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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (12/13/22)

It’s a New Day, yes it is!



NXT White 'n' Gold Era

NXT has new contenders AND NEW Tag Team Champions!

NXT Deadline was most certainly historic, with two Iron Survivor Challenges, and the NEW W, W, E, Triple, Crown, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS, the NEW DAY!! What will be first for Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods on Tuesday nights?


  • Wes Lee VS Channing Lorenzo w/ Tony D’Angelo; Wes wins.
  • Toxic Attraction VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley; No Contest.
  • Odyssey Jones w/ Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Jones wins.
  • Javier Bernal VS Ikemen Jiro; Jiro wins.
  • JD McDonagh VS Brutus Creed w/ Julius Creed; McDonagh wins.
  • Lyra Valkyria VS Amari Miller; Valkyria wins.
  • Damon Kemp VS Duke Hudson w/ Chase U; Duke wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Roxanne Perez; Roxie wins and becomes the new NXT Women’s Champion.


Roxanne Perez is in the ring!

The winner of the inaugural Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge is here to say thanks to the fans, but then a car horn blares. The Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge winner, Grayson Waller, is here. He wants all the attention as he shows up. Waller gets a mic and goes to the perch to show everyone “a real superstar!” Waller says it is very difficult in the WWE to do something for the first-time, let alone make it look as easy as he does. But that’s what he does! He makes history! NXT Deadline, the biggest event in history- GRAYSON!! Roxie tells him to shut his mouth. Waller asks who said that! Oh, there she is!

Oh, really funny. Roxie isn’t sure if Waller forgot, but he wasn’t the only Iron Survivor on Saturday. Yes, he won, props to him, but she won first. Oh, and unlike Waller, she did it from the number one spot. Aw, Roxie, Booker T’s favorite wrestler. She’s growing up so fast, it’s adorable. But the reason she was first was so she could get home before bedtime. Mom was reading her a bedtime story as Waller was out with the biggest reality stars there are! BTW, shoutout to Marty Bananas. Anyway, Roxie is right about one thing: that was the biggest win of both their careers. Which is sad cuz she’s peaked at 21, cuz she ain’t ever beating Mandy!

But here come Bron Breakker! Fans bark it up and Bron says Waller is wrong. Roxie is THE Iron Woman of NXT. She went the FULL 25 minutes and outlasted some of the best women NXT has to offer. And we can all agree that we just don’t give a damn what Waller thinks! Roxie Perez is the future NXT Women’s Champion! Waller says, “WRONG!” Fans chant for Roxie but Waller doesn’t care what they think. And “Bronathon,” how does that jaw feel? Yes, Roxie won, but she didn’t understand the game. It isn’t about minutes but falls. Waller got two falls in his first 20 seconds! And at New Year’s Evil, Waller outsmarts Bron and takes the title from him,

“Cuz they’re all about making memories while Grayson Waller’s all about making moments!” Bron says in that case, they can make a moment right now! Bron storms out and chases Waller up the bleachers! Roxie smiles, but Mandy CLOBBERS her from behind! Mandy says she’s the Baddest Bitch in the game, and Roxie will never be champion! But with that cheap shot, is it a sign The Toxic Goddess fears the Prodigy?


JD McDonagh gets checked by NXT medical.

The trainer has the results here. JD takes a guess: slight discoloration and swelling in the right orbital socket caused by an abrasion rather than a concussive blow; athlete should be cleared to compete as tolerated. Yes, that is correct. Good. The Irish Ace hears the Creeds checking in again. Is it the leg or the ribs? No, they’re all fine. But JD knows that. Julius doesn’t care what anyone says, he and Brutus were good to go against Indus Sher at Deadline, but JD did that stupid stuff to Julius’ knee and now medical won’t leave him alone. Then he saved them from a beating! Oh, JD is so calm, cool and collected. Well since he tried to hurt Julius, Brutus will hurt him

JD is fascinated by the familial bond and the dependency. He couldn’t wrap his head around it, but oh well. JD exits, will Brutus SMASH what is left of the Necessary Evil?


NXT returns to the ring as Roxie shouts!

“MANDY! MANDY!” Roxie drags herself up and says, “You think you’re the Baddest Bitch in the Game? Well I don’t wanna wait until New Year’s Evil. Put your title on the line, TONIGHT!” Mandy smirks and says if that’s what Roxie wants, she’ll get it. The challenge is accepted and New Year’s comes early! But will Mandy retain her title after getting the drop on Roxie? Or will the Toxic Goddess’ ego finally be her undoing?


Channing Lorenzo attacks Wes Lee backstage!

Stacks is after the North American Champion but Wes is ready to fight back! They brawl, Tony D’Angelo strolls in and coaches Stacks. The cameraman gets knocked over, where is this brawl going to go? It spills out onto the stage! And down the ramp! Stacks kicks Wes, ROCKS him, but Wes ROCKS Stacks back! And again! Stacks knees low, whips Wes but Wes stops from hitting the steel steps! Wes puts Stacks in the ring, and the match they were gonna have happens NOW! Will the Must-See Kid make sure everyone knows not to mess with him?

Wes Lee VS Channing Lorenzo w/ Tony D’Angelo!

The bell rings, Stacks rushes into a KICK! Wes KICKS Stacks to a corner, UPPERCUTS, then headlocks for a BULLDOG! Tony coaches Stacks but Wes drags Stacks up. Wes whips, Stacks reverses and hits a NECKBREAKER! Stacks stomps Wes around, drags him up and ROCKS him! Fans rally for Wes as Stacks whips and UPPERCUTS him down! Cover, ONE!! Wes shakes out the stars but Stacks drags him up to throw haymakers. Stacks whips Wes to ropes but Wes hurdles and ducks to then slide under and handspring, RANA! And DROPKICK! Stacks bails out, Wes builds speed, and Wes FLIES! Not the cleanest hit but fans fire up as NXT goes picture in picture!

Wes gets up and Tony is furious! Wes drags Stacks up and into the ring, but Stacks slides out. Wes drags Stacks up by his hair, drags him into the ring, and has a headlock on tight. Stacks throws body shots, powers up, but can’t power out as Wes holds tight. Wes grinds the hold, Stacks fights his way back up, but Wes uses a corner to hit a headlock takeover! Stacks keeps his shoulders up, he fishhooks Wes’s face, but Wes shakes that free. Stacks stands up and throws Wes back down to a cover, TWO! Wes holds on and grinds the hold. Stacks fights up again, and he puts Wes on the top rope. Wes holds the headlock until 4, but Stacks CLOBBERS Wes down to the ground!

Stacks goes outside to BOOT Wes against the barriers! And again! Stacks throws Wes in the ring, drags him up with a double underhook and hits a BIG butterfly suplex! Tony likes what he sees but fans rally up. Stacks talks some trash, he drags Wes up to whip to a corner hard! Wes bounces off buckles and falls to the mat! Stacks snarls, drags Wes up again, and he kicks Wes around. Stacks drops on Wes to clamp on a chinlock and pulls back. Wes endures as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally, Wes fights his way up, and Wes throws elbows. Wes is free but Stacks kicks him to the corner. Stacks whips Wes, Wes slides to stop and he dropkicks Stacks’ legs out!

Stacks hits buckles, Wes hits a headlock takeover, and he throws down fists! Stacks throws Wes away, kicks low and whips Wes again. Stacks runs in at the corner but WEs BOOTS him! Wes goes up but Stacks YANKS Wes down! Wes hits buckles and falls to the mat! Fans boo as Stacks drops an elbow on Wes! And another! And another! Stacks clamps onto Wes, pulls him up by his hair, and he CLUBS Wes in the back. Wes staggers to the ropes, Stacks blocks boots but Wes kicks free. Wes runs, into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Tony coaches Stacks but fans rally for Wes. Stacks grabs a leg for a HALF CRAB!

Wes endures but Stacks has that hold on deep! Fans rally and Wes fights up to reach out, but Stacks drags him from the ropes! Wes continues to endure, he powers up and turns over to kick at Stacks! Stacks staggers away, Wes stands up but Stacks scoops to a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Tony is frustrated as much as Stacks is, but Wes hits a JAWBREAKER! Stacks staggers, into a scoop! But Wes falls over! Stacks covers, TWO! Tony says Stacks has to do something but Stacks isn’t sure what. Stacks yanks Wes up but Wes SAIDOS Stacks first! Fans fire up as Stacks and Wes stir. Tony shouts at Stacks as he hurries to his feet.

Wes and Stacks trade hands! Wes gets the edge, he CHOPS and UPPERCUTS and WHEEL KICKS! Wes fires off fast hands and a kick, then snapmares to a basement dropkick! Fans fire up as Wes roars! Wes runs corner to corner to GAMANGIRI Stacks, and then GERMAN SUPLEX! Wes fires up, fans fire up with him, and Stacks rises into Wes’ HANDSPRING PELE!! Cover, Wes wins!

Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall

Stacks tried to stack the odds in his favor with that backstage attack, but Wes still won out! Wait! Here comes #HardJustice, DIJAK!! Dijak smirks as he walks up to the ring. But then Tony CLOBBERS Wes from behind! Fans boo as Tony hits BADA BOOM! Tony tells Wes to keep his head on a swivel! Fans chant, “TONY SUCKS!” but Tony says he did Dijak’s job for him. The Don and Stacks take their leave, and Dijak looks back at Wes. Will Hard Justice have more than just the championship as his target?


Thea Hail talks with Andre Chase.

She relates an argument she had with a friend about tacos, but then they both see Duke Hudson shake hands with Drew Gulak. WTF is that, Duke? What? The handshake? Is Duke entering the transfer portal?! Thea has a freak out but Chase asks if this is about him losing his cool. He is sorry, he was wrong, Duke was right. Oh, sorry, Duke’s hard of hearing in this ear from all that yelling. Could Chase say that again? Chase was wrong, Duke was right. Chase loves Thea’s passion, but she wasn’t ready for Isla Dawn. Duke had her best interests in mind. Thea says that’s great, but he can’t transfer! No, he’s not transferring. He has a lot to learn, and maybe some to teach.

Chase says that’s a good one. But is Duke ready for his match tonight? Oh, he’ll give Damon Kemp an Andre Chase University sized ass whooping! Chase U is all fired up, but will they be able to take care of the Diamond Mine dropout?


Kayden Carter & Katana Chance head to the ring.

The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are going to join commentary for what will be a heated match between two contender hopefuls! Who will we see step up to KC Squared?

Toxic Attraction VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley!

NXT as the Diamond Mine make their entrance. Then Gigi & Jacy make their entrance. Mandy stays in the back because she now has her title match to prepare for. The teams sort out and Ivy starts against Jacy. They rush in, Ivy avoids the boot to fire off hands! Gigi rushes in but Tatum intercepts and now Tatum fires off hands! Fans fire up but the ref reprimands! Toxic Attraction shove Diamond Mine back to DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Jacy and Gigi throw Ivy and Tatum out, then go out after them. Jacy CANNONBALLS Ivy, Gigi PENALTY KICKS Tatum! Jacy gets in the face of KC Squared, but they tell Jacy to focus on the match.

Jacy puts Ivy in, Gigi says “SUCK IT!” and Jacy covers. TWO, and Jacy smirks as she talks trash. Jacy pie faces and SDLAPS Ivy, then CLUBS her! Tag to Gigi, Jacy feeds Ivy to a BOOT! Jacy CLOBBERS Ivy, Gigi covers, TWO! Gigi stands Ivy up, talks trash of her own, but Ivy elbows her back! Ivy ROCKS Gigi with haymakers, then brings her around. Gigi throws body shots, Ivy whips but Gigi reverses to ROCK Ivy back! Gigi wrenches and STOs! Cover, TWO! Gigi drags Ivy up, tags Jacy, and Toxic Attraction double wrench, kick, but Ivy ducks the double Penalty Kicks to BOOT PUNCH COMBO!

Fans fire up as Ivy goes out to DECK Jacy! Ivy dodges Gigi to ROUNDHOUSE her down! But Jacy brings Ivy around to throw onto KC Squared!! Tatum rushes over but gets mugged! Toxic Attraction throw Ivy & Tatum in, but now KC Squared go after them!

No Contest

But then Ivy CLOBBERS Jacy and Katana! Tatum PLANCHAS onto Gigi and Kayden! Fans fire up, referees rush out to stop this! Ivy POSTS Katana, fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” and it’s chaos! What will happen when it comes to naming new contenders?


Fallon Henley is on the phone.

She’s talking with Papa Henley, and hopes there’s something she can do. Meanwhile, Josh Briggs is doing his best to help Brooks Jensen pick out a shirt. Jensen of course wants to impress Kiana James, but Briggs asks Fallon how her dad is doing. He’s doing alright, but it’s going to be a tough year because of the bar. Things just aren’t going her way. Losing the Triple Threat and now this. Briggs says it’ll be fine, they’ve got her back. They group hug and Jensen says their luck is going to change. 2023 will be their year! They get Fallon to smile, but will things really look up after the holidays?


Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams hang out in the back.

They’re looking at Trick’s phone, admiring pictures of the one and only Angela Bassett. Black don’t crack. But then Trick gets a look at his Twitter feed. Why are they talking about Melo missing on Saturday? Melo says to not listen to the internet, they don’t know what they’re saying! Melo didn’t miss, he just didn’t win. If this Iron Survivor Challenge was 30 minutes and not 25, Melo would’ve had that in the bag! He’d be opening NXT, going to New Year’s Evil, winning the title and taking NXT on the road to Charlotte for Vengeance Day! It doesn’t matter which way you flip it, Melo is still Him. And also the one being posterized by Axiom.

Melo sees the stills and is NOT happy. Even Trick is amazed. Heck, zoom in, Melo looks amazed! Aw man… That’s not a good look. But Trick Melo Gang ain’t going down like this! Melo tells Trick to delete that while he goes and deletes Axiom! Bro, it’s on Twitter. But will Melo not miss this time? Or will the Undeniable Truth be as unstoppable as that meme?


Odyssey Jones w/ Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!

#SoundTheAlarm, this is going to be huge! Will Odyssey get some semblance of revenge for Malik’s heirloom that Von viciously destroyed? Or will this still be Wagner’s World, and everyone else is just living in it?

The bell rings and the big men tie up. Von pulls hair but Odyssey turns things around. They go around, Von knees low then CLUBS Jones on the back. Jones snarls, Von runs and they RAM shoulders! Jones nods, Von runs, they RAM again and Jones still doesn’t budge! Von RAMS Jones again and he’s the one who bounces off! Von sets up in a three point stance, so Jones returns the favor! Just like drills in football, they run in, Jones CHOP BLOCKS Von! Then scoops and SLAMS him! Von bails to the apron, Jones DECKS him! Fans rally for Jones but Von brings him into the rope to ROCK him!

Von climbs a corner, leaps, and he CLOBBERS Jones! Von kicks Jones around, CLUBS him, HEADBUTTS him, then runs to BOOT Jones down! Jones sits up in a daze but Von aims again. Jones runs in to BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Malik & Edris shout at Von, Von drags Jones into a sleeper! Jones fights up and the fans rally. Jones RAMS Von into the corner, but Von comes right back to a sleeper! Jones RAMS Von into buckles again, then runs and CLOBBERS him! And again! Jones fire sup, he runs in and SPLASHES Von at the corner! Jones whips corner to corner, but Von elbows back! Von runs, into a scoop and POWERSLAM!

Fans fire up with Jones while Stone is freaking out! Stone grabs the sweater vest and runs around with it! Edris chases Stone, the ref is distracted, Malik DRIVE-BY DROPKICKS Von!! There’s some payback! Jones then runs to CROSSBODY! Cover, Jones wins!

Winner: Odyssey Jones, by pinfall

#SoundTheAlarm, because Jones just won big! They get even on behalf of Malik’s father, will Jones, Malik & Edris soon be on top of the world?


Backstage interview with Javier Bernal.

McKenzie Mitchell is again interviewing “Big Body Javi,” and in just moments, he takes on Ikemen Jiro. Full transparency, McKenzie is Team Jiro. Ouch! That man called him a Big Body Chicken on television! McKenzie cracks up laughing and Javi says that’s not funny! Alright, look, 99% of the time, McKenzie is unbiased. But who doesn’t love Jiro? Uh, Javi doesn’t! But how ironic that Javi is her 1 outta 100, cuz he is one of a kind! And tonight, he proves it to his Big Body Bandits! His what? His fans. Not a good nickname? Okay, fine! Big Body Ballers! Javi, you are anything but baller. She’s right. He is a man of the people! Big Body Bulldogs!

