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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (4/9/24)

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The more things change, the more they stay the same!

After Stand & Deliver, Ilja Dragunov is STILL NXT Champion, but Roxanne Perez is the NEW NXT Women’s Champion! Who steps up to challenge each of them next?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Fallon Henley & Kelani Jordan VS Kiana James & Izzi Dame; Kiana & Izzi win.
  • Je’Von Evans VS SCRYPTS w/ OTM; Evans wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Roxanne Perez VS Natalya; Roxie wins and retains the title.
  • No Quarter Catch Crew VS Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo & Luca Crusifino w/ Adriana Rizzo; Stacks & Luca win.
  • Brinley Reece w/ Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Jaida Parker w/ OTM; Jaida wins.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships: Bron Breakker & Baron Corbin VS Axiom & Nathan Frazer; Axiom & Frazer win and become the new NXT Tag Team Champions.

PLAY BY PLAY

The first 30 MINUTES of NXT are commercial free!

 

Roxanne Perez is here!

The Prodigy is once again the NEW NXT Women’s Champion, and she smiles as she soaks up both the cheers and the jeers. Roxie gets the mic and says, “Are you guys even surprised? Are you really surprised?” Some fans chant “You Deserve It!” and others chant “No You Don’t!” but Roxie tells them all to shut up! She didn’t need that a year ago, she doesn’t need it now. Last Saturday at Stand & Deliver was justice! Justice for the woman who want over a YEAR without her title! It was the culmination of a journey Roxie was forced to go on against her will. But now, all is right in the world again!

And to Lyra, you know as well as Roxie does that your desire to be an honorable champion is why your arm wasn’t at 100%. But Roxie saw that arm all wrapped up as a target! Roxie didn’t care if she broke it. Fans tell Roxie to shut up but Roxie tells them no, she’ll talk as long as she wants cuz she’s the champ! THEY can shut up! Lyra says she’s honorable, but Roxie says she’s stupid. Pathetic and embarrassing even! Because regardless of how, Roxie is still here our TWO-TIME NXT Women’s Champion. And now there is nothing anyone can do to take this from her! Now everything is on her terms, and she dares anyone to tell her otherwise!

And honestly, the next time Roxie gets this “taken” from her is when she forfeits it after being drafted by either Raw or SmackDown! So for now, enjoy seeing this while you can. Wait, Lyra is here? Her arm is in a sling but Lyra says, “Wow… Is this what we’re in store for? You’ve been champion for two days. Two days! And you’re packing your bags? What? Too good for NXT now? Stay on Raw, go to SmackDown, but the NXT Women’s Championship stays here! With Lyra! Because she wants her rematch! And I want it TONIGHT!” Roxie says c’mon, Lyra isn’t even cleared. Her arm is hanging on by a thread. Does Lyra wanna really waste her rematch tonight?

Oh, Lyra might not be ready! But Tatum Paxley is! Tatum hugs Lyra, but Lyra says yes, okay, it’s great that Tatum is sticking up for her. And yes, Lyra is sorry for what she said while she was angry. But she’s good! She can do this! Tatum asks, “Are you?” Tatum RAMS her into steel steps!! Tatum says it’s no longer Lyra’s to have! Refs drag Tatum away, the fans and Lyra all shocked that Tatum is no longer Lyra’s biggest fan. Roxie just laughs and waves to them both, then says we wont’ be seeing a title match after all. Sorry not sorry. WAIT! Now Natalya storms out! The Queen of Harts says Roxie is so adorable. She’s not leaving, is she? Because it sounds like the fans want a title match!

The fans fire up and cheer Natty on as she gets in the ring. Natty says she didn’t forget how Roxie has been rude to her. Natty forgot more about this business than Roxie will ever learn> But there is still one title Natty’s never won and it’s the NXT Women’s Championship. So let’s do Prodigy VS BOAT, for the NXT Women’s title! And tonight! Yeah, nah, hard pass. This is Roxie’s show, her title, and her division. But thanks for coming. WAIT! Now the General Manager is here! And Ava says sorry, Roxie, but that’s not how this works. If this past weekend has shown us anything, it is that we are in a new era.

And as the first show after Stand & Deliver… Ava says it might just be Roxie VS Natty for the title. But no, now that she thinks about it, it DEFINITELY will be! Roxie says okay, and then she swings on Natty! Natty trips her first! Roxie scrambles away from the Queen of Harts, clutching to her title! Is Roxie’s reign going to end already? Or will she manage to sink The BOAT?

 

NXT Anonymous is watching.

They shared footage from after Stand & Deliver, Ava talking with Axiom & Nathan Frazer. That conversation also played out on Twitter, and it was decided that with how incredibly close Axiom & Frazer came, they are going all or nothing! They get one more shot at the Wolf Dogs, and JUST this shot! Will they make it count when there’s no other option?

 

Backstage interview with Axiom & Frazer.

Kelly Kincaid is with them, saying the Stand & Deliver rematch is tonight. One last chance. They were this close, but it has to be different. If they don’t win, they don’t get another shot at the titles so long as the Wolf Dogs have them. Frazer feels it is their destiny! Axiom says this team may have been thrown together from friendship, but with the respect they have for each other, they found something different. They belong at the top! They talked about the loss, about the rematch. Frazer knows that they never slow down, but if this is the end, then it’s been one hell of a ride, amigo. They shake on it and head out, will they make up for falling short in Philadelphia?

 

Chase U is celebrating!

Andre Chase talks with Riley Osborne, Duke Hudson, Fallon Henley & Kelani Jordan, recapping the highlights of that Six Woman Tag victory. But now there’s also the big 2v2 match, Fallon & Kelani VS Kiana & Izzi. Mr. Chase wants to thank them for their help at Stand & Deliver, and are given honorary degrees! Thea runs in and asks if she missed it. No, just in time! She celebrates, too, and then Jacy & Jazmyn step in! Riley keeps Thea from attacking and asks what they’re even doing here. Jacy says relax, she’s not here to fight. This time. But she just came to ask Professor Chase a question.

