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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Countdown Show – Joe Gacy VS Shawn Spears; Gacy wins.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships: Bron Breakker & Baron Corbin VS Axiom & Nathan Frazer; Bron & Corbin win and retain the titles.
  • NXT North American Championship Triple Threat: Oba Femi VS Josh Briggs VS DIJAK; Oba wins and retains the title.
  • Six Woman Tag: Thea Hail, Fallon Henley & Kelani Jordan VS Jacy Jayne, Kiana James & Izzi Dame; Thea, Fallon & Kelani win.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Lyra Valkyria VS Roxanne Perez; Roxie wins and becomes the new NXT Women’s Champion.
  • NXT Championship: Ilja Dragunov VS Tony D’Angelo; Dragunov wins and retains the title.
  • Trick Williams VS Carmelo Hayes; Trick wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Stand & Deliver “Countdown” Show!

Join Megan Morant, Sam Roberts and… “Miss Stand & Deliver,” Arianna Grace in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action tonight. Though not surprisingly, Arianna thinks this excitement is all about her…

 

The Wolf Dogs chowed down in Philly.

Bron Breakker and Baron Corbin compared the two best Philly Cheesesteaks, Pat’s VS Geno’s. And of course, they disagreed. Bron said Pat’s, Corbin said Geno’s, and that upset Corbin because this close to their tag title match, they need to be on the same page! Bron said Pat’s cheesesteak is the Wolf Dogs of cheesesteaks. Corbin stormed off, leaving his sandwiches behind, so more for Bron! But will these two still be hungry enough to hold onto their titles through Stand & Deliver?

 

Tony D’Angelo speaks.

The streets of Philly are tough, gritty and no-nonsense. Just like home. He faces Ilja Dragunov for the title, but a wise man once said that you may have to go through Hell, but you’ll be a better man for it. Is Tony ready for this? Tony says, “See you, Champ.” We pan over, and he’s looking up at the Rocky Balboa statue. Will Tony bring out his inner Italian Stallion as he faces the Mad Dragon?

 

Ridge Holland joins the panel.

Megan welcomes him to the show, and he thanks Ava Raine for giving him chance. Megan asks if being here has him feeling emotional, and he says of course. As much as he wants to be in that ring, he made the decision to step away for the sake of himself and his family. And speaking of Family, Dragunov may be taking on more than even he can handle with the D’Angelo Family. Interacting with the D’Angelo Family has Dragunov looking out of sorts for the first time in a long time. Ridge knows Tony will have to dig even deeper than he ever has before to defeat Dragunov, match the physicality, and Dragunov will surely bring that out of Tony.

Then once the bell rings, are the games over? Well, you can’t just call yourself The Don and expect people to come along. The fans have accepted it, but for those who don’t accept it, there are consequences. Sam wonders if Dragunov doesn’t realize that Tony is the first person to not play Dragunov’s game but is forcing Dragunov to play his. Moving on, the Six Woman Tag of Thea, Fallon & Kelani VS Kiana, Jacy & Izzi is full of grudges, a battle of cliques, but we all know Kliqs run WWE. Certainly joining likeminded people help you get ahead, and a lot of this was Thea realizing who really were her friends.

Megan says it is so good to see Thea back to her true self. Jacy may never have been Thea’s real friend, but she did help awaken something in Thea. Jacy may have made a big mistake doing that, fiery Thea is going to be a lot to handle. Ridge knows the ups and downs of figuring out who you are and then embracing it. And speaking of, Joe Gacy has surely embraced his true self, even if it is rather manic. Gacy and Shawn Spears are set to throw down in the countdown, who will truly Stand & Deliver?

 

Countdown Show – Joe Gacy VS Shawn Spears!

After surviving #HardJustice, the madman of NXT now faces The Chair Man and the “painful truth.” Will Gacy turn everything Upside-Down on Spears? Or will Spears-

Wait, RIDGE HOLLAND attacks Gacy with a chair?! The fans boo, Ridge said he was taking a step away from things! Spears smiles, though, he feels this is the “truth” he brought out of Ridge! Gacy snarls, hobbles his way into the ring, and he still wants to fight! The bell rings, Spears runs up, but Gacy TOSSES him up and out! Gacy’s suffered more than a chair shot, so he runs and DIVES to take Spears down! The fans fire up, Gacy puts Spears in, and then Gacy goes up the corner. But Spears runs up to spring right up, and SUPER ARM-DRAG Gacy away! Gacy writhes, goes to the apron, and Spears storms up to throw haymakers.

The fans rally for Gacy but Spears whips him into a POST! Gacy writhes, the ref checks, but Gacy refuses to quit. So Spears throws forearms into that lower back! Spears then scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Spears mockingly asks if Gacy hurts, then he CHOPS Gacy! The fans “WOO~” as Gacy CHOPS back! Spears CHOPS, Gacy CHOPS, then Gacy CHOPS and runs, into a CHOP! Spears runs, but Gacy CHOPS back! Gacy runs, but Spears CHOPS again! Spears runs, but he fakes Gacy out to trip him! BOSTON CRAB! Gacy endures as Spears sits deep on the hold! Gacy fights up, moves around, and the fans rally for him.

Gacy claws his way over, and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Spears lets off at 4, and Spears scowls as the fans duel. Spears stands Gacy up, puts him on the top rope, and then climbs up. Spears again asks if it hurts, but Gacy throws elbows! Spears falls, Gacy adjusts, but Spears comes back! Gacy DECKS him, then adjusts to CROSSBODY! But Spears rolls it through, TWO! Gacy gets up, and gets Spears for a SAIDO! The fans fire up while both men are down! Spears goes to ropes and drags himself up. Gacy throws body shots, Spears throws haymakers, then Gacy throws haymakers. Gacy whips, Spears reverses but Gacy CLOBBERS him!

Gacy rallies, BOOTS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! The fans fire up with Gacy while Spears flounders to a corner. Gacy runs in to ELBOW Spears, clothesline, and short arm LARIAT! The fans fire up as Gacy LIONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Spears survives and bails out but the fans rally up. Gacy builds speed and DIVES, but into a forearm! Spears drags Gacy out, suplexes, but Gacy headstands on the apron! So Spears BOOTS him! Spears brings Gacy around to APRON BACK SUPLEX! The ring count climbs but Spears rolls in at 4 of 10. Gacy flounders, Spears dares him to get in, and Gacy stands at 8 of 10. Spears slingshots Gacy to the top rope! SUPER DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO!!

Gacy survives and Spears grows frustrated. Spears vows to end this, reels Gacy into a fireman’s carry, but Gacy slips free! Clinch but Spears throws elbows! Gacy gets Spears again, but Spears arm-drags free! Spears fireman’s carries, Gacy sunset flips but Spears sits on it! Cover, TWO! Gacy gets Spears now, URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Spears survives and Gacy grits his teeth while clutching his back. The fans rally back up, Spears goes to the apron, but Gacy goes up the corner. Gacy aims and Spears freaks out! Gacy hops down to BOOT Spears, then goes to the apron to SENTON! The fans fire up and Gacy goes back up top! SWANTON FLOP as Spears moves!

Spears gets Gacy up, underhooks, PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO?!? Gacy survives and shocks Spears! The fans fire up and Spears drags Gacy up. Spears winds up to SUPERKICK! Gacy rebounds to ROLLING ELBOW! Then UPPERCUTS! Gacy handsprings but into a BOOT! Spears fireman’s carries but Gacy slips free! Gacy whips, Spears reverses, but Gacy handsprings, UPSIDE-DOWN!! Cover, Gacy wins!

Winner: Joe Gacy, by pinfall

Gacy overcomes the odds, and the “truth” makes him the winner! But will there be consequences of Ridge’s actions? And will it come from Ava Raine or from Gacy himself?

 

The Meta Four are here!

Noam Dar, Jakara Jackson, Lash Legend & Oro Mensah are the hosts of Stand & Deliver, and they parody the D’Angelo Family by eating up at an Italian restaurant. Must be nice to be The Don, right? Jakara can’t imagine walking around whacking o- Jakara, phrasing. But Lash would rather be the NXT Champion. The Dragon and the Don collide, but only one can be champion. Then they parody Chase U as they talk about how friendship brought Thea Hail & Jacy Jayne together. Dar has questions. STFU when Professor Lash speaks! But then the friendship soured, the battlelines have been drawn, and that is a teachable moment.

Another parody of needing the ambulance, just as Roxanne Perez and Lyra Valkyria have needed. Roxie lost a title and hasn’t been able to reclaim it, but Lyra will do whatever she must to hold onto it. Vindication versus validation, but only one leaves champion. CLEAR~! Then they mock Dijak’s Matrix meets Judge Dredd. Now “justice” for Dijak is smash mouth, but The Ruler won’t put up with it. And don’t forget Josh Briggs, he will throw fire and fury in those fists! Three big men, can the Wells Fargo Center contain it? And lastly, in the barbershop, that is the main event. Carmelo Hayes VS Trick Williams, in the City of Brother Love.

Two men fighting for the same thing: the number one spot. There can only be one at the top. Will it be #WhoopDatTrick? Or will Melo prove he’s still HIM? In a city full of history, it is time to make some! Welcome to Stand & Deliver!

 

NXT Tag Team Championships: Bron Breakker & Baron Corbin VS Axiom & Nathan Frazer!

The Wolf Dogs may have had those cheesesteaks, but their appetites for competition are never satisfied. Will they feast on the hopes and dreams of their opponents here? Or will the Undeniable Hard-Hitting Truth be that speed kills?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who the alpha dogs truly are!

Wait! Frazer & Axiom DIVE! And DIVE! And DIVE again! They aren’t letting the Wolf Dogs get their bearings, Axiom goes up to GOLDEN TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! The fans fire up as Axiom puts Bron in, the bell rings, and Axiom CROSSBODIES! Cover, ONE!! Bron snarls, the fans bark, and Axiom runs. Bron blocks a kick, but Frazer tags in to DROPKICK! Axiom DROPKCIKS but Corbin tags in! To get an ASSISTED DROPKICK! Frazer runs, tilt-o-whirls and DDTS! Cover, TWO! Frazer headlocks, Corbin powers up and out, but Frazer redirects, redirects, and then dropkicks! Frazer keeps going, but Corbin blocks a boot!

Corbin FLIPS Frazer, LARIATS him, and the fans fire up! Corbin drags Frazer up, DECKS him, then YANKS him back up. But Frazer lands out to PELE! Tag to Axiom, he fires forearms, Fraezr adds forearms, then they LARIAT and DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Axiom runs up, but Corbin puts him on the apron. Axiom RAMS Corbin, GAMANGIRIS Bron, then slingshots at Corbin. Corbin catches Axiom to DEATH VALLEY DRIVER, then deadlift BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Corbin tags Bron, the fans bark, and Bron brings Axiom up. Bron CLUBS Axiom, digs his knees in at the corner, but lets off as the ref counts.

The fans fire up with Bron and he headlocks. Axiom powers up and out, Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges and builds speed to LARIAT Axiom inside-out! The fans fire up and even Corbin liked that one! Bron brings Axiom over, tags Corbin, and the Wolf Dogs mug Axiom. Corbin throws hands, Axiom flounders, but Corbin keeps Axiom from Frazer. Corbin DECKS Axiom, digs his boots in, but lets off as the ref counts. Bron tags in, drags Axiom up but Axiom fires hands! Bron knees low, whips, and ELBOWS Axiom down! Cover, TWO! Bron does push-ups! The fans bark again and Bron clamps onto Axiom with a chinlock.

Bron grinds Axiom down, the fans rally up, and Axiom fights up. Axiom pries the hold open, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Bron knees low! Bron runs, but into a SPANISH FLY! The fans fire up while both men are down! Bron and Axiom stir, they crawl for their corners, and the fans rally as they hot tag Frazer and Corbin! Frazer springboards ot MISSILE DROPKICK! Frazer dodges Bron to TOSS him, then dodges Corbin to WRECK Bron! Then Frazer slips through a lariat, springboards, QUEBRADA! He powers Corbin into a REVERSE DDT! STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Corbin survives the onslaught but Frazer tags Axiom.

Axiom goes to one corner while Frazer climbs this one, PHOENIX- NO, Corbin moves! Corbin DECKS Axiom, then gives Frazer a DEEP SIX! Tag back to Bron, POWERBOMB for Axiom, then a flip over into- GOLDEN RATIO!! SUPERKICK for Corbin!! Cover, TWO?!?! The fans are thunderous as all four men are down! Axiom goes to a corner, climbs up and the fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” Bron trips Axiom up on the top rope! Bron throws hands, but Axiom fires back! Bron JUMP KNEES! Tag to Corbin, and he runs up, but into a BOOT! Axiom adjusts, Bron is right up! SUPER STEINER into Corbin! Corbin covers, Frazer breaks it!!

The fans are fired up again, “This is Awesome!” Axiom fires forearms on Bron but Bron gives them back. They go back and forth, Axiom gets the edge but Bron UPPERCUTS! Bron runs, Axiom dodges, SNAP GERMAN! Corbin is up, he catches Axiom to UREANGE into a corner! Frazer is up, kicks, but Corbin blocks! But the DRAGON WHIP hits! Bron fireman’s carries Frazer to GUTBUSTER DROP! Bron has the fans barking, and he goes up a corner, only for Axiom to GAMANGIRI! Axiom tags Frazer then climbs. Frazer goes to the other corner while Axiom gives Bron a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Frazer SPRINGBOARD 450 SPLASHES!! Cover, TWO!!!

Bron survives again and the challengers are shocked! They coordinate, Frazer goes back up, but Bron anchors him! Bron body shots from underneath! Corbin ROCKS Axiom, gets Frazer, but Frazer throws elbows! Bron comes back, Corbin gives Axiom a SCRAPBUSTER! Bron has Frazer up, SUPER BACK SUPLEX CUTTER!! Bron roars, he tags Corbin, and Corbin goes up!? The Wolf doesn’t usually do this, but he FROG SPLASHES!! Cover, TWO!! Corbin is furious, as is Bron, but the fans fire up again! Bron brings down the straps as he goes around to aim at Axiom & Frazer on the outside. Bron runs in, Axiom moves Frazer, Bron hits steel steps!!

Corbin storms out, grabs each m an by the neck, and he SHOVES them over the desk! But they land on their feet to come back and DOUBLE LARIAT! Axiom & Frazer mug Corbin, put him in, then ROCK Corbin! Axiom tags Frazer, GOLDEN RATIO! Frazer goes up to PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, BRON BREAKS IT!! The fans are thunderous again as the Big Booty Nephew saves the match! Axiom BUZZSAWS and SUPERKICKS him for it! Axiom runs at Corbin, tilt-o-whirl, END OF DAYS! Frazer runs up, END OF- NO, Frazer slips free! Bron SPEARS!!! Cover, Wolf Dogs win!!

Winners: Bron Breakker & Baron Corbin, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)

This was truly fast and furious, but the Wolf Dogs find a way to win! Will nothing stop this dysfunctional yet dominant duo?

 

The Meta Four is backstage.

Wearing Dallas Cowboys jerseys… Noam Dar says they need to do interviews. And when it comes to Oba Femi, there’s only one man for the job. They all cheer Dar on but Dar says no, it’s Oro. But Oro says you never know if Oba’s in a good mood. Too late, do it. They give him a mic and Oro says we are outside the locker room of The Ruler! They want to know, will it be Dijak, Josh Briggs, or- OH! Oba pushes the door open and knocks Oro over! Well, that match is up next, will Oba prove his confidence with actions rather than words?

NXT North American Championship Triple Threat: Oba Femi VS Josh Briggs VS DIJAK!

It may not be WrestleMania, but this is definitely MEAT Mania! Will Oba be able to survive the odds when he’s up against two men who are on par with his size and strength? Or will we see someone finally defy Oba’s destiny?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly the biggest and the baddest!

The bell rings and the three stare down. The challengers rush in but Oba catches them both by the neck! Oba shoves Dijak away, then he shoves Briggs up and out! Dijak runs up, CLUBS Oba, and then Briggs ROCKS Oba from the apron! Dijak ROCKS Oba again, Briggs and Dijak both kick, but Oba blocks! Oba FLIPS them both! The fans are fired up as Oba then UPPERCUTS Briggs and UPPERCUTS Dijak, then repeat! Oba runs side to side, but Briggs ELBOWS him! Briggs and Dijak BOOT SANDWICH! Dijak runs to RAM Oba, then Briggs RAMS Oba, repeat! Oba is the world’s biggest pinball as Dijak and Briggs continue to RAM him!

