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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (7/4/23)

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

There’s gonna be fireworks in the ring tonight!

NXT celebrates the Fourth of July, but one team is going to be down in the dumps! Losers Leave NXT, Diamond Mine VS The Dyad, who says good-bye to the white ‘n’ gold?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Roxanne Perez VS Blair Davenport; Blair wins.
  • Tyler Bate VS Mustafa Ali; Ali wins.
  • Tatum Paxley VS Kelani Jordan w/ Dana Brooke; Kelani wins.
  • NXT Underground: Eddy Thorpe w/ Gable Steveson VS Damon Kemp; Eddy wins.
  • Lyra Valkyria VS Jacy Jayne; Lyra wins.
  • Losers Leave NXT: The Creed Brothers w/ Ivy Nile VS The Dyad w/ Ava Raine & Joe Gacy; The Dyad wins, The Creed Brothers must leave NXT.

PLAY BY PLAY

Roxanne Perez VS Blair Davenport!

The Prodigy was just one of the many women targeted by the Number One Gaijin, but she’s also the one fighting back! Will Roxanne pop off and give Blair a taste of her own medicine? Or will all enemies of the heir beware?

Actually, Roxie attacks during Blair’s entrance! So more the former to start here! Blair fights back, then whips, but Roxie reverses to send Blair into barriers! Roxie SMACKS Blair off the apron, and says she told Blair she’d get back at her! They get in the ring, the ref has Roxie wait but Blair gets her jacket off and says she still wants to fight! The bell rings and Roxie dodges a boot to then THESZ PRESS! Roxie fires fast hands, Blair pushes her away and gets out of the ring. But Roxie DIVES onto her! Direct hit at the commentary desk! Roxie puts Blair in, Blair bails out the other side, but Roxie CROSSBODIES from the apron!

Roxie rains down fists on Blair and fans fire up! Roxie puts Blair in, rams a shoulder in, then wrenches to clinch. But Blair throws Roxie down! Fans boo but Blair storms up to drag Roxie up. Blair suplexes, but Roxie fights free and waistlocks. Blair bucks the O’Conner but Roxie gets around again to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Roxie brings Blair up, Blair blocks the sobat to LARIAT! Fans rally for Roxie but Blair runs to SLIDING GAMANGIRI! Cover, TWO! Blair stalks Roxie to ropes, brings her around and whips her into a corner. Blair ELBOWS Roxie, snapmares her and then kicks but Roxie ducks! O’Conner, TWO!

Blair gets up but into a SHOTGUN! Blair staggers, Roxie runs in to UPPERCUT in the corner! Blair blocks the whip and ROCKS her in return! Roxie UPPERCUTS back! Blair ROCKS Roxie, then throws her into ropes! Roxie flounders and Blair drags her up. Blair bumps her off buckles and Roxie sits down in the corner. Blair looms over Roxie, drags her up, but Roxie blocks the buckle bump to elbow Blair away! Blair comes back, but into boots! Roxie goes up, but Blair shoves her down! Roxie tumbles to the floor, and Blair DOUBLE STOMPS Roxie on the back! Fans boo but Blair smirks as NXT goes picture in picture.

Blair looms over Roxie and drags her up. Blair RAMS Roxie into the apron, then gets in the ring as Roxie clutches her ribs. Roxie drags herself up but Blair goes out to POST her! Blair stalks Roxie, stomps her down, then puts her in the ring. Blair pushes Roxie to a cover, ONE! Roxie is hanging tough but Blair stalks her to a corner. Blair stomps and digs her boots in! The ref counts, Blair lets off at 4, and then she drags Roxie up. Roxie throws body shots but Blair CLUBS her down! Blair then clamps onto Roxie with a neck wrench. Roxie endures, fights up and fights back, to then roll Blair up! TWO!

Blair escapes but Roxie La Magistrols! TWO! Blair escapes again and RAMS into Roxie’s ribs! Blair drags Roxie back up, for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Blair is annoyed but she stalks Roxie to ropes. Blair stomps her and digs her boots in again. The ref counts, Blair lets off at 4 and Roxie goes to a corner. Blair brings Roxie up for a cravat and neck wrench. Roxie endures, and then rolls, but Blair holds on! Roxie tries again but Blair still holds on. Blair keeps on the cravat, then throws knees! Blair leans on the hold but Roxie still endures. Roxie fights up again, throws body shots, but Blair throws more knees! Blair throws Roxie down by her hair!

Blair stands Roxie up again, cravats again, but Roxie powers up and out! NXT returns to single picture as Roxie ducks ‘n’ dodges and rolls up with a bridge! TWO, and Blair storms up to CLUB Roxie down! Blair clinches but Roxie fights out to ROCK Blair with a forearm! Roxie wheelbarrows, but Blair turns that into a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Roxie is hanging tough but Blair sits her up for an armlock chinbar combo. Fans rally, Roxie fights up, and Roxie fires body shots! Then Roxie jumps up to MONKEY FLIP Blair away! Roxie runs in but Blair ducks the uppercut to put Roxie up top!

Blair ENZIGURIS Roxie, climbs up behind her, and SUPER BACK- CROSSBODY from Roxie! Roxie turns it around and fans fire up! Both women are down and a standing count starts. Fans duel as both women stir. The count passes 5 of 10, but Roxie drags herself up at 7. Roxie ROCKS Blair, but Blair ROCKS Roxie! They go back and forth with heavy forearms, and fans fire up with every shot! Roxie then dodges to ROCK Blair, CHOP Blair, and repeat! Roxie whips, Blair reverses and DECKS Roxie! Cover, TWO! Roxie survives and Blair is seething. Blair runs up to go up but Roxie gets under the jump!

Blair returns but Roxie dodges, SOBATS, hops on, POP- NO, Blair tosses Roxie off! Roxie goes up, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Roxie grows frustrated but the fans rally up. Roxie CLUBS Blair, and again, and again and again and again! Blair shoves Roxie away but Roxie comes back to clothesline Blair out! Fans fire up and Roxie says it’s done! Roxie builds speed, but has to stop as Blair moves out of the way. Roxie goes to the apron, avoids Blair’s leg sweep, and LARIATS on the return! Roxie then runs in, but is sent into steel steps! Blair runs up to KNEE Roxie into the steps! Blair leaves Roxie behind for the count to finish this.

The ring count passes 5 of 10, then 7! Roxie stands at 8, and jumps in at 9! Fans fire up for Roxie but Blair drags her up. Blair suplexes, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Roxie survives and shocks Blair! Fans fire up, Blair drags Roxie up and has the wrists, KAMI-GOYE!! But Blair won’t stop there, another KAMI-GOYE!! Cover, Blair wins!

Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall

Roxie put up a fight, but Blair still put her down! Will the Gothic Warrior bulldoze her way right up to the top of the division?

 

Backstage interview with Ivy Nile.

McKenzie Mitchell says The Creed Brothers face The Dyad in the biggest match of their careers. The losing team must leave NXT. Ivy says she’s really nervous, but she knows Julius & Brutus are focused more than ever before. McKenzie asked why they accepted at all, and Ivy wondered the same thing. The Schism are a dangerous group that needs to be eliminated. They could even take over NXT. But then Tiffany Stratton walks in and asks why McKenzie is talking to Ivy when last week, the Center of the Universe successfully defended the NXT Women’s Championship for the first time. Here’s a hint: she shouldn’t be.

Uh, successful? Everyone saw Tiff tap out. Everyone saw what? Did the ref see it? Didn’t think so. So not everyone saw. Well if Ivy was in there, the whole world would see her tap out! Doesn’t Ivy have somewhere to be? Luckily for Tiffany, she does. Ivy heads out and Tiff says if the Creeds lose, she goes too, right? Uh, no, it’s really only about Julius & Brutus leaving, same as it is only about The Dyad, not the full Schism. Tiffany sighs and rolls her eyes. Will Daddy’s Little Rich Girl find that the Diamond Pitbull is not a girl’s best friend?

 

Baron Corbin speaks.

“The truth is… Last Tuesday sucked. I didn’t walk out of there the NXT Champion like I thought I would. Now I’m embarrassed, and I’m pissed off. I miscalculated experience and the nostalgia of the Lone Wolf, and I thought it’d be enough. I’ve got everything I want: the money, the fame, the family. What I don’t have is the reputation. I’m seen as consistent, safe, good. Good? Are you kidding me with ‘good?’ What I want is to be feared and respected. I want people to say, ‘Who’s next for Corbin?’ Not, ‘Who’s Corbin gonna be next?'” Corbin gathers up old gear and brings it to his furnace!

“I understand to dictate my future, I can’t bank on the past. I have to kill it. I don’t need anyone bowing down to me, I don’t want a position of authority. It doesn’t matter if I have pockets, or what’s inside of them. I damn sure don’t need a manager, and I haven’t worked eight LONG years to go all the way back tot he beginning. Burn all the ships. I can’t go back. There’s no going back. It’s no more gimmicks, no nonsense. No bullsh*t.” So then, what will this No BS Corbin do about not being champion?

 

Tyler Bate VS Mustafa Ali!

The Big Strong Boi didn’t appreciate how The Beacon called the North American Championship match during Gold Rush, but Ali defends it was still fair. That said, both men want a shot at Wes Lee and the title, who makes the better case for themselves here tonight?

NXT returns and Bate makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up for Ali as he and Bate tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Bate pushes Ali back. Bate and Ali go again, knuckle lock, and Bate powers Ali back! Ali bridges, Bate sweeps the legs to a cover, TWO as Ali bridges up again. Ali rolls back, gets Bate in a straitjacket stretch, but Bate wriggles and powers his way to putting Ali in the jacket! Ali endures, arm-drags, then rolls, to ghost pin! TWO and Bate baits Ali into a roll-up, TWO! Ali gets back and fans cheer the technical exchange. They reset and fans rally up again.

Bate and Ali knuckle lock, but Ali wrenches to a wristlock. Bate rolls, rolls back, then squats and breaks free to wrench Ali. Ali goes to ropes, uses those to flip through, and then he rolls, handsprings and slips through to headlock. Fans cheer the technical back and forth but Bate powers up. Ali hooks the ropes to block that! Bate still fights, and he powers up to lift! Ali fights the suplex, but Bate powers out of the headlock. Ali runs Bate over, and then mocks his pose! Ali runs, things speed up, Bate hurdles but Ali turns hip toss into backslide, ONE! Ali shoots back in but Bate steps over and sits down, TWO!

Ali sunset flips, TWO! Bate high stacks but Ali rolls through to backslide! TWO and Bate sweeps the legs! Cover, ONE as Ali goes Matrix! Bate rolls Ali up again, TWO! Bate hits a headlock takeover but Ali headscissors but Bate kips fere! Ali turns things around to headlock takeover, trap an arm, and CROSSFACE! Fans fire up as Bate fights and powers his way to an ANKLE LOCK! Ali endures, moves around, rolls and kicks Bate away. The two stand off again and fans cheer the exchange. Ali and Bate reset, Ali powers Bate to a corner! The ref counts but Ali ROCKS Bate! Bate CHOPS Ali!

Bate UPPERCUTS Ali, Ali ROCKS Bate! Bate UPPERCUTS, Ali CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” while Bate scowls. Ali CHOPS him again! Ali whips, Bate reverses and runs in, but Ali goes up and over and keeps moving! Bate DROPKICKS Ali down! Fans fire up and Bate runs in to UPPERCUT! Snapmare and Bate goes up, FLYING UPPERCUT! Ali staggers up, Bate clotheslines him out! Fans fire up as Bate watches Ali go to the ramp side. Bate goes out after Ali, runs in and UPPERCUTS him down! Fans fire up behind Bate while NXT goes picture in picture.

Bate drags Ali up, puts him in the ring, and then step sin, but Ali catches him for a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Ali catches his breath and storms up on Bate. Ali drags Bate up, snapmares and chinlocks. Bate endures as Ali leans on the hold. Bate fights up, pries at the hold then throws body shots. Ali CLUBS Bate on the neck! Ali whips corner to corner, runs and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ali grows annoyed with the ref, but his count is still more fair than Ali’s was. Ali clamps on a chinlock and he stretches Bate back. Bate endures, fights up again, and he powers Ali back into a corner. Ali CLUBS Bate down!

