Carmelo Hayes continues his era!
The Great American Bash was quite the party, and Carmelo Hayes still reigns as NXT Champion! But then, who will be next to step up… to HIM?
- Lyra Valkyria VS Jacy Jayne; Lyra wins.
- Eddy Thorpe VS DIJAK; Dijak wins.
- Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz VS Elektra Lopez & Loa Vice; Lopez & Vice win.
- Carmelo Hayes & Wes Lee VS Noam Dar & Oro Mensah w/ Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson; Noam & Oro win.
- Andre Chase w/ Chase U VS Baron Corbin; Corbin wins.
- Six Man Tag: Gallus VS Tony D’Angelo, Channing Lorenzo & ???; Tony, Stacks & Santos Escobar win.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE mourns the loss of Adrian Street.
The D’Angelo Family pulls into the parking lot.
But then GALLUS jumps them!! Wolfgang chokes Stacks, Tony fights the Coffey Brothers, and the 3v2 is becoming too much for the new tag team champions! Stacks is thrown into the door, then Gallus mugs Tony! Joe tells Tony that it is ALWAYS AND FOREVER, Gallus Boys On Top! Gallus heads out, is celebration going to turn right into planning revenge
Jacy Jayne storms onto commentary.
She tells Vic Joseph to stop talking, because tonight, she finishes what she started at the Bash! But Lyra won’t have anyone to pull Jacy off her! With that, tonight starts off with a grudge match! Will the Toxic Traitor rip off The Morrigan’s wings?
Lyra Valkyria VS Jacy Jayne!
Jacy doesn’t even wait, she goes after Lyra at the ramp! They brawl, Lyra throws knees but Jacy RAMS Lyra into the apron! Fans boo and Jacy goes to the apron. Jacy wants Lyra to stand, and then she CANNONBALLS Lyra down! Jacy howls but fans boo as she puts Lyra in the ring. Jacy wants the bell but the ref checks Lyra. Lyra says she wants this, too, so the bell rings! Jacy goes after Lyra with fast hands in the corner! Jacy stomps a mudhole, the ref counts, but Jacy lets off. Lyra dodges the boot, fires off ridge hands, and she ROCKS Jacy again and again! Lyra whips, Jacy reverses but Lyra CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!
Lyra keeps on Jacy with a fireman’s carry, but Jacy flails free. Jacy shoves Lyra, runs in and back body checks! Jacy snapmares to KICK Lyra in the back, then mule kick her down! Cover, TWO! Jacy says, “This is who you want?” and fans cheer! Jacy RAMS Lyra into the corner, and again, and digs her shoulder in! The ref counts, Jacy lets off at 4, but then Lyra goes up and over and handsprings to SHOTGUN Jacy down! Fans fire up with Lyra while Jacy bails out. Lyra aims to PLANCHA! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as NXT goes picture in picture.
Lyra drags Jacy up, to RAM her into the apron! And again! Jacy falls over and Lyra tells her this is what she gets. Lyra drags Jacy up, puts her in the ring, then storms over to bring her up. Lyra snapmares Jacy to then SLAM DUNK her head off the mat! Lyra drags Jacy up, UPPERCUTS, and Jacy staggers. Lyra whips, Jacy reverses and runs in, but into a BOOT! Lyra goes up but Jacy YANKS her down! Lyra hits buckles, and then Jacy hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Jacy is frustrated and she rains down fists on Lyra! Lyra crawls to a corner, Jacy swaggers, then she storms up to CHOKE Lyra on the ropes!
The ref counts, Jacy lets off at 4, and she stalks Lyra. Lyra mule kicks but Jacy ROCKS Lyra with a forearm! Jacy has Lyra on the ropes and CHOPS her! Lyra staggers to a corner, and Jacy CHOPS her again! Jacy keeps after Lyra with another CHOP! Jacy soaks up the heat then stalks Lyra to a corner. Lyra RAMS into Jacy, whips, but Jacy reverses to CLOBBER Lyra! Jacy paces around, drags her up, and whips Lyra into a corner! Jacy whips Lyra the other way and Lyra hits buckles hard! Lyra sits down, Jacy howls and then CANNONBALLS! Jacy pushes Lyra out to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Lyra is hanging tough but Jacy drags her back up.
Jacy KICKS Lyra’s arm but Lyra fires haymakers! Jacy kicks low again, snapmares and CLUBS Lyra in the neck! Jacy then clamps on a top wristlock half nelson combo, and even adds a chinbar. NXT returns to single picture as fans rally up for Lyra. Lyra fights up, arm-drags Jacy away, then she runs in. Jacy dodges, comes back, but Lyra BOOTS her! And ELBOWS her! Lyra runs, slips around, and O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Jacy rolls Lyra up, TWO! Jacy ELBOWS Lyra back down! Jacy grins and she SENTONS again! Cover, TWO! Jacy slaps herself to keep her focus. Fans rally up and Jacy scuffs Lyra. Jacy pie faces Lyra and eggs her on.
Lyra glares, grabs Jacy’s foot, and she spins Jacy to SOBAT! Front kick! HEADBUTT! Lyra runs, ducks and ROUNDHOUSES! And ROUNDHOUSES! Fans fire up as Lyra clinches, but Jacy fights the suplex! Jacy knees low, runs in, but Lyra sidesteps! Jacy tumbles out and Lyra WRECKS her with a dropkick! Lyra roars and fans fire up! Lyra puts Jacy in, climbs the corner, and CROSSBODIES! Lyra then reels Jacy in, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Jacy is still in this but Lyra smiles. Lyra looms over Jacy as fans rally up. Lyra KICKS Jacy, and KICKS her again! Fans fire up as Jacy flounders around.
Lyra sits Jacy up, and says this is payback! KICK! Lyra clamps onto Jacy’s chin, lines her up, but Jacy ducks the enziguri! Jacy shoves, BOOTS, but Lyra comes back! Into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO!! Fans fire up but Jacy has a crazy smile on her face. Jacy drags Lyra up, RAMS her into a corner, and RAMS her again and again! The ref counts, Jacy lets off at 4, and she runs back in. Lyra goes up and over, but Jacy SUPERKICKS! Jacy spins, Lyra ducks, HEEL KICK! Fans fire up, Lyra goes back up, FLYING SPLASH!! Cover, Lyra wins!
Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall
Lyra finishes things with Jacy and comes out on top, just as Mami Rhea wanted. Will this win establish Lyra as next in line for the NXT Women’s Championship?
Trick Melo Gang talks backstage.
The Great American Bash was crazy! That was Melo’s toughest challenge and his greatest performance. It could’ve gone either way, and Trick says that’s why he used that belt as motivation. Melo appreciates it, and apologizes for Trick taking that headbutt from Ilja. That was somewhere between bad luck and instincts. Trick says to forget that, as long as Melo got the W. That’s what it is, and that’s all it’s gonna be. But uh, check this. Now that Dragunov is in the rearview, Trick means what he said. Well, he said a lot last week. Trick says he’s gotta start doing things for himself. Melo says go ahead, get your bag.
No, Melo doesn’t understand what Trick means. Trick says they’re always gonna be friends, ride or die. But Trick ain’t a sidekick. Melo never said he was! He doesn’t see Trick like that! Trick says Melo may not, but “they” do! Melo is Melo, he’s on top and doing his thing, rightfully so. Maybe one of the best ever. But Trick isn’t a champion. Melo is. Melo beat the Mad Dragon, but Trick needs to get one for himself. Trick needs to show Dragunov that Trick can slay dragons, too. Melo says damn. He respects that. Trick says this ain’t a break-up, he just has to be his own man. Well, Melo has Trick’s back. Shoot for the stars and don’t miss. They shake on it, and Trick heads out. Will Trick bring gold of his own to Trick Melo Gang?
Tony & Stacks are getting checked out in the medical wing.
Stacks says that was some bull. McKenzie Mitchell walks over and brings up the attack. Not exactly what they expected for tonight. Does the doctor have a medical update for them? Tony speaks up first, saying the update is that Gallus are dead men walking. That was an act of desperation. They lost the titles at GAB, and now- And NOW, they can just turn their car right back around and get in the building. Tony wants Gallus, and he means ALL of Gallus. Stacks brings up how that’s 3v2! Then Tony will make a call. To who? Stacks knows who. Tony just hopes he’ll pick up. Tony & Stacks head out, despite the doctor’s wishes. Just who will be the third man for the Family?
Dominik Mysterio & Rhea Ripley are here!
Fans boo as “Dirty” Dom and Mami walk to the ring, Dom still holding onto the North American Championship only because of Mami. Rhea gets the mics to say, “AND STILL your NXT North American Champion… DIRTY DOMINIK MYSTERIO~!” Fans boo as Dom says, “Mami’s always right.” Rhea agrees, and says at the GAB, Dom proved he’s more of a man than Wes Lee and Mustafa Ali, and certainly more of a man than every single man in the crowd. And that makes Dom the greatest luchador that’s ever lived! Rhea says that’s facts. Dom continues to prove every- OH! Here comes Dragon Lee!
Fans fire up as the Wonder Boy has his own mic. Dragon tells Dom, “I won’t let you disrespect the NXT Universe or your heritage any longer.” Rhea laughs and tells Dom it’s Rey Mysterio Jr. Jr. Dragon says he doesn’t like Rhea. And Dom, if Dragon has this right, Dom says he’s the greatest luchador of all time? Dragon does not believe that, the fans do not believe that, and even Dom doesn’t believe that! Because the greatest luchador of all time is TU PADRE, REY Mysterio! Dom says HE makes the Mysterio name relevant! HE is the champion! Ah ah ah ah ah! Dragon knows Dom is only champion because his Mami was there.
Dragon can’t even understand it! How is it Rhea has Dom’s… cajones in her purse. Rhea looks Dragon up and down, and then says Dom’s are still bigger than Dragon’s. Then prove it! Next week, for the title! Rhea says okay and Dom says he is a fighting champion. We’ll see what happens next week. Rhea will of course be in Dom’s corner, she is all he needs. And wherever her Latino Heat goes, she goes. Perfect! Cuz next week, Dragon won’t be alone, either. Dragon looks to the tron, and REY has a message for Dom! Fans go nuts as Rey tells little Dominik that guess what? Rey is proud to say that he is coming to NXT to be in the corner of someone he truly respects! The future of lucha libre, Dragon Lee!
And hate to break it to you, but Rey will have the best seat in the house, and he can’t wait as Dragon just totally… Well, you know. Dragon’s gonna take that North American Championship! See you then. Dom and Rhea are upset, but will they still find a way to do this title dirty?
Melo is on the phone.
But then Wes storms in and throws some stuff around. Melo asks what’s up, what’s wrong? Wes says it’s not Melo’s concern, he should worry about recovering from his match with Dragunov. Melo still asks what’s bugging Wes. Does Melo care? Man, save the self-pity! Self pity?! Wes throws a chair aside as he shouts he has lost THREE WEEKS IN A ROW! Melo is on top of the world as NXT Champion after tearing the house down in Texas, and Wes is scraping by and fighting for his life. Don’t dare act like you know what Wes is going through!
Melo tells Wes to calm the hell down because Wes doesn’t understand what it is to BE NXT Champion. Melo went through a war on Sunday. Melo can barely even breathe, but you don’t see him complaining and whining. Another man will step up to the plate, Dragunov will want a rematch. Nobody gets it, since y’all ain’t ever lived it. Now Melo gets why Breakker snapped. Oh, Wes knows what it is to be a champion. But in steps Noam Dar with Oro Mensah. Look at this mad, sad little boys. Well life ain’t sweet if you ain’t Meta Four. And life IS sweet! Dar has something neither of them will ever have, and that’s the Heritage Cup Championship.
Uh, Dar, you’re not the Cup Champion. It’s Frazer. Oh, Wes wants to get real? Well, Wes never beat Dar, but Dom beat Wes twice! Wes step sup, Oro pushes him, and a brawl breaks out! Other superstars step in between these four, will the Scottish Supernova and his main man end up humbled but Wes and HIM?
Backstage interview with Chase U.
McKenzie is with Andre Chase, Duke Hudson and Thea Hail as she brings up the second loss to Tiffany. It was an incredible fight, but Thea was rather emotional after. How is she feeling now? Thea says she gave it everything she had, left it all in the ring, and Chase threw in the towel. She didn’t give up! She swears she didn’t! Chase says that’s true, she did not give up. But he had to do that! NO HE DIDN’T! Baron Corbin walks over and says seriously, this is over, there’s the exit. No it’s not, this is their allotted time. Then get through it already! Just say sorry for crushing Thea’s hopes and dreams and go.
Oh, sorry, did Corbin even see the match while being thrown around by an Olympic Gold Medalist? Corbin laughs and says if Gable shows his face again, Corbin will finish that fight. And since Chase won’t say it, Corbin will. Corbin leans in to tell Thea, “Excuse me, little girl. This job, it’s not for everybody. You tried, and you failed. And you peaked on Sunday. So you should pack your things and find something else to do.” Chase tells Corbin that’s enough. He’s a POS and Chase won’t let him talk to Thea like that! Well, tighten your dress pants and do something about it. Oh, Chase will. Chase won’t let people talk to Thea like that, but Thea doesn’t want to talk to Chase.
What can Chase do to make it up to her? Will humbling Corbin be a good start?
Eddy Thorpe VS DIJAK!
The Alpha Wolf has been racking up wins, including in an NXT Underground match, but none of that matters to #HardJustice! Will Dijak make Eddy prove to him that he’s legit? Or will Eddy’s momentum be put in lockdown?
NXT returns as Dijak makes his entrance. The bell rings and Eddy dodges a boot to fire off forearms! Eddy bobs ‘n’ weaves, UPPERCUTS and CHOPS! Eddy whips, Dijak reverses but Eddy comes back to SHOTGUN! Eddy CLUBS Dijak, fires off body shots, but Dijak shoves him away. Dijak kicks low, headlocks, but Eddy powers out. Eddy hurdles then CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up with Eddy and he drags Dijak up to snapmare. Eddy KICKS Dijak, but Dijak choke grips! Eddy breaks free and CHOPS, but Dijak CHOPS! Eddy CHOPS, Dijak LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Eddy hangs tough and fans rally up.
