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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/19/24)

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

 The No Quarter Catch Crew is gonna keep you guessing!

Riley Osborne is after the NXT Heritage Cup, but he doesn’t know if it’s Charlie Dempsey, Drew Gulak, Damon Kemp or Myles Borne defending it! Will this be a #TeachableMoment for the young star of Chase U?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Roxanne Perez VS Tatum Paxley; Roxanne wins.
  • NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match Qualifier: Nathan Frazer & Axiom VS The No Quarter Catch Crew; Frazer & Axiom win and advance.
  • Sol Ruca VS Brinley Reece w Malik Blade & Edris Enofe; Sol wins.
  • NXT Heritage Cup Championship Catch Clause: ??? VS Riley Osborne w/ Chase U; Drew Gulak wins and retains the cup for the NQCC.
  • NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match Qualifier: The Good Brothers VS Hank ‘n’ Tank; The Good Brothers win and advance.
  • Trick Williams VS Noam Dar w/ The Meta Four; Trick wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Roxanne Perez VS Tatum Paxley!

The Prodigy no longer cares about anyone but herself, and about anything but winning. Will she continue to do whatever she wants on the Road to Stand & Deliver? Or will Tatum avenge Lyra Valkyria?

Tatum rushes down the ramp for her entrance, only for Roxie to DIVE onto her first! Roxie dribbles Tatum, whips, but Tatum reverses. Roxie stops herself, SMACKS Tatum off the apron, then puts Tatum in. The fans chant “Be! Aggressive! Be, be, aggressive!” while the bell rings. Roxie stomps away on Tatum at the ropes but the ref counts. Roxie CHOKES Tatum, lets off, and Tatum sputters to a corner. Roxie runs up, but Tatum RAMS her into the corner! Tatum fires off hands, the ref counts and Tatum lets off in frustration. Roxie bails out, but Tatum runs, only for Roxie to block the dropkick! Tatum kicks Roxie away, then headscissors to BOOT CLAP her!

Tatum puts Roxie back in, runs up, but slides under the lariat to DROPKICK! The fans fire up, Tatum runs up, but Roxie drop toeholds her into ropes! Roxie then wrenches, clinches, and ARMBAR DDTS! The fans are torn but Roxie puts the bad arm in ropes. Roxie pulls and thrashes the arm, but lets off as the ref counts. Tatum goes to a corner, Roxie storms up and she whips corner to corner. Roxie runs in to UPPERCUT while fans duel. Roxie wrenches, reels Tatum in, and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! Cover, TWO! Tatum stays in this but Roxie stays on her by dropping knees on the arm! Tatum writhes but Roxie stands on the bad arm, and then Tatum’s face!

The fans duel, Roxie drops knees on the arm again! Tatum shakes the arm out but Roxie steps over, CLUBS Tatum, then grabs the bad arm! Tatum endures as Roxie pulls on the arm, then Roxie YANKS it! Tatum writhes from that dark armbar, but Roxie pushes her to a cover, ONE!! Roxie hangs tough but Roxie clamps right onto the bad arm. Tatum endures as Roxie chinbars and armlocks. Tatum fights up, throws Roxie away, then runs up. Roxie wrenches but Tatum rolls her up! TWO!! Roxie gets up, swings, but Tatum counter punches! And counter punches again! But Roxie SOBATS, only for Tatum to JAWBREAKER!

The fans rally and duel, Tatum shakes out the bad arm, and she CLOBBERS Roxie with the good one! Then DROPKICK, EDDY GORDO KICK and ENZIGIRI! The fans fire up as Roxie staggers to a corner. Tatum runs in but Roxie dodges! The bad arm hits buckles, Roxie clinches, but Tatum fights the leg sweep into a SMASH off the knee! Pump handle, LIGHTNING SPIRAL! Cover, TWO!! The fans fire up as Roxie survives but Tatum underhooks! Roxie fights and the bad arm gives up! Roxie WRINGS that arm into buckles, then hops on! POP-ROX!! And CROSSFACE!! Tatum taps, Roxie wins!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

Roxie is still a prodigy, because she’s excelling at being ruthless! She then demands a mic, and she stands over Tatum as she says, “It’s been one week, and I’m not waiting any longer! Ava, make the decision you know you have to make. Get out here and give me the title that I deserve, that I never lost.” Roxie drops the mic and says she’s waiting. But wait, is that Lyra Valkyria?! Even with one good arm, the Morrigan is here and she fires off on Roxie! The fans fire up as Lyra fires forearms and knees! Tatum says wait, but Roxie shoves Lyra into Tatum! Then Roxie DECKS Lyra! The fans boo as Roxie rips the sling away to CLUB the arm! CROSSFACE!!!

The fans boo, refs rush out, but Roxie says that title is hers! Roxie lets Lyra go, holds up the belt, is she going to get it back one way or another?

 

The Meta Four talks backstage.

Jakara Jackson & Oro Mensah are hyping up Noam Dar, but Lash Legend looks to be all flustered. Dar says last week, Trick was smooth on the mic, but he attacked Meta Four from behind! Tonight, Supernova 11 is gonna be too smooth for the One Trick Pony. Dar cannot wait to get his hands on Trick. Lash blurts out that after that kiss last week, she can’t wait to get her hands on him, either. WHAT?! WHOA~! No, no, she means, uh… To beat him up! That’s it! But then The Alpha Academy steps in? Dar freaks out and calls for security given the last go-around with them!

Maxxine says relax, their business doesn’t concern them. Otis says to Lash that after last week, he is a little concerned. It shouldn’t. Well, Otis is a bit jelly of Trick Willy. No, no, Lash is not doing this again. She leads the way out. Maxxine says focus, guys. Tozawa says the locker room is this way. The Academy heads off, what is this newest return to NXT all about?

 

Lyra is in the trainer’s room.

The trainer working with her wants to check her but she insists she’s fine. Ava Raine walks in and asks, but Lyra again says she’s fine. Well, she is cleared as tolerated. Lyra says make the match. What match? You know the match. Lyra VS Roxie, Stand & Deliver, for the Women’s Championship. Well, if that’s what Lyra wants, then it is official. Lyra storms off, but is she only playing into Roxie’s hands?

 

Josh Briggs storms in outta nowhere!

He interrupts commentary because he has something to say! “Oba Femi is gonna come out here and talk about how he damn near put Brooks Jensen through the ring last week. Look, Brooks is a tough kid, he’s gonna bounce back, but uh… What pissed me off was Oba did it with a smile on his face the entire time. He wasn’t out here to hunt and destroy, he was out here to wound! So Oba, what don’t you come on out here and try to put me through the ring?” The Ruler makes his entrance, and he chuckles as he tells Josh, “I’m surprised you didn’t enjoy my title defense from last week.

“But you do have a point, though. I relish the idea of testing a man’s limits. I relish the idea of pushing a man to the edge. Because when I step through those rings, when I step through the ropes, there’s no place for emotion. The only thing that matters is results! And my results speak volumes.” He holds up the North American Championship and the fans applaud. Oba then steps up to Briggs and says Briggs is a man of courage, we will give him that. Briggs says look at Oba. He walks around here with so much confidence. Oba walks around thinking he’s the badass man here. But just like everyone else, Oba ends up meeting someone just a little bit tougher.

So allow Briggs to reintroduce himself: He is Josh Briggs, he is the Man of Mayhem, and this is where he throws hands! So Oba, how about we do this: put the North American title on the line, and let’s see who falls off the edge first. Oba tells Briggs, “Don’t say I didn’t warn you.” But wait! DIJAK makes his way out here! Fans boo but Hard Justice tells everyone to wait a second as he joins them in the ring. Dijak takes his sunglasses off to look the title over. Then he says, “Oba Femi. The Man of Destiny. Must not be the Man of Memory, though, because last week I told you when you’re down playing around, I’ll be the man waiting for you.

“So champ, here I am.” So either Oba forgot or is ducking Dijak. Briggs speaks up, and says if Dijak wants to play Shaft, go play it somewhere else. This is between Briggs and Oba. Dijak asks if Briggs just called him Wannabe Shaft. Bingo! Like, Samuel L. Jackson? Yeah, the very one. Uh, Briggs, Dijak isn’t sure if you can tell, but Dijak’s White. The fans laugh at that, but Dijak says this isn’t even about him and Briggs, so Briggs can go on ‘n’ git lost, this is about Dijak and Oba. Oba says no no, this isn’t about either of you two. When it comes to this title, there is Oba, and then everyone else. Oba goes to leave, Dijak turns him around, but Briggs shoves Dijak into Oba!

Dijak runs up on Briggs but Oba DECKS him first! Oba then dodges Briggs to clothesline him out of the ring! But Briggs lands on his feet! Dijak runs back up, Oba gets around to back suplex, but Dijak lands on his feet! Refs rush out to keep this from getting any wilder! Is it going to be a big meaty match for the North American Championship at Stand & Deliver?

 

Shawn Spears is watching.

The Chair Man likes what he sees. “There it is in its purest form. Pride always comes before the fall. The downfall of a man and his ego. Tch, tch, tch. It’s such a shame.” Spears leaves, and Gacy pokes out his head! “Or is it?” From one strange man to another, is the Perfect 10 about to have an encounter with the broken one?

 

NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match Qualifier: Nathan Frazer & Axiom VS The No Quarter Catch Crew!

The Jersey Island Rocket is all about Hard-Hitting Home Truths while the Undeniable Truth is all about the numbers. And the truth is, there’s a dozen possibilities for this match-up, will Frazer & Axiom be ready for whatever combination is thrown at them? Or will there be too many variables for them to keep up with?

NXT returns and the NQCC makes their entrance. Dempsey holds onto the NXT Heritage Cup since he’s the one who won it, but is that a telltale sign he’s sitting this one out? The teams sort out and turns out, Dempsey and Myles Borne are the competitors! Axiom starts against Dempsey, they tie up, and Dempsey wrenches an arm to arm-drag and double wristlock. Axiom rolls, wrenches, and wrangles Dempsey to have the wristlock. Fans taunt “Baby Regal!” as he rolls and slips around to wrench, but Axiom rolls right through! The two reset, tie up, and Axiom waistlocks. Axiom spins Dempsey, snapmares, and chinlocks, only for Dempsey to slip free and wrench an arm.

Dempsey wristlocks and stretches the arm but Axiom rolls. Dempsey headlocks, Axiom powers up, and Frazer tags in. Axiom CLUBS Dempsey, then runs, but Dempsey blocks the Penalty Kick! Only for Frazer to ENZIGIRI! Axiom adds a basement dropkick, Frazer covers, TWO! Frazer headlocks to keep Dempsey from Myles. Dempsey powers up but Frazer hits the flying takeover! Dempsey kicks around, fights up, and back suplexes. Frazer lands on his feet but Myles tags in. Frazer runs, redirects, and redirects again to DROPKICK Myles, then arm-drag him around! Frazer has the cording hold but Myles fights around.

Myles reaches out but Frazer grinds the arm. Tag to Axiom, they whip and KICK Myles, then Frazer clotheslines Myles up and out! The fans rally up as Frazer builds speed, but Dempsey catches him to a SLEEPR! Axiom GAMANGIRIS Dempsey, then DIVES onto Myles! Frazer DIVES onto Dempsey! Axiom keeps going, another DIVE on Myles! Frazer DIVES on Dempsey again! The fans fire up as Axiom puts Myles back in. DIVING CROSSBODY! But Myles rolls through! Dempsey tags in, Myles swings and- NO, Axiom DDT counters the slam! Then he wheelbarrows Dempsey, but Dempsey stops the victory roll to WHEELBARROW GERMAN!

The fans fire up as Axiom flops out of the ring! Dempsey roars, Kemp & Gulak taunt Axiom, but the ref wants them to stay back. Myles pushes Axiom in as NXT goes picture in picture.

Dempsey fires forearms on Axiom, then UPPERCUTS him down! Dempsey kicks and KNEES Axiom around, then drags him up. Dempsey reels Axiom in for a swinging BACKBREAKER! Axiom writhes, Dempsey covers, TWO! Dempsey KNEES Axiom in the back, brings him around, and BRIDGING ARM-DRAGS him into the buckles! Myles tags in, Dempsey UPPERCUTS Axiom and Myles ROCKS him with a haymaker. UPPERCUT, HAYMAKER, repeat! They pinball Axiom, then Myles hits a BIG back suplex! Myles stomps Axiom, then whips him back into the NQCC corner. Axiom bounces off buckles, Dempsey tags in.

Myles stands Axiom up for Dempsey to GUT WRENCH PLEX! Dempsey half nelsons into the cover, TWO! Dempsey keeps on Axiom with a clinch, then whips him to the corner. Axioms tops himself to DECK Myles, but Dempsey DECKS Axiom! Dempsey stands on Axiom, tags him in, and Myles stomps Axiom. Myles ROCKS Axiom, Axiom kicks low and CHOPS! Myles DROPKICKS in return! Myles KNEES Axiom in the back, whips him into the corner hard, and Axiom falls back again. Dempsey tags back in, he drags Axiom back up, and UPPERCUTS him to ropes. Dempsey forearms but Axiom kicks low! And kicks again!

