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Mitchell’s NXT Great American Bash Results & Report! (7/30/23)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – Mixed 8 Tag: The Meta-Four VS Nathan Frazer, Dragon Lee, Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz;  Frazer, Dragon, Leon & Feroz win.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships: Gallus VS Tony D’Angelo & Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo; Tony & Stacks win and become the new NXT Tag Team Champions.
  • Weapons Wild: Blair Davenport VS Roxanne Perez; Roxie wins.
  • Gable Steveson VS Baron Corbin; Double Count-Out Draw.
  • NXT North American Championship Triple Threat: Dominik Mysterio w/ Rhea Ripley VS Wes Lee VS Mustafa Ali; Dom wins and retains the title.
  • NXT Women’s Championship Submission Match: Tiffany Stratton VS Thea Hail w/ Chase U; Tiffany wins and retains the title.
  • NXT Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Ilja Dragunov; Melo wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Great American Bash Kickoff Show!

Join Megan Morant, Matt Camp & Sam Roberts as they discuss, analyze and predict all the Texas sized action here tonight!

 

Backstage interview with Rhea Ripley.

McKenzie Mitchell is with the WWE Women’s World Champion and brings up the Triple Threat for the North American Championship. What can she tell us about Dominik Mysterio’s mindset going into this? Rhea says Dom is actually cool, calm and collected. He’s sitting there, brushing his mullet to make sure he looks nice for his title match. But yeah, Triple Threats have a lot going into them. “One idiot could pin the other idiot, and we could have an idiot as champion.” But she assures us that the Judgment Day always has a plan. But for now, McKenzie can go, because Rhea is going to help Dom stretch. Will Dirty Dom be able to do Wes Lee AND Mustafa Ali dirty at the same time?

 

Roxanne Perez was at DreamCon when Blair Davenport found her!

And it of course turned into a scrap! Other superstars who were there had to pull these two apart, but it is clear tensions are higher than ever! Just how brutal will their Weapons Wild match get?

 

Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.

McKenzie is with the No More BS Corbin and says we’ve seen this change in him. Why return and pick a fight with an Olympic Gold Medalist like Gable Steveson? Corbin says it is because Gable represents everything he is against. Gable walks in and thinks he understands this world, but he doesn’t. Yes, Gable’s an NCAA Champion, and yes, he’s an Olympic Gold Medalist. Corbin can’t take those from Gable. But what he can’ take is Gable’s will to succeed, his ambition to become a WWE superstar. So many fans think this is going to be an easy debut for Gable, a successful first match. Then he’ll go on to be the next Chosen One.

But tonight, Corbin says that won’t happen. This part of Corbin’s career is about Corbin. He’ll be selfish, take what he’s owed, and not apologize. All eyes will be on Gable, and when it is done, all those eyes will be on Corbin. Because Corbin will have dominated and BURIED a second Olympic Gold Medalist. Then Gable can go on and do whatever he wants, whether that’s the Olympics or the NCAA. Corbin doesn’t care. Just as long as it isn’t here. McKenzie wishes Corbin luck but he says he has something better. Will the REAL Corbin shine through here tonight?

 

Kickoff Show – Mixed 8 Tag: The Meta-Four VS Nathan Frazer, Dragon Lee, Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz!

Lash Legend, Jakara Jackson & Oro Mensah got Noam Dar out of his funk by presenting him with “evidence” that he is the “real” Heritage Cup Champion! But the British Rocket and his friends say that’s just plain false. But before getting to Dar and Frazer settling things directly, we have this huge battle of friend groups! Will the Scottish Supernova and his squad get one up on Frazer’s faction? Or will another loss at Frazer’s hand be a Hard Hitting Home Truth?

The teams sort out and Dar starts against Frazer. They tie up, Dar wrenches, Frazer rolls, handsprings and wrenches. Dar spins, wrenches, fireman’s carries for a takeover, but Frazer kips up. Frazer wrenches, Dar slips through and arm-drags! Frazer avoids a stomp, shoves Dar to ropes, then hurdles over. Dar waistlocks to pop-up into an ARMBAR! Frazer stacks Dar, TWO! Frazer headlocks, Dar powers out but Frazer goes up and out and slides under to then dodge and QUEBRADA! Dar gets under but Frazer DROPKICKS! Fans fire up and Dar flounders around! Tag out to Lash and she says bye as one of the ladies has to come in.

So Leon goes up to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Leon runs to SLIDING KENE! Tag to Feroz and she runs to then get a boost from Leon into the LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Feroz keeps moving but Lash scoops! Lash pops Feroz up but Feroz sunset flips! But Lash goes Matrix, drags Feroz up and SLAMS her down! Fans fire up as Lash handsprings and MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Lash is annoyed but she keeps on Feroz by dribbling her off the mat. Tag to Jakara, Lash wheelbarrows Feroz up to feed her to Jakara’s NECKBREAKER DROP! Cover, TWO! Jakara is annoyed now but she keeps Feroz from her corner.

Feroz fireman’s carries for a takeover! Jakara grabs a leg, but Feroz rolls her into buckles! Tag to Leon and Feroz gets another boost, SENTON! Leon covers, TWO! Leon runs in at the corner, but Jakara sends her into buckles! Jakara fires off body shots, then swaggers and CHOPS! Jakara talks more trash, but Leon CHOPS back! Leon blocks a punch to counter punch! And CHOP again! Jakara falls and Leon fires off forearms! Tag to Oro and now one of the boys has to come in! So Wonder Boy Dragon Lee steps up! He and Oro brawl, forearm for forearm, but Dragon gets the edge! Dragon whips, Oro reverses but Dragon ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA!

Oro goes to a corner, Dragon runs in, JUMP KICK! Leg sweep, and COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up and Dragon covers, TWO! Dragon keeps on Oro and he pushes him to the center. Fans rally behind Dragon but Lash distracts him! Oro runs in, Dragon dodges once but not the BLINDSIDER! Oro whips Dragon to the corner, runs in to SMASH, then tag to Dar. Dar brings Dragon around to rain down elbows from above! The ref counts but Dar flexes. Fans boo but Dar mocks the Latinas. They shout at him, he runs away, and now all of Meta Four mugs Dragon while the ref is busy with Leon y Feroz! Dar lets off, covers, TWO!

Dar tags Oro, Oro CHOPS Dragon then snapmares to KICK Dragon down! Oro wraps on a chinlock, fans rally up, and Dragon fights to his feet. Dragon throws body shots, but Oro pulls the mask! The ref reprimands, but Dragon ROCKS Oro! And again, and again! Oro throws hands, but Dragon blocks the kick, flips Oro and SUPERKICKS him down! Fans rally up for “NXT! NXT!” as both men crawl for their corners. Jakara just drags Oro the rest of the way, hot tags to Dar and Frazer! And Frazer rallies on Dar! Fans fire up with Frazer as he fires off fists! Frazer whips, Dar reverses but Frazer goes up, delays, leaps, then ducks ‘n’ dodges to DROPKICK!

Dar tumbles out, Frazer builds speed, but Lash stands in the way! Fans boo Lash as she says nope! But then Feroz is up top, she FLYING RANAS Lash away! Fans fire up with Feroz, she and Leon dump Jakara out! Feroz runs, Leon gives her another boost, TOPE to take out Lash! Frazer helps Leon go Escalara CROSSBODY onto Dar! Oro dodges Frazer, ROCKS him, but Dragon FLYING RANAS Oro off the apron!! Fans are thunderous, and Frazer DIVES to take out Dar himself! But Lash BOOTS Frazer! And she CLOBBERS Leon y Feroz! Lash puts Frazer and Dar in so Dar can SPIN ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Dar can’t believe it!

Dar goes to a corner, he takes aim, runs in, into a SUPERKICK! Frazer runs, springboards, QUEBRADA to REVERSE DDT! Frazer hurries up top but Jakara shields Dar! Frazer sees it and has to bail out of his Phoenix Splash! And then Oro drags Frazer out! Dar tags Lash, Leon rushes in to rally on her and Jakara! But Lash catches Leon, back suplex! Leon lands out, runs in to A-LIST LARIAT Lash down! Leon climbs, fans fire up, and Leon MISSILE DROPKICKS! Feroz tags in, she runs up, SATELLITE DDT! Cover, Dar breaks it!! The ref reprimands and fans boo but Feroz is furious!

Dar roars, but Feroz fires off fists! Fans are loving it, but then Lash goes after Feroz! She tags Dragon before she SHOTGUNS Lash! Dragon gets Dar for a DRAGON SCREW! Dar staggers, Dragon SUPERKICKS! Dragon facelocks, Dar wrenches out but Dragon BOOTS! Dragon runs, into a SUPERMAN FOREARM! Dar knees low, tags Oro, and Oro springboards to RIDER KICK! WHEEL KICK for Frazer! Hook and lift, ALLEY-OOP BOMB for Dragon! Cover, TWO!!! Dragon survives and Oro is shocked! Oro clinches, Dragon fights him off! Oro shoves Dragon to a corner, Dragon pops him up to SUPERKICK him down!

Dar returns, Dragon catches him and uses Oro to TORNADO DDT! Dragon tags Frazer and Frazer springboards in! Oro gets under, Dar ELBOWS! Oro rolls Frazer up! TWO!!! Frazer kicks, Oro blocks but the DRAGON WHIP comes around! SUPERKICK for Dar! Oro mule kicks, runs, but Frazer catches him! INVERTED SPANISH FLY! Maybe call that a Jersey Fly for Frazer’s home of Jersey Islands! Then Frazer tags Dragon so he can DIVE onto Dar! Dragon sees Oro stagger up, runs in, DESTINO!!! Cover, Dragon’s team wins!

Winners: Nathan Frazer, Dragon Lee, Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz, by pinfall

Meta Four just met four that are betta! Will this be how things work out when Frazer and Dar fight to clear up this Heritage Cup controversy?

 

A tradition continues.

Dusty Rhodes invented the Great American Bash, “and it’s hot, hot, hot in public, if you will.” Cody Rhodes says, “The Great American Bash is the realization of a dream. From the creation of this very event, to the foundation of NXT, the influence of Dusty Rhodes is palpable. In a city where the American Dream was born, NXT has returned to the Lone Star State. And it’s time for this generation of NXT Superstars to show the world that their desire, their will, and their ambition is Texas sized. Championships are on the line. History is within reach. Careers will be defined. And destiny is on the doorstep. My advice: hold onto it and shoot for the stars.

“Welcome to NXT’s midsummer classic. Welcome to the Great American Bash!”

 

NXT Tag Team Championships: Gallus VS Tony D’Angelo & Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo!

Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers thought they had the rats cornered, but they were the ones who fell for a trap! Now Wolfie & Markus must defend these titles against the D’Angelo Family’s Don and Underboss! Will Tony & Stacks be living it up like the ol’ Rat Pack? Or will Gallus Boys still be on top?

Joe Coffey says the Gallus boys are expects in revenge. They will leave their mark, it is ALWAYS #GBOT. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who has the last laugh.

The teams sort out and Wolfgang RAMS Stacks into Tony! Wolfgang fires off fast hands, then TOSSES Stacks across the way! Wolfgang fires off, tags Mark, and they mug Stacks! Mark ROCKS Stacks, whips him to ropes, and CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Mark stomps Stacks, SLAPS him, and then whips him again. Stacks ducks ‘n ‘dodges to ELBOW! And DROPKICK! Stacks bumps Mark off buckles, tags Tony, and the fans fire up as the Family mugs Mark! Tony wrenches to short arm LARIAT! Tony talks trash on Wolfie, throws hands on Mark, but Wolfie runs in! Tony DECKS Wolfie to then stomp away on Mark!

Fans rally for Tony and he kicks Mark around. Tag to Stacks, they mug Mark some more! The ref counts, Stacks lets off to run in, Tony HIP TOSS SENTONS Stacks into Mark! Cover, TWO! Stacks throws knees into Mark, but Mark whips Stacks away. Joe trips Stacks up! The ref has Stacks stay back, but Mark throws Stacks down! But Stacks has a headlock out of it! Tony and Joe get at each other, but Wolfie CLOBBERS Tony! That distracts Stacks but Stacks still stands out of the back suplex! Stacks headlocks, Mark tags Wolfie as he powers out, and Wolfie HOTSHOT FLAPJACKS Stacks down!

Joe says that is what “the rat” gets! Wolfgang UPPERCUTS Stacks, stomps away in the corner, but fans rally up for Stacks. Wolfgang CHOKES Stacks, tags Markus, and they mug Stacks. Mark and Stacks throw hands, and Mark CLUBS Stacks down! Mark kicks Stacks, ROCKS him again, then storms up. Stacks fires off hands, but Mark drop toeholds Stacks into ropes! Mark argues with the ref, Joe gets a sucker punch! Wolfgang tags in to cover, TWO! Fans boo but Wolfgang throws down hands on Stacks! Wolfgang then clamps on a cobra clutch and he cranks Stacks around! Fans rally up as Stacks endures, but Mark tags in.

Wolfgang ripcords to RMA Stacks, then Mark FLYING SHOULDERS! Cover, TWO! Stacks hangs tough but Mark stays on him with a facelock. Mark grinds Stacks down, fans rally again, and Stacks fights up! Stacks powers his way forward, Tony reaches out, but Mark KNEES Low! Mark DECKS Stacks into the Gallus corner, and Mark talks some trash. Mark SLAPS Stacks, tags Wolfgang, and Wolfgang cobra clutches Stacks. Tag back to Mark, ripcord, but Stacks DECKS Wolfgang and dodges Mark! Fans fire up as Stacks dodges Mark again, hops over Wolfie, hot tag to Tony! Fans fire up as The Don rallies on the Gallus boys!

Tony clotheslines Wolfgang outta the ring! Then he dodges Mark, to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then another! Fans fire up with Tony more, and he drags Mark up to whip. Tony SPINEBUSTERS and covers, TWO, and then Tony moves! Wolfgang’s SENTON hits Mark! Stacks & Tony get a man each, for some hockey scrum shots! Fans fire up and count, all the way to TEN! Tony then hoists Mark up, Stacks dumps Wolfgang, and Stacks tags in! Stacks goes to the other corner as Tony climbs! SUPERPLEX for the BADA BING! Stacks DIVING HEADBUTTS for the BADA BOOM! Cover, WOLFGANG BREAKS IT!

Fans boo but Tony runs back in! Tony dodges Wolfgang, but DOUBLE LARIATS take them both out! Fans fire up and Wolfgang crawls for his corner. Joe coaches Wolfgang on, Mark and Stacks stir. Wolfgang tags in as Stacks runs in, and then Wolfgang takes the hit for Mark! Stacks drags Mark up, still thinking he’s the legal one! Mark BOOTS Tony and elbows Stacks! Wolfgang RAMPAGE SPEARS Stacks! Then Wolfgang gives Mark a boost to FLY and take out Tony! MOONSAULT from Wolfgang to Stacks, TWO!! That shocks Gallus! But Gallus then calls in Joe, and he has a Billy club! He gest that to Wolfie but the ref stops him!

