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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/2/24)

Happy New Year’s Evil!

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Despite being less than 100%, Ilja Dragunov is going to defend his NXT Championship against the 2023 Iron Survivor, Trick Williams! Will the Czar still be #UNBESIEGBAR?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Women’s Championship: Lyra Valkyria VS Blair Davenport; Lyra wins and retains the title.
  • Six Man Tag: Dragon Lee Carlito & The LWO VS No Quarter Catch Crew; The LWO wins.
  • Roxanne Perez VS Arianna Grace; Arianna wins, by disqualification.
  • Loser Works for the Winner: Tiffany Stratton VS Fallon Henley; Fallon wins and is now Tiffany’s boss.
  • Men’s Breakout Tournament Finals: Riley Osborne VS Oba Femi; Femi wins and has the right to challenge for the NXT Championship.
  • NXT Championship: Ilja Dragunov VS Trick Williams; cancelled.
  • NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Trick Williams VS Grayson Waller; Trick wins and will challenge Dragunov for the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

The first 30 MINUTES of NXT are commercial free tonight!

 

A New Year signifies looking to the future.

“As you stare into the unknown, you see new beginnings, something to accomplish. But in the unknown, darkness also smiles back. Tonight, many will discover if good can be outweighed by evil. Defending what’s yours is one thing, but taking it requires much more cruelty. If you desire to stand out from the rest, you must tap into your dark side. Is this the year hard work pays off? Or will you crumble to utter embarrassment? Sinister deeds lurk around every corner. If your ambition is to be on top… As the New Year starts, let us see if you can withstand the evil, or embrace it.”

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Lyra Valkyria VS Blair Davenport!

The Morrigan proved she was ready for The Big Time when she dethroned Becky Lynch, but now she faces the Ichiban Gaijin. Will Davenport’s devious deeds prove to have been in vain? Or will all of NXT see they should beware of Blair?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who kicks off 2024 with a bang!

The bell rings and the fans rally up for Lyra as she stares down with Blair. They tie up, go around, and Blair puts Lyra on ropes. Blair lets off fast and the two reset. They tie up, Lyra wrenches an arm and whips. Blair reverses, drops, but Lyra rolls over that to come back. Blair blocks the hip toss to facelock, but Lyra wrenches out to WRING Blair! Lyra hurries to facelock, but Blair wrenches out to WRING, only for Lyra to handspring through! And then hip toss after all! Lyra headlocks and grinds while fans clap-clap-clap “WOO~!” Blair endures as Lyra shifts to a cravat, and Blair throws body shots. Blair rolls but Lyra holds onto the cravat.

Lyra stands up, she keeps on the neck wrench but Blair spins free and kicks low. Blair whips, Lyra goes up and over, then comes back to sunset flip! Blair stays up, drags Lyra to her feet and Gory Especials but Lyra fights it and snapmares. Cover, ONE, but Lyra keeps the cravat. Blair fights up, the fans rally for Lyra, but Blair powers Lyra into a corner. Blair throws body shots, the ref counts, and Lyra lets go at 4. But then Lyra dumps Blair to the apron! Blair ducks the haymaker to HOTSHOT Lyra down! Blair then climbs up the corner, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS Lyra in the shoulders! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up as Lyra is still in this! Blair stomps Lyra around, drags her up, and scuffs her. The fans rally but Blair gives more kicks. Blair hauls Lyra up to turn and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Lyra shakes the cobwebs out but Blair clamps on a chinlock. Blair leans on Lyra, grinds her forearm into Lyra’s head, but Lyra fights up. Lyra picks Blair up as a backpack, to then BACKPACK STUNNER! Blair lets go and Lyra goes to a corner. The fans rally for Lyra as Blair storms up, but Lyra fires windmill palms! And then more palms, more windmills, and then a LARIAT! Fans fire up as Lyra LARIATS again!

Lyra whips, Blair reverses but Lyra CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up more as Lyra aims, SOBATS, front kicks, RAMS and ENZIGURIS! Blair falls and Lyra hurries up top. Blair stands, and avoids the crossbody this time! Then she hurries to haul Lyra up, but Lyra fights the suplex! Lyra FISHERMAN SUPLEXES! Float over cover, TWO! Blair is hanging in there and the fans rally up again. Lyra storms over, drags Blair up, but Blair fights the lift! Blair CLUBS Lyra, ROCKS her, and then kicks. Lyra blocks, reels Blair in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Blair is hanging in there and Lyra grows frustrated.

Lyra drags Blair to a drop zone, climbs up again and the fans are with her. But Blair is up to ROCK her first! Blair climbs up after Lyra, Lyra CLUBS Blair in return but Blair throws body shots. Lyra HAMMERS away on Blair, Blair hops down but she GAMANGIRIS back! Blair then climbs, brings Lyra up, and SUPER FALCON ARROWS!! Lyra flounders her way out of the ring! Fans fire up, but Blair goes out after Lyra to THROW her into barriers! Blair talks trash on Lyra, drags her up, and KAMI-GOYES the desk!! Lyra avoids disaster and the fans lose their minds as Blair clutches her knee! The desk has a HUGE hole in the side of it!!

Lyra hurries to the ring as the count climbs. Lyra is in at 7, Blair hobbles up and in at 9. Lyra has Blair but Blair HOTSHOTS her away! Blair hobbles over, stands Lyra up and suplexes, but the knee won’t let her Falcon Arrow! Lyra waistlocks but Blair POSTS her! Blair uses the corner to go up and up and DOUBLE- NO, Lyra dodges and the landing hurts Blair’s leg! Lyra HEEL KICKS Blair, then fireman’s carries! Swing and SAMOAN DRIVER!! Cover, Lyra wins!

Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)

A miscalculation by Blair and she loses out on the title! Lyra’s reign continues into the New Year, but wait! Here comes LOLA VICE! She brings her own ref, and her Breakout contract! But then TATUM PAXLEY attacks Lola! So Elektra Lopez rushes out to attack Tatum! Lyra WRECKS Lopez! Tatum and Lyra brawl with Lola and Lopez, refs rush out, but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Lopez & Lola back off for now, but Lyra still isn’t so sure about her stalker… What is in store for Lyra’s 2024?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

Kelly Kincaid is backstage in front of WWE Medical, and has a huge report. Despite Ilja Dragunov wanting to defend his title tonight, Medical will NOT clear him to compete tonight. He is still experiencing lingering effects from his neck injury, and we are waiting on Trick Williams’ reaction to the match not happening tonight. Fans are certainly disappointed, how much more so is Trick Williams?

 

Six Man Tag: The LWO VS No Quarter Catch Crew!