Dempsey blocks a kick to FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Dempsey wasn’t quite perfect and he’s frustrated. Dempsey drags Axiom up, UPPERCUTS again, then tags in Myles. Myles stomps a mudhole into Axiom, then digs his boots in! The ref counts, Myles lets off and he tags Dempsey. Myles hands Axiom off for Dempsey to whip and ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Dempsey keeps Axiom away from Frazer but Axiom fires a forearm! Dempsey CHOPS Axiom down! Cover, TWO! Dempsey whips Axiom as NXT returns to single picture, but Axiom BLASTS Myles off the apron! Then he BOOTS Dempsey!

Axiom goes up, leaps, but Dempsey catches him for the FALL AWAY BRIDGE! Cover, TWO!! Axiom escapes but Dempsey brings him up again. Dempsey clamps on a SLEEPER! The fans rally, Axiom fights up, and Axiom pries the hold open. ELBOW BREAKER and CHOP! Dempsey ROCKS Axiom, Axiom CHOPS again! They CHOP and CHOP, and Dempsey CHPOS, CHOPS and- CROSS COUNTER from Axiom! Hot tag to Frazer! Myles tags in, but Frazer springboards to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Then he CHOPS Myles on ropes, whips, but Myles reverses! Frazer ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS Myles!

Frazer then wrenches Myles for ANARCHY! And then the RUNNING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!! Myles survives but Frazer drags him to a drop zone. The fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” as Frazer climbs. PHOENIX- NO, Frazer rolls through as Myles moves. Frazer runs back in, Myles pops him to the apron, but Frazer ROCKS Myles! And SUPERKICKS Dempsey! Frazer springboards, into a SNAP POWERSLAM! That looks familiar! Cover, TWO!! Myles is frustrated but he drags Frazer up. Myles scoops to swing and SPINNING POWERSLAM!! Cover, Axiom URENAGES Dempsey onto it!

The fans are thunderous as all four men are down! “This is Awesome!” as Dempsey and Axiom bail out. Frazer gets Myles up top, tags Axiom, and they DOUBLE GIRI! Then Axiom tags Frazer back in before he climbs up. Axiom has Myles for a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Frazer is up top for the PHOENIX SPLASH!! Axiom GOLDEN RATIOS Dempsey!! Cover, Axiom & Frazer win!!

Winners: Axiom & Nathan Frazer, by pinfall (advance to the #1 contenders match)

Speed kills, and it was more than the NQCC’s skills could handle! They join the LWO in the Triple Threat, and there’s one spot left! Who joins this already fast ‘n’ furious battle to Stand & Deliver?

 

NXT Anonymous is watching.

The prying eyes watch as Robert Stone argues with Von Wagner. Stone says he doesn’t get it, and Von asks what does Stone mean. Stone asks what the hell was all that, where Von carried him outta the arena like he was a child! Von wants Stone to slow down. He did what Stone wanted him to do! Stone says he did that for his family, his kids, and sure, he didn’t win, but at least he went down like a man. Von carried him away like his little baby! Von didn’t mean to upset him, but what was he supposed to do? Let King drop Stone on his neck again and again? Von isn’t trying to embarrass Stone, but he can make this right.

Stone says he doesn’t care what Von does! Do whatever you want! Stone storms off, but is there anything Von can do to make this right?

 

Backstage interview with Baron Corbin & Bron Breakker.

Kelly Kincaid is with the Wolf Dogs and says we know two of the teams in the Triple Threat #1 contenders match, and Corbin says that we do. Tonight, we will find out the third. Will it be The OC? Or will it be Hank ‘n’ Tank? He’s ready for that, is Bron ready for that? Bron says Corbin kinda cut Kelly off, though. Oh, don’t start with him, they just got here. Bron sighs and says Corbin is just grumpy that he had to pay for dinner last night. Time out, time out. If someone were to say, “Hey, let’s go to dinner, I got this,” doesn’t that mean they’re paying? Instead of getting up and going to the bathroom when the check comes.

Bron says when a dog’s gotta go, he goes. Don’t say it like that. But then in walks the Academy! Otis says “Oh yeah~, my dove, Corbs has a point.” See? Corbin likes Otis. But then Otis asks why they weren’t included in this whole tag team eliminator thing. Never mind, Corbin no longer likes Otis. Bron says that wasn’t up to them, but Tozawa says, “Master Gable sent us to represent The Alpha Academy. A thank yew~!” Corbin says, A TOO LATE~! Maxxine says they weren’t looking for a handout. They will earn their spot. So how about next week, if “Otise” and Tozawa beat the champs, they get in on the tag title match.

Bron & Corbin talk it over, and Corbin says he gets why The Academy’s back. Just like the OC, they’re creating their own opportunities. Bron accepts, so they have the match. But now they’ve gotta pay for it. Tozawa says next week, they will do whatever it takes to Stand & Deliver. Otis promises the Wolf Dogs “pure carnage,” and it’ll be fun. Bron says it won’t be fun. Tozawa & Otis are incredible athletes, but next week, the results will be the same: Spear, End of Days, it is over. Just like all your hopes and dreams of holding these titles. The Wolf Dogs head out, will they send Otis & Tozawa packing back to Raw?

 

Sol Ruca VS Brinley Reece w/ Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

The Soul Surfer is back in action and looking to ride that wave to the top! But will it be so easy to get back in the swing of things? Or will she learn a lot from #BrinEnergy?

NXT returns and Brin makes her entrance, Malik & Edris by her side. They even hype her up as she does push-ups. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Sol waistlocks and SLAMS Brin, then facelocks. Brin fights up, wrenches out, and WRINGS Sol, but Sol flips through! Sol drop toeholds, floats to a facelock, then brings Brin up again. Sol snapmares but Brin handsprings through! Brin headlocks, grinds, but Sol fights up. Brin thrashes the hold, but Sol powers up, only for Brin to hold on tighter! Sol fights up again, wrenches the hold open, then headlocks in return. Brin powers up and out, things speed up, and Brin hurdles!

Sol leaps over, dodges Brin, then blows past her! Brin hip tosses but Sol handsprings through to X-FACTOR! Cover, TWO! Sol clamps on with a chinlock but Brin fights around. Brin fights up, reaches out, and the fans rally. Sol thrashes Brin, brings her down, and grinds her into the mat. Sol has an arm, it’s almost a cobra clutch now. Brin still endures, fights back up, and the fans rally. Sol ripcords but Brin rolls her up! TWO, and Sol SUPERKICKS! Brin comes back to LARIAT! The fans rally, Brin LARIATS again and again, then scoops to SLAM! Brin runs to handspring and LARIAT! Brin pumps up then fireman’s carries!

Sol fights free, goes to a corner, but Brin runs in. Sol stops the monkey flip to put Brin up top and CHOP! Sol then wrenches to ICONOCLASM! Brin writhes and flounders away and the fans fire up. Sol runs to rally with big shoulder tackles! Then a BACKBREAKER, mule kick, and BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! The fans fire up, Brin stands, but into Sol’s scoop! Brin slips free, shoves Sol to a corner, then runs in, Sol POSTS Brin, then runs up, SOL SNATCHER!! Cover, Sol wins!

Winner: Sol Ruca, by pinfall

Malik & Edris are bummed that Brin goes down, but Sol is back on track! Will she be riding that wave- BLAIR ATTACKS!! The fans boo as Blair KAMI-GOYES Sol down! The Ichiban Gaijin gets payback on Sol’s payback, what will it take for these two to settle the score?

 

Gigi Dolin talks with Wren Sinclair backstage.

They both can’t believe what happened last week. They’ve seen some things, but nothing quite like that. Well, for starters, Arianna Grace hit her down there! Like, ow! Second, Gigi wasn’t afraid to get Grace back, but of course Gigi’s luck, the ref sees it when she does it. Grace walks in and says yes, he did. She loves the oh so elegant phrase, “The referee’s decision is final.” See, Gigi, your actions were intentional. Hers were accidental. Oh, sure. But now, Grace must bear the responsibility of bringing out the “true lady” deep within Gigi! It won’t be easy, but it will be ten times worth the reward!

Gigi tells Grace that she cheated. Giorgina, not now! There’s so much work to be done! Grace gets a little box and brings outs a gift. It is a sash that reads, “Ms. NXT in Training.” From here on, Gigi shall wear this! Just look at her! Seriously…? Okay, now smile, they are gonna get the before photo. Yes, good, good. Gigi sighs, just what is Grace going to put her through for this makeover?

 

Ridge Holland speaks.

It was via his Instagram that the Yorkshire Grit posted a video message. “It’s pretty obvious that this effort to improve myself and effort to redeem myself here in NXT is not going the way that I’d hoped. And the result against Shawn Spears last week proves that. I need to be honest with myself. So… I’m just gonna do what everyone wants me to do.” Ridge sighs, but just what is it he’s going to do?

 

The D’Angelo Family is here!

Tony D’Angelo leads the way for Channing Lorenzo, Adriana Rizzo & Luca Crusifino as he goes to the ring. The Don is handed a mic, and he says two weeks from this Saturday will be the biggest Stand & Deliver of all time. And he will get his opportunity at the NXT Championship. “Now as The Don, timing is an ultimate premium. And right now, The D’Angelo Family is in a booming period of strength and aggressive expansion.” Tony brought in Luca because in that big brain of his, he has a law degree, and a sociology degree from Duquesne University. The fans applaud that. Now joining along Rizzo & Stacks is a man who will bring wisdom to match the muscle.

Ilja Dragunov knows that wisdom equals power. And The Don has immense power. And with that comes responsibility that trickles all the way down the rest of the family. So please put it together for the Consigliere, Luca Crusifino. The fans applaud, and Luca thanks The Don. It is Luca’s honor and he pledges his loyalty to The D’Angelo Family. Now that that’s over with, Tony addresses Ilja. “Mad Dragon. Unbeatable, unbreakable champion.” Tony has respect for Ilja, and for Ilja’s mother moving them out of Russia for a better life. That takes guts. Tony has even more respect for what Ilja is doing for his family.

But these past couple of weeks, Tony has shown Ilja and everybody that Tony D is the man who will break the unbreakable! So at Stand & Deliver- Ilja interrupts! He is on the tron and says he came to the restaurant for a conversation, and Tony goes and leaves him alone on a bridge with nothing but his own thoughts. Tony can feel the title within his grasp. He can smell it, taste it, sense it, but this title is one power beyond Tony’s reach. And now that Ilja understands how this is going to go until Stand & Deliver, Ilja wants Tony- No, no, no, Ilja, you got it all wrong. You have no idea what Tony can do. Ilja has no control!

See, there is so much space and opportunity between now and Philly on April 6th. In fact, Tony spoke with Ava, and now Ilja has a match with The Underboss. Stacks likes that, and Tony says he’ll see Ilja at Stand & Deliver. The real question is, what shape will Ilja be in when he gets there? That decision is completely up to Ilja, but Tony promises him, one wrong move and Ilja is gonna wish he never messed with Tony D! Stand & Deliver will be a burial! See you next week, kid. The Don silences the disruption, but is he only feeding Stacks to the Mad Dragon’s monstrous appetite?

 

Karmen Petrovic and Lola Vice have at it via TikTok.

The real-life Beatrix Kiddo says “Your hands can’t hit what your eyes can’t see. Who wants to kick it with me?” But then Lola snaps back with the text, “lmao your ninja turtle karate skills are hilarious,” and the audio of, “Aye, that’s so cute. Your kicks are basura!” Then she shows off firing off on a heavy bag. When and where will these two finally throw down and back up the talk?

 

Thea Hair finds Riley Osborne backstage.

She says hey, and knows he’s preparing for the Heritage Cup match, but she just wanted to apologize. Riley says she doesn’t need to but Thea says no, she has to say this. She wasn’t herself on their date, or herself the last couple of months. She is just trying to figure out who Thea is, was, wants to be, who knows. Growing up is hard. Yeah, you don’t need to tell Riley, he gets it. But Thea just hopes they can still be friends. That goes without saying! He’s just happy the real Thea is back. They high-five and Riley heads out. Then Duke & Andre Chase step in. They commend Thea for that, but then Riley calls to them. Aren’t they coming? Oh, right!

Chase U follows Riley through gorilla to be his corner team. Will this match be made a little easier after seeing Dempsey & Myles take a hard loss to Axiom & Frazer? Or will whoever steps in for the NQCC still have enough juice to keep the Cup?

NXT Heritage Cup Championship Catch Clause: ??? VS Riley Osborne w/ Chase U!

NXT returns as the No Quarter Catch Crew returns. And again, given Dempsey already battled earlier tonight, it is Drew Gulak stepping up to defend the Cup. The bell rings to start round one, and the two tie right up. They go around, Gulak wrenches and wristlocks, but Riley rolls, handsprings, wrenches and WRINGS Gulak! Gulak gets up and Riley grins as the two go again. Gulak wrenches, wristlocks, but Riley rolls, spins, wrenches and wrangles Gulak. The fans cheer but Gulak fights up. Gulak slips through to wrench, then he spins Riley to wrangle him. Riley kips up, goes up and over, then runs, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

Gulak runs up but Riley arm-drags him down! Riley has the cording hold but Gulak fights to his feet. Riley wrenches, cording holds, but Gulak powers Riley to ropes. Gulak whips, Riley blocks hip toss but then so does Gulak! Gulak cording holds but Riley goes to hip toss. Gulak throws Riley down and still has the cording hold. Riley fights up, slips up and around but is still stuck in the cording hold. So Riley backflips free! They knuckle lock, go shoulder to shoulder, then Riley MONKEY FLIPS! Riley rolls back, Gulak leg guards to MONKEY FLIP in return! They roll again, Riley goes up and flips to arm-drag!

