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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/28/23)

Big battles before Roadblock!



NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Will Wes still have the title on the road to Hollywood?

NXT is headed for a Roadblock, but Wes Lee is taking a chance! Will he still have the North American Championship after another Open Challenge?


  • NXT North American Championship Open Challenge: Wes Lee VS Nathan Frazer; Wes wins and retains the title.
  • Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal; Indus Sher wins.
  • Meiko Satomura VS Zoey Stark; Meiko wins.
  • Sol Ruca VS Elektra Lopez w/ Valentina Feroz; Sol wins.
  • Katana Chance w/ Kayden Carter VS Tiffany Stratton; Tiffany wins.
  • Axiom VS Hank Walker; Axiom wins.
  • Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Tyler Bate; Melo wins.


There’s a HUGE brawl going on backstage!

Odyssey Jones is fighting with Xyon Quinn, but we also see Oro Mensah, Javier Bernal, Von Wagner, Malik Blade, and who knows who else are all crowding in the hallway going to gorilla! Why? Because of the North American Championship Open Challenge! Wes Lee is waiting, Charlie Dempsey and Drew Gulak get in on it, and even Axiom! Hank Walker comes in like a wrecking ball! Edris Enofe sacrifices himself so Malik can get ahead! They both get on stage and then decide to rock-paper-scissors to see who gets it. But then DABBA-KATO CLOBBERS THEM!! Looks like Dabba’s the one! Until APOLLO CREWS leaps in!

Apollo and Dabba brawl, fans fire up, and someone sees an opening! NATHAN FRAZER leaps over them both to get in the ring! And so that’s the match-up!

NXT North American Championship Open Challenge: Wes Lee VS Nathan Frazer!

The bell rings and fans are fired up already! The brawl goes to the back as refs sort this out, and then Frazer offers a handshake and Wes takes it, and then Frazer reels Wes in! Wes powers out, things speed up, Wes runs Nathan over and Nathan gets right up! Fans chant “Welcome Back!” to Frazer as the two reset. Things speed up again, Nathan hits a headlock takeover and grinds the hold. Wes rolls to a cover, TWO, and Frazer holds on. Wes headscissors, Nathan kicks and kicks but Wes holds on. Frazer kips free, hits another headlock takeover, and he again grinds Wes down. Fans rally up as Wes fights up.

Wes throws body shots, powers out of the headlock, and ducks the leap! Nathan hits another headlock takeover! Fans rally and duel as Wes fights around again. Wes rolls, they stand up, and Nathan goes up the corner to TORNADO TAKEOVER! Wes fights up again, fans duel, Wes headscissors but Nathan shrugs it off. Wes keeps fighting, gets back to his feet, and powers out. Nathan goes up and over and keeps moving. Things speed up, Wes hurdles but so does Nathan! Nathan arm-drags, Wes arm-drags back! DOUBLE DROPKICKS cancel out, both men kip up and fans fire up!

Things keep moving, Wes headlocks, switches and rolls up, TWO! Nathan ducks a roundhouse, Wes jumps the sweep but Nathan dodges the buzzsaw! The two stare down and fans are loving this! Nathan offers a handshake again, but Wes makes it a low-five. They go again, tie up, and Wes gets around to waistlock. Wes spins Nathan, snapmares, and he wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally as Nathan endures and fights up. Nathan powers Wes to ropes, powers out but Wes runs him over! Cover, TWO! Wes facelocks, grinds the hold, and fans rally again. Nathan fights up, powers Wes to ropes and the ref calls for the ropebreak.

Nathan and Wes let off, and then Nathan headlocks! Wes powers out but Nathan reverses. Wes avoids the dropkick and shows the Wes Side fingers. Nathan runs in, Wes hurdles and handsprings, then he puts Nathan out. Both men show slingshot, but Nathan shoulders low! Nathan shovels Wes up and out, then goes to the corner! ARIHARA MOONSAULT, but Wes avoids it! Wes runs in the ring to FLY, but Nathan moves! Wes rolls through, Nathan runs in, but into a GAMANGIRI! Nathan flops to the floor and fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Wes has Nathan in a clutch. Nathan fights up to arm-drag free! Nathan goes to a corner, dodges as Wes runs in, and comes back to SUPERKICK! Wes hits buckles and goes down, and Nathan catches his breath while fans rally. Nathan kicks Wes into the drop zone, goes up the corner, PHOENIX SPLASH- NO, Nathan rolls through as Wes dodges! Wes blocks a superkick but Nathan dodges a haymaker, and Wes dodges a lariat! Both men run, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Fans are thunderous again while both men are down! “This is Awesome!” as both men sit up. Wes ROCKS Nathan, but Nathan ROCKS Wes!

Wes mule kicks Nathan, but Nathan stands to ENZIGURI! Wes wobbles on his feet and Nathan grits his teeth. Nathan runs in, ducks the heel kick and QUEBRADAS, to dragon sleeper, SAVING GRACE! Cover, TWO!! Wes survives, even as that came outta nowhere! Wes goes to a corner, Nathan storms up and CHOPS! Nathan hoists Wes up top, ROCKS him, then climbs up after him. Nathan sits Wes up, reels him in, but Wes resists the superplex! Wes fights and shoves Nathan away, but Nathan flips to land on his feet! And he’s right up top again! SUPERPLEX and roll through to the ANARCHY! Cover, TWO!!

The fans are electric as Wes survives Nathan’s take on Seth Rollins’ combo. “This is Awesome!” as Wes goes to the apron. Nathan runs up but Wes HOTSHOTS him! Nathan comes back to SHOTGUN! Wes hits the desk and fans are shocked! Nathan sees Wes get up again, and Nathan springboards, but only gets desk! Wes is back in the ring, he runs corner to corner to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Frazer! Wes puts Nathan back in, he goes to the corner again, and fans are thunderous for the CARDIAC KICK! Cover, Wes wins!!

Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

The future of wrestling was on display in this match, and Wes is still the present! The challenge was answered and defeated, but Wes shows respect to Nathan. Fans cheer on “Both These Guys!” but will Wes be the one to stand and deliver?


JD McDonagh speaks.

