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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/30/24)

Vengeance Day awaits!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Will Vengeance come early this year?

Vengeance Day is this Sunday, February 4th, but NXT Champion, Ilja Dragunov, and Iron Survivor, Trick Williams, need to put certain things to rest first!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 2024 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Semifinals: Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams VS The LWO; Melo & Trick win and advance to the finals.
  • Roxanne Perez VS Tatum Paxley; Roxie wins.
  • Lola Vice VS Elektra Lopez; Lola wins.
  • Ridge Holland VS Lexis King; King wins.
  • Fallon Henley w/ Wren Sinclair VS Arianna Grace; Grace wins.
  • NXT Heritage Cup Championship Match: Noam Dar w/ The Meta Four VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Dar wins and retains the cup.

PLAY BY PLAY

2024 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Semifinals: Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams VS The LWO!

Trick Melo Gang has held it together this close to Vengeance Day, and there’s big stakes for them both here tonight. Will the best friends make it to the finals so Trick can have it all? Or will Cruz Del Toro & Joaquin Wilde refuse to stop their own roll towards gold?

The teams sort out and Wilde starts against Melo, but the fans chant “Whoop Dat Trick!” Melo headlocks Wilde but Wilde pries at the hold. Melo holds on, but Wilde powers up. Wilde waistlocks, Melo bucks the O’Conner, then things speed up. Wilde hits a headlock takeover on the run! Melo moves around, fights up, but Wilde wrenches. Melo goes to a waistlock but Wilde switches. Melo arm-drags free, then arm-drags again! Then he DROPKICKS Wilde down! Melo headlocks, Wilde powers up and out, but Melo avoids the dropkick to then roll Wilde and BULLDOG! Melo wrenches Wilde and tags in Trick.

Trick Melo Gang double whips and Trick DROPKICKS Wilde! Fans rally behind Trick again as he stands Wilde up. Wilde JAWBREAKERS free! Tag to Cruz, LWO double whips to DOUBLE ELBOW! Then they HIP TOSS SPLASH! Cruz adds a LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Trick stays in this but Cruz stays on Trick with a facelock. Cruz puts Trick on ropes to CHOP! Fans “WOO~!” while Cruz whips, but Trick blocks. Cruz kicks low, whips again but Trick reverses. Cruz ducks ‘n ‘dodges and leaps, but Trick catches him for a spinning SLAM! Then a scoop and SLAM! Then another scoop, but Cruz fights fere to dropkick the legs out!

Trick hobbles, Cruz brings him around with a facelock, and Cruz CLUBS away. Trick shoves Cruz, pops him up and UPEPRCUTS him down! Hot tag to Melo and he runs up to CHOP! CHOP! CHOP! Melo MACHINE GUN CHOPS in a corner! The fans fire up, Melo stomps away then lets off as the ref counts. Melo whips, Cruz reverses and runs in, but Melo ELBOWS him away! Melo goes up but Cruz handsprings to GAMANGIRI! Melo falls, Wilde tags in! Wilde goes up and up and SUPER CANNONBALLS! The fans fire up, Trick runs in but Wilde dodges and Cruz FLIES! Cruz takes down Trick and the fans are fired up as NXT goes picture in picture.

The LWO gets Melo up and in, but then Melo ROCKS Wilde! Wilde BOOTS back, storms in and bumps Melo off buckles. Wilde brings Melo around but Melo blocks a bump to give a bump. Melo fires hands, backs Wilde down, then whisp him to the corner. Wilde BOOTS back, Melo staggers, and Wilde ELBOWS him down! Cover, TWO! Wilde is annoyed but he drags Melo up. Wilde snapmares to KNEE Melo in the back, then he chinlocks and has the armlock. Melo endures, fans rally up, and Melo fights to his feet. Melo reaches out but Wilde wrangles him down! Melo fights back up, throws body shots, but Wilde CLUBS him down.

Wilde RAMS Melo into the corner, tags Cruz, and Cruz stomps away. The ref counts, Cruz lets off, and then he drags Melo up. Cruz puts Melo in a corner to CHOP! Melo pie faces Cruz, so Cruz BOOTS Melo, then CHOPS and JABS on repeat! The ref counts, Cruz lets off, and he stomps Melo down. Cruz taunts Trick by holding out Melo’s hand, then he drags Melo away. Melo ROCKS Cruz with forearm after forearm! Melo runs, but into a DROPKICK! Cruz pushes Melo to a cover, TWO! Cruz is annoyed but he clamps onto Melo with a cobra clutch. Melo endures while Cruz leans on him, but the fans rally up.

Melo kicks around, reaches out, fights up, but NXT returns to single picture as Cruz keeps him down. Melo fights up, fights around, and he throws hands! Cruz lets go but then gets the wrist! Melo throws more hands, reaches for Trick, repeat! But Cruz knees low! Cruz reels Melo in to back suplex but Melo lands on his feet! DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up, “This is Awesome!” as Melo and Cruz crawl. Hot tags to Wilde and Trick! The fans fire up as Trick LEG LARIATS! And LEG LARIATS! And then he spins Wilde to body shot and UPPERCUT! Trick runs, Wilde ducks but the LEPAING LARIAT hits Cruz!

Trick scoops Wilde to SLAM him! Fans fire up as Trick lets the hair down. Trick stomps Wilde, then cartwheels to deadlift. Cruz runs in, but into a clinch! DOUBLE BOOKEND! Cover, TWO!! Trick stays cool, shoves Wilde to the corner, then runs up, but Wilde dodges! Melo tags, Trick BOOTS Wilde down! Trick then gives Melo the boost for the FLYING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Melo drags Wilde to a drop zone, goes up, but Wilde gets up to TRIP Melo! Melo is stuck in a Tree of Woe, Cruz tags in! Cruz runs to GAMANGIRI Trick down, then he SUPERKICKS Melo down! Cruz hurries to the corner, Wilde is up on the other! DOUBLE COAST2COAST!!!

The fans are thunderous and Cruz drags Melo to a cover, TRICK BREAKS IT!! The fans are thunderous again and cheer on “NXT! NXT!” for giving us this as the opener! The LWO gets Melo up but Melo turns things around! But Cruz hits Melo with a NECKBREAKER that CATAPULTS Wilde into Trick for a LARIAT! All four men are down again, Trick and Wilde fall out. Melo and Cruz rise, Melo throws a forearm! Cruz fires one back! The fans rally and duel as they go back and forth, and then just SLAP and SLAP! They fire haymakers, btu Cruz gets the edge with elbows! Melo ROUNDHOUSES!

