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

It’s a New Day, yes it is!

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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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

PLAY BY PLAY

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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The Road to WrestleMania gets intense!

Raw has grudge matches on tap as Sami Zayn faces Shinsuke Nakamura, and The New Day faces Imperium in a Tag Team Street Fight!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Sami wins.
  • Chelsea Green VS Raquel Rodriguez; Raquel wins.
  • Tag Team Street Fight: The New Day VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
  • Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell; Shayna & Zoey win.
  • Nia Jax VS Liv Morgan; Nia wins, by disqualification.
  • Cody Rhodes VS Grayson Waller w/ Austin Theory; Cody wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Dominik Mysterio is in the ring.

San Jose is booing but Dom has the mic to say, “Everyone, please welcome the greatest Women’s World Champion of all time! RHEA RIPLEY!” The fans fire up as Mami makes her way to the ring, and she feels great after retaining her title at Elimination Chamber. Rhea gets the mic to welcome us to “Monday Night Mami!” The fans cheer Mami on and she smiles. Rhea says this weekend, she walked into her home country our Women’s World Champion, and she walked out of it still our Women’s World Champion. Nia Jax might’ve been the biggest threat to her reign, but it doesn’t matter how big you are. Rhea may be from Down Under, but Mami’s always on top! Because she’s Rhea BLOODY Ripley!

Wait! Here comes Becky Lynch! The Man started the Elimination Chamber match, won the Elimination Chamber match, and now she’s here to step to the champion she’ll be facing at WrestleMania! The fans cheer Becky on and she gets a mic now. “The Man has come around to San Jose!” The fans cheer that! Becky says The Man is also coming back around to WrestleMania… to fight Rhea. “But The Man came out here to say congratulations. What a night that you had on Saturday. Hell, what a night we both had on Saturday, hey?” Becky won the Chamber, Rhea successfully defended her title against Nia in her home country, stadium filled and in the main event!

Rhea had her family and friends there, what a moment. And even better, because now they won’t have to fly all the way to WrestleMania to watch her lose. Dom tells Becky “Nobody talks to Mami like that.” Fans boo Dom and Becky tells him to listen to them, “ya dirty kumquat!” Becky was talking to Mami, and if Mami won’t put Dom in his place, The Man will. The fans cheer that! Becky says Rhea is on a hell of a run, one of the most impressive we’ve ever seen. And even though the last year, Rhea has been the face of this company, she’s spent most of the time being fed grapes by this loser.

Meanwhile, Becky has been the backbone, the heart and soul of this company! She became a Grand Slam Champion, all while writing a best-selling book! The Man can do it all, including beating “Rhea Bloody Ripley.” Becky throws down her mic but Rhea asks if she’s done. Yeah? Cool. First off, never disrespect her Latino Heat like that again. Secondly, “congrats” on winning the Chamber. It’s about time Becky stopped disappointing Rhea and actually won something to get even this close to Rhea’s level. Becky says she’s the backbone, but The Man always thinks they’re the backbone of everything.

The funny thing is, that behind every great Man is an even greater woman. But Rhea isn’t behind Becky, because Mami is ALWAYS on top. Rhea drops her mic now but the two still talk some trash. Rhea & Dom leave, title in Mami’s hand. Will Becky leave Philadelphia with that title in hers? WAIT! Nia Jax runs up from the crowd to CLOBBER Becky! Fans boo as Nia HEADBUTTS Becky then dribbles her off the mat! The sore loser drops a leg on Becky! Rhea dares Nia to try her then, but Dom says Nia’s not worth Rhea’s time. Nia drops another leg on Becky! And then she drags Becky to a corner, but refs rush out here!

Fans boo Nia while Adam Pearce tells her to stop this. The producers also get Becky to safety. Pearce says Nia’s getting a fine if she keeps going rogue. Nia backs down, but will she make sure everyone feels her wrath on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

Jackie Redmond has caught up with the “heated” Irresistible Force, and asks why Nia attacked Becky. Nia says, “Why? Are you kidding me?” Becky won Chamber but she should NOT be going to WrestleMania over Nia! Nia beat Becky clean, so there’s no way Nia is letting Becky make it to WrestleMania. Then with Mania still weeks away, and Nia having a match with Liv Morgan tonight, will- Nia says whatever just happened to Becky, expect ten times that for Liv. Nia storms off, will she look to end Liv’s revenge tour cold here tonight?

 

Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

Speaking of WrestleMania, The Great Liberator still wants a spot on the Grandest Stage of Them All, even if the path isn’t quite clear. However, the King of Strong Style says Sami just plays it up so people will pity him. Will there be no sympathy from Nakamura as he looks to take that spotlight for his own? Or will Sami get even with Nakamura for their previous match’s controversial finish?

Raw returns and Nakamura makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Sami wrenches to wristlock, but Nakamura pulls hair to put Sami on ropes. The ref counts, Nakamura lets off slowly, but then he KICKS Sami in the side. Sami goes to a corner, comes back, and they tie up. Nakamura headlocks, Sami powers up and out, things speed up and Sami hurdles to arm-drag! Sami has the armlock and the fans rally up. Nakamura fights to his feet, puts Sami in a corner and throws body shots and knees! The ref reprimands, Nakamura lets off and Sami bails out. Nakamura goes out to kick Sami low!

Nakamura whips Sami, but Sami goes up the barriers to QUEBRADA! Direct hit but perhaps still double-edged for Sami, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Nakamura has Sami in a seated cobra twist! The fans rally, Sami endures and fights with elbows! Sami gets free, he stands up, but Nakamura KICKS him in the side again! Nakamura storms up in a corner, whips corner to corner hard and Sami falls in a heap! Nakamura drags Sami up, fireman’s carries to put him on the top rope, then TOP SHELF KNEES! Nakamura keeps Sami up there, to run and TOP SHELF KNEE again! Cover, TWO! Sami is still in this but Nakamura kicks him around. Nakamura drags Sami up while fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” Nakamura whips, Sami goes up and over and LARIATS!

The fans fire up and Sami grits his teeth to stand. Sami storms up to fire hands on Nakamura! Sami whips, Nakamura reverses to KNEE low! Sami drops, but then he scoops and MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, TWO! Nakamura survives and Sami is stunned! Sami grits his teeth from the pain in his side, and he hauls Nakamura up. Nakamura RAMS Sami into a corner! And again! And again! Nakamura puts Sami up top but Sami CLUBS Nakamura! Sami reels Nakamura in, TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while Nakamura flounders out of the ring. Sami builds speed but runs into a kitchen sink knee!

Fans boo as Nakamura stalks Sami to the outside. They’re both on the apron, and Nakamura stands Sami up. Nakamura hits an APRON GOURD BUSTER! Sami flops to the floor while Nakamura soaks up the heat, and Raw goes back to break.

Raw returns yet again, Sami blocks a kick but Nakamura fires forearms! Sami fires those back, the two brawl and the fans fire up! Sami gets the edge but Nakamura fires a strike fest! Sami ducks the roundhouse but not the WHEEL KICK! Nakamura goes to a corner and takes aim, KIN- NO, Sami gets around to BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives and Sami can’t believe it! Sami watches Nakamura crawl to a corner and then goes to the other side. The fans fire up as Sami runs in, but Nakamura JUMP KNEES! Nakamura then goes up the corner to FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives and shocks Nakamura!

The fans fire up as Sami flounders to ropes. “This is Awesome!” as Sami bails out and Nakamura pursues. Nakamura stalks Sami, KICKS him in the side again, and then drapes him along the barriers. Nakamura CLUBS Sami, goes up the steel steps, and FLYING GUILLOTINE KNEES! The fans boo Nakamura while he leaves Sami behind. Sami sputters on the floor as the ring count climbs! We’re past 5 of 10, and then 8! Sami springs up at 9 to slide in at 9.9! KINSHASA!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Sami saves himself by a literal foot, but Nakamura stomps away on him for it! The ref counts, Nakamura argues with him, then goes back to a corner.

Nakamura aims again, “YAO~” but Sami sends Nakamura into buckles! BLINDSIDE HELLUVA KICK!! The fans are thunderous as Sami goes to the far corner! Sami roars, wants Nakamura to get back up, and he runs in again, HELLUVA KICK!! Cover, Sami wins!!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall

Sami gets even with Nakamura and gets back on the winning track! Is this just what Sami needs to find his way to WrestleMania?

 

Chelsea Green VS Raquel Rodriguez!

The Hot Mess is always complaining and bringing up issues, and she’s got an issue with the woman who eliminated her from the Last Chance Battle Royal. But will she only end up complaining more when she loses to Raquel 1v1? Or will Chelsea somehow, someway, bring down Big Mami Cool?

Raw returns and Chelsea has the mic to say, “San Joseee~! I’m speaking! Let it be known that tonight, after issuing a formal complaint to WWE Management, I will be competing in protest. That’s right. Last week, I would have won the Last Chance Battle Royal, and I would have gone on to become the most illustrious winner in Elimination Chamber history, had Pea Head Pearce not added that secret, stupid last entrant, Raquel Rodriguez!” Fans cheer Raquel but Chelsea says that was wrong! The people want HER! She’s the star! Raquel flew all that way to Perth, and for what? To lose? HAHA! To be a big dumb loser like the San Jose Sharks!

Fans boo but Chelsea laughs, and then she says after tonight, everyone will SHH when Chelsea proves Raquel is a loser, by kicking her- Oh, wait, here comes Raquel! The bell rings and Chelsea draws a line int he sand, daring Raquel to cross it. Raquel steps right over it! Chelsea draws another line and dares Raquel to cross that. Raquel does! Chelsea SLAPS Raquel out of panic! Then Chelsea apologizes, only to turn and run! But Raquel reels her in, whips her, and Chelsea ducks one lariat, but not the SOUTHPAW! The fans fire up as Raquel drags Chelsea up, scoops her, and hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! The fans fire up as Chelsea staggers back up.