The fans rally with “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” Briggs and Dijak RAM Oba, Oba leans against ropes, and Dijak shoves Oba out of the ring. They both go to the apron, and Dijak ROCKS Briggs! So much for teaming up. Dijak LEAPS, but Oba catches him! But Briggs LEAPS, so Oba SMACKS him using Dijak! Then Oba pops Dijak up to DROP him on Briggs! The fans fire up with Oba’s insane strength! Oba storms up on Dijak, and TOSSES him over the Spanish announce desk! Oba then picks up an armchair, and he CHUCKS it at Briggs! The fans fire up and Oba picks the chair back up. Oba drags Dijak up but Dijak throws hands!

Dijak ROCKS Oba, ROCKS him again and again, then makes him take a seat. Oba UPPERCUTS but Dijak SUPERKICKS! Oba sits in the chair, Dijak goes up top! But Briggs grabs Dijak first! Briggs SUPER CHOKE SLAMS Dijak onto Oba and the chair!! They almost wipe out Spanish commentary entirely! The fans lose their minds while the ref checks on Dijak and Oba. Briggs drags Oba up and into the ring, then runs to BOOT in the corner! Briggs keeps going, he BOOTS again! Briggs then shoves Oba out, goes up the corner, and leaps, into a CHOP! Oba snarls as he storms up on Briggs.

Briggs fights the lift with elbows, then choke grips! The fans rally as Oba pries free of the grip! Dijak joins in, and now he and Briggs DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM! Double cover, TWO!! Oba survives, but Briggs and Dijak shove each other. Oba flounders but they mug him with hammering forearms! Briggs and Dijak run, into DOUBLE SPINEBUSTERS!! The fans are thunderous again as Oba shows off his superhuman strength! Oba goes to the apron, he stands Briggs up, but Briggs clamps on! Oba fights with fists, throws more shots, but Briggs ELBOWS him back! And hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX!

Briggs hurries in but Dijak springboards, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Briggs hobbles, this battle is taking a lot out of all three men. Briggs considers his options, and he goes up a corner?! Fans want tables but then Oba body shots Briggs first! Oba goes up to CLUB Briggs but Briggs hits back! Briggs SHOKES Oba, Dijak SUPERKICKS Oba down! Dijak then ROCKS Briggs, ROCKS him again, and climbs up to CLUB him. Dijak goes to the very top to join Briggs, but Briggs fights back! Briggs winds up to SUPER LARIAT!! Both men fall but Briggs hurries to cover, ROPEBREAK!! Dijak survives by that very big foot!

Oba is back and he shoves Briggs. Briggs CHOPS, Oba fires a forearm! Oba ROCKS Briggs, but Briggs ROCKS Oba! They go back and forth, then Briggs fires body shots. Oba hits back, the fans continue to rally with “MEAT! MEAT!” Dijak CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, giving Oba and Briggs shot after shot! But then they hit him back! Briggs fires forearms and elbows, but then Oba CHOPS them both! Oba runs, Briggs ROCKS him! Dijak SUPERKICKS Briggs! Dijak spins, Briggs BOOTS him! Dijak fires up, but Briggs dodges so the BOOT hits Oba! Briggs DECKS Dijak! Briggs fires up, runs and clotheslines Oba up and out!

But then the CYCLONE KICK hits Briggs!! Cover, TWO!!! Briggs survives but Dijak CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS him while he’s down! But Briggs clamps onto Dijak’s neck! Dijak CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS again! Briggs BOOTS from below! And LARIATS! Dijak stays up so Briggs LARIATS again! Dijak goes to a corner, Briggs CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Dijak choke grips to HIGH JUSTICE!! Cover, ONE?!?!? Briggs might be superhuman himself! Dijak runs up to SUPERKICK! Then he runs, into Briggs’ BOOT!! Briggs choke grips, for the CHOKE- DESTROYER?!? Dijak brings that outta nowhere! Cover, TWO?!?!?

The fans are thunderous as somehow, someway, Briggs survives! Dijak drags Briggs up, “This is Awesome!” as Dijak fireman’s carries. Dijak then goes up a corner!? The fans are freaking out already, and then Oba adds on! Oba Electric Chair Lifts Dijak and thereby lifts Briggs, ELECTRIC CHAIR SAMOAN DROP COMBO!! Cover, DIJAK BREAKS IT!!! The fans are electric, standing ovation, and Briggs manages to get away. Oba drags Dijak up, ROCKS him with hands, then POP-UP POWER- NO, Dijak fights it with fists! Dijak pops out the back, BOOTS Oba then runs, to BOOT again! Oba rebounds, so Dijak runs again to CYCLONE KICK!

Oba wobbles and Dijak says this is it! Torture rack, and FEAST YOUR EYES!! Cover, BRIGGS MOONSAULTS!! Dijak avoids it, then SUPERKICKS Briggs! Oba manages to stand but into another torture rack! FEAST YOUR EYES AGAIN!!! Cover, BRIGGS YANKS THE REF OUT!! The fans boo as Briggs bends the rules! Briggs grins but Dijak is furious! Dijak FLIES over the ref to take out Briggs! The fans fire up again and Dijak hurries back up. Dijak finds Oba and POSTS him! “This is Awesome!” as Oba staggers around. Dijak takes aim, runs in, but Oba sends him into barriers! Briggs RAMS Oba through barriers!!

Dijak torture racks Briggs! FEAST YOUR EYES!! Briggs is dazed, Dijak puts him in, and the fans are thunderous! Dijak says it for himself, and then torture racks! FEAST YOUR EYES again!! Cover, OBA RETURNS?! Oba drags Dijak off Briggs and POP-UP POWERBOMBS him onto Briggs!! Then Oba covers Briggs, and wins!!

Winner: Oba Femi, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

Big meaty men slapped meat from bell to bell, and in the end, Oba is still The Ruler! Not only does he sit upon the throne, but he is also the measuring stick of what is means to be a giant! Will no one be able to move this mountain of a man?

 

The Meta Four is still backstage.

As the hosts, they need a successful interview, so they will get some thoughts from Thea, Fallon & Kelani. Duke Hudson says no, not a good idea right now. They’re in the zone. Hey, listen up, Dar is the host so take notes. Thea, Thea! Did you really think Jacy was your friend? Thea gets him in a KIMURA!! The Meta Four gets Dar away from Thea and Thea’s ready to break arms! Will she do just that when she gets her hands on that toxic Jacy Jayne?

Six Woman Tag: Thea Hail, Fallon Henley & Kelani Jordan VS Jacy Jayne, Kiana James & Izzi Dame!

There is no shortage of animosity in this one. Chase U, The Cowgirl and The Gym Princess are all united in how much they can’t stand Jacy, Kiana and Izzi, and the “mean girls” are united by how they can’t stand Thea, Fallon and Kelani! Which side learns their lesson about respect as all six Stand & Deliver?

Wait, the moment the good girls are ringside, the mean girls attack! Kiana of course TOSSES Fallon and Jacy RAMS Thea into the apron, leaving Izzi to CLOBBER Kelani! The fans boo as this toxic take on the Powerpuff Girls, with their red, blue, and green gear, put Fallon in the ring. The bell rings as Izzi fires hands on Fallon, then bumps her off buckles! Izzi whips Fallon into the corner again and again and again, then scoops to BACKBREAKER! Tag to Kiana and she runs up to KICK Fallon! Kiana stomps her, throws hands, then runs to BOOT Fallon down! Tag to Jacy and she joins Kiana. But Kelani saves Fallon from the double suplex!

Fallon tags Thea, then she and Kelani DOUBLE DROPKICK Kiana and Jacy! Izzi tags in, runs up, but into a CROSSBODY from Thea! The fans fire up with Thea’s team, and Fallon WRECKS Kiana while Kelani TORNILLOS Izzi! But Jacy DECKS Thea! Jacy whips, Thea reverses and sends Jacy out! Thean then shakes the ropes before the TRUST FALLS but onto Riley! Jacy used Riley against Thea, and then DECKS Thea! Jacy rains down fists on Thea, then tells off Chase U! Jacy puts Thea in, drags her up and bumps her off buckles. Jacy stomps a mudhole, then she tags Kiana in. Kiana stomps and RAMS into Thea, then tags Izzi.

Izzi & Kiana whip Theta HARD into the buckles, then Izzi runs up. Thea BOOTS Izzi, DECKS Kiana, theN swipes at Jacy! Thea dodges Izzi, but Izzi reels her in to back supelx. Thea lands out, and she SMASHES Izzi! Thea then dodges, tags to Kelani and Jacy! Kelani rallies on Jacy, the fans fire up, and Kelani UPPERCUTS! Kelani blocks a boot to JUMP SOBAT! Kelani kips up, the fans fire up, but Izzi runs in! Kelani DROPKICKS her out then handsprings, clinches, and COMPLETE SHOTS Jacy! Kelani hurries up top, but Kiana is there! Kelani BOOTS Kiana, but Izzi SHOVES Kelani down! It Iz what it Iz!

Tag to Izzi, she clamps onto Kelani and dribbles her off the mat! The fans boo as Izzi talks trash on Fallon. Izzi fires off on Kelani in a corner, then fires more forearms! Kelani hits back and the fans fire up! Izzi TOSSES Kelani away, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Izzi is annoyed, but she clamps onto the legs and CATAPULTS Kelani into buckles! Tag to Kiana, she stomps a mudhole in, then RAMS into Kelani. The ref counts, Kiana handsprings and taunts Thea, to then RAM into Kelani! Tag to Jacy, she says up yours and then CANNONBALLS Kelani! Cover, TWO! Jacy is frustrated but she mocks Thea.

Jacy whips Kelani to the corner, runs up and back body blocks! Tag to Kiana, she taunts Fallon, and she knees Kelani low! Kiana whips, catches Kelani to a COBRA TWIST! Kelani endures, even as Kiana thrashes her around! The fans rally, Kelani fights free, but Kiana CLUBS her down! Kiana whips, but Kelani rolls her up! TWO! Kiana keeps Kelani from her corner, then CLOBBERS her! Kiana stomps Kelani, tags Izzi, and Kiana feeds Kelani to Izzi’s boot! Cover, TWO! Izzi slaps Kelani around, gets the legs again, and she CATAPULTS Kelani, but Kelani springs up the corner! CROSSBODY, but Izzi catches Kelani! BACKBREAKER!

Izzi then BLASTS Thea & Fallon! But Kelani avoids Izzi’s elbow drop! Kiana tags in, but Kelani tags Fallon! Fallon rallies on her bitter enemy, then goes up the ropes! Izzi runs in, but into the WHEELBARROW SHOTGUN COMBO! Fallon fires off shots on Izzi, then SMASHES her! Izzi runs in, but is sent into Kiana! Jacy runs in, but gets a FACEBUSTER! Fallon trips Izzi to CALF KICK her down! Fallon runs up on Kiana but Kiana puts her up top! Fallon SLAPS Kiana first, then TORNADO SNAP SUPLEXES! Cover, Jacy breaks it! Thea gets in but Izzi BOOTS her! Fallon DECKS Izzi! Fallon storms up on Kiana and shoves her down.

Fallon goes up, but Kiana THROAT CHOPS! Kiana goes up, brings Fallon up, and SUPER SPANISH FLIES! Cover, TWO!! Fallon survives and Kiana can’t believe it! Tag to Izzi, then tag to Jacy. They whip and FLAPJACK Fallon, to then 401K! Then TOXIC KNEE!! Cover, Thea breaks it!! The fans fire up and Thea fires off on Jacy! But Kiana whips Thea, only for Thea to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Thea roars, runs and SENTONS onto Kiana! But Izzi gets in to catch the trust fall, and she TOSSES Thea, but Duke catches her! The fans cheer on the Chase U MVP, and Kelani runs up to slingshot and STUNNER! Izzi flops out of the ring!

Kelani goes up top and takes aim! SUPER MOONSAULT onto Kiana & Izzi! And then she even kips up! But Jazmyn CLOBBERS Kelani with her good arm!! The fans boo but the ref missed it watching Jacy. But Thea tags in! And she tells Jacy to “SUCK IT!” Jacy freaks out, but she has no one to tag! Thea grins and the fans cheer her on. Jacy has to face the music now! Jacy and Thea fire off fast hands and the fans love it! Jacy shoves Thea, ROCKS her, but Thea ROCKS Jacy back! Jacy ROCKS Thea, Thea ROCKS Jacy, repeat! Jacy shoves Thea, BOOTS her down, then mocks Chase U. But Thea ducks the discus to THESZ PRESS and fast hands!

Jacy shoves Thea away, gets up, but Thea CLOBBERS her! Thea clinches to EXPLODER! Thea runs in but she’s sent into buckles! Jacy stacks, TWO! Thea stands, dodges and then comes back, body scissors and KIMURA!! Jacy DUMPS Thea out but Thea stands on the apron! HOTSHOT to the bad arm! But Kiana YANKS Thea down! Kiana puts Thea in, Jacy tags Izzi! Izzi grins as she runs up, but Thea ducks the boot! Thea runs, tilt-o-whirls, KIMURA!! Izzi falls to her knees, she TAPS! Thea’s team wins!!

Winner: Thea Hail, Fallon Henley & Kelani Jordan, by submission

Nice guys might finish last, but good girls are always better! Thea celebrates with Fallon, Kelani and Chase U as they all get vindication! Will this momentum be just what they all need to get back on track towards title opportunities?

 

Ava Raine speaks.

The NXT General Manager says if that tag match doesn’t show how NXT has the best women’s division anywhere in the world, then she doesn’t know what will. But she truly believes that the women are the backbone of NXT. That is why she’s excited and honored to announce that soon, we will be crowning the first-ever NXT Women’s North American Champion! NXT gets a midcard title for the ladies, and everyone loves it! But then who will be ready to win that brand new piece of gold?

 

Giulia is in the crowd!

Former NJPW Strong Women’s Champion, and pretty much the star of Stardom, is here in Philadelphia to get a feel of NXT. Could she soon become the new star of this already star-studded Women’s Division?

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Lyra Valkyria VS Roxanne Perez!

The Morrigan and The Prodigy have similar origins of just young girls dreaming big dreams and making them come true. However, the major difference between them is how they handled failure and adversity. While Lyra simply kept fighting to come back from injury, then flew across the Atlantic to start again, Roxie came up with excuses, blamed other people, and gave in to her anger. But will Roxie prove that edge is razor sharp? Or will she fail to take this title back again?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is ready to do whatever it takes to be a champion!

The bell rings and the two tie right up. They go around, Roxie pulls hair to put Lyra in a corner, then climbs up to pull on the bad arm! Lyra gets free but Roxie is right after her. Lyra shoves Roxie down, Roxie gets back up, but Lyra waistlocks to SLAM! Roxie tries again, but Lyra again waistlocks and SLAMS! Lyra facelocks but Roxie wrenches out. Lyra turns that around to wrangle Roxie to a cover, TWO! Lyra headlocks, Roxie powers up and out, then drops to hurdle, but into a fireman’s carry! But Roxie slips free to go for the arm! Lyra gets free, but Roxie avoids the heel kick! The fans fire up as the two reset.

Roxie and Lyra circle, Lyra waistlocks, but Roxie pries free and wrenches the bad arm. The fans duel, Roxie pushes on the shoulder, but Lyra spins through. Roxie stays clamped onto the arm, then puts on more pressure. Lyra pulls hair, chinbars, and she puts Roxie on ropes to then whip her away. Roxie runs Lyra over, “kicks dirt” at her, then runs. Lyra hurdles, drops, but Roxie rolls. Roxie comes back to RANA, but Lyra handsprings through! Roxie runs up but into a hip toss! Lyra runs up to ELBOW Roxie down, then whips her again. Roxie blocks the hip toss, spins around and hammerlocks! Lyra endures, moves around, and around, and she throws Roxie out!

Lyra shakes out the bad arm, but she builds speed to WRECK Roxie with a dropkick! Lyra gets Roxie up and back in the ring, but has to shake out the bad arm. Lyra runs up to SHOTGUN Roxie down! Roxie gets up in a corner, Lyra runs in, but Roxie BOOTS the bad arm! Roxie goes up to DOUBLE STOMP the bad arm! Roxie CLUBS the arm again and again, then wrenches to ARMBAR DDT! Lyra clutches the elbow but Roxie runs up in the corner to UPPERCUT! Roxie wrenches, reels Lyra in and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! Cover, TWO! Roxie stays on Lyra’s arm, SLAMS it off the mat, then clamps on again.