Ali UPPERCUTS Bate in the corner, then whips him corner to corner. Ali runs in, but Bate dodges, so the dropkick hits buckles! Ali tumbles back. Bate rolls him up, TWO! Bate stands into a kick and DDT! Cover, TWO! Ali grows frustrated with the Big Strong Boi, but he drags Bate back into the chinlock. Bate endures, fights up, throws body shots again, but Ali turns him. Bate powers out of the neckbreaker to ROLLING KICK! Both men are down and the two rise. Bate blocks to UPPERCUT! And again! And again as NXT returns to single picture! Bate fires off, whips, and back drops Ali away!

Bate runs in at the corner but Ali slips out. Bate blocks the kick but Ali ROUNDHOUSES through Bop! Ali slingshots, but into BANG! Cover, TWO! Bate keeps his focus and drags Ali back up. Bate underhooks, but Ali fights the driver to SUPERKICK! And then trip and step over to an STF! Bate endures as Ali bends him way back! Bate claws at the hold, reaches out, and Ali shifts to just a sleeper. But Bate powers his way to a fireman’s carry! Fans fire up as Bate starts up the AIRPLANE SPIN! Around for TEN times, but Ali DDTS!! Cover, TWO!! Bate survives and Ali just shakes his head. Fans rally up while Ali sits up.

Bate crawls to ropes, Ali says, “Too bad, Tyler.” Ali runs, but Bate tosses him up and out! Ali staggers back up, and Bate FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up and Bate puts Ali back in! But Ali KICKS Bate as he slides in! Ali DIVES to take Bate out now! Fans fire up m ore, Ali puts Bate back in and hurries. But Bate dodges, REBOUNDER! Both men are down, Bate crawls to the cover, TWO!! Bate is beside himself now but he refocuses quickly. Bate drags Ali up, scoops him, and SLAMS him! Then Bate drags Ali up to scoop and SLAM again! Bate goes to a corner and climbs up. Bate SKY TWISTERS onto nothing but mat!

Ali avoids disaster and then sees his opening. Ali goes to the corner, skins the cat right to the top, but Bate UPPERCUTS! Bate goes to the apron and throws hands. Bate climbs up from out there, and fans fire up as they’re both up top now. Bate HEADBUTTS Ali again and again, but Ali gives those HEADBUTTS back! Bate wobbles, Ali keeps him up top, and Ali says it’s okay. Then he shoves Bate onto the rope! That hurts the little strong boi, then Ali adjusts. 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Ali wins!

Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall

The Beacon played by the rules, though maybe found some ways around them, too. But Ali still won, and heh calls out Wes Lee for GREAT AMERICAN BASH! Is Ali finally going to have gold in the WWE?

 

Backstage interview with The Schism.

McKenzie is with Joe Gacy & Ava Raine, and asks why Gacy pushed The Dyad into this Losers Leave NXT match. Gacy said he did no such thing. He’d never push anyone into anything he knew their hearts weren’t ready for. Ava says Jagger Reed & Rip Fowler are two integral roots in The Schism’s tree. After tonight, the Creeds will finally be gone form NXT forever. Gacy says the right team will win and the outcome will only strengthen The Schism. Uh, wait, “the right team?” What does he mean by that? Ava says, “What do you think he means? Has he not always done what is right for our family?”

Gacy calms Ava and says it is okay. “McKenzie, it is quite simple. Tonight, we eliminate a problem from NXT. Forever.” That’s still not saying The Dyad will win… But does Gacy have faith in Jagger & Rip? Or will the Diamond Mine look to crush the Schism’s tree?

 

Tatum Paxley VS Kelani Jordan w/ Dana Brooke!

The treacherous, selfish and powerful powerlifter is looking to make a name for herself by any means necessary. Meanwhile, the former Michigan State Spartan All American level gymnast has the Flex Appeal as her new coach! Will Kelani prove she’s ready to level up? Or will Tatum take the new kid down a notch?

The bell rings and the two tie up. Tatum headlocks, Kelani pries at the hold but Tatum knees her low! Tatum throws more knees but Kelani rolls her up, TWO! Tatum wrenches Kelani’s arm to YANK it, then wristlock. But Kelani rolls, rolls back, handsprings, and dropkicks! And then arm-drags! Fans fire up for Kelani as she has the armlock. Tatum fights up, knees low, then gets the headlock, but Dana coaches Kelani. Kelani powers out but Tatum runs her over. Tatum runs, but Kelani drops, gets up and hurdles, then comes around to use the ropes in her arm-drag! And another dropkick! And another arm-drag!

Kelani keeps on that arm, Dana says she’s doing great. Tatum fights up, pulls hair, and whips Kelani away. Kelani runs Tatum over! Things speed up, but Tatum CLOBBERS Kelani! Tatum storms up, she whips Kelani to a corner, and then scoops her for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo Tatum but she drops an ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Tatum wraps on a chinlock and she grinds Kelani down. Dana and the fans rally up as Kelani endures being bent backwards. Kelani fights up but Tatum knees low! Tatum CLUBS Kelani, puts on a chinlock, then she crossface forearms Kelani! And then BOOTS her down!

Dana coaches Kelani, Tatum whips and scops but Kelani slips out! Tatum kicks low again, suplexes, but Kelani STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRES! Cover, Kelani wins!

Winner: Kelani Jordan, by pinfall

Now that was stunning! Kelani snatches this one from Tatum, and Dana celebrates with her new protégé. But wait, Cora Jade walks her way out with a mic. “Aww~. Kelani, congrats on your first victory here in NXT. You must be doing something right if you already have Dana Brooke in your corner. Gymnasts sticking together. How cute. Look, I know you’re new here and everything, so let me say this real slow for you. A friend of Dana Brooke’s is an enemy of mine. I don’t need friends, I don’t need mentors, and I certainlyy don’t need and of you (fans). You pepole have absolutely zero effect on me whatsoever.”

Kelani cuts Cora off and says if Cora’s so hyped up and ready to go, Kelani’s got another match in her! How about we just settle this here and now? Fans like Kelani’s spirit, and Dana asks, “What do you say, Cora?” Cora mocks Dana and says, “Don’t tell me what to do, ever.” The Generation of Jade talks her talk but then just walks away, will she give Kelani that match down the line?

 

NXT checks in with Chase U.

The students chant “Welcome Back! Welcome Back!” for Andre Chase and he thanks them for that. Settle down now, class. But thank you for the letters, texts and voice mails. Those all warmed his heart. Thea Hail is so excited to have Mr. Chase back, she missed him so much! And he missed Thea. But first, today’s lesson is about recognizing a few people. First up, the MVP, Duke Hudson. In Andre’s absence, Duke stepped up, graded papers, helped the school not just survive but thrive. So thank you Duke, you proved why you are the MVP. The other students cheer Duke on, and Duke smiles. Okay, you can take your seat now, Duke. Oh, right. Of course.

Duke tells Nick to move, so Nick does. Duke sits down, and Chase wants to next recognize the “uncrowned NXT Women’s Champion,” Thea! The students cheer and Chase says Thea still made Tiff tap out. She’d have the gold on her shoulder, “if it wasn’t for these two clowns.” Chase brings up a picture of Drew Gulak & Charlie Dempsey. They tried to poison the young, impressionable minds of Chase U’s students. When Chase saw them go after Duke, and bully Thea, Chase couldn’t take it anymore. Chase calls on someone in the back with their hand raised. Does this mean Gulak & Dempsey won’t be guest lecturing anymore?

Guest what? Is he serious? Some things never change around here! Duke says he’ll handle this one. Duke stands up and turns around to tell the guy, “OF COURSE they won’t be bloody guest lecturers anymore!! What a stupid [censored] question!! Do you think you’ll see either of them again after Mr. Chase and I are done giving them a…” Duke looks to Mr. Chase and he nods. Everyone joins in to shout, “A CHASE UNIVERSITY SIZED ASS WHOOPING~!!” They’re all so pumped up! It feels good to be back! Chase & Duke are gonna take on Gulak & Dempsey, who comes out having “learned” their lesson?

 

NXT Underground: Eddy Thorpe w/ Gable Steveson VS Damon Kemp!

The Alpha Wolf was getting tired of the Golden Gopher’s excuses, so he said any match type was fine. So Kemp went with this remnant from the Shane McMahon era of Raw! No ropes, no count outs, and no pinfalls, you either tap out or get knocked out! Will Eddy finally put this beef with Kemp away? Or will Kemp make Eddy feel like he’s a Young Lion again?

The ring is surrounded by prospects and superstars otherwise free for the night. The introductions are made, the rules are explained, and it’s time to throw down in the Underground!

The bell rings and the two circle. They feel things out, Eddy tests the water with kicks, but Kemp stays on his feet. They keep going around, Kemp blocks a kick to SPINEBUSTER! Kemp rains down forearms but Eddy keeps his guard up. Eddy kicks Kemp away, then kicks again! Kemp staggers, Eddy runs back in, but Kemp huits another SPINEBUSTER! Kemp just rains down forearms but Eddy moves arounnd. Gable’s training is helping, but Kemp still GUT WRENCH SLAMS him! Kemp wraps on a SLEEPER! Eddy is caught in body scissors, there are no ropebreaks to save him so he scrambles around. But Kemp KNEES him in the side!

Kemp rains down more shots, the fans boo, and Eddy turns to his stomach. Gable says to guard the neck but too late, Kemp’s got the SLEEPER! Eddy moves around fast, rains body shots, then stands to rain down shots! Kemp turns it over to hit back! They scrap and Eddy rains down more shots! They tumble out to the floor! The prospects move aside and Kemp throws forearms! Kemp and Eddy go past Gable, and Eddy DECKS Kemp! But Kemp uses a lady as a shield! Then he throws her into Eddy to SUCKER PUNCH! Eddy falls, fans boo, and Kemp just keeps raining down shots! Gable can’t do anything to help, and can only move aside as Kemp TOSSES Eddy into barriers!

Kemp now stares Gable down, and fans rally for Eddy. Kemp DUMPS Eddy over the barriers! Kemp says this is done, but Gable coaches Eddy. Kemp grabs at Eddy but ends up in a HANGING ARMBAR! Kemp deadlifts Eddy, to POWERBOMB him on the apron!! Kemp leaves Eddy behind to soak up the heat. Gable and the others rally for Eddy and he stands, only for Kemp to waistlock and deadlift! GERMAN SUPLEX! Eddy flounders and flops, the others rally up for him and he manages to rise. Kemp storms over, into a SOBAT! But Kemp SPINEBUSTERS again! Back to the SLEEPER! Eddy fights, pries at the hold, kicks around, and he gets up again. Eddy arm-drags free!

Fans fire up for Eddy, and he BOOTS Kamp! And KICKS! And BOOTS! And GERMAN SUPLEXES! Kemp flops around and the prospects go wild! Eddy runs up to waistlock again. Kemp swings, but into a SAIDO! Fans and prospects are all fired up as Kemp flounders. Eddy storms up, but into a clinch and FOREARM! Kemp and Eddy both fall, Gable coaches Eddy up again. Eddy rises, Kemp runs in, but into a KNEE!! The ref checks, Kemp is still conscious, so Eddy drags Kemp up! But Kemp clinches, to OVERHEAD SUPLEX Eddy to the floor!! Gable panics and the ref checks. Eddy is somehow still in this!?

Gable shows Eddy the gold medal to inspire him. Kemp CLOBBERS prospects just so he can get at Eddy! But Eddy POSTS Kemp! Kemp clutches his shoulder, Eddy GERMAN SUPLEXES him away! Fans are thunderous as Kemp flounders around. Eddy brings Kemp up but Kemp elbows him away! And kicks him away! Eddy scrambles up, gets in, and catches Kemp into a TRIANGLE HOLD!! Kemp’s bad arm helps him deadlift, but Kemp just collapses! Eddy rains down elbows, Kemp is OUT! Eddy wins!!