Chelsea bumps into Raquel, and Raquel scoops for another FALL AWAY SLAM! Chelsea flounders, Raquel drags her up and tells her to shush. Raquel hits the TEXANA BOMB! Cover, Raquel wins!

Winner: Raquel Rodriguez, by pinfall

What was that about kicking someone’s butt? Chelsea might still need to figure out how to think before she speaks, but will Raquel let her actions do the talking for her on this Road to WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.

Jackie congratulates him on the big win over Shinsuke. They’ve been talking for weeks now about adversity, and Mania is 40 days away. How much did Sami need tonight’s win? “Need” is an understatement to Sami. He’s been bottling stuff up for weeks now, trying to keep his cool, but this has been in his mind all week. A loss tonight, he couldn’t even tell you what it would’ve done not just to his path to WrestleMania, but to him emotionally. It would’ve perhaps disproved his claims of being a contender. But he doesn’t need to worry about that, because this win reaffirms what he’s been saying!

The belief in himself, the fire inside, he IS a contender and will be a champion, and that his path to Mania will come to him. And if it doesn’t, then he will go out and he will find it himself. Because this isn’t the first time nor the last that- Imperium walks over. Ludwig Kaiser looks Sami up and down, then scoffs and moves on. Giovanni Vinci smirks as he walks right past Sami, and then Gunther walks by. Gunther looks Sami in the eyes, then looks him over. Gunther laughs then leaves. Does Der Ring General not think Sami is a contender? Will Sami prove him wrong?

 

Backstage interview with Cody Rhodes.

Cathy Kelley is with the American Nightmare and says he made big news at Elimination Chamber by calling The Rock out for a 1v1 match. A lot of people question if that was smart given Cody’s match with Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. Cody isn’t sure it was smart, either, but it’s simple: The Rock slapped Cody, Cody challenged him to a match for anywhere, anytime, and we await the rebuttal this Friday Night SmackDown. Then for tonight, Cody has a match with Grayson Waller, how does he see that going? Cody asks back, “Do you like Grayson Waller? Right? No. You don’t have to answer that right now.”

But Cody has been watching Waller. Waller won the Iron Survivor Challenge, has tons of skills, and not just on the mic. But if anything, Waller should certainly like Cody. The first time Cody was on the Grayson Waller Effect, he brought Jey Uso back to the WWE. And this past time, in front of over 50 THOUSAND people in Waller’s home country, Cody called out The Rock. And tonight, Waller gets his very first Monday Night Raw main event against Cody, and finds out first hand. Cody thanks Cathy for the time then heads out. Will the American Nightmare completely neutralize the Grayson Waller Effect tonight?

 

Imperium goes to the ring.

Ahead of their Street Fight match, Imperium is here so Der Ring General can speak. However, the fans boo so he waits it out. Gunther smiles and says, “After successfully defeating Jey Uso last week, I am standing here still your greatest and longest reigning Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion of all time!” Fans are torn on that, but Gunther continues by saying that he has to be honest, it was very, very close. Jey almost had Gunther beat, and Gunther actually felt it slipping away from him for the first time. But let’s be honest, he got lucky. Nobody’s perfect! But Gunther is still very, very close to it.

And before Kaiser & Vinci “outclass” The New Day, Gunther wants to address his future! Understand that over 600 days, Gunther has worked hard, putting his heart, soul and body into making this title into the most prestigious in this company! Fans do cheer that. “And I’ve beaten everybody along the way to achieve this.” Which leaves one question: Who will be Gunther’s opponent for WrestleMania? Fans have different ideas, but Gunther says he has seen all the ridiculous claims! Sami Zayn? Fans cheer that name! Chad Gable? “A THANK YEW~!” The Miz?! Fans cheer again. Gunther says it gets worse! He even sees people want R-Truth!

Fans really cheer for Truth, but wait! The Judgment Day makes their way out here? Finn Balor & Damian Priest are still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions after defeating “New Catch Republic,” Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne, and they’re leading the way, JD McDonagh & Dirty Dom right behind. These four step into the ring to stand across from Imperium, and the fans are torn seeing these seven stare down. Priest says, “Big Bad Gunther. We don’t sweat you, man. Although you’ve have quite the dominant run, second only to the run The Judgment Day is on.” Priest hopes Gunther was watching Chamber as Judgment Day ran the table.

And Judgment Day plans to do it again at WrestleMania. Except, they plan on adding even more gold! Priest tells Gunther in Spanish, and then in English, that they mean the Intercontinental Championship. Gunther says since they’re not cashing in the MITB briefcase, who is it gonna be then? Finn Balor? Big headed JD? Who? DOM steps up!? Fans boo and Gunther almost laughs again. Dom tells Gunther, even as fans boo louder, that when Dirty Dom and the Judgment Day say they’re gonna do something, they mean it. And that means that the Intercontinental Championship now belongs to them.

Gunther still grins at Dom, and then pushes him back. Judgment Day keeps Priest back, and Gunther dares someone to do something then. Priest says they’ll be taking that title one way or another, and Gunther doesn’t stand a chance. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and Senor MITB throws off his vest, but Finn and the boys keep him back. Gunther holds up the belt, will nothing stop him from continuing his historic reign? Or will WrestleMania be his judgment day?

 

Judgment Day regroups backstage.

Priest has cooled off, and Mami asks what Dom is doing stepping to Gunther of all people! Dom says he’s got this! Well, he better. Rhea heads out again, and Finn tells Dom that he really should smooth things over. Dom agrees, but encounters Andrade on the way. Dom says long time no see, and Andrade says hey, kid. Dom says he has to smooth things over first, but good seeing him. Wait, wait, wait. Andrade has a meeting with Pearce to discuss his first opponent. See you soon, huh? Yeah, maybe. Dom wishes Andrade luck, but will the Prodigal Son have to face El Idolo before getting to Der Ring General?

 

Tag Team Street Fight: The New Day VS Imperium!

After almost two years of fighting back and forth, these two top level teams are putting things to rest! No disqualifications, no count outs, and no limitations on what they’re allowed to do, who will prove they are the superior team once and for all?

The New Day make their entrance, and Imperium rushes out of the ring to attack! They brawl on the ramp and the bell sounds while fans fire up! The New Day are dressed in San Jose Sharks uniforms, which the fans appreciate, and the brawl goes up to the stage. Kaiser ROCKS Kofi, Vinci kicks Woods, but New Day hits back with haymakers. Vinci sends Woods into the LED  screen! Kaiser UPPERCUTS Kofi! Then Vinci DECKS Kofi! Kaiser rains down fists on Kofi, Vinci stomps him, but the fans rally for New Day. Kaiser drags Kofi up, feeds him to Vinci, but Woods has Francesca MK II Turbo! And he CRACKS Ludwig with her!

Woods uses the slide to SMASH Vinci, and then Kofi uses the horn piece to SMASH Kaiser! Woods uses the broken pieces to beat up on Kaiser! The brawl goes back to ringside, Kofi throws headbutts! Woods ROCKS Vinci, then helps Kofi go looking under the ring. San Jose fires up as New Day brings out a TABLE! But Imperium CLOBBERS The New Day! The fans boo as there’s no furniture yet, Imperium puts New Day in the ring. New Day DECKS Imperium off the apron! The fans fire up as New Day builds speed and they DOUBLE DIVE! Kofi wipes out Kaiser, Woods wrecks Vinci with a dropkick, and the fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and the brawl is now in the crowd! Kofi ROCKS Kaiser, Vinci ROCKS Kofi, but Woods SMASHES a beer can on Vinci! The fans fire up as this keeps on moving, and Woods headlocks Vinci to bring him away. Kaiser ROCKS Kofi, Woods dumps Vinci back to ringside, but Kaiser sends Kofi into barriers! Woods CHOPS Vinci, Kaiser ELBOWS Kofi in the forehead! Vinci hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX on Woods! Kaiser GAMANGIRIS Kofi down! Fans want tables, but Imperium doesn’t care as they put Woods in the ring. Kaiser goes looking under the ring, and he brings out a table after all! Only to put it right back!

Fans boo but Kaiser gets himself a chair. Vinci drags Woods up, Kaiser aims and JAMS Woods in the ribs! Then SMACKS him on the back! Kaiser talks trash while fans boo, but Kaiser and Vinci sit Woods up. PENALTY KICK! Kaiser drags Woods, puts him in the ropes, and Vinci adds a chair to the mix. Vinci & Kaiser go side to side and back again, FULL METAL DOUBLE DROPKICK in the corner! Woods sputters as he falls from corner to floor! Kofi returns and he HOTSHOTS Kaiser, GAMANGIRIS Vinci, and he goes up top! DOUBLE CROSSBODY! The fans fire up as Kofi keeps going, and he RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS Vinci!

Kaiser runs up, but Kofi scoops and SLAMS him onto Vinci! The fans fire up as Kofi runs for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kaiser gets away but Kofi clinches him! Kofi and Kaiser throw elbows, then Kofi drags Kaiser down. Kofi DECKS Kaiser, then hurries to get that table! The fans are thunderous as Kofi sets it up and brings Kaiser around. But Vinci makes the save! Imperium DOUBLE SUPLEX Kofi into the ring! But Woods is back to SHOTGUN Kaiser, and mule kick Vinci! Woods fires off, Vinci kicks and CHOPS! Woods falls, Vinci stomps him out of the ring. Vinci & Kaiser regroup, Kaiser has kendo sticks!