Dijak waits on Eddy to rise, choke grips again, but Eddy throws elbows! Eddy puts Dijak in the corner, RAMS into him again and again, but Dijak boots him away! Eddy returns but Dijak moves, and Eddy POSTS himself! Eddy staggers into the choke grip! HIGH JUSTICE!! Cover, TWO!??! Eddy survives and shocks Dijak! Dijak seethes and he aims from a corner. Eddy stands, Dijak spins, but into a SOBAT! And ENZIGURI! Eddy runs in to HELLUVA KICK! And SAIDO! Fans fire up as Eddy hurries to cover, TWO!! Dijak survives and Eddy shakes out his arms. Fans rally, Eddy crawls back and wraps on a rear bearhug.
Fans rally, Dijak fights up, and he fights the lift! Dijak pries the hold open, wrenches and WRINGS Eddy out! Eddy writhes, Dijak drags him up and POSTS him again! Dijak grins now and he drags Eddy up, to torture rack! FEAST YOUR- NO, Eddy slips out to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Eddy and he runs to JUMP ELBOW! But that was the bad arm! Dijak flops out of the ring and fans boo. Eddy hurries over to drag Dijak up, but Dijak YANKS Eddy into the post! Then he SUPERKICKS Eddy back in! Dijak slides in, grits his teeth and CYCLONE BOOTS!! Cover, Dijak wins!
Winner: Dijak, by pinfall
The Alpha Wolf fought hard but he could only do so much with one arm. Will Dijak use this win to establish himself as the top dog in NXT?
Tony D’Angelo is on the phone.
He says they’ll never believe it! Gallus got them right outside the car! Stacks walks over and asks what he’s saying. Tony says if anyone understands this, it’s him. Business is business. Look, do this for him and they’re even stevens. Good? Good! Yeah, see you then. So he’s in? He’s on the way. The Underboss & The Don are ready, but just who is this ringer they’re calling it?
Dana Brooke & Kelani Jordan watch back film.
Kelani can’t believe how Dana just kept hitting Cora Jade again and again with that kendo stick. Cora didn’t stand a chance! “Good for you, girl! Cora should’ve never got on your bad side.” Dana says Cora brought out something in Dana. A dark side. It just kinda came out. But that’s the side that maybe we needed to see. Yeah! After all the different directions her career has gone, after seeing all those negative comments, as soon as Dana had that kendo stick in hand, she saw red. But y’know what? Dana kinda liked it. Kelani says Dana is kinda badass. Yeah? Yeah. Maybe that’s something Kelani should try to tap into.
How so? All the gymnastics training is great, but Kelani needs to call someone out! Find that killer instinct! Hmm… Kelani thinks about it. Will she and Dana sharpen their edge and climb the ranks of NXT?
Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz VS Elektra Lopez & Loa Vice!
Leon & Feroz helped Nathan Frazer & Dragon Lee defeat Meta Four in the Great American Bash Kickoff Show, but if you asked La Madrina and her MMA amiga, it was more the other way around. Will Lopez & Lola prove they have the fire and desire? Or will there be plenty of Latina Heat from Leon & Feroz?
The teams sort out, Leon starts against Lopez and the two tie up. They go around, Leon waistlocks, Lopez switches and SLAMS Leon down! Lopez wraps on a SLEEPER but Leon arm-drags free! Feroz tells Leon to get fired up, and Leon gets around to waistlock and SLAM Lopez! Then she gator rolls, bearhug rolls, and brings Lopez up to wrench. Lopez ROCKS Leon, whips her away, but Leon springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG! And then regular arm-drag! Tag to Feroz, fans fire up as Leon snapmares and Feroz gets a boost, LIONSAULT! Cover, ONE!! Feroz runs but Lola stands in the way! They argue, and Lopez sucker punches Feroz!
Lopez kicks and CLUBS Feroz, talks a lot of trash, and then SMACKS Feroz off the mat! Tag to Lola and they double LARIAT, and DOUBLE HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Lola whips Feroz to a corner, runs in, and SPINNING SOBATS! Lola tosses her hair, fires up and hits a HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Lola clamps onto Feroz with a facelock, tags in Lopez, and Lopez runs in to ELBOW! And ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO! Lopez wraps on body scissors and a SLEEPER! Feroz endures, pries the hold open, but Lopez clamps it back on! Feroz pushes back to a cover, TWO!! Lopez keeps Feroz from Leon but Feroz ENZIGUFRIS!
Lola tags in, intercepts Feroz and back suplexes, but Feroz lands on her feet! Feroz slips under, hot tag to Leon! Leon rallies on Lola with forearms and elbows! And a GUT WRENCH PLEX! And then another! And then a scoop to MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, Lopez breaks it! Feroz fires off on Lopez! Lopez shoves her then THROAT CHOPS! Lopez TOSSES Feroz, but Leon LARIATS Lopez! But Lola runs up to HEEL KICK!! Cover, Lola & Lopez win!
Winners: Lola Vice & Elektra Lopez, by pinfall
It was a lot of chaos, but in the end, Lopez & Lola proved their point! Their fire was hotter, will they blaze a trail up to the top?
Tiffany Stratton posted a TikTok.
It was a #GRWM, a “Get Ready With Me.” She recorded herself doing her make-up as she reminded us all that she faced “a little girl full of energy, Thea Hail.” But she won’t lie, Thea pushed her. There were so many moments where Tiff wanted to give up. Her arm was hurting so bad, she literally could’ve passed out from the pain. But after weeks of torture, it is finally over. And she will be back next week to grace us with her presence. Maybe she’ll choose her next opponent, throw a #Tiffybration, or whatever else she wants. But whatever it’ll be, you can believe it’ll be fabulous. What will be next for Wrestling Barbie in NXT?
Carmelo Hayes & Wes Lee VS Noam Dar & Oro Mensah w/ Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson!
Holla holla, player, Teddy Long would be proud of this impromptu tag match! But will the NXT Champion and the former North American Champion be feeling much better after shutting up the supposed Heritage Cup Champion and his sidekick?
Wes doesn’t wait, he DIVES onto Dar & Oro during their entrance! Wes DECKS Oro, fires off hands, and fans fire up! Dar CLOBBERS Wes, he and Oro mug Wes, but then Melo FLIES in to take them out! Melo helps Wes up and they brawl with Meta Four more. Wes SMACKS Dar off the apron, brings him around and SMACKS him off more apron, then fires off hands! Oro kicks Melo, Wes wrenches Dark, and Wes APRON BACK SUPLEXES! Melo gets in with Dar, the match begins! Dar bails out but Melo storms up to ROCK him! And then REBOUND PLEX! Fans fire up and Melo goes up, but Dar gets under the three pointer!
Dar runs in but into an arm-drag! And a DROPKICK! Wes wants in, but Melo says he’s got this. But then Melo figures alright, since Wes wants in. But Dar wrenches and sweeps the leg! Dar drags Melo up, tags in Oro, and Meta Four mugs him. Oro ROCKS Melo, snapmares and then brings him up again to UPPERCUT! Oro back suplexes but Melo lands out! Melo shoves, dodges, SPRINGBOARD LARIAT! Tag to Wes and Wes jumps in. Wes SENTONS, covers, TWO! Wes drags Oro up, throws knees, then whips him to the corner. Wes runs in, UPPERCUTS, and he tags Melo in. Wes holds Oro for Melo to fire hands!
Melo snapmares, KICKS, and then tags Wes back in. Melo drags Oro up, Wes jumps in again to UPPERCUT! Wes fires off hands, the ref counts, Oro slaps Wes so Wes BOOTS Oro! Wes brings Oro around, keeps Melo from tagging in, and Oro CLUBS Wes! Wes RAMS into Oro, and TACKLES him! Jackknife cover, TWO! Melo tags in now, and he helps Wes get Oro up. They double whip and DOUBLE DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Melo covers, TWO! Tag back to Wes and he goes up a corner. But Lash drags Oro out to safety! Fans boo and Wes glares. Dar also hurries over, to protect the Cup. Melo has everyone just settle down, and NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Dark has Wes’s arm. Wes endures, fights up and throws body shots, but Dar CLUBS him! Dar facelocks, tags Oro, and Meta Four mugs Wes! Oro holds Wes in the ropes so Dar can KICK him! Oro lets go at 4, then he drags Wes back up. Oro hits an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Oro KICKS Wes in the back, and Oro drags Wes up. Wes throws body shots, but Oro CLUBS him! And kicks! But Wes blocks, avoids the flip kick, and basement dropkicks! Fans fire up as both men are down! Wes and Oro crawl, hot tags to Dar and Melo! Fans rally as Melo rallies on Dar!
Melo DECKS Dar, CHOPS Dar, LARIATS Dar, and fires up! Melo whips, Dar reveres but Melo dodges to KNEE SMASH, and atomic drop! Whip to the corner, forearm smash! Melo snapmares then SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO! Mell is annoyed but Dar bails out. Melo PLANCHAS but Dar moves! Dar comes back but Melo ROCKS him! Melo puts Dar in, but Oro runs in! Melo ELBOWS Dar, and Lash runs in!? Melo dodges her, gets in the ring, ducks the roundhouse but not the BACKHAND! Melo still ROCKS Dar in return! Dar wrenches, Melo whips, but Dar reverses! Melo LA MYSTICA! Fans fire up and Melo tags Wes!
Wes goes up, he aims, but Jakara gets in the ring?! Wes has had it, he just JUMPS! Jakara runs away, Dar takes the SKY TWISTER!! Cover, ORO BREAKS IT! Melo rushes Oro, whips, but Oro comes back to ROCK him! Melo BOOTS Oro! Wes drags Dar up, but Dar wrenches out to kick the leg! SUPERMAN PUNCH! Dar runs up but into an elbow! Wes goes up to FLYING CHUCK! Wes goes to the corner, Melo finishes with Oro and rushes Dar, but the CARDIAC KICK hits HIM! Fans can’t believe it, and then Oro SUPERKICKS Wes!! Dar aims, to NOVA ROLLA!! Cover, Meta Four wins!!
Winners: Noam Dar & Oro Mensah, by pinfall
Fans boo, but Dar’s team doesn’t care, they pinned a former North American Champion and the current NXT Champion! Will this change the power dynamic in NXT four-ever? As for Wes and Melo, they argue about their miscommunication. But while Melo is willing to let it slide, Wes isn’t! He asks what was going on! Melo says this isn’t something to worry about. But Wes says it IS! Will Wes’s anger lead him to go after HIM next?
Bron Breakker speaks.
“Von Wagner. How you holding up after that Spear last week?” Bron’s had the chance to watch Von’s story unfold, and he has to say… It’s touching stuff. Really is. (That’s sarcasm) Bron will shot straight, though. Von’s a nobody, just like his father! Von’s soft, that’s it! Telling it like it is! If Von doesn’t like what Brno’s saying, then come find him! But if you do, that picture from when Von was a kid with the scar on his head, if you think that was bad. wait until Bron’s done with you. One badass second generation star calls out the other, who will come out of it as the baddest?
Rhea & Dom are taking their leave.
Dom is upset that Dragon and Rey are trying to steal his spotlight. But then Axiom walks over! And Axiom says Dom is a parasite! Leeching off his father’s blood, sweat and tears. But Axiom can’t wait for next week when Dragon takes him on. Wait, didn’t this guy already say how much he loves Rey? No, that was Dragon Lee! Oh, then who the hell is this? But Mustafa Ali gets in Dom’s face. He wants to talk. Axiom was just talking to him! Right, but hold on. Ali wants to talk about Sunday. Rhea says Ali lost. Ali isn’t the one who got pinned. Axiom asks what’s going on here, but then Rhea 7 Dom leave.
Ali is upset, Axiom says Ali was the one disrespecting him. Oh, right, sorry, Axiom got disrespected! Hey, everybody, Axiom got disrespected! Try being disrespected for EIGHT YEARS!! Go worry about the Heritage Cup or Scrypts. That NAC is Ali’s! Ali isn’t doing himself any favors, will he have to worry about the Undeniable Truth on top of Dirty Dom?
Andre Chase w/ Chase U VS Baron Corbin!
The Professor looks to defend his student’s honor, but he’s going up against the new “No BS, burn the ships” Baron Corbin. Will this be a #TeachableMoment for Corbin about respect? Or for Chase that not everyone can succeed?
NXT returns as Chase U makes their entrance. Thea is not her usual hyper self, but Duke encourages her to still be here for Mr. Chase. The bell rings and Chase circles with Corbin. They tie up, Corbin powers Chase to the corner, and fans rally up. Corbin knees low, CLUBS Chase, and some fans even chant, “Throw The Towel!” Corbin short arm LARIATS Chase! Corbin paces, he tells Thea to watch her mentor. But Chase swings around! Corbin powers out of the crucifix but Chase sunset flips! Corbin drags Chase up to knee low again! Corbin scoops, Chase slips off and rolls Corbin up! TWO, and Chase dodges to go up and over and sunset flip again! TWO!
Corbin is flustered, and Chase says that was a TEACHABLE MOMENT! Then Chase DROPKICKS! Corbin bails out, Chase pursues, but Corbin fireman’s carries! DEATH VALLEY BOMB to the floor! Fans boo and Corbin stares at Thea. Duke stands in the way, and Corbin goes back to the apron. Chase drags himself up, so Corbin goes after him, to POST him! Fans chant “WE WANT THEA!” as Corbin goes in to drop elbow after elbow on Chase’s back! Corbin HAMMERS away on Chase, then drags him up. Corbin puts Chase in the corner, whips him corner to corner hard, and Chase bounces off buckles!
Corbin stalks Chase as he writhes, and he pulls Chase back in a camel clutch! The fans chant “THROW THE TOWEL!” as Corbin CLUBS away on Chase! Corbin TOSSES Chase out, goes out after him, and drags him up. Corbin RAMS Chase into barriers! Chase staggers, Corbin taunts the Chase U Student Section! Corbin puts Chase in, grins at Thea, and goes back in. Chase dodges, blocks a boot, KNEE JAMMER! Chase KICKS and CHOPS, but Corbin shoves him away! Chase ducks ‘n’ dodges to dropkick the legs out! Fans rally up as Chase whips Corbin. Corbin reverses but Chase reverses to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!
Fans are torn as Chase hobbles up. Time to spell it out! C! H! A! S! E! What’s that spell!? CHASE U~! Fans fire up as Chase goes up the corner. Corbin runs in, Chase leaps over! Chase comes back, into a SPINEBUSTER! Corbin gets a leg, and he has a HALF CRAB! A direct reference to Great American Bash! And THEA THROWS THE TOWEL!! But Corbin catches it!? And throws it back?! Thea says fine and just leaves! But then Chase cradles Corbin! TWO!! Chase CHOPS, but Corbin CLUBS Chase! END OF DAYS!! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
Duke is disappointed, but what is it Chase U can do to get back on track after Sunday? As for Corbin, will he take what he feels he’s owed?
