It’s a golden curtain call for two teams!
The WWE Draft sent Fyre & Dawn to SmackDown, and Carter & Chance to Raw! Who will be the women’s tag team champions on their last night in NXT?
- NXT North American Championship: Wes Lee w/ Tyler Bate VS Drew Gulak w/ Charlie Dempsey; Wes wins and retains the title.
- Gigi Dolin VS Jacy Jayne; Jacy wins.
- Axiom VS SCRYPTS; Axiom wins.
- Dragon Lee VS JD McDonagh; JD wins.
- High Stakes Showdown: Joe Coffey w/ Gallus VS Joe Gacy w/ The Schism; Gacy wins and The Dyad will challenge Gallus for the NXT Tag Team Championship.
- Dani Palmer VS Tatum Paxley; Dani wins.
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn VS Katana Chance & Kayden Carter; Fyre & Dawn win and retain the titles.
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NXT superstars were taken in the 2023 WWE Draft!
Indi Hartwell, Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn, Apollo Crews, Zoey Stark, JD McDonagh, Pretty Deadly, Katana Chance & Kayden Carter, Odyssey Jones, Jinder Mahal & Indus Sher, Grayson Waller, then Von Wagner and Xyon Quinn as free agents, here’s to their futures on Raw and SmackDown!
NXT North American Championship: Wes Lee w/ Tyler Bate VS Drew Gulak w/ Charlie Dempsey!
The Cardiac Kid survived the technical savagery of Charlie Dempsey, but now he’s taking on the Philly Stretcher! The Big Strong Boi is watching his back, will this title stay on the #WesSide? Or will Gulak still find a way to grind Wes into dust?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see just how styles make fights!
The bell rings and the two rush in! Wes SHOTGUNS Gulak, then fires off fast hands! Gulak bails out but Wes builds speed, only for Dempsey to get in the way! Fans boo, but Gulak sneaks in to roll Wes up! TWO, but Gulak throws body shots! Gulak gut wrenches Wes up but Wes RANAS to a cover! TWO!! Gulak escapes in time and headlocks. Wes powers out, drops and hurdles, but Gulak gets him for a sunset flip! TWO!! Incredibly close but Wes body shots, KICKS and KICKS! Then DOUBLE STOMPS! Fans fire up for Wes and he watches Gulak sit up. Wes drags Gulak up with a facelock and whips him to a corner.
Wes runs Around the World but blocks a boot! Wes ROCKS Gulak, then puts him up top. Fans chant “Which Side?” “WES SIDE!” Wes climbs up, throws hands, but Gulak blocks the superplex! Wes goes up even higher, but Gulak uses that to counter! Wes fights the Super Gourd Buster, but Gulak SHOVES him away! Wes backflips through, but Gulak FLYING LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Another close call and fans fire up! Gulak grows frustrated but he grits his teeth and glares at Wes. Gulak stomps Wes at the ropes as fans rally up. Gulak ties up the legs, Wes throws hands, but Gulak gets those wrists to STOMP! Cover, TWO!
Gulak glares at Bate, talks some trash, but fans boo. Gulak clamps onto Wes’s arms and gets the chinbar! Wes endures this stretch and fans rally up. Wes fights up, throws elbows into Gulak’s legs, but Gulak spins Wes around to ROCK him! Wes trades shots, ROCKS Gulak, but Gulak ROCKS Wes! They go back and forth, Gulak gets the edge, but Wes ROCKS him again! And again! Wes fires off body shots and palm strikes! And kicks, and then a snapmare and basement dropkick! Fans fire up again as Wes watches from a corner. Gulak goes to the opposite corner, Wes runs in to UPPERCUT!
Wes ENZIGURIS, then he waistlocks. Gulak holds ropes to stop the German Suplex so Wes CLUBS him! Wes tries but Gulak bucks him! Gulak bails out and tells Dempsey it’s okay, he’s got this. But Wes DIVES and takes Gulak out at the ramp! Fans fire up, Wes puts Gulak back in, and then hurries in. But Dempsey drags Wes back out! Fans boo, but Bate runs in to CLOBBER Dempsey! Fans fire up, but Gulak gets Wes’s hair! Wes says SHORYUKEN! Wes then flips up and in and CARDIAC KICK! Cover, Wes wins!!
Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Bate slides in to celebrate with Wes! That title does stay on the Wes Side, but uh, is the Big Strong Boi looking at a golden goal?
Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn speak.
The Fire Keeper says, “The future is difficult to predict. That’s why we allow the spirits to navigate us. And now, our imminent direction is towards Friday Night SmackDown.” The Wicked Witch says tonight is their final night on NXT, but one last “unholy séance” to commence. Fyre tells Kayden Carter & Katana Chance, “you’ve been the staples of this tag team division, the torch bearers, for so long. But tonight, we extinguish your final flame.” And Dawn says, “We are taking our tag team titles with us to SmackDown, and in doing so, we will set the fate for not just SmackDown, but all three brands.”
Tonight, Fyre & Dawn leave the hallowed grounds were they first came together as one. They leave NXT not in the light, but in darkness. Will these enchantresses cast one last spell on the NXT Universe?
Trick Williams is in the ring.
Trick says let’s get right to business. Everyone saw what happened last week with Bron Breakker. Trick won’t lie, he put Melo int he hospital! Melo is still banged up tonight! But we all know that Melo is a fighter! And Trick’s known since day one. He doesn’t mean day one in NXT, he means day one in high school! That’s right! Trick Melo Gang went to the same school, WJ Kenan High! Trick transferred in, checked out the ladies, but also checked out for who he could hang with, who he could roll with, and who he could get buckets with!
And as the saying goes, game recognizes game. He was sitting at the lunch table, “them nasty ass sloppy joes weren’t the only things being created.” Trick Melo Gang was also being created! That’s why Melo is Trick’s brother, and no one is closer with each other! They always gonna be here! Fans cheer that. Trick says last week, he took the Spear for Melo as a knee jerk reaction. It just happened like that. And he’d do it again if he needs to. In other words, Trick & Melo is like Shaq & Kobe. Melo don’t miss, but when he does, Trick got the rebound. That’s why at Battleground-
Wait! Here comes Bron! Bron tells Trick, “I guess we know who the tough guy is in Trick Melo Gang.” Bron speared Trick and put him in the Recliner, but Trick’s still here. And Bron speared Melo through the wall and put him in the hospital. So guess Battleground will be a lot easier than he thought. Trick says Bron is accepted the challenge then? Bron says the last thing he wants to ever do is represent “these stupid ass people ever again!!” Fans boo because the feeling is mutual. They even start a “Bron Breakker Sucks~!” chant.
But Bron says two things: one, he doesn’t like the idea of Melo being champion; two, Bron has the unique opportunity of humiliating Melo in his hometown in front of his fans, friends and family. That is what gets Bron’s attention. So relay this message for him, would ya, Trick? Bron pats Trick’s shoulder, but Trick tells him not to leave just yet. Melo’s surely watching right now. Last week, Bron blindsided Melo, but he also blindsided Trick. Trick says to handle this like men. Bron smirks as Trick eggs him on. There’s only one man in this ring right now. Bron already put Melo in the hospital. He’d hate to do the same to the mouthpiece.
Oh, Bron ain’t about to fight no mouthpiece! Melo doesn’t need a mouthpiece. And Trick has both the gift o’ the gab AND the gift o’ the jab! Bron just mad the fans never loved him like they do Trick Melo Gang. Matter of fact, Bron can get on out of here, talk all the trash he wants, and Trick will smack that spray tan off him until he’s black ‘n’ blue. Bron smirks, and says if Trick wants to do this right now, guess what? It doesn’t matter what Trick wants! Nor does it matter waht the fans want! Bron is calling the shots. So here’s what happens: Bron VS Trick next week, as a “preview” of NXT Battleground. Bron will break Trick in half!
Will Melo return to a battered and broken best friend? Or will his best friend get even for him before Battleground?
Backstage interview with JD McDonagh.
McKenzie is with the Irish Ace and congratulates him on being drafted to Monday Night Raw. She says tonight is his last NXT match and it is against Dragon Lee. JD says he has waited 21 YEARS to become #MondayNightMcDonagh. That means that he has a two-decade sized chip on his shoulder that he’s bringing to Raw. So you better believe all those heavy hitters- Noam Dar walks in with his Heritage Cup to say that it is so great to see JD again. Congrats! But hey, Noam needs a favor. For old time’s sake, in his match with Dragon, could JD uh… pop a knee cap? Rip a ligament? Make sure Dragon doesn’t walk out so he can’t go after Noam’s Heritage Cup. Deal?
JD says that as slimy, sneaky and slithering as Noam is, JD knows all he cares about is that Heritage Cup. It’s why Noam never gave JD a shot at it. So JD has some advice: stay away from him. If you don’t, if you piss him off, JD will just take that cup with him to Raw. So much for the deal between old “friends.” But will JD still do damage to Dragon as his way of saying good-bye to NXT?
Gigi Dolin VS Jacy Jayne!
After beating the Toxic Traitor 1v1, the Toxic Avenger thought her path to the top was clear. Jacy made Gigi regret that and screwed her over at Stand & Deliver. Jacy then doubled-down by dragging Gigi’s little brother into this, and now Gigi’s little brother is here to watch his sister in action! Will Gigi finally break this toxic cycle? Or will Jacy make sure there’s no happy ending?
NXT returns and Jacy makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two trash. Then Jacy kicks! Gigi blocks but Jacy dodges, only for Gigi to dodge and fire off forearms! Gigi whips, Jacy reverses and hits low! Jacy whips but Gigi reverses to send Jacy right out! Fans rally and Gigi goes to the apron, but Jacy blocks her kick! Jacy trips Gigi and she smacks off the apron! Jacy goes up then CANNONBALLS Gigi to the floor! Jacy talks trash right to Gigi’s brother, Miles, and then goes back to Gigi. Jacy puts Gigi in the ring, pushes her to a cover, TWO! Jacy CLUBS Gigi, fans rally up, but Jacy CLUBS her again!
