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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (4/30/24)

Spring Breakin’ is almost over!

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NXT is making history tonight!

NXT returns to the Underground, and for the first time, it’s ladies night as Natalya takes on Lola Vice! Will the Queen of Harts triumph? Or is Lola gonna sink The BOAT?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT North American Championship: Oba Femi VS Ivar; Oba wins and retains the title.
  • Thea Hail w/ Chase U & Fallon Henley VS Jacy Jayne w/ Jazmyn Nyx; Thea wins.
  • Tyriek Igwe & Tyson Dupont VS The Good Brothers; The Good Brothers win.
  • Shawn Spears VS Ridge Holland; Ridge wins.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships: Axiom & Nathan Frazer VS The Authors of Pain; Axiom & Frazer win and retain the titles.
  • NXT Underground: Natalya w/ Karmen Petrovic VS Lola Vice w/ Shayna Baszler; Lola wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Trick Williams is here!

The NXT faithful go nuts for the NEW NXT Champion walking out to the ring. “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” echoes out and Booker T gets his “Aw yeah man!” while Trick gets the mic. Trick shouts out Booker with “I like it!” Trick says he loves the juice in here! And check it out, let’s get to business. He talked about this, he dreamt about this, he prayed for this, and they all wanted this! Trick IS the new NXT Champion! The fans chant “You Deserve It!” and Trick says there are a lot of people he helped him get here, who he could thank right now, but there is one person he’ll focus on tonight. That is Ilja Dragunov.

As everyone knows, Trick and Dragunov have gone to war multiple times, Dragunov pushed Trick to levels he didn’t know he had. Trick looks into the camera to tell Dragunov, “Thank you for everything you’ve done for me and my career. Straight up. Thank you for everything you did for NXT, and I think I speak on behalf of everybody when I say, Dragunov, do your thing, dog. Raw just got a good one.” The fans cheer for Dragunov and Trick says as for NXT, they’re entering a new era! And he’s been thinking for a long long time. Let’s call this the Whoop Dat Era! The fans work out the “WHOOP DAT ERA!” chant.

Trick guarantees in this era, they will continue to break records and make history. Wait, here comes Meta Four… Lash Legend lets out a long SKRRRR~, then says congrats to Tricky. She just had to come out here and let him know, he did his thang! And oh, guess what? What? Trick is now the NEW NXT Champion. Let’s talk about it~! Trick helps the lady out as Lash joins Trick in the ring, and she fans herself with a big manila folder. Lash says Trick is a gentleman. And not only that, but the hottest superstar here in NXT. So she knows he’s feeling himself and has the entire NXT & WWE Universe behind him.

Okay, whoa, whoa, hold on now, Miss Legend. Let’s not act like last time they met, she didn’t try and smack him. Now, he’s got gold on his waist and she wants a taste? The fans fire up but Lash tells Trick to not even go there. Oh no, he knows her type! She thinks Trick his little Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, huh? She wants to take the gold wrapping off to get at the chocolate inside, don’t she? The fans fire up for that, too! Lash tells Mr. Trick that he should know, she don’t like Reese’s, she likes KitKats. The fans chant “He’s Got Bars!” and he says he’ll break her off a piece. Lash fans herself off again and tells Trick to wait a minute! That’s enough!

This is Trick’s problem. He’s go this head in the clouds, not focused, but she’s got something for him right here. The envelope? Does Meta Four want something autographed? Lash sighs and says close. What is in the envelope is the truth. Well, stop playing, what’s in it? Fans chant “Who’s Your Daddy!” Lash tells Trick that all jokes aside, he should enjoy his title run while he can. Because soon, it will come all crashing down. Then things will get really, really hot. Lash has given the champ an ultimatum, but just what is she playing at?

 

Arianna Grace and Gigi Dolin are out to dinner.

The Pageant Queen says this is their formal Spring Breakin’ dinner, and Gigi will learn fine dining etiquette. Good, cuz Gigi is starving! Arianna says when they dine out, they don’t talk like that. They are filling their stomachs. “Giorgina” must remember, they’re ladies. Well, we aren’t gonna see that tonight with NXT Underground. Natalya and Lola Vice are gonna beat the living crap outta each other! Flying kicks from all angles! Giorgina, please, your voice travels. Now, when drinking, you take a small sip. They sip, but Gigi makes it a chug. Feel the water lower your temperature. Gigi burps and says that’s good water.

Arianna is so appalled! The last thing she’ll allow is Gigi to become a savage! Well, a savage could become the new NXT North American Champion as Ivar challenges Oba Femi in a big hoss fight! Big, meaty men slappin’ meat! Arianna says while waiting for appetizers, what do they do if there are invited guests? Duh, take ’em out! Send ’em back where they came from! Absolutely not! Combat never solves anything. Use words, not fists. Well, tell that to Nathan Frazer & Axiom as they stand their ground against the Authors of Pain. But them putting up a fight may not matter if AOP gets their way.

Arianna says on to silverware. Start outward and move inward. Never cut with a fork, and when you do cut, only take what you need. Cutting food like stabbing someone in the back. Gigi really hopes Thea Hail serves Jacy Jayne a cold dish of revenge! More positively, they have a new NXT Champion and the brand is on fire. Let’s toast to our new champion, Trick Williams, the amazing opportunities for this roster, and Arianna for guiding Gigi on to be a true beauty pageant queen! Gigi chugs again and finishes her glass. Don’t do it, Gigi. Don’t! BURP! Gigi’s feeling good, but who will be feeling worse for wear after tonight’s brutal Spring Breakin’ finale?

 

NXT North American Championship: Oba Femi VS Ivar!

Just as Gigi said, The Ruler must turn away the Viking Raider’s invasion! Oba and Trick exchange a look as they pass by on the ramp. Will they both still reign after tonight? Or is Ivar going to bring Ragnarök to NXT?

NXT returns and Ivar makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who stands atop the mountain!

The bell rings, they start shoving, and fans chant ‘MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” Oba RAMS Ivar, Ivar comes back to RAM Oba! Oba rebounds to BOOT Ivar, CLUB him, and whip him to ropes. Ivar ducks ‘n’ dodges to run Oba over! Oba gets right up but Ivar clotheslines Oba up and out! Ivar then goes to the apron, runs and CANNONBALLS! The fans fire up already and Ivar gets Oba back in! Ivar goes up the corner, and he FLYING- NO, Oba gets under, Ivar rolls through and comes back. Scoop and SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cover, ONE!! Oba grits his teeth as he powers through the pain, but Ivar is on him.

