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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (4/23/24)

It’s Trick Williams’ last shot!

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Will the Mad Dragon Whoop Dat Trick right out of NXT?

Spring Breakin’ returns, and it is a make or break moment for Trick Williams! Either he dethrones Ilja Dragunov, or he LEAVES NXT!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Roxanne Perez VS Lyra Valkyria VS Tatum Paxley; Roxie wins and retains the title.
  • Six Man Tag: The D’Angelo Family VS No Quarter Catch Crew; The D’Angelo Family wins.
  • Fallon Henley VS Jaida Parker w/ OTM; Jaida wins.
  • Beach Brawl: Sol Ruca VS Blair Davenport; Sol wins.
  • Baron Corbin VS Lexis King; King wins.
  • NXT Championship, Trick’s Last Chance: Ilja Dragunov VS Trick Williams; Trick wins and becomes the new NXT Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

The General Managers have a meeting in the WWE Draft War Room.

Ava Raine ins with Adam Pearce in person and Nick Aldis via video chat. They wrap up and Ava thanks them for being here. This is a big night for NXT as Spring Breakin’ is now two weeks, and it is also the NXT before the Draft. Aldis says congrats on the fine job she’s doing here. NXT has a deep pool of talent. To keep it 100, he’s got his eyes on quite a few NXT talents. Pearce says Aldis isn’t lying, the NXT Women’s Division is incredible, and the world would love to see them on Mondays. Aldis will be watching Dragunov VS Trick very closely. Ava agrees, and they will be changing the lives of numerous superstars, so everyone is going to be on their A Game.

But after this week, it won’t be about who goes to Raw or SmackDown but about who steps up to take their place. So one way or another, NXT will never be the same after tonight. All the GMs are in agreement there, but just what will the landscape look like after tonight’s main event?

 

NXT Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Roxanne Perez VS Lyra Valkyria VS Tatum Paxley!

Speaking of that landscape, The Prodigy is back on top of the Women’s Division, for now. She thought she could just slip away while The Morrigan and the twisted Tatum fought it out, but Ava wasn’t going to let her have it so easy. The odds have drastic gone down for Roxie, will she be able to survive? Or will there be a new champion crowned to start off the night?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Spring Breakin’ is already heating up!

The bell rings and Roxie is wary of both challengers. Tatum creeps up but Lyra TACKLES Tatum! Lyra fires hands, Tatum BOOTS her away, but then Lyra runs up to kick low! Lyra stomps Tatum in the corner and Roxie seems to be getting what she wanted all along. Tatum BOOTS Lyra then rolls her up, but Roxie breaks it! Roxie TOSSES Lyra, but Tatum creeps up on her! Tatum also creeps Roxie out, and she backs up, for Lyra to trip her and drag her out! Lyra CLUBS and KNEES Roxie, but Roxie shoves her away. Tatum runs but Lyra blocks the copycat dropkick! Lyra drags Tatum out to trip her up and Tatum hits the apron!

Lyra gets Roxie up, meeting of the minds for Roxie and Tatum! Lyra then runs to WRECK them both with the dropkick! The fans fire up as Lyra goes out to fetch Tatum. Lyra puts her in, climbs up a corner, but Roxie drags her down! Lyra kicks Roxie away, then BOOTS her down! Lyra continues the climb, the fans duel, but Lyra jumps over Tatum. Tatum runs up at her, Lyra dodges to springboard and CROSSBODY! Lyra gets Tatum up, blocks a shot and SLAPS Tatum, to then SHOTGUN her down! Lyra whips corner to corner, then reels Tatum in for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, Roxie breaks it!

Roxie drags Lyra up to fire hands! The fans duel, Roxie UPPERCUTS and whips but Lyra reverses to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! The fans rally as Lyra brings Roxie up. Roxie fights the waistlock with elbows, then drops to victory roll! TWO, Lyra has it, TWO! Both get up, Roxie goes for an arm, but Lyra slips free. Lyra waistlocks, Roxie switches, Tatum joins in! Roxie ELBOWS Tatum, O’Conner Rolls Lyra, TWO! Roxie tumbles out hard! Tatum waistlocks Lyra but Lyra switches! O’Conner, TWO! Lyra goes up, Roxie is there to SHOVE her down! Roxie then goes up, tells Lyra off, but Tatum runs up!

Roxie ROCKS Tatum first, then CROSSBODIES! But Tatum rolls through! TWO!! Roxie knees low, says Tatum isn’t getting her title! But Tatum TOSSES Roxie out onto Lyra! The fans fire u pas Tatum says it IS her title now! Tatum says she told Lyra so, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Tatum storms out to fetch Lyra up and SMACKS Lyra’s arm on the apron! Tatum CLUBS Lyra, then clamps onto the bad arm to POST it! Tatum drags Lyra back up to put her in the ring, but Roxie anchors her foot! Tatum kicks Roxie away into the steel steps! Tatum slides in but Lyra drop toeholds! But Tatum avoids the elbow drop! Tatum drops a knee on the bad arm! Tatum SLAPS the hand into a knuckle lock and twists the wrist! Lyra endures, Tatum YANKS the arm, and then brings Lyra up. Tatum whips Lyra to the corner, runs corner to corner to CROSSBODY! Roxie adds a SHOTGUN and takes them both down!

Roxie drags Lyra up, but Lyra RAMS into her! And again! Roxie CLUBS Lyra down, hauls her back up, and whips. Lyra CROSSBODIES but Roxie rolls through! Roxie YANKS the bad arm! Lyra endures as Roxie pulls on the arm, fights up to stack Roxie, TWO as Roxie kicks her away! Roxie then gets Lyra’s arm to wrench and YANK! And RUSSIAN- NO, Lyra fights off the leg sweep! Lyra pries free, throws body shots, but Roxie powers through to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, Tatum breaks it! Tatum drags Roxie up, whips her to a corner, then runs in. Roxie slides out and Tatum hits buckles! Roxie climbs, but Tatum ROCKS her first!

