete opposite. As long as I have this championship, Gacy’s not gonna do a damn thing.” But then Duke Hudson barges in, saying it doesn’t feel too good being interrupted, does it? If Bron does that again, he won’t make it to In Your House. Bron says if Duke is feeling big and bad, they can go back inside and settle this in the ring.

Sounds good to Duke. But it sounds better next week. Speaking of hands, is Duke about to change the one he’s been dealt by going after THE NXT Champion?


Grayson Waller VS Andre Chase w/ Bodhi Hayward!

The 21st Century Success Story and Daddy’s Little Rich Girl lost in a Mixed Tag against Professor Chase and the Warrior of the Sun. But will Waller be able to change things going 1v1? Or will this be another #TeachableMoment?

The bell rings and Waller is already taunting Chase. Waller gets around, SMACKS Chase, CLUBS him, then throws knees. Waller puts Chase in a corner, mocks the U, then throws elbows! Waller CHOKES Chase on the ropes! The ref counts, Waller lets off but brings Chase around to whip him to ropes. Chase ducks and dodges, then blocks hip toss to hit a NECKBREAKER! Chase kicks low, EuroUppers, then EuroUppers again! Chase throws a body shot, but Waller elbows Chase back. Waller runs, things speed up again, but Waller fakes Chase out to BOOT him down! Waller gives some ground ‘n’ pound but fans boo.

Sarray is in the student section, she also boos and gives a thumbs down. Waller just scowls and brings Chase up. Chase fights the suplex, Waller throws body shots and powers Chase up and over! Cover, TWO! Waller is annoyed but he slaps Chase around. Waller kicks Chase to ropes then into a corner. Fans chant, “Waller Sucks!” but Waller whips Chase to a corner. Chase stops himself to elbow back! Waller blocks a boot but Chase KNEES him away! Chase goes up to sunset flip! TWO, and Waller LEG LARIATS Chase down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Waller glares at the student section.

Waller knees Chase but Chase scowls now. Waller knees Chase again, Chase gets up and throws body shots, but Waller CLUBS him down. Fans rally for Chase as Waller fireman’s carries, and Chase elbows free. Chase waistlocks but Waller switches, only for Chase to dodges the rolling elbow! Chase blocks the kick, trips Waller, and then CATAPULTS him into buckles! Waller wobbles, Chase CLOBBERS him with Polish Hammers! Chase hits an atomic drop then a whip, but Waller reverses. Chase reverses back to a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up and they spell out “CHASE U!” as Chase stomps Waller!

Waller staggers up, Chase clinches but Waller JABS! Chase wobbles, but he tosses Waller out onto Bodhi! Chase realizes what happened to his star pupil and he helps Bodhi up. Bodhi says it’s good, just get in the ring! Chase does, but SOMERSAULT STUNNER!! Cover, Waller wins!

Winner: Grayson Waller, by pinfall

Chase just learned he has to focus on himself! Waller gets a win to rebound from last week, can he keep this momentum going through the summer?


Toxic Attraction watches a WWE Digital Exclusive.

It’s KC Squared, Kayden Carter & Katana Chance, criticizing Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin for skating by against makeshift tag teams. They just want titles for the perks and clout. But KC Squared want the titles for what they represent. And they’re the only legit tag team that can take Toxic Attraction on. Mandy Rose then storms in and asks if they heard what Indi said about her. They show Mandy what Kayden & Katana just said about them. Why is everyone so obsessed with Toxic Attraction? Well, other than the obvious. But didn’t anyone see what Toxic Attraction did to “twinkle toes” Wendy Choo? That title shot set Wendy straight, but it didn’t translate to the rest of the roster.

Are they all blind? Toxic Attraction have dominated for eight MONTSH! “We wAnT tHe TiTlEs fOr wHaT tHeY rEpReSeNt~!” Big deal. There needs to be respect on Toxic Attraction’s name, and that starts with Indi Hartwell! Will the champions make sure the NXT Women’s Division stays toxic at In Your House?


Diamond Mine is arguing in their locker room.

Kemp is still trying to keep the peace as the Creeds are upset with Strong interfering. Strong says with his help, they got that NXT Tag Team Championship match! They should be thanking him! There’s no way they can beat Pretty Deadly without listening to Strong and following his lead! The Creeds storm off, and Strong tells Kemp to go get them ready. Strong is upset, but then in walk Pretty Deadly. With all due respect, it doesn’t matter how much tape the Creeds watch, they will still lose. Is that so? A shame, really. A former two-time NXT Tag Team Champion can’t show them how it’s done. He’s a singles guy now, right? Leader of Diamond Mine!

Strong says they’re so funny. How about the leader of Diamond Mine and Damon Kemp take Pretty Deadly on next week. Oh, sounds fun. Pretty Deadly leave, but will Strong & Kemp grind them down before the Creeds get their turn?


NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament Opening Round: Roxanne Perez VS Kiana James!

The Opening Round reaches the close as we have one more match! Will the Gamer Girl break through to the semifinals? Or will the professional professional wrestler prove to everyone that she means business?

NXT returns and Kiana makes her entrance. The bell rings and Kiana circles with Roxie. They tie up, Roxie waistlocks but Kiana breaks free to switch and SLAM! Then she steps on Roxie with a big smile. Roxie gets up, gets around but Kiana wrenches to an armlock. Roxie endures and fans rally as she whips free. Kiana runs Roxie over, pops her collar, then runs the ropes. Roxie drops, Kiana handsprings over and has another cocky smile, then things speed up again. Roxie handsprings and takes a bow, then she drop toeholds Kiana down! Roxie arm-drags Kiana around, mule kicks, and runs to SHOTGUN Kiana down! Cover, ONE!

Roxie keeps on Kiana with another whip, but Kiana reverses. Roxie ends up in the corner, but Kiana blocks the boots to put Roxie in the ropes. Kiana CLUBS Roxie, then hits a DRAPING BACKBREAKER! The ref reprimands but Kiana covers, ONE! Kiana is upset and she stomps Roxie. Fans rally and Kiana clamps onto Roxie for a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Roxie endures, pops free to cover, TWO! Kiana knees low, puts Roxie in a corner, and runs in to RAM into her! Kiana shoves Roxie, stomps her down, then gets both legs. Roxie fights but Kiana kicks her. Kiana tries but Roxie throws Kiana off the Boston Crab!

Kiana kicks Roxie around, stomps her down, then gets the legs again. Roxie kicks, Kiana kicks, and Kiana works to turn Roxie! Roxie resists, Kiana kicks her and gets the BOSTON CRAB! But Roxie scrambles forward and reaches out! Kiana drags Roxie back, Roxie powers up and rolls to sunset flip! Cover, ONE! Kiana hurries but Roxie rolls her up, TWO! Roxie tries the crucifix, but Kiana swings her into a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kiana whips but Roxie blocks! Kiana pulls hair, whips, but Roxie reverses to tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Both women are down and fans rally up for Roxie! Kiana rushes in but Roxie ROCKS her!

Roxie fires more forearms, whips Kiana to ropes and CLOBBERS her! Roxie rallies with more clotheslines, then dodges to THESZ PRESS! And fast hands! Kiana kicks Roxie away, Roxie uppercuts in the corner! Roxie whips and wrenches to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Kiana is still in this but Roxie drags her back up. Roxie suplexes but the back gives up! Kiana grabs at Roxie, Roxie shoves her away but runs into a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Roxie is still in this and fans are still behind her. Kiana runs in, but Roxie goes up, POP ROX!! Cover, Roxie wins!!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Roxie’s take on the Sunset Flip Powerbomb gets it done! Roxie is taking on Lash next round, Lyons takes on Fallon, who will be the inaugural Women’s Breakout Tournament finalists?


Malik Blade cosplays as Escobar?

“Tony, we’ve agreed to leave our crews behind. Tonight, we settle this.” And then Edris Enofe is Tony D’Angelo! “Tony D ain’t afraid o’ nobody. Santos, we settle things, with our hands!” They put up the dukes, but then Edris D’Angelo loses control of the Mamma Mia hands, and Malik Escobar has to answer his phone. MI FAMILIA! Edris says he always wanted to be a gangsta. But Malik says not him. He always wanted to be the leader of leaders of leaders! Wait, how many leaders? Two liters of Coke? But then Two Dimes & Stacks walk in and see the wise guys making jokes.

Edris asks, “Are they talkin’ ta me? Are they, talkin’ ta me?” Malik says yes, they’re the only ones in the room. Stacks tells them that instead of playing pretend, they face the real thing. Let’s do this next week. Okay, now they’re speaking the same language. See you next week, Mama Luke!


Nathan Frazer heads to gorilla.

As he does, he passes by Sophia Cromwell and nods hello. Does the British Prodigy know what happens to guys who look at Sophia…?


Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.

McKenzie congratulates her on that big win in the tournament, and Cora Jade comes over to congratulate her friend. That was amazing, and just two more wins to go! Sorry to interrupt, but they have been friends a long time. McKenzie wants to talk about Cora going to the limit with Natalya, but Cora says this is Roxie’s moment. She’s been killin’ it since she arrived and Cora’s so proud. Roxie says she’s also proud of Cora, and Cora was the one who convinced her to come to NXT. They’re both doing great, but then in walks Elektra Lopez. She says tonight is about Legado, just like it will be next week when Lopez takes out Alba Fyre.

And what she sees here right now is an overachiever who will lose to Lash Legend in the second round, and an underachiever who gets just as excited about losing as she does winning. Uh, what is Lopez’s problem? Well, looking at these two, not them. Lopez walks off but Cora and Roxie shrug that off. Will #GenerationJade and the Gamer Girl rock NXT as we roll into the summer?


Wes Lee VS Nathan Frazer!

The Must-See Kid wanted to see the Gentleman Fighter, but it seems #RunItStraight makes run away from a challenge. Will Wes be careful not to vent his frustration on Frazer? Or will he see why they call Nathan the British Prodigy?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally, Frazer and Wes tie up, and Wes wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Frazer slips through, slips around, headlocks, but Wes powers out. Wes then reels Frazer in to headlock. Frazer powers out, Wes goes up and over in the corner, but the arm-drag is blocked! Frazer whips, Wes reverses, things speed up, Wes hurdles but Frazer leaps! Frazer sidesteps to arm-drag Wes, but Wes arm-drags back! Frazer avoids the next, Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Wes sweeps, covers, ONE! Frazer ducks the kick, Wes backflips over one, but Frazer blocks the next! Fans fire up for this standoff!

Fans love “NXT! NXT!” for this fast ‘n’ furious match, and Frazer headlocks. Wes powers out then sidesteps, only to stop short as Frazer shows superkick. “This is Wrestling!” as Wes tosses Frazer to the apron. Wes fakes Frazer out with the haymaker, to flick the rope into Frazer’s face! Wes wasn’t kidding about aggression, and he PLANCHAS Frazer down! Wes puts Frazer in, but Frazer comes back to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp, and Frazer hurries to put Wes in the ring. Wes stands, Frazer springboards, but he blocks the kick! Wes ENZIGURIS! And deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!