Mark runs in to SUCKER PUNCH Stacks! Wolfgang gets Stacks up, RUNNING KNEE TKO COMBO!! Cover, TONY BREAKS IT!! Fans fire up as The Family stays in this! Joe is furious as Tony dumps Wolfie out! And then Mark runs in, but into a BOOT from Tony! Tony gets Mark up, to POWERBOMB at Wolfgang, into the steel steps! Fans fire up again and Tony goes to his favorite corner. The ref is watching Mark & Wolfgang as Joe gets in, but Tony CRACKS him with the crowbar!! Turnabout is fair play, Iron King! Tony & Stacks fire up and so does Houston! Stacks gets a boost and he FLIES to take out the Gallus Boys!

Stacks puts Wolfgang in, tags Tony, and they get Wolfgang up, FOGEDABOUTIT!! Cover, THE FAMILY WINS!!

Winners: Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo, by pinfall (NEW NXT Tag Team Champions)

Finally, the crowning achievement for The Don & Underboss! Crime doesn’t pay, but justice was served! Will this be the beginning of big things in NXT’s Tag Division?

 

Weapons Wild: Blair Davenport VS Roxanne Perez!

The enemies of Blair beware, is what the Top Gaijin has been saying. But uh, maybe Blair should’ve been more careful about who she bullied, because now The Prodigy wants to unleash everything she’s kept inside! Will Roxie pop off and prove she’s a prodigy of pain and punishment? Or will Blair declare herself the true heir to the top spot in the NXT Women’s Division?

But wait, Blair attacks from the crowd! Just like she’s been doing to superstars all summer! The bell rings and this is on record as the two brawl outside! Roxie ROCKS Blair, Blair ROCKS Roxie, repeat! They keep going, Roxie knees low but Blair SMACKS Roxie off the apron! Blair runs in but Roxie dodges the boot! Roxie ROCKS and UPPERCUTS Blair, UPPERCUTS again, then whips, but Blair reverses! Roxie stops herself, ELBOWS Blair away, and then goes up the barriers to CROSSBODY! Roxie rains down fists and fans fire up! Blair hits Roxie low, puts her in the ring, and she grabs a chair!

Blair gets on the apron while fans boo, but Roxie DECKS Blair! And Roxie DIVES to take Blair down again! Roxie puts Blair in the ring, then clotheslines her up and out the other end! Fans fire up more for the hometown hero, and she builds speed to DIVE into a trash can! Blair counters hard, and then tosses the can into the ring. Blair gets another chair to SMACK Roxie on the back! That chair goes into the ring, and Blair SMACKS Roxie with another! Blair shouts at Booker about what she’s doing to his little student! Then Blair SMACKS Roxie off the steel steps! Blair spits at the “Rok-C” signs, then gets the CATTLE BRANDER?!

Blair JAMS Roxie with the brander, puts that and a bunch of other stuff in the ring, then she SLAM DUNKS a chair on Roxie! Blair puts more chairs in, and she tells fans to shut up about tables. Blair mocks Roxie’s mom, then SMACKS Roxie again! All the chairs are in the ring and Blair puts Roxie in. Blair organizes a chair pile, then puts the can over Roxie! Blair then grabs the brander, to SMACK the can! Roxie flounders around, Blair SMACKS the can again! And again! And again! And again! Roxie’s mom and younger sister are worried as Blair wedges a chair into a corner. Fans boo as Blair JAMS Roxie with another chair!

Blair goes out and she grabs the other trash can. She dumps everything out of it, then tosses that can in! The ref has to watch out, he was almost a casualty of this match! Blair wedges another chair in another corner but the fans rally for Roxie. Blair CHOKES Roxie on ropes, then takes a third chair to put in a third corner. Blair drags Roxie up, and she RAMS Roxie into the first chair! Blair then whips but Roxie reverses! Blair avoids the second chair, pops it free, but then Roxie JAMS Blair with a chair! And SHOTGUNS the chair into Blair’s face!! Fans fire up as Blair bails out and Roxie kips up! Roxie roars and the fans are with her!

Roxie goes out, but Blair LASHES Roxie with her studded belt! And again! And then Blair CHOKES Roxie in front of the Perez family! Mom and sister shout for Blair to stop, and Blair throws Roxie down. But then Blair uses the belt to cuff Roxie and drag her up! To SWING her into barriers! Fans boo but Blair undoes the strap so she can taunt mom and sister with it. Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” Blair looks around and sees Roxie’s under the ring. Blair drags her out by a leg, and Roxie SMACKS her with a COW BELL! Roxie has a bull rope with a bell on it, and she CLOBBERS Blair with it! Dusty would be proud, baby!

Roxie fires off on Blair with Blair’s own studded belt!! Fans fire up as Roxie just lashes Blair all over! Roxie then cuffs Blair with her belt, drags her up, and swings her into barriers! And again! Then Roxie goes looking, and she brings out a TABLE! Houston loves Roxie even more now! Roxie says she’s gonna go loca! Roxie sets the table up as fans cheer her on, and Roxie makes sure it is close to ringside. Roxie goes back for Blair but Blair LASHES Roxie! Blair then hoists Roxie up but Roxie RAMS her into the apron! And again! And again! Roxie puts Blair in the ring, goes up a corner, but Blair trips her up! Roxie falls into the ring!

Blair gathers chairs again, then drags Roxie over. Roxie fights the waistlock and sends Blair into one of those corner chairs! Blair staggers, Roxie brings her around and hops on! POP- NO, Blair SWINGS Roxie off for an almost Alabama Slam! Blair positions a trash can, drags Roxie up, FALCON ARROW on the can! Cover, TWO!! Roxie survives and Blair is shocked! Roxie writhes but she isn’t giving up yet! Blair drags Roxie up, brings her back to the chair pile, but Roxie slips free of the suplex! Roxie drop toeholds Blair into ropes, hops on, but Blair pops her off! Blair then goes up and up, but Roxie avoids the knee!

Roxie fires off, wrenches, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Blair flops to the apron, but Roxie goes out after her! Fans rally as the two stand and fire forearms! Roxie brings Blair around, hooks her, but Blair fights the sweep! Blair ELBOWS Roxie, BOOTS her down, and Roxie hits steps on the way to the floor! But then Roxie trips Blair! And runs in, KNEE AGAINST STEEL STEPS! Blair is dazed, Roxie drags her up and onto the table! Fans fire up again as Roxie climbs! Roxie is ready to go muy loca! SUPER SPLASH through the table!!! Fans fire up and Roxie grins as she gets up! Roxie puts Blair in, aims, runs in, SOBAT!

Roxie hops on, POP ROX ONTO CHAIRS!! Cover, ROXIE WINS!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by pinfall

Mom and sister are proud and relieved, Roxie proves she can go extreme like the best of ’em! But will Roxie get herself another shot at the NXT Women’s Championship?

 

Gable Steveson VS Baron Corbin!

NCAA Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist, future NXT icon? Not if this new Corbin has anything to say about it. Corbin says #BurnTheShips, but will he burn down Gable’s pro-wrestling career before it begins? Or will Corbin’s ship be sunk?

The bell rings and the two circle. Gable shoots in and he trips Corbin! Corbin gets away and Gable smiles at how easy that takedown was. Fans are actually dueling over “Let’s Go, Corbin!” “CORBIN SUCKS!” Maybe there are fans that agree with Corbin’s opinion? Gable still gets a waistlock, but Corbin elbows him away. Corbin storms up, but Gable ROCKS Corbin with a forearm! Corbin complains, but then he sucker punches Gable! Corbin fires off hands, stomps Gable, then he whips corner to corner. Gable goes up and over! And then fires off more shots! Corbin shoves Gable away and bails out! Gable eggs Corbin on and fans duel.

Corbin paces to cool off, then runs in. Gable dodges, hurdles, and trips Corbin to have the leg! ANKLE LOCK! Corbin referenced his win on Kurt Angle, so here’s some Angle for him! Corbin scrambles to the ROPEBREAK, and Gable lets off quickly. Gable goes out to waistlock, and GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans are torn as Gable stalks Corbin. Gable CLUBS Corbin, waistlocks again, but Corbin fights the suplex! Corbin POSTS Gable, the ring count is 5 of 10, but Corbin POSTS him again! Fans chant “You’re Not Angle!” Corbin puts Gable in, drags him up, and POSTS him again! Fans are torn but Corbin rains down forearms from above!

The ref counts, Corbin lets off, and he goes out to then SWING Gable into the post again! Fans are torn but Corbin doesn’t bother acknowledging either the boos or the cheers. Corbin steps in, ROCKS Gable, and then CLUBS him! Corbin CHOKES Gable on the ropes, the ref counts, and Corbin lets off at 4. Corbin drags Gable up, throws hands but Gable throws counter punches! Gable backs Corbin down, Corbin shoves and fireman’s carries! Fans fire up as Corbin hits a DEATH VALLEY BOMB! Cover, TWO! Corbin is annoyed that his Attitude Adjustment didn’t do it, but he storms after Gable to stand him up.

Corbin throws Gable into ropes! Then LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Corbin argues with the ref, that is something he still doe sin this new form. Fans fire up for Corbin though as he looms over Gable. Corbin drags Gable up, but Gable clinches and throws Corbin into ropes as payback! Corbin staggers around, but he still stomps Gable down! Corbin stomps a mudhole in but the ref counts. Corbin lets off to pie face Gable! And again! Gable is getting mad now and fans continue to duel. Gable throws body shots and he backs Corbin down again! Gable fires forearms and haymakers, then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! And again! And again!

Corbin staggers up, fans are torn as Gable clotheslines Corbin up and out of the ring! Gable pursues, puts Corbin back in, and then waits on Corbin. Corbin stands, Gable clotheslines him out that side now! Fans are still torn, but Corbin knees Gable low! And RAMS him into buckles! The ref has the ring count climbing as Corbin fires off forearms on Gable! But Gable TOSSES Corbin over the announce desk! Fans boo, the ring count is 7! Corbin FLYING CLOHTESLINES to wipe Gable out! And he fires off more shots, but the count hits TEN!

Double Count-Out Draw

Gable TACKLES Corbin over the desk!! Fans boo, mostly for the draw now, but refs rush in to stop the brawling! Fans call BS, and Gable gets int he ring. Gable brings the straps down, and Corbin rushes in! Gable TACKLES Corbin, throws hands, and refs call in reinforcements! Gable and Corbin brawl, security rushes in, but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Gable DECKS guards and THROWS one! It’s like NXT Underground again! And then he SPLASHES Corbin! But Corbin throws Gable down! They keep brawling, more security rushes out but Corbin still POSTS Gable! And then he fires off on the guards!

Corbin runs in at Gable, but Gable THROWS Corbin through barriers! Fans lose their minds, and Gable stands up in the ring. Fans are still torn on Gable, but will this be just the start of his (in)famous NXT run?

 

Backstage interview with Lyra Valkyria.

McKenzie is with The Morrigan after her great showing against Rhea Ripley. How is she feeling after it? Honestly, she’s thirsty for more. That match lit a fire in her, and now Lyra knows she can go toe to toe with the very best. So Lyra is very curious about tonight’s NXT Women’s Championship match. But then JACY JAYNE attacks!! Jacy doesn’t want Lyra running her mouth, but now she gets Lyra’s fists and knees! Jacy RAMS Lyra into a garage door! Lyra dodges the boot, refs rush in, and it’s another pull-apart brawl! Rhea & Dom walk by, and Rhea says this is what she was waiting to see. But will Rhea see something upsetting in the upcoming Triple Threat?

NXT North American Championship Triple Threat: Dominik Mysterio w/ Rhea Ripley VS Wes Lee VS Mustafa Ali!

Dirty Dom had literally all of Judgment Day help him win this belt, and he had Mami help him keep the belt this whole week through SmackDown and Raw. But with the odds not in his favor, will numbers spell disaster for the Prodigal Son at the Great American Bash? Or will Judgment Day continue to rule over all of the WWE?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see which star tonight shines big and bright *clap clap clap* here in the heart of Texas!

The bell rings and fans cheer for “MAMI! MAMI!” more than they do Dom. Wes and Ali argue, and Dom says they can handle this. But then they both look at him. Dom runs out of the ring and fans boo. Rhea wants to get the belt already? But then Ali goes out to back Dom down. Rhea steps in between him and Dom, but even she forgets Wes is here! Wes storms up from the other side, and Rhea can’t protect Dom from everything! Dom runs into the ring, but Wes & Ali get him! They drag Dom in to stomp him down! Fans fire up as Dom gets what he should’ve gotten all along! Ali fires hands, but Wes pushes him aside. Wes says this is his corner!

Wes fires off but Ali pushes Wes away. Ali fires off, but then Wes gets in Ali’s face. Wes and Ali shove each other, then Wes runs in, only for Ali to dodge, and the CHOP hits Dom! Ali runs back in, Wes dodges, so the CHOP hits Dom again! Wes and Ali shove each other more, Dom leans on them, so they DOUBLE CHOP! Dom sputters and falls out of the ring! Rhea is worried, Wes RANAS Ali! Ali goes to a corner, he goes up and over, then rolls to arm-drag Wes! Wes arm-drags back! Ali ducks ‘n’ dodges and counters the arm-drag, but Wes blocks the hip toss! Wes swings on Ali, Ali ducks and sunset flips around! TWO!

Wes runs to sunset flip, TWO! Ali kicks but Wes ducks and stands up! Ali avoids the screw high kick to CHOP! Wes is stinging, but Wes CHOPS back! Ali ROCKS Wes, Wes ROCKS Ali! They go back and forth and fans rally up! Ali knees low, whips Wes to a corner and bumps him off buckles! Ali whips corner to corner, Wes reverses and runs in, but Ali puts on him on the apron! Ali ELBOWS Wes, goes out the other side, and he brings Wes up. But Wes UPPERCUTS! Wes climbs up, he and Ali braw, and then Dom BLASTS them both off the corner! Fans boo as Wes & Ali are down, and Dom soaks up the heat with a double gun show!

Mami cheers Dommy, and Dom puts Ali in. Dom hits a SLINGSHOT SENTON! Cover, TWO! Dom drags Ali up, suplexes, and that’s Uno Amigo! Fans boo as Dom gets up to hit Dos Amigos! And then again, but Wes joins in! Dom shoves Ali at Wes, Wes throws Ali aside, and Dom kicks Wes low! Dom hits Wes with Uno Amigo! And then Dos Amigos! And then Dom kicks Ali! But that’s one too many amigos, and they DOUBLE SUPLEX Dom! For UNO AMIGO!? DOUBLE DOS AMIGOS! And then… DOUBLE THREE AMIGOS! Fans fire up and Rhea freaks out! Ali covers, Wes breaks it! Wes covers, Ali breaks it!