Winner: Eddy Thorpe, by TKO

The prospects drum along with the beat of Eddy’s song, that was one hell of a fight! Eddy has won 3-0 against Kemp, will this finally end things between them?

One of the prospects gets in and touches Gable’s medal. This guy is disrespecting Gable, so he takes the medal off, and hits a GERMAN SUPLEX! Another guy gets in, he gets an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Another jump in, for another GERMAN SUPLEX! Gable’s having fun now! But the biggest guy in the bunch steps up… Gable says okay then. They clinch, and Gable OVERHEAD SUPLEXES him! Eddy and Gable both stand tall in the Underground, will they both look to take over the top of NXT?

 

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams speak.

Trick says, “Everyone talkin’ ’bout Trick Melo Gang. And now that we’ve put Baron Corbin to bed, Judgment Day looks like they got a problem.” Melo says it looks like they’ve got a solution. They don’t take this likely. They appreciate them sending Mami to give them a warning. She looked good, but didn’t really say anything. Melo will tread lightly, Damian Priest has that MITB contract and no champion is safe. But it’s a different ball game when you try to ball in the NXT court. Trick wants Melo to tell ’em what they gon’ do. Melo invites ALL of Judgment Day to come to NXT and follow through on the threat. Dirty Dom included.

“Cuz down here, we the judge, we the jury, and the executioners.” If Judgment Day wants to go toe to toe with Trick Melo Gang, that’s y’all’s Judgment Day. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gon’ be. Will Damian Priest, Dominik Mysterio, Rhea Ripley and even Finn Balor regret messing with… HIM?

 

Tony D’Angelo has another visitor.

Stacks is back and all smiles, but Tony confronts him about last week. Stacks says he knows, Gallus is still NXT Tag Team Champions. Not that. The other thing. What other thing? The tape! Don’t play dumb with him! What? What tape? He didn’t tape nothing! He cut a great deal for the both of them. And with who? Well in walks Joe Coffey! The Iron King says “long time no see,” though we know he visited last time. Tony asks Stacks if he’s really seeing what he thinks he’s seeing. Did they make a deal with the rat? What the hell? No, Stacks would never betray Tony! But Joe was in the trunk for- Oh, right, don’t talk about that here.

Joe says it was a long time, but he and Stacks came to an arrangement. Stacks VS Joe next week, and if Stacks wins, the charges against Tony are dropped, and the D’Angelo Family gets a shot at the NXT Tag Team titles. But if Joe wins, Tony will stay locked up until trial. And from what Joe’s heard, conviction is a guarantee. And then Tony goes away for a long time. Tony can’t believe Stacks agreed to that. Joe chuckles and says it was Stacks’ idea! What is Stacks thinking? He thinks he can beat Joe in a 3v1!? Oh so now he’s doubting Stacks? Stacks has to run all his ideas through Tony?

Since Tony’s been locked up, business has been good! Envelopes are full! The Underboss is making moves. Tony can’t believe Stacks would do this to him! Stacks was like a brother to Tony! And now Stacks is gonna sell Tony out to this guy? Tony calms down, and Stacks says Tony is in here. This was Stacks’ decision, Tony just has to live with it. Bye, Don. Stacks leaves but Joe tells Tony, “Good-bye, Don.” Joe laughs move, then takes his leave. Tony beats the crap out of the phone! Has Stacks doomed the D’Angelos? Or will he come through on his own gamble?

 

Lyra Valkyria VS Jacy Jayne!

The Morrigan says why bother wasting time talking behind her back, just get some guts and step to her. The Toxic Traitor didn’t really care to do that, but now she has no choice. Will Jacy pay for talking that trash? Or will she end up throwing Lyra out with the trash instead?

NXT returns and Lyra makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Jacy knees low, CLUBS Lyra, then throws her to a corner. Jacy fires off hands, the ref counts and Jacy lets off at 4. Fans boo but Jacy says she has ’til five. But Lyra goes up and over and eggs Jacy on. Then Lyra sunset flips, TWO! Jacy runs but into an armlock! Lyra has an armlock, but Jacy fights up. Jacy pulls hair, the ref reprimands, but Jacy whips. Lyra runs Jacy over! Things speed up, Lyra cartwheels through the arm-drag to arm-drag back! Lyra keeps the armlock as fans clap to the beat of her song.

Jacy fights up, Lyra wrenches and straight arm levers! She throws Jacy down, then SPLASHES the arm! Jacy fights up, headscissors and squeezes tight. But Lyra fights around, bridges, but Jacy CLUBS her in the ribs. Jacy says this is HER ring, but Lyra continues to fight. Lyra kips free, and the two stand off. Fans applaud as the two circle again. Lyra blocks a kick but Jacy ROCKS her with a forearm! Jacy runs in at the corner but Lyra slips around and rolls her up, TWO! Fans chant “GIGI’S BETTER!” and Lyra SHOTGUNS Jacy out of the ring! Lyra then builds speed, but Jacy blocks the dropkick to wheelbarrow and SMACK off the apron!

Jacy grins but fans boo as NXT goes picture in picture. Jacy stomps Lyra around, then drags her up to RAM her into the apron! Jacy then RAMS Lyra into more apron! Jacy puts Lyra in the ring, CLUBS her down, then drags her up. Jacy whips Lyra to a corner, runs in and back body blocks! Jacy then snapmares and KICKS Lyra in the back! And the front! Cover, TWO! Jacy is annoyed but Lyra scowls. Lyra KICKS Jacy in the back! Jacy trips Lyra, stomps her down, then clamps on a chinlock. Lyra endures, Jacy leans on her and grinds her down. Lyra fights back up, throws body shots, and gets free, only for Jacy to knee low!

Jacy fireman’s carries but Lyra fights free! Lyra waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls, TWO and Lyra ends up hitting buckles! Jacy goes to the far corner, roars and runs in, CANNONBALL! Jacy drags Lyra back to center, covers, TWO! Jacy CLUBS Lyra, goes for the arms, but then chinlocks again. Jacy leans on Lyra while fans rally up. Lyra fights around, stands back up and throws more body shots! Then a JAWBREAKER! Jacy staggers, but she still SUPERKICKS Lyra down! Cover, TWO! Lyra hangs tough but Jacy gets the legs for a BOSTON CRAB! NXT returns to single picture as Lyra endures. Fans rally but Jacy tells them to shut up.

Lyra fights, turns, and throws Jacy away! Jacy flounders, but she comes back, only for Lyra to victory roll! TWO, and Lyra gets around to crucifix to sunset! TWO, and Jacy SUPERKICKS again! Lyra flounders to a corner while fans boo. Jacy soaks it up, roars, and runs in again, but the cannonball only hits buckles! Lyra snarls through a bloody nose and she CLOBBERS Jacy! And again! SOBAT, front kick, HEADBUTT! Lyra runs to AX KICK! Jacy crawls to a corner and fans rally for Lyra. Lyra runs in but is put on the apron. Lyra ROCKS Jacy first, then slingshots to LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!

Jacy bails out but Lyra builds speed! Lyra WRECKS Jacy with a dropkick! Lyra puts Jacy in fast, goes up the corner, and leaps for the- NO, Jacy avoids the Turn of Fortune! SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Jacy is screaming in frustration and she aims from a corner, ROLLING- NO, Lyra dodges the kick to GAMANGIRI back! Lyra aims again, HEEL KICK!! Cover, Lyra wins!

Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall

The Toxic Menace get up to CLOBBER Lyra! Jacy’s a sore loser, we all know this! Fans boo but Jacy grabs Lyra’s shoulder pads to rip off the feathers! Lyra is fuming, will she get revenge on Jacy for this soon enough?

 

Noam Dar speaks to someone…?

“Hello, hello, hello. It’s me. It’s so good to see you, you look perfect as always. Look, I miss you so much. Life is so difficult without you. Nothing is the same! With you, I felt solid beyond belief! But now, everything just reminds me of you. I dream about you every single night. I even talk to you in my sleep. But you leave gaps, never to respond. Y’see? I’m going crazy! You said it would be forever! I need you back in my life. You complete me.” Yes, he’s talking to a picture of the Heritage Cup. The Meta Four rally around him, and Dar says next week, Supernova Sessions returns, but he isn’t sure how he’s gonna do it without the cup!

Lash Legend says they have to fix this and pronto. Jakara Jackson knows that already. Oro Mensah says Dar is down enough as it is, they have to take care of it for him. Dar wants five more minutes with the picture but they pull him away. What can they do to get Dar his precious back?

 

Kiara James is on the phone.

Yeah, “that” was so good. She figured Gigi could use a new look. Or rather, a fresh coat of paint. But speaking of, there’s a sign on her office door. “Wet paint?” She says bye to who she’s speaking with, and then steps inside. She looks around to see it all trashed! Paint splatters all over the wall, flowers strewn all around, and the word “PHONY” in big red letters. Kiana knows who did this but there’s still a note. “You can NEVER outrun your past – Gigi” Well okay then, Gigi, the gloves come off. What will happen next between the Calculator and the Outsider?

 

Von Wagner is beating up on Javier Bernal?!

Big Body Javi is getting thrown all around ringside and Stone says to kick Javi’s ass! Von TOSSES Javi over the steel steps! Then RAMS him into barriers! It seems Javi was talking trash, so this is what he gets! But Stone tells Von not to bomb Javi on the desk. Why not? Because it’ll mean more if he beats Javi in the ring. Von agrees with that, but then he trophy lifts Javi and aims for barriers! Stone stops Von and tells him to trust the process. Fans want the table, Von thinks about it, and he likes their idea better! Von clears off the desk, then drags Javi back up for the POWERBOMB through the desk!!

Stone is beside himself but the fans love it! Von smiles, was this the kind of therapy he needed all along?

 

NXT hears from Lucien Price & Bronco Nima.

Their childhood friendship started right outside this store front, La Caribena. NXT ain’t ready for this. They’re rolling up to the Perfromance Center, and Nima says they’re gonna run through the tag division. No one’s seen a combination like them. D1 athleticism with street wise knowledge. They’re not blood brothers but brothers at heart and they’re gonna unleash the anger. They went from younguns to OGs. NXT hears them coming, but no one’s listening. Every team better know they about to get it. Nobody’s safe! They’re on their way, and they’re bringing a storm with them!

 

Losers Leave NXT: The Creed Brothers w/ Ivy Nile VS The Dyad w/ Ava Raine & Joe Gacy!

Speaking of the NXT Tag Division, things have gone back and forth between these forces on the roster for months now, and it all comes to a head here tonight! Despite what he says, Gacy put Jagger & Rip in this position, but is it because he knows they will be forged by the fire? Or will Julius & Brutus use this one match to take a big bite out of The Schism’s tree?

But speaking of that animosity, The Dyad attacks the moment Julius & Brutus are in the ring! The fans boo, the ref reprimands, Jagger dumps Julius out and he helps Rip mug Brutus! The ref wants them to stop but Jagger goes up and Rip facelocks. But Brutus powers Rip into that corner! Jagger hesitates, and then Julius jumps onto Brutus’ back to get Jagger for a SUPERPLEX! Brutus then DUMPS Rip out of the ring! The ref wants this to settle down, but Brutus SLINGSHOT CANNONBALLS to take Rip out! The bell rings, Julius ROCKS Jagger, then goes up a corner. Julius aims, for the SHOOTING STAR! Cover, but Gacy drags Jagger to safety!

The fans boo, but the ref tells Gacy he is EJECTED!! Fans cheer and Gacy is furious, but now things are a bit more even as NXT goes picture in picture.