Wes is annoyed but he sees Frazer go to the corner. Wes runs in, Frazer moves but Wes stops himself. Frazer returns but into Wes’s back elbow. Wes goes up and up but Frazer ENZIGURIS him first! Wes wobbles up top, Frazer goes up after Wes, and fans rally as Frazer SUPER- NO! CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Frazer survives that counter and gets himself to the corner. Wes runs in but Frazer SUPERKICKS him down! Frazer goes up and fans fire up, PHOENIX SPLASH but he has to roll through! Wes runs in, slips out of the scoop and shoves, but Frazer hurdles! DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide!

Fans fire up and the ref check son both men. They’re both okay to continue, “This is Awesome!” But then VON WAGNER attacks Frazer! And tosses him out of the ring!

Winner: Nathan Frazer, by disqualification

Wes SUPERKICKS Von! And GAMANGIRIS in the corner! Wes takes his anger out on Von, but Von shoves and BOOTS Wes down! Robert Stone coaches Von on as he hauls Wes up. Von trophy lifts Wes, and TOSSES him at commentary!! Fans lose their minds as Wes bounces off the desk! Stone cheers his client on, because this is Wagner’s World, and he’ll hurt anyone he wants in it!


NXT returns as Frazer and Wes regroup backstage.

Wes and Nathan don’t get what’s up with Von. Sanga is there, and he tells them they were having a great match, and it was unfair what Von did to them. Two men of their size stands no chance against a man like Wagner. Uh, what? Are they taking shots at them? Frazer says no, that can’t be it. Everyone is small compared to Sanga. Wes says Sanga was insulting him, and now Frazer is defending him? Frazer says if Wes wants to fight everyone, fine, but Frazer’s out. Wes says he won’t stand for disrespect. Let’s see if Sanga keeps this same energy in the ring against him. Sanga says what is it Wes wants. And Wes says he wants to prove you don’t have to be 10 foot tall to be successful here.

Well, okay. Sanga stands up, and says he and Wes will have a match. Will Wes learn to pick his battles? Or will he make everyone understand not to pick on him?


Tony D’Angelo VS Santos Escobar!

No Stacks, no Two Dimes, no Wilde and no Del Toro. The Don of NXT and the Emperor of Lucha want to settle this face to face, man to man, 1v1. Will they prove they are men of honor? Or will one of these leaders have a trick up their sleeve after all?

The bell rings and fans rally up behind Santos. Escobar says NXT belongs to him, but Tony rushes him! They tie up, end up on ropes, and the ref counts. Tony lets off with a body shot! Tony talks trash, Escobar circles with him, and they tie up again. Escobar waistlocks, drags Tony down, then floats to a facelock. Tony fights up, Escobar has the facelock and fans duel. Escobar switches to a waistlock but Tony gets the ropebreak. Escobar lets off with a body shot of his own. Escobar mocks Tony’s rope-a-dope, and the two circle again. They tie up, Tony facelocks but Escobar wrenches to a wristlock.

Tony ROCKS Escobar, whips him, and elbows Escobar down! Tony stomps away then rains down fists! Fans are torn between cheers and jeers but Tony talks trash. Tony puts Escobar in a corner, RAMS into him, then whips corner to corner. Escobar reverses, runs in but is put o the apron. Tony ducks the haymaker to HOTSHOT Escobar down. Fans are torn again as Tony paces around Escobar. Tony drags Escobar up, CLUBS him, then runs to SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Tony looms over Escobar, talks trash, and brings him up with a cravat. Escobar gets to the ropes, the ref counts, but Tony grinds Escobar’s face on the ropes!

The ref reprimands, Escobar writhes and fans rally up. Tony drags Escobar up, throws body shots like a hockey fight, then he runs, but Escobar slips out of the neckbreaker to ENZIGURI! Tony tumbles out, Escobar takes aim! Escobar builds speed for the ARROW FROM HELL into a forearm! Tony has Escobar in the ropes, puts on his fedora, and mocks the Legado fans. “Wake up, you’re making a fool of yourself.”

NXT goes picture in picture as Tony DECKS Escobar! Tony taunts the fans who are booing him and he goes into the ring. Tony tosses his hat aside to drop knees on Escobar’s arms. Tony then gives Escobar some ground ‘n’ pound, and he soaks up the heat. Tony facelocks, CLUBS Escobar, and has him in a corner. Tony RAMS into Escobar, and again and again. Fans still duel, Escobar pushes Tony so Tony CHOKES Escobar! the ref reprimands, Escobar ROCKS Tony with haymaker after haymaker! Tony rebounds to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Tony stomps Escobar and CLUBS him, then puts him on ropes. Tony CHOKES Escobar again but the ref reprimands.

Tony puts Escobar in a corner, backs off, and Escobar gest up to throw haymakers back! Tony knees low, CLUBS Escobar, then whips him to ropes. Escobar ducks and dodges, but Tony blocks the rana! POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tony grows annoyed but he drag Escobar into a seated cobra twist. NXT returns to single picture as Escobar endures and fans duel. Escobar fights, Tony dragon sleepers! Escobar kicks but Tony hits a REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Escobar grits his teeth but Tony mocks the fans chanting for Escobar. Tony stomps Escobar, stalks him to ropes, and brings him up to throw body shots.

The ref counts, Tony pushes Escobar and lets off at 4. Tony taunts Escobar but Escobar DROPKICKS him! And CALF KICKS him! Tony falls out of the ring, Escobar builds speed again! ARROW OF HELL hits!! They both go down at the ramp, but Escobar gets up and fans fire up with him! Escobar RAMS Tony into steel steps, then puts Tony in the ring. Escobar aims, slingshot senton! Escobar whistles and the fans fire up. Escobar digs his boots in, the ref counts, and Escobar lets off at 4. Tony flounders, Escobar brings him up and around to wrench, ELBOW BREAKER and ARM WRINGER! Escobar then pulls on Tony’s arm and traps it.

Fans rally and duel, Tony endures the omoplata but Escobar grabs for the other arm. Tony gets the ROPEBREAK first! Escobar lets off quickly, and runs in to DROPKICK Tony down! Escobar drags Tony up but Tony throws body shots. Escobar hits an ARM CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Tony is still in this but Escobar grabs the bad arm. Escobar has a cording hold but Tony endures. Tony fights up but Escobar CLUBS the bad arm. Escobar whistles, but Tony ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! And LARIATS! Tony rallies with forearms and elbows, then a BELLY2BELLY! Tony shoves Escobar to a corner, clinches again, another BELLY2BELLY!

Fans duel, “You Still Suck!” but Tony clinches again! A third BELLY2BELLY! Tony hits the hat trick and grabs at Escobar’s legs, but Escobar bails out. Tony grabs Escobar’s hair and drags him up, to suplex Escobar up. Escobar fights, lands back on the apron and he CHOPS Tony! Tony goes up the corner and Escobar springboards, but Tony blocks! Tony goes up higher, but Escobar still SUPER STEINERS! Fans are losing their minds from that one! Tony crawls his way to his favorite corner, and… Wait, where is his crowbar? But Cruz is on the stage and says, “You looking for this?” Legado has the crowbar!

Tony is furious and he shouts at Cruz & Wilde, but he misses Escobar getting something of his own! Stacks & Two Dimes attack Wilde & Cruz, they brawl goes around ringside, and Tony goes for Escobar. BRASS KNUCKLE RIGHT! Cover, Escobar wins!!

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall

Well, so much for either of these two doing this with honor! Tony wanted his crowbar but Escobar had his own trump card. Will Legado del Fantasma continue to do whatever they want until they run all of NXT?


Joe Gacy speaks.

“On our journey together, Bron, I predicted your every step, your every move. Tonight, declining my offer but accepting my match, we all know you have uncontrollable rage inside of you.” Bron won’t be able to control his anger next week or at In Your House. That lack of control will deliver Gacy full control of the title, the brand, and the world! Gacy laughs into the night, but will he accomplish his goal and get the gold?

My Thoughts:

A great night for NXT as we continue towards In Your House 2022. Opening with Grimes & Solo VS Melo & Trick was a good move, fans still love all those guys, and I was surprised Melo took the pin. But I suppose Solo gets momentum for himself when he “gets next,” and Melo is down points so he could be the one winning the title. At the same time, there are hints to Grimes turning Heel and ironically, I feel like that’s what fans would cheer for. Grimes getting that cocky swagger back is what got fans to like him, so a braggadocios Heel Grimes VS Face Solo would be the best move out of all the combinations after In Your House.

Good stuff out of the NXT Tag Team Championship story. Pretty Deadly have a good promo to talk down on the Creeds, and a good interaction with Roderick Strong to set up their tune-up tag match. Creeds VS Viking Raiders was great stuff, and where I thought Kemp alone was going to cost the Creeds, it ended up being Strong again. Creeds VS Pretty Deadly was just made through social media so there isn’t a great moment where the Creeds earn it or egg Pretty Deadly into giving us this match, but hey, we’ll get something great. And maybe in the end, Strong & Kemp do take on the Creeds, and it’ll be for the titles as well as membership in Diamond Mine.

Is it just me, or is WWE making sure NXT has the youngest superstars they can? Thea Hail is only 18 and, according to her promo, a high school senior. If she’s really that good, then all the better for her to get going now and build her brand. But while NXT is still the developmental brand, I hope they don’t air matches where it’s obvious these kids are learning how to do matches. But at least NXT is hitting the road again. Only eight dates to start but a house show circuit can definitely help these youngsters get going, learn how to appeal to more than just the Performance Center crowds, and be ready for when they’re on TV.

Waller VS Chase was a good rematch, and I loved seeing Sarray as part of the Chase U student section. It seems this feud is far from done, so there has to be a way where Sarray finally gets that win that puts Stratton in her place. Maybe it’ll be something big for the go-home to In Your House. Wes Lee’s story is getting quite interesting. He seems to be ready to fight anyone, but perhaps for good reason. The frustration of what happened to MSK, Quinn ducking him, Von Wagner interfering just because Frazer nodded to the woman Wagner has the hots for, and then Sanga inadvertently insulting him, Wes is ready to snap and go Heel at any moment.

Good stuff from the NXT Women’s Championship and Women’s Tag Team Championship stories. KC Squared is calling out Gigi & Jacy, Indi Hartwell is calling out Mandy Rose, I hope we see those titles leave Toxic Attraction. Eight months is about two months two long given the gimmick is, “We’re hot, you’re not, and we help each other win.” Indi VS Mandy could especially be good, and it’d be great for Indi to get that singles title and join Raquel Gonzalez/Rodriguez, Io Shirai and Ember Moon in a very select club. And KC Squared has been around long enough that they deserve something for once.