Fans rally for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” Ali stomps Dom, runs up on Wes but Wes dodges to SUPERKICK Dom! ELBOW for Ali! BOOT for Dom! Rolling RANA sends Ali into Dom! SUPERKICK DDT COMBO! Dom staggers up into fast hands from Wes! Wes cravats but Dom shoves him away. Wes gets around, kicks legs and then chest, to then RUNNING METEORA! Cover, Ali BOOTS Wes from the apron! Ali whips Dom over and out, then he goes back for Wes. Ali runs in, and he CLOBBERS Wes! And again! Ali bumps Wes off buckles, then CHOPS! Ali whips, Wes reverses but Ali SHOTGUNS Dom from the apron!

Ali BOOTS Wes, goes up, TORNADO DDT!! Cover, Dom runs in but Ali moves, elbow drop lands on Wes! Ali fires off on Dom now, whips him to a corner, but Dom reverses. Dom runs in but Ali slips out to ROUNDHOUSE! Ali slingshots in, to somersault and NECKBREAKER! Wes runs up but Ali trips him! Ali shows off his creativity as he turns Wes over onto Dom! BOSTON CRAB CAMEL CLUTCH CHIMERA!! Fans fire up as Wes and Dom both endure! Rhea freaks out, but then Dom BITES Ali’s hands!! The ref reprimands but that’s all he can do, and Dom DROPKICKS Ali!

Dom drop toeholds Wes onto ropes! Dom mocks Rey, dials it up, but Ali SUPERKICKS him! Dom ends upon ropes, Ali SUPERKICKS Wes back onto ropes! Dom and Wes dangle over the apron, and Ali goes to the corner! Fans are thunderous as Ali climbs! Ali peels off the crossbar cover so he can have better footing. APRON 450 SPLASH gets no one as Dom and Wes both get back in! Ali crashes and burns and fans rally up! Wes and Dom drag themselves up the ropes, they see Ali is down and out, this might just be 1v1 now. Dom rolls Wes up! TWO!! Wes is still down but he KANGAROO KICKS Dom outta the ring!

Fans fire up as Wes takes aim! And he DIVES out onto Dom! Wes glares at Rhea, she rushes in, and Wes dodges! Rhea warns Wes not to try that again. Wes thinks about it, though… Fans fire up, Wes builds speed, but Rhea gets on the apron! Rhea tells him to stop right there! Wes says okay, okay, he’ll wait for Dom to get up. But then Wes FLIES over Rhea and takes out Dom!! And even lands on his feet!! Fans are thunderous and Wes waves hi to Mami. Rhea runs in, Wes dodges her again, and he puts Dom in! But Rhea drags Wes down, and pump handles! RIPTIDE through the desk!! Fans lose their minds!

Rhea feeds Wes to Dom! Dom crawls to a cover, TWO!??! Wes survives and Rhea is losing HER mind! Rhea wants the NAC belt again, she snatches it, but the ref snatches it back! “This is Awesome!” as the ref lays down the law! The ref has the timekeeper keep the belt, but Rhea lets Dom use HER belt to CLOBBER Wes!!! Cover, TWO!??!?! Wes survives again and everyone is shocked!! Rhea tells Dom to go up, and Dom does as he’s told. Dom climbs, but Ali SHOTGUNS Dom down! Dom is stuck in a Tree of Woe! Ali has his choice of targets as he climbs back up! Ali decides to 450 SPLASH Wes!! Cover, RHEA DRAGS ALI AWAY!

Dom sits up, he’s back in position, FROG SPLASH!!! Cover, DOM WINS!!

Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

This should really say Dom AND Rhea won, because she did all the heavy lifting! Ali rushes back in but Dom & Rhea run away. Will anyone ever get through Mami to finally give Dom what he deserves?

 

Backstage interview with Trick Williams.

McKenzie brings up how Dragunov said he respects the friendship of Trick Melo Gang, but is still going to take the NXT Championship. Trick calls cap on that. “Dragunov, you may respect our friendship, but you will never understand it. I mean, Trick & Melo go way back. Like Vince Young putting a whoopin’ on USC and winning the National Championship. Trick & Melo go way back, like Kevin Durant coming in and flippin’ that Longhorn program and turning it upside-down. Trick & Melo came into NXT and flipped the program upside-down! But as for tonight, Melo’s gonna show the world, Melo’s gonna show the Mad Dragon why… He is Him. We good on that, Kenzie?” Yep.

Trick tips his cowboy hat to her, and takes his leave. But will he and Melo be leaving Texas still golden?

 

NXT Women’s Championship Submission Match: Tiffany Stratton VS Thea Hail w/ Chase U!

The self-proclaimed Center of the Universe claims she doesn’t just have the It Factor, she IS “It.” But it is also clear to the rest of us that SHE TAPPED OUT at Gold Rush! Will Daddy’s Little Rich Girl find a way to survive a match where pins aren’t an option? Or will we all be shouting #HAILYEAH when history is made?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if this underdog sports story finally has its happy ending!

The bell rings and the fans already remind Tiffany “YOU TAPPED OUT!” The two circle, tie up, and Thea goes for an arm! Tiff rolls away, rolls Thea up but uh, remember, no pins! So Tiff goes for a leglock! Thea kicks Tiff away and the two reset. The two tie up, Thea cravats for a neck wrench! Fans fire up, Tiff rolls but Thea holds on! Thea cranks the neck more but Tiff RAMS Thea into buckles! And again! And then snapmares free to run Thea over! Tiff runs, Thea drops, hurdles, but Tiff catches her! Tiff hooks legs and pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Tiff gets the arms! Up, up and away into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Who knew Tiff knew that?

But Thea powers out, rolls and turns Tiff over, and goes for an arm! Tiff fights the Fujiwara and reaches out! Thea pushes against the arm but Tiff rolls her away. Tiff kicks low, snapmares, and she runs, but Thea avoids the double stomp! Thea sunset flips but Tiff rolls through to get legs! Thea fights the turn, throws Tiff but Tiff cartwheels! Things speed up, Thea OVERHEAD ARM-DRAGS! And regular arm-drags! And dropkick! Fans fire up as Tiff bails out, and Thea DIVES, but Tiff FLAPJACKS it! Tiff picks Thea up to POST her! Fans boo but Wrestling Barbie soaks it up. Tiff RAMS Thea into the apron!

Tiff puts Thea in at the corner, and bends her back against the post! Fans boo, the ref reprimands but Tiff shoves Thea in. Tiff stalks Thea as fans mockingly chant “Let’s Go, Barbie!” Tiff CLUBS Thea, and snap suplexes her! Tiff drags Thea around, digs her knees in, and ties up the legs to bring Thea into a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Again, who knew she knew this? Thea endures, pries at the hold, and fans rally up! Thea pops free to fall on Tiff, then she gets up to ROCK Tiff with forearms! Fans rally, they both run, and Tiff scoops to BACKBREAKER! Then she puts Thea in the ropes! Fans boo as Tiff swaggers to the far side.

Tiff runs in, handsprings, and back elbows Thea down! Duke coaches Thea but Tiff kicks her around. Tiff drags Thea up and reels her in, gut wrench and Canadian Rack, for a Canadian Torture Rack! Thea endures, fans rally, and The kicks around! ROPEBREAK! But then Thea kicks up and over to back drop Tiff! Rough landing for the champ, and Thea clinches! But the back gives up! Tiff whips, Thea tilt-o-whirls to arm-drag! Thea CLOBBERS Tiff! And again! Thea runs in to back body block at the corner, and she clinches for an EXPLODER! Fans fire up, Thea ROLLING THUNDERS! Thea springboards, but into body scissors!

Tiff squeezes Thea tight! Fans rally, Thea is fading, but Tiff thrashes her around! Fans rally for “CHASE U! WOOP WOOP!” and Thea hangs in there! Tiff squeezes tighter, but Thea reaches out! Thea moves around, she has Tiff as a backpack now, but she stands up! So Tiff CLUBS her on the back! Tiff lifts Thea, but Thea kicks buckles to hit a BULLDOG! And then she ENZIGURIS! Tiff bails out but Thea DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up and Thea is feeling it! She CLOBBERS Tiff again! Tiff ducks the next forearm to fireman’s carry! But Thea slips off to POST Tiff! Thea pushes Tiff in and hurries around the way!

Thea climbs up a corner, Tiff stands, and Thea CROSSBODIES! But Tiff rolls through it! Tiff lifts Thea, but Thea has the arm! KIMURA!! Tiff endures, and turns around, to CORNER EXPLODER Thea! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” as both women are down. Tiff rises, she drags Thea back up, and fireman’s carries! ROLLING SENTON! PRETTIEST MOONSAULT- NO, Thea anchors her! Tiff CLUBS Thea, Thea staggers away, but she comes right back! Thea goes up after Tiff, they fight for control way up top, and Thea throws hands! Thea gets Tiff up, SUPER EXPLODER!!! And then a roll into a TRIANGLE KIMURA COMBO!!!

Tiff endures, fights around, fans fire up as Tiff catches! Tiff claws at the mat and grabs the ROPEBREAK!! Thea lets go, Tiff goes out, and Thea LEAPS onto Tiff! HOVERBOARD KIMURA!! But Tiff RAMS Thea into barriers! And then into steel steps! Tiff drags Thea up, puts her in, and stalks Thea. Fans rally and duel about if Tiff tapped! “NO, SHE DIDN’T!” “YES SHE DID!” Tiff goes up, and up, PRETTIEST MOONSAULT EVER onto Thea’s back! Tiff then gets the legs, flips Thea over, BOSTON CRAB!! Tiff uses the classic hold but Thea endures! Chase coaches her, she moves around, but Tiff sits deep!

Fans rally, Thea fights forward, reaches out, but Tiff drags her away! Tiff sits deeper! Thea still endures, still fights her way forward, but Chase & Duke tell her she can keep going! Tiff drags Thea way, loses the Crab, and has to reset! Thea fights, but the BOSTON CRAB is back!! Thea endures, Tiff drags her so far away, and sits so deep on the hold! Chase & Duke keep cheering her on, Tiff has to adjust her grip again! Thea gives it one last effort, but Tiff digs a knee into Thea’s back!! HALF CRAB!! But Chase throws in the towel?!?

Winner: Tiffany Stratton, by forfeit (still NXT Women’s Champion)

Duke is stunned, but Chase did it to spare Thea from suffering career ending damage. Tiffany gets to still be the Center of the Universe, but what will Thea’s future be now that she’s gone 0-2?

 

Frazer and friends celebrate backstage.

They had a great time in that Mixed 8 and a great win, too. They all say gracias to each other before parting ways, and Dragon comes across Dom & Rhea. Rhea says, “Dom, look! It’s a wannabe Rey Mysterio.” Dragon says it’d be his honor to be anything like the living legend, Rey Mysterio. Pero (but)… He has his OWN story to tell. And they know who he is. Well like Dom said last week, HE makes the Mysterio name relevant. And his dad is just some deadbeat hypocrite who only likes to help others that are like him, not an original like Dom. Dom & Mami head out, but Dragon says Dom’s nothing like his papa. Will Dragon prove to everyone what a real legacy luchador looks like?

 

NXT’s next Premium Live Event is already decided!

Saturday, September 30th, live from Bakersfield, California, it will be… NO MERCY! Tickets available this Friday, August 4th, so get ready to see NXT strike gold in the Golden State!

 

The Schism argues with each other.

Rip Fowler wants to know who those two were that interfered in the Six Man Tag! Jagger Reed said no one else was to get involved! Ava Raine says those two went rogue! Then who is in control here? There must be a wolf in sheep’s clothing! Ava says no, it’s just two followers who made a mistake. Oh, c’mon, Ava, you know it was them. It can’t be themthey were banished! Gacy says they can’t let one loss ruin their harmony. But if Gacy wasn’t shoved into Melo by someone, this whole thing wouldn’t have happened. Is Gacy suggesting it was one of The Dyad? Well someone is starting something!

Jagger insists it is “them!” Ava has had it, she is not letting this divide them. They will put an end to this because there will be an interrogation. Gacy likes that. They line up each masked member, and they make them take off the masks until they find out who these two sheep are. Will these four like what they find when they pull back the masks?

 

NXT Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Ilja Dragunov!

There’s quite a collection of names “in the rafters” in the HIM Era already, and the champ doesn’t look to stop now. But while there is respect here between the two, that only means they’re going to hit each other harder and give it everything they have! Will Dragunov prove he is UNBESIEGBAR? Or will Melo prove that when he shoots, he don’t miss?

As part of Melo’s intro, he has Dusty’s catchphrase as individual banners. “Get a dream, hold onto it, and shoot for the sky!” The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who makes the American Dream proud as they close out his Great American Bash!

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. They circle, approach and tie up. They go around but Dragunov waistlocks. Melo wrenches out, wristlocks, and he flips Dragunov over! Melo digs his knee in, Dragunov fights up, and Dragunov works on the wristlock but Melo wrangles him back down! Dragunov kips up, tires to wrench, but Melo chinbars. Dragunov wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And another! And another! Dragunov swings, Melo ducks and arm-drags to a cording hold! Fans cheer this technical opening, and Dragunov fights up. Dragunov wrenches, wristlocks, and clamps onto Melo.

Melo rolls, Dragunov drags him up and wrenches again, but Melo clinches back. Melo fights his way to a headlock, but Dragunov hits a judo hip lock! Cover, ONE, but Dragunov chinlocks! Melo endures, fights up, but Dragunov headlocks. Dragunov thrashes but Melo brings Dragunov to a knee. Melo chinbars and pops free of the headlock to headlock back. Dragunov powers out, they RAM shoulders, and Dragunov comes back to BOOT! Melo dodges the jump kick to arm-drag! Melo has the cording hold and he digs his knee into Dragunov again! Fans cheer on “MEL~O! MEL~O!” but Dragunov fights up.

Dragunov and Melo go around in the clinch, Dragunov arm-drags but Melo holds on to drag Dragunov back down! Melo chinbars with the cording hold, and he even grinds his forearm in. Dragunov endures, fights up, and he whips Melo away. Melo runs Dragunov over, things speed up, and Dragunov shoots around to waistlock! Melo fights the lift, arm-drags free, and mule kicks! Melo CHOPS, but Dragunov just scowls at Melo. Dragunov RAMS Melo into a corner, and CHOPS! Dragunov bumps Melo off buckles, to CHOP again! Fans fire up and Melo fires forearms! Melo ROCKS Dragunov, whips, but Dragunov reverse! Melo springboards to FLYING LARIAT!

