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Mitchell’s NJPW Battle in the Valley Results & Report! (1/13/23)

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NJPW Battle in the Valley

There’s California Love for NJPW!

It’s been eleven months since last time, but NJPW is back to Battle in the Valley! Will Will Ospreay win one last match against Kazuchika Okada? Or will the Rainmaker rain on Ospreay’s parade?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Match – Matt Vandagriff VS Goldy; Vandagriff wins.
  • Kickoff Match – Viva Van VS Stephanie Vaquer; Vaquer wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Shota Umino, Fred Rosser & Jacob Fatu VS Team Filthy; Shota, Rosser & Fatu win.
  • Mascara Dorada & Volador Jr. VS Rocky Romero & Soberano Jr; Dorada & Volador win.
  • TJP VS David Finlay; Finlay wins.
  • NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS Alex Coughlin & Clark Connors; ELP & Leo win and retain the titles.
  • NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Giulia VS Trish Adora; Giulia wins and retains the title.
  • Matt Riddle & ??? VS Zack Sabre Jr. & Bad Dude Tito; Riddle & Jeff Cobb win.
  • AEW Continental Crown Championships: Eddie Kingston VS Gabe Kidd; Double Count-Out Draw, Eddie retains the titles.
  • No Disqualifications: Shingo Takagi VS Jon Moxley; Moxley wins.
  • Kazuchika Okada VS Will Ospreay; Okada wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

After the opening Six Man Tag…

The Roughneck, Shota Umino, wins alongside “No Days Off” Fred Rosser & “The Samoan Werewolf,” Jacob Fatu, and fans cheer as he gives a young fan his wristband and a hug, while also giving another young fan a wristband and a selfie. But then a fan in a Bushi mask attacks!?! Is it really Bushi or an imposter? That’s happened before, y’know. Security steps in, but then the mask is taken off, and it’s JACK PERRY!? Fans go nuts seeing the former Jungle Boy here at a NJPW event! He’s still on suspension in AEW, so what business does he have here?! He puts Shota on the railing, to DRAPING DDT to the floor!!

Fans boo but Jack drags Shota into the ring! Jack takes aim from the corner, and he runs in to JUMP KNEE! Shota falls and fans boo even harder! Jack then takes something out of his jacket. It’s his AEW CONTRACT!? And he RIPS IT UP!?! Is Jack quitting AEW to be here in NJPW?! Jack takes out an armband and it has the word “Scapegoat” on it. Jack puts that on, making a statement to Tony Khan and AEW. Fans still boo, but he soaks it all up. Jack then leaves without a word. What is Hollywood Jack Perry planning for his 2024?

 

NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS Alex Coughlin & Clark Connors!

With “Madman” Gabe Kidd fighting for the Continental Triple Crown later on, the Headbanga & Young Guerrilla are facing a unique combination from the Bullet Club War Dogs tonight. Will Dreadnought & 100 Proof prove to be a winning combination? Or will they fail to take these straps from the DUAL NJPW Tag Team Champions?

The introductions are made, the blue belts are raised, and we see if Bullet Club adds more gold to the collection!

Fans wind up with ELP, but Coughlin & Connors attack to stop the champs from high-fiving! Fans boo, the bell rings, and Coughlin CHOKES Leo in a corner. Connors whips, ELP reverses then hurdles, drops then DROPKICKS! Connors flops around while Leo turns things around on Coughlin, and CHOPS! Leo then SPLASHES Connors in a corner! ELP ELBOWS Connors, whips him into the scoop, and then SIDEWALK SLAM! ELP throws off the shirt as he goes up, to FALLING AX HANDLE! Coughlin knees low, ROCKS Leo, CLUBS ELP, repeat! Coughlin pie faces them both, runs, but ELP hurdles for Leo to DDT Coughlin down!

Fans fire up, and ELP finally high-fives Leo! ELP then tunes up and Leo aims from the other corner. Coughlin rises, but Connors CHOP BLOCKS Leo! Coughlin DECKS ELP, and fans boo as Connors drags Leo to the corner. Connors SLAMS the leg into the post! Then Coughlin SLAMS Leo’s leg into the post! Fans boo as Leo flops to the floor, but Connors stomps ELP and eggs on the fans. Connors CHOKES ELP against railing! The ref reprimands, Coughlin bends Leo’s leg then stomps him. The fans chant “You Suck!” at the War Dogs but Coughlin puts Leo in. Connors covers, ONE! Fans rally but Connors sits Leo up.

Connors DECKS Leo with a forearm! Connors drops an elbow on the bad leg, and he has the toehold now. The fans rally as Leo endures. His shoulders are down, the ref counts, ONE! Leo grabs at Connors but Connors drops another elbow on the knee. Fans boo but Connors stalks Leo to a corner. Connors throws body shots, UPPERCUTS Leo, then he BLASTS ELP off the apron! Coughlin CHOKES Leo in the blue corner, the fans boo, but Connors RAMS in! Tag to Coughlin and he stands on Leo’s head. The ref counts, Coughlin lets off, then drags Leo up. Coughlin ROCKS Leo, CHOPS him, then runs up on ELP! ELP gets away but Connors CHOKES Leo!

Coughlin runs in to SPLASH Leo, then UPPERCUT! Coughlin taunts ELP while Connors stands Leo back up. Coughlin sucker punches ELP, but Leo fights free to BOOT Coughlin down! Fans fire up as Leo hurries over, but Connors YANKS ELP down! Fans boo as Coughlin then gets Leo’s leg, SHIN BREAKER! Connors and Coughlin drag Leo up and double whip him to the corner. But he comes back to DOUBLE LARIAT! The fans fire up as Leo crawls over! Hot tag to ELP! ELP CROSSBODIES both dogs down! ELP rains fists on Connors, whips him and DROPKICKS him, then dodges Coughlin to RANA!

Fans fire up, ELP kips up, and he atomic drops Connors! Connors swings, ELP gets under to atomic drop again! Connors staggers around but Coughlin back suplexes! ELP lands out, and he gives Coughlin an atomic drop! Russian Leg Sweep for Coughlin, and then a clothesline for Connors! Fans fire up and ELP builds speed, but Coughlin UPPERCUTS him! Fans boo, Coughlin storms up on ELP and whips corner to corner. ELP reverses but Coughlin blocks! Coughlin whips again, ELP goes up and over, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and springboards to CROSSBODY! Somersault and LIONSAULT! Then somersault and TORNADO DDT to the floor for Connors!!

The fans are all fired up as ELP rises! ELP climbs a corner, slingshots and TORNADO DDTS Coughlin! Then he kips up! ELP tags in Leo and they get Coughlin up. Straitjacket torture rack and Leo runs, BOOT into the BRAIN SALAD! Cover, TWO!! Coughlin survives being scrambled but ELP & Leo aim from the corners. The fans rally up as ELP tunes up. Coughlin rises, into SUDDEN- NO, Coughlin blocks! Leo choke grips but Coughlin sends him at ELP! ELP stops Leo, but Coughlin GERMAN SUPLEXES Leo away! ELP runs up, but Coughlin ducks the kick to pump handle and scoop! Fireman’s carry, DREADNOUGHT DRIVER!!

