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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (12/19/23)

Dragon Lee VS…?

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Who from Gulak’s crew steps to the plate?

Drew Gulak and his No Quarter Catch Crew stepped to the NXT North American Championship Open Challenge, but who will actually face Dragon Lee?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Fallon Henley VS Tiffany Stratton; Fallon wins.
  • Men’s Breakout Tournament, Opening Round: Lexis King VS Dion Lennox; King wins and advances.
  • Thea Hail & Jacy Jayne VS Kiana James & Izzi Dame; Kiana & Izzi win.
  • NXT North American Championship Open Challenge: Dragon Lee VS ??? w/ The No Quarter Catch Crew; changed to…
  • NXT North American Championship Open Challenge Triple Threat: Dragon Lee VS Charlie Dempsey w/ The No Quarter Catch Crew VS Joe Coffey w/ Gallus; Dragon wins and retains the title.
  • Men’s Breakout Tournament, Opening Round: Tavion Heights VS Luca Crusifino; Heights wins and advances.
  • Nikkita Lyons VS Tatum Paxley; Lyons wins.
  • Hank ‘n’ Tank VS Gallus; Gallus wins.
  • Ilja Dragunov VS Ridge Holland; No Contest.

PLAY BY PLAY

Fallon Henley VS Tiffany Stratton!

NXT Deadline was a wild night, but it wasn’t won by the Cowgirl nor the Wrestling Barbie. But it didn’t end the animosity between these two, either! Will Fallon go #YEEHAWB*TCH all over the Center of the NXT Universe? Or will NXT still run on Tiffy Time?

The bell ring, the shoving starts and fans fire up. Fallon waistlocks, Tiff elbows free and snapmares to run, but Fallon avoids the stomps to sunset flip! TWO, Tiff runs in but Fallon waistlocks. Fallon sits Tiff down but Tiff avoids the calf kick! Fans rally and duel as the two stare down. They storm up, knuckle lock, and Tiff kicks low! Tiff whips, Fallon reverses to ELBOW, snapmare, and CALF KICK! Fans fire up as Fallon runs, slides, but Tiff uses the apron skirt to catch Fallon! Fallon gets free fast and she ROCKS Tiff first! Fallon puts Tiff in, Tiff goes to a corner, and Fallon runs up to ELBOW! Tiff staggers, Fallon goes up, but Tiff SHOVES her down!

Tiff goes out after Fallon while fans boo. Tiff tells Fallon she’s a loser, SMACKS her off the apron, then puts her in the ring. Tiff drags Fallon up, bumps her off buckles again and again, then stalks her. Tiff talks trash, whips Fallon to a corner, and SPLASHES! Tiff whips corner to corner hard and Fallon bounces off buckles! The fans rally, Tiff CHOKES Fallon on ropes, but the ref counts. Tiff lets off to run side to side, HIP ATTACK! Fallon falls, Tiff covers, TWO! Tiff storms up on Fallon, pie faces her, and then stomps her. Tiff taunts Fallon but Fallon fires forearms! Tiff ROCKS Fallon back, but Fallon ROCKS Tiff!

Tiff whips Fallon to a corner, but Fallon dodges to then go up and rain down fists! Fans fire up as Fallon goes all the way to nine, but Tiff stops her! Only for Fallon to RANA free! And CHOP! Fans fire up, Fallon ducks ‘n’ dodges but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fallon is still in this and Tiff is furious! Tiff drags Fallon up, fireman’s carry, but Fallon sunset flips! TWO, and Tiff high stacks! TWO and Fallon hast he sunset, FALLON WINS!!

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall

Tiff gets caught, but she just DECKS Fallon! Tiff is a sore loser and she brings Fallon out to SMACK off the desk! And again, and again! Fans boo as Tiff dribbles Fallon! Tiff then THROWS Fallon into barriers! And drags Fallon by her hair! Tiff brings Fallon tot he back, throws her into a trash can and then throws things around! Tiff uses a mop to smother Fallon, calling her trash! Tiff DUMPS trash all over Fallon! Fans boo, the refs rush in, and Tiff says Fallon is in the trash where she belongs. But will Tiff come to regret making this personal?

 

Trick Melo Gang meets up backstage.

And Trick is all pumped up. Melo did his thing on SmackDown, and Melo is on to the US Championship contender semifinals. But Melo wants to talk about last week. He apologizes for what happened, that accidental title belt shot. But Dragunov, what he was doing, it- Trick says no need to apologize, they’re good. Accidents happen. But now Trick has a question for Melo. Trick was gonna ask last Tuesday, but he got hit in the head with the belt. Nah, just playing. But for real. Did Melo really see who attacked him? Does he really know it’s Dragunov? No, Melo got ambushed just like Trick. But Melo is just feeling it. The only one who could hit him that hard IS Ilja.

But Melo has something to ask Trick, too. It may be a long shot, but what if they made the NXT Championship match at New Year’s Evil into a Triple Threat? Trick asks why would they do that. Well, they don’t have to fight each other, but then it becomes Trick Melo Gang VS Dragunov, he isn’t making it through that, and they’ll both get revenge and take the title home with them. But Melo just said he doesn’t really know it was Dragunov because he didn’t see who it was. And plus, a Triple Threat? Trick won the Iron Survivor Challenge so that he could get the title shot. Yeah, no, Melo was just thinking, coming up with an idea. Doesn’t matter who wins, so long as they have it, right?

Trick says it does matter. When Melo won his titles, he won those 1v1. Now Trick gets his shot, and he wants it 1v1, just like Melo. Right, right. Melo just wants Dragunov to pay is all. That’s all good. Trick hopes Melo understands where he’s coming from. No, Melo does, he does. Trick’s gotta whoop dat trick. If they wanna do this, they gotta do this the right way. If Trick’s gonna beat Dragunov, he needs Melo to train him. Trick needs Melo by his side. Aight, Melo will help out. That’s what Trick’s talking about! Trick Melo Gang, baby! Trick heads out and Melo nods, will Trick be able to slay the Mad Dragon with help from HIM?

 

Ilja Dragunov is here!

