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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (6/20/23)

NXT strikes gold!



NXT Gold Rush 2023

Will Seth Rollins make it to tonight?

Finn Balor kept Seth Rollins from defending his title last night on Raw, but the Visionary won’t let that stop him from making his return to NXT! Will he #BurnItDown? Or will Bron Breakker become the NEW World Heavyweight Champion?


  • NXT North American Championship, Special Referee Mustafa Ali: Wes Lee VS Tyler Bate; Wes wins and retains the title.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Triple Threat: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen w/ Fallon Henley VS Hank Walker & Tank Ledger VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe; Malik & Edris win and will challenge Gallus for the titles next week.
  • Dana Brooke VS Cora Jade; Cora wins.
  • Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz VS Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson w/ The Meta Four; Lash & Jakara win.
  • WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins VS Bron Breakker; Rollins wins and retains the title.


Seth Rollins arrives!

The Visionary is in the building, meaning he IS going to defend his title in tonight’s main event!


The journey to become champion begins with a rush of desire.

And that desire is for gold! For the first time ever, in a two week event, every title in NXT will be on the line! Carmelo Hayes will take on the Lone Wolf next week, will Baron Corbin get shut up by… HIM? Will “The Beacon,” Mustafa Ali call the North American title match down the line as the guest referee? Will Tiffany Stratton still be the Center of the Universe? Or will Thea Hail make this into the Chase U-niverse? And since we just saw him walk in, we know Seth Freakin’ Rollins returns to where it all began! The first-ever NXT Gold Rush starts now!


NXT North American Championship, Special Referee Mustafa Ali: Wes Lee VS Tyler Bate!

The Cardiac Kid and Big Strong Boi held onto their friendship as Wes held onto this title through Battleground. But now, at Ali’s suggestion, they’re having a friendly 1v1 match to truly see who is worthy. Who strikes gold to open this big two week event?

The introductions are raised, the belt is raised (by Ali), and we see if a friendship remains after the smoke clears.

The bell rings, Wes and Bate circle and fans rally up. They tie up, are in a deadlock, and Bate powers Wes back. Wes arm-drags Bate away and fans rally up again. The two reset and tie up, then Bate gets around to a waistlock. Bate SLAMS Wes down but Wes fights up. Fans rally, Wes pries free and rolls back to waistlock Bate! Wes brings Bate up, Bate breaks the hold to switch. Bate trips Wes to get a standing toehold. Wes fights back, rolls and throws Bate, but Bate cartwheels through! Fans cheer and the two reset again. Wes RAMS Bate, then headlocks. Bate powers out and things speed up as fans duel.

Bate hurdles. Wes front flips and fans fire up! The two go again, Wes slides under, rolls back, but Bate blocks the headscissors. Bate arm-drags Wes, headlocks for a takeover, and Wes’ shoulders are down! Ali counts fast, TWO!! Everyone, even Bate, looks at Ali with surprise. Wes rolls Bate, ONE!! Ali smirks and again everyone is confused. Wes rolls, he and Bate stand up, and Bate thrashes the headlock. Bate shifts grip again and again and grinds Wes, but Wes throws body shots. Wes powers out, Bate goes up and under and baits Wes into knuckle locks, to then wrench, headlock, bait, leapfrog, but Wes blocks the slide!

Wes body scissors for a Gedo Clutch, but Ali counts slowly now! TWO, but even Bate is upset by this bias. Wes gets in Ali’s face and Ali says he’s counting! Bate rolls Wes up, but now Ali goes slow for Bate! TWO, and Bate can’t believe the gall of Ali. Ali says he’s being fair now! Wes shoves Bate and accuses him of putting in the fix with Ali but Bate shoves back. Bate says Ali is doing himself, so they should do the same. They tie up, go around, and then on the mat. They get up, into a corner, and all around. They tumble out of the ring! Ali tells them to get in but the two tie up again! Bate pushes Wes against the desk, and the fans count!

Ali says no, that’s not real! Bate UPPERCUTS Wes, Wes KICKS Bate! Ali starts now at one, and so on. Wes staggers, Bate is after him, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Bate puts Wes in at what would be Ali’s 4 count, and he brings Wes up. Wes SHORYUKENS in return! Bate flops into the ring and Ali checks him. Bate is okay to continue so Wes drags Bate up. Bate shoves Wes, but Wes facelocks. Bate fights up and wrenches out, but Wes breaks free to CHOP! And haymaker! Wes gets an arm, STRAITJACKET NECKBREAKER! Cover, Ali goes normal, TWO! Ali says he was doing a fair count, so Wes can’t complain there. Wes drags Bate up, RAMS his shoulder, and RAMS him again! Wes wrenches, RAMS Bate and knocks him down! Wes chinbars Bate and grinds him down.

Ali checks with Bate as he endures. Bate fights up, pries at the hold, but Wes shifts to a facelock. Bate lifts Wes, Wes kicks to get back to his feet. Bate keeps trying, Wes keeps keeping him down, but Bate powers up again! Bate SLAMS Wes, then HIP DROPS him! Cover, Ali counts normal, TWO! Bate keeps cool and he stalks Wes to a corner. Bate brings Wes up, UPPERCUTS, and Wes staggers. Bate brings Wes up to shove, RAM, and then reel him in for a snap suplex! Cover, Ali counts normal, TWO! Bate keeps on Wes with a facelock and grinds him down. Bate thrashes Wes but Wes endures and fans rally up.

Wes fights to his feet, but Bate UPPERCUTS! Bate shoves Wes, Wes kicks back! Bate flounders, but he comes back to tackle Wes! Wes kicks Bate away but runs into a kick! Bate underhooks, but Wes fights to back drop free! Bate gets up fast, Wes dodges his haymaker and NXT returns to single picture as Bate now dodges. Both men run, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Fans fire up while Ali checks both men. Fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” as Ali starts a standing count. This is a rather fair count, and both men rise at 5 of 10. They both stand at 7, and Bate UPPERCUTS! Wes ROCKS Bate! Bate UPPERCUTS again!

Wes ROCKS Bate! Ali reprimands about closed fists but Bate comes back with UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT! Wes ROCKS Bate again and again, then throws body shots and forearms! Bate UPPERCUTS, and uses his foot to bop him! And then another uppercut! Wes goes to backslide, but Bate rolls through! Wes fires off fast strikes, snapmares and basement dropkicks! Fans fire up and Wes aims from a corner. Wes runs in but blocks a boot, only for the KNEE to hit! Bate goes up to FLYING UPPERCUT! Wes tumbles away to a corner, Bate UPPERCUTS him again! And EXPLODERS! Bate kips up and fans fire up!

Bate aims, runs, SHOOTING STAR onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Wes ENZIGURIS Bate to a corner! Fans rally, Wes pounds the mat and stands up. Wes runs in to FOREARM SMASH! Bate shoves Wes back but Wes SUPERKICKS! Wes snapmares Bate, aims from the corner, CARDIAC- NO, Bate dodges to REBOUNDER! Cover, TWO!! Wes escapes and fans fire up again! Bate goes to a corner, “This is Awesome!” as he climbs. Bate reaches the top but Wes GAMANGIRIS! Fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this is just the start of the night! Wes brings Bate up, and aims for the outside!

Bate fights, the fans freak out, and Bate throws body shots! Bate HEADBUTTS Wes, but Wes ROCKS Bate! Bate Bop up, but DOUBLE BANG hit! Both men fall, Bate inside and Wes outside! Ali starts a ring count, watches both men, but this count seems rather quick. Ali doesn’t want it to end this way, so he gets Wes up! Ali SLAPS Wes and tells him that HE is the champion so he needs to get in and fight! But then Ali fires Bate up, too! This is a fight, so get up and fight! Wes jumps in, CARDIAC KICK!! Cover, Wes wins!!

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

Wes is victorious, but he’s still confused as to what Ali was up to this entire match. Ali raises both men’s hands in celebration, because he says this is what NXT is all about. If so, then who will be next to challenge Wes for the North American title?


Gigi Dolin speaks.

“I’ve always been drawn to art and self-expression. I see it as living creativity. My dreary upbringing was brightened by escaping reality and diving into the images generated in my mind. It is reflected in the gear that I wear. I’ve been rejected by friends, by family, by life. That’s what makes me unique. That’s what sets me apart from everyone else. But no matter where I walk, I have the freedom to create whatever enters my mind.” Will Gigi soon express herself with the mat as her canvas?


Backstage interview with Kiana James.

McKenzie Mitchell asks her about Gigi’s vignette. Kiana says that isn’t art, that’s a waste of real estate. Kiana doesn’t talk about her feelings, or why colors motivate her. She is motivated by results, especially in that ring. But the irony is, they’re not so different. Believe it or not, when Kiana was young, she was reckless. She broke rules, got into trouble, but unlike Gigi, she grew up. Kiana took the path towards success, and it’s called ambition. Kiana has it, embraces it, and Gigi can’t even spell it! But hey, good for Gigi being happy in the pool of mediocrity. Will the Calculator soon find emotions defy the data?


It’s time for the Chase U Pep Rally!

Duke Hudson is in the ring and says as the MVP of Chase U, it is his honor and 6’5″ privilege to welcome us here to celebrate the star pupil, Thea Hail! Fans cheer, and Duke says we have seen Thea in the agony of defeat, but also in the thrill of victory. And victory is the name of the game, as next week, Thea will defeat Tiffany to become the youngest NXT champion, male or female, in history! So rise to your feet and welcome your future NXT Women’s Champion, the one and only Thea Hail! Fans cheer as Thea breaks through the banner! Thea goes to the ring and everyone cheers her on.

Thea joins Duke in the ring, as do some Chase U cheerleaders, and even Drew Gulak & Charlie Dempsey. Thea says this is the awesomest day of her whole life! Her heart is beating so fast, because next week’s match is the biggest match of her whole life. But you look up and down the roster now, and everyone has these insane accomplishments from their time in college. Honors, championships. The biggest thing Thea’s done so far is graduate high school. She didn’t even wanna go to college. She didn’t wanna be a doctor, lawyer or even Olympian, because she’s been too busy training to become what she’s always wanted to be: a WWE SUPERSTAR!!

Fans cheer that, and Thea says she doesn’t need national championships or a Master’s Degree, because next week, SHE’S GOING TO BECOME NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPION!! Gulak gets a mic to ask if Thea said she just graduated high school. Dempsey asks what they’ve gotten themselves into. Alright, Statler and Waldorf, c’mon. This is a pep rally! Thea doesn’t know who Statler and Waldorf are. But anyway, when she got into Chase U, she was finally accepted for who she is! Mr. Chase pushed her, and she pushed herself all the way to winning that battle royal! So first and foremost, she wants to thank Mr. Chase, sitting at home watching right now. Hi, Mr. Chase! Hi!

Yes, hooray for Mr. Chase. Okay, okay, of course she has to thank the MVP of Chase U, Duke Hudson! Duke smiles and he starts an “MVP! MVP!” chant. Thea thanks him for helping her gain the confidence she needed. But of course, she also wouldn’t be anywhere without her two favorite pains in the- butt… Dempsey & Gulak! Dempsey may not smile a lot but she’s sure he’s happy she’s #1 contender! And they taught her so many amazing moves that she’ll use against Tiffany to give her a Chase U sized… Can she say it? Yeah, go ahead. ASS WHOOPING!! Duke gets a “Hail Yeah!” from the fans, but here comes Tiffany.

Tiffany says yes, hi, uh, this is all so amazingly horrible. Duke, pretty tacky if you ask her. And for who? Thea? To be real for a second, Thea was literally NO ONE’s pick to win the battle royal, and definitely not Tiff’s. But kudos, she got lucky. Congrats. And that whole celebration is so cute. But if you think that for one second that it’ll happen again, but no offense, Thea would have to be the dumbest person in the entire BUILDING! Thea says her grades are fine! Tiff says she’s not one of Chase U’s poorly educated professors, but according to her calculations, Thea’s got a ZERO PERCENT chance of winning next week. Thea says she has a zero for Tiff!

But Tiff continues to say that this is so cringe. Duke tells Tiff that like, sounds “cringe.” That that like, is fetch and all, but next week, Thea’s taking that title. And at just 19! So much heart and determination, Thea leaves it in the ring every single week. And Tiff finds that out in seven days. Now, Duke understands that Tiff does not believe in Thea, but guess what? Duke believes! Chase U believes! EVERYONE IN THE AUDIENCE BELIEVES!! Tiff says, “Don’t make me gag.” Next week, not only will Thea NOT beat Tiff, but Thea will not tap her out! But Thea gets that arm! KIMURA!!! Tiff TAPS NOW!! Even Dempsey & Gulak like that!

Thea lets off Tiff to grab that belt and run around with it! But will Thea be doing victory laps next week at the end of Gold Rush? Or will #TiffyTime deny us history?


The Schism talks backstage.

Joe Gacy doesn’t understand. Why? What is it that they’re missing? Why is it Gacy that’s losing?! Is it somehow HIS fault? Are HIS misfortunes dragging everyone down?! HUH!? ARE THEY!? Jagger Reed is the one who says yes, they are! Look, did they win? No. So yeah, Gacy’s misfortunes are dragging them down. Ava Raine can’t believe Jagger! Jagger says Gacy preaches that ruthlessness strengthens connection, and that lies- Gacy shouts at Jagger. Because… He’s right. That’s why The Dyad is hitting harder than ever. Gacy will look inside, reevaluate, but togetherness is what is important, and NOBODY can afford to forget that!

Ava says enough. The tree will not fall from one single chop. They can’t change what happened. Four roots, one tree. There is tension building in the group, will The Schism be what ends up divided?


Diamond Mine sees this.

Ivy Nile wonders about that look. Julius Creed agrees, this isn’t good. Brutus Creed walks in and asks what they’re watching. Ivy shows him Schism and asks what is even going on with them. Brutus doesn’t know, but the leaves are gonna be falling off that tree. Ivy agrees. The only reason they won the Mixed Tag is cuz Ava hit Ivy with that mask! Julius says no more excuses or bad metaphors. The Schism is still a serious threat, and always have been. They’re a legit cancer to NXT. Brutus agrees there. If Schism doesn’t wanna stay, that’s fine, Diamond Mine can send ’em packing. Ivy likes where his head is at.

Brutus agrees, though Julius’ head is pretty big. Ha ha. Brutus, can you even see his head from down there? And don’t get him started on Ivy’s dent. Hey, what about Julius’ ears? What? The three joke around, but will they have the last laugh when taking on The Schism?


NXT Anonymous is watching.

Jacy Jayne enters backstage while talking on the phone, and complains that it should’ve been her, but then someone interrupts. Jacy hangs up and it’s Lyra Valkyria. She tells Jacy that she saw what Jacy had to say about her. If she’s got a problem with her, just say it to her face. Jacy says there’s no problem. Just locker room chit chat. Lyra says she doesn’t play games. Lyra heads out and Jacy says she should’ve just kicked Lyra in the face. Well, will Lyra hear this, too?


NXT Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Triple Threat: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen w/ Fallon Henley VS Hank Walker & Tank Ledger VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

The Tag Division is heating up for the Summer, and best friends take on best friends take on best friends! Who will prove themselves the closer and stronger tag team to then go after Gallus?

NXT returns and Hank ‘n’ Tank make their entrance, followed by Malik & Edris. In this Triple Threat, every team has one man in, so Briggs, Hank and Malik step up. The bell rings, but Jensen BLASTS Tank off the apron! Hank sees that, and then Briggs BOOTS Hank! Brigs swings, Malik fires back, and Briggs wrenches to trip. Malik dodges the stomp, then the clothesline, and Briggs ends up knocking Hank off the apron! Malik keeps moving, leaps to sunset flip, but Briggs drags him up! Malik kicks low, DROPKICKS, and Briggs wobbles. Jensen grabs at Malik but Malik DECKS Jensen! Malik tags Edris and they coordinate.

Malik runs, BOOTS Briggs, and Edris SLING-DOGS! Edris whips but Briggs blocks. Edris kicks, whips, but Briggs CLUBS him! Tag to Jensen and then feed to a KNEE! Cover, ONE!! Jensen drags Edris up, tags Briggs back in, and they double scoop to double SLAM! Hank gets in but he gets mugged! He also gets DOUBLE SLAMMED! Jensen drops an elbow, Briggs drops an elbow! They’re fired up, but we see Gallus backstage watching this. Briggs drags Edris up, whips, but Edris reverses. Hank ‘n’ Tank trip Brigs, drag him out, and FLAPJACK him off the apron! Hank gets in, Edris dodges but Hank BLASTS him!

Tag to Tank, and Hank traps Edris so Tank can SPLASH! Hank SPLASHES, then Tank facelocks. Tank suplexes, Jensen CLUBS him on the back! Jensen, Tank and Edris brawl. Jensen headlocks, Edris powers out, and then Edris dodges so the SHOTGUN hits Tank! Edris facelocks, Jensen powers out but Malik tags in. Malik & Edris stand off with the Country Boys, but then Hank ‘n’ Tank get in! The brawl is on, Briggs & Jensen taking on everyone else! Fans fire up as Briggs & Jensen whip Hank ‘n’ Tank onto ropes! They both run, slide, and DOUBLE- TOPE from Malik & Edris!! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up!

Edris & Malik get Briggs & Jensen up, but then Hank ‘n’ Tank go to the apron! They get on the ropes to DOUBLE VADER BOMB!! Fans are thunderous as Hank ‘n’ Tank put Malik in the ring. Wheelbarrow SIT OUT! Cover, Briggs breaks it in time!! Hank is furious and fans thought that was it as NXT goes picture in picture.

Hank and Briggs stare down, and they fire up! Hank RAMS Briggs to a corner, RAMS him again and again and then UPPERCUTS! Hank brings Briggs around to scoop, but Briggs slips free to shove him to ropes. Tank tags in, Hank ‘n’ Tank DOUBLE SHOULDER Briggs down! And then DOUBLE FALLING HEADBUTT! Tank covers, but Malik breaks it! In a way, Malik returns the favor. Malik brings Tank up and headlocks but Tank powers up. Tank wrenches free, headlocks back, but Malik throws body shots. Malik powers out, Tank runs him over! Tank runs, but Malik drops, hurdles, then CALF KICKS!