Jacy talks more trash to Miles, then wrenches to WRING Gigi’s arm! Then she SENTONS, and KICKS Gigi, then MULE KICKS! Cover, TWO! Jacy says this is what Gigi wanted, and she fireman’s carries. Gigi fights free, half nelsons, but Jacy fights free to SUPERKICK! Gigi staggers, but she SUPERKICKS right back! Gigi grits her teeth and fans fire up with her! Gigi runs, dodges, ROUNDHOUSES, then ROUNDHOUSES again! Gigi wrenches and ROUNDHOUSES, to then STO! Cover, TWO! Jacy stays in this and crawls to a corner. Gigi storms over, drags her up in a waistlock, but Jacy holds ropes!
The ref reprimands, Jacy throws elbows! Gigi staggers, but she dodges to CLOBBER Jacy from behind! Jacy bails out, Gigi pursues and she RAMS Jacy into the barriers! Miles cheers his sister on and Gigi SMACKS Jacy off the steel steps! And fires off Kawada Kicks! Gigi high-fives her brother, then drags Jacy up again. Gigi puts Jacy in the ring at 6 of 10, but Jacy goes to the apron. Jacy is busted open! Gigi drags her up, but Jacy YANKS her into the post! Gigi clutches her bad arm! Gigi stands, into the CYCLONE KICK!! Cover, Jacy wins!
Winner: Jacy Jayne, by pinfall
Jacy grins through her crimson mask, and then she PUNTS Gigi in the side! Fans boo as Jacy goes out after Gigi and RAMS her into steel steps! And then again! Jacy sits Gigi against the barriers, SLAPS her around, and shouts at Miles if this is what they wanted for their lives. Refs stop Jacy and she leaves, “It’s always been about me! I’m the star, not your loser sister!” Will nothing stop this Toxic Grudge?
Axiom VS SCRYPTS!
This is almost a superhero comic or movie come to life, but the Undeniable Truth sees the wicked wordsmith as anything but his “archnemesis.” Will Scrypts show Axiom they are like Batman and The Joker? Or will Axiom show Scrypts he’s just a joker?
As soon as Axiom is in the ring, Scrypts slides out from the shadows! Axiom dodges the leg sweep but not the DROPKICK! Axiom scrambles up, the bell rings, and Scrypts fires off on Axiom! Scrypts CHOPS, whips, but Axiom reverses and dodges to springboard and arm-drag and DROPKICK! Cover, ONE! Axiom waistlocks, Scrypts bucks him but Axiom comes back with a kip up! NORTHERN LIRHGTS, into the ARMBAR! Scrypts scrambles and gets the ROPEBREAK! Axiom lets go and Scrypts goes out, but Axiom BOOTS him from the apron! But Scrypts YANKS Axiom off the apron!
Axiom staggers away, Scrypts gets space, to run and leap off the desk for a PARKOUR ATTACK! Direct hit and down goes Axiom! Scrypts puts Axiom in the ring, then covers, TWO! Fans still lose their minds over that flipping attack, and Scrypts ROCKS Axiom with a forearm. And then CLUBS him! Scrypts whips but only gets a glancing blow on Axiom. Scrypts kicks Axiom around, whips him to ropes again, but Axiom slides around to get a SLEEPER! Scrypts flails, pries at an arm, and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Scrypts then elbows Axiom, goes up a corner, but Axiom follows right after! SLEEPER!
Scrypts fires off elbows and Axiom falls back. Scrypts adjusts to QUEBRADA! Cover, TWO!! Axiom survives and Scrypts grows frustrated. Scrypts looms over Axiom, kicks him around, and eggs him on. Scrypts says Axiom is weak and pathetic! Scrypts pie faces, but Axiom ROCKS and CHOPS on repeat! Axiom whips, DROPKICKS, and roars! Fans fire up and Axiom GAMANGIRIS in the corner! Then HALF HATCH SUPLEXES! Fans fire up again as Axiom goes up a corner. Scrypts stands, Axiom leaps, but Scrypts DROPKICKS first! Scrypts wants Axiom to get up, and he aims from a corner.
Scrypts runs in, but Axiom blocks his copycat dropkick! Axiom flips Scrypts for a V-TRIGGER!! Cover, TWO!! Scrypts survives but Axiom takes aim now! Scrypts crawls to a corner, Axiom runs in, but Scrypts gets under the ratio! CORKSCREW CROSSBODY! Scrypts then hurries up top, writes in the air and flips, into a SUPERKICK! Fans fire up and Axiom takes aim again! Scrypts stands, into the GOLDEN RATIO!! Cover, Axiom wins!
Winner: Axiom, by pinfall
Scrypts tried to write Axiom off as a fraud, but he just felt the real deal! But then Axiom surprises everyone by offering Scrypts a hand up. Scrypts accepts it, but he sucker punches Axiom! So Axiom ROCKS Scrypts! And YANKS the mask off! It’s REGGIE! And Axiom SUPERKICKS him down!! Talk about being exposed! Is this the end of Scrypts’ story?
Josh Briggs and Fallon Henley talk at the bar.
Mostly about the weather, like the big tornadoes going on. Brooks Jensen walks in and Briggs asks how he’s holding up. Jensen’s fine. He just wants to apologize- Fallon says they already went over this. Jensen doesn’t need to apologize, they’re all good. Things were said, punches were thrown, but at the end of the day, they’re family! Well, if Jensen can’t say sorry, he’ll say thanks. Thanks for not dropping him like a hot brick. Well, Briggs thanks Jensen for taking his damn head off with that lariat! That reminded Briggs how hard Jensen can go. Heck, Briggs is the one with hands of stone! Fallon’s just glad to have things the way they were.
Jensen says that does feel good. But uh, seeing Fallon looking at the bills, Jensen did learn some things from Kiana. He can tell them all those stories later. The bar is PG. No, no, no! The business stuff! Oh, yeah, that “power dressing” stuff? Well, he looks much better right now. No, guys! The land this bar is on is worth a lot, so maybe the Henleys can get an investor to help, or just sell a piece they’re not using. All that profit can set them up for life, do whatever they want, and still have cash left over. Well, okay, smartie pants! But then a couple girls ask Jensen if he wants to get some drinks.
Jensen appreciates the offer, but he’s getting caught up with his friends. Maybe another time. Have a good night. Wow, little Jensen really has grown up. Cheers!
Dragon Lee VS JD McDonagh!
The Wonder Boy is just getting started, and the Irish Ace is on his way out. Will Dragon have the honor of sending JD off to Raw? Or will JD be the one on top on his last night in NXT?
NXT returns and JD makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Dragon offers a handshake but JD kicks it away! Dragon shrugs that off to circle with JD. They tie up, Dragon headlocks but JD powers out, only for Dragon to run him over! Cover, ONE, but Dragon wrenches to a wristlock. JD spins, fireman’s carry takeovers, but Dragon wrangles JD with the wristlock! Dragon wrenches, JD spins and pulls on the mask. JD arm-drags but Dragon still has the wristlock! JD rolls, pulls the mask again, and MONKEY FLIPS! Dragon still has the wristlock! Fans rally, JD fights up, and JD pulls the mask again!
Fans boo but JD has Dragon in the mask. The ref counts, but JD throws a body shot, then a CHOP! JD brings Dragon out, headlocks and grinds, but Dragon powers up and out. JD runs Dragon over, things speed up, but Dragon hurdles to then MONKEY FLIP! JD staggers up, into a DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! JD flounders but Dragon kicks him around. Dragon brings JD up to whip him to a corner. Dragon runs in to JUMP KICJK, leg sweep, COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up and Dragon rains down forearms on JD! Dragon lets off to go corner to corner, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Fans fire up even more!
Dragon keeps going, he HYDRAULIC DROPKICKS again! Fans say “UNO MAS!” but wait, Dar has snuck out to ringside. Dragon is distracted for just a second, and JD SHOTGUNS Dragon down! Fans boo but JD drags Dragon up. JD puts Dragon in the Tree of Woe, then rains down fists. The ref reprimands but JD backs off. JD goes corner to corner but Dragon sits up! JD posts himself right on his necessary evil! Dragon gets free of the Tree, rallies on JD with big elbows, then whips him to a corner. JD bounces off buckles, into a back drop! And then into an atomic drop! Dragon runs to clothesline JD out of the ring!
JD falls at Dar’s feet, and the ref has Dar back up. The fans fire up with Dragon Lee as NXT goes picture in picture.
Dragon stares at Dar but Dar stays back as he cheers JD on. Dragon fetches JD and whips him into the apron! Dragon puts JD in, storms up on him, and brings JD up to underhook. TIGER BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! JD hangs tough but Dragon drags him back up. Dragon whips JD hard into a corner, then storms up to rain down fists! Dragon goes all the way to TEN, but JD pushes him away! Dragon returns, JD dodges and then trips Dragon from the apron, for the TORNILLO SPLASH! Both men are down and fans rally up. JD sits up first, he brings Dragon up, and CHOPS him right back down!
JD stands Dragon up again, to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Dragon writhes while JD catches his breath. JD runs to drop AX HANDLES! Cover, TWO! JD huffs and puffs but he drags Dragon up with a facelock. JD snap suplexes, covers, TWO! JD is annoyed by that, and Dar signals for him to break something. JD KNEES Dragon in the side, then wraps on a body scissor squeeze! Dragon endures, fans rally, but JD pulls on the mask! Dragon throws elbows but so does JD. JD keeps up the squeeze, rolls to a cover, TWO! JD still keeps Dragon down while NXT returns to single picture.
Dragon throws elbows, fans rally up again, but JD just puts on more pressure. Dar talks to the cup that they don’t have to worry, JD will put Dragon down. But Dragon throws elbows on JD! JD lets Dragon go and fans rally up. JD CLUBS Dragon right down! JD drags Dragon up to hoist to the top rope. JD CLUBS Dragon more, climbs up again, and he pulls at the mask strings! Fans boo and the ref reprimands! Dragon throws elbows but JD CLUBS away on him! JD pulls at the strings but Dragon elbows JD down! Dragon adjusts, leaps, and CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up for Dragon as he and JD flounder.
Dragon goes to the corner, JD storms up but Dragon counter punches him! And again, and again! Dragon whips, JD reverses but Dragon RANAS! JD bails out and Dragon builds speed to FLY!! Direct hit with the tope conjilo! Fans fire up again as Dragon puts JD in the ring. Dragon climbs up top, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! JD survives Dragon’s Coup De Grace and he crawls to the apron. Fans rally as Dragon follows JD out there. Dragon drags JD up, but JD CHOPS! Dragon CHOPS! JD CHOPS! Dragon CHOPS! JD shoves, Dragon V-TRIGGERS! JD flops and Dragon drags him back up!
