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Mitchell’s NXT Deadline Results & Report! (12/9/23)

And we’re on the clock!

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Time keeps on slipping into the future!

Everyone’s on the clock as the Iron Survivor Challenge returns! Who will win big and stand tall over everyone to be primed for a title opportunity in 2024?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – Nathan Frazer VS Axiom; Axiom wins.
  • NXT North American Championship: Dominik Mysterio VS Dragon Lee w/ Rey Mysterio; Dragon wins and becomes the new NXT North American Champion.
  • Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge: Tiffany Stratton VS Lash Legend VS Blair Davenport VS Kelani Jordan VS Fallon Henley; Blair wins and is the 2023 Miss Iron Survivor.
  • Carmelo Hayes VS Lexis King; Melo wins.
  • Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge: Trick Williams VS DIJAK VS Josh Briggs VS Bron Breakker VS Tyler Bate; Trick wins and is the 2023 Mr. Iron Survivor.
  • Steel Cage Match: Roxanne Perez VS Kiana James; Kiana wins.
  • NXT Championship: Ilja Dragunov VS Baron Corbin; Dragunov wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the NXT Deadline Kickoff Show!

Join Megan Morant, Matt Camp & Sam Roberts in discussing, analyzing and predicting all of the action on the last 2023 Premium Live Event!

 

NXT Media catches up with Bron Breakker.

They ask him how he is feeling going into the Iron Survivor Challenge. Bron is totally ready. You ask that question to anyone else… Trick would be shaking, Tyler Bate knows he’s already lost to Bron once and is just happy to still be here. Josh Briggs, it’s a big night for him. But the cowboy needs to saddle up, this ain’t no rodeo. And Dijak… Well, that’s who everyone wants to see, right? But all four men are in trouble, they’re up against the true Badass of WWE. Will the Big Bad Booty Nephew prove himself right for the entire 25 minutes? Or will someone else prove they’re badder than the badass?

 

Backstage interview with Dijak.

Kelly Kincaid says he will become # 1 contender, IF he can outlast four other superstars. Dijak says he is again on the big stage of a WWE PLE, and once again the world we see what he can do. Tonight, he WILL be the Iron Survivor. And that means he’ll beat the dog crap out of Bron, smoke Tyler Bate, slap the country outta Briggs, and yes, whoop dat Trick. One by one, he will hurt them, just like he did Eddy Thorpe. Eddy’s never been the same man since, and neither will the others. Will #HardJustice be served for an entire 25 minutes?

 

Backstage interview with Josh Briggs, Fallon Henley & Brooks Jensen.

Kelly knows Fallon and Briggs are each in their own Iron Survivor matches, who are the nerves? At all time highs. But opportunities like this don’t grow on trees. Tonight, they each can become #1 contenders to the top titles. And they’ve been talking about strategy all day, Jensen is proud of them both. And they’ll celebrate big time when, after the 25 minutes are up, they hear “AND NEW~ Iron Survivor… Josh Briggs!” “And Fallon Henley!” Will the Country Strong stable grab up both of those golden tickets to New Year’s Evil?

 

Kickoff Show – Nathan Frazer VS Axiom!

This friendly rematch was meant to happen on Tuesday, but was interrupted by the fury of the Women’s Iron Survivor field. Now the Jersey Island Rocket and Undeniable Truth get to raise the intensity to premium levels! Who will stand tall after this round? And will things stay friendly between them when it’s all said and done?

The bell rings and fans fire up as the two circle. They feel things out, knuckle lock, and Axiom rolls to trip Frazer and headlock. Frazer headscissors but Axiom shrugs that off. Axiom rolls to wrench Frazer to a wristlock. Frazer rolls, handsprings and wrenches back but Axiom rolls away. Frazer headlocks for a takeover and fans cheer the exchange. Axiom fights up, powers out, and Frazer goes up and over in the corner! Things keep moving, Axiom runs Frazer over! They keep going, Axiom catches the flapjack to a leg lock! Bow ‘n’ Arrow but Frazer pops out to cover, TWO!

Frazer whips, Axiom reverses to a backslide, TWO! Frazer snapmares, RANAS, but Axiom handsprings through! But then Frazer handsprings up! Fans fire up as the two stare down. The fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” as the two reset. They tie up, Frazer headlocks, but axiom powers out again. Axiom drops, sidesteps, but Frazer ducks ‘n’ dodges and DROPKICKS! Then arm-drag to an armlock! Axiom endures and fans rally up. Axiom fights up, arm-drags free, and then avoids a boot to snapmare and run. Frazer ducks the kick, kips up and DECKS Axiom!

Axiom goes to a corner, Frazer smirks and storms up on him. but Axiom ELBOWS him away! Axiom FLYING ARM-DRAGS, then kips up to DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Axiom drags Frazer up, whips him to a corner, but Frazer goes up and over again, then handsprings away. Axiom charges in, but into a BUCKLE SHOT! Frazer smirks again as he stands and the fans rally. Frazer drags Axiom up, CHOPS, then hears the fans ask for “One More Time!” Axiom takes a swing but Frazer dodges to CHOP again! Fans fire up and want it “One More Time!” Frazer CHOPS again!

Frazer reels Axiom in, snap suplexes, and then covers, TWO! Frazer stays focused as he drags Axiom up at the ropes. Frazer whips but Axiom reverses to wrench and IRON OCTOPUS! Frazer endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Axiom lets go to KICK Frazer! Frazer slips around to COBRA CLUTCH! Axiom flails, fights up, and fans rally as he pries at the hold. Frazer drops back into body scissors! Axiom fights to roll back, TWO!! Frazer lets go in time, then dodges Axiom, QUEBRADA DDT! Cover, TWO!! Frazer is frustrated now, but the fans rally again. Frazer scuffs Axiom, CLUBS him, then CLUBS him again.

Axiom CHOPS back! Axiom whips and DROPKICKS Frazer, then waistlocks. Frazer bucks the O’Conner but runs into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Axiom is annoyed but he drags Frazer up. Frazer CHOPS, Axiom CHOPS! But Frazer cradles! TWO!! Axiom escapes, clinches, SLEEPER! Frazer pries the hold to an ELBOW BREAKER! Axiom shoves to LARIAT at the ropes! Then he sits Frazer up top! Fans fire up as Axiom climbs the corner, to FLYING FOREARM! Frazer falls to the floor and fans fire up! Axiom runs to the corner, goes up and up and GOLDEN TRIANGLE MOONSAULT!

Direct hit just like on Tuesday, and the fans are thunderous! Axiom puts Frazer back in, then he shakes out a leg. Axiom goes back up the corner, but Frazer springs right up to get him! SUPERPLEX and roll through to the ANARCHY!! Cover, TWO!!! Axiom survives and Frazer can’t believe it! Fans rally again as both men stir. Frazer gets Axiom up, shoots the half then just CLUBS Axiom! Frazer goes to a corner, goes up, and PHOENIX- NO, Frazer has to roll through as Axiom moves! Axiom blocks the superkick, ducks the dragon whip, but Frazer bucks the O’Conner to SUPERKICK the handspring down!!

Frazer grits his teeth, “This is Awesome!” as Frazer gets moving. QUEBRADA- SUPERKICK!! Axiom hurries to the corner and takes aim! GOLDEN- SUPERKICK from Frazer!! Cover, TWO!! Frazer is shocked and furious, but he hurries to the corner again. Frazer climbs, but Axiom is up to GAMANGIRI! Axiom climbs, brings Frazer up, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! The fans are thunderous again, for the GOLDEN RATIO!! Cover, Axiom wins!!

Winner: Axiom, by pinfall

An instant classic from these two, and this is only the Kickoff show! Did Axiom prove himself worthy of far more than just the opener? Axiom goes to shake Frazer’s hand per their “gentleman’s agreement,” and Frazer accepts. What will it take for Frazer to get himself up and over the hump towards title opportunities?

 

Shawn Michaels is here!

The fans fire up as HBK makes his way to the ring! HBK gets the mic and says, “Hello, boys and girls! Welcome to NXT Deadline! Now, this is WWE’s final Premium Live Event of the year, so I just had one question for ya. Are you ready?” Fans cheer that! No, no, ARE, YOU, READY!? Because CM PUNK is here!! The fans go wild seeing the Best in the World here, hitting the HBK pose. Hard to do in jeans… Punk high-fives fans, joins HBK in the ring, and gets himself a mic while fans chant his name. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to step all over your gimmick. Do you wanna tell people to suck it? Is that not what you do anymore?”

And who would’ve thought? HBK and CM Punk. HBK says nice hoodie. Oh, right, Bret Hart. Forgot his HBK merch. Well that hurts. No, c’mon! HBK made up with Bret, Punk made up with HHH, this is all about healing. Anything is possible. So good news and bad news. The fans chanting “CM PUNK! CM PUNK!” again and he says the brilliant thing HBK and Punk forgetting stuff, they get to do this. Punk has a phone and brings up how people backstage took selfies with him. They grew up watching Punk, Punk grew up watching HBK. Punk decided to come here in person to talk with HBK about what brand he’ll be on: SmackDown, Raw, or NXT.

The fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” The music plays, guess that’s all the time they have! Punk and HBK hug it out, but just where will the Best Free Agent in the World go?

 

NXT is where iron sharpens iron.

Where making the most of limited time has always been essential. Where superstars sharpen their skills to become indestructible. Tonight, two new Iron Survivors will emerge from ten of NXT’s career prodigies. As the clock ticks away, a single misstep could cost you. And with championship gold on the horizon, the winners will forge their destinies with their own hands. Tonight, the survivors are fated for an iron clad future. Time’s almost up, it’s NXT Deadline!

 

Rey Mysterio is here!

And though he is on crutches, he proudly leads the way for who he has deemed the future of lucha libre, Dragon Lee!

NXT North American Championship: Dominik Mysterio VS Dragon Lee w/ Rey Mysterio!

It is unfortunate, tragic even, that Wes Lee cannot compete and must have back surgery. But Dirty Dom wasn’t gonna be let off the hook like that, as now the Boy Wonder comes back to NXT for one more shot! Will Dragon finally burn down Mami’s Latino Heat? Or will the Judgment Day find another way to lie, cheat and steal a victory?

Surprisingly, no Rhea Ripley. Or is she lurking in the shadows for the right time to strike? The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if time runs out on Dom’s reign of terror!

The bell rings, the two circle, and the fans rally up for Mami. Dom talks trash on Dragon, gets in his face, but then Dragon dodges the haymaker to fire haymakers! Dragon whips, Dom reverses but Dragon ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Fans fire up as Dom bails out and Dragon FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp and Rey likes it! Dragon puts Dom in, then runs in. Dom puts Dragon on the apron but Dragon KICKS in return! Dragon slingshots to RANA Dom into the corner! Dragon then runs in to JUMP KICK, leg sweep, and SWINGING DROPKICK! Combinacion Dragon is complete! Cover, TWO!

Dragon keeps on Dom in a corner, and CHOPS! Fans “WOO~” while Dragon keeps on Dom in another corner. Dom BOOTS back, then runs up, but Dragon wrangles him to a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Dom flails, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Dragon lets off, and Dom goes to the corner. Dragon runs up to fire forearms and haymakers, then he whips corner to corner. Dragon runs up but Dom puts him on the top rope! Dragon falls to the apron, Dom goes out after him and APRON DDTS! They go right to the floor, even! Dragon’s got some blood in his mouth but Dom soaks up the heat.

Dom drags Dragon up, UPPERCUTS and puts Dragon in the ring. Dom soaks up the heat again, then stomps Dragon around. Dom whips Dragon corner to corner hard and Dragon bounces off buckles! Dragon writhes, Dom goes up the corner, and Dom flexes to soak up more heat. He blows mocking kisses to Rey, then covers Dragon. TWO, but Dom wraps on a chinlock. The fans rally as Dragon fights up, throws body shots, and gets free. But Dom knees low and throws Dragon down by the mask! The ref reprimands but Dom just soaks up the heat. Dom scuffs Dragon, stomps him, then pulls on the mask.

The ref reprimands, Dom lets go, but then he CLUBS Dragon down! Dom kicks Dragon to ropes, stomps him more, then springboard stomps like Finn! Dom goes out to the apron, gives some Latino Heat right to Rey, then slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO! Dragon is still in this and Dom is frustrated. Dom clamps onto Dragon for crossface forearms, then a headlock. Dragon endures, fights up, pries at the hold, but Dom knees him low! Fans rally for Dragon but Dom hits a suplex! Uno Amigo! Fans boo as Dom hits Dos Amigos! Then Dom brings Dragon up, to give more Latino Heat, only for Dragon to suplex!

Dom fights it, and hits THREE AMIGOS! Cover, but Dom lets off? Now Dom is just toying around, saying he’ll end this on his time! Rey is disappointed but Dom goes out to the apron. Dom tells the fans they suck, then he CLUBS Dragon. Dom goes up the corner, gives more Latino Heat, and he brings Dragon up. But Dragon fights back, ROCKS Dom with forearms, and Dom falls back into a Tree of Woe! Dragon climbs up to WOE STOMP Dom to the apron!! Both men fall to the floor, Dragon clutching his leg! The fans lose their minds and even Rey is impressed, but that could’ve been double-edged for Dragon.

The ring count climbs, Dragon and Dom stir at 4 of 10. They crawl, Champion’s Advantage coming into play! Dom slides in, as does Dragon, at 9.9!! And then they start throwing hands! Dragon gets the edge, whips, but Dom reverses! Dragon CLOBBERS Dom! And again! And then fireman’s carries, but Dom slips free! Dom shoves, runs in, but Dragon pops him up to SUPERKICK upside-down! Dragon sits Dom down, runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS! Shoutout to his brother, and Dragon drags Dom back up! Dragon puts Dom up top, GAMANGIRIS him into the Tree again, and he wants it again!

WOE STOMPS again!!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Dom survives and Rey has to admit, that’s good ring awareness. Dragon fires himself back up, runs in again, but into a DROPKICK from Dom! Cover, TWO!! Dragon survives but Dom storms around. Dom runs up, Dragon sidesteps to SNAP GERMAN! Dom is back up to SUPERKICK! Dragon V-TRIGGERS! Dragon reels Dom in, gets him up, but Dom fights the bomb to reel Dragon in! POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Dragon survives and even Rey is stressing out. Dom hurries to get Dragon around, he has the legs and he CATAPULTS Dragon into ropes!

Fans boo but Dom taunts Rey by dialing it up. But Dragon ducks the 619, slips through the lariat, and gets Dom up! LIGER BOMB!!! Cover, TWO!!! Dom just barely gets up from that, but Dragon takes aim again! Dragon runs in, tilt-o-whirl, DESTINOOOO~!! Cover, DRAGON WINS!!!

Winner: Dragon Lee, by pinfall (NEW NXT North American Champion)

Dragon snatches that outta nowhere, and Rey points out this is what happens when Judgment Day is nowhere to help Dom! Will this prove Dragon Lee IS the future of lucha libre?

 

Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge: Tiffany Stratton VS Lash Legend VS Blair Davenport VS Kelani Jordan VS Fallon Henley!

Our first Iron Survivor Challenge of the night and it’s ladies first! The Center of the Universe, The Bougie Bully, the Ichiban Gaijin, the Gym Princess and the Cowgirl are all going to fight for a shot at the title at New Year’s Evil, but only the one who can last will pass!

First out is Fallon, who was the last to qualify for this match per the Last Chance match. And joining her is the dangerous Davenport! The bell rings, the clock is ticking, and they circle. They tie up, Fallon headlocks for a takeover, makes it a cover, ONE! Blair sweeps to cover, ONE! They tie up again, Fallon headlocks for another takeover but Blair moves around. Blair rolls Fallon to a cover, TWO! Fallon holds onto the headlock, fans rally as Blair fights up and powers out. Fallon sunset flips, TWO! Blair sits on Fallon, TWO! Fallon sunsets again, TWO! Blair has it, ONE, and Blair steps over to sunset flip! TWO!

Fallon sits on Blair, TWO! Blair has it, TWO! Fallon has it, TWO! Blair, TWO! They separate, fans fire up, Fallon ducks a kick to roll-up, TWO! Fallon body scissor cradles, TWO! Blair wants a timeout and fans cheer. Fallon grins as she eggs Blair on, and the two reset again. They tie up, Fallon waistlocks, but Blair bucks the O’Conner to BOOT Fallon down! Blair runs, and she SLIDING KICKS! Cover, TWO! Blair stalks Fallon, whips her to a corner, and Fallon bounces off buckles. Blair ROCKS Fallon, whips her in again, and Fallon falls! Fans rally up and Blair soaks it all in.

Blair storms up on Fallon, CLUBS her to the corner, then whips Fallon hard into the corner! LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Blair CLUBS Fallon again, then clamps on with a chinlock. Fallon pries the hold but Blair CLUBS her! Blair pulls on the arms, has the motorcycle stretch, but Fallon endures. Fans rally, Fallon fights up, and she turns it around on Blair, only for Blair to turn it back around! We’re under a minute until the next superstar is added, and Fallon rolls back to BOOT Blair away! Fallon storms up, sits Blair down, and CALF KICKS! Fallon says yeehaw, and she slides out to ROCK Blair!