Tatum climbs up but Roxie fights her with body shots. Roxie slips under, and SMACKS Tatum off the buckles! Then Roxie goes up after Tatum, but Tatum holds onto ropes to resist! Roxie CLUBS Tatum, NXT returns to single picture, and Lyra CLUBS both Roxie and Tatum! Lyra gets them both for a DOUBLE POWERBOMB!! The fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” as all three women are down! Lyra fires hands on Tatum, she fires back, then Roxie joins in! Tatum CHOPS Roxie, Lyra CHOPS Roxie! Roxie CHOPS them back! Lyra ROCKS Tatum, HEADBUTTS, then she CLUBS Tatum! Lyra gives Roxie a SOBAT, KICK, HEADBUTT, SOBAT!

Tatum storms up so she gets a SOBAT, KICK, HEADBUTT! Roxie storms up but Lyra ENZIGIRIS! Tatum returns but she ducks the enzigiri! Tatum reels Lyra into a fireman’s carry, swing and- NO, Lyra slips free! Lyra kicks low, fisherman, and BUSTER! Cover, Roxie breaks it! Lyra snarls, kicks Roxie low then reels her in. FISHERMAN- NO, Roxie cradle counters! TWO!! Lyra escapes, Roxie SMACKS her! Lyra sits back, Roxie RAMS her into buckles! Roxie then runs in to UPPERCUT! Roxie goes corner to corner to UPPERCUT Tatum! Roxie wrenches Tatum, wrangles her, but Lyra runs in! So Roxie gets Lyra! CROSSFACE!!

Lyra endures, but Tatum puts a CROSSFACE on Roxie!! Roxie flails, rolls it to a cover, Lyra breaks it! Roxie gets Tatum up first to wrench and clinch, “This is Awesome!” Lyra runs in, Roxie kicks her first! Roxie reels Lyra in, DDT LEG SWEEP COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Lyra survives so Roxie covers Tatum! TWO!! Roxie is losing her cool but she hurries to get Tatum up. Tatum swings, misses, and Roxie wrenches to serve SOLE FOOD! Cover, Lyra breaks it! Roxie drags Lyra up, fires a forearm, but Lyra hits back! They go back and forth shot for shot! Lyra windmills haymakers then whips, but Roxie ducks the leg lariat!

Roxie comes back, tilt-o-whirl, but Lyra turns that into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Tatum runs in, into a waistlock! But she victory rolls Lyra into Roxie’s BOOT! Roxie hops onto Tatum, Tatum shrugs her off into the HEEL KICK! Roxie tumbles away, Tatum sunset flips Lyra! TWO!!! Lyra escapes but Tatum hurries to whip! Lyra blocks, kicks, but Tatum ducks! MADE IN JAPAN!! Tatum hurries up a corner and the fans are going wild! 450 SPLASH!!! Cover, Roxie high stacks her!! ROXIE WINS!!!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)

The Prodigy proved she’s a prodigy in opportunism! She snatches victory from the jaws of defeat, will nothing and no one stop her now?

 

Fallon Henley, Kelani Jordan & Thea Hail talk backstage.

Fallon asks if Thea and Mr. Chase got everything sorted. Yes, thank goodness. But it was so rude for Jacy Jayne to put him on the spot like that. But Thea will handle Jacy next week, and that Chase U is all on the same page. And she’s thankful to have so many amazing people around her. From Fallon to Kelani to Mr. Chase to Riley and Duke. Kelani says they’ve got her. Thea says so many wonderful people make her better! Jaida Parker cannot take hearing this anymore. Fallon Henley, NXT’s hero! The most popular loner she has ever seen. Fallon should worry about herself and not give her opinion on everyone else’s life.

Fallon asks if Jaida has a problem. They can, so what’s up? Fallon is the one sick and tired of- Jaida don’t care, and she pushes Fallon. Fallon pushes back, and the rest of the locker room rushes in to stop this from getting physical! Will the Cowgirl have to show Ms. Parker that she should take her own advice about keeping to herself?

 

A new duo is ready to Level Up!

“What it do, NXT? It’s ya boi, Tyson Dupont, baby! He’s the BRICK!” “And I’m Tyriek Igwe. Ya bois in the building!” Next week, they debut in front of the world. They’re so strong yet so smooth, ready to go pound for pound with anybody or any team. Any team that steps to them end up under these Timberlands. When these boots start stomping and bodies start flying, grown men start crying! See y’all next week.

 

Backstage interview with The Diamond Mine.

Kelly Kincaid is with Ivy Nile & The Creed Brothers and welcomes them back. Brutus says they wouldn’t miss this for the world! Dragunov VS Trick, one of the biggest title matches in NXT history! Ivy remembers when the Creeds were chasing the NXT Tag Team Championships. And now, Trick’s on a chase of his own. Julius says it feels like it was yesterday. But the moment Trick’s picked up is truly remarkable. They saw from day one how Trick’s worked hard and bet on himself. Julius says Trick will slay the dragon. Brutus isn’t sure about that, but if there’s anyone who can, it is Trick Willy! The Real Dealy, lookin’ like a milli!

So then what he’s saying is… WHOOP DAT TRICK! Uh huh! I like it! Okay! The Diamond Mine heads out, will they be on the winning side of the main event?

 

Six Man Tag: The D’Angelo Family VS No Quarter Catch Crew!

The Don will neither confirm nor deny what they did to… handle a certain situation. However, he will ask that he is paid for services rendered. Will he, Luca Crusifino & Channing Lorenzo get their money through the winner’s purse tonight? Or will Charlie Dempsey, Damon Kemp & Myles Borne give no quarter, literally and figuratively?

NXT returns and NQCC make their entrance. The teams sort out and then hands start flying! The ref reprimands but Stacks TOSSES Myles out to PLANCHA, only to miss! Kemp and Luca tumble out the side, the bell rings, and Dempsey BOOTS Tony! Dempsey UPPERCUTS again and again, but Tony runs up to TACKLE him! Tony rains down fists but Dempsey gets the TRIANGLE HOLD! Tony deadlifts to POWERBOMB Dempsey! Tony says this is what they get for not paying up! But then Dempsey ROCKS Tony, knees low, and wrenches an arm. Tony RAMS Dempsey into the corner, but Myles runs up.