Gacy and the Dyad still throw a fit, but Gacy tells The Dyad they can still get in there and take the Creeds out. Gacy walks off while fans wave bye and surely sing “HEY HEY HEY” at him. Rip and Jagger regroup, talk strategy, and then Jagger tags Rip. Rip circles with Julius, Julius waistlocks but Rip switches. Rip spins Julius, snapmares, but Julius handsprings through! Julius DROPKICKS Rip down, whips him to a corner, but Rip reverses. Julius goes up and over, ducks ‘n’ dodges, tags Brutus in and then keeps moving. Brutus goes up to AX HANDLE Rip down! Brutus fireman’s carries to TOSS Rip, and STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Brutus drags Rip up to UPPERCUT! Rip kicks low to UPPERCUT back! Brutus UPPERCUTS again! Brutus suplexes, holds Rip up, and then SLAMS Rip down! Brutus whips Rip to a corner, but Jagger takes the hit for him! Rip comes back to CLOBBER Brutus! Tag to Jagger, the Dyad POST Brutus together! Rip tags Jagger back in and Jagger fires off hands from the outside! The ref counts, Jagger lets off at 4 and fumes around. Jagger gets in to ELBOW Brutus down! Jagger drags Brutus up, wrenches and RAMS Brutus’ arm, then throws down elbows! Jagger throws more elbows, cranks the arm, and ROCKS Brutus with forearms!

Tag to Rip, the Dyad mugs Brutus, then Rip holds Brutus in place for Jagger to ELBOW! NXT returns to single picture as Jagger holds Brutus and Rip SPLASHES! Feed to the WHEEL KICK! Rip covers, TWO! Rip clamps on with a chinlock and he grinds Brutus. Brutus endures, even as Rip full mounts the armlock. Fans rally and Brutus fights up. Brutus throws forearms, reaches out, but Rip knees low! Rip clamps onto the arm again, double wristlocks, but Brutus powers his way forward! Brutus and Julius reach for each other, but Rip turns Brutus around to ARMLOCK DDT! Cover, TWO!

Brutus clutches the arm but he’s still in this. Rip throws down hands, stomps Brutus right in the face, and then short arm LARIATS! Rip covers, TWO! Rip clamps onto Brutus, fans rally up for the Creeds, and Brutus fights up. Brutus throws forearms, reaches out, but Rip knees low! Rip brings Brutus around, but Brutus suplexes instead! Fans fire up while both men are down. Hot tags to Jagger and Julius! Julius clinches to OVERHEAD SUPLEX Jagger! And then OVERHEAD SUPLEX Rip! And then another clinch on Jagger but Rip CLUBS Julius! The Dyad mug and whip Julius bu t he jumps the lariats to DOUBLE LARIAT the Dyad out!

Fans fire up as Julius WRECKS both men with a dropkick, and then skins the cat to PLANCHA! Direct hit on both Jagger and Rip, and Julius fires off forearms! Fans fire up as Julius puts Rip in, but Jagger anchors a leg. Julius kicks free but Rip cradles! TWO!! Julius JUMP KNEES back! Tag to Brutus and the Creeds whip and fireman’s carry. KNEE DEATH VALLEY COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Rip survives and Brutus still clutches that bad arm. Tag back to Julius, the Creeds get Rip up, but Jagger SUPERKICKS Brutus! Julius ROCKS Jagger and tosses him, but Rip rolls Julius up! TWO!!

Julius escapes, Jagger tags in! Jagger gets around, crucifix and throat chop! Takedown into the cover, TWO!! Julius survives and Ava grows frustrated on their behalf. Jagger says this is what Julius wanted, and he ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! But Julius throws body shots and CLUBS Jagger! Julius reels Jagger in, gets him up, and POWERBOMBS! Julius high stacks, but Rip CHOP BLOCKS! Julius writhes but he also gets pissed! Julius fires off on Rip but Jagger CHOP BLOCKS! More damage to the leg! Tag to Rip and Jagger kicks Julius out of the ring. Rip RAMS Julius into steel steps and Julius tumbles over!

Fans boo while Julius clutches his leg in agony! The Dyad has control now as NXT goes picture in picture.

Julius rests against the barriers but Rip storms up to stomp the leg! Rip gets Julius up and brings him around, SHINBREAKER to the steps!! Julius writhes more, and Rip puts him back in. Rip drags Julius up, reels him in, and suplexes into the ropes! The legs get beat up even more! Tag to Jagger and he stalks Julius, to KICK the bad leg out! Ivy coaches Julius but Jagger stomps him at the ropes. Jagger wraps the leg around ropes and pulls! The ref counts but Julius kicks Jagger away. Jagger comes back, throws forearms, and tags in Rip. Jagger puts Julius in a Tree of Woe and Rip makes sure he’s stuck.

The ref counts, Rip CLUBS away on the bad leg until Julius falls out of the Tree! Rip stomps Julius, drags him up, and he scoops to SLAM him into ropes! The legs just keep taking damage, and Jagger tags in. The Dyad mugs Julius, and Jagger CLUBS Julius down! Jagger stomps the bad leg, talks some trash, stomps some more, then tags Rip in. NXT returns to single picture as Rip sucker punches Brutus! Rip stands Julius up to DECK him! And then he has the leg, HALF CRAB! Julius endures as Rip has him at a bad angle! Jagger and Ava taunt Julius, Julius raises his hand, but he refuses to give up!

Julius claws his way around, Brutus and Ivy coach him, and Julius turns over to kick and kick and kick! Julius gest free and he crawls over to the corner. Hot tag to Brutus! Brutus rallies on The Dyad, and he TACKLES Rip to BRUTUS SMASH! But Rip gets away by kicking the bad arm! Brutus runs in to SPLASH in the corner, then he torture racks! SHELL SHOCK! Brutus goes to the apron to SPRINGBOARD 450?!? Cover, TWO!!! The fact Brutus made that work is wild, but Rip still survives. Brutus brings down the straps and roars! Brutus gets a leg for an ANKLE LOCK!!

Rip endures, fans rally and chant “TAP! TAP! TAP!” Rip turns over and he BOOTS Brutus away! Then throat chop! Rip goes up, leaps, TICKET TO RIDE!! Cover, TWO!??! Brutus survives and fans fire up! Ivy is relieved, but Rip tags Jagger. Jagger tears off his wrist tape, and he eggs Brutus on. Jagger ROCKS Brutus, then shouts, “Is this what you wanted?!” Jagger fires more forearms, and he tells Brutus is leaving! Jagger DECKS Brutus, but Julius is there. Julius tells Brutus to keep fighting because they aren’t going anywhere! Jagger ROCKS Brutus, and again! But Brutus powers up! Jagger throws more shots but Brutus CLOBBERS him!!

Brutus shakes out the bad arm, tags Julius in, and Julius hobbles up with his bad leg. Electric Chair Lift, but Rip drags Brutus down! Jagger slips off Julius to ROCK Brutus! Julius waistlocks but Jagger throws elbows! Jagger gets loose, Rip has Brutus in an Electric Chair now! TOPE DOOMSDAY!! The Dyad is all fired up and Ivy is worried now. Julius is furious now but he’s 2v1! Rip says it’s been 18 YEARS for them. Julius fires off haymakers on the Dyad! And DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS!! Julius kips up on ONE LEG!! Julius fires up, goes up a corner, and MOONSAULTS them both down!

Fans are thunderous but Ava gets in! So Ivy CLOBBERS her! Fans fire up as Ivy gets at Julius, but who is this in the red hooded jacket and golden Schism mask?! They sneak up and HEADBUTT Julius! Then they scurry away into the crowd! Jagger tags Rip, The Dyad aims at Julius! DOUBLE CODE BREAKER!! Cover, THE DYAD WINS!?!

Winners: The Dyad, by pinfall (The Creed Brothers MUST LEAVE NXT)

Fans boo, but there are yellow Schism masks peppered in the crowd who must be quietly loving this. Who was the person in the red hood and new mask? Was this why Gacy was so confident? As for Julius & Brutus, they’re not out of NXT! Where will they go now?

 

Finn Balor speaks.

“Trick and Melo. You ain’t sweatin’ me? You ain’t sweatin’ the Judgment Day? No, you were sweatin’ all over my ring when I dragged you from corner to corner a couple weeks ago on Raw. But I get it. By sticking your nose in my business, you get that Finn rub. But trust me, there ain’t gonna be no happy endings. I’ll see you next Tuesday. How’s that for subliminal?” The Prince is returning to NXT, and he’s bringing the Judgment Day with him! Will they look to bring down Trick Melo Gang?

 

Bron Breakker is here!

As if the fans weren’t bummed out enough by the Creeds being expelled, now the Big Bad Booty Nephew is here. Bron gets a mic as fans boo, and he says, “Now in case some of you live under a rock, a couple weeks ago, I competed in the biggest match in NXT history. On the most watched NXT show in over two years, because I called out Seth Rollins.” Fans boo and remind him he lost. But Bron says he and Seth went to war. “But the kicker was that not one of you in this arena, at home, believed that I had a shot. Until I speared Seth Rollins in the center of this ring, and I heard the energy in this arena drop.

“Now, Seth would go on to prove to the world how good that he is, and is everything that he says that he is, but I can’t stress enough how close that I was to winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.” Fans boo more as Bron says it was “a fraction of a second away from winning gold, at only 78 matches in my career. 78 matches is all I’ve had. Hell, Seth Rollins has had more Premium Live Event matches than I’ve had period!” Bron didn’t have the “luxury” of traveling the world and wrestling in high school gyms before getting here. Everything Bron has done has been right here, live TV for the whole world to see every week!

Fans do cheer that, and Bron says night one, he beat one of the hottest stars in the business right now, LA Knight! Fans chant “YEAH!” but Bron says he’s just 25 years old. And yet he proved he can hang with the very best in this business, and he is that damn good! Fans are a bit torn there. Bron wants us to get used to seeing his face for decades to come because he’s got a lot more people to beat, and a lot more championships to win. And a lot of people are asking, “What’s next for the most intense superstar in WWE? What’s next for the badass Bron Breakker?” Well here comes ILJA DRAGUNOV!

Ilja tells Bron, “You would like to know what’s next in line for you, right? Well… Next in line is me.” Fans cheer that! Ilja came out to confront Bron like a man, not by attacking him backstage or in the middle of a match where his attention is somewhere else. No, Ilja did this with Bron’s head up, and face to face. Ilja wanted to let Bron know that between Ilja and the NXT title, there stands but one person: Bron. Ilja came out here to eliminate Bron. It’s funny that Bron talks about danger, because you’re standing in the ring with THE most dangerous man in NXT! Ilja hits a JUMP KICK and then fires off forearms!

Bron waistlocks, they go around, refs rush out but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Ilja gets loose but Bron TACKLES him! Bron rains down fists, superstars and prospects rush out to separate them, but they just get haymakers for it! Bron ELBOWS Ilja, Ilja PELES back! Even MORE superstars come out, but Ilja CLOBBERS Bron off the apron and onto them! The entire locker room empties but they just get clobbered by Ilja as he wants after Bron again! Bron TACKLES Ilja again, but then Ilja hits him back! These two are surely the most dangerous men in NXT, but who will be number one in the end?


My Thoughts:

A really good NXT, though this must’ve been at the end of a taping session because that crowd was half dead for roughly half of it (in total). Really good opener from Roxie and Blair, but it makes sense for Blair to win, as it’ll extend the feud. Really good vignette from Corbin, and I do like the idea of him getting rid of his King Corbin, Constable Corbin, Happy Corbin/Modern Wrestling God Corbin and even Lone Wolf Corbin stuff to try and be more of the Corbin he is now. But in a way that ends up being his gimmick: No BS Corbin. Either way, a good, fresh start and who knows what that leads to while he’s still in NXT.

Bate VS Ali was great stuff, but I had a feeling Ali would find a way to win. Wes VS Ali is going to be great stuff at the Great American Bash, the build over the next three weeks is going to be great stuff, but who knows how the match goes. As it has been said, Ali has not held any gold in the WWE, though he totally deserves to, but who knows if he’s to be the one that breaks Wes’ record setting streak. Though as I’ve also said before, it’d be a great move as Wes can then launch to the top title. Great promo from Meta Four, and I knew the moment Dar started talking to someone/something off camera, it was related to the Heritage Cup. The team is definitely gonna petition Dar gets a rematch with Nathan Frazer since he wasn’t the one who lost the cup.

Solid first match for Kelani Jordan on NXT TV, though her using Stun-Dog Millionaire as a finisher is not gonna work, because it is one of those rare counter attack moves. She should work on a finisher that plays off her being a gymnast, like a moonsault variation. That said, her and Cora having a match will be good stuff, and probably leads to a rematch of Cora VS Dana. Great promo from Chase U to officially give us Duke & Chase VS Gulak & Dempsey, and good promo from Kiana James to set up a rematch with Gigi Dolin. I kinda want them to come up with a unique stipulation within the No Disqualification family, so that there can be cans of paint and office supplies used to represent both of them.

