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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/16/24)

Who heads for Vengeance Day?

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

From 20 to 4 to THE ONE!

In order to determine a new challenger to Lyra Valkyria’s NXT Women’s Championship, a 20 Woman Battle Royal will turn into a Fatal 4 Way! Who defies the odds to then take on The Morrigan?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 2024 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Opening Round: Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe; Melo & Trick win and advance to the next round.
  • Elektra Lopez & Lola Vice VS Lyra Valkyria & Tatum Paxley; Lyra & Tatum win.
  • Ridge Holland VS Joe Coffey w/ Gallus; Ridge wins.
  • 2024 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Opening Round: Chase U VS The LWO; The LWO wins and advances to the next round.
  • Trey Bearhill VS DIJAK; Dijak wins.
  • NXT Women’s #1 Contender’s Special Battle Royal: Roxanne Perez wins and will challenge Lyra Valkyria for the title at NXT Vengeance Day.

PLAY BY PLAY

2024 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Opening Round: Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

Trick Melo Gang is looking to make history together by finally reigning together! But will it be that easy to become #TripleCrownMelo and #TwoTitleTrick? Or will Malik & Edris prove once and for all that they’re far from rookies?

The teams sort out and Malik starts against Melo. They tie up, Melo arm-drags, but then Malik arm-drags. Malik sweeps, covers, ONE! Melo sweeps, covers, ONE! Melo jumps the sweep to headlock but Malik powers out. The fans cheer for “All These Guys!” as things speed up. Malik hurdles, Melo hurdles, then Melo ducks, but dropkicks cancel out! The fans fire up the stalemate and the two go again. They tie up, Malik wrenches to a wristlock, tag to Edris. Malik & Edris double whip to DOUBLE ELBOW, then Edris takes off the shirt. Edris shots, but Melo CHOPS! Melo tags Trick, Trick Melo Gang double whips to DROPKICK!

Fans fire up and Trick scoops to SLAM! Trick scoops to SLAM Edris again, then he brings Edris around. Trick whips, Malik tags in, Trick body shots and UPPERCUTS Edris, and still LEAPING LARIATS Malik! Trick wrenches Edris to SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Tag to Melo and he goes up, to leap but Malik dodges! Malik rallies with forearms, fans cheer on “Malik Da Freak!” But then he DROPKICKS Trick! Melo SUPERKICKS Malik! Edris tags in, he runs up, gets around, but Melo elbows fee. Edris hurdles, Melo rolls but Edris DROPKICKS! Melo gets away, Trick tags back in. Edris arm-drags, arm-drags, but Trick dodges the third!

Trick whips Edris to the corner, SPLASHES, and tags Melo. Trick sends Melo in to SPLASH, then Trick Melo Gang double whip. They DOUBLE SHOULDER Edris down, then work together, assisted SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Melo tags Trick and they mug Edris. They double whip, Edris holds ropes and BOOTS Melo! Edris ELBOWS Trick, tags Malik, and they RAM Trick into a corner! Basement 619 into a slingshot SENTON! Malik ROCKS Trick, whips him, but Trick ducks ‘n’ dodges, and hits a FLYING ARM TAKEDOWN! Trick holds onto Malik’s arm but Malik still tags Edris. Trick whips Malik but Malik BLASTS Melo!

Malik dodges Trick, Edris and Malik pinball Trick with haymakers, then Edris SLING-DOGS! Melo runs in, into a DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Fans fire up as Malik FLIES and just gets Trick on the back end! Edris FLIES and wipes Melo out in front of commentary! The fans are all fired up as Malik & Edris regroup by the Dusty Cup, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Trick Melo Gang sputters, but Malik & Edris go after HIM. Melo CHOPS Edris first! And CHOPS him again! Melo keeps Edris on this side of the barriers, but then Edris dodges to CHOP in return! They go into the ring, and Melo CLOBBERS Edris! Tag to Trick, Trick Melo Gang double whip to DOUBLE ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Edris stays in this but Trick stays on Edris. Edris throws body shots to get free, then DROPKICKS! Tag to Malik, Malik goes after Trick’s arm, and Malik kicks low to then snap suplex! Malik puts Trick in a corner, Trick bobs ‘n’ weaves and leans back, to then dodge and JAB, JAB, JAB, and UPPERCUT!

Trick brings Malik around to whip to ropes, but Malik avoids the dropkick to DROPKICK back! Cover, TWO! Malik tags Edris, they get Trick up, and they double whip. They DOUBLE ELBOW, Edris covers, TWO! Edris stays between Trick and Melo, facelocks to grind Trick down, but the fans rally up. Trick fights up, wrenches free, but Edris just shifts sides! Edris whips, Trick blocks and then reverses. Trick runs in, Edris dodges! Melo tags in, he hurries to roll Edris up, TWO! Melo headlocks for the takeover and he grinds Edris down. Edris fights around, rolls to a cover, TWO! Melo clamps back onto Edris for a BULLY CHOKE!

Edris endures, reaches out, but Melo pulls way back on the hold! NXT returns to single picture as Edris continues to fight around. Edris fights to his feet, lifts Melo, but Melo thrashes the hold. Edris RAMS Melo into the corner, Malik tags in and they mug Melo. Malik lifts Melo, for a rebound BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Malik tags Edris while he anchors Melo, and Edris stomps Melo around. Edris rains down fists on Melo, then lets off. The fans rally up, Edris stands Melo up and back suplexes, but Melo lands out! Hot tag to Trick! Trick rallies on Edris, BLASTS Malik, and then LEG LARIATS Edris! Another LEG LARIAT!

Trick whips, but Edris avoids the spin kick! Malik returns, but Trick dodges the double lariat to DOUBLE FLAPJACK! The fans fire up with Trick and he lets his hair down! Trick stomps Edris, drags him into position and yanks him right up, BOOKEND!! Cover, Malik breaks it! Melo runs up to kick Malik, then he whips, but Malik swings! Melo dodges, CHOPS, but then Malik dodges and ROLLING DDT!! But Trick SWINGING NECKBREAKERS! But Edris hits a BIG back suplex! Edris hurries up top, the fans fire up, MACHO ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!?! Trick survives and the fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!”

Trick rises, Malik tags back in, and Edris fireman’s carries. But Trick slips free to shove Edris into Malik! Melo tags in, he breaks the line to springboard LARIAT on Edris! But Malik SPINEBUSTERS! Malik hurries right up, and he FROG SPLASHES!! Cover, TRICK BREAKS IT! The fans fire up but Edris throws Trick out! “This is Awesome!” as Edris PLANCHAS into an UPPERCUT! Melo gives Malik the FIRST 48! Then tag to Trick for the JUMP KNEE!! Cover, Trick Melo Gang wins!

Winners: Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

The Dusty Cup is always big, but the semifinals just got that much bigger! Will Trick Melo Gang soon be heading to Vengeance Day and putting their names on the trophy?

 

Backstage interview with Fallon Henley.

Kelly Kincaid is with the Cowgirl and notes she is one of the 20 women in tonight’s battle royal. How is she gonna get it done? Fallon says she had a lot of fun last week, but now it is down to brass tax. She’s never had an NXT Women’s Championship match before, and to get her shot, she has to make it through 19 other women, and it will be chaos! Utter chaos! But Fallon’s down for it all. This is WrestleMania season, Sand & Deliver season, and it is time for Fallon to show us why she is the top shelf of NXT. She is gonna make it to the final four of that match, and when it comes to a Fatal 4, she just has three words: #YeeHawB*tch!

 

Lola Vice & Elektra Lopez talk backstage.

The MMA Mamacita is excited to beat down Lyra and her creepy little friend, Tatum Paxley. Lopez says they’re gonna beat Lyra & Tatum in the tag match, walk out into the battle royal as an unstoppable force, and then Lopez will win. Then they can turn Vengeance Day into a Triple Threat so that the NXT Women’s Championship comes home with them one way or another. Lola likes that idea, too. But then Tatum spooks them! She says they won’t be winning the tag match, and Tatum will vanquish 19 other women so that Lyra won’t have to defend the title. No one gets near her champion! See you creeps later!

Lola & Lopez say Tatum’s the creep. But which side wins big tonight to go for gold at Vengeance Day?

 

Oba Femi is here!

Not only is The Ruler the NEW NXT North American Champion, but he made history by having the quickest turnaround from winning the Breakout Star contract to cashing it in! Oba steps into the ring and grabs the mic to say, “I know many of you are surprised to see me as the North American Champion. But the truth is, this prophecy has been long foretold, that I was going to be the juggernaut drenched in gold.” Fans cheer that! Oba says that as soon as he was born, it was already said that he was going to be important. He was going to be the biggest, the strongest, the fastest, and the one to stand tall above everyone else!

He was destined to be the embodiment of “War Leader.” He has been tested as a young Nigerian prince, and he destroyed his opposition. He was tested in the NCAA, which fans cheer, and as a D1 athlete, he made that world his own by winning title after title, championship after championship! And now that he is here in NXT, the goal is still the same. He already made his mark by dropping three men in the tournament! He dropped Dragon Lee last week! And now with this title, he has his divine right to rule over all of NXT! And he will CRUSH TO DUST every man that stands in his way, for he is backed by destiny!

But wait! Here comes Dragon Lee! The Boy Wonder has a mic to tell Oba, “Que pasa? I can’t be mad after waht happened last week. You were hungry, you took your moment, and you got it.” Dragon joins Oba in the ring to say that he doesn’t think anyone in NXT history has made an impact in so rapid a fashion. And holding that title is significant. That title represents opportunity. Now Oba is the man holding it, and Dragon hopes Oba gives to others what Dragon gave to him, and what Wes Lee gave to Dragon. If Oba continues the tradition of the Open Challenge, then allow Dragon to be the first opponent, here tonight.

Fans like the sound of that! Oba thinks it over, and he tells Dragon, “No.” Oba says the open challenge is now closed. Dragon says in that case, he wants his rematch that he deserves at Vengeance Day! Oba says Dragon doesn’t decide things anymore. Oba will consider it. The Ruler leaves, already slamming down his iron fist. But will Shawn Michaels be the one to say when and where this rematch happens?

 

Eddy Thorpe talks with others backstage.

Hank ‘n’ Tank are there to say that The Alpha Wolf’s NXT Underground match with Dijak was insane! Total badass. And Eddy didn’t just survive, he thrived! Eddy says when someone challenges your beliefs and your culture like Dijak did, you go out there with every piece of you. His energy was flowing, his moves were on point! Then in steps Trey Bearhill. The others depart, and Trey thanks Eddy for going out there and representing their culture. Eddy appreciates that. Trey gives a formal introduction, he’s of Muskogee Creek, Stacking Fox.

Eddy shakes Trey’s hand and says their culture does need proper representation. And there’s always gonna be someone who tries to cut them down. Dijak, Lexis King, screw those guys! But then Dijak walks in and says it’s nice to see Eddy’s finally made a friend! It’s so cute. Oh, sorry, didn’t mean to interrupt the little “pow wow.” What was that? Man, get outta here, Dijak! Oh, wow, did Eddy teach Trey that? Trey says he’s his own man. Oh, okay, okay. Trey must be real proud of his culture, too, huh? But it didn’t teach you when to quit, did it? Last time, Dijak put Eddy on the shelf. Tonight, he’ll make it Trey.

Dijak storms off, is Hard Justice never going to stop? Or is this the night he comes to terms with what he’s got wrong?

 

Trick Melo Gang celebrate backstage.

They’re fired up after that win, that’s one down and two to go. Melo says he has to say, he was in his bag tonight. Trick says whoa whoa, they were in their bag tonight. And now they’re in the semifinals, they’ll go to Vengeance Day and the finals, and then Tony & Stacks won’t know what hit ’em! Trick says talk about it. But then Ilja Dragunov walks in! He apologizes for interrupting, but he needs to apologize about delaying their title match. Medical just wouldn’t let him fight! But he’s cleared now! But hold on, let him finish. As NXT Champion, Dragunov let us down, and Trick deserves his title match on a BIG stage.

So Dragunov says their title match will be at Vengeance Day! Whoa, now Dragunov’s talking! Trick appreciates that! Trick’s fired up now, but Melo says Vengeance Day is where the Dusty Cup finals are! They got in the tournament, and now it’s all a mess! How can Trick Melo Gang win the trophy when Trick has to focus on The Mad Dragon?

 

Elektra Lopez & Lola Vice VS Lyra Valkyria & Tatum Paxley!

The lethal Latinas had their run-in with Tatum earlier, and… Wait, is Tatum cosplaying as Lyra? Imitation is supposed to be the sincerest form of flattery but Tatum just makes it weird. But will The Morrigan and her obsessive superfan have Lopez & Lola seeing double? Or will La Madrina & the Women’s Breakout Star double down on their victories?

NXT returns and Lopez & Lola make their entrance. The teams sort out and the real Lyra starts against Lopez. They circle, tie up, and Lopez full nelsons! Lopez thrashes Lyra around, then shifts to a cravat. Lyra still endures, she arm-drags free and headlocks back. Lopez endures, powers up and out, then runs in. Lyra goes up and over, cartwheels and then gets around to roll Lopez up. TWO, and Lyra headlocks. Lopez pulls hair, knees low, and then whips. Lyra reverses, Lopez avoids the heel kick and she bails out. The fans fire up while Lyra builds speed. Tatum tags in before Lyra WRECKS Lopez with a dropkick! Then Tatum WRECKS Lola in a mirror iamge!

Fans fire up while Lyra is still confused about all this. Tatum waits on Lopez to get in, facelocks her, but Lopez wrenches free, only for Tatum to cartwheel away! Lola says Tatum’s a weirdo! Tatum waistlocks Lopez but Lopez runs to ropes to HOTSHOT her! Lopez puts Tatum in the ropes to CHOKE her, then tags in Lola so she can AX KICK! Tatum falls, Lola covers, TWO! Fans nrally for Lola as she whips Tatum to KNEE low! Lola whips Tatum again for another KNEE! Tatum sputters but Lola shimmies and shakes. Tatum CHOPS! Lola ROCKS Tatum then tags Lopez. Lopez RAMS into Tatum again and again!

The ref counts, Lopez digs her shoulder in, then tags Lola. They double whip to DOUBLE LARIAT, then DOUBLE HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Lola stays between Lyra and Tatum, then she pie faces Tatum around. Lola KICKS Tatum, KICKS her again, then roundhouses, only for Tatum to get under! Pump handle and ROLLING SLAM! Fans fire up as Lola and Tatum crawl, hot tags to Lopez and Lyra! Lyra rallies on Lopez with big lariats! Then she whips, but Lopez reverses. Lyra slides under, and ENZIGURIS! Lopez flounders, Lyra reels her in, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Lyra drags Lopez around but Lopez BOOTS her away!

Tatum tags in, she goes up but she’s not used to that. She still CROSSBODIES! Cover, Lola breaks it! Lyra runs up but Lola ROCKS her! SOBATS her! And then SPIN KICK hits Tatum! Lyra gets Lola out of the ring, Tatum falls on Lopez for a cover, TATUM & LYRA WIN!!

Winners: Lyra Valkyria & Tatum Paxley, by pinfall

What a strange stroke of luck! Lyra owes Tatum for not just taking the bullet but also getting the win! But will Tatum be able to wake up and win the battle royal/Fatal 4 Way later tonight?

 

The rest of the NXT Women’s Division prepares backstage.

