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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Cup Results & Report! (3/10/24)

Will the Cup stay tranquilo?

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Will the Gene Blast take a Tour of the Islands?

Shingo Takagi has made it through to the next round, will his Los Ingobernables de Japon ally, Yota Tsuji, also move forward in the New Japan Cup? Or will Jeff Cobb conquer him in the name of the United Empire?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Bishamon & Tomoaki Honma VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & Ryusuke Taguchi VS Just5Guys; Just5Guys win.
  • Six Man Tag: Tanga Loa, Hikuleo & Jado VS Bullet Club War Dogs; Loa, Leo & Jado win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Shota Umino, El Desperado, YOH & Boltin Oleg VS The House of Torture; Shota, Desperado, Yoh & Boltin win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The United Empire; LIJ wins.
  • 2024 New Japan Cup Opening Round: El Phantasmo VS Mikey Nicholls; ELP wins and advances.
  • 2024 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Taichi VS Ren Narita; Narita wins and advances.
  • 2024 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Yota Tsuji VS Jeff Cobb; Tsuji wins and advances.

PLAY BY PLAY

2024 New Japan Cup Opening Round: El Phantasmo w/ Jado VS Mikey Nicholls w/ Zack Sabre Jr!

The Headbanga is looking to join his tag partner, Hikuleo, in the next round but Mad Mikey is looking to lead the way for The Mighty. Will ELP prove he’s NJPW Strong? Or will the mighty not kneel?

Fans applaud as ELP has Jado try on the LED sunglasses. The bell rings and the fans rally as ELP circles with Mikey. They tie up, and Mikey shoves ELP down! ELP gets up in a huff, he circles with Mikey again and they tie up. ELP powers Mikey back a couple steps but Mikey shoves ELP down again! ELP is frustrated but Jado rallies the fans. Mikey and ELP tie up again, ELP waistlocks then headlocks. Mikey powers up to lift but ELP thrashes the headlock. Mikey powers up and out, ELP RAMS him, but Mikey stays up! The fans applaud and Mikey dares ELP to try again. ELP runs, RAMS Mikey, but Mikey doesn’t budge!

ELP dares Mikey to try! The fans rally, Mikey runs and he runs ELP over! Mikey flexes and says, “Wow!” ELP kicks from below! Mikey runs, ELP drops but Mikey RAMS him into ropes! Mikey then shoves ELP into a corner and ELP hits buckles. ELP falls back, Mikey drags him up, but ELP fires a forearm! And another forearm! Mikey knees low, runs, but ELP drops. Mikey holds ropes to stop himself, then he comes back to headlock. ELP powers out, drops down, hurdles, but Mikey avoids the dropkick! ELP avoids the sliding lariat! The fans fire up and Mikey is annoyed. ELP mockingly applauds but Mikey dares him to throw hands.

ELP fires a forearm, but Mikey says try again. ELP throws another forearm, and Mikey DECKS him! The fans rally up as Mikey brings ELP around. Mikey bumps ELP off buckles, then CHOPS! ELP falls right down and the fans rally up! Mikey whips ELP to a corner, runs in, and clotheslines! Mikey CHOPS, then he DUMPS ELP out of the ring! Jado checks on ELP while Mikey argues with the ref. The count begins, but Mikey goes out after ELP. Mikey hoists ELP up to APRON BACK SUPLEX! ELP writhes, the ref reprimands and Mikey “apologizes.” Mikey slides into the ring, but then slides right out to SMACK ELP off the apron!

Mikey pushes ELP into the ring, the fans cheer, and Mikey covers. TWO and Mikey is annoyed again. Mikey drags ELP back up, but ELP fights the suplex! ELP throws body shots but Mikey ROCKS him! Mikey suplexes, and he holds ELP up! The fans rally, ELP throws body shots, but Mikey still SLAMS ELP down! Cover, TWO! The fans cheer while ELP crawls, but then Mikey puts him on ropes. Mikey CHOKES and fishhooks ELP, but he lets off as the ref counts. The fans rally, Mikey slaps ELP around and eggs him on. ELP stands, Mikey taunts him, so ELP CHOPS! Mikey still eggs ELP on so ELP CHOPS again! Mikey CHOPS ELP off his feet!

ELP sits up in a daze, chest stinging, but Mikey brings him around. ELP throws body shots, runs, but Mikey follows to ELBOW him down! Mikey hauls ELP up to whip but ELP reverses, only for Mikey to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up but Mikey chinlocks. Mikey also fishhooks but the ref reprimands. Mikey leans on the chinlock but the fans rally as ELP fights up. ELP throws elbows then CHOPS! Mikey knees low, runs, but ELP drops to then DROPKICK! The fans rally up while both men are down! ELP and Mikey stir, and ELP rises first. ELP drags Mikey up to throw hands, then whips.

Mikey reverses but ELP ducks ‘n’ dodges and dodges again to FLYING ELBOW! Both men are down again, but ELP kips up! The fans fire up as ELP storms over to Mikey. Atomic drop and then ELP mocks Mikey’s pain. Mikey swings, but into another atomic drop! ELP then RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS, covers, TWO! ELP goes up the ropes to FALLING AX HANDLE! The fans cheer while ELP aims from a corner. ELP tunes up the band and the fans join in. ELP aims but Mikey blocks Sudden Death! Mikey ROCKS ELP, whips him to a corner, but ELP goes up and over, rolls back, then dodges the lariat to springboard CROSSBODY!

ELP keeps going, LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Mikey is still in this but the fans rally behind ELP. ELP rises again and he reels Mikey in. ELP hooks the arms but Mikey wrenches free! Mikey ROCKS ELP, whips, and scoops, but ELP fights free with elbows. Mikey CLOBBERS ELP from behind! Mikey hauls ELP up, MIKEY- NO, ELP slips through the bomb to DDT! The fans fire up and Mikey flounders out of the ring. ELP aims, PLANCHA feints, then he mule kicks from the apron! ELP springboards to ASAI MOONSAULT! Both men go down at the ramp and the fans fire up! ELP sits up as the ring count begins.

ELP stands at 7 of 20 and he fires up! The fans are with him as he gets Mikey up and in at 11. Mikey goes to a corner, ELP tunes up again. Mikey turns around, ELP runs up, but Mikey ducks the kick! Mikey shoves ELP into buckles, then GERMAN SUPLEXES! ELP stands right up! ELP LARIATS, but Mikey stays up, so ELP LARIATS again! Mikey is still up, ELP runs, into a LARIAT from Mikey! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up but Mikey drags ELP around, but ELP cradle counters! TWO, ELP ducks a lariat to waistlock, but Mikey swings an elbow. ELP ducks again but into the DDT! Mikey rolls ELP to his feet, to hang him out to dry on the corner!

Mikey fires up, then fires hands! Mikey climbs up and brings ELP around! The fans rally as Mikey brings ELP to the very tup for the SUPERPLEX, and roll through for the SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! ELP survives and the fans fire up again! Mikey is furious but he drags ELP into the drop zone. Mikey goes to the corner, climbs up again, and MOONSAULT FLOPS as ELP moves! Mikey sputters, the fans rally up, and ELP drags himself around into the corner. Mikey runs in but ELP dodges! ELP torture racks Mikey for the BRAIN SALAD! And then SUDDEN DEATH!! Cover, TWO?!? Mikey survives and shocks ELP!

The fans fire up even more as ELP pounds the mat. ELP brings Mikey up and in, but Mikey trips him to a jackknife bridge! TWO and ELP sunset flips! TWO and Mikey has it! TWO and ELP ghost pins! ELP WINS!!!

Winner: El Phantasmo, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but they do get caught by surprise! Will both NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions take over the New Japan Cup?

 

2024 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Taichi VS Ren Narita w/ Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

The Holy Emperor seeks the highest throne in NJPW, but the Souled Out SOB just wants to bring more gold to the House of Torture. Will Taichi win big for Just5Guys? Or will the House help Narita stack the deck like always?

Taichi sees The Heel Master standing in the ring with Narita and is understandably wary. Kanemaru dares Taichi to get in the ring already, even pushing the ref aside. The fans tell Kanemaru to go away but the ref just gives Kanemaru a warning. Taichi finally steps into the ring, but of course Narita & Kanemaru attack together! The ref reprimands and the fans boo but Kanemaru & Narita double whip Taichi to a corner. Kanemaru runs in, Taichi dodges! Taichi BOOTS Narita, SOBATS Kanemaru, then he TOSSES Kanemaru out! Boltin Oleg picks Kanemaru up and away, and now things are properly 1v1!

But Narita still blindsides Taichi from behind! The bell rings, Narita CLUBS away on Taichi then tosses him out! Narita goes out to CLUB Taichi, then whips him into railing! Narita storms up on Taichi, brings him into the crowd, and he tells fans to clear out! The fans do as told, and Narita BOWLS Taichi into the chairs! The ref reprimands, Narita drags Taichi up and headlocks him so he can bring him around the back. The spotlight does its best to follow them, and Taichi fights back! Narita grinds the headlock, knees low, then CLUBS Taichi. Narita brings Taichi further along, and tells more fans to clear out! Narita BOWLS Taichi again!

Narita leaves Taichi behind to go back to the ring. Narita grabs a chair and brings it over! The ref reprimands, Narita pushes him away, and Narita JAMS Taichi with the chair! Narita leaves Taichi behind again and gets the ref to his feet. Narita forces the ref to go back to the ring, and has the ref start the count. Taichi is down but the fans rally up. Narita wants a faster count, but it is still only 10 of 20 as Taichi hobbles around. Taichi finds the aisle, makes his way to ringside by 15, and staggers over to slide in at 19! The fans cheer but Narita is annoyed. Cover, TWO! Narita looms over Taichi, drags him up, and CLUBS him on the neck!

Narita grins as he stalks Taichi to a corner and digs his boot in! The ref counts, Narita lets off at 4, then argues with the ref. The fans boo but Narita goes back to Taichi. Narita CLUBS Taichi on the neck again, then snapmares him for a chinlock. The ref makes sure it isn’t just a choke, but Taichi fights his way to the ROPEBREAK! Narita pushes Taichi around, gets him under the ropes, and ROPE GUILLOTINES! Taichi sputters and the ref reprimands. Narita counts but the ref refuses! Seems Marty is learning from Red Shoes to not take any Bullet Club crap. But Narita argues with Marty while standing on Taichi’s neck!

Narita sits Taichi up to go back to the chinlock. Taichi endures, but Narita shifts into a headscissor squeeze! The ref checks as Taichi endures more, and Narita thrashes around! Taichi reaches out, rolls around, and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and the ref counts, Narita lets go at 4. Narita scuffs Taichi, Taichi KICKS Narita’s leg! And KICKS again! And KICKS again! Taichi thrwos ridge hand chops to Narita’s head and shoulders! Narita knees low then CLUBS the neck! Narita brings Taichi around to whip into a corner. Narita then runs in but Taichi BOOTS him! Narita runs back in, Taichi dodges to GAMANGIRI!

The fans fire up while both men are down! Taichi shakes out his arms and checks his neck which Narita clutches his own neck and shoulders. The fans rally, Taichi stands and he paces around. Taichi drags Narita up, but Narita CLAWS the eyes! The ref reprimands and the fans boo but Narita lets off to whip. Taichi reverses to wrench and HOOK KICK! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Taichi stands back up, brings Narita up, but Narita fights the saido by clawing the eyes! Narita even scrapes Taichi’s face off ropes! The fans rally, Narita stands on Taichi, it’s a cocky cover, TWO!

Narita eggs Taichi on, kicks him around, but Taichi just scowls. Taichi stands, Narita fires a forearm, but Taichi doesn’t move! Narita fires more shots but Taichi just eggs him on! Narita still tries, but Taichi DECKS Narita! Narita falls out of the ring, Taichi goes out and whips him hard into railing! Taichi drags Narita back up, to whip into more railing! Narita falls back, Taichi brings him out into the crowd, and payback for earlier as he BOWLS Narita into chairs! The fans rally up as Taichi storms up on Narita. Taichi CHOKES Narita using one of the chairs! The ref reprimands, Taichi lets off, and he drags Narita back up.

Taichi brings Narita back to ringside, puts him in the ring, and fans applaud. But then Taichi grabs Narita’s push-up bar! The ref stops Taichi while Narita freaks out! Taichi lets the ref have the bar, and then blocks Narita’s low blow! BUZZSAW! The fans fire up and OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi takes aim as Narita rises. But then Narita uses the ref as a shield! Taichi moves the ref aside, Narita runs to NECKBREAKER DROP! Both men are down and the fans rally up again! Narita grins as he brings Taichi around. HALF HATCH BRIDGE! TWO! Taichi escapes but Narita clamps on a SLEEPER! Narita grins as he squeezes tight!

Taichi endures, the fans rally, and Taichi fights up. Taichi stands and he throws Narita away! Taichi then runs up, but Narita catches him to a COBRA TWIST! Narita taunts Taichi as Taichi endures, but Taichi powers his way around. Taichi steps towards ropes and has the ROPEBREAK! Narita lets go but then grins as he waistlocks. Taichi holds ropes to resist, the ref reprimands, but Narita shoves the ref away! Narita LOW BLOWS then GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Taichi survives and Narita is furious! The fans fire up while Narita goes to ropes. Narita vows to end this, and he brings Taichi back up.

Narita reels Taichi in for the DOUBLE- NO, Taichi stops the Double Cross! Taichi blocks Narita’s kick, shoves the ref, and LOW BLOWS Narita in return! The fans fire up while Narita writhes! Taichi hurries to get Narita up and into the SEITEI JUJIRO! Narita endures the modified stretch plum, even as Taichi twists him! But wait, there’s a commotion! Of course Dick Togo shows up! He distracts the ref and the ref misses Narita tapping out! Taichi would’ve won! Taichi shoves Narita down, and he sees Yujiro and Evil are here, too! But Narita shoves Taichi into the ref! The fans boo as The House of Torture mugs Taichi!

Evil & Dick double whip Taichi to a corner, then Dick runs in. Dick ELBOWS Taichi, Yujiro BOOTS, and Evil clotheslines! Evil snapmares Taichi, he and Yujiro set Taichi up as Dick climbs, DICK CHOP! Taichi writhes, Narita slithers back in, and Yujiro puts the ref in. Narita covers, TWO!! Taichi survives and Narita flops right onto the ref! The House gets back in, all their goodies at the ready! Dick uses the SPOILER CHOKER on Taichi! Dick makes Taichi stand, Evil JAMS him with a chair! But Just5Guys runs in! Douki TOSSES Dick, Sanada ENZIGIRIS Evil and Yuya ENZIGIRIS Yujiro! J5G tosses The House out to then DOUBLE PLANCHA!

The fans fire up but Narita scrambles around to find something. The fans rally for Taichi, Narita swings, but into the DANGEROUS SAIDO!! The fans fire up but Taichi can’t make the cover! J5G clears The House of Torture from ringside, we’re back to 1v1! The fans rally with “Let’s Go, Taichi!” Taichi goes to a corner, powers up and takes aim! Narita runs in to BOOT him, but Taichi GAMANGIRIS in return! Taichi roars and the fans are with him! Taichi brings Narita up, reels him in, DANGEROUS SAIDO BRIDGE! But Jack Perry YANKS the ref out!! The fans boo, they forgot the Scapegoat is in the House!

