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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (6/28/22)

Who’s heading to the Bash?

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New #1 Contenders will be named!

Roxanne Perez & Cora Jade want after the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, but so do Kayden & Katana! Who gets their shot first with a win tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: Roxanne Perez & Cora Jade VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; win and will challenge Toxic Attraction for the titles at The Great American Bash.
  • Giovanni Vinci VS Ikemen Jiro; Vinci wins.
  • Indi Hartwell VS Kiana James; Kiana wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Roderick Strong & The Creed Brothers VS Joe Gacy & The Dyad; Gacy & The Dyad win.
  • Sanga VS Xyon Quinn; Sanga wins.
  • Nikkita Lyons VS Mandy Rose w/ Toxic Attraction; Lyons wins, by disqualification.

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NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: Roxanne Perez & Cora Jade VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance!

The inaugural Women’s Breakout Tournament winner and her best friend want after Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne, but KC Squared don’t want anyone “cutting in line.” Will Kayden & Katana earn another shot at the Toxic champions? Or will there be no stopping #GenerationJadeRox?

But of course, up in their Toxic Lounge, it’s Gigi, Jacy and Mandy. Cora and Kayden start, they circle, and fans rally up. Cora and Kayden tie up, go around, and Cora puts Kayden on ropes. Kayden turns it around, Cora turns it back, they end up in a corner but then exit the corner to break. They reset, tie up, and Cora wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Kayden rolls, rolls, wrenches and waistlocks. Kayden trips Cora, jumps over her, and shows off some dance moves. Cora rushes in, Kayden dodges but Cora blocks the hip toss, only for Kayden to counter her hip toss into an arm-drag! Cora gets up, and Kayden CHOPS her!

Cora CHOPS back, but Kayden CHOPS again! Kayden knuckle locks but Cora CHOPS! Kayden CHOPS and knees low, then goes up and up. Katana tags in as Kayden shows off, FLYING ARM-DRAG! Then Kayden gives Katana the boost, SEATED SENTON! Cover, TWO! Cora kicks low, whips Katana to ropes, but Katana springboard sup and over to drop toehold and float over, to tranquilo! Then she handsprings and SPIKES Cora with the headscissors! Cover, TWO! Katana brings Cora up to whip but Cora reverses. Cora runs in but Katana elbows her away! Toxic Attraction doesn’t even pay attention, they’re taking selfies!

Katana goes up, leaps, but Cora blocks flying arm-drag to one of her own! Then float to a lateral press, TWO! Cora swings but Katana gets around to waistlock. Cora drops, kangaroo kicks, then uppercuts! Cora snapmares, runs and basement dropkicks! Katana staggers away but Cora forearm smashes in the corner! Tag to Roxie and Cora whips her in for an uppercut! Roxie rolls and uppercuts again! Roxie keeps moving, dodges Katana to roll and headscissor to a roll-up! TWO, but Roxie arm-drags Katana down! Fans rally, Katana endures and fights up. Cora tags in, she CLUBS Katana’s arm, and Cora wrenches the arm to a WRINGER! Cover, TWO!

Cora keeps close to Katana and she wrenches. Cora whips Katana to a corner, tags Roxie, and they mug Katana in the corner. Roxie wrenches and wrangles Katana to an armlock. Katana endures, Toxic Attraction actually watches for once, and Roxie wrenches Katana again. Katana fights up, spins around, but Roxie arm-drags her back down. Roxie brings Katana up, whips, but Katana holds ropes. Katana BOOTS Roxie, Kayden tags in and HEEL KICKS! Kayden hooks Roxie up with a hammerlock and armlock. Kayden CLUBS away on Roxie before the STO! Cover, TWO! Kayden keeps Roxie from Cora and fireman’s carries.

Tag to Katana, but Roxie sunset flips! Katana slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO! Katana keeps Roxie from Cora, fans rally and Katana fights up. Roxie shoves Katana away but Katana comes back! Roxie pops Katana up, and around, ELECTRIC CHAIR HOTSHOT off ropes! Tag to Cora, she springs for IMPLODER STOMPS! Roxie adds a BIG basement dropkick! Cora covers, TWO! Katana toughs it out but Cora tags Roxie back in. The BFFs double suplex but Katana slips out to tag in Kayden! Fans fire up as all four women stare down! KC Squared rush in, but Cora & Roxie dodge to double dropkick them out!

Fans fire up as Roxie tosses Kayden then builds speed. Kayden returns to CLOBBER Roxie! Katana YANKS Cora down, then Kayden tosses Roxie. KC Squared tell the “rookies” that this is THEIR time while NXT goes picture in picture.

Cora and Roxie regroup at the ramp. Kayden goes out to fetch Roxie but Roxie bumps Kayden off the apron! Roxie CLUBS Kayden, then again! Roxie puts Kayden in, covers, TWO! Roxie drags Kayden up, brings her over and Cora tags in. Roxie hands Kayden off but Kayden rolls Cora up! TWO, and Kayden CLOBBERS Cora! Kayden drags Cora up, tosses her back out, then taunts Roxie. Kayden waits on Cora as the ring count climbs, but Cora trips Kayden! Cora gets in to ENZIGURI Kayden down! Kayden flounders to a corner, Cora runs in to SLIDING KNEE! Cora drags Kayden to a cover, TWO! Cora is annoyed but she stays on Kayden.

Tag back to Roxie, the BFFs double suplex Kayden! Cover, TWO! Roxie grabs at Kayden but Kayden rolls out of the ring. Roxie hurries to the apron, then to the floor to DECK Kayden! Roxie bumps Kayden off the apron, but then Kayden shoves Roxie away. Roxie runs, into a scoop, and Kayden RAMS Roxie into the apron! Kayden gets back in, the ring count is 7 of 10 but Kayden drags Roxie in. Cover, TWO! Toxic Attraction are watching but aren’t impressed as Kayden drags Roxie back and stands on her foot. Kayden taunts Roxie to reach for Cora, then she stomps Roxie down. Kayden grabs Roxie’s arms and PULLS them back!

Roxie endures, Kayden stomps her, and NXT returns to single picture. Kayden whips Roxie into the corner, runs in and blocks Roxie’s boots. Kayden spins Roxie around into the ropes, tag to Katana, and DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Kayden holds Roxie in place as Katana goes up, DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Katana is growing frustrated and she tags Kayden in. Kayden drags Roxie from Cora, stands on her foot again, then turns Roxie over into a BOSTON CRAB! Roxie endures, Kayden keeps one leg, and she taunts Toxic Attraction. Jacy taunts Kayden back by showing off her hip wiggle. Fans rally for Roxie, Kayden drags her away and tags Katana.

Katana drops down on Roxie, gets the legs for herself, BOSTON CRAB! Roxie endures all over again! But she crawls forward, only for Katana to drag her away again! Roxie powers up, rolls Katana, TWO!! Katana hurries to get the legs, and she drags Roxie away again. Roxie tosses Katana away! Hot tags to Kayden and Cora! Cora rallies on Kayden, then RANAS! Cora DECKS Katana, ENZIGURIS Kayden, then SHINING WIZARDS against ropes! Cover, TWO! Cora is annoyed again but she drags Kayden back up. Fans rally, Kayden ROCKS Cora! Cora ROCKS Kayden, Kayden SUPERKICKS Cora! Cora DECKS Kayden but falls over, too!

Both women crawl and fans fire up again! Fans rally for “Women’s Wrestling!” Roxie tags in, but Kayden dodges to SUPERKICK! Katana is still down so Kayden has to DECK Cora! Kayden drags Roxie over, Katana is back and she tags in! KC Squared sets up, HUMAN HI- NO, Cora yanks Kayden down and Katana has to bail out of the 450! Roxie hops on, for POP ROX!! Cover, Cora & Roxie win!!

Winners: Cora Jade & Roxanne Perez, by pinfall (NEW #1 contenders to the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships)

No Breakout Contract needed, #JadeRox are heading to the Great American Bash with this! Will they be able to finally dethrone Toxic Attraction?

 

The Diamond Mine trains together.

Specifically, Julius & Brutus Creed work on counters while Ivy Nile observes. But then Joe Gacy and The Dyad “come in peace,” because they feel compelled to tell the brothers that if Roderick Strong doesn’t appreciate them, Gacy does. Gacy will welcome them into the fold, just like he did his druids. Julius isn’t sure how Gacy found his way in here, but on behalf of the entire Diamond Mine, they’re not sipping the Kool-Aid. There may be arguments in the group, but Diamond Mine is forever. Strong is glad to hear that. Gacy is such an idiot. Diamond Mine is a family. The strongest in all of NXT! And they’ll show Gacy that strength. Whenever, wherever, they’re ready!

Gacy senses hostility, but not with him. It’s within them. They all want to prove they’re a family? Then we’ll see it tonight. Okay, then! Will Gacy & The Dyad break under the pressure? Strong hugs it out with the Creeds and then fist bumps Damon Kemp. Is Diamond Mine truly forever?

 

Backstage interview with Toxic Attraction.

We now know it will be Gigi & Jacy VS Cora & Roxie for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships, but Jacy says of course we know, they were watching, too. And she wants to say that she was so… unimpressed. If Cora & Roxie bring that level of performance next week, The Great American Bash will be even easier than they thought. And on the matter of Cora & Roxie being BFFs, Gigi points out they’ve beaten best friends before, as well as enemies and frenemies. Toxic Attraction’s beaten them all, this will be no different. Mandy says “Little Miss Breakout” should’ve just gone and used her contract in the first place.

But if Roxie even thinks she can hold onto that contract for Mandy, no no no. But then Nikkita Lyons walks in! She says Roxie wouldn’t even have the contract if Lyons finished the tournament. But guess we’ll never know. One thing Lyons knows is that she’s back in action, and her eyes are on Mandy. Uh, all eyes are on Mandy all the time, honey. But it sounds like Lyons wants to roar. Well find out tonight, because when you step in the ring with Mandy, SHE is queen of the jungle! Will the Toxic Goddess back up that talk? Or will Mandy find herself in the Lyons den instead?

 

Giovanni Vinci VS Ikemen Jiro!

The Pride of Italy is fast, strong, and has a sense of style, but is he #StyleStrong? The Handsome One wants to put him to the test! But will Jiro find out that in life, it’s #VeniVidiVinci?

NXT returns and Jiro makes his entrance. The bell rings, Jiro cartwheels but Vinci stays clear. They tie up, Vinci hammerlocks and pushes Jiro, then eggs him on. Jiro circles with Vinci, they tie up, and Vinci wrenches an arm. Vinci wristlocks, Jiro spins through and slips through to armlock back. Jiro hammerlocks but Vinci drop toeholds and walks all over Jiro. Fans boo but Jiro kips up! JACKET PUNCH! JACKET PUNCH! But Vinci gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Vinci frowns and puts Jiro in a corner. Vinci CHOPS Jiro and Jiro is stinging! Vinci CHOPS again, then keeps Jiro cornered to CHOP him again!

Fans “WOO~!” while Jiro spasms from how sharp those chops were! Fans want those “One More Time!” but Vinci scoops Jiro. Jiro slips off to SOBAT, JACKET PUNCH, and DISCUS PUNCH! Jiro is still stinging but he whips corner to corner. Vinci reverses, Jiro slips out and GAMANGIRIS! Fans fire up and Jiro slingshots to ARABIAN FLOP as Vinci moves! Vinci springboards to FLYING DDT!! Jiro is dazed and Vinci gets right up! Fans lose their minds over how awesome that was and Vinci reels Jiro in. Vinci gets Jiro up, for the SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, Vinci wins!

Winner: Giovanni Vinci, by pinfall

Another dominant win with some serious style! Has Vinci proved he’s not only #StyleStrong, but that he has what it takes to hold gold?

 

Fallon Henley, Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen are in the back.

And the good ol’ boys are the NEW NXT UK Tag Team Champions! Briggs & Jensen are back stateside after that historic Fatal 4, what will they have to say about being Yanks with UK gold?

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams.

After last week’s big title victory, McKenzie asks the North American Champion how he plans to keep his momentum going. Melo says the question should be, “How did you become The A Champion without even trying?” Trick says that’s a great question, and Melo says it takes things like hustle, swagger, loyalty, confidence, and disrespect. All of those things make you the A Champion. That is why no one will get one over on him, no one can tell him a damn thing, and why every rule has an exception, when you’re an exceptional talent. But then Grayson Waller walks in and says what a big win over Tony D’Angelo, and all by himself! What, all by himself? YES, all by himself!

But the brass knuckles- What? Brass knuckles? You mean bare knuckles! Anyway, what’s Waller up to? Well, he’s a little embarrassed, but all his mates back home are big Melo fans, so could he sign some things for them? Sure, sure, they love the kids. Waller took care of Solo, Melo can do this. Melo signs a basketball, and then a shirt for Waller’s mom, and some pictures for Jimmy. He’s jacked in these 8×10’s, y’know? Waller thanks Melo for this and heads out. Melo says this is why he likes Waller. But is Waller really doing this just for his friends? Or is he up to something devious?

 

Briggs, Jensen & Fallon head to the ring!

The NEW NXT UK Tag Team Champions and the Cowgirl strut out and fans chant, “You Deserve It!” Jensen says it for himself, “AND NEW~!” No, no, you gotta say it harder, they didn’t hear you in the back. “AND NEW~ NXT UK Tag Team Champions~!” Briggs says y’all know they love to fight, so they crossed continents and fought the best the UK had to offer. They put up a hell of a fight, but y’all best believe they brought it all right back to ’em! “U S A! U S A!” Briggs says to Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter, injuries are part of the game, so when those guys return, the rematch is waiting for them.

Jensen asks Briggs if he remembers the first time they met. Briggs looked Jensen square in the eyes and said, “You got a lot of potential, kid. Wanna roll with me?” And ever since, Jensen has busted his ass for the great fans here right now! And he busts his ass for Briggs! So right here, in front of the world, Jensen thanks Briggs for picking him. The two hug it out and fans cheer. Even Fallon looks a bit touched. Briggs say she is proud of Jensen. Fans chant again, “You Deserve It!” Briggs says there’s still one thing left they have to do now that they have these gorgeous tag team titles! Fallon says, “Let’s drink some beer!”

But just as the party gets started, here come Pretty Deadly! Kit Wilson says, “You have GOT to be kidding me!” Briggs & Jensen are NXT UK Tag Team Champions? Elton Prince says, “Those titles were once gorgeous, because they were made that way by the two tastiest snacks in NXT. And now they’re being spoiled by the grubby hands of American trailer trash!” They should at least wipe them clean of the country dirt and swamp water! They probably smell, too. No, definitely! Jensen says the only thing he smells is an Alabama ass-whooping coming to Pretty Deadly. Wilson mocks Jensen, “Ah smell’n Alabama ass-whooping comin’ to you, ROLL TIDE~!”