Fans fire up and Coughlin roars! Coughlin tags Connors, and Connors aims as Leo stands! SPEAR!! Fans boo but Connors coordinates with Coughlin, and they both take aim at Leo. HIT AND RUN!! Cover, TWO!?! Leo survives the high-low and Bullet Club is shocked! The fans fire up, Connors & Coughlin haul Leo up, suplex for the- NO, Leo fights out, ROCKS Connors, then on one good leg, GOD- NO! Connors slips free and Coughlin CHOP BLOCKS Leo! DOUBLE FOREARM SANDWICH! Then the lift and ASSISTED BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!! Coughlin DECKS ELP off the apron and then Connors goes up!

Fans rally as Connors & Coughlin hit the the FULL CLIP!!! Cover, ELP BREAKS IT!! Coughlin stomps ELP and kicks him out, then goes back to the corner. Connors tags Coughlin in, the fans rally for “G O D! G O D!” Coughlin hauls Leo, Connors climbs back up, and Coughlin gut wrenches as they load up the usually heavyweight combo. But ELP returns to GAMANGIRI Connors! Leo slips free of Coughlin, to SNAP POWERSLAM! Fans fire up as Leo drags Coughlin back up! Coughlin pries the grip away! But ELP hits SUDDEN DEATH! Leo grips again, for the GODSEND!! ELP hurries up onto Leo’s shoulders! SUPER THUNDERKISS!!! Cover, the Guerrillas win!

Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Openweight Champions)

Coughlin & Connors threw a lot at them, but the Guerrillas make it through! But the dance card still has Chase Owens & Kenta coming for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag titles, will ELP & Leo keep it 100?

 

NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Giulia VS Trish Adora w/ The Infantry!

The Beautiful Madness has truly been a Strong Women’s Champion, but now she’s facing a truly strong contender in the AfroPunk! Will Adora bring this belt with her to AEW & ROH? Or will Giulia still be a golden gladiator?

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

The bell rings and fans rally up behind Giulia. Giulia grins as she and Adora circle. The fans do cheer Adora, too, and she offers a handshake. Giulia isn’t familiar with the ROH Code of Honor, but she still accepts. Fans cheer the sportsmanship, but then Giulia reels Adora in! Adora fights off the Saido and gets free, and Giulia grins as she wags her finger. She wants everyone to calm down, and she offers the handshake back. Adora is wary now, but she accepts anyway. Giulia then brings Adora in to stare her down. The two reset and circle and the fans rally up. They feel things out, knuckle lock, and Adora headlocks.

Giulia pops out the back to hammerlock then headlock, but Adora pries the hold open. Adora wrenches to wristlock, but Giulia rolls, slips around, full nelsons and cravats to crank on a neck wrench. Adora endures, Giulia snapmares and chinlocks. Adora fights up, fans rally, and Adora pries the hold open to double wristlock! Adora drags Giulia down, Giulia fights up, and she powers Adora into a corner. The ref counts, Giulia lets off slowly, and fans cheer the sportsmanship. But then Giulia CHOPS! Adora storms up on Giulia but Giulia slips around, waistlocks, and whips. Adora reverses, Giulia swings around to IRON OCTOPUS!

Adora stays up while the fans fire up! Adora powers back up and she turns this around into an Air Raid Stretch! Giulia endures, fans rally up, and Adora pushes on the arm! Giulia flails, gets free, but Adora wristlocks to wrangle her back down. Adora drops a leg on the arm, and has a short arm scissor! Giulia kicks around, moves around, rolls back but Adora sends her into a corner! Adora CHOPS and fans “WOO~!” Giulia gets in Adora’s face, so Adora CHOPS again! Giulia storms up again, but into another CHOP! Giulia runs in but into a scoop and SLAM! Fans fire up and Adora drags Giulia back to her feet.

Giulia fires forearms on Adora, then runs, but Adora scoops for a BLACK HOLE BACKBREAKER! Then Adora makes it a backbreaker stretch! Adora SLAPS Giulia’s stomach over an dover, but Giulia powers up and out! Only for Adora to reel her back in, and PANCAKE PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Adora drags Giulia back up, suplexes again, but Giulia fights it to snap suplex back! Fans rally up, Giulia storms up on Adora and fires forearms. Adora fires back! They go back and forth and the fans rally up. Giulia ROCKS Adora, but Adora ROCKS Giulia! And again and again and again! Adora ROCKS Giulia then powers up the arm!

Giulia gets around, uses leg scissors to get the drop toehold, and STF!! The fans fire up, Adora endures, and Adora fights around to find the ROPEBREAK! Giulia lets off and the fans rally up again. Giulia aims, runs corner to corner and ELBOWS! Giulia whips, Adora reverses and runs in, but into a BOOT! Giulia goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Giulia drags Adora back up and reels her in, but Adora fights the scoop! Adora wrenches and waistlocks but now Giulia fights the lift. Giulia switches, Adora switches, Giulia fights but Adora still GERMAN SUPLEXES! But Giulia’s back on her feet?! And she GERMAN SUPLEXES Adora!!

Adora flounders up to her feet, but ducks the lariat to GERMAN SUPLEX! Giulia stands, ducks the lariat, to SAIDO! Giulia isn’t done, she scoops, but Adora fights free! Adora WRINGS the arm, and SENTONS! The fans fire up while both women are down! Giulia flounders to ropes, “This is Awesome!” as Adora goes to the other side. They both run in, and Giulia SHOTGUN BOOTS! Giulia whips, Adora reverses and avoids a boot to JAB! Giulia rises, ducks the haymaker, but Adora gets away to BUBBA BOMB! And CATTLE MUTILATION!! Giulia fights, one arm gets free but Adora keeps the other! They move around, Giulia reaches out, ROPEBREAK!

Fans fire up as Giulia flops to the floor. Adora pursues, drags Giulia up, and CLUBS away on her! Adora then scoops Giulia while the fans duel, and Adora POWERSLAMS Giulia to the floor! The ring count starts but Adora drags Giulia up. Adora suplexes but Giulia fights free to whip Adora into railing! And then snap suplex to the floor! Giulia goes up the apron at 10 of 20, but then climbs the corner! The count stops all the same, and Adora hurries up after Giulia! Adora throws hands, climbs up after Giulia, and fans fire up as Adora aims for the floor! But Giulia fights with body shots! Giulia ROCKS Adora, then steps inside!

Giulia drags Adora to the very top, underhooks the arms, SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX!! Cover, ONE?!?! The fans were already thunderous and now they’re electric! Adora sits up but Giulia KNEES her down!! Cover, TWO!! Adora is still in this but Giulia keeps moving! Adora BOOTS Giulia, but Giulia stands! Giulia ducks the haymaker to ITALIAN HOOK!! And then scoop, NORTHERN BOMB!!! Cover, Giulia wins!

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

The AfroPunk put up one hell of a fight, but she couldn’t stop the Beautiful Madness! Giulia still shows Adora respect by helping her up and shaking her hand. With the second-ever Strong Women’s Champion being this strong, will there ever be a third-ever?

 

Mustafa Ali has a video!

“Good evening, esteemed citizens of the world! I am here to announce that I am bringing my campaign to NJPW. Y’see, in recent times, certain individuals have, regrettably, not represented NJPW in the matter in which it deserves! I speak of such individuals as Hiromu Takahashi. A man who is mentally unstable! A man who literally goes into battle with a stuffed animal in his arms. A stuffed animal! Ladies and gentlemen, no! NJPW deserves better than this. And I will see to it that it is rebuilt, reignited, and reclaims its former glory.