Good final vignette from Price & Nima before they debut on NXT TV, and good promo from Trick Melo Gang and Finn Balor to set up some stuff between them. It can add some stuff to the Judgment Day dysfunction between Finn and Priest, especially if they’re called upon to be in a tag match against Trick Melo Gang. And I really liked how outta nowhere Von beating up on Javi was. And I thought this was going a certain way, but maybe NXT trimmed down my idea of pacifist Von VS righteous anger Von to get right to where Von uses his anger for good instead of evil. The fans are definitely gravitating towards “Face who is still aggressive” Von, they loved him tossing Javi around.

Really good promo from Tony D, Stacks and Joe Coffey. So Stacks isn’t a traitor but maybe just naïve? I do feel like he’ll find a way to beat Joe so that he and Tony can have their tag title match at Great American Bash. But at the same time, it’d be wild for NXT to go all law/crime show and have a kayfabe court trial that sees Tony acquitted and then he and Stacks still go after Gallus for the tag titles. Either way, I’m not even sure the D’Angelo Family takes the titles, Gallus make good Heels to take on just about any team they want in the division. Los Lotharios certainly want their shot, and I’d love to see Hank ‘n’ Tank get a try.

Really fun stuff in that “NXT Underground” match. But was it just me or did it feel like they could’ve easily had Gable Steveson turn on Eddy there? He was holding up his gold medal, he could’ve cracked Eddy with it behind the ref’s back, but instead he stayed Face and then just got to throw around the “obnoxious” Underground lumberjacks. But I’m really surprised Kemp didn’t get one win against Eddy, feels kinda underwhelming for the whole story. And very good match from Lyra VS Jacy, but I figured Lyra would win here. She’s still on a slow build to being a contender, and I kinda hope she and Blair cross paths to reference back to NXT UK.

We got a great tag match in the main event, and as I said last week, I had a feeling the Creeds would lose. They’ve already had the tag titles, there isn’t really anything more for them to do, so they’re probably moving on to SmackDown on the Road to SummerSlam. Ivy had a good interaction with Tiffany, they’re going to have a good match, and I’m sure the NXT crowd would love to see Ivy get her title shot. And pretty sure that hooded figure was just Gacy in disguise. He got himself ejected and pulled a Solo Sikoa from Night of Champions, aka came back when no one expected it. Now Gacy can take credit in some way, which will just add more dysfunction.

And great closing segment with Bron and Ilja, but it really exposed how the crowd was just done. Those boos sounded piped in, as it sure didn’t seem like anyone in the crowd was even bothering. But the fans did come alive when Ilja showed up to confront Bron, they had a great brawl, and they’re going to have an awesome match. Pretty sure Dragunov wins that, he finally moves up to the NXT title, and he can have an awesome feud with Melo. Bron losing would hopefully mean he moves on to RawDown, probably more Raw than SmackDown, and we’ll see where he goes from there.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/24/24)

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Who moves on to Money in the Bank?

After last Monday Night Raw’s wild ending, everyone just wants to move forward. But will the Wyatt Sick6 cast their shadow on the MITB qualifiers?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bron Breakker VS Ludwig Kaiser; Kaiser wins, by disqualification.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Lyra Valkyria VS Kairi Sane VS Shayna Baszler; Lyra wins and advances to MITB Toronto.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Chad Gable VS Braun Strowman VS Bronson Reed; Gable wins and advances to MITB Toronto.
  • Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; Alba & Isla win.
  • Karrion Kross VS Kofi Kingston; Kross wins.
  • WWE World Tag Team Championships: The Awesome Truth VS Finn Balor & JD McDonagh; Finn & JD win and become the new WWE World Tag Team Champions.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Miz is on commentary!

Pat McAfee is taking tonight off for some obvious reasons, between last Monday night and how that bled over into the Pat McAfee Show.

 

Drew McIntyre is here?!

We know from Friday Night SmackDown that The Scottish Terminator did NOT quit, he just hunted CM Punk down in Chicago to beat him down! And now he’s here in Indiana, with fans chanting “C M PUNK!” at him. McIntyre says people were talking about how he quit last Monday, but they’re not talking about that anymore, are they? They’re talking about Friday! It was so good, McIntyre wants to see it again. Footage replays as McIntyre hauls a bloodied and half conscious Punk from backstage to the stage, just to drop him down in front of the Chicago fans. The fans here boo that but McIntyre smiles.

McIntyre says he prayed for this, and “The Big Man” made it happen, because he is the big man! And everyone chanting Punk’s name for months now? He’s done with you! When you chant his name, it is just in memory of him now. You’ve watched what Punk has done to McIntyre. He screwed McIntyre over in Scotland, in front of McIntyre’s friends, family, countrymen, and his WIFE! McIntyre promised his wife the world title and Punk stopped that, and the fans still chant that damn name! Those who chant for Punk are dead to him! McIntyre will talk right to Punk because he’s sitting at home now.

“I hope you’re uncomfortable and in pain, and being fed through a straw, because I did that to you. I put you there! And I didn’t just take your dignity, though, did I? I also took this.” McIntyre shows the friendship bracelet Punk was wearing! It’s worth about 50 cents, because a fan made it, but it means so much to Punk because it has the names of his wife, AJ Lee, and his stupid looking dog, Larry! The fans boo but McIntyre says Punk wears this when he leaves home so he can take them with him so that he isn’t alone. The fans chant for “LARRY! LARRY!” McIntyre says Punk IS alone, because of McIntyre.

Punk is in pain, is miserable, and that is the theme going forward, because McIntyre will enter the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, and Punk will watch McIntyre all alone, and McIntyre will win while Punk is in pain because of him. McIntyre knows what it feels like to be alone. He’s felt it every time the fans chanted Punk’s name, as the roster accepted Punk and as management accepted Punk, even after McIntyre told the world what kind of person Punk really is! But McIntyre’s not alone now, is he? He puts on the bracelet, and says he has Punk’s dog and Punk’s wife, Punk’s family, in McIntyre’s corner.

McIntyre will win MITB, cash in that night, and Punk will be miserable and in pain as McIntyre has PUNK’S family by his side, and once again becomes World Heavyweight Champion, in spite of Punk! The fans boo but McIntyre has made his mission clear. Will he give everyone else broken dreams on his way back to the top of the mountain?

 

A car pulls up in the back.

And out of it exits Chad Gable! He doesn’t want cameras on him right now. He even has security help him get his things and walk through the halls. Gable is clearly not over the horrors of last Monday Night Raw, but will he be able to focus on the colossal challenge ahead of him tonight?

 

Backstage interview with Chad Gable.

At least, Cathy Kelley hopes for some words from the former Olympian ahead of his Triple Threat match. Security is doubled both inside and out to protect him. There have been murmurs of shock that Gable is even here tonight. Other than the wound on his forehead from last week, there is no word on the extent of his injuries from the Wyatt SICK6 attack. Gable was not the only victim of that rampage, will any of them be alright going into the night?

 

Bron Breakker VS Ludwig Kaiser!

The Big Bad Booty Nephew nearly broke the Impeccable German in half last week, all because of how Kaiser ruined the fun he was having with The Fella. Will Bron finish the job and leave Kaiser in pieces? Or will being #MeanerThanEvil not be enough against the European excellence?

Raw returns and Kaiser is at gorilla. Jackie Redmond is there to interview him. She says with all due respect, he is still visibly upset from last week, which was technically all because he interfered with the match of Bron and Sheamus. Kaiser says let’s forget about Sheamus, alright? Bron Breakker is strong, explosive and fast. Kaiser felt all that when Bron viciously attacked him. But Kaiser will prove he is destined for greatness! He will prove that Bron Breakker is no Ludwig Kaiser. The music plays and Kaiser makes his entrance, will he find that statement works better the other way around?

The bell rings and the fans bark for Bron. The two tie up, Bron powers Kaiser to a corner, but the ref counts. Bron lets off slowly, grins, but Kaiser pie faces him! The fans boo but Bron CHOKES Kaiser! The ref counts, Bron lets off, but Kaiser BOOTS him! And SLAPS him! And CLUBS him! Kaiser UPPERCUTS, CLUBS Bron again, then fires forearms. Bron fires back and the fans rally. Bron gets the edge, but Kaiser headlocks. Bron powers out, Kaiser reverses but Bron runs and runs and CLOBBERS Kaiser! The fans fire up and bark, and even Miz likes that! Bron snarls and goes back to drag Kaiser up.

Kaiser fights the facelock, puts Bron on ropes, and they end up in the ropes. The ref counts, Kaiser lets off, but he HOTSHOTS Bron! Bron sputters, Kaiser KICKS him down! Kaiser rains down fists, the fans boo, but Kaiser lets off to snarl and soak up the heat. Kaiser goes back but Bron RAMS him into a corner! The fans fire up as Bron RAMS into Kaiser again and again! Bron lets off to scowl at the ref, and Kaiser wants mercy. Bron just RAMS into him again and again! The ref counts, Bron grabs at Kaiser but Kaiser CLAWS the eyes! The fans boo but the ref misses it, and Kaiser KICKS the legs out! Kaiser CLUBS away on Bron now!

Kaiser drags Bron up to KICK him back down! Kaiser gets Bron up to POST him, and Bron is stuck in the ropes! Kaiser runs side to side to DROPKICK Bron to the floor! Miz says Kaiser is becoming a standout as he moves from the tag division to singles, and Kaiser goes out to scuff Bron. The fans chant “YOU SUCK!” but Kaiser sees the steel steps. Kaiser brings Bron over, but Bron RAMS Kaiser into the apron! Kaiser grimaces while Bron goes up the apron. The fans bark, Bron aims, and Bron FLYING LARIATS Kaiser over the desk! Bron does Kaiser like he did Sheamus, the fans are losing their minds, and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Kaiser has Bron down now, and under the ropes. Kaiser fires off hands, lets off as the ref counts, and he talks trash as Bron flounders. The fans boo more, but Kaiser KICKS Bron! Kaiser eggs Bron on, pie faces him, then SLAPS him! Bron scowls and the fans rally up. Bron rises, Kaiser looks worried, so Kaiser fires CHOP after CHOP! Bron fires haymaker after haymaker! Bron whips, Kaiser reveres, but Bron runs through the lariat to FLYING BACK ELBOW! The fans fire up for the freakish athleticism and Bron hauls Kaiser, for a deadlift BELLY2BELLY! Bron then GERMAN SUPLEXES!

Kaiser flounders, Bron runs in to clothesline at the corner! The fans are behind Bron as he puts Kaiser up top. Bron climbs, but Kaiser HEADBUTTS, then throws hands! Bron staggers away, but he comes right back up, to SUPER STEINER! The fans go nuts and even Miz can’t believe what he just saw! The straps come down, Bron gets Kaiser by the neck, then trophy lifts! But Kaiser slips free! Kaiser UPPERCUTS, but Bron DUMPS Kaiser up and out! The fans fire up as Kaiser crawls, and Bron goes out the side. Bron grins and he comes in around the way, but Kaiser sends him into steel steps! Kaiser grins as he avoids that car crash!

Kaiser gets back int he ring, but then slips out the side. Now Kaiser runs in around the way, but SHEAMUS KNEES HIM DOWN!!

Winner: Ludwig Kaiser, by disqualification

The Celtic Warrior gets payback on Kaiser and the fans are loving it! Sheamus now clears the desk and the fans are loving this even more! Sheamus hauls Kaiser up, lifts, but Kaiser fights it! Bron SPEARS Sheamus down!! The fans bark with Bron as he wipes out two men with one move! Will nothing and no one stop Bron from breaking through to that next level?

 

The Judgment Day hangs out int he clubhouse.