The fans cheer as the NXT Champion heads to the ring and gets himself a mic. “I don’t know how I got caught up into this Trick & Melo saga. It almost feels like I’m the third wheel in some bad bromance movie. And this I did not have on my 2023 Bingo card. But what I did have was moving to America, chasing down and capturing the NXT Championship. This year, I showed the whole world who Ilja Dragunov truly is. A human who uses his body as a weapon. A human sacrifices himself . A human who puts every single gram of himself into this ring, just because this championship deserves it.” The fans cheer that.

And 2024 will start with an unpopular move as Dragunov defeats the fastest rising… Wait, Ridge Holland is here? Ridge interrupts but says he’s not here to cause problems or issues. For the past couple of weeks, he has bene struggling mentally. He needs to figure out who he is, where he’s going, and to rewrite his story. So here he is. Ridge Holland is back in NXT. Well welcome back. But what does he want? Ridge knows what it is to be seen a certain way. To be weighed down by stigma. Stigma? Yes, this situation with Trick & Melo. Fingers pointed at you from all directions. Ridge’s career to this point has been nothing but a series of unfortunate events.

One step forward, 10 steps back. Accident after injury, injury after accident. Ridge is here to prove himself! To redeem himself! Fans appreciate that. Ridge says Dragunov can help him not only prove himself, not only find redemption, but earn it. Ridge needs to prove he’s the kind of man who belongs in the main event. And that title right there, that makes Dragunov the measuring stick. So Ridge is honestly asking for a title match right now? Ridge has way too much respect for Dragunov and NXT just to walk in here and beg for anything, even a title shot.

But he needs to prove himself, so he’ll tell everyone back there that he’ll run through ever single one of them until he and Dragunov are having this moment again in the future. So listen to Ridge when he says, it will be inevitable, and it will be Ridge’s honor. This is the first chapter of the redemption story of Ridge Holland. Dragunov says he is tired of people getting in his face, threatening of him, questioning him, when he promised to bring unbridled passion as champion. So Ridge wants his chance at redemption? He wants to know where he stands? He won’t have to wait. He will find out where he stands, TONIGHT!

Fans cheer that! Ridge and Dragunov shake hands but also stare down. Will Yorkshire Grit make an impact in his full-time return to NXT?

 

Lexis King speaks.

“I’m already Breakout Star of the Year, and after I win this tournament, I’ll have the contract to prove it. So guys, excuse me while I take my first steps towards becoming a champion.” NXT’s Mad King took this moment away from Trey Bearhill, will he come to regret that move very quickly?

 

Trick finds Dragunov backstage.

And he asks what the hell. He thought it was the two of them at New Year’s Evil. Dragunov says Ridge will find out where he stands. He is the champion, Trick is the challenger, and so the champion dictates what the challenger does. Right, Dragunov is the champion. Until New Year’s Evil. Well, we’ll see. Dragunov looks to simply use Ridge as a tune-up, but will Trick be facing someone else in the New Year?

 

Men’s Breakout Tournament, Opening Round: Lexis King VS Dion Lennox!

The chairshot that changed the brackets pits the second generation superstar against a veritable Bruce Banner/Incredible Hulk. Will King be able to capitalize on his bold actions? Or will he get sacked out of the tournament by the former LA Ram?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans boo King as he offers a handshake. Lennox slaps that aside so King kicks him low! And CHOPS! King headlocks, punches, then GRINDS Lennox’s face on the ropes! The ref reprimands, King lets off to clothesline and HCOP int he corner! King uses the ropes to get leverage for digging his boots in! The ref counts, King lets off, but Lennox fires off fists! King knees low, CLUBS Lennox then whips. Kitchen sink knee! And a KICK! King runs to BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Fans boo but King drags Lennox up just to push him around. Lennox snarls but King KICKS him! And KICKS him! Lennox fires up!

Fans fire up with Lennox, King pie face shim, but Lennox fires off the forearms! Lennox whips, King reverses but Lennox rolls him up! TWO, Lennox dodges to CLOBBER King! And LCOBBER him again! The fans fire up as Lennox DROPKICKS King! King staggers around, into a scoop and SLAM! The fans fire up with Lennox and he runs corner to corner, SPLASH! And then a clinch, for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! King survives but Lennox snarls. King bails out, grabs the contract and tries to run away with it! Lennox runs up, brings King back, and SMACKS him off the apron! The fans fire up as Lennox SMACKS King again!

Lennox slides in after King, whips, but King reverses to POST Lennox! Fans boo but King grins as he reels Lennox in. Crossarm and SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, King wins!

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

The Drama King has his #Coronation, but he is far from the Breakout star. He has Riley Osborne in the next round, but wait! Trey Bearhill is here, with a chair of his own! King runs away to celebrate, but Bearhill dares him to come back! King says Bearhill hasn’t earned anything yet. Then will Bearhill just have to wait to get his claws into King after the tournament?

 

Eddy Thorpe speaks.

“This year has been a trial by fire for me in NXT. And it put me directly in the fight of my life against Dijak. Each battle has been grueling on me, and heart-wrenching on my family. But to keep true to myself, I fight through the pain and I move forward without fear. Dijak, the universe has pulled us back together to settle this. You took me out of action, and I took the Iron Survivor away from you. And it appears that the ropes can’t even contain us any longer. So I want a match where that isn’t a factor. No ropes, no excuses. What do you say, Dijak? Next week, let’s finish this once and for all, in NXT Underground! Hoka hey!”

 

Thea Hail & Jacy Jayne VS Kiana James & Izzi Dame!

Chase U has their backs against the wall, but there’s also love in the air. And that makes The Calculator and her new sidekick sick. Will Kiana & Izzi be the newest bullies on the block? Or will Thea & Jacy put them in their place?

NXT returns as Kiana & Izzi make their entrance. The fans boo, but the teams sort out. Thea starts against Izzi and fans rally behind Thea. Izzi storms up, Thea gets around to heaadlock and trash Izzi. Izzi powers up and out, Thea wheelbarrows and arm-drags! Thea is even surprised, and fans cheer her on. But Izzi DECKS Thea! Izzi blows a kiss to Riley in the student section, but Thea jumps on froa  THRASHING sleeper! Izzi backs upb ut Jacy tags in to CHOP BLOCK and KICK! And KICK again! Cover, ONE!! Izzi shows her toughness but Jacy taunts Kiana. Jacy CHOPS Izzi, CHOPS again, then eggs her on. But Izzi SHOVES Jacy to a corner!