Perry gets in the ring, flips everyone off, and then brings Taichi up. Perry runs in from a corner, but Taichi dodges! AX BOMBER!! Perry pays for getting involved, but Narita has his push-up bar! The fans boo as Narita sneaks it over, but Taichi KICKS it away!! But that’s double-edged for Taichi! And then Kanemaru returns! He takes a big swig, to SPIT the whiskey into Taichi’s face! BOTTLE SHOT!! The fans boo as the House uses the numbers! Kanemaru puts the ref in, Narita gets Taichi up, DOUBLECROSS!!! Cover, Narita wins!

Winner: Ren Narita, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

It took the ENTIRE House to do it, but now they’ve got two jokers in the next round! Will Jack Perry and Ren Narita make sure the New Japan Cup belongs to House of Torture?

 

2024 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Yota Tsuji VS Jeff Cobb!

Gene Blast looks to join Shingo Takagi in the second round to improve LIJ’s chances in the tournament. Meanwhile, The United Empire has been having some trouble moving ahead without Will Ospreay. Great-O-Khan, TJP and Callum Newman all fell, but will the Imperial Unit take us on a Tour of the Islands?

Yota and Cobb stand face to face, and both are big men to be sure. They back up to put their jackets aside, and the bell rings. The fans rally up behind “YOTA! YOTA!” as he stares down with Cobb. Cobb says okay, and the two get face to face again. The fans do cheer on “COB-BU! COB-BU!” and Yota smiles. The two tie up, are in a deadlock, but Cobb digs in to power Yota back. Yota digs his heels in but Cobb still puts him on ropes. Red Shoes counts the break, Cobb lets off slowly and fixes Yota’s hair for him. Cobb pokes fun at the great head of hair, and Yota smiles as he checks Cobb’s hair. Then Yota CHOPS!

Cobb doesn’t budge, he just CHOPS in return! Yota takes a second, and he comes back with a forearm! Cobb throws a forearm, they go back and forth, and Yota fires a flurry! Yota powers up, runs, and RAMS shoulders with Cobb, but neither man falls! Yota RAMS again, and again, but Cobb doesn’t budge! Cobb eggs Yota on, but Yota just smiles. Yota runs up, they RAM shoulders again and again and again! Then Yota runs, only for Cobb to run him over! The fans fire up and Cobb brings Yota around, to ROCK him with a forearm. Cobb bumps Yota off buckles, then CLUBS him in the chest! Yota sits down but Cobb stands him back up.

Cobb whips corner to corner but Yota goes right up! Yota leaps to FLYING RANA! Cobb is sent out of the ring and the fans fire up! Cobb goes around the way and Yota builds speed, to DIVE! But Cobb catches Yota, to SLAM him on the apron! The fans fire up with that display of power and Cobb brings Yota back up. Cobb ROCKS Yota and Yota leans against the railing in front of commentary. Cobb knows to be careful, all that gear is expensive. Cobb CLUBS Yota, follows him around the way, then ROCKS him in the back! Yota grimaces but Cobb pushes him into the ring. The fans applaud and Cobb eggs Yota on.

Cobb stomps Yota, then brings him up and around. Cobb suplexes, and he holds Yota up to then TOSS him! The fans fire up at that newest demonstration of strength! Cobb covers with one hand, TWO! Cobb covers with a proper press, TWO! Cobb is annoyed but he hears the fans rally for Yota. Cobb steps on Yota, and pretends he didn’t see Yota there. Cobb “apologizes” then brings Yota up. Cobb wrenches, pump handles, and lifts Yota! FALL AWAY SUPLEX! Yota tumbles away to the apron and Cobb smiles. Cobb storms his way over, drags Yota up, and bumps him off buckles. Yota wobbles but Cobb goes up!

Cobb drags Yota back up, to deadlift SUPER- NO, Yota fights and is on the corner! Yota fires forearms and Cobb falls back! Yota adjusts, but Cobb DROPKICKS! Yota holds onto the ropes for dear life! But Cobb brings him up to CLUB him! Cobb climbs, gut wrenches, and SUPER GUT WRENCH PLEXES! The fans fire up for that feat of superstrength! Cobb makes his way over to cover, TWO! Yota stays in this but Cobb is sure that was three. Cobb looms over Yota as he eggs him on. Cobb mocks the LIJ fist bump as Yota sits up. Cobb adds the hang loose, and dares the “Young Lion” to show him what he’s got.

Yota rises, throws a forearm, but then he falls back over! Cobb is annoyed but Yota stands up to throw another forearm. Cobb CLUBS Yota down! The fans rally for Yota as Cobb whips him to a corner. Cobb lines up a shot, runs in, but into a BOOT! Cobb comes back, blocks the boot but Yota brings him in for the DOUBLE STOMP! Cobb flounders and the fans rally up. Yota nods and forces himself to stand. Cobb swings, but Yota BODY BLOWS! Yota fires up and the fans are with him! Yota reels Cobb in, but Cobb fights the suplex! Cobb throws body shots, then a CHOP! Cobb whips, Yota flips through the scoop to RANA!

The fans fire up with Yota as Cobb bails out. Yota builds speed and he DIVES! Direct hit into the railing! The fans fire up while both men are down on the outside! Yota roars as he rises and he gets the fans rallying again. Yota does a lap around the ring, brings Cobb back up, and he puts Cobb in the ring. The fans applaud as he says, “Vamos, amigos!” Yota kicks low, fires forearms, then whips. Cobb reverses, but Yota ducks ‘n ‘dodges and runs Cobb over! Yota then sets Cobb up for the SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Cobb stays in this but Yota stays on him with a suplex! Fans fire up as Yota gets Cobb up and over! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally and Yota keeps his cool. Yota drags Cobb up, but Cobb fights the fireman’s carry! Cobb throws elbows, then swings, but Yota hits the BACKBREAKER, COMPLETE SHOT and- NO, Cobb stops the stomp with pure power! Cobb gets up to CHOP and Yota gasps! But he still smiles?! Yota stands back up, and he fires a forearm! Cobb fires back! The fans rally as the forearms go back and forth, and Cobb gets the edge. But Yota roars! Yota fires a flurry of forearms on Cobb, but Cobb roars! The fans fire up as the forearms keep flying! Cobb powers up, swings, but into the BACKBREAKER, COMPLETE SHOT, and STOMP!

But Cobb’s right up!? Cobb eggs Yota on, so Yota runs up to COMPLETE SHOT again! Both men are down and the fans fire back up! Cobb stirs but Yota rises and the fans are with him. Yota brings Cobb up, but Cobb’s dead weight! Yota kicks Cobb around, mocks the hang loose, but Cobb BOOTS him for it! Yota runs in, but into an URENAGE! And FALLING HAMMER ARM! And GACHI- FLOP!! Yota BOOTS Cobb in return! Yota runs, but Cobb avoids the curb stomp, to GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down again and the fans are thunderous! Cobb hurries to haul Yota back up and whip!

Yota holds ropes to stop himself, then he BOOTS Cobb! Yota runs up, but into a JAB! Yota V-TRIGGERS! Cobb SUPERKKICKS! Yota SUPERKICKS! Cobb ROCKS Yota with a forearm, Yota ROCKS him back! Yota then DECKS Cobb!! The fans are thunderous again as Yota fireman’s carries! Cobb slips free, though, but Yota switches. Cobb elbows free, short arm- NO, Yota ducks the lariat and runs into a TOUR OF THE- NO, Yota slips free! And hits a three point stance! GENE- NO, Cobb rolls the spear to gut wrench and RAZOR’S EDGE!! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous again!

Cobb stirs but the fans are behind “YOTA! YOTA!” Cobb stands, mocks Yota’s pose and takes aim! Yota stands, Cobb runs in, but Yota KICKS Cobb away! Yota brings Cobb around, whips, but Cobb reverses to reel him in! ATHLETIC PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Cobb doesn’t hesitate, he fireman’s carries for the F 5000!! Cover, TWO!!! Yota survives again and the fans are electric! Cobb is beside himself, but he still has one thing to try! Cobb calls his shot and hauls Yota up. Cobb whips Yota to ropes, but Yota BOOTS him! Cobb swings, Yota dodges, but Cobb LARIATS!! Cobb aims from a corner, and sets up again! Cobb GENE BLASTS!??! Cover, TWO?!?!?!

The fans are electric again as Yota survives his own move, delivered by a man equally as massive! Cobb stands back up, says hang loose, but also mocks the Rainmaker Pose! Cobb drags Yota up, ripcords, but Yota V-TRIGGERS! Cobb stays up, so Yota V-TRIGGERS again!! Cobb is still on his feet, and he eggs Yota on! So Yota HEADBUTTS Cobb down!! Yota smiles and powers out! The fans are with him as he runs to CURB STOMP!! But that isn’t all as Yota grits his teeth. Yota roars and the fans rally as hard as they can! Yota brings Cobb up, points to the sky, and then goes up and up and SUPER CURB STOMPS?!?!

Yota drags Cobb up to then fireman’s carry and SWINGING SPINEBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Cobb survives but the fans are volcanic for Yota! Yota takes aim from the corner, and GENE BLASTS!!!! Cover, Yota wins!!

Winner: Yota Tsuji, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

It was an epic battle, and this Ungovernable conquers the Imperial Unit! Is this just not The United Empire’s year when it comes to the Cup?

As for Yota, he gets the mic while the fans cheer him on. Yota then says, “Now you know what kind of tournament the New Japan Cup is in NJPW, especially this time. Okada is gone, Ospreay is gone, Tama is gone. So who’s going to be the top guy from now on? This is a tournament that’ll show whether or not we’re going to lead NJPW.” The fans applaud that, and Yota continues by saying that until now, he wasn’t about some sort of generational change. But let’s face it: YOTA is the one at the center of this change! Fans like the sound of that!

Yota continues by saying out of this “new generation,” including Gabe Kidd and Ren Narita, Yota is the only one with any hope. The fans also like the sound of that. Yota says HE will be the one to lead NJPW into the new era, “Let’s open that door together.” The fans cheer, Yota smiles, and then he asks, “Are you ready?! I will win the New Japan Cup!” Mic drop as the fans cheer, and now Yota is joined by Naito and Takagi! A parallel to just a couple nights ago, the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion just wants to remind the real prize on the line here. LIJ has two powerful horses in the race, but who crosses that finish line?


My Thoughts:

Another great night for NJPW, and I believe this closes out the opening around. A lot of first-round byes are waiting, it seems. Anyhow, nothing shocking here, just a bit of a shame that Cobb couldn’t make it past the first round. Cobb and Yota was a great main event, but per this building story for LIJ, Yota of course moves on. LIJ has their two through, and now the House of Torture has two through with both Jack Perry and Ren Narita in. All the cheating is a shame, as always, but duh that’s what the House of Torture does. Pretty sure they’ll run up against the LIJ guys and then the House will be SOL, as they deserve.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 34 Results & Report! (7/23/24)

Round 3…?

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Things are getting complicated!

While A Block enters round 3 of the G1 Climax, B Block still has Jeff Cobb and Konosuke Takeshita battling it out for round 2! Will the United Empire’s Imperial Unit or The Don Callis Family’s Alpha take the lead?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Hirooki Goto, Shoma Kato & Tomoaki Honma VS  Boltin Oleg, Toru Yano & Katsuya Morishima;  Oleg, Yano & Morishima win.
  • El Phantasmo & Jado VS Yota Tsuij & BUSHI; Yota & Bushi win.
  • HENARE & Francesco Akira VS David Finlay & Gedo; Henare & Akira win.
  • G1 Climax 34 B Block: Jeff Cobb VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Callum Newman; ZSJ wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: Shingo Takagi VS Great-O-Khan; Takagi wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: Shota Umino VS Gabe Kidd; Gabe wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: SANADA VS EVIL; Evil wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: Tetsuya Naito VS Jake Lee; Naito wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current A Block standings!

Zack Sabre Jr: 2-0, 4 points
Evil: 2-0, 4 points
Shingo Takagi: 1-1, 2 points
Jake Lee: 1-1, 2 points
Gabe Kidd: 1-1, 2 points
Sanada: 1-1, 2 points
Callum Newman: 1-1, 2 points
Shota Umino: 1-1, 2 points
Tetsuya Naito: 0-2, 0 points
Great-O-Khan: 0-2, 0 points

 

Here are the current B Block standings!

Yuya Uemura: 2-0, 4 points
Henare: 2-0, 4 points
Jeff Cobb: 1-0, 2 points
Konosuke Takeshita: 1-0, 2 points
Boltin Oleg: 1-1, 2 points
Yota Tsuji: 1-1, 2 points
Ren Narita: 1-1, 2 points
David Finlay: 0-2, 0 points
Hirooki Goto: 0-2, 0 points
El Phantasmo: 0-2, 0 points

G1 Climax 34 B Block: Jeff Cobb VS Konosuke Takeshita!

While the opening weekend was a big success, this match had to wait. The Imperial Unit took Hirooki Goto on a Tour of the Islands, and The Alpha showed the power of AEW, but who gets back into the swing of things with another victory?

The bell rings and the two rush in! They RAM shoulders, the fans cheer, and Cobb dares Konosuke to go. Konosuke runs and RABS Cobb, but Cobb doesn’t budge. Konosuke says go, Cobb runs, and he RAMS Konosuke! They RAM again and again and again! Konosuke staggers back, fans cheer, and Cobb runs, into a BOOT! Konosuke whips, Cobb reverses but the TAKESHITA LINE hits! The fans fire up and Konosuke waits. Cobb stands, Konosuke runs in, but Cobb BOOTS! Cobb runs up to POUNCE Konosuke! Konosuke sits up in a daze, and probably just as surprised as everyone watching. Cobb then storms over and drags Konosuke up.

Cobb ROCKS Konosuke, throat chops him, but the ref reprimands. Konosuke sputters and staggers but Cobb CLUBS him down. The fans cheer, Cobb drags Konosuke around and stomps him. Cobb stands on Konosuke to use him as a surfboard! The fans cheer, Cobb calls to Toru Yano on commentary, and then copies the “Y T R” and shrug! Cobb then “realizes” he’s standing on Konosuke and steps away while “apologizing.” The fans rally, Konosuke goes to the apron, but Cobb drags Konosuke up by his hair. Cobb then CLUBS Konosuke against ropes, before stepping out onto the apron. Cobb reels Konosuke in, but Konosuke holds ropes to fight the lift!

