NXT Takeover: Respect
Dash and Dawson spend surprising amount
of time in control over. They take out Finn early and work over Joe. Finn comes
back a bit but they start to work Finns leg mercilessly. Dash and Dawson use
great teamwork to keep Finn isolated and get a close 2 count off a big elbow
Joe gets in and tide turns immediately.
Joe hits a Muscle Buster but Finn demands a tag and hits Coup DE Grace for the
win but messes up his knee, even though Joe had it covered.
Jordan and Gable vs Rhyno and Corbin
next. Jordan and Gable deserve to win but I won't be surprised if Corbin goes
over. Jordan and Gable control Rhyno early, working over his arm a lot. But
once Corbin comes in, he takes control of Gable. Jordan gets in and takes out
both Rhyno and Corbin. But surprise surprise, Corbin nails Gable with the End
of Days for the win.
Asuka totally destroys Dana Brooke in
her debut match. Brooke and Emma tried their best but Asuka had an answer for
Emma and picked apart Dana the whole match. She showed off her impressive
skills with a varied offense and won with a crossface chicken wing called the
Asuka Lock. Emma tries to get her in face but she backs down from Asuka.
A trainer looks at Balor's knee and Joe
doesn't look happy. Could this be what begins the split between Joe and Balor?
That Balor put his own glory ahead of their team?
Nia Jax - next week. She’s gonna squash
people since she’s a monster (5’11 but I guess that’s monster for a lady). Her
name is Lina Fanene and she’s The Rock’s cousin so you know she’s gonna have a
rocket strapped to her back.
I’ve seen pictures from live shows where
she worked as a heater for Devon Taylor, who apparently wrestles on live shows.
As far as I can tell, she’s a homegrown WWE product, never done indies. Though
I saw some people online quoting Bayley as having said she wrestled her on the
indies. But Wikipedia lists NXT as her first wrestling company so that’s what
I’m going with.
Tyler Breeze vs Apollo Crews. Breeze
trying his best but he can't counter the size and speed of Crews. Crews showing
impressive strength with a stalling vertical suplex. But Breeze uses his NXT
experience over Crews to get an advantage, work over Crews back and locks in a
Crews gets the ropes but Breeze hangs on
til 4. Been a very physical match and neither guy has much left. Crews flips
over ropes and tweaked his back opening him up for a Supermodel Kick but Breeze
only gets a 2. Crews hits gorilla press but Breeze blocks moonsault and small
package Crews for 2.
Crews catches Breeze with a boot as he
ran into the corner and hefts him up into an Atomic Drop position then spins
him into a powerbomb for the win.
Just a really great match overall from
both guys. Crews has proven he's already top tier talent. And Breeze proves
once again that he deserves better.
Why don't they get a secondary title
that changes hands more often than the NXT Title? How about an open challenge
belt or a TV title that must be defended every other week and at Takeovers?
Dusty Classic finals - Balor starts
against Rhyno. Gutsy move by the champ. Corbin and Joe get in and Joe is
beating up Corbin easily. Corbin gets an opening and hits a big move, letting
Rhyno in to dominate. Balor gets back in but his knee gives out and gets worked
Joe back in like a house of fire but
Rhyno surprises with a Gore that Finn breaks up. Joe and Balor win with Muscle Buster
and Coup de Grace and Cody, Dustin, Eden, Dusty’s daughter and other Rhodes, or
Runnels I guess, are there to present the trophy.
Sasha Banks vs Bayley video package
before the main event. Really good despite this garbage BMTH song.
Lots of quick pin attempts in the early
goings of this match. Sasha trying to work over Bayley's arm, especially after
she lands hard on her neck and shoulder in what looked like a botched suplex.
But the Boss tricks Bayley into a handshake and takes control. Sasha tries to
use the ropes on a pin. Sasha rakes Bayley's eyes about 21:20 for the first
But then around 19 min, Bayley ties it
up with a Belly to Bayley. Sasha works over Bayley outside, throwing her into
the steps numerous times in front of Izzy. Sasha takes Bayley up the ramp and
throws her into the LED screen and gets a count out win at 15:45. Bayley is
crawling back and Izzy is bawling.
It seems like Bayley could get counted
out again but Sasha throws Bayley back in and goes to work. Sasha with a deep
Boston crab and working over Bayley's back but somehow Bayley gets a pin with a
surprise hurricanrana pin combo about 13. Bayley starts to turn the momentum in
her favor, getting a few 2 counts. Crowd getting a little big for their
Steph is there and the smarks tried to
start a "Better than Raw" chant that died quick. They've been really
vocal in this match and it's getting a little grating. This match has
gone to a different level. Bayley catches a tope and hits a B2B on the floor,
after using the stairs to launch a flying clothesline.
