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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (8/15/23)

Things are heating up!



NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Will the #WesSide defy #HardJustice?

Before Heatwave hits, Wes Lee and Dijak look to light it up in a match to name a NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Championship!


  • NXT Tag Team Championships: Tony D’Angelo & Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo VS The Dyad w/ The Schism;  Tony & Stacks win and retain the titles.
  • Dana Brooke w/ Kelani Jordan VS Blair Davenport; Blair wins.
  • Trick Williams VS Drew Gulak w/ Charlie Dempsey & Damon Kemp; Trick wins.
  • NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Wes Lee VS DIJAK; Wes wins and will challenge Carmelo Hayes for the title next week at Heatwave.
  • Tyler Bate VS Joe Coffey w/ Gallus; Bate wins, by disqualification.
  • Thea Hail w/ Chase U VS Jacy Jayne; Jacy wins.


NXT Tag Team Championships: Tony D’Angelo & Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo VS The Dyad w/ The Schism!

The Family that fights together reigns together, and The Don & Underboss of NXT are ready to fight! But will they be able to hold together against a united Schism? Or will Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed finally bring gold to the Schism’s tree?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if The Dyad reaps the fruits of the Family’s labor!

The teams sort out and Jagger goes right after Tony! Tony hits back, they fire off hands and Tony DECKS Jagger! And DECKS him again! Tony fires off in the corner, then whips corner to corner. Jagger goes up and out but Tony BLASTS him off the apron! Tony goes out after Jagger but The Dyad has back-up from the yellow masks. Tony says okay, hide behind them! Tony slides into the ring, Jagger returns, and he tags Rip. Rip and Tony circle now, they tie up, and Rip wrenches the arm. Fans chant “You Still Suck!” but Tony powers out to then scoop and SLAM! Fans cheer, Tony tags in Stacks.

Stacks & Tony double whip, then body shot, knee lift and down goes Rip! Stacks waits on Rip, then he fires off haymakers! Stacks whips, Rip reverses but Stacks goes up and over, ducks ‘n’ dodges and DROPKICKS! Fans fire up and Stacks wrenches to tag Tony back in. The Family mugs Rip in the corner! The ref counts, Stacks lets off and Tony scoops. Rip slips free, waistlocks, but Tony switches. Rip backs Tony down, tag to Jagger. Jagger runs in to back elbow! Rip adds a clothesline, and then feeds to a DROPKICK! Jagger drags Tony up, taunts the fans, but Tony snap suplexes first! Fans fire up and Stacks tags back in.

Stacks brings Jagger round, KNEES him, trips him, then gives a leg splitting leg drop! Very Brother Nero style. Stacks CHOPS, whips, but Jagger reverses, only for Stacks to hit a flying-mare! Fans fire up and Stacks grinds the headlock. Jagger fights up, powers his way over, tag to Rip. Rip arm-drags, but Stacks counters with a headlock! Then he gets Jagger in headscissors! The Dyad holds firm but Tony pushes them over! Fans fire up as the Dyad stands up, into DOUBLE HOCKEY SCRUMS! Fans count along, but The Dyad power out at 7. But then The Family clotheslines them both out!

Fans fire up as Tony tells Stacks to run. Stacks runs, and Tony gives him a boost, HIP TOSS TOPE! Direct hit on both Dyad, and fans are thunderous! Stacks puts Rip back in, climbs up the corner, and FLYING UPPERCUTS! But then Ava distracts from the apron! Stacks tells her to quit playing, and he gets Rip’s arm. Rip knees Stacks low, then BLASTS Tony! Rip then wrenches Stacks, Jagger tags in and they whip Stacks to trip and basement dropkick! Stacks ends up in enemy territory, and The Dyad set up, MAYHEM IN MOTION takes out Tony! Fans boo but then Jagger runs so Rip can give him a boost, Jagger BLASTS Stacks off the apron and he hits the desk!

Fans boo while Stacks writhes but The Schism is in control as NXT goes picture in picture.

Ava says this is what happens, and Gacy just smiles while shaking his head. There are more yellow masks than before, and Jagger SMOTHERS Stacks into the desk! Jagger CLUBS Stacks, DECKS Stacks, then puts him in the ring. Jagger then puts Stacks on the apron to CLUB him on the chest! Jagger then slides in, so he can get the legs, and ROPE GUILLOTINE! Stacks sputters, Jagger taunts him, but Tony coaches Stacks. Jagger CHOKES Stacks, CLUBS him, then tags in Rip. The Dyad drags Stacks up to whip him to ropes, and DOUBLE LARIATS! Rip stays between Stacks and Tony while Ava soaks up the heat.

Rip has Stacks in a chinlock stretch, then CLUBS him with a crossface forearm. Rip drags Stacks up but Stacks fights off the suplex! Fans rally, but Rip CLUBS Stacks down! And again! Rip drags Stacks up, to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Rip clamps on with a chinlock and Stacks endures. Fans continue to rally, Stacks fights up, and Stacks throws body shots! But Rip ROCKS him, and Stacks falls to the apron! The ref keeps Ava and Gacy back but Rip drags Stacks back up. Stacks RAMS into Rip! And slingshots up and over, but Rip stays up in the sunset! Tag to Jagger, and Jagger CLUBS Stacks in the head!

Jagger taunts Tony, Tony shouts back, and Jagger snapmares Stacks to stomp Stacks’ face! Jagger keeps talking trash, then he fishhooks Stacks’ face! The ref reprimands, Jagger ELBOWS Stacks in the head, then stands Stacks up to ROCK him again. Jagger scoops Stacks to put him in the Tree of Woe, and he soaks up the heat from the fans. NXT returns to single picture, Jagger taunts Stacks, then drags him up for headlock punches! Fans boo and the ref counts but Jagger lets off at 4. Stacks gets himself out of the Tree, Rip talks a lot of trash, and Jagger LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Jagger clamps onto Stacks with an armlock.

Stacks endures even as Jagger rains down elbows! Fans rally but Jagger shifts to a chinlock. Stacks fights up, throws body shots, but Jagger shifts sides to keep him back! Stacks fires more shots, reaches out, but Jagger knees low! Then sucker punch for Tony! Tony is pissed but then Stacks gets the cradle! The ref is still busy with Tony, they would’ve won by now! And then Rip CLOBBERS the cover apart! Jagger ROCKS Stacks, but Stacks fights back with elbows and boots! Stacks fires off hands on Jagger, staggers for Tony but Jagger keeps him back! Stacks fires more hands, reaches out, and fans rally up!

Jagger reaches and tags Rip! Rip runs in and CLOBBERS Stacks! Rip grins at Tony and blows a kiss but the fans boo. Rip stands Stacks up to ROCK him again. Rip talks more trash, ROCKS Stacks again, but Stacks fires hands in return! Rip CLUBS Stacks’ neck, brings him up, and grins at Tony as he back suplexes. Stacks lands on his feet! Then goes up and over! But Rip grabs a leg! Stacks ENZIGURIS free! Fans fire up as both men crawl, hot tag to Jagger! He gets Stacks’ legs, but Stacks BOOTS free! Hot tag to Tony! The Don rallies on The Dyad and the fans are loving it! Tony dodges Jagger to OVERHEAD SUPLEX!

Tony sees Rip coming, TACKLES him, then stomps away on his stomach! Jagger storms up but Tony DECKS him! And then just stomps him on top of Rip! The fans are fired up again and Tony CLOBBERS Rip in a corner! Then he CLOBBERS Jagger in the other! Rip runs in, into a SPINEBUSTER! Jagger kicks but Tony ducks it to FISHERMAN BUSTER! Roll to a cradle, TWO!! Jagger escapes but Tony storms up on Rip. Rip gets away, Jagger clinches. Rip tags in during the whip and Rip trips Tony to drag him out! But Tony DECKS Rip! Jagger DIVES onto Tony! The Dyad regroups and gets Tony in.

But wait! Ivy Nile is here! She gets at Gacy, Ava and the yellow masks. But wait, two hang back, and one of them CLOBBERS Jagger! The other hits a ROLLING SPINEBUSTER on Rip! Are those the Creeds!? They put Rip in, for Tony’s FOGEDABOUTIT! Cover, The Family wins!

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

Ivy grins as the Schism fell for it hook, line and sinker! The obsession with the Diamond Mine just bit Schism in the butt! Is the tree about to fall? Or will someone chop it down?


Eddy Thorpe speaks.

“Hoka hey. To move forward without fear. It’s one thing to say it, it’s another to act on it.” NXT is on fire and Eddy will not be left behind. But how does he move forward without fear? He listens to his life force. The magic tied to his heart, showing in his fighting spirit. But that is not alone to overcome pain, so there is additional treatment he must seek. He will dance, just as his ancestors did. Each vibration is a healing reverberation. As eddy moves in the ring, he feels the energy of the fans and they feel his energy. Now, with his spirit repaired, Dijak will be a target of his focus. They will meet again, and when that time comes, Eddy will move forward without fear. Will the Alpha Wolf be ready to fight again?


Other NXT stars talk about Eddy Thorpe.

Carmelo Hayes, as he signs autographs, admits the Alpha Wolf is nice. But in walks Wes Lee. Champ doing champ things, he must’ve been so busy. It’d explain why he didn’t answer Wes’s phone calls or texts. But he still has time to sign all this? That’s part of the job, man. And why’s Wes coming at Melo with this? Doesn’t he have Dijak to worry about? Well don’t tell Wes what to worry about, he’s got this. Melo should focus on finishing all this up cuz when Wes is done beating Dijak, the next thing Melo will be signing is the title contract for Heatwave.

Melo says okay, then Wes can go do that and come back to talk to the champ. Wes gets it, #SayLess. But who will have the final say between Wes and #HardJustice?


Andre Chase and Duke Hudson talk backstage.

Professor Chase has lost count of how many times he’s apologized to Thea Hail, but what she needs is to get back out there. That’s why Chase got her a match with Jacy Jayne tonight! Duke says that’s a great idea! Get Thea back on the winning track! That’ll do it. Yes, Chase thought so. And she’s been so upset since #TowelGate, and perhaps rightfully so, but this is gonna give her a chance to get that anger out. Thea asks what they’re talking about, and Chase lets her know about the match with Jacy. She can work out these emotions. Right, cuz Professor Chase always knows what’s best for her. Why would he do this?

Duke says that is a good question. Why did Chase do that? Duke…! This is so Thea can work through the anger and frustration. He wants her to be happy. Whatever. Just try not to throw the towel. Thea storms off and Chase asks WTF, Duke? Well he’s still the one who threw in the towel. Duke says he’ll talk with Thea about it. But will this really be the key to fixing things between teacher and student?


Dana Brooke w/ Kelani Jordan VS Blair Davenport!

The Flex Appeal has been wanting to unleash her aggressions, and it would seem the very aggressive Ichiban Gaijin is the perfect choice. Will Dana’s dark side get the better of Blair tonight? Or just the better of Dana herself?

NXT returns as Dana makes her entrance, protégé Kelani by her side. The bell rings and the two tie up. Blair pouts Dana on the ropes, the ref counts, and Blair shoves Dana. Dana shoves back and even shoves Blair down! Then things speed up and Dana RANAS Blair to ropes! Dana runs in to clothesline Blair against ropes! Blair flops out, Dana goes to the apron and she CROSSBODIES! Direct hit and Dana rains down fists! Fans fire up, the ref starts a ring count, and Dana tells Kelani to take notes. Kelani nods and Dana puts Blair back in. Dana goes up but Blair RAMS into her! And has her in the ropes!

Blair goes up, GUILLOTINE DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Blair runs, to SLIDING KICK Dana against ropes! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Blair grits her teeth. Blair kicks Dana around, scuffs her, and then runs, but Dana ducks the Penalty Kick! Roll-up, TWO! Dana stomps Blair’s legs! Dana then stomps away on Blair’s stomach, then BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Dana scowls and she stalks Blair. Blair is in a corner, Dana runs in, handspring, but Blair dodges! Blair comes back to ROCK Dana with a forearm! Fans duel as Blair climbs up, and Blair grins, but Dana YANKS her into buckles!

Dana brings Blair off the corner, for a BATISTA BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Blair survives and Dana is furious! Dana grabs at Blair but Blair bails out. Dana seethes, storms up, but Blair avoids the dropkick to RAM Dana into steel steps! Dana winces, Blair puts her back in the ring. Kelani cheers Dana on but Blair runs up. Dana LARIATS first! Dana is raging even while she looms over Blair. Dana goes out to get the ring bell!? Kelani stops Dana, this isn’t how to win! Dana says she doesn’t care! But Kelani still gets the bell away from her. Dana runs in, gets around Blair, O’Conner but Blair slips free!

Blair CLUBS Dana, Dana throws body shots and haymakers! Dana has Blair in the corner, fires furious fists from all sides, but the ref has her stop. Blair ROCKS Dana back! And then Blair FALCON- NO, Dana slips out, rolls Blair up, TWO! BLAIR TRIGGER! And then KAMI-GOYE!! Cover, Blair wins!

Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall

Dana’s fire inside ended up burning her, and Blair takes the win! The frustrations are only growing for Dana, and that scowl is partially direct at Kelani now. Does Dana blame her own protégé for what just happened?


Drew Gulak gets last minute sparring in.

He and Charlie Dempsey fight over grapple control while Damon Kemp watches on. Myles Borne appears with water, and Gulak tells him to open it. Myles does as told, and then Gulak just slaps the bottle away! Will Myles ever do right in Gulak’s eyes? Will Gulak #WhoopDatTrick, or get whooped by Trick?


Carmelo continues signing autographs.

Dijak’s big hand slaps down on the table! Save one of those pictures for yourself, Melo. Because after Heatwave, Melo won’t have the title to take pictures with. Okay, why not focus less on Melo and more on Wes? Cuz right now, Melo’s the only one going to Heatwave, not Dijak. Not yet. Dijak storms off and Melo shakes his head. Will the contenders be able to focus on themselves tonight?


Trick Williams VS Drew Gulak w/ Charlie Dempsey & Damon Kemp!

While Carmelo Hayes is doing his thing, Trick wants to prove he is his own man. Kemp wears a shirt that calls Trick the NXT Champions Purse Holder, and has even left a handbag on the ramp for Trick. Trick kicks that bag out of the way, will he kick the Philly Stretcher to the curb as he prepares for Ilja Dragunov?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally, they tie up, and Gulak headlocks. Trick powers out, hurdles, drops down then hurdles again, but Gulak sunset flips! TWO, and the two reset. Fans rally, the two approach and Gulak throws body shots! Gulak CLUBS Trick, whips him, but Trick gets past the boot to LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up, Trick leans on the ropes a moment, and Kemp SUCKER PUNCHES him! Fans boo as Kemp gets away with that, and Gulak fires hands! Gulak wrenches, whips, but Trick reverses to hurdle and DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Trick whips. Gulak reverses but Trick reverses to pop-up SHORYUKEN!

Fans fire up with Trick and he storms out after Gulak. Gulak wants a timeout but Trick puts him in the ring. Kemp distracts the ref, and Dempsey GERMAN SUPLEXES Trick! Fans boo but Dempsey drags Trick up to put him in the ring. Kemp lets off now, and Gulak runs up to SHOTGUN Trick down! Trick goes to a corner, Gulak whips him corner to corner hard, and Gulak then whips back the other way! Trick boots but Gulak blocks! Gulak swings but Trick fires counter punches! Gulak trips Trick to stomp him, then he has the leg for the HALF CRAB! Gulak stands on Trick’s head but Trick endures.

Fans rally, Trick fights around, and he kicks with his free leg! Gulak grabs that leg but Trick ENZIGURIS with the other! Trick throws body shots and forearms, and he has Gulak on the ropes! Trick whips and DROPKICKS Gulak! Fans fire up as Trick then spins Gulak, knees low, and FLAPJACKS on the rebound! Trick kips up and he runs up on Gulak, SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Fans rally and Trick drags Gulak around. Trick cartwheels to deadlift BOOKEND! Fans fire up but Dempsey swipes at Trick! Trick BOOTS Dempsey! Trick goes out, and he LEAPS to CLOBBER Kemp! Fans fire up but Dempsey storms over.

Trick slides into the ring, the ref stops Dempsey & Kemp, and then Briggs & Jensen rush out to trip up Dempsey & Kemp! Fans fire up as the Country Boys take the fight to Gulak’s goons! Gulak rolls Trick up! Trick rolls through, blocks a kick, and spins Gulak to BOOT him! Cover, Trick wins!

Winner: Trick Williams, by pinfall

A huge win for Trick Willy! But will this momentum help him against the Mad Dragon? Or will Dragunov continue to show he is UNBESIEGBAR?


Baron Corbin is headed for gorilla position.

Sarah finds him first and asks if he’s heading to the ring with something to say. Wow, what gave that away? Does she really wanna know what he has to say? Yes. Good. Corbin continues on to gorilla, what will the #NoMoreBS Corbin have to say here tonight?


NXT returns and Baron Corbin is in the ring.