Konosuke tries to suplex, Cobb suplexes in return! Konosuke slips into the ring and he DECKS Cobb with an elbow! The fans fire up and Konosuke builds speed, to then FLY! Direct hit and down goes Cobb at the ramp! The fans fire up more as Konosuke stands. Konosuke drags Cobb up and puts him in the ring before going up a corner. Konosuke shouts, “C’MON!” and the fans cheer. But then Cobb DROPKICKS Konosuke! Cobb climbs up and he gut wrenches for a SUPER GUT WRENCH PLEX! Both men are down after that landing and the fans fire up again. Cobb crawls over, covers, TWO! GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Konosuke is still in this but Cobb keeps calm. Cobb goes to the apron, then climbs a corner. The fans rally, but Konosuke UPPERCUTS first! Konosuke climbs up after Cobb, the fans rally more, and Konosuke goes to the very top! SUPER DUPER PLEX!! The fans are thunderous as the ring practically shakes! Konosuke smirks as he sits up and the fans rally again. Cobb rises, goes to a corner, and Konosuke roars! But then Cobb runs in to UPPERCUT! Cobb keeps moving, but Konosuke follows, only for Cobb to dodge! And GERMAN SUPLEX! Konosuke lands on his feet!? And BOOTS, to then POISON-RANA!

Konosuke keeps moving, but Cobb LARIATS him down! The fans are thunderous again while both men are down! Konosuke stirs, Cobb rises, and Cobb hobbles over to Konosuke. Cobb waistlocks to deadlift Konosuke! Konosuke fights the lift with elbows! Konosuke standing switches, tries to lift, but Cobb fights with elbows. Cobb DOUBLE CHOPS! Konosuke sputters, Cobb whips, but Konosuke holds ropes. Konosuke BOOTS back, dodges Cobb and HIGH ANGLE GERMANS! Bridging cover, TWO! Cobb escapes and the fans fire up! Konosuke grits his teeth, rises up and goes to a corner to take aim.

Konosuke runs up to POWER DRIVE- NO! Cobb stops the knee to ATHLETIC PLEX Konosuke away! Konosuke stands up, but into an URENAGE! FALLING HAMMER! Cover, TWO!! Konosuke survives Cobb going Hulk smash, but now Cobb really powers up! Cobb drags Konosuke up, gut wrenches, but Konosuke slips free! Konosuke tries but Cobb fights the Blue Thunder. Cobb goes to run but Konosuke reels him in! BLUE THUNDER- RANA!! Cobb rises up, Konosuke dodges the lariat and scoops on the run, BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Cobb barely gets an arm up and the fans are thunderous!

Konosuke roars, drags Cobb up and suplexes, but Cobb fights that! Cobb wrenches out, reels Konosuke in, TOUR OF- NO, Konosuke slips free! Cobb JUMP KNEES, but Konosuke JUMP KNEES back! Cobb HEADBUTTS Konosuke down!! Cobb drags Konosuke back up while the fans rally. Konosuke winds up to ALPHA ELBOW!! Cobb falls to his knees, but Konosuke roars and brings him up! Suplex for the RAGING FIRE!! Cover, KONOSUKE WINS!

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Cobb earns 0)

From taking down a Reiwa Musketeer to taking down the NJPW World Television Champion, Konosuke is proving why he is All Elite! But will he become the Alpha of NJPW? Can Cobb make a comeback when B Block enters round three?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block: Zack Sabre Jr. w/ Kosei Fujita VS Callum Newman!

Round three truly begins now, as the Submission Master takes on The Prince of Pace. ZSJ had a strong opening weekend, taking down the KOPW Champion, Great-O-Khan, and the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Tetsuya Naito. Is he about to become the Front Man of New Japan? Or can Callum make the mighty kneel?

The bell rings and the fans rally. The two circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. Callum wrenches and wrangles ZSJ but ZSJ stands up fast. ZSJ spins, bridges, spins some more and he trips Callum to a toehold. Callum tries to fight back but ZSJ just slips around to a standing toehold. Callum steps over, rolls free, and the fans cheer this opening exchange. Even ZSJ nods and says that was good. The two reset, circle, and tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. ZSJ wrenches to a double wristlock takedown and headscissor! Callum slips an arm in between the legs and clasps hands to fight the squeeze, then he moves around.

Callum headstands, then pops free while trapping ZSJ’s legs. Callum puts on the pressure but ZSJ drags him down for a wristlock. Callum shifts to make it a cover, ONE, and Callum waistlocks. ZSJ fights up, wrenches out, and wristlocks again. Callum rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. ZSJ flips and kicks free, and the fans cheer again. The two reset again, and Callum taunts ZSJ as “ojii-san <grandpa>.” ZSJ and Callum circle, and ZSJ RAMS Callum low! ZSJ headlocks, Callum powers up and out, then drops to trip ZSJ! Callum keeps moving to basement dropkick! The fans cheer, ZSJ bails out, and Callum goes up and up to ASAI MOONSAULT!

The fans fire up as Callum takes ZSJ down at the ramp! Callum brings ZSJ up to ROCK him with a forearm, then puts him in the ring. Cover, ONE, but Callum clamps on with a chinlock. The fans rally, Callum traps an arm, and then Callum KNEES ZSJ in the back! Callum brings ZSJ up to suplex, but ZSJ fights free to wrench and PELE the arm! ZSJ WRINGS that arm out, and the fans cheer again. ZSJ sits Callum up to KICK him in the back! ZSJ then traps one arm and grabs the other. ZSJ bends the fingers, twists the wrist, isolates the arm and STOMPS it! The fans cheer while ZSJ paces around.

Callum clutches the arm but ZSJ eggs him on. The ref checks and Callum is okay to continue, so he stands up. Callum fires forearms but the pain holds him back. ZSJ UPPERCUTS Callum and he falls against ropes. The fans rally up and ZSJ brings Callum around to BOOT! Callum staggers, ZSJ runs and BOOTS him again! ZSJ keeps moving and BOOTS again! Callum roars and BOOTS! ZSJ runs and BOOTS! Callum BOOTS! ZSJ BOOTS! ZSJ whips, Callum ducks ‘n’ dodges and builds up speed to SHOTGUN KICK! The fans fire up but the bad arm bothers Callum again. ZSJ sits up and checks his teeth while the fans rally.

Callum shakes out his arm, runs up on ZSJ and UPPERCUTS! Callum snapmares, runs and PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! ZSJ stands right up and Callum eggs him on. ZSJ UPPERCUTS Callum, and now Callum eggs ZSJ in Japanese. ZSJ UPPERCUTS Callum down, and Callum kips up to ROUNDHOUSE! And ROLLING ELBOW! And BUZZSAW! ZSJ is dazed, Callum sits on the cover, TWO! ZSJ survives and the fans rally up. Fujita coaches ZSJ but Callum stands ZSJ up for forearm after forearm. ZSJ shakes his head, but Callum SOBATS! Callum goes up the corner, then up to DIVING- NO, ZSJ avoids the stomp!

Callum rolls through but ZSJ is right after him! TORNADO DDT! And a roll through for a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Callum endures, powers up, and he suplexes ZSJ high and hard! The fans fire up again while both men are down! Fujita and the fans rally while both men stir. Callum rises and aims from a corner. DREAMCAST- NO, ZSJ blocks the kick for a KNEEBAR! Callum endures, but ZSJ ties up the legs in an INVERTED FIGURE FOUR! ZSJ pulls on the leg but Callum fights forward! The fans rally, Callum rolls and makes it to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer while ZSJ lets go in frustration.

ZSJ stands and KICKS Callum in the leg. Callum stands but ZSJ KICKS him again. Callum avoids the leg sweep but not the takedown! ZSJ rolls to ANKLE LOCK, but Callum rolls free! Callum trips ZSJ, body scissors, but ZSJ pops him into body scissors! Callum returns the favor, JAPANESE LEG CLUTCH! TWO!! ZSJ escapes and the fans fire up! ZSJ storms up but Callum UP KICKS him! ZSJ PENALTY KICKS Callum! ZSJ keeps moving, but Callum runs up to SHOTGUN! And HEEL KICK! ZSJ wobbles, Callum springboards, OSC- NO, ZSJ catches Callum to a SLEEPER! Then ZSJ scoops, but Callum slips free to have an IRON OCTOPUS!

The fans fire up as ZSJ now endures a stretch hold! ZSJ pulls on Callum’s leg! Callum shifts around for a SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO! ZSJ survives and the fans fire up again! Callum drags ZSJ up, reels him in, and brings him up for a POWER- NO! ZSJ makes it a TRIANGLE HOLD! But Callum deadlifts for a SITOUT BOMB! Cover, TWO, and it’s back to the TRIANGLE HOLD! Callum rolls, kicks at ZSJ’s face, but ZSJ grabs that leg for a HEEL HOOK!! Callum is caught in a combo hold, and TAPS! ZSJ wins!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (gains 2 points; Callum earns 0)

The Front Man is leading the way for A Block as he’s now 3-0! Will ZSJ be unstoppable on his way to the Climax? Can Callum find a way to spring back in the next round?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block: Shingo Takagi VS Great-O-Khan!

A rivalry reignites tonight as The Rampaging Dragon once again battles The Dominator. Takagi started strong by pinning Tetsuya Naito, but got shot down by Shota Umino. Will he be able to rebound against the KOPW Champion? Or will Khan conquer this ungovernable for the United Empire?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, go around, and clinch. Khan waistlocks, Takagi slips free, and the two separate. The fans applaud and the two go again. They clinch, Khan facelocks, but Takagi endures the squeeze. Khan underhooks to BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! The fans cheer and Khan poses. Khan then cocky covers, ONE! Khan stomps Takagi over and over, but Takagi grits his teeth. Khan KICKS Takagi, stomps him more, then drops an AX HANDLE! Khan pushes Takagi over, cocky cover, TWO, but into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Takagi reaches back and has the ROPEBREAK!

The fans applaud, the ref counts, and Khan lets go quickly. Khan paces around, and he kicks at Takagi. Takagi scowls, then CHOPS! Khan shakes his head and smirks. Takagi CHOPS again! Then JABS! JABS! And JABS! Takagi CHOPS but Khan blocks! Khan wrangles Takagi into a FUJIWARA ARMBAR, then shifts for a DOUBLE ARMBAR! Takagi flails and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Khan lets off slowly, and then Khan clamps onto an arm for a double wristlock! Takagi endures, even as Khan pulls on the arm. Khan stands on Takagi, pushes him down, then drags him up to KNEE low! And KNEE low again!

Khan whips but Takagi blocks the sayanagi! Khan kicks and tries again, but Takagi CLUBS Khan down, and BLINDSIDE SLIDING LARIATS! The fans cheer while Khan tumbles to a corner. Takagi shakes out his arms, stands back up, and the fans rally. Takagi runs in at the corner but blocks a boot. Takagi LARIATS through, then fires the fans up more! Takagi JABS, CHOPS and repeat! The ref counts but Takagi JABS, JABS and JABS! Takagi then whips Khan corner to corner, runs in to LARIAT, and then reels Khan in. Khan fights the suplex, throws body shots, then IRON CLAWS at Takagi’s chest!

Takagi tries to pry the claw away but Khan CLUBS him first. And then Mongolian Chops! And Mongolian Chops! And Mongolian- NO, Takagi blocks and UPPERCUTS, then DOUBLE CHOPS! Then Takagi gives a bit of Muta before the SENTON! Takagi drags Khan up to suplex high and hard! Khan flounders, Takagi covers, TWO! The fans fire up and Takagi looks around. Takagi roars, and he says, “TOKI GA KITA!” The fans fire up as the time has come! Takagi rises, brings Khan up and runs, to SLIDING- HEAD ‘N’ ARM TRIANGLE! Khan drags Takagi up, Takagi fights to a clinch, but Khan hits a leg trip takedown!

The fans fire up while both men are down again. Khan rises up, drags Takagi up, but Takagi shoves him. Takagi ELBOWS, JABS, and YUKON- NO, Khan blocks the lariat to fireman’s carry and takeover! Then Khan hauls Takagi up to MONKEY FLIP, then SAYANAGI! Cover, TWO! But into the HEAD ‘N’ ARM! Khan leans on the hold, thrashes Takagi around, but Takagi still endures. Takagi fights around as the fans rally, and he has the ROPEBREAK again! The fans cheer, Khan lets go in frustration, but Khan drags Takagi up into the IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Takagi flails but he’s already fading! Takagi powers up to RAM Khan into a corner!

Khan lets go, but then he clamps right back on! IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Khan is even BITING Takagi’s ear! FGO PLEX! But Takagi’s right up to PUMPING BOMBER!! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Khan sputters and Takagi sits up. Takagi crawls over to Khan, pushes him into the corner, then runs in to LARIAT! Takagi reels Khan in to hoist him up top, and then Takagi climbs up after Khan! SUPERPLEX! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Takagi rises and the fans rally behind him again. They join in on the “OI! OI! OI!” and Takagi stands. Takagi sits Khan up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! “OI! OI! OI!”

Takagi runs, SLIDING- NO, Khan dodges! But Takagi blocks the boot to fire boxing elbows! Takagi ROCKS Khan, but Khan roars! Takagi JABS, HEADBUTTS, and- IRON RIGHT from Khan!! The ref reprimands but Khan IRON SLEEPERS, and then Bow ‘n’ Arrow racks Takagi! Khan spins for the SPINNING BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives and the fans fire up again! Khan drops back to a corner, watches Takagi rise, and then runs back in, for a BOOT! And then an ELIMI- DDT!! Takagi takes Khan down and the fans are thunderous! Khan stirs and Takagi rises, and Takagi grabs at Khan.

Takagi drags Khan up, roars, and LARIATS! Khan wobbles, Takagi runs to LARIAT! Khan stays up and Takagi runs, but Khan SWATS the lariat, to then LARIAT back! The fans are thunderous again as Khan clamps on the IRON CLAW! ELIMI- NO, Takagi slips around to SNAP DRAGON! Khan is up, but PUMPING BOMBER hits!! Cover, ONE?!? Khan lets loose the Monster Rage, but Takagi dodges him! PUMPING BOMBER into cover!! TAKAGI WINS!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Khan earns 0)

The United Empire has suffered loss three matches in a row! Will Khan ever get off the starting block? Will the Rampaging Dragon soar to the top of the block and take the G1 by storm?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block: Shota Umino VS Gabe Kidd!

These two have had run-ins before, but this could be their most intense encounter yet. Both are 1-1, will it be the Roughneck that rises up? Or will #SHOOTER not be #WarReady like this War Dog?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two stare down. The fans duel between “SHOTA!” and “GABU!” but neither man budges. They slowly start up, and then they quickly tie up! They’re in a deadlock at center, then break. Neither man backs down and the fans cheer. The two tie up again, are in another deadlock, but Shota digs in to push Gabe back. They end up on ropes, the ref counts, and Shota lets off cleanly. The fans applaud and the two go again. Another deadlock, but this time Gabe’s height helps him put Shota on ropes. The ref counts again, and Gabe lets off, to CHOP! Shota ROCKS Gabe, headlocks, and holds on tight as Gabe tries to power out.