Roxanne Perez shares her homecoming with NXT.
Coming home to Texas, she felt so good to be back. She missed Texas so much. Coming into the WWE, she had to find herself. And now, she knows who Roxie Perez is, and what she won’t take. Roxie reunites with her family, they are so proud of her and her hard work. Mom says it’s all Roxie, and Raquel was worried she might have to close her eyes with the Weapons Wild Match.
And of course, Roxie went to WonderCon, only for Blair to try and ruin the fun. They had their pull-apart scrap, and Roxie vowed to make Blair regret everything she’s ever done to her. Booker T taught Roxie that she can’t focus on the past, she has to push forward and focus on what’s next. This match was for every victim of Blair’s “reign of terror.” And we know how that match went down! Roxie give as good as she got, and she came out on top! Sorry not sorry for what she had to do. And honestly, no more apologies to anyone that forgot this is Roxie Perez. “And you can’t break me.” Will Roxie be unstoppable on her road back to the top?
Tony’s mystery man appears!
Great muscle car, great shoes, but we don’t get to see his face! Who is this walking in to back up The Don?
The Meta Four celebrates backstage.
Dar says they are untouchable! Lash wants them to hold up, wait a minute! Does he realize what happened? “Y’all just beat the NXT Champion, and the most successful North American Champion of all time!” More applause! It feels good to be great. But Tyler Bate walks in! Don’t tell Bate that Dar only just got that cup back. C’mon, man, have you been living under a rock? Well, if you think about it, many people live their lives under metaphorical rocks. Meta Four? But Bate says he was on a meditation retreat to destress and reconnect with himself and his roots. Ever been to Tibet?
Jakara doesn’t care about anything that Bate just said. But clearly, Dar never actually lost the cup. Um, so then he is the champ? Yes! And he’s beaten everyone else? Yes! There’s that meditation kicking in. Well then, as Bate sees it, Dar could do with a fresh challenger. Um… Bate says challenge accepted! Next week, Dar VS Bate, for the Cup! Bye-bye! What? NO! That’s not…! Did Dar and Meta Four put all of their feet in their mouths? Will the Big Strong Boi’s return to NXT bring him a return to former glory?
The Schism and their followers are in the ring.
Ava Raine, Joe Gacy & The Dyad stand with their masked-and-hooded henchmen, and Gacy says they gather tonight under The Schism’s tree from “unfortunate circumstances.” Conflict with new members is not uncommon, but in their experience, can be resolved and explored with an open heart. However… Insubordination and disobedience are toxic to their roots, and must be eradicated! There are two among them who have abandoned their values and pose a direct threat to the sanctity and future of The Schism! TIME’S UP! Jagger & Rip can’t wait! These boys are gonna get theirs. No more Diamond Mine, lads!
Gacy has the Dyad back down. They will do their due diligence. Ava says that week after week, the NXT Universe have been “adorned with these golden masks” (that are bright yellow). And it is a butterfly effect that will have impact for years to come. But two put their hands on the Dyad and that is unacceptable. They will be found out and punished. Step forward one by one and remove the masks! First up, not a Creed. Second, not a Creed. Third, is IKEMEN JIRO~! But he’s not Schism or a Creed! Jiro has a good time on his way out and The Dyad is furious! This is serious business! The fourth is not the Creeds, either, go away! Quincy shrugs and walks away.
That leaves the last two! And the Dyad is convinced! How can these two be here so calmly? The Creeds won’t get one over on them! The Dyad pounces, but reveals NOT Creeds!? The Creeds are on the tron! They’re up here, dummies! The Creeds are at a beach somewhere! To think the Dyad would think those two were the Creeds! You really thought they were in masks? But the surround sound at the hotel did make it feel like the Creeds were right there for that match. But Gacy, the UFOs might’ve fried your brain~! The paranoia is off. They lost the Losers Leave NXT and aren’t in NXT. But they are having the time of their lives!
In fact, they were at the pyramids last week! Wait, the background changes! That’s a green screen! And then Easter Island! Those heads look like Schism masks. Not that they would know, wink wink. But they go back to the beach in Fiji-Hawaii. Well, uh, they went to both. But don’t worry, they are NOT in Orlando. Not even close. They’re just calling in, checking in, and enjoying vacation. They drink it up and head out. The Dyad are furious but Ava & Gacy stop them! “Not like this!” Gacy tells the Creeds that he knows they ARE here! So followers of The Schism worldwide, FIND the Creeds and bring them here!
The cracks are forming in the foundation of this already unstable stable, will Julius & Brutus have their revenge one way or another?
Cora Jade barges into the women’s locker room.
The Punk Rock Mean Girl says, “Move move move! I can’t even believe this! I just loss to Dana Brooke of all people! Y’know, the one who comes to Raw and tries to steal my spotlight? That one! Y’know what? Forget it. I’m done. I’m leaving. I’m sick of this place. Why am I even here?” Cora is packing her things, but then looks at her stack of supposed fan mail. She says the fans are all up in her business, so they can know that she’s LEAVING. She tosses the mail, and then tells everyone good luck without her. They’re gonna need it. No one seems to care… Will the Generation of Jade be the one out of luck without NXT?
Six Man Tag: Gallus VS Tony D’Angelo, Channing Lorenzo & ???
Joseph, Markus & Wolfie jumped The Don & Underboss the moment they pulled into the parking lot, being the sorest of sore losers from The Great American Bash. But now, Tony vows they’re gonna pay! So who is the third man, brother? It’s… SANTOS ESCOBAR!! Fans fire up as the Emperor of Lucha and the #1 contender to the WWE United States Championship is back in NXT! This is what Tony meant about finally being even with him. Will Escobar help Tony & Stacks finally settle things with Gallus?
Speaking of which, all three throw off their jackets and rush the ring! The brawl is on! Fans fire up as Escobar is after Joe. Tony & Stacks are after Mark and Wolfgang! Escobar, Tony & Stacks TOSS Gallus out, and fans are fired up again! The teams finally sort out, and Stacks starts with Wolfgang at the bell. Stacks throws hands, whips, but Wolfgang reverses, only for Stacks to UPPERCUT! Tag to Tony, the Family mugs Wolfgang, Tony hits a big knee lift and some haymakers! Tony wrenches Wolfgang, tags Stacks, and then bumps Wolfgang off Stacks’ knees! Stacks brings Wolfgang around to ROCK with a haymaker!
Wolfgang shoves Stacks but Stacks drop toeholds! Stacks HAMMERS away, throws knees, then fires fists! Tag to Tony, Tony HIP TOSS SENTONS Stacks into Wolfgang! Tony drags Wolfgang up but Wolfgang ELBOWS free! Tag to Joe, but Tony ROCKS him! Tony TACKLES Escobar, drags him up and reels him in! Mark runs in but Stacks intercepts! Wolfgang runs in, Escobar intercepts! Fans fire up for TRIPLE HOCKEY SCRUMS! The Family shoves Gallus, Tony and Stacks clothesline Mark and Wolfgang! Then Escobar TOSSES Joe! Fans fire up as the Emperor, the Don and the Underboss stand tall, “This is Awesome!”
NXT goes picture in picture and the ref gets Stacks and Escobar to stand down. Gallus fires up, Joe runs in, but into haymakers! Tony DECKS Joe, brings him up, and whips him into the corner! Tag to Stacks, the Family mugs The Iron King! Then tag to Escobar! He gets in on the mugging! Tag to Tony, he drags Joe up, but Joe throws body shots! Tony ROCKS Joe again, then short arm LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Joe hangs in there but Tony drags him up. Tony clinches to BELLY2BELLY! Tony gets the legs, and he stomps away on Joe’s stomach! Tony KICKS Joe in the side, tags in Stacks, and Stacks keeps Joe from Gallus. Cover, TWO!
Stacks drags Joe up, throws knees, but Mark runs in! Stacks DECKS Mark, but Joe CLOBBERS Stacks! Tag to Wolfgang and he drags Stacks up to SNAKE EYES off the apron! Wolfgang puts Stacks in, covers, TWO! Wolfgang keeps on Stacks with a cobra clutch, and he leans on the hold. Stacks kicks and flails as NXT returns to single picture. Fans fire up as Stack stands, but Wolfgang KNEES him low! Fans rally, Stacks fights up, but Mark tags in. Wolfgang ripcords and RAMS Stacks, then feeds Stacks to Mark’s FLYING SHOULDER! Cover, TWO! Mark CLUBS Stacks, tags Joe, and the Coffey Brothers mug Stacks.
Joe whips Stacks into the corner, scoops him and hits a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Tag to Wolfgang and they mug Stacks. Wolfgang DECKS Stacks, then CHOKES him on the ropes! The ref counts and the fans boo but Mark tags in. Mark SMACKS Stacks off the ropes, storms back in and drops knees! Cover, TWO! Mark facelocks to grind Stacks down. Fans rally, Stacks fights up, and Stacks powers his way forward a step at a time! Fans fire up, Stacks reaches out, but Mark KNEES low! Then sucker punch to Escobar! Fans boo but Stacks back drops Mark away! But Joe is creeping! He trips Tony off the apron!
Fans boo but Joe RAMS Tony into barriers! Wolfgang tags in, he runs in at Stacks and scoops to SLAM! Then he goes up to MOONSAULT, but Stacks moves! Hot tags to Mark and Escobar! Escobar rallies on the Coffey Brothers, then ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS Mark! And again! Escobar runs in at the corner, but Mark puts him on the apron! Escobar GAMANGIRIS! Escobar climbs up to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up and Escobar keeps moving, to wheelbarrow and victory roll, HIP DROP on top! Cover, Gallus breaks it! Tony & Stacks DECK Joe and Wolfgang! Fans fire up as the trios regroup! Gallus and the Family brawl it out again!
Fans are thunderous as Tony has Wolfgang, Joe throws hands with Stacks, and Escobar CALF KICKS Mark! Gallus falls out of the ring, Escobar puts Mark up top. Escobar GAMANGIRIS, then he goes up after him! They go tot he very top, SUPER DUPER STEINER!! Escobar then spells it out! “L! W! O!” DOUBLE KNEES in the corner! Tag to Stacks, tag to Tony! “This is Awesome” as BADA BING, BADA BOOM!! Cover, The Family wins!
Winners: Tony D’Angelo, Channing Lorenzo & Santos Escobar, by pinfall
Rivals became allies and they took down the Gallus Boys! Escobar even joins in on the “EY~!” Will the Family do big things in NXT now? Will Escobar have gold of his own in a few weeks after facing Austin Theory?
Ilja Dragunov speaks.
“Trick Williams. You are the sole reason I am NOT NXT Champion. And you’re saying you’re not done with me? Good. Because I’ not finished with you, either. Trick, look into my eyes. Now you will feel my wrath and my fury. Next week, my retribution begins, and I won’t stop until you are entirely… terminated.” The Mad Dragon is seeing red, will Trick wish he’d stayed home on Sunday?
A great NXT to follow Great American Bash, and with some great development into this next phase already. Lyra VS Jacy as the opening match was good stuff, Lyra winning I assume finishes off that story, though maybe not as powerfully as I expected. And along with Tiff’s little make-up video promo, we’re definitely getting a fresh title feud on the road to No Mercy at the end of September. Lyra has felt ready to challenge a champion, her and Tiff faced off before, this could be a great rematch. And plus, we still need Gigi VS Kiana to wrap up before either (Gigi, I assume) gets their own shot at the title.
Really good little video from Roxie to suggest we’ll truly see a more aggressive Roxie from now on. Good promo from Bron to call out Von, they’ll have a really good match. Nice promo from Dana and Kelani to respond to Dana’s win in the Kendo Stick Match. But for talking about her career going here and there, it seems rather random for Dana to suddenly say she and Kelani need to sharpen their own edge in NXT. I feel like this could be a make or break point for this duo, which also seems sudden as they really only just teamed up. But Cora had a rather fitting promo where she basically ranted and decided to rage quite NXT. It definitely won’t last, Cora’s not ready for RawDown just yet. But nice cameo from Stevie Turner and Cavinder Twins during that promo.
Good match from Eddy and Dijak, and Dijak winning was only a little surprising. Dijak’s needed something to get going, and he and Eddy might build this into a feud. Really good tag match from Leon & Feroz VS Lopez & Lola, they’re definitely being rivals and not allies. And good promo from Chase U and Corbin that then led to Andre Chase VS Corbin. I like how the fans wanted Thea to throw in the towel, that was definitely the way Thea could get back at Chase. Corbin snatching the towel to stop the forfeit was whatever, he was going to win either way. Not sure where things go from here, but I hope no Thea Heel turn. Maybe a Thea gimmick change where she goes into like her own punk/emo rock character?
Great promo from Dom & Rhea with Dragon Lee, and I love that not only are we getting a North American Championship match, Rey is gonna show up and we can get some great stuff out of those classic interactions. Personally hoping Dragon wins the title so someone else can be defending it come No Mercy. Also, as soon as Dom said what he said to Axiom, I knew he was jokingly mixing Axiom up with Dragon. Ali joining in on that promo was good, and we’re definitely getting Ali VS Axiom to more or less determine who is next after Dom VS Dragon. And as Ali mentioned, Axiom still has stuff with Scrypts, I expect Scrypts to ruin things for Axiom, Ali will face Dragon/Dom.
Great stuff from the larger Trick Melo Gang story that branched off to other stuff tonight. For one, Trick Melo Gang having a mature conversation about both parts of a duo wanting to be something and no animosity is great stuff, you don’t get that enough in pro-wrestling. And then great interaction between Melo, Wes and Meta Four to give us a great match. Of course Lash & Jakara get involved to help Dar & Oro win, but I like Tyler Bate suddenly returning and challenging Dar for Dar’s Heritage Cup. There’s a chance Meta Four helps Dar retain against Tyler, too, but that’ll just help set up things for Dar VS Frazer, Undisputed Heritage Cup Championship match.