The Boy Wonder has some amigos watching his back, and just as Drew Gulak, Damon Kemp & Myles Borne thought they were getting the North American Champion, SURPRISE! It’s Caribbean Cool! Will Carlito, Cruz Del Toro & Joaquin Wilde continue to disappoint No Quarter by giving them an L?

The teams sort out, Cruz starts against Gulak and they circle. The fans are going wild for Carlito, but Cruz and Gulak tie up first. Gulak wrenches to a wristlock, but Cruz uses ropes to flip through, wrench back and whip. Gulak reverses, Cruz goes up but Gulak stays out from under. Gulak waistlocks, Cruz slips around and headlocks, but Gulak powers out. Cruz ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Fans fire up, Cruz runs up, but Gulak puts Cruz up top. Cruz uses that to springboard and CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Cruz facelocks, tags Wilde, and the LWO double whip. They double ELBOW Gulak, then Wilde runs to get the assist, hip toss SPLASH!

Fans fire up, Wilde covers, TWO! Wilde keeps his cool and he brings Gulak around. Wilde UPPERCUTS Gulak, whips, but Gulak reverses. Wilde holds ropes, avoids Kemp’s cheap shot and CHOPS Gulak! Wilde knuckle locks Gulak but Kemp runs in. Wilde hurdles over Kemp to go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG MISSILE DROPKICK COMBO! The fans fire up with Wilde, but Gulak distracts the ref so Borne can sucker punch Wilde1 but Carlito and Cruz rush in, it is a brawl! The LWO tosses out No Quarter, and the fans fire up again! Wilde slingshots, fakes No Quarter out, but now they’re way up the ramp.

Carlito & Cruz join Wilde on the apron and Wilde goes up the ropes. “L! W! O!” MY GOODNESS, BOOSTED SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY!! Wilde wipes out No Quarter and the fans lose their minds! Wilde stands up and puts Gulak in. Wilde climbs a corner, MISSILE DROPKICKS, then covers, TWO! Wilde brings Gulak up, ROCKS him with haymakers, then whips. Gulak reveres, Borne gets a cheap shot in, but Wilde takes a swing. Gulak CLOBBERS Wilde! Fans boo, but Wilde tags Borne in. No Quarter mugs Wilde, Borne ROCKS him and throws body shots. Borne DECKS Wilde, knees him in the back, then tags in Kemp.

Kemp & Borne mug Wilde, but Wilde throws body shots. Kemp kicks low, drops to UPPERCUT, then he DECKS Wilde! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Borne tags in. Kemp keeps Wilde down so Borne can stomp him. Borne tags Gulak, they mug Wilde, then Gulak scoops. Gulak SLAMS Wilde, taunts Carlito, then tags Borne back in. Borne tags Kemp, and No Quarter coordinates. Kemp feeds Wilde to Gulak to GERMAN SUPLEX! Kemp waistlocks, Borne and Kemp DROPKICK GERMAN COMBO! Bridging cover, but Carlito breaks it! The fans fire up, but Kemp keeps Wilde back with an ANKLE LOCK!

Wilde endures, fans rally up, but Gulak tags in. Wilde BOOTS Kemp into Gulak! Gulak hurries to stop Wilde with a haymaker! Gulak corners Wilde, tags Kemp, and Wilde slips free, only for Kemp to stomp him. ANKLE LOCK! Wilde endures again, reaches out, but Kemp CLOBBERS him! Kemp DECKS Cruz, has Wilde’s leg and reels him in. Kemp back suplexes but Wilde lands on his feet! Wilde dodges Kemp to hot tag Carlito! Fans are thunderous as Carlito rallies on No Quarter! Carlito whips Kemp to kick him, and knee lift! Borne runs in, Carlito dodges him, DOUBLE LARIATS on Kemp & Borne!

The fans are even more fired up, as Cruz passes Carlito an apple! Gulak runs in but Carlito back drops him away! Kemp ROCKS Carlito, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Gulak breaks it! Wilde leaps in, Gulak gets under, but Wilde SUPERKICKS! Borne HOTSHOTS Wilde to then LARIAT! Cruz tightrope walks to MISSILE DROPKICK Borne! Kemp scoops and SLAMS Cruz, but Carlito ELBOWS Kemp! Carlito runs up, into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! All six men are down and fans boo. Kemp crawls to the cover, TWO! Carlito and Kemp stir, the others get out of the ring, but Wilde climbs a corner? SKY TWISTER onto Gulak & Borne!!

The fans lose their minds again! Carlito tags Cruz before the O’Conner! Carlito kicks Kemp into Cruz’s ENZIGURI! Then Carlito hits the BACKSTABBER! Carlito scoops Kemp to SLAM him into a drop zone, and Cruz goes up! PHOENIX SPLASH! Cover, LWO wins!

Winners: Carlito & The LWO, by pinfall

Gulak is furious! He was denied a fight with the North American Champion, and then loses this one anyway! And oh yeah, Carlito SPITS apple at Gulak! How is Charlie Dempsey gonna feel when he returns from AJPW?

 

Backstage interview with Trick Melo Gang.

Kelly Kincaid is with Trick Williams & Carmelo Hayes, and brings up this is not how Trick wanted to start his year. Trick says that to say he’s disappointed is an understatement. Trick Melo Gang has been in the gym, they’ve been grinding. Trick wishes all the best for Dragunov, because once he is healthy, they are having this title match. Melo says he ain’t buying it, though. Knowing Trick was training with Melo scared Dragunov off, because this would be a guaranteed loss! But then Grayson Waller walks in, and he says Kelly can go. Waller says it is a shame about tonight, but think of it as a blessing. Trick was NOT gonna beat Dragunov!

C’mon, Melo, tell ’em! Melo knows, right? Trick says, “Naysayer, please.” Trick is gonna get that title, and he knows Waller has heard by now, Trick is The Iron Survivor. Well, Waller is the original Iron Survivor. Surely Trick remembers that when he was just the valet. Or is Melo the valet now. Melo says we are not doing this. Waller’s messing with the wrong ones. Melo and Waller can run it back one time if he wants. In fact, Trick’s all locked in, he needs a tune-up. Waller says he’s on SmackDown now, he wrestles legends, not flops like Trick. Waller’s jacket’s the flop. Look at Waller and look at Trick. Who looks more like a flop? Uhhh Waller!

Melo says no one is more ready than Trick, no one looks better than Trick, and Trick has new merch out! Melo is so confident that Trick will beat Waller, Trick will even put his #1 Contender shot on the line! Waller likes it! Melo Don’t Miss, challenge accepted! Waller mocks “Whoop Dat Trick!” while Trick asks Melo what the what! Melo says Trick’s got this, but will Waller end up the one with it after tonight?