Izzi runs in, Jacy dodges, and Jacy runs in to back body block! Jacy dodges Kiana’s cheap shot to DECK her! “SUCK IT!” Fans fire up, but Thea warns Jacy. Izzi runs in, Jacy gets around to crucifix but Izzi stays up. But Jacy swings, arm-drags, and covers, ONE! Izzy swings, Jacy slips around, backslide to a cradle, TWO! Izzi staggers up, Jacy kicks her low. Jacy whips, Izzi blocks and reverses, to LARIAT! Izzi talks trash, she tags Kiana, and Kiana stomps Jacy. Jacy tells Thea off then she brings Jacy up to knee low. And knee low again! And again! Jacy falls, fans boo, but Kiana runs to BOOT Jacy down! Cover, TWO!

Kiana drags Jacy up, taunts Thea, then whips Jacy to the corner. Kiana runs up to fire off hands and stomps, then tags Izzi. Izzi whips Kiana in to RAM Jacy in the corner! Kiana moves aside, Izzi reels Jacy in to fireman’s carry, and Izzi hits a FLAPJACK! Cover, TWO! Jacy hangs tough as a former tag team champion, but Izzi clamps on with a chinbar and armlock. The fans rally as Jacy fights up, and Jacy slips around to roll Izzi up! TWO, and Jacy ROCKS Izzi! Izzi scoops but Jacy slips free, DOUBLE LARIATS take them both down! Izzi crawls, hot tag to Kiana! Kiana drags Jacy from Jacy but Jacy hops and hops, hot tag to Thea!

Fans fire up as Thea rallies on Kiana! Thea runs to back body block Kiana! Thea waves to Riley, then clinches Kiana for an EXPLODER! The fans fire up as Thea SOMERSAULT SENTONS, then shakes the ropes! Springboard TRUST FALL! Thea fires up, stands Kiana up, but Kiana throat chops! The ref reprimands but Kiana hauls Thea up to scoop. Thea slips free, waistlocks but Izzi tags in before the O’Conner. Thea shifts to the KIMURA!! Kiana taps but Thea doesn’t know Izzi is legal! Izzi BOOTS Thea down!! Cover, Izzi & Kiana win!

Winners: Kiana James & Izzi Dame, by pinfall

Kiana’s new investment pays off, and it Izz what it Izz. Will Kiana & Izzi start building towards the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?

 

The NXT Women’s Division watches backstage.

Arianna Grace admits, Izzi & Kiana make a great combination. But Roxanne Perez says she’s far from done with either of those two. Arianna says Roxie is still upset about Deadline. She understands, but Roxie needs to remember: it isn’t about wins and losses, but good sportsmanship, and how you play the game. Roxie wouldn’t want to fail at that too, would she? Actually, it IS about wins and losses. SLAP!! Roxie leaves Arianna crying, was that Arianna getting off easy?

 

Chase U plays a game of dice with Out The Mud.

Andre Chase rolls, and TEN! He’s on fire~! Bronco Nima isn’t sure whether to be impressed or upset that Chase is pulling this off. Duke Hudson says now that they’re up, they should go. No, Chase has the hot hand, he’s gotta keep going. Clack clack clack! EIGHT!! BOOM! Okay, okay, now let’s quit while we’re head. But Nima says Chase is a grown man. He can decide things for himself, can’t he? Y-Yeah, of course Chase can! In fact, doesn’t Chase tell Duke what to do? Duke gets heated but Chase calms him down. Scrypts says that this ain’t no bake sale or car wash. That’s a whole lotta money right there. He really should leave while he can.

But Chase says one more roll. Scrypts smiles, but then Chase has an idea. Or rather, a proposition for Scrypts. Okay, shoot. Next week, Duke & Chase VS Bronco & Lucien. If Chase U wins, Scrypts pays up double what Chase just won here. If Chase U loses, well, he walks away with what he came here with. Which wasn’t much… Scrypts says okay, but on one condition. When Chase U loses, OTM get a tag title shot. If Chase can swing that, wink wink. Yeah, Tony & Stacks aren’t gonna go for that. Chase tells Duke that they will. Because in walks Adrianna Rizzo. She sees Mr. Chase is making “wise” decisions again.

She calls The Don, and tells him that Mr. Chase is out here making promises. Chase says Tony knows he’s good for it. But The Done replies and she says okay, he is the boss. Tony has accepted the deal. Chase knew it! And so now, after next week, Chase U can pay in full. Chase drops the dice, and ends up with a SEVEN!? They would’ve won big already?! Well, luck aside, will Mr. Chase clean up his own mess? Or will he regret taking fate into his own hands?

 

The NXT Year End Awards are coming!

Vote on the superstars and moments you feel deserve recognition via WWE’s official website! The polls open tonight, 10 PM Eastern!

 

NXT North American Championship Open Challenge: Dragon Lee VS ??? w/ The No Quarter Catch Crew!

The Boy Wonder established his Open Challenge series last week, and Drew Gulak was more than happy to accept, on behalf of his entire team. The Philly Stretcher is playing shell games, but will Dragon Lee still win his own gamble?

Dragon watches Gulak and his goons closely, and it’s Charlie Dempsey stepping up! But wait, what is Gallus doing coming out here? Joe Coffey is dressed, and he didn’t hear a bell yet, so he’ll just get in on this while he can. Dempsey is upset, but the Iron King gets in. Joe tells Dragon has to decide between him or Dempsey. Dragon hears the fans, and he says it’ll be BOTH! TRIPLE THREAT!! The belt is raised along with the ante, who comes away now that the odds have drastic gone down?

NXT North American Championship Open Challenge Triple Threat: Dragon Lee VS Charlie Dempsey w/ The No Quarter Catch Crew VS Joe Coffey w/ Gallus!