Ivar grinds forearms in Oba’s face, fires elbows over and over in the corner, but Oba shoves him away. Ivar comes back, but into an URENAGE BACKBREAKER! The fans fire up and Oba storms up on Ivar. Oba puts Ivar in a corner, fires body shots, then whips corner to corner hard! Ivar tumbles out of the ring and Oba storms after him. Oba CLUBS Ivar, ROCKS him, then whips, but Ivar reverses! Oba hits steel steps and the fans are torn as Ivar refreshes the ring count. Ivar runs to SPLASH Oba through barriers!! The fans lose their minds as Ivar roars, and NXT goes picture in picture!

Ivar storms around, drags Oba out of the wreckage, then ROCKS him! Oba staggers, Ivar CLUBS him, then ROCKS him again. Oba hits back, Ivar UPPERCTS and then refreshes the count. Ivar storms up but Oba hits low! Oba CLUBS Ivar, puts him in the ring, and then storms after him. Oba fires forearms in the corner, then RAMS into him! Oba whips Ivar corner to corner hard and Ivar falls! Oba snarls, storms up and ELBOW DROPS! Then ELBOW DROP! Then ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Oba clamps onto Ivar with a chinlock and grinds him down. Ivar endures, fights around, but Oba thrashes him.

Ivar stands, JAWBREAKERS free, but Oba kicks back! Oba UPPERCUTS, clinches, but Ivar throws elbows! Oba still hits an URENAGE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ivar survives another one of those, but Oba stalks him to a corner. Oba drags Ivar up, throws hands, then snapmares Ivar to drop a KNEE! Cover, TWO! Ivar goes to ropes, Oba storms after him, and Oba clamps on a chinlock. Oba thrashes Ivar around again, but Ivar pries at the hold. Oba squeezes tight but Ivar stands again, for another JAWBREAKER! Oba comes back to LARIAT! Oba huffs and puffs and goes up a corner, only for Ivar to CHOP him!

NXT returns to single picture as Ivar CLUBS Oba, climbs up after him, and throws hands. Oba hits back, and both big men throw big hands! Ivar HEADBUTTS, HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS! Oba falls to apron then to floor, and Ivar climbs to the very top!? SUPER CANNONBALL!! The fans go nuts again while both behemoths are down! They cheer “NXT! NXT!” for giving this as just an opener! Ivar rises, and the count rises, too! Both Ivar and Oba get in the ring, and they start throwing big hands! The fans chant “MEATE! MEAT! MEAT!” with every shot! Ivar gets the edge, whips, but Oba reverses! Ivar rolls off Oba’s back!

Ivar takes a second to steady himself, and he kicks Oba first! Ivar runs, springboards, but Oba catches him for a SLAM! Both men stand, Oba ROLLING ELBOWS! Cover, TWO!! Ivar’s still in this and Oba is growing frustrated. Oba and Ivar rise again and the fans rally up. Oba runs corner to corner to UPPERCUT in the corner! And he goes again for another UPPERCUT! Oba keeps going, and he UPPERCUTS again! But then Ivar LEG LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Oba gets outta that one and Ivar grows frustrated. The fans rally, Ivar goes to a corner, and Ivar climbs again! But Oba CLUBS Ivar first! Then he torture racks Ivar!!

Oba roars for the RACK SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Ivar survives being shellshocked, and “This is Awesome!” Oba and Ivar rise, and Ivar just HEEL KICKS outta nowhere! Then HEEL KICKS again! Ivar climbs a corner, and DOOMSAULTS!! But Oba sputters away! Ivar crawls after him to cover, ROPEBREAK!! Oba survives by a literal foot and Ivar can’t believe it! Ivar storms around, goes to a corner, “This is Awesome!” as he aims. Oba rises, staggers, runs up, but into a SEATED SENTON! Ivar roars, goes back up, and the fans fire up with him! But Oba rises to Electric Chair Lift!! Ivar freaks out as Oba hits the CHAIR DROP!!

Oba roars with new life, for the POP-UP POWERBOMB!! Cover, Oba wins!

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

Kaiju have nothing on these men! But wait! WES LEE! The fans go nuts, because the Cardiac Kid is back! And he leaps from barrier to apron! That leg is all better, and he’s looking to take back the title he never lost! Will Wes’ David take down Oba’s Goliath? Or will nothing stop Oba from throwing Wes right back out of NXT?

 

Thea Hail, Chase U and Fallon Henley head for gorilla.

Thea is all fired up to finally kick Jacy Jayne’s toxic ass! Fallon will be out there with her, right? The Cowgirl says sorry, but no. She can’t get in Thea’s way anymore, because it just feels like everyone else is right. Fallon just keeps getting in other people’s business, meddling where she shouldn’t, and then, Kiana James and Blair Davenport get drafted instead of her, what good is she? Thea tells Fallon not to think like that. She’s perfect the way she is! Don’t let bullies like Jaida Parker get in her head! Please be out there for her against Jacy? The others say how can Fallon say no to Thea? Okay, okay, Fallon will be with her.

The music hits, and it’s go time! They come out from the Student Section with everyone throwing up the U~! Will Thea finally put Jacy in her place? Or will the mean girls continue to get their way?

Thea Hail w/ Chase U & Fallon Henley VS Jacy Jayne w/ Jazmyn Nyx!

The bell rings and Jacy talks trash on Thea. Thea gives it right back, and Jacy SLAPS her! So Thea SLAPS back! Jacy TACKLES Thea, rains down fists, and the fans boo. Thea turns things around to rain down fists on Jacy! The fans fire up but Jacy dumps Thea out. Jacy builds speed, slides, but Thea dodges! Thea runs, and she DIVES! Direct hit on Jacy, and Thea rains down fists! Thea puts Jacy in, goes up a corner, and CROSSBODY FLOPS as Jacy moves! Jacy comes back to SENTON! The fans boo and Jacy frowns as NXT goes picture in picture.