After the “victory party,” is Chase finally going to tell everyone the real reason Jacy had to bail the school out of debt? Considering it was… all her fault! Whoa, hey, the past is the past. Please leave. No, she won’t. That package Rizzo delivered said it all. Thea, remember back to the Great American Bash, and the towel. Turns out Chase here placed a BIG bet on Thea winning the NXT Women’s Championship. But instead of watching Thea suffer, he decided to throw in the towel. Guess this idiot cares more about a loser like Thea than his school. So much for her rebellious stage. How ironic that this whole time, Thea was the problem.

Thea says that isn’t true. Is it? Chase says yes, it’s true. He placed a wager, and he shouldn’t have, but when it comes down to the school or Thea, he bets on Thea the whole time. Thea still storms out, upset that Jacy’s actually telling the truth for once. The school has recovered, but has the student-teacher relationship been broken forever?

 

Fallon Henley & Kelani Jordan VS Kiana James & Izzi Dame!

The Cowgirl & Gym Princess won big on Saturday, but the Calculator never lets go of a grudge. Will Kiana and her insurance policy turn things right around? Or will it be another big win for Fallon & Kelani?

Oh no! Kiana & Izzi attack Fallon & Kelani while they’re posing on the corners! But Fallon ROCKS Izzi and Kelani DROPKICKS Kiana! Izzi runs up, but Fallon & Kelani dodge to DOUBLE SHOULDER her down! The bell rings, Kiana knees Kelani low. Kiana headlocks, Kelani powers out and odes the splits to then drop toehold! Kelani facelocks, brings Kiana up, but Kaian whips. Kelani goes up and RANAS Kaina away! Izzi tags in, Kelani gets around but Izzi bucks the O’Conner. Izzi runs Kelani over, then suplexes! Kelani slips around to a SLEEPER! Kelani is a backpack as Izzi goes to ropes. Fallon tags in, she and Kelani double wrench and YANK the arms!

Fallon & Kelani double whip but Izzi breaks the line! Izzi fires off hands, TOSSES Kelani, but Kelani baits her in. Kelani ducks the haymaker, Fallon ROCKS Izzi! Kiana storms in but Fallon blocks the kick to DRAGON SCREW! Tag to Kelani, she and Fallon each SPLASH in the corners! Then they send Kiana & Izzi at each other! Those two reverse, but Fallon gives Kelani the boost to SEATED SENTON Izzi! The fans fire up as Fallon brawls with Kiana! Fallon TOSSES Kiana out, then builds speed to WRECK Kiana with a dropkick! Kelani TORNILLOS Izzi down! The fans afire up with Fallon and Kelani puts Izzi in.

Kelani runs to SPLASH, covers, TWO! Kelani dodges Kiana’s cheap shot to DECK her! But Izzi CLOBBERS Kelani! Izzi hoists Kelani up, hangs her out to dry then CLUBS away on her! Izzi YANKS the ropes to send Kelani down, then tags Kiana. Kiana rains down fists, stomps away on Kelani, then brings her up. Kiana scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kiana taunts Fallon then KICKS Kelani in the side. Tag to Izzi, she drags Kelani up to fire body shots and forearms! Kelani hits back but Izzi knees low! Izzi bumps Kelani off buckles, then TOSSES her across the way! Izzi runs to ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!

Izzi is frustrated, but she SMACKS Kelani off the mat! And SMACKS her off it again! Then TOSSES her away! Tag to Kiana, they mug Kelani, and Kiana again taunts Fallon. But Kelani fires body shots! Kelani kicks, Kiana blocks and FLIPS Kelani! Kiana bumps Kelani off buckles, stomps a mudhole in, then handsprings back to taunt Fallon more. Kiana then RAMS into Kelani! Izzi tags in, Kelani is fed to the FLAPJACK! Cover, TWO! Izzi keeps Kelani from Fallon, brings her up, and clamps on a COBRA TWIST! Kelani endures and the fans rally up. Izzi holds onto a leg for more leverage but Kelani still endures!

Kelani powers up and she gets her leg free. She slips around to put Izzi in the COBRA TWIST! Izzi powers out to HIP TOSS! But Kelani avoids the elbow drop! Kelani leaps, Izzi catches her! Kelani sunset flips, Izzi drags her back up! Izzi puts Kelani in the corner, tags Kiana, and Kiana stomps a mudhole. Kiana scoops Kelani to SLAM her! Cover, TWO! Kiana is frustrated but she drags Fallon back. Kiana taunts Fallon, FLIPS Kelani, but Kelani lands on her feet! Kelani dodges Kiana to hot tag Fallon! Fallon rallies on Kiana, BODY BLOW! ELBOW! FOREARM! KNEE SMASH! Izzi runs up, but into a SMASH and CALF KICK!

Fallon runs up to FACEBUSTER Izzi! Fallon tips her cap, runs in and ELBOWS Kiana! Then Fallon goes up, up, BOOTS Kiana and reels her in, TORNADO SNAP SUPLEX! Cover, Izzi breaks it! Kelani storms up to fire forearms and kicks on Izzi! TORNADO- NO, Izzi FLAPJACKS Kelani out of that! Izzi then runs up, but Fallon takes the hit! Kiana runs up, 401K!! Cover, Kiana & Izzi win!

Winners: Kiana James & Izzi Dame, by pinfall

The Cowgirl took the bullet, and that helps Kiana & Izzi take this win! With the Women’s North American Championship on the horizon, does this put Kiana in pole position for the title chase?

 

Je’von Evans speaks.

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

Out The Mud watches that.

Scrypts can’t stand it! Evans has been out of Level Up two minutes and he says he’s “the Young OG.” That boy bouncy? Well Scrypts is gonna bounce him! Jaida says tonight, OTM gets two wins! Hit their music! Scrypts, Jaida, Bronco Nima & Lucien Price head out, will they look to dominate this new era?