The fans actually chant “Roll Tide,” but Prince tells “you two Muppets don’t deserve those titles.” All Briggs & Jensen have done is lower the bar. And now, there’s only one team that can raise them up again. That is the former NXT UK Tag Team Champions, #YESBOY, who held those belts for a GLORIOUS 287 days! Alright, Zoolander twins, SHUT UP! Brooks & Briggs know the lineage. And there are a lot of great teams who’ve held them. But Pretty Deadly ain’t one of ’em! #YESBOY! But the fact is, they’ll be fighting champions both here and in the UK, so talk all you want, or… they can get to fighting!

Actually, hold on. The champs will make that decision for Pretty Deadly. Jensen DECKS Prince! Wilson goes after him but Briggs is on him with a waistlock! Atomic drop, and Fallon SLAPS Wilson! Then Briggs lariats Wilson out, Jensen throws Prince out, and then the champs BLAST Prince onto Wilson! Pretty Deadly is in retreat, but will the British be coming for those belts at the Great American Bash?

 

Bron Breakker speaks.

“NXT is my life! It’s time for me to step up and be a leader. In the ring, my veins are bulging, my heart is pumping, it’s a white knuckle thrill-ride.” The high-energy, high-intensity and high-impact TWO-TIME NXT Champion is ready to prove why he is champion, but he’ll be face-to-face with his next challenger, Cameron Grimes, later tonight!

 

Kayden & Katana storm into the women’s locker room.

“Every freakin’ time!” Kayden is so sick of this! Katana says they’re better than those two AND Toxic Attraction! Okay, what’s Tatum Paxley looking at them for? Nothing, just giving them space. Well mind your own damn space then! Uh, don’t get at Tatum just cuz you lost. Tatum heads out and KC Squared says no one is on their level. But will they be able to prove that?

 

Indi Hartwell VS Kiana James!

Everyone knows #IndiWrestling is always #IMPRESSIVE, but it seems The Calculator needs to see that data first hand. Will Kiana get her numbers crunched tonight?

NXT returns and Kiana makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Indi wrenches, wristlocks, but Kiana wrenches back. Kiana taunts Indi but Indi slips around to a waistlock. Kiana reaches out, gets the ropes and she bucks Indi off. Indi says she’s smarter, but then Indi rushes in. Kiana kicks, Indi blocks, but Kiana uses that to reel Indi in for a headlock. Kiana wrenches, wristlocks, but Indi arm-drags! Indi taunts Kiana, then arm-drags her again and again. Kiana avoids the third, but not the leg sweep! Cover, ONE! Indi arm-drags again and she grinds Kiana down. Fans rally as Indi grinds the arm, but Kiana moves around.

Kiana gets up, whips but Indi reverses! Kiana bumps off buckles, Indi fireman’s carries to SNAKE EYES! Indi reels Kiana in to put her on the apron, then has her in the ropes! But Kiana HOTSHOTS Indi down! Kiana stomps away on Indi, dusts herself off, and again says she’s smarter. Kiana RAMS into Indi, shoves her down, then covers, TWO! Kiana clamps on body scissors but fans rally as Indi endures. Indi fights back to get a cover, TWO! Kiana CLUBS away on Indi, but Indi throws elbows back. Fans rally, Indi pushes back, TWO! Indi runs to BOOT Kiana down! Fans rally, Indi rallies with big shoulder tackles!

Indi blocks a kick, throws Kiana down then CLUBS her and DECKS her! Kiana gets to the apron, Indi has her in the ropes to UPPERCUT and BOOT! Kiana flops down, Indi covers, TWO! Indi grows a bit frustrated but she grabs at Kiana’s legs. Kiana kicks her away, runs in, but into a fireman’s carry! Kiana slips off, shoves Indi, but Indi goes up and out to DECK Kiana again! Fans fire up as Indi springboards, but the Pretty Savage FLOPS as Kiana moves! Kiana trips Indi, high stacks, with feet on the ropes! The ref doesn’t see it, Kiana wins!!

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

Kiana talks trash, having used her brain and a lot of cheating to get this win! Will Indi be able to rebound after Kiana stole that win?

 

Tony D’Angelo and The Family meet at a bridge.

And with a splash into the water, it seems Two Dimes just got dropped. Tony gave him the world, and what did he do? He made a move for his chair. But now, Dimes sleeps with the fishes. The stupid mug. But then a call comes in. Tony answers, and it’s Santos Escobar. Escobar asks if he’s talking to the new North American Champion, Tony D. Oh, real funny, wise guy! Tony tosses his phone! He’s done with this! Will The Done find a way to avenge himself against Legado del Fantasma?

 

Wes Lee speaks.

“Last week, I was in the middle of the ring, pouring my heart out. Baring my soul. And Trick Williams ruins my moment. Trick, your biggest mistake is thinking that my honesty and openness to my feelings makes me soft. The fact that I wear my heart on my sleeve makes me weak? Bing bang, dog. It’s all strength. And next week, at the Great American Bash, you will see that strength on full display, and I will have no pity for you because of how you disrespected me as a man. No one and no thing will stop me from finding my inner peace in that ring, especially not Trick Williams.”

 

Six Man Tag: Roderick Strong & The Creed Brothers VS Joe Gacy & The Dyad!

It is time to see whose bonds are strongest! Will it truly be Diamond Mine Forever? Or will Mr. Inclusion and his hooded henchmen prove there are cracks in that foundation?

NXT returns and Gacy’s trio makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Strong starts against Gacy. These two circle, tie up, and Gacy powers Strong back. Strong wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Gacy spins and wrenches back. Gacy headlocks, Strong powers up and out, but Gacy runs Strong over. Things speed up, Strong bypasses to waistlock and wrangle Gacy down! Strong clinches, Gacy fights the head ‘n’ arm, and he powers Gacy into the corner. The taller druid tags in and fans chant “Gibson Sucks!” Do they know something Diamond Mine doesn’t? The taller druid mugs Strong, scoops him, but Strong slips off to half nelson!

The druid, “Dyad 1” fights free but Strong hip tosses him down! Tag to Brutus, Strong feeds Dyad 1 to Brutus’ fireman’s carry takeover! Brutus clamps onto an arm but Dyad 1 pulls hair to put Brutus in a corner. The ref counts, Dyad 1 lets off with cheap shots! Dyad 1 whips but Brutus reverses to gut wrench suplex! Brutus drags Dyad 1 up in a waistlock but Dyad 1 wrenches out to a wristlock. Brutus counters with a hip toss! Tag to Julius and Julius gut wrench SLAMS Brutus onto Dyad 1! Brutus & Julius pinball the druid between their knees, then Julius pushes the druid over. Tag to Brutus, and they pinball him with knees again.

Brutus paces, tags Julius back in, and then Julius throws in another knee. Dyad 1 gets out of the ring and Gacy tells him that just as he trusts in Gacy, Gacy trusts in him. He can get back in there and show them “the new you.” Dyad 1 nods and gets in. Julius shoots in, waistlocks, but Dyad 1 switches to ripcord and short arm LARIAT! Dyad 1 drags Julius up for another LARIAT! Dyad 1 rains down forearms, then clamps on a forearm chinbar! Julius endures, Dyad 1 drives in an elbow then wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally, Julius fights up, but Dyad 1 ROCKS him! Tag to the other druid, and the Dyad CLOBBER Julius! Cover, TWO!

Strong coaches Julius but the second druid, “Dyad 2,” clamps onto his head! Julius gets free and trips Dyad 2, but Dyad 2 shifts to crossface forearm! Dyad 2 ROCKS Julius to the corner, tag to Gacy! They mug Julius, Gacy RAMS into him, but lets off as the ref counts. Gacy drags Julius up to ROCK him. Julius shoves Gacy but Gacy ROCKS him again. Tag to Dyad 2 and he mugs Julius. Dyad 2 scoops but Julius cradle counters, TWO! Dyad 2 CLOBBERS Julius! Dyad 2 drags Julius away from Diamond Mine to throw forearms. Dyad 2 reaches down, but Julius suplexes him from the floor?! And HOLDS HIM UP!

Fans fire up as Julius stands up while still holding Dyad 2 up! Gacy and Dyad 1 save Dyad 2, but then Strong and Brutus go after them! And Diamond Mine hits a TRIPLE SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Diamond Mine CLOBBERS the Dyad out of the ring! Gacy runs in but he gets DOUBLE ELBOWS from the Creeds! Julius DROPKICKS Gacy out and fans fire up! Gacy and his druids regroup while NXT goes picture in picture.

The ref has everyone calm down, and Gacy talks with his minions. Julius waits and Gacy encourages Dyad 2 to bring the fight. Dyad 2 gets in, Strong tags in, and they circle. Strong dodges Dyad 2 to waistlock and SLAM! Strong clamps on with a chinlock, CLUBS Dyad 2. then pulls on the hold! Strong hooks an arm, turns Dyad 2 over and stomps him! Strong CHOPS Dyad 2 in the corner, then CHOPS him again! Brutus tags in, Diamond Mine CLUBS Dyad 2 down together, and Brutus facelocks. Dyad 2 powers Brutus all the way to the corner and Gacy tags in! They mug Brutus, Gacy wrenches and grinds the arm, but Brutus stays up.

Fans rally, Gacy keeps on the arm, but Brutus fights up to his feet. Brutus moves around but Gacy wrangles him again. Gacy grins as he grinds the arm, but Brutus fights back up. Gacy wrangles him again, keeps on the arm, and Brutus fights up to turn things around on Gacy! NXT returns to single picture and they go around but Gacy headbutts free! Brutus uppercuts back then gut wrench suplexes! Brutus swings on the druids but they get away, and Gacy CHOP BLOCKS Brutus’ leg! Gacy hits a DDT, then covers, TWO! Gacy shouts at Julius and Strong, then brings Brutus up to CHOP! Tag to Dyad 1, fans boo as they mug Brutus.

Dyad 1 throws forearms, Brutus hits back. Dyad 1 hits low, whips Brutus to the corner, but Brutus fights his way out! Dyad 1 kicks low again, then tags Dyad 2. Dyad 2 tags Gacy, and the druids hold Brutus up for Gacy to hang like a bat! They want Brutus to look into the wild eyes of Gacy! Then a feed to the URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Brutus survives but Gacy drags Brutus up. Gacy CHOPS Brutus, ROCKS him, then clinches. Brutus throws body shots and uppercuts but Gacy CHOPS! Gacy throws hands, tags Dyad 2, but Brutus barrels through! Brutus reaches out but Dyad 2 drops an elbow on him!

Dyad 2 stays between Brutus and the Mine with a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Dyad 2 looms over Brutus but fans rally up. Dyad 2 throws hands, tags Dyad 1, and they mug Brutus again. Dyad 1 claws at Brutus’ face then clamps on a chinlock. Brutus endures, fans rally up again, and Brutus fights up. Dyad 1 thrashes him around but Brutus still gets up, Dyad 1 knees low, CLUBS Brutus, then sucker punches Strong! Tag to Dyad 2. they double whip Brutus, but Brutus holds ropes and BOOTS back! Brutus ROCKS one, evades the other and shoves him away, tag to Julius! Julius DECKS Gacy, then hit an EXPLODER on Dyad 2!

BELLY2BELLY for Dyad 1! Julius DECKS Dyad 2, then deadlifts into the Canadian Rock, for a SPINNING TOSS! Fans fire up with Julius and he runs in to hit the ROLLING SPINEBUSTER! Straps come down, but Strong tags in! Strong JUMP KNEES Dyad 2! Diamond Mine argues again, because Julius had this! Strong tells him to obey orders, but Gacy runs in! Brutus POUNCES Gacy to save Strong! Now Strong is mad at Brutus! The Dyad pull a switcheroo! Dyad 1 gets around, Strong waistlocks, but now Dyad 2 tags in! Strong rolls up Dyad 1, but Dyad 2 deadlift suplexes him! The Dyad coordinate, HANGING DDT!! Cover, Gacy’s team wins!

Winners: Joe Gacy & The Dyad, by pinfall

A massive win for Gacy and his team, because maybe they’re right! Diamond Mine is cracking, and it’s all because of Strong’s ego! The Creeds tell Strong that, and Ivy Nile can’t help but sigh. Will any of this get through to Strong? Or will the cracks become fissures and bring the Diamond Mine down?

 

Melo & Trick head out.

But McKenzie catches up to them to ask some more questions before next week. Trick says he knows all about next week’s match with “Afro Thunder.” But Trick says the bigger, badder man is gonna beat that bum into oblivion at the Bash! It is what it is! No, McKenzie was asking Melo about defending the North American Championship next week against Waller. Wait, what? Who? They’re boys! Apparently a contract was signed by both Waller and Melo so the match is official. Sign what? THAT SNAKE! He tricked you into signing all that stuff, and there’s probably NO Jimmy! Well tell Waller that when you play Melo, you play yourself! Melo is walking into the Bash as champion, and walking out with that W and still A Champion!

 

NXT Medical has an update on Alba Fyre.

After the trauma to her throat from the baseball bat, the doctors have- Lash Legend pushes the doctor aside to take over. Due to the brutal beatdown that ya girl, the one and only, you can’t clone her, Lash put on the firemaker, Fyre is on the shelf permanently. And that’s how Fyre found out that Lash doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk and makes everyone’s mouths drop. So NXT, stay outta her way, okay? But is “permanent” the official diagnosis? Or will Fyre rise like a phoenix and show Lash who the real legend is?

 

Everyone in Diamond Mine is upset.

Brutus says they can’t be losing like that! Julius tosses a table while Brutus asks how they even lost! Strong asks them what the hell! They had them beat, on the same page, but all the Creeds had to do was listen! All they do IS listen to him! Well then they’re not hearing what he’s saying! What is he even talking about?! Julius tells Strong that they’re not going on and on about this. They listen to him, do what he says to a T, and he still points blame at them! Oh, that sounds like an excuse. But Strong has no choice! He’s gonna teach them first hand! Strong & Kemp VS The Creeds, Great American Bash, FOR THE NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS!

Kemp stares at the Creeds, then leaves with Strong. Either way, Diamond Mine stays golden, but will it matter when it all comes crumbling down?

 

Sanga VS Xyon Quinn!

In a battle of fighting gentlemen, there will be no manners! Will Sanga bring the thunder? Or will Xyon #RunItStraight, and run straight through Sanga?

Well, speaking of no manners, Xyon attacks Sanga at the ramp, and from behind! These two brawl, fans fire up and refs rush out! Sanga and Xyon don’t listen to any of the officials, will this sort out after the break?

NXT returns and the refs finally get this back in the ring. They sound the bell and clear out! Xyon slips out to avoid Sanga, and then Xyon wants Sanga to back off. Sanga argues with the ref and Xyon gets in to sucker punch him! Xyon HEADBUTTS Sanga, then HEADBUTTS him again! Xyon runs and BOOTS Sanga, but Sanga staggers to ropes. Xyon storms up but Sanga throws big haymakers! Xyon ducks the back hand to ROCK Sanga with body shots! Xyon kicks, runs, and RAMS! Sanga stays up, then he runs Xyon over! Sanga wants Xyon to get up, and then he bumps Xyon off buckles. And again! And again! Sanga CLOBBERS Xyon!