But JD fireman’s carries! APRON DEATH VALLEY!! Both men fall to the floor and fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” A ring count starts and both men are down at 5 of 10. Fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” and both men stand at 7. JD RAMS Dragon into the desk at 8! JD slides in the ring. but Dragon slides in at 9.99!! JD can’t believe it and the fans are loving it! JD drags Dragon up for Kawada Kicks! And then a CHOP! Dragon roars and BOOTS JD! Dragon eggs JD on, JD ROCKS Dragon! JD runs in, but into a SNAP GERMAN! V-TRIGGER! POISON-RANA!! Dragon keeps moving, but JD LARIATS him inside out!!
Fans are thunderous again but Dar says that was just so-so. JD drags Dragon for more Kawada Kicks and another CHOP! Dragon ROCKS JD! Fans say “This is Awesome!” as the forearms go back and forth. Dragon gets the edge, JD gives more Kawada Kicks! And a SLAP! And then a POWER- NO, Dragon slips out to SIT-OUT POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! JD survives and now Dar can’t believe it! Dragon goes to the apron, then the corner. Dragon climbs up, JD slowly rises, and JD hits ropes to trip Dragon up! Fans boo but JD goes up after Dragon. JD drags Dragon up top, but Dragon trips JD!
Dragon throws forearms on JD, JD is in the Tree of Woe now! Dragon stands up, but JD sits up! JD HEADBUTTS Dragon again and again! JD stands up, brings Dragon with him, SUPER SPANISH FLY!!! JD roars and fans are thunderous! Suplex, BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Dragon survives and no one can believe it! JD gets Dragon’s arm, DEVLINS- DESTROYER!!! Dragon turns it around, but JD flops out of the ring! Dragon pursues, fans again hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” Dragon puts JD in, but Dar takes a swing! Dragon dodges it to SUPERKICK Dar! Dragon goes back to JD, but gets a HEADBUTT!!
Ripcord, DEVLINSIDE!!! Cover, JD WINS!
Winner: JD McDonagh, by pinfall
The Scottish Supernova helped the Irish Ace come away the victor in this instant classic farewell match! Will JD have the hot hand when he debuts on Raw next week? But then Dragon gets up and DIVES onto Dar! Fans fire up again as Dragon fires hands with Dar all the way to the back! Will the Wonder Boy get after Mr. Supernova 11’s cup anyway?
KC Squared talk backstage.
Katana Chance tells Kayden Carter that technically, a Raw tag team is facing a SmackDown tag team for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships! This has never happened before, and that is wild! Kayden agrees, and says that Fyre & Dawn can try to use their magic 8 ball to conjure up whatever ghosts they want, but we know what’s really gonna happen: Fyre & Dawn are NOT bringing those titles to SmackDown. And how long have those two even been a team? Four months? But how long have these two been a team? Four YEARS. Hell, it’s like Four-EVER! And they have the most successful title defenses, AND the longest reign in history! They’ve got this!
Kayden says, “At the end of the day, this is where it started, this is where we became best friends, and if this is our last night in NXT, we’re going out as tag team champions.” Katana says there’s no other way. And y’know what this feels like? A hug moment. No. No! Katana hugs Kayden anyway. Will these best friends be champions in the end? Or will their NXT run simply end?
The Schism watches Joe Coffey.
Specifically, they watch his workout routine video he posted. Joe Gacy says, “Mr. Coffey is impressive. Friends, tonight, I will give my own body for the Schism. I will endure pain and punishment for our collective good.” Jagger Reed says Gacy’s sacrifice will not be in vain. Rip Fowler says if Gacy does them this honor, The Dyad will dethrone Mark Coffey & Wolfgang to claim tag title gold for The Schism. #FourRootsOneTree. They head out, but Ava Raine says that Gacy can do this for The Dyad, and then do something for himself. Gacy smiles, but will he be the one to knock the Iron King off his throne?
NXT Anonymous reviews the string of ambush attacks.
First Nikkita Lyons, then Wendy Choo, and now Sol Ruca, and still no leads on who it is. Will we ever find out whodunnit?
High Stakes Showdown: Joe Coffey w/ Gallus VS Joe Gacy w/ The Schism!
In a battle of Joes, only the strongest can stand tall! But will Coffey cross off Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed as tag title contenders for the rest of Gallus’ reign? Or will the Schism Boys be on top?
The bell rings and the Joes tie up. They go around, break, and tie up again. Coffey puts Gacy in a corner, fires off hands, but Gacy dodges to fire off clothesline after clothesline! Coffey turns it around for k nee after knee, then some mule kicks! Gacy grabs that foot, stands up, but Coffey breaks free and ROCKS Gacy! Coffey runs to CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Gacy gets up, blocks a kick, trips Coffey and KNEES him down! Gacy then waistlocks, but Coffey fights with elbows. Gacy ripcord SLAMS Coffey, then SENTONS but onto knees! Coffey saves himself, then runs in, but into an URENAGE! Cover, TWO!
Gacy clamps onto Coffey with a chinbar, and we see The Diamond Mine watching backstage. Coffey fights up, arm-drags free, but Gacy returns to whip. Coffey goes up and around in the corner to UPPERCUT! Gacy gets up, but Coffey fires boxing elbows! Coffey whips, Gacy reverses but Coffey dodges to CLOBBER Gacy! And then clinch and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Cover, TWO! Gacy is hanging tough but Coffey keeps on him. Gacy blocks the whip, ROCKS Coffey, then back suplexes! Cover, TWO! Now Coffey is hanging tough and fans rally up. Gacy runs in at the corner but into a HAYMAKER!
Coffey goes out and climbs up, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Gacy flounders away, The Schism panics, but Gacy stands up into the GLASGOW SENDOFF! Gacy hits buckles, staggers, and into ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS!! Cover, Rip helps Gacy get the ROPEBREAK! The ref didn’t see that but Gallus did! Markus & Wolfie chase The Dyad around the ring, then they start brawling! This distracts the ring, Jagger ends up in the ring, and he gets ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS! Ava jumps in as the ref reprimands Jagger, and she stares Coffey down. Ava then claims Coffey hit her!! The ref asks what happened, but Gacy hits the UPSIDE-DOWN!!! Cover, Gacy wins!!!
Winner: Joe Gacy, by pinfall (The Dyad have an NXT Tag Team Championship match)
The Diamond Mine shake their heads, they figured Ava would get involved. And Ivy’s sick of it! Will the Diamond Pitbull do something about that particular root? As for Rip & Jagger, will they bring those NXT Tag Team Championships to sit under The Schism’s tree?
Dani Palmer video chats with Sol Ruca.
The Sol Surfer says Dynamic Dani looks incredible! Dani thanks her for designing the new gear. And tonight, Dani dedicates this one to Sol. Also, she’s just casually doing the splits between boxes. Hank & Tank come in and pump Dani up! She’s so ready! Go get it, girl! Dani heads out, Tank & Hank say this is what she’s been training for. She’ll nail it. And then they look up to see “Big Oba.” They ask if he’s gonna watch Dani’s NXT debut. Obi doesn’t say a word, he just heads off. Will Dani be ready to finally level up?
NXT Media catches up with Eddy Thorpe.
He’s all done with training for the day, but he’d be in here all day if he could. What’s he been working on? A lot of side-to-side lateral movement. The title scene’s got a lot of fast moving athletes, but then Damon Kemp walks over. He has some trash, can Eddy throw it away for him? Um, sorry, he’s supposed to clean up after Damon? Yeah, Eddy’s the new guy, duh. Don’t get hot. Didn’t Eddy say he used to sleep on gym floors? Damon just thought he’d make him feel at home. Eddy says that’s not the funniest joke. Yeah, true, the funniest joke is Eddy thinking he can hang with Damon in the ring.
Well then let’s take that bet! Oh, “Young Boy,” Damon said he liked you, but don’t make him put an end to the hype train before it really takes off. Eddy frowns but will the Alpha Wolf get his chance to face the Golden Gopher soon enough?
Dani Palmer VS Tatum Paxley!
The dynamic collides with the dangerous as two young and hungry superstars meet in a first-time-ever showdown! Will Dani be just a hop, skip and a jump away from title contention? Or will Tatum take the spotlight away for herself?
The bell rings and Tatum rushes right in! They tie up, Tatum puts Dani in a corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Tatum TOSSES Dani, but Dani handsprings through! Tatum rushes in, Dani dodges to a waistlock, but Tatum switches. Dani trips Tatum, has the leg, turns Tatum over, and ties those legs up in a deathlock toehold! But Tatum drags Dani off the hold to get a hammerlock. Dani rolls, kips up, and wrenches. Tatum wrenches and wristlocks but fans rally for Dani. Dani rolls, flips and wrenches to a headlock. Tatum powers out, throws a body shot, and whips Dani to a corner.
Dani goes up and over, handsprings, goes up and RANAS! Then she DROPKICKS Tatum down! Dani kips and jackknifes, TWO! But Dani headlocks right away! Tatum fights around, Dani avoids the headscissors, and the two move around. They stand, Tatum powers out and she avoids Dani’s up ‘n’ over to CLUB her! Dani ends up in the corner, Tatum storms up and stomps a mudhole in! The ref counts, Tatum lets off and she brings Dani up. Tatum gut wrench SUPLEXES, then laughs as she covers, TWO! Dani hangs tough but Tatum drags her up. Dani shoves Tatum, Tatum shoves Dani, and Tatum CHOPS!
Tatum throws Dani down by her hair to STANDING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Tatum clamps onto Dani with a chinlock and thrashes her around! Fans rally up as Dani endures, and Dani reaches out. Tatum bends Dani back with the chinlock but Dani fights to her feet. Tatum reels her into a COBRA TWIST! Dani endures, pops free, switches and puts Tatum in the COBRA TWIST! Tatum switches, Dani drops and KANGAROO KICKS! Dani avoids the splash! Dani then runs in, ducks ‘n’ dodges, BIG ELBOW! And then another! Dani keeps moving, Tatum blocks a kick but Dani breaks free to DOUBLE KNEE! NECKBREAKER!