 

The No Quarter Catch Crew talks backstage.

Damon Kemp asks how Bloodsport went, and Charlie Dempsey says it was something else. No ropes, knockouts and submissions only, some of the toughest fighters he’s ever seen. This black eye didn’t stop him from winning. So it doesn’t matter if it is here or anywhere else in the world, the NQCC holds themselves to a standard that none of them are exempt from. Myles Borne says no pity, no remorse. That “situation” with their friend, it’s getting sorted. Luca Crusifino walks over and says yes, he and the Family heard about that. But The Don’s not here, he’s in Boca for the week. You’ll have to wait to get your answer.

And we all know the who, what, when, where and why. Stacks says it’s a real shame. The NQCC talk like they’re tough guys but they aren’t gonna go do the work themselves. They don’t wanna get their hands dirty. Watch your mouth! Or what? Or they’ll shut it for them! Is there a problem here? Rizzo says yeah, there is. And they can settle it, tonight. Sounds good to NQCC. Then will the Underboss & Legal Eagle have to worry about the Catch Clause?

 

Je’Von Evans VS SCRYPTS w/ Out The Mud!

NXT returns as the 19 year old prospect makes his entrance. Evans is bouncy, but has he truly leveled up? Or will Scrypts show Evans he isn’t the main character of this story?

The bell rings and Evans circles with Scrypts. They tie up, go around, and Scrypts headlocks for the takeover. Evans rolls Scrypts away, then ducks ‘n’ dodges to then handspring up and over! Scrypts runs in, Evans hurdles but then Scrypts front flips over! The fans fire up, Scrypts gets around, but Evans switches. Scrypts elbows free, rolls under, then boots Evans away! Evans springboards to fly in and schoolboy! TWO, and the fans fire up! Evans ducks ‘n’ dodges, Scrypts bobs ‘n’ weaves, then Evans runs up, Arabian Press RANA! Then DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Scrypts stays in this but the fans fire up for Evans.

Evans runs in at the corner to CHOP! Scrypts sputters, Evans goes up and up, but Scrypts CHOP BLOCKS! The fans boo as Scrypts kicks Evans around, then puts him in a corner. The ref counts as Scrypts CHOKES Evans, but Scrypts lets off at 4. Scrypts brings Evans up, ROCKS and CHOPS and mule kicks! Scrypts throws Evans down by his hair and STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Evans stays in this but Scrypts stays on him with HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Scrypts clamps on a top wristlock but the fans rally up. Evans fights to his feet, throws body shots, but Scrypts CLUBS him down.

Scrypts whips Evans to ropes, then ELBOWS him down! Cover, TWO! The fans rally but Scrypts talks trash. Scrypts drags Evans up, bumps him off buckles, then fires body shots! Evans sputters but Scrypts stomps a mudhole in! The ref counts, Scrypts lets off, and he soaks up the heat. Scrypts brings Evans up but Evans throws body shots! Scrypts kicks low, talks trash, then pushes Evans around. Scrypts stands on Evans’ hand, slaps him around, but Evans TACKLES Scrypts! Evans rains down fists, but Scrypts gets free. Evans rallies with FOREARM after FOREARM! Scrypts dodges but Evans rebounds to SCREW HIGH KICK!

The fans fire up and Evans builds speed, springboard FLYING CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Scrypts survives but the fans fire up for the Young OG. Evans runs in, Scrypts puts him on the apron, but Evans ROCKS him! Evans springboards, FLYING LARIAT! Evans calls his shot, but OTM gets Scrypts to safety. So Evans just FLIES out onto them all!! The fans are thunderous as Evans hurries to get Scrypts in. Scrypts stands, goes Matrix to dodge, then mule kicks! But Evans BOOTS! Scrypts SUPERKICKS! Evans JUMP PUNCHES! Scrypts gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans boo but Scrypts hurries up top!

Scrypts MOONSAULTS, but has to roll through as Evans moves! Scrypts blocks a boot but not the SUPERKICK! Evans goes up and up and SKY TWISTER!! Cover, Evans wins!!

Winner: Je’Von Evans, by pinfall

OTM rushes in but Evans bounces, as in gets outta there! Evans is just getting started, is he going to establish himself as THE future of NXT?

 

Kelly Kincaid spots Ridge Holland backstage.

She was rehearsing announcements when she saw Yorkshire Grit walking in. She asked him how he was and he said he’s okay. Really? Because first he said he was walking away, then showed up on the Stand & Deliver panel. Which was great, but then he goes and attacks Joe Gacy. Has Ridge seen Gacy? He just wants to apologize for that, it was like a freak out reaction. Gacy peeks his head in from behind a curtain! Gacy says he gets it, Ridge went from being WWE Superstar inside the ring to a panelist on the biggest show of the year not getting in the ring. Gacy gets that has to mess with Ridge. Ridge says forget it, no apologies!

Ridge storms off, but LWO is there. They say they knew Ridge was destroying people on SmackDown, so they’re not buying this apology tour anyway. Ridge pushes past them, Cruz asks what the hell, but then Ridge slams the door shut on Cruz quite literally! Joaquin bets that was an “accident” too, right? Ridge’s frustrations keep piling up, will he really be able to step away and find peace of mind?

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Roxanne Perez VS Natalya!

The Prodigy doubted The Queen of Harts was going to bother showing up tonight, but it wasn’t a bluff! Natalya is here to finally add this title to her collection, will she do it? Or will The Boat be sunk after tonight?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who has the winning hand!