Tony DECKS Myles, but Dempsey CLUBS Tony! Dempsey fires more knees, Kemp tags in, and they set Tony up for a leg pick and ANKLE LOCK, then a STOMP on the leg! Kemp stomps Tony, throws hands but Tony fires hands in return! Tony RAMS Kemp into the corner, Stacks tags in! Tony sends Stacks in to SPLASH! Then Stacks bumps Kemp off buckles, brings him around, and ROCKS him with haymakers! Kemp falls over, gets up, and Stacks drop toeholds. Stacks rains down fists, then a FIST DROP! Tag to Luca and the mugging continues! Luca tells Kemp to pay up, pay up! Stacks feeds Kemp toa  BOOT!

Luca gets Kemp up but Kemp SPINEBUSTERS! The two scrap, go around, Myles manages to tag in. Myles BOOTS Luca, storms up and stomps him around. Myles brings Luca up but Luca throws body shots. Myles knees low, whips Luca but Luca reveres. Luca runs up, but Myles BOOTS him! Myles goes up, leaps, but into an UPPERCUT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Myles flounders, comes back, DROPKICK to Luca! Cover, ONE!! Luca stays in this but Myles tags Dempsey in. Dempsey tags Kemp, but Luca fights back! That’s 3v1 so Tony & Stacks run up to fight back! The fans fire up as its chaos once again!

Tony LARIATS Dempsey up and out, he and The Family stand tall, but then they go back out after NQCC! Kemp CANNONBALLS onto everyone! The NQCC turn things around and NXT goes picture in picture.

NQCC put Luca back in, Kemp stomps and drops an elbow! Kemp drags Luca over, tag to Myles, and they double whip to DOUBLE ELBOW! Kemp DOUBLE STOMPS, Myles covers, TWO! Myles drags Luca over, tags Dempsey, and they mug Luca again. Dempsey UPPERCUTS, brings Luca around and GUT WRENCH SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Dempsey keeps Luca down with a facelock, then brings him back to the corner. Tag to Myles, they mug Luca, and Myles fires hands. Myles whips, but Luca holds ropes! Luca BOOTS back, then dodges! Hot tag to Stacks! Stacks rallies on Myles, trips him and drops down to rain down fists!

Myles gest away but Stacks DROPKICKS Myles down! Then he DECKS Kemp! Stacks drags Myles up, Myles shoves him away and then DROPKICKS him! Kemp holds ropes down so Stacks tumbles up and out! Kemp SMACKS Stacks off the apron, RAMS him in, then puts him in the ring. Myles KNEES Stacks in the back and stomps away. Myles whips Stacks hard into the corner! Tag to Kemp and he ROCKS Stacks with a right hand. Kemp stomps Stacks in the corner, whips him corner to corner hard, then back drops Stacks on the rebound! Cover, TWO! Kemp facelocks to bring Stacks up and around, tag to Dempsey.

The NQCC mug Stacks then Dempsey UPPERCUTS him down! Dempsey clamps onto Stacks and hauls him up, SWINGING BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Dempsey drags Stacks around by a leg, tags Myles, and then Dempsey stretches Stacks so Myles and KICK him in the side! Myles ROCKS Stacks with a right, ROCKS him again, then tags Dempsey back in. The mugging continues as NXT returns to single picture. Dempsey snapmares Stacks into a chinlock but the fans rally as Stacks endures. Stacks fights up, pries the hold open, and elbows free! Stacks runs, CROSSBODIES, and covers, ONE!!

Dempsey stands, blocks a kick, and DRAGON SCREWS! Dempsey pushes on Stacks’ knee, has a standing KNEEBAR, but Stacks endures! The fans rally, Stacks fights, but Dempsey keeps him back! Dempsey ducks the enzigiri! Dempsey stomps Stacks, waistlocks, but Stacks powers him back! Kemp tags in, he tags Myles, and they DROPKICK GERMAN SUPLEX COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Stacks is hanging in there but Myles stands on him. Dempsey tags in to stomp Stacks down. Dempsey hauls Stacks up to FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect, but Dempsey goes right to a HALF CRAB!

The fans rally as Stacks endures but Dempsey sits deep! Stacks fights, crawls, reaches out, but Dempsey steps over for an ANKLE LOCK! Stacks fights up, ENZIGIRI! That one hit and Dempsey falls out of the ring! Myles runs in, Stacks sends him back out! Stacks hurries, but Myles YANKS Tony down! The tag misses, and then Dempsey drags Luca down! Tony DECKS Myles, storms back up, Stacks tags in him! Tony rallies on the NQCC with haymaker after haymaker! BELLY2BELLY for Kemp! BELLY2BELLY for Myles! Dempsey runs in, Tony dodges him, and then SPINEBUSTER! The fans are thunderous, Tony covers, but then moves so that the DOUBLE STOMPS hit Dempsey!

Tony gets Kemp up, but Dempsey CHOP BLOCKS a leg! Dempsey tags Kemp in, he tags Myles, and they get Tony up! OLYMPIC NECKBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!!! Tony survives and the fans are thunderous! Dempsey tags in, he gets Tony up, underhooks and BUTTERFLY SUPLEX BRIDGE!! Cover, Stacks breaks it! kemp whips but Stacks reverses to TOSS Kemp! Myles ROCKS Stacks, runs, but Luca jumps in, SHATTER MACHINE!! Dempsey KNEES Luca down! Then he has the FULL NELSON on Tony! Tony powers out, shoves, SPINEBUSTER again! Cover, The Family wins!

Winner: The D’Angelo Family, by pinfall

A huge win for The Don, the Underboss and the Consigliere, but bigger still is that now, Tony D has a win over the Heritage Cup Champion(s)! Will Tony bring that trophy home to The Family to make up for the money owed?

 

WWE shares a digital exclusive.

Baron Corbin was in the middle of a photoshoot in relation to the loss of the NXT Tag Team Championships. Did he know what Bron Breakker was going to say post match? No, not at all. Corbin never knows what Bron is gonna say before the match, during the moment, and we’re lucky if any of it makes sense. But then in walks Lexis King. He says it’s okay, keep the cameras rolling, this is a great moment. From a “True King” to a “pretender,” Lexis heard Corbin was leaving NXT so here’s a going away basket. Oh, wonder who put this together, with the big picture of Lexis himself in it. And the card just says, “Goodbye.”