“If you’re ever unfortunate enough to suffer a retinal tear, the entire back of your eyeball, all the blood vessels and tissue that feed your eye with oxygen and nutrients, is ripped entirely away. Emergency surgery is required if you don’t want to lose the eyeball permanently. Dragunov, I don’t expect you to know what that feels like. But I promise you, you will. Between your penchant for enduring pain and my love for inflicting it, I know our next battle is gonna be the beautiful, destructive symphony you so deeply desire.

“You are an in-ring warrior, and you do have the highest threshold for pain of anyone I have ever met. But just as sure as my vision is coming back and my eye is learning to refocus, I am gonna push you beyond your barriers. To places you’ve never been before. You will suffer, and I will break your will. And I will send you home, permanently.” Will the Irish Ace be more dangerous than ever? Will The Czar still be #UNBESIEGBAR?


Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen talk backstage.

Briggs asks Jensen if he’s okay. He has big boy feelings to process. Jensen says he’s good, but Briggs asks him what’s going on. He knows when Jensen’s down. Jensen says he and Kina… Broke up? No, no! Could you imagine what that’d do to Jensen’s heart? Right, it’d be a disaster. It’s just, since Valentine’s Day, something’s been off. Something hasn’t been the same. Jensen isn’t know what to do about it. Briggs says it’s because Jensen’s stupid. But so is Briggs. When it comes to women, men ain’t exactly astrophysicists. Women want men to zig when men want to zag. But Jensen wants to zag!

Briggs is saying that it doesn’t matter. The Jensen from six months ago would be so damn proud of him now. So forget about that, that’ll figure itself out. Smile and get ready. They’re up against Indus Sher after the break, will we see that country boys can survive?


Backstage interview with Hank Walker.

McKenzie Mitchell points out Hank’s part in that wild brawl for the Open Challenge. Was Hank gunning for the title? Or just for Drew Gulak? Hank says it was a bit of both. He wants to prove to Gulak, but also everyone in NXT, that Hank belongs. Winning the North American title would’ve definitely done that. But when Hank saw Gulak and Dempsey, he saw red and- Axiom storms in demanding to know what the hell was all that. Hank apologizes, it got hectic, Axiom got in the crossfire. Yeah, but that kick almost knocked Axiom out! Well, it was meant for Gulak. Sorry if it caused problems.

Axiom says there is a problem! That cost Axiom a shot at the North American title! Hank apologized already, okay? Yeah, like Hank was gonna- Gonna what? Beat Wes? Refs step in but they start shoving! Hank is furious having someone look down on him. Will he make Axiom respect him in that ring?


Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal!

While the country boy meets city girl romcom is in the dramatic part of the story, the story of Briggs & Jensen getting back to tag titles is in the comeback arc. Will that story start looking up? Or will Sanga & Veer tear into the good ol’ boys’ hopes and dreams?

The teams sort out and Veer starts against Jensen. They approach, Veer kicks low and CLUBS Jensen to ropes. Veer headlocks, tags in Sanga, and Indus Sher mugs Jensen. Sanga CLUBS Jensen, then brings him around to scoop and carries Jensen around! Jensen slips free, headlocks, but Sanga powers out. Jensen hurdles, tags Briggs and hits a FACEBUSTER! Sanga gets up, to get run over by Briggs! Briggs fires up, he facelocks, and calls to Jensen. Jensen is mopey and Sanga fights free. Briggs ROCKS Sanga, tags Jensen and tells him to focus. Jensen wrenches, but Sanga blocks the whip. Sanga BOOTS Jensen down!

Sanga stomps Jensen, tags Veer, and they whip to run Jensen over! Veer drops the BIG elbow! Veer snarls, stomps Jensen, and Briggs coaches Jensen up. Veer tags Sanga and they have Jensen on the ropes. Sanga runs to BOOT Jensen down! Sanga looms over Jensen, drags Jensen up by his hair and wraps on a cobra clutch! Jensen endures, fans rally and Jensen fights up. Jensen throws elbows, but Sanga KNEES and CLUBS Jensen down. Sanga scoops and SLAMS Jensen! Sanga then runs the ropes, but misses the elbow drop! Jensen hurries, hot tag to Briggs! Briggs dodges Sanga, ROCKS Veer, then fires off on both of them!

Briggs keeps moving, tag to Jensen and the BOOT! Briggs is fired up, he puts Sanga on the ropes, runs and slides, to ROCK Sanga! Jensen was a step behind and apologizes. Briggs tells Jensen to get his head in the game. Jensen gets back in, brings Sanga up but Sanga choke grips! CHOKE SLAM! Tag to Veer, Sanga BOOTS Briggs! Sanga whips Jensen into the MILLION DOLLAR LARIAT!! Cover, Indus Sher wins!

Winners: Indus Sher, by pinfall

The Modern Day Maharaja celebrates with his brothers in arms, they just broke Jensen’s body to add to his broken spirit. Jinder calls out the Creed Brothers! They kept Jinder from becoming the NEW NXT Champion for all of India! The Creeds have overcome every obstacle in their lives, except for Indus Sher, and that will never change. These three want to finish this! The question is, are they? Indus Sher beat them down in the past, but it will be ten times worse at Roadblock! Julius & Brutus surely won’t back away from this challenge, but who will be their third man?


Backstage interview with Nathan Frazer.

At least, it was supposed to be. McKenzie Mitchell was on standby with Nathan in the medical room, and the doc checked Nathan’s neck. But then Katana Chance ran into the room and said something happened to Wendy Choo! The doc hurried off, the camera went with, and as always, it happened in the parking lot! Kayden Carter stayed with Wendy, the doc checks her. Wendy clutches her arm, did the same person who attacked Nikkita Lyons just attack Wendy?


Gigi Dolin is here!

The Toxic Goth tells us to cut her music! “That is the last time you will hear this awful song. So, I’m gonna keep it to the point because unlike Jacy, I don’t like the sound of my own voice droning on and on. Three weeks ago, my life changed when my skull was crushed against a door in this ring. But don’t worry, don’t worry. This isn’t the first time I’ve had to deal with big, life altering changes. This isn’t the first time I’ve had my kicked in by someone I trusted, someone I considered family. I can deal with the physical pain, I can handle the personal betrayal. Because in trying to boot my head off, you made me realize who I really am, Jacy.