Fans fire up as Dragunov bails out, and Melo BOOTS him off the apron! Fans cheer and Melo waits on Dragunov. Melo motions he is the champ, and Champion’s Advantage puts pressure on Dragunov. Fans rally up, Dragunov shakes his head and he rushes in! Melo rushes Dragunov, whips him, but Dragunov holds ropes! Dragunov kicks low, whips Melo, but Melo reverses. Melo LARIATS but Dragunov stays up. Melo snapmares but Dragunov blocks the boot! Melo fires forearms but Dragunov leans into them! Melo ROCKS Dragunov but Dragunov PELES Melo! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Melo shakes out the cobwebs and Dragunov waistlocks! Fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” as Melo fights the lift. Melo throws elbows but Dragunov CLUBS him on the back! Melo still springboards, but into a waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX! Melo gets up, but Dragunov LARIATS him back down! Fans fire up while Dragunov checks his chin. Dragunov storms over to Melo, BOOTS him down, and Trick coaches Melo up. Dragunov drags Melo up to CLUB him, but Melo ROCKS Dragunov! They trade forearms, Melo gets the edge, but Dragunov DECK him with a palm strike! Fans fire up again as both men are down!

Trick coaches Melo up, but Dragunov is up first! “This is Awesome!” as Dragunov stalks Melo. Dragunov KICKS Melo, drags him up, GERMAN SUPLEX! Dragunov holds on, to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Dragunov drags Melo up a third time, fans rally, “SUPLEX CITY!” but Melo arm-drags free! Dragunov JUMP KICKS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! Melo survives that hattrick but Dragunov is on him again. Dragunov CLUBS Melo on the back and Melo collapses! Dragunov roars and fans fire up with him! Dragunov drags Melo up to CLUB him again! And CHOPS him! Even Trick felt that!

Dragunov SENTONS, covers, TWO! Dragunov clamps onto Melo but Melo fights the hold. Dragunov still gets a form of the Cobra Clutch, and fans rally as Melo endures! Melo fights around, fights to his feet, stands up but Dragunov ripcords to ROCK him with a forearm! Melo leans on the ropes, Dragunov BLINDSIDE LARIATS him against them! Melo is down, Trick is worried, but Dragunov keeps going! Dragunov stands Melo up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Melo sputters, Dragunov stands him up to CHOP again! Dragunov stands Melo up but Melo SLAPS Dragunov!! Fans fire up and Dragunov glares at Melo again!

Dragunov MACHINE GUN CHOPS in the corner! Fans fire up as Dragunov sits Melo down! Dragunov stands Melo up, SPINNING CHOP!! Cover, TWO!! Melo is writhing but Trick says he can tough it out! Fans rally, Melo fights to his feet, and Dragunov stalks him. Dragunov ROCKS Melo with a forearm, eggs him on, and Melo throws body shots! Dragunov UPPERCUTS, Melo ROCKS Dragunov back! Fans duel, and Dragunov CLUBS Melo on the back! Dragunov eggs Melo on, Melo fires more forearms! But Dragunov SPINNING CHOPS! And then CHOPS a leg out! And then SPINNING CHOPS again!

Melo sputters, but even Dragunov’s own hand is hurting! Melo then kips up to SUPERKICK! Dragunov uses the ropes, CONSTANTINE SPECIAL! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Melo crawls to a corner, Dragunov storms over to him. Dragunov stands Melo up, turns him around, goes for arms but Melo resists. Dragunov CLUBS and CLUBS and CLUBS Melo down! Then just full body tackles! Dragunov slips on the COBRA CLUTCH, and rolls Melo into body scissors! Melo endures, reaches out, but the ropes feel so far away! Dragunov drags Melo away and squeezes tight!

Melo fights up, reaches, but Dragunov drops back! But Melo rolls it back, TWO!! Melo PENALTY KICKS! Dragunov ROUNDHOUSES! Dragunov covers, TWO!! Two close calls back to back and fans rally up again! “This is Awesome!” as Dragunov looms over Melo. Dragunov has the arms, he drags Melo up, and he short arm LARIATS! Dragunov nods right at Trick as Trick shakes his head. Melo grabs at Dragunov but Dragunov drags him up, short arm LARIAT! Dragunov isn’t done, he drags Melo up, but Melo BOOTS! And BOOTS! And BOOTS! And then KICKS, KICKS and snarls, to stomp and stomp and stomp!

Fans fire up as Melo walks that mudhole dry! Then he runs in, but Dragunov blocks the superkick! Melo ROCKS Dragunov, Dragunov PELES again! But Melo rebounds to LA MYSTICA! And with some extra torque, too! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” as both men are down! Trick coaches Melo up and he ROCKS Dragunov! Melo fires off hands in the corner but Dragunov knees low! Dragunov CHOPS, Melo BOOTS! Melo fires off fast hands, bumps Dragunov off buckles then fires off hands! Melo CHOPS, but Dragunov turns things around to CLUB Melo! And CHOP Melo! But Melo knees low again!

Melo CLUBS Dragunov, follows him to a corner, and CHOPS! Dragunov CHOPS! CHOPS! And CHOPS! Melo ducks the chop to cravat, KNEE SMASH, and LARIAT! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Melo and Dragunov stir, fans rally up, and Melo wants Dragunov to get up. Both men stand, and Melo leaps! Dragunov blocks the Code Breaker, FLAPJACK and then HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!! Dragunov waistlocks, drags Melo up, but Melo fights the lift! Melo throws down elbows of his own! Fans fire up, Melo whips but Dragunov CONSTANTINE- NO, Melo springboards to FADE AWAY DDT!! Cover, TWO!!

Dragunov survives and no one can believe it, let alone Trick Melo Gang! “This is Awesome!” as Melo thinks about what he has to do to end this. Melo goes to the corner, he wants his three pointer! But Dragunov anchors Melo’s foot! So Melo throws down fists! The ref reprimands, Melo lets off, and then he goes to the corner! Melo is aiming, but Dragunov PELES! Dragunov dumps Melo down to the mat, and now Dragunov goes up!? To SUPER SENTON!! Cover, TWO!!! Melo survives and again no one can believe it! Dragunov crawls his way to the far side while Melo is in the corner. Dragunov climbs the corner, blows a kiss, COAST2COASET- CODE BREAKER!!!

Fans are electric as even Melo can’t believe he made that “First 48!” Melo hurries up top and aims again! NOTHING BUT- POWERBOMB!?!? Fans can’t believe that Dragunov blocked the shot! And now Dragunov powers up as he DROPS THE HAMMER!! Cover, TWO!?!??! No one can believe Melo survives, but he did! Fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this has to end somehow! Dragunov drags Melo up, puts him in a corner, and puts him up top. Dragunov CHOPS, Melo SLAPS, they brawl as Dragunov climbs! CHOP and SLAP and then Dragunov CLUBS away on Melo’s back! Dragunov brings Melo up to the very top! SUPER DUPER CUTTER?!?

Melo turned things around into his own move, and he covers! TWO!!!! Dragunov is proving to be as close to unbreakable as we’ve ever seen! Trick is beside himself but he tells Melo that he can do this! But then Trick grabs the belt?! Trick says this is what he’s doing this for, so is Melo a fraud or is he the champion!? Melo nods, he is champion! Melo and Dragunov kick each other from the mat, and Dragunov gets the better of that. But then Melo sits up to throw a forearm! Dragunov CHOPS! Melo flops against ropes, and Dragunov CLUBS him! Melo has ropes, he kicks back, but Dragunov rises again to CLUB Melo!

Melo CHOPS! Both men are on wobbly legs but Dragunov fires a forearm! Melo ROCKS Dragunov! Dragunov BOOTS Melo! Melo KICKS Dragunov! They both throw forearms, they go back and froth, and fans fire up as this gets another wind! SUPERKICK AND ROUNDHOUSE COLLIDE!! Fans are electric as both men fall outta the ring! “This is Awesome!” as Trick coaches Melo up again. But Dragunov runs in! TORPEDO MOSCOW hits Trick!! Trick takes the shot for Melo! Melo puts Dragunov in the ring, climbs up the corner, NOTHING BUT NET!!! Cover, MELO WINS!!

Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)

The friendship that Dragunov respects is the thing that kept him from victory! Another name is in the rafters, but then who will be next to step up to HIM?


My Thoughts:

An awesome event for NXT, though some rather surprising results. The status quo wasn’t completely kept, and I was happily surprised on the title that did change hands. Tony & Stacks have been great as their characters since day one, even if their characters are kinda goofy, so them winning the tag titles is a great moment for them. Also I loved them wearing prison orange in their gear. Not sure if Gallus moves on to RawDown from this, because what else would they do? Get a rematch with Tony & Stacks and then lose again? Also great Mixed 8 Tag, that was awesome for just a kickoff match. The Faces winning was great, and Dragon Lee interacting with Dom & Rhea, I would love if that is how Dragon wins the North American title and finally gets going in NXT.

Speaking of which, great Triple Threat from Dom, Wes & Ali, but duh, Rhea gets involved so Dom can win. I don’t know how but there has to be a way where Dragon has back-up to counter Rhea. Leon & Feroz may not be as powerful as her, but they just need to distract Rhea or help get her ejected from ringside so that Dom and Dragon would be 1v1. And then Frazer can even do his best to watch out for Finn & Damian. Good promos during the kickoff to help hype up stuff, but in some cases, not really needed. Such as in the Weapons Wild, because they’ve already given us plenty with the bodega fight. Roxie winning over Blair was great stuff, especially with Roxie’s family ringside. And now, Roxie probably can go after the Women’s title again.

And I say that because Tiffany retained. It was an awesome match with Thea, both looked great and I like that without any promos showing us Tiffany learning these moves, she just busts out these different moves. Chase throwing in the towel rather than Thea having a Stone Cole passing out moment was the real surprise in that match. This could divide Duke and Chase all over again, with Thea caught in the middle. As for Thea herself, she is young and can always come back around to this title even by WrestleMania season, just as long as fans still love her.

But surprisingly (not really when you think about it, though) fans don’t love Gable Steveson. Corbin was getting cheered for once, that’s perhaps the biggest surprise of the whole night. A double count-out draw is disappointing, but it also makes sense. Corbin’s got a new gimmick even though he says it’s not a gimmick, which is kinda the gimmick in itself. And then Gable is having his first match, WWE wants him to be a thing. So the only way both guys are protected is a draw of some kind. But hey, the post match brawl was a lot of fun, and we can always get a rematch. But I still feel Damon Kemp should’ve been Gable’s first match.

And what an AMAZING main event! Certainly the best NXT main event this year, and among the best in WWE overall. Both guys are top tier wrestlers, great characters, but a part of me still wishes Dragunov won here. But at the same time, Trick getting involved is a great little asterisk that can cause a rematch between Melo and Dragunov, but the problem is, the next NXT PLE isn’t until the end of September. This rematch would have to happen on a special themed episode of NXT, like Heatwave 2023 in August or something. But then, Dragunov winning the title on TV doesn’t feel as cool as if it were here tonight. But at the same time, such a big moment being on NXT TV would make more people watch NXT TV, maybe.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Soul Results & Report! (6/23/24)

The G1 Climax awaits!

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Who moves on to Korakuen Hall?

A Block started their G1 Climax qualifier series, now B Block begins! Will it be Toru Yano or Boltin Oleg? Will it be TJP or Satoshi Kojima?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • El Desperado & Shoma Kato VS DOUKI & Yuya Uemura; Douki & Yuya win.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Katsuya Matsumoto VS Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma; Ishii & Honma win.
  • Six Man Tag: Just5Guys VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • HENARE & Callum Newman VS Yujiro Takahashi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Henare & Callum win.
  • Bishamon VS Chase Owens & Gedo; Bishamon wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Toru Yano VS Boltin Oleg; Oleg wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: TJP VS Satoshi Kojima; TJP wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture; LIJ wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Toru Yano VS Boltin Oleg!

While they’re once again NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions alongside The Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi, neither The Joker or The Rook was going to pass up this chance! Will Yano take it easy on Oleg here? Or will this tank from Kazakh steamroll his way through the Summer?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The two shake hands to show there’s sportsmanship, then they tie up. They go back and forth on the clinch, but Oleg powers Yano back to the ropes. The ref counts the break, Oleg lets off slowly, and the fans applaud. Yano and Oleg reset, circle and feel things out. They go around, Yano slips away but comes back. Oleg avoids the takedown to get a leg, and they roll into the ropes. The ref counts, Oleg lets off and the fans applaud. They go again, clinch, and Oleg waistlocks. Yano slips away, they tie up again, but Oleg powers Yano back onto the ropes. The ref counts, both men let off slowly, but still joke for position.

The ref gets between the two, Oleg backs away, and the fans cheer as they reset. Oleg and Yano clinch, fight for control, then back up. They feel things out, Oleg gets around to a waistlock, and he has the gut wrench! Oleg brings Yano up but Yano scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Oleg lets off clean and Yano bails out. Yano is frustrated by how good Oleg is, and he splashes water everywhere! Yano gets his favorite red chair, the ref goes to stop him but Yano shoves him aside. Yano takes a seat on the ramp and dares Oleg to come get him! So Oleg goes out after him! Yano JAMS Oleg up, then SMACKS him on the back!

Yano drags Oleg up, and wraps him up with the apron skirt! That’s an extra large sushi roll! Yano shoves Oleg down, gets in the ring, and the ring count starts. Yano meanwhile unties a buckle pad! Oleg wriggles out of the wrap but he’s still down at 10 of 20! Oleg gets completely free by 15, and he slides in at 16! The fans cheer but Yano kicks low! Yano whips Oleg into the bare buckles! Yano tells fans to leave him alone, Oleg’s tough! Yano clamps onto Oleg’s shoulders, pushes him down to a cover, TWO! Wait, the ref finds the bit of wrist tape Yano was using to choke Oleg! The ref reprimands but Yano pretends he has no idea how that got there.

Yano storms up on Oleg, brings him around and whips him back into the bare buckles! Oleg falls over, the ref reprimands but Yano kicks Oleg and eggs him on. Yano stands Oleg up to HIP TOSS! Cocky cover, TWO! The fans applaud but Yano stomps Oleg in frustration. Yano scuffs Oleg, eggs him on, then stands him up again. But Oleg fires a forearm! Yano CLAWS Oleg’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Yano whips, but Oleg reverses. Yano avoids bare buckles, then dodges to send Oleg back in! Yano runs, but Oleg runs him over! The fans fire up with Oleg, and he scoops Yano to SLAM! Oleg runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Yano stays in this but the fans rally behind Oleg. Oleg drags Yano up with the gut wrench! Time to Shake, Rattle and THROW! Oleg kips up! The fans fire up and Oleg storms over to Yano. Oleg whips, but Yano holds ropes and taunts Oleg! Oleg runs up but Yano sidesteps and clinches, for a BELLY2BELLY! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Oleg and Yano stir, but Yano is up first. Yano brings Oleg up but Oleg ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! And again! Oleg runs, but Yano atomic drops! Yano trips Oleg, has the legs, and CATAPULTS him into buckles! Oleg staggers up, Yano fires up and he fireman’s carries!