Okay, look, Lexis is hearing people who hope Corbin is leaving. Yeah, well, Bron is on SmackDown, having the time of his life, not worried about Corbin at all. But let’s face it, Corbin will strap his wagon onto the next second generation superstar that will be bigger, better and more handsome than anyone else. And come to think of it, King accepts! And you’re welcome. King heads out, Corbin says what he does know is, Lexis is a tool and no way that beard is real. Will the Lone Wolf make sure to humble the Drama King and make him wish Corbin was leaving?

 

Fallon Henley VS Jaida Parker w/ OTM!

That confrontation backstage has everybody fired up, so it’s time to take it to the ring! Will it be #YEEHAWB*TCH tonight? Or will Miss Parker make this all about herself ahead of both the WWE Draft and the Women’s North American Championship chase?

Entrances are made while NXT is picture in picture. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Jaida waistlocks. Fallon switches, Jaida hip bumps free and waistlocks to SLAM Fallon down. Jaida talks trash, but Fallon SLAPS her! Jaida swings, Fallon dodges to wrench and YANK the arm. Fallon wrangles Jaida with a hammerlock but Jaida scrambles around. Fallon pulls on the arm, Jaida fights up, but Fallon wrenches to YANK the arm again! And again! Fallon wrenches again, but Jaida pulls hair and knees low. Jaida bumps Fallon off buckles, CHOPS her, then talks more trash. So Fallon SLAPS her again!

Jaida SLAPS back, whips, but Fallon goes up and over! Fallon rolls, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then CROSSBODIES, but Jaida catches her! Jaida pops Fallon around but Fallon slips free! Fallon wrenches, wristlocks, but Jaida ROCKS her with a forearm. Jaida bumps Fallon off buckles, then puts her in the ropes. NXT returns to single picture as Fallon fights free! Fallon drop toehold Jaida, Jaida goes to ropes, and Fallon runs in to slide out and HAYMAKER! Fallon tells OTM is next if they don’t back up. Jaida runs up but Fallon RAMS into her! Fallon body scissor rolls, TWO! Fallon wrenches, wristlocks, but Jaida powers up and whips.

Fallon ducks ‘n’ dodges then trips Jaida, to then CALF KICK! Jaida goes to a corner, Fallon runs up but she blocks a boto! Fallon whips, Jaida reverses, but Fallon goes up, only to get thrown onto the ropes! Fallon flops down, and Jaida puts her in the ropes to CHOP! The fans fire up as Jaida DROPS IT LIKE IT’S HOT! Jaida then drags Fallon up, wrenches and runs her over! Jaida drags Fallon up to run her over again, and again! Jaida drags Fallon up, whips her to ropes and KNEES her low! Fallon flounders, Jaida talks more trash then covers, TWO! Jaida clinches for a BEARHUG! Fallon endures as Jaida thrashes her around!

The fans rally and Fallon fights the hold. Fallon HEADBUTTS, runs, sunset flips, TWO! Jaida sit son it, TWO! Jaida runs to then throw Fallon by her hair! Cover, TWO! Jaida is frustrated but she drags Fallon into a seated COBRA TWIST! Fallon endures, the fans rally, and Fallon fights up. Jaida squeezes tighter but Fallon still endures. Fallon gets to her feet, pries the hold open and arm-drags Jaida away! Jaida runs up but into an ELBOW! Fallon traps the arms, HEADBUTTS, and staggers. Fallon fires forearm after forearm, then whips. HAYMAKER! Jaida gets up, Fallon LARIATS her down! And then body shot, ELBOW and CHOP!

Fallon SMASHES Jaida off her knee, then runs! FLYING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fallon is frustrated but she gets Jaida back up. Jaida wrenches free, swings, but misses! Fallon goes up and up, leaps over Jaida and rolls again, to then get around and waistlock! Jaida fights the lift, and then SLINGS Fallon into ropes! TEAR DROP!! Cover, Jaida wins!

Winner: Jaida Parker, by pinfall

OTM celebrates with their girl, and Miss Parker blows a kiss to the camera. Will she be the one to grab that Women’s North American Championship?

 

Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx speak.

The Toxic Element speaks first: “Ungrateful. That’s what I think of when I hear the name Thea Hail. I gave you a free road to success, a one way ticket to the hottest attraction in NXT. I even stood behind you in hopes that one day, you would realize that Jacy Jayne always knows best. But Thea, did you fall and smack your little head on the pavement? Or maybe I missed the part where you said ‘Thank you.’ Everything that I’ve done for you. I took you under my wing, I made you into everything that you wanted to be. You should be kissing the ground I walk on, begging for my wisdom on your hands and knees.

“But instead, all you did was show that you’re an ungrateful little girl. So next week at Spring Breakin’ week 2, I’m gonna end you. And Thea, you’re gonna learn that gratitude is not an option, but a debt that you will repay to me.” Jacy thinks Thea will see the truth, but will next week be a #TeachableMoment for Jacy?

 

Lola Vice speaks.

“Being a legend gives Natalya confidence, and rightfully so. But that confidence will be her downfall. If she’s confident enough to think she can handle being overseas on a rigorous touring schedule, and then waltz back into NXT, into my domain… she better think again. Natalya, come NXT Underground, you’re entering my world.” Natty wants Lola to show her what she’s made of, but while Natty is out there being a legend, Lola is becoming one at Natty’s expense. The contract signing is tonight, will there be fireworks before the fight?

 

Backstage interview with JD McDonagh.

Kelly Kincaid is with the Irish Ace as he’s also here to watch Dragunov VS Trick. What are his predictions? Well, he and Dragunov have history, one of the greatest rivalries in NXT. He thinks he can speak with more experience than most that the only way to beat Dragunov is to hospitalize him. And as someone who’s done both, he doesn’t think Trick Williams is up to it. Dragunov retains. But then in come the New Catch Republic! Tyler Bate more or less drags Pete Dunne along, he’s that excited about Dragunov VS Trick! Those boys are gonna smash the spuds outta each other! It’s happening, Pete! It’s happening!

Pete says his money’s on Dragunov. That’s a bad man right there. He’s absolutely solid. Bate says Trick’s always bounced back, though, so he’s got the tekkers. #WhoopDatTrick! The Big Strong Boi and the Bruiserweight are torn, who will be backing the right horse in the race?