Fans fire up as Malik tags Edris. They drag Tank up, to double suplex! Edris covers, TWO! Hank was ready, but Edris stares him down. Edris drags Tank up to throw hands, but Tank gives them back! They brawl, Tank headlocks, but Edris powers up. Briggs adds on, he and Edris double whip to run Tank over! Briggs CHOPS Edris, puts him in a corner, then TOSSES him across the way! Edris ends up in a corner, Briggs BOOTS Tank, and Briggs drags Tank up. Gallus is amused as Briggs & Jensen tag. They double scoop Tank to SLAM him! Jensen covers, Edris breaks it! Edris and Jensen throw hands, and Jensen UPPERCUTS!

Edris DROPKICKS! Edris then gets Tank up but Tank whips Edris! Tank runs in to back body block! Tag to Hank and a feed to the scoop, and SLAM! Hank covers, Jensen breaks it! Hank throws hands but Jensen gives them back! Jensen then ENZIGURIS! Edris returns but Jensen ROCKS him! And again! And UPPERCUTS! Jensen runs in to HEADBUTT! Jensen snapmares Edris, CLUBS him, then brings him around to put in the corner. Jensen stomps Hank while NXT returns to single picture. Jensen runs in to ELBOW Edris, then he tags Briggs. Briggs runs corner to corner to clothesline Edris! Feed to the WHEEL KICK! BOOT for Hank!

Hank ends up on ropes, Briggs & Jensen both run and slide to DOUBLE SHOT! They have Edris on the other side, another DOUBLE SHOT! But Malik PLANCHAS, into Briggs’ arms! Briggs tosses Malik up to CLOBBER him! Briggs runs at Edris, but into a BOOT! Edris then box jumps Briggs so he can MISSILE DROPKICK Hank! Fans fire up for Edris but Briggs short arm LARIATS! Briggs gets Edris up, gives him to Hank, and CHOPS him! Briggs runs, BOOT DDT COMBO! Fans rally up as Briggs fires up. Briggs runs in, Hank dodges, but then Edris dodges Hank! Briggs dodges Edris but Hank CLOBBERS Briggs!

Malik tags in, Edris KNEES Hank! Malik fires off on Briggs and Hank, and fans rally for “MALIK! DA FREAK!” Malik whips, Briggs reverses but Malik CLOBBERS Hank! And then BLOCKBUSTERS Briggs! Malik fires up but Tank tags in! And he CLOBBERS Malik! And he CLOBBERS Briggs! Jensen tags in as Tank whips and FALL AWAY SLAMS Malik in one fluid motion! Jensen runs in to CLOBBER Tank! And SUPERKICK! And then NECKBREAKER! Cover, but Malik kicks Jensen! Jensen throws Malik down to haul him up, GUT WRENCH BOMB onto Tank! Tag to Briggs before the KNEE DROPS!

Briggs & Jensen get Tank up, for a HART ATTACK!! Jensen WHEEL KICKS Hank, but Edris MACHO ELBOWS the cover!! Malik FROG SPLASHES Tank!! Cover, MALIK & EDRIS WIN!!

Winners: Malik Blade & Edris Enofe, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the NXT Tag Team Champions)

The song says it clearly, they’re far from rookies! Will these two finally taste some gold to end the Gold Rush?

Gallus says Malik & Edris are tooled off, but time to hit the pub. But wait, wait, Los Lotharios walk in. Gallus is so lucky that Angel & Humberto weren’t in that contenders match. Because otherwise, they’d be losing to Los Lotharios next week. Yeah, but they weren’t in the match. Hasta luego. Yeah, sure, Joe, nice hair. But will they all be taken for a ride by Malik & Edris?


Damon Kemp finds Eddy Thorpe backstage.

The Golden Gopher tells the Alpha Wolf to take the headphones off so they can talk. Wow, it took all week for Kemp to come up with what match he wanted. Uh, he had a lot of options, and Kemp knows Thorpe uses every advantage to get past him. The ring skirt, the ropebreak, hell, Thorpe probably paid the ref off, too. Yeah, yeah, excuses. But then in two weeks time, Raw Underground comes to NXT. The what? Y’know, just them and the 20-by-20. No ropes, no pins, just knockouts, TKOs or submissions. Sweet. Let’s go, then. Yeah, well, Kemp trained in the trenches of his parents’ garage. Thorpe has no idea what he just signed up for. Fine, see you then.

Wait, something just happened off screen! Roxanne Perez just attacked Blair Davenport! The refs back Roxie off but Blair actually smiles. She says if Roxie wants to play, then it’s game on. But who will be the winner when it’s game over?


Seth Rollins prepares in the locker room.

And he sees his old trainee, Nathan Frazer! Congrats on winning that giant cup thing that you have to carry now. Yeah, it’s super heavy, but it’s also the coolest thing. And congrats to Rollins on being World Heavyweight Champion. How’s he feeling after all that on Raw? Eh, not quite 100%, but that’s on him. He wanted the very best version of Finn Balor and he got it. But let that be a lesson to Frazer. And speaking of, Rollins is proud of Frazer and the performer he’s become. Pass that along. Will do. Frazer did learn from the best. And then in walks Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams.

Trick Melo Gang introduce themselves, and they ask what’s good. Rollins spaces out, but then laughs. That got them, too! But c’mon, guys, he knows who they are! He was waiting for them to say hey. As champ to champ, what can Rollins do for Melo? Melo wants to pay respects, champ to champ. Rollins appreciates that. But hey, hey, eyes up here, not on the belt. If you wanna really respect the champ, worry about your title. Is Melo gonna beat Corbin? Oh, yes. Is Rollins ready for Bron tonight? HAHAHA… You know he don’t miss. Melo wears it well, by the way. Thanks. Welcome back, Rollins. Melo heads out, will both champs still be champs after tonight?


Dana Brooke VS Cora Jade!

After confrontations in the ring and backstage, The Flex Appeal is looking to put the entitled and selfish Generation of Jade in its place. Will Dana make it look easy? Or will nothing stop the Punk Rock Mean Girl from getting her way?

NXT returns and Dana makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two talk some trash. Cora shoves Dana, but Dana RAMS her into a corner! Dana RAMS into Cora again and again, then digs her shoulder in. Dana lets off as the ref counts, and the two tie up. Cora puts Dana in a corner, the ref counts, and fans duel. Cora SLAPS Dana, laughs, but then runs away! Dana drags Cora back in, throws her down, and dribbles her off the mat! Dana CLUBS away on Cora, then cools off. Dana whips Cora, hip tosses her, and cartwheels to BOOT her down! Cover, TWO! Dana drags Cora up, scoops her, and SLAMS her!

Dana handstands, to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Dana stalks Cora, brings her up, and wrenches, but Cora knees low! Cora talks trash, CLUBS Dana, and says you can’t do this to her. Cora dribbles Dana off the mat, then tells fans to shut up! Cora drags Dana up, bumps her off buckles, then storms up to stomp away! The ref counts, Cora digs her boot in but Cora lets off at 4. Cora dusts herself off, then kicks Dana at the ropes. Cora smacks Dana off the mat, then soaks up the heat from the fans. Cora kicks Dana to a corner, stomps her some more, but lets off as the ref counts. Cora says she could do this all day.

Cora runs, Dana avoids the stomps! Dana dodges, handsprings, and headscissors! Fans fire up as Dana DROPKICKS Cora outta the ring! Cora goes around the way but Dana is on the apron. Cora swings, Dana handsprings over! Cora scurries into the ring, comes back as Dana is on the apron, SHINING WIZARD! Cora drags Dana outta the ropes, covers, TWO! Cora is frustrated but she SLAMS Dana’s leg on the mat. And again! Cora underhooks, but Dana wrenches out to run her over! And again! Fans rally, Dana hobbles but she runs corner to corner to handspring, only for the leg to give out!

The ref checks Dana and has Cora stay back. The ref calls in medics, they check Dana, and Cora says Dana’s totally faking. NXT goes picture in picture while medics verify this. Dana doesn’t want this to end the match but a brace is brought out. Cora taunts Dana, Dana tells her to shut up, but the medics still put the brace on Dana’s leg. Cora paces around, eggs Dana on, and Dana can’t even walk, despite the brace. Cora gets up in Dana’s face about it but Dana tells her to back off. The ref also has Cora back off, and replay shows the knee had to have been hyper extended during that shot in the ropes.

A stretcher is brought out, Dana still doesn’t wanna go, but what choice does she have if her leg is that messed up? Cora taunts Dana the entire time she’s helped to the stretcher. Cora lounges and laughs, and Dana tells Cora to get back already. More refs come out to get Cora back, and Cora just squawks at Dana more as they go up the ramp with the stretcher. Cora gets up in Dana’s face, and Dana SLAPS her! NXT returns to single picture, and Dana gets off the stretcher to fire off on Cora! Even if it means hopping on one good leg! Dana ROCKS Cora, smacks her off the apron, and CLUBS away on her!

Cora scurries away into the ring, but the ref tells Dana she shouldn’t do this with a bad leg. Dana doesn’t care, she wants after Cora! Cora rushes in, Dana rolls her up! TWO!! Dana keeps the bad leg elevated while she glares at Cora. They both rise and fans rally. Dana ROCKS Cora, scoops her, but Cora slips out to CHOP BLOCK the bad leg! Cora SLAMS the bad leg, SLAMS it again, and then steps through. Dana kicks Cora to a corner, then dodges her on the return! Dana clotheslines, and clotheslines again! And then FLAPJACKS! Cover, TWO! Dana grits her teeth, both in pain and in frustration.

Dana drags Cora up, but Cora kicks the bad leg! Cora brings Dana up, whips her to a corner, and then runs in, but Dana elbows her down! Dana hops up the corner with her good leg, and VADER- FLOPS as Cora moves! Cora SLAMS the bad leg again, then turns Dana over for a HALF CRAB! Cora sits deep, but Dana claws her way forward! But Cora drags her back! And pulls back even further!! Dana claws at her own hair, but the REF calls it! Cora wins!

Winner: Cora Jade, by referee stoppage

Cora laughs at Dana, but her win is because Dana’s spirit was tougher than her leg. Will Cora continue to inflate that ego until she’s once again a champion in NXT?


Von Wagner and Robert Stone talk.

This was before the show started tonight and no one was around. Stone asks Von why he wanted to talk with him now. Because this is where it all started. Even when all the fans were here and didn’t care, Stone did. So then what’s this picture about? Von looks at Baby Von with the surgical scar on his head. Von had Trigonocephaly. That’s something he was born with. Baby skulls are meant to stretch and grow, but Von’s had fused into place early. That limits brain growth, and there was only one way to fix it.

Von takes a breath. He was only 15 months old in that picture, and it was a surgery that lasted over 14 hours. Neuro and plastic surgeons worked on him to fix it. They didn’t even know if Von would survive. They cut him ear to ear, pulled his face down and fixed his skull. That gave him his life. Stone can’t even imagine such a traumatic experience. Von was in intensive care for a week, lucky to be alive. His dad was working to pay for the bills, and his mom never left his side. It’s just as hard for them to talk about, even today. They sound like great parents. They are. This scarring was bad, he did look different.

Four and five year old kids used to call him a monster. And all he could do was take it. Because when he looked in the mirror, he did look different. Mom would drop him off, other parents would stare and tell their kids not to stare. It was hard. Von was just a kid. Stone has kids of his own, he can’t imagine how angry he’d be as a father. Von says this is good enough for today. Thanks, Stone. Stone takes a deep breath of his own. This journey has only just begun, can Stone stick it out with Von until the end?


Eddy Thorpe reviews Raw Underground footage.

Axiom & Scrypts are there, too. Raw Underground was a wild time. Guys throwing hands, knockouts and submissions. You could get messed up if you’re not ready. Well, Thorpe has two weeks to put together his fight camp to make sure he’s as ready as possible. Axiom says it’ll be hard to find someone to copy Kemp. Kemp’s a Division I Freestyle National Champion. But then GABLE STEVESON appears! Gable heard he needs a training partner. And if anyone knows Damon, it’s him. Let Thorpe know if he needs someone. Okay, then. They shake hands, will Gable help Thorpe against the Golden Gopher?


Baron Corbin is here.

He’s in the ring, and he waits as Trick Melo Gang makes their entrance for this face-to-face. Melo tells Trick it’s all good, and Trick stays back as Melo continues to the ring. Melo has a mic and so does Corbin. Corbin says enough with the music, he doesn’t have time for all that. And he doesn’t wanna wait for the posing and whatever else. Okay, okay, let’s start off hot then. Corbin says exactly. That posing and showmanship isn’t gonna keep the title on Melo’s waist. Melo walks around as champ, but take it from someone who walked the halls here for a long time. “Having that doesn’t mean you’ve made it.”

Melo may look cool, and have the swagger, but there’s nothing Melo can say Corbin hasn’t heard, and there’s nothing Melo can do in the ring that Corbin hasn’t seen. Melo says okay, okay. Something Corbin’s never seen, huh? Like an NXT title reign of his own? Like the respect of the fans? Melo could go on and on, but he’s already accepted the challenge. Corbin says this isn’t Melo’s hometown. He’s not talking to some guy who cares if the internet thinks he’s cool. Corbin does and says what he wants, because he doesn’t care what any of the fans think, nor does he care what Melo thinks.

Fans boo that but Melo says okay. But Melo thinks that Corbin thinks he’s gonna come into Melo’s home, and bull him over and take his title. On top of all that, Corbin is somehow gonna make himself relevant again. It’s possible, but it ain’t probable. But to be honest, Melo ain’t new to this. he’s had dudes from main try and challenge him. They’ve tried to pull his card. He’s defended his territory. And where’d those guys all end up? On a T-shirt in the rafters! Fans cheer that! Melo sent them all packing, and the only difference between them and Corbin, is not a DAMN THING! Fans cheer that, too!

Melo continues to say, “So Baron, if you think beating me is gonna be the big jackpot and you’re gonna be Happy Corbin again-” Corbin stops him there. If Melo wants to bring Happy Corbin into this, do you know what Happy Corbin did for him? It got him a $1.8 MILLION house! That’s what it did. That is why Corbin is back. So that Melo and all the 20-somethings with their surface level insults, they just don’t land. Corbin’s had an 8 year career already, that most of them can only dream of. So if you wanna talk about Happy, compare things, let’s compare that. Bank accounts, lifestyles, Mania Moments.

Corbin will let Melo pick the category, cuz Melo will take that L. Corbin got all of that being a main event player for nearly a decade! Fans aren’t so sure, but Melo says okay. Corbin used to be that, so what happened? What happened to Corbin? What Corbin has is a decade on him, sure. But if you wanna talk numbers, let’s talk numbers. At 26 years old, Melo won the NXT Breakout Tournament and cashed in successfully for a title. Corbin at 26 years old, he got cut from the Arizona Cardinals. Corbin grimaces and Melo said he didn’t wanna do that, but he had to. Fans chant “CUT! CUT! CUT!”

Melo puts it like this. After awhile, this whole Us VS You, Black ‘n’ Gold VS 2.0 and beyond, Melo is over it. He gives every single star of the Black ‘n’ Gold Era their credit. They set the bar high, really high. But one thing Melo refuses to do is live his life day to day, coming in to meet Corbin’s expectations. Melo won’t meet those, he’ll create expectations of his own! Because Corbin might say this is his house, and he hasn’t been back in awhile, but go and check the deed. The name on it is MELO’S! And since Corbin left, Melo built some more rooms in the house, put in some windows, and even put a new roof up cuz he tore that b*tch down so many times!

Fans are all fired up and Corbin is beside himself. Melo says it doesn’t matter how you flip it. Money, accolades, it don’t matter. At the end of the day, Melo is still HIM! Corbin stares Melo down and says he’ll teach Melo a lesson. “If you have to come out here and tell these people every week that you are Him, if you have to come out here every week and convince yourself that you are Him, you’re not. You’re a nobody. That’s why I barely noticed you sitting behind the barricade on SmackDown. You’re insignificant. Now normally, this is the part where I crack you in your teeth and leave you laying… But I don’t need to do that.

“When I’m done with you, I’m taking that title, I’m getting in my Porsche, and I’m driving back to my big ass house. I’m putting it on my mantle, I’m sitting in my chair, and my hot ass wife is gonna pour me a drink from a bottle you can’t afford. And I’m gonna say to myself, ‘Today was a good day.’ Melo, the lesson is over.” Corbin drops the mic and heads out. A lot has been said, but who backs it all up when the Gold Rush finishes?


Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz prepare backstage.

Feroz says that finally, they’re together again! And Leon says she missed Feroz. She is so proud of Feroz for standing up for herself and putting in the work. And tonight, they get it done. Dragon Lee walks over and fist bumps Feroz & Leon. He says that last week, Leon & Feroz showed everyone that they are badass. Now go show Lash & Jakara. Frazer walks over and they all high-five. He wanted to catch them before their match, and say that for last week, gracias. Seriously, last week was the coolest night of his life. Without them, he doesn’t know if it’d happen. Feroz says any time, amigo. Leon agrees. Now, vaminos!

Dragon says the NEW Heritage Cup Champion, congrats! Cheers, amigo! And Frazer was talking with his mentor, Rollins, earlier. He said to take care of those who helped you, so it is only fitting that Frazer gives Dragon the first shot at this cup. Really? Then okay! They’ll do it next week! The Gold Rush just gets bigger, who will be the Heritage Cup Champion after this battle of amigos?


NXT Media catches up with Gallus.

They ask the NXT Tag Team Champions how they feel about Malik & Edris winning tonight, but Gallus ignores them. But then someone calls Joe, and he hears that there are rats at the bar. Seriously? What rats? But then Channing Lorenzo rolls up and smacks Joe with the door! Stacks goes after Joe, and shoves him in the trunk! Time to go for a ride! Where is Stacks gonna take the Iron King?!


Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz VS Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson w/ The Meta Four!

NXT returns as The Meta Four make their entrance. Noam Dar still feels awful over his loss, especially now that there’s nothing to put on the pedestal. But then Feroz & Leon go after Lash & Jakara! Lash scoops Feroz for that, and SNAKE EYES off the steps! Jakara throws Leon in the ring, storms up, and the bell rings. Leon SOBATS, runs, and springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Jakara gets up, dodges Leon, and Lash drags Leon out! Oro talks some trash, as does Lash, and Jakara adds on. The ref has them stop and he checks Leon. Leon is dizzy but okay to continue, so Jakara puts her back in.

Jakara drags Leon up, tags Lash, and they mug Leon. The ref counts, Jakara SLAPS Leon and Lash SLAMS her! Lash hits a SPLASH, cover, TWO! Lash dribbles Leon, but who is this strutting out? Elektra Lopez y Lola Vice! Fans fire up while Lash tags in Jakara, They get Leon up, WHEELBARROW CUTTER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Jakara wraps a chinlock on Leon but Leon endures and fans rally up. Jakara shifts into a seated cobra twist and she stretches Leon! Leon endures, Jakara talks trash, but Leon fights up! Leon hip tosses free! Fans fire up, hot tags to Feroz and Lash! Feroz dodges Lash to KICK and KICK and KICK!

Feroz roars, Lash ducks the buzzsaw but not the HEEL KICK! Feroz runs, and she METEORAS in the corner! Feroz goes up the corner, leaps, and FLYING RANAS! Fans fire up with the Brazilian as she runs to METEORA again! Feroz rolls, avoids Oro’s sweep and stomps his hand! Then CROSSBODIES Oro! Oro stays up, but Leon runs in to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Oro! Dar is upset again, and Feroz gets back in. Lash BOOTS Feroz down!! Cover, Lash & Jakara win!

Winners: Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson, by pinfall

Well, it wasn’t how Dar wanted it to go, but Oro did distract Feroz & Leon enough for their team to win. Will Lash & Jakara be watching the Women’s Tag Team Championship unification on SmackDown with full attention?


WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins VS Bron Breakker!

The Visionary isn’t letting what Finn Balor did to him be an excuse to go back on his word! He is here, and he is as ready as he can be in this title fight. Will Rollins still be the one meeting The Prince at Money in the Bank in London? Or will the Big Bad Booty Nephew use this as a springboard onto Monday Night Raw?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Rollins can still burn it down!

After the fans sing “WHOA~ OH~ OHH~,” they chant “WELCOME HOME! WELCOME HOME!” The bell rings, Rollins and Bron circle, and then Bron shoots in. Rollins hurdles, runs back in, but Bron avoids the stomp! Rollins avoids the grapple, kicks low, but Bron turns underhook to fireman’s carry. Rollins slips free and gives some Scott Hall fingers. Bron runs in but Rollins dumps him out! Rollins goes to the apron, aims and FLYING KNEES! Fans fire up and Rollins revels in it as NXT goes picture in picture.

Rollins smiles and he stalks Bron. Rollisn brings Bron up to CHOP him against the apron! Bron staggers, Rollins brings him around and smacks him off the apron! Rollins brings Bron around, CHOPS him against barriers, and fans fire up! Rollins is fired up, too, and that fires the fans up more. Rollins stalks Bron into the ring, but Bron CLOBBERS Rollins as soon as he’s in! Bron kicks Rollins in the bad ribs! Bron says he’s smarter than they think, and he stands Rollins up. Bron kicks the bad ribs and Rollins sputters to ropes. Bron mocks the fans, then brings Rollins up to whip. Rollins ducks ‘n’ dodges, and SLINGBLADES!

Rollins aims, kicks, underhooks, but Bron powers out with a back drop! Rollins writhes and goes to a corner, but Bron storms up. Bron RAMS a shoulder in again and again and again! The ref counts, Bron lets off at 4, and then he brings Rollins around. Bron throws a hard body shot and Rollins staggers away. Rollins kicks back, throws haymakers, then runs, but into a fireman’s carry! GUTBUSTER DROP! Rollins writhes, Bron covers, TWO! Bron smirks as Rollins bails out. Rollins sputters and catches his breath, but Bron goes out to fetch him. Bron RAMS Rollins into the apron!

Rollins hobbles away but Bron follows after. Bron wraps on a BEARHUG! Rollins endures, fights with elbows, and fans rally up. NXT returns to single picture as Rollins pries at the hold. Rollins CLUBS Bron, CLUBS him again, then CHOPS! Rollins whips, Bron reverses and RANAS! Fans still sing Rollins’ song but Bron covers, TWO! Fans rally for Rollins but Bron stalks Rollins to ropes. Bron puts Rollins in the corner, clinches and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Rollins writhes and fans boo but Bron just smirks as he stalks Rollins. Bron brings Rollins up, clinches again, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes again! Cover, TWO!

Rollins sits up but Bron looms over him. Bron drags Rollins up, but Rollins CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! Bron is stinging, and Rollins CHOPS him again! Rollins whips, Bron reverses but Rollins sends Bron away to ELBOW him! Bron goes to a corner, Rollins runs in but Bron dodges! Rollins hits buckles and staggers back into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” but Bron drags Rollins to a cover. TWO, but Bron does push-ups just to show off. Fans boo more but Bron goes to a corner. Bron aims as Rollins rises, and Bron runs in, but Rollins dodges to POST Bron! Bron clutches his arm as he gets out of the corner.

Fans rally up while both men are down. Rollins stands, runs in, and LARIATS! Bron stays up, so Rollins runs to LARIAT again! Rollins goes again, dodges Bron’s lariat to mule kick, front kick, and DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up with Rollins while Bron goes to a corner. Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” as Rollins runs in. BIG forearm smash, and then a suplex, but Bron blocks it! The ribs hurt, and then Bron suplexes Rollins. Rollins knees free, then knees Bron outta the ring! Fans fire up and Rollins builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit and down goes Bron! But Rollins keeps going, he DIVES again!

Fans are thunderous as Rollins goes again! Another DIVE and the hattrick is complete! Fans fire up and sing again as Rollins brings Bron up. Rollins puts Bron in, aims from the corner, and he runs in, but Bron bails out! Fans boo but Rollins just goes outside. Rollins runs in around the way, to LARIAT Bron down! Fans fire up again as Rollins catches his breath. Rollins looks at the desk, and fans like where he’s going with this. Rollins clears the desk off! Vic & Booker get back, but Bron grabs Rollins! Trophy lift, but Rollins slips off! SUPERKICK and Bron ends up on the desk! Fans fire up as Rollins goes up the corner!

Rollins aims, Booker says SHUCKY DUCKY QUACK QUACK for the FROG SPLASH through the desk!! Both men are down in the wreckage as NXT goes picture in picture again!

Rollins sits up, grits his teeth and clutches his ribs. Rollins and Bron are still down as the ring count starts. Both men start to crawl at about 7 of 10! And then stand and spring in at 9! Fans fire up as this continues! Rollins grits his teeth as he stands up, and he brings Bron up, only for Bron to throw body shots! Rollins throws a forearm! Bron comes back with a haymaker! Rollins comes back with a SLAP! Bron ROCKS Rollins, Rollins ROCKS Bron, and Bron throws another body shot! Rollins throws one in return! And another! And another! And then forearm after forearm! Bron knees low! Bron runs, into a BOOT!

Rollins runs, but into a THESZ- NO, Rollins catches Bron to BUCKLE BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bron is still in this as NXT returns to single picture! Fans rally up, Rollins rises, and he waits on Bron. Bron stands, and Rollins ROLLING ELBOWS! And then the turn, but Bron powers out to waistlock! Rollins victory rolls, TWO! Both men stand, Rollins gets around to roll Bron up, TWO! SUPERKICK! Bron flops over and Rollins goes up top! FROG SPLASH FLOPS as Bron moves! Double-edged even if he were to hit it, Rollins takes even more damage from that crash landing! Bron brings down the straps and roars!

Fans boo as Bron gets the arms! STEINER RECLINER!! Rollins endures, fans rally behind him, and Rollins reaches out! Rollins powers the arms free and crawls forward to the ROPEBREAK! Bron lets go in frustration, and Rollins goes to a corner. Bron runs in but Rollins BOOTS him! Rollins goes up again, but Bron springs up after him! SUPER STEINER! Bron scoops Rollins to the trophy lift, BREAKKER SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!? Rollins survives and Bron can’t believe it! Bron goes to a corner as fans rally up, and he runs in to- A KNEE!! Rollins knows the Spear too well, and he hits a PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!??!

Now Rollins is shocked! But Rollins also fires up and he drags Bron back up for a forearm, the turn, and the DREAM SMASHER! Fans chant “BURN IT DOWN!” as Rollins runs, but into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!!! Rollins also knows how to survive a Spear! Fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” as Bron rises again. Bron goes back to a corner, takes aim, but then decides to go up the corner. Fans boo as Bron leaps, into a SUPERKICK! CURB STOMP!! Rollins goes to another corner and the fans are thunderous! “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” CURB STOMP AGAIN!!! Cover, Rollins wins!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall (still WWE World Heavyweight Champion)

And the singing continues! The Visionary holds on to the title, and is still heading to London. But he seems to nod some respect to Bron. Will Bron simply have to wait until it’s his time? Or will the mountaintop always belong to Seth Freakin’ Rollins?

WAIT! FINN ATTACKS AGAIN!!! Raw wasn’t enough, Finn followed Rollins back to NXT just to add damage to those ribs!! Security drags Finn off but Finn attacks them now! Finn RAMS Rollins into the apron, puts him back in the ring, and gets a chair!! Finn JAMS Rollins’ ribs, then SMACKS him on the back! Fans boo as Finn throws off his jacket and goes up a corner. Finn again says he’s waited seven years. But wait! Trick Melo Gang rushes out! Finn gets away, eyeing the World Heavyweight title as he goes. Will nothing stop The Prince from taking Rollins’ throne?

My Thoughts:

For a seemingly random time to do themed episodes, Gold Rush Part 1 was an awesome night for NXT. For one, awesome opener out of the North American Championship. I just had a feeling Ali would be up to something, and he basically tried to cheat it so Bate would become the new champion. A very unique dynamic where the Heel in the match isn’t even really in the match. But in the end, Ali costs Bate for all his trying to make this a heated match, and I’m sure this leads to Wes VS Ali, possibly at Great American Bash. It is rather frustrating that Ali, as great as he is in the ring and as a character, hasn’t been given any title reigns, so maybe a two-faced Heel Ali cheats the title off Wes, ending Wes’ record-setting reign.

Good promo from Gigi and Kiana to further their feud, and good NXT Anonymous promo to add to Jacy’s feud with Lyra. Both of those matches will be very good, and help each of the Faces build some momentum in the title race. Really fun pep rally promo from Chase U, and I like that even Dempsey & Gulak were happy for Thea when she put Tiff in her place with that armlock. At the same time, all this puts the go-home math in Tiff’s favor, this will definitely be her win next week. But even so, Thea will look great in her defeat, though I bet Dempsey & Gulak will go right back to being upset with her. And as they bully her, Andre Chase will make a triumphant return!

Really good Schism promo and good response promo from Diamond Mine. I’m honestly not sure what The Schism is to do if Gacy has yet to get any gold. There could be a Losers Leave NXT match out of Schism and Diamond Mine, or even just a match that determines if Schism stays Schism. And while Kemp could’ve chosen anything, I’m actually rather surprised he went with a “Raw Underground” match. That will be a really good technical match, since there won’t be ropebreaks to save anyone. Also, nice little wink wink, nudge nudge type deal bringing in Gable Steveson, who is Damon’s real-life brother. There’s a chance Gable is Face, but there’s also a chance he’s just setting Thorpe up to fail so that Gable and Damon can be a team.

Awesome Triple Threat Tag, and I’m again thankful for being able to pause with the DVR. As good as all the teams in the match are, I am very happy to see Malik & Edris win. They’ve been putting in the work, progressing as characters as well as wrestlers, and now they have their opportunity. Granted, after Stacks kidnapped Joe Coffey, the titles are still only changing hands should Stacks & Tony D’Angelo get another shot. But much like Thea Hail against Tiffany Stratton, Malik & Edris will have a great showing against Gallus.

Dana VS Cora was really good, though I feel like the drama about the bad leg was a couple minutes too long. Though, I guess those were the exact two minutes the had to cover during picture in picture commercial break. But anyway, of course Cora wins for that, and she’ll just have a bigger ego. Really good women’s tag match, too, though of course Meta-Four’s distractions help Lash & Jakara win. The real interesting part of that was seeing Elektra & Lola show up. I don’t know if they were scouting Leon & Feroz to recruit or to set up a feud, but it would all make sense given the short feud between Elektra and Feroz while Leon was injured.

Very good promo stuff from Rollins, Frazer and more, and I like that Frazer VS Dragon was made through friendly terms. They’re going to have a killer match, but who knows who, if anyone, will be in either man’s corner. Melo and Corbin had a really good promo, and I really thought Melo was gonna dig at Corbin not making the cash-in, but I suppose that was kayfabe while Corbin getting cut from the NFL was shoot and that hits harder. Corbin does a good job shaking it off to use his real-life standard of living against Melo, but it also doesn’t really land for me because who cares? That money is just money but the title is the title, and Melo’s definitely retaining.

The most powerful promo of the night was Von’s with Stone, because he shared a legit life story that’s really heart-wrenching. Von’s been the big bad wolf this whole time, but now you see why he sharpened those fangs. There’s half a chance that, as soon as a Heel takes a title, Von will be right there to go after them as a new Face. And then, what an awesome main event from Rollins VS Bron. Bron can hang, no question, and #MeanerThanEvil seems to work for him better than Mr. 2.0 brightly colored badass. But naturally, Rollins wins, and then to great surprise, Finn shows up to just keep beating Rollins up. Rollins will still go to MITB, of course, but he’s really going to be backed into a corner with this much damage to his ribs.

My Score: 8.9/10

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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Soul Results & Report! (6/16/24)

Sapporo’s covered in gold!



Will the Rogue Luchador have his revenge on the Murder Machine?

After winning Best of the Super Juniors, El Desperado got Sho to accept an IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship STEEL CAGE MATCH, so will Sho have no choice but to do this without the House of Torture?


  • Kickoff – Masatora Yasuda VS Daiki Nagai; Time Limit Draw.
  • 10 Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Tomohiro Ishii, Satoshi Kojima, Katsuya Murashima & Shoma Kato VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • DOUKI & Taichi VS Ren Narita & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Douki & Taichi win.
  • Bishamon VS EVIL & Dick Togo; Bishamon wins.
  • Tetsuya Naito & Titan VS Taka Michinoku & Yuya Uemura; Naito & Titan win.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg; Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg win and become the new NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Clark Connors & “Drilla” Dan Moloney VS Robbie Eagles & Kosei Fujita; Connors & Drilla win and retain the titles.
  • NEVER Openweight Championship: Shingo Takagi VS HENARE; Henare wins and becomes the new NEVER Openweight Champion.
  • IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship: David Finlay VS SANADA; Finlay wins and retains the title.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Steel Cage Match: SHO VS El Desperado; Desperado wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.


NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg!

It’s a Dominion rematch as Yota Tsuji, Bushi & Hiromu Takahashi once again face The Ace, The Joker & The Rook! It was already rather incredible that LIJ won in the first place, will they prove it wasn’t just luck at Osaka-Jo Hall? Or will Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg prove you can’t keep bad boys down?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and let’s see who really runs the schoolyard!

The teams sort out and while Yota and Oleg stare down, Yano insists he start. Hiromu obliges, and they both squat at the middle of the ring. They talk some smack, then the bell rings. And Hiromu copies Yano by going right to a corner to untie a buckle pad! Yano SMACKS Hiromu on the back of the head, then finishes the job himself! Hiromu SMACKS Yano on the head! Hiromu whips, Yano reveres, but Hiromu holds the ropes and copies Yano’s taunt! Yano runs up but Hiromu drop toeholds him onto ropes! Then he KICKS the rope, runs, but into an atomic drop! Yano tags Oleg and Tanahashi jump in, too.

Oleg & Tanahashi double whip to DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE Hiromu! Oleg then scoops Hiromu to SLAM him! Tanahashi drops an elbow, Oleg SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and Yano tags back in. Yano whips but Hiromu reverses, only for Yano to avoid the bare buckles. Hiromu runs in, but only gets bare buckles! Yano runs, but into a kick! Bushi gets in to dropkick legs out, then Yota runs in to basement dropkick! Bushi & Yota then knock Tanahashi & Oleg off the apron! Bushi & Yota then go out after them, stomp them down, and Hiromu stomps Yano. Hiromu drags Yano up, bumps him off the red corner, and tags Bushi in.

Bushi stomps Yano, digs his knee in, and the ref counts. Bushi lets go of the ropes, but that’s not the problem! The ref reprimands and Bushi steps away. Bushi drags Yano up, wrenches and wristlocks to then YANK the arm and CLUB it. Tag to Yota, he BOOTS the arm! Yano clutches the elbow, but Yota wrenches the arm to YANK it. Tag to Hiromu and he climbs up, and the fans rally for the AX HANDLE! Yota drops to his knees and Hiromu mocks his pain while bringing him back up. Hiromu whips Yano tot he corner, clotheslines, snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Hiromu calls to Yota, and he has Yota scoop him, for the assisted SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Hiromu has the ref watch Tanahashi & Oleg, then calls Bushi in! LIJ double whip Yano but Yano holds ropes! Yano sends Hiromu into Bushi, then throws them both down by their heads! The fans fire up, Yano and Hiromu crawl, and hot tag to Tanahashi! Yota tags in but Tanahashi dropkicks the legs out! Tanahashi fires hands, whips, but Yota reverses, only for Tanahashi to FLYING FOREARM! The fans fire up as Tanahashi fires fast hands, then Tanahashi scoops to SLAM Yota into the drop zone! Tanahashi goes up, SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi stays cool and the fans rally up. Yota rises, Tanahashi runs, but Yota TOSSES Tanahashi out!