Roxie steps over to drop a knee on the elbow! Lyra hurries away but Roxie runs up to throw body shots. Roxie then wraps the bad arm around ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Roxie lets off at 4, and the fans rally up. Roxie grabs at the arm but Lyra uses the ropes as defense. Roxie stomps Lyra, CLUBS the arm, then pushes on the shoulder. Lyra fights up, throws body shots, but Roxie throws her by her hair! Roxie steps on Lyra’s arm and soaks up the cheers and jeers. But Lyra rolls Roxie up! TWO, and Roxie drop toeholds Lyra to CLUB her down! Roxie steps over, traps the good arm, then CLUBS the bad arm!

Roxie pulls on the arm, and fans freak out for the DARK ARMBAR!! Lyra writhes but Roxie hauls her up! Roxie hammerlocks into the NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO!! So Roxie YANKS the bad arm! Roxie pulls on the arm but Lyra endures! Lyra clasps hands but Roxie pulls the grip apart! Lyra fights around, kicks her way up, and stacks Roxie! TWO, and Roxie still has the arm! Roxie kicks into Lyra’s shoulder and ribs! Lyra still endures, the fans rally up, and Lyra moves around. Lyra kicks her way back up, Roxie avoids the stack, so Lyra stomps her again and again! And again and again and again!

Roxie finally lets Lyra go, but then she wrenches and CLUBS the arm! Hammerlock, and Roxie POSTS Lyra! Lyra slumps in the corner but Roxie brings her up to hammerlock and whip. Lyra reverses to send Roxie into buckles! Roxie ELBOWS back, goes up, but Lyra avoids the knees to O’Conner Roll! TWO, and Lyra goes up, up, but the arm throws her off! Lyra still CROSSBODIES! Roxie rolls through, steps over, but Lyra avoids the knee drop! Roxie hobbles, brings Lyra up, but Lyra fights the DDT! Lyra back drops Roxie away! The fans rally up as Roxie stands, and she swings, only for Lyra to dodge! Roxie dodges, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide!

The fans fire up while both women are down! Lyra and Roxie rise, and Roxie throws a forearm, only for Lyra to block! Lyra windmills, BOOTS, KICKS, KICKS and fires palm strikes! Lyra fires off more KICKS to the leg, then LARIATS! And LARIATS! And SOBATS, KICKS, RAMS, KICKS and reels Roxie in, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO, so Lyra NORTHERN LIGHTS again! Bridge, TWO, and Lyra gets Roxie for a FISHERMAN- NO, the bad arm gives up! Roxie is free, she YANKS the bad arm, and hooks Lyra again! Lyra SMASHES Roxie off a knee and tries again! FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Roxie survives and Lyra is frustrated. Lyra goes up a corner, but Roxie ROCKS her first! Roxie climbs to join Lyra, and she SLAPS her! Lyra SLAPS back! Roxie SLAPS, Lyra SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight up top! Lyra gets the better of Roxie, CLUBS away on her and then goes up to SUPER SUNSET FLIP- NO, Roxie holds ropes to fight the bomb! Lyra still tries, she pries Roxie away, RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Roxie survives again and flops to the outside! Lyra grows frustrated, but she builds speed to DIVE into a forearm! Roxie hurries in, she builds speed, and Roxie DIVES to TORNADO DDT to the floor!

Roxie puts Lyra in fast, runs up, ducks the heel kick to SOBAT! Roxie hops on, POP ROX!! Cover, TWO?!? Lyra survives and shocks Roxie! Roxie snarls, she grabs the bad arm and kicks and YANKS and hammerlocks! Roxie POSTS Lyra again! Roxie drags Lyra out, hammerlocks and POSTS her again! Roxie says this is HER title, and she hammers away on Lyra! The ref counts, Roxie lets off at 4, and she has to remember there are disqualifications. Wait, she exposes a crossbar! Roxie HAMMERS away on Lyra, but then Tatum Paxley slips in? She helps Lyra up, but Roxie DECKS Tatum!

Roxie gets Lyra’s bad arm along the bar! Fans freak out as Roxie- NO, Lyra avoids the stomp! Then she POSTS Roxie in return! Lyra then BOOTS Roxie, CLUBS away on her, then runs up, but is sent into Tatum! The superfan might’ve just cost her idol as Roxie POSTS Lyra again! Roxie SLAMS Lyra’s arm into the post! Other refs come out to help Tatum away, and Roxie puts Lyra in. Roxie runs up to tilt-o-whirl, LA MYSTICA! CROSSFACE! Lyra rolls to a cover, TWO! HEEL KICK!! Cover, TWO!! Roxie survives but Lyra goes up top! The fans duel as Lyra aims, DIVING SPLASH into the CROSSFACE!!! Roxie pulls way back on the hold!

Lyra rolls to a cover, TWO! Roxie ghost pins, TWO!! Lyra escapes, but Roxie SOBATS! Roxie hops on but Lyra dumps her! Jackknife bridge, TWO! Roxie has the prawn hold, TWO!! Both women stand, Lyra blocks the sobat and traps that leg, to GERMAN SUPLEX! Lyra hurries after Roxie, hauls her up to a fireman’s carry, NIGHT- NO, Roxie pops up to POISON-RANA! Then POP ROX!!! Then the CROSSFACE!!!! Roxie wants to hurt Lyra! Lyra flails, reaches out, claws her way, but Roxie kicks the ropes to turn this away!! Lyra is caught, fading, clawing at the hold, BUT SHE TAPS! ROXIE WINS!!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission (NEW NXT Women’s Champion)

The Prodigy clipped The Morrigan’s wings and now she snatches away the Shiny Shiny! Roxie has come through on her own golden prophecy, will she make sure this title never leaves her side again?

 

NXT Championship: Ilja Dragunov VS Tony D’Angelo w/ The D’Angelo Family!

The Czar has proven through furious physicality and undaunting determination that he is a powerful fighter. But The Don of NXT has proven through cunning intellect and sly strategy that he is a powerful leader. When you pit power against power, only the one with something truly intangible comes out on top. Who will be the man with all the power here in NXT?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the unbreakable is truly unbreakable!

The bell rings and the two rush up! Tony blocks a kick, but Dragunov blocks a haymaker, and Dragunov BACKHANDS, except that’s the bad hand! Tony fires off hands, then hockey scrums! Dragunov wrenches out, and he gives it back, even with the bad hand! Tony RAMS Dragunov into ropes, but Dragunov suplexes Tony up and out, going right along with him! The fans fire up as both men hit the floor! The Family coaches Tony but Dragunov SMACKS Tony off the apron. Dragunov puts Tony in, runs up, but Tony ducks the elbow to scoop and run to the ropes! Both men tumble back out but this time Tony gets up first.

Tony SMACKS Dragunov off the apron, puts him in the ring, then runs up. Dragunov dodges, Tony dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Both men fall and the fans fire up! They both stand, Dragunov fires first but Tony fires back, and they go forearm for forearm! Dragunov gets the edge with boxing elbows, but Tony ROCKS him with a haymaker! Dragunov BOOTS, Tony rebounds, but Dragunov ducks the super punch to GERMAN SUPLEX! Dragunov holds on despite the bad hand, and he drags Tony back up. GERMAN SUPLEX! Dragunov keeps the grip, holding his own wrist rather than fingers.

Tony still pries the hold open and bends those bad fingers! Dragunov fires forearms from the left, Tony ROCKS him, and Dragunov braces himself, only for the bad hand to give up! Tony stomps the bad hand, then SUPER PUNCHES Dragunov down! Cover, TWO! Tony waistlocks now, brings Dragunov up, but Dragunov throws punches. Dragunov goes for Tony’s arm but Tony shoves him away, CONSTANTINE- NO, Dragunov can’t stay up in the ropes with the bad hand! Tony deadlift GUT WRENCH PLEXES! Cover, ONE!! Dragunov still toughs it out but Tony drags him up. Dragunov HEADBUTTS, but Tony pushes him to the corner.

Tony RAMS into Dragunov, hoists him up top, then climbs. Dragunov fires elbows, Tony still climbs, so Dragunov fires headbutts! Tony headbutts, then they DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Both men fall from the corner to the apron and then the floor! The Family check son The Don while Dragunov flounders away. Tony runs up but Dragunov ELBOWS him first! Then CHOPS, but that’s the bad hand! Dragunov CHOPS again! Tony ducks and Dragunov chops POST! Then Tony scoops Dragunov to POST him back first! Dragunov writhes, Tony refreshes the ring count and drags Dragunov up. But Dragunov fireman’s carries!

Tony pulls at the bad arm but Dragunov DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS into barriers! The fans fire up while both men are down on the outside! Dragunov drags Tony up and puts him in, then clamps on with a waistlock. GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up as Philly is again Suplex City! Dragunov GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Dragunov hauls Tony up again but Tony pries the waistlock open. Tony switches, Dragunov throws elbows, but Tony ROCKS Dragunov! Dragunov powers through the pain to rebound and PELE! Dragunov runs up to KNEE Tony, runs and KNEES him again! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally as Dragunov drags Tony up. Dragunov runs, runs, and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Tony stays in this and The Family coaches him up. Dragunov rises, the fans duel, and Dragunov storms up. Tony RAMS Dragunov into a corner! Tony puts Dragunov up top again and they brawl as Tony climbs. Dragunov fires boxing elbows, then he goes up to SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! The fans fire up while Tony sputters! Stacks coaches Tony but Dragunov takes aim! H BOMB- BOOT!! Tony stops Dragunov from hitting the knockout, and Stacks has the brass knuckles! Tony takes the knuckles, but then says no, he does this the right way!

But Dragunov CLOBBERS Tony! Dragunov tells Stacks this is what he gets, and he STOMPS Stacks’ fingers! Tony fires hands on Dragunov, but Dragunov fires back! Dragunov CHOPS, CHOPS with the left hand, then MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Dragunov digs his boots into Tony, scrapes him, then runs side to side, but into Tony’s lift! Only for Dragunov to DDT counter! Cover, TWO! Tony stays in this but Dragunov stays on him. Dragunov brings Tony to a corner, digs him into the mat, and tells the D’Angelo Family, “You are not in control!” Dragunov HAMMERS away on Tony, then throws crossface forearms!

Dragunov makes Tony look at Stacks and Dragunov taunts Stacks to do something about this! Stacks gets on the apron, but Tony tells him to stand down. This is Tony’s fight, no one else’s. Dragunov nods, and he brings Tony up. Dragunov kisses Tony on the cheek, and says Tony said it himself, this is just business. Tony HEADBUTTS Dragunov, and then fires off hands! Dragunov kicks back but Tony hits a THESZ PRESS! Tony rains down fists, Dragunov gets away and BOOTS! Then JUMP KICKS! But Tony BELLY2BELLY SUPLEXES! Dragunov goes to a corner, Tony runs up but into CHOPS!

Dragunov CHOPS more, but Tony clinches again! BELLY2BELLY! The fans rally up as both men stand, and Tony clinches. Dragunov fires off hands to fight that, then ROUNDHOUSES! Tony drops to his knee, Dragunov runs and runs and runs, but Tony LARIATS first!! Tony seethes and the fans fire up as he waistlocks and deadlifts Dragunov! Dragunov fights but Tony still GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! The Family coaches Tony to keep on him, and Tony drags Dragunov up to put him in a corner. Tony fires hands, puts Dragunov up top, but Dragunov again fights back. Dragunov fires forearms, but Tony clinches! SUPER BELLY2BELLY!!

Dragunov tumbles right out of the ring! The fans fire up as Tony hurries outside after Dragunov. Tony has to hobble his way over, and they both look around. They both decide to clear off the Spanish announce desk!? They’re oddly working together towards each other’s demise! They fire off fast hands and the fans are thunderous again! Tony gets the edge, he CLUBS Dragunov and hoists him up, but Dragunov fights with elbows! Tony falls, Dragunov H-BOMBS!! Dragunov says it’s not over! Dragunov hauls Tony up, puts him on the desk, and then goes up the barriers! The fans fire up as Dragunov takes aim, to H-BOMB through the desk!!

The fans cheer on “NXT! NXT!” as both Czar and Don are down in the wreckage! Dragunov puts Tony in the ring, then goes up the corner! “This is Awesome!” as Dragunov again takes aim! SUPER SENTON!! Cover, TWO!! Tony survives and shocks even Dragunov! Dragunov hurries back to the corner, he climbs back up, but Tony stands. Dragunov still leaps, but into a SITOUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Dragunov survives and Tony is losing his cool! But the fans fire up with Tony as he stomps Dragunov’s hands! Tony makes Dragunov bite ropes, then STOMPS him! Then PUNTS him! Then URENAGES!! Cover, TWO!!

Tony is pulling at his hair as Dragunov refuses to stay down! Tony hauls Dragunov up, but Dragunov fires headbutts and slapping hands! Tony HEADBUTTS back! Then fisherman, but Dragunov cradle counters! TWO, and Dragunov HEADBUTTS again! Both men wobble, stagger, and Dragunov runs up to BLINDSIDE TORPEDO MOSCOW!! But that’s not enough for Dragunov as he climbs up again! SUPER H-BOMB!!! Cover, Dragunov wins!

Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)

Blood in the mouth, bandages around the fingers, but gold around his waist, that is just how The Mad Dragon does business! His power is undeniable, but will Dragunov continue to be unbreakable? As for The Don, Dragunov helps him stand, an doffers a handshake. Tony accepts it and the fans cheer the sportsmanship. What will it take for Tony to make it to that championship level?

 

Tatum finds Lyra backstage.

Tatum apologizes but Lyra doesn’t want to hear it. Is this really the time? Because it’s not! Lyra storms off, has Tatum just ruined her friendship with her idol?

 

Je’von Evans speaks.

“I got my own hype video? This is sick! Let’s do it.” Evans says he is ready to grind, having been through Level Up. NXT ’bout to find out that your boi is BOUNCY~! The Young OG is coming, see you Tuesday! Evans had fun doing that, will he have even more fun now that he’s reached the next level?

 

The Meta Four is in the ring.

Dar says, “Hello, hello, hello!” This afternoon has broken THE NXT all-time attendance record! Thank you to all 16,545 of you in the crowd! The fans cheer, “We are! N! X! T!” Is NXT only gonna get bigger from here?

 

Trick Williams VS Carmelo Hayes!

Trick Melo Gang said they’d always be here. They were a dynamic duo, closer than brothers, except for one little thing: who was better? Melo won the NXT Breakout Tournament, won the North American Championship, unified it with the NXT Cruiserweight Championship, then eventually won THE NXT Championship, but he just expected Trick to accept his role as sidekick and never live his own dreams. Will Trick make Melo miss him with that ego trip? Or will Melo once again prove he is… HIM?

Melo of course puts Trick’s jersey in the rafters already, but the fans boo as he and his Killmonger vest strut to the ring. However, Trick has a boxer’s robe with the words, “Anointed One,” and the fans are all fired up for “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” The bell rings and the fans fire up again. They cheer on “NXT! NXT!” for making this the main event. Melo taunts Trick, they tie up, and Melo waistlocks then headlocks then hammerlocks then trips Trick to step all over him. The fans boo but Melo says he could do this all day, it’s that easy. The tie up again, Trick waistlocks but Melo arm-drags free. Melo runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, rolls off Trick’s back then SLAPS him!

The fans boo as Melo laughs at Trick, but Trick keeps his cool. So Melo SLAPS him again! Trick DECKS Melo! And ROCKS him, and whips him, but Melo holds ropes. Trick runs up, Melo sends him out, but Trick trips Melo up! Trick drags Melo out to ROCK him, scoop him, and SMACK him off the apron! Trick scoops Melo for SNAKE EYES off the barriers! Trick has the fans on his side as he CLOBBERS Melo up and over the barriers! This turns into a street fight as Trick fires off in the crowd! The fans fire up, Trick ROCKS Melo but Melo hits back! The brawling continues, Trick CLUBS Melo but Melo kicks low.

Melo brings Trick around but Trick bumps Melo off barriers! Melo wants to go up the bleacher but Trick grabs a leg. Melo kicks free, then sends Trick into trash cans! Melo goes up onto the barriers, flexes, but fans boo as he leaps. AX HANDLES take Trick down, and Melo keeps on him. Melo throws forearms, then brings Trick around to Uncle James! Melo slaps the hat off Uncle, but Trick fires off hands! The fans fire up as Trick whips Melo, Melo reverses, Trick stops himself, and Trick back drops Melo into ringside! The wrecked Spanish desk is there, but Trick brings Melo around to pop him up. Melo is on the apron, kicks, but Trick blocks!