 

Riley Osborne speaks.

“Tonight is the biggest match of my life. The finals of the NXT Breakout Tournament. It’s the reason I came to NXT. To follow in the paths paved by great European superstars like Finn Balor and Drew McIntyre. Or the OGs, like Fit Finlay and William Regal. To have my name be in that conversation with those guys and the outstanding competitors, I’ve got to win that contract. If I win… I have a real shot at becoming a champion in 2024. But man, Oba Femi’s a beast. He has the advantage in every category: Size, strength, power. No doubt I’m the underdog. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Somehow, someway, I’ve got to get my hand raised, become the next NXT Breakout winner, and be on my to one day hearing my name, ‘Riley Osborne,’ on a list of the great European superstars.” Will Chase U’s top recruit soon be on top of the world?

 

Roxanne Perez VS Arianna Grace!

The Prodigy has accomplished much in her career, and has even exceled at showing her edge. Will she continue adding achievements to her list by beating a pageant queen? Or will Arianna show Roxanne how to lose with grace?

The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, the fans rally up, and Roxie powers Arianna back. Arianna pulls hair to bring Roxie back, and Arianna wrenches to wristlock. Arianna YANKS the arm, hits an ELBOW BREAKER, then throws Roxie up and over! Arianna “apologizes” and offers a handshake. Roxie scowls, reaches back out, but then Arianna pie faces her and says kiss the ring! Roxie SLAPS Arianna, right on the same spot she hit a couple weeks ago! Roxie bumps Arianna off buckles, then brings her around to bump her off more buckles. And then more buckles! Roxie finishes the full lap but Arianna blocks the bump!

Arianna storms up, whips Roxie to ropes, but Roxie ducks ‘n’ dodges then ducks again to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up and Roxie grabs an arm. Step over, La Magistrol to BRIDGE! TWO! Arianna flounders around, Roxie runs up, but Arianna catches her! Arianna back suplexes but Roxie lands on her feet. Roxie waistlocks, Arianna bucks the O’Conner and then BOOTS Roxie outta the ring! Arianna drags Roxie to the apron, has her in the ropes, for the GUILLOTINE CATAPULT! Fans boo but Arianna drags Roxie up to bump her off buckles. The fans rally for Roxie but Arianna bumps her off buckles again.

Arianna snarls as Roxie writhes, and Arianna brings her up. Arianna whips Roxie to a corner, runs in and ELBOWS her down! Then snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Arianna keeps cool, and she pulls Roxie back. “Show ’em that pretty face!” Roxie endures the chinlock stretch and the fans rally up again. Roxie fights up, reaches out, but then pushes Arianna onto ropes! Then rolls her up! TWO! Arianna scowls, kicks low, and says she just tried to help Roxie! Arianna SMACKS Roxie off the mat but the fans continue to cheer Roxie on. Arianna smacks Roxie off the mat, then brings her up. Arianna pie faces Roxie, talks more, but Roxie catches an arm!

Arianna shoves free, but Roxie blocks the kick! Roxie fires off fast hands from all sides! Arianna shoves her, but Roxie ROCKS her! Then DROPKICKS her! Fans fire up with Roxie, then she runs in to UPPERCUT! And she ROCKS Arianna again! Roxie climbs up to rain down fists! The fans count but Arianna claws Roxie’s face at 6! Then she YANKS Roxie into the buckles, YANKS her off the corner, then reels her in. But Roxie throws elbows! Roxie hops on, POP ROX!! Cover, Roxie wins!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by pinfall

Arianna tried to get dirty but Roxie’s battle tested. Arianna says Roxie still needs her help because she has issues. Roxie trips Arianna and rains down fists! The ref reprimands but Roxie won’t let off! Fans cheer Roxie on as she HAMMERS away on Arianna! Roxie clamps on a CROSSFACE!! Roxie says if Arianna wants to see crazy, here’s crazy! More refs rush out, they get Roxie to let Arianna go, but Roxie still wants more! Arianna scrambles away in fear, and the ref tells the ring announcer there’s a change in decision!? Roxie is now DISQUALIFIED?!?

Winner: Arianna Grace, by disqualification

Fans boo, Roxie only did all this after the match! And she’s only angrier now! Will Arianna’s big mouth get her in big trouble with this pint-sized Pitbull?

 

Ava Raine exits Shawn Michaels’ office.

Kelly Kincaid is there waiting and says a lot seems to be happening tonight. Ava says yes, last night on Raw Day One was crazy, and it has been unpredictable tonight. It was a tough decision for management to make, but Dragunov’s health is their top priority. And when Dragunov is cleared, he will defend his title against either Trick Williams or Grayson Waller. Then with Ava coming out of HBK’s office, her talking with superstars and helping make matches, just what is going on? Ava says it was brought to her attention by a Wise Man that as this brand grows, HBK needs help. That is where Ava comes in.

Ava has a “unique” relationship with the NXT roster, she has her own ideas, sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. But one idea that does work is next week, the Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic returns! That’s exciting! Sure is. Happy New Year’s, everyone! What teams will we see join in and go for both the trophy and golden tickets?

 

Blair hobbles around backstage.

But then BANG, Nikkita Lyons spooks her. She says she could’ve easily taken Blair out right there, put her on the shelf for ten MONTHS, just like Blair did her. Blair says sure, but Lyons didn’t have the guts to pull the trigger. Some people either have the killer instinct or they only dream of it. Lyons says no, this is her showing the respect Blair failed to show her. Lyons taking Blair out in the back or in the parking lot doesn’t get her closer to the title. Lyons will do that in the ring. Blair says sure, but Lyons’ only chance IS taking Blair out from behind, not face to face. Lyons reminds Blair she knocked her head off face to face once before. Next time-

There won’t be a next time! Oh, there isn’t? Then fine, let’s go here and now! Refs and producers rush in to stop Blair and Lyons from getting into it, but this battle is inevitable. When and where will Lyons have her vengeance?

 

Loser Works for the Winner: Tiffany Stratton VS Fallon Henley!

As if the Wrestling Barbie wasn’t insufferable just being Daddy’s Little Rich Girl, she doubles down by talking down to the Cowgirl and others in her “station.” Tiffany thinks she should be in charge of everything and everyone, but Fallon wants to show the fruits of hard work. Will Tiffany get herself a new personal servant? Or will Fallon get herself a new ranch hand?