Yano gets Oleg up but Oleg fights free of the bomb! Oleg SHOTGUNS Yano away! The fans fire up as Yano goes to a corner, and Oleg runs in! STINGER SPLASH from the big man, then he scoops to SLAM! Oleg jumps over Yano to go up and up and VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Yano survives but the fans are still with Oleg! Oleg drags Yano up, fireman’s carries, and KA- NO, Yano slips free to roll Oleg, TWO! Oleg runs up, but Yano hooks him to a backslide! TWO!! Oleg escapes, Yano swings, but Oleg gets around! Yano grabs the ref to LOW BLOW! And CHOP BLOCK! Cover, TWO!! Oleg stands, blocks the takedown, and he powers Yano into a PANCAKE! OLEG WINS!!

Winner: Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Yano tried all the tricks in the book but Oleg could not be stopped! There’s still respect between them, but will The Rook show what he’s really capable of against The Ace?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: TJP VS Satoshi Kojima!

Public Enemy just finished up a round robin in the form of the Best of the Super Juniors, but now he’s looking to go even bigger! But will he be able to conquer this qualifier for the United Empire? Or will things be real cozy here tonight?

The bell rings and the fans rally up and duel, “T J P! T J P!” “KO-JI-MA! KO-JI-MA!” The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Kojima digs his heels in and shoves TJP away, but TJP stands right up. The two go again, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. Kojima wrenches out to wristlock, but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, breaks free, but Kojima swats the dropkick away! The fans cheer as TJP handsprings back up. TJP and Kojima circle, feel things out, then tie up. TJP headlocks, but Kojima fires body shots. Kojima powers up and out, TJP RAMS him, but Kojima stays put! TJP runs again, RAMS Kojima, but he bounces off!

The fans rally up, and TJP stomps Kojima’s foot! TJP runs to run Kojima over! TJP keeps moving, but Kojima stay slow, then hip tosses TJP down! Kojima runs to run TJP over! TJP bails out and fans cheer Kojima’s dancing pecs! Kojima goes out to stomp TJP, then he CLUBS TJP. Kojima CLUBS TJP more, then brings him around to whip. TJP reverses and Kojima hits railing! TJP runs up to BOOT Kojima, then he fires haymakers. The ref reprimands, TJP CLUBS Kojima then puts him in the ring. TJP then drags Kojima up, bumps him off buckles, and CHOPS! TJP CHOPS again, the fans rally up, and TJP uses the MACHINE GUN CHOPS!

The fans are torn but Kojima gets in TJP’s face! Kojima CHOPS TJP off his feet! The fans rally up, Kojima stomps TJP to ropes, then he CLUBS TJP on the neck. Kojima CHOKES TJP on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and the fans cheer. Kojima drags TJP up, reels him in and turns him, NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Another cover, TWO! TJP toughs it out but Kojima stays focused. The fans rally, Kojima stomps TJP, then stands TJP up. Kojima ROCKS TJP, stomps him at the ropes, then fires hands. TJP goes to a corner, kicks back, then fires hands! TJP backs Kojima down, but Kojima body shots!

Kojima ROCKS TJP and TJP staggers to ropes. Kojima stomps TJP, brings him up and whips, but TJP goes Spider-Man! Kojima runs in, TJP slips under to sunset flip, then he steps through to trap an arm! DARK SACRIFICE! Kojima clutches his arm as he bails out of the ring. The fans rally with TJP and he builds speed to go up and up and FLYING DROPKICK! Kojima staggers, the fans cheer, and TJP stands back up. CANNONBALL! Down goes Kojima and the fans rally again. The ring count starts, TJP catches his breath before he brings Kojima up at 8. But Kojima SWEEPS the legs and TJP falls on the apron!

Kojima goes up after TJP, reels him in, and APRON DDTS!! TJP flops down to the floor while the fans rally up again. Kojima is in the ring but a new count starts. TJP stirs at 8 of 20, slowly sits up, and uses railing to stand at 12. TJP stumbles, falls, and crawls over at 15. TJP stands at 17, flounders with the apron skirt, but is in at 19! Kojima stomps TJP to a corner then CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima shows TJP how it’s done! The fans fire up as Kojima goes an extra round before he CHOPS TJP down! Kojima then whips TJP corner to corner, runs up and forearm SMASHES!

Kojima shoves TJP down, shouts that he’s coming after the bastard, but TJP DROPKICKS Kojima first! The fans rally, TJP goes corner to corner and ELBOWS! Kojima sits down and the fans rally up! TJP gives Kojima the scrubbing! TJP runs side to side, to BOOT WASH! The fans fire up and want it one more time! TJP obliges and gives more scrubs to Kojima’s face. TJP runs, but Kojima kicks him low! Kojima fires off forearms, then a ROLLING ELBOW, a kick, and a DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Kojima rises, he storms over to TJP and drags him up, then cravats. TJP fights but Kojima CLUBS him!

TJP powers up and slips through to an IRON OCTOPUS! Kojima endures, stomps his way forward, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go but the fans rally up again. TJP aims, springboards, and FLYING DDTS! Cover, TWO!! Kojima survives and the fans fire up again. TJP goes to a corner, pounds the mat and fans clap along. “T! J P! T! J P!” TJP runs up but Kojima blocks the knee! Kojima kicks low and COZY CUT- NO, TJP handsprings through the cutter! And basement dropkicks in return! The fans fire up and TJP goes to a corner! ONE BY ONE!! Cover, TWO!! Kojima survives and the fans fire up again!

TJP points to a corner and calls his shot! TJP makes sure Kojima is in the drop zone, and he goes up top! MAMBA FLOP as Kojima moves! COZY CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives and the fans fire up again! Kojima stays cool, and he powers up the arm! Off comes the elbow pad! Kojima runs, but into a BOOT! JUMP SOBAT! TJP runs, into a LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives again but Kojima drags him back up. The fans rally, Kojima suplexes, BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!! TJP is still in this and the fans fire up! Kojima powers up again, and he runs, into a SUPERKICK! Kojima rebounds, but into a clinch, and MOUSE TRAP! TJP WINS!!

Winner: TJP, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Even TJP is surprised that finished it! A major win over the Major League Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion, but even bigger is that TJP is one step closer to the G1! But will Public Enemy be able to take down The Holy Emperor in Korakuen Hall?

 

8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture!

Now, don’t be confused, this match did happen yesterday, too. But now, Yoshinobu Kanemaru is swapped out for Dick Togo! Will he be a spoiler for Bushi, Titan, Yota y Naito? Or will things still be tranquilo in the Summer heat?

Wait, Sho gets the mic just like he did last night. He again talks trash on LIJ, and says he hates having to be here in Ibaraki. Sho then asks Young Lion Katsuya Murashima where he’s from. Right here in Ibaraki. The fans cheer but Sho says no wonder he’s a loser! And then The House beats up on Murashima! LIJ protests but poor Murashima already flops out of the ring. Sho says The House is gonna prove LIJ are loses, just like Murashima and Ibaraki! The teams finally sort out, and after LIJ fist bumps, Naito steps to Evil. The fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” and that annoys The House, but Naito and Evil slowly circle.

The two feel things out, Evil knowing Naito’s tricks. But speaking of tricks, Dick jumps in to CLOBBER Naito! The fans boo and Red Shoes reprimands but Evil stomps away on Naito. Evil and Dick stand on Naito, Red Shoes reprimands more, but Evil tags Sho. The Murder Machine talks trash as he stomps Naito, then he DECKS Bushi! Sho stomps Naito more, whips him to ropes, but Naito reverses to kick low. Bushi gets in to RANA! The fans cheer, and Naito cravats Sho for a neck wrench. Naito brings Sho to the corner, Bushi tags in, and Bushi goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK Sho down! And Bushirooni!

The fans fire up, Bushi runs in to ELBOW Sho! Sho takes a swing, but Bushi ducks and spins Sho to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Bushi tags Titan and the fans rally up. Sho stands, Titan springboards in, CROSSBODY! But then Narita throws Titan down by his mask! Titan kips up to PELE Narita! Titan dodges Sho, knuckle locks and CHOPS, then goes up and up! Titan tightrope walks, jumps, but Evil distracts Red Shoes so Dick can LASH Titan with his belt! Sho then shoves Titan down and Evil BLASTS Naito off the apron! The fans boo but The House goes after LIJ on the outside! Another LASH from Dick’s belt and Titan staggers!

Dick CLOBBERS Titan into No Man’s Land, Sho & Evil double whip Naito hard into railing, and Narita is after Yota in the crowd! The fans boo, but Evil RAMS Naito into the timekeeper! Down goes Abe-san and the fans boo more. Red Shoes reprimands Evil but he misses Sho & Dick CHOKING Titan at the ropes! Red Shoes finally sees, Sho lets off and brings Titan around to bump off buckles. Tag to Dick and he CLUBS Titan on the back. Dick bumps Titan off more buckles, then climbs up to go after the mask! The fans boo, Red Shoes reprimands, but he’s busy stopping Evil as he has Dick’s belt! Dick almost has Titan’s mask off!

The cameramen are respectful enough to move so we don’t see any of Titan’s face, and then Red Shoes makes Dick stop. Titan gets his mask back on but Dick CLAWS Titan’s back! Dick then brings Titan around, tags Narita, and they mug El Inmortal. Titan drags Titan up, whips him to ropes, then ELBOWS him down! Cover, TWO! Narita BOOTS Yota off the apron just because, and then he tags Evil. Evil CLAWS Titan’s back, then he brings Titan around to wrench and whip into the corner. Evil clotheslines Titan, tags Sho, and Narita distracts Red Shoes so Dick can climb! The fans boo but Titan still suffers the DICK CHOP! Evil covers, TWO!

Evil argues the count but the fans cheer. Evil stands on Titan’s head, talks trash, and the fans boo again. The fans rally for “L I J! L I J!” “TI-TA-NN! TI-TA-NN!” Evil fireman’s carries but Titan slips free. Evil kicks, whips, but Titan reverses then goes Matrix! CALF KICK! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Titan hurries over, hot tag to Yota! The fans fire up and Yota fires forearms on Evil. Yota whips, Evil reverses but Yota ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Dick runs in but Yota dodges, to then scoop and BACKBREAKER! Yota BLASTS Narita, DECKS Sho, but Evil kicks low! Evil reels Yota in, but Yota suplexes first! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up with Yota and he brings Evil up. Yota fireman’s carries, but Evil fights free. Evil waistlocks, Yota elbows free and runs, but Narita is there with his pushup bar! Red Shoes reprimands Narita but Evil puts Yota in a corner. Evil blocks a boot, puts Yota in the ropes, then WOE STOMPS him down! Tag to Narita and he drags Yota up. Narita whips Yota to a corner, runs in and ELBOWS, then goes side to side to JUMP KICK! Narita doesn’t stop, he scrapes Yota’s face off ropes! Narita runs to BOOT Yota down! Cover, TWO! Yota is still in this and the fans rally up. Narita brings Yota up, Yota takes a swing, but Narita catches him to a SLEEPER!

The fans rally as Yota endures and reaches out. Narita pulls hair to bring Yota away from ropes. Yota breaks free to hit the BACKBREAKER, COMPLETE SHOT and STOMP! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Yota crawls over, hot tag to Naito! The fans cheer again and Naito fires hands on Narita. Naito kicks, CLUBS and whips Narita, to then arm-drag! Narita comes back but into an ELBOW! Basement DROPKICK! Naito hauls Narita up and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! The fans cheer as Naito poses, and he storms over to the corner. Naito hops up, brings Narita up, but Narita breaks free, so Naito BOOTS him!

Naito runs in, Narita redirects him into a cheap shot from Dick! Then Narita KNEE STAMPS Naito down! The House blasts LIJ, and Evil gets Naito to a corner. Evil and Dick double whip Naito to the corner, then Dick runs in to BACK ELBOW! Sho runs in to FOREARM SMASH! Evil runs in to clohtesline! And FISHERMAN BUSTER! Dick covers, TWO! The fans fire up but Evil argues with Red Shoes. But this is all a distraction so Dick can use the SPOILER CHOKER! The fans boo but Naito powers out and arm-drags Dick! Yota drags Evil out! Naito ELBOWS Dick, atomic drops, then Bushi basement dropkicks! ROLLING JACKKNIFE! TWO!!

Dick survives the combo but Naito wrenches him. Sho & Evil attack first! They whip Naito, but Naito stops himself! Titan springboards in to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Narita knees Titan, runs, but Titan DROPKICKS! The fans fire up as Titan builds speed, and he FLIES out onto The House! Naito fires ELBOWS on Dick, then Yota SUPERKICKS! Bushi hits a CODE BREAKER! Naito tops it off with DESTINO! Cover, LIJ wins again!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

The hot streak continues for LIJ, which also means the House of Torture keeps losing! Will they ever learn?

As for LIJ, Naito gets the mic like he did last night, and says “Buenas tardes, KAMISUUU~!” The fans cheer, and Naito notes that it has been one year since NJPW was last here. It makes him very happy to be competing in front of them again, here in the Kamisu Bousai Arena. And he is thankful that they all came out tonight to see them. Gracias, amigos! Naito then brings up that next Sunday, he will be in the United States to challenge Jon Moxley for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. Naito acknowledges that he was the one who lost the title and let it go overseas, so he vows to bring it back. The fans cheer that!

Naito knows he still has to beat Moxley, but he asks until then, TRANQUILO! Assen na yo. And of course, it is time to close. And Naito’s pretty sure this is the first time they’ve had a role call here in Ibaraki. Are they ready? The fans cheer! Then New Japan Soul here in Kamisu Bousai Arena can only end one way! “Bushi, Hiromu, Takagi, Titan, Yota, y Naito! Nosotros! LOS! INGOBERRRRNABLEEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!” LIJ is rolling, Naito is rolling, but will Naito rock New York and bring the title home?


My Thoughts:

Another solid night for New Japan Soul, and a great night for The United Empire as they sweep the card, while also getting TJP to the next round of the qualifiers. I personally would love seeing TJP get into the G1 Climax, really let him show what he’s got against the heavyweights. And great match from Yano VS Oleg, and I appreciate they gave Oleg the win here. Oleg VS Tanahashi is gonna be good stuff, too, but I feel like Tanahashi moves on to the B Block qualifier finals. And then another fun 8 Man Tag but of course Naito wins. Naito brings that momentum to Forbidden Door, Moxley probably has his own tune-up on Dynamite or something, and then as I said before, I would hope Naito wins the title back and brings it with him into the G1.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (6/22/24)

Will Will Ospreay stay golden?