Melo kicks free, gets into the ring, and he dares Trick to bring it. Trick says oaky, but Melo ducks ‘n’ dodges to springboard FLYING LARIAT! The fans boo but Melo snarls as he CLUBS Trick in the back! Melo talks trash, goes to a corner, and he exposes a crossbar! Did Melo get this idea from Roxie? Trick STINGER SPLASHES first! Trick says he ain’t stupid! Trick brings Melo up top, right where the exposed bar is… Melo holds onto the bar to resist the suplex! Melo throws body shots, then kicks Trick’s legs out! Trick hits the bar on the way down! The fans boo but Melo gets away with this one.

Melo goes around to kick away on Trick’s stomach and ribs! The fans boo and the ref reprimands but Melo lets off. Melo SMACKS Trick off the apron, puts him in the ring, and Melo slingshots to STOMP down! Melo digs his heel in, talks trash on Trick and Philly, but the fans boo. Melo kicks Trick down, kicks him around again and again, then puts him in a corner. Melo fires body shots over and over, then stomps away! The ref counts, Melo lets off at 4, and the fans boo more. Trick swings but Melo avoids the shots. Melo runs to SHOTGUN Trick down! Melo runs to kick but Trick makes him miss! Trick blocks a punch to ROCK Melo!

Trick whips, Melo holds ropes, but he runs into the pop-up! Melo blocks that, Trick avoids the backslide, Melo springboards, into an UPPERCUT! Melo mule kicks, front kicks, but Trick dodges to ELBOW! Both men go to ropes, they both run in, DOUBLE SHOTGUNS collide! The fans fire up while both men are down! The fans rally up behind Trick as they both rise, and Trick shoves Melo. Melo eggs Trick on, fires a forearm, but Trick gives it back! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder, and then Trick eggs Melo on! Trick is all fired up, the fans are with him, and both men put up their dukes! Trick blocks the low blow!

Trick ROCKS Melo again and again, then whips to LEG LARIAT! LEG LARIAT! FLAPJACK! Trick roars and the fans fire up again! Trick spins, but Melo tilt-o-whirls through! LA MYSTICA! The fans boo but Melo goes up, to shoot the- NO, Trick blocks the three pointer to wheelbarrow, and NECKBREAKER! Then the TRICK KICK! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and the fans fire up. Both men go to apron then the floor. Melo staggers around the way, but Trick is there! Melo ducks the leg lariat to ROUNDHOUSE, and THROAT CHOP! Melo hurries up the apron to FADE AWAY!! The jumper hits right onto the wreckage of the Spanish announce desk!

“This is Awesome!” as both men get up. Melo puts Trick in, goes up, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Trick survives again and Melo says okay, if that’s how it is… Trick goes to a corner, Melo stomps a mudhole! The fans still chant “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” but Melo runs, into a LARIAT! Trick rises, the fans fire up and Trick aims, but runs into the FIRST 48! Cover off the code breaker, TWO! Melo is frustrated now, he’s been throwing his best stuff at Trick and nothing’s scoring! The fans rally but Melo undoes his wrist tape. Melo uses the slack to CHOKE Trick!! The fans boo but Trick fights it and throws Melo away!

Trick runs in, Melo dodges, Trick SPLASHES the ref! Then Melo CHOP BLOCKS Trick’s leg! The fans boo but Melo goes around the way to look under the ring. Philly wants tables but Melo grabs a chair. Melo used a chair to brutalize Trick before, now he’s going to do it again! But Trick grabs the chair, too! They tug-o-war, Trick wins that and JAMS Melo! Then Trick SMACKS Melo! The fans fire up as Trick gets even with Melo with every shot! Melo wants mercy but then the ref sees this! The ref takes the chair, Melo LOW BLOWS!!! Cover, TWO!!! Trick survives and the fans fire up! Melo is at a loss for words!

Melo drags Trick up, tells him this is what he gets, but Trick SLAPS Melo! Melo runs up, but Trick moves, Melo KNEES the ref down! Not again! Melo hurries to go up top, aims, NOTHING BUT NET!! Cover and a spare ref is here! TWO!!! Trick survives and Melo is furious! Melo argues with the ref but the count is the count! So Melo goes back for the chair! The ref says no, stop this! The ref takes the chair, Trick runs up, but Melo ducks! Both men keep going, TRICK KNEE!! Cover, TRICK WINS!

Winner: Trick Williams, by pinfall

Vindication! All of Philly cheers on Trick Williams as he finally whoops HIM! The biggest Stand & Deliver has the biggest moment in Trick’s career! Will Trick take this momentum and make himself the biggest star in NXT history?


My Thoughts:

An awesome Stand & Deliver, and Meta Four even did a great job being the hosts, mostly in that they didn’t overdo it and get in on every possible segment. A great opening video and hilarious failed attempts at backstage interviews was just the right mix for Meta Four. Also, fun stuff in the “Countdown Show,” with Arianna Grace and Ridge Holland being guest panelists. A little disappointed Ridge’s “stepping away” promo really was just his Mark Henry in a salmon pink blazer, just with a slow burn. But great win for Gacy against Spears, and perhaps Gacy faces Ridge next. Maybe the winner of that gets in on the North American Championship scene.

Speaking of, great news on a Women’s North American Championship, I’m pleasantly surprised NXT is getting a women’s midcard title before Raw & SmackDown. Great Six Woman Tag, and great move for the Face team to win. Thea gets back at Jacy, same for Fallon & Kelani getting back at Kiana & Izzi, but it was an interesting note that Fallon looked mostly left out of the celebration after. Is Fallon starting to sour on helping others when she doesn’t get anything out of it? Now, you can bet most if not all six of these ladies are getting in on the Women’s NAC tournament, and certainly many more names like Lola Vice, Karmen Petrovic, even Lash and Jakara. At this point, anyone could win that title and it’d be a good choice.

Great tag title match, but great tag title matches are pretty much an NXT TakeOver tradition. I was very surprised Wolf Dogs retained given how Bron Breakker is “signed” to SmackDown and needs to be full-time over there at some point. Is there supposed to be something about Bron burning the candle at both ends? They need to give him more things to do on SmackDown if that’s the case. Great Triple Threat for the Men’s North American title, though maybe it was one beat too long. All three guys were superhuman, but fans really wanted Dijak to get the title by the end. Oba of course retained, letting Dijak demolish Briggs for him, but it is gonna be hard to get that title off him now.

Another surprising result was Roxie actually winning the title. Tatum showing up made me think she was going to help Lyra have Champion’s Advantage disqualification type stuff, but in the end, that bad arm was the real reason Lyra lost. Seeing Giulia in the crowd, she’s clearly primed to jump right into the top title scene, or might even get in on the North American title scene. Personally, big name internationally, was featured leading into Roxie VS Lyra, give Giulia the top title and let someone who has been in NXT a long time get that NA title. Dragunov VS Tony was great stuff, both in action and the story it told of Tony wanting to do things himself, only to lose in the end. Maybe Tony moves to the Men’s NA title, but Oba isn’t any easier to fight than Dragunov…

And of course, great main event for Melo and Trick. Stronger in story than action but after seeing Dragunov and Tony break a desk, hard to really go harder than that, even in “relaxed” rules. I did appreciate the ref bumps being part of this, that helped Trick get vindication even before winning with those chair shots. And of course Trick was the right call. He’s from Philly, he’s the Face, the fans love him, and Melo is also “signed” to SmackDown, this can be Melo’s sendoff while Trick gets back to the NXT Championship. There’s a lot of space between now and NXT Heatwave in Toronto, but I don’t think they’d just give away Trick’s crowning moment on a TV special like Spring Breakin’. Guess we’ll see as soon as the NXT After Mania this week.

My Score: 9/10


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Will Daddy Magic & Cool Hand Ange never rise?

Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker got the band back together and want those ROH World Tag Team Championships! Will Mike Bennett stop them before they begin?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH World Television Championship Proving Ground: Kyle Fletcher VS London Lightning; Kyle wins and denies London a title match.
  • The Workhorsemen VS Spanish Announce Project; The Workhorsemen win.
  • Nyla Rose VS Riea von Slasher; Nyla wins.
  • Satnam Singh VS Jimmy Jacobs; Singh wins.
  • Shane Taylor Promotions VS Jon Cruz & Artemis Spencer; Shane Taylor Promotions win.
  • Matthew Menard VS Mike Bennett w/ Matt Taven; Menard wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight VS Cole Karter, Griff Garrison & The Premier Athletes w/Mark Sterling; Lee, Action & Top Flight win.

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JD Drake speaks.

“Here I am again, just like I talked about the last time I was here: all by myself. Just because unfortunate circumstances happen doesn’t mean the work stops. So it’s time for me, I reckon, just like I said, to reach down, tighten up the bootstraps and get back to work. All by my lonesome.” But then Anthony Henry walks in! No more of that. Not today, not any day. They’ve been doing this since 2016, so they’ll keep doing this. So you know what time it is? Punch in, knock out! The Workhorsemen are riding together again, but will they get past the Spanish Announce Project?

 

ROH World Television Championship Proving Ground: Kyle Fletcher VS London Lightning!

The Aussie Arrow couldn’t help out Will Ospreay last night on Dynamite, but perhaps that was because Don Callis wanted him to be ready for tonight. Will Kyle prove he is The Protostar and the future of this business? Or will he be struck down by the Lightning?

The Code of Honor is not upheld as Kyle kicks the hand away, and the bell rings. The two circle, tie up, and go around. London wrenches but Kyle wrenches back. Kyle WRINGS the arm out, but London gets up fast. The fans taunt Kyle with “Your Hair’s Stupid!” Kyle just flips them off over his shoulder. The two tie up, Kyle gets around to waistlock and he SLAMS London down! Kyle flexes while London scrambles up. The two reset and feel things out, then tie up. London wrenches, Kyle spins and headlocks to hit the takeover! Kyle grinds but London endures. London fights up, powers out, then headlocks in return!

Kyle lifts, London fights the back suplex. Kyle powers through to back suplex but London lands on his feet! London ducks ‘n’ dodges then hurdles, to CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Kyle is up but London ROCKS him with right hands! Kyle kicks low, ROCKS London back, and then whips. London reverses and JUMP KNEES! Kyle bails out, the fans rally for London, and London PLANCHAS! Direct hit, but Kyle manages to shrug off the impact! Kyle drags London back up to suplex and BRAINBUSTER to the floor! London writhes and Kyle smirks. Kyle soaks up the heat while the ring count climbs. Kyle leaves London behind at 10 of 20.

The fans rally for London, but we’re at 16! 17! London slowly rises at 18, staggers about, and slides in at 19.5! Kyle mockingly applauds, then he stomps London down! Then he KICKS London in the back! The fans rally, Kyle lines up a shot and BODY BLOWS! Kyle grinds his forearm into London, then CHOPS him! London staggers, but he comes back to kick! London CHOPS Kyle again and again and the fans fire up! London runs but Kyle ELBOWS him down! London writhes and the fans rally up, but Kyle grins as he stands over London. Kyle then scoops to SLAM! Kyle paces, the fans rally, and London staggers back up.

Kyle scoops and SLAMS again! Kyle mockingly applauds and waits on London. London stands, but into another scoop and SLAM! But London’s right up! London fires off haymakers but Kyle kicks low. Kyle whips, London ducks ‘n’ dodges ‘n’ dodges more to LARIAT! Then atomic drop! Kyle swings, but into another atomic drop! London SPLASHES in the corner, drop toeholds and gator rolls to a suplex! The fans fire up for London and he goes to a corner. London hops up, leaps, FALLING AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Kyle is still in this but London refocuses. London whips, but Kyle BOOTS him away!

Kyle runs at the corner, but Lnodon BOOTS back! London goes up, but Kyle GAMANGIRIS! London falls to the apron then the floor, but Kyle builds speed! Kyle DIVES and direct hit on London! Kyle puts London in, runs corner to corner, GAMANGIRI! And then suplex to the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO?!? London lives and Kyle argues the count! The ref says it was a fair count, two is two. The fans rally for London but London is in a daze. London sits up, but Kyle snarls. Kyle aims and KICKS! London falls over, but he sits up again. Kyle eggs London on, and KICKS again! London stays seated, so Kyle KICKS, but London blocks!

London ROCKS Kyle with forearm after forearm, but Kyle ROCKS him right back! London fires more forearms, but Kyle gives those all back! London ducks to fire another flurry! London runs, but Kyle BOOTS him! Kyle reels London in but London back drops! And sits on it! TWO!! Kyle swings, misses, London SPINEBUSTERS! London steps through and Canada goes wild for the SHARPSHOOTER! The fans are thunderous but Kyle endures and crawls his way over! ROPEBREAK! But London drags him back! We’re under 90 SECONDS! Kyle turns London to a cradle, TWO!! Both men stand up, SUPERKICK from Kyle!

Kyle reels London back in, for the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Kyle wins!

Winner: Kyle Fletcher, by pinfall (denies London Lightning a title opportunity)

Literal last minute, but The Protostar puts this one away! Will Kyle Fletcher continue to prove he is the greatest ROH World Television Champion in history?

 

The Workhorsemen VS Spanish Announce Project!

We heard from JD Drake & Anthony Henry to start tonight, they’re both 100% and raring to go! But Angelico & Serpentico have been wanting after Cole Karter & Griff Garrison for one final fight. Who puts in the work and heads for the top?

The Code of Honor is upheld, teams sort out and we start with Scrap Metal and the South African Stud. They tie up, the fans rally, and Angelico wrenches to wristlock. JD endures, winds up, but Angelico catches him to a headlock. JD powers up and out, but Angelico rolls off JD’s back! JD hip tosses but Angelico makes it an arm-drag! JD runs up, RAMS Angelico, but Angelico rebounds and bypasses. JD blocks the hip toss to arm-drag for a cover! TWO, and JD sweeps to a cover! ONE, Angelico tries to sweep but JD’s too sturdy! JD kicks Angelico down, but Angelico avoids the senton! Angelico sweeps now, covers, ONE!

Both men stand up and the fans fire up! Angelico and JD reset, but then back up to their corners. The fans fire up as #SNAKEMAN and the Saint of Augusta tag in. Serpentico and Henry circle, tie up, and Henry wrenches. Serpentico rolls, wrenches, but Henry rolls and wrenches to slip around, spin Serpentico and snapmare him into a chinlock. The fans cheer the exchange, and Serpentico fights up. Serpentico pries free, wrenches Henry to a wristlock then snapmare, then ghost pin! TWO, and the two stand up. Serpentico  headlocks, Henry powers out, but Serpentico BOOTS him away! Then Serpentico goes up to RANA!

Things speed up, Henry turns arm-drag into takedown! Henry has a leg, Serpentico rolls and throws Henry, but Henry cartwheels through! Serpentico runs up, Henry drops down, arm-drags, but Serpentico arm-drags back! Henry hits a slick headlock takeover but Serpentico headscissors. Henry kips free, roles reverse as Serpentico hits the headlock takeover! Henry headscissors, Serpentico kips free, and both men handspring up! The fans fire up for the standoff! Serpentico nods, Henry is definitely 100%! They get all the fans fired up, then Henry BOOTS Serpentico! Henry mockingly gives a thumbs up to then give a thumbs down.

Henry runs up to forearm SMASH in the corner, tag to JD! LARAIT, NECK TWIST and slingshot SENTON! The Workhorsemen BLAST Angelico, then JD mocks the string tugging! JD drags Serpentico up but Serpentico CHOPS! JD doesn’t flinch, then he CHOPS Serpentico down! The fans “WOO~!” and even Henry checks on Serpentico. He’s okay! The fans want that “One More Time!” so JD stands Serpentico up in a corner, to JAB! JD shakes his head, he won’t do what the fans want. JD whips, then CHOPS after all! Serpentico sputters, JD tags Henry in, and Henry says he’s got one. Henry snapmares Serpentico to KICK him!

Tag to JD, and JD stomps Serpentico’s ribs. JD drags Serpentico up, CHOPS, but Serpentico DOUBLE CHOPS! And CHOPS! JD CHOPS, Serpentico CHOPS, repeat! Serpentico RODCKS Henry, ROCKS JD, then goes up to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! JD and Serpentico crawl, hot tag to Henry! Henry gets Serpentico’s leg, but Serpentico BOOTS him away! Hot tag to Angelico! The fans fire up as Angelico rallies on the Workhorsemen! Henry gets around, JD runs up, but Angelico BOOTS JD and RAMS Henry into buckles! Angelico arm-drags Henry, then uses him as a step to FLYING LARIAT JD!