Corbin has the mic and says, “The great thing about coming out here and getting to be me, is I can say whatever the hell I want and I don’t have to worry about the repercussions!” Fans cheer that, and Corbin says that whatever he says, he means. Like how he took an Olympic Gold Medalist and ran him out the building! No one’s seen Gable Steveson here since Great American Bash! He got that small taste of what pro-wrestlers do, and Corbin is sure Steveson ain’t coming back for seconds.

Now, Corbin could stand here and tell us that everyone else in that locker room, everyone else watching the monitors are a bunch of soft ass little B*TCHES, and that week after week, day after day, hour after hour, they continue to prove him right! Corbin said #BurnTheShips because he is ushering in a new era. Not of NXT, he doesn’t care about this place. He is ushering in a new ear of Baron Corbin! One where he takes his place back in the main event, exactly where he belongs! But wait, here comes Von Wagner! Robert Stone is with him, and he has the mic to tell Corbin “Did you really just make fun of everyone in the NXT locker room?”

Well, sorry, man, but Stone, Von and everyone else here, and in the whole world, disagree! Corbin says thanks for the irrelevant input. But Corbin is proud to see Stone is no longer dressing like bootleg Happy Corbin. Stone could’ve ironed his suit but it is what it is. OMG good one Corbin! So good! Does insulting others make you feel better/ Stone knows what Corbin wants: to be at the top of this place. And see, he could! He has the qualifications. But the problem is, there’s someone standing in your way. That guy put Bron Breakker through a table last week, and that man is VON WAGNER!

Fans cheer and Corbin says yeah, he watches the show. Good! Because Stone promises that Von is just getting started! Oh, wow, really? He’s on a roll, gets people excited, puts superstars through tables! Oh, wait, why is Corbin talking to Stone? Can Von talk? Is he able to talk? Give him the mic and let’s see. Stone says okay and hands it over to Von. Von looks the mic over and Corbin says oh sorry, his mistake. Von, here’s something he’ll explain to you. If Von wants to make it in the business, you gotta learn to talk on the stick.

Take Corbin for example! The very first episode of SmackDown Live on Fox, in front of four MILLION, Corbin was toe to toe with The Rock! He didn’t step back, he stepped up! That’s what superstars do! That’s why Corbin makes the big bucks. If Von wants that, then follow Corbin. Otherwise, you’ll have a very, very, very long career of standing in the background with “security” on your chest, both here and RawDown every time they come through town. Von paces, and says y’know what? Maybe he hasn’t talked a lot, but maybe Corbin talks too much!

And Von has a friendship with Stone and his fancy lingo! Corbin comes out again and again, same old sob story! He’s tired of it, the fans are tired of it, EVERYONE is tired of it! So Corbin can come out with one of his ten gimmicks, whether it’s Happy Corbin, Sad Corbin, Bumass Corbin, I Ain’t Gonna Burn a Ship Down Corbin! Von doesn’t even remember the others, cuz they all SUCKED! Von is moving up the ladder around here, and Corbin’s just in the way. Next week, on Heatwave, Von has a reservation for one. And a table for one. And Corbin’s bald ass is gonna get tabled! Corbin swings but Von counter punches! And then clotheslines Corbin out!

Fans fire up for “TABLE! TABLE!” and Stone says go and do it! Von drags Corbin up, SMACKS him off the desk, and fans fire up! Von looks at the desk, and he clears it off! Von drags Corbin up, brings him in, but Corbin RAMS Von into the apron! Security rushes in and the fans boo as they work to separate the behemoths! “LET THEM FIGHT! LET THEM FIGHT!” They will fight, but just next week at Heatwave!


Rhea Ripley & Dominik Mysterio are backstage.

She says that last week, they made his dad watch in horror as Dom proved he IS the greatest NXT North American Champion ever. Dom says he could see the jealousy through the mask. But as for Lyra Valkyria, Rhea says she should’ve been satisfied with the endorsement. But instead, she decided to kick Rhea in the face! She kicked MAMI in the face! So now, how does Dom feel about them dropping in on Heatwave and showing these losers how it’s done? Yes, Mami. Dragon Lee, Lyra Valkyria, hopefully you two can work as a team against Dirty Dom & Mami Rhea. The challenge is set, don’t keep them waiting.


Mustafa Ali speaks.

The Beacon stands on a stage at a podium, and welcomes the “esteemed citizens of North America.” “In recent times, the prestigious North American Championship has been carried by individual who, regrettably, did not represent our great continent in the manner in which it deserves! I speak of the former champion, Wes Lee. I speak of the current champion, Dominik Mysterio, who spits in the face of family values and is a convicted criminal! Ladies and gentlemen, the people of North America deserve better. They deserve someone who is a champion both inside and outside of the ring.

“I am the North American Champion that we need! I will elevate the North American Championship to unparalleled heights, all while inspiring millions across the continent that they, too, can do incredible things the right way. So I look to you. I ask you, to open your ears, raise your heads, realize that the time for a new North American Champion is now! You will rise, you will reach out, you will take my hand and believe in a greater North American Champion, believe that in Ali, you can trust!” The audience applauds, but will The Beacon finally and truly shine with gold?


NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Wes Lee VS DIJAK!

Both men have put HIM on notice, but only one gets to follow through! Will the Must See Kid defy Hard Justice and have a shot at the top title? Or will Dijak put everything on lockdown going into Heatwave?

NXT returns as Dijak makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two circle and feel things out, and Wes avoids Dijak’s grip. Fans rally for Wes as he evades Dijak but ends up cornered. Wes KICKS Dijak in the leg then gets away. And KICKS again! Dijak kepes in pursuit, he corners Wes again, btu Wes slips out to the apron! And under, and around, and then gets away from the big back elbow. Dijak runs in, Wes drop toeholds but he can’t take Dijak down! So Wes KICKS away at the leg! Wes then fires off hands, but Dijak shoves him. Wes dropkicks the leg out! And SMASHES the knee on the mat!

Fans fire up as Wes has the standing toehold. Dijak endures, reaches out, but Wes keeps him from ropes. Dijak crawls, fans rally, and Dijak kicks with his free leg. Wes lets go, Dijak runs in but Wes ducks ‘n’ dodges and slides under to KANGAROO KICK the leg! Fans rally as Wes watches Dijak go to the corner. Wes runs in to RAM into Dijak! Wes has the leg, he pulls but Dijak has the ROPEBREAK! Wes lets go and Dijak bails out. Wes keeps his eyes on Dijak, but Dijak hears the ring count. Dijak hobbles back over, refreshes the count and gets more time to rest. Wes storms up but Dijak grabs a leg! Wes grabs hair! Dijak HOTSHOTS Wes!

Dijak storms in to CLOBBER Wes! Dijak clamps onto Wes’s arm to CLUB away on it, and drop elbows! Fans rally, Wes endures as Dijak shifts to a top wristlock. Wes throws body shots, then a PELE! Dijak staggers, Wes KICKS Dijak again! Wes stands to BACKHAND, then he runs, to ROLLING KICK! Dijak staggers and drops to a k nee, but he grabs Wes’s hair! Dijak POSTS Wes! Wes slumps to the apron and Dijak storms over. Dijak drags Wes in, CLUBS the arm, and fans rally up. Dijak drops a BIG elbow on Wes’s chest! Cover, TWO! Dijak twists Wes’s arm, and bends it around into the top wristlock!

Fans rally for “WES SIDE!” and Wes throws hands! Dijak holds onto the arm but Wes throws more shots. Dijak SHOVES Wes to a corner, runs in, but Wes dodges! Dijak’s boot gets caught up on the ropes and he tumbles over and out! Wes then DIVES, but Dijak catches him! Dijak scoops Wes, to LAWN DART him into the post! Wes goes down in a heap and Dijak laughs as NXT goes picture in picture.

Dijak doesn’t laugh long, his leg still bothers him. Dijak hobbles as he stalks Wes to the desk. Dijak drags Wes up, puts Wes in the ring, and then covers, TWO! Wes is still in this but Dijak slaps his bad leg into working. Dijak stalks Wes, drags him up, and ROCKS him with a forearm! Wes drops to a corner, Dijak storms up and throws back elbows! Dijak brings Wes in, TIME TO FLY! Wes crash lands at center, Dijak covers, TWO! Dijak keeps on Wes and that bad arm with a chinbar armlock combo. Wes endures the stretch while fans rally up. Dijak CLUBS Wes, throws down elbows, then clamps on another top wristlock.

Wes endures and fans continue to rally. Wes fights up to his feet, but Dijak pulls on the arm! Dijak then punches the shoulder! And CLUBS it with an elbow! Wes resists but Dijak gets another top wristlock clamped on. Wes endures, even as Dijak leans on the hold. NXT returns to single picture and fans continue to rally. Wes fights back up, but Dijak inverted suplexes! Wes uses that to TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down, and they rally behind Wes. Wes and Dijak go to opposite corners, then Dijak runs in! Wes dropkicks the leg and Dijak hits buckles! Wes then SHOTGUNS Dijak!

Wes fires off hands, but Dijak CLUBS the bad arm! Dijak boots but Wes gets under it, to POWERBOMB!?!? Wes then rolls Dijak through to SUPERKICK! And METEORA!! Cover, TWO!! Dijak survives and Wes grows frustrated. Wes stands and fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” Wes aims from a corner, Dijak stands, and Wes handsprings, CARDIAC- NO, the bad arm gives up! Dijak grins as he drags Wes up! Torture rack, FEAST YOUR- NO, the bad leg gives up! Wes BOOTS Dijak! Both men wobble, and Dijak choke grips! HIGH JUSTICE!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Wes survives, that bad leg must’ve held Dijak back!

Fans are thunderous and declare “This is Awesome!” as both men are down. Dijak rolls to the apron and walks off the pain. He drags Wes out to join him, but Wes KICKS away again! Dijak has the legs, Wes fires hands! Dijak ROCKS Wes, then SWINGS Wes into the steel steps! Fans lose their minds and the ref checks on Wes. Wes is somehow okay to continue, so Dijak drags him up to TOSS him over the barriers! Wes is stuck in that gap, fans rally up, but then Dijak pulls the steel steps apart? But then Eddy Thorpe is there! The Alpha Wolf will not let Dijak do what he wants. Dijak swings, Eddy dodges, and Wes FLYING RANAS Dijak into the steps!

Fans fire up as Wes SUPERKICKS Dijak into the ring! Wes goes to the apron, and pops his own arm back into place! Handspring, CARDIAC KICK!! Wes goes up top, to SKY TWISTER!! Cover, WES WINS!

Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender for the NXT Championship)

The Alpha Wolf smiles, having served real justice to Dijak. Will Eddy have proper vengeance in a rematch of his own? And as for Wes, he tells Melo that he’ll see him next week. Will the Cardiac Kid burn HIM down?


Lyra Valkyria is watching backstage.

Dragon Lee walks over and asks if she saw that earlier. Yes, she did. They’ve been challenged to a big Mixed Tag Match! Dragon says if not for Mami, HE would be North American Champion now. Lyra agrees, but tells him not to worry about Rhea. Lyra will kick her so hard, Dom feels it! Yeah, Dom and his stupid face. Lyra agrees again, Dom does have a stupid face. But those two get along so well, Lyra & Dragon need to be like that. Whoa whoa whoa, tranquila, chiquita! He’s taken! No no no, not like that. Just that Rhea & Dom are always on the same page. They don’t even know a thing about each other.

Oh, well, Dragon knows this about her. But he says it in Spanish and she no habla. Sorry, in English: You were born for greatness. Oh, well, then Lyra returns the favor, but in Gaelic. Something something taco? No, not taco. Let’s jsut say that next week, they will be equipo, a team! Yeah, that much they can agree on! Well, things might be getting lost in translation, but will what they do to Rhea & Dom be universally understood?


Backstage interview with Tyler Bate.

McKenzie Mitchell is with the Big Strong Boi, and notes that he is moments away from a match with Joe Coffey, a match that springs up from an incident that happened at an NXT house show this past Friday. The footage is provided by NXT Anonymous, and it shows the entirety of Gallus getting at Tyler about juts giving up his Heritage Cup not even 20 MINUTES after winning it! That is PATHETIC! Tyler says they can go and see who is pathetic. NXT security got this to break up before it got physical, but that’s what the match is for.

Tyler says he has known Joe Coffey for a long time, he knows what Joe is about. But if he wants to come at Tyler like that, Tyler would prefer it not be during quality time with the fans. Clearly, Joe is still bitter about his boys losing the tag titles. On Tyler’s journey, he has learned not to react to an angry person with a fiery comeback, even if they deserve it. Tyler will not let Joe’s anger become his own, because Joe needs to learn balance. The music hits, and Tyler says he’ll help Joe with that up next. Will the Iron King cool off? Or will he explode this close to Heatwave?


Ilja Dragunov speaks.

“Trick Williams, you want to slay the Mad Dragon? Very courageous of you. But if you believe that Heatwave is some kind of noble crusade, and you’re the night in shining armor, I promise next week, fantasy will not become reality. The heat you fill, it’s not your warming up, no. It’s your own hubris burning you down. I expect you to bring that supreme confidence, the charismatic swagger and that admirable courage, because I’m bringing the raging fire! Next week will be a fight, a difficult one, to overcome. But next week, Trick, you will understand that I am more dangerous than you can imagine.”

The Czar has spoken, will he burn Trick down?

Wes Lee leaves Shawn Michaels’ office.

Wes smiles as he holds up the Heatwave NXT Championship contract. That shoulder’s still bothering him, though, will he be in any shape for that fight next week?


Tyler Bate VS Joe Coffey w/ Gallus!

NXT returns as Gallus make their entrance, and the Iron King steps into the ring with the Big Strong Boi. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Joe wrenches to a wristlock but Bate cartwheels and slips through to wrench back. Fans rally behind Bate as he wristlocks, but Joe knees low. Joe hits a takeover, and then he pulls back on the headlock! Bate fights up, fans rally, and Bate powers out. Bate drops under, comes back to headlock, but Joe pushes him to a corner. Bate uses that to hit a tornado takeover! Joe flails, Bate BOPS Joe with his boot over and over! Joe rolls to a cover, ONE!

Joe fights up, powers out, and RAMS shoulders with Bate! Joe stays up and crosses his arms, but Bate DROPKICKS him down! Mark Coffey gets on the apron to distracts the ref and Wolfgang hurries up and in, but Bate DECKS him! But then Joe CLOBBERS Bate! Fans boo as Joe whips Bate into a corner hard! Then scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Joe CLUBS away on Bate, clamps onto the shoulders, then he shifts to a seated full nelson. Fans rally, Bate fights up and Bate powers the hold open! Fans fire up but Joe powers up! Only for Bate to jump and victory roll! TWO, and Joe runs up to scoop again!

Bate slips out, ROCKS Joe, UPPERCUTS, then UPPERCUTS again! Bate fires off fast hands, fans fire up, and Bate whips. Joe reverses but Bate FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up more as Bate runs, but Joe alley-oops him! Bate lands safe, KNEES Joe away, then goes up the corner. Bate FLYING UPPERCUTS again! Both men stand, Joe runs in but into an EXPLODER! Bate kips up, and STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, TWO! Joe staggers up but Bate fireman’s carries! AIRPLANE SPIN! Fans fire up as Bate goes around and around then SLAMS Joe down! Gallus coaches Joe up and he goes to a corner.

Bate runs in but Joe dodges! Bate stops himself, goes up the corner, and FLYING- NO, Joe catches him for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Joe stands Bate up, but Bop, then BANG! But Joe HEADBUTTS! Bate ROLLING KICKS on the rebound! Then he underhooks, but Joe back drops free! Bate lands on his feet and runs, REBOUNDER! Joe flops out of the ring and fans fire up as Bate builds speed! Bate FLIES and takes out Joe! But then DABBA-KATO BOOTS Bate down?!

Winner: Tyler Bate, by disqualification

And then Dabba-Kato puts Joe in the ring!? Fans boo but Gallus saves Joe! Bate gets in but Kato gets Bate for the SKY HIGH BOMB! Fans boo, what is Dabba-Kato’s beef with Bate!?


NXT Media catches up with Corbin.

They ask him about what went down with Von Wagner earlier tonight. Corbin says it was obvious. He steps in the ring, says how it is, someone got offended. That’s their problem, not his. But at least Von had the balls to speak up. Next week at Heatwave, Von will- Wait, Bron steps in. He asks about “this crap” about Von VS Corbin next week. Bron isn’t finished with Von yet. Oh, Bron isn’t finished? He looked pretty finished after Von put his ass through the table. Bron says okay then. Good luck next week. Just know that Bron will be watching. Corbin says Bron may intimidate everyone else here, but Corbin isn’t everyone. Corbin heads out, will Bron make Corbin like everyone else?


NXT presents an all-new Hard Hitting Home Truths.