The bell rings and the fans fire up! Dragon ROCKS Joe, dodges Dempsey and sends Dempsey into Joe! Roll up on Dempsey, ONE! Dempsey knees low, whips, but Dragon reverses. Dragon runs in, is put on the apron but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Dempsey staggers, Dragon SLINGSHOT RANAS! Dempsey hits buckles, fans fire up and Dragon runs back in. But Joe CLOBBERS him first! Joe whips Dragon in, Dempsey BOOTS him, then Joe scoops to BACKBREAKER! IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER for Dempsey! Joe goes up and up but Dempsey avoids the Vader Elbow! Dempsey waistlocks but Joe fights the lift!

Joe switches, Dempsey wrenches free but Joe HEADBUTTS! Dragon gets Joe but Joe ROCKS him first! Joe runs up but into a BOOT! Only for Gallus to grab at Dragon! So the ref EJECTS them! Wolfgang is furious but Markus drags him away. Now things are a bit more fair, and Joe runs into a SNAP GERMAN! SUPERKICK! Cover, Dempsey breaks it with a GUTWRENCH SUPLEX! Fans fire up while all three men are down, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Dragon writhes while Joe and Dempsey stir. Joe sits up, Dempsey follows, and they egg each other on. Joe shoves, Dempsey shoves, but Dragon is back up. So they DOUBLE ELBOW him down! Dempsey kicks low and HALF HATCH SUPLEXES Joe away! Dempsey drags Dragon up, wrenches and hammerlocks to wrangle Dragon. Dempsey goes after the other arm, throws down some elbows, then bends Dragon’s arm, and even the fingers! Dempsey twists the wrist, pushes the arm down, and even adds a leg for a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow! But Joe is back to stomp Dempsey down! Joe stomps and stomps and stomps!

No Quarter protests but Joe whips Dragon to ropes. Dragon sunset flips, Joe rolls through and has the legs, BOSTON CRAB! Dempsey returns, and he has a GUILLOTINE on Dragon! Dragon endures, Joe lets go to get Dempsey with a SLEEPER! Joe thrashes Dempsey around, but Dragon is free to DRAGON SLEEPER Joe! Joe snapmares free, clinches, full nelsons, and SWINGS Dragon around! Dempsey runs up, Dragon BOOTS him and then drops down, victory roll! Dempsey breaks it! Dempsey KNEES Joe, drags Dragon up, and UPPERCUTS! Dragon goes to a corner, Dempsey fires off knee after knee!

Dempsey whips Dragon around into a corner, then UPPERCUTS! Dempsey facelocks and brings Dragon around in a cravat. Dragon endures the neck wrench, throws body shots and snapmares free. Dempsey staggers back up, runs to BOOT Dragon down, then drags Dragon back up. Dempsey whips Dragon to a corner, runs up and UPPERCUTS! Dempsey puts Dragon up top, NXT returns to single picture and Joe gets involved. Dempsey kicks Joe away, focuses on Dragon, but Joe still gets involved! TOWER OF DOOM!! The Superplex Powerbomb combo has the fans all fired up for “NXT! NXT!” Dempsey and Dragon writhe while Joe catches his breath.

Gulak is worried as Joe crawls after Dragon. Dempsey rises, but so does Joe. They work together to double whip Dragon, Dragon ducks ‘n’ dodges, and he uses Dempsey’s pop-up to RANA Joe! Fans fire up, Dragon dodges Dempsey and CLOBBERS him! Dragon has Dempsey in a corner, he JUMP KICKS and trips Joe, to COMBINACION DRAGON! Then Dragon aims, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK for Dempsey! HYDRAULIC DROPKICK for Joe! Cover on Joe, TWO! So Dragon drags Dempsey to a cover, TWO! Fans rally behind Dragon and he fires hands on Joe. Joe blocks the whip to reverse, then runs in. Dragon BOOTS Joe, then BOOTS Dempsey!

Dragon goes up and leaps, but the double DDT is blocked! DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS! Dempsey covers, Joe drags him away! Joe covers, Dempsey stomps him! Joe stands, Dempsey UPPERCUTS, ROCKS, but Joe hits back! They brawl, Dempsey bridges to whip! Joe stops from hitting buckles, elbows Dempsey away, and goes up, up and CROSSBODIES into an UPPERCUT! Dempsey hauls Joe up, waistlocks, but Joe grabs ropes! Dragon is there to slingshot and sunset flip! Dempsey resists, Joe drags Dragon up! OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY GERMAN SUPLEX COMBO!! The fans fire up as all three men are down!

Dragon clutches his back, No Quarter coaches Dempsey, and “This is Awesome!” as Joe and Dempsey trade uppercuts! Dragon joins in with haymakers! Dempsey kicks, then he uses joe to kick off, TORNADO DDT on Dempsey! Dragon then staggers, runs in at Joe, but Joe pops him up for an UPPERCUT! Dempsey is up, Joe roars and runs in, GLASGOW SENDOFF sends Dragon into Dempsey! Dempsey falls out of the ring, Joe covers Dragon, TWO!! Dragon survives and Joe is frustrated. Joe drags Dragon up and to the top rope. Fans rally as Joe CHOPS, and CHOPS, and then climbs up.

The fans duel between Joe and Dragon, but Dragon trips Joe! Joe is in the Tree of Woe, so Joe gets WOE STOMPS!! Dragon then DIVES to take out Dempsey! Dragon brushes that off, gets right back in, and V-TRIGGER on Joe! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives and Gulak is relieved because it means Dempsey is still in this. Dragon keeps an eye on Dempsey, PLANCHA but into an UPPERCUT! Dempsey’s antiair pays off again, and he brawls with Dragon now. But Joe builds speed to FLY!! Direct hit on both men and all three are down at ringside! The fans are thunderous, and t hen Joe Gacy crawls out from under the ring!?

Gacy grins at Coffey, but then slithers back under. Coffey puts both Dempsey and Dragon in the ring, but Gacy drags Coffey down! Coffey can’t get away, Gacy brings him down into the Upside-Down! Dempsey runs in at Dragon, Dragon pops him up to SUPERKICK in the corner! Dempseys taggers, Dragon runs in, but Dempsey turns crossbody into FALL AWAY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dempsey hauls Dragon up to a full nelson, but Dragon breaks that! Dempsey still waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEXE! Dragon lands on his feet! And dodges Dempsey to tilt-o-whirl, OPERACION DRAGON!! Cover, Dragon wins!!