Kaiser SMACKS Woods, then hands one to Vinci. Vinci and Kaiser DOUBLE SMACK Woods again and again and again! They stretch Woods across steel steps, and Kaiser gets space! Fans boo as Kaiser runs in, but Kofi JUMP KNEES first! Vinci LARIATS Kofi! But Woods waits on Vinci in the ring! Vinci ducks ‘n’ dodges to CROSSBODY! Vinci gets the kendo stick to SMACK away on Woods again and again and again! Kaiser has the chair and he SMACKS Woods, too! Fans boo as Imperium stands tall, and Raw goes back to break.

Raw returns again and Imperium RAMS Woods into barriers! Kaiser smirks, turns around, ARMCHAIR ATTACK! Kofi takes Kaiser down with that, then BOOTS Vinci! Kofi whips Vinci into steel steps! Fans fire up as Kofi puts Kaiser in the ring, stalks him, and Woods is there, too! Now New Day has the kendo sticks! The fans fire up again as Kaiser realizes the trouble he’s in! The New Day SMACKS away on Kaiser again and again and again! The kendo sticks are coming apart! The fans are thunderous as Woods tells Kofi, “GET THE TABLES~!” Kofi & Woods go out, stomp Imperium down, then find a table under the ring!

New Day sets the table up at ringside, then Woods CLUBS Vinci. Woods brings Vinci over, Kofi throws some hands, then they put Vinci on the table. The fans rally up as Woods climbs up a corner! Woods aims, the fans are on their feet, and Woods SUPER MACHO ELBOWS through the table!! Vinci writhes while Kofi & Woods roar! They haul Vinci out of the wreckage, put him in the ring, and Woods climbs again. Kofi hits a BACKBREAKER, Woods adds a KNEE DROP! Cover, Kaiser yanks the ref away!! The fans boo but Kaiser gets away with that one, but Kofi KENDO STICK DIVES! Down goes Kaiser!

Vinci flounders out of the ring, a red line of blood on his back from where the table got him. Kofi puts Kaiser in so he and Woods can kick him around! The fans know “This is Awesome!” as New Day drags Kaiser to his feet. Woods scoops Kaiser, Kofi climbs up, but Vinci rises! Vinci SHOVES Kofi down through a table!! The one from earlier! Woods ELBOWS Kaiser away, grabs at Vinci, Vinci SMACKS Woods with a cookie sheet! Kaiser RAMS Woods into a chair wedged in a corner!! Roll up, Imperium wins!!

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall

The New Day brought the fight but they lost the fight! Will Kofi & Woods be able to rebound from this crushing defeat? Will Kaiser & Vinci look to confront Judgment Day over the titles Finn & Priest have?

 

Adam Pearce is on the phone.

He talks with Bronson Reed, and says this isn’t the first phone call he’s had just like this. But yes, “it” is on the front of everyone’s mind, Pearce will address it soon enough. But congratulations on the newborn baby, see you soon. Pearce finishes the call, Chad Gable walks in and they shake hands. Gable over Ivar was a hell of a win, congratulations. Oh, well A THANK YEW~ then. But Gable just wants momentum going to WrestleMania. And speaking of, we all know Gunther wants an opponent going into the big show. Everyone will be coming to Pearce with their reasons why they’re the guy.

Gable has reasons of his own. He comes here as not just a competitor but as a father. Last time Gable faced Gunther, he was this close to taking the title. But that’s not what haunts him. What haunts Gable is that Gunther reduced Gable’s daughter to tears, and laughed at her misery! Gable needs to make this right. Gable’s reasons are honest. To anyone else, this match would be about the title. But for Gable, this means more. Pearce sees that. He has a lot to think about. Who will be in the running for a shot at Der Ring General?

 

Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell!

Speaking of title chases, The Queen of Spades & The Hunter are hot on the trail of Damage CTRL! Will Shayna & Stark be primed for their shot at Asuka & Kairi Sane? Or will the Poison Pixie & #IndiWrestling find the way to a rematch from Elimination Chamber?

Raw returns as Indi & Candice make their entrance. The teams sort out and Candice starts against Shayna. Shayna runs up, Candice dodges to kick a leg out and ENZIGIRI! Then STEP-UP SENTON! Candice hurries to BLAST Zoey, then she dodges Shayna to back body block! Candice goes out to CANNONBALL Zoey! The fans fire up as Candice then avoids Shayna’s shoulder to KNEE her away! Step-in TORNADO- NO, Shayna SLAMS Candice outta the DDT and KNEES her down! Candice is dazed but Shayna stands on her arm! Shayna lets her hair down and STOMPS Candice’s elbow! Tag to Zoey and Zoey storms right up.

Zoey wrenches and YANKS the bad arm, then YANKS it again. Zoey steps over to HIP DROP the elbow, then she stalks Candice to ropes. Zoey wraps the bad arm around ropes and pulls! Zoey grinds forearms into Candice’s face while saying she’s a nobody! Zoey whips Candice into buckles hard, then grinds her forearms in again! The ref counts, Zoey lets off, and she brings Candice up for an INVERTED EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Candice stays in there but Zoey pushes her around. Zoey stands Candice up but into a CODE BREAKER! Hot tag to Indi and the fans rally up! Indi dodges Zoey in the ropes to UPPERCUT and BOOT her away!

Indi hurries in, LARIATS Zoey, BLASTS Shayna, and LARIATS Zoey again! Indi CLUBS, DECKS and then stalks Zoey. Zoey swings, Indi dodges, but Shayna tags in before the SPINEBUSTER! Indi roars, but Shayna grabs her! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Indi taps, Shayna & Zoey win!

Winners: Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark, by submission

The Queen of Spades & The Hunter put away Candice & Indi faster than Asuka & Kairi did, will this be more than enough to name them the next contenders? Or will not even Shayna & Zoey be ready for DMG CTRL?

 

R-Truth is in the Judgment Day clubhouse?

And then he’s joined by The Miz and “DX,” aka DIY. They all sit down and Miz asks what Truth is even doing here. Well, Judgment Day’s gone for the night. He doesn’t want them to see him like this, but he was reminiscing about all the good times. Johnny Gargano says Truth’s always cheering them up, so they’ll return the favor. They’ll get revenge on The Judgment Day. And speaking of, Ciampa has a plan. Are you ready? What? He said… Are…! You…! Ready!? Oh, Truth gets it now! They’re gonna regenerate, right? What? Y’know, Regeneration X. Now that’s what’s up! No, no, it was Degeneration- Never mind. That is what’s up, and it’s AWESOME~!

Truth says let’s do it then! Hold on, he’s taking the TV back. Don’t worry about unplugging it, ain’t no cords on it. So it’s wireless? Nope. Truth, Miz and DIY head out, just what will they do to finally get one over on Judgment Day?

 

Drew McIntyre is here!

The Scottish Terminator and the winner of this year’s Elimination Chamber match is in San Jose, primed to face Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship! McIntyre gets the mic to say, “We did it.” He wants to thank the fans. You don’t achieve success alone, so everyone here and around the world, thank you for praying harder than ever before. Because of them, it is happening! McIntyre VS Rollins for the WHC at Mania! McIntyre feels like hell, though. He is more jetlag than man right now, especially after being the first man in the Chamber and the last man standing. He got hurt in there, an eardrum blown out. It was a bit of an incident after the show.

McIntyre was talking with the doctor afterward, and he told McIntyre that he is hurt, he might not make WrestleMania. Fans boo, but McIntyre told the doc, “Who do you think I am? CM Punk? Nothing’s gonna stop me from making Mania!” Fans are torn, they should’ve known McIntyre was going there with this. And then McIntyre sits down cross-legged a la Punk! “Don’t look up my kilt, ya pervs.” McIntyre tells Punk that he knows it hurts not to be part of Chamber or WrestleMania, and it probably kills Punk to see McIntyre in the world title match instead. But he wants Punk to know he thought about him after the match.

McIntyre wants to do something special just for Punk. We know Punk is straightedge, doesn’t drink alcohol, so McIntyre drank twice as much for both of them to celebrate. McIntyre grins and says okay, to more serious business. He has to talk to the champ, so if he’ll indulge McIntyre, “Mr. Rollins, c’mon down.” And here he comes! The fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” as Rollins makes his way out in a baggy, wine red suit. Rollins joins McIntyre in the ring, and McIntyre points to the sign. Rollins says yeah, we’ll get to that, but if McIntyre will indulge Rollins a moment… “SAN JOSE! Welcome to Monday Night Rollins!”

And a congratulations to Drew McIntyre! Fans boo but Rollins says no, no, McIntyre did it. Rollins is proud of McIntyre for clawing his way back to a title match with him again. And this time, McIntyre has an opportunity to do what he’s been wanting since 2020: win the world title, but not in an empty warehouse! This time, it’ll be in front of a capacity crowd at the BIGGEST WrestleMania of all time! But… there is just one thing standing in the way. He is the Visionary, he is the Revolutionary, he is Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! The fans sing again and Rollins revels in it. McIntyre says yeah, Rollins is standing in the way.

McIntyre says beating Rollins is no easy job, but beating McIntyre is no easy job, either. So why is Rollins making it so hard on himself? We’ve seen what’s going on with Roman and Cody and The Rock, Rollins should just stop. Rollins doesn’t need that in his life. McIntyre’s talked with Rollins about this, from the bad knee to the bad back. Rollins should take time off, rest up, and be at 100% for WrestleMania. But Rollins won’t listen, doesn’t have to, he’s a grown man. But it just doesn’t make sense to McIntyre why Rollins is going to SmackDown this Friday to fight Cody’s battle when Raw needs Rollins here!