“So Mr. Takahashi, I am here to inform you that you are unfit to be a leader. You will be replaced, you will be removed. And as the great ambassador to this great sport, I am here to issue an executive order that you and I will have a match, April 12th, at the Windy City Riot.” Ali then tells Hiromu in Japanese that he will lose that night. Thank you, good night, and remember: In Ali We Trust! The Beacon has come to NJPW, will he be the guiding light of NJPW whether Hiromu likes it or not?

 

Matt Riddle & ??? VS Zack Sabre Jr. & Bad Dude Tito!

The King of Bros is in NJPW, and though he’s aiming for Hiroshi Tanahashi and the NJPW World TV Championship, he’ll gladly take on the OG NJPW World TV Champion to get started. But just who is his tag partner? It’s JEFF COBB!! The Chosen Bros are reunited, will they turn this into the San Bro-se Valley?

The teams sort out and ZSJ starts against Riddle. They circle, feel things out, and ZSJ facelocks, floats around, waistlocks, but Riddle gets up. They reset, go again, and Riddle grabs a leg to then trip ZSJ up. ZSJ uses a leg guard, Riddle takes a shot but ZSJ goes for an arm. Riddle moves around, ZSJ wants a leg but Riddle keeps moving. ZSJ facelocks, Riddle rolls free and the fans cheer this technical masterclass. Riddle and ZSJ push each other, the fans rally up, and the two knuckle lock. Riddle shoots in, waistlocks, and SLAMS ZSJ! Then Riddle gut wrenches to throw ZSJ around and around, very Jeff Cobb of him!

But ZSJ turns that into a TRIANGLE HOLD! ZSJ throws elbows but Riddle pops free! ZSJ avoids the buzzsaw and the fans fire up again! Riddle and ZSJ reset, egg each other on, and ZSJ tags in Tito. Riddle points to Cobb, fans cheer, and Riddle tags Cobb in. Cobb steps to Tito, Tito shoves him, so Cobb shoves back. Fans cheer for “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” as the shoves turn to forearms! Cobb fires a flurry, whips, but Tito reverses. Cobb RAMS Tito, Tito RAMS Cobb, repeat! Then the forearms return! The fans fire up, Tito kicks low and runs, but Cobb drops, hurdles, and DROPKICKS! Fans fire up as Cobb poses a la Riddle!

Cobb drags Tito up, tags in Riddle, and the Chosen Bros mug Tito with a KICK to the chest! Cobb scoops Tito, SLAMS him, then he gives Riddle the boost, ASSISTED FLOATING BRO! Riddle pushes Tito to a cover, ONE! Tito hangs tough but Riddle clamps on a facelock. Tito lifts Riddle and RAMS him into the corner! Tag to ZSJ and ZSJ DROPKICKS Cobb down! ZSJ returns to UPPERCUT Riddle! Fans fire up as ZSJ flexes, then ZSJ strikes a crane stance to mock Riddle. ZSJ cravats to snapmare Riddle, tag to Tito. NECK TWIST and SENTON! Tito paces while Riddle writhes. Tito CHOPS Riddle, but Riddle CHOPS back!

Tito SLAPS Riddle, stomps away, then tags in ZSJ. ZSJ drags Riddle to have a standing toehold, emphasis on toe! ZSJ SNAPS toe after toe, then STOMPS the foot! Tag to Tito and Tito drops a knee on the leg! The fans tell ZSJ he’s sick, but Tito ROCKS Riddle with a forearm. Tito fires off forearms and CHOPS in the open corner, then wrenches and short arm LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Tito drags Riddle up and brings him over, tag to ZSJ. TMDK mugs Riddle, ZSJ UPPERCUTS and UPPERCUTS! ZSJ snapmares Riddle, for the NECK- KICK from Riddle! PENALTY KICK! Fans rally up as Riddle and ZSJ crawl, hot tag to Cobb!

Cobb catches ZSJ, RAMS him into Tito, then whips ZSJ into the corner! Cobb UPPERCUTS, scoops, and RUNNING BACK SUPLEXES! Cover, Tito breaks it! Tito fires off on Cobb, but Cobb suplexes Tito! Tito tumbles out and fans fire up for Cobb. Cobb hauls ZSJ up to scoop and SLAM, then GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT FLOPS as ZSJ moves! NECK TWIST! Cobb writhes, ZSJ flexes, and ZSJ brings Cobb up. Fans sing for “OH~ Zack Sabre Junior~!” but Cobb blocks the scoop! Cobb powers out, ZSJ BOOTS and whips. Cobb reverses, ZSJ avoids the dropkick to body scissor and clutch, ONE?!? ZSJ runs back up to LARIAT, but Cobb stays up!

ZSJ SLAPS Cobb, runs, but Cobb LARIATS ZSJ! Cobb whips ZSJ to scoop and TOUR OF- CRUCIFIX TAKEDOWN! TWO!! Cobb fireman’s carries right out of it! ZSJ slips down, Cobb throws elbows, but ZSJ ducks the lariat to waistlock. Cobb throws ZSJ away, then JABS! Cobb whips ZSJ into a corner but ZSJ goes up and TORNADO DDTS! Fans fire up while both men are down! ZSJ and Cobb crawl, hot tags to Tito and Riddle! Riddle fires off palm strikes, KICKS and BOOTS, then spins Tito around to PELE! Riddle handsprings, runs up to forearm smash, then runs side to side to forearm smash again!

Tito fights the Brosploder, ducks the haymaker, mule kick and ENZIGURI! Deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, Cobb breaks it! ZSJ storms in to UPPERCUT Cobb! Tito ROCKS Cobb, repeat! Cobb CHOPS Tito, ROCKS ZSJ, repeat! ZSJ UPPERCUTS, Tito ROCKS, Cobb CHOPS! ZSJ baits Cobb in to dump him out! ZSJ goes out to PNEALTY- NO, Cobb blocks to YANK ZSJ down, ATHLETIC- SLEEPER!! ZSJ has Cobb, but Riddle fires off on Tito! Tito ROCKS Riddle, Riddle KICKS! KICKS! Tito ducks to DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Tito back suplexes, Riddle lands out, but Tito gets around! BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!!

Fans fire up and Tito drags Riddle up. Tito fireman’s carries to F- NO, Riddle lands out! Riddle BOOTS Tito, goes up and up and WHISPER IN THE WIND! ZSJ is back to CHOP! Riddle CHOPS! ZSJ CHOPS! They CHOP and CHOP back and forth, but then Riddle KICKS! Riddle blocks a kick to PELE- NO! ZSJ catches that to an ANKLE LOCK! Riddle endures, rolls, and that feeds ZSJ to Cobb’s reverse crucifix lift! LAWN DART FLASH KNEE COMBO!! Tito stands up to CHOP Cobb, CHOP Riddle, repeat! Riddle KNEES Tito into Cobb’s GERMAN SUPLEX! Tito rises up?! And he EXPLODERS Cobb!! Riddle ROUNDHOUSES Tito!

Tito roars, runs in, but Riddle gets around! Ripcord, FINAL FLASH! And then gut wrench, tuck, BRO DEREK!! Cover, Chosen Bros win!!