Nathan Frazer is back on the set of his talk show, and welcomes us to HHHT. Now, if you didn’t know, Florida is “really freakin’ hot” right now, and those temperatures will reach a boiling point at the annual sizzler that is NXT Heatwave. It’ll be one hell of a show, but Frazer has a vested interest in himself, when he defends his true and legitimate Heritage Cup against the Scottish Supernova, the Mouth of Meta Four, the professional fraud himself, Noam Dar. Now, it took some negotiations with Tyler to get Dar to admit his cup is not real, but-

“Hello, hello, hello! Is this thing on?” The Meta Four hijacks HHHT with Supernova Sessions! Hear him now, live from the moon, welcome to their show that is interrupting their scheduled programming, “which appears to be some freaky speedy lunatic ranting about me!” Frazer says he is always ready for these kinds of scenarios, and he knew Dar would pull this eventually. Dar always was a weird one. He’s cradled that cup ever since he was actually champion. What does he mean, “Actually?” Dar IS the champion! The greatest Heritage Cup Champion of all time! Most reigns, longest reigns, most handsome, cosmic left foot! Dar only deals in facts! Meta Four deals in only facts!

And that means Meta Four is done with Frazer’s dumb conspiracy theories. Next week, normality returns. Conspiracy theories? Well, then, here is a very simple question: which cup is real? Dar’s or Frazer’s? Why does it matter? Frazer didn’t beat Dar, he beat Oro. Oro gets upset and Dar apologizes but Frazer wants a simple, straightforward answer. They all said it last week. Dar admits to nothing! Then roll the tape. Footage replays as Frazer made the deal: Undisputed Heritage Cup Championship match IF Dar admits that his is a fake. Dar admitted that technically, Frazer has the original cup that Oro lost but Frazer never beat Dar for.

Dar says that’s faked. The stupid boy is trying to make Dar look stupid! No, Dar’s doing a fine job of that himself. Oh, reminder: Frazer got hooked up with something new from NXT: the Fraud Alarm! Every time someone says something fraudulent, Frazer presses the button. FRAUD!! Hey! You don’t need that. Dar doesn’t tell lies. FRAUD!! Okay, so where is Dar again? The moon. FRAUD!! And who is the real Heritage Cup Champion? IT’S DAR! FRAUD!! STOP~! FRAUD FRAUD FRAUD!! Meta Four calms down, Jakara holds the cup so Dar can get serious. Dar tells Frazer to enjoy his fun, the big thief! Because next week at Heatwave, Dar will rip him apart. FRAUD!!

It’s over for Frazer! Dar will take back what is rightfully his! FRAUD!! STOP~! Check please, thank you, buh-bye! Let’s get outta here. Frazer has a laugh and says that the REAL Heritage Cup stays in Frazer’s trophy cabinet. This has been enlightening. But will the British Rocket take off and leave the Supernova in the stardust?


Thea Hail w/ Chase U VS Jacy Jayne!

The attempt at making up for #TowelGate is here, but it doesn’t seem like Thea is excited about it. Jacy doesn’t seem excited about this, either. But one way or another, will Thea get the much needed W? Or will she be all but done with Chase U?

The bell rings and fans rally behind Thea as she circles with Jacy. They tie up, Jacy knees low, and she CLUBS her! Jacy CHOPS, talks trash, eggs Thea on and CHOPS again. Jacy whips, Thea ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirl arm-drags! Thea then wheelbarrow arm-drags! Thea ducks ‘n’ dodges again, tilt-o-whirl RANA! Jacy bails out, Thea DIVES onto her! Fans fire up with Thea but she still tells Chase to watch himself. Chase says of course, Thea has this, and NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Jacy has Thea down with a chinbar armlock combo. Fans rally, Jacy leans on the hold, but Thea fights up. Thea moves around, Jacy shifts to just a chinlock, then she sends Thea into the corner. Thea ELBOWS Jacy away, leans against ropes, and Jacy runs in. Thea gets around to O’Conner Roll! TWO, and Thea hits ropes hard! Jacy ELBOWS Thea down! And SENTONS! Fans boo, Jacy covers, TWO! Jacy taunts Chase U, then rips a buckle pad down! Jacy smirks and goes back to Thea. Fans rally but Jacy CLUBS Thea around. Jacy kicks Thea around, drags her up, and whips her at the corner, but Thea wrenches to WRING Jacy!

Thea gets moving and she rallies on Jacy! Then back splash in the corner! EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Thea roars, and ROLLING SENTONS! Fans fire up for the IMPLODER SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Jacy survives and Chase coaches Thea up. Thea drags Jacy up, turns her, but Jacy slips out to mule kick! And RUNNING KNEE! Jacy grins, runs in, ROLLING- NO, Thea ducks the elbow, to get a KIMURA!! ROPEBREAK! Thea lets go, but runs in, into a SUPERKICK! Jacy runs up, SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Thea survives and Jacy is furious. Fans rally up, but Jacy finishes what she started and pushes the buckle pad down more.

Jacy goes back for Thea as fans rally up. Jacy kicks Thea around but Thea glares up at her. Jacy says Thea is nothing, and runs at the exposed buckle! Chase is there to put the pad back up! And Thea bumps Jacy off it! She asks what Chase is even doing, but then turns around into a cradle!! JACY WINS!

Winner: Jacy Jayne, by pinfall

Even when he tries to help, he messes it up! Jacy laughs at Chase U, Thea is angry with Professor Chase again, but Chase tries to explain what happened. Will Chase ever make it right?


NXT looks at the legacy of Humberto Garza.

The lucha libre legend wishes his grandsons, Angel & Humberto, would remember what he always told them. “When we are on top of the world, we have family. When life knocks us down, we still have family.” The two have been at odds over how they go about things, and Humberto is the one who wants to get serious. But he wants them to know, that “if you lose your way, do not take it out on each other. If you lose, your cousin loses. The time has come. No more games, no more distractions. Tear away your past for a new beginning. But a new beginning together.”

Angel wakes up in the dead of night, as does Humberto. Did they hear the message from their grandfather? How will they take his words to heart?


Carmelo finishes up with the autograph signing.

Wes steps in and said he told Melo he’d be back. Here’s the contract to sign. The most important signature of the night. Well, congrats on doing it. See you next Tuesday. Melo hands the contract back, but Wes pushes aside the pictures and posters. He ain’t waiting. Wes even kicks the table down! Melo has security stand down. Wes says see you out there. Cuz he’s taking the table, right to the ring! We get an impromptu contract signing moment, after the break!

NXT returns and Wes has the table in the ring now, contract right on top. And Melo makes his entrance! Fans fire up as the NXT Champion goes right to the ring, just as Wes wants. Wes has the mic to have everyone quiet down and tell Melo to get in here already. Time to sign the most important thing here. Melo sets the belt down, and tells Wes that he is really close to turning Melo back to the old Melo, so chill. Wes doesn’t even know what that means. But he doesn’t really know anything about Melo’s lifestyle. Jet-settin’ vacations, sittin’ on the beach, drinkin’ champagne.

Yeah, stop there. That’s the problem. Everyone thinks that because Melo holds the title, it’s all luxurious. Yeah, it comes with perks, but also responsibilities. And there’s no doubt in Melo’s mind that Wes is one of the greatest North American Champions of all time. Fans cheer that, but Melo asks if Wes carried that title with the same prestige and honor Melo did before him. Melo says yes, he did. But until you step outta those shoes and walk a mile in Melo’s studded loafers, don’t talk about how easy someone has it. Wes takes a couple L’s, faces a little adversity, and he starts to fold like a chair on the Alabama boardwalk, let’s talk about it.

“So Wes, next week, it’s your shot to take that title. But I’m not convinced that you can be HIM.” Wes says, “Can’t be him?” What makes you think Wes wants to be him? Do you know how many times in Wes’s career, he has been told he can’t do something? When Melo got here, he was one of the chosen ones. It was all gravy for him. Not for Wes. Back when Wes as in the military, his supervisors found out he was even trying to do pro-wrestling, and they thought he was crazy for it. Not just because of the job itself, but because they took one look at him, and said he couldn’t. Fast forward and now Wes is here blazing his own trail to make it in the WWE, and again come the doubters saying, “You Can’t!”

Fans fire up as Wes says, “It was a hell of a ride to get here. But dammit, I set up shop, become a TWO-TIME Tag Team Partner, and when I lost my tag partner, it all started again. ‘Wes, you can’t break out as a singles star. Wes, you will never become a champion! Wes, you can’t do this! Wes, you can’t do that!’ But Wes DID!” Fans fire up more and even Melo nods. Wes says he became North American Champion! He became the GREATEST North American Champion in history! Fans cheer that, and Wes asks if anyone had that on their NXT bingo cards. If you did, good job, Wes sure didn’t.

But as a matter of fact, who did he take that title off of? Whoa, no no no. Melo says no, hold on. Wes won the title but he didn’t beat Melo for it. That’s just the truth. The same title that Melo got the most eyes on! The title that no one was giving the time of day, until Melo put it on the map! Until Melo put on bangers in front of these fans for months, not once but twice! But this isn’t about the NAC, this is about THE NXT Championship, MELO’s title. And Melo agrees with 90% of what Wes is saying, and he feels him, but next week on Heatwave, Wes won’t, and can’t beat Melo. Wes says there we go with “can’t.”

Dog, do you know how many years Wes has made doubters into believers? Melo wasn’t even the biggest doubter! And it wasn’t any of the fans! It was Wes himself! Whenever someone said he can’t, it resonated in Wes. There was that voice deep inside Wes’s mind, but no more! Wes will NOT fail anymore. Wes signs his part of the contract and fans fire up. “Now sign the damn contract.” Wes pushes it at Melo, and Melo says gladly. Because everyone knows Wes earned this. It was only a matter of time. But just one more thing: don’t go chasing waterfalls; stick tot he rivers and the lakes that you’re used to. Because next time, it’s not Melo Don’t Miss, it’s Melo Can’t Miss.

Melo signs his part, fans chant “MELO’S GONNA MISS!” “NO!” and then Melo holds up the belt. And then Wes DOUBLE STOMPS the table apart!! “See you at Heatwave.” Melo is feeling the vibe, but will he be feeling the heat when Wes won’t stop?

My Thoughts:

Another great NXT episode, especially as a go-home to Heatwave next week. Mostly because there was no Go-Home Syndrome going on, just all action and build. The tag title match was a great opener, and I just felt Julius & Brutus were gonna attack again while in disguise. Ivy confirms she is in on this mind game as she is the major distraction. Tony & Stacks retain the titles to face any number of teams in the Fall stretch, and we are definitely getting one last Schism VS Diamond Mine tag match, perhaps with No Disqualifications this time, and then it’ll truly be Losers Leave NXT or something like that.

And speaking of tag teams, what a creative and well done vignette promo where the spirit of Humberto Garza speaks to Angel & Humberto. This could become a top story for NXT as these two get serious and blaze a trail up to the tag titles. Also very creative promo from Mustafa Ali that was very political-campaign-ad. I’ve said before and still feel that Ali needs to be a champion already. Ali VS I assume Dom at No Mercy in a month please. And also, good promo from Dom & Rhea to call out Dragon & Lyra, and great response from Lyra & Dragon. Though I perhaps would’ve liked subs, I’m not the best at Spanish and have no chance with Gaelic. But sadly, in this Mixed Tag, I don’t see Dragon & Lyra winning, Rhea & Dom aren’t just in sync, they know how to cheat!

Great promo stuff from Corbin, Stone, Von and Bron. I do feel that part of that promo was NXT testing Von on his promo skills, and he actually did good there. Using “Making a reservation for one/table for one” was a clever move but could’ve used some ironing out. Von VS Corbin will be good stuff, but I feel like Bron will want to get involved and we end up with some kind of Triple Threat for No Mercy or something. And while NXT Anonymous is still an odd gimmick, they are using it to give us more creative types of promos. The house show confrontation turning into a match here was clever, and we were getting good stuff from Bate VS Joe Coffey, but what a wild surprise for Dabba-Kato to go after everybody. Is Dabba getting in on the Heritage Cup Division or something?

Speaking of, pretty good Hard Hitting Home Truths turning into a crossover with Supernova Sessions to give us one last bit before the Heritage Cup Championship match next week. I just hope Yulisa & Valentina help keep Meta Four in check like before so Frazer can have a fair match. And personally, I want Frazer to win. Dar has done great things for the Cup, but he needs to move on to other titles now. He’d be great in either the North American or top title story after No Mercy. Dar having promos with Ali, Meta Four having promos with Judgment Day, either of those would be fun to see for a little bit there.

Good match from Dana VS Blair, with Dana showing that new aggression. But it was also clever to have Kelani try and keep her on the straight and narrow by not letting her just use the ring bell as a weapon. It does cost Dana, and that scowl definitely suggests Dana turning Heel and going after Kelani. Good promo from Chase, Duke and Thea to set up what ended up being the main event match. Thea VS Jacy was a good match but the main thing was Chase’s help backfiring. Thea has already had her verbal jabs and passive aggressive behavior towards Chase, but it feels like everyone wants to see Thea explode on Chase, maybe even punch him. And maybe that’s what it’ll take for Thea to get over this without her turning Heel and leaving the Chase U faction.

Great match from Trick VS Gulak, with Dempsey & Kemp of course getting involved. But also great to see Briggs & Jensen going after them, given how things went down between bar brawlers and grappling goons last week. And great promo from Dragunov to hype up his match with Trick. Trick stood tall tonight, feels like Dragunov will stand tall at Heatwave, and then Dragunov can go after whoever is top champion going towards No Mercy. Great contender’s match of Wes VS Dijak, with Eddy having a great part to play given his history with Dijak.

Wes winning was the right move, and he had great promos with Melo throughout the night. That contract signing was a great closing segment, both men being fan favorites and making good points. But Wes double stomping that table apart was probably the coolest punctuation on a contract signing segment. As great as Wes is, I feel like Melo still finds a way to win so he and Dragunov can have their rematch at No Mercy. But at the same time, not sure where Wes goes if he doesn’t win. He’s already had the NAC, he’s moved past it now, so he either tries his hand at the Heritage Cup or maybe moves up to RawDown. Probably SmackDown, so he can go for the US Championship.

My Score: 8.8/10

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Mitchell’s NJPW Windy City Riot Results & Report! (4/12/24)

Will the winds of change blow?



NJPW starts a riot!

As NJPW lands in Chicago, the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Testuya Naito, defends the title against Jon Moxley! Is The Maniac going to become the face of NJPW?


  • Kickoff Show – Strong Survivor: Matt Vandagriff VS Zane Jay; Vandagriff wins.
  • Kickoff Show – Mina Shirakawa & Viva Van VS Alex Windsor & Trish Adora; Windsor & Adora win.
  • Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita; Narita wins.
  • NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Stephanie Vaquer VS AZM; Vaquer wins and retains the title.
  • NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS TMDK VS West Coast Wrecking Crew VS #NoFilthyDaysOff; TMDK wins and become the new NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions.
  • Shota Umino VS Jack Perry; Shota wins.
  • Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi; Ali wins.
  • Riot Rules 8 Man Tag: Team Eddie Kingston VS Team Gabe Kidd; Team Kidd wins.
  • NJPW World Television Championship: Matt Riddle VS Zack Sabre Jr; ZSJ wins and becomes the new NJPW World Television Champion.
  • Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii; Nemeth wins.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley; Moxley wins and becomes the new IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.


Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita!

Finally, months after the betrayal, The King of Pancrase gets his chance at teaching #SouledOut Narita a lesson! Will Meanest Man in the World show no mercy? Or will the House of Torture find a way to stack the deck even now?

The Windy City knows “KAZE NI NARE~!” and then Suzuki CLOBBERS Narita! The bell rings, Narita bails out and the fans fire up as Suzuki goes after him! Suzuki stomps Narita, whips him into railing, then storms up to stomp Narita down! The fans fire up for “SU-ZU-KI!” as he whips Narita hard into more railing! Suzuki stomps Narita more, then CHOKES Narita with camera cables! The fans fire up, the ref reprimands, but Suzuki lets go. The fans cheer the “MURDER GRAMPA!” as he gets a chair! Suzuki then stomps Narita, drags him up and puts his arm through railing! The ref reprimands as Suzuki pulls on the arm!

Suzuki lets off, the fans fire up more, and Suzuki drags Narita up. Suzuki brings Narita along, SMACKS him off the apron, and the ref finally starts a ring count. Suzuki kicks away on Narita then shoves him into the ring. The fans cheer and Suzuki drags Narita up. Suzuki whips but Narita flops and flounders out of the ring. The fans boo but Suzuki is amused. Suzuki taunts Narita, but Narita trips Suzuki and whips him into railing! The fans boo as Narita goes into the ring, builds speed, and as Suzuki gets on the apron, Narita BOOTS him back down! Narita stomps Suzuki against railing while the ring count starts.

Narita fires forearms, Suzuki eggs him on, so Narita claws the eyes! Suzuki gets in the ring, Narita storms in to stomp away at the ropes! The fans boo as Narita kicks Suzuki back out, then whips him hard into railing! Suzuki sputters, Narita brings Suzuki around to whip into more railing! Suzuki grabs a bottle of water to SPLASH Narita! The fans fire up but Narita kicks Suzuki, only to slip in the water! Narita puts Suzuki in the ring, stands on him for a cocky cover, TWO! The fans boo but Narita soaks up the heat. Suzuki rises, Narita fires a forearm then runs to BOOT! Suzuki staggers, Narita whips, but Suzuki reverses!