That stuff is their business, screw them! When McIntyre is champion, he won’t care if SmackDown is on fire and begging for help, McIntyre wouldn’t piss on ’em to put it out! McIntyre’s responsibility will be Raw and the World Heavyweight Championship only. But here is something for Rollins to think about: The Bloodline situation. We know where this is going, Rollins doesn’t need to go down that path. We know the outcome, it has happened time and time again, and to McIntyre personally. You push Bloodline too far, you know what happens! Their match at Mania will be a killer match, the fans going wild, Bloodline will hit the ring and cost Rollins the title!

So please, for Rollins’ sake and McIntyre’s, just back off. Fans boo and Rollins takes off the sunglasses. Rollins tells McIntyre, “I respect everything you just said. But respectfully, some risks are worth taking.” Fans cheer that, and Rollins says that he’ll be straight here. McIntyre’s known Rollins a long time, he knows what Rollins is about, so he knows that everything McIntyre just said, Rollins has already thought about. Rollins has replayed it over and over, all the negative outcomes. It’s why Rollins is the Architect, the Visionary, and the truth is… McIntyre might be right. Rollins’ knee may not be ready, the back may give out, and Bloodline might leave him broken in their wake, just like they have everyone else.

WrestleMania might be an easy night for McIntyre. McIntyre might be right, but what if he’s wrong? Like Rollins said, some risks are worth taking. He’s been selfish in his career and in his life, and Rollins thought that the goal at the end of the road would fill the void. But every single time, when Rollins got to the top, he felt empty inside. It wasn’t until he had his daughter that Rollins realized not everything is about him. There are some things in life bigger than all of us! The World Heavyweight Championship is bigger than us! Taking down the Bloodline is bigger than us! Fans cheer that!

Rollins asks McIntyre back: If they don’t take care of Bloodline before Mania, then what? Let’s say McIntyre does take the title from Rollins. It doesn’t matter if McIntyre is champion or Rollins is champion, The Bloodline wants power, and it’s only a matter of time before they come for the World Heavyweight Championship. So McIntyre might be right, but what if he’s wrong? What if Rollins’ knee is 100%? What if his back is ready to go? What if they can rip The Bloodline apart once and for all to secure the future of this industry!? Because if they can do all of that, then at WrestleMania, it is just Rollins, McIntyre and the World Heavyweight Championship.

Rollins said this before Crown Jewel, and he’ll say it again here: May the best man win. And some risks are worth taking. Rollins drops the mic and takes his leave, will this gamble go his way? Or will McIntyre find his own way to win it all?

 

Nia Jax VS Liv Morgan!

The Irresistible Force is a sore loser, determined to prove she’s far more worthy of a WrestleMania moment than every single woman that was in the Elimination Chamber match. To her point, she did get the better of them all just last week. Will she do it again tonight? Or will Liv make Nia #CryAboutIt some more?

Raw returns as Liv makes her entrance. The bell rings and Liv SHOTGUNS Nia! Liv fires off forearms but Nia shoves her away. Liv runs up to back body block! Liv runs up again, SHINING WIZARD! Liv keeps moving, but Nia stops the rana! Nia swings Liv up and around, SAMOAN DROP! Nia soaks up the heat while she paces around Liv. Nia drags Liv around to pull on the arms! The fans boo and Liv endures, but Nia STOMPS her down! Liv sputters but Nia drags her up and puts her in a corner. Nia runs in to SPLASH Liv, and Liv flops down. Nia runs back in, HIP ATTACK! Nia rubs it in quite literally, then drags Liv up.

Liv fires body shots, runs, but Nia ELBOWS her down! Nia drags Liv around, and has a leg for the STRETCH MUFFLER! Liv endures as she dangles off the mat! Nia then swings Liv into buckles! Nia drops Liv, kicks her around, and then goes to the apron. Nia lines up a shot, but Liv dodges the leg drop! Fans taunt Nia with “MY HOLE! MY HOLE!” while Nia hobbles away. Liv aims, builds speed, and DVIES! Down goes Nia and the fans fire up while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Nia has Liv in a BEARHUG! Liv endures as Nia squeezes and thrashes her around! Pat uses the telestrator to show us just how much Liv was suffering in the Stretch Muffler. Back to present, Liv fights out of the bearhug and ENZIGIRIS! Nia wobbles, and then CLOBBERS Liv! Nia runs to SENTON but misses as Liv moves! Liv goes to a corner, Nia runs up, but Liv slips to the apron! Nia hits buckles, Liv KNEES her back! Then HOTSHOTS her away! Nia staggers, Liv goes up the corner, and fans fire up for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Nia staggers to the corner but Liv runs in! Nia blocks the Code Breaker!

Nia puts Liv in the corner but Liv ROCKS her! Liv leaps, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nia is still in this and Liv grows frustrated. The fans rally up as Liv rushes Nia, but into a fireman’s carry! Liv sunset flips through, but Nia stays up! Nia drags Liv to her feet for a HEADBUTT! Liv ends up in a corner, Nia runs in, but Liv dodges, Nia POSTS herself! Nia falls out of the ring and Liv hurries to the apron! Liv runs but Nia catches her! SAMOAN DROP into the post! The fans boo but wait! BECKY LYNCH FLIES IN!

Winner: Nia Jax, by disqualification

The Man fires off on Nia and SMACKS her off the desk! And again and again and again! The fans fire up as Becky dribbles Nia! Becky then SMACKS Nia off the apron, puts her in the ring, and storms up on her to CLUB her right back out of the ring! Nia hurries up the ramp while the ref keeps Becky back! Becky wants Big Time revenge, will she tear Nia down before going after Rhea? And how will Liv feel about this when Becky’s revenge just cost her a win?

 

Backstage interview with Grayson Waller & Austin Theory.

Cathy Kelley is now with A-Town Down Under and brings up Elimination Chamber’s “massive scoop.” Does Waller feel Cody being the guest on the Grayson Waller Effect backfired on him? Waller says once again, Waller gets the biggest scoop via his show, not surprised! Big for Waller, big for Australia, but that doesn’t change the fact Cody disrespected Waller in his home. He beat up Waller’s boy, Theory, and Waller did everything he could to protect him (not), but now they flip the script. Waller will disrespect The American Nightmare in his house, and then The Rock & Roman can pick the bones. This lad ain’t ever gonna finish his story!

Cathy thanks them for their time, will the Grayson Waller Effect be super effective? Or will nothing stop Cody from making it to Mania?

 

WWE mourns the loss of Ole Anderson.

The OG Four Horseman passed away today at the age of 81. A great tag team wrestler and one half of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew, he will be missed.

 

Adam Pearce finds Becky backstage.

She says after what Nia did to her, Becky was not gonna be able to move on until she ends this. Becky wants her shot at Nia. Oh, really? Then how does next week sound? Sounds perfect to Becky. Then it’s official. Becky thanks Pearce, but then Liv storms in! Liv says she was in the middle of something out there, but guess Becky doesn’t care about anyone else. Not everything is about The Man! Liv storms off, is Becky only going to settle one score to have to worry about another?

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

Jackie Redmond is with Main Event Jey and says despite a hell of an effort against Gunther, not an outcome Jey wanted. How does Jey plan on getting back in the title scene? Jey says he’ll keep on being him, doing what he does, keep on showing up to Raw and being Main Event Jey Uso. Last week, he was this close to having his first singles title. Feels like when he tries to get close to something, he falls short. When he tries to complete the mission, he falls short. When he tries to do something positive for himself, he falls short. When he tries to pull himself up, he falls short. Whether it is his past enemies on Raw, or his own flesh ‘n’ blood.

Jey then spots said enemy in McIntyre. McIntyre says he knows Jey is having a tough time. McIntyre is in a good place, riding high, but he felt this was a good time to have this talk. McIntyre knows how Jey is feeling, and McIntyre wants Jey to know that from the bottom of his heart, Jey deserves it. Jey fires off on McIntyre and it’s a brawl! Refs and security rush in to pull these two apart! The Scottish Terminator can’t help himself when it comes to pushing buttons, but will he regret getting on Jey’s bad side?

 

Cody Rhodes VS Grayson Waller w/ Austin Theory!

The American Nightmare wants after The Rock, but it seems the Aussie Icon has just ended up a pawn in the Bloodline’s game. Will Cody get past this obstacle to have a clear path to WrestleMania? Or will Waller be drinking a shoey in The Tribal Chief’s honor?

Raw returns as Cody makes his entrance, the fans singing along, “WHOA~ OH~!” The bell rings and the fans rally up behind Cody. Waller is annoyed by that as he circles with Cody. They tie up, go around, and Cody headlocks for the takeover. Waller headscissors, Cody kips free and hits another takeover. Waller headscissors, Cody kips free again and waistlocks. Waller elbows free, runs up and bumps Cody off buckle! Waller taunts the fans but they rally behind Cody. Waller JABS Cody, CLUBS him, but Cody turns things around to CHOP! Cody stalks Waller to a corner, whips him corner to corner but Waller reverses hard!

Waller storms up to cravat Cody and fires off knees! Fans boo but Theory soaks it up for Waller. Waller throws body shots on Cody, has him against ropes and CLUBS him. Waller ROCKS Cody with a forearm, throws body shots, and he keeps Cody on the ropes. Waller wrenches and whips Cody but Cody reverses to kick, drop and RHODES UPPERCUT! Cody then reels Waller in to suplex, and he holds Waller up! Fans cheer as Cody waits until ten for the GOURD BUSTER! Cody then clotheslines Waller up and out! Fans fire up as Cody stands tall and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once again and Cody throws body shots to get free of a chinlock. But then Waller LEG LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Waller keeps on Cody with a cravat and he cranks the neck wrench. Waller says he won’t let Cody disrespect him! The fans rally, Cody fights up, and commentary says Paul Heyman is somewhere in the building. Did he bring The Bloodline with him? Cody throws more body shots to get free, then he CHOPS! Waller kicks low, reels Cody in to back suplex, but Cody lands out of it! Cody CLOBBERS Waller, goes to a corner then goes up and over, to SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up with Cody as he rises!