Carlito is over, so they’re playing WWE 2K while having some chicken nuggets. They’re having Rhea Ripley beat up on all sorts of superstars. Damian Priest walks in, and he asks who hooked them up with the goods? Carlito says it wasn’t him. Dominik puts the nugs down to say that while Priest might not like this, these are all gifts from Liv Morgan. Dude, seriously? Carlito says Liv helped him win his match so she can’t be all bad. Pause the game… Carlito says yeah, they do need to figure this out. When are the distractions gonna end? Someone texts Dom, and he checks. Now what? Whoa…

Dom shows the guys, and JD’s jaw practically hits the floor! Carlito says that’s cool. Priest glares at Carlito and Carlito says no, n-not cool. Dom says Liv is crazy and Priest agrees, but it is crazier how Liv even has Dom’s number! Priest isn’t telling Dom what to do, but if it were him, he’d find a way to end this with Liv tonight. Just saying. And guys, are you having fun? You know who else is having fun? Braun Strowman, because he’s having his way with them every week. Priest doesn’t wanna be a broken record, but that should’ve been handled by now. But hey, enjoy the games. Finn says yeah, Priest is right. They gotta handle Braun, tonight.

Carlito & JD agree, but they go back to WWE 2K. Will the Judgment Day finally put their foots down and establish dominance?

 

Bron returns backstage.

And he bangs on the door of Adam Pearce. Pearce says good God almighty, calm down! What’s the issue? Bron’s issue is that he’s sick and tired of everyone getting involved in his matches! He would’ve beaten Kaiser if not for Sheamus, and he would’ve beaten Sheamus last week if not for Kaiser! Bron wants a match with Sami Zayn for the Intercontinental Championship. He is sick of this, do something! Pearce says alright, just calm down before you have a heart attack. But then speaking of Sami, here he is! And the champ stares Bron down. If Bron wants the title match, well, no one is here to get in the way. Any time, any place, just name it.

Then how about Bron VS Sami at Money in the Bank? Sami tells Pearce, “You tell Bron Breakker he’s got his match.” Pearce says then at MITB, Sami VS Bron for the IC title is OFFICIAL. Bron says he’ll destroy Sami. Bron leaves, will he tear Sami apart in Toronto?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Lyra Valkyria VS Kairi Sane VS Shayna Baszler!

The Morrigan has been a thorn in the side of Damage CTRL, only because they’ve been trying to hold her down ever since they got here. But will Lyra be able to fly high and head for Toronto? Will the Pirate Princess help Iyo Sky double their chances in the ladder match? Or will the Queen of Spades stop everyone from overlooking her and finally head back to the top?

Raw returns and Kairi makes her entrance, followed by Shayna. The bell rings, the three feel things out, and then Kari takes a swing! Lyra gets around, Kairi BOOTS Shayna, then Kairi switches to headlock. Lyra powers out, hip tosses Kairi down to a cover, ONE!! Lyra whips Kairi to a corner hard, but then Shayna LARIATS Lyra! Shayna keeps going and clotheslines Kairi in the corner, then gut wrench SLAMS her! Cover, TWO! Kairi bails out so Shayna goes right after Lyra. Shayna whips Lyra to a corner, but Lyra goes up and over, sweeps the legs, and reels her in for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, Kairi AX KICKS it apart!

Kairi wrenches to a wristlock, whips, but Lyra reverses. Kairi goes up and gets both Lyra and Shayna for a RANA ARM-DRAG COMBO! The fans fire up as Kairi goes up, and she aims to SUPER CROSSBODY both Lyra & Shayna down! The fans fire up with Kairi while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Shayna suplexes Kairi, only for Kairi to APRON DDT!! Both women are down and the fans fire up, but then Lyra runs in to WRECK Kairi with a dropkick! Lyra puts Kairi in the ring, climbs up, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Lyra isn’t done there, she hauls Kairi up to fisherman BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kairi survives and then Shayna BUZZSAWS Lyra! Shayna CLUBS Lyra, drags her up, and whips her to ropes. Lyra slides under, but Shayna stops the heel kick to LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Kairi runs up to BLOCKBUSTER Shayna! Kairi drags Shayna to a drop zone and the fans fire up!

Kairi goes up, INSANE ELBOW onto knees!! Shayna drags Kairi up in a KIRAFUDA, but Lyra rolls Shayna up! TWO!! Shayna escapes, Lyra SOBATS, KICKS and RAMS into her! And then ENZIGIRIS! Shayna falls, Kairi rises, but Lyra runs. Kairi ducks the enzigiri, goes for a leg, but Lyra steps over, gut wrenches, and SITOUT POWERBOMBS! Cover, Shayna KNEES Lyra in the face!! Cover, TWO!! All three women are down and the fans fire up! “This is Awesome!” as the three stir. Kairi goes to a corner, Shayna runs in but only gets buckles. URAKEN! Kairi hurries up while Shayna falls, but Shayna rises again!

Shayna GAMANGIRIS Kairi, but Lyra waistlocks Shayna! Shayna ELBOWS free, but Lyra ducks the kick! Lyra fireman’s carries, Shayna slips out! KIRAFUDA!! Lyra flails, falls back, but Kairi aims! Lyra rolls back, TWO! INSANE ELBOW!! But Lyra fireman’s carries, NIGHTWING DRIVER!!! Cover, Lyra wins!!

Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

It was a fast and furious finish, and when the dust cleared, it was Lyra standing tall! But will she be able to fly over the field and get up that ladder to bring down the briefcase?

 

McIntyre argues with Pearce backstage.

Everything that Punk did to him, costing him at WrestleMania, costing him at Clash at the Castle, McIntyre should automatically be in the MITB ladder match! Pearce says no, everyone has to earn their way into that match, especially the guy that “quit” last week. Oh, whatever, it’s not like McIntyre meant it. Well, Pearce is gonna mean what he says, and no, McIntyre doesn’t deserve it. All McIntyre’s done is disrupt things on Raw and SmackDown. Oh, well, did McIntyre deserve CM Punk snatching a referee shirt, running out there and screwing McIntyre over? Does Seth Rollins deserve the shot at Priest after just coming back when McIntyre beat him at Mania?

McIntyre will tell Pearce this: He believes Pearce will do the right thing. Because if he doesn’t, he’ll see the true meaning of the word “disruption.” McIntyre leaves, but then Liv Morgan walks in. She’s wearing a shirt that reads “Daddy’s Girl,” and she smiles as she makes her way to gorilla. The WWE Women’s World Champion makes her entrance, and we’ll find out what she’s up to, after the break.

 

Raw returns and…

Liv has the mic to say, “Oh, Dominik~! Since I couldn’t seem to catch you backstage, I thought I’d come all the way out here to get your attention. I hope you really, really, really liked the gifts I gave you,. But I hope you liked that text I sent you even more.” She knows he’s playing hard to get, but once he’s honest with herself that she is what he really wants, she promises there’s so much more in store for him. Rhea’s never gotten Dom any gifts, has she? She’s never cared about him the way Liv does. Will “Daddy Dom” please come out here? He can thank her for the gifts, and she promises to give him another right in front of all these people.

But instead, Zelina Vega makes her way out here! La Muneca says she has a gift for everyone: it’s shutting Liv the hell up. Zelina doesn’t get why Liv’s obsessed with Rhea’s “sloppy seconds.” But that’s not even why she’s here. Zelina is here to talk about something that Liv has clearly forgotten about. While Liv is running around chasing that Dirty D, Zelina is here chasing the WWE Women’s World Championship. The fans like that! Liv says oh goodness, she has not forgotten about the title. This is the most important thing in her life! She took out Rhea for this title. She put Becky into early retirement for this! There is NOTHING that means more to her than this.

But it seems to Zelina that Liv is just about having fun. And that that fun is all she’s worried about. What’s wrong with having fun? Zelina will tell her what’s wrong. Liv schemed for her opportunities, Zelina starves for hers. So her Why will always top Liv’s libido. And what sounds “fun” to Zelina is Liv putting that title on the line. How does that sound? Zelina VS Liv for the WWE Women’s World Championship, here tonight! The fans fire up for that idea! Liv says she’d love to, but she’s busy. How about next week? Zelina is NOT waiting for next week! Try her. But wait, here domes Com! The fans boo but Liv is all smiles.

Dom has a mic, but Liv asks if he liked those gifts. She knows he does. Dom says he did get the gifts, but no he did not like them. Oh, but she knows he loved that text, right? She even gets the ropes for him. Dom tentatively steps inside, and Zelina asks what is going on here. The fans chant “SLOPPY SECONDS!” and Zelina gags before she laughs. Zelina says if Liv is too afraid to fight, she didn’t need to bring her man out here. Dom says he’s not Liv’s man. The fans boo but Dom keeps trying to talk. If Zelina’s gonna fight Liv for the Women’s World Championship… The fans keep booing, but Dom says he wants to help.

Okay, wait, this is rich. He wants to what? He wants to help! Dom knows Zelina and Rhea have had their issues, and Zelina says that’s an understatement. Dom tells the fans to let him talk! Liv agrees, Daddy needs to speak. Dom says he’d rather seen anyone but Liv with the title! Zelina says no, if she wanted to hear anything out of Dom, she would’ve tossed a coin in his begging bowl. Second, she doesn’t need Dom’s help, nor does she want it. So- LIV ATTACKS ZELINA! Liv and Zelina scrap on the mat, the fans fire up, and then Rey gets in! Rey pushes Dom aside to drag Liv away, then he goes to Zelina’s side. But then Dom SHOVES Rey!

The fans boo as Dom again disrespects his dad, and Liv takes that as Dom fighting to protect her! Dom gets outta there, but Liv hurries after. Just what is going on with this WWE telenovela?

 

Cathy Kelley still waits by Chad Gable’s room.

She confirms that WWE medical has checked on Gable, and Adam Pearce has also talked with Gable. Pearce now exits and Cathy asks for an update. Gable is shaken up, as would anyone, but he IS medically cleared and focused on tonight’s Triple Threat. Then has Gable provided any further details on that brutal attack and his mental state? Pearce says that isn’t his story to tell, and Gable might not be in a position to tell it just yet. Will Gable be alright when facing two giants so soon after facing a living nightmare?

 

Liv continues to follow after Dom.

Dom tells her to leave him alone but she just wants to talk. Liv thanks Dom for being her hero out there. He saved her from his deadbeat dad! Now she knows he wants this as much as she does. No, that was just because he can’t stand his dad! Liv still thanks him, and hugs him. Dom squirms away, but then R-Truth walks in. Was that Tom or Nick Mysterio? Well, whichever one it was, he’s a reluctant hero. Those are the best kind, right? Liv says they sure are. Truth always has a soft spot for Tom/Nick. Wouldn’t it be nice to do something for a guy like that? Liv says Truth has no idea. Truth loves it when love is in the air.

Truth tells Tom/Nick is playing hard to get. They sure are. But Liv has an idea how she can do something nice for Dom and his friends. She can talk with Pearce about a match of Dom VS Rey for next week, and for tonight, it can be JD & Finn in a match for the World Tag Team Championships. Can Truth help with that? Yeah, Truth used to be cool with Finn, but he never liked JD. JD’s never been in Judgment Day, and he’s got a freakishly large head. Liv says JD sure does. But Liv knows the guys would love a tag match with the best team in the world. Truth says he’s one half of THE WWE World Tag Team Chamipons!

OMG really? Can he help? Of course! He’s the best! Well, yes, he is. Okay, just make sure to go talk to Pearce. Liv thanks Truth, heads out, and Truth says he’s always ready to help Carmella. Miz is NOT happy on commentary, and now he has to intercept Truth! Michael Cole is now alone on commentary, will Judgment Day get everything they could ever want?

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Chad Gable VS Braun Strowman VS Bronson Reed!

It’s the moment of truth for the former leader of The Alpha Academy. Will what happened last week leave him in any shape to face the Monster of All Monsters and the Colossal Aussie? Or will he pull off the truly biggest upset victory in WWE history?