Xyon staggers against ropes, Sanga clotheslines Xyon out! Sanga goes out after Xyon to put him back in, but Xyon KICKS Sanga as he returns. Xyon puts Sanga on the ropes to CHOKE him! The ref counts, Xyon lets off, and then Xyon YANKS the ropes to jam Sanga up! Sanga just gets pissed! Xyon wants Sanga to cool off, but then he kicks low. Sanga blocks, spins Xyon around and CLUBS him right on the neck! Xyon falls and Sanga brings Xyon up. Sanga scoops, SNAKE EYES, and Xyon flounders around. Sanga scoops Xyon again, SNAKE EYES of another corner! Xyon manages to stand but Sanga CLUBS him again!

Fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” so Sanga hauls Xyon up to scoop and SLAM! Sanga runs but Xyon avoid the elbow drop! Xyon runs, to RAM Sanga down! Cover, ONE!! Xyon is furious but he hurries to clamp onto Sanga. Sanga endures, fans rally up, and Sanga fights up. Sanga pries the hold open but Xyon CLUBS him on the chest! And CLUBS him again! Sanga fights the hold again but Xyon CLUBS him more. Fans rally, Sanga fights up, and Sanga breaks free. Xyon CLUBS Sanga, hops on for a SLEEPER, but Sanga RAMS Xyon into buckles! Sanga is free but Xyon BOOTS him from behind!

Xyon storms up but into a back elbow! Sanga clamps onto Xyon with a half nelson chinbar! Xyon endures, but Sanga whips him to ropes to LARIAT him down! Sanga drags Xyon up, scoops him again, and SLAMS him down again! Sanga roars and fans fire up! Sanga slashes his throat and says this is over. Sanga choke grips Xyon for a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, Sanga wins!

Winner: Sanga, by pinfall

Sanga proves he will not be bullied or mocked. Will Sanga destroy whoever is put in his path to the top?

 

Wendy Choo is restless.

She can’t sleep because Tiffany Stratton’s stuck up attitude is haunting her. Tiffany says Wendy is just jealous, but then Wendy remembers all the fun she had getting one over on Tiffany, multiple times. Wendy wakes up, brushes her teeth, and thinks to herself. If Tiffany thinks Wendy looks stupid, even though Wendy isn’t stupid, doesn’t that make Tiffany stupid? Well, Wendy tells Tiffany to listen up. Wendy gets under your skin, goes for the pin, and gets the win! See you at the Bash, “Tiff-Tiff!”

 

Nikkita Lyons VS Mandy Rose w/ Toxic Attraction!

The Women’s Breakout Tournament would have been very different had Lyons made it to the end. But will Lyons take a shortcut by pinning the Toxic NXT Women’s Champion? Or will Mandy be able to send Lyons to the back of the line?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Lyons powers Mandy back then throws her around! They stay hooked up, Lyons throws Mandy again, and then they get up again. Fans rally behind Lyons as she puts Mandy on the ropes, and Lyons lets off at 4. Mandy storms up, waistlocks, but Lyons pries free to wrench to a double wristlock throw. Lyons kips up and fans fire up while Gigi & Jacy coach Mandy. Lyons runs in but Mandy kicks out the bad leg! Mandy stands Lyons up to CLUB away on her in the corner, but Lyons shoves her away. Mandy talks trash on Lyons but Lyons KICKS Mandy’s leg!

Mandy falls over, Lyons RAMS her into a corner. Lyons RAMS into Mandy again, lets off at 4 to RAM into her again, then she TOSSES Mandy across the ring! Lyons runs in to SPLASH in the corner, and then TOSSES Mandy the other way! Another SPLASH, and Lyons TOSSES Mandy again! Gigi & Jacy get Mandy out of the ring and wants Lyons to wait as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Mandy has Lyons’ leg, but Lyons kicks her away with the other! Lyons tackles Mandy and rains down forearms! Mandy turns it around to give those shots back! Lyons kicks Mandy away again but Mandy gets the bad leg to stomp it! And pull on it for a HEEL HOOK! Lyons endures, moves around, and sits up to throw forearms! Mandy lets go and Lyons pushes Mandy down for more ground ‘n’ pound! Mandy shoves Lyons away and rains down shots in return! But Lyons catches Mandy to an ARMBAR! Mandy scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Lyons lets go quickly and Mandy KICKS the bad leg out!

Lyons gets up, Mandy talks more trash, “You are nobody!” Mandy pie faces Lyons, and again, but Lyons gets pissed. Lyons blocks Mandy’s slap to stand up! Lyons ELBOWS Mandy, then LARIATS! And ROUNDHOUSES! And ROUNDHOUSES again! Lyons roars and fans fire up as she SPLASHES Mandy in the corner! GERMAN SUPLEX! Mandy flounders, Lyons drags Mandy around to a cover, TWO! Lyons keeps close to Mandy, brings her up to put in the corner, and Lyons hoists Mandy up top. Lyons climbs up after Mandy, throws forearms, then CLUBS away. Mandy CLUBS Lyons in return, shoves her down, and adjusts on the top!

Lyons stands, into the missile dropkick! Fans fire up as Lyons gets back up, and she avoids the knee! Lyons KICKS Mandy’s leg, the other leg, then HEEL KICKS Mandy down! Gigi and Jacy get in! Lyons BOOTS Gigi but Jacy CHOP BLOCKS Lyons!

Winner: Nikkita Lyons, by disqualification

Toxic Attraction don’t care about the win or loss, they just want to hurt Lyons! They mug Lyons, sit her up, and Mandy SLAPS Lyons! Mandy says Lyons will never- But then Cora and Roxie show up! They SUPERKICK Mandy down! Gigi & Jacy drag Mandy away before Lyons can get her revenge! Will Cora & Roxie finally humble the beehive that is Toxic Attraction?

 

Solo Sikoa vents backstage.

He can’t believe he lost to Waller last week. The turnbuckle pad being snatched of all things. Solo had that won and everyone knew it. Apollo Crews says he’s been there plenty of times. Solo will get Waller back for that so he should hold his head high. Apollo knows Solo has something special. Solo says that means a lot coming from Apollo. But Xyon walks in and says what’s the point of taking the advice of Apollo? Apollo asks Xyon, “Have we met?” Xyon tells Apollo it has been three years since he’s been here. A lot has changed in NXT. If Apollo has come to turn a new leaf, then he should just leave.

Apollo says, “Who’s the one giving out advice now?” Xyon says if Apollo really wants to become the perfect superstar, he should accept that he can’t. Because that’s Xyon. Oh, really? Xyon is 6’3″, handsome, athletic, can pull of a suit. He’ll be in TV shows and all that. Okay, okay, Xyon must’ve been practicing that pitch, huh? Sounds rehearsed. But yes, on paper, Xyon’s future is bright. Xyon probably sees it, right? But from what Apollo sees, it isn’t. Will Apollo show Xyon just who here is the “perfect superstar?”

 

JD McDonagh speaks.

“They say nice guys finish last. Maybe that explains why I always finish in first. I’m a genuinely mild-mannered guy, but nothing upsets me more than when my athletic IQ is challenged. I’m upset when I’m in that ring, and I am tired of seeing guys taking plays out of my playbook. So I’m going to let you know what I’ve kept secret: I’m the necessary evil needed to bring balance to NXT. I’m not just the Ace in the UK, I’m the Ace everywhere I go. See you real soon.”

 

Wade Barrett is in the ring.

“Ladies and gentlemen, next week, at the Great American Bash, the NXT Championship will be on the line, so without further ado, please welcome the challenger, Cameron Grimes!” The Carolina Caveman makes his entrance, shakes Barrett’s hand, and then Barrett introduces the champion, Bron Breakker! The Big Booty Nephew makes his entrance and fans bark it up. Barrett says next week- Bron says respectfully, he and Grimes can handle this. They’re just going to talk. Barrett bows out and Bron says he has had the great honor defending this title against a lot of great superstars, but something about Grimes is different.

Grimes will bring it, they will both leave it all in the ring, because Grimes has everything to gain and nothing to lose. Grimes says it may seem that way, right? But for Bron, next week is just another big defense. What’s the worst that happens if he loses? He is still Bron Breakker! He loses that belt, he’ll surely be brought up to Raw or SmackDown. Bron loses the belt and probably gets put on SummerSlam! Grimes lost his North American Championship, and instead of going back for that, he decided to go all in on Bron Breakker. That’s what makes them different. Grimes knows he has no back-up plan. If he loses this match, that’s it for him.

But Grimes figures Bron must know about back-up plans, considering this was the back-up plan. Bron wanted to be in football, but then the Ravens said and told him he’s not good enough. Bron then called up his dad and told him, “Daddy, please! I always wanted to be in the WWE~!” And now, here he is. Bron says, “Wow, man! I did not expect that from you. What, you wanna bring my father into this?” Grimes is just speaking truth. Bron says we all know what happened the last time someone brought up Bron’s family. Fans cheer and bark, and Bron says he thought this was about respect. Grimes can say what he wants with his cheap suit and phony smile, it won’t change anything.

Next week, Cameron Grimes is going TO THE MOON~, but he won’t like what he finds when he gets there. Bron will just spear Grimes in half! Grimes says unlike those guys Bron was talking on the field, Grimes gets knocked down but gets right back up! Bron may knock Grimes down again but Grimes will get up. And if Bron does it again, Grimes will get back up! Well Grimes can keep getting up, because Bron will keep knocking him down and make him regret challenging him! Then when they’re done, Grimes can call his buddy, Ted DeBiase and ask him what to do. Grimes smirks but Bron says he’s bigger, stronger and faster.

Yeah, we get it! We all see it! But what Bron doesn’t have, and Grimes will say it until his lungs run out of air, Bron doesn’t have heart! Not like Grimes has! But it isn’t Bron’s fault. It’s just genetics. Daddy didn’t have heart, neither!  That’s why Rick was never world champion, and that’s why he- Bron grabs Grimes by the neck! No more talk, Bron lifts Grimes! Grimes slips out and gets to a corner, Bron runs in but is sent hard into buckles! Bron being bigger and stronger backfires, and Grimes RAMS him in again! The buckle pops off and the whole top rope is down! Fans lose their minds and even Grimes is shocked at what just happened!

Refs rush out, and Bron is clutching one of his shoulders. Grimes tells Bron that at 100%, Grimes can’t beat him. But it looks like he isn’t 100%. Grimes tells the medics to make sure Bron is still okay to compete, because Grimes wants to take that title TO~ THE~ MOON! Will Grimes finally break through by breaking Bron?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good episode, especially as the go-home to next week’s Great American Bash special. But it sure feels like there are a lot of promos these days. Wes Lee called out Trick for a match next week, Lash talked trash on Fyre to set up a “miraculous” return from Fyre, and we got another vignette from Jordan Devlin McDonagh to hype up his move to NXT USA. I did like the trick Waller pulled off by giving Melo a ton of things to sign. I guess the title match contract was somewhere in all those 8x10s, though I couldn’t tell. Melo VS Waller will be a very good title match but I would think Melo retains. Wendy had a good vignette promo to call out Tiffany, they’ll have a good match but is it really GAB worth?

I give NXT credit for explaining away the release of Troy “Two Dimes” Donovan, but it seems surprising that Dimes tried to go after Tony. It was a bit weak that Escobar called Tony to troll him, though. I would’ve tried to make it that Legado did something to Dimes to add to the heat between the factions. Either way, Tony should get a new henchmen so we can still have a Six Man Tag rematch. And a good promo from Briggs, Jensen & Fallon to celebrate the tag title win, and then a good interaction and brawl with Pretty Deadly. The Great American Bash is already pretty stacked, so maybe the NXT UK Tag Team Championships end up closer to SummerSlam week.

The closing segment of Bron and Grimes was pretty good. The promos were alright, with Grimes recycling a bit of what he said before, and as Bron pointed out, recycling some of what Gacy used. But breaking off the top rope was a great spot to go with, and how Bron’s shoulder is kayfabe hurt now. It’ll put the pressure back on Bron since even Grimes admits Bron is the physical favorite when 100%. Grimes touting Bron could be called-up to RawDown after losing is a natural conclusion to draw, but I don’t see it happening yet because I don’t see Bron losing the title again so soon. As I’ve said before, it feels like they booked Bron into a tough spot because he got to the top so fast.

Match card wise, it felt backwards to me on some level. The NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship Contender’s match is important, shouldn’t it have been later in the night? But at the same time, WWE likes to open strong and that was a very good opening match. Cora & Roxie win to mostly preserve Roxie’s Breakout contract, just as Mandy mocked her for doing. KC Squared seems to be making a Heel turn as they got attitude with the other women in the locker room. Toxic Attraction had a decent promo to call Cora & Roxie out, and a good interaction with Lyons. Lyons VS Mandy being the main event match worked out to be a good go-home segment, but perhaps the women’s title stays off the Bash because again, this is a pretty full card as it is.

Sanga wins in a decent match, but for the brawl starting it off hot, it kinda turned into a slog. But Xyon uses the loss to get attitude with Apollo, and that will be a great match. Indi losing to Kiana was a surprise, but it seems they want Indi to take the slow burn to finally getting the top title. And of course Vinci wins against Jiro, Vinci has a strong push behind him, and he will surely want after a title as soon as Great American Bash is over. Why else would they keep him in NXT and rebrand him when he could’ve just been with Imperium on SmackDown?

And we got a good promo segment from Diamond Mine and Gacy’s group, but maybe only a fairly good Six Man Tag. It was mostly difficult to type “Dyad 1” and “Dyad 2” all the time, and not just wanting to write “druid,” or even “Gibson” and “Drake” since it is so obvious that’s them in those hoods. Gibson & Drake just need to be revealed already. And though Gacy & Dyad got the win, I’m surprised we’re getting the Diamond Mine fighting over the tag titles first. I have a feeling the Creeds retain, and that could be the breaking point for Diamond Mine, which Gacy then takes advantage of so that we get Creeds VS Dyads for SummerSlam week.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Will Daddy Magic & Cool Hand Ange never rise?

Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker got the band back together and want those ROH World Tag Team Championships! Will Mike Bennett stop them before they begin?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH World Television Championship Proving Ground: Kyle Fletcher VS London Lightning; Kyle wins and denies London a title match.
  • The Workhorsemen VS Spanish Announce Project; The Workhorsemen win.
  • Nyla Rose VS Riea von Slasher; Nyla wins.
  • Satnam Singh VS Jimmy Jacobs; Singh wins.
  • Shane Taylor Promotions VS Jon Cruz & Artemis Spencer; Shane Taylor Promotions win.
  • Matthew Menard VS Mike Bennett w/ Matt Taven; Menard wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight VS Cole Karter, Griff Garrison & The Premier Athletes w/Mark Sterling; Lee, Action & Top Flight win.