Gabe endures the grind, fights up and throws body shots. Gabe pulls hair, wrenches free and headlocks. Shota powers up and out, ducks the rebounder, and IG- NO, Gabe slips free of the neckbreaker to reel Shota in! But Shota slips free of the suplex to half nelson. Gabe standing switches, Shota elbows free, then ROCKS Gabe. Gabe flips Shota off before he ROCKS Shota back! Shota flips Gabe off before he ROCKS Gabe again! They BOTH fire forearms, wobble, and Gabe swings! Shota dodges, comes back, but then Gabe dodges. Both men run and the RAM shoulders! They both roar and the fans fire up!

Shota fires a flurry of forearms, but Gabe CHOPS back! Gabe whips, Shota reverses and DROPKICKS! Gabe falls and the fans fire up with Shota! Shota shakes out his arm while he paces around. Shota goes back to Gabe to stomp him. Gabe goes to a corner, Shota fires a forearm, then CLUBS Gabe on the neck. Gabe goes to another corner, Shota UPPERCUTS him! Gabe sits down, so Shota digs his boot in. The ref reprimands and counts, but Gabe eggs Shota on! So Shota stomps Gabe! The ref has Shota back off, but Gabe still glares at Shota. Shota drags Gabe up, whips him corner to corner, then runs in, but Gabe puts him on the apron!

Gabe swings, Shota counter punches, then Shota slingshots in, only for Gabe to block the DDT! Gabe throws body shots but Shota CLUBS away on Gabe. Shota uses ropes but Gabe denies the tornado! Gabe dodges a lariat to BITE Shota on the face! Then Gabe SAIDOS Shota away! The fans fire up while both men are down! Shota goes to the far side while Gabe grits his teeth and sits back up. Gabe crawls over to Shota, and junkyard dog headbutts him! Gabe then KICKS Shota, KICKS him again, then stands him up. Gabe CHOPS Shota and Shota staggers away to a corner. The fans rally up and duel while Gabe snarls.

Gabe storms over to Shota, Shota kicks at him but Gabe eggs Shota on. Shota gives more kicks, but Gabe stomps Shota down! The ref counts, Gabe lets off and the fans rally more. Gabe stalks Shota, CHOPS him, but Shota gets in Gabe’s face! Gabe grins, CHOPS, but Shota still gets in his face. Gabe fires forearms then a CHOP! Shota just fires a flurry in return! Gabe fires HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT, then he DECKS Shota! Gabe grabs the legs and turns Shota over for a BOSTON CRAB! Shota endures but Gabe sits deep on the hold! Shota still fights and the fans rally up. Gabe puts all he can into the Crab but Shota powers up! Shota fights forward to the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, Gabe lets go of one leg, but the ref counts again. Gabe lets go of Shota completely, then paces around. Gabe makes sure the camera is on him. Gabe says Shota thought he was “him,” but no, it’s all about Gabe. Gabe talks smack, stomps Shota, then eggs him on. The fans rally up, Gabe asks if this is what Tanahashi thinks the future is, then he kicks Shota around. Gabe toys with Shota, taunts him, then drags him up. Shota fights the lift so Gabe CLUBS away on Shota’s back. Gabe tries again but Shota back drops free! The fans fire up while Shota leans on ropes. Gabe rises, swings, but into a dragon sleeper! TEST DRIVE!

Fans fire up while both men are down again. Shota grits his teeth, then he fires up! The fans cheer, Shota runs in at the corner, BLINDSIDE KNEE! Then TORNADO DDT! Shota dragon sleepers, inverted suplex, TRIDENT! Cover, TWO! Gabe survives but Shota aims while the fans fire up. Shota runs in, IGNITION! Shota then drags Gabe up and underhooks, but Gabe wrenches out to JAB! Shota roars, Gabe DECKS him! Both men fall, the fans fire up, and the ref still reprimands about a closed fist on Gabe’s part. The ref checks Shota, he’s still conscious so the match continues. Gabe sits up first, and he dares Shota to meet him.

They both go to center, and Shota fires a forearm. Gabe gives it right back. Shota glares at Gabe, then fires another forearm. Gabe fires one back! Both men stand, egging the other on. The fans rally up as the forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, harder and harder! Gabe wobbles, Shota UPPERCUTS! But then Gabe clinches to CLUB, LARIAT and CLUB! Gabe runs but into a POP-UP KNEE! Gabe still fires another forearm! Shota ROCKS Gabe, then ROLLING ELBOWS! Gabe CHOPS! Shota ENZIGIRIS! Gabe JABS, HEADBUTTS, and YUKON LARIATS! A shot at Takagi as Gabe covers, ONE?!?

Shota clinches Gabe for an EXPLODER! Gabe roars and rises, to LARIAT Shota! Shota roars and rises, catches Gabe, HALF ‘N’ HALF PLEX! Gabe rises, but into the ROLLING ELBOW!! Shota falls on the cover, TWO!! Gabe survives and the fans are thunderous! The fans then rally up as both men stir. Gabe crawls to one corner, Shota to the other end. Shota storms over to Gabe, and Gabe SPITS at him! Shota brushes that off, Gabe laughs, but Shota stomps a mudhole in! He even shoves the ref aside to give more! Shota digs his boot in, scrapes Gabe’s face again and again, then slaps him around! Gabe rises up, to SLAP Shota!

Shota SLAPS, Gabe SLAPS, then they fire forearms again! The fans fire up as the strikes fly fast and furious! Gabe HEADBUTTS away, then clinches Shota into a corner! Gabe smothers Shota, the ref counts, and Shota claws at Gabe! They both push the ref aside, then the SLAPS and forearms return! Shota SLAPS Gabe down!! The fans are thunderous while Shota looms over Gabe. Gabe is dazed and Shota roars! Shota drags Gabe up, reels him in but Gabe kicks free! Gabe reels Shota in, but Shota wrenches out! Shota ROCKS Gabe, Gabe ROCKS Shota, then Gabe runs. Shota ELBOWS Gabe, runs, but Gabe LARIATS!

Gabe keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges, REBOUND- NO, Shota ducks and shoves Gabe away. Shota then pops Gabe up, but Gabe BITES Shota’s face to stop the suplex! The ref reprimands but Gabe reels Shota in, SNAP PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Shota survives, and Gabe is actually amused! Gabe rises up, shaking his head. The fans duel, we pass 15 minutes, and Gabe drags Shota up. Gabe reels Shota in but then shoves him back, so he can DECK him! Gabe then flips Shota over for the LIONTAMER! Shota endures, reaches out, but Gabe digs that knee into Shota’s back to bend him!

Shota endures, even as Gabe digs in deep! Shota tells Gabe off even while he’s sideways! So Gabe lets Shota go to gut wrench and DOCTOR BOMB!! Cover, Gabe wins!!

Winner: Gabe Kidd, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Shota earns 0)

The Roughneck endured a lot in this match, but in the end, The Mad Man had more malice to give! Will Gabe continue to show how NJPW Strong he truly is? Can Shota recover to still bring about the Paradigm Shift?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block: SANADA VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

Now this is a highly anticipated showdown! The Cold Skull and the King of Darkness will forever be connected, from their time in Los Ingobernables de Japon, their reigns as IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, and from their battles over the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. The G1 Climax is both their road back to that title, who blocks the other’s path to redemption?

Evil offers Sanada a House of Torture shirt? Evil wants Sanada to leave Just5Guys to join up with him? Sanada takes the shirt, tries it on, and clearly Evil chose the right size. Sanada shakes Evil’s hand?! Is he really defecting!? Evil gets the mic to tell Hiroshima, “We’ve been talking from the start. From today, say hello to Bullet Club: House of Torture’s Sanada! That old Sanada you love is gone.” The fans boo, but Evil tells Sanada that just like they promised, Sanada will let Evil win. Evil drops the mic, the bell rings, and Sanada lies down! Evil steps up, but Sanada drags him into a cradle! TWO!!

Evil is shocked, and Sanada RIPS the shirt off! Sanada tricked the trickster, then SHINING- NO, Evil gets away first! Evil is upset that Sanada lied to him, and says this should just be a No Contest! The fans boo but Evil rings the bell himself. Evil goes to leave, but Sanada pursues! Sanada CLUBS Evil, CLUBS Dick, then CLUBS Evil again. The fans cheer as Sanada drags Evil back into the ring, and he rings the bell to let everyone know this is still a match! Sanada stands Evil up, blocks a kick, and he trips Evil up! Sanada ties Evil up in Paradise! The fans cheer and Sanada says time for pictures! Then he DROPKICKS Evil outta Paradise!

The fans cheer, Evil writhes, and Sanada drags Evil up. Sanada wrenches Evil, wrenches again, then CLUBS the arm. Sanada whips, Evil reverses, then Evil gets in the ref’s face while Dick trips Sanada up! The fans boo but Dick gets away with that one. Evil tells off the fans but they tell Evil to go home. Evil smirks as he drags Sanada up, brings him around, and TOSSES him out! Evil then goes out after Sanada, and RAMS him into Abe-san! Evil’s strange vendetta continues, and he mockingly applauds while fans boo. Evil then leaves Sanada behind, and Sanada checks on Abe. Young Lions help Abe, and Evil unties the blue buckle pad.

The ref checks Sanada, and though Sanada clutches his back, he’s alright. Sanada stands, hobbles back up, but Evil BLASTS him off the apron! Sanada falls and hits railing, knocking Abe-san over again! Abe’s suffering more than usual, but Evil just soaks up all the heat. Evil taunts the fans, the ref starts a ring count but he doesn’t have Abe backing him up. Sanada is still down at 7 of 20, but the fans rally up. Sanada rises at 11, stands at 14, and slides in at 15. The fans cheer, but Evil is right on Sanada with a cocky cover. ONE, and Evil smirks. Evil drags Sanada up but Sanada fires body shots! Sanada fires haymakers, too!

Evil whips Sanada and surprise, bare buckles! The Bullet Club Special strikes again and the fans boo. The ref asks Dick what the heck, and Evil mocks the tranquilo! Evil covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! A third cover, TWO!! Sanada escapes that deeper leg hook and Evil is frustrated. The fans rally, Evil paces, and he talks some trash. Evil steps on Sanada’s face, tells the fans to shut up, and then taunts Sanada more. Evil kicks Sanada around, but Sanada rises to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP again! Evil knees low, whips, but Sanada reverses and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! The fans fire up while both men are down.

The fans rally as Sanada rises, and he stretches out his back before he brings Evil up. But Evil knees low! Evil runs but Sanada hurdles, hurdles and DROPKICKS! Evil tumbles out, Sanada storms up, and Sanada PLANCHAS! Down goes Evil, and the fans fire up! Sanada encourages them to get louder and louder and the fans oblige. But while the ref’s checking Evil, Dick kicks Sanada! Dick whips but Sanada reverses, and Dick hits railing hard! Dick falls over, Sanada makes the pecs dance, and Sanada goes back for Evil. Sanada drags Evil up and puts him in the ring. The fans cheer and Sanada covers, TWO!

Sanada stays cool while the fans rally again. Sanada paces, drags Evil up, but Evil fights the fireman’s carry! Evil pulls hair, the ref reprimands, and Sanada breaks free. Evil blocks Sanada’s kick, hands it to the ref and he mule kicks Sanada down! The fans boo but Evil smirks. Sanada goes to the red corner, Evil waits on him to get up, and Evil runs in to LARIAT! Then FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Sanada stays in this and Evil is annoyed, but the fans rally up again. Evil drags Sanada up, fireman’s carries, but Sanada fights free. Evil rushes in, Sanada slips around, and O’Conner Rolls! Roll through into SKULL END!

Evil endures as Sanada squeezes tight! Evil kicks around, reaches out, but Sanada keeps him from ropes! Evil still tries, and he kicks his way over to the ROPEBREAK! The fans oddly cheer and Sanada lets go. Sanada takes his time, goes back for Evil, and he fireman’s carries. Evil fights free now, shoves Sanada at the rope, but then Sanada dodges! Evil avoids running into the ref, and Sanada kicks him low! Sanada whips, Evil reverses, but sends him into the ref! Down goes the ref and in comes Dick! The fans boo as Dick stomps away on Sanada! The fans tell Dick to go home but he and Evil stomp Sanada more.

Dick and Evil “put one out” on Sanada, then drag him up. They double whip him to the neutral corner, to then UPPERCUT, LARIAT and snapmare! Evil paces, seeing the ref is still down. Dick fetches a chair! Evil holds the chair up and fans boo. Evil taunts Sanada, Sanada slowly rises, and the fans rally. Sanada stands, but he dodges the chair shot! So Evil throws the chair at Sanada! Sanada catches the chair, dodges the lariat, then tosses the chair back! Evil catches it, and Sanada DROPKICKS the chair into him! Fans fire up, Dick gets up, but Sanada DROPKICKS him, too! The fans fire up more and Sanada aims from the corner.

Evil rises, Sanada runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Direct hit and Sanada calls to the ref! Sanada drags Evil up as the ref returns, and DEAD- NO, Evil slips free, shoves Sanada away, then uses the ref as a shield! Sanada pushes the ref aside, Evil LOW BLOWS! Evil drags Sanada up, but Sanada LOW BLOWS in return! The fans cheer as Evil tastes more of his own medicine! Both men are down and the fans rally for Sanada. Sanada sits up first, and runs up again, but Evil ducks the Shining Wizard! Fireman’s carry, DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO! Sanada survives and the fans fire up again! Evil is frustrated but he slashes his throat.

Evil drags Sanada up, spins him around, EVERYTHING- NO, Sanada fights that! Sanada throws elbows, spins Evil around and puts him on ropes, MAGIC SCREW! Both men are down again and the fans rally up. Sanada kips up, drags Evil to a drop zone then goes up top, ROUNDING BODY PRESS! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives but Sanada just drags him back up. Clinch and- NO, Evil slips free, EVERY- NO! Sanada slips free and steals EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Sanada sees Dick rise and DECKS him! Then Sanada PLANCHAS Dick down! The fans fire up and Sanada hurries back in after Evil!

Sanada roars at Evil to get up, and he runs in, BLINDSIDE WIZARD!! And then Sanada reloads, but Evil uses the ref as a shield! Sanada jumps over, avoids Everything, but then Evil LOW BLOW MULE KICKS!! And KAKU-EVIL!! Cover, EVIL WINS!!

Winner: Evil, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Sanada earns 0)

The King of Darkness’ newest weapon, the combination of “kakui” (cool, handsome, etc.) and “evil,” takes down The Cold Skull! Though he sure tried every other trick he had first… But at this rate, is there any stopping Evil now? Or will Darkness Fall on the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship once again?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block: Tetsuya Naito VS Jake Lee!

Speaking of the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, the most shocking thing in the G1 so far has been his 0-2 start! Is The Uncontrollable Charisma done owing people golden tickets? Or will he fail to get one over on this “Smart Bastard?”

Naito takes things even slower this time, perhaps hoping to frustrated Jake. Jake speeds things up by kicking the vest and coat out himself. So Naito throws his shirt down to make Jake kick that, too. Same with the leather belt. Naito takes care of the pants himself, though. The fans cheer now that Naito’s ready, and the bell rings. The fans rally for “NA-I-TO! NA-I-TO!” and Red Shoes assesses, it is definitely in Naito’s favor. Jake doesn’t let that bother him, and he conducts the choir of fans here in Hiroshima. The two slowly circle, then tie up. Jake’s height is his leverage and he pushes Naito onto the ropes.