Suzuki runs in to BOOT Narita at the corner! The fans fire up as Suzuki fires forearm after forearm! The fans count and Suzuki goes past ten, and even tells the ref to back off! Narita sits down in the corner but Suzuki fires off more forearms! Suzuki tops it off at TWENTY! The fans fire up, Suzuki drags Narita to his feet, then snapmares Narita to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Suzuki keeps on Narita with a SLEEPER! Narita fights up, slips around, and has a SLEEPER! Suzuki switches to put the SLEEPER back on Narita! The fans fire up as Narita flails, but Suzuki drops back into body scissors! Narita is caught and the fans fire up!

Narita flails, reaches out, but Suzuki rolls him away from ropes! Narita is fading, the ref checks. The arm drops once! The arm drops twice! Narita comes back at the third and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts as Suzuki thrashes around! The ref pries at the hold, but Suzuki holds on! The ref counts again, Suzuki lets go at 4, and Suzuki gets in the ref’s face! Narita breathes again, rises up, and then runs up to KNEE STOMP! The fans boo as Narita goes to get a chair! The ref stops Narita, but Narita wedges the chair into the corner. But Suzuki kicks Narita first! Suzuki whips, follows, then shoots around to the SLEEPER!

Narita wrenches out! Narita whips, Suzuki stops himself, and then Suzuki BOOTS Narita down! The fans fire up as now Suzuki has the chair! The ref says no, the fans boo, and Narita has his push-up bar! Suzuki shoves the ref aside, PUSH-UP BAR SHOT!! Then the DOUBLE CROSSER! Cover, Narita wins!

Winner: Ren Narita, by pinfall

The fans boo because of course the Souled Out son of a gun had to cheat to win, but it’s surprising that he did it all on his own! Suzuki is pissed, he runs back up but the Young Lions keep him away! So the Young Lions are sent into railing for it! Will anyone ever humble Narita’s inflated ego?


NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Stephanie Vaquer VS AZM!

Having dethroned Giulia in the background of Stardom’s Cinderella Tournament, La Primera feels unstoppable! But will she be able to keep up with the Highspeed Superstar? Or will Stephanie show she’s a real speed demon herself?

The introductions are made, the NJPW belt is raised, and we see who is truly a Strong Star!

The bell rings and the fans rally up already as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but then Vaquer uses her height for leverage. AZM digs her heels in to push back, and the fans rally up more. Vaquer gets around to waistlock, sit-down, roll and JAPANESE BRIDGE! TWO, and the fans cheer as the two reset. AZM runs up to kick low, whip, but Vaquer reverses. Vaquer hurdles but AZM comes right back to shove, follow and run up again. Vaquer pops AZM up but AZM slips free to then duck ‘n’ dodge and trip Vaquer up! Then PENALTY KICK! SLIDING KICK! Kip up! The fans fire up with AZM and she gets them even hotter!

AZM gets Vaquer up but Vaquer JAWBREAKERS! AZM blocks a kick, gives a kick, then runs to sunset flip! Vaquer stays up, scuffs AZM and then runs to drop the leg, brother! The fans fire up and Vaquer clamps on a chinlock. Vaquer squeezes tight but AZM endures. The fans rally, AZM fights around, reaches out, but Vaquer drags her by her hair! The fans boo but Vaquer wraps on a headscissors, and she turns AZM over to RAM her into the mat again and again and again! The fans cheer as Vaquer lets off to cover, TWO! AZM stays in this but Vaquer stays calm. Vaquer looms over AZM, then springboard KNEE DROPS!

Vaquer digs her heel into AZM’s head, but the ref counts. Vaquer lets off, drags AZM up and the fans rally up. Vaquer bumps AZM off buckles, sits her down, then goes up to stand on AZM’s face! The ref counts, Vaquer steps off, and she drags AZM up. AZM fires a forearm but then falls over. Vaquer stands AZM up to HEADBUTT her down! AZM drags herself up to fire another forearm! Vaquer HEADBUTTS again! AZM forearms again and again and again! The fans fire up, but Vaquer HEADBUTTS again and again and again! Vaquer runs, AZM gets around and spins her, snap suplex! The fans fire up while both women are down!

AZM stands, whips Vaquer to a corner, but Vaquer stops herself to CLUB AZM! Vaquer whips, runs up, but into a BOOT! AZM fires up, but Vaquer puts AZM’s leg in the ropes! Vaquer has the other leg, to DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! AZM writhes, flops out of the ring, but Vaquer goes to the apron. Vaquer watches like a hawk, but AZM avoids the kick! AZM trips Vaquer to ROUNDHOUSE Vaquer down! Vaquer slumps to the floor, AZM goes up and up and SUPER DIVING STOMPS!! The fans are thunderous as AZM stands tall! AZM drags Vaquer up, puts her in, and then goes back up the corner!

AZM aims and the fans fire up for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! But into the FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Vaquer reaches out, so AZM traps that arm and pulls the other arm! Vaquer endures as AZM has a mounted armlock! Then AZM YANKS the arm into an ARMBAR! Vaquer clasps hands to fight the hold, then kicks around, ROPEBREAK! AZM lets go and fans rally as she brings Vaquer around. AZM KICKS Vaquer in the side, then drags her into a drop zone! AZM steps on Vaquer before she climbs back up. The fans fire up for the DIVING- NO, Vaquer avoids the stomps to DROPKICK!

But AZM’s right back up! She ROUNDHOUSES Vaquer, then runs, but Vaquer reels her in, BIG back suplex! Both women are down again and the fans are thunderous! The two women slowly sit up and the fans rally again. AZM fires a forearm first, but Vaquer HEADBUTTS! AZM fires another forearm, so Vaquer HEADBUTTS! Forearm, HEADBUTT, then AZM fires a flurry! Vaquer SLAPS AZM! The fans fire up as Vaquer then blocks a slap into an ARMBAR! AZM stacks it, TWO! CROSSFACE!! Vaquer pulls way back on AZM, AZM is fading, reaches out, but Vaquer rolls her from ropes!

AZM kicks around still, ROPEBREAK behind Vaquer’s back! The fans fire up as Vaquer lets go in frustration. Vaquer drags AZM up, ducks the haymaker, then spins her to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! AZM is still in this and the fans fire up! Vaquer goes to a corner, climbs up, but AZM rises! AZM ROCKS Vaquer, but then Vaquer HEADBUTTS back! AZM ROUNDHOUSES back, goes up after Vaquer, and the fans fire up for the SUPERPLEX! AZM positions Vaquer just right, hurries back up top, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Vaquer survives and neither Chicago nor AZM can believe it!

AZM drags Vaquer up, “This is Awesome!” as she reels Vaquer in. Vaquer wrenches out, EAT DA FEET! Vaquer runs, AZM follows and tilt-o-whirls, LA MYSTICA! Then the step over, AZM SUSHI ROLL! TWO!! Vaquer escapes the cradle, and AZM hurries to a corner. AZM runs in, but is sent into buckles! HEADBUTT HEADBUTT HEADBUTT!! Vaquer sits AZM down, runs corner to corner, METEORA! Vaquer drags AZM up and tucks her in, but AZM pops free! AZM ducks ‘n’ dodges but into a SUPERKICK! Vaquer runs, but AZM follows again! Tilt-o-whirl but no Mystica! PACKAGE BACKBREAKER!! Cover, Vaquer wins!

Winner: Stephanie Vaquer, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Women’s Champion)

AZM’s speed was there, but so was Vaquer’s strength! Vaquer keeps her THREE belts, from NJPW Strong to CMLL, but will she be able to hold onto all of them through the Summer?

Well hold on, speaking of, here comes Alex Windsor! She gets a mic to say, “Now I understand that you maybe don’t know who I am, so allow me to formally introduce myself. I am at the top of the UK Women’s Scene. I have conquered Europe, I have overcome Japan. Every single country, every single company I have been to, I have made my presence known. And trust me when I say, it doesn’t stop here. So uh, if you’re up for it, May 11th, Resurgence, you put your NJPW Strong Women’s Championship on the line against Alex Windsor!” The fans are torn on this, but Alex bloody dares Vaquer!

Vaquer looks Alex up and down, takes the mic, and says, “You’re on.” Will Vaquer be able to break the Iron Willed Windsor? Or will Alex prove she’s just as NJPW Strong, if not stronger?


NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS TMDK VS West Coast Wrecking Crew VS #NoFilthyDaysOff!

The Guerrillas of Destiny have passed on the torch, but there’s a chance the fire could be blown out in the Windy City! Can The Headbanga & Young Guerilla make it through Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls, Royce Isaacs, Jorel Nelson, Tom Lawlor AND Fred Rosser all at once? Or are we guaranteed NEW Strong Tag Team Champions?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who defies the odds to win the gold!

Tensions are already running high given the beef between WCWC and their former leader, Lawlor. In this Fatal 4, only two teams are legal at a time, and ELP steps up to start against Hysterical Haste. The fans rally up with the bell as the two circle. They tie up, Shane headlocks, but ELP powers up and out. Shane runs ELP over, drags him back up, and runs, but ELP drops, hurdles, and drops again. ELP DROPKICKS Shane down then handsprings up! The fans cheer but Shane KICKS ELP, whips him to the corner, only for ELP to ROCK Mikey! Shane DROPKICKS ELP down! Tag to Mikey and TMDK double whip.

TMDK DOUBLE ELBOW ELP then SENTON FIST DROP COMBO! Cover, ONE, and Mikey whips ELP. Leo tags in, ELP gets around Mikey and sends him into the UPPERCUT! ELP BLASTS Shane, Leo sends Mikey to the corner to SPLASH! ELP back elbows, then feeds Mikey to Leo’s SIDEWALK SLAM! ELP is up, for the FALLING ELBOW! Then the high five! The fans fire up as Leo aims, but then Rosser tags in! Rosser eggs Mikey on, they RAM shoulders! And RAM again! Rosser runs but Mikey ELBOWS him! Mikey runs, Rosser dodges and ROLLING ELBOWS! Tag to Lawler, the fans fire up, and NFDO RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP TACKLE COMBO!

Rosser BLASTS WCWC, drops a leg on Mikey, then scoops Lawlor to SLAM him on Mikey! Rosser BLASTS Shane, too, but Royce sneaks a tag. The fans fire up as Lawlor and Royce stare down. The two circle, but then ELP tags in off Lawlor! No filthy showdown yet, but then Royce SHOVES ELP into Lawlor, then GERMAN SUPLEXES ELP! The fans boo as WCWC BLAST Leo! Royce RAMS ELP into the corner, stomps a mudhole in, then tags in Jorel. Jorel stands ELP up to CHOP, then CHOPS again! The fans rally up as Jorel winds up, but then he pokes ELP in the eyes! The fans boo but Jorel says he’s smarter than that.

Jorel RAMS ELP into the corner, tags Royce, and then WCWC wrench and DOUBLE ATOMIC DROP! ELP hobbles, Jorel sweeps the legs, and Royce deadlift suplexes! Royce holds ELP up, kicks Shane away, but then Lawlor reaches out to tag in! Royce SLAMS ELP down, but he has to exit now. Lawlor drags ELP up, and clamps on a GUILLOTINE! ELP endures, fights his way up, reaches out, but Lawlor redirects him. Rosser tags in and CLUBS ELP. NFDO double whip to ELBOW ELP down, then Lawlor hooks Rosser up, HALF NELSON FACEBUSTER SPLASH onto ELP! Cover, TWO! Rosser stares down WCWC then gets ELP up.

Rosser kicks and KNEES ELP, then HEADBUTTS! Rosser HIP ATTACKS ELP, runs, but Royce tags in! Royce then knees Rosser low and TOSSES him! Tag to Jorel, WCWC BLASTS everyone else! Then WCWC double wrench and double- NO, ELP slips free of the suplex! ELP go esup and over, slips under, but Royce gets a leg! ELP ENZIGIRIS but then Jorel gets a leg! ELP BOOTS Jorel into Royce! Hot tag to Leo! The fans fire up as Leo UPPERCUTS Jorel! Royce ducks ‘n’ dodges but Leo still BOOTS him! Leo scoops Jorel for SNAKE EYES, and the BOOT! Leo choke grips Royce, but Jorel gets up! So Leo gets him, too!

The fans fire up but WCWC break the guzels to throw hands! WCWC double whip, but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT back! The fans fire up but TMDK attack! They double whip but Leo breaks those lines, only for TMDK to get under! BACK SUPELX NECKBREAKER COMBO! NFDO fire off on TMDK! The fans fire up as NFDO double whip, but Shane JUMP KICKS Rosser and Mikey ELBOWS Lawlor! TMDK pinball Lawlor, get him up, but Lawlor slips free! Lawlor shoves Mikey into Shane, then he and Rosser clamp on, SLEEPER HOLD and CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! The fans fire up as TMDK endure!

Mikey holds Shane’s hand, but then Leo DOUBLE LARIATS all four men!! The fans are thunderous as Leo gets NFDO, DOUBLE GODSENDS!! Leo SPLASHES Jorel, scoops him, and POWERSLAMS! The fans are thunderous as Leo tags ELP in! ELP and Leo coordinate, tune up, and Jorel stands. But Royce trips ELP! Leo still grabs Jorel, but Jorel STUNNERS! Royce LARIATS Leo up and out! Jorel KNEES ELP, Royce UPPERCUTS, feed to the POP UP POWERBOMB! And then CATAPULT into the fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY BACKBREAKER!! Cover, Lawlor breaks it! The fans are thunderous again and Royce is furious!

“This is Awesome!” as WCWC CLOBBER Lawlor! But Rosser gets in to stand Lawlor up. The four stare down, and the filthy brawl is on! The fans fire up as the forearms fly back and forth! NFDO DECK WCWC, then they DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOW on Jorel! NFDO aim at Royce, DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOW but Royce ducks! The elbows clash, Royce BOOTS Rosser! Lawlor sweeps the leg then KNEES Royce down! But Jorel SHOTGUNS Lawlor! But he turns around into SUDDEN DEATH! And then EKP DIVES onto the others before GODSEND!! ELP is back on the apron, he climbs up Leo, but Shane sneaks a tag!

SUPER THUNDERKISS, but Shane TOSSES ELP out! Mikey gets Leo, Shane LAST SUPPER on Jorel! TMDK WINS!!

Winners: TMDK, by pinfall (NEW NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, and they don’t let an opportunity get past them! Shane & Mikey have gold, will Zack Sabre Jr. join them later tonight?

Meanwhile, WCWC are pissed! They CLOBBER NFDO for it! Royce POSTS Rosser, then OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY SUPLEXES to the floor! Jorel beats down on Lawlor, then shouts in his face, “WHY!? WHY!? WHY!?” WCWC gets Lawlor up, reel him in, PILEDRIVER!! MACHO ELBOW!! Team Filthy is truly no more, and then Jorel brings out SCISSORS!! The fans boo as Royce sits Lawlor up! Jorel grabs a handful of hair, and CUTS it away! The fans boo as Jorel & Royce disrespect their mentor as they just cut random pieces away! Jorel shouts, “It didn’t have to be this way!”

The fans tell Royce he’s sick as he EATS Lawlor’s hair! Rosser manages to rise to his feet, but he’s in no shape to fight! WCWC knows that, and Jorel MAKES Rosser eat hair!! The fans are disgusted, but the WCWC leaves. Will they prove they’re truly the filthiest of them all?


Shota Umino VS Jack Perry!

The Roughneck and his mentor, Jon Moxley, got the win over the Scapegoat and Ren Narita just a few days ago at NJPW Sakura Genesis. But now this is a more personal showdown as Shota wants to finally shut Jack up once and for all. Will there be a Paradigm Shift here in Chicago? Or will Perry prove Shota doesn’t know Jack?

As Jack makes his entrance, he has guards in riot gear. The fans are chanting “C M PUNK!” at him, but he came prepared! He has the flag of Chicago draped on his shoulders, then holds it up as he struts around. Then Jack turns around and drops the flag to reveal “CRY ME A RIVER” painted on the back of his jacket! Jack is rubbing it in everyone’s faces as he goes down to the ring, but will Shota make Jack cry?

Jack gets on a corner to soak up the heat, and Chicago sure gives him all he can handle. Though, there are some fans actually cheering “SCAPEGOAT! SCAPEGOAT!” The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Jack puts Shota on ropes. Jack lets off clean and that surprises Shota, maybe even confuses him. The two reset, tie up again, and now Shota puts Jack on ropes. The ref counts, Shota lets off with pats on the shoulder, but then Jack SLAPS Shota! Jack bails out while fans boo, and a ring count starts. Jack grabs some water to take a sip, then he SPLASHES the fans! Shota rushes out, but the water trips him up!

Jack and Shota brawl, Shota RAMS Jack into railing, then CLUBS Jack around. Shota puts Jack in, but Jack KICKS Shota down! The fans boo as Jack stomps Shota to ropes. Jack CHOPS Shota, Shota staggers away, and Jack whips, Shota reverses, scoops, DROPS and basement dropkicks! The fans fire up with Shota while Jack flounders to a corner. Shota runs up to CLUB Jack down, then stomps him around. But Jack CLAWS Shota’s face! Jack CLUBS Shota, snapmares, and basement dropkicks to the back! Cover, ONE!! Shota is tougher than that, the fans chant “You Got Choked Out!” “No He Didn’t!” in reference to the All In video.