“You will always be about the superficial surface level things. Wanting the money, the fame, the glitz, the glamour. That is all Toxic Attraction was ever about! Hell, it was fun being the mean girl for awhile. It was a way for you to channel your insecurities, Jacy. But it was a way for me to channel my inner demons. Because deep down, I’ve always been happy to just survive.” Fans cheer that. Gigi says Jacy knows this because she trusted Jacy, and Gigi shared everything with her. The last person Gigi let betray her and beat her down the way Jacy did, was Gigi’s own MOTHER!

Gigi’s mom used her as a personal punching bag for years! And when Gigi finally got the courage to run away from home, Gigi was determined to show her little brother that she could make it to the WWE! To show that they could escape the constant cycle of pain and suffering! Jacy, you don’t know a HUNDRETH of what Gigi’s been through! Jacy says she’s the last woman standing, but Gigi has been knocked down time and again, but she has always gotten right back up!

Fans fire up as Gigi says next week, at Roadblock, Jacy can bring everything she has and it still won’t be enough. Gigi has pain, suffering and rage that she has built up inside to hammer the final nail in the coffin of Toxic Attraction. Gigi’s new theme plays, and fans are ready for what Gigi’s about to do! Will Gigi show everyone what she can do all on her own?


NXT checks in on Chase U.

Duke Hudson brings up Roadblock to the other students. Gigi VS Jacy, that story is messed up. Gigi’s face after that door stomp… One time, when they were getting on a plane to Texas, Jacy- Oh, hold on. Duke walks up to Thea Hail as she walks in. He asks how she’s doing and she says a little better. That’s a start. Duke apologizes for his behavior last week. It was rude and immature to speak to her like that. Thea says it’s okay, people say things they don’t really mean. Okay. Duke just wants Thea to know she is a strong young woman who can stand on their own. They U-five, and Thea is sure Mr. Chase will accept an apology for what Duke said about the school.

Oh, no, Duke meant all those things. Chase asks Duke if there’s a problem. No. Good. Then today’s lesson is on famous WWE factions. These factions formed because they wanted to achieve- OH NO, GACY IS ON THE SCREEN!! “Attention, students of Chase University!” The rest of Schism also speaks through the television. Rip Fowler asks how they can be proud to be representing a failing institution. Andre Chase, Duke Hudson and Thea Hair are a reflection of the university and everything for which it stands. Jagger Reed says promising minds must be nourished by rich ideals that awaken spiritual excellence, not just with anger.

Gacy says the grass is always greener on the other side, and there’s plenty of grass under the Schism’s tree. Ava Raine says Thea Hail’s body is in shock not from physical pain, but from how she saw what life could be like under the Schism’s shade. And they can’t unlearn what’s ingrained in her brain and unhear what is caught in her ears! Thea knows! Thea knows! THEA KNOWS!! Duke Hudson, let it out! You know the only flag you should be waving is a white one. And Chase U is unaccredited! So gather your books and take the first step to a better life. Move under the Schism’s tree, or else the Schism’s roots will grow deeper and dismantle Chase U “until it goes up in flames.”

The Schism burns a Chase U shirt and put on their masks. Duke wants to speak but Andre tells him no! He will not stand here and let anyone badmouth this school! First they go after Thea, and now this BS? Schism, Chase knows you can hear him, you effing freaks! Next week, Roadblock, Chase shows everyone what principles this school is built on when he gives Gacy an Andre Chase University sized ass whooping!! But will it truly be a Teachable Moment? Or will Chase have to accept the truth the hard way?


Dijak speaks.

“Tony D’Angelo. You want an answer from me, huh? I knew you had a big ego, but this time, you don’t even know what you’re asking for. A Jailhouse Street Fight, where anything goes. You could’ve saved yourself a lot of suffering, pal. But you’ve cost me the North American Championship not once, but twice. So now, you’re public enemy number one. And by the time I’m through with you, your boy Stacks won’t even recognize your face anymore, because you’re nothing but a street rat who has no business dishing out high justice. You’re not gonna put me in solitary confinement. Next week at Roadblock, I’m gonna lock you down for good.” Will Dijak lock Tony in a cell and throw away the key?


Meiko Satomura VS Zoey Stark!

The Final Boss is respected by most, but not The Hunter! Stark says SHE should get the title match with Roxanne Perez at Roadblock because she’s worked for it, and that Meiko shouldn’t just be handed things because of her legend status. Will Stark put her money where her mouth is? Or will Meiko show Stark just how hard she’s worked to become a legend?

NXT returns and Roxie has joined commentary while Stark makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Stark headlocks for a takeover but Meiko headscissors. Stark kips free and wags her fingers. They go again, Meiko headlocks, hammerlocks then drop toeholds to a facelock and cover. ONE, and the two stand off as fans applaud. Stark and Meiko circle again, feel things out, and Roxie says Meiko is not just a legend but a trailblazer in women’s wrestling. Meiko started at 16 years old, during a time when women’s wrestling was not respected. But then Meiko made people respect it.

Meiko and Stark knuckle lock and have a Test of Strength. Meiko bends Stark back, but Stark bridges and powers back up. Stark powers Meiko back, but Meiko fights up, kicks and wrenches and KICKS! Meiko wrangles Stark down but Stark rolls back, only for Meiko to hammerlock. Stark rolls and kips up but Meiko blocks the haymaker to wrench and sweep! Then knee drop! Cover, ONE!! But Meiko headlocks. Fans rally, Stark fights up, but she can’t power out as Meiko holds on tight. Stark tries again, but Meiko still holds on. Starks fights up again, wrenches out and turns things around, to ROCK Meiko!

Stark says that’s right! Meiko doesn’t deserve the title shot! But then Meiko UPPERCUTS, KICKS, Stark ducks the buzzsaw but not the return! Stark goes to a corner but Meiko runs in to UPPERCUT! Meiko fires up, whips corner to corner, and she runs in, but Stark dodges to then ROCK Meiko! Stark snapmares, runs, and SLIDING LARIATS! Meiko bails out, fans sing “OH~ Zoey is angry~!” Stark runs, slides, but Meiko avoids the dropkick. Stark rushes in but Meiko dodges to KICK Stark down! Fans fire up for Meiko while NXT goes picture in picture.