Like the Georgia Bulldogs? Well how else do you think they ran the table and became the #1 seed in the nation? JAVI! So he has to go, he can’t leave the Big Body Believers waiting. The what? YES! That’s the name! Big Body Believers! He likes that! No one believes in Javi. But will Javi’s belief in himself be all he needs?


Javier Bernal VS Ikemen Jiro!

Everyone believes in Big Body Javi, according to Big Body Javi. But will Javi have his beliefs questioned going against the Style Strong Handsome Jiro?

The bell rings and the two tie right up! Javi powers Jiro back to a corner, the ref counts, Jiro avoids the cheap shot to mock the Big Body Chicken! Javi kicks Jiro low, drags him around and throws him down by his collar. Jiro kips up and fans fire up! Javi rushes in, Jiro wrenches to a wristlock, and then catches the forearm to a headlock. Javi powers out but Jiro runs Javi over! Fans fire up with Jiro but Javi kips up. Jiro says okay, and JACKET PUNCHES Javi! Javi wobbles, Jiro whips him to ropes, but Javi blocks the hip toss. Jiro blocks a hip toss but Javi CLOBBERS Jiro! Fans boo but Javi drags Jiro up.

Javi whips Jiro to a corner, runs in and BULLDOGS! Then SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Jiro sputters but Javi rains down fists. Fans chant “JAVI SUCKS!” but that annoys Javi. Javi drags Jiro into a chinlock and he grinds Jiro down. Jiro endures, fights up, and he throws body shots. Javi CLUBS Jiro, ROCKS him, then whips and whips and CLOBBERS Jiro! Jiro bails out, Javi goes out and he tells fans to move. Javi aims, to then put Jiro in the ring. Javi smirks as he says he’s smarter than the fans. But then Jiro FLIES out and takes out Javi! Fans fire up and Jiro puts Javi in the ring. JACKET PUNCH! JACKET PUNCH! JACKET PUNCH!!

Jiro fires up and hits a SPINNING JACKET PUNCH!! Jiro runs but Javi elbows him back! Javi goes up the corner, but Jiro GAMANGIRIS! Jiro climbs for a SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Jiro takes aim from the corner. IKEMEN SLICE!! Cover, Jiro wins!

Winner: Ikemen Jiro, by pinfall

The Handsome One is back on top! But then SCRYPTS flies in outta nowhere! He takes Jiro off the corner, rains down fists, and then drags the jacket off to wear it himself! Inside out, even! Scrypts then goes up top, to SOMERSAULT SEATED SENTON!! Fans boo but Scrypts has written the next chapter of his NXT journey! Will he make Jiro a footnote in the future of this brand?


Wendy Choo speaks.

“I was so anxious watching the Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge. Because honestly, I didn’t want Cora jade to win, And when the time ran out on her, whew, I was so relieved. Because good things shouldn’t happen to bad people like Cora Jade. What she did to me a few weeks back, it really took me to a dark place. I know I’ve thrown a drink in a face or two, but there’s a method to old Wacky Wendy. I only do it to people who deserve it, if they’re being mean or being degrading to others.

“Because when I was younger, I used to have friends who were just like Cora Jade. And I was invited to my very first slumber party, and I forgot to bring an extra set of clothes. But it didn’t matter anyway, because I was just so excited And then there was this one girl who thought it would be funny to throw a drink at me. I was so embarrassed. You know that feeling where you just want everyone to like you instead of just pointing and mocking you? When Cora threw that drink in my face, it just brought me back to that moment again where I wished I was invisible. I felt like I was two inches tall. And I never wanna feel like that ever again.”


The New Day is here!

Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods are the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions after taking on Pretty Deadly at Deadline, and fans chant, “NEW DAY~ ROCKS! NEW DAY~ ROCKS!” Woods says, “Ladies and gentlemen! It’s ya bois, the NEW~ DAY~! And we are your new, W, W, E, N, X, T, World, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~!” Kofi says “AKA, your Tag Team Triple Crowners, BABYYY~!” Fans chant “TRIPLE CROWN!” The New Day get in the ring. Woods says Kofi is racking up accolades like crazy! He is the first-ever WWE singles AND tag team Triple Crowner!

Fans chant for Kofi, and Woods says “And, he has now set the record for the man with the most tag team title reigns in the company at FIFTEEN REIGNS!” Fans chant even more but Kofi says he wasn’t gonna say anything because Booker will just get saltier. But yes he is! He is a FIFTEEN TIME TAG TEAM CHAMPION! And boy does it feel good!! Fans chant, “You Deserve It!” Kofi appreciates that. But as special as this moment was for Kofi, it is even more special for Woods. Fans chant for Woods now, and he says it is full circle. He was here in NXT ten years ago when it started! He actually had the first NXT match ever!

And who was it against? Who who who? Funny enough, Big E! Fans cheer for “BIG E! BIG E!” Woods says he was also the first graduate of the Performance Center and he went to Raw, but there has always been something that didn’t sit right. It was that Woods never had the chance to hold an NXT title. “BUT LOOK AT YA BOI NOW!!” They have hella reasons to celebrate, so let’s get to it! Hit the music! Wait, that’s Pretty Deadly’s music! Because here comes Pretty Deadly! And Kit Wilson is shouting, “NO! NO! NO! NO! NO BOYS!” Elton says to cease the absolute nonsense IMMEDIATELY!

The New Day have ruined everything! RUINED IT! They took Pretty Deadly’s titles and ruined their Christmas! Hey! New Day would never ruin Christmas! Especially with Santa in attendance! Fans cheer for Santa! Woods tells Pretty Deadly to listen. They all know Kit & Elton had a horrible week. First, England gets kicked outta the World Cup! That thing ain’t coming home any time soon. And then Kit & Elton lost the tag titles to the New Day! And Kofi out-twerked Elton. Fans chant, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Kofi says they’re here celebrating, but Elton shouts over it. Stop talking, they’re here to ask for a rematch.

Oh, rematch? Of course! Luckily, the New Day is all about it! Saturday, they made magic in this ring. And no BS, Kofi’s been telling everyone that Pretty Deadly are incredibly talented individuals and an even greater team, and that Pretty Deadly will have great things in the future. Thanks so much, Kofi! B-b-b-b-b-b-but! BUT! BUT! One small thing that the New Day needs from Pretty Deadly. Sure, anything. They need to recite the Pledge of Allegiance! What?! They’re English! Well do it right here and they’ll get their shot. But then the good ol’ boys, Briggs & Jensen walk out, with Ol’ Glory even!

Fans fire up as Jensen & Briggs snatch the mics from Pretty Deadly. Then they say congrats to the New Day. But they were overhearing what was going on, and uh, if they’re giving title shots to those who can recite the Pledge of Allegiance, then count them in! Let’s go, everyone together! Hands on hearts, one, two, three. “I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of America. And to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all!” U S A! U S A! Pretty Deadly is upset, but Kofi says that was amazing. So as promised, they can go talk to the management, and get a match for Briggs & Jensen.

As for Pretty Deadly, they can see how much easier life is when they just do as the New Day asks. Jensen, Briggs, see you next week. It’s a date, boys! The celebration rolls on to the back, will the New Day have a match with the country boys and do it for America?


Elektra Lopez, Lash Legend, and others get their hair touched up backstage.

Lash tells Lopez is looking good. And of course Lash does. The Iron Survivor Challenge was great stuff, and a few were cheering on Indi Hartwell. Lopez has everyone hold up. What has she been telling them all about Indi? She might get in the big matches, but she never wins them. And love her or hate her, everyone knows if Lopez was in it, she would’ve won it. But then Indi BOOTS Lopez down! Indi says this is what Lopez gets for running her mouth! Everyone else pulls Indi off Lopez but Lopez comes back for more! It’s chaos backstage, but will Indi and Lopez settle their score in the ring?


JD McDonagh VS Brutus Creed w/ Julius Creed!

The Irish Ace is still sporting the bruises from the Iron Survivor Challenge, but he isn’t going to let that stop him. Will JD dissect another part of the Diamond Mine? Or will he get SMASHED by the Diamond Brute?

NXT returns as the Creeds make their entrance. The bell rings, JD and Brutus circle, and they tie up. Brutus powers JD to a corner but JD goes up the ropes. The ref counts, Brutus lets off and JD leaps to a flying headlock takeover! Fans fire up for that exchange, but Brutus powers up and powers out. JD ROCKS Brutus- Er, well, he hit Brutus with a forearm but Brutus just shakes it off! JD runs to try again, but Brutus still stands up. JD CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Then he whips and DROPKICKS, but Brutus stays up! Brutus CLOBBERS JD with double ax handles! JD gest to a corner, Brutus bear crawls and CLOBBERS JD!

Brutus CLUBS away on JD, the ref counts, and Brutus lets off at 4. JD BOOTS Brutus back, but storms up into a TACKLE! Brutus SMASH with both hands, but JD kicks him away! JD goes to ropes, Brutus runs in but JD dumps him out. JD goes to the apron and he MISSILE DROPKICKS Brutus into the desk! Brutus clutches an arm, and JD grabs that arm to wrench and SLAM on the desk! JD grabs the arm again, wrenches and SLAMS it on the apron! JD refreshes the ring count, pushes Brutus back in, and then CLUBS Brutus down. JD drags Brutus up, wrenches the arm and whips, but Brutus catches the dropkick to CATAPULT JD outta the ring!

Fans rally up as Brutus works on getting his bad arm working. JD gets in to fire a forearm but Brutus DECKS JD! JD gets up, swings, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Brutus stays standing as he throws JD up and over! JD bails to the apron, Brutus storms over but JD HOTSHOTS back! JD PENALTY KICSK Julius just because! Fans boo but JD gets in the ring. Brutus runs in, JD dodges to send him into buckles! JD then dumps Brutus back out to PENALTY KICK him, too! Fans duel as JD goes looking under the ring. JD finds a chair and brings it out! The ref reprimands, but then Sanga snatches the chair away! Where’d Indus Sher come from?!

Sanga & Veer have said they want the Creeds at 100%, no less, so they won’t let JD do more damage. JD says okay, and he backs away. But then Brutus runs in! JD dodges to send Brutus into barriers! JD hits DEVLINSIDE on the floor! Brutus crawls, JD puts him in the ring. JD says this is done, and he DEVLINSIDES again!! Cover, JD wins!

Winner: JD McDonagh, by pinfall

The Necessary Evil stuck to what was necessary, and he got the win. But did he do more than enough damage to delay Diamond Mine VS Indus Sher another week?


Backstage interview with Zoey Stark.

McKenzie says Stark fought hard in the Iron Survivor Challenge but still didn’t win. But what are her thoughts on Nikkita Lyons posting a reaction vid to her TikTok? Seriously? We’re talking about TikTok on Stark’s time? We’re paying attention to clout chasers like Lyons? Nikkita couldn’t hang for ten minutes, let alone 25, unlike Stark at Deadline. Stark’s reaction is this: Nikkita is a waste of roster space! Stark didn’t wanna wrestle Lyons, she was saving her from herself! But y’know what? Stark has changed her mind. Get Lyons in the ring, let her bring her reactions and dances, and Stark will bring real talent.


Isla Dawn speaks.

“Alba Fyre. Oh, you began to see at Deadline that you’re no longer struggling against mortals. The spirits have summoned an ethereal being into this realm, and your suffering may appear to have ended. Oh, but the longest night of the year is coming. In preparation for the Winter Solstice next week, I have called on the spirits to lend me their strength with these elements. The black mist, the something powerful. In it’s powdered form, this compound is even more pure. Under its influence, anything can happen.” Footage plays and shows the very moment she triggered in in the referee!

“The Unholy Enchantress shall rise during the Winter Solstice, and the darkness of night will consume Alba Fyre as she waits for the light to return.” Is the Wicked Witch of NXT about to extinguish Alba Fyre once and for all?


Lyra Valkyria VS Amari Miller!

Like the Morrigan, she has transformed! No longer Aoife Valkyrie, this is Lyra Valkyria! Will this new form prove to be faster and stronger and allow her to finally fly to the top of the mountain?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Lyra throws Amari down! Cover, ONE! Lyra eggs Amari on, they tie up again, and they go around again. Lyra grinds an arm, wrenches to a wristlock, but Amari uses some double-jointedness to slip around and headlock back! Lyra powers up but Amari holds on. Lyra powers out and things speed up. Lyra hurdles, Amari slides, but Lyra ENZIGURIS Amari out of the ring! Fans fire up and Lyra builds speed to WRECK Amari with the dropkick! Fans fire up as Lyra roars and then goes out after Amari. Lyra drags Amari up, puts her in the ring, and stalks her to the other side.

Lyra whips but Amari blocks. Lyra tries again but Amari elbows back. Amari storms up and bumps Lyra off buckles! And dribbles her off buckles, too! Amari cools off as the ref counts, then she whips, but Lyra reverses, SOBATS, KICKS and HEADBUTTS! AX KICK and then a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Lyra whips Amari to a corner hard! Lyra runs in, Amari dodges, but Lyra comes back, only for Amari to sweep the legs! SENTON! Cover, TWO! Amari paces while fans rally up. Amari spins but Lyra blocks the kick to HEEL KICK back! Lyra goes to the corner and climbs up! FROG SPLASH! Cover, Lyra wins!

Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall

Lyra’s new wings have carried her across the sea and now she’s here in NXT! Will Lyra continue to win until she reigns over the brand?


Backstage interview with Axiom.

McKenzie says many believe Axiom stole the show at Deadline, and points out Melo’s reaction to the highlight of Axiom literally jumping over him. They have a match next week, what are Axiom’s thoughts? Axiom says that he is very nervous, as you can tell. Oh, really? He’s kidding! But Melo, as great as he thinks he is, is not. So Axiom is not afraid. Look into his eyes. Where are they…? Don’t worry, he can see her. But he wants us all to know that when he gets in that ring, he fears no one. McKenzie will take his word for it. Axiom says after he beats Melo 1v1, he’ll look just like this: a huge smile on his face.


Kiana James calls over to Brooks Jensen.

He gets nervous and asks if she’s really talking to him. Is there another Brooks Jensen? Well, there’s this one guy named “Brooks” in catering so… Kiana doesn’t care. She sees Jensen walking around like a lost dog. Shouldn’t he be happy he has a tag title match next week? Yes, ma’am, he is happy. But he’s just… worried about Fallon. What’s wrong with her? Well, the family’s having some problems, he doesn’t wanna get into it. Kiana calls Gina over and she has a present box. Call it an early Christmas present. Really? He opens it up, and it’s a dress shirt that is actually his size! She was able to size him up with one look. If he’s gonna become champion again, he should look like one.

Jensen thanks Kiana. And sorry for earlier. Fallon’s family is dealing with financial problems and he isn’t sure how to help. But surely they’ll figure it out. Yes, sure they will. Just focus on what you can control. In this case, winning those tag team titles. Then everything else will work itself out. Jensen thanks Kiana for the advice, she heads out, and then we see KC Squared square off with Diamond Mine’s Ivy & Tatum! They argue about what happened out there, but then Toxic Attraction rushes them both! The refs have to hurry in to stop another huge brawl! What will it take to settle the score?


Damon Kemp VS Duke Hudson w/ Chase U!

The Golden Gopher told Drew Gulak to watch this match closely to learn what true technical skill looks like. The Philly Stretcher took him up on that, but he also seemed to make the same deal with Duke. Will Kemp be the one to impress the grappling guru? Or will this be a #TeachableMoment for everyone?

NXT returns as Kemp makes his entrance. Chase and Duke are doing last minute strategy talk, then the bell rings. Duke and Kemp circle, tie up, and Kemp pushes Duke to a corner. Fans rally for Duke as he and Kemp reset, Kemp gets a leg, trips Duke, and Duke gets up. Kemp mocks the Chase U letter U hands, then tells Duke to “SUCK IT!” Duke rushes in, Kemp grabs an arm and wrenches it. Duke reaches for ropes, but Kemp keeps him away. Chase & Thea coach Duke on, and Duke wrenches out to spin and headlock! Fans fire up, Kemp powers out but Duke runs Kemp over! Duke scoops and SLAMS Kemp!

Kemp bails out and Duke storms over, but into a HOTSHOT! Kemp smacks Duke off buckles, runs in and CLUBS Duke into a corner, to then hit a NECKBREAKER! Kemp rains down forearms while fans boo, then Kemp digs his forearm into Duke’s face! The fans rally, Kemp lets off of Duke to bring him up. Duke throws body shots and fans fire up! Duke punches again and again, then UPPERCUTS! Duke whips, Kemp gut wrench SLAMS! Kemp runs to run Duke over! Cover, TWO! Kemp clamps onto Duke with a chinlock and he grinds Duke down. Gulak appears and watches. Chase says Duke is Chase U, but Gulak says they’ll see after this.