The fans fire up but Henry SOBATS! Angelico ROCKS Henry! Angelico then eggs Henry on, gets him for a strike fest, then fires up with the fans! Angelico whips, Henry reverses but Angelico rolls off Henry’s back! Henry jumps the sweep but the EDDY GORDO KICK hits! Cover, TWO! Angelico calls to Serpentico, ROCKS Henry, then tags in Serpentico. The fans rally as Angelico gets Henry up, BACK SUPLEX AX HANDLE COMBO! Then Angelico holds the ropes open so Serpentico can DIVE onto JD! Down goes JD at the ramp and the fans fire up! Angelico gets Henry up, clinches, FLATLINER! Serpentico goes up again, but GRIFF & KARTER are here!

The SAP get distracted by Maria’s baby boys, Henry trips Serpentico up! JD gets in to clinch and BELLY2BELLY Angelico right outta the ring! Henry runs to METEORA Serpentico! Feed to JD, WORKIN’ NINE TO FIVE! Cover, Workhorsemen win!

Winners: The Workhorsemen, by pinfall

Give the assist to Griff & Karter, and they mug Angelico! They know SAP wants revenge but they’re striking first! The fans boo, but now they beat up on Serpentico! Griff gets a chair! Karter drags Serpentico up, Griff takes aim, but Angelico anchors Karter! Serpentico mule kicks Griff! Serpentico gets the chair, but Griff dodges the chair shot! Only for Angelico to send him into steel steps! SAP stand tall tonight, will they be the ones on top at the end of this war?

 

Matthew Menard speaks.

“Now, a lot of you guys gotta be wondering, ‘Daddy Magic, this is a tag team situation, where’s your tag team partner?’ That is a great question. And the answer: I have no idea! I dunno if he’s got a Lamaze class, I dunno if he’s got a little morning sickness, NO idea what the problem is. But I’ll tell you this right now, what I do know, is that tonight, I got a gigantic opportunity in front of me. So Mike Bennett, you little Bean Town B*TCH! We’re in Canada tonight, baby! And I’ll tell ya this: Daddy Magic gets a win over you in the middle of that ring, Cool Hand Ange, Daddy Magic, we got a opportunity at the tag team championships. And THAT, that makes Daddy Magic’s nipples hard.”

 

ROH hears from Marina Shafir.

The Problem is back in the MMA gym, sharpening her skills. “My father was a calculated man. He taught me that in life, you’re gonna have a lot of problems. Some will be big, and others will be small. Some you’ll see coming, and others will sneak up right behind you. He showed me how problems are resilient, moldable, and relentless. So he taught me to become my own problem. And now, I’m gonna teach you.” Marina takes her son’s hand, and the next generation begins here. Will Marina be a Problem the rest of the ROH Women’s Division cannot solve?

 

Matthew Menard VS Mike Bennett w/ Matt Taven!

Daddy Magic spoke his mind earlier but now it’s time to take action! Will Menard win some golden tickets for him and Cool Hand Ange? Or will The Kingdom nip this challenge in the bud?

The Code of Honor is upheld, but Menard holds on at the bell. Bennett gets mad, kicks low, reels Menard in, but Menard back drops free! The fans fire up while Bennett bails out. Menard is fired up, too, but he waits on the “Beat Town B*tch!” Bennett says that’s unnecessary. Bennett slides in, he eggs Menard on but the fans are all behind “DADDY MAGIC!” Bennett frowns, especially as Menard revels in the cheers. Menard tells Taven to kiss his ass! The fans cheer that, and Menard circles with Bennett. They tie up, go around, and Bennett headlocks for the takeover. Bennett says kiss HIS ass! Menard endures the grind and fights up.

Menard powers up and out of the hold, but Bennett runs him over! Bennett flexes, the fans boo, then thinsg speed up. Menard sets up but Bennett reels him in! But Menard back drops after all! Then he clotheslines Bennett up and out! The fans fire up, Taven checks Bennett, and Menard storms out after Bennett to RAM him into the barriers! The fans fire up as Menard rains down fists against the barriers! The fans count to TEN, then Menard lets off to tell Taven off! But Bennett mule kicks! Menard sputters, Bennett whips, but Menard reverses and Bennett hits steel steps! Menard storms after Bennett, drags him up, and SMACKS him off the commentary desk!

Bennett staggers, Menard ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! Taven talks trash and that distracts Menard, Bennett ROCKS him! Bennett whips, Menard reverses, but Bennett rebounds to CLOBBER Menard! Bennett says night night while relaxing on the apron. Then Bennett refreshes the count, gets Menard up and whips him into steel steps! Bennett takes a bow, blows kisses, then drags Menard up and into the ring. Cover, ONE! Menard is still in this but Bennett stays on him with a chinlock. The fans rally for “DADDY MAGIC!” and he fights up! Menard fires body shots and forearms! Menard runs, but Bennett DROPKICKS him down!

Taven applauds but the fans boo. Menard swipes at Taven, Bennett drags Menard up to CLUB him down. Bennett CLUBS Menard again, snapmares, then clamps on another chinlock. Menard endures, even as Bennett squeezes tight and leans on him. The fans rally, Menard fights up again and he throws body shots. Menard ROCKS Bennett, whips, but Bennett stops to KICK the back drop! Then ROLLING ELBOW, and Bennett reels Menard in! But again, back drop! Menard sits on the sunset, TWO!! Bennett finishes the sunset, ONE!! Menard hurries but Bennett gets him for a KIMURA! The fans rally as Menard endures the double wristlock!

Menard fights around, Bennett hooks a leg to slow him down. Menard gets the legs free, reaches out, and the fans continue to rally up! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Bennett lets go, and Taven even tugs at the ropes! The ref reprimands Taven, Bennett looms over Menard and tells the fans to kiss his ass! Bennett stands Menard up, reels him in, but Menard fights the piledriver again! Bennett fires knee after knee, then tries once more! Menard fights it still, so Bennett gives him more knees! But Menard DUMPS Bennett up and out of the ring! Taven checks Bennett while the fans fire up! Menard catches his breath, heads out and he follows Bennett up the ramp.

Bennett mule kicks Menard again! Bennett reels Menard in one more time, but Menard back drops him onto the ramp! Bennett writhes and flounders his way back down the ramp and Taven says the piledriver is no longer worth it. Just finish Menard with some other move. Taven helps Bennett back to ringside and gets him in at 15 of 20. Menard hurries as Taven wants the count go go faster, and Menard storms in at 17! Bennett runs up to ROCK Menard! Menard ROCKS Bennett! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder! The fans rally as they pick up speed, too! Menard fires a flurry and then he climbs up in a corner!

The fans fire up as Menard rains down fists! Menard goes all the way to TEN! Menard hops down, whips Bennett corner to corner, then runs up, but into an ELBOW! Bennett goes up, leaps, but Menard catches the dropkick! Menard turns Bennett, for the BOSTON CRAB! Bennett endures as Menard sits deep! Taven coaches Bennett, then gets on the apron! The ref reprimands, Menard swings but Taven gets away! But Bennett fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Menard survives and the fans fire up! Bennett and Taven are both shocked, but Bennett goes to a corner. Menard stands, Bennett runs in, but Menard KICKS him first!

Menard reels Bennett in, DDT! Cover, TWO! Bennett gets out of that, and Taven slides a tag title into the ring! The ref gets that belt outta there, but Taven slides in! Bennett grabs Menard with chicken wings, and Taven pours something out of a little bag! But Menard ducks, POCKET SAND goes into Bennett! Menard says here it comes! CUTTER for Taven! CUTTER for Bennett!! Cover, MENARD WINS!!

Winner: Matthew Menard, by pinfall

The Kingdom tried to get tricky, but they only messed themselves up! Menard wins big for him and Parker, but Taven CLOBBERS Menard! The fans boo as Taven stomps away! Bennett goes outside to grab the other tag title! Taven sets Menard up for the BELT SHOT!! They’re just lucky Parker is busy on his honeymoon with Ruby Soho. But will Menard & Parker ever rise to the occasion and take those titles from The Kingdom?

 

Backstage interview with Athena & Billie Starkz.

Lexy Nair is with the ROH Women’s World & ROH Women’s World Television Champions, and says this is an Emergency Minion Empowerment Meeting. Queen Aminata put her hands on Athena AGAIN! She has embarrassed MIT and this is ridiculous! Billie says hold on, boss, because Billie’s got something to say. “These girls wanna talk, talk, talk like it’s their show. This is MIT’s show! This is her show!” Lexy points to herself but Athena says Billie of course means Athena. Billie says if Aminata wants to throw hands, then catch some, too! Lexy says, “Baddest one hits first!”

Billie also tells Red Velvet that while she likes to talk, talk, talk, what has she really done since coming here? Athena says NOTHING. And they get it, they attacked the top of the food chain cuz they’re struggling to stay relevant. Well, Athena is glad they stepped up. Velvet & Aminata can call themselves whatever they want. They can say they’re juicy, say that they’re queens, but at the end of the day, they can never say that they are champions. Belt clink! So how about you stir that up, b*tch!? Let’s go. Athena & Billie head out, then they pull Lexy along. Will no one ever dethrone the Fallen Goddess and her protege?

 

8 Man Tag: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight VS Cole Karter, Griff Garrison & The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

While Menard & Parker want after the tag titles, so do all eight of these men! Big Shotty joins up with The Sight to See & The Martin Brothers against Maria’s baby boys and Smart Mark’s stable, who will hit the mark and climb up the ROH ranks?

The teams sort out and Darius Martin starts against Ariya Daivari. They keep the Code of Honor juts barely, and the bell rings. They circle, tie up, and Darius headlocks. Darius hits the headlock takeover, Daivari fights up, and Daivari powers up and out. Darius rolls over the dropdown, keeps moving, and turns hip toss into backslide! TWO, but Darius wrenches to hook and roll for a cover, TWO! Daivari gets up but into an arm-drag! The fans rally, Daivari fights up and pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Daivari RAMS Darius into the corner. Daivari CHPOS, then tags Tony Nese. The Premier Athletes mug Darius, then Nese puts Darius in a corner.

Nese grinds a forearm into Darius’ face, the ref counts, and Nese lets off. Nese runs in, Darius goes up and over to DROPKICK! Darius storms up on Nese, tags Action, and they snapmare to then KICK, basement dropkick, and cover, TWO! Action stays cool but Sterling protests, there’s something in those boots! Action drags Nese up, but Nese pulls hair! Nese puts Action in the corner, smothers him, but lets off as the ref counts. Nese ELBOWS Action, whips corner to corner, but Action goes up and over. Action keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, then tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Nese staggers up into a DROPKICK!

The fans fire up and Action runs, IMPLODER TORNILLO! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Daivari coaches Nese, but Action brings Nese up. Nese gets free to throat chop! Nese ROCKS Action, bumps him off buckles then fires body shots! Tag to Karter and he brings Action around. Karter CLUBS Action, suplexes him, and holds him up! But Action slips free! Action waistlocks, Karter switches, but Action slides under, leaps over, tag to Lee! Big Shotty gets around to headlock, but Karter powers up and out. Lee goes up and over, shoots around again, shoves and hurdles, then drops to DROPKICK! Griff runs up, but Lee DROPKICKS him, too!

Nese runs in, Lee dodges and LARIATS! The fans fire up, Lee beats his chest, and he takes aim at everyone on the outside! Sterling freaks out, PLANCHA for Daivari! Lee turns around, Nese CLOBBERS him! Top Flight is kept back by the ref and Nese puts Lee in for Karter to stomp away! Karter drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles, then tags Griff. They mug Lee, then the Ivy League MVP scoops Lee for SLAM! Cover, ONE, but Griff clamps on a chinlock. The fans rally for “TOP FLIGHT! SHOTTY!” Tag to Nese, he and Griff mug Lee, then Nese CHOPS! Nese taunts Top Flight, but when did Dante grab Karter’s “I <3 Hot Moms” shirt?

Nese fires off on Lee, but Lee fires back! Daivari grabs Lee and Nese DROPKICKS! The ref reprimands but Daivari tags in. The Premier Athletes fires off hands on Lee! The ref reprimands, the fans boo, but Sterling tells the fans to shut up. Daivari scoops Lee, carries him around, then SLAMS him! Daivari stomps Lee, stays between him and Top Flight, then stomps him. Daivari spins Lee around, stomps him again, and Lee writhes. Tag to Griff, he and Daivari stomp Lee, then Griff shoves Dante! The ref keeps Dante back, Griff brings Lee up and over to his corner. Tag to Daivari, the mugging continues and Lee clutches his ribs.

Daivari snapmares Lee, then KNEES him in the back! Daivari clamps on a chinlock, then grinds Lee into the mat, The fans rally as Lee endures, but Sterling says to shut up! Lee fights up, fires body shots, but Daivari ROCKS him! Lee ROCKS Daivari, repeat! They go back and forth, faster and faster! Lee fires shot after shot, but Daivari blocks the kick! The ENZIGIRI hits! Both men are down, they crawl for the corners, hot tag to Nese! Nese STOMPS Lee first! Nese keeps Lee from Top Flight, taunts the fans, and suplexes, only for Lee to slip free! Lee hits a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Both men are down and the fans fire back up!

Lee crawls, Sterling shouts for Nese to tag out! Hot tags to Griff and Dante! Angel Dorado goes up and over Griff, BLASTS the rest, then he fires off hands on Griff! The fans fire up as Dante hammers away on Griff! Dante roars, drags Griff up and whips, but Griff reverses. Griff runs in, Dante slips out, up and over, then GAMANGIRIS! Dante then goes up and up and springboard CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Dante takes off the shirt, uses it to block Karter’s boot, and LARIATS Karter down! Dante shows off the shirt, and says OLE as Griff runs in! Dante BLASTS Griff, then calls in Top Flight and Lee!

The fans fire up as all four men take aim, Dante and Action build speed, STEREO TOPES AND STEREO PLANCHAS!! Direct hits all around and the fans are thunderous! Dante gets Griff in, spins him and hits the INVERTED GUT WRENCH! Cover, Nese & Daivari break it! Everyone jumps in and it is a brawl! The Premier Athletes TOSS Darius, TOSS Lee, and stomp away on Action! They double whip Action, but he handsprings to DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! Action kips up and nods, but Karter storms up! Karter whips, Action goes to the apron then ROCKS Karter! Action goes up but Karter trips him up!

Action tumbles down, but Dante climbs! Griff runs up, Dante drops back to GAMANGIRI! Dante goes back up, aims, but Sterling gets on the apron! The ref argues with him, and Griff trips Dante up! Griff drags Dante down, Karter goes looking for something! Karter slips a chair into the ring! The chair is wedged into a corner, then Griff & Karter stomp on Dante. But here’s SERPENTICO! He undoes the chair and Sterling is furious! Karter storms out after Serpentico, but now Serpentico has that chair! Karter backs off, Griff turns around into a JUMP KNEE! Dante brings Griff around, half nelson for the SWINGING BOMB! Cover, Top Flight wins!

Winner: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight, by pinfall

Spanish Announce Project get their revenge already tonight as they make sure Maria’s baby boys get nothing! Will Big Shotty and the high-flyers be cruising towards title opportunities?


My Thoughts:

A very nice episode of ROH at just 69 minutes. Good squash wins in the middle of the episode, and very good promo from Athena & Billie to call out Aminata & Velvet, thereby setting up each of those title matches for… Wow, it’s probably gonna be Death Before Dishonor in two months? That’s Tony Khan’s pacing for ya. Great return from injury for Anthony Henry, but I do appreciate they protected SAP’s loss by having Karter & Griff interfere. Great 8 Man Tag main event to also flip things around so that SAP make sure Karter & Griff lose. SAP VS Griff & Karter needs to have its true blowoff once and for all, a ladder match for Serpentico’s mask. Next week can announce it, then the week after that it happens so that both teams move on for the summer.

Great promo from Menard to hype up the really good match between him and Bennett. Great win for Menard, he and Parker are surely getting their shot at the tag titles, but I don’t know if they can wait two months for Death Before Dishonor. They can have the tag title match in a couple weeks, Kingdom cheats to retain, tag title contender build in June to determine challenges for DBD. And great Proving Ground from Kyle and London, but of course Kyle wins. Kyle still has a part to play in this Don Callis story, here’s hoping he stays on Ospreay’s side and they become United Empire in AEW while for whatever reason, Cassidy joins Don Callis.

My Score: 8.6/10


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A Block Round 7, but B Block Round 6!

It’s a little complicated, but A Block’s going again while B Block’s getting back up. Point is, Best of the Super Juniors 31 is in the home stretch!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Kosei Fujita; Titan wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Dragon Dia; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Bushi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney; Drilla wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS HAYATA; Hayata wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS Ninja Mack; Taiji wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS Clark Connors; Despe wins, by disqualification.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: TJP VS Blake Christian; TJP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS SHO; Sho wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current A Block standings!