The bell rings and Fallon ROCKS Tiff! Then bumps her off buckles! And fires more hands! The fans fire up as Fallon whips but Tiff reverses, only for Fallon to run her over! Fallon TOSSES Tiff out, but Tiff drags Fallon out! Tiff goes to apron bump but Fallon blocks that to ROCK Tiff! The fans duel, Fallon SMACKS Tiff off the apron, then fireman’s carries. Tiff slips free and shoves but Fallon stops herself. Fallon ROCKS Tiff, runs up, but fakes the chop. Tiff ducks but then Fallon CHOPS her on the back! Fallon shoves Tiff in, storms up on her and covers, TWO! Fallon storms up but Tiff throws body shots.

Tiff snapmares, runs, but Fallon turn stomps into sunset flip! Tiff rolls through but Fallon drop toeholds! Then Fallon CALF KICKS Tiff! Tiff goes to the ropes, Fallon runs, slides, but Tiff grabs hair! Tiff POSTS Fallon! Fans boo, Tiff goes out to cartwheel and Alabama Lift, to SLAM Fallon on the apron! The fans boo more as NXT goes picture in picture.

Tiff mocks Fallon then soaks up the cheers and jeers. Tiff then SMACKS Fallon off the apron, puts her in the ring and covers, TWO! Tiff stomps Fallon in frustration and has her on the ropes. Tiff puts Fallon in a corner to CLUB her down. Tiff whips corner to corner hard, then storms up to SPLASH! Tiff whips corner to corner hard the other way, and Fallon falls. Tiff storms back up, pie faces Fallon then stomps her down. Fallon staggers to her feet but Tiff whips her hard into another corner. Fallon falls over again, Tiff storms up on her, and whips her one more time. Fallon reverses! Fallon runs in but Tiff dodges to throw Fallon down! Tiff storms up, covers, TWO!

Tiff is frustrated but she spins Fallon around to a chinlock stretch. Fallon endures, the fans rally up, but Tiff HIP DROPS Fallon down. Tiff stretches Fallon again, but Fallon endures and fights back up. Tiff thrashes Fallon but Fallon gets to her feet. Tiff knees low, and throws Fallon again! The ref reprimands but Tiff KICKS Fallon at the ropes. And KICKS again! But Fallon blocks the third! Tiff wants mercy but Fallon CHOPS her! And CHOPS again! Tiff staggers, Fallon storms up, but Tiff YANKS her into ropes! NXT returns to single picture as Tiff HIP ATTACKS against ropes! Tiff keeps moving, but Fallon dodges!

Fallon runs, Tiff dodges, and then they DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up while both women are down! Tiff sits up first, she drags Fallon up to ROCK her! Fallon ROCKS Tiff back! The forearms keep going, the two stand up, and Tiff CLUBS Fallon. Tiff runs, into a SOBAT! Fallon ROCKS Tiff, then LARIATS! And FACEBUSTERS! Tiff goes to a corner, Fallon ELBOWS her in the corner, then stomps a mudhole in! Fallon is fired up and so are the fans! Fallon goes out to RAM Tiff into barriers! Fallon puts Tiff back in, climbs up the corner, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Tiff is hanging tough, she isn’t a former champ for nothing.

Tiff goes to ropes, Fallon storms up on her and whips. Tiff reverses to knee low, then runs. Cartwheel and lift, but Fallon makes it a CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Tiff survives but Fallon stays focused. Fallon reels Tiff in, but Tiff fights the suplex and Fallon’s back hurts! Tiff whips, Fallon goes up and over but again the back comes into play. Tiff hits a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Tiff is furious and she hauls Fallon up. Fireman’s carry, ROLLING SENTON! PRETTIEST MOONSAULT- NO, Fallon moves in time! Tiff runs back in, but into an ELBOW! Fallon goes up and up, but Tiff SHOVES her! Fallon BODY SCISSORS Tiff up and out with her!!

Both women hit the floor and fans are a bit worried. Fallon and Tiff rise so the fans rally again. Fallon ROCKS Tiff, Tiff ROCKS Fallon! Tiff ducks a haymaker to fireman’s carry! Fallon holds ropes, so Tiff gives her SNAKE EYES off the apron! Tiff puts Fallon in at 5 of 10, and then grabs a chair!? There are still disqualifications on this, Tiff, you’ll end up a ranch hand! Fallon BOOTS Tiff, the ref wants the chair but Tiff is stubborn. The chair is let go, the SHINING WIZARD hits! Fallon wins!!

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall (Tiffany will work for her)

Tiff’s rich brat temper got the better of her, and now she’s gotta work on the farm! Fallon tells Tiff it’s time to go, how will Daddy’s Little Rich Girl handle The Simple Life?

 

HBK tweets!

“New Year’s Evil is off to a hot start. Just got a call from a former NXT Champion who wants to stop by and watch the new main event.” Who could this former champ be? Will it be a better surprise than Jinder Mahal showing up on Raw?

 

Baron Corbin finds Bron Breakker backstage.

He also kinda interrupts Bron’s phone call. Bron asks what the hell Corbin wants. Corbin says to drop the tough guy attitude for just a second. Did Bron hear what Ava said tonight? No, he did not. Oh, shocker. But the Dusty Classic is starting up next week, and against every single fiber of his being, Corbin thinks these two would be a good team. Bron chuckles and asks, “Really?” Corbin is coming to Bron, to be his tag partner? Corbin must be desperate. Well if Bron’s brain is a quarter the size of his ego, just… Wow, Bron’s ego? Yeah, Bron’s ego. Look around! Is anyone else wanting to be Bron’s tag partner?

The answer Bron is looking for is no. And why? Because Bron is a smug, arrogant A-hole. Well it takes one to know one. If Bron is so bad, why does Corbin still want to be his partner? Because they’re BOTH A-holes. Okay, Bron sees that. So Corbin figures, they could destroy everyone in the tournament and win those tag titles. Bron thinks, and Corbin senses the lightbulb turning on. Bron does agree with the destroying part. Bron can see it now! See what? Bron leads the team, him and Baldie Corbin. That’d be great. Uh, Bron’s not leading anything. Corbin will destroy everyone while Bron puts on like his third, fourth or fifth coat of tanner.

Bron chuckles again and says okay. They’ll do it. See you next week. Bron leaves Corbin hanging on the fist bump, but then comes back to quickly dap. This team really is gonna be #MeanerThanEvil, but can it coexist past the first round?

 

Oba Femi speaks.

“Oba. A name given to rulers who possess an undeniable power. You’ve all witnessed it throughout the course of this tournament. See, I come from the beautiful country of Nigeria, the heartbeat of Africa. 230 MILLION people built on a culture where strength is not only revered, but expected. And I stand head and shoulders above the rest. So tonight, I take my final step towards my contract, and Riley Osborne will crumble under my feet. Nigeria truly is the giant of Africa. And when I win this Breakout Tournament, Oba Femi will be the Giant of NXT!”