Dani runs in, Tatum dodges, O’Conner, but Dani slips out to shove Tatum! Tilt-o-whirl REVERSE DDT! Fans fire up with Dani and she goes up the corner! Tatum is down, for the FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Dani wins!
Winner: Dani Palmer, by pinfall
Dynamic indeed! She stuck the landing and has a big win, will Dani dive headlong into the title scene?
Class is in session at Chase University.
Well, it would be, but Thea Hail asks where Professor Andre Chase is! He’s never late! Never! Oh, wait, everyone is seeing something on social media. Duke Hudson asks what it is, and Thea says Mr. Chase cancelled class for today. He’s not feeling well after his match with “the man who shall not be named,” Bron Breakker. What should they do? Bake him cookies? Get him flowers? Book him a session with Dr. Tom? Thea is worried, but Duke knows exactly what to do! Duke gets up and calms everyone down. There is no reason they should fall behind in the curriculum over the “tragedy” of Mr. Chase losing to Bron.
So, even though Duke is not prepared, he brings out a HUGE binder with the words “Duke University Curriculum 2023-2024” and takes over for today. They will learn about… the WWE Draft! The first ever draft was 2002. But then someone has a question. Is there no pop quiz today? What did he just say? No pop quiz…? Duke looks this guy in the face, and tells him to hold up that test paper. In fact, everyone hold up your test papers! They all obey, and Duke says RIP IT UP! They rip it up! NO MORE POP QUIZZES~! YEAH!! They all cheer Duke on. Duke University. Has a nice ring to it. But will Chase like the sound of it when he gets back?
Robert Stone looks up the Beverly Brothers.
As Von Wagner said himself, Von Wagner’s father was part of this tag team. Von sits with Stone to look through the album. Yeah, that’s the Beverly Brothers at SummerSlam ’92, Wembley Stadium, against the Natural Disasters. Stone will say this, that crowd was great. Yeah, and it was for the WWE Tag Team Championships. Was Von upset when they lost? Stone, Von wasn’t even born yet. Fair enough. But sure, Von’s dad may never have been champion, but he had some injuries and stuff. Von vows he will be a champion. Wait, is this little on? No, no, that’s nothing. Von doesn’t wanna talk about that.
Stone wants Von to realize, he got drafted as a Free Agent! He can called to Raw or SmackDown at any time, so Von has to be more open with him. What IS that picture? Von says he doesn’t have to talk about anything. This is enough for tonight. But Stone opens the album back up and looks at the pick of Von with what appears to be a surgical scar on his head. What happened in Von’s past?
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn VS Katana Chance & Kayden Carter!
One way or another, both teams are moving on to the main roster. But this is about both who takes these belts with them to the big leagues, but also about pride as a team. Will the Unholy Alliance continue to shine all the way to Friday Night SmackDown? Or will KC Squared make these titles Raw?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who takes a bow for this curtain call!
The teams talk a little trash, sort out, but then Fyre & Dawn just attack! They CLUB KC Squared down, throw them out, and then go out after them! Dawn keeps after Carter while Fyre brawls with Katana. Carter ROCKS Down, dodges Fyre, and then gives Katana a boost for a DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up with KC Squared and they get Fyre in the ring. The bell rings, but Fyre back drops! Katana sunset flips through, TWO! Fyre kicks low, brings Katana up and bumps her off buckles. Tag to Dawn and she stomps away! Dawn taunts Kayden but Katana ROCKS her! Katana slides under, ENZIGURIS, and tags Kayden!
Kayden kicks and throws Dawn out! Fyre runs in but Kayden kicks and throws her out, too! Kayden goes to the apron, SUPERKICKS Dawn then CROSSBODIES Fyre! Katana PLANCHAS Dawn and fans fire up! The party is rocking as NXT goes picture in picture.
Katana & Kayden fetch Dawn into the ring, then Katana SMACKS Fyre off the apron for good measure. Kayden covers Dawn, TWO! Dawn CLUBS Kayden, drags her over, and Fyre tags in. Kayden whips Dawn away but Dawn runs her over! Things keep moving, Fyre trips Kayden and Dawn taunts her. Fyre then spins Kayden into a BIG forearm! Fyre stalks Kayden, and drops a big knee! Cover, TWO! Fyre snarls, stomps Kayden, then bumps her off buckles. Tag to Dawn and they dig boots in. Dawn RAMS into Kayden, brings her out and snap suplexes! Float to a cover, TWO! Dawn throws Kayden down!
Tag to Fyre, she and Dawn handoff, then feed to the TARANTULA! The ref counts, Dawn lets go at 4 and Fyre covers, TWO! Fyre is frustrated but she clamps on a chinlock. Fyre squeezes Kayden, leans on the hold, but Kayden endures. Kayden fights to her feet, but Fyre wrangles her right back down! Fyre grinds Kayden into the mat, thrashes her around, but Kayden fights up again to arm-drag free! NXT returns to single picture as Kayden avoids the knee! Fyre hobbles, Kayden elbows her away! Fyre comes back, but only gets buckles! Hot tag to Katana and she sweeps Fyre, ROCKS Dawn and BULLDOGS Fyre!
Katana keeps moving, and she RANAS Fyre away! Fans fire up as Katana fires off forearms and CHOPS, shouting, “Those titles are OURS!” Fyre shoves Katana away, but Katana comes back to A-LIST LARIAT! Katana then pushes Fyre down to hit the SOMERSAULT AX KICK! Cover, TWO! Katana drags Fyre up, whips her to a corner, then runs in to tag Kayden. Fans rally, Katana snapmares Fyre and sets up with Kayden, they double springboard, STANDING MOONSAULT LEG DROP COMBO! Kayden covers, TWO!! Fyre hangs tough but Kayden drags her up. Fyre fires body shots then CLUBS Kayden!
Fyre whips, Kayden holds ropes and BOOTS back! Katana sneaks a tag, Fyre runs into a shoulder and table top! Kayden gives Katana the wheelbarrow boost, SPLASH onto knees! Fyre JAWBREAKERS Kayden and PUNTS Katana! Tag to Dawn, she drags Katana up while Fyre climbs! BACKSTABBER and SWANSTON!! Cover, Kayden barrels in to break it! Fans fire up while all four women are down! “This is Awesome!” as Kayden hooks Fyre up, hammerlock to BLADERUNNER! Dawn ROUNDHOUSES Kayden! Katana rolls Dawn! TWO!! Dawn rushes in, Katana dodges to CODE BREAKER!
Katana hurries to her corner while fans rally up. Kayden tags in, Katana goes up, HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, but Fyre breaks it!! Fans fire up again while all four women are down! Katana wipes her bloody nose while she regroups with Kayden. Dawn and Fyre regroup on the other end and fans rally back up. Tags to Fyre and Katana! But all four women step up to BRAWL! Fans are thunderous, Kayden TOSSES Dawn but Fyre ROCKS Katana! Fyre SUPERKICKS Kayden! Katana runs up but Fyre whips her. Katana reverses, runs in but into a BOOT! Fyre goes out to the apron, BOOTS Kayden, then climbs!
Katana stands, Dawn runs in, but Katana ducks the kick to shove her at ropes! This trips Fyre up, for Katana to spring up and fire off! Fyre fights back, Kayden sneaks the tag! Kayden CLUBS Fyre, goes up after her, and Katana joins in. Fans fire up as KC Squared bring Fyre up, for a DOUBLE SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!?! Fyre survives and shocks everyone! Kayden thinks of what to do, and she hurries to get Katana up. KC Squared reset, tag and turn, HIGHLIGHT- NO, Katana has to leap at Dawn first with a CROSSBODY! But Fyre RAMS Kayden into buckles! Fyre storms up, Katana dodges to RAN-
NO, Fyre SWINGS Katana into Kayden! And then she brings Katana back up, and Dawn tags in! Pop-up into the Gory Especial! WICKED FACEBUSTER!! Fyre DIVES onto Kayden! Dawn covers Katana, Dawn & Fyre win!!
Winners: Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)
Fans aren’t sure what to make of this, but the titles are still in the clutches of this wicked duo! Will Fridays now be the home of the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships?
“Ilja Dragunov. I gave you fair warning: don’t show up to the arena. And now look at you. Your ribcage? Smashed. You didn’t seem like much of a mad dragon when you were trapped under that garage door gasping for air. So helpless. But don’t worry, Ilja, I left a small piece of you to finish off next week, because I DON’T CARE WHO YOU ARE! I CAN BREAK ANY MAN!! And next week, Ilja, I’m finally going to break YOU.” Will Unbesiegbar not survive #HardJustice?
Apollo Crews finds Trick in the parking lot.
Trick congratulates Crews on being drafted back to Raw, and Crews says he appreciates that. And Crews saw Trick challenge Bron to a match. Trick says he’s gonna handle business, and Crews says that’s admirable. And while Crews has had his wars with Trick Melo Gang in the past, he just wants to say before he leaves, he sees a lot in Trick. Trick has the ability to take over NXT if he wanted. Melo has the spotlight now, as he deserves. But Trick is the definition of a superstar. Crews knows the others only wish they had the same gifts Trick does. Don’t let that talent go to waste. Keep grinding, keep busting your ass, and next year, it could be Trick’s name called in the Draft.
Trick says Crews doesn’t know how much that means to Trick. They shake hands and Crews tells Trick to give Bron hell. Will Trick be able to break through against Bron Breakker?
Indi Hartwell is here!
Thanks to the WWE Draft, the NXT Women’s Champion is going to Raw! But right now, she has the belt on her shoulder, a cast on her foot, and a mic in hand. Fans chant “You Deserve It!’ in regards to the title and the draft pick. Indi says, “One thousand, three hundred and 30 days ago, I stepped through the doors of the WWE Performance Center for the very first time. I was a freshly-turned 23-year-old, with a hope and a dream. Because I was a fan of the black ‘n’ gold era. Women like Bayley and Charlotte and Asuka, who carved their own way in this industry. Legends who helped build the division to what it is today. Women who helped make this championship one of the most important titles in WWE.