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An episode with truly international flavor!

While Will Ospreay defends his AEW International Championship against Brian Cage, Kazuchika Okada takes on former mentor, Ultimo Guerrero! Will the champions stay strong on the Road to The Forbidden Door?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; Joe, Hook & Shibata win.
  • Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith; Jericho & Bill win.
  • AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero; Okada wins and denies Ultimo Guerrero a title match.
  • Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages; The Patriarchy wins.
  • Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch; Storm & Mariah win.
  • Malakai Black & Brody King VS Leon & Max St. Giovanni; Malakai & Brody win.
  • Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard; Hechicero wins.
  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage; Ospreay wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

Three dangerous men joined forces out of respect for what each of them can do, but they aren’t getting much respect from others. But will the Samoan Submission Specialist, The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil & The Wrestler beat some respect into Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari & Josh Woods? Or can the Premier Athletes actually put their money where their muscles are?

The trios sort out, Joe starts against Nese and the fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Nese says not tonight. Nese and Joe tie up, Nese waistlocks, but he can’t lift Joe! Joe smirks, wrenches free, and wristlocks. Nese rolls, wrenches and headlocks. Nese’s team cheers but they’re the only ones. Joe powers up and out, then he runs Nese over! Joe smirks, stalks Nese to ropes, then brings him around. The fans fire up for Joe as he scoops, but Nese slips fere! Nese SOBATS, runs, but into an ELBOW! Tag to Hook and the fans fire up more! Hook puts Nese in a corner to fire off body shots! Hook throws hands, Nese shoves past him but Hook fires more shots!

Nese throws forearms on Hook, but Hook counter punches! Nese staggers, comes back, but Hook gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Nese manages to land out and he STOMPS Hook down! Nese tags Daivari and they mug Hook with haymakers! The fans boo but Nese lets off. Daivari brings Hook up, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Daivari snapmares Hook, clamps on a full nelson and leans on the hold. The fans rally and Hook fights up, and he pries the hold open! But Daivari waistlocks! Hook elbows free, and hot tags to Shibata! Shibata storms in but he has to slow down as Daivari gets away to his corner.

Woods reaches out, so Daivari says here’s something for The Wrestler. Daivari tags Woods in, he steps to Shibata, and they fire forearms! The fans rally up as the shots keep going, then Shibata gets the edge! Woods trips Shibata, goes for an arm, but Shibata slips right around to go for the arm! Woods goes for Shibata’s arm, but Shibata goes after Woods again! Woods powers through to get the arm, but then Shibata slips around, changes sides, and has the ARMBAR! Woods scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Shibata lets off and CLUBS away on Woods. Shibata cranks the arm for a double wristlock but Woods throws body shots!

Shibata leg scissors to trip Woods! KNEEBAR! Nese storms in to stomp Shibata! The fans boo, Woods tags Nese in. Nese stomps Shibata around, then taunts the fans. The fans boo but Nese CHOPS Shibata. Shibata doesn’t flinch! Nese CHOPS again, but Shibata eggs him on! Nese throat chops! Nese whips, Shibata reverses, but Nese ELBOWS back! Nese goes up and up and QUEBRADAS, but Shibata steps aside! Everyone’s learning from Joe now! The fans fire up and Joe smiles. Shibata then tags Joe in, and he stalks Nese. Nese rises up, into the JABS! JABS! JABS! Joe fires off fast hands, CHOPS Nese down, but Sterling gets on the apron!

Joe scares Sterling off, but this is all a delay tactic so Nese can crawl, and Woods can HOTSHOT Joe! The fans boo but Nese brings Joe around, BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Joe staggers, Daivari tags in! Nese & Daivari mug Joe, run, and DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Daivari covers, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that! Woods tags in, he and Daivari mug Joe, and then Woods CLUBS away on Joe’s chest! Cover, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that so now Daivari tags back in. Daivari and Woods mug Joe, then Daivari stands Joe up. Daivari throws hands, but Joe hits back! They go back and forth, Joe gets the edge, but Daivari CLAWS the eyes!

Daivari sucker punches Shibata down! Daivari whips, Joe reverses and sweeps the legs! SENTON! The fans fire up, hot tags to Hook and Nese! Hook rallies on Nese, wrenches and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Woods runs in but Hook KNEES him down! Nese gets up, but into the clinch! TAZ PLEX! The fans fire up and Hook stalks Nese, to give crossface forearms! Daivari runs up, Hook DECKS him! Woods gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hook tumbles, but Shibata tags in! Shibata ROCKS Woods, BOOTS Nese, BOOTS Daivari, then STO for Woods! Shibata runs up at Nese for a BOOT! Shibata fires off forearms and the ref counts.

Shibata goes corner to corner to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Shibata drags Nese up, SNAP HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Nese survives, but ends up in an ARMBAR!! Nese endures, but he taps! Shibata’s team wins!

Winners: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata, by submission

The Premier Athletes did prove they’ve got guts, but not enough to overcome this trio of warriors! Will Joe, Hook & Shibata find themselves on the road to trios gold?

 

The Bang Bang Gang speaks.

Juice Robinson says, “Apparently… AEW isn’t gonna recognize the fact that I was anointed one-quarter of the AEW Unified Trios Champions!” Austin says he’s pissed, Colten confirms that is true, and adds that apparently, The House of Black still gets their shot. At least, once Buddy’s leg gets better. And apparently, PAC cares!? He interrupted their match, he pushed Juice off the top, and then he flipped Austin off! But that’s good. Because their fearless leader, Jay White, is off training his butt off. You thought EIGHT abs was something? Jay will be coming back with TEN! SO Pac, you better hope you don’t see The Switchblade in the Owen Hart Cup!

Because then, The Bastard will do more than just “care” now. He’ll cry to sleep! And if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya! GUNS UP! Bullet Club Gold is taking aim at a lot of different targets, but will they be able to hit the mark?

 

Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith!

Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have been busy this week. They got called out by The Learning Tree on Dynamite, they put in a fast and furious match last night on Rampage, and now they’ll be entering the “Jericho Vortex” when they take on Big Bill and the man himself. But will Quen & Zay teach Jericho something about not looking down on the younger guys? Or will Jericho ruin the fun #ForTheWorld?

The teams sort out and Jericho starts against Quen. The fans rally up and Jericho says here’s a free lesson from The Learning Tree. Then he tags out to The Redwood. Bill steps in, sporting new gear that quotes Tony Schiavone, on the butt… Bill and Quen tie up, Quen gets around and headlocks. Bill powers out and runs Quen right over! Because as the shorts say, “Too much man!” Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then he stands Quen up. Bill CHOPS Quen, drags him up, then CHOPS him again! Bill keeps Quen in the corner, and he ROCKS him with a right. Then Bill TOSSES Quen across the way!

Bill mocks the dancing, runs corner to corner, and he SPLASHES Quen! Quen was practically smothered by that move! Quen falls over, but Bill stands him back up, and gives a thumbs up before he TOSSES Quen again! Quen writhes, goes to ropes, then the corner. Bill runs in again, but Quen dodges the splash! Bill staggers, Quen goes up, and Quen leaps to MISSILE DROPKICK! Bill staggers, Quen is on him in a corner! Quen rains down fists, Bill stops him at 6, then DECKS him! Jericho applauds, and Bill tags him in. The fans are torn as The Learning Tree waves, and Bill hoists Quen way up! Jericho “helps” SLAM Quen down!

Jericho & Bill wave, then Jericho stands Quen up to CHOP! Jericho CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Jericho runs up but Quen BOOTS him! Quen goes up and leaps to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Then hot tag to Zay! The fans rally as Zay TACKLES Jericho and rains down fists! Jericho pushes him away but Zay comes back, another TACKLE and more fast hands! Jericho tries to get away but Zay fires off high and low and all around! Jericho CLAWS eyes! The fans boo but Jericho brings Zay up. Zay CHOPS, fires more forearms, then just more and more and more! Zay runs, but Jericho sends him out!

Quen is there, for SILLY STRING! Jericho tumbles, Zay covers, TWO!! Jericho survives, Quen tags in, and he TACKLES Jericho! Quen fires off hands just like Zay! Quen stomps Jericho around, runs, but Bad Apple Bryan Keith trips him! The fans boo, but then Jericho CLOBBERS Quen! Jericho waves to the fans, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Jericho takes his time waving to all sides of the arena, then he drags Quen up. Jericho hits a BIG back suplex, then has the cocky cover, ONE! Jericho perhaps returning the favor from last night there, but Jericho bumps Quen off buckles. Tag to Bill and Bill stomps away on Quen! Jericho adds on, the ref counts, and Bill digs his boots in. The ref counts more, Bill lets off with applause, and then Bryan CHOKES Quen! Bill SUCKER PUNCHES Kassidy! The ref reprimands but Bill goes back to Quen. Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then CLUBS Quen on the back. Then SLAPS Quen down! Bill mocks the shots more, then mockingly cheers.

Bill drags Quen up, puts him on ropes, and RIPS his shirt open to CHOP him down! Quen sputters, Bill drags him up and tags in Jericho. They mug Quen in the corner, then Jericho brings Quen around. Quen fires hands first! Quen runs, but Jericho DROPKICKS him down! Jericho waves to the fans again, then he drags Quen up. Collision returns to single picture, Jericho bumps Quen off buckles, then Jericho puts Quen up top. Jericho CHOPS Quen, climbs, and wants his “branches” to fire up. The fans are torn, but Jericho has Quen on the very top, but Quen throws hands! Quen shoves Jericho down, and the fans rally up!

Quen adjusts, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jericho survives and Quen is frustrated. Quen and Jericho crawl, hot tag to Zay! Zay springboards to CROSSBODY! Zay keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, then DROPKICKS! Bill storms in, but Zay DUMPS him out! Zay then triangle jumps to DROPKICK! That’s Jericho’s move! Zay then kicks and hits a STUNNER! Then a STUNNER for Bill! The fans fire up and Zay runs up to SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and shocks Zay! Bryan coaches Jericho, Zay tags Quen. Private Party mugs Jericho, then Quen whips Jericho to a corner. Quen runs up to SPLASH!

Quen brings Jericho around again, SOBAT and SOBAT! Quen runs, but Jericho THROAT CHOPS! Then LIONSAULTS! But onto knees! Quen holds Jericho, Zay uses him as a step to FLY onto Bill! Then Zay hurries back and goes up again! Quen sets Jericho up again, SWANTON BOMB! Quen climbs now, for the 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Quen can’t believe it! Tag back to Zay, but Bill returns! The ref is busy with Bryan, too! Zay springboards, into a BOOT! The Redwood slips away, Bryan hops down, and Jericho covers Zay, TWO?!? Zay survives and the fans fire up!

Jericho huffs ‘n’ puffs, drags Zay up, but Zay is dead weight. Jericho KNEES Zay, then KNEES him again. Jericho says if Zay wants to be a threat, he has to fight. So Zay fires off fast hands and CHOSP! Zay whips, Jericho reverses, but Zay KICKS, then RAN- NO! Jericho turns Rana into WALLS OF JERICHO! Zay endures, even as Jericho sits deep! The fans fire up as Zay fights around! Zay reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! Zay lets go in frustration but also exhaustion, so he tags to Bill. Bill storms up but into a mule kick! Zay runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but into the BOSS MAN SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!? Zay survives and Bill is frustrated.

Bill mocks the shots again, gives a thumbs up, then he drags Zay up. But Quen runs in! Bill choke grips Quen, to CHOKE SLAM him onto Zay! Cover, TWO?!?! Zay survives and Bill is surprised! Bill tags Jericho back in, and Jericho climbs. Bill gets Zay up and brings him over, CHOKE- NO, Zay slips free and shoves Bill into Jericho! Jericho lands on his sapling, then Quen DROPKICKS Billy into him! Private Party DOUBLE LARIAT Bill out! Then they get Jericho set up! GIN & JUICE!! CODE BREAKER STYLE!! Quen CLOBBERS Bill, Zay covers, TWO?!?!? Jericho survives and no one can believe it!

The ref defends his count was fair but Zay can’t believe that math. Jericho is up, Zay fires off forearms! “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” Zay fires body “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” then runs to LARIAT! Zay is all fired up and the fans are with him! But Bill returns! Zay LION- NO, Bryan Keith CLOBBERS Zay!! The ref was busy with Bill, he missed that! Jericho drags Zay to a cover, Jericho’s team wins!

Winners: Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall

Consider this one a 3v2 Handicap Match, because the Bad Apple got involved. And he even goes after Zay now! Quen goes after Bryan, but Bill & Jericho go after Quen, but Samoa Joe’s team runs out there! Joe LOW BLOWS Bill! Shibata and Hook go after Jericho and Bryan, but Jericho gets outta there! The Learning Tree wants nothing to do with this! So Shibata isolates Bryan’s arm, and STOMPS it!! Jericho feels Bryan’s pain, emotionally speaking. Joe gets a mic to say, “HI~, CHRIS~!” But week after week, Jericho has “graced” us with his presence, but Joe and his associates here have been talking. And every idea that falls from Jericho’s tree “absolutely SUCKS!”

The fans cheer but Joe isn’t done. Joe tells Jericho that they come from very different schools of thought. And the best ideas survive the crucible of combat! So that is what Joe suggests! Joe, Hook & Shibata VS Jericho and what’s left of his tree, come Forbidden Door! Will Jericho, Bill & Bryan be able to regroup in the eight days they have? Or will they be turned into the lumber that builds the school of Samoa Joe?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!

Though Will Ospreay and Swerve Strickland are Forbidden Door opponents, and hardly friends after how personal they’re making things, they must team together against The Gates of Agony! Will Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona crush the champions before they ever reach Long Island?

 

AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero!

Christopher Daniels promised The Elite that they would face top tier competition for their titles, and he finally realized who would be best for The Rainmaker: the man who mentored him while on excursion in Mexico! Will Okada be able to stay undefeated in AEW when facing one of CMLL’s best? Or will Ultimo Guerrero show him that he still has a lot to learn?

The bell rings and Okada stares Ultimo down. The fans rally up, the two circle, and Ultimo offers a handshake. Okada slaps the hand away, he no longer cares about his former sensei. The two tie up, Ultimo waistlocks, then he SLAMS Okada down. Ultimo facelocks, Okada wrenches out but Ultimo rolls and trips Okada. Ultimo rolls Okada but Okada arm-drags free, and the two stand! The fans fire up as they reset and go again. Ultimo gets his side of the crowd going, but Okada has plenty of fans, too. The two speed things up, Okada drops but Ultimo runs him over! Ultimo whips, Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Ultimo CHOPS!