Melo whips corner to corner, Cruz goes out and then ROCKS Melo! Cruz goes up, MISSILE DROPKICK! Tag to Wilde and Cruz goes up! Fans fire up for Cruz’s PHOENIX- NO, Melo moves! Cruz stumbles up, into the FIRST 48! But Wilde is up top! Melo goes after him first! They brawl up there, and Wilde GOURD BUSTERS Melo! Wilde adjusts, to springboard, into the FIRST 48!! Tag to Trick and Melo DIVES onto Cruz! TRICK KNEE!! Cover, Trick Melo Gang wins!!

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

Vengeance Day, thy name is Trick Willy! Trick is gonna go for history as he and Melo go after the Dusty Cup while Trick also goes for THE NXT Championship! But then OBA FEMI attacks the LWO!? And so here comes Dragon Lee! Dragon dodges Oba to ENZIGIRI! Dragon fires off hands, Cruz & Wilde help out, that’s 3v1! But Oba EXPLODES free! He BOOTS Cruz, then TOSSES Wilde into Cruz! But Dragon is up top, and he leaps, into a LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as Oba imposes his will! Will the Boy Wonder fail to take back the North American Championship against such a mighty Ruler?

 

Ridge Holland meets with Ava Raine.

Northern Grit meets with the new NXT General Manager, and she understands how he wants all three members of Gallus, but she has to protect him from himself. Just trust her. But he can assure Ava that- Hold on, Lexis King walks in and he congratulates the new GM with a gift basket. It has all the essentials, including the newest, hottest T-shirt on WWE Shop: his shirt. Ridge still wants Gallus but King says he gets it. Ridge is big, bad and has beef, but now is not the time. But King has a big meeting with the GM to talk about all the plans for Lexis King in 2024. They are? Ava doesn’t know what King is talking about.

But she was thinking, she has the perfect start for him in 2024. King VS Ridge, tonight! Now, she has to get to a real meeting, so Merry Christmas, Ridge, here’s a gift basket. Ridge says “Regift,” and he gives King his basket back. See you out there. Now get out. Will Ridge redeem himself while warm up for Gallus by bringing down the Drama King?

 

Tatum Paxley sighs.

She admires Lyra Valkyria’s picture while saying that she will always be there for her. And she knows Lyra will be there for her, too. Tatum texts Lyra but then Lyra walks in. Tatum is so excited, but Lyra tells her to stop. She got all the texts already. But why did Tatum attack Roxanne last week? Because it’s what Lyra wanted. No, that’s not at all what she said! But Lyra said Roxie was taking up all her time and focus, remember? Yeah, but that did not mean “Put her through a table!” Lyra can fight her own battles, okay? She is literally a champion. Yeah but what if Tatum wants to fight them for her?

That’s impossible! And a really weird thing to say! Yeah but doing the impossible is fun! And when Tatum takes care of Roxie tonight, Lyra won’t even have an opponent for Sunday and she will remain NXT Women’s Champion! No, stop, Tatum! Lyra can’t believe what she’s gotten into. But will The Prodigy not be taken out of the picture so easily?

Roxanne Perez VS Tatum Paxley!

NXT goes picture in picture while Tatum makes her entrance. The bell rings and Roxie hits a THESZ PRESS! Roxie fires off, drags Tatum up and bumps her off buckles. Roxie drags Tatum around, bumps her off more buckles, then stomps a mudhole in. The ref counts, Roxie lets off, then she storms back up. But Tatum RAMS into her! Tatum bumps Roxie off buckles, then tries again, but Roxie blocks to DECK Tatum! Roxie drags Tatum up, wrenches and whips, then runs in at the corner to UPPERCUT! Roxie wrenches Tatum and reels her in, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Roxie drags Tatum up and SMACKS her off the mat!

Roxie drags Tatum up to CLUB her down, then drags her up again. Roxie cravats for a neck wrench but Tatum endures. Tatum fights around, throws body shots, but Tatum knees her down. Roxie cranks the neck wrench, grinds Tatum into the mat, and it’s a cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Roxie keeps on the neck wrench and NXT returns to single picture. Tatum fights up while fans rally, and Lyra is on commentary and notes she does not understand Tatum’s obsession with her. Tatum rolls free, but Roxie fires forearms! Tatum ROCKS Roxie in return! Roxie ROCKS Tatum again and again and again!

Fans fire up and Roxie whips. Tatum reverses then DECKS Roxie! Tatum DROPKICKS Roxie, then kicks low, high, and ENZIGIRIS! Roxie goes to a corner, Tatum runs in and she CROSSBODIES! Then she underhooks, puts Roxie on ropes, and hits a DRAPING BUTTERFLY PLEX! Cover, TWO! Roxie hurries out of the ring and Tatum shouts out Lyra. Tatum runs to hit the WRECKING BALL DROPKICK! Tatum says she did good, right? Lyra still doesn’t understand. Tatum puts Roxie in the ring, but Roxie DIVES out onto Tatum! Fans fire up and Roxie drags Tatum up and into the ring.

Roxie goes up a corner, but Tatum hits ropes to trip her up! Tatum then fireman’s carries and tells Lyra to watch. Tatum swings but Roxie arm-drags free! Roxie SOBATS, hops on, POP ROX! Cover, Roxie wins!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by pinfall

Tatum tried to impress Lyra while fighting her battles for her, but it all backfired. Will Lyra take care of this herself this Sunday? Wait, Tatum runs up again! Roxie trips Tatum and fires off hands! Lyra gets in to make the save? Roxie goes to swing but the two stare down instead. Will Roxie take that title back while also ruining Tatum’s fantasy?

 

Arianna Grace talks with Wren Sinclair.

Arianna says names are everything. So Wren, is that British? Maybe. Well, Wren Sinclair, you surely want to fit in, right? More than you can imagine! Then she’s come to the right woman. Arianna is an inspirational leader around here. Oh, hey, there. “Oh hey there~!” You sound like a ranch girl. Have more confidence, sound elegant. “Well hello there.” And maybe get some fragrances, because you smell like a barn. Fallon Henley says the only thing that smells is that manure coming out of Arianna’s mouth. And stop filling Wren’s head with delusions of grandeur.

Arianna says Fallon is disrespectful and presumptuous. But Arianna will show self restraint. Save it. Show Wren how much of a leader you are by getting in the ring. Fallon will even go talk with Ava. The Cowgirl and the new girl head out, will the Pageant Queen learn a lesson in humility?

 

Lola Vice VS Elektra Lopez!

The Mayor of Vice City said La Madrina was just using her to be relevant again, but then Lopez fired back by calling out how fake Lola has been this entire time. Will Lola get real with Lopez by getting real violent? Or will Lopez take the Women’s Breakout Star down a notch?