 

Ava Raine is in the ring.

And fitting of NXT Underground, the ropes are gone and there are prospects all lining the ring, drumming the apron. Ava says as NXT GM, one of the most important parts of her job is continuing to push this brand into a new era, and breaking glass ceilings. That is why she is honored to host the contract signing for the first ever Women’s Underground match! At this time, let’s bring out the competitors. First, with her corner-person Karmen Petrovic, Natalya! The fans cheer as the Queen of Harts has her Canadian Connection with her as she goes to the ring. They take their seats on one side of the podium, and then Natty signs on the dotted line.

The fans cheer as Natty says she loves the NXT fans. Her part is done, so now we welcome out her opponent, Lola Vice. Fans are torn as the Mayor of Vice City struts her way out. Lola signs her part, and it is officially in the books! History: made! But then Natty says Lola sealed the deal, so who does she have in her corner? Lola says in Spanish that Natty is so stupid. Natty is more worried about who is in her corner than what Lola’s gonna do to her? But Lola will make something clear: just because she shakes her ass doesn’t mean she can’t kick your ass! And next week, they’re making history. And next week, Lola WILL break Natty.

The fans appreciate the Rocky 4 line, but Natty tells Lola that from the first moment they met, Natty knew Lola had an ego that needs to be kept in check. But one thing about Natty is that she respects Lola where she came from, how Lola was fighting in the cage. But it seems Lola doesn’t respect Natty was made in a dungeon! And if you can survive the dungeon, you can survive anything! Natty respects the superstars of the past, of the present, but if Lola wants to be the future, then Natty’s gonna beat some respect into her! The fans like that, too! “She’s The Boat! She’s The Boat!” Natty says next week, she wants Lola to bring everything she’s got, because Natty will tap dat ass out!

Lola just smiles as she says Natty can try. But when the lights dim, Natty’s fate is in Lola’s hands. The fastest hands in this division. And Lola’s training partner will make them even faster. Because it’s SHAYNA BASZLER!! The Queen of Spades is the ace up Lola’s sleeve, and even Natty knows this is going to be a hard hand to beat. Shayna stands beside Lola, fans chant “Welcome Back! Welcome Back!” Shayna tells Natty that she’s smart enough to tell that her chances just went from slim to none. When it comes to fighting around here, the most dangerous woman in NXT is aligned with the baddest woman in the WWE.

So Natty, there is still time to bow out gracefully. Just take the contract and tear it up. Especially if uh, this is her partner., Shayna shoves Karmen, so Karmen ROUNDHOUSEES Shayna! And the brawl is on between Natty and Lola! The fans are thunderous as natty TOSSES Lola onto the prospects! The ante has just been raised in this match, who makes the other fold in the Underground?

 

NXT Media catches up with Ridge Holland.

They ask Yorkshire Grit how he feels after his return victory. It was a start. It’s been a rough few months, but Ridge wants to rack up victories and show he can earn success the right way. But then Shawn Spears applauds as he walks over. “Bravo, Ridge. For a second, it actually looked like you believe everything you were just saying.” Ridge tells Spears to leave him alone. Spears says maybe Ridge is finally seeing what he’s capable of. And that he likes it! Why not embrace it then? They both know what Ridge wants to do to Spears right now, so why not do it? Give in to those thoughts. Or better yet, let them out.

Ridge chuckles and says he knows what Spears is up to. He can’t rile Ridge up. See you around. Ridge leaves, but will Spears still pull out the “truth?”

 

The Final Testament speaks.

Karrion Kross says, “Good evening. This is your former two-time NXT Champion just letting you know we’re about to take you back to the good old days. Where we left everyone beaten and broken. And if you don’t have an army behind you or a little miracle in your pocket, you’re going eight miles out, and six feet under.” Paul Ellering says the Authors of Pain, Akam & Rezar, have a clear destiny. They’re coming for all the gold! And that will be their dynasty. They will bring destruction back to NXT! Nathan Frazer, Axiom, prepare for the end. Scarlett says, “So saith the Final Testament.” Will NXT have no choice but to Fall & Pray?

 

The locker room responds.

Axiom says, “Bringing back the good old days? Destruction? These guys coming in and ruining our championship celebration…!” Frazer says yeah, they’re monsters. But he could care less! Axiom says somehow, someway, they will beat the Authors of Pain! Malik Blade says yeah, screw AOP! Hank ‘n’ Tank and the others agree. Why’re all these RawDown teams coming in here, demanding opportunities? The rest of NXT can’t even catch a break. The Good Brothers step in and say yeah! They’re so sick of all these other teams coming in here, trying to take those titles! After all, this is NXT! Edris Enofe says no one else is saying it, so he will.

The Good Brothers- OOPS! He just dropped his mirror! And it broke… That’s bad luck, isn’t it? Was Edris about to say something. No… The Good Brothers leave, has Edris just jinxed himself and all of the NXT Tag Division?

 

Beach Brawl: Sol Ruca VS Blair Davenport!

NXT Underground isn’t the only place where there are no rules! The Sol Surfer and the Ichiban Gaijin are throwing the rules away so they can finally get even with each other once and for all! Will Sol get snatched? Or will it be Blair who has to beware the consequences of her actions?

NXT returns and Sol makes her entrance, bringing her own surfboard to beat down Blair! Blair already has one of her own, thanks! Blair swings, but Sol dodges to SMACK Blair! The bell rings, Sol puts her board aside, only for Blair to SMACK her with the boogie board! Blair shoves the surfboard aside, goes up the steps, and leaps, into a boogie board SMACK! Sol pushes Blair into the ring, grabs some sports balls, and gets in the ring with her. Blair chucks a beach ball but Sol swats it! Sol then DECKS Blair, then she puts an innertube around her! Sol BOPS Blair with footballs and dodgeballs, then whips and CLOBBERS her!