El Desperado: 4-2, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-2, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-2, 8 points
Titan: 4-2, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-3, 6 points
HAYATA: 3-3, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-4, 4 points
BUSHI: 2-4, 4 points
TJP: 2-4, 4 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-4, 4 points

 

BREAKING NEWS for Francesco Akira!

As reported by NJPW just yesterday, The Nova Fireball’s knee injury has taken him out of the tournament. The remaining matches he was scheduled to have will now be scored as “loss by forfeit,” and the points have already been awarded. Therefore…

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

KUSHIDA: 4-1, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-2, 6 points
SHO: 3-3, 6 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 3-2, 6 points
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points
Ninja Mack: 2-3, 4 points
Dragon Dia: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Kosei Fujita!

El Inmortal is still alive in the block, but the Ichiban Young Punk needs this win! The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but do they still fall short? Or will Fujita ruin Titan’s chances of returning to the finals?

The bell rings, they tie up, then break. They tie up again, Fujita wrenches and wrenches and wristlocks. Titan rolls, kips up, bridges back to handspring again, then he arm-drags free. Fujita runs up into a sweep, cover, ONE! Fujita sweeps to cover, ONE! Titan kips up again and the fans cheer. Titan and Fujita reset, tie up, and Titan trips Fujita. Titan runs, cartwheels over Fujita, then dodges him, Fujita stops himself, Titan runs in but Fujita puts him on the apron. Titan blocks a punch to GAMANGIRI! Titan springboards to CROSSBODY! The fans fire up and Titan DROPKICKS Fujita down!

Fujita bails out, Titan builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Young Lions keep Fujita from hitting the front row! Titan clutches his arm, it still beat up from last night. Titan roars and rises up, and the fans rally behind him. Titan drags Fujita up, puts him in the ring, and then covers, TWO! Fujita’s still in this and the fans applaud. Titan stomps Fujita, drags him up, and then fireman’s carries. Fujita fights free, fires a forearm, but Titan gives it back. They go back and forth, the fans rally up, and Fujita kicks low. Fujita throws forearms, but Titan SUPERKICKS! Fujita HEEL KICKS! Fujita runs, but Titan goes Matrix to dodge!

Titan then CALF KICKS and whips. Fujita reverses to LEG LARIAT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Fujita goes to ropes on one side, Titan goes to the other. Fujita runs in to STRADDLE ATTACK! Fujita keeps moving and he PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Fujita drags Titan up. Fujita ROCKS Titan, whips, but Titan blocks. Fujita ROCKS Titan, whips him but Titan reverses to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up again and rally as Titan pounds the mat. Titan roars and rises, then drags Fujita around to step through and deathlock! But Fujita rolls it back, slips free, and he hooks Titan up now! CROSS CAMEL!

Titan reaches out, but Fujita gets the arms! QUEEN ANGELITO, but Titan fights to the ROPEBREAK! The fans fire up and Fujita roars! Fujita goes to a corner, aims at Titan and runs in, but Titan BOOTS! Fujita blocks that to ROCK Titan with a forearm! Fujita runs but Titan follows! LOCO LARIAT! The fans fire up and Titan goes to the apron! Titan climbs the corner, DIVING- NO, Fujita avoids the stomps! Titan comes back, but Fujita GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fujita can’t keep the bridge because of the bad arm, but he just deadlifts Titan for another GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging this time, TWO! Titan survives but Fujita isn’t done!

Fujita waistlocks again, deadlifts again, but Titan fights the suplex with elbows! Titan runs, wheelbarrows, then rolls through to get the legs! Deathlock, JAVE INMORTAL!! Fujita endures, but now it’s the STRAITJACKET! Fujita quits, Titan wins!!

Winner: Titan, by submission (gains 2 points; Fujita earns 0)

Titan’s been on a roll with that devastating hold! Will El Inmortal return to the finals and take the trophy home? Will Fujita just have to settle to being a spoiler in these remaining rounds?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Dragon Dia!

The Sniper of the Skies gets free points from Francesco Akira’s misfortune, but the Infinity Carat Diamond is out of luck. Will Dia shift into spoiler mode and ruin things for Robbie? Or will Eagles still fly high towards the top of the block?

The fans rally and duel already, and Eagles tries to figure out who is getting more. The bell rings, the two rush in, but then back off. Eagles has Dia take it easy, and they circle. Eagles gest a leg, trips Dia and rolls to get the RON MILLER SPECIAL! Dia gets the ROPEBREAK, the fans cheer and Eagles slowly lets off. Eagles slaps Dia around, whips but Dia blocks to CHOP! The fans cheer and Dia whips. Eagles blocks now, so Dia CHOPS again! Eagles drops to a knee, but Dia brings him up to whip. Eagles reverses to go up and around an darm-drag! Things speed up. Eagles hurdles but Dia hurdles back.

Dia runs, ducks the boot and tilt-o-whirl arm-drags! Then he DROPKICKS Eagles out! Eagles rewinds and RANAS! Dia runs up but into a WHEEL KICK! Eagles kips up, Dia bails out, and the fans rally up! Eagles builds speed but has to stop as Dia slides in! Dia fakes the plancha, mule kicks, then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit but Dia holds onto a knee. Dia shakes it out and fires up as he walks over. The fans applaud and Dia gets Eagles in the ring. Dia hops in, goes up, and aims for D D D- NO, Eagles moves, the leg jams, and then Eagles CHOP BLOCKS! Dia writhes and the fans duel a bit more as Eagles storms over to Dia.

Eagles and the fans get a “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” going! “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” The fans cheer and Eagles brings Dia around to step through and tie up the legs in a deathlock. Eagles then uses Dia as a skateboard! Eagles then SNAP LOCKS, and he lets Dia go. Dia clutches that leg, Eagles scuffs him and eggs him on. Dia CHOPS back, but Eagles eggs him on. Dia CHOPS again, so Eagles DRAGON SLEEPERS! Dia fights up, throws shots from below and gets free. But Eagles dropkicks the bad leg!

The fans rally as Dia crawls but Eagles is on him. Eagles sits Dia up to KICK! And KICK! And KICKS! Dia gets mad, Eagles pie faces and LEG LARIATS! Dia is folded up and the fans fire up. Eagles pounds the mat, the fans clap along, and he goes corner to corner, but Dia dodges the double knees! Dia goes to the apron, GAMANGIRIS, then avoids the low 619! Dia trips Eagles to slingshot TORNILLO SPLASH! The fans fire up and Eagles goes to ropes. Dia runs in to 619! Eagles staggers, Dia runs up to tilt-o-whirl and DEJA VU SPIKE! Eagles falls over, Dia STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up and Dia stands Eagles up. Dia runs, rolls, but no Reptilians here! Eagles rolls Dia to a schoolboy bridge, TWO! RON MILLER- BOOT! Dia is free to SOBAT, but Eagles blocks! Eagles reels Dia in, TURBO- NO, Dia goes up and around, MYSTERIO RANA! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives but Dia goes to the corner! Dia runs back in, rolls and REPTILIAN- NO, Eagles fireman’s carries! But Dia fights it to the REPTILIAN KAI! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and the fans are thunderous! Dia roars, and he goes to the corner! Dia climbs, aims, and D D D D- NO! Eagles stops the 4DT, ties up the legs, and DOUBLE KNEE CRUSHERS!

Eagles SUPERKICKS Dia down, goes out then up, for the 450 onto legs! Dia writhes, Eagles steps through to RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Dia flails, reaches out, but Eagles drags him from ropes! Dia TAPS, Eagles wins!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission (gains 2 points; Dia earns 0)

Dia still has the goose egg in his win column after being shot down by The Sniper! Will Dia ever get points on the board? Will Eagles be unstoppable on his rise to the top?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

This is truly a make or break moment for Black Mask and Heel Master. Only one man can stay alive in the block, who will do whatever it takes to win?

But as Bushi is introduced, Kanemaru attacks! The fans boo as Kanemaru stomps Bushi on the floor! Kanemaru drags Bushi up, POSTS Him, and Bushi falls in a heap. Kanemaru stomps Bushi, drags him up, puts him in the ring, and the bell rings. Kanemaru whips Bushi then dropkicks Bushi’s legs out. Kanemaru grabs the bad leg to SMASH the knee on the mat! Kanemaru then drags Bushi to the corner, and he SLAMS the leg into the post! The ref reprimands, Bushi flops out of the ring, and the fans rally up. Kanemaru stomps Bushi, leaves him behind, and the fans rally as Bushi sits up.

Bushi wants to get in the ring but Kanemaru is near the ropes. The ref has Kanemaru give Bushi space and Bushi slides in. Kanemaru goes right after Bushi with stomps! Kanemaru takes Bushi’s shirt away then stomps away some more. Kanemaru drags Bushi and drops an elbow on the knee! Kanemaru has the toehold, Bushi endures, and Bushi drags Kanemaru along to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets go at 4. Kanemaru stomps Bushi to a corner, then drags him up. Kanemaru whips corner to cornre but Bushi barely makes it. Kanemaru runs in but Bushi BOOTS him! And then PENDULUM- NO, Kanemaru stops the kicks!

Kanemaru drags Bushi in, whips him again, but Bushi holds ropes. Kanemaru runs in, Bushi puts him on the apron! Bushi dropkicks the legs out! The fans rally and Bushi WRECKS Kanemaru with another dropkick! The fans rally again, Bushi builds speed, but Kanemaru’s back to dropkick the legs out! Bushi bails out, Kanemaru pursues and he grabs the bad leg. Kanemaru SMASHES the knee on the floor! Kanemaru leaves Bushi behind and the ring count begins. Bushi is still down at 5 of 20, sits up at 8, and rises up at 11. Bushi shakes out the bad leg, hobbles around at 16, and slides in at 18! Kanemaru dropkicks the leg agian!

Kanemaru drags Bushi around, steps through, but Bushi kicks him away! Kanemaru kicks again but Bushi blocks, CLUBS the leg, then dropkicks it out! Bushi gets his own leg moving, runs, but Kanemaru uses the ref as a shield! Bushi moves him aside, Kanemaru blocks the kick! Kanemaru ducks the enzigiri, but not the REWIND HEEL! The fans fire up as Bushi runs up again. CODE- NO, Kanemaru stops the Code Breaker, and then THROWS Bushi at the ref! Kanemaru gets the leg and he SMASHES the knee! The fans boo but Kanemaru goes for his whiskey! Kanemaru doesn’t bother with a sip, he just takes aim! BOTTLE SMASH to the leg!

Kanemaru steps through, but gets BLACK MIST!! Kanemaru staggers around blind, and Bushi goes up! M X!! Cover, BUSHI WINS!

Winner: Bushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

The Black Mask gets the better of the Heel Master, and now Kanemaru is DONE! With no chance at a top spot, will Kanemaru just have to settle for being a spoiler? Can Bushi make that dark horse run at the top a reality?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney!

The Timesplitter leads the block, but time could be running out. Plus, 44 Caliber is aiming for the kill, will he hit the mark? Or can Kushida avoid disaster and head Back to the Future?

Kushida’s on the corner for his introduction, but Drilla rushes him! Kushida jumps up an dover, rolls through and then dodges Drilla’s boot! Drilla fires haymakers, but so does Kushida! Kushida whips, Drilla reverses, and the bell rings right before Kushida FLYING FOREARMS Drilla! The fans are all fired up as Kushida dumps Drilla out, then runs. Drilla avoids the baseball slide, but Kushida keeps him from sliding away. Drilla keeps Kushida from sliding in, and spins him around, for a DRAPING DDT to the floor! The ref reprimands then checks Kushida. The fans rally up, Drilla finally takes his own vest off, and he looms over Kushida.

The ref wants this in the ring, Drilla mocks Kushida checking his watch, and Drilla leaves Kushida behind. Kushida grits his teeth as he clutches a shoulder, and the ring count climbs. Drilla paces, a wild dog behind the fence as it were. Kushida is still down at 10 of 20, even Drilla dares Kushida to get up. Kushida rises at 15 and slides in at 16. Drilla drags Kushida up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Kushida is still in this and the fans applaud. Drilla digs a boot into Kushida’s neck and shoulder, and he pulls on Kushida’s head! The ref counts as Drilla claws at Kushida’s eyes! Drilla lets go at 4, and Kushida crawls.

Drilla stalks Kushida, drags him up and CLUBS him on the neck! Drilla stalks Kushida around, then CHOKES him on the ropes! The ref counts, Drilla lets off at 4, and Drilla backs the ref down to a corner. Drilla then goes back for Kushida, drags him up and hooks him up for a chinbar style abdominal stretch! Kushida endures, pries free and throws elbows. Kushida kicks but Drilla dodges! Drilla drops down for a headlock but Kushida headscissors for the cradle! TWO!! Drilla CLOBBERS Kushida! Kushida bails out, finally takes his own vest off, but Drilla is there to RAM him into the apron! Drilla UPPERCUTS Kushida, then follows him around the corner.

Drilla storms up on Kushida, UPPERCUTS again, but Kushida gets in Drilla’s face now. Drilla CHOPS, then KICKS, then he clamps on that chinbar! Kushida endures, the ref reprimands, and Drilla ELBOWS Kushida down. Drilla leaves Kushida behind again and demands a ring count. The count begins, Kushida stands at 3 and slides in at 4. The fans rally up but Drilla ROCKS Kushida with a right. Drilla mocks Kushida, Kushida snarls but Drilla fires more forearms! The fans rally, Kushida storms back up and fires forearms of his own! They go back and forth, Drilla pie faces Kushida, so Kushida fires a flurry!

But Drilla gets under, spins Kushida, but Kushida ducks to then get the arm! Drilla steps over and ENZIGIRIS! But the FASTBALL hits back! The fans fire up for the Masahiro Tanaka and we’re at the five minute mark. Kushida STOMPS Drilla’s hands! Kushida eggs Drilla on, baits him into an ELBOW, then goes up to QUEBRADA! Kushida then hurries back up, for a MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Drilla’s tough and the fans rally up, but Kushida clamps onto the fingers! Drilla breaks free but Kushida KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Drilla falls and goes to a corner while the fans fire up again. Kushida powers up, runs in, and SHOTEIS!

Kushida puts Drilla up top, climbs, but Drilla slips under! CHOP to the leg! Drilla then drags Kushida off the corner into DRILLA- NO, Kushida slips free! But Drilla ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, TWO! Kushida leaps on, but Drilla pushes the Hoverboard away. Kushida comes back to RAM that bad arm! Then he jumps on, HOVER- NO, SPINEBUSTER! And DOUBLE STOMP ELBOW DROP COMBO! Kushida flounders out of the ring and Drilla pursues. Kushida still wants the arm, but Drilla RAMS him into the apron! Drilla follows Kushida to the corner and grabs for him, but Kushida YANKS Drilla into the post first!

Kushida YANKS Drilla into the post again, and then goes up the corner! Kushida pulls Drilla’s arm into the crossbar! The ref counts, Kushida lets go, and Drilla drops back. The ring count starts, the fans rally, but both men are still outside at 10. Drilla drags himself up but the bad arm lets go of the ropes! Kushida is in at 15, Drilla rises at 17! Drilla shakes out the bad arm, and rolls in at 19! Kushida PENALTY KICKS the bad arm! Kushida whips then hip tosses! Cartwheel and DROPKICK! Drilla staggers, Kushida gest the arm, KIMURA! Drilla endures, fights up, but now it’s the HOVERBOARD!! Drilla flails, reaches out, tries to stack, TWO!!

Kushida lets Drilla go and Drilla CHOPS! Kushida PELES! Drilla wobbles, Kushida whips, but Drilla reverses. Kushida handsprings but into DRILLA KILLA!! Cover, DRILLA WINS!!

Winner: “Drilla” Moloney, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kushida earns 0)

Kushida tried to make Drilla into a one-armed man, but it wasn’t enough to stop him! Is Kushida’s comeback running out of time? Will the Best of the Super Juniors end up being an Abunai Gaijin?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS HAYATA!

The Jet is squarely in the middle of the block right alongside the GHC National Champion. But will Knight be able to take flight? Or will he be left in the Silence of Darkness?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They slowly circle, Hayata avoids Knight’s leg pick, and the two tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Knight wrenches then wristlocks. Hayata wrenches back, but Knight rolls handsprings, and wrenches gain. Knight snapmares then drops a knee on the arm! The fans cheer and Knight keeps on the armlock. Knight brings Hayata up, wrenches again, then cording holds. Hayata slips through, wrenches, but Knight slips through to headlock for the takeover. Hayata headscissors, Knight kips free and the fans cheer. The two reset, circle, and they tie up.