PLAY BY PLAY

JD Drake speaks.

“Here I am again, just like I talked about the last time I was here: all by myself. Just because unfortunate circumstances happen doesn’t mean the work stops. So it’s time for me, I reckon, just like I said, to reach down, tighten up the bootstraps and get back to work. All by my lonesome.” But then Anthony Henry walks in! No more of that. Not today, not any day. They’ve been doing this since 2016, so they’ll keep doing this. So you know what time it is? Punch in, knock out! The Workhorsemen are riding together again, but will they get past the Spanish Announce Project?

 

ROH World Television Championship Proving Ground: Kyle Fletcher VS London Lightning!

The Aussie Arrow couldn’t help out Will Ospreay last night on Dynamite, but perhaps that was because Don Callis wanted him to be ready for tonight. Will Kyle prove he is The Protostar and the future of this business? Or will he be struck down by the Lightning?

The Code of Honor is not upheld as Kyle kicks the hand away, and the bell rings. The two circle, tie up, and go around. London wrenches but Kyle wrenches back. Kyle WRINGS the arm out, but London gets up fast. The fans taunt Kyle with “Your Hair’s Stupid!” Kyle just flips them off over his shoulder. The two tie up, Kyle gets around to waistlock and he SLAMS London down! Kyle flexes while London scrambles up. The two reset and feel things out, then tie up. London wrenches, Kyle spins and headlocks to hit the takeover! Kyle grinds but London endures. London fights up, powers out, then headlocks in return!

Kyle lifts, London fights the back suplex. Kyle powers through to back suplex but London lands on his feet! London ducks ‘n’ dodges then hurdles, to CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Kyle is up but London ROCKS him with right hands! Kyle kicks low, ROCKS London back, and then whips. London reverses and JUMP KNEES! Kyle bails out, the fans rally for London, and London PLANCHAS! Direct hit, but Kyle manages to shrug off the impact! Kyle drags London back up to suplex and BRAINBUSTER to the floor! London writhes and Kyle smirks. Kyle soaks up the heat while the ring count climbs. Kyle leaves London behind at 10 of 20.

The fans rally for London, but we’re at 16! 17! London slowly rises at 18, staggers about, and slides in at 19.5! Kyle mockingly applauds, then he stomps London down! Then he KICKS London in the back! The fans rally, Kyle lines up a shot and BODY BLOWS! Kyle grinds his forearm into London, then CHOPS him! London staggers, but he comes back to kick! London CHOPS Kyle again and again and the fans fire up! London runs but Kyle ELBOWS him down! London writhes and the fans rally up, but Kyle grins as he stands over London. Kyle then scoops to SLAM! Kyle paces, the fans rally, and London staggers back up.

Kyle scoops and SLAMS again! Kyle mockingly applauds and waits on London. London stands, but into another scoop and SLAM! But London’s right up! London fires off haymakers but Kyle kicks low. Kyle whips, London ducks ‘n’ dodges ‘n’ dodges more to LARIAT! Then atomic drop! Kyle swings, but into another atomic drop! London SPLASHES in the corner, drop toeholds and gator rolls to a suplex! The fans fire up for London and he goes to a corner. London hops up, leaps, FALLING AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Kyle is still in this but London refocuses. London whips, but Kyle BOOTS him away!

Kyle runs at the corner, but Lnodon BOOTS back! London goes up, but Kyle GAMANGIRIS! London falls to the apron then the floor, but Kyle builds speed! Kyle DIVES and direct hit on London! Kyle puts London in, runs corner to corner, GAMANGIRI! And then suplex to the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO?!? London lives and Kyle argues the count! The ref says it was a fair count, two is two. The fans rally for London but London is in a daze. London sits up, but Kyle snarls. Kyle aims and KICKS! London falls over, but he sits up again. Kyle eggs London on, and KICKS again! London stays seated, so Kyle KICKS, but London blocks!

London ROCKS Kyle with forearm after forearm, but Kyle ROCKS him right back! London fires more forearms, but Kyle gives those all back! London ducks to fire another flurry! London runs, but Kyle BOOTS him! Kyle reels London in but London back drops! And sits on it! TWO!! Kyle swings, misses, London SPINEBUSTERS! London steps through and Canada goes wild for the SHARPSHOOTER! The fans are thunderous but Kyle endures and crawls his way over! ROPEBREAK! But London drags him back! We’re under 90 SECONDS! Kyle turns London to a cradle, TWO!! Both men stand up, SUPERKICK from Kyle!

Kyle reels London back in, for the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Kyle wins!

Winner: Kyle Fletcher, by pinfall (denies London Lightning a title opportunity)

Literal last minute, but The Protostar puts this one away! Will Kyle Fletcher continue to prove he is the greatest ROH World Television Champion in history?

 

The Workhorsemen VS Spanish Announce Project!

We heard from JD Drake & Anthony Henry to start tonight, they’re both 100% and raring to go! But Angelico & Serpentico have been wanting after Cole Karter & Griff Garrison for one final fight. Who puts in the work and heads for the top?

The Code of Honor is upheld, teams sort out and we start with Scrap Metal and the South African Stud. They tie up, the fans rally, and Angelico wrenches to wristlock. JD endures, winds up, but Angelico catches him to a headlock. JD powers up and out, but Angelico rolls off JD’s back! JD hip tosses but Angelico makes it an arm-drag! JD runs up, RAMS Angelico, but Angelico rebounds and bypasses. JD blocks the hip toss to arm-drag for a cover! TWO, and JD sweeps to a cover! ONE, Angelico tries to sweep but JD’s too sturdy! JD kicks Angelico down, but Angelico avoids the senton! Angelico sweeps now, covers, ONE!

Both men stand up and the fans fire up! Angelico and JD reset, but then back up to their corners. The fans fire up as #SNAKEMAN and the Saint of Augusta tag in. Serpentico and Henry circle, tie up, and Henry wrenches. Serpentico rolls, wrenches, but Henry rolls and wrenches to slip around, spin Serpentico and snapmare him into a chinlock. The fans cheer the exchange, and Serpentico fights up. Serpentico pries free, wrenches Henry to a wristlock then snapmare, then ghost pin! TWO, and the two stand up. Serpentico  headlocks, Henry powers out, but Serpentico BOOTS him away! Then Serpentico goes up to RANA!

Things speed up, Henry turns arm-drag into takedown! Henry has a leg, Serpentico rolls and throws Henry, but Henry cartwheels through! Serpentico runs up, Henry drops down, arm-drags, but Serpentico arm-drags back! Henry hits a slick headlock takeover but Serpentico headscissors. Henry kips free, roles reverse as Serpentico hits the headlock takeover! Henry headscissors, Serpentico kips free, and both men handspring up! The fans fire up for the standoff! Serpentico nods, Henry is definitely 100%! They get all the fans fired up, then Henry BOOTS Serpentico! Henry mockingly gives a thumbs up to then give a thumbs down.

Henry runs up to forearm SMASH in the corner, tag to JD! LARAIT, NECK TWIST and slingshot SENTON! The Workhorsemen BLAST Angelico, then JD mocks the string tugging! JD drags Serpentico up but Serpentico CHOPS! JD doesn’t flinch, then he CHOPS Serpentico down! The fans “WOO~!” and even Henry checks on Serpentico. He’s okay! The fans want that “One More Time!” so JD stands Serpentico up in a corner, to JAB! JD shakes his head, he won’t do what the fans want. JD whips, then CHOPS after all! Serpentico sputters, JD tags Henry in, and Henry says he’s got one. Henry snapmares Serpentico to KICK him!

Tag to JD, and JD stomps Serpentico’s ribs. JD drags Serpentico up, CHOPS, but Serpentico DOUBLE CHOPS! And CHOPS! JD CHOPS, Serpentico CHOPS, repeat! Serpentico RODCKS Henry, ROCKS JD, then goes up to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! JD and Serpentico crawl, hot tag to Henry! Henry gets Serpentico’s leg, but Serpentico BOOTS him away! Hot tag to Angelico! The fans fire up as Angelico rallies on the Workhorsemen! Henry gets around, JD runs up, but Angelico BOOTS JD and RAMS Henry into buckles! Angelico arm-drags Henry, then uses him as a step to FLYING LARIAT JD!

The fans fire up but Henry SOBATS! Angelico ROCKS Henry! Angelico then eggs Henry on, gets him for a strike fest, then fires up with the fans! Angelico whips, Henry reverses but Angelico rolls off Henry’s back! Henry jumps the sweep but the EDDY GORDO KICK hits! Cover, TWO! Angelico calls to Serpentico, ROCKS Henry, then tags in Serpentico. The fans rally as Angelico gets Henry up, BACK SUPLEX AX HANDLE COMBO! Then Angelico holds the ropes open so Serpentico can DIVE onto JD! Down goes JD at the ramp and the fans fire up! Angelico gets Henry up, clinches, FLATLINER! Serpentico goes up again, but GRIFF & KARTER are here!

The SAP get distracted by Maria’s baby boys, Henry trips Serpentico up! JD gets in to clinch and BELLY2BELLY Angelico right outta the ring! Henry runs to METEORA Serpentico! Feed to JD, WORKIN’ NINE TO FIVE! Cover, Workhorsemen win!

Winners: The Workhorsemen, by pinfall

Give the assist to Griff & Karter, and they mug Angelico! They know SAP wants revenge but they’re striking first! The fans boo, but now they beat up on Serpentico! Griff gets a chair! Karter drags Serpentico up, Griff takes aim, but Angelico anchors Karter! Serpentico mule kicks Griff! Serpentico gets the chair, but Griff dodges the chair shot! Only for Angelico to send him into steel steps! SAP stand tall tonight, will they be the ones on top at the end of this war?

 

Matthew Menard speaks.

“Now, a lot of you guys gotta be wondering, ‘Daddy Magic, this is a tag team situation, where’s your tag team partner?’ That is a great question. And the answer: I have no idea! I dunno if he’s got a Lamaze class, I dunno if he’s got a little morning sickness, NO idea what the problem is. But I’ll tell you this right now, what I do know, is that tonight, I got a gigantic opportunity in front of me. So Mike Bennett, you little Bean Town B*TCH! We’re in Canada tonight, baby! And I’ll tell ya this: Daddy Magic gets a win over you in the middle of that ring, Cool Hand Ange, Daddy Magic, we got a opportunity at the tag team championships. And THAT, that makes Daddy Magic’s nipples hard.”

 

ROH hears from Marina Shafir.

The Problem is back in the MMA gym, sharpening her skills. “My father was a calculated man. He taught me that in life, you’re gonna have a lot of problems. Some will be big, and others will be small. Some you’ll see coming, and others will sneak up right behind you. He showed me how problems are resilient, moldable, and relentless. So he taught me to become my own problem. And now, I’m gonna teach you.” Marina takes her son’s hand, and the next generation begins here. Will Marina be a Problem the rest of the ROH Women’s Division cannot solve?

 

Matthew Menard VS Mike Bennett w/ Matt Taven!

Daddy Magic spoke his mind earlier but now it’s time to take action! Will Menard win some golden tickets for him and Cool Hand Ange? Or will The Kingdom nip this challenge in the bud?

The Code of Honor is upheld, but Menard holds on at the bell. Bennett gets mad, kicks low, reels Menard in, but Menard back drops free! The fans fire up while Bennett bails out. Menard is fired up, too, but he waits on the “Beat Town B*tch!” Bennett says that’s unnecessary. Bennett slides in, he eggs Menard on but the fans are all behind “DADDY MAGIC!” Bennett frowns, especially as Menard revels in the cheers. Menard tells Taven to kiss his ass! The fans cheer that, and Menard circles with Bennett. They tie up, go around, and Bennett headlocks for the takeover. Bennett says kiss HIS ass! Menard endures the grind and fights up.

Menard powers up and out of the hold, but Bennett runs him over! Bennett flexes, the fans boo, then thinsg speed up. Menard sets up but Bennett reels him in! But Menard back drops after all! Then he clotheslines Bennett up and out! The fans fire up, Taven checks Bennett, and Menard storms out after Bennett to RAM him into the barriers! The fans fire up as Menard rains down fists against the barriers! The fans count to TEN, then Menard lets off to tell Taven off! But Bennett mule kicks! Menard sputters, Bennett whips, but Menard reverses and Bennett hits steel steps! Menard storms after Bennett, drags him up, and SMACKS him off the commentary desk!

Bennett staggers, Menard ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! Taven talks trash and that distracts Menard, Bennett ROCKS him! Bennett whips, Menard reverses, but Bennett rebounds to CLOBBER Menard! Bennett says night night while relaxing on the apron. Then Bennett refreshes the count, gets Menard up and whips him into steel steps! Bennett takes a bow, blows kisses, then drags Menard up and into the ring. Cover, ONE! Menard is still in this but Bennett stays on him with a chinlock. The fans rally for “DADDY MAGIC!” and he fights up! Menard fires body shots and forearms! Menard runs, but Bennett DROPKICKS him down!

Taven applauds but the fans boo. Menard swipes at Taven, Bennett drags Menard up to CLUB him down. Bennett CLUBS Menard again, snapmares, then clamps on another chinlock. Menard endures, even as Bennett squeezes tight and leans on him. The fans rally, Menard fights up again and he throws body shots. Menard ROCKS Bennett, whips, but Bennett stops to KICK the back drop! Then ROLLING ELBOW, and Bennett reels Menard in! But again, back drop! Menard sits on the sunset, TWO!! Bennett finishes the sunset, ONE!! Menard hurries but Bennett gets him for a KIMURA! The fans rally as Menard endures the double wristlock!

Menard fights around, Bennett hooks a leg to slow him down. Menard gets the legs free, reaches out, and the fans continue to rally up! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Bennett lets go, and Taven even tugs at the ropes! The ref reprimands Taven, Bennett looms over Menard and tells the fans to kiss his ass! Bennett stands Menard up, reels him in, but Menard fights the piledriver again! Bennett fires knee after knee, then tries once more! Menard fights it still, so Bennett gives him more knees! But Menard DUMPS Bennett up and out of the ring! Taven checks Bennett while the fans fire up! Menard catches his breath, heads out and he follows Bennett up the ramp.

Bennett mule kicks Menard again! Bennett reels Menard in one more time, but Menard back drops him onto the ramp! Bennett writhes and flounders his way back down the ramp and Taven says the piledriver is no longer worth it. Just finish Menard with some other move. Taven helps Bennett back to ringside and gets him in at 15 of 20. Menard hurries as Taven wants the count go go faster, and Menard storms in at 17! Bennett runs up to ROCK Menard! Menard ROCKS Bennett! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder! The fans rally as they pick up speed, too! Menard fires a flurry and then he climbs up in a corner!