“No one ever thought that I was gonna achieve this goal. They counted me out, people doubted me, until I found… The Way.” Fans cheer that! Indi says it was a family, with Johnny Gargano, Candice LeRae, Austin Theory, and #SexyDexi. That is where she formed a bond with them, but also with the fans. Fans cheer that, too! Indi says she got married right here in this very ring! A WWE wedding with no interruptions? Indi couldn’t believe it! Just like she couldn’t believe she was atop that ladder with the NXT Women’s Championship at Stand & Deliver.
“A lot of people say they wanna be a fighting champion, but you don’t always get an opportunity to prove that. Last week, I was in the medical room with a high ankle sprain, about to be taken out of the match, and I thought, ‘Hell no!'” Fans cheer because Indi got her ass back out to the ring and showed everyone she IS the best in the division! Indi wasn’t gonna let her title run end on the medical table. Fans chant for “Indi Wrestling!” And then, came Friday, and Indi got drafted to Monday Night Raw. Fans cheer that even more! “You Deserve It!” Indi thanks them for that. It has been a few days, and she still can’t believe it.
Come Monday, May 8th, Indi’s new home will be Raw. But right now, just like when she was 23, the most important thing is NXT and this title. So starting next week, there will be a tournament to crown a NEW NXT Women’s Champion, culminating at Battleground in Lowell, Massachusetts. “Ladies, good luck.” And one more thing before she goes. These are words Indi lives by: Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Fans cheer that as Indi gives one last long and sorrowful look at the title. She kisses it goodbye, then sets it down on the mat. And now, how to get out of the ring…
Fans cheer as DEXTER LUMIS slides out from under the ring! He gives a smile and thumbs up, and then helps his wife out of the ring. #InDex says goodbye to NXT one last time. Will nothing stop Indi from being Impressive on Raw? And who will be the next woman to pick up that title? Wait, Tiffany Stratton appears to grab the belt! But so does Cora Jade! They tug-o-war over it! Only for LYRA VALKYRIA to CLOBBER them both! Ivy and Tatum and just about EVERY woman in the locker room rushes out! They all brawl, refs hurry to stop this, but fans are loving it! Will it be nothing but chaos until NXT Battleground?
A great NXT to follow the WWE Draft, and at least some things were cleared up after what felt like miscues between NXT and main roster. Despite there being a tag title match tonight where both teams were moving on from NXT, it is heavily implied that the champions will pull a Kevin Owens style call-up. Fyre & Dawn had an awesome match with Kayden & Katana, and Fyre & Dawn retaining makes sense given the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Liv Morgan & Shayna Baszler, are on Raw. Fyre & Dawn bring the NXT titles to SmackDown, probably feuding with a team there but also teams on NXT. Maybe we’ll finally get some triple branded competition again with both WWE and NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions going back and forth between Raw, SmackDown & NXT.
And as Indi said in her great promo to close the show, we are getting a tournament to crown a new champion at Battleground, as I was hoping for the moment Indi was drafted. We got a great bit of chaos to close the night, but of course Cora and Tiffany were the first two of the roster to go out and grab the belt, it fits both of their characters. But as such, it’d make for a much better finals if at least one of them wasn’t in the finals, and then someone else entirely wins the belt. Lyra did strike them both down, maybe Lyra finally gets a title after having multiple delays, both in NXT UK and here in NXT.
For that matter, where the hell has Blair Davenport been since Mandy Rose buried her and Meiko Satomura at World’s Collide? Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne should also be a big part of that tournament, they had a really good match tonight. I feel like Jacy got bloodied the hard way, that was quite the drip and since when has WWE had blood? At the same time, Gigi and Jacy can wrap up their feud without the belt, escalating to some kind of No Disqualification match for the winner to then challenge the new champion over the Summer. And at that point, it could be anyone, so we’d be getting a fresh match-up in time for the SummerSlam season.
I loved the Chase U segment, because I just felt for the longest time that a “Duke University” pun was in the works, and here it was! Chase will surely be upset, and this could be leading to Chase VS Duke after all. Dijak has a good promo calling out Dragunov, but I’m pretty sure Dragunov will win their match. And really good segment from Stone and Von, surprisingly. Using Von’s dad and his career in story made sense, but wow, are we getting some worked shoot of Von’s real life? Is Von no longer going to be big meaty meathead and actually have something we can sympathize with? I’m not sure how to feel about that.
Great opening title match from Wes VS Gulak, and of course Bate counters Dempsey as part of the finish. But Bate eyeing the title, I would definitely love seeing Wes VS Bate for the North American Championship at Battleground. That one could go either way, as Wes has been a great champion but Bate’s been deserving of something for some time. Trick had a great promo segment with Bron to set up a match which will of course be Bron’s tune-up before Battleground. Apollo also had a great promo with Trick that honestly felt like his genuine feelings. Trick really is great on the mic and in the ring, he’s bound to get some kind of title in his NXT run.
Good promo from Eddy Thorpe and Damon Kemp, especially since it was a subtle reference to the NJPW Young Boy to Young Lion system. Eddy has to win against Damon and then throw it in Damon’s face that he should clean up after him. And I do appreciate that NXT Anonymous posted that highlight reel of the attack segments, and putting a scroll of possibly real fan comments, not just a bunch of kayfabe comments. The real-life answer is that a coach at NXT is pushing the women’s roster too hard in strength training, because there is at least half a dozen other injuries we haven’t even seen played out as an attack, but could totally be put that way for kayfabe’s sake.
Great match out of Axiom and Scrypts, though it makes that random match they had on Level Up months ago all the more random. This should’ve been the first thing we’ve ever seen from these two so that we’d be even more surprised. But Axiom winning was of course the right move, and wow, I didn’t think he’d demask Scrypts here! Everyone already knew it was Reggie, but it’s great that we can finally say it’s Reggie and get from Reggie why he became Scrypts in the first place. And great debut match from Dani Palmer, but I feel like her ring gear could be better. Lots of little straps here and there, but all different colors, that makes it a bit of a mess. It’d be better if they were all the same bright color. Just my opinion.
Great match from Gacy VS Coffey, and I just knew The Schism was going to cheat to help Gacy win so that The Dyad can get their tag title match. Given that Zack Gibson & James Drake are still here as Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed rather than being released as they asked, I hope that means HHH & HBK are going to do big things with them. The Dyad winning the tag titles could be a good move, especially since it feels like Diamond Mine is going to feud with The Schism. Or, perhaps The Diamond Mine stops The Schism from cheating, furthering their feud, and then Gallus feuds with The D’Angelo Family for all that mafia stuff. Well, Gallus VS Tony & Stacks could still happen even without the titles, the winners challenging for the titles at Battleground.
And just an awesome match from Dragon Lee VS JD McDonagh. Given JD is moving on to Raw, I did not see him winning. Wrestling is always about putting someone who is sticking around over, using someone who is on their way out. But since JD is simply moving to Raw and not leaving WWE, he goes over to have momentum for when he shows up on Raw and starts whatever story HHH has planned. As for Dragon and Dar, Dragon losing because of Dar is the perfect way to get their feud going, and they are definitely fighting for the Heritage Cup. Still hoping for a tournament there myself, as Dar’s attempt to keep Dragon away from him, but chances are, they’re going to be more direct in this feud.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (12/1/23)
SmackDown hears voices!
The Viper is here for The Bloodline!
He returned at WarGames, he returned to Monday Night Raw, and now, The Apex Predator, Randy Orton, returns to Friday Night SmackDown! Will he be able to strike at The Bloodline tonight?
- Pete Dunne VS Bobby Lashley w/ The Street Profits; wins.
- Kevin Owens VS Grayson Waller; wins.
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Bianca Belair is here!
Brooklyn cheers The EST as she skips to the ring, her team victorious against Damage Control in WarGames! After a recap package, fans chant for Bianca and she gets the mic to say, “Man, it is so cool to be in one of the best boroughs in one of the greatEST cities in the world, Brooklyn!” The fans cheer that! Bianca says DMG CTRL really tried to take them out, but her team did what needed to be done. So shout out to Becky Lynch for coming through, showing up and showing out. Shout out to Shotzi for her guts and passion. And shoutout to Charlotte Flair for being a bigger person and making that call to Becky.
“Now while it feels great to be standing in this ring and celebrating that W from WarGames, my war with DMG CTRL, it ain’t over~! Cuz Iyo Sky, I’m still coming for you, cuz I want my title back!” Fans also cheer that. But speaking of Iyo, here she comes! The Evil Genius leads DMG CTRL out, though where’s Bayley? That aside, Dakota Kai is the one to tell Bianca, “It’s really great how uh, you can get all of these people to cheer for you.” The fans boo her but Dakota tells them to shut up! Dakota says just earlier, Iyo was saying how gross it is here in Brooklyn! It smells! Who would want to live here?!
DMG CTRL slide into the ring, and Dakota says Iyo was also saying that Bianca is in way over her head, dude. Iyo already beat Bianca twice. So… if Bianca wants to get yet another shot, she’ll have to go through all of DMG CTRL. Well that ain’t nothing new. So who wants it first, huh? But wait! Here come Charlotte & Shotzi to back Bianca up! Fans cheer as Charlotte says “Ladies~…! Bianca isn’t the only one coming for you. And I’d love to go through all of DMG CTRL.” Shotzi says it seems to her that there’s enough DMG CTRL to go around. They rush in, and the brawl is on! Fans fire up but Iyo TOSSES Bianca and helps Asuka against Charlotte!
Shotzi and Kairi brawl in a corner, Bianca returns, Charlotte BOOTS Asuka way while Bianca RAMS Iyo into a corner! Bianca stomps Iyo down, Charlotte helps Shotzi with Kairi, and Charlotte sets Kairi up for Shotzi’s BOOT! Iyo ends up isolated, and Bianca hits a SPINEBUSTER! Iyo scrambles out, DMG CTRL regroups, are their days on top numbered?
Pete Dunne VS Bobby Lashley w/ The Street Profits!
With Sheamus recovering from injury and Ridge Holland just ditching him last week, The Bruiserweight is all alone against The All Mighty! Will Dunne stand a chance against the overwhelming strength of Bobby Lashley?
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/1/23)
A Block, round 5!
Will it be Chaos for the Reiwa Musketeers?
Shota Umino & Ren Narita are just outside the top spot in A Block, can they take over and truly lead NJPW’s future in World Tag League?