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

Coffey added to the mix certainly spiced this one up, but then Joe Gacy slithers back out from under the ring? What did he even do to Coffey while they were under there? And then No Quarter CLOBBERS Dragon! These sore losers want to beat Dragon down, but wait! THE LWO is here! Cruz Del Toro & Joaquin Wilde are back in NXT and they fire off fists! They TOSS Dempsey, clothesline Borne & Kemp out, then RANA Gulak! The fans are thunderous for LWO, and Dragon has some amigos of his own now! Will they humble No Quarter until they’re not even worth two cents?

 

Trick Melo Gang regroups backstage.

Trick still has no idea what Dragunov is thinking. Trick is supposed to be first to get his shot, and then Dragunov takes this match? With Ridge Holland?! And if Ridge wins, they probably make New Year’s Evil into a Triple Threat! Wow, really? Melo should’ve thought of that. Oh wait. But see, Trick’s gotta listen to Melo, Melo knows what he’s talking about. Trick says Dragunov can probably take Ridge. Dragunov’s been unbeatable, untouchable. But Trick is supposed to be the one to take him out. Trick is supposed to be the one that has done what no one else could, and take that title from Dragunov.

Melo tries not to be upset by that, but Trick asks if he gets what he’s saying. he does. That’s why they’re dawgs. Trick heads out and Melo is a bit frustrated. Will Trick stop worrying about Ridge and worry more about HIM?

 

Cora Jade walks into the women’s locker room.

“She’s baaack~!” Cora asks if they missed her, because she missed all of them. But don’t worry, the savior of the NXT Women’s Division is back. Who is she kidding? She’s the savior of ALL of NXT. And first thing’s first: pin the champion. Check. Secondly: reclaim HER locker. Check. She replaces the nametag on the wall, sorry not sorry to Karmen Petrovic. But feels good to be back. Cora also throws Karmen’s things on the floor and steps away. Gigi says some things never change. Karmen returns and asks if Cora really just did that. And disrespected her gi! Gigi says there’s only one way to deal with Cora. Karmen nods, understanding just what she has to do.

 

Men’s Breakout Tournament, Opening Round: Tavion Heights VS Luca Crusifino!

There’s one spot left in the semifinals, and it goes to the winner of this match! Will the World Wrestling Bronze Medalist look to go for gold? Or will the Legal Eagle OBJECT and win this one for himself?

The bell rings and the fans rally for Tavion. He and Luca tie up, Tavion trips Luca to a cover, ONE! They reset, tie up, and Tavion wrenches to a hammerlock. Luca rolls, slips around, wristlocks, and hammerlocks. Tavion switches that on to Luca, but Luca moves around. Luca elbows free, but Tavion ROCKS Luca! They clinch, Luca kicks low but Tavion shoves and scoops, tilt-o-whirl SLAM! Cover, TWO! Luca sputters but Tavion headlocks. Tavion spins and waistlocks, Luca grabs ropes and the ref counts. Luca stomps a foot! Then ELBOWS Tavion away! Luca runs up, clinches, and ROCKS Tavion!

Luca kicks the legs out and Tavion flounders. Fans boo but Luca CLUBS Tavion down! Luca eggs Tavion, throws hands, and has Tavion on the ropes. Luca whips, Tavion blocks to ROCK Luca! Luca ELBOWS Tavion then hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Tavion is tough and Luca is frustrated. Luca whips, hip toss NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Tavion survives the Quick Draw but Luca CLUBS him down again. Luca fires hands at the ropes, then in a corner. Luca bumps Tavion off buckles, whips corner to corner, then storms up. Luca hip tosses, but Tavion handsprings through! Tavion hits a BIG Belly2Belly! Both men are down but Tavion rises first.

Fans rally up, Tavion fires hands and he DECKS Luca! And then whips to OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Then a HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Luca kicks, Tavion blocks and slips under, T-BONE BELLY2BELLY! Fans fire up with Tavion and he runs, RUNNING BELLY2BELLY!! Cover, Tavion wins!

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

And with that, the field is set! Riley Osborne VS Lexi King, and Tavion Heights VS Oba Femi! Will Tavion reach the highest heights in NXT? Or will he be thrown far, far away from the finals?

 

NXT takes a closer look at the coming Women’s Championship match.

“Two women crossed an ocean to be in NXT. But both have chosen very different paths. Lyra Valkyria, NXT Women’s Champion, left her native Ireland to chase a dream. Her opponent at New Year’s Evil, the Iron Survivor, Blair Davenport, went from New Zealand to the UK to Japan and back again in her quest for glory. Somehow, they have never crossed swords before. Even in NXT UK, they looked set to collide, but an injury to Lyra meant the WWE Universe was denied a chance to witness these two battle.

“Each woman is the polar opposite of the other. Lyra doing everything she could to fairly claw her way to the top of NXT, doing things the right way, beating her hero, Becky Lynch, and earning the respect of The Man in the process. Blair chose the darker route, hiding in the shadows, picking off her rival with sneakily savage skullduggery. At Deadline, Blair Davenport showed that she is virtually untouchable by beating four other women. Not just by showcasing her skill and intelligence, but by showing she can and will do anything to succeed.

“Will Lyra Valkyria’s virtuous journey keep her on track as NXT Women’s Champion? Or will Blair Davenport’s trail of destruction lead her to championship gold? Their paths will finally cross at New Year’s Evil!”

 

Lyra Valkyria finishes watching the video package.

And Nikkita Lyons walks in. She didn’t have a problem with creepy Tatum before last week, but then Tatum had to go and put hands on her. Lyra has no idea what is going on with that girl’s brain. Lyons says she’ll take care of their freak problem tonight, but just so Lyra knows, Lyons came back for Blair, but also for the title. Lyra understands that, but will Lyons roar her way into the new year?

 

Backstage interview with The Meta Four.