Winners: Matt Riddle & Jeff Cobb, by pinfall

The fans chant “BRO! BRO! BRO!” as Riddle and Cobb celebrate! Was this reunion a one time deal? Or could there be a future for the Chosen Bros in NJPW?

 

AEW Continental Crown Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Gabe Kidd!

The Mad King has been on a roll, and is even coming off a win against Wheeler Yuta on AEW Rampage! Will Eddie be able to go coast to coast with title defenses? Or will this War Dog grab three belts in one go?

The introductions are made, but of course Kidd attacks Eddie the moment he’s in the ring! The fans boo as Kidd fires off up the ramp. Kidd flips off the fans, but Eddie hits back with haymakers! Eddie DECKS Kidd and sends him back to ringside. Eddie ROCKS Kidd, the ref wants this in the ring, so Eddie brings Kidd up. Kidd hits low, CLUBS Eddie, and reels him in! Kidd lifts but Eddie back drops free! Fans fire up while Kidd writhes, and Eddie takes off his merch shirt to CHOKE Kidd with it! The ref reprimands, even though this isn’t officially a match yet. Eddie lets off on Kidd, stalks him to railing, and ROCKS him with a right!

Eddie DECKS Kidd again, stomps him around, then JABS! JABS! And CHOPS! Kidd leans against railing, Eddie CHOKES him! The ref reprimands, Eddie lets go, and Kidd staggers around. Eddie brings Kidd around but Kidd blocks the suplex! Kidd gets around, to GERMAN SUPLEX Eddie to the floor! Fans boo, the ref reprimands and tells Kidd to get this in the ring, but Kidd drags Eddie up to POST him! Eddie wobbles, Kidd grabs his arms and YANKS him into the post! And YANKS him in again! Kidd tells Eddie off, YANKS him into the post again, then flips the fans off. Fans boo but Kidd CLAWS Eddie’s face!

The ref reprimands, Kidd lets off, and Eddie swings wild. Kidd DECKS Eddie in return! Kidd stands on Eddie, the fans boo, so Kidd just spits at them. Kidd finally puts Eddie in the ring, slides in, and now it’s a match! Kidd kicks Eddie around, taunts him and the fans, but Eddie scowls and rises up. Eddie CHOPS and Kidd drops to a knee! Fans fire up as Eddie eggs Kidd on. Kidd CHOPS, Eddie staggers, but he comes back to CHOP again! Kidd dusts himself off, and CHOPS! Eddie CHOPS, the fans “WOO~!” as the two go back and forth, CHOP for CHOP! Eddie catches his breath, then CHOPS again!

Down come the straps! The fans fire up as Kidd CHOPS, Eddie CHOPS, repeat! They go CHOP for CHOP again and again, and the fans are loving it! Eddie CHOPS, Kidd shakes the ropes! Kidd says he’s a madman, and he CHOPS Eddie! Kidd flips off the fans as they rally for Eddie, but Eddie CHOPS again! Kidd headbutts the buckle, then comes back to CHOP! Kidd talks trash, gets in Eddie’s face, so Eddie CHOPS! Kidd stays up as he grits his teeth! Eddie points to the logo, this is NJPW dammit! Kidd CHOPS! Kidd eggs Eddie on, the fans rally, and Eddie CHOPS again! Kidd CHOPS but Eddie roars! Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS!

Kidd BITES Eddie’s face! The fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Kidd lets off to shout at everyone! Kidd whips, Eddie reverses to SAIDO! Eddie sends Kidd flying and the fans fire up! Kidd flounders to a corner and the fans rally behind Eddie. Kidd stands in the corner, “Let’s Go Eddie!” “F U GABE!” Eddie clotheslines Kidd in the corner, then MACHINE GUN CHOPS! The fans fire up and Eddie tops it off with one more CHOP! Kidd sits down and sputters, Eddie runs side to side, but Kidd gets up to ROCK Eddie with forearms! Eddie staggers around as Kidd ROCKS him again. Kidd fires more shots, then ROCKS Eddie again!

Kidd suplexes, to BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Eddie survives and Kidd scowls. But then Kidd grins and laughs as the fans tell him off. Kidd scuffs Eddie, does squats to show off his stamina, and then drags Eddie around. Eddie pushes Kidd away so Kidd stomps him down. Kidd drags Eddie up and reels him in. The fans rally, Eddie wrenches free, and he ducks a haymaker to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Kidd rises, but into the URAKEN!! Cover, TWO!! Kidd survives the Backfist to the Future but Eddie is too sore to be upset. The fans rally up as Kidd and Eddie stir. Eddie shakes out the arms and rises up.

Eddie storms over to Kidd and the fans are all fired up. Eddie drags Kidd up, reels him in and scoops, but Kidd slips free to SAIDO! But Eddie rises up?! Eddie staggers around, Kidd ROCKS him then gut wrenches, to the TOMBSTONE!! Cover, TWO!!! Eddie survives and fans fire up again! Kidd huffs and puffs and bites the rope in frustration. Kidd snarls and sits cross-legged, a message to Shibata. Kidd eggs Eddie on, they both crawl to each other, and they junkyard dog headbutt! And again! And again! Kidd SLAPS Eddie, Eddie SLAPS Kidd, repeat! Eddie then SLAPS Kidd down! Kidd comes back to HEADBUTT!

Eddie HEADBUTTS again, but Eddie HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up while both men are dizzy from all those impacts! Kidd and Eddie rise, go forehead to forehead, then Kidd CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Fans boo, but then Eddie CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Kidd SLAPS and SLAPS and SLAPS! Eddie drops to his knees, Kidd SPITS at him, but that just pisses Eddie off!! The fans tell Kidd he just messed up, and Eddie fires off fast hands! Kidd fires them back, the fans are thunderous! Eddie roars and SLAPS!! And URAKENS!!! Eddie falls over, Kidd falls out!! The fans are thunderous for Eddie while both men are down!

Eddie sits up, clears out an ear for the sake of equilibrium, and the fans sing, “F HIM UP, EDDIE, F HIM UP!” But Kidd drags Eddie out! Eddie still CHOPS! Kidd CHOPS! Eddie CHOPS! Kidd shakes the railing, CHOPS again, but Eddie returns it! The ref reprimands, they both tell him to shut up already! The ring count starts as the CHOPS keep going, then the HEADBUTTS return! Eddie CHOPS Kidd, we’re at 8 of 20 as Kidd fires forearms! Kidd swings into an EXPLODER to the floor!! Both men are down at 15 of 20! Kidd grabs the timekeeper’s mic not just to stop the count, but to tell Eddie, “Is that all you got, you fat b*tch!?”

Fans go nuts hearing that, and Eddie CHOKES Kidd! The count returns, we hit TWENTY!!! THE MATCH IS OVER!

Double Count-Out Draw

The fans boo but Eddie is just as pissed! He grabs the timekeeper’s table but Kidd fires off on Eddie! Young Lions hurry to stop this, fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Kidd gets loose and he LEAPS at Eddie! Eddie and Kidd scrap, referees rush out here to stop this, but Kidd gets loose again! Kidd CLOBBERS Young Lions to get at Eddie! Fans fire up as the two are pulled apart again! Kidd cost himself the belt but he still grabs it, to SLAM it down! Eddie storms in to TACKLE Kidd! Eddie BITES Kidd, rains down fists, and the fans are thunderous! Eddie snarls as he grabs the rest of his belts, and takes aim! Kidd flounders up, but Connors & Coughlin attack!