We’re at one minute as Riley ROCKS Gulak to a corner. Riley UPPERCUTS, then follows Gulak to another corner, Gulak ROCKS Riley, then CHOPS him! Gulak whips Riley to a corner, but runs into an elbow! Riley uses ropes to get up for a KNEE! Then Riley goes way up, SHOOTING STAR! Cover, Riley scores!

Gulak: 0; Riley: 1

And the crucial first fall goes to the challenger! NQCC tells Gulak to focus, Chase U tells Riley to do this one round at a time. The second round begins and the two run up, only for Gulak to bail out! The fans boo but Duke asks where Gulak thinks he’s going. Riley then FOSBURY FLOPS out onto Gulak! The fans fire up and Riley hurries to get Gulak in! Riley goes up the corner, leaps, and CROSSBODIES! But Gulak rolls it through to a cover! TWO, and Riley DROPKICKS! Riley STANDING MARIPOSAS! Cover, TWO! Gulak stays in this but Riley stays on him. Riley whips, Gulak reverses but Riley goes up and FLYING SUNSETS! TWO and Gulak stacks! TWO!

Both men get up to their feet, Riley whips but Gulak reverses. Gulak drops, then runs crisscross. Riley drops, hurdles but into a sunset! Gulak scores!!

Gulak: 1; Riley: 1

It’s all tied up, and then Gulak DECKS Riley for the hell of it! The fans boo, Chase U wants after NQCC and the ref gets in between them all! Gulak gets away with one but now it’s all about the final fall! We see if Riley can rebound after the break.

NXT returns again and round three is not only under way, but we’re under one minute left! Riley endures Gulak’s neckbreaker stretch, and the fans rally up. Riley pries at the grip, spins Gulak around but Gulak back suplexes! Riley lands out, waistlocks, but Gulak bucks the O’Conner! Only to turn around into an ENZIGIRI! Gulak falls, Riley hurries, but we have 20 seconds! SENTON onto knees! Gulak gets the dragon sleeper, and the GuLOCK! Under ten seconds, Riley just has to endure! Saved by the bell!

Gulak: 1; Riley: 1

Wait, what’re Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx doing here? They don’t even like Chase U! Are they just here to be trolls? The ref gets Gulak to let go, and Mr. Chase helps Riley to the corner. Riley refreshes while NQCC tell Gulak to keep it up. The fourth round begins, Gulak runs up but Riley gets around. Gulak switches, O’Conners, then has the GU- NO, Riley rolls to a cover! TWO!! Gulak runs up again but into BOOTS, then the SOMERSAULT SPIKE-RANA!! Cover, TWO!! Gulak sunset flips, TWO!! Riley stacks, ONE, Gulak sunset flips, TWO! Both men stand, Gulak trips Riley to jackknife bridge! TWO as Riley bridges up in time!

Gulak fights the backslide, the fans rally up, and Gulak hooks Riley now. Riley fights the backslide and hooks Gulak! Gulak resists, flips Riley up an dover then reels him in, but Riley cradle counters! TWO!! Gulak escapes, but Riley CHOPS! Gulak rebounds to LARIAT! Riley flounders and we reach 90 seconds. Gulak snarls, winds up, and runs in, but Riley forearms first! Riley turns things around, puts Gulak up top, and the fans are behind him as he climbs! Jacy mockingly cheers as Riley fires forearm after forearm. But Gulak throws body shots! Thea wants after Jacy but Duke holds her back! We’re under one minute, Jacy runs into the ring!

Thea wants after Jacy, the ref stops them both, but this makes him miss JAZMYN tripping Riley! Superplex becomes crossbody!! Cover, Gulak wins!!

Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall (still NXT Heritage Cup Champion)

The NQCC get an assist from the toxic mean girls, but they’ll take it! Will Thea rip Jacy & Jazmyn apart for being such massive pains in the ass?

 

Fallon Henley finds Brooks Jensen on his way out.

She calls to him but he doesn’t hear her. Or maybe ignores her? She pulls at his arm and he asks what she wants. She just wants to make sure he’s okay. Where is he going? Jensen says he is done. He is sick of everything here. She says not to be like that, but he says really? Don’t be like that? If anything, she should forget about him! Things are going great for her, and great for Briggs, but life for Jensen…! He doesn’t know what he wants, but it sure as hell ain’t here. Jensen storms off, and now Kelani Jordan storms in! She wants to know where Kiana James & Izzi Dame are! They will regret ever putting their hands on her, she knows they’re the ones who attacked last week!

Fallon has Kelani slow down. There is two of them and one of her, and how’d that go last time? Good point. Kelani says it was good Fallon had Thea’s back. But what goes around comes around. Fallon asks how she can help, and the two head inside. Will the Cowgirl and the Gym Princess make Kiana & Izzi pay for what they did, with interest?

 

Ava Raine finishes a phone call.

She confirms, next week is Wolf Dogs VS Alpha Academy with the Stand & Deliver tag title match in the balance. Thea can be heard saying she is so upset right now, then she and Duke step in. Thea says Jacy & Jazmyn literally cost Riley that match, those two little…! Ava agrees, that was wrong. Jazmyn is gonna have her first match next week because of it. Duke says that sounds more like a reward. Ava says it’ll be against Thea. Oh sweet! Thank you, thank you! Thea hurries off, ready to rip into Jazmyn! Duke also thanks Ava, but then Ava says she actually wants to talk. She’s had her eye on him, and a few others.

Ava has decided that Duke is going to be in action next week. And if he is successful, he might end up in the North American Championship picture come Stand & Deliver. Hmm, the MVP of Chase U, at SND. “Sounds good to me.” Ava says good, and Duke heads out. Just what is the NXT General Manager cooking?

 

NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match Qualifier: The Good Brothers VS Hank ‘n’ Tank!

Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows want after those NXT Tag Team Championships, and that means they gotta Stand & Deliver! Will next week’s Triple Threat get Just Too Sweet? Or will Walker & Ledger take the ball and run it in for a touchdown instead?

NXT returns and Hank ‘n’ Tank are already brawling with The Good Brothers! The fans fire up and the ref has the bell ring so this is on record! Tank clotheslines Gallows out, then Hank clotheslines Karl out! Hank ‘n’ Tank goe to the ropes to DOUBLE IMPLODER SPLASH! The fans fire up with the grid iron boys! Tank puts the Machinegun in, then storms up to JAB and whip. Tank UPPERCUTS Karl down, then fires back up! Tank storms after Karl but Karl mule kicks hard! Tank goes to an open corner, Karl runs up, but into an elbow! Tank headlocks but Karl powers out. Hank tags in, sneaks up on Karl and pick shim up to SMACK him off buckles!

Tank then scoops Karl for the SIDEWALK SLAM! Hank BLASTS Gallows, he and Tank say fire in the hole! DOUBLE SPLASH SANDWICH! The fans fire up with the “MEAT! MEAT!” Hank throws body shots on Karl, then whips him corner to corner. Hank runs in to SPLASH, then he pushes Karl down for a cover. TWO, but Hank stays on Karl with a facelock. Hank whips Karl to a corner, runs up and fires more body shots. Hank kicks low, then brings Karl around. Hank suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Karl kicks back, tags Gallows, and Big LG swings, only for Hank to counter punch over and over!

Gallows CHOPS Hank, CHOPS him again, then whips him to the corner. Gallows runs in but into a BOOT! Hank hurries up and the fans fire up, but Karl distracts Hank! Gallows UPPERCUTS Hank to the floor! Tank hurries to check on his guy but the fans chant “Too Sweet! WOOP WOOP!” Gallows goes out to then SMACK Hank off barriers! And SMACK him off the apron! Gallows puts Hank in, stalks him, and then runs to BOOT him down! Gallows rains down fists on Hank, then throws a body shot! Gallows drags Hank up, bumps him off buckles, and then throws some body shots in return for earlier. UPPERCUT, then a short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Hank is hanging in there, but he’s also got some blood in his mouth. Tag to Anders and the Good Brothers mug Hank. Karl brings Hank around but Hank throws body shots! Karl UPPERCUTS, has Hank on ropes, and then whips him to the corner hard! Hank sputters as he drops to his knee, but Karl stomps him down! Karl stomps a mudhole in but the ref counts. Karl lets off, soaks up the cheers and jeers, but Tank coaches Hank up. Karl drags Hank up, tags Gallows, and they mug Hank some more. Gallows HEADBUTTS Hank, then UPPERCUTS him! Hank wobbles and staggers but Gallows fires knees. Hank fires body shots but Gallows powers him to the corner.

Tag to Karl, the mugging continues. Snapmare and chinlock, and Karl grinds Hank down. The fans rally as Hank endures and reaches out. Hank throws elbows and haymakers but Karl keeps him from Tank! Hank still tries, he’s fingertips away, but then he breaks fere and ENZIGIRIS! The fans fire up but Gallows tags in! Gallows keeps Hank from Tank, but Hank breaks free to HEADBUTT! Both men staggers back, hot tags to Karl and Tank! Tank rallies on the Good Brothers! Big clotheslines then an atomic drop for Karl! Tank goes up, tags Hank, and FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES Karl!

The fans fire up as Hank feeds Karl to the pop-up, that then sends Karl into the BIG back suplex! The fans fire up but Gallows CLOBBERS the cover! Tank fires hands on Gallows, then he and Hank double whip. They dodge Gallows’ double clotheslines to run and DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Gallows falls, the fans fire up, and Hank tags Tank back in! Tank gets Karl, scoops him, but Gallows drags Hank out! Karl puts Tank in a corner, Gallows DECKS Hank! Gallows RAMS Hank into steel steps! Karl SPINEBUSTERS Tank, then tags in Gallows! They get Tank back up, for the MAGIC KILLER! Cover, Good Brothers win!

Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall (advance to the #1 contenders match)

And with that, the Triple Threat is set! Good Brothers, LWO or Frazer & Axiom, who will Stand & Deliver?

 

Backstage interview with Trick Williams.

Kelly is with Trick to say he made a huge return two weeks ago, and had a viral moment just last week. He’s on fire! Trick says oh, you saw that? Let’s talk about it. Well, does he have any other thoughts about his match at Vengeance Day, when his best friend turned on him? Trick says he’s traveling light these days. He’s making his own decisions, but that’s how he wants it. Tonight, he’s got Noam Dar. Dar’s a bad boy, but he ain’t going far. He can have the whole Meta Four gang, that’s cool. But Trick’ll be sticking, moving and look good while he does it. You feel him? Kelly says yes, but she does note that Carmelo Hayes is somewhere in the building.

Trick knows. And he tells Melo that he’s glad Melo’s here. If Melo shows his face, Trick will whoop dat ass. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gonna be. Trick hears the Meta Four theme starting, so he gets going. Will he prove to Supernova 11 that he isn’t a one trick pony but THE Trick?

 

NXT Media catches up with Roxanne Perez.

They ask her what her thoughts are on the women’s title match for Stand & Deliver. Roxie says if Lyra isn’t gonna do the “right thing” and just hand her the title, then Roxie will gladly rip it out of her hands. Now get outta her face. Roxie leaves for the night, but will she own the night in Philadelphia?

 

Kiana James & Izzi Dame come across Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx.

They all say hey, and Kiana says that was the energy they like to see out there. Jazmyn’s really getting the hang of this. Thanks. Izzi asks if they saw Thea’s face last week. “I thought we were friends~!” HAH! And after everything Jacy did for her! She took the toddler under her wing, made her into the “grown ass woman” she always wanted to be, and this is how she repays Jacy? Kiana knew there was still some toxicity in her. But Thea is a lost cause. Jacy put in the charity work, and what’d it turn into? Babysitting. Jazmyn says next week, she takes care of that cringeworthy brat. Just like Kiana & Izzi did to Kelani last week.

Jacy & Jazmyn head out, and Izzi laughs at Fallon trying to save the day and still taking the loss. Fallon is always trying to- ATTACK! The brawl is on and the refs rush in! Fallon & Kelani want their revenge, when and where will they get it?

 

Trick Williams VS Noam Dar w/ The Meta Four!

Trick is ready to finally settle things with HIM, but he has to get through the spotlight seeking Scottish Supernova first. Will Trick turn it up to 11 when he Whoops Dat Dar?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally, Trick dodges Dar to then scoop and SLAM! Then scoop and SLAM again! Dar staggers up into a third scoop and SLAM! The fans fire up and Trick brings Dar up again. Trick headlocks, Dar endures the grind and pops out the back. Dar headlocks, Trick powers out and they RAM shoulders. Both men talk trash and fire up, but Dar kicks, KICKS and runs, into the EDDY GORDO, but blocks it! Dar ANKLE LOCKS, but Trick rolls to throw Dar away! Dar comes back, waistlocks, but Trick switches. Dar fights the lift, throws elbows, then drops down to kick from below!