The fans fire up as Menard rains down fists! Menard goes all the way to TEN! Menard hops down, whips Bennett corner to corner, then runs up, but into an ELBOW! Bennett goes up, leaps, but Menard catches the dropkick! Menard turns Bennett, for the BOSTON CRAB! Bennett endures as Menard sits deep! Taven coaches Bennett, then gets on the apron! The ref reprimands, Menard swings but Taven gets away! But Bennett fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Menard survives and the fans fire up! Bennett and Taven are both shocked, but Bennett goes to a corner. Menard stands, Bennett runs in, but Menard KICKS him first!

Menard reels Bennett in, DDT! Cover, TWO! Bennett gets out of that, and Taven slides a tag title into the ring! The ref gets that belt outta there, but Taven slides in! Bennett grabs Menard with chicken wings, and Taven pours something out of a little bag! But Menard ducks, POCKET SAND goes into Bennett! Menard says here it comes! CUTTER for Taven! CUTTER for Bennett!! Cover, MENARD WINS!!

Winner: Matthew Menard, by pinfall

The Kingdom tried to get tricky, but they only messed themselves up! Menard wins big for him and Parker, but Taven CLOBBERS Menard! The fans boo as Taven stomps away! Bennett goes outside to grab the other tag title! Taven sets Menard up for the BELT SHOT!! They’re just lucky Parker is busy on his honeymoon with Ruby Soho. But will Menard & Parker ever rise to the occasion and take those titles from The Kingdom?

 

Backstage interview with Athena & Billie Starkz.

Lexy Nair is with the ROH Women’s World & ROH Women’s World Television Champions, and says this is an Emergency Minion Empowerment Meeting. Queen Aminata put her hands on Athena AGAIN! She has embarrassed MIT and this is ridiculous! Billie says hold on, boss, because Billie’s got something to say. “These girls wanna talk, talk, talk like it’s their show. This is MIT’s show! This is her show!” Lexy points to herself but Athena says Billie of course means Athena. Billie says if Aminata wants to throw hands, then catch some, too! Lexy says, “Baddest one hits first!”

Billie also tells Red Velvet that while she likes to talk, talk, talk, what has she really done since coming here? Athena says NOTHING. And they get it, they attacked the top of the food chain cuz they’re struggling to stay relevant. Well, Athena is glad they stepped up. Velvet & Aminata can call themselves whatever they want. They can say they’re juicy, say that they’re queens, but at the end of the day, they can never say that they are champions. Belt clink! So how about you stir that up, b*tch!? Let’s go. Athena & Billie head out, then they pull Lexy along. Will no one ever dethrone the Fallen Goddess and her protege?

 

8 Man Tag: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight VS Cole Karter, Griff Garrison & The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

While Menard & Parker want after the tag titles, so do all eight of these men! Big Shotty joins up with The Sight to See & The Martin Brothers against Maria’s baby boys and Smart Mark’s stable, who will hit the mark and climb up the ROH ranks?

The teams sort out and Darius Martin starts against Ariya Daivari. They keep the Code of Honor juts barely, and the bell rings. They circle, tie up, and Darius headlocks. Darius hits the headlock takeover, Daivari fights up, and Daivari powers up and out. Darius rolls over the dropdown, keeps moving, and turns hip toss into backslide! TWO, but Darius wrenches to hook and roll for a cover, TWO! Daivari gets up but into an arm-drag! The fans rally, Daivari fights up and pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Daivari RAMS Darius into the corner. Daivari CHPOS, then tags Tony Nese. The Premier Athletes mug Darius, then Nese puts Darius in a corner.

Nese grinds a forearm into Darius’ face, the ref counts, and Nese lets off. Nese runs in, Darius goes up and over to DROPKICK! Darius storms up on Nese, tags Action, and they snapmare to then KICK, basement dropkick, and cover, TWO! Action stays cool but Sterling protests, there’s something in those boots! Action drags Nese up, but Nese pulls hair! Nese puts Action in the corner, smothers him, but lets off as the ref counts. Nese ELBOWS Action, whips corner to corner, but Action goes up and over. Action keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, then tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Nese staggers up into a DROPKICK!

The fans fire up and Action runs, IMPLODER TORNILLO! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Daivari coaches Nese, but Action brings Nese up. Nese gets free to throat chop! Nese ROCKS Action, bumps him off buckles then fires body shots! Tag to Karter and he brings Action around. Karter CLUBS Action, suplexes him, and holds him up! But Action slips free! Action waistlocks, Karter switches, but Action slides under, leaps over, tag to Lee! Big Shotty gets around to headlock, but Karter powers up and out. Lee goes up and over, shoots around again, shoves and hurdles, then drops to DROPKICK! Griff runs up, but Lee DROPKICKS him, too!

Nese runs in, Lee dodges and LARIATS! The fans fire up, Lee beats his chest, and he takes aim at everyone on the outside! Sterling freaks out, PLANCHA for Daivari! Lee turns around, Nese CLOBBERS him! Top Flight is kept back by the ref and Nese puts Lee in for Karter to stomp away! Karter drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles, then tags Griff. They mug Lee, then the Ivy League MVP scoops Lee for SLAM! Cover, ONE, but Griff clamps on a chinlock. The fans rally for “TOP FLIGHT! SHOTTY!” Tag to Nese, he and Griff mug Lee, then Nese CHOPS! Nese taunts Top Flight, but when did Dante grab Karter’s “I <3 Hot Moms” shirt?

Nese fires off on Lee, but Lee fires back! Daivari grabs Lee and Nese DROPKICKS! The ref reprimands but Daivari tags in. The Premier Athletes fires off hands on Lee! The ref reprimands, the fans boo, but Sterling tells the fans to shut up. Daivari scoops Lee, carries him around, then SLAMS him! Daivari stomps Lee, stays between him and Top Flight, then stomps him. Daivari spins Lee around, stomps him again, and Lee writhes. Tag to Griff, he and Daivari stomp Lee, then Griff shoves Dante! The ref keeps Dante back, Griff brings Lee up and over to his corner. Tag to Daivari, the mugging continues and Lee clutches his ribs.

Daivari snapmares Lee, then KNEES him in the back! Daivari clamps on a chinlock, then grinds Lee into the mat, The fans rally as Lee endures, but Sterling says to shut up! Lee fights up, fires body shots, but Daivari ROCKS him! Lee ROCKS Daivari, repeat! They go back and forth, faster and faster! Lee fires shot after shot, but Daivari blocks the kick! The ENZIGIRI hits! Both men are down, they crawl for the corners, hot tag to Nese! Nese STOMPS Lee first! Nese keeps Lee from Top Flight, taunts the fans, and suplexes, only for Lee to slip free! Lee hits a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Both men are down and the fans fire back up!

Lee crawls, Sterling shouts for Nese to tag out! Hot tags to Griff and Dante! Angel Dorado goes up and over Griff, BLASTS the rest, then he fires off hands on Griff! The fans fire up as Dante hammers away on Griff! Dante roars, drags Griff up and whips, but Griff reverses. Griff runs in, Dante slips out, up and over, then GAMANGIRIS! Dante then goes up and up and springboard CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Dante takes off the shirt, uses it to block Karter’s boot, and LARIATS Karter down! Dante shows off the shirt, and says OLE as Griff runs in! Dante BLASTS Griff, then calls in Top Flight and Lee!

The fans fire up as all four men take aim, Dante and Action build speed, STEREO TOPES AND STEREO PLANCHAS!! Direct hits all around and the fans are thunderous! Dante gets Griff in, spins him and hits the INVERTED GUT WRENCH! Cover, Nese & Daivari break it! Everyone jumps in and it is a brawl! The Premier Athletes TOSS Darius, TOSS Lee, and stomp away on Action! They double whip Action, but he handsprings to DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! Action kips up and nods, but Karter storms up! Karter whips, Action goes to the apron then ROCKS Karter! Action goes up but Karter trips him up!

Action tumbles down, but Dante climbs! Griff runs up, Dante drops back to GAMANGIRI! Dante goes back up, aims, but Sterling gets on the apron! The ref argues with him, and Griff trips Dante up! Griff drags Dante down, Karter goes looking for something! Karter slips a chair into the ring! The chair is wedged into a corner, then Griff & Karter stomp on Dante. But here’s SERPENTICO! He undoes the chair and Sterling is furious! Karter storms out after Serpentico, but now Serpentico has that chair! Karter backs off, Griff turns around into a JUMP KNEE! Dante brings Griff around, half nelson for the SWINGING BOMB! Cover, Top Flight wins!

Winner: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight, by pinfall

Spanish Announce Project get their revenge already tonight as they make sure Maria’s baby boys get nothing! Will Big Shotty and the high-flyers be cruising towards title opportunities?


My Thoughts:

A very nice episode of ROH at just 69 minutes. Good squash wins in the middle of the episode, and very good promo from Athena & Billie to call out Aminata & Velvet, thereby setting up each of those title matches for… Wow, it’s probably gonna be Death Before Dishonor in two months? That’s Tony Khan’s pacing for ya. Great return from injury for Anthony Henry, but I do appreciate they protected SAP’s loss by having Karter & Griff interfere. Great 8 Man Tag main event to also flip things around so that SAP make sure Karter & Griff lose. SAP VS Griff & Karter needs to have its true blowoff once and for all, a ladder match for Serpentico’s mask. Next week can announce it, then the week after that it happens so that both teams move on for the summer.

Great promo from Menard to hype up the really good match between him and Bennett. Great win for Menard, he and Parker are surely getting their shot at the tag titles, but I don’t know if they can wait two months for Death Before Dishonor. They can have the tag title match in a couple weeks, Kingdom cheats to retain, tag title contender build in June to determine challenges for DBD. And great Proving Ground from Kyle and London, but of course Kyle wins. Kyle still has a part to play in this Don Callis story, here’s hoping he stays on Ospreay’s side and they become United Empire in AEW while for whatever reason, Cassidy joins Don Callis.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/22/24)

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A Block Round 7, but B Block Round 6!

It’s a little complicated, but A Block’s going again while B Block’s getting back up. Point is, Best of the Super Juniors 31 is in the home stretch!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Kosei Fujita; Titan wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Dragon Dia; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Bushi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney; Drilla wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS HAYATA; Hayata wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS Ninja Mack; Taiji wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS Clark Connors; Despe wins, by disqualification.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: TJP VS Blake Christian; TJP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS SHO; Sho wins.

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Here are the current A Block standings!

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Francesco Akira!

As reported by NJPW just yesterday, The Nova Fireball’s knee injury has taken him out of the tournament. The remaining matches he was scheduled to have will now be scored as “loss by forfeit,” and the points have already been awarded. Therefore…

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

KUSHIDA: 4-1, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-2, 6 points
SHO: 3-3, 6 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 3-2, 6 points
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points
Ninja Mack: 2-3, 4 points
Dragon Dia: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Kosei Fujita!

El Inmortal is still alive in the block, but the Ichiban Young Punk needs this win! The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but do they still fall short? Or will Fujita ruin Titan’s chances of returning to the finals?

The bell rings, they tie up, then break. They tie up again, Fujita wrenches and wrenches and wristlocks. Titan rolls, kips up, bridges back to handspring again, then he arm-drags free. Fujita runs up into a sweep, cover, ONE! Fujita sweeps to cover, ONE! Titan kips up again and the fans cheer. Titan and Fujita reset, tie up, and Titan trips Fujita. Titan runs, cartwheels over Fujita, then dodges him, Fujita stops himself, Titan runs in but Fujita puts him on the apron. Titan blocks a punch to GAMANGIRI! Titan springboards to CROSSBODY! The fans fire up and Titan DROPKICKS Fujita down!

Fujita bails out, Titan builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Young Lions keep Fujita from hitting the front row! Titan clutches his arm, it still beat up from last night. Titan roars and rises up, and the fans rally behind him. Titan drags Fujita up, puts him in the ring, and then covers, TWO! Fujita’s still in this and the fans applaud. Titan stomps Fujita, drags him up, and then fireman’s carries. Fujita fights free, fires a forearm, but Titan gives it back. They go back and forth, the fans rally up, and Fujita kicks low. Fujita throws forearms, but Titan SUPERKICKS! Fujita HEEL KICKS! Fujita runs, but Titan goes Matrix to dodge!

Titan then CALF KICKS and whips. Fujita reverses to LEG LARIAT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Fujita goes to ropes on one side, Titan goes to the other. Fujita runs in to STRADDLE ATTACK! Fujita keeps moving and he PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Fujita drags Titan up. Fujita ROCKS Titan, whips, but Titan blocks. Fujita ROCKS Titan, whips him but Titan reverses to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up again and rally as Titan pounds the mat. Titan roars and rises, then drags Fujita around to step through and deathlock! But Fujita rolls it back, slips free, and he hooks Titan up now! CROSS CAMEL!

Titan reaches out, but Fujita gets the arms! QUEEN ANGELITO, but Titan fights to the ROPEBREAK! The fans fire up and Fujita roars! Fujita goes to a corner, aims at Titan and runs in, but Titan BOOTS! Fujita blocks that to ROCK Titan with a forearm! Fujita runs but Titan follows! LOCO LARIAT! The fans fire up and Titan goes to the apron! Titan climbs the corner, DIVING- NO, Fujita avoids the stomps! Titan comes back, but Fujita GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fujita can’t keep the bridge because of the bad arm, but he just deadlifts Titan for another GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging this time, TWO! Titan survives but Fujita isn’t done!

Fujita waistlocks again, deadlifts again, but Titan fights the suplex with elbows! Titan runs, wheelbarrows, then rolls through to get the legs! Deathlock, JAVE INMORTAL!! Fujita endures, but now it’s the STRAITJACKET! Fujita quits, Titan wins!!

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

Titan’s been on a roll with that devastating hold! Will El Inmortal return to the finals and take the trophy home? Will Fujita just have to settle to being a spoiler in these remaining rounds?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Dragon Dia!

The Sniper of the Skies gets free points from Francesco Akira’s misfortune, but the Infinity Carat Diamond is out of luck. Will Dia shift into spoiler mode and ruin things for Robbie? Or will Eagles still fly high towards the top of the block?

The fans rally and duel already, and Eagles tries to figure out who is getting more. The bell rings, the two rush in, but then back off. Eagles has Dia take it easy, and they circle. Eagles gest a leg, trips Dia and rolls to get the RON MILLER SPECIAL! Dia gets the ROPEBREAK, the fans cheer and Eagles slowly lets off. Eagles slaps Dia around, whips but Dia blocks to CHOP! The fans cheer and Dia whips. Eagles blocks now, so Dia CHOPS again! Eagles drops to a knee, but Dia brings him up to whip. Eagles reverses to go up and around an darm-drag! Things speed up. Eagles hurdles but Dia hurdles back.