Fans fire up as Fallon hurries to cover, TWO! Blair scrambles to a corner but Fallon storms up on her. Fallon bumps Blair off buckles, and again, and fans count down the last 10 seconds! Fallon bumps Blair off more buckles, and here comes Tiffany! Fallon dares the Wrestling Barbie to get in here already but Tiffy dares her to come on out. Fallon goes out, but Blair CLOBBERS her! Tiff mocks Fallon for falling for it, then whips her into barriers! Tiff & Blair work together, but Fallon sends Blair into barriers! Tiff ROCKS Fallon, then bumps her off the apron! And again! Tiff puts Fallon in then calls to Blair.

Blair returns while Tiff stomps Fallon. They mug Fallon in the corner, but Fallon fires back! Tiff ROCKS Fallon again, stomps her, and Blair adds on. Tiff & Blair drag Fallon up, double whip, but Fallon crisscrosses them into each other! Fallon ROCKS and CHOPS each of them, then dodges Tiff to come back. Blair trips Fallon up and Tiff LARIATS Fallon down! Tiff eggs Fallon on, wrenches and wrangles her, then has a FUJIWARA! Blair gets the other arm, also for a FUJIWARA! Fallon endures both holds, but who would even get points in this situation? Blair and Tiff pull on fingers, but then give up when Fallon won’t quit.

Blair and Tiff WRING both arms, stomp Fallon, then bring her up. They double whip Fallon to a corner, then Tiff sends Blair in to ELBOW! Tiff runs in to ROCK Fallon, and fans rally up as Blair runs in, but Tiff BOOTS her! Tiff taunts Blair, then she ROCKS Fallon! Tiff whips Blair into Fallon, then handsprings in to BACK ELBOW! Blair falls out of the ring, Tiff brings Fallon around to snapmare and KICK! Cover, TWO! Tiff stomps Fallon, kicks Blair back out, but Fallon ROCKS Tiff! Tiff kicks low, then storms up on Fallon at ropes. Tiff whips Fallon to a corner, runs in and clotheslines!

Tiff snapmares Fallon, then runs to cartwheel and Alabama Lift, ALABAMA SLAM! High stack, Blair drags Tiff up to TOSS her! Cover on Fallon, Blair scores!

Blair: 1; Fallon: 0; Tiff: 0

The countdown is back while Tiff and Blair brawl, and now here comes Kelani! Fans fire up as Kelani slides right in and CLOBBERS Tiff! And CLOBBERS Blair! HANDSPRING DOUBLE ELBOW! Fans fire up with Kelani and she kicks Blair. Blair slips free, whips but Kelani sends her into Tiff! Klean handsprings, gets caught, but she lands out of the back suplex to DOUBLE SHOTGUN! OVERDRIVE on Tiff! Cover, Blair drags her off to TOSS her! Blair swings, Kelani counter punches! Kelani slingshots to DROPKICK Blair down! And then SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULT! Cover, Tiff drags her off!

Tiff stomps Kelani, CLUBS her, then ROCKS her! Kelani ROCKS Tiff back! Tiff kicks again, whips, but Kelani ducks ‘n’ dodges and CROSSBODIES, but into Tiff’s arms! Tiff says tootles and TOSSES Kelani onto Blair! But Fallon is out of the Penalty Box and she rallies on Tiff! Fans fire up, Tiff stands to SLAP Fallon! Fallon CHOPS back! Tiff staggers around, Fallon goes up and up and BLOCKBUSTERS! Fans fire up with Fallon, she DECKS Blair! FACEBUSTER on Tiff! SHINING WIZARD! Cover, Fallon scores!

Blair: 1; Fallon: 1; Tiffany: 0; Kelani: 0

Tiff takes a turn in the box, Kelani O’Conner Rolls Fallon! TWO, Fallon body scissor cradles, TWO! Fallon trips and jackknifes, TWO as Kelani bridges up! Kelani spins Fallon around, backslides back, TWO! Fallon SLAPS Kelani, Kelani ROCKS Fallon! Blair returns but Kelani BOOTS her down! Fallon arm-drags Kelani to an armlock and she grinds Kelani down. Kelani endures and fans rally as she fights up. Fallon whips, Kelani ducks ‘n’ dodges but into another arm-drag! Fallon grinds the arm again, Kenali fights up, and Tiff is released from the box! And she’s right after Fallon!

Tiff stomps Fallon, Blair drags Kelani up the corner. Tiff snapmares and KICKS Fallon, then covers, ROPEBREAK! Tiff DECKS Blair out of frustration, then she stomps Fallon. Fallon CHOPS back! Kelani drags Blair up, they keep brawling, and Fallon CHOPS Tiff again! Tiff ROCKS Fallon in return, storms back over to Blair and Kelani and CLUBS Kelani! The countdown is back, Fallon joins Blair, and last but not least, here’s Lash Legend! She storms right in, happy to get all four! DOUBLE POWERBOMBS on Tiff & Fallon! Then she SLAPS Kelani, CHOPS Blair, and goes up after them both!

Fans fire up as Lash DOUBLE SUPERPLEXES!! Lash kips up and fans fire up! Lash then choke grips Tiff, for a SLAM DUNK CHOKE SLAM!! And then she grabs Fallon, POP-UP POWERBOMB!! Lash drags Fallon over to DOUBLE COVER!! Lash scores TWICE!

Blair: 1; Fallon: 1; Tiffany: 0; Kelani: 0; Lash: 2

Lash brags but Blair hops on for a SLEEPER! Kelani jumps on to SLEEPER Blair! Lash spins around and around, starts to fade, but she powers back up to RAM them both into buckles! Lash CLUBS Blair, throws her aside, then storms up on Kelani. Kelani BOOTS back, goes up, and FLYING RANAS! Fans fire up as Lash bails out. Kelani aims, slingshots, but Lash falls fo rhte fakeout! ASAI MOONSAULT!! Direct hit, fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” but then Blair CLOBBERS Kelani! Blair brawls with Lash and DECKS her! Blair stomps Lash, and clears off the desk! Fans fire up, and Meta Four is here?!

Jakara, Dar & Oro trap Tiff & Fallon in the box! They then fight each other! Fallon gets up and out through the roof, as does Tiff! But Tiff SHOVES Fallon and she crashes down through the table! Fans lose their minds and then Tiff aims, to SUPER SWANTON Dar, Oro and Blair!! Fans lose their minds even harder now! Jakara calls to Lash, Lash storms her way over, and drags Tiff into the ring! Lash puts Blair in, too, and she hurries to get the SPLASH on Blair! Cover, TWO!! SPLASH on Tiff! cover, TWO!! Kelani is climbing and Lash turns around, FLYING RAN- NO! Lash stops that, and uses Kelani as a weapon against the others!

Lash pops Kelani back up, but Kelani sunset flips! Lash stays standing, goes Matrix, but Tiff DOUBLE STMOPS her! Then she DOUBLE STOMPS Kelani!! Cover, FALLON BREAKS IT!! Tiff is furious, she and Fallon DOUBLE LARIAT each other! Blair DOUBLE STOMPS Kelani! Cover, Blair scores!!

Blair: 2; Fallon: 1; Tiffany: 0; Kelani: 0; Lash: 0

We have less than five minutes left in the whole match, ‘This is Awesome!” Blair, Fallon and Tiff go forearm for forearm for forearm in rotation! Tiff drags them both up to talk trash, but they DOUBLE FOREARM her down! Lash is back, Fallon gets around to the crucifix, and then Blair jumps on! Lash stays up to DRIBBLE them both in the ropes! Tiff returns to SHOTGUN Lash down! Fallon covers, Tiff breaks it! That’s payback! But then Lash pushes Tiff off her cover! The fans rally, Lash CHOPS Tiff, then ROCKS her! Lash throws Tiff down, ELBOW DROPS, then covers. Fallon breaks it!

Kelani is back, she blocks a kick to WHEEL KICK Tiff! Lash runs up to kick Kelani! Lash suplexes, Kelani STUN DO GMILLIONAIRES! Fallon wheelbarrows, SHOTGUN on Tiff and BULLDOG on Lash! Blair DOUBLE STOMPS Lash! Fallon clotheslines Blair out! Kelani DROPKICKS Fallon! Kelani goes up a corner, and CROSSBODIES Lash! Cover, Tiff drags her off to fireman’s carry! ROLLING SENTON on Lash! Then PRETTIEST MOONSAULT EVER on Lash! Tiff scores!!

Blair: 2; Fallon: 1; Tiffany: 1; Kelani: 0; Lash: 2

But Kelani BOOTS Tiff and fireman’s carries Blair! Kelani SLAMS Blair down next to Tiff, goes up, 450 SPLASH on them both!! Cover, Fallon breaks it!! Fallon covers Blair, TWO!! Cover on Tiff, TWO!! Time is running out, last minute on the clock! BOSTON CRAB on Tiff, SLEEPER on Fallon, DRAGON SLEEPER on Blair!! They all break free, Kelani BOOTS Blair and goes up, but Blair CLUBS her first! Blair goes up after Kelani, to SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Blair KNEES Fallon, covers, BLAIR SCORES!

Blair: 3; Fallon: 1; Tiffany: 1; Kelani: 0; Lash: 2

And ten seconds left!! Lash runs after Blair but Blair stays away!! Time is UP!! BLAIR WINS!!!

Winner: Blair Davenport with 3 points (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s Championship)

Blair started this match and she finished this match, truly a performance worthy of the title, Miss Iron Survivor! Blair then gets the mic to say that she IS the Iron Survivor! Lyra Valkyria, the clock is ticking! See you at New Year’s Evil! Or wait, here’s Lyra now! The Morrigan holds up the title, but then in comes CORA JADE!? Cora CLOBBERS Lyra from behind and fans boo as she picks up the title. The Generation of Jade says she’s not done yet! Between Cora, Blair, and Lola Vice with the Breakout Star contract, are Lyra’s days numbered?

 

Trick Melo Gang gets ready.

They’re both locked in. The Iron Survivor Challenge is no joke. Melo is hyped for Trick, he’s got this in the bag. Yep. Melo better make sure to handle business with Lexis King. You best believe he will. King tried to come between them, framing Melo for that attack. King’s gonna get his.

Carmelo Hayes VS Lexis King!

Melo Don’t Miss, and he don’t mess around! The Uncrowned King has been playing games, but will he regret ever crossing HIM?

King shows off how he has corn rows like Melo, showing that they’re friends. King wants a handshake but Melo shoves King! The bell rings and the two tie up. Melo shoves King again, and tells King off for messing with him and Trick. They tie up, Melo headlocks, and he hits a takeover. King pulls hair but the ref reprimands. King fights up, powers out, and RAMS shoulders with Melo! King then ROCKS Melo! Melo fi res off on King in return! Fans fire up but King bails out. The fans boo, Melo dares King to get back in. Melo backs off, King rushes up, but Melo catches him with a slingshot!

Melo fires hands on King, whips, but King reverses. King blocks boots and YANKS Melo from the corner but Melo RANAS! Melo rallies on King, arm-drags and DROPKICKS! King bails out again, but Melo builds speed to slide. King dodges, Melo ducks the chop to ROCK! And CHOP! King kicks low, CHOPS again, but then Melo ducks and the chop hits post! Melo SLAMS the hand off the apron, then Melo stands on it against the steel steps! Melo STOMPS the hand! King gets in, still CHOPS, but Melo BOOTS the arm! And CHOPS again! And again! Melo knees low then CLUBS Melo!

King whips, Melo slips up and over to ENZIGURI! Melo whips, King reverses and he TOSSES Melo! Melo lands on his feet but King WRECKS him with a dropkick! King RAMS Melo into steel steps, and then lines up a shot. King BOOTS Melo back down! Fans boo, King soaks it up, and King drags Melo around into the ring. Cover, TWO! King drags Melo up, bumps him off buckles and digs his boot into Melo’s back! The ref counts, fans rally, and King lets off. King whips corner to corner to clothesline! Then CHOP, snapmare, and KICK! Cover, TWO! King is annoyed but he scuffs Melo around.

Fans rally, King scuffs Melo, then stands on Melo’s hand. But Melo gets free to stomp King’s hand! Melo runs in, King dodges but Melo ELBOWS him! Melo goes up but King SUPERKICKS the legs out! And he JUMP STOMPS Melo down! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally for Melo but King stomps him around. King brings Melo up, Melo throws hands but King knees low. King whips to kitchen sink knee, then he KICKS and BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Cover, TWO! King drags Melo around, has a leg, but Melo kicks King away! Melo stands, kicks, but King blocks and ducks the enziguri to have the legs again!

King has the HALF CRAB! Melo endures, CLUBS King’s legs, but King steps around to pull on the leg. Melo kicks the bad hand again! King staggers away, Melo runs up, but King gets under, lift and BACKBREAKER! King eggs on the fans, wrenches Melo and back suplexes for another BACKBREAKER! Fans boo more but King just soaks it up. King drags Melo up, CLUBS him on the back, and back suplexes again, but Melo CROSSBODIES! Cover, ONE!! King LARIATS Melo down! King huffs and puffs and offers the handshake again. King wants Melo to show the people “the snake that you are!”

Melo reaches out, and he takes King’s hand? But then flips him off, and HEADBUTTS! And fires off haymakers and CHOPS! King RAMS Melo into the corner, puts him up top, and CHOPS! King climbs up, Melo CLUBS him in return! King throws body shots, then forearms! Melo fires back, King CLOBBERS Melo and they both fall to the floor!! The ring count climbs while Melo clutches a leg. Both men rise at 7 of 10 and slide in! King ROCKS Melo with a forearm but Melo ROCKS King in return! King CHOPS, Melo CHOPS! King CHOPS, but Melo blocks to kick and CHOP back!

Melo CHOPS, whips, but King reverses. But Melo rolls him up, TWO! Melo LARIATS King! And LARIATS again! And springboard LARIATS! Fans fire up and Melo takes aim! Melo runs in to ROCK King, snapmare, and run again. Tilt-o-whirl, LA MYSTICA! Cover, TWO! King survives and Melo grows frustrated. Melo drags King up, reels him in, but King hooks a leg! King suplexes to JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO!! Melo is still in this and King grows frustrated. King kicks Melo, rains down forearms and fists, then drags Melo back up. Fans rally for Melo as King suplexes, but Melo slips fere!

Melo throws King by his hair! King BOOTS from below! Melo ROUNDHOUSES! FADE AWAY into a HAYMAKER! King then hoists Melo up, a third BACKBREAKER! But Melo gets up to ROCK King! Melo goes up, takes aim, NOTHING BUT NET!!! Cover, Melo wins!!

Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall

The former NXT Champion shots that three and gets that win! He has handled business, but then King shouts at him! “MELOOO~! That was one hell of a match. But I’m gonna make things a lot easier on you. It wasn’t ME who attacked Trick Williams, but thank you for that PLE spotlight, my friend.” What? Melo is even more confused and upset than he was before. King has been playing games this whole time, but who is the real mastermind behind the Whodunnit?

 

Backstage interview with Cora Jade.

Cora knows what Kelly’s gonna say: welcome back, good to see her. She knows. And she knows the locker room didn’t want her back. But she gave them four months off and has returned to the deepest division in WWE. Now she’ll take this place to a whole new level. And she’s made her intentions clear, of course. You probably wanna hear all about it, right? Then see you Tuesday.

Trick Melo Gang regroups.

Trick apologies for letting King get between them. So now they good? Yeah, they good. Good, cuz Melo whooped King’s ass! And now Trick is gonna make it his night tonight! Then you know what to do? What’s that? Whoop Dat Trick! They shake hands and Trick heads out. Will this be the best night for Trick Melo Gang yet?

Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge: Trick Williams VS DIJAK VS Josh Briggs VS Bron Breakker VS Tyler Bate!

Another 25 minutes is on the clock, and we see who out of Trick, Hard Justice, Country Strong, #MeanerThanEvil and the Big Strong Boi is the toughest of them all! Who earns their ticket to New Year’s Evil and THE NXT Championship?

First out is Dijak, who certainly feels he is the favorite to win this. And starting with him is Briggs, ready to show Country Boys Can Survive! The bell rings and the clock is ticking. These two circle, they tie up, and Briggs rolls Dijak up! TWO, and Briggs lets Dijak know that was close. Dijak shoves, Briggs shoves, and they tie up again. They go around and into a corner. Dijak powers Briggs back, headlocks, but Briggs powers out. Briggs drops, hurdles, and hip tosses, but Dijak handsprings through! Briggs headlocks again, Dijak powers out to hurdle, hip toss, but Briggs handsprings through!

Briggs headlocks, Dijak powers out, and they RAM shoulders! And RAM again! Briggs ducks ‘n’ dodges, and they RAM again! Fans fire up and Briggs blocks a kick to FLIP Dijak! Dijak lands on his feet! Briggs ducks ‘n’ dodges again, breaks through lariats, and then RANAS?! Fans fire up as these giants move like Frazer and Axiom earlier tonight! Dijak goes to a corner, Briggs stands him up and ROCKS him! Briggs whips, runs in and ELBOWS! Briggs keeps moving, and he BOOTS Dijak! Briggs wrenches to a back suplex GUT BUSTER! Briggs then runs to POUNCE! Cover, TWO!