Dar throws Trick down, has the ARMBAR, but Trick clasps hands! Dar clubs the grip, Trick stacks Dar, TWO! Dar ROCKS Trick, runs, but into a DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Lash is flustered but Trick drags Dar up. Trick reels Dar in but Dar wrenches out to kick and BACKHAND! Dar then jumps on for a GUILLOTINE! Trick stays on his feet as Dar pulls on the hold! Trick powers up and RAMS Dar into buckles! Dar lets go, but then dodges the haymaker. Trick bobs ‘n’ weaves to avoid Dar’s hands, then JABS! JABS! And UPPERCUTS! The fans fire up and Trick stands Dar back up. Trick whips, Dar goes up and around to slide under!

Dar runs back in but Trick ROCKS him! Trick goes up, but Dar TRIPS him up! Trick flounders, Lash is concerned but Jakara snaps her out of it. Dar KICKS and KICKS and feints to sweep the legs! Dar runs side to side to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Dar grows frustrated, as does the Meta Four. But wait, we get a shot of Melo’s room. His guards say it’s time, is Melo gonna make his way out here? Dar kicks Trick around, brings him up, and wrenches an arm. Trick throws body shots, but Dar knees low! Dar flexes, the fans boo, but Dar whips. Trick blocks the whip and shakes his head! Trick whips Dar, Dar goes up and under agian!

Dar keeps moving, but into a POP-UP HAYMAKER! The fans fire up with Trick, but Dar scrambles out of the ring! Trick stays fired up and NXT goes picture in picture.

Trick waits on Dar, then blows a kiss to Lash. Trick nods, she knows what’s up. Trick fetches Dar, but Dar fights the suplex! Dar RAMS Trick into the apron, then ROCKS him! Dar flexes again, Oro mocks Trick, and Dar brings Trick around. But Trick SMACKS Dar off the apron! And SMACKS him off again! Trick puts Dar in, runs up, and BODY SHOTS! Then he wrenches, dragon sleepers, and INVERTED SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Dar is still in this, and Lash is still conflicted. Dar goes to an apron, Trick storms out after him, and Trick fires hands! Trick clinches but Dar holds ropes to resist!

Dar throws elbows, then drops down to SWEEP the legs! Trick lands hard on the apron, then Dar brings him around! DRAPING COMPLETE SHOT to the floor! Both men are down and the Meta Four is conflicted. Dar drags Trick up, whips him hard into steel steps, then flexes again. Lash is having a real hard time watching now, but Dar puts Trick in the ring. NXT returns to single picture as Dar brings Trick up, but Trick fireman’s carries! Dar shifts around to a SLEEPER! Dar is a backpack with those body scissors, but Trick RAMS him into buckles! Dar CLUBS Trick in return, then goes up. But Trick ROCKS Dar!

Dar fires hands back but Trick ROCKS him again! Dar SLAPS, Trick swings, but Dar blocks! Dar leaps into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Trick stays on his feet, the fans rally up, and Trick deadlifts Dar for the POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Dar survives but Trick is too sore to be upset. Oro & Jakara coach Dar up, but Trick fires up with the fans! Both men stand, and Trick ROCKS Dar! Dar ROCKS Trick! Trick UPPERCUTS Dar! Dar rebounds to ROCK Trick! Trick and Dar go back and forth, but then Dark ducks the STEP PUNCH! Trick wobbles, Dar runs, but into the LEAPING LARIAT! The fans fire up and Trick roars!

Trick grabs an arm, cartwheels and- DDT COUNTER!! Dar covers, TWO!! But into the ANKLE LOCK! Trick endures and reaches out but Dar keeps him from the ropes! Trick crawls but Dar drops into the CHAMPAGNE SUPER KNEEBAR!! The fans rally for Trick as hard as they can, and he claws his way forward, to the ROPEBREAK!! Dar lets go in frustration, but Oro & Jakara coach him. Dar still has Trick where he wants him! Dar storms up on Trick, eggs him on, then fires forearm after forearm! Dar stomps away at the ropes, but the ref counts. Dar lets off at 4 to soak up heat. Dar then goes back for Trick, but Trick clinches! BOOKEND!!

Both men are down and the fans are going wild! Trick and Dar stir, sit up, and Trick fires up! Trick ROCKS Dar again and again and again! Then UPPERCUTS! Trick whips, LEG LARIATS, and then LEG LARIATS again! Trick FLAPJACKS Dar and the fans are thunderous! But Oro gets on the apron! Trick DECKS him! Lash gets on the apron, and she calls Trick over. Is Trick being lured in by a honey trap? The fans chant “KISS THAT TRICK!” but Lash goes to SLAP! Trick blocks it, and is shocked she tried! Dar runs up to GERMAN SUPLEX!! Dar SPINNING ELBOWS!! Cover, TWO!!! Trick survives, even as Lash toys with his heart!

Dar says pinkies out now, and he runs up, into a TRICK SHOT KNEE!! Cover, Trick wins!!

Winner: Trick Williams, by pinfall

The fans are thunderous for the win, and Lash feels like she just backed the wrong horse! But then Trick gets the mic and says everyone needs to pay attention. He has something to get off his chest. “HAYES! This is personal! We don’t gotta wait ’til Stand & Deliver. Bring your punk ass out here right now!” The fans like the sound of that! Trick watches the ramp, and we see Melo’s security force walk out here. The fans chant “Melo, You Missed!” But where is Melo? Wait, the guards are flanking the ring! And NOW Melo makes his entrance! Trick is on edge as he watches all four thugs. Wait, the man in the hooded jacket isn’t Melo! Melo’s in disguise as one of his guards!!

Melo jumps in to CLOBBER Trick from behind!! The fans boo as Melo tricks Trick, then calls in his goons! They all mug Trick, and Melo says this is what happens! You think you can double cross him!? Melo made Trick!! Melo hammers away on Trick while the fans boo! Trick sits back up, Melo waves goodbye. RUNNING KNEE!! Melo vows that at Stand & Deliver, he takes Trick out! Will Trick learn that there’s nothing he can do to stop… HIM?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for NXT as we are getting ever closer to WrestleMania Weekend. Great opening match from Roxie VS Tatum, which Roxie of course wins, but I like that this was Lyra’s return moment. Roxie still beats her up because of the hurt arm, but this officially established Lyra VS Roxie for the title. I almost feel like there should be an extra stipulation, but I suppose them having it out in a fair fight is enough to prove who is the rightful champion. Good promo from Gigi, Wren and Grace to get going on the beauty pageant makeover, can’t wait to see where that goes. And good return match for Sol that she of course won, but then of course Blair had to attack her. Now that is a match that could also use a stipulation, like Falls Count Anywhere.

Tonight’s episode also did great work in connecting stories, too. Good stuff with Meta Four’s promo including Alpha Academy to call back to their feud, followed by Alpha Academy challenging Wolf Dogs in hopes of going to Stand & Deliver. Pretty sure Wolf Dogs win, the tag title match at Stand & Deliver isn’t turning into a Triple Threat the same time a Triple Threat determines a contender. And speaking of, we got some great qualifier matches tonight, especially out of Axiom & Frazer VS NQCC. A little surprised Dempsey was getting in on the tag match but I suppose that did keep him from being in the Heritage Cup match. But great win for Axiom & Frazer all the same.

The second qualifier of Good Brothers VS Hank ‘n’ Tank was a really good slug fest, but of course Good Brothers win. I’m pretty sure they’re the ones winning the Triple Threat to give Wolf Dogs a great match, and maybe even win the titles to add to the Good Brothers’ list of achievements. As I’ve said before, Bron Breakker is “signed” to SmackDown, something’s gotta send him off from NXT. Then going back to NQCC, really good Heritage Cup match from Gulak and Riley, and of course cheating helps Gulak win. I just didn’t anticipate Jacy & Jazmyn being why. That does help get things going in their story with Thea, though.

And good stuff from Fallon helping Kelani go after Kiana & Izzi. I don’t know who would join Team Thea but I feel like we could get a big 8 Woman Tag. Jacy, Jazmyn, Izzi & Kiana already feel one moment away from becoming a new faction, might as well make it official through a match. Though at the same time, such a set-up would of course go the Faces’ way with the fourth person being a great return from injury. Which sadly, there have been a lot of those in the Women’s Division on both NXT and RawDown. Nikkita Lyons is out again, and it is still a problem in her legs. Seems the aftermath of that one strength coach is still going to be felt for a long time.

That aside, good promo from The D’Angelo Family with Dragunov, but I am rather surprised that Tony got the better of Dragunov here, too. After Tony ditched Dragunov, Dragunov should’ve had the last word, but in a rather kids-on-the-playground “nuh uh!” moment, Tony turns things around on Dragunov again and essentially stands tall. Pretty sure Dragunov destroys Stacks, though, so that’ll be Dragunov getting his momentum back. Really good promo segments towards the North American Championship, and it is clear that Oba, Dijak and Briggs are gonna fight for the title, making for another Triple Threat. Though, who knows, Ava made it seem like there could be at least a couple more.

Gacy seems to have moved on to Spears, or vice-versa, that’ll be some good stuff. Ridge also had a good Instagram promo, maybe he’ll start raging and get his spot in this NXT big meaty man match. Jensen meanwhile seems to be taking a sabbatical, at least in character, given all his frustrations. Maybe something happens with Briggs where Jensen feels the need to come back, but who knows. And of course, awesome stuff from Trick tonight, from that match with Dar and all the interacting with Lash, to Melo getting one over on Trick. Trick VS Melo could easily be the main event even with it being non-title, but you can bet it’ll be one, if not the best pure match on the Stand & Deliver card.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (4/15/24)

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Will it be a victorious homecoming for Sami Zayn?

Tonight on Raw, Sami Zayn returns home to Montreal as NEW Intercontinental Champion, but will he lose that title already to Chad Gable?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sheamus VS Ivar; Sheamus wins.
  • WWE World Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: #DIY VS The New Day VS The Creed Brothers; DIY wins and will challenge The Awesome Truth for the titles.
  • Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Ivy Nile & Maxxine Dupri; Candice & Indi win.
  • Dominik Mysterio w/ JD McDonagh VS Andrade El Idolo; wins.
  • Jey Uso VS Finn Balor; wins.
  • Chelsea Green & Piper Niven VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; win.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Chad Gable; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

Rhea Ripley is here!

Montreal fires up for Mami as she makes her way out to the ring, but her arm’s in a sling! She holds up the Women’s World Championship with her good arm before going to the ring, clearly not in a good mood. Adam Pearce is waiting in the ring, and Rhea gets a mic. The fans cheer “MAMI! MAMI!” but Rhea says, “So… Obviously, you guys know what’s going on right now, yeah? After the attack last week from Liv Morgan… I’ve now been told that I’m stuck on the bench for quite a few months.” Fans are upset but Rhea says she’s also been informed, told, whatever, she’s pissed! Y’know why? Because she has to vacate the one thing that means the most to her, her world title!

The fans chant “NO! NO! NO!” but there’s no getting around this. Rhea takes a long look at the belt and the fans call BS. Rhea says it sure is BS. This title right here, this means the most to her in her entire life! And that’s why this is so painful. Rhea sets the belt down on the mat, and gives it one last look. Rhea pulls at her hair in frustration, but the fans chant, “Thank You, Mami!” Rhea says, “Revenge tour? This is all because your stupid little revenge tour, Liv! Are you kidding me?” Rhea could’ve actually had respect for Liv, if she’d done this face to face! Instead, she blindsides Rhea like the coward Rhea knows Liv is!

And Rhea knows why Liv did it! It’s because Rhea would’ve dropped Liv right where she stood! So this is a warning to whoever wins her Women’s World Championship. When Rhea comes back, she’s coming back for BLOOD! And not just because of injury, but because when she finds Liv back there, they’ll have to lock her up in Montreal jail! But speaking of, here comes Liv! Pearce already goes to the ropes and security is there to keep Liv back. Liv is laughing, Rhea storms out after her! Security stays between them both, Liv dares Rhea to try something with one arm! The fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” but Pearce says nope!

Pearce ushers Liv away, Liv laughing all the way. Rhea is frustrated, so she HEADBUTTS a guard! The fans cheer, but when and where will Rhea’s revenge tour come looking for Liv?

 

Rhea returns backstage.

Judgment Day is there to see her off with a group hug. Damian Priest says they know when she comes back, she’ll make Liv regret ever messing with her, and even more badass than she is right now! Cuz she is Rhea Bloody Ripley, and they love her. She thanks them, and tells them to keep Judgment Day on top. Rhea heads out, will the boys be able to keep things together without Mami?

 

Sheamus VS Ivar!