The bell rings and the two run in, and Lopez TACKLES Lola! Lopez fires hands, but Lola turn sit around to fire back! They both get up, and Lola TACKLES Lopez out of the ring! Both women stagger up, Lola dodges a shot to ROUNDHOUSE! Lola headlocks but Lopez POSTS her! Lopez ROCKS Lola, puts her in the ring, and then runs up. Lola ROCKS Lopez, Lopez KNEES Lola! Lola goes to a corner, Lopez runs in but Lola dodges! Lola fires off those fast ‘n’ furious kicks! Lola says she’s the REAL Madrina, then runs in to HIP ATTACK! Lola drags Lopez to a cover, TWO! Lola is frustrated, and she AX KICKS Lopez down.

Lola clamps on a chinlock and thrashes Lopez around, but Lopez fights up. Lopez throws elbows but Lola kicks. Lopez ducks one to roll Lola up, TWO! Lola runs up but into a CHOP! Lopez runs in but into a KNEE! Lola then gets Lopez for a TRIANGLE HOLD! Lopez POWERBOMBS Lola down! The fans fire up while both women are down! Lopez and Lola both rise up, and Lopez ROCKS Lola! Lola ROCKS Lopez! Lopez ROCKS Lola again, so Lola ROCKS Lopez again! And SOBATS! And winds up, but Lopez dodges the boot to DOUBLE CHOP! And DOUBLE CHOP! Fans fire upas Lopez throat chops!

Lopez roars, runs in, and ELBOWS! Then short arm LARIATS! Lopez drags Lola up again, short arm LARIAT! Then a scoop for a SWINGING SLAM! Cover, TWO! Lopez drags Lola around, talks trash on her, but then Lola hops on for a GUILLOTINE! Lopez rolls but Lola has the top mount for forearms! Lopez gets free, but Lola dodges to then HEEL KICK! Cover, Lola wins!

Winner: Lola Vice, by pinfall

Lola just said buenos noches to La Madrina, is she going to be the one and only Latina Heat of NXT?

 

Dijak sits in his room.

He watches back what happened between him and Joe Gacy, and then Gacy walks in. “So this is where you come to think.” Yeah, thinking about kicking Gacy’s ass again. Can Gacy sit? No, he may not. Okay, thanks. Gacy takes a seat, and Dijak brings out his nightstick. Ooh, that’s cool. Gacy knows Dijak is a man of justice. Dijak asks, “What do you want, you unhinged piece of trash?” Dijak thought Gacy would still be picking the splinters out of his ass. Gacy says he doesn’t want anything, really. And he did get all those splinters out, thanks for asking. He is just here to say that no matter what Dijak does, he can’t get rid of Gacy.

You can put him through a wall, or anything else you can think of, and he’ll just keep crawling back. And if Dijak didn’t get that the first time, Gacy already has a recording on Dijak’s tape! Nice office, by the way. Dijak is furious, and he punches Gacy! But then Gacy gets up and TACKLES him into the wall! They brawl into the shadows, what will it take for these two to settle the score?

 

Ridge Holland VS Lexis King!

Ava made Northern Grit and the Drama King for tonight, so it is time to see whose 2024 is going to get off on the right foot! Will Ridge be ready for his grudge match with Gallus? Or will King make this his year one way or another?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Ridge pushes King away. Fans rally up as King and Ridge reset. They feel things out, King gets around and he pushes Ridge back. The fans rally up, Ridge and King tie up again, and Ridge clamps onto King’s shoulder, then his head, to CLUB King in the nose! King comes back but Ridge wrangles him wright down! Cover, ONE, but Ridge wrenches to short arm LARIAT as NXT goes picture in picture.

King sputters, Ridge drags him up and wrenches again. Ridge has the wristlock but King fights up to roll, cartwheel, and break free. King SLAPS Ridge! King then baits Ridge to the outside, frolics around the outside then slides into the ring,. King hurdles Ridge, headlocks, but Ridge powers up and out to run King over! Then Ridge SLAPS King right down! King goes to the apron and steadies himself, but Ridge storms up. Ridge drags King by the hair and POSTS him! King flounders but Ridge goes out to drag King up. Ridge UPPERCUTS King, ROCKS him and DECKS him! Ridge puts King back in the ring then storms up.

Ridge whips King to ropes, then hits a BIG back drop! Ridge fires up and eggs King on. King staggers, into a FACELOCK SWING! Ridge then suplexes King, holds him up, and waits until TEN before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! King is still in this but Ridge keeps his cool. Ridge storms over but King BOOTS from below! King RAMS Ridge into a corner, then runs in to clothesline! And CHOP! And CHOP! Ridge ROCKS and CHOPS in return, and on repeat! King KICKS a leg, whips Ridge to a corner, but Ridge reverses. King rebounds, into an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO! King hangs tough but Ridge clamps on.

Ridge drags King up with an arm wrench then a CHOP! King throws a haymaker, Ridge CHOPS him again! Ridge and King throw hands, then Ridge wrenches to CHOP! King wobbles, Ridge eggs him on, and King claws at the eyes! The ref reprimands but King bumps Ridge off buckles and CHOPS! King whips but Ridge reverses to wrench and short arm LARIAT! NXT returns to single picture and Ridge hauls King up. Ridge wrenches, clamps onto the arm, and the fans rally. Ridge has King on ropes, King holds on, and the ref counts. Ridge lets off, then King HEADBUTTS! King runs up, into a fireman’s carry!

King fights free, then he CHOP BLOCKS! Fans boo but Ridge stays up. King runs up, ducks one lariat, but not the SOUTHPAW! Fans fire up and Ridge bails out. Ridge pursues him but King LARIATS back! Fans boo but King snarls as he puts Ridge in the ring. King AX HANDLES Ridge down, then AX HANDLES again! King stomps Ridge around, brings him up, and he RAMS Ridge into buckles! King uses ropes to get leverage as he digs boots in! The ref counts, King lets off at 4, and he tells the ref not to talk to him like that. King runs up, but Ridge kicks low! Ridge ROCKS King, then UPPERCUTS! King kicks back!

King whips, runs in and SPLASHES in the corner! Then CHOPS! Then snapmares, and KICKS Ridge in the back! Cover, TWO! King clamps right on with a chinlock! The fans rally as Ridge endures and Ridge pries at the hold. King grinds and thrashes the hold but Ridge fights up. Ridge throws body shots, but King kicks a leg out! King turns Ridge for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ridge is tougher than that but King lines up a shot. King KNEES Ridge in the side, and then again! King sits Ridge up to talk some trash, then he runs, BLINDSIDER LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Ridge is still in this and King grows frustrated.

