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Mitchell’s NJPW Independence Day Results & Report! (7/4/23)

NJPW celebrates America!

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The red, white & blue in the Land of the Rising Sun!

NJPW Strong brings a bit of Americana to Japan, and on top of title matches, there will be DOOMSDAY NO DISQUALIFICATION TAG MATCH! Are we about to see fireworks for the Fourth in Japan?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – Six Man Tag: YOH, Ryusuke Taguchi & Oskar Leube VS Takahiro Katori, Dragon Libre & Kengo; Yoh, Taguchi & Leube win.
  • The DKC VS Bad Dude Tito; Tito wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Lance Archer, Alex Zayne & Ryohei Oiwa VS Team Filthy; Team Filthy wins.
  • Tom Lawlor VS Kosei Fujita; Lawlor wins.
  • Rocky Romero & Eddie Kingston VS KENTA & Gedo; Rocky & Kingston win.
  • Willow Nightingale & Momo Kohgo VS Giulia & Thekla; Willow & Momo win.
  • NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships: Bishamon VS Alex Coughlin & Gabe Kidd; Coughlin & Kidd win and become the new NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Catch 2/2 VS Clark Connors & Dan Moloney; Connors & Moloney win and become the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
  • Exciting Encounter Doomsday No Disqualifications Tag: El Desperado & Jun Kasai VS Jon Moxley & Homicide; Desperado & Kasai win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Willow Nightingale & Momo Kohgo VS Giulia & Thekla!

Just 24 hours ahead of them facing off over the NJPW Strong Women’s Championship, the Babe with the Power and The Beautiful Madness call upon allies to battle! Will Willow and the Peach Star or Giulia and The Toxic Spider stand tall on Independence Day?

The teams sort out and fans rally up for Giulia as she starts against Willow. But she doesn’t respect the handshake offered! The two get in each other’s face but the ref has them back down. The fans rally up and the bell rings. Giulia and Willow circle, tie up, and Willow powers Giulia to ropes. The ref counts, Willow lets off quickly, and fans cheer. They go again, feel things out, and tie up again. Willow again powers Giulia back but Giulia turns things around. Giulia has Willow on ropes, but lets off slowly. Then she CHOPS! Fans cheer but Willow just brushes it off. Willow CHOPS back and eggs Giulia on.

Giulia CHOPS Willow, then eggs her on! Willow swings, but into an STO! Giulia keeps on the arm but Willow gets to a waistlock. Giulia wrenches out to a wristlock, but Willow scoops and SLAMS her! Giulia wants a second, and fans rally up. Willow and Giulia back off, tags to Momo and Thekla. Momo runs right in but Thekla avoids the dropkick to stomp away! Thekla whips, Momo reverses and hurdles, but Thekla stomps herself. Momo avoids the stomps, whips, but Thekla reverses but then Momo reverses only for Thekla to reverse again. Thekla runs in at the corner but Momo goes up and over!

Momo eggs Thekla on, things speed up, and Momo tilt-o-whirl arm-drags! Thekla ends up on ropes and Momo dials it up, but Thekla avoids the 619! Fans cheer the standoff and Thekla goes Spider-Woman to KICK Momo! Thekla whips, Momo ducks ‘n’ dodges, but double dropkicks cancel out! Momo kips up, but Thekla spider walks! Momo isn’t intimidated so Thekla stands. Thekla mule kicks, reels Momo in to scoop and POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Thekla drags Momo up and bumps her off buckles. Tag to Giulia and fans cheer as Giulia wrenches Momo’s hair! Giulia bumps Momo off buckles, then TOSSES her by her hair!

Giulia sucker punches Willow! Giulia goes corner to corner to ELBOW Momo, then sit her down to dig her boots in! The ref counts, Giulia lets off with her hands, but he doesn’t fall for that. Giulia lets off to drag Momo up, turn and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Momo fights back with forearms but Giulia doesn’t flinch. Momo keeps throwing shots but Giulia DECKS her in return! Giulia runs, but Momo DROPKICKS her down! Fans fire up and Momo runs, 619! Direct hit! Cover, TWO! Giulia survives but Momo hot tags Willow! Willow rallies on Giulia with big clotheslines! Fans fire up and Willow back body blocks, then clotheslines!

Willow snapmares then BOOTS Giulia down! Willow drags Giulia up, whips, and SPINEBUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Giulia survives and Willow brings her up. Giulia fires forearms on Willow over and over, and has her on her knees! Giulia runs, but into a fireman’s carry! Giulia shifts her way to get an IRON OCTOPUS! Thekla takes out Momo, but Willow powers Giulia to an AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO and into RINGS OF SATURN! Thekla keeps Momo out but Willow shifts to a cover! TWO and Willow is free! Willow runs in but Giulia dodges! Giulia returns but Willow dodges to CLOBBER Giulia!

Giulia gets right up and she DROPKICKS Willow! Fans fire up as both women are down, and Giulia crawls to hot tag Thekla! Thekla runs, to BOOT WASH Willow in the ropes! Thekla brings Willow up, Willow swings but Thekla dodges! Tilt-o-whirl into the OCTOPUS! Momo goes after Thekla but Giulia goes after Momo. Giulia and Thekla coordinate, INVERTED HART ATTACK! Thekla brings Willow up but she clinches to URENAGE! Fans fire up again and Willow goes up the corner! But Thekla goes up to get her! But Willow sits Thekla down with forearms, and then puts her in a Tree of Woe!

But Thekla sits up! Thekla grins, ROCKS Willow, then ROCKS her again! SPIDER SUPERPLEX! Willow staggers up, Giulia is up top, MISSILE DROPKICK! Willow bails out, Thekla adjusts and Giulia sets Willow up, SUPER CROSSBODY! Fans fire up again as Giulia & Thekla get Willow in. Thekla aims, BUZZSAW! Cover, Momo breaks it! Giulia goes after Momo but Momo tosses her out! Thekla puts Willow in the SPIDER WEB! But Momo kicks it apart! Momo runs in but Thekla dodges in the corner! Thekla CHOPS, ROCKS, and Giulia join in. They double whip, Momo dodges and Willow DOUBLE LARIATS them!

Willow goes up, then Momo goes up onto Willow! SUPER ROCKET LAUNCHER! Down go Giulia & Thekla and fans are thunderous! Momo gets Giulia out to DROPKICK Thekla! Thekla sits, Willow runs in, CANNONBALL! Fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Thekla survives but Willow brings down the straps! Willow drags Thekla up, gut wrench, BABE WITH THE POWERBOMB! Cover, Willow & Momo win!

Winners: Willow Nightingale & Momo Kohgo, by pinfall

The NJPW Strong Women’s Champion and the Peach Star stand tall against the Artist of Stardom Champions! Giulia and Willow stare down at the end here, Willow holding up the belt. Giulia CHOPS Willow! So Willow DECKS Giulia! Willow tells Giulia you don’t mess with her! They settle this tomorrow! Will Willow hold onto her gold and win Giulia’s respect? Or will she lose it all against the Beautiful Madness?

 

NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships: Bishamon VS Alex Coughlin & Gabe Kidd!

Just as Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi won these and the IWGP Heavyweight Tag titles, out came Bullet Club’s newest recruits! The Android and Young Bull have now transformed into War Dogs, will they take a bite out of Chaos? Or will it be Lights Out for them instead?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and then Coughlin & Kidd snatch ’em to CLOBBER Goto & Hashi with them! Fans boo and Coughlin wants the bell! The ref says no but he’s bullied into it by the War Dogs! The bell rings, Kidd covers Hashi, TWO!! Fans cheer but Coughlin drags Goto out to throw him into railing! Kidd throws Hashi out and then throws him into railing! Coughlin throws Goto into more railing while Kidd claws Hashi’s face, right in front of the little children in the front row! Fans boo while Coughlin SMACKS Goto off the apron. Kidd lets off Hashi but Coughlin stands on Goto’s face.

Coughlin fireman’s carries Goto to SNAKE EYES him off the apron! Kidd digs his boots into Hashi! The ref counts, Kidd lets off, and the ref reprimands. Kidd soaks up the heat and then snatches a spare chair! But then Kidd drops the chair to flip everyone off. Fans boo more but Kidd drags Hashi up to CHOP him against the apron! Hashi flops right down, but Goto fights back on Coughlin! CHOP after CHOP, but Coughlin kicks low! Coughlin whips Goto into railing! Goto slumps down, then Kidd whips Hashi hard into railing! Hashi flops over, the ring count starts, but Kidd refreshes it. Kidd drags Hashi up, puts him in, and tags Coughlin.

The War Dogs drag Hashi up, and Kidd holds Hashi’s arms back so Coughlin can CHOP! Fans “WOO~!” for that but then boo as Coughlin & Kidd throw up the Too Sweets. Coughlin stands on Hashi’s neck but the ref counts. Coughlin lets off, tags Kidd, and BLASTS Goto off the apron! Kidd CHOPS Hashi off his feet! Coughlin sends Goto back into railing! Kidd digs his heels into Hashi’s head, but then tells the ref to back the F off! The ref reprimands, fans boo, and Coughlin tags back in. Coughlin swaggers around, eggs Hashi on, and gives him toying kicks. Kidd tosses chairs to ringside while Coughlin SLAMS Hashi!

Coughlin BOOTS Goto off the apron! Then Kidd whips Goto into railing! The War Dogs are isolating Hashi as Coughlin stands him up and SLAPS him! Coughlin talks trash on Hashi, brings him up, but Hashi fires forearms! Fans rally, but Coughlin kicks low! Hashi still throws forearms but Coughlin DECKS him! Coughlin looms over Hashi, but fans rally up. Coughlin suplexes but Hashi slips free to waistlock. Coughlin elbows free but Hashi SUPER- NO, Coughlin blocks to DECK him again! Coughlin eggs Hashi on, whips him to ropes, but Hashi dropkicks the legs out! Hashi turns Coughlin for a NECKBREAKER!

Fans rally up with Hashi and Coughlin down. Goto returns and Hashi hurries over! Hot tags to Goto and Kidd! The Fierce Warrior rallies on Kidd! Fans fire up but Kidd fires shots! Kidd runs, Goto follows and LARIATS! Fans fire up more and Goto storms up to whip Kidd to a corner. Goto then runs in to clothesline and snapmare! Fans fire up, Goto climbs, and he ELBOW DROPS! Cover, TWO! Kidd sputters but Goto drags him up. Goto fireman’s carries, but Kidd fights free! Kidd ROCKS Goto, but Goto ROCKS him back! They go forearm for forearm, fans rally up, and the shots just keep going! Both men wobble, but Goto gets the edge!