The fans fire up as Tanahashi skins the cat! But then Yota ROCKS him with a right! Tanahashi falls back into a corner, Yota runs in, and he STINGER SPLASHES! Yota keeps going, he runs Tanahashi over, then SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up and Yota drags Tanahashi up. Yota reels Tanahashi in, suplexes, but Tanahashi fights it, to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT The fans rally up while both men are down. Tanahashi and Yota crawl, hot tag to Oleg! Oleg runs Yota over, gets him back up and fires forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Oleg whips, but Yota RAN- NO! Oleg stops the rana to get Yota up, for Shake, Rattle and THROW!

Oleg even kips up! The fans fire up, Oleg BLASTS Bushi & Hiromu off the corner, then he stalks Yota. Oleg waistlocks to deadlift Yota, for a GERMAN- NO, Yota fights free! Yota clinches, BACKBREAKER to FLATLINER to DOUBLE STOMP! Both men are down and the fans rally back up. Yota crawls over, hot tag to Bushi! Bushi goes up the corner, Oleg rises, and Bushi MISSILE DROPKICKS! And Bushirooni! Bushi runs corner to corner to ELBOW Oleg, then he brings Oleg in to FISHERMAN SCREW! Hiromu BLASTS Tanahashi & Yano! LIJ gets Oleg up, whips him to the corner, then Hiromu runs in to clothesline!

Bushi adds a back elbow, feeds to the SUPERKICK, then BACKSTABBERS! Cover, Tanahashi breaks it! Hiromu tosses Tanahashi out, Bushi and Oleg rise. Bushi runs up, CODE- NO, Oleg tosses Bushi away! Yano throws Bushi down! Hiromu SUPERKICKS Yano! Tanahashi blocks a superkick, but Yota gets in! Tanahashi blocks that superkick, too!? Tanahashi DOUBLE DRAGON SCREWS! The fans fire up but Bushi kicks low. Bushi runs, but into a SLINGBLADE! The fans fire up and Tanahashi drags Bushi up. Feed to Oleg for the KAMIKA- NO, Bushi slips free, and ENZIGIRIS! Oleg wobbles, Bushi goes to the corner!

Bushi runs up again, CODE- NO!! Oleg still blocks, and he fireman’s carries! Oleg coordinates with Tanahashi as he climbs, but Yota gets in Tanahashi’s way! Bushi rolls Oleg up! Tanahashi shoves Yota down onto the cover!! Tanahashi then aims to TRIPLE HIGH FLY ATTACK LIJ!! The fans are all fired up and Oleg drags Bushi back up! Fireman’s carry, and KAMIKAZE!! Cover, Oleg and team win!!

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg, by pinfall

The Rook comes through for the team, and they get the belts back! Has Oleg proved he’s far from just a Young Lion now? Or will we need quite the tiebreaker between these trios to put this to rest?


IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Clark Connors & “Drilla” Dan Moloney VS Robbie Eagles & Kosei Fujita w/ Zack Sabre Jr!

The Bullet Club War Dogs claimed their losses to the TMDK Junior Heavyweights were flukes, but they still have to put up the gold. Will 100 Proof & 44 Caliber shoot down the Sniper of the Sky & Ichiban Young Punk? Or will we see that The Mighty Don’t Kneel?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who’s really number one with a bullet!

The teams sort out and Fujita starts against Connors. The bell rings, the two stare down and the fans rally up. The two circle, feel things out, then Connors swings on Eagles! Eagles ROCKS Connors first! Fujita ROCKS Connors, then he DECKS Drilla! Eagles jumps in, TMDK double whip to hip toss, then PENALTY KICK! Drilla storms in but into DOUBLE BLOWS! Then TMDK rolls Drilla back to DOUBLE KNEE SMASH! Eagles rallies the fans, Fujita builds speed, but Connors gets in, JEEP FLIPPER! Drilla drags Eagles out, too, and sends him into railing! Connors stomps Fujita while Drilla tosses Eagles over railing!

Drilla steps over and has fans move aside. Connors keeps on Fujita on the other end of the arena while Drilla BOWLS Eagles into chairs! STRIKE! Connors fires hands on Fujita, and he tells a segment of fans to move! Then he BOWLS Fujita into the chairs! Another STRIKE! The fans cheer while Connors throws up the Too Sweet. Drilla drags Eagles around, scoops him, and then SLAMS him onto some seats! The ring count starts, but Connors is bringing Fujita back. Connors POSTS Fujita at 5 of 20, then takes his time to scuff Fujita before he steps in at 12. Connors taunts ZSJ at ringside, but Fujita rolls in at 17! The fans cheer but Connors mockingly applauds.

Connors kneels on Fujita’s neck, the ref reprimands and counts, and Connors steps away. Connors drags Fujita up, Drilla dusts off his boot, and Connors bumps Fujita off the boot! Tag to Drilla, and he CHOPS! And then he digs his boots in! The ref counts, Drilla steps off at 4. Connors CHOKES Fujita against ropes while the ref is busy with Drilla. The fans boo but Connors lets off before the ref catches him. Drilla looms over Fujita as he sputters, and the fans rally up. Fujita rises to throw body shots and forearms! Drilla CHOPS Fujita down! Drilla drags Fujita around, steps through, and ties up the legs into a DEATHLOCK!

Drilla tags Connors in, and Connors stomps away on Fujita! Then he JUMP ELBOW DROPS! Drilla lets Fujita go so Connors can cover, TWO! Connors smirks as he grabs the leg, and he mockingly calls “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” Drilla bark, bark, barks! Connors steps through to steal the RON MILLER SPECIAL! Eagles storms in but Drilla intercepts to TOSS him back out! Connors thrashes Fujita around but Fujita endures! Fujita crawls forward, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and the ref reprimands. Connors lets off with a smug grin, then drags Fujita up. But Fujita fires a forearm, and a CHOP!

Connors eggs Fujita on so Fujita CHOPS! Connors UPPERCUTS! Connors whips, but Fujita GAMANGIRIS! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Connors crawls and tags in Drilla. Drilla grabs Fujita’s leg but Fujita BOOTS him away! Fujita scrambles, hot tag to Eagles! Eagles goes up and over Drilla, BOOTS Connors, then RANAS Drilla! The fans fire up with Eagles and he KICKS Drilla! And KICKS! And KICKS! Eagles runs, Connors sneaks in to CLOBBER him! Connors & Drilla double whip, Eagles reverses to send Connors away! Then he sends Drilla into Connors! Eagles kicks a leg out, then runs to BLINDSIDE LARIAT BASEMENT DROPKICK COMBO!

The fans fire up with Eagles and he goes corner to corner at Drilla! DOUBLE KNEES! Drilla sits down, Eagles runs in to METEORA! Eagles drags Drilla to a cover, TWO! Eagles keeps cool and goes to the apron. Eaglee climbs, the fans rally up, and Eagles 450- NO, Drilla moves! Eagles rolls through, btu Drilla blocks his kick! Drilla pops Eagles up into the Canadian Rack! But Eagles sunset flips through! ONE, but Eagles has the RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Drilla flails, Fujita keeps Connors out! Connors powers out, gets in, and he CLUBS Eagles! Eagles holds on, but Connors stomps away until he lets Drilla go!

The ref reprimands but Connors shoves him away! Connors stomps Eagles, and Drilla hobbles up. Connors stands Eagles up, but Eagles fires CHOPS and ELBOWS! SOBAT for Drilla, then a cravat! Eagles uses Connors to kick off, but Drilla denies him Sliced Bread! Drilla ELBOWS Eagles away, but Fujita tags in! Fujita slingshots but Connors catches him! Connors hands Fujita off to Drilla! But Fujita flails to go to the apron and HOTSHOT! Fujita and Eagles both springboard, DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICKS! The War Dogs are down and they bail out while the fans fire up! Fujita aims to springboard, DOUBLE CANNONBALL!

Direct hit and the Dogs go down! The fans fire up, Fujita puts Drilla in, and Eagles stands Drilla up. TMDK double wrench the arms, for MAXXY BOMB!! High stack, TWO!! Drilla survives but the fans fire up with TMDK! Fujita hoists Drilla up, Eagles ROUNDHOUSES and Fujita GERMAN SUPLEXES! Then SUPERKICK PENALTY KICK COMBO!! Cover, Connors breaks it! The fans rally, Eagles whips but Connors reverses to TOSS Eagles out! Connors runs at Fujita but Fujita TOSSES him out! Fujita goes after Drilla with a CHOP! But Drilla wrenches to ripcord, but Fujita dodges! Sunset flip, but Drilla DOUBLE STOMPS and SENTONS!

The fans rally up and both men crawl. Drilla reaches out, hot tag to Connors! Connors takes aim, runs in, but Fujtia pops him up! Connors fights the German Suplex but Fujita holds the waistlock! Connors throws elbow after elbow but Fujita’s grip is tight! Connors throws even more elbows, and Fujita finally lets go. Fujita runs up, but into a SNAP POWERSLAM! Drilla roars as he storms in, and the Dogs take aim from the corners! But Eagles anchors Drilla! Fujita O’Conner Rolls Connors, then trips him into the QUEEN ANGELITO STRETCH! Drilla gets loose but Eagles MISSILE DROPKICKS him down! And puts him in the RON MILLER SPECIAL!!

Fujita sees Eagles has Drilla, and Fujita pulls Connors into the NELL VOSS SPECIAL!! Connors endures, flails, and Drilla reaches out, but Eagles drags him away! Connors grabs at the ref, Drilla grabs at Fujita! Drilla CLAWS Fujita’s face, and he lets Connors go! Eagles lets Drilla go, and the four are all down. The fans rally as Eagles regroups with Fujita. The Dogs regroup on the outside, and Eagles DIVES onto them! But is caught! DRILLA KILLA to the floor!! Drilla & Connors are laughing that they just shot down the Sniper! Connors & Drilla then slide into the ring, flanking Fujita. They bring Fujita up, but he still fires forearms and elbows!

The fans rally as Fujita fights and fights, switches with Drilla, but Drilla elbows free! Connors runs in, Drilla hurdles, SPEAR! Fujita staggers back up, into the SPEAR GORE COMBO!! Cover, TWO?!? Fujita survives and shocks The Dogs! The fans fire up as Connors goes up a corner and Drilla drags Fujita up. Drilla suplexes, but Fujita slips free! GERMAN SUPLEX! Connors still leaps but Fujita gets under! Fujita O’Conner Rolls, but Connors fights Chaos Theory! Fujita HEEL KICKS! Fujita whips Connors, pops Connors up, and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Connors survives, but Fujita still holds on!

Fujita drags Connors up and the fans are thunderous! Fujita suplexes, ABANDON- SUPERKICK from Drilla! Connors suplexes Fujita into the DRILLA KILLA!!! Drilla then feeds Fujita to the NO CHASER!! But they’re still not done!?! Connors climbs, Drilla suplexes, FULL CLIP!!! Cover, War Dogs win!

Winners: Clark Connors & “Drilla” Moloney, by pinfall (still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but they can’t withstand artillery of this magnitude! Bullet Club keeps these titles right where they are, and Connors himself asks, “Who’s next?”


NJPW announces the G1 Climax 34 Block line-ups!

In A Block, it will be: Tetsuya Naito; Shota Umino; Shingo Takagi; SANADA; Great-O-Khan; Zack Sabre Jr; Gabe Kidd; EVIL; and Pro-Wrestling Noah’s Jake Lee!
In B Block, it will be: Hirooki Goto; El Phantasmo; Yota Tsuji; Jeff Cobb; HENARE; David Finlay; Ren Narita; Yuya Uemura; and AEW & DDT Pro’s Konosuke Takeshita!

And this year, there will be a special G1 Climax preliminary round! 12 men, six for each block, must battle to earn the coveted tenth seed spots! In A Block’s prelim: Tomohiro Ishii; Yoshi-Hashi; Callum Newman; KENTA; Chase Owens; and Yujiro Takahashi! In B Block’s prelim: Hiroshi Tanahashi; Toru Yano; Boltin Oleg; Satoshi Kojima; Taichi; and TJP! Whoever comes out of those matches will join this already star-studded field! Who will help burn up this already red hot summer?


NEVER Openweight Championship: Shingo Takagi VS HENARE!

It’s another Dominion rematch, as we ended up with a Double TKO Draw in Osaka-Jo Hall! Will Takagi stay standing this time? Or will the Face of Fury finally slay The Rampaging Dragon?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who pushes past their limits to be victorious!

The two are forehead to forehead, then they go forearm for forearm! The bell rings, and Takagi ROCKS Henare! Henare fires back, but Takagi shoves him. They both run, they RAM shoulders, then Henare kicks to snapmare. Henare KICKS Takagi in the back, but Takagi gets up to DOUBLE CHOP! Takagi eggs Henare on, so Henare HEADBUTTS! Henare eggs Takagi on so Takagi HEADBUTTS! Henare nods, and HEADBUTTS again! Takagi staggers, but he comes back to HEADBUTT! Henare HEADBUTTS, Takagi HEADBUTTS, they HEADBUTT again and again and again! Henare gets the edge, then JUMP HEADBUTTS!

Henare runs, RAMS Takagi but Takagi comes back to RAM Henare! ELBOW! JAB! But Henare KICKS! Takagi runs Henare over! Then Takagi KICKS Henare in the back! Henare goes to a corner, the fans rally for Takagi, and he runs up, and blocks a boot! Takagi clotheslines through, then fires the fans up more. Takagi JABS and CHOPS on repeat! Then he JABS, JABS, JABS, but Henare leans into the punches! Takagi fires more shots, then ROCKS Henare! Takagi whips corner to corner, runs up and clotheslines! Then SAIDOS! Henare flounders and the fans rally up. Takagi stands Henare up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO!

Henare bails out but Takagi keeps cool. Takagi goes out after Henare, brings him around, and whips him hard into railing! Henare staggers away, Takagi follows, and he JABS Henare again. Takagi brings Henare up to SMACK him off the apron, but that just angers Henare! Henare SMACKS Takagi off the apron! Takagi RIDGE HAND CHOPS, then fireman’s carries! SNAKE EYES off the apron! Henare falls back and the ref wants this back in the ring. Takagi takes a moment to shake out his hand, then he walks over to Henare. Takagi drops a knee right on Henare’s face! Takagi then puts Henare in the ring, and the fans cheer.

Takagi kicks Henare around, taunts him, scuffs him, and Henare snarls. Henare fires body shots and a forearm! Takagi ELBOWS! And YUKON LARIATS! The fans cheer and Takagi says he’s still gonna be champ. Takagi brings Henare up, puts him on ropes, and then KNEES him low! And KNEES him again! And again! The ref reprimands, Takagi lets off, and he whips Henare to ropes. Takagi KNEES low, runs, but into a POP-UP SAMOAN DROP! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Takagi goes to a corner, Henare runs in to clothesline! Takagi shouts at Henare, so Henare shouts back! Henare fires off fast hands from all sides!

The ref reprimands, Henare HEADBUTTS Takagi before he fireman’s carries. WASTELAND SLAM, then a SENTON! The fans rally up as Takagi sputters and goes back to the corner. Henare storms over, stomps Takagi, then HEADBUTTS him! Henare whips but Takagi blocks by holding ropes! The ref calls the ropebreak as Henare still tries to whip. Takagi still holds on, so Henare ELBOWS him in the head! The ref reprimands, but Henare whips corner to corner. Takagi reverses, runs up, but into an ELBOW! Henare goes up, FLYING CHUCK! But Takagi just runs! Into a BERSERKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives and Henare fires back up!

The fans rally, Henare stands and he aims from a corner. Takagi rises as Henare stomps the mat. Henare runs in, RAMP- NO! Takagi stuffs the spear to fire off knees! Henare shoves back but Takagi ELBOWS! JABS! And YUKON feints to DDT! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Henare flounders to a corner and the fans rally up. Takagi runs, but into a RAMP- DDT!! Takagi turns things around again and Henare is in a daze! Takagi kicks Henare, drags him up, and puts him on the top rope! The fans rally as Takagi climbs up, and he fires RIDGE HAND CHOPS! Takagi then goes to the very top, brings Henare up with him, SUPER DUPER PLEX!!

The fans are thunderous while Henare writhes from that hard landing! Takagi sits up and shouts, “OI! OI! OI!” The fans join in and Takagi nods. Takagi stands, the fans fire up more, and Takagi says “My time is coming! TOKI GA KITA!” The fans fire up, Takagi runs, PUMPING BOMBER! But Henare withstands the impact and stays standing! Takagi runs again, PUMPING BOMBER! Henare drops to his knees! Takagi gives scuffing kicks, slaps Henare around, then fires a few forearms. Henare growls, headbutts the mat, but Takagi ROCKS him! Takagi fires forearm after forearm, but Henare eggs him on!

Takagi fires more forearms, but Henare leans into those shots! Henare swings, Takagi bobs ‘n’ weaves and UPPERCUTS! Takagi runs, but into a RAMPAGE!! Both men are down again and the fans rally up! Henare slowly rises, sits Takagi up, and PENALTY KICKS! But Takagi’s right up to RUN Henare over! The fans rally while both men are down, and Takagi sits up first. Takagi crawls over to Henare and they give each other junkyard dog headbutts. They start throwing palm strikes, then forearms! Takagi CHOPS and Henare staggers! Henare snarls, comes back, and KICKS! Takagi staggers, Henare eggs him on, and the fans rally up!