Duke fights up, power the hold open and arm-drags Kemp! Kemp throws a hand, but Duke is powering up! Duke is hulking out! Fans fire up as Duke shouts, “U!” Duke ROCKS, CLUBS and ROCKS Kemp, to then CLOBBER him! And elbow him down! Duke whips, scoops and hits a SIDEWALK SLAM! Fans fire up for Duke and he runs in at the corner! BIG clothesline, and then an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Duke says he’s gonna raise the roof! Duke JABS, JABS, JABS, then flips, flops and “U!” BIONIC ELBOW! Fans fire up as Duke shouts out the American Dream! Duke then stomps in the corner to tune up the Chase U band!

Kemp stands, Duke urns in, BOOT! Cover, Duke wins!!

Winner: Duke Hudson, by pinfall

A big win for the black ‘n’ red! Chase & Thea celebrate with Duke and the student section, will Duke continue to carry the banner for the university?


The countdown is coming.

New Year’s is almost here, and get ready for the New Year Special on January 10th! But again, who is this mysterious diamond studded lady?


NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Roxanne Perez!

The Toxic Goddess has been pushing her luck for a long time, but she might’ve pushed the Prodigy a little too far! Will the Women’s Iron Survivor bring about a new reign before the New Year? Or will NXT be toxic going into the holidays?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see who has gold for the holidays!

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Mandy puts Roxie on ropes but the ref counts. Mandy lets off at 4 and slaps Roxie’s bad arm. Roxie shakes that out, the two reset and tie up again. Roxie headlocks, Mandy throws body shots and powers out, but Roxie runs her over! Things speed up, Roxie handsprings over and does a bow. Fans cheer but Mandy says that’s cute. Mandy swings but misses and Roxie waistlocks. Mandy reaches down to trip Roxie, then handsprings to dropkick! Cover, TWO! Mandy clamps onto the bad arm again, mocks Roxie, then whips her to a corner. Roxie goes up and over and arm-drags Mandy away!

Roxie arm-drags Mandy again and clamps onto the arm! Fans rally but Mandy fights up to pull hair. The ref reprimands, Mandy whips Roxie but Roxie wheelbarrows. Mandy stops the arm-drag but Roxie drops to trip and  cradle, cover, TWO! Mandy knees Roxie low, whips Roxie to the corner, then runs in, but Roxie moves! Mandy POSTS herself, then falls to the floor! Fans fire up as Roxie builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Roxie fires up and fans are with her! Roxie SOBATS Mandy, brings her around, and hops on, but Mandy pops Roxie off! Mandy RAMS Roxie into steel steps!

The ref checks Roxie while NXT goes picture in picture. Roxie refuses to let this stop her, but Mandy leaves Roxie behind to go into the ring. The ring count starts, Roxie crawls but Mandy goes out after her. Mandy CLUBS Roxie, RAMS her into barriers, then paces. Mandy drags Roxie up and puts her in the ring. Mandy stalks Roxie, looms over her while talking trash, and then she CLUBS Roxie’s bad arm! Mandy stands Roxie up to wrench and CLUB the arm again! Roxie clutches the arm but Mandy clamps on again. Mandy strips away the armband and swings it around to taunt Roxie. Mandy throws the armband down right in front of Booker!

Mandy turns around and Roxie throws a body shot! Mandy ROCKS Roxie and puts her in a corner! Mandy ROCKS Roxie again and again until the ref counts 4. Mandy checks her teeth, she snapmares Roxie, and KICKS her in the back! Roxie writhes but Mandy pushes her to a cover, TWO! Mandy grows frustrated, Roxie goes to a corner, but Mandy storms over. Mandy drags Roxie up but Roxie throws body shots! Mandy shoves Roxie, Roxie wheelbarrows but Mandy makes it a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Roxie toughs it out but Mandy clamps onto the bad arm. Mandy has a top wristlock but Roxie endures!

NXT returns to single picture as fans rally and duel. Roxie fights up, but Mandy wrangles her back down! Fans still rally as Roxie endures. Roxie fights up, arm-drags free, but Mandy storms back up! Roxie hits a JAWBREAKER! Roxie ducks ‘n’ dodges, and CLOBBERS Mandy! And again! Fans fire up with Roxie and she whips, but Mandy reverses. Roxie tilt-o-whirls, but Mandy fights the leg sweep to go after the bad arm! Roxie rolls free and SHOTGUNS Mandy down! Fans fire up as Mandy goes to a corner. Roxie shakes the bad arm out, runs in and UPPERCUTS! Roxie rolls and returns, but into a BOOT!

Mandy hops up, Roxie hurries over and GAMANGIRIS! Mandy clutches her own arm now, and Roxie climbs up after her! Fans rally, Roxie stands on the very top, SUPER STEINER! Mandy flounders, Roxie storms up and covers, TWO! Roxie shakes her head and shakes out the bad arm. Fans rally up, Roxie wants Mandy to stand, but Mandy blocks the sobat! Spin and GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Mandy grows frustrated and she glares at Roxie while going to the corner. Fans rally, Roxie rises, Mandy runs in, but Roxie avoids the knee! Roll-up, TWO, into a CROSSFACE!! Mandy pulls Roxie’s bad arm back!

Roxie endures, crawls, reaches out, fights her way over, but Mandy keeps her from ropes! So Roxie rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Roxie sits up, KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, TWO?!!? No one can believe it, but Roxie survives Mandy’s best shot! Fans are thunderous for Roxie and Mandy argues the count! The ref says it is still two! Mandy fumes, storms back over to Roxie and drags her up. Fans duel hard as ever as Mandy underhooks the arms. Roxie fights the lift, and cradles! TWO!! Mandy escapes, but Roxie SOBATS! Roxie hops on, POP ROX!!! Cover, ROXIE WINS!!!!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Champion)

And on day 413, the Toxic Reign finally ends!! The fans are thunderous for this historic moment as Roxanne Perez, the first-ever Women’s Breakout Star, and the first-ever Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge, becomes the youngest NXT Women’s Champion ever! Roxie holds up the title on stage, and even gets streamers for her celebration! As historic as Roxie dethroning the Toxic Goddess was, will she make her own reign that much more amazing?

My Thoughts:

A really good NXT that got great at the end. I did not think they’d pull the trigger on a new champion on the NXT after Deadline. Mandy VS Roxie was really good match, both have had a really good 2022, and this makes for quite the big surprise that Mandy lost. But it was also good timing as Gigi & Jacy were nowhere to be found after everything going on with their tag title story. We got a pretty good start of a match between them and Diamond Mine, but with KC Squared ringside, there were going to be shenanigans. Great brawl to end that match, and great second brawl during the backstage promos.

Speaking of those promos, I like the progress we’re making in the story for Fallon, Kiana and the boys. Fallon’s family facing financial troubles now gives Kiana something to exploit to get the bar, even though she was rather nice and encouraging to Jensen. The New Day had a great promo, and Pretty Deadly joining in was great. And what a hilarious way to block them from having a rematch. Briggs & Jensen get the shot instead, and that is going to be a fun match. I would think The New Day retains the titles, their first reign as NXT Tag Team Champions can’t end so quickly. Maybe they put Pretty Deadly over in the rematch at New Year’s Evil so that the New Day can then shift to the Royal Rumble and Pretty Deadly carry the belts to Vengeance Day.

Really good opening promo from Roxie, Waller, and Bron. I almost thought we were going to get a mixed tag main event between the Heels and Faces to hype up the title matches. Obviously that changed with Roxie and Mandy, but Bron VS Waller definitely waits until New Year’s Evil. I’m a bit surprised we didn’t get more from Bron and Waller, but maybe next week they have another promo to further hype things up. But we all know Waller isn’t winning, he’s just more fodder while they still build Melo up, even though I think he’s been ready since before Deadline. Great promos from Melo and Axiom, and they’re going to have an awesome 1v1 match.

Really good stuff from Wes and Stacks, and of course Wes wins. Dijak gets to show up but he doesn’t get to do anything after Tony knocks down Wes. I’m still sensing Dijak VS Tony fight to determine a #1 contender for the North American Championship, and that match can happen at New Year’s Evil. Either that or a Triple Threat. Either way, it’d be a shame if Wes loses his first defense, so he has to find a way to win, even if it’s against Dijak. Really good match between Jones and Von, for being short. Malik getting a part to play was good stuff, too, and I guess this counts as a blow-off.

Good promo from Wendy, but the use of that like stock footage was kinda weird. Clearly, Wendy and Cora are far from done with each other. Zoey had a good promo to call out Lyons, and they’re going to have a great match of their own. Isla Dawn had a good promo, and I guess her winning at Deadline isn’t enough for her. I have a feeling they’re going to have a Lights Out/World of Darkness match in the rematch. Really good backstage promo to set up Indi going after Lopez, and that match is also going to be great stuff. And really good return victory for Aoife, now Lyra. Maybe now she can finally build her way up to being a title contender, perhaps going for the belt by the summer.

Really good stuff out of Chase U. Gulak talking with Duke is a nice twist to both their stories, and Duke got a great win over Kemp. Gulak could end up recruiting Duke to some kind of stable, even though Kemp fits more with the technical style. Dempsey should also get in on this, we might end up with a tag team situation at some point where Duke and Chase team up, and then Duke has to decide if he really IS Chase U for life or wants to join up Gulak’s Catch Point 2.0. Well, I think Duke will stay loyal, and Catch Point 2.0 will be Gulak, Dempsey and Kemp.

Big Body Javi is hilarious, and quickly becoming a great Heel. His match with Jiro was a lot of fun, but I had a feeling Jiro would win. Javi probably won’t be humbled by that, which will in itself be hilarious. But Scrypts going after Jiro was not something I expected given his promo about “the chosen ones.” Not to be mean to Jiro, but Jiro stopped getting a push after he and Kushida ran into Von Wagner and then Kushida left NXT. But I will say that Scrypts’ new ring gear looks great, and furthers my thinking that he’ll end up in a feud with Axiom soon.

And great stuff from JD with the Creeds. Great match from JD and Brutus, and of course Indus Sher stop the chair shot to Brutus. I’m not sure why JD is in this story unless Roderick Strong returns and we get a Six Man Tag of Diamond Mine VS JD & Indus Sher, even though I don’t think that makes sense. Indus Sher are playing great Tweeners being brutal in the ring but still honorable. And depending on who has the tag titles going towards Vengeance Day, I would love to see Indus Sher get that title shot as NXT goes on the road.

My Score: 8.6/10

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Mitchell’s NJPW Windy City Riot Results & Report! (4/12/24)

Will the winds of change blow?



NJPW starts a riot!

As NJPW lands in Chicago, the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Testuya Naito, defends the title against Jon Moxley! Is The Maniac going to become the face of NJPW?


  • Kickoff Show – Strong Survivor: Matt Vandagriff VS Zane Jay; Vandagriff wins.
  • Kickoff Show – Mina Shirakawa & Viva Van VS Alex Windsor & Trish Adora; Windsor & Adora win.
  • Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita; Narita wins.
  • NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Stephanie Vaquer VS AZM; Vaquer wins and retains the title.
  • NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS TMDK VS West Coast Wrecking Crew VS #NoFilthyDaysOff; TMDK wins and become the new NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions.
  • Shota Umino VS Jack Perry; Shota wins.
  • Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi; Ali wins.
  • Riot Rules 8 Man Tag: Team Eddie Kingston VS Team Gabe Kidd; Team Kidd wins.
  • NJPW World Television Championship: Matt Riddle VS Zack Sabre Jr; ZSJ wins and becomes the new NJPW World Television Champion.
  • Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii; Nemeth wins.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley; Moxley wins and becomes the new IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.


Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita!

Finally, months after the betrayal, The King of Pancrase gets his chance at teaching #SouledOut Narita a lesson! Will Meanest Man in the World show no mercy? Or will the House of Torture find a way to stack the deck even now?

The Windy City knows “KAZE NI NARE~!” and then Suzuki CLOBBERS Narita! The bell rings, Narita bails out and the fans fire up as Suzuki goes after him! Suzuki stomps Narita, whips him into railing, then storms up to stomp Narita down! The fans fire up for “SU-ZU-KI!” as he whips Narita hard into more railing! Suzuki stomps Narita more, then CHOKES Narita with camera cables! The fans fire up, the ref reprimands, but Suzuki lets go. The fans cheer the “MURDER GRAMPA!” as he gets a chair! Suzuki then stomps Narita, drags him up and puts his arm through railing! The ref reprimands as Suzuki pulls on the arm!

Suzuki lets off, the fans fire up more, and Suzuki drags Narita up. Suzuki brings Narita along, SMACKS him off the apron, and the ref finally starts a ring count. Suzuki kicks away on Narita then shoves him into the ring. The fans cheer and Suzuki drags Narita up. Suzuki whips but Narita flops and flounders out of the ring. The fans boo but Suzuki is amused. Suzuki taunts Narita, but Narita trips Suzuki and whips him into railing! The fans boo as Narita goes into the ring, builds speed, and as Suzuki gets on the apron, Narita BOOTS him back down! Narita stomps Suzuki against railing while the ring count starts.

Narita fires forearms, Suzuki eggs him on, so Narita claws the eyes! Suzuki gets in the ring, Narita storms in to stomp away at the ropes! The fans boo as Narita kicks Suzuki back out, then whips him hard into railing! Suzuki sputters, Narita brings Suzuki around to whip into more railing! Suzuki grabs a bottle of water to SPLASH Narita! The fans fire up but Narita kicks Suzuki, only to slip in the water! Narita puts Suzuki in the ring, stands on him for a cocky cover, TWO! The fans boo but Narita soaks up the heat. Suzuki rises, Narita fires a forearm then runs to BOOT! Suzuki staggers, Narita whips, but Suzuki reverses!

Suzuki runs in to BOOT Narita at the corner! The fans fire up as Suzuki fires forearm after forearm! The fans count and Suzuki goes past ten, and even tells the ref to back off! Narita sits down in the corner but Suzuki fires off more forearms! Suzuki tops it off at TWENTY! The fans fire up, Suzuki drags Narita to his feet, then snapmares Narita to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Suzuki keeps on Narita with a SLEEPER! Narita fights up, slips around, and has a SLEEPER! Suzuki switches to put the SLEEPER back on Narita! The fans fire up as Narita flails, but Suzuki drops back into body scissors! Narita is caught and the fans fire up!

Narita flails, reaches out, but Suzuki rolls him away from ropes! Narita is fading, the ref checks. The arm drops once! The arm drops twice! Narita comes back at the third and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts as Suzuki thrashes around! The ref pries at the hold, but Suzuki holds on! The ref counts again, Suzuki lets go at 4, and Suzuki gets in the ref’s face! Narita breathes again, rises up, and then runs up to KNEE STOMP! The fans boo as Narita goes to get a chair! The ref stops Narita, but Narita wedges the chair into the corner. But Suzuki kicks Narita first! Suzuki whips, follows, then shoots around to the SLEEPER!

Narita wrenches out! Narita whips, Suzuki stops himself, and then Suzuki BOOTS Narita down! The fans fire up as now Suzuki has the chair! The ref says no, the fans boo, and Narita has his push-up bar! Suzuki shoves the ref aside, PUSH-UP BAR SHOT!! Then the DOUBLE CROSSER! Cover, Narita wins!

Winner: Ren Narita, by pinfall

The fans boo because of course the Souled Out son of a gun had to cheat to win, but it’s surprising that he did it all on his own! Suzuki is pissed, he runs back up but the Young Lions keep him away! So the Young Lions are sent into railing for it! Will anyone ever humble Narita’s inflated ego?


NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Stephanie Vaquer VS AZM!

Having dethroned Giulia in the background of Stardom’s Cinderella Tournament, La Primera feels unstoppable! But will she be able to keep up with the Highspeed Superstar? Or will Stephanie show she’s a real speed demon herself?

The introductions are made, the NJPW belt is raised, and we see who is truly a Strong Star!

The bell rings and the fans rally up already as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but then Vaquer uses her height for leverage. AZM digs her heels in to push back, and the fans rally up more. Vaquer gets around to waistlock, sit-down, roll and JAPANESE BRIDGE! TWO, and the fans cheer as the two reset. AZM runs up to kick low, whip, but Vaquer reverses. Vaquer hurdles but AZM comes right back to shove, follow and run up again. Vaquer pops AZM up but AZM slips free to then duck ‘n’ dodge and trip Vaquer up! Then PENALTY KICK! SLIDING KICK! Kip up! The fans fire up with AZM and she gets them even hotter!