But Kidd CHOPS on return! They both run, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither man falls so Goto runs, DOUBLE LARIATS collide again! They’re both still up so they DOUBLE LARIAT a third time! Goto roars but Kidd SLAPS! And SLAPS! Kidd eggs Goto on but Goto SLAPS! Kidd rebounds, into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hashi returns to the corner! Kidd and Goto crawl, Goto tags in the Headhunter! Hashi runs in to CHOP Kidd in the corner! And ROCK and CHOP and repeat! The ref counts, Hashi keeps going and he CHOPS Kidd into sitting down!

Fans fire up behind Hashi and he drags Kidd up. Hashi turns Kidd but Kidd slips free to CLUB Hashi! Hashi DOUBLE CHOPS! Hashi runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Kidd survives but Hashi roars! Hashi drags Kidd back up, reels him in, fisherman and- NO, Kidd fights it! Kidd rakes eyes to get away! But Coughlin’s not there! Kidd runs back in but Goto CLOBBERS him! Goto fireman’s carries, Hashi helps out, FIERCE FLASH!! And they’re not done there! They drag Kidd back up, dragon sleeper and the legs lifted, but now Coughlin returns! Coughlin waistlocks but Hashi fights it!

Goto runs in, Hashi ducks, Hidden Gap Remix! Hashi gets Kidd up, feeds him to Goto, they give another FIERCE FLASH into SHOU- NO! Kidd kicks Hashi away to BRAINBUSTER Goto! Hashi runs back in but into a BOOT! HELL STAB UPPERCUT! Kidd CLUBS Hashi, runs, but into the SUPERKICK! Fans fire up for Hashi and he stalks Kidd. Hashi powers up, runs, but Coughlin gets a cheap shot in! Coughlin traps Hashi, Kidd runs in, but Hashi sends Kidd into Coughlin! Hashi rolls Kidd up, TWO! Kidd gets in the ref’s face, Coughlin SMACKS Hashi with a chair! Kidd rolls Hashi, Goto breaks it!

Goto ROCKS Coughlin, ROCKS Kidd, repeat! The War Dogs wobble, Goto blocks a boot but Coughlin catches him! Kidd joins in, DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM!! Fans fire up and the War Dogs vow to finish this! Kidd drags Hashi up, Coughlin joins in, they DOUBLE MUSCLE BUSTER! But that’s not all!? Kidd flips everyone off, and Coughlin slashes his throat! This will end it! Coughlin goes up, Kidd gut wrenches Hashi, HIGH JACK TOMBSTONE!!! Cover, War Dogs win!!!

Winners: Alex Coughlin & Gabe Kidd, by pinfall (NEW NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions)

Bullet Club takes the blue straps off Bishamon! And then Kidd adds insult to injury with a HALF CRAB on Hashi! The War Dogs fight off Young Lions, and then CLOBBER Hashi with a belt! And then they do the same to Goto! David Finlay made the right choice in bringing these two into his Savages Only Bullet Club. But then Kidd gets the mic to say, “Hey! What you’re looking at here is the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions. And tomorrow, we become NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions and IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions! Say less. That’s my dog for real.”

Coughlin gets the mic to tell Hashi and Goto, “FUUUUUG YOU!” They flip everyone off again and finally take their leave. Will the War Dogs clean sweep by taking the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships from Bishamon tomorrow? Or can Goto & Hashi still turn the lights out on Goto & Kidd?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Catch 2/2 VS Clark Connors & Dan Moloney!

Just as TJP & Francesco Akira won these titles back off of the Intergalactic Jet Setters at Dominion, a sudden betrayal by #DaDrilla took them down! Will the United Empire make Moloney regret betraying them? Or will this pair of #AbunaiGaijin (Dangerous Foreigners) bring even more gold to Bullet Club?

The introductions are made, Red Shoes tries to keep the peace as TJP gets in Moloney’s face. TJP shoves Moloney but Moloney spits in TJP’s face! So TJP DROPKICKS Moloney! Connors DECKS TJP! Akira DROPKICKS Connors! The bell rings and another fight is on! TJP brawls with Moloney in the ring while Akira goes after Connors on the outside! Moloney knees low and tosses TJP out! Fans rally for TJP but Moloney TOSSES TJP over railing and at Japanese commentary! Fans boo but Moloney hops the railing to get TJP up. The brawling continues in the crowd! Connors beats up on Akira in the bleachers!

Fans boo as Moloney sits TJP in a chair and punches away on him! Connors soaks up the heat, drags Akira up, and RAMs him into the barriers! Moloney brings TJP over to RAM into railing, and reminds everyone that he is abunai! Connors has fans get outta the way, and he BOWLS Akira through their chairs! Connors gets in the faces of the fans, drags Akira up, and Moloney rips off the gate that leads up the back segment to beat on TJP up the stairs! Young Lions do their best to keep the fans safe but Moloney brings TJP around one side, Connors and Akira on the other. Bullet Club beats down Catch 2/2 as the house lights come up.

Connors ROCKS Akira, and goes all the way to the very back row! And he sends Akira into a door! Connors throws up the Too Sweet, the fans are torn, but Moloney ROCKS TJP! Red Shoes reprimands and wants this back in the ring. Connors & Moloney beat TJP down, then talk about where to bring him. They decide on down the stairs that lead to the backstage area! They double trophy lift, fans freak out, but TJP fights free! Akira LEAPS from the ledge to DOUBLE CROSSBODY them down!! Fans are thunderous for the Nova Fireball and Public Enemy! TJP CHOKES Connors with his shirt, and uses that to bring him back to ringside!

Akira has Moloney in a headlock, Connors is sent over railing! Moloney is sent into railing! TJP throws his shirt away, free souvenir! This finally gets back in the ring as TJP SMACKS Connors and puts him in. Fans rally for “CATCH! TWO TWO!” Boosted tilt-o-whirl RANA sends Connors out! Moloney returns but into an atomic drop, and then kick, kick, KICK and SHOTGUN! Fans fire up with Catch 2/2 and TJP tags Akira in. The champs coordinate again, “Take pictures! Take pictures!” Electric Chair- CHOP BLOCK by Connors! Moloney SPINEBUSTERS Akira, to then DOUBLE STOMP! Akira sputters and TJP goes to ropes.

Connors CHOKES TJP on ropes, Moloney joins in and they mug TJP against ropes. Moloney scrapes his forearm on TJP’s face to mock TJP’s boot scrubs. Moloney runs to CLOBBER TJP! Fans boo but the Abunai Gaijin just soak in it. Connors kicks Akira to the corner, but fans rally for “A! KI-RA!” Moloney CHOPS Akira, Connors holds him and Moloney CHOPS! Tag to Connors and he gets to CHOP Akira! Akira fights back but Connors knees low then sends Akira into buckles. Connors RAMS Akira again and again, then back drops him! Akira writhes but Connors mocks the fans cheering. The fans boo and Connors grins.

Moloney asks what these “pieces of sh*t” are saying. Connors runs to ELBOW DROP! Connors grins and paces around while fans boo. The fans rally for “A! KI-RA!” again but Connors smacks Akira off buckles. Tag to Moloney and they mug Akira. Moloney mocks the fans cheering for “this little bastard,” and then snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Moloney stays between Akira and TJP. Tag to Connors, and Connors runs, to sucker punch TJP! And then he RAMS into Akira! Tag back to Moloney, Bullet Club mugs Akira and double whip. Moloney whips Connors in but Akira BOOTS him! Moloney tripes but Akira dropkicks the legs!

Akira jumps off Moloney to SHOTGUN Connors! Akira reaches for TJP but Moloney hurries to bring Akira way. Moloney wheelbarrows but Akira uses that to victory roll, STOMP 182! Fans fire up while both men crawl! Hot tag to TJP! TJP runs to BOOT Connors! TJP then dodges Moloney, Moloney hits buckles, and TJP goes up to FLYING FOREARM! Fans fire up and TJP stands Moloney up to whip him to a corner. TJP runs in to back elbow! Moloney sits, and now TJP gives Moloney the real deal! Scrape the laces off the face, then the BOOT WASH! Fans want “MOIKAI! MOIKAI!” but Connors runs in, only for TJP to drop toehold him into Moloney’s driller!

TJP then scrubs Connors’ face! TJP runs to DOUBLE BOOT WASH! Fans fire up for that two-for-one special and TJP coordinates with Akira! “Take pictures! Take pictures!” Electric Chair CANNONBALL from the apron! Down go the dangerous gaijin! Fans chant “This is Awesome!” and TJP puts Moloney in the ring. Moloney staggers up, TJP springboards to DEEP IMPACT!! Cover, TWO!! But into a stepover, PINOY STRETCH!! Moloney endures, reaches out, Akira intercepts Connors with a FLYING GUILLOTINE! Moloney claws, reaches, but he’s caught! Connors gets a last gasp to SLAM Akira on TJP! Fans fire up as all four men are down!

The fans rally up, Akira grabs Connors and brings him up. But Connors ROCKS Akira! And ROCKS him again! But Akira catches him for a COMPLETE SHOT! Moloney grabs at Akira but Akira SUPERKICKS! But Moloney SUPERKICKS Akira back! Moloney runs, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Catch 2/2 run, but into a TOSS and a POWERSLAM! TJP is stuck in the middle as Connors and Moloney take opposite corners! SPEAR GORE COMBO!! Cover, Akira breaks it!! Fans fire up again as Connors & Moloney drag Akira up. They TOSS Akira out, then Moloney tags Connors back in.

Moloney drags TJP up, fans rally behind TJP, and Connors climbs. Moloney suplexes TJP, but Akira anchors Connors’ leg! TJP slips free to shove Moloney into Connors! Catch 2/2 coordinate, TJP is the step stool for Akira’s ITALIAN DESTROYER!! Connors runs in but TJP shoves him, ALLEY OOP FACEBUSTER! SPEEDFIRE!! Akira DIVES to take out Moloney!! TJP covers Connors, TWO?!? Fans are thunderous for TJP, and he gets the beat going. “CATCH! TWO TWO!” Akira returns, he and TJP coordinate, 2 BY 2!!! Cover, Moloney breaks it!! All four men are down again but Akira throws TJP out.

Akira builds speed to slide, but Moloney RAMS him into railing! TJP hurries to put Connors in a drop zone and he climbs a corner. MAMBA- NO, Connors moves, TJP rolls through. Connors runs in, TJP goes up and over! TORNADO- NO, Connors powers out, Moloney ENZIGURIS! Bullet Club resets, but Akira runs in! He saves TJP and the GORE hits Connors!!! Akira gets Moloney up, SPEED- NO, Moloney wrenches out to the DRILLA KILLA!!! Fans are thunderous for “TJP! TJP!” as he and Connors stir. Moloney tags in, dodges TJP and SUPERKICKS! TJP wobbles, Moloney reels him in!