Fans boo as King paces around. King sits Ridge up to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! He KICKS and KICKS Ridge more, but Ridge stands! Ridge takes more KICKS, then blocks one! Ridge gets under to T-BONE SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Ridge, he hits an EXPLODER! King staggers up, Ridge runs in and SPLASHES in the corner! Whip corner to corner, but King BOOTS back! King runs up, into a scoop! SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Ridge fires up, the fans are with him and Ridge gets King up. Ridge reels King in, but King slips under to mule kick the leg! King hurries to reel Ridge in, “LONG LIVE THE KING!”

But Ridge wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then a fireman’s carry! SNAKE EYES into some KNEES! Ridge fires off again and again, then turns Ridge around, to BLINDSIDE LARIAT in return! But Joe Coffey is here! Ridge DECKS the Iron King then goes out, but Wolfgang & Mark Coffey are here! Ridge DECKS Wolfie, BLASTS Markus, then throws Joe in the ring! Ridge ROCKS Joe, TOSSES him out, but King SUPERKICKS Ridge in the ropes!! DRAPING CORONATION!! Cover, King wins!!

Winner: Lexis King, by pinfall

The Iron King and his team just helped The Drama King survive Northern Grit! And now Gallus beats down Ridge! Fans boo because now they get chairs! They set the chairs up to put Ridge’s foot in one! Joe aims, and he CON-CHAIR-TOS Ridge’s foot!!! The fans boo, but have Gallus just made sure Ridge will never have redemption?

 

Andre Chase sits in the back.

Dressed all in black, Professor Chase says, “I can’t believe this is it. Tonight, I say goodbye to Chase University forever. Forever…” Riley Osborne & Duke Hudson walk over, also wearing black, comfort him. Just one more time, okay? They head to gorilla, is this going to be the funeral of Chase U?

 

Trick Melo Gang regroups backstage.

They handled business, it’s what they do. Two down, one to go! Dusty Cup is right there. Trick then says he was surprised to see Melo in the Royal Rumble this weekend. Melo was surprised to see Trick on SmackDown. Fair. But Trick was looking out, he didn’t trust Theory & Waller to do the right thing. Melo says speaking of trust, Ilja Dragunov is still playing mind-games. C’mon, he can’t be the only one seeing it. He watched Dragunov hug Corbin, and after, Corbin was tweaking. Just saying. Trick appreciates Melo for looking out. But hey, Vengeance Day is about to be cinema! Yeah, Bron & Corbin are bad, but Trick Melo Gang are first and goal right now.

All they need is to hit the game winner, and that’s Trick beating Dragunov to be NXT Champion. But Trick can’t do that if he lets Dragunov get in his head. Trick says he knows who Dragunov is. And like Melo said last week, Trick and Dragunov have been dancing around each other since October. Tonight, they handle it, face to face. Melo tells Trick that at some point tonight, Trick will realize that everything Melo’s been saying is true, and the mind games are real. And that Melo has had Trick’s back this whole time. Trick says aight, bet. Time to go take care of more business. Trick heads out, will he come to see things Melo’s way?

 

Chase U is in the ring.

Or at least, the former Chase U. Chase, Duke and Riley stand together, and Chase has a mic. “It seems like only yesterday that I was introducing Andre Chase University to the world. And I know I can get a little emotional, a little hot headed. I’ve been known to throw a desk or two. But it’s just passion. Because I knew the impact that Chase U would make, and the imprint that it would leave on the NXT Universe.” Fans applaud that. Chase says it was an institution of higher learning that became a home. It became one of NXT’s biggest success stories! And Chase truly believes that the memories they made together will stand the test of time!

And while he has no one else to blame for the university closing other than himself, Chase wants us all to know how grateful he is that we helped him live his dream. And more importantly, that he got to share that with each and everyone one of us. The fans cheer that. Duke then says that Mr. Chase has been such a positive influence on his life and others. When Duke joined Chase U, he was a very different man, he will admit that. But he saw what Chase U could do for him, and to be honest, when Mr. Chase gave him the title of MVP, that was the greatest day of his life. The fans chant for “MVP! MVP!”

Duke wants us to understand that Chase U is so special, to Mr. Chase, to Duke, to everyone that has ever been part of it. Duke feels it is important that everyone around the world remembers Chase U the way they experienced it. That is why Duke threatened– er, got help from some students, and they made a tribute video for Chase U, so we could all remember what was. So sit back, relax, and enjoy. The video plays and it starts with the final moment last week, when Chase turned off the lights for the last time.

We then return to day one of Chase U, “a place of higher learning.” The students, the classes, and all the #TeachableMoments over the years. And yes, even the hardships. Oh, and Chase’s emotional outbursts. And don’t forget that one time Chase U visited the UK. “Gimme a C! H! A! S! E! U! What’s that spell? CHASE U~!” Wow all that in just three years… But back to present, Chase is emotional. “This whole situation has been a teachable moment. Duke, Riley, I look forward to whatever live brings us next. But ladies and gentlemen, for now… this is goodbye.” But wait, Jacy Jayne makes her way out here?

Jacy, and Thea, are here and Jacy tells Professor Chase, “If you want something said, ask a man. But if you want something done, ask a woman.” Chase says this isn’t the time, they’re saying their goodbyes. Thea countesr with, “Are you?” Jacy admits, she didn’t think she’d fit in. And sure, maybe, just maybe, she came in a little bit toxic. But for the first time in her life, she found herself looking for friends. And then she saw the bonds Chase U had with each other, and Chase brought light back into Duke’s life. And the way he’s protective of Thea is truly inspiring. So then Jacy thought to herself, “Huh. Maybe even I, Jacy Jayne, can actually change.”

So then when Jacy saw the university was in trouble, she just knew she had to stand up and do something about it. Because say what you want about Jacy, but one thing is for sure, she is fiercely loyal to the things and people that matter the most to her. So she had to look not outside but inside to come up with a solution. And she thinks she did just that. Mr. Chase, they won’t be saying goodbye to Chase U tonight. The fans fire up as Jacy introduces the 2024 Ladies of Chase U CALENDAR! WHAT?! 12 very saucy pictures are on screen as the ladies strut their way out! Chase seems the be the only one unsure about this.

Jacy says the projected sales for this 2024 calendar will not only save Chase U from debt, but it will get Chase U to the Promised Land! Wait, what? They will make money because come Sunday, the calendar will officially go on sale! Wait, what does this mean? Jacy says this calendar will not only get them to the next level, but it will get Chase U into the next DECADE! Chase is all fired up now! Chase hugs Jacy, she is everyone’s hero! Jacy is now officially in Chase U! The student section rejoices, is this a new chapter for everyone?