We got great stuff from the Women’s Breakout Tournament tonight, even with the outcomes a bit apparent. Lash beats Tatum because there’s a chance we get Lyons VS Lash in the finals. Tatum got a good showing, and I like that she insisted on using her powerlifting skills, and maybe stuff like that convinces Ivy Nile to let her into Diamond Mine. Meanwhile, Roxie VS Kiana was great stuff, and Roxie wins because she’s definitely a fan favorite and getting the support of management. I did like that they connected Roxie and Cora, and I bet if KC Squared doesn’t get the belts, Cora and Roxie have half a chance.

We got some decent stuff for the NXT Championship story. Duke striking back out on his own is the logical next move after the debacle of Dexter Lumis and Persia Pirotta being released, and Duke going after Bron is a logical move. Bron VS Duke will be a good tune-up before Bron takes on Gacy in the rematch. Though, Gacy having one last promo bit tonight seems really weird. Why not save that for next week after Bron beats Duke? Or even for the go-home after who knows what happens. I have a feeling Gacy wins because of his red hood wearing henchmen, who might reveal their identities at In Your House. And then Bron becomes a three-time NXT Champion with the same superman push Vince gave Cena and Roman in the past.

And we got some really good stuff out of the main event story. Tony’s promo with his guys was a bit cheesy because they were inventing the kayfabe mafia stuff they’d done in the past, even though Tony just brought in Stacks and Two Dimes recently. And I had to stop myself from laughing too hard at Malik & Edris parodying Escobar and Tony. Those guys really need to be pushed, they’re very entertaining. And the main event match was good stuff, and of course both these guys still have Heel tendencies. Pretty sure we’re getting a Six Man Tag, Legado VS Tony’s Family, probably even No Holds Barred or something to flashback to when Legado took on Team Swerve.

My Score: 8.5/10

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AEW Coverage

Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (6/22/24)

Will Will Ospreay stay golden?



An episode with truly international flavor!

While Will Ospreay defends his AEW International Championship against Brian Cage, Kazuchika Okada takes on former mentor, Ultimo Guerrero! Will the champions stay strong on the Road to The Forbidden Door?


  • Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; Joe, Hook & Shibata win.
  • Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith; Jericho & Bill win.
  • AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero; Okada wins and denies Ultimo Guerrero a title match.
  • Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages; The Patriarchy wins.
  • Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch; Storm & Mariah win.
  • Malakai Black & Brody King VS Leon & Max St. Giovanni; Malakai & Brody win.
  • Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard; Hechicero wins.
  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage; Ospreay wins and retains the title.


Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

Three dangerous men joined forces out of respect for what each of them can do, but they aren’t getting much respect from others. But will the Samoan Submission Specialist, The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil & The Wrestler beat some respect into Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari & Josh Woods? Or can the Premier Athletes actually put their money where their muscles are?

The trios sort out, Joe starts against Nese and the fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Nese says not tonight. Nese and Joe tie up, Nese waistlocks, but he can’t lift Joe! Joe smirks, wrenches free, and wristlocks. Nese rolls, wrenches and headlocks. Nese’s team cheers but they’re the only ones. Joe powers up and out, then he runs Nese over! Joe smirks, stalks Nese to ropes, then brings him around. The fans fire up for Joe as he scoops, but Nese slips fere! Nese SOBATS, runs, but into an ELBOW! Tag to Hook and the fans fire up more! Hook puts Nese in a corner to fire off body shots! Hook throws hands, Nese shoves past him but Hook fires more shots!

Nese throws forearms on Hook, but Hook counter punches! Nese staggers, comes back, but Hook gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Nese manages to land out and he STOMPS Hook down! Nese tags Daivari and they mug Hook with haymakers! The fans boo but Nese lets off. Daivari brings Hook up, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Daivari snapmares Hook, clamps on a full nelson and leans on the hold. The fans rally and Hook fights up, and he pries the hold open! But Daivari waistlocks! Hook elbows free, and hot tags to Shibata! Shibata storms in but he has to slow down as Daivari gets away to his corner.

Woods reaches out, so Daivari says here’s something for The Wrestler. Daivari tags Woods in, he steps to Shibata, and they fire forearms! The fans rally up as the shots keep going, then Shibata gets the edge! Woods trips Shibata, goes for an arm, but Shibata slips right around to go for the arm! Woods goes for Shibata’s arm, but Shibata goes after Woods again! Woods powers through to get the arm, but then Shibata slips around, changes sides, and has the ARMBAR! Woods scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Shibata lets off and CLUBS away on Woods. Shibata cranks the arm for a double wristlock but Woods throws body shots!

Shibata leg scissors to trip Woods! KNEEBAR! Nese storms in to stomp Shibata! The fans boo, Woods tags Nese in. Nese stomps Shibata around, then taunts the fans. The fans boo but Nese CHOPS Shibata. Shibata doesn’t flinch! Nese CHOPS again, but Shibata eggs him on! Nese throat chops! Nese whips, Shibata reverses, but Nese ELBOWS back! Nese goes up and up and QUEBRADAS, but Shibata steps aside! Everyone’s learning from Joe now! The fans fire up and Joe smiles. Shibata then tags Joe in, and he stalks Nese. Nese rises up, into the JABS! JABS! JABS! Joe fires off fast hands, CHOPS Nese down, but Sterling gets on the apron!

Joe scares Sterling off, but this is all a delay tactic so Nese can crawl, and Woods can HOTSHOT Joe! The fans boo but Nese brings Joe around, BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Joe staggers, Daivari tags in! Nese & Daivari mug Joe, run, and DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Daivari covers, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that! Woods tags in, he and Daivari mug Joe, and then Woods CLUBS away on Joe’s chest! Cover, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that so now Daivari tags back in. Daivari and Woods mug Joe, then Daivari stands Joe up. Daivari throws hands, but Joe hits back! They go back and forth, Joe gets the edge, but Daivari CLAWS the eyes!

Daivari sucker punches Shibata down! Daivari whips, Joe reverses and sweeps the legs! SENTON! The fans fire up, hot tags to Hook and Nese! Hook rallies on Nese, wrenches and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Woods runs in but Hook KNEES him down! Nese gets up, but into the clinch! TAZ PLEX! The fans fire up and Hook stalks Nese, to give crossface forearms! Daivari runs up, Hook DECKS him! Woods gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hook tumbles, but Shibata tags in! Shibata ROCKS Woods, BOOTS Nese, BOOTS Daivari, then STO for Woods! Shibata runs up at Nese for a BOOT! Shibata fires off forearms and the ref counts.

Shibata goes corner to corner to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Shibata drags Nese up, SNAP HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Nese survives, but ends up in an ARMBAR!! Nese endures, but he taps! Shibata’s team wins!

Winners: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata, by submission

The Premier Athletes did prove they’ve got guts, but not enough to overcome this trio of warriors! Will Joe, Hook & Shibata find themselves on the road to trios gold?


The Bang Bang Gang speaks.

Juice Robinson says, “Apparently… AEW isn’t gonna recognize the fact that I was anointed one-quarter of the AEW Unified Trios Champions!” Austin says he’s pissed, Colten confirms that is true, and adds that apparently, The House of Black still gets their shot. At least, once Buddy’s leg gets better. And apparently, PAC cares!? He interrupted their match, he pushed Juice off the top, and then he flipped Austin off! But that’s good. Because their fearless leader, Jay White, is off training his butt off. You thought EIGHT abs was something? Jay will be coming back with TEN! SO Pac, you better hope you don’t see The Switchblade in the Owen Hart Cup!

Because then, The Bastard will do more than just “care” now. He’ll cry to sleep! And if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya! GUNS UP! Bullet Club Gold is taking aim at a lot of different targets, but will they be able to hit the mark?


Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith!

Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have been busy this week. They got called out by The Learning Tree on Dynamite, they put in a fast and furious match last night on Rampage, and now they’ll be entering the “Jericho Vortex” when they take on Big Bill and the man himself. But will Quen & Zay teach Jericho something about not looking down on the younger guys? Or will Jericho ruin the fun #ForTheWorld?

The teams sort out and Jericho starts against Quen. The fans rally up and Jericho says here’s a free lesson from The Learning Tree. Then he tags out to The Redwood. Bill steps in, sporting new gear that quotes Tony Schiavone, on the butt… Bill and Quen tie up, Quen gets around and headlocks. Bill powers out and runs Quen right over! Because as the shorts say, “Too much man!” Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then he stands Quen up. Bill CHOPS Quen, drags him up, then CHOPS him again! Bill keeps Quen in the corner, and he ROCKS him with a right. Then Bill TOSSES Quen across the way!

Bill mocks the dancing, runs corner to corner, and he SPLASHES Quen! Quen was practically smothered by that move! Quen falls over, but Bill stands him back up, and gives a thumbs up before he TOSSES Quen again! Quen writhes, goes to ropes, then the corner. Bill runs in again, but Quen dodges the splash! Bill staggers, Quen goes up, and Quen leaps to MISSILE DROPKICK! Bill staggers, Quen is on him in a corner! Quen rains down fists, Bill stops him at 6, then DECKS him! Jericho applauds, and Bill tags him in. The fans are torn as The Learning Tree waves, and Bill hoists Quen way up! Jericho “helps” SLAM Quen down!

Jericho & Bill wave, then Jericho stands Quen up to CHOP! Jericho CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Jericho runs up but Quen BOOTS him! Quen goes up and leaps to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Then hot tag to Zay! The fans rally as Zay TACKLES Jericho and rains down fists! Jericho pushes him away but Zay comes back, another TACKLE and more fast hands! Jericho tries to get away but Zay fires off high and low and all around! Jericho CLAWS eyes! The fans boo but Jericho brings Zay up. Zay CHOPS, fires more forearms, then just more and more and more! Zay runs, but Jericho sends him out!

Quen is there, for SILLY STRING! Jericho tumbles, Zay covers, TWO!! Jericho survives, Quen tags in, and he TACKLES Jericho! Quen fires off hands just like Zay! Quen stomps Jericho around, runs, but Bad Apple Bryan Keith trips him! The fans boo, but then Jericho CLOBBERS Quen! Jericho waves to the fans, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Jericho takes his time waving to all sides of the arena, then he drags Quen up. Jericho hits a BIG back suplex, then has the cocky cover, ONE! Jericho perhaps returning the favor from last night there, but Jericho bumps Quen off buckles. Tag to Bill and Bill stomps away on Quen! Jericho adds on, the ref counts, and Bill digs his boots in. The ref counts more, Bill lets off with applause, and then Bryan CHOKES Quen! Bill SUCKER PUNCHES Kassidy! The ref reprimands but Bill goes back to Quen. Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then CLUBS Quen on the back. Then SLAPS Quen down! Bill mocks the shots more, then mockingly cheers.

Bill drags Quen up, puts him on ropes, and RIPS his shirt open to CHOP him down! Quen sputters, Bill drags him up and tags in Jericho. They mug Quen in the corner, then Jericho brings Quen around. Quen fires hands first! Quen runs, but Jericho DROPKICKS him down! Jericho waves to the fans again, then he drags Quen up. Collision returns to single picture, Jericho bumps Quen off buckles, then Jericho puts Quen up top. Jericho CHOPS Quen, climbs, and wants his “branches” to fire up. The fans are torn, but Jericho has Quen on the very top, but Quen throws hands! Quen shoves Jericho down, and the fans rally up!