Stevie Turner says, “Imagine being #1 contender to the NXT Women’s Champion. That could happen tonight!” Arianna Grace says that for most of them here, the imagination is as far as they’ll go. For Arianna Grace says to believe it is to achieve it. That is why SHE will emerge the winner! After she outlasts each and every one of them, of course. After all, she did defeat Roxanne Perez. Uh, what? She didn’t- Arianna laughs down the comments and says she can see it now. She walks down the aisle at Vengeance Day. Don’t ruin this for her. She’ll beat Lyra Valkyria, and will dedicate her win to all the little girls who dare to dream, and for all the delusional ones who fill this locker room.

Tonight, she takes one step closer to the ultimate crown: The NXT Women’s Championship! Thank you~, thank you~! Uh, they all let her behind… Will Arianna be the one to learn to lose with grace tonight?

 

Ridge Holland VS Joe Coffey w/ Gallus!

Northern Grit is back in NXT because he wants to remind everyone, including himself, of just who the real Ridge Holland is. It didn’t start so well given that accident with Ilja Dragunov, but will Ridge’s redemption be about more than just one match? Or will the Iron King make Ridge wish he was still a Brawling Brute?

NXT returns and Gallus makes their entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and fans rally as the two break. They go again, are in another deadlock, then break. Joe throws a body shot, then headlocks. Ridge powers up and out then RAMS Joe! Joe fires a forearm but Ridge gives it back! They go back and forth, Joe kicks low then HEADBUTTS! Ridge goes to a corner, but he dodges the splash! Ridge OVERHEAD SUPLEXES Joe, then he SPLASHES in the corner! Ridge whips Joe into a corner, Joe rebounds, into a back drop! And then another OVERHEAD SUPLEX!

Ridge RAMS Joe in a corner, RAMS him again and again, but Wolfgang storms up! Ridge DECKS Wolfgang but Joe SHOTGUNS Ridge! Joe whips Ridge into the corner, and then again! Then a scoop to a BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Joe goes up and up and VADER ELBOWS! Cover, TWO! Joe snarls as he storms back up on Ridge. Joe blocks Ridge’s haymaker to a cording hold, but Ridge endures. The fans rally as Ridge throws knees into Joe. Ridge hits a BIG hip toss, then he returns those cording holds! Ridge HEADBUTTS Joe, Joe staggers around, into a fireman’s carry! SNAKE EYES! Joe dodges one lariat, but not the SOUTHPAW!

Ridge then drags Joe up, NORTHERN GRIT DRIVER! Cover, Ridge wins!

Winner: Ridge Holland, by pinfall

Ridge has the return win he wanted, and now he’s getting back on track! But then Gallus attacks! Fans boo as Wolfgang & Markus beat Ridge down! And sadly, no one is coming to Ridge’s rescue because he left everyone else behind. Fans boo, Gallus stomps and chokes Ridge, then Joe shouts to get him up! Markus & Wolfie stand Ridge on his feet for ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS!! Joe shouts at Ridge that he has NO FRIENDS LEFT! Will Ridge’s redemption end just because he is one man against many?

 

NXT Anonymous is watching.

And they’re spying on Jacy Jayne and the Chase U ladies. “These look fantastic.” And Jacy appreciates Karmen Petrovic helping out. Of course! Who doesn’t love Chase U? Thea Hail says, “Wait until Mr. Chase sees these!” Jacy says the work has only just begun. Good luck in the battle royal to Thea and Karmen, and the rest of them are dismissed. Jacy will be in touch. But Jacy does have Jasmine hang back. She did so good on these. Well, thanks to Jacy’s direction. Aw stop. Wanna hang out, get drinks and trade numbers? Sure! Jacy and Jasmine head out, but seriously, what is this secret plan Jacy’s put into play to help Chase U with its debt?

 

Kelani Jordan speaks.

“I’m going into that battle royal with a chip on my shoulder. In 2023, I broke out, but you better believe in 2024, I’m breaking through. And if I have to hear one more time, ‘Patience, patience, patience,’ I’m going to lose my mind. Because patience isn’t going to unlock the doors I am ready to walk through.” Brinley Reece is right there with her! Literally, too, as she does handstand squats nearby. “The difference between try and triumph is a little bit of oomph.” She loves Kelani’s spirit! Her energy is giving Brin energy! She can’t wait to get in that battle royal! Same, but remember: every woman for herself.

Brin knows that. If it’s not her, she hopes it’s Kelani. And remember: some people want it, some people hope to have it, and others make it happen. LFGO! Oh, uh, okay. Fist bump, and then Brin cartwheels away. Kelani admits, Brin’s got energy. But will Brin get the win? Or will the Gym Princess finally head for the throne?

 

Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.

Kelly is with the former Lone Wolf and notes how he and Bron Breakker are in the Dusty Cup semifinals. Corbin says it is amazing, and as the team leader, he was- Bron walks in and asks what is going on here. Corbin told him their interview segment was 9:30. Bron uses the texts to prove it. Focus on the interview then. Going back to last week, the leadership skills Corbin has, he saw Bron was so nervous, Corbin took him to the locker room, talked him up, and we saw the results. Corbin picked up the slack and they won. Uh, what baldie means is that Bron led the team to victory. When he got in, bodies were flying everywhere, and Bron saved Corbin on their way to the win as a team, not for the glory.

But listen up now: “The Wolf Dogs are on the hunt,” and Bron knows they’ll beat Axiom & Frazer next week to then win the Dusty Rhodes- Wait, whoa, what? What did Bron just say? They’re gonna win the Dusty Rhodes Cup? No, before that! They’re gonna beat Axiom & Frazer? No, before that! What did he just call them? The Wolf Dogs! Good, right? NO! And how long did it take Bron to come up with that? Three weeks. What? They’ve been a team for two! Felt longer to Bron than that. But hey, he had shower thoughts, and he was like, “This would be a great idea!” Ew, you were thinking of Corbin in the shower? NO, of the team! Not much better!

Anyway, as the leader, Corbin vetoes the name “Wolf Dogs” and any future thoughts in the shower. Bron says Corbin’s an A-hole. Right, Kelly? Kelly, don’t answer that. Nah, c’mon, drop the journalist hat for a second and answer. Kelly says she’ll be unbiased, but uh… They’re both A-holes. Acceptable. But here’s what they’re not: WOLF DOGS. Fine! Come up with something yourself, smart guy! No, Bron is supposed to be the creative one, Corbin left it to him. Well he DID come up with something. Something better than Wolf Dogs! Okay, here, just now: Wild Boars. What? Bron should be ashamed of himself.

Corbin storms off, and team name or none, will he and Bron break the rest of the bracket to get that title shot?

 

2024 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Opening Round: Chase U VS The LWO w/ Zelina Vega!

Per Jacy Jayne’s executive decision even though she’s not really part of Chase U’s faculty, this isn’t Professor Chase with Duke Hudson, but Riley Osborne! The Breakout runner-up is ready for redemption, will he and the Chase U MVP make this whole tournament a #TeachableMoment? Or will Cruz Del Toro & Joaquin Wilde represent for the Latino World Order?

The teams sort out, Cruz starts against Riley and they circle. Riley gets a leg, trips, jackknife bridge, TWO as Cruz bridges up. Cruz backslides, ONE, but Cruz hooks the arms again. Riley uses the corner to go up and over, then he back drops. Cruz sunset flips, TWO! Riley headlocks for the takeover, Cruz headscissors but Riley kips free. Cruz headlocks for a takeover, Riley headscissors but Cruz kips free. Cruz arm-drags to an armlock and the fans fire up! Riley fights up, Wilde tags in, and LWO double whip. They DOUBLE ELBOW Riley down, then they HIP TOSS SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Duke & Professor Chase coach Riley but Wilde puts him in a corner. Wilde whips corner to corner, Riley goes up and over and keeps moving, to then roll off Wilde’s back. Wilde DROPKICKS Riley and fans fire up! Wilde runs up but Riley dodges, hot tag to Duke! Duke scoops Wilde for the SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Duke drags Wilde up, but Wilde JAWBREAKERS free! Fans chant “Chase U’s Broke!” and Wilde tags Cruz. LWO mugs Duke, reel him in, but Duke is too big! He DOUBLE SUPLEXES LWO first! Fans fire up as Duke then DOUBLE LARIATS LWO up and out! Duke then tags Riley, and Riley builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP!

Fans fire up with Riley’s aerial attack and he high-tens Duke while NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Wilde has Riley’s arm. Riley reaches out for Duke but has to punch free. Wilde reels Riley in, back suplex FACEBUSTER! Wilde wags his finger at Riley, covers, TWO!! Riley survives but Wilde tags Cruz. Chase coaches Riley but the LWO CHOP and CHOP and CHOP Riley in a corner! They double whip corner to corner, but Riley goes up and hits a WHISPER IN THE WIND! Riley crawls for his corner, but Cruz anchors him! Riley kicks at Cruz and then hurries, hot tag to Duke! The MVP rallies on the LWO, BOOT for Wilde! Cruz kicks, Duke blocks to spin him and JAB! JAB! Flip, flop, “U~!” ELBOW!

Fans fire up as Wilde runs in, into a FLAPJACK! Duke storms up on Cruz, reels him in, and hauls him up. Cruz slips free to ROCK, SOBAT and PELE! Then he hops up, POISON RANA! Fans are thunderous as Duke staggers around! Cruz runs corner to corner but into the U-RENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Cruz survives and fans fire up! Zelina is relieved but Duke is shocked! Duke drags Cruz up, “This is Awesome!” as Duke lifts Cruz again. Cruz throws hands over and over to get free, then he dodges the lariat. Cruz BOOTS Duke, tags Wilde, and Wilde goes up! Duke BOSS MAN SLAMS Cruz, covers, but that won’t matter now!

Chase warns Duke about Wilde, but Wilde still MISSILE DROPKICKS Duke! Fans fire up and Duke bails out. Wilde takes aim, but he has to bail out of the plancha as Duke moves. Duke swings, misses, and Wilde SUPERKICKS! Wilde then runs to the corner to go up and over and CANNONBALL onto Riley! Wilde hurries back in and he DIVES to TORNADO DDT Duke to the floor!! The fans lose their minds as Wilde pushes Duke into the ring! Wilde slingshots in, tag to Cruz, MOONSAULT! Cruz goes up, and he PHOENIX SPLASHES!! Cover, LWO WINS!

Winner: Latino World Order, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

The Chase U losses keep piling up! Their formation change didn’t change their fortunes, what are they to do now? As for Cruz & Wilde, will they keep on winning until their names are on the Cup?

 

Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo find Adriana Rizzo backstage.

The Don asks her what’s wrong, he’s never seen her so worked. She’s actually excited, but also really nervous. Her first match on NXT, and it’s a #1 Contender’s Battle Royal. Stacks tells her “The Rizz always takes care o’ biz.” Nothing she ain’t handed before, right? Remember back in the day, Suzy Q was giving her trouble, what’d she do? BOOM, knockout! A right hand like Tyson, Suzy was snoozy. But that’s cuz she deserved it. Well, what about that time the books came in a little light, and she had to show Spiadinni how the family does it? What’d she do? BOOM, knockout! Well, he deserved it!

Okay, even better. That time all three Carlucci sisters were in her face, she did it one at a time, bing, bang, boom! Out cold like the Dolphins in KC. Yeah, but, they deserved it! What’s the point, Tony? The point is, that all those women tonight deserve it, so give it to ’em! Yeah! And then the bodies will be flyin’! Like off the bridge! Whoa, whoa, ‘ey! Don’t mention that here, Rizz, c’mon. But back to the haymakers. BOOM! Will The Rizz handle biz and get herself a title shot?

 

Joe Gacy… joins commentary!?

He’s in a suit and everything as he says we have quite the main event tonight! Wait, where’d he find that old WWE suit jacket?

 

Robert Stone and Von Wagner talk backstage.

Suit Man Stone has been meaning to ask, what are Von’s New Year’s Resolutions? Von says he doesn’t do that kind of stuff. But then Meta Four storms in complaining about Josh Briggs. Von asks what’s going on with that trophy. Noam Dar says it isn’t just a trophy, this is HIS Heritage Cup! Oh, really? Here’s Von’s cup. Athletic cup! He puts it right in there! Oro fishes it out for Dar, and Von says how about he gets a shot at it. Dar says no, Von’s not getting a shot. It is kinda complicated, but there are rules, regulations, pinfalls, submissions- Von has Dar slow down. If Von can pin Dar in a regular match, he gets the Cup?

No, no, not in a regular match. Listen carefully: six, three minutes. Oh so if Von can do it in three minutes? No, no, no. SIX TIMES THREE. Oh, so 18 minutes! Math and wrestling is tough. But if Von pins Dar 1-2-3, he wins? No, it’s first to two falls, so Von would need to beat Dar not just once, but twice. Oh, two times three! So 1-2-3-4-5-6 all at once? That could be tough, but can Von bring a cup? Dar says he’s done, Von’s melted his brain. Dar leaves, and Stone likes Von trolling Dar. But Von figures how about this for a resolution: Von finally gets gold in 2024. Stone likes it, and they can get started on training. However you count it, will Von get the win on Dar?

 

Trey Bearhill VS DIJAK!

No one’s culture should ever be dismissed or disrespected, but it seems #HardJustice doesn’t get that. Will Trey make Dijak understand? Or will Dijak simply use Trey as a rebound after his devastating loss to the Alpha Wolf?

NXT returns and Trey makes his entrance. The bell rings, Trey and Dijak circle, and Dijak kicks, only for Trey to block! Trey glare at Dijak, spins him and clamps on for a headlock. Dijak endures the grind, pulls Trey’s hair and powers out. Trey ducks ‘n’ dodges, then sends Dijak to ropes. Trey drops, hurdles, and back drops! Fans fire up with Trey and he runs up to CLOBBER Dijak! Dijak goes to a corner, Trey storms up to climb up and he CLUBS away on Dijak! Fans count along, but Dijak trips Trey up at eight, right into the middle rope! Trey is stuck, and Dijak SUPERKICKS him down! Fans boo but Dijak covers, TWO!

Dijak snarls but so does Trey. Dijak stands Trey up to ROCK him with a forearm! Dijak runs up to ELBOW, ELBOW and CLUB Trey! Dijak then reels Trey in, “TIME TO FLY!” Suplex TOSS! Cover, TWO! Trey is tough but Dijak gets angrier. Fans rally, Dijak drags Trey up, but Trey throws body shots! Dijak knees low, CLUBS Trey, then stomps him down. Dijak drops a BIG elbow, then covers, TWO! Trey goes to a corner, Dijak storms up on him and ELBOWS, ELBOWS and CLUBS Trey again! Dijak says time for another flight, but Trey suplexes Dijak into the corner! Fans fire up while both men are down!

The fans rally as Trey rises, and Gacy says that had to hurt. Trey runs in to SPLASH, then he keeps moving, only for Dijak to ROCK him! And Dijak DISCUS LARIATS Trey up and out! Dijak goes out to SMACK Trey off the apron, and again, and then Dijak THROWS Trey into barriers! Dijak tells Vic to shut up, tells Booker to shut up, and tells Gacy to go to hell! Gacy HEADBUTTS Dijak!! Dijak is furious, but then Trey is up to fire off forearms! Trey dribbles Dijak off the apron, then pushes him into the ring! Trey right overhand chops! Left overhand chops! Then DOUBLE CHOP! Dijak flounders and the fans fire up!

Trey clamps onto Dijak to CLAW his back! Then Tery runs up to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Dijak survives but Trey just fires up more! Trey drags Dijak up, clamps onto the shoulders, but Dijak arm-drags free. CYCLONE BOOT!! Cover, Dijak wins!