The bell rings and the two circle. Roxie shoves Natty, says this is HER show, but Natty rolls her up! ONE, and Natty headlocks for a takeover! Roxie headscissors, Natty pops free to cover, TWO! Natty hits another headlock takeover, Roxie headscissors again but Natty kips free. Natty hits yet another headlock takeover and Roxie throws a fit! Roxie rolls Natty to a cover, ONE, and they stand up. Roxie pops out the back to hammerlock but Natty reaches around to fireman’s carry takeover! Natty then has the armlock and Roxie has another fit! Roxie fights around, rolls back, and stands up to pull hair! The ref counts, Roxie lets off at 4. Then she SLAPS Natty!

Natty says okay, and she SLAPS Roxie down! Roxie bails out, Natty pursues, and Natty LARIATS! The fans fire up for Natty and she brings Roxie up again. Natty puts Roxie in the ring, but Roxie wants mercy! She apologizes, but no one believes that, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Roxie still offers a handshake, and Natty still takes Roxie’s hand. Natty helps Roxie up, but she blocks the kick! Natty throws Roxie down, runs and steps on her, to then basement dropkick! Natty gets the legs, steps through, but Roxie scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Natty lets go, Roxie bails out, but Natty runs up to WRECK Roxie with a dropkick! Natty drags Roxie up, SMACKS her off the apron, then CHOPS her! Natty brings Roxie around the way, and CHOPS her against barriers! Natty brings Roxie around the way again, to CHOP her against more barrier! Natty puts Roxie back in, fires up the fans, and then has Roxie for a snap suplex!

Roxie writhes, Natty stomps her around, then Natty brings Roxie up to snap suplex again! Cover, TWO! Roxie goes to ropes then bails out, but Natty again pursues. Natty SMACKS Roxie off the desk! And then she gets in Roxie’s face. Roxie pushes Natty, Natty SLAPS Roxie! Roxie throws body shots then ROCKS Natty with a forearm! Roxie CHOPS Natty in return! Natty puts Roxie in the ring, storms up after her, and bumps her off buckles. Natty runs Roxie side to side to bump off more buckles! Then they go to a third corner! Roxie blocks the fourth to ELBOW Natty away! Roxie clamps on a COBRA TWIST!

Natty endures, even as Roxie digs her elbow in. Roxie thrashes Natty, digs her fingers into the ribs, but Natty endures. NXT returns to single picture as Natty fight sup and THROWS Roxie away! Roxie flounders, Natty SMACKS her off the desk! Natty gets the legs and hooks them up. Natty SLAPS Roxie’s back, gets the arms, and up, up and away into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Roxie endures, fights to get free, and she rolls away! Roxie runs, but into the DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Roxie survives and bails out again but Natty pursues again. Natty brings Roxie up to toss her right back in, but Roxie slips right back out.

Natty pursues but Roxie RAMS her into steel steps! Roxie then snap suplexes Natty to the floor! Roxie soaks up the heat, then SMACKS Natty off the desk! Roxie SMACKS Natty off the desk again, puts her in the ring, and pushes Natty to a cover. TWO! Roxie snarls, storms up on Natty and CHOKES her on the ropes! The fans rally for Natty but Roxie BOOTS Natty in the back! Cover, TWO! Roxie wraps on a body scissor squeeze! Natty endures, Roxie pulls her hair and squeezes tighter! Roxie turns Natty over for a cover, TWO! Natty pries at the hold, turns around, and she gives Roxie ground ‘n’ pound!

Roxie gets Natty for a GUILLOTINE! Natty endures and the fans are dueling! Natty fights up, powers free and SLAMS Roxie down! The fans are thunderous while both women are down! Roxie flounders up, grabs at Natty, but Natty throws a body shot! Roxie tries again but Natty throws another body shot! Natty ELBOWS Roxie, then dodges her! Natty DECKS Roxie, DECKS her again, then fires up and DECKS Roxie again! The fans fire up as Natty gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Roxie flounders, Natty covers, TWO! Natty gets Roxie up, scoops her again, but Roxie slips free and shoves Natty to a corner!

Roxie runs in, Natty sends her into buckles! Rebounds and- NO, Roxie arm-drags free! But Natty DISCUS LARIATS again! Cover, TWO!! Roxie survives, “This is Awesome!” Natty drags Roxie around, steps through, but Roxie rolls her up! TWO, and Natty rolls Roxie up! TWO, and Natty trips Roxie! Step through, but Roxie drags Natty down into the CROSSFACE!! Natty rolls it to a cover, TWO!! Roxie lets go in time, then SOBATS! Roxie hops on, but Natty SLAMS Roxie down! Natty steps through again, for the SHARPSHOOTER!! The fans are thunderous as Roxie flails and fights around! Roxie claws her way forward, to the ROPEBREAK!!

Natty lets go in frustration and Roxie bails out. Natty gets Roxie back up, SLAPS her again, but LOLA VICE runs out here! The ref is busy with Roxie, Lola KICKS Natty’s leg out!! Roxie drags Natty in, hops on, POP ROX!! Cover, Roxie wins!

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

The Mayor of Vice City screws Natty over for how Natty got the better of her weeks ago! But a win is a win for Roxie, will she reign all the way through the WWE Draft?

 

The Wolf Dogs meet backstage.

Baron Corbin is all fired up, and he pats “Big Boy” Bron Breakker on the stomach as he asks if he feels good. Nathan & Axiom couldn’t get it done Saturday, so- They won’t get it tonight! Wow, now he’s finishing Corbin’s sentences. Bron’s doing too much. Bron says Corbin loves hanging out with him. No he doesn’t. But Corbin wants Bron to admit Corbin was right. Stand & Deliver, the losing streak is over all thanks to Corbin. Bron needs to admit that this team is a good thing. Bron didn’t wanna do it at first but look at them now! Admit it’s good! Bron will not admit it, because that’s what Corbin wants.

Bron heads out, then comes back to say he’s joking! Wolf Dogs 4 Life! Corbin hates when Bron does that! But will they both keep the good times rolling with another win? Or does this come to a screeching halt here tonight?

 

NXT Media catches up with Lola Vice.