Dia runs, ducks the boot and tilt-o-whirl arm-drags! Then he DROPKICKS Eagles out! Eagles rewinds and RANAS! Dia runs up but into a WHEEL KICK! Eagles kips up, Dia bails out, and the fans rally up! Eagles builds speed but has to stop as Dia slides in! Dia fakes the plancha, mule kicks, then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit but Dia holds onto a knee. Dia shakes it out and fires up as he walks over. The fans applaud and Dia gets Eagles in the ring. Dia hops in, goes up, and aims for D D D- NO, Eagles moves, the leg jams, and then Eagles CHOP BLOCKS! Dia writhes and the fans duel a bit more as Eagles storms over to Dia.

Eagles and the fans get a “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” going! “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” The fans cheer and Eagles brings Dia around to step through and tie up the legs in a deathlock. Eagles then uses Dia as a skateboard! Eagles then SNAP LOCKS, and he lets Dia go. Dia clutches that leg, Eagles scuffs him and eggs him on. Dia CHOPS back, but Eagles eggs him on. Dia CHOPS again, so Eagles DRAGON SLEEPERS! Dia fights up, throws shots from below and gets free. But Eagles dropkicks the bad leg!

The fans rally as Dia crawls but Eagles is on him. Eagles sits Dia up to KICK! And KICK! And KICKS! Dia gets mad, Eagles pie faces and LEG LARIATS! Dia is folded up and the fans fire up. Eagles pounds the mat, the fans clap along, and he goes corner to corner, but Dia dodges the double knees! Dia goes to the apron, GAMANGIRIS, then avoids the low 619! Dia trips Eagles to slingshot TORNILLO SPLASH! The fans fire up and Eagles goes to ropes. Dia runs in to 619! Eagles staggers, Dia runs up to tilt-o-whirl and DEJA VU SPIKE! Eagles falls over, Dia STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up and Dia stands Eagles up. Dia runs, rolls, but no Reptilians here! Eagles rolls Dia to a schoolboy bridge, TWO! RON MILLER- BOOT! Dia is free to SOBAT, but Eagles blocks! Eagles reels Dia in, TURBO- NO, Dia goes up and around, MYSTERIO RANA! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives but Dia goes to the corner! Dia runs back in, rolls and REPTILIAN- NO, Eagles fireman’s carries! But Dia fights it to the REPTILIAN KAI! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and the fans are thunderous! Dia roars, and he goes to the corner! Dia climbs, aims, and D D D D- NO! Eagles stops the 4DT, ties up the legs, and DOUBLE KNEE CRUSHERS!

Eagles SUPERKICKS Dia down, goes out then up, for the 450 onto legs! Dia writhes, Eagles steps through to RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Dia flails, reaches out, but Eagles drags him from ropes! Dia TAPS, Eagles wins!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission (gains 2 points; Dia earns 0)

Dia still has the goose egg in his win column after being shot down by The Sniper! Will Dia ever get points on the board? Will Eagles be unstoppable on his rise to the top?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

This is truly a make or break moment for Black Mask and Heel Master. Only one man can stay alive in the block, who will do whatever it takes to win?

But as Bushi is introduced, Kanemaru attacks! The fans boo as Kanemaru stomps Bushi on the floor! Kanemaru drags Bushi up, POSTS Him, and Bushi falls in a heap. Kanemaru stomps Bushi, drags him up, puts him in the ring, and the bell rings. Kanemaru whips Bushi then dropkicks Bushi’s legs out. Kanemaru grabs the bad leg to SMASH the knee on the mat! Kanemaru then drags Bushi to the corner, and he SLAMS the leg into the post! The ref reprimands, Bushi flops out of the ring, and the fans rally up. Kanemaru stomps Bushi, leaves him behind, and the fans rally as Bushi sits up.

Bushi wants to get in the ring but Kanemaru is near the ropes. The ref has Kanemaru give Bushi space and Bushi slides in. Kanemaru goes right after Bushi with stomps! Kanemaru takes Bushi’s shirt away then stomps away some more. Kanemaru drags Bushi and drops an elbow on the knee! Kanemaru has the toehold, Bushi endures, and Bushi drags Kanemaru along to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets go at 4. Kanemaru stomps Bushi to a corner, then drags him up. Kanemaru whips corner to cornre but Bushi barely makes it. Kanemaru runs in but Bushi BOOTS him! And then PENDULUM- NO, Kanemaru stops the kicks!

Kanemaru drags Bushi in, whips him again, but Bushi holds ropes. Kanemaru runs in, Bushi puts him on the apron! Bushi dropkicks the legs out! The fans rally and Bushi WRECKS Kanemaru with another dropkick! The fans rally again, Bushi builds speed, but Kanemaru’s back to dropkick the legs out! Bushi bails out, Kanemaru pursues and he grabs the bad leg. Kanemaru SMASHES the knee on the floor! Kanemaru leaves Bushi behind and the ring count begins. Bushi is still down at 5 of 20, sits up at 8, and rises up at 11. Bushi shakes out the bad leg, hobbles around at 16, and slides in at 18! Kanemaru dropkicks the leg agian!

Kanemaru drags Bushi around, steps through, but Bushi kicks him away! Kanemaru kicks again but Bushi blocks, CLUBS the leg, then dropkicks it out! Bushi gets his own leg moving, runs, but Kanemaru uses the ref as a shield! Bushi moves him aside, Kanemaru blocks the kick! Kanemaru ducks the enzigiri, but not the REWIND HEEL! The fans fire up as Bushi runs up again. CODE- NO, Kanemaru stops the Code Breaker, and then THROWS Bushi at the ref! Kanemaru gets the leg and he SMASHES the knee! The fans boo but Kanemaru goes for his whiskey! Kanemaru doesn’t bother with a sip, he just takes aim! BOTTLE SMASH to the leg!

Kanemaru steps through, but gets BLACK MIST!! Kanemaru staggers around blind, and Bushi goes up! M X!! Cover, BUSHI WINS!

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

The Black Mask gets the better of the Heel Master, and now Kanemaru is DONE! With no chance at a top spot, will Kanemaru just have to settle for being a spoiler? Can Bushi make that dark horse run at the top a reality?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney!

The Timesplitter leads the block, but time could be running out. Plus, 44 Caliber is aiming for the kill, will he hit the mark? Or can Kushida avoid disaster and head Back to the Future?

Kushida’s on the corner for his introduction, but Drilla rushes him! Kushida jumps up an dover, rolls through and then dodges Drilla’s boot! Drilla fires haymakers, but so does Kushida! Kushida whips, Drilla reverses, and the bell rings right before Kushida FLYING FOREARMS Drilla! The fans are all fired up as Kushida dumps Drilla out, then runs. Drilla avoids the baseball slide, but Kushida keeps him from sliding away. Drilla keeps Kushida from sliding in, and spins him around, for a DRAPING DDT to the floor! The ref reprimands then checks Kushida. The fans rally up, Drilla finally takes his own vest off, and he looms over Kushida.

The ref wants this in the ring, Drilla mocks Kushida checking his watch, and Drilla leaves Kushida behind. Kushida grits his teeth as he clutches a shoulder, and the ring count climbs. Drilla paces, a wild dog behind the fence as it were. Kushida is still down at 10 of 20, even Drilla dares Kushida to get up. Kushida rises at 15 and slides in at 16. Drilla drags Kushida up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Kushida is still in this and the fans applaud. Drilla digs a boot into Kushida’s neck and shoulder, and he pulls on Kushida’s head! The ref counts as Drilla claws at Kushida’s eyes! Drilla lets go at 4, and Kushida crawls.

Drilla stalks Kushida, drags him up and CLUBS him on the neck! Drilla stalks Kushida around, then CHOKES him on the ropes! The ref counts, Drilla lets off at 4, and Drilla backs the ref down to a corner. Drilla then goes back for Kushida, drags him up and hooks him up for a chinbar style abdominal stretch! Kushida endures, pries free and throws elbows. Kushida kicks but Drilla dodges! Drilla drops down for a headlock but Kushida headscissors for the cradle! TWO!! Drilla CLOBBERS Kushida! Kushida bails out, finally takes his own vest off, but Drilla is there to RAM him into the apron! Drilla UPPERCUTS Kushida, then follows him around the corner.

Drilla storms up on Kushida, UPPERCUTS again, but Kushida gets in Drilla’s face now. Drilla CHOPS, then KICKS, then he clamps on that chinbar! Kushida endures, the ref reprimands, and Drilla ELBOWS Kushida down. Drilla leaves Kushida behind again and demands a ring count. The count begins, Kushida stands at 3 and slides in at 4. The fans rally up but Drilla ROCKS Kushida with a right. Drilla mocks Kushida, Kushida snarls but Drilla fires more forearms! The fans rally, Kushida storms back up and fires forearms of his own! They go back and forth, Drilla pie faces Kushida, so Kushida fires a flurry!

But Drilla gets under, spins Kushida, but Kushida ducks to then get the arm! Drilla steps over and ENZIGIRIS! But the FASTBALL hits back! The fans fire up for the Masahiro Tanaka and we’re at the five minute mark. Kushida STOMPS Drilla’s hands! Kushida eggs Drilla on, baits him into an ELBOW, then goes up to QUEBRADA! Kushida then hurries back up, for a MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Drilla’s tough and the fans rally up, but Kushida clamps onto the fingers! Drilla breaks free but Kushida KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Drilla falls and goes to a corner while the fans fire up again. Kushida powers up, runs in, and SHOTEIS!

Kushida puts Drilla up top, climbs, but Drilla slips under! CHOP to the leg! Drilla then drags Kushida off the corner into DRILLA- NO, Kushida slips free! But Drilla ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, TWO! Kushida leaps on, but Drilla pushes the Hoverboard away. Kushida comes back to RAM that bad arm! Then he jumps on, HOVER- NO, SPINEBUSTER! And DOUBLE STOMP ELBOW DROP COMBO! Kushida flounders out of the ring and Drilla pursues. Kushida still wants the arm, but Drilla RAMS him into the apron! Drilla follows Kushida to the corner and grabs for him, but Kushida YANKS Drilla into the post first!

Kushida YANKS Drilla into the post again, and then goes up the corner! Kushida pulls Drilla’s arm into the crossbar! The ref counts, Kushida lets go, and Drilla drops back. The ring count starts, the fans rally, but both men are still outside at 10. Drilla drags himself up but the bad arm lets go of the ropes! Kushida is in at 15, Drilla rises at 17! Drilla shakes out the bad arm, and rolls in at 19! Kushida PENALTY KICKS the bad arm! Kushida whips then hip tosses! Cartwheel and DROPKICK! Drilla staggers, Kushida gest the arm, KIMURA! Drilla endures, fights up, but now it’s the HOVERBOARD!! Drilla flails, reaches out, tries to stack, TWO!!

Kushida lets Drilla go and Drilla CHOPS! Kushida PELES! Drilla wobbles, Kushida whips, but Drilla reverses. Kushida handsprings but into DRILLA KILLA!! Cover, DRILLA WINS!!

Winner: “Drilla” Moloney, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kushida earns 0)

Kushida tried to make Drilla into a one-armed man, but it wasn’t enough to stop him! Is Kushida’s comeback running out of time? Will the Best of the Super Juniors end up being an Abunai Gaijin?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS HAYATA!

The Jet is squarely in the middle of the block right alongside the GHC National Champion. But will Knight be able to take flight? Or will he be left in the Silence of Darkness?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They slowly circle, Hayata avoids Knight’s leg pick, and the two tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Knight wrenches then wristlocks. Hayata wrenches back, but Knight rolls handsprings, and wrenches gain. Knight snapmares then drops a knee on the arm! The fans cheer and Knight keeps on the armlock. Knight brings Hayata up, wrenches again, then cording holds. Hayata slips through, wrenches, but Knight slips through to headlock for the takeover. Hayata headscissors, Knight kips free and the fans cheer. The two reset, circle, and they tie up.

Hayata trips Knight, things speed up, and Knight hurdles, hurdles, then follows. Hayata sidesteps but Knight goes up and over. Knight then arm-drags Hayata, arm-drags again, then runs up and springboards to FLYING arm-drag! The fans fire up and Hayata bails out. Knight aims, but has to stop the plancha as Hayata moves aside. Knight lands on the apron, jumps again, but Hayata YANKS him down! The fans cheer and rally up while Hayata shakes out the arms. Hayata brings Knight up, POSTS him, then brings him back up. Hayata headlocks Knight, brings him around and POSTS him again! The fans are torn but Hayata stalks Knight.

The ring count starts, Hayata drags Knight up at 5 of 20, then into the ring at 7. The fans applaud, and Hayata stalks Knight more. Hayata stomps Knight, CLUBS him, then snapamres. Hayata runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this, the fans rally, but Hayata clamps on with a headlock. Hayata grinds Knight down but Knight endures. The fans rally as Knight fights up, only for Hayata to wrangle him back down! Knight pries at the hold, fights up, and throws body shots. Hayata CLAWS the eyes! The ref reprimands but Hayata whips Knight to ropes. Knight hurdles over the lariat to then PELE! The fans fire up while both men are down!

Knight crawls to a corner as the fans rally. Knight runs back in at Hayata, to STINGER SPLASH! Then a whip and DROPKICK! Hayata bails out again, and the fans fire up as Knight kips up! Knight builds speed, slides as Hayata moves, then goes to the corner for the PLANCHA! Direct hit and Knight shouts “TSUYOI~!” The fans cheer and even high-five Knight, and he gets Hayata up and in the ring. Knight aims, springboards, but Hayata dodges! Knight comes back, to SKY 2 HIGH! Cover, TWO! Hayata survives and the fans fire up again! Knight watches Hayata stir and the fans rally. Knight runs up, SATELLITE- NO, Hayata stops the DDT!

Knight kicks, whips, but Hayata reverses to arm-drag! And atomic drop! Hayata runs and BULLDOGS Knight down! The fans still rally, Hayata BASEMENT ENZIGIRIS! Cover, TWO! Knight survives and the fans cheer! Hayata gets annoyed but he and Knight slowly rise. Hayata goes to a corner, runs back in and SHOTGUNS Knight into the other corner! Knight slumps down and the fans rally up! Hayata brings Knight in, TORNADO- NO, Knight stops the DDT to put Hayata on the corner! CHOP and UPPER ROOM! Hayata writhes and the fans fire up! Knight gets Hayata up, fireman’s carries, but Hayata slips free to cradle! TWO!!

Hayata dodges Knight to slip around, sunset, then Oklahoma! TWO and Knight cradles, TWO!! Hayata escapes, Knight feints the superkick to ROUNDHOUSE! Knight resets, Hayata rises, and Knight runs up to SATELLITE- NO, still no DDT! Hayata gets Knight around for the 403 IMPACT!! Cover, Hayata wins!

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

Both Jet Setters get grounded in the same round! Will all flights to the semifinals be grounded? Will the GHC National Champion prove he is the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS Ninja Mack!

Francesco Akira’s withdrawal ended up giving points to Hiromu, Douki, Eagles & Sho, and that ended up bumping The Bone Soldier down a couple spots! Will he take his frustrations out on the American Shinobi? Or will the Mack Attack only add to his misery?