Winner: Dijak, by pinfall

Just as Trey was starting to roll, Dijak derails him! But Gacy CLOBBERS Dijak! Gacy fires off on Dijak, Dijak hits back, they brawl their way to the back! Eddy and Trey may have their own beef with Dijak, but will Gacy be the one to get his pound of flesh? WAIT! LEXIS KING ATTACKS TREY!! Straitjacket DDT!! Fans boo as King tells Trey that he cost King the biggest match of his career! Don’t ever get in his business again, because Lexis is King! Will the Self-Righteous King tear down anyone that gets in his way?

 

Josh Briggs watches footage back.

He’s still bummed about his loss, but JBL walks in! JBL says hey and shakes Briggs’ hand. What’s he up to? Briggs mentions watching his match back, wondering if there was something more he could’ve done. Is there any advice JBL has? No, JBL saw the match, but what Briggs is looking for isn’t there. Does Briggs know why JBL picked him for the Iron Survivor? Because he’s a good “big man” wrestler. Well, Briggs is that, but it’s that JBL wants Briggs to discover who Briggs is. Briggs has incredible talent, and has shown it since coming to NXT. But who is Josh Briggs? Throw away the beer and the playing cards, and “Bradshaw” showed the world that JBL is a wrestling god!

Now, that was JBL’s journey. Briggs’ journey is different. JBL wants Briggs to show the world who Briggs really is. Briggs thanks JBL for the advice. Who will Briggs become when he truly finds himself?

 

The No Quarter Catch Crew meets.

Drew Gulak says, “These last few weeks have been… unacceptable. So we go back to basics. That means conditioning and toughness. Begin!” The crew spars and grapples as Gulak narrates that they are a group of exceptional athletes united by a common bond: the definition of “no quarter.” No pity, no mercy, and it all starts with conditioning. Damon Kemp says that they must break the will of their opponent before they can break his body. “There are no limits except the limitations of the mind.” Myles Borne says “Pain is the feeling of weakness leaving your body.” Gulak says they embrace the grind.

Charlie Dempsey says, “Going forward, we have worked out a catch clause into every one of our contracts. We will decide who steps forward and competes, and I guarantee you, whoever steps forward…” They will show no pity! No mercy! NO QUARTER! The crew is ready, but when and where will they take over NXT?

 

Trick Melo Gang talks again.

Trick apologizes for earlier, he got excited when he heard Dragunov was cleared, but Melo knows how much Trick wants the title. Trick stepped on everything he and Melo planned on for the Dusty Cup, and he apologizes for that. Melo says it’s all good. Trick’s wanted his match with Dragunov a long time, so if anyone understands, it’s Melo. But check it! Trick has a solution. Come Vengeance Day, Trick Melo Gang finishes what they started. They win the Dusty Cup, and then in the main event, Trick VS Dragunov for the NXT Championship! C’mon, now!

Is Trick serious about that? Yeah, man. That’s how they get down. Melo’s got Trick’s back, Trick’s got Melo’s back. They’re gonna win the whole doggone thing, dawg! Melo does like the sound of that. But they can’t get ahead of themselves, they’ve got LWO and they can’t sleep on Cruz & Wilde. They didn’t come this far just to come this far, so Melo doesn’t wanna mess up. They’ll put the Dragunov thing behind them for now, and focus on what is in front of them. Trick says he’s locked in, eyes on the prize. Dusty Cup! Trick wants Melo to be Triple Crown Melo, and Trick wants to be Triple Crown Trick!

Trick sees it now: the first one to hold the NXT Championship AND Tag Team Championship at the same time! Locked in, dawg! Melo realizes Trick is right about that. How does that actually sit with… HIM?

 

NXT has an update on Cora Jade.

It was last Friday at an NXT house show in Dade City that the Punk Rock Mean Girl went down with injury. She suffered an ACL tear and will be out of action for almost a year

 

NXT Women’s #1 Contender’s Special Battle Royal!

We start with 20: Kiana James, Izzi Dame, Arianna Grace, Gigi Dolin, Stevie Turner, Roxanne Perez, Kelani Jordan, Brinley Reece, Thea Hail, Karmen Petrovic, Jakara Jackson, Lash Legend, Fallon Henley, Blair Davenport, Adriana Rizzo, Jaida Parker, Tatum Paxley, Elektra Lopez, and even Women’s Breakout Star, Lola Vice. When there are just four women left, things shift to a first-fall-to-a-finish Fatal 4 Way! Who survives the chaos to head for Vengeance Day?

NXT returns and the ring is mostly full. Subbing in for Cora is Wren Sinclair, her NXT TV debut also a big deal for her now. Thea Hail makes her entrance, followed by the dangerous Blair Davenport. With that, the field is set, and the bell rings! Chaos ensues as everyone fires off on someone! Izzi brawls with Kelani, Jaida and Rizzo scrap and end up going under the ropes! Jaida reps OTM as she throws Rizzo into steel steps! Consider that a message from Scrypts to The Don! Gigi puts Jakara up and out, SMACKS her hand off the buckle, then HEADBUTTS her down! Gigi ELIMINATES Jakara!

Fans fire up as things keep going, Kiana CLUBS Roxie, and the refs have Rizzo and Jaida stop scrapping outside to get back inside. They oblige, and then just scrap inside! But Lash storms up to grab them both and shove them both up and out! They both land safe on the apron, they both ROCK Lash, then argue with each other. Izzi SHOVES Lash and Lash collides with Rizzo, and she falls! Lash technically ELIMINATES Rizzo! Jaida talks smack on her, but then Lash dodges Izzi, and Izzi DECKS Jaida! Izzi ELIMINATES Jaida, and then Lash ROCKS Izzi! Fans fire up as Kelani CLUBS Blair, then climbs up to CROSSBODY, only for Izzi & Lash to catch her together!

Izzi & Lash work together to hoist Klani up, but Kelani fights free! Izzi & Lash mug Kelani, toss her out, but Kelani holds her feet off the ground! Fans cheer Kelani as she skins the cat, but Kiana helps Izzi fight back. Lash sees Kelani still on the apron, and BLASTS her off! Kelani flies onto Jaida, and they both fall onto the desk! Kelani is SAFE because she’s not on the floor! And then Rizzo fires off fists with Jaida! The brawl goes to the back, and Kelani thinks on how to get back in the ring while NXT goes to break!

NXT returns, and Kelani’s made it back into the ring! Replay shows us she went along the barriers to get to the steel steps, a very Kofi Kingston style move! Izzi & Kiana are after her but she fires hands in return! Meanwhile, Lola goes after Brin, Lopez and Blair go after Fallon, and Gigi fights off Fallon. Brin fireman’s carries Lola, does a squat, then goes for ropes, but Lopez makes the save! Lopez DUMPS and ELIMINATES Brin! Lopez & Lola hug it out, and Lopez says that’s what Brin gets! But then Lola TOSSES and ELIMINATES Lopez?! Lola says every woman for herself! But then Tatum DUMPS and ELIMINATES Lola!!

Fans fire up, and Lopez PUNCHES Lola!! The two brawl at ringside, so much for being amigas! Refs hurry to get these two out of here while the action continues< Karmen saves Thea from Blair, then ducks ‘n’ dodges Blair, only for Blair to kick low. But then Gigi STOs Blair down! Gigi TOSSES Blair up and out but Blair stays on the apron! Gigi ROCKS her, puts her in the ropes, and SHOTGUNS her! Blair clings to ropes, then DUMPS Gigi up and out to ELIMINATE her! Blair uses Gigi’s temper against her, but then Thea RAMS in! Blair drags Thea out to join her, BOOTS her down, but Thea holds onto ropes!

Blair drags Thea up but Karmen SCORPION KICKS Blair down and ELIMINATES her!! Blair is furious, she drags Karmen out from under, and gives her a KAMI-GOYE!! Fans boo as Blair puts Karmen in, an easy target for everyone else! Thea fights off Lash, and Tatum runs up, only for Lash to block the rana! Lash uses Tatum as a weapon to hit Roxie, to hit Kelani, then she goes for ropes! But Tatum HEEL KICKS free! Only for Lash to BOOT Tatum down and ELIMINATE her! Lash talks trash on Tatum, then goes back for Thea. Izzi has Kelani up, Kelani fights back, Kiana brawls with Fallon.

Arianna tries to lift Lash? Lash shoves her down, and that upset her. But then Arianna forces a smile, and she goes after Izzi. Izzi shakes her off and asks what she’s even doing. Arianna is frustrated, but she sees Karmen is still knocked out! Arianna drags Karmen up, fireman’s carries, and DUMPS her out to ELIMINATE her! Yeah, good for her… But then Thea TOSSES Arianna out and ELIMINATES her!! Arianna is almost in tears as Thea waves bye, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Theta mocks Arianna with a shimmy, but Kiana CLUS Thea, POSTS her, then SMACKS her off buckles! Thea is dazed and Kiana mocks her. Izzi and Kelani still fight it out, but Thea SMACKS Kiana off buckles now! The runs, but Lash scoops her! BACKBREAKER! Tatum hauls Fallon up but Fallon ROCKS her first! Wren tries to throw Roxie out but Roxie clings to ropes. Kelani SMACKS Fallon off buckles! Roxie ends up on the apron but she still holds on, even was Wren claws at fingers! Roxie kicks Wren away while Thea fights off Izzi AND Kiana! Thea is back inside, and everyone is tiring out. But at eight left, we just need four more eliminations!

Theta stomps a mudhole into Izzi, digs her boot in, but Izzi powers her back! So Thea ROCKS Izzi with a forearm! Thea whips, Izzi reverses and sends Thea back into the corner. Thea boots but Izzi blocks, so Thea KNEES her away! Thea dodges Izzi, runs up again, wheelbarrow and BULLDOG! Thea fires up, CLOBBERS Kiana, CLOBBERS Fallon, and CLOBBERS Kelani as we return to single picture! Fans fire up with Theta, she ELBOWS Kelani, then dodges Lash to come back, tilt-o-whirl and DDT! Lash flops out and Thea mule kicks Roxie, to ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Wren runs up, into an EXPLODER!

Thea fires up, she SENTONS Wren then shakes the ropes! IMPLODER SENTON for Wren! Then ROLLING SENTON and IMPLODER SENTON for Roxie! Thea storms around, shakes the ropes, but Kiana runs up! Theta hits another EXPLODER! Thea runs, ROLLING SENTON and then the IMPLODER- NO, Izzi catches Thea, and TOSSES her! Izzi ELIMINATES Thea! Kiana says that’s right! But Fallon fireman’s carries Kiana! Kiana ends up on the apron, swings, but Fallon ROCKS her! Izzi makes another save, but Lash is back! Lash DECKS Kiana, Izzi ROCKS Lash! Lash ROCKS Izzi, they both run, dodge, and DOUBLE LARIATS take them both down!!

The fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” Fallon & Roxie DOUBLE LARIAT Izzi up and out to ELIMINATE her!! Izzi is furious, as is Kiana since she no longer has her insurance policy! But Lash DOUBLE LARIATS Fallon & Roxie! Lash hauls them back up, but they block the whips! So she sends them into each other! Lash DECKS Fallon, lifts Roxie, and ROCKS her! Roxie holds onto ropes, Lash goes after the hands, but Wren DUMPS Lash to ELIMINATE her!!! Fans are thunderous for Wren, but then Kiana whips Wren! Wren reverses, sends Kiana up and out, but Kiana is on the apron! Kiana ROCKS Wren in return!

Kiana SMACKS Wren off buckles! Kiana RAMS into Wren, handsprings, but Wren BOOTS her down! Wren goes up, but Kiana BLASTS her! Wren has a rough tumble but she hits the floor! Kiana ELIMINATES Wren and mocks the “rookie,” because now we have our final four!!

NXT #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Kiana James VS Roxanne Perez VS Fallon Henley VS Kelani Jordan!

Fans boo Kiana, but now it comes down to the first fall to a finish! Everyone has a corner, the fans are thunderous, and the brawl is on! Fallon and Kiana are after each other, Roxie and Kelani fire off! Roxie DECKS Kelani, Fallon ROCKS Kiana, Roxie SOBATS Fallon! Fallon CHOPS Roxie off her feet! Kiana runs up, Fallon blocks her kick and sends it at Kelani! Kelani catches it, but Kiana ENZIGURIS! Fallon grabs a leg but Kiana boots her away. Kiana runs up, she and Fallon DECK each other! Fallon and Kiana fall out of the ring, Izzi checking on her boss. Roxie sees an opening, she DIVES onto Fallon!

Fans fire up with Roxie, and Kelani ASAI MOONSAULTS Kiana & Izzi!! The fans are thunderous again as Roxie and Kelani meet. Kelani swings, misses, Roxie hooks her up but Kelani blocks the Russian Leg Sweep! Rolling takedown into a cover, TWO! Ghost pin, TWO! Roxie steps over, La Magistrol, but Kelani blocks! TWO!! Roxie runs up, wheelbarrows, VICTORY FACEBUSTER! Cover, Fallon BOOTS it apart! Fallon brings Roxie up and sends her into a corner! Fallon stomps Roxie down, then runs corner to corner to ROCK Fallon! Fallon returns to trip Roxie and CALF KICK! Fallon then runs up to triangle jump BLOCKBUSTER on Kelani! Cover, Kiana breaks it!

Kiana POSTS Fallon, then RAMS into Kelani! Kiana handsprings and runs to RAM Roxie! Kiana keeps moving, but Fallon ELBOWS her! Fallon runs up, Kiana dodges, then SPINEBUSTERS! High stack, ROXIE & KELANI BREAK IT! The fans are thunderous as Roxie then ROCKS Kelani! Roxie SOBATS Kiana, hops on, but Kiana pops her off and Kelani SHOTGUNS Roxie down! “This is Awesome!” as Kelani kicks Kiana, reels her in, OVER- NO! Kiana slips free, throat chops, runs and 401K!! But Kelani flops out, Roxie grabs Kiana! Roxie whips, Kiana reverses, but Roxie goes up and over to POP- NO, Kiana SLAMS Roxie into the corner!

Kiana drags Roxie up, hoists her to the top rope, and climbs up to join her. Roxie fights the superplex, throws body shots, and then slips under! Kiana holds ropes to fight the bomb! Kiana DECKS Roxie, but Fallon is back! Kiana BOOTS Fallon down, bujt Roxie GAMANGIRIS Kiana! Roxie climbs up now, glares at Kiana, and SUPER STEINERS!! But Kelani FROG SPLASHES Kiana!! Cover, Roxie breaks it!! Fallon SHINING WIZARDS Kiana! Roxie TOSSES Fallon out, SUPERKICKS her, but Kelani DROPKICKS Roxie out! Kelani hurries to go back up! ONE OF A KIND FLOPS because Izzi saves Kiana!!

But then Roxie SOBATS Kelani, hops on, POP ROX!!! Cover, Roxie wins!!!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s Championship)

Roxie is heading to Tennessee! But wait, Lyra returns to congratulate her! Roxie never lost the title herself, will she make sure to take it back with her own two hands? Or will nothing stop this from being the Year of the Morrigan?


My Thoughts:

Awesome stuff tonight for NXT, even having to adjust for misfortunes. Cora Jade just got back and was getting on a roll, only to go down with injury with a one year estimate as best case scenario. Everyone was thinking that after getting rid of that apparent bad strength coach, things would be fine, but perhaps Cora’s physical strain went under the radar given she went away for a few months. On behalf of The Chairshot, I’m hoping Cora can keep her recovery to one year so she doesn’t get left behind.