Meiko drags Stark and puts her in the ring. Meiko stands Stark up to snapmare, and then she wraps on an abdominal stretch! Stark endures, grabs at Meiko but Meiko ghost pins, TWO! Stark stands into an UPPERCUT! Meiko runs to HANDSPRING KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Stark gets to ropes but Meiko is on her with forearms. Stark blocks a whip but Meiko ROCKS her! Stark reverses the whip to send Meiko right into ropes! Meiko sputters, stands, into a LARIAT from Stark! Stark seethes and she stomps away on Meiko! Then rains down fists! Stark lets off to set Meiko down, for a KNEE DROP to the head!

Stark stands Meiko up, whips her into a corner, then whips her in again! Snapmare and cravat, Stark cranks on a neck wrench. Meiko endures, fights up, but Stark wrangles her back down. Meiko keeps fighting, arm-drags free, and kicks Stark! Stark ROCKS Meiko in return, and snapmares to have the cravat again. Meiko endures, fights up again, and she throws body shots. Stark wrangles Meiko back down, then drops an elbow! And back to the cravat! Stark leans on the hold but Meiko continues to endure. Meiko fights up, throws more body shots, but Stark keeps on the cravat, even digging her chin into Meiko’s head!

NXT returns to single picture and fans rally up. Meiko continues to endure and fight up. Meiko throws more body shots but Stark thrashes her around. Stark throws knees in, whips Meiko to a corner, then runs in, but is put on the apron. Meiko swings, but into Stark’s GAMANGIRI! Meiko falls, fans boo, but Stark springboards, into a ROUNDHOUSE! Meiko kicks the leg rather than the ribs, knowing Stark has leg problems. Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” while both women slowly rise. Stark crawls over to throw forearms on Meiko but she gives them back! They go back and forth, Stark gets the edge!

Stark runs, but into a ROUNDHOUSE! And another! Stark goes to a corner, Meiko runs in to FOREARM! Meiko whips, Stark reverses but Meiko reverses back, DDT! Meiko puts Stark in the drop zone, climbs the corner, DIVING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Roxie says she’s ready for Meiko, she’s not the competitor she was a few months ago. But Meiko KICKS Stark, KICKS her again, and KICKS her again! Meiko fires up, to KICK Stark again! Stark flounders to a corner, Meiko runs side to side, but Stark avoids the handspring knees! Stark stands on the apron, she brings Meiko up to throw her down!

Fans boo again but Stark slingshots to ARABIAN PRESS! Cover, TWO! Meiko is still in this and fans rally up. Stark hobbles to the corner, goes right up, but Meiko kicks the legs out! And then PELES Stark off the corner! Meiko fires up and she brings Stark up, to wrench and back suplex! Cover, TWO! Stark is still in this but fans rally up behind Meiko. Meiko stands Stark up but Stark blocks the back suplex. Stark throws elbows, then mule kicks! And SUPERKICKS! Stark runs, SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Meiko survives and Stark grows frustrated. Stark puts Meiko in the drop zone and climbs up again.

Stark leaps, 450- NO, Stark has to roll through as Meiko moves! Meiko kicks, fireman’s carries, and DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS! Stark flounders but Meiko fires up! Meiko runs in, SCORPIO RISING!! Cover, Meiko wins!

Winner: Meiko Satomura, by pinfall

The Final Boss proves that the legend is real, and that the legend is ready! Roxie says she’s also ready, and that she is the one going to Hollywood. Roxanne joins Meiko in the ring and looks Meiko in the eyes. This collision is happening at Roadblock, who will make it through to Stand & Deliver?


Shawn Michaels has a tweet.

“Every day I focus on the development of the young men and women of NXT. I had my time in the spotlight. Now that attention should be directed on these incredible Superstars. However, knowing Grayson’s behavior will only get worse, and against my better judgment, I accept the invitation to be on the Grayson Waller Effect next week at Roadblock, and promise to be as professional as I can be.” HBK has spoken, but what will Waller have to say when they’re face to face next week?


NXT checks on things backstage.

McKenzie is just outside of NXT medical and points out Wendy is getting medical attention after the attack outside in the parking lot. Hopefully we get an update before the night is over, but then Tiffany Stratton walks in. “Oh, McKenzie. Here’s your update. Wendy Choo will be out indefinitely after being attacked in the parking lot. Newsflash, people! Stay out of the NXT parking lot.” KC Squared exit with the real update. It isn’t looking good. Tiffany says she told us so. But look on the bright side: no one cared about Wendy, so she won’t be missed.

Kayden checks with Katana, didn’t Tiffany have a long-standing issue with Wendy? Yeah, not too long ago, actually. Okay, Tiffany knows what they’re doing. They can point that blame finger right back at them. Where were they when Lyons got attacked? And they just happened to find Wendy first? Sounds sketchy. What is she trying to say? O M G, Tiffany Epiphany! What if she became a detective? What she should do is put her wrestling boots on because Katana’s gonna get them a match. KC Squared head out, and then Tiffany scoffs before going the other direction. Will someone get to the bottom of this every growing whodunnit?


The Creed Brothers talk backstage.

Julius tells Brutus that he isn’t happy about this, either. He’d rather get hit by an ambulance than do this. Brutus knows, and says they can rethink this. They don’t have to tag with this guy. But it’s gonna take an SOB to beat Indus Sher, and that’s exactly who this guy is. Okay, fine. The man they’re talking about is DAMON KEMP! Damon says, “Sup, boys?” Julius says that Damon is an awful person. Wow, missed you, too. But Damon is calculated, sly and has no remorse. But that’s what it’ll take to beat Indus Sher. Oh, so Julius Creed is coming to Damon Kemp for help? They did rock some Six Mans. Is the band getting back together?