Jacy goes back to Thea, drags her up and whips her to a corner. Jacy runs in to back body block! Jacy stomps a mudhole in, lets off at the ref’s count, then digs her boot in! The ref counts again, Jacy lets off and taunts Chase U. Jacy then CANNONBALLS! Jacy drags Thea to a cover, TWO! Thea is still in this but Jacy still taunts Chase U. Jacy KICKS Thea in the side, rains down fists, then soaks up the heat. Jacy tells Chase U they’re all losers, then goes back to Thea. Jacy sits Thea up but Thea throws body shots! Jacy knees Thea low! Jacy whips, Thea KICKS back, then Thea rolls Jacy up, TWO! Jacy stands and ELBOWS Thea down!

Jacy sits Thea up to KICK her in the back! Thea writhes, Jacy paces around, and Jacy soaks up more heat. Jacy drags Thea up to SUPERKICK back down! Thea flounders, Jacy covers, TWO! Jacy is frustrated now but she rains down HAMMERING elbows! Jacy puts on a body scissor squeeze, but Thea endures. Jacy rolls Thea to a cover, TWO! Jacy keeps on the squeeze but Thea still endures, even as Jacy pulls her hair. Thea pries at the scissors, pushes back to cover, TWO! Jacy lets Thea go and Thea ELBOWS her back! Thea CLUBS Jacy over and over but Jacy body shots her down! Thea sits up, and Jacy ELBOWS her into another body scissor squeeze!

Thea endures all over again, but she goes right back after the feet. She pushes back for a cover as NXT returns to single picture, TWO as Jacy lets her go! Jacy stands back up, knees low, then fireman’s carries. Thea fights free, but Jacy dodges a lariat! Jacy mule kicks, throws Thea by her hair, then runs, but Thea avoids the senton! Thea hurries to SOMERSAULT SENTON, and she shakes the ropes! IMPLODER- NECKBREAKER! Jacy catches Thea, covers, TWO! Thea survives but Jacy brings Thea up. Jacy bumps Thea off buckles again and again and again, all the way down to the bottom rope!

The fans rally for Thea but Jacy goes corner to corner, to CANNONBALL only buckles! Thea avoids Jacy, blocks a kick, and then HEADBUTTS!! Both women fall and the fans fire up again! Thea and Jacy stir, and the fans rally behind Thea! Thea rises while Jazmyn panics! Jacy ROCKS Thea but Thea ROCKS Jacy! Thea gets shot after shot in, then she CLOBBERS Jacy! And CLOBBERS her again! Mule kick to the leg, then a run and ROLLING NECKBREAKER! The fans fire up with Thea as she scoops to MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Jacy survives but Thea has a wild look in her eyes!

The fans rally as Thea RAMS Jacy into a corner! Thea runs in to back body block! Thea keeps moving, but Jacy catches her, rolls her, CRADLE! TWO!! Thea escapes, Jacy SUPERKICKS! Thea flops right outta the ring! Jazmyn looks around, takes a swing, but Thea dodges the haymaker! Jazmyn comes back but Fallon pushes Thea aside to take Jazmyn’s WHEEL KICK! The Cowgirl bites the bullet, Thea hurries into the ring! Jacy runs and spins, but Thea spins around to KIMURA!!! Jacy falls into the body scissors, and TAPS! THEA WINS!!

Winner: Thea Hail, by submission

Oh HAIL Yeah!! The fiery underdog finally gets even with that toxic Jacy! Fallon is on her feet, but gets bumped into by Mr. Chase during all the celebration. Thea says c’mon, Fallon, let’s go party! Fallon DECKS Thea instead!! Fans can’t believe it! Fallon just helped Thea, and then turns on her over what? A misunderstanding? Feeling like she’s only second best? Even Jacy is surprised, has Fallon been a little toxic all along?

 

NXT Media interviews Tyriek Igwe & Tyson Dupont.

They make their NXT TV debut, but how’d they meet? Tyriek says he and “The Brick” Tyson met in junior college, competing against each. Tyson Dupont is THE strongest man in NXT, and that’s saying something with all the strong men in NXT. Tyson moved to the States from Haiti when he was just 9 years old, and he’s been chasing greatness ever since. Tyson has gone viral over his hammer throws. But don’t let his smile fool you, either. Tyson says Tyriek is the smartest guy he knows, and proudly calls himself a nerd. Tyriek says of course he’s a nerd! But when he’s not clean ‘n’ jerking weights, he’s hitting the books, studying medicine and anatomy! Tyriek finds the human body’s musculature fascinating.

But now, they will push themselves and each other while they push their way up the ranks. We see Ty & Ty debut tonight, will this soon be NXTy?

 

Natalya and Karmen warm up.

The Queen of Harts is looking good, and throws some hands. Looking good, but now to block kicks. Karmen kicks, Natty uses her shin to check. Okay, roundhouses now. Get that arm up! Good block each time. Karmen is sure Natty is ready, and Natty vows to break Lola Vice. But who will stand tall when there’s no ropes and no holding back in the Underground?

 

Tyriek Igwe & Tyson Dupont VS The Good Brothers!

We just heard from the newest duo that’s Leveled Up, and they’ve definitely been impressive. However, they’re up against Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, who have held tag titles everywhere they’ve ever been! Will the NXT TV debut be ruined? Or will it be Just Too Sweet?

The teams sort out and Tyriek starts against The Machine Gun. The fans rally and the two tie up. Karl powers Tyriek back but Tyriek shoves Karl back! Tyriek runs up to RAM into him, and Tyson tags in. Tyson has Tyriek send him in to STINGER SPLASH! The fans fire up and Tyson brings Karl around to whip and run him over! Tag to Tyriek, they get Karl up and double whip, to then DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Ty & Ty are fired up, Tyriek clamps onto Karl’s arm. Karl fires hands but Tyriek gives it back! Tyriek headlocks, tags Tyson, and they mug Karl with forearm sand uppercuts! Then a BOOT, leading to Tyson’s SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Tyson stays cool as he drags Karl up. Tyson tags Tyriek back in, they mug Karl, then Tyriek headlocks. Karl powers Him to the OC corner, tags in Gallows, and now the Good Brothers mug Tyriek! Gallows UPPERCUTS, he bumps Tyriek off buckles, then taunts Tyson. But Tyriek turns things around to fire off fast hands and knees! Tyriek lets off, but Gallows kicks a leg out! Gallows HAMMERS down elbows, then clamps on a chinlock! The fans rally, Tyriek endures, and Tyriek fights up. Tyriek fireman’s carries with that squat, but Gallows slips free! Tyriek dodges the haymaker, hot tags to Karl and Tyson!