After months away with his own injury, the Celtic Warrior is back! And that means Monday Night Raw is now Fight Night, fellas! He’s never felt better, but will the Viking Raider make him feel awful already?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally and welcome Sheamus back. Sheamus smiles and ties up with Ivar. They go around, break, then tie up again. Sheamus headlocks, Ivar powers up and out, but Sheamus RAMS him! Ivar rebounds, RAMS Sheamus, but Sheamus steadies himself. The fans chant “Let’s Go, Sheamus!” and the forearms start flying! Sheamus gets the edge, whips, but Ivar reverses. Sheamus ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS Ivar! The fans fire up while Ivar goes to the apron! Sheamus storms up and grabs the arms, but Ivar HOTSHOTS Sheamus away! Ivar goes up, but Sheamus ROCKS him first!

Sheamus fires haymakers, then climbs up after Ivar to fire more! The fans fire up as Sheamus fireman’s carries Ivar, into the SUPER WHITE NOISE! Sheamus fires up and the fans are with him as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Ivar has Sheamus in a chinlock. The fans rally, Sheamus fights up, and Sheamus throws body shots. But Ivar UPPERCUTS back! Ivar runs, but Sheamus scoops to POWERSLAM! The fans fire up and Ivar goes back to the apron. Sheamus storms up, brings Ivar up, and hooks him in the ropes! The fans fire up as we get BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! And Sheamus goes all the way to TEN! Ivar slumps down, flops into the ring, and Sheamus hauls him up. Fireman’s carry, but Ivar elbows free! Ivar BOOTS Sheamus, then HEEL KICKS! Sheamus falls, Ivar goes up! VIKING SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Sheamus survives and Ivar pulls at his hair in frustration! Sheamus goes to a corner, but he eggs Ivar on! Ivar storms up on Sheamus to rain down fists! The fans boo, the ref counts, and Ivar lets off. Sheamus still eggs Ivar on! Ivar and Sheamus throw hands and Sheamus gets the edge! Ivar shoves, cartwheels, and knees low! Ivar runs, springboards, but into a KNEE! Ivar staggers around, Sheamus brings the kneepad down, for the KNEE CAP! Ivar falls, the fans are thunderous as Sheamus beats his chest. Ivar stands up, into the BROGUE!! Cover, Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

The Celtic Warrior is back, as is his classic theme song! He feels better than ever, looks better than ever, is he going to make one more run at the top of the mountain?

 

Triple H is here!

Montreal fires up as The Game walks out to the ring! He joins Adam Pearce in the ring, and there’s a podium with a cover on it. HHH gets a mic to say, “You guys are on fire tonight, I gotta tell you that.” The fans cheer again, and HHH continues by saying it is hard to believe that only eight days ago, we were in the midst of the biggest WrestleMania of ALL time. “WrestleMania 40, kingdoms fell, nightmares began, and a whole knew era started.” The fans cheer that, too! Pearce says the new era certainly started for the Tag Division. It has never been bigger, better, or deeper. WWE walked in with one set of champs, and walked out with two.

That is why Raw and SmackDown deserve titles they can be proud of going into the new era. So what does the boss say? Should we bring the champs out? Then please welcome The Awesome Truth! Fans fire up as Miz & R-Truth make their way, carrying the red tag team titles. Miz & Truth get mics, and the fans chant “You Deserve It!” Miz pats Truth on the shoulder cuz he really does. The fans cheer as Miz raises Truth’s hand, and Truth lets Miz hold on to the belt so he can do the splits! He’s still got it, too! HHH then says he wants to be the first to say, what’s up? Also, congratulations. HHH shakes their hands as he says they won probably the biggest tag match in history.

And Truth, HHH has to say from a certain perspective, seeing Truth have that Mania moment, to quote The Miz, it was awesome. But the thing is, this is a new era. So if they are going to represent this brand and those titles, then they need to do it in a way that represents an all new era. So going forward, they will now be the WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS! And as such, they will be carrying THESE! Brand new belts that look like miniature World Heavyweight Championships! Truth is losing his mind! Now, now, he has seen a rabbit come out of a hat, and birds come out of a hat. Even a lady got cut in half and walked away from it. But he’s never seen a trick like that!

What? Truth says he knows good magicians, and HHH just made titles appear outta thin oxygen! That boy good! Right? The fans cheer, but only Truth is the one confused here. HHH asks Miz to explain. HHH is not a magician. That’s what a magician wants you to think. But Truth doesn’t really trust magicians. Not after Lil’ Jimmy. Everyone used to be able to see Lil’ Jimmy. So what else is HHH hiding? Miz says this is what they wanted. This is one of the most important times in WWE history! This is their chance to elevate the Tag Division! Their chance to take these new belts to new heights! That is why Pearce and HHH-

HHH!? WHERE?! Truth, that’s this guy! Man, Houdini’s got Miz fooled, too? He’s one crafty little genie. But Truth sees right through you, Tommaso Ciampa! Miz sighs and says he’ll try one more thing. Because we are in Montreal! Fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” and Miz is pretty sure they’re ready for Sami Zayn. But Miz tells Truth in French, that they’re getting new belts. OMG really!? “OUI! OUI! OUI!” So they can take ’em? Oui! OUI! As in yes, but anyway, HHH speaks up. Can he just go? He takes the old belts, then hands over the new belts. HHH wishes Pearce luck on handling it from here.

HHH leaves, Awesome Truth hold up the awesome new belts, and Pearce asks why Truth made the boss leave. Who? HHH. He just left. That wasn’t HHH! Pearce says while we still have brain cells that function, the only thing left is to figure out some new challengers! Time for a Triple Threat #1 Contenders Tag Match! And that’s right now!

WWE World Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: #DIY VS The New Day VS The Creed Brothers!

Speaking of Ciampa, the REAL Ciampa and Johnny Gargano are still in that title hunt, but so are Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods, and so are Julius & Brutus! Which team defies the odds to head for an awesome showdown with Miz & Truth?

Raw returns and the Creeds make their entrance, followed by The New Day. There’s a QR code that flashes on screen… Then the teams sort out and one man starts for each. Brutus steps to Woods and Gargano, and Montreal rallies with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Woods says “O~ CANADA~!” The three approach, feel out, then Brutus DECKS Gargano! Woods CLUBS Brutus, has him in a corner and rains down fists! Brutus shoves Woods away before five but Gargano runs up to add on! Gargano gets five, Brutus shoves him away then ROCKS Woods! Brutus ROCKS Gargano, scoops Woods, but Woods rolls him up!

Gargano rolls Woods! Brutus rolls Gargano! Then deadlifts to BOMB him into Woods! Brutus breaks through their double clothesline to DOUBLE LARIAT back! Tag to Julius, the Creeds get one each, and they suplex! Kofi and Ciampa save their tag partners, then they all DROPKICK the Creeds! The fans fire up as DIY and New Day brawl! DIY get the edge, they whip, but New Day dodge to BLAST the Creeds! DIY then TOSS New Day out, and they BLAST the Creeds! DOUBLE PLANCHAS, but the Creeds catch DIY! But then New Day both FLY out! Down goes everyone, Awesome Truth applaud New Day, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and there’s a collision in the ring! The fans fire up as Ciampa, Julius and Kofi all slowly sit up. Kofi CHOPS Ciampa, Julius ROCKS Kofi! Ciampa ROCKS Julius, Kofi ROCKS Ciampa! Ciampa CHOPS Julius, Kofi mule kicks Ciampa, Julius ROCKS Kofi! Ciampa ROCKS Julius, BOOTS Kofi, then brawls with Julius! The fans rally up as the forearms go faster and faster! Ciampa CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! But theN Julius JUMP KNEES! Kofi returns, TROUBLE IN- NO, Julius blocks the kick to an ANKLE LOCK! Ciampa KNEES Julius down! Brutus CLOBBERS Ciampa, Woods MISSILE DROPKICKS Brutus!

Woods turns around, SLINGSHOT SPEAR from Gargano! Kofi JUMP KNEES Gargano! Julius clinches Kofi for an EXPLODER! Julius kips up to STANDING MOONSAULT, onto knees! Gargano SUPERKICKS Julius, Kofi rolls Gargano! Gargano slips out to BUZZSAW! Gargano goes up and out to the apron, he and Ciampa meet to ENZIGIRI KNEE COMBO in the corner! Then Gargano CANNONBALLS onto everyone else! Ciampa hauls Kofi up for PROJECT CIAMPA!! Cover, TWO!!! Kofi survives and even Miz & Truth are surprised. The fans cheer for “TRIPLE H!” to keep Truth’s illusion going. Ciampa tells Kofi “SUCK IT!”

Ciampa gets Kofi up, Kofi wrenches out to dodge and hot tag Woods! Woods GAMANGIRS then TORNADO DDTS! Gargano shoves Woods to a corner, but Woods BOOTS! HONOR ROLL! Brutus gets in but Woods BELL CLAPS! Woods ducks ‘n’ dodges, slides under, ROLLING ELBOW! Woods calls to Kofi, tags him in, but Ciampa BOOTS Woods! Kofi uses Woods to POMMEL HORSE KICK! New Day POSTS Ciampa, then WHEELBARROW FAMOUSER!! Cover, Julius drags Kofi right up! OVERHEAD SUPLEX! But Woods is back up top! Woods leaps, into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Gargano runs up, Julius blocks a kick! OVERHEAD SUPLEX!

Julius kips up but into Ciampa’s waistlock! Julius switches, to GERMAN SUPLEX! The straps come down, Brutus tags in, and the Creeds get a team each! Brutus SPLASHES DIY to then O’Conner Roll! Gargano runs up, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Julius DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS New Day!! Quadruple cover, TWO!!! All four other men kick out, Julius tags back in! Brutus goes up, Julius Electric Chair Lifts Ciampa! “This is Awesome!” and then Kofi SHOVES Brutus off the corner, into Woods’ SUPERKICK! Kofi goes up, Julius fights Ciampa off. Julius goes up but Woods sneaks a tag! SUPERPLEX for Julius, but LIMIT BREAKER from Woods!

MEET IN THE MIDDLE by DIY!! Cover, DIY WINS!!

Winners: DIY, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the World Tag Team Champions)

Awesome Truth loved every minute of that match, but now they’ve got to face their friends in #RegenerationX. Will Miz & Truth be able to hold on to their newly minted titles? Or will Ciampa & Gargano prove when it comes to becoming World Tag Team Champions, you gotta do it yourself?

 

Drew McIntyre watches the highlight reel of last week’s main event.

And he’s smiling? Maybe even chuckling? Jackie Redmond says that after watching it back, she was not expecting this reaction. McIntyre laughs, as he BOOTS the TV screen in! Jackie understands now as McIntyre storms off. CM Punk got the better of McIntyre last time, but will it be no laughing matter when the Scottish Terminator gets his hands on him?

 

Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Ivy Nile & Maxxine Dupri!

The first time around, the Poison Pixie bullied Maxxine the Alpha Queen into such a state that winning was easy. But then The Diamond Pitbull helped Maxxine get even with Candice, though it was Indi Wrestling that took the hit. Who finds the way to win this tense tiebreaker?

The teams sort out and Indi starts against Ivy. They tie up, Ivy waistlocks then headlocks, but Indi rolls to a cover. ONE, Ivy holds on, and they go around. Ivy facelocks, floats around to then flip Indi to a cover, ONE! Ivy’s right back on the headlock, but Indi fights up. Indi powers out, Ivy sunset flips, TWO! Indi scrambles up but Ivy DROPKICKS her! Ivy kicks, Indi blocks but the DRAGON WHIP hits! Tag to Maxxine and she climbs up, to CROSSBODY! Maxxine eggs Indi on, kicks low and facelocks, then talks trash on Candice. FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect, but Maxxine dares Candice to make a move.

The ref reprimands, Candice stands down, but Indi short arm LARIATS! Indi then tags Candice, Candice CLOBBERS Maxxine and hammers away! The fans boo but Candice SMACKS Maxxine off the mat. Candice soaks up the heat, then digs her boots into Maxxine. The ref counts, Candice lets off, and then Candice smiles as she drags Maxxine up. Candice whips Maxxine into the corner, taunts Ivy, then runs up to SLAP Maxxine! Candice fires off hands, the ref counts, and Candice lets off. Tag to Indi, she keeps Maxxine from Ivy, but Maxxine BOOTS her away! Candice tags back in, runs up and drags Maxxine back again.

Maxxine hops up, ENZIGIRI misses as Candice ducks! Candice swipes at Ivy, but Ivy dodges! Maxxine knees low and DDTS! The fans fire up while both women are down! Maxxine and Candice crawl, their partners reach out, but then Indi rushes in! The ref stops Indi, but that means he misses seeing the hot tag! The fans boo as Indi gets sneaky like Candice as she BOOTS Maxxine down! Indi puts Candice on top for the cover! The ref sees that, counts, Candice & Indi win!

Winners: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell, by pinfall

What in the world is going on here? Is Candice’s toxicity poisoning Indi’s mind? Or are these Indi’s true colors? Either way, are Candice & Indi going to find the way to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?

 

WWE takes a look at Damian Priest’s rise to the top.

2019, Orlando, Florida, the Performance Center. What did Priest want out of life? One thing: his name to live forever. From Punisher to homeless to NXT to main roster, Priest has proven if you bust your ass and never give up, anything is possible, even your dreams. The first Puerto Rican world champion in literal decades, he desired championships, and he knew championships would come. Legacy and infamy wait for no man, you have go grab them for yourself. He became Senor Money in the Bank, bided his time, suffered losses, and struck when the moment was right! HE had the biggest moment at the biggest WrestleMania ever, ALL RISE for the NEW World Heavyweight Champion!