They ask her why she got involved in the Women’s Championship match, and Lola says that’s a dumb question. She’s sick and tired of waiting for opportunities! Instead, she’s making her own! Lola has her eyes everywhere. She sees the NXT Women’s Championship, and she can’t wait for the NXT Women’s North American Championship either. But here comes Natty! She CLOBBERS Lola, fires off haymakers, and then refs rush in to stop this! Will the Queen of Harts just have to wait to have her revenge?

 

No Quarter Catch Crew VS Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo & Luca Crusifino w/ Adriana Rizzo!

The Catch Clause keeps us guessing, but Myles Borne & Damon Kemp step up after all. And while the Philly Stretcher is dealing with some rowdy accusations, will his team hold down the fort? Or will the D’Angelo Family make The Don proud while he takes some time away?

The teams sort out and Legal Eagle starts against Golden Gopher. They tie up, Kemp wrenches to a hammerlock, then he headlocks. Kemp fireman’s carries to have the armlock, then he tags Myles. They whip, trip and waistlock Luca to SLAM him down! Myles facelocks but Luca stops the suplex to suplex back! Tag to Stacks, Myles tries to fight back but that’s 2v1! Stacks throws knees, then whips. Stacks KITCHEN SINK KNEES! Then he PUNTS Myles to the corner! Stacks stomps away, tags Luca, and Luca adds his own knees! Luca lets off to short arm LARIAT, then he tags Stacks. The D’Angelo Family RAM Myles into the corner, then they DECK Kemp!

Stacks sends Luca in to SPLASH Kemp, Stacks SPLASHES Myles! Then Stacks CANNONBALLS into Kemp! Stacks reloads and runs in, but Dempsey saves Myles from the cannonball! Myles stomps away on Stacks while the fans boo. Myles sits Stacks up to KNEE him in the back, then ROCKS him with a right. Tag to Kemp, the NQCC mugs Myles, then Kemp ROCKS Stacks. Kemp whips Stacks to ropes, then catches him to a spin and BACKBREAKER, dragon sleeper, INVERTED SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Kemp drags Stacks up, tag to Myles, and NQCC coordinate, DROPKICK GERMAN COMBO! Cover, TWO!

Myles keeps on Stacks, rains down fists, then hauls Stacks up to a corner. Myles whips corner to corner, runs up, but Stacks BOOTS him! Stacks avoids Kemp, too, then hot tags Luca! The fans fire up as Luca rallies on NQCC! Luca ducks ‘n ‘dodges to CLOBBER Myles! Then QUICK DRAW on Kemp! Dempsey distracts, but Luca still dodges Myles! O’Conner Roll, TWO! Luca ends up hitting ropes throat first! Myles hits the JUMPING NECKBREKER! Tag to Kemp, he waistlocks but Luca switches! Luca shoves Kemp into Myles, then sees Dempsey coming! Luca HIP TOSSES Dempsey in! The ref is busy with Dempsey, that lets The D’Angelos hit Kemp with SHATTER MACHINE!!

Stacks CLOBBERS Dempsey, Luca covers Kemp, The Family wins!

Winners: Channing Lorenzo & Luca Crusifino, by pinfall

If anyone knows how to play the numbers game, it’s The D’Angelo Family! Will NQCC have to go back to the drawing board if they want to defend their reputation?

 

Oba Femi is here!

The fans fire up as The Ruler is still NXT North American Champion, even after that truly brutal battle of big meaty men slapping meat! Oba struts his way into the ring, gets a mic, and he says, “Some things in life are just inevitable. Going into Stand & Deliver, I didn’t just believe, I knew I was going to retain my North American Championship.” The fans applaud that. Oba knew it would be the genesis of his rule over this division, and he was glad to find out he was correct. “Nobody can deny the impressiveness of Josh Briggs and Dijak.” The fans applaud that, too, but Oba says that means his win over those two titans puts Oba at the top of the mountain that no one can climb!

17 THOUSAND people witnessed Oba’s power! Every crushing blow, every earthshattering slam. But the only thing Oba could think of was this very moment, here in this ring, after the fact, Oba standing in front of the NXT Arena crowd, STILL the North American Champion! The fans cheer that, too! And that will not change for a very, very long time, and that is inevitable. WAIT! Ivar is here?! The fans fire up as the War Beard comes back to NXT! Ivar tells Oba, “I can tell by the look on your face you didn’t foretell that I’d be here tonight. The whole word is talking about your match from Saturday. And when I saw that match… I loved the chaos!”

Ivar says three big men beating the hell out of each other…! Desperately trying to win that championship! The fans chant “SLAP THAT MEAT!” Ivar says that is exactly the type of fight he lives for. Oba knows Ivar didn’t come here just to compliment him. What does Ivar want? What does he want? Oh, Oba. When Ivar watched that match, he felt a deep, deep jealousy. Not just for that title around Oba’s shoulder… But because Ivar wanted to be in that fight! Briggs and Dijak threw everything they had, but Oba remained the immovable object. But as Ivar looks at Oba now, Ivar knows that he is the man who can chop him down! Ivar is the man who can take that title!

Oba is amused, and he tells Ivar, “We shall see.” But Ivar keeps Oba from leaving, and says “Yeah, you’re right. We’ll see.” Oba ROCKS Ivar, but then Ivar cartwheels and BOOTS! Oba wobbles, right into the SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY!! The fans fire up as the Viking Raider holds up the belt! Is the raid going to bring Ragnarök to The Ruler?

 

The Meta Four is backstage.

Noam Dar says that was the biggest week in WWE history! And Meta Four kicked it off! Lash Legend says that’s right, because they’re breaking records, baby, okaaay~? Jakara Jackson says that was the best Stand & Deliver ever, and they got to host the most attended NXT event in history! Dar says with Meta Four, the numbers are guaranteed. But speaking of hosting, how was Dar? He was incredible~! Check, please! Money money! Oro, what’s going on? Why the long face? Oro says that idiot, Oba, goes and slams him with a door! He thinks he can do whatever he wants! Everyone laughs at Oro and says Oba’s so great, so dominant!