Tyson rallies on the Good Brothers with big shoulder tackles, and then a SPLASH for Gallows in the corner! Tyson runs Karl over, then DROPKICKS him down! Karl goes to a corner, BOOTS back, runs up, but Tyson catches him for a scoop and SIDEWALK SLAM! The fans fire up as Tyson runs and UPPERCUTS Karl down! Tyson fires up, kips up, and the fans fire up with him! Tyson tags Tyriek, and they get Karl up. Gallows runs in, Tyriek gets him first! Ty & Ty DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER Gallows! Karl returns, he mule kicks Tyriek and whips. Tyriek reverses, runs in, but Karl POSTS Him! Karl then hits his own SPINEBUSTER!

Tag to Gallows, he runs past Tyriek to BOOT Tyson! The Good Brothers drag Tyriek up for MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, Good Brothers win!

Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall

The Machine Gun & Big LG shoot down these #TYgers on their debut night! Is that prove that The OC are up next for those NXT Tag Team Championships?

 

Ava Raine walks ‘n’ talks on the phone.

She tells Adam Pearce that she knows tonight is a big night after a crazy weekend with the Draft. But she has to go now, she has a big announcement. She says bye, hangs up, and is headed to gorilla. What news is the NXT General Manager about to drop on the world?

 

NXT recaps the WWE Draft.

Electric energy, a night that could change lives, and even HHH’s own favorite part of this. Carmelo Hayes to SmackDown, he made big moves night one. Bron Breakker moved to Raw, and Kiana James herself was chosen to Raw. a moment she’ll remember forever. Then Ilja Dragunov was chosen just last night to go to Raw, as was Lyra Valkyria. SmackDown then took Blair Davenport, and this moment is everything she’s ever wanted. Dijak is also on his way back to Raw via the supplemental rounds. Even the coaches had goosebumps, seeing those they helped here going on to Raw and SmackDown is their WrestleMania moment. The future of WWE has never been better!

 

Ava Raine is in the ring.

Fans cheer as the NXT GM is here, and Ava has the mic to say that as GM, nothing makes her prouder than when our NXT superstars finally get to showcase their talents on Raw & SmackDown. And they will be dearly missed, but NXT has to keep pushing forward. And she can’t help but wonder, who will step up to take their place? Because coming up is a massive opportunity on Sunday, June 9th, NXT Battleground in the UFC Apex. There, we will crown the INAUGURAL NXT Women’s North American Champion! And that champion will be crowned the same way as the men’s: IN A LADDER MATCH!

Beginning next week, our women’s division will compete in a combine, and the 12 that impress the most will then have qualifying matches. The six winners then move on to the title match! Ava’s said it once, she’ll say it again, the NXT Women’s Division is the BEST division in ALL of professional wrestling. Battleground is just another chance to showcase that. But then here comes Jaida Parker. She says that is big news! But if you want to see your next history maker, Jaida is her. Go ahead, have this combine, but she’ll demolish every woman in that locker room! And she promises us, she won’t even break a sweat. She’ll be the only one climbing the ladder and-

Sol Ruca is here! And she wants Jaida to hold on just one second. There’s one thing Miss Parker isn’t missing: confidence. Just look at her! But y’know, there is one thing that she won’t have: the NXT Women’s North American Championship! But you’ll find Sol at the top of the leaderboards, and on top of the ladder in Vegas. Jaida says don’t play. Wait, wait, Arianna Grace is coming out here? And she tells the ladies to keep their decorum. Why must they be so aggressive? And really, Ava? A ladder match? Bodies flying from all over, all at different heights? Why can’t they just decide it by simply- Getting interrupted by MIA YIM!!

Jaida and Sol are actually excited to see the Head Baddie In Charge back in NXT! And she tells “Princess” Arianna to hold up. Did someone say ladders? The fans cheer for “MICHIN! MICHIN!” Mia says she’s got unfinished business back in her old stomping grounds. Now, ever since Ava announced the Women’s NA Title, it has been the talk of the whole WWE. And best believe, she wants in on this! Arianna says O M Goodness! It is so nice to meet you, Mia! She’s Arianna Grace, and it deeply pains her to have to relay this unfortunate news. But Mia is disqualified- MIA DECKS ARIANNA! Sol and Jaida fire off, and then ALL the women of the roster rush out!

The fans go wild for the free for all, but refs rush in to stop this! Arianna says this is a a mad house! A MAD HOUSE! But who out of this chaos will be the deserving dozen that then fight for those six golden tickets to Las Vegas?

 

Nathan Frazer & Axiom warm up backstage.

And in walks The Street Profits to say what up! Whoa, Axiom looking focused! Really, Tez? How can you tell? Axiom says they have to stay focused, because tonight they are the underdog champions against AOP. Ford & Dawkins know what that’s like. AOP are large boulders that run into you. The Profits have been facing those boys from NXT all the way to WrestleMania. It’s gonna hurt, boys. Ford says Dawks is right. Tonight may hurt, but guess what? Axiom & Frazer will show the world why they belong. AOP has every advantage but one: they don’t have the heart! Just like the Profits were talking about, just always remember…

They huddle up, and Ford says, “Never slow down.” The champs like that! Ford says he watches the product! They all shake hands and hug it out. Will the Profits be right that Axiom & Frazer will use the powers of heart and speed to overcome any obstacle? Or will Akam & Rezar write the Final Chapter on this underdog story?

 

Shayna Baszler helps Lola Vice prepare.

The Mayor of Vice City fires off on the heavy bag. She says when those lights dim, Natty’s lights go out! Shayna says that’s right, but Natty is a vet. She knows her submissions, so get that ground work in. Lola says who needs that when you’ve got the fastest hands in NXT? She fires off to show off, but does the Queen of Spades have a point about the Queen of Harts? Or will Lola turn NXT Underground from a marathon into a sprint?

 

Shawn Spears VS Ridge Holland!

The Chair Man is still convinced he can painfully drag the “truth” out of anyone, and he’s been working on Yorkshire Grit for weeks now. Will Ridge make Shawn regret ever coming back to NXT? Or will the truth be revealed through this violence?

The bell rings and Spears runs up, only to back away fast. The two circle, feel things out, then Spears dodges a haymaker to JAB! Spears eggs Ridge on, dodges him and JABS! Then CHOPS! Ridge is furious, he storms up on Spears but Spears bails out. Ridge seethes, Spears grinds, but then Ridge calms down, saying he’s smarter than Spears gives him credit. Ridge is emotionally in control as NXT goes picture in picture.