 

Judgment Day is in the clubhouse.

The others sulk, but Priest tells them to snap out of it. They’re The Judgment Day, right? Right. And they still run Raw, right? Dom is gonna teach Andrade a lesson about messing with their group! And JD McDonagh, you have his back so they can get this done! The Irish Ace is fired up, he heads out with Dirty Dom, but Finn stays behind to talk with Priest. Finn feels their focus should be getting the tag titles back, but now Finn’s in this match with Jey? What’s up with that? Priest says Finn’s focus needs to be on what’s happening tonight. Priest needs The Prince to teach Jey Uso the meaning of the word “loss.” And then at Backlash, Priest teaches Jey the meaning of the word “pain!”

Is Finn good with that? Finn smiles and nods. Of course he’s good with that! They fist bump and Finn goes to warm up. So far, the group looks solid, will Mami have nothing to worry about?

 

Dominik Mysterio w/ JD McDonagh VS Andrade El Idolo!

The Prodigal Son thought he was getting The Idol of Lucha to join Judgment Day, or at least was united with him against Rey Mysterio. Neither of those things turned out to be true, and now Andrade has found himself in Judgment Day’s crosshairs. Will El Idolo make Raw tranquilo? Or will he pay for pulling one over on Dirty Dom?

 


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There WILL be new NEVER Openweight Six Man Champions!

Kazuchika Okada’s leaving NJPW meant vacating the NEVER Openweight Six Man titles. Now a tournament will be held in one go to crown new champions! Who NEVER stops until they make it reign?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Match – Puzzle Presents: Touyuu VS Axe Wang; Touyuu wins.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The United Empire; Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg win and advance to tonight’s main event.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins and advances to tonight’s main event.
  • Tiger Mask & Satoshi Kojima VS El Desperado & Shoma Kato; Tiger Mask & Kojima win.
  • HANAKO VS Starlight Kid; Starlight Kid wins.
  • DOUKI VS Kosei Fujita; Douki wins.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Bishamon VS SANADA & Yuya Uemura; Bishamon wins and retain the titles.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The House of Torture; Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg win and are the new NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions.

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NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The United Empire!

The Ace may also be President of NJPW, but that doesn’t mean he’s retired! He wants to get these Six Man titles back, will the Clown Prince and the Hulking Kazakh help him do that? Or will Great-O-Khan, Francesco Akira & Callum Newman conquer the Six Man Division?

The fans rally for “SACHOU! SACHOU!” as he shows off the abs. Then the trios sort out, and while Oleg gets in Khan’s face, we start with Callum and Tanahashi. The fans cheer, the bell rings, and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Tanahashi finds a point of leverage and powers Callum onto ropes. The ref counts, Tanahashi lets off cleanly, and the fans applaud. Callum and Tanahashi reset, tie up again, and Tanahashi headlocks. Tanahashi thrashes and grinds the hold but Callum pulls hair! The fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Callum lets slowly. But then Callum kicks low! Callum whips Tanahashi hard into a corner!

Callum runs corner to corner but into an ELBOW! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! The fans cheer as Tanahashi air guitars, but Callum gets to his feet in a huff. Yano and Oleg both reach out, but Tanahashi tags Yano. The fans fire up for Yano but Akira tags in. Yano goes to untie a buckle pad! Akira protests but he lets Yano have his fun. Akira then shadows Yano as he turns around. Yano is confused, turns around but Akira stays behind him. Akira then shoves Yano into the corner! Yano loses the pad and Akira dropkicks the legs out! Akira runs, rolls and basement dropkicks! Crowns up and the fans cheer.

Akira drags Yano over, tags in Khan, and Khan puts some stank on the Mongolian Chops! The Empire double whip but Yano holds ropes and tags Oleg! The fans fire up but The Empire mugs Oleg first! They double whip but Oleg holds ropes, to then come in and DOUBLE SHOUDLER TACKLE! Khan gets up but Oleg throws him with a fireman’s carry takeover! Callum runs in to BOOT Oleg, then runs, but Oleg CLOBBERS Callum and sends him flying! The fans fire up as Oleg hauls Khan up, but Khan CLAPS at him, twists an ear and CLUBS it, then clinches for a BELLY2BELLY! Khan then BLASTS Tanahashi and Yano off the corner!

Khan stomps away on Oleg, drags him back up, then Mongolian CHOPS! Oleg staggers, Khan Mongolian CHOPS again! And again! Oleg falls, Khan cocky covers, ONE! The fans rally as Khan hauls Oleg up in a facelock. Khan brings Oleg to the corner, tags Callum, and the Empire mugs him. Callum CHOPS, then tags Akira. Callum bumps Oleg off buckles, Akira CHOPS, then they double whip. Callum runs in to forearm SMASH! Akira runs in to clothesline! Feed to the DROPKICK! The fans fire up with Akira as he and Callum coordinate, back suplex SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Akira drags Oleg up and around to facelock, but Oleg throws body shots.

Khan tags in, he and Akira mug Oleg, and Khan CLUBS Oleg down. Khan drags Oleg up but Oleg ROCKS him! And CHOPS him! Oleg whips, Khan reverses to NORTHERN- NO, Oleg fights the suplex, so Khan RAMS him into the corner! Khan turns Oleg around, CLUBS him, and then climbs up. The fans cheer as Khan sits on his throne! Oleg flails, the ref reprimands but Khan hops down. Khan then HIP TOSSES Oleg down! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Khan kicks Oleg around then whips. Oleg reverses and lifts, but Khan claws the ear! Oleg lets Khan down but avoids the lariat to DROPKICK Khan down!

The fans fire up while both men are down. Hot tag to Tanahashi! The fans fire up as Sachou rallies on Khan with FLYING FOREARMS! Then he BLASTS Callum and Akira off the apron! Tanahashi runs in at the corner, but blocks Khan’s boot! DRAGON SCREW! The fans fire up as Akira runs in, and gets a DRAGON SCREW! Callum steps in, but Tanahashi gets his leg! Tanahashi waves bye before the DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! The fans fire up with Tanahashi and he waits on Khan. Khan rises, Tanahashi runs in, but Khan sidesteps and TOSSES Tanahashi! But Tanahashi skins the cat! Only for Khan to waistlock!

Tanahashi fires elbows, but Khan ducks the shotei to HITSUJIGOROSHI into MARINE! Both men are down and the fans rally up! Khan and Tanahashi crawl, hot tag to Callum! Callum runs up to whip Tanahashi, but Tanahashi reverses. Callum stops himself, comes back, but into a spin, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! The fans rally as Tanahashi crawls, hot tag to Yano! The fans fire up with Yano, he whips Callum at the bare corner! Callum stops himself, Yano runs in, but Callum dodges so Yano hits bare buckles! Callum runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and BOOTS Yano down! The Prince of Speed shows why that’s the case!

The fans fire up with Callum as he goes Around the World for a DROPKICK! Snapmare and PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!! Yano survives, but Akira DROPKICKS Oleg down! Khan joins in, The Empire gets Yano up. They mug Yano in the corner, whip him corner to corner, then Khan runs in. Khan clotheslines, Akira clotheslines, and Callum runs to trip and STOMP Yano down! Cover, TWO!! Yano stays in this and the fans rally up again. Callum scowls and drags Yano to a drop zone. The Empire brawls with Tanahashi and Oleg while Callum climbs. The fans fire up as Callum aims, SHOOTING STAR, but he has to land out as Yano moves!

Tanahashi returns to dropkick Callum’s legs out! Khan BOOTS Tanahashi! Oleg scoops and SLAMS Khan! Akira dodges Oleg to ENZIGIR! The fans fire up, Akira runs and RANAS, but Oleg blocks it! Oleg swings Akira around to Shake, Rattle and- SUPERKICK from Callum! Tanahashi returns again, Callum ducks the shotei but then Tanahashi ducks the heel kick! SHOTEI! Yano rolls Callum up, Yano’s team wins!

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (advance to the main event)

The Ace, the Joker and the Rook snatch the win and are now in the title match! Will this hot hand take the pot? Or will they be trumped by the winner of the next match?

 

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture!

Shingo Takagi is once again NEVER Openweight Champion, but he, Yota Tsuji & Bushi are looking to add to the LIJ trophy case. But Evil, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Sho want to make up for their losses, will they find redemption through this tournament? Or will everything be tranquilo in Taiwan?

Sho gets the mic to say he hates being here in Taiwan, so he wants to win, get the titles, and get outta here as fast as he can! The fans boo but Sho just taunts them all. He tells LIJ to get out here already, so LIJ makes their entrance. Takagi shows off that he cleaned up that NEVER Openweight belt from all the black spray paint Evil defaced it with! The fans cheer Takagi, Yota and Bushi in turn, and LIJ fist bump. But the House attacks! The fans boo but the bell rings, and Kanemaru has Yota in the ring. Evil KNEES Takagi, then steps on the NEVER Openweight title! Sho DECKS Bushi, Kanemaru whips Yota, but Yota comes back to run Kanemaru over!

Yota runs to SPLASH, cover, TWO! Yota keeps cool and he brings Kanemaru up. Yota reels Kanemaru in, suplexes, but Kanemaru fights it! Yota ROCKS Kanemaru, ROCKS him again, and then again! Yota runs but Sho is there! The fans boo but Kanemaru CLAWS Yota’s eyes! Kanemaru whips Yota to the corner, and surprise! Evil takes the blue buckle pad away! Yota hits bare steel, then the House BLASTS Bushi and Yota! The fans boo but Kanemaru drags Yota up. Sho SMACKS Bushi off apron, Kanemaru TOSSES Yota, and then Sho and Kanemaru stomp away. The fans boo more, but then Evil whips Takagi at the edge of the stage!

Takagi stops himself by flailing and wobbling! The fans are relieved he stays safe, but then Evil CLAWS Takagi’s back! Sho puts Yota in the ring, Kanemaru covers, TWO! Kanemaru tags Sho, Sho scuffs Yota around and taunts him. Yota rises up, fires a forearm, but Sho eggs him on! Yota fires another forearm so Sho CLAWS Yota’s eyes! Sho throws Yota out then gets in the ref’s face, Evil JAMS Yota with a chair! The fans boo but Evil taunts them. The ref has to keep LIJ from going after The House, and Evil puts Yota in for Sho to cover. ROPEBREAK! Sho is upset but he steps on Yota’s arm. Tag to Kanemaru, he and Sho DOUBLE KNEE DROP!

Kanemaru drags Yota up, whips him to ropes, then kitchen sink KNEES him down! Cover, TWO! Gene Blast stays in this for his team but Kanemaru stomps away. Kanemaru then scuffs Yota, taunts him, but Yota just gets mad! The fans rally for Yota as Kanemaru gives him more kicks. Yota stands to ROCK Kanemaru, ROCK him again, and ROCK him again! But Kanemaru CLAWS eyes! Tag to Evil, the ref is again told to stop LIJ, and Evil CHOKES Yota with a House of Torture shirt! Evil shoves Yota down, covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! Evil is furious with the ref but Yota’s tougher than all that.

Evil stands Yota up, wrenches and whips Yota to a neutral corner. Evil runs in, blocks a boot, but Yota reels him in for the STOMP! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Yota and Evil crawl, hot tag to Takagi! The Rampaging Dragon runs up but Sho & Kanemaru drop away. So Takagi runs Evil over, scoops him and SLAMS him, but Evil avoids the senton! Sho & Kanemaru get in to stomp Takagi, double whip, but he holds ropes! Then DOUBLE PUMPING BOMBERS! But Evil CLAWS Takagi’s eyes! Evil runs, but into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! The fans fire up as Takagi gets Evil back up.

Takagi suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Evil is tougher than that, but Takagi then says in Taiwanese, he’s not done! But Takagi still uses Japanese for “TOKI GA KITA! <THE TIME HAS COME!>” The fans fire up with “OI! OI! OI!” Then he fires down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS on Evil! Takagi runs, but Evil uses the ref as a shield! Takagi moves the ref aside, but Evil blocks the kick, gives it to the ref, and mule kicks Takagi down! The standard formula works out, and Evil tags Sho. Sho laughs as he runs up in the corner, clothesline! Then he brings Takagi around, wrenches, kicks, KICKS and SUPER- NO, Takagi blocks the superkick!

Takagi JABS, then YUKON feints to DDT! The fans fire up again and Takagi encourages them to get louder. Takagi hurries over, tag to Bushi! Bushi fires forearms on Sho, runs, but Kanemaru gets a cheap shot in! Bushi falls, Kanemaru steps in, he and Sho double whip Bushi to ropes. Bushi gets under the double elbows and shoves Kanemaru into Sho! Then Bushi DOUBLE RANAS! The fans fire up, and Bushi BLASTS Evil for good measure! Sho swings, Bushi spins him, DDT! Cover, TWO! Sho stays in this for the House but the fans rally behind Bushi. Bushi brings Sho to a corner, whips corner to corner, but Sho reverses.