 

The D’Angelo Family speaks.

The Don says there are two things they take seriously: Business and family. “Those who want respect take respect.” Stacks says it is time to truly take over. And Adriana Rizzo says all her life, she’s heard, “Adriana, that little girl with a big mouth.” And y’know what? They’re right! But ain’t nobody been able to shut her up yet! On the playground, Rizzo had a reputation: throw hands first, talk it out later. Rizzo didn’t just grow up around Tony & Stacks, she grew up with them. She’s ruthless, wise and battle tested.

When your 8th grade crush breaks your heart and you want some payback, who do you call? Rizzo. When you get in a situation where you gotta get your hands dirty, who do you call? Rizzo! Sometimes, all you need is a lady’s touch. Or sometimes, you just need a lady who’s gonna crack someone in the mouth. OTM is getting in way over their heads here. They may have muscles, athleticism, speed and a killer instinct, but so do the D’Angelos. At Vengeance Day, OTM finds out why the streets still belong to The Don! The family is ready, will they make sure Lucien Price, Bronco Nima & Jaida Parker never step up again?

 

Brooks Jensen finds Fallon Henley backstage.

He asks if she’s got a minute to talk, but she says she’s getting ready for a match. Things sure do move fast around here, huh? She’s crushing it, Briggs is, too. But hey, remember when they went to London and the boys won those NXT UK Tag Team Championships? Good times in the pub, laughed their asses off. It was a blast. Fallon agrees there. Jensen says they should get together- Oh, Wren walks in and Fallon has to get going. Chat later? Yeah, sure. Wren asks if she and Fallon are gonna hang out tonight. Fallon says yeah, and says she’ll see Jensen later. Jensen is feeling lonely and lost, what will it take for him to find his own way?

 

Chase U regroups backstage.

This is the greatest day of their lives! But then Jacy double checks with Jasmine: make sure Teddy has TEN CASES of the calendar headed to the F&M Bank Arena for Vengeance Day! VENGEANCE DAY~! Chase says Jacy might get sick of him saying this, but thank you thank you thank you! She not only saved the university, but Chase’s life. His LIFE! But then Lexis King walks over and has to rain on the parade. Now, how about a signed copy for the King? Ew, you’re gross, dude. Riley steps up and tells King to back off. Oh, Mr. Osborne, why must you always be in King’s way? Well, Riley feels he’s right where he needs to be: between Jacy & Thea.

King says that is why no one likes Riley. King heads out, and Thea says he is so wrong! Everyone likes Riley! Thea likes Riley! Oh, well, kinda. But then OH SNAP, Dijak and Gacy are still brawling! Chase U gets outta there while security and refs do their best to stop Dijak and Gacy, but the cameraman gets swallowed up by the chaos! Seriously, what is it gonna take to stop them!?

 

Fallon Henley w/ Wren Sinclair VS Arianna Grace!

The Cowgirl wants to prove she is #TopShelf, and she is going to keep on fighting to build her brand. Will she stampede all over the Pageant Queen to be next in line for the NXT Women’s Championship? Or will she learn to lose with Grace?

The bell rings and Fallon has the fans on her side. Grace says kiss the ring! Fallon says nope, she wrenches and wristlocks that hand instead! Fallon keeps Grace from ropes, but Grace rolls, rolls and rolls! Grace gets free and cheers herself on. Grace blows kisses to the fans, but Fallon grabs the arm to YANK it! And YANK it! And wrench it to grind Grace into the mat. Grace fights up, but Fallon cranks the arm. Grace fights up again, pulls hair, and the ref reprimands. Grace body shots then ROCKS Fallon! Grace whips, Fallon reverses and back elbows! Fallon snapmares but Grace wants her to wait!

Grace plays a “WHAT’S THAT!?” but Fallon still dodges her cheap shot! Fallon arm-drags Grace around, then wrenches. Grace ROCKS Fallon, scoops her, but Fallon slips free to shove and follow. Fallon runs Grace over, keeps moving, and Grace swings. Fallon ducks ‘n’ dodges then trips Grace. Fallon CALF KICKS Grace down! Grace goes to ropes, Fallon runs and slides, but Grace puts up her guard! Fallon waits, Grace drops her guard, then Fallon ROCKS her! Fans cheer and Wren gives thumbs up while NXT goes picture in picture.

Fallon storms back in while Grace cowers to a corner. Fallon runs up but Grace ELBOWS her away! Grace bumps Fallon off buckles, bumps her off more buckles, then bumps her off another buckle. Grace cheers herself on, then brings Fallon to the fourth corner. Fallon blocks the buckle bump to body shot, and then she bumps Grace off the buckle! Then the middle buckle! Then the bottom buckle! Grace staggers around, Fallon rolls her up, TWO! Fallon keeps cool, whips Grace but Grace reverses. Fallon goes up and over, rolls and body scissor cradles, TWO! Grace is up but Fallon wrenches her arm again.

Grace powers Fallon to ropes, arm-drags her, but Fallon holds on to drag Grace into a hammerlock. Grace fights up, she backs Fallon down to ropes, then steps through to wrap Fallon’s arm in the ropes! Grace RAMS Fallon into buckles, then throws her by her hair! Grace drags Fallon up to wrench and back suplex! Grace thanks the fans, then snarls as she storms back up on Fallon. Grace ROCKS Fallon, stalks her to ropes, then pushes her to CLUB her on the back! Fallon drops to her knees, but she throws body shots and forearms! Grace DECKS Fallon in return! Grace drags Fallon up, whips her to a corner, then runs in to ELBOW!

Grace reels Fallon in to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Grace is annoyed but she looms over Fallon. Grace drags Fallon up, whips her to a corner, then storms up to stomp away. The ref counts, Grace lets off at 4 and “apologizes.” Grace then drags Fallon up, stomps her some more, then pushes her into the ropes. Grace digs her knee in but the ref counts. Grace snapmares Fallon down, digs her knee in and pulls on a chinlock. NXT returns to single picture while fans rally up. Fallon endures, fights up, and throws body shots! Fallon ROCKS Grace but Grace ROCKS Fallon! Fallon ROCKS Grace again, whips, but Grace holds ropes.