Dominant Oro’s ass!! Oro wants to be the guy to end the title reign! And trust him, he will. The others don’t seem to believe him… He gets upset and they do their best to say no, they do believe in him! But then Dijak steps in! Meta Four is on guard but Dijak says he saw their little parody of him. It was actually awesome. Which one came up with that? Uh, well… Dar says it was all his idea. And now he can see why Dijak’s so miserable! Down there, all alone in the dark. Dijak needs less ratio, more sunshine. So please, knock next time. Right, right, great advice. But everyone gets one. Dar won’t get another. Dijak storms out, is #HardJustice coming for the Supernova?

 

Brinley Reece w/ Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Jaida Parker  w/ OTM!

#BrinEnergy is all about finding the positives even during hard times. Will Jaida do just that and use Scrypts’ loss earlier as motivation to get this win? Or will NXT go to #BrinfinityAndBeyond?

The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Jaida puts Brin on the ropes. Brin turns things around, Jaida turns it back around, but Brin powers out of the corner. They break the collar ‘n’ elbow then go again. Jaida gets an arm, wrenches, but Brin rolls, kips up and wrenches back. Jaida ROCKS Brin, CHOPS her, then storms up in the corner. Jaida blocks Brin’s boots, puts her in the ropes, and CHOPS her again! Brin is stuck in the ropes, Jaida CLUBs her! Jaida runs up and HIP DROPS IT LIKE IT’S HOT! The fans fire up with Jaida while Brin writhes, and NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Jaida has Brin down with an armlock. Brin endures, the fans rally up, but Jaida grinds that shoulder. Jaida thrashes Brin around, but Brin fights up to her feet. Brin wrenches and clamps right onto Jaida’s arm! But Jaida turns that back around on Brin! Brin turns it back onto Jaida, but Jaida turns it back onto Brin! They go back and forth with the armlock, then Jaida pulls hair to put Brin in a corner. Jaida RAMS into Brin, brings her around to whip, but Brin reverses! Brin runs in but Jaida ELBOWS her away! Jaida goes up to BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up but Jaida CLUBS Brin down.

Jaida digs her knee in, then she bends Brin with a chinlock stretch! The fans rally as Brin endures, and Brin fights up to throw body shots! Jaida CLUBS Brin back down, then runs up. Brin ducks ‘n’ dodges to run Jaida over! She runs Jaida over again! Brin scoops to SLAM Jaida, and the fans fire up! Brin fires up from a corner, Malik & Edris fire up with her! HANDSPRING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Jaida stays in this but Brin stays positive. Brin gets Jaida up, counter punches, then has Jaida in a corner. Jaida ROCKS Brin first! Jaida whips, Brin reverses and SPINEBUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Jaida stays in this and Brin is a little worried.

Brin drags Jaida up and fireman’s carries. Jaida slips free, KNEES low, then runs, to DECK Brin! Jaida says Brin can’t hang with her! Jaida runs to HIP ATTACK! Cover, Jaida wins!

Winner: Jaida Parker, by pinfall

Brin just got hip checked and OTM manages to go 1-1. Will Miss Parker be primed for the coming Women’s North American Championship opportunity? Can Brin find the positive in this crushing defeat?

 

Arianna Grace goes on and on and on…

She talks about how she was telling “Giorgina” she must be beautiful at all times so you’re always ready. Just like Arianna was at Stand & Deliver. So, Sol, they’re close, right? Arianna was the best kept secret of WrestleMania Weekend. Sol stifles a laugh, but then Arianna says there’s gonna be an NXT Women’s North American Championship! Sol says yeah, she’s so excited. Dibs on being first. Hah, that’s nice. Arianna says she loved this, but she has to take this call. It’s “Giorgina,” so Arianna exits the room. Lola storms in, fuming over Natty getting at her! Natty thinks she can come back to NXT and do whatever she wants! Does she even know who Lola is!?

Sol wants Lola to calm down. Natty did beat Lola, and Natty is The Boat. Lola should’ve known Natty would come for payback since Lola just cost her the NXT Women’s Championship. Anyone would. Lola tells Sol that she doesn’t know what hole she crawled out of, but she can go back there. A lot has changed since she’s been gone. And you’re just trash! Whatever, dude. Lola is lashing out, but will she have to watch her back next time Natty’s in town?

 

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

From the Dusty Rhodes Classic to Stand & Deliver, the Wolf Dogs just seem to have the number of the fast ‘n’ furious duo that stands across from them. But they also say third time’s the charm, so something’s gotta give! Will the trilogy of this series see Bron & Corbin still saying #AndStill? Or will this last chance be just the thing Axiom & Frazer need to become undeniable?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who wins when it’s all or nothing!

The teams sort out and Axiom starts against Bron. The two circle, feel things out, and Bron waistlocks to SLAM Axiom. Bron keeps the waistlock, Axiom spins out but Bron facelocks, then armlocks. Bron wrenches, wristlocks, but Axiom rolls, kips up, only for Bron to ROCK him! Bron whips, Axiom goes up and arm-drags! Then DROPKICKS! Axiom headlocks, Bron pries free to headlock back. Axiom powers up and out, Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Axiom! The fans fire up and bark it up for the Wolf Dogs, but Bron dares Frazer to do something. Frazer tags in, then speeds up! He redirects, gets around, and headlocks.