Cody runs, springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Cover, TWO! Waller stays in this but then Theory distracts Cody! Cody glares at Theory, runs him off, but Waller is up, to JAB! Cody drops to his knees, and Theory says that’s teamwork! Fans boo but Waller whips. Cody ducks ‘n’ dodges to DIVE! Theory is sent tumbling up and over the desk!! The fans fire up but Waller goes out to LARIAT Cody down! Waller puts Cody in, says this is the real deal, and he somersaults, but Cody dodges the flatliner! CODY CUTTER! The fans fire up again and Cody dragon sleepers for the CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

A-Town Down Under probably wishes they’d stayed home on this one! Cody is rolling down the Road to WrestleMania, but “Ladies and gentlemen,” The Wise Man confirms he is here by stepping on stage. Heyman has private security but Cody still gets a chair! Cody also gets a mic while Heyman says it’d figure “San Josie” would boo ladies. They’re ruining his shtick! Heyman continues his introduction, but Cody doesn’t give a damn! If this is a set-up, then come get him! Heyman has everyone calm down. This is not a Bloodline set-up. The only member of The Bloodline here tonight is Heyman. Does anyone see a drop of Polynesian blood anywhere in the security?

That’s rhetorical, because the answer is no. These gentlemen are Heyman’s “friends” from the NYPD. They are off-duty, technically, because they’re suspended, but that’s a whole different story. Heyman came here to California to let us know no one wants an apology. Heyman understands how insulting it must be to get Will Smith’d across the face. But Heyman wants Cody needs to take The Rock’s name out of his freakin’ mouth. Because The Tribal Chief, Roman…! Reigns…! has authorized Heyman to let Cody know, that if Cody does not back away from this… Like, you can’t just say you want a match with The Rock and then it magically happens.

Well, it magically happens if you ARE The Rock, but Cody screwed that all up, didn’t he? See, a year ago, they were crying in the ring with each other, Heyman forgives Cody. But The Rock doesn’t. And understanding that Cody is in the WrestleMania main event with Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Championship, Heyman is begging and pleading, “Please, Cody. Please. Pretty please, with a cherry on top… Withdraw this challenge from The Rock… or else.” Cody takes a seat and asks, “Or else what, Mr. Heyman?” Does Heyman wanna know why Cody hasn’t rained holy terror on this mic about Heyman’s new boy, Dwayne? Why Cody hasn’t trashed The Rock in media?

It’s simple! Like everyone here, Cody was a fan of The Rock! How could he not be? Put yourself in Cody’s shoes! He comes from a family where every meal was determined by ticket sales, and nobody sold more than The Rock! But Cody is done, fed up with being nice! If this is a set-up, then like Cody said, “Come and get me.” Heyman says he has a better idea. Heyman and his “friends” go to the apron and Heyman asks if he may step inside. Heyman may not. Heyman says that’s just rude. But the “friends” step in and Cody says okay, then he’ll make this clear. If one more person steps towards Cody, he is dropping every single person in this ring.

The fans fire up and Heyman says okay, he respects that. As Cody will surely respect that his threat doesn’t apply if Heyman is that one person, right? WRONG! Cody gets his chair and he JAMS everyone up! Then SMACKS them all down! And then CHUCKS the chair into the one guys’ face! CROSS RHODES!! The fans fire up as Cody stands his ground! He dares Heyman to send The Bloodline, but Heyman has his phone to call Roman Reigns. And another phone to call The Rock! Cody says go ahead, call whoever he’s got! Because the Bloodline isn’t hunting Cody, Cody is hunting The Bloodline!

Heyman looks a little worried as Cody has another round to JAM and SMACK the “friends!” Cody TOSSES one, TOSSES another, then TOSSES the third! Did this little stunt backfire in the worst way possible for The Bloodline?


My Thoughts:

Another great Raw, with great build upon the WrestleMania stories. I really like this intertwining of stories between Judgment Day and other groups. Great opening promo from Dom, Rhea and Becky, which then turned into Nia attacking Becky, which then in turn became Becky attacking Nia during her match with Liv. Now, while we’re getting Nia VS Becky 2, it feels like Liv is adding Becky to the revenge tour. There’s talk of Triple Threats for world titles at every 10th WrestleMania, what if it was for the Women’s World Championship? Granted, it’d be a shame since Becky fought her way to earn the shot, but it would hearken back to Mania 35 where Becky won a Triple Threat.

Judgment Day confronting Imperium over the Intercontinental Championship was some good stuff. And I do appreciate that even Rhea felt Dom was biting off more than he could chew stepping to Gunther. Now, it sure feels like they want Sami to get his shot after that encounter with Gunther, but I like that Andrade is also in the mix after his talk with Dom. Sami VS Nakamura was an awesome opening match, it probably should be Sami given he mentioned “doing something historic” last week. But Sami having to get through Andrade, Bronson, Gable and maybe even Dom would really make it a great road to Mania.

Awesome Street Fight tag match, too, and I was rather surprised Imperium won. But I have a feeling Kaiser & Vinci will be getting in on the Undisputed Tag Team Championship story, same as The Awesome Truth. Good but short promo from Truth, Miz & DIY to keep up the “DIY is DX” gag and establish that the feud is continuing. Awesome Truth still feels like they’re set for their shot at Mania, but maybe Imperium and a team from SmackDown get involved to make it easier for Finn & Priest to lose the belts.

Raquel all but squashing Chelsea was entertaining, though Shayna & Zoey all but squashing Candice & Indi was a little disappointing. I suppose Shayna & Zoey are still being established as challengers for DMG CTRL, we might get a Fatal 4 tag title match for the women. As I said at Chamber, maybe Bianca gets in on the tag title story since the top titles are spoken for. Meanwhile, great promo from McIntyre with Rollins, though it maybe took a little too long to get where it was going. It is good character stuff from McIntyre to be hypocritically worried The Bloodline is going to screw Rollins over when McIntyre just wants the title regardless.

Great bit with McIntyre and Jey, too, though it felt like Jey was just going on and on to stall for time as McIntyre was heading over there. McIntyre VS Jey one more time will be really good stuff to give McIntyre momentum going towards Mania. And really good stuff from Cody Rhodes tonight. Good promo before his match, good promo from Waller as well, and really good main event from Cody VS Waller. Heyman showing up was a nice surprise, though it was a weird move for him to bring fake cops that were supposedly suspended. We all knew they were getting beat up by Cody anyway, maybe this was some kind of adlib to keep from Cody beating down Jimmy and/or Solo. There’s a very good chance that happens on SmackDown anyway, so they probably didn’t wanna be redundant.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Beginning Sapporo Results & Report! (2/24/24)

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The New Beginning comes to an end!

It’s a WrestleKingdom rematch here in Sapporo as Tetsuya Naito gives Sanada a shot at the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship! Will NJPW still be tranquilo? Or will the Cold Skull once again be the Gold Skull?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Frontier Zone: Toru Yano & Tomoya VS Tomoaki Honma & Katsuya Murashima; Yano & Tomoya win.
  • 10 Man Tag: The House of Torture VS Shota Umino, El Desperado, YOH, Togi Makabe & Boltin Oleg; Shota, Desperado, Yoh, Makabe & Oleg win.
  • 10 Man Tag: Chaos VS Matt Riddle & The United Empire; Chaos wins.
  • Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo; ELP & Leo win.
  • Nic Nemeth & Ryusuke Taguchi VS David Finlay & Gedo; Nemeth & Taguchi win.
  • BUSHI VS Taka Michinoku; Bushi wins.
  • Hiromu Takahashi VS DOUKI; Douki wins.
  • Shingo Takagi VS Taichi; Taichi wins.
  • Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura; Yota wins and Yuya must cut their hair.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA; Naito wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo!

It’s Guerrillas of Destiny VS Guerrillas of Destiny in the Good Bad Guy’s farewell to NJPW! Will Tama and the Silverback “big brother” The Headbanga and Young Guerilla on the way out? Or will ELP & Leo prove their title belts aren’t just for show?

For those wondering which corner Jado would, he chose neither, as he is now the special guest referee! You can bet The Master Heater will keep this one fair and square. And in a great throwback, Tama comes out in his ghost face killer paint! Meanwhile, Loa has the Mr. Terrific T paint. The four fist bump to show respect, and ELP gets the fans rallying for Tama. The teams sort out and Leo starts against Tama. The fans rally for “G O D! G O D!” as the brothers double fist bump. They circle, tie up, and Leo shoves Tama away. Tama comes back, gets around, headlocks, but Leo endures the grind. Leo powers up to lift Tama, but Tama thrashes the hold.

Leo powers up and out, but Tama slides under the boot! The fans cheer as the stand off. They reset, speed up, and Tama dodges to DROPKICK! Leo stays up and he runs Tama over! Leo runs but Tama avoids the elbow drop! The fans cheer as the two stand off again. Leo and Tama then back off, tag to ELP and Loa. The fans rally as these two circle now. ELP and Loa feel things out, tie up, and they go around. ELP headlocks, Loa powers up and out, and they RAM shoulders! Neither falls but Loa applauds ELP. ELP dares Loa to go then, so Loa runs. They RAM shoulders and ELP falls! Loa fires up and the fans cheer.