Dijak is hanging in there and we’re only two minutes in! Briggs storms up, Dijak throws body shots but Briggs BOOTS him! Briggs stands Dijak up, ROCKS him, then stalks him, Briggs shoves Dijak to a cover, ONE! Briggs keeps cool, there’s still time. Briggs reels Dijak in but Dijak fights the suplex! Briggs still tries, Dijak throws body shots, and then Dijak suplexes high and hard! Fans rally up as both men are down. Briggs goes to a corner, Dijak runs in and ELBOWS, ELBOWS and CLUBS Briggs! Dijak reels Briggs in, “TIME TO FLY!” SUPLEX TOSS for Briggs! Fans rally up, Dijak aims as Briggs rises.

Dijak choke grips, and he lifts for HIGH JUSTICE!! Cover, TWO!! Briggs survives and Dijak is seething! We’re under a minute before someone comes in. Dijak aims, spins, but Briggs BOOTS first! Cover, TWO!! Dijak survives and Briggs isn’t sure what he has to do! Briggs pumps up the arm, waits on Dijak to stand, and now Briggs choke grips! But Dijak throws elbows! Briggs waitslocks, Dijak switches, but Briggs bucks the O’Conner! Briggs ELBOWS Dijak, goes up, but Dijak SUPERKICKS and torture racks! FEAST YOUR EYES! cover, Dijak scores RIGHT as time is up!!

Dijak: 1; Briggs: 0

Tyler Bate is next, and he runs right in. Bate dodges to UPPERCUT! And UPPERCUT! And UPPER- NO, Dijak catches him! But Bate fires body shots! Dijak sends Bate to a corner, but Bate boots to then KNEE Dijak away! Bate goes up, FLYING UPPERCUTS, and then aims again. Dijak rises, Bate runs in to UPPERCUT again! Bate clinches, but Dijak CLUBS him down! Dijak fireman’s carries Bate, but Bate fights free and shoves. Bate baits Dijak into the clinch, CORNER EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Bate drags Dijak to the cover, TWO! Dijak stays in this and fans rally up.

Bate drags Dijak up, facelocks, then fireman’s carries. Bate AIRPLANE SPINS but Briggs is free! Briggs BOOTS Dijak then TOSSES Bate! Briggs runs to CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!! Cover, Briggs scores!!

Dijak: 1; Briggs: 1; Bate: 0

And then Briggs THROWS Bate into the walls of the box! Briggs SMACKS Bate off the apron, then whips him into- NO, Bate leaps the steps! Then he comes back to UPPERCUT Briggs! Bate puts Briggs in, ducks the boot and Briggs gets stuck on ropes! Bate goes up to FLYING UPPERCUT Briggs down! Cover, TWO! Bate keeps cool, he brings Briggs around and KNEES low! Bate underhooks, but Briggs is too big! He back drops free! Bate lands on his feet! But Briggs scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM and SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Bate hangs tough, but Briggs sees the clock.

Briggs waits as Dijak is freed, but Briggs gets Bate up. Bate slips free to underhook! TYLER DRIVER 97!! Cover, Dijak breaks it! Torture rack, but Bate slips free to roll Dijak up! Bate SCORES!

Dijak: 1; Briggs: 1; Bate: 1

Dijak DECKS Bate and Bate falls onto Briggs! The ref is too busy reprimanding Dijak! The fans shout at the ref, he sees and counts for Bate, TWO!! Briggs revives in time as Dijak goes back to the box. Bate and Briggs rise up, and Bate fires uppercut after uppercut! Briggs DECKS Bate, whips him and scoops him, but Bate slips around to a SLEEPER! Fans fire up but Briggs RAMS Bate into buckles! The fans count it down as Bate has a SLEEPER! But Briggs BACKPACK STUNNERS! And here comes TRICK! Fans fire up with “Whoop Dat Trick!” and he is all fired up! But Bate FLIES in! Trick DECKS him!

Trick gets in to LEG LARIAT Briggs! And LEG LARIAT for Bate! And repeat! Trick fires hands on Briggs, the fans are thunderous as he UPPERCUTS! Trick whips Briggs but Briggs reverses. Briggs ducks Trick and Trick CLOBBERS Bate! Dijak is freed again, Trick blocks a boot and gives it to Dijak! Trick trips Briggs, Dijak ROCKS Trick, but Trick LARAITS Dijak into CATAPULTING Briggs into Bate! DOUBLE NECKBREAKER on the big men! Double cover, TWO!! Bate runs in, Trick dodges to POP-UP UPPERCUT! The fans fire up, Trick fires hands on Briggs! Briggs ROCKS Trick!

Dijak BOOTS Briggs, goes up the corner, and Trick leaps off Briggs to CLOBBER Dijak outta the air!! Cover, Bate breaks it!! Fans are thunderous again as Briggs and Dijak flop out of the ring. Bate fireman’s carries Trick, for the AIRPLANE SPIN! They go around ten times, but Trick slips free to AIRPLANE SPIN Bate! Bate fights free, and torture racks for the UFO SPIN! Fans fire up as Bate spins and spins and spins, NO HANDS!! Cover, Briggs AND Dijak break it! The fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!” Bate puts Dijak on the apron, Briggs BLASTS him! Trick BOOTS Briggs out!

Trick and Bate coordinate, but Dijak anchors Trick! Bate DIVES onto Briggs, Dijak HOTSHOTS Trick! Bate drop toeholds Dijak into steel steps! Bate gets in, REBOUNDER on Trick!! Bate hauls Trick up, underhooks, and TYLER DRIVER 97!! Cover, Bate scores!!

Dijak: 1; Briggs: 1; Bate: 2; Trick: 0

Another one for the Big Strong Boi and Trick has to cool off now. But Briggs is back, he ELBOW DROPS Bate! Cover, TWO! Briggs is annoyed but he drags Bate up. Briggs ROCKS Bate, Bate ROCKS Briggs! Briggs DECKS Bate! Bate staggers up to SLAP Briggs! And CHOP! And ROCK! And again! Briggs ROCKS Bate again, whips him to a corner hard and Bate falls! Fans chant “FREE DAT TRICK!” but we’re also at the 15 minute mark! That means Bron is here! And he rushes right in at Briggs! Bron dodges to then SPEAR! Cover, Bron scores!!

Dijak: 1; Briggs: 1; Bate: 2; Trick: 0; Bron: 1

Bate runs in, Bron dodges him, SPEAR! Cover, Bron scores again!!

Dijak: 1; Briggs: 1; Bate: 2; Trick: 0; Bron: 2

Bron has tied things with Bate and now Bate has to cool off! Dijak leaps in, Bron SPEARS him outta the sky!! Cover, Bron scores AGAIN!!!

Dijak: 1; Briggs: 1; Bate: 2; Trick: 0; Bron: 3

Bron takes the lead now and fans boo! Trick is back, though, and fans fire up behind him! Trick needs points bad, so he and Bron throw hands! Trick throws faster hands, then he DROPKICKS! Trick runs up in the corner and fires more shots! Trick whips, Bon ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS Trick! The straps come down, fans boo and bark. STEINER RECLINER!! Trick endures, but then wait, there’s a fight in the box! Dijak, Briggs and Bate are raging! Trick crawls, to the ROPEBREAK! Briggs is freed officially but he and the others are all brawling! Bron trophy lifts, Trick slips free, BOOKEND!!

Bron tumbles out of the ring, joins the brawl, and Trick goes up! Fans fire up as Trick SUPER CROSSBODIES everyone down!! Trick roars, the fans are behind him, and Trick puts Dijak in! But Bron anchors Trick! Briggs CLUBS Bron, Dijak BOOTS Trick! Cover, Dijak scores!

Dijak: 2; Briggs: 1; Bate: 2; Trick: 0; Bron: 3

Trick’s fire is out for now, but Bate runs in. Dijak TOSSES him to the corner, goes up, and fans boo. But Bron goes up to SUPER STEINER Dijak into a TYLER DRIVER!! BATE SCORES!!!

Dijak: 2; Briggs: 1; Bate: 3; Trick: 0; Bron: 3

Fans are thunderous as Bate and Bron meet again, Worlds Collide revisited. Bron runs in, Bate kicks, but Bron scoops to a GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Bate survives but Bron drags him up. Bron throws hands, hoists Bate up top, and then climbs up. Bate throws hands, Bron hits back, but Trick is free! And he brawls with the others while Bron SUPER FALL AWAY SLAMS Bate!! cover, Briggs breaks it! Cover on Bate, TWO! Trick has Briggs to throw hands! Briggs hits back! We’re at 20 minutes, Briggs RAMS Trick into buckles! Briggs does the same to Bron, but Dijak is back!

Briggs choke grips Bate, but Bate flips through! Bop up, BASNG for Briggs! Dijak grabs Bate, but then Briggs joins in! The big men have Bate, DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM!! Then Trick runs up, but Briggs feeds him to Dijak’s LARIAT! Bron runs up, Dijak feeds him to Briggs’ LARIAT! The big men then both go up!? DOUBLE KAIJU MOONSAULTS!! Cover, they BOTH score!!

Dijak: 3; Briggs: 2; Bate: 3; Trick: 0; Bron: 3

The only one with no score is Trick! But Bate CLOBBERS both giants! Bate then springboards, FLYING TORNADO DDT on Dijak! But Dijak gets out! Bate builds speed to FLY!! Direct hit on Dijak, but Briggs pops Bate up to CLOBBER him! Briggs puts Bate in, goes up again, but Dijak BOOTS Bate first! Briggs leaps, into a SUPERKICK! Dijak aims from the corner, Bate rises up, Bate falls back down, DOUBLE BOOTS hit Briggs and Dijak!! The fans are thunderous as everyone is down! Trick and Bron are chomping at the bit, then they start fighting each other to get out!

Bron gets Trick first and POSTS him! We have two minutes left, but Bron SPEARS Trick through the barriers!! But Dijak choke grips to HIGH JUSTICE through the desk!!! Fans are losing their minds and Bate brawls with Briggs on the top rope! Briggs reels Bate in but Bate fights with body shots! Dijak returns to torture rack Briggs! FEAST- NO, Briggs slips free to shove him into Bate! Trick rolls Briggs! TRICK SCORES!

Dijak: 3; Briggs: 2; Bate: 3; Trick: 1; Bron: 3

Diajk SUPERKICKS Trick! SUPERKICK to Bate! Torture rack on Trick, FEAST YOUR EYES!! Cover, but EDDY THORPE pulls out the ref?!? The Alpha Wolf makes sure Dijak doesn’t get anything more! Trick then ROCKS Dijak, GAMANGIRIS, and Trick rolls him! TRICK SCORES!

Dijak: 3; Briggs: 2; Bate: 3; Trick: 2; Bron: 3

Bate SKY TWISTERS Trick! Underhooks, but Trick jackknifes and SCORES!!!

Dijak: 3; Briggs: 2; Bate: 3; Trick: 3; Bron: 3

Trick has THREE points, and he KNEES Bron!! Cover, TRICK GETS THE POINT! AND HE WINS!!!!

Winner: Trick Williams, with 4 points (NEW #1 Contender to NXT Championship)

The fans are electric! Trick scored the most points in the smallest amount of time!! And now HE is going to face whoever is NXT Champion after tonight! Is it only a matter of time until we crown dat Trick?

 

Briggs regroups with Fallon & Jensen.

The others feel bad, they get how he feels, but Briggs asks if Jensen does. Jensen says no, they both did great. They should feel proud for doing so well! But then Dar and Meta Four walk in and he says the loser cowpokes should be feeling shame. They’re 0-2. Uh, didn’t we miss when Lash won? Uh, Lash didn’t lose, she ran out of time. Sounds like an excuse to Fallon. Hey, Lash had 2 points, Fallon had 1, so that makes Meta Four twice as good as them. But then they start throwing hands! Refs rush in, but it seems Meta Four can’t help but pissing people off. Will this fight have to resolve on Tuesday?

 

Kiana James leaves WWE HQ.

She has VIP limo service drive her to the arena, and she looks determined to finish things with Roxanne Perez once and for all.

Steel Cage Match: Roxanne Perez VS Kiana James!

The Prodigy got screwed out of the Iron Survivor Challenge, but then she returned the favor to the Calculator! Their grudge has been building, and there’s NO ESCAPE allowed, who survives the steel with iron will?

The cage door closes, but Kiana rushes Roxie! Roxie dodges the bag, they brawl, and the bell rings. Kiana ROCKS Roxie, bumps her off buckles, and then stalks her. Kiana brings Roxie up, aims for steel, but Roxie fights back! Roxie aims for steel, Kiana blocks that, and she SMACKS Roxie off the steel! Kiana gets the legs to CATA- NO, Roxie slips right around, and CATAPULTS Kiana into steel! Kiana wobbles, tries to climb, but Roxie grabs a leg! Kiana kicks her away but Roxie dropkicks the wall to make Kiana fall! Then Roxie dropkicks Kiana into the steel! Cover, TWO!

Roxie ROCKS Kiana, whips her to a corner, then she runs in, only for Kiana to dodge! Roxie hits buckles, Kiana scoops, but Roxie slips free. Kiana storms up, Roxie kicks low, then she climbs up. Roxie uses that to CROSSBODY, but Kiana catches her! Kiana RAMS Roxie into the steel! Kiana snarls, drags Roxie up, and puts Roxie’s hand in the gaps to STOMP! And STOMP! And STMOP! Roxie gets her hand free but Kiana stomps her against the cage! Roxie endures, Kiana lets off, and she SMACKS Roxie off the steel again. Fans boo but Kiana soaks up the heat. Kiana paces, then drags Roxie up to throw her around.

Kiana stomps Roxie to ropes, stands her up, and RAMS into her! And then handsprings back, returns and RAMS Roxie right into steel! Cover, TWO! Kiana snarls again, and clamps on a chinlock. Kiana stretches Roxie back, but the fans rally as Roxie endures. Roxie fights up, throws body shots, and she fires forearms! Roxie whips, Kiana reverses and SPINEBUSTERS! High stack, TWO! Kiana shoves Roxie down, stands on one hand and stomps the ribs. Kiana then stomps the hand! Roxie goes to ropes, Kiana pushes her around, but Roxie throws body shots! Kiana knees low!

Kiana stalks Roxie to ropes, drags her up, and stands her against ropes. Kiana runs up but Roxie moves, so Kiana runs right into steel! The fans rally, Roxie goes to a corner, and Roxie drags herself up. Roxie goes up the corner, shouts at Kiana to get up, and then FLYING THESZ PRESS! Roxie fires fast hands, she ROCKS Kiana and SHOTGUNS her down! Fans fire up with Roxie and she drags Kiana up. Roxie THROWS Kiana into steel! And then into more steel! And then even more steel! Fans fire up and Roxie grins as she drags Kiana up, to throw her into the fourth wall!

Kiana flounders, Roxie runs in and she UPPERCUTS Kiana! And ROCKS her! And then reels her in, wrench and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Roxie keeps moving, and she UPPERCUTS Kiana int he back! Cover, TWO! Kiana is still in this but Roxie goes to a corner. Roxie climbs up, and then decides to go even higher! The fans fire up as Roxie reaches the top! But Kiana hurries up after her! Kiana reaches the top, Roxie fires forearms! Kiana hits back! They brawl, the fans rally behind Roxie, and Roxie gets the edge! Roxie SMACKS Kiana off the chains! Kiana falls back, but she drags Roxie down to join her!

Roxie kicks Kiana away, then returns to the top rope! But Kiana SHOVES her into steel! Kiana then gets up on the corner, gets under Roxie, and she SUPER POWERBOMBS her! Roxie flounders, Kiana falls to the cover, TWO!! Roxie survives and shocks Kiana! Kiana pulls hair hair in anger and the fans rally up. Kiana drags Roxie up, reels her in, and POWERBOMBS Roxie into steel! Kiana runs side to side to BOMB Roxie into more steel! But Roxie still hits POP ROX!!! Fans fire up while both women are down! Roxie crawls over to Kiana for the cover, TWO!! Kiana is still in this and Roxie is beside herself!

Roxie shrieks, the fans rally up, and she brings Kiana up. POP- NO, Kiana pops free! Roxie hits buckles, Kiana wants out! She won’t win by escape, but Roxie hurries to get Kiana all the same! Kiana has a chair! She kicks Roxie away, then takes aim, but Roxie dodges! Roxie sobats, then she gets the chair! Kiana freaks out, asks for mercy, but Roxie says okay. Roxie goes to put the chair outside, but wait, Izzi Dame?! She SLAMS the door shut on Roxie! And Kiana SMACKS Roxie with the chair! Then FULL METAL DEAL BREAKER!! Cover, Kiana wins!

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

Izzi says it is what it Izz, but clearly she’s on Team Kiana. Will Kiana get back on her hostile takeover of NXT now that she has a new assistant?

 

NXT Championship: Ilja Dragunov VS Baron Corbin!

These two couldn’t be any more different. From how they live to how they carry themselves, to how they fight to why they fight. But they’re both similar in that they’re hard hitting, fast moving, and downright dangerous! But will the Mad Dragon burn down those ships? Or will Corbin finally complete his collection by taking hold of this title?