Kelly Kincaid can tell they’re all in the holiday spirit, but Noam Dar wants her to listen. Jingle jingle! Ho ho ho, Kelly! Happy holidays! Now, what is Noam’s answer to Josh Briggs’ challenge? Well, this is the time of year that we should think about the less fortunate. And Dar is nothing if not a man of charity with a heart of gold. Noam Claus! Oh, these guys are the best, aren’t they, Kelly? That was rhetorical. But Briggs has a Christmas miracle coming his way, for Supernova 11, Father Christmas, will be defending his Heritage Cup against “that little drummer boy.” Okay? Thank you, bye-bye, Happy Festivus!

Dar gives Briggs what he wants, but will Briggs give Dar what he deserves in another Clothesline From Hell?

 

Nikkita Lyons VS Tatum Paxley!

NXT returns as Tatum makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. The fans are on Lyons’ side, and she does the splits as Tatum goes for a leg! Lyons wags a finger, then KICKS Tatum! Tatum bails out, but Lyons storms out after her. Lyons CHOPS Tatum and Tatum sits down in front of the steps. Lyons runs up but Tatum moves, the chop hits the steps! Tatum then SLAMS the bad hand into the steel! Tatum slithers into the ring, waits on Lyons, and she stomps the bad hand! Tatum stands on the hand against ropes! The ref counts, Tatum lets off and laughs at Lyons’ pain. Tatum snapmares Lyons, then runs up to SLIDING FOREARM!

Lyons flounders, Tatum clamps onto her and smothers her into the mat. Tatum rolls, Gedo Clutch into a bridging cover! TWO, Lyons cradles, TWO! Tatum runs up to kick low! Tatum wrangles Lyons and stomps the bad hand! And stomps it again! Tatum laughs as she drops a knee on the bad arm! Tatum taunts the pain, then JUMP ELBOW DROPS! Cover, TWO! Lyons is still in this but Tatum goes after the bad arm. Tatum bends the fingers, Lyons fights around, then she rolls Tatum up! TWO!! Tatum runs up but into an EDDY GORDO KICK! Tatum returns again, into a drop toehold! Tatum flounders, Lyons runs corner to corner, and KICKS Tatum down!

Lyons KICKS again, then fires off shots with both hands! Lyons shakes and DECKS Tatum! Then Lyons SWINGING HIP ATTACKS! And GERMAN SUPLEXES! Tatum staggers up, Lyons roars and SPIN KICKS! Fans fire up for the SPLIT LEG DROP! Cover, Lyons wins!

Winner: Nikkita Lyons, by pinfall

Lyons fights through the pain and takes the win! Will this stop Tatum from stalking Lyra or only make the obsession grow? As for Nikkita, will 2024 be the Year of the Lion?

 

Hank ‘n’ Tank talk backstage.

All they wanted was a shot. All they wanted was a chance to prove themselves against the best, and dammit, they’ve got it! Now, they are underdogs who flip the script on Gallus! When that bell rings, body shots become knockouts! Slug fest! They hit first, and they hit last! Hank ‘n’ Tank are all fired up, but will it still be Gallus Boys On Top? We find out, after the break!

 

Fallon regroups with Briggs & Jensen.

The guys cannot believe Tiffany would say that stuff. Is she okay? Fallon is embarrassed, humiliated and pissed. Tiffany has had everything in her life handed to her on a silver platter. She doesn’t know what hard work means! What it means to get your hands dirty! The last thing we see in Tiff is a hard worker, and Fallon is NOT done with her! Fallon storms off, and Jensen says he’s never seen her that pissed. But hey, on a better note, Dar took Briggs’ challenge, Heritage Cup on the line next week! Briggs is ready to rock it. How many times has Jensen said 2023 is gonna be their year? Like, 2023 times!

And Briggs is feeling like he’s gonna end 2023 as the NEW Heritage Cup Champion. Jensen says Meta Four will be ringside, so he’ll make sure he and Fallon are there to support Briggs and make sure Meta Four doesn’t cheat him. Briggs says he appreciates that. But… He needs to do this on his own. What? Why? Briggs isn’t sure he can explain it or if Jensen would understand. But Briggs just feels he needs to ride solo here. Alright. Good luck then, man. They shake hands and Briggs heads out. What is happening to the trio that is Country Strong?

 

Hank ‘n’ Tank VS Gallus!

NXT returns as Gallus makes their entrance, and Joe has miraculously returned from under the ring. He’s still wary of where Gacy might be, but he stays ringside for Markus & Wolfgang. The teams sort out and Hank starts against Mark. The bell rings and Hank runs in to run Mark over! Hank wrenches, Mark tags Wolfgang but Hank is ready. Wolfgang headlocks, Hank powers out and RAMS shoulders! And then Hank wrenches, whips, but Wolfgang reverses. Hank anticipates the back drop to whip and RAM Wolfgang down! SENTON! Cover, ONE! Hank wrenches, tag to Tank, and Tank takes the handoff.

Wolfgang ROCKS Tank, tags Mark, then Mark runs in but into an arm-drag! Tank has an armlock, he wrenches and RAMS Mark down, and the fans fire up. Tank wrenches and runs Mark over again. Tank wrenches one more time, but Mark ROCKS him! Mark whips, Tank goes up and over and keeps moving to UPPERCUT Mark down! Fans fire up with Tank, he whips Mark to a corner and SPLASHES! Tag to Hank, they double whip and double shoulder! Wolfgang runs in but into DOUBLE ELBOWS! Hank ‘n’ Tank DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE Wolfgang up and out! Mark staggers up, into a headlock takeover from Hank!

Fans fire up, Mark fights up, and Mark powers out. Wolfgang tags in, waits and trips Hank up! Mark KNEES Hank out, then Wolfgang POSTS him! Fans boo and Tank coaches Hank up but Gallus stands tall. Hank flounders, Wolfgang gets Hank on the apron and CLUBS away on the arm! Wolfgang slides in, clamps onto the bad arm and he grinds the shoulder. Hank reaches out, fights Wolfgang, but Mark runs up on Tank! That distracts Tank and he misses the tag! Wolfgang whips Hank into the Gallus corner, Mark tags back in and the Gallus Boys mug Hank. Mark snapmares then covers, ONE! Hank is tough but Mark stomps him down.