Moloney gets TJP up, DRILLA- NO, TJP slips free to O’Conner Roll! TWO and Connors gets him for NO CHASER!! Moloney drags TJP up, Connors climbs, suplex to FLYING SPEAR!! The Full Clip! Cover, BULLET CLUB WINS!

Winners: Clark Connors & Dan Moloney, by pinfall (NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

The United Empire falls! Bullet Club has more gold! From Coughlin & Kidd to Moloney & Connors, to David Finlay’s NEVER Openweight title and Kenta with the NJPW Strong Openweight title, will all of NJPW belong to them?

 

Exciting Encounter Doomsday No Disqualifications Tag: El Desperado & Jun Kasai VS Jon Moxley & Homicide!

The Rogue Luchador and The Maniac have had a back and forth battle for a couple years now, and are looking to finally settle this! Tomorrow night is “Final Death,” so this is just an appetizer. Will the “Crazy Monkey” help Desperado get a leg up? Or will Moxley and the Notorious 187 win one for the USA?

There are already chairs waiting both teams in their corners, but Homicide brings a steel chain! Meanwhile, El Desperado, already wearing a torn-up mask, has a trash can full of kendo sticks! Moxley makes his way in from the crowd, bringing nothing but taped up fists. And last but not least, Jun Kasai’s entrance gets the fans off their feet to sing along as he brings out a board covered in metal forks! Is Jun’s bloodthirst about to be quenched tonight?

The fans are already thunderous for this as Desperado gets in Moxley’s face, and Kasai says long time no see to Homicide. And then the brawl is on! The bell rings, fans fire up, and Desperado tosses Moxley out. Kasai tosses Homicide out, and Desperado gets a kendo stick to SMACK Moxley! Kasai headlocks Homicide to bring him around the way and Desperado SMACKS Homicide with a trash can lid! Moxley sends Desperado into railing and then fights him towards the exit while Kasai SMACKS Homicide with that trash can lid! Fans fire up as Moxley punches Desperado up the bleachers!

Kasai brings Homicide up the other side! This is like what we just saw from Catch 2/2 and Bullet Club! Moxley and Desperado brawl, and even CHOKE each other! Homicide and Kasai brawl, Moxley reels Desperado in but Desperado back drops Moxley! Desperado CLAWS Moxley’s back! Homicide has the trash can lid to SMACK Kasai! Desperado claws Moxley’s face, Homicide SMACKS Kasai again! Kasai fires up, snatches the lid, and SMACKS Homicide with it! Moxley digs a FORK into Desperado’s forehead! Kasai SMACKS Moxley with the trash can lid! And then runs him into the wall!

Fans fire up as Desperado CLAWS Homicide’s eyes, and knees him low! But Homicide HELL STABS! And HELL STABS! Desperado CHOPS! Homicide CHOPS! Kasai and Moxley have returned to the floor level, but are fighting through the crowd! Moxley throws chairs at Kasai! Fans get away as Moxley throws more things at Kasai! Moxley suplexes Kasai but Kasai fights out. Homicide CHOKES Desperado with a camera cable! Kasai grabs a bottle of water, chugs, and then SPITS it all in Moxley’s face! And then SMACKS Moxley with the bottle! Moxley tumbles across the English commentary desk!

Fans rally for “KA-SA-I!” while Desperado SMACKS Homicide with a kendo stick! Moxley fires off on Kasai with haymakers, then CLAWS at his face. Then Moxley brings out another FORK!! FORK TO THE EAR!!! Homicide knocks Desperado down, Moxley is trying to remove ear from head! Desperado SMACKS Homicide’s legs with trash can lids! Desperado puts Homicide in the ring, and SMACKS him again! Desperado drags Homicide up, Moxley RAMS Kasai into railing. Homicide resists the lift to LOW BLOW MULE KICK! Moxley gets in the ring, he and Homicide get Desperado up to double whip, but Desperado holds ropes.

Moxley storms up, but into a BOOT! Kasai returns and CLOBBERS Homicide! Desperado TACKLES Moxley and rains down fists, while Kasai holds up a STRAIGHT RAZOR!!! Kasai goes after Homicide’s bald head with it!! Fans are freaking out as Kasai takes a taste! Desperado stretches Moxley, and claws at a bloody wound on the forehead. Kasai gets his fork board while Desperado puts Moxley in a corner. Kasai underhooks and lifts but Homicide resists! Homicide back drops Kasai onto his own forks!! And he gets one for himself! Homicide has a crimson mask and he digs into Kasai’s forehead!

Desperado ROCKS Homicide but Moxley kicks low! Moxley scoop SLAMS Desperado on the fork board! Fans lose their minds while Desperado writhes. Everyone’s ending up bloody, and Moxley says let’s see who has guts. He and Homicide JAM Kasai and Desperado with forks!! And again and again and again! Even into the eyebrows! Moxley then crossface forearms Desperado down while Homicide fishhooks Kasai with the fork! And then into the armpit?! Fans rally for Kasai but Moxley gets Desperado up, back suplex to the fork board! Homicide wipes the blood from his eyes and then gets his chain!

Homicide goes back to Kasai to LASH him with the chain! Moxley gets Desperado up again while Homicide CHOKES Kasai! PILEDRIVER on Desperado! Cover, ONE?!?!? How?!? Moxley doesn’t question it, he just grabs an arm and hammerlocks it. Then he gets the other arm, and Homicide fishhooks Desperado with the fork! And then into the armpit! Moxley lets off to KNEE Kasai out of the ring! Moxley keeps moving and he DIVES to take out Kasai! Desperado and Homicide fire CHOPS, then Desperado CLAWS Homicide’s face! Desperado throws hands, UPPERCUTS, but then Moxley CHOPS him!

Moxley runs Desperado right into a chair wedged in the corner! Homicide gets a fork, to JAM into Desperado’s groin!! Moxley puts on a FIGURE FOUR! Desperado endures, flips Moxley off, but Kasai and Homicide brawl outside! Desperado turns things over, the pressure is on Moxley now! Fans fire up but Moxley gets the ropes to pull himself free. Moxley whips Desperado corner to corner hard! Desperado sits down, Moxley grins and eggs Desperado on. Desperado gets up, CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Moxley ROCKS him! Desperado ROCKS Moxley again and again, but Moxley knees low!

Moxley whips Desperado to the corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! Desperado DECKS Homicide off the apron! But Moxley kicks low! Moxley whips, Desperado reverses and dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up and Desperado crawls, hot tag to Kasai! Wait, there’re tags in this?! Kasai fires off forearms on Moxley but Homicide CLOBBERS him! Moxley & Homicide double whip corner to corner, Homicide runs in, but Kasai dumps him out onto trash can lids! Moxley runs in to clothesline! Moxley runs, but Kasai follows to clothesline! Kasai snap suplexes! Fans fire up as Kasai flexes, then covers, TWO!

Kasai gets his straight razor! And he DIGS It into Moxley’s forehead! Kasai lets off to go out after Homicide and puts him in. Kasai then looks under the ring, and brings out a plywood cross! It’s covered in razor blades! Kasai puts that in a corner, Desperado whips Homicide into railing, but Moxley BITES Kasai’s face! Moxley GERMAN SUPLEXES, but Kasai roars! GERMAN SUPLEX in return! Moxley goes to a corner and Kasai grins through his crimson mask. Kasai whips, Moxley stops himself, and Kasai runs in, but Kasai is set face first into the cross!! And then Moxley SHOTGUNS him back into it!

Kasai staggers, into the CURB STOMP!! Cover, TWO!??! Fans are thunderous and Moxley can’t believe it! Kasai sputters, Moxley drags him into HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Moxley eggs Kasai on so Kasai says F YOU! Moxley drags Kasai up, DEATH- NO, Kasai wrenches out to ROCK Moxley! Moxley ROCKS Kasai! They go back and forth, but then Kasai HEADBUTTS! CUTTER from Moxley! Tag to Homicide and Moxley climbs. Homicide brings Kasai in, but Kasai fights off the inverted Gory Especial! And sends Homicide into Moxley! Kasai then LARIATS Homicide down! Fans are thunderous as Kasai crawls to his corner! Hot tag to Desperado!

Desperado rallies on Homicide with forearms and elbows! Homicide kicks and whips but Desperado reverses to SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up as Desperado runs in, but Homicide dumps him out onto a trash can! Homicide builds speed to DIVE into the trash can! Desperado turns it around and gets Homicide up. Gut wrench, but Kasai BLASTS Moxley first! GUITARRA DEL ANGEL!! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Kasai & Desperado double whip Homicide to a corner. Desperado clotheslines, Kasai clotheslines, then feed to another SPINEBUSTER! Kasai goes up, fans are thunderous as the goggles go on! Salute and MAD SPLASH!

Desperado adds on with PINCHE LOCO!!! Cover, Moxley breaks it!! Kasai fires off on Moxley but Moxley CHOPS him and CHOPS Desperado! And kicks, and elbows, and runs, but into a sobat! ENZIGURI! Desperado hits a BIG back suplex! Desperado holds Moxley up as Kasai brings out the BAMBOO SKEWERS!!! Right into Moxley’s head!!! Moxley is freaking out as he looks like a sadistic pineapple! Desperado puts a trash can down and he grabs Homicide. Underhooks and PINCH- NO, Homicide fights it! Homicide gets out, claws at Desperado’s face, then LOW BLOWS! Homicide calls for the end and fans duel!

Homicide fires up, says “SUCK IT!” then gets Desperado up. But now Desperado fights free, and LOW BLOWS! Desperado says “F YOU!” PINCHE LOCO!! Roll through and Desperado goes again, PINCHE LOCO onto the trash can!!! Cover, Desperado & Kasai win!

Winners: El Desperado & Jun Kasai, by pinfall

Words like “brutal” and “violent” don’t even fit how far these four went! Moxley is seething, a few skewers still stuck in his head. Will he end up in even worse shape in just 24 hours? Or can he bring out the true power of Death Jitsu?

As for Desperado, he gets the mic and puts his mask back together. “There are definitely some nerves associated with wrestling with the legends here tonight. Thank you, Homicide! I still remember when you threw Kasai off that balcony!” Fans cheer and Desperado catches his breath. Desperado says, “Whether you call this a deathmatch, No Disqualifications, ‘Hardcore,’ no matter what, it was an honor and privilege to team with Jun Kasai.” Kasai wants to take his leave but Desperado has him hold on. Desperado tells Kasai that since they have this “incredible situation,” why not let him send the people home?