Spears is clearly surprised and annoyed, but he still goads Ridge. Ridge goes out after Spears after all, they go back into the ring, then Spears ducks ‘n’ dodges. But Ridge CLOBBERS Spears first! Ridge grins as he CHOPS Spears in a corner! Then Ridge follows spears to another corner to UPPERCUT! Spears kicks back, bumps Ridge off buckles then CHOPS! Ridge just snarls at him! Ridge puts Spears in the corner, fires off forearms and UPPERCUTS, then CHOPS! Spears staggers away, but comes back to fire forearms! Spears CHOPS, and CHOPS, then whips. Ridge KNEES Spears back, and Spears staggers around the ring.

Ridge runs up to clothesline Spears up and out! Ridge huffs and puffs, Spears staggers around the outside, and Ridge goes out again. Ridge runs in around the way, but is sent into steel steps! Spears gets the better of Ridge this time, and he brings down a kneepad! Spears KNEES Ridge again and again, right into the steel! Spears lets off as the ref counts, and Spears tells him to hold on. Spears puts Ridge in the ring, bring shim around, and GOURD BUSTERS! Then BASEMENT CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Spears sighs and tells Ridge off, then scrapes his laces off Ridge’s face! Spears stands Ridge up to CHOP, Ridge drops to his knees!

Spears sits Ridge up to CHOP again, then he scrapes laces off Ridge’s face again. Ridge pounds the mat in frustration, but Spears stands him up. Spears DROPKICKS Ridge down, then soaks up the heat. Spears paces, he hears the fans rallying up, and Ridge rises. Ridge fires body shots, NXT returns to single picture, and Spears mule kicks! Ridge blocks, scoops, but Spears slips free. Spears waistlocks, Ridge elbows him then whips, but Spears wrenches and turns Ridge for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Spears is upset with the ref, but then he sits Ridge up for crossface forearms! Spears then clamps on a CAMEL CLUTCH!

Ridge endures, pries at the hold, and he rises up! The fans rally, Ridge opens the chinlock, but Spears CLUBS him in the back! Spears reels Ridge in for a GUILLOTINE! Ridge endures the squeeze and drops to his knees. But then Ridge gets a second wind to pick Spears up! Spears holds on, Ridge lifts again but Spears thrashes the hold! Ridge powers up again and he puts Spears on the apron! Spears ROCKS Ridge first, then goes up a corner! But Ridge grabs Spears first! Ridge brings Spears off the corner in a trophy lift, and DROPS him! Fans fire up and Ridge runs back in to RAM Spears into the corner!

Ridge RAMS Spears again and again and again! Ridge reels Spears in, Spears ducks the one lariat but not the SOUTHPAW! Ridge then scoops for a SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Ridge roars, the fans rally, and Spears goes to the apron. Ridge stands Spears up, brings him in through ropes, and UPPERCUTS, forearms, repeat! QR code and Ridge fires off knee after knee! Ridge runs side to side to BOOT Spears down! Spears flounders, fans are torn, but Ridge brings Spears up. Fireman’s carry and CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Payback from weeks ago! And then another lift, ELEVATED DDT! #Redemption! Cover, Ridge wins!

Winner: Ridge Holland, by pinfall

Yorkshire Grit took it to another level, and that brought him a victory of vindication! Is Ridge on his way to redemption? Or is this still a moral victory for The Chair Man?

 

Roxanne Perez shouts at Ava Raine.

Why was she not drafted!? She’s the TWO-TIME champion! The greatest Women’s Champion in NXT! Ava says it wasn’t on her. But Roxie still blames her! She has this weird vendetta against Roxie so Ava must’ve told the other GMs not to draft her! Ava tells Roxie to calm down. If she listened to half the things going on while she complains, she would’ve known that champions, i.e. Roxie herself, are protected. No one was taking you anyway! Roxie won’t let Ava play stupid, but Ava reminds Roxie that she wanted this meeting to tell her what was next. Roxie says she’s not gonna listen to it! Roxie storms off, and Ava tells whoever is in her office that they’ll have to try again later. But just who IS inside Ava’s office?

 

Josh Briggs finds Ivar in Medical.

Briggs says Oba’s a beast, ain’t he? Briggs said he’s the only man who can beat Oba. And now that he’s all healed up, Oba’s all his. But hey, Ivar, thanks for softening the guy up. Right, sure. But Ivar lets Briggs know that Ivar’s not done with Oba. Wes Lee walks in to check on Ivar. Ivar’s fine. Good, good. Wes says kudos to both Ivar and Briggs for taking Oba to his limits trying to take Wes’s title. But now that Wes is cleared, he’s gonna get that belt back. Hold on there, Wes. Cleared or not, you don’t just hop back in. This isn’t five months ago. Wes knows the drill: just pack your bags and leave, like he always does.

Wes says that was way disrespectful outta nowhere. But he’s not leaving this time. And he isn’t cutting to get a title match, he’ll just beat Briggs for it. Briggs says we’ll just see if that back is healed. And Ivar says he’s not done with Oba. Both big men head out, and Wes says that’s good to know. The Cardiac Kid is seeing the North American Championship has become a land of giants, but will his giant heart be more than enough to see him through?

 

The Final Testament speaks.

Paul Ellering tells the WWE wrestling divisions, “You are all living on borrowed time. The Authors of Pain, the Final Testament, we are coming for all the titles. You saw what we did Friday. That was just the beginning. NXT, get ready.” The mastermind leads his monsters to gorilla, will they manhandle and maul Axiom & Frazer until there’s nothing left but the gold?

 

The D’Angelo Family is on the road.

The Don knows he pinned “Charlie the Chocolate Factory” in that ring, and Luca Crusifino says now, No Quarter Catch Crew owes him double. Tony agrees, and says they’ll take what Charlie cares about most: The Heritage Cup. Luca, get on the horn with Ava and set this up. Luca’s on it. Tony tells Rizzo and she’ll talk to her interior decorator, “Tall Face” Danielle. She’s real good with that feng shui stuff. They’ll have a nice spot picked out at the restaurant. Does Stacks need to handle anything? Tony says yeah, Stacks can gather up footage of all the Heritage Cup matches he can. Tony needs to research all the ins and outs.