Hayata trips Knight, things speed up, and Knight hurdles, hurdles, then follows. Hayata sidesteps but Knight goes up and over. Knight then arm-drags Hayata, arm-drags again, then runs up and springboards to FLYING arm-drag! The fans fire up and Hayata bails out. Knight aims, but has to stop the plancha as Hayata moves aside. Knight lands on the apron, jumps again, but Hayata YANKS him down! The fans cheer and rally up while Hayata shakes out the arms. Hayata brings Knight up, POSTS him, then brings him back up. Hayata headlocks Knight, brings him around and POSTS him again! The fans are torn but Hayata stalks Knight.

The ring count starts, Hayata drags Knight up at 5 of 20, then into the ring at 7. The fans applaud, and Hayata stalks Knight more. Hayata stomps Knight, CLUBS him, then snapamres. Hayata runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this, the fans rally, but Hayata clamps on with a headlock. Hayata grinds Knight down but Knight endures. The fans rally as Knight fights up, only for Hayata to wrangle him back down! Knight pries at the hold, fights up, and throws body shots. Hayata CLAWS the eyes! The ref reprimands but Hayata whips Knight to ropes. Knight hurdles over the lariat to then PELE! The fans fire up while both men are down!

Knight crawls to a corner as the fans rally. Knight runs back in at Hayata, to STINGER SPLASH! Then a whip and DROPKICK! Hayata bails out again, and the fans fire up as Knight kips up! Knight builds speed, slides as Hayata moves, then goes to the corner for the PLANCHA! Direct hit and Knight shouts “TSUYOI~!” The fans cheer and even high-five Knight, and he gets Hayata up and in the ring. Knight aims, springboards, but Hayata dodges! Knight comes back, to SKY 2 HIGH! Cover, TWO! Hayata survives and the fans fire up again! Knight watches Hayata stir and the fans rally. Knight runs up, SATELLITE- NO, Hayata stops the DDT!

Knight kicks, whips, but Hayata reverses to arm-drag! And atomic drop! Hayata runs and BULLDOGS Knight down! The fans still rally, Hayata BASEMENT ENZIGIRIS! Cover, TWO! Knight survives and the fans cheer! Hayata gets annoyed but he and Knight slowly rise. Hayata goes to a corner, runs back in and SHOTGUNS Knight into the other corner! Knight slumps down and the fans rally up! Hayata brings Knight in, TORNADO- NO, Knight stops the DDT to put Hayata on the corner! CHOP and UPPER ROOM! Hayata writhes and the fans fire up! Knight gets Hayata up, fireman’s carries, but Hayata slips free to cradle! TWO!!

Hayata dodges Knight to slip around, sunset, then Oklahoma! TWO and Knight cradles, TWO!! Hayata escapes, Knight feints the superkick to ROUNDHOUSE! Knight resets, Hayata rises, and Knight runs up to SATELLITE- NO, still no DDT! Hayata gets Knight around for the 403 IMPACT!! Cover, Hayata wins!

Winner: Hayata, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Knight earns 0)

Both Jet Setters get grounded in the same round! Will all flights to the semifinals be grounded? Will the GHC National Champion prove he is the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS Ninja Mack!

Francesco Akira’s withdrawal ended up giving points to Hiromu, Douki, Eagles & Sho, and that ended up bumping The Bone Soldier down a couple spots! Will he take his frustrations out on the American Shinobi? Or will the Mack Attack only add to his misery?

The bell rings, Mack offers a handshake, but Taiji kicks it away. They tie up, go around, Mack goes for a leg but Taiji holds it off. They reset, feel things out, and clinch. They end up on ropes and the ref calls the break. Mack lets off clean and the fans applaud. The two reset and tie up again, and Taiji headlocks. Mack powers up to put Taiji on ropes then power out of the hold. Taiji runs Mack over and fans applaud. Things speed up, Mack drops then hurdles, but Taiji leaps over. Mack stands and strikes his fighting stance! Then finger gun to taunt Taiji! Taiji runs in, but into a drop toehold and LION’S BARRAGE!

Mack aims, Taiji avoids the falling chop, but then Mack FALLING CHOPS again! Taiji bails out, Mack builds speed and the fans rally for the handspring, but Taiji gets in to leap up, REVERSE SHOT! Mack bails out and Taiji builds speed to go up and GOLDEN TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Mack and the fans fire up! The ref checks Mack, and Taiji unties the blue buckle pad! The Bullet Club Special is in effect, and Taiji goes out after Mack. Taiji CLUBS Mack, but Mack throws body shots. Taiji throws a body shot, then he POSTS Mack! The fans fire up and Taiji stalks Mack. Taiji puts Mack in the ring, covers, ONE!

The fans rally as Mack stays in this, but Taiji stays on him with a COBRA CLUTCH! Mack endures, fights up, and the fans rally. But Taiji wrangles Mack into an almost Koji Klutch variation! Mack scrambles and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and the ref counts, Taiji lets go at 4. Mack sputters but Taiji brings him up to wrench and POST in the open corner! The ref reprimands but Taiji hammerlocks and scoops, for a SHOULDER BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mack is still in this and the fans cheer. Taiji goes to the corner, takes aim, and the fans rally again. Taiji runs up, but Mack ELBOWs, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS!

Mack CHOPS and CHOPS more, then fires up, but Taiji ELBOWS him! And CHOPS! And ripcords, tilt-o-whirls, LA MYSTICA! And then BONE LOCK!! Mack flails, reaches out, and the fans rally! Mack claws his way to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Taiji lets off in frustration, and he stalks Mack. Mack throws a body shot but Taiji CLUBS him. Taiji whips, Mack blocks, but that hurts Mack’s arm! Taiji stomps Mack, whips, but Mack reverses and SNAP GERMANS! Taiji stands up into the SUPERKICK! Taiji bails out, Mack builds speed! The fans fire up for the SASUKE SPECIAL! Direct hit and the fans fire up again!

Mack drags Taiji up, puts him in as the ring count climbs, and the fans cheer. Cover, ONE!! Taiji is tougher than that and now he’s mad! But Mack KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! Taiji goes to ropes, Mack KICKS more and more! But Taiji blocks one! Mack swings hands but Taiji ducks them to CLUB the leg. Taiji whips, Mack reverses again and SCREW HIGH KICKS! Mack crawls to a cover, TWO! Taiji is still in this but Mack hurries to CHOP him! Mack says BANG then he goes up the corner! Mack’s up top, for the NINJA- FLOP!! Taiji avoids the senton and clamps on the BONE LOCK!! Mack scrambles, reaches out, but Taiji rolls him away from ropes!

Taiji hauls Mack up, for BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Taiji wins!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Mack earns 0)

Taiji just proved you don’t bring a ninja to a gun fight! Will all of the BOSJ be reborn? Can Mack keep from falling off before the end?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS Clark Connors!

The Rogue Luchador has won two main events in a row, but he’s still only on par with 100 Proof. Desperado wants to be the Best of the Super Juniors so badly, he can almost taste it, but will there be No Chaser to go with it? Or can he make it three in a row overall to head for the top?

Connors isn’t playing around, he’s brought chairs with him to the ring! He takes a seat while waiting on Despe’s entrance, then he pushes the ref aside so he can send one over to Despe. The ref says no, this isn’t that kind of match, but Connors wants a shootout with Desperado. Despe keeps the ref from taking the chair, and says if that’s what Connors wants… Despe picks the chair up, the ref says no, this won’t be a match then! Connors and Despe swing! They clash, clash and CLASH! Both men drop the chairs from the recoil, and now the bell rings! The fists start flying and the fans fire up! Despe knees low, CLUBS Connors, then runs, but into a THESZ PRESS!

Connors rains down fists, but Despe turns it around to give it back! Connors CHOKES Despe from below, the ref reprimands, and Connors knees low at 4. Connors runs but Despe follows to ELBOW! Despe runs but Connors goes the other way! JEEP FLIPPER! Despe tumbles out of the ring, Connors goes out after him. Connors stomps Despe, drags him up, and UPPERCUTS! Connors SMACKS Desep off the apron, but Despe CHOPS him in return. Despe CHOPS again, Connors staggers into the crowd and ends up sitting on a woman’s lap! Despe storms up and Young Lions hurry in, Despe ROCKS Connors!

Connors staggers along, fans move aside, and Connors sits in a chair. Despe throws hands but Connors hits back! The Young Lions keep fans back as Connors whips Despe into the back wall! Connors CLUBS Despe, and now they move through the back of the crowd! Connors CHOPS, Despe hits back, but we can’t see too well because the cameramen can’t follow! They’re continuing along, and a cameraman is there as Connors sends Despe into the corner wall! Then Connors grabs a spare railing and THROWS it at Despe! The ref reprimands, Despe UPPERCUTS Connors, and Connors staggers down an aisle.

Connors topples some railings over then he stumbles into an open chair. The fans move aside, Connors kicks Despe, then ROCKS him! Despe ROCKS Connors back, and then Despe SMACKS Connors off a fan’s chair! The Young Lions usher the fans out of the way, and Despe brings Connors up, but Connors RAMS Despe into the apron! The ref finally starts a ring count, but Connors SMACKS Despe off the timekeeper’s table! We reach 10 of 20, Connors ROCKS Despe, then throws him in the ring. The fans applaud as Connors follows, but then Despe bails out the side. The fans fire up as Despe wants to keep fighting outside!

Connors shoves the ref aside, goes out after Despe, but Despe throws body shots! Despe CLUBS Connors, whips him, but Connors reverses to POST Despe! The fans fire up and Connors goes around the way. Connors grabs the chair from earlier, brings it over, and he takes aim! He SMACKS Despe on the back! The ref reprimands but Connors argues with him. Connors drags Despe up, brings him around, and headlock punches! Connors tells fans to move and the Young Lions hurry to get them out of the way! Connors brings Despe up and whips, but Despe reverses! FLAPJACK off the apron! But now Despe wants to go bowling!

Despe whips Connors and STRIKE! Right into the middle of the crowd! The fans fire up with Despe, but then Connors SPEARS! Both men are down and the fans fire up more! Connors rises first as the fans rally, and he snarls as he pulls up floor mats! Connors goes back for Despe, CLUBS him, then drags him up. The ref reprimands and says not to, but Connors reels Despe in. But Despe fights the suplex! The fans rally but Connors suplexes! Despe slips free! Now Despe BACK- NO, Connors fights off the back suplex with fists! Despe runs up, but into a SNAP POWERSLAM! Luckily for Despe, it was to the floor mats that were nearby!

Connors snarls as he rises up, storms his way over to Despe, and drags him back up. Connors CLUBS Despe, then snarls at the fans. He clears one of the spare commentary tables! Fans move aside and the ref reprimands, but Connors hauls Despe up. Despe throws body shots but Connors ROCKS him! Connors reels Despe in, throws up the Too Sweet, and lifts Despe to POWERBOMB him through the table!! The fans are thunderous while the ref checks on Despe. Connors roars and beats his chest and the fans fire up again. The ref reprimands Connors but he just looms over Despe. Connors drags Despe up and puts him in the ring.

The fans applaud and Connors slowly rolls in. Connors pushes Despe to a cover but the ref refuses after all the shenanigans! Connors glares at the ref, but the ref shoves Connors! The fans fire up for the ref, but Connors grabs him by the shirt! The ref warns Connors, Connors says he’s lucky he’s a ref! But Despe runs up to LARIAT Connors and himself outta the ring! The fans fire up and both men spot the chair! They both scramble over, Connors grabs the chair but Despe stands on Connors’ hand! The fans cheer and Despe ROCKS Connors! Then Despe grabs the chair to SMACK Connors on the back!

The fans fire up and Connors writhes, but Despe goes to get another chair! The ref reprimands. but then Despe JAMS Connors with the new chair! Despe wants fans to move aside again, then he puts the old chair on Connors’ face! Despe grabs his new chair, CON-CHAIR-TO, Despe Remix!! Connors sputters and then feels the pain in his nose! Despe stalks Connors, taunts him, drags him back up, and puts him in the ring. Despe grabs the chair and brings it in again, but the ref says no. Despe and the ref argue, and the ref takes the chair from Despe. SPEAR!! Connors gets Despe again and he drags Despe back up!

Connors reels Despe in, serves it up, NO CHASE- NO, Despe fights No Chaser, wrenches out, and LOCO MONO!! Connors wobbles, Despe reels him in, underhooks and PINCHE- NO, Connors fights free to wrench and short arm LARIAT! The fans are thunderous and Connors goes to a corner! Connors aims, barks, runs in, SPEAR!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Despe survives and shocks Connors! The fans are thunderous but Connors rains down fists! The ref reprimands as Connors hammers away! Despe punches back but Connors traps those arms to just throw down fists! The ref wants Connors to stop but Connors shoves him away!

Connors checks Despe, he seems pretty out of it. Connors drags Despe up, reels him in, and NO CHASER!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Despe survives and the fans are thunderous! Connors is stunned, and then Despe flips him off! Connors rains down more fists of fury! The ref tries but Connors shoves the ref aside again! The ref counts, Connors won’t stop! THE REF CALLS IT!! DESPE WINS!

Winner: El Desperado, by disqualification (gains 2 points; Connors earns 0)

Connors’ rage costs him! He wouldn’t listen, and now Desperado comes away with the points! Connors is mad with Marty Asami, so he SPEARS Marty Asami down!!! Then he TOSSES Young Lions aside! Then he gives one a GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans boo but Connors shows no remorse as he’s the one standing tall. Then he SNATCHES Desperado’s mask!! Then he SLAPS Desperado on the face! Connors then drags Despe out of the ring, stands on his head, and taunts the fans. Connors grabs a piece of the broken table, SLAPS a Young Lion aside, then looms over Despe. Connors sits Despe up, and SMACKS him in the head with the wood!

Connors flips Despe off then throws up the Too Sweet. Connors may have lost this round, but he has Despe’s mask as his trophy. Will Connors be unstoppable in these remaining rounds? Taichi gets off commentary to help his old friend, but will The Rogue Luchador even be able to continue at this point?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: TJP VS Blake Christian!

This is a tale of two tides turning. Being on the hotseat lit a fire under The Public Enemy while All Heat has cooled off. Can TJP keep this historic comeback going? Or will the GCW Champion end the Cinderella story right here?

Blake mockingly puts up the crown, but TJP throws his shirt to the crowd as a free souvenir. TJP tells Blake to stop the crown, he’s not United Empire. The bell rings and the fans rally up. They circle, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. Blake goes for the arms but TJP headlocks. TJP wrenches, Blake rolls and cartwheels, then slips through to wrench back. Blake snapmares to chinlock but TJP slips right out to wristlock. The fans cheer the exchange, and Blake wrenches back. Blake wristlocks but TJP stays on his feet. Blake wrenches again, but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, and drops to TWIST SCISSORS, but Blake handsprings through!

The fans cheer and Blake smirks as he taunts the crown. TJP kicks low, whips, but Blake reverses. TJP handsprings over the dropdown then sidesteps, but Blake handsprings over the back drop! Blake whips, TJP RANAS, but Blake handsprings through! The fans cheer this exchange and Blake again mocks the crown. TJP runs up but Blake kicks low. Blake whips, TJP goes up, comes back, mule kicks, then bumps Blake off buckles. TJP throws knees, then he pushes Blake down. The fans fire up as TJP scrubs Blake’s face! But then Blake bails out and the fans boo. TJP smirks as Blake doesn’t want to be washed clean.

Blake mocks the fans cheering him and TJP on, then paces as the ring count climbs. Blake returns at 9 of 20, he and TJP circle and feel things out. They knuckle lock, then TJP rolls to trip Blake. TJP turns Blake over, hooks up the legs, and the fans rally as TJP messes with Blake’s hair. TJP grabs Blake’s arms to pull, pull and pull Blake into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Blake endures and the fans fire up! TJP brings Blake back for the ROMERO BRIDGE, but it’s a double cover? TWO as TJP lets Blake go! TJP double checks with Red Shoes while Blake goes to a corner. TJP accepts Red Shoes’ reasoning and runs in at Blake.

TJP blocks the boot but not the ENZIGIRI! Blake rolls back, TJP avoids his Pele and kicks low. TJP whips, Blake reverses but TJP goes Spiderman. Blake runs up, TJP ROCKS him, but Blake jumps up as TJP rams in! GUILLOTINE SPLASH! TJP flops to the floor, Blake builds speed and fans fire up for the FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and down goes TJP! Blake walks it off, then mocks the fans clapping. Blake flips them off, the fans boo, and Blake goes back for TJP. Red Shoes checks TJP, TJP clutches his side but seems otherwise okay. Blake puts TJP in, follows, but now it might be TJP’s arm that’s bothering him.