Blair flounders out of the ring, Sol pursues, and she SMACKS Blair off the apron! Blair hits back, avoids Sol’s boot, but Sol does the splits on the apron to dodge back! Sol BOOTS Blair down and then goes to the picnic table. Sol grabs the bench seat, props it up against the apron, and then she brings Blair up. But Blair whips Sol into the bench! The bench doesn’t break but Sol still feels the pain. Blair drags Sol up but Blair fights the suplex! Sol fights free to ROCK Blair! Blair knees low, then POSTS Sol! Blair drags Sol back up, brings her back around, and SMACKS her off the apron! Blair fires forearm after forearm, then goes looking for goodies.

Blair SPIKES a beach ball on Sol’s head! Sol SMACKS Blair with the boogie board! Blair CHOPS Sol, shoves her into steps, then goes looking under the ring. Sol brings out a chair! But Sol blocks the chair shot! Sol kicks low, then runs up, to handspring through the toss! X-FACTOR into the kiddy pool ball pit! Sol shoves the surfboard down onto Blair, then stomps on it! Sol hangs ten on Blair and the fans cheer as she DOUBLE STOMPS! Blair sputters while NXT goes picture in picture.

Sol throws down balls on Blair, SPIKES a beach ball on her now, then drags her out of the pool. Sol puts Blair in the ring, climbs the corner, and CARTWHEEL- NO, Blair avoids the DDT to kick low! Blair whips, Sol goes up and out! Solo rams in but Blair dodges to KNEE her! Blair goes up and up to GUILLOTINE DOUBLE STOMP! The ref checks Sol but she’s okay to continue. Blair goes out, looks under the ring, and brings out another chair. Blair puts that chair in, gets the boogie board, puts that in, then finds a bucket! Blair SMACKS Sol with the bucket, SMACKS her with the boogie board, then SMACKS her again! And of course, Blair SMACKS Sol with the chair!

Blair sits the chair up, makes Sol take a seat, and then fires forearms and CHOPS! Blair ROCKS Sol, CHOPS Sol, then repeat! But Sol hits back! Sol gets the edge, shoves Blair and drop toeholds her into the chair! Sol crawls her way over, props herself up with the chair, and then brings that around, only for Blair to SHOTGUN the chair into her! Solo tumbles out, Blair pursues, and the brawl is on! Blair scoops Sol to SLAM her through a surfboard! Solo writhes, Blair says this is over! Blair drags Sol up and into the ring, pushes her to a cover, TWO! Solo is still in this and Blair is seething. Blair sets the chair up again, and pulls Sol through it!

Blair has the arms, it’s a FULL METAL CAMEL CLUTCH! Sol endures as we return to single picture, and Blair BOOTS Sol out of the chair! Sol crawls, Blair stalks her, and brings her around Sol SMACKS Blair with the bucket! And SMACKS her with the boogie board! And SMACKS her again, and again, and then gets the chair! Blair takes the chair away, but Sol dodges to springboard and FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Sol runs, trips Blair, handsprings over and SUPERKICKS! Blair is down, Sol STANDING BOODIE BOARD SAULT! Cover, TWO! Blair survives but Sol drags her right up. Sol scoops, but Blair slips free.

Blair SUPERKICKS Sol, then runs! But Sol SUPERKICKS again! Blair wobbles, Sol fireman’s carries, SWINGING POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Blair survives but Sol keeps her cool. Sol goes to a corner, goes up an dup, but Blair SUPER GERMAN SUPLEXES her down! Cover, TWO!! Sol survives and Blair is frustrated. Blair stalks Sol out of the ring, puts the surfboard up against the corner, and she brings Sol around. Blair whips, Sol reverses and Blair SMACKS off the board! Sol goes to the barrier, she cartwheels, but Blair SHOVES her into the Plexiglas! Blair clears the picnic table and positions it before going for Sol.

The fans rally as Blair goes up the barrier, but Sol fires body shots! They brawl int he gap, and Sol picks Blair up as a backpack! BACKPACK SENTON through the picnic table!! The fans lose their minds while the ref checks. Sol rises and roars, and the fans fire up again! Solo drags Blair up and puts her in the ring. Solo then climbs to the apron, steps in and runs, springboard for the SOL SNATCHER!! Cover, Sol wins!

Winner: Sol Ruca, by pinfall

Now that was tubular! Sol gets her revenge, will this wave of momentum help her go all the way to the NXT Women’s North American Championship?

 

Trick Williams is on the phone.

“What’d the doctors say?” That she’s getting better. Trick tells Mama Williams that he’s fighting tonight, so she needs to fight. Well then she needs him to #WhoopDatTrick. Trick says, “I love you, Mama.” “I love you, too.” Trick hangs up the phone, and then in steps Johnny Wrestling! Gargano says hey, big night! How’s he feeling? Trick knows this is his last chance. His career’s on the line, but he loves this place. Gargano knows that feeling. And it’s a man Trick hasn’t beat before. he thought the pressure was on at Stand & Deliver, or last week in the cage. But tonight, this is pressure. Gargano says no pressure, no diamonds.

Trick’s lost to Dragunov before, but he needs to take all that loss, that pain, that betrayal and use it. It is not a burden, it is a weapon. It is what made Trick stronger. It has built Trick for this moment! It has made Trick who he is, there is only one Trick Williams! And Dragunov has not beaten that Trick Williams. When Gargano won the NXT Championship, it changed his life. But he had to give everything to do it. Is Trick willing to do that? Is he willing to give that much to slay the Mad Dragon and win the NXT Championship? He is. Then #WhoopDatTrick! Gargano says it is Trick’s night, but will Trick get it done?

 

Meta Four posts to TikTok.

Via Jakara Jackson’s account, she, Lash Legend, Noam Dar & Oro Mensah have the fans join them on the road trip to the NXT Orlando live event. They had some car troubles, though, but the ladies got it done. Then Lash plays the “Oh no, crash!” prank on them all while they were napping. And that was just the first ten minutes!

 

Baron Corbin VS Lexis King!

The Wolf Dogs may no longer be NXT Tag Team Champions, but that doesn’t mean The Lone Wolf sulks and returns to RawDown with tail tucked between his legs. Will he prove to the Drama King that Corbin does what he wants? Or will defeating a former King of the Ring be Lexis’ crowning achievement?