AZM gets Vaquer up but Vaquer JAWBREAKERS! AZM blocks a kick, gives a kick, then runs to sunset flip! Vaquer stays up, scuffs AZM and then runs to drop the leg, brother! The fans fire up and Vaquer clamps on a chinlock. Vaquer squeezes tight but AZM endures. The fans rally, AZM fights around, reaches out, but Vaquer drags her by her hair! The fans boo but Vaquer wraps on a headscissors, and she turns AZM over to RAM her into the mat again and again and again! The fans cheer as Vaquer lets off to cover, TWO! AZM stays in this but Vaquer stays calm. Vaquer looms over AZM, then springboard KNEE DROPS!

Vaquer digs her heel into AZM’s head, but the ref counts. Vaquer lets off, drags AZM up and the fans rally up. Vaquer bumps AZM off buckles, sits her down, then goes up to stand on AZM’s face! The ref counts, Vaquer steps off, and she drags AZM up. AZM fires a forearm but then falls over. Vaquer stands AZM up to HEADBUTT her down! AZM drags herself up to fire another forearm! Vaquer HEADBUTTS again! AZM forearms again and again and again! The fans fire up, but Vaquer HEADBUTTS again and again and again! Vaquer runs, AZM gets around and spins her, snap suplex! The fans fire up while both women are down!

AZM stands, whips Vaquer to a corner, but Vaquer stops herself to CLUB AZM! Vaquer whips, runs up, but into a BOOT! AZM fires up, but Vaquer puts AZM’s leg in the ropes! Vaquer has the other leg, to DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! AZM writhes, flops out of the ring, but Vaquer goes to the apron. Vaquer watches like a hawk, but AZM avoids the kick! AZM trips Vaquer to ROUNDHOUSE Vaquer down! Vaquer slumps to the floor, AZM goes up and up and SUPER DIVING STOMPS!! The fans are thunderous as AZM stands tall! AZM drags Vaquer up, puts her in, and then goes back up the corner!

AZM aims and the fans fire up for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! But into the FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Vaquer reaches out, so AZM traps that arm and pulls the other arm! Vaquer endures as AZM has a mounted armlock! Then AZM YANKS the arm into an ARMBAR! Vaquer clasps hands to fight the hold, then kicks around, ROPEBREAK! AZM lets go and fans rally as she brings Vaquer around. AZM KICKS Vaquer in the side, then drags her into a drop zone! AZM steps on Vaquer before she climbs back up. The fans fire up for the DIVING- NO, Vaquer avoids the stomps to DROPKICK!

But AZM’s right back up! She ROUNDHOUSES Vaquer, then runs, but Vaquer reels her in, BIG back suplex! Both women are down again and the fans are thunderous! The two women slowly sit up and the fans rally again. AZM fires a forearm first, but Vaquer HEADBUTTS! AZM fires another forearm, so Vaquer HEADBUTTS! Forearm, HEADBUTT, then AZM fires a flurry! Vaquer SLAPS AZM! The fans fire up as Vaquer then blocks a slap into an ARMBAR! AZM stacks it, TWO! CROSSFACE!! Vaquer pulls way back on AZM, AZM is fading, reaches out, but Vaquer rolls her from ropes!

AZM kicks around still, ROPEBREAK behind Vaquer’s back! The fans fire up as Vaquer lets go in frustration. Vaquer drags AZM up, ducks the haymaker, then spins her to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! AZM is still in this and the fans fire up! Vaquer goes to a corner, climbs up, but AZM rises! AZM ROCKS Vaquer, but then Vaquer HEADBUTTS back! AZM ROUNDHOUSES back, goes up after Vaquer, and the fans fire up for the SUPERPLEX! AZM positions Vaquer just right, hurries back up top, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Vaquer survives and neither Chicago nor AZM can believe it!

AZM drags Vaquer up, “This is Awesome!” as she reels Vaquer in. Vaquer wrenches out, EAT DA FEET! Vaquer runs, AZM follows and tilt-o-whirls, LA MYSTICA! Then the step over, AZM SUSHI ROLL! TWO!! Vaquer escapes the cradle, and AZM hurries to a corner. AZM runs in, but is sent into buckles! HEADBUTT HEADBUTT HEADBUTT!! Vaquer sits AZM down, runs corner to corner, METEORA! Vaquer drags AZM up and tucks her in, but AZM pops free! AZM ducks ‘n’ dodges but into a SUPERKICK! Vaquer runs, but AZM follows again! Tilt-o-whirl but no Mystica! PACKAGE BACKBREAKER!! Cover, Vaquer wins!

Winner: Stephanie Vaquer, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Women’s Champion)

AZM’s speed was there, but so was Vaquer’s strength! Vaquer keeps her THREE belts, from NJPW Strong to CMLL, but will she be able to hold onto all of them through the Summer?

Well hold on, speaking of, here comes Alex Windsor! She gets a mic to say, “Now I understand that you maybe don’t know who I am, so allow me to formally introduce myself. I am at the top of the UK Women’s Scene. I have conquered Europe, I have overcome Japan. Every single country, every single company I have been to, I have made my presence known. And trust me when I say, it doesn’t stop here. So uh, if you’re up for it, May 11th, Resurgence, you put your NJPW Strong Women’s Championship on the line against Alex Windsor!” The fans are torn on this, but Alex bloody dares Vaquer!

Vaquer looks Alex up and down, takes the mic, and says, “You’re on.” Will Vaquer be able to break the Iron Willed Windsor? Or will Alex prove she’s just as NJPW Strong, if not stronger?


NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS TMDK VS West Coast Wrecking Crew VS #NoFilthyDaysOff!

The Guerrillas of Destiny have passed on the torch, but there’s a chance the fire could be blown out in the Windy City! Can The Headbanga & Young Guerilla make it through Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls, Royce Isaacs, Jorel Nelson, Tom Lawlor AND Fred Rosser all at once? Or are we guaranteed NEW Strong Tag Team Champions?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who defies the odds to win the gold!

Tensions are already running high given the beef between WCWC and their former leader, Lawlor. In this Fatal 4, only two teams are legal at a time, and ELP steps up to start against Hysterical Haste. The fans rally up with the bell as the two circle. They tie up, Shane headlocks, but ELP powers up and out. Shane runs ELP over, drags him back up, and runs, but ELP drops, hurdles, and drops again. ELP DROPKICKS Shane down then handsprings up! The fans cheer but Shane KICKS ELP, whips him to the corner, only for ELP to ROCK Mikey! Shane DROPKICKS ELP down! Tag to Mikey and TMDK double whip.

TMDK DOUBLE ELBOW ELP then SENTON FIST DROP COMBO! Cover, ONE, and Mikey whips ELP. Leo tags in, ELP gets around Mikey and sends him into the UPPERCUT! ELP BLASTS Shane, Leo sends Mikey to the corner to SPLASH! ELP back elbows, then feeds Mikey to Leo’s SIDEWALK SLAM! ELP is up, for the FALLING ELBOW! Then the high five! The fans fire up as Leo aims, but then Rosser tags in! Rosser eggs Mikey on, they RAM shoulders! And RAM again! Rosser runs but Mikey ELBOWS him! Mikey runs, Rosser dodges and ROLLING ELBOWS! Tag to Lawler, the fans fire up, and NFDO RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP TACKLE COMBO!

Rosser BLASTS WCWC, drops a leg on Mikey, then scoops Lawlor to SLAM him on Mikey! Rosser BLASTS Shane, too, but Royce sneaks a tag. The fans fire up as Lawlor and Royce stare down. The two circle, but then ELP tags in off Lawlor! No filthy showdown yet, but then Royce SHOVES ELP into Lawlor, then GERMAN SUPLEXES ELP! The fans boo as WCWC BLAST Leo! Royce RAMS ELP into the corner, stomps a mudhole in, then tags in Jorel. Jorel stands ELP up to CHOP, then CHOPS again! The fans rally up as Jorel winds up, but then he pokes ELP in the eyes! The fans boo but Jorel says he’s smarter than that.

Jorel RAMS ELP into the corner, tags Royce, and then WCWC wrench and DOUBLE ATOMIC DROP! ELP hobbles, Jorel sweeps the legs, and Royce deadlift suplexes! Royce holds ELP up, kicks Shane away, but then Lawlor reaches out to tag in! Royce SLAMS ELP down, but he has to exit now. Lawlor drags ELP up, and clamps on a GUILLOTINE! ELP endures, fights his way up, reaches out, but Lawlor redirects him. Rosser tags in and CLUBS ELP. NFDO double whip to ELBOW ELP down, then Lawlor hooks Rosser up, HALF NELSON FACEBUSTER SPLASH onto ELP! Cover, TWO! Rosser stares down WCWC then gets ELP up.

Rosser kicks and KNEES ELP, then HEADBUTTS! Rosser HIP ATTACKS ELP, runs, but Royce tags in! Royce then knees Rosser low and TOSSES him! Tag to Jorel, WCWC BLASTS everyone else! Then WCWC double wrench and double- NO, ELP slips free of the suplex! ELP go esup and over, slips under, but Royce gets a leg! ELP ENZIGIRIS but then Jorel gets a leg! ELP BOOTS Jorel into Royce! Hot tag to Leo! The fans fire up as Leo UPPERCUTS Jorel! Royce ducks ‘n’ dodges but Leo still BOOTS him! Leo scoops Jorel for SNAKE EYES, and the BOOT! Leo choke grips Royce, but Jorel gets up! So Leo gets him, too!

The fans fire up but WCWC break the guzels to throw hands! WCWC double whip, but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT back! The fans fire up but TMDK attack! They double whip but Leo breaks those lines, only for TMDK to get under! BACK SUPELX NECKBREAKER COMBO! NFDO fire off on TMDK! The fans fire up as NFDO double whip, but Shane JUMP KICKS Rosser and Mikey ELBOWS Lawlor! TMDK pinball Lawlor, get him up, but Lawlor slips free! Lawlor shoves Mikey into Shane, then he and Rosser clamp on, SLEEPER HOLD and CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! The fans fire up as TMDK endure!

Mikey holds Shane’s hand, but then Leo DOUBLE LARIATS all four men!! The fans are thunderous as Leo gets NFDO, DOUBLE GODSENDS!! Leo SPLASHES Jorel, scoops him, and POWERSLAMS! The fans are thunderous as Leo tags ELP in! ELP and Leo coordinate, tune up, and Jorel stands. But Royce trips ELP! Leo still grabs Jorel, but Jorel STUNNERS! Royce LARIATS Leo up and out! Jorel KNEES ELP, Royce UPPERCUTS, feed to the POP UP POWERBOMB! And then CATAPULT into the fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY BACKBREAKER!! Cover, Lawlor breaks it! The fans are thunderous again and Royce is furious!

“This is Awesome!” as WCWC CLOBBER Lawlor! But Rosser gets in to stand Lawlor up. The four stare down, and the filthy brawl is on! The fans fire up as the forearms fly back and forth! NFDO DECK WCWC, then they DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOW on Jorel! NFDO aim at Royce, DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOW but Royce ducks! The elbows clash, Royce BOOTS Rosser! Lawlor sweeps the leg then KNEES Royce down! But Jorel SHOTGUNS Lawlor! But he turns around into SUDDEN DEATH! And then EKP DIVES onto the others before GODSEND!! ELP is back on the apron, he climbs up Leo, but Shane sneaks a tag!

SUPER THUNDERKISS, but Shane TOSSES ELP out! Mikey gets Leo, Shane LAST SUPPER on Jorel! TMDK WINS!!

Winners: TMDK, by pinfall (NEW NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, and they don’t let an opportunity get past them! Shane & Mikey have gold, will Zack Sabre Jr. join them later tonight?

Meanwhile, WCWC are pissed! They CLOBBER NFDO for it! Royce POSTS Rosser, then OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY SUPLEXES to the floor! Jorel beats down on Lawlor, then shouts in his face, “WHY!? WHY!? WHY!?” WCWC gets Lawlor up, reel him in, PILEDRIVER!! MACHO ELBOW!! Team Filthy is truly no more, and then Jorel brings out SCISSORS!! The fans boo as Royce sits Lawlor up! Jorel grabs a handful of hair, and CUTS it away! The fans boo as Jorel & Royce disrespect their mentor as they just cut random pieces away! Jorel shouts, “It didn’t have to be this way!”

The fans tell Royce he’s sick as he EATS Lawlor’s hair! Rosser manages to rise to his feet, but he’s in no shape to fight! WCWC knows that, and Jorel MAKES Rosser eat hair!! The fans are disgusted, but the WCWC leaves. Will they prove they’re truly the filthiest of them all?


Shota Umino VS Jack Perry!

The Roughneck and his mentor, Jon Moxley, got the win over the Scapegoat and Ren Narita just a few days ago at NJPW Sakura Genesis. But now this is a more personal showdown as Shota wants to finally shut Jack up once and for all. Will there be a Paradigm Shift here in Chicago? Or will Perry prove Shota doesn’t know Jack?

As Jack makes his entrance, he has guards in riot gear. The fans are chanting “C M PUNK!” at him, but he came prepared! He has the flag of Chicago draped on his shoulders, then holds it up as he struts around. Then Jack turns around and drops the flag to reveal “CRY ME A RIVER” painted on the back of his jacket! Jack is rubbing it in everyone’s faces as he goes down to the ring, but will Shota make Jack cry?

Jack gets on a corner to soak up the heat, and Chicago sure gives him all he can handle. Though, there are some fans actually cheering “SCAPEGOAT! SCAPEGOAT!” The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Jack puts Shota on ropes. Jack lets off clean and that surprises Shota, maybe even confuses him. The two reset, tie up again, and now Shota puts Jack on ropes. The ref counts, Shota lets off with pats on the shoulder, but then Jack SLAPS Shota! Jack bails out while fans boo, and a ring count starts. Jack grabs some water to take a sip, then he SPLASHES the fans! Shota rushes out, but the water trips him up!

Jack and Shota brawl, Shota RAMS Jack into railing, then CLUBS Jack around. Shota puts Jack in, but Jack KICKS Shota down! The fans boo as Jack stomps Shota to ropes. Jack CHOPS Shota, Shota staggers away, and Jack whips, Shota reverses, scoops, DROPS and basement dropkicks! The fans fire up with Shota while Jack flounders to a corner. Shota runs up to CLUB Jack down, then stomps him around. But Jack CLAWS Shota’s face! Jack CLUBS Shota, snapmares, and basement dropkicks to the back! Cover, ONE!! Shota is tougher than that, the fans chant “You Got Choked Out!” “No He Didn’t!” in reference to the All In video.

Jack stalks Shota, stands him up, and facelocks! The GUILLOTINE is a direct shot at #BrawlIn! The fans are torn, but then Jack snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Jack says okay, he drags Shota up and he whips Shota to a corner. Jack runs up to clothesline, then he stomps Shota down. The ref counts, Jack goes up the corner to soak up the heat. Jack then hops down to drag Shota up. Shota ROCKS Jack first! Jack CLUBS Shota, whips, but Shota ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Jack! The fans fire up with Shota and he storms up on Jack again. Shota whips corner to corner, runs in and UPPERCUTS! Then FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!

Not quite perfect but Shota does the Jungle Life dance! The fans sing along, Shota drags Jack up, and then clinches. Jack fights the lift, throws elbows, and he CLAWS Shota’s back! The ref reprimands, but Jack runs up, into a drop toehold! Shota slingshots to APRON DDT! The fans fire up again while Jack flops to the floor! The ring count starts, Shota takes a full lap, then returns to Jack. Shota drags Jack up at 5 of 20, puts him in at 7, and Shota goes up the corner. Fans chant for “LUCHASAURUS!” while Shota MISSILE DROPKICKS! Shota then clinches to EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Jack is still in this but Shota keeps his cool.

Shota drags Jack back up, dragon sleepers, and hits the TRI- NO, Jack slips free! Jack waistlocks, Shota standing switches, but Jack grabs the ref and then LOW BLOWS Shota!! The fans boo as Jack gets away with that one! Jack then drags Shota out, has him on the apron, DRAPING DDT to the floor! Jack drags Shota up, puts him back in, then brings Shota around to underhook. TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Shota survives and the fans fire up! Jack sighs, rises up and hears all the boos. Jack walks around to soak up more heat, then he scuffs Shota. Shota crawls, Jack scuffs him again, but Shota shakes his head.