Fallon dodges the boot, rolls Grace up again, TWO! Grace stands, Fallon whips, but Grace reverses. Grace runs in but into an ELBOW! Fallon runs up, fireman’s carries, but Grace fishhooks Fallon! Grace CLUBS Fallon, then throws her down by her hair! Fans boo but Grace digs her knee into the chinlock again. The fans rally up, Fallon fights up, but Grace smacks her off the mat! Grace smothers Fallon into the mat, then lets off as the ref counts. Grace returns to the chinlock stretch but the fans rally up. Fallon endures, fights up, but Grace throws her down again! And again! Fans rally with “YEEHAW! YEEHAW!” and Fallon rises up!

Grace clinches, Fallon breaks fere! Fallon blocks a kick to SOBAT back! And HAYMAKER! Grace staggers, into a LARIAT! Fallon SHOULDER TACKLES, then she fires up! Fallon runs in to ELBOW at the corner! Fallon keeps moving, RUNNING FACEBUSTER! Grace bails out, hurries for the ramp, but Fallon slides out to DECK her! Fallon puts Grace in, but WAIT! Is that Jakara Jackson!? The ref stops her from getting in the ring, but Lash BOOTS Fallon down! Lash puts Fallon in for Grace to cover, Grace wins!!

Winner: Arianna Grace, by pinfall

Even Grace is surprised she won, but she has the Meta Four’s grudge against Fallon to thank for it! Is Grace’s ego only going to be even worse now? Are Lash & Jakara just asking for trouble?

 

OTM speaks.

Jaida says her whole life, people have been trying to put her in a box, knowing damn well she won’t fit in it. What is wrong with them? Lucien says that when you look different, walk different, hit different, people will realize they don’t like “different.” Nima says that’s what OTM is about, though. Best believe that they’re gonna run through the whole of NXT, causing nothing but straight disruption. And for those dummies, Tony, Stacks & Rizzo, they gonna find out real quick why Out The Mud is just more than a phrase, a nickname, an acronym. It’s a way of life! Scrypts says talk to ’em!

Jaida won’t stop because someone else is intimidated by her potential, that is not her problem. And she’ll wipe the floor with the Women’s Division! If they got a problem with it, then that’s on them. She ain’t changing for nobody else. She came from nothing, and so did they. Preach! Scrypts says NXT is gonna find out real quickly that you don’t play games with OTM. They played the game for awhile, but now they’re done. Time for everyone else to play by OTM’s rules. The streets ain’t for everybody, and at Vengeance Day, The D’Angelos learn they should’ve stayed on the sidewalk. OTM is ready, will they be the ones that run this?

 

Wait, Dijak and Gacy are still brawling?!

And not just that! They’re on top of a production truck! Dijak CLUBS away on Gacy while refs tell them to stop and get down! Dijak has Gacy look down at the dumpster below, and says that’s where trash belongs! Gacy says no, it’s too high! Gacy CLAWS Dijak’s face! Gacy throws hands as he gets back up, but Dijak kicks low! Dijak TOSSES Gacy into the dumpster!!! The refs freak out but Dijak laughs! Has Dijak just exterminated “the roach” once and for all?

 

Bron Breakker is on the phone.

He’s talking with someone about his wild Royal Rumble debut on Saturday. Yeah, it was nuts. Then Baron Corbin comes in and sarcastically says, “Yo~, Mr. Royal Rumble! What do I do? Do I bow down? Do I shake your hand? I dunno.” But Corbin does know that he was impressed by Bron. He was like SPEAR Finn, then see ya! SPEAR Jey Uso, then see ya! SPEAR Omos, buh-bye! But seriously, how about a phone call? That pop was crazy but Corbin had to watch it on Peacock? He thought the Wolf Dogs were better than this! That they were finally on the same page. Wait, whoa, what’d Corbin just say?

Spear, Finn, sese ya later? No, after that. Veins popping? No, what did he just call the team? Bron heard him say Wolf Dogs. Last week, Corbin hated that like it was the worst idea in the world. Well, it got stuck in his head like a bad song, okay? But stop worrying about the past, about the Wolf Dogs- That’s the second time. It’s a thing now. No it’s not. Just focus on the now! The Dusty Cup, Trick Melo Gang. They both owe Melo one, and Trick is riding high. Until Bron spears Trick’s ass like he did Jey Uso on Saturday, on their way to winning the Dusty Cup AND becoming NXT Tag Team Champions.

Corbin says it has been a long time since he’s had some gold, he is with Bron on that. Go Wolf Dogs. Corbin says Bron just ruined it. NOT! Fist bump! Bron knew he’d come around. But will these rabid animals tear into Trick Melo Gang and get their hands on the Dusty Cup?

 

NXT Heritage Cup Championship Match: Noam Dar w/ The Meta Four VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!

The Scottish Supernova is incredibly confident as ever, so he is merely humoring Vicious Von with this shot at his Cup. Will Dar still be feeling like Supernova 11 after tonight? Or will Von shock the world by tearing down the Dar Dynasty?

The introductions are made, the cup is raised, and we see if it takes two or four to beat Von!

The bell rings on round one and the two circle. Dar and Von feel things out, Dar gives some kicks but Von stays up. Von swings, Dar dodges and headlocks but Von powers out to run Dar over! Dar goes to a corner, Von runs up to keep him cornered, but then Dar slips under. Dar kicks and KICKS, but Von blocks! Von shoves Dar then runs him over! The fans fire up, and Stone’s sons are watching from the crowd to cheer Von on. Von storms up on Dar, facelocks but Dar wrenches out. Dar KICKS the arm, KICKS it again, then wrenches it. Von uses power but Dar kicks a leg again. They go around, Von rolls and rolls to kip up and arm-drag!

Fans fire up as big bad Von shows he can do technical wrestling, too! The fans rally for Von while Dar gets up. Dar storms up to SLAP Von! Von RAMS Dar into a corner! Von RAMS into Dar again, then hoists him up and SPINEBUSTERS! Von rains down fists, then he hauls Dar up in a gut wrench! Dar clamps onto a leg but Von powers through to TOSS Dar away! Dar is dizzy, Lash coaches him up, but Von storms back up. Von stalks Dar while we’re at the final minute of this round, GUT WRENCH PLEX! The fans rally up while Von stalks Dar again. Von hauls Dar up, fireman’s carries, and he spins to F5 Dar!

Dar groans in pain but Stone tells Von to stay on Dar. We’re under 30 seconds, did Von forget there’s a time limit on this stuff? Von unwraps his wrist tape, and he punches away on Dar! Last ten seconds, Dar guards while Von rains down fists! Time’s up, Von rains down more shots! The ref has Von back off, but Dar is still in some trouble.