Loa flexes, runs, but ELP drops. Loa sunset flips, ELP sits on it, TWO! Loa has it, TWO! ELP has it, TWO! Wait, aren’t those counts kinda fast? ELP and Loa rock back and forth and Jado can’t even keep up! ELP and Loa let off and ask what’s going on. Jado gives them shoves, telling them to respect his authority. ELP and Loa shove back, but Tama and Leo get in! Tama tells ELP not to shove Jado, but Leo tells Loa the same, and now they’re all shoving each other! Jado tells them all to stop it, this is a clean fight! The fans cheer and GOD all agrees. So they start throwing forearms! Nothing wrong with a brawl!

Tama gets the edge on ELP and Loa gets the edge on Leo. Tama & Loa whip, but ELP & Leo dosido! Tama & Loa dodge, but then so do ELP & Leo! They each SPLASH, then ELP feeds Tama to Leo’s SIDEWALK SLAM! ELP hits the FALLING AX HANDLE! But Loa throws hands on them both! The fans fire up, Loa runs, but ELP hurdles and Leo DDTs Loa down! The fans fire up again as ELP winds up and high-fives Leo! ELP then ROCKS Loa with a forearm, and Loa ends up on ropes. ELP fires more forearms, puts him in a corner and throws body shots. Loa shoves ELP away so ELP BOOTS him!

Tag to Leo and ELP CHOPS Loa. Leo stands Loa up to CHOP! Leo grits his teeth but Leo brings up the vest is too much padding for Loa. Jado says there’s nothing he can do about that, so Leo bumps Loa off buckles. Leo stomps Loa, then CHOPS again! Leo then scoops Loa, ELP tags in, and Leo POWERSLAMS! ELP then springboard SWANTON BOMBS, then LIONSAULTS! Cover, ONE!! ELP argues the count but Jado says he’s being fair. ELP clamps on a chinlock and grinds Loa down. Loa endures, the fans rally up, but ELP smothers Loa. Jado reprimands, ELP lets off with an ELBOW to Loa’s head!

ELP brings Loa up and around, whips but Loa blocks! ELP pushes Loa, whips, but Loa reverses! Loa runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Loa then goes up and MISSILE DROPKICKS ELP across the ring! The fans fire up while both men are down! ELP and Loa both crawl, hot tag to Tama! Tama rallies on ELP with body shots and uppercuts! Tama fires off in a corner, then whips corner to corner. ELP reverses, runs up but Tama CLOBBERS him first! The fans fire up as the vest comes off! Tama claps and the fans clap along. ELP goes to a corner, Tama runs in, STINGER SPLASH! Then EXPLODER! ELP flounders but Tama goes over to cover, TWO!

ELP is still in this, but Tama keeps his cool. Tama CLUBS ELP, throws down hands, then brings him up. Tama dragon sleepers but ELP snapmares free! ELP dodges the superman punch to straitjacket and torture rack! Tag to Leo, Leo runs, BOOT and BRAIN SALAD! Cover, Loa breaks it! Loa kicks ELP, scoops him, but ELP slips free, feed to Leo’s UPPERCUT! Loa roars, but gets a BOOT ENZIGIRI COMBO! Tama runs up but Leo stops Gun Stun! Feed to SUDDEN DEATH! Tama is down, Leo & ELP reload to aim at Loa! SUDDEN DEATH and GODSEND!! Then Loa is in the drop zone as ELP goes up!

ELP climbs onto Leo’s shoulders, for the SUPER- GUN STUN!! Tama intercepts Thunderkiss, but then Loa grabs Tama! GOD- SPEAR from Loa!! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Jado checks them all, they all stir, and the OG GOD rise up first. They stand Leo up, bring him around and pick him up, MAGIC KILLER!! But they’re not done there, they each take a corner! Loa DIVING HEADBUTTS, Tama SUPREME FLOWS! Cover, TWO!! Leo survives the onslaught from his own brothers and the fans fire up! Tama & Loa are frustrated but they reset and call their shot again! Even Jado’s surprised they want to go this far!

Tama & Loa double whip Leo to a corner, and Loa runs in to clothesline! Tama hits the STINGER SPLASH, and then Loa goes up. The fans rally both ways as Tama tries to suplex Leo, but he’s so big! Leo suplexes Tama instead! Leo stands, Loa leaps, AX HANDLE! Leo drops to a knee, Loa fires up and kicks low. Loa scoops, but Leo slips free! Leo kicks but Loa blocks! Loa dodges the lariat, runs, but into the SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up for Leo as he aims at Tama! Choke grip, but Tama breaks free to ROCK Leo! Leo choke grips again! But Tama breaks free again, so Leo UPPERCUTS! Choke grip again, for GOD-

NO, Tama slips free, shoves, runs, GUN- NO! Leo stops that and choke grips through! GOD- GUN- NO!! Leo counters the counter, then scoops, for a POP-UP CUTTER!! ELP fires up with Leo, and Leo LARIATS Tama inside-out! Cover, ONE?!!? And that’s with Jado’s faster than normal count! Tama fires up, Leo fires up, and Leo hauls Tama up and POWER- NO, Tama fights it! Leo stops the counter, though, to POWERBOMB after all!! Cover, TWO?!?! Tama survives again and everyone is shocked! The fans are thunderous as Leo drags Tama back up with the choke grip. Leo hesitates, but he still hits GODSEND!!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!

Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall

The younger GOD duo defeats the older, and now the torch has been passed. Tama’s farewell to NJPW will be bittersweet, but he will leave knowing he gave it his all, and he has all of our love and respect. Tama stands with his brothers, with Jado and with ELP, and they group hug over the lion logo. Ain’t nobody realer than Guerilla, is the future in good hands with ELP & Leo?

 

Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura!

The Gene Blast and The Heat Storm both want to be THE face of NJPW’s future. They’re both so determined to rise up and leave behind their Young Lion days, they’re willing to put their glorious manes! Who wins and moves forward while the other must relive their past?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They circle, feel things out, but Yota avoids Yuya’s lunge in for a leg. They knuckle lock, Yuya gets around to waistlock, but Yota wrenches and switches. Yuya wrenches out to hammerlock, but Yota elbows then switches. Yota has a nelson, then he spins Yuya to a cravat. Yuya endures the neck wrench, swings an arm to bring Yota down, then rolls to wrangle Yota with a top wristlock. Yota keeps his shoulders up, moves around, and he trips Yuya. Yota gets past the leg guard to cover, ONE, but Yota holds off Yuya’s attempt at a lateral press.

Yuya lets off slowly, Yota gets up, and the fans cheer this exchange. The two reset and circle again, feel things out, and knuckle lock again. They go shoulder to shoulder in a Test of Strength and the fans rally up. Yota’s height gives him leverage, and he powers Yuya to ropes. The ref calls the break, Yuya turns things around, but Yuya still lets off. Yuya then CHOPS and whips! Yota rolls Yuya up, TWO! Yuya cradles, ONE!! Yuya tries to roll up now, TWO! Yota bails out and fans cheer. Yuya storms right up to ropes but Yota backs away. Yota paces around the outside so Yuya rests on a corner, willing to wait.

Yota walks around as the ring count climbs, and he steps back in at 5 of 20. Yuya hops down and he resets with Yota. They stare down, Yota just smiling. They go forehead to forehead, then Yota kicks low! Yota headlocks, Yuya powers out then goes the other way! They run the ropes crisscross, then Yuya drops, hurdles and HIP TOSSES Yota down! The fans fire up and Yuya covers, TWO! Yuya keeps cool, and he brings Yota up. Yuya wrenches to wrangle Yota with another top wristlock, then he drops an elbow on the elbow! And then another elbow drop! And another elbow drop! Yuya goes for another wristlock but Yota gets the ROPEBREAK!

Yuya lets go quickly and he waits on Yota. Yota stands and Yuya whips him to a corner. Yuya runs in but Yota BOOTS him! Yuya staggers back, runs in again, but Yota dodges! SPLASH! Yota keeps moving to run Yuya right over! And then he runs to SOMERSAULT SENTON! Yota just keeps moving for a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up as Yuya stays in this. Yota keeps cool, though, and he storms up on Yuya. Yota reels Yuya in but Yuya fights the suplex. Yuya shoves free but Yota BODY BLOWS! Yuya falls in a heap and the ref checks him. Yota drags Yuya up, bumps him off buckles, and RAMS him again and again!

Yota snapmares Yuya to KICK him in the back. Yota kneels for the cover, TWO! A bit cocky from Yota but he grins as he looms over Yuya. Yuya sits up, Yota stands him up, and Yota winds up to ROCK Yuya in the back! Yuya staggers to ropes but Yota storms up. Yuya CHOPS Yota, but Yota fires forearm after forearm. Yota snapmares and KICKS Yuya in the back again! The fans rally as Yuya writhes and Yota paces. Yota grabs the legs, but Yuya scrambles and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Yota doesn’t let go so Yuya kicks him away. Yuya runs, but into a scoop! BACKBREAKER! Yota gets the legs again, and he turns Yuya over for the BOSTON CRAB!

Yuya endures as Yota sits deep and the fans rally up! Yuya powers up, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Yota lets go while the fans applaud. Yota says okay, and then he runs to baseball slide dropkick Yuya out! Yuya even tumbles to the railing! Fans rally up again as Yota grins and builds speed, but Yuya drops down! The damage to Yuya’s back keeps him from standing and taking a tope. Yota eggs Yuya on, the ring count starts, and Yuya drags himself up at 3 of 20. Yota drags Yuya to the apron and stops the count. Yota suplexes but Yuya slips free! Waistlock, but Yota bucks the O’Conner! Yota runs up, but into an arm-drag!