Great stuff all over the NXT Women’s Division tonight. Lopez & Lola VS Lyra & Tatum was a really good tag match, and we got a really clever way for Lyra & Tatum to win without hurting Lola, but Tatum getting the win also keeps Lyra’s momentum mellow for right now. And to think, Lola and Lopez were breaking up tonight. But might as well, with Lopez talking like she was gonna win tonight and force Lola to turn her Breakout cash-in into Lopez’s insurance policy. Really good promo from Rizzo and the D’Angelos, very on brand for the D’Angelos, and logically, she got in a scrap with Jaida Parker given the growing feud of D’Angelos and OTM.

Izzi was of course the insurance policy for Kiana to a point, but she also did have a good showing against Lash as the two tallest women in the match, and also got to throw Thea out so there could be Kiana & Izzi VS Thea & Jacy as a part of the Chase U story. And as I said last week, “NXT Anonymous” is framing what Jacy’s doing in a certain light, we’re probably being led to think it’s inappropriate but it’s probably nowhere near what it sounds like. Speaking of Chase U, a shame they lost to LWO but fans really love LWO and Chase U’s story does get more complex if it’s all on what Jacy’s up to. Roxanne winning the whole thing is fine, she’s been working on her edgy side and could bring that out even more against Lyra in their match.

Really good promo from Oba Femi and Dragon Lee, and I’m pretty sure Dragon does get his rematch with Oba at Vengeance Day. Really good promo from Eddy Thorpe with Hank ‘n’ Tank and with Trey Bearhill. Dijak of course gets on Trey’s bad side, I’m still not sure what’s up with Dijak being such a jerk with borderline racist connotations. But good match from Dijak and Trey, Gacy on commentary being a wild thing. Gacy going after Dijak is an interesting detour, but Lexis King of course goes after Trey, so we’re definitely getting that match soon.

Good match from Ridge with Joe Coffey, but the crowd sure had a bland reaction to Ridge. Gallus beating Ridge up after to make a point that Ridge has no one is a good detail in this story. Really good promo from Von, Stone, Dar and Oro to set Von up as next Heritage Cup contender. Dar made it through big guy Briggs because he had Meta Four, I hope they don’t just copy and paste that. Stone should be able to pull strings to help Von keep things fair. And speaking of Briggs, really good promo with JBL to keep Briggs’ story going. I’m thinking we’re going to return to big mean Briggs like he was when he first showed up in NXT, teaming with Gacy.

In more Dusty Cup stuff, Trick Melo Gang of course makes it through the first round, and now we get a great new wrinkle in the story where Trick wants to pull double duty. Given that, you can bet the other side of the bracket wins the Dusty Cup finals, and that right now looks to be Corbin & Bron. And despite my best attempts, I couldn’t help but be entertained by those two in their promo. They are two guys fans have had fun booing, but now these two are turning the corner, they really could make this work. Bron & Corbin will surely beat Axiom & Frazer, then win against Trick Melo Gang because Melo might be sneaky about throwing things, and then Melo probably goes after Trick to pull the “It was ME, Austin!” to close out Vengeance Day.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Beginning Sapporo Results & Report! (2/24/24)

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The New Beginning comes to an end!

It’s a WrestleKingdom rematch here in Sapporo as Tetsuya Naito gives Sanada a shot at the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship! Will NJPW still be tranquilo? Or will the Cold Skull once again be the Gold Skull?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Frontier Zone: Toru Yano & Tomoya VS Tomoaki Honma & Katsuya Murashima; Yano & Tomoya win.
  • 10 Man Tag: The House of Torture VS Shota Umino, El Desperado, YOH, Togi Makabe & Boltin Oleg; Shota, Desperado, Yoh, Makabe & Oleg win.
  • 10 Man Tag: Chaos VS Matt Riddle & The United Empire; Chaos wins.
  • Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo; ELP & Leo win.
  • Nic Nemeth & Ryusuke Taguchi VS David Finlay & Gedo; Nemeth & Taguchi win.
  • BUSHI VS Taka Michinoku; Bushi wins.
  • Hiromu Takahashi VS DOUKI; Douki wins.
  • Shingo Takagi VS Taichi; Taichi wins.
  • Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura; Yota wins and Yuya must cut their hair.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA; Naito wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo!

It’s Guerrillas of Destiny VS Guerrillas of Destiny in the Good Bad Guy’s farewell to NJPW! Will Tama and the Silverback “big brother” The Headbanga and Young Guerilla on the way out? Or will ELP & Leo prove their title belts aren’t just for show?

For those wondering which corner Jado would, he chose neither, as he is now the special guest referee! You can bet The Master Heater will keep this one fair and square. And in a great throwback, Tama comes out in his ghost face killer paint! Meanwhile, Loa has the Mr. Terrific T paint. The four fist bump to show respect, and ELP gets the fans rallying for Tama. The teams sort out and Leo starts against Tama. The fans rally for “G O D! G O D!” as the brothers double fist bump. They circle, tie up, and Leo shoves Tama away. Tama comes back, gets around, headlocks, but Leo endures the grind. Leo powers up to lift Tama, but Tama thrashes the hold.

Leo powers up and out, but Tama slides under the boot! The fans cheer as the stand off. They reset, speed up, and Tama dodges to DROPKICK! Leo stays up and he runs Tama over! Leo runs but Tama avoids the elbow drop! The fans cheer as the two stand off again. Leo and Tama then back off, tag to ELP and Loa. The fans rally as these two circle now. ELP and Loa feel things out, tie up, and they go around. ELP headlocks, Loa powers up and out, and they RAM shoulders! Neither falls but Loa applauds ELP. ELP dares Loa to go then, so Loa runs. They RAM shoulders and ELP falls! Loa fires up and the fans cheer.

Loa flexes, runs, but ELP drops. Loa sunset flips, ELP sits on it, TWO! Loa has it, TWO! ELP has it, TWO! Wait, aren’t those counts kinda fast? ELP and Loa rock back and forth and Jado can’t even keep up! ELP and Loa let off and ask what’s going on. Jado gives them shoves, telling them to respect his authority. ELP and Loa shove back, but Tama and Leo get in! Tama tells ELP not to shove Jado, but Leo tells Loa the same, and now they’re all shoving each other! Jado tells them all to stop it, this is a clean fight! The fans cheer and GOD all agrees. So they start throwing forearms! Nothing wrong with a brawl!

Tama gets the edge on ELP and Loa gets the edge on Leo. Tama & Loa whip, but ELP & Leo dosido! Tama & Loa dodge, but then so do ELP & Leo! They each SPLASH, then ELP feeds Tama to Leo’s SIDEWALK SLAM! ELP hits the FALLING AX HANDLE! But Loa throws hands on them both! The fans fire up, Loa runs, but ELP hurdles and Leo DDTs Loa down! The fans fire up again as ELP winds up and high-fives Leo! ELP then ROCKS Loa with a forearm, and Loa ends up on ropes. ELP fires more forearms, puts him in a corner and throws body shots. Loa shoves ELP away so ELP BOOTS him!

Tag to Leo and ELP CHOPS Loa. Leo stands Loa up to CHOP! Leo grits his teeth but Leo brings up the vest is too much padding for Loa. Jado says there’s nothing he can do about that, so Leo bumps Loa off buckles. Leo stomps Loa, then CHOPS again! Leo then scoops Loa, ELP tags in, and Leo POWERSLAMS! ELP then springboard SWANTON BOMBS, then LIONSAULTS! Cover, ONE!! ELP argues the count but Jado says he’s being fair. ELP clamps on a chinlock and grinds Loa down. Loa endures, the fans rally up, but ELP smothers Loa. Jado reprimands, ELP lets off with an ELBOW to Loa’s head!

ELP brings Loa up and around, whips but Loa blocks! ELP pushes Loa, whips, but Loa reverses! Loa runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Loa then goes up and MISSILE DROPKICKS ELP across the ring! The fans fire up while both men are down! ELP and Loa both crawl, hot tag to Tama! Tama rallies on ELP with body shots and uppercuts! Tama fires off in a corner, then whips corner to corner. ELP reverses, runs up but Tama CLOBBERS him first! The fans fire up as the vest comes off! Tama claps and the fans clap along. ELP goes to a corner, Tama runs in, STINGER SPLASH! Then EXPLODER! ELP flounders but Tama goes over to cover, TWO!

ELP is still in this, but Tama keeps his cool. Tama CLUBS ELP, throws down hands, then brings him up. Tama dragon sleepers but ELP snapmares free! ELP dodges the superman punch to straitjacket and torture rack! Tag to Leo, Leo runs, BOOT and BRAIN SALAD! Cover, Loa breaks it! Loa kicks ELP, scoops him, but ELP slips free, feed to Leo’s UPPERCUT! Loa roars, but gets a BOOT ENZIGIRI COMBO! Tama runs up but Leo stops Gun Stun! Feed to SUDDEN DEATH! Tama is down, Leo & ELP reload to aim at Loa! SUDDEN DEATH and GODSEND!! Then Loa is in the drop zone as ELP goes up!

ELP climbs onto Leo’s shoulders, for the SUPER- GUN STUN!! Tama intercepts Thunderkiss, but then Loa grabs Tama! GOD- SPEAR from Loa!! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Jado checks them all, they all stir, and the OG GOD rise up first. They stand Leo up, bring him around and pick him up, MAGIC KILLER!! But they’re not done there, they each take a corner! Loa DIVING HEADBUTTS, Tama SUPREME FLOWS! Cover, TWO!! Leo survives the onslaught from his own brothers and the fans fire up! Tama & Loa are frustrated but they reset and call their shot again! Even Jado’s surprised they want to go this far!

Tama & Loa double whip Leo to a corner, and Loa runs in to clothesline! Tama hits the STINGER SPLASH, and then Loa goes up. The fans rally both ways as Tama tries to suplex Leo, but he’s so big! Leo suplexes Tama instead! Leo stands, Loa leaps, AX HANDLE! Leo drops to a knee, Loa fires up and kicks low. Loa scoops, but Leo slips free! Leo kicks but Loa blocks! Loa dodges the lariat, runs, but into the SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up for Leo as he aims at Tama! Choke grip, but Tama breaks free to ROCK Leo! Leo choke grips again! But Tama breaks free again, so Leo UPPERCUTS! Choke grip again, for GOD-

NO, Tama slips free, shoves, runs, GUN- NO! Leo stops that and choke grips through! GOD- GUN- NO!! Leo counters the counter, then scoops, for a POP-UP CUTTER!! ELP fires up with Leo, and Leo LARIATS Tama inside-out! Cover, ONE?!!? And that’s with Jado’s faster than normal count! Tama fires up, Leo fires up, and Leo hauls Tama up and POWER- NO, Tama fights it! Leo stops the counter, though, to POWERBOMB after all!! Cover, TWO?!?! Tama survives again and everyone is shocked! The fans are thunderous as Leo drags Tama back up with the choke grip. Leo hesitates, but he still hits GODSEND!!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!

Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall

The younger GOD duo defeats the older, and now the torch has been passed. Tama’s farewell to NJPW will be bittersweet, but he will leave knowing he gave it his all, and he has all of our love and respect. Tama stands with his brothers, with Jado and with ELP, and they group hug over the lion logo. Ain’t nobody realer than Guerilla, is the future in good hands with ELP & Leo?

 

Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura!

The Gene Blast and The Heat Storm both want to be THE face of NJPW’s future. They’re both so determined to rise up and leave behind their Young Lion days, they’re willing to put their glorious manes! Who wins and moves forward while the other must relive their past?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They circle, feel things out, but Yota avoids Yuya’s lunge in for a leg. They knuckle lock, Yuya gets around to waistlock, but Yota wrenches and switches. Yuya wrenches out to hammerlock, but Yota elbows then switches. Yota has a nelson, then he spins Yuya to a cravat. Yuya endures the neck wrench, swings an arm to bring Yota down, then rolls to wrangle Yota with a top wristlock. Yota keeps his shoulders up, moves around, and he trips Yuya. Yota gets past the leg guard to cover, ONE, but Yota holds off Yuya’s attempt at a lateral press.

Yuya lets off slowly, Yota gets up, and the fans cheer this exchange. The two reset and circle again, feel things out, and knuckle lock again. They go shoulder to shoulder in a Test of Strength and the fans rally up. Yota’s height gives him leverage, and he powers Yuya to ropes. The ref calls the break, Yuya turns things around, but Yuya still lets off. Yuya then CHOPS and whips! Yota rolls Yuya up, TWO! Yuya cradles, ONE!! Yuya tries to roll up now, TWO! Yota bails out and fans cheer. Yuya storms right up to ropes but Yota backs away. Yota paces around the outside so Yuya rests on a corner, willing to wait.

Yota walks around as the ring count climbs, and he steps back in at 5 of 20. Yuya hops down and he resets with Yota. They stare down, Yota just smiling. They go forehead to forehead, then Yota kicks low! Yota headlocks, Yuya powers out then goes the other way! They run the ropes crisscross, then Yuya drops, hurdles and HIP TOSSES Yota down! The fans fire up and Yuya covers, TWO! Yuya keeps cool, and he brings Yota up. Yuya wrenches to wrangle Yota with another top wristlock, then he drops an elbow on the elbow! And then another elbow drop! And another elbow drop! Yuya goes for another wristlock but Yota gets the ROPEBREAK!

Yuya lets go quickly and he waits on Yota. Yota stands and Yuya whips him to a corner. Yuya runs in but Yota BOOTS him! Yuya staggers back, runs in again, but Yota dodges! SPLASH! Yota keeps moving to run Yuya right over! And then he runs to SOMERSAULT SENTON! Yota just keeps moving for a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up as Yuya stays in this. Yota keeps cool, though, and he storms up on Yuya. Yota reels Yuya in but Yuya fights the suplex. Yuya shoves free but Yota BODY BLOWS! Yuya falls in a heap and the ref checks him. Yota drags Yuya up, bumps him off buckles, and RAMS him again and again!

Yota snapmares Yuya to KICK him in the back. Yota kneels for the cover, TWO! A bit cocky from Yota but he grins as he looms over Yuya. Yuya sits up, Yota stands him up, and Yota winds up to ROCK Yuya in the back! Yuya staggers to ropes but Yota storms up. Yuya CHOPS Yota, but Yota fires forearm after forearm. Yota snapmares and KICKS Yuya in the back again! The fans rally as Yuya writhes and Yota paces. Yota grabs the legs, but Yuya scrambles and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Yota doesn’t let go so Yuya kicks him away. Yuya runs, but into a scoop! BACKBREAKER! Yota gets the legs again, and he turns Yuya over for the BOSTON CRAB!

Yuya endures as Yota sits deep and the fans rally up! Yuya powers up, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Yota lets go while the fans applaud. Yota says okay, and then he runs to baseball slide dropkick Yuya out! Yuya even tumbles to the railing! Fans rally up again as Yota grins and builds speed, but Yuya drops down! The damage to Yuya’s back keeps him from standing and taking a tope. Yota eggs Yuya on, the ring count starts, and Yuya drags himself up at 3 of 20. Yota drags Yuya to the apron and stops the count. Yota suplexes but Yuya slips free! Waistlock, but Yota bucks the O’Conner! Yota runs up, but into an arm-drag!

Yota swings, Yuya ducks, and Yuya hits another arm-drag! Then a DROPKICK! The fans fire up while both men are down! Yuya grits his teeth and clutches his back while Yota stirs and checks his chin. Yota rolls to a corner but Yuya kips up! The fans fire up and Yuya runs corner to corner, to CHOP! Yuya whips corner to corner but just reels Yota in, for a BIG back suplex! Float-over to the cover, TWO! Yota toughs it out but Yuya keeps his cool. Yuya brings Yota up, but Yota fires forearms and a knee! Yota whips, Yuya reverses to SAYANAGI! GROUND ARM SCREW! And then basement dropkick to the arm! Yota writhes, Yuya hurries to cover, TWO!