 

Gigi Dolin talks with some of the other women in the locker room.

She talks about how she finally felt comfortable in her own skin, so she doesn’t need New Year’s Resolutions. But then Cora Jade walks in and asks what is wrong with this picture. Uh, what is wrong? Seems like they’re all enjoying their time without Cora’s negativity. Cora says wrong. Gigi is in Cora’s spot. Oh, is she? Oops, Gigi got it confused. Can Cora please please please~ find it in her heart to forgive Gigi? The others snicker at the sarcasm. And then Gigi gets serious by saying when Cora doesn’t respect other people, she can’t expect others to respect her. Cora says this is typical Gigi. And Cora’s being typical Cora. New look, same dreadful attitude.

Gigi says we all know where this is going. Cora says yeah, and it’s not a place Gigi wants to go. Oh, but Gigi is pretty sure she does. The others step in to stop this from popping off, but will the Toxic Avenger tear down the #GenerationOfJade?

 

Ridge Holland sits down for an interview.

Sarah Schreiber is with Ridge, and she brings up how this return to NXT is about redemption. Now, there’s a lot that has been said and made about Ridge’s actions since returning. Ridge said he is no stranger to mishaps in the ring, what can he tell us about his journey to this point? Ridge says she’s spot on about that. Ridge is no stranger to injuries, mishaps and accidents. Just as his career was starting to take off, starting on that upward climb up the ladder, it was WarGames 2020, Ridge was gonna be on the same team as Pat McAfee. But then tragedy struck and Ridge blew both legs out, as well as dislocated and fractured an ankle.

Ridge felt in that moment it was all over. He was down on the ramp, looking up at the lights, wondering if this is how it ends for him. How can he go home and tell his wife, who was pregnant with their twin boys at the time, that “Sorry, love, I dragged you away from your family, from your home, to try out this new life in the States.” How could he do that and say they had to go back? This is how he feeds their family, pays their bills, keeps a roof over their heads. But Sarah notes he did recover, he did come back, and he helped form The Brawling Brutes. It was Ridge, “Butch” Pete Dunne & Sheamus, all doing big things on SmackDown.

Ridge says it’s bittersweet now. He appreciated Sheamus and Dunne helping him. Ridge gets flashbacks to that first PLE together, just last year at Day One on Sunday. Yet it feels like yesterday when he got those knees smashing his nose. The injury bug, the black cloud, reconstructive surgery. But he picked himself up again. You have to when you’re not the only one in the equation, when you’re not the only one relying on you. Sarah says weeks ago, Ridge returns to NXT, and he got the opportunity to show how he stacks up against THE NXT Champion, Ilja Dragunov. It was an abrupt ending and a lot of questions, but the real question is: Who is the Ridge Holland he wants us to see?

Ridge takes a breath, and says he respects Dragunov immensely. And every word that came out of Ridge’s mouth a couple weeks ago, he meant. When the bell rang, when whatever happened happened, it was not malicious, there was no ill will. Ridge is a dad, a husband, a friend, not a monster. Not someone who aimlessly wants to hurt someone and take away their livelihood. Because Ridge knows what that feels like, how fast things can be taken away. He doesn’t have it in him to do that to someone, it’s not in his DNA. But the point still stands that Ridge is here for a reason, and that is to prove to everybody who Ridge really is.

Ridge will go through the roster, man by man, to prove himself and find redemption. And he will show the NXT Universe just who Ridge Holland truly is, no preconceptions. Sarah thanks Ridge for his time and wishes him luck. Will Northern Grit be able to accomplish his goals without fear or trepidation?

 

Men’s Breakout Tournament Finals: Riley Osborne VS Oba Femi!

Speaking of proving themselves, Turbo Terry is the speed, but “The Ruler” is the strength. Will this be Riley’s David VS Goliath moment? Or will Oba be more like Godzilla?

As Riley heads for gorilla, Thea Hail & Jacy Jayne are around the corner. Thea is nervous but Jacy gives her a big push. Thea says sup! Just wanna let you know, she’ll be out there to root for him. He’ll be great! Good luck! Thanks so much, see you there. High-five! Riley heads out, Thea has a freak out and doesn’t wanna wash her hand ever again! Jacy wouldn’t go that far but sure. Thea high-fives herself as she continues to go nuts, will she and all of the Chase U Student Section get to go nuts after tonight?

The introductions are made, the contract awaits, and we see who truly breaks out in the New Year!

The bell rings and Oba RAMS Riley right to a corner! Riley goes up, kicks Oba away, then resets with him. They circle, Riley kicks, dodges, then kicks again! And steps up to ENZIGURI! Riley runs to SHOT- NO, Oba denies the dropkick! But Riley avoids the elbow drop! Riley facelocks but Oba powers up. Oba lifts and TOSSES Riley, Riley rebounds but Oba scoops. Riley slips free to CHOP BLOCK! Oba drops to a knee, Riley runs and BOOTS! Riley keeps moving, but Oba choke grips! Riley throws hands but Oba just grins! Oba SHOVES Riley up and out! Fans fire up while Oba storms out after Riley.

Oba drags Riley up, puts him in, and then runs, but Riley dumps him out! Fans fire up more, and Riley sees Thea cheering him on. Riley hurries to the apron, runs up, and BOOTS! Oba wobbles, but he comes back to CHOP Riley down!! Even Thea can’t breathe! Everyone goes nuts from how that echoed, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Riley gets in the ring, Oba storms back in after him, and then whips him to back drop high and hard! Riley writhes but Oba brings him back up. Oba UPPERCUTS Riley, and Riley flounders. Oba KICKS Riley to the corner, digs his boots in, and then drags Riley up. Oba YANKS the arm, kicks Riley around, then CLUBS him down. Oba looms over Riley, whips him corner to corner hard, and Riley falls. Oba scuffs Riley, drags him back up, and scoops him to SLAM him! Then Oba scoops Riley to SLAM him again! Cover, TWO! Oba keeps cool, and he brings Riley up again. Oba shoves and scoops Riley, for a PENDULUM BACKBREAKER!

Riley writhes, Oba pushes him to a cover, TWO! Oba is annoyed but he drags Riley back up. Oba knees low, CLUBS him down, then CLUBS him again! Riley flounders to a corner, but he CHOPS back! And fires forearms! Oba DECKS Riley! Riley is sprawled against ropes but Oba hauls him up. Oba has a BEARHUG! Riley endures the squeeze, throws some elbows, and NXT returns to single picture. Oba picks Riley up to put that bearhug on the lower back. The fans rally as Riley continues to endure, and Riley throws elbows. Oba knees low, whips Riley to a corner, then gets him on the rebound for another bearhug!