Jack scuffs Shota more, pie faces him, then eggs Shota on. Shota rises up to fire a forearm! Jack puts his hair back and Shota roars! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota fires another forearm! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota staggers around, but Shota comes back to forearm! Jack sighs, then SPITS at Shota! The fans boo more and Shota scowls. Shota storms up on Jack, then ROCKS him! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota ROCKS Jack, repeat! They go back and forth, the fans strongly on Shota’s side! Shota gets the edge, then UPPERCUTS! Shota eggs Jack on, pie faces him, so Jack SLAPS back! Jack CLUBS Shota, runs, but into a DROPKICK!

The fans are thunderous as both men are down! Shota pounds the mat and rises up, and the fans rally behind him. Shota drags Jack back up, dragon sleepers, and TRIDENT! Cover, TWO!! Jack survives but Shota just fires up again! Shota drags Jack into a half nelson, spin and POP UP KNEE! IGNITION! Cover, TWO!! Jack is still in this but Shota is still fired up! The fans are still with him as he aims from a corner! Jack slowly sits up, Shota kicks low and underhooks, but Jack wrenches out! Shota blocks the superkick to ROCK, ROLLING- SUPERKICK! Jack hops up, POISON-RANA! But Shota’s up to BLAZE- NO, Jack ducks!

Jack runs, into a pop-up! But Jack blocks the uppercut and spins Shota around, for an UNPRETTIER?! Shoutout to Christian Cage as Jack covers, TWO!!! Shota survives and Jack is furiously headbutting the mat! Jack drags Shota up, calls the end, and runs up, GLASSJAW!! Cover, TWO?!? Shota survives the knee shot and Jack is beside himself! The fans chant “G T S! G T S!” Jack lets his hair back down, will he listen to Chicago? Shota is in a corner, Jack aims and runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Another shot at Phil Brooks! The fans are rowdy as ever as Jack flips them off, and he shoves Shota down. Jack says night-night!

Jack takes his time going up to Shota, then brings Shota up to fireman’s carry! Jack flips everyone off before the GO TO- DDT COUNTER!! The fans are electric as Shota aims from the corner! Shota says night-night to Jack! BLAZE BLADE!! Underhooks, DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Shota wins!!

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall

The Scapegoat was less fighting the Roughneck and more the specter of the Second City Saint, and perhaps that cost him! Shota brings Jack down tonight, but will he still bring a Paradigm Shift to NJPW?

Wait, Jack gets to his feet and offers a handshake? He suddenly respects Shota now? Shota trusts it and shakes Jack’s hand. Jack raises Shota’s hand in victory, but still flips off Chicago. Is this itself a paradigm shift in Jack’s personality?


Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi!

Chicago’s other hometown hero is here, bringing the TNA X-Division Championship AND the DREAMWAVE Alternative Champion with him. The Beacon is shining with gold but he wants to have the Junior Heavyweight Division spotlight on him. Will he do that by defusing the Ticking Timebomb? Or will Hiromu still be the Best of the Super Juniors?

Hiromu shows off a very jacked Daryl Jr. but Ali refuses to accept that thing as alive. Ali gets on a corner for fans to cheer, but then Hiromu gets on a corner and all the fans cheer! The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, and then they break. They circle again, the fans cheer on “TA-KA-HA-SHI!” and he bows to Chicago. Ali gets the fans fired up, but then Hiromu gets the fans really fired up! Ali and Hiromu feel things out, knuckle lock, but Ali brings Hiromu down to wrench. Hiromu slips through, puts the wristlock up and over, using Ali’s own head to break the hold.

Hiromu then wrenches Ali to a wristlock, but Ali rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Hiromu wrenches, Ali wrenches, repeat! The fans fire up as Hiromu WRINGS Ali! Ali stands, uses ropes to flip through, then wrenches to hammerlock. Ali headlocks, Hiromu powers up and out, but Ali runs Hiromu over! Things speed up, Hiromu drops down, hurdles, but Ali drops on the monkey flip for a cover, TWO! Hiromu sweeps the legs to cover, ONE as Ali goes Matrix! Hiromu rolls Ali up, TWO! The two stand off and the fans cheer. Ali gets Chicago fired up again, then he shoves Hiromu. Hiromu sputters and claims Ali hit him so hard!

The ref has Ali stay back while Hiromu shouts, “Oh my gosh!” Hiromu goes to Daryl Jr. and has him sit in the center. Daryl flops over but Hiromu says Daryl can handle this. Hiromu gets fans chanting for Daryl, but Ali is annoyed by these antics. Ali says fine, he’s gonna mess Daryl Jr. up! Ali circles with Daryl, but then Hiromu slips in! Ali sees that and the fans boo. Hiromu apologizes, but then Ali takes a swing! Hiromu dodges, scoops up Daryl, they duck ‘n’ dodge and then Hiromu says MEOW~! Or no, Daryl says meow! Catch! Hiromu throws Daryl at Ali, Ali catches Daryl and then Hiromu dropkicks Ali’s legs out!

The fans cheer while Ali flounders, and Hiromu picks Daryl Jr. back up. Hiromu shows Daryl to the crowd, the fans cheer, but then Ali runs up! Hiromu dodges to CHOP! Hiromu CHOPS again, then follows Ali around. Hiromu CHOPS again, whips, but Ali holds ropes. Ali bails out but Hiromu pursues, and CHOPS! The fans fire up as Hiromu follows Ali, but then Ali takes a swing! Hiromu counter punches, says “Oh my gosh,” then chases Ali around the ring! Ali suckers Hiromu into a DRAPING DDT to the floor! The ring count climbs, Ali talks trash on Hiromu, then stomps him. Ali drags Hiromu up and in at 9 of 20.

Ali shouts, “What’s my name?” The fans chant for Ali and he goes in to KNEE Hiromu in the back, then clamps on the chinlock. Hiromu kicks around, the fans duel, and Hiromu has the ROPEBREAK! Ali CLUBS Hiromu as he lets off, then whips Hiromu to a corner. Hiromu reverses, runs up, but Ali slips out to ROUNDHOUSE! Ali slingshots for the NECKBREAKER! Cover with a bridge, TWO! Hiromu stays in this but Ali stays on Hiromu with another chinlock. Hiromu endures the squeeze and the fans rally up. Hiromu fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Ali CLUBS him again. Ali whips Hiromu to a corner, then runs to NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Ali is growing frustrated but he has the fans cheering. Ali sits Daryl up in the corner so he can watch what’s about to happen. Ali of course knows this is a stuffed animal, it doesn’t matter, but he’s still gonna mess Hiromu up. Ali kicks Hiromu around, tells him he’s crazy, but then Hiromu CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ali knees low, runs, but Hiromu follows to RANA! The fans fire up while Ali flounders to ropes. Hiromu drags himself up, they end up in corners, and Ali runs in. Hiromu dodges to clothesline, snapmare and basement dropkick! Ali bails out but Hiromu goes to the apron. FLYING SHOTGUN! Ali is sent into railing!

The fans fire up with Hiromu as he stands back up. The ring count starts, Hiromu goes back to Ali but we reach 10 of 20 before Hiromu gets him up. Hiromu puts Ali into the ring, cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Ali up by his hair, then fireman’s carries. But Ali slips free, runs up, but into a BOOT! Hiromu runs, but Ali ducks, only to swing into a spin and suplex, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and duel again as Hiromu rises. Hiromu stalks Ali, drags him up and fireman’s carries, but Ali fights free again. Ali shoves, runs in, and DROPKICKS in the corner! Ali keeps moving, and he DROPKICKS again!

Ali goes again, but Hiromu LARIATS first! The fans fire up, Hiromu whips Ali to ropes, then scoops him, but Ali tilt-o-whirl DDTS! Cover, TWO! Hiromu survives but both men are down, and the fans rally up. Ali slowly rises, makes his way to ropes and goes up a corner. Ali reaches the top but Hiromu throws body shots and elbows first! Hiromu climbs from the outside, and fans are freaking out as Hiromu aims for the floor! Ali fires body shots to send Hiromu to the apron. But Hiromu UPPERCUTS Ali! Ali backflips, and lands on his feet!! The cameraman almost got an eyeful, though! Ali hurries up to SHOVE Hiromu down!

Hiromu hits railing, and then Ali DIVES into him! The railing is sent WAY back, commentary takes a hit, and the fans are thunderous! Ali is busted open, but he still drags Hiromu up and into the ring, then goes up the corner! The fans rally, Ali aims, 450- NO, he has to roll through as Hiromu moves! Ali comes back, but Hiromu sends him hard into buckles! The fans rally up while the ref checks both men. Ali and Hiromu are both somehow okay, as is Chris Charlton on commentary. Hiromu crawls his way over to Ali, brings him back up to the top rope, and then CHOPS! Hiromu climbs, brings Ali up, but Ali resists!

Ali throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Hiromu down! Hiromu staggers to his feet, Ali stands on the top rope, but Hiromu runs up! Ali jumps to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! Ali then skins the cat, takes aim, and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, Ali wins!!

Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall

The X-Division/Alternative Champion is triumphant here in his hometown! And best of all, Ali shows Hiromu respect by shaking his hand. Hiromu wants Ali to shake Daryl Jr’s hand, too, and so do the fans! Ali sighs, goes over to pick Daryl Jr. up, and he shakes Daryl Jr’s hand! The Windy City cheers him on, will Ali become the champion not just Chicago needs, but that the world needs?


Riot Rules 8 Man Tag: Team Eddie Kingston VS Team Gabe Kidd!

The Mad King has lost the AEW Continental Championship and the ROH World Championship, but he is still NJPW Strong! However, this War Dog vows he will take everything from the company that, in his eyes, has all but thrown away its identity. There are no rules holding these teams back, but no one even knows who recruited who! Who drew the hotter hand to take the win here in Chicago?

Well of course Gabe got his fellow War Dog, Clark Connors, as well as The Fang Revived, Kenta, and the LEADER of Bullet Club, #GoatSlayer Rebel, David Finlay! As for Eddie, he’s already bringing a trash can of goodies as he’s got The United Empire’s Jeff Cobb and TJP! The enemies of his enemies are his allies tonight, and then we add HOMICIDE! Eddie’s old friend has come around to F Kidd’s S up! Team Eddie rushes down the ramp, Bullet Club runs up to meet them, the bell rings as the brawl is on! No need for tags or count outs in this match, anyway! Homicide fires off on Kidd while TJP has Connors, Cobb has Kenta and Eddie is after Finlay!

TJP sends Connors into railing, Eddie throws Kenta over railing! Homicide and Kidd brawl, Kidd gets the edge, and Finlay helps out. TJP stomps away on Connors while digging a chair into him, and Eddie grabs the ring bell! Kidd CLUBS Eddie first, then throws hands. Homicide fires off on Finlay, Cobb UPPERCUTS Kenta! TJP brings more chairs, and one is wrapped in barbed wire! Homicide UPPERCUTS Kidd, TJP digs the wires into Connors’ head! Eddie places the bell against Connors’ head and DING! TJP kicks Finlay away, Kidd gets in the ring, and so does Homicide. Eddie joins Homicide, but then the Dogs drag Eddie out!

Homicide runs up, he CLOBBERS Kidd, then goes out to CHOKE Kidd! Finlay wraps a chinlock on Homicide, Eddie CHOPS Connors in the ring! Connors goes to a corner, Eddie fires MACHINE GUN CHOPS! But Finlay CLOBBERS Eddie with a shillelagh! The fans boo but then TJP runs up on Finlay. TJP SOBATS, runs, but Finlay dodges the boot! And he ducks the blood mist! But TJP DROPKICKS Finlay out all the same! TJP runs to WRECK Finlay with a dropkick, then Cobb brings out a TABLE! The fans fire up seeing that, and the Empire gets the table in the ring. The table is put in the corner, then TJP grabs Finlay.

TJP bends Finlay back in a chinlock stretch, then feeds him to Cobb. Cobb picks Finlay up but the War Dogs save Finlay! The fans boo but TJP and Homicide turn things around on the Dogs. Everyone falls out of the ring again, TJP throws down hands on Connors but Finlay pulls TJP’s hair. Homicide has fans move aside so he can TOSS Kidd over railing! Finlay gets in the ring with a chair while Homicide SMACKS Kidd with a trash can lid! Finlay undoes the red corner’s buckle pad, Eddie CLOBBERS Connors with the trash can! Eddie even headbutts the trash can until it’s dented! But Connors CHOP BLOCKS Eddie!

Cobb SMACKS Kenta with the buckle pad, but Finlay CLAWS Cobb’s face! TJP SMACKS Finlay with a kendo stick! The fans fire up as TJP CHOKES Finlay with the stick! Kenta CLUBS TJP, grabs the stick and SMACKS TJP with it! And SMACKS him again! Cobb CLOBBERS Connors off of Eddie! Cobb rains down fists, Eddie SMACKS Connors with the trash can! Finlay has a loose skateboard deck and SMACKS Cobb with it! Eddie crotches Connors on the railing, then CLOBBERS him! Eddie then goes out to the crowd to CLAW Connors’ face, and send him into the railing! Eddie fires hands, Kenta SMACKS away on Cobb with the kendo stick!

Cobb blocks a shot and JAMS Kenta in return! Cobb SMACKS Kenta, Connors hits Eddie back! Connors then crotches Eddie on the railing! Eddie falls over, Connors talks trash on the fans, but TJP drags Finlay around. Homicide and Kidd are brawling in the crowd! Fans count as Homicide rains down TEN fists, then takes a BITE out of Kidd’s forehead! Cobb puts Kenta in the ring, TJP drags Kenta around to trap an arm, and Eddie SMACKS Connors with a stop sign! TJP puts the skateboard on Connors’ back to ride him! Finlay CLOBBERS Eddie to rain down fists! TJP HIP DROPS Connors, then Cobb brings him up.

Homicide and Kidd are still brawling somewhere in the crowd, Cobb keeps Connors down in a corner, and TJP drop toeholds Finlay down! TJP skateboards on Finlay’s back! Finlay powers up to throw TJP off, then IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Eddie grabs at Finlay but Finlay hits him back. Finlay goes out after Eddie, HEADBUTTS him, but the fans rally up. Finlay throws hands, Eddie hits back! Eddie CHOKES Finlay with camera cable! Eddie rains down fists and sits Finlay down. Cobb ROCKS Kenta, then CHUCKS the trash can! Kenta ducks, the can hits post! Eddie and Connors get in the ring, Eddie fires knees.

Eddie hits a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX and Connors writhes. Kidd TOSSES Homicide over railing! But Homicide hits Kidd with the railing! And again! And again! Finlay and Connors mug Eddie, CLAW his eyes, but TJP hurries over to CLOBBER Kidd! Kidd shoves TJP into railing, gets into the ring, but Homicide finds a ladder! The fans cheer as Homicide gets Kidd up, reels him into a corner, and CLAWS Kidd’s back! Then TORNADO- NO, Kidd powers out to LARIAT! “I’m a MAD MAN, y’know!!” The fans boo but Kidd grabs that ladder! Kidd RAMS Homicide low, then equips the ladder like Terry Funk!

Kidd CLOBBERS Cobb, CLOBBERS Eddie, and CLOBBERS TJP as he does the ladder-copter! But then Cobb returns, GERMAN SUPLEX!! The ladder dropped away just in time but Kidd still tumbles out. Connors runs up to SPEAR, but Cobb blocks it! Canadian Rack, but Connors slips free, ducks ‘n ‘dodges and SPEARS!! Down goes Cobb and the fans fire up! Connors grabs the barbed wire off his hat, wears it as a crown of thorns, and then he drags TJP up. The fans tell Connors he’s sick as he BARBED WIRE HEADBUTTS! And BARBED WIRE HEADBUTTS again! Connors fires up, drags TJP back up, but gets BLOOD MIST!!

The fans fire up as TJP then sits Connors in a corner, and digs that wire in! TJP scrubs Connors’ face through the wires! TJP goes side to side for the BARBED WIRE BOOT WASH! Homicide joins in, Connors is fed to an ELBOW! And then speaking of “fed,” Homicide has a FORK! Homicide DIGS the fork into Connors’ forehead!! Kenta runs in, but blocks the fork! URAKEN! Homicide sits back but TJP kicks Kenta. TJP whips, Kenta reverses and BOOTS! Kenta runs to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK Homicide! HYDRAULIC DROPKICK for TJP! Homicide puts TJP up top, climbs up after him, but Cobb CLUBS Kenta!