Yota swings, Yuya ducks, and Yuya hits another arm-drag! Then a DROPKICK! The fans fire up while both men are down! Yuya grits his teeth and clutches his back while Yota stirs and checks his chin. Yota rolls to a corner but Yuya kips up! The fans fire up and Yuya runs corner to corner, to CHOP! Yuya whips corner to corner but just reels Yota in, for a BIG back suplex! Float-over to the cover, TWO! Yota toughs it out but Yuya keeps his cool. Yuya brings Yota up, but Yota fires forearms and a knee! Yota whips, Yuya reverses to SAYANAGI! GROUND ARM SCREW! And then basement dropkick to the arm! Yota writhes, Yuya hurries to cover, TWO!

But Yuya has the top wristlock! Yota reaches out but Yuya drags him away for the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Yota flails, reaches out, blocks the twist on the arm, but Yuya pulls harder with his top mount! Yuya breaks the grip for the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Yota still reaches out for ropes but Yuya drags him right to center! Yuya keeps on the double wristlock but Yota kicks around. Yuya shifts into an ARMBAR, but Yota has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and Yuya lets go. Yuya is frustrated but he stands back up and brings Yota around. Yuya wrenches, cording holds, and then goes for the other arm. Yota throws Yuya down and rolls back, into the BOSTON CRAB!!

Yuya endures as Yota sits deep on the hold! Yuya powers up but Yota drags him away! Yota’s bad arm forces him to change to a HALF CRAB! Yota still sits deep and Yuya has to bite his thumb to ignore the pain! Yuya fights forward, but Yota drags him away! Yota manages to get both legs on one side, LOBSTER CRAB! Yuya endures as Yota pulls! Yuya tries to fight, but Yota then digs a knee in! LION TAMER!! Yuya bites all his fingers just to keep from giving up! Yota lets go in frustration as his arms can’t hold on any longer! Yota grabs at both legs this time, and he SWINGS Yuya around! He only gets five rotations but he fires back up!

Yota tries for the legs again but Yuya traps the bad arm, to SNAP it! Yota staggers, Yuya swings but Yota catches him! BACKBREAKER, but Yuya swings out of the clinch to full nelson! Then he spins Yota to DIVORCE COURT DDT! Yota clutches the arm while both men are down! Yuya rolls to ropes while Yota writhes at center. Yuya goes back to Yota and they both stand. Yuya throws a haymaker, then another! Yota backs up to a corner, Yuya CHOPS him! Yuya CHOPS again, then fires haymakers! Yuya CHOPS then runs Yota corner to corner to bump off buckles! Yuya throws hands, runs Yota to the other corner and again bumps him off buckles!

Yuya CHOPS Yota, climbs up, and he rains down fists! The fans fire up and count along, Yuya goes all the way to TEN! Yuya pulls at Yota’s hair but Yota grins. Yuya drags Yota out by his legs, stomps him and covers, TWO! Yota rises up but Yuya fires up. Yuya runs up but Yota gets around, goes up and over to sunset flip, TWO! Yuya stands, swings, but into a wrench and wrangle, lateral press! TWO, and Yota arm-drags! Float over, headscissor cradle, TWO!! Yuya escapes, Yota runs up, but Yota blocks the arm-drag! Only for Yuya to swing around and arm-drag after all! Yota gets up, swings, but into a spin and backslide! TWO!

Yuya holds onto the arms, rolls into another backslide, TWO! The two men fight for control, stand back up, and Yuya spins Yota around for underhooks! Yota fights that to back drop but Yuya sunset flips it! TWO and Yota BOOTS Yuya down! The fans fire up while Yota catches his breath. Yota finally goes for the cover, but Yuya drags him into a ghost pin, TWO!! Yuya shifts around, sunset flip! TWO and it’s back to the ghost pin! TWO!! Yota escapes but Yuya UPPERCUTS! Yuya runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! The fans fire up, Yota runs, but Yuya gets around the lariat! Yuya underhooks for the BUTTERFLY SLAM! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally up again and Yuya grows frustrated. Yuya goes to a corner, then climbs up! Yota rises, then runs up to GAMANGIRI! The fans fire up with Yota as he climbs up! Yota fires hands, then goes to the very top! Yota brings Yuya up to join him, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives but Yota roars! Yota drags Yuya up and suplexes, but Yuya knees free! Double cording holds, DEADBOLT PLEX! But both men are down! The fans fire up as they stir, and Yuya goes to a corner. Yota eggs Yuya on, Yuya runs up, and DOUBLE FOREARMS DECK both men! The fans fire up again while the ref checks them!

Yota and Yuya stir, and Yota blinks through the daze. Yota stands up, but then falls right over! Yuya is also still down so the ref says it’ll be a standing count! The fans rally up for both guys, and they’re both down at 5 of 10! And then 7! And 8! Both men rise at 9 and the fans fire up again! We hit 25 minutes, leaving five left! Both men rise up, stare down, and they rush right in! Yuya headlocks, Yota powers out but Yuya runs him over! Cover, ONE!! The fans rally again as Yuya stands, but Yota runs him over! Cover, ONE!! Yuya storms up but Yota blocks the scoop with a facelock! Yota scoops Yuya to SLAM him!

Yuya rises and runs up, but into another scoop and SLAM! The fans fire up and Yota grins as he drags Yuya back up. Yota runs, but Yuya back drops him away! Yuya roars and the fans fire up again as he goes up the corner! Yuya aims as Yota rises, CROSSBODY FLOPS! CURB STOMP!! Yota then hauls Yuya up to suplex and FALCON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives and the fans fire up as Yota roars again! Yota powers up his arm, we hit the three minute warning, and Yota aims from a corner. GENE- RANA!! Then ARMBAR!! But Yota stacks him, TWO! Yota is free and KNEES Yuya! And SUPERKICKS! And GENE- ARM-DRAG, Ghost pin! TWO!!

Yuya ENZIGIRIS but Yota stays up! GENE- CUTTER!! Yuya has had an answer for every spear attempt, and now he drags Yota back up! Yuya cording holds, swings for the other arm, and roars to DEAD- NO, Yota HEADBUTTS! But Yuya HEADBUTTS! Two minute warning and a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men rise, GENE BLAST!!! Cover, YOTA WINS!

Winner: Yota Tsuji, by pinfall (Yuya must cut his hair)

Yuya let Yota have too much space and he got blasted! Yota has the epic tiebreaker, will he make his way towards championship opportunities now? And Yota stands Yuya up by pulling his hair, as if adding insult to injury. Yuya says fine, just get it over with. The ring staff set out a white tarp and bring in a chair. Yuya reluctantly sits in the chair, and Yota has the scissors and clippers. Yota gathers up the hair in a ponytail, and Yuya grits his teeth as all of that is cut away. Then Yota just goes right down the middle with the clippers! Yuya says stop, and he does the rest himself! Yuya won’t let Yota have the satisfaction of humiliating him.

Yuya leaves to finish that haircut in the back. Will the Heat Storm find a way to shine while looking like a Young Boy?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA!

WrestleKingdom 18 was only 50 days ago but it feels like only yesterday that NJPW had the largest LIJ roll call in history! The Uncontrollable Charisma finally had his moment, but will the Cold Skull take it back? Or will even Sapporo be tranquilo?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who closes out this New Beginning!

As usual, Naito takes his time with his elaborate entrance attire, but again Sanada is patient because he knows all about this. Naito finishes with the pants and the bell rings. The fans rally up as the two stare down. Red Shoes assesses the cheering and feels it favors Naito. Sanada doesn’t seem bothered by that, but Naito doesn’t seem fired up by it, either. The two circle, approach, but back away. Sanada knows this trick by Naito, too, and doesn’t let it get to him. They tie up now, Naito powers Sanada back to ropes then headlocks. Red Shoes calls the break, Sanada turns things around on Naito, but Naito doesn’t let go.

Red Shoes counts, Naito slowly lets go and Sanada pats Naito on the shoulders. The fans cheer as the two reset. They circle, feel things out, and Sanada gets a leg. Sanada moves to waistlock but Naito wrenches out. Naito hammerlocks then full nelsons, but Sanada fights the hold. Sanada breaks free, hammerlocks then headlocks, and he grinds Naito down. Naito powers up and out but Sanada runs him over! The fans rally up as things speed up, and Naito arm-drags only for Sanada to counter that! Sanada then trips Naito, has the legs and he ties Naito up into Paradise! The fans cheer as Sanada has Naito caught!

Sanada pulls on the legs to put some pressure on, then he DROPKICKS Naito out of Paradise! Naito bails out but Sanada waits on him. Sanada then builds speed, but he tumbles up and out as Naito moves! Naito sweeps the legs, then dropkicks Sanada down! Naito builds speed, but he rolls and tranquilos! Sanada still fell for that old trick! Sanada cools off as he paces around, though, and takes his time returning. Naito stays back, Sanada slides in, but then Naito bails out! The fans cheer but Sanada goes out to CLUB Naito! Sanada isn’t in the mood for games and he whips, but Naito reverses to CLAW Sanada’s eyes!

Naito whips Sanada, but Sanada reverses! Naito is sent into railing after all! Sanada brings Naito around, hangs him off the apron, but Naito kicks free of that to turn things around! DRAPING DDT to the floor!! Sanada writhes while Naito strikes like a Viper! The fans rally up while Naito leaves Sanada behind. The ring count starts while Sanada clutches his head and neck. Sanada is still down at 5 of 20, and then 10! Sanada sits up at 12, pushes himself up and stands at 15. Sanada shakes out the arm and slides in at 18, and fans cheer. Naito brings Sanada up to CLUB away on the neck, though, then he whips.

Naito arm-drags Sanada, ELBOWS him down and basement dropkicks! Naito floats to a cravat and he cranks on the neck! Sanada endures and kicks around. Naito leans his weight but Sanada fights up. Naito CLUBS Sanada again, and again! Sanada goes to ropes, but Naito whips him. Naito hip toss NECKBREAKERS! Sanada writhes again, rolls to the apron and flops to the floor, but Naito pursues. Naito sits Sanada up to SAMBO LEG NELSON! No ropebreaks on the outside, is Naito going to grind Sanada down for a count out? The count does start again, and Sanada can only kick around as Naito puts on the pressure.