Sho runs up, Bushi dodges, Yota STINGER SPLASHES! Takagi clotheslines, then feeds Sho to Yota’s V-TRIGGER! Sho wobbles, Bushi BACKSTABBERS! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives the onslaught but the fans rally for Bushi. Bushi drags Sho up, but Kanemaru runs in to BOOT Bushi down! Takagi JUMP KNEES Kanemaru! Evil whips Takagi into bare buckles! Evil mule kicks Yota, whips him, and Yota also hits bare buckles! Bushi dropkicks Evil’s legs out! Bushi drags Sho up, reels him in, but Sho breaks free and CLAWS the eyes! Sho runs, into a dropkick to the legs! Bushi SMASHES the knee, then ties the legs up! RIVERA!!

Sho endures, flails, but Kanemaru gets his whiskey! Evil distracts, Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS! Sho is free, he has his Torture Tool! WRENCH SHOT!! Sho drags Bushi up, reels him in and tucks the arms, SHOCK ARROW!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: The House of Torture, by pinfall (advance to the main event)

Like always, The House finds a way to cheat their way to success! Will The King of Darkness and his pawns find a way to trump Team Go Ace? Or will Sachou get to personally punish this faction for all their nefarious deeds?

 

DOUKI VS Kosei Fujita!

Japones Del Mal and the Ichiban Young Punk each staked their claim to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, to the point that Douki left with the belt! If possession is nine-tenths of the law, then who will be the de factor champion after tonight?

The moment Douki’s on the apron, Fujita dropkicks him down! Fujita then builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit on Douki and the fans fire up! Fujita drags Douki up, puts him in the ring, then springboards to SWANTON BOMB! The bell rings, Fujita covers, TWO! Fujita runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! The fans rally as Fujita waistlocks and deadlifts Douki, but Douki throws elbows. Fujita ducks to CHOP, then he runs, only for Douki to do the splits! Fujita tumbles out, Douki builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit in return and the fans fire up again! The ref checks both men, they’re both okay to continue.

Douki sits up first, the ring count starts and Douki POSTS Fujita! Fujita falls over, Douki drags him up, and then DDTs to the floor! Douki slides in at 10 of 20, leaving Fujita to the count. The count reaches 15 before Fujita sits back up! Fujita flounders around at 17, 18, but springs in at 19! Douki drags Fujita up, CLUBS him, then stalks him to ropes. Douki CLUBS Fujita again, drags him up, and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and Douki keeps on Fujita with a chinlock. Fujita endures the knee digging into his back, reaches out, and kicks around. The fans rally more as Fujita keeps moving forward, to the ROPEBREAK!

Douki lets off in frustration, then drags Fujita back up. Fujita fires forearms but Douki eggs him on. Douki then knees low, and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Fujita is still in this and the fans cheer again. Douki whips Fujita but Fujita holds ropes to block! Douki tries again, knees low, then whips. Fujita reverses, CHOPS, but Douki HELL STABS! Douki runs, but into the WHEEL KICK! It was only a grazing blow but enough to knock Douki down! The fans rally up and Fujita hurries after Douki. Fujita fires a forearm, an UPPERCUT and a CHOP! Fujita whips corner to corner then runs in, to CHOP! Fujita snapmares Douki, then goes up, out and waits.

Douki slowly rises, Fujita springboards in, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Douki shakes his head, he’s tougher than that. Fujita drags him up, reels him in, and suplexes high and hard! Fujita keeps moving, PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Fujita grows frustrated but he drags Douki up. Fujita waistlocks, goes to ropes, but Douki bucks the O’Conner. Fujita CLUBS Douki, brings him back, but Douki fights the lift. Douki switches, spins Fujita around and drops down, ITALIAN STRETCH 32! Fujita scrambles, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Fujita escapes by a literal foot! Douki lets go in frustration and the fans rally.

Douki turns Fujita to Gory Especial, but Fujita fights free! Fujita arm-drags Douki away, then runs up, but into a BOOTS! Douki goes to the apron, RAMS into Fujita, then slingshots for DAY- NO, Fujita stays up, pops Douki around, but Douki sunset flips! Fujita rolls through, rolls Douki and hooks the legs up, REGAL STRETCH! Douki endures and the fans rally up! Douki claws at the mat but Fujita has those legs trapped! Douki still fights but Fujita pulls way back! Douki doesn’t give in, he gets the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer while Fujita lets off in frustration. Fujita drags Douki up, spin him, but Douki fights the lift!

Douki throws elbows, runs, but Fujita reels him in! Douki kicks free but then Fujita ducks the enzigiri! Fujita waistlocks to deadlift, but Douki wheelbarrows! Victory roll, TWO! Douki goes for the full nelson! Fujita fights, so Douki shifts for the Bow ‘n’ Arrow Rack! Douki spins and spins, REINEDA! And then ghost pin, TWO!! Fujita escapes, but ends up in the ITALIAN STRETCH!! Douki pulls and Fujita is already red in the face! Fujita reaches out, Douki rolls him away from ropes! ITALIAN STRETCH!! Fujtia is fading! The ref checks, but Fujita gets a second wind! Fujita kicks around, reaches out, but Douki pulls!

Fujita’s fading again! The fans rally harder as Fujita gives one last kick, to the ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go and the fans cheer! Douki rises, goes to the apron, and takes aim for DAYBREAKER!! Cover, TWO?!? Fujita survives and Douki is furious! The fans rally, Douki gets the legs and turns Fujita over. Wheelbarrow, lift, but Fujita fights the rest! Fujita fires elbows, waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Douki tumbles away and the fans fire up while both men are down. Fujita rises, the fans rally, and Fujita brings Douki up. Douki ENZIGIRIS, but Fujita ENZIGIRIS! Fujita runs, but Douki ELBOWS! Douki runs but Fujita BOOTS then HEEL KICKS!

But Douki stays up! Douki runs up to LARIAT! But then Fujita rises!! Both men run, and Fujita LEG LARIATS! Douki crawls to ropes, Fujita runs in, STRADDLE ATTACK! Fujita roars, the fans fire up, and Fujita deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Douki survives but Fujita stays on him! Suplex, but Douki fights free, wrenches, hammerlocks, rolls, then drags Fujita up into Gory Especial! DODON NO JUTSU! Backslide cover, TWO! Douki just hops over Fujita to hook him up again! SUPLEX DE LA LUNA!! Bridging cover, Douki wins!!

Winner: Douki, by pinfall

And “still” IWPG Junior Heavyweight Champion, at that! If Douki can put on a match like that and pull off the victory, will nothing stop him from becoming the Best of the Super Juniors?

Oh no, Sho attacks! He wants his belt back! The fans boo as he stomps away on Douki then picks up the belt. To be fair, Sho is still the actual champion, but he takes aim with the belt! Douki dodges to ENZIGIRI! Then he reels Sho in for the torture rack, and swings for the SIDEWALK SLAM! The fans fire up as Douki takes the belt back! The Murder Machine tried and failed to take the belt back, will he also fail to stay a champion through the Spring?

 

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Bishamon VS SANADA & Yuya Uemura!

Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi only just got these title back, but they’re fighting champions so they’re already putting them on the line! Will it be lights out in Taiwan? Or will the Cold Skull & Heat Storm bring gold back to Just5Guys?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Chaos still reigns!

The teams sort out and Hashi starts against Yuya. The bell rings and the fans rally for Yuya as the two circle. They tie up, Yuya wrenches to a wristlock, but Hashi spins, wrenches back, and then hammerlocks. Yuya switches that onto Hashi, but Hashi drop toeholds. Hashi floats to a headlock but Yuya pops out the back to hammerlock again. Hashi rolls, headscissors, but Yuya fights that off to keep the headlock. Hashi keeps his shoulders up, fights to his feet, then rolls Yuya to get his own headlock. Yuya headscissors, Hashi kips free and the fans cheer! Hashi and Yuya circle again, feel things out, knuckle lock, but then Yuya shoots around to headlock.

Yuya grinds the hold, Hashi powers up but can’t power out as Yuya holds tight! Yuya grinds Hashi to the mat but Hashi endures and fights back up. Hashi throws body shots, powers up and out, but Yuya RAMS shoulders! The fans cheer as the two stare down. Yuya runs, RAMS Hashi again, but Hashi gets in Yuya’s face. Yuya shoves, runs, but Hashi ELBOWS! Hashi runs, but into a hip toss! And arm-drag! Yuya DROPKICKS Hashi, then BLASTS Goto for good measure! The fans fire up and Yuya goes back for Hashi. Yuya drags Hashi up, CHOPS him, then CHOPS again. Yuya whips, Hashi holds ropes, then BOOTS back!

Goto gets in, he and Hashi run Yuya over! Bishamon coordinate, ZANMAI! Sanada storms in but Goto kicks low! “SE NO!” and they DRUM away on Sanada’s back! The fans fire up with Bishamon, and Goto stomps Sanada to a corner. Hashi has Yuya in the opposite, then they whip. Sanada & Yuya reverse to send Goto and Hashi into each other! DROPKICKS send Bishamon out, then STEREO PLANCHAS take them down! The fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans oblige and Sanada brings Goto up. Yuya brings Hashi up to CHOP! And CHOP! Hashi fires a foraerm, but Yuya eggs him on.

Hashi fires more forearms, then CHOPs! Yuya CHOPS Hashi down! The fans fire up, but the ref says to get this in the ring. Yuya drags Hashi up and puts him in. The fans applaud and Yuya storms in after Hashi. Yuya drags Hashi up, ROCKS him with a haymaker, then CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Yuya CHOPS Hashi in the corner, CHOPS him again, but Hashi CHOPS back! Yuya knees low, then CHOPS Hashi down! Tag to Sanada and the fans rally up. Sanada drags Hashi up, reels him in, and Sanada CLUBS Hashi on the neck. Sanada CLUBS Hashi again, but Hashi throws body shots! Sanada CLUBS Hashi down, then stomps him at the ropes.

The ref reprimands and counts, Sanada stops, then drags Hashi back up. Sanada knees Hashi into the corner, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but blocks a boot! Sanada trips Hashi, and ties him up for Paradise! The fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get even louder. The fans cheer Sanada on as he then runs to DROPKICK Hashi out of Paradise! Sanada then drags Hashi up and around, reels him in, but Hashi fights the suplex! The fans rally as Sanada powers up, but Hashi still fights it! Hashi goes to suplex but Sanada slips free! Sanada blocks the superkick to CLUB the leg! Snada runs, Hashi dodges, BLOCKBUSTER!

Sanada flounders and Hashi crawls, but Yuya jumps in! Yuya drags Hashi up but Hashi SPIN BACK KICKS! Hashi crawls, hot tag to Goto! Goto runs in at a corner to clothesline Sanada! Then he runs corner to corner to clothesline Yuya! Sanada kicks and whips, then he sends Yuya in. Goto dodges Yuya, CLOBBERS Sanada, then kicks Yuya! Goto snap suplexes Yuya onto Sanada! The fans fire up and Goto brings Sanada up. Fireman’s carry, but Sanada flails free! Goto elbows free of the waistlock, then kicks and whips. Goto runs in, but Sanada BOOTS him! Sanada QUEBRADAS, but Goto gets under!

Goto runs up but into a fireman’s carry! Goto slips free, Sanada throws more elbows! Sanada runs, Goto follows, but Sanada ELBOWS! STANDING MOONSAULT, but Sanada lands on his feet as Goto moves! Then Sanada basement dropkicks! The fans fire up while both men are down! Sanada and Goto stir, and Sanada crawls for his corner, hot tag to Yuya! Yuya storms up on Goto, brings him up and reels him in, SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Goto stays in this but Yuya stays calm. Yuya drags Goto up, underhooks the arms, but Goto fights the lift! Yuya still tries, but Goto lifts Yuya to back drop him! The fans fire up while both men are down!

Yuya goes to a corner, Goto crawls to ropes. Goto stands, runs up, but Yuya ELBOWS him! Yuya runs, Goto follows and LARIATS! Both men are down again and the fans rally! Goto crawls his way over, hot tag to Hashi! The fans cheer as Hashi fires off a forearm, body shot and CHOP! Yuya falls, the fans fire up, and Yuya goes to a corner. Hashi runs up to CHOP! Hashi whips to CHOP! Then he mule kicks, turns Yuya, but Yuya fights the neckbreaker! Yuya whips, Hashi reverses but Yuya CLOBBERS him! The fans fire up as Yuya kips up, and Sanada jumps in. They get Hashi up in a corner, and whip corner to corner.

Yuya runs in to CHOP! Sanada runs in to ELBOW! Sanada feeds Hashi to Yuya’s arm-drag! And then they DOUBLE DROPKICK! Hashi roars as he rises, but then a DOUBLE BOOT takes him down! Cover off #Just2Boots, TWO! Yuya is a little annoyed but Sanada keeps Goto out of the ring. Yuya drags Hashi up, underhooks, but Hashi fights the lift! Hashi wrenches out, Yuya ducks the lariat and waistlocks, but Hashi RAMS him into buckles! Goto runs in to clothesline Yuya! The fans fire up as Goto BLASTS Sanada off the apron! Bishamon fires up, they bring Yuya around, feed to the fireman’s carry, and FIERCE FLASH!