Desperado gets the fans to chant “KA-SA-I!” so Kasai comes back. Kasai takes the mic, and he tells Desperado, “Were we even allowed to do this in the ring of the King of Sports, NJPW?” Fans love that! Kasai then says that hearing these people accept and love what they did, then hell yeah they can do this in NJPW! This was the best night he could’ve hoped for. And when you are chasing a high like this, Kasai sure hopes they can do this again. Kasai also wants Desperado to know that he’ll happily tag with him again. Desperado grins and the fans also hope for another go! Desperado says, “One more time, huh? Onegaishimazu! <Yes, please!>”

Fans chant “This is Awesome!” and Desperado says that if Kasai calls, he’ll answer. But for right now, Desperado’s hands are tied with Final Death tomorrow. He will take advantage of this energy, this motivation, and wipe the floor with Moxley! And then, Desperado will gladly be by Kasai’s side. They shake hands, and flip each other off out of respect. Will the Rogue Luchador and the Maniac go so hard in Final Death that it makes this all look like a picnic? When and where will we see the Crazy Monkey again?


My Thoughts:

A really good event for NJPW that was also part NJPW Strong. Yes, I skipped covering stuff but I skimmed through, and we got really good stuff in those other matches. Lance Archer interacting with JR Kratos was a great part of their Six Man Tag, and Team Filthy sweeping in the Six Man and in Lawlor VS Fujita was good stuff. Team Filthy VS TMDK feels like a great feud that NJPW should commit to. And good win for Rocky & Kingston so that Kingston has momentum going into the G1 Climax in 10 days. He probably won’t even be a semifinalist, aka a Block Winner, but Kingston will give every opponent great matches and he might end up with a winning record.

Great women’s tag to give us a preview of the NJPW Strong Women’s Championship match. Willow & Momo win but Thekla takes the loss so it keeps Giulia strong. Willow VS Giulia could go either way, but Giulia is already a champion in Stardom, she doesn’t need to be NJPW’s champion. Willow will look great winning off Giulia, and can use that momentum going into other things for her, like the Owen Hart Cup in AEW. Great tag matches out of both title matches, and I am really surprised both Bullet Club teams won. I had a feeling that Coughlin & Kidd would get those NJPW Strong titles, but this probably means they lose the IWGP Heavyweight title match. Connors & Moloney winning was the real surprise, and this really powers up this newest Bullet Club roster.

And we got some wild stuff in that No DQ tag match. A little disappointed NJPW didn’t make this a Tornado Tag, but they just love the hot tag trope. I was a little uneasy over how hard these guys went, I guess I’m not really a deathmatch type guy. I mean, chairs, tables, ladders, the stuff you’d see in AEW or even in WWE, is all well and good but this is GCW type stuff. The majority of the live crowd still loved it, but this is the stuff fans argue over about “When is it too far?” And yet, we’re only getting more in tomorrow’s main event. Desperado winning here with Kasai, I feel like that means Moxley wins the 1v1 to have momentum going into AEW’s Blood & Guts match in a couple weeks.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/20/24)

NXT Takes Care o’ Business!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Who reigns on the Road to WrestleMania?

Both the NXT Women’s and North American Championships are on the line tonight! It’s Lyra Valkyrie VS Shotzi and Oba Femi VS Lexis King!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT North American Championship: Oba Femi VS Lexis King; Oba wins and retains the title.
  • Roxanne Perez VS Wren Sinclair; Roxie wins.
  • Josh Briggs VS Brooks Jensen; Briggs wins.
  • Jacy Jayne w/ Thea Hail & Jazmyn Nyx VS Arianna Grace; Jacy wins.
  • NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match: Chase U VS Axiom & Nathan Frazer; Chase U win and will challenge The Wolf Dogs for the title.
  • Kelani Jordan VS Lash Legend w/ Jakara Jackson; Lash wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Lyra Valkyria VS Shotzi Blackheart; Lyra wins by forfeit.
  • NXT Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Lyra Valkyria VS Lash Legend; Lyra wins and retains.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT North American Championship: Oba Femi VS Lexis King!

The Ruler dominated the Breakout Tournament, cashed in on Dragon Lee, then retained against Dragon Lee at Vengeance Day. And The Drama King wants all the credit since he “softened up” the Boy Wonder first. Will Oba “thank” Lexis by making this quick and painless? Or will the King truly have his Coronation?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly reigns over NXT!

The bell rings and King dodges Oba to fire kicks! Oba blocks one, then SHOVES King to a corner! King dodges Oba, runs in to clothesline and CHOP! And SLAP! And CHOP! King whips but Oba blocks and reverses! King goes up, leaps, but bounces right off Oba! Oba whips King to ropes, then back drops him high and hard! The fans fire up as Oba hauls King up for body shots. Oba UPPERCUTS, then whips again, but King sunset flips! Oba spins out, but King avoids the elbow drop! King KICKS, and KICKS, then talks some trash. King BOOTS Oba, runs, but Oba grabs King to SHOVE him up and out!

The fans fire up again and Oba storms out after King. Oba hauls King into the ring, but King DROPKICKS Oba down! King huffs and puffs out after Oba, but Oba shoves him! Oba swings but only gets post! King SLAMS Oba’s arm into the post! Oba ROCKS King with the good hand! Oba brings King up, puts him in again, but King stomps Oba as he slides in! King CLUBS the bad arm, then clamps on with a top wristlock. Oba endures, fights up, but King grinds that shoulder. Von Wagner & Robert Stone watch this, and Stone says he’ll be right back. Where’s he going? Out there. Stone heads to gorilla but Von says it’s still not worth going after King!

As for in the ring, Oba fights up but King CLUBS the arm! King grinds the shoulder, but Oba whips him away! Then Oba scoops, but King slips free! King RAMS Oba into buckles, runs up again, but Oba puts him on the apron. King ROCKS Oba, goes up, but fans chant for “O~BA!” Stone is on the ramp as King DOUBLE STOMPS Oba’s bad arm! King runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then slides out to shove Stone down! Fans boo as King talks trash, then gets back in. Oba grabs King, but King breaks fere! King fires forearms and CHOPS, then more forearms! King runs, but Oba LARIATS! King flounders up, Oba has him for the FLAPJACK!

Oba storms up on King, scoop shim, and gives him SNAKE EYES! Oba then hauls King up, SHOT-PUT! Oba fires up, the fans rally behind him, and King stands into the POP-UP POWERBOMB!! Cover, Oba wins!

Winner: Oba Femi, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

The Ruler keeps the King from taking the crown, and Stone gets some sense of payback. Will nothing stop Oba’s reign that is backed by destiny?

 

Thea Hail, Jacy Jayne and Jazmyn Nyx talk backstage.

Thea sighs, and they ask if she’s okay. Riley Osborne hasn’t answered her all week. Then please tell them she didn’t desperately text him. No, she did what Jacy said and played hard to get on the date. Yeah, Jacy knows that part. Just tell us what happened on the date. And we see Arianna Grace eavesdropping… Thea says he opened the door for her, she said not to do that cuz she’s a grown ass woman who can do it herself. Oh, okay… So, what next? They went to dinner, he asked what it was like first starting at Chase University, and she was on her phone most of the time so she wouldn’t be “too available.”

Jazmyn, Jacy and even Ariana see how the advice was backfiring, and Jacy says that’s not what she meant about any of that. Uh oh… And then Arianna walks over, pretending like she couldn’t help but overhear. But Thea, a true lady is never afraid to come off as daring. She for one has been on many, many dates, and it just sounds like she scared Riley away. What!? Jacy calms Thea down, and Arianna continues. “When a man opens the door for you, you welcome it. When he shows interest in the little things you do, you engage and reciprocate.” It isn’t too late. Just go talk to Riley. And then what? Come off desperate?

Jacy agrees with Jazmyn, but Arianna says respectfully, how would Thea look desperate? Thea looks to Jacy but Jacy says no, don’t look at her. Jacy didn’t mean it the way Thea executed it. Jacy can’t do everything! Right, sorry. Arianna says, “And she’s your best friend?” Jacy tells Ariana to stop filling Thea’s head up with stuff, and stay out of their business. Or else she’ll make an example out of you. Jacy has the group leave, and Arianna scoffs. Which side is the right side of this? Is there still hope for this Chase U romance?

 

Lyra Valkyria checks in on Tatum Paxley.

The Morrigan looks her superfan over, she took a pretty serious blow. Is she good? Well, yeah, everything hurts, and Tatum’s only been able to have soup the past week, but she’s just happy Lyra came to her rescue! That wasn’t what that was, but someone had to tell Tatum to just tap out. She shouldn’t try to be a hero. Well, Lyra is Tatum’s hero~! Well, Lyra does feel bad about last week, but if Tatum can do something for her tonight, Lyra promises to make it up to her. Anything! Attack Shotzi with a baseball bat? Hit her with green mist so she’ll match her green hair? No, none of that! But she does need Tatum to just stay away from ringside.

But! No buts! Keep your butt back here! That’s her one request. If Tatum can do that, then Lyra has a very special surprise for her. A surprise? Really? Yes, really. Okay, Tatum will stay right here. Great! Tatum sits down and says this will be the hardest thing she’s ever done. But can Tatum be patient and let Lyra handle things on her own?

 

Bron Breakker & Baron Corbin head to the ring!

The fans fire up as the Wolf Dogs, the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions, are here. And this is even after the Big Bad Booty Nephew signed with Friday Night SmackDown! They step into the ring, belts on and trophy waiting for them, and the fans chant, “You Deserve It!” Bron says wow, who would’ve thought way back in September, when these two were beating the hell outta each other at No Mercy, that they’d be here today in alligator skin boots and NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! Corbin says yes, yes, yes, yes! He remembers No Mercy like it was yesterday, cuz didn’t Corbin win? Uh… Not funny. It’s a little funny.

Well alright, but then Corbin wouldn’t be here if not for Bron carrying the team. Corbin says if he remembers right, he did set Bron up pretty nicely. Boom, End of Days! Fans chant “Spear of Days!” and Bron says yeah, EOD was the set-up, he hit his Spear, and so just like the fans are saying, Spear of Days. The fans cheer that Spear of Days is a thing now. Corbin does love it. A couple A-Holes standing here with brand new hardware, and they are good with being the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! But wait, here comes Chase U! Andre Chase & Duke Hudson ask for everyone to hold on just a second.

Now, the Wolf Dogs might not care about who’ll be their next challengers, but Chase U certainly does. Should they spell it out for ya? Duke has to hand it to the Wolf Dogs. Beating seven other teams to win the Dusty Cup, then winning the titles, that’s not easy. But Chase U is back at 100%, and it is Chase U’s time to shine! Bron says take the school spirit and their calendars, and shove ’em! Easy now, easy now. What we have right here… IS A TEACHABLE MOMENT! Chase says the former champs promised a shot at those titles, and Chase U ain’t taking no for an answer! So, Wolf Dogs… Chase U will get their match, and will give them an Andre Chase U sized ass whooping!