Fans boo as Bullet Club beats down on Eddie like the pack of feral dogs they are! Kidd holds up the Continental Championship, sets it down by Eddie, and then Connors & Coughlin haul Eddie up! They work together to PILEDRIVER onto the belt!! Kidd holds up the belt like he won it, but fans boo because he’s just a madman! Kidd throws the AEW belt down, kicks the other belts aside, then stands on Eddie. The War Dogs are about bringing belts and bodies, but will the Mad King put them all down one by one?

 

No Disqualifications: Shingo Takagi VS Jon Moxley!

The Rampaging Dragon called out The Maniac back when he was still NEVER Openweight Champion, but losing the title doesn’t mean he’s backing down from his own challenge. Will Takagi rebound from WrestleKingdom? Or will Moxley slay the dragon in the valley?

Takagi takes off the robe to reveal he’s in his Street Fight gear! Fans fire up, the bell rings and the two get face to face. They chest bump each other, then go forehead to forehead. Takagi scuffs Moxley, the forearms start flying, and the fans fire up as they go back and forth! Takagi responds as fast as Moxley, they go fast and furious, then Moxley HEADBUTTS! Moxley runs to RAM Takagi, but Takagi runs to RAM Moxley! Moxley flips Takagi off, they both run, and they both RAM! And RAM! They grapple, tumble out of the ring, and Moxley SMACKS Takagi off the apron! Takagi body shots, SMACKS Moxley off the apron, and then goes looking.

Fans fire up as Takagi brings out kendo sticks! Takagi passes one to Moxley and the fans fire up even more! Both men show off their skills, then they CLASH! Moxley disarms Takagi?! And then JAMS him low, to kendo Russian Leg Sweep into railing! Moxley JAMS Takagi, then digs the stick into Takagi’s shoulder! And then into Takagi’s mouth! Moxley smothers Takagi, then lets off to go looking for more. Moxley brings out a steel chain, and a trash can lid! Moxley SMACKS Takagi with the lid! Red Shoes reprimands about the head shot, Moxley apologizes and shakes his hand, then has the chain. Moxley wraps his fist to throw steel punches!

Moxley CHOPS Takagi against the post, then puts him in the ring. Takagi keeps moving and he runs Moxley over! Moxley sits up in a daze, and Takagi snap suplexes! Then ELBOW DROPS! Takagi pushes Moxley back down to run and ELBOW DROP! The fans rally and duel, and Takagi takes off his belt! Moxley shakes his head, Takagi DECKS him! Takagi drops knees on Moxley, then clamps on a chinlock. Moxley endures, but Takagi BELL CLAPS him! Then SENTONS! Fans fire up while Moxley bails out. Takagi is annoyed, so he storms over, but into a TRASH CAN LID SMACK! Fans cheer while Takagi flops over!

Moxley still has the lid, Red Shoes is wary of him as he storms around, but then Moxley goes out. Moxley SMACKS Takagi again! Moxley puts the lid aside to bring Takagi up again. Takagi’s busted open, but Moxley crotches him on the railing! Moxley LARIATS Takagi down! Fans cheer Moxley as he flexes, and he puts the kendo sticks in the ring. Moxley also puts the chain in the ring, then drags Moxley up to punch away on the bloody forehead! Fans fire up as Moxley shows them up close and personal as he punches and HEADBUTTS Takagi down. Moxley goes looking for more things, and he finds a trash can!

Moxley tosses the can in, the lid in, and then goes after Takagi again. Moxley puts Takagi in, fans want tables, but Moxley has the trash can first. Moxley kicks and fires off forearms! Takagi flops against ropes, Moxley puts the can around him! Moxley grabs a kendo stick to SMACK the can! And again! And then again! Takagi falls over and fans fire up for Moxley. Moxley pulls the kendo stick apart, to JAB at Takagi’s bloody forehead! It’s like using giant bamboo skewers! The fans tell Moxley he’s sick, but Moxley lets off to reel Takagi in, PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Takagi is still in this, but Moxley ties up the legs!

Moxley claws at Takagi’s head but Takagi has pieces of bamboo! Takagi tries to jab at Moxley down low, but Moxley grabs the bamboo to put it in Takagi’s mouth! Moxley pulls Takagi back, but Takagi gets another of the pieces! Takagi jabs at Moxley again, but Moxley takes that piece, to dig at Takagi’s cheek! Moxley uses the pieces to torture Takagi’s mouth, then he lets off. Takagi swings wild, but Moxley BOOTS him! And BOOTS him! Takagi throws forearms, Moxley hits back, then BOOTS! Moxley DECKS Takagi, runs, and SLIDING LARIATS! Takagi sits right up!? Fans fire up and even Moxley smirks.

Moxley and Takagi stand, and Moxley throws a forearm! Takagi comes back, so Moxley throws another! And another! Takagi headbutts a buckle to fire back up! Takagi hobbles over, Moxley ROCKS him, then runs, into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Fans join in with “OI! OI! OI!” and Takagi rises up. Takagi runs but Moxley boots! Takagi blocks to clothesline through! Takagi fires off forearm after forearm, then whips corner to corner. Takagi clotheslines, then he reels Moxley in, suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Takagi looks for a camera, and says “TOKI GA KITA! <IT’S TIME!>”

Fans fire up, Moxley rises, and Takagi storms up. Moxley BITES Takagi’s bloody forehead! Then he clotheslines Takagi up and out! Moxley builds speed, and DIVES into a TRASH CAN LID SMASH!! Moxley flops to the floor while the fans are thunderous! Takagi storms over to Moxley, brings him around, and sets Moxley against railing. Fans rally with “OI! OI! OI!” as Takagi aims. Takagi runs up, to JUMP SMASH!! Moxley has a bloody forehead of his own now! And now Takagi brings out chairs! Takagi BOOTS Moxley, goes up a corner and he unties the buckle pad. Takagi drags Moxley in, to bump Moxley off the bare steel!

Takagi fireman’s carries to SNAKE EYES Moxley, and then says one more time! Takagi hoists Moxley up top, climbs up after him, and then brings him to the very top! SUPER DUPER PLEX!! Fans fire up while Takagi crawls over and sits Moxley up. “This is Awesome!” as Takagi throws HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Takagi uses the Blackpool Combat Club signature, then runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Moxley sits up!? Fans fire up as both men sport crimson masks. Takagi HEADBUTTS< forearms, and JABS! Moxley stays up, to HEADBUTT back! Takagi HEADBUTTS! They HEADBUTT again and again, and again!

Takagi runs, but Moxley LARIATS with him! Moxley eggs Takagi on, they LARIAT! Then Moxley gets around to SNAP GERMAN! Takagi’s right up to SNAP SAIDO! Moxley’s right up, LARIATS collide again! Takagi SWATS one, to PUMPING- NO, PARADIGM SHIFT! SLIDING FOREARM?!? Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! Takagi and Moxley slowly rise, and they both roar, before they both flop out of the ring! Takagi and Moxley find their ways around the corner, and they both go looking under the ring. They’re both looking for something, Takagi throws chair after chair in! So does Moxley!