Red Shoes calls for the break, and Jake slowly lets off. Jake puts Naito’s hands down by his side, and pats him on the shoulder. Naito reels back but Jake ROCKS him first! No spitting for Naito and Jake whips him to ropes. Naito tumbles and hits ropes, then falls back! Jake stomps away on Naito, stands him up to SPIT on him, then Jake TOSSES Naito out! Naito lands on his feet and walks away, but Jake storms out after him. Jake CLUBS Naito, CHOPS him, then brings him around the way. Jake has cameramen clear out so he can whip Naito. But Naito reaches out to grab the post and uses that to swing back into the ring!

Naito is tranquilo and the fans cheer! Jake kicks the railing in frustration and then storms into the ring. Jake blocks Naito’s arm-drag, whips him to ropes, but Naito reverses to kick, turn, stall, and NECKBREAKER! The fans rally while Jake clutches his neck. Naito sits Jake up and clamps on a chinlock. Naito digs his knee in and Jake endures. The fans rally, Jake pries at the chinlock, then reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Naito lets off to stomp Jake, then CLUB away on him in the corner. Naito whips corner to corner, but Jake reverses! Jake runs in, Naito dodges, but then Jake BOOTS him! Naito staggers, Jake grabs him with both hands!

Jake lifts Naito for a HANGING CHOKE, then SLAM! The fans applaud that show of strength, and Jake shouts at them that Naito’s nothing! Naito bails out of the ring while fans cheer and jeer. Jake lets his hair down, goes out after Naito, and he drags Naito up. Jake wrenches, whips, and Naito hits railing hard! Naito flounders but Jake stalks him. Jake brings Naito through No Man’s Land, and SMACKS him off a chair! The fans rally but Jake looms over Naito. Jake drags Naito up, brings him back to ringside, then brings him up the ramp. Naito fires body shots but Jake still drags Naito along, and they go up to the stage!

Jake CLUBS Naito, reels him in, and suplexes! Naito kicks and flails to fight it off! Jake tries again but Naito resists, so Jake CLUBS Naito and DDTS him on the stage! Jake stands and mockingly applauds while he walks back down the ramp. The fans rally for Naito, the ring count finally starts, and Naito stirs at 5 of 20. Jake rolls in at 7, and Naito starts rolling down the ramp. Jake mocks the tranquilo while Naito crawls. The count passes 10 of 20, Naito still crawls. Naito stands at 15, stumbles and tumbles again at 17! Naito keeps moving, and springs in at 19.5! Jake is right on Naito for a snapmare and PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!

Jake clamps on with a SLEEPER! Naito flails but he’s already fading! The fans rally, Naito fights up, but Jake just squeezes tighter! Naito starts to fade again, and Jake thrashes him around! Naito reaches out, but Jake makes him sit back down. Jake feints running then KICKS Naito right in the chest! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! A third cover, TWO!!! Naito narrowly gets out of that and the fans fire up! Jake is annoyed, he SPITS at the fans, and the fans boo. Jake takes a bow, soaking up the heat like a gentleman. Jake drags Naito up, reels him in, and suplexes, but Naito slips free to waistlock!

Jake elbows free, runs, but into an atomic drop! Naito CLUBS Jake, CLUBS again, then whips. Naito ELBOWS Jake down then basement dropkicks him! The fans fire up while both men are down and we pass 10 minutes. Naito rises, brings Jake up then kicks and CLUBS him. Naito whips, Jake reverses but Naito holds ropes. Naito BOOTS Jake, gets around, shoves and ELBOWS him! Naito whips, ELBOWS again, then brings Jake in to turn, stall… and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Naito keeps cool, and he clamps on a cravat. Naito has the neck wrench on, but Jake fights up. Jake fires body shots and forearms, but Naito hits back.

The forearms go back and forth and the fans rally up. Jake winds up to ROCK Naito again, again, and again! Then he DECKS Naito! Jake stands on Naito’s neck and laughs, not even bothered this won’t count as a cover. The fans boo but Jake steps off to flip everyone off. Jake drags Naito up, but Naito throws those heavy elbows! Naito ELBOWS Jake down and the fans fire up! Naito goes back for Jake, brings him up, and puts him in a corner for forearm after forearm. Naito hops up the corner, reels Jake in, but Jake breaks free! SUPER CHOKE SLAM! Naito is down, Jake rests in the corner, and the fans rally up.

Jake grins while the fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” Jake runs in, GIANT KING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and Jake is annoyed. Jake waits on Naito to rise, hand primed and ready. Naito stands, into the choke grip! CHOKE- NO, Naito slips free, stumbles, but gets around to ENZIGIRI! Jake staggers around, and CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Jake manages to smother Destino, so Naito RAMS him into a corner! Naito hoists Jake up top, as tall as he is, and then climbs. But Jake slips under to bring Naito off the corner! LAST- NO, Naito slips free! Naito ENZIGIRIS again, then whips! Jake reverses to kitchen sink KNEE!

Jake drags Naito up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives falling from that high up and the fans are thunderous! Jake SPITS at them again! Jake aims as Naito is in the corner, FACE BREAK- NO, Naito dodges! And he ducks Jake’s roundhouse! Naito waistlocks, but Jake pries free. Naito fires forearm after forearm! Then ENZIGIRI again! Jake wobbles, Naito wrenches, but Jake KNEES low! And ROUNDHOUSES! Naito falls to his knees then the mat! Red Shoes checks, Naito is still conscious, and the fans rally up even harder. But Jake storms back up to choke grip! And CHOKE- DESTINO!!! Cover, NAITO WINS!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Jake earns 0)

The IWGP World Heavyweight Champion does NOT owe Jake Lee a golden ticket! The Madness Dark Side could not tear Naito down, will he just have to win the whole thing if he wants his title shot?

As for Naito, after catching his breath and getting his hat, he also gets the mic. “Buenas noches, Hiroshima~!” The fans cheer, and Naito says that Hiroshima is his home. The fans cheer that, too! Naito was motivated through that match to win in front of the people here and hold this mic right now. “I was thinking up to today what to say on the mic, but that match made me forget it all. So just tranquilo, assen na yo.” The fans cheer that, and Naito says that no matter how much he relaxes, it surely won’t come back to him, but he of course remembers the one thing he wants to do the most now that he’s home.

Naito wants to have a “chorus” with everyone here in Hiroshima. They should have the first roll call of this year’s G1 Climax. The fans cheer that! So then, Hiroshima, are you ready? The fans cheer, because they’re definitely ready. Then the third night of G1 Climax action can naturally only close with… “Bushi! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Yota! Y Naito! NOSOTROS! LOS! INGOBERRRRRNABLEEES~! DE! JA! PON!!” The fans cheer as Naito finally gets to have his say. But will Naito have to fight even harder if he wants to stay in the running for the playoffs? Or will he end up owing a few more tickets before the end of this?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Zack Sabre Jr: 3-0, 6 points
Evil: 3-0, 6 points
Shingo Takagi: 2-1, 4 points
Gabe Kidd: 2-1, 4 points
Tetsuya Naito: 1-2, 2 points
Jake Lee: 1-2, 2 points
Sanada: 1-2, 2 points
Callum Newman: 1-2, 2 points
Shota Umino: 1-2, 2 points
Great-O-Khan: 0-3, 0 points

 

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

Yuya Uemura: 2-0, 4 points
Henare: 2-0, 4 points
Konosuke Takeshita: 2-0, 4 points
Jeff Cobb: 1-1, 2 points
Boltin Oleg: 1-1, 2 points
Yota Tsuji: 1-1, 2 points
Ren Narita: 1-1, 2 points
David Finlay: 0-2, 0 points
Hirooki Goto: 0-2, 0 points
El Phantasmo: 0-2, 0 points


My Thoughts:

Another awesome night for NJPW, and I really don’t know why Cobb VS Konosuke had to wait until now. Unless Konosuke had to do something with AEW or even DDT Pro on Sunday? Well, either way, their match was great stuff, and I’m really surprised Konosuke won. Konosuke VS Cobb for the NJPW World TV Championship down the road could be a lot of fun. All of B Block is back in action on Thursday, with Konosuke in the main event against Yuya Uemura, so it’d be pretty wild if Konosuke won and got to talk.

A Block’s round three was great stuff. I figured ZSJ would win, even with how well Callum’s been doing. Great win for Takagi over Khan, but I’m just not sure he’ll return to the KOPW Division after this. Shota VS Gabe was certainly the most intense match of the night, they’ve got a good rivalry going. Gabe winning out was fitting, he can’t be losing too much as NJPW Strong Champion. Sanada VS Evil was really good, especially with that obvious swerve coming from Sanada. But Evil winning out because of cheating, that just seems to be how it is with House of Torture. They get strong starts in these round robins, but will lose out in the end.

And great main event, but it seems to be Naito’s thing right now to just be dominated and beat up by his opponents. Naito finally turns that around to win out, and it was definitely so Naito could have his moment here. It’s still early, he can make a run at the G1 Climax playoffs since the top three scores advance. The top seed gets a bye, then second and third must face off in wild card matches, so Naito could still squeak into the next round if he’s the third best. But at the same time, he won last year’s G1 and is the champ, he doesn’t have to win out this year. I’d personally make it ZSJ, because he is that good, and I want to see how he’ll customize the Right to Challenge briefcase.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (7/23/24)

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Sometimes, brothers fight.

Josh Briggs vouched for Brooks Jensen in his return to NXT, but now he’ll have to slap some sense into Jensen if he’s to stay in NXT! Will this No Disqualification match be just the thing?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • No Disqualifications: Josh Briggs VS Brooks Jensen; Jensen wins.
  • Eddy Thorpe VS Lexis King; Eddy wins.
  • Oro Mensah w/ The Meta Four VS Ashante THEE Adonis; Oro wins.
  • Wren Sinclair w/ The No Quarter Catch Crew VS Carlee Bright w/ Kendall Grey; Wren wins.
  • Trick Williams VS Cedric Alexander; Trick wins.
  • Sol Ruca & Karmen Petrovic VS Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson; Lash & Jakara win.
  • Six Man Tag: The Rascalz VS Axiom, Nathan Frazer & Je’Von Evans; The Rascalz win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Trick Williams arrives!

He steps inside the building and you can already hear the fans chanting. Cedric Alexander says they talked about this last week, what’s going on? Trick says he appreciates the advice but he isn’t stopping until he gets his title back. He wants Ethan Page! Trick storms off, and Ashante THEE Adonis steps in. Ashante told Cedric it was a waste of time. Trick ain’t trying to hear you. Yeah, Cedric sees that. And with that, Trick’s music hits as he steps out on stage! The fans chant “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” as Trick goes to the ring. Trick grabs a mic and gets fired up! He has the music cut, and he says let’s talk about it.

Since losing his championship, Trick ain’t been the same. He feels he lost a piece of himself. So much so, he talked to some OGs, some guys he trusts, and it all led to one thing: Ethan Page will see Trick again. And Trick won’t stop ’til he gets the title back, believe that. Wait, now Cedric makes his own entrance? Cedric tells Trick that he didn’t want to do this out in front of the world, but the advice Trick asked for came from a good place. Trick says he already said he appreciates Cedric, and he also already said he wants that title back. Cedric says as someone who won a title in WWE, he wants to help Trick from making mistakes.

Cedric wants Trick to not be blinded by his passion. Trick says he’s never been blinded by that. But then Ashante makes his entrance and says he just said, Trick ain’t trying to hear him! Trick tells Ashante, he doesn’t even know why he’s here. If he’s stirring the pot, they don’t need that, he should just go back to SmackDown. Ashante says nobody is a cook, he’s just picking up the ball Trick dropped. Trick says he’s never dropped a ball. And even when Ashante had a whole group with him, he couldn’t get the ball of the ground in the first place. How’d it go? HIT~ ROW~! The fans echo that back.

Ashante brushes that off but Cedric says right there is what he’s talking about. Trick is letting his emotions get the better of him. How is that going to get him the NXT Championship? And Ashante, just go to the back, let Cedric handle this. Ashante says no matter how much wisdom Cedric gives, it won’t click for Trick. Right now in the ring, Trick is in third place. Trick’s never been third once in his life! Listen to the people! Trick isn’t gonna stop until he gets gold back. Cedric says hold up, hold up. The fans are a little loud, but that sounds like Trick thinks he’s better than Cedric. Is that what he heard?

Cedric has been respectful but all Trick’s doing is disrespecting him back. So how about they do this tonight? Trick is mistaking kindness for weakness, and Cedric’s about to show him the difference! The fans fire up for that! Trick tells Cedric that he said what he said, so it’s on. The fans chant “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” but Ashante says another Trick decision, another Trick mistake. Trick DECKS Ashante! Ashante stands up, Trick DECKS him again! And again! Then Trick LARIATS Ashante up and out! Refs rush out, they bring Ashante away, but Cedric and Trick talk smack. Will Cedric show everyone that he is still PRIMED?

 

Ethan Page arrives.

And standing by the door are Tyson Dupont & Tyriek Igew. Tyson says Oro pinned the champ, that’s crazy! Ethan asks if they’re serious. Of course they are. Or is All Ego all mad? No, Ethan said last week that none of this bothers him. Well luckily there wasn’t a ref or it’d be a short title reign. Luckily it wasn’t official at all! And it’s wild to Ethan that they’re okay with the champ thinking they’re not so bright. Ohh~! Hey, Champ, it’s okay to be embarrassed. Y’know what? They’re not worth Ethan’s time. Ty & Ty say the champ’s a bit sensitive. Will All Ego learn to have some thicker skin around here?

 

No Disqualifications: Josh Briggs VS Brooks Jensen!

Former tag team champions, former best friends, but something a bit more sinister than jealousy and success has gotten between these two. Can Briggs slap some sense into Jensen quite literally? Or is Jensen going to continue down that darker path?

WAIT, Jensen attacks Briggs at gorilla! That is definitely NOT right! They brawl from ramp to ringside, but then Jensen RAMS Briggs into barriers! Jensen puts Briggs in the ring, follows him in, and now the bell sounds. Jensen CLUBS Briggs then runs, but Briggs TOSSES Jensen out hard! Wait, what’s that white chair doing there? Briggs goes out after Jensen and he fires hands! Briggs SMACKS Jensen off barriers, brings him around and THRWOS him over barriers! Jensen flounders int he gap, Briggs jumps in after him, and fans fire up as Briggs rains down fists! Briggs CLUBS away, stomps away, and the fans love “NXT! NXT!” for making this happen!

Briggs stands tall, fire up, and then he drags Jensen up to TOSS him back to ringside! Briggs stalks Jensen, but Jensen drop toeholds him into the timekeeper’s area! Briggs’ face might’ve even hit the ring bell! Jensen drags Briggs up, but Briggs POSTS Jensen first! Briggs CHOKES Jensen, lets him know Jensen did this, and then CHOKE SLAMS Jensen through the desk!! Briggs shouts in Jensen’s face that he asked for this, and now he’s got it! Jensen writhes while NXT goes picture in picture!