But wait! Nathan Frazer & Axiom are here! And they say no no no! That’s not how this works! Hate to break it to ya, Mr. Chase, but that agreement with the former champions is therefore null and void. “And that, my friends, is a Hart-Hitting Home Truth.” Axiom adds that in case no one remembers, these two were the closest to beating the Wolf Dogs. So therefore, if there’s anyone that deserves this shot, it’s them! Frazer & Axiom storm up to the ring and add that Wolf Dogs went and jumped them from behind, so they’re gonna pay for that, “You pieces of sh-” Whoa! Hey! Axiom calms Frazer down and they get in the ring.

Duke mocks Frazer’s accent as he says, “I don’t know who invited you two to the party,” but seriously, good to see you. But grab a ticket, get to the back of the line, because the future TWO-TIME NXT Tag Team Champions are about to plant the Chase U flag firmly where it belongs. Corbin says hold on, listen. This sounds like a you guys problem, and the tag champs have stuff to do and places to be. They can take these problems and tell someone who cares. Ava Raine walks out and tells Baron & Bron that yeah, they’re right. It isn’t up to the Wolf Dogs about who their challengers. That’s up to her!

But it is so easy when she sees two very deserving teams right in front of her. So she feels it’ll be Frazer & Axiom VS Chase & Duke to decide the NEW #1 Contenders. The fans like the sound of that, and Ava says it will also happen tonight. The fans really like that, and now tonight is even bigger than before! #ThankYouAva, but who will rise above to then step to the Wolf Dogs?

 

Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.

Kelly Kincaid says we are moments away from Roxie’s match with Wren Sinclair after their… heated altercation. Roxie says Wren shows a lot of promise, and reminds her a bit of herself. Y’know, all happy to be here. But once Wren’s been here awhile, just being “happy to be here” won’t cut it anymore. We’ll see others getting chances she deserves, the spotlight that was once on her being ripped away by every single girl in the locker room, and then as she tries to make sense of it all, it just won’t! Chances you work for an entire year, even your entire LIFE for, will be handed to main roster stars.

After awhile, she’ll build up a callous towards other people’s feelings, and realize that the only person she can make happy around here is herself. Roxie tells Shotzi and Lyra to watch her tonight. Because she’ll be doing the same for them. Is The Prodigy going to use her edge to cut down the future so she can once again be the present?

 

Another mysterious message plays.

“Men deny their truth. I will be a mirror to it.” And then someone smashes glass! Just what is making its way to NXT?

 

Roxanne Perez VS Wren Sinclair!

NXT returns and Wren makes her entrance, still remembering that sucker punch to her left cheek. The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, Wren powers Roxie to ropes but Roxie turns it around and digs into Wren. The ref counts, Roxie lets off and then shoves Wren. Wren shoves Roxie, then trips her to rain down shots! Roxie turns that around and gives those shots back! The fans fire up as the two scrap, roll, then tumble out of the ring! Roxie fires off on Wren, lets off as the ref counts, and then Roxie pushes Wren in. Roxie storms up but Wren turns her for a backslide! TWO, and Wren rolls Roxie up, TWO!

Roxie is up, and she ROCKS Wren with that same haymaker! Roxie talks trash on Wren, whips her but Wren reverses to ROCK Roxie! And then wrench, scoop and BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Wren clamps on a facelock and grinds Roxie. Roxie endures, fights up, and WRINGS Wren’s arm out! Wren bails out, Roxie pursues, and Roxie wrenches again. Wren ROCKS Roxie again, but Roxie just gets mad! Roxie WRINGS Wren’s arm into the floor! Roxie SLAMS the bad arm, drags Wren up and SLAMS the arm on the apron! Then she SMACKS Wren off the apron, shoves her in, and covers, TWO!

Roxie is seething, but she stands Wren up to wrench and YANK! Roxie wrenches, then chinbars Wren. Wren endures and fights up, but Roxie wrenches and hits an STO! Then she drops a knee on the arm! Wren clutches the elbow, Roxie covers, TWO! Wren is showing toughness but Roxie pulls hair to sit Wren up. Roxie wrap son a cobra clutch and thrashes Wren about. The fans rally, Wren fights up, and Wren pries at the hold, but Roxie hits another STO! Roxie has a top wristlock, leans on Wren, but Wren fights up. Wren throws body shots, the fans rally, but Roxie cranks the arm. Wren arm-drags free!

Wren goes to a corner, Roxie runs in, but Wren ELBOWS her away! Roxie runs up again but Wren BOOTS her! Wren LARIATS, then LARIATS again! The fans fire up as Wren DROPKICKS! Roxie goes to a corner, Wren runs up, but Roxie boots! Wren blocks it and SLINGS Roxie down! Wren then suplexes, but Roxie fights free! The bad arm bothers Wren, Roxie WRINGS it out again! Then SOBAT! Roxie hops on, POP ROX! And then lets off!? She puts Wren in a CROSSFACE! Wren taps, Roxie wins!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

Roxie showed us some thing new: sadism! Will Roxie tear into whoever is champion after tonight so she can Stand & Deliver?

 

The Meta Four meets backstage.

Noam Dar says tonight, Lash Legend takes care of Kelani Jordan. But he and Oro Mensah need to figure out how to handle No Quarter Catch Crew. They want the Cup because of the sport and tradition, when both of those belong to Dar! Oro says to relax. They’re champions! Oh, wait, here comes NQCC! Not during the secret handshake, man! But Drew Gulak says hello to Miss Jackson and Miss Legend. Charlie Dempsey reminds Dar that the cup represents over 100 YEARS of British Wrestling. Yeah, shut up, Charlie, you’re boring. Dar’s from the UK and even he doesn’t to listen to a history lesson.

So less talky-talky, more walky-walky. This is two weeks in a row they’ve stunk up Dar’s lounge! Damon Kemp says once one of them wins the Cup, they won’t need to come back. Okay then, who IS Dar facing? Yeah, wouldn’t he like to know. Uh, duh, that’s why he asked! Kemp says Catch Clause means you find out once they’re all in the ring. So see you next week, bud. Catch Clause? What? Dar is confused. He has to prepare for ALL FOUR of them just because of this clause? How is that fair? NQCC might’ve just found a way to counter Meta Four’s numbers game. Will the Cup soon belong to someone who respects its Heritage?

 

Josh Briggs VS Brooks Jensen!

Country Strong went their separate ways in a mutual break-up, but not everyone in the trio was able to stand strong alone. Briggs told Jensen to grow up and toughen up, so here’s Jensen’s response! Will “little brother” Brooks show everyone that he’s a grown man? Or will he still just be Briggs’ sidekick?

The ref has to keep Jensen back, and Briggs smirks at Jensen’s fuming. The bell rings and the two tie up. They are in a deadlock but then Briggs headlocks. Jensen powers up and out but Briggs runs him over! Things speed up, and now Jensen runs Briggs over! Briggs gets up while fans rally for Jensen. Jensen runs in, but into a BOOT! Briggs runs up to CLOBBER Jensen! Cover, ONE!! Jensen is tough and Briggs knows it, but he reminds Jensen he asked for this. Briggs bumps Jensen off buckles, throws elbows, then brings him around. Briggs CLUBS Jensen, then whips him to a corner. Jensen reverses, blocks the boot and CHOPS!

Jensen fires CHOPS and clotheslines, then BULLDOGS! The fans rally as Jensen DROPKICKS Briggs down! Jensen hurries to get a leg but Briggs BOOTS Jensen out of the ring! Jensen flounders and Briggs steadies himself. Briggs goes to the apron but Jensen ROCKS him! Jensen drags Briggs out to CLUB him, fire forearms, and then CHOP! Jensen pushes Briggs in, fires forearms, but Briggs hits body shots. Jensen CLUBS Briggs, Briggs powers Jensen to ropes, but the ref counts. Briggs whips, Jensen hurdles and hits a RUNNING NECKBREAKER! The fans fire up with Jensen and Briggs bails out.

Jensen pursues, brings Briggs around, and RAMS him into barriers! The fans fire up as Jensen DUMPS Briggs into the gap! Jensen hops over, rains down fists, and the fans fire up! Jensen stomps away and fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” Jensen stands on the barriers, fist bumps fans, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Jensen drags Briggs up and over the barriers, puts him back in the ring, and then storms up. Briggs RAMS into Jensen, but Jensen blocks the buckle bump! Jensen gives the buckle bump, goes up the corner, and FLYING AX HANDLES Briggs down! Jensen CLUBS Briggs down, covers, TWO! Briggs is still in this but Jensen keeps on an arm! Jensen CLUBS Briggs, then clamps on a chinlock! Jensen has a rear mount to put his full weight on Briggs, but Briggs fights up and reaches out. Briggs stands, powers Jensen to ropes, then powers out to ELBOW Jensen down! Jensen flops to the apron but Briggs stomps him.

Briggs digs his boot in, but the ref counts. Briggs lets off, paces, then brings Jensen up. Briggs whips, and scoops for a BOSS MAN SLAM! Cover, TWO! Jensen stays in this and Briggs grows frustrated. Briggs looms over Jensen, then eggs him on. Jensen throws body shots, but Briggs whips him hard into a corner! Jensen bounces back off buckles, then crawls by the ropes. The fans rally but Briggs drags Jensen back up. Briggs ROCKS Jensen with a shot right to the nose! Jensen clutches his face as he falls over, and Briggs eggs him on again. Briggs clamps on a chinlock and thrashes Jensen around! Jensen endures, even as Briggs leans on him.

Jensen fights around, reaches out, but Briggs squeezes tight. NXT returns to single picture and Jensen fights to his feet. Jensen throws body shots, gets free, and he ENZIGIRIS Briggs! Briggs wobbles and staggers, swings, but Jensen catches him for a backslide! ONE, but Jensen dodges Briggs to sunset flip! Briggs stays up, to NECK TWIST! Jensen scrambles to a corner and Briggs seethes. Briggs storms up to fire haymakers! The ref counts, Briggs fires more shots and fans boo. The ref backs Briggs off and Briggs paces around. Briggs storms back up to get Jensen to his feet. Briggs whips, scoops, and SIDEWALK SLAMS, to a SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Jensen survives, and Briggs even has to smirk at his former tag partner’s toughness. Briggs looms over Jensen, says he’s doing this to toughen Jensen up. “Show me that you’re a man.” Briggs kicks at Jensen, Jensen stands to SLAP him! Fans fire up as Briggs wobbles! Briggs grins and nods, and he even claps for Jensen. Jensen stands, blocks a shot to fire off more shots! The fans fire up as Jensen backs Briggs down! Briggs blocks the whip but Jensen SUPERKICKS! Jensen whips and LARIATS Briggs, then CLOBBERS him! And DROPKICKS him! Jensen hurries to go up a corner and takes aim!