Raw returns and Bronson makes his entrance, followed by Gable’s. Gable has a mic to say, “Do you believe in miracles?” The fans are torn, but Gable says the rumors of his demise were greatly exaggerated. Yes, eh was left bloodied and bludgeoned, left for dead by a bunch of monsters. There’s just one problem: Chad Gable cannot be killed! He LIVES! And in an act of true bravery, he is out here tonight to face these two monsters. And like last week, he will persevere, go on to MITB, win the briefcase, and he will become The Master in the Bank. Gable steps into the ring, but the tron is getting all glitchy…

The bell rings, Gable looks between the two mountainous men, and he CHOPS Bronson! Bronson doesn’t flinch! Gable CHOPS Braun, but Braun doesn’t flinch! Bronson CHOPS Gable, then Braun CHOPS Gable down! Gable bails out so now the big men are left alone. The fans fire up for “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” The two tie up, go around, and Bronson headlocks. Braun powers up and out, Bronson ducks ‘n’ dodges and RAMS Braun! Braun gets stuck int he ropes a moment, but comes back to CLOBBER Bronson! Braun keeps moving, but Bronson DUMPS him out! Gable gets in, and he waistlocks Bronson! Bronson elbows free!

Bronson lifts Gab le, and THROWS him at Braun, but Braun catches Gable! Gable fights, but Bronson DIVES?! Down goes everyone and the fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Gable has Braun in a HANGING ARMBAR! Braun gets free, but Bronson SPLASHES him! Gable gets in, ducks ‘n’ dodges Bronson to DROPKICK! Bronson SENTONS but Gable dodges! Gable has the giants in the corners, and he runs to forearm SMASH Bronson! And forearm SMASH for Braun! Gable goes back to Bronson but Bronson busts through the lariat to SPLASH Braun! SPLASH to Gable, then a whip into Braun’s BOOT! Bronson runs up but Braun BOOTS him, too! Braun then runs to run Bronson over! Another BOOT for Gable! Braun gets Gable up and TOSSES him into Bronson!

Both Bronson and Gable fall and the fans fire up! Braun sees both men go outside, so it’s time to get on the tracks! The Strowman Express runs to CLOBBER Gable! And CLOBBER Bronson! Braun storms back into the ring as the fans fire up, and he runs, only for Bronson to move! Braun POSTS himself! Gable GERMAN SUPLEXES Bronson!! Bridging cover, TWO!! Bronson survives but Gable stomps him to a drop zone. Gable goes up and up, but Braun trips him up! Braun drags Bronson out to POST him, then scoops him, for a MONSTER SLAM on the floor! The fans fire up as Braun huffs and puffs and rips off his shirt!

Braun drags Bronson back up, but then JUDGMENT DAY attacks! JD, Dom, Finn & Carlito all attack, but Braun fights them all off! Braun stalks JD, grabs him and Dom, then goes to the ramp, only for Finn to CHOP BLOCK Braun! Judgment Day mugs the Monster of All Monsters, the fans boo, but this leaves Gable and Bronson alone! Gable adjusts, has his target, and MOONSAULTS! Cover, GABLE WINS!!

Winner: Chad Gable, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

Judgment Day handles their Braun problem, and Gable actually comes through on his promise! Will Gable continue to do as he said and win the MITB contract?

Wait! The lights start turning off! The fireflies are coming out and Gable is in a panic! There’s fog filling the ring, and the piano starts playing! And then a spotlight shines on Gable, as SISTER ABIGAIL rises!! She creeps up behind him, and Gable falls into a corner! Gable scurries out of the ring but he can’t look away from fear. But then Abby crawls her way over to something else. There’s a box on the floor, and she picks it up. She sets it down on the commentary desk. What’s in the box, Cole? What’s in the box?! Abby continues on, walking through the crowd. And then she goes into the shadows, and disappears.

 

Raw returns and…

Michael Cole holds up the package. The fans are chanting “OPEN IT! OPEN IT!” The box is meant for Pat McAfee but he’s not here tonight. Cole unwraps the package, opens it up, and pulls out a VHS tape. It has the words “PLAY ME” on it, but hopefully the production truck has something.

 

Gable is backsatge.

He knocks on a door, and is thankful Otis is there. Gable asks if the others are there. He needs to talk with them. Otis calls to them, and out walk Tozawa & Maxxine. Gable says after last week, h is life flashed before his eyes, and when it did, all he could see was them, his family. It takes a big man to admit when he was wrong. These last two months have been rough for all of them, and he knows he stepped over the line. He owns that. So from the bottom of his heart, he is sorry. But that’s what families do, right? They fight, but they stick together. Otis says yeah, but anyone who hurts Tozawa & Maxxine isn’t family.

Otis is sorry for what happened to Gable, but he said what he said. They’re done. Otis leads the others away and Maxxine tells Gable that he put them through a lot. Gable really hurt Otis. Otis looked up to Gable. But for what it is worth, they are glad he’s okay. What happened to him must’ve been terrifying. But Otis just needs time, okay? Maxxine will talk with him. Maxxine heads back inside, and Gable turns around to see The Creeds & Ivy Nile. They ask if he’s alright, and Gable says no! He’s not alright! He needs help… Will Gable have to move on if Otis is unable to forgive him?

 

Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance!

The wicked witches are back in action after winning the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships at Clash at the Castle, and it’s going to be against the high-flying, good vibing party girls of KC Squared! Will Kayden & Katana be able to break the spell already cast by the new champs? Or will there be no After Party here tonight?

The teams sort out, Alba and Kayden start up and they tie up. Alba throws Kayden down then soaks up the cheers and jeers. But then Kayden YANKS Alba into ropes! Isla runs in, Kayden throws her out! Kayden runs and WRECKS both Alba & Isla with a dropkick! The fans fire up, Katana comes around, and she gets a boost to CROSSBODY Alba & Isla down! KC Squared is all fired up and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Kayden has Alba in a TRAILER HITCH! Alba endures, crawls over, and has the ROPEBREAK! Kayden lets go in frustration but she runs back up, only for Alba to YANK her into ropes! Kayden flounders, Alba brings her up and Isla tags in. The lasses double suplex, only for Kayden to counter with a DOUBLE DDT! The fans rally up, Kayden SUPERKICKS Isla down! Kayden grabs Isla by the legs and puts her in the drop zone. Katana tags in, and she goes up for the KEG STAND! Cover, Alba breaks it! The fans fire up as Alba RAMS into Kayden! Kayden TOSSES Alba, gets Isla up, and Katana climbs.

But then Alba trips Kayden up! Isla avoids Katana, but Katana rolls Isla! TWO, and Isla ROUNDHOUSES Katana down! Tag to Alba, she gets Katana up in the Gory Especial, double double, TOIL AND TROUBLE!! Cover, Alba & Isla win!

Winners: Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn, by pinfall

But wait! Now DMG CTRL runs in to CLOBBER Alba & Isla! The fans boo but they beat the tag champs down 3v2! Then Dakota BOOTS Katana for good measure! Iyo goes up top, takes aim, and OVER THE MOONSAULT for both Isla & Alba! The Evil Genius said DMG CTRL needs to make a change, will this increased intensity help them take over Raw?

 

Priest returns to the clubhouse.

But Liv’s already there? She says hi then bye, and Priest hopes this was Dom ending things. Priest steps inside, but only Finn is here? Finn thought Priest was heading home already. No, he had to come back and grab the world title so that he can go out and address Seth Rollins. Don’t tell Priest that it didn’t look sketchy just now! Don’t accuse Finn of things. Liv was here telling them all that Dom’s got a match with Rey, and that Finn & JD have a tag title match TONIGHT! Oh, she did that? Yeah! It ain’t ideal, but a title match is a title match. Finn will take what he can get. Liv seems a little too good to be true, Finn admits that.

Priest says that’s exactly right. Priest will go handle his business, and he wishes Finn good luck in the tag title match. Finn nods, Priest leaves, but then Finn rolls his eyes. Is Priest getting worked up over nothing? Or is there something going on here between The Prince and “Daddy’s Girl?”

 

The Miz finds Truth.

Miz asks if Truth talked to Pearce. Oh, he did, and it’s official. Why isn’t Miz in gear? They gotta get to gorilla. Miz asks if Truth has been paying attention. Miz was on commentary tonight! Oh, oops. Truth says he did it for love. Liv and Dom is a classic romcom. Like Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and Shrek! Miz doesn’t care about that right now! This is about them! Truth says he loves Miz, but only as a friend. Truth heads out, Miz is beside himself. What is Miz to do with Truth? What are they going to do against The Prince & Irish Ace?

 

Damian Priest heads to the ring.

El Campeon has already had a busy night just trying to keep his team on track, but now he will focus on his own business. Priest has the mic and says we all saw the Seth Rollins video package earlier. It was humbling and inspiring. Real talk, Priest sees what Rollins meant when he said he sees a version of himself in Priest. He gets it. They’re both someone who can be in a group, stand out as a leader, and elevate everyone around them. They’re both someone who can come out here as champion, representing Raw, while always rising to the occasion. And tell you waht. Priest knows what he sees in Seth.

Priest sees a man… he does not want to become. To break it down, Priest doesn’t wanna be here and see his successor. See someone who is bigger, stronger, and better than him. No, don’t get him wrong. Rollins is great, but Priest is the champion of the world! And so long as he IS world champion, sorry, but Rollins will never see the mountaintop again. But wait! Here comes Rollins himself! The fans fire up as The Visionary struts his way out as Cruella’s male counterpart and goes to the ring. Indianapolis sings for Rollins as he gets the mic, and he tells them, “We are partying in Indy today!”

The fans cheer and Rollins says this is why: Royal Rumble 2025 is coming their way! But that’s in February. Tonight is Monday, and so it’s still his show, it is MONDAY NIGHT ROLLINS! The fans sing more, and Priest is amused. Rollins revels in it, then says Priest goes “All Rise for El Campeon,” well all sing for Seth Freakin’ Rollins. But Priest wants to come out here, run his mouth about Rollins, is that it? No, no, Rollins wants to get this right. Priest says that as long as he is World Heavyweight Champion, Rollins will never get the belt back? That’s about right. Ooh… Well that is bold, Priest, very bold.

The problem is, man… Rollins doesn’t believe that. Rollins doesn’t believe in this confidence, this is false bravado. Does Priest even believe the crap coming out of his mouth? Does Indy believe the crap coming out of Priest’s mouth? “NO! NO! NO!” Rollins says they don’t buy it and here’s why. They don’t buy Priest as the man, as the mountain, because his actions and his words don’t line up. Priest says all the right things, says he doesn’t want anyone’s help when it comes to this title. However, in both of his title defenses so far, it was very obvious that Priest needed the help. If not for Judgment Day or CM Punk, Priest wouldn’t be here as World Heavyweight Champion!

Priest says yeah, he gets that opinion, and Rollins is right. Priest didn’t ask for help, but people got involved. The fans boo, then chant “YOU SUCK!” Priest frowns, but says he is the world champ! And he can’t change what happened. But what he can do, look at Rollins while holding the world title, while Rollins is there representing the past and holding on to a whole lot of nothing. Rollins says, “For now.” Rollins isn’t here to run Priest down. No, Rollins has a lot of respect. But Rollins doesn’t appreciate being one-upped. Priest one-ups Rollins by challenging him to this title match> Respect, that was a bold move.

But now Rollins is here to one-up right back. A challenge for challenge. Rollins says they should sweeten the pot at MITB. Y’know, nothing official, no Pearce or anything. More like a side bet, or a gentlemen’s agreement. A cherry on top. What does Priest say that if somehow he retains the title, he gets his wish. As long as Priest is champion, Rollins never challenges for it again. But when Rollins wins, takes back the title Priest has been keeping warm these past two months, we find out if Priest really can stand on his own two feet. WHEN Rollins wins at MITB, Priest… must LEAVE Judgment Day! The fans like that idea!

Priest is a bit speechless here. Rollins says we can find out if Priest really can walk a mile on Rollins’ shoes. What does El Campeon say to that? Priest chuckles, and he has to admit, that’s good. As Priest sees it, he’s the champion. So to him, Judgment Day needs him more than he needs them. But as far as this “agreement” goes, Priest accepts. Now Rollins is shocked. They shake on it, but wait! Here comes Der Ring General! Indy fires up as Gunther goes to the ring to join Visionary and Punisher. Gunther looks between the two, the fans chant “This is Awesome!” and then Gunther gets a mic.