Dar: 0; Von: 0

Stone coaches Von during the refresher, and Lash has to drag Dar! Von goes for Dar but Stone stops him! Von takes a swig of water, Dar manages to stand and Oro coaches him up. But the bell rings for round two, and Von runs in to CLOBBER Oro! Von DECKS Dar, LARIATS Oro up and out, and the fans are thunderous! But Dar is there to NOVA ROLLA! Cover, Dar scores!

Dar: 1; Von: 0

Fans boo but Von let the adrenaline distract him. Von makes his way back to his corner for the refresher while NXT goes picture in picture.

Dar is feeling a little better now but Stone makes sure Von’s steady. Both men hydrate, round three begins, Dar runs up, and he fires off in the corner! Von shoves Dar away but Dar comes back with KICK after KICK! Dar CHOP BLOCKS Von! Dar then runs, and he SLIDING KICKS Von! Von tumbles to the apron while Dar flexes. Dar soaks up the heat, taunts the Stone Family, then he SLAMS Von’s leg on the apron! Dar brings Von to the corner, the ref reprimands, but Dar STOMPS Von’s leg! Dar then throws down hands to keep Von down, but lets off as the ref counts. But then Dar comes back to DROPKICK Von’s leg!

Von flounders away and Dar slides in to BLINDSLIDE LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Von toughs it out but Dar keeps his cool. Dar goes up a corner, then leaps, but Von catches him! CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Dar survives and the Meta Four applauds, but Von drags Dar up again as NXT returns to single picture. Von reels Dar in, suplexes, and we’re at the one minute mark. The fans count along, and Von waits until THIRTEEN before the SLAM! Stone and his sones, Cash ‘n’ Carter, fire up while Von goes out after Dar. Lash & Jakara bark at Von, but then Oro distracts so the ladies can anchor Von!

Fans boo and we’re under 30 seconds, but Von can’t shake loos! So Fallon & Wren attack! They want payback for earlier anyhow, so here it is! Fans fire up as the ladies brawl, and then Von shoves Dar. Dar wants Von’s leg but Von stays up! We’re at 10 seconds, Dar kicks away at Von, CHAMPANGE SUPER KNEEBAR!! Von endures, and time’s up!!

Dar: 1; Von: 0

Dar won’t let go now! The ref reprimands, Dar lets off, and now it’s just Stone and Oro helping the guys to their corners. Dar hydrates, Stone fires Von up. Dar runs in to BOOT Von! Von still DECKS Dar! Cover, TWO!! Dar survives that haymaker but Von drags Dar up. Von choke grips, but Dar ELBOWS! And SUPER PUNCHES! And SUPER PUNCHES! Dar noogies Von, throws elbows, and mocks the surgical scars! Von blocks a shot, and he stands back up. Von scoops Dar to SLAM him down! Fans fire up but Von wobbles as bit. Dar stands, Von runs in, but Dar DUMPS Von out! Dar then goes out, to BOOT Von into steps!

Dar runs up again, and he DROPKICKS Von’s bad leg! Von hobbles while fans boo, but both men get in the ring. Dar aims, runs up, but Von BOOTS Dar!! Von hauls Dar up, fireman’s carries, but Dar fights free! Dar runs up, but into a JUMP KNEE!! Von shakes that bad leg out, Oro talks trash but Von still runs in. Dar dodges, Von POSTS himself! Dar rolls Von, jackknife bridge, and Dar WINS!

Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall (still NXT Heritage Cup Champion)

A 2-0 sweep in four rounds, but once again, his entire team had a part to play in it. Dar and Oro then go and taunt Cash ‘n’ Carter, and that pisses Von off! Von HEADBUTTS Dar, DECKS Oro, and then clears the desk! The fans fire up and Stone says do it! He even helps clear things out of the way! Von gets Dar up but Oro runs in! Von catches that kick, and he reels Oro in! Von BOOTS Dar, then POWERBOMBS Oro through the desk!! The fans are thunderous for Von, will he get another shot at knocking Dar out?

 

Ava reprimands Dijak.

She can’t believe he did that! What is wrong with him!? Does he WANT to be suspended?! Because she doesn’t really have any other choice! Dijak says she DOES have another option! Dijak, get your finger out of her face, she is the GM. Then give him Gacy at Vengeance Day for No Disqualifications. Seriously? After what he did tonight? How do you think Gacy is in any condition- Knock knock. What?! Gacy sits up and says hold on. No DQ sounds like fun to him. He’s in. Gacy is crazy, but he and Dijak have their match. Dijak almost looks unhappy to be getting what he wants, but will Gacy make sure Dijak gets what he deserves?

 

NXT returns and Trick Williams is in the ring.

The fans chant “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” but Trick says, “Let’s get straight to business. Vengeance Day being five days away, I got a lot on my mind. Dragunov, come out here.” The NXT Champion obliges and the fans cheer as he joins Trick in the ring. Dragunov tells Trick, “I love this look on your face. I love it! You are ready to fight on Sunday, aren’t you? So trust me, so am I. I am ready to fight for my life against the hottest WWE superstar. We will whoop dat Trick.” Fans cheer and Dragunov offers a handshake. Trick says not so fast, and says not this time. Dragunov, you are even smarter than you look.

And it is fitting that Dragunov sees himself as The Czar. Because if there’s one thing Trick knows about czars, it is that they are willing to do anything, and he does mean anything, to stay on top. Dragunov asks what Trick is getting at, because he feels Trick has got this voice in his head that has given him really, really bad advice. Maybe Trick shouldn’t let Melo color your judgment with wrong information. And maybe, Trick, you should remind yourself that this rivalry is built on respect. Respect? Maybe Dragunov’s right, maybe he does respect Trick. Dragunov respects Trick enough to push their match back to Vengeance Day so Dragunov could have the advantage.

Trick thinks Dragunov has been playing him this whole time! Trick has a good mind to take off his lemon pepper steppers and fight him right now. Dragunov says he did not come out here so Trick could insult him. Do you understand how truly destroyed Dragunov’s body was to where the medical team did not clear him? Does Trick wanna know why? Because in 2023, Dragunov destroyed his whole body for this brand! He pushed this brand to the next level! Pushed his opponents to the next level! And most certainly, pushed Trick to the next level! Dragunov is willing to do it all over again, and yet this is the way Trick talks to him?

Dragunov knows Trick would never face Dragunov at less than 100%. True, Dragunov did push Trick to the next level. But Dragunov also pushed things back so that Trick would end up double-booked. Yes, Trick, of course, that was Dragunov’s “master plan!” Genius stuff, right? Dragunov didn’t force Trick to accept. Dragunov just wanted Trick to have the biggest match on the biggest stage, and Trick took it. Dragunov is so sorry about that. And yes, Draugnov plays mind games. But that was with Baron Corbin, who made this all very personal. But is it Dragunov’s mistake that Trick is the victim of his own success?