The bell rings, Mack offers a handshake, but Taiji kicks it away. They tie up, go around, Mack goes for a leg but Taiji holds it off. They reset, feel things out, and clinch. They end up on ropes and the ref calls the break. Mack lets off clean and the fans applaud. The two reset and tie up again, and Taiji headlocks. Mack powers up to put Taiji on ropes then power out of the hold. Taiji runs Mack over and fans applaud. Things speed up, Mack drops then hurdles, but Taiji leaps over. Mack stands and strikes his fighting stance! Then finger gun to taunt Taiji! Taiji runs in, but into a drop toehold and LION’S BARRAGE!

Mack aims, Taiji avoids the falling chop, but then Mack FALLING CHOPS again! Taiji bails out, Mack builds speed and the fans rally for the handspring, but Taiji gets in to leap up, REVERSE SHOT! Mack bails out and Taiji builds speed to go up and GOLDEN TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Mack and the fans fire up! The ref checks Mack, and Taiji unties the blue buckle pad! The Bullet Club Special is in effect, and Taiji goes out after Mack. Taiji CLUBS Mack, but Mack throws body shots. Taiji throws a body shot, then he POSTS Mack! The fans fire up and Taiji stalks Mack. Taiji puts Mack in the ring, covers, ONE!

The fans rally as Mack stays in this, but Taiji stays on him with a COBRA CLUTCH! Mack endures, fights up, and the fans rally. But Taiji wrangles Mack into an almost Koji Klutch variation! Mack scrambles and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and the ref counts, Taiji lets go at 4. Mack sputters but Taiji brings him up to wrench and POST in the open corner! The ref reprimands but Taiji hammerlocks and scoops, for a SHOULDER BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mack is still in this and the fans cheer. Taiji goes to the corner, takes aim, and the fans rally again. Taiji runs up, but Mack ELBOWs, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS!

Mack CHOPS and CHOPS more, then fires up, but Taiji ELBOWS him! And CHOPS! And ripcords, tilt-o-whirls, LA MYSTICA! And then BONE LOCK!! Mack flails, reaches out, and the fans rally! Mack claws his way to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Taiji lets off in frustration, and he stalks Mack. Mack throws a body shot but Taiji CLUBS him. Taiji whips, Mack blocks, but that hurts Mack’s arm! Taiji stomps Mack, whips, but Mack reverses and SNAP GERMANS! Taiji stands up into the SUPERKICK! Taiji bails out, Mack builds speed! The fans fire up for the SASUKE SPECIAL! Direct hit and the fans fire up again!

Mack drags Taiji up, puts him in as the ring count climbs, and the fans cheer. Cover, ONE!! Taiji is tougher than that and now he’s mad! But Mack KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! Taiji goes to ropes, Mack KICKS more and more! But Taiji blocks one! Mack swings hands but Taiji ducks them to CLUB the leg. Taiji whips, Mack reverses again and SCREW HIGH KICKS! Mack crawls to a cover, TWO! Taiji is still in this but Mack hurries to CHOP him! Mack says BANG then he goes up the corner! Mack’s up top, for the NINJA- FLOP!! Taiji avoids the senton and clamps on the BONE LOCK!! Mack scrambles, reaches out, but Taiji rolls him away from ropes!

Taiji hauls Mack up, for BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Taiji wins!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Mack earns 0)

Taiji just proved you don’t bring a ninja to a gun fight! Will all of the BOSJ be reborn? Can Mack keep from falling off before the end?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS Clark Connors!

The Rogue Luchador has won two main events in a row, but he’s still only on par with 100 Proof. Desperado wants to be the Best of the Super Juniors so badly, he can almost taste it, but will there be No Chaser to go with it? Or can he make it three in a row overall to head for the top?

Connors isn’t playing around, he’s brought chairs with him to the ring! He takes a seat while waiting on Despe’s entrance, then he pushes the ref aside so he can send one over to Despe. The ref says no, this isn’t that kind of match, but Connors wants a shootout with Desperado. Despe keeps the ref from taking the chair, and says if that’s what Connors wants… Despe picks the chair up, the ref says no, this won’t be a match then! Connors and Despe swing! They clash, clash and CLASH! Both men drop the chairs from the recoil, and now the bell rings! The fists start flying and the fans fire up! Despe knees low, CLUBS Connors, then runs, but into a THESZ PRESS!

Connors rains down fists, but Despe turns it around to give it back! Connors CHOKES Despe from below, the ref reprimands, and Connors knees low at 4. Connors runs but Despe follows to ELBOW! Despe runs but Connors goes the other way! JEEP FLIPPER! Despe tumbles out of the ring, Connors goes out after him. Connors stomps Despe, drags him up, and UPPERCUTS! Connors SMACKS Desep off the apron, but Despe CHOPS him in return. Despe CHOPS again, Connors staggers into the crowd and ends up sitting on a woman’s lap! Despe storms up and Young Lions hurry in, Despe ROCKS Connors!

Connors staggers along, fans move aside, and Connors sits in a chair. Despe throws hands but Connors hits back! The Young Lions keep fans back as Connors whips Despe into the back wall! Connors CLUBS Despe, and now they move through the back of the crowd! Connors CHOPS, Despe hits back, but we can’t see too well because the cameramen can’t follow! They’re continuing along, and a cameraman is there as Connors sends Despe into the corner wall! Then Connors grabs a spare railing and THROWS it at Despe! The ref reprimands, Despe UPPERCUTS Connors, and Connors staggers down an aisle.

Connors topples some railings over then he stumbles into an open chair. The fans move aside, Connors kicks Despe, then ROCKS him! Despe ROCKS Connors back, and then Despe SMACKS Connors off a fan’s chair! The Young Lions usher the fans out of the way, and Despe brings Connors up, but Connors RAMS Despe into the apron! The ref finally starts a ring count, but Connors SMACKS Despe off the timekeeper’s table! We reach 10 of 20, Connors ROCKS Despe, then throws him in the ring. The fans applaud as Connors follows, but then Despe bails out the side. The fans fire up as Despe wants to keep fighting outside!

Connors shoves the ref aside, goes out after Despe, but Despe throws body shots! Despe CLUBS Connors, whips him, but Connors reverses to POST Despe! The fans fire up and Connors goes around the way. Connors grabs the chair from earlier, brings it over, and he takes aim! He SMACKS Despe on the back! The ref reprimands but Connors argues with him. Connors drags Despe up, brings him around, and headlock punches! Connors tells fans to move and the Young Lions hurry to get them out of the way! Connors brings Despe up and whips, but Despe reverses! FLAPJACK off the apron! But now Despe wants to go bowling!

Despe whips Connors and STRIKE! Right into the middle of the crowd! The fans fire up with Despe, but then Connors SPEARS! Both men are down and the fans fire up more! Connors rises first as the fans rally, and he snarls as he pulls up floor mats! Connors goes back for Despe, CLUBS him, then drags him up. The ref reprimands and says not to, but Connors reels Despe in. But Despe fights the suplex! The fans rally but Connors suplexes! Despe slips free! Now Despe BACK- NO, Connors fights off the back suplex with fists! Despe runs up, but into a SNAP POWERSLAM! Luckily for Despe, it was to the floor mats that were nearby!

Connors snarls as he rises up, storms his way over to Despe, and drags him back up. Connors CLUBS Despe, then snarls at the fans. He clears one of the spare commentary tables! Fans move aside and the ref reprimands, but Connors hauls Despe up. Despe throws body shots but Connors ROCKS him! Connors reels Despe in, throws up the Too Sweet, and lifts Despe to POWERBOMB him through the table!! The fans are thunderous while the ref checks on Despe. Connors roars and beats his chest and the fans fire up again. The ref reprimands Connors but he just looms over Despe. Connors drags Despe up and puts him in the ring.

The fans applaud and Connors slowly rolls in. Connors pushes Despe to a cover but the ref refuses after all the shenanigans! Connors glares at the ref, but the ref shoves Connors! The fans fire up for the ref, but Connors grabs him by the shirt! The ref warns Connors, Connors says he’s lucky he’s a ref! But Despe runs up to LARIAT Connors and himself outta the ring! The fans fire up and both men spot the chair! They both scramble over, Connors grabs the chair but Despe stands on Connors’ hand! The fans cheer and Despe ROCKS Connors! Then Despe grabs the chair to SMACK Connors on the back!

The fans fire up and Connors writhes, but Despe goes to get another chair! The ref reprimands. but then Despe JAMS Connors with the new chair! Despe wants fans to move aside again, then he puts the old chair on Connors’ face! Despe grabs his new chair, CON-CHAIR-TO, Despe Remix!! Connors sputters and then feels the pain in his nose! Despe stalks Connors, taunts him, drags him back up, and puts him in the ring. Despe grabs the chair and brings it in again, but the ref says no. Despe and the ref argue, and the ref takes the chair from Despe. SPEAR!! Connors gets Despe again and he drags Despe back up!

Connors reels Despe in, serves it up, NO CHASE- NO, Despe fights No Chaser, wrenches out, and LOCO MONO!! Connors wobbles, Despe reels him in, underhooks and PINCHE- NO, Connors fights free to wrench and short arm LARIAT! The fans are thunderous and Connors goes to a corner! Connors aims, barks, runs in, SPEAR!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Despe survives and shocks Connors! The fans are thunderous but Connors rains down fists! The ref reprimands as Connors hammers away! Despe punches back but Connors traps those arms to just throw down fists! The ref wants Connors to stop but Connors shoves him away!

Connors checks Despe, he seems pretty out of it. Connors drags Despe up, reels him in, and NO CHASER!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Despe survives and the fans are thunderous! Connors is stunned, and then Despe flips him off! Connors rains down more fists of fury! The ref tries but Connors shoves the ref aside again! The ref counts, Connors won’t stop! THE REF CALLS IT!! DESPE WINS!

Winner: El Desperado, by disqualification (gains 2 points; Connors earns 0)

Connors’ rage costs him! He wouldn’t listen, and now Desperado comes away with the points! Connors is mad with Marty Asami, so he SPEARS Marty Asami down!!! Then he TOSSES Young Lions aside! Then he gives one a GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans boo but Connors shows no remorse as he’s the one standing tall. Then he SNATCHES Desperado’s mask!! Then he SLAPS Desperado on the face! Connors then drags Despe out of the ring, stands on his head, and taunts the fans. Connors grabs a piece of the broken table, SLAPS a Young Lion aside, then looms over Despe. Connors sits Despe up, and SMACKS him in the head with the wood!

Connors flips Despe off then throws up the Too Sweet. Connors may have lost this round, but he has Despe’s mask as his trophy. Will Connors be unstoppable in these remaining rounds? Taichi gets off commentary to help his old friend, but will The Rogue Luchador even be able to continue at this point?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: TJP VS Blake Christian!

This is a tale of two tides turning. Being on the hotseat lit a fire under The Public Enemy while All Heat has cooled off. Can TJP keep this historic comeback going? Or will the GCW Champion end the Cinderella story right here?

Blake mockingly puts up the crown, but TJP throws his shirt to the crowd as a free souvenir. TJP tells Blake to stop the crown, he’s not United Empire. The bell rings and the fans rally up. They circle, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. Blake goes for the arms but TJP headlocks. TJP wrenches, Blake rolls and cartwheels, then slips through to wrench back. Blake snapmares to chinlock but TJP slips right out to wristlock. The fans cheer the exchange, and Blake wrenches back. Blake wristlocks but TJP stays on his feet. Blake wrenches again, but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, and drops to TWIST SCISSORS, but Blake handsprings through!

The fans cheer and Blake smirks as he taunts the crown. TJP kicks low, whips, but Blake reverses. TJP handsprings over the dropdown then sidesteps, but Blake handsprings over the back drop! Blake whips, TJP RANAS, but Blake handsprings through! The fans cheer this exchange and Blake again mocks the crown. TJP runs up but Blake kicks low. Blake whips, TJP goes up, comes back, mule kicks, then bumps Blake off buckles. TJP throws knees, then he pushes Blake down. The fans fire up as TJP scrubs Blake’s face! But then Blake bails out and the fans boo. TJP smirks as Blake doesn’t want to be washed clean.

Blake mocks the fans cheering him and TJP on, then paces as the ring count climbs. Blake returns at 9 of 20, he and TJP circle and feel things out. They knuckle lock, then TJP rolls to trip Blake. TJP turns Blake over, hooks up the legs, and the fans rally as TJP messes with Blake’s hair. TJP grabs Blake’s arms to pull, pull and pull Blake into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Blake endures and the fans fire up! TJP brings Blake back for the ROMERO BRIDGE, but it’s a double cover? TWO as TJP lets Blake go! TJP double checks with Red Shoes while Blake goes to a corner. TJP accepts Red Shoes’ reasoning and runs in at Blake.

TJP blocks the boot but not the ENZIGIRI! Blake rolls back, TJP avoids his Pele and kicks low. TJP whips, Blake reverses but TJP goes Spiderman. Blake runs up, TJP ROCKS him, but Blake jumps up as TJP rams in! GUILLOTINE SPLASH! TJP flops to the floor, Blake builds speed and fans fire up for the FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and down goes TJP! Blake walks it off, then mocks the fans clapping. Blake flips them off, the fans boo, and Blake goes back for TJP. Red Shoes checks TJP, TJP clutches his side but seems otherwise okay. Blake puts TJP in, follows, but now it might be TJP’s arm that’s bothering him.

Red Shoes has Blake stay back so he can check TJP. That arm is really bothering TJP, so Blake shoves Red Shoes aside to RAM TJP into a corner! Blake wrenches the arm, hits an ELBOW BREAKER, then hits another ELBOW BREAKER! TJP drops back to a corner, Blake wraps the bad arm around ropes! Red Shoes counts, Blake YANKS the arm, and TJP staggers away. TJP leans on Red Shoes a moment, but Blake rolls under to then PELE the arm! TJP clutches the elbow as he drops to his knees but Blake smirks. Blake grabs the bad arm, hammerlocks it while he has TJP down, and then he drives his knee into the arm again and again!

Blake lets off, TJP clutches the arm, and Blake mocks the fans rallying for TJP. Blake then isolates the arm to drop a leg on it! Blake wrenches but TJP throws body shots. TJP ELBOWS free, Blake ends up in a corner, but Blake dodges TJP to then BOOT him! TJP flops over, Blake covers, TWO! The fans rally up but Blake puts on a body scissors! Blake grabs the bad arm, hammerlocks it and puts a lot of pressure on the hold. Blake then rolls things to a cover, TWO! Blake still has TJP’s arm, steps over, and claps with TJP’s hand. Blake makes TJP flip the fans off, then he BITES that finger! Red Shoes reprimands and Blake lets off.