But Yuya has the top wristlock! Yota reaches out but Yuya drags him away for the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Yota flails, reaches out, blocks the twist on the arm, but Yuya pulls harder with his top mount! Yuya breaks the grip for the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Yota still reaches out for ropes but Yuya drags him right to center! Yuya keeps on the double wristlock but Yota kicks around. Yuya shifts into an ARMBAR, but Yota has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and Yuya lets go. Yuya is frustrated but he stands back up and brings Yota around. Yuya wrenches, cording holds, and then goes for the other arm. Yota throws Yuya down and rolls back, into the BOSTON CRAB!!

Yuya endures as Yota sits deep on the hold! Yuya powers up but Yota drags him away! Yota’s bad arm forces him to change to a HALF CRAB! Yota still sits deep and Yuya has to bite his thumb to ignore the pain! Yuya fights forward, but Yota drags him away! Yota manages to get both legs on one side, LOBSTER CRAB! Yuya endures as Yota pulls! Yuya tries to fight, but Yota then digs a knee in! LION TAMER!! Yuya bites all his fingers just to keep from giving up! Yota lets go in frustration as his arms can’t hold on any longer! Yota grabs at both legs this time, and he SWINGS Yuya around! He only gets five rotations but he fires back up!

Yota tries for the legs again but Yuya traps the bad arm, to SNAP it! Yota staggers, Yuya swings but Yota catches him! BACKBREAKER, but Yuya swings out of the clinch to full nelson! Then he spins Yota to DIVORCE COURT DDT! Yota clutches the arm while both men are down! Yuya rolls to ropes while Yota writhes at center. Yuya goes back to Yota and they both stand. Yuya throws a haymaker, then another! Yota backs up to a corner, Yuya CHOPS him! Yuya CHOPS again, then fires haymakers! Yuya CHOPS then runs Yota corner to corner to bump off buckles! Yuya throws hands, runs Yota to the other corner and again bumps him off buckles!

Yuya CHOPS Yota, climbs up, and he rains down fists! The fans fire up and count along, Yuya goes all the way to TEN! Yuya pulls at Yota’s hair but Yota grins. Yuya drags Yota out by his legs, stomps him and covers, TWO! Yota rises up but Yuya fires up. Yuya runs up but Yota gets around, goes up and over to sunset flip, TWO! Yuya stands, swings, but into a wrench and wrangle, lateral press! TWO, and Yota arm-drags! Float over, headscissor cradle, TWO!! Yuya escapes, Yota runs up, but Yota blocks the arm-drag! Only for Yuya to swing around and arm-drag after all! Yota gets up, swings, but into a spin and backslide! TWO!

Yuya holds onto the arms, rolls into another backslide, TWO! The two men fight for control, stand back up, and Yuya spins Yota around for underhooks! Yota fights that to back drop but Yuya sunset flips it! TWO and Yota BOOTS Yuya down! The fans fire up while Yota catches his breath. Yota finally goes for the cover, but Yuya drags him into a ghost pin, TWO!! Yuya shifts around, sunset flip! TWO and it’s back to the ghost pin! TWO!! Yota escapes but Yuya UPPERCUTS! Yuya runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! The fans fire up, Yota runs, but Yuya gets around the lariat! Yuya underhooks for the BUTTERFLY SLAM! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally up again and Yuya grows frustrated. Yuya goes to a corner, then climbs up! Yota rises, then runs up to GAMANGIRI! The fans fire up with Yota as he climbs up! Yota fires hands, then goes to the very top! Yota brings Yuya up to join him, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives but Yota roars! Yota drags Yuya up and suplexes, but Yuya knees free! Double cording holds, DEADBOLT PLEX! But both men are down! The fans fire up as they stir, and Yuya goes to a corner. Yota eggs Yuya on, Yuya runs up, and DOUBLE FOREARMS DECK both men! The fans fire up again while the ref checks them!

Yota and Yuya stir, and Yota blinks through the daze. Yota stands up, but then falls right over! Yuya is also still down so the ref says it’ll be a standing count! The fans rally up for both guys, and they’re both down at 5 of 10! And then 7! And 8! Both men rise at 9 and the fans fire up again! We hit 25 minutes, leaving five left! Both men rise up, stare down, and they rush right in! Yuya headlocks, Yota powers out but Yuya runs him over! Cover, ONE!! The fans rally again as Yuya stands, but Yota runs him over! Cover, ONE!! Yuya storms up but Yota blocks the scoop with a facelock! Yota scoops Yuya to SLAM him!

Yuya rises and runs up, but into another scoop and SLAM! The fans fire up and Yota grins as he drags Yuya back up. Yota runs, but Yuya back drops him away! Yuya roars and the fans fire up again as he goes up the corner! Yuya aims as Yota rises, CROSSBODY FLOPS! CURB STOMP!! Yota then hauls Yuya up to suplex and FALCON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives and the fans fire up as Yota roars again! Yota powers up his arm, we hit the three minute warning, and Yota aims from a corner. GENE- RANA!! Then ARMBAR!! But Yota stacks him, TWO! Yota is free and KNEES Yuya! And SUPERKICKS! And GENE- ARM-DRAG, Ghost pin! TWO!!

Yuya ENZIGIRIS but Yota stays up! GENE- CUTTER!! Yuya has had an answer for every spear attempt, and now he drags Yota back up! Yuya cording holds, swings for the other arm, and roars to DEAD- NO, Yota HEADBUTTS! But Yuya HEADBUTTS! Two minute warning and a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men rise, GENE BLAST!!! Cover, YOTA WINS!

Winner: Yota Tsuji, by pinfall (Yuya must cut his hair)

Yuya let Yota have too much space and he got blasted! Yota has the epic tiebreaker, will he make his way towards championship opportunities now? And Yota stands Yuya up by pulling his hair, as if adding insult to injury. Yuya says fine, just get it over with. The ring staff set out a white tarp and bring in a chair. Yuya reluctantly sits in the chair, and Yota has the scissors and clippers. Yota gathers up the hair in a ponytail, and Yuya grits his teeth as all of that is cut away. Then Yota just goes right down the middle with the clippers! Yuya says stop, and he does the rest himself! Yuya won’t let Yota have the satisfaction of humiliating him.

Yuya leaves to finish that haircut in the back. Will the Heat Storm find a way to shine while looking like a Young Boy?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA!

WrestleKingdom 18 was only 50 days ago but it feels like only yesterday that NJPW had the largest LIJ roll call in history! The Uncontrollable Charisma finally had his moment, but will the Cold Skull take it back? Or will even Sapporo be tranquilo?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who closes out this New Beginning!

As usual, Naito takes his time with his elaborate entrance attire, but again Sanada is patient because he knows all about this. Naito finishes with the pants and the bell rings. The fans rally up as the two stare down. Red Shoes assesses the cheering and feels it favors Naito. Sanada doesn’t seem bothered by that, but Naito doesn’t seem fired up by it, either. The two circle, approach, but back away. Sanada knows this trick by Naito, too, and doesn’t let it get to him. They tie up now, Naito powers Sanada back to ropes then headlocks. Red Shoes calls the break, Sanada turns things around on Naito, but Naito doesn’t let go.

Red Shoes counts, Naito slowly lets go and Sanada pats Naito on the shoulders. The fans cheer as the two reset. They circle, feel things out, and Sanada gets a leg. Sanada moves to waistlock but Naito wrenches out. Naito hammerlocks then full nelsons, but Sanada fights the hold. Sanada breaks free, hammerlocks then headlocks, and he grinds Naito down. Naito powers up and out but Sanada runs him over! The fans rally up as things speed up, and Naito arm-drags only for Sanada to counter that! Sanada then trips Naito, has the legs and he ties Naito up into Paradise! The fans cheer as Sanada has Naito caught!

Sanada pulls on the legs to put some pressure on, then he DROPKICKS Naito out of Paradise! Naito bails out but Sanada waits on him. Sanada then builds speed, but he tumbles up and out as Naito moves! Naito sweeps the legs, then dropkicks Sanada down! Naito builds speed, but he rolls and tranquilos! Sanada still fell for that old trick! Sanada cools off as he paces around, though, and takes his time returning. Naito stays back, Sanada slides in, but then Naito bails out! The fans cheer but Sanada goes out to CLUB Naito! Sanada isn’t in the mood for games and he whips, but Naito reverses to CLAW Sanada’s eyes!

Naito whips Sanada, but Sanada reverses! Naito is sent into railing after all! Sanada brings Naito around, hangs him off the apron, but Naito kicks free of that to turn things around! DRAPING DDT to the floor!! Sanada writhes while Naito strikes like a Viper! The fans rally up while Naito leaves Sanada behind. The ring count starts while Sanada clutches his head and neck. Sanada is still down at 5 of 20, and then 10! Sanada sits up at 12, pushes himself up and stands at 15. Sanada shakes out the arm and slides in at 18, and fans cheer. Naito brings Sanada up to CLUB away on the neck, though, then he whips.

Naito arm-drags Sanada, ELBOWS him down and basement dropkicks! Naito floats to a cravat and he cranks on the neck! Sanada endures and kicks around. Naito leans his weight but Sanada fights up. Naito CLUBS Sanada again, and again! Sanada goes to ropes, but Naito whips him. Naito hip toss NECKBREAKERS! Sanada writhes again, rolls to the apron and flops to the floor, but Naito pursues. Naito sits Sanada up to SAMBO LEG NELSON! No ropebreaks on the outside, is Naito going to grind Sanada down for a count out? The count does start again, and Sanada can only kick around as Naito puts on the pressure.

Naito stops at 10 of 20, then slides into the ring at 14. Sanada is down at 15, rises as the fans rally, and slides in at 18! Fans cheer but Naito is right on Sanada to CLUB away on the neck! Naito whips, Sanada holds ropes to avoid the arm-drag, and he dropkicks a leg! Naito hobbles but Sanada runs up. Naito kicks low then whips Sanada to a corner. Naito runs in but Sanada BOOTS him! Sanada goes up and QUEBRADA, but Naito gets under! Only for Sanada to dropkick the legs out! Both men are down as Naito clutches his knee and Sanada shakes out his arm. Sanada stalks Naito, brings him up and has the leg, but Naito CLAWS the eyes!

Red Shoes reprimands but Naito SPITS at Sanada. Naito whips but Sanada reverses to hurdle, hurdle and DROPKICK! Sanada’s legs work just fine, and he watches Naito bail out again. The fans rally and duel, Sanada PLANCHAS! Down goes Naito and the fans fire up! Sanada encourages them to get louder so they oblige. Sanada goes back to Naito, still loving the adulation, and he brings Naito back up. Sanada puts Naito in, fireman’s carries, but Naito fights free. Naito shoves Sanada to a corner, runs up, and he blocks boots! Naito puts Sanada in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKBREAKER!

Naito drags Sanada up, whips, and HIP TOSS NECKBREAKERS again! Sanada writhes and Naito shakes out his leg. Naito drags Sanada up again, puts him up top, and then climbs up after him. But Sanada slips out to DROPKICK Naito down onto the post! That post might’ve saved Naito from a worse fall, but certainly not from a softer one! Sanada climbs up behind Naito now, brings him around, and hits a SUPER FALLING BACKBREAKER!! Then a suplex for the MAGIC SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and Sanada seethes but the fans fire up! Sanada hauls Naito up to the SKULL END! But Naito arm-drags free!

Naito runs up, Sanada sidesteps and O’Conner Roll, into SKULL END! The body scissors are in and Naito is caught! The fans fire up and duel as Naito endures! Naito kicks around, reaches out, but Sanada squeezes tight! Naito kicks and kicks and fights to gain ground but Sanada’s body scissors keep him stuck at center! The fans rally as hard as they can for Naito but he’s fading! Sanada follows his formula by letting go to go up top! ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees!! Naito saves himself but in double-edged fashion! Both men are down and the fans rally up again! Naito rises first and hobbles over to Sanada.

Naito drags Sanada up to kick and ELBOW! And kick, and ELBOW! Naito fires off more elbows, and Sanada staggers away to the corner! The fans rally up again, but Naito drags Sanada up to kick and ELBOW! And kick, and ELBOW! And ELBOW, ELBOW, ELBOW! Sanada falls again and this is all going to Naito’s formula! Naito drags Sanada up, puts him up top, and climbs up again. Naito CLUBS Sanada again and again to make sure he stays put this time. SUPER STEINER!! The fans fire up as both men are down! Naito then aims from the corner as Sanada rises, and the fans rally behind him.

Sanada stands, Naito runs up, into a DROPKICK! Naito stays up so Sanada whips. Naito reveres but Sanada denies the DDT to fireman’s carry! TK- DESTINO!! Naito hits it outta nowhere but he won’t leave it at that! Naito drags Sanada up, SPITS at him, then throws those ELBOWS! Sanada drops to his knees but Naito drags him up again. ELBOW! ELBOW! ELBOW! But Sanada roars! Sanada runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Naito stands Sanada up, wrenches, but Sanada denies the tilt-o-whirl! Naito and Sanada fight for control, and Naito CLUBS away! Tilt-o-whirl, DESTI- NO! Sanada fights that to the clinch!

But Naito fights from below! Sanada wrenches Naito, but Naito dragon sleepers! Is Naito trying to steal Skull End?! Sanada snapmares free before Naito truly can, and Sanada SHINING- NO, Naito ducks it! Naito UPPERCUTS, ENZIGIRIS, and then wrenches! Tilt-o-whirl, but Sanada slips free! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito gets around to waistlock! Sanada powers out to fire forearm after forearm! ROLLING ELBOW! Naito leans on ropes and the fans fire up! Naito CLUBS Sanada again and again, then ROCKS him! Sanada fireman’s carries! TKO! Both men are down again and the fans fire back up!

Sanada and Naito stir as the fans rally and duel. The “NA-I-TO!” is still stronger than the “SA-NA-DA!” but Sanada stands up first. Sanada scoops and BACKBREAKERS Naito into position! Sanada goes up again, ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and the fans are thunderous! Sanada snarls, goes back up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! But Sanada won’t stop there, he clinches and DEAD- NO, Naito slips free! Tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO!!! And then another wrench, another tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO~!!! But that’s still not enough!? Naito scoops Sanada, but Sanada fights it! The fans duel as the two fight for control!

Sanada powers his way out of the grip and ENZIGIRIS! Naito roars?! But he turns around into a SHINING WIZARD!! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito slips free again! TORNADO- NO, Sanada stuffs it, so Naito just holds onto the facelock! Naito has the squeeze on Sanada now, but Sanada moves around. Sanada reaches out but Naito has body scissors to keep him down! The fans rally, Sanada fights up, so Naito clinches, to steal DEADFALL! Sanada rolls through!? BLINDSIDE SHINING WIZARD!! The fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Sanada kips up!! The fans fire up as Sanada runs up, SHINING WIZARD!!!

Sanada isn’t done there, he drags Naito back up! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito just fights free again! TORNADO CRADLE! NAITO WINS!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (still IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

Sanada is furious that he got caught! Sanada stubbornly tried for his new ace card and that was perhaps his downfall. Will he have no choice but to go to the back of the line when it comes to this title?

As for Naito, he gets some water, and then takes the belt from Red Shoes. Naito drops it in a corner for a moment so he can get his baseball cap. Naito then gets the mic so he can say, “Buenas tardes, Sapporo~!” The fans cheer, and Naito thanks everyone for being here at NJPW: The New Beginning in Sapporo, “Gracias, amigos.” And tonight, here in Sapporo, there is someone who won’t be in the ring anymore. It was August, 2007, the first person that man wrestled in NJPW was Naito himself. And so Naito feels it wouldn’t be right if he didn’t address that man. The fans know he means “O-KA-DA!” who was on commentary for this match.