Bron powers out, Frazer ducks ‘n’ dodges and DROPKICKS! Bron tumbles to the corner, Corbin tags in, and they circle. Frazer headlocks, Corbin powers up and back suplexes, but Frazer lands on his feet! Corbin grabs Frazer by the neck to OVERHEAD TOSS him! The fans fire up and bark again! Corbin drags Frazer up, half nelsons then lifts, but Frazer arm-drags free! Tag to Axiom, but Corbin DECKS Frazer, then DECKS Axiom! Corbin whips Frazer, Frazer goes up and over, and Axiom GAMANGIRIS! Bron runs up but Frazer sends him out! Axiom DIVES to hit Corbin! Frazer DIVES to hit Bron! Axiom DI VES again! Frazer DIVES again!

The fans fire up as Axiom just keeps going! Up and up, GOLDEN TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Direct hit and the fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” as we go picture in picture.

Frazer & Axiom get Corbin up but he blocks the apron bump. They CLUB away on Corbin, push him into the ring, then Axiom facelocks. Axiom keeps Corbin down, then grabs an arm. Axiom wrenches, tags Frazer, and Frazer AX HANDLES the arm. Frazer goes after the arm again, CLUBS it, then tags Axiom. Frazer CLUBS, Axiom RAMS, Frazer ROCKS and Axiom BLINDSIDES Corbin! Then Axiom SUPERKICKS Corbin down! Cover, TWO! Corbin survives the speed blitz, but Axiom wrenches the arm and whips. Corbin blocks the whip to send Axiom to the corner. Axiom dodges Corbin, Bron tags in, and Axiom runs.

Corbin pops Axiom up to HOTSHOT off ropes, then Bron GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bron drags Axiom up to ROCK him, then RAMS into him! And RAMS him again! And again! Bron whips Axiom, ELBOWS him down, then covers, TWO! Bron does push-ups just to show off! Bron flexes, drags Axiom over, and tags in Corbin. Bron keeps Axiom down so Corbin can stomp him! Corbin then stands Axiom up to KNEE him! Axiom tumbles and almost falls out of the ring! Corbin drags Axiom up by his mask, just to SMACK him off the mat! Tag to Bron, the Wolf Dogs mug Axiom, and then Bron clamps on a chinlock.

Axiom endures, even as Bron digs a knee in. The fans rally, Axiom fights up, and Axiom throws body shots. NXT returns to single picture, and Bron hoists Axiom up to snap suplex! Tag to Corbin, CATAPULT into the POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Axiom stays in this and Corbin argues with the ref. The count was fair, so Corbin goes back to Axiom. Corbin DECKS Axiom, tags Bron, and they get Axiom back up. They whip, FLAPJACK, but Axiom lands out of the slam! Corbin BOOTS Axiom but Frazer tags in! DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Frazer BOOTS Bron, goes up and out, then springboards, but Bron catches him!

Bron trophy lifts Frazer, but Frazer fights to DDT!! The fans fire up, hot tag back to Axiom! Axiom goes up, to FROG SPLASH! Frazer springboards to 450 SPLASH! Cover, Corbin breaks it! The fans fire up while all four men are down! Corbin rises and storms up on Frazer! DRAGON SLEEPER, but Frazer flails! Axiom goes up to leap, but Bron catches and POWERSLAMS him! Straps come down and Corbin keeps Frazer in a regular SLEEPER! Bron trophy lifts Axiom to POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!!! Axiom survives and the Wolf Dogs can’t believe it! Bron says time to go up, and he tags Corbin. Corbin gets Axiom in an Electric Chair Lift!

Axiom fights it, through, and RANAS Corbin! Bron and Corbin get in each other’s way, Frazer tags in! Frazer DROPKICKS Bron! Axiom runs at Corbin, but into DEEP SIX! Corbin gets Frazer in the Electric Chair! Bron goes up, STEINER BULLDOG!! Cover, Axiom KICKS it apart!! The fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” giving us this rematch! The teams regroup, and Frazer drags himself up. Corbin gets the legs to YANK Frazer up, but Frazer PELES! And he dropkicks Corbin’s legs out! Tag to Axiom and he SUPERKICKS Corbin! Frazer builds speed to DIVE, but Corbin catches him! And THRWOS him into steel steps!

Axiom JUMP KNEES Bron down, but Corbin gets him for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Corbin tries another, but Axiom slips free! Axiom tilt-o-whirls, but into the END OF- NO, Axiom escapes! Bron still runs in, but into GOLDEN RATIO!! Bron sputters, Corbin freaks out, and Corbin runs up to LARIAT Axiom down! Corbin reels Axiom in to short arm LARIAT! Frazer SUPERKICKS! Bron SOMERSAULT JUMP KNEES! The fans are thunderous again as Bron takes aim! Frazer leaps the Spear and the Wolf Dogs almost collide! They check on each other, but DOUBLE DROPKICKS send them tumbling! GOLDEN RATIO for Corbin!!

Frazer tags in, goes up, and PHOENIX SPLASHES!! Cover, AXIOM & FRAZER WIN!!!

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

This dynamic duo weren’t able to Stand & Deliver on Saturday, but they found a way to pull it off here tonight! WAIT! Is that The Final Testament’s music!? Karrion Kross & Scarlett storm out from the stage, but the AOP attack from the crowd!! The fans are freaking out as Kross tells Akam & Rezar to do it! SUPER COLLIDER!! The Authors of Pain hold the titles up, will they write the next chapter of NXT themselves?

 

NXT Spring Breakin’ is back and bigger than ever!

This year, the party will be a TWO WEEK SPECIAL! Tuesday, April 23rd, and Tuesday, April 30th, NXT is going to have a wild time! Who wins big going into the WWE Draft, and who will still be here to play after?

 

Trick Williams is here!

The fans are thunderous with “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” because in Philadelphia, that’s what he did to Carmelo Hayes! Trick gets a mic to say he loves it! Check it check it check it, they went to Philly, stood and delivered, and went to war. NXT is hotter now than it ever has been, and that’s thanks to everyone here in this building, and Trick appreciates them for real. But don’t get it twisted! NXT is breaking records! Over 16 THOUSAND in that building! They’re feeling it, Trick’s feeling it, this is a new era! Tell ’em what we gonna do? “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” Trick is all fired up now, and he wants us to hear him out.