Briggs stands, into a MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!! Briggs is still in this but Jensen stays focused. Jensen CHOPS and clothesline Briggs in a corner again. The fans rally, Jensen BULL- NO, Briggs powers out, then BOOTS Jensen down! Briggs choke grips for the CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!?! Jensen survives and shocks everyone! Briggs and Jensen slowly rise, and Briggs pushes Jensen around. Jensen fires a haymaker, Briggs hits back, these two brawl from their knees up to their feet! The fans fire up, Briggs CLUBS away on Jensen, then runs. Jensen BOOTS! Briggs rebounds to BOOT!

Jensen rebounds to WHEEL KICK! Then he suplexes Briggs high and hard! Cover, TWO!!! Briggs stays in this and “This is Awesome!” Jensen drags Briggs back up, reels him back in, but Briggs back drops free! But Jensen sunset flips it! TWO!! Briggs used a punch to get free, and now CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!! But Briggs isn’t done, “I did this for you! I love ya, man!” CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL AGAIN!! Cover, Briggs wins!

Winner: Josh Briggs, by pinfall

Briggs then sits Jensen up to hug him, again assuring him this was all for the betterment of them both. Jensen did put up one hell of a fight, will he become a champion thanks to this tough love?

 

Joe Gacy’s still in a straitjacket?!

And he wakes up in some dark space. Gacy manages to sit up, and look who walks in. Dijak puts his nightstick on his desk and says there is no decency in Gacy. Gacy says he admires Dijak’s attempts to stop him, but this train is on a never-ending track. Dijak says he has many… “instruments of peace” to derail Gacy’s train. Gacy stands up, and there’s a Plexiglas window between them. Gacy fogs up the glass, and uses his nose to doodle a smiley face. Gacy laughs and staggers around the padded room. Luca Crusifino somehow finds this place, and says this is false imprisonment. Dijak tells him to go to hell, Dijak can do what he wants.

Okay, but this is still illegal. Dijak tells Luca that Gacy violated Dijak’s law! Luca says the world doesn’t work the way Dijak wants it to. Luca leaves, and Dijak glares at Gacy. Gacy grins and says this isn’t over. Gacy laughs again, is there no breaking the already broken?

 

Carmelo Hayes walks downtown.

He returns back to the barbershop, his favorite spot to visit with Trick Williams. But what’s he doing back there without Trick? We’ll hear from HIM after the break.

NXT returns and Melo wants Trick to see where he is right now. “This is where it all began. Trick Melo Gang. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gonna be. Good memories, great moments, but here I am, all alone. But I ain’t lonely. Let’s talk about it.” Melo is here to wear his pride, knowing his principles stay intact, and knowing he didn’t have to snake his boy out of his spot, or getting too big for his own boots. Melo says it is a shame, cuz Trick played his role so well. Melo wanted Trick to experience everything there was to being a top guy. Melo wanted to lift Trick up with him. And this is how Trick repays HIM? By trying to be the top guy?

Trick could’ve been number five, three, or even number two. But Trick wanted to come for the one of one. And when you come for the one of one, you realize Melo ain’t second to nobody. Melo let Trick stand beside him, put “Trick” before “Melo” in “Trick Melo Gang,” all to amuse Trick. In reality, it was amusing to Melo for anyone to think Trick was ahead of HIM. To stay at the top, you have to be ruthlessly ambitious, with that killer instinct. You think Melo is stupid? That Melo didn’t see the signs? Melo knew Trick would want his shine sooner or later. Melo saw Trick side-eyeing the title, he felt the envy with every accomplishment.

Melo is Trick’s biggest competition, so Melo knew that sooner or later, unfortunately, he’d have to get Trick before Trick got him. So Trick, wherever you at, stay there. Because your 15 minutes is up. Now back to business. Ilja, you wanna see me? Get in line. Because if you ain’t talking about that NXT Championship, we ain’t got nothing to talk about.” Melo has issued his mission statement, will he return to the top of the brand by any means necessary?

 

Jacy Jayne w/ Thea Hail & Jazmyn Nyx VS Arianna Grace!

They warned the Pageant Queen, but it seems they’re gonna have it out after all! Will this match help win the romance advice argument? Or will it just show Thea how to handle nosy eavesdroppers?

The bell rings, the two circle and tie up. Jacy wrenches and wristlocks but Arianna spins, wrenches, wristlocks back, and holds on tight. Jacy rolls, handsprings, and then wrenches to CHOP BLOCK! Cover, ONE, but Jacy storms up, Arianna body shots, snapmares, then runs to run Jacy over! Arianna blows kisses and tells Jacy to kiss the ring. Jacy WRINGS Arianna into ropes! Arianna tumbles out of the ring, feigning pain, and Jacy wants her girls to go after Arianna? This is still that toxic nature Jacy has to work on, as neither Thea nor Jazmyn want to do any of that. Jacy goes out after Arianna to shove her in and then she asks what the hecc.

Jacy gets in, storms up on Arianna but Arianna hits a SAYANAGI! Arianna scoops but Jacy slips fere to shove her into a corner. Jacy runs up to back body block, then she short arm LARIATS! Jacy says “SUCK IT!” then SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Jacy clamps onto Arianna with a chinlock but Arianna pushes back. Jacy holds off the pin, grinds Arianna, but Arianna pushes to a cover this time. TWO, and Jacy shifts to a ghost pin, TWO! Arianna staggers to a corner, Jacy runs up but Arianna dodges. Arianna scoops to SLAM Jacy, then she sets up to high kick and ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!

Arianna clamps onto Jacy with a chinbar and armlock, and she says they know her advice is right! The fans rally as Jacy endures, and Jacy fights up. Jacy pries the chinbar away, then TOSSES Arianna up and out! Jacy storms back out after Arianna, but Arianna throws body shots! Arianna SMACKS Jacy off the apron but Jacy ELBOWS back. Jacy gets in, Arianna staggers around, and Jacy storms up again. The ref stops her so she says to do something! Jazmyn says fine, and she CLUBS Arianna! Jazmyn puts Arianna in for Jacy to ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, Jacy wins!

Winner: Jacy Jayne, by pinfall

Thea wasn’t really into that finish, but she and Jazmyn- Er, well, Jazmyn pushes Thea aside to raise Jacy’s hand. Is Thea seeing Jacy’s true colors?

 

The D’Angelos meet.

Adriana Rizzo & Stacks sit with The Don. Rizzo says she gave everything she had out there last week. Tony knows. It was her first singles match, it was a great showing, don’t get down. Stacks takes the blame for last week, and vows they’ll get those tag titles back. Tony says no, they’re not. Not now. What? After that loss, Tony did some thinking. The past six months, he lost track of the bigger picture. What does he mean? They’ve been playing small ball. Taking bets from Chase U, fighting OTM over who runs the streets, and destroying the restaurant in the process. What the hell are they doing? They’re the D’Angelo Family!

Tony wants them to go in the right direction, a new direction. No more community stuff, no more feedbag, no more pinons, they do things his way. They do things his way, and if you don’t like it, tough. He needs them to let the rest of the family know, and if they don’t like it, let him know. It is time for Tony to truly be The Don of NXT. Rizzo & Stacks nod, but what is Tony planning for the future?

 

Ridge Holland has a sit-down interview.

Sarah Schreiber thanks him for taking this time. She recalls their previous sit-down about a month ago, where he poured his heart out. We got an inside look at his life, and some of the more unfortunate moments in his career. Now we’re back here after the Gallus Gauntlet, where he took a chair to all three men. What does he have to say a week after that? Ridge says when they spoke last, people saw a different side of him. But then he still can’t get that stench of misfortune off him. Gallus took Ridge’s surgically repaired leg, put it in a chair, and they smashed it. But that’s fine, right?

But when Ridge got that chair in his hands and used it, it is truly a weapon. He can’t even fight fire with fire without being judged. So he’ll try this once more. But not here. Sorry, Sarah. Next week, on NXT, Ridge will address the WWE Universe and apologize for all of his actions, “even if no one cares, even if no one gives a damn.” Because the man Ridge Holland is, chair in hand, is not the man Ridge is in everyday life. Ridge walks away, will NXT finally understand Yorkshire Grit?

 

NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match: Chase U VS Axiom & Nathan Frazer!

From one half of Chase U to the other, Thea feels awkward about passing Riley Osborne without really saying anything. But will all things be A-OK after Duke & Mr. Chase win their way back to the tag titles? Or will the Undeniable Truth and the Jersey Island Rocket be the ones flying high on the Road to WrestleMania?

NXT returns as Frazer & Axiom make their entrance together. The teams sort out and Chase starts against Axiom. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. Chase rolls back, wrangles Axiom with a top wristlock, but Axiom kips up to bridge. Axiom stands but Chase wrangles him back down. Axiom kips up and bridges again, then rolls and headscissors back. Chase fights around, Axiom holds tight, so Chase rolls Axiom and bridges out to tie the legs up. Chase armlocks, wrenches, and YANKS the arm. Axiom rolls, slips under and trips Chase to a toehold, then an ANKLE LOCK! Chase rolls but Axiom facelocks.

Chase wrenches, facelocks, but Axiom waistlocks. Axiom ties up the legs and has a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Chase pops free to cover, ONE, and Axiom sweeps to cover. ONE, dropkicks cancel out and fans fire up as the two stand off! The two reset, tie up, and Chase headlocks. Axiom powers up and out, drops, but Chase rolls, runs up and hip tosses. Axiom handsprings through, arm-drags then DROPKICKS! Fans fire up, Frazer tags in, and they speed blitz on Chase! Clothesline then BASEMENT DDT! STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Frazer whips but Chase BOOTS Frazer down!

Tag to Duke, he and Chase double whip Frazer into the corner then body shot! High-ten and DOUBLE CLUB! Frazer drops to his knees, Duke wrenches and RAMS shoulders! Cover, TWO! Duke whips but Frazer slides under to headlock! Duke powers up and out, Frazer goes up an dover to headlock again. Duke powers up and out again but Frazer redirects, redirects again, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then keeps going to DROPKICK! Duke stays standing to CLOBBER Frazer! Duke drags Frazer up, tags Chase in, and they hit a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX, but Frazer lands out! Tag to Axiom, BOOT to Chase!

Frazer helps Axiom DROPKICK Duke, then Axiom knuckle locks Duke for a CHOP! Axiom goes up and up and FLYING RANA ARM-DRAG COMBO! The fans fire up as Duke runs back in, but Axiom & Frazer dump him out! Axiom DIVES onto Chase, Frazer DIVES onto Duke! Then another DIVE for Chase! Another DIVE for Duke! The fans fire up as the fast ‘n’ furious duo stands tall and NXT goes to break!