Briggs looms over Jensen while Vic Joseph and Booker T stay back. Briggs throws off his vest and his shirt, paces around, then leaves Jensen behind to grab the steel steps. Briggs chucks the steps into the ring, goes back for Jensen, and hauls him up for an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Jensen writhes into the ring, and Briggs brings out kendo sticks! Briggs throws those like darts, getting Jensen in the side and back over and over. Briggs tosses a trash can in! Jensen avoids getting canned, but Briggs storms right in. Jensen fires body shots, ROCKS Briggs, but Briggs ROCKS him back! Briggs SMACKS Jensen off the steps, and again reminds him, he wanted this!

Briggs goes up the corner, takes aim, but Jensen SMACKS Briggs with a kendo stick! Briggs sits on the corner, and Jensen puts the can around him! Briggs is in a Steel Tree of Woe, and Jensen runs corner to corner! Jensen uses the steel steps to get air, and he DROPKICKS Briggs in the can! Briggs flops out of the Tree, drags himself out of the can, but Jensen covers, TWO! Jensen drags Briggs back up, and hoists him up onto the ropes. Jensen grabs the trash can, goes up a corner, and then FLYING CAN FLOP as Briggs moves! Jensen flounders from his crash landing, but Briggs drags him out. Briggs suplexes Jensen onto the floor!

Briggs huffs ‘n’ puffs as he hobbles and stalks Jensen. Briggs drags Jensen up to push him into the ring. NXT returns to single picture, “This is Awesome!” and Briggs takes what’s left of the desk for his own. Briggs puts the hood in through the ropes so that they rest in the corner. Jensen throat chops Briggs! Jensen LARIATS Briggs and Briggs clips the hood!! Jensen then CATAPULT GUILLOTINES Briggs into the hood!! The fans rally as Jensen crawls over and grabs a kendo stick. Jensen wants Booker T to notice. Three strikes? Well here’s ONE SMACK for Briggs! Here’s TWO SMACKS for Briggs! And here’s THREE!!

Jensen almost breaks that kendo stick as he SMACKS Briggs more! Briggs blocks a shot to ROCK Jensen! Briggs takes the stick but Jensen SLAPS him down! Briggs goes to ropes, Jensen drags him over and onto the steps! But Briggs fights the lift! Briggs pushes Jensen and BOOTS the steps into Jensen’s leg! Jensen hobbles, Briggs CLOBBERS him! Briggs BACK SUPLEXES Jensen onto the steps!! The fans go nuts seeing that double-edged move, and both men writhe off the steel onto the mat. Jensen flounders, Briggs crawls over, and Briggs SMACKS Jensen off the steel! Jensen SMACKS Briggs off steel!

The two start firing forearms, even as they slouch against steps! They push those steps aside to fire fast hands! The fans are thunderous, Jensen ROCKS Briggs! Briggs BOOTS Jensen! Jensen BOOTS back, then DOUBLE BOOTS take both men down! But both men hurry to grab kendo sticks! They DOUBLE SMACK!! Both men fall and the fans are thunderous again! “This is Awesome!” but Jensen grabs that white chair! Jensen brings it over, but Briggs DECKS him first! Briggs has the white chair, and now Jensen asks for mercy!? And then Shawn Spears appears!? Briggs storms over to Spears, saying this is on him!

But then Jensen SMACKS Briggs with Spears’ chair! And SMACKS him again! And again! And again!! The fans boo but Jensen SMACKS Briggs again! Briggs asks for mercy, and Jensen drops the chair. Only to drag Briggs up, and he looks to Spears. Spears smiles, Jensen FULL METAL DDTS!! Cover, Jensen wins!

Winner: Brooks Jensen, by pinfall

Shawn Spears applauds and smiles, happy to see former friends becoming such bitter enemies. Spears then pats Jensen on the shoulder. Is Jensen following The Chair Man’s guidance now?

 

Axiom meets with Nathan Frazer backstage.

The Undeniable Truth says he just talked with- Well, wait, here come The Rascalz! Wes Lee, Zachary Wentz & Trey Miguel say what’s up, and they were hoping to continue their talk last week. Axiom congratulates The Rascalz on their win against Gallus and Wes says that was good. It’s great to have his friends by his side. Zach says sometimes, you gotta look to your past to move forward. And Trey says speaking of the past, did MSK ever lose the tag titles? Hmm… Let’s check on that. Wes says nope, they did not. Frazer says yeah, that would’ve been an insane match, right? Would have? Don’t talk like it can’t still happen, because it can still happen.

Wes says y’now what? It could even happen tonight. Axiom & Frazer say sure. But who sits out? It is three Rascalz. Well it is the Rascalz Reunion, so it’s all three. Oh, Six Man Tag then? Alright, see you tonight! But then Axiom wants to continue his news from earlier. Axiom’s getting in on the next WWE Speed tournament! That’s exciting, right? Who knows who he’s facing yet, but- HEY! Didn’t Axiom just get done telling Frazer that was all a distraction? Yeah, but it turned out to be okay, so Axiom figures he could try. Now they’re arguing about the tables turning… Well, will they be able to turn that around and find a third man to take on Wes, Zach & Trey?

 

The NXT Women’s Division watches film on Stephanie Vaquer.

La Primera’s string of headbutts on Isla Dawn for the WWE Live event in Mexico City has them all very impressed. And that crossbody, too. Sol Ruca says Stephanie looks incredible. Lola Vice and Karmen Petrovic agree, Stephanie will only make NXT stronger. But will she be considered a “rookie” like the rest of them? Fallon & Jacy consider anyone new here “a rookie.” But speaking of Isla, have she and Alba defended those tag titles since winning them? Doesn’t seem like it. But they were talking about showing up on SmackDown this Friday.

Lash Legend walks in with Jakara Jackson to say hold up, wait a minute! Before any of them get to thinking up some bright ideas, whenever those titles are defended, it’ll be against Miss Jackson & The Bougie Bully, okay? Yeah, sure… When was the last time they won as a team, though? Now, Karmen may not have had the same partner back then, but she did pin Jacy & Jazmyn. Oh, we keeping score now? Yes, because it’s a good point. Jakara says she and Lash are gonna put Sol & Karmen in their place tonight. Oh, we’ll see. Lash & Jakara excuse themselves to go watch Oro’s match. But will the Meta Four be literally speechless when they get their souls snatched?

 

Eddy Thorpe VS Lexis King!

The Alpha Wolf was just trying to do his DJ thing, and the Drama King had to ruin the fun. Will Eddy return the favor and drop Lexis harder than the beat? Or will Lexis rock Eddy and roll right through him?

NXT returns and Eddy makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two run up! Lexis dodges to CHOP, but Eddy CHOPS and ROCKS back! Lexis KNEES low, CHOPS again, then CHOPS again! Lexis reels Eddy in to LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Lexis rains down fists on Eddy! Eddy turns over, Lexis hauls Eddy up for a BACKBREAKER! Eddy writhes, the fans rally, but Lexis talks trash. Lexis pulls on Eddy’s ear, pushes him around, then KICKS him in the back! Lexis whips Eddy to a corner, but Eddy comes back to LARIAT! The fans fire up and Eddy CHOPS Lexis to a corner! Eddy CHOPS Lexis in the corner! Then CHOPS again!

Lexis keeps going around the ring as Eddy CHOPS him again and again and again! Lexis shoves Eddy but Eddy SOBATS, snapmares, and KICKS! Cover, TWO! Eddy clamps onto Lexis with a facelock but Lexis RAMS him into the corner! Lexis reels Eddy in but Eddy RAMS him into a corner! Eddy fires haymakers, bobs ‘n’ weaves then UPPERCUTS! BACKBREAKER! PENALTY KICK! The fans fire up with Eddy and he drags Lexis up! Lexis fights the DDT to wrench and SUPERKICK! The fans boo but Lexis runs, for the CROWNING! And then, CORO- NO! Eddy slips around and hits the IMPALER DDT! Cover, Eddy wins!

Winner: Eddy Thorpe, by pinfall

Eddy spun Lexis like a record, and that was a smash hit! But then Lexis CLOBBERS Eddy! Lexis is a sore loser and he CLUBS away on Eddy! The fans boo but Lexis RAMS Eddy into steel steps! The ref reprimands, but Lexis puts Eddy’s arm between steps and post! The fans boo as Lexis gets his scepter, and CLUBS the hand! Eddy clutches his fingers and the fans boo, but did Lexis just end Eddy’s DJ career?

 

Backstage interview with Trick Williams.

Kelly Kincaid says while Trick wanted Ethan Page, he got Cedric Alexander. Yeah, but Trick will fight anyone on the way back to the title. There’s a lot of things he just doesn’t have the answer to right now, but one thing he isn’t paying around is waiting on Ethan. He’ll fight anyone. And tonight, that means Cedric. Nothing and no one is going to stop Trick. Pete Dunne says, “You think so?” Oh, now he has something to say? Then let’s talk it out. Dunne says, “Just figure it out.” Trick again scratches his head, what is going on with The Bruiserweight right now?

 

Oro Mensah w/ The Meta Four VS Ashante THEE Adonis!

Speaking of Ethan Page, the Main Man of Meta Four also wants after All Ego but got someone else instead. Will Oro prove himself worthy of that gold? Or will THEE tag partner of Cedric Alexander take out his frustrations from earlier tonight?

NXT returns and Ashante makes his entrance, and he is still trying to holler at Jakara. But then Oro DIVES onto him! The fans fire up, Oro puts Ashante in and the bell rings. Oro fires off hands but Ashante kicks low. Oro ROCKS Ashante, pulls Ashante’s jacket over his head, and then fires body shots! Oro snapmares then BOOTS Ashante! The jacket’s off, Oro runs up but Ashante kicks low! Ashante fires hands, Oro returns those, then whips Ashante for an EXPLODER! The fans fire up for Oro and he runs up on Ashante. Ashante DUMPS Oro to the apron, but Oro gets back up! Oro ROCKS Ashante, slingshots, but into an AIR DROP!

Lash & Jakara are worried for Oro but Ashante puts Oro in and KNEES him in the side! Ashante CLUBS away on Oro, runs and BOOTS him down! Ashante huffs ‘n’ puffs while fans boo, but Oro fires back with haymakers! Ashante kicks low, pushes Oro hard into the corner, then stands on Oro! The ref counts, Ashante goes up to soak up the heat, then he SWINGING DROPKICKS down! Oro sputters, Ashante covers, TWO! The fans rally for Oro but Ashante KNEES Oro in the side! Jakara & Lash coach Oro but Ashante scoops to SLAM him! Ashante drops an elbow, then another elbow, then styles for Jakara. Oro rolls Ashante up, TWO!

Ashante and Oro fire forearms, kicks, UPPERCUTS, and then Ashante lifts Oro. Oro CLUBS Ashante, Ashante blocks a kick, but not the ROLLING KICK! The fans fire up with Oro and he runs corner to corner, into an ELBOW! Ashante hauls Oro up, turns him, DREAM SMASHER! Cover, TWO! Oro survives but Ashante just goes to the corner. Ashante goes up top, smiles at Jakara, but Oro YANKS Ashante down onto his Adonis! Oro SHOVES Ashante down, springboards and RIDER KICK! Oro fires shots then the SCISSOR KICK! Then a LIONSAULT! Fans fire up with Oro, he runs but Ashante ducks a kick to FLAPJACK!

Ashante gets Oro up, SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Oro survives but Ashante drags him up. Oro blocks the whip, kicks and SOBATS, and Ashante flops back. Oro spins to BLINDSIDE ROLLING ELBOW! Oro roars, the fans rally up, and he runs in to MURAMASA!! Cover, Oro wins!

Winner: Oro Mensah, by pinfall

The Main Man wins big, and he gets a mic to call out Ethan Page! Oro knows Ethan’s dumbass won’t come out here after last week. So if Ethan needs a reminder, it went like this: ONE, TWO, THREE! Oro counts again and again, but will he be able to win when it counts the most?

 

No Quarter Catch Crew receives a mysterious envelope.

In side is a ransom note style message that reads, “I saw what you did.” What’d they do? Tony D likes how old school that is. Okay, sure, but who sent it? Uh duh, Wren Sinclair, sillies. Wren walks in and Tony says yeah, silly! She’s got Dempsey over a barrel. Charlie says he needs this dealt with. Then just give Wren what she wants. They can’t! Well, let her now what they’re gonna do. They already told her what they’re gonna do. Oh, still? Well, she has a match tonight, so for Dempsey’s sake, she better win. Because who knows what she might do or say if she loses… What?! The D’Angelo Family wants to watch this go down! Will Wren hold this over the NQCC’s head until she’s IN the NQCC?

 

Wren Sinclair w/ The No Quarter Catch Crew VS Carlee Bright w/ Kendal Grey!

While she didn’t mean to witness you know what happening to you know who, who knew that Wren had this selfish side to her. Will she continue to hold NQCC hostage until they give in? Or will Wren not have a Bright future ahead?

The bell rings and we see The Don and family watching from the perch. Rizzo even brought popcorn. Wren and Carlee tie up, and Wren headlocks. Carlee powers out but Wren runs her over. Wren puts her dukes up a la Dempsey, and then things speed up. Wren blocks a hip toss to hip toss and armlock back. Carlee kips up and uses ropes to flip through. Carlee wrangles Wren, but Wren rolls and headscissors. Carlee kips free but Wren has the wrist! Wren wrenches, sweeps the legs, then has a standing toehold! Carlee endures, turns over, and reels Wren back in for a headlock. Wren fights up to wrench free.

Wren headlocks, Carlee powers out, but Wren catches the hurdle for a FLAPJACK! Wren then ties up the legs, pulls on Carlee, QUEEN ANGELITO turns into a deep SURFBOARD! NQCC is actually impressed! But Carlee pops free to pull on the arms, EURO CLUTCH! TWO!! Wren escapes, Dempsey is relieved, but Carlee DROPKCIKS Wren! Carlee arm-drags Wren, Wren fights up to whip. Carlee ducks ‘n’ dodges and CROSSBODIES! Wren rolls it through to a cover, TWO! Carlee arm-drags again, but Wren fights up and powers Carlee to ropes. Wren whips, then follows, to CLOBBER Carlee! Wren keeps going, BASEMENT BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!

Carlee survives but Wren drags her up. Wren whips Carlee to a corner, runs in but into an ELBOW! Carlee goes up and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up with Carlee and she hurries to cover, but Dempsey helps with the ropebreak! Kendall gets in their faces about it, and she T-BONES Myles!! The fans fire up seeing that! Carlee then O’Conner Rolls Wren! TWO!! Wren escapes, Dempsey breathes, but Carlee ghost pins! TWO, Wren CLUBS Carlee, but Carlee whips. Wren dodges in the corner, rolls Darlee, Dempsey holds her in place! Wren wins!

Winner: Wren Sinclair, by pinfall

Wren is all fired up, and she actually gets Dempsey to high-five her! Dempsey sighs, is he stuck with Wren until the end?