Quen adjusts, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jericho survives and Quen is frustrated. Quen and Jericho crawl, hot tag to Zay! Zay springboards to CROSSBODY! Zay keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, then DROPKICKS! Bill storms in, but Zay DUMPS him out! Zay then triangle jumps to DROPKICK! That’s Jericho’s move! Zay then kicks and hits a STUNNER! Then a STUNNER for Bill! The fans fire up and Zay runs up to SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and shocks Zay! Bryan coaches Jericho, Zay tags Quen. Private Party mugs Jericho, then Quen whips Jericho to a corner. Quen runs up to SPLASH!

Quen brings Jericho around again, SOBAT and SOBAT! Quen runs, but Jericho THROAT CHOPS! Then LIONSAULTS! But onto knees! Quen holds Jericho, Zay uses him as a step to FLY onto Bill! Then Zay hurries back and goes up again! Quen sets Jericho up again, SWANTON BOMB! Quen climbs now, for the 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Quen can’t believe it! Tag back to Zay, but Bill returns! The ref is busy with Bryan, too! Zay springboards, into a BOOT! The Redwood slips away, Bryan hops down, and Jericho covers Zay, TWO?!? Zay survives and the fans fire up!

Jericho huffs ‘n’ puffs, drags Zay up, but Zay is dead weight. Jericho KNEES Zay, then KNEES him again. Jericho says if Zay wants to be a threat, he has to fight. So Zay fires off fast hands and CHOSP! Zay whips, Jericho reverses, but Zay KICKS, then RAN- NO! Jericho turns Rana into WALLS OF JERICHO! Zay endures, even as Jericho sits deep! The fans fire up as Zay fights around! Zay reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! Zay lets go in frustration but also exhaustion, so he tags to Bill. Bill storms up but into a mule kick! Zay runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but into the BOSS MAN SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!? Zay survives and Bill is frustrated.

Bill mocks the shots again, gives a thumbs up, then he drags Zay up. But Quen runs in! Bill choke grips Quen, to CHOKE SLAM him onto Zay! Cover, TWO?!?! Zay survives and Bill is surprised! Bill tags Jericho back in, and Jericho climbs. Bill gets Zay up and brings him over, CHOKE- NO, Zay slips free and shoves Bill into Jericho! Jericho lands on his sapling, then Quen DROPKICKS Billy into him! Private Party DOUBLE LARIAT Bill out! Then they get Jericho set up! GIN & JUICE!! CODE BREAKER STYLE!! Quen CLOBBERS Bill, Zay covers, TWO?!?!? Jericho survives and no one can believe it!

The ref defends his count was fair but Zay can’t believe that math. Jericho is up, Zay fires off forearms! “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” Zay fires body “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” then runs to LARIAT! Zay is all fired up and the fans are with him! But Bill returns! Zay LION- NO, Bryan Keith CLOBBERS Zay!! The ref was busy with Bill, he missed that! Jericho drags Zay to a cover, Jericho’s team wins!

Winners: Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall

Consider this one a 3v2 Handicap Match, because the Bad Apple got involved. And he even goes after Zay now! Quen goes after Bryan, but Bill & Jericho go after Quen, but Samoa Joe’s team runs out there! Joe LOW BLOWS Bill! Shibata and Hook go after Jericho and Bryan, but Jericho gets outta there! The Learning Tree wants nothing to do with this! So Shibata isolates Bryan’s arm, and STOMPS it!! Jericho feels Bryan’s pain, emotionally speaking. Joe gets a mic to say, “HI~, CHRIS~!” But week after week, Jericho has “graced” us with his presence, but Joe and his associates here have been talking. And every idea that falls from Jericho’s tree “absolutely SUCKS!”

The fans cheer but Joe isn’t done. Joe tells Jericho that they come from very different schools of thought. And the best ideas survive the crucible of combat! So that is what Joe suggests! Joe, Hook & Shibata VS Jericho and what’s left of his tree, come Forbidden Door! Will Jericho, Bill & Bryan be able to regroup in the eight days they have? Or will they be turned into the lumber that builds the school of Samoa Joe?


BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!

Though Will Ospreay and Swerve Strickland are Forbidden Door opponents, and hardly friends after how personal they’re making things, they must team together against The Gates of Agony! Will Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona crush the champions before they ever reach Long Island?


AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero!

Christopher Daniels promised The Elite that they would face top tier competition for their titles, and he finally realized who would be best for The Rainmaker: the man who mentored him while on excursion in Mexico! Will Okada be able to stay undefeated in AEW when facing one of CMLL’s best? Or will Ultimo Guerrero show him that he still has a lot to learn?

The bell rings and Okada stares Ultimo down. The fans rally up, the two circle, and Ultimo offers a handshake. Okada slaps the hand away, he no longer cares about his former sensei. The two tie up, Ultimo waistlocks, then he SLAMS Okada down. Ultimo facelocks, Okada wrenches out but Ultimo rolls and trips Okada. Ultimo rolls Okada but Okada arm-drags free, and the two stand! The fans fire up as they reset and go again. Ultimo gets his side of the crowd going, but Okada has plenty of fans, too. The two speed things up, Okada drops but Ultimo runs him over! Ultimo whips, Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Ultimo CHOPS!

Ultimo scoops, Okada slips free, but Ultimo LARIATS! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Ultimo stands first and he brings Okada around. Ultimo puts Okada in a corner to CHOP! Okada sputters, but Ultimo CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Okada drops to a knee, Ultimo brings him up to scoop, and SLAM! The fans fire up, Okada slowly rises, but Ultimo is on him again. Ultimo CHOPS, and CHOPS, then brings Okada around. Ultimo whips Okada to ropes, then LARIATS him down! Ultimo stalks Okada to a corner, KNEES low, then KNEES low again! The ref counts, Ultimo snapmares Okada down then clamps on a chinlock.

The fans rally, Okada endures and fights around, but Ultimo pushes him down to get a leg. STRETCH MUFFLER! Okada endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts in Español, and Ultimo lets go at 4. Ultimo stomps Okada to the corner, lets off again, but Okada powers up to Alabama Lift! REVERSE NECK- NO, Ultimo fights it to an IRON OCTOPUS! Okada hurries to the ROPEBREAK, and Ultimo lets off again. Ultimo whips Okada to a corner, runs in, but Okada pops him up to the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada scowls and the fans fire up while Collision goes picture in picture.

Okada goes back to Ultimo, drags him up, and CLUBS him. Okada TOSSES Ultimo out, goes out after him, and UPPERCUTS! Ultimo staggers, Okada UPPERCUTS him again, and Ultimo sits in a corner. Okada stands Ultimo up, to SMACK hm off the chair! Okada drags Ultimo up and puts him back in the ring, then takes his time stepping in. Okada brings Ultimo up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ultimo stays in this and Okada is annoyed. Okada paces, drags Ultimo up and DECKS him! Okada looms over Ultimo as Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Okada has Ultimo in a corner. Okada brings him up but Ultimo body shots! And CHOPS! Okada knees low, whips, and runs in to BACK ELBO! Okada goes corner to corner, but Ultimo follows to clothesline! Ultimo keeps moving, but then Okada follows! Ultimo dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up, the ref checks, and both men are still in this. Okada sits up first but Ultimo stands first. Ultimo whips, Okada reverses, but Ultimo pops Okada up to the apron! Ultimo sweeps the legs, fires up, and runs side to side to WRECK Okada with a dropkick!

The fans fire up and Ultimo goes out to the apron. Ultimo storms over to Okada, drags him up, and whips him into railing! Then he CHOPS! The fans fire up as Okada reaches out in pain. Ultimo storms up behind Okada, the ring count climbs, but Ultimo POSTS Okada at 7! Ultimo slides into the ring at 8, Okada flounders in after, and Ultimo eggs Okada on. Ultimo fireman’s carries, Okada slips free! Ultimo ELBOWS Okada, runs, but into the DROPKICK! Okada snarls and he drags Ultimo back up. Okada ripcords, but Ultimo ducks the lariat! Ultimo kicks low, runs in, but Okada avoids the splash! Okada fires forearms then goes up!

Okada pulls at Ultimo’s mask! The fans boo the disrespect, but Ultimo hits a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Okada stays in this but Ultimo rises up. Ultimo drags Okada up, puts him up top backwards, then climbs up behind him. Ultimo goes to the very top!? But Okada CLAWS at Ultimo’s face through the mask! Ultimo drops down, Okada climbs off the corner, and Okada ripcords! Ultimo ducks again, rolls Okada up, TWO!! Okada escapes and the fans fire up! Ultimo swings, but Okada gets around, and UNMASKS HIM! Ultimo does his best to cover up, but Okada ripcords! RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (denies Ultimo Guerrero a title opportunity)

Despite how he got the win, Okada grins because for him, a win is a win! Will The Rainmaker be unstoppable now that he does what he wants?


Backstage interview with Top Flight.

Lexy Nair is with Dante, Darius & Action, and she congratulates Dante for making it into the AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match. Now, they wanted this time so what’s on their mind? Dante says the last time he was in a ladder match, he broke his leg. A broken fibula, a dislocated ankle. It took a lot of hard work for Dante to make it back here. He had to relearn how to walk, how to run, how to jump, and how to be himself again. But now, he’s going back in to that environment. A lot of people are saying that’s crazy. But it’ll take a little bit of crazy to become the NEW TNT Champion, so boys, at Forbidden Door, he’ll get some gold to celebrate with.

Lio Rush walks in and he wants to talk about last week. Action says before that, he does want to congratulate Lio Rush on the win last night. Lio appreciates that. And he asks if Darius is cool. Darius nods so Lio takes that. Lio tells Dante that when it came to last week, Lio is a man of his word. He has Dante’s back. Always has, always will. But come Forbidden Door, Lio is in the match, too, and he wants the TNT Championship for himself. Dante says same for him. So then see you there. Darius says they’ll see who the better man is. Top Flight heads out, but will the Bad Child make sure he’s the Man of the Hour in New York?


Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages!

While Christian Cage still wants to be AEW World Champion, he also wants his “sons,” Nick Wayne and Killswitch/Luchasaurus, to succeed, too. So they are going to go after the AEW World Trios Championships as a family, no matter who they have to go through. Killswitchasaurus took out Jacked Jameson, Dirty Bulk Bronson & Beefcake Boulder all by himself, so will it be even easier when Captain Charisma & The Prodigy Son are with him? Or will everyone be sippin’ sauce and livin’ hoss on Saturday night?

Before the match, Jameson has a mic. He tells Christian that he has been a focal point on the biggest shows in wrestling since most of us were little kids. Christian is one of the greatest of all time, and is now better than he’s ever been. However, ever since coming to AEW, Christian’s been acting more like “Low T Loser!” A couple weeks ago, Christian had Killswitch take them out for no reason! Then he’s got that little peeper, Nick Wayne, who looks like Timothée Chalamet but even wimpier! But they ain’t going to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! They’re going to the milk farm in #TIDDYCITY!!