Corbin rides in on a motorcycle! He shows off his mix of wealth and toughness as he cruises around the ring. Dragunov simply walks his way out, the same level of energy as always. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see just who slays the dragon!

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Corbin uses his height to power Dragunov to ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Corbin headlocks, hits a takeover, and he grinds Dragunov down. Dragunov fights up, but Corbin keeps the headlock. Dragunov powers Corbin to ropes, the ref counts, and Dragunov lets off, but then CHOPS! Corbin headlocks and hits a takeover! Fans rally and duel, seems some in Bridgeport like Corbin. Dragunov powers up but can’t power out as Corbin holds on tight. Dragunov tries again, gets free, but Corbin runs him over! Fans are torn but then things speed up.

Dragunov sidesteps, runs, but into another headlock takeover! Corbin traps an arm, he grinds the headlock, but Dragunov fights up. Dragunov slips around, pries free and wrenches to RAM Corbin! And CHOP him! And then knee him! Dragunov runs but Corbin follows to clothesline Dragunov up and out! Dragunov returns to UPPERCUT! And then Dragunov clotheslines Corbin and himself out of the ring! Fans fire up and Dragunov CLUBS Corbin! Corbin ROCKS Dragunov! Dragunov ROCKS Corbin, then waistlocks! Corbin fights the lift, thrwos elbows, but Dragunov still GERMAN SUPLEXES to the floor!

Fans fire up and Dragunov CLUBS Corbin right on that new tattoo! Dragunov refreshes the ring count, but Corbin fights the waistlock. Corbin SMACKS Dragunov off the desk! Corbin then brings Dragunov up to suplex, but Dragunov fights it! Dragunov throws body shots, but Corbin fights the suplex to GOURD BUSTER Dragunov on the desk!! Fans fire up while Corbin refreshes the count again. Corbin puts Dragunov in, drags Dragunov up and then hangs him out to dry! Dragunov flops off ropes, Corbin covers, ONE!! Dragunov is still in this but Corbin says he can stop it by just giving up.

Corbin drags Dragunov up, CLUBS him, and Dragunov grits his teeth as he leans against ropes. Fans rally, Corbin brings Dragunov around and KNEES him into the corner! Corbin stands on Dragunov’s ribs while soaking up the heat. The ref counts, Corbin lets off, and he brings Dragunvo up. Dragunov throws hands, but so does Corbin! Corbin ROCKS Dragunov but Dragunov UPPERCUTS Corbin! Dragunov sputters, though, and Corbin ROCKS him! Dragunov rebounds but Corbin avoids the Pele to SLAM Dragunov into buckles! Corbin looms over Dragunov but Dragunov BOOST him away!

Corbin CLUBS Dragunov down, then puts him in the corner. Corbin whips corner to corner hard and Dragunov falls back. Corbin mockingly applauds but fans boo. Dragunov clutches his side but Corbin drags him up. Corbin puts Dragunov up top, but Dragunov fires forearms and CLUBS away! Fans duel, Corbin ROCKS Dragunov, then goes up top. Dragunov fires HEADBUTTS! Corbin falls back, Dragunov adjusts, and fans fire up again! Dragunov aims to SUPER SENTON but Corbin moves! Corbin then FLYING LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Dragunov survives and Corbin is shocked!

Corbin drags Dragunov up again, brings him around, and fireman’s carries. But Dragunov throws elbows to get free! Dragunov CHOPS Corbin on the back! Dragunov waistlocks, but Corbin fights the lift! Corbin switches, Dragunov switches, but Corbin spins around to DDT! Dragunov flops to the ropes, and Corbin storms up on him. Corbin drags Dragunov back up, hugs him and pats him on the back, just like Tuesday. And then URENAGE! Corbin then clamps on a DRAGON SLEEPER! The fans rally and duel as Dragunov endures! Corbin then turns this into an INVERTED SUPLEX into a BACKBREAKER!

And it’s back to the DRAGON SLEEPER! But Dragunov throws knees to get free! Fans rlaly up again, and Dragunov storms up on Corbin. Corbin throws a body shot! Corbin reels Dragunov in but Dragunov ROCKS him with forearm sfirst! Corbin throat chops! Corbin reels Dragunov into a choke grip, for the CHOKE SLAM- ENZIGURI! Dragunov strikes back and fans fire up! Dragunov aims from a corner, runs in, and KNEES Corbin down! But Dragunov ends up in the other corner! Dragunov drags himself up the corner as fans rally again. SUPER SENTON hits this time!! But it is double-edged given the damage to his ribs!!

Dragunov and nCorbin rise, they fire off forearms and haymakers and the fans fire up! Both men wobble, but then Corbin CLOBBERS Dragunov! Dragunov springs up to DECK Corbin!! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! The fans cheer “NXT! NXT!” for giving us this main event! Corbin CHOPS, Dragunov CLUBS! Corbin ROCKS, Dragunov CHOPS! Corbin CHOPS, Dragunov SLAPS! Both men wobble again, Corbin ROCKS Dragunov again! Dragunov eggs him on!? Corbin ROCKS Dragunov, Dragunov LARIATS! Corbin ends up in a corner, Dragunov storms up to CHOP! CHOP! MACHINE GUN CHOP!!

The fans fire up, Dragunov CHOPS even as Corbin sits down! Fans roar with Dragunov and he scrapes his boot off Corbin’s face! And again! And then Dragunov runs to BOOT WASH! Dragunov growls and he drags Corbin up, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Corbin flounders around, Dragunov drags him up, and Dragunov reels Corbin in. Corbin fights the lift and Dragunov’s ribs hold him back! Dragunov falls back, Corbin goes to the apron. Dragunov runs in to BOOT Corbin! Dragunov climbs up, brings Corbin up to join him, and he throws body shots! Corbin throws shots back!

Dragunov wobbles, but he HEADBUTTS! And HEADBUTTS! And HEADBUTTS! Corbin hits another body shot! Corbin choke grips, to SUPER CHOKE SLAM!! Dragunov flounders while Corbin gets down from the corner. Cover, TWO!! Dragunov is still in this and Corbin is frustrated. Corbin clamps on, DRAGON SLEEPER!! And body scissors! Dragunov flails, fights the scissors, gets his legs free and moves around! Dragunov cravats Corbin while inside the sleeper! Corbin inverted suplexes but Dragunov slips free! Corbin ELBOWS him away! Corbin runs in, into a fireman’s carry! CORNER DEATH VALLEY!!

Fans fire up again while both men are down! Dragunov says “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!” TORPED- DEEP SIX!! Cover, TWO!! Corbin hurries to get Dragunov up and fireman’s carry, to DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! And then deadlift suplex, BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!! Dragunov survives again and Corbin is furious! Corbin shakes his head, drags Dragunov up, and reels him in, END OF- NO, Dragunov slips free, kicks low, and reels Corbin in! Dragunov gets Corbin up, but his body isn’t letting him lift! Dragunov refuses to let that stop him, and he gets Corbin up to POWERBOMB!!!

The fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Corbin goes to one corner, Dragunov goes to the adjacent. Dragunov climbs, and he blows a kiss to go COAST2COAST!!! But again, double-edged because of the bad ribs! Dragunov still drags himself to the far side, takes aim again, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” TORPEDO- END OF- NO!! Another escape, and SATELLITE DDT!! Dragunov will not be denied, H BOMB FOREARM!! And another!! Dragunov powers up, for a THIRD H BOMB FOREARM!! But he doesn’t cover? Dragunov hugs Corbin?

Dragunov goes back to the corner, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” And then TORPEDO MOSCOW!!!! Cover, Dragunov wins!!!

Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)

Perhaps Dragunov was telling Corbin thank you and good night, because he just put Corbin to bed! If the Mad Dragon cannot be slain, then who- Wait! here comes Trick to remind Dragunov of who is next. And wait, Melo is coming out, too? We fade out, is Melo simply standing with his guy to show support?


My Thoughts:

An awesome Deadline event, though that Steel Cage ended up being the weakest of the bunch. Even with them adding “No Escape” last minute, it just seemed so obvious there was going to be interference on behalf of Kiana. And it also was obvious it was gonna be Izzi after her having such an obvious part to play in this story. Kiana and Roxie are now 1-1, that Devil’s Playground stipulation was probably a lot too start the rivalry, but maybe they’ll have something really wild for the blowoff at New Year’s Evil.

Frazer VS Axiom was an awesome match for being just the Kickoff Show. Frazer is showing some good character stuff that might suggest a Heel turn, but Axiom getting the win is great. Opening with the North American title was a bit of a surprise, as was no Rhea anywhere, but we got a really good match, and a great result in Dragon Lee winning. Though, makes it feel like a weird curse is on the belt. Mustafa Ali was meant to win, he was let go, Trick won instead. Wes Lee was meant to win, got hurt, Dragon won instead. Let’s hope they don’t put this belt back on Dom to break the curse.

Great appearance by HBK & Punk, fun little interaction, but a rather silly tease that Punk’s gonna be in NXT. Punk didn’t bother going to ROH the whole time he was in AEW, he ain’t “signing” with NXT over Raw. Good match out of Melo VS King, but it was glaringly obvious King forgot to sell the bad hand. It hit the post, it got stomped on the steps, but he still used that hand to chop Melo like 20 more times after, as well as like body shots and stuff. But of course Melo wins, and of course the twists and turns aren’t over as King reveals he never actually attacked Trick. Maybe the reveal will be New Year’s Evil as we have the title match.

Awesome Iron Survivor matches, and I’m rather surprised it was Blair getting the win when Nikkita Lyons attacked her just last Tuesday. Maybe that was just Nikkita getting her shot in even though she’s not medically cleared yet. Also, Cora Jade just showing up, an interesting move but I guess she doesn’t want to be left out on the Road to Stand & Deliver. Lyra VS Blair at NYE, Cora wanting her shot, Lola going for a cash-in with her contract, the odds might be stacked against Lyra.

The men’s Iron Survivor took a little longer to get revved up, the fans didn’t seem to really care about Briggs and Dijak just slugging it out. But Bate helped get things going, and fans got to hate on Bron as he racked up points very quickly. And what a wild finish to help Trick get that comeback win! Fans love Trick, Trick is the right choice with the added drama of his story with Melo developing. And awesome main event for the NXT Championship, but of course Dragunov won.

Dragunov and Trick are going to have great stuff given their previous matches, but I can’t believe they faded out as Melo walked up behind Trick. Guess there wasn’t gonna be an “after the copyright box” moment like NXT/HHH is famous for doing. And I haven’t seen anything on social media, so maybe it was a tease of a turn, but then they should’ve kept filming so we could see nothing happened. It was a minor thing but still, WWE’s always been really sharp about this stuff.

My Score: 9/10


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Will Daddy Magic & Cool Hand Ange never rise?

Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker got the band back together and want those ROH World Tag Team Championships! Will Mike Bennett stop them before they begin?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH World Television Championship Proving Ground: Kyle Fletcher VS London Lightning; Kyle wins and denies London a title match.
  • The Workhorsemen VS Spanish Announce Project; The Workhorsemen win.
  • Nyla Rose VS Riea von Slasher; Nyla wins.
  • Satnam Singh VS Jimmy Jacobs; Singh wins.
  • Shane Taylor Promotions VS Jon Cruz & Artemis Spencer; Shane Taylor Promotions win.
  • Matthew Menard VS Mike Bennett w/ Matt Taven; Menard wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight VS Cole Karter, Griff Garrison & The Premier Athletes w/Mark Sterling; Lee, Action & Top Flight win.

PLAY BY PLAY

JD Drake speaks.

“Here I am again, just like I talked about the last time I was here: all by myself. Just because unfortunate circumstances happen doesn’t mean the work stops. So it’s time for me, I reckon, just like I said, to reach down, tighten up the bootstraps and get back to work. All by my lonesome.” But then Anthony Henry walks in! No more of that. Not today, not any day. They’ve been doing this since 2016, so they’ll keep doing this. So you know what time it is? Punch in, knock out! The Workhorsemen are riding together again, but will they get past the Spanish Announce Project?

 

ROH World Television Championship Proving Ground: Kyle Fletcher VS London Lightning!

The Aussie Arrow couldn’t help out Will Ospreay last night on Dynamite, but perhaps that was because Don Callis wanted him to be ready for tonight. Will Kyle prove he is The Protostar and the future of this business? Or will he be struck down by the Lightning?

The Code of Honor is not upheld as Kyle kicks the hand away, and the bell rings. The two circle, tie up, and go around. London wrenches but Kyle wrenches back. Kyle WRINGS the arm out, but London gets up fast. The fans taunt Kyle with “Your Hair’s Stupid!” Kyle just flips them off over his shoulder. The two tie up, Kyle gets around to waistlock and he SLAMS London down! Kyle flexes while London scrambles up. The two reset and feel things out, then tie up. London wrenches, Kyle spins and headlocks to hit the takeover! Kyle grinds but London endures. London fights up, powers out, then headlocks in return!

Kyle lifts, London fights the back suplex. Kyle powers through to back suplex but London lands on his feet! London ducks ‘n’ dodges then hurdles, to CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Kyle is up but London ROCKS him with right hands! Kyle kicks low, ROCKS London back, and then whips. London reverses and JUMP KNEES! Kyle bails out, the fans rally for London, and London PLANCHAS! Direct hit, but Kyle manages to shrug off the impact! Kyle drags London back up to suplex and BRAINBUSTER to the floor! London writhes and Kyle smirks. Kyle soaks up the heat while the ring count climbs. Kyle leaves London behind at 10 of 20.

The fans rally for London, but we’re at 16! 17! London slowly rises at 18, staggers about, and slides in at 19.5! Kyle mockingly applauds, then he stomps London down! Then he KICKS London in the back! The fans rally, Kyle lines up a shot and BODY BLOWS! Kyle grinds his forearm into London, then CHOPS him! London staggers, but he comes back to kick! London CHOPS Kyle again and again and the fans fire up! London runs but Kyle ELBOWS him down! London writhes and the fans rally up, but Kyle grins as he stands over London. Kyle then scoops to SLAM! Kyle paces, the fans rally, and London staggers back up.

Kyle scoops and SLAMS again! Kyle mockingly applauds and waits on London. London stands, but into another scoop and SLAM! But London’s right up! London fires off haymakers but Kyle kicks low. Kyle whips, London ducks ‘n’ dodges ‘n’ dodges more to LARIAT! Then atomic drop! Kyle swings, but into another atomic drop! London SPLASHES in the corner, drop toeholds and gator rolls to a suplex! The fans fire up for London and he goes to a corner. London hops up, leaps, FALLING AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Kyle is still in this but London refocuses. London whips, but Kyle BOOTS him away!

Kyle runs at the corner, but Lnodon BOOTS back! London goes up, but Kyle GAMANGIRIS! London falls to the apron then the floor, but Kyle builds speed! Kyle DIVES and direct hit on London! Kyle puts London in, runs corner to corner, GAMANGIRI! And then suplex to the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO?!? London lives and Kyle argues the count! The ref says it was a fair count, two is two. The fans rally for London but London is in a daze. London sits up, but Kyle snarls. Kyle aims and KICKS! London falls over, but he sits up again. Kyle eggs London on, and KICKS again! London stays seated, so Kyle KICKS, but London blocks!

London ROCKS Kyle with forearm after forearm, but Kyle ROCKS him right back! London fires more forearms, but Kyle gives those all back! London ducks to fire another flurry! London runs, but Kyle BOOTS him! Kyle reels London in but London back drops! And sits on it! TWO!! Kyle swings, misses, London SPINEBUSTERS! London steps through and Canada goes wild for the SHARPSHOOTER! The fans are thunderous but Kyle endures and crawls his way over! ROPEBREAK! But London drags him back! We’re under 90 SECONDS! Kyle turns London to a cradle, TWO!! Both men stand up, SUPERKICK from Kyle!

Kyle reels London back in, for the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Kyle wins!

Winner: Kyle Fletcher, by pinfall (denies London Lightning a title opportunity)

Literal last minute, but The Protostar puts this one away! Will Kyle Fletcher continue to prove he is the greatest ROH World Television Champion in history?

 

The Workhorsemen VS Spanish Announce Project!

We heard from JD Drake & Anthony Henry to start tonight, they’re both 100% and raring to go! But Angelico & Serpentico have been wanting after Cole Karter & Griff Garrison for one final fight. Who puts in the work and heads for the top?

The Code of Honor is upheld, teams sort out and we start with Scrap Metal and the South African Stud. They tie up, the fans rally, and Angelico wrenches to wristlock. JD endures, winds up, but Angelico catches him to a headlock. JD powers up and out, but Angelico rolls off JD’s back! JD hip tosses but Angelico makes it an arm-drag! JD runs up, RAMS Angelico, but Angelico rebounds and bypasses. JD blocks the hip toss to arm-drag for a cover! TWO, and JD sweeps to a cover! ONE, Angelico tries to sweep but JD’s too sturdy! JD kicks Angelico down, but Angelico avoids the senton! Angelico sweeps now, covers, ONE!