Naito says that all that said, this was a main event title match, and Naito won. So we have to end this the only way it can! It has been a minute since we heard this, so are you ready? The New Beginning in Sapporo must of course end with… “Bushi! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Yota! Y Naito! Nosotros…! LOS! INGOBERRRRRNABLEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!!” The confetti flies and the fans cheer as the tranquilo era continues! But then Naito invites The Rainmaker into the ring! Okada obliges by stepping off commentary and stepping through the gate. Okada steps inside and he stands with Naito right at the center of the ring.

Naito offers the LIJ fist bump, which fans cheer. Okada sighs and figures this is the last time he’ll even get the chance, so he reaches up. But then Naito SPITS in Okada’s eye and CLUBS away on Okada! Fans are torn as Naito whips, but Okada reverses! Naito avoids the dropkick, Okada avoids the lariat, and then ripcords! But Naito ducks the Rainmaker to tranquilo! The fans cheer and even Okada has to smile. Naito stands back up and says Okada can go now. Okada says fine and he exits. The fans cheer as The Rainmaker takes his leave, and the Uncontrollable Charisma waves goodbye. But will Naito prove he’s the true face of NJPW now that we’ve made it through the New Beginning?


My Thoughts:

A great finale to the New Beginning series here, though it’s a shame Tanahashi is hurt and could not take Nemeth up on his invitation to have a tag match, nor could he be part of the 10 Man Tag with Okada and Chaos. It’s an ankle injury, hopefully he’ll be alright. But at the same time, he doesn’t really have to wrestle, he’s President of NJPW now and should be taking it easy. Anyhow, great tag match from the Guerillas of Destiny to be Tama’s sendoff. As such, Leo & ELP naturally won, and they take the banner up for GOD, certainly as a tag team. I don’t think Loa’s leaving NJPW, so maybe Loa becomes a singles guy within the faction?

Bushi beating Taka, Douki beating Hiromu, Taichi beating Takagi, Just5Guys win that best of three, but LIJ wins out the night because both Yota and Naito win the last two matches. A really good, really cerebral match from Yota and Yuya, the storytelling of wanting to win with Young Lion moves continues between them, and I really liked how many times Yuya countered the Gene Blast, only for one to still hit. The New Japan Cup is up next, I’m sure Yota is going to have a strong showing as he tries for the world title.

Naito VS Sanada was really good, though I’m not sure it was quite like their WrestleKingdom match. But I suppose part of that was that of course Naito won. I appreciated the parallel to Yota VS Yuya with Sanada failing to hit Deadfall again and again. Naito then snatches the win with a cradle, not a finisher, technically keeping Sanada strong. I’m just not sure how Sanada does in the New Japan Cup. English commentary was pointing out getting Naito VS Sanada Part 3 through the New Japan Cup would be too much.

Sanada could obviously go for a different title in the meantime, though I have no idea what one. Just5Guys already feuded with House of Torture, they can’t default to that and the NEVER Openweight title. Nemeth just got the Global title and Riddle just got the NJPW World TV title, so I don’t think they’d lose to Sanada, but those would make for some interesting feuds. And I don’t even think Sanada would care about the KOPW Championship, though it would  be interesting to see what matches he’d come up with.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (2/24/24)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • No Disqualifications: Sammy Guevara VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs; Hobbs wins.
  • FTR VS Shane Taylor Promotions; FTR wins.
  • Thunder Rosa VS Ladybird Monroe; Rosa wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Jay White, Colten Gunn & Billy Gunn VS The Iron Savages & Jacked Jameson; White, Colten & Billy win.
  • Bryan Keith VS Malakai Black; Malakai wins.
  • Serena Deeb VS Lady Frost; Deeb wins.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Jun Akiyama; Bryan wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

No Disqualifications: Sammy Guevara VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs!

Just last night on Rampage, The Spanish God called out the Don Callis Family, and then got jumped by the Don Callis Family! Callis and the rest of the family has been banned from ringside, as has Chris Jericho, this must be settled between Sammy and Hobbs! Will there be anything left of Sammy to return home to his wife and daughter? Or will The Book of Hobbs call for no mercy and no remains?

The moment Hobbs hops off the corner, Sammy JUMP KNEES! The bell rings, Sammy runs up to JUMP KNEE again! Hobbs staggers around, but he catches Sammy to TOSS him to a corner! Hobbs runs in, Sammy dodges and RAMS in! Sammy ENZIGIRS, Hobbs staggers, and Sammy springboards, FLYING CUTTER! The fans fire up as Hobbs staggers back to his feet. Sammy runs up to clothesline Hobbs and himself out of the ring! Sammy shouts, “I’m a freakin’ Collider now!” Sammy gets the steel steps in place and the fans fire up. Sammy comes back to whip Hobbs but Hobbs reverses! Sammy leaps the steps!

Hobbs runs up, but Sammy sends him into railing! Sammy repositions the steps, gets space and runs in, to use the steps to LEAP! But Hobbs catches Sammy, and WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM on the steps!! Sammy writhes and flounders away but Hobbs tells the ref to get outta the way. The fans boo, Hobbs soaks it up, and Hobbs drags Sammy up. Hobbs says Sammy wanted this, and he brings Sammy around to DECK him with a haymaker! The fans duel, Hobbs scoops Sammy, APRON POWERSLAM! And again! And again! Hobbs then SLINGS Sammy into railing! The fans fire up as Hobbs says one more time!

Hobbs hauls Sammy back up, for a fake out. Hobbs doesn’t do what the fans want him to do, he does what he wants. Hobbs moves the other set of steps around, brings Sammy back up, and Hobbs whips Sammy hard into railing! Hobbs asks Kevin Kelley what he’s going on about but Kevin isn’t sure Hobbs means. Hobbs tells Kevin to stand up so Kevin does, and then Hobbs demands Kevin hand over his belt. His belt? Hobbs tells him again, give over the belt. Kevin gives in and hands said belt over. Hobbs then takes the belt and uses it to LASH Sammy on the back! Fans are torn but Hobbs LASHES Sammy again!

Sammy writhes, Nigel tells Kevin this is his fault. Hobbs winds up, Sammy dodges the belt to SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK again! Sammy grabs a chair, and he SMACKS Hobbs with it! And then HEADSHOT! Hobbs flounders against railing but the fans fire up as Sammy stalks him. Sammy tosses Hobbs the chair to KICK it into him! Then Sammy cravats, uses the steps, but Hobbs turns the cutter into a TOSS over the railing! Sammy’s leg clips the top, but Hobbs hauls him back up and over! But Sammy slips free, and CUTTERS to the steps!! Sammy gets the belt now and he LASHES Hobbs in return!

Sammy then goes looking under the ring, and he brings out a table! The fans fire up as Sammy sets the table up nearby. Sammy has security move aside, so he can slide that chair off the table and into Hobbs! Sammy then adds another table! If one is good, more must be better! The fans fire up with Sammy as he has those side by side. Hobbs goes to the apron but Sammy climbs up. Sammy aims and leaps, but Hobbs catches him again!! And he SPINEBUSTERS Sammy through the tables!!! All of Springfield, Missouri lose their minds while the ref checks on both men, and Collision goes picture in picture!

Hobbs snarls as he slowly rises up out of the wreckage. Sammy stirs but Hobbs clears out the debris to bring him up. Hobbs HEADBUTTS Sammy and Sammy staggers away. Sammy gets in the ring but Hobbs pursues. Hobbs climbs the corner?! Hobbs then FLYING LARIATS! The Powerhouse proves he can fly, then he covers, TWO!! Sammy survives but Hobbs grinds him into the mat! Hobbs talks trash on Sammy while he fishhooks the nose and pulls on the ear! Hobbs then drags Sammy up, whips him to a corner hard, and Sammy drops to his knees. Hobbs looms over Sammy, eggs him on, and the fans rally up.

Hobbs talks more trash, stands Sammy back up, and Hobbs whips Sammy hard into another corner! Collision returns to single picture as Sammy crawls around. Hobbs looms over Sammy again, slaps him around, and then whips him into another corner! Hobbs runs up, Sammy dodges and Hobbs hits buckles! Sammy uses the corner to help in the torture rack! Fans fire up as Sammy carries Hobbs, and GO TO HOSPITAL!! Cover, TWO?!? Hobbs survives and Sammy is shocked! The fans rally as Sammy hurries to find himself something more. Sammy takes a monitor from the timekeeper!

Sammy brings the equipment into the ring, MONITOR SHOT!! But that’s not enough so Sammy looks around outside. He finds another table! The fans are thunderous as table number three is put in the ring. Sammy hurries after Hobbs but Hobbs LARIATS Sammy inside-out! Hobbs storms around, grabs the table for his own and sets that up near a corner. Hobbs goes back for Sammy as the fans rally up, and Hobbs hauls Sammy up. Sammy JAWBREAKERS back! Hobbs wobbles, but Sammy SUPERKICKS! Hobbs still wobbles, so Sammy springboards and FLYING- NO, Hobbs catches him again! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!! Cover, TWO!!!

Sammy survives and now Hobbs is furious! Hobbs runs to BOOT Sammy down! Hobbs goes out while Sammy flops off the apron. Hobbs looks around under the ring, and he brings out a fourth table! The fans fire up as Hobbs brings this one to the ramp side. Hobbs sets that up, stomps Sammy to keep him down, then he goes to fetch a fifth table! The fans are thunderous, this might be the most tables in a non-table match! Hobbs hauls Sammy up, scoops him, and aims, but Sammy slips free to POST Hobbs first! Sammy fires up again while Hobbs staggers around. Sammy chugs a fan’s beer, then SMASHES Hobbs with the bottle!

The fans fire up as Hobbs ends up on the tables! The fans give Sammy another beer, to SMASH it on Hobbs again! Sammy then goes looking under the ring, and he brings out a LADDER! The fans are loving it, because now we’ve entered TLC territory! Sammy gets that ladder in the ring while the fans lose their minds! Sammy moves table number three outta the way so he can stand his ladder up. And it’s a big ladder! Fans chant “Please Don’t Die!” because this is extra crazy even for Sammy! Sammy climbs to the second highest rung, takes aim, and shoutout to Jeff Hardy! SUPER SWANTON BOMB through the tables!!!

The fans lose their minds all over again as the ref checks Sammy. Sammy gets Hobbs up and into the ring and the fans fire up again. “This is Awesome!” as Sammy takes table number three and sets it back up! Hobbs flounders, Sammy pushes him onto that table and punches him down. Sammy then goes to the corner, which is comparatively short, but Hobbs shoves the ref into Sammy!! Sammy is stuck on the top rope and Hobbs snarls as he storms up after him! Hobbs brings Sammy up for the scoop! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM THROUGH THE TABLE!! Cover, Hobbs wins!!

Winner: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, by pinfall

All that damage done to Hobbs and he still took the win! Is there no stopping the Don Callis Family with the Powerhouse behind it?

 

The Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

Jon Moxley is with Claudio Castagnoli as he shares a story. “When Claudio first comes to America, he shows up at the gym to train with William Regal and Dave Taylor. When Dave pulls up, Claudio’s sitting on the front step, there’s no cars around. Dave says, ‘How’d you get here?’ Claudio says, ‘I walked.’ Dave says, ‘From the airport? 20+ miles?’ Claudio says, ‘Yeah.'” That was day one. You think 20 minutes is a lot to Claudio? It’s nothing, he’s a freak. Moxley is a freak in a different way, needing to get hit in the face a couple times just to wake up. And while Moxley’s not a sprinter, he can run all day and all night.

You will never win a war of attrition with the BCC. When it’s a game of who can endure, you have no chance. But the BCC don’t get paid by the hour and they don’t wanna wrestle like they do. So time limit draws for them are unsatisfactory. So congrats, FTR, you pissed them off! Good job. But if you wanna challenge them for Revolution, you wanna pay homage to tag team wrestling in one of the wrestling Meccas, Greensboro, North Carolina, they accept. The four of them will show the world that all that history is just that. This is 2024, this is AEW, the BCC are the elite of the elite, and this sport evolves.

Claudio, what’s Moxley thinking of right now? Well, tag team wrestling, Midnight Express, Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, Arn ‘n’ Tully, Crockett Promotions, its entire history. And about FTR, how they look to the past, how they wanna bring back the past. The BCC looks to the future. The BCC creates the style and the wrestling that they wanna see today. So FTR, if you wanna live in the past, fine. But if you wanna step into the future, that path is through them! And all you have to do is just be better than Moxley & Claudio.

Moxley also keeps thinking, that can’t be all that FTR had. Because it feels like they unloaded all their heavy artillery, every magazine, while the BCC barely pulled the trigger. If FTR want to be big names in Greensboro, then they’ll have to swim in deep, deep waters. Claudio tells FTR to bring the whole bag of tricks, because they’ll need it. The match is set, but just how far will both teams go to settle the score?

 

FTR VS Shane Taylor Promotions!

Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler are ready for another fight with the BCC, but for right now, they’ve got the STP! Will the #TopGuys still be FTR? Or will Lee Moriarty & Shane Taylor himself prove they’re in that conversation now?

The teams sort out and Dax starts against #TAIGASTYLE. Lee and Dax tie up, Lee waistlocks and headlocks, then wrenches to hammerlock. Lee shoves Dax then claps at him, but Dax keeps it cool. Dax tags Cash, Cash runs up but Lee avoids him. The two feel things out, tie up and go around, then break the deadlock. They reset, tie up again, and Lee wrenches to spin Cash and wrangle him. Lee steps over, has La Magistrol, TWO! Lee pushes Cash around and then dances at him. Cash storms up but Lee backs off. Lee smirks at Cash then resets with him. They tie up, Lee headlocks, but Cash powers out.

Cash drops, drops, and hurdles to then ELBOW Lee down! Then arm-drag! Cash has the armlock and he slaps Lee around. Cash tags Dax, whips Lee, drop toehold and elbow drop! Fans rally up and Dax brings Lee up. Dax wrenches but Lee powers him to the corner! Tag to Shane but Dax gets away. Shane and Dax circle, talk some trash, and tie up. Dax headlocks, Shane powers up and out, but Dax RAMS him! Shane says not today! Dax runs again, RAMS again, but Shane stays up. Dax RAMS Shane again, and again, but Shane scoops! Dax slips free, waistlocks, but Shane bucks the O’Conner. Dax ducks ‘n’ dodges, but stays back to avoid hands.

The fans fire up as Dax and Shane reset, tie up, and Dax headlocks. Shane powers up and out, Dax SHOTGUNS him! Shane comes back but Dax avoids the senton! Dax wrenches, but Shane LARIATS! Shane drags Dax up, tags Lee, and STP mugs Dax. Lee throws knees, snapmares Dax and basement dropkicks! Lee drags Dax up, ROCKS hi, but Dax puts him in a corner to CHOP! And CHOP! Dax brings Lee around, wrenches, but Lee ROCKS Dax! And CHOPS him! Dax CHOPS again! And again! Lee swings, Dax ducks and picks Lee up, but Shane tags in before the atomic drop! Lee hobbles away, Dax ROCKS Shane!