Cobb drags Kenta back but Kenta fires elbows. Kenta fireman’s carries, but Cobb’s too big! Cobb CLBUS Kenta, but Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! Kenta runs, into a LARIAT! TJP adjusts up top to MAMBA SPLASH, but he has to roll through as Kenta moves! Kenta fireman’s carries! GO TO SLEEP!! But Cobb CROSSBODIES! Finlay returns and SMACKS Cobb with a kendo stick! And again! Finlay whips Cobb into the barbed wire chair wedged in the corner!! Cobb falls out of the ring, but Eddie blocks the kendo stick smack! LOW BLOW! Eddie fires off shots on Finlay!! The fans are thunderous as Eddie even headbutts the stick to break it!

The straps come down, and finally, Eddie and Kidd meet! They LARIAT, CHOP, CHOP and repeat! The fans “WOO~” with every CHOP! Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Kidd BITES Eddie’s forehead! The Mad Man spits, flips everyone off, and Kidd whips Eddie! Eddie stops himself, then clinches! EXPLODER through the table!! The fans are thunderous as Eddie rises, barbed wire in hand! Eddie wraps his hand in the barbed wire, and he aims as Kidd rises! But then the Dogs CLOBBER Eddie! The fans boo as Finlay, Connors and Kenta all beat down Eddie! They get a steel chain to gag Eddie and sit him up!

Kidd storms around as the Dogs hold Eddie open! But Homicide returns and the fans fire up! Homicide fires off shots on Kidd! Kidd denies one cutter, shoves Homicide, but Homicide returns to CUTTER after all! Eddie meanwhile breaks free to fire off hands on Kenta and Connors! Connors hits low, CLUBS away, then he and Kenta mug Eddie. The chain wraps Eddie up, but Homicide gets Kidd up. Only for Finlay to SHILLELAGH Homicide! Feed to Kidd’s HANGING GUILLOTINE, then PILEDRIVER!! The Dogs keep Eddie down while Kidd covers, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Team Gabe Kidd, by pinfall

The War Dogs worked together to tear down Eddie’s team, and Finlay says they run this! But Eddie still puts up a fight! As do TJP and Cobb! It is chaos as Eddie CHOKES Kidd and Cobb throws hands down on Finlay! Young Lions and refs rush in to stop this, but Eddie and Kidd still throw windmilling haymakers! TJP still wants after Kenta, refs pull him back, and Kidd ROCKS Eddie! TJP and Cobb stand tall as the Dogs fall back. Kidd wants to tear Eddie apart, and Eddie gets a mic! “Hey! HEY! Gabe! Get in, you effing t*at! You effing b*tch! May 11th! May 11th! California! No ropes, Last Man Standing, you effing p*ssy!”

The fans are thunderous as the challenge has been made, and Kidd even gets some last shots in on Eddie! Eddie grabs the ladder but is told to stand down! Eddie gets back on the mic to say, “I’m gonna kill that mother effer!!” The fans are loving this as Resurgence will become violence, but will the Mad Man dethrone the Mad King once and for all?


NJPW World Television Championship: Matt Riddle VS Zack Sabre Jr!

The Original Bro has been taking this title on Ex-BRO-dition to Major League Wrestling, where he even fought some TMDK members in Bad Dude Tito and Kosei Fujita. But now, the original star of this title division has come back to prove The Mighty Don’t Kneel! Will ZSJ have the answer to this Riddle? Or will the Super King prove he’s mightier than The Mighty?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if “season three” gives way to a reboot!

The bell rings, 15 minutes on the clock, and the fans rally already as the two circle. They feel things out, Riddle goes for a leg but ZSJ flips him around to facelock. They go around, trade waistlocks, then break. The fans cheer as the two reset and go again. They feel things out, Riddle powers his way to a waistlock but ZSJ wrenches to an armlock. ZSJ steps over, headscissors Riddle onto his back, but Riddle moves around, and goes for the ARMBAR! ZSJ clasps hands, bridges up and rolls back, but they’re in the ropes. ZSJ still gets the KNEEBAR, but Riddle stands to pry ZSJ off! ZSJ goes for the leg again, Riddle gets away!

The fans cheer the technical exchange as the two reset. They circle, the fans sing for “OH~ Zack Sabre Jr~!” ZSJ pops Riddle up and drops him down into the ARMBAR! Riddle holds that off so ZSJ floats to a HEEL HOOK! Riddle endures, ZSJ eggs him on, and he pushes on the hold. Riddle rolls and rolls and rolls and also gets a HEEL HOOK! They duel with heel hooks, ZSJ kicks Riddle away, and the fans cheer the newest standoff. ZSJ and Riddle reset, feel things out, and ZSJ snapmares. Riddle avoids the Penalty Kick, trips ZSJ but ZSJ kicks him away. ZSJ avoids a Penalty Kick and the fans cheer again.

ZSJ and Riddle circle, feel things out again, and knuckle lock. Riddle shoots around, gut wrenches and SUPLEXES! Riddle rolls back, drags ZSJ up, GUT WRENCH PLEX! The fans are torn but Riddle smiles all the same. Riddle runs to BROTON but into an ARMBAR! Riddle scrambles, ROPEBREAK, but ZSJ has the DISARMER! The ref counts, ZSJ lets off and the fans fire up with him. ZSJ kicks Riddle, kicks again, but then Riddle blocks. Riddle stands up, ZSJ avoids the sweeps and SLAPS Riddle back! Riddle CHOPS ZSJ down! The fans are torn again while Riddle scowls now. ZSJ rises, and Riddle KICKS!

Riddle eggs ZSJ on, KICKS him again, and KICKS him again! Riddle kicks ZSJ around, then stands him up to KICK! ZSJ eggs Riddle on now, blocks that kick, and SNAPS a toe! Riddle falls over, ZSJ gets the foot and bends the toes back to SNAP! Then he twists the other foot all around, and STOMPS the leg down! Riddle bails out as we pass five minutes, and the fans are all fired up! Riddle hobbles up and into the ring, ZSJ is on him and snap suplexes! ZSJ gets the foot, hooks the leg, then twists the other foot! ZSJ turns Riddle over, ties the legs up, and has the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Then ZSJ throws Riddle away!

Riddle storms up to CHOP! And forearm! ZSJ UPPERCUTS! Riddle goes to a corner, ZSJ runs in, but into a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Riddle lets go and ZSJ falls back. Riddle adjusts his shorts, goes up the corner, and leaps, FLYING KNEE into a HALF CRAB! ZSJ shifts to lean on that hold, STF, but Riddle has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer this technical exchange, ZSJ brings Riddle up, but Riddle gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! ZSJ is still in this but Riddle BROTONS! The fans are torn but Riddle is having fun again as he goes up top. Riddle aims for the FLOATING- NO, he has to bail out as ZSJ moves!

ZSJ runs up, TRIANGLE HOLD! And he fires off ELBOWS! ZSJ squeezes with the legs but Riddle powers up to deadlift, and POWERBOMB! ZSJ sits up, FLASH KNEE! Cover, TWO! ZSJ survives, but Riddle crosses his arms to mock the fans. Riddle KICKS ZSJ, KICKS him again, and again! Riddle runs side to side to forearm SMASH! Then again, but ZSJ dodges to go up, around and TORNADO DDT! Into a GUILLOTINE!! ZSJ has the body scissors, too! ZSJ flails, endures, fights up, and he lifts ZSJ to then power through into a suplex! ZSJ slips free to SLEEPER! Riddle flails, throws ZSJ off, and ARMBAR!

ZSJ clasps hands to fight the hold, but Riddle works on breaking it. ZSJ lets it go so he can shift and have the ARMBAR! Riddle clasps hands but ZSJ pulls fingers! ZSJ has the ARMBAR, but Riddle shifts into the leg guard to fire shots! The ground ‘n’ pound favors Riddle, but then ZSJ catches him to a TRIANGLE HOLD! Riddle deadlifts, but ZSJ slips free to ZACK DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! We pass ten minutes, time is on Riddle’s side! ZSJ goes to the corner, runs up, but Riddle catches Penalty Kick into the HALF CRAB! Riddle pulls on the leg but ZSJ flips Riddle off as he endures! ZSJ reaches out, even as Riddle pulls way back!

Riddle lets go to deadlift but ZSJ PELES the arm! Riddle still gets ZSJ for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Then Riddle goes up top, FLOATING BRO! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and the fans fire up! Riddle is stunned, that move almost never fails! Riddle has fans chanting “BRO! BRO! BRO!” for him as he aims, and KICKS! KICKS! And SLAPS, to then KICK! KICK! And CHOP! Three minute warning, Riddle just toys with ZSJ, but ZSJ kicks, KICKS, blocks, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Riddle wobbles ZSJ grabs a leg, but Riddle JUMP KNEES! Riddle hurries to haul ZSJ up, ripcord and FINAL FLASH!

But Riddle’s not done with ZSJ, he gets the gut wrench and tuck, BRO- VICTORY ROLL! And EURO CLUTCH!! TWO?!? Riddle escapes, but ZSJ KICKS! Then he runs up, into a FLASH KNEE!! Two minute warning, Riddle runs, but ZSJ catches him in to a ghost pin! ZSJ wins!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by pinfall (NEW NJPW World Television Champion)

ZSJ goes from the first-ever champion to the first-ever TWO-TIME NJPW World TV Champion! Riddle is mad with himself and storms off. Is Riddle going to find a way to some other title opportunity in NJPW? Or will he come back for another try?

As for ZSJ, he gets the mic to say, “Alright, Chicago, what’s up, mates? Are we having a lovely time or what? Are you having a lovely time?” Chicago sure is! ZSJ says his year hasn’t gone well. He wanted the world title, but he had to get his baby back! Did she miss him? Also, he needs industrial cleaner, he doesn’t trust the last champion. But it’s been a minute, so this is usually where ZSJ goes talking about challengers, but he won’t bother, he’s tired, it’s straight to the pub. But he will defend this title in the US very, very soon. Cheerio, everyone, buh-bye. Wait! Someone is not letting ZSJ get away that easily, because here comes Cobb!

The fans cheer as The Imperial Unit makes his way back out here, and he steps in to the ring with ZSJ. Cobb looks at the title he’s come close to taking on multiple occasions, and ZSJ sets it down at his feet. ZSJ says not today, though, he’s tired. Cobb and ZSJ shake hands to agree on it, so when and where will we get this sequel? Wait, ZSJ tries to scoop Cobb! Cobb says nope and he scoops ZSJ! ZSJ slips away, bails out, and gets the mic back. “Hawaiian Jeffery, please may I have my championship back? And I promise, I’ll give you a championship match, just not today, I’m tired.” ZSJ also compliment’s Cobb hair.

Cobb hands the belt over, ZSJ thanks him and heads out. ZSJ is back on top of the NJPW World TV Division, but will he end up the first man to lose this title twice?


Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii!

The Showoff is basically showing off now, saying he isn’t going to defend his IWGP Global Heavyweight Champion until he faces Hiroshi Tanahashi. Is he really looking past the Stone Pitbull like that? Or will Ishii not give Nemeth a choice on who has next?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Nemeth uses his height for leverage but Ishii gets around to waistlock. Nemeth switches and hooks Ishii up in the COBRA TWIST, but Ishii slips right out to waistlock. Nemeth switches, tries for the Cobra Twist but Ishii slips around again. Ishii lifts, Nemeth hooks a leg to fight it, and he switches to wrangle Ishii to a cover. TWO, they end up in ropes, and the ref has them both separate. The fans cheer as the two reset. They tie up, are in another deadlock, but Nemeth uses his height as leverage to put Ishii on ropes.

The ref counts, Nemeth lets off, but Ishii CHOPS! Nemeth CHOPS back! Ishii CHOPS again! Nemeth CHOPS again! The CHOPS go back and forth as fans “WOO~,” but then Nemeth throws a forearm! Ishii fires a forearm in return, they go back and forth and Nemeth gets the edge. The fans fire up but then Ishii ROCKS Nemeth again and again. Ishii runs, RAMS Nemeth, but Nemeth stays up. The fans fire up as Nemeth ROCKS Ishii, runs and RAMS him! Ishii rebounds to CLOBBER Nemeth! The fans fire up more while Nemeth flounders. Nemeth slowly rises, Ishii brings him up and bumps him off buckles.

Ishii CHOPS Nemeth and Nemeth falls over. Ishii eggs Nemeth on, Nemeth stands, and the fans rally. Nemeth fires forearms, but Ishii CHOPS him down! The fans rally behind Ishii as he looms over Nemeth. Ishii drags Nemeth up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Ishii kicks Nemeth around while egging him on. Ishii slaps Nemeth around, the fans rally, and Nemeth fires body shots! Nemeth kicks, DROPKICKS, and Ishii falls! The fans fire up while both men go to corners. Ishii stands, Nemeth runs in, STINGER SPLASH! And then NECKBREAKER! Nemeth drops ELBOW after ELBOW, then winds up for the JUMPING ELBOW! Cover, TWO!

Nemeth is a little annoyed but Ishii is tougher than that. Nemeth reels Ishii in, but Ishii fights the lift! Ishii powers up and back drops Nemeth away! The fans fire up while Nemeth staggers to his feet. Nemeth fires hands but Ishii just scowls. Nemeth looks around as the fans say he messed up, but he still throws hands! Ishii doesn’t budge, then he just DECKS Nemeth with one shot! The fans fire up while Nemeth flounders to a corner. Ishii storms up, brings Nemeth up to the top rope, and climbs. Ishii brings Nemeth up to the very top, for the STALLING SUPERPLEX! The fans are all fired up while both men are down!

Ishii rises, looms over Nemeth, then drags him up. Ishii reels Nemeth in, but Nemeth fights the lift now! Nemeth wrenches, and jumps on, SLEEPER! Ishii has Nemeth as a backpack, but he shifts around to put the SLEEPER on Nemeth! Nemeth flails, gets around, OLYMPIC SLAM! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Nemeth rises while the fans rally. Nemeth runs up, but Ishii denies the satellite DDT with a throw! Ishii runs up but Nemeth UPPERCUTS! Ishii ROCKS Nemeth, but Nemeth SWATS the lariat to SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO! Ishii survives and the fans fire up while Nemeth is a bit surprised.

The fans rally as Nemeth watches Ishii rise. Nemeth kicks low, runs, FAM- NO, Ishii turns the leg drop into a POWERBOMB! The fans fire up again and Ishii headbutts the buckles to fire himself up! Ishii runs but Nemeth ducks to HEADBUTT! And FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and the fans fire up again! Nemeth is beside himself, but rises as the fans rally again. Nemeth goes to a corner, Ishii staggers to his feet, and Ishii runs in! Nemeth BOOTS Ishii, runs up, and LARIATS! Ishii just roars! Ishii ROCKS Nemeth but now Nemeth roars! The fans fire up with Nemeth, but then Ishii LARIATS him down! Cover, TWO!!

Nemeth survives and Ishii growls in frustration. Ishii sits Nemeth up while fans chant “This is Awesome!” Ishii runs but Nemeth ducks the sliding lariat! Ishii blocks Nemeth’s superkick, then ENZIGIRIS! The fans fire up again while Ishii aims from a corner! SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Nemeth survives again and Ishii grows further frustrated. Ishii fires back up and the fans are with him as he drags Nemeth up. Ishii suplexes, but Nemeth fights it! Nemeth wrenches, HEADBUTTS, but Ishii still whips! Nemeth reverses, but Ishii bucks the Danger Zone! Only to turn around into a SUPERKICK 101! Cover, TWO!!!

Ishii just gets an arm up and Nemeth’s shock is clear on his face, even with his hair over his eyes! The fans fire up again as both men slowly rise. Ishii winds up but Nemeth ROCKS him first! Then GERMAN SUPLEXES! But Ishii rises right up! Ishii staggers, but he avoids Danger Zone to STEAL DANGER ZONE!! The fans are thunderous as Nemeth staggers up, into the LARIAT!! Cover, ONE?!?! Nemeth shocks everyone as he kicks it into another gear! Ishii rises, into the SUPERKICK 101!! Cover, ONE?!?!? Now Ishii shocks everyone! “This is Awesome!” as both men are down, catching their breaths.

Ishii and Nemeth go to corners, then they run in! DOUBLE LARIATS collide but neither man falls, and then Ishii HEADBUTTS! Nemeth rebounds to HEADBUTT, but then they DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Ishii BATTERING RAM HEADBUTTS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Nemeth survives that shot, but Ishii roars as he rises up! Ishii slaps himself to get back in this! Ishii drags Nemeth up, reels him in, suplexes, but Nemeth slips free, DANGER- NO, Ishii clinches! Nemeth slips free, ROCKS Ishii, SUPERKICK 101! Then he dodges Ishii to DANGER ZONE!!! Cover, Nemeth wins!!

Winner: Nic Nemeth, by pinfall

Nemeth is a Wanted Man, and this is why! He took Ishii to the Danger Zone, proving that hanging with NJPW isn’t Mission: Impossible! But will Nemeth prove he’s a Top Gun when he finally gets his dream match with President Tanahashi?


IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley!

The Uncontrollable Charisma has finally been back on top of NJPW since WrestleKingdom, and he even just defeated his Los Ingobernables de Japon teammate, Yota Tsuji, just a week ago at Sakura Genesis. At the same time, The Maniac put out the challenge that same night, and Naito said okay! Will Naito continue to keep NJPW tranquilo? Or is there truly about to be a Paradigm Shift in the world of pro-wrestling?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the winds of change start to blow!

Moxley paces as Naito takes his time with his entrance attire, and Naito tells Moxley to tranquilo. Naito really takes his time with his pants, and is finally ready. The bell rings and the fans fire up already! Naito looks around but Moxley keeps his eyes right on Naito. The two slowly circle while the fans rally and duel. They approach but Naito dodges, and the fans cheer while Moxley keeps cool. They go again, and again Naito avoids Moxley’s grip. Naito again says tranquilo, and they circle. Moxley flips Naito off, the fans are torn, but Naito doesn’t even flinch. The two circle, tie up, and Moxley puts Naito on ropes.

The ref counts, Moxley lets off, but Naito SPITS at Moxley! Naito kicks low, TOSSES Moxley out, but gets Moxley with the fake out and tranquilo pose! The fans cheer while Moxley seethes. Moxley snarls, storms in, but Naito slips away to the outside. The fans cheer as Naito continues to troll Moxley, but then Moxley rushes out to fire off forearms! Moxley whips Naito into railing, then fires more forearms! Naito hits back, Moxley headlocks, and then he SMACKS Naito off the timekeeper’s table! The fans rally as Moxley goes up and over the railing to get Naito back up. The ref reprimands but Moxley ROCKS Naito!

Moxley SMACKS Naito off the table, SMACKS him off it again, then brings Naito around. The crowd moves aside as Moxley fires hockey scrum punches. Moxley then whips Naito, but Naito reverses and Moxley hits railing! The fans fire up, Naito checks his face, then he takes a seat to relax. The fans cheer, but then Moxley BOOTS Naito down! Moxley drags Naito up, brings him around, and back to ringside so he can POST Naito! Naito falls, the fans are torn, but Moxley paces around. Moxley storms back up on Naito, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Moxley stalks Naito to the ropes, then stands on Naito’s face!

The ref counts, Moxley lets off to grab a hand, and Moxley SNAPS fingers! Moxley reels Naito in, PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO! Naito’s still in this but Moxley paces again. Moxley waits on Naito to get up, then KICKS him! And ROCKS him! And ROCKS him, and ROCKS him again! Then Moxley KICKS a leg! And KICKS the leg, and then KICKS the leg out! Cover, TWO! Naito is still in this but Moxley eggs him on. Moxley paces around, drags Naito up and then CHOPS! Moxley KICKS, CHPOS, but Naito SPITS! Moxley KICKS, ROCKS, but Naito SPITS! Moxley fires off ELBOW after ELBOW, then whips, but Naito sunset flips!

Moxley rolls through, steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Naito endures, the fans rally, but Moxley talks trash even as he puts on pressure! Naito powers the main leg up but Moxley powers it back down! Naito sits up, SPITS at Moxley, but Moxley puts on more pressure! Naito fights around, turns things over, but Moxley slips free to get the legs again. Moxley SPITS, then he turns Naito over into a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Naito endures, the fans rally, and Naito fights his way around. Moxley drops down into a modified STF! Naito again endures, moves around, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets go at 4.

Moxley eggs Naito on, talks more trash, then PENALTY KICKS! Naito sits up and shakes his head. Moxley KICKS again, but Naito again sits up. Naito even smirks as he annoy Moxley. Moxley KICKS but Naito blocks! Naito CLAWS the eyes, but Moxley kicks low! Moxley suplexes for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Moxley CHOKES Naito, the ref counts, but Moxley lets off. Moxley storms around, the fans rally, and Naito stirs. Moxley goes to the apron, then climbs a corner. Naito rises, Moxley leaps, Naito BODY SHOTS! Naito ENZIGIRIS, Moxley drops to his knees, but Naito still has to catch his breath.

The fans rally as Naito smirks and rises up. Naito brings Moxley around to fire forearm after forearm! Naito whips, atomic drops, and then runs to ELBOW Moxley down and basement dropkick in the back! Naito whips corner to corner, runs up, JUMP KICK! He can’t get up and over so he ELBOWS then NECKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Naito clamps on a cravat for a neck wrench on the mat! Moxley endures, the fans rally, but Naito thrashes him around. Moxley fights up, he drags Naito up and he DUMPS Naito to the apron! Naito gets up but Moxley fires a forearm! Naito gives it back, they go back and forth!

The fans rally as the shots keep going, faster and faster! Naito ROCKS Moxley but Moxley BOOTS Naito! Naito wobbles, Moxley goes out to the apron, but Naito fights the half nelson suplex! Naito fires elbows, gets free, but Moxley ELBOWS back! And then APRON DDT! Naito flops down to the floor while the fans fire up! Moxley leaves Naito behind to mock the tranquilo! The fans are torn but Naito stirs. Naito slowly crawls, the fans rally up, and Naito stands. Naito shakes out the cobwebs, flounders into the ring, and Moxley drags Naito up. Moxley TOSSES Naito out, then builds speed to DIVE into a chair?!

The fans fire up as Naito sneaks that one! The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow still in this! Naito goes up to the apron and brings Moxley up, for an APRON NECKBREAKER! Moxley flops down while Naito leaves him behind. The ring count starts, Moxley stirs at about 3 of 20. Moxley turns over, he’s busted open! Naito counts along as we pass 10 of 20, then reach 15! Moxley rises at 17, staggers about, and slides in at 19.9!! The fans fire up and Naito is actually annoyed. Naito drags Moxley up, reels him in, and TORNADO DDTS! Moxley sits up in a daze, the crimson mask already complete on his face!

Moxley staggers back to his feet, Naito runs in, but Moxley KING KING LARIATS! Both men are down and the fans fire back up! The ref checks both men, especially Moxley with that blood, but they’re both okay to continue. Moxley sits up as we pass 15 minutes, a quarter of the allotted hour time limit. Moxley says he’s not gonna be taken alive! Not tonight! The fans fire up with Moxley as he is ready to Die Hard! Moxley fires a haymaker, Naito gives it back! Moxley throws another, so Naito SPITS, then ROCKS him! Moxley ROCKS Naito, Naito ROCKS Moxley, so Moxley SPITS! Naito SPITS, and the forearms fly again!

The fans are thunderous as this gets fast and furious! Moxley fires a flurry, then winds up to run, but Naito gets around! Waistlock, but Moxley switches, to a SLEEPER! Naito RAMS Moxley into buckles, gets free, but the CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, TWO!! Moxley hurries to clamp on, REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Naito flails but the body scissors are on! Blood pours off of Moxley’s head, will he give out before Naito does? The fans rally as Naito endures and fights around! Moxley uses that to get the BULLY CHOKE!! Naito fights to his feet, Moxley keeps a SLEEPER! The fans continue to rally as Naito flails!

Naito pries at the hold, then drops, victory roll! TWO!! Moxley stands, Naito wrenches and fires the heavy elbows! Again and again, and then the wrench, tilt-o-whirl, but Moxley slips free! CUTTER!! But that’s not all! DEATH RIDER!! Cover, TWO?!? Naito survives Moxley’s best shot and the fans are thunderous! Moxley snarls, the fans rally and duel, and Moxley wipes the blood from his eyes. Moxley underhooks Naito again, but Naito slips around to DESTINO!!! TWO!!! Moxley survives Naito’s best shot now! But Naito is just as confident about trying again! DESTI- NO!! Moxley slips free to ROLLING ELBOW! ROLLING ELBOW! DEATH RIDER!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?

The fans are electric as Naito survives another shot! But Moxley won’t let up, he KING KONG LARIATS again!! Cover, ONE?!?!? HOW?!?! Naito staggers about, but into a DEATH RIDER!!!! Cover, MOXLEY WINS!!!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

Chicago cannot believe it, but they are loving it! From WWE World Champion to AEW World Champion to now NJPW’s IWGP World Champion, this is history being made before our eyes!! The Maniac makes himself a modern legend, but what does this mean for Naito? Is Naito’s destino simply that he cannot last?

As for Moxley, he does push-ups just to show he has more in that tank! He sets the title down on the lion logo then gets the mic. Moxley says a quick prayer while the fans say, “You Deserve It!” Moxley gets the mic on to say, “Arigato gozaimasu, Chicago! Holy s*it… This was a treat for everybody here that might not ever get a chance to fly across the ocean and NJPW, an authentic NJPW wrestling show live and in person. And it was special to be a part of it here, and there’s nowhere better to have done it than right here in Chicago.” The fans cheer that!

Moxley says he’s wrestled in every building in Chicago, big, small and tiny, and the fans have been with him every step of the way. He thanks them for being here to make it special, as he now stands atop the effin’ NJPW mountain!! The fans fire up for Moxley again, “Thank You, Moxley!” Moxley says he’s just getting started, so he has a message for everyone in NJPW and around the world. First order of business as the King of NJPW is to pick who’s coming at him first! Mox calls the shots, and the long list of Japanese legends he’s defeated over the last five years is really something, but that’s the easy stuff.

Moxley won’t run or hide from the Young Lions, the young and hungry stars of NJPW! He won’t sit atop a mountain and be scared of the hungriest hunters in the game. So stepping up first, this will be the final exam for #SHOOTER!! The fans fire up, but then in runs REN NARITA! PUSH-UP BAR ATTACK!! The fans boo as Narita stomps away on Moxley! Narita gets the mic while he CHOKES Moxley to tell “Shooter, no no no. I’m next challenger, mother effer!” Narita stomps away, but then here comes The Roughneck! Narita turns tail and runs, the fans cheering “SHOOTER! SHOOTER!” Narita laughs as he retreats, but Shota helps Moxley sit up.

Moxley manages to glare at Narita through the crimson mask, and Shota gets the mic for him. Moxley says, “What the heck, man? Narita! You just graduated from being a Young Boy… to being a dead man!” Moxley just said he isn’t gonna run and hide, so if Narita wants a fight, he’ll get a fight! Will The Maniac tear apart that Souled Out SOB? Will Shota get to have his match with his mentor sometime after that?

My Thoughts:

A great event for NJPW, and I did not think they’d have so many changes to the title landscape. Well, Vaquer retained but that’s because she only just got that belt off Giulia. And good on Windsor to step up, though I’m not sure she’ll take that title, either. Anyway, great Fatal 4 Way that also referenced the story between Tom Lawlor and Team Filthy falling apart. Great win for TMDK here, and rather surprising because I didn’t think ELP & Leo would be losing those belts. I wonder if ELP & Leo go back to the heavyweight titles for the Summer.

And then quite the surprise that ZSJ won the NJPW World TV title back. TMDK is taking over, and maybe this move was because Riddle is more an MLW wrestler than a NJPW wrestler. ZSJ VS Cobb the third time around is going to be awesome, great trilogy, and maybe Cobb wins this time. United Empire needs some positives in their post Ospreay era. Cobb and TJP did really good in helping Eddie and Homicide against what ended up being less Team Gabe Kidd and just Bullet Club War Dogs or whatever. Good win for Bullet Club here, and setting up a NO ROPES Last Man Standing for the NJPW Strong Championship is going to be awesome stuff.

Great non-title matches, too. Narita cheating Suzuki to win, but Shota winning despite Jack trying to cheat is good stuff for the Reiwa Musketeer rivals. Great fun in the Hiromu VS Ali match with Daryl Jr, aka El Hijo De Daryl cuz he had a little lucha mask. Great win for Ali, too, but he isn’t scheduled for the Best of the Super Juniors so maybe this was so Chicago gets a win. And then great match of Nemeth and Ishii with Nemeth getting a great win to keep his momentum up while waiting on a match with Tanahashi.

And of course, an awesome main event from Naito and Moxley. I should’ve known Moxley was gonna bleed, but I was NOT expecting Moxley to win the title. Great for Moxley personally, but I’m surprised NJPW made this move. Is Moxley going to bring this title to Dynasty AND Double or Nothing? Well, I suppose Moxley could tell us as much on Dynamite, but this is all still really surprising. I’m not gonna say I agree with Gabe Kidd’s claims NJPW is letting AEW get their way, but it certainly seems like NJPW is hoping AEW helps them with the American audience.

That stuff aside, Narita and Shota being winners works for them stepping up to the world title. Narita probably won’t win, but maybe Shota proves the student has surpassed the master. Might be a bit of NJPW fast tracking their new neo new musketeers, but it’s not like other companies haven’t done that.

My Score: 8.9/10

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Mitchell’s AEW Battle of the Belts Results & Report! (4/13/24)

Rumble, bad man, rumble!



The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

Battle of the Belts returns, and to settle the score from Dynamite’s Six Man Tag, Hook puts up his FTW Championship against Shane Taylor!


  • FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor; Hook wins and retains the title.
  • AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero; Strong wins and denies Rocky a title match.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet; Athena wins and retains the title.


AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

Bryan Danielson is still down on the ramp after Konosuke Takeshita’s Brainbuster and the medics check him. The battle with Will Ospreay at Dynasty is still in the books, but what condition will Bryan be in?


Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

Lexi Nari is with the FTW Champion and The Wrestler, and notes we saw Hook make the save for Shibata during Collision against Shane Taylor Promotions. At the same time, Hook is about to face Shane Taylor himself with the FTW title on the line. Knowing what Shane’s capable of, what is Hook’s strategy going into that match? Shibata uses his voice-to-text translator say, “Pardon the interruption… Hook, I’ll have your back tonight.” Hook appreciates that, but even knowing what Shane’s capable of, Hook’s got his own way of handling this. Shibata says bet, and Hook gives him the fist bump.

FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo!

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil knows he’s up against a bad, bad man, but this is FTW Rules! Everyone who fights for this title is a bad, bad man, so will Hook prove he’s the baddest? Or will Shane #SendHook back to New York without his gold?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s really the biggest badass in AEW!

The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. Shane swings, Hook dodges to fire off fast hands and forearms! The fans fire up behind Hook but Shane shoves him away. Hook ducks the haymaker, waistlocks, but Shane fights with elbows. Shane swings again, but Hook gets under! Shane CLUBS the Camino down, then whips. Hook holds ropes, then DUMPS Shane out! Shane tumbles to the floor, Hook pursues, and Hook SMACKS Shane off railing! Hook SMACKS Shane off steel steps, then has Shane sit in a corner. Hook rains down fists, then lets off to revel in the cheers. Hook throws knees again and again, then CLUBS Shane again.

Shane staggers along railing, but Hook puts him in the ring. The fans cheer again, Hook storms in, but Shane JABS! JABS! And BODY SHOTS! Hook falls, sputters, and the ref has Shane stay back to check. That could’ve been a liver shot but Shane hauls Hook up. Shane CHOPS Hook in the career, and Hook sputters as he goes along ropes. Shane taunts Hook, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS again! Hook staggers to another corner, Shane taunts him, “I thought you were the man!” Shane BODY BLOWS again and Hook coughs. Hook fires hands in return, backs Shane down, then reels Shane in! Shane’s too big for the suplex, though!

Shane shoves Hook, and BODY BLOWS! Hook falls to the mat, but Shane drags him back up. Shane HEADBUTTS Hook, Hook is dazed, and Shane says he thought Hook was a killer. Shane says to bow down to the killer that’s badder! Shane CHOPS Hook, suplexes him, and hangs him out to dry! Hook sputters and falls, Shane soaks up heat, and Battle of the Belts goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Hook up, TOSSES him out, then goes out to bring Hook up. Shane whips Hook hard into steel steps! Hook writhes, Shane storms around, then Shane drags Hook up. Shane makes Hook take a seat in a corner, then runs up to KNEE Hook against railing! Hook falls over, but he’s somehow still conscious! Shane drags Hook up and hangs him out to dry on the railing! Hook sputters and falls to the floor, and Shane talks more trash. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the ring, and BOTB returns to single picture. Shane has Hook on the apron, for the APRON LEG DROP! Hook sputters more while Shane seethes.

Shane storms in, talks trash on the fans, then soaks up the heat. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the corner, and BODY SHOTS! BODY SHOT! HAYMAKER! Hook slumps down in the corner but the fans rally up. Shane waits on Hook, Hook says he’s still in this! Shane stands Hook up to BODY SHOT, BODY SHOT and BODY SHOT! Then Shane ROCKS Hook again, again, and AGAIN! Hook flops back down while Shane storms around. The ref checks with Hook, Shane says to call it already! Hook says no, he’s still in this! Shane drags Hook up, tells Hook to quit or he gets send home in a body bag!