Did Trick & Melo not burn a path through the Dusty Rhodes Classic? Didn’t they rightfully earn a place in the finals? Is that somehow Dragunov’s fault? Maybe, just maybe, Trick should be more concerned about Melo. Because this past weekend, at the Royal Rumble, Melo had his moment in the sun, and now he needs Trick for further glory when Trick should really be focused on himself. Whoa, whoa, whoa, don’t worry about Trick’s focus. He is focused on Vengeance Day, don’t worry about that. People will be chanting, “Whoop Dat Trick!” from the moment the curtains open until the fat lady sings, believe dat.

And newsflash, Dragunov: Trick Melo Gang is gonna win the Dusty Classic, and then Trick will go toe to toe with Dragunov to win that NXT Championship. Fans cheer that, and Dragunov says that is a sweet little dream. Trick tells Dragunov that he is focused, and yet Dragunov can see Trick is not. Because Trick doesn’t even know who to trust right now. And, if you asked Dragunov’s honest opinion, their rivalry has made Trick more the man that he is today than Melo ever did. No, no, you leave Melo out of this. Dragunov gladly will! Because this isn’t about Melo! This is about Trick! And if Trick just shows the slightest sign of weakness on Sunday, Dragunov will break him piece by piece, and unfortunately destroy everything that Trick has built.

Trick tells Dragunov that there is no one, including the Mad Dragon, who can destroy what Trick’s built. The fans cheer and Trick says he ain’t the same Trick Willy that was in the ring with Dragunov last time. This Trick ain’t trying to prove himself, this Trick knows what’s his! Trick’s gonna fill the world in on his destiny. Dragunov says he talked about this look on Trick’s face, and he loves it. Because he knows that Trick, as always, will give his everything. So Trick, you will write history. Just not the history Trick wants. Then may the best man win, partner. They shake hands, the fans cheer, and Dragunov hugs Trick like he did Corbin!

Trick is shook, and Dragunov smiles. But then BRON & CORBIN ATTACK!! Fans boo and bark as the Wolf Dogs beat down Trick! But Melo rushes in to go after them! Fans fire up as the Dusty Cup finalists have it out! Bron hits Melo low, scoops him, but Trick makes the save to ROCK Bron! Melo SUPERKICKS Corbin! Then Trick Melo Gang BLAST The Wolf Dogs outta the ring! Refs rush out to stop this, but then Trick looks to Dragunov. Dragunov stands, he and Trick stare down. Melo realizes he might’ve divided Trick’s attention in the wrong direction. Will Trick choose his own aspirations over… HIM?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT, and a very packed go-home. Wild stuff with Dijak and Gacy going from promo to brawl, and then from brawl to a “dumpster fall” spot. Gacy still getting up to accept the No Disqualification match was good stuff, too. Gacy has actually done a decent job shifting from The Schism’s leader to this almost like Deadpool of NXT, and that No Disqualification match is going to be some wild stuff. Really good stuff out of Tatum, Lyra and Roxie, great win for Roxie but I didn’t think Lyra would bother with saving Tatum. But at the same time, Lyra is the purer Face right now, she wouldn’t leave someone to get beat up, even though Tatum did bring it upon herself. Still pretty sure Lyra wins and that will be Roxie’s sendoff to SmackDown.

Speaking of sendoffs, Lopez of course lost to Lola Vice to put Lola over while Lopez moves on to SmackDown, given she has rejoined Santos Escobar in the new Legado Del Fantasma. Good promo from Ridge and King to set up a match, and good match that Gallus of course interferes with to make sure Ridge loses. Ridge taking that damage to his leg, maybe they wanna extend this towards Stand & Deliver, so this allows Ridge some time off so that he can make a big return closer to March, and he goes after Gallus to get some kind of big match for WrestleMania Saturday.

Good stuff with Grace, Fallon and Wren that also steered things towards Fallon & Wren VS Jakara & Lash, which also had a part to play during the Heritage Cup match. I did like how they had Von “forget” the rules at first, but I was so hoping he’d get a knockout win. A 2-0 sweep was kinda lame, but hey, Von got to put Dar through a table so that was fun. And with how Dar keeps cheating and surviving, he is just asking to get knocked out, so I would love for Von to get a rematch either closer to or part of Stand & Deliver, where Von wins by knockout. And you can still make it exciting, like Dar has a point and we’re getting near the end of the sixth round, then BAM! Knockout wins it for Von!

Really good stuff out of Chase U. The tribute video was a lot of fun, and I appreciate them revealing Jacy’s plan here. Now, a sexy calendar is not quite where I thought Jacy was going. I thought it was either way more innocent or way more lewd than that, but for all anyone knows, that calendar really will be “too much” for WWE to be selling officially. Wait… Is this NXT parodying Mandy Rose having her lewd photo account and letting her go because of it? I would hope not but I also wouldn’t put it past anyone to have that as a core reason for this angle. But anyway, I did also like that Riley is defending the ladies from King, and that Thea almost confessed her feelings for Riley.

Solid promos from The D’Angelos and OTM to hype up their Mixed Six, and it feels like that match can really go either way. With the Dusty Cup winners getting a tag title match, I feel like The D’Angelos will end up winning so they have momentum going into the next title feud. Speaking of, awesome match from Trick Melo Gang VS LWO, but of course Trick Melo Gang wins to add that drama. Trick is double booked, and I like that Dragunov pointed out it wasn’t his idea for Trick to go for multiple things. I could see Wolf Dogs, Bron & Corbin, win so they can challenge Tony & Stacks (classic Heels VS Faces), and then Melo screws Trick out of the title against Dragunov.

At the same time, Trick Melo Gang could win it all, from the Dusty Cup to the NXT Championship, and only when they go for the tag titles does Melo go after Trick in the open to set up Trick VS Melo for the title. Either way, I’m thinking we see Melo VS Trick at Stand & Deliver in what will be Melo’s sendoff since he’s been all over SmackDown lately.

My Score: 8.9/10


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

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The New Beginning comes to an end!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall

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

 

Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, by pinfall

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

 

The Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

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

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

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

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

 

FTR VS Shane Taylor Promotions!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: FTR, by pinfall

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

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

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

 

Thunder Rosa VS Ladybird Monroe!

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

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

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

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.

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

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

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

 

Bryan Keith VS Malakai Black!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall

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

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

 

Serena Deeb VS Lady Frost!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Serena Deeb, by submission

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

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

 

Eddie Kingston makes his way to the ring!

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

Bryan Danielson VS Jun Akiyama!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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