Blake mocks the fans more, grabs TJP’s arms, and pulls back on a motorcycle stretch. TJP endures, the fans rally, and TJP fights up. TJP moves around, and flip kicks Blake away! Blake comes back, TJP ROUNDHOUSES! But Blake PELES! TJP goes to a corner, Blake runs up, but TJP goes up and over to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! TJP rises up, storms up on Blake, and atomic drops! WHEEL KICK! Blake staggers to a corner, TJP whips corner to corner hard! TJP runs in to ELBOW! Blake sits down, and now TJP scrubs his face! The fans rally up and TJP goes side to side, BOOT WASH!

The fans cheer and want it again! TJP obliges, and he scrubs Blake more! TJP runs side to side for the second BOOT WASH! The fans fire up and TJP waits on Blake. Blake staggers up, TJP kicks low and reels him in. “ICHI!” Half Hatch! “NI!” Half Hatch! “SAN!” The hattrick is complete and the fans fire up! TJP goes up the corner, aims, MAMBA- NO, TJP has to bail out as Blake moves! Blake wheelbarrows, somersaults and SPLASH! Blake goes to the corner, takes aim, and he somersaults for the ARMBAR DDT! FUJIWARA ARMBAR! TJP endures, the fans fire up and TJP moves around! TJP rolls, but Blake wrenches!

Blake tries to wrangle TJP but TJP uses that to get Blake down! TJP has the stepover, but Blake fights forward! TJP still gets the arm for the PINOY STRETCH! Blake BITES TJP’s hand! Red Shoes reprimands but then Blake has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go one way or another, and Blake goes to the apron. TJP crawls out after Blake and the fans rally up. Blake stands, TJP ROCKS him with a forearm! Blake ROCKS TJP back! TJP and Blake trade haymakers, then TJP CHOPS! Blake kicks, TJP blocks but Blake ENZIGIRIS! Blake reels TJP in to WRING the arm into the apron! Blake gets back up, slashes his throat, and he drags TJP up!

Blake reels TJP in but TJP fights the lift! TJP then Alabama Lifts but Blake fights it! Blake BOOTS, but TJP BOOTS back! TJP grabs for an arm but Blake steps over and STUNNERS! TJP flops into the ring, and Blake takes aim. The fans fire up as Blake springboards, and TJP anchors him! Fireman’s carry, DETONATION KICK! Cover, TWO!! Blake survives but the fans rally for “T! J P! T! J P!” TJP aims, runs up, ONE BY- NO, Blake ducks! And ROUNDHOUSES! TJP JUMP SOBATS! Blake kips up to SUPERKICK! Both men fall and the fans are thunderous! The fans rally again and both men slowly sit up.

Blake finds TJP, throws a forearm, but TJP gives it back. Blake throws another, so TJP gives it back. They stand, and Blake fires a haymaker! TJP fires one back! Blake fires another haymaker, but TJP KICKS Blake’s leg! Blake KICKS TJP’s arm! TJP KICKS Blake’s leg again! Blake KICKS TJP’s arm again! TJP fires off a flurry of kicks, but Blake JUMP KNEES! Blake runs up but into a SUPERKICK! Blake swings, into the FINAL CUT! TJP aims from the corner! ONE BY- SPANISH FLY!! Blake roars and aims from the corner! STEP-UP STOMPS!! Cover, TWO?!? TJP survives and the fans are thunderous again!

Blake storms his way to the apron and slashes his throat. Blake springboards, 450- CUTTER!! ONE BY ONE!! Cover, TWO?!!? But TJP won’t stop there, he goes up a corner! MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, TJP WINS!

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

That was a fiery battle, but TJP wins not just for him but for Francesco Akira! Will the Public Enemy conquer this tournament for The United Empire? Is Blake’s heat about to go cold?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS SHO!

This one’s gonna be good! It was Wrestling Satsuma no Kuni when Japones Del Mal got his shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, only for the Murder Machine to cheat him out of it. But now, Douki is ahead in the block and could do some serious damage with a win here! Will Douki earn both points and a golden ticket tonight? Or will Sho stack the deck so high it’ll reach the sky?

Wait, Sho is running out here from the exit side while Douki’s music is playing? Sho drops off his stuff and then grabs a chair so he can then wait by the tunnel! But where’s Douki? Sho peeks through the curtain, nothing. Douki is running in from the exit and he CLOBBERS Sho from behind! The fans cheer as Douki gets the better of Sho! Douki drags Sho up, brings him to ringside, and POSTS him! The fans cheer more but Red Shoes reprimands. Douki drags Sho up and puts him in the ring. The bell rings, Douki storms in and he stomps Sho around. Douki drags Sho up again to whip to ropes. Sho reverses but Douki arm-drags!

Douki runs, arm-drags again, but Sho gets mad! Sho swings, Douki dodges, and Douki tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Sho tumbles out, Douki builds speed, and Douki WRECKS Katsuya Murashima! Sho used the Young Lion as a shield! Sho then RAMS Douki into the apron! Sho snarls, drags Murashima up, and puts Murashima in the ring? Red Shoes hurries to usher the Young Lion out, but Sho grabs the bell hammer! Sho HAMMERS Douki, HAMMERS him again, then digs the hammer into Douki’s ribs! Red Shoes finally sees, Sho stops, and Sho drags Douki up to bring around the way. Sho RAMS Douki into the apron!

Sho storms off to the back corner, and pushes through an exit, to bring a dumpster in!? Sho laughs as he then goes to fetch “the trash.” Sho stomps Douki, brings him over to the dumpster, and then knees low into Douki’s ribs. Sho scoops and DUMPS Douki into the dumpster! The fans boo but Sho leaves him behind. The ring count starts while fans rally up. Sho talks trash, the ring count is 10 of 20, an Douki’s still stuck! Douki drags himself up and out of the dumpster, but we’re already at 17! 18! Douki slides in at 19.9! The fans cheer but Sho digs his boots into Douki! Sho scrapes Douki to the apron, pulls a sleeve off a crossbar, then pulls Douki onto the bar!

Red Shoes reprimands Sho while Douki suffers, but Sho pulls harder! Red Shoes counts and Sho lets off at 4. Sho storms in to stomp Douki and talks trash. Sho drags Douki up but Douki fires forearms! Sho kicks low, then he suplexes Douki to hang him out to dry! Sho climbs up onto Douki, then drags him off the ropes in a Canadian Rack. GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Sho is upset so he stands on Douki and pulls on the arms! Douki endures, the fans rally, but then Sho shifts to clamp on the inverted straitjacket! Douki endures, so Sho shifts to dig heels into ribs, and pulls on an arm and leg! Douki endures again, fights around, but Sho pulls!

Douki still fights with his free leg, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Red Shoes counts, and Sho lets off. Sho stands on Douki, digs his heel in, but steps away to bring Douki up. Sho whips corner to corner, runs in, and RAMS into Douki! Sho then hauls Douki up onto the top rope, CLUBS him again and again, then goes corner to corner. Sho runs up to TOP SHELF KNEE! Douki falls, Sho covers, TWO! Douki is still in this and the fans fire up! Sho paces around Douki, talks trash, and digs his heels in again. Douki pushes Sho away, fires up and fires off forearms! Douki runs, but Sho kitchen sink knees! Sho drags Douki up, whips, and kitchen sink knees again!

Sho taunts Douki while the fans rally, and Sho whips Douki again. But Douki turns kitchen sink into roll up, TWO! Sho runs up to kick low! Sho runs but Douki FLYING HEADBUTTS! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Douki and Sho go to corners, and then Douki runs in. Douki ELBOWS Sho, runs, but Sho dodges! Douki still hip tosses, RAMS, then springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Sho bails out, Douki builds speed to WRECK Sho with the dropkick! The fans fire up, Douki stalks Sho, then he drags Sho up to headlock. Douki brings Sho to the dumpster! Sho fights free, reels Douki in, and lifts, but Douki fights the bomb!

Sho tries again but Douki throws hands! Douki RANAS Sho into the dumpster! The fans fire up and Sho struggles to get out of the mess! Douki rises and the fans cheer as he leaves Sho behind. Sho flounders out of the dumpster covered in paper and plastic. Sho throws that away, we’re at 12 of 20! Sho staggers his way over and slides in at 16! But Douki dodges him to then DDT! Cover, TWO! Sho stays in this but Douki stays on him with a Gory Especial! Sho fights free by bending fingers! Sho then CLUBS the arm, but Douki blocks the kick! Douki spins Sho back into the Gory Especial, for the DODON NO JUTSU!! Backslide cover, TWO!

The fans rally, Douki goes to the apron, and he takes aim as Sho rises. DAY- NO, Sho uses Red Shoes as as shield! Then he SPEARS! Both men are down again and the fans rally for Douki. Sho shakes his head, aims his bow, and he drags Douki up. Sho reels Douki in, double pump handle, but Douki flips through to ITALIAN STRETCH #32! But Sho steps on Douki’s neck! Douki lets go, Sho reels him in, STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up but Sho shakes his head. Sho calls his shot again, and he drags Douki up. Sho reels Douki in for a Canadian Rack, but Douki fights free of that! ITALIAN STRETCH!!

Sho endures, moves around, reaches out, but Douki rolls him away from ropes! ITALIAN STRETCH!! Sho endures again, kicks at Douki, steps on him again, but Douki pulls on the hold! Sho falls over and the fans fire up! Red Shoes checks Sho, Sho sputters, and someone rings the bell! YUJIRO TAKAHASHI!! Not this trick again! Taichi storms off of commentary, but Yujiro PIMP CANE SHOTS Taichi down! The fans boo but Sho keeps Red Shoes from seeing Yujiro get in the ring. Douki dodges Yujiro to then DROPKICK him out! But Sho sneaks up to LOW BLOW! Roll up, with tights! TWO!! Sho is furious but Douki survives!

Sho storms over to his ring, grabs his IWGP Junior Heavyweight title, but Red Shoes says don’t try it! Sho gives the belt over, but then he throws Douki into Red Shoes! Down goes the ref and the fans boo! Sho laughs and he goes for his Torture Tool! The fans boo but Douki has his PIPE! The fans fire up and Sho freaks out! They stand off, Sho takes a swing but Douki blocks! Douki powers Sho back, takes a swing, but Sho goes low! Sho grins, winds up, but Douki gets around! LOW BLOW!! Sho suffers a taste of his own medicine! The fans fire up as Douki now has his pipe! Douki uses the pipe to CHOKE Sho, then turn him for a Gory Especial! METAL DODON NO JUTSU!!

The fans fire up as Douki now calls for Red Shoes. Red Shoes returns, none the wiser, and Douki fires up! Douki drags Sho up, torture racks, and swings Sho for the MARISHITE! Cover, YUJIRO YANKS RED SHOES OUT!! The fans boo as Tokyo Pimp just won’t go away! Yujiro sneaks up on Douki, CANE SHOT! Taichi is up but Yujiro BOOTS him down! Yujiro sits Douki up for PIMP JUICE! Yujiro helps Sho crawl to the cover, then Yujiro fetches Red Shoes! Red Shoes sees the cover and counts, TWO?!?! Douki lives and the fans are thunderous! And Taichi throws Yujiro into the ring! Red Shoes is confused, but Taichi storms around.

Taichi takes a chair from a fan, threatens Yujiro, but Red Shoes stands in the way. Taichi drops the chair, pushes Red Shoes aside, and he blocks Yujiro’s kick! LOW BLOW!! And no problems since Yujiro isn’t in the match! Taichi then runs to AX BOMBER!! The fans fire up and Taichi calls to Douki! Douki rises while Taichi drags Yujiro out of the ring and away from ringside! The fans cheer as things are 1v1 again, and Douki aims from the apron. Sho flounders about, rises up, but runs up! Douki RAMS into Sho, then slingshots for DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Douki just fires up! The fans are with Douki as he rises!

Douki wheelbarrows Sho, full nelsons, SUPLEX DE LA- NO, Sho fights free and throws elbows! Sho runs up, but Douki blocks the kick! But wait, it really hurt! What’s in Sho’s boot?! Sho KICKS Douki again!! Douki writhes and clutches ribs, but Sho aims from a corner! Sho PUNTS Douki in the side!! Cover, TWO?!?! Douki survives, even with Sho’s clearly loaded boot! Sho drags Douki up and reels him in as we reach 20 minutes! Gut wrench, Canadian Rack, PIMP SLAM!! Cover, SHO WINS!

Winner: Sho, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)

Surprise, surprise, all this cheating helps Sho win! Sho needs an icepack for his leg, because he loaded his kick pad with a big piece of metal! Will Douki ever get one over on this snake?

Speaking of, Sho slithers over to get the mic so he can say, “Everyone thought Douki would win! You were all cheering for him! You at home were, too! You’re welcome, all of you!” The fans boo but Sho continues by saying, “Different day, same result. The champion is on a different level. A different level to all of you! Even if a scrub makes it to the finals, he doesn’t need to be in the main event. I’m winning this comfortably. Besides, you Osaka folks don’t really know wrestling.” The fans boo again, but Sho says that even if it’s in Osaka-Jo, it doesn’t need to be the main event, that’s how easily he’s gonna win.

“I’m on a different level from every other Junior Heavyweight out there, especially those in this Super Juniors!” Sho drops the mic and leaves Douki behind, will he do this to everyone left in the block?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Titan: 5-2, 10 points
El Desperado: 5-2, 10 points
HAYATA: 4-3, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-3, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-3, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-4, 6 points
BUSHI: 3-4, 6 points
TJP: 3-4, 6 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Here are the EVEN NEWER B Block standings!

Robbie Eagles: 5-2, 10 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 4-2, 8 points
KUSHIDA: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
SHO: 4-3, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-3, 8 points
Ninja Mack: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points [FORFEIT]
Dragon Dia: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

Another great night for BOSJ, and things are starting to take shape here. As I said last time, a shame about Akira’s injury, I thought he could really get things going for himself. But B Block is now just a touch lopsided since the forfeited points put some people ahead of others with less matches. Eagles of course gets a win off Dia, Dia has been “struggling” this whole tournament. Hiromu got the bye this round, so he can’t really move in the block. Kushida may have lost but he’s still ahead of Hiromu because Kushida beat Hiromu in their match.

Great win for Drilla in that, though, and he’s getting going at the right time. Drilla has Taiji and Hiromu left, those are going to be critical matches. Sho of course has to cheat again to win out, but it makes Douki look great and has the fans on his side. Douki has the top two, Eagles and Kushida, and he’d need to pull off some ultimate underdog stuff to beat them both and take a spot from one of them.

Meanwhile, A Block is looking like a race to the top between Desperado and Titan. Despe beat Titan in their match from an earlier round, so if he and Titan both win out from here, they’re both going to the semifinals just like that. Despe has TJP next, and TJP is making a great comeback, while Titan has Kanemaru who isn’t even in the running anymore. But TJP and Kanemaru can both go for a spoiler, so those are going to be really good matches. In fact, Titan also has TJP to top this off, he’s in for two big fights in a row. Though, Connors did a lot of damage to Despe, that adds more pressure to whether Despe can get past TJP and then Hayata after that.

My Score: 8.9/10


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