The fans are a little torn about that idea, but then The Patriarchy makes their entrance. But then Christian leaves?! No, he joins commentary! He’s leaving this all up to his “sons!” The teams sort out in this unofficial handicap match, and Luchasaurus starts against Bronson. The fans are on the dinosaur’s side, but Jameson says time to sip some sauce! Bronson grabs the cup and he CHUGS it! Bronson is all fired up, runs up on Luchasaurus, but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS him down! Nick wants in, so Luchasaurus tags. Nick swaggers around, toys with Bronson, then taunts Jameson. Nick eggs Bronson on, kicks him around, then KICKS Bronson ont he back!

Nick flexes but Bronson gets up! Bronson is literally twice as big as Nick! Bronson back suplexes, Nick lands out! Nick kicks and runs, but into a back drop! Christian coaches Nick from 30 feet away at the desk but Bronson says it is time for TIDDY! CITY~! Bronson sends Nick right into Boulder’s beefy chest! Nick sputters, Luchasaurus tags in! He CLOBBERS Bronson, BLASTS Boulder & Jameson, then TOSESS Bronson toa  corner! Luchasaurus fires off fast hands, whips corner to corner, then runs up to BOOT Bronson down! Christian says this is the most elite big man in the business. Boulder storms up, he grabs Luchasaurus!

Luchasaurus ELBOWS Boulder, SHOVES him up and out, but Jameson grabs Luchasaurus by the hair! Christian says that’s cheating! Well, he would know… Jameson CLUBS Luchasaurus, goes up, but Luchasaurus garbs him first! To THROW him down onto Boulder! Nick gets in, he gets a boost from Luchasaurus, SUPER PLANCHA onto the Savages! Christian says they are the next Trios Champions and it is not up for debate. Luchasaurus waits on Bronson, Bronson slowly staggers to his feet, and into the choke grip! But Bronson CLUBS at the arm! Bronson breaks free, fires hands over and over, theN LARIATS!

Christian is upset but Luchasaurus stays up! Bronson LARIAT, then DISCUS LARIATS! Luchasaurus drops to a knee, Bronson fires back up, “I’M GONNA BUST~!” Bronson runs, but into the choke grip! JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! And then Nick wants back in! Christian says to do it, so Luchasaurus tags. Luchasaurus gets Bronson up, Christian says now his boys need his help. WAYNE’S WORLD! Christian goes to ringside, and Nick gladly tags his “father” in. Christian then has his “sons” get Bronson up, and he says THEY are the next Trios Champions! KILLSWITCH for Bronson! Cover, Patriarchy wins!

Winners: The Patriarchy, by pinfall

Christian tops it off after his “sons” do the heavy lifting, but a win is a win. Will nothing stop The Patriarchy as they look to reign over AEW together?


Mercedes Mone visited Arena Mexico.

And she told Stephanie Vaquer this is why she’s the CEO. She flew all the way to Mexico just ot make a point. Mone said hola, and then stared Vaquer down. Mone knows Vaquer is NJPW Strong Women’s Champion for now, but that title is hers come Forbidden Door. But then Vaquer told Mone, “You’re in my house now, b*tch! And we speak Spanish here!” So Mone used the internationally understood SLAP ACROSS THE FACE! The fight was on, and Mone snatched both belts! Will Mone prove she is The CEO of the entire world? Or will she find out why Vaquer is La Primera?


Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch!

While Mina Shirakawa is coming for The Leading Lady’s AEW Women’s World Championship and the spotlight, she also wants her Mariah back! Will Storm and Mariah show Mina that their bond is more than just skin deep? Or will they both freeze up facing a LEGIT cool duo?

The teams sort out and Storm starts against Leyla. The fans rally for Storm as she and Leyla circle. They tie up, and Storm powers Leyla back, but Leyla puts Storm in the corner. They go around again, on the mat, then back to their feet. Storm wrenches but Leyla gets around to trip Storm. Leyla pushes Storm to a cover, ONE as Storm bridges. Leyla pushes her down, ONE! Leyla tries again, ONE! Leyla hops on but Storm stays bridged up! They stand, Storm wrenches to a facelock, then tags Mariah. The fans cheer as Storm whips Leyla to ropes, then BOOTS her down! Mariah SHOTGUNS Leyla down, but Leyla scrambles away.

Frost tags in, Mariah and Storm are too busy celebrating together. Frost gets around Mariah, goes to ropes, but Mariah bucks the O’Conner. Frost rolls through, comes back, tilt-o-whirl and sunset flip! TWO, but Mariah SLAPS Frost! Mariah puts some stank on the CHOP! Mariah then scoops for a SPIN OUT SIDEWALK SLAM! The fans fire up and Mariah even BLASTS Leyla for good measure! Storm runs in to HIP ATTACK Frost! Storm and Mariah pose together, and Storm cues us to picture in picture.

Storm and Mariah talk but Leyla drags Mariah back in! Frost drags Storm out, the two are separated and Frost fires off on Storm! Leyla throws Mariah down, covers, TWO! Frost CHOPS Storm against barriers! Leyla drags Mariah up to snap suplex! Leyla soaks up the heat, drags Mariah up, then tags in Frost. Leyla snap suplexes again, and Frost STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Frost stays on Mariah and brings her back over, tag to Leyla. They mug Mariah, stomp her down, then Leyla digs her boots in. The ref counts, Leyla lets off, and then she drags Mariah up. Luther rallies the fans while Mariah endures the REAR BEARHUG!

Mariah reaches out while Leyla leans on her. Mariah fights up, reaches for Storm, but Leyla brings her away. Mariah fights with elbows, then runs, but Leyla reels her in! Mariah switches, Leyla switches, but Mariah wrenches to a SAIDO! Mariah and Leyla crawl, hot tag to Storm! Storm rallies on Leyla, BLASTS Frost, and Collision returns to single picture! Storm dodges Leyla, blocks the boots, and DRAPING BACKSTABBERS! The fans fire up and Storm stands Leyla up, for a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Storm stands Leyla up again. Storm reels Leyla in, but Leyla back drops!

Storm sunset flips, but Leyla drops into the ARMBAR!! Storm flails, reaches out, and the fans rally up again! Mariah jumps in to RUNNING KNEE Leyla down! Storm is free, Frost runs up, but into a HEADBUTT! Mariah hurries back and reaches out! Hot tag to Mariah! She drags Leyla to a corner, Frost is in the other. Mariah and Storm say kiss THESE! But then Frost & Leyla dodge! GAMANGIRI for Mariah! Now Mariah and Storm are in corners! Frost hits the CANNONBALL! Leyla adds a SWINGING DROPKICK! Leyla drags Mariah to the drop zone and Frost goes up! Leyla goes after Storm but Storm HEADBUTTS!

Storm shields Mariah from the FROSTBITE!! Frost drags Leyla to cover Mariah, STORM BREAKS IT! The fans fire up, Frost fires off on Storm! Frost bumps Storm off buckles, Leyla gets Mariah up. Leyla ROCKS Mariah, coordinates with Frost, and they whip Storm and Mariah into each other! The two HUG! Then they dodge Leyla & Frost, to DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up as now they DOUBLE HIP ATTACK! Storm gets Leyla for STORM ZERO! Mariah covers, she and Storm win!

Winners: Toni Storm & Mariah May, by pinfall

The mentor and protege embrace as they come out victorious! But with Mina Shirakawa trying to wedge herself between them, will this story have a tragic ending?


Serena Deeb speaks.

“Leading up to Double or Nothing, I was 6-0. Physically, I was unbeatable. Mentally, I was untouchable, unbreakable. And subsequently, I’ve had three of the toughest losses of my career, to some of the best women in this company. And I know how this goes. Sometimes you’re on the up, sometimes you’re on the down. But when you’re on the down, you gotta stop it in its tracks and you gotta lift yourself back up. If there’s anything that my wrestling career has shown, it’s perseverance, it’s redemption, it’s grit. So next week, I will be in Buffalo at Collision, and I am begging anybody to step into my ring, to step into Deeb’s Dojo!

“Because, baby, I’m on the up. And from here, I’m gonna remind everybody, and I’m gonna remind myself, just who the hell I am: The Professor of Professional Wrestling.” Who will accept Deeb’s “pop quiz” next week on Collision?


Malakai Black & Brody King VS Leon & Max St. Giovanni!

The Bang Bang Gang mocked the misfortune of this malevolent faction, and they are looking to take their anger out on whatever poor souls AEW have found for them. Will LSG & MSG soon RIP at the feet of The Kings of the Black Throne?

The teams sort out, MSG starts against Malakai. They circle, MSG is wary of Brody, but he ties up with Malakai. MSG wrenches, wristlocks, but Malakai rolls, wrenches and cording holds. MSG slips around to wrench back, but Malakai spins to wrench then headlock. MSG powers out but Malakai runs him over! Malakai stands MSG up but MSG ROCKS him with a forearm! MSG winds up, but Malakai blocks the kick to ELBOW him away! Malakai runs up, but into an ELBOW! LSG tags in, but runs into an arm-drag! Malakai clamps onto LSG’s arm, wrenches it, and tags in Brody. The fans bark as Brody CLOBBERS MSG!

LSG arm-drags free of Malakai, then runs up, but Malakai drops down so Brody can CHOP LSG off his feet! LSG sputters, the fans bark for Brody, but MSG is back! Malakai blocks MSG’s superkick to KICK the other leg. Brody and Malakai FOREARM KNEE SMASH COMBO! LSG runs up, but into a POP-UP KNEE COMBO! Then DANTE’S INFERNO!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

The brothers St. Giovanni could not withstand the wrath of the Dark Father and the King of Death, who still have fury burning in their eyes. But as they head up the ramp, Ian Riccaboni is there to interview them. He congratulates them on the win tonight, but he must ask: How does it feel after what happened to Buddy last week? Malakai chuckles, and says what a “human” question. Brody tells Ian that revenge is never a straight line. They feel nothing. Does that mean Buddy doesn’t matter? Or are Malakai & Brody just waiting until the right time to strike?


Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard!

The Alchemist of Lucha Libre warned MJF that at Forbidden Door, he’s going to break off one of MJF’s arms! Will Hechicero use Menard as an example of that? Or will Hechicero have a hard time handling some Daddy Magic?

The bell rings and Menard dodges Hechi to fire off fast hands! Menard whips Hechi to then CLOBBER him! The fans fire up with Menard as he keeps on Hechi, with a LARIAT! “What you got!?” The fans cheer, Menard whips, but Hechi gets under the leap frog to DUMP Menard down! Hechi ELBOW DROPS, then basement DROPKICKS! Menard bails out, shakes out the stars, then slides back in. But Hechi stomps away on Menard, then CHOKES him on ropes! The ref counts, Hechi BITES Menard before letting off. Menard gets up but Hechi CHOPS him! Hechi runs to JUMP KNEE! The fans are torn, but Hechi gets Menard up, for a back drop!