Stacks says he’ll get on that, and Tony says he’ll make that Charlie kid pay up. Will The Don be able to beat Charlie Dempsey at his own game and take the trophy home to the D’Angelo Family?

 

NXT Tag Team Championships: Axiom & Nathan Frazer VS The Authors of Pain!

The Undeniable Hard-Hitting Truths just got these belts off The Wolf Dogs, and their first defense is a big one! Will their Cinderella story continue through to the Summer? Or will the Authors turn this from inspirational story to horrible tragedy?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who triumphs between these superheroes and supervillains!

The teams sort out, but then they just throw hands! The fans fire up as AOP shove Axiom & Frazer! Axiom dodges Rezar to SUPERKICK him! Frazer dodges Akam, he and Axiom DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Then DOUBLE SUPERKICK again! Then Frazer sends Axiom at Rezar for a DROPKICK! AOP regroup outside, Frazer DIVES onto Akam! Axiom DIVES onto Rezar! And repeat! Down goes Akam! Down goes Rezar! The fans fire up as Frazer & Axiom regroup in the ring! Ellering & Kross coach AOP, Akam gets back in, and the bell finally rings to make this official! Akam CLOBBERS Frazer! Then Akam hauls Frazer up to EXPLODER!

Frazer writhes, Akam storms around, and then he tags Rezar. Scarlett says this is what happens, and Rezar stomps Frazer down. Frazer sputters, Rezar taunts Axiom, then Rezar goes back to drag Frazer up. Frazer fires body shots but Rezar CLUBS him down! The fans boo but Rezar storms up on Frazer in a corner. Rezar fires knees, then THROWS Frazer across the ring! The fans boo but Rezar soaks it up. Rezar drags Frazer up but Frazer fires hands! Rezar CLUBS Frazer, then looms over him. Frazer stands, Rezar CLUBS him, then tags Akam. AOP mug Frazer with knee after knee in the corner! Akam covers, TWO!

Akam keeps on Frazer, smothering him then clamping on a neck wrench. The fans rally, Frazer fights up but Akam CLUBS him down! Tag to Rezar and the mugging continues! Rezar stands Frazer up but Frazer throws body shots. Rezar CLUBS Frazer, turns him around and waistlocks, then talks trash while he carries Frazer, before the GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans boo but AOP soaks it all up, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Rezar drags Frazer up, pushes him down, then bends him back! Rezar shoves Frazer down, talks trash, then bends him again before he CLUBS Frazer down. Rezar spins Frazer around for another waistlock, lift, and GERMAN SUPELX! But Frazer lands on his feet! Frazer BOOTS Rezar, dodges him, and hot tags Axiom! They fire off on Rezar from all sides, then DROPKICK! Rezar stays up so Axiom goes up, leaps, into a HAYMAKER! Rezar swats Axiom like a fly, then brings him to the corner. Tag to Akam and then Rezar scoops Axiom. Akam goes up, STOMP SIDEWALK SLAM COMBO! Cover, TWO!

Akam clamps onto Axiom, HAMMERs away on his head, then lets off to loom over him. Axiom flounders, but Akam stands him up. Axiom fires hands, runs, but gets run over! Akam soaks up more heat, stalks Axiom to the ropes, then stands on him while he tags Rezar. The mugging continues, and Rezar taunts Frazer. Rezar puts Axiom on ropes, CHOKEs him, but lets off at 4, just to CHOKE him on the lower rope! The ref counts, Rezar CLUBS away on Axiom, but he lets off at 4. Scarlett & Kross are amused as Rezar stalks Axiom. Tag to Akam, the AOP mug Axiom more, and Akam taunts Frazer to save Axiom.

Akam CLUBS Axiom, drags him back up, and then DECKS him! Tag to Rezar, the mugging continues, and Rezar DECKS Axiom again. NXT returns to single picture while AOP soak up the heat. Axiom flounders to the corner, Rezar talks smack and then runs in at the corner, but Axiom dodge! Rezar’s boto gets caught up on the ropes, Akam tags in! Akam gets Axiom, back suplexes, but Axiom lands out! Axiom dodges, hot tag to Frazer! Frazer fires running forearm after running forearm! Frazer keeps moving but Akam scoops him! Frazer slips free, dodges in the corner, then HOTSHOTS Akam off ropes!

Frazer springboards in to AX HANDLE! Then he SUPERKICKS Rezar! Frazer fires off on Akam in a corner but Akam shoves him back! Frazer comes back, leaps, SATELLITE DDTS!! Cover, TWO! Akam survives but Frazer snarls. Frazer builds speed and he DIVES, but Rezar catches him! Fans freak out, but then Axiom DIVES, only for Rezar to throw Frazer at him!! Rezar calls to Akam, Akam tags him in, and AOP get Frazer up! POP-UP KNEE!! Cover, TWO!! Frazer lives and that frustrates the AOP! Rezar HAMMERS away on Frazer, he tags Akam in and they look to end this! They get Frazer up and Rezar runs, but Axiom DUMPS him out!!

Frazer gets free to ENZIGIRI! Tag to Axiom and DOUBLE GIRI COMBO! They then hoist Akam up top, but Akam fights them off! Axiom GAMANGIRIS back! Axiom climbs, but then Kross distracts the ref! Scarlett anchors Akam to help him fight the superplex! Akam SHOVES Axiom down, but AHA! The ref catches Scarlett red handed! The ref EJECTS Kross, Scarlett AND Ellering!! The fans fire up as now things are a little bit better for Axiom & Frazer! AOP still get Axiom up, but WAIT! NEW CATCH REPUBLIC is here! Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne bait Rezar into a DOUBLE GIRI of their own! And Frazer SUPERKICKS Akam!

Axiom rolls Akam up, the ref counts, AXIOM & FRAZER WIN!!

Winners: Axiom & Nathan Frazer, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)

AOP is furious! Bate & Dunne stick it to them for what happened on Friday, and that lets Axiom & Frazer hold onto the gold! The Final Testament and the New Catch Republic are both going to Raw via the Draft, will their feud only fire up from here?

 

Thea Hail is now in medical.