Ultimo scoops, Okada slips free, but Ultimo LARIATS! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Ultimo stands first and he brings Okada around. Ultimo puts Okada in a corner to CHOP! Okada sputters, but Ultimo CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Okada drops to a knee, Ultimo brings him up to scoop, and SLAM! The fans fire up, Okada slowly rises, but Ultimo is on him again. Ultimo CHOPS, and CHOPS, then brings Okada around. Ultimo whips Okada to ropes, then LARIATS him down! Ultimo stalks Okada to a corner, KNEES low, then KNEES low again! The ref counts, Ultimo snapmares Okada down then clamps on a chinlock.

The fans rally, Okada endures and fights around, but Ultimo pushes him down to get a leg. STRETCH MUFFLER! Okada endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts in Español, and Ultimo lets go at 4. Ultimo stomps Okada to the corner, lets off again, but Okada powers up to Alabama Lift! REVERSE NECK- NO, Ultimo fights it to an IRON OCTOPUS! Okada hurries to the ROPEBREAK, and Ultimo lets off again. Ultimo whips Okada to a corner, runs in, but Okada pops him up to the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada scowls and the fans fire up while Collision goes picture in picture.

Okada goes back to Ultimo, drags him up, and CLUBS him. Okada TOSSES Ultimo out, goes out after him, and UPPERCUTS! Ultimo staggers, Okada UPPERCUTS him again, and Ultimo sits in a corner. Okada stands Ultimo up, to SMACK hm off the chair! Okada drags Ultimo up and puts him back in the ring, then takes his time stepping in. Okada brings Ultimo up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ultimo stays in this and Okada is annoyed. Okada paces, drags Ultimo up and DECKS him! Okada looms over Ultimo as Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Okada has Ultimo in a corner. Okada brings him up but Ultimo body shots! And CHOPS! Okada knees low, whips, and runs in to BACK ELBO! Okada goes corner to corner, but Ultimo follows to clothesline! Ultimo keeps moving, but then Okada follows! Ultimo dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up, the ref checks, and both men are still in this. Okada sits up first but Ultimo stands first. Ultimo whips, Okada reverses, but Ultimo pops Okada up to the apron! Ultimo sweeps the legs, fires up, and runs side to side to WRECK Okada with a dropkick!

The fans fire up and Ultimo goes out to the apron. Ultimo storms over to Okada, drags him up, and whips him into railing! Then he CHOPS! The fans fire up as Okada reaches out in pain. Ultimo storms up behind Okada, the ring count climbs, but Ultimo POSTS Okada at 7! Ultimo slides into the ring at 8, Okada flounders in after, and Ultimo eggs Okada on. Ultimo fireman’s carries, Okada slips free! Ultimo ELBOWS Okada, runs, but into the DROPKICK! Okada snarls and he drags Ultimo back up. Okada ripcords, but Ultimo ducks the lariat! Ultimo kicks low, runs in, but Okada avoids the splash! Okada fires forearms then goes up!

Okada pulls at Ultimo’s mask! The fans boo the disrespect, but Ultimo hits a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Okada stays in this but Ultimo rises up. Ultimo drags Okada up, puts him up top backwards, then climbs up behind him. Ultimo goes to the very top!? But Okada CLAWS at Ultimo’s face through the mask! Ultimo drops down, Okada climbs off the corner, and Okada ripcords! Ultimo ducks again, rolls Okada up, TWO!! Okada escapes and the fans fire up! Ultimo swings, but Okada gets around, and UNMASKS HIM! Ultimo does his best to cover up, but Okada ripcords! RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (denies Ultimo Guerrero a title opportunity)

Despite how he got the win, Okada grins because for him, a win is a win! Will The Rainmaker be unstoppable now that he does what he wants?

 

Backstage interview with Top Flight.

Lexy Nair is with Dante, Darius & Action, and she congratulates Dante for making it into the AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match. Now, they wanted this time so what’s on their mind? Dante says the last time he was in a ladder match, he broke his leg. A broken fibula, a dislocated ankle. It took a lot of hard work for Dante to make it back here. He had to relearn how to walk, how to run, how to jump, and how to be himself again. But now, he’s going back in to that environment. A lot of people are saying that’s crazy. But it’ll take a little bit of crazy to become the NEW TNT Champion, so boys, at Forbidden Door, he’ll get some gold to celebrate with.

Lio Rush walks in and he wants to talk about last week. Action says before that, he does want to congratulate Lio Rush on the win last night. Lio appreciates that. And he asks if Darius is cool. Darius nods so Lio takes that. Lio tells Dante that when it came to last week, Lio is a man of his word. He has Dante’s back. Always has, always will. But come Forbidden Door, Lio is in the match, too, and he wants the TNT Championship for himself. Dante says same for him. So then see you there. Darius says they’ll see who the better man is. Top Flight heads out, but will the Bad Child make sure he’s the Man of the Hour in New York?

 

Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages!

While Christian Cage still wants to be AEW World Champion, he also wants his “sons,” Nick Wayne and Killswitch/Luchasaurus, to succeed, too. So they are going to go after the AEW World Trios Championships as a family, no matter who they have to go through. Killswitchasaurus took out Jacked Jameson, Dirty Bulk Bronson & Beefcake Boulder all by himself, so will it be even easier when Captain Charisma & The Prodigy Son are with him? Or will everyone be sippin’ sauce and livin’ hoss on Saturday night?

Before the match, Jameson has a mic. He tells Christian that he has been a focal point on the biggest shows in wrestling since most of us were little kids. Christian is one of the greatest of all time, and is now better than he’s ever been. However, ever since coming to AEW, Christian’s been acting more like “Low T Loser!” A couple weeks ago, Christian had Killswitch take them out for no reason! Then he’s got that little peeper, Nick Wayne, who looks like Timothée Chalamet but even wimpier! But they ain’t going to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! They’re going to the milk farm in #TIDDYCITY!!

The fans are a little torn about that idea, but then The Patriarchy makes their entrance. But then Christian leaves?! No, he joins commentary! He’s leaving this all up to his “sons!” The teams sort out in this unofficial handicap match, and Luchasaurus starts against Bronson. The fans are on the dinosaur’s side, but Jameson says time to sip some sauce! Bronson grabs the cup and he CHUGS it! Bronson is all fired up, runs up on Luchasaurus, but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS him down! Nick wants in, so Luchasaurus tags. Nick swaggers around, toys with Bronson, then taunts Jameson. Nick eggs Bronson on, kicks him around, then KICKS Bronson ont he back!

Nick flexes but Bronson gets up! Bronson is literally twice as big as Nick! Bronson back suplexes, Nick lands out! Nick kicks and runs, but into a back drop! Christian coaches Nick from 30 feet away at the desk but Bronson says it is time for TIDDY! CITY~! Bronson sends Nick right into Boulder’s beefy chest! Nick sputters, Luchasaurus tags in! He CLOBBERS Bronson, BLASTS Boulder & Jameson, then TOSESS Bronson toa  corner! Luchasaurus fires off fast hands, whips corner to corner, then runs up to BOOT Bronson down! Christian says this is the most elite big man in the business. Boulder storms up, he grabs Luchasaurus!

Luchasaurus ELBOWS Boulder, SHOVES him up and out, but Jameson grabs Luchasaurus by the hair! Christian says that’s cheating! Well, he would know… Jameson CLUBS Luchasaurus, goes up, but Luchasaurus garbs him first! To THROW him down onto Boulder! Nick gets in, he gets a boost from Luchasaurus, SUPER PLANCHA onto the Savages! Christian says they are the next Trios Champions and it is not up for debate. Luchasaurus waits on Bronson, Bronson slowly staggers to his feet, and into the choke grip! But Bronson CLUBS at the arm! Bronson breaks free, fires hands over and over, then LARIATS!

Christian is upset but Luchasaurus stays up! Bronson LARIAT, then DISCUS LARIATS! Luchasaurus drops to a knee, Bronson fires back up, “I’M GONNA BUST~!” Bronson runs, but into the choke grip! JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! And then Nick wants back in! Christian says to do it, so Luchasaurus tags. Luchasaurus gets Bronson up, Christian says now his boys need his help. WAYNE’S WORLD! Christian goes to ringside, and Nick gladly tags his “father” in. Christian then has his “sons” get Bronson up, and he says THEY are the next Trios Champions! KILLSWITCH for Bronson! Cover, Patriarchy wins!

Winners: The Patriarchy, by pinfall

Christian tops it off after his “sons” do the heavy lifting, but a win is a win. Will nothing stop The Patriarchy as they look to reign over AEW together?

 

Mercedes Mone visited Arena Mexico.

And she told Stephanie Vaquer this is why she’s the CEO. She flew all the way to Mexico just ot make a point. Mone said hola, and then stared Vaquer down. Mone knows Vaquer is NJPW Strong Women’s Champion for now, but that title is hers come Forbidden Door. But then Vaquer told Mone, “You’re in my house now, b*tch! And we speak Spanish here!” So Mone used the internationally understood SLAP ACROSS THE FACE! The fight was on, and Mone snatched both belts! Will Mone prove she is The CEO of the entire world? Or will she find out why Vaquer is La Primera?

 

Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch!

While Mina Shirakawa is coming for The Leading Lady’s AEW Women’s World Championship and the spotlight, she also wants her Mariah back! Will Storm and Mariah show Mina that their bond is more than just skin deep? Or will they both freeze up facing a LEGIT cool duo?

The teams sort out and Storm starts against Leyla. The fans rally for Storm as she and Leyla circle. They tie up, and Storm powers Leyla back, but Leyla puts Storm in the corner. They go around again, on the mat, then back to their feet. Storm wrenches but Leyla gets around to trip Storm. Leyla pushes Storm to a cover, ONE as Storm bridges. Leyla pushes her down, ONE! Leyla tries again, ONE! Leyla hops on but Storm stays bridged up! They stand, Storm wrenches to a facelock, then tags Mariah. The fans cheer as Storm whips Leyla to ropes, then BOOTS her down! Mariah SHOTGUNS Leyla down, but Leyla scrambles away.

Frost tags in, Mariah and Storm are too busy celebrating together. Frost gets around Mariah, goes to ropes, but Mariah bucks the O’Conner. Frost rolls through, comes back, tilt-o-whirl and sunset flip! TWO, but Mariah SLAPS Frost! Mariah puts some stank on the CHOP! Mariah then scoops for a SPIN OUT SIDEWALK SLAM! The fans fire up and Mariah even BLASTS Leyla for good measure! Storm runs in to HIP ATTACK Frost! Storm and Mariah pose together, and Storm cues us to picture in picture.

Storm and Mariah talk but Leyla drags Mariah back in! Frost drags Storm out, the two are separated and Frost fires off on Storm! Leyla throws Mariah down, covers, TWO! Frost CHOPS Storm against barriers! Leyla drags Mariah up to snap suplex! Leyla soaks up the heat, drags Mariah up, then tags in Frost. Leyla snap suplexes again, and Frost STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Frost stays on Mariah and brings her back over, tag to Leyla. They mug Mariah, stomp her down, then Leyla digs her boots in. The ref counts, Leyla lets off, and then she drags Mariah up. Luther rallies the fans while Mariah endures the REAR BEARHUG!

Mariah reaches out while Leyla leans on her. Mariah fights up, reaches for Storm, but Leyla brings her away. Mariah fights with elbows, then runs, but Leyla reels her in! Mariah switches, Leyla switches, but Mariah wrenches to a SAIDO! Mariah and Leyla crawl, hot tag to Storm! Storm rallies on Leyla, BLASTS Frost, and Collision returns to single picture! Storm dodges Leyla, blocks the boots, and DRAPING BACKSTABBERS! The fans fire up and Storm stands Leyla up, for a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Storm stands Leyla up again. Storm reels Leyla in, but Leyla back drops!

Storm sunset flips, but Leyla drops into the ARMBAR!! Storm flails, reaches out, and the fans rally up again! Mariah jumps in to RUNNING KNEE Leyla down! Storm is free, Frost runs up, but into a HEADBUTT! Mariah hurries back and reaches out! Hot tag to Mariah! She drags Leyla to a corner, Frost is in the other. Mariah and Storm say kiss THESE! But then Frost & Leyla dodge! GAMANGIRI for Mariah! Now Mariah and Storm are in corners! Frost hits the CANNONBALL! Leyla adds a SWINGING DROPKICK! Leyla drags Mariah to the drop zone and Frost goes up! Leyla goes after Storm but Storm HEADBUTTS!

Storm shields Mariah from the FROSTBITE!! Frost drags Leyla to cover Mariah, STORM BREAKS IT! The fans fire up, Frost fires off on Storm! Frost bumps Storm off buckles, Leyla gets Mariah up. Leyla ROCKS Mariah, coordinates with Frost, and they whip Storm and Mariah into each other! The two HUG! Then they dodge Leyla & Frost, to DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up as now they DOUBLE HIP ATTACK! Storm gets Leyla for STORM ZERO! Mariah covers, she and Storm win!

Winners: Toni Storm & Mariah May, by pinfall

The mentor and protege embrace as they come out victorious! But with Mina Shirakawa trying to wedge herself between them, will this story have a tragic ending?

 

Serena Deeb speaks.

“Leading up to Double or Nothing, I was 6-0. Physically, I was unbeatable. Mentally, I was untouchable, unbreakable. And subsequently, I’ve had three of the toughest losses of my career, to some of the best women in this company. And I know how this goes. Sometimes you’re on the up, sometimes you’re on the down. But when you’re on the down, you gotta stop it in its tracks and you gotta lift yourself back up. If there’s anything that my wrestling career has shown, it’s perseverance, it’s redemption, it’s grit. So next week, I will be in Buffalo at Collision, and I am begging anybody to step into my ring, to step into Deeb’s Dojo!

“Because, baby, I’m on the up. And from here, I’m gonna remind everybody, and I’m gonna remind myself, just who the hell I am: The Professor of Professional Wrestling.” Who will accept Deeb’s “pop quiz” next week on Collision?

 

Malakai Black & Brody King VS Leon & Max St. Giovanni!

The Bang Bang Gang mocked the misfortune of this malevolent faction, and they are looking to take their anger out on whatever poor souls AEW have found for them. Will LSG & MSG soon RIP at the feet of The Kings of the Black Throne?

The teams sort out, MSG starts against Malakai. They circle, MSG is wary of Brody, but he ties up with Malakai. MSG wrenches, wristlocks, but Malakai rolls, wrenches and cording holds. MSG slips around to wrench back, but Malakai spins to wrench then headlock. MSG powers out but Malakai runs him over! Malakai stands MSG up but MSG ROCKS him with a forearm! MSG winds up, but Malakai blocks the kick to ELBOW him away! Malakai runs up, but into an ELBOW! LSG tags in, but runs into an arm-drag! Malakai clamps onto LSG’s arm, wrenches it, and tags in Brody. The fans bark as Brody CLOBBERS MSG!