Red Shoes has Blake stay back so he can check TJP. That arm is really bothering TJP, so Blake shoves Red Shoes aside to RAM TJP into a corner! Blake wrenches the arm, hits an ELBOW BREAKER, then hits another ELBOW BREAKER! TJP drops back to a corner, Blake wraps the bad arm around ropes! Red Shoes counts, Blake YANKS the arm, and TJP staggers away. TJP leans on Red Shoes a moment, but Blake rolls under to then PELE the arm! TJP clutches the elbow as he drops to his knees but Blake smirks. Blake grabs the bad arm, hammerlocks it while he has TJP down, and then he drives his knee into the arm again and again!

Blake lets off, TJP clutches the arm, and Blake mocks the fans rallying for TJP. Blake then isolates the arm to drop a leg on it! Blake wrenches but TJP throws body shots. TJP ELBOWS free, Blake ends up in a corner, but Blake dodges TJP to then BOOT him! TJP flops over, Blake covers, TWO! The fans rally up but Blake puts on a body scissors! Blake grabs the bad arm, hammerlocks it and puts a lot of pressure on the hold. Blake then rolls things to a cover, TWO! Blake still has TJP’s arm, steps over, and claps with TJP’s hand. Blake makes TJP flip the fans off, then he BITES that finger! Red Shoes reprimands and Blake lets off.

Blake mocks the fans more, grabs TJP’s arms, and pulls back on a motorcycle stretch. TJP endures, the fans rally, and TJP fights up. TJP moves around, and flip kicks Blake away! Blake comes back, TJP ROUNDHOUSES! But Blake PELES! TJP goes to a corner, Blake runs up, but TJP goes up and over to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! TJP rises up, storms up on Blake, and atomic drops! WHEEL KICK! Blake staggers to a corner, TJP whips corner to corner hard! TJP runs in to ELBOW! Blake sits down, and now TJP scrubs his face! The fans rally up and TJP goes side to side, BOOT WASH!

The fans cheer and want it again! TJP obliges, and he scrubs Blake more! TJP runs side to side for the second BOOT WASH! The fans fire up and TJP waits on Blake. Blake staggers up, TJP kicks low and reels him in. “ICHI!” Half Hatch! “NI!” Half Hatch! “SAN!” The hattrick is complete and the fans fire up! TJP goes up the corner, aims, MAMBA- NO, TJP has to bail out as Blake moves! Blake wheelbarrows, somersaults and SPLASH! Blake goes to the corner, takes aim, and he somersaults for the ARMBAR DDT! FUJIWARA ARMBAR! TJP endures, the fans fire up and TJP moves around! TJP rolls, but Blake wrenches!

Blake tries to wrangle TJP but TJP uses that to get Blake down! TJP has the stepover, but Blake fights forward! TJP still gets the arm for the PINOY STRETCH! Blake BITES TJP’s hand! Red Shoes reprimands but then Blake has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go one way or another, and Blake goes to the apron. TJP crawls out after Blake and the fans rally up. Blake stands, TJP ROCKS him with a forearm! Blake ROCKS TJP back! TJP and Blake trade haymakers, then TJP CHOPS! Blake kicks, TJP blocks but Blake ENZIGIRIS! Blake reels TJP in to WRING the arm into the apron! Blake gets back up, slashes his throat, and he drags TJP up!

Blake reels TJP in but TJP fights the lift! TJP then Alabama Lifts but Blake fights it! Blake BOOTS, but TJP BOOTS back! TJP grabs for an arm but Blake steps over and STUNNERS! TJP flops into the ring, and Blake takes aim. The fans fire up as Blake springboards, and TJP anchors him! Fireman’s carry, DETONATION KICK! Cover, TWO!! Blake survives but the fans rally for “T! J P! T! J P!” TJP aims, runs up, ONE BY- NO, Blake ducks! And ROUNDHOUSES! TJP JUMP SOBATS! Blake kips up to SUPERKICK! Both men fall and the fans are thunderous! The fans rally again and both men slowly sit up.

Blake finds TJP, throws a forearm, but TJP gives it back. Blake throws another, so TJP gives it back. They stand, and Blake fires a haymaker! TJP fires one back! Blake fires another haymaker, but TJP KICKS Blake’s leg! Blake KICKS TJP’s arm! TJP KICKS Blake’s leg again! Blake KICKS TJP’s arm again! TJP fires off a flurry of kicks, but Blake JUMP KNEES! Blake runs up but into a SUPERKICK! Blake swings, into the FINAL CUT! TJP aims from the corner! ONE BY- SPANISH FLY!! Blake roars and aims from the corner! STEP-UP STOMPS!! Cover, TWO?!? TJP survives and the fans are thunderous again!

Blake storms his way to the apron and slashes his throat. Blake springboards, 450- CUTTER!! ONE BY ONE!! Cover, TWO?!!? But TJP won’t stop there, he goes up a corner! MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, TJP WINS!

Winner: TJP, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Blake earns 0)

That was a fiery battle, but TJP wins not just for him but for Francesco Akira! Will the Public Enemy conquer this tournament for The United Empire? Is Blake’s heat about to go cold?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS SHO!

This one’s gonna be good! It was Wrestling Satsuma no Kuni when Japones Del Mal got his shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, only for the Murder Machine to cheat him out of it. But now, Douki is ahead in the block and could do some serious damage with a win here! Will Douki earn both points and a golden ticket tonight? Or will Sho stack the deck so high it’ll reach the sky?

Wait, Sho is running out here from the exit side while Douki’s music is playing? Sho drops off his stuff and then grabs a chair so he can then wait by the tunnel! But where’s Douki? Sho peeks through the curtain, nothing. Douki is running in from the exit and he CLOBBERS Sho from behind! The fans cheer as Douki gets the better of Sho! Douki drags Sho up, brings him to ringside, and POSTS him! The fans cheer more but Red Shoes reprimands. Douki drags Sho up and puts him in the ring. The bell rings, Douki storms in and he stomps Sho around. Douki drags Sho up again to whip to ropes. Sho reverses but Douki arm-drags!

Douki runs, arm-drags again, but Sho gets mad! Sho swings, Douki dodges, and Douki tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Sho tumbles out, Douki builds speed, and Douki WRECKS Katsuya Murashima! Sho used the Young Lion as a shield! Sho then RAMS Douki into the apron! Sho snarls, drags Murashima up, and puts Murashima in the ring? Red Shoes hurries to usher the Young Lion out, but Sho grabs the bell hammer! Sho HAMMERS Douki, HAMMERS him again, then digs the hammer into Douki’s ribs! Red Shoes finally sees, Sho stops, and Sho drags Douki up to bring around the way. Sho RAMS Douki into the apron!

Sho storms off to the back corner, and pushes through an exit, to bring a dumpster in!? Sho laughs as he then goes to fetch “the trash.” Sho stomps Douki, brings him over to the dumpster, and then knees low into Douki’s ribs. Sho scoops and DUMPS Douki into the dumpster! The fans boo but Sho leaves him behind. The ring count starts while fans rally up. Sho talks trash, the ring count is 10 of 20, an Douki’s still stuck! Douki drags himself up and out of the dumpster, but we’re already at 17! 18! Douki slides in at 19.9! The fans cheer but Sho digs his boots into Douki! Sho scrapes Douki to the apron, pulls a sleeve off a crossbar, then pulls Douki onto the bar!

Red Shoes reprimands Sho while Douki suffers, but Sho pulls harder! Red Shoes counts and Sho lets off at 4. Sho storms in to stomp Douki and talks trash. Sho drags Douki up but Douki fires forearms! Sho kicks low, then he suplexes Douki to hang him out to dry! Sho climbs up onto Douki, then drags him off the ropes in a Canadian Rack. GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Sho is upset so he stands on Douki and pulls on the arms! Douki endures, the fans rally, but then Sho shifts to clamp on the inverted straitjacket! Douki endures, so Sho shifts to dig heels into ribs, and pulls on an arm and leg! Douki endures again, fights around, but Sho pulls!

Douki still fights with his free leg, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Red Shoes counts, and Sho lets off. Sho stands on Douki, digs his heel in, but steps away to bring Douki up. Sho whips corner to corner, runs in, and RAMS into Douki! Sho then hauls Douki up onto the top rope, CLUBS him again and again, then goes corner to corner. Sho runs up to TOP SHELF KNEE! Douki falls, Sho covers, TWO! Douki is still in this and the fans fire up! Sho paces around Douki, talks trash, and digs his heels in again. Douki pushes Sho away, fires up and fires off forearms! Douki runs, but Sho kitchen sink knees! Sho drags Douki up, whips, and kitchen sink knees again!

Sho taunts Douki while the fans rally, and Sho whips Douki again. But Douki turns kitchen sink into roll up, TWO! Sho runs up to kick low! Sho runs but Douki FLYING HEADBUTTS! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Douki and Sho go to corners, and then Douki runs in. Douki ELBOWS Sho, runs, but Sho dodges! Douki still hip tosses, RAMS, then springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Sho bails out, Douki builds speed to WRECK Sho with the dropkick! The fans fire up, Douki stalks Sho, then he drags Sho up to headlock. Douki brings Sho to the dumpster! Sho fights free, reels Douki in, and lifts, but Douki fights the bomb!

Sho tries again but Douki throws hands! Douki RANAS Sho into the dumpster! The fans fire up and Sho struggles to get out of the mess! Douki rises and the fans cheer as he leaves Sho behind. Sho flounders out of the dumpster covered in paper and plastic. Sho throws that away, we’re at 12 of 20! Sho staggers his way over and slides in at 16! But Douki dodges him to then DDT! Cover, TWO! Sho stays in this but Douki stays on him with a Gory Especial! Sho fights free by bending fingers! Sho then CLUBS the arm, but Douki blocks the kick! Douki spins Sho back into the Gory Especial, for the DODON NO JUTSU!! Backslide cover, TWO!

The fans rally, Douki goes to the apron, and he takes aim as Sho rises. DAY- NO, Sho uses Red Shoes as as shield! Then he SPEARS! Both men are down again and the fans rally for Douki. Sho shakes his head, aims his bow, and he drags Douki up. Sho reels Douki in, double pump handle, but Douki flips through to ITALIAN STRETCH #32! But Sho steps on Douki’s neck! Douki lets go, Sho reels him in, STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up but Sho shakes his head. Sho calls his shot again, and he drags Douki up. Sho reels Douki in for a Canadian Rack, but Douki fights free of that! ITALIAN STRETCH!!

Sho endures, moves around, reaches out, but Douki rolls him away from ropes! ITALIAN STRETCH!! Sho endures again, kicks at Douki, steps on him again, but Douki pulls on the hold! Sho falls over and the fans fire up! Red Shoes checks Sho, Sho sputters, and someone rings the bell! YUJIRO TAKAHASHI!! Not this trick again! Taichi storms off of commentary, but Yujiro PIMP CANE SHOTS Taichi down! The fans boo but Sho keeps Red Shoes from seeing Yujiro get in the ring. Douki dodges Yujiro to then DROPKICK him out! But Sho sneaks up to LOW BLOW! Roll up, with tights! TWO!! Sho is furious but Douki survives!

Sho storms over to his ring, grabs his IWGP Junior Heavyweight title, but Red Shoes says don’t try it! Sho gives the belt over, but then he throws Douki into Red Shoes! Down goes the ref and the fans boo! Sho laughs and he goes for his Torture Tool! The fans boo but Douki has his PIPE! The fans fire up and Sho freaks out! They stand off, Sho takes a swing but Douki blocks! Douki powers Sho back, takes a swing, but Sho goes low! Sho grins, winds up, but Douki gets around! LOW BLOW!! Sho suffers a taste of his own medicine! The fans fire up as Douki now has his pipe! Douki uses the pipe to CHOKE Sho, then turn him for a Gory Especial! METAL DODON NO JUTSU!!

The fans fire up as Douki now calls for Red Shoes. Red Shoes returns, none the wiser, and Douki fires up! Douki drags Sho up, torture racks, and swings Sho for the MARISHITE! Cover, YUJIRO YANKS RED SHOES OUT!! The fans boo as Tokyo Pimp just won’t go away! Yujiro sneaks up on Douki, CANE SHOT! Taichi is up but Yujiro BOOTS him down! Yujiro sits Douki up for PIMP JUICE! Yujiro helps Sho crawl to the cover, then Yujiro fetches Red Shoes! Red Shoes sees the cover and counts, TWO?!?! Douki lives and the fans are thunderous! And Taichi throws Yujiro into the ring! Red Shoes is confused, but Taichi storms around.

Taichi takes a chair from a fan, threatens Yujiro, but Red Shoes stands in the way. Taichi drops the chair, pushes Red Shoes aside, and he blocks Yujiro’s kick! LOW BLOW!! And no problems since Yujiro isn’t in the match! Taichi then runs to AX BOMBER!! The fans fire up and Taichi calls to Douki! Douki rises while Taichi drags Yujiro out of the ring and away from ringside! The fans cheer as things are 1v1 again, and Douki aims from the apron. Sho flounders about, rises up, but runs up! Douki RAMS into Sho, then slingshots for DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Douki just fires up! The fans are with Douki as he rises!

Douki wheelbarrows Sho, full nelsons, SUPLEX DE LA- NO, Sho fights free and throws elbows! Sho runs up, but Douki blocks the kick! But wait, it really hurt! What’s in Sho’s boot?! Sho KICKS Douki again!! Douki writhes and clutches ribs, but Sho aims from a corner! Sho PUNTS Douki in the side!! Cover, TWO?!?! Douki survives, even with Sho’s clearly loaded boot! Sho drags Douki up and reels him in as we reach 20 minutes! Gut wrench, Canadian Rack, PIMP SLAM!! Cover, SHO WINS!

Winner: Sho, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)

Surprise, surprise, all this cheating helps Sho win! Sho needs an icepack for his leg, because he loaded his kick pad with a big piece of metal! Will Douki ever get one over on this snake?

Speaking of, Sho slithers over to get the mic so he can say, “Everyone thought Douki would win! You were all cheering for him! You at home were, too! You’re welcome, all of you!” The fans boo but Sho continues by saying, “Different day, same result. The champion is on a different level. A different level to all of you! Even if a scrub makes it to the finals, he doesn’t need to be in the main event. I’m winning this comfortably. Besides, you Osaka folks don’t really know wrestling.” The fans boo again, but Sho says that even if it’s in Osaka-Jo, it doesn’t need to be the main event, that’s how easily he’s gonna win.

“I’m on a different level from every other Junior Heavyweight out there, especially those in this Super Juniors!” Sho drops the mic and leaves Douki behind, will he do this to everyone left in the block?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Titan: 5-2, 10 points
El Desperado: 5-2, 10 points
HAYATA: 4-3, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-3, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-3, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-4, 6 points
BUSHI: 3-4, 6 points
TJP: 3-4, 6 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Here are the EVEN NEWER B Block standings!

Robbie Eagles: 5-2, 10 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 4-2, 8 points
KUSHIDA: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
SHO: 4-3, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-3, 8 points
Ninja Mack: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points [FORFEIT]
Dragon Dia: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

Another great night for BOSJ, and things are starting to take shape here. As I said last time, a shame about Akira’s injury, I thought he could really get things going for himself. But B Block is now just a touch lopsided since the forfeited points put some people ahead of others with less matches. Eagles of course gets a win off Dia, Dia has been “struggling” this whole tournament. Hiromu got the bye this round, so he can’t really move in the block. Kushida may have lost but he’s still ahead of Hiromu because Kushida beat Hiromu in their match.

Great win for Drilla in that, though, and he’s getting going at the right time. Drilla has Taiji and Hiromu left, those are going to be critical matches. Sho of course has to cheat again to win out, but it makes Douki look great and has the fans on his side. Douki has the top two, Eagles and Kushida, and he’d need to pull off some ultimate underdog stuff to beat them both and take a spot from one of them.

Meanwhile, A Block is looking like a race to the top between Desperado and Titan. Despe beat Titan in their match from an earlier round, so if he and Titan both win out from here, they’re both going to the semifinals just like that. Despe has TJP next, and TJP is making a great comeback, while Titan has Kanemaru who isn’t even in the running anymore. But TJP and Kanemaru can both go for a spoiler, so those are going to be really good matches. In fact, Titan also has TJP to top this off, he’s in for two big fights in a row. Though, Connors did a lot of damage to Despe, that adds more pressure to whether Despe can get past TJP and then Hayata after that.

My Score: 8.9/10


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