A major detail in this is Wes Lee starting to seem more Heel like. He was more aggressive in the match, he was wearing new gear that was mostly black, and he’s aiming a lot of his anger at Melo. Heel Wes VS Face Melo to truly flip things from their North American Championship feud is good stuff. And also, great menacing promo from Dragunov to call out Trick, that is going to be awesome stuff. Depending on what happens there, Dragunov could go for his rematch like Melo is anticipating, and Trick could somehow come out of this ready for either the North American or Heritage Cup title. I would love to see a Heritage Cup Contender Tournament that Trick gets in on, and Trick could use his boxing background to win at least one match by knockout.
The Schism interrogation promo was pretty good, and went a direction I didn’t anticipate. Lining up the masked followers and revealing them, I figured there had to be a swerve about the guys with the Creed Brothers’ body types not being the Creeds. But I love that Ikemen Jiro finally made a TV return, and then Quincy Elliot was basically denied his officially speaking. The green screen vacation gag from the Creeds was pretty clever, these guys have been getting to have more fun showing off some character. And I’m thinking Ivy has to be in on this, who else would be running the green screen for them?
And great bookending of the night with Gallus and D’Angelo Family, though this might’ve been to help delay moving to another tag team just yet. Escobar being the third man was a great surprise, and great use of continuity. Great win for Escobar, Tony & Stacks, Tony & Stacks will definitely get to call the shots for their tag title story now. Though as I just said, can’t be sure who is next, but I’m sure we’ll see good build over the next eight weeks.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/2/23)
B Block, round 5!
Will Bishamon have to tranquilo?
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions fought to a time limit draw last round, will Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi be able to #GetBackUp this round? Or will Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. sink their ship?
- Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Yuto Nakashima & Oskar Leube; Yano & Ishii win.
- Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS The Gates of Agony & Boltin Oleg; The Gates of Agony & Oleg win.
- 8 Man Tag: Bullet Club War Dogs VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins.
- Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS TMDK; Wato, Shota & Narita win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; ELP & Leo win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; Taichi & Yuya win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne; Nagata & Suzuki win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr; Bishamon wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Here are the current B Block standings.
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-0, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-1, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-2, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 2-2, 4 points
Bishamon: 1-2-1, 3 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-3, 2 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-4, 0 points
2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!
The Headbanga & Young Guerilla survived the murder grandpas but are still a long way from the front of the block. Though that’s a touch better than the Bullet Club’s Rogue Army, who only just got on the board! Will the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions stay strong? Or will they end up on the bottom of the block?
Fans rally up as ELP builds up the energy to high five Leo! The teams sort out and ELP starts against the Red Commando, who mockingly builds up energy to salute the Rogue General. The bell rings, and the fans rally up while ELP swivels as he takes off his shirt. ELP and Bonza circle, tie up, and Bonza waistlocks. ELP switches, Bonza pries free to switch back and wrench to a wristlock. ELP rolls, trips Bonza, and then hooks up the legs to get Bonza in a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Fans rally, Bonza pops free to a cover, ONE! Fans applaud as the two reset. Fans rally behind ELP but Bonza tells them to shut up. That only makes them chant harder!
ELP and Bonza reset, tie up, and Bonza headlocks. ELP throws body shots, powers out, but Bonza runs him over! Things keep moving, ELP avoids the elbow drop to hit an elbow drop, but Bonza makes it a ghost pin! TWO and ELP rolls Bonza up, TWO! ELP reels Bonza in, spins him but Bonza fights the backslide! ELP still gets the shoulders down, TWO! ELP stomps the hands! ELP knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up, up and jumps around, to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up and ELP handsprings to his feet. ELP CHOPS Bonza to the red corner, then CHOPS him again. Tag to Leo, and Leo hushes the crowd. But Bonza avoids the chop!
Bonza tags in Fale, and fans rally up as the big guys stare down. Leo offers a handshake, but Fale just pie faces Leo. So Leo fires forearms! Fale throws them back! ELP leads the fans in the “YAY! BOO!” as the two giants go back and forth! Leo gets the edge but Fale kicks a leg. Fale RAMS Leo, but Leo stays up! Fans rally up as they RAM again! Leo eggs Fale on, they RAM shoulders again! Leo then kicks low, and goes to scoop! But Fale’s so bulky! Leo gets Fale up!! But Bonza CHOP BLOCKS a leg and Leo falls back! Fale covers, TWO! Bonza drags Leo to the blue corner and Fale tags Bonza in. The Rogue Army mugs Leo in the corner!
Leo crawls, Bonza turns him over and keeps him from ELP. Bonza steps through, SPINNING TOEHOLD! Leo clutches the knee and Bonza talks some trash. SPINNING TOEHOLD! Bonza pie faces Leo, eggs him on, then mocks the heart hands. Leo CHOPS Bonza! Bonza kicks Leo down, stomps him around, then even springboard stomps him! Tag to Fale and Bonza rushes ELP. ELP avoids getting blasted off the apron, but Fale stays between ELP and Leo. Fale then stands on Leo as a surfboard! ELP CLUBS Fale, so Fale DECKS ELP! Fale tags Bonza, and Bonza CLUBS Leo down. Fans rally up but Bonza CLUBS Leo more.
Bonza drags Leo up, whips him to the corner, but Leo BLASTS Fale away! Leo then BOOTS Bonza, hurries for his corner, but Bonza dropkicks the legs out! Bonza snarls, backs ELP off, then he reels Leo in. Bonza finger guns and calls his shot, but Leo’s too big to bomb! Leo back drops Bonza away! Fans fire up while both men crawl, hot tag to ELP! ELP fires off on Bonza, whips him to ropes, but Bonza reverses. ELP ducks ‘n ‘dodges to CLOBBER Bonza! And kip up! Fans fire up as ELP atomic drops Bonza, then mocks his pain. Bonza swings, into another atomic drop! ELP hobbles, but he still hooks Bonza up, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!
ELP cartwheels to the corner, goes up and takes aim, FALLING AX HANDLE! Fans rally as ELP tunes up the band. SUDDEN- NO, Bonza blocks, then DISCUS LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Bonza is frustrated but he drags ELP up and calls another shot. Bonza suplexes, holds, but ELP kicks free to DDT! Fans fire up again as Bonza and ELP crawl. ELP drags Bonza from Fale, straitjacket and torture rack, then tag to Leo. Leo BLASTS Fale, BOOTS Bonza, into the BRAIN SALAD! Leo covers, TWO! Bonza survives being scrambled but the fans rally with E-Leo-P! They coordinate, tune up, and Bonza rises. But Fale CLOBBERS Leo!
Bonza ROCKS and KNEES ELP, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fale runs corner to corner to SPLASH Leo! And then fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, ELP breaks it! Fans fire up but Fale kicks ELP. Fale drags ELP up but he fires forearms and CHOPS on the Rogue Army! ELP runs, but into double shoulders! Leo rises while ELP flounders out of the ring, and the Rogue Army mugs him at the ropes. The Rogue Army double whips, but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT! Only Bonza falls, but Leo roars as he SPLASHES Fale in a corner! Leo scoops?! AND SLAMS!! Fans fire up with Leo as the alpha giant!
Leo drags Bonza up, choke grip, but Bonza knees free! SUDDEN DEATH! Choke grip, and ELP DIVES onto Fale! Leo hits GODSEND!! Then ELP climbs onto Leo’s shoulders for the SUPER THUNDER KISS 86!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!
Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Rogue Army earns 0)
Just as Fale & Bonza were locked and loaded, they misfire and fall back down! Will they have to shift into spoiler mode in the tournament’s second half? As for the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions, do they still have an outside shot at those WTL trophies?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!
The Holy Emperor & Heat Storm took a loss to Monster Sauce, but they’re still near the front of the block! But the sons of lucha libre are right behind them! Will this match go a long way to determining B Block’s finalists?
The teams sort out and Soberano starts against Yuya. The fans rally up as Soberano offers a handshake. Yuya reaches out but then Soberano leaves him hanging. The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Yuya waistlocks, but Soberano wrenches out to wristlock. Soberano YANKS the arm, but Yuya rolls, wrenches, hammerlocks and he brings Soberano around. Soberano rolls, drop toeholds and then has the legs tied up to go after the arms. Soberano has a modified Queen Angelito but Yuya fights up. Soberano stands on Yuya’s shoulders for a modified motorcycle stretch, to then shift to a headlock.
Fans rally as Yuya fights up but Soberano grinds the hold. Yuya pries free, but Soberano pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Soberano snapmares Yuya. Yuya gets right up and the fans applaud. Yuya and Soberano reset, circle, and feel things out. They knuckle lock, but Soberano steps on an arm and double wristlocks the other. Soberano then spins Yuya, arm-drags him, but Yuya arm-drags back! Soberano sweeps and covers, ONE! Yuya hits a headlock takeover, but Soberano headscissors, so Yuya kips free. Both men stand back up and fans applaud the standoff. Soberano offers the handshake for real and Yuya takes it.
Fans applaud the sportsmanship as the two then back down, and they tag in Taichi and Atlantis. The KOPW Champion and NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion RAM shoulders again and again! Then Atlantis runs to RAM Taichi! Taichi rebounds to BOOT! Atlantis rebounds to CHOP! Atlantis eggs Taichi on, so Taichi CHOPS back! Fans fire up as Taichi eggs Atlantis on, and he comes back to CHOP! Fans cheer more, and Taichi CHOPS again! Atlantis CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! They go back and forth faster and faster, but Taichi sputters. Atlantis eggs him on, so Taichi KICKS and KICKS!
Atlantis blocks a kick, dodges the forearm and RANAS! Fans fire up while Taichi goes to a corner. Atlantis runs in, but Taichi puts him on the apron. Atlantis counter punches then goes up top to CROSSBODY! Atlantis is right back up to run in, but Taichi BOOTS him! Atlantis returns but Taichi sends him into the corner for the GAMANGIRI! Yuya then runs in to BLAST Soberano! Fans rally up as Yuya coaches Taichi. Taichi and Atlantis rise, but Taichi brings Atlantis around to bump off buckles. Tag to Yuya and he CLUBS Atlantis down. Yuya whips Atlantis to ropes, DOUBLE CHOPS him down, then covers, TWO!
Fans rally as Yuya keeps cool. Yuya brings Atlantis around, snapmares and CLUBS him! Yuya then clamps onto an armlock and he grinds that taped shoulder down. Atlantis reaches out, but Yuya drags him from ropes to keep on that arm. Atlantis endures, Yuya floats to a cover, TWO! Yuya keeps on the arm with a double wristlock now but Atlantis continues to endure. Atlantis fights up, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! But Taichi tags in, and he CLUBS Atlantis on the back. Taichi snapmares Atlantis to KICK him in the back, and fans rally up. Taichi drags Atlantis around for Kawada Kicks, egging him on at the same time.
Atlantis stands right up to fire off forearms! Taichi kicks low and gives more Kawada Kicks! Atlantis sits up, and blocks the buzzsaw! He dodges the Ax Bomber to SUPERKICK! Both men are down and the fans rally back up! Atlantis crawls, hot tag to Soberano! Soberano goes up and CROSSBODIES Taichi down! Soberano then runs corner to corner, but into a BOOT! Taichi runs, Soberano dodges, goes up and over and dodges a boot to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up, and Yuya CLUBS Soberano. Yuya runs, but into a SOBAT! Step-up FAMOUSER! Soberano TOSSES Yuya, sidesteps Taichi, and SPIN POWERSLAMS!
Soberano sets Taichi in the middle of the ring to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Taichi stays in this, and Soberano keeps his cool. Soberano stomps Taichi, drags him up, and fireman’s carries. Taichi fights free but Soberano kicks low again. Soberano talks some trash, runs but into a BOOT! Soberano comes back, but Taichi gest around, only for Soberano to fight the saido! Soberano whips, Taichi reverses and avoids the handspring to AX BOMBER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Soberano and Taichi crawl for their corners, hot tag to Yuya and he stops Soberano! Yuya CHOPS but Soberano eggs him on!
Yuya CHOPS again, whips, but Soberano reverses. Yuya FLYING FOREARMS! And arm-drags! And DOUBLE CHOPS! Fans fire up with Yuya and he drags Soberano up again. Yuya whips to a corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Then BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Yuya looms over Soberano, stands him back up, and he traps the arms! But Soberano fights the suplex with knees! Yuya CHOPS, runs, but Soberano DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up again as both men crawl! Yuya goes to a neutral corner, Soberano hot tags Atlantis! Atlantis runs to BLAST Taichi, then he runs to kick Yuya! Atlantis whips, Yuya reverses!
Atlantis dodges Yuya in the corner, and he SPIN POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO! Yuya hangs in there but Atlantis stays focused. The fans rally up, Atlantis whips and Soberano joins in, TU LO SABE! Cover, Taichi breaks it! Soberano kicks Taichi out then goes out after him. Yuya goes back to a neutral corner and Atlantis storms over. Soberano dribbles Taichi off the apron as Atlantis stands Yuya up and scoops. Yuya fights free, and he CHOPS! Taichi sends Soberano into railing! Atlantis CHOPS Yuya! Yuya CHOPS Atlantis! They go CHOP for CHOP, the fans rally up, and Yuya sputters. But he dodges to waistlock!
Yuya sends Atlantis into Taichi’s RIDGEHAND! Yuya CHOPS again! Taichi SOBATS! Yuya BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Atlantis survives the assault and fans rally up. Yuya fires up and he climbs a corner! CROSS- NO, Atlantis moves and Yuya has to roll through! But then Soberano CROSSBODIES! Taichi storms in to kick Soberano, but Atlantis scoops to BACKBREAKER! Taichi bails back out and Soberano builds speed! FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and fans fire up! Atlantis scoops Yuya, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Atlantis hurries up top, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives and Atlantis is furious!
The fans fire up for Yuya but Atlantis refocuses. Atlantis vows to end this and he drags Yuya back up. Atlantis whips, Yuya holds ropes to BOOT back! Atlantis scoops Yuya and then gut wrenches, but Yuya RANAS free! Atlantis stands, into an arm-drag! Ghost pin, and Taichi keeps Soberano out! JUST5GUYS WIN!
Winners: Taichi & Yuya Uemura, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Atlantis & Soberano earn 0)
Taichi is so proud of Yuya! Not only did he win this for the team, he just pinned the NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion! Too bad he’s just outside the weight requirements to challenge for that belt. But that aside, will this help Yuya & Taichi secure a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne!