Seems so. Well… NOPE! Damon leaves the Creeds high ‘n’ dry and that pisses Julius off! Brutus holds Julius back, but in walks Bron Breakker. Bron tells the Creeds that if they need a third, they kept his match clean against Jinder so he’s in! Brutus is all fired up, but Julius is upset. Bron couldn’t have come in a minute earlier and saved Julius from the most humiliating moment of his life? Brutus and Bron have a laugh, but Julius lightens up. But hey, they needed an SOB, so here’s one! Brutus asks, “Where my dogs at?” He and Bron bark, but Julius doesn’t join in. Aw c’mon, Julius. For Roadblock? Fine. For Roadblock. They ALL bark it up! Will these dogs have their day next week?


Sol Ruca VS Elektra Lopez w/ Valentina Feroz!

The Sol Surfer waves hi to Stark as they cross paths. Their rematch has yet to happen, but will Sol show the Hunter that she can hang? Or will La Madrina use Sol as a stepping stone to the top?

NXT returns as Lopez makes her entrance, and surprisingly, Feroz is with her! Feroz didn’t want to accept Lopez’s advice or her help, but it seems things might be changing. The bell rings, Lopez and Sol tie up, Sol puts Lopez on the ropes, but she lets off as the ref counts. Fans sing, “SOL~ So-o-o Sol~!” Lopez shoves Sol, storms up on her, but Sol headlocks. They move around, Sol hits a headlock takeover, but Lopez fights up. Lopez pulls hair, the ref reprimands, but Lopez wrenches out. Lopez arm-drags Sol down to a wristlock but Sol fights up. Lopez wrenches, Sol rolls and kips up to cartwheel, only for Lopez to throw her by her hair!

Lopez stands Sol up, whips her to a corner, but runs into a boto! Sol then goes up and over but runs into an elbow! Lopez snarls, whips, but Sol handsprings through the hip toss to FACEBUSTER! Sol brings Lopez up, whips her to ropes, but Lopez reverses. Sol goes up and over again but Lopez throws her to the apron. Sol ROCKS Lopez, climbs up, but Lopez SHOVES her to the floor! Fans boo but Lopez goes out after Sol and brings her up. Lopez puts Sol in, covers, TWO! Lopez stalks Sol while fans rally up. Lopez KNEES Sol in the back, and again, then drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Lopez keeps on Sol but Sol throws body shots!

Lopez knees low, and throws Sol at the ropes! Then CLOBBERS her from behind! Lopez whips Sol to ropes, back drops and Sol lands hard! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Solo but Lopez has a neck wrench. Sol endures, but Lopez shoves her down to drop an elbow! Then it’s back to the neck wrench! Fans rally, Sol fights up, but Lopez CLUBS her! Sol ROCKS Lopez! Lopez kicks low, throws Sol at ropes but Sol blocks! Sol turns things around to throw Lopez at ropes! Lopez staggers, into JAB, JAB and kick! Sol whips, Lopez reverses but Sol blasts through the lariat to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! And again!

Sol DROPKICKS Lopez and fans fire up! Sol stands Lopez up, underhooks and BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! Lopez staggers to a corner, Sol runs in, handspring and- NO, she only gets buckles! Lopez throws Sol into those buckles, drags her out and covers, TWO! Sol shows toughness but Lopez grits her teeth. Lopez goes to her favorite corner, but where are the brass knuckles? Feroz has them! Lopez wants Feroz to hand them over, but Feroz says she doesn’t need them! But then SOL SNATCHER!! Cover, Sol wins!

Winner: Sol Ruca, by pinfall

Feroz might’ve been wrong. Maybe Lopez needed those knuckles after all. Or maybe if she didn’t rely on them, she could win without them? Either way, Sol gets a big win, will she continue to ride the wave of momentum to the top?

Lopez argues with Feroz, pie faces her and says all Feroz is gonna be is a little girl. But then Feroz puts on the knuckles to DECK Lopez!! Fans fire up for Feroz, has she just learned how to stand on her own?


Gallus is back at the bar.

Mark Coffey & Wolfgang are playing pool again. But how long have they known each other? Not sure. Since they were wee lads in Glasgow? Yeah, and they’ve been Gallus for years. Their firm ran NXT UK. Their firm commanded respect. Every team feared them, and they put their names down in the record books. But back home, there’s no way a couple of chancers would get away with what Pretty Deadly did. “Two years ago, Pretty Deadly stole the NXT UK Tag titles from us. And then last week, to remind us of that, they jump us from behind.” Is Wolfman in there? Is he processing this? He better visualize what happens when Gallus gets their hands on them.

Because last Mark checked, NXT is now THEIR kingdom! Is Wolfgang gonna let “two badly dressed English pricks” do that to them? Embarrass them!? Gallus Boys On Top! All fun and games until someone tries to take their titles. Wolfgang should be raging! Wolfgang hits his next shot, then bumps into some random guy. So Wolfgang BASHES the guy with his mug! Yeah, they’re ready. But speaking of Pretty Deadly…


Backstage interview with Pretty Deadly.

McKenzie is with Elton Prince & Kit Wilson, and we all saw what Gallus did in response to last week. Yes, they’re doing that tough guy act after Pretty Deadly gave them “a jolly good thrashing!” Kit agrees, they gave Gallus a good and proper spanking. The plan worked out perfectly. Well-done, Kitster! Thank you, Elly. Those two are so angry, just imagine how mad they’ll be when Pretty Deadly takes the titles! Bye-bye pool tables. Wolfgang, get the pool tables!

Well, here’s a tweet from Drew McIntyre. “I’ve known Mark Coffey for a decade, Wolfgang for two. I’ve faced them, we’ve stood side-by-side, and the Gallus lads are tough as hell and take no BS. Pretty Deadly, you have a receipt coming your way.” Oh, the Scottish lads sticking together! Oh~! Scottish friends! It’s a terrible country, all grey and dreary, full of horrible people reveling in how allegedly rough they have it. And Pretty Deadly is positively cocker-hooped! So they’ll do it next week! A face-to-face meeting at Roadblock, to have a “civilized discussion” about their coming tag title match. How smashing! #YesBoy! But will the only thing smashed be Pretty Deadly into the dirt?


Katana Chance w/ Kayden Carter VS Tiffany Stratton!