Bayley hits a B2B from the top but Sasha
gets her foot on the rope. Sasha flips out of a top rope Bayleycanrana and hits
her own belly to belly then locks in the Banks Statement with 2 min left.
Bayley tries to reverse out but Banks kicks off the ropes and locks in again at
1. They battle for position and Bayley rolls out, locks in a sort of Rings of
Saturn or the lock that Sabre used to win BOLA and Sasha verbally taps out with
3 seconds left.
The NXT locker room is on the stage and
they give Sasha and Bayley big bouquets and both are teary eyed. Sara Del Rey
and Regal there with Sasha and Bayley standing tall in the ring is such a great
image to end on.
I saw pictures online from recent NXT
live events where former indy wrestler Athena starting working matches for NXT.
There was conflicting reports about the name she was going by (I’ve heard
Athena, I’ve heard Adrienne Reese, and others) but the results I saw had her
teaming with NXT trainee Gionna Daddio (who you may remember as the crazy Tyler
Breeze fan that ran from the crowd to Breeze during his entrance at a Takeover
but hasn’t wrestled on TV yet) in a losing effort against Alexa Bliss and
Highlighting matches from Field of Honor
at Brooklyn MCU park, the same night as Takeover Brooklyn.
Time Splitters out first to take on The
Briscoes. Looks like a pretty big crowd despite running against NXT. Briscoes
control early but Time Splitters work together to get back into it. But the
Briscoes don't go away and keep it back and forth. Eventually, Shelley and
Kushida work over Mark a bit but then Jay gets back in and takes control.
Looks like the stiffness of the Briscoes
broke a tooth in Shelley's mouth. Kushida works over Mark’s arm and gets
Hoverboard Lock but Shelley can't atop Jay from breaking it up. TS take
control, take out Jay and hit a combo splash and moonsault on Mark but only get
2. Jay in and they clear Shelley, hit Kushida with a crucifix bomb neck breaker
combo but only get 2. Mark Saito suplex to Kushida, followed by a Jay Driller
from Jay to Shelley for the win. And they shake hands after.
Next week, Watanabe vs Jay Lethal TV
Up next, gauntlet match for TV #1
contender. Oh wait, seems they are only showing the end of the gauntlet match,
Cedric vs Watanabe. And this is how he earned the title shot.
So...they told us Watanabe was going to
win before they showed the match? What's the point of that? I know these shows
were filmed weeks and weeks ago but you should still act like the TV product is
current and relevant. Don't negate the show's relevance by assuming your
audience already knows what happens anyway. Anyway, Moose comes out, who was
eliminated earlier, and distracts Cedric and Veda. This let's Watanabe hit a German
and a half nelson, half arm bar suplex on Cedric, followed by an STO for the
Main event time now - Roderick Strong vs
IWGP Heavyweight Champ Kazuchika Okada. Crowd is split as they feel each other
out. Okada hits a low dropkick on a seated Roddy to take advantage early. But
Roddy is able to turn things around easily. Roddy sends Okada to the outside
and goes to work, dropping him back first on the railing into the crowd then
chest first on another. Okada struggles to get back in and when he does, Roddy
is on him and starts to work Okada's back.
Okada starts to get back into it and the
action is just as intense as it was at the beginning. Okada sets Roddy on top
and sends him crashing to the ground with a dropkick. Back from commercial and
Roddy won't go away, and drives the back of Okada into the apron and rolls him
in but only gets a 2. They trade stiff shits and Okada staggers first.
Roddy hits a running step up knee
followed by a high impact forearm in the corner. Roddy sets him on top. Okada
blocks and Roddy with a big enzi followed by a superplex but only gets 2.
Stronghold right as Okada kicks out but he gets out and they start to hammer
Roddy hits three jumping knees followed
by a Sick Kick but Okada kick out at 2.999 and the crowd can't believe it. Out
of nowhere, Okada hits a Tombstone. And then another. Rainmaker pose and goes
for Rainmaker clothesline. Roddy throws a knee, Okada catch into a German
followed by a Rainmaker clothesline for the win. What a crazy match. They
advertised the rest of Field of Honor on VOD which sounds awesome.