In a shocking twist, Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World are 0-4 this deep into World Tag League! But will Nagata & Suzuki finally make it work at the halfway point? Or will Monster Sauce continue their hot streak and be the only 5-0 team in the entire tournament?
Surprisingly, the Murderhawk Monster doesn’t maul Young Lions at ringside. But perhaps that is because he is saving all his energy for Suzuki. As such, he doesn’t even budge as Suzuki steps into the ring for “KAZE NI NARE~!” The former boss and subordinate stare down, so Nagata and Zayne let them start. The fans cheer as Archer brings out a Suzuki-Gun shirt! Archer then throws the shirt aside as he tells Suzuki, “Tonight, we fight. So you better bring it our I’m gonna knock your teeth out! Let’s go, Suzuki!” The bell rings and the fans fire up with Archer! Suzuki ROCKS him with a forearm already!
Suzuki eggs Archer on, and Archer grins as he comes back. Archer ROCKS Suzuki right back! Suzuki staggers, stays standing, and he also grins! Archer laughs, he and Suzuki start trading forearms! The fans fire up as the shots keep going! Suzuki gets the edge, then BOOTS! Archer wobbles but he BOOTS right back! Down goes Suzuki! Fans cheer, Suzuki stands up, and Nagata tags himself in. Zayne also tags in, and now fans rally as these two circle. They tie up, Zayne waistlocks but Nagata wrenches to a wristlock. Zayne spins, wrenches, wrangles Nagata, but Nagata kicks him away. The fans cheer as the two reset.
Nagata and Zayne tie up, Zayne headlocks, but Nagata throws body shots. Nagata powers out but Zayne runs him over! Things speed up, Zayne IMPLODER KNEE DROPS onto Nagata’s dropdown! Then he STANDING MARIPOSAS! Fans fire up and Zayne drags Nagata up. Zayne puts Nagata in a corner, tags to Archer, and he taunts Suzuki with “You Suck!” Suzuki says shut up, but Archer stomps away on Nagata. Red Shoes counts, Archer lets off and says Suzuki’s next. Suzuki says to still shut up, but Archer snapmares Nagata. Archer continues to taunt Suzuki then he CLUBS away on Nagata’s chest! Cover, TWO!
Archer is mad at Red Shoes, and Suzuki steps in just to flip Archer off. Archer tags Zayne, and scoops him to SLAM him onto Nagata! Cover, TWO! Zayne stays between Nagata and Suzuki, then bumps Nagata off buckles. Zayne ELBOWS Nagata, tags Archer, and Archer CHOPS Nagata! Nagata eggs him on so Archer CHOPS again! Even Zayne felt that one. Nagata still eggs Archer on, but Archer eggs Nagata on, so Nagata fires forearms! Archer knees low, whips Nagata to a corner, then runs in, but Nagata BOOTS him! Nagata fakes the dropkick high to dropkick low! Archer hobbles, Nagata tags in Suzuki!
Fans rally up as Suzuki fires forearms on Archer. Suzuki backs Archer down, but Archer tells him to hit harder! Suzuki fires off even more shots and he sits Archer down in a corner! Suzuki growls and the fans fire up. Suzuki knees low, whips corner to corner, then runs in to BOOT! Suzuki cravats but Archer fights the snapmare. Archer whips Suzuki to a corner, ELBOWS him, “Ichi!” Archer keeps moving to ELBOW again! “NI!” Archer keeps going, “SAN!” Hattrick achieved, and then a KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Archer ROCKS Suzuki, puts him on the top rope, and then lifts with the inverted crucifix!
But Suzuki fights free! Archer choke grips, but Suzuki breaks free to ROCK Archer! Archer ROCKS Suzuki! Suzuki laughs as they trade forearms back and forth again! Fans rally up, Suzuki keeps laughing, but both men ROCK the other! Fans fire up as Archer and Suzuki stand back up! They egg each other on, and the forearms fly again! They go back and forth, faster and faster! Archer wobbles, Suzuki taunts him, but then the forearms start up again! Suzuki gets the edge but Archer ROCKS him! Suzuki rises right up to ROCK Archer! Both men fall over and the fans are thunderous! Suzuki and Archer crawl, hot tags to Zayne and Nagata!
Now Zayne and Nagata trade forearms! Nagata ROCKS Zayne, KICKS him, and KICKS him! And KICKS again! Zayne ends up in a corner, Nagata fires up and whips corner to corner. BOOT! Zayne fights the clinch, suplexes, but Nagata fights that. Nagata suplexes Zayne, for MAGIC SCREW! And then an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! But into CROSSFACE! Suzuki intercepts Archer into a SLEEPER! Monster Sauce endures stereo submissions! The fans rally, Suzuki keeps adjusting his grip, but Archer fights up! Archer storms over to BOOT Nagata, then he RAMS Suzuki into buckles! Zayne gets the boost, HIP TOSS CANNONBALL!
Archer ELBOWS Nagata down, then Zayne runs in, tilt-o-whirl RANA CANNONBALL for Archer! Fans fire up as Archer gets Zayne, CHOKE SLAM SAULT! SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Nagata survives but Archer BLASTS Suzuki back down! Zayne goes up and gets as lift from Archer, but Suzuki stops the Blackout Swanton! Suzuki DECKS Zayne, Archer knees Suzuki and TOSSES him! But Suzuki gets Archer’s legs! APRON KNEEBAR! Archer endures, Nagata cradles but Zayne smothers it into his own cover, TWO!! Nagata is free again, but Zayne kicks low. Zayne straitjackets but Nagata fights free!
Zayne fires boxing elbows, back elbow, mule kick, only to run into a WHEEL KCIK! SAIDO BRIDGE! MURDER GRANDPAS WIN!!
Winners: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Monster Sauce earns 0)
The top team finally falls, and it was to the two most grizzled and experienced men in the whole tournament! Suzuki tells Archer & Zayne to still take this thing, and they fist bump as the old Suzuki-Gun theme plays. Will Monster Sauce still burn B Block and head for those trophies?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr!
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi have been struggling, but they always #GetBackUp. Will they be able to #TurnItAllAround and make the threepeat a reality? Or will Gene Blast & The King of the World make the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions tranquilo?
The teams sort out and Tsuji calls out Hashi. Fans cheer as Hashi accepts, and the bell rings. Hashi and Tsuji circle, the fans rally up, and the two tie up. Hashi headlocks and grinds the hold, but Tsuji fights up with body shots. Tsuji powers out but Hashi RAMS shoulders with him! Tsuji dares Hashi to bring it, so Hashi runs. But Tsuji follows to then RANA! Fans cheer and Tsuji smiles. Tsuji stomps Hashi, drags him up at the ropes, and CHOPS! Hashi staggers but Tsuji is on him to whip to ropes. Hashi holds ropes, Goto tags in, Bishamon double shoulder tackles Tsuji down! Hashi runs for Goto to hip toss, ZANMAI!
Zando runs in but Bishamon kicks him first. They then HAMMER away on Zando’s back! The fans fire up while Goto & Hashi flex. Zando bails out and Goto stomps Tsuji. Goto drags Tsuji up, CLUBS him, fireman’s carries, but Tsuji fights with elbows. Goto ROCKS Tsuji, runs, but Zando trips him and Tsuji basement dropkicks! Tsuji BLASTS Hashi, Zando drags Goto out to throw him into railing! Tsuji goes out after Hashi, drags him up, and we hear Zando send Goto into more railing. Tsuji whips Hashi into railing, too! Fans rally up, Zando gets a chair and he SMACKS Goto with it! It wasn’t even a folding chair, it was a spare chair from the crowd!
Red Shoes reprimands, Zando puts Goto in for Tsuji, but Red Shoes won’t count the cover with all the shenanigans. Tsuji stomps Goto, tags Zando, and they double whip Goto to POP-UP KICK! And then DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Zando covers, TWO! Hashi gets up but Zando boots him off the apron. Zando snapmares Goto into a chinlock, but he also fishhooks the mouth! Red Shoes reprimands, Zando lets off to tag Tsuji, and they set Goto up on the ropes. Fans rally but Hashi is in Tsuji’s way. Red Shoes reprimands and Hashi moves so Tsuji can run and LEAP FROG ATTACK! Goto falls and fans fire up.
Zando BLASTS Hashi, Tsuji covers Goto, TWO! Tsuji still smiles and he drags Goto up. Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Tsuji knees low! Tsuji whips but Goto reverses. Goto runs in but Tsuji BOOTS him away! Tsuji runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs up to run Tsuji over, then he BLASTS Zando! Tsuji kicks back, whips Hashi to a corner, but Hashi returns to CHOP! Fans fire up as Hashi mule kicks then turns Tsuji, but Tsuji fights the neckbreaker. Hashi dodges the lariat to hit the BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up with Hashi as Tsuji goes to a corner.
Hashi runs corner to corner to clothesline, then he reels Tsuji in for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up and Hashi looms over Tsuji. Hashi drags Tsuji up, reels him in, but Tsuji blocks the suplex! Hashi keeps trying, the fans rally, and Tsuji hoists Hashi up! Hashi fights that, tries again, but Tsuji slips free. Hashi elbows Tsuji, runs, but into a BOOT! Fans fire up and Goto coaches Hashi. Hashi and Tsuji both crawl, hot tag to Goto! Goto KICKS Tsuji down then BLASTS Zando! Goto drags Tsuji up, fires off forearms, then whips Tsuji corner to corner. Goto runs, blocks a boot but Tsuji DOUBLE STOMPS him down!
Tsuji calls to Zando, hurries over, and fans fire up for the hot tag! Zando storms up on Goto, but Goto fires off CHOP after CHOP! Zando winds up to CHOP back! Fans fire up while Goto is stinging. Zando BLASTS Hashi, then he and Tsuji get Goto up. They double whip, double hip toss and cradle, for a DOUBLE SLAM! Tsuji SPLASHES, Zando goes up the ropes to LIONSAULT! Zando just makes it, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up while Tsuji paces around. Zando drags Goto up, he and Tsuji hook Goto up but Hashi saves Goto from the Anchor! Hashi fires forearms, Tsuji kicks low and whips Hashi to a corner.
Tsuji sends Zando in but Hashi dodges to then LARIAT Tsuji! Zando UPPERCUTS Hashi! Goto runs in but Zando kicks and runs. But Goto fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up while all four men are down! Goto roars and rises, and he drags Zando up. Goto reels Zando in, dragon sleepers, but Zando drops to victory roll! TWO!! Goto escapes, hurries to a corner, and Zando runs in to clothesline! And then he undoes the wrist tape so he can run in again, and CHOP! Fans fire up and Zando says “UNO MAS!” Zando runs but Goto follows to MURAMASA! And then SAIDO! Both men are down again and the fans rally back up.
Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs to BLAST Tsuji, then he goes back for Zando. Hashi runs, but Zando BOOTS! Hashi spins through to CHOP! Zando staggers, roars, and CHOPS in return! Zando fireman’s carries, but Hashi fights free and feeds him to Goto’s forearm! Mule kick and then the clinch, GOTO GO TO HUNTER! Cover, Tsuji breaks it! Goto tosses Tsuji, and Bishamon coordinates. Goto goes up a corner, but Tsuji GAMANGIRIS him down! Zando TOSSES Hashi, and fans fire up as the amigos coordinate. Zando DIVES onto Goto, Tsuji CROSSBODIES Hashi and Young Lion Boltin Oleg!
Fans fire up as Tsuji & Zando rise! Tsuji drags Hashi up, he and Zando get him in the ring. Tsuji & Zando stand Hashi up, hook him up, ANCHOR!! Zando covers, TWO!! Hashi survives but Tsuji is already at the corner. Tsuji climbs, he stands on Zando’s shoulders, VAMOS FLOP as Hashi moves! Goto TOSSES Tsuji, and he LARIATS Zando! Zando stays up to LARIAT back! GOto drops to a knee, Zando runs again, but Goto SWATS the lariat! Goto suplexes, Zando slips free, but Goto puts him in the corner! Hashi runs in to clothesline! Tsuji runs in, but into the FIERCE FLASH! Goto clotheslines Zando, Hashi clotheslines, too!
Hashi hoists Zando up, Goto climbs, BULLDOG FLAPJACK COMBO! The fans fire up with Bishamon as they hoist Zando up and call their shot! Dragon sleeper and leg lift, SHOTO!!! Cover, BISHAMON WINS!
Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Tsuji & Zando earn 0)
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions shine through as they turn the lights out on LIJ! Will Tsuji & Zando be able to stay afloat in WTL’s second half?
As for Bishamon, Hashi gets the mic first to say, “Oi, Tsuji! How was Bishamon? Was it sweet? Was it spicy? Or maybe salty?” Tsuji walks back to the ring and Hashi lets him have the mic. Tsuji says, “Now that I’ve faced Bishamon, I’ve learned… that you guys are amazing.” Fans cheer that! But Tsuji also knows Bishamon can’t stay like this. He’s sure they’ll make it back to the WTL finals. Tsuij then sends the mic back as he takes his leave, and Hashi thanks him.
Hashi continues to say that he can’t be sure if WTL can get more exciting, but if the fans aren’t already excited, then there’s no way that’ll change. But this win here gets Bishamon one step closer to that threepeat. Hashi brings up the supposed curse that keeps the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions from winning WTL. But he vows that “Gocchan and I will definitely break the curse.” Fans cheer that! Hashi continues to say that as IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Bishamon will win WTL for a third time in a row, and they’ll do it… IN A FLASH! The Fierce Warrior & Headhunter still have life, but will they have those trophies three years running?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-1, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 4-1, 8 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 3-2, 6 points
Bishamon: 2-2-1, 5 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-2-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-3, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 1-4, 2 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-4, 2 points
Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (12/2/23)
The American Dragon is back in action!
Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally start in the Blue League!
As the AEW Continental Classic’s second round continues, Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally have their first taste of action! Will the American Dragon and Face of Latino Wrestling both get points tonight?
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King; Brody wins.
- Abadon VS Kiera Hogan; Abadon wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia; Andrade wins.
- The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson; The Kingdom wins.
- Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal; The House of Black win.
- El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian; Vikingo wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston; Bryan wins.
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Brody King speaks.
“Tonight on Collision, in Erie, PA, Blue League round two against Claudio. I’m here to prove why I’m not just an upset win, and I’m the most dominant wrestler in this tournament. HARU!”
Claudio Castagnoli speaks.
“Time for talking is over. Swiss to C2, tonight I’m going to take a King’s head.”