Takagi winds up to CHOP! Henare drops to a knee and Takagi shakes out his hand. Henare rises, and Takagi braces for the KICK! Takagi CHOPS! Henare KICKS! CHOP! KICK! Repeat! The fans fire up and so does Henare! Henare KICKS, and KICKS, and ROLLING KICKS! Takagi wobbles, Henare runs, but Takagi blocks the kick! Henare fires off strikes, but Takagi still pump handles! MADE IN JAPAN!! But Takagi can’t make the cover! The ref checks both men, this could end up like Dominion! Takagi slowly rises, the fans rally up again, and Takagi sits Henare up. Takagi clamps on to rain down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!

Takagi runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Henare rolls through to SLIDING KNEE!! Both men are down again and the fans fire up! Henare sits up first, and he snarls as he slashes his throat. Henare vows to end this but he’s a bit wobbly as he walks over. Henare drags Takagi up but Takagi HEADBUTTS! Henare HEADBUTTS! They DOUBLE HEADBUTT! And DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Both men wobble, but Takagi JABS! Henare HEADBUTTS! Takagi PUMPING BOMBERS! Henare JUMP HEADBUTTS! Takagi SLIDING FOREARMS!! Both men are down again and the fans are all fired up!

The ref checks, and both men are somehow still in this, but the standing count is here! Takagi hears it and he stirs. Takagi goes to ropes, and he drags himself up at 5 of 10! Takagi is up but what of Henare? He’s still down at 8, pushes up at 9, and stands at 9.9!! The fans fire up and Takagi runs in! DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Both men lean on the other, and Takagi fires boxing elbows! Takagi throws in about nine, but then Henare bobs ‘n’ weaves the tenth to BODY BLOW! And HEEL KICK! PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, ONE?!?! The fans are thunderous as Henare snarls, but Takagi gets moving! PUMPING BOMBER!!! Cover, TWO!!!

The fans are thunderous again as Henare survives being flipped upside-down! Takagi roars, he drags Henare up, and he pump handles to the torture rack! Henare slips out, spins Takagi around, STREETS OF RAGE!! But he has to crawl to the cover! TWO!!! Takagi survives and Henare is stunned! Henare growls, fires himself up, and he drags Takagi back up. But Takagi fights the cross-arm hold! Takagi HEADBUTTS, HEADBUTTS, and HEADBUTTS! Henare HEADBUTTS!! Cover, ONE!?!?! But Henare runs to RUGBY KICK!! Cover, TWO!!!! Takagi still survives but Henare is furious! Henare reels Takagi in for STREETS OF- NO, Takagi fights the lift!

Takagi and Henare fight for suplex control! Takagi throws body shots, avoids the headbutt and UPPERCUTS! Then HEADBUTTS back! Then YUKON- NO, Henare blocks that, then blocks the other lariat! KAMI-HEADBUTT!!! Cover, HENARE WINS!!!

Winner: Henare, by pinfall (NEW NEVER Openweight Champion)

Henare unleashes the headbutt to surpass God, and he slays the Rampaging Dragon! Finally, the Face of Fury wears gold in NJPW! Will this be a sign of even bigger things to come? Or will Takagi have his revenge in the G1 Climax?


IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship: David Finlay w/ Gedo VS SANADA w/ Just5Guys!

When The Rebel heard the Cold Skull was back on the mend, he demanded this be the return match. Finlay still owes Sanada payback for the 2023 New Japan Cup finals loss, and that moment has finally come. Will Finlay ruin Sanada’s return right from the start? Or will he regret it when Sanada takes this title from him?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the War Dogs stay golden!

The bell rings and the fans rally behind “SA-NA-DA! SA-NA-DA!” Finlay gets on the corner to shout “WAR~ DOGS~!” and some fans do cheer, but the fans are still more on Sanada’s side. The two circle, feel things out, and tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Finlay pulls hair to put Sanada on ropes. Red Shoes calls the break, Finlay pie faces Sanada as he lets off, then SPITS on Sanada! Sanada just brushes that off and the two reset. They tie up, are in another deadlock, but Sanada uses height for leverage. Sanada puts Finlay on the ropes, Red Shoes calls the break, and Sanada lets off with pats on the shoulder.

The fans applaud but Finlay is annoyed. Finlay runs up, Sanada kicks low then headlocks. Finlay powers up and out but Sanada runs him over. Things speed up, Finlay hurdles but then Sanada hurdles, hurdles and DROPKICKS! The fans fire up but Gedo is upset as Finlay bails out. Sanada aims, PLANCHA, but he lands on the apron as Finlay slides in. Finlay DECKS Sanada off the apron, goes out to CLUB Sanada, then SMACKS him off the apron! Finlay rains down fists, soaks up the heat, and says it’s too easy. Finlay fist bumps with Gedo then goes back to stand on Sanada’s face. Red Shoes reprimands but Finlay drags Sanada up and into the ring.

Finlay slides in to cover but Red Shoes says no, because of the shenanigans on the outside. Finlay is upset with Red Shoes, but then he drags Sanada up. Finlay hammerlocks an arm and leans on the hold. Sanada endures, even as Finlay grabs the other arm in a cording hold. Finlay digs knuckles into Sanada’s ribs, then a forearm in Sanada’s face! Red Shoes counts, Finlay lets off and gets mad at Red Shoes, but rules are rules. Finlay drags Sanada up, snap suplexes, then covers, TWO! The fans applaud but Finlay argues with Red Shoes more. Finlay drags Sanada up, but Sanada throws body shots! Finlay sputters, but then Sanada ROCKS him with a forearm!

Finlay knees low, whips, but Sanada reverses to ELBOW Finlay down! STANDING MOONSAULT FLOPS as Finlay moves! Finlay covers, TWO! Finlay keeps cool as he drags Sanada up. Finlay whips corner to corner hard and Sanada falls! Sanada writhes but Finlay barks it up. Finlay aims from a corner, runs in, and UPPERCUTS! Then he suplexes for a TOSS! Cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this and Gedo protests while Finlay argues the count. Sanada goes to the apron, Finlay storms over and drags him up. Finlay brings Sanada through the ropes to UPPERCUT! And UPPERCUT again! And UPPERCUT again!

Finlay UPPERCUTS and UPPERCUTS and UPPERCUTS, then UPPERCUTS some more! Finlay dares the fans to cheer Sanada now. The fans do cheer, and Sanada back drops Finlay outta the ring! Sanada catches his breath while Finlay is on the floor. Finlay drags himself up with the apron skirt, but Sanada PLANCHAS him right back down! The fans cheer and Sanada rises. Sanada stalks Finlay, brings him around, and puts him in the ring. The fans applaud, but then Finlay bails out the side. Sanada just PLANCHAS again! Down goes Finlay and the fans fire up! Sanada then brings Finlay up, ROCKS him, then slides into the ring.

Sanada builds speed and he fakes Finlay out! Sanada flips back in, then PLANCHAS again! A hattrick for Sanada and the fans fire up! Sanada encourages them to get louder, then he goes back for Finlay. Sanada puts Finlay in the ring, stalks him, then brings him up to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! The fans rally while Sanada brings Finlay back up. Sanada fireman’s carries, Finlay slips free to waistlock, but Sanada switches. Finlay denies the O’Conner to roll Sanada up, TWO! Sanada runs in, but into a SPIN-OUT BOMB! Finlay grins as he leans against ropes, then he watches Sanada rise. Finlay runs in, and he clotheslines Sanada up and out!

Finlay goes out after Sanada, talks some trash, “This your boy?” Finlay flexes, drags Sanada up, and RAMS him into the railing! And RAMS him in again! Finlay’s trying to squish English commentary as he RAMS Sanada in again! Finlay lets Sanada falls over, then asks Gedo, “You wanna see a dead body?” Finlay fireman’s carries Sanada, to run up, but Sanada slips free! Finlay kicks low, reels Sanada in, but Sanada fights the piledriver! Sanada back drops Finlay onto the floor! The fans cheer while Sanada hobbles away. But then Finlay runs up! Sanada moves and Finlay crashes into railing! Sanada then brings Finlay out through the gate!

The Young Lions hurry to brace railing, but Sanada reels Finlay in for a PILEDRIVER on the floor!! And there’s far less padding out by the crowd then by ringside! Red Shoes wants this back in the ring, but Sanada has to catch his breath first. Sanada drags Finlay up, cravats for a neck wrench, and he brings Finlay back to ringside like that. Sanada puts Finlay in the ring and the fans applaud. Sanada then stalks Finlay, stands him up, and CLUBS him on the neck! Finlay staggers up, and he fires a forearm back! Sanada eggs Finlay on, so Finlay fires another forearm! And then SPITS at Sanada! And flips him off!

Sanada fires off furious fists on Finlay! The fans fire up but they’re on the ropes now! Red Shoes reprimands, but Sanada shoves him down! Sanada’s losing his cool, and Finlay YANKS Sanada into ropes! Both men are down and the fans rally up for Sanada. Finlay drags Sanada up, reels him in, Canadian Rack, but Sanada slips free, to get the dragon sleeper! Finlay arm-drags free, runs up, but into a BOOT! Sanada goes up to QUEBRADA, and he has the dragon sleeper! Sanada drops back but Finlay rolls through to inverted suplex! And LAWN DART off the corner! Then a Canadian Rack, DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up as Sanada survives! Gedo is upset and we pass 15 minutes. The fans rally for “SA-NA-DA!” as he and Finlay slowly rise. Finlay uses ropes to help stretch out one of his arms, then he goes back for Sanada. Finlay clamps on to sit Sanada up, for a crossface forearm! And then another! And another! Finlay drags Sanada up again, runs, and BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this and Finlay is frustrated. The fans rally up for Sanada again, but Finlay drags Sanada up and reels him in. Sanada is dead weight so Finlay has Red Shoes check. Sanada refuses to give in and the fans rally up more.

Finlay talks more trash on the fans, then drags Sanada back up and in. POWER- RANA! Cover, TWO!! Finlay escapes, runs up, but Sanada spins him around, MAGIC- NO, Finlay slips free to suplex! But Sanada slips free to O’Conner Roll, but Finlay turns that around! O’Conner- NO, Sanada keeps Finlay up, then brings him into SKULL END!! Finlay flails and endures but he’s stuck in the body scissors! Sanada puts on the squeeze and Finlay is starting to fade! Red Shoes checks, Finlay flips everyone off! But he’s fading all the same! Sanada almost loses grip, and Finlay grabs at Red Shoes! Finlay endures as Sanada thrashes him around!

Red Shoes checks again, but Sanada lets Finlay go to go up top! ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees! Finlay saves himself at the last moment and both men are down! The fans rally for Sanada as he and Finlay stir. We hit 20 minutes and Sanada grabs at Finlay. They both rise up and Finlay fires a haymaker. Sanada fires it back! Finlay fires another haymaker, so Sanada gives it back! Red Shoes reprimands about closed fists, so Finlay fires a forearm! Sanada fires one right back! Finlay staggers away to ropes, but then Sanada eggs him on. Finlay fires a flurry, but Sanada UPPERCUTS! Finlay wobbles, staggers, but comes back.

Finlay UPPERCUTS, but Sanada shakes his head. The fans rally up as Sanada goes back to UPPERCUT Finlay! Finlay wobbles, Sanada eggs him on, and Finlay UPPERCUTS! Sanada grits his teeth, Finlay eggs him on, and Sanada UPPERCUTS! Finlay leans on Sanada, but he still fires a flurry of forearms, then an UPPERCUT! Finlay runs, but Sanada dodges! Sanada tilt-o-whirls, and has the dragon sleeper! But Finlay slips through to suplex! But Sanada turns that around, MAGIC SCREW! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Sanada hurries up a corner, to ROUNDING BODY PRESS! Direct hit and Sanada covers, TWO!!

The fans fire up more as Sanada drags Finlay back up. Sanada clinches, but Gedo storms up to the apron! Sanada drops Finlay so he can KICK the ropes! The fans cheer as Gedo gets jammed up down low! But then Finlay cradles Sanada! TWO!! Sanada escapes, runs up, BLINDSIDE WIZARD! Both men are down again and the fans fire back up! Sanada kips up and the fans cheer! Sanada shouts at Finlay to get up, then runs in, but Finlay ducks the Shining Wizard! Finlay wrenches, suplexes, INTO OBLIVION!! Cover, TWO!! Finlay almost had this one but he won’t stop there! Finlay suplexes again, OVER- BLOCKED!!

Sanada waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls and BRIDGES! TWO!!! Finlay escapes, but SHINING WIZARD hits!! The fans are thunderous and Sanada drags Finlay back up! Clinch and- NO, Finlay slips out to bring Sanada up! But Sanada slips free to ENZIGIRI! The fans fire up as we hit 25 minutes! Time is running out, but Sanada aims from the corner! SHINING- NO, Finlay smothers the wizard to high stack and deadlift into a POWERBOMB! Then the flip over and suplex! OVERKILL!!! Cover, Finlay wins!

Winner: David Finlay, by pinfall (still IWGP Global Heavyweight Champion)

The Cold Skull got hot, but maybe too little too late. Finlay holds onto the belt he created, for now. Will he prove that NJPW and the world needs The Rebel?


IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Steel Cage Match: SHO VS El Desperado!

The Murder Machine missed out on the Best of the Super Juniors finals, and it was the Rogue Luchador who finally added that trophy to his list of accomplishments. And as Sho tried to rain on the parade, Desperado goaded Sho into not just putting up the title, but putting up the steel fence around the ring! Truly a historic first for this title, will Desperado continue to make history by winning again? Or will Sho somehow, someway win without The House of Torture’s help?

But of course, the NJPW ref corps knows Sho has tricks of his own, so they make sure to pat him down before he enters the cage. AHA! Scissors! Sho says those aren’t his! But the check continues, and wait! Evil is storming his way onto commentary! The King of Darkness is going to find a way to be here for Sho one way or another. But wait, the search finds handcuffs, as well as a metal plate in the kick pad! Sho is upset that all his tricks have been found out, but Desperado’s having a great time watching his humiliation. Sho is already trying to find things under the ring but the refs were thorough even before the cage was set up.

Sho, Desperado and Red Shoes are locked inside, and all of Sho’s things have been secured, because a Young Lion is taking them to the back! It’s sinking in for Sho that there’s nothing he can do to cheat this one. Sho finally steps into the ring, the introductions are made and the belt is raised. And now, with the odds finally even, we see who is truly the Best of the Super Juniors!

The bell rings and the fans rally for “DE-SU-PE! DE-SU-PE!” The two feel things out, clinch, go around, and Sho waistlocks. Despe spins through to facelock, but Sho wrenches out. Despe rolls, wrenches back, and wristlocks. Sho pushes Despe to then wrench, wrench and wristlock. Despe drop toeholds, floats to a facelock, then he ties up the legs. Despe pulls Sho with a chinbar, but then shifts to have a cording hold. Sho endures, reaches out to the ropes, and Despe lets go. The fans cheer, and Despe talks some smack as Sho goes to a corner. The two reset, feel things out, knuckle lock, and Despe rolls to top wristlock.

Despe shifts to a cording hold, but Sho rolls back to stand up. Despe wrenches to wristlock, then he arm-drags Sho down into the cording hold. Sho endures, even as Despe adds a chinbar. Sho fights up, Despe hammerlocks the arm and goes for the crossface. Sho fights that, so Despe headlocks. Despe hits the takeover, Sho headscissors and squeezes tight. Despe bridges back, headstands, then pushes down on Sho’s legs. Despe floats onto the headlock but Sho slips out the back. Sho has the arm, and he drags Despe in, SNAKEBITE! Despe fights up to get the KNEEBAR! Sho flails, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans applaud as Despe lets off.

Sho crawls to the corner and Despe waits on him. The fans rally, the two circle, and they feel things out again. Sho bends Despe’s fingers, then hammerlocks. Despe elbows Sho, switches the hammerlock onto him then spins him around to whip. Despe arm-drags Sho then runs him over! The fans fire up but Sho bails out of the ring. But he can’t go far with the cage all around! Despe storms up but Sho kicks him! Sho whips Despe into the cage! Despe staggers, Sho grins and whips the other way, only for Despe to reverse! Sho hits cage, staggers forward, and Despe back drops him on the floor! Sho writhes and the fans cheer!

Despe stalks Sho as he scurries, but then Sho slips around. Sho reaches out and Evil slips him the “Torture Tool” wrench through the bars! But Red Shoes is right on Sho to take that away! Despe whips Sho at the cage! Sho stops himself, then HIP TOSSES Despe into steel! Evil acts like he did nothing wrong but Yano is also on commentary and telling him off. Sho drags Despe up to whip him into the cage! Despe slumps down, but Sho stands him up, to whip him in again! Despe staggers and falls, and part of the cage swings open! Seems there was a second door! Sho keeps Despe from getting out, and sends him back into steel!

Sho grins as he stalks Despe, and he RIPS at Despe’s mask! Red Shoes reprimands, Sho lets off and stalks Despe around the way. Sho drags Despe up to GRIND his face against the cage! Evil applauds as Sho goes along the whole side! Sho throws Despe down, and a good part of Despe’s mask has been ripped away! Sho talks trash on Despe, then brings him up to ROCK him with a right! Sho DIGS Despe’s face into the cage again, then SCRAPES him along! Evil applauds but he’s the only one. Sho makes Despe suffer, then shoves him back down. Sho soaks up the heat before bringing Despe back into the ring.

Sho CHOKES Despe against ropes! Red Shoes reprimands, then counts, but Sho steps away at 4. Sho drags Despe back up, CLAWS at Despe’s exposed face, then lets off as Red Shoes counts. Sho not so subtly unties the blue buckle pad, and uses the strap to CHOKE Despe! Red Shoes counts, Sho lets go, and Evil says that’s genius! The fans rally for “DE-SU-PE!” but Sho talks more trash. Despe sits up, and Sho scuffs him. Sho taunts Despe, scuffs him again, but Despe grabs Sho’s foot. Despe CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Sho DECKS him with a right hand! Sho storms up to digs his boot into Despe’s face! Red Shoes reprimands and Sho steps off.

