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TWO big returns from injury during the main event on last night’s Dynamite.
During the Arcade Anarchy match between Miro & Kip Sabian and Orange Cassidy & Chuck Taylor...Kris Statlander made a surprise return. She emerged from one of the arcade machines set up around ringside and took out Penelope Ford.
Later, Trent made an even more dramatic return...riding into Daily’s Place in his mom’s minivan. Sue was at the wheel. Trent helped turn the tide. Taylor pinned Sabian and the Best Friends reunited, and celebrated alongside Statlander, to end the show.
Two weeks after being laid out by MJF’s new crew, The Pinnacle...The Inner Circle returned with a vengeance. They stormed The Pinnacle’s dressing room - which was actually theirs first - and this was a rout. Santana & Ortiz battered and bloodied FTR...Sammy Guevara slammed Shawn Spears’ head in a door...and Chris Jericho dunked MJF’s head in a toilet.
The exhibition match between Cody Rhodes and QT Marshall ended in a violent split of the Nightmare Family. Several of Marshall’s students - Nick Comoroto, Aaron Solow and Anthony Ogogo - helped him beat down Cody, Dustin Rhodes, Arn Anderson and Lee Johnson. QT had even more planned with a steel chair, but Red Velvet ran out to save Cody.
AEW Champ Kenny Omega and the Good Brothers beat the Lucha Bros. and Laredo Kid. Omega pinned Laredo Kid with the One Winged Angel.
After the match, Jon Moxley strolled out to ringside...and the Young Bucks ran out to stand with him. It’ll be Mox and the Bucks vs. Omega and the Good Brothers on next week’s Dynamite.
Nyla Rose and The Bunny beat women’s champ Hikaru Shida and Tay Conti. The Bunny cracked Conti with a kendo stick to steal the win.
The AEW in-ring debut of Christian Cage was a decisive win over Frankie Kazarian.
Two new matches announced - and details sorted out on a third - for next week’s NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver.
Added to Night 1 - Pete Dunne vs. Kushida.
They were part of a Battle Royal main event on last night’s NXT…to decide the participants and the order of entry for an Eliminator Gauntlet match on Night 1 of TakeOver.
LA Knight was the winner. So, he’ll enter the gauntlet match last. Isaiah SWERVE Scott and Leon Ruff will be the first two men in the ring - followed by Bronson Reed...Cameron Grimes will be fourth...with Dexter Lumis fifth...and Knight after that.
The winner of the gauntlet match on Night 1 of TakeOver gets a shot at Johnny Gargano’s North American Championship on Night 2.
Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell will challenge Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles on Night 2 of TakeOver.
We learned last night that Night 1 of TakeOver not only air live on USA Network, but will be streaming live on Peacock.
There were several vignettes during last night’s NXT featuring a dog that looks very much like one owned by Taya Valkyrie. The final vignette ended with the words “See you April 13th” and was signed “Franky”. April 13th is when NXT moves to its new time slot on Tuesdays.
Also on last night’s NXT…
Cameron Grimes distracted Roderick Strong with an old Undisputed Era armband...and that gave Grimes the opening he needed to take the win.
Grimes has been trying to use his vast wealth to acquire the rights to the Undisputed Era name and branding.
Strong was set to compete in the Battle Royal main event, but he left the building before that match simply saying he’s “done”.
Tian (TEE-ahn) Sha beat Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter - but this was basically Xia Li fighting them by herself. Mei Ying - the mysterious woman who sits on the throne - she didn’t even get up out of her seat until Carter got in her face. At that point, Ying quickly choked out Carter and blew smoke in her face. Then, Li finished off Catanzaro.
Today’s NXT UK has Pretty Deadly defending their tag titles against Kenny Williams & Amir Jordan
On last night’s MLW Fusion…Jacob Fatu got some outside help from Contra and was able to retain his MLW Heavyweight Championship against Calvin Tankman.
MLW announced a partnership with Japan’s Dragon Gate promotion with further details still to come.
(STINGER: New Japan)
New Japan is running the last “Road To” show for its Sakura Genesis tour this morning. The big show is coming up on Sunday - with Kota Ibushi defending the new IWGP World Heavyweight Championship for the first time...in the main event against Will Ospreay.
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