Fans want a table but there are plenty of chairs first. They CLASH with the chairs like they’re swords! Moxley blocks a shot, but Takagi claps the chair closed right on Moxley’s fingers!! Then he DECKS Moxley! Takagi wraps the chain around his fist and fans fire up! Takagi runs up, IRON PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives but Takagi has a kendo stick! HEADSHOT! Takagi puts Moxley on the apron, then goes looking under the ring. Finally, a TABLE! The fans are thunderous as Takagi sets that up nearby. These American tables are bigger and trickier than the Japanese tables but Takagi still stands it up.

Takagi then goes to the apron, fireman’s carries Moxley, but Moxley slips free! Moxley CHOKES Takagi with the chain!! Takagi sputters as Moxley pulls it tight! Red Shoes checks, Takagi stays in this, but Moxley shoves Takagi away. Moxley puts Takagi on the table, CHOKES him some more, then goes up the corner! Moxley aims while fans freak out, and Moxley MACHO ELBOWS through the table!! The fans lose their minds while Moxley drags himself up from the wreckage! Moxley staggers back over to Takagi, puts him in the ring, and covers, TWO!!! Takagi still lives and Moxley is furious!

Moxley argues with Red Shoes but Red Shoes defends his count. Moxley goes back out, goes looking again, and he brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up as Moxley puts this table in the ring! Moxley CHOKES Takagi again, then he sets the table up near a corner. Moxley lines up the shot, licks the table, then brings Takagi over. The fans tell Moxley he’s sick but he drags Takagi up to the top rope. Moxley underhooks the arms! Takagi fights back with body shots! Moxley HEADBUTTS, and HEADBUTTS, and HEADBUTTS! Takagi GREEN MISTS?!? When did he get that?! Moxley flails blindly, Takagi adjusts the table’s position, then goes back up!

Fans are thunderous as Takagi fireman’s carries Moxley! STAY DREAM through the table!!! The fans are thunderous again, and Takagi has a piece of the table! Takagi SMACKS Moxley with it! Then SMACKS him with another piece! Then runs to PUMPING BOMBER!! The fans are thunderous again as Takagi tucks the arms, to TAKAGI DRIVER 98!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives but Takagi grabs some chairs! Takagi CHUCKS one into Moxley’s face, then pump handles! MADE IN JAPAN onto the other chair!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? No one can believe it but Moxley survives!! Moxley shakes his head but Takagi roars!

Takagi reels Moxley up and pump handles. Moxley fights, throws down elbows, but Takagi LARIATS! Moxley stays up so Moxley LARIATS again! Moxley roars, fires boxing elbows like Takagi would, but Takagi just grits his teeth! Takagi fires boxing elbows in return! Moxley roars, Takagi JABS! Ands HEADBUTTS! And spins, but into a CUTTER!!! Moxley staggers to his feet, gets moving, CURB STOMP!!! And then DEATH RIDER!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Takagi survives and no one can believe it! The fans are electric and Moxley drags Takagi up. Fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this isn’t the main event!

Moxley rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Moxley clamps on a SLEEPER and he squeezes tight! Takagi endures, the fans rally up, and Takagi fights up! Takagi turns, torture racks, but Moxley slips free! SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! And REGAL KNEE!! Cover, ONE?!?!?! WHAT?!?! Moxley is pissed and he runs up to KING KONG LARIAT!! Moxley gets a chair, sits it up, and brings Takagi over! FULL METAL DEATH RIDER!!! Cover, Moxley wins!!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

The Rampaging Dragon proved he can hang with The Maniac, but the Maniac proved he is still that damn nuts! Will Moxley use this momentum to go after a championship, whether that’s in NJPW or AEW? Moxley then knees and Takagi crawls over. They show each other respect with a fist bump, will Takagi just have to fight even harder to prove he’s worthy of another title opportunity?

The fans cheer for Moxley as Moxley gets a mic to speak. Wait, the mic doesn’t work. “That was my fault, I didn’t press the button.” Moxley says the smell of the air in the valley, the taste of blood and sweat on his lips, he knows it is time. “In the year of 2024, I only got one name in all of professional wrestling on my mind. NAITO!!” Fans fire up as Moxley calls out the NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion!! Moxley says, “The time has come.” The Maniac leaves it at that, is this a sign Moxley is aiming to take the top spot in NJPW for his own?

 

Kazuchika Okada VS Will Ospreay!

The Rainmaker and Aerial Assassin have been through a lot together since 2015: mentor and protege; allies and teammates; bitter enemies and rivals. But as Ospreay is moving on from NJPW to AEW, this could potentially be the last time we see these two in the same ring. Who wins what could be the final chapter in this incredible story?

The bell rings and the fans are already losing their minds just witnessing this match. Ospreay and Okada take a moment to appreciate the moment, then they circle. They then stare down, “This is Awesome!” and then the two tie up. Ospreay gets around to waistlock but Okada wrenches out to wristlock. Ospreay rolls, wrenches, wristlocks, but Okada rolls, trips Ospreay and has a toehold. Okada pulls on the hold but Ospreay uses his free leg to hook Okada. Okada fights off the armbar, rolls Ospreay to a stack cover, ONE! The fans fire up as the two reset. The fans duel as Ospreay and Okada stare down again.

Okada and Ospreay circle, feel things out, and tie up again. They’re in a deadlock, but Okada powers Ospreay back. Ospreay turns things around to put Okada on ropes, and he lets off slowly. Okada dares Ospreay to do something by sticking his neck out, but Ospreay doesn’t go for it. Okada then turns things around on Ospreay, Red Shoes counts, and Okada lets off slowly. Okada grabs Ospreay by the neck, but then lets off with pats on the shoulders. Fans cheer Okada changing up his usual tactics. Ospreay rushes up but Okada kicks him low. Okada headlocks, Ospreay powers up and out. Okada runs him over, only for Ospreay to kip up!

Ospreay headlocks now, Okada powers up and out, things speed up as Okada drops then hurdles, then hip- NO, Ospreay arm-drag counters! Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Fans fire up as Ospreay paces around. Ospreay storms up on Okada, drags him up, and UPPERCUTS! Ospreay CLUBS Okada’s neck, fans duel, and Ospreay KICKS Okada in the face! The fans rally with “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE! OI OI OI!” but Ospreay says no, he’s British! British! Ospreay drags Okada up to whip and run in, but Okada dodges. Okada runs back in, Ospreay ELBOWS him then runs, but he fakes Okada’s back drop out to KICK him!

Ospreay then runs up to clothesline Okada up and out! Fans fire up with Ospreay and they stick to just “OI! OI! OI!” as he aims. PLANCHA, but Okada dodges! Okada kicks low, DDT to the floor! Ospreay writhes and Red Shoes hurries out to check on him, but Okada keeps his cool. Fans duel again as Okada rises up. Ospreay is okay to continue, so Okada drags him up and CLUBS him on the neck. The fans sing for “Ospreay~ Ospreay Ospreay Ospreay~! Ospreay~, Ospreay~!” Okada CLUBS Ospreay but Ospreay fires back! They go forearm for forearm, then Okada UPPERCUTS! Ospreay staggers and the ring count starts.