Sho eggs Despe on, so Despe stands to CHOP and CHOP! Sho fires another haymaker, but Despe HEADBUTTS! Despe runs, but into a kitchen sink knee! Despe falls, but Sho brings him up to whip to ropes, for another kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Despe stays in this, and goes to a corner, but Sho runs in to RAM him! Sho then hoists Despe up to stick him across the top rope. Sho runs in, TOP SHELF KNEE! Cover, TWO! Sho pulls on an arm and a leg! Despe endures, the fans rally, but Sho pulls harder! Despe still reaches out with his free arm, fights over with his free leg, and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer but Sho holds until Red Shoes counts 4.

Despe crawls to the apron but Sho grins as he runs up, to LARIAT Despe down! Despe falls on the apron then flops down to the floor. Sho wants a ring count, but this is a cage match, there’s no such thing. Sho says fine, and he goes out to fetch Despe. Sho whips Despe into the cage! Despe leans against the steel, and Sho grins as he brings Despe around to throw into more cage! Sho then SMACKS Despe off the steel, and runs him along the way, only for Despe to turn it around and send Sho into steel! The fans fire up and Despe RAMS Sho into steel! Then Despe throws Sho into the cage wall! Despe goes into the ring, builds speed, and DIVES! Both men hit the steel!!

The fans are thunderous and Despe roars as he rises up! Sho sputters while he’s slumped against the cage, but Despe drags him up. Despe whips Sho into the cage again! Sho falls, clutching an arm, but Despe gets him up and runs him hard into more steel! The fans fire up as Despe snarls and drags Sho up again. Despe still throws Sho into the cage! Despe then puts Sho in the ring, drags him up, and hits a BIG back suplex! Despe drags Sho right back up, for a BIG regular suplex! Despe then climbs up the corner, for a FROG SPLASH! But Despe’s own ribs make it hard to keep the cover. Despe drags Sho up, reels him in, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!

Sho survives but Despe just shakes his head. Despe staggers around, he drags Sho up, and he reels Sho in to tuck the arms. But Sho wrenches out to KNEE low and throw Despe down by his hair! Sho sputters, he goes back to the blue corner, and he finishes untying the pad. The Bullet Club Special is still possible in this cage, and as Despe runs in, TADA! Bare buckles! Sho whips Despe back into those bare buckles! Sho runs to SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! Despe survives and Sho is stunned! The fans rally for Despe but Sho calls his shot. Sho drags Despe up, but Despe fights the gut wrench! Despe CLUBS Sho’s legs, but Sho still tries to lift!

Sho KNEES Despe low, then whips him back to the bare buckles! Sho grins, but Despe comes back! Despe swings, but Sho gets around to POP UP and ARMBAR! Despe fights around, but ends up in SNAKEBITE!! Despe flails, reaches out, but he’s fading! Sho pulls harder on the hold, and Despe falls over! But then Despe gets a second wind! The fans rally as hard as they can, and Despe drags Sho over, but Sho just pulls harder on the hold! Despe tips over, but into the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes tells Sho to let go but he refuses! So Red Shoes pulls Sho’s hair to make him stop! Respect his authority, Sho!

Sho lets go and Red Shoes checks on Despe. Red Shoes keeps Sho back, and Despe raises a hand. Despe wags a finger, he isn’t done yet. Sho kicks Despe mockingly, toying with him. Sho stands on Despe’s head, then gives him another mocking kick. Despe slowly sits up and the fans rally up again. Despe looks up at Sho defiantly, and Sho gives him a kick. Despe stays up so Sho fires a forearm! Despe snarls as he stands, so Sho fires another forearm! Despe forearms back but Sho LARIATS! Sho is mad now! Sho gets Despe up to gut wrench, Canadian Rack, FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Despe survives and the fans fire up!

Sho is freaking out, slapping himself around. Sho pulls at his own hair in frustration, but he drags Despe back up. Sho reels Despe in, tucks the arms, but Despe slips out to wrench and OLYMPIC SLAM! The fans fire up while both men are down! Despe and Sho stir, and Sho crawls his way to ropes. Despe snarls as he rises at center, but Sho storms back over. Despe fires body shots, then a forearm! Sho fires off boxing elbows fast and furious! Sho ROCKS Despe, runs, but Despe DECKS him! Despe roars and the fans fire up with him! Despe underhooks, FACEBUSTER! And then the roll through, for PINCHE- NO, Sho fights it!

Sho shoves Despe into Red Shoes! Sho runs up, to SHOTGUN Red Shoes into the bare buckles! Despe slumps out of the ring, Sho storms over and “accidentally” drops an elbow on Red Shoes! Evil claims Sho is innocent, but here comes The House of Torture! The fans boo, so much for Sho doing this on his own! Sho drags Despe up as the fans tell all the others to go home, or at least go away. But Sho puts Despe against the cage, and Narita SMACKS Despe with a chair! But here comes Oleg! But Kanemaru CLOBBERS Oleg! Evil even hits Yano on commentary! Tanahashi and even Satoshi Kojima run out here, but The House goes after them, too!

The fans boo but The House starts throwing chairs into the ring for Sho to use! Evil pretends he sees nothing wrong with this. Sho grins stands Despe back up, talks trash on everyone, then brings Despe into the ring. Sho soaks up the heat, then talks more trash. But Despe has a chair! Despe HEADSHOTS Sho!! Sho flops into the ring and the fans are thunderous! Despe turns things around on The House as he puts Sho’s head on one chair, and grabs another! Evil can only freak out as Despe hits a HOMERUN!! Evil tries to climb into the cage?! Despe CHUCKS a chair at him and he falls right off! The others try, but Despe chucks more chairs!

The fans fire up as now Yano, Oleg and Tanahashi fight back, too! They all stomp the House, Kojima CLUBS Kanemaru, and Despe CHUCKS chairs as Narita tries to climb! Despe goes back to Sho while Tanahashi and team drag The House outta here! The fans cheer as justice is again served! Despe calls to Red Shoes and he slowly returns. Despe gets Sho up but Sho LOW BLOWS! The ref missed that by sheer luck! Sho pretends he got hit, too, and so now everyone’s down again! Sho can’t help but laugh, though, and he tells Red shoes to get up. Sho hobbles over to Despe, drags him up, and reels him in to pump handle!

But Despe Alabama Lifts! And then he tucks Sho in, BASTARD DRIVER!! The fans are thunderous as Despe gets Sho up, underhooks, and JAY DRILLER!! And then the PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, DESPE WINS!!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion)

The Murder Machine couldn’t win it on his own, and that is why he lost it all tonight! Will it ever sink in that crime doesn’t pay?

As for Desperado, he now has trophy and championship belt to hold! Despe makes sure “the trash” is taken out of the ring first, then he gets the mic. The fans cheer “DESPE! DESPE!” as he gets the spotlight on him. Despe takes a moment, and then says, “Ah… that hurt. Thank you.” The fans cheer, and Despe continues by saying that there are all different types of wrestlers, and that’s what makes pro-wrestling so interesting. But even knowing that, it’s exhausting having to go this far. Why the heck are they opening the cage up? It took a lot to put it together in the first place, not that Despe really knows about that.

Despe won’t say this was fun, it’s not really his style, and his whole body hurts. He probably won’t do this kinda thing ever again. But he does want to get to his next challenger. The fans are shocked he’s doing this so soon! And then Despe calls out DOUKI! Despe tells Douki to come on out here, they don’t need to make a mess with the cage coming down just yet. The fans cheer for “DOUKI! DOUKI!” Despe waits, but he starts to wonder if Douki left already. Despe figured he’d give the guy he fought in the BOSJ semifinals, a guy who’s like a brother to him, a shot. But then, while he was home, he was kind alike, “Nah, maybe I’ll go with another guy.”

But wait! Here comes Douki! The fans cheer as Japones Del Mal heads into the ring. And Despe already knows what Douki must be thinking. Why’s he giving the shot to a guy he already beat? Is it because it’ll be an easy defense? Despe says the BOSJ was the BOSJ, and this cage match was this cage match. Whether the energy is flowing or not, a true IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match is different. Despe is sure Douki has what it takes. Despe knows Douki got cheated by Sho, so this will be different, too. So what does Douki say? Is he up for the challenge? The fans like the sound of that!

Despe keeps explaining that people might be thinking this is because of their past friendship, and maybe it is. After all, even though Despe is older, Douki helped him out a lot while they were in Mexico. This is Despe returning the favor. A chance like this doesn’t come along all the time, but don’t think of this as a handout. Despe just wants Douki to see for himself that he can do this. But if he doesn’t think he can, then Douki can walk away. The fans tell Douki to go for it! Douki steps inside! The fans fire up as Douki is face to face with Despe! Despe says he doesn’t know when or where this’ll happen, but when it does, it’ll be Despe VS Douki.

The fans cheer, Douki nods, and the fans even cheer Douki on. Despe lets Douki have the mic, and he says there was no way he was saying no with Despe asking him like that! Douki then says Despe better do everything he can to keep that belt. Despe tells Douki not to be so cocky. The Rogue Luchador grins as his old amigo heads back out. And then he grumbles that Douki shouldn’t have given him the mic back, now he has to wrap this up! And then he says, “That’s just how it is!” Despe drops the mic and the streamers fly! We have our next title match on the books, when and where will these former Suzuki-Gun soldiers do battle as rivals?

My Thoughts:

A great New Japan Soul, full of so much meaningful stuff for being the start to a short tour. A little surprised Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg won the NEVER titles back already, but I do appreciate NJPW isn’t afraid to hot potato their titles around. And I really do think there should be a tiebreaker coming, maybe with a heightened stipulation like Elimination or Best 2 Outta 3 Falls. Great Junior Heavyweight Tag title match, and TMDK came so close, but I should’ve figured The War Dogs would win out. And very good field for the G1 this year. I’m a little surprised so many people are in the qualifiers, but that should make it really wild stuff. I’d love if TJP got in for B Block.

Takagi VS Henare was an awesome rematch, and Henare winning was quite the surprise. Takagi’s not just in the G1, but he’s gonna be in AEW’s Owen Hart Cup, so I thought he’d bring that along. But maybe since Takagi isn’t likely to win the Owen Hart Cup, NJPW doesn’t want anyone getting a win over one of their midcard champions. Great return match for Sanada, but I suppose Finlay was going to retain either way. Finlay already felt the shame of losing this title once this year, he wasn’t gonna do it again.

And great stuff in the main event. I just knew The House of Torture would show up despite the cage, but then great of Tanahashi and friends to stop them. Desperado winning was the right choice and certainly great for him. Desperado naming Douki as his next challenger is really cool stuff, and Douki is definitely going to have a great showing. I still think Despe retains, but Douki is slowly rising up the ranks. If all things go well, Douki can definitely find himself as champion within the next year.

My Score: 9/10

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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (6/15/24)

Happy Anniversary, Collision!



Time sure flies when you’re having fun!

AEW Collision turns one year old tonight, and to “celebrate,” Thunder Rosa and Deonna Purrazzo battle under NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! What won’t these two do to settle the score?


  • 8 Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS Rocky Romero, Lio Rush & TMDK; The BCC wins.
  • No Disqualifications: Thunder Rosa VS Deonna Purrazzo; Deonna wins.
  • Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Dalton Castle; Hechicero wins.
  • TNT Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Lee Moriarty VS Dante Martin; Dante wins and advances to Forbidden Door.
  • Kyle O’Reilly VS Anthony Henry; Kyle wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Bang Bang Gang VS The House of Black; The House wins.


Christian Cage speaks.

“Welcome to Collision. Welcome to the one year anniversary of Collision. That’s right, it’s been 365 days since I singlehandedly put this show on the map when I won the TNT Championship int he very first episode, and went on a run with the TNT Championship that will never, ever be seen again. Now in the spirit of Christian Cage’s Collision, tonight, I guarantee you will see why AEW is where the best wrestle. And in the spirit of usual unpredictability, on the eve of the most important holiday of the year, Father’s Day, I guarantee you, Christian Cage’s Collision is going to end up being… very special.” Just what does The Patriarch have in mind for “his” show?


8 Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS Rocky Romero, Lio Rush & TMDK!

Jon Moxley is still IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Wheeler Yuta is still ROH Pure Champion, and both Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli are still bad, bad men! The BCC is looking to still be the baddest group around, but will they be rolling on towards Forbidden Door? Or will Azucar, The Bad Child and the NEW Undisputed NJPW Tag Team Champions prove they’re just a little bit badder?

The teams sort out and The American Dragon starts against Lio. The fans rally for “B C C! B C C!” as Bryan and Lio circle. They feel things out, Lio ducks the roundhouse but Bryan blocks a kick! Bryan gets a SLEEPER, but Lio slips under to waistlock. Bryan switches, shoves, but Lio redirects! Bryan gets under the heel kick and the fans fire up for the standoff! Lio and Bryan reset, feel things out again, and knuckle lock. Bryan kicks low, brings Lio around to UPPERCUT, then UPPERCUTS again. Bryan whips, Lio reverses to then go up and RANA! Bryan gets up, but Lio runs to wheelbarrow. Bryan powers Lio to the corner, Yuta tags in!

The fans fire up for Yuta but Lio dodges to whip. Yuta whips, Lio reverses, Yuta goes up and over. Lio handsprings under ot kick and ENZIGIRI! Lio brings Yuta over, tag to Rocky, but Yuta gets loose. Rocky and Yuta trade forearms, the fans fire up, and then the CHOPS fly! CHOP after CHOP after CHOP and the fans fire up more! Yuta fires a flurry of forearms, then whips. Rocky slides under, kicks, Yuta ducks the enzigiri but not the HEEL KICK! Yuta rewinds to get around and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Yuta floats to a facelock, tags Claudio, and the fans cheer as the Swiss Superman kicks low.

Claudio brings Rocky around to CHOP! Claudio whips, Rocky ducks ‘n’ dodges to jump up and RANA! Tag to Mikey Nicholls but Shane Haste jumps in, too! Shane BLASTS the BCC corner while Mikey whips Claudio to a corner. Mikey runs in to clothesline! Feed to Shane’s UPPERCUT and snapmare, then Mikey SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Mikey keeps on Claudio and tags Shane. TMDK double whip but Claudio crisscrosses them! Then he runs to DOUBLE BULLDOG! The fans fire up with Claudio and he tags Bryan. Bryan goes up, Shane stands, into the MISSILE DROPKICK! The fans fire up with Bryan as Shane tumbles to a corner!

Bryan runs in to DROPKICK! Bryan keeps going but Shane FLYING ELBOWS! Shane storms around, goes after Bryan, but Bryan drags him into the LEBELL LCOK! Shanes’ team runs in but BCC intercepts! Moxley & Yuta TOSS out Mikey and Lio, but Claudio has Rocky in a COBRA TWIST! Shane endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go while The BCC keeps beating on Mikey, Lio & Rocky! Moxley makes Rocky sit on the railing, Claudio BOOTS him down! Bryan KICKS Shane again and again, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan winds up to BUZZ_ NO, Shane ducks to shove Bryan! Mikey trips Bryan, Shane basement dropkicks!

Mikey spins Bryan around to UPPERCUT! The ref reprimands, The BCC storms up, and Collision goes picture in picture.

The ref has everyone back off, but Rocky gets cheap shots on Bryan! The ref reprimands, Rocky backs off, and Shane drags Bryan in to stomp him down. Shane drags Bryan up, cravats, then tags in Lio. They mug Bryan, and Lio fires off at the ropes! Tag to Rocky, he adds on with KICKS! Rocky stomps Bryan down, tags Mikey, and they mug Bryan some. Mikey then CHOKES Bryan on the ropes! The ref counts, Mikey lets off, and Bryan sputters as he reaches out. Mikey drags Bryan up to tag in Rocky, and the mugging continues! The ref has to keep The BCC back and that lets the whole team beat up on Bryan!

Rocky taunts Yuta, goes back to Bryan, and brings Bryan around to snapmare. Rocky clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Bryan down. Bryan endures, fights up, but Rocky becomes a backpack! Bryan still reaches out, steps forward, but Rocky lets go to whip Bryan to a corner! Collision returns to single picture, Rocky runs up to clothesline! Rocky keeps going, TWO-EVER! Then THREE-EVER! Rocky hoists Bryan up top, climbs up after him, and goes to the very top. Rocky swivels them hips, but Bryan grabs Rocky for a SUPER ATOMIC DROP! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Rocky and Bryan crawl, hot tag to Shane and he BLASTS BCC!

Shane whips Bryan to a corner runs up, but Bryan dodges, hot tag to Claudio! Claudio BLASTS Lio, UPPERCUTRS Mikey, then UPPERCUTS Shane! Claudio fires off fast hands at the ropes, the ref backs him up, but Claudio jukes to UPPERCUT! The fans fire up, Claudio whips, and he back drops Shane hard! Claudio just keeps going, he UPPERCUTS Rocky on the outside! Claudio brings a chair around the way, sets it up, and then uses it to LAUNCH into Mikey! Claudio then returns to the ring, runs up and DOUBLE STOMPS Shane! The fans fire up and Claudio gets the legs! But Mikey gets in to LARIAT Claudio down!

The fans boo but Yuta DROPKICKS Mikey! Mikey tumbles out, Yuta DIVES onto him, but is THROWN into railing! Shane fireman’s carries Claudio, but Moxley’s in to CUTTER! Moxley shouts to Claudio and Claudio rises up! The fans are thunderous for the hot tag! Moxley gives Mikey a CUTTER! Moxley then runs in to clothesline at the corner! Moxley whips corner to corner, for another clothesline! Moxley goes up to rain down fists! The fans count along as fast as they can, Moxley goes right to TEN, then he reels Mikey in! Stalling PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! But Moxley clamps on with the SLEEPER!

Mikey fights up, pries free and elbows Moxley. Moxley BOOTS back! Mikey rebounds, Moxley dodges, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Lio tags in and he goes up! FINAL HOUR!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley’s not done yet and Lio is shocked! Lio says no, now it’s time! Lio goes up top again, for another FINAL- NO, Moxley moves and Lio rolls through! Moxley BOOTS Lio down! Then Moxley underhooks, for PARADIGM- NO, Lio slips out! TMDK is in, URENAGE BOMB!! Bryan runs in, but into the scoop! Bryan slips free, shoves Mikey into Shane, then BUSAIKU KNEE! Shane DROPKICSK Bryan!