Hechi traps an arm, grabs the other, and DARK SACRIFICE! Menard writhes, staggers around, and Hechi slithers around to make sure MJF knows he is numero uno! Hechi runs up, but Menard dodges! Hechi hits buckles, and Menard fires off shots! Menard whips corner to corner, then runs up to clothesline! Menard climbs, and he rains down fists! The fans fire up and count all the way to TEN! Menard is all fired up, then he hits a CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Hechi stays in this but Menard scowls. Menard runs, but into a CROSSBODY from Hechi! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Hechi RAMS Menard down!

Hchi then slingshots to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Hechi waits on Menard, runs and tilt-o-whirls, HEADSCISSOR LEG DROP! Then Hechi rains down shots on Menard’s back, before reeling him into the CRUCIFIX ARMBAR! Menard taps, Hechi wins!

Winner: Hechicero, by submission

The Gates of Agony storm in to celebrate with Hechi, will the Alchemist of Lucha turn the Wolf of Wrestling into a lap dog? Or will MJF prove that he’s better than even Hechicero, and he knows it?


Jeff Jarrett speaks.

“When I was asked officially about being in the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament, all the emotion came back. It’s hard for me to imagine it’s been 25 years, but there are so many things that I remember like it was yesterday. In the late 90s, we would become Tag Team Champions, and I kinda look back on those days as the favorite days of my career. His passing in 1999, May 23rd, on the Monday the following day, I made a promise to myself that I would be able to look Oje & Athena in their eyes, and it really meant something. They were little kids when it happened, but to let them know what a great man their father is. I never, ever met anybody like him.”

Jarrett looks back, and he’s since become a 12-time world champion, a two-time Hall of Famer. The Owen Cup means more to him than anything he’s ever done. Toby Keith passed away earlier this year, another good buddy. And as the song says, he ain’t as good as he once was, but he’s as good once as he ever was. To get the opportunity to win three matches, then stand in the ring in Owen’s hometown of Calgary, Jarrett is absolutely gonna do it. The Last Outlaw must still wait and see what “wild card” is dealt, but will he make it through no matter what?


AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage!

The Aerial Assassin wants to be the #TwoBeltBruv by taking Swerve’s AEW World Championship, but he also has to defend the belt he has. And while The Machine doesn’t work for The Mogul anymore, he might end up helping him out with this match. Will Ospreay stay golden on the Road to The Forbidden Door? Or will Cage make sure Ospreay’s limping into Long Island?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to see #WhoBetta!

The bell rings and Cage CLOBBERS Ospreay! Cage fires off in the corner, the fans boo and the ref counts. But then Ospreay turns things around to fire back! Ospreay goes up to rain down fists, but Cage SHOVES him away at 4! Ospreay lands out on his feet, only for Cage to run him over! The fans boo but Cage drags Ospreay up to ROCK him! Ospreay staggers, Cage CHOPS him, but the fans rally for the “BRUV! BRUV! BRUV!” Cage whips, Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges and RAN- NO, Cage stops that and TOSSES Ospreay! Then he scoops to do bicep curls, before the FALL AWAY SLAM! Cage flexes but fans boo.

Ospreay grits his teeth as he stands up, and Cage runs in. Ospreay DUMPS Cage out, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him again. Cage shoves Ospreay but Ospreay comes back to BOOT! Cage falls to the floor, the fans fire up with Ospreay, and he PLANCHAS! Down goes Cage and the fans fire up again! Ospreay paces, brings Cage up and into the ring, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Ospreay aims from the apron, springboards, but Cage catches him! Cage stalling suplexes Ospreay, walks around with him, but Ospreay flails. Cage still keeps Ospreay up, to JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO! Cage is annoyed but he brings Ospreay back up. Cage brings Ospreay around, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Cage ROCKS Ospreay, soaks up the heat, then smirks as he drags Ospreay back up. Ospreay fires forearms in return! Cage SOBATS, scoops, and SLAMS, to then drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ospreay stays in this but Cage stays on him. Cage drags Ospreay up, to HEADBUTT him!

Ospreay staggers, Cage bumps him off buckles, but Ospreay kicks low! Ospreay ROCKS Cage, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Ospreay whips corner to corner, but Cage reverses hard! Ospreay falls back, Cage dusts himself off, and then Cage asks, “Who betta?!” Cage looms over Ospreay, gives him clubbing crossface forearms from both sides, and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Cage has Ospreay in a BEARHUG! Ospreay endures, the fans rally, and Ospreay throws elbows! Ospreay BELL CLAPS and Cage lets him go! Cage still knees low, CLUBS Ospreay, then shouts, “Who betta than Cage, huh?!” Cage runs but into the TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGIRI! Cage staggers to a corner and the fans fire back up! Daniel Garcia is watching, as he still wants a shot at the International Championship. Ospreay runs corner to corner to BOOT Cage! Ospreay pushes Cage out, goes to the apron and springboards in, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but he just brings Cage up.

Ospreay reels Cage in but Cage resists the lift. The fans rally as Ospreay fires Kawada Kicks! And then winds up to CHOP! Ospreay reels Cage in again, but Cage back drops free! Cage goes corner to corner to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI, then GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay has a rough landing and the ref checks him, but he seems okay to continue. Cage goes to the corner, and he deadlift SUPERLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay toughs it out and Cage grows frustrated. The fans rally for Ospreay but Cage reels him in. Cage puts one out, lifts Ospreay up, but Ospreay RANAS Cage into the buckles!

Ospreay hurries up top now, and he BLINDSIDE CHEERIOS! The fans fire up and Ospreay prepares his elbow pad. Cage stirs, Ospreay goes to a corner and the fans are thunderous! HIDDEN- NO, Cage fireman’s carries first! But Ospreay fights around, sunset flips, but Cage stays up to YANK Ospreay up! But Ospreay gets around, full nelsons, only for Cage to ELBOW free. Ospreay HOOK KICKS back! Ospreay springboards, OSC- DROPKICK from Cage!! The fans boo, but Cage aims and spins, but Ospreay slips through the lariat! And he gets Cage up, SITOUT BOMB! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous!

Ospreay and Cage stir, a standing count begins, and the fans rally up. Both men are down at 5 of 10 but Ospreay sits up first. Cage follows, and Ospreay stands at 7. Ospreay brings Cage around to fire a forearm! And then another forearm! And then another! Cage ROCKS Ospreay back! Cage stalks Ospreay, hauls him up to a fireman’s carry, and F5!! Cover, TWO!! Cage is losing his cool and he argues with the ref but the count was still two! Cage seethes, and Collision goes picture in picture again.

Ospreay stirs while Cage paces around him. Cage slashes his throat, brings Ospreay back up, and he SLAPS Ospreay! Ospreay wobbles, Cage SLAPS him again! Ospreay ROCKS Cage, ROCKS him again, and again! Cage ROCKS Ospreay right back! Ospreay staggers around, finds his way back, and he fires more forearms on Cage! So Cage DECKS Ospreay! Cage eggs Ospreay on, and Ospreay rises to fire another flurry! Cage ROCKS Ospreay again, and Ospreay leans against Cage. Cage pushes Ospreay down, talks trash, then stands on Ospreay’s back! Cage flexes, soaks up the heat, but Ospreay pushes up off the mat!

Cage STOMPS Ospreay down! Cage runs, but Ospreay avoids the elbow drop! Cage staggers back over, brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay fires forearms! Cage ROCKS Ospreay but Ospreay just fires up! Ospreay fires another flurry, Cage ROCKS him again, but Ospreay ROARS! Ospreay fires shot after shot but Cage ROCKS him one more time! Ospreay goes to a corner, Cage brings him around and reels him in. Suplex, but Ospreay slips free! Ospreay waistlocks, Cage switches, but Ospreay ELBOWS free. Cage ROCKS Ospreay again, but Ospreay headbutts buckles to fire himself up! The fans are thunderous as Collision returns to single picture!

Ospreay eggs Cage on, then blocks a shot to fire KAWADA KICKS! Cage JUMP KNEES! DISCUS- SUPERKICK! Cage stills wings, Ospreay swats the lariat to HOOK KICK! Cage still LARIATS through!! Cage gets Ospreay up, lifts, POWERBOMB! Deadlift, SPINNING SITOUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and the fans are thunderous again! Cage seethes and pounds the mat in frustration but the fans are behind Ospreay. Cage drags Ospreay up, fireman’s carries again, but Ospreay fires elbows! Ospreay pops up to spin and RAN- NO! Cage blocks that again! Cage brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay slips into a DDT!

Cage staggers, Ospreay whips, but Cage reverses! Ospreay handsprings, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay springs right up to HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Cage survives and shocks Ospreay! Ospreay just fires himself back up and the fans rally as hard as they can! Ospreay gets Cage up, reels him in, and underhooks those big meaty arms! But Cage fights with those arms to RAM Ospreay into a corner! Cage goes corner to corner, but Ospraey BOOTS him! Ospreay goes up but Cage GAMANGIRIS! Right in the mouth! Cage goes up, but Ospreay slips under and tucks Cage in! CHEEKY NANDOS!

Cage wobbles, Ospreay puts him back up! Ospreay goes up TO SUPER- NO, Cage slips free! So Ospreay GAMANGIRIS back! Ospreay goes up but Cage scoop him! SUPER SPINNING POWERSLAM!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Now Ospreay shocks Cage! The fans are electric for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Ospreay rises, Cage runs in, and he CLOTHESLINES Ospreay in that corner! Ospreay’s momentum puts him up top! Cage goes up after Ospreay, fireman’s carries, but Ospreay pops up to SUPER STEINER!! The fans are electric again, for the OS- NO!! Cage stuffs that to ripcord and HAYMAKER!

Cage vows to end this! Suplex, STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And POISON-RANA!! Ospreay gets moving, OSCUTTER!!! Cover, TWO!??!? Ospreay throws his elbow pad away, he means business this time! HIDDEN BLADE!!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (still AEW International Champion)

The Machine proved he can get his stuff in, and that he can take one of the best to the limit, but that is where Cage hits his limit! Ospreay is rolling into Dynamite next week, where he will have no choice but to team with The Realest to take on some common enemies. Will Will Ospreay & Swerve Strickland make it through The Gates of Agony? Or will neither of them make it to The Forbidden Door?

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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Soul Results & Report! (6/22/24)

Qualify for the Climax!



The Road to the G1 has begun!

NJPW is heating up the G1 Climax already by bringing us a Qualifier Series! Whose New Japan Soul will burn bright through the Summer?


  • Masatora Yasuda VS Daiki Nagai; Time Limit Draw.
  • Great-O-Khan & Francesco Akira VS Katsuya Murashima & Shoma Kato; Khan & Akira win.
  • Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Tomohiro Ishii, Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma; The United Empire wins.
  • 10 Man Tag: Just5Guys VS Hirooki Goto, El Desperado, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg; Goto, Desperado, Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg win.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Callum Newman VS Yujiro Takahashi; Callum wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: YOSHI-HASHI VS Chase Owens; Hashi wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture; LIJ wins.