NXT returns as Lexis makes his entrance. The bell rings, they circle, then tie up. King waistlocks and shoves Corbin, then they circle again. Corbin blocks a kick to ROCK King, then has King in a corner. Corbin TOSSES King across the ring! King bails out, Corbin goes after him and sends him into barriers! The fans fire up as Corbin puts King in the ring. King comes back to ROCK Corbin! King CHOPS, then runs up, but into a CORNER URENAGE! Cover, TWO! The fans rally for Corbin as he drags King up. Corbin runs to run King over! The fans cheer and Corbin drags King up. Corbin DECKS King, then has him on ropes.

Corbin CHOKES King, the fans cheer, but the ref counts. Corbin lets off at 4, has King in a corner and throws hands! Corbin then runs, runs King over again, then covers, ONE! King toughs it out, but Corbin brings him up and around. Corbin runs, but King dropkicks the legs out! King then CLUBS Corbin down and fires hands! The fans boo, Corbin shoves King away, but King runs up to CHOP! King brings Corbin around to CLUB him, then snapmare for a KICK! King HAMMERS down on Corbin, drops an ax handle, then covers, ONE! Corbin is tougher than that, but King brings him up. King whips but Corbin fights it.

King kicks, CHOPS and bumps Corbin off buckles. King then uses the ropes for leverage as he digs boots in. The ref counts, King lets off, but Corbin CHOPS back! King knees low, CLUBS Corbin down, then whips. Corbin reverses but King KICKS back! King kicks a leg out, says Hail to the King, BLINDSIDER! Cover, TWO! Corbin survives but King eggs him on. King kicks Corbin around, CHOPS, then DROPKICKS! Corbin rebounds to LARIAT! The fans fire up as Corbin shakes out the stars. Corbin then runs to clothesline in the corner! The fans cheer as Corbin back drops King away! King staggers up, Corbin suplexes for the CUTTER! Cover, TWO!

King stays in this but then bails out of the ring. Corbin pursues, but King SUPERKICKS! King returns to the ring, Corbin pursues, and Corbin storms up, into another SUPERKICK! King trips Corbin, high stacks with feet on ropes! The ref sees that and says nope! King argues with the ref, but Corbin fireman’s carries! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! King survives but Corbin reels him in! King gets under to shove Corbin into the ref! LOW BLOW!! And then CORONATION!! Cover, King wins!

Winner: Lexis King, by pinfall

The Drama King steals the biggest win in his young career! He blows kisses to the booing fans, but will Lexis make NXT into his kingdom?

 

The visiting NXT Alumni join the crowd!

The Diamond Mine are behind commentary, Johnny Gargano joins New Catch Republic in the Chase U student section, and they’re all excited to watch this high stakes main event!

NXT Championship, Trick’s Last Chance: Ilja Dragunov VS Trick Williams!

After an absolute saga spanning multiple matches, many twists and turns, and both men managing to Stand & Deliver in Philadelphia, it all ends here. Either Trick slays the Mad Dragon, or he leaves NXT forever. Something’s gotta give, who comes away THE NXT Champion?

Before his entrance, Dragunov is interviewed by Sarah. We are moments away from the main event, what are his thoughts? Trick has gained Dragunov’s respect. But all Dragunov has in this life are his family, and this title. And Trick’s not going to change that. Dragunov is forever #UNBESIEGBAR. But then in steps WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Damian Priest!! From champ to champ, the Punisher wishes Dragunov luck. Dragunov goes to gorilla,  and Priest asks Sarah how she doin’. We cut to Byron Saxton with Trick Williams. Byron asks Trick for any final thoughts before the biggest match of his career.

Trick says we all know what this is: Either Trick wins tonight, or he leaves NXT. Either he is the champion, or he’s a bust. Either he proves himself right or proves himself wrong, but either way he’s gonna fight! If there’s one thing you need to know about Trick, it’s that he fears no man. He can live with the results, whether he wins or he loses. But like Mama Williams said, time to #WhoopDatTrick. The challenger makes his entrance first, but will it be his last?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it all comes down to this!

The bell rings and the fans are fired up as Trick rushes in! Dragunov dodges, waistlocks, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Dragunov CLUBS away on Trick, then drags him up. The fans rally for Trick as he throws elbows. Trick is free, but Dragunov rebounds to PELE! Trick rebounds to LEG LARIAT! But Dragunov JUMP KICKS! Trick spins, but Dragunov blocks that kick to SLAP Trick! Dragunov winds up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Trick goes to a corner, he blocks a chop! Trick says, “Are you crazy?!” Dragunov HEADBUTTS Trick! Trick HEADBUTTS back! Trick fires haymakers, but Dragunov blocks to spin and CHOP!

Trick stays up, Dragunov runs in, but Trick dodges! Trick lifts but Dragunov SATELLITE DDTS! Dragunov runs, CONSTANTINE SPECIAL! Cover, TWO! Trick stays in this, shaking his head. Dragunov says it was that close. Dragunov brings Trick up, reels him in, but Trick fights the lift! Dragunov goes again, and POWERBOMBS Trick down! Dragunov checks his chin, he wants Trick to get up, but Trick EDDY GORDO KICKS! Both men are down again and the fans fire up! Trick sits up, Dragunov follows, and they head for each other. They stand, get forehead to forehead, then they secret handshake and hug it out! Then they fire off forearms!!

The fans are thunderous as Dragunov beats Trick down, runs and KNEES him down!! Dragunov shouts, “This is MY ring!” and the fans fire up as  NXT goes picture in picture.

Dragunov huffs and puffs and goes back for Trick. Dragunov CHPOS Trick, Trick staggers to ropes, and Dragunov CLUBS him! Dragunov CLUBS Trick again, snarls, and eggs Trick on. Trick kicks from below so Dragunov stomps away! The ref counts, Dragunov lets off, and Trick rises. Dragunov brings Trick around, snap suplexes, then jumps to SENTON! Trick sputters and flounders to ropes, but Dragunov brings him up. Trick ROCKS Dragunov, ROCKS him again, but then Dragunov gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Dragunov doesn’t hold on this time, he goes to the apron. Dragunov climbs up a corner, drags Trick up to join him, but Trick throws forearms!