 

Hank ‘n’ Tank walk ‘n’ talk.

When it comes to “big flavor win,” that’s the Great American Bash being a two week event, on SyFy Network! That’s huge. Two huge shows. Wait, don’t say it if you don’t mean it, Hank. Oh he means it. Picture this: The bodacious belly boys bringing the honk honk to the party. Yeah, but how? Oh, Hank has ideas. Let’s walk. And then we see Axiom & Frazer still arguing. Frazer brings up Axiom tell him to “lock in,” so time to lock in! Axiom says he is, just like Frazer during his time. They still won, they were gold! Je’Von Evans hurries over and says hey, he heard they need a third. The Young OG is free tonight, so what’s the word?

Oh, well, that’s one thing they can agree. Je’Von is in! Je’Von goes to get geared up, and Axiom says see? Everything will be just fine. This team not only never slows down, they’re about to get bouncy~! Will Je’Von help the NXT Tag Team Champions be ready for the Rascalz?

 

Chase U talks backstage.

Andre Chase & Riley Osborne tell Duke Hudson there is no reason to hang his head in shame. Duke may have lost to Oba Femi, but there will be gold back in Chase U soon enough. Duke agrees, he hopes Thea Hail does better against Roxanne Perez than he did against Oba. Riley says less of that. Duke smashed it! He took Oba to the limit and made Chase U proud. Same as Thea will against Roxie, and as she will in this interview.

We turn to the TV in the room, and Thea sits with Kelly Kincaid. Oh, new Chase U merch? Ridge Holland steps in and says yes, new shirt for the new champ! And they’re available on WWE Shop already. Christmas in July! Oh, oh, here goes. Words from the future champ right here!

Kelly thanks Thea for sitting down with her. A year ago, at last year’s Great American Bash, Thea went for the women’s title against Tiffany Stratton. How will Thea handle this year’s opportunity differently? Thea says she feels like a year ago, Chase U would’ve thrown her a pep rally to boost her confidence. And now, she doesn’t need it. She’s grown a lot, and they trust her to do things on her own, and that’s cool. Speaking of Chase U, Ridge was a huge part in Thea being given this chance. How has having Ridge around been for Chase U? Ridge is a human, like all of us. People judged him because he isn’t perfect, and Thea saw herself in that.

And Ridge empowers Thea to be herself. She let him in as a friend, and because of that, Chase U learned to let Ridge in. And with that, Thea gained confidence in herself, and feels they all know her now. Kelly says yeah, this feels  like such a different side of Thea. For one, she’s very calm right now. There’s all this buzz going into the Bash, but what would winning mean to her? Thea isn’t trying to win the title for herself. She’s winning for Chase U, and for all the girls like her who were counted out or picked last. And while Thea’s only 20, last year, she was 19, facing Tiffany, the biggest mountain to climb. Now, Roxie is that seemingly impossible obstacle.

But Thea can’t control those things. She can only control herself. So while Roxie and the rest of the world is wondering what the NXT Women’s Division will look like in the near future, Thea is focused on becoming the NXT Women’s Champion! Thea is calm, cool and collected, but will she be the one to conquer the seemingly unstoppable Prodigy?

 

Trick Williams VS Cedric Alexander!

Trick asked for advice, advice was given, but it wasn’t the advice Trick wanted so he rejected it. As such, Cedric felt disrespected and here we are! Will Cedric just be the first of many wins Trick racks up to return to the top of NXT? Or will Cedric bring out that PRIME part of him that was once NXT Cruiserweight Champion?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans chant “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” and the two tie up. Trick puts Cedric in a corner, lets off, but then Cedric shoves him. Trick shoves back and fires up. The fans fire up and Cedric storms up. Cedric gets around to waistlock and SLAM! Cedric floats to a facelock, talks some trash, and gator rolls with Trick. Trick fights up, wrenches out and wristlocks. Cedric rolls, handsprings and wrenches to then wrangle Trick. Cedric talks more smack, but Trick fights up. Cedric wrenches and wrangles Trick again, slaps him around, but Trick rolls, kips up, and slips around to scoop and SLAM!

Trick paces, goes for legs, but Cedric kick shim away. Cedric gets around again but Trick arm-drags free. Cedric runs Trick over, keeps moving, but Trick hurdles then ELBOWS Cedric down! Cedric goes to ropes and the fans fire up. Trick is on Cedric in a corner to CHOP! Trick says he can do this all day. Cedric turns things around to CHOP! And CHOP! Trick puts Cedric in the corner to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! The fans fire up for Trick, he whips corner to corner, but Cedric goes up and over. Cedric backflips but Trick steps back, then goes for legs again. Cedric drags Trick into a victory roll, TWO!

Trick DROPKCIKS Cedric and the fans fire up. Cedric goes to ropes, Trick storms up and whips. Cedric handsprings and NEURALIZER KICKS! Trick tumbles tot he apron, Cedric goes to the corner. Cedric goes up and out to APRON STO! Trick writhes, Cedric brings him around, APRON BACK SUPLEX! Trick writhes more and NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and the forearms go back and forth! The fans rally, Cedric wobbles, but Cedric UPPERCUTS! DOUBLE LARIATS collide, then DOUBLE FOREARMS! Then DOUBLE BOOTS take both men down! The fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” while the two men stir. Trick and Cedric slowly rise up and find each other. Trick fires a haymaker, but Cedric UPPERCUTS! Trick HAYMAKERS, Cedric fires forearms! Cedric UPPERCUTS, runs, but Trick POP-UP UPPERCUTS! Cedric ducks the heel kick to SOBAT, KICK and ROCK Trick back! Cedric runs again, but into a FLAPJACK! The fans fire up with Trick, and he SPIN KICKS! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally as Trick storms around. Trick cartwheels to YANK Cedric up, but Cedric arm-drags to a cover, TWO! Cedric scoops, Trick slips free to waistlock. Cedric switches, Trick elbows free, then Trick runs. But into a scoop and MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! The fans fire up as Trick survives, but Cedric drags him up. Trick fights the suplex, wrenches and LEG LARIATS! And LEG LARIATS! Trick whips, Cedric reverses but Trick LEAPING LARIATS! The fans fire up as Trick roars! Trick runs in but Cedric slips outside. Cedric GAMANGIRIS, then steps in, but into a BOOKEND! Cover, TWO!!

Cedric survives but the fans are thunderous as Trick lets the hair down. Trick aims, Cedric stands, TRICK- NO, Cedric avoids the shot to roll Trick up! TWO, but Cedric KNEES Trick down! Then Cedric suplexes, ANARCHY! Cover, TWO! But into a short arm scissor! Trick clasps hands, fights around to stack, TWO! Cedric lets Trick go, then runs up, but into a BOOT! Trick runs up, TRICK SHOT!! Cover, Trick wins!

Winner: Trick Williams, by pinfall

A hard fought fight, and a hard fought victory for the former NXT Champion! But he also shows true respect to Cedric with a handshake. Trick wants back after All Ego and the title, will he have to put in even more work to- WAIT! Dunne attacks from behind!? The fans boo but the Bruiserweight shrugs. Dunne gets in the ring to BOOT Trick down, then DRAGON STOMPS away on him! The fans boo more, but Dunne lets off with one more STOMP! Dunne tells Trick he still hasn’t figured it out! Another STOMP, and Dunne stands over Trick. Another shrug from Dunne, is the former NXT UK Champion looking to take that title shot for his own?

 

Robert Stone and Stevie Turner argue.

Ethan Page walks over and asks if he can talk to Ava Raine. Stone says sorry, Stevie wasted all of Ava’s time because Stevie doesn’t shut up. Stevie says that’s a lie. What can Stevie do for the champ? Stone says to address him properly as THE NXT Champion. Ethan says he just wants to get rid of that pest, Oro. Yeah, don’t worry, they all saw Ethan beat Dante Chen and not the other part. Stevie, do not lie to the champion! Everyone watches NXT, so everyone knows what happened. The world is trending- The world!? Stevie tries not to laugh at Stone stepping in it, but Stone says Ethan should be grateful that he’s lucky to be champion.

Ethan is lucky to be champion? N-NO, they, uh… NXT is lucky that Ethan is their champion. Stevie says what Stone’s getting at is, could you just imagine if Oro Mensah was NXT Champion? Hypothetically. Stone will pass the word along that Ethan thanked Ava. Stevie will doubly pass it along. Ethan sighs and leaves, the assistants to the GM continue to argue, will anything even get done around here?

 

Kelani Jordan talks with prospects backstage.

One brings up Tatum Paxley’s post. She is using dolls to represent herself and… Kelani? And then Wendy Choo walks in from the other room… What is going on here? Kelani isn’t sure but she’s getting creeped out. Then Ashante hobbles in and the others help him walk. Is he going to be okay? Yeah, he’ll be aight. Ashante winks to the camera as he leaves with two ladies under his arms. One way or another, is Ashante gonna have some fun in NXT?

 

Sol Ruca & Karmen Petrovic VS Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson!

The Surfer and the Blackbelt were told they’d be “handled” by Meta Four, so here’s their chance! Will the Bougie Bully & Miss Jackson back up their talk with actions? Or will these “rookies” ride a wave of momentum right past them?

NXT returns, Meta Four has made their entrance, and the teams sort out. Karmen starts against Jakara, and Jakara DROPKCIKS at the bell! The fans are torn, but Karmen gets up in a huff. Jakara avoids the leg sweep, headlocks, but Karmen pries free to KICK low! Karmen whips Jakara hard to the corner, tags in Sol, and then Karmen snapmares Jakara to kick, KICK and Sol STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, ONE!! Jakara is tougher than that but Sol clamps on with a straitjacket stretch. Jakara endures, fights up, but Sol ripcords to kick low. Sol whips, Jakara ducks ‘n’ EDGE-O-MATIC! Cover, TWO!

Jakara drags Sol up to KNEE her low. Jakara RAMS Sol into the corner, tags Lash, and Lash stalks Sol. Lash waistlocks Sol, brings her up, but Sol standing switches. Lash switches back to shove Sol and POP-UP POWER- RANA! Sol has the cover, TWO! Lash escapes, takes as wing, but Sol gest around to waistlock. Lash RAMS Sol into buckles, ELBOWS her, then TOSSES her! Sol is on the apron, ROUNDHOUSES in return, and then slingshots to X-FACTOR! Tag to Karmen, and she gets a boost from Sol for a FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO! Karmen clamps onto Lash’s arm, tags Sol, and Sol brings Lash up.

Lash lifts Sol to throw her away! Sol comes back, ducks ‘n’ dodges, CROSSBODY into a BOOT! The fans fire up and Lash talks trash. Tag to Jakara, and Lash drags Sol up to feed into the corner. Jakara BOOTS Sol down, waves to the fans, then taunts Karmen before she runs to HIP ATTACK Sol! Sol pushes Jakara, Jakara comes back for the FACEBUSTER! Tag to Lash and she coordinates with Jakara. Jakara swings on Karmen but Karmen trips her up! Sol turns wheelbarrow into victory roll! TWO!! Sol SUPERKICKS Lash! Tag to Karmen and she runs up to RUONDHOUSE! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS take Jakara out!

Karmen & Sol DOUBLE SUPERKICK Lash! Cover, TWO!! Lash survives, Jakara YANKS Sol down! Jakara runs in, Karmen dodges to DECK her! Karmen ROCKS Lash, LARIATS Jakara, and the fans fire up! Karmen brings Lash up, KICKS Jakara and TORNADO DDTS Lash! Cover, Jakara breaks it! Sol runs in to TOSS Jakara, and handspring to headscissor. Karmen THRUST KICKS Jakara down! Sol then goes out to ASAI MOONSAULT! Down goes Miss Jackson and Karmen has Lash. Lash DECKS Karmen! Lash lifts Karmen, BOUGIE BUSTER! Cover, Lash & Jakara win!

Winners: Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson, by pinfall

The Meta Four just took Karmen down for three! And Lash pumps the brakes, SKRRR~! “Isla & Alba, you said you didn’t mind defending your WWE Women’s Tag Team titles anywhere, right? So how about you defend them against the brightest stars int he galaxy? Next week, at the Great American Bash!” Mic drop, will SyFy see the wicked witches take on Jackson & Legend?

 

Trick Williams talks with HBK!

Shawn Michaels tries to calm Trick down but Trick says he’s trying to get back to the NXT Championship. But best believe, if Pete Dunne drops him again, Trick’s gonna bust Pete’s ass! HBK says okay, he’s got this. Trick heads out, and then Roxanne Perez storms in! Why does Thea Hail get the special interview and not her?! Is it because Thea’s some scrappy little underdog? Roxie is sick of that sob story, and she’s sick of not getting what she deserves as champion! HBK says okay, but- Roxie storms off, and HBK has us go to break. Will he and Ava have to talk about all the chaos and drama going on around here?

 

Joe Hendry speaks.

After a recap of his great appearance last week, Hendry himself says, “With every passing week, more and more of the planet starts to believe. Believe in Joe Hendry. But becoming a social media sensation doesn’t just happen over night.” Hendry has been surprising his fans all across the world, their reactions being a big part of the buzz. Sure, Hendry’s popularity has really caught fire thanks to NXT, but he’s been doing this for 11 YEARS, just waiting for his time to shine. He always knew he had the kill and athleticism to succeed, but in 2024, how do you stand out? Easy: create an image that is impossible to escape.

Say his name and he appears…! Becoming the most talked about man in pro-wrestling has of course upset some people, such as Gallus, but don’t think that his sudden rise to fame was an accident. After putting in 10,000 plus hours mastering the ring, the studio, and social media, there is no one left on Planet Earth that hasn’t seen his turn to camera and smiling face. The public couldn’t get enough, and #IBelieveInJoeHendry soon took the fourth spot on the British music charts and beyond. The entire world is waving their arms from side to side with him, and it is his life’s work to become 250 pounds of inspiration.

So for the first time in NXT history, we will witness one of Hendry’s world famous live concerts. Bring your best singing voices and let’s remind the WWE Universe and beyond why you believe in Joe Hendry.

 

NXT Media catches up with Gallus.

The reporter asks what they feel about- Joe Coffey stops them there. He already knows, they wanna talk about Joe Hen- Mark stops his brother, They can’t say his name. But see, Gallus didn’t like that guy then, they don’t like him now, and Wolfgang adds that that Muppet needs “a right kicking” from the Gallus firm. So how’s about this, Joe? Next week, Coffey VS Hendry, Great American Bash! Mark spots a poster and says he isn’t so sure now. Joe Hendry, live in concert on NXT? Coffey is FURIOUS! No one wants to hear this garbage! Wait, who put all these posters on their car?! This fraud has done it now!

Cartoonish as Gallus’ reaction is, will they look to ruin everyone’s fun when Joe Hendry comes back to NXT?

 

Ethan Page returns to Ava’s office.

He wants to knock on the door but then spots a ref. Ethan calls the ref over and says refs represent law and order around here, right? So this whole thing with Oro, that doesn’t count, right? No, it wasn’t an official match, so technically it doesn’t. Ethan says good! He’s coming with Ethan. Ethan brings the ref along, but is he starting to unravel over this Oro issue?