We see Trick here in this ring, in this position, but it isn’t without one man, and that man is Carmelo Hayes. The fans boo but Trick says hey, he doesn’t agree with what Melo did, how he did it, why he did it, all that. But Melo is still… HIM. That’s why Trick had to show HIM just who Trick Willy is, let’s talk about it! At WrestleMania, we saw Bayley get her title, we saw Cody Rhodes #FinishTheStory. That leaves Trick thinking, what’s next for his story? What’s the next chapter? And as Trick flew back to Orlando, he couldn’t help but smile. He knows what’s next, we all know what’s next, and if Trick wants to be the man in NXT… he needs to slay the Mad Dragon.

The fans fire up and Trick says he knows Ilja is here. Please come on out so we can talk about it. And here comes the NXT Champion! Dragunov has a mic to tell Trick, “The main event of Stand & Deliver, I am so, so proud of the superstar that you have become. You have something that no one else in WWE possess. It’s that Trick Willy charisma!” The fans cheer that, and Dragunov says Trick is exactly what NXT needs. Trick says what this brand needs is Trick VS Dragunov for the championship one more time. The fans chant “One More Time!” and Dragunov says Trick is feeling it right now. Full of himself, as he should be!

Trick got revenge on Melo at Stand & Deliver! Trick feels he is on top of the world! Trick is the leader of a hungry locker room, full of young and hungry competitors, and Dragunov sees it in Trick’s eyes. Trick wants another shot at Dragunov’s title. And Dragunov’s answer is… NO! The fans gasp and Trick is confused! Dragunov says Trick had his chance and failed! Now it is time for another to get their opportunity. Trick says hold on, hold on. He knows Dragunov is the man around here and all, but who does Trick need to beat to get his shot? What gauntlet does Trick have to run to get another go?

Trick wants Dragunov to understand, there is nothing and no one that will stop him from getting at the  NXT Championship. Dragunov says persistence is a great attribute. He appreciates it. But Trick is also a risk taker. This is the biggest risk Trick will ever take. Then what’s the stakes? Dragunov knows Trick wants a shot, then he has it in two weeks at Spring Breakin’. BUT! If Trick loses this time… Trick must leave NXT! Trick thinks about the ramifications, but Trick says if he can’t beat Dragunov, if he can’t slay the Mad Dragon, then he doesn’t belong in NXT. He accepts the challenge!

They shake on it and the match is made! But then MELO CLOBBERS TRICK AND DRAGUNOV!! FIRST 48 on Trick!! Melo hammers fists on Trick while the fans boo! Melo stomps away on Trick, paces around, then picks up the title. The fans chant “Melo Got Whooped!” but Melo says Trick won’t even make it to Spring Breakin’! Next week, he beats Trick inside a STEEL CAGE!! It seems Trick is far from through with… HIM! Will the steel cage be a brutal punctuation on this story between the former friends?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT to follow Stand & Deliver, though it also exposed a bit of a “lame duck” period going on here. The WWE Draft is coming back, it’s clear NXT is going to get gutted in some form or another, so there’s quite a bit of rehashing things to stall for time. The main event match as well as closing segment are certainly indicative of that. While an “all or nothing” situation for Axiom & Frazer added to how great tonight’s tag match was tonight, why not just let them win at Stand & Deliver? And then Final Testament getting the “callback” treatment already? Didn’t think they were that dead in the water creatively…

And while obviously Trick would want the NXT Championship match again, and while Dragunov escalated it to a Loser Leaves NXT kind of situation, Melo coming back for a steel cage match is bit of a mixed bag. I suppose a lot of this is so that the NXT Arena crowd can get their goodbye moments with Wolf Dogs, Melo and maybe Trick, if not Ilja. After all, Spring Breakin’ sandwiches the WWE Draft, so those could very well be the last nights some of these superstars have as part of NXT.

Really good stuff in the Women’s Championship story, especially Tatum turning on Lyra. Who knows if Lyra is nursing an actual injury or she’s just getting a head start on leaving NXT for RawDown, but that was a powerful moment. Roxie VS Natty for the women’s title was a great match, but we should’ve figured Lola would get involved. Good stuff going into a Lola VS Natty rematch, though it feels like they shouldn’t have had the first match now, seems rather redundant. Good promo from Grace with Sol, and good promo from Chase U with Jacy revealing the big plot twist about Chase’s debts. While all the ladies want that Women’s North American title, I think it’d make for a great moment if Thea won that title for Chase U.

Good stuff with the OTM members, and Je’Von Evans is incredible! Only 19 but he’s got that camera charisma and he of course has those in-ring moves. Then Jaida gets a good win to keep herself going even while OTM has cooled off a bit from their debut. And while we got a really good tag match for the D’Angelo Family to get a win, I do appreciate the way they were just vague enough with this “situation.” AKA Ronda Rousey oddly trying to cancel culture Drew Gulak for a misunderstanding that he claims was cleared up same day. But Gulak aside, the win for the D’Angelos could set up something real fun for the Heritage Cup come Spring Breakin’.

Great bit with Ridge, Gacy and LWO. I am still iffy on them using “he’s dangerous!” as an angle for Ridge, as well as mental health concerns, but they’re doing a good job of executing things. Ridge is definitely going to end up facing Gacy, but I also feel like Shawn Spears needs to be by Ridge’s side now since Spears can take credit for bringing out this “true” Ridge Holland or something. And really good confrontation between Oba and Ivar tonight. The fans love the idea of “MEAT! MEAT!” and we’re definitely gonna get that here. And good stuff with Dijak and Meta Four. Dijak is probably gonna pulverize Dar while Oro is gonna get thrown around by Oba, maybe we get Meat Mania 2 during Spring Breakin’, now with Ivar.

My Score: 8.7/10


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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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