G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Callum Newman VS Yujiro Takahashi!

The United Empire has been on a roll tonight, but while those were tag matches, The Prince of Pace has to do this on his own! Can Callum conquer the Tokyo Pimp? Or will he have to watch out for the usual tricks?

The bell rings and the two run in! Yujiro BOOTS Callum down, stomps him around, and Callum goes to ropes. Yujiro ROCKS Callum with a forearm, then stalks him to a corner. Yujiro stomps Callum again, CLUBS him, then brings him out to knee low. Yujiro CLUBS Callum again, whips corner to corner, but Callum ducks ‘n’ dodges and keeps moving, to then BOOT Yujiro! The fans fire up while Yujiro bails out. Callum eggs Yujiro on, but the ref wants him to stay in. Yujiro slides in, Callum dodges and DROPKICKS! Yujiro bails out again and the fans fire up. Yujiro hurries back up to the apron, but Callum DROPKICKS him down!

Callum takes aim as Yujiro stands up, for the PLANCHA, but Yujiro moves aside! Callum lands on his feet but that strains the legs. Yujiro reels Callum in, REVERSE DDT to the floor! The ref wants this back inside, and fans rally up for Callum, but Yujiro stalks him. Yujiro drags Callum up to RAM him into railing! Yujiro brings Callum back up, to RAM him into the apron! The ref reprimands but Yujiro brings Callum around, to whip into railing! Callum goes down in a heap and Yujiro leaves him behind. The ring count starts but Callum sits up at 4 of 20. The fans cheer Callum on as he rises at 10 of 20 and hobbles over.

Callum rolls in at 13, the fans cheer, but Yujiro stomps Callum right down. Yujiro digs his boots in, the ref counts, so Yujiro lets off at 4. Yujiro whips Callum into a corner, stomps him, ROCKS him with a forearm, then ELBOWS him. Yujiro throws more elbows, then runs up to BOOT! Callum slumps down but Yujiro pushes him to a cover, TWO! The fans cheer but Yujiro argues the count. The ref says it was fair, so Yujiro drags Callum to center. Yujiro drops a leg, drops it again, then drops it again! Cover, TWO! Callum stays in this and the fans rally up. Yujiro is annoyed, but he eggs Callum on. Yujiro brings Callum up, and Callum fires a forearm!

Yujiro eggs Callum on more as Callum throws more shots. Yujiro then knees low! Yujiro snapmares Callum and then basement BOOTS! Cover, TWO! The fans cheer as Callum toughs it out. Yujiro brings Callum up, puts him against ropes, then fires forearms. The ref reprimands, but Yujiro gets space. Callum BOOTS first! Callum runs up but into a kick! Yujiro runs but Callum follows, trips him, and DOUBLE STOMPS him! The fans fire up while both men are down! Yujiro goes to one corner, Callum goes to the other. Callum fires up, the fans are with him, and he runs Around the World to DROPKICK!

Callum snapmares Yujiro, runs up and PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! The fans still applaud as Callum has control. Callum clutches his beat up back, uses the ropes to stretch it out, and then he clamps onto Yujiro with chicken wings. Yujiro hurries to the ropes, so Callum ROCKS him with a right! Callum sits Yujiro in the ropes, then runs to DROPKICK Yujiro in the back! Yujiro falls, Callum brings him up and chicken wings. Yujiro fights the lift, stomps Callum’s foot, then ROCKS him with an elbow! Callum comes back to ROCK Yujiro with a forearm! Callum runs, but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Callum sputters, Yujiro runs up and BOOTS him!

Yujiro brings Callum around, reels him in, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Callum survives and the fans cheer! Yujiro is frustrated but he stalks Callum. Yujiro drags Callum up, reels him in, INCOLLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Callum is tougher then the Intercollegiate Slam and Yujiro grows further frustrated! Yujiro stumbles after Callum, brings him up, and fireman’s carries. Callum fights free, but Yujiro blocks the lariat! Yujiro ducks the backhand but not the ROUNDHOUSE! Both men are down again as Callum catches his breath. The fans rally up and Callum fires himself back up. The fans join in and Callum takes aim.

Callum goes to run but Yujiro reels him in! Yujiro waistlocks, Callum switches, but Yujiro BITES Callum’s hand! The fans boo and the ref reprimands but Yujiro stops at 4. Yujiro runs, but Callum blocks the boot, ROCKS Yujiro, then runs. Yujiro uses the ref as a shield! He gets the cane! But Callum blocks the cane attack, kicks Yujiro low, but now the ref sees Callum with the cane! Callum defends his innocence, the ref takes the cane, and Yujiro LOW BLOWS!! The fans boo but Yujiro reels Callum in, for PIMP JUICE! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro is stunned that Callum survives! Yujiro pleads with the ref, but no, it was not a three.

Yujiro drags Callum up, reels him in, for BIG- NO, Callum wrenches out! Yujiro ROCKS Callum, runs, but Callum shoots around to chicken wing and TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Yujiro escapes but the fans fire up! Callum aims from a corner, runs Around the World, and DROPKICKS! Yujiro staggers, Callum goes up, and he roars as he springboard DOUBLE STOMPS! Then OSCUTTER!! Cover, Callum wins!

Winner: Callum Newman, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

It was a grueling first fight, but Callum was able to outpace Yujiro, and he now moves ahead! Callum faces Kenta in Korakuen Hall, will Callum continue to build momentum? Or will he #GoToSleep before the Climax?


G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: YOSHI-HASHI VS Chase Owens!

The Head Hunter and the Crown Jewel have battled many times, both in the G1 and more recently, over the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. Sadly, neither man has that gold, but they’re looking at something bigger. Will Yoshi-Hashi #GetBackUp and head for the next round? Or will he be the victim of a Jewel Heist?

The bell rings and the two circle as the fans rally up. The two tie up, are in a deadlock, but Chase swings Hashi around to put him on ropes. The ref counts, Chase lets off, but then he blows snot on Hashi! Chase eggs Hashi on so Hashi fires forearms! Hashi CLUBS Chase, Chase knees low and Chase TOSSES Hashi out. Hashi runs up to the apron but Chase DECKS him! Chase builds speed but Hashi dodges the dropkick! Hashi kicks low, whips, and Chase hits railing! Chase staggers away while fans applaud. Hashi goes after Chase, brings him around, and whips him into more railing! Chase staggers again while fans applaud.

The ref wants this back in the ring but Hashi lines up a shot. Chase stands, Hashi runs up, but Chase BOOTS him! Chase RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS Hashi into railing! The ref goes out to check Hashi while Chase leaves him behind. Chase opens the gate so he can snatch a fan’s Yoshi-Hashi towel! Chase sneaks that over so he can CHOKE Hashi with it! The ref sees that, reprimands, but Chase whips Hashi hard into railing! Down goes Abe-san, too! Since when was Chase copying the House of Torture? Chase storms over, brings Hashi up, and puts him in the ring. Hashi sits up, Chase runs, SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!

The fans cheer as Hashi stays in this. Chase is annoyed and he mocks the fans as they rally up. Chase CLUBS Hashi on the neck, stomps Hashi’s hand, then brings him up to wrench and wristlock. Chase bends the fingers, then SNAPS them! The ref reprimands Chase being a Villain, but Chase stomps away in the corner. Chase then bends the fingers, and he makes Hashi flip Goto off on commentary. Chase CHOPS Hashi, CLUBS him, then RAMS into him! Chase digs in his shoulder, then lifts Hashi to RAM him in again! Hashi hobbles, Chase whips him corner to corner hard, and Hashi bounces off buckles! Chase soaks up the heat while Hashi writhes.

Chase drags Hashi up but Hashi fires body shots. Hashi CHOPS and the fans cheer! But Chase BOOTS Hashi down! Chase clutches his stinging chest, drags Hashi up, but Hashi suplexes first! The fans fire up while both men are down, and Chase goes to a corner. Hashi goes to the other, runs in corner to corner, and CHOPS! Hashi ROCKS and CHOPS and repeat on Chase! The fans fire up, the ref reprimands, but Hashi lets off with one more CHOP! Chase sits down, but he SPITS at Hashi! So Hashi CHOPS him again! Hashi whips corner to corner, Chase reverses, but Hashi comes back to run Chase over!

The fans cheer and Hashi cleans himself off. Hashi then runs up to CHOP, run again, and BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Chase stays in this but the fans rally up for Hashi. Hashi storms over to Chase, brings him up, but Chase throws body shots. Hashi eggs him on, Chase throws more shots, then a CHOP of his own! Hashi DECKS Chase and the fans fire up! Hashi goes back to a corner to catch his breath. Chase slowly goes to the other corner, Hashi runs in again, but Chase blocks the lariat to BUCKLE SHOT, STO, and SENTON! The fans fire up while both men are down! Chase runs corner to corner now to forearm smash!

Chase reels Hashi in, short arm LARIAT! Then a half nelson to GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Hashi stays in this and the fans fire up again! Chase is annoyed but he drags Hashi back up. Chase reels him in, but Hashi back drops free! But Chase is right back up! BLINDSIDE C-TRIGGER! Chase then wrenches, hammerlocks and JEWEL HEISTS! Cover, TWO!! Chase is furious with the ref but the ref defends his count! Chase scowls, drags Hashi up, and reels him in. Chase tucks the arms, PACKAGE- NO, Hashi flips free to CODE BREAKER! Roll up and bridge, TWO! Chase escapes but Hashi dropkicks the legs out!

The fans fire up again while both men are down! Hashi and Chase go back to corners, and both men run in! DOUBLE LARIATS collide, but neither falls! DOUBLE LARIATS collide again, and Chase staggers back! Hashi runs corner to corner, but Chase sends him into buckles! Chase rolls Hashi up, and puts his feet on ropes! TWO!! Hashi escapes but Chase gets moving, to C- NO!! Hashi blocks the trigger! Chase fires hands but Hashi CLUBS the leg! Hashi puts the leg in ropes, to SUPERKICK! Full nelson, DRAGON SUPLEX! Chase roars and rise sup, he swats a lariat and BACK ELBOWS! Hashi roars and swings, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF!

But Hashi is right back up! C-TRIGGER!! Hashi falls back but Chase has to sit down! The fans fire up and rally for Hashi as he stirs. Chase aims as Hashi goes to ropes, and he runs in to C-TRIGGER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and the fans fire up again! Chase drags Hashi back up, POINT-BLANK C-TRIGGER!! Hashi flops over but Chase wants to go for the execution! Chase reels Hashi in, tucks the arms, and PACKAGE- NO! Hashi kicks and flails to fight! But Chase powers through! PACKAGE- NO, Hashi fights free with a back drop! Chase sunset flips it! But Hashi sits on it! Cover, TWO!! Even Chase has to check if he got free in time!