Riley still endures and the Chase U Student Section rallies as hard as they can. Riley throws elbows, but Oba squeezes tight! Riley throws forearm after forearm, and Oba lets go! But that’s so he can clinch and IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Riley writhes and Oba shakes out the leg. Oba has fans cheering “O~BA! HOO! O~BA! HOO!” Oba drags Riley up, and its’ back to the BEARHUG! Oba thrashes Riley, squeezes tight, but Riley doesn’t give in! The Chase U Section fires up as Riley throws forearms! But Oba spins Riley around, only for Riley to JAWBREAKER! Oba holds on, Riley JAWBREAKERS again! Oba CLUBS Riley down!

Oba shakes his head, storms up and UPPERCUTS Riley to a corner. Oba digs his forearms into Riley, the ref counts, and Oba lets off at 4. Oba whips corner to corner, runs in, but Riley moves! Oba POSTS himself! Fans fire up as Riley hurries up to CHOP! Riley whips, Oba reverses but Riley slips around. But Oba blocks the crucifix takedown! So Riley sunset flips it! But Oba drags Riley back up! Oba swings, misses, Riley tilt-o-whirl RANAS! And then DROPKICKS! Oba is finally down! The fans fire up as Riley hurries to STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Oba is tough, too, but Riley doesn’t give up.

Riley runs corner to corner, and he UPPERCUTS! Oba ROCKS Riley right back! Oba whips, Riley goes up but Oba puts him on the apron. Riley shoulders in, ROUNDHOUSES and Oba falls again! Riley goes up and up, but Oba’s up, too! Riley front-flips over Oba, keeps moving, and CALF KICKS Oba down! Fans fire up as Riley hurries to the corner! Riley climbs, Jacy fans Thea while she cheers Riley. SHOOTING STAR ONTO KNEES! And then the scoop, SNAKE EYES in the corner, then the SHOT PUT BOMB!! Oba is all fired up as he waits on Riley. Riley stands, into the POP-OP POWERBOMB!! Cover, Oba wins!!

Winner: Oba Femi, by pinfall (2024 Breakout Tournament Winner)

The Chase U section is stunned silent, but The Ruler has his key to the throne! Will whoever is NXT Champion in the near future have to keep their head on a swivel?

 

Out The Mud speaks.

Bronco Nima tells Tony D’Angelo, “Escucha me bien, cuz uh, from what we’ve see, you’ve had a good run, boss man. But sabes que, after Lucien and I are done with you and your boy, all you’re gonna have left is a nickname.” Price adds that Stacks should keep that nickname. Because these two are gonna make it rain. And if Tony & Stacks are family, these two are connected from the bottom up like the letter V. And what do they know about the bottom? The D’Angelos might be champs now, but OTM doesn’t see the hunger. Tony & Stacks forgot what it’s like to not know where their next meal is coming from. To go to bed with nothing but acid in your stomach.

OTM has been starving! They hungry! Gold in their mouths, around their necks, and on their ears, so the only thing missing is the gold around their waists! This may not be OTM’s field, but Tony & Stacks are gonna feel what it’s like to play their game! Matter of fact, OTM will let you in on their playbook: power, speed, and nothing you can do about it. Nada! Scrypts then speaks up that the D’Angelos don’t even need to say much. OTM beat the streets, beat the system, and made it through. Next week, they’ll pull that punk card and become the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions.

 

Backstage interview with Kiana James & Izzi Dame.

Kelly is with The Calculator and her new sidekick to say that since Deadline, these two have been quite the pair. How did this partnership come about? Izzi says that everyone saw her sling that door shut on Roxie. Did you see the social media comments on it, though? “Who is that? What is she doing? Who who who?” What, you all a bunch of owls? But that’s how Izzi knew she made the right decision. Kiana has the best business mind in all of WWE, and joining with her was a no brainer. Kiana then says Izzi is a Triple Threat: loyal to a T, unlimited potential, and Kiana’s personal favorite, Izzi is not afraid to stomp on whoever she has to in order to get ahead.

Izzi isn’t shy of conflict, either. Never have been, never will be. She used to hit volleyballs and b*tches in her free time. If anyone had issue, she’d handle it. Kiana sees Izzi and sees dollar signs. In this business, you either make friends or you make money. She’s Kiana James, she will change that. She has a friend in Izzi, and it is time to make money. In 2023, Kiana made it crystal clear that she is a threat to the Women’s Division. In 2024, with Kiana’s help, everyone will know who Izzi Dame is. These two head out, will they take over NXT and then the WWE?

 

Trick Melo Gang talks backstage.

Melo gives Trick pointers on Waller. Take the legs out and then it’s easy. Are they all good? Trick again asks Melo how he could put the #1 contender’s spot on the line! Melo says Trick has this in the bag! When Trick wins the title, he’s gotta be ready to take on all comers anywhere, anytime! Time to start practicing like they play. And Trick’s talking about doing the impossible and beating Dragunov anyway. Trick agrees, he is The One. But putting up the title match is crazy! Melo says Trick isn’t seeing it how he’s seeing it. Melo wouldn’t have said that if he didn’t think Trick could handle it. And Melo will be by Trick’s side regardless.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. They talked about this before. Trick wants to handle this himself. He wants to face Dragunov by himself, he wants to face Waller by himself. Trick wants to do this how he’s always done it: by himself. Oh, by himself? So when they were hoopin’ in the gym. Trick was by himself? Well, okay, no. But Trick’s gotta run this play by himself. Melo nods and says okay. Trick hopes Melo feels what he’s saying. Melo does feel it. Trick heads out, but is Melo feeling the way Trick hopes he’s feeling? Or will Melo prove that Trick needs… HIM?

 

Thea & Jacy return backstage.

Thea says Riley had Oba, he was so close! Jacy agrees. Thea is sure Riley must be so sad right now. She should text! Jacy agrees, but then Thea hesitates. No, she’ll buy a gift card! Uh, no. Let Riley cool down for now. Duke Hudson & Professor Chase walk in, and the Chase U MVP says Riley did one hell of a job. Chase says Riley represented The U with pride. But speaking of tournaments, Mr. MVP, get your head in the game because the Dusty Cup is coming up. Jacy says no no no. She is taking over. With all due respect, Chase, but going by your track record, you can’t focus on two things at once.