Both men stand up and the fans fire up! Angelico and JD reset, but then back up to their corners. The fans fire up as #SNAKEMAN and the Saint of Augusta tag in. Serpentico and Henry circle, tie up, and Henry wrenches. Serpentico rolls, wrenches, but Henry rolls and wrenches to slip around, spin Serpentico and snapmare him into a chinlock. The fans cheer the exchange, and Serpentico fights up. Serpentico pries free, wrenches Henry to a wristlock then snapmare, then ghost pin! TWO, and the two stand up. Serpentico  headlocks, Henry powers out, but Serpentico BOOTS him away! Then Serpentico goes up to RANA!

Things speed up, Henry turns arm-drag into takedown! Henry has a leg, Serpentico rolls and throws Henry, but Henry cartwheels through! Serpentico runs up, Henry drops down, arm-drags, but Serpentico arm-drags back! Henry hits a slick headlock takeover but Serpentico headscissors. Henry kips free, roles reverse as Serpentico hits the headlock takeover! Henry headscissors, Serpentico kips free, and both men handspring up! The fans fire up for the standoff! Serpentico nods, Henry is definitely 100%! They get all the fans fired up, then Henry BOOTS Serpentico! Henry mockingly gives a thumbs up to then give a thumbs down.

Henry runs up to forearm SMASH in the corner, tag to JD! LARAIT, NECK TWIST and slingshot SENTON! The Workhorsemen BLAST Angelico, then JD mocks the string tugging! JD drags Serpentico up but Serpentico CHOPS! JD doesn’t flinch, then he CHOPS Serpentico down! The fans “WOO~!” and even Henry checks on Serpentico. He’s okay! The fans want that “One More Time!” so JD stands Serpentico up in a corner, to JAB! JD shakes his head, he won’t do what the fans want. JD whips, then CHOPS after all! Serpentico sputters, JD tags Henry in, and Henry says he’s got one. Henry snapmares Serpentico to KICK him!

Tag to JD, and JD stomps Serpentico’s ribs. JD drags Serpentico up, CHOPS, but Serpentico DOUBLE CHOPS! And CHOPS! JD CHOPS, Serpentico CHOPS, repeat! Serpentico RODCKS Henry, ROCKS JD, then goes up to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! JD and Serpentico crawl, hot tag to Henry! Henry gets Serpentico’s leg, but Serpentico BOOTS him away! Hot tag to Angelico! The fans fire up as Angelico rallies on the Workhorsemen! Henry gets around, JD runs up, but Angelico BOOTS JD and RAMS Henry into buckles! Angelico arm-drags Henry, then uses him as a step to FLYING LARIAT JD!

The fans fire up but Henry SOBATS! Angelico ROCKS Henry! Angelico then eggs Henry on, gets him for a strike fest, then fires up with the fans! Angelico whips, Henry reverses but Angelico rolls off Henry’s back! Henry jumps the sweep but the EDDY GORDO KICK hits! Cover, TWO! Angelico calls to Serpentico, ROCKS Henry, then tags in Serpentico. The fans rally as Angelico gets Henry up, BACK SUPLEX AX HANDLE COMBO! Then Angelico holds the ropes open so Serpentico can DIVE onto JD! Down goes JD at the ramp and the fans fire up! Angelico gets Henry up, clinches, FLATLINER! Serpentico goes up again, but GRIFF & KARTER are here!

The SAP get distracted by Maria’s baby boys, Henry trips Serpentico up! JD gets in to clinch and BELLY2BELLY Angelico right outta the ring! Henry runs to METEORA Serpentico! Feed to JD, WORKIN’ NINE TO FIVE! Cover, Workhorsemen win!

Winners: The Workhorsemen, by pinfall

Give the assist to Griff & Karter, and they mug Angelico! They know SAP wants revenge but they’re striking first! The fans boo, but now they beat up on Serpentico! Griff gets a chair! Karter drags Serpentico up, Griff takes aim, but Angelico anchors Karter! Serpentico mule kicks Griff! Serpentico gets the chair, but Griff dodges the chair shot! Only for Angelico to send him into steel steps! SAP stand tall tonight, will they be the ones on top at the end of this war?

 

Matthew Menard speaks.

“Now, a lot of you guys gotta be wondering, ‘Daddy Magic, this is a tag team situation, where’s your tag team partner?’ That is a great question. And the answer: I have no idea! I dunno if he’s got a Lamaze class, I dunno if he’s got a little morning sickness, NO idea what the problem is. But I’ll tell you this right now, what I do know, is that tonight, I got a gigantic opportunity in front of me. So Mike Bennett, you little Bean Town B*TCH! We’re in Canada tonight, baby! And I’ll tell ya this: Daddy Magic gets a win over you in the middle of that ring, Cool Hand Ange, Daddy Magic, we got a opportunity at the tag team championships. And THAT, that makes Daddy Magic’s nipples hard.”

 

ROH hears from Marina Shafir.

The Problem is back in the MMA gym, sharpening her skills. “My father was a calculated man. He taught me that in life, you’re gonna have a lot of problems. Some will be big, and others will be small. Some you’ll see coming, and others will sneak up right behind you. He showed me how problems are resilient, moldable, and relentless. So he taught me to become my own problem. And now, I’m gonna teach you.” Marina takes her son’s hand, and the next generation begins here. Will Marina be a Problem the rest of the ROH Women’s Division cannot solve?

 

Matthew Menard VS Mike Bennett w/ Matt Taven!

Daddy Magic spoke his mind earlier but now it’s time to take action! Will Menard win some golden tickets for him and Cool Hand Ange? Or will The Kingdom nip this challenge in the bud?

The Code of Honor is upheld, but Menard holds on at the bell. Bennett gets mad, kicks low, reels Menard in, but Menard back drops free! The fans fire up while Bennett bails out. Menard is fired up, too, but he waits on the “Beat Town B*tch!” Bennett says that’s unnecessary. Bennett slides in, he eggs Menard on but the fans are all behind “DADDY MAGIC!” Bennett frowns, especially as Menard revels in the cheers. Menard tells Taven to kiss his ass! The fans cheer that, and Menard circles with Bennett. They tie up, go around, and Bennett headlocks for the takeover. Bennett says kiss HIS ass! Menard endures the grind and fights up.

Menard powers up and out of the hold, but Bennett runs him over! Bennett flexes, the fans boo, then thinsg speed up. Menard sets up but Bennett reels him in! But Menard back drops after all! Then he clotheslines Bennett up and out! The fans fire up, Taven checks Bennett, and Menard storms out after Bennett to RAM him into the barriers! The fans fire up as Menard rains down fists against the barriers! The fans count to TEN, then Menard lets off to tell Taven off! But Bennett mule kicks! Menard sputters, Bennett whips, but Menard reverses and Bennett hits steel steps! Menard storms after Bennett, drags him up, and SMACKS him off the commentary desk!

Bennett staggers, Menard ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! Taven talks trash and that distracts Menard, Bennett ROCKS him! Bennett whips, Menard reverses, but Bennett rebounds to CLOBBER Menard! Bennett says night night while relaxing on the apron. Then Bennett refreshes the count, gets Menard up and whips him into steel steps! Bennett takes a bow, blows kisses, then drags Menard up and into the ring. Cover, ONE! Menard is still in this but Bennett stays on him with a chinlock. The fans rally for “DADDY MAGIC!” and he fights up! Menard fires body shots and forearms! Menard runs, but Bennett DROPKICKS him down!

Taven applauds but the fans boo. Menard swipes at Taven, Bennett drags Menard up to CLUB him down. Bennett CLUBS Menard again, snapmares, then clamps on another chinlock. Menard endures, even as Bennett squeezes tight and leans on him. The fans rally, Menard fights up again and he throws body shots. Menard ROCKS Bennett, whips, but Bennett stops to KICK the back drop! Then ROLLING ELBOW, and Bennett reels Menard in! But again, back drop! Menard sits on the sunset, TWO!! Bennett finishes the sunset, ONE!! Menard hurries but Bennett gets him for a KIMURA! The fans rally as Menard endures the double wristlock!

Menard fights around, Bennett hooks a leg to slow him down. Menard gets the legs free, reaches out, and the fans continue to rally up! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Bennett lets go, and Taven even tugs at the ropes! The ref reprimands Taven, Bennett looms over Menard and tells the fans to kiss his ass! Bennett stands Menard up, reels him in, but Menard fights the piledriver again! Bennett fires knee after knee, then tries once more! Menard fights it still, so Bennett gives him more knees! But Menard DUMPS Bennett up and out of the ring! Taven checks Bennett while the fans fire up! Menard catches his breath, heads out and he follows Bennett up the ramp.

Bennett mule kicks Menard again! Bennett reels Menard in one more time, but Menard back drops him onto the ramp! Bennett writhes and flounders his way back down the ramp and Taven says the piledriver is no longer worth it. Just finish Menard with some other move. Taven helps Bennett back to ringside and gets him in at 15 of 20. Menard hurries as Taven wants the count go go faster, and Menard storms in at 17! Bennett runs up to ROCK Menard! Menard ROCKS Bennett! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder! The fans rally as they pick up speed, too! Menard fires a flurry and then he climbs up in a corner!

The fans fire up as Menard rains down fists! Menard goes all the way to TEN! Menard hops down, whips Bennett corner to corner, then runs up, but into an ELBOW! Bennett goes up, leaps, but Menard catches the dropkick! Menard turns Bennett, for the BOSTON CRAB! Bennett endures as Menard sits deep! Taven coaches Bennett, then gets on the apron! The ref reprimands, Menard swings but Taven gets away! But Bennett fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Menard survives and the fans fire up! Bennett and Taven are both shocked, but Bennett goes to a corner. Menard stands, Bennett runs in, but Menard KICKS him first!

Menard reels Bennett in, DDT! Cover, TWO! Bennett gets out of that, and Taven slides a tag title into the ring! The ref gets that belt outta there, but Taven slides in! Bennett grabs Menard with chicken wings, and Taven pours something out of a little bag! But Menard ducks, POCKET SAND goes into Bennett! Menard says here it comes! CUTTER for Taven! CUTTER for Bennett!! Cover, MENARD WINS!!

Winner: Matthew Menard, by pinfall

The Kingdom tried to get tricky, but they only messed themselves up! Menard wins big for him and Parker, but Taven CLOBBERS Menard! The fans boo as Taven stomps away! Bennett goes outside to grab the other tag title! Taven sets Menard up for the BELT SHOT!! They’re just lucky Parker is busy on his honeymoon with Ruby Soho. But will Menard & Parker ever rise to the occasion and take those titles from The Kingdom?

 

Backstage interview with Athena & Billie Starkz.

Lexy Nair is with the ROH Women’s World & ROH Women’s World Television Champions, and says this is an Emergency Minion Empowerment Meeting. Queen Aminata put her hands on Athena AGAIN! She has embarrassed MIT and this is ridiculous! Billie says hold on, boss, because Billie’s got something to say. “These girls wanna talk, talk, talk like it’s their show. This is MIT’s show! This is her show!” Lexy points to herself but Athena says Billie of course means Athena. Billie says if Aminata wants to throw hands, then catch some, too! Lexy says, “Baddest one hits first!”

Billie also tells Red Velvet that while she likes to talk, talk, talk, what has she really done since coming here? Athena says NOTHING. And they get it, they attacked the top of the food chain cuz they’re struggling to stay relevant. Well, Athena is glad they stepped up. Velvet & Aminata can call themselves whatever they want. They can say they’re juicy, say that they’re queens, but at the end of the day, they can never say that they are champions. Belt clink! So how about you stir that up, b*tch!? Let’s go. Athena & Billie head out, then they pull Lexy along. Will no one ever dethrone the Fallen Goddess and her protege?

 

8 Man Tag: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight VS Cole Karter, Griff Garrison & The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

While Menard & Parker want after the tag titles, so do all eight of these men! Big Shotty joins up with The Sight to See & The Martin Brothers against Maria’s baby boys and Smart Mark’s stable, who will hit the mark and climb up the ROH ranks?

The teams sort out and Darius Martin starts against Ariya Daivari. They keep the Code of Honor juts barely, and the bell rings. They circle, tie up, and Darius headlocks. Darius hits the headlock takeover, Daivari fights up, and Daivari powers up and out. Darius rolls over the dropdown, keeps moving, and turns hip toss into backslide! TWO, but Darius wrenches to hook and roll for a cover, TWO! Daivari gets up but into an arm-drag! The fans rally, Daivari fights up and pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Daivari RAMS Darius into the corner. Daivari CHPOS, then tags Tony Nese. The Premier Athletes mug Darius, then Nese puts Darius in a corner.

Nese grinds a forearm into Darius’ face, the ref counts, and Nese lets off. Nese runs in, Darius goes up and over to DROPKICK! Darius storms up on Nese, tags Action, and they snapmare to then KICK, basement dropkick, and cover, TWO! Action stays cool but Sterling protests, there’s something in those boots! Action drags Nese up, but Nese pulls hair! Nese puts Action in the corner, smothers him, but lets off as the ref counts. Nese ELBOWS Action, whips corner to corner, but Action goes up and over. Action keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, then tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Nese staggers up into a DROPKICK!

The fans fire up and Action runs, IMPLODER TORNILLO! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Daivari coaches Nese, but Action brings Nese up. Nese gets free to throat chop! Nese ROCKS Action, bumps him off buckles then fires body shots! Tag to Karter and he brings Action around. Karter CLUBS Action, suplexes him, and holds him up! But Action slips free! Action waistlocks, Karter switches, but Action slides under, leaps over, tag to Lee! Big Shotty gets around to headlock, but Karter powers up and out. Lee goes up and over, shoots around again, shoves and hurdles, then drops to DROPKICK! Griff runs up, but Lee DROPKICKS him, too!

Nese runs in, Lee dodges and LARIATS! The fans fire up, Lee beats his chest, and he takes aim at everyone on the outside! Sterling freaks out, PLANCHA for Daivari! Lee turns around, Nese CLOBBERS him! Top Flight is kept back by the ref and Nese puts Lee in for Karter to stomp away! Karter drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles, then tags Griff. They mug Lee, then the Ivy League MVP scoops Lee for SLAM! Cover, ONE, but Griff clamps on a chinlock. The fans rally for “TOP FLIGHT! SHOTTY!” Tag to Nese, he and Griff mug Lee, then Nese CHOPS! Nese taunts Top Flight, but when did Dante grab Karter’s “I <3 Hot Moms” shirt?

Nese fires off on Lee, but Lee fires back! Daivari grabs Lee and Nese DROPKICKS! The ref reprimands but Daivari tags in. The Premier Athletes fires off hands on Lee! The ref reprimands, the fans boo, but Sterling tells the fans to shut up. Daivari scoops Lee, carries him around, then SLAMS him! Daivari stomps Lee, stays between him and Top Flight, then stomps him. Daivari spins Lee around, stomps him again, and Lee writhes. Tag to Griff, he and Daivari stomp Lee, then Griff shoves Dante! The ref keeps Dante back, Griff brings Lee up and over to his corner. Tag to Daivari, the mugging continues and Lee clutches his ribs.

Daivari snapmares Lee, then KNEES him in the back! Daivari clamps on a chinlock, then grinds Lee into the mat, The fans rally as Lee endures, but Sterling says to shut up! Lee fights up, fires body shots, but Daivari ROCKS him! Lee ROCKS Daivari, repeat! They go back and forth, faster and faster! Lee fires shot after shot, but Daivari blocks the kick! The ENZIGIRI hits! Both men are down, they crawl for the corners, hot tag to Nese! Nese STOMPS Lee first! Nese keeps Lee from Top Flight, taunts the fans, and suplexes, only for Lee to slip free! Lee hits a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Both men are down and the fans fire back up!

Lee crawls, Sterling shouts for Nese to tag out! Hot tags to Griff and Dante! Angel Dorado goes up and over Griff, BLASTS the rest, then he fires off hands on Griff! The fans fire up as Dante hammers away on Griff! Dante roars, drags Griff up and whips, but Griff reverses. Griff runs in, Dante slips out, up and over, then GAMANGIRIS! Dante then goes up and up and springboard CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Dante takes off the shirt, uses it to block Karter’s boot, and LARIATS Karter down! Dante shows off the shirt, and says OLE as Griff runs in! Dante BLASTS Griff, then calls in Top Flight and Lee!

The fans fire up as all four men take aim, Dante and Action build speed, STEREO TOPES AND STEREO PLANCHAS!! Direct hits all around and the fans are thunderous! Dante gets Griff in, spins him and hits the INVERTED GUT WRENCH! Cover, Nese & Daivari break it! Everyone jumps in and it is a brawl! The Premier Athletes TOSS Darius, TOSS Lee, and stomp away on Action! They double whip Action, but he handsprings to DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! Action kips up and nods, but Karter storms up! Karter whips, Action goes to the apron then ROCKS Karter! Action goes up but Karter trips him up!

Action tumbles down, but Dante climbs! Griff runs up, Dante drops back to GAMANGIRI! Dante goes back up, aims, but Sterling gets on the apron! The ref argues with him, and Griff trips Dante up! Griff drags Dante down, Karter goes looking for something! Karter slips a chair into the ring! The chair is wedged into a corner, then Griff & Karter stomp on Dante. But here’s SERPENTICO! He undoes the chair and Sterling is furious! Karter storms out after Serpentico, but now Serpentico has that chair! Karter backs off, Griff turns around into a JUMP KNEE! Dante brings Griff around, half nelson for the SWINGING BOMB! Cover, Top Flight wins!