CJ Perry & Andrade El Idolo speak.
The Coldest Manager in the Game says tonight, her client will take down Daniel Garcia again tonight, and take home that fat check. And his name is Andrade The Idol. No, no, es El Idolo. And everyone knows who he is, but Garcia, see you tonight.
Daniel Garcia speaks.
“Andrade, you wanna know what really, really makes me mad? It’s when someone likes you comes in here and thinks they can step all over people like me. Well I’m not having it anymore. Tonight, I fight back. And if I needed any more motivation to win other than getting those three points, it’s putting somebody like you in his place.”
Bryan Danielson speaks.
“Eddie Kingston, tonight, it’s you and me in the Continental Classic. And do y’know what? I don’t want depressed Eddie Kingston. I don’t want Eddie Kingston who feels bad about himself because he lost his first round match. I want the Eddie Kingston that won the ROH World title. I want the Eddie Kingston who’s confident enough to put in BOTH his titles in this tournament! Eddie Kingston, I want the best version of you because if you don’t bring it, you’re gonna get hurt.”
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Look, guys, I know we gotta do this cold open thing. It’s the cool thing to do on Collision. I don’t have time. I gotta go get ready, I’m 0-1 in this tournament already, I do NOT wanna go 0-2. Bryan, I do respect you, sort of, so I don’t care about your eye, I don’t care about your arm, I don’t care about anything about you. All I care about is winning. So guess what? I’m gonna bust you up.”
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King!
The Swiss Superman is ready for his Collision with the King of Death! But with both men at 1-0, who, if either of them, moves on to be Blue League’s only 2-0 leader?
The bell rings, 20 minutes is ticking down, but Claudio and Brody run in to RAM shoulders! Claudio BOOTS, Brody BOOTS, and Claudio fires a forearm! Brody forearms back, fans fire up as the shots keep going! They pick up speed with those forearms, Brody CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Then he LARIATS! Claudio stays up!? Claudio seethes and fans fire up as he comes back to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! Claudio LARIATS, but Brody stays up! Brody LARIATS, Claudio LARIATS, repeat! Claudio rebounds, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither falls, they DOUBLE LARIAT again, and again, then Claudio dodges! DOUBLE LARIATS finally take both men down!
Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio roll out opposite ends of the ring. Claudio and Brody stand back up, the ring count climbs, but both men storm up around the way to DOUBLE LARAIT! And DOUBLE LARIAT! The count is 9, both men slide in at 9.9!! Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio start throwing forearms again! Brody gets the edge, runs, and he BOOTS Claudio down! Brody then scoops Claudio but Claudio slips free to BOOT! Claudio scoops, to SLAM Brody! Fans fire up, Brody staggers back up and Claudio runs, to clothesline Brody up and out! Fans fire up, Claudio goes out and he runs in around the way, UPPERCUT!
Fans fire up more and Claudio drags Brody up. Claudio whips Brody hard into railing, but Brody comes back to CLOBBER Claudio! Fans fire up as Brody peels the bumpers off the railing, then he throws forearms with Claudio. Brody knees low, whips, and Claudio hits railing hard! Claudio tumbles up and over and Collision goes picture in picture.
Brody catches his breath, storms over to where Claudio is, and drags him up. Fans fire up as Brody suplexes Claudio to the floor! Both men writhe, but Brody storms up on Claudio to stand him up. Brody CHOPS and Claudio sputters! Brody CHOPS again! Claudio staggers back, Brody whips him hard into the apron! Brody CLUBS Claudio, stalks him as he hobbles, then POSTS Claudio! Claudio staggers and falls over, and Brody refreshes the ring count. Brody storms back up on Claudio, ROCKS him, then puts him in the ring. Brody CHOPS Claudio again, ROCKS him to a corner, then ROCKS him again.
Claudio goes to another corner but Brody CLUBS him! And CHOPS him! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Brody CHOPS! Repeat! Brody gets the edge as he ROCKS Claudio again, then CHOPS him down! Claudio leans against ropes as he coughs and gasps for air. Brody clamps on with a chinlock, digs his forearm cast into Claudio’s face, and Collision returns to single picture. Claudio endures, pries the hold open, and he stands to wrench the arm, for an ELBOW BREAKER! The forearms fly again, Claudio runs but Brody scoops to SLAM! And then SENTON! Fans rally up while Claudio crawls to a corner.
Brody runs in to SPLASH at the corner! The fans bark and hoot with Brody, but Claudio UPPERCUTS him in the corner! Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT from all sides! Then he jukes the ref to UPPERCUT again! Claudio fires more shots, roars, and takes a moment to steady himself. Claudio whips but Brody blocks, so Claudio UPPERCUTS again! Claudio whips, Brody reverses and runs in to SPLASH! Then fireman’s carry, but Claudio fights free to UPPERCUT the back! Claudio trips Brody, but Brody kicks him away! Claudio comes back to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Brody survives but Claudio keeps his cool.
Claudio drags Brody up, but Brody fights the fireman’s carry. Brody ROCKS Claudio, CHOPS him, then runs, into a POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO!! Brody survives but the fans fire up behind Claudio as he stands. Claudio gets the legs, to SWING Brody!! Claudio goes around and around, and fans count all the way to TEN! Then the SHARPSHOOTER!! Fans fire up while Claudio sits deep! Brody endures, claws at the mat, fights around, and he reaches out! But Claudio grabs that bad arm to hold it back! Brody still fights forward, ROPEBREAK! Claudio lets go in frustration while Brody crawls to a corner.
Claudio waits on Brody to stand, then runs in, but Brody dodges! Claudio POSTS himself, then Brody GERMAN SUPLEXES him away! Brody runs in to CANNONBALL! Brody drags Claudio to a cover, ONE?!? Fans are stunned and so is Brody! Brody ROCKS Claudio, reels him in, but Claudio slips free of the bomb to fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, ONE?!? Brody survives and Claudio is shocked! “This is Awesome!” and Claudio drags Brody up and reels him in. Claudio Gotch Lifts but Brody back drops free! Claudio lands on his feet! Springboard- HAYMAKER!! STUFF PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?
Fans are thunderous as Brody hurries to get Claudio up. LARIAT!! Cover, Brody wins!!
Winner: Brody King, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Claudio earns 0)
That deadly right arm brings down the Swiss Superman, and Brody has six points! Is the Blue League soon going to belong to the House of Black?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“If it turns out that entering this Continental Classic tournament was a bad idea, I won’t find out ’til it’s too late. I’m banged up. Maybe the last four years is finally catching with me, because nobody’s done it anywhere in the world like I do it the last four years. My head hurts, my neck hurts, my back hurts, now my knee hurts. Getting that tingly-ness in my fingers now all the time. I live in pain on a day to day basis like most people couldn’t even imagine. Now on top of that, my head’s not screwed on straight all the time lately. The doctors are prescribing me this medication, that medication.
“And I’m just sick of it all. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off at my body failing me, I’m sick and tired of being depressed, I’m being sick and tired about being pissed about the entire last year. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off. So I’m gonna do the only thing I know how to do, the only thing I’m good at: I’m gonna wrestle my way out of it. I’m gonna fight my way out of it. I’m gonna put every ounce, every drop of sweat and effort and will I have into winning this Continental Classic tournament.
“This kind of thing, this is what AEW was built on, man. Two guys in the ring, the best wrestlers in the world, giving it their all, feeling that feeling when you’ve given every ounce of yourself in the ring, and pushing the limits, and pushing the boundaries, and making people stand up and go ‘Oh my God!’ What’d I just see?’ Feeling that connection with an audience that loves wrestling as much as we do. That is what AEW is about. Somebody’s gotta step up and win this tournament, and show the world exactly what AEW is, exactly what All Elite Wrestling can be! And that’s just gonna have to be me.
“Because anybody can say what they want but I’m the Ace of the World, b*tch, and that’s just the way it is. And there is nobody in this tournament that can do anything to me worse than what I deal with on a daily basis. Nothing they can do to me that’s worse than fighting the demons that I fight on a daily basis. If you think I’m shot, if you think my trigger’s been pulled, if you think I’m ripe for the picking, please, please, take your shot.” The Maniac is going to go until he can’t go any more, will El Toro Blanco look to take that shot this Wednesday?
Abadon VS Kiera Hogan!
With title chases never stopping, the Undead Girl and the Hottest Flame are fighting to get ahead. Who wins here to move up in the rankings towards the champions of AEW?
The bell rings, Kiera is wary of Abadon, and the two circle. Abadon corners Kiera, run sin, but Kiera dodges. Kiera SHOTGUNS Abadon down and fans fire up! Kiera runs in but Abadon sends her into buckles! Abadon fires off clothesline after clothesline, but lets off as the ref counts. Abadon runs in but Kiera avoids the boot to then KICK the legs out! Kiera runs, and she HIP ATTACKS Abadon against ropes! Kiera then snapmares, Abadon ducks the buzzsaw but not the SUPERKICK! Kiera runs Around the World to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Kiera keeps cool as she runs again, but Abadon catches her for a SCRAPBUSTER!
Abadon roars and the fans fire up! Abadon runs in to SPLASH Kiera in a corner, then whips. Kiera reverse, Abadon slips out and then ROCKS Kiera! HEADSHOT CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Kiera is still in this but Abadon mocks the peace fingers. Abadon stalks Kiera, has her in the ropes, and mocks that pretty face. Abadon licks Kiera, YANKS her off the ropes, and then storms around. Abadon kicks, Kiera ducks and rolls her up, TWO! Kiera SOBATS, ROUNDHOUSES, then reels her in! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Abadon survives and Kiera is frustrated. Kiera pounds the mat, the fans rally up behind her, and she stalks Abadon.
Kiera fires forearms, says to stay down and she SLAPS! Abadon SCORPION KICKS, then runs to KNEE Kiera down! Abadon drags Kiera up, hammerlocks, BLACK DAHLIA!! Cover, Abadon wins!
Winner: Abadon, by pinfall
Like the Nightmare Before Christmas, Abadon is bringing the scary to the merry season! But will Abadon earn a championship match as a Christmas gift to herself?
Wait! The lights go out! And when the lights come back, JULIA HART is here! Abadon turns around to see her, and the TBS Champion smiles. The lights go out again, and when they come back again, Julia’s gone. Abadon shrieks into the night, will this be like Jason VS Freddy for the title?
Backsatge interview with Samoa Joe.
Alex Marvez says the last time we saw Joe, he was furious that MJF accepted a tag team challenge from “The Devil of AEW.” Joe says why wouldn’t he be? But then someone shouts “SAMOA JOOOE~!” In rolls Roderick Strong & The Kingdom. Roddy tells Joe that Roddy is willing to forgive Joe for trying to end his career with a broken neck not just once but twice. And he knows Joe has his world title match with Max, but c’mon, this is clearly a trap! MJF is the Devil! But hey, Roddy’s best friend “ADAAAM~!” likes Joe and thinks of him as a friend. So as Adam Cole’s best friend, that makes Roddy a friend to Joe.
So hey, Wednesday, it’s a set-up. Those goons will beat the crap out of Joe! And MJF isn’t even here right now! He’s probably plotting how they’re gonna do it! The Kingdom says yeah, Roddy’s right. So just listen to him, okay? Joe chuckles and leaves. Does Joe think they’re joking? Between Joe and “The Devil,” who will have the last laugh on Dynamite?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia!
We saw this showdown before when CJ Perry was recruiting clients, and we saw which way that went. But then will history repeat itself? Or will Red Death ruin Andrade’s start in the Blue League?
While no “seconds” are allowed, meaning even manager CJ must return to the back, Daddy Magic found a loophole by joining commentary. He still disapproves of the Garcia dance. Anyway, the bell rings, we’re on the clock, and the two circle. Fans rally up as the two tie up, Garcia rolls Andrade up, ONE! Garcia says he almost had Andrade, but Andrade just smirks. The two reset, tie up again, and Andrade headlocks. Andrade holds on tight, but Garcia powers up to power out. But Andrade runs Garcia over! Fans rally and duel, cheer and jeer, and Andrade CHOPS Garcia! Andrade whips but Garcia stops himself to whip Andrade!
Andrade goes Spider-Man in the ropes to tranquilo! Fans fire up for that, but then Garcia puts his dukes up. Andrade says no dance, but then Garcia clamps on a SLEEPER! Andrade RAMS Garcia into buckles, goes up the ropes, and he CROSSBODIES! Garcia staggers up, Andrade CHOPS him! Andrade whips, but Garcia reverses. Andrade goes up and over, then dropkicks the dropdown! Garcia goes to the apron, and Andrade PLANCHAS! Fans fire up, Andrade puts Garcia in, and he covers, ONE!! Garcia hangs tough but Andrade brings him up. Andrade gives some Latino Heat but Garcia wrenches out. Andrade ROCKS Garcia, but Garcia hits a SHIN BREAKER!
Garcia DRAGON SCREWS the leg, GROUDN DRAGON SCREWS it, then basement dropkicks! Fans fire up, Garcia covers, ONE!! ANKLE LOCK! Andrade scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Garcia lets go, Andrade bails out, and Andrade shakes out the bad leg. Garcia goes out, Menard likes what he sees, but Andrade kicks low! Andrade RAMS Garcia into the apron, but Garcia kicks low and CLUBS him! Then RAMS him into railing! Garcia grabs at Andrade but Andrade gets in the ring. Garcia hurries to KNEE Andrade down, covers, ONE! Andrade CHOPS! Andrade whips to a corner, but Garcia BOOTS him back!
Garcia goes up, Andrade CLOBBERS Garcia to the floor! Fans fire up and Andrade paces while Garcia is dazed, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Andrade paces, walking off the pain in his leg, while Garcia clutches his neck and shoulder. The ring count climbs, Andrade goes out to commentary to have one of their WOOOOO energy drinks! “WOO~!” Andrade then makes his way around to fetch Garcia, and he SMACKS Garcia off the steel steps! Andrade drags Garcia back up to put in the ring, and he has a cocky cover. ONE, but Andrade stalks Garcia to ropes. Andrade kicks Garcia around, pie faces him, and eggs him on. Garcia huffs and puffs, then CHOPS back! And CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Garcia whips, Andrade reverses to then CLOBBER Garcia!