Dax runs up to whip Lee but Lee reverses. Dax rebounds off buckles to CLOBBER Lee, but Shane CLOBBERS Dax! Cover, TWO! Dax survives, Shane talks trash on Cash, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Dax up, puts him in a corner, then winds up to CHOP! Dax sputters and Shane talks more trash. Shane stands Dax up, winds up, and CHOPS again! Shane keeps Dax in the corner, whips him corner to corner hard, and Dax falls back! Shane talks more trash to Cash but the ref keeps Cash back. Shane tags Lee, STP mugs Dax and Lee puts Dax in a corner. Lee fires forearms, then climbs up to rain down fists! Lee gloats but Dax CHOPS from below! Lee stomps but Dax CHOPS! They clinch, go around, and end up on ropes. Shane tags in, he throws hands on Dax! Shane scoops and SLAMS Dax, then stares Cash down while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Shane has Dax in a bearhug! Dax endures the squeeze but the fans rally up. The ref checks Dax, the hand drops once. The hand drops twice! But then Dax comes back to life! And he BITES Shane’s forehead! The ref reprimands but Shane lets Dax go. Dax back suplexes, but falls over under Shane! Shane covers, TWO! Tag to Lee, and STP gets Dax up. Lee whips Dax but Dax turns the back drop into a cradle! TWO, and Dax CHOPS! Dax puts on a SLEEPER, but Lee RAMS him iont a corner! Tag to Shane, Dax fires hands on STP! Dax swings, Lee gets around to IRON OCTOPUS!

Shane runs up to KNEE Dax! Dax staggers to a corner, Shane clotheslines, then URENAGES! Shane goes up the corner, Cash shouts to Dax, but Shane leaps! Shane FLOPS as Dax moves! Dax and Shane crawl, hot tag to Lee! Lee drags Dax back but Dax hops up and up and hot tags Cash! Cash rallies on Lee, JAB, JAB and HAYMAKER! HAYMAKER for Shane! CHOP for Lee! Cash UPPERCUTS Lee, CHOPS him, then brings Lee out to LARIAT! Shane storms up but Cash spins him and UPPERCUTS! Cash runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges and LARIATS Shane down! Fans fire up but Lee is back! Cash gets around, SLEEPER, into UPPERCUT!

Lee rebounds, into a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives and bails out while the fans fire up. Cash drags Lee up from the apron, suplexes, but Shane trips Cash! Lee lands on Cash, TWO! Lee waistlocks, Cash switches, but Lee switches! Cash bucks the O’Conner but Lee distracts the ref so Shane can DECK Cash! Lee rolls Cash up, TWO!!! Cash survives but Lee brings him up. Lee whips Cash at the corner but Cash BLASTS Shane! Cash goes up and over Lee, then does it again! Tag to Dax, sunset flip leads to the pop-up, BULLDOG BOMB! Cover, FTR wins!

Winners: FTR, by pinfall

BCC said FTR live in the past, but they used an old school finisher to win! Cash gets the mic now as the fans chant for FTR, and Cash says, “So a few weeks ago, Jon Moxley said, ‘Step up, and get stepped on.'” The fans boo that, but Cash tells Moxley, FTR is like a couple roaches. It’ll take much more than getting stepped to kill them! The fans cheer that! So that said, if BCC has anything more to say, they know where FTR’s gonna be. Dax tells Moxley & Claudio that he heard everything they had to say. They talked about differing styles and different eras, how FTR are throwbacks and the past is what they care about.

“That’s not what this is about. Moxley, you’ve been here since almost the beginning. For almost five years, you’ve been the king of AEW. This is your castle! This is your house, Mox! And I see you, Mox. And I see Claudio, and I see Bryan. I see you walk around the back, and people cower and they fear and they drop their eyes because they’re afraid of you. I think the reason you’re pissed off is you found a couple guys who ain’t scared of you.” The fans cheer that, too! FTR ain’t scared. But if Moxley is the king and this is his castle, it’s been said that to be a king, you gotta kill a king. So Revolution, FTR comes for the king’s head. #TopGuysOut!

The fans fire up as Dax & Cash are ready to be more elite than the elite of the elite! Will either team be left standing after the Revolution?

 

Thunder Rosa VS Ladybird Monroe!

La Mera Mera is ranked #2 in the Women’s Division, and we know the AEW Women’s World Championship is spoken for in terms of a challenger. Will Rosa then look to solidify her spot in the TBS Championship chase?

The bell rings and Rosa circles with Monroe. They tie up, go around, and Rosa waistlocks to SLAM Monroe down. Rosa then facelocks, waistlocks, but Monroe switches. Rosa pries the hold to switch, hammerlock, and then chicken wing! Rosa wants the crossface, too, but Monroe wrenches out to hammerlock back. Monroe pulls hair, talks trash and CLUBS Rosa. Rosa gets mad now. Monroe whips, Rosa reverses and CHOPS! Monroe goes to a corner, and Rosa CHOPS her again! Rosa fires off forearms then bumps Monroe off buckles! Rosa says this is how you climb the ladder! Rosa CHOPS Monroe again!

Rosa winds up but Monroe ducks this chop to stomp Rosa in return. Monroe pie faces and CHOPS Rosa, then CHOPS! Monroe winds up, UPPERCUTS, then snapmares! Monroe cartwheels but Rosa avoids the boot! Rosa rolls Monroe then basement KNEES Monroe down! The fans fire up and Rosa runs side to side, DROPKICK against ropes! Monroe sputters but Rosa drags her up. Fireman’s carry and DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Rosa roars, wants Monroe back up, and Monroe slowly rises. The fans rally as Rosa reels her in. Rosa puts on out, package and TIJUANA BOMB! Cover, Rosa wins!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall

“You see this? I’m climbing the ladder, because as we know, Thunder Rosa knows how to work hard.” Rosa vows this is her time, will her comeback be unstoppable?

 

Backstage interview with Kris Statlander, Willow Nightingale & Stokely Hathaway.

Renee Paquette is with The Galaxy’s Greatest, The Babe with the Power and #BigStoke, bringing up the “choice words” from Skye Blue & Julia Hart last night on Rampage. What is their reaction? Stokely wants to start by saying he doesn’t appreciate that hostility. What happened last week, he apologized for. Did he put it on social media at like 3AM and then delete it five minutes later? Absolutely! But the past is the past. Stat said it best, they worry about the future, and that includes those two- Willow says think before you speak, Stokely. “Ho…ly cow, you got something to say.”

And Kris points out Skye is always looking for a fight, so maybe, since they’re 1-1, they go 1v1 next week and Kris beats dat ass. This eclectic trio is ready to fight it out, but will they be able to tear down The House of Black?

 

Six Man Tag: Jay White, Colten Gunn & Billy Gunn VS The Iron Savages & Jacked Jameson!

As the Bang Bang Scissor Gang looks to dominate all of AEW & ROH, they are trying a team remix! Max Caster has a rap for the occasion! “Acclaimed & The Bang Bang, we the real savages. ‘Bout to bring the fight like me against management! These guys’re so mad, they prolly see red!” Oh no, Caster loses the flow! This is a travesty! Bowens takes over to say, “SPRIIINGFIELD, MIZZOU-REEE~! The Bang Bang Scissor Gang has arrived! Scissor Me, Daddy Ass!” And he does~! Will Billy, his son Colten, and the Switchblade make a killer trio? Or will they all end up sipping the Savage Sauce?

The trios sort out and White wants to start, but so does Billy. The fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” so White says okay, Billy can start. Billy stares down Beefcake Boulder and the two circle. They tie up, Billy headlocks but Boulder powers up and out! Billy RAMS Boulder, neither falls, and Boulder shows off #TiddyCity! Billy says okay, “SUCK IT!” and eye poke! Billy then runs Boulder over! The fans fire up, Billy runs and drops an elbow, but Boulder moves! Boulder then runs Billy over! Boulder swivels hips, tags Bulk Bronson, and they get Billy up. It’s time to visit the city! But Billy turns it around and shoves Bronson into Boulder!

Billy brings Bronson over, tags Colten, and they whip, body shot, BOOT and DROPKICK! The father-son combo has the fans fired up, and Colten brings Bronson up. Colten whips Bronson to a corner as White argues with Jacked Jameson. Colten goes to a corner, finger guns with his dad, but Jameson now argues with Billy. The ref is busy breaking those two up as Colten runs in, Boulder pulls Bronson to safety! Colten tumbles up and out and to the floor! Austin and Bowens check on Colten but Bronson SMACKS Colten off the apron! Bronson puts Colten in, covers, ONE!! Bronson drags Colten up and FLAPJACKS him off buckles!

Bronson goes up the ropes to HIP DROP Colten! Tag to Jameson, he HIP DROPS Colten! Boulder tags in, he stomps around and the fans fire up. Boulder brings Colten up, to suplex high and hard! Boulder then says bang bang to mock BBSG. Boulder shakes those hips, tags Jameson, and they double whip Colten, only for Colten to BLAST Bronson! Colten DUMPS Boulder, ELBOWS Jameson, hot tag to White! White may have sniped that one, but he CHOPS Jameson down! And he gets Bronson by his hair, and CHOPS! White CHOPS Jameson, fires off JABS then CHOPS! JAB, CHOP, repeat! CHOP, CHOP, and CHOP!

Bronson runs in but White sends him into Jameson! White then CHOPS Bronson! White whips Bronson but Bronson reverses. Bronson runs up but White dumps him out hard! Jameson runs up but into an URENAGE Cover, Boulder runs in, but White moves! The SPLASH hits Jameson! Boulder freaks out, and White kicks low! Billy gets in, FAMOUSER! The fans fire up as that sends Boulder tumbling! White CHOPS Bronson, Colten CLOBBERS him out of the ring! White shrugs and gets Jameson for the BLADERUNNER!! Cover, BBSG wins!

Winners: Jay White, Colten Gunn & Billy Gunn, by pinfall

It was a rocky start but a smooth finish as the hybrid trio works out! Will this super group be untouchable all the way to the top of the mountain?

 

Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.

Lexi Nair is with the American Dragon ahead of his main event match tonight against Jun Akiyama. Some consider this a dream match. Bryan says yes, but what Lexi didn’t say and should’ve said is that this the legendary Jun Akiyama. This is a man Bryan respects as one of the greatest wrestlers in history! Someone who is Eddie Kingston’s hero! And Eddie will be on commentary tonight, watching Bryan wrestle one of the greatest wrestlers, and beat him. Bryan vows to defeat the man that is Eddie’s hero. Bryan wants to make it clear, he respects Jun Akiyama and every single thing he has done. But do you know who Bryan does NOT respect? Eddie Kingston.

Bryan says Eddie just made this thing, that their match at Revolution is about a handshake. That if Eddie wins, Bryan has to shake Eddie’s hand and show him respect, and he thinks that’ll kill Bryan inside. And maybe it will. Because Bryan does NOT respect Eddie, and do you know why? Because if Eddie was asked to do a promo, do you know how he’d do it? Lexi’s interviewed him, right? And what would he say? “Oh, the boom! Oh the lights! Oh, you’ve got shoes on! Oh!” Then he’d say this, that and whatever, storm off and that’s it. He is NOT a professional, has NEVER been a professional!

Bryan has known Eddie for 20 YEARS, and Eddie is someone who had more potential than anybody Bryan has ever met, and he WASTED it! WASTED it until just this last year! But not only does Bryan not respect Eddie, Eddie’s waste of potential just pisses Bryan off. That is why Bryan will win against Eddie at Revolution for the Continental Triple Crown. The American Dragon wants to destroy the Mad King, but will he start with the Japanese legend?

 

Bryan Keith VS Malakai Black!

The Bounty Hunter wants gold, but he’ll have to step into the shadows first. The House of Black has been nothing but brutal and sadistic, will Malakai add Keith to the body count?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Keith stares Malakai down, and both men hear the fans cheering. Malakai and Keith circle, tie up, and Keith wrenches and wristlocks. Malakai moves around, spins through and wrenches to snapmare. Malakai headlocks but Keith slips out to wrench and wristlock again. Malakai snapmares and chinlocks but Keith wrenches out again. Malakai breaks free, tripos Keith but Keith kicks him away. Malakai storms back up but Keith trips him to cover, ONE! The two stand off and the fans rally up. Malakai and Keith reset and circle again. They tie up, Malakai ROCKS Keith, then ROCKS him again!

Malakai whips, Keith reverses but things speed up. Keith BOOTS Malakai down! Fans fire up with Keith and he storms up on Malakai. Keith ROCKS and CHOPS on repeat! Malakai KNEES Keith away, but Keith KICKS in return! And KICKS! Malakai KICKS back! Keith steps over, snap suplexes, and he then drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Malakai snarls but the fans rally with Keith. Keith brings Malakai around, reels him in, underhooks, but Malakai slips free of the lift! Keith fireman’s carries but Malakai slips free to KICK! Malakai blocks a kick to ELBOW Keith down! Keith goes to the apron and Malakai drags him up.

Keith GAMANGIRIS back, but Malakai BOOTS Keith down! Keith hits railing on the way down and Malakai snarls as Collision goes picture in picture.

Keith sits up, clutches the back of his head, and Malakai goes out after him. Malakai drags Keith up, KICKS him against railing, then BOOTS him! Keith staggers away, Malakai runs up and BOOTS him again! Malakai has Keith against railing, KICKS him again, and Keith drops to his knees. Malakai stands Keith up to put him in the ring. Malakai runs up but Keith KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Malakai is in a corner but Keith whips him corner to corner. Keith runs up, blocks a boot, but Malakai KNEES him down! Cover, TWO! Malakai keeps his eyes on Keith, then pushes him down for a knee drop!

Malakai paces while Keith checks his face. Malakai drags Keith up, but Keith CHOPS! Malakai ROUNDHOUSES Keith down! Cover, TWO! Keith stays in this but Malakai stays on him with a scoop and SLAM! Malakai drops another knee, then covers, TWO! Malakai keeps cool and he clamps onto Keith with a chinlock. Keith sputters as he endures, and he fights up to his feet. Keith throws body shots, then knees, but Malakai knees in return! And UPPERCUTS! Keith ROCKS Malakai with a forearm but Malakai gives it back! They go shot for shot, Collision returns to single picture, and Malakai snapmares to KICK Keith!

Malakai stands Keith back up but Keith drags him into a cradle, TWO! Keith ROCKS Malakai, Malakai hits back, then Malakai blocks a boot. Keith dodges, Malakai dodges, but Keith DECKS Malakai! And LARIATS! The fans rally as Keith LARIATS again! Keith scoops for the EXPLODER! Malakai slowly rises and the fans fire up! Keith fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up for Keith as he aims at Malakai. Keith drags Malakai up, underhooks, but Malakai fights and the leg gives up! Malakai shoves Keith to a corner, but Keith pops Malakai up. The knee still holds Keith back so Malakai CLUBS Keith on the back.

Malakai waistlocks but Keith elbows free, and uses ropes for the TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and the fans fire up! A standing count starts but the fans rally up. Both men are down at 5 of 10, but they stir at 6. Keith and Malakai both sit up like a Deadman! Then they stand and fire forearms again! Keith KICKS, Malakai forearms, they fire more shots, then Malakai KICKS! Keith ROCKS Malakai, but Malakai trips Keith! Keith blocks the knee to fire boxing elbows! ROLLING- NO, Malakai knees low and sweeps the legs! Malakai runs up to BOOT Keith to a corner! Malakai runs in, is put on the apron, but he ROCKS Keith first!

Malakai goes up, but Keith RISING HEADBUTTS! Malakai wobbles up top and fans fire up! Keith climbs, brings Malakai into a clinch, but Malakai throws down elbows! Malakai HEADBUTTS Keith down, adjusts, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Keith sputters, Malakai BOOTS and JUMP KNEES! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Keith escapes and Malakai is stunned! The fans fire up but Malakai brings Keith up. The fans rally, Malakai takes aim, BLACK- NO, Keith ducks! KNEE! And then underhooks! TIGER DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives and the fans are thunderous!