Trick ROCKS Dragunov, ROCKS him again, then climbs up after him. Trick brings Dragunov up, but Dragunov throws body shots! Dragunov pries free to fire boxing elbows! And CHOPS! NXT returns to single picture as Dragunov just fires more shots! He CLUBS Trick into position, to SUPER SUNSET- NO, Dragunov’s legs give out, Trick sits down right on Dragunov! Dragunov still gets up first to KICK Trick in the side! Dragunov reels Trick in, hauls him up, and JACKKNIFE POEWRBOMBS! Trick flounders to a corner, Dragunov runs in to BOOT WASH! Trick sputters, Dragunov goes all the way to the other end.

Dragunov climbs, aims, and blows a kiss before he goes COAST2COAST!! Cover, TWO!! Trick survives and Dragunov is surprised! Dragunov goes to the apron, climbs up another corner, and SUPER SENTONS into a NECKBREAKER!! The fans fire up as Trick pounds the mat! “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” echoes out as Trick rises! Trick gets Dragunov up and in, hauls him up, and POWERBOMBS! Trick storms around and tells Dragunov he’s got something for him! Trick powers up to steal the H BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Dragunov survives but Trick doesn’t lose hope. Trick aims from a corner, runs in, and steals TORPEDO MOSCOW?!? Cover, TWO!!!

Dragunov again survives, Trick trying to use his moves against him isn’t working! Trick runs up again, but Dragunov BOOTS first! And ENZIGIRIS! And then fireman’s carry, CORNER DEATH VALLEY! The fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!” as Dragunov pushes Trick out of the ring. Dragunov roars, clears the desk, and the fans fire up again! Dragunov brings Trick up and reels him in, but Trick back drops free! The fans fire up as Trick fires hands! They go around commentary, right to the front row! Trick goes up onto the barriers and the fans fire up even more! Trick clinches, SUPER BOOKEND through the desk!!!

The fans again lose their minds as both men are down in the wreckage! Even Diamond Mine is going nuts for this one! Trick drags Dragunov up, puts him in, and hurries to the apron. But Dragunov KNEES Trick down! Dragunov brings Trick to the corner, goes up, and he deadlifts to SUPERPLEX!! Roll through, and H-BOMB!! Dragunov still isn’t done, he drags Trick around by a leg to put him in the drop zone! Dragunov climbs as the fans rally as hard as they can for Trick! SUPER H-BOMB!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Trick still lives and the fans are electric! Dragunov drags Trick around again, goes back up, and SUPER H-BOMBS again!!!

But wait! Dragunov clutches his own hand! Dragunov may’ve broken his own wrist or something in that impact! Dragunov crawls to the cover, TWO?!?!?!? Trick is reaching superhuman levels! Dragunov shakes his head, drags Trick up, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! But Trick stands right up!! TO BLINDSIDE KNEE!!! Cover, TWO!!! Dragunov survives but Trick isn’t out of tricks yet! Dragunov rises, Trick lets his hair down, and these two fire up! “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” TRICK SHOT HITS FIRST!!! Cover, TRICK WINS!!!

Winner: Trick Williams, by pinfall (NEW NXT Champion)

The arena is shaking all the way to the rafters, the fans are that elated that Trick slayed the Mad Dragon! Dragunov grabs the belt from the ref, gives it one last look, and then personally hands it over to Trick! They hug it out, Dragunov so proud of Trick in this moment! What will be next for The Czar now that he is no longer champion?

As for Trick, he raises the belt in victory, then goes out to the crowd to celebrate with the NXT Universe that never gave up on him! It is a new era in NXT, that’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gone be!


My Thoughts:

An awesome NXT to start Spring Breakin’ and to lead into the WWE Draft. Great opening Triple Threat, one of the better ones I’ve seen here in NXT. Roxie got a great win out of it, and maybe she’s staying on NXT a little longer. The Draft might take Lyra away, and then we can get a 1v1 story for Roxie and Tatum going towards Battleground in June. At the same time, lots of other great developments as we draw closer to the NXT Women’s North American Championship. Good promo from Fallon, Thea, Kelani and Jaida that then gave us a really good match from Fallon VS Jaida. And then good promo from Jacy, though it repeated some things she’s said before. Jacy VS Thea is going to be great stuff, and while Thea’s team won at Stand & Deliver, maybe Jacy wins this 1v1 match.

The Beach Brawl being a themed Street Fight, it was of course a bit on the goofy side with the beach balls and kiddy pool, but Sol and Blair got to do some great stuff with chairs and tables. Great win for Sol, she might be a Face frontrunner for the Women’s NA title. And great contract signing segment tonight, great twist that Shayna is going to be Lola’s trainer and corner-person. It already felt like Lola was going to win out, but between Shayna on her side and Natty standing tall tonight, it’s very clear Lola will win, which would make her a Heel frontrunner for the Women’s NA title. And hopefully it’s a tournament that leads the way into Battleground, especially now that it’s in Vegas and in the UFC Apex, a fitting venue for Lola to walk in as the favorite.

Good promo from Final Testament, and really good promo from everyone else in the NXT Tag Division. I laughed at Good Brothers pulling the “Yes, we’re NXT, too!” And good bit of Edris breaking the mirror and now putting bad juju on him, Malik and maybe everyone Final Testament is going to face. Hard to say if Axiom & Frazer survive AOP, and I’d actually prefer if Kross tries going after Oba Femi instead of the top title. Good promo from Corbin and King to set up their match, and good win for King. A real shame that Von Wagner was among the handful of releases we just got this week, he didn’t get to finish his story with King and Robert Stone loses his third(?) stable.

Really good Six Man Tag and a great win for The D’Angelo Family. Tony VS Dempsey for the Cup is going to be great stuff, and surely Luca & Stacks help Tony out the way Kemp & Myles will help Dempsey, so it’ll be about who is the savvier team. We got a great amount of “callbacks” from RawDown, and with Gargano giving Trick that last little pep talk, that was like one last foreshadowing that Trick was winning. This has been a long time coming, and it’s rather wild that it happens here, on TV, rather than at a Premium Live Event. It might be the timing because of how they’re doing the Draft, so that Dragunov gets his call-up via Pearce or Aldis picking him, Melo goes fulltime to SmackDown, and Trick starts a clean slate going into the Summer.

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.

PLAY BY PLAY

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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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/22/24)

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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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