 

Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn respond via tweets.

Isla says, “The Brightest Stars in the Galaxy are about to be dimmed. Lash and Jakara, consider your challenge accepted.” Alba adds, “See you ladies next week at The Bash.” The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are coming back to NXT, but will they be leaving still the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions?

 

Ethan and his ref are now ringside.

The fans boo but Ethan says they need to address this whole 1-2-3 business. What Oro did last week does NOT count, okay? It was NOT official, it is null and void! And for the record, let’s make this very, very clear: none of this bothers him! Even so, the fans chant “You Got Pinned!” Ethan says ignore them, they’re ignorant. Now, referee, as a licensed WWE official, when Oro attacked last week, was he or any of his colleagues here to make the count? The ref says, as he just said backstage, it was not a legitimate match so the count wasn’t official. SEE!? Ethan was right! He was RIGHT! No one was in the ring to count 1-2-3, so it doesn’t count~!

Honestly, refs are usually pains in the ass, but this guy’s alright. But then Oro runs in here! He rolls Ethan, the ref counts, Oro pins the champ!! Ethan is losing his mind but fans chant “ONE TWO THREE! ONE TWO THREE!” Will Ethan ever live this down? Or is there only one way for him to finally put this to rest?

 

The D’Angelo Family talks backstage.

And look who it is! The men of the hour! Tony didn’t think Charlie had it in him. Not so clean, is he? But Tony respects it. Don’t flatter Charlie, he still wants the Heritage Cup. Well, Tony is a generous man. The Olympics are coming up, so Tony will give the NQCC’s Olympian a shot. Who? Tavion? Yes, Tavion! Luca points out that Tavion represented our great country in the 2020 games. Greco-Roman wrestling, even got himself a few wins. Unlike the one who got whooped by that girl, Kendall. Myles is flustered, but Tony says see you next week, Tavion. Tavion says he definitely will. Will The Don check off another of the NQCC? Or is Tavion about to take the Cup to new heights?

 

Six Man Tag: The Rascalz VS Axiom, Nathan Frazer & Je’Von Evans!

Wes Lee, Zachary Wentz & Trey Miguel have reunited and it feels so good! A big win against Gallus last Tuesday, a big win over the No Quarter Catch Crew as part of TNA’s Slammiversary, this reunion tour is just getting started! Will it continue as we approach the Great American Bash? Or will the NXT Tag Team Champions & Young OG show just what #NeverSlowDown is all about?

NXT returns as Frazer & Axiom make their entrance, followed by Je’Von’s. The trios sort out and Axiom starts against Trey. They circle, tie up, and Axiom uses a chinbar to wrangle Trey. Trey fights up, wrenches, and headlocks back. Axiom flips up and over to facelock Trey. Axiom shifts to wrap Trey in a straitjacket but Trey fights up to arm-drag free. Things speed up, Trey catches Axiom with a reverse wheelbarrow and rolls him down, only for Axiom to kip up. Axiom arm-drags but Trey handsprings, only for Axiom to DROPKICK! The fans cheer, Axiom tags Frazer and whips Trey. Trey reverses but Axiom reels him in for an IRON OCTOPUS!

Frazer gets moving and he builds up a lot of speed, to DROPKICK Trey down! The fans fire up, Trey goes to a corner, but Frazer CHOPS! Frazer whips, Trey reverses but Frazer goes up and over and handsprings away. Trey runs up, sweeps the legs and basement dropkicks! Cover, ONE, but Trey brings Frazer up. Trey whips, Frazer reverses but Trey holds ropes. Zach tags in, Trey drop toeholds Frazer into a SUPERKICK! Zach sunset flips, Frazer rolls through, but Zach tags Wes. Trey atomic drops Frazer, Wes dropkicks a leg out, and Zach Last Chancery! Wes & Trey DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK!

The fans fire up while Frazer flounders away. But Je’Von tags in, and the fans rally for the Young OG as he circles with Wes. Wes whips, Je’Von reverses then hurdles. Wes front flips over Je’Von, sidesteps then hurdles, but Je’Von stops the monkey flip to stand Wes up. Je’Von springboards but Wes gets under! Je’Von ducks the knees, then BOUNCY RANAS! Wes tumbles and the fans fire up! Je’Von DROPKICKS Wes down and the fans fire up again. Je’Von drags Wes up, whips him to the corner, but Wes blocks! Wes CHOPS and fans “WOO~!” Wes brings Je’Von up but Je’Von ROCKS Wes!

Wes ROCKS Je’Von, Je’Von ROCKS Wes! The haymakers fly, Je’Von JUMP PUNCHES! The fans fire up, and Wes HEEL KICKS! Wes whips Je’Von to the RSCL corner, runs in, but Trey moves as Je’Von tosses Wes up and out! Wes ENZIGIRIS back, slingshots and DROPKICKS! Zach tags in, runs up, BRONCO BUSTER! Zach adds a few extra bounces for the bouncy Je’Von! Axiom storms in but Wes SUPERKICKS! Frazer storms in and dodges Wes. Wes blocks a kick but not the ENZIGIRI! Trey runs up but Frazer CHOPS! Trey kips up to ENZIGIRI! Axiom is up, he dodges Trey, but DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take them both out!

Zach checks his boys, but Je’Von rolls him up! TWO and Zach runs up. Je’Von dodges, comes back, Zach ducks so Je’Von FLIES out onto everyone else! The fans are thunderous and Zach is stunned! But then Zach goes up and up and ASAI MOONSAULTS onto Team NXT! The fans fire up with Zach, and NXT goes picture in picture.

The Rascalz regroup, drag Je’Von up and in, then bring him to the corner. Zach CHOPS, then runs up to UPPERCUT! Tag to Wes and he runs in to UPPERCUT! Wes tags Trey, then snapmares Je’Von so Tre can slingshot SENTON! Tag to Zach, he slingshot SENTONS! Tag to Wes and he slingshot KNEE-TONS! Cover, TWO! Je’Von toughs it out but Wes drags him up. Wes throws body shots, then whips Je’Von to ropes. Wes ELBOWS Je’Von down, covers, TWO! Wes keeps close to Je’Von, brings him around, and tags Zach. They bring Je’Von around, whip and DOUBLE ELBOW! Then they split the wishbone!

Je’Von sits up, MSK DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Zach keeps Je’Von down with a chinlock, but Je’Von endures the grind. NXT returns to single picture and the fans rally up. Je’Von fights but Zach leans on the hold. Je’Von stands, throws hands, but Zach CLUBS him down. Zach whips Je’Von to a corner, Je’Von goes up and over! Zach still BOOTS first! Zach goes up, leaps, CROSSBODY! But Je’Von rolls through! The bouncy turns into power, and he POWERSLAMS! Hot tag to Frazer, and he springboards to AX HANDLE! Then STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!

Frazer checks the count but the count was fair, so he brings Zach around. Frazer drops an elbow, tags Axiom, and Axiom stomps Zach. Axiom clamps on a chinlock, the fans rally up, and Axiom traps Zach in a cobra clutch. Zach endures, fights up, but Axiom whips him away. Zach ELBOWS Frazer, BOOTS Axiom, and hurries for his corner! Axiom waistlocks to anchor Zach, then slips on a SLEEPER! Axiom drags Zach down, the fans rally up, and Zach fights up. Zach pries the hold open to ELBOW BREAKER! But Axiom LARIATS! Tag to Frazer, GAMANGIRI! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Tag to Je’Von, TRIPLE SUPERKICKS take Zach down! Cover, TWO!!

Je’Von is frustrated but the fans rally up. Je’Von clamps on with a straitjacket stretch of his own, and Zach endures again. Zach fights up, pries the hold open, but Je’Von trips him by a leg! Zach hops up, but Je’Von ducks the enzigiri! Zach still UP KICKS! Axiom grabs a leg for an ANKLE LOCK! Zach hops up and rolls, and he sends Axiom into Je’Von! Frazer tags in, springboards, into a JUMP KNEE!! Zach and Frazer are down, and the fans rally up again! Zach and Frazer crawl, hot tags to Je’Von and Wes! Wes CLOBBERS Je’Von, CLOBBERS him again, and then sweeps the legs! Je’Von avoids the stomps but Wes fires a strike fest!

Wes snapmares Je’Von to DROPKICK! The fans fire up, Wes runs in and ROCKS Je’Von! And a SUPERKICK! GAMANGIRI! Tag to Trey, Axiom runs in, but Wes & Trey get him first! KICK after KICK, BUZZSAW and DOUBLE STOMP! Je’Von runs up, into a clinch! SCORPION KICK to LIGHTNING SPIRAL! Je’Von tumbles and hot tags Frazer! Frazer dodges Trey to waistlock, Trey elbows free and mule kicks a leg, to then BACKFLIP DROPKICK! The fans fire up and Trey tags Zach. Zach tags Wes, the Rascalz coordinate! Wes flips into the RSCL TRIPLE DROPKICK! Wes covers, TWO!! Frazer survives and Wes grits his teeth.

The fans rally for the “RAS~CALZ~!” Wes drags Frazer up but Frazer kicks him away. Wes storms back up, YANKS Frazer up, but Frazer lands on his feet to PELE! Hot tag to Je’Von, Trey also tags in. Je’Von springboards to FLYING LARIAT! Zach gets in, ducks a kick, but Je’Von HEEL KICKS and ENZIGIRIS! Wes returns, Je’Von dodges and NEURALIZER KICKS! The fans are thunderous and Je’Von runs at Trey. Trey ENZIGIRIS, SUPERKICKS and goes up to QUEBRADA! Je’Von gets clear to go up, up and OG CUTTER!! The fans are thunderous and Je’Von rises up! “This is Awesome!” as Je’Von finds Trey and aims.

Je’Von runs in, Trey BOOTS him, but Je’Von DROPKICKS! Trey is stuck up top, Frazer tags in and then tags Axiom. Axiom goes up to get Trey, for the SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Frazer goes up to PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, MSK BREAKS IT! The fans are thunderous as all six men are down! The teams regroup, but Frazer SUPERKICKS Zach! Wes ROLLING KICKS Frazer! Je’Von HEEL KICKS Wes! Zach springboards and FLYING CUTTERS Je’Von!! Axiom and Trey find each other, and the forearms start flying! The fans rally, Axiom ROCKS Trey! Trey dropkicks legs out and Wes tags in! Sunset flip, into a CATAPULT SUPERKICK!

Axiom falls back, Trey goes up, DOUBLE STOPM BACKBFREAKER! HANDPRING KICK takes out Axiom & Je’Von! Tag to Zach, for the FIRE AND FLAME PUSH-SAULT!! Wes then FLIES out onto Frazer & Je’Von while Zach covers, Rascalz win!!

Winners: The Rascalz, by pinfall

Another incredible win for the reunited Rascalz, and perhaps even bigger is that Zach just pinned one of the NXT Tag Team Champions! Could these must-see kids be fighting to get those tag titles back? All six men stand together in the ring, and they all shake hands in respect.

 

Ava Raine talks with a ref.

She knows a lot has been going on, but- In steps Ethan Page. And he says whatever this is, put a pin in it, because he is done! He needs Oro, wants Oro, in a match! Ava says hi, how are you, Ethan? But what changed his mind? Because he was very against this idea last week. What changed is he has had it up to HERE…! And someone like Ethan shouldn’t have to deal with something like this. Ethan wants to put an end to this, and he’ll even put the title on the line! Okay then! A contract will be drafted, they will sign it next week, so that on week two of the Great American Bash, it will be Ethan VS Oro for the NXT Championship. Ethan says good, but is he playing right into Oro’s hands?


My Thoughts:

Another great NXT, but also another jam packed episode. It also had go-home vibes given Great American Bash is the next two weeks. Eddy VS Lexis was good but rather quick, and with Lexis attacking Eddy after losing, we’re definitely escalating this towards something bigger. Very good promo from Chase U to help set up Thea’s interview promo, which was a good promo. Thea seemed a bit nervous about her lines, but maybe that was how she was supposed to sound. Roxie getting upset and complaining to HBK was a rather quick bit, but it doesn’t feel like Roxie is losing the title just yet. With the hype behind Stephanie Vaquer, it’s probably her beating Roxie at No Mercy.

Speaking of, good plug for Stephanie while also getting us to a tag match. Lash & Jakara get a good win off of Sol & Karmen, and I’m a little surprised Alba & Isla are going to give them the tag title match. At the same time, that makes GAB bigger so they might as well. Alba & Isla still have a segment with Bianca & Jade this Friday, that’ll surely set up a later title match, so I’m pretty sure Alba & Isla retain against Lash & Jakara. A little surprised we didn’t get any Fallon, Jacy & Jazmyn, but I’m sure we’ll get plenty of them the next couple weeks. Six Woman Tag of Fallon, Jacy & Jazmyn VS Sol, Karmen & Lola is definitely week two of GAB.

This story with Wren and NQCC is still really interesting, but at least Wren’s getting into the role of blackmailing Dempsey. And in some way, it is funny that Dempsey trying to do things like Tony D has backfired on him pretty bad. But I have a feeling Dempsey comes around and accepts Wren as a true member of NQCC, Wren can be their counterpart to Rizzo for some Mixed Tag type matches. And Tony VS Tavion next week will be some good stuff for the Heritage Cup, and I would think Tony retains. I just want him to finally win by knockout. That’s a thing allowed by the rules but they haven’t had the guts to do it.

Very good promo from Joe Hendry, and very entertaining stuff from Gallus, but having them both is a little redundant. Gallus helps us know Hendry is having a concert next week, but we already knew that after Hendry told us. I would’ve just done one or the other, go to next week with the concert, and then Gallus does something to motivate Joe VS Joe for week two. That No Disqualification match was awesome stuff, but Spears’ white chair was certainly a Chekhov’s Gun level foreshadowing. Not only was it going to come into play, Spears himself was going to show up and spur Jensen on. Spears and Jensen are all but officially working together now, things are going to get even more interesting from here.

And really good stuff tonight with this growing NXT Championship story. One more redundant detail here with Cedric and Ashante talking about Trick backstage then talking with him on stage, we could’ve just had only the stuff in the ring and we’d get the same story. Trick VS Cedric was a great match, but that first half was maybe a bit too fast for both of them. That backflip Trick “avoids” was really more a botch. But great win for Trick, and Dunne going after Trick was only a little shocking after how we’ve seen Dunne turn Heel on Raw. But Trick VS Dunne is still going to be awesome stuff.

Oro gets a good win off Ashante, and Ethan getting closer and closer to snapping was some good stuff. Ethan VS Oro is going to be some great stuff for GAB week 2, but I would think Ethan retains. Trick making his way back up to a rematch with Ethan might seem a bit obvious but it’s also logical. No Mercy can be Trick’s last chance, so that if he loses, Trick moves on to main roster. Just not sure which brand, though. Raw’s got a lot going on, and SmackDown does have Carmelo Hayes, but I’m not sure they’d restart Trick VS Melo as a feud over there…

My Score: 8.8/10


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