This match was made just as Katana wanted! Will KC Squared uncover the truth of the NXT parking lot attacks? Or will Daddy’s Little Rich Girl continue to make things all about her?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Tiffany doesn’t budge as Katana pushes her, and then Tiffany throws Katana aside! Tiffany flexes but fans boo. Katana comes back, shots around to roll Tiffany up, TWO! Katana waistlocks but Tiffany elbows her away. Tiffany whips, Katana goes up and over, then DROPKICKS! Tiffany is in a corner. Katana runs in but is put on the apron. Katana shoulders in, slingshots but handstands to then headscissor Tiffany away! Fans fire up, Katana wrenches and wristlocks but Tiffany scoops. Katana fights that to a cradle, TWO! Katana headlocks but Tiffany powers up.

Tiffany back suplexes, Katana lands on her feet and shoves, but Tiffany handsprings over. Tiffany hurdles, she blocks the rana and brings Katana up. ALLEY-OOP HOTSHOT! Fans boo but Tiffany smirks. Tiffany stomps away on Katana, then mocks Katana’s pain. Tiffany digs a knee into Katana’s back and has the arms for the motorcycle stretch. Fans rally, Katana fights up but Tiffany wrangles her. Katana fights up, flips and kangaroo kicks! Tiffany staggers, Katana runs and trips her! Then Katan runs in to CLOBBER Tiffany! Tiffany swings, misses, and Katana ranas! Fans fire up while Tiffany goes the apron.

Katana runs in, avoids Tiffany’s shoulder, and KICKS her in the ropes! Tiffany’s stuck, Katana goes up the corner and DOUBLE STOMPS Tiffany down! Then STANDING TORNILLO! Cover, TWO! Katana keeps cool, but Tiffany DECKS her! Tiffany fireman’s carries, but Katana turns throw into arm-drag! Tiffany stands up, into Katana’s ENZIGURI! Katana goes to the corner but out walk Isla Dawn & Alba Fyre! Fyre has her bat, Kayden tells her and Isla to back off. Katana is up top, but she’s distracted. She leaps, into Tiffany’s arms! Pop-up to the fireman’s carry, ROLLING SENTON to the BEST MOONSAULT WHATEVER! Cover, Tiffany wins!

Winner: Tiffany Stratton, by pinfall

The Center of the Universe never loses focus, and she wins another match! But what business did Fyre & Dawn have with KC Squared? As for Tiffany, she gets the mic to say, “I have proven that I am the very best woman in NXT. And all of you would be satisfied by that. But I’m never satisfied. I don’t wanna be called ‘the best.’ I wanna be called the NXT Women’s Champion! Roxanne Perez, Meiko Satomura, I don’t care who wins next week. Because that title belongs to me!” Fans boo, but Tiffany has called her shot. Who will make it through the Roadblock to face Tiffany at Stand & Deliver?


Briggs & Jensen regroup backstage.

Jensen wants Briggs to understand that all that was on him. Briggs stops him there. He wants to be honest here. Fallon and Jensen are all he’s got. He supports Jensen and Kiana, but whatever is going on between the three of them, it needs to stop! It is WrestleMania season! You can’t keep doing this! Jensen knows, he kept overthinking and screwed up. That is on him. He is sorry, really. Briggs knows. It’s a bad time but it’s not a bad life. Fallon apologized to Kiana, and that’s the hard part. The next step is Jensen getting his girl back. But it will take some time, honestly. Jensen knows. He just wishes he could have a do-over, but he doesn’t know the right words to say.

Briggs says that if he’s learned anything in life, is that you don’t get a lot of do-overs. Oh, what if Briggs talks to Kiana for him? Really? Absolutely. Briggs would do anything for Jensen. They hug it out, will Briggs be the voice of reason that helps everyone get on the same page?


Axiom VS Hank Walker!

Misfire or not, the Undeniable Truth knows that the boot from Hank Walker was a heavy one! Will Axiom hit back just as hard? Or will Hank prove to everyone that he belongs in the ring?

NXT returns as Hank makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. Axiom waistlocks, headlocks, and hops on for a SLEEPER! Hank RAMS Axiom into buckles, is free, but Axiom leaps right back on! Axiom has the sleeper and the body scissors but Hank pries free. Only for Axiom to squirrel around into an ARMBAR! But hank deadlifts and throws Axioma way! Axiom runs in, Hank blocks a kick, but Axiom SLAPS Hank! Hank is just mad now! Hank picks Axiom up and carries him around, but Axiom sunset flips. Hank drags Axiom up, Axiom slips around to another sleeper!

Hank pries at the hold so Axiom shifts to a waistlock. They go to ropes, Hank bucks the O’Conner, and Axiom kips up, into a BOOT! And that one was on purpose! Fans rally behind Hank and he brings Axiom up. Axiom headbutts low, Hank powers out and scoops, to then TOSS Axiom! Cover, TWO! Hank keeps cool and he brings Axiom back up. Hank ROCKS Axiom, but Axiom CHOPS Hank! And CHOPS! And ROCKS! And CHOPS! And ROCKS again! Hanks wings, misses, and Axiom DROPKICKS Hank down! Fans fire up, Axiom runs to GAMANGIRI Hank in a corner! Axiom then goes up top and leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

Axiom grows frustrated but he stands up. Hank sits up, into a PENALTY KICK! Hank grimaces and fans fire up. Axiom runs in to PENALTY KICK again! Hank scowls, Axiom scuffs him. Axiom SLAPS Hank, throws forearms, but Hank throws a body shot. Hank runs, but into a LARIAT! Axiom runs, into a SHOULDER TACKLE! Fans fire up with Hank and he runs in to SPLASH at the corner! Whip corner to corner for another SPLASH! Hank roars, runs, but Axiom follows, only to get a LARIAT! Hank drags Axiom up, but Axiom cradles! ONE!! Hank shoots in, into a KNEE from Axiom!!

Hank is dazed and fans fire up! Axiom aims, but Hank ducks, only for the HEEL KICK to hit! Axiom aims from the corner, GOLDEN RATIO!! Cover, Axiom wins!

Winner: Axiom, by pinfall

That was a fast and furious showdown between speed and strength! Speed kills, and Axiom stands tall! Axiom respects the fight Hank put up, will this help Hank get back up? But wait! Someone is watching from the background. It’s SCRYPTS! Is the mysterious man of many words looking to write his own epic with Axiom?