Therefore, Chase’s first and only focus is his debt. And since everyone thought Riley did amazing, it will be Duke & Riley in the Cup. O M G! Thea says that’s the best idea ever! Chase speaks up but Jacy tells him to hush. Chase University, his university, hangs in the balance and he can’t say he’s handling it well, because it’s all over his face. And under his eyes. But don’t worry, Jacy will get them the money, with Thea’s help. Jacy is gonna dig down deep, grab Chase U and pull it up from the depths of Hell and back to prominence. Jacy likes her plan already. But how?

Chase U heads out, and we see Tatum sneaking up on Lyra again. Tatum is all excited as she congratulates Lyra on still being NXT Women’s Champion. Lyra is creeped out as Tatum says that so long as Lyra is champion, all is right in the world. BYE~! Uh, thanks? Just what is going on inside Tatum’s twisted mind?

 

Axiom & Nathan Frazer talk backstage.

The Undeniable Truth says, “He’s unstoppable. What do you think?” The Jersey Island Rocket says, “Yeah, nice try, pal. I’m not saying anything about either man, because knowing my luck, they’ll morph through this freakin’ wall as soon as I’m about to give an answer.” Axiom says okay, don’t worry. But what about The Dusty Cup? Is Frazer in? Oh, now we’re talking! Axiom’s technical wizardry and Frazer’s pure speed, he always thought they’d make a great team. Axiom says they will be so good, dynamic, and make a lot of noise in that tournament. Brooks Jensen is in the background, and he leaves, not wanting to hear tag team talk.

Frazer says not only will they make noise, but they will be the ones to win it all! Truth be told, “all the other established tag teams have failed miserably.” Oh no, Malik Blade & Edris Enofe hear him! Frazer says the NXT Tag Division needs a major revamp. Axiom tries to signal with his hands, but Frazer misunderstands. The rest of the division is here, but Axiom & Frazer are up here! Axiom sighs and Frazer realizes his mistake. There’s someone behind him. Yep. Oh, hey, Malik! Edris! Looking forward to the Dusty Cup? Edris echoes Frazer, then says, “Looking forward to shutting you up.”

Malik says just because Axiom & Frazer are friends doesn’t mean they make a good team. But you’ll see it in this year’s Dusty. And Edris hopes he and Malik are the ones to prove it to them. Malik & Edris head out, and Frazer sighs. Every time! He doesn’t understand! Axiom says normally, he’d let Frazer fend for himself. But since they’re a team now, they’ll do this together. They shake on it, and more of the Dusty Cup field is filling out! Will these super friends soon find themselves holding up the trophy?

 

The D’Angelo Family heads out.

Tony points out something in the books to Adriana and she agrees. NXT Media asks the Family their response to the comments made by OTM. Tony says first, Mr. Chase isn’t even close to being off the hook with them. Chase’s losing ways now puts Tony & Stacks on the hook for a tag title match. Stacks says they’re giving Chase a little too much  grace. But regardless, a deal’s a deal, and these OTM wise guys are running their mouths a little too much. Adriana says worry about OTM next week. You gonna keep flappin’ your gums like a fish, or are you gonna introduce her? Right, right.

Ladies and gentlemen, you’ve probably seen her do business for them a couple weeks now. This is the glue of the D’Angelo Family, Adriana Rizzo. How ya doin’? Rizz takes care o’ bizz, she gets the job done. And if you wanna be a wise ass, she’ll punch you in the mouth. And she says that goes for them, too. Stacks says let’s get going. They go to load their trunk, and JOE GACY pops out!? He asks how they doin’. Sorry about this, he needed a quiet place to think. Nice trunk, by the way. Uh, Gacy, how long were you in there? Hmm… Two hours. Oh, okay… And what about-

The other guy in there? Oh yeah, Gacy knew you were taking him to the bridge, so he went and did that for them. See ya! Wait, what? Huh? Well, Gacy’s strange ways aside, will The Don & Stacks handle business by checking OTM off the list?

 

NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Trick Williams VS Grayson Waller!

On the first NXT of 2024, it’s Iron Survivor VS Iron Survivor with the shot at The Mad Dragon on the line! Will Trick be immune to the Grayson Waller Effect? Or will Waller be the one to #WhoopDatTrick?

The bell rings and the two stare down. The fans fire up, Trick lets Waller know this is HIS NXT now. The fans chant “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” but Waller JABS! Waller throws hands on Trick in the corner while the fans boo but the ref counts. Waller lets off to talk trash, then he storms back up on Trick. Waller snap suplexes, covers, ONE! Waller talks more trash, drags Trick up and whips him to ropes. Trick sunset flips but Waller rolls through. Trick ducks the Penalty Kick, things speed up and Trick hurdles to DROPKICK! Trick scoops to SLAM Waller, and then he scoops and SLAMS again! Trick scoops again but Waller slips free.

Waller shoves, Trick ducks ‘n’ dodges to DROPKICK again! Then he scoop SLAMS, covers, TWO! Trick stays on Waller, brings him up for knees, then the SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up with Trick as Waller staggers up. Waller avoids the spin kick and bails out. Fans boo but Trick keeps cool. Trick storms out after Waller but Waller trips him up! Waller brings Trick out but Trick counter punches him! The fans tell Waller he’s an Aussie A-Hole, and Trick has Waller against  barriers. Trick has everyone hush real quick, then he CHOPS! Waller sputters and staggers away and the fans love it!

Waller kicks Trick back, CLUBS him, then tells Booker, “This your guy?” Booker says yeah, what about it? Waller whips, but then Trick reverses, sending Waller over the desk! Waller hits barriers on the way down, and Trick gets on the desk to fire up with the fans! Booker says stay on Waller, Trick hurries in but Waller dodges to ROLLING ELBOW! Waller runs up to BOOT Trick to the floor! Waller keeps moving and he slides, to LARIAT Trick down! Fans boo and Waller says Trick just got whooped, but NXT goes picture in picture.

Waller drags Trick up, puts him against barriers, and he CHOPS! Fans boo but Waller mocks Trick. Waller then has Trick against barriers again for body shots! Waller puts Trick in the ring, taunts the fans, then slides in. Waller storms up on Trick, drags him up, and suplexes, only for Trick to cradle counter! TWO, and Waller ELBOWS Trick down! Waller soaks up the heat from the fans, goes back for Trick, and drops a knee on Trick’s head! Waller drags Trick back up, CLUBS him down, and then stalks him. Trick reaches for ropes, Waller stands on Trick’s head, then steps away. Waller taunts the fans, drags Trick up again and whips him hard into a corner!

Trick bounces off buckles and falls, and Waller does push-ups just to show off. Waller wrenches and CHOPS Trick, whips him, but Trick sunset flips! Waller stays up, drags Trick around and CLUBS him on the neck! Waller then clamps onto Trick for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Cover, TWO! Waller mocks the fans then slaps Trick around. Waller drags Trick up but Trick throws body shots! Trick fires haymakers, whips, but Waller blocks by holding ropes. Waller BOOTS Trick, then CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO! Waller fumes, soaks up the heat, and then facelocks Trick to grind him down. NXT returns to single picture as the fans rally up.