LSG arm-drags free of Malakai, then runs up, but Malakai drops down so Brody can CHOP LSG off his feet! LSG sputters, the fans bark for Brody, but MSG is back! Malakai blocks MSG’s superkick to KICK the other leg. Brody and Malakai FOREARM KNEE SMASH COMBO! LSG runs up, but into a POP-UP KNEE COMBO! Then DANTE’S INFERNO!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

The brothers St. Giovanni could not withstand the wrath of the Dark Father and the King of Death, who still have fury burning in their eyes. But as they head up the ramp, Ian Riccaboni is there to interview them. He congratulates them on the win tonight, but he must ask: How does it feel after what happened to Buddy last week? Malakai chuckles, and says what a “human” question. Brody tells Ian that revenge is never a straight line. They feel nothing. Does that mean Buddy doesn’t matter? Or are Malakai & Brody just waiting until the right time to strike?

 

Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard!

The Alchemist of Lucha Libre warned MJF that at Forbidden Door, he’s going to break off one of MJF’s arms! Will Hechicero use Menard as an example of that? Or will Hechicero have a hard time handling some Daddy Magic?

The bell rings and Menard dodges Hechi to fire off fast hands! Menard whips Hechi to then CLOBBER him! The fans fire up with Menard as he keeps on Hechi, with a LARIAT! “What you got!?” The fans cheer, Menard whips, but Hechi gets under the leap frog to DUMP Menard down! Hechi ELBOW DROPS, then basement DROPKICKS! Menard bails out, shakes out the stars, then slides back in. But Hechi stomps away on Menard, then CHOKES him on ropes! The ref counts, Hechi BITES Menard before letting off. Menard gets up but Hechi CHOPS him! Hechi runs to JUMP KNEE! The fans are torn, but Hechi gets Menard up, for a back drop!

Hechi traps an arm, grabs the other, and DARK SACRIFICE! Menard writhes, staggers around, and Hechi slithers around to make sure MJF knows he is numero uno! Hechi runs up, but Menard dodges! Hechi hits buckles, and Menard fires off shots! Menard whips corner to corner, then runs up to clothesline! Menard climbs, and he rains down fists! The fans fire up and count all the way to TEN! Menard is all fired up, then he hits a CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Hechi stays in this but Menard scowls. Menard runs, but into a CROSSBODY from Hechi! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Hechi RAMS Menard down!

Hchi then slingshots to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Hechi waits on Menard, runs and tilt-o-whirls, HEADSCISSOR LEG DROP! Then Hechi rains down shots on Menard’s back, before reeling him into the CRUCIFIX ARMBAR! Menard taps, Hechi wins!

Winner: Hechicero, by submission

The Gates of Agony storm in to celebrate with Hechi, will the Alchemist of Lucha turn the Wolf of Wrestling into a lap dog? Or will MJF prove that he’s better than even Hechicero, and he knows it?

 

Jeff Jarrett speaks.

“When I was asked officially about being in the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament, all the emotion came back. It’s hard for me to imagine it’s been 25 years, but there are so many things that I remember like it was yesterday. In the late 90s, we would become Tag Team Champions, and I kinda look back on those days as the favorite days of my career. His passing in 1999, May 23rd, on the Monday the following day, I made a promise to myself that I would be able to look Oje & Athena in their eyes, and it really meant something. They were little kids when it happened, but to let them know what a great man their father is. I never, ever met anybody like him.”

Jarrett looks back, and he’s since become a 12-time world champion, a two-time Hall of Famer. The Owen Cup means more to him than anything he’s ever done. Toby Keith passed away earlier this year, another good buddy. And as the song says, he ain’t as good as he once was, but he’s as good once as he ever was. To get the opportunity to win three matches, then stand in the ring in Owen’s hometown of Calgary, Jarrett is absolutely gonna do it. The Last Outlaw must still wait and see what “wild card” is dealt, but will he make it through no matter what?

 

AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage!

The Aerial Assassin wants to be the #TwoBeltBruv by taking Swerve’s AEW World Championship, but he also has to defend the belt he has. And while The Machine doesn’t work for The Mogul anymore, he might end up helping him out with this match. Will Ospreay stay golden on the Road to The Forbidden Door? Or will Cage make sure Ospreay’s limping into Long Island?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to see #WhoBetta!

The bell rings and Cage CLOBBERS Ospreay! Cage fires off in the corner, the fans boo and the ref counts. But then Ospreay turns things around to fire back! Ospreay goes up to rain down fists, but Cage SHOVES him away at 4! Ospreay lands out on his feet, only for Cage to run him over! The fans boo but Cage drags Ospreay up to ROCK him! Ospreay staggers, Cage CHOPS him, but the fans rally for the “BRUV! BRUV! BRUV!” Cage whips, Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges and RAN- NO, Cage stops that and TOSSES Ospreay! Then he scoops to do bicep curls, before the FALL AWAY SLAM! Cage flexes but fans boo.

Ospreay grits his teeth as he stands up, and Cage runs in. Ospreay DUMPS Cage out, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him again. Cage shoves Ospreay but Ospreay comes back to BOOT! Cage falls to the floor, the fans fire up with Ospreay, and he PLANCHAS! Down goes Cage and the fans fire up again! Ospreay paces, brings Cage up and into the ring, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Ospreay aims from the apron, springboards, but Cage catches him! Cage stalling suplexes Ospreay, walks around with him, but Ospreay flails. Cage still keeps Ospreay up, to JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO! Cage is annoyed but he brings Ospreay back up. Cage brings Ospreay around, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Cage ROCKS Ospreay, soaks up the heat, then smirks as he drags Ospreay back up. Ospreay fires forearms in return! Cage SOBATS, scoops, and SLAMS, to then drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ospreay stays in this but Cage stays on him. Cage drags Ospreay up, to HEADBUTT him!

Ospreay staggers, Cage bumps him off buckles, but Ospreay kicks low! Ospreay ROCKS Cage, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Ospreay whips corner to corner, but Cage reverses hard! Ospreay falls back, Cage dusts himself off, and then Cage asks, “Who betta?!” Cage looms over Ospreay, gives him clubbing crossface forearms from both sides, and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Cage has Ospreay in a BEARHUG! Ospreay endures, the fans rally, and Ospreay throws elbows! Ospreay BELL CLAPS and Cage lets him go! Cage still knees low, CLUBS Ospreay, then shouts, “Who betta than Cage, huh?!” Cage runs but into the TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGIRI! Cage staggers to a corner and the fans fire back up! Daniel Garcia is watching, as he still wants a shot at the International Championship. Ospreay runs corner to corner to BOOT Cage! Ospreay pushes Cage out, goes to the apron and springboards in, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but he just brings Cage up.

Ospreay reels Cage in but Cage resists the lift. The fans rally as Ospreay fires Kawada Kicks! And then winds up to CHOP! Ospreay reels Cage in again, but Cage back drops free! Cage goes corner to corner to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI, then GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay has a rough landing and the ref checks him, but he seems okay to continue. Cage goes to the corner, and he deadlift SUPERLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay toughs it out and Cage grows frustrated. The fans rally for Ospreay but Cage reels him in. Cage puts one out, lifts Ospreay up, but Ospreay RANAS Cage into the buckles!

Ospreay hurries up top now, and he BLINDSIDE CHEERIOS! The fans fire up and Ospreay prepares his elbow pad. Cage stirs, Ospreay goes to a corner and the fans are thunderous! HIDDEN- NO, Cage fireman’s carries first! But Ospreay fights around, sunset flips, but Cage stays up to YANK Ospreay up! But Ospreay gets around, full nelsons, only for Cage to ELBOW free. Ospreay HOOK KICKS back! Ospreay springboards, OSC- DROPKICK from Cage!! The fans boo, but Cage aims and spins, but Ospreay slips through the lariat! And he gets Cage up, SITOUT BOMB! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous!

Ospreay and Cage stir, a standing count begins, and the fans rally up. Both men are down at 5 of 10 but Ospreay sits up first. Cage follows, and Ospreay stands at 7. Ospreay brings Cage around to fire a forearm! And then another forearm! And then another! Cage ROCKS Ospreay back! Cage stalks Ospreay, hauls him up to a fireman’s carry, and F5!! Cover, TWO!! Cage is losing his cool and he argues with the ref but the count was still two! Cage seethes, and Collision goes picture in picture again.

Ospreay stirs while Cage paces around him. Cage slashes his throat, brings Ospreay back up, and he SLAPS Ospreay! Ospreay wobbles, Cage SLAPS him again! Ospreay ROCKS Cage, ROCKS him again, and again! Cage ROCKS Ospreay right back! Ospreay staggers around, finds his way back, and he fires more forearms on Cage! So Cage DECKS Ospreay! Cage eggs Ospreay on, and Ospreay rises to fire another flurry! Cage ROCKS Ospreay again, and Ospreay leans against Cage. Cage pushes Ospreay down, talks trash, then stands on Ospreay’s back! Cage flexes, soaks up the heat, but Ospreay pushes up off the mat!

Cage STOMPS Ospreay down! Cage runs, but Ospreay avoids the elbow drop! Cage staggers back over, brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay fires forearms! Cage ROCKS Ospreay but Ospreay just fires up! Ospreay fires another flurry, Cage ROCKS him again, but Ospreay ROARS! Ospreay fires shot after shot but Cage ROCKS him one more time! Ospreay goes to a corner, Cage brings him around and reels him in. Suplex, but Ospreay slips free! Ospreay waistlocks, Cage switches, but Ospreay ELBOWS free. Cage ROCKS Ospreay again, but Ospreay headbutts buckles to fire himself up! The fans are thunderous as Collision returns to single picture!

Ospreay eggs Cage on, then blocks a shot to fire KAWADA KICKS! Cage JUMP KNEES! DISCUS- SUPERKICK! Cage stills wings, Ospreay swats the lariat to HOOK KICK! Cage still LARIATS through!! Cage gets Ospreay up, lifts, POWERBOMB! Deadlift, SPINNING SITOUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and the fans are thunderous again! Cage seethes and pounds the mat in frustration but the fans are behind Ospreay. Cage drags Ospreay up, fireman’s carries again, but Ospreay fires elbows! Ospreay pops up to spin and RAN- NO! Cage blocks that again! Cage brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay slips into a DDT!

Cage staggers, Ospreay whips, but Cage reverses! Ospreay handsprings, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay springs right up to HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Cage survives and shocks Ospreay! Ospreay just fires himself back up and the fans rally as hard as they can! Ospreay gets Cage up, reels him in, and underhooks those big meaty arms! But Cage fights with those arms to RAM Ospreay into a corner! Cage goes corner to corner, but Ospraey BOOTS him! Ospreay goes up but Cage GAMANGIRIS! Right in the mouth! Cage goes up, but Ospreay slips under and tucks Cage in! CHEEKY NANDOS!

Cage wobbles, Ospreay puts him back up! Ospreay goes up TO SUPER- NO, Cage slips free! So Ospreay GAMANGIRIS back! Ospreay goes up but Cage scoop him! SUPER SPINNING POWERSLAM!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Now Ospreay shocks Cage! The fans are electric for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Ospreay rises, Cage runs in, and he CLOTHESLINES Ospreay in that corner! Ospreay’s momentum puts him up top! Cage goes up after Ospreay, fireman’s carries, but Ospreay pops up to SUPER STEINER!! The fans are electric again, for the OS- NO!! Cage stuffs that to ripcord and HAYMAKER!

Cage vows to end this! Suplex, STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And POISON-RANA!! Ospreay gets moving, OSCUTTER!!! Cover, TWO!??!? Ospreay throws his elbow pad away, he means business this time! HIDDEN BLADE!!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (still AEW International Champion)

The Machine proved he can get his stuff in, and that he can take one of the best to the limit, but that is where Cage hits his limit! Ospreay is rolling into Dynamite next week, where he will have no choice but to team with The Realest to take on some common enemies. Will Will Ospreay & Swerve Strickland make it through The Gates of Agony? Or will neither of them make it to The Forbidden Door?


My Thoughts:

A great Collision, though stocked full of more action than I expected. Thankfully, it was less talky than usual, and what promos we got were fairly efficient. Well, I feel like there was a touch of redundancy to Lio interacting with Top Flight when we got that moment on Rampage. I guess AEW is worried not enough people are watching Rampage. Deeb sending out an Open Challenge for the Collision go-home next week was good, I’m sure we’ll get a great match of her and a visiting CMLL or Stardom talent. And after Jarrett’s very moving promo, I actually want to see him make it to the finals. I don’t see him winning the whole thing with Pac AND Bryan Danielson on the other side of the bracket, but for the sake of honoring Owen Hart’s memory, Jarrett at least has to get past the wild card.

Storm & Mariah VS Leyla & Frost was a good tune-up match for the Six Woman Tag set for Dynamite, but as such, The Outcasts likely win. As I said on Wednesday, if Mariah is going to beat Saraya in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup, she’ll have to lose out on Dynamite because that’s how the math works. Hechicero of course beat Daddy Magic, but that’s because MJF is going to win at Forbidden Door. And then of course The House of Black beat the St. Giovanni brothers. Their dismissive nature towards the interview was an interesting one, but I would think they will get their revenge on The Patriarchy soon enough.

Good promo from The Bang Bang Gang that helped feed into the various stories. The Patriarchy of course beat The Iron Savages, but Christian avoided doing work in an even more obnoxious way than I expected. I still think Pac should work with Malakai & Brody in an attempt to get revenge on The Bang Bang Gang together, but I guess that depends on if Pac goes to the Owen Hart Cup finals or not. Oddly, I’d love if The Bang Bang Gang did face The Patriarchy for some rare Heels VS Heels shenanigans. Christian will try to cheat at the same time Bang Bang Gang tries to cheat so it comes down to who can cheat better.

Though going by the other tag matches, the Joe-Hook-Shibata trio is a great team, and they naturally made quick work of The Premier Athletes. Then they logically went after Jericho’s group after that great match with Private Party. Jericho likely will still owe Hook an FTW Championship match, but it’d also be great if Joe-Hook-Shibata got their shot at the trios titles. We’d get some awesome promos between them and the Bang Bang Gang, as well as some fresh showdowns. And really good match of Okada and Ultimo Guerrero. It was a little sluggish, but I suppose between Ultimo and Okada needing to get a rhythm, and Ultimo being 52, it was still very solid stuff. But Okada winning was fine, it leaves him available for a different match-up for Forbidden Door weekend.

And just an awesome International Championship match for the main event. I did not think Cage was going to get as much offense in as he did, but I appreciate that they let him. Cage needs to be seen as a threat on some level so pushing Ospreay like this was a good way to do it. But of course Ospreay wins, because they’re continuing to tease Garcia VS Ospreay.

My Score: 8.9/10


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