NXT returns again and Chase fights out of a chinlock. The fans rally as Chase hits an ELBOW BRAEKER, but Axiom shoves him to ropes. Axiom ROCKS Chase, tags Frazer, then Frazer GAMANGIRIS! Chase staggers back into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Then DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Frazer shoves Chase toa  cover, TWO! Chase survives and the fans rally up! Frazer snarls as he clamps on a chinlock. Chase endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Chase reaches out but Frazer keeps him back. Frazer whips and trips Chase, then goes up the apron to springboard, into a SIDE EFFECT! Chase and Frazer are both down while the fans fire up!

Chase and Frazer crawl, hot tags to Duke and Axiom! The Chase U MVP rallies on the speedsters! Scoop and SLAM for Frazer, then a BOOT! Axiom leaps, into a kick! Duke hauls Axiom up, but Axiom slips free to SUPERKICK! Axiom runs up, into an “U~” Renage! Frazer runs up, is sent into buckles, and Duke JABS, JABS, JUABS! Flip, flop and “U~!” BIONIC ELBOW! Axioms taggers, Duke scoops, FALL AWAY GUTBUSTER SENTON COMBO!? Cover, TWO!! Duke almost had it there but Riley coaches him up. Duke drags Axiom up, reels him in, and Canadian Racks! But Axiom turns The River into a RANA!

Duke hits buckles and sputters in a daze! Frazer tags in, to SPRINGBOARD MISSILE DROPKICK! Tag back to Axiom, the speedsters RAM Duke into a corner! They put Duke up top, Duke fights free, but Axiom GAMANGIRIS! Axiom climbs back up after Duke, brings him to the very top, and fans freak out for the SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO?!? Duke survives and no one can believe it! Riley can barely breathe and he’s not even in the match! Duke huffs and puffs and powers up, “This is Awesome!” Frazer tags in, he and Axiom KICK and KICK and KICK! And SUPERKICK! And DOUBLE SUPERKICK!

Duke roars and DOUBLE LARIATS!! The fans are thunderous and Duke tags in Chase! Chase goes up top, he aims at Frazer, CROSSBODY! Cover, Frazer rolls through! TWO!! ENZIGIRI! Chase URAKENS! And then sunset flip, but Frazer sits on it! TWO and Chase has the sunset! TWO!! Frazer goes to stack but Chase rolls it back to a cover, CHASE U WINS!!!

Winners: Chase U, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the NXT Tag Team Champions)

Frazer is stunned, but somehow, someway, Chase U really is better than ever! But the GOOD BROTHERS attack?! The fans go nuts as Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows beat down Chase, Duke, Axiom & Frazer! Riley runs into the ring but he gets an UPPERCUT and a BOOT! Gallows & Anderson get Duke up, for the MAGIC KILLER!! Fans fire up with “Too Sweet! WOOP WOOP!” Are the Machine Gun & Big LG about to run NXT?

 

Ilja Dragunov speaks.

“Carmelo Hayes. Since day one, I saw right through you. The jealousy of your best friend consumed you, and you pointed the finger at me! You are the complete opposite. You are a coward, attacking Trick from behind and doing the same thing to me. Melo, you are the lowest form of life. A rodent emerging under the cover of night. But I have what you seek. So I will see you at Roadblock, under one condition. Show up next week and meet me face to face. Melo, come for this championship, because I’m coming for something more important: Your soul.” The red eyes of the Mad Dragon stare HIM down, will Melo regret adding fuel to the fire?

 

Fallon Henley sulks backstage.

“I don’t know what’s gotten into them. They’re supposed to be like brothers.” Seems seeing Briggs and Jensen fight that hard has Fallon questioning things. But then Thea sighs and Fallon looks over. Seems they’re both doing bad. Tonight, Fallon watched her two best friends beat the hell out of each other, and she can’t get her footing to save her life. A rough time. Thea says that does suck. The only positive thing in Thea’s life is that Mr. Chase & Duke have another chance at the tag titles. But then the OC goes and knocks them on their butts. Mr. Chase probably deserved it, but don’t get Thea started on that.

And then everything else… sucks. Her best friend is acting weird, Thea probably did take her advice the wrong way, and she just does that apparently. Went on a date with Riley, it didn’t go so well, it went worse, awful. She ruined everything. Valentine’s Day strikes again. If there’s anyone who knows about that, it’s Fallon. Really? If there’s one thing Fallon could do to erase February 14th, 2023 from her memory, she would. Fallon suggests taking a walk so she can tell the story. They head out, is Fallon going to be the friend Thea truly needs right now?

 

Kelani Jordan VS Lash Legend w/ Jakara Jackson!

The Gym Princess may be on Kiana James’ radar, but the Meta Four doesn’t get it. Will Kelani spell it out for them in this match? Or will Legend simply #LashOut and bring Kelani down?

NXT returns and Kelani makes her entrance. The bell rings and Lash is already talking trash. She and Kelani circle, tie up, and Lash waistlocks to SLAM Kelani down. Lash pushes Kelani around, talks more trash, but Kelani pie faces back! Kelani dodges Lash, waistlocks, but Lash wrenches free. Lash wristlocks, knuckle locks, then straight arm levers! She holds Kelani up, but Kelani sunset flips through! Lash stays up, brings Kelani back up to wheelbarrow, but Kelani victory rolls! ONE, but Kelani tilt-o-whirls to crucifix takeover, TWO! Lash gets up but Kelani headlocks! Lash powers out but Kelani ducks ‘n’ dodges, only to jump into a BOOT!

Lash storms up on Kelani, talks more trash, then SMACKS Kelani off the mat! Lash soaks up the heat, talks more trash, then has Kelani on ropes. Lash whips to RAM Kelani, then brings her up to RAM her again! Lash scoops and swings for a BACKBREAKER! Kelani writhes, Lash drags her into position for a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Lash is annoyed, the fans rally up, and Lash stalks Kelani to ropes. Lash talks more trash, CHOKES Kelani and thrashes her around! The ref counts, Lash lets off and Kelani sputters. Lash stands Kelani up, whips her to a corner then gets her on the rebound for another whip.

Kelani ELBOWS back! Kelani wrenches but Lash ROCKS her! Lash scoops for the Bow ‘n’ Arrow Rack! Lash thrashes Kelani but Kelani still endures! The fans rally as Kelani swings free, only for Lash to block the arm-drag and SLAM Kelani down! Lash runs to SPLASH onto knees! Fans fire up as Kelani saves herself! Kelani staggers back up to fire off forearms, and even CHOPS! The fans rally as Kelani keeps throwing shots! Lash shoves Kelani, Kelani dodges and RANA- NO! Lash blocks that to bring Kelani up! But Kelani flips through the bomb! Kelani BOOTS back, goes up a corner, and she leaps to FLYING RANA!

The fans fire up, Lash staggers up, into a SHOTGUN! Lash ends up in a corner, Jakara is worried, and Kelani blocks a boot, steps over, and WHEEL KICKS! Kelani kips up, hurries to a corner, but Jakara is there! Kelani DECKS Jakara first! But Lash SUPER CHOKE SLAMS Kelani!! Cover, Lash wins!

Winner: Lash Legend, by pinfall

Kelani may be one of a kind, but that’s the problem: there’s only one of her and always Meta Four! And then Kiana James & Izzi Dame storm out here! They look to pick the bones! Izzi CHOKES Kelani, haul her up, but Kelani kicks! Kiana blocks, but Kelani uses that to flip out and free! Kelani then ducks Izzi, dodges Kiana, sends them into each other, and bails out! Fans fire up as Kelani escapes at least one numbers game. Will the Gym Princess prove that nothing will break her fighting spirit?

 

Backstage interview with the Good Brothers.

Kelly Kincaid catches up with Gallows & Anderson, and speaks on this shocking appearance here on NXT. Yes, the boys are back in town, and they’ll stay here as long as they want. Gallows says he is absolutely thrilled about this. He doesn’t know if Chase U is, but Gallows was always a terrible student anyway. Anderson says the same for him, though he did enjoy the Chase U calendar. But when it comes to the NXT Tag Team Championships, they will separate the men–that’s the Good Brothers btw–from the boys. And they didn’t realize Baron Corbin came back to NXT just to become the world’s largest comedian.

But Bron Breakker, maybe the Good Brothers can be something that Big Poppa Pump and the Dog-faced Gremlin never were: a couple of heroes. But before all that, they gotta crush the dreams. And that means winning the NXT Tag Team Championships! It is the same old recipe: Magic Killer, 1-2-3, and Just Too Sweet. If you need them, they’ll be over here “brothering.” The Good Brothers have explained their reasoning, will they be unstoppable on their Road to WrestleMania?

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Lyra Valkyria VS Shotzi Blackheart!

A social media war of words and a face-to-face confrontation forced The Morrigan’s hand a little, and now we have this title match! Will Lyra hit a Roadblock a few weeks early? Or can she find a way to Stand & Deliver against the Wild Child?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly takes care of business!

The bell rings and the fans duel as the two stare down. They approach, tie up, and go around. Lyra wrenches, waistlocks, and SLAMS! Shotzi gets up to facelock back, and then hits a snap takeover! Shotzi pulls on the facelock but Lyra moves around. Lyra wrenches out, trips Shotzi and goes for the leg, but Shotzi kicks her away. The fans applaud the standoff and the two reset. They tie up, Lyra headlocks, and then hits a takeover. Shotzi fights around, Lyra cranks on the hold, but Shotzi rolls her to a cover. ONE, and Shotzi wants to headscissor. Lyra fights that off, traps an arm then floats around to roll and body scissor cradle, ONE!

Shotzi is up, Lyra runs up to wrench, and then she hooks Shotzi up in a MOUSE TRAP! TWO, and Shotzi runs up to wheelbarrow, victory roll, TWO! The two reset again and the fans continue to duel. They tie up, Lyra headlocks, and Shotzi powers her way up and out. Then she passes Lyra to run her over! Shotzi howls to the moon and the fans fire up. Shotzi runs, Lyra drops then hurdles, but Shotzi comes back to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Lyra handsprings through and howls right back! Shotzi runs up, into a hip toss! And then another hip toss! Lyra whips, Shotzi blocks the knee to CHOP! Shotzi knuckle locks, goes up and up, then FLYING ARM-DRAGS!

Lyra ends up in a corner, Shotzi runs in, but Lyra puts her on the apron. Shotzi ROCKS Lyra first, then brings her into the ropes, APRON DDT! Shotzi clutches her leg, the fall perhaps double-edged. Both women are down and the fans rally as NXT goes picture in picture.