-Matt Sydal vs ACH (Best of 5 #4, ACH
-Beer City Bruiser and Silas Young vs
-Watanabe challenges Jay Lethal for the
ROH TV Title
King of Pro Wrestling results
Jushin “Thunder” Liger, Kushida, Mascara
Dorada, Ryusuke Taguchi and Tiger Mask IV def. David Finlay, Jay White, Juice
Robinson, Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu
(I want so much for NJPW to do something
with the Young Lions but time and time again, they do the job to the vets)
Tomoaki Honma def. Yoshi-Hashi
Manabu Nakanishi, Yuji Nagata, and
TenKoji (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) def. Captain New Japan, Hirooki
Goto, Katsuyori Shibata and Kota Ibushi
(Captain New Japan took the pin here but
still – what’s the point of putting a team of old guys [including Nakanishi who
moves so slow he seems to be going in reverse] over a team with two guys whose
pushes inexplicably end just as they seem to start [Goto/Shibata] and a guy who
came into NJPW super-hot and has since done nothing of note [Ibushi].)
reDRagon def. RPG Vice to retain the
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
(This match was going well then ended
out of nowhere. I don’t think it was supposed to end when it did because Junior
tag matches usually build to an explosive finish and this match just sorta
Kenny Omega def. Matt Sydal to retain
the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
CHAOS (Kazushi Sakuraba, Shinsuke
Nakamura and Toru Yano) def. Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Doc Gallows and Karl
Tomohiro Ishii def. Togi Makabe to win
the NEVER Openweight Championship
(Honma came out afterwards and it looks
like he’s the next in line for a NEVER title shot. He got his first G1 win over
Ishii this year – can he score another win over Ishii with gold on the line?)
Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Tetsuya Naito to
retain his January 4th Tokyo Dome title shot
(In this match, another man dressed in
the same Los Ingobernables gear that Naito dresses in accompanied him to the
ring. This man was revealed to be Takaaki Watanabe, who is now going by the
Kazuchika Okada def. AJ Style to retain
the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
The annual Super Junior Tag Team
Tournament has been announced for the Power Struggle tour. 8 teams will compete
in a single elimination tournament which culminates at Power Struggle on Nov.
7. The participating teams are:
Tiger Mask IV and Jushin “Thunder” Liger
Ryusuke Taguchi and Mascara Dorada
Kenny Omega and Chase Owens
Two Road to Power Struggle have been
announced for NJPWWorld.com so far. They are the first two shows of the
Road to Power Struggle, October 23
Saitama/Tokorozawa Civic Gymnasium
-Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV and
Captain New Japan vs. Juice Robinson, Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu
-reDRagon vs. David Finlay and Jay White
-Ryusuke Taguchi, Mascara Dorada, Alex
Shelley and KUSHIDA vs. The Young Bucks vs Chase Owens and Kenny Omega
-Meiyu Tag (Katsuyori Shibata and Hirooki
Goto) vs. Bullet Club (Tama Tonga and Cody Hall)
-Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma vs.
Tomohiro Ishii and Gedo
-CHAOS (Shinsuke Nakamura, Toru Yano and
YOSHI-HASHI) vs. Bullet Club (Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows and Bad Luck Fale)
-Hiroshi Tanahashi, Matt Sydal and Ricochet
vs. Kazuchika Okada and RPG Vice (Beretta and Rocky Romero)
Road to Power Struggle, October 24
-Hirooki Goto, Katsuyori Shibata, Togi
Makabe and Captain New Japan vs. Yohei Komatsu, Sho Tanaka, Jay White and David
-CHAOS (Shinsuke Nakamura, Toru Yano,
YOSHI-HASHI and Kazushi Sakuraba) vs. Bullet Club (Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows,
Bad Luck Fale and Tama Tonga)
-Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tomoaki Honma and Juice
Robinson vs. Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii and Gedo
Super Junior Tag Tournament First Round
-Jushin “Thunder” Liger & Tiger Mask
IV vs. reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly)
- RPG Vice (Rocky Romero and Beretta)
vs. Kenny Omega and Chase Owens
-Mascara Dorada and Ryusuke Taguchi vs. The
Young Bucks (Nick and Matt Jackson)
-The Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and
KUSHIDA) vs. Matt Sydal and Ricochet
The semifinals of the tournament will
take place on November 1st at Korakuen Hall.
Power Struggle, November 7th
Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium
-Super Junior Tag Tournament Final
-Hirooki Goto vs. EVIL (Takaaki
-Toru Yano and YOSHI-HASHI vs. AJ Styles
and Bad Luck Fale
Tomohiro Ishii (c) vs. Tomoaki Honma
-Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kota Ibushi vs.
Kazuchika Okada and Kazushi Sakuraba
Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Karl Anderson
Juice Robinson will be working in NJPW
full time going forward. This is awesome news for the former CJ Parker. Parker
left NXT because he didn’t like his direction and wanted to get real world
experience on his own and now he’s going to be learning from some of the best
pro wrestlers (not sports entertainers) on the planet.