Andrade clamps onto Garcia with a headlock and grinds him down, and Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Garcia fights up out of a headlock to SAIDO! Fans fire up while both men are down! Garcia pushes up, Menard says this has been Garcia’s best match so far! And zero dancing! Garcia stands, he counter punches Andrade, and counters again! Then he dodges, fires off haymakers and fast hands, the ref counts but Garcia lets off. The fans are thunderous as Garcia runs to BOOT Andrade, then put him up top! Garcia drags Andrade into the Tree of Woe, CLUBS him, then stands on the corner to punch away on the legs! Garcia goes all the way to TEN, then lets off. Dukes up, and he does some dancing before the BASEMENT DROPKICK!
Andrade falls out of the Tree, Garcia hoists him up, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Andrade survives and fans rally up again! Garcia drags Andrade into a waistlock, drags him back up, but Andrade ELBOWS Garcia! Garcia holds on, so Andrade throws more heavy elbows! Garcia ducks to CHOP! Garcia whips, Andrade ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! And he kips up! The fans fire up, Andrade takes aim as Garcia is in a corner, and Andrade builds speed corner to corner, but has to dodge a lariat! Andrade kicks and snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! Fans fire up as Andrade hits Dos Amigos! Andrade gives us some Latino Heat, but Garcia wrenches out! SLEEPER!!
Garcia squeezes tight but Andrade throws elbows. Andrade is fere, but Garcia hops back on! SLEEPER! Andrade carries Garcia as a backpack as he climbs the corner! Garcia CLUBS Andrade, shifts around, and the two brawl. Andrade has Garcia now, for a SUPERPLEX! And then he still rolls through to restart! Uno Amigo! Dos Amigos! THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives many amigos and Menard loves it! But Andrade steps through, only for Garcia to roll through, step through, DRAGONTAMER!! Andrade endures as Garcia bridges back! But Andrade grabs Garcia’s head! But Garcia rolls through!
Andrade wrenches out, hammerlocks and LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Andrade wins!!
Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Garcia earns 0)
Andrade’s first tournament match is his first win! Garcia is 0-2, Menard says this is a hole they’ll have to dig out of. Andrade still shows Garcia respect, but is Garcia going to be mathematically eliminated before long?
Willie Mack speaks.
“See, Wardlow, I know you’ve been going through a lot of things these past few weeks, putting your hands on people. But one thing you know about me is you don’t put your hands on my friends. Y’see, this is a person who I’ve tagged with and won multiple tag team championships in other promotions with. So what I’ma have to do, is I’ma have to reach out and touch you. So next week, we’re gonna have to do the damn thing in the ring, so guess what? You better pack a lunch, because I’m a big boy, and I’m a big meal to try to eat.” Mack is standing up for AR Fox, but will the Return of the Mack end up Wardlow’s newest victim?
The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson!
Roddy shouts at “DASHAAAA!” to stop, and he has the music cut. First thing’s first, Roddy wants to say to his NEW best friend by proxy, “SAMOAAA Joe.” Listen, Roddy told him the truth back there. They roll down the ring as Roddy says MJF is the Devil and Joe will find out soon. And then those three dweebs in the ring, they ain’t gonna #NeckTheHalls, no. The Kingdom’s gonna beat their… AAAAASS! And Roddy wants to dedicate this to his best friend, whether he wants Roddy to or not, ADAAAM! “Get ’em, fellas!” The Kingdom fire off on The Savages as the bell rings! Bennett DECKS Dirty Bulk Bronson to then help Taven mug Beefcake Boulder!
The Kingdom mock the “DOUBLE CLOHTESLINE!” as they whip, but Boulder breaks through to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Boulder shows off the “BEEF! BEEF!” Boulder goes out to get Bennett up, but he SUPERKICKS first! BOSTON BAYONET! Then another BOSTON- NO, Boulder catches Bennett to APRON CHOKE SLAM! Taven WRECKS Boulder with a dropkick, but Bronson DIVES!? Direct hit and Bronson fires up! Bronson puts Taven in, storms up to whip corner to corner. Taven stops himself, ducks under and ENZIGURIS! Roll up, TWO! Taven swings, misses, and Bronson hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up as Bronson tags Boulder. Boulder swivels and wiggles, then goes up and hup to SAVAGE FLOP as Taven moves! Bronson tags back in, Bennett tags, too. SUPERKICK and fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER into JUST THE TIP of the knee! The Kingdom shouts #NeckStrong, and then Taven FLIES out onto Boulder! Bennett hauls Bronson up, Taven is on the corner, NECK CHECK PILEDRIVER!! Cover, The Kingdom wins!
Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall
And then Roddy STRONG KNEES Jacked Jameson! He flounders back out of the ring and The Kingdom helps him get in the wheelchair. The Kingdom rolls out, will they be proven right on all fronts?
Backstage interview with Ethan Page.
Lexi Nair is with All Ego, who has requested this time. Ethan says that ever since losing out on the AEW World Championship to MJF, in his home country of Canada, Ethan has had to regroup and refocus. He’s gotten into the best physical shape of his life, he has been in ROH building up win after win. And so, here Ethan is to make a challenge and check off a bucket list thing. AEW is going back to Canada, and Ethan wants to be THE biggest name in Canadian wrestling. So therefore, to be the King of Canada, he needs his crown. That crown is currently on someone else’s head.
So in Montreal, 1v1, we find out who the best Canadian wrestler truly is, as Ethan calls out KENNY OMEGA! Will The Cleaner give All Ego that opportunity?
AEW hears from Willow Nightingale and Mercedes Martinez.
The Babe with the Power tells Mercedes, “our history goes further back than you probably even realize. I’ve been such a fan, and I’ve admired you so much.” The OG Badass says the first time they met, Willow “was this night little pretty Willow.” Willow says she is constantly disappointed in Mercedes’ behavior as of late, and in herself because she hasn’t been able to beat Mercedes. Mercedes asks how many times must Willow dance her way into Mercedes’ business? Isn’t Willow tired of being everyone’s hero? Next time they meet, Willow will need to be saved. Because Mercedes will dance and stomp all over her.
Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal!
Brody took the lead in the Blue League, and Julia has called out her next target. Will the Dark Father and Aussie Juggernaut make sure that the House Always Wins? Or will the Fallen Angel & Zen Assassin finally stake a claim in the AEW Tag Division?
The teams sort out, Buddy starts against Sydal, and the two circle. They knuckle lock, Buddy trips and covers, ONE as Sydal gets an arm up! Buddy pushes it down, ONE as the other arm comes up. Buddy pushes that down, TWO as Sydal bridges up. Buddy jumps but Sydal stops that to then go up and over for a sunset flip, only for Buddy to stand back up! Buddy TOSSES Sydal to a corner, but Sydal slips out to the apron to bump Buddy off buckles. Sydal climbs, CROSSBODIES, but Buddy rolls through! Buddy pops Sydal up to a fireman’s carry, but Sydal slips free. Sydal KICKS, KICKS, but Buddy ELBOWS him down!
Buddy drags Sydal up, whips, but Sydal wrenches, ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls, but Buddy stops the DDT! Buddy suplexes but Sydal throws knees! Sydal waistlocks. Buddy switches and back suplexes, but Sydal lands on his feet! Sydal shoves Buddy to the corner, but Buddy pie faces Daniels! Sydal ROUNDHOUSES Buddy, tags Daniels, but Buddy fights them both off! Sydal RAMS Buddy, Daniels GAMANGIRIS! Feed to a ROUNDHOUSE then the STO! STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Daniels drags Buddy up, CHOPS, and whips. Buddy blocks, boots, then tags Malakai. Fans fire up as Malakai and Daniels stare down.
The two rush in, Daniels gets around to shove, then CALF KICK! Malakai goes to a corner, Daniels runs in and blocks a boot, but not the other BOOT! Malakai wrenches, tag to Buddy, but Daniels avoids the double stomp to CHOP and CHOP! Daniels whips, Buddy reverses and sends him into Malakai’s BOOT! Buddy TOSSES Daniels out, Malakai goes up and out to ASAI MOONSAULT! Buddy BLASTS Sydal for good measure, and then sits with Malakai as Collision goes picture in picture.
Daniels crawls his way back to the ring, drags himself in, and Buddy looms over him. Buddy drags Daniels up to ROCK him! Tag to Malakai, the House mugs Daniels, and then Malakai whips Daniels to ropes. BIG elbow! Malakai drags Daniels into an armlock but Daniels endures. Sydal coaches Daniels, rallies the fans, and Daniels fights up. Malakai wrenches to step over and have a COBRA TWIST! Daniels endures the stretch, so Malakai CLUBS him on the neck. Malakai UPPERCUTS Daniels, tags Buddy, and the House mugs Daniels again. Buddy pushes Daniels around, CLUBS him, then snapmares for a KICK! Cover, TWO!
Buddy keeps on Daniels with a chinlock and he grinds Daniels down. Daniels endures, Sydal coaches him and the fans rally up. Daniels fights up, reaches out, and throws body shots. Daniels RAMS buddy into a corner, but Buddy holds on! Daniels RAMS Buddy in again, but Buddy still holds on! Daniels tries again but Buddy sends Daniels into buckles! But Daniels BOOTS back! Daniels leaps, FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Collision returns to single picture and both men crawl. Buddy grabs a leg, but Daniels boots him away! Malakai tags in, hot tag to Sydal! Sydal DROPKICKS Malakai, dodges to UPPERCUT Buddy, then tilt-o-whirl RANAS Malakai!
Fans fire up as Sydal KICKS and KICKS, but Malakai blocks one! Sydal ducks the jump knee to dragon sleeper, SLICE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives but Sydal calls to Daniels. Sydal goes to the corner, climbs up, but Malakai CLUBS him first! Malakai climbs up after Sydal but Daniels sneaks a tag! Daniels CLUBS Malakai, gets under, but Malakai backflips out of the bomb! Malakai ROCKS Daniels, but Daniels ducks Black Mass! Only for Buddy to METEORA! But so does Sydal to Malakai!! Fans fire up and Buddy fires off on Sydal! Kick, stomp to the foot, but Sydal avoids the knee to JUMPS OBAT!
Sydal runs, into a V-TRIGGER! Buddy runs, into a JUMP KNEE! Buddy flops out of the ring, Sydal builds speed, but Malakai trips him up and drags him out! Malakai CLUBS Sydal down, btu Daniels DIVES! Malakai is sent into the desk! Fans fire up with Daniels as he puts Malakai back in the ring. Sydal climbs, Daniels hoists Malakai up, but Buddy SHOVES Sydal down! Daniels still rolls Malakai up, TWO! Malakai sweeps the leg, Buddy runs to CURB STOMP Daniels down! Buddy sees Sydal coming and dodges, JUMP KNEE from Malakai! And BLACK MASS!! Cover, House of Black wins!
Winner: The House of Black, by pinfall
Another Collision, another sweep for the Dark Father and his family. The lights go down, but why? The House is already here. But here comes FTR! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood storm down to the ring bathed in the magenta light! Malakai tells them that before they do anything, Malakai assumes that they’re both here because they are joining the House. Dax chuckles but Malakai says he is a family man. And we know it’s been weeks. The only people in AEW that have been here for the both of them has been The House of Black. Malakai’s done a lot of things, but not once has he told a lie.
The fans chant “HOUSE OF BLACK!” and Malakai drops the mic for FTR to take. Dax picks it up, but Buddy KNEES him down! Cash goes after Buddy but he gets mugged! Cash still throws hands, but Buddy CURB STOMPS him down! Buddy then drags Dax up, and he makes Dax watch as Malakai sets Cash up! BLACK MASS!! Dax is seething but he can’t get free of Buddy’s chinbar, and Malakai says see! Not one single person has come to help them! And was Malakai right or what? No one is coming to help. Dax flips Malakai off, so he gets BLACK MASS!! Is this going to be the end for FTR in AEW once and for all?
Backstage interview with Toni Storm.
Renee Paquette is with “Timeless Toni,” bringing up last week as Storm accepting the AEW Women’s World Championship, and Storm says yes, she knows, she has no time for these prepared questions. And where is “that man who usually does my interviews? He has so much more poise.” And she isn’t even finished doing her hair because they were too busy with some blonde floosy! And yes, Storm did accept her championship last week, Renee was a dear for presenting that. But Storm was unceremoniously interrupted by Skye Blue!
Storm tells Skye that if she had any advice at all, it’d be to walk backwards! The only time anyone has anything nice to say about Skye, it’s in reference to her bottom! Is Storm supposed to be worried because Skye’s all spooky now? With that little thing on her head? Storm used to wear hats and be spooky. BOO. See? Not that hard. Interrupt her, fine. She can be first to challenge for “this little huckleberry right here.” But until then, chin up, chest out, and oh… she’s bare foot. Sorry. She takes RENEE’S shoe to throw around! Toni is timeless, but will the Storm strike down Chicago Skye?
Skye Blue speaks.
Well first, she sighs. “Toni, I have met you through every single one of your phases, but this little midlife crisis your going through is the most pathetic I have seen thus far. But you haven’t met this Skye Blue. So bring your little butler, bring your little blond bimbo, and whatever 1940s black ‘n’ white crap you got up that robe, because none of it is going to stop me from taking that championship from you. So I’m gonna have my chin up, my chest out, and I’m gonna shove your shoe right up your ass.” Strong words from a fired up challenger, will she be the new leading lady of AEW?
Christian Cage speaks.
Captain Charisma says, “I don’t think it’s any secret to anybody how far back my relationship with Adam Copeland goes. I think I more or less tolerated Adam. He was a hanger-on, he wanted to be like me, which is why he’s always tried to steal my spotlight wherever we’ve gone.” And that held Christian back. Edge got what he never got. He was pushed all the way to the bottom when they broke up as a tag team. But Christian willed himself to the top. he is here to be the best, anyone else is expendable. And Edge wants to take away everything Christian’s built up the last three years? Christian has nothing to prove to himself, but Edge has everything to prove to Christian.
This time, Christian is what everyone talks about. Whether it’s Dynamite, Rampage or Collision, Christian nis on the tip of everyone’s tongue. He is the Face of TNT, the Face of AEW, then, now and forever! Christian has always been better than Edge, and in Montreal, everyone will finally know. But will “The Patriarch” be the one in for a shock when things get Rated R on Wednesday?
El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian!
The AAA Mega Champion is coming off a big trios win last night on Rampage, but Mr. Superbad just thinks of him as the most overrated wrestler on the AEW roster. Will Kip put his money where his mouth is? Or will he be on the losing end of this Collision?