The ref checks on Shotzi as she clutches that knee. Lyra sits up and shakes out the stars, but she may not have taken the worse of that fall. Medics now check Shotzi’s leg, and the ref checks with Lyra. Shotzi hobbles but this doesn’t look good. The fans cheer Shotzi on as she tries to tough it out but the medics are having to help her stay standing. Shotzi sits back down, clearly in pain. Lyra stays nearby, also concerned for Shotzi. The medics help Shotzi back to her feet, and unfortunately, it seems the match is coming to an end. Shotzi does her best to walk on the bad leg, and she makes it to the back.

Lyra paces inside the ring, not wanting to win this way. NXT returns to single picture as everyone waits on the news. Ava Raine walks out, and she says that due to Shotzi’s injury, she is no longer able to compete. But the fans were promised an NXT Women’s Championship match, and that is what we are going to get. Ava says this is now an Open Challenge, so whoever makes it out here first will be Lyra’s new opponent. And here comes Meta Four’s Lash Legend! She wants to win twice in one night! Will this be the night Lash truly becomes a legend?

NXT Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Lyra Valkyria VS Lash Legend!

The bell rings and Lash runs in! Lyra dodges to KICK, KICK and KICK! Lash DECKS Lyra, then drags Lyra up. Lyra pushes Lash back, staggers up, and Lash eggs her on. Lash TOSSES Lyra, then stalks her to ropes. Lash half nelsons and grinds Lyra down to a cover, TWO! Lash keeps on Lyra with a chinlock and she thrashes Lyra around. The fans rally as Lyra endures. Lyra fights up, but Lash wrangles her back down! Lash leans on Lyra, but Lyra fights up again. The fans rally, but Lash whips Lyra. Lyra RAMS into Lash, KICKS and KICKS and SOBATS, then reels Lash in. But Lash fights the suplex to throw body shots!

Lash whips Lyra to a corner, runs up but Lyra BOOTS her! Lyra goes up the corner, leaps, but Lash catches her! Lash shakes her head, then swings Lyra into the BACKBREAKER! Lyra flounders, Lash drags her to a cover, TWO!! Lyra is still in this but Lash pie faces her. Lyra SLAPS back! Lash and Lyra pie face, then Lash DECKS Lyra again! Lash drops a BIG elbow on Lyra, pushes her to a cover, TWO! Lyra is tougher than that but Lash pushes her around. The fans rally behind Lyra as she goes to a corner. Lash ROCKS Lyra, whips her into a corner hard, then whips her back in! Lyra stays up but Lash LARIATS her down! Cover, TWO!!

Lyra survives once again and Lash grows frustrated. Lash hauls Lyra up, Canadian Racks, and she bends Lyra back! Lyra endures, pries at the grip, and manages to flip out and free! Lyra RAMS into Lash while Roxie returns to the locker room. She learns about this change from Lyra VS Shotzi to Lyra VS Lash while Lyra fires clotheslines! Lyra runs and LARIATS Lash down! Roxie is furious that another person passed her up in line, and she CHUCKS the TV!! Roxie storms out again, but back to the ring, Lyra runs to RANA Lash! Lash staggers up, Lyra ENZIGIRIS, and down goes Lash! Lyra aims, runs up, but Lash blocks the heel kick!

Lash lifts Lyra to SLAM DUNK CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO?!?! Lyra survives and Lash is beside herself! Lash drags Lyra up again, whips her to a corner hard, then runs up. Lyra BOOTS Lash, then goes up the corner. The fans rally and duel, Lyra leaps for the CROSSBODY! Down goes Lash, Lyra hurries back to a cover, TWO! Lyra drags Lash up and fireman’s carries?! Lash is too big and she slips free, to BOOT Lyra down! Lash high stacks, TWO!!! Lyra survives again and Lash is losing her cool! Lash drags Lyra up to put her on the top rope. The fans rally as Lash climbs, but Lyra fires forearms!

Lyra ELBOWS Lash down, adjusts, and leaps for the DIVING SPLASH! Cover, Lyra wins!

Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)

Lash tried to capitalize on her momentum, but not even she could stop The Morrigan! That’s another feather in the cap, or rather the shoulder pads, for Lyra, but will she continue to soar to new heights on this Road to WrestleMania Weekend?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT, even with the very real misfortune in the main event. It’s been known basically since this past Friday because of how Alba Fyre stepped in to take Shotzi’s place in the Women’s Elimination Chamber qualifiers, but seeing the moment where a drop off the apron Shotzi has done quite a few times is just one drop too many and her knee gives out. Get well soon, Shotzi. But also, kudos to NXT for pivoting so well with that. Lash got a big although cheaty win off Kelani, and she was already dressed so good of them to have her go back out there.

I also like how it fed into Roxie’s story, she missed out on the Open Challenge call cuz she apparently took a shower and got dressed. Roxie and Wren had a really good match that of course Roxie won, and it sounds like Roxie will try to win another opportunity either for Roadblock or Stand & Deliver. I don’t think it’ll work out for her, which can still work for her story as she perhaps even moves on to Raw or SmackDown (probably more SmackDown) after WrestleMania weekend. At this point, something has to happen where we get Lyra VS Tatum with how much Tatum is obsessed with Lyra and always hanging around.

Great opening title match from King VS Oba, and I like Stone wanting after King and costing him. We’re definitely getting King VS Von as a battle of second generation superstars. Awesome match from Briggs VS Jensen, probably the best singles match either guy has ever had in NXT. Briggs of course was winning but in a way, he’s right, him doing this for Jensen really did help. Briggs probably moves on towards a title match, maybe even Oba and the North American title. That’d be some big meaty men slapping meat and throwing hands. Then fun promo from Meta Four and No Quarter Catch Crew, can’t wait to see who faces Dar next week.

Really good promo from Ridge, but I feel like his apology will end up interrupted by Gallus. Maybe we get some kind of No Disqualification stipulation for Ridge VS Joe Coffey for Roadblock. Honestly, Roadblock has the potential to be as big as Stand & Deliver, especially with Melo and Dragunov having promos to set up their title match for that Tuesday. At the same time, that match for Roadblock could make for a great return moment from Trick, maybe that sets up a Triple Threat for Stand & Deliver? That’d be such an awesome way to wrap up all these stories as Melo prepares to move on to SmackDown.

And really good integration of the Chase U and tag title stories. Good promo from Thea, Jacy and Jazmyn with Arianna to set up Jacy VS Arianna. I was sensing something was going to sour for Chase U and it seems to be that Jacy can’t help but wrestle like a Heel and that Jazmyn is willing to do that with her. And they’re already giving us what we need for a tag match, Jacy & Jazmyn VS Fallon & Thea with Fallon & Thea bonding over their hard times. Really good promo from Wolf Dogs, Chase U and Frazer-Axiom setting up that great tag match. Chase U winning makes sense, they can make for a solid first defense under the Wolf Dog belts, or even a solid new team if Wolf Dogs are one-and-done given Bron is “signed” to SmackDown now.

And at the same time, didn’t think Gallows & Anderson would show up here in NXT (again, apparently, even though I forgot the first time). Whether it’s Wolf Dogs or Chase U, the Good Brothers would make for a solid title feud. And then I really like the promo from The D’Angelo Family. This is clearly a sign that Tony wants THE NXT Championship and he’ll probably even expect Stacks to get a midcard title. If it’s Trick at the top after Stand & Deliver, he and Tony could have some real awesome promos and matches as two NXT homegrown talents.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.16.2024

Rich Swann…how dumb are you going to be? Do we see 0-4 in this current TNA incarnation?

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So let’s see if this will give us anything to talk about. Trent Seven will make his TNA ring debut technically, and Rich Swann is going to continue this reign of stupidity where he gets distracted from help. I can’t tolerate the level of babyface stupid Swann has looked during this. Who does this help? It ain’t Francis and it ain’t Rich. If we get an evil Rich payoff who just becomes a mega heel…maybe. But it’s painful.

Ratings:

  • Trent Seven vs Shera: Trent wins via BirmingHammer – ** 1/2
  • Rich Swann vs John Skyler w/Jason Hotch –

 

Results:

Trent Seven vs Shera

So, Shera gonna be the jobbing gatekeeper of getting momentum for bigger matches. Either that, or Maclin interferes to give Shera a dirty win, but Shera eating the pin seems more likely to me.

Simple tie up that turns into Shera laying in the Shoulder Tackle, trying to bully Trent, but he slips a Slam attempt, lights up Shera with a few chops and then a Snap DDT. Shera powders after the DDT, makes space, slides in, Trent follows, and Shera runs the ropes, ducks the Lariat and a Big Boot sends Trent’s tooth flying and drops him. Shera starts manhandling Trent, running him from corner to corner, Stalling Suplex after the corner attack and Trent has had no offense. Shera goes for a goozle, Trent tries to fight back with some punches, bounces off the ropes and eats a Spinebuster.

Shera then goes to the top turnbuckle, looking for something big and unusual from him. So of course Trent cuts him off with Chops, Headbutts and a big Superplex finally gives Trent and opening. Overhand chop from Trent, tries another Suplex, but Shera blocks and rains down some clubbing forearms. Trent tries to fire, Pop & Bang, some apron battling but Shera gets the best of things, Chokeslam on the apron, rolls Trent back in and Trent kicks out.

Going for the frustration chokes, Shera is trying anything but Trent chops a few times, Backfist, Lariat, for…a near fall. Trent keeps slapping the back of Shera, BirmingHammer for the win!

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“Around the Ring” with Gia Miller and her guest Xia Brookside. Apparently they bonded over accents and horses. So it seems like Xia just has an affinity for cowboys and stuff, so Gia was totally up her alley. They make a little country posse, its cute, but cringey…but cute. 

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Rich Swann vs John Skyler w/Jason Hotch

If Rich goes 0-4…I will be, AJ Francis shows up for commentary. Christ…Rich is gonna lose to the other Good Hand ain’t he?

Rich Swann and Skyler go back and forth but you’re always just waiting for the shoe to drop. Rich has the advantage, goes to the top for the Phoenix Splash, Hotch gets up on the apron and AJ Francis leave commentary and takes out Hotch. But for some stupid reason Swann is distracted by the assistance, then Skyler hits an Avalanche Forward Rolling Senton for the win.

I can’t even understand the level of moronic babyface Rich Swann is for this angle.

 

Overall Score: 4.5/10

This was…the definition of useless. Trent’s match was okay, but obvious because Shera is a gatekeeper to looking decent before a major match. Rich, as I’ve said many times, just looks unabashedly stupid. I’m over this, Rich needs to turn heel at No Surrender or within a week or so. All of this was cringey, stupid and a waste of time, especially Xia and Gia.

Ugh.


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