Okada puts Ospreay in to stop the count, then drags Ospreay out along the apron, to DRAPING DDT to the floor! Fans are torn while Red Shoes reprimands, but Okada leaves Ospreay behind. Ospreay is still in this so Red Shoes restarts the ring count. Ospreay sits up at 6 of 20, hobbles over and rolls in at 10 of 20. Okada sits Ospreay up so he can run and BASEMENT DROPKICK! Okada cocky covers, ONE! Fans boo this rude side of Okada but he brings Ospreay up to CLUB him. Ospreay goes to a corner, Okada is after him, and the fans continue to duel. Okada ELBOWS Ospreay, then taunts the fans chanting for Ospreay.

Okada ELBOWS Ospreay again, lets off as Red Shoes counts, and Okada comes back around to bring Ospreay up. Ospreay CHOPS! Fans fire up, Ospreay fires forearms, but Okada knees low. Okada whips, Ospreay reverses but Okada ELBOWS Ospreay down! Fans fire up as Ospreay goes to a corner, they much prefer hard-hitting Okada. Okada whips corner to corner to then run in and back elbow Ospreay! Okada then kicks low, but Ospreay suplexes first! Fans fire up while both men are down! Okada sits up while clutching his back and Ospreay rises. The fans rally, Ospreay fires forearms and he ROCKS Okada.

Ospreay whips, Okada reverses but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER KICK! Okada bails out, Ospreay aims and PLANCHAS! Direct hit this time and the fans fire back up! Ospreay drags Okada up and into the ring, then aims from the apron. Springboard, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay keeps cool and the fans rally back up. Ospreay hobbles but he still brings Okada up. Okada resists the lift so Ospreay gives him Kawada Kicks. And then a CHOP! Okada goes to a corner, Ospreay runs in but Okada dodges to put Ospreay up. Ospreay BOOTS back, Okada returns but Ospreay puts him up top!

Okada BOOTS Ospreay, Ospreay CHOPS Okada, but Ospreay runs into the FLAPJACK! Fans fire up while both men are down again! The fans rally and duel harder now while both men stir. Okada rises first, drags Ospreay up and Alabama Lifts! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Okada grabs Ospreay’s arm to wrap on the MONEY CLIP! Ospreay endures, the fans rally up, and Okada thrashes Ospreay around! Okada pulls on the hold but Ospreay fights to his feet! Ospreay RAMS Okada into a corner and gets free, but Okada ROCKS him with a forearm! Okada runs, into the Tiger Wall Kick and ENZIGURI!

Fans fire up, Ospreay reels Okada in and lifts, but Okada slips free! UPPERCUT, GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay lands on his feet to ROUNDHOUSE! Ospreay whips, Okada reverses but Ospreay avoids the dropkick! STANDING SHOOTING STAR gets knees! Both men know each other so well! Okada whips, and he DROPKICKS Ospreay down! Okada drags Ospreay back up, gut wrenches, but Ospreay fights free to HOOK KICK! Okada swings, but Ospreay SWATS the lariat to HOOK KICK again! Ospreay then runs, springboards, OSCUTTER!! Fans fire up as Ospreay covers, TWO!! Okada stays in this, but Ospreay stays on him!

Fans chant “This is Awesome!” again as Ospreay scoops and SLAMS Okada into a drop zone. Ospreay then goes up the corner, and he LEAP OF- NO, Ospreay has to land out of the Leap of Faith as Okada moves! And then Okada SHOTGUNS Ospreay down! Ospreay ends up in the corner while fans fire up again. Okada stirs, goes out to the apron after Ospreay, and brings him around to gut wrench, and TOMBSTONE to the floor!! Ospreay sputters and Okada flops over while fans fire up! Red Shoes checks on both men and the fans cheer Red Shoes on. Okada stands up, he brings Ospreay up and puts him back in.

Okada drags Ospreay up, scoops and SLAMS him, then per the formula, goes up the corner. MACHO ELBOW! And that of course brings out the Rainmaker Pose! Fans fire up again and Okada drags Ospreay up. Okada waistlocks but Ospreay throws elbows! Okada ROCKS Ospreay with a forearm! And another! Ospreay goes to a corner, Okada fires more forearms! Red Shoes counts, Ospreay pushes Okada, but Okada gives Ospreay scuffing kicks to the face. Red Shoes backs Okada off, but Okada comes back to scuff Ospreay more. Okada eggs Ospreay on as he digs his boots in, but Ospreay stands up! Fans fire up as Ospreay backs Okada down!

Okada ROCKS Ospreay, Ospreay SUPERKICKS! Ospreay springboards, but Okada blocks the cutter! Ripcord, RAIN- SPANISH FLY?!? Ospreay turns things around, covers, TWO!! Okada hangs in there but Ospreay drags him back up. But Okada scoops to LANDSLIDE! Okada roars, he drags Ospreay back up and ripcords, but Ospreay ducks under and swings around to sunset flip! ONE, but Ospreay drags Okada right up, into a STYLES CLASH!!! Roll over to the cover, TWO!!! Okada survives, Ospreay isn’t quite phenomenal just yet! The fans rally up again as Ospreay and Okada stir. Okada goes to ropes and Ospreay considers his options.

Ospreay already copied one Bullet Club member, so he loads up a finger gun to copy another! BANG and- DROPKICK from Okada! Okada drags Ospreay up, ripcords, but Ospreay gets under to ripcord! Okada ducks, backslides, Ospreay rolls through so Okada underhooks to steal STORMBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Okada hurries to ripcord and RAINMAKER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Okada is shocked and the fans are electric! “This is Awesome!” while both men are down. Okada rises first, and he flips off the Ospreay fans. Fans boo this extra rude Okada, but he just drags Ospreay up. Okada waistlocks but Ospreay throws elbows!

Okada BLINDSIDE DROPKICKS! Then he whips, to DROP- SITOUT POWERBOMB!! Ospreay turns things around on Okada and both men are down again! The fans are thunderous as Ospreay reaches out. Ospreay finds his way to Okada as Okada rises, and the two go forehead to forehead. Okada throws a forearm, but Ospreay gives it back! Okada throws another, but Ospreay shakes his head. Ospreay throws a forearm back! Okada grits his teeth, shakes his head, and fires another forearm! Ospreay shouts, shakes the ropes, and Okada puts his hands back. Ospreay ROCKS Okada with a forearm! Okada smiles?!

The fans fire up as Okada goes back to ROCK Ospreay! The forearms go back and forth, Okada eggs Ospreay on, Ospreay throws more shots, so Okada ROCKS him again! And again! Ospreay shakes he’s all fired up! Okada fires a forearm, Ospreay gives Kawada Kicks! Okada fires off forearms, then an UPPERCUT! Ospreay drops to his knees, Okada leans on ropes, and the fans fire up! Okada brings Ospreay around, but Ospreay dodges the lariat to ELBOW! Ospreay copies the Rainmaker Pose! Ripcord, but Okada ducks the lariat, only for Ospreay to DROPKICK! And then Ospreay steals RAINMAKER!! Cover, TWO!!