Winner: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight, by pinfall

Spanish Announce Project get their revenge already tonight as they make sure Maria’s baby boys get nothing! Will Big Shotty and the high-flyers be cruising towards title opportunities?


My Thoughts:

A very nice episode of ROH at just 69 minutes. Good squash wins in the middle of the episode, and very good promo from Athena & Billie to call out Aminata & Velvet, thereby setting up each of those title matches for… Wow, it’s probably gonna be Death Before Dishonor in two months? That’s Tony Khan’s pacing for ya. Great return from injury for Anthony Henry, but I do appreciate they protected SAP’s loss by having Karter & Griff interfere. Great 8 Man Tag main event to also flip things around so that SAP make sure Karter & Griff lose. SAP VS Griff & Karter needs to have its true blowoff once and for all, a ladder match for Serpentico’s mask. Next week can announce it, then the week after that it happens so that both teams move on for the summer.

Great promo from Menard to hype up the really good match between him and Bennett. Great win for Menard, he and Parker are surely getting their shot at the tag titles, but I don’t know if they can wait two months for Death Before Dishonor. They can have the tag title match in a couple weeks, Kingdom cheats to retain, tag title contender build in June to determine challenges for DBD. And great Proving Ground from Kyle and London, but of course Kyle wins. Kyle still has a part to play in this Don Callis story, here’s hoping he stays on Ospreay’s side and they become United Empire in AEW while for whatever reason, Cassidy joins Don Callis.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/22/24)

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A Block Round 7, but B Block Round 6!

It’s a little complicated, but A Block’s going again while B Block’s getting back up. Point is, Best of the Super Juniors 31 is in the home stretch!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Kosei Fujita; Titan wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Dragon Dia; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Bushi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney; Drilla wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS HAYATA; Hayata wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS Ninja Mack; Taiji wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS Clark Connors; Despe wins, by disqualification.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: TJP VS Blake Christian; TJP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS SHO; Sho wins.

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Here are the current A Block standings!

El Desperado: 4-2, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-2, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-2, 8 points
Titan: 4-2, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-3, 6 points
HAYATA: 3-3, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-4, 4 points
BUSHI: 2-4, 4 points
TJP: 2-4, 4 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-4, 4 points

 

BREAKING NEWS for Francesco Akira!

As reported by NJPW just yesterday, The Nova Fireball’s knee injury has taken him out of the tournament. The remaining matches he was scheduled to have will now be scored as “loss by forfeit,” and the points have already been awarded. Therefore…

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

KUSHIDA: 4-1, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-2, 6 points
SHO: 3-3, 6 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 3-2, 6 points
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points
Ninja Mack: 2-3, 4 points
Dragon Dia: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Kosei Fujita!

El Inmortal is still alive in the block, but the Ichiban Young Punk needs this win! The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but do they still fall short? Or will Fujita ruin Titan’s chances of returning to the finals?

The bell rings, they tie up, then break. They tie up again, Fujita wrenches and wrenches and wristlocks. Titan rolls, kips up, bridges back to handspring again, then he arm-drags free. Fujita runs up into a sweep, cover, ONE! Fujita sweeps to cover, ONE! Titan kips up again and the fans cheer. Titan and Fujita reset, tie up, and Titan trips Fujita. Titan runs, cartwheels over Fujita, then dodges him, Fujita stops himself, Titan runs in but Fujita puts him on the apron. Titan blocks a punch to GAMANGIRI! Titan springboards to CROSSBODY! The fans fire up and Titan DROPKICKS Fujita down!

Fujita bails out, Titan builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Young Lions keep Fujita from hitting the front row! Titan clutches his arm, it still beat up from last night. Titan roars and rises up, and the fans rally behind him. Titan drags Fujita up, puts him in the ring, and then covers, TWO! Fujita’s still in this and the fans applaud. Titan stomps Fujita, drags him up, and then fireman’s carries. Fujita fights free, fires a forearm, but Titan gives it back. They go back and forth, the fans rally up, and Fujita kicks low. Fujita throws forearms, but Titan SUPERKICKS! Fujita HEEL KICKS! Fujita runs, but Titan goes Matrix to dodge!

Titan then CALF KICKS and whips. Fujita reverses to LEG LARIAT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Fujita goes to ropes on one side, Titan goes to the other. Fujita runs in to STRADDLE ATTACK! Fujita keeps moving and he PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Fujita drags Titan up. Fujita ROCKS Titan, whips, but Titan blocks. Fujita ROCKS Titan, whips him but Titan reverses to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up again and rally as Titan pounds the mat. Titan roars and rises, then drags Fujita around to step through and deathlock! But Fujita rolls it back, slips free, and he hooks Titan up now! CROSS CAMEL!

Titan reaches out, but Fujita gets the arms! QUEEN ANGELITO, but Titan fights to the ROPEBREAK! The fans fire up and Fujita roars! Fujita goes to a corner, aims at Titan and runs in, but Titan BOOTS! Fujita blocks that to ROCK Titan with a forearm! Fujita runs but Titan follows! LOCO LARIAT! The fans fire up and Titan goes to the apron! Titan climbs the corner, DIVING- NO, Fujita avoids the stomps! Titan comes back, but Fujita GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fujita can’t keep the bridge because of the bad arm, but he just deadlifts Titan for another GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging this time, TWO! Titan survives but Fujita isn’t done!

Fujita waistlocks again, deadlifts again, but Titan fights the suplex with elbows! Titan runs, wheelbarrows, then rolls through to get the legs! Deathlock, JAVE INMORTAL!! Fujita endures, but now it’s the STRAITJACKET! Fujita quits, Titan wins!!

Winner: Titan, by submission (gains 2 points; Fujita earns 0)

Titan’s been on a roll with that devastating hold! Will El Inmortal return to the finals and take the trophy home? Will Fujita just have to settle to being a spoiler in these remaining rounds?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Dragon Dia!

The Sniper of the Skies gets free points from Francesco Akira’s misfortune, but the Infinity Carat Diamond is out of luck. Will Dia shift into spoiler mode and ruin things for Robbie? Or will Eagles still fly high towards the top of the block?

The fans rally and duel already, and Eagles tries to figure out who is getting more. The bell rings, the two rush in, but then back off. Eagles has Dia take it easy, and they circle. Eagles gest a leg, trips Dia and rolls to get the RON MILLER SPECIAL! Dia gets the ROPEBREAK, the fans cheer and Eagles slowly lets off. Eagles slaps Dia around, whips but Dia blocks to CHOP! The fans cheer and Dia whips. Eagles blocks now, so Dia CHOPS again! Eagles drops to a knee, but Dia brings him up to whip. Eagles reverses to go up and around an darm-drag! Things speed up. Eagles hurdles but Dia hurdles back.

Dia runs, ducks the boot and tilt-o-whirl arm-drags! Then he DROPKICKS Eagles out! Eagles rewinds and RANAS! Dia runs up but into a WHEEL KICK! Eagles kips up, Dia bails out, and the fans rally up! Eagles builds speed but has to stop as Dia slides in! Dia fakes the plancha, mule kicks, then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit but Dia holds onto a knee. Dia shakes it out and fires up as he walks over. The fans applaud and Dia gets Eagles in the ring. Dia hops in, goes up, and aims for D D D- NO, Eagles moves, the leg jams, and then Eagles CHOP BLOCKS! Dia writhes and the fans duel a bit more as Eagles storms over to Dia.

Eagles and the fans get a “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” going! “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” The fans cheer and Eagles brings Dia around to step through and tie up the legs in a deathlock. Eagles then uses Dia as a skateboard! Eagles then SNAP LOCKS, and he lets Dia go. Dia clutches that leg, Eagles scuffs him and eggs him on. Dia CHOPS back, but Eagles eggs him on. Dia CHOPS again, so Eagles DRAGON SLEEPERS! Dia fights up, throws shots from below and gets free. But Eagles dropkicks the bad leg!

The fans rally as Dia crawls but Eagles is on him. Eagles sits Dia up to KICK! And KICK! And KICKS! Dia gets mad, Eagles pie faces and LEG LARIATS! Dia is folded up and the fans fire up. Eagles pounds the mat, the fans clap along, and he goes corner to corner, but Dia dodges the double knees! Dia goes to the apron, GAMANGIRIS, then avoids the low 619! Dia trips Eagles to slingshot TORNILLO SPLASH! The fans fire up and Eagles goes to ropes. Dia runs in to 619! Eagles staggers, Dia runs up to tilt-o-whirl and DEJA VU SPIKE! Eagles falls over, Dia STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up and Dia stands Eagles up. Dia runs, rolls, but no Reptilians here! Eagles rolls Dia to a schoolboy bridge, TWO! RON MILLER- BOOT! Dia is free to SOBAT, but Eagles blocks! Eagles reels Dia in, TURBO- NO, Dia goes up and around, MYSTERIO RANA! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives but Dia goes to the corner! Dia runs back in, rolls and REPTILIAN- NO, Eagles fireman’s carries! But Dia fights it to the REPTILIAN KAI! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and the fans are thunderous! Dia roars, and he goes to the corner! Dia climbs, aims, and D D D D- NO! Eagles stops the 4DT, ties up the legs, and DOUBLE KNEE CRUSHERS!

Eagles SUPERKICKS Dia down, goes out then up, for the 450 onto legs! Dia writhes, Eagles steps through to RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Dia flails, reaches out, but Eagles drags him from ropes! Dia TAPS, Eagles wins!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission (gains 2 points; Dia earns 0)

Dia still has the goose egg in his win column after being shot down by The Sniper! Will Dia ever get points on the board? Will Eagles be unstoppable on his rise to the top?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

This is truly a make or break moment for Black Mask and Heel Master. Only one man can stay alive in the block, who will do whatever it takes to win?

But as Bushi is introduced, Kanemaru attacks! The fans boo as Kanemaru stomps Bushi on the floor! Kanemaru drags Bushi up, POSTS Him, and Bushi falls in a heap. Kanemaru stomps Bushi, drags him up, puts him in the ring, and the bell rings. Kanemaru whips Bushi then dropkicks Bushi’s legs out. Kanemaru grabs the bad leg to SMASH the knee on the mat! Kanemaru then drags Bushi to the corner, and he SLAMS the leg into the post! The ref reprimands, Bushi flops out of the ring, and the fans rally up. Kanemaru stomps Bushi, leaves him behind, and the fans rally as Bushi sits up.

Bushi wants to get in the ring but Kanemaru is near the ropes. The ref has Kanemaru give Bushi space and Bushi slides in. Kanemaru goes right after Bushi with stomps! Kanemaru takes Bushi’s shirt away then stomps away some more. Kanemaru drags Bushi and drops an elbow on the knee! Kanemaru has the toehold, Bushi endures, and Bushi drags Kanemaru along to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets go at 4. Kanemaru stomps Bushi to a corner, then drags him up. Kanemaru whips corner to cornre but Bushi barely makes it. Kanemaru runs in but Bushi BOOTS him! And then PENDULUM- NO, Kanemaru stops the kicks!

Kanemaru drags Bushi in, whips him again, but Bushi holds ropes. Kanemaru runs in, Bushi puts him on the apron! Bushi dropkicks the legs out! The fans rally and Bushi WRECKS Kanemaru with another dropkick! The fans rally again, Bushi builds speed, but Kanemaru’s back to dropkick the legs out! Bushi bails out, Kanemaru pursues and he grabs the bad leg. Kanemaru SMASHES the knee on the floor! Kanemaru leaves Bushi behind and the ring count begins. Bushi is still down at 5 of 20, sits up at 8, and rises up at 11. Bushi shakes out the bad leg, hobbles around at 16, and slides in at 18! Kanemaru dropkicks the leg agian!

Kanemaru drags Bushi around, steps through, but Bushi kicks him away! Kanemaru kicks again but Bushi blocks, CLUBS the leg, then dropkicks it out! Bushi gets his own leg moving, runs, but Kanemaru uses the ref as a shield! Bushi moves him aside, Kanemaru blocks the kick! Kanemaru ducks the enzigiri, but not the REWIND HEEL! The fans fire up as Bushi runs up again. CODE- NO, Kanemaru stops the Code Breaker, and then THROWS Bushi at the ref! Kanemaru gets the leg and he SMASHES the knee! The fans boo but Kanemaru goes for his whiskey! Kanemaru doesn’t bother with a sip, he just takes aim! BOTTLE SMASH to the leg!

Kanemaru steps through, but gets BLACK MIST!! Kanemaru staggers around blind, and Bushi goes up! M X!! Cover, BUSHI WINS!

Winner: Bushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

The Black Mask gets the better of the Heel Master, and now Kanemaru is DONE! With no chance at a top spot, will Kanemaru just have to settle for being a spoiler? Can Bushi make that dark horse run at the top a reality?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney!

The Timesplitter leads the block, but time could be running out. Plus, 44 Caliber is aiming for the kill, will he hit the mark? Or can Kushida avoid disaster and head Back to the Future?

Kushida’s on the corner for his introduction, but Drilla rushes him! Kushida jumps up an dover, rolls through and then dodges Drilla’s boot! Drilla fires haymakers, but so does Kushida! Kushida whips, Drilla reverses, and the bell rings right before Kushida FLYING FOREARMS Drilla! The fans are all fired up as Kushida dumps Drilla out, then runs. Drilla avoids the baseball slide, but Kushida keeps him from sliding away. Drilla keeps Kushida from sliding in, and spins him around, for a DRAPING DDT to the floor! The ref reprimands then checks Kushida. The fans rally up, Drilla finally takes his own vest off, and he looms over Kushida.

The ref wants this in the ring, Drilla mocks Kushida checking his watch, and Drilla leaves Kushida behind. Kushida grits his teeth as he clutches a shoulder, and the ring count climbs. Drilla paces, a wild dog behind the fence as it were. Kushida is still down at 10 of 20, even Drilla dares Kushida to get up. Kushida rises at 15 and slides in at 16. Drilla drags Kushida up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Kushida is still in this and the fans applaud. Drilla digs a boot into Kushida’s neck and shoulder, and he pulls on Kushida’s head! The ref counts as Drilla claws at Kushida’s eyes! Drilla lets go at 4, and Kushida crawls.

Drilla stalks Kushida, drags him up and CLUBS him on the neck! Drilla stalks Kushida around, then CHOKES him on the ropes! The ref counts, Drilla lets off at 4, and Drilla backs the ref down to a corner. Drilla then goes back for Kushida, drags him up and hooks him up for a chinbar style abdominal stretch! Kushida endures, pries free and throws elbows. Kushida kicks but Drilla dodges! Drilla drops down for a headlock but Kushida headscissors for the cradle! TWO!! Drilla CLOBBERS Kushida! Kushida bails out, finally takes his own vest off, but Drilla is there to RAM him into the apron! Drilla UPPERCUTS Kushida, then follows him around the corner.

Drilla storms up on Kushida, UPPERCUTS again, but Kushida gets in Drilla’s face now. Drilla CHOPS, then KICKS, then he clamps on that chinbar! Kushida endures, the ref reprimands, and Drilla ELBOWS Kushida down. Drilla leaves Kushida behind again and demands a ring count. The count begins, Kushida stands at 3 and slides in at 4. The fans rally up but Drilla ROCKS Kushida with a right. Drilla mocks Kushida, Kushida snarls but Drilla fires more forearms! The fans rally, Kushida storms back up and fires forearms of his own! They go back and forth, Drilla pie faces Kushida, so Kushida fires a flurry!

But Drilla gets under, spins Kushida, but Kushida ducks to then get the arm! Drilla steps over and ENZIGIRIS! But the FASTBALL hits back! The fans fire up for the Masahiro Tanaka and we’re at the five minute mark. Kushida STOMPS Drilla’s hands! Kushida eggs Drilla on, baits him into an ELBOW, then goes up to QUEBRADA! Kushida then hurries back up, for a MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Drilla’s tough and the fans rally up, but Kushida clamps onto the fingers! Drilla breaks free but Kushida KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Drilla falls and goes to a corner while the fans fire up again. Kushida powers up, runs in, and SHOTEIS!

Kushida puts Drilla up top, climbs, but Drilla slips under! CHOP to the leg! Drilla then drags Kushida off the corner into DRILLA- NO, Kushida slips free! But Drilla ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, TWO! Kushida leaps on, but Drilla pushes the Hoverboard away. Kushida comes back to RAM that bad arm! Then he jumps on, HOVER- NO, SPINEBUSTER! And DOUBLE STOMP ELBOW DROP COMBO! Kushida flounders out of the ring and Drilla pursues. Kushida still wants the arm, but Drilla RAMS him into the apron! Drilla follows Kushida to the corner and grabs for him, but Kushida YANKS Drilla into the post first!

Kushida YANKS Drilla into the post again, and then goes up the corner! Kushida pulls Drilla’s arm into the crossbar! The ref counts, Kushida lets go, and Drilla drops back. The ring count starts, the fans rally, but both men are still outside at 10. Drilla drags himself up but the bad arm lets go of the ropes! Kushida is in at 15, Drilla rises at 17! Drilla shakes out the bad arm, and rolls in at 19! Kushida PENALTY KICKS the bad arm! Kushida whips then hip tosses! Cartwheel and DROPKICK! Drilla staggers, Kushida gest the arm, KIMURA! Drilla endures, fights up, but now it’s the HOVERBOARD!! Drilla flails, reaches out, tries to stack, TWO!!