- Six Man Tag: El Phantasmo, Hikuleo & Jado VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
- Six Man Tag: Just5Guys VS Tiger Mask, Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; Just5Guys win.
- Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Ryusuke Taguchi, Lance Archer & Alex Zayne; Wato, Nagata & Suzuki win.
- 8 Man Tag: Yoh, Bishamon & Boltin Oleg VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; Yoh, Bishamon & Oleg win.
- 2023 World Tag League, Block A: The Gates of Agony VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Evil & Yujiro win.
- 2023 World Tag League, Block A: TMDK VS Kaito Kiyomiya & Ryohei Oiwa; TMDK wins.
- 2023 World Tag League, Block A: Great-O-Khan & Henare VS Gabe Kidd & Alex Coughlin; Kidd & Coughlin win.
- 2023 World Tag League, Block A: Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii; Yano & Ishii win.
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Here are the current A Block standings.
TMDK: 3-1, 6 points
Shota Umino & Ren Narita: 3-1, 6 points
Kaito Kiyomiya & Ryohei Oiwa: 2-2, 4 points
War Dogs: 2-2, 4 points
The United Empire: 2-2, 4 points
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 2-2, 4 points
The House of Torture: 1-3, 2 points
The Gates of Agony: 1-3, 2 points
2023 World Tag League, Block A: The Gates of Agony VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi w/ The House of Torture!
Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona finally got on the board, beating the War Dogs. Meanwhile, the House of Torture is falling apart as they just keep losing! Will the Gates slam shut on them, too? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp find a way to lie, cheat and steal a win once again?
Wait, the Gates are coming out wearing House of Torture shirts? And then they wait for the House to make their entrance? Is this a sign that they’ve become allies? Dick Togo, Sho, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, and of course Evil & Yujiro all come out together and they seem pretty chummy with the Gates. All seven go to the ring now, and this is a rather interesting development. Did Prince Nana approve this deal? Everyone shakes hands and “put one out” so clearly there’s something to this. They even pose for photos! But then Kaun & Liona quickly and quietly TOSS Sho & Kanemaru, then they TOSS Dick! Yujiro & Evil don’t understand!
Kaun & Liona throw forearms, the bell rings and the Gates whip Evil & Yujiro. Yujiro & Evil hold ropes to then BOOT in return! But they run into double scoop SLAMS! The Gates tear off the House of Torture shirts, and Liona even wipes his butt with it! Evil & Yujiro are in opposite corners, Kaun runs in to ELBOW Yujiro and Liona SPLASHES Evil! Then the Gates trade, ELBOW for Evil and SPLASH for Yujiro! And back the other way! Fans fire up as the Gates tricked the tricksters! They fire each other up, and Kaun sends Liona into SPLASH Evil! The fans rally up, the Gates run in to SPLASH SANDWICH Evil!
Liona stands Evil back up, he and Kaun OPEN- NO, Yujiro saves Evil and they bail out. The House falls back, daring the Gates to come out after them. The Gates storm out after them, but going all the way to the entrance is suspicious. Sho & Kanemaru attack from behind with chairs! Fans boo as Dick distracts the ref so that the House can mug the Gates! Sho CHOKES Liona with his chair, but Liona bench presses it away! Yujiro helps Sho while Evil drags Kaun around, to RAM into the timekeeper’s area! Poor Abe-san! The fans boo but Evil gets on the mic to basically say this is what they get for messing with the House!
Yujiro SMACKS Liona off the timekeeper’s table, but Liona roars! So Yujiro POSTS Liona to knock him down! Evil drags Kaun up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up. Evil CLUBS Kaun, CLUBS him again, and calls to the ref. Marty Asami returns and Evil stomps Kaun. Evil drags Kaun up, wrenches the arm and tags in Yujiro. Yujiro CLUBS Kaun’s arm, then reels him in to snapmare and ROCK with a haymaker. Yujiro looms over Kaun to rain down more fists but the ref reprimands. No closed fists! So Yujiro fishhooks Kaun’s nose! Yujiro sits Kaun up to run and basement BOOT! Cover, ONE!!
Yujiro is annoyed but he drags Kaun back up. Yujiro wrenches, wristlocks, and he CLUBS the arm. And stomps it! Kaun clutches the arm, it is taped up from that fight with the War Dogs. Yujiro wraps the arm around ropes! The ref counts, Yujiro lets off at 4 but the House all complains. Tag to Evil and he throws his shirt at Liona. Now the ref has to keep Liona out, and Evil throws Kaun out for the boys to stomp away on! Fans boo these vultures, but then Sho puts Kaun back in for Evil. Cover, TWO! Evil argues with the ref but the fans rally up. Evil tags Yujiro then runs to BLAST Liona! Liona stays up and roars, so Evil pokes him in the eyes!
Evil and Yujiro drag Kaun up, whip him to a corner, and Yujiro runs in but into Kaun’s BOOT! Kaun catches Evil for an URENAGE! Then Kaun uses Evil as a step to SHOTGUN Yujiro! Fans fire up while they’re all done, and Kaun crawls over. Hot tag to Liona! Liona rallies on Yujiro, BOOTS him, then catches Evil for a spin and LARIAT! Fans fire up more and Liona has targets in opposite corners. Liona roars, then SPLASHES Evil! SPLASH for Yujiro! SPLASH for Evil! SPLASH for Yujiro! Liona just keeps going, then he whips Evil into Yujiro! Fans fire up with Liona, and he runs back in, but both Yujiro and Evil dodge!
Yujiro & Evil kick low, double whip to ropes, but Liona breaks the line to DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Fans fire up again and Liona roars for Kaun! Kaun rises and tags in, and the Gates get Yujiro up! But Yujiro moves, the double lariats collide! Kaun hurries to grab a leg but Yujiro BOOTS Kaun into Liona! Evil tags in and he storms up to CLUB Kaun! Evil stomps Kaun, Yujiro joins in, and the ref reprimands. Yujiro drags Kaun to a corner, he and Evil double whip Kaun corner to corner. Yujiro runs in to BOOT! Evil runs in to clothesline! Snapmare and then they set Kaun up while Sho distracts! Dick hops up, DICK CHOP!!
Fans boo as Evil covers, TWO!! Kaun survives and the fans fire up again! Evil slashes his throat, drags Kaun up, and spins him around, but Liona is back! HELL STAB! Then a HEADBUTT for Yujiro! Liona & Kaun BLAST Dick & Sho off the apron! The fans fire up as now Evil is alone! Kaun & Liona high five and LARIAT SANDWICH! They roar again and they get Evil up. HEAVEN’S GATES!! Cover, but Dick YANKS the ref out!! Fans boo, but Yujiro slips back in to CLUB the Gates! Kaun ROCKS Yujiro in return! Kaun & Liona set Evil & Yujiro up, but they block double low blows! Kanemaru and Sho get in, they DOUBLE LOW BLOW!!
Fans boo as the House stomps away on the Gates! Yujiro has his cane, Dick has the Spoiler Choker. Liona shoves Sho aside but gets the CANE SHOT! Dick CHOKES Kaun, Kanemaru gives him WHISKEY MIST! And then Sho CLOBBERS Kaun with his wrench! Dick gets the ref back in as Evil hits EVERYTHING IS EVIL on Kaun!! Cover, The House wins!
Winners: Evil & Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; The Gates of Agony earn 0)
Kaun & Liona lured the House in, but one good trick wasn’t enough to beat the numbers game. The House even mugs the Young Lions trying to help The Gates! Will this be the beginning of the most unwanted comeback in World Tag League history?
2023 World Tag League, Block A: TMDK w/ Kosei Fujita VS Kaito Kiyomiya & Ryohei Oiwa!
The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls did fall for the trickery of Toru Yano. Will TMDK be able to rebound and stay at the top of the block? Or will the Green Supernova and his protege still #CreateTheFuture?
The teams sort out and Mad Mikey starts against Oiwa. They tie up, fans rally up, and Oiwa pushes Mikey back, only for Mikey to put him on ropes. Mikey lets off but shoves Oiwa. Oiwa shoves back! They go forehead to forehead, then forearm for forearm! Mikey claws eyes, headlocks, and brings Oiwa over. Shane tags in, Oiwa gets away, and then Oiwa arm-drags Mikey! Shane runs in, but into an arm-drag! Oiwa wrenches and whips Shane to ropes, Kaito joins in so they can DOUBLE ARM-DRAG! And then DOUBLE DROPKICK! The fans fire and Oiwa has Shane in a corner. Shane throws a chop, but Oiwa stomps and ROCKS Shane in return.
Oiwa drags Shane up to wrench and wristlock, then he scoops to POWERSLAM! Oiwa runs, but Shane gets up to DROPKICK back! Shane puts Oiwa on ropes, stomps away, and then BLASTS Kaito! Mikey smothers Oiwa on the apron, lets off before he gets caught, and then Shane slides to SHOVE Oiwa to the floor! The ref has to keep Kaito back, so that lets Mikey stomp Oiwa. Mikey puts Oiwa in, Shane covers, TWO! Shane drags Oiwa up, brings him around and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Mikey and he CHOPS! Fans rally, Mikey eggs Oiwa on then CHOPS him again! Mikey ROCKS Oiwa, Oiwa ROCKS Mikey!
Oiwa fires off on Mikey but Mikey ROCKS him right back! And CHOPS him right down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Mikey sits Oiwa up and runs. Oiwa avoids the sliding lariat! Mikey hobbles up, throws a forearm but Oiwa throws back a flurry! Mikey fires a flurry of his own! Mikey runs, into an UPPERCUT! Oiwa runs and ROLLING ELBOWS Mikey down! Fans fire up as both men crawl, hot tag to Kaito! Kaito rallies on TMDK, whips Mikey and DROPKICKS him down! Shane kicks and runs, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up again and Kaito whips corner to corner. Mikey reverses but Kaito comes back to NECKBREAKER DROP! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up again as Kaito drags Mikey up and reels him in. Mikey fights the suplex, but Kaito fires forearms! Kaito reels Mikey in but Mikey suplexes! Kaito slips free, ducks Mikey’s elbow, but Mikey DDTS! Fans fire up while both men are down, Mikey crawls to hot tag Shane! Shane UPPERCUTS again and again on Kaito, whips him to a corner then BLASTS Oiwa before he UPPERCUTS Kaito! Shane keeps moving, CANNONBALL! Fans fire up with Hysterical Haste and he drags Kaito up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Kaito survives and fans rally up. Shane calls his shot and he drags Kaito back up to reel him in.