Chase runs, but Hashi dodges the trigger! ELBOW! CHOP! SUPERKICK! Chase roars, but into a SUPERKICK! Hashi reels Chase in for a DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!! Chase survives and the fans fire up! Hashi rallies the fans, runs, and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Chase is still in this but the fans fire up more! Hashi gets Chase up, full nelsons, then pump handles, KARMA!! Cover, Hashi wins!

Winner: Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

The Crown Jewel cracked under the pressure and now Hashi heads for Korakuen Hall! But Hashi’s friend and teammate in Chaos, Tomohiro Ishii, will be waiting! If Hashi made it through this, can he make it through the Stone Pitbull?


8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture!

Tetsuya Naito is preparing for the Forbidden Door and his battle with Jon Moxley, but it seems some old enemies are knocking at his door. Will Titan, Bushi & Yota Tsuji help Naito stay tranquilo? Or will Evil, Ren Narita, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Sho make sure Darkness Falls in Fukushima?

Before the match, Sho gets on the mic to sarcastically with Naito a happy birthday. As such, he says it’s cute Naito thinks he’s going to have a happy birthday at all. Sho talks trash on LIJ, too, but the fans boo. And then The House just attacks! The bell rings, the brawl is on, and while Evil, Narita & Kanemaru drag Naito, Bushi & Yota out, Sho digs his boot into Titan’s neck! Red Shoes reprimands, Sho lets off, and he drags Titan up to CLUB him down. Sho talks trash as he digs his boot into Titan’s head. Titan gets up to fire off a strike fest! SOBAT and Titan runs, but Kanemaru gets a cheap shot in!

Red Shoes reprimands, Titan swings on Kanemaru but Kanemaru avoids it. Kanemaru throws Titan down by his mask, only for Titan to kip up! PELE! Kanemaru falls, Titan gets around Sho to knuckle lock, CHOP, and he goes up and up! Titan tightrope walks but Kanemaru gets in, so Titan MISSILE DROPKICKS the Heel Master! Then DROPKICK for the Murder Machine! The fans fire up as Titan snapmares, gets a leg, and drops a leg on the knee! And then Titan drags Sho over to tag in Naito! The fans cheer as the birthday boy drags Sho up and wrenches his arm to a wristlock. Sho begs for mercy as Naito cranks the hold!

Sho reaches out, Naito keeps him from ropes, and they go around and around. Naito even teases Evil by just barely keeping Sho back from a tag! Naito grins as he brings Sho away and Bushi tags in. Bushi climbs up, Evil protests, but Bushi still gets away with the AX HANDLE! The fans cheer, and Bushi BLASTS Evil off the apron! Bushi CHOPS Sho, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but Sho dodges. Sho runs in but into the PENDULUM KICK! Bushi aims but Dick Togo anchors Bushi’s feet while Sho gets in Red Shoes’ face! Narita BOOTS Bushi down, and then the rest of the House attacks the rest of LIJ!

Narita whips Bushi into railing, Evil CHOKES Naito, Sho whips Yota! Sho and Bushi get back in the ring, even as Evil CHOKES Naito, Kanemaru CHOKES Titan, and Narita brings Yota into the crowd! The fans have to be careful, and Red Shoes reprimands, but this lets Sho CHOKE Bushi in the ring! Sho tags Kanemaru and he scrapes his foot off Bushi’s face. Kanemaru snapmares Bushi, ELBOWS him in the head, then stomps him around. The fans rally for Bushi but Kanemaru sends him into Evil’s boot! Kanemaru tags Evil, Red Shoes sees Evil has a shirt ready to use, so Evil gives that up so he can kick Bushi out of the ring.

Red Shoes is busy putting the shirt aside, so he misses Sho and Narita mugging Bushi! Narita grabs a chair, Sho stands Bushi up, and Narita JAMS Bushi! Yota protests, Narita puts Bushi in for Evil, and Evil drags Bushi up for a FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! But then someone rings the bell? Dick Togo makes the announcement and Evil even grabs Bushi’s mask cover to celebrate. Red Shoes says no, this doesn’t count in any way, shape or form. Evil says fine, and he tags Narita. Narita drags Bushi up, Bushi CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Narita CLAWS Bushi’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands while Narita scrapes Bushi’s face off ropes!

Red Shoes counts, Narita lets off and runs, but Bushi blocks the boot to ENZIGIRI! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Bushi crawls, but Narita stomps him down! Narita BLASTS Yota, stands Bushi up, but Bushi blocks a kick to CLUB the leg! Bushi then dropkicks the legs out, crawls for his corner, and the fans rally up! Hot tag to Yota! The fans fire up as Yota runs Narita over! Kanemaru & Sho get in to kick low then double whip, but Yota kicks Sho while he arm-drags Kanemaru! The fans fire up as Yota scoops Sho for a BACKBREAKER! Kanemaru storms up but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER!

Narita returns, kicks low and whips, but Yota reverses to scoop and BACKBREAKER! The fans fire up for the hattrick while Narita writhes! Yota gets the fans even more fired up and he smiles. Yota drags Narita up, fireman’s carries, but Narita fights free. Narita CHOKES Yota, Red Shoes reprimands, but Yota breaks free! Yota swings, Narita ducks then gets the SLEEPER! Yota endures, and he RAMS Narita into the corner! Yota sputters, but Evil sneakily unties the buckle pad! Yota runs back in and surprise! Yota runs into bare buckles! The fans boo but Narita tags Evil in. Evil & Narita split the wishbone on Narita, then Evil DECKS Naito!

Narita & Evil whip Yota to an open corner. Evil runs in but Yota BOOTS him! Narita runs in, he blocks Yota’s boot, but Yota reels Narita in to STOMP down! Evil mule kicks, runs, but into a COMPLETE SHOT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Yota crawls over, hot tag to Naito! Naito fires hands on Evil, kicks and CLUBS him, then whips. Evil reverses but Naito holds ropes. Naito BOOTS Evil, runs up and gets around, then whips to arm-drag! Evil stands, Naito RAMS into him, but Evil fights the atomic drop. Naito RAMS Evil into the corner, whips him corner to corner, then ELBOWS him! Naito snapmares and basement dropkicks!

The fans fire up as Naito poses, then he covers, TWO! Evil is still in this but Naito stays on him. Evil kicks, Naito blocks and he CLUBS the leg! Naito kicks and kicks, but Evil blocks! Kanemaru gets in to dropkick the legs out! Kanemaru & Sho hold off LIJ while Evil steps through, for the SCORPION DEATHLOCK! Naito endures, pushes up, crawls forward, but Evil sits deep on the hold! Dick pokes Naito in the eyes! But even so, Naito fights forward to the ROPEBREAK! Evil holds until Red Shoes counts 4, then Kanemaru tags in. The House sends Naito to an open corner. Sho runs in to forearm smash, then Narita adds his own!

Kanemaru runs in to elbow! Evil runs in to clothesline! Snapmare, and then Narita gets in Red Shoes’ face! Dick goes up the corner while Evil & Kanemaru hold Naito open! DICK CHOP! Kanemaru covers, TWO!! Naito survives and the fans fire up! But Kanemaru & Evil SMASH the knees! Kanemaru steps through to FIGURE FOUR! Naito endures, the fans rally, but Kanemaru thrashes around! Bushi gets in to stomp Kanemaru, but Sho kicks Bushi! Sho throws Bushi out, but Naito is still free of the leglock. Dick distracts Red Shoes, letting Kanemaru get his whiskey! The fans boo as Kanemaru aims, but Naito ducks the bottle!

Titan SHOTGUNS Kanemaru, then he BOOTS Dick! Sho kicks Titan, whips, but Titan reverses. Titan goes Matrix to then CALF KICK Sho! Evil & Narita attack, double whip, but Titan uses that to FLY out onto Sho! The fans fire up, Bushi & Yota get in! CODE BREAKER for Evil, STUNNER for Narita! Then Naito baits Kanemaru into an atomic drop! Bushi ENZIGIRIS! Yota SUPERKICKS! Bushi gives Naito a boost, TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up as Naito gets Kanemaru up, wrenches, and tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

The House of Torture tried but failed, and the night is tranquilo after all! Yota grabs the blue buckle pad and threatens Narita with it! Souled Out runs away to help the rest of The House get outta here, will they ever learn their lesson?

As for LIJ, they regroup in the ring, and naturally, Naito gets the mic. “Buenas noches, Fukushimaaa~!” The fans cheer, and Naito continues. NJPW visits the Fukushima Prefecture often, but it has been three YEARS and eight MONTHS since they were last in THE Fukushima City. Therefore, Naito thanks everyone for coming out tonight. Gracias, amigos. Naito then notes that yes, today happens to be his birthday. The fans cheer that! And Naito says he isn’t sure where she is, but his mom made the trip all the way from Tokyo just to be here tonight. The fans are surprised, but then cheer for Mama Naito.

Naito says again, he isn’t sure where she is in the crowd, but he says gracias to her. The fans applaud that, and then Naito says that in these last three years and eight months, surely there are a lot of new fans here. So, did those new people enjoy NJPW and LIJ? The fans cheer! Then, after these three years and eight months, the next time will be… Hmm. Two years? Three? Four? Just next month? Well, Naito isn’t sure. But until then, remember: Tranquilo! Assen na yo! The fans cheer, and Naito asks, “So, shall we?” The fans cheer, and Naito says if he remembers right, it has been since October of 2016, so SEVEN years and eight months, since the last time! Is everyone ready?

The only way to close out tonight’s New Japan Soul in Fukushima is of course… “Bushi, Hiromu,Takagi, Titan, Yota, y Naito! Nosotros! LOS! INGOBERRRRRNABLEEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!” Big mic drop and LIJ is rolling forward, but they will have to do this all over again tomorrow night. Will Naito keep up the pace as he heads for Jon Moxley and the Forbidden Door?

My Thoughts:

A very good return for the New Japan Soul series here, with plenty of tune-up matches for tomorrow’s New Japan Soul and those G1 Climax qualifiers. Really good G1 Climax qualifiers tonight, though the fans were just cold for Yujiro against Callum. Good win for Callum, and he’ll have a good showing against Kenta but I don’t expect Callum to make it to the A Block prelim finals in a couple weeks. Hashi VS Chase was very good, great win for Hashi, and while they avoided Bullet Club VS Bullet Club, they’re totally giving us Chaos VS Chaos as Hashi takes on Ishii. I’m leaning towards Ishii making it through and facing Kenta in the prelim finals.

And then a really good, really fun 8 Man Tag for the main event. Naito is definitely building momentum towards his match with Moxley in just over a week, which I would hope he wins, but it doesn’t seem like there’s a clear challenger for Naito afterwards. At the same time, the G1 is next, he’s gonna be in that as champion, the round robin nature makes for at least one person getting that golden ticket win off him in like a middle round. Also happy birthday to Naito, and it was so nice to know his mom made the trip out there to spend time with him.

My Score: 8.8/10

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