The fans are thunderous again and Ospreay drags Okada up. Ospreay underhooks, Okada back drops and sits down, TWO!! Okada ducks the Buzzsaw, ROLLING- NO, Ospreay rolls through that to underhook and STORMBREAKER!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Now Okada shocks Ospreay for surviving! The fans are electric again while both men are down! “This is Awesome!” and Ospreay makes his way to a corner. Ospreay pulls off the elbow pad and the fans are fired up! Ospreay takes aim as Okada sits up. HIDDEN- DROPKICK! But Ospreay’s right back up! HIDDEN- Scoop and POWERSLAM! Okada drags Ospreay back up to ripcord! RAIN- BOOT!!

Ospreay BOOTS again, and again, but Okada LARIATS! Okada holds onto the wristlock but Ospreay roars! Okada LARIATS again, but Ospreay stays on his feet! Okada LARIATS and Ospreay drops to his knees! Okada keeps Ospreay up, fans boo his menacing glare at Ospreay, fireman’s carry to HEAVY RAIN! And then ripcord to RAINMAKER!!! Stack cover, OKADA WINS!!!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall

7-2 now becomes 8-2 as Okada once again brings down Ospreay! The tenth chapter, possibly the last, and it is The Rainmaker that writes the ending. But Okada shows Ospreay respect by helping him to his feet. And they even hug it out! Fans cheer that these two rivals can find friendship even after all of this. Wait, what’re the Bullet Club War Dogs doing storming out here? They may have that coming 10 Man Cage match against the United Empire, but now they wanna piss all over this moment! DAVID FINLAY appears from the crowd side!? SHILLELAGH SMASH on Okada!! The War Dogs mug Ospreay while fans boo!

Finlay rains down fists on Ospreay with fury! As if winning the Global Championship at WrestleKingdom wasn’t enough, Finlay wants his Dogs to stand Ospreay up. But here comes TJP and Jeff Cobb! TJP SUPERKICKS Finlay, Cobb fires off on the Dogs, and then EDDIE KINGSTON is here! He still wants after Kidd! The fans fire up as Eddie clotheslines Kidd up and out! RED MIST from TJP to Connors! Eddie grabs the ring bell! He wants to hit someone with it, so he runs up on Coughlin! Coughlin dodges, ring bell hits post! The Dogs regroup at the ramp, tails tucked between their legs but still barking mad!

Ospreay, Cobb & TJP stand together, Eddie out in front still holding the bell! The fans cheer, “Thank You, Ospreay!” knowing this is the last time he’ll be here under NJPW. Ospreay is given the mic and he says, “Oi! Oi! You can thank me after I wipe the floor with Bullet Club in a effing steel cage, bruv.” Fans like the sound of that! Ospreay tells Finlay that he and his “sex slaves” can run around all they want, they’ll see them in Osaka. As for Eddie, Ospreay owes him one, thanks for that. Ospreay then takes a moment to sit down. He gets an icepack, thanks the Empire for having his back, he loves ’em for it.

The fans chant “Thank You, Ospreay!” again, and Ospreay continues to say, “On a serious note, thank you, guys. It’s been a real fun eight years. This is weird. I came into NJPW when I was 22 years old. Didn’t know much about myself, I found out a lot about myself on the way around. NJPW gave me the opportunity of being a young, immature man, and allowing me to make mistakes and face every single one of you guys eye to eye and grow from it.” Fans applaud that. Ospreay takes a moment to catch his breath and compose himself before saying, “There’s so many things that I could say about Okada, man. I mean, Okada is literally the best wrestler ever.” Fans cheer that!

Ospreay has so many words he wants to say but he’ll save it for backstage. He cannot express the gratitude he has to perform out here for everyone who watches NJPW. Fans continue to chant for Ospreay, and Ospreay says, “Not bad for some little autistic kid from Essex, mate. I can’t believe the journey that I have had. I am so thankful, I am so blessed to have been able to grow up and been able to perform under this lion mark. I am so grateful that I have people looking out for like the United Empire, who have been my boys since day one when we formed.

“And listen, this is gonna be my new home from now on, for the next couple of years. You and me are gonna get to know each other very well.” Fans cheer that, and say “You Deserve It!” He appreciates that, and says this chapter is closing, but a new one is beginning. Before we close the book, there’s one more match, in Osaka, and finally in front of a live crowd. They’re bringing a friggin’ steel cage to NJPW! And listen, Ospreay’s done the 30 minute singles matches, the 45 minute singles matches, but believe it or not, he was a “backyard wrestler” when he got started! He’s bringing that to NJPW!

And fair warning, if you don’t like violence, if you don’t like blood, if you don’t like the sound of breaking bones and tearing tendons, don’t watch it. “But if you’re a sick little effer like I am… Let’s take that pissant Bullet Club and effin’ bury it!!” The fans cheer that! Will Will Ospreay’s last ride with the United Empire and NJPW be the most epic sendoff ever?


My Thoughts:

An awesome event for NJPW, technically under NJPW Strong, but when you get Okada and Ospreay in the main event, this might as well be considered a mainline NJPW event. This was a full weekend of wrestling, too, with AEW having usual programming but also Impact returning to being TNA with Hard to Kill, and that’s great in itself. I did skip stuff but duh, with the other stuff to cover, had to trim down something. To think Jack Perry would show up here, blending his AEW story into a NJPW debut. I suppose by “Scapegoat,” he feels he was punished unjustly for the #BrawlIn incident with CM Punk and isn’t going to let AEW control him anymore.

Great promo from Mustafa Ali to target Hiromu Takahashi for a great Junior Heavyweight/Cruiserweight showdown. Ali getting a match in his hometown of Chicago is great stuff but I can’t be sure that helps him win. Great match from Giulia VS Adora, Adora is definitely coming into her own with all the reps between NJPW Strong and ROH, but logically Giulia retained because Adora still isn’t title ready just yet. Great move to have Chosen Bros reunite here, and of course they win for that with Bad Dude Tito taking the pin.

Just an awesome, wild No Disqualification match from Takagi and Moxley. I really thought Takagi was gonna win with him busting out Great Muta green mist, but given Moxley is now calling out Naito, I guess the win makes sense. Moxley will make a solid first defense for Naito, because I’m pretty sure Moxley, who is an AEW guy, isn’t winning NJPW’s top title. And great stuff in everything related to Bullet Club War Dogs. Great NJPW Strong tag title match, but of course ELP & Leo win to notch their first defense since that historic WrestleKingdom match.

Great stuff from Eddie and Kidd, and while fans were upset, there’s something to the Count-Out Draw that I really liked. Kidd is doing great as a character and as a singles competitor, he could be who Bullet Club War Dogs uses to go after a singles title like the NJPW World TV Championship or the NEVER Openweight Championship, assuming Tama Tonga doesn’t lose it to Evil next Saturday.

Just amazing stuff in the main event, and as I said, that was enough to make this go from NJPW Strong level event to NJPW prime level event. I didn’t realize Okada and Ospreay had faced off ten times, and that the record was so one-sided. Well, I suppose that part makes sense, actually. But at the same time, with Ospreay basically on his way out, Okada winning also made sense because that’s tradition. But Bullet Club going after them both, then the Empire and Eddie showing up, that was some great stuff. And Ospreay got to close us out tonight, technically not the tradition, but that is because of how Ospreay is on his way out. Great promo, Ospreay’s really fired up and so am I, I kinda hope NJPW breaks tradition to let Ospreay leave on top inside that cage.

My Score: 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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