She’s in tears as she asks Mr. Chase, Duke & Riley why Fallon would hit her like that. Why do people keep turning on Thea like this? She doesn’t understand! They all comfort her, and then Ridge asks what’s up. Thea’s fine, she’s a tough kid. Ridge says yeah, can’t trust anybody in this business, huh? Chase congratulates Ridge on his big win tonight against Spears. Ridge has been battling his own demons, Chase can relate. How is Ridge? Ridge is doing good, he appreciates Chase asking. Just trying to get wins and do things the right way. Yeah, one day at a time, man. That’s all they can ask for. They fist bump on it and Ridge heads out.

Thea is FURIOUS with Fallon, but Chase has her calm down. From one former friend to another, is Thea just gonna have to tap them all out?

 

NXT Media catches up with the Meta Four.

Lash has regrouped with Jakara, Dar & Oro as she’s asked about what she was telling Trick. Jakara says listen, she said what she said, okay? Dar says the Legend tells no lies. But Trickster, if you want to know the truth, then next week, be their guest on Supernova Sessions. They will tell all! Buh-bye! Meta Four heads out, and now we see Kelani Jordan following Fallon. Kelani wants to know what that was out there. That’s not her! Fallon says she doesn’t wanna talk about this. But it is time for Fallon to put herself first. What? Fallon storms off, is she going into business for herself from now on?

 

Malik Blade meets with Edris Enofe.

Malik is so worried! Is he okay? Good, good, he was worried. A mirror breaking, that’s seven YEARS bad luck! Yeah, but Edris is cool. He’s chill. That was all plastic and stuff, that’s not the same as a glass mirror. They’re fine! Malik says this is a tale as old as time: you break a mirror, you’re cooked! Brinley Reece walks in and asks if they’re still worried about that mirror situation. But she figured they’d need cheering up, so- No no no, no more workouts. Brin says no, they’re trying a different method! She brought kittens~! Malik is all for that! But Edris says they’re BLACK CATS!! That’s more bad luck!! Oh…! Oops. Is the bad juju turning into a downright curse?

 

NXT Underground: Natalya w/ Karmen Petrovic VS Lola Vice w/ Shayna Baszler!

Let’s get ready to rumble! The Queen of Harts looked to humble the Mayor of Vice City, but didn’t realize how big that ego really was. But will training with the real-life Beatrix Kiddo help Natty make more history? Or will Lola be the Latina iceberg that sinks The Boat?

The introductions are made, as will history, because there’s nothing holding back the best and the baddest!

The bell rings and the fans fire up as the two feel things out. Lola JABS, KICKS, and KICKS, but Natty checks! Then Natty blocks, to RAM Lola right off the ring! They fall on the NXT prospects at ringside, then Natty rains down fists! Natty gets Lola up and, uh, on the ring, then storms up again. But Lola BODY BLOWS! Lola KNEES, fires LIGHTNING KICKS, but Natty blocks to CHOP! And TAKEDOWN, into a top wristlock! Lola scrambles around, but Natty keeps after the key lock. Lola shifts around, has a top mount, then a JUJIGATAMI! Natty fights out of the head ‘n’ arm triangle to waistlock and SLAM!

Natty keeps on Lola with hammering fists, but Lola body scissors. Natty breaks that squeeze to CLUB away on Lola! This is the ground game Shayna told Lola about! Natty shifts to have a KNEEBAR!! Lola endures, reaches out but there’s no ropes for breaks! Lola powers up, pushes back and she STOMPS Natty! Then KICKS her! And KICKS again! And AX KICKS! Lola CLUBS Natty, throws body shots, and Shayna says keep on her! Lola mule kicks Natty and Natty flounders. Natty sits up, Lola KICKS and CLUBS and CLUBS her again! Lola runs up to HIP ATTACK Natty into more prospects! The fans fire up while NXT goes picture in picture!

Lola shakes out her bad leg while glaring down at Natty. Lola then hops down to fetch Natty, bring her around, and CHOPS her against the apron! Natty sputters, Lola talks trash, but Natty fires hands! Lola bobs ‘n’ weaves, she and Natty fire shots, clinch, then Natty CLUBS away! Lola sends Natty into steel steps! Natty falls over, clutching her own leg. Lola storms up, Shayna coaches her to keep on Natty, and Lola puts Natty back on the ring. Lola storms up on Natty but Natty fires hands! They brawl, Natty has the edge, but Lola trips Natty up! Lola rains down forearms, then goes to ARMBAR! Natty shifts around to fight that, clasping hands together!

Natty moves, there’s no pins in the underground but she still stacks Lola. Lola just powers through to get Natty back in the ARMBAR! Natty endures, moves around, and pops out the back to HAMMER away on Lola! Lola staggers up, Natty ROCKS her! Natty storms around, brings Lola back up, and snap suplexes her back down! Lola flounders, Natty kicks her, then stands her up for another snap suplex! Lola sputters, Natty goes after her and wants that key lock! NXT returns to single picture and the fans fire up! Lola powers Natty down to CLUB her, then she gets away. Natty pursues but Lola mule kicks her!

Lola has Natty on the outside, but Natty snap suplexes to the floor! The fans are thunderous as Natty KICKS Lola! Shayna looks worried, but Natty hoists Lola up to snap suplex again! Karmen cheers Natty on, as do the fans, and Natty brings Lola up. Natty goes up onto the desk! But Lola SWEEPS the legs, and Natty crashes down! Natty takes out a monitor, but Lola puts her back on the ring. Natty still trips Lola and fires more fists! The fans fire up, but Lola POSTS Natty!! Lola grits her teeth, KICKS Natty, then brings her back up. Lola drags Natty by the arm to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! The fans rally for Natty but Lola clamps on a cravat!

Natty endures, Lola lets her go to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! Natty falls over, but Lola drags her into a TRIANGLE! Shayna says good, keep the squeeze! Natty endures, even as Lola adds elbow shots! Natty fires body shots in return, finds some space to get free, and she CLUBS Lola in the chest! And again! And then she fires haymakers! The fans duel but the Natty side is stronger! Natty SLAPS and CLUBS Lola, but Lola gets a GUILLOTINE!! Shayna says that’s it! Squeeze her now! Natty endures, fights up, and then SPINEBUSTERS! But Lola gets the GUILLOTINE again!!