Jack stalks Shota, stands him up, and facelocks! The GUILLOTINE is a direct shot at #BrawlIn! The fans are torn, but then Jack snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Jack says okay, he drags Shota up and he whips Shota to a corner. Jack runs up to clothesline, then he stomps Shota down. The ref counts, Jack goes up the corner to soak up the heat. Jack then hops down to drag Shota up. Shota ROCKS Jack first! Jack CLUBS Shota, whips, but Shota ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Jack! The fans fire up with Shota and he storms up on Jack again. Shota whips corner to corner, runs in and UPPERCUTS! Then FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!

Not quite perfect but Shota does the Jungle Life dance! The fans sing along, Shota drags Jack up, and then clinches. Jack fights the lift, throws elbows, and he CLAWS Shota’s back! The ref reprimands, but Jack runs up, into a drop toehold! Shota slingshots to APRON DDT! The fans fire up again while Jack flops to the floor! The ring count starts, Shota takes a full lap, then returns to Jack. Shota drags Jack up at 5 of 20, puts him in at 7, and Shota goes up the corner. Fans chant for “LUCHASAURUS!” while Shota MISSILE DROPKICKS! Shota then clinches to EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Jack is still in this but Shota keeps his cool.

Shota drags Jack back up, dragon sleepers, and hits the TRI- NO, Jack slips free! Jack waistlocks, Shota standing switches, but Jack grabs the ref and then LOW BLOWS Shota!! The fans boo as Jack gets away with that one! Jack then drags Shota out, has him on the apron, DRAPING DDT to the floor! Jack drags Shota up, puts him back in, then brings Shota around to underhook. TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Shota survives and the fans fire up! Jack sighs, rises up and hears all the boos. Jack walks around to soak up more heat, then he scuffs Shota. Shota crawls, Jack scuffs him again, but Shota shakes his head.

Jack scuffs Shota more, pie faces him, then eggs Shota on. Shota rises up to fire a forearm! Jack puts his hair back and Shota roars! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota fires another forearm! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota staggers around, but Shota comes back to forearm! Jack sighs, then SPITS at Shota! The fans boo more and Shota scowls. Shota storms up on Jack, then ROCKS him! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota ROCKS Jack, repeat! They go back and forth, the fans strongly on Shota’s side! Shota gets the edge, then UPPERCUTS! Shota eggs Jack on, pie faces him, so Jack SLAPS back! Jack CLUBS Shota, runs, but into a DROPKICK!

The fans are thunderous as both men are down! Shota pounds the mat and rises up, and the fans rally behind him. Shota drags Jack back up, dragon sleepers, and TRIDENT! Cover, TWO!! Jack survives but Shota just fires up again! Shota drags Jack into a half nelson, spin and POP UP KNEE! IGNITION! Cover, TWO!! Jack is still in this but Shota is still fired up! The fans are still with him as he aims from a corner! Jack slowly sits up, Shota kicks low and underhooks, but Jack wrenches out! Shota blocks the superkick to ROCK, ROLLING- SUPERKICK! Jack hops up, POISON-RANA! But Shota’s up to BLAZE- NO, Jack ducks!

Jack runs, into a pop-up! But Jack blocks the uppercut and spins Shota around, for an UNPRETTIER?! Shoutout to Christian Cage as Jack covers, TWO!!! Shota survives and Jack is furiously headbutting the mat! Jack drags Shota up, calls the end, and runs up, GLASSJAW!! Cover, TWO?!? Shota survives the knee shot and Jack is beside himself! The fans chant “G T S! G T S!” Jack lets his hair back down, will he listen to Chicago? Shota is in a corner, Jack aims and runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Another shot at Phil Brooks! The fans are rowdy as ever as Jack flips them off, and he shoves Shota down. Jack says night-night!

Jack takes his time going up to Shota, then brings Shota up to fireman’s carry! Jack flips everyone off before the GO TO- DDT COUNTER!! The fans are electric as Shota aims from the corner! Shota says night-night to Jack! BLAZE BLADE!! Underhooks, DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Shota wins!!

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall

The Scapegoat was less fighting the Roughneck and more the specter of the Second City Saint, and perhaps that cost him! Shota brings Jack down tonight, but will he still bring a Paradigm Shift to NJPW?

Wait, Jack gets to his feet and offers a handshake? He suddenly respects Shota now? Shota trusts it and shakes Jack’s hand. Jack raises Shota’s hand in victory, but still flips off Chicago. Is this itself a paradigm shift in Jack’s personality?


Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi!

Chicago’s other hometown hero is here, bringing the TNA X-Division Championship AND the DREAMWAVE Alternative Champion with him. The Beacon is shining with gold but he wants to have the Junior Heavyweight Division spotlight on him. Will he do that by defusing the Ticking Timebomb? Or will Hiromu still be the Best of the Super Juniors?

Hiromu shows off a very jacked Daryl Jr. but Ali refuses to accept that thing as alive. Ali gets on a corner for fans to cheer, but then Hiromu gets on a corner and all the fans cheer! The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, and then they break. They circle again, the fans cheer on “TA-KA-HA-SHI!” and he bows to Chicago. Ali gets the fans fired up, but then Hiromu gets the fans really fired up! Ali and Hiromu feel things out, knuckle lock, but Ali brings Hiromu down to wrench. Hiromu slips through, puts the wristlock up and over, using Ali’s own head to break the hold.

Hiromu then wrenches Ali to a wristlock, but Ali rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Hiromu wrenches, Ali wrenches, repeat! The fans fire up as Hiromu WRINGS Ali! Ali stands, uses ropes to flip through, then wrenches to hammerlock. Ali headlocks, Hiromu powers up and out, but Ali runs Hiromu over! Things speed up, Hiromu drops down, hurdles, but Ali drops on the monkey flip for a cover, TWO! Hiromu sweeps the legs to cover, ONE as Ali goes Matrix! Hiromu rolls Ali up, TWO! The two stand off and the fans cheer. Ali gets Chicago fired up again, then he shoves Hiromu. Hiromu sputters and claims Ali hit him so hard!

The ref has Ali stay back while Hiromu shouts, “Oh my gosh!” Hiromu goes to Daryl Jr. and has him sit in the center. Daryl flops over but Hiromu says Daryl can handle this. Hiromu gets fans chanting for Daryl, but Ali is annoyed by these antics. Ali says fine, he’s gonna mess Daryl Jr. up! Ali circles with Daryl, but then Hiromu slips in! Ali sees that and the fans boo. Hiromu apologizes, but then Ali takes a swing! Hiromu dodges, scoops up Daryl, they duck ‘n’ dodge and then Hiromu says MEOW~! Or no, Daryl says meow! Catch! Hiromu throws Daryl at Ali, Ali catches Daryl and then Hiromu dropkicks Ali’s legs out!

The fans cheer while Ali flounders, and Hiromu picks Daryl Jr. back up. Hiromu shows Daryl to the crowd, the fans cheer, but then Ali runs up! Hiromu dodges to CHOP! Hiromu CHOPS again, then follows Ali around. Hiromu CHOPS again, whips, but Ali holds ropes. Ali bails out but Hiromu pursues, and CHOPS! The fans fire up as Hiromu follows Ali, but then Ali takes a swing! Hiromu counter punches, says “Oh my gosh,” then chases Ali around the ring! Ali suckers Hiromu into a DRAPING DDT to the floor! The ring count climbs, Ali talks trash on Hiromu, then stomps him. Ali drags Hiromu up and in at 9 of 20.

Ali shouts, “What’s my name?” The fans chant for Ali and he goes in to KNEE Hiromu in the back, then clamps on the chinlock. Hiromu kicks around, the fans duel, and Hiromu has the ROPEBREAK! Ali CLUBS Hiromu as he lets off, then whips Hiromu to a corner. Hiromu reverses, runs up, but Ali slips out to ROUNDHOUSE! Ali slingshots for the NECKBREAKER! Cover with a bridge, TWO! Hiromu stays in this but Ali stays on Hiromu with another chinlock. Hiromu endures the squeeze and the fans rally up. Hiromu fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Ali CLUBS him again. Ali whips Hiromu to a corner, then runs to NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Ali is growing frustrated but he has the fans cheering. Ali sits Daryl up in the corner so he can watch what’s about to happen. Ali of course knows this is a stuffed animal, it doesn’t matter, but he’s still gonna mess Hiromu up. Ali kicks Hiromu around, tells him he’s crazy, but then Hiromu CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ali knees low, runs, but Hiromu follows to RANA! The fans fire up while Ali flounders to ropes. Hiromu drags himself up, they end up in corners, and Ali runs in. Hiromu dodges to clothesline, snapmare and basement dropkick! Ali bails out but Hiromu goes to the apron. FLYING SHOTGUN! Ali is sent into railing!

The fans fire up with Hiromu as he stands back up. The ring count starts, Hiromu goes back to Ali but we reach 10 of 20 before Hiromu gets him up. Hiromu puts Ali into the ring, cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Ali up by his hair, then fireman’s carries. But Ali slips free, runs up, but into a BOOT! Hiromu runs, but Ali ducks, only to swing into a spin and suplex, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and duel again as Hiromu rises. Hiromu stalks Ali, drags him up and fireman’s carries, but Ali fights free again. Ali shoves, runs in, and DROPKICKS in the corner! Ali keeps moving, and he DROPKICKS again!

Ali goes again, but Hiromu LARIATS first! The fans fire up, Hiromu whips Ali to ropes, then scoops him, but Ali tilt-o-whirl DDTS! Cover, TWO! Hiromu survives but both men are down, and the fans rally up. Ali slowly rises, makes his way to ropes and goes up a corner. Ali reaches the top but Hiromu throws body shots and elbows first! Hiromu climbs from the outside, and fans are freaking out as Hiromu aims for the floor! Ali fires body shots to send Hiromu to the apron. But Hiromu UPPERCUTS Ali! Ali backflips, and lands on his feet!! The cameraman almost got an eyeful, though! Ali hurries up to SHOVE Hiromu down!

Hiromu hits railing, and then Ali DIVES into him! The railing is sent WAY back, commentary takes a hit, and the fans are thunderous! Ali is busted open, but he still drags Hiromu up and into the ring, then goes up the corner! The fans rally, Ali aims, 450- NO, he has to roll through as Hiromu moves! Ali comes back, but Hiromu sends him hard into buckles! The fans rally up while the ref checks both men. Ali and Hiromu are both somehow okay, as is Chris Charlton on commentary. Hiromu crawls his way over to Ali, brings him back up to the top rope, and then CHOPS! Hiromu climbs, brings Ali up, but Ali resists!

Ali throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Hiromu down! Hiromu staggers to his feet, Ali stands on the top rope, but Hiromu runs up! Ali jumps to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! Ali then skins the cat, takes aim, and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, Ali wins!!

Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall

The X-Division/Alternative Champion is triumphant here in his hometown! And best of all, Ali shows Hiromu respect by shaking his hand. Hiromu wants Ali to shake Daryl Jr’s hand, too, and so do the fans! Ali sighs, goes over to pick Daryl Jr. up, and he shakes Daryl Jr’s hand! The Windy City cheers him on, will Ali become the champion not just Chicago needs, but that the world needs?


Riot Rules 8 Man Tag: Team Eddie Kingston VS Team Gabe Kidd!

The Mad King has lost the AEW Continental Championship and the ROH World Championship, but he is still NJPW Strong! However, this War Dog vows he will take everything from the company that, in his eyes, has all but thrown away its identity. There are no rules holding these teams back, but no one even knows who recruited who! Who drew the hotter hand to take the win here in Chicago?

Well of course Gabe got his fellow War Dog, Clark Connors, as well as The Fang Revived, Kenta, and the LEADER of Bullet Club, #GoatSlayer Rebel, David Finlay! As for Eddie, he’s already bringing a trash can of goodies as he’s got The United Empire’s Jeff Cobb and TJP! The enemies of his enemies are his allies tonight, and then we add HOMICIDE! Eddie’s old friend has come around to F Kidd’s S up! Team Eddie rushes down the ramp, Bullet Club runs up to meet them, the bell rings as the brawl is on! No need for tags or count outs in this match, anyway! Homicide fires off on Kidd while TJP has Connors, Cobb has Kenta and Eddie is after Finlay!

TJP sends Connors into railing, Eddie throws Kenta over railing! Homicide and Kidd brawl, Kidd gets the edge, and Finlay helps out. TJP stomps away on Connors while digging a chair into him, and Eddie grabs the ring bell! Kidd CLUBS Eddie first, then throws hands. Homicide fires off on Finlay, Cobb UPPERCUTS Kenta! TJP brings more chairs, and one is wrapped in barbed wire! Homicide UPPERCUTS Kidd, TJP digs the wires into Connors’ head! Eddie places the bell against Connors’ head and DING! TJP kicks Finlay away, Kidd gets in the ring, and so does Homicide. Eddie joins Homicide, but then the Dogs drag Eddie out!

Homicide runs up, he CLOBBERS Kidd, then goes out to CHOKE Kidd! Finlay wraps a chinlock on Homicide, Eddie CHOPS Connors in the ring! Connors goes to a corner, Eddie fires MACHINE GUN CHOPS! But Finlay CLOBBERS Eddie with a shillelagh! The fans boo but then TJP runs up on Finlay. TJP SOBATS, runs, but Finlay dodges the boot! And he ducks the blood mist! But TJP DROPKICKS Finlay out all the same! TJP runs to WRECK Finlay with a dropkick, then Cobb brings out a TABLE! The fans fire up seeing that, and the Empire gets the table in the ring. The table is put in the corner, then TJP grabs Finlay.

TJP bends Finlay back in a chinlock stretch, then feeds him to Cobb. Cobb picks Finlay up but the War Dogs save Finlay! The fans boo but TJP and Homicide turn things around on the Dogs. Everyone falls out of the ring again, TJP throws down hands on Connors but Finlay pulls TJP’s hair. Homicide has fans move aside so he can TOSS Kidd over railing! Finlay gets in the ring with a chair while Homicide SMACKS Kidd with a trash can lid! Finlay undoes the red corner’s buckle pad, Eddie CLOBBERS Connors with the trash can! Eddie even headbutts the trash can until it’s dented! But Connors CHOP BLOCKS Eddie!

Cobb SMACKS Kenta with the buckle pad, but Finlay CLAWS Cobb’s face! TJP SMACKS Finlay with a kendo stick! The fans fire up as TJP CHOKES Finlay with the stick! Kenta CLUBS TJP, grabs the stick and SMACKS TJP with it! And SMACKS him again! Cobb CLOBBERS Connors off of Eddie! Cobb rains down fists, Eddie SMACKS Connors with the trash can! Finlay has a loose skateboard deck and SMACKS Cobb with it! Eddie crotches Connors on the railing, then CLOBBERS him! Eddie then goes out to the crowd to CLAW Connors’ face, and send him into the railing! Eddie fires hands, Kenta SMACKS away on Cobb with the kendo stick!

Cobb blocks a shot and JAMS Kenta in return! Cobb SMACKS Kenta, Connors hits Eddie back! Connors then crotches Eddie on the railing! Eddie falls over, Connors talks trash on the fans, but TJP drags Finlay around. Homicide and Kidd are brawling in the crowd! Fans count as Homicide rains down TEN fists, then takes a BITE out of Kidd’s forehead! Cobb puts Kenta in the ring, TJP drags Kenta around to trap an arm, and Eddie SMACKS Connors with a stop sign! TJP puts the skateboard on Connors’ back to ride him! Finlay CLOBBERS Eddie to rain down fists! TJP HIP DROPS Connors, then Cobb brings him up.

Homicide and Kidd are still brawling somewhere in the crowd, Cobb keeps Connors down in a corner, and TJP drop toeholds Finlay down! TJP skateboards on Finlay’s back! Finlay powers up to throw TJP off, then IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Eddie grabs at Finlay but Finlay hits him back. Finlay goes out after Eddie, HEADBUTTS him, but the fans rally up. Finlay throws hands, Eddie hits back! Eddie CHOKES Finlay with camera cable! Eddie rains down fists and sits Finlay down. Cobb ROCKS Kenta, then CHUCKS the trash can! Kenta ducks, the can hits post! Eddie and Connors get in the ring, Eddie fires knees.

Eddie hits a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX and Connors writhes. Kidd TOSSES Homicide over railing! But Homicide hits Kidd with the railing! And again! And again! Finlay and Connors mug Eddie, CLAW his eyes, but TJP hurries over to CLOBBER Kidd! Kidd shoves TJP into railing, gets into the ring, but Homicide finds a ladder! The fans cheer as Homicide gets Kidd up, reels him into a corner, and CLAWS Kidd’s back! Then TORNADO- NO, Kidd powers out to LARIAT! “I’m a MAD MAN, y’know!!” The fans boo but Kidd grabs that ladder! Kidd RAMS Homicide low, then equips the ladder like Terry Funk!