Yuta gives Shane an OLYMPIC SLAM! Rocky hits SLICED BREAD! Claudio SPINEBUSTERS for the GIANT SWING! Azucar goes around and around and around, and the fans count to TEN, but Claudio just picks up speed! Claudio TOSSES Rocky at 15! Lio leaps on for a SLEEPER! Claudio powers Lio around to TOSS into the DEATH RIDER!! Cover, BCC wins!

Winners: Blackpool Combat Club, by pinfall

The BCC defend homefield in AEW, and we’re just two weeks away from Forbidden Door! Moxley then gets the mic to say, “Tetsuya Naito of NJPW is a survivor, but The Forbidden Door is the final conflict. This is it. This is your last chance. I’m not coming to beat you,  Naito. I’m not coming to defend the IWGP Championship. I’m coming to Forbidden Door to put an end to Tetsuya Naito once and for all! Naito, I’m coning to Forbidden Door to finish you, to finish your career, to put you in a pine box, to put you in the ground, and to BURY your ass once and for all!!” A powerful ultimatum with still two weeks to go, will the Maniac also be the man that retires Naito?


Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

Youngstown, Ohio, please welcome The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn! The fans fire up as Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Daddy Ass make their way to the ring. Schiavone lets Caster have the mic, and he says usually the Acclaimed comes out here with a rap, some punchlines, but tonight, if you didn’t see, but the “love” EVPs, the Young F’s…! Well, those guys issued a $5 THOUSAND FINE on them for disparaging company executives!? There was a tweet about it! Seems these EVPs are outta touch with the fans! Youngstown confirms!

Caster says the fans don’t want a couple of women’s business suit wearing a-holes! They want Platinum Max roasting everyone! They want Bowens & Billy hitting the scissor fingers, and you bet they want The Acclaimed to become the NEW AEW World Tag team Champions! And if Bowens was The Bucks, he wouldn’t focus the pettiness on raps and tweets, but on the fact that they will be face to face with The Acclaimed for the first time in four years. And this isn’t the same team they faced before in 2020. They are not an upstart! They have the same exact accolades as The Bucks do! Scissor King, Platinum Max, FORMER AEW World Tag Team Champions, FORMER AEW World Trios Champions, the WINNINGEST team in the history of AEW!!

And all they have to get the titles back is beat The Bucks twice. So do your worst! FINE them, but all they want is to get those titles back, get this company back, and prove that EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! In fact, forget fines! Take those fines, stick ’em up your virgin asses, because everyone here is gonna kick it old school for you! YO! YO! YO! LISTEN~! But then someone says NOOOO~! And it’s Brandon Cutler! He tells The Acclaimed to listen! This one year anniversary of Collision is to be a night of praise for the EVPs! They’ve carried this show since day one! But these limp noodles use their public platform to disparage!

So if they want a fine? FINE! Here’s a $10 THOUSAND fine! Then it’ll be $15- Christopher Daniels comes out here to stop Cutler. The Acclaimed had Daniels’ back, so here’s some good news. Tony Khan has REVERSED the fines, they get their money back! And Cutler, we don’t need to hear any more from you. But Cutler shows his clipboard to Daniels. Daniels SMACKS Cutler with the clipboard! Then DECKS him with his fist! Daniels TOSSES Cutler in for The Acclaimed to handle! They trip him up, hold him open, and Bowens goes up to say, SCISSOR ME TIMBERS~! Cutler crawls away in shame, but will The Bucks make sure The Acclaimed pay for that on Wednesday?


No Disqualifications: Thunder Rosa VS Deonna Purrazzo!

La Mera Mera tried to be an ally to The Virtuosa against their common enemy, but the only thing they had in common was that they wanted to be the one to take down Toni Storm. That made them into enemies, and it has escalated to this! With nothing holding these two back, who stops at nothing to make sure the other regrets ever showing up in AEW?

Deonna doesn’t wait, she attacks while Rosa’s on the corner! The bell rings and Deonna puts Rosa in the Tree of Woe. Deonna runs in, but Rosa sits up! Deonna slides out of the ring, and Rosa CROSSBODIES down onto her! Rosa fires off hands, then POSTS Deonna! The fans rally behind Rosa and she CHOPS Deonna against the apron. Rosa SMACKS Deonna off the steel steps, then off them again, and then again! Rosa stands on Deonna, Deonna pushes her away, and Rosa starts bringing out stuff from under the ring! A chain, a trash can, and the lid! Rosa SMACKS Deonna with the lid! And then pushes the lid into Deonna with a boot!

The fans want tables but Rosa runs up first. Deonna dodges, Rosa dropkicks the steps! Deonna drags Rosa up, puts an arm between steps and post, then BOOTS the steps! Rosa falls back, clutching the elbow! Deonna snarls, goes looking under the ring, and she brings out a kendo stick! Deonna throws that all the way over the ring, but she gets some chairs. Deonna wedges a chair in a corner, then gets Rosa up. Rosa reverses the whip but Deonna stops herself! Deonna kicks and whips, but Rosa stops. Rosa ELBOWS Deonna, fireman’s carries, then DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS! Cover, TWO! Deonna stays in this but Rosa goes looking for more!

Rosa brings out a TABLE! Youngstown cheers as Rosa gets that big thing up, only for Deonna to DROPKICK it into her! The fans boo but Deonna soaks up the heat, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Deonna drags the table up for herself, and she puts that in the ring. Deonna drags Rosa up, wrenches, then kicks Rosa. Deonna hammerlocks an arm before she POSTS Rosa! And then she hammerlocks and POSTS Rosa again! Rosa clutches the side of her face, but there’s no blood, yet. Deonna gets Rosa in the ring, then drags her over to snapmare by the table. Deonna steps over Rosa to trap the arms, then turns her over so she can dribble Rosa’s head onto the wood! Deonna lets off and Rosa flops over. Cover, TWO! Rosa is tougher than that but Deonna keeps her cool as Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and the two fight over a chair. Deonna JAMS Rosa up, takes a swing, but Rosa dodges! Rosa BOOTS the chair into Deonna! Then Rosa grabs the chair to JAM Deonna, and SMACK her on the back! And SMACK her again! Rosa brings Deonna around, fireman’s carries, and SAMOAN DROPS her on the folded table! Cover, TWO! Deonna is still in this but Rosa drags her around to put in a corner. Rosa hoists Deonna up top, goes up after her, but Deonna fights with body shots! Rosa CLUBS Deonna in return, but Deonna slips under! Rosa rains down fists, so Deonna YANKS her into the buckle! CHEEKY NANDOS!

Rosa falls into the Tree of Woe, Deonna runs up and this time, she RAMS into Rosa! Rosa falls out of the Tree, Deonna covers, TWO!! Rosa survives that Spear of Woe or whatever you’d call it, and the fans rally up. Deonna drags Rosa up, slashes her throat, and then Gotch lifts, but Rosa fights that! Rosa wrenches out to FULL METAL DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Deonna survives hitting steel but Rosa won’t let up. Rosa brings Deonna over to a corner, and puts the trash can around her! The fans cheer as Rosa stomps away on Deonna! Deonna sits down, Rosa grabs the table and she brings that around. The fans cheer as it’s finally set up!

Rosa SMACKS the can with the chain! Then Rosa finishes setting the table up, to use it as a ramp! FLYING SHOTGUN into the trash can!! The fans are thunderous for that unique use of a table, and then Rosa covers Deonna, TWO!?!? Deonna survives the savage innovation, but Rosa won’t give up just yet. Rosa completely stands the table up now, but Deonna has a chair! She slide sit at Rosa, the table falls over, but Rosa JAMS Deonna up with it! Rosa reels Deonna in, underhooks, but Deonna fights the package to wrench out! Deonna reels Rosa in, for a KNEELING PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!!! Rosa lives and Deonna is stunned!

Deonna clamps onto the arm, FUJIWARA! Rosa reaches out, but ends up in the VENUS DE MILO!!! Rosa reaches with her legs, but Deonna HAMMERS away on her head! Deonna rolls past Rosa to then look around on the outside. She LOW BLOWS a staff member!? Just to CLOBBER Rosa with his camera!!! Deonna shows no mercy to anyone, and she puts Rosa in the ropes! MOTORCYCLE STRETCH IN THE ROPES! Rosa’s out cold, Deonna wins!!

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by referee stoppage

That camera shot might as well have been a knockout! But Deonna still gets the win either way. Is Deonna going to move on from Rosa once and for all to then go after a title? Or will Rosa’s revenge not die with one loss?


Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Dalton Castle

Now this is a unique match-up! The Alchemist of Lucha is taking on The Peacock, and… wait are those The Outrunners being Castle’s substitute Boys? Well, uh, Turbo & Truth aside, will Castle be too hot to handle even for the man that summons fire? Or will Hechicero turn this Forbidden Door appetizer into sweet, sweet victory?

The bell rings and the fans fire up as these two get face to face. Hechi shoves Castle, Castle gets serious. They feel things out, tie up, and Hechi facelocks. Castle still powers Hechi to ropes, the ref calls the break, and the two let off clean. Castle gets fired up and eggs Hechi on. Hechi CHOPS, so Castle UPPERCUTS! They fire back and forth, CHOP for forearm, then Castle fires off a flurry! Castle runs, but HEchi follows to CROSSBODY! Hechi slips right into a SLEEPER at the ropes! Hechi shoves Castle away, goes up, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Hechi kicks Castle around and eggs him on.

Hechi CLUBS away on Castle, runs, but Castle wrenches to LARIAT, KNEE, and DDT! The fans fire up as Castle gets a wild look in the eyes. Castle clamps on a half nelson, then CLUBS away on Hechi to get him up. Hechi fights with elbows of his own, but runs into an Alabama Lift! Castle spins, BANGAAA- NO, Hechi slips free, pops Castle up, and has the COBRA CLUTCH STRAITJACKET! Castle flails, pushes back to a cover, TWO! Hechi keeps the body scissors, wants the rear naked choke but Castle rolls. Hechi drags Castle up but Castle arm-drags free! Hechi BOOTS back, swings, but Castle blocks to ELBOW!

Castle snarls, runs, but Hechi follows to LARIAT in the corner! Hechi fires fast hands and a CHOP! Castle sits down, Kaun & Liona like what they see. Hechi powers up but runs into a clinch! EXPLODER! Castle and Hechi both rise, and the fans fire up with Castle! Hechi swings, but into another lift! Hechi sunset flips, TWO!! Castle just manages to escape, and he BOOTS Hechi! Hechi goes to a corner, Castle runs in but Hechi dodge! SHINING WIZARD! Hechi keeps going, LA MYSTICA LEG DROP! Cover, Hechi wins!

Winner: Hechicero, by pinfall

That was some in-ring magic for sure! The Gates of Agony celebrate with their new ally, will they and The Machine, Brian Cage, soon take over AEW and CMLL? But then Hechi beats up on Castle, puts him in a corner, and Liona HIP ATTACKS! Kaun METEORAS! The fans boo, but The Outrunners run in! Only to get CLOBBERED by The Gates… Hechi then feeds Castle to the Gates for the LARIAT SANDWICH! And they CLOSE- NO! Daniel Garcia hurries out here, with a chair! He and Daddy Magic have Castle’s back as they run off Hechi & The Gates! Will even The Alchemist of Lucha fear Red Death?


Backstage interview with Dante Martin.

Arkady Aura is with Angel Dorado, as well as his teammates, Darius Martin & Action Andretti. She brings up Dante facing Lee Moriarty in the TNT Championship qualifier. However, everyone else is banned from ringside. Dante says that’s fine, because Top Flight is about friendly competition. He remembers a time when Lee Moriarty was once about that. Darius asks if Dante is running. He’s not. Is he scared? He’s not. Because this is one of the best high-fliers today! High-flying and redeye-ing! Action promises that at Forbidden Door, Dante will be the NEW TNT Champion! But in steps Lio Rush. He says what’s up, long time no see. Good to see he has some new friends.

Not sure if any of them knew this or not, but Lio and Action go way back. That’s true. So as far as Darius, nice to finally meet you. Darius knows who Lio is, and won’t shake his hand. Okay, that’s fine. Just wanted to wish Dante luck tonight. Maybe see them around. Lio heads out, Action says yeah, great seeing him again. Top Flight heads out, but will Dante book him and the boys some golden tickets to Long Island? Or will #TAIGASTYLE make sure Shane Taylor Promotions takes over New York?


The Patriarchy is in the ring.

And “Mother” Shayna Wayne asks for everyone’s attention. They boo her? They boo a mother?! How dare you! Shayna demands they all get on their feet right now and pay respect to “the greatest father to ever live,” THEIR Patriarch, Christian Cage. And with that, Captain Charisma makes his way out here. Christian takes the mic and sits in the fancy chair they have for him. “Well, I didn’t exactly have ‘spending the most important holiday of the year’ in The Rust Belt, but here we are.” The fans boo but Christian says Youngstown needs to sit down and shut their mouths while he conducts his business.

Now, he’d be remised if he didn’t acknowledge what today is. Today is the anniversary of his son, Nick Wayne’s biological father passing away. Christian says that can affect a child many different ways. You might wonder why the universe can be so cool. But in a strange way, Nick’s father dying was the best thing that could’ve ever happened to him, because it led him to Christian Cage. The fans boo but Christian says this veiled picture must of course be a gift for him. Did Nick commission this? Nick even has a card! Christian opens it up, and it says Happy Father’s Day. A homemade card from the heart? Should he read it?

“To Dad, You are the greatest TNT Champion in history,m and I can only dream of having half your tlanet, but I will keep striving to prove my worth. Love, Nick.” How thoughtful, Christian appreciates that. And uh, can we unveil the portrait now? Of course! The curtain is taken away, and it’s a failry impressive painting. Did Luchasaurus do this himself? Wow. Then uh, this is… Okay. But Nick’s card is unbelievable! He’s a wordsmith! It’s popping off the paeg! Christian has never been prouder, he will cherish this forever. And uh, Killswitch- The fans chant “LUCHASAURUS!” but he says shut up, he’s Killswitch! Killswitch, why can’t you be more like Nick?

Luchasaurus storms off! The fans cheer but Christian says he wasn’t excused! Get back in line! Christian has something important to say and everyone will want to hear this. Luchasaurus reluctantly stands back by the chair, and Christian says that’s a good looking guy in the picture either way. Now, it is no secret that Double Or Nothing was a couple weeks ago. And Christian clearly fell short in his quest to become AEW World Champion. But what you might not realize is that there is alternate footage clearly showing his shoulder was up! The EVPs want to do the right thing and show this footage, but he politely asked not to show it.

This family does not make excuses here! They just roll up their sleeves and get back to work! Christian vows to one day be World Champion, and that path starts with winning the Trios Championships! That’s right! Christian’s gift to his “sons” is that they will hold titles together. The fans still chant for Luchasaurus but Christian tells them to shut up! Now yes, it is uncommon for the father to give a gift to his children on Father’s Day, but that is what a good father would do. He would give anything to make his children smile. Hey, even Tony Khan’s dad gave him millions upon millions of dollars to start this company!

But here’s the thing, Tony Khan, this very instant, Christian Cage says this is HIS company! He is the greatest, most talked about and influential star in this sport! He will win every accolade until he goes down as THE greatest in history! So Tony, Christian is your father now. They are The Patriarchy, the next Trios Champions, the Faces of TNT, now and forever! Captain Charisma has spoken, but will his declaration become reality?


The Bang Bang Gang speaks.

Juice Robinson says it is the one-year anniversary of Collision, and they are the Collision Cowboys, the men who built this brick by brick! Juice broke his back carrying this place! Colten says that as such, they hold a lot of gold. There are a lot of teams gunning for them, but they can’t handle the pressure. House of Black tonight, and now The Patriarchy wants a shot? Yeah, it’s Father’s Day, but you don’t get special privilege. Get in line! Austin adds that House of Black, they’re not sure what’s going on, maybe they’ve been in the dark too long, but open your eyes, dilate the pupils, and uh, notice that Jay White isn’t here.

Tonight is NOT for the titles, but tonight is about proving whether or not if you can hang with the OGs! And if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya: GUNS UP!


TNT Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Lee Moriarty VS Dante Martin!

As we heard from Dante, these two used to be friends, but ambition seems to have given #TAIGASTYLE a bit of a salty edge. Will Lee use that edge to clip Angel Dorado’s wings? Or will Dante prove that he not only does things the right way, but can win at the same time?

The bell rings, the fans rally as the two circle, and then Lee goes for a leg. Dante steps over, trips Lee, then speeds up. Lee drops, hurdles, but Dante stops to hurdle and drop. Lee handsprings, then shimmies and shakes. The fans cheer and the two reset. Dante and Lee feel things out, and the fans are behind Dante. Lee gives a testing kick, then the two knuckle lock. Lee wrenches, trips Dante, then GROUND DRAGON SCREWS! The fans are torn, but Lee drags Dante around by the leg< Dante kicks free, reaches up, and RANAS! The fans fire up, Dante speeds up, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then jumps to RANA again!

Lee flounders, Dante stays by ropes,. Lee runs up, Dante goes up and over! Lee tumbles out of the ring, Dante builds speed! Dante FLIES, but lands safe as Lee moves aside! Lee thinks he’s safe, but then Dante uses the corner to DROPKICK Lee down! Dante copies the shimmy and then drags Lee up. Dante CHOPS Lee against the railing! The fans fire up for that one, and Dante puts Lee in the ring. Dante then jumps right up to the apron, springboards, but Lee trips him up! Dante tumbles back down and Lee grins. Lee claps and the fans applaud, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Lee waits on Dante, and Dante slides back in. Lee stomps Dante at the ropes again and again and again! Dante writhes, Lee drags him up, then KNEES low. Lee fires m ore knees, then shoves Dante to RAM into him. Lee reels Dante in to HALF HATCH! Roll back and cover, TWO! Lee keeps on Dante with a hammerlock, then traps that arm to go after the other. Dante endures, even as Lee pushes on the arm. Lee twists the fingers and wrist to bend the arm, and then use it as a recliner! Dante endures as Lee gives a thumbs up. Lee then sits back up, to stomp the arm down! Dante writhes, Lee stomps him around, then Lee drags Dante up.