The fans fire up with Bishamon as Hashi calls for the finish! Goto dragon sleepers, Hashi grabs the legs, but Sanada CLUBS Hashi! Goto pushes Yuya aside but Sanada kicks him to whip him. But Goto reverses to fireman’s carry! But Sanada slips free! Only to run into HIDDEN GAP! And then they get Sanada up! But Sanada kicks free of Hashi! Goto fights Sanada’s suplex, Hashi gets the legs, but Sanada kicks free of Magic Killer! Sanada then puts Goto up for MAGIC SCREW! The fans fire up again as Hashi runs in! Sanada ducks, feed to Yuya’s UPPERCUT! DOUBLE CHOP! ENZIGIRI! Cold Skull & Heat Storm watch Hashi rise, SHINING WIZARD!

The fans fire up as Yuya brings Hashi back up, underhooks, and BUTTERFLY BOMBS! Cover, Goto breaks it! Sanada TOSSES Goto out and leaves it to Yuya! Yuya roars, goes to a corner and climbs up, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and the fans fire up again! Yuya grits his teeth and roars! Yuya drags Hashi up, reels him in. Yuya traps the arms, but Hashi fights the Deadbolt! Yuya CLUBS away on Hashi, then tries again. But Hashi CHOPS! Yuya PELES! Yuya gets Hashi back up, swings him around, but Hashi LARIATS! Both men are down and the fans rally even harder! Hashi and Yuya stir, and head for each other.

Yuya gets in Hashi’s face, but Hashi fires a forearm! Yuya fires back! Hashi fires another, so Yuya HAYMAKERS! Hashi throws another forearm, Yuya fires another haymaker, repeat! They go back and forth, pick up speed, and the fans rally harder and harder! Hashi gets the edge, then CHOPS! Yuya roars, but Hashi DOUBLE CHOPS! Hashi roars, runs, but into a DOUBLE CHOP from Yuya! Goto returns but Yuya dodges! Feed to Sanada’s DROPKICK! Sanada & Yuya double whip Hashi to a corner, then Yuya runs in. Hashi dodges, dropkicks Sanada’s leg, then he sends Yuya into Sanada! SUPERKICK!

Yuya staggers, Hashi brings him around, and Hashi fires forearm, body shot and CHOP! Hashi runs, but Yuya spins him around! DEAD- NO, Hashi fights the suplex and Goto LARIATS at the ropes! Then spin and tuck, KARMA ROLL! Bishamon wins!!

Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

Yuya can’t believe he got caught, but he did! Goto & Hashi

 

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The House of Torture!

Ace-sachou and the Clown Prince bring back the high school “Yankee” bad boy look as they prepare to face some real punks! Will they and big bad Boltin tear down the House? Or will the King of Darkness make sure Everything is Evil again?

The introductions are made, but then the House attacks! They TOSS Tanahashi aside, then TOSS Yano, and Evil CLAWS Oleg’s face! Sho digs a chair into Tanahashi’s leg! Red Shoes is so busy with Sho that he misses Kanemaru’s WHISKEY BOTTLE SHOT on Oleg! The fans boo but the match hasn’t started, there’s nothing Red Shoes can do about any of this! Kanemaru & Evil then mug Yano on the outside, and use spare wrist tape to hogtie him! The bell finally rings as Sho puts Tanahashi in the ring, and Sho CHOKES Tanahashi! Red Shoes reprimands, Sho steps off, but Kanemaru stomps away on Yano!

Yano calls for help but Oleg is down and the House mugs Tanahashi! The fans boo but the House soaks up the heat. They stomp Tanahashi more, but Red Shoes reprimands. Evil and Kanemaru split the wishbone, and then Kanemaru CLUBS Tanahashi. But Tanahashi fights back with forearms! The House mugs Tanahashi again! Red Shoes reprimands, there has to be a 1v1! Kanemaru stays the legal man as he drops elbow after elbow on the bad knee! Tanahashi endures the toehold, so Kanemaru shifts to drag him over. Tag to Evil, he and Kanemaru split the wishbone again! Tanahashi writhes but Evil drags him around.

Evil stomps away on the bad leg while Sho keeps Yano and Oleg down on the outside. Evil has Tanahashi on ropes but the fans boo. Evil CHOKES Tanahashi, Kanemaru and Sho join in, and then Evil covers. Red Shoes refuses because of all the shenanigans. Evil stomps Tanahashi drags him from ropes to cover, TWO! Wait, who rings the bell? That’s Sho of course, and the fans boo. Red Shoes and Sho argue, and Sho acts like that was all Abe-san. Red Shoes knows better than that, so the match continues. Evil tags Sho, Sho stomps Tanahashi around, then Sho drags Tanahashi by the leg to DDT the foot!

Tanahashi writhes, Sho tags Kanemaru, and Kanemaru storms up to get the bad leg. Kanemaru SMASHES the knee! Kanemaru eggs Tanahashi on, stomps the bad leg, but Tanahashi glares at him defiantly! The fans fire up as Tanahashi rises, and he fires off forearms! But Kanemaru claws the eyes! Kanemaru runs, Tanahashi blocks the boot to DRAGON SCREW! The fans fire up, Tanahashi crawls, and Yano’s free of the tape! Hot tag to Yano! The fans fire up as Yano goes to untie a buckle pad! Shiro is free and Yano throws him to Kanemaru! Red Shoes reprimands Kanemaru, Kanemaru defends his innocence, but Yano SLAPS Kanemaru on the head!

Yano whips Kanemaru but Kanemaru reverses! Yano stops from hitting bare buckles, Kanemaru runs in, but Yano sends him into the bare buckles! Roll-up, TWO! Yano stays fired up and the fans join in. Yano gets Kanemaru up but Kanemaru body shots, elbows and runs! But Yano atomic- NO, Kanemaru CLAWS the eyes! So Yano CLAWS the eyes! Yano runs, but Evil trips him! Sho stomps Oleg down, Evil drags Yano out, and Evil CLAWS Yano’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands, but Evil and Kanemaru distract him so Sho can CHOKE Yano with a chair! Sho then drags Yano up, puts him in the ring, and Evil takes off his shirt.

Red Shoes says no, he doesn’t trust Evil with the shirt. Red Shoes confiscates the shirt, but Evil has a tag rope! Evil CHOKES Yano with the tag rope! The fans boo as Evil gets away with that one! Cover, TWO! Yano is still in this and Evil is upset with Red Shoes! Evil drags Yano up, wrenches, and YANKS the arm, to then CLUB it! Tag to Sho and he runs up to wrench Yano’s arm and bend the fingers! Sho wrenches again to ELBOW BREAKER! Yano falls but Sho tags Kanemaru. Sho pulls on the bad arm while Kanemaru goes up, and Kanemaru AX HANDLES the arm! Kanemaru wrenches the arm, YANKS and YANKS and wrangles Yano!

Kanemaru isolates the arm with atop wristlock, and STOMPS it! Then Kanemaru hits an ARM WRINGER! Kanemaru stomps Yano, BLASTS Tanahashi, then tags Sho. They get Yano up, Kanemaru wrenches the arm and Sho climbs, to AX HANDLE! Sho grins while Yano writhes, and Sho stomps Yano around. Sho bends the fingers, twists the wrist, then gets Yano up to wrap his arm around ropes. Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Sho lets off but distracts Red Shoes so Kanemaru can bend the arm! Evil tags in, he storms over, and he bumps Yano off buckles. Evil then TOSSES Yano out, and gets in Red Shoes’ face again!

Sho CHOKES Yano with the chair, then Kanemaru drags Yano up. Kanemaru wrenches and hammerlocks the arm to POST it! Sho then puts Yano in while Tanahashi protests. Red Shoes tells Sachou to stand down, and Evil covers. Red Shoes is late to the count, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! Yano is still in this and Evil is furious! The fans cheer, though, and Evil drags Yano up. Yano pulls hair! Evil kicks low, whips, but Yano reverses for the hair-pull takedown! The fans rally up, hot tag to Oleg! Oleg CLOBBERS Evil, BLASTS the House, then scoops Evil to SLAM him! Oleg runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Oleg stays cool and he deadlifts Evil! Sho & Kanemaru attack, they reel him in, but Oleg fights the double suplex to DOUBLE SUPLEX them! The fans fire up as Oleg deadlift GUT WRENCH PLEXES Sho! Then he deadlifts Kanemaru for Shake, Rattle and THROW! The fans fire up as Oleg fires forearms on Evil, then gut wrenches. But Evil CLAWS the eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Evil reels Oleg in. Oleg fights the fisherman to clinch and OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO! Evil survives but Oleg hauls him back up! Fireman’s carry, but Evil slips free! Evil shoves Oleg at Red shoes, then LOW BLOWS!

Fans boo but The House BLASTS Tanahashi & Yano! The House then gets Oleg up, whips him to a corner, Sho forearm SMASHES! Kanemaru ELBOWS! Evil clotheslines! Snapmare and the set-up! Yano gets in but Red Shoes is distracted! Kanemaru DICK CHOPS! Cover, TWO!! Oleg survives and the fans fire up! Evil is shocked, but he vows to end this now! The fans boo but Evil drags Oleg up, spins him around, EVERYTHING- NO, Oleg fights free! Evil knees low, runs, but Oleg CLOBBERS him! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Oleg crawls his way over, hot tag to Tanahashi! The fans fire up as The President BLASTS the House!

Tanahashi keeps going to CLOBBER Evil! Tanahashi fires forearms and body shots, then he scoop SLAMS Evil into the drop zone! Tanahashi goes up, for the SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi stays cool as the fans fire up. Evil wants mercy but Tanahashi runs to SLING- NO, Evil ducks it, and whips Tanahashi into bare buckles! Tag to Sho and Kanemaru BLASTS Yano! Sho & Kanemaru double whip, Sho runs up to forearm smash! Feed to Kanemaru’s basement dropkick! They DOUBLE SMASH the knees! Sho clamps on the KNEEBAR!! Tanahashi endures, the fans rally, but Yano stomps Sho!

Kanemaru CLAWS Yano’s eyes and TOSSES him out! Evil gets in with the chair! Red Shoes stops Evil but Sho sneaks his Torture Tool! The Murder Machine wants to do this like he did to LIJ! Sho lines up the shot, but Tanahashi ducks! But WHISKEY MIST is there! Roll up, OLEG BREAKS IT!! The fans fire up as the House goes after Oleg! They TOSS Oleg, then they intercept Yano! They double whip, Yano holds ropes to taunt them! Yano ducks Kanemaru, shoves him into Evil, then shoves Red Shoes aside so he can DOUBLE LOW BLOW! Sho staggers up, winds up with the wrench, but Yano dodges!

SHOTEI from Tanahashi, then he SLINGBLADES Sho down! Oleg returns and he hauls Sho up! Oleg fireman’s carries Sho, and hits the ROLLING SENTON! Tanahashi is up top, HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, Team Go Ace wins!!

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (NEW NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions)

A huge victory for The Ace of the Universe, for the Producer, and for the Young Lion! Oleg goes right from new kid on the block to a champion alongside two living legends! The House regroups, will they ever learn their lesson?

As for the new champs, Yano presents Oleg with his own high schooler blazer! It might be a couple sizes too small, but Yano still helps Oleg get it on! Oleg smiles as he is presented one of the belts, and is truly part of the club! Yano gets Shiro the buckle pad to join in on the photo op! And of course, they do the squat! Tanahashi-sachou then gets the mic so that he may speak. “Long time no see, Taiwan! Thank you very much, xièxiè.” Fans applaud his use of Mandarin! Tanahashi continues to say that NJPW hasn’t been able to visit Taiwan in some time, “but we’ll be back a lot from now on!” The fans love the sound of that!

Tanahashi vows to “keep NJPW fired up in Taiwan,” and that they’ll see them again very soon. “And finally… Taiwan, ASHITEMAAASU~!” The fans cheer and once again, the bad boy champs squat for the photo op. Will this unique trio lead the way into a brighter future for not just NJPW, but for the entire Wrestling World?


My Thoughts:

A great event for NJPW’s return to Taiwan, though things went about how you’d expect as far as results. Great stuff in the non-title matches, and really great win for Douki over Fujita. Douki giving Sho a taste of his own medicine with the theft of the belt is great, I hope Douki literally holds onto the belt until the final round of the Best of Super Juniors. Great tag title match from Bishamon VS Sanada & Yuya, with a great win for Bishamon. I figured Yuya was taking that pin, but he and Sanada make a pretty good team, maybe they’ll try again.

And great stuff in the NEVER Openweight Six Man tournament, but I had a feeling it was going to be Tanahashi’s team winning in the end. At least, once it was them against House of Torture, it was certainly clear. It wasn’t even that Tanahashi is President of NJPW. Evil wasn’t gonna just get a belt to replace the NEVER Openweight title, and Takagi wasn’t gonna be Mr. NEVER right away, so why not put these belts back on Tanahashi and a team he now leads. Great honor for Oleg as he hasn’t even gone from Young Lion to established guy with a gimmick. Oleg’s shown he can have fun and goof around, I think he’ll be a great third man to Tanahashi & Yano.

My Score: 8.7/10


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