Lola squeezes as tight as she can, both with the facelock and the body scissors, but Natty drags her off the ring to SPINEBUSTER to the floor!! Natty is free and the fans fire up! Natty catches her breath while Lola writhes, and both women rise up. Natty puts Lola back on the ring but Lola BOOTS her away! Natty grabs Lola’s leg to SLAM it into the post! And then she SLAPS Lola, grabs the leg, and copies Uncle Bret with the HANGING LEGLOCK!! Lola endures, but there’s nothing she can do to get free! Shayna protests, but Karmen JUMPS onto Shayna for a SLEEPER! Shayna staggers forward and bumps into Natty, making her release the hold!

Karmen and Shayna flounder away, Natty sits up and hurries after Lola. They’re back to the center of the ring, and Natty stomps Lola! Natty then goes Hart style, only for Shayna to get after her! Natty SMACKS Shayna first! Natty TOSSES Shayna onto the prospects!! But Lola takes aim! Only for Natty to block a kick! Natty trips Lola, steps through, and has the SHARPSHOOTER!!! Lola endures as the fans are thunderously shouting! Lola crawls, grabs at prospects, but that won’t save her! Natty drags Lola back to the deep waters! Lola endures but there’s no escaping! Shayna grabs Karmen for the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!!!

The fans freak out as The Queen of Spades makes the Queen of Harts choose: her friend or her victory! Natty is conflicted, so she lets Lola go! Natty fires off on Shayna, RAMS her into barriers, then hammers away! Shayna gets what she deserves, but then comes back for more! Natty BOOTS her away, so Lola can URAKEN!! Lola RAINS down hammering hands, the ref stops it! Lola wins by knockout!!

Winner: Lola Vice, by knockout

The fans boo because Lola makes history with a huge ass…terisk! Lola celebrates all the same, will she ever be humbled?

 

Roxanne and Ava finish watching the match.

Roxie says that’s awesome stuff out there, though maybe a bit sarcastically. Roxie says neither of those two can touch her, so why is she even here? Because when Roxie claimed she didn’t have time for Ava, what Ava was going to tell her, is that they’ve found her next opponent, for next week. Next week!? Roxie just defended this LAST week! And Ava has an entire combine to worry about so- Ava stops Roxie there, she doesn’t need Roxie again telling Ava how to do her job. So next week, Roxie defends her title against… Chelsea Green! The Hot Mess says Ava is SO much smarter than Pea-Brain Pearce and Sir Nicholas The Nasty.

In fact, that lovely piece of gold is going to look lovely in Chelsea’s jewelry box. Roxie stops Chelsea from touching the belt then storms off. Chelsea again says Ava is the best, and is gonna love it here on NXT. But seriously, Chelsea Green for Roxie’s first opponent? Is Roxie supposed to be intimidated or insulted?


My Thoughts:

An awesome NXT to not just move on from the WWE Draft but also to wrap Spring Breakin’. Great promo segment with Trick and Lash, clearly everyone loves the *ahem* sexual tension there. But also nice bit of intrigue thrown into what is clearly just Meta Four trying to get Dar a match with Trick for the title at Battleground or something. And a good promo from Arianna & Gigi to hype up tonight’s card. I can see why they didn’t open the show with it, though, as it was a little too cheesy. And some of Gigi’s delivery on the lines were more script reading than organic. Also, I always took Gigi as the atypical hot girl, not a slob burping everywhere, that was just a weird choice.

Anyway, awesome opening match in Oba VS Ivar, that was some top tier Meat Mania action, and a great win for Oba. Wes returning was great stuff, too, but the fans being that fired up kinda ruined the audio of Fallon talking with Thea just behind the bleachers. Good promo from Briggs and Ivar with Wes, and despite the clear physical disadvantage, Wes is of course going to find a way to win and be the #1 contender. Though at the same time, why not have Wes just move up to the top title already? I feel like the only right ending to this is Wes becoming #1 contender, only to lose to Oba in the title match.

Thea VS Jacy was good stuff, and a great win for Thea. But since they planted seeds of Fallon turning with Stand & Deliver, here it is! She’s felt unappreciated, unaccomplished and all that, she’s going Heel and is certainly getting in on the NXT Women’s North American Championship. I would think so is Thea, and then the four we saw talk it out in that promo, too. I said just last week that Sol is a strong Face choice for first Women’s NA Champ, but honestly so is Thea. Mia getting in on this is good stuff, she’ll be a solid part of the ladder match but I don’t see her winning it. She might end up in a quick feud with Arianna Grace or something, though.

Good promo from Tyriek & Tyson, but rather surprising their NXT TV debut was a loss. Granted, The Good Brothers are a team that can’t afford to lose when they came to NXT to be a strong force in the tag division, but I didn’t think WWE would move away from the tradition of a debut win. I’m sure Tyson & Tyriek will come back and “figure it out” next week, the NXT Tag Division is just that strong. Also funny little promo from Malik, Edris & Brin with the black cats adding more bad luck. And great promo from the Profits and great assist from New Catch Republic to help Axiom & Frazer. It is for the best that AOP didn’t just win the tag titles their first try, and surely AOP VS NCR will be a big part of giving Awesome Truth some new challengers.

Good stuff from Ridge VS Spears, though the live crowd is starting to sour on this whole Ridge redemption thing with that sabbatical fake-out. He and Spears should just become a Heel tag team with Ridge giving into the darkness so that he can be cheered alongside Spears, who the fans still love. And good promo from The D’Angelo Family to make it clear we’ll get Tony D’Angelo VS Charlie Dempsey for the Heritage Cup. If Tony wins the Cup, I hope he wins via a knockout punch. It hasn’t happened since the inaugural Heritage Cup tournament in NXT UK, and there needs to be something like that to really shake up the Heritage Cup Division.

And really good stuff in the NXT Underground story. Good promos from both sides, and I do like that Shayna was right, Lola was gonna lose because she didn’t work on her ground game as much as she should have. But at the same time, Shayna made sure Lola won, so if Lola gets in on the Women’s North American Championship stuff, I would hope Shayna expects a shot at the belt as a favor. And speaking of title shots, good promos from Roxie and Ava, but like, even in kayfabe, Chelsea Green is not someone Roxie should really be worried about. Chelsea struggles to do her part in tag matches when it’s like her and Piper against Kayden & Katana.

Roxie should definitely retain against Chelsea, only for Ava to reveal Battleground will be Roxie VS GIULIA! We saw the new signee from Stardom at Stand & Deliver, Battleground in Vegas would be the perfect place for Giulia to have her first match and win the title right off Roxie, allowing Roxie to go to RawDown like she wants anyway.

My Score: 8.9/10


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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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