Lee fires more knees into Dante, shoves him, but Dante leaps up and over to sunset flip! TWO, and Lee ROCKS Dante with fast hands! Dante blocks a kick but not the KNEE! Dante sits down, Lee basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Lee is annoyed but he clamps onto the arm again. Dante endures, Lee bends the fingers and wrist, to JAM the fingers into the mat! Dante still endures, but Lee clamps on, chinbars, and pushes on the joint. The fans rally, Dante fights, but Lee throws knees to keep him down. Lee pulls on the chinbar but Dante powers up. Collision returns to single picture, and the fans rally as Dante pries free!

Dante arm-drags Lee away, Lee runs up, but Dante BOOTS him! ROLLING ELBOW! Dante ROCKS Lee again, whips, but the bad arm jams up! Lee whips Dante away, runs up, but Dante slips to the outside! Dante ROCKS Lee, springboards to go up and around, but Lee grabs a leg. Dante kicks him away, jumps again and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Lee survives but Dante stays focused. The fans fire up with Dante as he rises, and Dante reels Lee in. Lee fights the half nelson, so Dante CLUBS away! Lee wrenches free of the waistlock, brings Dante to a knee, and he SNAPS the fingers! What a villain!

Lee gets Dante’s arms tired up, clinches, YOYO URENAGE! Into the BORDER CITY STRETCH!! Dante endures, reaches out, and he crawls with the one free arm! Lee kicks at that arm, but Dante uses a leg for the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Lee lets off, and then Lee brings Dante up! Lee suplexes into a SLAM, then covers, TWO!! Dante escapes that deep tuck and Lee is frustrated. Lee kicks at Dante while they’re both down, then Lee rises up. Lee aims, Dante rises, and Lee runs up, but Dante ducks the kick! JUMP KNEE! Lee wobbles, but he BOOTS back! Lee runs up, into a KNEE from Dante!

Dante goes up, METEORA! Lee is down and the fans fire up as Dante climbs a corner! MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, Dante wins!

Winner: Dante Martin, by pinfall (advances to Forbidden Door)

And with that, the fourth spot is filled! Dante joins Mark Briscoe, Konosuke Takeshita & Jack Perry, but wait! Shane Taylor & Anthony Ogogo show up to mug Dante! The fans boo as STP are sore losers! BODY SHOT from Ogogo! But here come Darius & Action! They fight with STP but that’s 3v2! Shane DECKS Darius, Ogogo GERMAN SUPLEXES Action! URENAGE for Darius! The fans boo more but STP doesn’t care. Lio Rush hurries out here, he asks what this is all about. Shane dares Lio to bring his little ass in here! Lio does, and he slips under Shane to shove Ogogo into him! Then he schoolboys Ogogo to SPIN KICK!

Shane whips Lio but Lio stops himself at the ropes! Lio eggs Shane on, then DUMPS him out! Lee runs up but Lio TOSSES Him out, and HANDSPRING KICKS Lee into Shane! Lio stands tall with Top Flight, and refs hurry out to stop this from getting any wilder. Will Shane Taylor make sure Lio meets his final hour soon enough? As for Dante and Top Flight, they nod respect to Lio, but still no handshakes. Will Lio just have to give them all time to trust him?


Hikaru Shida speaks.

“I have been in AEW since day one. I am a three-time world champion. I am the longest reigning AEW Women’s World Champion. And I am officially entering the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament. That tournament needs me. And Wembley Stadium needs me! And the Shining Samurai will go to Wembley Stadium to once again become Women’s Champion.” Will Shida shine all the way through the Summer to then go All In on an incredible fourth Women’s World Championship reign?


Kyle O’Reilly VS Anthony Henry!

The Violent Artist has been trying to do things on his own, but even now, Roderick Strong & The Kingdom tag along. They’re on commentary for this match, and BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite! It will be an “All-Star 8 Man” as Roderick Strong joins forces with Kyle Fletcher, Konosuke Takeshita and Zack Sabre Jr. VS Kyle O’Reilly, Orange Cassidy, Dante Martin & Mark Briscoe. Will the Savior of the Backbreaker still be able to support his “friend” here tonight knowing that now? Or will Roddy find himself rooting for the other guy?

The bell rings and the two circle. They feel things out, and tie up. Henry powers Kyle back but Kyle turns that around. They go around and around, Kyle waistlocks but Henry switches. Kyle switches and drags Henry down Henry blocks one kick but has to duck the other! The fans cheer as Henry backs off, and the two reset. Kyle and Henry feel things out, knuckle lock, and go shoulder to shoulder. They go around, Henry throws Kyle down but Kyle has the leg guard up. Kyle kicks one knuckle lock apart to trip Henry up. Henry uses a leg guard now, but Kyle stands. Henry uses body scissors to climb up and go for the arm!

Kyle moves around, back drops and ARMBAR! Henry scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Kyle lets go, KICKS at Henry, then wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! This relentless Kyle is the kind Roddy likes. Kyle wrenches, whips, but Henry holds ropes! Kyle KICKS the leg, then hooks it. Henry turns that around to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Henry traps Kyle’s head to NECK TWIST! Henry holds on, grabs an arm, then gives some kicks. Kyle just gets mad! The fans rally for Kyle and Roddy also coaches Kyle. Kyle stands, Henry KICKS, but Kyle ROCKS Henry. They fire off forearms, henry fires a strike fest!

Kyle blocks a kick, gives a strike fest in return, then SWEEPS the legs! The fans fire up as Henry flounders to a corner. Kyle runs up to forearm SMASH! Then wrench and ELOBW BREAKER, to a KNEE, to a suplex and FALCON ARROW into the ARMBAR! Henry TAPS, Kyle wins!

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by submission

Roddy says that’s because of his presence! Roddy says Kyle is clearly missing something, or someone, to help him get that edge. Will Kyle show Roddy plenty of that “edge” this Wednesday?


Six Man Tag: The Bang Bang Gang VS The House of Black!

We heard from Rock Hard Juice Robinson, Fully Cocked Colten, and… Austin earlier tonight, but now is time to put up or shut up! Malakai, Brody & Buddy have been World Trios Champions before, but will they get one step closer to becoming Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Champions? Or will the House fold when facing the Collision Cowboys in their house?

The trios sort out, but then they all step to each other. The fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” but we get Juice and The Dark Father. Juice and Malakai circle, then tie up. Malakai headlocks, Juice powers out but Malakai runs him over! Cover, ONE and Juice arm-drags! Malakai headscissors, Juice kips free, but Malakai avoids the arm-drag to sit down. The fans fire up, so Juice lifts a leg a la dogs. Malakai stands up to KICK Juice down! Juice scrambles away, Austin tags in. Austin is all fired up, but then Brody tags in! Austin turns around and tags Colten! Colten says that’s fine, he can bark it up. Brody swings, Colten bobs ‘n’ weaves and ROCKS-

Er, well, no, Brody doesn’t seem too bothered. Brody runs Colten over, he runs Austin over, then runs them both over! The Gunns stagger up, Brody runs up to DOUBLE LRIAT them out! Juice runs in but Brody TOSSES him out onto The Gunns! The fans fire up as The House stands together, they all build speed, but the Bang Bang Gang gets in to say BANG! So the House DECKS them all! The House tosses everyone out and the brawl is on as Collision goes picture in picture!

Brody is after Juice, Malakai TOSSES Austin, and Buddy CHOPS Colten. Malakai BOOTS Austin into the crowd! Brody sits Juice in a corner to CHOP! Malakai joins in to mug Juice, and Buddy KNEES Colten. Brody brings Juice around to whip hard into railing! Austin returns but Malakai KNEES him down. Brody CLUBS Austin, the fans fire up, and Brody CHOPS Austin. Buddy brings Colten over to join in, and he UPPERCUTS Colten into a seat. Brody herds Austin and Juice that way, the Bang Bang Gang all take seats, and Malakai KICKS away on them all! The fans hoot and bark with Brody as he runs in, to TRIPLE CROSSBODY!

The fans cheer and high-five Brody as The Bang Bang Gang all slumps down. Brody drags Colten up to put him in, and then stalks Colten to his empty corner. Brody grins at Colten’s fear, and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns again and Buddy tags Malakai. They mug Colten, then Malakai wrenches to tag Buddy. Buddy climbs up to DOUBLE STOMP Colten’s arm! Buddy taunts Austin, goes back to Colten and wrenches. Tag to Malakai and he KNEES the arm! Malakai wrenches but Colten throws him down by his hair! Tag to Austin and Austin stomps away on Malakai! The ref counts, Austin lets off, but Malakai BOOTS him! Austin runs up to CLOBBER Malakai! Austin throws hands, then tags in Colten. They whip Malakai, to BODY SHOT, KNEE LIFT, and DROPKICK! Juice tags in to SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Juice stands on Malakai, the Gunns YANK Buddy & Brody down! Juice whips Malakai hard into the corner! Juice stomps away on Malakai, argues with the ref, then drags Malakai back up. Juice snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Malakai is still in this and Juice is frustrated. Juice stands Malakai up to bump him off buckles, then he tags Austin in. They mug Malakai, Austin asks “Who’s the Ass Boy now?” “YOU!!” Austin frowns, then fires hands on Malakai. Tag to Colten, he stomps away on Malakai. The ref counts, Colten ROCKS Malakai but the fans rally up. Juice tags in, he stomps at Malakai, then eggs him on.

Juice HEADBUTTS, but Malakai ROCKS Juice, DECKS the Gunns, then fires off on Juice! Juice blocks a kick, to LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Malakai is still in this and Juice is upset with the ref’s count! Juice clamps onto Malakai for a chinlock but Malakai endures. Malakai fights up as the fans rally, and Malakai KICKS the bad leg! Juice THROAT CHOPS back! Malakai falls into a corner, Juice goes corner to corner, CANNONBALL only gets buckles! Malakai crawls, as does Juice, hot tag to Colten! He CLOBBERS Malakai, then whips him away. Colten runs up, but only gets buckles! Austin tags in, grabs Malakai’s foot, but Malakai BOOTS him into Colten!

Hot tag to Buddy! The fans fire up as the Aussie Juggernaut fires off strikes and a BOOT to Austin! POP-UP KNEE for Colten! Austin runs up, into a tilt-o-whirl and LAWN DART into Colten! Buddy reels Austin in for the JACKHAMMER! Cover, Juice breaks it! The fans boo but Juice hurries to BLAST Brody! Juice goes back to Buddy to whip, but Buddy lands safe on the apron! Buddy GAMANGIRIS Juice, bumps him off buckles, then BOOTS him away! Buddy goes up, Juice staggers around, into the METEORA! Cover, TWO! Buddy’s bad knee is bothering him, but he hobbles up to tag in Brody. Brody storms in and the fans fire up as we go picture in picture again.

Buddy has medics check his knee, he may have taken himself out when he hit Juice. Brody does his best to focus on the match, and he puts Austin in a corner. Buddy is in some serious pain, though. Brody runs up to CLOBBER Austin in the corner! Brody hoots and barks and gets the fans back into this. Brody roars, runs, but Colten saves his brother! The Bang Bang Gang regroups on the outside, the medics are still checking on Buddy but it isn’t looking good. This is basically 3v2 now. Juice & The Gunns strategize, knowing they have the advantage now. The ref has Bang Bang Gang settle down a minute while Buddy is helped to the back.

The fans applaud as Buddy is doing his best to walk on the good leg, and Collision returns to single picture. But the Gunns jump on Brody, they and Juice mug him, and Malakai tries to help but is sent back out! The fans chant “YOU SUCK!” but the Bang Bang Gang doesn’t care! Tag to Colten and he stomps away on Brody. The ref counts, Colten tags Austin back in, and now Austin stomps Brody. Tag to Juice, he gets some stomps in! The fans still taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” but Juice blows boogers onto Brody! Then Juice CANNONBALLS! Direct hit and Juice covers, TWO! Brody stays in this and the fans fire up!

Austin tags in, then he tags Colten. The Gunns get Brody up, whip him to ropes, but Brody denies the 3:10 with a LARIAT! And another LARIAT! Juice runs up, but into a BOSS MAN SLAM! Brody is down and the fans fire up! Brody crawls, the fans hoot and bark, hot tag to Malakai! Malakai breaks through Colten’s lariat to BOOT Austin! Malakai dodges Colten, DECKS Austin, then ELBOWS Colten! A strike fest and a LEG SEWEP for Austin! SLIDING KNEE! The fans fire up, but Juice takes the QUEBRADA for Colten! Malakai still ROUNDHOUSES Colten and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Malakai snarls and the fans fire up! Colten rises, distracts the ref with talk of injury, and Juice grabs a leg! Malakai kicks Juice away, but Colten runs up, FLYING FOREARM! Cover, TWO!! Colten’s shot doesn’t finish this but he tags to Austin. The Gunns get Malakai up, double whip, 3:10- NO, Malakai BOOTS Colten, BOOTS Austin, but Juice HOTSHOTS! FAMOUSER from Austin! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives and Austin is stunned! The Gunns reload, call their shot, and they coordinate with Juice! Juice goes up, but Brody is back! The Gunns dodge him, 3:10 TO YUMA!!! But they have to get Malakai down!

Austin turns Malakai, Juice finally aims, but PAC is here?! The Bastard spooks Juice, trips him up, then flips off Austin! Austin swings on Pac, but turns around into THE END!!! Cover, The House wins!!

Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall

The Bastard told The Bang Bang Gang that he was not going to let what they did to Death Triangle slide! The House still gets the win, even with Buddy going down with a bad knee. But then The Patriarchy has to come in via the tron to ruin all the fun. Christian Cage says congratulations to The House. Congratulations on becoming the #1 contenders to the World Trios Championships. The only problem is, they’re not a trio anymore. The Patriarchy reveals they took out Buddy!! The Patriarchy leaves Buddy down and out, right as Malakai & Brody rush to the back! Will Christian Cage stoop to new lows just so he and his “sons” can rise up the ranks?

My Thoughts:

A great Collision for the anniversary episode, and I appreciate it was more rock, less talk. The only real talky stuff was everything Christian Cage did, but even that wasn’t so bad because he didn’t take forever getting to the point. He takes credit for all the good Collision content, heavily favors Nick Wayne over Killswitchasaurus, and then tries to hide his failure at Double Or Nothing by going for the trios titles, which he can totally just use Nick and Luchasaurus to win for him when the time comes. Really good promo from Bang Bang Gang in response, and great main event between Bang Bang Gang and House of Black.

If Buddy isn’t actually hurt, he was doing amazing acting tonight. And with how Christian “attacked” Buddy, it seems the story is the same either way: The House will need a new third man to challenge Jay White & The Gunns. Pac showed up to stick it to the Bang Bang Gang, so maybe The Bastard becomes an honorary member of The House of Black just to take the titles. And honestly, what better feud than Christian “Greatest Father Ever” Cage and “The Bastard” Pac, with how “bastard” also has the old definition of “a fatherless child.” And honestly, when is Luchasaurus going to break away from Christian? Should happen during the trios title match.

Really good 8 Man Tag, but I should’ve figured BCC would win, and that Moxley would again tell Naito that he’s done after Forbidden Door. It’s the same thing he’s been saying all week since Dominion last Sunday, he’ll probably keep saying it for those who weren’t paying attention, and I am starting to think that’s just because he’s going to lose in Long Island so Naito can have finish his last run with the world title. And good integration as Lio says hey to Dante before Dante has his match with Lee. Great win for Dante, and I figured he would because you need a true high-flyer in a ladder match. Lio helping fight off Shane Taylor Promotions is also interesting, can’t wait to see which way this splits. Could someone be leaving Top Flight to join STP?

Kyle VS Henry was a strange filler-not-filler, because at least we got the news of an 8 Man Tag happening for Dynamite. It’ll be a great match, with some Forbidden Door build involved as Cassidy will be facing Zack Sabre Jr. and now we’ll be seeing Mark Briscoe, Dante Martin, and Konosuke Takeshita in the ladder match. With that, feels like one of the Kyles takes a loss. Either Roddy purposefully costs O’Reilly or accidentally costs Fletcher. I’m thinking the former so that Roddy can insist O’Reilly still needs him to be relevant. Then they can take that feud through the Summer, maybe even into the Men’s Owen Hart Cup.

Really good promo from Shida, and she’ll be a great part of the Women’s Owen Hart Cup. Probably won’t win it, though, with the potential story of Mariah May challenging Toni Storm, or with Willow looking to go back-to-back. Very good match from Hechicero VS Dalton Castle, and it was a rather clever move that The Outrunners were the pseudo-boys that failed to save Castle while Garcia & Menard succeeded. Add Angelo Parker to that and you’ve got an 8 Man Tag right there of Garcia, Menard, Parker & Castle VS Hechicero & The Cage of Agony. Very good No DQ match from Deonna VS Rosa, but as I said earlier in the week, I figured Deonna would win. She’s a Heel, the current champions are Faces, she will make a good challenger to maybe the TBS Championship for All In.

And a great promo from The Acclaimed to call out The Bucks for their continued abuses of power. Cutler being the scrub that takes beatings on behalf of The EVPs is a pretty silly recurring gag, but Daniels getting in on the fun was good stuff. The Acclaimed surely do find a way to win the Title Eliminator in order to force a title match that The Bucks probably cheat to win. This probably still leads to Acclaimed helping Swerve for Blood & Guts, as I sensed on Wednesday.

My Score: 8.8/10

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