Shane underhooks the arms, lifts, but Kaito fights free to chicken wing! Shane fights that to ROCK Kaito! Shane eggs Kaito on then UPPERCUTS him! Kaito comes back to UPPERCUT Shane! Shane UPPERCUTS Kaito! Kaito grits his teeth and shakes his head. Kaito UPPERCUTS, Shane UPPERCUTS, repeat! Fans rally, Shane gets the edge with UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT, but Kaito rebounds to RUNNING UPPERCUT! Both men are down again, and the fans fire up! Shane crawls to an open corner, Kaito crawls to hot tag Oiwa! Oiwa runs in to forearm smash, then he whips Shane corner to corner. Oiwa runs in to DROPKICK!
Fans rally up again as Oiwa clamps on a gut wrench, for a GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Oiwa drags Shane up again, GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Oiwa isn’t done, he drags Shane up for a GUT WRENCH BRIDGE! Cover, TWO! Oiwa BLASTS Mikey and Kaito slides in. They double whip Shane, then Kaito sends Oiwa in to ELBOW! Kaito runs in to forearm! Feed to the SPIN POWERSLAM! Cover, Mikey breaks it! Kaito TOSSES Mikey and Oiwa fires up! Oiwa drags Shane up in a waistlock but Mikey makes the save! Mikey CHOPS and Shane LARIATS! They coordinate, fireman’s carry, HIGHWAY TO HELL! Cover, Kaito breaks it!
The fans fire up again but Mikey tosses Kaito out. Shane kicks Oiwa around, eggs him on, but Oiwa sits up. Kaito gives more kicks, and a boot! Shane aims from a corner, runs in, but Oiwa dodges the Shane-ing Wizard to single leg, ANACONDA SUPLEX! Shane staggers back up, Oiwa gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, but Mikey sweeps Oiwa’s legs! Mikey whips, Oiwa reverses and DROPKICKS! Oiwa calls to Kaito and he returns. They get Shane up and fans fire up with them. Oiwa Electric Chair Lifts while Kaito climbs. But Shane victory rolls under the crossbody! TWO!! Mikey catches Kaito for a MIKEY BOMB!
Oiwa fires off on Mikey and DOUBLE CHOPS! But Shane SUPERKICKS! Mikey scoops, TANK BUSTER!! Cover, TMDK wins!!
Winner: TMDK, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kaito & Oiwa earn 0)
A powerful battle from both teams, but only one team was mighty! Will Shane & Mikey still be the A Block finalists
2023 World Tag League, Block A: Great-O-Khan & Henare w/ Callum Newman VS Gabe Kidd & Alex Coughlin!
The Dominator & Face of Fury are holding on at 2-2, but so are #WarReady and the Dreadnought! Will the United Empire conquer these War Dogs and stay strong? Or will Kidd & Coughlin win won for the Rebel?
But of course the War Dogs attack at the ramp! But the Empire is ready, and Khan JAMS Kidd with his banner’s staff! Henare fires hands on Coughlin, HEADBUTTS him, and Khan CHOKES Kidd with the staff! Khan throws Kidd down, Henare CLUBS away on Coughlin, and the Empire gets the Dogs set up for Callum! Callum FLIES! Direct hit and he even lands on his feet! Fans fire up with the Empire and they throw the crowns up. Khan CLUBS Kidd, Henare LASHES Coughlin with his vest, and then Khan whips Kidd hard into railing! Red Shoes says fine then, and the bell rings to get this on record.
Fans cheer while Henare puts Coughlin in and throws forearms. Henare runs to then run Coughlin over! Fans cheer more, and Henare aims. Henare KICKS Coughlin in the back! And KICKS him again! Henare snapmares Coughlin to KICK him again! Then he SENTONS onto knees! Coughlin deadlifts and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Coughlin stomps Henare while Kidd whips Khan hard into railing, sending him up and out! Kidd then drags Khan to the back area of the stands, and whips him all the way into a wall! Coughlin digs his boots into Henare in a corner, then his knee. Red Shoes reprimands and Coughlin lets off.
Kidd and Khan keep brawling in the back as Coughlin CHOPS Henare! Coughlin whips Henare corner to corner then clotheslines! Coughlin then scoops Henare, and hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Henare tumbles and writhes while fans applaud the show of strength. Coughlin covers, TWO! Tag to Kidd, and the War Dogs get Henare up. Coughlin holds the arms back so Kidd can CHOP Henare! And CHOP again! Kidd then stands on Henare’s head but Red Shoes reprimands. Kidd steps off to storm around. Kidd mockingly asks where Will Ospreay went. Kidd says he’s beating up Ospreay’s boys like they’re his b*tches!
Kidd DECKS Henare, then digs his knee in again. Tag to Coughlin, he drags Henare up, and says “Knock knock” as he taps Henare on the head. Henare snarls but Coughlin SLAPS him down! Coughlin says Henare’s supposed to respond, “Who’s there.” Coughlin kneels on Henare but Khan knocks him over! The War Dogs mug Khan, Kidd drags him out of the ring, then whips him hard into railing! Kidd even DECKS Callum for the hell of it! Fans boo but Kidd says he’s a madman! Coughlin stomps Henare, drags him up, and RAMS him into the corner. Tag to Kidd and Kidd RAMS into Henare. Kidd then snapmares Henare to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO!
Khan runs back in but Kidd DECKS him! Kidd drags Khan up to throw him out, and Coughlin hauls him up to whip hard into more railing! Kidd storms around, kicks Henare, but Henare grits his teeth. Kidd eggs Henare on, kicks again, but Henare blocks! Henare steps over to WHEEL KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Henare crawls, Khan drags himself up! But Coughlin runs in to BLAST Khan off the apron! Coughlin then goes out to stomp on Khan, and Kidd CLUBS Henare. Coughlin sends Khan into railing again! Kidd drags Henare up, ROCKS him, then bumps him off buckles. But Henare just growls!
Kidd bumps Henare off more buckles, but Henare just headbutts the buckles! Kidd eggs Henare on, CHOPS him, then whips him. But Henare reverses to SAMOAN DROP! Fans fire up as Henare crawls for his corner. Hot tag- NO, Coughlin YANKS Khan down! Red Shoes reprimands, Coughlin whips, but Khan reverses to send him into railing! And then Khan BOOTS Coughlin down! The fans fire up, hot tag to Khan! Khan runs Kidd over, whips him to a corner and clotheslines! Then torture rack and swing, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kidd is still in this but the fans rally behind Khan. Khan sits Kidd up, into the IRON CLAW SLEEPER!
Kidd BITES the fingers! And SNAPS them! Kidd runs, rebounds, but Khan gets under! Henare runs in, ASSISTED SITOUT POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Kidd survives but Henare and Khan coordinate. Shoutout to Aussie Open, RUNNING KICK SANDWICH! Scoop, HEEL KICK T T D!! Cover, Coughlin breaks it! Coughlin and Henare trade big forearms! Fans fire up as they go back and forth! Coughlin gets the edge, but Henare BODY BLOWS! And ULTIMA- NO, Coughlin fights the full nelson! So Henare shoves him to a corner for a SHINING WIZARD! Then snapmare and RUGBY KICK! And then the Monster Rage boils over!
Henare drags Kidd up, fireman’s carries, and Khan runs. But Kidd slips free to shove Henare into Khan! Kidd BITES Henare, TOSSES him out, talks trash, but turns around into the HELL STAB! IRON CLAW, but Kidd grabs at Red Shoes! RIGHT HAND!! Kidd and Khan fall over after that closed fist shot! Fans rally up as hard as they can but Kidd snarls as he drags Khan up. Kidd runs, springboards, OSCUTTER?!? Kidd sends a message to Ospreay, and Coughlin is back in! Gut wrench, Coughlin goes up, HIJACK TOMBSTONE!! Cover, War Dogs win!!
Winners: Gabe Kidd & Alex Coughlin, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Khan & Henare earn 0)
That madman tells Ospreay that he’s dead when they finally face off 1v1! December 16th is still two weeks away, is Kidd going to overlook the rest of the WTL all because he wants after the Kingpin?
2023 World Tag League, Block A: Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii!
The Reiwa Musketeers are coming off a big main event win last round, and are near the top of the block! But the Clown Prince & Stone Pitbull just took down the top of the block last round against TMDK! Will Yano & Ishii pull off another shocker to get to the front of the line? Or will the Roughneck & Son of Strong Style make it through the Chaos?
The teams sort out and Ishii starts against Narita. The fans rally, the two tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Every step Narita pushes Ishii back, Ishii pushes Narita back. Ishii uses his stockier frame to keep pushing Narita, and they end up on ropes. Red Shoes calls the break, Ishii lets off, but Narita intercepts the forearm with a forearm! Narita fires off more shots, but Ishii eggs him on! Ishii and Narita trade forearms back and forth, fans fire up as they pick up speed! Narita ROCKS Ishii, runs, but Ishii avoids the boot. Narita avoids the lariat to BOOT Ishii down after all! Fans fire up and Narita stomps Ishii. Narita then stands Ishii up to bump off buckles.
But then Ishii hits Shota! Shota hits back, Ishii fights both Musketeers at once! That doesn’t go well and they mug him 2v1. Tag to Shota and he digs his boots in while Narita BLASTS Yano! Red Shoes counts, Shota & Narita double whip Ishii to ropes, then DOUBLE ELBOW! SENTON! SOMERSAULT SENTON! Then they shake hands to DOUBLE ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Shota kicks Ishii around, eggs him on, but Ishii stands. The two stare down, and Shota throws a forearm. Ishii eggs Shota on now, so Shota throws more forearms. Ishii leans into the shots and backs Shota down like that! Shota keeps throwing shots, but Ishii DECKS him!
Fans fire up and Ishii rains down more shots on Shota! Red Shoes counts, Ishii lets off, and then Ishii eggs Narita on. Red Shoes keeps Narita back and Yano tags in. Yano fires up, and he unties a buckle pad! Then he throws it to Shota and tattles on him to Red Shoes! Shota gives the buckle pad over, and Yano SLAPS Shota in the head! Fans cheer but Shota scowls. Yano claws the eyes! Yano runs, Shota ELBOWS him then runs to basement dropkick! Tag to Narita, and Narita whips Yano to ropes, for a NECKBREAKER DROP! Cover, TWO! Yano is still in this and fans rally up. Narita brings Yano up but Yano pulls hair!