Mark stays between Hank ‘n’ Tank, whips Hank back to the corner, then runs in, but into an elbow! Hank ROCKS Wolfgang, ROCKS Mark, repeat! But then Mark ROCKS Hank! Mark whips Hank to a corner, but Hank rebounds to POUNCE Mark! Fans fire up and Hank crawls! Wolfgang is down from that last forearm shot, but Mark anchors a foot! Mark drags Hank, but Hank BOOTS him away! Tank tags but nowhere near the corner! The ref reprimands and stops Tank, Mark GAMANGIRIS Hank down! Cover, Gallus wins!

Winner: Gallus, by pinfall

Tank’s emotions got the better of him, he forgot the tag team basics! Gallus Boys On Top, but Gacy is watching from the crowd. Will Gacy rediscover himself by tearing the Iron King down?

 

Dijak speaks.

“Eddy Thorpe. What’re you thinking, my friend? NXT Underground with those injured ribs? Every breath you take more painful than the last. I don’t have to remind you that I put you in the hospital last time after our Strap match, leathering you right in front of your family. Now you wanna face me in a match with barely any rules? Yeah, you cut me last week. And then what happened? I snapped the ring ropes and mercilessly drilled the buckle right into your ribcage! That internal wound opened right back up. What’re you gonna do when nothing and no one can save you? The last NXT of 2023 will be your last match ever! See you in the Underground.”

 

Tiffany Stratton speaks.

She takes in a deep breath and says, “It feels good to finally put you in your place, Fallon Henley, where you’re supposed to be: A servant in society. But I’m sure you’re used to that, serving people like me, waiting on people like me. A person like me wouldn’t even set foot in your trashy bar. A person like Tiffany Stratton doesn’t even belong on the same world as Fallon Henley. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: You will never be me. No matter how many classes you take, no matter how hard you work, no matter what clothes you wear, you will always be trash! Something that you’re very familiar with.

“And you like to work, right? So I’ll put you to work. You VS me at New Year’s Evil. And when I win, you will become my servant, just the way it’s supposed to be. Tootles.” Tiffany is raising the stakes, but will her pride come before her fall?

Ilja Dragunov VS Ridge Holland!

The title isn’t on the line, but the Mad Dragon is still taking a chance facing someone as big and strong as Yorkshire Grit ahead of his match with Trick Williams. Will Dragunov prove #UNBESIEGBAR is still head and shoulders above Ridge’s level? Or will this Brawling Brute prove he is worthy?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Draugnov headlocks but Ridge power sup. Dragunov holds on, Ridge powers out and they RAM shoudlers! Dragunov runs to RAM Ridge again! And again! Ridge rebounds to CLOBBER Dragunov! Dragunov is right up and he fires a flurry of forearms! Dragunov whips, Ridge reverses, Dragunov ducks one lariat but not the SOUTHPAW! Ridge snarls, he drags Dragunov up, and he scoops. Dragunov silps free, waistlocks and lifts, but Ridge fights that with elbows. Ridge switches, Dragunov headlocks and CLUBS away. ridge whips, but the CONSTANTINE SPECIAL comes in!

Dragunov then CHOPS Ridge, CHPOS, and MACHINE GUN CHOPS! The fans fire up, Dragunov lets off, and he CHOP- NO, Ridge blocks! And HEADBUTTS! Dragunov flounders away, Ridge runs up, but Dragunov blocks a boot to HEADBUTT inr eturN! Dragunov reels Ridge in, but Ridge is pretty big! Dragunov almost has him but Ridge powers up to Alabama Lift! ALABAMA SLAM! Ridge drags Dragunov by his legs, but Dragunov boots him away! Dragunov then JUMP BOOTS! And GERMAN SUPLEXES! Dragunov holds on, Ridge throws elbows to fight, but Dragunov GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Fans fire up as Dragunov drags Ridge up again.

Ridge throws elbows, Dragunov CLUBS and CHOPS him! Ridge ROCKS Dragunov, but Dragunov springs up to PELE! And GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up more as NXT goes picture in picture.

Dragunov roars, waits on Ridge, and then runs up to CLUB him back down! Dragunov stomps Ridge, stands him up and CHOPS! Ridge CHOPS back! Dragunov CLUBS Ridge, and Ridge drops to his knees. Dragunov storms up to DROPKICK Ridge to ropes. Dragunov stomps Ridge, storms around, then CLUBS Ridge back down. Dragunov clamps on with a chinlock, almost a Bully Choke, but Ridge endures. Ridge fights up, torture racks, but Dragunov slips free to ROUNDHOUSE! Ridge staggers to a corner, Dragunov ROCKS him! Ridge SHOVES Dragunov away, so Dragunov comes back with a JUMP KICK! Dragunov snapmares Ridge and SENTONS! Cover, TWO!

Ridge snarls but Dragunov keeps after him. Dragunov drags Ridge up but Ridge resists the suplex. Dragunov wrenches to waistlock, but Ridge resists another lift. Dragunov still hoists Ridge up for another GERMAN SUPLEX! NXT returns to single picture and the fans are thunderous! Dragunov dares Ridge to get up, then kicks him. Ridge rises, Dragunov kicks him more. Dragunov kicks again, then CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ridge snarls and ROCKS Dragunov! And bumps him off buckles! Ridge KICKS then CLUBS Dragunov down! Ridge huffs and puffs and slaps some sense back into himself. Ridge runs up to SPLASH in the corner!

Dragunov staggers, Ridge runs in again to SPLASH in another corner! Then clinch for the EXPLODER! Dragunov flounders, Ridge hurries to cover, TWO! Ridge grows frustrated but the fans rally behind Dragunov. Dragunov rises, Ridge takes aim, and Ridge waistlocks to half nelson. Dragunov fights that, elbows Ridge, elbow shim again, then CLUBS him! Dragunov runs, CONSTAN- NO, Ridge KNEES Dragunov tot he apron! Ridge drags Dragunov up, for… No, Ridge reconsiders using Sheamus’ Beats of the Bodhrain, so Dragunov CHOPS him! And CLUBS away on him in the ropes! Dragunov’s own version of Bodhrain, but Ridge ROCKS Dragunov in return!