Gunther has everyone hold on, and he says he fully understands there’s a lot on the line here. The world title, and the gentlemen’s agreement. MITB, Seth Rollins, the workhorse who established the prestige of this title, against Damian Priest, the man who is carrying Monday Night Raw on his back right now. Gunther wishes good luck to both men. He cannot wait to see this match. The fans cheer that! Gunther then adds, “May the better man win. But don’t make a mistake. At SummerSlam, the better man out of you two, will be the lesser man when he steps in the ring with me.” Gunther drops the mic and heads out. Will the King of the Ring prove he’s the greatest of them all in Cleveland?

And as for Rollins and Priest, will The Visionary make good on the last shot he might have for a long time? Or will he force the Judgment Day to do things without their Punisher?

 

The VHS tape is ready.

The production team has a VCR to play it, and so here we are. A buzzard, the piano playing, the Wyatt Sick6, and of course, Uncle Howdy. “Are you… Happy? How have you been since the loss? Do you feel as though you have been… forgotten? Do you remember who you are?” BO DALLAS!? And he says, “I’m nobody.” Howdy says, “There you are. How did it feel when your brother died?” Bo says one of the most important things in his life… was taken from him. And it feels like nothing was ever gonna matter again. Howdy says, “Don’t you think you’re exploiting your brother’s legacy?” Bo says all he ever wanted his whole life… was to be like his brother.

Bo looked up to his brother, wanted to be like his brother. And he worked his entire career, his life, so he could have the chance to work next to his brother. They were going to… They were going to rule together. They finally made it! They had it all! And then it was taken away. There is no one on this Earth that feels more hurt by his loss than Bo! No one feels what Bo feels! So what is he supposed to do? Let his life become a mausoleum? To let everyone forget about what his brother stood for, what he fought for, what he believed in?! They wanted to forget about Bo. “They wanted to forget about all of us!”

Bo says they need to remember. The Wyatts made them all remember! Howdy says, “Yes, we did!” The two sides of one mind sit in the dark room, and then the video ends. What will the Wyatt Sick6 do to “make us remember” next?

 

Karrion Kross VS Kofi Kingston!

Mr. Apocalypse put out the challenge, and then got what he hoped for in #KofiMania running wild! There’s an agreement to leave everyone else in the back so that this is a fair fight, but will it really be fair? Or will the New Day find a way to triumph over The Final Testament?

The bell rings and Kofi DROPKICKS Kross right out of the ring! Kofi then FLIES and he takes Kross down! The fans fire up with Kofi and he gets Kross up and into the ring. Kofi goes up the corner, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” but Kross avoids the ax handle. Kofi comes back but into a BACKBREAKER! Kross then shifts to get Kofi back up, fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Kofi tumbles out of the ring but Kross has a confident sneer, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns, the fans rally, and Kofi JAWBREAKERS free of Kross! Kofi goes to the apron, springboadds in, and AX HANDLES! Kofi keeps rallying with CHOPS and a DORPKICK! Kofi runs, but into Kross’ arms! Kross RAMS Kofi into the corner, runs back in, but Kofi goes out to PENDULUM KICK! Kofi goes back up, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO, and Kross swings! Kofi dodges, and he LEAPING LARIATS! The fans fire up and Kofi gives us the “NEW~ DAY~!” BOOM DROP! Kross sputters and the fans fire up. Kofi claps, and the fans clap along. Kofi aims from the corner, but then Paul Ellering is on the tron!

Ellering shouts at Kofi, “Is it worth it? Is it really worth it!?” The Authors of Pain are beating up on Woods! Kofi hurries to the ropes but Kross reels him in! Kofi runs, dodges, but into the scoop and FINAL PRAYER!! Cover, Kross wins!

Winner: Karrion Kross, by pinfall

Kross holds up seven fingers, because Kofi is “lucky” number seven in Kross’ list of former WWE Champions he has defeated. But it would seem The New Day fell into their trap, will nothing stop The Final Testament from ruling over Raw?

 

WWE World Tag Team Championships: The Awesome Truth VS Finn Balor & JD McDonagh!

Miz really should’ve had Truth join him on commentary earlier tonight, because now they’re having to defend their titles on short notice! Again! Will the Hollywood A-Lister and the former 54-time WWE 24/7 Champion ever be done with The Judgment Day? Or will the luck of the Irish bring these belts back to the clubhouse?

Raw returns and The Awesome Truth makes their entrance. That takes care of the introductions, then the belts are raised, and we see if all is truly fair in love and war.

Truth starts against JD and the fans rally up. Truth and JD circle, but then Finn pushes Truth! JD CLUBS Truth, stomps away in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Finn tags in, he drags Truth up to ROCK him. Finn headlocks, Truth powers up and out, then Truth drops and blocks a kick. Truth kicks low, runs, and SCISSOR KICKS! Finn flounders to a corner, Truth does the splits! Truth goes corner to corner to STINGER SPLASH! Truth then brings Finn over to tag Miz. The Awesome Truth double whips, DOUBLE ELBOWS, then they do their secret handshake before the DOUBLE ELBOW DROP!

JD runs in but he gest a DOUBLE HIP TOSS! Finn runs in, but into a DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Then Miz & Truth DOUBLE LARIAT JD up and out! Indy is all fired up, but then here comes Liv! Whose side is she on? We’ll just wait and see, after the break.

Raw returns again and Finn stomps away on Truth at the ropes! The ref counts, Finn tags JD, and JD slingshots to ARABIAN PRESS! Cover, TWO! Liv is still at the ramp, but JD CHOKES Truth on the ropes. The ref counts, JD lets off to argue, and Finn gets a cheap shot in! JD stomps Truth, tags Finn, and they mug Truth. Truth writhes, Finn drags him up and whips. Truth KICKS Finn back, but then Finn rebounds, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up and Miz reaches out. Truth and Finn crawl, hot tags to JD and Miz! JD trips up, Miz KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! The fans are thunderous as Miz stomps away in the corner!

The ref counts, Miz lets off at 4, and he runs corner to corner to A-LIST LARAIT! Miz pushes Miz down, dodges Finn and Finn kicks post! Miz YANKS Finn down, hurries back up, but JD runs up. Miz RAMS into JD, but Dom & Carlito show up now! Liv says hi, but Dom & Carlito go after Miz! Miz kicks Carlito, TOSSES him over the desk, then hurries up., Miz BOOTS JD, springboards and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! JD survives and the fans fire up! JD goes to a corner, Miz runs in, but into a BOOT! JD goes up, but Miz trips him up, and Miz DRAPING CODE BREAKERS! Miz hauls JD up, but Finn returns! Miz kicks Finn, too! DOUBLE DDTS! Cover on JD, TWO!!

Dom & Carlito are frustrated but The Judgment Day is still in this. Miz has the fans fired up, and he rises up. But Dom’s on the apron! Miz swings on Dom, JD rolls Miz up! TWO, and JD swings. Miz dodges to WRECK Dom with a dropkick! JD swings again, but into the SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, Carlito helps with the ROPEBREAK! The fans boo as Caribbean Cool gets away with one! But then  Miz grabs at Carlito’s hair! Carlito gets free, Miz goes for JD, but JD HEADBUTTS Miz down! And here comes BRAUN! Braun storms down to the ringside, he chases Dom & Carlito away, just like last week!

The fans fire up as Miz and JD slowly stir. Finn is back and he reaches out. Liv seems unsure what to do without Dom here. JD crawls, as does Miz. Hot tags to Finn and Truth! Truth dodges Finn, and fires those FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! Truth hits the SPIN OUT BOMB! And we know what that means “YOU CAN’T-” NO, Finn KICKS Truth in the face! Miz gets up, Finn DECKS him off the apron! But Truth drop toeholds Finn, into the STF!! Finn endures, flails, reaches out, but JD CLOBBERS Truth! Miz springboards in, into a DROPKICK! Truth gets JD up, SPIN OUT BOMB! But Finn rolls Truth! TWO!!

Truth hurries to his feet, gets under Finn, and SPIN OUT BOMB! Finn & JD are side by side, and the fans fire up! DOUBLE “YOU CAN’T SEE ME~!” Truth runs, for a TEN KNUCKLE SHUFFLE!! JD flops out, Finn flounders around, and LIV gets on the apron!? Truth is distracted, Liv says love is in the air! Do this for her! Liv hugs Truth, JD distracts the ref, and then Liv HOTSHOTS Truth!! Finn SHOTGUNS Truth down!! Finn goes up top! COUP DE GRACE!!! Cover, JUDGMENT DAY WINS!!

Winner: Finn Balor & JD McDonagh, by pinfall (NEW WWE World Tag Team Champions)

Liv IS a bad girl! She just screwed Truth so that Dom’s friends could succeed! Judgment Day has more gold again, and Liv stands with them! Finn & JD allow it, but what will Priest have to say about this? What will Mami Rhea have to say about it?


My Thoughts:

An awesome episode of Raw here tonight! Great “surprise” of McIntyre showing up to really add some heat to this  already red hot feud with Punk. Of course he just expects to be in the MITB match, and he’ll be getting his chance to qualify, but it’s hard to say if he’ll actually become Mr. MITB. Punk could easily show up in Boston next week to mess McIntyre over, or he’ll show up in Toronto to yank McIntyre off the ladder. Either way, something is going to get us to McIntyre VS Punk for SummerSlam, and no title involved, just the grudge. That’s because Gunther is promised the title match for SummerSlam, and we got a great promo from Rollins, Priest and Gunther to feed that.

As always, a lot of great stuff out of Judgment Day, and Priest accepting the stipulation of that gentlemen’s agreement is some great stuff. Rollins might win, might get cashed on at some point, who knows, but Priest being forced to leave Judgment Day would be wild. I don’t see that coming because of everything else we got tonight, but it’s good stuff to put on the pressure. Liv keeps on flirting with Dom, and I think she’s right that he really did like getting WWE 2K on PS5 AND a huge platter of chicken nuggets, but then she doubles down and helps JD & Finn win the tag titles. That closing image tells me that Liv, Finn & JD VS Rhea, Dom & Priest in Judgment Day Civil War. It doesn’t even matter who is Heel and who is Face, it’s the cards they’re showing.

Awesome match from Bron VS Kaiser, but apparently Kaiser got legit injured during it. They should’ve been more careful with that flying clothesline onto the desk, maybe not bust that out all the time… But Sheamus going after Bron was great, and maybe after Bron VS Sami, Sheamus gets his shot to see if he can finally become Intercontinental Champion and complete the ultimate WWE checklist. And good stuff from Kroff and Kofi, but I nailed the prediction last week. Kofi was out in the ring so that Woods could be mugged by The AOP, this is the same stuff they did to Lashley & The Profits. But hey, if it adds to the New Day’s dysfunction, it’s still good stuff.

Awesome Triple Threat from Lyra VS Kairi VS Shayna. Lyra winning made sense, she and Iyo Sky can have it out during the ladder match. And DMG CTRL going after the tag teams later on was a good move, too. DMG CTRL will of course want the tag titles back, so it’ll likely be Kairi & Dakota VS Alba & Isla at some point. While that was a very good Triple Threat for the men, it should’ve been clear Braun was going to be attacked by Judgment Day. Chad Gable’s story tonight was also great, seeing as how it is also connected to this larger Wyatt Sick6 story. They could’ve gone with a bigger piece of bandage on Gable’s “wound” so it’d be more apparent, but that’s a small thing compared to him being one of the Wyatts’ targets.

Apparently Pat McAfee is another, as the Wyatt Sick6 “hacked” his show some time last week, which explains why he didn’t wanna show up tonight. Very clever to make the message a VHS tape, and that promo from Taylor Rotunda as both Uncle Howdy and Bo Dallas, that was powerful stuff. They even addressed the concern that some fans think this is exploitation by showing this story is a tribute to Bray and not just some gimmick. The therapy session style of Bo basically talking to himself even shows this is a way of working through mourning and grief, but also perhaps something more, something darker. That’s where it felt like Bray’s story was going with Howdy and Fiend and everything else, so this is Bo picking up the torch as only he can.

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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