The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. They tie up, Kip cording holds but Vikingo whips. Kip arm-drags and holds on, but Vikingo goes up and over! Kip just changes up cording holds, arm-drags, but then Vikingo pushes him. Kip arm-drags again and keeps the hold, wagging his finger. Then Kip CHOPS, Vikingo CHOPS back! Vikingo throws knees, goes up and out to HOTSHOT Kip! Then Vikingo springboards, but Kip slides out., Vikingo keeps moving, but he fakes Kip out! Fans fire up, Kip runs in but Vikingo dodges to HEEL KCIK! Kip goes to a corner, Vikingo whips but Kip reverses.
Viking slips out to the apron, Kip hits buckles, then Vikingo GAMANGIRIS! Vikingo goes up and around and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Things keep moving, Vikingo CORKSCREW RANAS Kip out! Then Vikingo DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Kip intercepts Vikingo and talks some trash. Then Kip ARABIAN PRESSES to take Vikingo down! Fans fire up and Collision goes picture in picture.
Kip drags Vikingo up, puts him in the ring, then drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Kip bumps Vikingo off buckles, then whips corner to corner hard! Vikingo falls back, Kip flexes, and Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Kip drags Vikingo into a mounted armlock, but Vikingo endures. Kip BITES Vikingo’s hand! The ref misses that, but Vikingo fights to the ROPEBREAK! Kip lets go, then stands Vikingo up to ELBOW him to the corner. Kip stomps Vikingo again and again, then sits him down. Kip backs up to then run in again, CANNONBALL! Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Vikingo is hanging in there but Kip keeps cool as Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Kip ROCKS Vikingo with forearm after forearm. Fans boo, Kip whips, but Vikingo rebounds, gets under, and DREAMCAST KICKS! Kip flops against ropes and fans rally with Vikingo. Vikingo runs in at the corner, but stops as Kip moves. Kip returns, into a scoop and torture rack! Argentine Flip KNEE STRIKE! Like an inverted GTS! Kip falls, Vikingo drags him to a drop zone and goes up the ropes from the outside. INSIDE-OUT PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Kip survives and he manages to smile about it. Vikingo drags Kip back to another drop zone, but Kip goes after Vikingo as he climbs!
Kip climbs up after Vikingo, fans fire up and Vikingo throws body shots. Vikingo HEADBUTTS, Kip flops to the apron. But then Kip springboards u to SUPER STEINER! Kip hurries to scoop, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kip is stunned as Vikingo survives! Kip drags Vikingo up again, waistlocks, then torture racks. DEATHLY- NO, Vikngo flips free, dodges and SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Vikingo goes up as Kip bails out, to tightrope walk TORNILLO!!! Direct hit and the fans lose their minds! Vikingo puts Kip back in, runs corner to corner, METEORA! And then Vikingo goes right up, for the 630 SENTON!!! Cover, Vikingo wins!!
Winner: El Hijo Del Vikingo, by pinfall
The AAA Mega Champion cools off Kip’s hot take, because no one who can do what Vikingo did in this match is “overrated!” But Vikingo does show Kip a sign of respect by offering a handshake. The fans cheer to shake hands, but Kip says no! Will Kip ever get over himself? Will Vikingo earn even more gold in the New Year?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
Lexi is with the Limitless One, and says last time, he mentioned “him.” Just who is “him?” But then in walks Shane Taylor, because he knows who “him” is! Because Keith ain’t dumb enough to look past Shane. But last year’s match didn’t solve anything, so this year, they give the people the fight they really wanna see. Keith VS Shane, 1v1, Final Battle, so Shane can beat Keith’s ass in front of the entire world! Keith thinks on that a moment. Challenge accepted. And see #TAIGASTYLE later, too. Then in two weeks, in Garland, Texas, will that truly be the Pretty Boy Killers’ Final Battle?
Backstage interview with CJ Perry.
Lexi and CJ are outside Andrade’s office, and notes that Andrade’s first win was impressive. UH OH, here comes Miro! Miro says move, CJ says no! Miro can’t go in there! She knows he thinks things will go poorly, but when Miro chose his god over her, she has to prove herself. By Andrade winning, it will help CJ. So if Miro wants to go in there, fine, he’s a grown man. But if there is any love left for CJ, do not do this. Do not lay a hand on her client. Please? Miro says if His God was still with him, he would be in this tournament and have ripped Andrade’s spine out already! Miro then caresses CJ’s face, and says he won’t touch her client. She has his word.
Miro storms off, but what will The Redeemer do to prove himself worthy of gold in the background of the Continental Classic?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston!
The American Dragon was the first entrant named to this tournament, but could not compete in it until now. And he doesn’t think The Mad King is ready if one loss takes away all the confidence he had going into this. Will Bryan just pour fuel on that fire? Or will Eddie be the one to earn his first points tonight?
The bell rings and we’re on the clock. The fans fire up as Bryan and Eddie stare down. They slowly circle and approach. They feel things out, knuckle lock, but then Eddie tests things with a kick. Bryan stays back, they reset, and Eddie guards a kick. Bryan keeps trying but Eddie pushes back. Bryan uses ropes as a defense and the fans boo. Bryan smirks as he and Eddie reset, and they test the waters again. Bryan gives kicks, Eddie walks it off, and they feel things out again. Eddie fires off hands, clinches Bryan on the ropes, and the ref counts. Eddie puts Bryan in a corner, the ref counts but Bryan turns things around.
Bryan lets off slowly, but then CHOPS! Eddie just snarls while fans “WOO~!” Eddie storms up on Bryan, they feel things out, and Eddie tries some kicks now. Bryan also kicks, neither man lands a strong shot yet. They end up in a corner, Bryan turns things around on Eddie, then he CHOPS! Eddie CHOPS Bryan down! Fans fire up as Eddie stares Bryan down again. Bryan stands, he and Eddie feel things out again, and fans are behind Eddie more than they are Bryan. The two grapple, Eddie rolls but Bryan facelocks. They go to ropes, the ref counts, and Eddie fights up. The ref gets in between but Bryan KICKS Eddie!
Bryan fires off fast hands but then so does Eddie! Bryan kicks, but then Eddie kicks the bad arm! Bryan falls back, Eddie storms up but Bryan trips Eddie! Eddie goes for knuckle locks but Eddie’s leg guard keeps him back. Bryan KICKS a leg, KICKS again, then KICKS again! Bryan KICKS Eddie in the back! Bryan sits Eddie up to CHOP! Eddie eggs him on! Bryan CHOPS again, but Eddie brings the straps down! Bryan CHOPS again! Eddie is stinging but he grits his teeth. Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And then snapmares to cover, ONE!! Bryan keeps on Eddie with a motorcycle stretch but Eddie endures.
Fans rally, Eddie fights up, but Bryan digs his forehead into Eddie’s shoulder blades. Eddie still turns things around to have Bryan in the stretch! Bryan endures, powers up, and waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Eddie stands up but then falls back over! Eddie goes to the apron, shakes out the stars, but Bryan runs in to BOOT him! Eddie holds onto ropes! Bryan runs up again to BOOT! Eddie still holds on, and he CHOPS! And CHOPS! Eddie swings, Bryan ducks to dropkick the legs out! Bryan then builds speed to slide, but Eddie avoids him! SAIDO to the floor! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Collision goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men, and both men are somehow still in this. Eddie shakes out his arms as he sits up, and he drags Bryan up. Eddie CHOPS Bryan, then follows him around the way. Eddie CHOPS Bryan against railing! Eddie puts Bryan in the ring, stalks him, but Bryan bails out the other side. Eddie pursues, and CHOPS! And HEADBUTTS! Bryan staggers away, Eddie follows, and Eddie CHOPS Bryan against commentary! And again! And again! Bryan flounders, Eddie puts him in the ring, and Eddie storms up in the corner. Eddie stands Bryan up to MACHINE GUN CHOP! Bryan sits down, Eddie CHOPS him again!
Eddie digs his boots in, the ref counts, but Eddie lets off. Eddie drags Bryan up, and puts him up top for another CHOP! Eddie then climbs up after Bryan, brings him up, but Bryan resists the suplex! Bryan throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Eddie down! Eddie comes back to CHOP! Eddie CHOPS again, and Collision returns to single picture. Eddie CHOPS one more time, climbs up after Bryan, but Bryan again resists the suplex! Fans fire up as Bryan throws down elbows again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan HEADBUTTS again and Eddie staggers away. Bryan adjusts, MISSILE DROPKICKS, and down goes Eddie!
Eddie flounders to a corner and the fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs and rises up. Eddie also stands, he CHOPS Bryan! Bryan throws body shots! Eddie CHOPS! Bryan fires body shots! CHOP! Bryan KICKS and KICKS, but Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! EXPLO- TAKEDOWN! Bryan has an arm, then grabs at the crossface! Eddie resists, fights around, but Bryan still gets the LEBELL LOCK!! Fans rally for Eddie as he endures, fights around, and reaches out! Bryan rolls Eddie back, and has the LEBELL LOCK again! Eddie fights around, pushes Bryan down and he fires down forearms as fans fire up!
Bryan CHOPS and SLAPS from below! Eddie SLAPOS and CHOPS in return! And then some more! They go shot for shot, and then Eddie rains down more forearms! Eddie hauls Bryan up, half nelsons, but Bryan arm-drags free! Bryan runs in, but Eddie dodges the knee to SAIDO!! Bryan stands, into the URAKEN!! Eddie falls on the cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up! Eddie stands, drags Bryan up, and suplexes, NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up again! Both men are down, a standing count climbs, and Eddie sits up first. The count is 5 of 10, Eddie stands up!
Eddie storms up on Bryan, drags him up and reels him in, but Bryan resists the lift! So Eddie fires KNEES to that bad eye! Eddie reels Bryan back in, but Bryan back drops free! Bryan aims, BUZZSAW! Bryan huffs and puffs and the fans fire up! Eddie sits up in a daze, Bryan aims again, to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! “YES! YES! YES!” Eddie stays up, so Bryan runs to- NO, Eddie blocks the kick to CHOP! And CHOP! Fans fire up as Eddie CHOPS again! Bryan grits his teeth, fires up, and Eddie CHOPS! Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! But Eddie glares at Bryan, ducks the roundhouse and ENZIGURIS!
Eddie HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES, then runs up to URA- NO, Bryan blocks! Clinch, FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! “This is Awesome!” as both men are down again! Eddie and Bryan slowly stir, and then slowly rise. Bryan aims again, to KICK! Eddie shoves Bryan, so Bryan KICKS again! Eddie CLUBS Bryan, Bryan KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! We get the five minute warning as Eddie throws hands! Bryan has the leg again, BRIDGING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Eddie escapes but Bryan says time to kick his head in!! DRAGON STOMPS!! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan runs out of gas but somehow Eddie is still in this!
Bryan and Eddie crawl to each other, Eddie FLIPS BRYAN OFF! “This is Awesome!” as Eddie rises. Bryan aims from a corner, BUSAIKU KNEE!!! Cover, BRYAN WINS!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Eddie earns 0)
THIS is the fight Bryan wanted from Eddie! But in the end, Bryan is the one to win the fight! Will Bryan keep on going through his next four fights? Eddie is technically still ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Champion, but with an 0-2 start, has he all but lost them both?
A great Collision, with awesome Continental Classic matches, but also matches they kayfabe’d as “standby” to try and kayfabe the tournament matches not going closer to their 20 minute time limits. A weird move to me but it’s not like we haven’t seen such a move by American televised pro-wrestling before. And surprisingly great stuff out of Vikingo VS Kip, but that was partly the point. Kip calls Vikingo overrated, then gets beat by Vikingo to show how legit Vikingo is, and there could even be a rivalry in the making or something. Kip still has Butcher & Blade to call on, that trio could take on Vikingo, Komander & Penta at some point.
Good match from Abadon and Kiera, with a really good win for Abadon. Julia showing up to basically call Abadon out was an interesting move but I also like it. Different kinds of spooky wrestlers are going to collide, this will be a good program for them both. And very good promos from both Storm and Skye to hype up their title match this Wednesday. Renee definitely looked like she was struggling to not break during Storm’s part, that’s how good Storm is. And I would think Storm retains because she’ll have Luther and Mariah May ringside. And good promo from Willow and Mercedes to set up their match, that’ll be really good stuff.
Good promo from Willie Mack to call out Wardlow but I would think Wardlow beats him to continue his dominance. Good promo from Christian to add some final hype onto the TNT Championship match. And good promo from Ethan Page to not just plug his time in ROH, but also to call out Kenny Omega. Ethan VS Omega is going to be really good, but that probably ends up being Omega’s win to build momentum going into the next round against Don Callis Family. But it also just makes me think Tony Khan still doesn’t get how ROH is supposed to matter. Ethan is in the middle of stuff with Tony Nese and he’s dividing his attention by wanting to be King of Canadian Wrestlers? What?
But thankfully, we did get a promo from Keith Lee and Shane Taylor to finally set up that match. And I do appreciate that it will be part of Final Battle since that’s where this feud started. Anything to make up for poor ticket sales and no ROH World Championship. Or even tag team championship at this point, right? The Kingdom called out MJF but MJF hasn’t taken the time to respond, he has The Devil of AEW to worry about. Good promo from Joe with Roddy & The Kingdom before The Kingdom beat The Iron Savages. Roddy was extra dramatic in his floundering out of the ring this time, can’t wait to see whether he and The Kingdom are still in on the whole Devil goon squad stuff.
Very good tag match from House of Black VS Daniels & Sydal but of course the House won. And good promo with FTR that then turned into a beatdown. That tag match is definitely going to be big for like Winter is Coming. And then, the Continental Classic. Great opening match from Claudio VS Brody, with a great win for Brody to lead the way in this block. And just as I expected, while we got awesome showings in the other matches, Garcia and Eddie each lost to Andrade and Bryan. Good promo for Miro wanting after Andrade but showing mercy for CJ’s sake. That feud probably waits until after the tournament, assuming Andrade isn’t a finalist. Worlds End would be a good PPV for Miro VS Andrade to happen as part of this ongoing story.
I also appreciated Eddie saying he doesn’t want to do cold open promos when he has a big match to get ready for. Doing coverage like I do, I don’t want to fall behind on the broadcast already trying to keep up with what people are saying at the very start like that. Even Claudio did a short promo because he also just wants to have his match, so they really should just have the matches and save promos for later in the night.
My Score: 8.8/10
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