Ridge then suplexes Dragunov up and in, only for Dragunov to DDT counter!! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous again! Dragunov drags Ridge back up, reels him in, and tries to lift him! Ridge fights to Alabama Lift again, but Dragunov sunset flips! TWO, H-BOMB FOREARM!! Fans fire up and want that “One More Time!” Dragunov drags Ridge back up, reels him back in, but Ridge back drops free! Dragunov returns to ENZIGURI! Ridge returns to BOOT! Push to a cover, TWO!! Dragunov survives and Ridge is stunned! Ridge snarls while the fans rally up. Ridge deadlifts Dragunov into the suplex, but Dragunov throws knees!

Dragunov has a GUILLOTINE, but Ridge makes it a bearhug! So Dragunov throws headbutts! Ridge stays standing, and he facelocks Dragunov, for a PACKAGE DDT!! Both men are down but the ref checks Dragunov. That shot really did a number on Dragunov, the ref has Ridge stay back. Ridge and the fans all quiet down, and the ref calls in medics. Ridge feels awful, he can’t believe he’s done this again! Refs and medics all hurry in to check Dragunov, who can barely move that left arm. A stretcher is brought in, as well as back board and neck brace. The medics secure Dragunov and Ridge is beside himself.

The ref assures Ridge that this comes with the territory, but that doesn’t do much to help. Dragunov is carefully slid from ring to stretcher and strapped in, and fans applaud as Dragunov is able to respond. The stretcher leaves, and fans cheer Dragunov on, but was Trick perhaps right about Dragunov taking a risk too close to the New Year?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT here as a combination go-home to next week’s NXT After Christmas as well as setting up more stuff for New Year’s Evil the Tuesday after. And just to address the ending moment now, do not worry. Given NXT still records in batches, it was essentially spoiled last week that Dragunov needing medical attention is all part of story, as confirmed by Sean Ross Sapp & Corey Brennan of Fightful. Perhaps a little controversial to kayfabe Ridge Holland being legit dangerous, but we’ve had Pretty Deadly use Elton’s arm injury for some comedic drama, and Bryan Danielson in AEW used his concussion history to fake out Kazuchika Okada, blurring the lines is nothing new.

But it does play well with the story building with Trick Melo Gang. Melo keeps trying to deflect that Dragunov is the one who attacked them both but Trick still isn’t buying it. And Trick doesn’t mean to, but he’s saying stuff that is getting under Melo’s skin, so it is only a matter of time until Melo just snaps and goes after him in the open with a very “It was ME, Austin! It was me all along!” moment at like New Year’s Evil. Then that sets up Trick VS Melo for Vengeance Day 2024, title optional because the story alone is enough to eat that match up. At the same time, depending on how they play this Dragunov angle, Trick could end up champion and his first defense is an incredibly heated defense because it’s Melo.

Great stuff from Fallon and Tiffany to open the night, but they made sure this wasn’t the blowoff by having Fallon win with a roll-up rather than a finisher. And now we get a grudge match, Fallon fighting for her independence against Tiffany in a borrowed idea from NXT UK where Xia Brookside and Nina Samuels had that Loser Works for the Winner match. Good promos from Fallon and Tiff, and good promos to set up Dar VS Briggs for the Heritage Cup. I’m also a little surprised Briggs doesn’t want Jensen ringside, it just makes sense someone should be there to keep Meta Four from screwing Briggs over. While I like the idea of Briggs winning because he wallops Dar, I could see Jensen still showing up ringside, that costs Briggs, and Briggs gets mad at Jensen.

Great tag match from Thea & Jacy VS Kiana & Izzi, but of course the Heels win that. Chase U as a whole is going through hard times, and Thea’s partially distracted by Riley Osborne. And good bit of Roxie slapping Arianna for her stupid platitudes. Roxie VS Arianna is def happening, giving Roxie momentum into one more rematch with Kiana James. Good promo of Cora being so obnoxious and disrespectful, and now getting on Karmen’s bad side. Karmen probably won’t win, but she can have a great showing against Cora. And Lyons beats Tatum, of course, but it feels like Tatum isn’t going to leave Lyra alone. Great vignette to hype Lyra VS Blair, but with Lola Vice and her Breakout contract, who knows who comes away as champion there.

Great stuff in the Men’s Breakout Tournament. Lexis King of course wins his match, even with as good as Lennox looks and how well he moves. And naturally, Bearhill returns, wanting after King. A little hard to say a single chair shot kept Bearhill out of this whole tournament when he didn’t even need to wrestle last week, given he’s up and chasing King now. But Bearhill VS King is a given for whatever event you want after the tournament is over. Tavion Heights looked awesome against Crusifino and that is a great choice to move to the next round. King VS Riley will be good stuff but Heights VS Femi will be awesome stuff.

Good promo out of Chase, Duke, OTM and Rizzo. I didn’t think shooting dice would be Scrypts’ idea, but perhaps I should’ve figured that. And it could’ve been part of Scrypts’ plan all along to get Chase high on himself and make him offer a title opportunity. I’m leaning towards OTM winning out, setting up a title match for New Year’s Evil, making it an even more stacked episode. Dijak and Eddy Thorpe have really good promos, and an NXT Underground match between the two of them is going to be awesome stuff for next week. They’ve gone back and forth, but it really depends on what the winner is going to move on to after this.

And great stuff with the North American Championship tonight. I like that they made it a Triple Threat, that really upped the excitement and it also allowed Joe Gacy to get his story beat with Joe Coffey in smoothly. Gallus wins against Hank ‘n’ Tank but maybe Gacy joins them in a Six Man Tag for whatever reason? And LWO returning to back Dragon Lee up is great, I would think Dragon Lee joins the faction not so much to replace Santos but because he actually respects Rey Mysterio. A Six Man Tag of Dragon, Cruz & Wilde VS any three of No Quarter has to be happening before Gulak goes for a title shot himself.

My Score: 8.9/10


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

Will the winds of change blow?

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NJPW starts a riot!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Ren Narita, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Shota Umino VS Jack Perry!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall

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

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

 

Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Team Gabe Kidd, by pinfall

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Nic Nemeth, by pinfall

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

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

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

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

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

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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