Kushida lets Drilla go and Drilla CHOPS! Kushida PELES! Drilla wobbles, Kushida whips, but Drilla reverses. Kushida handsprings but into DRILLA KILLA!! Cover, DRILLA WINS!!

Winner: “Drilla” Moloney, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kushida earns 0)

Kushida tried to make Drilla into a one-armed man, but it wasn’t enough to stop him! Is Kushida’s comeback running out of time? Will the Best of the Super Juniors end up being an Abunai Gaijin?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS HAYATA!

The Jet is squarely in the middle of the block right alongside the GHC National Champion. But will Knight be able to take flight? Or will he be left in the Silence of Darkness?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They slowly circle, Hayata avoids Knight’s leg pick, and the two tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Knight wrenches then wristlocks. Hayata wrenches back, but Knight rolls handsprings, and wrenches gain. Knight snapmares then drops a knee on the arm! The fans cheer and Knight keeps on the armlock. Knight brings Hayata up, wrenches again, then cording holds. Hayata slips through, wrenches, but Knight slips through to headlock for the takeover. Hayata headscissors, Knight kips free and the fans cheer. The two reset, circle, and they tie up.

Hayata trips Knight, things speed up, and Knight hurdles, hurdles, then follows. Hayata sidesteps but Knight goes up and over. Knight then arm-drags Hayata, arm-drags again, then runs up and springboards to FLYING arm-drag! The fans fire up and Hayata bails out. Knight aims, but has to stop the plancha as Hayata moves aside. Knight lands on the apron, jumps again, but Hayata YANKS him down! The fans cheer and rally up while Hayata shakes out the arms. Hayata brings Knight up, POSTS him, then brings him back up. Hayata headlocks Knight, brings him around and POSTS him again! The fans are torn but Hayata stalks Knight.

The ring count starts, Hayata drags Knight up at 5 of 20, then into the ring at 7. The fans applaud, and Hayata stalks Knight more. Hayata stomps Knight, CLUBS him, then snapamres. Hayata runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this, the fans rally, but Hayata clamps on with a headlock. Hayata grinds Knight down but Knight endures. The fans rally as Knight fights up, only for Hayata to wrangle him back down! Knight pries at the hold, fights up, and throws body shots. Hayata CLAWS the eyes! The ref reprimands but Hayata whips Knight to ropes. Knight hurdles over the lariat to then PELE! The fans fire up while both men are down!

Knight crawls to a corner as the fans rally. Knight runs back in at Hayata, to STINGER SPLASH! Then a whip and DROPKICK! Hayata bails out again, and the fans fire up as Knight kips up! Knight builds speed, slides as Hayata moves, then goes to the corner for the PLANCHA! Direct hit and Knight shouts “TSUYOI~!” The fans cheer and even high-five Knight, and he gets Hayata up and in the ring. Knight aims, springboards, but Hayata dodges! Knight comes back, to SKY 2 HIGH! Cover, TWO! Hayata survives and the fans fire up again! Knight watches Hayata stir and the fans rally. Knight runs up, SATELLITE- NO, Hayata stops the DDT!

Knight kicks, whips, but Hayata reverses to arm-drag! And atomic drop! Hayata runs and BULLDOGS Knight down! The fans still rally, Hayata BASEMENT ENZIGIRIS! Cover, TWO! Knight survives and the fans cheer! Hayata gets annoyed but he and Knight slowly rise. Hayata goes to a corner, runs back in and SHOTGUNS Knight into the other corner! Knight slumps down and the fans rally up! Hayata brings Knight in, TORNADO- NO, Knight stops the DDT to put Hayata on the corner! CHOP and UPPER ROOM! Hayata writhes and the fans fire up! Knight gets Hayata up, fireman’s carries, but Hayata slips free to cradle! TWO!!

Hayata dodges Knight to slip around, sunset, then Oklahoma! TWO and Knight cradles, TWO!! Hayata escapes, Knight feints the superkick to ROUNDHOUSE! Knight resets, Hayata rises, and Knight runs up to SATELLITE- NO, still no DDT! Hayata gets Knight around for the 403 IMPACT!! Cover, Hayata wins!

Winner: Hayata, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Knight earns 0)

Both Jet Setters get grounded in the same round! Will all flights to the semifinals be grounded? Will the GHC National Champion prove he is the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS Ninja Mack!

Francesco Akira’s withdrawal ended up giving points to Hiromu, Douki, Eagles & Sho, and that ended up bumping The Bone Soldier down a couple spots! Will he take his frustrations out on the American Shinobi? Or will the Mack Attack only add to his misery?

The bell rings, Mack offers a handshake, but Taiji kicks it away. They tie up, go around, Mack goes for a leg but Taiji holds it off. They reset, feel things out, and clinch. They end up on ropes and the ref calls the break. Mack lets off clean and the fans applaud. The two reset and tie up again, and Taiji headlocks. Mack powers up to put Taiji on ropes then power out of the hold. Taiji runs Mack over and fans applaud. Things speed up, Mack drops then hurdles, but Taiji leaps over. Mack stands and strikes his fighting stance! Then finger gun to taunt Taiji! Taiji runs in, but into a drop toehold and LION’S BARRAGE!

Mack aims, Taiji avoids the falling chop, but then Mack FALLING CHOPS again! Taiji bails out, Mack builds speed and the fans rally for the handspring, but Taiji gets in to leap up, REVERSE SHOT! Mack bails out and Taiji builds speed to go up and GOLDEN TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Mack and the fans fire up! The ref checks Mack, and Taiji unties the blue buckle pad! The Bullet Club Special is in effect, and Taiji goes out after Mack. Taiji CLUBS Mack, but Mack throws body shots. Taiji throws a body shot, then he POSTS Mack! The fans fire up and Taiji stalks Mack. Taiji puts Mack in the ring, covers, ONE!

The fans rally as Mack stays in this, but Taiji stays on him with a COBRA CLUTCH! Mack endures, fights up, and the fans rally. But Taiji wrangles Mack into an almost Koji Klutch variation! Mack scrambles and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and the ref counts, Taiji lets go at 4. Mack sputters but Taiji brings him up to wrench and POST in the open corner! The ref reprimands but Taiji hammerlocks and scoops, for a SHOULDER BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mack is still in this and the fans cheer. Taiji goes to the corner, takes aim, and the fans rally again. Taiji runs up, but Mack ELBOWs, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS!

Mack CHOPS and CHOPS more, then fires up, but Taiji ELBOWS him! And CHOPS! And ripcords, tilt-o-whirls, LA MYSTICA! And then BONE LOCK!! Mack flails, reaches out, and the fans rally! Mack claws his way to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Taiji lets off in frustration, and he stalks Mack. Mack throws a body shot but Taiji CLUBS him. Taiji whips, Mack blocks, but that hurts Mack’s arm! Taiji stomps Mack, whips, but Mack reverses and SNAP GERMANS! Taiji stands up into the SUPERKICK! Taiji bails out, Mack builds speed! The fans fire up for the SASUKE SPECIAL! Direct hit and the fans fire up again!

Mack drags Taiji up, puts him in as the ring count climbs, and the fans cheer. Cover, ONE!! Taiji is tougher than that and now he’s mad! But Mack KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! Taiji goes to ropes, Mack KICKS more and more! But Taiji blocks one! Mack swings hands but Taiji ducks them to CLUB the leg. Taiji whips, Mack reverses again and SCREW HIGH KICKS! Mack crawls to a cover, TWO! Taiji is still in this but Mack hurries to CHOP him! Mack says BANG then he goes up the corner! Mack’s up top, for the NINJA- FLOP!! Taiji avoids the senton and clamps on the BONE LOCK!! Mack scrambles, reaches out, but Taiji rolls him away from ropes!

Taiji hauls Mack up, for BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Taiji wins!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Mack earns 0)

Taiji just proved you don’t bring a ninja to a gun fight! Will all of the BOSJ be reborn? Can Mack keep from falling off before the end?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS Clark Connors!

The Rogue Luchador has won two main events in a row, but he’s still only on par with 100 Proof. Desperado wants to be the Best of the Super Juniors so badly, he can almost taste it, but will there be No Chaser to go with it? Or can he make it three in a row overall to head for the top?

Connors isn’t playing around, he’s brought chairs with him to the ring! He takes a seat while waiting on Despe’s entrance, then he pushes the ref aside so he can send one over to Despe. The ref says no, this isn’t that kind of match, but Connors wants a shootout with Desperado. Despe keeps the ref from taking the chair, and says if that’s what Connors wants… Despe picks the chair up, the ref says no, this won’t be a match then! Connors and Despe swing! They clash, clash and CLASH! Both men drop the chairs from the recoil, and now the bell rings! The fists start flying and the fans fire up! Despe knees low, CLUBS Connors, then runs, but into a THESZ PRESS!

Connors rains down fists, but Despe turns it around to give it back! Connors CHOKES Despe from below, the ref reprimands, and Connors knees low at 4. Connors runs but Despe follows to ELBOW! Despe runs but Connors goes the other way! JEEP FLIPPER! Despe tumbles out of the ring, Connors goes out after him. Connors stomps Despe, drags him up, and UPPERCUTS! Connors SMACKS Desep off the apron, but Despe CHOPS him in return. Despe CHOPS again, Connors staggers into the crowd and ends up sitting on a woman’s lap! Despe storms up and Young Lions hurry in, Despe ROCKS Connors!

Connors staggers along, fans move aside, and Connors sits in a chair. Despe throws hands but Connors hits back! The Young Lions keep fans back as Connors whips Despe into the back wall! Connors CLUBS Despe, and now they move through the back of the crowd! Connors CHOPS, Despe hits back, but we can’t see too well because the cameramen can’t follow! They’re continuing along, and a cameraman is there as Connors sends Despe into the corner wall! Then Connors grabs a spare railing and THROWS it at Despe! The ref reprimands, Despe UPPERCUTS Connors, and Connors staggers down an aisle.

Connors topples some railings over then he stumbles into an open chair. The fans move aside, Connors kicks Despe, then ROCKS him! Despe ROCKS Connors back, and then Despe SMACKS Connors off a fan’s chair! The Young Lions usher the fans out of the way, and Despe brings Connors up, but Connors RAMS Despe into the apron! The ref finally starts a ring count, but Connors SMACKS Despe off the timekeeper’s table! We reach 10 of 20, Connors ROCKS Despe, then throws him in the ring. The fans applaud as Connors follows, but then Despe bails out the side. The fans fire up as Despe wants to keep fighting outside!

Connors shoves the ref aside, goes out after Despe, but Despe throws body shots! Despe CLUBS Connors, whips him, but Connors reverses to POST Despe! The fans fire up and Connors goes around the way. Connors grabs the chair from earlier, brings it over, and he takes aim! He SMACKS Despe on the back! The ref reprimands but Connors argues with him. Connors drags Despe up, brings him around, and headlock punches! Connors tells fans to move and the Young Lions hurry to get them out of the way! Connors brings Despe up and whips, but Despe reverses! FLAPJACK off the apron! But now Despe wants to go bowling!

Despe whips Connors and STRIKE! Right into the middle of the crowd! The fans fire up with Despe, but then Connors SPEARS! Both men are down and the fans fire up more! Connors rises first as the fans rally, and he snarls as he pulls up floor mats! Connors goes back for Despe, CLUBS him, then drags him up. The ref reprimands and says not to, but Connors reels Despe in. But Despe fights the suplex! The fans rally but Connors suplexes! Despe slips free! Now Despe BACK- NO, Connors fights off the back suplex with fists! Despe runs up, but into a SNAP POWERSLAM! Luckily for Despe, it was to the floor mats that were nearby!

Connors snarls as he rises up, storms his way over to Despe, and drags him back up. Connors CLUBS Despe, then snarls at the fans. He clears one of the spare commentary tables! Fans move aside and the ref reprimands, but Connors hauls Despe up. Despe throws body shots but Connors ROCKS him! Connors reels Despe in, throws up the Too Sweet, and lifts Despe to POWERBOMB him through the table!! The fans are thunderous while the ref checks on Despe. Connors roars and beats his chest and the fans fire up again. The ref reprimands Connors but he just looms over Despe. Connors drags Despe up and puts him in the ring.

The fans applaud and Connors slowly rolls in. Connors pushes Despe to a cover but the ref refuses after all the shenanigans! Connors glares at the ref, but the ref shoves Connors! The fans fire up for the ref, but Connors grabs him by the shirt! The ref warns Connors, Connors says he’s lucky he’s a ref! But Despe runs up to LARIAT Connors and himself outta the ring! The fans fire up and both men spot the chair! They both scramble over, Connors grabs the chair but Despe stands on Connors’ hand! The fans cheer and Despe ROCKS Connors! Then Despe grabs the chair to SMACK Connors on the back!

The fans fire up and Connors writhes, but Despe goes to get another chair! The ref reprimands. but then Despe JAMS Connors with the new chair! Despe wants fans to move aside again, then he puts the old chair on Connors’ face! Despe grabs his new chair, CON-CHAIR-TO, Despe Remix!! Connors sputters and then feels the pain in his nose! Despe stalks Connors, taunts him, drags him back up, and puts him in the ring. Despe grabs the chair and brings it in again, but the ref says no. Despe and the ref argue, and the ref takes the chair from Despe. SPEAR!! Connors gets Despe again and he drags Despe back up!

Connors reels Despe in, serves it up, NO CHASE- NO, Despe fights No Chaser, wrenches out, and LOCO MONO!! Connors wobbles, Despe reels him in, underhooks and PINCHE- NO, Connors fights free to wrench and short arm LARIAT! The fans are thunderous and Connors goes to a corner! Connors aims, barks, runs in, SPEAR!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Despe survives and shocks Connors! The fans are thunderous but Connors rains down fists! The ref reprimands as Connors hammers away! Despe punches back but Connors traps those arms to just throw down fists! The ref wants Connors to stop but Connors shoves him away!

Connors checks Despe, he seems pretty out of it. Connors drags Despe up, reels him in, and NO CHASER!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Despe survives and the fans are thunderous! Connors is stunned, and then Despe flips him off! Connors rains down more fists of fury! The ref tries but Connors shoves the ref aside again! The ref counts, Connors won’t stop! THE REF CALLS IT!! DESPE WINS!

Winner: El Desperado, by disqualification (gains 2 points; Connors earns 0)

Connors’ rage costs him! He wouldn’t listen, and now Desperado comes away with the points! Connors is mad with Marty Asami, so he SPEARS Marty Asami down!!! Then he TOSSES Young Lions aside! Then he gives one a GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans boo but Connors shows no remorse as he’s the one standing tall. Then he SNATCHES Desperado’s mask!! Then he SLAPS Desperado on the face! Connors then drags Despe out of the ring, stands on his head, and taunts the fans. Connors grabs a piece of the broken table, SLAPS a Young Lion aside, then looms over Despe. Connors sits Despe up, and SMACKS him in the head with the wood!

Connors flips Despe off then throws up the Too Sweet. Connors may have lost this round, but he has Despe’s mask as his trophy. Will Connors be unstoppable in these remaining rounds? Taichi gets off commentary to help his old friend, but will The Rogue Luchador even be able to continue at this point?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: TJP VS Blake Christian!

This is a tale of two tides turning. Being on the hotseat lit a fire under The Public Enemy while All Heat has cooled off. Can TJP keep this historic comeback going? Or will the GCW Champion end the Cinderella story right here?

Blake mockingly puts up the crown, but TJP throws his shirt to the crowd as a free souvenir. TJP tells Blake to stop the crown, he’s not United Empire. The bell rings and the fans rally up. They circle, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. Blake goes for the arms but TJP headlocks. TJP wrenches, Blake rolls and cartwheels, then slips through to wrench back. Blake snapmares to chinlock but TJP slips right out to wristlock. The fans cheer the exchange, and Blake wrenches back. Blake wristlocks but TJP stays on his feet. Blake wrenches again, but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, and drops to TWIST SCISSORS, but Blake handsprings through!

The fans cheer and Blake smirks as he taunts the crown. TJP kicks low, whips, but Blake reverses. TJP handsprings over the dropdown then sidesteps, but Blake handsprings over the back drop! Blake whips, TJP RANAS, but Blake handsprings through! The fans cheer this exchange and Blake again mocks the crown. TJP runs up but Blake kicks low. Blake whips, TJP goes up, comes back, mule kicks, then bumps Blake off buckles. TJP throws knees, then he pushes Blake down. The fans fire up as TJP scrubs Blake’s face! But then Blake bails out and the fans boo. TJP smirks as Blake doesn’t want to be washed clean.

Blake mocks the fans cheering him and TJP on, then paces as the ring count climbs. Blake returns at 9 of 20, he and TJP circle and feel things out. They knuckle lock, then TJP rolls to trip Blake. TJP turns Blake over, hooks up the legs, and the fans rally as TJP messes with Blake’s hair. TJP grabs Blake’s arms to pull, pull and pull Blake into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Blake endures and the fans fire up! TJP brings Blake back for the ROMERO BRIDGE, but it’s a double cover? TWO as TJP lets Blake go! TJP double checks with Red Shoes while Blake goes to a corner. TJP accepts Red Shoes’ reasoning and runs in at Blake.

