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Results from AEW Dynamite, MLW Fusion and Wednesday’s New Japan show are straight ahead in this update but first…
Let’s get into last night’s NXT - the final stop before Sunday’s TakeOver: Vengeance Day show.
We all knew this was a possibility when we reported on Austin Theory’s Twitter video about Johnny Gargano being out of Sunday’s TakeOver.
Gargano showed up on last night’s NXT in a wheelchair, while claiming to have a broken arm. Kushida exposed that this was all a lie. It’s a miracle! Gargano’s North American Title defense against Kushida is still on for TakeOver.
Kushida later beat Theory via disqualification. Gargano and Theory tried to beat up Kushida after the match, but they were foiled by Dexter Lumis.
The finals in both Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournaments are now set for TakeOver.
It’ll be MSK vs. the Grizzled Young Veterans in the men’s final.
Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon will face Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez in the women’s final.
NXT GM William Regal announced the winner of the women’s Dusty Classic will get a shot at the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships - currently held by Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler.
It was a rough night for Legado del Fantasmo. Not only did Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza lose to MSK in the Dusty Classic semifinals...they were laid out backstage by Karrion Kross.
Kross has a match against Santos Escobar on next week’s NXT.
Cameron Grimes returned to NXT...driving a Lamborghini...and making it rain in the Capital Wrestling Center. Grimes says he GOT RICH during his absence...by buying GameStop stock...and apparently cashing out before the bottom fell out.
Meiko Satomura makes her NXT UK debut on today’s episode. We’re also getting a Street Fight - The Hunt vs. Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster.
A big shakeup for the Inner Circle. Sammy Guervara QUIT the group on last night’s Dynamite. He delivered the news to Chris Jericho in the ring. After a backstage incident earlier in the night, where Sammy caught MJF trying to blackmail him, and laid him out.
The main event of last night’s Dynamite was as wild as many expected. The Falls Count Anywhere match between Kenny Omega and KENTA...and Jon Moxley and Lance Archer...spilled out of the ringside area and into the Daily’s Place kitchen at one point.
The end saw the Good Brothers interfere and help Omega put Archer down with the One Winged Angel for the pin. KENTA hit another GO 2 Sleep on Mox, who carried the IWGP United States Championship with him to the ring.
Thunder Rosa beat LEGIT Leyla Hirsch in the first match in the Women’s World Championship Eliminator Tournament.
AEW unveiled all the full bracket and slate of first round matches earlier in the day. First round matches from the Japan side of the bracket will be broadcast on AEW’s YouTube channel on Monday starting at 7PM.
Next week’s Dynamite will have the first round match between Riho and Serena Deeb.
Darby Allin beat Joey Janela to retain his TNT Championship. Later, Allin was shown stuffed in a body bag by Team Taz and then dragged behind their SUV.
Cody Rhodes and Lee Johnson beat PRETTY Peter Avalon and Cezar Bononi after Johnson pinned Avalon. That snapped Johnson’s 0-29 record in AEW, and Tony Khan later tweeted that Johnosn is now officially signed with AEW.
Matt Hardy and Hangman Page went to a bar, where Hardy convinced Page to sign a contract for something.
Next Wednesday’s Dynamite will have the Young Bucks defending their tag titles against Santana and Ortiz.
(STINGER: New Japan)
New Japan wrapping up its “New Beginning” show this morning with a big main event - Kota Ibushi defending the double gold against Sanada.
There’s also some changes to Thursday’s card - including Hiromu Takahashi, Tetsuya Naito and BUSHI now facing El Phantasmo, Taiji Ishimori and Yujiro Takahashi.
Hiromu retained his junior heavyweight title against SHO in the main event of Wednesday’s “New Beginning” show. After the match, El Phantasmo laid down a challenge for the junior title. But Hiromu said he won’t accept unless he and BUSHI get a shot at the junior tag titles held by ELP and Ishimori.
There was a wild finish to the IWGP tag title match on Wednesday’s show. Taichi regained his stolen “Iron Finger Of Doom” but got disqualified when he used it against the Guerrillas Of Destiny.
Pro-Wrestling NOAH is putting on one of its biggest shows in a while on Friday - returning to famed Budokan Hall for the first time in years. The main event is a battle of legendary names. Go Shiozaki - whose revival was one of 2020’s biggest success stories - defending the GHC Heavyweight Championship against the 58-year-old Keiji Mutoh.
The undercard has another big name, Jun Akiyama, returning to NOAH after his stint in All Japan.
Lio Rush defeated Laredo Kid on Wednesday’s MLW Fusion to win the AAA Cruiserweight Title. Rush already holds the MLW Middleweight Title.
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