And this just proves to me that if
higher level WWE guys left, they could easily find a home in NJPW. Daniel
Bryan. Dolph Ziggler. Cesaro. These guys and so many others who are being
misused in WWE could but would tear it up in New Japan.
Sami Zayn will be appearing at this
weekend’s Evolve 49 and 50 events in Queens and Deer Park, respectively. Last
week during a conference call, Triple H said he looks at Evolve as a feeder
system for NXT and WWE and said he loves what Evolve does. More info can be
found at dgusa.tv.
-They say he will be there for a meet
and greet on one of the nights and will make a special in-ring appearance that
will NOT be broadcast on the iPPV – it will be a special treat for live fans.
- In response, Kevin Owens blocked Gabe
Sapolsky on Twitter
Ethan Page vs Johnny Gargano
(If Gargano loses, he leaves WWN
Evolve Champion Timothy Thatcher and TJ
Perkins vs RPG Vice (Baretta and Rocky Romero)
For a title shot at Evolve 50
Anthony Nese vs Andrew Everett vs Matt
Cage vs Peter Kassa
Tracy Williams vs Willie Mack
Matt Riddle vs Jonathan Gresham
Timothy Thatcher (c) vs Winner of
RPG Vice (Baretta and Rocky Romero) vs
The Premier Athlete Brand (Caleb Konley and Anthony Nese)
Willie Mack vs Loser of Gulak/Lee
TJ Perkins vs Tracy Williams
Matt Riddle vs Chris Dickinson
Andrew Everett vs Peter Kassa
Johnny Gargano noted on Twitter that
after Tuesday, you'll no longer be able to buy the “Johnny Wrestling” t-shirt. If
I had to guess – this indicates that he’s signing a full-time WWE deal and they
are taking the nickname for themselves, like they did with Pac’s “Man That
This Page/Gargano I Quit match with the
“loser leaves town” stip on Gargano is just another indication that he is
possibly headed to WWE full time. Evolve/DG USA has been his home promotion for
a while (for example, he’s the longest reigning DG USA Open the Freedom Gate
title holder ever) so if he’s “leaving,” there’s really only one place that he
could end up.
Absolute Intense Wrestling
“Big Trouble in Little Cleveland” this
-No card announced yet but there is a
big reason to check out AIW this weekend. Wrestling legend Terry Funk will be
at this show for a special meet and greet and autograph signing.
-“The Pectoral Poseidon” Rex Lawless
(who may just go by Poseidon in CZW) and his Sea Friends def. Frankie Pickard
and the Dub Boys
-Lio Rush def. AARON Williams
-Team Tremendous def. Beaver Boys to
retain the tag titles
-Joey Janella def. Tim Donst to win the
CZW Wired Championship
-Greg Excellent def. Dick Justice to win
the honorary CZW Junior Heavyweight Championship
-JT Dunn def. David Starr
-Matt Tremont def. Blk Jeez to retain
the CZW World Heavyweight Championship
(Afterward, DJ Hyde announced that since
there’s no #1 contender for the World title, he’s making Masada vs AR Fox vs
Devon Moore vs Matt Tremont in Cage of Death for the title)
-Nation of Intoxication def. OI4K in a
Tangled Web match
-Jake Crist is apparently retiring after
“Cerebral” on Nov. 7 in Dayton, Ohio.
-Not sure why DJ Hyde made the COD main
event at this show. He said it was “since there’s no #1 contender”…even though
there’s two shows between Tangled Web and COD XVII (Cerebral on Nov. 7 and
Night of Infamy on Nov. 21).
Vampiro, Green Phantom, and the Hardcore
Ninjas vs Nation of Intoxication (Danny Havoc, Devon Moore, Lucky 13 and Conor
CZW World Championship No DQ Match
Matt Tremont (c) vs PCP F’n Crazy Manny
CZW Tag Team Championship rematch
Team Tremendous (c) vs Tabernak de Team
“Chainsaw” Joe Gacy vs Exess
Mike Bailey is getting a shot in AAA and
Smash Wrestling announced that he wouldn't be on the Something Different show,
which is Oct 16. Also have a show Nov 7 that is an anniversary show. Rumors are
he's signed full time. Don't know for sure. It's great that he gets a shot in
AAA but I hope he doesn't leave the US Indy scene for too long. Then again -
Bailey in AAA means Lucha Underground is a possibility.
Someone on Wreddit said that it was IWS
who announced Bailey’s AAA deal but I don’t think IWS has much of a web
presence anymore so it might be hard to verify if that’s true. (I looked up IWS
on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram but I couldn’t find any info from them about
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