TJP blocks the boot but not the ENZIGIRI! Blake rolls back, TJP avoids his Pele and kicks low. TJP whips, Blake reverses but TJP goes Spiderman. Blake runs up, TJP ROCKS him, but Blake jumps up as TJP rams in! GUILLOTINE SPLASH! TJP flops to the floor, Blake builds speed and fans fire up for the FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and down goes TJP! Blake walks it off, then mocks the fans clapping. Blake flips them off, the fans boo, and Blake goes back for TJP. Red Shoes checks TJP, TJP clutches his side but seems otherwise okay. Blake puts TJP in, follows, but now it might be TJP’s arm that’s bothering him.

Red Shoes has Blake stay back so he can check TJP. That arm is really bothering TJP, so Blake shoves Red Shoes aside to RAM TJP into a corner! Blake wrenches the arm, hits an ELBOW BREAKER, then hits another ELBOW BREAKER! TJP drops back to a corner, Blake wraps the bad arm around ropes! Red Shoes counts, Blake YANKS the arm, and TJP staggers away. TJP leans on Red Shoes a moment, but Blake rolls under to then PELE the arm! TJP clutches the elbow as he drops to his knees but Blake smirks. Blake grabs the bad arm, hammerlocks it while he has TJP down, and then he drives his knee into the arm again and again!

Blake lets off, TJP clutches the arm, and Blake mocks the fans rallying for TJP. Blake then isolates the arm to drop a leg on it! Blake wrenches but TJP throws body shots. TJP ELBOWS free, Blake ends up in a corner, but Blake dodges TJP to then BOOT him! TJP flops over, Blake covers, TWO! The fans rally up but Blake puts on a body scissors! Blake grabs the bad arm, hammerlocks it and puts a lot of pressure on the hold. Blake then rolls things to a cover, TWO! Blake still has TJP’s arm, steps over, and claps with TJP’s hand. Blake makes TJP flip the fans off, then he BITES that finger! Red Shoes reprimands and Blake lets off.

Blake mocks the fans more, grabs TJP’s arms, and pulls back on a motorcycle stretch. TJP endures, the fans rally, and TJP fights up. TJP moves around, and flip kicks Blake away! Blake comes back, TJP ROUNDHOUSES! But Blake PELES! TJP goes to a corner, Blake runs up, but TJP goes up and over to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! TJP rises up, storms up on Blake, and atomic drops! WHEEL KICK! Blake staggers to a corner, TJP whips corner to corner hard! TJP runs in to ELBOW! Blake sits down, and now TJP scrubs his face! The fans rally up and TJP goes side to side, BOOT WASH!

The fans cheer and want it again! TJP obliges, and he scrubs Blake more! TJP runs side to side for the second BOOT WASH! The fans fire up and TJP waits on Blake. Blake staggers up, TJP kicks low and reels him in. “ICHI!” Half Hatch! “NI!” Half Hatch! “SAN!” The hattrick is complete and the fans fire up! TJP goes up the corner, aims, MAMBA- NO, TJP has to bail out as Blake moves! Blake wheelbarrows, somersaults and SPLASH! Blake goes to the corner, takes aim, and he somersaults for the ARMBAR DDT! FUJIWARA ARMBAR! TJP endures, the fans fire up and TJP moves around! TJP rolls, but Blake wrenches!

Blake tries to wrangle TJP but TJP uses that to get Blake down! TJP has the stepover, but Blake fights forward! TJP still gets the arm for the PINOY STRETCH! Blake BITES TJP’s hand! Red Shoes reprimands but then Blake has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go one way or another, and Blake goes to the apron. TJP crawls out after Blake and the fans rally up. Blake stands, TJP ROCKS him with a forearm! Blake ROCKS TJP back! TJP and Blake trade haymakers, then TJP CHOPS! Blake kicks, TJP blocks but Blake ENZIGIRIS! Blake reels TJP in to WRING the arm into the apron! Blake gets back up, slashes his throat, and he drags TJP up!

Blake reels TJP in but TJP fights the lift! TJP then Alabama Lifts but Blake fights it! Blake BOOTS, but TJP BOOTS back! TJP grabs for an arm but Blake steps over and STUNNERS! TJP flops into the ring, and Blake takes aim. The fans fire up as Blake springboards, and TJP anchors him! Fireman’s carry, DETONATION KICK! Cover, TWO!! Blake survives but the fans rally for “T! J P! T! J P!” TJP aims, runs up, ONE BY- NO, Blake ducks! And ROUNDHOUSES! TJP JUMP SOBATS! Blake kips up to SUPERKICK! Both men fall and the fans are thunderous! The fans rally again and both men slowly sit up.

Blake finds TJP, throws a forearm, but TJP gives it back. Blake throws another, so TJP gives it back. They stand, and Blake fires a haymaker! TJP fires one back! Blake fires another haymaker, but TJP KICKS Blake’s leg! Blake KICKS TJP’s arm! TJP KICKS Blake’s leg again! Blake KICKS TJP’s arm again! TJP fires off a flurry of kicks, but Blake JUMP KNEES! Blake runs up but into a SUPERKICK! Blake swings, into the FINAL CUT! TJP aims from the corner! ONE BY- SPANISH FLY!! Blake roars and aims from the corner! STEP-UP STOMPS!! Cover, TWO?!? TJP survives and the fans are thunderous again!

Blake storms his way to the apron and slashes his throat. Blake springboards, 450- CUTTER!! ONE BY ONE!! Cover, TWO?!!? But TJP won’t stop there, he goes up a corner! MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, TJP WINS!

Winner: TJP, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Blake earns 0)

That was a fiery battle, but TJP wins not just for him but for Francesco Akira! Will the Public Enemy conquer this tournament for The United Empire? Is Blake’s heat about to go cold?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS SHO!

This one’s gonna be good! It was Wrestling Satsuma no Kuni when Japones Del Mal got his shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, only for the Murder Machine to cheat him out of it. But now, Douki is ahead in the block and could do some serious damage with a win here! Will Douki earn both points and a golden ticket tonight? Or will Sho stack the deck so high it’ll reach the sky?

Wait, Sho is running out here from the exit side while Douki’s music is playing? Sho drops off his stuff and then grabs a chair so he can then wait by the tunnel! But where’s Douki? Sho peeks through the curtain, nothing. Douki is running in from the exit and he CLOBBERS Sho from behind! The fans cheer as Douki gets the better of Sho! Douki drags Sho up, brings him to ringside, and POSTS him! The fans cheer more but Red Shoes reprimands. Douki drags Sho up and puts him in the ring. The bell rings, Douki storms in and he stomps Sho around. Douki drags Sho up again to whip to ropes. Sho reverses but Douki arm-drags!

Douki runs, arm-drags again, but Sho gets mad! Sho swings, Douki dodges, and Douki tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Sho tumbles out, Douki builds speed, and Douki WRECKS Katsuya Murashima! Sho used the Young Lion as a shield! Sho then RAMS Douki into the apron! Sho snarls, drags Murashima up, and puts Murashima in the ring? Red Shoes hurries to usher the Young Lion out, but Sho grabs the bell hammer! Sho HAMMERS Douki, HAMMERS him again, then digs the hammer into Douki’s ribs! Red Shoes finally sees, Sho stops, and Sho drags Douki up to bring around the way. Sho RAMS Douki into the apron!

Sho storms off to the back corner, and pushes through an exit, to bring a dumpster in!? Sho laughs as he then goes to fetch “the trash.” Sho stomps Douki, brings him over to the dumpster, and then knees low into Douki’s ribs. Sho scoops and DUMPS Douki into the dumpster! The fans boo but Sho leaves him behind. The ring count starts while fans rally up. Sho talks trash, the ring count is 10 of 20, an Douki’s still stuck! Douki drags himself up and out of the dumpster, but we’re already at 17! 18! Douki slides in at 19.9! The fans cheer but Sho digs his boots into Douki! Sho scrapes Douki to the apron, pulls a sleeve off a crossbar, then pulls Douki onto the bar!

Red Shoes reprimands Sho while Douki suffers, but Sho pulls harder! Red Shoes counts and Sho lets off at 4. Sho storms in to stomp Douki and talks trash. Sho drags Douki up but Douki fires forearms! Sho kicks low, then he suplexes Douki to hang him out to dry! Sho climbs up onto Douki, then drags him off the ropes in a Canadian Rack. GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Sho is upset so he stands on Douki and pulls on the arms! Douki endures, the fans rally, but then Sho shifts to clamp on the inverted straitjacket! Douki endures, so Sho shifts to dig heels into ribs, and pulls on an arm and leg! Douki endures again, fights around, but Sho pulls!

Douki still fights with his free leg, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Red Shoes counts, and Sho lets off. Sho stands on Douki, digs his heel in, but steps away to bring Douki up. Sho whips corner to corner, runs in, and RAMS into Douki! Sho then hauls Douki up onto the top rope, CLUBS him again and again, then goes corner to corner. Sho runs up to TOP SHELF KNEE! Douki falls, Sho covers, TWO! Douki is still in this and the fans fire up! Sho paces around Douki, talks trash, and digs his heels in again. Douki pushes Sho away, fires up and fires off forearms! Douki runs, but Sho kitchen sink knees! Sho drags Douki up, whips, and kitchen sink knees again!

Sho taunts Douki while the fans rally, and Sho whips Douki again. But Douki turns kitchen sink into roll up, TWO! Sho runs up to kick low! Sho runs but Douki FLYING HEADBUTTS! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Douki and Sho go to corners, and then Douki runs in. Douki ELBOWS Sho, runs, but Sho dodges! Douki still hip tosses, RAMS, then springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Sho bails out, Douki builds speed to WRECK Sho with the dropkick! The fans fire up, Douki stalks Sho, then he drags Sho up to headlock. Douki brings Sho to the dumpster! Sho fights free, reels Douki in, and lifts, but Douki fights the bomb!

Sho tries again but Douki throws hands! Douki RANAS Sho into the dumpster! The fans fire up and Sho struggles to get out of the mess! Douki rises and the fans cheer as he leaves Sho behind. Sho flounders out of the dumpster covered in paper and plastic. Sho throws that away, we’re at 12 of 20! Sho staggers his way over and slides in at 16! But Douki dodges him to then DDT! Cover, TWO! Sho stays in this but Douki stays on him with a Gory Especial! Sho fights free by bending fingers! Sho then CLUBS the arm, but Douki blocks the kick! Douki spins Sho back into the Gory Especial, for the DODON NO JUTSU!! Backslide cover, TWO!

The fans rally, Douki goes to the apron, and he takes aim as Sho rises. DAY- NO, Sho uses Red Shoes as as shield! Then he SPEARS! Both men are down again and the fans rally for Douki. Sho shakes his head, aims his bow, and he drags Douki up. Sho reels Douki in, double pump handle, but Douki flips through to ITALIAN STRETCH #32! But Sho steps on Douki’s neck! Douki lets go, Sho reels him in, STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up but Sho shakes his head. Sho calls his shot again, and he drags Douki up. Sho reels Douki in for a Canadian Rack, but Douki fights free of that! ITALIAN STRETCH!!

Sho endures, moves around, reaches out, but Douki rolls him away from ropes! ITALIAN STRETCH!! Sho endures again, kicks at Douki, steps on him again, but Douki pulls on the hold! Sho falls over and the fans fire up! Red Shoes checks Sho, Sho sputters, and someone rings the bell! YUJIRO TAKAHASHI!! Not this trick again! Taichi storms off of commentary, but Yujiro PIMP CANE SHOTS Taichi down! The fans boo but Sho keeps Red Shoes from seeing Yujiro get in the ring. Douki dodges Yujiro to then DROPKICK him out! But Sho sneaks up to LOW BLOW! Roll up, with tights! TWO!! Sho is furious but Douki survives!

Sho storms over to his ring, grabs his IWGP Junior Heavyweight title, but Red Shoes says don’t try it! Sho gives the belt over, but then he throws Douki into Red Shoes! Down goes the ref and the fans boo! Sho laughs and he goes for his Torture Tool! The fans boo but Douki has his PIPE! The fans fire up and Sho freaks out! They stand off, Sho takes a swing but Douki blocks! Douki powers Sho back, takes a swing, but Sho goes low! Sho grins, winds up, but Douki gets around! LOW BLOW!! Sho suffers a taste of his own medicine! The fans fire up as Douki now has his pipe! Douki uses the pipe to CHOKE Sho, then turn him for a Gory Especial! METAL DODON NO JUTSU!!

The fans fire up as Douki now calls for Red Shoes. Red Shoes returns, none the wiser, and Douki fires up! Douki drags Sho up, torture racks, and swings Sho for the MARISHITE! Cover, YUJIRO YANKS RED SHOES OUT!! The fans boo as Tokyo Pimp just won’t go away! Yujiro sneaks up on Douki, CANE SHOT! Taichi is up but Yujiro BOOTS him down! Yujiro sits Douki up for PIMP JUICE! Yujiro helps Sho crawl to the cover, then Yujiro fetches Red Shoes! Red Shoes sees the cover and counts, TWO?!?! Douki lives and the fans are thunderous! And Taichi throws Yujiro into the ring! Red Shoes is confused, but Taichi storms around.

Taichi takes a chair from a fan, threatens Yujiro, but Red Shoes stands in the way. Taichi drops the chair, pushes Red Shoes aside, and he blocks Yujiro’s kick! LOW BLOW!! And no problems since Yujiro isn’t in the match! Taichi then runs to AX BOMBER!! The fans fire up and Taichi calls to Douki! Douki rises while Taichi drags Yujiro out of the ring and away from ringside! The fans cheer as things are 1v1 again, and Douki aims from the apron. Sho flounders about, rises up, but runs up! Douki RAMS into Sho, then slingshots for DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Douki just fires up! The fans are with Douki as he rises!

Douki wheelbarrows Sho, full nelsons, SUPLEX DE LA- NO, Sho fights free and throws elbows! Sho runs up, but Douki blocks the kick! But wait, it really hurt! What’s in Sho’s boot?! Sho KICKS Douki again!! Douki writhes and clutches ribs, but Sho aims from a corner! Sho PUNTS Douki in the side!! Cover, TWO?!?! Douki survives, even with Sho’s clearly loaded boot! Sho drags Douki up and reels him in as we reach 20 minutes! Gut wrench, Canadian Rack, PIMP SLAM!! Cover, SHO WINS!

Winner: Sho, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)

Surprise, surprise, all this cheating helps Sho win! Sho needs an icepack for his leg, because he loaded his kick pad with a big piece of metal! Will Douki ever get one over on this snake?

Speaking of, Sho slithers over to get the mic so he can say, “Everyone thought Douki would win! You were all cheering for him! You at home were, too! You’re welcome, all of you!” The fans boo but Sho continues by saying, “Different day, same result. The champion is on a different level. A different level to all of you! Even if a scrub makes it to the finals, he doesn’t need to be in the main event. I’m winning this comfortably. Besides, you Osaka folks don’t really know wrestling.” The fans boo again, but Sho says that even if it’s in Osaka-Jo, it doesn’t need to be the main event, that’s how easily he’s gonna win.

“I’m on a different level from every other Junior Heavyweight out there, especially those in this Super Juniors!” Sho drops the mic and leaves Douki behind, will he do this to everyone left in the block?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Titan: 5-2, 10 points
El Desperado: 5-2, 10 points
HAYATA: 4-3, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-3, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-3, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-4, 6 points
BUSHI: 3-4, 6 points
TJP: 3-4, 6 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Here are the EVEN NEWER B Block standings!

Robbie Eagles: 5-2, 10 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 4-2, 8 points
KUSHIDA: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
SHO: 4-3, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-3, 8 points
Ninja Mack: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points [FORFEIT]
Dragon Dia: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

Another great night for BOSJ, and things are starting to take shape here. As I said last time, a shame about Akira’s injury, I thought he could really get things going for himself. But B Block is now just a touch lopsided since the forfeited points put some people ahead of others with less matches. Eagles of course gets a win off Dia, Dia has been “struggling” this whole tournament. Hiromu got the bye this round, so he can’t really move in the block. Kushida may have lost but he’s still ahead of Hiromu because Kushida beat Hiromu in their match.

Great win for Drilla in that, though, and he’s getting going at the right time. Drilla has Taiji and Hiromu left, those are going to be critical matches. Sho of course has to cheat again to win out, but it makes Douki look great and has the fans on his side. Douki has the top two, Eagles and Kushida, and he’d need to pull off some ultimate underdog stuff to beat them both and take a spot from one of them.

Meanwhile, A Block is looking like a race to the top between Desperado and Titan. Despe beat Titan in their match from an earlier round, so if he and Titan both win out from here, they’re both going to the semifinals just like that. Despe has TJP next, and TJP is making a great comeback, while Titan has Kanemaru who isn’t even in the running anymore. But TJP and Kanemaru can both go for a spoiler, so those are going to be really good matches. In fact, Titan also has TJP to top this off, he’s in for two big fights in a row. Though, Connors did a lot of damage to Despe, that adds more pressure to whether Despe can get past TJP and then Hayata after that.

My Score: 8.9/10


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