Narita kicks and whips but Yano reverses to throw Narita down by his hair! Yano drags Narita up and whips him into the bare buckles! Narita writhes, Yano BLASTS Shota, and Ishii rushes over to go after him! Yano throws Narita out and then goes out after him. Yano whips Narita hard into railing! Ishii whips Shota hard into railing, too! Yano drags Narita back up, puts him in the ring, and he stomps Narita around. Yano drags Narita up, tells haters to shut up, then tags in Ishii. Ishii CHOPS Narita, stalks him, and CHOPS him against the ropes! Ishii eggs Narita on and CHOPS him again. Ishii continues to egg Narita on, so Narita throws a forearm!
Ishii slaps Narita around, Narita throws more shots, but Ishii CHOPS him back down! Fans applaud, and Ishii taunts Shota. Shota coaches Narita but Ishii gives Narita toying kicks. Ishii HEADBUTTS Narita, CHOPS him, then CHOPS and CHOPS again! Narita roars but Ishii CHOPS him back down! Ishii whips Narita corner to corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! Narita runs up, Ishii ROCKS him! Ishii swings, but into a HALF HATCH! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Hot tag to Shota! Shota fires off on Ishii, whips him to ropes, but Ishii reverses. Shota CLOBBERS Ishii, then BLASTS Yano! Fans fire up behind Shota and he sends Ishii to a corner.
Shota runs in to UPPERCUT, then FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Shota keeps going, and he turns Ishii over into an STF! Yano stomps Shota, so Shota kicks Yano and tosses him out. Shota goes back to Ishii, stands him up, and clinches. Ishii fights the lift with elbows! Shota ROCKS Ishii, gives him taunting kicks, but Ishii ROCKS Shota back! Shota and Ishii stare down, and Shota fires off forearm after forearm! Shota has Ishii in the corner for more shots! Red Shoes reprimands but Ishii roars and turns things around to CHOP and ROCK Shota on repeat! The fans rally up as Shota sits down, only for Ishii to stand him back up for more!
Ishii CHOPS and ROCKS Shota into sitting down again, and the fans fire up! Ishii eggs Shota on, kicks him around, slaps him even, and Shota scowls. Shota storms up on Ishii, Ishii throws a forearm. Shota eggs Ishii on, and leans into the shots a la Ishii. Shota then ROCKS Ishii and he staggers away! Ishii comes back, Shota clinches but Ishii slips around. Shota elbows Ishii, whips, but Ishii reverses to SAIDO! Fans fire up while both men are down! Shota and Ishii crawl, hot tag to Yano! Yano fires up and whips Shota, but Shota reverses. Yano avoids the bare buckles, to then bait Shota into them! Roll up, TWO!
Yano runs, but Shota DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up again, and Shota crawls to hot tag Narita! Narita runs up on Yano, BACK ELBOW! Then HALF HATCH BRIDGE! Cover, TWO! Yano escapes, but Narita BLASTS Ishii to cut off the tag. Narita clinches but Yano fights the lift! So Narita trips Yano, and rolls him, CROSS ANKLE CLOVERLEAF! Yano endures, the fans rally up, but Narita drags Yano from ropes! Yano keeps fighting around, he reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Narita lets off in frustration but the fans rally up again. Narita stands Yano up, reels him in, COBRA TWIST! But Yano powers free with a hip toss!
Narita runs in but Yano trips him! CATAPULT into the bare buckles!! Ishii clotheslines Narita, too! Then he BLASTS Shota! Yano fires up and he hauls Narita up. ONI- NO, Narita fights free! Narita gets around, SLEEPER! Yano is fading fast, but Narita goes to the COBRA TWIST now! Yano endures, fans rally up, and Yano fights his way around. Shota keeps Ishii out, and Narita brings Yano away with the SLEEPER! Then back to COBRA TWIST! Yano is turning red like his favorite chair! But Ishii sends Shota into railing, to then TACKLE Narita! Fans fire up while Narita tosses Ishii back out. Narita roars and goes back for Yano.
Narita drags Yano up but Yano fights the suplex. Narita knees low, runs, but Yano avoids the boot to clinch and BELLY2BELLY! Fans fire up while both men are down! Yano and Narita crawl, hot tag to Ishii, and he BLASTS Shota! Ishii drags Narita up, throws him into Shota, then runs, but Narita BOOTS! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ishii escapes and the fans fire up again. Narita crawls, hot tag to Shota! Shota aims at Ishii, BANG and V-TRIGGER! Shota then slingshots to APRON DDT Ishii!! Fans are thunderous and Shota stands tall as Ishii flops over. Red Shoes checks but Ishii is somehow still in this.
Shota drags Ishii up as the ring count begins. Shota puts Ishii in, climbs up a corner, and he MISSILE DROPKICKS Ishii down! Then Shota resets, to slingshot CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and the fans fire up again! Shota drags Ishii up, dragon sleepers, but Ishii fights free. Ishii runs, into a snap cradle, that then shifts into a BONE LOCK!! Ishii endures the over-the-shoulder crossface, but Narita keeps Yano out! Shota pulls on the hold, but Ishii still fights around! Ishii reaches out, but Shota pulls back more! Ishii flails and kicks around, to have the ROPEBREAK! Shota lets go and the fans fire up again.
Narita slides in, he and Shota coordinate. Shota wrenches Ishii, dragon sleepers, and then gets Ishii up. Narita runs, BOOT into SAVING GRACE! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and the fans are thunderous again! The Musketeers stay focused, though, and they haul Ishii up. They double whip him to a corner, Shota runs in to ELBOW! Narita runs in to JUMP KICK! Feed to Shota’s forearm! Narita’s BOOT! Shota’s ROLLING ELBOW! Another BOOT! And then the lift, for the HART ATTACK! Cover, YANO BREAKS IT! Fans fire up but Narita fires off on Yano! Yano gets around, fireman’s carry takeover! Yano kicks and whips Shota, but Shota reverses!
But Yano denies the tornado DDT! Yano atomic drops Shota, then pops him up. Shota fights the Onigoroshi, underhooks Yano, but Yano RAMS Shota into bare buckles! Ishii reels Shota in, hoists him up, POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! Shota survives and the fans fire up again! Ishii roars, the fans duel, and Shota flounders up. Ishii runs, Shota BOOTS him, blocks the lariat, and ENZIGURIS! Narita is back to WHEEL KICK! Narita hurries to get Ishii up and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Then a clinch, but Ishii HEADBUTTS free! Narita ENZIGURIS, Shota full nelsons! Narita runs, but Ishii gets free, the BOOT hits Shota!
Ishii shoves Shota into Narita, Yano drags Narita out! LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!?! Shota survives and fans are thunderous again! Ishii grits his teeth and he stands back up. Ishii roars and looks to finish this off. We’re at 20 minutes, Ishii suplexes, but Shota slips free! HALF ‘N’ HALF! But Ishii gets right up to CLOBBER Shota! But Shota’s right up to SHOTGUN Ishii! Ishii’s back, but Shota pop-up KNEES, and LARIATS! Fans fire up again and Shota drags Ishii up. HALF ‘N’ HALF BRIDGE! Cover, TWO!! The fans are thunderous and Shota just fires up again! Shota aims from a corner, vowing to end it here!
Ishii slowly rises, Shota runs in, BLAZE BLADE!! But Shota isn’t done! Underhooks and- NO, Ishii wrenches out to PELE!! Both men are down and the fans are electric! Ishii goes to the corner while the fans duel, and he SLIDING LARIATS!! Cover, NARITA BREAKS IT! Yano runs in to toss Narita out! Ishii roars and he drags Shota back up. Ishii suplexes, but Shota fights free! Shota wrenches, ROCKS and ROLLING- NO, Ishii ROCKS Shota! But Shota catches Ishii, only for Ishii to wrench out! Shota POP-UP UPPERCUTS! And then V- NO, Ishii blocks to HEADBUTT! And then Ishii spins Shota to a BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, CHAOS WINS!
Winners: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Shota & Narita earn 0)
There weren’t any tricks needed here, Ishii & Yano beat the Musketeers straight up! Is it still too soon for Shota & Narita to say the Paradigm Shift is coming?
And because it’s Ishii who won this, he’s a true strong silent type, so he and Yano just get outta here! No closing address tonight, but will actions speak louder than words for the Stone Pitbull in this tournament’s second half?
Here are the NEW A Block standings!
TMDK: 4-1, 8 points
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 3-2, 6 points
Shota Umino & Ren Narita: 3-2, 6 points
War Dogs: 3-2, 6 points
Kaito Kiyomiya & Ryohei Oiwa: 2-3, 4 points
The United Empire: 2-3, 4 points
The House of Torture: 2-3, 4 points
The Gates of Agony: 1-4, 2 points
Another great round for World Tag League and this block, with some rather shocking moves. I really thought The Gates were going to get going after their win last round, but I guess the House of Torture couldn’t just drop off that badly so they had to win this here. And as we saw in that main event, Yano & Ishii are making a go of it in this block. They beat Shota & Narita, who are certainly still frontrunners, but that was great stuff to make a point that Shota & Narita aren’t ready to beat the real “old guard” they’re talking about replacing here. War Dogs beating the Empire seems fine, they’re mostly just keeping pace so they could cost somebody later.
And great match from TMDK VS the Noah duo, and a great win for TMDK to again be the clear first place team. 4-1 at the halfway point, this block is on Shane & Mikey to win or lose, and as I’ve been saying, TMDK as both a group and as just these two, the OG members, have been solid a long time. It’d be great if they got to the tournament finals here, maybe even get that title shot at WrestleKingdom.
My Score: 8.9/10
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Block A, round 4!
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (11/28/23)
Time is running out!
Attitude Of Aggression #282- The Big Four Project Chapter 9: Royal Rumble ’91 & WrestleMania VII
The guys discuss a massive upset at Royal Rumble '91, an epic match and unforgettable moment at WrestleMania VII, plus...
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Look in my eyes~! What do you see~?