Grayson Waller speaks.

“G’day, Mr. Michaels. Just wanna give a huge thank you for the night off, and for finally getting back to me. Now next week at Roadblock, we can sit down and talk face to face for the greatest episode of the Grayson Waller Effect of all time! And properly discuss Stand & Deliver. And I’m gonna be honest, I’m pretty excited, lads, because I don’t know which version of Mr. Michaels is gonna show up. When you sit down next to me, and you look in the mirror at the man you used to be. Are we gonna see the Heartbreak Kid one more time? Or are we gonna see the same old corporate stooge in a suit and cowboy hat that we’ve had to deal with for the last few years?”

Waller just asks that Michaels shows him the proper respect. “Because they say never say never.” Don’t make Waller put HBK in a position HBK said he’d never be in again. Is the 21st Century Success Story going to stop the show with the Showstopper?


Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Tyler Bate!

When it comes to being #1 contender to the NXT Championship, when it comes to being a star, when it comes to Stand & Deliver, Carmelo Hayes says he is that man. But the Big Strong Boi says he’s going to take us on a mystical journey back to the top of the mountain! Who will be proven right? Who will be him?

NXT returns and Tyler Bate makes his entrance. The bell rings and fans rally as the two tie up. They’re in a deadlock so they break. They feel things out, knuckle lock, and Bate spins to wristlock and arm-drag. Melo headscissors but Bate kips free. Fans applaud the standoff and the two go again. Bate wrenches, wristlocks, but Melo rolls, only for Bate to roll with him! And again! Melo wrenches through, but Bate turns, breaks free and hammerlocks Melo. Bate toys with Melo, they go around, and Melo throws Bate out! Bate lands on his feet, he’s right back in, but Melo arm-drags! Bate headscissors, Melo kips free, and fans applaud the exchange!

Bate offers a handshake but Melo slaps it away. Bate fakes Melo out, Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Melo covers, ONE, and Bate body scissors to a rolling clutch! TWO, Melo high stacks but Bate rolls that back, only for Melo to roll it through to the sunset! TWO and Bate high stacks, only for roles to reverse and Melo rolls through and high stack back! Bate pops Melo through to a sunset flip, TWO!! Melo narrowly escapes and fans duel the count! Melo rushes in, Bate steps up and over and underhooks, but Melo wrenches out! Melo jumps but his Code Breaker is blocked! Bate throws Melo away, runs in, but Melo dodges. Melo comes back but Bate goes up then under!

Bate baits Melo, they knuckle lock and Bate reels Melo in, slips around, baits Melo again, then leap frogs to slide under. Melo doesn’t fall for the bait this time and fans applaud. Melo swings, but Bate blocks! Bate UPPERCUTS, UPPERCUTS again, then UPPERCUTS again! Bate whips, Melo rolls off his back and runs back in, but into a back drop! Bate runs to tilt-o-whirl headscissor and DROPKCIK! Melo bails out, Bate FLIES! Direct hit and fans fire up! Trick is beside himself while NXT goes picture in picture.

Bate stands first and checks his shoulder, then goes back for Melo. Melo wants to leave but Bate throws him in the ring. Melo uses that to build speed and BLAST Bate off the apron! Melo keeps moving, but he runs into an UPPERCUT! Bate goes back in but Melo kips up to EDDY GORDO KICK! Cover, TWO! Melo keeps on Bate and CHOPS him down! Melo snarls, he drags Bate up and DECKS him! Bate comes back with body shots but Melo CLUBS him down! They trade shots, Melo knees low, but Bate blocks the suplex. Melo fights off a suplex, too, and they go back and forth. Melo gets Bate up and hangs him out to dry!

Melo holds on, and he uses the ropes to help snap suplex Bate back down! Melo then rolls to the cover, TWO! Melo is annoyed and he clamps onto Bate with a top wristlock. Bate endures, fights up, and arm-drags free. Melo comes back, dodges the lariat and SPRINGBOARD LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Melo has the top wristlock again and NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally while Bate endures again. Bate fights up but Melo keeps on that arm. Bate stands to throw body shots, Melo cranks on the cording hold, but Bate whips. Melo reverses and Bate hits the buckles. Melo runs in, blocks a boot but not the KNEE! Bate goes up to FLYING UPPERCUT!

Fans rally as both men stand, and Melo goes to a corner. Trick saves Melo from the splash! But Bate throws up Bop to BANG! Down goes Trick! Bate then ROCKS Melo, clinches, and hits an EXPLODER! Kip up and STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Melo is still in this and fans rally up. Bate slaps Melo’s hands away, stands him up, but Melo boots. Bate blocks, but Melo doesn’t fall for Bop! Melo spins Bate around, but Bate fireman’s carries! AIRPLANE SPIN, but Melo sunset flips it! TWO, and Melo BOOTS! Bate wobbles, Melo runs, but into a pop-up fireman’s carry! AIRPLANE SPIN!!

Fans fire up as Bate goes around and around and around, to the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Melo is still in this and Trick is relieved. Fans rally up again as Bate runs, but Melo grabs a foot! Bop up, BANG hits! Bate rebounds, COMEBACKER LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Melo survives again and Bate can’t believe it! Fans duel as Bate stands and Melo stirs. Bate rushes in but is sent into buckles! Melo snarls, he storms up and he ROCKS Bate! Bate UPPERCUTS, and UPPERCUTS! Melo CHOPS!! Melo ROCKS Bate, throws more forearms, but Bate UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! Bate just keeps going, then he fires off hands at the ropes!

The ref counts, Melo botos Bate away, then spins him around, underhooks for the BUTTERFLY SLAM! Cover, TWO! But Melo body scissors for a Gedo Clutch! TWO! Melo KNEES Bate in the face! Then Melo suplexes, CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Melo grows frustrated as Bate survives but fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” Melo HAMMERS away on Bate, then he goes to the corner. Melo climbs up, but Bate springs up after him! SUPER EXPLODER!! Bate hurries up top now, but Trick distracts! Bate BOOTS Trick! And SKY TWISTERS to FLOP! CODE BREAKER!! Melo hurries up top, aims again, NOTHING BUT NET!!! Cover, Melo wins!

Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall

Give Trick the assist, Melo would not have made his shot without him! Melo says there are NO roadblocks in his way to Stand & Deliver. “There’s only one man left, and I am Him.” Will Melo finally be THE A Champion in NXT? Or will it take more than an assist from Trick to stop Bron Breakker?

My Thoughts:

A great NXT to be a go-home to Roadblock, and we got such great interweaving of many stories. For one, I love that we got a wild scramble for the Open Challenge, and maybe it was just deja vu, but it feels like Frazer answered a previous one with this same brawling opening. Either way, many stories were featured all in one segment, like Apollo Crews stopping Dabba-Kato from answering the challenge, Hank getting at Gulak and Dempsey while ending up with a match with Axiom. Hank VS Axiom was a quick match but a really good one. And also, Scrypts in the background of Hank VS Axiom, I bet we see what they just threw on Level Up actually be a story on NXT.

Frazer VS Wes was an awesome match, Wes retaining against Frazer was of course how things were going to go, and Wes’s Stand & Deliver opponent could still be just about anyone. Dijak had a good promo to call out Tony D and accept the Jailhouse Street Fight. I should’ve figured that the “jailhouse” part is putting someone in a cage. With that stipulation, I feel like Stacks is going to help Tony beat Dijak and put him in the cage. Real good promo from JD to call out Dragunov, and given how things escalated for them in NXT UK, I hope they get a No Disqualifications type stipulation for their rematch. It’s the only thing that’d fit how vicious and personal this meant to be.

Amazing promo from Gigi Dolin. Fans have always really liked her, and she really bared her soul here. I wish Gigi VS Jacy was Last Woman Standing given they’ve used that phrase in their promos, but it seems to be just a normal match. Maybe Jacy wins in “controversial fashion,” and we get an escalated rematch for Stand & Deliver since the women’s title is spoken for. Great match from Meiko VS Stark that Meiko of course wins, and her match with Roxie would normally feel like it could go either way. But Roxie is going strong, she’ll surely survive Meiko and go on to Stand & Deliver.

And wow, another attack in the parking lot? I did not expect that, but I do like that we’re getting more and more people questioning each other. Wendy Choo is taken out, taking her off the suspect list, and she could be a clue to who is the real attacker. Tiffany only cares if it can put the spotlight on her, but she has a really good match with Katana. Tiffany has been going strong as a character, I suppose she does deserve to be a contender. Fyre & Dawn must also think KC Squared had something to do with the attacks since they showed up, but we’re of course going to get Fyre & Dawn VS Carter & Chance in both storyline feud and a way to determine contenders to the Women’s Tag titles.

And speaking of the titles, the drama of Kiana, Fallon and Jensen continues to ripple out as it affects Jensen & Briggs in their match. Good promos from the boys, but I have a feeling Briggs talking to Kiana will backfire in some way. That will ruin the trust Fallon and Kiana have been trying to build, that will end their title reign and give those belts to whoever, probably Fyre & Dawn, and then maybe Kiana and Fallon feud through the summer to build both of them towards top title contention. And great stuff from Sol VS Lopez. Sol gets a good win, but Feroz has the real highlight as she stands up to Lopez. Feroz VS Lopez is gonna be some great stuff to also build them in the singles division.

More great story interweaving as Indus Sher win against Briggs & Jensen and then call out the Creeds. I knew that we’d get a Six Man Tag of Bron & Creeds VS Indus Sher, and they gave us a good, natural build to it. With Roderick Strong still MIA, the Creeds turned to their former Diamond Mine ally in Damon Kemp, but because Damon is a jerk, he turns them down. Bron steps up because he is returning the favor, and I would think Bron & Creeds win to give them all momentum towards Stand & Deliver. Gallus had a really good promo, as did Pretty Deadly, but still nothing about escalating their tag title match’s stipulation to match the intensity they’re feeling. At least give this Tornado Tag Rules so there can’t be like sneaky tag shenanigans.

Good social media based back and forth from Waller and HBK, and of course we’re getting HBK on Waller’s talk show. Waller of course wants HBK to come out of retirement for one more match with him, but HBK’s tweet said he doesn’t wanna take the spotlight from the current generation, so I’m still betting on a proxy. Great stuff from Chase U and The Schism, and Andre Chase VS Joe Gacy will be good stuff. I’m still thinking we need some kind of Mixed Tag to finish this off, mostly so we can see Ava Raine in action. Given how things have been going, and how Chase brought up WWE factions “in class,” I feel like Chase U is gonna be the next faction to fall apart, as is the way of many, if not all pro-wrestling factions.

And just awesome stuff in the main event from Melo VS Bate. It was clear Melo was going to win, but if Trick keeps helping Melo, I don’t know how strong Melo’s gonna look if/when he wins the title off Bron. Which is a shame because Melo should be looking GOODT going into that match, not looking like every other Heel WWE’s booked. Melo has what it takes to win things on his own, he and Bron should be a true 1v1 match and Melo should be the one to overcome the seemingly unstoppable Bron, on his own. That will allow Bron to lose without excuses and leave NXT cleanly, while truly establishing Melo as the face of the next chapter.

My Score: 8.7/10

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

A Block, Round 6!



Former friends turned bitter enemies meet once again.

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


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


Here are the current A Block standings!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Here are the NEW A Block standings!

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 9/10

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

Can Wes Lee defy the odds?



They say all men are created equal!

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Backstage interview with Gallus.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Robert Stone talks with a prospect backstage.

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

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


Oba Femi is here!

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


Chase U regroups backstage.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Backstage interview with Karmen Petrovic & Natalya.

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

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


Brinley Reece prepares backstage.

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


Ava Raine watches film.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Fallon crosses paths with Jazmyn.

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


The alarm goes off, time to wake up!

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


Roxanne Perez speaks.

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


Ava Raine makes a call.

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


Lexis King VS ???

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Dante Chen, by pinfall

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


Shayna Baszler & Lola Vice talk backstage.

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


Trick Williams is here!

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

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

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

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


Robert Stone & Dante Chen regroup.

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


Lola Vice & Shayna Baszler VS Karmen Petrovic & Natalya!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Karmen Petrovic & Natalya, by pinfall

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

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10

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