The fans boo as Shane whips corner to corner, hard! Hook sputters, Shane runs in, but Hook dodges! Shane hits buckles, Hook hurries to waistlock! Shane fights the grip, then ROCKS Hook! Hook ROCKS Shane back! And ROCKS him again and again! The fans fire up as Hook fires more shots! Hook runs to LARAIT! Shane stays up, Hook LARIATS again! Hook runs, ducks the haymaker, and GERMAN SUPLEXES!! Shane staggers up in a daze, and Hook clinches to EXPLODER!! Hook covers, TWO!! Shane is still tougher than that and Hook is beside himself! Hook runs up in the corner, but into an URENAGE!

Shane drags Hook into the drop zone, goes up the corner, and he SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO?!? Hook survives and shocks Shane! Shane storms around, the fans rally up, and Shane drags Hook up. Shane slaps Hook around, then winds up, but Hook dodges! And dodges! REDRUM!! Shane is caught, he flails around, but then he fights up! Shane RAMS Hook into buckles, but Hook still holds on! Shane RAMS Hook in again, but Hook still has his hooks in! BACKPACK SENTON!! Shane is free, but then Hook springs up, REDRUM!! He even traps the arms!! Shane flails, reaches out, but he’s fading! Shane’s OUT, Hook wins!!

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil does it again! He takes damage and finds a way to win! But now, will he have that face to face meeting with Chris Jericho this Wednesday Night Dynamite?


Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

Lexi is with Azucar as he is just moments away from his Title Eliminator match for the International Championship. However, Lexi wants to know if he knows what’s going on with Best Friends. Rocky says Chuck, Trent and Orange Cassidy are like brothers to him, and yet he has no idea what’s going on there. But right now, he can’t really worry about that, he has to focus on the match with Roderick Strong. When Rocky wins, he’ll be one step closer to fulfilling his destiny of becoming International Champion. Kyle O’Reilly pops in, wishes Rocky luck, and then heads back out. Will Azucar be able to get one over on the Savior of the Backbreaker? Or will he just end up broken?


AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero!

While Azucar is confident, it was just last night on Rampage that Roddy took offense to him and Kyle O’Reilly even thinking there was a chance this match doesn’t go The Undisputed Kingdom’s way. Will Roddy prove them all wrong by crossing Rocky off the list? Or is this were The Kingdom starts to crumble?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans are behind Rocky as he and Roddy tie up. Rocky waistlocks, Roddy wrenches to wristlock, but Rocky rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back. Roddy tries to pull hair but Rocky twists the wrist. Roddy pulls on Rocky’s ear to have the headlock and takeover. Rocky fights up, pops out the back, and then steps over. Rocky hooks an arm but Roddy fights off the takedown to hip toss and cover. ONE, but Roddy facelocks. Rocky fights up, pries at the hold, but Roddy holds on tight. Rocky still fights his way out of the hold, wristlocks and wrenches again, then YANKS the arm.

Roddy ROCKS Rocky then CHOPS him! Roddy whips, Rocky slides under then ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky then wrenches Roddy and goes up a corner. Rocky FLYING KNEE DROPS right on the arm! The fans cheer the Latino Heat and Rocky goes back to the corner. Rocky CHOPS Roddy, Roddy CHOPS back! Rocky CHOPS, Roddy kicks low! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, ROCKS him, then reels Rocky in for a BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes but Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy and The Kingdom talk trash, Roddy swings but Rocky dodges! Rocky CHOPS and then stomps away on Roddy!

Rocky digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, then stands Roddy up. Rocky snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Roddy flounders, Rocky covers, ONE!! Rocky keeps one eye on The Kingdom, then he brings Roddy around. UPPERCUT and Roddy staggers. Roddy BOOTS, whips, but Rocky goes Spiderman! Rocky then dodges Roddy and sends him tumbling out! Rocky goes out to PENALTY KICK from the apron! Rocky leaps to DIVING STOMP! Roddy writhes, Rocky gives more Latino Heat, and BOTB goes picture in picture.

Rocky tells The Kingdom to back off, and so does the ref. Taven mocks Rocky’s Latino Heat, but Rocky puts Roddy in the ring. Rocky storms up on Roddy to KICK his leg! Roddy hobbles to a corner, Rocky CHOPS him and then follows him. Rocky ROCKS Roddy, ROCKS him again, but Roddy bails out. Rocky goes after Roddy on the apron, but Roddy lifts! Rocky fights that to then elbow Roddy! But Rocky has to watch out for The Kingdom lurking! Roddy BOOTS Rocky, then POSTS him! Rocky falls to the floor, Roddy hops down and he drags Rocky up. Roddy gives Rocky a RAILING BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes, The Kingdom mocks him more, and Roddy drags Rocky up.

Roddy puts Rocky in the ring, stomps Rocky around, then drags him up to CHOP! Rocky staggers to a corner, Roddy storms up on him, and then DECKS him! Roddy soaks up the heat, then he digs his boots into Rocky! The ref counts, Roddy lets off at 4, but just switches feet! The ref counts more, Roddy steps away, and Rocky sputters along the ropes. Roddy gets Rocky up but Rocky ROCKS him first! And again! Roddy hits back, Rocky CHOPS, and CHOPS! Rocky runs, but Roddy blocks the Rana to make it a POWER BREAKER! Rocky writhes, Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy clamps onto Rocky with a motorcycle stretch!

Rocky endures as Roddy digs knee into Rocky’s back. Rocky fights up, moves around, but Roddy knees him low! Roddy scoops Rocky to RAM him into buckles! Then OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO! Rocky is still in this but Roddy stays on Rocky with stomps. Roddy stomps and stomps as BOTB returns to single picture. Roddy goes back to the motorcycle stretch but the fans rally again. Rocky fights up, fights back, and he KICKS Roddy’s leg! And KICKS! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, eggs Rocky on, but Rocky roars! Rocky fires forearms, then UPPERCUTS! Roddy wobbles, Rocky KICKS and KICKS and SOBATS!

Rocky CHOPS, whips, but Roddy reverses. Rocky reverses back to kick, but Roddy ducks the enzigiri! Rocky REWIND HEEL KICKS! Roddy flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! Rocky builds speed, fakes Roddy out and DIVES onto Taven! Then Rocky DIVES onto Roddy! Rocky puts Roddy in, runs up, SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives but Rocky keeps his cool. Rocky fires forearms in the corner, then winds up! The fans fire up as Rocky runs in, clothesline! Another clothesline! But Roddy follows to RAM Rocky, and CHOP him! And CHOP! And CHOP! Roddy whips, Rocky comes back into the SICK KICK! Cover, TWO!

Roddy is frustrated but he hauls Rocky up. Fireman’s carry, but Rocky fights free! Roddy shoves, lifts again, but Rocky pops up to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls and DDTS! Cover, TWO! Roddy survives but Rocky stays focused. The fans rally for Rocky as he stalks Roddy. Roddy RAMS Rocky, gets him up top, and then climbs up after him. Rocky fights with fists and a HEADBUTT! Rocky then cravats, SUPER SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives again and Rocky is beside himself! The Kingdom is also worried, they rally up for Roddy. The fans rally for Rocky as he goes out to the apron.

Rocky climbs but The Kingdom is lurking again. The ref tells them to back off, but Roddy ROCKS Rocky first! Roddy has Rocky up top but Rocky DECKS Roddy! Rocky adjusts, Roddy stands, METE- STRONG KNEE!! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (denies Rocky Romero a title opportunity)

The Kingdom helps Roddy, whether Roddy will say it that way or not. Kyle is here to celebrate with his friend, but he also checks on his other friend in Rocky. Kyle helps Rocky up to his feet, and wants the fans to give it up for Rocky. But then Wardlow LARIATS Rocky, and The Kingdom stomps away! Kyle has them stop, this isn’t cool! But then Roddy STRONG KNEES Kyle down?!? The fans boo as Roddy tells Kyle that he could do it on his own, but there’s only ONE man that can be International Champion! Kyle made the wrong decision! Roddy’s arrogance just ended his friendship with Kyle, will Kyle make Roddy pay for that?


Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

Lexi Nair is with the Professor of Professional Wrestling and notes how last week, Serena walked on stage after Yuka Sakazaki’s return victory. Why? Serena says she was sitting in the back, watching that impressive match, and thought to herself that she was watching a great pro-wrestler. Someone that Serena would love to tear it up with. Tonight, the Professor is here on BOTB, but has no championship opportunity. She’s not sweating it, though. Since her return, Serena is undefeated. She checked the rankings, and The Professor is sitting pretty at Number 3! So week by week, she’s climbing her way up to inevitably become champion.

Serena tells Yuka, that was an invitation. To where? Into the Deeb Dojo! Serena will show Yuka that Serena is better, and that she is what she says she is: The Professor of Pro-Wrestling! Serena wants to test herself against the Wrestling Magical Girl, but who will be the one taking a step closer to a title opportunity?


BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

After Roddy’s sudden rejection of Kyle O’Reilly, they are now going to battle over the International Championship! It’s the fight neither man wanted, but will Kyle give Roddy payback for what he did with interest?


ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet!

The Fallen Goddess is 49-0 after defeating Hikaru Shida on Supercard of Honor last week, and when she says she’s the Forever Champion, she means that. But will “forever” come to a crashing halt in Kentucky? Or will The Chef be the one getting served an L?

The introductions are made by Lexi Nair, so just a little biased in Athena’s favor. The belt is raised, and here in the main event, we see who is the face of the ROH Women’s Division!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the fans fire up for Athena already. The two circle, tie up, and they go around. They go into a corner, along ropes, then Athena throws Velvet down. Velvet holds on, they roll on the mat with the collar ‘n’ elbow, then they stand up. Athena puts Velvet in a corner, the ref counts, but Athena lets off with a cocky smile. Velvet keeps cool and resets with Athena. They tie up. Velvet wrenches an arm to wristlock, but Athena handsprings and wrenches back. Velvet rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Velvet headlocks but Athena powers up and out. Velvet runs Athena over, but Athena kips up!

The fans fire up while both women brush themselves off. They reset again, tie up, and Athena headlocks. Velvet powers up and out, but Athena wrenches to whip. Velvet ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA, but Athena handsprings through! The fans fire up and Athena cheers herself on. But Velvet DROPKICSK Athena down! Athena gets up, Velvet arm-drags, arm-drags again, and then Velvet cheers herself on. Athena runs up into another arm-drag! Velvet has the armlock but Athena fights up and throws Velvet down by her hair! The fans cheer but the ref reprimands, and things speed up.

Velvet drops, runs up and CALF KICKS Athena down! Athena bails out, Billie there to check on her. Velvet goes to the apron, Athena grabs a leg but Velvet kicks her away. Velvet then ASAI MOONSAULTS land takes Athena down! The fans fire up, Velvet drags Athena up and puts her in the ring, then has her on the apron. Velvet climbs up, brings Athena up, but Athena shoves her back. FLAPJACK off the top buckles! Velvet staggers, Athena reels her back in, APRON BACK SUPLEX! The fans fire up with Athena while BOTB goes picture in picture.

Velvet crawls into the ring but Athena follows her. Athena looms over Velvet, drags her up, then CLUBS her down. Athena stands Velvet up to whip her hard into a corner. Athena revels in the cheers before she runs in and back body blocks! Then Athena goes side to side to forearm SMASH! Athena smiles as Velvet leans against buckles. Athena shoves Velvet down, stomps her around, then drags her back up. Velvet fires body shots, but Athena bumps her off buckles. Velvet avoids the forearm to DOUBLE CHOP! Velvet fires body blows but Athena throws hands! Velvet CHOPS, Athena CHOPS, they CHOP, then Athena CHOPS Velvet off her feet!

The fans cheer while Athena snarls. Athena sits Velvet back up, KICKS her in the back, then KICKS her again! And again! Athena stands Velvet up, bumps her off buckles, then scoops to put Velvet in the Tree of Woe. Athena KICKS away on Velvet’s back, then lets her fall out of the Three. Billie applauds, tells Velvet she should’ve known better, but Velvet swipes at Billie. Billie gets away, cheers Athena on, but Velvet fires hands on Athena! Athena swings back but Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves! Velvet ROCKS Athena, kicks her legs out, then runs up , into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Athena is annoyed but still in control as BOTB goes to break.

BOTB returns once again as Athena hits buckles! Velvet rallies on Athena with clothesline after clothesline! Velvet runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS Athena onto ropes! Velvet runs up to DOUBLE KNEE! Velvet shoves Athena down, runs, and tilt-o-whirls again, REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Athena survives and Velvet is frustrated. Athena crawls away, wanting mercy! But Velvet storms up, only for Athena to YANK Velvet into buckles! Athena then fireman’s carries Velvet for the WASTELAND! Roll through and another fireman’s carry, for another WASTELAND! Another roll through, and then Athena mocks the stirrin’ it up motion!

But Velvet pops up to RANA! Cover, TWO!! Athena escapes, Velvet runs up to wheelbarrow, but Athena URENAGES her down! Cover, TWO!! Athena is furious as Velvet survives! Athena goes up a corner, the fans cheer, and Velvet rises. But Velvet ROUNDHOUSES first! Velvet ROCKS Athena, climbs up after her, then CHOPS! Velvet goes to the very top, to SUPER VICTORY THROW! Athena flounders but she ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, Velvet rolls through! THE SLICE! And then the tilt-o-whirl DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Athena survives and Velvet is fuming! Velvet pushes Athena around while the fans rally up.

Athena is in the drop zone, so Velvet goes up top. Velvet tells Billie to shut up, but Athena gets out to the apron. The fans boo but Velvet adjusts position, to leap and SUPER CROSSBODY! Athena catches her!? And then brings Velvet around to FALCON ARROW to the floor! The fans fire up as Athena roars, but so does Velvet as she rises! Only for the SUPERKICK to knock her down! Athena has a wild look on her face and Billie cheers on the Overlord. Athena gets Velvet up, THROWS her into the LED board, then THROWS her around again! Athena drags Velvet up and into the ring, storms in after her, and reels her in! Canadian Rack, but Velvet sunset flips it! TWO!!!

Athena escapes, Velvet runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges then SUPERKICKS! But Athena DECKS Velvet with a forearm! Athena goes up top, Velvet rises in a daze, to get the O-FACE!! Cover, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall (still ROH Women’s World Champion)

And that’s FIFTY and zero! Fifty wins, no losses, and no slowing down as she title belt clinks with Billie. But as is customary on ROH, Athena sets her belt down, and Billie does, too. They drag Velvet up, mock “stir it up,” but Velvet SLAPS Athena! And SLAPS Billie! But then Athena and Billie mug Velvet! The fans boo as Billie picks up her belt, takes aim, but then QUEEN AMINATA is here! Aminata runs down into the ring, dodges Billie to DECK Athena, then HEADBUTT for Billie! That’s payback for cheating in the TV title match! But then Athena runs up, into an Alabama Lift! AIR RAID CRASH!!

Aminata saves Velvet while also making her own impact, will The Queen not be denied her crown? Or will the Fallen Goddess look to make her pay for this insolence?

My Thoughts:

A really good BOTB but uh, after ten of these, we already know nothing really happens on these. Great action and promos like on Collision, but no titles were ever changing hands. And after two hours of Collision, the crowd was of course tired out. Hook of course defeated Shane but it was a really good showing of Hook’s resilience to take all that damage and still win. Really good match from Roddy and Rocky that Roddy of course won, and turns out I was right in thinking they’d fast track Roddy VS Kyle here. That match will be great stuff, but it’d be a shame if Kyle’s first title shot ends up a loss, even with The Kingdom all there to interfere and distract.

Good promo from Serena to make it clear that she’s having a match with Yuka, just in case it wasn’t clear last week. And then a great main event for the ROH Women’s Championship. Red Velvet looked great even in defeat, and natural move for Aminata to show up and go after Athena & Billie. Aminata really has her pick of the two titles at this point, and while payback on Billie for Supercard is an obvious route, why wouldn’t she go right to the source and take down Athena? Athena’s made it to 50-0, and if not when Athena faced Billie, not when she faced Nyla Rose nor when she faced Shida, her first loss should be to pass the torch to Aminata.

Aminata went through the grind, paid her dues, and has got organically over with ROH viewers, so if she isn’t gonna be the historic first Women’s TV Champ, make her the woman that takes down the top woman in ROH.

My Score: 8.6/10

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