Waller suplexes but Trick fights it again. Waller throws body shots, still tries a suplex, but Trick suplexes Waller up and over instead! The fans fire up again, Trick fires forearms and haymakers on Waller from all sides, and the fans fire up! The ref counts as Waller is in the corner, but Trick lets off. Trick whips corner to corner, but Waller goes up and STOMPS Trick down! Cover, TWO!! Trick is still in this but Waller stays focused. Trick goes to the apron, Waller storms over, and Waller POSTS Trick! Waller climbs up the corner to have Trick in a HANGING HALF CRAB! The fans boo and the ref counts, but Waller lets off at 4.

Waller tells the ref to watch that count, but the ref says Waller should watch it. Waller drags Trick to center, drops ELBOW after ELBOW, then clamps on the HALF CRAB! Waller sits deep while mocking the fans chanting for Trick. Trick endures, the fans rally, but Waller sits even deeper! Trick claws his way around, reaches out, and he has the ROPEBREAK! Waller holds on, lets go, and says this is his house. Waller taunts Trick, “You wanna be the guy, huh?” Waller CLUBS Trick! Waller tells Trick to understand: Trick isn’t on Waller’s level, he isn’t on Melo’s level, he doesn’t belong here. Trick SLAPS Waller!! Fans fire up as Waller falls back!

Waller staggers up, swings, but misses! Trick fires haymakers and body shots, then an UPPERCUT! Trick whips, Waller reverses but Trick FLYING LARIATS! And then ELBOWS! And then FLAPJACKS! Waller flounders to the apron but Trick runs up, only for Waller to HOTSHOT! Somersault, but into the HAYMAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Waller survives but Trick stays cool. Trick stomps Waller around, the fans rally behind him again, and Trick throws forearms on Waller. Trick drags Waller up, throws knees, but Waller fights the turn to cravat and knee, knee, KNEE! Trick goes to a corner, Waller rushes over.

Waller puts Trick up top, climbs up after him, but Trick throws body shots! Trick then changes positions so he can clinch, and SUPER BOOKEND!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Waller survives by a literal foot, and Trick is furious! Waller bails out, Trick hurries after him, but Waller HOTSHOTS that arm! Somersault, COMPLETE SHOT!! Waller changes it up, covers, TWO!!! Waller is fuming, and he rains down forearms on Trick! The fans rally as hard as they can but Waller goes to the corner. Waller goes along the rope, for the BALLER ELBOW FLOP!! Trick avoids the dunk, to then NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Trick aims from a corner!

Wait, Melo is here now!? He was told to stay backstage! Trick argues with his friend, but Waller is aiming his shot! WAIT! IS THAT KEVIN OWENS!? Kevin DECKS Waller!! And then feeds him into the ring! Trick hits the FLASH KNEE!! Cover, Trick WINS!!

Winner: Trick Williams, by pinfall (still #1 Contender to the NXT Champion)

The Prizefighter, the former NXT Champion, just smiles and shrugs. He made sure Waller didn’t get what he wanted, but it’s hard to say if Melo was helping Trick keep what he earned. One way or another, Trick is still going to get his shot at Ilja Dragunov, when and where will we see that happen?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT, but a bit of a shame on the changed plans. Dragon Lee apparently had some work visa issues, so he couldn’t be here for tonight. Great adlib, though, having Carlito join the Six Man Tag. Great win for LWO, and Dragon Lee will be back so surely he and Gulak will have a title match between now and Vengeance Day. And Dragunov not being able to defend the title tonight feels like more story stuff to give this a little more time to build. I don’t know if that’s a sign Trick is going to win or lose, but we still got great stuff out of Trick, Melo, Waller and even Kevin showing up to get his shot on Waller. Though that seemed just kinda mean on Kevin’s part, since Kevin already beat Waller in the US Championship Contender’s Tournament.

Great NXT Women’s Championship match as the opener, great showing for Blair but great win for Lyra. And great move to have Lola attempt a cash-in, but of course Tatum interfered. Tatum being Lyra’s stalker is still an odd move, but maybe she and Lyra have a tag match against Lopez & Lola, and somehow, this leads to Tatum getting her own title shot at Vengeance Day. Lyons VS Blair would also make sense as a Vengeance Day match, but they might have it out sooner so that the winner (probably Lyons) moves on to be a challenger as well. Great match from Fallon VS Tiffany, and great win for Fallon. Can’t wait to see Fallon make Tiffany work on the farm and how hilariously awful that’s gonna go for Tiffany.

Good stuff out of Roxie VS Arianna, and I actually like that Roxie went so far as to the ref reversing his decision. That hasn’t been done enough when someone, Face or Heel, goes overboard after a match, so I like how it adds some more dimension to Roxie’s overall story. Good promo from Gigi and Cora to get themselves a match, that’ll be really good stuff, too. And good promo from Kiana & Izzi to fully establish themselves as a duo. Just not sure if there are enough teams for a Women’s Dusty Cup right now. I do like Ava establishing herself as Assistant to the GM (or just Assistant GM maybe?) as she announces the Men’s Dusty Cup.

Great promos stemming from that news, too. I sensed last week Corbin wanting to team up with Bron, so here we are. And then another good “foot in mouth” promo from Frazer where he now upsets a tag team. I can feel it right now that Corbin & Bron and Axiom & Frazer are gonna go far, maybe even fight over the trophy and the title shot. Really good promo from OTM to call out the tag champs, and good promo from The D’Angelos to respond. A formal introduction to Adriana is a bit redundant now, we’ve all seen her for weeks, just as they said. I feel like The D’Angelos will retain so as to make them put more pressure on Chase U.

And great stuff in the Men’s Breakout Tournament finals tonight. Thea got one step closer to making a connection with Riley but Riley also lost. I figured Oba would win, though, he really is just a massive man. He’ll easily cash his contract in on whoever is champion. And I like that Jacy is stepping in to call the shots for Chase U. Riley & Duke will make a good combo in the Dusty Cup but again, The D’Angelos might turn up the heat. Not sure Jacy’s plan to get tons of money, but this will be an interesting stretch in this story.

My Score: 8.8/10


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

Will the winds of change blow?

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NJPW starts a riot!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Ren Narita, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Shota Umino VS Jack Perry!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall

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

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

 

Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Team Gabe Kidd, by pinfall

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Nic Nemeth, by pinfall

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

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

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

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

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

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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