Kidd CLOBBERS Cobb, CLOBBERS Eddie, and CLOBBERS TJP as he does the ladder-copter! But then Cobb returns, GERMAN SUPLEX!! The ladder dropped away just in time but Kidd still tumbles out. Connors runs up to SPEAR, but Cobb blocks it! Canadian Rack, but Connors slips free, ducks ‘n ‘dodges and SPEARS!! Down goes Cobb and the fans fire up! Connors grabs the barbed wire off his hat, wears it as a crown of thorns, and then he drags TJP up. The fans tell Connors he’s sick as he BARBED WIRE HEADBUTTS! And BARBED WIRE HEADBUTTS again! Connors fires up, drags TJP back up, but gets BLOOD MIST!!

The fans fire up as TJP then sits Connors in a corner, and digs that wire in! TJP scrubs Connors’ face through the wires! TJP goes side to side for the BARBED WIRE BOOT WASH! Homicide joins in, Connors is fed to an ELBOW! And then speaking of “fed,” Homicide has a FORK! Homicide DIGS the fork into Connors’ forehead!! Kenta runs in, but blocks the fork! URAKEN! Homicide sits back but TJP kicks Kenta. TJP whips, Kenta reverses and BOOTS! Kenta runs to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK Homicide! HYDRAULIC DROPKICK for TJP! Homicide puts TJP up top, climbs up after him, but Cobb CLUBS Kenta!

Cobb drags Kenta back but Kenta fires elbows. Kenta fireman’s carries, but Cobb’s too big! Cobb CLBUS Kenta, but Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! Kenta runs, into a LARIAT! TJP adjusts up top to MAMBA SPLASH, but he has to roll through as Kenta moves! Kenta fireman’s carries! GO TO SLEEP!! But Cobb CROSSBODIES! Finlay returns and SMACKS Cobb with a kendo stick! And again! Finlay whips Cobb into the barbed wire chair wedged in the corner!! Cobb falls out of the ring, but Eddie blocks the kendo stick smack! LOW BLOW! Eddie fires off shots on Finlay!! The fans are thunderous as Eddie even headbutts the stick to break it!

The straps come down, and finally, Eddie and Kidd meet! They LARIAT, CHOP, CHOP and repeat! The fans “WOO~” with every CHOP! Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Kidd BITES Eddie’s forehead! The Mad Man spits, flips everyone off, and Kidd whips Eddie! Eddie stops himself, then clinches! EXPLODER through the table!! The fans are thunderous as Eddie rises, barbed wire in hand! Eddie wraps his hand in the barbed wire, and he aims as Kidd rises! But then the Dogs CLOBBER Eddie! The fans boo as Finlay, Connors and Kenta all beat down Eddie! They get a steel chain to gag Eddie and sit him up!

Kidd storms around as the Dogs hold Eddie open! But Homicide returns and the fans fire up! Homicide fires off shots on Kidd! Kidd denies one cutter, shoves Homicide, but Homicide returns to CUTTER after all! Eddie meanwhile breaks free to fire off hands on Kenta and Connors! Connors hits low, CLUBS away, then he and Kenta mug Eddie. The chain wraps Eddie up, but Homicide gets Kidd up. Only for Finlay to SHILLELAGH Homicide! Feed to Kidd’s HANGING GUILLOTINE, then PILEDRIVER!! The Dogs keep Eddie down while Kidd covers, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Team Gabe Kidd, by pinfall

The War Dogs worked together to tear down Eddie’s team, and Finlay says they run this! But Eddie still puts up a fight! As do TJP and Cobb! It is chaos as Eddie CHOKES Kidd and Cobb throws hands down on Finlay! Young Lions and refs rush in to stop this, but Eddie and Kidd still throw windmilling haymakers! TJP still wants after Kenta, refs pull him back, and Kidd ROCKS Eddie! TJP and Cobb stand tall as the Dogs fall back. Kidd wants to tear Eddie apart, and Eddie gets a mic! “Hey! HEY! Gabe! Get in, you effing t*at! You effing b*tch! May 11th! May 11th! California! No ropes, Last Man Standing, you effing p*ssy!”

The fans are thunderous as the challenge has been made, and Kidd even gets some last shots in on Eddie! Eddie grabs the ladder but is told to stand down! Eddie gets back on the mic to say, “I’m gonna kill that mother effer!!” The fans are loving this as Resurgence will become violence, but will the Mad Man dethrone the Mad King once and for all?


NJPW World Television Championship: Matt Riddle VS Zack Sabre Jr!

The Original Bro has been taking this title on Ex-BRO-dition to Major League Wrestling, where he even fought some TMDK members in Bad Dude Tito and Kosei Fujita. But now, the original star of this title division has come back to prove The Mighty Don’t Kneel! Will ZSJ have the answer to this Riddle? Or will the Super King prove he’s mightier than The Mighty?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if “season three” gives way to a reboot!

The bell rings, 15 minutes on the clock, and the fans rally already as the two circle. They feel things out, Riddle goes for a leg but ZSJ flips him around to facelock. They go around, trade waistlocks, then break. The fans cheer as the two reset and go again. They feel things out, Riddle powers his way to a waistlock but ZSJ wrenches to an armlock. ZSJ steps over, headscissors Riddle onto his back, but Riddle moves around, and goes for the ARMBAR! ZSJ clasps hands, bridges up and rolls back, but they’re in the ropes. ZSJ still gets the KNEEBAR, but Riddle stands to pry ZSJ off! ZSJ goes for the leg again, Riddle gets away!

The fans cheer the technical exchange as the two reset. They circle, the fans sing for “OH~ Zack Sabre Jr~!” ZSJ pops Riddle up and drops him down into the ARMBAR! Riddle holds that off so ZSJ floats to a HEEL HOOK! Riddle endures, ZSJ eggs him on, and he pushes on the hold. Riddle rolls and rolls and rolls and also gets a HEEL HOOK! They duel with heel hooks, ZSJ kicks Riddle away, and the fans cheer the newest standoff. ZSJ and Riddle reset, feel things out, and ZSJ snapmares. Riddle avoids the Penalty Kick, trips ZSJ but ZSJ kicks him away. ZSJ avoids a Penalty Kick and the fans cheer again.

ZSJ and Riddle circle, feel things out again, and knuckle lock. Riddle shoots around, gut wrenches and SUPLEXES! Riddle rolls back, drags ZSJ up, GUT WRENCH PLEX! The fans are torn but Riddle smiles all the same. Riddle runs to BROTON but into an ARMBAR! Riddle scrambles, ROPEBREAK, but ZSJ has the DISARMER! The ref counts, ZSJ lets off and the fans fire up with him. ZSJ kicks Riddle, kicks again, but then Riddle blocks. Riddle stands up, ZSJ avoids the sweeps and SLAPS Riddle back! Riddle CHOPS ZSJ down! The fans are torn again while Riddle scowls now. ZSJ rises, and Riddle KICKS!

Riddle eggs ZSJ on, KICKS him again, and KICKS him again! Riddle kicks ZSJ around, then stands him up to KICK! ZSJ eggs Riddle on now, blocks that kick, and SNAPS a toe! Riddle falls over, ZSJ gets the foot and bends the toes back to SNAP! Then he twists the other foot all around, and STOMPS the leg down! Riddle bails out as we pass five minutes, and the fans are all fired up! Riddle hobbles up and into the ring, ZSJ is on him and snap suplexes! ZSJ gets the foot, hooks the leg, then twists the other foot! ZSJ turns Riddle over, ties the legs up, and has the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Then ZSJ throws Riddle away!

Riddle storms up to CHOP! And forearm! ZSJ UPPERCUTS! Riddle goes to a corner, ZSJ runs in, but into a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Riddle lets go and ZSJ falls back. Riddle adjusts his shorts, goes up the corner, and leaps, FLYING KNEE into a HALF CRAB! ZSJ shifts to lean on that hold, STF, but Riddle has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer this technical exchange, ZSJ brings Riddle up, but Riddle gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! ZSJ is still in this but Riddle BROTONS! The fans are torn but Riddle is having fun again as he goes up top. Riddle aims for the FLOATING- NO, he has to bail out as ZSJ moves!

ZSJ runs up, TRIANGLE HOLD! And he fires off ELBOWS! ZSJ squeezes with the legs but Riddle powers up to deadlift, and POWERBOMB! ZSJ sits up, FLASH KNEE! Cover, TWO! ZSJ survives, but Riddle crosses his arms to mock the fans. Riddle KICKS ZSJ, KICKS him again, and again! Riddle runs side to side to forearm SMASH! Then again, but ZSJ dodges to go up, around and TORNADO DDT! Into a GUILLOTINE!! ZSJ has the body scissors, too! ZSJ flails, endures, fights up, and he lifts ZSJ to then power through into a suplex! ZSJ slips free to SLEEPER! Riddle flails, throws ZSJ off, and ARMBAR!

ZSJ clasps hands to fight the hold, but Riddle works on breaking it. ZSJ lets it go so he can shift and have the ARMBAR! Riddle clasps hands but ZSJ pulls fingers! ZSJ has the ARMBAR, but Riddle shifts into the leg guard to fire shots! The ground ‘n’ pound favors Riddle, but then ZSJ catches him to a TRIANGLE HOLD! Riddle deadlifts, but ZSJ slips free to ZACK DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! We pass ten minutes, time is on Riddle’s side! ZSJ goes to the corner, runs up, but Riddle catches Penalty Kick into the HALF CRAB! Riddle pulls on the leg but ZSJ flips Riddle off as he endures! ZSJ reaches out, even as Riddle pulls way back!

Riddle lets go to deadlift but ZSJ PELES the arm! Riddle still gets ZSJ for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Then Riddle goes up top, FLOATING BRO! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and the fans fire up! Riddle is stunned, that move almost never fails! Riddle has fans chanting “BRO! BRO! BRO!” for him as he aims, and KICKS! KICKS! And SLAPS, to then KICK! KICK! And CHOP! Three minute warning, Riddle just toys with ZSJ, but ZSJ kicks, KICKS, blocks, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Riddle wobbles ZSJ grabs a leg, but Riddle JUMP KNEES! Riddle hurries to haul ZSJ up, ripcord and FINAL FLASH!

But Riddle’s not done with ZSJ, he gets the gut wrench and tuck, BRO- VICTORY ROLL! And EURO CLUTCH!! TWO?!? Riddle escapes, but ZSJ KICKS! Then he runs up, into a FLASH KNEE!! Two minute warning, Riddle runs, but ZSJ catches him in to a ghost pin! ZSJ wins!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by pinfall (NEW NJPW World Television Champion)

ZSJ goes from the first-ever champion to the first-ever TWO-TIME NJPW World TV Champion! Riddle is mad with himself and storms off. Is Riddle going to find a way to some other title opportunity in NJPW? Or will he come back for another try?

As for ZSJ, he gets the mic to say, “Alright, Chicago, what’s up, mates? Are we having a lovely time or what? Are you having a lovely time?” Chicago sure is! ZSJ says his year hasn’t gone well. He wanted the world title, but he had to get his baby back! Did she miss him? Also, he needs industrial cleaner, he doesn’t trust the last champion. But it’s been a minute, so this is usually where ZSJ goes talking about challengers, but he won’t bother, he’s tired, it’s straight to the pub. But he will defend this title in the US very, very soon. Cheerio, everyone, buh-bye. Wait! Someone is not letting ZSJ get away that easily, because here comes Cobb!

The fans cheer as The Imperial Unit makes his way back out here, and he steps in to the ring with ZSJ. Cobb looks at the title he’s come close to taking on multiple occasions, and ZSJ sets it down at his feet. ZSJ says not today, though, he’s tired. Cobb and ZSJ shake hands to agree on it, so when and where will we get this sequel? Wait, ZSJ tries to scoop Cobb! Cobb says nope and he scoops ZSJ! ZSJ slips away, bails out, and gets the mic back. “Hawaiian Jeffery, please may I have my championship back? And I promise, I’ll give you a championship match, just not today, I’m tired.” ZSJ also compliment’s Cobb hair.

Cobb hands the belt over, ZSJ thanks him and heads out. ZSJ is back on top of the NJPW World TV Division, but will he end up the first man to lose this title twice?


Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii!

The Showoff is basically showing off now, saying he isn’t going to defend his IWGP Global Heavyweight Champion until he faces Hiroshi Tanahashi. Is he really looking past the Stone Pitbull like that? Or will Ishii not give Nemeth a choice on who has next?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Nemeth uses his height for leverage but Ishii gets around to waistlock. Nemeth switches and hooks Ishii up in the COBRA TWIST, but Ishii slips right out to waistlock. Nemeth switches, tries for the Cobra Twist but Ishii slips around again. Ishii lifts, Nemeth hooks a leg to fight it, and he switches to wrangle Ishii to a cover. TWO, they end up in ropes, and the ref has them both separate. The fans cheer as the two reset. They tie up, are in another deadlock, but Nemeth uses his height as leverage to put Ishii on ropes.

The ref counts, Nemeth lets off, but Ishii CHOPS! Nemeth CHOPS back! Ishii CHOPS again! Nemeth CHOPS again! The CHOPS go back and forth as fans “WOO~,” but then Nemeth throws a forearm! Ishii fires a forearm in return, they go back and forth and Nemeth gets the edge. The fans fire up but then Ishii ROCKS Nemeth again and again. Ishii runs, RAMS Nemeth, but Nemeth stays up. The fans fire up as Nemeth ROCKS Ishii, runs and RAMS him! Ishii rebounds to CLOBBER Nemeth! The fans fire up more while Nemeth flounders. Nemeth slowly rises, Ishii brings him up and bumps him off buckles.

Ishii CHOPS Nemeth and Nemeth falls over. Ishii eggs Nemeth on, Nemeth stands, and the fans rally. Nemeth fires forearms, but Ishii CHOPS him down! The fans rally behind Ishii as he looms over Nemeth. Ishii drags Nemeth up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Ishii kicks Nemeth around while egging him on. Ishii slaps Nemeth around, the fans rally, and Nemeth fires body shots! Nemeth kicks, DROPKICKS, and Ishii falls! The fans fire up while both men go to corners. Ishii stands, Nemeth runs in, STINGER SPLASH! And then NECKBREAKER! Nemeth drops ELBOW after ELBOW, then winds up for the JUMPING ELBOW! Cover, TWO!

Nemeth is a little annoyed but Ishii is tougher than that. Nemeth reels Ishii in, but Ishii fights the lift! Ishii powers up and back drops Nemeth away! The fans fire up while Nemeth staggers to his feet. Nemeth fires hands but Ishii just scowls. Nemeth looks around as the fans say he messed up, but he still throws hands! Ishii doesn’t budge, then he just DECKS Nemeth with one shot! The fans fire up while Nemeth flounders to a corner. Ishii storms up, brings Nemeth up to the top rope, and climbs. Ishii brings Nemeth up to the very top, for the STALLING SUPERPLEX! The fans are all fired up while both men are down!

Ishii rises, looms over Nemeth, then drags him up. Ishii reels Nemeth in, but Nemeth fights the lift now! Nemeth wrenches, and jumps on, SLEEPER! Ishii has Nemeth as a backpack, but he shifts around to put the SLEEPER on Nemeth! Nemeth flails, gets around, OLYMPIC SLAM! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Nemeth rises while the fans rally. Nemeth runs up, but Ishii denies the satellite DDT with a throw! Ishii runs up but Nemeth UPPERCUTS! Ishii ROCKS Nemeth, but Nemeth SWATS the lariat to SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO! Ishii survives and the fans fire up while Nemeth is a bit surprised.

The fans rally as Nemeth watches Ishii rise. Nemeth kicks low, runs, FAM- NO, Ishii turns the leg drop into a POWERBOMB! The fans fire up again and Ishii headbutts the buckles to fire himself up! Ishii runs but Nemeth ducks to HEADBUTT! And FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and the fans fire up again! Nemeth is beside himself, but rises as the fans rally again. Nemeth goes to a corner, Ishii staggers to his feet, and Ishii runs in! Nemeth BOOTS Ishii, runs up, and LARIATS! Ishii just roars! Ishii ROCKS Nemeth but now Nemeth roars! The fans fire up with Nemeth, but then Ishii LARIATS him down! Cover, TWO!!

Nemeth survives and Ishii growls in frustration. Ishii sits Nemeth up while fans chant “This is Awesome!” Ishii runs but Nemeth ducks the sliding lariat! Ishii blocks Nemeth’s superkick, then ENZIGIRIS! The fans fire up again while Ishii aims from a corner! SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Nemeth survives again and Ishii grows further frustrated. Ishii fires back up and the fans are with him as he drags Nemeth up. Ishii suplexes, but Nemeth fights it! Nemeth wrenches, HEADBUTTS, but Ishii still whips! Nemeth reverses, but Ishii bucks the Danger Zone! Only to turn around into a SUPERKICK 101! Cover, TWO!!!

Ishii just gets an arm up and Nemeth’s shock is clear on his face, even with his hair over his eyes! The fans fire up again as both men slowly rise. Ishii winds up but Nemeth ROCKS him first! Then GERMAN SUPLEXES! But Ishii rises right up! Ishii staggers, but he avoids Danger Zone to STEAL DANGER ZONE!! The fans are thunderous as Nemeth staggers up, into the LARIAT!! Cover, ONE?!?! Nemeth shocks everyone as he kicks it into another gear! Ishii rises, into the SUPERKICK 101!! Cover, ONE?!?!? Now Ishii shocks everyone! “This is Awesome!” as both men are down, catching their breaths.