Keith goes to a corner, gets his bad leg moving, and he aims at Malakai. “This is Awesome!” as Kevin runs into THE END!! Cover, Malakai wins!

Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall

The Dark Father returned to singles action, and he was victorious! But then the lights go out? Why? Malakai’s already here! But then the lights come on and Mark Briscoe is here with a kendo stick! Malakai wants Mark to show mercy, but here come Buddy & Brody! Mark dodges Buddy to SMACK Brody! And then a SMACK for Buddy! Mark ducks the heel kick to UPPERCUT! Mark gets the kendo stick back, takes aim again, but then thinks of something else. He has a STEEL SPIKE! The same kind Julia Hart stabbed Mark with just a couple weeks ago! Mark aims at Malakai, but Malakai dodges! The spike stabs the buckle pad!

BLACK MASS, and then DANTE’S INFERNO!! The House of Black took Mark’s revenge and turned it around on him. Will Mark learn that no matter what, The House Always Wins?

 

Serena Deeb VS Lady Frost!

The Professor of Professional Wrestling is looking for her path to a championship, and you do that by winning. Deeb had studied up for Kiera Hogan, but cards are subject to change. Will Deeb still pass the pop quiz? Or will she be iced out of the title chase already?

The bell rings and the two circle. Deeb and Frost tie up, and Deeb wrenches to a wristlock. Frost trips Deeb, knuckle lock covers, ONE as Deeb gets a shoulder up. Frost pushes the arm down, ONE as Deeb gets the other arm up. Frost tries again, ONE as Deeb bridges! They stand, go around, and Deeb straitjackets Frost. Frost powers out to straitjacket Deeb in return. Deeb wriggles and wiggles through the straitjacket to put it back on Frost. Deeb brings Frost to her knees, then digs her knees into Frost! Frost endures as she’s bent back, so Deeb tosses her away! The fans cheer and Deeb flexes.

Deeb and Frost tie up, Frost headlocks, but Deeb wrenches out to arm-drag Frost away. Frost goes to a corner, Deeb runs up but Frost BOOTS her! Frost cartwheels over then basement dropkicks Deeb down! Frost whips, Deeb reverses but Frost goes up and over and handsprings away! Fans fire up but Deeb runs Frost over! Deeb says this is HER ring. Things speed up, Deeb ducks ‘n’ dodges and arm-drags into a takedown, spinning toehold into a TRAILER HITCH! Frost endures, Deeb pulls on the foot, but Frost has the ROPEBREAK! Deeb lets go quick and fans cheer her own as Collision goes picture in picture.

Deeb waits on Frost while she’s on the apron. Frost shakes out the legs, steps back in, and then Deeb runs up! Frost puts Deeb in a corner, CHOPS her, but Deeb CHOPS back! Deeb CHOPS but Frost pushes Frost to CHOP again! Frost stomps a mudhole into Deeb, then brings her around for a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Deeb flounders to ropes but Frost hobbles over. Deeb kicks low, UPPERCUTS and Frost staggers back. Deeb UPPERCUTS again, swings but Frost dodges the chop to stomp and UPPERCUT! Frost snapmares Deeb and clamps on a headlock. Deeb endures and fights around. Frost facelocks, Deeb still fights up, but Frost throws Deeb down! Cover, TWO!

Deeb goes to ropes but Frost storms over. Frost bumps Deeb off buckles, goes corner to corner and RAMS into Deeb! Then she handsprings and RAMS in again! Frost lets off to then bring Deeb up and CHOP! Deeb sputters while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Frost has Deeb in another clinch. Deeb powers up and out, drops down then blocks a kick to DRAGON SCREW! Frost writhes and Deeb pounds the mat. The fans rally, Deeb winds up and CLOBBERS Frost! And CLOBBERS her! Deeb JABS, JABS and JABS! Deeb winds up, the fans fire up, but Frost kicks low! Frost whips Deeb, Deeb ducks ‘n’ dodges and dodges again, to LARIAT! The fans fire up with Deeb and she shakes the ropes! Deeb drags Frost up, whips her to a corner but Frost reverses. Frost runs up, blocks a boot, but Deeb brings her in to KICK! Deeb then goes out, catches Frost in the ropes, and HOTSHOT NECKBREAKERS!

Deeb stalks Frost as she staggers away, and then reels her in, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO! Frost survives but Deeb looms over her. Deeb drags Frost up, reels her in, and tucks the arms, DEEB- NO, Frost fights off the Deebtox and back drops free! Deeb goes to a corner, Frost runs up to GAMANGIRI! Deeb staggers, Frost runs up, cartwheel and spin, CHILLA DRILLA! Cover, TWO!! Deeb survives and Frost is furious! Frost aims, spins, but Deeb ducks the roundhouse to ripcord and ELBOW! Then wrench, hammerlock, and PEPSI TWIST! The fans fire up and Deeb gets the leg! HALF CRAB! Frost endures, but taps! Deeb wins!

Winner: Serena Deeb, by submission

The Professor didn’t even need the full Serenity Lock, she’s just that good. Deeb gets the mic and says, “The Women’s Division in AEW is heating up, baby!” Fans cheer that! “Now, I put the locker room on notice when I came back, but I’ll remind you again. Any woman that wants to step up in this ring, any woman that wants to join this Women’s Division, the Professor will be here waiting in Deeb’s Dojo, waiting for the best, because I’m here to elevate this Women’s Division!” The fans cheer that, too! Deeb says, “When The Professor wrestles, the lights don’t turn out. When The Professor wrestles, the picture doesn’t go black ‘n’ white.

“But when The Professor is in the ring, I wrestle! And Serena Deeb is back to claim the division, and I’m here to put the wrestling back in All Elite Wrestling!” The fans fire up for that one! Deeb has called out the champions, will she get to take a title away from one of those champions?

 

Eddie Kingston makes his way to the ring!

Springfield cheers on The Mad King as he joins commentary, just as Bryan said he would. But he isn’t putting on the headset just yet, he must want to wait on the legend. Will Eddie’s hero slay the American Dragon? Or will Bryan beat Blue Thunder like he did Blue Justice?

Bryan Danielson VS Jun Akiyama!

The bell rings and Bryan stares Jun down as the fans rally up. They both hear the fans mixing “YES! YES! YES!” and “HAI! HAI! HAI!” The two circle, feel things out, and Jun backs Bryan down. Bryan gets around, they still look for control, and then knuckle lock. They keep going around, then clinch, then Bryan waistlocks. Jun wrenches but Bryan grabs a leg. Bryan waistlocks, the fans duel, and Jun spins to get the arm. Bryan puts Jun on ropes, the ref counts, and Bryan lets off slowly. Bryan pats Jun on the shoulders then backs away. Jun nods and resets with Bryan. They tie up, Jun headlocks, and he grinds the hold.

Bryan powers up and out but Jun runs him over! Things keep going, Jun runs Bryan over! Bryan trips Jun, turns him over, and hooks up the legs. The fans rally as Bryan grabs at the arms. Jun resists but Bryan pulls the arms back. Jun fights that off, so Bryan STOMPS the knees! Bryan drags Jun, GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Bryan drops a knee on the knee and he pulls on the leg! Jun endures, keeps his shoulders up, and the fans rally up. Bryan pulls the leg, Jun reaches out, but Bryan drags him from ropes. Bryan drops an elbow on the knee but Jun catches him for a chinlock! Bryan fights that off but ends up in an ARMBAR!

Bryan rolls, slips out the back and ties up the legs. The fans rally, Bryan has the deathlock and he SNAPS it! Jun endures, Bryan stands up to SNAP it again! Bryan then stands up again, bridges back, MUTA LOCK! Jun endures, claws at Bryan’s face, and the ref reprimands! Jun lets go but Bryan lets the leglock go. Jun hobbles over, stomps Bryan down, then throws hands. Bryan stands but Jun wrenches the arm. Jun twists the wrist and bends the fingers! Then ELBOW BREAKER! Bryan drops to his knees and the fans fire up! Jun stalks Bryan, pushes him and KNEES the arm again and again!

Jun hammerlocks the arm but Bryan fights up. They go around and around and Bryan SLINGS Jun to the floor! Jun stands, but Bryan DIVES into a forearm! Jun evens things up and goes to the apron as Collision goes picture in picture.

Jun stands Bryan up, to APRON EXPLODER! Both men tumble to the floor but Jun stands up first. Bryan sits up and Jun hears the ring count. Jun drags Bryan up, RAMS him into steel steps, then pushes him into the ring. Jun stalks Bryan to a corner, sits him up, and then runs corner to corner for a KNEE! Jun snapmares to a cover, TWO! Bryan is hanging in there but Jun clamps on with a chinlock. Bryan endures as Jun digs his knee into Bryan’s back. Bryan fights up, powers Jun to a corner, and the ref moves aside. Bryan is free, and he KCISK! And KICKS! And KICKS! Jun eggs Bryan on!

Bryan KICKS Jun again and again but Jun just takes it! Jun ROCKS Bryan, snapmares, and runs to SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Bryan is still in this but Jun drags him out to the apron! Jun then stomps away on Bryan, but lets off as the ref counts. Jun stomps Bryan again, then shrugs as the ref reprimands. Jun stomps Bryan again and Collision returns to single picture. Jun lines up a shot, and the fans fire up as Jun APRON KNEE DROPS! Bryan flops to the floor and the fans fire up again! The ref checks Bryan, he’s somehow okay to continue, so Jun drags him up. Jun brings Bryan in for a suplex but Bryan fights it! Bryan suplexes Jun to the floor!

Bryan refreshes the ring count, then aims from the apron, FLYING KNEE! Down goes Jun and fans fire up! Bryan drags Bryan up and puts him in. Bryan climbs, the fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” Jun stands and Bryan MISSILE DROPKICKS! Jun ends up in a corner, Bryan fires up again and the fans are with him. Bryan runs in to DROPKICK! Bryan keeps moving, and he DROPKICKS again! Bryan keeps going, but Jun LARIATS! The fans fire up, “This is Awesome!” as Jun storms back up to Bryan. Jun drags Bryan up but Bryan wrangles him down! LEBELL LOCK!! Jun endures, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, Bryan lets go fast but in frustration. Bryan drags Jun around, and he goes to a corner! Bryan climbs up, but Jun stands! Jun storms up to ROCK Bryan! Jun fires more hands, climbs up, and fans fire up with Jun! But Bryan throws body shots! And a HEADBUTT! Jun hops back, Bryan goes up, MISSILE- KNEE!! Jun counters and then reels Bryan in, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives but Jun keeps his cool. Jun sits Bryan up for knee after knee, then runs, into a takedown! HALF CRAB! Jun endures but Bryan shifts his grip for an ANKLE LOCK! Jun endures again, reaches out, but Bryan reels him in! GERMAN SUPLEX!

Bryan huffs and puffs while the fans fire up! Jun sits up slowly and Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! The fans chant but Jun blocks! Jun CLUBS the leg, then EXPLODERS! The OG Exploder hits and Jun covers, TWO! GUILLOTINE CHOKE! Bryan is stuck in body scissors, too! Bryan fights, pushes, tries to stack but Jun keeps his own shoulders up! The fans rally and Bryan throws body shots! Bryan shifts and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Jun lets go, and then runs up to KNEE Bryan! Bryan ROUNDHOUSES back! And then GERMAN SUPLEX! Jun is right back up! EXPLODER! SLIDING KNEE!!

Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! The fans count along with the standing count, and both men are down at 5 of 10. Bryan and Jun go to corners, the fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” Bryan and Jun stand at 8, and they run in, DOUBLE BUSAIKU KNEES!! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Jun and Bryan rise, and Jun storms up to ROCK Bryan with a forearm! Bryan shakes his head, and he ROCKS Jun in return! Jun ROCKS Bryan again, so Bryan ROCKS Jun again! The fans rally as the forearms keep going back and forth! They go faster and faster, and June DECKS Bryan!

The fans fire up again as Jun waits on Bryan. Bryan sit sup, Jun brings him in, fisherman and- NO, Bryan fights and arm-drags free! Jun runs up but into a KNEE from Bryan! Jun falls over but Bryan shakes his head. Bryan goes to the corner, aims, “YES! YES! YES!” Jun rises up, Bryan runs in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

The American Dragon survives the Japanese legend, and Eddie says he gives Bryan his due. Eddie’s problem with Bryan was never about his talent, the problem is Bryan’s problem with Eddie. Bryan gives Jun his due by shaking his hand. But then Bryan flips Eddie off! So Jun SLAPS Bryan! Jun doesn’t like the disrespect shown and Bryan apologizes. Bryan offers another handshake, Jun takes it, but Bryan LOW BLOWS Jun! Eddie runs up to TACKLE Bryan! The fans fire up as Eddie punches away on Bryan! The ref reprimands but Eddie doesn’t care, he just keeps hitting Bryan! But then Claudio runs up to tackle Eddie!

The BCC beats Eddie down, but then here comes FTR! Cash & Dax brawl with Claudio & Bryan! The fans fire up as FTR runs the BCC off! BREAKING NEWS via Tony Schiavone! Wednesday Night Dynamite, Six Man Tag: FTR & Eddie VS Bryan, Claudio & Moxley! Will the Top Guys and Mad King finally beat some respect into the BCC?


My Thoughts:

A really good Collision here, lots of good story build for both Revolution and just in general. Great opening match with the No Disqualification match, but I’m surprised Hobbs won after all the stuff Sammy was doing. I mean, that’s good for Hobbs, he really should be winning things. Maybe it’s also to build Hobbs up so that when the Don Callis Family ends up fighting Ospreay & Fletcher, Ospreay & Fletcher are made even bigger deals when they beat Hobbs & Takeshita. Good win for Rosa and really good win for Deeb, both are going strong at perhaps just the right time. Deeb also had a really good promo, both should definitely be challenging for titles after Revolution going towards Double or Nothing.

Great trios match for Bang Bang Scissor Gang, and of course there was a moment of dysfunction where White gets the tag and not Billy. BBSG still wins, but I’m more surprised by Caster losing the flow on his rap. If that was legit, I feel bad for him, but maybe he wrote himself into a corner with “red” and the rhymes being bad (something something head, something something dead). I mean, he did just say he and management argue, maybe he held himself back because he didn’t want Tony Khan upset over blatantly naughty rhymes. And also, despite me wanting them to actually go for more gold, it feels like we’re just a moment away from BBSG breaking up and fighting for all the trios titles.

Great match from Bryan Keith and Malakai Black for the hell of it, and it gives Malakai a solid singles win. When Malakai hasn’t had one of those in awhile, that’s only because he hasn’t had a singles match in a long time. A little surprising Mark Briscoe didn’t get away with his ambush. He could’ve just bailed out when Buddy & Brody showed up but I guess that wouldn’t be in-character for Mark. Maybe Keith will be an ally for Mark against The House of Black since FTR is a bit busy right now. Speaking of which, great tag match of FTR VS STP and of course FTR wins. Good promo from BCC to set up the rematch at Revolution, I feel like they should make a point that the time limit isn’t 20 minutes but I can’t even remember if PPVs have time limits on matches.

And great tie-in of BCC with the main event tonight. Bryan VS Jun was a great match, Eddie was great on commentary because he knew Jun’s moveset and style so he was saying what was coming. Bryan won, of course, adding another Triple Crown Champion to the list since he’s coming after Eddie’s Triple Crown. I had a feeling Bryan was going to disrespect Jun, but it was only because Jun told him to respect Eddie. Great brawl to set up Eddie & FTR VS BCC for Dynamite, that’ll make for a strong go-home going towards Revolution.

My Score: 8.7/10


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