Naito stops at 10 of 20, then slides into the ring at 14. Sanada is down at 15, rises as the fans rally, and slides in at 18! Fans cheer but Naito is right on Sanada to CLUB away on the neck! Naito whips, Sanada holds ropes to avoid the arm-drag, and he dropkicks a leg! Naito hobbles but Sanada runs up. Naito kicks low then whips Sanada to a corner. Naito runs in but Sanada BOOTS him! Sanada goes up and QUEBRADA, but Naito gets under! Only for Sanada to dropkick the legs out! Both men are down as Naito clutches his knee and Sanada shakes out his arm. Sanada stalks Naito, brings him up and has the leg, but Naito CLAWS the eyes!

Red Shoes reprimands but Naito SPITS at Sanada. Naito whips but Sanada reverses to hurdle, hurdle and DROPKICK! Sanada’s legs work just fine, and he watches Naito bail out again. The fans rally and duel, Sanada PLANCHAS! Down goes Naito and the fans fire up! Sanada encourages them to get louder so they oblige. Sanada goes back to Naito, still loving the adulation, and he brings Naito back up. Sanada puts Naito in, fireman’s carries, but Naito fights free. Naito shoves Sanada to a corner, runs up, and he blocks boots! Naito puts Sanada in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKBREAKER!

Naito drags Sanada up, whips, and HIP TOSS NECKBREAKERS again! Sanada writhes and Naito shakes out his leg. Naito drags Sanada up again, puts him up top, and then climbs up after him. But Sanada slips out to DROPKICK Naito down onto the post! That post might’ve saved Naito from a worse fall, but certainly not from a softer one! Sanada climbs up behind Naito now, brings him around, and hits a SUPER FALLING BACKBREAKER!! Then a suplex for the MAGIC SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and Sanada seethes but the fans fire up! Sanada hauls Naito up to the SKULL END! But Naito arm-drags free!

Naito runs up, Sanada sidesteps and O’Conner Roll, into SKULL END! The body scissors are in and Naito is caught! The fans fire up and duel as Naito endures! Naito kicks around, reaches out, but Sanada squeezes tight! Naito kicks and kicks and fights to gain ground but Sanada’s body scissors keep him stuck at center! The fans rally as hard as they can for Naito but he’s fading! Sanada follows his formula by letting go to go up top! ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees!! Naito saves himself but in double-edged fashion! Both men are down and the fans rally up again! Naito rises first and hobbles over to Sanada.

Naito drags Sanada up to kick and ELBOW! And kick, and ELBOW! Naito fires off more elbows, and Sanada staggers away to the corner! The fans rally up again, but Naito drags Sanada up to kick and ELBOW! And kick, and ELBOW! And ELBOW, ELBOW, ELBOW! Sanada falls again and this is all going to Naito’s formula! Naito drags Sanada up, puts him up top, and climbs up again. Naito CLUBS Sanada again and again to make sure he stays put this time. SUPER STEINER!! The fans fire up as both men are down! Naito then aims from the corner as Sanada rises, and the fans rally behind him.

Sanada stands, Naito runs up, into a DROPKICK! Naito stays up so Sanada whips. Naito reveres but Sanada denies the DDT to fireman’s carry! TK- DESTINO!! Naito hits it outta nowhere but he won’t leave it at that! Naito drags Sanada up, SPITS at him, then throws those ELBOWS! Sanada drops to his knees but Naito drags him up again. ELBOW! ELBOW! ELBOW! But Sanada roars! Sanada runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Naito stands Sanada up, wrenches, but Sanada denies the tilt-o-whirl! Naito and Sanada fight for control, and Naito CLUBS away! Tilt-o-whirl, DESTI- NO! Sanada fights that to the clinch!

But Naito fights from below! Sanada wrenches Naito, but Naito dragon sleepers! Is Naito trying to steal Skull End?! Sanada snapmares free before Naito truly can, and Sanada SHINING- NO, Naito ducks it! Naito UPPERCUTS, ENZIGIRIS, and then wrenches! Tilt-o-whirl, but Sanada slips free! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito gets around to waistlock! Sanada powers out to fire forearm after forearm! ROLLING ELBOW! Naito leans on ropes and the fans fire up! Naito CLUBS Sanada again and again, then ROCKS him! Sanada fireman’s carries! TKO! Both men are down again and the fans fire back up!

Sanada and Naito stir as the fans rally and duel. The “NA-I-TO!” is still stronger than the “SA-NA-DA!” but Sanada stands up first. Sanada scoops and BACKBREAKERS Naito into position! Sanada goes up again, ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and the fans are thunderous! Sanada snarls, goes back up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! But Sanada won’t stop there, he clinches and DEAD- NO, Naito slips free! Tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO!!! And then another wrench, another tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO~!!! But that’s still not enough!? Naito scoops Sanada, but Sanada fights it! The fans duel as the two fight for control!

Sanada powers his way out of the grip and ENZIGIRIS! Naito roars?! But he turns around into a SHINING WIZARD!! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito slips free again! TORNADO- NO, Sanada stuffs it, so Naito just holds onto the facelock! Naito has the squeeze on Sanada now, but Sanada moves around. Sanada reaches out but Naito has body scissors to keep him down! The fans rally, Sanada fights up, so Naito clinches, to steal DEADFALL! Sanada rolls through!? BLINDSIDE SHINING WIZARD!! The fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Sanada kips up!! The fans fire up as Sanada runs up, SHINING WIZARD!!!

Sanada isn’t done there, he drags Naito back up! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito just fights free again! TORNADO CRADLE! NAITO WINS!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (still IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

Sanada is furious that he got caught! Sanada stubbornly tried for his new ace card and that was perhaps his downfall. Will he have no choice but to go to the back of the line when it comes to this title?

As for Naito, he gets some water, and then takes the belt from Red Shoes. Naito drops it in a corner for a moment so he can get his baseball cap. Naito then gets the mic so he can say, “Buenas tardes, Sapporo~!” The fans cheer, and Naito thanks everyone for being here at NJPW: The New Beginning in Sapporo, “Gracias, amigos.” And tonight, here in Sapporo, there is someone who won’t be in the ring anymore. It was August, 2007, the first person that man wrestled in NJPW was Naito himself. And so Naito feels it wouldn’t be right if he didn’t address that man. The fans know he means “O-KA-DA!” who was on commentary for this match.

Naito says that all that said, this was a main event title match, and Naito won. So we have to end this the only way it can! It has been a minute since we heard this, so are you ready? The New Beginning in Sapporo must of course end with… “Bushi! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Yota! Y Naito! Nosotros…! LOS! INGOBERRRRRNABLEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!!” The confetti flies and the fans cheer as the tranquilo era continues! But then Naito invites The Rainmaker into the ring! Okada obliges by stepping off commentary and stepping through the gate. Okada steps inside and he stands with Naito right at the center of the ring.

Naito offers the LIJ fist bump, which fans cheer. Okada sighs and figures this is the last time he’ll even get the chance, so he reaches up. But then Naito SPITS in Okada’s eye and CLUBS away on Okada! Fans are torn as Naito whips, but Okada reverses! Naito avoids the dropkick, Okada avoids the lariat, and then ripcords! But Naito ducks the Rainmaker to tranquilo! The fans cheer and even Okada has to smile. Naito stands back up and says Okada can go now. Okada says fine and he exits. The fans cheer as The Rainmaker takes his leave, and the Uncontrollable Charisma waves goodbye. But will Naito prove he’s the true face of NJPW now that we’ve made it through the New Beginning?


My Thoughts:

A great finale to the New Beginning series here, though it’s a shame Tanahashi is hurt and could not take Nemeth up on his invitation to have a tag match, nor could he be part of the 10 Man Tag with Okada and Chaos. It’s an ankle injury, hopefully he’ll be alright. But at the same time, he doesn’t really have to wrestle, he’s President of NJPW now and should be taking it easy. Anyhow, great tag match from the Guerillas of Destiny to be Tama’s sendoff. As such, Leo & ELP naturally won, and they take the banner up for GOD, certainly as a tag team. I don’t think Loa’s leaving NJPW, so maybe Loa becomes a singles guy within the faction?

Bushi beating Taka, Douki beating Hiromu, Taichi beating Takagi, Just5Guys win that best of three, but LIJ wins out the night because both Yota and Naito win the last two matches. A really good, really cerebral match from Yota and Yuya, the storytelling of wanting to win with Young Lion moves continues between them, and I really liked how many times Yuya countered the Gene Blast, only for one to still hit. The New Japan Cup is up next, I’m sure Yota is going to have a strong showing as he tries for the world title.

Naito VS Sanada was really good, though I’m not sure it was quite like their WrestleKingdom match. But I suppose part of that was that of course Naito won. I appreciated the parallel to Yota VS Yuya with Sanada failing to hit Deadfall again and again. Naito then snatches the win with a cradle, not a finisher, technically keeping Sanada strong. I’m just not sure how Sanada does in the New Japan Cup. English commentary was pointing out getting Naito VS Sanada Part 3 through the New Japan Cup would be too much.

Sanada could obviously go for a different title in the meantime, though I have no idea what one. Just5Guys already feuded with House of Torture, they can’t default to that and the NEVER Openweight title. Nemeth just got the Global title and Riddle just got the NJPW World TV title, so I don’t think they’d lose to Sanada, but those would make for some interesting feuds. And I don’t even think Sanada would care about the KOPW Championship, though it would  be interesting to see what matches he’d come up with.

My Score: 8.8/10


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