Ishii and Nemeth go to corners, then they run in! DOUBLE LARIATS collide but neither man falls, and then Ishii HEADBUTTS! Nemeth rebounds to HEADBUTT, but then they DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Ishii BATTERING RAM HEADBUTTS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Nemeth survives that shot, but Ishii roars as he rises up! Ishii slaps himself to get back in this! Ishii drags Nemeth up, reels him in, suplexes, but Nemeth slips free, DANGER- NO, Ishii clinches! Nemeth slips free, ROCKS Ishii, SUPERKICK 101! Then he dodges Ishii to DANGER ZONE!!! Cover, Nemeth wins!!

Winner: Nic Nemeth, by pinfall

Nemeth is a Wanted Man, and this is why! He took Ishii to the Danger Zone, proving that hanging with NJPW isn’t Mission: Impossible! But will Nemeth prove he’s a Top Gun when he finally gets his dream match with President Tanahashi?


IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley!

The Uncontrollable Charisma has finally been back on top of NJPW since WrestleKingdom, and he even just defeated his Los Ingobernables de Japon teammate, Yota Tsuji, just a week ago at Sakura Genesis. At the same time, The Maniac put out the challenge that same night, and Naito said okay! Will Naito continue to keep NJPW tranquilo? Or is there truly about to be a Paradigm Shift in the world of pro-wrestling?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the winds of change start to blow!

Moxley paces as Naito takes his time with his entrance attire, and Naito tells Moxley to tranquilo. Naito really takes his time with his pants, and is finally ready. The bell rings and the fans fire up already! Naito looks around but Moxley keeps his eyes right on Naito. The two slowly circle while the fans rally and duel. They approach but Naito dodges, and the fans cheer while Moxley keeps cool. They go again, and again Naito avoids Moxley’s grip. Naito again says tranquilo, and they circle. Moxley flips Naito off, the fans are torn, but Naito doesn’t even flinch. The two circle, tie up, and Moxley puts Naito on ropes.

The ref counts, Moxley lets off, but Naito SPITS at Moxley! Naito kicks low, TOSSES Moxley out, but gets Moxley with the fake out and tranquilo pose! The fans cheer while Moxley seethes. Moxley snarls, storms in, but Naito slips away to the outside. The fans cheer as Naito continues to troll Moxley, but then Moxley rushes out to fire off forearms! Moxley whips Naito into railing, then fires more forearms! Naito hits back, Moxley headlocks, and then he SMACKS Naito off the timekeeper’s table! The fans rally as Moxley goes up and over the railing to get Naito back up. The ref reprimands but Moxley ROCKS Naito!

Moxley SMACKS Naito off the table, SMACKS him off it again, then brings Naito around. The crowd moves aside as Moxley fires hockey scrum punches. Moxley then whips Naito, but Naito reverses and Moxley hits railing! The fans fire up, Naito checks his face, then he takes a seat to relax. The fans cheer, but then Moxley BOOTS Naito down! Moxley drags Naito up, brings him around, and back to ringside so he can POST Naito! Naito falls, the fans are torn, but Moxley paces around. Moxley storms back up on Naito, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Moxley stalks Naito to the ropes, then stands on Naito’s face!

The ref counts, Moxley lets off to grab a hand, and Moxley SNAPS fingers! Moxley reels Naito in, PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO! Naito’s still in this but Moxley paces again. Moxley waits on Naito to get up, then KICKS him! And ROCKS him! And ROCKS him, and ROCKS him again! Then Moxley KICKS a leg! And KICKS the leg, and then KICKS the leg out! Cover, TWO! Naito is still in this but Moxley eggs him on. Moxley paces around, drags Naito up and then CHOPS! Moxley KICKS, CHPOS, but Naito SPITS! Moxley KICKS, ROCKS, but Naito SPITS! Moxley fires off ELBOW after ELBOW, then whips, but Naito sunset flips!

Moxley rolls through, steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Naito endures, the fans rally, but Moxley talks trash even as he puts on pressure! Naito powers the main leg up but Moxley powers it back down! Naito sits up, SPITS at Moxley, but Moxley puts on more pressure! Naito fights around, turns things over, but Moxley slips free to get the legs again. Moxley SPITS, then he turns Naito over into a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Naito endures, the fans rally, and Naito fights his way around. Moxley drops down into a modified STF! Naito again endures, moves around, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets go at 4.

Moxley eggs Naito on, talks more trash, then PENALTY KICKS! Naito sits up and shakes his head. Moxley KICKS again, but Naito again sits up. Naito even smirks as he annoy Moxley. Moxley KICKS but Naito blocks! Naito CLAWS the eyes, but Moxley kicks low! Moxley suplexes for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Moxley CHOKES Naito, the ref counts, but Moxley lets off. Moxley storms around, the fans rally, and Naito stirs. Moxley goes to the apron, then climbs a corner. Naito rises, Moxley leaps, Naito BODY SHOTS! Naito ENZIGIRIS, Moxley drops to his knees, but Naito still has to catch his breath.

The fans rally as Naito smirks and rises up. Naito brings Moxley around to fire forearm after forearm! Naito whips, atomic drops, and then runs to ELBOW Moxley down and basement dropkick in the back! Naito whips corner to corner, runs up, JUMP KICK! He can’t get up and over so he ELBOWS then NECKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Naito clamps on a cravat for a neck wrench on the mat! Moxley endures, the fans rally, but Naito thrashes him around. Moxley fights up, he drags Naito up and he DUMPS Naito to the apron! Naito gets up but Moxley fires a forearm! Naito gives it back, they go back and forth!

The fans rally as the shots keep going, faster and faster! Naito ROCKS Moxley but Moxley BOOTS Naito! Naito wobbles, Moxley goes out to the apron, but Naito fights the half nelson suplex! Naito fires elbows, gets free, but Moxley ELBOWS back! And then APRON DDT! Naito flops down to the floor while the fans fire up! Moxley leaves Naito behind to mock the tranquilo! The fans are torn but Naito stirs. Naito slowly crawls, the fans rally up, and Naito stands. Naito shakes out the cobwebs, flounders into the ring, and Moxley drags Naito up. Moxley TOSSES Naito out, then builds speed to DIVE into a chair?!

The fans fire up as Naito sneaks that one! The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow still in this! Naito goes up to the apron and brings Moxley up, for an APRON NECKBREAKER! Moxley flops down while Naito leaves him behind. The ring count starts, Moxley stirs at about 3 of 20. Moxley turns over, he’s busted open! Naito counts along as we pass 10 of 20, then reach 15! Moxley rises at 17, staggers about, and slides in at 19.9!! The fans fire up and Naito is actually annoyed. Naito drags Moxley up, reels him in, and TORNADO DDTS! Moxley sits up in a daze, the crimson mask already complete on his face!

Moxley staggers back to his feet, Naito runs in, but Moxley KING KING LARIATS! Both men are down and the fans fire back up! The ref checks both men, especially Moxley with that blood, but they’re both okay to continue. Moxley sits up as we pass 15 minutes, a quarter of the allotted hour time limit. Moxley says he’s not gonna be taken alive! Not tonight! The fans fire up with Moxley as he is ready to Die Hard! Moxley fires a haymaker, Naito gives it back! Moxley throws another, so Naito SPITS, then ROCKS him! Moxley ROCKS Naito, Naito ROCKS Moxley, so Moxley SPITS! Naito SPITS, and the forearms fly again!

The fans are thunderous as this gets fast and furious! Moxley fires a flurry, then winds up to run, but Naito gets around! Waistlock, but Moxley switches, to a SLEEPER! Naito RAMS Moxley into buckles, gets free, but the CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, TWO!! Moxley hurries to clamp on, REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Naito flails but the body scissors are on! Blood pours off of Moxley’s head, will he give out before Naito does? The fans rally as Naito endures and fights around! Moxley uses that to get the BULLY CHOKE!! Naito fights to his feet, Moxley keeps a SLEEPER! The fans continue to rally as Naito flails!

Naito pries at the hold, then drops, victory roll! TWO!! Moxley stands, Naito wrenches and fires the heavy elbows! Again and again, and then the wrench, tilt-o-whirl, but Moxley slips free! CUTTER!! But that’s not all! DEATH RIDER!! Cover, TWO?!? Naito survives Moxley’s best shot and the fans are thunderous! Moxley snarls, the fans rally and duel, and Moxley wipes the blood from his eyes. Moxley underhooks Naito again, but Naito slips around to DESTINO!!! TWO!!! Moxley survives Naito’s best shot now! But Naito is just as confident about trying again! DESTI- NO!! Moxley slips free to ROLLING ELBOW! ROLLING ELBOW! DEATH RIDER!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?

The fans are electric as Naito survives another shot! But Moxley won’t let up, he KING KONG LARIATS again!! Cover, ONE?!?!? HOW?!?! Naito staggers about, but into a DEATH RIDER!!!! Cover, MOXLEY WINS!!!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

Chicago cannot believe it, but they are loving it! From WWE World Champion to AEW World Champion to now NJPW’s IWGP World Champion, this is history being made before our eyes!! The Maniac makes himself a modern legend, but what does this mean for Naito? Is Naito’s destino simply that he cannot last?

As for Moxley, he does push-ups just to show he has more in that tank! He sets the title down on the lion logo then gets the mic. Moxley says a quick prayer while the fans say, “You Deserve It!” Moxley gets the mic on to say, “Arigato gozaimasu, Chicago! Holy s*it… This was a treat for everybody here that might not ever get a chance to fly across the ocean and NJPW, an authentic NJPW wrestling show live and in person. And it was special to be a part of it here, and there’s nowhere better to have done it than right here in Chicago.” The fans cheer that!

Moxley says he’s wrestled in every building in Chicago, big, small and tiny, and the fans have been with him every step of the way. He thanks them for being here to make it special, as he now stands atop the effin’ NJPW mountain!! The fans fire up for Moxley again, “Thank You, Moxley!” Moxley says he’s just getting started, so he has a message for everyone in NJPW and around the world. First order of business as the King of NJPW is to pick who’s coming at him first! Mox calls the shots, and the long list of Japanese legends he’s defeated over the last five years is really something, but that’s the easy stuff.

Moxley won’t run or hide from the Young Lions, the young and hungry stars of NJPW! He won’t sit atop a mountain and be scared of the hungriest hunters in the game. So stepping up first, this will be the final exam for #SHOOTER!! The fans fire up, but then in runs REN NARITA! PUSH-UP BAR ATTACK!! The fans boo as Narita stomps away on Moxley! Narita gets the mic while he CHOKES Moxley to tell “Shooter, no no no. I’m next challenger, mother effer!” Narita stomps away, but then here comes The Roughneck! Narita turns tail and runs, the fans cheering “SHOOTER! SHOOTER!” Narita laughs as he retreats, but Shota helps Moxley sit up.

Moxley manages to glare at Narita through the crimson mask, and Shota gets the mic for him. Moxley says, “What the heck, man? Narita! You just graduated from being a Young Boy… to being a dead man!” Moxley just said he isn’t gonna run and hide, so if Narita wants a fight, he’ll get a fight! Will The Maniac tear apart that Souled Out SOB? Will Shota get to have his match with his mentor sometime after that?

My Thoughts:

A great event for NJPW, and I did not think they’d have so many changes to the title landscape. Well, Vaquer retained but that’s because she only just got that belt off Giulia. And good on Windsor to step up, though I’m not sure she’ll take that title, either. Anyway, great Fatal 4 Way that also referenced the story between Tom Lawlor and Team Filthy falling apart. Great win for TMDK here, and rather surprising because I didn’t think ELP & Leo would be losing those belts. I wonder if ELP & Leo go back to the heavyweight titles for the Summer.

And then quite the surprise that ZSJ won the NJPW World TV title back. TMDK is taking over, and maybe this move was because Riddle is more an MLW wrestler than a NJPW wrestler. ZSJ VS Cobb the third time around is going to be awesome, great trilogy, and maybe Cobb wins this time. United Empire needs some positives in their post Ospreay era. Cobb and TJP did really good in helping Eddie and Homicide against what ended up being less Team Gabe Kidd and just Bullet Club War Dogs or whatever. Good win for Bullet Club here, and setting up a NO ROPES Last Man Standing for the NJPW Strong Championship is going to be awesome stuff.

Great non-title matches, too. Narita cheating Suzuki to win, but Shota winning despite Jack trying to cheat is good stuff for the Reiwa Musketeer rivals. Great fun in the Hiromu VS Ali match with Daryl Jr, aka El Hijo De Daryl cuz he had a little lucha mask. Great win for Ali, too, but he isn’t scheduled for the Best of the Super Juniors so maybe this was so Chicago gets a win. And then great match of Nemeth and Ishii with Nemeth getting a great win to keep his momentum up while waiting on a match with Tanahashi.

And of course, an awesome main event from Naito and Moxley. I should’ve known Moxley was gonna bleed, but I was NOT expecting Moxley to win the title. Great for Moxley personally, but I’m surprised NJPW made this move. Is Moxley going to bring this title to Dynasty AND Double or Nothing? Well, I suppose Moxley could tell us as much on Dynamite, but this is all still really surprising. I’m not gonna say I agree with Gabe Kidd’s claims NJPW is letting AEW get their way, but it certainly seems like NJPW is hoping AEW helps them with the American audience.

That stuff aside, Narita and Shota being winners works for them stepping up to the world title. Narita probably won’t win, but maybe Shota proves the student has surpassed the master. Might be a bit of NJPW fast tracking their new neo new musketeers, but it’s not like other companies haven’t done that.

My Score: 8.9/10

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Mitchell’s AEW Battle of the Belts Results & Report! (4/13/24)

Rumble, bad man, rumble!



The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

Battle of the Belts returns, and to settle the score from Dynamite’s Six Man Tag, Hook puts up his FTW Championship against Shane Taylor!


  • FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor; Hook wins and retains the title.
  • AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero; Strong wins and denies Rocky a title match.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet; Athena wins and retains the title.


AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

Bryan Danielson is still down on the ramp after Konosuke Takeshita’s Brainbuster and the medics check him. The battle with Will Ospreay at Dynasty is still in the books, but what condition will Bryan be in?


Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

Lexi Nari is with the FTW Champion and The Wrestler, and notes we saw Hook make the save for Shibata during Collision against Shane Taylor Promotions. At the same time, Hook is about to face Shane Taylor himself with the FTW title on the line. Knowing what Shane’s capable of, what is Hook’s strategy going into that match? Shibata uses his voice-to-text translator say, “Pardon the interruption… Hook, I’ll have your back tonight.” Hook appreciates that, but even knowing what Shane’s capable of, Hook’s got his own way of handling this. Shibata says bet, and Hook gives him the fist bump.

FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo!

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil knows he’s up against a bad, bad man, but this is FTW Rules! Everyone who fights for this title is a bad, bad man, so will Hook prove he’s the baddest? Or will Shane #SendHook back to New York without his gold?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s really the biggest badass in AEW!

The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. Shane swings, Hook dodges to fire off fast hands and forearms! The fans fire up behind Hook but Shane shoves him away. Hook ducks the haymaker, waistlocks, but Shane fights with elbows. Shane swings again, but Hook gets under! Shane CLUBS the Camino down, then whips. Hook holds ropes, then DUMPS Shane out! Shane tumbles to the floor, Hook pursues, and Hook SMACKS Shane off railing! Hook SMACKS Shane off steel steps, then has Shane sit in a corner. Hook rains down fists, then lets off to revel in the cheers. Hook throws knees again and again, then CLUBS Shane again.

Shane staggers along railing, but Hook puts him in the ring. The fans cheer again, Hook storms in, but Shane JABS! JABS! And BODY SHOTS! Hook falls, sputters, and the ref has Shane stay back to check. That could’ve been a liver shot but Shane hauls Hook up. Shane CHOPS Hook in the career, and Hook sputters as he goes along ropes. Shane taunts Hook, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS again! Hook staggers to another corner, Shane taunts him, “I thought you were the man!” Shane BODY BLOWS again and Hook coughs. Hook fires hands in return, backs Shane down, then reels Shane in! Shane’s too big for the suplex, though!

Shane shoves Hook, and BODY BLOWS! Hook falls to the mat, but Shane drags him back up. Shane HEADBUTTS Hook, Hook is dazed, and Shane says he thought Hook was a killer. Shane says to bow down to the killer that’s badder! Shane CHOPS Hook, suplexes him, and hangs him out to dry! Hook sputters and falls, Shane soaks up heat, and Battle of the Belts goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Hook up, TOSSES him out, then goes out to bring Hook up. Shane whips Hook hard into steel steps! Hook writhes, Shane storms around, then Shane drags Hook up. Shane makes Hook take a seat in a corner, then runs up to KNEE Hook against railing! Hook falls over, but he’s somehow still conscious! Shane drags Hook up and hangs him out to dry on the railing! Hook sputters and falls to the floor, and Shane talks more trash. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the ring, and BOTB returns to single picture. Shane has Hook on the apron, for the APRON LEG DROP! Hook sputters more while Shane seethes.

Shane storms in, talks trash on the fans, then soaks up the heat. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the corner, and BODY SHOTS! BODY SHOT! HAYMAKER! Hook slumps down in the corner but the fans rally up. Shane waits on Hook, Hook says he’s still in this! Shane stands Hook up to BODY SHOT, BODY SHOT and BODY SHOT! Then Shane ROCKS Hook again, again, and AGAIN! Hook flops back down while Shane storms around. The ref checks with Hook, Shane says to call it already! Hook says no, he’s still in this! Shane drags Hook up, tells Hook to quit or he gets send home in a body bag!

The fans boo as Shane whips corner to corner, hard! Hook sputters, Shane runs in, but Hook dodges! Shane hits buckles, Hook hurries to waistlock! Shane fights the grip, then ROCKS Hook! Hook ROCKS Shane back! And ROCKS him again and again! The fans fire up as Hook fires more shots! Hook runs to LARAIT! Shane stays up, Hook LARIATS again! Hook runs, ducks the haymaker, and GERMAN SUPLEXES!! Shane staggers up in a daze, and Hook clinches to EXPLODER!! Hook covers, TWO!! Shane is still tougher than that and Hook is beside himself! Hook runs up in the corner, but into an URENAGE!

Shane drags Hook into the drop zone, goes up the corner, and he SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO?!? Hook survives and shocks Shane! Shane storms around, the fans rally up, and Shane drags Hook up. Shane slaps Hook around, then winds up, but Hook dodges! And dodges! REDRUM!! Shane is caught, he flails around, but then he fights up! Shane RAMS Hook into buckles, but Hook still holds on! Shane RAMS Hook in again, but Hook still has his hooks in! BACKPACK SENTON!! Shane is free, but then Hook springs up, REDRUM!! He even traps the arms!! Shane flails, reaches out, but he’s fading! Shane’s OUT, Hook wins!!

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil does it again! He takes damage and finds a way to win! But now, will he have that face to face meeting with Chris Jericho this Wednesday Night Dynamite?


Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

Lexi is with Azucar as he is just moments away from his Title Eliminator match for the International Championship. However, Lexi wants to know if he knows what’s going on with Best Friends. Rocky says Chuck, Trent and Orange Cassidy are like brothers to him, and yet he has no idea what’s going on there. But right now, he can’t really worry about that, he has to focus on the match with Roderick Strong. When Rocky wins, he’ll be one step closer to fulfilling his destiny of becoming International Champion. Kyle O’Reilly pops in, wishes Rocky luck, and then heads back out. Will Azucar be able to get one over on the Savior of the Backbreaker? Or will he just end up broken?


AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero!

While Azucar is confident, it was just last night on Rampage that Roddy took offense to him and Kyle O’Reilly even thinking there was a chance this match doesn’t go The Undisputed Kingdom’s way. Will Roddy prove them all wrong by crossing Rocky off the list? Or is this were The Kingdom starts to crumble?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans are behind Rocky as he and Roddy tie up. Rocky waistlocks, Roddy wrenches to wristlock, but Rocky rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back. Roddy tries to pull hair but Rocky twists the wrist. Roddy pulls on Rocky’s ear to have the headlock and takeover. Rocky fights up, pops out the back, and then steps over. Rocky hooks an arm but Roddy fights off the takedown to hip toss and cover. ONE, but Roddy facelocks. Rocky fights up, pries at the hold, but Roddy holds on tight. Rocky still fights his way out of the hold, wristlocks and wrenches again, then YANKS the arm.

Roddy ROCKS Rocky then CHOPS him! Roddy whips, Rocky slides under then ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky then wrenches Roddy and goes up a corner. Rocky FLYING KNEE DROPS right on the arm! The fans cheer the Latino Heat and Rocky goes back to the corner. Rocky CHOPS Roddy, Roddy CHOPS back! Rocky CHOPS, Roddy kicks low! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, ROCKS him, then reels Rocky in for a BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes but Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy and The Kingdom talk trash, Roddy swings but Rocky dodges! Rocky CHOPS and then stomps away on Roddy!

Rocky digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, then stands Roddy up. Rocky snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Roddy flounders, Rocky covers, ONE!! Rocky keeps one eye on The Kingdom, then he brings Roddy around. UPPERCUT and Roddy staggers. Roddy BOOTS, whips, but Rocky goes Spiderman! Rocky then dodges Roddy and sends him tumbling out! Rocky goes out to PENALTY KICK from the apron! Rocky leaps to DIVING STOMP! Roddy writhes, Rocky gives more Latino Heat, and BOTB goes picture in picture.

Rocky tells The Kingdom to back off, and so does the ref. Taven mocks Rocky’s Latino Heat, but Rocky puts Roddy in the ring. Rocky storms up on Roddy to KICK his leg! Roddy hobbles to a corner, Rocky CHOPS him and then follows him. Rocky ROCKS Roddy, ROCKS him again, but Roddy bails out. Rocky goes after Roddy on the apron, but Roddy lifts! Rocky fights that to then elbow Roddy! But Rocky has to watch out for The Kingdom lurking! Roddy BOOTS Rocky, then POSTS him! Rocky falls to the floor, Roddy hops down and he drags Rocky up. Roddy gives Rocky a RAILING BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes, The Kingdom mocks him more, and Roddy drags Rocky up.

Roddy puts Rocky in the ring, stomps Rocky around, then drags him up to CHOP! Rocky staggers to a corner, Roddy storms up on him, and then DECKS him! Roddy soaks up the heat, then he digs his boots into Rocky! The ref counts, Roddy lets off at 4, but just switches feet! The ref counts more, Roddy steps away, and Rocky sputters along the ropes. Roddy gets Rocky up but Rocky ROCKS him first! And again! Roddy hits back, Rocky CHOPS, and CHOPS! Rocky runs, but Roddy blocks the Rana to make it a POWER BREAKER! Rocky writhes, Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy clamps onto Rocky with a motorcycle stretch!

Rocky endures as Roddy digs knee into Rocky’s back. Rocky fights up, moves around, but Roddy knees him low! Roddy scoops Rocky to RAM him into buckles! Then OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO! Rocky is still in this but Roddy stays on Rocky with stomps. Roddy stomps and stomps as BOTB returns to single picture. Roddy goes back to the motorcycle stretch but the fans rally again. Rocky fights up, fights back, and he KICKS Roddy’s leg! And KICKS! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, eggs Rocky on, but Rocky roars! Rocky fires forearms, then UPPERCUTS! Roddy wobbles, Rocky KICKS and KICKS and SOBATS!

Rocky CHOPS, whips, but Roddy reverses. Rocky reverses back to kick, but Roddy ducks the enzigiri! Rocky REWIND HEEL KICKS! Roddy flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! Rocky builds speed, fakes Roddy out and DIVES onto Taven! Then Rocky DIVES onto Roddy! Rocky puts Roddy in, runs up, SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives but Rocky keeps his cool. Rocky fires forearms in the corner, then winds up! The fans fire up as Rocky runs in, clothesline! Another clothesline! But Roddy follows to RAM Rocky, and CHOP him! And CHOP! And CHOP! Roddy whips, Rocky comes back into the SICK KICK! Cover, TWO!

Roddy is frustrated but he hauls Rocky up. Fireman’s carry, but Rocky fights free! Roddy shoves, lifts again, but Rocky pops up to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls and DDTS! Cover, TWO! Roddy survives but Rocky stays focused. The fans rally for Rocky as he stalks Roddy. Roddy RAMS Rocky, gets him up top, and then climbs up after him. Rocky fights with fists and a HEADBUTT! Rocky then cravats, SUPER SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives again and Rocky is beside himself! The Kingdom is also worried, they rally up for Roddy. The fans rally for Rocky as he goes out to the apron.

Rocky climbs but The Kingdom is lurking again. The ref tells them to back off, but Roddy ROCKS Rocky first! Roddy has Rocky up top but Rocky DECKS Roddy! Rocky adjusts, Roddy stands, METE- STRONG KNEE!! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (denies Rocky Romero a title opportunity)

The Kingdom helps Roddy, whether Roddy will say it that way or not. Kyle is here to celebrate with his friend, but he also checks on his other friend in Rocky. Kyle helps Rocky up to his feet, and wants the fans to give it up for Rocky. But then Wardlow LARIATS Rocky, and The Kingdom stomps away! Kyle has them stop, this isn’t cool! But then Roddy STRONG KNEES Kyle down?!? The fans boo as Roddy tells Kyle that he could do it on his own, but there’s only ONE man that can be International Champion! Kyle made the wrong decision! Roddy’s arrogance just ended his friendship with Kyle, will Kyle make Roddy pay for that?


Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

Lexi Nair is with the Professor of Professional Wrestling and notes how last week, Serena walked on stage after Yuka Sakazaki’s return victory. Why? Serena says she was sitting in the back, watching that impressive match, and thought to herself that she was watching a great pro-wrestler. Someone that Serena would love to tear it up with. Tonight, the Professor is here on BOTB, but has no championship opportunity. She’s not sweating it, though. Since her return, Serena is undefeated. She checked the rankings, and The Professor is sitting pretty at Number 3! So week by week, she’s climbing her way up to inevitably become champion.

Serena tells Yuka, that was an invitation. To where? Into the Deeb Dojo! Serena will show Yuka that Serena is better, and that she is what she says she is: The Professor of Pro-Wrestling! Serena wants to test herself against the Wrestling Magical Girl, but who will be the one taking a step closer to a title opportunity?


BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

After Roddy’s sudden rejection of Kyle O’Reilly, they are now going to battle over the International Championship! It’s the fight neither man wanted, but will Kyle give Roddy payback for what he did with interest?


ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet!

The Fallen Goddess is 49-0 after defeating Hikaru Shida on Supercard of Honor last week, and when she says she’s the Forever Champion, she means that. But will “forever” come to a crashing halt in Kentucky? Or will The Chef be the one getting served an L?

The introductions are made by Lexi Nair, so just a little biased in Athena’s favor. The belt is raised, and here in the main event, we see who is the face of the ROH Women’s Division!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the fans fire up for Athena already. The two circle, tie up, and they go around. They go into a corner, along ropes, then Athena throws Velvet down. Velvet holds on, they roll on the mat with the collar ‘n’ elbow, then they stand up. Athena puts Velvet in a corner, the ref counts, but Athena lets off with a cocky smile. Velvet keeps cool and resets with Athena. They tie up. Velvet wrenches an arm to wristlock, but Athena handsprings and wrenches back. Velvet rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Velvet headlocks but Athena powers up and out. Velvet runs Athena over, but Athena kips up!

The fans fire up while both women brush themselves off. They reset again, tie up, and Athena headlocks. Velvet powers up and out, but Athena wrenches to whip. Velvet ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA, but Athena handsprings through! The fans fire up and Athena cheers herself on. But Velvet DROPKICSK Athena down! Athena gets up, Velvet arm-drags, arm-drags again, and then Velvet cheers herself on. Athena runs up into another arm-drag! Velvet has the armlock but Athena fights up and throws Velvet down by her hair! The fans cheer but the ref reprimands, and things speed up.

Velvet drops, runs up and CALF KICKS Athena down! Athena bails out, Billie there to check on her. Velvet goes to the apron, Athena grabs a leg but Velvet kicks her away. Velvet then ASAI MOONSAULTS land takes Athena down! The fans fire up, Velvet drags Athena up and puts her in the ring, then has her on the apron. Velvet climbs up, brings Athena up, but Athena shoves her back. FLAPJACK off the top buckles! Velvet staggers, Athena reels her back in, APRON BACK SUPLEX! The fans fire up with Athena while BOTB goes picture in picture.

Velvet crawls into the ring but Athena follows her. Athena looms over Velvet, drags her up, then CLUBS her down. Athena stands Velvet up to whip her hard into a corner. Athena revels in the cheers before she runs in and back body blocks! Then Athena goes side to side to forearm SMASH! Athena smiles as Velvet leans against buckles. Athena shoves Velvet down, stomps her around, then drags her back up. Velvet fires body shots, but Athena bumps her off buckles. Velvet avoids the forearm to DOUBLE CHOP! Velvet fires body blows but Athena throws hands! Velvet CHOPS, Athena CHOPS, they CHOP, then Athena CHOPS Velvet off her feet!

The fans cheer while Athena snarls. Athena sits Velvet back up, KICKS her in the back, then KICKS her again! And again! Athena stands Velvet up, bumps her off buckles, then scoops to put Velvet in the Tree of Woe. Athena KICKS away on Velvet’s back, then lets her fall out of the Three. Billie applauds, tells Velvet she should’ve known better, but Velvet swipes at Billie. Billie gets away, cheers Athena on, but Velvet fires hands on Athena! Athena swings back but Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves! Velvet ROCKS Athena, kicks her legs out, then runs up , into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Athena is annoyed but still in control as BOTB goes to break.

BOTB returns once again as Athena hits buckles! Velvet rallies on Athena with clothesline after clothesline! Velvet runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS Athena onto ropes! Velvet runs up to DOUBLE KNEE! Velvet shoves Athena down, runs, and tilt-o-whirls again, REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Athena survives and Velvet is frustrated. Athena crawls away, wanting mercy! But Velvet storms up, only for Athena to YANK Velvet into buckles! Athena then fireman’s carries Velvet for the WASTELAND! Roll through and another fireman’s carry, for another WASTELAND! Another roll through, and then Athena mocks the stirrin’ it up motion!

But Velvet pops up to RANA! Cover, TWO!! Athena escapes, Velvet runs up to wheelbarrow, but Athena URENAGES her down! Cover, TWO!! Athena is furious as Velvet survives! Athena goes up a corner, the fans cheer, and Velvet rises. But Velvet ROUNDHOUSES first! Velvet ROCKS Athena, climbs up after her, then CHOPS! Velvet goes to the very top, to SUPER VICTORY THROW! Athena flounders but she ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, Velvet rolls through! THE SLICE! And then the tilt-o-whirl DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Athena survives and Velvet is fuming! Velvet pushes Athena around while the fans rally up.

Athena is in the drop zone, so Velvet goes up top. Velvet tells Billie to shut up, but Athena gets out to the apron. The fans boo but Velvet adjusts position, to leap and SUPER CROSSBODY! Athena catches her!? And then brings Velvet around to FALCON ARROW to the floor! The fans fire up as Athena roars, but so does Velvet as she rises! Only for the SUPERKICK to knock her down! Athena has a wild look on her face and Billie cheers on the Overlord. Athena gets Velvet up, THROWS her into the LED board, then THROWS her around again! Athena drags Velvet up and into the ring, storms in after her, and reels her in! Canadian Rack, but Velvet sunset flips it! TWO!!!

Athena escapes, Velvet runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges then SUPERKICKS! But Athena DECKS Velvet with a forearm! Athena goes up top, Velvet rises in a daze, to get the O-FACE!! Cover, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall (still ROH Women’s World Champion)

And that’s FIFTY and zero! Fifty wins, no losses, and no slowing down as she title belt clinks with Billie. But as is customary on ROH, Athena sets her belt down, and Billie does, too. They drag Velvet up, mock “stir it up,” but Velvet SLAPS Athena! And SLAPS Billie! But then Athena and Billie mug Velvet! The fans boo as Billie picks up her belt, takes aim, but then QUEEN AMINATA is here! Aminata runs down into the ring, dodges Billie to DECK Athena, then HEADBUTT for Billie! That’s payback for cheating in the TV title match! But then Athena runs up, into an Alabama Lift! AIR RAID CRASH!!

Aminata saves Velvet while also making her own impact, will The Queen not be denied her crown? Or will the Fallen Goddess look to make her pay for this insolence?

My Thoughts:

A really good BOTB but uh, after ten of these, we already know nothing really happens on these. Great action and promos like on Collision, but no titles were ever changing hands. And after two hours of Collision, the crowd was of course tired out. Hook of course defeated Shane but it was a really good showing of Hook’s resilience to take all that damage and still win. Really good match from Roddy and Rocky that Roddy of course won, and turns out I was right in thinking they’d fast track Roddy VS Kyle here. That match will be great stuff, but it’d be a shame if Kyle’s first title shot ends up a loss, even with The Kingdom all there to interfere and distract.

Good promo from Serena to make it clear that she’s having a match with Yuka, just in case it wasn’t clear last week. And then a great main event for the ROH Women’s Championship. Red Velvet looked great even in defeat, and natural move for Aminata to show up and go after Athena & Billie. Aminata really has her pick of the two titles at this point, and while payback on Billie for Supercard is an obvious route, why wouldn’t she go right to the source and take down Athena? Athena’s made it to 50-0, and if not when Athena faced Billie, not when she faced Nyla Rose nor when she faced Shida, her first loss should be to pass the torch to Aminata.

Aminata went through the grind, paid her dues, and has got organically over with ROH viewers, so if she isn’t gonna be the historic first Women’s TV Champ, make her the woman that takes down the top woman in ROH.

My Score: 8.6/10

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